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News Archives for June 2017

Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 1, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 1, 2017 @ time: 07:35AM
Author: bp9801

The first day of June has arrived, with a couple of items to help welcome it in. We have a review of the Corsair One, the company's pre-built gaming PC with a rather unique shape and the potential to be a solid addition to your hardware collection. Our other item for the day is one that took place during the recent Indy 500, with the Verizon 5G House receiving a visit to show off what the faster mobile speed is capable of doing.

Prebuilts
Corsair One @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Visiting the Verizon 5G House at the Indy500 @ LanOC Reviews


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Thermaltake Shows Off New Case and New Cooling Products at Computex

Posted: June 1, 2017 @ time: 02:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Thermaltake brought a number of products to Computex, including a new case and several new cooling products. The case it introduced is the View 71 TG Edition, a full tower with 5 mm tempered glass on four sides; left, right, front, and top. All of that glass is meant to allow the owner to show off their hardware and DIY skills. The case comes with two 140 mm Riing Blue LED fans preinstalled and features seven tool-free drive bays with modular drive racks, to give you room for more storage or for liquid cooling expansion, depending on what you need. The top and front also have magnetic fan filters on them, but do not worry, the bottom has a fan filter as well.

Also announced at Computex was the Floe Riing RGB TT Premium Edition Series, a line of CPU coolers with RGB LEDs that can be controlled via software. These AIO coolers will be available in 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm sizes, so you can get the level of cooling you want, assuming your case supports it.

If you are looking to build a custom liquid-cooling loop, instead of using an AIO solution, the Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator and Pacific W4 Plus CPU Cooler were also announced. These are meant to provide exceptional cooling performance with a high fin density and dual-row tubes in the radiator, and an optimized micro-channel structure in the water block along with the 16.8 million colors the LEDs offer. Also showcased was the TT Premium Concentrate Coolant Series, a ready-to-mix, anti-corrosion, and fully biodegradable concentrate. The series offers blue, red, green, acid green, orange, yellow, purple, and black colors, so you have a nice selection of colors.

Source: Thermaltake [1], [2], [3]


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 2, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 2, 2017 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, with several items ready to go for you to kick off the weekend. There's a review of the ASUS Strix GTX 1080 11Gbps model, sporting the faster memory that was introduced on the 1080 Ti. We have an article taking a look at how 3D X-Point Phase Change Memory works, as well as what exactly it is. A new case mod is highlighted that takes the In Win 301 case and adds a fantastic style to it. Ending things for the week is a new podcast covering the latest information from Computex.

Video Cards
ASUS Strix GTX 1080 11Gbps @ LanOC Reviews

Memory
How 3D XPoint Phase-Change Memory Works @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Arctic @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #452 @ PC Perspective


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Need for Speed Payback Announced and Coming November 10

Posted: June 2, 2017 @ time: 08:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today EA and its studio Ghost Games announced Need for Speed Payback will be the next game in the franchise and is launching November 10 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The title will be an action driving fantast game that is about more than finishing first but also building the perfect ride and playing out the story. The player will get to drive as Tyler, the Racer; Mac, the Showman; and Jess, the Wheelman while taking on The House, a cartel ruling over casinos, criminals, and cops, and working to earn the respect of the underground. Need for Speed Payback will also feature the deepest vehicle customization in the series to date, allowing players to craft unique rides and transforming a derelict into a supercar.

While the release may be months away, we already have details on the pre-order bonuses and Deluxe Edition. Those who pre-order will get the Platinum Car Pack that includes five customized and tuned cars at launch, along with Platinum Blue Tire Smoke that only those cars can equip. The Deluxe Edition includes the Platinum Car Pack and adds exclusive customization items, including the Deluxe Edition license plate and NOS color, in-game discounts, and Rep bonuses. Those who get the Deluxe Edition will also have three days of early access to the full game, while those with EA Access or Origin Access will only have 10 hours of early playtime, starting on November 2.

