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AMD Announces Radeon RX 480 at $199, Launches June 29

Posted: June 1, 2016 @ time: 09:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At Computex last night, AMD finally revealed it first GPU using the Polaris architecture, the RX 480. This GPU will be available with 4 GB and 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and launch on June 29, starting at just $199. As the rumors and official statements have been indicating for months, this GPU is meant to bring the level of performance needed for VR to mainstream consumers, who tend to spend less than $300 on a graphics card. The Radeon RX Series is meant as a disruptive technology to propel VR forward.

As the leaked slide yesterday indicated, the GPU is able to surpass 5 TFLOPS of computing power, has a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a single 6-pin power connector, so it comes in at 150 W. It also has full support for HEVC and supports HDR and DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4. I watched the livestream of the event and actually never saw that specific slide used, but its information was accurate.

Something else that was shown for the RX 480 was that its performance-to-watt ratio is 2.8 times that of the previous generation. Using FinFET 14 accounts for a 1.7 times improvement, while AMD technologies and optimizations bring the rest. Another slide compared the performance of the GTX 1080 against two RX 480s in Ashes of the Singularity. Both setups came in around 60 FPS, with the GTX 1080 just under and the RX 480s just above, but two points were made about this comparison. One is that the two RX 480s cost less than $500 while the GTX 1080 is a $600-$700 solution. Second was that the GTX 1080 was at nearly full utilization, while the 480s were only at 51% utilization, which suggests further optimization of the game and drivers could widen the performance difference substantially.

Less than a month before we see these become available, but the AMD's Computex livestream can be watched right now. It covers the RX 480, 7th generation APUs, new products from hardware partners, and showed off the upcoming Summit Ridge CPU, which uses the Zen architecture.

 

 

Source: AMD


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 1, 2016 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: bp9801

June is here at last, bringing with it a few items to start off the middle of the week. We start with AMD's introduction of its new APUs with the Bristol Ridge line, which bring some improvements over the previous generation Carrizo line. Sticking with AMD, we have a reveal on the new RX 480, part of the Polaris 10 line of video cards. The price is right for it, but time will tell if the performance levels are good enough at the price. Ending things for today are looks at the SteelSeries Siberia 200 headset and Apex M500 mechanical gaming keyboard.

CPUs
AMD Introduces 7th Generation APUs: Bristol Ridge Takes Center Stage @ PC Perspective

Video Cards
AMD Polaris Radeon RX 480 will launch for $199, more than 5 TFLOPS of compute @ PC Perspective

Headsets/Keyboards
SteelSeries Siberia 200 and Apex M500 @ LanOC Reviews


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Tt eSPORTS Introduces the CRONOS RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset and DRACONEM RGB Mouse Pad

Posted: June 1, 2016 @ time: 02:35PM
Author: bp9801

If you need some new additions to your gaming experience, Tt eSPORTS has you covered. The new CRONOS RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset brings your audio to new levels of sonic clarity, while the DRACONEM RGB Gaming Mouse Pad adds a little lighted flair to your desk. The CRONOS RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset sports seven RGB colors and three lighting effects on the Battle Dragon logo to make your headset stand out from the crowd or just provide a little bit of light during a late night fragfest. It uses 40mm drivers to help deliver the audio, with the built-in digital sound card providing 16-bit audio at 48KHz. The 7.1 virtual surround sound provides a 3D gaming experience, letting you hear enemies from all directions to help you figure out where they are. Plus you can feel the explosions right on your head as they happen. The included software lets you adjust the speaker direction and distance, setting it up to mimic your ideal 7.1 setup. There are 12 preset modes to select from, with a 10-band EQ you can adjust manually to better match whatever game you're playing.

The CRONOS RGB uses memory foam on the headband and ear cups for a comfortable fit, with the ear cushions featuring a 25mm thickness for a better feel during a long session. The three-section headband has LYCRA fabric for a soft feel on the top of your head, while the entire headset can fold flat for travel (and to keep the headband and ear cups safe). The boom mic on the CRONOS RGB headset is flexible to let you position it however you want, or just move it up out of the way. It sports an in-line control for volume adjustment and to mute the microphone, as well as an RGB switch for the colors.

Moving over to the DRACONEM RGB Gaming Mouse Pad, it takes the tried and true DRACONEM mouse pad and adds a line of lights around the entire edge (plus the logo). The RGB lighting has four modes to switch between and five different brightness levels, with two buttons on the mouse pad itself to change between everything without the need for software. The mouse pad surface sports a micro-textured finish to give you both high accuracy and effortless speed in your games. The non-slip rubber base keeps the mouse pad where you lay it, so no worrying about the DRACONEM RGB sliding about while gaming.

The Tt eSPORTS CRONOS RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset arrives in the third quarter of this year for $69.99, while the DRACONEM RGB Gaming Mouse Pad arrives at the same time for $39.99.

Sources: Press Release


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DEEPCOOL Shows Multiple New Products at Computex

Posted: June 1, 2016 @ time: 03:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

When DEEPCOOL launched the GENOME in 2015, the company sought to combine its expertise in cooling and case design into a single product by creating a case with an integrated all-in-one liquid cooling solution. It has now improved upon the design and in doing so has obtained Republic of Gamers certification. The New Ark furthers the innovations first presented in the GENOME, utilizing a 100% aluminum design, integrated RGB lighting, a side air channel, support for 420mm radiators, and vertical GPU installation. The all-in-one liquid cooling is provided by a CAPTAIN block/pump, 360mm radiator, and three PWM fans. The Neptwin RGB is a new air cooler which features "patented wrap–around appearance design and optimized fins and heat pipes." The MF360 is a new case fan with all-metal frame and an RGB lighting controller that offers multiple configurations that are easy to change.

Source: Press Release


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GOG Launches GOG Connect to Bring Your Steam Library to GOG

Posted: June 2, 2016 @ time: 08:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As the title says, GOG has launched a new program called GOG Connect that will allow users to receive, for free, DRM-free copies of some of their Steam games. All it takes is connecting your GOG and Steam accounts, so it can see what games you own, and then redeeming the free offers. These offers are only available for a limited time, but new ones will become available as participating developers and publishers make their games eligible for this program.

