As interest in gaming PCs continues to grow, hardware companies that used to focus on specific niches have been expanding to include more varied lineups in a bid to get more business from DIYers seeking a cohesive look inside their rigs. In 2017, Corsair dipped its toes into full PCs, and EVGA rolled out closed-loop coolers. Now, Gigabyte's making its debut in the memory market with the simply named Aorus RGB Memory. The dual-channel 16GB kit of DDR4-3200 memory has CAS timings of 16-18-18-38, Tom's Hardware reports--but it actually ships with four sticks instead of the two you'd expect. Gigabyte's tossing in a pair of "RGB-Infused Demo Modules" that are functionally useless, with no memory chips inside, but help extend the customizable RGB LED goodness to all four RAM slots so that you aren't left with gaps in your illumination.
Finally, Gigabyte announced the Aorus M5, a customizable mouse that comes with five weights to help you fine-tune its feel in your hand, similar to our favorite gaming mouse, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum ($50 on Amazon). Also like the G502, the Aorus M5 is flush with RGB lights that you can control via Gigabyte's Aorus Engine software, and the new mouse is actually even more sensitive, with support for up to a whopping 16,000 DPI, adjustable in 50 DPI segments. You'll also find seven total buttons and Omron switches rated for up to 50 million clicks. Some big questions remain however. First, when will the Aorus M5 be available and how much will it cost?
AMD's new Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards are here, and they're most notable for what they're aren't. The Radeon RX 500 lineup doesn't include the hotly anticipated Vega GPUs, nor are they really new at all. Instead, the Radeon RX 500 series utilizes a second-generation Polaris architecture compared to the original RX 400 cards (the RX 470, in this case). Yep, the $180 Radeon RX 570 is a refresh, not a whole new GPU architecture. The graphics card market is in a much different place now than it was when the Radeon RX 470 launched.
You can't build an entire PC out of Gigabyte and Aorus components, but that goal just got one step closer. On Tuesday, the company announced that it's wading into the PCIe M.2 SSD game, after a positive reception to its SATA SSDs in May. Three PCIe NVME M.2 drives will be available initially, in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, the company said. The drives carry a three-year warranty. The 256GB drive is rated at sequential read speeds of 1,200MBps and 800Mbps sequential writes.
Playing games in virtual reality can feel kinda anti-social, even when your buddies are in the same room. You're probably locked into a world only you can see properly, and you'll likely be wearing headphones for true immersion. But, if you want to jump into a virtual experience with your buddies in the same place, you'll get to do so at Dave & Buster's arcades very soon. The chain has teamed up with HTC Vive to bring VR multiplayer gaming to all of Dave & Buster's 114 locations across the US and Canada starting June 14th. HTC says the setups will deliver "new and exclusive experiences."