We’re running down the best PC gaming gear to be released this year, but it’s hard to argue against 2018 being a rather strange one for our favourite gaming platform. On the one hand we’ve had incredible innovation in some sectors, pushing forward the processing silicon and the graphical fidelity of our machines, while at the same time there’s still a feeling that we’re just treading water. Bottlenecks. That’s probably a good shout for the word of 2018. For every step forward in terms of PC gaming technology there is something else holding it back. Whether we’re talking about mega-core processors, real-time ray tracing, or high dynamic range gaming there is something missing in all of those features or technologies which is currently holding them back from the being vital gaming goodies we all hoped they would be. That said, if you’re a PC gamer, there is greater choice out there than ever before. Even if the prices for the best … [Read more...] about The best PC gaming gear of 2018
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Jump ToProcessorMotherboardGraphics cardMemoryStorageMonitorsPower suppliesMiceKeyboardsAudioStruggling to tell your CPU from your GPU, your FLOPS from your ROPs? We’ve all been there, the world of gaming PCs can be full of jargon. But don’t worry, this is our mammoth, in-depth PC builder’s bluffer’s guide – the PCGamesN glossary containing all the terms and acronyms you need to convince the world you know your silicon onions. Technology develops pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. And the jumbles of letters jammed together to describe the latest and greatest PC gaming hardware develop even faster. Especially when manufacturers title their own products with complete disregard for standard naming conventions. We’re looking at you guys, Intel and AMD. Maybe you need a new processor, but don’t know what you need inside it. Maybe you need to know what sort of board you can fit in your diddy … [Read more...] about The gaming PC glossary – everything you need to convince the world of your tech cred
There are a host of different streaming services around these days, all promising to be the one to make your bulky gaming desktop a thing of the past. And there hasn’t been a single one that has made me think I could ever give up on my gaming rig… until I first saw Blade’s Shadow streaming service in action. After my experience with the service at Gamescom last year I was filled with an existential dread as I saw the end of my career as a PC gaming hardware journalist. I’ve started learning new skills since then, so that I’ll be okay when the last gaming PC is shut down and we all move into the cloud. You will always benefit from one of the best gaming monitors, however. I’ve learned a little light plumbing, some flower arranging, and brushed up on my casual bigotry just in case I need to start driving an Uber. All because my future is looking even more bleak now that I’ve actually had a chance to spend time gaming with a full Shadow account. … [Read more...] about Blade Shadow streaming review: how to turn a Dell XPS 13 into a mighty gaming machine
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
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