Created by an elite team of Digital Storm technicians, DS Unlocked is an exclusive blog featuring useful and honest expert advice for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. We'll be posting videos, articles, how-to guides, and reviews on the latest and greatest technology!
Apr
15
2014

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review - World's Fastest Gaming Graphics Card

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Ever since the Radeon HD 3870 X2, AMD has aimed to release a dual-GPU variant of its higher end graphics card. These dual-GPU cards have also become the hallmark for graphics card manufacturers and much of the issues that existed in the past have been fixed. With the new Radeon R9 295X2, AMD has slapped two fully unlocked Hawaii cores on a single PCB and aims to take back the crown from NVIDIA....
Apr
14
2014

Corsair Obsidian 450D Review

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The 450D is Corsair’s latest mid-tower case that is designed to take the spot in between the Obsidian 350D and 750D. The case itself measures 19.5 inches high, 8.3 inches wide and 19.6 inches long.If it wasn’t for the front intake with perforated holes, one could easily mistake the 450D for a 350D....
Apr
12
2014

The Best Zombie Games

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With AMC’s popular television series, The Walking Dead, recently having wrapped up its fourth season, fans may find themselves going through zombie withdrawal. With this lack of brain-chomping, undead creatures in mind, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of our favorite zombie video games....
Apr
9
2014

AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini APU Review - Quad Core for less

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he new quad-core AMD Athlon 5350 APU is designed for those who want more computational power for less. It’s optimized for productivity and does it at a great price point....
Apr
9
2014

GIGABYTE AM1M-S2H Motherboard for AMD AM1 APUs

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The GIGABYTE AM1M-S2H motherboard is the one of the first motherboards to be launched with the new FS1b socket for AMD AM1 series APUs. It’s built with GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable technology and features their custom UEFI bios. ...
Apr
7
2014

DDR4 Memory is here - SK Hynix unveils 128GB DDR4 module

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SK Hynix has unveiled the world's first high density DDR4 module with 128GB of memory. It features double the capacity as compared to the previous 64 GB model and takes advantage of TSV technology. ...
Apr
2
2014

Half Life 3 - What it could end up looking like

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Wondering what Half Life 3 could look like? With next-gen game engines, a user has recreated the memorable City 17 in the Unreal Engine to give us an example of what Half Life 3 could end up looking like....
Mar
31
2014

Offline vs. Online Gaming

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One of the most controversial topics in gaming right now is that of “always online” gaming. In order to understand just how controversial this topic is, look no further than the recent flip-flopping of Microsoft over its always online policy with the Xbox One system....
Mar
31
2014

Gaming Workout - Healthier Gaming Habits

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Look, it’s no secret that we gamers get a bad rap for being a little lazy. Who has time to work out when your guild is raiding at 6:00 PM every night and you don’t get home from work until 5:30 PM? Who really wants to miss out on epic loot just to be all sweaty and out of breath?...
Mar
29
2014

AMD Dual Hawaii R9 290X GPU Teased

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#2BetterThan1 , That is the hashtag that AMD has been teasing for well over a month now. That wait, however may soon be coming to an end....
Mar
27
2014

Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition Unboxing

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The expansion for Diablo III is finally here! Check out our unboxing of the Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Collectors Edition....
Mar
27
2014

Corsair 760T Review

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Replacing the 600T, the Corsair 760T features a revolutionary new design that many will either hate or love. Take a look at our unboxing and review of the new Corsair 760T....
Mar
26
2014

Corsair 730T Review

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Replacing the 600T, the Corsair 730T features a revolutionary new design that many will either hate or love. As far as dimensions go, the case itself is 564mm long, 246mm wide and 568mm in height. Being that it is a graphite series case, it features an eye-catching industrial design....
Mar
25
2014

ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Review Benchmarks and Unboxing

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The ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum is the latest graphics from ASUS that features a hybrid cooling design. It isn’t your usual GTX 780. Instead, it features both an air cooler and water cooling on the same card....
Mar
25
2014

NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX Titan Z - Dual GPU Titan Z

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5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, 8 TERAFLOPS of power. Price tag? $2,999. ...
Mar
24
2014

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2014 - GTX 790 and Maxwell Rumors

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March 25, 2014 marks the date for the beginning of NVIDIA's annual GPU Technology Conference. Many are speculating that we will finally see high-end Maxwell cards. Others say that the rumored GTX 790 will be unveiled. Nothing is for certain and we'll have to wait till tomorrow to find out....
Mar
23
2014

Upcoming NVIDIA driver to give AMD Mantle a run for its money - massive performance boost

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At GDC 2014, NVIDIA has revealed that it's upcoming driver for DirectX 11 is going to give AMD's Mantle a run for its money. NVIDIA has improved the efficiency of many of its graphics cards in DirectX 11 titles and is planning to release a driver that improves performance dramatically....
Mar
22
2014

Most gamers do not finish games they start playing

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Industry affiliates stated at GDC 2014 that many gamers don't actually finish playing the games they start. Most gamers aren't actually playing through the entire storyline of games....
Mar
21
2014

EVGA unveils 6GB NVIDIA GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti

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In a move nobody saw coming, EVGA has just unveiled that the are going to be releasing a 6GB variant of the GeForce GTX 780. Yes, you read that right. ...
Mar
20
2014

DirectX 12 details unveiled: Holiday 2015 release with support for NVIDIA, AMD and Intel graphics

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It's official, Microsoft has just unveiled its plans for DirectX 12. Just like Mantle, DirectX 12 will feature more "low-level" support and will be backwards compatible with DirectX 11 games....
Mar
19
2014

Intel unveils Haswell-E, X99 Chipset and DDR4 support

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At Game Developers Conference 2014, Intel has announced its upcoming plans for their first 8-core desktop CPU, Haswell-E. ...
Mar
20
2014

March Madness: Battle of the Fanboys Edition

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It’s just about that time of year for everyone to fill out their brackets and choose the teams they think are going to make a push toward this year’s NCAA Basketball National Title. To celebrate, we’re going to create an Elite 8 bracket of the top PC gaming fanboys (and fangirls) out there—complete with accurate seeding!...
Mar
19
2014

ASICS for Scrypt mining coming - AMD and NVIDIA GPUs to be rendered useless

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For everyone who has invested in GPU's for mining cryptocurrencies, now might be the time to sell your cards on eBay or other sources. KnC has just announced their first scrypt miner Titan. Unlike other manufacturers, KnC has a reputation for delivering a working final product....
Mar
18
2014

The Best Android SmartWatch - Moto 360

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Alongside the launch of Android Wear, Motorola has unveiled the Moto 360. Unlike the square shaped smartwatches of yesterday (Pebble, TOQ), the Moto 360 has a circular display and stays true to the classic design of watches....
Mar
18
2014

How to Protect Your Gaming Privacy Online

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With online gaming and always online connectivity becoming more and more popular, maintaining a secure computer has never been more important. Following just a few simple precautions will help to better defend your gaming accounts (and other important accounts)....
Mar
14
2014

Valve unveils updated Steam controller with standard buttons

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Valve has just released images of its updated Steam controller that it plans on showing off at GDC. With the latest revision, Valve has decided to get rid of the old touchscreen in the middle and has instead went with the tried-and-proven analog buttons. ...
Mar
13
2014

EVGA Z87 Stinger Mini-ITX Unboxing and Overview

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The Mini-ITX motherboard category has been heating up in recent months as smaller computers have been gaining traction. The EVGA Z87 Stinger is one of the more premium options currently out the market and features plenty of options for power-users....
Mar
11
2014

Today in Tech - CRYENGINE coming to Linux, Intel launches 800 Gbps cable and Blu-ray successor

