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We should be applauding No Man's Sky for letting us believe

Posted on 10th Aug 2016 at 10:40 by Jake Tucker with 23 comments

Jake Tucker
Don't worry, we're still planning on reviewing No Man's Sky; Rick's in deep space as we speak.

I didn't like No Man's Sky when I played it, back in the spring. The hype-train had already left the station, and now, on the day of its PS4 release, and just a couple of days before PC owners get to carve out their own chunk of the universe, that trainload of hype is at maximum speed.

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It's time Valve owns up to its part in skin gambling

Posted on 8th Jul 2016 at 16:03 by Jake Tucker with 14 comments

Jake Tucker
This week has been a big one for YouTuber drama, with news breaking that two prominent streamers had been unmasked as the owners of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting site called CSGO Lotto.

I won't try to explain it all, but professional streamers Trevor 'TMarTn' Martin and Tom 'ProSyndicate' Cassell created the site and then pretended to have just discovered it in order to showcase it to their viewers and generate interest. This video below from H3H3 productions, highlights exactly what the pair have been up to, and it's pretty much the shadiest thing I've seen in games for a while. But what people haven't got around to yet is that this boom in shady videogame gambling practices is largely Valve's fault.

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Non K-edition baseclock overclocking fiasco: Is it good or bad for Intel?

Posted on 31st Dec 2015 at 16:24 by Antony Leather with 19 comments

Antony Leather
When reports of substantial overclocks being achieved on non-K edition Intel CPUs surfaced a few weeks ago, my initial thoughts didn't immediately leap to motherboard manufacturers having found a very interesting and potentially cost-saving backdoor.

In fact, at first, I thought quite the opposite - that Intel may even have left the option there for motherboard manufacturers to find or even colluded with them months ago. The possible reasons for this? Poor Skylake sales being one of them, although, despite current high prices and initial lack of availability both of the CPUs and motherboards, I don't think sales are bad enough to warrant this - far from it.

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Is 2016 a make or break year for AMD?

Posted on 23rd Jul 2015 at 10:36 by Antony Leather with 51 comments

Antony Leather
There has been some pretty grim reading surrounding AMD in the last few days. The fact it's now worth just a quarter of what it paid for ATI back in 2006 may sound pretty devastating, but even just a year later in 2007, the company was actually worth less than the $5.4 billion it paid for the GPU giant, so things have clearly been on a consistent downward spiral.

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The best things at Computex 2015

Posted on 10th Jun 2015 at 09:04 by Matthew Lambert with 4 comments

Matthew Lambert
If you followed our day by day updates on Computex 2015, you'll know we caught up with loads of companies who all had on display their latest and upcoming products. Now that the dust has settled and the jetlag mostly dissipated, I wanted to give a more personal view on what I thought were the things that truly stood out – let me know if you agree or disagree! Be sure to check out the full coverage of Computex here for a better idea and more images of the products discussed: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

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Dear publishers, please just let me buy your game

Posted on 19th May 2015 at 09:26 by Rick Lane with 42 comments

Rick Lane
Imagine sitting down in a restaurant and ordering a meal; let's say, Surf and Turf with chips and a side-salad. The waiter informs you that the arrival time of your meal will be announced in ten minutes. The time passes, and the waiter rolls up and apologises, saying your meal has been delayed. But good news! They're ready to announce that the prawns for your surf and turf can now be ordered early for an extra £5.

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Some questions about our new CPU cooler test systems

Posted on 30th Apr 2015 at 10:15 by Antony Leather with 59 comments

Antony Leather
We're currently in the process of building numerous new test systems here at bit-tech and before we leap in and start churning out reviews with our awesome new hardware, I wanted to reach out and get some feedback on a couple of questions involving our CPU cooler systems.

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Is Nvidia's GTX 960 really a disappointment?

Posted on 28th Jan 2015 at 11:16 by Antony Leather with 27 comments

Antony Leather
It's taken a while to arrive but the eagerly-awaited sub-£200 version of Nvidia's Maxwell-based graphics cards is finally here. However, the GTX 960 is not quite what we were all expecting.

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Battle of the GPUs: Is power efficiency the new must-have?

Posted on 17th Nov 2014 at 08:47 by Antony Leather with 46 comments

Antony Leather
Even just a year ago, having a hot-running graphics card such as AMD's R9 290X, was par for the course. Admittedly, there have been hotter and cooler examples of 'the must have' GPU over the years but in general, if it's good value and performs well, I'm usually sold.

This is especially true with me as I usually rip the stock cooler off a new graphics card straight away and fit a waterblock, so heat has never really bothered me. The exceptions were excessively inefficient models such as Nvidia's GTX 480, which weren't that fast and could heat your average Olympic swimming pool. Equally, AMD's dual-GPU offerings have often generated too much heat and been overkill for my needs.

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How can companies like CM Storm keep up with gaming?

Posted on 12th Nov 2014 at 14:47 by Matthew Lambert with 20 comments

During my time at Cooler Master HQ, I sat down with various product managers, one of which, Bram Rongen, handles the gaming division CM Storm. His responsibilities extend to all peripherals and accessories, though some cases are also marketed under the brand.

How can companies like CM Storm keep up with gaming?
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Unfortunately, CM Storm has nothing new to announce at present. After all, it's had numerous launches in the past few months, including the Sirus-C, the Quick Fire Rapid-I, the Resonar and most recently the NovaTouch TKL. This latter one is the division's most important product for at least the rest of the year, as it is the new flagship keyboard (it even has its own microsite). Bram is rightfully very proud of the NovaTouch TKL – it's a fantastically crafted piece of kit.

Of course, no company will do too well without a strong product catalogue, but our conversation got me thinking about how there is now so much more beyond this for CM Storm and other such companies and brands when it comes to success in the world of gaming peripherals.

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Ten Years On: Prey

Ten Years On: Prey

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