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News Archives for May 2016

Hardware Roundup: Monday, May 2, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 2, 2016 @ time: 10:17AM
Author: bp9801

May is here at last, bringing with it several items to start the month off right. We have a review of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo, a dual GPU card packing two Fiji XT cores onto one PCB for what should be some impressive performance numbers, if you can stomach the $1500 price. Switching things up, the Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD gets reviewed to see what this little PCIe card can do. If you need to hear your games better, maybe the SteelSeries Siberia 350 Gaming Headset, with its affordable price, is for you. Wrapping things up for today is a look at how buying an older flagship smartphone might be the better option than picking up a new budget phone.

Video Cards
AMD Radeon Pro Duo @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia 350 Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Better Buy: Older flagship smartphones are better than current budget offerings @ TechSpot


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Could Have 6GB of RAM

Posted: May 2, 2016 @ time: 03:17PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Details surrounding the next generation of NVIDIA graphics cards, rumored to use the 10X0 naming convention, have been trickling out over the past few months. In March, rumors began to spread that the card would be available near the end of this month with the high end GTX 1070 and 1080 mentioned specifically. Images leaked last month showed a cooling shroud with GTX 1080 clearly visible. We have now got our hands on some details about the mid range card, known as the GTX 1060, with the expectation that it will utilize 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM. Also included in the details is that the "GTX 1060 (or Ti) will be using the GP104-150-A1 GPU while the GTX 1080 uses the GP104-400-A1 and the GTX 1070 with its GP104-200-A1 GPU."

Source: Tweak Town


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Latest Game Ready Drivers Available Ahead of Battleborn Launch

Posted: May 2, 2016 @ time: 03:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA continues to follow its pattern of releasing Game Ready versions of its GeForce video card drivers for upcoming or recently released games with the Game Ready 365.10 WHQL drivers. The focus of this update is Battleborn, which combines "first-person shooting with MOBA-style gameplay" and is available tomorrow, and these drivers hope to provide the "best possible framerates and frametimes in Battleborn's high-stakes multiplayer matches." NVIDIA is also throwing in some improvements for a trio of upcoming game betas including Forza Motorsport 6 Apex, Overwatch, and Paragon. All three games will host open betas starting May 5, May 4, and this weekend, respectively. Head over to the NVIDIA website to get your hands on the drivers now.

Source: NVIDIA


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Dead Facts Trailer Released for Dead Island Definitive Collection

Posted: May 3, 2016 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In March, Deep Silver and Techland announced the Dead Island Definitive Collection. This package includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and all of their DLC rebuilt in the latest version of Techland's Chrome engine. This means updated graphics, improved performance, and availability on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Today we are getting another look at the collection with the "Dead Facts" trailer, which reminds us of the fun of a zombie apocalypse. The collection launches May 31 for $39.99 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and includes the mini game Dead Island Retro Revenge. The definitive editions of the two main games will also launch that day, for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver


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Dawn of the Singularity (eBook) Available for Pre-Order

Posted: May 3, 2016 @ time: 09:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone interested in some more of the story behind the recently released Ashes of the Singularity, you will soon have an opportunity to explore it. On May 12, David Simpson's new book, Dawn of the Singularity releases for the Amazon Kindle, but you can pre-order today for $4.99 or purchase the print version, also on Amazon, for $12.99. You might already know David Simpson as the author of the bestselling Post-Human series

Dawn of the Singularity is set a near future, long before Ashes of the Singularity takes place, and examines what may happen as humanity reaches the technological singularity. With a strong AI surpassing humans taking shape, some people will welcome it as a new friend and ally, while others will consider it a sign of doom. This is the first book in The Singularity Saga and the first from Fearless Publishing, which is located in Plymouth Michigan, where Stardock, the publisher of Ashes of the Singularity, is also located.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 3, 2016 @ time: 09:54AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, bringing with it a few items to help get you through the day. There is a look at the ECS Z170-Claymore motherboard, which has plenty of enthusiast-level features for a price that is budget friendly. For those needing a new phone, perhaps the InFocus M560 Smartphone, featuring an octa-core SoC, Android 5.1, and a Foxconn design, should be on your list. Ending things for today is a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of April.

Motherboards
ECS Z170-Claymore @ PC Perspective

Mobile
InFocus M560 @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - April 2016 @ ThinkComputers


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Endless War Returns in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Posted: May 3, 2016 @ time: 10:39AM
Author: bp9801

The time has come once again to wage endless war, as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has been officially announced. Developed once again by Relic and this time published by Sega, following THQ's bankruptcy part out, Dawn of War III sees the Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar fight on a galactic scale. Little else is known right now about the game, except those three races are joined by a fourth race that Relic is keeping tight to its chest. Maybe we'll see the Tyranids or the Forces of Chaos once again, or perhaps the Tau or Necrons instead. Relic does promise Dawn of War III will be its biggest game yet, with base-building, epic heroes, gigantic units, and huge battles. It looks to bring us back more to the style of the first game, while also keeping in aspects of the second game, too.

Battles should be easier to follow, with laser blasts clearly showing where the fights are happening and finer unit details easier to pick out. It also looks to have more of a tabletop flair with bright unit colors, so no more ultra grimdark gameplay here. The previous entry was fantastic, but sometimes it was hard to see what you were doing, so here's hoping Dawn of War III corrects that. Hero units return, with them taking on the role of individual heroes (like Gabriel Angelos), elite squads like Assault Terminators, or even super units like an Imperial Knight walker (a one-man version of WH40K's massive Titan units). As mentioned before, base-building is back, producing your everyday troops to wage war and capture requsition points, work units for power generator building, and even drop pods for the Space Marines to load into and deploy across the battlefield. Nothing says death from above quite like a drop pod full of Space Marines crashing into a horde of Greenskins. Orbital laser cannons, a revamped cover system, and more await us in the battlefields of endless galactic war.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has no release date just yet, but it is real and it is coming.

Sources: PC Gamer and the Official Website


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Mighty No. 9 Goes Gold; Launch Date Revealed

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 07:41AM
Author: gebraset

Late last year, it was reported that Mighty No. 9 was expected to be released to gamers on February 9, 2016. That date has long come and gone, and those interested in the game still have not been able to play the exciting video game title. Fortunately, Keiji Inafune has just recently revealed to the public that the game now has a concrete launch date of June 21, 2016 for North America and Asia, and June 24, 2016 for all other regions of the world. Inafune also noted that Mighty No. 9 has officially gone gold, and that the video game is in the final stages of development before it can be purchased from retail outlets or digital channels.

