Monthly Archives: April 2017

Call of Duty: WWII Announced, Details leaked Ahead of Reveal

The all new Call of Duty: WWII games has been officially announced by Activision with a teaser poster. The franchise has finally ditched all the advanced and high-tech warfare in lieu of its roots similar to the original Call of Duty title.

The very first Call of Duty games was released way back in 2003 and quickly became one of the hottest and most popular First-person shooter game around the world. It garnered positive reviews from both critics and gamers with its simple gameplay and a storyline that retells the World War 2 story in a more interactive way. After that, Activision did release Call of Duty: World at War in 2008 which focused on the same era. However, all the title after World at War focused on next-gen warfare with rocket packs, wall running, and whatnot. This completely diminished the spirit of the game and a lot of hardcore fans of the franchise quit playing or switched to other shooters.

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Looks like Activision is finally taking the Call of Duty franchise back to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII. More details about the game will be revealed tonight in the Call of Duty: WWII Worldwide Reveal Live Stream, however, we have been able to find some extra details before the reveal through an Xbox One cover art for the game.

The leaked cover art for the game provides some insights on the experience that will be provided to all the gamers. It shows that players will be able to relive the World War 2 era and fight Nazis in an exhilarating war on D-Day.

Some screenshots were also leaked on the official announcement page by accident. The gameplay screenshots were quickly removed from the announced page, however, fans managed to screenshot the gameplay screens before they were taken down.

Gamers have been asking for a more authentic Call of Duty game that focuses on the “boots on ground” approach of the original titles. With their excellent renderings of the second battle of El Alamein, The advance on Berlin, and the Operation Overlord cinematics. Same type of feedback was also provided for Battlefield – a huge competitor to Call of Duty which encouraged EA (Electronic Arts) to release Battlefield 1 which is set during the events of first World War. Battlefield 1 is a commercial and critical success with it’s excellent reenactment of the first World War events.

This definitely led Activision to rethink their strategy on the Call of Duty franchise and turn back to the tried and tested formula. Call of Duty: WWII has already gathered positive feedback from critics and fans of the game. Looks like Activision finally has a real gem in their hand and the entire livelihood of the franchise depends on how well the company develops this game compared to its competitors. Call of Duty: WWII will be revealed worldwide tonight at 10AM PDT. We can definitely hope to see some extra stunning visuals and gameplay videos during the live reveal stream.

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AOC PDS241 and PDS271 – All New Porsche Designed Monitors Coming in June

If you’ve been drooling over all the Porsche designed gadgets then you’d be glad to know that your PC setup can finally get its own Porsche flair. The all new AOC PDS241 and PDS271 monitors are designed by the famous FA Porsche company. Founded by the car company giant, Ferdinand Porsche. FA Porsche is the company that gets to plaster its “Porsche Design” logo on everything ranging from phones to sunglasses. Technically, these monitors are not Porsche-design products so there’s not much Porsche branding on here, however, you still get to boast about the Porsche logo that appears when you turn on the monitor. The design, even though not Porsche, is still quite sleek and sexy for a monitor.

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AOC PDS241 Porsche

The overall design sports a few highlights that are definitely worth mentioning. The asymmetrical metal stand at the base contains the power cable and mini HDMI connector at the back of the metal stand. This stand connects with a breakout box that contains a full size HDMI input port and a power cable connector. The only downside of this design is the fact that it offers just a single display input which means people with multiple displays might find it offputting. However, folks with a single PC or laptop will find it sufficient enough for their needs.

AOC PDS271 Back

The top bezel is quite thin and would definitely provide a distraction-free experience for the user. The entire top half of the monitor is around 6mm in thickness which is undoubtedly one of the thinnest in monitors, however, the bottom half is substantially thicker compared to the top one.


AOC PDS241 Sleek Porsche Monitor

Both monitors sport IPS display panels that support 100% sRGB color gamut. This definitely makes them a perfect tool for photographers, but we still need solid data on how many Adobe RGB color gamut these can actually cover. Both monitors, 24” and 27”, are only Full HD (1920 x 1080) in resolution, but AOC would definitely release higher resolution variants if there is demand for these monitors. Maximum brightness for the panels is capped at 250 nit which is quite standard for such panels.

The overall design on these monitors definitely demands a second look. You may not find any wacky new features you’d expect on a Porsche product. However, these monitors do offer a midrange price tag while casting a shadow on all the other monitors in the same price range.

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AOC PDS271 and PDS241 Price and Release Date

Normally, any Porsche affiliated products would cost you anything above the $1000/£1000 mark, but these monitors sport a very reasonable price tag. The 24” model will around €219 while the bigger 27” model will set you back just €299. No UK or US pricing has been announced for these monitors yet, but we guess it will be somewhere around £200/$240 and £280/$330 for 24” and 27” models respectively. Both of these monitors will be available from June 2017, said AOC.

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My Ultimate Asus VG248QE Review – Best Budget 144hz Monitor for Gaming?

If you are looking for a great quality budget 144Hz gaming monitor then look no further than the ASUS VG248QE. While it does cut a couple of corners (USB ports and little things), it is a remarkably complete sub $300 144 Hz monitor; even to this day. The monitor was originally released in 2013 but has become a mainstay of professional gamers and weekend warriors alike. I have been using it for about a month now and love it. A perfect monitor for those who haven't made the leap to 144Hz yet. It is relatively cheap and provides enough features; you won’t be missing anything that your previous monitor had. Or at least, you won’t miss it too badly. The monitor has plenty of display ports, a headphone jack, and some solid viewing angles. Since it is a TN panel the colours and viewing angles won’t be as good as a IPS but are certainly good enough for most users needs. You won’t be able to take full advantage of the beauty of the Andromeda Galaxy in Mass Effect Andromeda or share a movie with a friend. When looking at this monitor from the side you will notice a drop in colour quality; but if you are using the monitor for gaming, then it is a perfect sub $300 option. You may notice the emphasis on sub $300. If you have a larger budget then there are much better options out there for you, obviously. However, for anyone looking to get a decently cheap 144Hz monitor. This your best option.

