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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Edition

Today, 08:13 AM

Another month of 2015 is in the books, and to welcome in September, we have several items for you to check out. There is a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case, a mid-tower version of the company's Enthoo Pro, and has an affordable price tag along for the ride. AMD's new R7 370 video card gets thrown into a CrossFire test to see how two of them compare to a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950s in SLI. If you're looking at a way to expand your wireless network, perhaps the EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point, which uses 802.11ac, is for you. Finally we have a look back at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of August.

Video Cards
AMD R7 370 Crossfire Testing @ LanOC Reviews

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M @ PC Perspective

EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point @ Benchmark Reviews

20 of the Worst PC Setups - August 2015 @ ThinkComputers

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 31, 2015, Edition

Yesterday, 08:40 AM

The final day of August is here, and with it comes a few items to start your week off. We have a review of the Thermaltake Core X9 case, a massive chassis capable of fitting two systems, two power supplies, and is stackable so you can have one entirely dedicated to water cooling, if you wish. All of that for a case that doesn't even cost $200. There is also a look at the Corsair H110i GTX all-in-one liquid cooler with a 280mm radiator and an improved block to help with the thermal load. Ending today's list of items is the OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD, which features Toshiba NAND and a Toshiba controller to deliver 550MB/s read speeds and 530MB/s write speeds.

Thermaltake Core X9 @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
Corsair H110i GTX @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD @ ThinkComputers

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RIP Wes Craven

Yesterday, 12:16 AM

Wes Craven, a master of horror and creator of the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, passed away earlier Sunday. So many great horror movies and franchises he created, with plenty of scares and screams throughout the years.


Brain cancer. What a bitch.

Dragon Age: Inquisition's Story Wraps Up in the Trespasser DLC; Arrives September 8

29 August 2015 - 04:29 PM

The world of Thedas is in peril once more, but this time from an entirely different threat than anything we've faced before. Two years have passed since the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition (so yes, consider spoilers throughout if you have yet to finish the game), and it appears the Orlesians are unhappy with how things have played out. A trial is held, but something else crops up: a Qunari invasion. In Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser, we're tasked with fighting off a Qunari invasion into southern Thedas, further than they've ever reached before in these numbers. And through Eluvian mirrors, no less, so I wonder what else they may have at their disposal. To make matters worse, it appears the Inquisitor's Mark is threatening their life, although why it's doing so is unknown. Perhaps it was never meant to go that long without a Breach in the sky?

Trespasser takes us across new and familiar parts of Thedas to fight the Qunari, and even a dragon. New equipment and abilities await us, and so does a certain Elf. Perhaps he can help with the Mark? And where has he been these past two years? So many questions, but fortunately we do not have long to go to get those and more answered. Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser arrives on September 8 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. EA Access members can save 10% off the hopefully $14.99 price. Trespasser is set to be the final story DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it certainly looks to send it out with a bang.

In addition to the new DLC, BioWare is also adding in a Golden Nug statue to Skyhold's Undercroft once you beat the game (think New Game+, but with a twist). Clicking on the statue uploads all your schematics, potions, mounts, and any other collectible to the cloud on your platform of choice, and then you can access that content on any character, regardless of point in the game for them. Just have the game completed with one character and you can access it on every other character you have, new or old. We are also getting a wardrobe with more than a dozen different outfits to change into and wear around Skyhold. The Golden Nug and wardrobe will be added into the next patch, so you won't need the Trespasser DLC to enjoy them.

Source: Dragon Age PAX Prime Panel and Dragon Age Website

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Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 28, 2015, Edition

28 August 2015 - 09:05 AM

The final Friday of August brings with it several items to help get your weekend started. There is a review of the ASUS Z170-A motherboard, a competitively priced model that includes many higher quality features usually found on more expensive motherboards. The U10 smartphone from OUKITEL gets reviewed to see what this 64-bit MTK SoC equipped model with a 5" Full HD screen can do. A new case mod takes the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX case and gives it a Tony Stark flair. Lastly, a new podcast covers the latest news and reviews from the past week.

ASUS Z170-A @ PC Perspective

OUKITEL U10 @ Madshrimps

Case Mod Friday: I am Iron Man @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #364 @ PC Perspective

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