Hardware

Meet HS-G700V Cavimanus, the Rumbling Gaming Headset

By Published February 15, 2012 at 5:03 am

Having gone through dozens of headsets over the past years -- each iteration an exploratory phase on what makes headsets so hit-or-miss -- I can honestly say that I've never seen a headset with what is effectively a "rumble pack" built-in.

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Mgame USA has released new information on its new free-to-play MMOG, Rise of the Dragonian (or RODE). A recent press release scheduled their second beta test for this weekend, February 11th and 12th, from 8am to 8pm PST. This will be the final beta test before the game's official release. To encourage gamers to try out their game, Mgame has put large giveaway opportunities on the table.

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Antec Launches Budget Case Dubbed the "One"

By Published February 09, 2012 at 3:29 am

Antec has proven to be a trusted company when it comes to quality gaming cases for years running now. With the recent arrival of their newest case, dubbed the "One," Antec is venturing into the budget arena with this new case (Have more money? Check NZXT's larger Switch 810). The One looks very familiar to the popular Three Hundred Two case, just a bit smaller and more affordable.

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Coming in just under the $60 dollar mark, this case should be a good fit for anyone looking to build a custom PC on a tight budget. If that's new territory to you, check out our how-to guide for building gaming PCs.

For those having trouble cramming massive heatsinks into small boards - particularly MicroATX boards - G.Skill (and a few others) have a solution: "Low Profile RAM," which stands at only 1.26 inches high, is designed to slide unnoticeably under aftermarket CPU heatsinks that are too big and would otherwise collide with RAM.

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NZXT Switch 810 Case Released

By Published February 05, 2012 at 10:57 pm

We've recommended NZXT on occasion in our budget PC guides, but there's something different about this one: It's large, has room for up to 6 fans (almost all of which are 140mm), and is $170 MSRP. The NZXT Switch 810 follows a new trend in gaming case design (like the Thermaltake Snow) that brings a slick, white/black combination as an alternative to an otherwise dark selection of cases.

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NZXT's Switch 810 feels like it's straight out of a Clone Trooper's bedroom -- it's clean-cut and very straightforward. You get what you see (there is a black variation, though). Here's the spec break-down:

If there's anyone that can come up with a product that's part eccentric, part excessive, it's Japan. Of course, if there's anyone to buy that product, it's Americans. Hey, we're all good at something.

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Bit Trade One recently contacted us about their new USB paddle horizontal controller, a device that's been in production for some time in Japan but is just now moving to US markets. The somewhat-modular device is meant more as a general purpose control interface than a gaming controller, it does, however, target some old and retro games directly. In a world that aims on delivering very specific, niche-targeted products, it's exciting to see "MacGyver" style, geeky tools gaining popularity. If you haven't already installed some of our aesthetic PC improvements, you may want to consider giving this half-toy, half-productivity booster a look.

CES 2012 Gaming Case Line-up

By Published January 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

CES exploded with way more gaming hardware than we expected, which is good news, because a few of the classiest chassis-makers have put out word that they're working on several new lines of gaming towers and cases. A great companion guide to the below gaming PC cases is our 2012 Hardware Release Timeline, so go view that if you haven't already. Check out the photos and specs of some of our favorite, new gaming cases (so far) below.

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Steam Uses One Billion GB of Bandwidth in 2011

By Published January 06, 2012 at 6:39 pm

steam-logoWith the days of physical retail hanging on by a strand, this news shouldn't come as much of a surprise to many of you: Steam's digital distribution service reached an all-time high in 2011, securing 14.5 million game registrations and 40 million accounts.

Steam now has 1,800 games listed in its distribution database with a mere 18 of those being free-to-play, but the company promises many more FTP titles in 2012. Valve has consistently reported a 100% sales increase each year.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic has certainly captured our attention, and although beta glitches and gameplay redundancies had us worried for a brief period, most of those have been addressed to some extent now that the game is rolling in full-force.

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Skyrim Save Game Manager Mod

By Published January 05, 2012 at 2:42 am

skyrim-savegameManaging games in Skyrim can be unnecessarily complex when juggling multiple characters or if others use your computer, and while save game managers are no new concept, we thought we'd provide a brief guide on how to make your life easier by using Skyrim save game manager mods.

This is by no means a new mod -- it came out back in November -- but with the recent questions coming in to us via comments, forums, and email, it's time to publish a guide for everyone. Note: If you're looking for how to change your character's individual stats, items, or appearance, this is the article you want. It's simple, here's how it works:

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