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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...
  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... Read more...
GameFly's new GameCenter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you look up information regarding 5,000 video games for all major platforms directly on your handset. With this free app, you can get up-to-the minute news, videos, screenshots, release dates, user reviews, gameplay controls, cheats, codes, and more. To make it easy to find the information you're looking for, GameCenter offers intuitive search functionality with suggest-as-you-type predictions. The app also lets GameFly subscribers manage their GameQ and member information using the app. GameFly Inc. Launches GameCenter App Now Available on App Store Free App Provides iPhone™ and iPod® touch Users with Unrivaled Accessto... Read more...
CyberPower is rolling out its latest Windows 7 machines today. The new series of gaming rigs feature Intel’s Core i5/i7 processors and DirectX 11-ready graphics. Thanks to Windows 7, gamers will enjoy new features and performance enhancements, including faster boot up times and improved multi-threaded performance. CyberPower is now offering a number of configurable systems with Windows 7 starting at $749 with an Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz processor. CyberPower Rolls Out New Intel Core i5/i7 Gaming Rigs Primed for Windows 7 with Direct X 11-Enhanced Graphics BALDWIN PARK, CA (October 22, 2009) -- CyberPower Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com, a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, is celebrating the... Read more...
Still haven't picked up an Xbox 360? Man, where have you been all these years? All kidding aside, we're pretty sure some of you are still getting by on your Super Nintendo, and while that's definitely fine (F-Zero for life!), but the time to get with the here and now has arrived. Microsoft's Xbox 360 has arrived in a variety of bundles over the months and years, though we have to say--this one just might be our favorite. Just a week after Sony's 250GB PlayStation 3 "Slim" comes to America for $349.99, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 package will land in the same place for $399.99. So, what does $400 buy you? A limited edition, high-styled Xbox 360 console, a 250GB hard drive, two... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 3 "Slim" has only been on sale for a few months now, and while Sony has stated that sales are way, way up, we still didn't expect a 'round 2' to be available this soon. For those not content with the single "Slim" offering on the shelf (a 120GB model for $299), Sony will soon deliver a higher capacity model to US consumers for a $50 premium.The 250GB PS3 "Slim" will feature a Blu-ray Drive, the new slim enclosure and a hard drive that's over twice as big as the 120GB model that launched originally--plenty of space to shove your media and downloaded games. Other than the new hard drive, everything else about the console will remain identical, well, except for the actual box.... Read more...
One of the sub-categories cropping up amongst OEMs are videos cards which feature highly customized cooling along with special controller chips or other functionality that help facilitate tweaking the card's performance. These cards all have a few things in common. First, they all mount beefy and often very radical cooling designs which are a distinct departure from the ATI / NVIDIA approved reference cooler designs. They also offer some form of advanced tweaking features either in software, firmware or hardware (or perhaps all 3), that a stock reference design wouldn't possess, such as fan and voltage control.The tweaker-friendly video card segment seems to be getting more popular as more OEMs... Read more...
One of the sub-categories cropping up amongst OEMs are videos cards which feature highly customized cooling along with special controller chips or other functionality that help facilitate tweaking the card's performance. These cards all have a few things in common. First, they all mount beefy and often very radical cooling designs which are a distinct departure from the ATI / NVIDIA approved reference cooler designs. They also offer some form of advanced tweaking features either in software, firmware or hardware (or perhaps all 3), that a stock reference design wouldn't possess, such as fan and voltage control. The tweaker-friendly video card segment seems to be getting more popular as more OEMs... Read more...
Another week, another MSI laptop pushing the boundaries. This time, we've got the rather large (we're being politically correct here) GT740, a beast of a gaming machine with an Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 7 operating system and a 17" cinema-grade LCD panel.Other specifications include an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 3D discrete graphics card (with 1GB of DDR3 RAM), five speakers, an aluminum alloy frame, built-in eSATA port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, up to 4GB of system memory, a 2.0MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet port, optional Bluetooth, an HDMI socket, audio in/out, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port and a Blu-ray drive. You'll also have room for up to 500GB of HDD space (250GB and 320GB drives are also... Read more...