Despite the game launching in late June of this year, Inafune revealed that portable versions of Mighty No. 9 for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS will be available at a later point in time.

Source: Mighty No. 9 Official Site


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 09:24AM
Author: bp9801

Today is Star Wars Day, when nearly everybody takes the journey to that galaxy far, far away. We do have a couple of items to help bring you back, like a review of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA case, the company's latest model. This case features a unique design that may seem small, yet can fit a ton of hardware inside while not breaking the bank. Our other item for the day is the Phiaton BT 110 Bluetooth Headset, a water-resistant model that can keep your tunes going regardless of the weather or workout intensity, and still make your calls when needed.

Cases
Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA @ TechSpot

Speakers/Headphones
Phiaton BT 110 Bluetooth Headset @ Benchmark Reviews


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Steam Review System Seeing Significant Changes

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 09:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Game reviews, whether they are multi-page articles or one line recommendations, can be very important to people before making a purchase, but while they do provide valuable information, the state of the game may have changed since then. To address exactly that issue with Steam Customer Reviews, Valve has changed how the system works to emphasize more recent reviews.

With how the system originally worked, newer reviews were not always as visible as older reviews that were deemed 'most helpful.' Now recent reviews will be featured more prominently, to give customers a more up-to-date view of the game. Additionally the review scores that are listed at the top of the product page have also been tweaked to be based on reviews from the past 30 days (if there are enough reviews from that period and the game is at least 45 days old). The overall score that includes older reviews are still listed, should you want to see them.

There is a bit more information at the source link if you want to read it. Personally, I am fairly happy to see these changes. I have experienced many games changing significantly post-launch from new content being added, bugs being fixed, and performance optimizations. A system to help capture these changes in reviews should benefit everyone who chooses to look at them, and the developers who invest the effort to make those changes.

Source: Steam News


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Journey Off the Coast of Maine in Fallout 4 - Far Harbor; Arrives May 19

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 09:49AM
Author: bp9801

The final piece of Fallout 4's three initial DLCs has finally been revealed, as the official trailer for Fallout 4 - Far Harbor has arrived. Far Harbor is a massive new add-on for Bethesda's latest RPG, as a new case from Valentine's Detective Agency puts us on the trail of a young woman and a secret colony of synths. We make for the coast of Maine and the island of Far Harbor, a place where the radiation levels were far higher and mutated the wildlife that much more. This is a feral world, a deadly world, and I just hope the plants aren't trying to kill you. It's going to be bad enough with the mirelurks, ghouls, these strange lizard/newt-like creatures, an angler fish monstrosity, and whatever else awaits us on the island. Oh, and let's not forget about the residents, Children of Atom, and the synths that call Far Harbor home.

Far Harbor is Bethesda's largest landmass for any add-on it's ever made, and it already looks like there is plenty to see and do on it. A growing conflict between the human and synth inhabitants might require intervention on your part, especially as you try to find this young woman and (presumably) bring her home. New factions, faction quests, settlements, higher-level weapons and armor, and new dungeons all await us on Far Harbor. Plus those dangerously lethal creatures on it, too.

Fallout 4 - Far Harbor arrives on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Once it arrives, the wait begins again for news on the next pieces of DLC for Fallout 4.

Source: Bethesda.net


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Star Wars Action-Adventure Game in Development at Respawn Entertainment

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 03:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

In honor of Star Wars Day, which occurs yearly on May 4, Respawn Entertainment has announced that it has been developing an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe for the past two years. Respawn is best known for its work on Titanfall, and the upcoming sequel. The studio hasn't released any other substantial information about the game, but has said it will bring "a whole new adventure to the galaxy." I would love to see something similar to Knights of the Old Republic, especially if it expands on the Star Wars universe instead of focusing on areas covered by the existing movie and television properties.

Source: Ars Technica


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Built-in Ad Blocker Now Live for Opera

Posted: May 4, 2016 @ time: 03:53PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Back in March, Opera announced that it was releasing a development version of its web browser that had built-in ad blocking. The company has now moved this version to the official release channel for all to utilize. CEO Lars Boilesen reiterated the companies stance on the issue stating, "We do this because we want to provide people with the fastest browsers in the market. Our speed test shows that online ads slow down the browsing experience." Opera only controls a very small share of the Internet browser market, with recent estimates at around 2% according to Net Applications, and users of other browsers will still have to rely on third party software. It will be interesting to see if this will increase the usage of Opera and, perhaps more interesting, if it will spur other companies to adopt a similar policy for their browsers.

Source: Computer World


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, May 5, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 5, 2016 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is here, with several items for you to check out as the week draws closer to an end. There is a review of the AMD A10-7860K and A8-7670K APUs, a refresh of its Kaveri line with faster clock speeds and better power efficiency. We have a look at the Zalman Z9 Neo White case, a budget-friendly model that comes packed with fans, extensive hard drive support, and the ability to use long video cards, among other features. To keep a CPU cool, perhaps the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 AIO cooler that uses a dual chamber design to help improve cooling performance and product life is the answer. If you just need fans in general to keep things cool, then maybe the Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM Fans will help.

CPUs
AMD A10-7860K and A8-7670K @ PC Perspective

Cases
Zalman Z9 Neo White @ ThinkComputers

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooling
Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM Fans @ Madshrimps


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ASUS Motherboards Partially Bricked Thanks to Windows 7 Update

Posted: May 5, 2016 @ time: 10:32AM
Author: gebraset

Users of computers that utilize an ASUS motherboard may have recently noticed that their machines provided them with a "Secure Boot Violation" after a round of updates were installed on Windows 7. This error is directly caused from an update labeled KB3133977 that Microsoft changed from "Optional" to "Recommended," which ensures that the update is installed automatically by default. The update bricks Windows 7 machines running ASUS motherboards in UEFI mode, since Windows 7 does not inherently support the additional layer of security that Secure Boot provides. When the update is installed, the motherboard ends up sensing a violation of Secure Boot and will not boot from the device that contains Windows 7. 

