For the Red Team. AMD Zen and Polaris 10!!!

Hey guys Qwik33 here bringing something that i personally have been waiting for right after i bought my 980 TI. AMDs new Zen and Polaris 10 architecture is coming out soon and I for one am pumped. These Processors are slated to be released in the later part of this year, if any of you follow my articles as few and far between as they are, you all know I am a huge Team Red fan boy as far as the CPUS and APUs.

First off lets talk about the improvements:

AMD claims that the new Zen modeling with its 14 nm process will be 40% more efficient in the IPC and AMD will abandon the architecture of its previous chips in favor of a simultaneous multi-threading approach similar to Intel’s Hyper-Threading. All of this supposedly being able to double THE FX 8350. To me that sounds awesome, there was no hinting at price but a for an i7 6950 is about $1700 so I’m hoping it doesn’t cost anywhere near that. One of the reasons I love AMD in the CPU department is the price, I bought my FX 6300 for $130

With some change comes with alot more change, the new Zen chips will support DDR4 RAM YAAYYY!!!! Of course that means a new mother board and new socket. Say hello to the new AM4 socket. Fear not my friends for I do have good news since that’s about a $250 dollar upgrade to get an equivalent setup like i have in the Blue Rocket (32 GB 1600 Mhz RAM with a Gigabyte MoBo) once nice thing AMD will hang on to is legacy coolers for the AM3 and AM3+ sockets, so i can keep using my Corsair H100i v2 will still be compatible with the new chip. One extra tid bit for you guys on the CPU side, the A series is getting a bump in both speed and efficiency for the guys with FM2+ APUs like i had in my old laptop. I feel like a traitor for having an i7 in there but it was a hell of a deal with that 950m in there.

With all that i am super excited to have this when this all comes of but of course lets get on to the newest line of video cards which this one we have a name for. The RX 480, this guy looks just like a regular AMD card but oh my goodness its got some great specs. AMDs idea here is to bring VR to the main stream with variants with 4GB and 8GBs of VRAM. Not a huge gain in clock speed with a boost of 1080 Mhz but the kicker here is this card with yield a TDP of only 150 watts, any body who had owned an AMD card before knows that they are power hungry and hot, but this is coming form the guy with a 700 watt power supply and a 980 ti in my system but were not here to point fingers. All of this for a price of $199 which comes in cheaper that the newest cards from Nvidia. A nice middle finger from AMD we will see how this turns out.

Well that is all I have for you guys we here at Ud1eBy are big PC gamers especially with Over Watch having a huge impact on mine and B3asts social lives (just kidding that fucker is just as much of a hermit as I am). As always guys love you guys no shit and have a good one.

-Qwik33

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Lets Talk Peripherals

Hey guys Qwik33 coming at you again from the beautiful country of Greece, I recently bought one of my favorite series on steam that I originally have played on the Xbox and the Xbox 360, all of the Splinter Cell games with the exception of Pandora Tomorrow are now on my laptop and I haven’t been able to put them down unless I’m at work or sleeping. I have actually NOT been doing sailor things and staying sober, what the actual hell.

I bring this up because on my home PC that I love and call the Blue Rocket, I usually if I can get away with it use my Xbox one controller just because I did start gaming on a console I had the PlayStation in the early 2000′, and I used to play NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64. The biggest problem with these games is the first installment does not support controller, unless I mod it and I don’t have the patients for it. Even one as new as SC Conviction does not support the Xbox One controller. The forums on Steam did say the 360 controller is supported but where I am at right now I cant get one without ordering it off of the internet, but I WANT TO PLAY RIGHT MEOW!!!!

I have switched to playing with the keyboard on my laptop because the keyboard on my ASUS K501U has a very good feeling keyboard on it and seriously who does that on a laptop. My issue was I didn’t have a mouse so after a few hour of searching for a decent laser mouse I found and bought a Razer Deathadder Chroma, which may I say is a decent mouse. It feels good in my hand and have the extra 2 buttons that most gaming mice have as well as the RGB lighting so I made it fit with my color seem back home.

