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ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard Review

ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard Review

ROCCAT's SOVA MK is another addition in the market to the range of gaming lapboards to make gaming comfortable in your lounge room. Let's take a look.

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MacBook Pro GPU issues caused by software, not AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 4 hours, 10 mins ago

It looks like the GPU-related issues on Apple's freshly-released MacBook Pro laptops was not because of the AMD Radeon graphics inside - something I said a few weeks ago, as all signs are pointing towards crappy third-party software ruining consumers' expensive new purchase.




AppleInsider reports from sources familiar with the matter that "overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple's own Photos app". I don't see the words "AMD" or "Radeon" anywhere there, but I do see the words "third-party" and "Apple's own Photos app", though.


In my article titled 'Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues', I said: "There were issues with the new 15-inch MBP that sports AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, with people taking to the MacRumor forums to complain about their problems. But there are a lot of people with 13-inch MacBook Pros that are experiencing issues, and there is no AMD hardware inside of those models - that's all an all-Intel MacBook Pro, with the same issues the model with the Radeon Pro 400 series graphics has".

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HP's new supercomputer is 8000x faster than your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 40 mins ago

HP has unveiled its new supercomputer, simply called The Machine, something first announced back in 2014. HP is aiming to smash all previous technology in existence with The Machine, as their new supercomputer doesn't need to rely on traditional processors - instead, it will utilize memory for its brute speed.



HP Enterprise explains that The Machine is up to 8000x faster than traditional machines (you'd freakin' hope so), but it's still years away from being released. HP will be aiming at high-end servers for companies like Google and Facebook, with the architecture itself powered by memory-driven computing, we should see this type of memory-driven PC trickle down to the PC one day, I hope.




The Machine uses photonics to transmit data using light, and thanks to its massive, and super-fast memory pool - The Machine can really crank through those datasets. When the data needs to be transferred between processors, things slow down - but HP has thought ahead of time using memory to super-speed the supercomputer.


HP's current prototype of The Machine has 8TB of RAM, which is around 30x what a traditional server is typically equipped with. HP has plans to support anywhere between 8TB and hundreds of terabytes of RAM in its supercomputer - where the company is making a new memory chip called memristor.

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AMD's Zen-capable X370 boards preview on December 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 7 hours, 18 mins ago

AMD will be hosting its New Horizon event on December 13, where we will be introduced to the new Ryzen CPUs, and their new enthusiast SKU motherboards in the form of the AM4-based X370 chipset.




There will be multiple board partners at the event, all showing off their new Ryzen-capable X370 motherboards rocking the new AM4 socket. AMD previous teased the New Horizon event, where they said: "Join AMD at New Horizon on 12/13 at 3pm CST for an exclusive advance preview of our new "Zen" CPU ahead of its 2017 Q1 release. New Horizon is AMD's fan-focused event, designed to engage our most dedicated customers".


AMD continued: "As well as a hands-on preview of the power of "Zen", attendees will be able to talk to the AMD minds behind the chip itself and grab expert gaming advice from eSports & Evil Geniuses legend PPD. The event is hosted by industry veteran Geoff Keighley, who'll introduce special guests throughout the day".





What will X370 deliver?


AMD has been behind Intel in the motherboard chipset game, but Zen and the new AM4 motherboards will make a big change to that. The high-end X370 chipset will include native M.2 support, PCIe 3.0, DDR4 memory support, USB 3.1 Gen 2, NVMe and SATA Express - all of which have been missing from AMD motherboards until now.


The high-end X370 chipset will include CPU and RAM overclocking abilities, as well as enough PCIe lanes for multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire rigs. The X370 chipset will support two x16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, or four x8 PCIe 3.0 lanes for dual/triple/quad-GPU setups.

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AMD's next-gen Vega 10 leaks - are they the real deal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 8 hours, 34 mins ago

We have been sifting through many rumors and leaks on AMD's next graphics cards, something that needs to be cleared up. The latest rumor of the Vega 10 has me wondering if we're being thrown off track, and whether that's a good, or a bad thing.





Our friends over at VideoCardz have posted up what they are reporting as a new Device ID (687F:C1) alongside a benchmark of Ashes of the Singularity (which I hate using to judge performance, but that's just me). VideoCardz reports: "Judging from how AOTS benchmark recognizes dual-GPU graphics cards, the new card is most likely equipped with one processor. This device ID was not shown anywhere yet, so it's definitely something unreleased".


They added: "Whether that's a mobile prototype being tested in desktop platform, or full-fledged Vega 10 device, we don't know. If the rumors are true, this could be much awaited Radeon RX 490".


Why I don't think it's Vega 10: AMD has the entire future of its graphics business riding on the success of Vega, which will pave the way for Navi in 2018-2019. I don't see why AMD would have such a large leap in performance over the Polaris architecture and its fastest SKU - the Radeon RX 480, and name it the Radeon RX 490. It makes absolutely no sense, and if I were in charge of branding the Vega 10 - it would NOT be called the RX 490.

