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GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

Our next Intel Z170 based Skylake motherboard on the test bench is GIGABYTE's Z170X-UD5. Come and read our review and find out if it's for you or not.

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Simplify World Travel With the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 2 hours, 4 mins ago

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We're always looking for ways to travel lighter. Rather than leave our favorite devices at home, we prefer to ditch the bulky chargers and travel adapters instead. That's when the sleek, compact Twist Plus+ World Charging Station comes in handy. Get it for just $34.99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

The pocket-sized, ultra-portable adapter is designed to charge your MacBook and four USB-compatible devices at the same time, in over 150 countries all over the world. Charge your laptop, smartphone, tablet, e-reader, and more, all through a single outlet and without having to carry multiple chargers and adapters when you travel. Built-in fuse protection keeps your devices safe.

 

Pack lighter and get the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station for just $34.99.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's pre-order scheme could change everything

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 19 mins ago

Square Enix recently revealed the official release date for sci-fi wonder Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but the celebration was dampened with a strange pre-order scheme that could have a huge impact on the future of the games industry.

 

 

The studio's neo-noir augmented dystopian sci-fantasy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks to be one of the best games in recent memory, and it now has a release date of February 23, 2016. Unless enough people pre-order the game--then it'll release four days earlier on February 19, 2016. To get the game early a good portion of gamers will have to pay up front and everyone gets the game early...this time.

 

In the future might be different. What if there are actually two release dates for games: the early pre-orderers who acted like early adopters in a weird sort of Early Access for AAA games, and the regular joes who get access to the game later. If this kind of disparity is created it'll likely eschew an exodus towards pre-buying as the mainstream public will probably want to get their game as soon as possible--it's the same price, right, so what's the big deal?

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Ocarina of Time gets an enchanting Unreal Engine 4 makeover

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 22 mins ago

Ever wondered what Ocarina of Time would look like as a modern day game? Talented 3D artist Michael Eurek answers this query with a truly stunning vision of the Nintendo 64 classic rendered in Unreal Engine 4.

 

 

Eurek's enchanting overhaul takes us on a tour of the flowing oasis of Zora's Domain, fully realizing the original island vibes with torch-fire licking the rough-hewn rock walls, beautiful waterfalls, lush flora, and a color scheme that truly immerses you in another world. When I played the game as a kid, this area was one of my personal favorite areas in the game because of the tropical atmosphere, and it's amazing to see Zora's refuge given such a high-detail overhaul.given such a high-detail overhaul.

 

King Zora XVI sits atop his throne, features muted and frozen in stone. The water churns and endlessly flows while the exotic jungle plants sway in the gentle breeze. Everything is rendered in such pristine hyper-realistic fidelity that it really brings a new dimension to the franchise, offering a testament to the new generation of game-building engines that developers have at their fingertips.

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ASUS unveils the new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti video card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 54 mins ago

ASUS has just unveiled its new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti, with the GM200-powered video card set to be one of the best GTX 980 Ti cards on the market. Check out the video below teasing the cooling technology deployed on the card.

 

 

The ASUS Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti includes a factory overclock on the GM200 GPU, right up to 1228MHz. We still have the usual 6GB of GDDR5 onboard, but the cooling design is what sets this card apart from the rest. ASUS has used the 'DirectCU H2O' which is a hybrid cooler of sorts. It's similar to what ZOTAC has been doing with the GTX 980 Ti ArticStorm.

 

ASUS says that the Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti should have 5C lower temperatures with the stock cooling, while up to 30C less temperatures when its under water cooling. The company has also used its new Auto Extreme manufacturing process, which is a mostly automated process now.

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Sony unveils the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 11 hours, 27 mins ago

Sony has unveiled three new smartphones at IFA 2015, with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact not standing out too much, but the new Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first 4K smartphone.

 

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Starting with the Xperia Z5, which features Sony's new 1/2.3 Exmor RS sensor crammed into a huge 23-megapixel camera with an F2.0 G Lens. This is Sony's "first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1" and has been "designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera Alpha technology for clear, vivid imagery every time".