The complete list of currently available games can be found at the source link, which is also where you can log in to enter the program. It took me awhile before everything connected properly, likely because of how much traffic it is getting, but keep at it if you want DRM-free copies of your already purchased Steam games on GOG. And be sure to check back to see what new games are added.

Source: GOG


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 2, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 2, 2016 @ time: 10:36AM
Author: bp9801

The week is winding down, with a couple of items available for you to check out. We have a review of the Bloody AL90 Laser Gaming Mouse, which has an eight button layout and an 8200CPI to help get you a high level of control in your games. On the keyboard side of things, we have an article covering some of the different keyboard layouts out there. Things are well beyond QWERTY and even Dvorak here, so take a look and see the keyboard layouts you could be using.

Keyboards/Mice
Bloody AL90 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
From Colemak to C'HWERTY: A Gallery of Weird Keyboard Layouts @ TechSpot


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Next Apple Display Rumored to Have 5K Resolution

Posted: June 2, 2016 @ time: 03:52PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Apple has offered some of the highest quality displays for some time, perhaps spurred by the number of people that use its systems for various types of design work. The current offering utilizes a Thunderbolt connection to provide a 27" display with resolution of 2560x1440. Rumors are beginning to circulate about the next iteration, which is expected to offer 5K resolution to match current Retina displays offered by the company. In order to power the displays, the rumors are also indicating that Apple plans to include an external GPU in the display, helping to ensure compatibility with systems that may not have a powerful GPU. Systems that have a powerful GPU won't utilize the built-in GPU. I imagine that the added GPU has the potential to significantly increase the cost of the display, and it will be interesting to see if Apple will offer a display without the GPU for users that already have one that is powerful enough.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac


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Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X Set to Arrive in Q2 Next Year

Posted: June 2, 2016 @ time: 04:16PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A leaked Intel CPU roadmap obtained by Benchlife indicates that Intel will release a pair of "enthusiast" CPU families in the second quarter of 2017, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. Both will use the 14nm manufacturing process with Skylake-X utilizing current architecture and Kaby Lake-X using one that has been optimized. Skylake-X was formerly known as Skylake-E and is expected to offer options of six, eight, and ten cores, similar to the current HEDT Broadwell-E CPUs. Kaby Lake-X CPUs will be the unlocked offering for this CPU family, with all Kaby Lake chips utilizing the Z270 chipset on the LGA 1151 socket.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Volition's Next Game is Agents of Mayhem

Posted: June 6, 2016 @ time: 09:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today the next game from Volition, the developers behind the Saints Row Franchise, has been announced by publisher Deep Silver. Agents of Mayhem is set in a comic hero universe, where the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.) is fought by the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.). It will be an open-world experience when it launches in 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will be featured at the Deep Silver E3 booth next week.

The Cinematic Announcement trailer is embedded below (from IGN; Deep Silver will have it up on its YouTube channel later this week) and you may notice some Saints Row references. This is completely intentional as the new IP is set in the Saints Row Universe, so story elements, symbolism, and design inspiration are shared between them. One example would be the reference to Ultor, a company found in the Saints Row franchise, but also in the Red Faction franchise. Volition was the developer behind both franchises, but when THQ's assets were sold off, the Red Faction IP went to a different publisher.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver and Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 6, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 6, 2016 @ time: 09:26AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, bringing with it several items to get things off on the right foot. We have another look at the Intel Core i7-6950X, the 10-core Broadwell-E monster that offers some of the best performance yet for one of the highest prices you'll pay for a single component. For some storage needs, the QNAP TS-531P quad-core business-class NAS can fit five HDDs/SSDs inside for some massive storage potential if that's what you're after. We have a look back at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of May, so if you need some laughs, this is the place. Wrapping things up is a new case mod that isn't really a case, as it's a desk with a custom PC build inside it for one unique look.

CPUs
Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
QNAP TS-531P Quad-core Business-class NAS @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - May 2016 @ ThinkComputers
Case Mod Friday: Tt Desk @ ThinkComputers


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HyperX Updates Its Predator DDR4 and DDR3 RAM

Posted: June 6, 2016 @ time: 09:58AM
Author: bp9801

If you're in need of some more memory, HyperX has you covered. One of the leaders in memory, SSDs, and gaming headsets, HyperX has refreshed its line of Predator RAM with a fiercer look and faster speeds. Both the DDR4 and DDR3 lines benefit from the refresh, which has a new heat spreader for greater heat dissipation for better reliability over the lifespan of the RAM. Plus the black aluminum heat spreader and black PCB just look good together. The HyperX Predator DDR4 features speeds up to 3333MHz with CL15-16 latencies, offering plenty of speed and a low latency to match. The Predator DDR3 line gets speeds up to 2666MHz and CL9-11 latencies, so if you're still on the DDR3 side things, you also get fast speeds and low latencies to go with your system. Both DDR4 and DDR3 lines are factory tested at their rated speed and feature a lifetime warranty and free technical support to match the HyperX reliability.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 kits range from 8GB to 64GB, with speeds of 3000MHz to 3333MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR3 line goes from 8GB to 32GB capacities, with speeds from 1866MHz to 2666MHz. No release date or prices were announced for either the Predator DDR4 or DDR3 lines, but expect that soon.

Source: Press Release


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Facebook Partners With Blizzard for Live Streaming

Posted: June 6, 2016 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Facebook and Blizzard have reached an agreement to integrate the Facebook Live API into Blizzard games, allowing for users to link their Facebook accounts to their Battle.net accounts. The simplest use case for this partnership is to allow logging in with your linked Facebook account, but long term goals include adding "even more social functionality to its games." Perhaps the most exciting possibility here is that Blizzard is working on adding a "Go Live" feature to its games which will stream your gameplay to your Facebook timeline. Blizzard executive VP of corporate operations Gio Hunt has revealed that, unsurprisingly, the company is "working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch," it's most recent offering, adding that it is working on its other games as well.

