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  1. NVIDIA has let the cat out of the bag a day ahead of its CES kickoff on Wednesday, revealing that the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti GPUs are now available in laptop systems. The new mobile versions use the "same silicon and cutting-edge features as found on its Pascal desktop brethren," delivering "great gaming experiences to laptops." The GPUs include NVIDIA BatteryBoost for longer unplugged gaming, up to three times the performance of previous offerings, and G-SYNC support on selected models. There are at least 30 offerings in development from OEM partners, some of which will be unveiled this week at CES, with prices starting at $699. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  2. Kingston is showing off the addition of several new products to its HyperX line of gaming peripherals at CES this week. The new items include the Revolver S headset, Pulsefire Gaming Mouse, three ALLOY keyboards, and a set of DDR4 memory. The Revolver S is the first headset to feature plug and play Dolby 7.1 Surround and is "designed for comfort and competitive performance with crisp sound and wide soundstage." The Pulsefire mouse utilizes an optical sensor with four DPI settings ranging from 400 to 3200. The ALLOY RGB keyboard offers up to 16 million colors with dynamic lighting profiles and media keys. The ALLOY FPS keyboards offer the option of Cherry MX Red or Brown switches in a full size frame. The HyperX Predator DDR4 LED memory is the first set of memory with RGB lighting from HyperX and can take full advantage of motherboards that have RGB lighting controls such as Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light Sync. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. A reference to Windows 10 Game Mode has been spotted in build 14997 by Twitter user @h0x0d, presented with comment "looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the 'Game' when running in 'Game Mode'". This build isn't available yet, but will become available as part of the Creators Update. It is worth noting that the feature does not yet work and therefore it cannot be determined if Game Mode will be compatible with services like Steam and Origin. Windows Central gathered some additional information from its sources, stating that it will function similar to how Xbox One runs games. The Xbox OS "will allocate resources to make sure the game is running the best it possibly can," and this sounds similar to what Game Mode is being described as. Source: WCCF Tech and Windows Central Back to original news post
  4. Cherry is the company behind the majority of switches used in mechanical keyboards, and they vary in noise level from loud to very loud. That is set to change as Cherry has announced a pair of switches with "integrated, patent-pending noise reduction features," the Cherry Silent and Cherry Silent RGB. The switches will be available in both Red and Black stems, offering similar functionality as their non-silent counterparts. Both utilize Gold Crosspoint contacts, which are "self-cleaning, resistant to dust and dirt and they ensure the reliability of the keyswitch in a keyboard layout." Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. Thermaltake has announced a new line of power supplies with the Toughpower Grand RGB Gold Series. As the name suggests, it has 80 PLUS Gold certification and will be available in capacities of 650W, 750W, and 850W. The lighting is provided by a Riing 14 RGB fan that offers all 256 RGB colors and five lighting modes. Steady power is provided through a single high amperage 12V rail, with up to 90% efficiency. The PSUs are rounded out with fully modular flat black cables. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  6. Thermaltake has announced the addition of three cases to its ever expanding list of offerings with the Core X31, Core X71, and Suppressor F31. All three cases include a 4mm thick tempered glass window, 140mm Riing Blue fans, and a riser GPU support bracket. Thermaltake plans to show off the three cases at CES 2017 with market availability in January 2017. The Core X71 has a dual chamber design to separate the PSU, hard drive cages, and an optional liquid cooling loop from the rest of the components. The X71 can accommodate up to seven storage devices, two GPUs up to 420mm in length, and a CPU cooler up to 180mm in height. The Core X31 has a fully tool-less design with modular hard drive cages, providing multiple configuration options. The X31 can also handle two GPUs up to 420mm in length and a CPU cooler up to 180mm in height. The Suppressor F31 adds sound dampening panels to the options found in the Core X31. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  7. As part of working at Google, employees can use up to 20% of their time to work on personal projects that interest them. Google Drive product manager Rio Akasaka has used that time to add information about wheelchair accessibility to Google Maps. Maps will still rely on Local Guides to answer questions that will provide Google with the information, which can now be found in the Amenities section. This feature is only open in the United States for now, but the database containing the information already has millions of entries. Source: Tech Radar Back to original news post