 

 

Source: EA


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 5, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 5, 2017 @ time: 07:46AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of June is ready to start, with several items to get it going. We have a review of the BIOSTAR Z270GTN mITX motherboard, a gaming and enthusiast-focused motherboard that could be right at home in your new small build. If you're after a new wireless router, perhaps the Synology RT2600ac WiFi router is for you. For those desiring a mini PC, the review of the ECS LIVA Z just might make your decision easier for you. Computex 2017 has wrapped up, with an article looking back at the best products shown off and announced during the show. We end things with a look at whether or not leaving Facebook five years ago was the right choice for one person.

Motherboards
BIOSTAR Z270GTN mITX @ Benchmark Reviews

Networking
Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router @ Madshrimps

Prebuilts
ECS LIVA Z @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
TechSpot Best of Computex 2017 @ TechSpot
Five Years Without Facebook @ TechSpot


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 6, 2017 @ time: 07:38AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a few items to get the day going. We have a review on the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass case, with the glass side panels enabling you to show off everything you have packed inside it. If you need some portable storage, perhaps the Lexar Jumpdrive S57 USB 3.0 flash drive, with different colors for the different capacities, is for you. Wrapping things up for today is a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone to see if it really is the best Android phone you can get today.

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Lexar Jumpdrive S57 USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S8+ @ TechSpot


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The Swords of Ditto Announced and Coming to E3

Posted: June 6, 2017 @ time: 04:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With E3 quickly approaching, we are seeing some news come out for different titles that will be there. Among them will be the newly announced indie game The Swords of Ditto from developers onebitbeyond and publishers Devolver Digital. The Swords of Ditto is an action-adventure RPG that can be played solo or with a co-op companion as you create a new legend while defending the Island of Ditto from Mormo. Successes and failures will be recorded in the tomes of Ditto, impacting future adventures. Banishing Mormo will leave a more joyful land for future generations, while failure allows darkness to start enveloping the island. Monuments and loot from prior adventures can also be found by new heroes.

The Swords of Ditto is coming to PC and PlayStation 4 in early 2018 but will also be at E3. Its gameplay debut will be streamed live on twitch.tv/twitch on Monday, June 12 at 5 PM, Pacific time.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 7, 2017 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week has arrived, with several items to get you through the day. We have a review on the Galax GTX 1070 Katana, which features a single-slot design that can more easily fit in small builds while delivering plenty of power. There's a look at both the Patriot Viper V370 and V361 headsets to see what kind of differences exist in these budget-friendly models. The Google Pixel smartphone gets reviewed to show off what it can do and how things look different for Google without the Nexus line. For those interested in being healthier, a fitness tracker is a great investment, with the LifeTrak Zoom HRV Wearable Body Computer taking the design to a new level. Ending things for today is a look at 20 of the worst setups seen during May.

Video Cards
Galax GTX 1070 Katana @ TechSpot

Speakers/Headphones
Patriot Viper V370 and V361 Headsets @ LanOC Reviews

Mobile
Google Pixel @ PC Perspective

Gadgets
LifeTrak Zoom HRV Wearable Body Computer @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - May 2017 @ ThinkComputers


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 8, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 8, 2017 @ time: 07:39AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a couple of items available for you to check out. We have a look at the Noctua A-Series fans and accessories, with sizes ranging from 40mm to 200mm, and accessories including a mounting kit, fan controller, and anti-vibration mounts. Our other item for the day is for those after plenty of storage, with the Thecus N4810 High-Value 4-bay NAS reviewed to see how all that extra storage can help you out, even if it's just playing back content in 4K directly from the NAS.

Cooling
Noctua A-Series Fans and Accessories @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Thecus N4810 High-Value 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps


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Two Pre-Order Characters Announced for Agents of Mayhem, Including Johnny Gat

Posted: June 8, 2017 @ time: 03:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today two characters were announced as pre-order bonuses for Volition's and Deep Silver's upcoming Agents of Mayhem. One agent is Lazarus, a merging of woman and machine, who still loves humanity, even though she has evolved beyond it. The other is Johnny Gat from the Saints Row franchise, though with a retconned backstory. Instead of being a member of the Saints gang, Johnny achieved the rank of Lieutenant in Seoul's police department. After awakening from a year-long coma and finding the police had been replaced by robots, he needed a new place to call home. His love of guns and wanton destruction (and hate of robots) made him a perfect fit for MAYHEM.

