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Comments (2) | June 29, 2015 03:45PM PST | CheeseMan42

Google has announced an agreement to build its 14th data center in a coal based power plant in Alabama, with an intent to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority "to scout for new renewable power projects and put them online." Google is hoping to bring in alternative power sources to help make the data center more environmentally friendly. Cons...

Comments (0) | June 29, 2015 03:29PM PST | CheeseMan42

Several users have reported noise issues with their new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards described as "coil whine and pump noise" that occurs "even under idle load." The chief suspect of causing the noise appears to be the all-in-one water pump bundled as part of the cooling system, in this case made by Cooler Master. AMD representative Antal...

Comments (0) | June 29, 2015 02:02PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Camouflage is something some creatures do better than others, with the masters definitely being those that can actively change the color of their skin. This ability has inspired many to try to recreate it technologically, and researchers at the University of Central Florida have done just that. This new display checks the boxes for flexibility, ...

Comments (0) | June 29, 2015 10:11AM PST | bp9801

The last couple days of June are here, with some reviews to get your week started off right. We have a look at the SilverStone Fortress FT04 case, a large and unique model that is sure to hold whatever amount of hardware and water cooling gear you can get your hands on. The Synology DiskStation DS1515 NAS is deal for home use and small businesse...

Comments (0) | June 29, 2015 05:31AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Fiber optics comprises the backbone of the Internet, carrying all of the information from point to point, so it can ultimately reach our devices. Despite this though, there are still some significant limitations on the technology, including a limit on the amount of power a signal can have. Thanks to researchers at the University of California, S...

Comments (0) | June 29, 2015 04:35AM PST | gebraset

NVIDIA is apparently readying its Tesla M60, Quadro M5000, and Quadro M4000 professional graphics cards, as the latest driver from the technology company offers support for the products. While configurations of the cards remain unknown at this time, it is known that the Tesla M60 will be based on the GM204 GPU while the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M...

Comments (0) | June 28, 2015 04:29PM PST | CheeseMan42

Killing Floor 2 is currently in the Steam Early Access program and developer Tripwire Interactive is hard at work on improvements to the game. A previous update added a single map and contained some gameplay improvements, but the Incinerate 'N Detonate Content Pack promises much more. Anyone familiar with the game could probably guess from the t...

Comments (0) | June 28, 2015 12:52AM PST | bp9801
Batman: Arkham Knight Receives a PC Patch to Fix Some Issues; More on the Way

Batman: Arkham Knight may still have its Steam sales suspended, but that doesn't mean Warner Bros. and Rocksteady aren't trying to get the game working on PC. A new patch came out earlier Saturday that addressed numerous issues facing the PC version, with things like a crash to desktop bug when exiting the game and missing rain and ambient occul...

Comments (1) | June 26, 2015 02:03PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

There are a host of technologies being investigated for replacing current electronics, which are rapidly approaching their theoretical limits. One strong contender is spintronics, which uses the spin of particles to store and process information, instead of charge like current devices. Like other technologies though, bringing spintronics to a us...

Comments (0) | June 26, 2015 01:05PM PST | CheeseMan42

The upcoming AMD Stoney Ridge platform will be released in 2016 and represents "one last hurrah from the Bulldozer family." Stoney Ridge will have two x86 Excavator cores and three GCN cores, while most AMD APUs have four CPU cores and 8 GCN cores. It will use the AM4 socket and is rumored to have a TDP of 14W which should make it a good choice ...

Comments (0) | June 26, 2015 10:13AM PST | bp9801

The end of the week is upon us, with some items to help you welcome the weekend. There is a performance review of Batman: Arkham Knight to give you an idea of just how badly this PC port was botched. The in-game benchmark and actual gameplay with FRAPS were both tested, and the disparity between the two can give you an idea of how it is versus h...

Comments (0) | June 26, 2015 05:45AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Lithium-ion batteries have, beyond any doubt, affected how we live today thanks to the wealth of devices they have made mobile. Since they were invented though, the basic process of manufacturing them has remained largely unchanged. Researchers at MIT are trying to change that though, and have formed the spinoff company 24M to bring the new proc...

Comments (0) | June 26, 2015 04:24AM PST | gebraset

TechPowerUp has officially released an update to its popular video subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility known as GPU-Z. The update, which brings the software to version 0.8.4, adds in support for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, the Radeon R7 370, and the Intel "Broadwell" GT3e. Version 0.8.4 of GPU-Z also includes an improved vide...

Comments (0) | June 25, 2015 04:00PM PST | CheeseMan42

With the recent public release of Amazon Echo, the company is hoping to drum up some fresh ideas for the device. As part of this effort Amazon is looking to get other parties involved with the release of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) APIs to developers. Amazon said that the ASK APIs will help the developers to "integrate existing Web services with ...

Comments (0) | June 25, 2015 03:37PM PST | CheeseMan42

Rumors are pointing to Intel revealing its 14nm Skylake processors at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany, which runs from August 5-9. The new processors come in the form of the Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K, both of which will have four cores with the i7 also supporting Hyper Threading. The chips will use the LGA 1151 socket with support for th...

Comments (0) | June 25, 2015 09:39AM PST | bp9801

The week is coming to its close, but not before there are some items to help keep you occupied on this Thursday. We have another review of the MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G video card, one of AMD's latest cards that should offer a nice boost to those on older, less powerful technology. There is also the Cooler Master GeminII S524 VER.2 CPU cooler, which ...