Source: Polygon


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be quiet! Demos Multiple Products at Computex

Posted: June 6, 2016 @ time: 03:47PM
Author: CheeseMan42

be quiet! was on hand at Computex last week with products in the case, water cooling, CPU cooling, case fan, and power supply categories. The focus for the show was on the Dark Base 900 and 900 PRO, a case with "high flexibility through high modularity." The motherboard tray is removable for test bench setups and can also be inverted or slid up and down to make room for other system components. The maximum drive capacity is two optical drives, seven 3.5" drives, or 15 SSDs. Three SilentWings 3 PWM 140mm fans are pre-installed with support for a maximum of 12 case fans ranging in size from 120mm to 200mm, with larger fans accommodating less total fans. The PRO model adds a tempered glass side panel, five color LED strip, and mobile device charger. Both models will launch on June 28 at an MSRP of $199 for the base model and $249 for the 900 PRO.

The Silent Loop is an all-in-one liquid cooling solution in configurations of 120mm for $109.99, 240mm for $129.90, and 280mm for $149.90. The Pure Rock Slim is a tower cooler with support for both Intel and AMD CPUs with a 92mm fan and a cost of $27.90. The Silent Wings 3 case fan uses PWM and is available in sizes of 120mm or 140mm with prices ranging from $20.90 to $23.90. The Pure Power 9 is an 80 PLUS Silver certified PSU available in capacities of 500W for $55.90 and 600W for $65.90.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 7, 2016 @ time: 10:54AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is here, with Tuesday bringing several items along the way for you to check out. We have a look at the Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini-ITX case, a tiny version of the Define S model that still has plenty of features and a striking good look for the size. If you need a big power supply, maybe the Thermaltake ToughPower DPS G 850W PSU, with a monitoring app to check usage and system status, is the one for you. Or for something smaller, the Corsair SF Series 600W PSU provides more than enough juice for a small form factor case. To help control your games better, the Corsair K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE mechanical gaming keyboard, featuring the new Cherry MX Speed switches with a shorter acutation distance, could be the one to get. You can pair that keyboard with the Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center, a convenient and comfortable way to game on your couch or from your favorite recliner. There are a couple of other items to check out, too, such as the Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker and the HTC 10 smartphone, so be sure to hit up everything below.

Cases
Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini-ITX @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
Thermaltake ToughPower DPS G 850W @ Neoseeker
Corsair SF Series 600W @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
HTC 10 @ TechSpot


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GIGABYTE Launches Its New Designare Motherboards

Posted: June 7, 2016 @ time: 11:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

GIGABYTE showed off several products at Computex, including the Designare Motherboard series, which are meant to give artists and content creators the technologies they need, even when they are not technically minded. Now the company has launched the X99-Desginare EX and Z170X-Designare series of motherboards.

The X99-Designare EX naturally uses Intel's X99 chipset and has useful several features, including -way SLI/Crossfire support and eight DIMM slots that can take advantage of XMP on select G.Skill memory. Even if you are not an experienced overclocker, XMP will let the user get the most out of their memory.

The Z170X-Designare motherboard series supports Power Delivery 2.0, allowing the motherboard to push 100 W out of its USB Type-C port. Both series of motherboards also support dual Intel LANs, full NVMe compatibility, and DDR4. With the dual LANs you can get the best speed out of your Internet connection and with NVMe support you can take advantage of those SSDs that use the standard. You can even connect up to three of them in RAID 0, which can push the Intel 750 Series of NVMe SSDs to 3.6 GB/s sequential read speeds.

Source: GIGABYTE


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Watch Dogs 2 Release Date and Location Revealed in Leaked Ad

Posted: June 7, 2016 @ time: 03:35PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Some marketing material appeared on IGN regarding the upcoming sequel to Watch Dogs 2 earlier today, featuring a premature reveal of some important information ahead of the official announcement, which is expected tomorrow. The imagery depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, CA, and a release date of November 15, 2016. This follows the release of a teaser trailer from Ubisoft yesterday, which has since been removed from the official Ubisoft Youtube channel. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 5PM if you are interested in seeing a more in-depth preview of the game.

Source: Eurogamer


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GOG Launches Summer 2016 Sale with Free Game and a Quest for More

Posted: June 8, 2016 @ time: 08:51AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With Summer comes warm days, vacations, and a lot of pain for your wallet as stores hold large sales. GOG's Summer Sale has started, and along with a lot of games being on sale, everyone can get System Shock 2 free for the first 48 hours. It is part of a stress test for the GOG Galaxy client, as the estore wants you to claim the game and download it through the client.

Every day there will be more deals, and those prices will stick around until the end. If you want more free games than just System Shock 2 you can take part in the Vacation Quest. You can earn XP in the quest by several means, including daily check ins, sharing the sale on social media, adding games to your wishlist, and of course purchasing games. Once you have collected 5000 XP you will get Spelunky, at 15000 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 20th Anniversary Edition unlocks, and finally Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass at 30000 XP.

The sale is going for two weeks. Looks like the GOG Connect feature launched just in time, before people might start repurchasing games in their Steam library.

Source: GOG


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Neutron Series XTi SSDs Announced by Corsair

Posted: June 8, 2016 @ time: 09:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Corsair has announced a new set of SSDs, the Neutron Series XTi, today and they feature a quad-core Phison controller and capacities from 240 GB to the impressive 1920 GB. The 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB drives are available immediately while the gigantic 1920 GB drive will be coming in the near future.

By using the quad-core Phison controller, the Series XTi drivers can reach read speeds of 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 540 MB/s, as well as 4 KB random reading of 100,000 IOPS, and 4K random write of up to 90,000 IOPS. An expanded cache helps ensure consistent performance, while end-to-end data path protection prevents data from being corrupted between the controller and the NAND gate. SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technologies will also protect your data in the event of power loss.

The Neutron Series XTi 240 GB has an MSRP of $89.99, the 480 GB is at $159.99, and the 960 GB is at $329.99. The 1920 GB does not have a price yet. All of these drives come with a five-year warranty.

Source: Press Release


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Ubisoft Officially Unveils Watch_Dogs 2 with November 15 Launch Date

Posted: June 8, 2016 @ time: 09:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As was leaked yesterday, Watch_Dogs 2 is coming and will be released on November 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The game is coming from over two years of intensive development by creative team behind the Watch_Dogs brand. It is set in a massive and dynamic, open world environment in the San Francisco Bay Area, as it is the latest city to start using ctOS 2.0, an operating system meant to manage the cities' networked infrastructures. When abused, it can become a tool to invasively control and manipulate citizens. The playable character is Marcus Holloway, a young and brilliant hacker who has suffered by ctOS accusing him of a crime he did not commit, using its predictive algorithms. Using your hacking skills to control the various devices around you, you will be able to explore the world from Oakland to Silicon Valley.