Lazarus is a pre-order bonus character for digital purchases while Johnny Gat is a GameStop exclusive pre-order bonus. Agents of Mayhem releases on August 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 9, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 9, 2017 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with a few items for you to check out as the weekend starts to unfold. We have a review of the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse, which sports different customizable thumb grips for you to swap out for that perfect fit. If you're after a new all-in-one PC that can also handle some gaming, perhaps the Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 Gaming PC should be on your list, as it features an Intel Core i7 6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Ending things for today is a look at the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop, featuring a new design from the previous model to really showcase the hardware and 360° hinge.

Mice/Keyboards
Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse @ TechSpot

Prebuilts
Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 Gaming PC @ ThinkComputers

Laptops/Tablets
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 @ PC Perspective


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Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced

Posted: June 11, 2017 @ time: 04:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The next Assassin's Creed game has finally been announced as Assassin's Creed Origins, and as many rumors had indicated, the game is set in ancient Egypt. It is being developed by the Ubisoft Montreal team that worked on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag along with Ubisofts Singapore, Sofia, Chengdu, Shanghai, Bucharest, Kiev, and the external Sperasoft studio. Its release date is currently set for October 27, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

As the title suggests, the story is to reveal the origin of the Assassin's Brotherhood, starting with Bayek, a protector of Egypt. Players will get to explore the living, systemic open world, discovering forgotten myths and secrets of the last pharaohs and Great Pyramids. The game is also to give a new vision to the franchise, as it embraces action-RPG elements, such as leveling up, loot, and selecting abilities to customize your character. Origins will also feature a new combat system that allows one to engage multiple enemies at once and includes ultra-rare weapons. The narrative experience gives players new freedom as well, so we can choose and complete quests at our pace.

Along with this announcement, the Deluxe and Gold Editions have been announced. The Deluxe Edition includes a printed version of the hand-drawn world map, the official soundtrack, and the Digital Deluxe Pack with its Ambush at Sea naval mission, Desert Cobra Pack, and three bonus Ability points. The Gold Edition includes all of this and the Season Pass, and for those who want it, there will be a Steelbook version of the Gold Edition. Those who pre-order the game will also receive the Secrets of the First Pyramids mission that reveals to players secrets of those ancient structures and the mysteries they contain.

Source: Ubiblog [1] and [2]


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Metro Exodus Announced and Coming 2018

Posted: June 11, 2017 @ time: 06:05PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This bit a news is one I am happy to see come out of E3 as I very much enjoyed the prior Metro games. Metro Exodus, the next chapter in the franchise has been announced and is coming in 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A quarter-century after a nuclear war devastated humanity, leaving only a few thousand survivors in the metro beneath ruined-Moscow, you as Artyom must flee what has been your home to find a new life in the East.

In Metro Exodus players will not only be crossing the continent but also a full year, experiencing Spring, Summer, and the Autumn of a nuclear winter. The game will feature the blend of action, horror, survival, and stealth the franchise is known for, along with story-driven design and choices that will determine your comrade's fates. Players will get to explore non-linear levels as they cross the ruined world aboard the Aurora, a heavily modified steam locomotive.

Steam currently has the Metro Redux games on sale, so you can pick them up at a good price if you are interested.

Source: Deep Silver


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 12, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 12, 2017 @ time: 07:59AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with plenty of items for you to check out today. We have a review of the ASUS Strix Z270I Gaming motherboard, a compact model that still delivers plenty of features to keep you gaming for longer. For something on the AMD side of things, there's the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, the flagship model from ASUS for Ryzen CPUs. A few different video cards get tested, with the XFX RX 570, XFX RX 460, and ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 all reviewed so you get a good range of performance and price levels. There are plenty of more things for you to check out, from cases and HDDs to speakers and more, so hit up all the links below to see.