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CRYENGINE coming to Linux, Intel launches 800 Gbps MXC cable and Blu-ray successor Archival Disc is here. It's Today in Tech!...
Mar
10
2014

Titanfall 4K Gameplay Max Settings PC

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With Titanfall due to be released in a few hours, we decided to hook up our 4K panel to our test bench and record some 4K gameplay.Are you ready for the 4K revolution? ...
Mar
10
2014

Today in Tech - GTX 780 Ti overclock record, X99 Intel chipset leaked and NVIDIA driver update

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GALAXY GTX 780 Ti HOF overclock record, X99 Intel chipset leaked and new NVIDIA driver update. It's Today in Tech!...
Mar
9
2014

Today in Tech - ASUS Matrix R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti, Britain 5G internet and Steam OS Mantle update

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ASUS unveils Matrix R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti Platinum, Britain signs deal for 5G internet and Steam OS gets Mantle update. It's Today in Tech!...
Mar
7
2014

Today in Tech - Razer gets mechanical, Battlefield 4 patched and Watch Dogs

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Battlefield 4 gets patched, Watch Dogs runs at 960p on XBOX One and Razer launches its own mechanical key switches. It's Today in Tech!...
Mar
7
2014

Crysis 3 4K Max Settings Gameplay on SLI GTX Titan Black

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What do you do when you have a ASUS PQ321Q 4K panel and 2-way SLI NVIDIA GTX Titan Black available? Play Crysis 3 maxed out of course!...
Mar
6
2014

Today in Tech - Dual R9 290X Ares III, Tegra K1 Benchmarks and Bitcoin founder unveiled

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The creator of the Bitcoin crypto currency has been found. Dual R9 290X ARES III from ASUS rumored and NVIDIA Tegra K1 benchmarks surface. - Today in Tech...
Mar
5
2014

Today in Tech - Titanfall DLC, DirectX 12 and Wikipedia Archive

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Zampella from Respawn has recently confirmed DLC and season passes for Titanfall and Microsoft has just teased DirectX 12. In other news, Wikimedia has made the full Wikipedia archive available for download. - Today in Tech...
Mar
4
2014

NVIDIA Power Efficiency Test : Tesla to Maxwell, Performance per Watt

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Power draw is a major issue when it comes to gaming computers. That is why graphics card manufacturers have been striving to create more powerful cards that draw less power. With the release of the new Maxwell architecture, we thought we would compare the performance-per-watt of the last four generations to see just how NVIDIA has improved its performance. ...
Mar
3
2014

Thief Video Card Benchmarks - NVIDIA and AMD

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The developers of Thief have shown that they truly care about the PC platform by implementing tons of options that allow users to change various settings. Although the game runs on the old Unreal 3 engine, it can still be quite demanding. ...
Feb
28
2014

Steam Family Sharing - Share your Steam Library with Friends and Family

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Steam has finally made its Steam Family Sharing available for all users. What exactly is Family Sharing? It essentially allows you to share your Steam library with your friends and family so they can enjoy the games you own when you are not playing them....
Feb
28
2014

Elder Scrolls Online PC Graphics Comparison (Ultra, High, Medium, Low)

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Wondering how much the graphics differ when going from ultra to low in The Elder Scrolls Online? Look no further. The Elder Scrolls Online looks beautiful when maxed out....
Feb
26
2014

What is Steam In-Home Streaming?

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n just the past few months, Valve has allocated a great deal of resources toward bringing its popular Steam platform into every room in gamers’ homes. Recently, the company introduced its Linux-based Steam Machines, which seek to bring PC gaming into the living room and compete with the console market....
Feb
26
2014

Virtual Reality Comes to the Home with Oculus Rift

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Remember back in the '90s when we first heard about virtual reality? The thought of putting on a headset and literally being inside the games we were playing was exhilarating. But, it seemed as though this technology would never come to life, and if it did, it certainly wouldn't be as amazing as we had all hoped....
Feb
24
2014

How to Build A Gaming Computer, Custom Build a Gaming PC

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Want a kick-ass gaming computer but don't know where to start? Today, we are going to show you how we at Digital Storm build a gaming PC and show you what you need to do in order to piece one together yourself....
Feb
22
2014

EVGA GTX 750 Ti and 750 Ti SC Unboxing Review and Benchmarks

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The NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti is one of NVIDIA's latest video cards that is aimed at the mainstream market and built upon the Maxwell Architecture. Being that is a Maxwell card, the GTX 750 Ti is capable of running without the addition of PCIE power....
Feb
21
2014

NVIDIA GTX Titan Black SLI 4K Benchmarks

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Wondering how the new NVIDIA GTX Titan Black performs at 4K? We bring you the first benchmarks and show you what you can expect from two of the latest cards in SLI at Ultra HD resolutions....
Feb
20
2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black 2x, 3x, 4-way SLI Review and Benchmarks

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Wondering how fast 4-way, 3-way and 2-way SLI is on the new NVIDIA GTX Titan Black? Look no further! We tested the latest cards from NVIDIA in different SLI configurations to see just how well they perform....
Feb
20
2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black Review and Benchmarks

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Since the release of the NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, people have been wondering where it's 6 GB counterpart had been hiding. On Tuesday February 18, 2014 NVIDIA has officially unveiled the new GTX Titan Black. Replacing the first GTX Titan, the new Black edition comes packing a full GK110 GPU with 2880 CUDA cores and 6GB of VRAM....
Feb
18
2014

ASUS GTX 750 Maxwell Unboxing Review and Benchmarks

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Looking for a graphics card for your budget build? Look no further, the NVIDIA (ASUS) GTX 750 offers great performance in a tiny package. Based on the new Maxwell architecture, the GTX 750 represents a leap-forward in the GPU world....
Feb
16
2014

Titanfall Full Release Info: Maps, Weapons, Game Modes

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Wondering what maps, weapons, perks and game modes are going to be in the release of Titanfall? Look no further! We have compiled a simple to view list of everything you can expect....
Feb
16
2014

Titanfall to Have 15 Maps at Launch

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Leaked files have shown preview images and map names for the thirteen other launch maps for Titanfall. Are you ready for Titanfall?...
Feb
15
2014

Titanfall Graphics Comparison: Ultra, Medium, Low

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Wondering how much the graphics differ when going from ultra to low in Titanfall? Look no further. Testing on one of our gaming computers, Titanfall looks beautiful when maxed out. Even on low, the game is definitely still enjoyable. Do you think its worth turning up the graphics? Check out our video for yourself!...
Feb
15
2014

Titanfall Benchmarks: NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, GTX 770, GTX 760

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Titanfall is shaping up to be the next big shooter. Wondering how it will run on your NVIDIA graphics card? Check out our video to see what frames per second you can expect with your graphics card. Here's a hint, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti is pretty darn fast!...
Feb
14
2014

How to Win in Titanfall: Top 10 Tips and Tricks

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Now that you've played Titanfall, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your skills and dominate the servers. We have compiled a list of the top 10 tips and tricks to help you become the next king on the hill....
Feb
14
2014

EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition Overview

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Do you want to have the best of the best? Are you craving more power? Named after the world's best overclocker. the EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphics card might be the thing you have been waiting for. ...
Feb
12
2014

Evolve - The next shooter from the makers of Left 4 Dead

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The studio behind Left 4 Dead has started releasing details on it's next-gen game, Evolve. Evolve is similar to Left 4 Dead in the sense that both games are cooperative and feature a group of four "survivors". That, however, is where the similarities end....
Feb
11
2014

Titanfall BETA signup for PC and XBOX

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Beta sign-ups for Titanfall on the PC and XBOX are now live! Act fast! Spots are not garunteed and you must apply with your Origin account....
Feb
11
2014