It appears you can already pre-order the game, which is available in multiple editions. Naturally there is the standard game, and above that are the Deluxe Edition, which comes with a pack of digital customization items, and the Gold Edition, which comes with the Deluxe content and the Season Pass. If you want the Collector's Edition, you can select the Standard, Deluxe, or Gold Editions of the game, and also receive the Wrench Junior robot, which you can control with a smartphone or tablet app. Pre-ordering any edition will unlock the extra Zodiac Killer mission, where a ghost of San Francisco’s past returns after fifty years.

Source: Press Release


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Twelve Overclocking Records Set Using G.SKILL Memory at Computex

Posted: June 8, 2016 @ time: 04:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL hosted its fifth annual OC World Record Stage at Computex this year with help from event sponsors Samsung, Intel, and NVIDIA. The five day event saw a dozen records broken by some of the top overclockers in the world using the latest Intel processors, motherboards from top manufacturers like MSI and ASUS, and the latest GPUs from NVIDIA. Among the records achieved were the world record for highest DDR4 memory frequency at 5189.2MHz. For information on all of the broken records, see the attached image.

Source: Press Release


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3DMark 11 Results Spotted for AMD RX 480

Posted: June 9, 2016 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While the NDA is still in place for reviews of the AMD RX 480, it looks like some 3DMark 11 scores have leaked for the 8 GB version. The score was spotted at the 3DMark database and reaches to a P score of 14,461. According to the database, that means it is better than 91% off all results, and is enough for VR. It is apparently not enough for 4K gaming though, at least not as a single card.

The date on the test is May 20, and as the driver status is marked as "Not FM Approved" it is possible the scores of the card at release will be different, and hopefully even higher. While it was the 8 GB version tested, this score should be representative of the 4GB version as well.

Source: WCCftech


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 9, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 9, 2016 @ time: 11:36AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of June is drawing to a close, but before it does we have plenty of items for you to check out. We have a look at the NZXT Manta case, a uniquely shaped model that promises silent operation for a mini-ITX build. There's an article taking a look at how 3-Way and 4-Way SLI won't be enabled for gaming on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. If you need a way to keep your CPU cool, perhaps the EKWB EK-XLC Predator 360 expandable water cooling kit is what you're after. For those looking for a new router, the Linksys EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router might be the solution. If you just need a new peripheral or two for your system, we have you covered. We have reviews on the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma mechanical keyboard, the Corsair M65 PRO RGB and Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mice, the Corsair VOID Surround 7.1 Channel Gaming Headset, and the Razer Turret wireless lapboard. The Turret features a compact design with a conjoined wireless keyboard and mouse pad, as well as a small mouse, for some casual couch gaming that doesn't take up a lot of space.

Cases
NZXT Manta @ Bjorn3D

Video Cards
GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 3-Way and 4-Way SLI will not be enabled for games @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
EKWB EK-XLC Predator 360 @ Bjorn3D

Keyboards/Mice
Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Mechanical Keyboard @ LanOC Reviews
Razer Turret @ TechSpot
Corsair M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair VOID Surround 7.1 Channel Gaming Headset @ PC Perspective

Networking
Linksys EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router @ Madshrimps


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Plex Support Comes to NVIDIA Shield TV

Posted: June 9, 2016 @ time: 03:12PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Plex is a popular piece of software used to turn your computer into a media server for streaming "music, photos, movies and TV shows." Users need to have an always-on device such as a PC or NAS, but an update from Plex has changed that. Support is now being added for the Android based NVIDIA Shield TV, marking the "first time Plex has worked without the need for a standalone media server running 24/7." The Shield TV is a sufficiently powerful system and with 500GB on-board storage and the ability to expand through USB, it should be a nice alternative for users that don't want to dedicate a system to the task. Plex is working with NVIDIA to iron out the details with a firmware and software update expected later this month. Plex addressed the move stating, "The SHIELD offers the perfect mix of capabilities for us to be able to enable this functionality. In the future we’d like to expand to support accelerated transcoding on other platforms, as well."

Source: Tech Crunch


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 10, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 10, 2016 @ time: 11:18AM
Author: bp9801

The last day of the week is here, but before the weekend begins, we have a couple of items for you to check out. There is a review on the Samsung Portable SSD T3, which brings 1TB of storage space to an external drive that you plug in via USB 3.0. Our other item for the day is a review on the Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, a new model using the Cherry MX Speed switches. These switches feature a shorter actuation distance for an improved typing experience, which should help you make that life-saving move in a game.

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung Portable SSD T3 (1TB) @ Bjorn3D

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps


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NVIDIA Giving Away $100,000 Worth of Prizes in E3 #GameReady Contest

Posted: June 10, 2016 @ time: 12:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In anticipation of E3 starting, NVIDIA has unveiled a contest it will hold during the convention, where you can enter to win prizes from game keys and Steam gift cards, to a GTX 1080 and a complete PC with SLI GTX 1080, Surround setup, and HTC Vive. All it takes to enter is posting to Twitter or Instagram with a mention of a game at E3, tagging @ NVIDIA and using #GameReady. You can also follow the NGN, NVIDIA Gaming Network YouTube channel and leave a comment on any E3 video.

The entry period started 9 AM PST on June 6 and ends 6 PM PST June 17 and winners will be announced on or around June 30.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA


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MSI Reveals Its GeForce GTX 1070 Lineup, Headlined by the GAMING X 8G

Posted: June 10, 2016 @ time: 02:12PM
Author: bp9801

Much like we saw with the GeForce GTX 1080 cards, MSI is giving the same treatment to the GTX 1070 lineup. NVIDIA's more affordable yet still crazy powerful option, the GeForce GTX 1070 is available today in the Founders Edition model, or soon in other options from the various board partners. MSI is offering four different versions of the GTX 1070 based on what you're after, just like the GTX 1080 line. The top model is the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G, which utilizes the Twin Frozr VI cooler for some serious overclocking potential without setting anything on fire. The Twin Frozr VI is the company's latest iteration of its thermal design, featuring high performance and good looks that are further enhanced with some RGB LEDs in the dragon logo. The card sports a 10-phase PCB design and Military Class IV components, as well as an 8+6-pin PCIe connector design to deliver plenty of power. Toss in the matte black solid metal backplate and you have one card that should last a long time.

