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Intel "Skylake" Core i7-6700K CPU (Z170 Chipset and GT530) Review

Intel "Skylake" Core i7-6700K CPU (Z170 Chipset and GT530) Review

Today is a big day for Intel with the launch of its newest desktop platform, Z170 and a new CPU, the "Skylake" Core i7-6700K. Here's our full take!

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SandyNet offers 1Gbps unlimited fiber for $60 per month in Oregon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 0 mins ago

Sure, Google is rolling out its Google Fiber service out in various cities in the United States, but if you live in Oregon you might want to check out SandyNet.



SandyNet is rolling out fiber access throughout Oregon, offering 100Mbps for $40 per month or 1Gbps for just $60 per month. Both services do not include a contract, nor do they have any data limitations or caps. SandyNet GM Joe Knapp told Ars Technica during a recent interview: "Part of the culture of SandyNet is we view our citizens as owners of the utility. We've always run the utility on a break-even basis. Any profits we do have go back into capital improvements and equipment upgrades and things like that".


The construction of SandyNet's ambitious fiber network started in June 2014, where it is now connecting 50 new homes to the super-fast Internet each week. Oregon has a 40-year master plan in place, which has the state looking at expanding its fiber network quite rapidly over the coming decades.

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MAINGEAR launches new gaming PCs featuring Intel Skylake

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 27 mins ago

PC manufacturer MAINGEAR is launching new desktops that make use of the Intel 6th Generation Core processors, also codenamed Skylake.




The Skylake CPUs have been promoted to offer minimal energy consumption and maximized CPU performance, providing PC users a great gaming experience. The Intel 6th Gen Core processors feature Turbo Boost Technology, and using the MAINGEAR REDLINE overclocking service, can receive 15 percent higher speeds.


All MAINGEAR gaming PCs now can utilize the Intel 6th Generation Core processors.

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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers reach a 9-year low

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 4 mins ago

Activision Blizzard may have released its latest "Fury of Hellfire" expansion on June 23, something that the publisher says "helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter" but subscriber numbers on World of Warcraft are dropping to new lows.




World of Warcraft now has 5.6 million subscribers as of June 30, but Blizzard President Mike Morhaime noted that the Warlords of Draenor expansion had more players returning to the game than any previous expansion. Morhaime also noted that the company is aiming to increase the pace of content going into the future to keep gamers' interest high on the game, and he's also confident that the World of Warcraft movie being released next year will bring in more players.


When the Mists of Pandaria expansion was released, World of Warcraft subscriber numbers dropped to 6.8 million, but with an exodus of an additional 1.2 million players, World of Warcraft is definitely not as popular as it used to be.

Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break release date announced: April 5, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 59 mins ago

Gamescom 2015 - Quantum Break is one of the most unique games that will be exclusive to the Xbox One, with Microsoft and developer Remedy Entertainment showing the game off at Gamescom. There was a gameplay trailer shown off at the show, which you can check out below.



We got to see X-Men actor Shawn Ashmore as the hero of Quantum Break, Jack Joyce, in action. The trailer showed off a glimpse at how time was broken in the first place, and what type of time-based gameplay there'll be in Quantum Break. Remedy even announced a release date for Quantum Break on the Xbox One, which will arrive on April 5, 2016.

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Diablo 3 has sold over 30 million copies across all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 4 mins ago

Activision Blizzard has announced that it has sold over 30 million copies of Diablo 3 since the action-RPG launched back in May 2012. The news comes from Activision's earnings report for Q2 2015 which ended in June, meaning Diablo 3 reached 30 million sales in three years.




We don't know if the publisher is counting the expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, or just the standalone game. Reaper of Souls launched in March of last year, with Diablo 3 very quickly becoming the best-selling PC game of all time, after it had hit 20 million sold.

ROCCAT teases both Sova and Nyth peripherals at Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 4 hours, 12 mins ago

Gamescom 2015 - ROCCAT has debuted its new Nyth gaming mouse at Gamescom, with the Nyth being a new MMO-hybrid gaming mouse with a "completely hot-swappable side button grid" that is sure to have MMO gamers foaming at the mouth.



The new ROCCAT Nyth has huge out-of-the-box customization, with a massive 36,738 different combinations thanks to its 33 different buttons. ROCCAT founder and CEO, René Korte, explains: "We've loved cracking the challenge of the Nyth. Making a mouse so deeply customizable was a great test for our creative and design teams. What we ended up with was not only a one of a kind MMO-centric piece of gaming equipment, but a mouse that is a chameleon. Turn it into a MOBA mouse, an FPS weapon, and more; any gaming configuration for any genre you can think of. That's what the Nyth brings to the table".




