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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus VII Formula Series

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs, Z97 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboards ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core processors - codenamed 'Haswell', 'Haswell Refresh', 'Haswell Refresh K-Series' ('Devil's Canyon') and 'Broadwell' - and engineered with many new and exclusive ROG game-boosting features.

The Maximus VII Formula series supports dual-channel up to DDR 3300+ (OC) memory, and quad-GPU SLI and 3-way CrossFireX for gaming rigs with multiple graphics-processing units (multi-GPU). The new motherboard series also includes two SATA Express and ten SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as eight USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports.

ASUS Announces GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card

ASUS today announced GTX 780 Ti, a graphics card powered by the brand-new GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics-processing unit (GPU) and boosted by exclusive GPU Tweak technology.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU is powered by 25% more CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) cores and benefits from a boosted clock speed of 928 MHz - both significant increases on its predecessor that enable ASUS GTX 780 Ti to deliver superb gaming performance.

GIGABYTE Launches G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard at Blizzcon 2013

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of its latest gaming motherboard the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 at Blizzcon 2013, one of the biggest US gaming events of the year. The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 combines our signature AMP-UP Audio feature set with Killer E2200 networking, gold hardware, ruthless performance and looks that could kill.

"The new G1.Sniper Z87 has PC gaming built-in to its DNA, an utterly compelling choice for any high performance PC built with fragging in mind," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "It's fantastic to be here as the exclusive motherboard sponsor at Blizzcon 2013, and also have the opportunity to showcase our latest gaming platform to thousands of true hard core gamers."

ORIGIN PC Introduces the EON17-SLX High-Performance Laptop

ORIGIN PC announces the all new, NVIDIA SLI-Ready, EON17-SLX to their line of award-winning EON laptops for gamers, professionals, artists and enthusiasts. The new EON17-SLX takes mobile gaming to the next level with support for up to DUAL NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards in SLI to deliver buttery smooth frame rates when playing today's most demanding PC games at home or on the go.

With advanced performance and future proof features such as support for Intel's 4th generation mobile "Haswell" processors, Intel Thunderbolt technology, up to 5 storage drives including dual mSATA RAID support, and ORIGIN PC's professional GPU overclocking, the new EON17-SLX is the perfect desktop replacement of choice for any gamer, enthusiast or professional.

Sharkoon Launches the Rush Core Gaming Headset

Sharkoon expands its entry level PC headset series with a low-priced, closed design, gaming stereo headset. The new Sharkoon Rush Core stereo headset comes in a black/white color scheme and it's aimed at price-conscious gamers.

Due to the enclosed ear cup design ambient noise is reduced. The built-in speakers have a diameter of 40 mm and a maximum power of 150 milliwatts. The headband and earpieces are padded to ensure a comfortable fit during wear. In addition, it also features a swiveling, flexible microphone, which can be pivoted into the desired speaking position. The volume control is integrated into the 250 centimeter long cable and offers the possibility to completely mute the microphone. It is connected by means of two 3.5 mm stereo jacks, for the headset and microphone, respectively. The headset is ideal for games as well as other voice and multimedia applications. A transport bag is also included with the headset.

ASUS Announces R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X DirectCU II Graphics Cards

ASUS today announced the launch of its R9 200 and R7 200 Series DirectCU II graphics cards, powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series graphics-processing units (GPUs). The new R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X graphics cards are brimming with exclusive ASUS technologies and tools including DirectCU II cooling technology for cooler and quieter gaming performance, DIGI+ voltage-regulator modules (VRMs) for smooth and stable power supply and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software for tuning the graphics card. The R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X are all ASUS TOP-rated graphics cards, meaning they are overclocked to perform faster than reference - respectively turning in core speeds of 1070MHz, 1120MHz and 1188MHz.

Philips Launches 144 Hz Gaming Monitor

Among the myriad of new products presented by Philips at the current IFA event in Berlin, Germany, there's one in particular that will certainly draw the attention of avid gamers everywhere. The Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/75 is a 24 Inch, 144Hz refresh rate monitor targeted at the gaming segment, it has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Full HD monitor makes use of a TN LCD panel and W-LED back-lighting, it has a 5ms response time (1ms Gray to Gray) and a 170º maximum horizontal viewing angle.

Connectivity wise, the monitor puts at your disposal a VGA port (Analog ), DVI-Dual Link (digital, HDCP), HDMI (digital, HDCP), MHL-HDMI (digital, HDCP), DisplayPort 1.2, USB3.0x4 with 1x fast charger and Smart keypad x 1. The Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/75 comes with a wired remote control dubbed SmartKeypad, that enables fast and convenient access to previously saved, personalized gaming presets.

