Top 5 Gaming Routers to Buy in 2017

Games and sports are a necessary part of our life. They are to the body what education is to the mind and also they are an integral part of education itself.
Those who have not played any games in life should consider their education incomplete. But in present generation games are played in online or with a group of friends playing the game together which gives more fun. To support this there should be a basic platform or a device which allows a group of friends or people play together i.e gaming routers. This is where gaming routers come in. It is very hard to select the best gaming router that offers the best connectivity and wide range with so many options in hand. If you are also looking to buy a gaming router, here are some of the top 5 routers that you can get in the market right now.

Top 5 Wireless Router of 2017

1. Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys WRT1900AC was introduced on Apr 16, 2014. Linksys WRT1900AC features a four-external-antenna configuration and powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to deliver unparalleled WiFi performance. Multiple users can play games, stream HD movies, or transfer files simultaneously without a single lag. The connectivity options are yet another beauty. It features four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB 3.0 port, and two USB 2.0 ports for easy file transfer. The four antennas provide greater coverage and signal strength, and the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor enables users to experience ultra-fast data processing, HD video streaming, web surfing and gaming. This is the first router to feature four antennas to enhance dual-band performance. You can use Linksys Smart WiFi software for total home network control. This extreme gaming router is ideal for multi-storied buildings. It also features optional open-source firmware for advanced users. According to 2017 the rating given for this wireless router is 9.5/10. The price of this model is $249.99.

2. Asus RT-N66U N900

Asus RT-N66U N900 was introduced on Mar 22, 2012. The ASUS RT-N66U N900 router delivers incredible performance and extended coverage range. This router is suitable for multiplayer gaming, video streaming in HD, file sharing, etc. The RT N66U increases transmission speed by 50%, to up to 900 Mbps for both bands together. It has a built-in WiFi amplifier for larger and multi-level buildings. The router is easy to set up and connect devices quickly using QIS (Quick Installation Setup). With ASUSWRT, you can quickly setup networks and customize user access, monitor signal strength, etc. The main feature of the ASUS RT-N66U N900 is the three detachable WiFi antennas which provide a stronger signal and wide range. The router is dual-band, up to 450Mbps each. The ASUS Ai Radar functions enable high-powered amplification and beam forming. It features Gigabit Ethernet ports and is IPv6 enabled. The twin USB 2.0 ports can be used for faster file sharing. According to 2017 the rating given for this is 9.3/10. The price of this model is $170.33.

3. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 came into the picture on Dec 19, 2016. Take a look at the picture. Wow. This beautifully designed dual band is really a monster in the business. Although it lacks a built-in ADSL modem, you can buy an external modem along with the Nighthawk. It has four LAN ports, one WAN, and one USB 2.0 and one 3.0 port. The company claims it is the fastest AC1900 router, which is almost true. The router is fast enough for all of your gaming purposes. It has long range and stable connectivity over the distance. Speaking of software, Netgear Nighthawk didn’t impress us as Linksys did. We found Linksys software more user-friendly and with more features. Finally, the Netgear Nighthawk is one of the fastest wireless gaming routers we have examined that comes with useful features like content-based parental controls, Android and iOS app support, and free backup software. According to 2017 the rating given for this is 9/10. The price of this model is $249.99.

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4. NETGEAR N900

Netgear N900 was introduced on Sep 19, 2011. The Netgear WNDR4500 v2, the successor to the wildly popular WNDR4500, is a simultaneous dual-band wireless router with four Gigabit network ports and six internal WiFi antennas to accommodate super-fast wireless and wired networks. So you just connect your computer, laptop, media player, tablet, and smartphone to the internet in a snap.
The Netgear WNDR4500 v2 has two Ready SHARE USB ports onboard. Using one of these ports, one can incorporate an external hard disk drive into the network. So you can make the WNDR4500 v2 a basic NAS (Network Attached Storage), to download movies, music and other computer files to the network to store and share. The other USB port can be used to share a printer with other network users.

Pros

• High WiFi speed (450 + 450 Mbps) with simultaneous dual band
• Block some websites with Live Parental Controls
• Six Internal antennas for wide range and a strong WiFi signal
• Two USB ports for connecting a hard drive or printer
• Ability to set up guest networking
• On / Off button for WiFi

Cons

• No USB 3.0 connectors on board
• No wall mounting
According to 2017 the rating given for this is 8.8/10. The price of this model is $149.99.

5. NETGEAR N750

The Netgear WNDR4300 is a simultaneous dual-band router to run a fast wireless network. You can connect your computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone media player to the Internet in no time. If you prefer to turn off the wireless internet signal while you’re not home, turn off the WiFi connection with the push of a button. With Netgear WNDR4300 you can create a guest network, so your guests can use wireless internet.
The Netgear WNDR4300 has a Ready SHARE Cloud USB port onboard to connect an external hard drive, USB drive, or printer with the network. So share your downloaded movies, music and other computer files with other users on your home network.

Pros

• USB connection.
• Guest networking
• On/ Off button for WiFi

Cons

• No USB 3.0 port to connect a hard drive.

According to 2017 the rating given for this is 9/10. The price of this model is $200.

Verdict

If you would ask me, we would suggest you NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900. It is really awesome for multiplayer gaming. According to the years go technology is improving for Linksys WRT1900AC and NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900. There is not much price difference. At present Linksys WRT1900AC is a more advanced router for multiplayer games.

