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Having taken the covers off the GeForce GTX 780 a week ago, Nvidia is ready to release their next part in the GeForce 700 series. Giving us our first look at the GeForce GTX 770 is Gainward, with their special Phantom edition card featuring an upgraded cooling solution, factory overclocking, and 8-phase PWM.
Ever since Razer started making its skinny 17-inch Razer Blade laptop, I’ve been wondering when a gaming PC company was going to come along and deliver a powerful gaming laptop with the slender form factor of an Ultrabook. That would be today. Meet the new Razer Blade, a 14-inch gaming laptop that’s skinnier than Apple’s Macbook Air.
Although this year’s Tomb Raider reboot made our latest list of most anticipated PC games, I must admit that it was one of the games I was least looking forward to from a performance perspective. Previous titles in the franchise have received mixed to positive reviews, but gameplay aside, their visuals weren’t exactly mind-blowing so we’ve never bothered doing a performance review on one — until now, anyway.
Built with CryEngine2, the original Crysis raised the bar for PC gaming graphics in 2007 with stunningly detailed visuals that crippled even the fastest of rigs. Looking back at our first Crysis performance article, which was based on the game’s demo, the fastest GPU available at the time (the GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB) struggled to average 30fps when running at 1920×1200 with high quality settings on DirectX 10.
“Why didn’t you tell me about this sooner?” It’s a question I’ve heard with increasing frequency the past few years, uttered by friends who’ve finally dipped their toes into PC gaming, discovering what it has to offer them. Before taking the plunge, they had been wary, citing the prohibitive cost and overly complex nature of PC gaming.
Last March, boutique PC maker Digital Storm unveiled the Aventum, a powerful gaming PC with a custom-engineered cooling system. They called it the “world’s most advanced PC” and models started at nearly $US4000. Now Digital Storm is readying the Aventum II.
There are dozens of places to purchase a custom gaming PC on the internet. Companies with colourful websites with flash-animated front pages and rotating images showing off their latest products in the best possible light. Then there’s AVADirect, a custom PC builder on the outskirts of Cleveland with a website that looks like it was built a decade ago.
Gamers tend to take a lot of pride in building their own rigs, but it’s generally not enough to have top-notch performance without the looks to match. For those who wade deep into the enthusiast side of things, part of the fun of assembling a new machine is coordinating components so everything is pleasing to the eye. It’s easy to get sucked into the aesthetics of a new system, and not just with external parts.
Designed exclusively for PC, the original Far Cry sold 730,000 copies in the first four months following its March 2004 release and was hailed as one of the best shooters, combining an adventurous plot that followed ex-Army operative Jack Carver’s heroic exploits on a mysterious Micronesian archipelago with engaging sandbox combat and some of the period’s most advanced graphics courtesy of CryEngine.