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Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Adds Spill Protection

I'm a simple man. I like simple things, like keyboards that go 'clack' and don't have any bells and whistles. The latest Razer Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard does one of those things and includes a new feature that I never realised I wanted: spill protection. Read More >>

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Would You Buy A New PC Based On Its 3DMark Score?

If you were shopping in a big-box retail store for an off-the-shelf PC, would having a concrete, comparative performance figure help your buying decision? Futuremark, maker of 3DMark and PCMark, has teamed up with Elkjøp Nordic — one of the largest computer chains in northern Europe — to benchmark its brand new PCs and organise them into categories for buyers to choose from. Read More >>

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Nvidia’s Volta GV100 GPU Is Ridunkulous

Announced at GTC 2017, the Tesla V100 is an enterprise-level processor powered by the Volta GV100 GPU: the first chip in the world built with a 12nm FFN process. A single Volta GV100 packs in 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 320 texture units and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface with a boost clock speed of 1455MHz. It's equipped with 640 Tensor Cores capable of providing 120 teraflops of tensor operations. (And yes, it will totally play Crysis - one day.) Read More >>

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What All of Your Computer’s Specs Really Mean

Computer specs can be a baffling mix of acronyms and numbers at the best of times, but it’s worth learning something about them: It’ll help you choose a new computer, troubleshoot your old computer, and generally understand more about the relationship between the specs on the page and the experience you’re getting. Read More >>

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If You Don’t Think You Need a Standalone Graphics Card, This Sub-£100 GPU Will Change Your Mind

For nearly a decade, common sense has dictated that most people don’t need a standalone graphics card in their computer. Gamers need them to make rich titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider hum, and some professionals, like video editors and 3D designers, need them to take the pain out of rendering huge multimedia files. For everyone else, a video card has been treated more like a luxury item than a necessary computer component. But AMD’s $80 (UK price TBA, but who are we kidding it'll probably be £80) Radeon RX 550, a graphics card that costs a bit less than two brand new games you’ll render on it, is such a good value that it might make you rethink the notion that a graphics card is a splurge you should skip. Read More >>

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Microsoft Tests Auto Refunds for Xbox One and Windows 10

Microsoft is testing a self-service refunds system on Xbox One that also applies to Windows 10 users, which lets people get their money back as long as they've not been hammering the game in question all weekend. Read More >>

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How Windows 10’s Game Mode Makes Your Games Run Faster

In a feature live in a beta Windows 10 build, Microsoft has unveiled "Game Mode" - a feature designed to optimise your computer's CPU and GPU usage for video games. Read More >>

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This Fix Stops Cortana From Breaking Your Windows 10 Search Results

Don't let Windows 10 get you down! If you've found the operating system's search functionality has suddenly stopped working, it's possible Cortana is to blame. Unfortunately, killing Cortana won't have an effect — you'll need to tinker with Windows Firewall instead. Read More >>

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Nvidia Wants to Bring Old PCs Back from the Dead With Gaming “Revival Kit”

Nvidia's had an idea for a Christmas present you could get your dad -- a box of PC upgrades to bring any old lump up to a decent modern standard that should be able to manage most of the newest games at decent-ish settings, as long as you plug it all in right and have a CPU that's not so old it has wood veneer sides. Read More >>

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Oculus Lowers Tech Spec Barriers to VR Entry

The maker of the Oculus Rift VR headset has slightly lowered the minimum tech requirements needed to have a PC validated for the VR experience, thanks to a new software technique that lets the machine better fill in skipped frames. Read More >>

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This Laptop is Two Computers in One Thanks to Swappable Modules

We were impressed with how InFocus managed to cram a half-decent computer into its Kangaroo mini PC that’s no larger than a paperback novel. But we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the company’s latest creation: a laptop dock that lets you swap in even tinier Windows 10 PC modules. Read More >>

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The Moment No Man’s Sky Turned Me Into That Matthew McConaughey GIF

Yep. You know the one. The Interstellar one. This one: Read More >>

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No Man’s Sky Launch Day Patch is Bloody Huge (In a Good Way)

Five years in the making, the infinite digital space of sci-fi explorathon No Man's Sky is finally almost here. Launching tomorrow, the game that you'll find on your disc is but a mere shadow of the complete picture however, with the details of a huge day one patch just been revealed by Sean Murray, the top dog over at developer Hello Games. Read More >>

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These are the Average Gaming PC Hardware Specs (and VR Barely Registers)

PC gaming is usually defined by its ability to chase the most intense hardware capabilities, from multi-monitor super high-resolution gaming through to the most immersive of virtual reality experiences. So it may come as something of a surprise to see that a survey of Steam users – the premier PC gaming platform – reveals the average specs of most PC gamers to be so, well, average. Read More >>

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Xbox Play Anywhere for Xbox One and PC Launches on 13th September

Microsoft is no fool. It knows that the Xbox One is having a hard time keeping up with the PS4, so it's started diversifying by offering support to one of the more neglected sectors of the gaming world - PC gamers. Xbox Play Anywhere is the first serious part of that support, and Microsoft has revealed it's launching on 13th September. Read More >>