GIGABYTE Announces Online Tournament for South Asian Dota2 Community

GIGABYTE, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware and system has been already known for famous eSports events. In partnership with NVIDIA, GIGABYTE today announces the Summer Cup for DOTA 2, with a $1,500 total cash prize purse. GIGABYTE has partnered with Rapture Gaming Network, one of South Asian premier eSports organizers, to initiate and run the online tournaments. The 1st country qualifier will begin on Tuesday 10th Sept, 2013.

"GIGABYTE has always been committed to delivering the very best to gamers. By teaming up with RGN for DOTA2, GIGABYTE is supplying the very top-of-notch hardware right where it's needed, giving gamers a completely immersive gaming experience," said Eddie Lin, GIGABYTE Graphics Cards Sales & Marketing Division Director.

Thermaltake Chaser A21- Ultimate E-Sport Design Gaming Case

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solution, and power supply unit today launched another new member in Chaser Series- Chaser A21 mid-tower gaming chassis. Ever since the introduction of Chaser A31, A41 and A71, Chaser A21 gaming case, continues Thermaltake Chaser spirit designing concept for gamers and enthusiasts which combines maximum performance, cooling and compatibility within a mid-tower package.

With the black metal meshed highlighted with blue fluorescence stripes on the front panel, Chaser A21 has continued the e-sports appearance and outstanding protection designs inspired by the major motion picture Tron which helps characterize its originality. The transparent window on the side panel provides a fresh look into the breathtaking high performance PC build inside. Since gaming hardware produces a lot of heat, this enclosure contains one 120mm blue LED rear fan for an optimized cooling solution offering extreme airflow and a touch of style and brilliance.

Global PC Gaming Hardware Sales Shrug off PC Market Decline: JPR

In a challenged PC market one user group is standing firm against the winds of change blowing many casual computer users to the "good enough" mindset behind sales of tablets and cloud computing devices-PC gamers. PC gamers continue to buy and build with a fervency that could be compared to motorcycle, 4X4, and sports car enthusiasts, always looking for more speed, power, utility, and handling.

Jon Peddie, President of JPR said, "Not only is gaming becoming an even more important purchasing influence of PC sales due to the offloading of more basic functionality to smart devices, but we are forecasting growth in the most expensive discrete graphics products. We are also impressed with the embedded graphics offerings this generation and going forward."

Razer's Crowdsourcing Approach is Back with Razer Comms

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, announced today the first update to Razer Comms, its all-in-one communications solution for gamers, based on a public user poll. Following a large crowdsourcing initiative that drew feedback from more than 10,ooo users, Razer is introducing a new file transfer feature for Comms's burgeoning user base. At the same time, the company expanded the program's infrastructure with high-speed servers in eight different locations across the globe to reduce latency and improved the overall audio quality for the software, upgrading noise suppression, echo cancellation and voice volume normalization.

"We started working on Razer Comms in 2011 as a 10 percent side project of sorts, mostly during lunch breaks, for our own personal gaming use," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "Razer Comms now has a dedicated team of experienced software engineers at its helm. The number of patches and feature additions that we've implemented according to gamer feedback speak to this software's relevance. It is definitely here to stay? and evolve."

Deepcool LUCIFER CPU Cooler Made Globally Available

Deepcool, the leading manufacturer of desktop CPU cooler, VGA cooler, DC case fan and Notebook cooler, officially released their first fanless CPU cooler-LUCIFER under the sub-brand GAMER STORM, which is named after the hero from the well-known and popular video game DotA (Defense of the Ancients) for Warcraft III. The most important skill of this cooler is to "Devour" the heat massively.

Lucifer CPU cooler is designed to cool the mainstream processors in fanless mode to create a totally silent system; meanwhile, Lucifer is also capable of cooling high-end processors with the help of good airflow inside the case. The bundled 14cm patented rubber fan is able to enhance the cooling capacity of Lucifer up to 300W. And Lucifer also supports push-pull configuration.

Razer Upgrades Your Stereo Headphones to 7.1 Gaming Surround Sound

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the latest member of its software family: Razer Surround.
Razer Surround is a state-of-the-art audio engine that provides 7.1 virtual surround sound with any stereo headphones. The current generation of virtual surround technology often provides inaccurate listening experiences because individuals perceive sound differently based on their distinct ear sizes and shapes. As such, virtual surround sound traditionally falls short compared to discrete surround sound setups.

With the patent-pending Razer Surround audio engine, users have the option to calibrate their personal surround sound settings through a series of listening tests to match their preferences, giving them far superior positional sound over traditional virtual solutions. Razer Surround gives gamers a truly individualized 7.1 surround sound and attuned 3D audio experience, allowing them to acoustically pinpoint exact locations of opponents in game, providing "the unfair advantage" in gameplay.