Cases
Thermaltake Core P1 @ LanOC Reviews
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 @ Bjorn3D
Streacom FC8 Alpha @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
ASUS Strix Z270I Gaming @ LanOC Reviews
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero @ Bjorn3D

Video Cards
XFX Rs XXX Edition Rx 570 4GB OC @ Bjorn3D
XFX RX 460 4GB Heatsink Edition @ Bjorn3D
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC Edition 8GB 11Gbps @ Bjorn3D

Storage/Hard Drives
Seagate Ironwolf 10TB @ Bjorn3D

Gaming
E3 2017 Trailer Roundup: Upcoming PC Games @ TechSpot

Speakers/Headphones
Creative MUVO 2 Portable Water-resistant BT Speaker with Built-in MP3 Player @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
The Steam Machine: What Went Wrong @ TechSpot


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Intel Announces Release Dates for Upcoming Core i9 CPUs

Posted: June 12, 2017 @ time: 02:45PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Intel announced its next generation Core i9 CPUs late last month, but didn't set a release date for all of the announced models. The company has now remedied that with release dates for the Core i9-7980XE 18 core, i9-7960X 16 core, i9-7940X 14 core, and i9-7920X 12 core CPUs. The 12 core model will be available first in August, with the 14, 16, and 18 core models hitting the market in October. These models join the i9-7900X and lower models that will be available sometime this month. The prices will range between $1199 for the 7920X to $1999 for the 7980XE, which puts these CPUs out of reach for most consumers. It will be interesting to see how much more performance users are able to achieve for the premium price tag.

Source: The Motley Fool


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 13, 2017 @ time: 07:40AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a few items in tow to get you through the day. There's a review on the be quiet! SILENT LOOP 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler that gets tested on the AMD Ryzen line to see if it still stands up to the heat potential those chips can produce. We have a look at the Cooler Master MasterKeys PBT Keyboards, which use PBT plastic for the keys instead of ABS to give it a higher quality feel when you're typing away on the Cherry MX switches. Wrapping things up is a benchmark review of DiRT 4, giving you an idea of how it runs on an impressive 27 different GPUs to cover a massive spectrum.

CPU Cooling
be quiet! SILENT LOOP 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master MasterKeys PBT Keyboards @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
DiRT 4 Benchmarked @ TechSpot


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be quiet! Announces Shadow Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler

Posted: June 13, 2017 @ time: 04:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The latest CPU cooler from be quiet! is the Shadow Rock TF 2, the successor to the Shadow Rock TopFlow. A low profile design, with a height of just 112mm with a fan, and a TDP of 160W make the TF 2 a great choice for systems of all sizes. The TF 2 is centered around five 6mm copper heat pipes that are directly connected to the base, allowing for the most efficient transfer of heat. An included 135mm sound optimized fan helps to further increase the cooling potential while keeping noise to just 24.4dbB. The Shadow Rock TF 2 has an MSRP of $60 and has mounting kits for both Intel and AMD systems.

Source: Press Release


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The Crew 2 Announced by Ubisoft

Posted: June 13, 2017 @ time: 05:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are a lot of announcements coming out of E3 this week, and among them is The Crew 2, the sequel to the 2014 MMO racing RPG The Crew. The game is coming from the Ubisoft studio, Ivory Tower, along with several associate studios, like the original, but will feature a fully redesigned USA to explore. This new open world is Motornation and it will push physical boundaries and players with non-stop competition and exploration across cars, bikes, boats, and planes. New areas will also be enhanced with life-like vegetation, 3D volumetric clouds and fog, and realistic water behavior.

The current release target is early 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Ubisoft has also announced The Crew Rewards Program as a sign of appreciation for existing The Crew players. It will offer up to 18 vehicles in The Crew 2 to these palyers.

Source: Ubisoft


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 14, 2017 @ time: 07:46AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with several items to get you through the day. We have a look at the BitFenix Portal Mini-ITX case, a compact model that has a rail system to still house a ton of components for a gaming rig. There's a look back at the GeForce GTX 780 video card to see what it's capable of doing today. The LEPA NEOllusion RGB CPU cooler is tested to see what this relatively new company can do to keep your processor running during intense use. If you're after some power, perhaps the Corsair TX-M Series 750W PSU is the one for you, with its semi-modular design and 80 Plus Gold certification. We end things for today with a review of the Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT keyboard, featuring PBT keycaps and a tenkeyless design.

