Tom’s Hardware cooked up another value-for-money gaming system, again part of the website’s September 2009 System Builder’s Marathon. This time, they managed to squeeze in four video cards—each featuring a gigabyte of memory—working in tandem into a $1250 budget. Here are the parts chosen by Tom’s experts:
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler
MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AMD Motherboard
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Four (4) GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Cards
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5″ SATA …read more
Through its September 2009 System Builder’s Marathon (SBM), Tom’s Hardware has managed to build a pretty powerful gaming PC—for only $650. That price doesn’t include a display, keyboard, and mouse, but it still represents significant value for money, especially when you consider the use of two ATI Radeon HD 4850s.
Here are the parts used in this build, all available from NewEgg. Prices are current as of this writing (September 24, 2009):
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P ATX AMD Motherboard
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) OCZ2G10664GK
Two …read more
The first to make use of Intel’s recently launched mobile Core i7 chips (codenamed “Clarksfield”), the specs of the Alienware M15x indicate that the company’s marketing is right on target. No doubt maxing out the configuration will result in a $4000+ laptop. However, at the starting price of $1500, here’s what you get:
512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
15.6-inch WideHD+ 1600 x 900 – WLED
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
3GB DDR3 – 1066MHz
Internal Wireless Bluetooth 2.1+ Enhanced Data Rate
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
IEEE 1394a (4-pin) port
Integrated Gigabit Ethernet …read more
The PlayStation 3 Slim officially shipped last September 1. Owners of the original PlayStation 3 should be content with what they already have. For those who want to buy their first current-generation gaming console, or are looking to play PlayStation 3 games, the new PlayStation 3 Slim is a good choice.
Size-wise, the PlayStation 3 Slim isn’t really a revolution compared to its predecessor—despite the 33% profile reduction, both consoles are meant to stay stationary for most of their operational lives anyway. The Slim is still a more attractive option though because of its roomier 120GB hard disk, a definite step …read more
Pull the average guy out of the collective American gaming community and you’ll probably have a fat 35-year-old who’s also feeling the blues. At least, that’s what the academic mash-up of the CDC, Emory University, and Andrews University asserts as a “hypothesis.”
t’s easy to believe something, especially when the results of a scientific study confirm common sense. Consider:
Gamers can afford top-of-the-line equipment = job = “young professional”
Gamers spend the whole day in front of the computer/console = lack of physical activity
Gamers would rather spend hours finishing that irritatingly difficuly boss, than go out = lack of social interaction
Yes sirree, that’s …read more
According to the Source, the recently announced PS3 Slim is “33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive”. Set for a September 1 release, the PS3 Slim will cost $299 in North America, 299 euros in Europe, and 29980 Yen in Japan (totally wrong currency conversion for the win!).
Functionally, this new PS3 variant is practically the same, but it uses a smaller, more power-efficient version of its Cell processor—45nm versus the original’s 60nm. Every new PS3 Slim will come pre-installed with Firmware 3.0. Sony will of course phase out the original PS3, selling any remaining …read more
Think of DJ Max Technika as the totally fun arcade version of Elite Beat Agents (EBA). The cabinet features two displays, a 22″ touch-sensitive display for the player to operate, while a larger 32-incher lets the audience follow the action. Built-in lights and bass-heavy speakers help build the illusion you’re a DJ creating a catchy tune.
Like EBA, Technika involves tapping the screen at the right place, at the right time. Variations on this basic gameplay mechanic are dragging from one point to another, holding down for a certain amount of time, and tapping the same place repetitively in tune with …read more
Quite simply: take advantage of the current fascination with cloud gaming! At least one company promises fantastic gaming on practically any platform, with servers that take care of all the complicated hardware stuff in exchange for a monthly fee. All the user needs is a reasonably fast internet connection to receive a visual feed and control the pre-processed gaming experience without any significant latency loss. User input is sent to the server running the game, which updates the visuals to reflect what’s happening within the gaming world.
More than one person finds the scale of such an undertaking scary. What if …read more
Since I’ve been having so much fun on Left 4 Dead lately, here’s a post simply containing info related to the game, and its upcoming sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 (duh):
You can become a Facebook fan of Left 4 Dead here.
…and for Left 4 Dead 2 here. To paraphrase one supporter: “screw the boycotters”
Hands-on previews of Left 4 Dead 2 are available here and here (includes video). Snippets:
“But on the evidence so far, it’s hard not to be thrilled all over again by the prospect of headsetting it up with chums and pounding through the new locations, with the new …read more
Thanks for punishing the early adopters once again Valve! I kid of course, but I imagine those who bought Fallout 3 at $50 (when it first came out) are probably cringing at today’s $20 price, available under Steam’s Weekend Deal program.
What’s Fallout 3 you ask? Are you ok? It’s the best solo RPG to come out in recent memory, features a relatively massive gameplay world worth weeks of losing sleep over. Owners of the game will also enjoy free access to current or future downloadable content packs. Over five have been released or are about to be released, and they …read more