The mouse is awesome and I have already gotten half way through the first Splinter Cell (ahh memories) but I am having a HUGE issue with it. It likes to walk away when I hold my hand still, even when I just leave it be and watch Netflix the bottom bar pops up like I’m moving the mouse. I do believe the issue is the fact I don’t have a mouse pad under it and yes it is silly for me to bitch about this, BUT… I never have had this issue with my cooler master branded mouse back home so, WTF Razer? I will buy a mouse pad if I have to but I don’t want to HAVE to.

So my question for you guys is what do you guys use for dare I say “Your weapons you take into battle”? I have my cooler master peripherals on the Blue Rocket and my Power A Xbox One (yes its RGB as well) controller that I use to play shooters. Let me know what the ultimate things are for gaming and tell me why, I would love to hear your opinions on this matter because hey this is the internet and we all prefer our favorite brands, here let me start.

COOLER MASTER OR NOTHING!!!!

But seriously guys I love you no shit, this is Qwik33 for Ud1eby Gaming,

PEACE!!

Portable Gaming Solutions, Lets Talk.

 

 

Hello and welcome to my newest article coming to you all the way from The Island of Crete of the beautiful country Greece. In this little discussion we talk about my solution to the age old question, can I bring my Xbox?

So lets talk about portable gaming, we all have our machines that do good at home. Unless you have a small setup in a mini ATX or ITX setup, then you may be fucked. I can always bring my Xbox or computer, but I am at the mercy of who ever’s house I’m at. I love the Blue Rocket to much to box her up and bring her overseas with me. One thing I looked at is a gaming laptop, but they can be upwards of $1000. For most of us that isn’t feasible with a price tag like that, here is my solution that I bought for my first deployment.

I present to you the Gaems Vanguard, with this system it holds my Xbox ONE, a controller all the cords and maybe a few game cases (I had them in a separate bag when I was traveling). With an HD 19″ monitor connected by HDMI and good speakers, or a headphone jack for Turtle Beach users like myself, this is one of the best solutions I can’t think of without dropping the money for a gaming laptop, this was also before I upgraded my laptop with more RAM and a bigger APU.

This solution can be expensive compared to some, when I bought this it was $350 but they do make smaller cheaper models. For the actual performance and durability of the unit I cant think of a better test than deployed military. My last deployment I went to Germany, Romania, Bahrain, Canada, and El Salvador. Through all these checkpoints, I never had a problem with customs, never had a scratch on it, and all I had to do was open it up and plug it in. This is a very good idea for those of us who travel and cant go to long without visiting out gaming world.

Now lets get to the drawbacks of a setup like this: it is fairly bulky for, but for what is offers its not a bad thing in my opinion. You need two plugs, I think it would be better if it plugged into the wall and had an extra plug on the actual unit, but for what it offers I cant complain to much, my final gripe about it is, the screen is pretty small for the size of it. my 17.5″ computer fits inside it no problem, so this is just for you. If you have friends that wants to play with you then you gotta borrow there TV or find one in the airport, but good luck on that one without getting tackled by airport security for suspicions of terrorism.

Here is the math on this one:

  • New Xbox ONE $350
  • New Gaems Vanguard $350

And the damage is $700 or you can get a gaming laptop, all I see on that one is the price tag, like the ASUS ROG G751JYDH71 with only 17 inches of screen, and a grand total of… $2400. You do the math here but if you have that kind of money for your portable gaming needs, you should buy me one too.

There is however a cheaper option for gaming laptops, I have recently purchased a cheaper gaming laptop that is actually more designed for video editing but hey it plays fall out. my new ASUS K501UX as part of there Zen-book Series, this is actually a pretty sweet laptop that i bought only for $850 on sale, after using this for a while and really using the absolute FUCK out of it i have found my new baby while on deployment. I myself am a big AMD APU fan but that laptop has gone kaput. This sweet little guy has:

  • Intel Core i7-6500U CPU. While only dual core it does support hyper threading so it makes it THINK it has a quad core.
  • 8gb of RAM, and now i have more on the way I hope to put a 16GB kit in it.
  • NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 950M. Major selling point on this sucker.
  • As well as all the other usual things any laptop should come with: 1Gb Ethernet, 802.11/a/b/g/n wireless USB 3.0 compatibility, as well as HDMI 1.2 connectivity.

