Don't expect to see a Corsair branded motherboard or GPU anytime soon

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Corsair may have started off as a memory company, but these days it competes in a much broader set of categories, including storage drives, power supplies, gaming headsets, keyboards, custom coolers, chairs, and more. More recently, Corsair announced the acquisition of Origin PC, an established builder of high-end gaming PCs. The purchase presents a prime opportunity to expand even deeper into the hardware category, but don’t hold your breath waiting for any Corsair branded motherboards or graphics cards in the near future.

Simply put, it’s not happening, at least not in the immediate future. That is the message Corsair relayed to our friends at Anandtech, anyway.

"While Origin PC certainly needs large quantities of graphics cards and motherboards, we have no plans to expand into those product categories at this time and both Corsair and Origin are well served by our current motherboard and GPU partners," a representative for Corsair said.

It’s an interesting rebuff. Corsair is a popular brand and one that is generally well regarded. It also sells its own custom desktops, including the One and Vengeance lines, two of the best gaming PC options around.

Even if Corsair wanted to steer clear of transitioning Origin PC into a high-dollar outlet for its own hardware, the One and Vengeance product families give the company a ready-to-go avenue to distribute branded motherboard and graphics cards. I imagine there would be plenty of interest in the standalone market, as well.

It’s hard to fault Corsair for playing it cautious, though. The company has been around for two and a half decades, so obviously it’s doing something right. It’s also been careful about its expansion efforts. Around this time last year, for example, Corsair acquired Elgato, which effectively made it a player in the streaming space. Now it can add boutique builds to its growing portfolio.

Still, it would be interesting to see how Corsair would fare in the motherboard and graphics card categories. Perhaps Corsair is waiting to see how the expansion works out for NZXT, which began dabbling in motherboards last year. Never say never, in other words.

Download this hotfix if Nvidia’s recent GPU driver made your mouse act wonky

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Nvidia earlier this week rolled out a GeForce driver update (v431.60 WHQL) that introduced official support for the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and optimizations for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but it also broke the normal operation of some mice. If your mouse cursor has been acting erratically since applying the driver, there is a hotfix available for that very issue.

According the support page for the hotfix driver (v431.68), it addresses an issue where the "mouse cursor may render incorrectly after exiting a game."

It’s not clear how widespread the issue is, though in response to a GeForce forum post announcing the hotfix, a user responded that it fixed a quirk that was causing two mouse cursors to appear after exiting Metro.

Nvidia notes that bugs sometimes slip through the cracks when pushing out driver updates.

"A GeForce driver is an incredibly complex piece of software, We have an army of software engineers constantly adding features and fixing bugs. These changes are checked into the main driver branches, which are eventually run through a massive QA process and released," Nvidia explains.

These are typically timed to coincide with major game and/or product releases. Hotfix drivers are basically the same thing, except they contain a subsequent fix for a specific issue, rather than having users wait for the next main driver update.

You can download the 431.68 hotfix here.

Fallout 4 modders make Preston Garvey six inches tall and give him a chipmunk voice

Poor Preston Garvey. He’s not really a bad fellow, it’s just that his insatiable settlement fetish makes him the target for a lot of mockery and memes. The latest indignity heaped upon this Fallout 4 follower is a mod called Small Preston, which shrinks the notorious Commonwealth Minuteman to roughly 10% of his normal size. He’s so small! And yet he still needs your help with another settlement!

I should quickly point out that the modder isn’t just picking on Preston, as Brotherhood of Steel cheerleader Paladin Danse can also be made very small with this mod. And, the mod even includes an optional file that makes the player 50% smaller as well. But Tiny Garvey is far more amusing to me than Tiny Danse or Tiny Me. 

Just look how wee Preston is!

In fact, after installing the mod I had a bit of trouble finding Preston—for two reasons. First, I couldn’t remember where I’d left him, but even after turning on the VIP tracker (the computer that marks your followers on your HUD) I still couldn’t find him. Because he’s small! So very, very small. I eventually spotted him strolling around the garden at my Sanctuary settlement, dwarfed by the melon crop. Frankly, he’s hard to see even when you know exactly where he is.

If you want to take things a step further than I did, you can give Preston a voice befitting his newfound size. In the discussion posts for the Small Preston mod, a Nexus Mods member stated they would only endorse the mod if Preston’s voice was "that of a chipmunk for 100% immersion." Another modder quickly jumped in and made that a reality with the High Pitch Voice for Small Preston mod. It does what you’d expect, to the majority of the 2,421 lines of dialogue Garvey has.

Enjoy a few more pictures of Tiny Preston, a few from me and a few from the Small Preston mod page on Nexus Mods. For obvious reasons, you may need to view them full-size.