 

The new Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is an 8-core GPU with 4G LTE speeds and the latest in Wi-Fi technology. Both handsets pack Sony's incredible battery stamina and power-saving technologies, as well as Quick Charge 2.0 which will have your Xperia Z5 charged up in no time.

 

But as we said, it's the Xperia Z5 Premium that takes the cake. What we have here is a beautiful 5.5-inch 4K TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, with the Xperia Z5 Premium upscaling your content to 4K making everything you playback on Sony's premium smartphone look beautiful. The Xperia Z5 Premium packs 32GB of internal storage, but you can cram in a huge 200GB microSD card which is where it really takes a leap ahead of the current smartphones on the market - I'm looking at you, Samsung.

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Hideo Kojima: The players are everything, I get my energy from them

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 43 mins ago

To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has released an official debriefing that shows Hideo Kojima is truly one of the most heartfelt developers in the industry.

 

 

Hideo Kojima cares about his audience and really connects with the people who play his games. During the MGSV debriefing, the grandmaster of tactical stealth espionage personally visited the home of Sean Gillespie, a fan who had recently tragically died of cancer. Before his death in February, Sean's love and enthusiasm for Metal Gear Solid directly touched and inspired Kojima and his dev team.

 

"I'm visiting Sean's home after he passed because my energy comes from the players," Hideo Kojima said in the video, his voice seeming to hitch with emotion. "When I announced a release date for MGSV I swore to follow through, and not to disappoint them. The players are everything. Without them, nothing I do would matter."

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ASUS unveils a Windows 10-powered PC-on-a-stick with the new VivoStick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 46 mins ago

ASUS has just unveiled its new VivoStick, which is a PC-on-a-stick powered by Windows 10. The new VivoStick sports an Intel Cherry Trail-based processor inside, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of local storage packed into an eMCP (multi-chip package).

 

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The new ASUS VivoStick includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port. ASUS has also included a headphone jack, and there's even an integrated speaker. Windows 10 will come pre-installed, which is a nice touch. Even Intel's Compute Stick packed Windows 8.1, but the VivoStick is going to be quite the winner with Windows 10 installed.

 

ASUS has placed an MSRP of $129 on the VivoStick, with no word on availability just yet.

You can now download Epic's awesome 'Showdown' VR experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 16 hours, 4 mins ago

This time last year we were at the NVIDIA Editor's Day where we got the chance to test out Epic Games' at the time 'Car Flip' VR experience. This ended up being 'Showdown', one of the best VR experiences at the time.

 

 

Well, now Epic has released the Unreal Engine 4-powered Showdown experience, which you can download directly from the Epic Games Launcher. The cinematic, bull-time action "experience" is compatible with the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus and HTC Vive. If you have an Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2 headset, you need to download this right now and check it out.

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PS4 v3.0 firmware includes YouTube Gaming support, more cloud storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 17 hours, 36 mins ago

Google introduced YouTube Gaming last week, a new Twitch-like streaming service that Sony is putting into the new firmware update for the PlayStation 4.

 

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The v3.0 firmware for the PS4 will not only include YouTube Gaming support but it will increase the cloud storage that PS4 owners have from the crappy 1GB they have now, to a more decent 10GB. The v3.0 PS4 firmware will also include the ability to livestream your PS4 gaming to YouTube Gaming, much like the built-in Twitch streaming that the PS4 is already capable of.

 

The new firmware will allow the usual screenshot sharing, but you can now blast video clips to Twitter too - albeit, they're limited to 10-second videos. Boo. There's also a new feature arriving, where you can ask your friends if you can watch them play with a new "Request to Watch" feature that is coming soon.

Your daily WTF: Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is a real game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 15 mins ago

I don't even know where to begin with this, but there is a new game that has hit Steam called 'Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015' and it is exactly, and I mean exactly, what it sounds like.

 

 

It's one of the weirdest games you could ever play, and is explained as "fast paced shower-simulation where you shower with your 8-bit dad". You can grab it from the Steam store for just $0.99, so you won't be spending much to shower with your dad, in a simulator of course.

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