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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, April 28, 2016, Edition

Yesterday, 08:29 AM

The week and April are both nearly at an end, but not before we have a few items for you to check out today. We have a review on the AMD A10-7890K APU, the company's fastest APU yet that won't break the bank, as it carries a $150 price tag and a 4.1GHz base clock speed. For some memory needs, there's a look at the G.SKILL Trident Z 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 kit, bringing a ton of speed and capacity for those on Z170 or X99 systems. Housing everything requires a case, so maybe the Thermaltake Versa N21, a stylish mid-tower model, is the perfect solution.

AMD A10-7890K APU @ Neoseeker

G.SKILL Trident Z 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 (F4-3200C15D-32GTZ) @ Madshrimps

Thermaltake Versa N21 @ ThinkComputers

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Edition

27 April 2016 - 09:06 AM

Wednesday is here, with a few items to help get you over the middle of the week. There is a review of the NZXT Manta Mini-ITX case, an unusual looking model that is tiny, yet should be big enough to fit a ton of hardware inside thanks to its outward curves. To help keep things cool, perhaps the CRYORIG M9i CPU Cooler, with its budget-friendly price and tower-style design, is the best solution for those needing just a little bit of cooling boost. If a new keyboard is what you need, then the Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE, with its new Cherry MX Speed switches, just might get your gaming to the next level.

NZXT Manta Mini-ITX @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
CRYORIG M9i CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE @ Benchmark Reviews

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Fallout 4's Creation Kit Finally Arrives; PC Mods Now, XBO in May, PS4 in June

26 April 2016 - 02:31 PM

At long last, the Creation Kit is here for Fallout 4, bringing with it the official tools to properly build and integrate mods into Bethesda's latest RPG. Of course, this hasn't stopped modders since the game came out in November, as the Nexus has more than 8,000 files available to downloa and work into your game (I'm already up over 180 installed mods on my copy). It's an impressive amount when you consider these modders have done it all without the Creation Kit, so now we can only go up from here in terms of content and options. New quests, voiced companions and NPCs, new lands, more outfits and weapons, expanded dialogue, and far more is possible with the Creation Kit, with everything handled inside of Fallout 4. That's right, you can browse, download, install, provide feedback, and select favorites from inside the Mods menu in Fallout 4. For the Creation Kit, you just have to grab the Bethesda.net launcher and go from there. It's all quite streamlined and simple, which is nice to have for a game.

To go with the Creation Kit, Bethesda has an update on mods for the consoles. The Xbox One will receive mod support in May, with PlayStation 4 getting it in June. Any mod posted to Bethesda.net can be downloaded on your console of choice, while anything not shared there is PC-only. Bethesda did say some mods won't be allowed on Bethesda.net and the consoles, but for the most part any you can find on the Nexus will more than likely be available on all platforms. The Creation Kit is still considered an open beta, so features may change over time, but it's nice to have the official tools either way. Now we can see what kind of mods and creations await us, along with the Far Harbor DLC next month and whatever else Bethesda has planned later this year.

Sources: Bethesda.net and Nexus

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Edition

26 April 2016 - 08:22 AM

Tuesday is here, bringing with it a couple of items for you to check out as we edge ever closer to the end of April. There is a review on the RIOTORO CR1280 Prism case, a full tower design featuring RGB color options throughout and enough space inside for whatever components you can find. For those needing some power, the be quiet! Pure Power 9 600W PSU gets tested to see what this entry-level model can bring to the table.

RIOTORO CR1280 Prism @ Neoseeker

Power Supplies
be quiet! Pure Power 9 600W @ PC Perspective

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, April 25, 2016, Edition

25 April 2016 - 09:27 AM

The final week of April is here, bringing a few items along for the ride in order to start things off. There is a look at what is expected to be the full details of AMD's upcoming Radeon Pro Duo video card, a massive beast shoving two Fury X GPUs onto a single board to make it the new champion card. For those needing a small new home for their system or future system, the Fractal Design Core 500 case, with its mini-ITX design and support for water cooling, just might be the solution. Ending things for today is a way to get your dance groove on with the Edifier M1370BT 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System, which can connect to Bluetooth devices or via a wire for those still sticking to our ancient ways.

Video Cards
AMD Radeon Pro Duo Preview - Final Details Leak @ PC Perspective

Fractal Design Core 500 @ ThinkComputers

Edifier M1370BT 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System @ Madshrimps

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