Google and Foxconn partner up to replace factory workers with robots

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Google and Foxconn have teamed up in order to advance technologies required to automate robotics in an effort to benefit both companies. Robotics is nothing new to Google, the search engine giant has purchased eight robotics companies and even created its own group specialized in researching robotics....
Feb
11
2014

Intel prepares Ivytown 15 Core Xeon E7 Processor

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Reports have begun to show that Intel is working on a 15-core processor for the Xeon E7 lineup. These chips will also be built on the 22nm "Ivybrdge" architecture instead of the old 32nm process used on the current lineup. Speeds are exptected to be arund 1.8-3.8 Ghz with a TDP of 40-150 watts....
Feb
9
2014

ASUS PB287Q 4K - A $799 4K monitor for the masses

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As many have seen, this years CES was the year of Ultra HD (UHD). It was 4K monitors galore as every vendor you went to had a 4K monitor or television on display. One of the most surprising, however, was ASUS' PB287Q model that has a MSRP of $799....
Feb
9
2014

ASUS ROG Front Base Overview - The Ultimate 5.25 Bay Accessory

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First announced at CES 2014, the Republic of Gamers Front Base from ASUS is looking to be the ultimate accessory for your front 5.25" bay. Known for their ROG OC Key and OC Panel, ASUS has decided to take it one step further for this piece of kit....
Feb
8
2014

Gaming Internships 101 - What to expect, How to get started

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So, you’re interested in starting a career in the video game industry, are you? It’s an exciting field that only seems to be growing every day. PC gaming, console gaming, mobile gaming—there are so many ways to break into the field....
Feb
8
2014

What is Titanfall and why are we excited about it

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Ever since E3, many people have been hyping up Titanfall to be the next big FPS. What exactly is Titanfall? Think of it is as Call of Duty meets HAWKEN....
Feb
8
2014

Video Game Crushes

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great time to look at some of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes of the gaming world. This useful guide will help you find the perfect video game match!...
Feb
7
2014

Elder Scrolls Online Graphics Comparison

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The Elder Scrolls Online beta is currently going on and it's amazing to see how much the graphics differ when going from Low to High. Our friends over at IGN have made a comparison video showing just how much the graphics vary. Elder Scrolls Online is slated to be released later this year, be sure to follow us on YouTube for video card benchmarks and gameplay!...
Feb
6
2014

ASUS ROG Poseidon Graphics Card Overview

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Shown off first at Computex in 2013, the ASUS Poseidon is one of those graphics card that makes you go, "WOW". It all started off as a concept design and eventually ended up coming out as a retail product. The ROG Poseidon is currently available as a GTX 780 (ROG POSEIDON-GTX780-P-3GD5) and features a copper vapor chamber that cools the GPU and spreads the heat over the DirectCU II cooler....
Feb
1
2014

AMD Mantle Performance Review - It Works!

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The Mantle API by AMD has been met with many different reactions by the computer industry. Many believed AMD's claims were outrageous and that Mantle would never see the light of day. Battlefield 4 was recently patched with support for Mantle and AMD's 14.2 BETA driver was recently seeded to reviewers to see what Mantle was capable of....
Feb
2
2014

Best Indie Games for Gaming Laptops

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In recent years, indie games have become incredibly popular in PC gaming. Some of these games translate better than others on gaming laptops.Here are just a few of the myriad indie games that hold up incredibly well on gaming laptops....
Feb
1
2014

What is a Steam Machine?

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Over the past few months, the topic of Steam Machines has been picking up a lot of, well, steam. Unfortunately, not many people have gone into specifics over what these machines are, or what they can do. To determine that, let’s first discuss what these things are....
Jan
27
2014

GIGABYTE R9 290X OC WindForce Unboxing Benchmarks and Review

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When AMD first released the R9 290X, many criticized its insane heat output. It got to the point where many have held off on buying the card until the issue was fixed. Now, several months after the release date, GIGABYTE has unleashed its own custom-cooled version of the card dubbed the 290X OC WindForce edition....
Jan
23
2014

In Win 904 Unboxing and Review

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InWin is known for producing amazing, one-off cases that push the boundaries of a normal chassis The 904, is no exception. With its $280 dollar price tag, the 904 is also not for the budget-minded PC enthusiast....
Jan
21
2014

In Win 901 Mini-ITX Unboxing and Overview

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The Mini-ITX form factor is gaining more popularity by the day. Known for their insane one-off designs, In Win has released another case that is sure to wow anyone who looks at it. Today we unbox and take a glance at In Win's 901 Mini-ITX Case. Is it worthy of your next build? Check out our video and see for yourself!...
Jan
20
2014

What Size Gaming Laptop is Best for You?

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Shopping around for a new laptop can be a daunting task. Netbooks, ultrabooks, 13-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch… What size is best for what you need in your laptop? A number of factors must be considered before ultimately making your decision on which laptop is best for you. ...
Jan
14
2014

Video Memory Usage at 4k (UHD) Resolutions

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With 4K on the rise, many people are wondering which video card they need in order to power such high resolution. Many argue that you need atleast 6 GB of VRAM while others say that 3 GB is more than enough. We decided to test a NVIDIA GTX 780Ti and a GTX Titan to see whether or not games actually used more than 3GB of video memory....
Jan
11
2014

Corsair announces 1500 Watt 80 PLUS Titanium rated Power Supply

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Unveiled at CES 2014, the AX1500i Digital ATX power supply. The PSU’s digitally-controlled circuitry delivers 1500 watts of ultra-stable power with efficiency that goes beyond 80 PLUS Platinum, making the AX1500i the most technologically advanced, energy efficient, and customizable power supply available for extreme PC enthusiasts. ...
Jan
10
2014

NVIDIA 4K GSYNC Monitor Prototype at CES 2014

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While visiting NVIDIA's booth at CES 2014, I ran across a prototype ASUS PQ321Q 4K monitor with GSYNC. Whats the benefit? To make it simple, it reduces tearing to essentially zero and makes gameplay much smooth sue to the fact that the monitor is displays the frame as soon as the GPU is ready....
Jan
10
2014

MSI Unveils R9 290X Lightning Edition

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MSI's Lightning series of graphics cards are known for being beyond insane when it comes to design and power. ...
Jan
10
2014

ADATA and Crucial show off DDR4 Memory Modules

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Both Crucial and ADATA have shown off DDR4 memory modules at this years CES. Although we are some time away from seeing DDR4 implemented into consumer motherboards, the advancement in the technology shows promises for the future. ...
Jan
6
2014

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q 1440p 120Hz G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

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ASUS has just unveiled it's latest gaming monitor, the ROG SWIFT PG278Q. It features a 2560x1440p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and a G-SYNC module pre-installed. What does this mean for gamers? ...
Jan
6
2014

The Ultimate Small Form Factor PC / Steam Machine

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At CES 2014, we unveiled our latest SFF PC the Bolt II. With its advanced thermal design, this gaming PC doesn’t make any compromises for performance and defies the cookie-cutter mold of small form factor systems....
Jan
2
2014

2014 New Years Gaming Resolutions

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The New Year is a great time to start new, healthy habits and break some of our older, less-than-savory ones. While most people think of New Year’s resolutions as opportunities to make life-changing decisions, we’re viewing it as an opportunity to make some positive changes to our gaming habits. Below are a few ideas for resolutions for gamers in 2014!...
Dec
31
2013

MSI Z87I Gaming AC Motherboard Unboxing and Overview

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MSI's gaming motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Their latest Mini-ITX motherboard is designed for the gamer who likes to take their rig on the go or prefers to have a smaller setup. The Z87I Gaming AC offers all of the amenities that you'll find on a ATX board but on smaller package....
Jan
7
2014

