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Gigabyte's New 6000DPI Toy: The Force M7 Thor

By Published November 01, 2012 at 2:02 am

Gigabyte has revealed the next in its "FORCE" line of high-end gaming peripherals: the Force M7 Thor gaming mouse. With a 6000 DPI laser sensor, it should work well for twitch-gaming applications and Ultra-HD resolution displays (3840x2160).

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This past weekend was Sacramento's Intel-sponsored LANFest 2012, where gamers and hardware vendors amassed to benefit local charities, play some games, and show off their systems. We had a chance to head over to LANFest and talk with Antec about cases and PSUs, Gigabyte, who showed us their best motherboard offerings and talked UEFI BIOS, and ASUS' ROG division, also with motherboards.

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You'll also find a case modding gallery on the second page, from those who brought their modded rigs to the convention!

ASRock's latest Z77 Extreme11 motherboard looks like they're selling wreckage from an alien ship. They've come one step closer to facilitating the full potential of decked-out SSD RAID arrays and stacks of GPUs.

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If you've decided you actually need a Z77 chipset, ASRock is happy to oblige. Here's what they have to offer:

Let's recap from 2011:

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The netbook was:

  • Expensive - high base price of $349.
  • Laggy - HD video would stutter and in-browser games would lag because of the weak Celeron 867 (1.3GHz) and Atom N570 CPUs.
  • Difficult to Navigate - windows and files were tedious to browse.

 

Fast-forward to now.

The new Samsung Chromebook is:

  • Cheaper – only $249.
  • Snappy – new 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5.
  • Easy to navigate – newly added file browser and improved window management.
  • Ultra small – at 2.4 lbs. and .8" thick, this is one tiny notebook.

In a recent press release, AMD announced their "Never Settle" bundle, which includes a 20% off coupon for Medal of Honor: Warfighter Deluxe Edition and free game codes for Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs with the purchase of select video cards. In addition to this, AMD has released their "Never Settle" improvement for the AMD Catalyst suite and their drivers.

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Lian-Li PC-7H Case Mod Contest

By Published October 22, 2012 at 12:16 am

The team over at Lian-Li just started a worldwide case mod contest! Lian-Li, founded in the mid-80s, specializes in brushed and anodized aluminum cases - particularly high-end ones. They're trying to promote their latest product -- the simplistically styled, yet incredibly functional PC-7H Mid Tower Chassis. In traditional Lian-Li style, the case focuses on build quality before anything else -- the PC-7H actually reminds me somewhat of Fractal Designs' cases, especially with its sleek exterior.

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Torvalds on HDDs: "Get thee behind me, Satan."

By Published October 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Hard drives are the spawn of hell. They clunk, tick, and kerdunk their way to inevitable death. The very nature as a mechanical devices makes them unreliable and slow, and for high-end use, there's no reason not to get an SSD.

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Magnetically-inclined demons is what they are. At least, that's what one of the most intelligent, wacky, animated contributors to the technology industry says.

Linus Torvalds, the man behind the Linux and a driving factor in the open-source movement, has admitted that he outright refuses to use systems with magnetic spindle drives. Slashdot hosted a chat session between its users and Torvalds last Thursday, where Torvalds -- the very one who eloquently quipped, "NVidia, fuck you!" -- showed his hate for hard drives.

amd-fx-cpuAn unnamed source recently informed Reuters that AMD is to experience layoffs "close to a range of 10 percent to 20 percent" of their global workforce. Other news agencies have reported 20-30 percent. If these reports are true, it won't be a first for AMD; the company previously cut 10 percent of its workforce in November 2011, and as of February this year, was resting at just under 12,000 employees.

With thousands of employees potentially at risk of losing their jobs -- including those in engineering and marketing positions -- we can clearly see that AMD is no longer the competitive powerhouse it was in the Athlon64 days. In fact, AMD warned investors about its Q3 revenue showing a 10 percent decline, previously forecasted at 1 percent.

The large drop in revenue was "due to weaker than expected demand across all product lines, caused by the challenging macroeconomic environment," reported AMD. The recent surge in tablet and mobile interest could be a catalyst of this decline.

The announcement, which noted that impending product lines could be impacted by the layoffs, rapidly spooked investors, causing a 42 percent decrease in AMD's stock. This brought their share down to $2.78, a three-year low. Intel's stock wasn't immensely affected by the decline in the PC market, but has been in decline since April. Intel, though, is a much more resilient company than AMD because of its significant lead in the market; at the time of this article's writing, Intel's market cap is about 56 times higher than AMD's.

New Ultrabooks May Change PC Gaming Marketshare

By Published October 09, 2012 at 12:42 am

Ultrabooks: You’ll be seeing more of them, just you wait. As mobile processors continue to adopt powerful integrated graphics chips, as we've seen in AMD's Trinity and Intel's 3rd Generation CPUs, portable equipment will be more viable than ever as mini-gaming platforms. A recent study by NPD DisplaySearch predicts that ultrabook sales will skyrocket in the coming years, despite a rocky and dissatisfying initial reception.

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Super Skyrim Bros: Mario Mod for Skyrim

By Published October 04, 2012 at 1:32 pm

If the Minecraft-like Retro mod wasn't enough for you -- and if that Gangnam Style Skyrim animated dance didn't fill an empty void in your heart -- we've now spotted a "Super Skyrim Bros" mod that turns Bethesda's Skyrim into... well, Super Mario Brothers.

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The mod is a total conversion/mini-game mod for Skyrim and adds new enemies, items, mechanical interactions, and an entirely new "kingdom." The mod introduces the player to a separated mini-game within Skyrim, but the worlds are individual and will otherwise not interact; that means you can install this mod and play in the Mario world without impacting your Skyrim settings. Continue on for the video.

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