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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Edition

Today, 10:05 AM

The middle of the week is here, with several items along the way as you get through the day. We have a review of the MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G video card, sporting a large cooler and custom overclock to keep your games running great on the top of the line model. There's a look at the SilverStone Primera Series PM01 case, featuring an aggressive design and stunning good looks to house your hardware in style. For those needing a new way to control their games, the Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard might do the trick, with its mechanical switches and RGB backlighting. If all you want is some control from a distance, then maybe the Evoluent VerticalMouse C Right Wireless Mouse, which has a unique shape to it, is for you.

Video Cards
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
SilverStone Primera Series PM01 @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Evoluent VerticalMouse C Right Wireless Mouse @ PC Perspective



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Experience All Aspects of the Great War in the Battlefield 1 Single Player Trailer

Yesterday, 11:11 AM

EA's next Battlefield entry, Battlefield 1, is nearly upon us. Multiplayer is always a massive draw in the series, as evidenced by the recent beta drawing in millions, with 64 players battling it out on maps with a range of weapons and vehicles at their disposal. However, multiplayer isn't everything the Battlefield series has to offer, as there is a single player component to the games, too. You can see some of that single player action in the trailer below, as EA gives us a look at the campaign we can experience. Battlefield 1 is set in a bit of alternate version of World War I, but many of the elements should be familiar to anyone who has seen pictures from it. All the footage in the trailer is listed as in-game footage, so it looks impressive, but isn't exactly gameplay footage. Still, it's a nice look at what we can expect, so check it out below.

There's a lot to take in from the trailer, with the single player campaign offering a bit of everything from WWI. A range of settings, explosions, tanks, brutal hand-to-hand combat, trench warfare, and so many deaths happening around you. Battlefield 1's single player should be quite a ride, one we can soak in when the game arrives on October 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: YouTube



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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Edition

Yesterday, 10:57 AM

September is winding down, with Tuesday bringing us several items to check out. We have a review on the Patriot Viper 4 8GB DDR4 3400MHz memory kit, sporting fast speeds and good timings, plus an affordable price tag, for any build that needs it. There's a look at the be quiet! Silent Loop 240 AIO water cooler, featuring a large radiator, support for a range of sockets, and an impressive 350W TDP coverage, this just might be your next CPU cooler. A new smartphone from TP-LINK, the Neffos Y5L, gets reviewed to see what this 4.5" model can do. If you want to better protect your accounts, we have an article looking at using a U2F key to keep your accounts secure. We end on the chance to win a Sumo Air Lounge Chair, because everyone loves the chance to win free stuff!

Memory
Patriot Viper 4 8GB DDR4 3400MHz @ Neoseeker

CPU Cooling
be quiet! Silent Loop 240 AIO Water Cooler @ Madshrimps

Mobile
TP-LINK Neffos Y5L @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Using a U2F Key to Secure Your Google, Dropbox, and GitHub Accounts @ TechSpot
Win a Sumo Air Lounge Chair! @ ThinkComputers



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Hardware Roundup: Monday, September 26, 2016, Edition

26 September 2016 - 10:24 AM

The final week of September is here, with several items to kick off the week. We have a review on the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, the newest revision to the line that packs in a ton of enhanced features for an Intel LGA 2011-v3 build. A pair of NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X video cards, the new Pascal version, get tested in SLI for some 4K and triple monitor gaming to see just what kind of performance they offer. If all you want is some storage, we have two different SSDs for you to wrap things up, as the Crucial MX300 525GB SSD and the Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB get reviewed to test what they can do.

Motherboards
ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 @ PC Perspective

Video Cards
The Ludicrous Graphics Test: Dual GTX Titan SLI for 4K and Triple Monitor Gaming @ TechSpot

Hard Drives/Storage
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD @ Madshrimps
Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SSD @ ThinkComputers



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See What Hardware You Need to Run Sid Meier's Civilization VI

23 September 2016 - 02:35 PM


We draw closer to October and the impending release of Sid Meier's Civilization VI. The latest entry in the long-running series looks to change up the formula some to how the cities and game look, as well as introduce plenty of new features that might require some getting used to, some of which you can see in the video below. It's a pretty sweet look at the combat and how city growth works, so do give it a look! Luckily, Civilization games tend to last a while, giving us all plenty of time to experience and understand everything. And by a while, I mean you can easily lose track of the days while playing a game, especially if you're on marathon mode. Don't say I didn't warn you! One thing that we can experience now are the system requirements for Civilization VI, with many systems capable of running it without issue. It does require a 64-bit operating system, which is a definite plus and if you aren't running a 64-bit OS, now's the time to switch.

Minimum

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 1 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 5570 or NVIDIA 450) 

Recommended

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Fourth generation Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or AMD FX8350 4.0 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 2 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 7970 or NVIDIA 770 or greater)

Like I said, nothing here that many systems don't already have. The Civilization games have always been capable of running on a range of hardware, with Civilization VI continuing that trend. The game does make use of Steam, so even if you get a disc copy, you're going to need to use the Steam client for launching the game. It just means you won't need to keep that disc around after you've installed it.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives on October 21 exclusively for the PC.

Source: Steam Community News



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