Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card Makes an Appearance

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The GeForce RTX series of cards is the latest technology that NVIDIA (or the industry, for that matter) has to offer, and is a technology that was 10 years in the making. Until now, however, it has been confined to the higher end cards including the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti. RTX features are limited to these cards, and therefore those with deep pockets, and out of reach of most gamers. That is set to change, however, with the introduction of the GeForce RTX 2060, and today we get a peek at Gigabyte’s take on a factory overclocked version, albeit only renders of the card.

MSI Unveils the New Oculux NXG251R Esports Gaming Monitor

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MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, is proud to announce their newest gaming monitor designed for esports athletes, the Oculux NXG251R. With professional esports features, including a tournament-standard 24.5-inch monitor, NVIDIA G-Sync technology to prevent screen tearing, a blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time, the Oculux NXG251R is the ultimate gaming monitor for both professional and gaming enthusiasts.

Creative Unveils Audiophile-Grade Sound BlasterX AE-9 Sound Card

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Creative was once one of the biggest names in computer audio with their Sound Blaster range of ISA and PCI sound cards, but since onboard sound using the Realtek CODECs has become commonplace on motherboards they have become a lot less mainstream. The Sound Blaster Z series of cards such as the ZxR were the last proper high end sound cards that the company made, with the current AE-5 and AE-5 Pure being aimed more at the gaming market, but that is set to change now.

ASUS ROG Announces the Rapture GT-AX11000 – World’s First Tri-band 802.11ax Router

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Wi-Fi gaming router is now available. Featuring support for the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) standard, which includes a variety of new technologies that improve Wi-Fi speed and increase network capacity and coverage, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 satisfies gamers’ demands for ultrafast, networking performance and reliability. As a gaming router, it also offers numerous additional features designed to provide the best online gaming experiences, including triple-level gaming acceleration to reduce ping times and provide low latency gameplay, Game Radar to let gamers find the best game server before connecting, Open NAT for simple, three-step port forwarding and dynamic frequency selection (DFS) to avoid interference from other wireless devices.

11 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Antec Torque TechPowerUp

COOLING ● CPU Coolers for AMD Threadripper ComputerBase German

PERIPHERALS ● 1stplayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard TweakTown

SOUND ● SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Headset TweakTown ● Razer Nommo 2.0 PC Gaming Speakers NAG

Rage 2 is Not Coming to Steam

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Most of us has played the 2010 hit Rage. The post-apocalyptic game that looked like a mix between Mad Max and Borderlands. Personally I was a big fan, and I found the game to be a really fun, open-world shmup. Since its end I’ve been looking forward to the sequel, and now it’s here! But it may no be coming to Steam. Yay.

New Trailer and Release Date for 3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Benchmark

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3DMark Port Royal is the world’s first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers. You can use Port Royal to test and compare the real-time ray tracing performance of any graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX Raytracing.

Introducing the S-Charge for Nintendo Switch

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The ultimate accessory for non-stop gaming fun on the Nintendo Switch has arrived – S-Charge. Incorporating a high capacity battery, improved kickstand and two game card slots, the S-Charge is an extension to your existing device that easily clasps around it.

TP-Link Introduces Two Powerful, Next-Generation WiFi Routers that Support New 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Wireless Standard

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TP-Link , a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today unveiled two new groundbreaking WiFi routers-the Archer AX6000 and the Archer AX11000. Both routers support the new 802.11ax wireless standard, also known as WiFi 6.

10 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Thermaltake Level 20 GT TomsHardware

PERIPHERALS ● HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard HardwareInside German

MONITORS ● MSI Optix MAG271CR KitGuru German

STORAGE ● Asustor AS4004T NAS TweakTown ● QNAP TS-963X NAS TweakTown ● ADATA SX8200 Pro 512GB SSD Vortez ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB SSD ComputerBase German

3DMark Port Royal Release Date and Pricing Revealed

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Further information has been released by UL Benchmarks on the next addition to 3DMark which we look at recently titled Port Royal, which introduces DirectX 12’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) to the benchmark suite.

NZXT Announces Limited Edition NZXT Pan Puck

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NZXT and PUBG Corporation today announced that two icons of PC gaming, the NZXT Puck and the Pan from PUBG, are together at last. The perfect addition to any gaming battlestation, the NZXT Pan Puck will bash your cable management woes while securely storing any audio headset. With the NZXT Pan Puck your headset is always ready for when you drop into the heat of battle.