My Ultimate ASUS VG248QE Review: Is it the Best Budget 144hz Monitor for Gaming?

What’s Inside the Box?

Asus VG248QE 144hz Budget Gaming Monitor

First opening the box of a monitor still makes my heart skip a beat. I don’t know what it is, but I have it with any computer component, especially monitors. This one was no different. The glossy black monitor isn’t the best-looking monitor that I have ever seen; but it isn’t ugly either. Opening the box I right away noticed that there wasn’t as many cables as there should have been. You are getting only a DVI cable with this monitor. If you want to use any of the other video inputs, such as HDMI, then you are on your own. The monitor has HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D connectors but only provides the cables for the latter of those 3. While this isn’t a deal breaker, it is not something that would happen if you buy a more expensive monitor.

Moving on to the feel of the monitor.

Asus VG248QE Gaming Monitor 144hz

It feels surprisingly sturdy, for a sub $300 monitor. Most monitors come in a suitcase style box but this one came in a traditional box that is very large; giving plenty of room for lots of bubble wrap and packing peanuts. I had no problems with the monitor when I took it out of the box. No DOA pixels or any other issues. This was surprising considering the different style of box, I was anticipating issues but didn’t have any. Luckily.

Installing the monitor consists of screwing the base onto the rest of the monitor with the provided wingnut. In the box you also get a user’s manual, some drivers, an 1/8” audio plug, and an IEC power cable. Standard stuff. You don’t get a cable for every input that you have.

Once the monitor was on my desk I began to think about how I was going to manage my cables, and which output to use. I ended up using DisplayPort from a cable that I had laying around. There is a little red cable organizer on the back of the stand, it adds a little flare to an otherwise industrial looking monitor. Not that industrial is bad.

The monitor comes with speakers that won’t be bringing you great bass but are fine for watching some Romantic Comedies. You are much better off with headphones or a standalone sound system.

Since I wasn’t using the monitors speakers I could avoid using the audio cable so the cable organizer only had to deal with 2 cables. The power and DisplayPort. While it wasn’t a big deal to have those 2 cables hanging off of the back, it is nice that the monitor was able to hide them from my view. It makes any pictures for /r/battlestations sleeker. With the monitor set up and installed I took a look at how it felt to use. Not how it performed, but how it felt.

It felt good.

Asus have made a monitor that has every degree of adjustment that anyone would need. It goes up and down, right and left, forward and backward, and it even flips to portrait mode. The monitor flips more directions than a gymnast.

You can plug and play this monitor, but you might want to take some time to set it up properly on your desk.

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Asus VG248QE Features and Specifications

The big selling point of this monitor is the fact that it has a 144 Hz refresh rate. For the uninitiated, a higher refresh rate means the monitors image updates 144 times per second as opposed to the standard 60 Hz, or 60 times per second. This gives you a faster reaction time, the difference between virtual life and death.

Asus VG248QE 144Hz Gaming Monitor Specifications

Asus VG248QE 24-inch 27-inch 144hz
  • 1 DisplayPort
  • 1 DVI Cable
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 24-inch / 27-inch
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 2 2W speakers
  • 24" screen
  • TN Panel

Asus VG248QE Review and Detailed Information

Going through these features, there isn’t anything special. It is a 1080p monitor that has the most basic of functionalities. It isn’t the flashiest monitor and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but for a solid price you can still get a 144Hz monitor. That is the most important part of this monitor. To know more about other high end gaming monitors, you should check out our ultimate guide to choose the best gaming monitor.

Video Inputs

The video inputs are what you need to display 144 Hz. Not every input can handle the amount of data needed to update the screen every 144 seconds. To make use of the 144 Hz you need to use the provided DVI-D cable, or a DisplayPort cable. However, you need to buy that DisplayPort cable yourself as it is not provided with the monitor. It isn’t a big deal which input method you use, DisplayPort and DVI-D both work fine for 144 Hz but HDMI won’t be able to transfer the data fast enough. The inputs are fine and nothing about them is special.


A 1080 resolution is pretty standard, especially for 144 Hz. There are few monitors that are getting 1440 resolution with 144 Hz. And those monitors are all much more expensive. This resolution is good enough for the requirement of most people. There is no way that you will find a 144 Hz monitor with a 1440p resolution for anywhere near this price. Those monitors are much more costly. Personally, there isn’t a reason to upgrade to a 1440p monitor yet. It just isn’t worth the money; it looks great but then I would need to upgrade all my components for a little bit more clarity. But not a whole lot.

For anyone who doesn’t know; resolution is how many unique pixels you can fit into the screen. It is usually written with 2 numbers, in this case it would be 1920x1080. We just write 1080 because it is a shorter, easier version. 1440 is also known as 2560x1440.


The ASUS VG248QE is built for speed as evidenced by the 144 Hz refresh rate AND the 1 ms Gray to Gray response time. The GTG response time is how quickly the individual pixels can change their colour values and go back again. The lower the number the faster the change. A faster GTG value means you will have less ghosting from the monitor and smoother images when they have to change colours (all the time). If you are playing FPS’s or other similarly fast paced games, you want to have a low GTG response time. Otherwise you might experience ghosting.

