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Hardware Roundup: Friday, October 9, 2015, Edition

09 October 2015 - 10:28 AM

The end of the week has arrived, with a few things for you to check out. There is an explanation of the different SD card speed classes, grades, bus modes, and file systems, so if you've ever had a question on what SD card to purchase, this guide should have you covered. A new case mod is highlighted that probably shouldn't be called a case, as the entire system is wall mounted. It has a ton of hardware and water cooling, and is just something to behold. Our final item for the day is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
SD Card Speed Classes, Grades, Bus Modes, and File Systems Explained @ PC Perspective

Case Mod Friday: MAXXPlanck v2 @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #370 @ PC Perspective

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Fallout 4 System Specifications and Release Information Revealed

08 October 2015 - 10:15 AM

Fallout 4 is just over a month away, with many people planning how much time they'll take off from work to explore the Commonwealth or figure out their SPECIAL stats, among others. In addition to that, people were wondering just what kind of computer they would need to run it. Well, wonder no more as Bethesda has revealed the system specifications for Fallout 4, as well as a whole bunch of other release information. For starters, Fallout 4 requires Steam in order to play on PC, which was expected considering Bethesda's recent titles do, too. It also supports Steam Achievements to track your progress and compare it with your friends. Xbox One and Xbox 360 controller support on the PC is supported with no extra adjustments; other controllers are supported, but may need a little extra tweaking. There are some other bits and pieces to know, but those can wait until the systems specifications.


Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent


Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Nothing there is too crazy and many should be able to play it no problem without any extra hardware purchases. The 30GB hard drive size is a touch high, but not excessively so when compared to recent games (consoles need between 28 and 35GB of free space). The 64-bit Windows OS is a nice requirement to see, as is the 8GB of RAM. If you're sitll rocking 4GB, this is definitely the time to upgrade. Video cards should be easily covered by most people, although I can see some purchases in the near future for some. All in all, most people should be able to run Fallout 4 no problem when it arrives on November 10.

The launch date is November 10, but it unlocks at 12:01am EST in the U.S. So that means if you live out on the west coast, you can start playing Fallout 4 at 9:01pm on November 9. In other markets, Fallout 4 unlocks at 12:01am local time on November 10, except in most of Asia where it's 12am on November 11 and December 17 at 12am in Japan. Language support is wide, with North America receiving English and French voice/text; South America has English voice/text and pt-BR and Latin American Spanish text; UK, Australia, and New Zealand are English voice/text; most of Europe gets English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish voice/text; Russia and Poland get English voice/text and Polish and Russian text; most of Asia is English voice/text and English voice/Traditional Chinese text; and Japan is Japanese voice/text.

The Pip-Boy companion app supports Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices, and works with the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One copies of the game. The Pip-Boy Edition Pip-Boy supports the Apple iPhone 6/6s, 5/5s, and 4/4s, and the Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, and S3. Customizable phone inserts can be tailored to your specific phone if you have one other than those listed. Any phone larger than those models will not fit inside the Pip-Boy in order to keep it accurate with the in-game model, but you can still use the Pip-Boy app and go from there.

That should cover just about all there is on Fallout 4 at the present time. We have the system specifications for PC, the console storage size, the release time, Steam support, and Pip-Boy app and Pip-Boy Edition information. Mod support and launch info was previously covered here, where mods will arrive early next year through Bethesda.net. We'll see you in the Commonwealth beginning on November 10 (or a bit before if you're not on the east coast of the U.S.).

Source: Bethesda.net

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, October 8, 2015, Edition

08 October 2015 - 09:44 AM

The first full week of October is drawing to a close, but not before we have some reviews for you to check out. There is another review on the AMD FX-8320E CPU to see what this low power product brings to the table. We also have the SilverStone ML06-E Mini-ITX HTPC case, a sleek yet compact case that can still hold plenty of components while taking up just a little bit of room. The Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 flash drive gets tested to show how quickly you can read and write files to it. Finishing things off today is the Apple iPhone 6s Plus review, where the company's new flagship goes up against the competition in order to show its true colors.

AMD FX-8320E @ Neoseeker

SilverStone ML06-E @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Apple iPhone 6s Plus @ TechSpot

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Edition

07 October 2015 - 09:17 AM

The middle of the week is upon us, and we have a couple of items to help occupy your time. There is a review of the G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 8GB dual channel memory kit, which isn't the company's fastest DDR4 kit, but it should be plenty quick enough for anyone looking to build an Intel Z170-based computer. We also have the Motorola Moto X Style (or Pure, for the US market) smartphone review, a 5.7" phone with a 1440p display and 3GB of RAM that is sure to stand with the flagship phones of other companies.

G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers

Motorola Moto X Style/Pure @ TechSpot

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Microsoft Introduces the Surface Book Laptop

06 October 2015 - 04:04 PM

Microsoft has had its Surface tablet for quite some time, proving to people that a powerful Windows tablet is possible, and one that is also starting to be imitated by the competition. Today Microsoft has a new product that is sure to get collective mouths watering, as it unveiled the Surface Book. This is the company's first laptop and it comes loaded with features, starting with a Maxwell GPU from NVIDIA. It also has either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated Intel HD 520 graphics on models without the NVIDIA GPU, an SSD ranging in size from 128GB to 1TB, and 8 or 16GB of RAM. The Surface Book features a 13.5" PixelSense display with a 3000x2000 resolution touchscreen, which supports ten point multi-touch. It can be used like a regular laptop, making it the first ever true laptop in the Surface line; flip the screen around to take advantage of the Surface Pen and the pen-first mode; or completely detach the screen and use it just like a tablet. Yes, the Surface Book is a laptop, but it still holds true to its heritage and becomes a fully functioning tablet at the push of a button.

Also on the Surface Book is 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a five megapixel front camera, eight megapixel rear camera, dual microphones, front-facing speakers with Dolby audio, and a TPM chip for enterprise security. Connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader, SurfaceConnect, a headset jack, and mini DisplayPort. Battery life is stated to reach 12 hours with video playback, but that can always change based on how much or little you're doing on it.

Windows 10 Pro powers the Surface Book, giving you the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft. The company bills it as a professional laptop, but also one that can hunker down and play some games, with Microsoft's Panos Panay billing it as the perfect device for gamers, developers, architects, scientists, designers, content creators, and just about anyone else you can think of. The NVIDIA GPU can help out immensely in Adobe Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, or just for some gaming to unwind after a long day.

The Microsoft Surface Book arrives on October 26 for $1,499, with the price bumping to $1,899 if it has the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. Each Surface Book comes with the Surface Pen, the keyboard, a power supply, and a one-year warranty. Pre-orders are now live from Microsoft's online store.

Sources: Microsoft and NVIDIA Blog

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