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Sonnet Fusion PCIe Fusion Drive 256GB Thunderbolt 2 SSD Review

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Sonnet's 256GB Fusion PCIe Fusion external SSD drive with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity gets tested today, and boy does it perform well.

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StarCraft Korean legend 'Flash' retires

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 mins ago

Known for being one of the greatest eSports competitors of all time, Korean professional gamer Lee 'Flash' Young Ho has earned over $500,000 from StarCraft and StarCraft II tournament prize pools alone in his career, ranking him in second place behind Korean nemesis 'Jaedong'.



His retirement was published by Korean Website, Daily eSports, with the master gamer himself stating that "As a progamer, Ive got so much more than I deserve. Its been long 9 years, and I wont forget the love that my fans gave me. From now on, Id like to travel or rest a while, thinking about future. However I will say, I won`t put down my keyboards, and mouse."


Known not only for being an amazing competitor, Flash was also loved globally for his meticulous computer setup routines, known for utilizing the help from a ruler in order to set up his gaming platform just right at the world's largest tournaments.

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Microsoft dev streams Halo 5 from Xbox One to HoloLens

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

For quite some time, the realm of portable gaming has been met with limitations, including small low-res screens and rather uncomfortable control schemes. With the advent of Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset, however, gamers will soon be able to bring full-scale console gameplay with them everywhere they go.



Windows Holographic project manager Varun Mani shows off some of the HoloLens' potential by streaming Halo 5 gameplay from his Xbox One over to the headset. The HoloLens then projects the overlay onto a nearby wall, fully mirroring the gameplay in real-time. The dev showed how users can drag the streaming pane across surfaces, making everyday objects into screens. "Wish you could take Halo with you everywhere you go? Now you can with HoloLens," reads the video's description.


We've seen Microsoft demo off the HoloLen's amazing AR gaming capabilities in the past, and the company has affirmed that its Xbox One console will be a centerpiece to power its cross-platform games streaming. HoloLens is but a piece of Microsoft's unified Windows 10 ecosystem, which manifests in various features including Xbox One to PC game streaming (with PC to Xbox One streaming coming soon) as well as Lumia-specific features like Continuum.

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Samsung announces new OEM 750 Series SSDs with corporate warranty

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 hours, 23 mins ago

Designed to help your company office systems perform at full speed, Samsung has announced its new 750 Series of OEM SSDs, releasing them with special corporate warranty structures.




2.5-inch in size and offering a SATA 6Gb/s interface, these models have been released in only 120GB and 250GB sizing options. Offering speeds of up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write, these new products boast 97,000 IOPS 4K random access in the 250GB model and 95,000 IOPS random access in the 120GB.


As for the special corporate warranties, cover for five or six years is on offer for some partners.

Seagate boasts new storage archtecture capable of 1Tbps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 hours, 25 mins ago

Seagate Technology has teamed up with Newisys to create "the industry's fastest flash storage design," as published in a recent press release. This advancement in technology allows for a new Newisys NSS-2601 storage server to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s.




This number is achieved by pairing the NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules containing Seagate SAS 1200.2 SSDs within, ensuring these blisteringly fast speeds are achieved by a single 42U rack. In addition, the press release notes that Newisys 2U servers packed with 60 Seagate SSDs is able to post an impressive bandwith of 49GB/s.


Aimed at the industrial crowd, this advancement is a large "breakthrough in storage system performance," says Seagate VP Brett Pemble. Partnered with Newisys, this new technology is designed to assist metadata caches and prediction servers for industries such as finance, oil and gas, weather and more, due to needing this high bandwidth option in order to processes microsecond alterations.

Similar numbers on Fallout 4 PC than Battlefront on all platforms

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 52 mins ago

With DICE & EA's Star Wars Battlefront posting decent sales figures on release week, we've reported on numerous and alarming player drops over recent times, seeing this new game fall much lower on PC in game-time than competing titles like Team Fortress 2, CS:GO, Fallout 4 and more. We've also noticed player drops even over peak periods, where other games saw an increase in players, Battlefront did not.