Asus Set to Launch a New Range of Gaming Monitors, Strix XG27VQ

Asus has been really active in the gaming vertical this year. They have already introduced a whole range of really impressive gaming monitors. The range featured 4K resolution which was a treat for all gamers. But it seems, they are not done yet. Asus has recently announced a new EOG Strix XG series. The new series features a whole new Strix XG27VQ display. The company is planning to bring them to the market next month in September.

Asus has designed the new ROG Strix XG with professional and mad gamers in mind. One of the spokespeople from the company said that the “silky-smooth graphics and gorgeous aesthetics to deliver incredible gaming experience”.

Asus has been popular for introducing as many features possible as they can in their products. And this time as well, the case is not different. The series has the new latest Low Motion Blur technology along with the Adaptive Sync which makes even high detailed textures appear very smooth on the screen. There are two more things special for you, the Display Widget and Asus GamePlus. With the help of the Display Widget software, gamers can play around with the monitor settings as well as different applications. There are many presets to try, you can change the Blue Light Filter setting, App Sync and a lot more. With GamePlus, players can set their hotkeys and can also set a timer to keep track of time elapsed while playing.

Talking about the display, Strix XG27VQ has a curved display measuring 27 inches with an amazing refresh rate of 144Hz. Asus has incorporated AMD graphics card in the machine for Adaptive Sync, which reduces screen tearing and stuttering o a large extent.

However, there is not much change in the design and you see the same black color on the monitors. The stand on which the monitor stands is really impressive. The light coming out of the screen does not hits your eyes directly but are directed downwards. Asus has provided gamers an option to customize the light coming out of the stand. You can play with the light with the help of Asus RGB software.

There are other common things included in the series as well. For example, there is one HDMI port as well as one DisplayPort, both of them featuring Adaptive Sync compatibility. Talking about the price of Strix XG27VQ, you can get it for yourself on 4th of September for £409.99.

EA Teases Gamers with more Nintendo Switch Games

Gaming publisher giant Electronic Arts are bringing a lot of new games along with FIFA 18 to Nintendo Switch. Worldwide Studios VP Patrick Soderlund said in a new interview that while he is personally excited about Nintendo as well as their product Nintendo Switch, it’s too soon to say whether or not EA will release more of its games or build new ones for the hybrid console.

If we listen to Nintendo Insider (via Nintendo Everything), Soderlund told the Edge Magazine, “I’m a gigantic Nintendo fanboy,” adding that he brings his Switch “everywhere”.

EA is taking a platform-agnostic approach, which is very common nowadays for most of the publishers. If there is a business opportunity, EA will bring its games to any platform it seems, including Switch.

“We will appear on any platform where there are consumers, and players,” he said. “We believe that we want to be a part of the Switch, and help Nintendo grow that installed base; that’s why you’ll see FIFA, which by the way is really good this year. It’s a full-fledged FIFA game, for the first time to be honest, on a portable device.”

In addition to that, Soderlund also mentions that EA has to consider a number of resources it puts into anything as part of running a business because “the numbers become a factor.”

The executive teased that EA might be bringing other games beyond FIFA 18 to Switch, and if these titles are successful, more could come later.

“So for us it’s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA–and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see–and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible. I hope we get there, that would be my personal ambition.”

After an E3 they featured a brand new Pokemon announcement, Metroid Prime 4 and Super Mario Odyssey gameplay, Nintendo told Switch owners to expect more surprises as the year goes on.

In fact, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aimé told Waypoint that the Nintendo Switchcontent shown at E3 was just the tip of the iceberg.

“The response to what we’ve showcased, and it really is just a small tip for 2018, has been exceptionally positive,” he said.

“You’ve got fans seeing Metroid Prime 4, hearing that Mr. Tanabe, who’s been involved in all of the Metroid Prime games, is going to be at the helm of that, the fans are tremendously excited.

“To hear that there’s going to be a core Pokémon RPG experience on the Nintendo Switch, the fans are incredibly excited.

“To see a traditional Kirby experience, with him inhaling enemies and copying abilities, fans are excited about that. And then the Yoshi game that we showcased, with that unique, you know, motion to go behind-the-scenes, so to speak, have people really intrigued.

“So just by showcasing those four games, and giving a little bit of a taste, yeah there’s a lot of excitement to what 2018 can hold.”

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Game Review

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-adventure hack and slashes video game developed and published by Ninja Theory for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation. Before discussing the Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice lets talk a little bit about Ninja Theory.

Ninja Theory is an independent video game developer based in Cambridge, England. Founded as Just Add Monsters in March 2000, the company was purchased by former Argonaut Games CEO Jez San in November 2004. Its Headquarters is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It’s Founded in  November 2004, Cambridge, United Kingdom. At Gamescom 2014, the company announced Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The game was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4, on 8 August 2017.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Review

There are stunning visuals and aesthetics coupled with some remarkable motion capture. Melina Juergens’ performance as Senua. Strong and responsive combat. Interesting puzzles with a few neat twists. Perhaps one of the best modern narratives of any media available. Excellent audio production.
There is only one disadvantage of this game is Combat can be very simple and occasionally repetitive (lack of manual targeting can be weird at times). Some perspective puzzles can be frustrating. Exploration is very on-rails and doesn’t venture far off the beaten path.