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Massive JRPG Disgaea is free for the weekend

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Demonic JRPG Disgaea has shed its price for the weekend on Steam, letting everyone play for free until July 28. A weekend doesn’t give you much time to sink your teeth into what is an impossibly huge game, but it should be enough to help you decide if you want in for the long haul. 

The series only started to make its way over to PC a few years ago, after spending decades on consoles and handhelds. If you’re not au fait, they’re tactical RPGs where you recruit a ragtag army of demons and assorted pals, nurture them and then get in thousands of tactical brawls. The max level is 9999, but even after that you can still make your characters stronger. It’s big. 

One of the more peculiar features is how you go about empowering items. Every item you find has a level, and you can level them up by hitting up the Item World and its randomly generated dungeons. And no matter where you’re fighting, battles have plenty of neat quirks, like being able to pick up, stack and throw allies and enemies. 

We’re onto Disgaea 5 now, but the first one still holds up and boasts one of the better plots. And while there have been plenty of improvements over the years, the original is still a rich, complex time-killer. 

If it tickles your fancy, Disgaea is also 70 percent off until July 30. It’s free to play until July 28, 9 pm BST/1 pm PT. 

Ryzen 9 3900X shortage is leading to jacked up prices on eBay

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Not surprisingly, AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors are proving popular. So popular, in fact, that the Ryzen 9 3900X is extremely tough to come by at the moment, unless you’re willing to pay an inflated price on eBay.

Pricing on eBay for the 3900X currently ranges from $639.99 on the low end all the way up to $999.99 at the very top. It’s a fine processor, but holy hell, that is twice the MSRP on the high end—the suggested price is $499.

Here’s a look at the full Ryzen 3000 series lineup:

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Looking at listings that have recently sold, there are a bunch that have gone for around $650-$680. That is pretty much the going rate on eBay.

AMD is chalking up the shortage to a "historic launch," adding that it’s working to replenish inventories among its retail partners.

"We are providing significant product volumes to our retail and e-tail partners. We’re excited to see the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Radeon 5700 Series and Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors. AMD is working quickly to restock e-tail and retail partners globally following significant demand," AMD said in a statement to PCWorld.

Meanwhile, the 3900X is sold out at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg. Over at B&H Photo, however, the e-tailer is accepting preorders, priced at $499. There is no mention of when it will actually ship out though.

ShopBLT is also accepting orders for the 3900X even though it’s not yet in stock. According to the site’s real-time availability tracker, 8,870 units are bound for its Tennessee warehouse on July 30, followed by 9,100 more at various locations in early August.

If you’re looking to buy a 3900X, your best bet is to wait a few weeks. Alternatively, if you happen to live near a Micro Center, it’s worth calling to find out if they have one in stock and would be willing to set it aside.

Techland is still working on the first Dying Light

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Last year, three years after launch, Dying Light received 10 pieces of DLC across the space of 12 months. It’s a game that has persisted, and while Techland is now focused on Dying Light 2, due out in 2020, the original game has not been forgotten. 

The zombie parkour game has only become more popular as it’s aged, with greater numbers of people purchasing it each year. Techland’s Tymon Smektala told that word of mouth has been a big factor in its success, as well as all the DLC, free or otherwise. 

Smektala isn’t sure what 2019’s sales have been like so far, and it’s unlikely we’ll see it get the attention it did last year, with Techland working to get Dying Light 2 ready for launch. But there are still developers working on it. 

"[W]e had a meeting right before E3 where we said we still wanted to add things to the first one. And there’s now a small team which is working on additional stuff that will happen in Dying Light."

Techland’s supported it for so long because it believes the community will be the most important part of getting the word out about Dying Light 2, but it also allows the team to experiment with features. 

"If we had an idea we’re unsure about for Dying Light 2, we could mimic that idea to some extent in support of the first game and see how it works. We can see what people find attractive and what’s unattractive to them."

We’ll be able to see the results when Dying Light 2 appears next spring. 

You can get already $20 off AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 graphics card at Newegg

You can get $20 off AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 graphics card already at Newegg
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Though the Radeon RX 5700 graphics card just released a few weeks ago, you can already find the Sapphire OEM version for sale at a discount—currently down to $330 at Newegg. That’s $20 off the $350 MSRP, and the Newegg offering also comes with three free months of Xbox Game Pass for PC. That means instant access to a library of more than 100 games to test your brand new GPU.

The RX 5700 is one of a pair of Navi cards AMD launched on July 7th—the other being the RX 5700 XT. The cards are built around AMD’s efficient RDNA architecture, and are based on TSMC’s 7nm process, about which so much digital ink has already been spilled. 

