Win an EVGA Z97 Stinger Wifi Motherboard!!


Welcome to a new class of high performance motherboards with the EVGA Z97 lineup.  These platforms offer a return to greatness with a new GUI BIOS interface, reimagined power VRM that focuses on efficiency, and are loaded with features such as Intel(r) Gigabit LAN, Native SATA 6G/USB 3.0 and more.

Engineered for the mITX enthusiast with an ultra-compact form factor that still runs at full performance. Experience a GUI BIOS that is focused on functionality, new software interface for overclocking in the O.S., high quality components, integrated Wi-Fi and more.

It starts with an extra durable PCB, improving overall overclock stability and PCB Cooling.  The memory trace layout is optimized for compatibility, improved overclocking and 2 DIMM memory support.  The Z97 Stinger Wifi also features a 6 phase PWM for the cleanest variable power switching and efficient power to your CPU.  

The GUI BIOS has been further enhanced, and is brought down to a very lean state while achieving its main goal of keeping it easy to use and follow while not compromising at all on functionality.  The way a modern BIOS should be.  

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Bigger may not always mean better, as with the EVGA Z97 Stinger WiFi motherboard.  Packing a ton of features and power delivery like its full size counterparts, the EVGA Z97 Stinger WiFi is a great option for those looking for a new build with a smaller footprint, a capable LAN gaming system, or a home theater setup.  

For this week's contest;  one (1) lucky random winner will be able to WIN an EVGA Z97 Stinger WiFi motherboard.  Also, note that the contest rules have been updated, so read the following very carefully to make sure you are eligible.  

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To be eligible please do the following (2 parts).  For this weeks contest we will have one mandatory question, just one which you will need to answer correctly.  The second part will require you to check out another article here on Evgagaming.com, and leave a 2nd comment regarding that article that you read.   We will review your comment here and on the 2nd article as the contest entry for this giveaway.

Part 1:  
Answer the following Question: How many PCB layers is used in the construction of the Z97 Stinger Wifi motherboard?
A.  The Z97 Stinger Wifi is made with a 6 Layer PCB
B.  The Z97 Stinger Wifi is made with a 8 Layer PCB
C. The Z97 Stinger Wifi is made with a 10 Layer PCB
D. The Z97 Stinger Wifi is made with a 3.1415 Layer PCB

Part 2:  
Read through one of our previous articles on the Evgagaming.com site and leave a new comment on that article.  Leaving a comment on a previous contest article will not qualify.  

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Contest Rules:
1)  Post one comment below with both steps listed above to qualify, 
2)  Multiple comments on this contest article do not qualify as extra entries, 
3)  Entries will run for Seven (7) days, starting April 1st, 2015 @ 6:00 PM PST and will end April 7th, 2015 @ 6: 00 PM PST
4)  One (1) winner will be selected at random and announced on April 8th, 2015.

Please see the example below on how to comment: 
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Official Rules:
1. By adding a comment you agree to the rules, terms and conditions. 
2. You are at least Eighteen (18) years of age or older (and if below the age of 18 then you must have your parent/legal guardian's permission to enter should you be a minor in your state of residence).
3. ONE entry per person on the date of the event.
4. Winners outside of the United States are responsible for any duty and taxes imposed by their country.
5. Winner will be contacted by email and have 7 days to respond.
6. Odds of winning a prize are dependent upon number of eligible entries received at the time of the random drawing. Winner will be selected and posted to the EVGAgaming.com website by April 8th, 2015 at 6:00PM (Pacific). All decisions are final and binding.

EVGA reserves the right to substitute an alternate prize of equal or greater value in the event all or part of a prize set forth above becomes unavailable. No cash substitute or transfer of prizes is available. Prizes are awarded without warranty of any kind from EVGA, express or implied, without limitation, except where this would be contrary to federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulations. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Decisions of EVGA and the Judging are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this event. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Potential prize winner(s) and their parents/legal guardians may be required to sign and return an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, a Liability/Publicity Release within 30 days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. EVGA at its sole discretion shall reserves the right to disqualify any Participant.