Those affected by the issue are being advised by ASUS to deactivate Secure Boot while still being able to boot in UEFI mode.

Source: TechPowerUp


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New AI Software on the Way From Creators of Siri

Posted: May 5, 2016 @ time: 03:46PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Before Siri was a staple on all of the latest iOS devices, it was created at the Stanford Research Institute by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber, who sold the company to Apple in 2010. The team then started to work on its next endeavor, another Artificial Intelligence project named Viv. Viv aims to "take things one step further than Siri," allowing users to complete actions from start to finish without any physical interaction with their devices. This advanced functionality is made possible through partnerships with popular applications such as Uber and Grubhub. The team plans to show off the software at an industry conference on Monday, providing an excellent platform to bring attention to the new platform.

Source: Mashable


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Skin Turned Into Touchpad with New Technology

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 06:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I am not sure if this was in any work of science fiction first, but it does leave me feeling like science fiction is becoming reality. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a way to effectively turn the skin on your arm and hand into a touchscreen. This would allow someone to interface with a smartwatch, or other devices, without having to cover the small screen with their fingers.

Other 'skin to screen' tracking systems have been developed before, but those required special overlays, textiles, and combinations of projectors and cameras to work, which is hardly ideal. This system, called SkinTrack, uses pairs of electrodes and a ring for someone to wear on their finger. This ring emits a low-energy, high-frequency signal that propagates across the skin when the finger touches it, or is just close to it. The electrodes pick up this signal and can triangulate the finger's location from differences in the signal's phase. Different locations and movements can then be used as various inputs for a device, such as scrolling, highlighting buttons, and even hitting shortcuts.

The researchers found the system could identify when the finger was touching with 99% accuracy and had an error of 7.6 mm for the location of the finger. Over time this precision can drop though, as the conductivity of the skin can change due to sweat and hydration, as well as body movements. Another issue is that the ring will lose power eventually. Still, this is pretty cool and could definitely lead to advances for smartwatches and other pieces of advanced technology.

 

 

Source: Carnegie Mellon University


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, May 6, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 10:19AM
Author: bp9801

The first week of May is nearly in the books, with several items to help get you to the weekend. There is a review on the Corsair SF600, an SFX power supply that is ideal for those using an SFX case and still want a ton of power. For those needing more control in their games, maybe the Fnatic FLICK G1 Gaming Mouse, with its optical 5,000 DPI sensor and Omron switches, is the perfect one for you to take your gaming to the next level. A new case mod is highlighted that is an extremely clean, white and purple design (perfect for Kansas State fans) that started life as a Thermaltake Core X31 case. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Power Supplies
Corsair SF600 @ LanOC Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
Fnatic FLICK G1 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Exsectus @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #398 @ PC Perspective


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Tune Into NVIDIA's Twitch Stream Tonight for a Special Event

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 10:44AM
Author: bp9801

We are starting to get into the fun time of the year, the time of Computex and E3, where new games and hardware is introduced to the public. Many of the items aren't intended for release right away, at least for the games, but the hardware typically isn't too long of a wait. Sometimes things get announced a little early, which is exactly what NVIDIA is planning to do tonight. NVIDIA will stream, exclusively on Twitch, a "Special Event," where it will unveil... something. Nothing is really known right now exactly what NVIDIA is going to unveil, so it's anyone's guess. It could be the new video card line, such as the GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060, or it could be for some new game, maybe Battlefield 5 or a new VR experience. Really, NVIDIA isn't saying anything, so right now it's all just speculation. Maybe NVIDIA will throw us a curveball and announce plans for world domination. That's probably too much, at least right now. My money is on a new video game it's partnering up to show or just maybe its next video card line.

The Twitch stream starts tonight at 6pm PST, so be sure to check it out to see what NVIDIA is announcing!

Source: Press Release


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Go to Hell in DOOM's Launch Trailer; System Specifications Revealed

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: bp9801

It's nearly time. Time to go back to Mars, back to Hell, and take on a horde of demons. That's right, DOOM is a week away, and its launch trailer helps prepare you for what to expect in id Software's long-awaited re-entry to the series. DOOM promises a brutal single player campaign and fast-paced multiplayer action, but hopefully it's far faster than the recent beta. That didn't really feel like DOOM, not just in its speed, but in the fact you couldn't pick up weapons or tweak any settings. About a week after the beta ended, id Software made a post on Bethesda.net detailing every graphical option we can modify, which is apparently all of them, and how there's an uncapped framerate and 21:9 monitor support. It also apparently has another mode that's more like classic DOOM multiplayer, but we'll just have to see when the game arrives next week.

If you're curious what kind of system you need to run DOOM, well, you're in luck, as id Software have revealed those details. Check them out below.

Minimum:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

Recommended:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

All in all, not too bad, except for the hard drive size and a fairly recent system. It's a big download even if you buy the disc copy, so be sure to factor that in. Luckily, pre-loading begins on Steam on May 11 for those getting the digital copy, while physical copies have to wait. Pre-loading on the PS4 begins on May 11, as well, while XBO pre-loading is available right now. At least 50GB of space is required to begin the download on either console. 

DOOM is back, at least from the single player side of things, if the launch trailer and recent single player stream is anything to go by. It's almost time to Fight Like Hell once again, with high-powered guns, huge demons, and incredibly fast gameplay awaiting us. DOOM arrives on Friday, May 13, for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Sources: Bethesda.net [1] & [2]


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Graphene Nanoflakes Modified for Cooling Systems

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 12:05PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Since its discovery, researchers have been discovering more and more applications for graphene, a form of carbon. With its amazing mechanical and electrical properties, it is hardly surprising that so many have been found. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered a way to make an effective means of cooling electronics and other devices.