In yet another disappointing advancement, statistics from Steam and Battlefront Stats has shown us that there are now almost more Fallout 4 players on PC alone than Star Wars Battlefront gamers across all platforms - PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Battlefront has posted a 24-hour peak of 24.9k on PC, 60.8k on Xbox One and 106.6k on PlayStation 4, this marks a 192.4k total player-base through all three major gaming platforms, sitting alongside 158.8k people playing at the time of writing this article. This is compared with a 162.3k 24-hour peak of Fallout 4 on PC only, backed up by 124.2k at the time of writing this article.

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AMD to paper launch Radeon R9 Fury X2, could be delayed into 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 hours, 52 mins ago

It looks like AMD is ready to fully announce its dual Fiji-based video card, which should arrive as the Radeon R9 Fury X2. But according to the latest rumors from, it'll be a paper launch of the Fury X2, with real market availability to kick in sometime in Q1 2016.




The source continued, adding that scheduling issues in production of the new video card could see delays occur. This isn't something new, as AMD paper launched the Fury X before it reached the market weeks later, but this delay will reportedly be months, not weeks. We should know for certain very soon, as we've been invited to an AMD event in Sonoma, California this week (I'm sitting in the Brisbane, Australia airport to board my plane to LA, and then SFO). We're expecting to see AMD unveil the Fury X2, but we won't know for certain until later this week.


Now, what about price? We should be expecting the Radeon R9 Fury X2 to be priced quite high as it features dual Fiji XT GPUs, as well as two separate sets of 4GB of HBM. The Fury X has an MSRP of $649, so we should expect the Fury X2 to be as high as $1049-$1099, or even more. Remember the Radeon R9 295X2 launched at around $1500, but floated down to $1000 after a while.

Harrison Ford has seen 'Force Awakens' final cut

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 14 mins ago

Returning to his nearly 40 year old love/ hate relationship with the franchise that made him a household name all over the world in 'The Force Awakens', Harrison Ford has revealed to 'Good Morning America' that he's seen the final cut of the eagerly awaited upcoming film, three weeks before us simple nerds. So what did he think?



On the publicity trail for the film, Ford told GMA's host that the film is "is great... it's a wonderful movie, it's got great production values. It's a real big movie and I was delighted to see it." Justifying his past criticism of the Han Solo role, Ford continues that his 'Force Awakens' role is part of "a more complex story... a little bit more of an emotional context than perhaps there was before".


Naturally, you'd expect the top-billed star to say nothing less, but nonetheless his praise does bode well for a film that the world will devour in just a few short weeks from now.

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Nintendo's 'Mario Kart' eSports show coming to DisneyXD channel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 48 mins ago

With the explosion of interest in eSports cutting through to the mainstream, no gaming franchise is immune. Now, an eSports showe based on Nintendo's ever popular 'Mark Kart' franchise is coming to the youth-based DisneyXD channel in a few days time.




According to GameSpot, 'Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8' will air this weekend on the DisneyXD channel, with eight of "America's best young gamers" competing in a 'Mario Kart 8' tournament on the WiiU. With sales a tad under 6 million units worldwide, 'Mario Kart 8' is the console's highest selling game, as the company moves to strengthen it's position with a new console coming next year.

MSI Z170A Krait motherboard includes Rainbow Six Siege, new design

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 9 hours, 28 mins ago

MSI is partnering with Ubisoft to release a new version of its Z170A Krait motherboard. Dubbed the Z170A Krait Gaming R6 Siege, it features a black and white design and includes a copy of Siege. The free copy also applies to the regular Z170A Gaming M5 version of the board. It's not clear if this applies retroactively, but you can always try.




If you're not familiar with the motherboards, they support 6th gen Intel Core processors, DDR4-3600+(OC) memory, and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C.

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GeForce 359.06 driver prepares you for Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 10 hours, 21 mins ago

NVIDIA has released its GeForce 359.06 WHQL certified driver today.




This one is specifically aimed at those playing or planning on playing the beautiful open world action game Just Cause 3 (JC3) or the tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege. It contains optimizations for both, including an SLI profile for Siege (JC3 doesn't support SLI, otherwise there'd likely be a profile for that too).


Grab the driver at the source or through GeForce Experience.

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