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Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview

Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview

An airbag? Not really. But instead, you can have sophisticated technology and high-torque force feedback servo motors. Steering wheels have also had their fair share of technological development and now they offer Hall sensors instead of potentiometers, belt drives instead of gear drives as well as CNC-milled aluminum and real leather - hand sewn, of course. It is time for us to take a look at these new developments.
The GTX 1070 Ti should be the direct competitor for AMD's RX Vega 56 GPU. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti most likely to arrive in late October for US$430

The GTX 1070 Ti is very close to the original GTX 1080, spec-wise, and this makes it more appealing for crypto-miers. It's supposed to be released in late October for around US$430.
Sager NP5852 (Clevo N850HL, i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

78% Sager NP5852 (Clevo N850HL, i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

GeForce MX150 gaming. The performance-per-Watt of the MX150 is a generational leap over the 940MX, but its high starting price at the moment gives it poor performance-per-Dollar. We check out the entry-level Sager NP5852 gaming notebook to see how to stacks up against previous generation Maxwell offerings.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
The AOC AG322QCX is an 1800R curved panel. (Source: AOC)

AOC unveils the AGON QHD curved gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync

AOC has announced the launch of the AG322QCX — a curved 32-inch QHD gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync. The AG322QCX targets the enthusiast gamer segment and features technologies that reduce eye fatigue.
The Core i9 7980XE CPU will be released on September 25 with an MSRP of US$1999. (Source: Intel)

Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU annihilates AMD's Threadripper in latest leaked benchmarks

The i9 7980XE CPU manages to keep a 30% lead against AMD’s Threadripper 1950X throughout synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The Intel CPU has 2 more cores that yield 4 more threads, so it's not really that surprising it performs better, but is the US1000 price difference really worth it?
The Pimax 8K VR headset comes with dual 4K displays and a wide 200-degree field of view. (Source: Pimax)

Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449

The Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax raised the US$200,000 funding goal in less then 2 hours, so the company is now expected to ship the first models in February 2018. The 8K headset comes with dual 4K displays and can be pre-ordered for US$449, while the 5K version integrates dual 2560x1440 displays and costs US$349.
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MSI WS63VR (i7-7700HQ, 4K, Quadro P4000 Max-Q) Laptop Review

86% MSI WS63VR (i7-7700HQ, 4K, Quadro P4000 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Max-Q goes to work. MSI's updated WS63VR 7RL brings Nvidia's new Max-Q design to the GPU giant's Quadro line. How well does the Max-Q philosophy benefit a powerful professional-grade graphics card, especially with regards to heat and power management?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

We recently asked our readers to tell us about their individual preferences for gaming notebooks in a survey. So what is the perfect gaming notebook? Are there any differences between gamers in Asia, Europe and America? Do PC users really think differently to notebook gamers? Here are the answers to all these questions.
Asus FX550IU (FX-9830P, Radeon RX 460) Laptop Review

72% Asus FX550IU (FX-9830P, Radeon RX 460) Laptop Review

Bristol Ridge swan song. What should be one of the last Bristol Ridge gaming notebooks of 2017 before the push for mobile Ryzen shows us why AMD notebooks have been such a failure. An old plastic chassis, cheap TN panel, and weak CPU performance don't do the Polaris GPU any favors.
AMD FX-9830P | AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7 1700, Radeon RX 580) Laptop Review

83% Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7 1700, Radeon RX 580) Laptop Review

Sensation. While AMD's Ryzen architecture has already been available in the desktop range for several months, the notebook range had to wait patiently for a long time. The waiting is over now: Asus is the first manufacturer who provided us with a gaming laptop with 8-core CPU and Radeon RX 580. Our review will reveal whether the bundle is able to challenge a combination of Intel and Nvidia hardware.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Zotac's gaming mini PCs now integrate the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac adds GTX 1060/1070 GPUs and Ryzen CPUs to its Magnus gaming mini PC lineup

The Magnus EK51060 and EK51070 are both powered by Intel’s quad-core i5-7300HQ CPU and integrate the GTX 1060/1070 GPUs, respectively. The ER51060 and ER51070 variants are powered by the 4-core/8-thread AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU and integrate the same GPUs. All new variants can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
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MSI claims the new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro models are the world's slimmest and lightest VR-ready laptops. (Source: MSI)

MSI's new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro are the slimmest VR-ready gaming notebooks around

The new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro VR-ready gaming laptops are powered by the latest Intel gen 7 Core i7 CPUs and the GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 (Max-Q) GPU. MSI claims these are the slimmest and lightest VR-ready gaming laptops out there, with the 17.3-inch model weighing 5.3 lbs, and the 15.6-inch one weighing 3.96 lbs.
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The GTX 1070 Ti would join the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1080 Ti models later this year. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia rumored to launch the GTX 1070 Ti

