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  1. NVIDIA continues to follow its pattern of releasing Game Ready versions of its GeForce video card drivers for upcoming or recently released games with the Game Ready 365.10 WHQL drivers. The focus of this update is Battleborn, which combines "first-person shooting with MOBA-style gameplay" and is available tomorrow, and these drivers hope to provide the "best possible framerates and frametimes in Battleborn's high-stakes multiplayer matches." NVIDIA is also throwing in some improvements for a trio of upcoming game betas including Forza Motorsport 6 Apex, Overwatch, and Paragon. All three games will host open betas starting May 5, May 4, and this weekend, respectively. Head over to the NVIDIA website to get your hands on the drivers now. Source: NVIDIA Back to original news post
  2. Details surrounding the next generation of NVIDIA graphics cards, rumored to use the 10X0 naming convention, have been trickling out over the past few months. In March, rumors began to spread that the card would be available near the end of this month with the high end GTX 1070 and 1080 mentioned specifically. Images leaked last month showed a cooling shroud with GTX 1080 clearly visible. We have now got our hands on some details about the mid range card, known as the GTX 1060, with the expectation that it will utilize 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM. Also included in the details is that the "GTX 1060 (or Ti) will be using the GP104-150-A1 GPU while the GTX 1080 uses the GP104-400-A1 and the GTX 1070 with its GP104-200-A1 GPU." Source: Tweak Town Back to original news post
  3. Samsung has a great deal of experience with ARM based chips due to the platforms popularity in the mobile phone market, and the company is now looking to transfer that experience into an ARM based computer board. The Artik 10 is entering the market that started to takeoff with the Raspberry Pi, and the offering from Samsung boasts an eight core 32-bit ARM CPU, Mali T628 MP6 graphics chip, 16GB of flash storage, and 2GB of LPDDR3. The latest Raspberry Pi beats the Artik 10 on CPU power as it uses 64-bit CPUs, but the Artik wins in graphical power and external connectivity. The ability to play HD video at up to 120 frames per second opens up a lot of possible uses for the Artik 10 including HTPCs and kiosk systems and its plethora of connectivity options make it a great choice for many other applications. Samsung has also created the Artik Cloud which is "an open platform through which a wide range of devices will be able to talk to each other." This plays into Samsung's "grand plan to equip homes with Internet-connected appliances like refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and bulbs starting next year." The Artik 10 beats the Raspberry Pi 3 in some areas and falls behind in others, and with a price tag of $99.99 vs. $35 it isn't necessarily an easy choice in either direction. I don't personally know anyone that uses a Raspberry Pi, but many of my friends and former classmates have been rather creative with other platforms such as the Arduino. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  4. If you are like me and grew up in the 90s then the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow are games that were probably in your library. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have kept the releases coming since then, with the 20th anniversary of the game being celebrated this year. The game is now looking to take advantage of the increasing adoption of smartphones across the globe with Pokemon GO, an augmented reality game that will allow users to catch Pokemon and engage in gym battles in the real world. The game is currently in beta testing in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia and one user has uploaded a nine minute video showcasing some of the testing including character setup and catching Pokemon. I was very intrigued with the concept when I first heard about it, and the gameplay video has only furthered my anticipation. Source: Game Rant Back to original news post
  5. The PC market has been in decline for some time now, with an increasing number of people choosing tablets, smartphones, and other devices. As a result of this trend, PC focused companies like HP, Intel, and AMD have seen revenue and profit decrease as they attempt to adapt. Intel has done a good job up to this point with 40% of revenue and 60% of profits coming from outside the traditional PC market, but the company says it isn't enough and has outlined a new five point strategy to continue its transition. CEO Brian Krzanich described it is a way to move "from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices." The plan includes an increased focus on cloud infrastructure, connected "things," memory, network connectivity, and manufacturing and fabrication. The move could hurt the overall PC market if the shift in focus causes a drop in the performance of Intel CPUs, but could also present an opportunity for new players to enter the market and challenge the dominant market share of Intel and AMD. At the same time, it could be a potential boon for the areas that Intel is choosing to focus on as the company has long provided high performance solutions in areas such as SSDs and network cards. Source: PC World Back to original news post