A little less than a month ago, AMD unveiled the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards to much fanfare. And for good reason. Not only is the Radeon HD 5800 series the first to offer full DirectX 11 support, among other unique features like Eyefinity, but the flagship ATI Radeon HD 5870 signifies the first time since AMD acquired ATI that the company has had the single, fastest GPU on the market in their repertoire. Not only that, but Radeon HD 5800 series cards also offer top-notch image quality, great power consumption characteristics considering their performance, and they're competitively price too. As is typically the case with the major GPU players, new products based on their latest... Read more...
A little less than a month ago, AMD unveiled the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards to much fanfare. And for good reason. Not only is the Radeon HD 5800 series the first to offer full DirectX 11 support, among other unique features like Eyefinity, but the flagship ATI Radeon HD 5870 signifies the first time since AMD acquired ATI that the company has had the single, fastest GPU on the market in their repertoire. Not only that, but Radeon HD 5800 series cards also offer top-notch image quality, great power consumption characteristics considering their performance, and they're competitively price too.As is typically the case with the major GPU players, new products based on their... Read more...
The enthusiast scene is filled with consumers with do-it-yourself attitudes who regularly build their own systems from scratch. In fact, some feel that part of the fun associated with a new build is comparing prices online and asking for advice on tech forums in order to configure the ideal system. Although there are obvious benefits of going this route, there are those who may not have the time to find the lowest prices on each individual component or inclination to assemble a rig unassisted. While an abundance of options are available for consumers who prefer a pre-built system, they usually come with a few compromises. These compromises consist of the use lower quality components to fill out... Read more...
  The enthusiast scene is filled with consumers with do-it-yourself attitudes who regularly build their own systems from scratch. In fact, some feel that part of the fun associated with a new build is comparing prices online and asking for advice on tech forums in order to configure the ideal system. Although there are obvious benefits of going this route, there are those who may not have the time to find the lowest prices on each individual component or inclination to assemble a rig unassisted. While an abundance of options are available for consumers who prefer a pre-built system, they usually come with a few compromises. These compromises consist of the use lower quality components to... Read more...
Sony's PSPgo has really taken it on the chin. Reviewers around the Web have criticized the new gaming handheld for being too expensive, too limiting and just too backwards to be taken seriously. Of course, we also think the physical disc will soon die in favor of digital downloads, but obviously the PSPgo is just a few years ahead of its time.The console, which cannot accept PSP-3000 UMD-style games, can only retrieve games and content digitally. So you can either upload media from a flash card, your PC or over-the-air downloads. To some, this may not be that big of a deal; for those with vast PSP-3000 UMD game libraries, it's somewhat less appealing. But hey, we still think Sony will sell quite... Read more...
Exactly one week ago today, AMD unleashed the ultra powerful, DirectX 11-ready ATI Radeon HD 5870 upon the PC gaming world and staked a claim as the undisputed 3D performance leader. Having evaluated the features, performance, and image quality of AMD's latest and greatest flagship we were left thoroughly impressed, not only with the new Radeon's killer performance, but its extensive feature set, excellent image quality, power consumption, and competitive price.In our coverage of the official launch of the Radeon HD 5870, we also revealed AMD's plan to release a more affordable, pared-down version of the card, with a shorter PCB, lower core and memory frequencies, also sans a few stream processors... Read more...
Exactly one week ago today, AMD unleashed the ultra powerful, DirectX 11-ready ATI Radeon HD 5870 upon the PC gaming world and staked a claim as the undisputed 3D performance leader, well, per GPU anyway. Having evaluated the features, performance, and image quality of AMD's latest and greatest flagship we were left thoroughly impressed, not only with the new Radeon's killer performance, but its extensive feature set, excellent image quality, power consumption, and competitive price. In our coverage of the official launch of the Radeon HD 5870, we also revealed AMD's plan to release a more affordable, pared-down version of the card, with a shorter PCB, lower core and memory frequencies, and sans... Read more...
