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Shopping Guide – the Perfect Gaming Notebook

Shopping Guide – the Perfect Gaming Notebook

Gaming notebooks: tipps and technology for purchasing the right notebook. A gaming notebook will certainly find its way onto many a Christmas wish list but beware: purchasing a gaming notebook is not as straightforward as it seems. We talk about current technology and illustrate what to look for in a gaming notebook in order to maximize fun and longevity (sponsored article).
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition coming February 20 (Source: Xbox Wire)

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches globally next month

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will hit the market on February 20 as the remake of the original game that arrived two decades ago. The list of improvements includes 4K support, Xbox LIVE and LAN play, a re-recorded original soundtrack, and more.
GDDR6 listing in SK Hynix's 2018 Databook. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available

SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
Second Razer smartphone rumored for a September 2018 reveal (Image source: Razer)

Second Razer smartphone rumored for a September 2018 reveal

The new Razer Phone will likely be compatible with a consumer-ready Project Linda docking station should the manufacturer decide to move forward with the experimental product.
Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory

Just as expected, Samsung has finally begun to mass produce the industry's first 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips. In addition to the growing needs of the graphics card market, the new memory will also be used in automotive, network, and AI projects.
This is probably the closest most people will get to piloting mecha. (Image: Nintendo)

Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
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The GPD Win 2 can play some triple A games at 720p. (Source: GPD)

The GPD Win 2 Windows handheld gaming device hits Indiegogo

The GPD Win 2 Indiegogo campaign gives as a look look at the upcoming handheld Windows gaming device, its specifications, and performance comparisons.
The screen of the Hi9 Gamer tablet is fully laminated. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi's affordable Hi9 Gamer tablet now available

The Hi9 Gamer tablet runs Android 7.0 out of the box and comes equipped with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, a PowerVR GPU and 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
Image: Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record

The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds hits a new milestone, 3 million Xbox One players

Battlegrounds hits 3 million players on Xbox One

Although it was released worldwide on December 12, the multiplayer online battle royale game shortly known as PUBG (or Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in full) already has a strong following of more than 3 million Xbox One players.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Survey: Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction

Survey: Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction

Finding that perfect laptop is one thing, but dealing with the manufacturer if something goes wrong is another. If you’ve had the pleasure of dealing with customer service and sending in a faulty notebook under warranty, then we’d like to hear from you and your experiences through our short survey.
Yes, that is Pikachu in a Deerstalker cap. Image via The Official Pokemon YouTube Channel.

Pikachu will channel his inner Sherlock Holmes in the US and Europe on March 23rd

Nintendo's 3DS title Detective Pikachu is making its way outside of Japan this March. If you've ever wondered what the world's most famous Pokemon would be like as a wise-cracking, coffee-loving film noir gumshoe, you'll get your answer for $40 on March 23rd.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

January 2018 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.
Asus ROG Strix Flare mechanical gaming keyboard. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless

With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

88% Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review

Portable all-rounder. Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 are selling like hotcakes and every OEM wants a piece of the pie. Asus' candidate of choice is the ZenBook UX331UN, a high-quality subnotebook with a dedicated GPU. Read our extensive review to find out why it deserves a recommendation.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Hyperkin claims the Ultra Game Boy will be ready for shipping this year for less than US$100. (Source: Gizmodo)

CES 2018 | Hyperkin plans to resurrect legendary handheld Game Boy console

Since Nintendo has not yet announced any plans to revive the Game Boy handheld console just like it did with the NES and SNES consoles, other companies may transform this into their advantage. Hyperkin presented an Ultra Game Boy that adds all the features the fans of the classic wanted, also requiring the original cartridges.
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Samsung 2nd-generation HBM2 memory chip (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 2nd-generation HBM2 memory

The 2nd-generation 8 GB HBM2 memory is the industry's first such solution capable of delivering a data transfer speed per pin of 2.4 Gbps. This memory is branded Aquabolt and directly succeeds the original HBM2 known as Flarebolt.
Asus ROG Strix RL12. Right picture shows the hot swappable 2.5-inch SSD bay. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus ROG Strix GL12 is an E-Sports orientated PC with a hot-swappable SSD bay on the front panel

The ROG Strix GL12 has an angular design that Asus says was inspired by a ninja's mask.
HP Omen X 65 Big Format Gaming Display. (Source: HP)

CES 2018 | HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display

HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050, 1080p) Laptop Review

82% Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050, 1080p) Laptop Review

With the handbrake on! After testing the Inspiron 15 with Nvidia's Max-Q technology, we have now also taken a look at the entry-level model of the series. But the storage device leaves a bit of a bad taste in our mouth.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.8 kg
Sea of Thieves closed beta launch set for January 24 (Source: Sea of Thieves - Official Site)

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month

Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
Lenovo Mirage Solo plus controller and Mirage Camera. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Get lost in a mirage with the wireless Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset and Mirage Camera

Lenovo is introducing a standalone Google Daydream headset that doesn't require external power or video signals, alongside a VR camera that allows easy 3D VR ready photo and video capture.
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors

Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
Image: Razer

CES 2018 | Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop

Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
The Strix SKT T1 Hero edition features a gaming-grade keyboard with Faker's signature on the palm rest. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus extends the ROG gaming laptop series with Strix SKT T1 Hero edition and updated G703 models

The Strix SKT T1 Hero edition is made in collaboration with the SK Telecom T1 eSports team and comes with branded collectibles and a Faker signature on the palm rest, while the updated G703 sports a 4.3 GHz pre-overclocked i7-7820HK CPU.
Image: HTC

CES 2018 | HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts

Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
The Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen on display at CES.

