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According to data released by PlayHaven and Mobclix, iPhone game usage could set records this week reaching levels that are 28 times greater than the same week between Christmas and New Year’s Day in 2009. PlayHaven is an online universe of fan communities for iPhone games. Mobclix is the industry's largest targeted mobile ad exchange. "Consumers are looking to personal devices as a key source of entertainment and the game app market is seeing a surge," said Sunil Verma, co-founder of Mobclix. "With the data from last year and information on this year's trends, it's clear that a lot of time and money will be spent on iPhone games this week. Developers are in a good position to monetize their... Read more...
NZXT Debuts Hades Gaming Chassis Newest member of NZXT’s Crafted Series features optimized airflow, premium expandability, and advanced control El Monte, CA – December 21, 2009 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to unveil Hades, a chassis that provides an array of advanced features for the most demanding PC enthusiast. Airflow is optimized with 5 fans(dual 200mm intake, 200 mm front fan, dual top 140mm fans, side 200mm fan, and rear 120mm exhaust). NZXT includes all the fans with the exception of the top 140mm and also provides a dual fan 8W per channel controller giving enthusiasts freedom to manage intake and exhaust airflow. A three temperature display... Read more...
In the latest installment of our weekly video podcast, we're sitting down with our friends from TechVi to talk about the Zotac HD-ND01 MAG nettop, six high performance PCs that are perfect for gaming, Intel's cancellation of their first discreet GPU in years, and we look at the New York Times "video games to avoid" list, which reads more like a "best of" this holiday season...    Show Notes: 0:53 — Zotac HD-ND01 3:00 — Six Affordable Gaming PCs 7:00 — Intel Cancels Retail Versions Of Gen 1 Larrabee GPU 8:07 — New York Times "Games to Avoid"... Read more...
When Intel introduced its LGA1166 Lynnfield processors earlier this fall, one of its goals was to introduce Nehalem's advanced technology at lower price points. To that end, Digital Storm has designed a high-end system around the P55 chipset and Core i5 processor. At a price of ~$1900, the customized system isn't what you'd call cheap, but it's still less expensive than some of the Core i7 PCs we've seen recently, several of which landed between $3100-$4000 dollars. At first glance, the 2.67GHz Core i5 might not seem to be capable competition for Core i7 processors running at 3.2GHz and above, but Digital Storm has a trick up its sleeve. The relatively pedestrian quad-core has, in this case,... Read more...
It is becoming ever more unusual to find entertainment devices without wi-fi technology built in, and that's a trend that should only increase in the next several years. In-Stat conducted an in-depth report on the wi-fi market and believes shipments of devices incorporating wireless tech will increase from 108.8 million this year to 177.3 million in 2013. While wi-fi is more or less standard for laptops, other computers and peripherals such as printers and scanners, it's only become a standard in entertainment gadgets such as cameras and personal media players in the past few years, and hand-held games and gaming consoles for a little longer. As ubiquitous as wi-fi has become, however, a relatively... Read more...
When Intel introduced its LGA1166 Lynnfield processors earlier this fall, one of its goals was to introduce Nehalem's advanced technology at lower price points. To that end, Digital Storm has designed a high-end system around the P55 chipset and Core i5 processor. At a price of ~$1900, the customized system isn't what you'd call cheap, but it's still less expensive than some of the Core i7 PCs we've seen recently, several of which landed between $3100-$4000 dollars. At first glance, the 2.67GHz Core i5 might not seem to be capable competition for Core i7 processors running at 3.2GHz and above, but Digital Storm has a trick up its sleeve. The relatively pedestrian quad-core has, in this case,... Read more...
Well, well--we sure thought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was hot stuff, but frankly, it has nothing on this. Microvision, the company responsible for a PicoP-based pico projection technology, has just released a video of what we're calling its "killer app." Seriously--even if you have no interest in putting a projector in your pocket, it's tough to ignore just how awesome this demonstration is. Over in Canada, the company showed off its latest demo at the Intel Extreme Masters Tournament, where players in a first-person shooter could use a radically different control method to immerse themselves in the game. This, in our opinion, is the next big leap in gaming. We had the controller, then the... Read more...
