Hardware nerds I've got a good one for you this week. I've put together some of my favourite computer hardware videos from some of the most informative YouTubers in the technology scene. LinusTechTips and Hardware Canucks are great sources of entertainment and technical knowledge. Before these guys came about a few years ago, I was pretty much stuck to just reading articles and scouring the forums for hardware reviews, rumours and news which was great of course, but now having videos to watch while you kick back is an absolutely fantastic option. What these guys do with these videos is make it a lot more accessible for beginners and for people who are curious and want to join the PC Master Race. If I ever wanted to explain something to a friend or my brother who is casually interested in building a gaming PC or looking to upgrade their computer, I could always send one of these videos their way and expect them be both entertained and informed at the same time. This is amazing for our hobby and if you haven't checked these guys out yet, check out the videos below and see for yourself!
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card - Performance Overview
[youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2QpCtsL5L0&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw"] I recently picked up this bad boy for my gaming pc and I must say its power consumption and performance are truely amazing. Packs 2x the power of my older GTX 680 and does so with significantly less power consumption. It's a great upgrade if you're coming in from a GPU at least 2 years old and want to enjoy the latest games maxed out on ultra settings in at least 1080p at a glorious 60 fps.
Hardware Canucks attends NVIDIA GAME24 (24 hour PC gaming festival)
[youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGcwXte6TdY&list=UUTzLRZUgelatKZ4nyIKcAbg"] The guys at Hardware Canucks recently attended the Nvidia GAME24 event in London, which was actually just one of many concurrent events, including a livestream on Twitch celebrating the awesomeness of PC gaming and PC hardware. For those of you, who like me wished they were at the event, you can check out their wrap up of the event.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Keyboard
[youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRvRs--AbuE&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw"] The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB mechanical keyboard pumps out an insane amount of colours, 16.8m to be exact once you actually get through the 140 or so page manual to figure out all the software to customise this amazing work of art/keyboard. But beyond that, it seems to be extremely well built and everything you'd want in a mechanical keyboard. That new Corsair Gaming logo though? Maybe not so nice.
Acer XB280HK 4K G-Sync Monitor
[youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAfrQ6UAEmU&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw"] Acer has taken a huge step back onto the right track with their XB280HK G-Sync monitor. But is 4K G-Sync still too ambitious for most gamers running current mainstream hardware? For me it probably is at the moment as I'm sticking to a single GPU system and a GTX 980 isn't really going to cut it unless you SLI it for 4k. This is a great video anyway to give you an understanding of where the industry is going with 4K and G-Sync. Hopefully with more brands competing, this drives prices down in 2015!
SLI Performance Scaling - Gaming at 4K Resolution
[youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnS0xWtoRzk&list=UUXuqSBlHAE6Xw-yeJA0Tunw"] I thought this was a fun video to watch, I mean the absurdity of it all, 4 way SLI running 4K? The equipment featured in this video perhaps coming up in the $10kUSD+ range. But that's what I love about LinusTechTips, they love hardware and pushing the limits for us to really learn more about this hobby we love. Check out the awesome firepower of this gaming rig in the video.
Let me know what you thought of my picks this week, leave a comment!