Cases
BitFenix Portal Mini-ITX @ Benchmark Reviews

Video Cards
A Look Back at the GeForce GTX 780 in 2017 @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
LEPA NEOllusion RGB CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
Corsair TX-M Series 750W @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT Keyboard @ LanOC Reviews


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 15, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 15, 2017 @ time: 07:41AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a couple of items today for you to check out. We have a review on the Corsair Lighting Node PRO, which provides a means of adding controllable RGB LED light strips to your case for the ultimate level in "wow" factor. Our other item for the day is a review of the LG G6 smartphone, the new flagship model that features a gigantic, nearly edge-to-edge screen and a host of other features to make the phone high-end.

Gadgets
Corsair Lighting Node PRO @ Madshrimps

Mobile
LG G6 @ TechSpot


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 19, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 19, 2017 @ time: 07:51AM
Author: bp9801

June is more than halfway over, with the month flying along to its conclusion. We have several reviews for you to check out today to help pass the time, starting with a look at the Intel Core i9 7900X and i7 7740K CPUs. These are the latest and greatest from Intel, packed to the brim with features and improvements sure to handle every task you can think of. There's a review of the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps video card, featuring faster memory that just might help it compete for longer. For keeping a PC cool, we have a review on the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Liquid CPU Cooler, featuring a large radiator and the cooling capabilities for the hottest CPUs. There are several other things you can check out, too, including an HTPC system and a guide to some cryptocurrencies, among others.

CPUs
Intel Core i9-7900X 10-core Skylake-X @ PC Perspective
Intel Core X Series i9-7900X and i7-7740X @ LanOC Reviews

Video Cards
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps @ LanOC Reviews

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Liquid CPU Cooler @ Madshrimps

Gaming
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mini-Test @ TechSpot

Prebuilts
AVADirect Affinity HTPC System @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
The State of Mining: Guide to Ethereum @ TechSpot
Podcast #454 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 21, 2017 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items to get you over the hump. We have a look at the AMD EPYC 7000 Series Data Center Processor launch, with Xeon squarely in its sights in order to gain some market share back. If you only have $100 to spend on a video card, have no fear, as we have a look at which one is the best you can get for that amount. There's a review on the Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard, which packs in a ton of features for a model under $100 that should be appealing to many. If you're after a new wireless mouse, perhaps the Roccat Leadr Gaming Mouse, with its 12000 DPI optical sensor and 20 hour battery life, is the one to get. We finish off with a review on the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition Gaming Headset, which has a tweak to the audio output to deliver a clearer sound while gaming or listening to music.

CPUs
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Data Center Processor Launch @ PC Perspective

Video Cards
The Best $100 Entry-Level GPU: Radeon RX 560 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 @ TechSpot

Keyboards/Mice
Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard @ TechSpot
Roccat Leadr Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps


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New Micro Machines World Series Trailer Reveals All 10 Race Tracks

Posted: June 21, 2017 @ time: 05:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A new trailer has released for Micro Machines World Series and it shows all 10 of the game's race tracks and the 12 Micro Machines. Many of the game's 15 battle arenas are present in the trailer as well. It also features the voice of John Moschitta, the world's fastest talking man and the voice of the franchise from the 80's.

Micro Machines World Series launches on June 30 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Press Release


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NVIDIA Announces the Tesla V100 GPU Architecture

Posted: June 21, 2017 @ time: 10:24PM
Author: scr4wl

NVIDIA has announced a new addition to the Tesla product line featuring the Volta V100 GPU architecture. The Volta V100 has been dubbed the "World’s Most Advanced Data Center GPU." At the heart of Volta's GV100 GPU lies 21.1 billion transistors crammed into an 815 mm2 die. Not only does the new Volta architecture offer considerably more power than previous generations, it incorporates many new features, ultimately simplifying GPU programming. Below are some of the features included in the Tesla V100 architecture to give you an idea of just what's inside each card.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) Architecture Optimized for Deep Learning
  • Second-Generation NVIDIA NVLink™
  • HBM2 Memory: Faster, Higher Efficiency
  • Volta Multi-Process Service
  • Enhanced Unified Memory and Address Translation Services
  • Maximum Performance and Maximum Efficiency Modes
  • Cooperative Groups and New Cooperative Launch APIs
  • Volta Optimized Software

According to NVIDIA, the Volta architecture offers a leap forward in "deep learning performance" thanks to the new Tensor cores. The GV100 GPU reportedly offers up to 7.5 teraflops of double precision performance and 15 teraflops of single precision performance. The Volta GPU accomplishes this performance by utilizing a total of 640 Tensor cores. According to NVIDIA, these Tensor cores offer six times higher peak TFLOPS over the standard FP16 operations on the older P100 line. For more information on the Volta architecture, hit up the source below to check out the entire white paper!