You're stuffed full of turkey, you somehow managed to erect a Christmas tree, and you're still recovering from Black Friday. Without a doubt, you've had one whirlwind of a holiday. But before you get too comfortable in that chair of yours, we should probably remind you that the gift giving day you've all been waiting for is only a few weeks away. If you've been thinking of replacing that aging gaming rig of yours with something a bit more powerful as a gift to yourself (so to speak), we've rounded up a few solid options in varying price ranges that just might fit the bill. Oh, and you don't even have to get off of that sofa you're planted on to assemble these!Bang For Your Buck: Low-End, Mid-Range... Read more...
You're stuffed full of turkey, you somehow managed to erect a Christmas tree (or not), and you're still recovering from Black Friday. Without a doubt, you've had one whirlwind of a holiday. But before you get too comfortable in that chair of yours, we should probably remind you that the gift giving day(s) you've all been waiting for is only a few weeks away. If you've been thinking of replacing that aging gaming rig of yours with something a bit more powerful as a gift to yourself (so to speak), we've rounded up a few solid options in varying price ranges that just might fit the bill. Oh, and you don't even have to get off of that sofa you're planted on to assemble these! The Lower-End:Let's... Read more...
The gaming mouse market has grown increasingly saturated over the past few years, and with outfits like Razer and Logitech leading the way, it's tough for companies like SteelSeries to make an impact. That said, the new Limited Edition Sudden Attack Ikari Laser Mouse is bound to get noticed, if for nothing more than its wild styling. Designed specifically for the popular Asian online FPS game, Sudden Attack, the SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse has a wild camouflage print on it, and it also gets accompanied by a QcK Mass Mousepad that features graphics from the title. Of course, you don't actually have to dig the game to get into this, as pretty much any war-game freak will probably be able to get... Read more...
The PC Demo for Codemaster's upcoming DirectX 11 racing title Dirt 2 has just hit the web and is available for download right here. If you're unfamiliar with Dirt 2, Codemaster's says this about the game, "DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events." To sum this up in gamer-speak, Dirt 2 is a highly anticipated racing sim, that happens to feature some incredible graphics.    Throughout the later part of... Read more...
iBUYPOWER is launching five new gaming systems that feature an ASETEK liquid cooling solution and an Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II processor. Ranging in price from $989 to nearly $4,000, the new systems offer a variety of specs to suit the needs and budgets of different users. For gamers on a budget, the Gamer Extreme 922 SLC starts at $989 and offers a NVIDIA GeForce GT220 with Intel’s Core i7 860 2.8 GHz. The system has 4GB of DDR3 system memory and a 500GB hard drive. For a bit more cash, you can upgrade to the Gamer Supreme 919 SLC and Gamer Supreme 559 SLC. The Gamer Supreme 919 SLC offers a Core i7 870 2.93GHz processor and an ATI Radeon HD4890 graphics card. You'll find an AMD Phenom... Read more...
Razer has been on a roll here lately with new mice, and that trend is continuing today with the Imperator. Designed as a mid-range gaming mouse that's tailored specifically for right-handed users, this "ergonomic" mouse is also designed to work best for "palm and fingertip gamers." The device also features the company's first adjustable side buttons to ensure customized positioning for a variety of hand sizes and gaming grips, not to mention a 3.5G laser sensor. It's available to order now directly from Razer for $79.99.RAZER IMPERATOR™ OFFERS COMFORT, CUSTOMIZATION FOR ALL “RIGHTIES”   Carlsbad, Calif. – November 24, 2009 - Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision... Read more...
AMD's "Sweet Spot" GPU strategy over the last few years has been fairly predictable. Instead of producing the biggest, most powerful GPU possible--yields be damned--the company sets out to produce a relatively high-end GPU, using a cutting edge fabrication process, that hits a proverbial sweet spot between cost and performance. Then derivatives, and even multiples, of that GPU are used to flesh out a top-to-bottom line-up of graphics cards, that hit a broad range of price points.It began with the RV670, which powered the single-GPU based Radeon HD 3870 and dual-GPU Radeon HD 3870 X2--hence the X2. Then came the RV770, which powered the Radeon HD 4870 and eventually the Radeon HD 4870 X2. The... Read more...
