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The latest happenings in PC hardware and enthusiast computing.

Turn your Galaxy S8 into a desktop PC replacement with the Samsung DeX dock

Samsung's DeX dock promises to turn your Galaxy S8 and S8+ into a desktop PC replacement for $150 (it is now available). It features HDMI output to connect to an external display, two USB 2.0 ports, one ethernet port and a USB-C port for power. Once connected to a monitor, DeX casts a 1920x1080 desktop with resizable windows. The whole interface looks like Chrome OS, but it's Android, so expect to use just Android apps. Reviews are mixed -- it's not without its faults, but ahead of Microsoft's Continuum.

New Nvidia drivers for Prey, Battlezone, and Gears of War 4

If you're playing Prey, Battlezone, or Gears of War 4, this is for you. Nvidia's driver team, which works up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day one, has released this new set of drivers for the previously mentioned titles. Like all major Nvidia drivers, these have a WHQL certification and are available for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC Review

The Asus ROG GR8 II is designed for those who want a compact gaming system for a desk or living room, but would rather something more powerful than an Xbox One or PS4. This system is similar in size to current-generation consoles, however its use of high-end Intel Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics leads to a much faster experience.

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