ENERMAX Launches LIQTECH II, Universal AIO Liquid Cooler

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ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, announces the launch of a new all-in-one liquid cooler series, LIQTECH II. Responding the market demand of cooling solution for high-end CPUs, LIQTECH II can deliver enthusiast-grade cooling capacity of 500+ watts (TDP) and is compatible with both Intel and AMD sockets (except AMD sTR4).

9 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Corsair Obsidian 500D HardwareCooking French

GRAPHICS CARDS ● ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 O8G HardwareCooking French

PERIPHERALS ● Dark Project ME3 Mouse TechPowerUp

SOUND ● Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 External DAC HardwareAsylum

STORAGE ● ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD TechPowerUp

Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Announce Trailer – PS4

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Mortal Kombat is back and better than ever in the next evolution of the iconic franchise. The all new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters

Ashen – XBOX ONE – Launch Trailer

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Ashen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it. At its core, Ashen is about forging relationships. Players can guide those they trust to their camp – together, you might just

Dead by Daylight – Darkness Among Us – Launch Trailer

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When teenagers get involved with an impulsive mastermind, they discover an addictive kind of freedom. Together, they spiral out of control and become the wrong kind of crowd.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – Launch Trailer – PS4

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What happens when you drop into a desert surrounded by enemies? You Loot, Fight, and Swing a pan to the top in PUBG for PS4!

8 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

GRAPHICS CARDS ● AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 XTREME 8G NAG

MEMORY ● Team Group XCalibur RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 Hexus

MOBILE ● Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro AnandTech

MONITORS ● AOC I1601FWUX Portable KitGuru ● MSI Optix MAG27CQ and MPG27CQ TechSpot

MOTHERBOARDS ● Supermicro X11SCA-W AnandTech

STORAGE ● Seagate BarraCuda 500 GB SSD AnandTech ● LaCie Rugged RAID Pro Tweaktown

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Becomes Free to Play, Includes Battle Royale Mode

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Counter-Strike is one of the most popular FPS games of the last two decade, with a legacy going back to the original Half-Life when the first version of Counter-Strike was a mod for the game until Valve purchased the rights and started releasing stand-alone versions such as Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and the latest addition (which is already six years old), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the years the game has remained largely the same, although CS:GO adding the likes of Arms Race mode to the mix. Given its age, it is no longer the money pit that it once was, with most revenue generated by the sale of in-game items including skins. In an attempt to gain even more players, Valve has now made CS:GO free to play.

Epic Launches Their Own Games Store Launches, Offers Developers 88% of Revenue

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The segregation of gaming platforms in about to get even larger, with Epic launching the Epic Games Store where developers are offered 88% of revenue, an increase from Steam offering 70%. While the jump might not seem too large, Steam takes the remaining 30% while Epic Games Store will only take 12% for unlimited download capacity, rolling out of patches and DRM.

Agency in South Korea Teases Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 7 3700X

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Zen 2 is probably the most anticipated architecture from either camp, with AMD finally surpassing Intel in terms of manufacturing process for the first time in many years, and realises AMD’s vision of bringing high core count processors to the desktop market in a chiplet design. Set to release during the course of 2019.

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo Sighted

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No, that wasn’t a typo. This isn’t the Asus Turbo Edition, even though it too makes use of a blower-type cooler seen on the Asus card. To be honest, the point of this card is a bit of a puzzle as Gigabyte already has a blower-cooled RTX 2080 Ti, and the Aorus brand is normally reserved to their high-end offerings while blower coolers are generally seen on reference and entry-level cards.

Far Cry New Dawn Takes Place in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting, Direct Sequel to Far Cry 5, Releases 15 February

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Ubisoft has announced the latest addition to the Far Cry family titled New Dawn which takes place in the same location as Far Cry 5 – Hope County, New Montana. The difference here is that New Dawn is set 17 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a global nuclear catastrophe.

Ryzen 3000 Range Leaked

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TechPowerUp has reported that one of their readers hinted at the upcoming Zen 2 consumer and high-end desktop processors from AMD, the Ryzen 3000 series. There is an abundance of information including with the image submitted, including SKUs, clock speeds, estimated overclocks, core counts, manufacturing processes, iGPU and pricing. Something which immediately caught our attention was the reintroduction of the Duron brand, along with the new Ryzen 9 family.