A Chinese leak presents the ASUS GTX 1070 Ti STRIX O8G powered by the Pascal GP104 chip that integrates 2304 CUDA cores and includes 8 GB of GDDR5. The GTX 1070 Ti variant would be released later this year for US$350.
Survey: Most important features for a gaming notebook

Survey: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

What defines a gaming notebook? Apart from high-end CPU and GPU components, manufacturers also want to attract buyers with a plethora of features. We want to find out what is essential for you and what you consider most important.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy across the entire XPS lineup (Source: Dell)

Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup

Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The 603 wireless mouse is the most affordable device to implement the Lightspeed connection. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech releases the Lightspeed G603 wireless mouse with 1 ms input lag

The US$69.99 G603 wireless mouse is aimed at mainstream gamers. Still, it integrates the Lightspeed connection and the HERO sensor with 12,000 DPI that consumes less energy and allows the mouse to operate for 500 hours on two AA batteries.
The fastest notebooks of 2017

The fastest notebooks of 2017

When buying a high-performance laptop it can be a daunting prospect to shell out large amounts of money without knowing if you're getting the fastest notebook possible. We've compared our benchmark results and put together a list of the fastest laptops tested in the last 12 months.
Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Dinosaur whisperer. It has been one of the most popular early-access titles of the last few years, and now that the dinosaur action spectacle Ark: Survival Evolved has been officially launched it is time to take a look at its system requirements to figure out whether or not the game gulps up computing power as fast as it does player avatars. Update: 25 Systems tested
The Q5 gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15 (Source: Eurocom)

The Q5 Max-Q gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15

Eurocom shows us why its latest ultra-thin gaming notebook may be the better choice over the MacBook Pro.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

September 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Mac? No thanks. Apple's laptops continue to be popular. However, there are a few laptops for Windows users, which are quite similar to their counterparts from Cupertino. Here you will find the best devices from the Windows world competing with the Apple portfolio. September 2017 update.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
AMD intends to keep the pressure on Intel with the Ryzen 2 CPUs coming in 2018. (Source: AMD)

AMD says Ryzen was "a worst case scenario," reveals details on Ryzen 2

Regarding the arguably low CPU frequencies, AMD states that Ryzen was a brand new architecture on a brand new node, making it a worst case scenario. But it still turned out well, since the Ryzen Threadrippers can go above 4 GHz. As for the upcoming Ryzen 2, AMD promises increased clocks, more instructions per cycle, and better game optimization.
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Eurocom Q5 (Clevo P957HR, i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

83% Eurocom Q5 (Clevo P957HR, i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Not yet optimized. The Q5 has more configurations and more connectivity options than your standard Max-Q notebook. Unfortunately, the hardware and software don't quite live up to spec.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Gaming monitors have become the fastest-growing PC accessory as of H1 2017 (Source: GfK)

Gaming monitors have become the fastest-growing PC accessory as of H1 2017

Gamers worldwide spent at least 1.5 billion Euros in the last 6 months on new PC gaming gear. The success of eSports and growing push for mixed reality and VR headsets are expected to generate even higher numbers for the rest of 2017.
EKWB custom water block for AMD RX Vega 64. (Source: EKWB)

EKWB publish test results showing their performance and efficiency gains on Vega 64

EKWB has run a series of tests to find the performance increase from switching from stock air cooling to their custom water blocks. Among these results are some showing the efficiency gains that can be achieved while still maintaining near maximum performance.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild packaging for Nintendo's new microSD cards. (Source: Business Wire)

Official Nintendo Switch microSD cards are coming this Fall

SanDisk-branded microSD cards carrying the Nintendo Switch logo will be available staring October in 64 GB and 128 GB varieties. The two memory cards will be identical in function to non–Nintendo-licensed cards.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

September 2017 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Gigabyte's GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G is 3.7-inch shorter than Nvidia's reference card. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G for small form-factor PCs

Gigabyte has managed to shrink the GTX 1080 card to micro ITX standards. The new GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G card retains the reference card clocks and 8 GB VRAM memory, adding only a dual slot single fan cooling system.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

August 2017 update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Like the Ataribox, this handheld's design is inspired by Atari's classic consoles. (Source: Funstock Retro)

The Retro Atari Handheld is a portable Atari "Greatest Hits" collection, arrives in November

From Pong to Asteroids to Centipede and more, the Atari Retro Handheld features some of Atari's most popular games plus a few lesser-known titles. It goes on sale in November at the low price of US$45.
The updated Aero 14 comes in three colors, just like some of Gigabyte's other Aero models. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte launches new Aero 14 notebook with GTX 1050 Ti graphics

The new Aero 14 no longer sports a GTX 1060, opting to go for a 1050 Ti instead. A Thunderbolt 3 port, extra SSD slot, and a better display also help differentiate it from its predecessor.
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Desktop Graphics Card Review

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Desktop Graphics Card Review

Merely upper mid-range? After AMD revealed the Polaris Architecture by introducing the AMD Radeon RX 480, this has now been improved again. The AMD Radeon RX 580 is based on the Polaris 20 chip and with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, it offers enough leeway for high resolutions. Or does it? You can find out in our detailed review, how our Sapphire test model fares.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop) | 32"
The new P400 ATX cased designed in collaboration between Razer and CyberPower PC.