Moving down the product stack brings us to the GeForce GTX 1070 SEA HAWK X, sporting a liquid cooler already attached. This cooler is the result of a partnership between MSI and Corsair, giving us all a chance to push the GTX 1070 to the absolute limit without worrying about an air cooler hitting a wall. It already has a factory overclock, but that Corsair Hydro Series liquid cooler should mean there is plenty left to discover on the core.

The third card in the GTX 1070 lineup is the ARMOR 8G OC. This card has a black and white Twin Frozr V cooler and Advanced Airflow Control for enhanced cooling performance, along with a striking design that should match up nicely in any number of builds. The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC also has Zero Frozr technology to stop the fans in low-load situations, so when you're just browsing the Web, you won't hear a thing.

MSI's finaly GTX 1070 is the GeForce GTX 1070 AERO 8G OC, featuring a thermal solution most similar to GeForce cards of old. It has a radial blower fan to push the air directly out of the case, while the black and white color scheme just makes it all look good.

Each MSI GeForce GTX 1070 video card is VR Ready thanks to the VR Gaming App, which gives one-click optimization for the best virtual reality experience. You can even pick up the VR Boost Kit, a 5.25" bay accessory that puts an HDMI connector and two USB 3.0 connections on the front panel to give you easy access for a VR headset.

No pricing for the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 lineup was announced at this time, but expect it to start at $379. Both the ARMOR 8G and AERO 8G cards have a non-OC version, too, which should be a bit cheaper than the OC model. All the cards should be on (r)etail shelves soon, so keep an eye out if you're in need of a new video card.

Source: Press Release


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Battlefield 1's New Trailer Brings Us Deeper Into The Great War

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 03:13PM
Author: bp9801

EA's E3 press conference has come and gone, and while it wasn't the most riveting conference ever, it did bring us some new items. One thing is a new trailer for Battlefield 1, EA DICE's take on World War 1. Battlefield 1 offers an alternate take on what happened during The Great War, but it's one that looks to deliver all the great Battlefield action you've come to know and love. Intense 64-player multiplayer battles, tanks, planes, zeppelins, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and plenty of new weapons await us in BF1. I have to admit, it looks fantastic running on the Frostbite 3 engine, even if not everything in the trailer below is actual gameplay. Some of it does look that way, with destructible buildings, planes flying in close, explosions ripping through the area, and so much more to take in. So sit back and enjoy.

Battlefield 1 arrives on October 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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BioWare Teases Us With a New Look at Mass Effect: Andromeda

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 03:36PM
Author: bp9801

If you're an RPG fan, EA's E3 conference could have brought something either Mass Effect or Dragon Age-related at long last. Well, Dragon Age is still missing, but we did get something on Mass Effect: Andromeda. It was shoehorned between Madden and FIFA, but BioWare's Aaryn Flynn did take the stage to show off a new trailer for Andromeda. Flynn said how it's a new galaxy, a new place to explore, with the most freedom possible in any BioWare game to date. We get some looks at the new ship, Mako, and the cast, including a rather young Asari kid that might be more of a tech user than biotic powerhouse. Some parts do tend to follow what we were shown before on ME:A, but still, it's at least good to get something. Even if most of it is just in-engine footage and not actual gameplay. There is a nice focus at the end on one character, so that's good to see. I just wish we would have more, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see it.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is slated to arrive early next year on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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Quake is Back in Quake Champions

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 09:10PM
Author: bp9801

Bethesda might have held just its second E3 press conference, but man, do they know how to rock it. Things started with an utter bang, as Bethesda unveiled none other than a new Quake. It makes sense since we just had a new DOOM, but now we have another classic id Software franchise back in the folds. Quake Champions is the name of the new entry, and the fast-paced, skill-based, arena-styled first-person shooter combat is back. Quake Champions gives us the multiplayer action the original series is known for, but brings it to the modern age with amazing graphics, unlocked framerates, and all of it at 120Hz. It has a cast of unique characters with their own distinctive abilities, some of which you can see in the trailer below. You can fight however you want in Quake Champions, and players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play it. Id Software is building the game to let everyone enjoy the intense combat, so whether you're an experienced gamer or brand-new, Quake Champions is for you.

More on Quake Champions will be revealed during QuakeCon this August. Id Software is also expanding Quake Champions' eSports potential beyond just the convention, so be on the lookout for it at other venues once the game arrives.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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Journey Back to Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Arriving October 28

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 09:33PM
Author: bp9801

Fans of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series were hoping for any news during the studio's E3 press conference, but what we got might not be entirely what we were hoping for. It isn't The Elder Scrolls VI, but rather a remaster of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This remaster updates the graphics engine of Skyrim to take advantage of the new enhancements done in Fallout 4, such as volumetric lighting, redone art and effects, dynamic depth of field, improved snow, better water shaders, and much more. Basically, it brings Skyrim up to the levels modders have brought it to, but without needing to resort to mods for this edition. However, mods are a part of Bethesda games, which is why PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers now have access to mods through Bethesda.net. There's no telling just how many already available Skyrim mods will appear on Bethesda.net, but there should be a good number.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives on October 28 for PC, PS4, and XBO. Anyone who already owns Skyrim and all the DLCs (or the Legendary Edition) on PC will receive a free upgrade to the Special Edition. How's that for a freebie?