Graphene is an atom-think sheet of carbon that has many promising properties, including great electrical and thermal conductivity. These are both reasons why we may see it used in various devices, and the Chalmers researchers have found how to enhance its thermal properties. By adding functionalized molecules to graphene nanoflakes, the researchers were able to improve a graphene film's heat transfer efficiency by 76%. This is because of how phonons, the quantum of heat, are constrained by the functional layer, and could lead to means of controlling the heat of electronic and optoelectronic systems. That control could then in turn be used to better cool electronic and optoelectronic devices, allowing for greater performance.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Benchmarks Might Have Leaked Ahead of Announcement

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 01:15PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Rumors began to swirl in early March that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, based on the Pascal GPU, would launch on May 27. As we continue to close in on that date and with the special event on the NVIDIA Twitch stream tonight, VideoCardz has obtained what it claims are the first benchmarks of the new card. In addition to speculation that the card will have 8GB of GDDR5X memory running at 5GHz with an unknown number of CUDA cores, we now have scores from 3DMark Firestrike Extreme. The test results show a card with a clock speed of 1860MHz running at 2560x1440 obtaining a test score of 8,959. This score measures higher than GTX 980 Ti cards, and with the expectation that the GTX 1080 will cost less than the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 1080 becomes an even more attractive option for those looking to upgrade in the near future.

Source: VideoCardz via Legit Reviews


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Battlefield 1 Announced by EA with October 21 Release Date

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 02:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today we learned the rumors are true and the next entry in the Battlefield franchise will be set in World War I. Titled Battlefield 1, the upcoming title is to deliver the multiplayer sandbox experience the franchise has established in a besieged French city, the Italian Alps, and the deserts of Arabia. Players will be able to bring a horse to a tank fight in battles with up to 64 players, engage in aerial dogfights, and have battleships attack coasts in some of the biggest battles ever. Also, as many new technologies were developed and deployed in World War I, players will be able to see some elements of modern warfare take form. Tanks, machine guns, military airplanes, and poison gas were all used in this war, some for the first time, and you can see each in the Reveal Trailer embedded below.

Despite only being revealed now, Battlefield 1 already has a release date of October 21, 2016, and it will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Members of EA Access or Origin Access will be able to play the game before launch with Play First Trials. Every fan can sign up to be a Battlefield Insider to get access to the public beta and sneak peeks at news, along with special and exclusive content.

Source: EA


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NVIDIA Formally Unveils the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 Video Cards

Posted: May 6, 2016 @ time: 07:23PM
Author: bp9801

Earlier today, NVIDIA made mention of its Special Event on Twitch, where it had something to show us. Maybe a new video card, maybe a new game (Battlefield 5), or something else. Well, Battlefield 5 was shown off not too long ago as Battlefield 1 (try to make sense of that one, but maybe since it's set in World War 1?), so that just leaves one thing, right? Right. I guess it could still be something else, but no, NVIDIA has a new series of video cards: the GeForce GTX 10 Series, featuring the GTX 1080. It also has a new 3D in-game camera system called Ansel that can help provide even better looking screengrabs than ever before. Ansel is a free floating camera and offers a resolution far above what your monitor can display. It should make for some truly stunning shots, especially when you factor in the different visual effects and 360° range of motion. You can share these shots in VR, including on your Android phone and Google Cardboard.

An in-game camera is pretty sweet, but the main thing we're interested in are the new cards. The GTX 1080 runs on Pascal (GP104), the company's largest GPU endeavor yet, with several billion dollars worth of R&D. Pascal is NVIDIA's most efficient (120mV peak-to-peak compared to 209mV on the GTX 980) and sophisticated GPU yet, with it being the world's first 16nm FinFET GPU. It runs GDDR5X memory, like the rumors suggested, although it has a cool new name: G5X. The GTX 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI, even faster than a TITAN X, meaning NVIDIA is bringing us a ton of horsepower in this card without using an excessive amount of energy. Twice the performance of a TITAN X and three times the efficiency on the GTX 1080, all good things.

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney showed off Paragon running on the GTX 1080, with real-time rendering of the characters in this MOBA. It might be a MOBA, but it's certainly the best looking one so far. The GeForce GTX 1080 was running at 2.1GHz with a 67 °C temperature on air. That is just mind boggling impressive, both at the speed and the temperature on air. The 1080 should be one impressive overclocker, considering its core clock speed is 1607MHz, with boost at 1733Mhz. As for the numbers, well, the GTX 1080 has 8GB of G5X memory running at 10Gbps on a 256-bit bus, 9 Tflops of processing power, 2560 CUDA cores on the GP104 GPU, and a new vapor chamber cooler.

Some new monitor tech was shown off as well, with this simultaneous multi-projection system that uses 16 different view ports to create a 3D image. So instead of turning a 3D image into 2D, like on a monitor, it treats it more like how you actually view the world. Items on the edges of a surround display are no longer warped, but instead appear in proper detail like they do with your own eyes. No more weird bends in the floor or fish-eye effect on the world. Thanks to Pascal, it can make three separate passes at once to create the surround display on just one card. Oh, and without a drop in performance. This tech also works in VR, so it isn't limited to just a surround setup. The VR multi-projection is done in just one pass, something the GTX 1080 can do with ease.

NVIDIA is also modifying its VRWorks by adding in PhysX to it, so your haptic controller reflects this new world. Now you can feel the things going on instead of just seeing it in VR. Audio processing is getting a boost in VRWorks, too, with it computed in real-time to accurately reflect whatever environment you're in. If you're in a hallway, it sounds like a hallway, or a stadium sounding like a stadium. It's pretty neat, especially to help give VR even more of an immersive boost.

So, when does all of this come out? Well, Ansel and the VRWorks stuff is on its way soon, while the GeForce GTX 1080 isn't until May 27. It's going to set you back $599, but $699 gets you the Founders Edition card with some exclusive NVIDIA goodies, such as a fancier cooler design. Oh, and there's a GTX 1070 card (only 6.5 Tflops of power and 8GB of GDDR5, but the same GP104 core minus some CUDA cores) for $379 or $449 in the Founders Edition that hits on June 10. The 1070 is also faster than a TITAN X, and for a fraction of the cost, just like the 1080.

