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I'm proud to announce the initiation of a new video series from the GN team: TechRAID! We've been kicking this idea around for quite a few months now, but finally got around to working out the logistics and concept: This new video series aims to bring you all the latest in tech & gaming hardware news in a few-minute span, meaning you'll be able to keep up with all the latest in gaming hardware without having to read every single news article on a daily basis. The plan is to post these videos twice a month (~fortnightly), but if you'd like to see them more frequently, please request it in the comments section and we'll work to record more!

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This is very much a "trial run" or pilot episode of the video series, so we value your input more than ever! It is incredibly helpful to receive reader insight and guidance early in the development of a new recurring segment, as it'll help us shape the content going forward. Remember, GN answers to no one except our readers; we have no corporate overlords, so this site is built to accommodate your needs.

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A new beta driver for nVidia's GeForce GPUs is providing huge jumps in performance, as they always seem to do. NVidia typically releases a new driver at least once a month, often launching public-facing X-Rev beta versions before A-Rev iterations. This new driver is tailored for Crysis 3 and the games released around the holidays--some older games saw performance boosts as well.

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The last day of CES was a magical time: Filled with indelible back pain, a vocal hoarseness unachievable through usual means, and (for the first time all show) a free hour to walk around, we were able to spot some truly innovative designs on the show floor. We first encountered In-Win on the Monday before CES 2013 (when we inadvertently snuck in -- oops), but were not allowed to share their unique new chassis with you until later.

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In-Win's new DIY case, dubbed the D-Frame (a successor to their X-Frame), aims to suit the DIY system builder in every way possible. We've got a video walkthrough below, but let's start with a quick visualization:

The Craziest Gaming PCs & Case Mods at CES 2013

By Published January 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

It's good to just enjoy some photos on occasion, right? This post is a simple gallery of all our favorite gaming PC builds at CES 2013 (and some of the best case mods and enthusiast PCs). That's all there is to it. Hit the home page for full, in-depth coverage on everything, or simply continue below to see some our CES 2013 PC gaming photo gallery.

Comment and let us know what you think!

- Steve.

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Finding the right keyboard to fit your gaming style is no simple task, but we'll assert that when you find the right one, you'll know it – it immediately clicks. Heh. In a gamer's search for the perfect peripheral, you'll discover that there are really two different categories of devices readily available on the market:

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If you've ever just wanted to grab something inside your display and rip it out of its virtual existence, you may be Intel's newest fan: at CES 2013, Intel was demonstrating the development of what they've dubbed Perceptual Technology (in coordination with Creative). Perceptual Technology input asks you to think about PC interactions differently and more naturally, although the new interactions feel abstract to experienced desktop users. No longer are you limited to the keyboard and mouse – with PT, users are given the tools to manipulate any compatible application with hand gestures, facial expressions, and eye-tracking.

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While at this booth we were quite literally able to throw a companion cube from Portal 2 with the flick of a wrist, and I must admit that it was somewhat satisfying. Here’s a rough demo video we shot – the audio is unimportant (just background noise from the convention), but it should give a relative idea of how the thing works.

My first gaming PC build actually used an old Antec case – long discontinued at this point – but since then, I’ve closely followed their progression in the market. The company has produced some of the undisputed leaders in sales and innovation, specifically in the form of the Antec 900, which was almost single-handedly responsible for guiding case design methodologies toward our modern featureset. The 1100 has been ranked one of the highest cases on performance benchmarks for thermals, reigning in the top few for most of its shelf-life. Not all of their products are hard-hitters, as with any company, but we do have solid evidence that Antec at least is capable of predicting future demand for upcoming features in gaming cases.

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NZXT announced at this year’s CES three new additions to its HALE90 power supply series: the HALE90 V2 850W, 1000W, and 1200W PSUs. This is NZXT’s first fully-modular power supply series.

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Zalman's nickel-plated copper air coolers have been one of the most attractive units on the market for some time now – sleek, gray/black, and still copper. It works well in gaming and enthusiast systems, to be sure. The 9900 Max and 9900 DF are great examples that compete with other equally-sharp designs, like the Tuniq Tower 120 or CM T812.

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Although we’ve previously posted about Rosewill’s new Armor Evolution series case and the THRONE and mechanical Helios keyboard, but as of tonight we’ve finally gotten some hands-on time with the company’s new gaming equipment. We were joined by Buu Ly, Product Marketing at Rosewill, and Chinny Chuang, owner of awesome name and Marketing Manager at Rosewill, to get an extensive hands-on with the new gaming offerings.

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