SPONSOR: This event is sponsored by EVGA Corporation (EVGA), a California corporation with principal place of business at 2900 Saturn St Suite #B, Brea, CA 92821, USA

Winners Announced!! - Win a Torq X10 Gaming Mouse!!!!


We would like to thank everyone who entered our EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse contest by leaving a comment and answering our trivia questions.  We had a great response to our contest and great insight on the different styles of holding your gaming mice!  

From those who gave their feedback, we had:  43% use the Claw style, 45% use the Palm style, and 12% use the Fingertip style!  Really great results from the community.

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Now for the announcement:  We have randomly chosen five (5) winners from all the eligible entries,  please help me in congratulating:

!!>>  Tony Lin  <<!!
!!>>  Peter O'Regan  <<!!
!!>>  Carlos Miranda  <<!!
!!>>  Gregory Paul Dopirak II  <<!!
!!>>  Will Miller  <<!!

You are the lucky five (5) winners of our sleek, sexy, and award winning EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse!!

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We will be contacting all five (5) winners via your email address with further details.  Again, thank you to every one who left a comment to enter the contest and for your awesome feedback!  Make sure to come back and check out our new articles on gaming, events, contests, tech, and hardware !!!


2015 Star Wars Celebration


To all Jedi, Sith, and Bounty Hunters out there in the Universe, 

The Star Wars Celebration is coming to Anaheim, California on April 16-19, 2015!!  The ultimate gathering for the ultimate Star Wars fans!  Confirmed guests, to name a few, include:  J.J. Abrams,  Anthony Daniels,  Mark Hamill, and Peter Mayhew.  The actual list of special guest appearances is massive which you can find here

If you will be in the Orange County area (near Disneyland), be sure to check out the Star Wars Celebration.  You can buy your tickets >>here!<<  For the die hard fan, one reason to attend is the The Force Awakens panel with J.J Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy at the Thursday morning Panel.  Also, EA has announce that Star Wars Battlefront is set to debut at this event as well!!

Check out the official trailer below, and a past preview of the EU Star Wars Celebration from 2013!!  Let us know what you think in the comment section below! Also, which do you consider yourself: a Jedi, a Sith, or a Bounty Hunter?


Youtube 360 Videos and the Ricoh Theta 360 m15 camera


It was reported back in January by Gizmodo, that YouTube would soon support 360 Degree Video Uploads, and that Google confirmed that it would be adding native support to its browser for 360 degree video support.   

Well fast forward to about a week ago, when it was officially announced and released that YouTube now has support for uploading 360-degree videos.  So, YouTube, Google, 360, videos... what does it all mean?  To some it will mean just one thing, Amazing new way to watch videos! But, on the other end of the spectrum, it may mean videos that could leave you feeling a bit woozy.

Just like the technology that allows you to use Google Maps in street view, and pan around from left to right, up and down, in a complete 360 degree motion,  YouTube (using Google Chrome only) will allow you to see videos that have been recorded in this 360 degree format.  If this hasn't grabbed you attention yet, and has you yelling "Show me the Videos!," then think of the next possibility... VR!   

Most notable VR headset like the Oculus Rift for example.  With just your computer screen, you are able to set a 360 degree video to full screen and use the mouse or the directional control wheel located at the top right of a video to move around and see the entire 360 degrees.  Sure, its amazing, but image if you had an Oculus Rift VR headset,  if the comparability is there, you would just have to move your head, left right, up down, to view the same video. Just like being there and experiencing the same thing as the person who recorded the video!  How awesome would that be.

Now take that one step further,  imagine being able to go to a movie theater or watch a movie at home, with that same 360 degree field of view.  Being able to watch Intersellar in 360-degrees would be mind blowing.  

Sure, VR will definitely be amazing, no doubt about it.  There are already game studios developing games for this purpose and some, like Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Mirror's Edge that already have this support,  and the possibilities is so much more.

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Currently there are a handful of new cameras that support or will support this 360 Degree spherical panoramic recording capability.  The Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Giroptic 360cam, VSN V.360, Bublcam, and other down the line.  For the everyday person, YouTube video creators, and anyone really, these would be considered the "affordable" cameras, with most starting around the $400 USD price tag. 