Source: Livestream, GeForce, and WCCFtech [1] & [2]


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First Polaris GPUs From AMD May Launch Late This Month

Posted: May 9, 2016 @ time: 07:10AM
Author: gebraset

According to a Thai technology site known as Zolkorn, AMD will be launching some of its first Polaris graphics processing units at the end of this month. The news comes after the company supposedly sent out a very limited number of invites to media outlets for a launch event in Macau, China that is occurring in late May. The event is slated to take place just days before Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. If AMD does indeed utilize the event later this month to launch its Polaris cards, which would be based on the 14nm Ellesmere and Baffin chips, technology enthusiasts and consumers alike should expect some AIB-branded products on display at this year's Computex.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Some Security Software Can Make Computers Less Safe

Posted: May 9, 2016 @ time: 09:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Security software like antiviruses and parental controls are meant to keep our computers safe, but researchers at Concordia University have found that some are actually making us more vulnerable. This is because of how the software sets up a TLS proxy to filter out unwanted content.

To keep a computer from visiting websites that are either dangerous or something a parent does not want a child to see, a piece of software can be installed that will monitor this traffic and block those sites. In some cases the software works by checking the domain name, but in other cases it establishes a proxy and checks the certificate for the website. As a browser will also check such certificates, the software has its own to pass on to the browser, and this is where the vulnerability lies. Because the browser is left to assume the software's certificate is valid, anything with that certificate will get through, and that piece of software can be vulnerable to other attacks. For example, if the certificate the software uses is pre-generated and static, then every user can be attacked the same way.

The researchers tested 14 pieces of software, and found each one reduced the TLS security of the system they were installed on. In one case, an antivirus left users open to attack because after its license expired it ceased to check certificates, and also stopped receiving updates, and one of the parental control applications left its pre-generated certificate on the computer, even after it was uninstalled. This means that any traffic that used that certificate would be seen as trusted by the computer.

The researchers have contacted and reported their findings to the software manufacturers, so hopefully these issues can be addressed. They also suggest new guidelines for handling TLS proxies be developed, so as to prevent vulnerabilities from being added when a user is trying to, or required to secure their computer.

Source: Concordia University


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Trailer Released for Dead Island Retro Rampage

Posted: May 9, 2016 @ time: 11:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in March, Deep Silver announced the Dead Island Definitive Collection, which includes Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide with substantial upgrades. These two titles will also be available separately at launch, but the collection also contains the exclusive Dead Island Retro Rampage, a 16-bit side-scrolling action game, and today its first trailer has been released.

In this game, you will play as Max as he fights through zombie-infested California, slaughtering the undead, corrupt soldiers, and other evildoers to rescue your cat. Like many classic games, you will have combos to pull off, power-ups to collect, super weapons and even magic attacks to kill and re-kill your enemies.

Dead Island Definitive Collection launches on May 31 for Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and Steam pre-orders will be starting later today. It will cost $39.99, while the separate Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition will both be priced at $19.99.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver and Press Release


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Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolve Headset Now Available

Posted: May 9, 2016 @ time: 03:42PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Kingston showed off the latest addition to its HyperX line at MLG Columbus with the Cloud Revolver headset. At the time of the announcement, the headset was given an expected ship date of May 9, and the company has now started to ship the headset. The steel frame suspension design utilizes 50mm directional drivers for "wider depth and sound for improved audio precision in first-person shooter and open environment games." The Cloud Revolver can be purchased at retailers everywhere at an MSRP of $149.99.

Source: Press Release


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G.SKILL Expands Color Options for Trident Z Series

Posted: May 9, 2016 @ time: 04:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has added five color options to its Trident Z series of DDR4 memory. The expanded color options now include "a black brushed aluminum body paired with orange, yellow, or white top-bar or a silver brushed aluminum body with white or black top-bar." The increased number of colors provide builders more options if they want to try to stick to a particular color scheme. The new colors will be available in a range of frequencies at capacities from 16GB to 128GB, with an expected availability of the end of the month.

Source: Press Release


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Hydro X Series 80 PLUS Gold PSUs Announced by FSP Group

Posted: May 10, 2016 @ time: 06:29AM
Author: gebraset

FSP Group, a company established in 1993 that remains as one of the leading power supply manufacturers in the world, has officially announced the Hydro X Series 80 PLUS Gold power supply units. The Hydro X Series from FSP Group are ATX devices that make use of Japanese-made electrolytic capacitors along with other premium components to provide the utmost efficiency at the lowest noise levels possible. A custom DC-DC design with solid capacitors is utilized with the +3.3V and +5V modules, providing voltage stability and wide system compatibility, and tight regulation of the +12V rail balance point is made possible from a bespoke variable resistor design. The Hydro X Series 80 PLUS Gold PSUs include an Eco-Minion Controller that allows for 82.5 percent efficiency for low standby power consumption, compared to 75 percent efficiency of other PSUs, and also boasts a custom power guard that reduces power surges when turning on the unit.

FSP Group will be offering the Hydro X Series 80 PLUS Gold PSUs to consumers sometime this month, with the 450W, 550W, and 650W versions retailing for $89.99, $99.99, and $109.99, respectively.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 10, 2016 @ time: 10:24AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, bringing with it several items to help keep your work going in the right direction. We have a review on the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Keyboard, which makes use of the new Cherry MX Speed switches for some short actuation distance and light actuation force. For a different mechanical keyboard, there's a look at the Fnatic Gear Rush G1 with its Cherry MX switches and LED backlighting. We have another take on the HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset to see if it can live up to its expectations. If you're looking for a new game to play, perhaps Battleborn and its MOBA/FPS hybrid style is for you. Finishing things up for today is an article looking at what it's like to go a full month without a smartphone.

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Keyboard @ TechSpot
Fnatic Gear Rush G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Gaming
Battleborn @ Madshrimps

Mobile
My Month Without a Smartphone @ TechSpot


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One-Pot Method Developed for Making Biofuels

Posted: May 10, 2016 @ time: 11:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In general, simplifying processes is important for making them more common, as fewer steps can speed things up and reduce costs. When chemistry is involved though, it can be very difficult to remove certain steps, and in some cases impossible. Luckily researchers at Berkeley Lab have succeeded in greatly simplifying the process of creating advanced biofuels.

What has been created here is a one-pot method for making these biofuels, which means the ingredients can be loaded into a chemical reactor and the output will be the desired, end result, instead of an intermediary material. Normally producing these biofuels requires using ionic liquids, which are salts that are liquid at room temperature and work as solvents. These are needed to break apart the cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin of the plant matter before enzymes can get at the resulting sugars to produce biofuels. The issue has been that the ionic liquids damage the enzymes, so it has been necessary to add a step to remove them. What the Berkeley researchers have done is mutated a gene in E. coli to make it resilient to ionic liquids, and also given it the ability to create similarly resilient enzymes for creating biofuels.