Ghosting is when the image moves so fast that the monitor cannot change the pixels fast enough so it looks there is a version of the image still on the screen. Or a ghost. It can be annoying, but shouldn’t affect your gameplay. However, it is certainly not something you want your monitor to do. It is a serious quality of life issue.

Luckily, this monitor is so fast that it shouldn’t be an issue.


The ASUS VG248QE has 2 speakers built in, but if you want to actually hear your sound then you should get a separate speaker system. You do not want these speakers to be your only sound system. They are great for if you are building a PC and haven’t had time to pick up a system yet. But they sound quite tiny.

They aren’t actually bad, for monitor speakers. But even a $20 investment at your local Radio Shack will give you better sounding speakers, exponentially better sound.


This monitor is one of the best monitors you can get, for its price. In fact it is better than some monitors that cost $200 more. While it lacks in features such as USB ports and charging stations. And it doesn’t have a fancy looking bezel. But it is the embodiment of the idea that it is what is under the hood that matters. That something doesn’t have to look fancy to be good.

While reviewing the monitor, I was presented with a rare opportunity. It was a beautiful sunny day and I had to work from home. So I decided to make the best of both worlds. I took my entire gaming setup outside to my balcony. I fully expected this not to work due to glare. However, it did. Asus has given this monitor some great brightness and contrast numbers making it perfect for gamers who game in different environments e.g. LAN parties or your balcony.

Asus has also seen fit to give the monitor a 3 year warranty so that if you get any broken parts you can get a new monitor. But, people have reported issues with Asus’ customer service. Since I did not get any dead pixels or otherwise defect parts of the monitor, I cannot personally attest to these reports.

TN panels are notorious for having horrible viewing angles. On some monitors you get horrible colour distortion when looking at the monitor anywhere except head on. The ASUS VG248QE has superb viewing angles from the side but the vertical angles are atrocious. Which is to be expected from a TN panel. The horizontal viewing angles are perfect for anyone looking to create a multi monitor surround set up. But, the vertical viewing angles make it awful to use as a monitor above you.

The atrocious viewing angles are acceptable considering the fact that the monitor is designed for the gamers whose reaction times are faster than what current monitors can handle.

So, What Are My Final Views on the Asus VG248QE?

Asus VG248QE 24-inch Gaming Monitor 144hz

Frankly, this is one of the best monitors on the market now. It isn’t high end, beyond the 144 Hz, but the core of the monitor is so good that it makes up for any flaws the monitor may have. ASUS didn’t skimp on any part of the monitor, giving us a barebones performing machine. It gives uncompromising performance that is sure to make even the pickiest gamer happy. This monitor came out in 2013 and it blew peoples minds when it first came out. Forums such as Toms Hardware were abuzz when the reviews of this monitor came out. As soon as people realized what this monitor had accomplished it became a hot item. And it still is. For good reason. This monitor, 4 years later, is still one of the best monitors that you can buy. There are few bargains like this one. Few monitors offer such uncompromising performance for such a low price.

My only gripe with the features are the speakers. It would be better if Asus would get rid of them and lower the cost or add some USB ports. That would make my cable management much easier.

Currently this is one of the most barebones monitor on the market and it has been a complete and utter joy to use. There are few things in the world that make me as happy as a monitor that is this well engineered.

There is one negative to this monitor.

It doesn’t have any ‘sync technology in it. There are 3 kinds of ‘sync tech, V-Sync, Freesync, and G-Sync. This monitor has none. However, at this price point it is expected that the monitor wouldn’t have them. The lack of syncing technology means that there is occasional screen tearing. But in all the hours that I logged on this monitor I didn’t experience a single instance of screen tearing.

60 Hz vs 144Hz Refresh Rate on Gaming Monitors

The most recent gaming fad is 144 Hz monitors. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you make the upgrade to a 144 Hz monitor. Most notably it would be the fact that you have to be running games at that FPS. If you run all your games at 60 FPS then there is no point in upgrading to a higher Hz monitor since you won’t be able to take advantage of the higher refresh rate.

​144Hz is how often the screen redraws itself per second. Historically it has been locked at 60 FPS but recently manufacturers have managed to get those numbers up to 144 Hz. And now in 2017 there are companies that reportedly have gotten even higher numbers. You can only notice this difference if your Graphics card is sending more than 60 FPS to the monitor. Otherwise you will still be bottlenecked by your graphics card.

Asus VG248QE vs. Other Similar Monitors (Comparisons)

When you looking at buying a monitor the first thing you should do is figure out what you want. Then find all the monitors that suits your needs and compare them. Here I would like to do the comparisons for you. We take a look at monitors that are similar to this one, in price and in features. May the best monitor win.

#1: Asus VG278HV

ASUS VG278HV 27-inch 144hz Gaming Monitor
  • 27”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x dual-link DVI
  • 1x D-sub
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • Built in 3W speakers
  • 1x Audio output

This is the big brother variant of the Asus VG248QE. It is a 27” 144 Hz monitor that gives you a larger screen with the same speed as the smaller variant. But this larger screen comes with a larger price tag. Obviously. The extra 3 inches cost you about a $100 extra. Some would say it is worth it and other wouldn’t. This depends on your budget and what you feel comfortable spending; but if you want a larger screen with the same speed then the Asus VG278HV is the one to get.

