PC Hardware

Crysis 3 PC requirements land, get ready to upgrade

Crysis 3 PC requirements land, get ready to upgrade

For years now, we've used the Crysis series to determine how good a PC is at a glance, with enthusiasts today still asking "But can it run Crysis?" when you bring up your PC's technical specifications. It looks like Crysis 3 will continue the series' trend of demanding a lot of power, as Electronic Arts has released the PC requirements for the incoming game. Luckily, EA has share the requirements two months before Crysis 3 launches, which is good since it sounds like some of us will have to spend some time upgrading.

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AMD bundles free video games with its new HD 7900 video card

AMD bundles free video games with its new HD 7900 video card

The practice of bundling video games with video cards has been around for a long time. Often PC gamers looking for a new video card to increase the performance of their gaming machine choose between very similar cards from different card brands depending on the video game bundled with the hardware. AMD is going to be offering one of the best video game bundles ever with its new Radeon 7900 graphics card.

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Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Well, this is pretty interesting: a new Valve job ad pegs the Half-Life developer with an interest in jumping into the PC hardware business. The job ad calls for an Industrial Designer who will be "defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software." Even more interesting is what the company has to say about the current state of the PC hardware industry.

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SandForce SF-2200/2100 storage processors promise an extra hour of runtime

SandForce SF-2200/2100 storage processors promise an extra hour of runtime

SandForce is a company that produces a number of different processors that control flash storage inside an SSD or computer. These controller chips can have a huge impact on how the computer performs overall including having a major impact on speed and battery life. The company has announced new controller chips promising significantly improved battery life called the SandForce SF-2200/2100 Client Flash Storage Processors.

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Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

A Microsoft Durango developer kit reportedly emerged on a developper forum over the weekend, commanding a sale price of $10,000. The kit, which is said to feature an Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU, and “more than 8GB of memory”, is used for Xbox 720 development. The fact that the kit looked like a plain black PC tower running a regular debug launcher led many to believe it was nothing more than a hoax, but Digital Foundry decided to reach out to several sources and developers, discovering that the kit was in fact the real deal.

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Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

If you are a computer geek, you'll know what overclocking is all about. Overclocking is where geeks use various processes and often resort to exotic cooling to coax higher speeds and more performance out of their processors, RAM, and video cards. Gigabyte has announced that it has been able to set the record for the highest validated CPU clock speed using an Intel Core i7 3770K processor.

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Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 networking tech lands in Gigabyte mainboards

Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 networking tech lands in Gigabyte mainboards

Qualcomm purchased the networking company formerly called Bigfoot Networks a while back. Bigfoot made all sorts of networking hardware and chips that were aimed at improving the networking speed of gaming computers to make online gaming more fun. Qualcomm has announced that it is cramming the Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2100 game networking platform into some new mainboards including some from Gigabyte.

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Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit

Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit

Corsair has been in the RAM game for computer enthusiast, gamers, and mainstream users looking fro upgrades for a long time. The company also has flash drives, SSDs, and a lot of other hardware that the computer user needs. The company has announced the addition of a large capacity RAM kit for dual and quad channel mainboards.

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OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

The folks at OCZ have today revealed their latest bit of hardware in the Z-Drive R4, running at 2,800MB/sec, over 500,000 input output operations per second with one SuperScale controller. One as in single. Then there's a dual version at 5,600MB/sec and 1.2 MILLION IOPS. These monsters are not aimed at private users, instead going for enterprise users, thusly the prices are not yet listed. You'll find that these units are available with SLC / MLC NAND flash memory, customer-chosen configurations, and functionality based on the requests of those laying down the bucks.

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