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Gaming at 4K Resolution
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Putting the teething issues aside, I loaded up Crysis 3 to put my GTX 780Ti through its paces. Setting the resolution to 4K (3840 x 2160) and all other options except Anti-Aliasing to “Very High”, I was greeted with the most breathtaking gaming visuals I have ever seen. Textures were crisp to the point of being photo-realistic and the game just looked amazing. At 25 Frames Per Second. Hmmm.

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Graphics have always been a selling point of the Far Cry series as few games offer the same open world environments that can be experienced in Far Cry. The latest iteration is no exception. Being an Nvidia "The Way It's Meant to be Played" title, FC4 has loads of optimizations for GeForce cards, including HBAO+, PCSS, TXAA, Godrays, and HairWorks. If nothing else, this should make it all the more interesting to compare results.

Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Keyboard Review
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 12:36P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The G310 Atlas Dawn is a slimmed down version of the G910, Logitech's previous Romer-G mechanical keyboard. Gone are the macro keys and media control functions along the side and top of the board. The number pad has also been given the boot in order to create a lightweight and compact keyboard that's better suited for travel to LAN events or to fit into smaller gaming spaces.

Cougar QBX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cougar has been launching some pretty incredible products recently, from their stunning range of gaming peripherals, which includes great keyboards and mice, as well as their chassis products. Today we’ve got their latest mini-ITX chassis, the QBX and it promises to be a competitive gaming chassis for the small form factor market.

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last fall, when the initial wave of RGB keyboards were first coming out, I had the chance to check out the Lobera Supreme from Tesoro. While the keyboard wasn’t perfect I was impressed with its value. One of the issues I had with the keyboard was the lack of individual key RGB lighting but recently that changed. Tesoro introduced the Lobera Spectrum with a similar design but with the spectrum backlighting. Today I’m going to dig into it and see if anything else has changed and find out if it is still a good value like their first RGB keyboard.

Alienware Alpha Intel-Powered SFF Gaming PC: Consoles Beware
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015, the SteamOS gaming platform (and Valve’s tantalizing Steam Controller) are still works in progress. SteamOS hasn’t been written off, but Dell, which was one of the first PC makers to build a custom console-sized system for SteamOS, isn’t waiting around. Its Alienware gaming brand launched the Alienware Alpha, which is meant to be your next (or your first) living room gaming PC. The Alienware Alpha plugs the holes left by Valve with Microsoft hardware and software and a simple 10-ft UI developed in house. Instead of shipping with a Steam Controller, for example, the Alpha features an Xbox 360 wireless controller. The 10-foot user interface, which would have been handled by SteamOS, comes courtesy of Dell’s custom Alpha UI...

Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar has made many improvements to the PC version, including enhanced graphics, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects. GTA V looks to be truly optimized for PC.

Corsair Gaming Strafe Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There’s more than meets the eye with the Strafe mechanical keyboard from Corsair Gaming. Many of our readers should be familiar with Corsair’s K70 mechanical keyboard which is remarkable in its own right for a variety of reasons. So then, is the more recently released Strafe a dumbed down mechanical keyboard from Corsair? We spent some time typing and gaming with this new product and can already tell you there are some interesting things going on. This is in addition to what we now know about its future with regards to a version featuring never before seen Cherry MX Silent gaming switches.

Rapoo VPRO V800 Review
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we have published a review of the latest Rapoo VPRO V800 gaming keyboard with backlight. We have recently tested the Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth keyboard. Now Rapoo offers the new V800 Gaming Keyboard from the VPRO series to beat the competition. Whether and how the Rapoo V800 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard differs from others, we will work out for you in the following review.

Cooler Master Quickfire XTi @LanOC Reviews
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In spring 2014 Cooler Master introduced their Quickfire Rapid-I backlit TKL keyboard. As soon as it launched my old Quickfire Rapid was put aside for the new model in my LAN bag and I’ve been recommending them along with the Code keyboard that I use on my main PC to anyone who would listen. The reason I also pushed the Code is because the Rapid-I was only available in the TKL form factor. After all of the waiting Cooler Master has finally introduced their full sized model, the Quickfire XTi. I’ve been spending a little time with the XTI and I can finally sit down and talk a little about its features and let you guys know if it was worth the wait. Going into testing I was especially curious if I would like it enough to get me to swap it with the Code on my main PC.

no frills mechanical gaming keyboard
     Thu, Aug 20 2015 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Built with an upper aluminum frame, the MGK 1 has the sturdy feel that should withstand the work load placed on the unit. Accompanied with a quick function key shift, you can use the same keyboard to facilitate daily tasks complete with multimedia control."

Dragon Age II 4-Years Later
     Wed, Aug 19 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So, is it worth going to Kirkwall and becoming its Champion, or should the city be left to its crisis? As a single game, I give Dragon Age II a weak recommendation. It is not a bad game, although it does have flaws, so if you can get it (and probably some of its DLC, too) at a good price, go for it. As one game in the Dragon Age franchise, however, I am more inclined to recommend it. Like some other franchises, you are able to import saves from previous games, as I did, so for someone interested in the franchise as a whole, you do not want to miss the opportunity to influence the story here, even if the game is not all that strong. The graphics mostly look good, but are dated, which the action helps hide. The story is less coherent than I would prefer, but I obsess over story elements more than others. The gameplay is good and fun, but lacks some of the depth you expect from RPGs. Altogether, it is not a bad game, but more something I was expecting more from. Chances are, you will expect more from it, too.”

Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition 6-Years Later
     Mon, Aug 17 2015 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Six years after we first entered Ferelden and joined the Grey Wardens, is it worth returning and fighting the Blight? I definitely believe it is. Dragon Age: Origins is a very fun and expertly done fantasy RPG that few can match. It also offers more content than many other games. It does show its age as the graphics really are not standing up well anymore. Nothing looks outright bad; just not that good. Story is still one of its strengths, as is its gameplay with neither giving much cause for complaint. If you are looking for a good high-fantasy RPG and do not already own this (especially the Ultimate Edition with all of the DLC) you probably should.”

Battlefield Hardline Benchmarked
     Sat, Aug 15 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Battlefield Hardline showed superb graphics and smooth gameplay when we benchmarked it during last month's week-long public beta, and while the good news was that the game could be played on fairly modest hardware, it didn't quite display Battlefield 4's wow-factor. Developed by Visceral Games, the retail version Hardline is now available and we are back to rerun all the beta tests along with others to see how the frame rates have changed from beta to retail.

     Thu, Aug 13 2015 | 1:35P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shown off earlier this year at CES, the NYTH generated due hype not just because of its highly modular button array but also because it will be supported by a catalogue of 3D printable designs and replacements truly making the NYTH one of the most customisable gaming products conceived to date.

Razer Seiren Pro @ LanOC Reviews
     Tue, Aug 11 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I’m not sure if you guys have noticed, but the streaming market has been growing almost daily. Amazon invested over a billion dollars in buying Twitch last fall and even Google is expanding and doing their own game streaming service. It’s popular with people watching obviously, but that expansion has also meant a lot of people have been streaming, including a lot of the members of our community. We have even been streaming our LAN events as well. Razer recognized this and introduced their own USB desktop microphone the Seiren and more recently they followed that up with the Seiren Pro. Both get a high quality microphone into streamers, artists, and gamers hands. The Pro model does have a few improvements like the built in XLR port for anyone who later wants to move from USB to a proper mixing setup. Well Razer isn’t the only company with microphones focused on streaming and podcasts, so today I’m going to take a look at the Seiren Pro and see what it’s all about.

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