There's little doubt that Nintendo changed the gaming world forever with its Wii remote (or Wiimote, if you please). Before the Wii, gamers were stuck using control pads, joysticks, keyboards and mice to interact with digital realms, but Nintendo made it possible for actual human movements to control gameplay. Now, Sony is under pressure to match Nintendo's efforts, and their answer is the Motion Controller. Or, at least that's the code name.Originally announced at E3 this summer, Sony's response to the Wiimote now has a date on it courtesy of Sony: Spring 2010. It's somewhat unfortunate that it won't be available before the holiday rush, but we're sure hardcore Sony/PS3 fans will appreciate... Read more...
Sony lowered the bar with its $299.99 PlayStation 3 slim, and Microsoft followed up with a $100 price cut (and now a $50 rebate on top of that) on its Xbox 360 Elite. And with the holiday season quickly approaching, Nintendo knew it had to do something. In an effort to not be left behind in the latest round of console price cuts, Nintendo has decided to drop the MSRP of the hot selling Wii by $50. For nearly three full years, the Wii has sold (like crazy) for $249.99. Most stores couldn't even keep them in stock at that point, so up until now, Nintendo really hasn't seen a need to lower the barrier to entry. But when you consider that a Blu-ray supporting PS3 is now just $50 more than a non-HD... Read more...
One million. That's a pretty large number. In fact, that's a really hefty sum. And it's even larger when you hit that figure from 0 in three weeks. That's exactly what Sony has accomplished, as its newest PlayStation 3, hailed by many as the "PS3 slim," has sold one million units since debuting three weeks ago in retail. For Sony, that's a huge accomplishment, as its larger, more expensive PS3 had seen sales sag since the first day on the market.Obviously, the crucial aspect of seeing sales soar was pricing the unit at just under $300. Considering that most decent Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players are still above $200, it's a no-brainer to just get a game console with the deal for just a bit more.... Read more...
The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware has provided an all inclusive option for those in the market for an entire rig, loaded with some of the fastest parts available. Yesterday, Alienware announced the launch of five new configurations, consisting of all new Area 51, Aurora, and M15x gaming systems. Although each option brings something new to the table, we had the chance to check out the Aurora ALX featuring a Core i7 975 processor, X58 microATX motherboard, and two ATI Radeon HD 5870s running in CrossFire mode. If you crave cutting edge technology, then... Read more...
  We know it can be difficult to keep up with all of the latest and greatest hardware. After months of saving up every spare penny, you finally have enough money for that new upgrade that you've been yearning for since its debut. All the reviews are in agreement and you have to own what many are calling the component of the year. Those who don't buy it run the risk of suffering from mediocre benchmark scores or unexceptional frame rates. While those who are able to make the purchase waste no time posting scores on countless tech forums and showing off their new hardware to friends at LAN parties.    Well folks, its that time once again. The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870... Read more...
iBUYPOWER's new Gamer Fire 480, Gamer Fire 600, and Gamer Mage 855 Gaming PCs take advantage of the newly announced ATI Radeon HD 5850 or 5870 graphics cards. Gamers will appreciate the new GPU’s Eyefinity technology, which lets the new Radeon cards drive up to six 30-inch displays. The new graphics cards also lighten the load on the system's processor by taking on tasks like video transcoding. The new Gamer Fire 480 pairs the new ATI Radeon HD 5850 with AMD’s latest 3.1Ghz Dual-Core Phenom II X2 550. This budget-minded system also offers 4GB DDR2 system memory and a 320GB hard drive for just over $800. For a bit more functionality, the Gamer Fire 600 Gaming PC steps up to a triple-core AMD Phenom... Read more...
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