The Gameplay

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a remarkable beast. It’s an experience through the mind of a young woman tormented by events that would render most people helpless (which is also something she’s trying to deal with). It’s a reminder that psychosis isn’t simply meant to be cursed or shamed, even by the person suffering from it. It’s a journey through a horrifying wasteland of the mind and the underworld, the demons of both mixing together and creating an all too real picture of mental and spiritual torment. However, what makes Hellblade so remarkable is its razor-sharp focus on story-telling and the unrelenting depiction of Senua’s torments, memories, and desires.

Let’s talk about those voices, which highlights the audio brilliance of Senua’s Sacrifice. Senua has a number of voices in her head and they’re all different. There’s the tired elderly voice that’s narrating events while offering her own advice in her own way. Some voices are curious about whether Senua even has a chance. Others soundly mock her and laugh at her. There’s at least one voice that encourages her and believes she can actually win. Another voice is Druth, who met Senua at one point and guides her through a number of the initial trials. Then there’s the “shadow” that’s seemingly following Senua around, berating her, taunting her and bringing her down.

The Story

The player begins the game as one of Senua’s voices, though we don’t speak very much at all, joining her en route to Helheim as she attempts to resurrect her fallen lover. “Resurrect” is probably the wrong word – Senua’s village had been slaughtered and the “shadow,” told her to take her lover’s head to Helheim to bring his soul back. That’s the long and short of Hellblade’s story as Senua deals with all manner of beings, hallucinations and terrible memories en route to Hela, the mistress of the underworld. The entire experience is gorgeously captured, from the rippling water and blinding light as Senua travels up the river to every minute expression on her face as she wrestles with the voices while attempting to stay alive in combat.

And yes, the voices do speak out to you in combat. They become afraid, warn Senua of danger, and will often tell her when to dodge or strike. They’ll warn her when she’s close to dying, which is a neat way of telling you to hang back and avoid taking damage. Little nuances include calling out when an opponent will avoid your attacks and counter you. Combined with the stellar animation, magnificent texture work, and lighting and seamless audio mixing, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an experience that will wear on you.

Whether that’s good for you or not in the long term is debatable but it makes for a unique, unparalleled story-telling experience. Much of the credit must be given to Melina Juergens for her depiction of Senua, showcasing everything from the sheer, wrenching frustration and anger she feels to those brief moments of joy upon remembering her love, Dillion. Similarly, her moments of fright when stumbling around in the dark or wading through the murky swamp are simply uncanny. There’s a message here about Senua being a normal girl who does want to be happy, even as she believes herself to be the cause of everyone’s suffering. It’s a message that’s thankfully presented in good taste without any patronizing.

Other Interesting Elements

The basic gameplay elements of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice are pretty straightforward. The game doesn’t outright tell you what to do, throwing you into the violent waves of Helheim and expecting you to sink or swim. Senua navigates the world, encounters gates and memorizes runes before envisioning them in the environment and progressing forward. These are essentially perspective puzzles and could require orienting yourself at a certain spot or head to higher ground and looking around. Don’t worry – Senua’s POV starts lighting up with dozens of flashes of the rule in question that only get stronger as you get closer to the solution. Using your “focus” on environments will thus reveal the runes hidden within.

And while it may seem easy enough, in the beginning, the game finds other ways to throw its perspective puzzles at you. One such level sees you passing through gates to unveil previously unseen portions of the environment, materializing and dematerializing objects accordingly. Puzzles are interesting, fit the overall nature of the game and have plenty of clever wrinkles the deeper you go. However, they also aren’t too complicated and there’s a fair bit of sticking to one single path when exploring environments. While making for harrowing moments like rushing through a burning village to reach a fire gate, there’s not much room for experimentation.

Enemies are fairly typical, relying on swords and maces with the odd few using maces and shields. It does become challenging when facing off against multiple enemy types like the dual wielding berserker or the giant monstrosity with an axe. Senua’s ability to dodge is very forgiving, getting her out of most sticky situations, but I couldn’t help wishing for a manual targeting system. Once your vision is fixed on an enemy, it won’t shift unless you strike another foe.

Aside from Senua’s focus also being able to expose shadowy enemies immune to damage and slowing down time to execute a myriad of slashes on a foe, that’s all there really is to the action. Make no mistake though – it’s fast, responsive, brutal and tons of fun. The sheer visceral nature of the combat is also highlighted when Senua is knocked down and struggling to get up each time. Fights feel cinematic but they’re also tight and well executed despite being constrained to small areas (for the most part). The boss battles are also exceptionally well done, making use of the focus mechanics, dodging and pattern memorization without overwhelming you with all the details.

Also, to address it right away without giving any spoilers: Don’t think too much about the so-called “permadeath” mechanic, which manifests itself in rot growing on Senua’s right arm. It’ll play a part in due time so don’t worry about dying a lot.

The Verdict

It’s a great story and game because these two things go hand in hand. There’s truly nothing like Hellblade and even if mechanically it can feel too simple while the exploration is mostly on-rails, it’s a compelling experience that’s worth your time. Just make sure to play only an hour at a time lest the voices haunt you in your sleep.

Call of Duty: WWII – Things We Know So Far

Almost every gamer has played one or the other COD or Call of Duty game in his or her lifetime. And if you love first person shooter, then we understand how disappointed you are waiting for the next installment of the franchise to come out. Well, there is a good news for you guys, Call of Duty: WWII was announced some time back and features the loved old World War II environment to the gamers. The game has been developed by Sledgehammer Games and we have seen some amazing games from them in the past. The game takes place in between the war specifically around the last year, replicating a lot of battles that took place in reality and eventually resulted in the downfall of Hitler, Germany as well as the entire Nazi empire. Here in this post, we are going to consolidate everything that we know about the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII from the trailer, announcements, rumors and all other sources.