#2: Acer GN246HL Bbid

Acer GN276HL bid Full HD Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x DVI
  • 1x VGA
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 1x Audio output

This is another low budget 144Hz monitor. The difference between this monitor and our Asus VG248QE is about $50 and a lot of quality. The Asus model has better brightness, better contrast, better quality, and just as fast specifications.

If you are looking at the online specifications of the 2 monitors, they seem identical. However, Asus put more effort into making sure the base product was good. The little things, such as contrast, backlight leakage, brightness, and color gamuts are much better on the Asus. The Acer also suffers from horrible viewing angles. Both vertically and horizontally. This would make it a tough monitor to use in a multi monitor setup.

#3: BenQ ZOWIE XL2411

BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 1080P 24-inch LED Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Dual-link DVI
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 1x audio output
  • 1x audio input

This monitor is the only one on this list that I would say is truly comparable to the Asus VG248QE. It is of similar price and from a solid company. The build quality is nearly as good and it as the same specifications but has a couple more features.

The price is slightly higher but only by approximately $30. And for that extra money you get some USB ports. For the rest, the 2 monitors are equal in speed and resolution. The sizes are the same and they are both made by great companies. Deciding between the 2 is a tough choice. It comes down to brands, and personally I would go for the BenQ. But that is only because they support eSports more than Asus.

Acer XF240H bmjdpr

Acer XF240H bmjdpr Full HD FreeSync 144hz Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • AMD Freesync

This monitor is slightly cheaper than the Asus VG248QE and offers the same speeds, but, like the other Acer monitor, doesn’t offer as good build quality. What Acer sometimes seems to forget is that a monitor has to be good at the things you can’t market before you can add marketable features.

Asus managed to build a monitor that had great color gamut, great contrast, nearly no back light leakage, stunning brightness, and solid viewing angles. In a TN panel. It isn’t sexy to put those facts into a marketing campaign, but they are what separate good monitors from great monitors.

Acer doesn’t seem interested in those facts. They seem to not care about the little things. The backbone of the monitor. They want flashy buzzwords such as 144 Hz, or AMD Freesync. And while AMD Freesync is an awesome feature. You need to the base to be good. And this one isn’t as good as the Asus.

But if having Freesync, or G-sync, on a 144 Hz is a must for you then this is the monitor to get. The basics aren’t too bad, just not as good as the Asus, and it is a fast monitor. Its price does clock in at cheaper than the Asus, which is saying something considering that this monitor comes with AMD’s Freesync.

Conclusion - ASUS VG248QE Gets the Gaming Buff Seal of Approval

The Asus VG248QE is a great monitor for its price that will offer you insane speeds and some of the best specifications of any monitor released that year. In fact, any monitor released so far. Not only that, but the monitor is a complete joy to use. Playing CS:GO at 144 Hz per second makes the game easier for some reason. As the entry gunner I used to get maybe 50 Hp damage before dying. Now I would be able to get headshots and subsequently kills. My reaction time was faster, or at least, felt faster.

The resolution is adequate. Sure it isn’t 1440p or 4K but it is a solid enough resolution for a 24” screen. If you are itching for more screen realty you can buy a couple more of these and mount them side by side. The monitor is VESA compatible meaning you can mount on any VESA mount.

Overall, it's the BEST gaming monitor right now under $300. The features and specifications it offers at that price point is so good to be true. Furthermore, it's one of the most popular monitors in the gaming community. With over 1700 5-star reviews on Amazon, most of its buyers and users only have good to speak about the monitor. The ASUS VG248QE certainly deserves the Gaming Buff seal of approval. In fact, we have decided to give it a 5-star rating ourselves. If you have decided to get this awesome monitor for yourself, you can get the best deal on it using the link provided below!

Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio: The “Most Powerful” 4K and VR Ready Gaming Console

Microsoft is getting ready to take the console market with a storm by releasing the most powerful so far, Project Scorpio. Project Scorpio is a powerhouse of a console and offers features akin to high-end PCs. The folks over at Digital Foundry were given an exclusive look at all the tech used in the upcoming Xbox iteration. So far it seems like Project Scorpio is going to dominate the console market with its unmatched specs and sheer horsepower.

First of all, let’s talk about the specifications because that’s what most hardcore gamers care about nowadays. The Scorpio boasts an SoC with 8 custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz. The customized Radeon GPU sports 40 GCN compute units running at 1172 MHz for extra graphical prowess. The entire System on a chip (SoC) shares a whopping 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. The primary storage on the Scorpio consists of a 1 Terabyte hard drive at just 2.5” thickness, similar to the Xbox One S.

Microsoft states, “a lot of really specific custom work” has been put into the Scorpio’s SoC. Most of the work has been going into the peculiar x86-64 CPU cores the Scorpio uses. Similar to the Xbox One, these cores are also derived from the low-powered AMD Jaguar design, however, they have been extensively modified and customized to minimize the latency and overall improve the CPU to GPU coherency. According to Digital Foundry, the upgraded new cores are going to be around 31% faster than the ones in the Xbox One SoC which is definitely a huge improvement in terms of performance.

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Microsoft has finally achieved the six-teraflop target set for Project Scorpio at E3 last year. All of it was possible thanks to the custom GPU that has been customized and designed from scratch for flawless performance on today’s heavily demanding game engines. It runs at a unparalleled clock speed for just a console.