But the more exciting product that ROCCAT was showing off, at least to me, was the Sova prototype. ROCCAT showed off the Sova prototype at E3 2015 earlier this year, with the modular gaming board wanting to see you gaming in the living room. ROCCAT has announced that there will be more than one model of the Sova, with Korte saying: "After the great reception at E3 for our Sova prototype, we were given so much feedback, and pursued that further with surveys and more testing. Gamers want a PC gaming living room solution that's affordable, effective, and meets their spec priorities".

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Seagate announces a new 2TB 'Game Drive' for the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 hours, 3 mins ago

Gamescom 2015 - Seagate has used the mega games event Gamescom to announce its new 2TB Game Drive for the Xbox One, with the storage unit also working on the Xbox 360.




Seagate's new 2TB Game Drive features the Xbox green-and-black color theme and is powered by a single USB 3.0 cable. The drive features Xbox and Seagate logos and allows you to have your catalog of downloaded games, achievements and so much more on-the-go. Senior Director of Product Marketing for Seagate, Jeff Fochtman, explains: "This exciting new collaboration with Microsoft Xbox is an important milestone for Seagate that will help us to reach a new audience, which has an insatiable appetite for storage". "There was a clearly defined need in this market for additional plug-and-play storage and Seagate is happy to be able to provide the solution," he added.


The new Seagate Game Drive will retail for an MSRP of $109.99, and will be made available at GameStop, Amazon and other consumer electronic retailers across the world.

Corsair announces new RGB keyboards, mice and headsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 6 hours, 3 mins ago

Corsair has just unveiled a bunch of new gaming peripherals during Gamescom 2015, with new STRAFE RGB mechanical gaming keyboards, Scimitar RGB MMO/MOBA mouse, and new flagship VOID gaming headsets.




One of the jewels in Corsair's new gaming peripherals is the ultra-quiet STRAFE RGB Silent, which is the world's first keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Silent gaming switches, which will "deliver the speed and precision of linear mechanical switches with significantly quieter actuation". Corsair adds that the STRAFE RGB Silent has "new switches combined with the noise-suppressing architecture of the keyboard chassis", that makes the "pro-level STRAFE RGB Silent 30% quieter than other mechanical gaming keyboards".




Corsair's new VOID headsets come in three flavors: wireless, USB or analog stereo. The VOID gaming headset earcups are "shaped to fit the human ear, providing the utmost comfort while delivering spectacular audio fidelity". The USB and wireless VOID headsets feature innovative features like InfoMic status LEDs, and a CUE Control dial that lets gamers control their gaming soundscape without pausing their game.

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Halo 5 will launch with a limited edition Xbox One console for $499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 53 mins ago

Gamescom 2015 - Microsoft has just announced a bloody beautiful limited edition Xbox One console that will launch in the "weeks leading up" to the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, which launches on October 27.




The new Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition bundle will include a 1TB Xbox One console in a beautiful Spartan Locke and UNSC design, with an included controller that will match the design. The $499.99 bundle will include a download code for Halo 5, the Warzone REQ Bundle with 14 requisition packs, FOTUS-class armor and a special emblem for multiplayer, an alloy Guardian model, animated series Halo: The Fall of Reach, and team dossiers.




Microsoft will have the new Xbox One bundle available to retailers on October 20, with Japan receiving it two days later on October 22. Microsoft has also teased a special Master Chief wireless controller that will arrive in October for $69.99.

Microsoft says the Xbox One will be 'powered by Windows 10' soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 8 hours, 2 mins ago

Gamescom 2015 - Now that Windows 10 is here, the next machine to receive the upgrade, if "Something [doesn't] Happen" will be the Xbox One. Microsoft announced during Gamescom 2015 that the Xbox One will be receiving Windows 10 in September.



The news comes directly from Mike Ybarra, Partner Director of Program Management of Xbox and Windows Platform, who said: "My goal is Win10 is on Xbox One, with the new UI, for Preview members in September". Ybarra also teased the refreshed design of the Xbox One's new home screen through his Twitter account, which looks quite slick, which we have embedded above.


As for Windows 10 on the Xbox One, we should expect an updated dashboard design and new features, as well as support for DirectX 12. Insiders will receive Windows 10 on their Xbox One units starting next month, with the full roll out to the world in November if all things go to plan.

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