Corsair 250D Mini-ITX Unboxing and Overview

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The Mini-ITX form factor is gaining more popularity by the day. Known primarily for their memory, Corsair has recently taken over the computer case market with their graphite and obsidian series. Today we unbox and take a glance at Corsair's new 250D Mini-ITX Case. Is it worthy of your next build? Check out our video and see for yourself!...
Dec
29
2013

Rise of Cryptocurrencies: The Beginning of a New Era with Bitcoin

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If you go back to 2011, no one really knew what Bitcoin was. Now, the name Bitcoin is constantly popping up in the news. Cryptocurrencys such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin have been rising in popularity as of recently and the AMD graphics cards supply has definitely seen a hit as a result. What sparked the sudden interest in cryptocurrencies? In order to know, we must first look back to where it all began....
Dec
27
2013

The 5 Best Professional Gamers in the World

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In the past decade, gaming has become a legitimate profession. Players from all over the world are making waves in the competitive gaming realm, and making a comfortable living as a result of their unique gaming talents. Below is our list of the (arguably)five best professional gamers in the world....
Dec
24
2013

EVGA GTX 780Ti Classified Overclocked 1300MHz on Air Benchmarks

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The EVGA GTX 780Ti Classified is officially the new king on the block. With 2880 cuda cores and a base clock of 1020Mhz, the Classified variant is sure to make you the envy of your friends and crush benchmarks. We got the chance to play with it for a week and have overclocked it to 1300MHz on air. We put it to the test to see whether or not you should choose the Classified GTX 780Ti for your gaming computer. Check out our review to find out!...
Dec
23
2013

Evolution of Computer and Gaming Components - NVIDIA

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Over the years, the evolution in graphics performance for computers and laptops has seen rapid growth. Today, we look at how NVIDIA has evolved from its humble GeForce 256 to its latest Kepler architecture....
Dec
21
2013

Top 5 Video Gaming Movies

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I know what you’re thinking as soon as you see this title: “Top five video game movies? Video game movies suck.” While you’re probably thinking of such box office bombs as the Super Mario Bros. movie, there are some films out there that are actually quite good. The movies listed here are not about specific video game franchises, but rather, include video games and gaming as a major plot point of the film. Below are our picks for five of the best films based on video games....
Dec
18
2013

The Best Books About Gaming

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Want to learn more about the history of video games, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re interested in some fiction that expands the universe of some of your favorite games. A number of awesome books about gaming exist, and we’ve hand selected five of the very best for you. Take a look at our list of the best books about gaming below....
Dec
16
2013

Must-Have Accessories for Gaming Laptops

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While most PC gamers spend a majority of their time with their powerful gaming desktops, many like the option of taking their games with them wherever they go. For those who travel constantly, a powerful gaming laptop is the only way they can squeeze in any time to play their favorite games. To get the most out of your gaming laptop, though, you’ll want to pick up a few accessories. Below is a list of a few essentials for the gamer-on-the-go....
Dec
15
2013

EVGA GTX 780Ti Classified ACX Unboxing, Review and Benchmarks

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The EVGA GTX 780Ti Classified Edition is a beast of a card. With 2880 cuda cores and a base clock of 1020Mhz, the Classified variant is sure to make you the envy of your friends and crush benchmarks. Should you choose the Classified GTX 780Ti for your gaming computer? Check out our unboxing and review to find out!...
Dec
13
2013

EVGA Z87 Classified Motherboard - Unboxing and Overview

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When enthusiasts look for the best performing hardware, the name that usually comes to mind is EVGA's Classified series. The Z87 Classified motherboard follows suit and features an abundance of options that makes it one of the best motherboards for the LGA 1150 socket. It's also one of the only few Z87 boards that support 4-way SLI graphics support....
Dec
12
2013

Two Gaming PC Buying Paths - Which is right for you?

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When it's time to purchase a new gaming rig, you're going to face a difficult challenge: do you buy the expensive, top-of-the-line build now, or do you buy something a little less expensive at the moment, with the intent to upgrade it down the road? It's a tough decision, but there is some good news: neither option is the wrong option....
Dec
12
2013

Intel Haswell-E With 8 Cores and DDR4 Memory Spotted

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Chinese website VR-Zone has just posted a picture of what is supposed to be the first Intel Haswell-E engineering sample with 8 cores and a 3 GHz clock speed. It's based on the 22nm Haswell architecture and should feature up to 16 threads. Rumors suggest that there will be two new chips shipped, one being the i7-5930K and the other being the i7-5960X. Nothing is concrete at the moment as these are just rumors and speculation....
Dec
11
2013

GIGABYTE Announces Windforce R9 290X Aftermarket Cooler

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GIGABTYTE has just released photos of their upcoming R9 290X with Windforce Cooling. From the images, it should look very similar to the other dual-slot WindForce 3X 450W coolers. No release date or pricing has been announced, stay tuned for the latest information....
Dec
6
2013

GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer ATX Motherboard - Unboxing and Review

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Unveiled at Blizzcon 2013, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87-Killer motherboard is packed with absolutely everything you'll need to for a high-performance gaming PC. Loaded with advanced audio technologies, dual networking, maxed out multi-card gaming support, advanced cooling and looks that could kill, GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards are the ultimate choice for serious PC gamers....
Dec
4
2013

ASUS Announces DirectCU II R9 290X Aftermarket Cooler

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ASUS has just released photos of their upcoming R9 290X with DirectCU II Cooling. From the images, it should look very similar to the GTX 780 DirectCU II edition. No release date or pricing has been announced, stay tuned for the latest information....
Dec
3
2013

NVIDIA GRID Cloud Gaming with NVIDIA Shield Overview and Quick Look (BETA)

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The long awaited beta for NVIDIA's GRID Cloud Gaming service has finally arrived. Currently limited to those living in Northern California, we were lucky enough to try out the service and put it through the paces. Just how good is the service? Check out our video and article to see our thoughts on the beta service....
Nov
25
2013

EVGA GTX 780Ti ACX SuperClocked Unboxing, Review and Benchmarks

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With EVGA's ACX cooler and NVIDIA's monstorous GK110 GPU, the EVGA GTX 780Ti ACX SC Edition is a beast of a card. With 2880 cuda cores and a base clock of 1006Mhz, the SuperClocked variant is sure to make you the envy of your friends and crush benchmarks. Should you choose the ACX SuperClocked GTX 780Ti for your gaming computer? Check out our unboxing and review to find out!...
Nov
20
2013

How to Convert Your Console Gaming Friends

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PC gaming vs. console gaming is an eternal debate among gamers that seemingly has no end in sight. It’s difficult to persuade someone who is so locked into their ways when it comes to gaming on consoles, but as PC gamers, we know that we are playing our games on the best hardware available. Here are a few tips that just might help you to convince even the staunchest defender of console gaming to make the switch to a custom gaming computer or custom gaming laptop....
Nov
19
2013

AMD R9 290X CrossFire 4k Resolution Overclocking: Benchmarks

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Can the AMD R9 290X topple the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti when it comes to 4k Resolutions? We put the R9 290X to the test and over clocked it to see how it performs and whether or not you should include it in your 4K gaming computer. ...
Nov
14
2013

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti 2x, 3x, 4x SLI Overclocking: Benchmarks

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The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti is already a beast of a card. We decided to take four of them and push them to the max. Check out our video and article to see just how these cards perform when stressed to the max. ...
Nov
15
2013

Workstation Computers 101

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Techies often search for top-of-the-line products. Of course, high-end, high-powered computers are always an in-demand product. Workstation computers are at the top of their class when it comes to system power and potential. Not familiar with workstation computers? No need to fear, Digital Storm is here......
Nov
14
2013

Tabletalk for Gamers

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When you're away from your gaming PC, do you ever feel like a fish out of water? When you sit down at the dinner table with non-gaming friends and relatives, do they look at you like you've got three heads? Does it feel like others don't quite "get" your love of gaming or understand? Well, they won't understand unless you help educate them...
Nov
13
2013

Holiday Gamer Gift Guide 2013

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start making your shopping lists (and checking them twice)! Once you've eliminated the naughty from the nice gamers on your list, you're going to want to start breaking that list out by gamer profiles.

