Posts in Category: pc news


GPU Pricing and Supply Shortage (Damn Cryptocurrency Miners!)

GPU Pricing & Shortage

The goal of Logical Increments is to simplify the research process behind building the best PC for your budget. However, many commenters have pointed out that recently, graphics card prices have skyrocketed beyond their normal sticker price, and many models have gone completely out of stock.

What is causing the problem? What to do if you’re looking for a new GPU right now? Let’s discuss.

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Q&A with Pedro19, Founder of the PC Master Race Community

The “Glorious PC Gaming Master Race” term originated as an insult in this Zero Punctuation review of the Witcher.

Here at Logical Increments, we love advocating on behalf of the PC. But as devoted to the PC as we are, our enthusiasm is continually overshadowed by that of the PC Master Race (PCMR). With more than 800,000 members and growing, this Reddit community is one of the leading hubs of PC-related activity on the internet, and the PCMR has since spread its influence to Steam, TwitchTwitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Discord. You can see everything they’re up to at pcmasterrace.org.

We recently had the opportunity to interview Pedro19, the founder of the PC Master Race community. Read our discussion below:

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Christmas 2015: What PC Hardware to Buy Now

SSD prices have steadily been falling.

SSD prices have steadily been falling.

Aside from Black Friday, Christmas and the holiday season is typically the next best time of year to buy PC hardware. Between Christmas sales and retailers selling off end-of-year loss leaders, there are ample opportunities to score on upgrades or new builds.

With that in mind, we want to provide some insight on what’s a good purchase for Christmas 2015, and what you should hold off on purchasing.

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Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Part Deals

Black Friday crowds

We’re often asked: When is the best time to build or upgrade your PC?

In the U.S., the best time to buy new PC parts is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Outside the U.S., you may do better with the next best: holiday season sales.

And while some might find excitement in the classic Black Friday imagery of shoppers camping out and then making a mad scramble for the electronics department, we at Logical Increments prefer to stay at home and capitalize on mega discounts the more civilized way: Glued to the internet, mashing F5 on our browsers and searching for the best deals.

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NVIDIA, DirectX 12, and Asynchronous Compute: Don’t Panic Yet

Ashes of the Singularity: the game to bring NVIDIA cards to their knees?

Ashes of the Singularity: The game to bring NVIDIA cards to their knees?

Monday was a terrifying day to browse the web as the owner of an NVIDIA graphics card. News hit early this week that the company’s latest series of Maxwell GPUs, the GTX 900-series, could have a design flaw that compromises performance compared to AMD graphics cards when performing asynchronous compute in DirectX 12.

In short: A few weeks ago, Oxide Games released a benchmark demo of an upcoming game called Ashes of the Singularity, the first demo for DirectX 12, the soon-to-come update to Microsoft’s popular gaming API. Many Ashes benchmark reviews found that while NVIDIA graphics cards ran the game quite well with DirectX 11, AMD cards showed an enormous performance jump when upgrading to DX 12. NVIDIA cards, on the other hand, showed no performance improvements with DX 12, and in some cases, actually took a slight hit to performance compared to running the game with DX 11.

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