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  1. The latest 3DMark benchmark leaks for the upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs show that the chips can hold up against many of the latest Intel chips, despite being far cheaper. In the initial comparison, Videocardz compared the four, six, and eight core Ryzen models with numbers taken from Toms Hardware. The four core model held the lowest position on the chart with the six core just a few thousand points behind several Intel chips. The eight core model beat out all but the best Intel chips at a stock speed of 3.4 GHz, and fell just short of the Core i7 6950X when overclocked to 4.0 GHz. When compared to the official Futuremark score database, the overclocked eight core Ryzen beat the i7 6950X by about 500 points. On a per core basis, the eight core Ryzen outperforms the i7 6950X and the six and four core Ryzen perform even better. A number of Intel chips were able to convincingly beat the Ryzen chips on a per core basis, with the i7 7700K overclocked to 4.8 GHz reigning supreme. At a cost of $389 for the eight core Ryzen and $1700 for the i7 6950X, AMD can certainly offer a tremendous amount of bang for your buck. Source: Videocardz via WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  2. Nintendo technology head Genyo Takeda described the decision to switch to NVIDIA for the Nintendo Switch after using ATI graphics in its previous three systems as a "top priority." NVIDIA has been leading the market in PC graphics for some time, and Nintendo is hoping that it can replicate that success on the Switch. Takeda further elaborated on the decision, stating "The PC has been a major gaming device, especially outside of Japan, and my top priority in the development of the Nintendo Switch hardware was to bring NVIDIA?s GeForce, which has played a key role in realizing high-performance graphics for PC gaming, to our hardware with low power consumption." The Switch will be powered by a custom-made Tegra chip. Source: Nintendo Today Back to original news post
  3. MSI has announced the addition of the Z270 and H270 TOMAHAWK and H270M and B250M MORTAR to its ARCTIC GAMING line of motherboards. The two TOMAHAWK boards offer support for Twin Turbo M.2 SSDs with easy RAID setup using the M.2 GENIE tool, USB 3.1 with MSI X-Boost to increase performance up to 20%, and support for Intel Optane Memory technology. The MORTAR series packs some of the same features into a Micro-ATX form factor rather than a full size ATX. All four boards feature a white color scheme. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  4. There are a number of indications that the Intel Atom C2000 family of system-on-chips have the potential to brick devices that use the chips. Intel CFO Robert Swan indicated in the Q4 2016 earnings call that "a product issue limited profitability during the quarter, forcing the biz to set aside a pot of cash to deal with the problem." Intel updated the documentation for the C2000 family last month with a description of a clock flaw characterized by Intel as "a degradation of a circuit element under high use conditions at a rate higher than Intel’s quality goals after multiple years of service." Last week, Cisco warned that a number of its products sold prior to November 16, 2016 "contain a faulty clock component that is likely to fail at an accelerated rate after 18 months of operation," and the affected systems utilize the C2000 family. A number of other manufacturers also utilize the chips, so be on the lookout if any of your devices that contain an Atom C2000 start acting up or stop working entirely. Source: The Register Back to original news post
  5. Lenovo has added a new Android based Yoga Book, the A12, targeted at price conscious users with a starting MSRP of $299. Like other Yoga Books, the A12 can operate as a laptop or a tablet and utilizes a touch-based Halo keyboard that "will learn your typing habits as you use it." The A12 has a 12.2" screen with an Intel Atom x5, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It will be available on February 8 in gunmetal grey or rose gold color options. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  6. Kingston has announced the availability of a pair of new models for the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with options for either Cherry MX Red or Brown switches. The two new options add to the already available HyperX Alloy with Cherry MX Blue switches. The keyboards are created with a "minimalistic, compact design that’s ideal for CS:GO and FPS gameplay," and includes a mesh travel pouch to make it even easier to take with you. The keys utilize red LED backlighting with six operating modes with anti-ghosting, full N-Key rollover, and a USB port to attach additional devices. Senior business manager Marcus Hermann described the addition of two new switch types, stating "Gamers who play FPS classics like CS:GO or Overwatch can now choose from a variety of Alloy FPS gaming keyboards including a linear switch, a tactile switch or something in between." The new Alloy keyboards are available immediately at an MSRP of $99.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  7. The Pure Power series represents the entry level power supply offerings from German manufacturer be quiet! and the company has announced the latest addition to this line, the Pure Power 10. Ten models will be available ranging in capacity from 400W to 700W for cable-managed versions and 300W to 700W for fixed-cable versions. The Pure Power 10 includes DC-to-DC technology previously found in the Straight Power and Dark Power Pro offerings, "significantly improving voltage quality for 3.3V and 5V as well as crossload stability." Models above 400W are 80PLUS Silver certified for efficiency while models less than 300W are 80PLUS Bronze certified. The cable managed versions will range in price from $72-$115 and the fixed cable models will cost between $50 and $105. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  8. Noctua has announced a trio of special edition coolers designed for the newest AMD Ryzen architecture. The three coolers are designed with different applications in mind. The NH-L9x65 targets compact systems, the NH-U12S provides an "excellent balance of performance and compatibility," and the NH-D15 "provides maximum cooling performance for overclockers and silent enthusiasts." The NH-D15 is the largest of the three and the NH-L9x65 the smallest with the NH-U12S offering something in the middle. Included fans offer PWM with automatic speed control and Low-Noise Adaptors to provide quiet cooling. Noctua CEO Roland Mossig described the new coolers stating, "AMD’s Ryzen architecture promises exciting possibilities for various applications and the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9x65 are some of our most popular models, so it was a natural choice to create dedicated special editions for the new platform." The NH-L9x65 has an MSRP of $52.90, the NH-U12S has an MSRP of $64.90, and the NH-D15 will cost $99.90. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. Microsoft described its intent to operate Windows 10 as a service at some point, "meaning the platform will receive frequent and substantial updates," perhaps with a monthly fee rather than one time cost. It now appears that this effort may take the form of something known as Cloud Shell, described as a "lightweight iteration of Windows designed for the modern computing world." The name of the new service seems to indicate a possibility that it might operate in the cloud and present users with a thin client, similar to what is available in some versions in Linux. Further details about the service are sparse at this time, but it appears that a release sometime in 2017 is possible. Source: Petri Back to original news post
  10. Android users will now be able to specify where to download Netflix content for offline viewing after updating to version 4.13 of the app. Users can now choose between the phone hard drive or an SD card, opening up the possibility to store to multiple SD cards for taking even more content with you. Viewing will still be restricted to the device that initially downloaded the content. Unfortunately, the feature won't be available on all devices and Netflix hasn't specified which devices are compatible with the new feature. Source: Digital Trends Back to original news post
  11. Reports from StatCounter indicate that Windows 10 usage has finally passed Windows 7 in the United States, albeit by a very narrow margin. Windows 7 usage dropped from 26.66% to 26.56% while Windows 10 increased from 26.29% to 26.9%. Windows 7 still dominates globally with a market share of 48.34% while Windows 10 is far behind at 24.36%. Source: MS Power User Back to original news post
  12. ASUS has announced the "Tinker Board" as a competitor to single board computers like the Raspberry Pi 3. The board measures just 8.5cm x 5.3cm but manages to pack a 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A17, ARM Mali-T764 GPU, and 2GB of DDR3 into that small space. The Tinker Board lags the latest Raspberry Pi in CPU power and only supports 32-bit instructions, but might make up for it with a more powerful GPU with "hardware support for H.265 4K decoding instead of just 1080p." It is worth pointing out that a Windows 10 PC with an Intel Kaby Lake is still required for streaming Netflix content in 4K. ASUS has developed its own OS based on Debian Linux and is "working on support for the likes of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and Kodi, but has offered no release date." Source: Ars Technica Back to original news post
  13. The latest rumors are pointing to a 2017 release for the next generation of NVIDIA GPUs, Volta, built by Taiwan Semiconductor using the 12nm FinFET manufacturing process. The new GPUs are seen as a replacement for Pascal in the "GPGPU supercomputing, machine learning and artificial intelligence spaces." It is believed that it will take until 2018 for consumers to get their hands on Volta for applications like gaming. NVIDIA is expected to release a refresh of the GTX 20 Pascal GPUs at some point this year to hold users over until it brings Volta to consumers. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  14. Tech news and review site Hypothermia is holding an Xbox One S giveaway until January 27, with the prize being a 500GB version of the console. Entry is as simple as sending an email as the site believes users "shouldn't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to have the chance to win something." The site is also planning future weekly giveaways for prizes including a Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4 bundle, CPU/motherboard combos, and a "Killer Gaming Rig." Head to the site for full details. Source: Hypothermia Back to original news post
  15. The Winter Wonderland event recently ended in Overwatch, the team-based FPS from Blizzard, and the company is now teasing the next event, Year of the Rooster, on its Twitter accounts. The event starts on January 24, just four days ahead of Chinese New Year on January 28. The only thing known at the moment is that Mei and D.Va will be getting new skins to match the event, but if previous events are any indication, we can expect more skins, a new map, and even a new game mode. Source: Polygon Back to original news post
  16. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has upgraded the CM3 Compute Module, a device "designed for embedded computing and industrial users wanting to produce customized products powered by the microprocessor." The CM3 is based on the Raspberry Pi 3 with a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Users will be able to choose from two models, one with 4GB eMMC onboard storage and one that requires the user to add their own storage. It has the same pin layout as the previous Compute Module and allows users to easily port programs that run on the Raspberry Pi 3. The CM3 with included storage has an MSRP of $30 while the version without storage costs $25. Source: Tech Crunch Back to original news post
  17. Microsoft has been issuing security bulletins detailing patches and vulnerabilities for 20 years, a practice the company plans to end next month. Users won't be left entirely out in the cold as the company is merely switching its procedure to a searchable database that will provide the same information as the security bulletins. A preview of the database has been operational since November, when the decision to move away from bulletins was first announced. Microsoft described the motivation to make the switch, stating "Our customers have asked for better access to update information, as well as easier ways to customize their view to serve a diverse set of needs." Source: Computer World Back to original news post