Razer Launches Atrox Arcade Stick with Support From Fighting Game Community

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox 360, the final product following an extensive beta testing program. Tested by some of the world's best pro-gamers and Fighting Game Community members all over the world, the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is constructed with modders and tournament gamers in mind. Featuring premium quality Sanwa components, the 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick allow gamers to strike instantly and surely, game after game, while maintaining peak performance and reliability.

An extremely moddable controller, the inside of the arcade stick platform opens up at the touch of a button, making the Razer Atrox a breeze to customize for all tastes and play styles. Users can swap in their own personal designs for a unique look, while also getting access to the internal compartments and honeycomb structure for easy screw mounting.

No New GPUs from AMD for the Bulk of 2013

AMD's product manager for desktop graphics products Devon Nekechuk, in an interview with Japanese publication 4Gamer.net, revealed that his firm won't be launching any new Radeon GPUs in 2013, and that the company would instead play out the year on its current Radeon HD 7000 series' performance, with price adjustments and possible performance increments through driver updates. In a slide released to 4Gamers.net, AMD pointed that its Radeon HD 7900 series (high-end), HD 7800 series (performance), and HD 7700 series (mainstream), will carry on the company's mantle "throughout 2013."

This announcement is indication that GPU makers have decided to slow things down from the streak of rapid new GPU launches that lasted from some time around 2007, running up to 2012, which can be heavily taxing in terms of R&D costs for either companies. We know for sure that NVIDIA is clearing its backlog of consumer GPU development by releasing the GeForce GTX "Titan" graphics card in a couple of weeks' time, and we know from older reports that NVIDIA could launch a "refreshed" GeForce Kepler lineup, that largely retains the GeForce Kepler silicon while topping up with subtle changes (clock speeds, software features that don't involve redesigning the silicon, etc.,) but AMD coming out in the open with this announcement could change everything. NVIDIA has the opportunity to save a few coins by sticking to its current lineup (plus the upcoming GTX "Titan,") and responding to competition from AMD by price-adjustments and timely driver optimizations of its own.

Source: 4Gamer.net

Evil Geniuses Joins Team Razer

Razer, one of the world's pioneering supporters of e-Sports, and Evil Geniuses, the Western world's premier professional gaming team, have formed a partnership to reinforce Razer's support of e-Sports globally.

Team Evil Geniuses is one of the longest-running organizations in North American e-Sports, and they house arguably the most prestigious roster of professional gamers in the region. EG makes for a fantastic addition to the elite ranks of Team Razer: From their Dota 2 division, which features fan favorites like DeMoN, Maelk and Fear, to their broad roster of StarCraft 2 talent, including superstars like Jaedong, Stephano and IdrA, to Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz and their deep Fighting Game line-up, to Snoopeh and their newly-acquired League of Legends team.

Mad Catz Announces GameSmart Technology Initiative for Smart Devices

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today GameSmart, a technology initiative that moves smart devices one step closer to delivering a core gaming experience similar to a gaming console or gaming computer. GameSmart control products will function through the Bluetooth Smart stack, will be game and hardware independent, and will have a smart device app to provide additional functionality. By utilizing Bluetooth Smart, GameSmart devices will feature simplified setup, longer battery life and universal compatibility. In addition, GameSmart offers game developers and game publishers standardization, ease of implementation and scalability when enabling controller and console-like accessory functionality in mobile games.

Thermaltake Launches the BigTyp Revo The New Down Draft Cooler on the Block

Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC chassis, power supply and thermal solution, is launching the new reinvent CPU cooler – the “BigTyp Revo”, the COMPUTEX 2012 d&i award winner, an award recognises Thermaltake being the pacemaker of CPU cooler, which also made the debut during CeBIT 2012 this March, to users and gamers who favor the down draft rather than the tower cooler.

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo is the next substantial down draft CPU air cooler after the introduction of the Orb Series and the Typhoon Series that marked a brand-new new CPU cooler era for Thermaltake.

Australian R18+ Game Rating System Ends Mature Game Embargos

Australian legislators voted in a new game rating system that expands choice for gamers, allowing them to play ESRB-Mature games, which often get restricted or banned in the Australian market. Called R18+, the new rating marks games restricted to consumption by people aged 18 and above. Before it, the highest game rating marker for the Australian market was M15+ ("mature", above the age of 15), which let through titles with depiction of violence, but blocked out quite a few that in the eyes of the powers that be, were "too violent" (eg: Mortal Kombat, with its gory critical hit animations). Like with every other government, in every part of the world, it took a lobby to move the Australian House and Senate (Parliament) and make R18+ a reality. Go ahead and score fatalities in style, mates.