  6. HTC is planning to help speed up the adoption of its virtual reality headset, the Vive, by launching an accelerator program for startups interested in developing VR technology. The program, known as Vive X, is starting with a pool of $100 million and is taking applications in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco. The goal of the program is "to offer mentorship, help securing investment, and access to VR tech, doing things like temporarily providing office space and hosting demo days for potential investors." HTC isn't doing this entirely out of the goodness of its heart as it will seek "a small amount of equity" in exchange for investments between $50,000 and $200,000. Its partnership with Valve in creating the Vive should put the device on a strong track in the gaming market, but the Vive X program could certainly help increase its presence in other areas. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  7. Just over 24 hours after Chinese team Wings Gaming beat Team Liquid at the ESL One Manila event, Valve has announced gameplay update 6.87 for Dota 2. This is the first major update since version 6.86 was released in December and it brings many significant changes to heroes, items, and gameplay mechanics. Some players will probably be disappointed that the update doesn't contain a new hero, but complaints about a stale "meta" are sure to be reduced. The addition of a ban phase to the ranked All Pick game mode is the most significant and exciting development in my opinion and should make for more interesting, diverse, and fun games. A total of seven new items were added to the game while a number of others had functionality, recipes, and costs altered. There are too many changes to be able to go into depth on all of them here, so be sure to check the patch notes for information on all of the changes. A number of professional players have already chimed in on Twitter with mixed reactions to the changes as far as people that I follow. Others are planning to do in depth analysis of the changes, likely on Twitch with the videos later available for viewing. Source: Dota 2 Blog Back to original news post
  8. Earlier this month it was revealed that tomorrow was the expected release of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo, a card that packs two Fiji GPUs onto a single PCB. Now that we are just a day away, the first benchmarks comparing the card to the Radeon R9 Fury X and NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti have been leaked. The card was tested using several of the latest, graphically intensive games such as GTA V, The Witcher 3, and The Division and synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMark Firestrike. The Pro Duo offered significant improvements over both cards, but this should be expected from a dual card solution. Average performance across all tests at 1080p offered an increase of 50% compared to the R9 Fury X and 32% over the GTX 980 Ti. The Pro Duo really shined at tests running at 4K resolution, with a performance increase of 60% over both comparison cards. It is clear that for a single card solution the Pro Duo offers an enticing choice for users looking for 4K performance, but the $1500 price tag may not be worth it for 1080p usage. The Pro Duo offered comparable temperature readings to the Fury X, and managed to beat the GTX 980 Ti under load, but was slightly warmer when idle. Total system power consumption was within 100W for all cards, with different cards performing better at different tests. Source: Expreview via WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  9. We first covered the upcoming line of High End Desktop (HEDT) processors from Intel late last year, with news that the processors would fall under the Broadwell-E lineup and use the X99 chipset. As previously announced, Intel will have four models available at launch, the i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K, and i7-6800K. NCIX US has now become the first retailer to accept pre-orders for the chips, which have an expected release of the second quarter of this year. NCIX has current prices set at $2349.99 for the i7-6950X, $1495.99 for the i7-6900K, $889.99 for the i7-6850K, and $629.99 for the i7-6800K. Anandtech has re-seller specific prices listed at $1609.37 for the i7-6950X, $1024.70 for the i7-6900K, $602.11 for the i7-6850K, and $422.60 for the i7-6800K. The article notes that pricing scheme is not yet final and prices could go up or down. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  10. Thermaltake is working on a design collaboration project with Mathieu Heredia, co-owner of Watermod France and the second place finisher in the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 2. The project is known as "The Tower," borrowing its name from Heredia's entry into the contest. Thermaltake President and CEO Kenny Lin described the partnership stating, "Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce our strategic cooperation with Mathieu by turning his “Tower” creation from a concept, a casemod, to mass production. We complement each other. We share the same values and we believe in Excellent Quality, Unique Design, Diverse Combinations and Boundless Creativity to provide a high performance PC product for every enthusiast." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  11. Supergiant Games is the Indie studio behind popular games Bastion and Transistor. It has now announced its next project, "a party-based role-playing game called Pyre," with announced availability for PC and PS4. From the trailer, it appears the new game will "carry on the tradition of the company’s previous titles in terms of art style, atmosphere, and focus on storytelling," and this is good news for anyone that enjoyed the first two games. Players appear to be tasked with leading a small team of characters through the land of Downside as they compete against other groups in an effort to clear their transgressions. More details on the story are currently unavailable, but the game will make an appearance at PAX East, where we should learn more about it. Source: Game Rant Back to original news post
