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Hardware Roundup: Monday, July 27, 2015, Edition

Today, 08:21 AM

The final week of July kicks off today, and if you're in need of a new vide card, you're in luck. We have a review of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! video card, which offers a factory overclock and a stellar looking cooler that should keep things from getting out of control. On the AMD side of things, we have the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB, the Sapphire Nitro R9 390, and the PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB video cards. All offer factory overclocks and custom coolers, with some ramping up the overclocks as high as it can go. Our final item for the day is a review of Windows 10, the latest OS from Microsoft that arrives on Wednesday.

Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ ThinkComputers
HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB @ Madshrimps
Sapphire Nitro R9 390 @ LanOC Reviews
PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB @ Bjorn3D

Operating Systems
Windows 10 @ TechSpot

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Hardware Roundup: Friday, July 24, 2015, Edition

24 July 2015 - 09:06 AM

The end of the week has arrived, with July's end nearly in sight, too. Before that arrives, we have some items for you to check out, starting with the Keycool Hero 84. This is a mechanical keyboard in a smaller format, similar to a 60% keyboard, but one that still keeps the arrow keys for those who need them. A new case mod apparently still in the planning stages is showcased, using a CM Storm Trooper case, rigid water tubing, and a red and black scheme. Lastly a new podcast covers the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Keycool Hero 84 @ LanOC Reviews

Case Mod Friday: Project Imagination @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #359 @ PC Perspective

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Bethesda Announces the Fallout Anthology for PC

23 July 2015 - 04:19 PM

QuakeCon kicked off today, and during the opening ceremony, Bethesda's Pete Hines started it off with a blast: Fallout Anthology. For the first time, gamers can pick up a collection containing Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout: New Vegas: Ultimate Edition in one handy package. And since this is the Fallout universe we're talking about, Bethesda is packaging the whole thing in a collectible Fat Man mini-nuke container, complete with bomb sounds. All five Fallout games included in the Anthology feature a sweet collectible case with custom artwork from each game on it, and there is even room inside the mini-nuke for your copy of Fallout 4 (well, if you didn't get a digital copy). There's no word if GFWL has been removed from Fallout 3 (I would have to imagine it is) or if everything is optimized for Windows 7 and beyond, but I would have to say Bethesda took care of that.

The Fallout Anthology arrives only for PC on September 29 in North America and October 2 in Europe. It will set you back $50, with pre-orders now live.

Source: Bethesda Blog

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, July 23, 2015, Edition

23 July 2015 - 09:09 AM

The week is drawing to its end, but not before we have some items for you to check out. There is a review on the GIGABYTE X99 SLI motherboard, which packs in plenty of features without  breaking the bank. We also have the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case, a mid-tower model that still offers most of what you get with the larger models, just in something more compact. Crucial's 16GB Ballistix Elite DDR4 RAM kit, running at 2666MHz, gets put to the test. For those needing some more storage for their home network, we have looks at the QNAP TS-453mini and TVS-463-8GB NAS, as well as the Synology DS414slim NAS. The Deepcool Captain 240 liquid CPU cooler gets retested to see if a new model not damaged during shipping performs how it should. Lastly the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus mini-PC gets reviewed to see how it stacks up to the competition.


Phanteks Enthoo Pro M @ Benchmark Reviews

CPU Cooling
Retested: Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Crucial 16GB Ballistix Elite 2666MHz @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS414slim and QNAP TS-453mini NAS @ TechSpot
QNAP TVS-463-8GB NAS @ Bjorn3D

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus @ Bjorn3D

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Edition

22 July 2015 - 09:07 AM

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items to interest you this day. We have a review of the Deepcool Assassin II CPU cooler, a dual tower packing two fans, eight heat pipes, and its own four-port fan hub. There is also a look at the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition gaming laptop, which offers solid performance without costing you an arm and a leg. Wrapping things up for today is the VKWorld VK6735 smartphone, a budget-friendly model offering a 1GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android 5.1.

CPU Cooling
Deepcool Assassin II @ ThinkComputers

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition @ PC Perspective

VKWorld VK6735 @ Madshrimps

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