But before we begin, If you haven’t watched the COD : World War II trailer yet, you can watch it below. The trailer for the upcoming game was live streamed worldwide followed by the teaser announcement by the company. The trailer takes you to in the middle of the war of Normandy, followed by Hurtgen Forest battle and a lot more. You are also introduced to the character of Josh Duhamel and Technical Sergent William Peirson.

COD: WWII Campaign

There are various modes you can play in. The first among those is the campaign mode where the player steps into the shoes of a young boy named Ronald Daniels from Texas. We think that this makes irony with the old saying, “You’re a long way from Texas, farm boy”.  We also got to know from the Polygon’s preview that Daniels will serve under Turner and Pierson, two seniors who have different views and methodologies about war. There are other soldiers too serving along with Daniels under them, one of which is a British officer, a child and female resistance fighters.

As a young fighter you a put into a lot of tough situations. The fans will be happy to see that we have a lot of time with boots-o-ground, that means real combat. You will have to depend upon your fellow soldiers to survive in tough battles, and they rely on you as well.

The story begins from the D-Day itself where the soldiers land on the Omaha Beach and to liberate Paris from the control of Nazis. Yes, this is the same Omaha Beach you might have seen in the famous Tom Hanks movie, Saving Private Ryan. But don’t think it same as the movie, since it is more deadly, horrifying and intense than the movie.

The game features new ways of battle. In the short demo that we saw, we see a squad sniping the German army from far and before the forest comes down. To see bringing down a complete forest using smart tactic and from Red’s point of view is extremely amazing. The Battle of Hurtgen is one of those battles which haven’t been covered in most of the War games, but you see yourself experiencing that battle in COD: WWII.

Not only that, you also get a lot of cool weapons to play around in the game as well. The demo we saw started with the M1 Grand. There were a lot of close encounters in the demo as well which featured a German soldier with a knife whom you kill by smashing his head with your helmet.

Activision says that the historical representation in the game is authentic. But we highly doubt that since they said same about the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and we were surprised to see spaceships in it.

However, there is one big drawback, you as well as other players do not recover the lost health over time. In the previous versions, the player was able to hide and regain their health. If you wish to gain health, you will have to summon your mates which carry health pack, ammo, and other important stuff.

COD: WWII Multiplayer

There were very few details that were made available and which we were able to grab from the event. But the multiplayer mode is there for sure. There is an interesting war mode in which the player takes part in a battle between teams with different objectives. For example, in one mode, the goal of the game will revolve more or less around Normandy invasion incident. We still do not have an official figure of how many players will be able to play together online. But we can expect two modes, one with 32 players and the other with 64 players.

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COD: WWII Co-Op

The only info we have about the co-op mode is that is will be a zombie hunting game in which the players are going to fight against the evil experiments as well as the army of the dead.

However, Schofield told Galaxy that they have got something under the blanket for the Co-op mode. Schofield told Glixel that it will be more like old sledgehammer routine with a new more dangerous enemy, new story and a lot of dark element.

The Call of Duty: World War II will hit the market on 3rd of November for PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. Also, have a look out as Activision might announce pre-order before actual release.

Acer Predator X27 and Asus ROG Swift postponed to Q1 2018

Last April, Acer promised the world an outstanding monitor named Predator X27, which according to the company would possess a “jaw dropping showstopper” display. You would have agreed the same looking at the initial specification sheet that was provided by them. However, Acer promised the consumers that they will bring Predator X27 monitor out this year, but now it looks like the fans will have to wait till next year to get their hand on this brilliant display screen. Acer has postponed the launch of Predator X27 until the first quarter of the next year, i.e. 2018.

If you have been waiting for ROG Swift PG27UP gaming monitor, we have another bad news for you. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ was announced by the company almost at the same time when Acer Predator X27 was announced, but after delayed the launch of their beastly monitor, Asus also updated that they are planning to release their super monitor next year as well.

Both of the companies, i.e. Asus and Aced did not provide any specific reason for the delay. Not only that, they do not have any fixed released date for the monitors as well. So, all you can do is wait till next year to get these monitors included in your gaming setup.

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In case you have very less idea about these upcoming monitors from Asus and Acer, they will feature a huge 27 inch IPS display panel with 4K resolution, as expected. The screen will have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 with super-fast 144Hz frequency. Apart from this common spec, there is a list of other features that Acer is planning to offer along with its monitor which includes:

• Support for HDR10

• The users get support for Nvidia G-Sync

• The Acer monitor will possess Tobii eye-tracking technology and Nvidia Ultra Low Motion Blur

• There will be 384 LED lighting zones which will be individually controlled

• 1000 nits of brightness

• There is 100% sRGB color space coverage

• A response time of 4ms.

There is no doubt in the fact that these monitors will offer outstanding visuals to the gamers with well-defined whites, spectacular color reproduction as well as dark deep blacks. However, we will have to wait and test whether these specifications actually matches the real-time performance of the monitors. Still, we can predict that with 4ms response time and inbuilt Nvidia G-Sync support, gaming on them are going to be ultra-smooth.

Since, both the Asus and the Acer monitors have similar specification sheet, we think that both the giants are getting the monitor panel from the same manufacturer and then putting the additional specification and firmware on top of it. In addition to the release date, they have also not hinted the price of the monitors. But we expect them to fall somewhere between $1000 to $1500 tag which is quite expensive but that hardly matters when it comes to HD gaming experience.