Source: Livestream, YouTube, and Twitter


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Bethesda Reveals the Final Three Pieces of Fallout 4 DLC

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 10:48PM
Author: bp9801

Over the last few months, we've had three separate DLCs release for Fallout 4. However, Bethesda kept saying those were only half of what we were getting. During its E3 press conference, we found out what the other three are, and they are quite varied. We are receiving two new Workshop DLCs and then a story DLC that should offer plenty of thrills. The first Workshop DLC is called Contraptions, which adds a ton of new items to our settlement, like elevators, armor racks, weapon racks, warehouses, fireworks, greenhouses, and even track kits. These track kits allow for Rube Goldberg-esque creations to populate your settlements with, which can then activate the new sorting machines and conveyor belts to give you a better idea of the junk you've accumulated throughout the Commonwealth. Or just chuck them at a settler that upsets you, whichever.

The next Workshop DLC is Vault-Tec. That's right, you can build your own vaults in Fallout 4 (I guess the mod for that is no obsolete). You start off in an underground cavern, maybe something similar to what Vault 114 had in mind, and then you can scrap items and build to your heart's content. Be careful when opening up new sections for building, however, as there might be some creatures lurking. Once dispatched, you can start laying down all the new Vault structures for the vault of your dreams, bring in new dwellers, and help them defend it when raiders come calling. Of course, what good is a Vault-Tec DLC without some experiments to run on your dwellers? Evidently Fallout Shelter was a test run to see how well we can build a vault.

Speaking of Fallout Shelter, the popular mobile game is receiving a new 1.6 update soon that adds quests for your dwellers to go on, new creatures to defeat, new locations, and more. Oh, and Fallout Shelter is coming to PC. Now you have even more distractions at your disposal!

Now, back to the Fallout 4 DLC. The final one is called Nuka-World, which is a massive pre-war amusement park now taken over by raiders. It seems to be more of a story DLC, much like Far Harbor, but right now not a whole lot else is known about it. Expect new quests, a new region to explore, enemies to defeat, and just maybe an amusement park to enjoy. Nuka-World is the last piece of DLC for Fallout 4, sadly, but it should send us off with a bang.

Fallout 4: Contraptions arrives next week, Vault-Tec in July, and Nuka-World in August. No prices were announced for any of them, but all are available in the Season Pass. The Fallout Shelter 1.6 update arrives in July on both mobiles and PC.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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Arkane Studios Revives Prey

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 11:18PM
Author: bp9801

E3 is typically a time for the unexpected, and Bethesda delivered in that regard. First we got Quake Champions and then we get something perhaps no one expected to ever appear again: Prey. This isn't id Software at the helm, however, as Arkane Studios, the same team responsible for the Dishonored series, is handling Prey. The original Prey came out in 2006 and then news of a sequel in 2011. However, nothing happened with it and then it was formally canceled in 2014. Now, it seems Prey is back, with Arkane's take on it being a full-on reboot of the series. The trailer showed something that bore almost no similarities to the original game, instead giving us something a little more of a Total Recall/Blade Runner mashup that looks positively inviting, what with the fighting and the mystery of who you really are. Of course, looks can be deceiving, but so far, Prey is one to keep an eye on. Plus, Chris Avellone is working on it, so the story should be rather enticing.

No solid release date for Prey was announced at the conference, other than sometime in 2017. It'll arrive on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Livestream, YouTube, and Twitter


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Dishonored 2 Looks Amazing in New Gameplay Trailer

Posted: June 12, 2016 @ time: 11:51PM
Author: bp9801

Before Bethesda's E3 press conference wrapped up, Arkane Studios had plenty to tell us about Dishonored 2. Set 15 years after the first game, take on the role of either Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin as you attempt to discover the truth behind why Emily, the rightful Empress, was usurped by a shadowy figure. Dishonored 2 is set in the city of Karnaca, with Arkane doing everything possible to make this city feel alive. The audio, the art and locations inside the city, and even the storms that hit it are all upgraded to make Karnaca an actual city. Every part of it tells a story, whether you're roaming around it or running for your life. Emily's powers are different from Corvo's (more stealth than pure combat), and at times Emily seems to be the more powerful character, but maybe Corvo has picked up a thing or two over the last 15 years. One new thing for both Emily and Corvo is the ability to climb the city. Karnaca is far more vertical, with Arkane letting players go up to accomplish their objective. Oh, and while the new storms will help obscure you from enemies, it also does the same for them from you. Caution is advised.

Dishonored 2 arrives on November 11 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Collector's Edition was revealed that includes a replica of Corvo's mask and Emily's ring, among other items, but supplies are limited, so be sure to secure an order sooner rather than later.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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Microsoft to Purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 08:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I am not sure if anyone saw this coming, but it has been announced that Microsoft intends to acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, which comes to a value of about $26.2 billion, in an all-cash transaction. The Boards of Directors of both Microsoft and LinkedIn unanimously approved this acquisition, so all that remains before the deal closes is approval of LinkedIn's shareholders, satisfaction of some regulatory approvals, and customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close this calendar year.

 

 

Source: Microsoft


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 13, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 09:21AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, bringing with it a few items for you to check out. We have a look at the Synology DS416slim 4-bay NAS is a much smaller NAS than you're typically used to, but it can still hold up to 8TB of storage across four 2.5" drives. There's a look at the best smartphones you can buy this year, covering a range of "best of" options for you to find the perfect smartphone. Ending things for today is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS416slim 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Best Smartphones of 2016 @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Podcast #403 @ PC Perspective


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Microsoft Announces Xbox One S and Project Scorpio

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 11:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For someone following the latest console news and rumors, neither of these announcements should be too surprising. At today's Microsoft E3 2016 briefing, the company announced two new additions to the Xbox family. The first was the Xbox One S, which is a slimmer version of the Xbox One with up to a 2TB hard drive and internal power supply. It is also capable of playing 4K content from Netflix and Amazon Video, and Blu-rays, and supports HDR. It will be available in August starting at $299 for a 500GB version and $349 for a 1TB version. That 2TB version comes in at $399. An updated version of the Xbox One controller is also coming with the S.

Also revealed at the end of the briefing was Project Scorpio, a new console with substantially more power. It will be packing an 8-core CPU, not unlike current consoles, but it will be paired with a new GPU with 6 TFLOPS of computing power. It is capable of 4K output at 60Hz and driving a VR experience, including Fallout 4 on VR. Whatever the final name of the new console will be, it is targeted to release Holiday 2017, so you will have plenty of time to prepare for its launch. It was stated that everything, games and accessories, for Xbox One will be compatible with it, so this should be considered an addition to the Xbox One family.