AMD's "Sweet Spot" GPU strategy over the last few years has been fairly predictable. Instead of producing the biggest, most powerful GPU possible--yields be damned--the company sets out to produce a relatively high-end GPU, using a cutting edge fabrication process, that hits a proverbial sweet spot between cost and performance. Then derivatives, and even multiples, of that GPU are used to flesh out a top-to-bottom line-up of graphics cards, that hit a broad range of price points. It began with the RV670, which powered the single-GPU based Radeon HD 3870 and dual-GPU Radeon HD 3870 X2--hence the X2. Then came the RV770, which powered the Radeon HD 4870 and eventually the Radeon HD 4870 X2. The... Read more...
Alienware, Dell, HP, Falcon Northwest--the list goes on and on. But really, can there ever be enough gaming PCs? We think not. Today, a new company has broken out by the name of ORIGIN, and it's hoping to provide custom gaming machines to those with specific requests and the money to pay for 'em.The new company is also unveiling its first two machines, the GENESIS desktop and EON18 notebook. The idea here is pretty unique--for the desktop, you choose any chassis on the market, any paint you want and pretty much any hardware, with prices starting at $1699. Obviously things will get pretty expensive if you choose wild stuff, but at least the option is there. Have a look at the first two options... Read more...
Some may say that the physical disc still has a place in this world for years to come, and they're probably right. But to say that digital downloads aren't taking out a serious chunk of sales would be denying reality. iTunes alone has proven that digital downloads are capable of catching on, as Apple has already taken over Walmart as the world's largest seller of music. That said, music has been tied to downloading for a long, long time. Napster was booming years and years ago, but people haven't had the same kind of opportunity to grow used to downloading games. Of course, Steam has provided avid PC gamers with the ability to download titles to their hard drive, but console gamers haven't enjoyed... Read more...
Windows 7 is upon us, and with the launch of Microsoft's self-proclaimed "best operating system" comes a slew of new desktop machines, notebooks, and netbooks looking to take advantage of its added stability and features. One of the companies that is looking to serve up a number of new Win7-based rigs is Asus, and without a doubt they have assembled an interesting and compelling offering in their G51J-A1 notebook. Hitting the sweet spot between the average-sized 15" machine and the full-on desktop replacement, the refreshed G51 maintains the 15" form factor yet packs enough horsepower, with it's Core i7 mobile CPU and GeForce GTX 260M GPU under the hood, to plow through even the latest game titles.... Read more...
Windows 7 is upon us, and with the launch of Microsoft's self-proclaimed "best operating system" comes a slew of new desktop machines, notebooks, and netbooks looking to take advantage of its added stability and features. One of the companies that is looking to serve up a number of new Win7-based rigs is Asus, and without a doubt they have assembled an interesting and compelling offering in their G51J-A1 notebook. Hitting the sweet spot between the average-sized 15" machine and the full-on desktop replacement, the refreshed G51 maintains the 15" form factor yet packs enough horsepower to plow through even the latest game titles. If you'll recall, we reviewed the prior G51 back in August, a machine... Read more...
Watch out, power users. You may think of names like Alienware and Falcon Northwest when you think of high-end, customized gaming PCs, but Maingear is making a play to be taken seriously in that same arena. The newest desktop to ship from the outfit is the SHIFT, which comes in two models and starts at prices that are way fair compared to the competition.Maingear is calling this rig a new "personal supercomputer," although all of the hardware found here can be purchased seperately right now and built from scratch if you'd like. That said, we won't complain with a few other Core i7 systems in rotation, as the P55-based machine starts at $2199 and the X58-based machine goes for $2599 and up.As for... Read more...
Talk about an interesting decision here. As Sony plans to pump up its PSP Go for the holiday season, Nintendo is going to attempt to pedal its existing DSi even though the whole world now knows that a larger version is on the way. That's right, an enlarged DSi. For years, the DS has been slimming down, but now it seems as if Nintendo's research has found that at least some of its potential customers would prefer a larger screen.  The DSi LL (or DSi XL, as it'll reportedly be known as in Europe) will feature an expansive 4.2" display, which is just about twice as big as the display on the current DSi. Curiously, the resolution will be exactly the same, so you'll be carrying around a larger... Read more...
Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches in order to upgrade parts at every possible opportunity. This appetite for new technology is fueled by the never ending supply of components that perform faster, run cooler, consume less power and improve the overall computing experience for consumers. As one of the leading system builders in the industry, Alienware helps fuel the fire and provides an... Read more...
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