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  • Sound BlasterX H5 G5 Overkill LAN Rig and Dying Light The Following


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 31:01

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    Originally recorded February 2016

    Show Notes

    Creative BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset and BlasterX G5 Gaming DAC
    Creative was showing off some great gaming gear at CES and one of the items that caught my ear was the BlasterX H5 and G5.  The H5 is a lightweight gaming headset with a detachable microphone and braided wires.  It can be plugged into any PC using individual 3.5mm audio jacks or into a mobile device using the combined cable.

    Inline you will get a microphone mute and volume dial giving you total control over the audio at your fingertips.

    A much needed accessory for the H5 is the BlasterX G5 Gaming DAC (Digital Audio Converter).  In the simplest of terms the device is an external sound card and headphone amplifier.  It can operate as a companion sound card on your PC or as an audio pass through on any gaming console. 

    If you happen to use the BlasterX G5 on your PC it virtualizes 7.1 surround sound on the BlasterX H5 converting the simple stereo headset into a full audio sound stage with a multitude of preset sound profiles and the ability to create your own.

    Related Links
    Sound BlasterX H5
    Sound BlasterX G5

    Building an Overkill LAN Rig
    When this episode was recorded Dennis was in the process of building a dedicated LAN rig for a local event called Boise LAN 2.0.     The actual build is different from what Dennis discussed in the podcast episode and highlighted in the Hardware Asylum Forums

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    It is LAN Party Time – Build Log
    HBT Turbine 700 Review 
    EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard Review
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    HyperX Predator DDR4 3000Mhz CL15 Quad Channel Memory Review
    Silverstone RV03 Raven 3 Case Review

    Dying Light: The Following
    A much anticipated expansion for Dying Light dropped this month and Dennis got a few hours of gameplay in before recording the episode.  The new DLC is really good and while it feels “smaller” than the base game the maps are HUGE giving rise to the newest feature, the Buggy.   It might be sick and wrong but there is some satisfaction to running over a horde of zombies that just cannot be matched.

    Related Links
    Dying Light The Following

    Episode 61 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)