Xbox One’s GPU is similar to the Radeon R7 260 GPU in terms of potency and core configuration, however, the system’s use of somewhat slow DDR3 memory often hampered the GPU in terms of performance. The GPU in Scorpio is most similar to the Polaris 10 chip found inside the Radeon RX 480, but it’s even bigger. It boasts 40 GCN CUs (compute units) compared to the 36 CUs found in the Polaris 10. These changes will help Microsoft in providing gamers with a machine that can run games at smooth 60FPS with native 4K resolution.

Digital Foundry also got to try out the latest tech demo on the Project Scorpio. This tech demo was based on Microsoft’s very own Forza Motorsport series. According to DF, the demo ran at 60FPS and 4K resolution with an impressive performance for a tech demo. Microsoft is ready to bring the Project Scorpio out in the market as soon as possible and provide gamers with a console matching the performance of high-end PCs. Looks like this year’s E3 will be the one to remember.
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Top 5 Processors for Gaming 2017

Not many years have passed when processors like Intel Core 2 were serving the PCs and most of the time, they were not gaming processors but successfully handled handle heavy games but failed to offer seamless performance and high-end gaming experience to the gamers. But, processors have come a long way and the “I” series from Intel is literally ruling most of the high-end PC’s their release back in 2008. The Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors still come with new PC models and are undoubtedly the most suitable units that you should have in case you are expecting outstanding performance from your machine.
However, you should not take it lightly as it is the most important component of your PC and takes care of almost all the tasks and processes running on your system. But with the advancement in technology, there are some other parts as well which play a crucial role in running your PC to its full potential. RAM, Graphics card etc. share the load exerted on CPU but it is something you should not compromise with, in case you are getting or assembling your PC especially for gaming.
The games released now days are really very demanding and you cannot enjoy them until and unless your PC meets its required specifications. So, here we aim to help you in selecting the best processor for gaming that you can get in the market right now.

Best Gaming Processor of 2017

1. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

AMD Ryzen is the best high performance and a budget gaming processor that you can get in order to satisfy your high-end gaming needs. Many people still doubt but Ryzen 5 is way better than Intel i5 processors. You can see the difference while playing latest heavy games, which is pretty huge.

AMD already have a better version, i.e. Ryzen 7 1800X, which is a better version of Ryzen 5, in the market. But, it looks way ahead of time as it offers 8 cores which are not even required for even heaviest of games, and is too expensive. The extra two cores hardly contribute to the gaming performance and you will have to pay a hefty sum for it too. So, Ryzen 5 1600X is more efficient and productive.

You may find better frame rate with Intel i5 processor, but AMD offers you extra multi-threading in Ryzen 5 along with an amazing heat spreader. Ryzen R5 offers thrice the thread count offered by i5 processors

The best part about this processor is its price. You get a 6 core, 12 threaded gaming beast just for $219. A high-end quad-core gaming processor would even cost more than AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.

2. Intel Core i7-6700K

Intel Core i7-6700K is one of the most popular and common gaming processor which offers everything a gamer could ask for. You can run almost any RAM on it as it supports both DDR4 and DDR3 RAM chips. Not even this, the i7 processor supports the 4K resolution and could be overclocked to get the extra performance for intense gaming.

The new Skyline architecture introduced by Intel makes the overall processing a lot more streamlined as well as smooth. And, In case you have an assembled PC or are assembling a PC especially for gaming and are using a lot of other cards as well, Intel Care i7-6700K is the one you should go with.

3. Intel Core i7 6800K

Intel Core i7 6800K is designed on company’s latest highly advanced architecture, i.e. Skylake. Intel i7 6800K is another best six-core CPU that you can get out there right now. Not only that, it offers 12 PCle lanes to the CPU, thus running the hard disks, graphics processor and other chips at their full efficiency.

The CPU has unlocked multiplier, you once can easily overclock it over 4 GHz for better performance. However, the only drawback is that by default it comes with a weaker clock speed. Also, you will have to pay around $87 more for Core i7 6800K when compared to Core i7 6700K processor. But, at the same time, it is way cheaper than AMD Ryzen R7 1800X CPU.

4. Intel Core i5 6600K

Intel Core i5 6600K is a very popular, most common and one of the best gaming processor fort those who do not wish to spend a fortune on the processors and are looking for something which can handle normal to high-intensity games as well as other imaging software. The i5 6600K CPU is capable of providing superb performance in all kinds of scenarios. One can overclock it easily to get better performance, but we think that the power it provides at default clocking is more than enough for seamless performance.
Rendering high definition complex designs as well as rendering videos is not a problem for the i5 6600K processor and thus can handle a PC built for gaming as well as development.
But there are few drawbacks as well. In case you ever clock the i5 6600K processor for extra performance, it might effect the screen rendering performance a bit. The processor supports both DDR3 as well as DDR4 RAM along with 4K display support. Also, you might face some overheating problems while heavy gaming. But you can easily solve that with the help of a cooling and or other similar components.

5. Ryzen 7 1700

Ryzen 1700 Gaming Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is a highly advanced processor and this is also its drawback. Ryzen 7 is a 8 core processor which are more than we are gonna use in near future, even for heaviest of gaming. You might think that 8 cores will boost up your performance, but it struggles to surpass the Intel Core i5 6600K processor’s performance in few games. The processor also supports 4K display but you will have to pay around $1000 for it. Obviously, it is very costly and one can easily find cheaper alternatives. But if budget is not a problem and you want to have the best of the best for you PC, you can get nothing better than Ryzen 7 1700 processor for the long run.

