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A surprisingly awesome theatrical thrill ride, 'Kong: Skull Island' is a monster (s)mash.
A surprisingly awesome theatrical thrill ride, 'Kong: Skull Island' is a monster (s)mash.
MSI has made its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X graphics card official, with a proper tease at card with its spruced up cooler both on, and off - as well as the technical specifications, so we have some GPU and VRAM clock speeds to share.
MSI will be offering its usual three overclocking modes: Silent, Gaming, and OC modes. Silent Mode sees the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X clocked at 1480/1582MHz on the GPU, and 11000MHz on the 11GB of GDDR5X. Gaming Mode ramps up the GPU clocks to 1544/1657MHz, with the GDDR5X clocks at 11016MHz (16MHz overclock), while the OC Mode clocks the card at 1569/1683MHz, and the GDDR5X at 11124MHz.
The card doesn't look as long as usual, with MSI doing some great work on the custom PCB on the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X.
Blizzard has announced StarCraft Remastered, a full HD port of their legendary RTS classic.
We knew that Blizzard was working on a StarCraft remaster, and now the company has finally confirmed it with an official StarCraft Remaster announcement. As Blizzard says, StarCraft Remastered "upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end," and the new HD port will included the original base game and its Brood War expansion.
The studio has remastered everything from units, buildings, environments, game audio, and widened the resolution support for modern monitors and displays. But this is just a remaster, not a remake, and Blizzard promises the "strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged."
Intel is going to have a hard time on its hands with this current rumor of the purported Core i7-7740K processor, a new CPU based on the Kaby Lake X architecture - on the HEDT platform.
The new Core i7-7740K won't be a slight bump on the current Kaby Lake (non-X) processor is a 4C/8T offering on the LGA 1151 socket, while the Core i7-7740K is on the LGA 2066 socket powered by the X299 chipset. The X299 chipset will be ready for the high-end Core i7-7740K, which will rock 4C/8T of Kaby Lake X at 4.3/4.5GHz for base/boost clocks.
But, the new Core i7-7740K will not include an integrated GPU for on-board graphics, like the 7700K does now - and will bump the TDP up to 112W, from 91W on 7700K. 20 more watts, for the same Turbo Boost clock of 4.5GHz, and 4C/8T - without integrated graphics, hmm.
Will people think the 7740K is a slightly faster 7700K, even though its a completely different architecture and motherboard? Confusing naming here if the rumors turn out to be true... maybe Intel needs to introduce a new family of CPUs between its current Core and Xeon lines, to deal with the multi-threaded CPU threat from AMD with Ryzen.
AMD lit up the consumer CPU market with the Ryzen 7 1800X, offering 8T/16C of performance for only $499 - and now, there's a new 12C/24T processor being teased. This new 12C/24T chip will probably end up competing against the newly-rumored X390/X399 chipset for the higher-end Ryzen CPUs.
The new Ryzen 12C/24T processor was spotted inside of the Alienware Area 51-R3, and for comparison sake the Area 51-R2 features Intel's Core i7-6800/6850K. This isn't the server CPU processor, but it does sport a new socket - and a 3.2GHz Turbo clock, not bad for a 24-threaded CPU.
AMD hosted its Tech Summit in China recently, with CEO Lisa Su announcing their mid-range Ryzen 5 availability, with demos and more on show. There were some new details released on Radeon RX Vega, and because I foolishly had a night off from work - I missed this story, but here it is!
Scott Herkelman, the former General GeForce Manager at NVIDIA and now VP of AMD took the stage, with his segment concentrated solely on Radeon RX Vega. We now know that Radeon RX Vega will definitely come in both 4GB and 8GB variants, both running the new HBM2 memory that should hopefully pave the way for various improvements. HBM2 uses far less space on the PCB, so we should expect shorter cards that are magnitudes faster than the Radeon RX 480.
On stage, Herkelman said that Radeon RX Vega with either 4GB or 8GB will drive all of your games - as there are different technologies like High Bandwidth Cache inside of the Vega NCU that help out drastically. 4GB of HBM2 can act much larger than its physical amount of RAM - up to terabytes if required. This means we could see a RX Vega with 4GB of HBM2, but maybe performing close to the memory bandwidth of what NVIDIA offers on the GTX 1080 Ti with its 11GB of GDDR5X. Remember, there's also 7 variants of Radeon RX Vega coming.