 

 

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*All photos were taken by author!*

That’s it for me this time, if you guys have your own methods, or a better one that the one I have here let me know, once again this is Ud1eBy Qwik33,

Deuces.

Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

OK guys, as PC gamers most of us take pride in our systems. So this leads me into a question, whats in your system. I’ll start…

First off, in the system I have lovingly named the Blue Rocket, I have my Gygabite 78LMT-USB3 mother board. With that I have an AM3+ socket, in that socket I have a 6 core 3.5GHz AMD 6300 which is very easily overclocked up to 4.0 GHz but not on this motherboard. Complementing it all i have 16 GB of DDR3 1600Mhz RAM. I love this set up because it is on the cheaper side, but that comes with only one PCIE slot so i can only have one graphics card. Moving on to the graphics card, my pride and joy the EVGA Nvidia GTX 950 SC with a slight overclock. Two GBs of VRAM can run about anything on medium to high settings, but soon I will upgrade. I’m looking at that 8GB VRAM R9 390, its just so sexy and i cant help myself.  In there powering the dream machine is my 500 watt, EVGA power supply.
This whole setup cost me about 700 bucks, now before people go off about how there $350 XBOX One, here is my thing to say. I love my XBOX One, but on my PC i can actually have 1080p and have music in the background, and stream to twitch, and blah blah blah. Any one who says console gaming is better is a dirty liar.20151201_171225[1]

(Before final build, don’t mind the poor cable management)

The thing that got me to make the switch was, when I got out of boot camp most of the clan had gone to League of Legends. This led me to buying my first laptop which I accidentally destroyed because it was not meant to run games like skyrim… OOPS. My next laptop I bought right before my first deployment is one im actually happy I bought. An HP Envy with the FM2+ 2.1 GHz quadcore AMD APU with 6GBs of RAM. Originally I had windows 8.1 on it, and with the touch screen it wasnt to bad, everyone I know hated windows 8 but it performed just fine for me. Currently that has been upgraded to the 4.0 GHz APU and 12 GBs of RAM, the advantage with the APU is it has the GPU built in, and it will use system memory as VRAM. I love AMD over Intel becuase of the gaming aspect, my laptop runs pretty hot but not hot enough to thermal throttle though, so for now I’m good. between my Blue Rocket and my laptop I can game pretty much whenever I want to whether in country or not.

Now on the topic of my statement earlier, “PC is superior”, IT IS! For many Reasons:
– MORE POWER!!! My XBOX One does not have the juice to run anything better than my PC because the Xbox is limited and cannot be upgraded.

-CUSTOMIZATION: PCs can be upgraded and customized, She’s not called the Blue Rocket for nothing, she is blue. My favorite color, Blue LEDs, blue RAM moduals, and blue fans. I want to add blue water cooling in there too but I can’t afford it… for now.20151201_171810[1]

-GAMES AND MODS: Yes you can get Fallout 4 and Rainbow 6 Siege on consoles but lets talk mods, when was the last time you heard of someone modding there Xbox with texture packs… not recently right. This does come with a price because most cheaters and hackers are PC gamers sadly, but have you seen my texture pack for Age of Empires?
So that’s it guys, I want to know what you’re gaming on big, small laptop or l33t gaming machine let me know in the comments below.

As always I’m Qwik33 for Ud1eBy Gaming,

Deuces.

HALO 5, I’m not that impressed…. here’s why.

After a long wait, it is finally here guys and gals the newest installment of our well loved character, Master Chief. As well as a few new folks along this journey. In this game you play as our favorite Spartan Master Chief, with your trusty blue team… that died a long time ago… WTF. It seems that the guys at 343 Ind. are doing what ever the hell they want with this one and I don’t really know if I like it. Unfortunately you play as Spartan Locke for a good 80% of the story, your goal as Spartan Locke is to find The Blue Team for abandoning the UNSC orders and going off to do god knows what. As the UNSC’s most valuable asset naturally they will go after the Master Chief.