We've all got those friends: The First Person-Shooters. The MMORPG Maven.  The Utility Gamer.  They all have unique personalities and different gaming accessories are likely to top their holiday wish-list.

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Nov
12
2013

EVGA GTX 780Ti Superclocked SC Reference Blower Unboxed, Review and Benchmarks

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NVIDIA has just unleashed its secret GTX 780Ti. Unlike the GTX 780 and GTX Titan, it features over 2880 CUDA cores making it one of the most powerful graphics cards to date. The EVGA SC model comes clocked in with a base clock of 980 MHz. Just how fast is the EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti Superclocked with reference cooling? Check out our review to see if its worthy of your gaming computer!...
Nov
11
2013

The End of Gaming Consoles and Rise of Mobile and PC Gaming

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For the past 30+ years, consoles such as the NES and XBOX have been the staple of the living room, shaping the way for video games. Their time, however, is coming to an end. Gaming consoles and mobile devices are slowly taking over....
Nov
10
2013

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 Black Edition Unboxing & Review

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The long awaited ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition has finally landed. Considered to be the perfect balance between gaming and overclocking, the Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition aims to deliver the best experience possible on the X79 platform with its updated support for Ivybridge-E....
Nov
9
2013

Today In Tech - $1.2 Million Bitcoins Stolen, Microsoft fixes mouse issues

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$1.2 million dollars worth of Bitcoins stolen, Microsoft Issues a fix for mouse problems when gaming in Windows 8.1, Tesla Motors faces hard times and a new New SD Card format for 4K and 2K Video. Check out all the important things that happened today in tech. ...
Nov
8
2013

Today In Tech - November 8th, 2013

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ASUS Launches the ROG Rampage IV Black Edition X79 Motherboard, Xbox One unplayable until day one software update, DDR4 memory to be Released next month and GIGABYTE launches G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard at Blizzcon 2013. Check out all the important things that happened today in tech....
Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti Overclocking: Review, Benchmarks and Settings

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The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti is already a beast of a card. It features a fully unlocked GK110 GPU with 2880 CUDA cores begging to be played with. With all this power left untapped, we decided to push it one step further and cranked it to 11....
Nov
7
2013

4k Resolution Gaming on the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti, GTX Titan and GTX 780

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You've seen our review of the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti and might be wondering how the card performs in 4k and in SLI configurations. This is why we put it through our demanding tests to see how it would perform. Check out below to see just how the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti will perform on a 4k monitor when put in 2x, 3x and Quad-SLI configurations....
Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti vs AMD R9 290X: Who will come out on top?

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With shots fired from both NVIDIA and AMD, it's time to see who really is the GPU king. After the release of the R9 290X, NVIDIA has decided to unleask its GTX 780Ti which features an unlocked GK110 GPU. With both cards finally out, who do you think will come out on top?...
Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti: Review Benchmarks and Teardown

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NVIDIA has just unleashed its secret GTX 780Ti. Unlike the GTX 780 and GTX Titan, it features over 2880 CUDA cores making it one of the most powerful graphics cards to date. Just how fast is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti? Check out our video review and article....
Oct
28
2013

What to Expect in 2014 for Laptops and Tablets: Tegra, Broadwell, IGZO and Bay Trail

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Most of us remember when laptops were huge chunky pieces of equipment that had terrible battery life. Nowadays, many laptops have become so thin that they can fit inside envelopes. With the power of mobile chips increasing exponentially, the rise of powerful laptops and tablets has never been greater. Check out what you can expect to see in laptops and tablets in 2014....
Oct
27
2013

What to Expect in 2014: Computer Hardware and Technology

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Technology is always advancing and it is interesting to see how far we have come. Just a few years ago, we were playing Crysis on a GTX 280 and were blown away by the graphics. Now, in 2013, we are amazed with how fast storage has become and the advances that have been made in silicon technology. With 2014 approaching fast, we have dived in to see what you can expect in the coming year....
Oct
23
2013

AMD Radeon R9 290X: Benchmarks, Review and Teardown

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Utilizing the new Hawaii GPU, the AMD R9 290X is an excellent choice for someone looking to crank his or her settings all the way up. It is a great OpenCL compute card and can handle the most demanding games....
Oct
21
2013

Five Great Video Game Documentaries

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While we all love to play video games, sometimes we forget how much goes into developing them, or just how large the cult following for some games may be. Luckily, a number of excellent video game documentaries exist to help educate us on the past, present, and future of gaming....
Oct
15
2013

Pushing the MA Boundary: Five of the Bloodiest, Goriest PC Games Ever

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With Halloween right around the corner, now seems like an appropriate time to take a look at some of the most violent entries in video game history. You know, the kind of gory stuff that makes you feel a little bit sick while you’re playing. Below is a list of five of the most brutal, bloodiest, and goriest titles to ever make it to the PC. Warning: these games are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Oct
15
2013

Staying Cool: A Brief Guide to PC Water-Cooling Maintenance

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Keeping up on routine PC maintenance (defragmenting the hard drive, deleting unused files, cleaning out dust from the case, etc.) is important, but not always properly practiced. For hardcore gamers, liquid cooling is essential for getting the most power out of your rig—without worrying about it overheating.

Oct
7
2013

AMD Radeon R9 270X: Benchmarks, Review and Teardown

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With a new era of UltraHD gaming upon us, AMD has unleashed its latest R9 and R7 series of graphics cards for those who are looking for a more immersive experience. With games and applications becoming more complex, the need for more powerful GPUs has also grown. Utilizing AMD's Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture and Mantle, the new R9 and R7 series should offer an amazing gaming experience.

Oct
2
2013

ASUS GeForce GTX Titan: Unboxing, Review and Benchmarks

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With the release of the Kepler architecture in March of 2012, NVIDIA has sought to increase the performance per watt value of its line up. As Nvidia states, “the new SMX streaming multiprocessor is twice as efficient as the prior generation and the new geometry engine draws triangles twice as fast.” When the GTX 680 was announced, it was the fastest single GPU card available on the market. With competition heating up, Nvidia decided it was time to unleash its top-secret benchmark killer, the GTX Titan.

Sep
23
2013

Corsair 750D Obsidian Full-Tower Case Overview

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Sitting between the Corsair 650D and the 900D, the Corsair 750D Obsidian is the perfect full-tower PC case for those who are not looking for overkill. It features a plentiful of fans and dust filters to keep the chassis cool and clean. Overall, the Corsair 700D is a beautiful case that will look good in any build.

Sep
17
2013

Good Ports, Bad Ports, PC Ports, Console Ports

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Some video games are so successful they prompt a developer to expand their market, sometimes by porting onto other systems; consumers find that they sometimes have version options when they choose to purchase a game. You might assume it's just personal preference as to what version to purchase, but that's not always the case. Here are some games that suffered when they were ported to other systems.

Sep
17
2013

Pros and Cons of Downloading PC Games vs. Buying

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In recent years, purchasing and downloading games online has been increasingly popular. A 2010 statistic from NPD revealed that 48% of PC games purchased were downloaded – almost equal to purchases of hard copies of games. And just last year, over $1.4 billion of the gaming industry’s revenue stemmed from downloadable content encompassing full game downloads, social network games, and digital add-ons to full games.