There Could be a Gaming Tournament in Olympics 2024

There is a good news for all the professional gamers and gaming junkies out there. If you love playing video games, it is your life and passion, you can host your country in the Gaming tournament that we might have in 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. The Paris Olympic bid committee’s co-president told the Associated Press that they are going to discuss the possibility of hosting a video gaming competition after having a discussion with the Olympic committee and the with people representing various gaming circles.

The co-president, Tony Estanguet said that “We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,'” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”

He added, “I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning,” he added. “I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”

Estanguet accepted that the idea of having a gaming competition at least deserves to be a part of the discussion.

However, the official list of event that are going to be held in the 2024 Olympics will be formed in the year 2019. And the final list of sports will be announced by the committee in Tokyo after the 2020 Olympics.

Not only that, in 2014, Rob Pardo, the former Blizzard chief said that video games have a good chance of becoming a part of the Olympics. He said, “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skill set and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly,” he said. “When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

But, Paris is still not the official host of Olympics 2024. The final call will be made next month in September. There was a doubt between LA and Paris, but later Los Angeles was picked as the host for Olympics 2028.

Well, let’s wait and watch what is coming for the gamers. There are no rules and regulations around video gaming and what games would be picked for competing, nothing is known. What do you think should happen? Share with us in the comments below.

The Famous Adventure – Puzzle, Hob is coming to PS4 and PC on September 26

Many of us are looking for some interesting Puzzle plus Adventure game to play in our pass time. And one such upcoming game is Hob, which has been developed by Runic Games coming to your PC and PS 4 console next month on September 26.

If we look at the game, it is going to be an adventure game with lots of action elements in between and puzzles too. The players will have to solve those puzzles in order to progress further in the game. You play in a different evil and brutal world filled with chaos. As you go deeper in the game, you will understand that you need to have the responsibility of saving this strange colorful world by exploring it and solving its mysteries.

The gameplay is a bit different than many other platform puzzle games. It is a story without narration, without any kind of dialogue. The only way to explore what the game is about is to explore the surroundings. And this is what makes it even more interesting to play. The players get to see various kinds of living beings; it is really fun to interact with them to extract information that would help you to move forward. You will really have to look keenly to find what actually is going on in this world you are in.

The game will hit the stores coming fall and you can pre-order the game at 10 percent discount for PC and 20 percent discount for PS4. Not only that, if you are a PS Plus subscriber, there is 20 percent discount for you as well. Apart from these offers, people who pre-order the game will get access to an additional feature “World Shift” dynamic theme.

 

 

People who loved simulation games will love it too as it involves a lot of interaction, utilization of resources, solving puzzles and special glove arm abilities. In case you wish to know more about the game, you can head over to the game developer’s web site, i.e. runicgames.com.

Best Graphics Card to Buy in 2017

The process of buying a perfect graphics card for your gaming PC is a really tough job. There are many who easily over-complicate the process in search of the best, which is not a good way, still with so many rightful competitors emerging in the market, picking the ideal one is very hard for a lot of gamers. If we try to simplify the process to pick the best graphics card, there are only two things that require maximum attention, i.e., your budget or the amount of money you wish to spend on the new GPU and the types of games that you play or intend to play on your PC.

Many gamers who lack knowledge of GPUs mostly go with the one which is able to run all the games. But that is not the question we are asking here. Obviously, the latest cards will support all the latest games, but how the game is going to perform depends on the graphics settings as well as the output resolution of the running game. If you are a hardcore gamer and wish to run all the upcoming and latest AAA games in their full HD settings, you need a good high-end Graphics card unit for which you might have to spend around £250 or more. But there is no need to go all the way until and unless the budget is not an issue for you. However, if you do not wish to spend that much amount on GPU, there are many mid-rangers Graphics card available as well that will tune up the game settings to make sure that they run smoothly on your machine. The only problem with them is that you won’t be able to run all the games in their HD settings.

We have come up with this list so that you can decide the perfect graphics card you need for your PC. This list includes top-ranked graphic cards as well as mid-ranged graphic cards which we recommend and which we think will be able to fulfill all the requirements you have from a new graphics card.

Top 5 Graphic Cards for Gaming 2017

1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Nvidia GeForce GX 1080 Ti is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated graphics cards of this year which actually overpowers even the Titan X GPU in most of the scenarios. The GTX 1080 Ti offers you impeccable performance with the latest Pascal architecture just for $699.

This high-end GPU comes packed with 224 texture units, 3584 CUDA cores as well as 88 ROPs. There is 11 GB of GDDR5 RAM in the GPU which has been tuned to 11 GBPS for even better performance delivery.

The card is even perfect for overclocking. It runs at 1480 MHz base frequency and at 1528 MHz while boosted, but one can even boost it to more than 1733 MHz making it perfect option for AAA high-end games.

There is no difference in terms of design and it features the same Pascal graphic card’s design with the only addition of adapter that can be connected to a Display Port. There is no DVI port as well, creating a lot of space for integrating the better cooling system. According to the manufacturer, the new thermal cooling system with new coolant offers almost twice the airflow is when compared to its predecessor, i.e., GTX 1080 GPU.

You get excellent performance from the card with smooth gaming experience even in full HD settings. The FPS for most of the games failed to match the performance by Titan X, still many heavy games like Battlefield and Tomb Raider ran with much better frame rates than Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU.

