Skylake-X Packs a Punch, but It’s Not Intel’s Best Gaming CPU

Skylake-X Packs a Punch, but It’s Not Intel’s Best Gaming CPU

Intel’s Skylake-X platform launched this week, with support for Kaby Lake and Skylake HEDT CPUs ranging from 10-core chips available on June 26 to an 18-core processor that’ll be available in October. We’re still working on our review, but the overall performance level of the new CPUs looks fairly solid. There’s one important thing to keep in mind, however: High core count CPUs, generally speaking, are not the best gaming chips you can buy. That’s…

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Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Microsoft’s Xbox One X got an official price tag at E3 last week. At $ 499, it’s coming in at the same price the original Xbox One debuted at. In this case the additional cost has been directly spent on the platform’s gaming horsepower rather than its ill-fated Kinect 2 peripheral. There’s a lively debate that goes on between computer and console gamers over which platforms offer the best horsepower for your gaming dollar. Whenever…

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Retail Listings, Prices for AMD’s Vega Frontier Editions Appear

Retail Listings, Prices for AMD’s Vega Frontier Editions Appear

When AMD announced that it would launch its upcoming Vega GPU for professional markets before bringing it to the consumer space, would-be customers were somewhat less than thrilled. We now know that the GPU will launch for consumer products in July, with the professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition available in June. Thanks to SabrePC, which briefly had price listings attached to the GPUs, we know the air-cooled variant will cost $ 1,199, while the water-cooled…

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Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari has announced its intention to re-enter the console market, 23 years after its last platform, the Atari Jaguar, launched. The company has said very little about its plans for the hardware, and hasn’t even confirmed if its working on a retro game platform or if it actually wants to compete with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Here’s what we know. At E3 last week, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat that the…

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There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X is an impressive piece of kit, given its $ 499 price point. But Microsoft could only hit the specs it targeted by compromising on one critical issue: Profitability. Unlike the Xbox One and Xbox One S refresh, both of which made money from Day 1 and were profitable pieces of hardware, Microsoft isn’t earning a cent on the Xbox One X. That’s the word from Phil Spencer, head of the…

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The Best Games of E3 2017

The Best Games of E3 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the studio’s newest game really caught our eye. It seems that it’s hitting 4K on the Xbox One X thanks to checkerboard rendering, and it looks miles ahead of anything we saw with BioWare’s previous major releases. (Learn more at IGN)” alt=”Anthem” class=”slider-250899 slide-250900″ /> Assassin’s Creed. This latest installment takes place in ancient Egypt, and it seems that the dev team has integrated many of the systems and design cues from…

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Take-Two Kills Popular GTA V Modding Tool

Take-Two Kills Popular GTA V Modding Tool

Modding has been a huge part of the Grand Theft Auto games on PC ever since Grand Theft Auto III debuted a then-new 3D engine and a much larger world. Because Rockstar doesn’t provide any kind of formal editing tools, however, the end-user community took it upon themselves to create the necessary software. One of the most popular editing suites used in GTA V was a program called OpenIV, which supported database manipulation and could…

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Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X

Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X

Microsoft’s Xbox One X, née Project Scorpio, has been a major topic at E3 2017. As we’ve previously written, the updated console packs considerably more firepower than anything Sony currently has on the market, though it’ll also debut at a higher $ 499 price as opposed to the PS4 Pro’s $ 399. According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, that premium position is no accident. It’s a reflection of who the Xbox One X is meant to appeal…

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