Part of what makes this discovery important is that this strain of E. coli can be used as the base for other technologies to create advanced biofuels, such as jet fuel or its precursors.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Get Creative and Win Some Prizes in the Fallout 4 Mod Contest

Posted: May 10, 2016 @ time: 02:10PM
Author: bp9801

Mods have officially arrived in the Commonwealth, as the Creation Kit for Fallout 4 recently launched. It provides a comprehensive set of tools to create nearly anything you can think of, which only helps expand what gamers can see and do in Bethesda's newest RPG. The mods are easy to search, download, and install from directly inside of Fallout 4, providing quick access to whatever you want to add into your game. It goes off the already impressive amount of mods available from places like the Nexus, all of which were done without the official tools. Since we do have the Creation Kit at long last, Bethesda and NVIDIA are teaming up for a contest, appropriately called the Fallout 4 Mod Contest. More than $40,000 worth of goodies are up for grabs in it, covering everything from GeForce GPUs to Bethesda gear and cold hard cash.

There are four categories to enter, and the winner of each one gets $5,000, a GeForce GTX GPU, and a Bethesda gift bag. Inside the bag is a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition for PC, a Fallout 4 Funko Pop! figure, a bobblehead, a Nuka Cola hat, a shirt, and a Vault Boy mask. All twenty finalists (five in each category) receive the GeForce GTX GPU and Bethesda gift bag, too, so anyone moving into the final selection gets a large amount of stuff. Oh, and there's a grand prize winner that gets $10,000, a custom Fallout 4 PC, and engineering support from NVIDIA to continue their modding career and maybe even become a game designer.

So, what does it take to enter this contest? Well, first you need to download the Creation Kit and start creating a mod. It must fit into one of these four categories: Status, Inventory, Data, or Maps. Status mods include UI changes, extra dialogue, new audio, or a utility for others to use. Inventory mods cover new weapons, armor, aid, books, holotapes, or anything else you might find in your inventory. Data mods are for all-new quests created or things to use inside the settlement workshop. Finally, we come to Maps, which can add new towns, settlements, vegetation, environmental areas, and more. Once you've created a mod in whatever category (or categories) you wish, upload it to Bethesda.net along with a screenshot or video showing how it works. Then you enter on the NVIDIA website by July 3, 2016, for the chance at becoming a finalist. Finalists are decided upon by the community, with winners chosen by a fan vote starting on July 11.

Go ahead and grab the Creation Kit, start modding, and see just what happens in the Fallout 4 Mod Contest. Remember, you have from now until July 3, 2016, to create and enter a mod in the contest. Voting begins on July 11.

Source: Press Release and Contest Website


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Solve Some Challenges and Win a GeForce GTX 1080 in NVIDIA's Order of 10 Contest

Posted: May 10, 2016 @ time: 07:27PM
Author: bp9801

Contests are a wonderful thing. Everybody loves contests, the chance to win some cool prize or a big prize. In the case of this new one from NVIDIA, it's both. The NVIDIA Order of 10 Contest kicked off today, with 10 challenges offering 100 chances to win one of 1,000 prizes. What's up for grab? Well, each day 50 winners will receive an Order of 10 T-shirt and another 50 will receive Order of 10 pins. Oh, and one winner each day will get an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card. Everybody who plays and gets the challenge right is entered for a chance to win an Elite Game Ready PC featuring an Intel Core i7-5820K processor, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition GPUs with new SLI HB bridge, 32GB HyperX Fury DDR4-2666  memory, a VR HMD,  and Windows 10 Home 64-bit. That's a pretty good haul.

These challenges are kind of unique, since they're based on Pascal's triangle. It makes sense given the GPU powering the new cards are named for Blaise Pascal, but don't expect an easy time trying to solve it. There are a lot of clues to pick up on, and then once you have the answer, type it in the field and see if it's correct. A new challenge will appear nearly every day, with the final one on May 23. The contest is open to residents (18 and over) of all 50 US states and D.C., Canada (except Quebec), the UK (minus Northern Ireland), Germany, Denmark, Finland, and France. Good luck!

Source: Press Release and Contest Website


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EVO Plus 256GB microSD Card Announced by Samsung

Posted: May 11, 2016 @ time: 07:01AM
Author: gebraset

Samsung has officially announced the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, which happens to be the largest card in its class. The 256GB version of the EVO Plus offers consumers with the ability to store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video, enabling content creators to focus more on the experience at hand and less on storage concerns. Samsung has ensured that its latest microSD card has excellent performance, as it offers read and write speeds of up to 95MB per second and 90MB per second, respectively, thanks to the incorporation of the company's V-NAND technology. Un-Soo Kim, the Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing and Memory Business at Samsung Electronic, noted that “With the upward trend of consumers using high-performance, high-capacity mobile devices, our new, V-NAND-based 256GB microSD card solution allows us to deliver the memory card consumers have been craving.”

The Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card boasts a 10-year limited warranty and is expected to be released in more than 50 countries sometime in June of this year. Geared towards individuals who desire the best expandable memory storage for applications such as high-resolution photography, 4K video recording, 360-degree video recording, and more, the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card from Samsung features an MSRP of $249.99.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Lose Track of Time on October 21, 2016, When Sid Meier's Civilization VI Launches

Posted: May 11, 2016 @ time: 09:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Civilization series of games, which is 2K's longest-running franchise, the publisher has announced Sid Meier's Civilization VI is in development and will launch on October 21, 2016. The Civilization franchise has helped define the 4X genre, and this next entry is meant to push it to new heights again with new features, while remaining true to its foundation.

One of these new features is cities that will actually expand to multiple tiles, allowing the player to make better use of the environment. Also the "one unit per tile" mechanic has been changed some, by allowing units to be embedded with others, such as anti-tank support with infantry. Similar units can also be combined to form more powerful Corps units. Besides those highlights, research will be more active, diplomacy will be change over the course of the game as civilizations advance, multiplayer has been enhanced, and new tutorial systems are being made for new players, while veterans will still be able to jump in.