PAX West | Razer teams with CyberPowerPC for new P400 case

Razer might be better known for its gaming notebooks, but it has been partnering with PC makers for a little while to develop custom desktop gaming rigs. The P400 ATX case is the result of a new partnership between Razer and CyberPower PC.
ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops

IFA 2017 | ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops

The new ROG Strix gaming laptops from Asus are aimed at mainstream gamers or those who are looking for an affordable machine. They pack up to a GTX 1060 and a seventh-gen Intel i7 processor, and feature a choice between various storage configurations.
Acer Cestus 500 gaming mouse. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer's new peripherals: Predator x35 monitor, Predator Galea 500 headset, and Predator Cestus 500 mouse

Along with their flagship gaming desktop, Acer announced a 35-inch HDR ultra wide curved gaming monitor using quantum dot technology, a gaming headset with directional sound, and a gaming mouse that features a hardware button to change the firmness of the mouse click.
The i9-7980XE CPU can reach 4.4 GHz with stock boost frequencies. (Source: Intel)

Intel i9-7980XE 18-core CPU benchmark results and temps get leaked

The leaked results show the i9-7980XE 18-core CPU (overclocked to 4.8 GHz) scoring 37,485 points in the FutureMark FirstStrike benchmark, around 3 times faster than the i9-7900X 10-core CPU.
Schenker unveils XMG Core 15 gaming notebook with GTX 1060 graphics (Source: Schenker)

Schenker unveils XMG Core 15 gaming notebook with GTX 1060 graphics

The 15.6-inch notebook is likely based off of a Clevo barebones and is now shipping for just under 1000 Euros. The notebook will compete against the Gigabyte Sabre 15 and the recently announced Dell Inspiron 7577.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

September 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 500 Euros (~$554) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Face Off: Three Generations of the 17-inch MSI GT Series

Face Off: Three Generations of the 17-inch MSI GT Series

GT evolution. MSI's long-running GT series was mediocre in its early days, but everything changed with the introduction of the GT72 in 2014. We take a look back at how the 17-inch series has evolved over the years and how the GT75VR has upped the ante even further.
Aside from a less dense display resolution, the new Razer Blade Pro's differences are primarily on the inside. (Source: Razer)

IFA 2017 | Razer introduces a cheaper model of its Blade Pro laptop

The new Razer Blade Pro features a 1080p screen, GTX 1060, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, and an SSD/HDD combo. At US$2400, it's just over half the price of the 4K Blade Pro, although still expensive.
The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is equipped with enough juice for casual gaming. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a convertible designed for casual gaming

Acer has announced the Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook that features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and GTX 1050 graphics to target casual gamers and multimedia aficionados.
The DeskMini GTX/RX measures 8.3 x 6 x 3.2 inches. (Source: ASRock)

ASRock releases the small form-factor DeskMini GTX/RX PC with GTX 1080

The new small form-factor GTX/RX models can be customized to include Intel’s 6th or 7th generation CPUs with a maximum TDP of 65 W, Nvidia GPUs up to GeForce GTX 1080, as much as three M.2 NVMe SSDs and up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM.
Acer forgoes 'gaming red' LEDs in favour of a sleek blue look. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer Predator Orion 9000: Up to 18 cores, 4 GPUs, and 128 GB RAM

Acer have announced their new Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop, with the top end configuration including an Intel Core i9 CPU, two GTX 1080 Ti or four RX Vega, and 128 GB of quad-channel RAM.
The Asus ROG Chimera is the first gaming laptop with a display refresh rate of 144Hz (Source: Asus)

IFA 2017 | Asus ROG Chimera revealed with 144Hz 17.3-inch display

Asus claims that its new ROG Chimera gaming notebook is the first in the world to feature a display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Also notable is its in-built support for Microsoft's Xbox One wireless controllers.
The Switch 7 uses liquid cooling to keep its MX150 dGPU cool. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | The Acer Switch 7 is the first fanless 2-in-1 with an MX150 dGPU

Acer has launched what it claims is the first 2-in-1 notebook with dGPU to feature a fanless design. The company utilizes what it is calling Dual LiquidLoop technology to keep its Nvidia MX150 dGPU sufficiently cool.
Dell refreshes Inspiron 7567 to the Inspiron 7577 with GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics

PAX West | Dell refreshes Inspiron 7567 to the Inspiron 7577 with GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics

The mainstream Inspiron 7577 gets a graphics boost in addition to Thunderbolt 3 starting at just under $1000 USD.

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