  12. Kingston has announced a new microSD card, the Industrial Temperature, which as the name suggests was designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. The card is rated for operation and storage from -40°C to 85°C and is also waterproof, shock/vibration proof, and X-ray proof, certified by IEC, MIL-STD, and ISO standards. The cards are UHS-I Class 10 with read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. The Industrial Temperature cards will be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  13. Rumors began to swirl last month about a new version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolutions. Giant Bomb is now reporting from "multiple sources" that the new PS4 is codenamed NEO and will feature updated hardware and functionality. The original PS4 had an eight core CPU at 1.6 GHz, 18 GPU cores at 800 MHz, and 8GB of GDDR5 at 176 GB/s. NEO will have eight cores at 2.1 GHz, 36 updated GPU cores at 911 MHz, and 8GB of GDDR5 at 218 GB/s. Sony will begin requiring developers to ship games with a "Base Mode" and "NEO Mode" in October. Base Mode will run on current systems and will run the same on the NEO, while NEO Mode will utilize the additional hardware to provide "increased and more stable frame rate and higher visual fidelity, at least when those games run at 1080p on HDTVs." The NEO will support 4K output but will not require games to support native 4K resolution. The NEO is expected to have an MSRP of $399 and the new model could potentially drive down the price of current models. Source: Giant Bomb Back to original news post
  14. An image that appears to depict the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has surfaced, showing a rather large silver cooler with the name of the card on it. There is no heatsink or PCB visible through the acrylic window, indicating that this is likely just a preview of the cooler shroud. This follows an earlier image with GTX 1070 visible with speculation that it could simply be "the creation of a modder that designed these shrouds for his own personal amusement." It remains unclear at this point if the next generation of cards will even be referred to as the GTX 1070 and 1080 as there has been no confirmation from NVIDIA. The one thing that does appear to be certain at this point is that the new cards will be available sometime this summer, with a potential official reveal at Computex. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  15. Amazon Prime was the first foray of the company into subscription based services, but it certainly hasn't been the last. Amazon has since expanded its services to include Kindle Unlimited, Prime Video, and Cloud Drive. Prime Video offers a similar service to Netflix and has also recently increased its focus on original programming with popular offerings such as Transparent. Until now, Prime Video has only been available to subscribers of the main Prime service, but Amazon has decided to begin offering a standalone service at a cost of $8.99 per month. For now it seems to make sense to keep paying for your normal Prime subscription and getting the video service included, unless you don't like the two day shipping option. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  16. Apollo Lake is the "next-generation family of Atom-based notebook SoCs" from Intel, built on the x86 microarchitecture known as Goldmont. Also built in to the new chips is the graphics core found in Skylake processors with support for DDR4, DDR3L, and LPDDR3/DDR4. Intel envisions that Apollo Lake will make a great choice for a variety of low power or small form factor systems including notebooks, tablets, and all-in-one systems. In order to help accommodate these smaller devices, Intel has provided a list of recommendations to help with size and power restrictions including M.2 SSDs and Wi-Fi that is soldered to the motherboard. More information is expected to become available in the near future, with Computex likely a safe bet. Source: AnandTech Back to original news post
  17. AMD has long released graphics cards targeted at professional workstations under the Fire lineup, and the FirePro W9100 is the latest card to bear that name. The previous iteration of the FirePro W9100 featured 16GB of GDDR5 memory while the just announced upgrade boasts a whopping 32GB. Other aspects of the card remain the same with 2816 stream processors, 176 texture units, and a GPU speed of 930MHz. Doubling the memory of the card comes with a bump in price from $3999 to $4999. The 32GB version of the FirePro W9100 is expected to be available sometime this quarter. Source: Anandtech Back to original news post
  18. Earlier today Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the United State Justice Department in the District Court in Seattle. The subject of the lawsuit is Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which "allows the government to obtain secrecy orders preventing companies from letting their customers know when their data is the target of a federal warrant." Microsoft feels that this violates the First and Fourth Amendments, but recognizes that "secrecy may be needed in some cases." The main objection of Microsoft is that the number of requests seems to be increasing and the majority of the requests have no end date. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith addressed the lawsuit, stating "We believe these actions violate two of the fundamental rights that have been part of this country since its founding. These lengthy and even permanent secrecy orders violate the Fourth Amendment, which gives people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property. They also violate the First Amendment, which guarantees our right to talk to customers about how government action is affecting their data. The constitutional right to free speech is subject only to restraints narrowly tailored to serve compelling governmental interests, a standard that is neither required by the statute being applied nor met by the government in practice here." Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  19. Thermaltake has announced the latest addition to its case family with the Core W series, made up of the Core W200 and Core WP200 with the Core P200 pedestal chassis. The cases were designed with Thermaltake's "core values of Excellent Quality, Unique Design, Diverse Combinations and Boundless Creativity" and gives users the ability to make a massive dual system chassis. Up to 20 hard drives and 10 PCIe devices can be installed along with plenty of space for liquid cooling systems and general system cooling. The dual chassis design of the Core W series allows for one system to be installed in each part of the case, with support for motherboards ranging in size from Mini ITX to XL-ATX. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  20. The Windows 10 Roadmap indicates that the Anniversary Update will be available sometime in July 2016 with a number of features that are currently being previewed in Windows 10 Insider Preview 14316. Some of the features include "updates to Windows Defender, support for external touch displays when using Continuum, new authentication methods that will help users unlock their PCs using their Windows Phone or Android devices, and improvements to Microsoft Passport." Also expected to be included in the update are changes to Cortana, the Microsoft digital assistant. Among the expected improvements to Cortana is "pulling reminder-relevant info from emails so you have the details at hand." Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  21. Late last month, the FBI dropped its fight to force Apple to help it gain access to an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists, but declined to reveal how it was able to access the phone. According to "people familiar with the matter," the FBI was able to gain access to the phone by paying professional hackers who were able to find an exploit. The FBI was then able to create a hardware device that would allow it to disable a feature that erases all data on an iPhone after 10 incorrect attempts to enter a four digit PIN. The exploit is said to only work on the iPhone 5C with iOS 9, which the FBI describes as a "narrow slice" of phones. The government has not decided if it will release details of the exploit to Apple and Apple has said it won't pursue legal action to force the government to do so. FBI Director James B. Comey described the thought process of the Bureau, stating "they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from." Source: The Washington Post Back to original news post
  22. Kingston has added a pair of hardware encrypted USB flash drives to its lineup with the DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management (DT4000G2DM) and DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management (DTVP30DM). The drives can be managed with SafeConsole or DataLocker and meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) guidelines, allowing them to "ensure maximum corporate and personal data security." The drives are protected by 256-bit AES encryption and the DT4000G2DM is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated while the DTVP30DM is FIPS 197 certified. Through the use of SafeConsole, users will have access to "secure resetting of forgotten passwords, activation of full audit trails, geolocation and geofencing to ensure cross-border compliance, automatic inventory, and a “remote kill” feature in the event of device loss." Flash business manager Ken Campbell described the continued focus on security for business and personal customers, stating "Our latest encrypted managed USB drives, the recent IronKey acquisition and growing DataLocker partnership all demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to providing the most secure and largest family of encrypted USB solutions on the market." The drives will be available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  23. At its Capsaicin Event at the most recent Game Developers Conference, AMD showed off its upcoming beast of a card, the Radeon Pro Duo. The card packs two Fiji GPUs, 8GB of first generation High Bandwidth Memory, and four DisplayPort outputs into a single offering. The card boasts 16 teraflops of computing power and a premium price tag of $1500. The card will be available starting April 26 and could be an attractive choice for users looking to get into VR. It is worth noting that Fiji is the last generation of AMD GPU and the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory is already on the way. It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against single GPU offerings or systems that utilize multiple GPUs in an SLI or CrossFire setup. Source: Tweak Town Back to original news post
  24. G.SKILL has announced the addition of a new set of memory to its Trident Z line. The DDR4 set operates at 3600MHz with CL15-15-15-35 timings at an operating voltage of 1.35V. Timings such as this are typically seen in memory at lower frequencies, but G.SKILL used "specially selected high performance memory components" in order to reach those timings. The new set is available as a pair of 8GB sticks and is compatible with XMP 2.0 profiles. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  25. MSI Gaming M7 G.SKILL Ripjaws V 2x8GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 120GB Noctua bracket for socket 1151 First new build in 5+ years so I'm pretty excited.
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