However, it was pretty amazing to see that all these performance boosts were visible even without overclocking. Nvidia says that you can even push the card to touch the 2GHz mark, however, we found it running stably at a below 1.8 GHz as well.

This is the perfect Graphic card you should go for if you want an outstanding performance from your GPU but at the same time do not wish to spend $1200 in Nvidia GTX 1080, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti will take care of all those new and old games for you at just half price.

2. Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X

According to the company, it is one of the best GPU that one can have for best and HD gaming experience on your PC. The GTX Titan X is the fourth installment in the Titan series after initial Titan, Titan Black, and then Titan Z. However, one big difference between the new Titan X and the old Titan GPU s is that they were based o the old Kepler architecture while the new Titan X is based on Maxwell architecture.

The GTX Titan X has the same design as the previous ones except it is completely black. However, the black color plate that was present is gone. You get two power connections in it, one of which is 8 port while the other one is 6 port. We are shocked to see the same cooling system installed in the new GPU, but the company thing that is the best and perfect for Titan series and does not require any improvement.

In our tests too, we found that the temperature of the card does not increase much when compared to its predecessors, so a new cooling mechanism is obviously not required at all.
We tried a playing a lot of games on this graphics card and noticed an improvement of over 20 percent in FPS while playing Bioshock Infinite. The improvement was better than GTX 980, which is very impressive.
We do not need to mention this but this Nvidia GTX Titan X graphics card is for hard core gamers and enthusiasts. However, you will have to pay a huge sum for it, but if you look it from another point of view, you won’t need anything else for high gaming experience after this.

3. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

We have Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 on our list because it is one of the cheapest as well as efficient current-gen GPU that specifically focuses on eSports gaming. So, if you spend most of the time of your day playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch or Dota and also want an HD experience while playing the game, GTX 1050 is the one you should go for.

But that is not the limit, you can use it for their games as well and plays games better than its competitor AMD Radeon RX 460. The best part about this processor is that it consumes very less power. Also, you should install it if you have an ultra budget PC, or if you possess a very old PC which does not have a power connector in it since it does not require one.

The GTX 1050 graphics card is based on the Pascal architecture that is the same one which is used in 1070, 1060, 1050 Ti, and 1080. The chip comes with 2GB DDR5 memory as well as 640 CUDA cores with the highest boost going up to 1455 MHz. Measuring just 145 mm in length, it fits in minimum places getting cooled by a heat sink consisting of a single fan and gray plastic chassis.

The main point is the power consumption. There is very tiny TDP or what you will call Thermal design power installed in it with the rating of 75 W only. So, the GPU extracts all its power from the motherboard only. It might not have very impressive benchmark scores, but it will serve as a perfect replacement of any older GPU present in old machines.

4. AMD Radeon RX 570

AMD had to work hard in order to come up with something impressive after the RX 470 model. And this is the reason why they came up with the Radeon RX 570 graphics card which has been designed to allow the player to play games at full high definition settings and without spending much from their pocket.

If you would want us to rank it, it is a midway alternative for Nvidia GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti. The company has tried to maintain the price in order to keep it as a mid ranged GPU option. However, there is one major drawback, it consumes a lot of power.

AMD Radeon RX 650 works on the Polaris technology and architecture and AMD has been working hard to improve it over the last few years. RX 570 comes with default specification of 1244 MHz frequency which could be overclocked to 1340 MHz. You also get whooping 8 GB GDDR5 ram clocked at 7GHz. If you do not have that much requirement, you can also go for a 4GB model of RX 570 which is also available in the market.
The Radeon RX 570 also possesses two ports, one with 6 pins and the other with 8 pins. In addition to that, you also get a DVI connector, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two DisplayPorts.

However, RX 570 also has a huge cooling system with 2 big fans, a metal plate at the back and a fan shroud. When you are getting all these features in a mid-ranges GPU unit, this component gives you no reason to opt for highly prices graphic card units.

5. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

This is one of the most common and popular GPU cards among those who want a decent budget graphics card for their gaming needs. It is not a top notch graphics card that could play anything but gives a tough competition to the AMD Radeon RX 480.
There are two models, one 3 GB and the other one is 6 GB. The 3 GB version is about 2 percent slower when compared to the other model.

Nvidia announced a new media chip few times back, i.e. GP104, and GTX 1060 is based on that only. It possesses the same Pascal architectural design. Since the chip is designed with the 160nanometer manufacturing process, you get a huge performance output but with very less power consumption.
The company says that the GPU consumes 120 W power which is way less than its competitor RX 480, which has the specification of 150W. So, it is better to have a GPU that consumes less power as it will produce less heat and ultimately less rise in temperature. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 measures just 9.8 inches with one-third of its length made up of a strong plastic chassis containing the fan as well as the cooling kit.

You will get three DisplayPort connectors along with a DVI port and 2 HDMI ports.

Overclocking Your CPU – A Beginner’s Guide

If you are a hardcore gamer, you might have come across a situation quite few a times when CPU power falls short while playing heavy games causing lags and screen flickering etc. You may have all the top notch components installed on your machine, and many of you might wonder if something is wrong with them. But the issue here is not with the components or something else, but the CPU itself. Here you CPU is giving its full performance, but that is not enough when compared to the amount of power the game demands. One solution to this problem is Overclocking.

I am pretty sure that you will have came across this work quite many times. But in case you don’t know what it really means, Overclocking is a process of tweaking your CPU’s hardware so that it can break its limitations and could perform faster than what the manufacturer has already specified. By this, your CPU will be performed faster and better than what it has been till now.