Just as the 'Justice League' is coming together (to the tune of The Beatles), Zack Snyder's upcoming film looks to be doing much the same thing - which has got me tentatively optimistic. Warner Bros have today released a new trailer for the upcoming superhero feature.
Featuring DC Comics' biggest assemblage of comic book heroes including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.
'Justice League' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.
BMW has a bright future ahead of it, if its latest 'A new Era has begun' video is anything to go by, with the carmaker showing off what it envisions, as the next 100 years of automotive and wearable technology.
BMW sees a future of self-driving cars that pull up to you when you need them, with welcoming lights just below the drivers side door that get projected onto the ground, a steering wheel that can be used for driving - but will disappear into the dash when you want autonomous driving enabled. The company continues with augmented reality helmets, and more - it really is a great envisioning of the future of automotive tech, and more so - how it'll improve, and make our lives easier.
AMD launched its new Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, and while there were a bunch of different AM4 ready motherboards released, there weren't any mITX boards for super-small, yet super-powerful Ryzen-based gaming PCs.
That will end with Biostar's upcoming X370GTN, a new mITX motherboard based on the X370 chipset. Biostar has included everything you'll want and need on the X370GTN, with PCIe 3.0 x16, an M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and more. Here's what I/O you've got on the board:
And on the back, the Biostar X370GTN has:
Biostar should release the new X370GTN motherboard in the coming weeks, but we don't know what price just yet.
Mixed reviews be damned? If you're a Mass Effect fan and you've decided that you can live with the various quirks of Mass Effect: Andromeda , then you can score some heavy discount this weekend on the PC Origin key of BioWare's (and EA's) latest.
Current Best Mass Effect Andromeda PC Deals
The deals are arriving in multiple forms, both in digital and "physical" copies. At digital retailers GMG and DLGamer, you'll be able to pick up the Origin key at up to a giant 27% off. GMG is currently selling Mass Effect: Andromeda for as low as $42.99, while DLGamer has the game for $49.99. Price discrepancy at DLGamer will
still bring you the pre-order bonus items (which are still available as of writing) - so your call if that's worth the additional $7 price tag. Most people will probably agree the in-game Deep Space Explorer Armor, Nomad skin, and Multiplayer Booster Pack aren't worth it at that price difference.
If you're more in for a physical copy, or if you want the largest cash incentive on the table, there's Dell Home's $25 bonus gift card offer. You are paying full price for the game, but 10 - 20 days after it's shipped Dell will email you a $25 eGift Card (more of a gift code actually). The bonus is worth about 42% the value of the game itself and effectively makes it a $35 purchase.
The gift card at Dell should have a small asterisk by it. It's technically a promotional gift card, so it carries a 90-day expiration to it after issued. That's kind of weak sauce, but if you use it within the allotted time, it'll work on anything sold at Dell including more upcoming Triple-A titles.
Note that being an EA Origin title, the "physical" copy being sold at Dell is actually just a box with the Origin game code inside without a DVD copy. So unless you're a frequent shopper at Dell or you don't mind waiting for the shipping time frame, we honestly don't see too many upsides in picking up this particular Mass Effect: Andromeda deal.
Intel owns the super high-end/enthusiast PC market with its flagship Core i7-6950X processor, but it looks like AMD could have its sights set on that market as well - with the first images of a purported X390 and X399 chipset. The new rumors are coming from Reddit, with someone posting some diagrams of the alleged X390/X399 chipsets.
Starting with the X390 motherboard, which is an ASUS made board - it features a much larger 'AM44' socket - which could be a typo, but maybe 4+4 = 8 and we're looking at the AM8 socket? On top of that, the purported ASUS-made X390 motherboard features their awesome Aura Sync technology, for RGB LED goodness - and 8 x DIMM sockets for a massive amount of RAM. We have 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes on the X390, compared to just 40 lanes on Intel's HEDT chipset in X99.
Moving onto the X399 chipset where things get really interesting, as the X399 chipset is destined for dual-CPUs - like the upcoming Naples CPU which is a workstation/server processor, with ECC support. AMD's purported X399 chipset would take 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes per CPU, for 88 PCIe 3.0 lanes in total. Madness.
From these rumors, it looks like the X390 chipset would take in the purported Ryzen CPU with 16C/32T that AMD will reportedly launch later this year to tackle Intel's flagship Core i7-6950X. The X399 on the other hand, if it were to reach the consumer market, could offer much cheaper dual-CPU systems to people compared to Intel's Xeon platform.