Source: NVIDIA


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 22, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 22, 2017 @ time: 07:25AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a couple of items to help out today. We have a review on the ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe motherboard, featuring support for the new Intel Core-X CPUs and all the goodies that come with the new enthusiast chips. Our other item for the day also features the ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe motherboard, but it's focused on 802.11ad (WiGig) testing to see how these promised 4.6Gbps wireless transfer speeds play out in the real world.

Motherboards
ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe @ LanOC Reviews

Networking
802.11ad (WiGig) Tested with ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe and Netgear Nighthawk X10 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 23, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 23, 2017 @ time: 07:55AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, with some items for you to check out before the weekend arrives in earnest. We have some looks at the new Intel Core i9 series, with the 7900X reviewed, as well as the i7 7820X and 7800X for some more affordable high-end CPU bliss. If you're after some portable storage, perhaps the Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 flash drive is for you, especially with 155MB/s read speeds. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

CPUs
Intel Core i9-7900X, i7-7820X, and i7-7800X @ TechSpot
Intel Core i9-7900X 10-Core Processor @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Podcast #455 @ PC Perspective


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 26, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 26, 2017 @ time: 07:37AM
Author: bp9801

The final week of June has arrived, with several items to kick it off. We have a look at the Intel Core i7 7740X processor, running on the Kaby Lake-X architecture and sporting plenty of higher end features for a fairly attractive price. We have a couple of different audio solutions for you, starting with the SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset that can be a wireless or wired model depending on what you need. The other audio option is the Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset, offering multiple colors to choose from and a USB or analog connection based on if you want to take advantage of surround sound or not. We have an article looking at the top 10 best MMOs you can play right now, with another article showing how you can move your Steam games to your new SSD without having to redownload them.

CPUs
Intel Core i7-7740X @ ThinkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Arctis 7 @ LanOC Reviews
Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset @ PC Perspective

Gaming
Top 10 Best MMOs @ TechSpot
Transfer Steam Games to an SSD without Redownloading @ TechSpot


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Nintendo Announces SNES Classic Edition

Posted: June 26, 2017 @ time: 03:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition, a version of the classic console with 30 games already installed on it, and, perhaps not unexpectedly, the Super NES Classic Edition has been announced. It will come with two controllers, 20 classic games, and, surprisingly, Star Fox 2, which never released on the original console. The console is to have an MSRP of $79.99 and is to be available on September 29, 2017, at least for the lucky ones. Hopefully Nintendo will have enough produced to satisfy demand.

Here is the list of games:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • F-Zero
  • Super Metroid
  • Street Fighter II
  • Super Punch Out
  • Castlevania IV
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Mega Man X
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Star Fox
  • Yoshi's Island
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Secret of Mana
  • Earth Bound
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Star Fox 2

Source: Nintendo


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 27, 2017 @ time: 07:55AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with several items to get you going on the day. If you've picked up one of the new Intel Core i9 7900X processors, there's a guide on how to overclock it to get the most out of your new chip. We have a review of the Gigabyte AB350N Gaming WiFi motherboard, providing an ITX option for AMD's Ryzen processors. For those after cooling, we have a look at the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Air Cooler, which has a slim tower design with a 140mm fan to keep everything nice and cool. If you prefer something more liquid, the Deepcool Captain 240 EX RGB Liquid Cooler gets put to the test to see how capable it is of keeping things chilled out. The Intel SSD 545S Series 512GB model gets put to the test to show if the new tech inside it can finally help bring the cost of Intel SSDs down. We end things with a review of the Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone to provide a lower cost alternative to some of the bigger name models out there.

