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Join Marco, Dave and Jason today for our Two And A Half Geeks Webcast! We be kick around our Intel IDF coverage, the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, DirectX 12 graphics performance with Ashes Of The Singularity, the hot Asus ZenPad S, gaming on Windows 10 and more... Show Notes: 01:40 - Intel Skylake Architecture Preview Quick Take From IDF 2015           - Intel Skylake Gen9 Series Graphics Architecture Unveiled           - He Pours Liquid Nitrogen On An Intel Skylake CPU At IDF. What Happens Next...        ... Read more...
It's a little hard to believe, but it's been nearly two full months since WB yanked Batman: Arkham Knight from store shelves due to the substantial amount of bugs it shipped with. As of the time of writing, sales still haven't resumed. At the end of June, we learned that WB would be implementing a number of major fixes in the near-future, but it's comical to look back all that way and see that we're still in need of much more work. Today, the company posted on its official forums that a patch will be released shortly that should make the game even more playable. At the forefront, the patch fixes... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 950, based on the company’s GM206 GPU. If you remember, the GM206 debuted on the GeForce GTX 960, which launched a few months back. As the new card’s name suggests though, the GM206 used on the GeForce GTX 950 isn’t quite as powerful as the one used on the GTX 960.We’ll have more details on the GPU itself below (hint: it’s got a couple of SMs disabled) and will show off and benchmark a couple of retail-ready cards from EVGA and ASUS on the pages ahead. Before we move on though, we should talk about NVIDIA’s positioning of... Read more...
Windows 10 is finally here. The new OS has been spit-shined and primed for an official release. As advertised, Windows 8/8.1 users can upgrade to the new operating system, provided that current Win8 installs have been properly activated. Make sure you check our comprehensive Migration Guide for details on upgrades and clean installs. MSFT's new operating system ushers in a host of new features and functions for media lovers and productivity. Part of the kit and caboodle is a brand new browser, embedded Microsoft Office, Cortana search assistant inclusion and most importantly for us gamers--the... Read more...
Laptops are mostly static devices. What we mean by that is, for the vast majority of laptops, what you get at the time of purchase is what you get, and that's that. Unlike a desktop system, in which each individual component is upgradeable without too much fuss, only certain parts of a laptop are user replaceable, at least without some serious deconstruction and maybe even a bit of modding . Typically, laptop makers provide easy access to the RAM and storage, though everything else is either soldered in place or otherwise proprietary for various reasons (whitebooks not withstanding, of course).... Read more...
When Microsoft introduced the ability to stream Xbox One games to the PC earlier this year, through its just-released Windows 10 OS, a common thought that came to many was, "Why couldn't we stream our PC games to our Xbox?" Well, believe it or not, that's going to be happening. In an interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the feature is coming, and now, last week's announcement that the Xbox One can now use a keyboard and mouse makes a whole lot more sense. The ability to stream PC games to a TV isn't that interesting anymore, as there are many, many solutions out there... Read more...
PC enthusiasts tend to spend a lot of time sitting in front of their systems. We spend hundreds of dollars on monitors, graphics cards, and processors without a second thought, to ensure the best experience we can afford. So, why do so many of us sit ourselves down in inexpensive and inadequate thrones for extended computing and gaming sessions?If your body is your temple, does it not deserve the finest in enthusiast seating? There are two prominent companies crafting these enthusiast chairs, DXRacer and Maxnomic, though there are a plethora of smaller players as well.  DXRacer was a pioneer... Read more...
There's no shortage of ways to get games on your TV, but that doesn't matter to Comcast, because it wants to offer one of the more compelling ones. Perhaps it'll be able to pull that off on account of the fact that it's teaming up with EA, a company that knows a thing or two about games. Alright, I'll say it: Comcast and EA are two of the most hated companies on the planet, so to see them team up almost seems like two evil deities teaming up to further ruin the world. But without being snarky, this collaboration does have some high points, all of which are quite obvious from the get-go. Comcast's... Read more...
When Xotic PC asked us to be judge and jury of its Executioner gaming system, we thought to ourselves, "this better be one helluva setup to warrant its killer moniker," and spoiler alert, it is. We'll get to the benchmarks and other particulars in due time, but there's more to this $6,500 PC than raw performance alone. Yes, we said $6,500, which is the rounded up cost of the version Xotic PC sent us. When shopping an Executioner, you begin by picking one of four baseline setups dubbed Stages 1-4. Ours is a Stage 4 configuration that starts at just shy of $5,100, though with the custom upgrades... Read more...
With the passing of Nintendo's beloved President and CEO Satoru Iwata, an inevitability arises: the company needs a highly capable successor. We're sure Nintendo itself is still in the initial steps of deciding on a successor, but the collective Web has wasted no time in naming someone who would be perfect to head the big N: Shigeru Miyamoto. While Nintendo has a number of popular faces, it's hard to beat the presence of Miyamoto -- he's a living legend. He cares a lot about games and gamers, and he has an incredible history that easily qualifies him to take the helm. We... Read more...
In case there was ever any doubt about the fact that hallucinogenics are still prevalent in content creation, Hatoful Boyfriend comes to the rescue. Oh, wait - Hatoful Boyfriend isn't the result of a trip to crazy town on qualudes - it's a Japanese game. Of course that doesn't necessarily explain the mind-numbingly cuckoo story line and game objective. What is the objective exactly, you ask? To be frank, we're not quite sure but it sure is out there. It's plainly obvious in fact, that it's way out there. Japan has never had a dearth of romance sims, or what's in effect digital romance novels,... Read more...
The story surrounding the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC might be as interesting as the story in the game itself. While it's not uncommon for any launch game to require a patch or have some unknown bugs, Arkham Knight took things to ridiculous levels - it was broken, plain and simple. That was so much the case, that WB Games took the rare route of pulling the game from the shelves. Even now, the game remains unavailable. Game developer Rocksteady continues to apologize to the fans it's let down, and vows to continue fixing bugs as quickly as it can. Once Rocksteady and affiliated... Read more...
When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, we witnessed a company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, respectively). Beyond that, Fury X showed a level of ambition and hardware design chops we hadn’t seen from AMD in years. There’s no denying that between its exceptional thermals and strong performance, Fury X is a force to be reckoned with. However, it fell shy of the mark that enthusiasts and press hoped it would achieve, unable to quite deliver a definitive victory against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Today, AMD offers... Read more...
For a number of reasons, the launch of AMD's latest high-end graphics card, the Radeon Fury X, didn't go quite as smoothly as the company (or any company, for that matter) would have liked. As we discovered in our review, the card is largely comparable to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and happens to include a built-in liquid cooler -- either a pro or con depending on your taste (and the amount of effort you might want to put in). Well, it's that liquid cooler that's become a bit of a thorn in AMD's side, as some of the launch units have some serious pump whine... Read more...
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