  8. Verizon announced a deal to purchase Yahoo in July 2016 for $4.83 billion. After the recent reveal of another hack against Yahoo that will impact up to one billion users, it appears that Verizon is reevaluating that deal. It is being reported that Verizon is looking to lower its' offering or abandon the deal altogether. One of the important issues that Verizon is concerned with is not absorbing any of the fallout from the latest hack, instead leaving that to fall on Yahoo. Source: Bloomberg Back to original news post
  9. Corsair has announced the Force MP500 M.2 SSDs, "the fastest SSDs yet produced by CORSAIR," with "performance up to five times faster than traditional SATA 6Gbps SSDs." The drives are powered by a Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controller and utilize the PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 interface. This combination provides for read and write speeds up to 3,000MB/s and 2,400MB/s, respectively. In addition to the high speeds, the Force MP500 drives include proprietary SmartECC, SmartRefresh, and SmartFlush technologies to "safeguard data against corruption in case of unexpected power loss or unsafe shutdown." The Force MP500 drives are available immediately in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  10. Overwatch is the popular team based shooter from Blizzard, and the game is now receiving a new seasonal event, following up on the Halloween event earlier this year. Two maps, Hanamura and King's Row, have received a snowy makeover and Loot Boxes now have a chance to drop one of more than 100 seasonal cosmetic items. A limited time game mode, Mei's Snowball Offensive, replaces Mei's Endothermic Blaster with a single shot snowball cannon that can be upgraded to a semi-automatic with her ultimate. The Winter Wonderland event runs from today until January 2, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can. Source: Overwatch Blog Back to original news post
  11. I have a spare copy of Final Fantasy XV in original packaging. Asking $45 shipped (outside of US pays actual shipping cost). Will ship USPS First Class which has estimated delivery time of 2-3 days if you want to get before Christmas. Heatware Have sold a number of items here in the past as well EDIT: Item sold
  12. AMD has seen some hard times in recent memory, including more layoffs and a record low market share in the GPU market in the first quarter of 2016. A rumor posted earlier this year at HardOCP indicated that there was growing tension between AMD CEO Lisa Su and the leader of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), Raja Koduri. As a result of this, the RTG was reported to be exploring a licensing deal with Intel to provide the GPU component for the Intel iGPU. HardOCP MasterChef Editor Kyle Bennett has now provided an update on the rumor, stating that "The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel's iGPU." We will have to wait and see what this will mean going forward for the two companies and Intel CPUs with integrated graphics. Source: HardOCP Back to original news post
  13. The Radeon RX 490 is the next high end entry into the Radeon RX 400 series from AMD, and is described as "an enthusiast aimed graphics card that will be able to power AAA experiences at up to 4K resolutions and also run VR titles smoothly." The card was listed on a Norwegian retail site with an expected availability in the second half of 2017, but no pricing information. Benchmarks listed at WCCF Tech for the Radeon Pro 490 indicate that the card outperforms the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in three different 3DMark FS benchmarks by a fair margin, which points to even better performance from the RX 490. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  14. Corsair recently eclipsed the 10 year mark for being in the power supply market and at the same managed to reach total PSU sales of 10 million units. To mark these achievements, Corsair has announced the RM1000i Special Edition PSU. The celebratory item is individually numbered, finished in arctic white, with a white LED fan and white sleeved cables. Corsair will only produce 100 of these supplies, so be sure to get your hands on one early if you are interested. The fully modular PSU is 80 PLUS Gold certified with 100% Japanese capacitors, a 120mm "whisper-quiet fluid-dynamic bearing fan," and the latest individually sleeved cables from Corsair. The RM1000i Special Edition is only available through the Corsair website starting today. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  15. Online streaming service Netflix is finally going to allow users to download and watch some of its content while offline, just in time for the next big holiday travel season. Users can gain access to this feature on Android or iOS devices with an update to their app. The amount of content available for download is currently limited, and I would imagine that Netflix original content is the most likely to be immediately available. Source: Coming Soon Back to original news post
