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Checkpoint: Witnessed GTX 1080 Edition

I helped a buddy of mine build his new PC yesterday. It was an impressive setup with Intel’s Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 1080. Although he only has a 1080p HDTV, it was refreshing to just crank up all the options in Gears of War 4 and Forza Motorsport 6 Apex and just watch the framerate counter barely waver off 60FPS.

It’s been a long time since I built a PC in an ATX case so this may color my opinion a bit but that Fractal Design Define R5 Black case is incredibly well designed. I’ve been wading deeper and deeper into smaller cases so it was eye opening to see a $130 case that has sound deadening material, cable grommets and nice aesthetics. It’s larger than I would like but that’s a preference thing.

My GTX 1070 will be making its way to me by Wednesday this week. I look forward to seeing how it fares compared to the beastly GTX 1080.

I’m very impressed with the amount of effort Blizzard invested into their Overwatch Halloween event. They’ve also done right by the player base by allowing them use in-game coins to purchase unlockables this time around. The 4-player co-op brawl mode is also well made with wonderfully cute Halloween touches. It doesn’t have much lasting power as the rest of the game but the hardest difficulty is challenging enough to keep me checking in. Overwatch is my game of the year so far and these kinds of post-release content updates justify it.

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