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Here’s a list of every game that’s going to look amazing on the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080Ti

Good gravy, don't Nvidia's Turing RTX 2080 cards look nice, eh? Yes, they're just a teensy bit hideously expensive, but make no mistake. All three cards announced this evening, from the RTX 2070 right up to the RTX 2080Ti, have all been described to me as 4K, 60fps+ pixel pushers that are almost certainly going to be massive overkill for anyone still playing games at…

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1 month ago

Vive’s subscription service will shortly arrive on… Oculus Rift?

Just a couple of weeks ago HTC was confidently rebutting claims about VR dying a huge and monstrous death with record sales of their Vive headset. Now, in a rather more desperate-seeming move, they've announced their Viveport subscription service will shortly be available on arch-rival headset, the Oculus Rift. Who's winning the race for total VR domination? You decide!

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Hands on with the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S

In the distant past of four or so years ago, buying a gaming laptop was simply a cooler, sexier way of saying you're getting a desktop replacement. They were huge, monstrous great things with often chunky, off-the-shelf chassis shells that would break your back almost as soon as you clapped eyes on one. That's just the way things were. Then, in the hallowed year of…

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Turtle Beach double down on PC gaming headsets with new Atlas series

I've reviewed a couple of Turtle Beach headsets here in the past, such as the jumbo Elite Pro and altogether tiddlier Recon 150, but you know as well as I that Turtle Beach as a company have always favoured console-orientated headsets rather than good old PC ones - case in point: the Stealth 300 which only comes with a combined headphone and microphone jack connection…

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MSI Trident 3 8th review: The PC that thinks it’s a console

The MSI Trident 3 8th is probably the most console-like mini PC I've ever laid eyes on. Measuring 346x323x72mm, it's roughly the same size as an original Xbox One, and can be laid down on its side if you don't fancy standing it vertically with its accompanying base. That's pretty handy if you're after a PC that can sit neatly inside a TV stand, although…

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Nvidia’s first Turing GPUs will be professional Quadro RTX cards

Well, would you look at that? Nvidia have just lifted the lid on their brand-new Turing graphics cards - and ghee whiz do they look powerful. Don't get too excited just yet, though, as the only cards Nvidia announced last night at computer graphics and animation conference Siggraph are (yep, you guessed it) all professional Quadro RTX models: the Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000…

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Zotac ZBox Magnus mini PC review: A GTX 1070 powerhouse

Learning how to build a PC from scratch is all well and good, but having someone make one for you - or at least make most of one for you - can sometimes be a heck of a lot easier, especially if you're after something altogether more petite to maybe sit beneath your telly or perch neatly on top of your desk without having a…

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Monster Hunter: World graphics performance: Carving up today’s best GPUs

Dragon coat-making sim Monster Hunter: World is finally here, and man alive is it a beastly PC port. Things were looking a bit dicey when I first got my hands on the game a couple of weeks ago, with GPU performance hitches aplenty even on some of today's best graphics cards, as well as strained CPU problems and frequent crashes. Thankfully, all those kinks have…

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Get three free games when you buy a new AMD graphics card

Good news, potential graphics card buyers. Now that the world's supply of affordable GPUs have been ripped back from the cold, dead hands of the global crypto-mining community, AMD have announced they're going to start bundling in some free games with new graphics card purchases again - specifically, upcoming Greek stab'em up Assassin's Creed Odyssey, mythological co-op shooter Strange Brigade, and space action RPG Star…

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AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are really quite nippy

In the great 'CPU core-off' at Computex 2018, AMD definitely came home the winner. Their monstrous 32-core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper not only had more core doodads than Intel's mysterious 28-core effort, but it was also destined for actual, real-life PCs owned by regular humans, not corporate enterprise servers that are presumably controlled by heartless robots. It also has, I have to say, the best…

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AOC G2590PX review: A fussy 144Hz gaming monitor

The AOC G2590PX is the latest version of the excellent AOC G2460PF. Now with a marginally bigger screen and a sleeker, more modern design, I was absolutely convinced this 1920x1080, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync display would be an absolute shoo-in to replace the G2460PF as one of my best gaming monitor recommendations for 2018. Sadly, it would appear my confidence was misplaced.

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Best gaming monitor 2018: Top 1080p, 1440p and 4K HDR displays

Finding the best gaming monitor for your PC is hard. Usually you can glean a few details from a monitor's specs sheet, but trying to decide what that screen actually looks like and whether its colour accuracy is any good is nigh-on impossible to do from the comfort of your own home. Even if you go and look at some in the flesh at an…

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2 months ago

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Razer Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux review: How much?

It's been quite a while since we've had a wireless mouse in for review at Castle Shotgun, and for that I apologise. To rectify the situation, I've got Razer's Mamba + Firefly Hyperflux combo in today, which is absolutely 100% the name of a mouse and mouse mat and definitely not a binned subtitle for Kingdom Hearts 3. The main attraction here is Razer's aforementioned…

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Best gaming headset 2018: Our top PC picks

Deciding on a list of best gaming headsets is always a tricky proposition. What's comfortable for one person might be pure agony for someone else, and not everyone has the same taste in musical preference. Some like an overwhelming amount of bass in their game music, while others prefer a more balanced approach. As such, lists like this are always going to be highly personal.…

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Monster Hunter: World’s crashing problem is now fixed (& Nvidia drivers give tiny speed boost)

Good news, hunters! The crashing problem that was plaguing Monster Hunter: World's early review build looks as though it's now been completely fixed. There was a small 132MB update waiting for me on Steam this morning, and over the course of the next four hours it didn't crash on me even once. Hooray! We already know MHW puts quite a strain on both your graphics…

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Best graphics card 2018: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

The great graphics card drought is finally over. At long last, prices have returned to normal (all right, semi-normal) levels, and shops - shock horror - have finally wrestled their stock back from those pesky cryptocurrency miners, making now a great time to pick up one of today's best graphics cards and give your PC a long overdue update. To that end, we've rounded up…

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Nvidia are definitely up to something at Gamescom

Nvidia have confirmed that something is definitely going down at this year's Gamescom. We don't know what yet - it could finally be the proper reveal of the company's next-gen Nvidia Turing graphics cards, for instance, or maybe a deep dive into their upcoming Nvidia BFGD (Big Format Gaming Displays), or something else entirely. We just don't know. What we do know, though, is that…

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300 review: Great sound, awkward setup

The new Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a bit of a weird one. It's a wired headset that comes with a 3.5mm audio connection, but due to its built-in bass amplifier, it also needs to be charged via USB every 40 hours or so - something that, normally, you only need to do if it's wireless. Straight off the bat, then, the Stealth 300 is…

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AMD’s AM4 motherboards get a mid-range face-lift with new B450 chipset

When AMD launched their 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs earlier in the year, they made a pledge that their AM4 motherboard sockets would continue to receive support until the year 2020. To that end, AMD have just announced a brand-new mid-range chipset for AM4 motherboards, the B450. Read below for the full low-down.

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