CPUs
Overclocking the Core i9-7900X @ TechSpot

Motherboards
Gigabyte AB350N Gaming WiFi @ LanOC Review

CPU Cooling
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Air Cooler @ PC Perspective
Deepcool Captain 240 EX RGB Liquid Cooler @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel SSD 545S Series 512GB @ PC Perspective

Mobile
Xiaomi Mi 6 @ TechSpot


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 28, 2017 @ time: 07:42AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a couple of items to help you pass the time. We have a review on the WiMiUs L1 4K Action Cam, which offers a similar size to a GoPro Hero, as well as features, just for half the price. Our other item for today is a look at the best smartphones available today and hopefully help you narrow down your purchasing decision if you're on the fence.

Gadgets
WiMiUs L1 4K Action Cam @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
The Best Smartphones @ TechSpot


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ASUS Targeting Miners With Upcoming GPUs

Posted: June 28, 2017 @ time: 02:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A recent uptick in the popularity of the Ethereum mining project has led to some scarcity in new and used video cards, and now manufacturers and planning to offer cards targeted specifically at miners. Video cards had previously lost their appeal to the mining community as ASICs designed for mining provided more return on investment and lower operating costs. ASUS has announced an offering based on both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, the MINING RX 470 and MINING P106, respectively. The RX 470 has a base speed of 926MHz and boost speed of 1206MHz with 4GB of GDDR5 and was designed for "delivering maximum hash-rate production at minimum cost." The P106 is based on a GeForce GTX 1060 and has a base clock of 1506MHz and boost clock of 1708MHz with 6GB of GDDR5. The RX 470 has a single DVI port while the P106 has none. According to ASUS, these optimized cards will offer up to "36% uplift in its megahash rate compared to non-optimized gaming cards."

Source: Hot Hardware


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Thermaltake Adds Three Cases With Tempered Glass Window

Posted: June 28, 2017 @ time: 03:01PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake has announced three new case offerings featuring a 4mm thick tempered glass side window, the Core V71, Core V51, and Suppressor F51 Tempered Glass Editions. All three cases were designed around a modular concept, giving users options for how many 3.5" and 2.5" drives they wish to include. The Core V71 has a "2+8" configuration, the Core V51 has a "2+5" configuration, and the Suppressor F51 has a "2+6+2" configuration. A GPU riser bracket is included in all three cases for optimal support for dual GPU systems, and to help take stress off the motherboard. The cases can accommodate the largest video cards and CPU coolers with plenty of ventilation options and excellent watercooling support.

Source: Press Release


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Toshiba Sues Western Digital for $1.1 Billion

Posted: June 28, 2017 @ time: 10:42PM
Author: scr4wl

Well-known electronics company Toshiba is suing Western Digital to the tune of $1.1 billion for damages in a Japanese court. The reason given for the lawsuit is to prevent Western Digital from stopping the sale of Toshiba's flash memory division. Western Digital recently prevented the sale of this division by invoking an arbitration clause in the duo's business agreement. Toshiba, reportedly, plans to use funds generated by the sale of this division to fix budget issues stemming from a loss in its nuclear power business.

According to an analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd., "Toshiba has made very clear that they want to move the process along without Western Digital’s obstruction, which, frankly, hasn’t been particularly constructive." Toshiba argues that Western Digital never formalized its business relationship after the SanDisk acquisition last year and that, "Western Digital’s claims are false, designed only to interfere with the sale process, and have damaged Toshiba and TMC." For more information check out the source below!

Source: Bloomberg


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 29, 2017, Edition

Posted: June 29, 2017 @ time: 07:38AM
Author: bp9801

The week and month are starting to wind down, with several items to keep things going today. We have a look at the best video cards to get if you're going to be doing some Ethereum mining, provided you can find some of the cards for a decent price. There's a review on the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router, offering plenty of new tech for the home network to benefit from. The new mobile flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S8+, gets put to the test to see just what you can expect from the high-end smartphone. We wrap up with a build and 3D print log of a Nixie FunKlock.

Video Cards
Ethereum Mining Benchmark @ TechSpot

Networking
Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S8+ @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Building and 3D printing a Nixie FunKlock @ LanOC Reviews


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