NEWS

November 30th, 2012, 7:29 PM

Microsoft Announces Full Surface Pro Specs; Starts at $899, Launches in January

Thicker, heavier and with only half the battery life of Microsoft’s Surface RT, the Pro version’s $899 starting price could be a bitter pill to swallow come January. When Microsoft first outed their Surface tablets earlier this year, many wondered where they would end up in terms of pricing, specifications and availability.  The NVIDIA Tegra-powered [...]

November 30th, 2012, 1:54 PM

Steam Greenlight’s Library Expands to 50

Less than four months past its launch, Valve’s attempt to crowd-source the talent scouting business has paid dividends for 50 indie game developers, and for gamers worldwide. Steam Greenlight, which allows users to vote to bring completed and in-progress indie games to the Steam platform, allowed Valve to select their latest batch of 13 games [...]

November 30th, 2012, 7:47 AM

Reports Jump Gun; Scythe Not Going Anywhere

After a message was posted to Scythe USA’s website, many claimed the company was going out of business.  HWC dug a bit deeper and found that Scythe will still be around. For years Scythe has been regarded as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heatsinks and fans so when certain sites “broke” the news [...]

November 29th, 2012, 10:45 PM

Was Windows RT the Downfall of Microsoft’s Sinofsky?

Weeks after Steven Sinofsky unexpectedly departed Microsoft, sources close to the component upstream supply chain in Asia say Microsoft has dramatically reduced orders for the Surface based on weaker than expected demand. Digitimes reports that Microsoft has ordered its original device manufacturers (ODMs) in Asia responsible for the Surface to dramatically scale down production of [...]

November 29th, 2012, 10:38 PM

GeForce 310.64 Beta Drivers: An Essential Upgrade For All Far Cry 3 Players

Earlier today, nVidia released the new set of beta drivers for their GeForce cards, which contain substantial improvements to help prepare for Far Cry 3. Although the new beta drivers contain all the same improvements that 310.54 and 310.61 beta drivers had, the new set optimizes performance in preparation for Far Cry 3′s release in [...]

November 29th, 2012, 5:35 PM

Rosewill Unleashes Its new Monstrous HERCULES 1600W Power Supply

For any power-hungry users who have ever had any concerns about being able to support that extra bit of hardware, your prayers have been answered. The gods up on Mount Rosewill have sent their half mortal son to us, and he packs some serious wattage.  1600W of power, a 135mm silent fan on top, 16 [...]

November 29th, 2012, 2:58 PM

Windows 8 Sales Figures are Currently Strong, but will the Trend Continue?

The exact sales figures of Windows 8 have been hard to pin down. Microsoft spent considerable time and money promoting the basic claim that Windows 8 sold 40 million copies in the first month or so, attempting to turn sales momentum into further sales. On the other hand, numerous commentators have pointed out that copies [...]

November 28th, 2012, 5:31 PM

GIGABYTE Shatters AMD ‘Trinity’ APU Speed Record

Gigabyte’s own overclocking team was in Taiwan last week where they achieved a massive 7.86GHz on an AMD 5800K APU, more than twice the stock speed of 3.8GHz. Taking part in an AMD Extreme OC show overclocking demonstration in Taipei, Taiwan, members of Gigabyte’s overclocking team The Killers were able to set not just one, [...]

November 28th, 2012, 5:19 PM

Can USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Co-Exist?

Thunderbolt hit the scene like a light drizzle. Its announcement by Intel and Apple was met with a slight air of confusion – don’t they remember FireWire? Why, oh why, would a regular user care about an extra half-second on an MP3 transfer? The situations seemed almost too similar to be credible, with a high-performance [...]

November 28th, 2012, 5:06 PM

BitFenix Releases Elegantly-Designed Survivor in White

An updated design on the original Survivor,  BitFenix’s new mid-size tower is lightweight, rugged, and affordable, perfect for a portable gaming rig. The case is cool and simple in appearance, but well-executed: solid white SofTouch finish with a blue LED BitFenix logo across the front of the chassis, and the unique curved design of the [...]