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Art skills not required to win the ~$3K Skylake Damagebox
— 11:39 AM on November 6, 2015

As you may know, we're giving away an exceptionally well-appointed gaming rig known as the Skylake Damagebox. The way we're doing it is by...

Type: News story Tags: The Tech Report

Nvidia releases 358.87 WHQL driver and holiday update schedule
— 9:56 AM on November 4, 2015

GeForce owners, get ready for a deluge of holiday driver updates. Nvidia is kicking things off today with the release of the 358.87 WHQL...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Software

MSI's Z170A SLI Plus motherboard is a man in black
— 7:45 AM on November 3, 2015

Lots of recent motherboards have decked-out color schemes with plenty of bling to catch the eye. MSI is taking the opposite approach with its

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Sales of Windows 7 OEM licenses and PCs will end October 31, 2016
— 4:13 PM on November 2, 2015

Microsoft has updated its Windows lifecycle page with a deadline for the sale of OEM copies of Windows . All good things must come...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Operating systems Windows

Say hello to Radeon Crimson, goodbye to Catalyst
— 9:54 AM on November 2, 2015

Owners of Radeon graphics cards can look forward to a fresh, modernized user interface in the coming...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Software

Gigabyte's GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 motherboard is back in black
— 9:42 AM on November 2, 2015

The higher-end members of Gigabyte's Z170 motherboard lineup tend to be decked out with sporty white plastic shrouds and RGB LED accents, but bright white...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

WB will issue Arkham Knight refunds through the end of the year
— 7:34 AM on November 2, 2015

The weird, sad story of the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight may be near its conclusion. The game returned to Steam last...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming Software

Friday night topic: Should we all be paranoid now?
— 4:36 PM on October 30, 2015

I just finished reading Walter Kirn's article in The Atlantic about mass surveillance and privacy issues, entitled If you're not paranoid, you're crazy. Kirn...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Internet

Google Fiber apologizes for World Series outage, credits service to KC market
— 9:34 AM on October 30, 2015

I've written about how Google Fiber has slowly been rolling out here across the Kansas City metro area, including here at my place. The...

Type: News story Tags: Internet Networking

Microsoft will make Windows 10 a recommended update in 2016
— 4:28 PM on October 29, 2015

Microsoft really wants users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10. Really. In a post on the Windows Blog, Windows and Devices head Terry...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Apple's fiscal fourth-quarter profits and revenues impress
— 4:19 PM on October 27, 2015

Apple has released its financial results for the fourth quarter of its financial-year 2015, and its performance continues to impress, even if the company's...

Type: News story Tags: Mac

— 10:19 AM on October 26, 2015

Some of you have asked about a tempting new monitor, the 165Hz IPS-and-G-Sync-infused Asus PG279Q. Yes, a review is happening: Hertz...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Displays The Tech Report

More Gigabyte Z170 mobos get Thunderbolt 3 with a BIOS update
— 8:40 AM on October 26, 2015

Gigabyte makes wide use of Intel's Alpine Ridge USB 3.1 controller chip on its H170 and Z170 motherboards, and that chip can double as a...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Batman: Arkham Knight returns to the PC this week
— 7:50 AM on October 26, 2015

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was a buggy mess at launch, and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive halted sales of the game as a...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming Software

Microsoft confirms Edge won't be getting extensions this year
— 5:03 PM on October 22, 2015

Yesterday the first details about Windows 10's Autumn Fall Update unofficially arrived, courtesy of Paul Thurrott. One of the disappointments in Thurrott's report was that...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Apple delivers updated versions of iOS, OS X, and watchOS
— 2:25 PM on October 21, 2015

Own a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even an Apple Watch? It's time to check Software Update for some fresh point releases for Apple's various operating...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Software Mac

Revisiting the Killer NIC, eight years on
— 10:36 AM on October 20, 2015

Killer-powered Gigabit Ethernet ports can be found on many gaming-focused motherboards and laptops these days. We talked to Killer Networking about the details of its...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Networking

Gigabyte's C230-series mobos put E3-1200 v5 Xeons to work
— 7:54 AM on October 20, 2015

Intel's Skylake-based Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs aren't meant for consumer-focused chipsets like the Z170 or H170. Instead, those workstation CPUs need motherboards based on the workstation-focused...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Workstations