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Chad Norton
on 08 March 2020 at 18:00

With the growing anticipation of the next-gen consoles being released, and Nvidia’s belief that Geforce gaming laptops will become the largest console in the world, the debate over consoles and gaming laptops is larger than ever, and will continue to grow. Are gaming laptops truly the future of gaming? Or will traditional consoles be here to stay? Let’s put it up for debate…

So first of all let’s make a case for both. Consoles are usually much cheaper than standard gaming laptops. I’m sure you could find a laptop cheaper than a PlayStation 4, but can it run ¬¬g_id:6039[Call of Duty: Modern Warfare]¬¬ without exploding? Probably not. Either way, consoles are seen as the all-in-one package for gamers at home. You are pretty much guaranteed that any game you buy on the system will run pretty well (or at least at a playable state). Everything is seemingly handled for you, and all you need to do is buy the console and a game and you’re good to go.

Chad Norton
on 04 March 2020 at 15:50

“Whoops” I can imagine is the one thing the person (let’s call him Tim) who hit the upload button might have said in this case, as Dell accidentally just revealed their 10th gen CPU’s on a video (that has now since been deleted. Thanks, Tim!). The video mentioned promoted Dell’s new XPS Tower desktop PC’s, in which it revealed that these new computers would utilise Intel’s 10th gen desktop processors, which so far we’ve only seen in laptops up until now.

So, by the grace of our kind Tim, we now know (well, we guess) that these CPU’s will probably be announced soon. There have been several leaks and rumours suggesting that the ¬¬p_id:2655[Core i9-10900K]¬¬ will have a whopping 10 cores and 20 threads, meaning it will be intel’s first publicly available CPU’s with more than 8 cores and will clearly be the flagship of the new 10th gen processors. It also means that it will be on par with AMD's 12-core ¬¬p_id:2577[Ryzen 9 3900X]¬¬.

Neil Soutter
on 01 March 2020 at 16:00

One of the biggest enemies of tech advancement is the heat generated by components. Keep it cool and you keep on trucking. Let it get hot and your hardware is shot. We’ve got all sorts of cooling solutions out there right now, from your bog-standard fan-assisted to liquid cooling and even liquid nitrogen for the extreme overclockers. However, a team of researchers at Stanford University may have gone one better.

The researchers have come up with a theoretical method to manipulate heat radiation in order to boost cooling. In a nutshell, they believe causing an object to radiate extra heat is a new way to encourage cooling.

Chad Norton
on 29 February 2020 at 16:00

It’s not always the most welcome news but at the start of every new generation of consoles, comes a new generation of graphical upgrades, which means that minimum system requirements go up and everyone has to upgrade. But in all honesty if consoles didn’t innovate with their technology then PC system requirements would start to stagnate, at least this way it gives everyone a massive push to start upgrading.

And now is the perfect time, because upgrading your rig as a new generation comes out will mean that you have a more powerful PC that will last longer. We can call back to an article we wrote in 2014, roughly a year after the PlayStation 4 was released. In it we said: “Almost all of these high requirement games are available on console and more often than not we call out “bad optimisation” and “terrible console port” to explain why the developer/publisher requests certain high requirements. But in reality we all knew that these high system requirements would come, as this hardware upturn represents a technological shift in gaming.”

Chad Norton
on 25 February 2020 at 18:00

On the lookout for a new monitor? Feel like no one out there can keep up with today’s competitive scene? Need to upgrade your old one beyond 1080p? Well good news!  AOC have just unveiled a high refresh rate, QHD gaming monitor with low pixel latency and Freesync compatible.

First of all, If you don’t know what QHD means it’s because it’s a dumb name. Standing for Quad High Definition (1440p), which doesn’t even make that much sense because 4K is 4 times the resolution of 1080p (unless they’re counting 720p as high definition which is also stupid because if 1080p is full HD then 720p must be sub HD) okay now I’m starting to ramble so let’s get back on track!

Jon Sutton
on 24 February 2020 at 15:40

It’s a quiet Monday afternoon in February so what better time for Microsoft to drop a shed-load of new information about the Xbox Series X, its next-generation console. 

“At Xbox we value being open and transparent with you, and I’m proud to be able to share details about some of the technologies we are enabling for the next generation, and look forward to boldly sharing more as we head towards E3,” says Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

Jon Sutton
on 23 February 2020 at 10:00

It's all too easy to forget when you're busy buying graphics cards and processors but the humble mouse is often the chief interface between you and playing the games you love. Whether you prioritise comfort to longer sessions, programmable buttons for MMOs, high DPI for first-person shooters, or wireless for playing from the comfort of your couch.

A bit like Ollivander's wand shop, there's a gaming mouse out there for everyone. Actually finding one though? It can be tricky wading through the hundreds of variations and spec sheets to find the true answers. Here, hopefully, we've made that hunt a whole lot easier for you with the best gaming mice you can buy in 2020.

Chad Norton
on 22 February 2020 at 14:30

Some single and multi-threaded Cinebench R20 scores for a brand new Intel Core Processor seems to have been shared on a South Korean tech forum. The processor in question here is the ¬¬p_id:2701[Intel Core i7-10700F]¬¬, and is allegedly coming to the desktop PC market sometime around March. It’s a new processor for Intel’s Comet Lake series and most likely will be for the new LGA1200 motherboard sockets.

It looks as if the i7-10700F is an 8 core/16 thread processor with a 2.9GHz base clock and a turbo clock of around 4.8GHz. If all this is true, then this new CPU isn’t very far off from the last-gen Intel Core i9-9900K.

Chad Norton
on 22 February 2020 at 10:00

The keyboard… the silent protagonist in every gamer’s adventure… the quiet mentor, guiding you from the shadows… the guitar to the guitarist, the paintbrush to the painter, the keyboard encompasses the ancient art of typing things on screen and moving your character.

But where can I get a keyboard? Aside from the obvious answer (Amazon, duh), keyboards have become an elusive market. With hundreds of foreign markets fighting for global, ecommerce dominance you can literally find the exact same keyboard for wildly varying prices across the whole internet. But here we’ve handily compiled all the best ones into one easy list.

Chad Norton
on 21 February 2020 at 12:30

We might finally have some evidence pointing towards the elusive ‘Big Navi’ graphics card. A new RRA certification has just been passed and it seems suspiciously like the high-end Navi cards we’ve all been eagerly awaiting for. As we know, AMD is set to announce those next generation cards at some point this year, and some speculation points towards AMD’s financial analyst day on the 5th of March.