ASUS Unveils Two New Gaming Monitors, PG27VQ and XG27VQ

GPUs are constantly evolving and manufacturers are churning out more and more powerful GPUs every year. The more powerful and demanding these GPUs become, the more powerful monitors are required by gamers to display all the latest titles at the highest resolutions at the highest settings. Lately, monitor manufacturers have upped their game and started manufacturing high-end monitors that actually do justice to the latest GPUs and highly demanding games in terms of graphics and resolutions.

ASUS has been recently releasing a decent stream of gaming monitors for the masses. However, the company has taken a step further and announced two new gaming monitors aimed at the hardcore gaming market. These new monitors are the ROG Swift PG27VQ and ROG Strix XG27VQ which will be hitting the shelves soon. Both these gaming monitors bring new features to the gaming market that can help enhance the gameplay experience of hardcore gamers.

ASUS still hasn’t revealed complete details regarding the pair of monitors. However, the company has given out enough details to figure out that these monitors are definitely going to revolutionize the gaming display market.

First up is ROG Swift PG27VQ – a curved monitor that offer a high refresh rate of 165 Hz for maximum gaming performance and offers high brightness while also adding support for HDR. The PG27VQ offers a QHD+ display panel that supports 2K (2560 x 1440) resolutions. It also adds support for Nvidia’s G-Sync to ensure buttery-smooth gameplay experience.

Next up is the ROG Strix XG27VQ – another curved monitor with a slightly less refresh rate (144Hz) than the PG27VQ monitor. XG27VQ supports Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and also supports Nvidia’s G-Sync for mitigating any in-game tearing and stuttering. The monitor offers a bold aesthetically attractive build that retains the spirit of ASUS’ ROG series in terms of style.

Finally, ASUS did shed some light on the ROG Swift PG27UQ that was announced at CES 2017. This high-end monitor boasts a 4K UHD (3840 x 1920) resolution panel while also supporting HDR. It offers life-like colors and superior contrast for super-fine detail during gameplay. The incorporated quantum dot technology ensures realistic images and stutter-free smooth gameplay experience.

Asus New Gaming Monitors 2017

ASUS is still tight-lipped regarding the pricing and availability of these high-end gaming monitors. There are no solid details about the pricing model of these monitors, however, ASUS keeps stating that these will be on the more affordable side of the budget for gamers. Looks like ASUS is keen on delivering the best gaming products including best gaming monitors and enhancing the overall experience of gamers. Let’s wait and see what other gaming products the company is going to release in the near future.

Now Play Online Against PS4 Users on Your Xbox One: Microsoft Announces Cross Network Support

There is a good news for all the Xbox Live gamers out there. Well, it officially out and:

“After nearly 14 years of Xbox Live existing, it’s finally been announced by director of ID@Xbox One, Chris Charla.”

In case you have no idea what the above statement means, Xbox is finally bringing cross-platform or cross network play to all the players. So, you will be able to play games with other players on PSN as well as people playing games on Windows 10.

The company has not taken any names in their official announcement and they have been careful to not to comment anything about PS4 and instead use the term “other consoles” in order to address their competitors. However, everyone knows what they mean by “other consoles”.

Rocket League, the famous game by Psyonix developers will be the first game to support the cross-network feature. However, Rocket League is already a cross-platform game where players from Windows and PS4 can play together. Ain addition to that, a lot more games will follow Rocket League in the current year.

Well, the feature comes as an option to the developers who can or cannot include the cross network support in their games. It is more relevant for online MMORPG like Call of Duty, Elder’s Scroll Skyrim Online etc. in which the players are looking for a tough challenge.

So, here is a list of games that we are expecting to hit the market in the upcoming quarters and with the cross-network feature as well.

GTA Online

We don’t think that this game needs any kind of explanation or introduction. Rockstar games is keen and determined to offer the best third person reality experience to the players It already offers a lot of things including a completely open world, and imagine if you can find real people roaming around in the city. GTA already has an online community and what could be better than merging it with Xbox Live in order to get some different and unique experience.

The Division

Ubisoft is mainly popular for the Assassin’s creed game series as well as the very favorite Prince of Persia games. However, they recently came up with an open world third person shooter game by the name “The Division”. However, Ubisoft can come up with a new game with similar gameplay but different title and cross network play feature. The best part about this game is that you can use this new feature to its full potential by competing with real time players irrespective of their platform.

Call of Duty (Upcoming version)

We expect that Activision will soon announce its upcoming Call of Duty game to come with the cross network feature. Also, no one can deny the fact that the Call of Duty community is one of the best communities in the gaming world and this new feature will truly turn out to be bliss for COD lovers. Overall, it would be a more competitive environment for the players when they can pick the platform to play again each other.

How to Check for Backlight Bleeding in your TVs and Screens

“What seen can not be unseen” is a famous saying and you can apply it anywhere if you can. LCD TVs and Monitors are one of the most common sources of entertainment even if you are watching anything online or from your local dish provider, a good big TV is what makes your watching experience worth a while. However, picking the best screen for best experience is very important as well as difficult at the same time. It is very important to inspect the TVs or screens you buy so that your investment does not go to waste. Also, a monitor can have several issues like dead pixels, color banding etc. but “Backlight Bleeding” is something very crucial among all of them.

And in case you are handling a TV or planning to get one, it is very important to understand the cause of Backlight Bleeding as well as how to identify it. You should look closely otherwise the problem can go unnoticed.

The entire TV panel is lighted from the back surface with white light as the main source which is then blocked at various spots where it is not needed and thus displaying the specific image.

Now when the LCD screen is unable to block the white light in some places, and therefore offers excessive light to pass through which bleeds around the edges of the screen. As a result, you might notice some awkward white spots or black areas representing Backlight Bleeding.

