By Imran Khan
Power on a budget
The world of PC gaming is surging ahead and as always if you do not have the right hardware, then you won’t be able to play the latest games.
We remember the first time we purchased a graphics card with just 128 megabytes of memory, just to play ‘Splinter Cell’. At the time that was around R1600 – and we bought it. Graphics cards have come a long way since then, with more power and finally the pricing is starting to settle.
GeForce have finally revealed the South African pricing of the Geforce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti series of graphics cards.
The main difference is the memory, cooler design and clock speeds. You can now pick up a GTX1050 for around R2899 and the Ti version for R3500 (www.evetech.co.za). We did the research and found that the Geforce GTX 1060 3 gigabyte version is only R3899, which is not too off from the 1050 series cards. What it all comes down to is your needs and budget. Our choice would be to go with the 1060 series card which also has dual fans to keep it cool and double the amount of CUDA cores.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Smartwatches are a dime a dozen, but there is always something that stands out from the pack. The Gear Fit 2 is finally available in South Africa. Built into a sturdy little chassis is a GPS, Heart rate monitor, Amoled curved screen and data tracker. It also works seamlessly with S-Health, Samsung’s propriety fitness application. Whether it’s running, cycling, rowing or just walking in the mall, the Auto Tracking feature will keep accurate track of your movement.
Samsung have also released a handy media play function alongside the Fit 2 called the ‘Gear IcoX’. These include a pair of Bluetooth enabled earphones with 4 gigabytes of memory that runs Android. The Gear IconX is truly cord-free earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their running performance. Both the Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX are optimized to enhance training and help improve users’ fitness levels, whether users are training for a marathon or taking a daily stroll through the neighborhood.