Hardware

GUI ENB Customizer for Skyrim

By Published May 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Our Skyrim hardcore overhaul we published earlier left -- deep down -- a bit of an empty spot: We wanted more lighting and graphics. The ENB series of environmental and atmospheric lighting effects has always been one of the most powerful tools (as exhibited in GTA4) in modding, but some of its interpretations are over-exposed or otherwise a bit "off."

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Dorian G over at Skyrim Nexus has launched his new ENB Customizer, which features a GUI and sliders (insert visual basic jokes here) for ENB optimization and user-customizable lighting.

It doesn't get much easier than this, here's a preview:

Skyrim hasn't been known to be the most optimized game for PC gamers, but it is quite flexible in its requirements; after installing our graphics mod overhaul, though, even those of us with powerful PCs could use an extra FPS and performance kick.

nvidia-skyrim-updateImage courtesy of Rendermaxx from Skyrim Nexus.

Duel Builds: Diablo 3 Themed Gaming PCs

By Published May 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

It's here. Well, almost. It will be tomorrow. To commemorate the launch of Diablo 3, we've put together another Duel Builds gaming PC set -- similar to our Sith vs. Jedi builds of a few months ago for SWTOR.

In this thematic combat, we have a $558 Evil Diablo AMD build vs. a $2000 Enthusiast Tyrael Intel build embattled for greatness and glory; both systems are incredibly powerful for their prices, and both will have no problem playing Diablo 3 on high/maxed settings.

Don't question if you can play Diablo 3 on your computer again -- we have you covered with these configurations. That said, if you are unsure of whether you can play it on your current rig, post below.

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Blood Bowl's like football, except it's bloody, has fantasy races, legalizes curb-stomping the quarterback, and is actually interesting. It's been a while since our Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition review, where we looked into the franchise that throws cold-blooded murder, deceit, dark elves, dwarves, treants, and more into an arena with a spiked, deadly football (likely made of halfing skin), but now we have a new game to look out for: Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition. That's a lot of colons.

Below are several Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

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Rosewill’s Newest R5 Gaming Case for Under $100

By Published April 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We broke the first news about Rosewill’s fully-featured R5 “sleeper mid-tower” gaming case at PAX East 2012; Rosewill has been busy revamping the prototype that we got hands-on time with and, as a result of adding more features, has bumped the price a bit. Let’s take a look at what Rosewill calls “a top-ranking gaming case at under $100.”

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New Cube World Terrain Screenshots

By Published March 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Cube World's been rapidly approaching its highly-anticipated alpha / beta stages, and after covering it in our very first episode of Saturday Heat Signature, where we previewed the game, we've followed its advancements closely. The last update was on new dungeons and caves, but this time Wollay's amped up the terrain and clouds of Cube World. You can view some of the newest screenshots below!

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RAIDMAX Puts Out Gundam-Themed 'Agusta' Case

By Published March 15, 2012 at 5:05 am

Gaming cases tend to follow iterative trends for each year: This year, that trend seems to be preferential toward bulky, boxy, edgy (literally), chiseled, fear-instilling exteriors. RAIDMAX took note of this, evidently, as their newest upper-range chassis takes the form of a Gundam mech on its exterior (perhaps a good case for a Hawken build?).

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Our recent budget gaming PC build featured RAIDMAX's preeminent "Blackstorm" mid-range case, and as we've learned from that build, the company can pack a punch with the sheer amount of features included in their products.

The Ever-Humble 'Genius' Releases Fancy Keyboard

By Published February 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Following up with their rumble-pack headset, Genius has now announced their "Imperator Pro" gaming keyboard that's spec'd primarily for MMO and RTS gamers; as a new add-on to their existing GX series keyboard, the newest keyboard includes three gaming profiles, six programmable macro keys, and this is the cool part, has a fully customizable RGB backlight system that has varying levels of brightness and color coordination. Although primarily meant for looks, these color selections could certainly aid visually when you fall off your primary keyset.

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Samsung Launches Very Shiny SD Cards

By Published February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Samsung continues to branch into the many different electronics fields and has opted to update its line of SD cards with new, shiny models.

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Ranging from 2GB to 32GB, the new Class 7 (7MB/s write; 24MB/s read) SDHC and Micro SD cards will be available with brushed metal aesthetics to bring a bit of pizzazz to your mobile memory needs. Granted, SD cards are normally tucked away and out of sight.

Trying to secure its presence in the newly-crowded tablet market, Samsung has unveiled an interesting new device to the market.

Dubbed a "smart notebook crossover PC," Samsung is showing off a new form factor in the PC/ultrabook market, the "slate form factor," and says they will target educators as well as business-to-business communications with this device.

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