In general, many LCD monitors or TV screens suffer repeated backlight bleeding problems due to the low quality and opacity of LCD. Moreover, the problem might also occur if the components used in the manufacturing of the screen are of not good quality and you can easily find the bleeding by looking it closely from the edges. The screen with backlight bending will look dull towards the edges when compared to its brightness in the center.

Now if you have already invested in a TV which suffers from Backlight Bleeding, the next question arises, how to manually fix this problem? However, there is no definite fix of this kind of backlight bleeding on TV screens other than completely removing the monitor and adding some extra light blocking materials such as black tape etc. around the LCD screen. Again removing or dismantling the TV screen is not recommended but you can still take it to your nearby TV repair shop or to the company’s service center for repair. If your screen or TV is still under warranty, you can easily get it replaced for free.

So, it is very important to inspect the TV for Backlight Bleeding before purchasing and try to get one from a trustable brand. Many companies try to offer big TVs at a small price. They might look good initially but over time they might develop Backlight Bleeding because of poor quality components.

Also, don’t forget to read the reviews on the internet before getting a screen. It is possible that a particular model is defected and tends to catch this problem over time. In case you are planning to buy yourself a gaming, we recommend you to check out our ultimate guide to choose the best gaming monitor.

5 Common Problems Faced by PC Gamers and How to Solve Them

Trust us or not, but playing a game on PCs is the best way to enjoy intense gaming. Obviously, various other powerful consoles like Xbox One and PS4 etc. are available to us, but PC gamers will prefer the huge desktop machines over any console anytime and that is just because of outstanding control you get with keyboard and mouse in your hands.

Still, we can see people moving over to consoles because of their simple hardware. There is no doubt in the fact that PCs are a lot more complex and require high-end standard parts in order to provide an outstanding experience to the gamers. Many times, you might have to upgrade those components and replace them with the latest upgraded models to experience seamless high definition gameplay. And even if you upgrade your system with new components, you can never be fully sure whether the game will run on the desktop or not.

However, it is not the case with gaming consoles as the games released for a particular console will definitely run on it and you don’t have to worry about the internal components, OS or the compatibility of the system as well.

If you are a PC gamer, you might have faced some kind of sluggishness or some other kind of problem while playing multiple games. This is because different games have different requirements for PC and it is possible that your PC might not be able to fulfill all of them. But that does not mean that you cannot resolve those problems. Here in this article, we are going to address few of the most common problems faced by PC gamers along with some solutions that will definitely solve these issues for you.

The Glitches

Glitches which are also known as Artifacts, are very common with games coming with high requirements. Also, one can easily identify them in areas with detailed and dense graphics, in the game. There might be some distortion in the game geometry or texture, some of the graphical pieces might be missing, some areas of the game might be pixelated, awkward colors might occur during gameplay or you screen might flicker when you get into combat in the game etc. All these problems will ruin your gaming mood obviously and you definitely don’t want them to be occurring again and again for every other game.

Your graphics card is mainly responsible for these kinds of errors. Basically, your GPU is mainly responsible for sending the game data to other parts and if there is any issue or fumble while transmitting this data, the glitches appear on your screen. If your graphics driver is too old, the best way to resolve the reoccurring glitches is to get a new powerful GPU unit for your system.

Sometimes, the problem might occur because of outdated drivers. The old or beta drivers, which might be already installed on your system, and it may contain glitches or piece of code that might not support the installed GPU unit.  You can also check the latest driver for your GPU on the internet and then update it if it is not the latest version.

Another very common cause of these glitches is GPU overheating. As your GPU unit gets old, its efficiency keeps on decreasing. It is possible that after a time, you GPU is not able to handle a very heavy load and might get heated really fast. In some cases, it might also cross the 100 degree Celsius point. In that case, you need to monitor the GPU temperature and if it is touching high figures even for small games, you might have to replace it. You can also take various stress tests available on the internet to determine your GPU capability which in turn will help you to understand the types of games that you can still run on your machine.

Screen Freezing

Ideally, all the games must run seamlessly on your PC and that too on any kind of platform. But we know that the ideal scenarios do not exist in real life. Freezing or game hanging is a very common problem in which the frame on your screen gets stuck or freezes for few or several seconds thus interrupting your gameplay. In addition to that, the frozen screen might or might not resume after some time and you might have to restart your game, thus losing all your unsaved progress.

These sudden hands occur when your PC runs out of required resources and is mostly dependent upon your PC’s performance. In order to avoid these, you need to check your computer’s processor, RAM, and HDD so that it matches the requirements of the game in which you are facing lags. If they do not meet the requirements, the best solution is to get them upgraded. You can also try to download various graphics drivers and remove the unused applications from your PC to enhance the overall performance of your PC. Obviously, freeing up the system and hard disk memory will help in running the game smoothly, but that is not the permanent solution in case your components do not meet the game specification

Screen Stuttering

Many of the gamers get confused between game freezing and game stuttering. However, both of them are different things. Game stuttering, unlike freezing, occurs at a very high frequency and in addition to that all the lags or hangs that you experience on the screen last for at least 1 millisecond. It is very hard to notice it and is more visible while playing heavy games.

The main reason why the problem occurs is more than one GPU settings. It is possible that you might have two setups on your PC and they might not work in sync. This result in an uneven arrival of various frames which causes stuttering.

However, one of the simplest ways of getting rid of this problem is getting rid of one of the video cards. In case you are not satisfied with any of them, you can disable both and then install the upgraded, latest and the most suitable model to get unhindered gaming experience.