Comments (0) | June 25, 2015 04:11AM PST | gebraset
Radeon R9 Fury X Water Block Readied by EK

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is finally available to consumers, and it looks like the card packs quite a punch with its HBM memory design. Video card manufacturers are quickly releasing their own versions of the Radeon R9 Fury X, and EK Water Blocks wants to ensure that it also has a product readily available for owners of AMD’s latest graphics card...

Comments (1) | June 25, 2015 03:54AM PST | gebraset

It was reported yesterday by news outlet DIGITIMES that ECS was apparently leaving the DIY motherboard market due to increased pricing competition from other Taiwan-based motherboard vendors. The report, which was sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain makers, indicated that ECS would shift its focus towards ODM production of notebooks and table...

Comments (1) | June 25, 2015 12:16AM PST | bp9801
Bethesda Explains Why the Original DOOM 4 Was Canceled

Bethesda delighted FPS fans across the world when it showed off DOOM during E3, putting to rest any fears that the game would never appear. We still have to wait until next spring to get our hands on it, but apparently this version of DOOM is vastly different than the one id Software was working on before. If you remember back several years, the...

Comments (3) | June 24, 2015 11:58PM PST | bp9801
Warner Bros. Suspends Sales of PC Version of Batman: Arkham Knight

With all the problems facing the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, this bit of news may or may not surprise you. Warner Bros. is suspending sales of Batman: Arkham Knight and has even removed its buy option from Steam. You can still go to the game's Steam page and read all the reviews that highlight what all is wrong with it. Warner Bros. iss...

Comments (0) | June 24, 2015 04:17PM PST | CheeseMan42
Lenovo Announces Ideacenter Stick 300 PC Stick

Lenovo has announced a new entry into the HDMI dongle PC stick market with the Ideacenter 300 Stick. The Stick plugs into an open HDMI port on any monitor or TV and turns it into a computer. It features an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and can run Windows 8.1. The Ideacenter 300 Stick star...

Comments (0) | June 24, 2015 03:59PM PST | CheeseMan42

Project CARS was released just two months ago and it appears that developer Slightly Mad Studios already has its sights set on the sequel. Gamers that wish to support the game can do so through the Project CARS 2 World of Mass Development page with their choice of five membership tiers. Prices range from £50 to £10,000 with rewards that range fr...

Comments (0) | June 24, 2015 03:40PM PST | CheeseMan42

On Friday Reuters reported that AMD had hired a consulting firm to help it explore potential options to breakup or spinoff the company into multiple parts. AMD issued a statement to WCCF Tech shortly thereafter through spokesperson Sarah Youngbauer to address the rumors stating, "AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outsi...

Comments (0) | June 24, 2015 09:51AM PST | bp9801

We are at the middle of another week, with June nearing its end, but not before there are some reviews and articles for you to check out. There is a look at AMD's new Radeon R9 Fury X, the company's top dog using a Fiji core, so be sure to hit up the review to see what it is capable of doing. We also have a way of keeping your CPU nice and cool,...

Comments (0) | June 23, 2015 04:05PM PST | CheeseMan42

Google has announced that as of today it is creating an ad supported version of its Play Music streaming service, with immediate availability on Android and the web with planned support for iOS soon. The free service will incorporate curated playlists that were obtained as part of the Songza acquisition last year. By using playlists and acting a...

Comments (1) | June 23, 2015 03:40PM PST | CheeseMan42

Batman: Arkham Knight was released today on PC and despite updated drivers from AMD and NVIDIA designed for the game, it has faced a number of serious issues to go along with the launch. The issues appear to be mostly related to graphics and audio performance which include frame drops, audio glitches, and video stuttering. The frame rate is also...

Comments (0) | June 23, 2015 05:33AM PST | gebraset

In order to be provide its customers with the best gaming experience possible, AMD has released an updated Catalyst driver that provides performance and stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight. The release of the Catalyst 15.6 Beta driver comes just hours after NVIDIA released its own updated Game Ready driver for the latest Batman game...

Comments (0) | June 22, 2015 04:28PM PST | CheeseMan42

Sony has followed in the recent footsteps of Microsoft and the 1TB Xbox One with the announcement of a 1TB version of the PlayStation 4, dubbed the "Ultimate Player Edition." This model has only been confirmed for European markets, but an FCC filing bodes well for American gamers. In addition to the new model, Sony also announced that the 500GB ...

Comments (0) | June 22, 2015 04:01PM PST | CheeseMan42

Batman: Arkham Knight will release tomorrow and NVIDIA is hoping to provide the best possible game experience with the release of the Game Ready 353.30 WHQL drivers. The game features a number of NVIDIA GameWorks enhancements including "enhanced rain spray and lighting shafts, PhysX turbulence and particles, and PhysX cloth and destruction," and...

Comments (0) | June 22, 2015 03:33PM PST | CheeseMan42
Kingston Adds High Capacity Flash Memory Cards

Kingston has announced the addition of 128GB and 256GB flash memory to its SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 lineup. The Speed Class 3 specification has a minimum of 30MB/s read and write speeds with the Kingston offerings granting speeds up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write. The cards are ideal for applications where high bandwidth is necessary, such...

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