A Look at Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition and more
Posted on: 03/26/2013 12:12 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including A Look at Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition, Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook Review, Sentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case Review, Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 Review, and Asus VivoTab Smart ME400 review
A Look at Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition @ Techgage
Think March belongs to Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite? Then you need to hail to the king, baby. Last week, Duke Nukem made his first post-Forever appearance on Steam. I admit that I never expected to see DN3D on Valve’s service, but I’m glad to have been proven wrong. Better still: it’s not just some straight port.
The Megaton Edition, as it’s called, brings with it an OpenGL renderer along with three add-on packs: Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, Duke it out in D.C. and Nuclear Winter. Of these, Caribbean is the only one that originally got the a-OK from 3D Realms to be produced, though the company later adopted the unofficial Duke it out in D.C. to include it in its Kill-A-Ton Collection.
Despite having purchased Duke Nukem 3D too-many-times in the past, I couldn’t help but check out the Megaton Edition and see what it brought to the table. Plus, the allure of having the three aforementioned add-ons available in such an accessible manner really appealed to me.
Read more: A Look at Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition @ TechgageCyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook Review @ Ninjalane
As hardware enthusiasts we often strive to have the most powerful machine and that quest often leads us to building a full tower system with the latest hardware available. The question is what if you could build a similar system that takes up less space, is portable and also easy to use?
In this review we will be looking at just such a system, the Cyberpower PC Fangbook gaming notebook. In recent years many gamers would look past gaming notebooks for a variety of reasons. The most common of these would be luster hardware options and let's face it; large desktop replacement notebooks are neither small nor portable.
The PC Experts at Cyperpower PC have come up with a solution that might end up setting the standard for all gaming notebooks the Fangbook X7-200. The X7-200 is a mid-range system that comes with a Core i7 3630QM Ivy Bridge based mobile processor paired with a powerful nVidia GTX 675MX graphics card. Both of these options are upgradeable in steps up to a Core i7 3940XM Extreme Edition processor running at almost 4Ghz and nVidia GTX 680M mobile GPU.
Read more: Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook Review @ NinjalaneCooler Master Seidon 120XL @ techPowerUp
In a crowded market where everyone is releasing all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, is Cooler Master's Seidon 120XL different enough to distinguish itself from the competition? The low price point of $89 is certainly enough to attract attention.
Read more: Cooler Master Seidon 120XL @ techPowerUpSentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
When it comes to mid range cases there are quite a few to choose from. The $60-80 dollar segment is filled with some great cases as well as some that I wouldn't recommend to anyone. Today we are taking a look at Sentey's Halcon GS-6050 II mid tower case. The big thing that stood out to me about this case is that it comes stock with 7 cooling fans! That is a lot of fans for any case, but especially for a mid tower. The Halcon also has support for 2.5-inch hard drives, long video cards and has USB 3.0 support. Will this case be one of the cases in the mid range that we recommend or that we tell you to stay away from? Read on as we find out!
Read more: Sentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case Review @ ThinkComputers.orgToshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 offers a lightweight design, extra long battery life and a high-quality touch screen display. We were really pleased with performance thanks to the Intel Core i5 CPU and 128GB SSD hard drive.
Read more: Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 Review @ TechReviewSource.comCougar PowerX 550 W @ techPowerUp
Today, we test our first Cougar PSU, the PowerX-550 that belongs to the mainstream category. It addresses the budget-oriented user looking for a reliable PSU that will get the job done. This unit doesn't include many bells and whistles, but promises a high price/performance ratio.
Read more: Cougar PowerX 550 W @ techPowerUpGTX Titan, Free 2 Play and Cooler Master Interview @ Ninjalane
In this first segment Dennis talks about the new GTX Titan graphics card that is based on the existing K20 Tesla card using a completely new GK110 GPU. The GPU was intended for use in the super computer market but, given the power efficiency and raw performance it only seemed fitting to add a digital video out and offer it up to retail buyers willing to pay the thousand dollar price tag.