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Don't press new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer button

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 12 hours, 19 mins ago

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' are back (and with Baby Groot in tow) and if you press the button, the universe will end. But check it out anyway!



Reuniting stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the sequel finds the guardians travelling throughout the galaxy in order to help Peter Quill discover more about his true parentage.


'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is scheduled to be released on May 5 2017, in 3D, 2D and IMAX cinemas worldwide.

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The Last of Us 2 is Ellie's harrowing story of hate

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 45 mins ago

Naughty Dog reveals new story details about The Last of Us Part II, discussing how the sequel will be a polar opposite from the first PS4 exclusive.



The Last of Us Part II is a direct counter to the original game--the first game was about love and bonding, the sequel is about dark malice. The long-awaited sequel will star a 19 year-old Ellie who's driven by malicious burning hate. While the game will follow Joel and Ellie, players will see through the eyes of Ellie as she turns the world red with blood in her hate-filled quest for revenge. Ellie has changed a lot since we saw her last: she's grizzled, tough, deadly. The trailer opens up with her singing an eerie tune among the bloody corpses of her foes, and as Joel walks in with a familiar "Hey Kiddo," her eyes are smoldering orbs of raw rage.


"This is a story about hate, and [it'll be] an intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure," Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann said at a PlayStation Experience 2016 panel. The trailer makes this point very clear, as Ellie flat out promises to go to the ends of the post-apocalyptic Earth for her revenge: "I'm gonna find...and I'm gonna of them," she says.

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Zotac's $1999 VR Go backpack: GTX 1070, Intel i7 6700T

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 13 hours, 48 mins ago

Zotac's new $1,999 VR Go backpack brings self-contained, untethered and desktop-free virtual reality gaming to the market.




The Zotac VR Go backpack has higher-end hardware that enables "full desktop VR" including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card, a 2.8GHz Intel i7 6700T CPU (can be overclocked to 3.6GHz), 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz (supports up to 64GB RAM), and a single 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD with a clear 2.5-inch drive bay for storage. The wearable PC backpack weighs about 11lbs, and has a unified cooling solution made up of both passive and active fan cooling, with the GeForce GTX 1070's 16nm Pascal-based architecture sporting optimum heat and power efficiency under load.


One of the major selling points of the Zotac's VR-ready PC-in-a-backpack is its hot swapping batteries. The backpack can run for two hours on a charge, and comes with two 6600mAh Li-ion batteries that can be hot-swapped back and forth and charged independently of one another.

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Death Stranding analysis: breaking down the bizarre

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 4 mins ago

Kojima Productions has dropped its second Death Stranding trailer, giving us a ton more questions than answers. The footage is a monument to the weird, a shrine to the bizarre, but it also has quite a few clues and possible symbolic references, especially if you've been following our coverage of the game. So without further adieu, let's jump right in those inky depths, shall we?




Note: Kotaku recently wrote an article saying that "something wild happens when you watch the Death Stranding trailers side-by-side," directly correlating the disappearance of the baby in the first trailer to the appearance of the baby in the second trailer.


They say that the transition is instantaneous, but it's not: there's a 30 second+ disparity between the moments in these trailers. I'm not saying the theory is wrong, but the whole thing about the child being instantly transported is.


Here's the proof.

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Marvel vs Capcom 3: Ultimate coming to PS4 later today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 42 mins ago

After announcing a brand new entry in the flagship fighter, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, Sony followed up with a surprise: Marvel vs Capcom 3: Ultimate will be available on PlayStation 4 later today.




Both Marvel vs Capcom 2 and 3 were pulled from digital storefronts due to clashes with Capcom and Disney's ownership of the Marvel brand. Now Capcom and Disney are playing nice, the juggernaut decided to let up and allow Sony to put MvC3: Ultimate back on digital store shelves.


The only potential drawback of Capcom and Disney's partnership is that Marvel vs Capcom: Ultimate will only have characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So that means no X-Men or similar mutants--unless they have their own MCU-owned movie series. The reveal trailer only showed Captain Marvel and Iron Man battling Capcom's Ryu and Mega Man, and that should be a huge indicator on what to expect from MvC: Infinite's character roster.

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The Last of Us 2 announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 57 mins ago

Naughty Dog has officially announced The Last of Us Part II at PlayStation Experience 2016, with fans roaring like crazy at the reveal.



The Last of Us Part II is coming, and Ellie and Joel are set on a bloody revenge mission. "What're you doin, Kiddo? Are you really gonna go through with this?" Joel asks, leaning on the door. "I'm gonna find...and I'm gonna of them," a grown-up Ellie proclaims in the footage, after singing a rather eerie acoustic melody. There's a trail of dead bodies, blood and total carnage in her path, so I'd say she means it.


Read Also: The Last of Us 2 is Ellie's harrowing story of hate


We don't know any official details about the game just yet, but we do know it's officially in the works, and that Joel and Ellie are back. Sony's Shawn Layden affirmed The Last of Us Part II is in "very early stages of development," so we probably won't see the game until 2018. Expect to see optimum use of Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro with The Last of Us Part II.

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