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With all the focus on Nvidia’s GSync scaler and software allowing variable refresh rates, it’s been a while since anyone paid attention to AMD’s pushing of the open standard for Displayport 1.2a as adopted by VESA, also known as Adaptive Refresh aka FreeSync. AMD’s “Future of Compute” inaugural event is being held in Singapore and the company announced a collaboration with Samsung for the first Adaptive Refresh monitors with the UltraHD 4K resolution.

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Hello, boys and girls, welcome to the System Builders Guide for November. Here we’re going into the mid-range builds, which typically offer you much more bang for your buck and a good deal of performance hidden away behind software sliders and BIOS settings to increase clock speeds. This is the first part of the guide to have a Nvidia Maxwell GPU bringing up the rear and it’s not going to be the last – in the high-end builds, the GTX970 and GTX980 are taking top spots in all manner of benchmarks and tests and it doesn’t seem like Nvidia is going to wait for an reply from AMD. The hurt may start with the GTX980 this year, but remember that it only has a 256-bit memory bus and it’s not the full implementation of Maxwell. There’s another Titan lurking around the corner and I bet it’ll hit the ground before Christmas. On to the builds!

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windows 10 device family

Microsoft is working hard on the next iteration of Windows, now collectively called Windows 10 and has promised that device owners won’t be left in the lurch. Not only will Windows 10 be the best version to date, it’s also going to be an upgrade option for all Windows Phone 8 devices. This promise extends to all Windows Phone 8 handsets, so even if you have a launch HTC Windows Phone 8X, you’ll still get the upgrade.

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Logitech G402 HYP_FURY (1)

Like many people out there, I’ve been prone to making bad decisions every once in a while. One of those decisions was not pulling out of a Blackjack game where I had doubled my money (I proceeded to lose the rest of it). The other was buying a string of crappy peripherals up until I had my first taste of goodness, courtesy of the Steelseries Sensei RAW. Ever since, I’ve been eager to get into more mouse reviews to see how things differ among all the best brands and today I’m looking at Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury, one of the most advanced mice I’ve had the pleasure to hold in a long time.

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Hello and welcome, gamers, to the bi-monthly System Builder’s guide, this time for the month of Movember. I took a break from writing the guide as rAge Expo, computer hardware failures and life in general kept on pushing the next version further and further back. We’re into the budget segment for today, concentrating on low-cost setups and value for money. There’s not many real surprises in store for today, although we do see the return of an old favourite that may give you pause and think about sticking to 2-minute Noodles for the rest of the month. Follow me!

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Ha! Hahaha! Ahahahahahahah! Muahahahahaha!… I feel happy just writing this post. Because honestly, what pisses people like me off more than hardware failures? Not being able to find my install disks for software, that’s what. In the past, I had to hoard several copies of Windows 7 and 8 install disks that did different things depending on the PC I was setting up.

I had a Windows XP SP3 64-bit disk that I created myself with Nlite and prized very highly. Somewhere along the line, these things just slip away into some black hole with all the missing socks from your drawer, never to be seen again. But fear not! Microsoft has finally listened to sense and brought out a slipstreamed method of giving you your install disks for any Windows 8.1 OS, free of charge.

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Nokia Lumia 930 (7)

I’ve always been interested in Windows Phone. I’ve been interested in the platform since it debuted with the Lumia 800 and I even sat in the rain for two hours trying to win one. Since then, things for Microsoft have changed drastically and the fact that I’m writing these opening paragraphs from a Lumia 930 using the swipe keyboard says a lot about how things have changed for the brand. You may remember, dear NAGlings, that I was recently handed one to review and now that I’ve used a high-end one for a solid amount of time, I have a very different opinion about where Microsoft is going with this platform.

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money in the hands

In a long, drawn-out lawsuit that’s been going on for several years now, Intel has finally come to an agreement with all parties and reached an out-of-court settlement. This relates to a lawsuit that was brought to US courts, alleging that Intel paid Hewlett-Packard and other OEMs to use their Pentium 4 processors over the competition from AMD and doctored benchmarks to make their processors more attractive than their competitor’s. Almost fifteen years later, people who bought HP machines and others can claim back some money from the settlement, though it’s capped out at $15.

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LG mobile chip

In a move that’s going to wiggle the mobile world a little bit, LG Electronics have announced they will begin manufacturing their own ARM processors for their mobile phones, tablets and other internet-connected devices. This is a big jump up from what the company used to do, which was buy out a chipset from Qualcomm and customise parts of it to suit their needs. Now the company is using the big.LITTLE design from ARM (just like Samsung’s Exynos) and this is going into all of their products coming in the future.

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windows 10 device family

One product family, one platform, one store, eh? Well it sounds appealing and all, but Microsoft needs to deliver on this promise lest they fall further down the slope in the mobile and other emerging markets in the tech world like projected screens. While their engineers toil away in the Redmond campus, though, the company showed off Windows 10 to the world. Unnoticed by others, though, they showed off overhauled user interfaces for their other devices as well. Don’t believe me? Hit the jump to find out!

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