Read more: GTX Titan, Free 2 Play and Cooler Master Interview @ NinjalaneStarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) @ HardwareHeaven.com
Released earlier this month the first StarCraft 2 expansion, Heart of the Swarm, focuses on the Zerg race. We follow the story of Sarah Kerrigan, picking up where the plot in Wings of Liberty left off. Wing of Liberty was of course the initial release of StarCraft 2 and focused on the Terran race or more specifically, Jim Raynor and this split race approach was well known in advance of launch as Blizzard announced that the story they had to tell was so epic that it could not be contained within a single game.
Read more: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) @ HardwareHeaven.comASUS Maximus V Formula Z77 ROG Review @ Anandtech
The motherboard market is tough the enthusiast user would like a motherboard that does everything but is cheap, and the system integrator would like a stripped out motherboard that is even cheaper. The ASUS Maximus V Formula is designed to cater mainly to the gamer, but also to the enthusiast and the overclocker, for an all-in-one product with a distinct ROG feel.
Read more: ASUS Maximus V Formula Z77 ROG Review @ AnandtechNvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost? The Missing Link in the Mainstream Lineup? @ Bjorn3D
Nvidia today launches the new GTX 650 Ti Boost which fills the gap in the mainstream performance price range of $150-160 while in the wake of the recent HD7790 launch. Lets see what this newest GeForce GPU has to offer and what it can do to shake up this crowded market.
Read more: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost? The Missing Link in the Mainstream Lineup? @ Bjorn3DAsus VivoTab Smart ME400 review @ V3
A slightly underpowered Windows 8 tablet, ideal for buyers on a budget
Read more: Asus VivoTab Smart ME400 review @ V3Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review @ Techradar
On the surface, Lenovo's Y500 gaming laptop looks like a standard black notebook computer. When we opened the system up, however, we were surprised by a comfortable, full-size backlit keyboard, a high-quality 15.6-inch screen, and above-average audio. Not bad, even if these are expected in a modern gaming laptop.Digging a little deeper into the Y500's specifications really raised our eyebrows. A Core i7 3630 processor? Not one, but two GeForce GT graphics parts? An SSD bootstrap drive? 16GB of system memory? For $1,250 (£825)?It's hard to believe, but it's true. And, more importantly, it's fast. Lenovo's load-out puts the Y500 in rarified air, which we'll detail in a bit. As much as we enjoy flashy, we'll take performance and a low price over aesthetics every time.Aesthetics: Plain Jane looks bely remarkable powerIf someone handed you the black, brushed-metal Y500, you'd probably mistake it for a yeoman-class Dell Latitude-type system. In some cases, this might be true - the Y500 comes in a wide variety of configurations ranging from a fairly basic load-out to the ultra-system we tested.The chassis doesn't look ugly by any means - just simple. It's big (15.2 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches), heavy ( six-plus pounds), and when closed, doesn't look particularly modern. The upside of such a simple look is that, if you're big on stickering your laptop, the clean surfaces are ideally suited for such aspirations.
Read more: Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review @ TechradarROCCAT Isku FX Review @ Vortez
Based in Hamburg, Germany, ROCCAT are swiftly making a name for themselves not only through their wide range of peripherals, but also through innovation in the field of cross-peripheral interaction. Our most recent experience with ROCCAT was the Gold Award winning [url=]Kone Pure[/url], a slimmed down mouse compared to the very high end Kone XTD with many of its core features including Easy Shift, Easy Aim, wide button rebinding and lighting customisation. One of the features we weren’t able to discuss very much was its ROCCAT Talk FX functionality, chiefly because we had yet to see the then upcoming Isku FX keyboard. Well, now here it is.
The Isku FX is an evolution of the Isku reviewed by David way back in 2011 and has been designed with the same ethos which has permeated the latest Kone mice – extensive customisation, to an almost absurd length. The Isku FX also adds far greater lighting range than the previous Isku, now in theory allowing one of 16.8 million colours and the ability to synergise with Kone[+], Pure and XTD mice for additional ambient effects or dynamic changing based on gaming conditions through the use of Talk FX.
Read more: ROCCAT Isku FX Review @ Vortez