You can overclock various components of a CPU including processors, graphics cards, RAMs etc, and all that requires is just adjustments in the settings of the motherboard. You can access that menu from the BIOS, but that all info we are going to cover later in this post. All in all, overclocking won’t harm your PC in any way, however, you need to manage the additional amount of heat that the machine can produce while operating at higher specifications.

But before we begin with the tutorial, we would like to inform you that overclocking is not recommended and is definitely not for PCs used for general use. You should only Overclock your machine if you use it for stressful intensive tasks like heavy gaming, 3D rendering, video encoding etc. Also, your system somewhat plays a major role in deciding what component you should overclock. Overclocking CPU every time is not beneficial. For example, if you want to overclock your machine for gaming purpose, overclocking just your GPU might be a better alternative for you.

But before you begin with any kind of overclocking we would like to warn you that it can be dangerous. Overclocking can shorten the life period of your machine or the components and in some cases, can permanently damage them as well, if any one thing goes wrong. So, you should not proceed if you are not ready to face such situations or if you do not have full knowledge and confidence to overclock it.

Steps to Overclock your CPU

While you try to overclock your CPU, there are mainly three things that you will be playing with. The first term you need to know is “Base Clock”. The Base clocking affects the frequency at which your CPU is actually working. In addition to that, it also affects that RAM frequency. The Base clock does not work alone, CPU multiplier is also required which decides the final frequency at which your CPU will be running after Overclocking. If you are getting lost, consider this example:

Let’s say your base clock is 100 MHz and the CPU multiplier is 35, so the final frequency of your CPU will turn out to be 100MHz x 25 = 3.5 GHz.

In addition to these two settings, we will also be tweaking the CPU Vcore which is responsible for the voltage value. Since you are increasing your processor speed, it will require more power, and this is why you also have to increase the Vcore supply to make sure that your processor gets enough power from the supply all the time. Also, since this is a guide we have prepared for beginners, we are not going much in detail and tweaking. We will definitely come up with more advanced CPU overclocking tutorials to help you with specific cases.

Prerequisites

Before you begin the overclocking process, you will be needing all these things:

Windows PC

We have written this guide for Windows machines. In case you are using Linux or Mac, the tutorial is not for you. However, if you have these OS on a part of your hard disk, that is fine.

Unlocked Intel Processor

We are going to use an unlocked Intel K processor for overclocking.  The guide is also written keeping the latest Intel processors in mind, especially the “K” series. It is because the old first gen or iSeries processors are way more complicated to overclock. It is also possible to overclock old processors like Intel Atom and AMD but you will have to look some additional setting tweak in order to overclock them efficiently.

A Motherboard

You get a lot of motherboards in the market which already comes with overclocking settings, however, many other have a lot more settings when compared to normal motherboards. So, if you are building up or assembling a computer, choose a keyboard which has the overclocking features.

Efficient Cooling System

Since you are overclocking your CPU, it will produce more heat than normal. So, you need to take care of the extra heat and for that you good an efficient cooling system. A fast air cooler is a good option. But for extreme overclocking, you want a something really cooling like water cooling system. You need to look more into levels of overclocking to decide what kind of cooling system it requires.

Extra Programs

Prime95, AIDA64, CPU-Z, and LinX are few software that you will need to test the already configured settings. CPU-Z gives you the numerical value of the clock speed, voltage, and other parameters so that you can see the output of the tweaked settings easily.

The other programs test your CPU after you have made your settings in order to see if the settings are stable. There are many other software available on the internet that you can use instead of the one mentioned above. We would also recommend you to install ReaTemp software which is able to tell you the real time temperature of your CPU as you run the stress testing on it.

How to Overclock CPU

Here we are going to help you to get a stable overclocked CPU while keeping the tutorial as simple as we can. This tutorial is not going to make your PC super PC but will teach you the basics of overclocking and how to exploit it to extract every last bit of power that it can produce.  There are different and a lot of settings to play around, but here we are going to stick to the very basic ones.

Unlike many other tutorials that you will find out there, we are going to keep it a bit slow. Instead of changing everything at once, we are going to go step by step so that you can understand how each and every component affects your CPU performance.

The very first thing that you need to understand before starting overclocking is that each and every motherboard is a bit different from each other. You will have to explore around a bit to understand its functionality. It is important to do some reading about your motherboard, the maximum temperature it can handle, the max and min voltage that it should get etc.

Testing the Defaults

If you are overclocking your PC for the first time, you still do not know how far it can go at default settings. So you need to know them first. In order to do that, open your BIOS settings and then just set everything to default. For stress testing in default mode:

  • Restart your PC and then press the “Delete” of “F2” key (or whatever key which opens the BIOS for your motherboard. This will open the BIOS setup in front of you.
  • There in the menu, you need to find the option named “Load optimized defaults” or “Restore to Defaults”. Press enter and everything will be set to default.
  • Finally, you need to head over to “Save and Exit” to save the settings, exit BIOS and then Reboot your PC.

Once your PC restarts, head over to start menu and run the AID64 application. In the application, you will find a “Stability System Test”. After that make sure all the boxes present on the top left-hand corner are checked and then begin the test. You will have to be very patient as the test might run for a couple of hours. The test results will tell you how stable your CPU is at stock settings. Click the Stop button when you are done and move on to the next step.