The game has not been rated yet, but is available for pre-order now with a price of $59.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition is also available, and it includes the base game, 25th Anniversary Soundtrack, and access to four post-launch DLC packs.

Source: 2K


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 11, 2016 @ time: 09:45AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a couple of items along the way. We have a look at the Open Benchtable Project by OC TV, HWBOT LLC, and Streacom, which seeks to turn the flexibility of a bench table into something compact and portable that can be assembled in no time at all. Our other item for today is a little different, as the nonda ZUS Smart Car Charger serves as a USB charging hub for devices in your car, while also pairing with a smartphone to serve as a GPS locator should you ever forget where you parked.

Cases
Open Benchtable Project by OC TV, HWBOT LLC, and Streacom @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
nonda ZUS Smart Car Charger @ ThinkComputers


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Story Trailer Released Ahead of Homefront: The Revolution Launch

Posted: May 12, 2016 @ time: 09:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Next week Homefront: The Revolution will launch and we are still getting some new media releases. Recently the story trailer was released, letting us meet the leaders of the Philadelphia Resistance, and set up at least part of our mission. The playable character is Ethan Brady, a green recruit who wants to help the fight to free KPA-occupied Philadelphia. To that end, we are to rescue Benjamin Walker, the 'Voice of Freedom' by any means necessary, but in the end, will these actions be justified?

The game releases on May 17, which is next Tuesday, for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Back in March the Ignite gameplay trailer was released, which you can check out here: New Homefront: The Revolution Gameplay Trailer Revealed.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver


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DOOM Looks Fantastic Running on a GeForce GTX and Vulkan API

Posted: May 12, 2016 @ time: 10:33AM
Author: bp9801

DOOM arrives tomorrow (or tonight if you've pre-ordered and preloaded), bringing us back to Hell for the first time in ages. An intense single player campaign looks to evoke the feelings from the original two games, with fast action, intense fights, and large environments. There's also a multiplayer portion that is hopefully improved from the recent open beta, but we won't know for sure until the game unlocks. What we do know is that DOOM looks fantastic, as evidenced by NVIDIA showing off DOOM running on a TITAN X (due to the guys at id leaving the GTX 1080 at the event reveal) and the Vulkan API at 1920 x 1080, giving us some gorgeous footage of the speed, fluidity, and action of id Software's shooter.

All the settings and options are cranked to the max, with a 120 degree field of view, and man does it look good, even on a TITAN X. If you're planning to pick up one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video cards at the end of the month, you'll be in for even more of a treat. It's going to run faster, with a higher framerate, and at even higher resolutions.

You can find an uncompressed video at the source below to see DOOM in all its glory. DOOM does not support Vulkan right away, but it will soon, and once it does things will look even better than they already do.

Sources: Press Release and GeForce


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, May 13, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 13, 2016 @ time: 10:13AM
Author: bp9801

Friday the 13th is here, the only one of 2016, so if you're enjoying some horror movies or just the fact the weekend is nearly here, we have you covered. There is a review on the AMD FX 8350 Black Edition CPU and Wraith Cooler, a revamped cooler that should help keep the new AMD CPUs from getting too warm during heavy use. If you need a new enclosure for your build, perhaps the Phanteks Eclipse P400S case, with its sound dampening material for a silent build, is for you. To help control your system better, the Gamdias Hermes Mechanical Keyboard, featuring RGB backlighting and Kailh blue switches, gets tested to see what it can do. We have a look at the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a tablet competing directly with the Microsoft Surface line, right down to the keyboard cover and screen size. Wrapping things up for today is the TP-LINK AC1750 WiFi Range Extender (RE450), which can help boost your wireless signal wherever it's lacking.

CPUs
AMD FX 8350 Black Edition CPU and Wraith Cooler @ Neoseeker

Cases
Phanteks Eclipse P400S @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Gamdias Hermes Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Laptops/Tablets
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S @ TechSpot

Networking
TP-LINK AC1750 WiFi Range Extender (RE450) @ Madshrimps


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GeForce 365.19 Drivers Released for DOOM, Homefront: The Revolution, and Master of Orion

Posted: May 13, 2016 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone using NVIDIA GPUs and looking to play the newly released DOOM, upcoming Homefront: The Revolution, or the early access Master of Orion, new drivers have been released. These are the Game Ready drivers for those three games, and while I cannot speak for two of them, they definitely made a difference for me in Master of Orion. For weeks now I have been having very poor performance (around 10 FPS at times, typically) in version 43.6 of the game, but I just checked and it is now a far smoother experience. Not perfect, but much better. Several SLI profiles have also been added or updated, among other fixes.

You can update through GeForce Experience or download and install it manually from GeForce.com.

Source: NVIDIA


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, May 16, 2016, Edition

Posted: May 16, 2016 @ time: 10:25AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, bringing several items to start it off right. We have a review of the Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Z170 LGA1151 motherboard, a gaming-focused model from the company best known for its server motherboards. To give yourself a new typing experience, the Gamdias Hermes RGB mechanical keyboard gets tested to see if it's the right one. If you just need a new mouse, maybe the Corsair M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, with its 12,000 DPI optical sensor, is for you. For those just wanting a new game, well, DOOM gets benchmarked to show off what kind of performance you can expect on a range of video cards.

Motherboards
Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Z170 LGA1151 @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Gamdias Hermes RGB Mechanical Keyboard @ LanOC Reviews
Corsair M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
DOOM Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested @ TechSpot


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Raspberry Pi Zero Adds a Camera Port

Posted: May 16, 2016 @ time: 03:16PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Raspberry Pi Zero was released in November 2015 as the smallest and cheapest iteration of the popular computer, at a cost of just $5. Customers eager to get their hands on the device have faced some difficulties as the Pi Zero sold out almost immediately and continues to do so with all new stock that becomes available. Users now have something else to get excited about as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has discovered that "the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board." This allows the standard Raspberry Pi camera module to be attached through the use of a custom cable, adding even more utility to the tiny device.

Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation


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J3160MD System Board Introduced by BIOSTAR

Posted: May 17, 2016 @ time: 03:32AM
Author: gebraset

BIOSTAR, a leading motherboard manufacturer that was launched in 1986, has officially announced its latest system board known as the J3160MD. The new product offering from BIOSTAR boasts the new Intel Celeron J3160 quad-core processor that features base and turbo clocks of 1.6GHz and 2.24GHz, respectively. The new SoC processor that is a part of the Intel Braswell Refresh allows for reduced electricity requirements, improved clock rate headroom, and improved Intel HD graphics that enable 4K UltraHD content delivery. The J3160MD, which features a VGA and DVI output for maximum versatility, also includes native support for DDR3L-1600, providing system builders with power savings, increased graphical performance, and improved system responsiveness when compared to the old DDR3L-1333.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Take Back Philadelphia Today in Homefront: The Revolution

Posted: May 17, 2016 @ time: 09:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Homefront: The Revolution has released today in North America, with worldwide release on Friday. To mark the occasion, the Launch Trailer has been released, as has details of the Expansion Pass and Resistance Mode online co-op feature.

The Expansion Pass brings with it three single-player campaign expansions, with the first two releasing later this year, and the third in 2017. The Voice of Freedom and Aftermath will add new districts for the player to explore, along with original content to build on the base game's 30-hour campaign. The 2017 content, Beyond the Walls will be "much larger" but the details are to come later. The pass also gives players the 'Supply Line' and 'The Right Kind of School' perks for Resistance Mode. The former gives the player a free Resistance Crate every week, just for logging into the co-op mode, and the latter gives you three new background for your character: ATF Agent; G-Man; and U.S. Marshall.

Resistance Mode launches with six missions, but we can expect new missions to arrive in June. All additional missions for this mode will be free for everyone, at least for the first year as the developers, Dambuster Studios, are dedicated to delivering high quality content to everyone.

Source: Deep Silver


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Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Edition

Posted: May 17, 2016 @ time: 10:28AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA's latest behemoth, the GeForce GTX 1080, is nearly here, with the NDA lifting today to show us all what the new flagship video card delivers. It runs on the Pascal architecture and the GP104 core, packing 2560 CUDA cores, 160 texture units, and 64 ROPs. It also has 8GB of Micron's new GDDR5X memory running at a 10Gbps data rate. The GP104 core itself is clocked at 1607MHz with a boost clock of 1733MHz. It should make for some impressive performance, especially once you start overclocking and take the card up and over the 2GHz barrier. The GeForce GTX 1080 is available in a Founders Edition card straight from NVIDIA, the altered name for the reference cards, with its board partners offering a range of options for a lower price. Today we have the Founders Edition cards for you, so check them out below to see what the GTX 1080 is all about.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition @ OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 @ TechSpot
GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition @ Neoseeker


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G.SKILL Adds Three Sets to Trident Z Line

Posted: May 17, 2016 @ time: 02:49PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has announced the addition of a trio of new memory sets to the DDR4 Trident Z line. The new kits target both low latency, with 3200MHz CL13 and 3466MHz CL14 options, and high speed with a 4266MHz CL19 set. G.SKILL utilized ultra high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb ICs to create the new sets which operate at 1.35V in sticks of 8GB or 16GB, with total capacity up to 64GB. These new sets will be available sometime next month.

Source: Press Release


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Old Malware Continues to Plague Systems

Posted: May 17, 2016 @ time: 03:06PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Research conducted by Check Point as part of its April 2016 Threat Index indicates that the Conficker worm continues to be responsible for one in six malware attacks, despite first being discovered in 2008. Joining it at the top of the rankings are the Sality virus and the Zeroaccess worm, which have been around since 2003 and 2011, respectively. As malware continues to advance in its complexity and reach, it is quite alarming that malware first introduced nearly a decade ago remains the most prevalent. Numbers like this should help to further emphasize how important it is to be mindful of your actions when using a computer, and continue to keep your system up to date to protect yourself as best as you can.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Firefox Overtakes Internet Explorer and Edge Browsers in Worldwide Desktop Browser Usage

Posted: May 18, 2016 @ time: 07:04AM
Author: gebraset

According to the latest data from StatCounter, a web analytics company, Firefox featured more usage than Internet Explorer and the new Microsoft Edge browser when looking at desktop browser usage on a global scale. In the month of April, Firefox boasted 15.6 percent global usage, while Internet Explorer and Edge featured just 15.5 percent. This represents the first time ever on a worldwide level that Firefox has had more overall usage than its Microsoft rivals, though it is worth noting that StatCounter analyzes browser usage from a total three million websites. Although recent reports have noted that Firefox is losing market share utilization, which is certainly the case from looking at the StatCounter data, it seems that Internet Explorer and Edge are following the same path except at a faster rate.

Despite the small lead that Firefox is now enjoying over Internet Explorer and Edge, Chrome continues to dominate in worldwide desktop browser usage with 60.5 percent in April alone, which is up 1.5 percent from February of this year.

Source: Ars Technica UK


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NVIDIA Brings Us the Specifications for the GeForce GTX 1070

Posted: May 18, 2016 @ time: 09:38AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 video card is nearly here, with reviews pouring in to show off what this Pascal-powered beast can do. However, it was not the only card NVIDIA unveiled at its special event, as the GeForce GTX 1070 was formally introduced. The GTX 1070 did not have many of its specifications announced at the time, but now we have that information. It is a little bit slimmed down from the GTX 1080, yet that shouldn't hamper its performance much, especially with NVIDIA saying it can outperform the TITAN X. So, what does the GTX 1070 have? Well, for starters it has the same GP104 core as the 1080, but with 1920 CUDA cores. Its core clock speed is 1506MHz, with a boost clock speed of 1683MHz. It has 8GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps on a 256-bit bus, delivering 256GB/s of bandwidth.

The Founders Edition card features the same cooler as the GTX 1080, which should help keep things cool when you're overclocking to the next level. Power to the GTX 1070 is delivered with just a single 8-pin connector, much like the GTX 1080, with the card taking just 150W of power. That 8-pin connector should help out nicely when overclocked, especially since it delivers more power than the card itself needs. Other items of note are the DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and Dual Link DVI display connections, SLI support, VR Ready, Multi-Projection, DirectX 12 support, and the full NVIDIA GeForce ecosystem.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 should be one fantastic performer when it arrives on June 10 for $379. The Founders Edition cards come in at $449 if you want to go the reference router and get that snazzy new vapor chamber cooler.

Source: Press Release and GeForce


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