Source: GameInformer

Digital Storm Debuts the Marauder Line for PC Gamers

Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly introduces the Marauder line of high performance gaming PCs with a ground-breaking price. Designed with PC gamers in mind, the Marauder gaming line delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience while being one of the most affordable gaming PCs ever offered by Digital Storm.

Gamers who have endured lag filled game-play with unimpressive low-resolution visuals finally can break free thanks to Digital Storm's Marauder gaming line, the first gaming PCs built around Corsair's Vengeance C70 chassis. No longer do gamers have to settle for sub-par performance because of a limited budget thanks to the Marauder's ground-breaking price.

Thermaltake Showcases innovative eSports solutions at Taipei Game Show '12

Thermaltake Group with the most avant-garde innovation and creativity in delivering the corporate mission of the “perfect user experiences” is prepared to exhibit “Taipei Game Show 2012” from February 2nd to 6th. Together with Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake, the 5-day event will host a series of exciting programmes to introduce an array of conceptual and technical innovations and offers an exciting glimpse of the brands’ future design language with amazing stage shows, and well-known players - our own professional e-Sports Team - Tt APOLLOS and it’s StarCraft2 player – SoftBall, the world-famous StarCraft2 players –Aleksey “White-Ra” Krupnyk from Ukraine, and MarineKing eSports Team from South Korea, together to present entirely new and creative innovations that comprehensively adapt to the cultures of “enjoyment of entertainment, e-Sports, technology, and lifestyle”.

Anno 2070's Draconian DRM: Ubisoft Loosens Restrictions. Slightly

Last week we brought you news of Ubisoft's hard three machine activation limit on Anno 2070 and how it scuppered a review by Guru3D when they swapped out graphics cards. Guru3D's post then went viral on the web and it appears that this has put sufficient pressure or 'heat' on Ubisoft to relax the restrictions just a tiny bit, since they weren't going to use any more Ubisoft games for benchmarks. So what have they done? Allowed an unlimited number of graphics card swaps. That's it, everything else stays the same, so if other components such as the CPU, motherboard etc are changed, then one will still run into this frustrating brick wall and have to get in touch with customer support to reset the activations.

Samsung’s Series 7 Gamer Laptop gets Colored Yellow

Samsung Electronics has today unveiled a yellow colored version of the Series 7 Gamer notebook introduced last November. Said to be 'targeting young generation and lady customers', the gaming laptop comes with a Glass Flake coating that provides enhanced durability, and features a backlit keyboard, a 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.1 speaker system, and a knob for switching between various power modes.

The Series 7 Gamer also packs an Intel quad-core mobile processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, an optical drive, and up to a 2 TB hard drive.

An Open Letter to the Gaming Community from CD Projekt RED

A month ago, we reported that CD Projekt RED, makers of The Witcher 2 had claimed that they could identify '100% of pirates' and had started an RIAA-style 'settlement letter' shakedown (extortion) tactic in Germany. Well, unsurprisingly, this hasn't gone down too well with their customers and the outcry has been loud and strong, especially on gog.com, where their forums have been full of posts from disgruntled customers. Well, it looks like the pressure has gotten too much for them and they have backpedalled furiously on this decision and issued an open letter, published on rockpapershotgun.com. In it, they state that they want people to continue to have faith in them and stressed how they're still totally against 'piracy' of their products and appealed for gamers to refrain from engaging in it:
In early December, an article was published about a law firm acting on behalf of CD Projekt RED, contacting individuals who had downloaded The Witcher 2 illegally and seeking financial compensation for copyright infringement. The news about our decision to combat piracy directly, instead of with DRM, spread quickly and with it came a number of concerns from the community. Repeatedly, gamers just like you have said that our methods might wrongly accuse people who have never violated our copyright and expressed serious concern about our actions.

Anno 2070's Draconian DRM: Guru3D's Graphics Card Review Killed Off

Anno 2070's Draconian DRM: Guru3D's Graphics Card Review Killed Off (UPDATED)

Hilbert Hagedoorn of well-known PC tech review site guru3d.com recently bought a copy of Ubisoft's Anno 2070 and wanted to use it in one of his graphics card reviews. However, he became badly unstuck. This game comes on the Steam platform and the store page states: "3rd-party DRM: Solidshield Tages SAS 3 machine activation limit". Unfortunately for Guru3D, they found out exactly what this means, which resulted in just one performance graph, an aborted review, an unplayable game – and bad publicity for Ubisoft once again. They have published an article about their experience, pledging not to use their titles again because of this DRM.
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