Tweak the Multiplier

After you have the results from the previous test in your hand, you are not ready to overclock the CPU. You can search your motherboards overclock setting on the internet and check if you can find something useful. However, we will recommend you to start from your base clock speed and then increase it slowly. It will take a bit but it is way easier than you can imagine. Also, by this method, you will be able to find the point where your PC is the most stable.

Now you need to go back to your BIOS settings and the head over to the “Overclocking Settings” or “CPU Tweaker”. It will have a similar name. In the setting, you will find the “CPU multiplier” or “CPU Ratio’ setting that will be having the “auto” setting by default. However, you will have to change it by entering a new number there. You can increase it by a single value initially. If you are not sure what is the default value of your CPU multiplier, you will be able to find it on the top of the Overclocking window. So, if your default overclocking multiplier value is 33, change it to 34, making it jump from 3.3 GHz to 3.4GHz initially.

After you have done this, save the setting, exit the BIOS menu and then restart your PC to move on to the next step.

Stress Testing

Now your CPU has been overclocked and you need to check whether the changes that you have made are stable or not. This could be determined with the help of stress test. For stress testing, you will need three programs Real Temp, CPU-Zand stress testing program.

The CPU-Z will tell you whether the changes have been applied to your CPU properly or not. The Real Temp will tell you the real time temperature of the CPU and you should always have an eye on it. The temperature change is drastic when you change or tweak the settings and as you increase the voltage. Make sure that it does not a very high figure. The stress testing program LinX will provide you the results of the stress test but might take some time to complete.

Set it to run 10-20 times and click on the “Start” button. Keep an eye on the Real Temp screen as the stress test runs. You will notice that the CPU temperature goes too high and then low quite many times.

Now, if the test finishes successfully with the temperature not reaching very high value, you should increase the value of the multiplier by one more value and then rerun the test.

If the temperature touches the unsafe figure, your CPU has touched its limits. We would like to recommend you to keep it below 85 degrees Celsius in all scenarios. However, the maximum temperature your CPU can touch might vary, so you will have to check your CPU’s limits by yourself. But you can find some possible combinations on the internet. But keep this in mind, more is your CPU’s temperature, shorter will be its lifespan.

But, if the test fails in between and you face the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), you need to move on to the next step.

Increasing the Voltage

If you are facing the Blue Screen of Death, it ultimately means that the amount of voltage that your CPU is getting is not enough for the clock speed that has been set on the CPU.  In order to avoid that or whenever you face this issue, simply raise the voltage.

For increasing the voltage, go back to the BIOS settings and then look for “CPU core” or Vcore. You need to change increase the already set value a bit. A good way will be to increase it in steps of 0.05. After you have changed the setting, save it and exit the BIOS and then restart your PC. However, you need to keep in mind that the more voltage you will raise, the higher temperature will get.

Repeat and Refine

You will have to repeat the steps that have been mentioned above quite a few times to get the optimal setting for your machine. You have to reach the maximum safe temperature as well as the maximum safe voltage to stop. Once you have reached this state, reset your settings to the original default stable values. After this, save the settings and then restart your system to go for the final stress testing.

We are going to make use of a software named Prime95 to stress test the machine finally. In order to stress test using Prime95, select the “Just Stress Test” button. You can manually go to Options and then select the Torture test and then set the setting to “Small FF” test. Click the OK button and then leave your PC idle for about 6 hours. This is the minimum amount of time you need to give the program to stress test properly. Some people even keep it for12 hours for more accurate results.

You should also keep an eye time to time as well. Prime95 pushed your CPU to really extreme level, so it might take the CPU temperature to a high value. If something like this happens, you might have to back down the setting to certain lower value.

After you are done with Prime95, we would also like to recommend you to run AIDA64 program. Just click on the “Stability System Test” after checking all the boxes you find on the upper left corner. Click on the “Start” button to begin the test. This program will require around 6 hours too to complete. This program is a bit softer on CPU and pushes it to its 100 percent only. But, it is recommended because it also checks whether other components are working fine with the changed settings or not.

What to do Next?

As we mentioned before, this is just a basic tutorial which teaches you how to start with overclocking. But this is not the end and you can do a lot more than this. We can’t explain how to do all the extra things here, but here is a brief summary of stuff that you can play with to extract more from your machine.

Overclock your RAM

The default RAMs do not work at their rated specifications and speed. Most of them do not. However, this fact is unknown to most of the users. But it is very easy to overclock your RAM to make it run at the rated speed. Go to the BIOS settings, there you will have to tweak with the voltage as well as the RAM speed parameters and set them to a specific stable value. That means that you will have to keep one more thing in mind while running the stress testing process mentioned above.

Per-Core Overclocking

The new processors in the market are capable of per-core overclocking thus offering you very high processing than rated. You won’t have to overclock all the cores, but tweaking a couple of them will give you enough power to play even the latest games easily in the high setting.

Enable Power Saving

After your processor is overclocked, it will more likely run at higher speed even at normal usage. It will draw extra power from the source even when it is not required. Since it is consuming extra power, obviously it will produce extra heat. But you can prevent that by tweaking motherboard settings. SpeedStep and Intel’s C-states is a good example tweaking which will help your CPU to be in power saving mode. You will have to disable them when overclocking, but re-enable them when you are done so that your CPU runs at normal speed when high performance is not required.

There is no limit to the experiments that you can try on your PC and overclock. Taking your CPU to the limit is not bad but is highly risky. But you should not worry much as there are plenty of detailed guides like this available on the internet to help you with perfect settings.

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