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Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

Origin's Chronos SFF gaming PC may be small, but hot damn does it pack a mighty performance punch and price tag. Let's take a close look.

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo drops to $799, dual-GPU Fiji goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 16 mins ago

I still remember when AMD launched the Radeon Pro Duo nearly a year ago now, but it was aimed at the prosumer market, and priced rightfully so. Until now.

 

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AMD and its various AIB partners have dropped the price on the Radeon Pro Duo from nearly $1500, to just $799 - not bad considering it's the fastest graphics card from Radeon Technologies Group. The Radeon Pro Duo rocks dual Fiji GPUs with 4GB of HBM1 each, for a total of 8GB of HBM1.

 

Each of the Fiji GPUs has 4096 stream processors (8196 total) - making the Radeon Pro Duo feature the highest GPU cores of any graphics card, ever. We have 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs per GPU, with each Fiji GPU running at 1000MHz.

 

AMD created the Radeon Pro Duo for 4K gaming and professional content creation, with 16 TFLOPs of 32-bit single precision performance, the highest of any graphics card on the market right now. Better yet, the Radeon Pro Duo is the first workstation graphics card to feature HBM1 technology, with the 4GB of HBM1 clocked at 500MHz, providing 512GB/sec bandwidth thanks to tis 4096-bit memory bus.

 

If applications are designed to support the dual GPUs, you can utilize the 512GB/sec from each set of HBM1 for a total of 1TB/sec for maximum performance.

Switch's 4310mAh battery takes 3 hours to fully recharge

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch will take about 3 hours to completely recharge while on the dock over USB Type-C.

 

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We've just found out the Nintendo Switch's 6.2-inch "console" tablet features a non-removable 4310mAh rechargable 3.7V Lithium-ion battery, which seems pretty beefy in itself, but for a dedicated games tablet at 1280 x 720 we should have at least 5000mAh, so it's no wonder the battery life is about 3 hours with major games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now we've gleaned from Nintendo Japan's press site that a completely depleted Switch handheld will take 3 hours to completely recharge via the dock or separately with the included Type-C AC adapter.

 

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Nintendo has affirmed that the Switch's battery can last up to 6.5 hours in Mobile Mode, but this long life is likely prolonged via the system's Sleep Mode, which is enabled to extend the system's battery life while on-the-go. Actual gameplay in Mobile Mode will likely be around the 3 or 4 hour mark, and while gamers can recharge the system as they play, the Switch's depleted recharging time will be as long as the actual system's play time. What's more is that the Switch's 4310mAh, 3.7 V Li-ion battery may take longer to recharge on the dock, which transfers 5V DC across a 2.6A current, which equals 39W, than hooking the Switch directly up to a AC wall socket which will provide between 100W - 240W of converted AC power. That's not to say that the Switch will leverage the full brunt of that power, however, as the device has a 3.7 V battery.

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LG G6 won't explode because it uses a huge heat pipe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 46 mins ago

Samsung didn't have a great end of 2016 with its various Galaxy Note 7 issues, with smartphones catching fire and exploding - and while they're teasing their Galaxy S8, LG is preparing for the launch of its upcoming G6 flagship handset.

 

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LG is promising that its consumers will be safe from any issues of overheating, with LG Mobile Communication Division boss, Lee Seok-jong saying that LG has used a unique mechanism that uses heat pipes in the LG G6 that will make sure that heat is shifted through the phone efficiently, and will avoid any overheating problems.

 

Seok-jong said: "We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones", while another LG official said: "We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15 percent higher than the temperature set by the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it from a high place".

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ADATA's new 256GB micro SDXC hits 260 MB/s write speeds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 hours, 16 mins ago

Shortly following the announcement that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid supports up to 2TB SDXC Micro SD cards, ADATA chimed in to highlight their new ultra-performance Micro SDXC solution that hits blazing fast 260MB/sec write speeds.

 

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ADATA's latest premium 256GB SDXC card uses 3D MLC NAND from SK Hynix to hit high capacities and dramatically improve speeds, reliability, and all-around efficiency, hitting blazing fast micro SDXC speeds of up to 275 MB/sec reads and 260 MB/sec write speeds. In fact, this particular SDXC card utilizes the UHS-II bus and boasts Class 10, U3 and V90 ratings from the SD Association indicating its a high-end storage device--it can support 2K 120FPS, 4K 120FPS and 8K 120FPS video recordings.