  16. The latest rumors about the next iteration of the Amazon Echo digital assistant indicate that it is expected to have a 7" touchscreen, a significant difference from the current cylindrical design of the Echo and Echo Dot. Sources familiar with the matter have said the screen would make it "easier to access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and news." The screen is said to tilt upwards, allowing for viewing while standing. Also to be included are upgraded speakers to provide better quality sound. It is believed that an official announcement could come as soon as the first quarter of 2017. Source: Bloomberg Back to original news post
  17. Thermaltake has created a new mobile app for controlling the Riing RGB series of fans, the aptly named Riing RGB Mobile App. Fan controllers have long been a popular accessory for computer cooling systems, and this is certainly one of the more unique implementations I have seen. Through the app, users will have access to controls for RGB lighting, fan speeds, and can even set the LEDs to pulse to the beat of music. In order to use the app, the Riing RGB software must be version 2.0.2 or later and at this time only supports the Riing RGB Radiator Fan Premium Edition series in 120mm or 140mm. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  18. ECS has announced the next addition to its LIVA line of mini PCs with the LIVA Z, designed to "simplify the complicated." It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, making it an "easy to carry, lightweight, and power-saving computing solution." It is powered by a 14nm Intel Apollo Lake quad core CPU, up to 16GB of dual channel DDR3L memory, dual 2.5" SSD slots, and M.2 support. Users will benefit from hardware accelerated playback of the latest HEVC/H.265 and VP9 video codecs, making it a great choice for an HTPC. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  19. A number of signs are pointing to Microsoft working on x86 emulation for ARM64 based systems, a feature that would allow native x86 applications to run on ARM64 systems. Indications are pointing to the feature being included in Redstone 3 for Windows 10 in Fall 2017. Windows 10 currently offers Continuum, which only allows users to run the Universal Windows Platform. A new bit of code was discovered that indicates that the feature has a new codename, CHPE, with the meaning of the full acronym remaining unknown. Sources indicate that the C stands for Cobalt, while speculation points to Hewlett Packard and E indicates emulation. HP was been "working increasingly closely with Microsoft on its Windows 10 PCs and the HP Elite x3 Windows Phone," and users of HP devices would likely benefit from running needed business applications on device rather than through remote software such as Citrix. Source: ZDNet Back to original news post
  20. Netflix has been available to stream at 4K resolution through set-top boxes and televisions for a while now, and some Windows 10 systems are getting ready to join the party. Users will need a seventh generation Intel Core processor and will also need to use the Microsoft Edge browser. Content producers are hesitant to make the 4K streams available on computers due to piracy fears and the Intel Kaby Lake chips are the first to have the requisite support for the 10-bit HEVC video codec. Users that don't wish to shell out for the costs associated with a new system still have plenty of low cost options for enjoying the latest 4K content. Source: The Verge Back to original news post
  21. Google is planning to match other popular cloud computing services by making GPUs available to Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users next year. Google will differentiate its offering from competitors by making the GPUs available on a per minute basis, rather than the hourly model used by others. Users will have access to the AMD FirePro S9300 x2, NVIDIA Tesla K80, and NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, each of which offers advantages in different applications. Source: Info World Back to original news post
  22. According to a report by Jon Peddie Research, the GPU market is on an upswing with NVIDIA reaping the most rewards. Total GPU shipments in the third quarter of 2016 were up 20.4% from the second quarter of 2016, but were just 0.3% higher than the third quarter of 2015. GPU sales were up for all of the major players with NVIDIA increasing by 39%, AMD increasing by 20%, and Intel increasing by 18%. Despite the improved sales for AMD and Intel, NVIDIA was still able to increase its total market share by 2.2%. PC graphics cards were responsible for about two-thirds of all sales, with the remaining percentage attributed to console graphics cards. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  23. Epic Games has added support for NVIDIA Ansel photography to Unreal Engine 4.14, providing users with "amazing new ways to capture in-game photographs." With Ansel, users can capture in-game photographs by altering camera angles, applying filters, capturing in 360 degrees, and using super resolution. Developers can easily enable support by upgrading to the latest Unreal Engine version, granting gamers the ability to use the feature and also providing developers a tool to capture "imagery for the promotion of your work in UE4." Epic is working on adding Ansel support to the free-to-play MOBA Paragon. Source: NVIDIA Back to original news post
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