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Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

A slew of new Ivy Bridge processors isn't the only thing Intel is announcing today. Slipped into the announcement of its third-generation Core architecture was the mention of the HD 4000 series of integrated graphics cards, which will replace the standard graphics currently on a huge assortment of laptops and desktops. According to Intel, the new integrated graphics chips will deliver up to double performance from the 3000 series, an impressive claim and a necessary advancement as Ultrabooks (most of which use Intel's HD graphics) become a more popular PC segment.

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SimCity 5 previewed and detailed

SimCity 5 previewed and detailed

EA and Maxis confirmed last month that they would be bringing SimCity 5 to eager gamers sometime in 2013, bringing with it revamped graphics and new social networking features. The Game Jar had a hands-on preview with the game, and described in detail the mechanics of the refreshed franchise as well as typical gameplay.

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Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

The latest patch has gone live for Bethesda's hot-selling role-playing game The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, but as to be expected, it is only available for PC players. For those playing on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the game remains at version 1.4. PS3 players in particular still have reason to be sore because that version still has some memory bugs. The PS3 version of the game game under increasing scrutiny.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 benchmarked in quad SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 benchmarked in quad SLI

What's better than a top-of-the-line graphic card for a rabid PC gamer? Try four strapped int to the same motherboard and running in tandem. This sort of thing's been possible for quite a while (for those with the cash for compatible hardware and power bills) but it's always fun to see the latest and greatest pushed to the maximum levels of performance. So it is with NVIDIA's brand new GeForce GTX 680, the company's latest in ultra-powered GPU excess. Hardware.Info strapped four GTX 680s into a quad-SLI motherboard and let the benchmarks fly.

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Valve Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ditches cross-platform play says company

Valve Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ditches cross-platform play says company

Valve has decided to axe the ability for PC and PS3 players to compete head-to-head in the upcoming game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, just weeks after it said the feature would be one of the defining parts of the game. The problem, according to the company, is that allowing cross-platform play would mean the PC version wouldn't be able to get continuous patches and updates.

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SteelSeries teases mouse with integrated screen

SteelSeries teases mouse with integrated screen

Gaming mice range from the simple to the ridiculous, though they tend to unite on at least one aspect: "expensive". In the world of gaming hardware, novelty is a constant struggle, and boutique manufacturer SteelSeries has something up their sleeves that certainly qualifies. The company posted two photos to their Twitter account today, showing off what appears to be the tail end of a gaming mouse with an integrated screen of some kind. Thousands of PC gamers' wallets are already feeling lighter.

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OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

Desktop gaming computers are getting more over-the-top every year, and with triple and quadruple SLI and Crossfire X motherboards now on the market, those who need the absolute maximum in performance also need a ton of power with which to achieve it. Enter OCZ's latest power supply, the 1000W Fatal1ty PSU. It's not the first kilowatt power supply around, but it is the first to feature the branding of pro gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - an instant way to make PC gamers sit up and take notice.

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Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

The downloadable game that features everything you love about the Batman universe, except everything that's actually part of the Batman universe, has just been handed a free pack of downloadable content. Gotham City Imposters, which as the name suggests is an action adventure starring characters that look like the classic heroes and villains but aren't quite, was released earlier this month so the launch of DLC is pretty quick.

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Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

It's in vogue right now to say that PC gaming is dead. When we talk about digital downloads in the marketplace, it's always sexier to talk about Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. But there's a new infographic that shows just how strong of a segment those people with their mousepads and keyboards still are. In fact, some of these numbers might shock you.

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AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 specs leaked

AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 specs leaked

Keeping up with desktop gaming hardware is a never-ending quest - and it never hurts to take some shortcuts. So rejoice, GPU enthusiasts: an early preview of the next generation of Radeon cards has been posted by EXPreview. The center of the lineup, the HD 7870 and 7850 cards, have been detailed, using the new Pitcairn processor architecture. The cards use the same 28 nanometer fabrication process, but more memory and other slight speed increases.

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