  18. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan reported earlier this week that two of its Project Valerie prototype three screen laptops were stolen from its CES booth. The good news is that they appear to have been found, but the bad news is that they are currently for sale in China for the low price of $21,733. Razer was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to criminal charges, but the fact that the laptops are in China make it seem unlikely that any charges might be brought against the offender. At least the company can save a bit of money if it instead chose to buy the laptops back from the thieves. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  19. Cooler Master has announced MASTERBUILD, "a new PC building community platform," designed to "discover, share and collaborate with PC builders and Modders from around the world." The available content will appeal to all skill levels, ranging from picture galleries of other users' builds to modding articles and tutorials to help you with your own builds. Users can share their content either through the MASTERBUILD site or by tagging social media posts using #MASTERBUILD. Cooler Master plans to hold regular campaigns, contests, and promotions to interact with and encourage users. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  20. Scalebound is "an action-RPG featuring dragons and online co-op," for the Xbox One and PC and seemed to be a big hit at E3 this past year. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to cancel the game after several years in development. A Microsoft spokesperson addressed the issue stating, "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, and other great experiences." The news seems like a bummer for anyone that was looking forward to the game, but hopefully the increased focus on other games will turn into a net positive in the end for gamers. Source: Gamespot Back to original news post
  21. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed in a post on his personal Facebook page that two prototypes of the Project Valeria three screen laptop were stolen from the company booth at CES at around 4PM on Sunday. Tan added that all of the necessary forms were filed and the company is offering a $25,000 reward for "original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect." While it is possible that the thieves just wanted to get their hands on the latest technology, Tan is open to the possibility of industrial espionage. Tan added that the latter possibility "is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart." Source: Min-Liang Tan Facebook via PC Magazine Back to original news post
  22. According to an NVIDIA board partner, the next iteration of the GeForce GTX 1080, the GTX 1080 Ti, will be officially revealed around the time of PAX East, which occurs from March 10-12. The delay in the announcement appears to be related to the expected June reveal of AMD Vega, as NVIDIA has no reason to further upgrade its offerings with no real competition. It is also expected that all NVIDIA AIB partners will have an offering from the get go, giving users the chance to pick from their favorite manufacturer. Rumored specifications for the GTX 1080 Ti include a GP102 GPU core, 10GB GDDR5X, and a power draw of 250W. It will boast more transistors and CUDA cores than the GTX 1080, but will likely fall short of the GTX TITAN-X. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  23. DEEPCOOL is using CES as an introduction for four new computer cases and multiple cooling products. The four cases are the Quadstellar, New Ark 90, Earlkase Liquid, and Baronkase Liquid. The Quadstellar is split into four separate compartments for the graphics card, motherboard, power supply, and hard drives to provide for excellent cooling performance. An automatic air intake system helps to further improve performance through intelligent temperature sensors. The New Ark 90 has tempered glass top and side panels and a preinstalled Captain 280EX AIO liquid cooling system. The Earlkase Liquid has a tempered glass side panel with integrated RGB lighting and a preinstalled Captain 140EX AIO liquid cooling system. The Baronkase Liquid has similar features to the Earlkase in a slightly smaller frame with a preinstalled Captain 120EX AIO liquid cooling system. The MF120GT case fan is built with a "specially optimized aluminum alloy" to provide "excellent vibration damping capability." The fan incorporates RGB lighting and can vary RPM from 500-2200. The MF120 has the same features as the MF120GT with the exception of using a frameless design. Both fans allow for lighting control through an app. The Captain 120EX RGB and Captain 240EX RGB retain all of the features of the non-RGB versions, with the addition of a variable RGB lighting system, providing pump and LED strip lighting. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  24. Tt eSPORTS will be showing off its latest offering, the Ventus X Optical RGB Gaming Mouse, at CES starting tomorrow. It is powered by a PIXART PMW-3360 optical engine, capable of up to 12,000 DPI. RGB lighting is provided in a two zone configuration with static and pulse operating modes. It was created with an aerodynamic honeycomb design which "enables the smooth passage of airflow from hand-to- mouse during gameplay." An onboard 32-bit ARM microcontroller provides the necessary processing power and 256kb of onboard memory allows for storage of up to five profiles. OMRON switches are rated at a 20 million click lifecycle, ensuring that you will be gaming years to come. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  25. G.SKILL is adding to the "extreme performance" Trident Z series of DDR4 memory to support the latest Intel Kaby Lake platform and Z270 motherboards. Two new sets of memory will be available with higher frequencies and tight timings. A 16GB set will operate at 4266MHz with timings of CL19-19-19-39 and a 32GB set will operate at 4133MHz with timings of CL19-21-21-41. Both kits are composed of 8GB sticks with the 16GB set operating at 1.4V and the 32GB set at 1.35V. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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