Intel Haswell Makes Its Debut: Core i7-4770K Review

Regular TechSpot readers will have no doubt spotted several mentions of Haswell on our front page this year. In the past few months we have covered everything from model names to performance and battery life claims. A key focus has been Haswell's graphics, with rumors suggesting its performance is set to be 2 to 3… » 6/01/13 3:00pm 6/01/13 3:00pm

Razer Debuts The World's Thinnest Gaming Laptop

Ever since Razer started making their skinny 17-inch Razer Blade laptop, I've been wondering when a gaming PC company was going to come along and deliver a powerful gaming laptop with the slender form factor of an Ultrabook. That would be today. Meet the new Razer Blade, a 14-inch gaming laptop that's skinnier than… » 5/30/13 5:00pm 5/30/13 5:00pm

GeForce GTX 770 Review: Adding Value to High-End GFX?

Having taken the covers off the GeForce GTX 780 a week ago, Nvidia is ready to release their next part in the GeForce 700 series. Giving us our first look at the GeForce GTX 770 is Gainward, with their special Phantom edition card featuring an upgraded cooling solution, factory overclocking, and 8-phase PWM. » 5/30/13 3:00pm 5/30/13 3:00pm

Tomb Raider Performance Test: Graphics and CPUs

Although this year's Tomb Raider reboot made our latest list of most anticipated PC games, I must admit that it was one of the games I was least looking forward to from a performance perspective. Previous titles in the franchise have received mixed to positive reviews, but gameplay aside, their visuals weren't exactly… » 3/15/13 8:00pm 3/15/13 8:00pm

Crysis 3 Performance Test: Graphics Cards And CPUs

Built with CryEngine2, the original Crysis raised the bar for PC gaming graphics in 2007 with stunningly detailed visuals that crippled even the fastest of rigs. Looking back at our first Crysis performance article, which was based on the game's demo, the fastest GPU available at the time (the GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB)… » 2/28/13 5:00pm 2/28/13 5:00pm

Digital Storm Updates the 'World's Most Advanced PC', Doesn't Expect…

Last March boutique PC maker Digital Storm unveiled the Aventum, a powerful gaming PC with a custom-engineered cooling system. They called it the "world's most advanced PC", and models started at nearly $4,000. Now Digital Storm is readying the Aventum II, featuring a copper tube liquid cooling solution and an even… » 1/09/13 5:00pm 1/09/13 5:00pm

AVADirect Mini Gaming PC: The Kotaku Review

There are dozens of places to purchase a custom gaming PC on the internet. Companies with colorful websites with flash-animated front pages and rotating images showing off their latest products in the best possible light. Then there's AVADirect, a custom PC builder on the outskirts of Cleveland with a website that… » 12/20/12 8:30am 12/20/12 8:30am

Military PC Case Showdown: Corsair Vengeance C70 vs. Thermaltake Level…

Gamers tend to take a lot of pride in building their own rigs, but it's generally not enough to have top-notch performance without the looks to match. For those who wade deep into the enthusiast side of things, part of the fun of assembling a new machine is coordinating components so everything is pleasing to the eye.… » 12/14/12 4:00pm 12/14/12 4:00pm

Far Cry 3 PC Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

Designed exclusively for PC, the original Far Cry sold 730,000 copies in the first four months following its March 2004 release and was hailed as one of the best shooters, combining an adventurous plot that followed ex-Army operative Jack Carver's heroic exploits on a mysterious Micronesian archipelago with engaging… » 12/06/12 2:00pm 12/06/12 2:00pm

The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD Current-Gen Comparison

AMD kick-started 2012 with the release of the Radeon HD 7970, the first member of the Radeon HD 7000 GPU series. This launch marked the introduction of the first-ever graphics card to be made on a 28nm design process, representing the company's most complex GPU to date, with 4,313 million transistors in a 352mm2 die. » 11/28/12 3:30pm 11/28/12 3:30pm

Planetside 2's Art Director and Creative Director Are Answering Your…

Planetside 2 » 11/28/12 2:45pm 11/28/12 2:45pm launched just last week. Have you guys picked up the yet? What do you think so far? Or maybe you haven't picked it up yet. Or, if you're like our own Luke Plunkett, maybe you've had trouble getting into the game. Maybe you have a few questions for the MMOFPS's senior art director, Tramell Isaac, and…

The Roccat Savu Is Definitely the Best Mouse I've Ever Hated Using

It's hard to describe the benefits and drawbacks of a specific gaming mouse, in many ways. Certainly, I can discuss whether the drivers work, whether the buttons work, whether any programming is intuitive and whether the product works as advertised—and in a moment, I will. The biggest problem with describing a mouse,… » 11/21/12 4:00pm 11/21/12 4:00pm

Call of Duty: Black Ops II GPU & CPU Performance

For Call of Duty fans, developer Treyarch just delivered an early Christmas present when they released Black Ops II. As the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise and the sequel to the 2010 game Black Ops, we are hoping to see something meaningfully new from Black Ops II. We say this because last year's release ( » 11/21/12 3:00pm 11/21/12 3:00pm

Budget Solid State Drive Roundup: The Best SSD for Less Than $100

Computers relying solely on age old hard disk drive technology should be deemed a thing of the past. Mechanical devices suffer from slow response times, so if and when performance matters, spending a small amount of money on upgrading a PC's boot drive could pay off enough to render other potential upgrades useless. » 11/14/12 4:00pm 11/14/12 4:00pm