The company had initially announced the 5000-series cards would release at a price point $50 higher than their actual intended MSRP. Then, just days before the cards released, and in what AMD has now admitted was an attempt to undercut Nvidia’s RTX Super launch, they slashed the price to match their Nvidia counterparts. Ultimately this meant the 5700 and 5700 XT outperformed the vanilla 2060 and 2060 Super respectively, but were available for the same price or less.

While it may have been an artificial discount, getting another $20 off after that $50 price drop (plus $30 worth of Game Pass for free) feels like a genuine bargain. This is a great card for 1440p Ultra, and will absolutely crush 1080p if you’ve got a high refresh display which you want to push a ton of frames.

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It’s worth noting that this card also qualifies for a 25% discount on Newegg’s warranty program, the SquareTrade Protection Plan, so if you want a little peace of mind bundled with your hardware don’t forget to toss it in your cart during checkout.

For a look at how the RX 5700 stacks up against the field, browse our best graphics card roundup. Or for a complete prebuilt, ready to play straight out of the box, hit up our best gaming PC guide.

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Doom, Prey, Dishonored, and more are super cheap on Steam

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QuakeCon gets underway on July 26 with all kinds of good stuff, including a Doom Eternal keynote, esports stuff, giveaway, and other gun-toting goodness you can read about here. In the runup to the big annual show, Bethesda Softworks is holding a QuakeCon Sale on Steam, and it’s actually got some really good prices on really good games.

A few choice selections:

All sorts of other Bethesda-published games, old and new, are on sale, but the ones above are especially noteworthy because they’re all relatively recent, really good, and according to they’re all marked down as low as they’ve ever been. If you’ve been waiting to see how The Outsider’s saga wraps up, or you just want to plug some more Nazis, this might be time to make your move.

The QuakeCon sale prices are good until July 30.

Memory makers continue piling on more RAM kits primed for Ryzen

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If you’re planning to build a third-generation Ryzen system and are worried that it might be finicky with certain RAM kits, there’s no need to fret—several memory companies have already released RAM that has been tested on AMD’s newest platform, and I suspect many more will follow. The latest to join the fray is Geil.

For the most part, compatibility should not be a major concern anyway. A kit of DDR4 RAM should work in any motherboard with DDR4 DIMM slots, whether you’re running an Intel processor or one from AMD. That said, hitting advertised settings can sometimes be dependent on the platform.

As such, Geil has validated certain Evo X II kits specifically for Ryzen PCs. Dubbed Evo X II AMD Edition, these kits are being offered in frequencies ranging from 2,400MHz all the way up to 4,000MHz.

Timings vary by kit, and the faster the frequency, the looser they are. Here’s a handy chart Geil put together that breaks it down by kit, in packs of two modules (as tested on an unspecified X570 motherboard):

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Not too shabby, though G.Skill still offers the overall best RAM kit (by specs) for Ryzen. Its Trident-Z Neo series is offered in a DDR4-3600 kit with timings set at 14-15-15-35. Geil’s kits don’t match that, and neither do recent offerings from Patriot.

That’s really nitpicking things, though. Setups are likely to respond better to faster frequency RAM than slightly tighter timings. Still, G.Skill has the most attractive kit right now for a high-end Ryzen PC.

Geil did not say when its new Evo II AMD Edition kits will be available or how much they will cost.

Borderlands 3's creative director wants The Rock to play Claptrap in the movie

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The Borderlands movie, announced way back in 2015, is still apparently on the cards, but it doesn’t seem to have made a lot of progress in the last four years. Speaking to VG24/7, Borderlands 3 creative director Paul Sage said he was still "100 percent" up for the series’ cinematic debut. 

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard about the movie, which is being produced by Avi and Ari Arad. Avi Arad founded Marvel Studios and was CEO until 2006, and the pair have produced a multitude of action flicks. They’re also producing the Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted movies. 

There’s no hint of a cast yet, but for Claptrap Sage tossed out the idea of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. "I think The Rock," he told VG24/7. "Yeah, The Rock has to play Claptrap!"

Why not? He was good in Moana. Maybe he could give the wee bot some gravitas. Art director Scott Kester threw Bill Murray into the hat. Dry, sardonic—sounds like a perfect fit.  

The subject of Claptrap’s voice actor is a bit of an awkward one. David Eddings, who voiced Claptrap in the previous games, said he would not be returning for Borderlands 3 because of a pay dispute. Soon after, Randy Pitchford called him "bitter and disgruntled", leading to Eddings responding with allegations of royalties still owed and assault. 

Borderlands 3 is due out on September 13, but the movie has yet to be dated.