Sep
13
2013

Unboxing and Review: AMD Radeon 7990 Sapphire

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The Dual-GPU AMD Radeon 7990 is one of the most powerful graphics cards currently out on the market. Utilizing two of AMD's flagship GPUs, the AMD Radeon 7990 offers up to 8.2 TeraFlops of compute power making it as much a compute card as is a graphics card.

Sep
13
2013

Unboxing: ASUS Gryphon Z87 Micro ATX Motherboard Overview

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Featuring support for Intel's latest 1150 socket and Haswell CPUs, the ASUS Gryphon Z87 is the first micro ATX board that follows their TUF design. Standing for The Ultimate Force, the Gryphon Z87 is built to be military ready using high quality components just like the Sabertooth Z87.

Sep
12
2013

Unboxing and Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 PNY

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Using the same GK110 GPU as the GTX Titan, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 is one of the best performing graphics cards currently out on the market. With its sleek design and the horsepower to match, the GTX 780 is one beast of a graphics card. With the new GeForce Experience and TXAA, gamers can finally experience how games should truly be played.

Sep
12
2013

Unboxing and Review: EVGA GTX 770 ACX

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Falling between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and the GTX 780, the GTX 770 offers a refined version of the GK104 GPU that was featured in the GTX 680 of last generation. The EVGA GTX 770 ACX version that we tested features EVGA's own Active Cooling Extreme non-reference cooler that offers better temperatures as opposed to the reference design. We put the EVGA GTX 770 to the test to see how it stacks up to previous generations and its current competition.

Sep
10
2013

Review and Unboxing: ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC

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The ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC follows the design trend of ASUS’ other DirectCU graphics cards with its sleek red and black design and high-performance cooler. Like its siblings, it’s designed to run at lower temps and is built using high-quality components that are made to last longer than compared to reference parts. We put the ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC to the test to see how it performed under real-life scenarios.

Sep
9
2013

Unboxing: ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Overview

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ASUS' Maximus Extreme series of motherboards have always been designed to go to the extreme. With insight from the best overclockers in the world, ASUS has used its expertise to create one of the best motherboards for overclockers and high-end users. The new ASUS Maximus VI Extreme for Intel's LGA 1150 Haswell socket is the latest in their line-up to follow their philosophy.

Sep
7
2013

Unboxing: ASUS Z87 Sabertooth Motherboard for Haswell Overview

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Designed for Intel's latest Haswell CPUs, the ASUS Z87 Sabertooth motherboard features a robust design and a multitude of options that will fit anyone's needs. The sleek Thermal Armor design of the Z87 Sabertooth offers durability that can resist damage and better airflow for cooling.

Sep
6
2013

Unboxing: ASUS Geforce GTX 770 DirectCU II

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Featuring ASUS' custom cooler, the ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC is designed to run 20% cooler and be vastly queiter than compared to a reference cooler. The Super Allow Power parts are also designed to run more stable and quieter than a referene design. With a sleek black and red design, the GTX 770 DirectCU II will look great in any system.

Sep
5
2013

Unboxing: EVGA GTX 770 4GB Classified

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Featuring EVGA's brand new ACX cooler, the EVGA GTX 770 Classified 4GB (04G-P4-3778-KR) is one monster of a card. With double the VRAM as comapred to the standard GTX 770, the Classified version is meant for those with ultra high resolution screens and those who perfer to turn up the settings as much as they can.

Sep
5
2013

NVIDIA GTX 780 vs Older Graphics Cards: Benchmark Comparison

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At the heart of every gaming computer lies the graphics card. Throughout the years, Nvidia has sought to increase the power of its graphic cards while at the same time making sure they run more efficient. With the power of graphic cards increasing each year, it is important to see how each change in the GPU affects performance. We have gathered Nvidia’s top of the line cards for the past 5 years and put them to the test.

Sep
4
2013

4 Pesky Features in Windows 8 - And How to Disable Them

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It’s creeping up on a year since Microsoft unleashed Windows 8. While previous versions of Windows operating systems such as XP, Vista, and Windows 7 came with their own changes, upgrades, and (I’m looking at you, Vista) problems, Windows 8 has ushered in an era of sweeping change to the user experience.

PC users are sharply divided in their opinions of Windows 8 and there is a very vocal contingent of users who dislike it, citing they found it confusing to learn. One high-profile member of the “We Hate Windows 8” camp is Gab...

Aug
13
2013

Gaming PCs: An Electronic Swiss Army Knife

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If you're like me, you've probably invested some serious cash into your PC to make it gaming grade. But have you ever considered what else your machine is capable of? I'm not talking about writing a paper or browsing the Internet — I'm talking about development and designing tasks. Here just a few of the capabilities your gaming PC may possess that you might not be aware of.

Jul
31
2013

Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Computer from Hackers and Viruses

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Hackers are relentless. They’ll stop at nothing to get to your personal information. While this is a frightening reality, it is possible to prevent them from gaining access to your PC. Don’t risk leaving your computer unprotected from hackers and viruses. Below are 10 simple tips that can help ensure your PC will remain secure from the ongoing threat posed by hackers.

Jul
30
2013

Top 10 Moments in PC Gaming

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Console gamers like to brag about all of the awesome gaming moments they’ve experienced throughout the years. Well, PC gamers have a few of their own to brag about. Here are 10 of PC gaming’s greatest moments.

Jul
29
2013

The Evolution of Gaming Acronyms

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The adoption of gaming acronyms into the popular lexicon is a testament to the geekification of the Internet and the world at large. What was once the sole province of techies and online gaming enthusiasts has now become a part of the average person’s everyday vernacular.

Noah Webster, the father of the American dictionary, probably never envisioned a day when words would be replaced by the widespread use of descriptive phrases boiled down to a simple string of letters...

Jul
24
2013

Video Game Memes

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As people continue to spend more time in the digital realm, our methods of communication have to adjust to many different mediums. Speaking in person or communicating via snail mail letters is rapidly being replaced by emails, texting, and social media.

Enter the meme -- a visual way to express common ideas, truths, or jokes about pop culture phenomenon. These largely snarky visuals spread virally through blogs, social networks, email, and news sites. Video games, another product of the technology age, are full of characters...

Jul
23
2013

Top Five Games to Put Your Gaming Rig Through Its Paces

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So you think your gaming rig has some serious teeth, huh? And now you’re excited to show off how powerful your new build is, right? If you really want to demonstrate your system’s gaming mettle, here are five of the most graphically-intensive games out there today. Play these and see just what your gaming rig's got!

Jul
22
2013

The Best Accessories to Enhance Your Gaming Experience

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Often (unfairly) viewed as console gaming's poorer cousin, PC gaming may not seem to have as many peripherals at-the-ready compared to those made for consoles. In actuality, there are a number of impressive accessories available for PC gamers to wring the most out of their gaming experience. Here are 10 accessories to add to your own gamer wish list that will help enhance and optimize your gaming performance.

May
17
2013

Where Will EA Go with Star Wars?

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Disney and Electronic Arts just announced a multi-year licensing deal in which the gaming behemoth will have exclusive rights to make games in the Star Wars universe. Disney won’t be letting EA have the rights to mobile gaming platforms, but EA does get the rights to make Star Wars games for pretty much everything else.

Since Disney acquired Star Wars, everyone has been simultaneously excited to have George Lucas out of the picture when it comes to the movie franchise and nervous about the future of LucasArts, which Disney decided to shut down last month...

May
7
2013

How-To Take Apart and Clean Your PC in Under 30 Minutes

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Maybe it’s because electronics are so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, but only a few people really give their PCs a second thought when it comes to maintenance. Many have never seen the inside of their desktop, or the last time they cracked open the case was to install new components.