First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on

Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6"
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service is now live as a free beta. (Source: NVIDIA)

CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs

NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Asus is among the first OEMs to offer a BFGD, announcing the ROG Swift PG65. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Nvidia presents 65-inch 4K @120Hz G-Sync HDR gaming display

The Big Format Gaming Display initiative from Nvidia brings the G-Sync technology to large TV screens with diagonals of at least 65-inch. These large screens are also HDR compliant and come standard with a [email protected] HZ resolution, but do not feature integrated TV tuners. Nvidia claims the BFGDs will have latencies close to regular PC monitors and the first mode...
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Rivet Networks announced the Killer AC-1550 module for CES 2018.

CES 2018 | Rivet announces new Killer AC-1550-WiFi module reaching up to 1.3 Gbps

Rivet Networks new Killer Wireless AC-1550 module is based on Intels brand new 9260/9250 WiFi chipset and branded as the fastest 2x2 WiFi module on the market today. Reaching up to 1.73 Gbps theoretical and 1.3 Gbps real throughput, it could easily compete with Gigabit ethernet, at least on a short distance.
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MSI GT75VR to ship with Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Trident 3 gets Coffee Lake and GTX 1080 upgrades (Source: MSI)

CES 2018 | MSI GT75VR to ship with Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Trident 3 gets Coffee Lake and GTX 1080 upgrades

Some of MSI's more popular models are getting slight SKU updates this year including wireless speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps.
The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Intel NUC Hades Canyon will be the smallest VR Ready mini PC with a 100 W Kaby Lake-G CPU (Source: Intel)

Intel NUC Hades Canyon crams in a 100 W Kaby Lake-G CPU in a 1.2 liter chassis

The Radeon RX Vega M GH will be on par with the GTX 1060 Max-Q in a chassis that's a fraction of the size of a laptop. Its 230 W power supply and 100 W CPU, however, have our heads scratching about heat dissipation and fan noise in such a small design.
The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency

Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
The Oculus Go has been spotted in an FCC listing. (Source: Mobielkopen)

Oculus Go could come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants

An FCC listing reveals that the Oculus Go will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Apart from the storage differences, both models are identical in all other aspects.
ASRock X399M Taichi for AMD Threadripper CPUs. (Source: ASRock)

CES 2018 | ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors

ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
AMD Ryzen and Polaris will power the Acer Nitro 5 for just $800 USD

CES 2018 | AMD Ryzen and Polaris will power the Acer Nitro 5 for just $800 USD

Strangely enough, the notebook will be sticking with the older Polaris architecture instead of utilizing AMD's newer and more efficient integrated Vega solutions.
The new fanless ZBOX mini PCs can now accommodate overclocked Kaby Lake-R CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac announces this year's mini PC updates

The 2018 Zotac mini PCs will get CPUs ranging from Gemini Lake ultra-low voltage chips to six-core gen 8 processors from Intel. The fanless models will feature redesigned chassis that support processors with TDPs up to 25 W, allowing for pre-overclocked Kaby Lake-R processors.
The R.A.T. AIR will be showcased at CES 2018, along with a host of new gaming accessories. (Source: Mad Catz)

Mad Catz is back in business with a new management team and a new vision

The legendary hardware brand returns under Chinese management and with reimagined product lines that will be showcased at CES 2018.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
Samsung CJ791 QLED curved monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

CES 2018 | Samsung unveils CJ791 curved monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity

The Samsung CJ791 QLED curved monitor has a 4 ms response time and can provide up to 85 W of laptop charging power via the Thunderbolt 3 interface included, which can also provide up to 40 Gbps transfer rate when connected to various peripherals.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. (Source: NVIDIA)

Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth

Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
The Intel-AMD multi-chip module. (Source: Intel)

The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP

Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game

New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game

Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.
Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline software, AMD doesn't seem to care (Image source: AMD)

Update | Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline, AMD doesn't seem to care

AMD's latest graphics driver software has introduced fatal conflicts with a number of classic DX9 titles. The games have been deemed "too old" for AMD to address.
HQ Trivia is now available in the Google Play Store. (Source: TechCrunch)

HQ Trivia now available on Android for users in the United States and Canada

Popular trivia app, HQ Trivia, is now available for Android users in the United States and Canada. The free-to-play app is immensely popular on iOS and players can actually cash out real money by answering questions correctly.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade laptop

Razer Core V2 + Blade Stealth (i7-8550U) Review

A technological Swiss Army knife for the living room. Razer's Core V2 makes anything possible, transforming a slim, unprepossessing ultrabook into a serious gaming PC in seconds. With its dedicated bandwidth, the additional TI82 controller lends the graphics card even more power compared to the previous Razer graphics enclosure. But is it worth investing your hard-earned cash in this device? And how smoothly do games run on the dock? We used several benchmarks and two graphics cards to answer those questions.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)