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Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Here in the late Summer of 2014 we’re having a look at a gaming PC from Alienware that’s continuing to aim for console-beating power after nearly a year out in the wild. This review isn’t like most SlashGear reviews where we review a product early - sometimes before it’s on the market. Instead we’re taking a quick look at how this device squares off against the PS4, the Xbox One, and other similarly-sized competitors.

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Very patient Minecraft player recreates 1KB hard drive

Very patient Minecraft player recreates 1KB hard drive

We've heard great stories of people on Minecraft creating incredible masterpieces, from dreamy yet blocky castles to the USS Enterprise. Some, however, really take things to the extreme, like a certain player going by the pseudonym "smellytring" who posted snapshots on Imgur explaining how he or she built a 1 KB, yes kilobyte, hard drive using only the materials and tools that Minecraft bestows.

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Acer Aspire V Nitro gaming notebooks arrive alongside 4K2K LCDs

Acer Aspire V Nitro gaming notebooks arrive alongside 4K2K LCDs

Acer has taken the wraps off of its latest gaming notebooks, the Aspire V Nitro series, along with a clutch of new 4K2K and WQHD displays for those who demand extra pixels. Powered by a choice of 4th- or 5th-gen Intel Core processors paired with NVIDIA GeForce graphics up to GTX 860M, the Aspire V Nitro range will be offered in 15- and 17-inch sizes, with the range topped by the Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition.

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Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Gaming PCs may be nothing new, but Alienware is hoping to do something different with its new Alpha console: deliver the flexibility of a PC but with the turn-key convenience of a traditional console. Rather than waiting for Valve to finish SteamOS, NVIDIA opted to create its own Alpha UI so that gamers could control the console from their couch. It's an intriguing strategy, especially as consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 try to extend their own reach into multimedia and entertainment; read on for five Alpha highlights.

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Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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Surface Pro 3 has MacBook Air in sights with attack ad trio

Surface Pro 3 has MacBook Air in sights with attack ad trio

Microsoft hasn't been shy in calling out Apple in recent months, pitting Cortana against Siri in a recent advert, while calling out the MacBook Air from the get-go with its Surface Pro 3 launch. Now the OS X ultraportable is under attack again, with a trio of new Microsoft commercials attempting to demonstrate how a pen, touchscreen, and detachable keyboard are together more flexible than a regular notebook can be.

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