Screen Tearing

Screen Tearing, as the gamers would understand, is very annoying and especially when you are playing your favorite game. Basically, during screen tearing, the upper and bottom part of your screen splits and they do not align. In some severe cases, the screen might split into many parts as well.

This is one of those issues which occur when your computer is performing normally but your monitor or screen isn’t able to cope up with the game. Most of the screens which generally gamers possess have a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. So, your monitor refreshes the screen 60 times in a second. But it does not mean that your game will run at the same rate. If you games start sending more frames in less time, it is possible that a single refresh might contain data from various frames and which it is not able to handle.

However, there is a very simple solution to this problem called as V-Sync. V-Synch locks the number of frames coming from the game to a certain number (mostly 60 fps) so that your monitor is never under stress. You can also get rid of the problem permanently by getting a better monitor with better refresh rate.

Online Lag

If you are an online gamer, you will understand the pain of online lag. You try to kill your opponent with a gun, you shoot and celebrate his death, but then you realize that it was of no use as he already left while you faced a severe lag. Mostly lags vary between 100ms – 400ms, but they can vary depending upon your internet connectivity. If you are really into online multiplayer gaming, you should have a good internet connection all the time. You might have to pay a certain sum, but that depends upon your budget. But also before you start any game, look for any ongoing downloads or streaming videos that might be eating up your bandwidth.

Most Anticipated Games of 2017

The First-person shooters games are already in demand by the players from last few years, these thrilling games are soon to get out in 2017, few have already released such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Zelda for the all-new Nintendo Switch, a lot more good going PS4, Xbox One games and some PC games will be out soon, these all games are exciting the young players who are eagerly waiting for the release of games. Here are Top 8 Upcoming first-person shooter video games mentioned below that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

1) Yooka-Laylee

Release date: 11 April 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

This game surely going to win the heart of many players, it’ll highlight a comparative blend of platforming which drives a large group of odd and wacky characters. This Kickstarter-financed platformer is an otherworldly successor to Banjo-Kazooie and its spin-off Banjo-Tooie, it is made by a heap of the general population who used to work at designer Rare. However, changed and adjusted to suit present day tastes. A Wii U form of the diversion was as of late drop. Still, the designers are working with Nintendo to ideally convey it to the forthcoming Switch.

2) Aaero

Release date: 11 April 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

Aaero is somewhat uncertain character to clarify, however when you will have the capacity to play more your advantage level will increase, which will make you able to understand the game from top to bottom. In the game, you have to control a spaceship moving advances down a tube-shaped way, where the left stick turns your ship around the chamber and you need to take after tracks in time with the music. In any case, then adversaries fly up and at the same time utilize the correct stick to target them and discharge a trigger to flame. At first, it’s a considerable measure to get your head round, yet once you get the talent it just works – and the monstrous supervisor battles (so as to the music) indicate it off getting it done. It’s a large portion of a twin-stick shooter and it works superior to anything it has any privilege to.

3) Dawn of War III

Release date: 27 April 2017

Platforms: PC

About the game:-

Dawn of War III will surely boost out everyone’s mind as the fans already have their eye on it and expecting la lot of thrill and excitement at the same time. The new Dawn of War III trailer has a ton of hearts hustling through its amazingly epic true to life. Set to touch base in 2017, DoW 3 is relied upon to include both a solitary player crusade and a multiplayer perspective, exhibiting both on the web and disconnected difficulties for players.

4) Prey

Release date: 5 May 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

The declaration of the prey amusement was made 5 years before in 2006, players of this recreations are enthusiastically sitting tight for it, and now the diversion has been changed altogether by a completely new studio called Arkane Studios. President John F. Kennedy had survived his death endeavor and therefore Kennedy proceeded with a push into financing the space program. The begin of the game crusade will happen on Talos I. A space station that has been worked amid Kennedy’s term and will now offer a not so distant future sci-fi FPS. Now let’s see what new features are offered to the fans, will it energize them or disappoint.

5) Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

We don’t have to wait anymore for the game as it was been confirmed for a 5 May release. In Pc, players will be able to take off to Georgia to take out its gatecrasher. However, it appears that our hero imparts a dull past to this obscure individual. If you liked the past Sniper prequels, you will definitely like the upcoming Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3. Designers are truly pushing to discharge a triple AAA Pc game with their third installment. Players will go up against the part of a resigned American Marine named Johnathan North. The country is in shambles with a Cold War shutting in alongside an intermediary war and common war occurring in Georgia.

6) Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Release date: 25 August 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

The 2014 hit Shadow of Mordor is getting a sequel later this year that promises to be bigger and better. Like the first game, it’s set in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will see you tasked with sneaking around Sauron’s armies picking fights and spreading dissent, with the ultimate goal of turning his own forces against him. Expect a big expansion of the first game’s Nemesis system, with the new Followers and Nemesis Fortresses to make every play even more personalized than before.

7) Project Cars 2

Release date: 14 May 2017

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

About the game:-

We truly loved the Project Cars, which was a big hit in 2015, so it’s time to get up for the spin-off, Project Cars 2. The declaration guaranteed 170+ autos and 60+ tracks, including some recently examined from true courses. Other new features include element climate and online focused associations, however, the genuine draw is the new support of both VR and 12K yield.  Made by gamers, tried by world-class hustling drivers, and the authoritative decision of e-Sports stars – Project CARS 2 unites the path of motorsports dashing in the most excellent, genuinely created, and in fact propelled dashing game on the planet.