Source: Live Stream


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HyperX Announces CloudX Headset for Xbox One

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 03:05PM
Author: CheeseMan42

HyperX is the high performance line from Kingston, with offerings in memory, SSDs, and gaming peripherals. The CloudX is the latest headset from the company and the first fruit of a partnership with Microsoft announced in January. The headset combines a silver aluminum and matte black frame with memory foam cushioning to provide a comfortable gaming experience. Sound is provided through 53mm drivers with in-line volume and mute controls and a detachable noise cancelling microphone. HyperX global business manager Lawrence Yang described the headset stating, "We have designed CloudX with the same award winning features and added console conveniences and premium accessories all while keeping gamer’s budgets in mind to maintain an exceptional price point." The CloudX is available now at an MSRP of $99.99.

Source: Press Release


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AMD Revealed RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs at E3

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 03:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the beginning of the month, AMD officially announced the Radeon RX 480 GPU, which is meant to bring the performance needed for VR to the masses at just $199. That was at Computex and today at E3 the company revealed the RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs. The RX 470 is meant to provide power-efficient HD gaming, so while the RX 480 is targeted at providing a smooth 1440p experience, the RX 470 might be aimed more at 1080p. The RX 460 is supposed to a cool and efficient GPU for e-sports.

As all three of these GPUs are based on the Polaris architecture, they support DirectX 12 and Vulkan, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4, HDR, and have an h.265 codec built-in for accelerated encoding and decoding. That codec could potentially enable 10-bit 4K 60FPS streaming with little effort.

Source: AMD


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Razer Announces HDK 2 VR Headset

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 03:15PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Razer has been a big part of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project since the beginning, with more partners joining the project over time. The team is on hand at E3 this week and is using it to show off its own virtual reality headset, the Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK 2). The HDK 2 was described as follows: "The HDK [Hacker Development Kit] 2 is equipped with custom designed lenses and an OLED dual-display for a total resolution of 2160 by 1200. It also includes IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for a reduced screen door effect. Capable of displaying VR experiences at 90 frames-per-second, the HDK 2 hardware specifications are comparable to the best virtual reality headsets available now." With this announcement, the VR headset market continues to present more options to consumers, which will hopefully create a better environment for all parties. The previously released HDK remains available at a price of $299.99, "but the quality of the experience and the screen doesn't compare favorably to the Vive or the Rift." The HDK 2 is expected to be available in July at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Polygon


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Star Trek: Bridge Crew Coming to VR This Fall From Ubisoft

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 03:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today, Ubisoft announced a VR game that is certainly going to capture the imagination of a great many, as it puts the player into a classic science fiction universe. Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts the player on the bridge of the U.S.S. Aegis on its maiden voyage to explore The Trench, searching for a potential new home world for the Vulcan species. You are not alone in this region of space, as the Klingon Empire has ships of its own in the area.

The game is being developed by Red Storm Entertainment, an Ubisoft Studio, and is being designed exclusively for VR. It is meant to take advantage of the sense of social presence the technology provides by giving co-op players full-body avatars and real-time lip-sync. The crew can consist of four players in the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical, and Engineer, with each position being equally important to success. It can also be played solo, where you are in the role of the Captain, issuing orders to NPC crew mates.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew launches this Fall and will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft


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Trials of the Blood Dragon is Available Today

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 04:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Since Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon released in 2013, players have been wondering if we will see it return, and in what form. I somewhat doubt this is what any expected, but today Trials of the Blood Dragon is available for $14.99 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is a follow-up to the Trials series, but combined with the "unique, neon-drenched Blood Dragon attitude."

The game features a full narrative-driven adventure consisting of 30 missions across seven different worlds, including Vietnam War 4, space, and Hell. To get through these worlds, the player will have a range of vehicles, weapons, and tools at their disposal, including bikes, jetpacks, plasma rifles, a CD launcher, and a grappling hook. Like other Trials games, you will be able to compete with other players via the asynchronous leaderboards.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft


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Ubisoft Announces Open World Action Sports Game, Steep

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 04:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With an appropriately targeted release period of December, Ubisoft has announced Steep, a new open world, action sports game that lets the player explore the Alps with various sports activities. The game is meant to give players the exhilarating experiences of skiing, wingsuiting, snowboarding, and paragliding down the Alps, but with the freedom of an open world experience. The player does not have to keep to a set path, as you are free to travel and play as you wish. Although, using the Trial feature, you can relive your previous rides, record and edit them for sharing on social networks, and challenge friends to outrace you on the shared path.

Steep is set to come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in December. After release it will receive a free update that adds Alaskan slopes, for those who want to explore more than the Alps.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft


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For Honor Coming February 14, 2017

Posted: June 13, 2016 @ time: 05:02PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ubisoft has revealed a fair amount of information today at E3 for its new action IP For Honor, including its February 14, 2017 release date for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game allows the player to assume the role of a knight, a Viking, or a samurai warrior, as it takes place a thousand years after their world was destroyed, and these three factions had to fight each other for survival. Now they have united their scattered forces to engage in total open war. The player will need all of their wits about them to survive and defeat the evil Apollyon, leader of the Blackstone Legions.

The story campaign can be played solo or in two-player co-op, online and split-screen. For anyone interested in trying the game early, register at ForHonorgame.com for a chance to join the upcoming alpha and beta, that will be on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will come in different editions, as is proving to be the norm with Ubisoft titles, as both a Deluxe and Gold edition can be pre-ordered now. The Deluxe Edition comes with in-game content, including gear and customization items, while the Gold Edition includes all of those items and the full Season Pass. Pre-ordering will also net the player the exclusive Legacy Battle Pack, with three exclusive armor designs.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft


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Stress Tests Added to 3DMark

Posted: June 14, 2016 @ time: 07:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

After setting a new overclock for a computer, it is important to make sure it is stable under load, because if you push a system too far, it will crash and possibly overheat. To help check a system's stability, Futuremark has added new stress tests to the popular 3DMark benchmark suite.