Now, you probably know that dust can affect your PC’s performance, clogging fans and insulating your components, making them nice and toasty (some components can heat up by 30+ degrees past normal operating temps when insulated by dust...

Apr
27
2013

Why Building a Custom Gaming PC Yourself is Not Worth the Hassle

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In the age of belt-tightening, it makes sense to be smart about your gaming obsession and save some cash wherever you can: switch to a free-to-play MMO, try out that homemade Mountain Dew recipe you found online, and start looking for other ways to trim the fat from your budget.

One piece of cost-cutting wisdom I really think we ought to question is whether or not crafting a DIY gaming machine is really worth the time, money and effort you put into it. We put together this infographic (featuring our new VANQUISH gaming PC line)...

Apr
15
2013

PCs vs. Consoles: New Xbox DRM

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The war between consoles and PCs continues, the attitude coming out of Microsoft seems pretty defiant regarding the public rumblings about possible DRM on their new system. Adam Orth, creative director at Microsoft Studios, has expressed (in a tone-deaf way) that he thinks always-online devices are awesome, and he doesn’t get why you troglodytes are all up in arms about this completely unnecessary and draconian control mechanism over your own property.

Apr
11
2013

BioShock Infinite and the "Are Video Games Art?" Debate

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Gamers have always been enjoying games that reach literary heights with storytelling. I’m referring to titles like Myst that just pull you in and completely change the way you look at life afterwards. Recently, the mainstream media is starting to take notice that games can also have vivid and detailed story lines. Naturally, the old-guard has gone out of their way to defend “real art” from the invasion of video games...

Mar
31
2013

Go Sign up for the Elder Scrolls Online Beta Now!

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I’m just telling you right now that you need to stop reading this and go sign up for the ESO beta right now! Then come back and finish this post to find out what you’re in for. I’ll wait…

…Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk turkey. If you’ve been so neglectful of Elder Scrolls awesomeness, or you’ve just emerged from your fallout shelter for supplies and haven’t had a chance to check out the trailer (which is six freaking minutes long!), you need to stop reading...

Mar
24
2013

The SimCity Debacle and the Scourge of DRM

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If Electronic Arts was one of the millions of hosted SimCities dotting the digital landscape, it’s mayor just quit. On Monday, EA announced that John Riccitiello will step down from the CEO position of the company, following news of poor earnings and the massive snafu with the company’s launch of the new SimCity game. However, the CEO’s exit isn’t entirely due to the botched release of Maxis’ highly anticipated sequel in the SimCity franchise...

Mar
16
2013

Why Gaming Computers Surpass Consoles

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Anyone who’s been keeping up with tech news and opinion pieces has seen the familiar war of words: “Is PC Gaming Dead?” or “Is This Really the Last Console Generation?” Plenty of exaggeration is thrown around to dramatize the truly relevant question of whether it’s better to play on a console or a PC. But, the answer is actually far more complicated than most of these articles usually let on.

It should be revealed that many gamers don’t limit themselves to just one platform. There’s a spectrum of player preferences out there...

Mar
12
2013

Why a Laptop Should Be Your Next Gaming System

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Gamers have high expectations when it comes to their systems, especially when they have the freedom of customizing any hardware configuration in a tower chassis. Due to this, many gamers simply dismiss the idea of using a portable gaming PC because of old myths stating you can’t get any decent performance from such a small and supposedly constricted device.

At Digital Storm, we understand the natural impulse towards a desktop computer versus a laptop when considering performance, but we want to prove that those myths are no longer true.

Mar
1
2013

Top 5 Titles Pro Competitive Gamers are Playing

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Earlier this month, I wrote a post featuring the explosive growth of one of competitive gaming’s leagues rising stars, MLG (Major League Gaming), whose popularity can be writ large for the success of the industry in general. The competitive gaming genre has finally pushed its way into the mainstream.

Feb
22
2013

Destiny: Will Bungie’s New MMO Change Gaming?

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Bungie is hoping to ride its success as the creator of the massive Halo series into a new game with Activision (which just acquired the studio). But will their new game simply be a FPS repeat (as beautiful as their track record has been) or a big flop, as so many new pretenders to WoW’s MMO throne have been? Given the amount of money Activision is sinking into this project, it’s going to be fascinating to see how it unfolds...

Feb
15
2013

The Multiplayer Gamers’ Bible

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Multiplayer based games seemingly drive the industry. In many cases, a single-player campaign seems to be little more than an add-on for delivering a bigger and better multiplayer experience (you know who you are, Call of Duty). Of course, there’s more to the online gaming scene than just first person shooters, and entire professional leagues have grown up around the click-to-attack MOBAs or mouse-twitching RTS games.

Feb
9
2013

5 Ways to Boost Your Gaming Laptop's Performance

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Laptops are often considered a second choice for gaming because despite their mobility, there just doesn’t seem to be as much room for tweaking and upgrading when compared to desktops. In truth, this isn’t always the case, and there are some methods that can squeeze some extra power and life out of your gaming laptop.

Feb
1
2013

The Growth of Major League Gaming

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Major League Gaming (MLG) was founded in 2002 by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso, and over the last ten years, they have grown from simple beginnings with a few hundred viewers to a juggernaut of streaming video, famous teams and players, prize pools in the millions of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of viewers for major championship games.

Jan
27
2013

The Future of the MMO Gaming Industry

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The MMO gaming industry has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Ever since World of Warcraft claimed the throne, other game developers have made attempts to imitate the successful Blizzard formula with various degrees of success. And let’s face it, when you have 10 million people paying you up to $15 a month, there’s a lot of motivation to capture some of that market.

Jan
21
2013

The Latest in Laptop Cooling Technology

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Running any high-performance system at very high temperatures for too long can lead to decreased performance and shorter equipment life span. Enthusiasts and gamers are always battling against lowering their system temperatures as it allows them to overclock their system while minimizing the risks of damage from prolonged, excessive heat. Since cooling is such an important role, gamers have always felt more comfortable purchasing a desktop versus a laptop...

Jan
2
2013

Lifestyle: Sexism in the Gaming Industry

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Women in the gaming industry has always been a subject that can immediately spark some heated discussions, but lately the issue has once again come to the forefront of the community for a number of reasons. Between the awful treatment women are subjected to while playing online and the objectification of female characters in so many games, it’s sometimes a wonder that any women choose to go down this path.

Dec
23
2012

Lifestyle: Late Night Gaming Energy Boost Tips

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When we know that a gaming session is going to take us into what can only be called “all hours of the night,” many of us turn to energy drinks, coffee, and sugar-filled snacks to make it through the next raid, the next map, or just to find a good save point. Most of us are also well aware that this is far from the healthiest choice we can make, but since it’s so easy and convenient, we fire up our gaming PCs and do it anyways.

Dec
17
2012

Tips to Improve Your Wireless Network for Gaming

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Imagine yourself pouring every last bit of effort in your favorite online game, you’re getting so close to winning and all of sudden you get dropped from the server due to a poor internet connection. Gamers go through this scenario one too many times when they’re on a wireless network. This guide will teach you how to minimize lag and maintain a strong and stable connection.

Dec
7
2012

PC Gaming 101: Are High-End Peripherals Worth It?

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All of those specialized gaming mice with a dozen extra buttons and multiple monitor setups sure would look great with your PC, but are they really going to add value to your experience? A lot of users have assumed that these high-end peripherals are strictly for hardcore gamers, and that you can’t get any real benefit out of them if you’re just interested in casual gameplay. This, as it turns out, isn’t necessarily true, as these peripherals aren’t just about becoming a better gamer.