Who doesn’t love a good midnight release as well am I right??
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Let me start off this review by saying this game started out so bad ass I was streaming it and no one took my commentary seriously because I was giggling like a school girl. Fire team Osiris just went HAM and it was amazing but it just went from super epic to eh its kinda ok to wow this is so repetitive. the lack of huge battlefields with the fast and easy campaign just didn’t do it for me. As well as the fact that if you take enough damage in the easier difficulties all that happened is you went down Gears of War style, you wait for your team to revive you and you keep fighting with a health boost. With the size of the battle field reduced it was a lot easier too. You had so many enemies but you can make pretty quick work of them with explosives and the trusty shotgun.

Graphics wise the game played fairly well but there were some spots where the map would load up to ninety five percent and then just leave it be, this title deffinitly pushed the current gen console to the limits but you can’t upgrade it to run better so you are stuck with the sometimes choppy terrain. A lot of the weapons got a graphical upgrade with the new call of duty style aiming system, but in all reality if I wanted to play call of duty I would have bought that instead.

The sound quality was very good with the voice acting but a lot of the guns sounded fairly cheaply made. Promethian weapons sound like air soft guns with bass and plasma weapons sound ok but I wish they had not messed with everything so much to keep a little bit of that old Halo we all know and love.

Lets talk Multiplayer though. What this game lacks in campaign excitement, it makes up for it with the purely awesome battlefield we all know and love and they keep the tradition going. With a new game mode called Warzone and it is so much fun to play. Twelve man teams battle it out in a game type mixed with Territories + Slayer +  Assault, with the ability to  requisition (REQ) items such as vehicles and power weapons. The way you get these REQs is you earn points every game and spend them on packs which I would compare to buying packs of Poke’mon  cards when you were little. This system is fun and yet annoying, out of 10 REQ packs I opened up, 25% of the cards I got were just the regular mongoose.

All in all then game is very fun just not exactly what the series could live up to. I beat the story in 8 hours and have been just playing multiplayer, and on that it is worth it, but not something that you HAVE to go out and get now, let them tweak the REQ system in warzone and the game will get a higher rating. I give Halo 5: 7 out of 10.

With that guys have fun, stay awesome and game on.

Life is Strange review 9 out of 10.

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LIFE IS STRANGE.

Hey guys, Qwik33 here to give you a review of a game I personally loved, Life is Strange, created by Square Enix. This game is not you’re typical decision based consequence game. This game was so much more and it holds a place in my heart. As an Oregonian myself I can tell you right now this is not a very good example of people in Oregon but honestly its “hella” close.

Life is Strange is a very heavy story game where your decisions change the outcome of the story you play in a major way. You play as Maxine “Max”, who goes to a private high school studying photography in her hometown of arcadia bay Oregon, based upon Lincoln City Oregon in my opinion. Max is your typical high school hipster girl with a polaroid camera, a diary, and did I forget to mention she…

                                                       !!!!CAN TURN BACK TIME!!!!

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This adds a huge gameplay dynamic because you make many choices, and if you don’t like it you can always rewind a little bit, but by the time you see the result of major decision its to late to go back. You can use your power to help your friends or learn information then rewind and hit someone with it when they least expect it to get what you need. This game is so nit-picky though, because when you make even the tiniest choice it can effect you have on the rest of the world.

The overall game is just amazing in my book, the story just goes for zero to one hundred so fast if makes your head spin and blows your mind at the each of five separate episodes, my only gripes about the game is the voice dubbing just isn’t quite on point, and the graphics just aren’t super amazing but the game is worth your time and it can definitely keep you busy. I don’t usually play games where there is so much story and the cut scenes take to long, but after playing the first episode I fell in love with the game and characters, and I went on into the story it got more and more addicted. This game is worth the five dollars to test out the first episode, but you will be left with a desire for more, all the way to the point to were you make your last final choice and end up hating yourself like I did.

At the end of the day I give life is strange a 9 out of 10 and strongly recommend this game to anyone who loves a good story like I do.

Keep gaming guys.

Qwik33.