There are four levels of stress testing to choose from, based on the Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme, and Fire Strike Ultra benchmarks. Each level works by looping the benchmark 20 times without any breaks or loading screens, which takes about 10 minutes. These different levels allow one to test computers from mid-range builds and gaming laptops, to powerful 4K rigs. To pass the test, all of the loops must complete, and have a Frame Rate Stability score must be at least 97%. This score is based on the maximum and minimum framerates recorded during the tests, and represents how consistent the performance of your system is under load. If your framerate were to suddenly drop during the test, this could suggest your GPU overheated and throttled down, indicating a need for better cooling.

The 3DMark Stress Tests are only available in the Advanced and Professional editions of the benchmarking suite. While the Advanced Edition only runs 20 test loops, the Professional Edition can be set to run 2 to 5000 loops.

Source: Futuremark


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 14, 2016 @ time: 10:46AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is here, bringing with it a few items for you to look over. There is a review on the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD, the first consumer model packed with IMFT 3D NAND flash that helps bring the cost/GB down while keeping performance rather high. For some other storage needs, the Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS gets tested to see how this two-bay NAS can help out your home or small business. Wrapping things up for today is something a little different, as various Easy Roller Polyhedral Gaming Dice get reviewed to see what would be the best fit for your tabletop gaming sessions.

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" SATA SSD @ PC Perspective
Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
Easy Roller Polyhedral Gaming Dice @ Benchmark Reviews


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be quiet! Updates Pure Power 9 PSUs Again

Posted: June 14, 2016 @ time: 03:19PM
Author: CheeseMan42

be quiet! first introduced the Pure Power 9 series in January and issued an update in March. The company has not been resting on its laurels, issuing yet another update to the line. The result of further development on the PSUs is that "the efficiency and the voltage stability are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum." The new models retain the "Active Clamp + SR" topology that improves efficiency and grants 80PLUS Silver certification to high wattage models and 80PLUS Bronze to the lower wattage models. The company was able to optimize several internal components to reduce noise "caused by extreme load changes of modern graphics cards," as well as through changing the design of the cooling fan. Rounding out the new features is the change to black sleeved fixed cables. The Pure Power 9 is available in capacities between 300W and 700W with a price point between $54.99 and $110.99.

Source: Press Release


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Mouse and Keyboard Coming Soon to Xbox One

Posted: June 15, 2016 @ time: 03:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft made the Play Anywhere initiative a big focus of its recent E3 live stream, with the promise of buying a game once and playing it on either Xbox One or Windows 10. Xbox lead Phil Spencer has revealed some further details that may help to bridge the gap between the two platforms. The company is actively working on integrating mouse and keyboard control support with the Xbox One, with Spencer stating, "Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away. I say it because I know it’s not years away, it’s more like months away, but we don’t have an exact date yet." Full support for the preferred control scheme of most PC gamers has the potential to make console systems more appealing to PC fans, and could even help level the playing field in cross-platform play. Spencer even sees it as a path to bring games that traditionally avoid consoles due to the available control scheme stating that "it’ll be interesting to see how many of those creators think about running their PC and mouse-only game on console, and then this idea of Play Anywhere might get even more interesting for those guys."

Source: Ars Technica


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Windows 10 Anniversary Update June Bug Bash Has Begun

Posted: June 16, 2016 @ time: 07:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The time of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is approaching, so naturally Microsoft has started a Bug Bash for the Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. For those who do not know, the Windows Insider program is a way for a user to get access to early builds of the operating system and its various components, so that you can provide feedback on what is coming, and report any issues you encounter. The Fast ring receives these pre-release updates the fastest of the public rings.

The new preview build, 14366 for the PC, has some 24 bug fixes in it, and two new things for the Windows Insiders to test. The two new things are Office Online for the Microsoft Edge browser, which will allow the Office Online extension to view, edit, and create Office files without having the larger software suite installed. The Windows Store has also received an update to improve its stability and performance. Among the bug fixes are changes to prevent displays from changing order and scaling, a fix for the French version occasionally reverting to English, and fixing Cortana search results to give a right-click context menu for .docx files.

A bug bash is a fairly common step ahead of a major software release, and the Anniversary Update is expected in July, and because the focus is on fixing issues, there will be few, if any new features added for some time now. If you choose to try out this preview build, which you can get through the Windows Update, Advanced Options page in Settings, you will be given Quests to complete. These are somewhat targeted directives meant to get the Windows Insider to explore the preview build, to make sure things are working properly, and to turn in feedback if things are not.

Source: Windows Experience Blog


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 16, 2016, Edition

Posted: June 16, 2016 @ time: 10:12AM
Author: bp9801

Another week is drawing to a close, but luckily we have several items for you to check out to help pass the time. We have a look at the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming video card, which has a massive cooler and a custom PCB that should help get the card to new overclocking heights. There's a review on the Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-2666 Memory Kit, offering plenty of speed and capacity for your new build. If pure storage is what you're after, maybe the Samsung Portable SSD T3 is the answer, offering up to 2TB of capacity on the go. For those needing some control over their games, the Bloody B720 Light Strike Keyboard, with its unique mechanical switch style that uses infrared sensors, could be on your list. Ending things for today is the ASRock DeskMini 110, a mini-STX computer that is around the same size as a power supply.

Video Cards
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming @ TechSpot

Memory
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB 2666 DDR4 Memory Kit @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung Portable SSD T3 @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Bloody B720 Light Strike Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Small Form Factor
ASRock DeskMini 110 @ TechSpot


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F1 2016 Gets Release Date and Gameplay Videos

Posted: June 16, 2016 @ time: 10:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today the upcoming racing game F1 2016 had its release date and first gameplay videos revealed. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 19, and for those who want it, there will also be a Limited Edition of the game that can be pre-ordered. This edition comes with the Career Booster DLC pack, which gives players a percentage bonus to all research and development credits. It also includes exclusive career helmet and laptop designs, within the game.

The new gameplay video features Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull Racing, and Jolyon Palmer, of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, taking their first virtual laps on the Baku City Circuit. You can watch the Welcome to Baku video below, as well as the two videos of Ricciardo's and Palmer's laps:

 

 

Daniel Ricciardo Baku Flying Lap:

 

 

Jolyon Palmer Baku Flying Lap:

 

 

Source: Press Release and Codemasters


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