Dec
4
2012

10 Ways to Maintain Your Gaming PC

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A high-performance gaming PC can be a real investment, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t perform regular maintenance to keep it in peak condition. Without regular maintenance, some gamers may start to experience intermittent video playback, slow or choppy frame rates, overheating issues, and sudden crashes after using their systems for an extended period of time. A lot of these problems can be avoided with a few simple measures.

Nov
16
2012

PC Gaming 101: Overclocking the Processor

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Overclocking a processor is the process of pushing the CPU past its factory settings in order to increase the overall performance of your computer. It can be a dramatically large performance boost if your CPU is bottlenecking the rest of your computer components or if you have a SLI or CrossFire graphics card configuration. For the serious PC gamer, this may be just what you need to get an edge on the competition, but overclocking the processor isn’t something you should just jump into without understanding what it is and what it really means for your computer.

Nov
7
2012

PC Gaming 101: Mouse Grip Styles

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A gaming mouse is an essential accessory for gaming desktops and gaming laptops, but how do you go about choosing one? Mouse grip styles more than just finding the most comfortable resting position, the way you hold a mouse can have a big impact your game play. This guide will help you determine which type of mouse and it’s grip style will work best for you. In general, there are three basic grips that most gamers employ, depending on personal preferences, type of games played, and what mouse is used.

Nov
6
2012

PC Gaming 101: Multiple Monitors

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Triple monitor gaming is getting a lot of attention from serious gamers. Not only does the expanded real estate on a gaming pc create a better sense of immersion for single player games, it can actually give a player a real advantage in online play. The increased perspective that comes from multi-screen gaming is so impressive that some people consider it to be cheating. Whether that’s true or not, seeing so much more of the game environment can certainly change the entire experience....

Oct
4
2012

Counting Down: A New Upcoming Gaming PC

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A storm’s been brewing here at Digital Storm, and this one will be like no other. For the past couple of months our engineering team has been hard at work designing a new gaming computer, one that will be exclusive to Digital Storm and will excite the entire gaming spectrum.

This sleek and aggressively styled product is designed to be a true departure from the big and bulky desktop towers that have become the standard for PC gamers.

Sep
19
2012

PC Gaming vs. Console Gaming

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Some things in this world just don’t get along – oil and water, cats and dogs, PC gamers and console gamers. One can barely go on a gaming forum these days without seeing the standard animosity between the two factions repeatedly rear its ugly head. So what is the truth of the matter? Who really has the superior gaming system? A side-by-side comparison can show us a lot.
Sep
13
2012

Why Use a Gaming Mouse

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A gaming mouse can do a lot to increase your chances in winning and enhancing your gaming skills. While most games let you get by with a standard, two-button, one-wheel mouse, if you want to play competitively you will need to step it up. There are a ton of features that can improve your gaming experience, from the special ergonomics to on the fly DPI-settings and even on-board profile storage. A gaming mouse can make a night and day difference in how enjoyable your gaming sessions can be and is an essential component when tricking o...

Sep
13
2012

Importance of Gaming Keyboards

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While every PC game can work with a standard keyboard, you can gain an advantage by using a keyboard designed specifically for gaming. Gaming keyboards are designed to increase your speed and reactions in real-time strategy games or first-person shooters.

High-performance gaming keyboards are designed to properly output long sequences of actions with custom macros and are responsive enough to maintain an edge in competitive play. There are a ton of options available and after you’ve tried some of these keyboards, you may start wondering how you ever thought a regular keyboard was ever “good enough.”

Jul
16
2012

Game Review (Retrospective): Diablo 3

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Diablo 3 was one of the most highly anticipated PC games of this generation. It set a new record for the fastest selling PC game ever, with more than 3.5 million sold in the first 24 hours, and it went on to sell 3 million more throughout its first week. It was originally released on May 15, 2012 in multiple territories, and everyone has, of course, weighed in with their reviews of the game. With the recent release of the 1.0.3 patch, though, this may be the time to take a retrospective look at the game as well as the controversies.

Jun
18
2012

10 Items to Consider When Customizing Your Gaming PC

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Whether you're a casual PC gamer or a serious competitor, the vast number of options on how you can customize your computer can leave individuals with a special and unique configuration that "works for them." There are countless ways to customize your gaming computer configuration to provide the most immersive experience – you just have to know where to start. Your selection of components will make a direct impact on the overall performance of the PC.

May
22
2012

Evolution of Custom Gaming PCs: What Really Made the Difference

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For as long as there have been PCs, there have been PC gamers. Of course, things have changed a lot since back when people were trying to break their high score on a Commodore 64 playing Dig Dug. Even 10 or 15 years ago, the market for a dedicated gaming computer was still just coming into its own. Even then, all we had were basic white box computers for playing solitaire and minesweeper.

Feb
27
2012

A New Engineering Upgrade

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We’ve recently added a new upgrade to our engineering engine at Digital Storm. We’re proud to now have the capability to develop our very own custom circuits, all the way from design, prototyping, and fabrication. This engineering upgrade allows us to design innovative solutions to make our systems even better for our customers.
Jan
24
2012

Our Customers Fuel Innovation

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We’re very lucky and proud to have such an amazing customer base. Our customers push our engineering teams every day with the most innovative and extreme configurations possible. One of the most exciting parts of being a system builder is taking a dream build that a customer wants and turning it into reality. What’s very special about this is that we’re constantly learning and innovating from such projects.

Jan
4
2012

A Storm is Brewing

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The New Year is finally here and there’s a storm brewing at Digital Storm! I’m proud to say that we have a ton of great upcoming product launches and new innovative solutions for our customers. We’ve been figuring out what could we do to improve our product line and the customer experience. This year is going to be a great one!

Our team has been burning the midnight oil for the past few months working on something that will truly set Digital Storm apart. I’m talking about something that has never done before...

Dec
19
2011

Giveaway for a Digital Storm ODE Gaming PC

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We're giving away a fully loaded ODE gaming PC to one lucky Facebook fan on December 25th!

Dec
15
2011

Interview with NVIDIA GeForce

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The team behind NVIDIA GeForce interviewed Digital Storm and asked us how our top gaming PCs are built, what we thought of SLI, and how anyone else might be able to build one themselves. We covered topics about: Intel's new X79 platform and why it matters to gamers, what system we're most proud of, why our customers choose SLI, tips on building your own system, and what makes us special.

Dec
6
2011

SSDs and Gaming Performance

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Is it really worthwhile to purchase an expensive Solid State Drive (SSD), will it really make a difference while gaming?

That is a question we get asked so often by our customers I felt it necessary to take some time here at DS unlocked to try and do my best to answer it. SSDs are after all, one of the hottest topics among gamers, whether to adopt or use their money elsewhere in their rig.

Early on, SSDs were so expensive and saddled with such limited storage space that normal gamers couldn’t even imagine purchasing one for their gaming pc, but now, SSD prices have dropped and storage space has increased.

Nov
24
2011

How to Benchmark Your Gaming PC

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PC gamers, like me, consider our computer’s performance to be the primary catalyst for all the fun that we get out of our games. We’ve become so fixated on performance we try to investigate it from multiple angles and our best gumshoe tools are benchmarks, applications that allow us to numerically measure the performance of our gaming computers and gaming laptops.
Nov
18
2011

Battlefield 3 PC Gaming Performance Guide

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The long awaited release of Battlefield 3 has arrived, and after all the hype and anticipation, a lot of you have jumped in and purchased a copy of one of the best PC games of the year.  A game that isn’t a watered down console version like so many other PC games nowadays; Battlefield 3 is an incredible first person shooter that was built with hard-core PC gamers in mind.

So what kind of hardware do you need to get the absolutely best Battlefield 3 experience possible?

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