Category: Gaming


Razer Tomahawk modular gaming PC

Razer introduced a compact modular gaming PC called the Tomahawk at CES earlier this year with hopes of targeting gamers and people who want to get started on building their own computers. While the PC’s original Q1 2020 release date didn’t happen — most likely due to obvious reasons —

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Asus ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition Comes With 1TB of Storage

The Asus ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition beefs up the base model with more RAM and a whopping 1TB of storage.

ROG Phone II

BERLIN—Asus already announced the ROG Phone II back in July, but it’s making waves at IFA with a new Ultimate Edition that features faster modem performance and a whopping 1TB of internal storage.

As you can see, little has changed on the design front from last year’s original ROG Phone. The ROG Phone II features the same landscape-first design aesthetic, along with ultrasonic touch sensors and a side port for accessories (like the one pictured below) and charging while gaming. The main difference is the addition of a matte black color option for the Ultimate Edition.

Aside from color, the standard and Ultimate Edition models differ when it comes to storage, RAM, and modem. The standard edition features up to 512GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM, and a Cat 18 modem capable of reaching 4G LTE speeds of 1.2Gbps. The Ultimate Edition bumps things up with 1TB of storage, 12GB of RAM, and a Cat 20 modem for speeds up to 2Gbps.

Asus ROG Phone II

Aside from that, the phones are pretty much the same. They’re each powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor clocked at 2.96GHz, along with an Adreno 640 GPU. They each feature a massive 6,000mAh battery with 30W quick charging when using the included adapter. And they each have 802.11ax Wi-Fi connectivity.

In addition to raw power, perhaps the most gamer-friendly aspect here is the 120Hz 6.59-inch AMOLED display, which allows for an industry-first 49ms touch latency. This should result in ultra-smooth gameplay.

Asus says the ROG Phone II will be available by the end of September for 899 Euros (approximately $986). The Ultimate Edition will be available exclusively online in October for 1,199 Euros (approximately $1,316). We’ll report back with more details and full reviews when we get to spend some time with these phones, so check back soon.


E3 2019: Watch every trailer of PC games

E3 2019 is probably the most PC-centric show we’ve seen in years, what with Microsoft announcing Xbox Game Pass for PC and bringing its future first-party games to Steam. Those are big moves for a company that’s long seemed to tolerate its Windows-based audience more than embrace it. And with Sony’s absence, it’s safe to say pretty much every game at the show (aside from Nintendo’s) will come to PC at some point.

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Building a $75,000 Windows 10 workstation

Think Apple’s new Mac Pro is pricey? Here’s an ultra high-spec Windows 10 workstation that will set you back $73,000.

When you get to a certain spec with PCs, especially workstations, it’s less a case of how fast you want it to go, and more a case of how fast do you want to spend money.


So, how fast can you spend over $75,000 on a workstation? Well, the controversy over the price of the appel’s new mac pro got me wondering just how much an ultra high-end Windows 10-based workstation would set you back.

If you’re sensitive to big price tags, you might want to take a seat before reading any further.

Titan Computers is a US-based manufacturer of workstations and servers, and its online store allows you to build monster systems that can handle pretty much any task you can throw at them.

For this experiment I started with a Titan X650, a Xeon-based workstation that has a starting price of $12,350. And for that you get a very impressive spec indeed:

  • Motherboard: SUPERMICRO X10QBL-4 Server Motherboard Quad LGA 2011
  • Processor: 4 x Intel E7-4809 v4 Eight-Core Processor Broadwell EP 2.1GHz 20MB L3 Eight-Core (32 Cores / 64 Threads Total)
  • OS Hard Drive: Crucial MX300 275GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Storage Hard Drive: 2TB – Seagate 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
  • Memory: 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR4 2400Mhz Quad Channel Memory (Exp. to 4TB RDIMM)
  • Audio: No Onboard Sound Card
  • Power Supply: 1400W Redundant Digital PS 80 PLUS, Platinum Certified
  • Video: NVIDIA Quadro P2000 5GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
  • Case: Supermicro SYS-8048B-TR4F Chassis

OK, that’s pretty cool, but we can do better.

Much better.

  • Case: Supermicro SuperServer 8048B-TR4F Tower
  • Motherboard: SUPERMICRO X10QBL-4 Server Motherboard Quad LGA 2011
  • Processor: 4 x Intel E7-8890 v4 2.2GHz.3,=.4GHz for a total of 96-cores/192-threads
  • Memory: 2048GB (32 x 64GB) 288-Pin DDR4 2400Mhz EEC server RAM
  • Storage: 5 x Samsung 860 EVO 4TB
  • Audio: Creative Sound Blaster AUDIGY FX 5.1
  • Video: 2 x AMD Radeon Pro Duo 32GB
  • Video capture: Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K
  • Network: Intel EXPI9402PT Pro dual gigabit Ethernet
  • Display: 2 x 28-inch 4K LED monitors
  • Optical drive: LG 24x SATA

Total: $75,008