One of the most sleek and portable cameras on the market is the Ricoh Theta, priced at around $415 on Amazon.com at the release of this article.  The Ricoh Theta weighs 0.25 pounds, measures 5.08 x 0.9 x 1.65 inches, has 4GB of internal memory with no expansion option, which gives it only a maximum of 3 minutes of recording and charged via USB.  Just  look just like an over sized USB flash drive, the device is sleek and simple, 2 spherical cameras (back and front) are able to records in 1080P* video.  Note regarding the video; the entire video is recorded in 1080P, but when viewing the actual video, the section you are looking at may appear lower quality since that section is not at 1080P.  

Below is a great review by Jvlogger: Hikosaemon, a Kiwi (from New Zealand) who has been living in Japan for some time now and creates some awesome videos on his YouTube channel.   He's just purchased a Ricoh Theta and has been using and shooting videos for the past week since the YouTube update for 360 degree video uploads was announced.  He has a great video review of the Ricoh Theta, and videos that have been recorded with the Ricoh Theta, which is recommended to watch using Google Chrome for the full 360 effect.  

Check out the videos below, check out Hikosaemon's channel for more 360-degree videos!  Let us know in the comments below what you think about the YouTube 360-degree capability!



Jaws Of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition

 
A few days ago, the first expansion was released for Dragon Age: Inquisition, called  Jaws Of Hakkon for the Xbox One and PC.  Today, it was announce via the Dragon Age Twitter account, that the Jaws Of Hakkon DLC will be available for the rest of the other platforms (Playstation 4, 3 and Xbox 360), coming May 2015.

Jaws of Hakkon, brings us a new adventure through the lands of Thedas in which you will discover the fate of the last Inquisitor, and his prey in the form of a very powerful dragon.  The lands of this dense new wilderness will be filled fierce hunters called Avvar, who settled in the Southern most mountains of Thedas.  You will be able to explore the Avvar culture and find clues that will help you uncover the mystery of the last inquisitor and the dragon he hunted.

This new expansion gives you a new adventure, a new area and new allies, all the while facing powerful foes, and gaining new unique armor and weapons.  

Check out the DLC announcement trailer below.  Let us know if you've played Dragon Age: Inquisition and if you have or will be picking up the this new expansion in the comments below!


BlizzCon 2015: Ticket Sale Dates Announced


BlizzCon 2015 may still be months away, the actual ticket sales date is fast approaching!  Usually split into two separate days of sale,  the first day is set as Wednesday, April 15th @ 7:00 PM PST and the second day will be Saturday, April 18th @ 10:00 AM PST.  Make sure to mark your calenders and set up your reminders!

Guaranteed to sell out and sell out fast, it best to be prepared!  The folks over at Blizzard released some helpful information located on their blog:  2015 Ticket Purchasing Guide.    You can also get an overview of the event, and ticket prices on their Event Information page.

You can also head over to the Evenbrite page where you will use to purchase your BlizzCon 2015 tickets and set up a reminder for the Event and check out prices as well:  BlizzCon Ticket Purchase Page.

Hope everyone is able to purchase their tickets and is able to attend.  You never know, you might even see some EVGA Techs there as well!!

For Science! How G-Sync and FreeSync are Different

  
Nvidia's G-Sync technology has reigned supreme for the past couple of years.  Now with the official release of FreeSync, the gloves are off and we are seeing more and more comparison reviews and videos.  Set to become another Standards battle to see who will come out on top, like the mini-disc vs CD's or HD DVD vs BluRay.  

Both technologies have their pro's and con's, and have their own set of rules like: you can only use an Nvidia based graphics card for G-Sync and a Radeon graphics card for FreeSync.  

The guys over at PC Perspective, Allyn Malventano and Ryan Shrout, have gone a bit further in their review and investigation on how G-Sync and FreeSync differ from each other in their latest video, which you can see below.  Their findings are very interesting on how both technologies handle the bottom end of their advertised refresh rates, and you will be surprised at their findings!!  Their video be a bit on the long end, but the information provided and the use of their oscilloscope to test with, is worth watching!

Let us know what you think of their finding in the comments below.  Do you currently have a G-Sync monitor or are you planning on getting one?