 

While most Switch gamers may not need this insane caliber of performance, ADATA's Micro SDXC cards are the beginning of a HDD-less future, and stand as a testament to what the very near future holds for flash-based memory. As Anandtech notes, "ADATA is the second independent supplier of NAND flash-based devices to introduce a microSDXC card with 256 GB capacity after Patriot."

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Sony to unveil new phones on February 27

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 2 mins ago

Sony has sent out invitations for their press event on February 27th at MWC in Barcelona.

 

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The company is expected to announce at least two phones at this year's event in Barcelona. There have been numerous leaks about the phone, but as usual, nothing has been confirmed yet.

 

Some sources are saying we should expect mid-range phone while others claim we could see Sony's new flagship.

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Valve wants to make Source 2 engine free for all devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 8 mins ago

In case you missed yesterday's Valve bombshell, company bigwig and Steamlord Gabe Newell held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, delivering some interesting answers. One of these very answers was that Valve hopes to make Source 2 available for all devs free of charge.

 

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"We are continuing to use Source 2 as our primary game development environment. Aside from moving Dota 2 to the engine recently, we are are using it as the foundation of some unannounced products. We would like to have everyone working on games here at Valve to eventually be using the same engine," Newell said during the AmA.

 

"We also intend to continue to make the Source 2 engine work available to the broad developer community as we go, and to make it available free of charge."

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Microsoft buys leading API studio Simplygon

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 57 mins ago

Microsoft has just purchased Simplygon, the team behind an API that's employed in tons of console, PC and mobile games by virtually every triple-A publisher and developer in the industry, including EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony and Capcom.

 

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Simplygon's 3D data-optimization technology has seen widespread implementation across the industry, and Microsoft's recent acquisition is no doubt part of the company's Windows 10 UWP unified framework, and will be a key part in its new focus. In fact, I see Microsoft leveraging Simplygon to make unique dev tools to scale Xbox games across all Windows 10 platforms--Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio consoles.

 

Simplygon is also a major boon for Microsoft's new mixed reality gaming push, which will facilitate across Windows 10 PCs, its Hololens AR headset, and its new VR-ready Project Scorpio console. Microsoft has enlisted key OEMs like ASUS, Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP to make cheap and accessible VR headsets powered by Windows 10. Simplygon is used for games across the entire spectrum of hardware, including AR and VR platforms, so this acquisition will fold neatly into Microsoft's widespread approach to future hardware and games.

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Path of Exile is coming to Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 56 mins ago

Grinding Gear Games today announced that Path of Exile, one of the best MMO ARPGs ever made, is coming to Xbox One. This is big news, folks!

 

 

I've long contested that Path of Exile is the true successor to the Diablo series; in many ways, it feels like the real Diablo 3. My feelings have somewhat changed since the excellent Grim Dawn ARPG came out, but Path of Exile is still an amazing game in its own right--and now it's coming to Xbox One.

 

Path of Exile on Xbox One will be free to play, of course, but it will have its own dedicated server and PC players won't get to mingle with Xbox players--that's a bit disappointing, but hey, it's awesome we're getting a port. The Xbox version will feature all of the PC content including the new 3.0.0 expansion that brings Act Five.

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Halo 6 won't be Project Scorpio launch game after all

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 16 mins ago

Just yesterday I predicted that Halo 6 is finished, and that it'll release as a big-budget triple-A Project Scorpio launch game in Holiday 2017. Now Xbox head Phil Spencer squashed my predictions, and says the company is going to take a risk by letting new IPs lead its 2017 Xbox lineup.

 

 

"Xbox One games shipping this year are different for us. not Halo FPS/Gears led, new experiences with different IP, will be fun year," Phil Spencer recently said on Twitter.

 

With 2017 and subsequently the launch of its "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console, Microsoft will take a new risky direction that has unproven new IPs serving as the launch lineup for its big new console. Traditionally this is a gamble: any big new console needs an array of "safe bet" games that fully leverage said console to its fullest. Instead of a sure-fire win like Halo 6, Microsoft will apparently go with IPs like Crackdown and Phantom Dust for its Project Scorpio lineup. Now remember that Project Scorpio in itself is a new console, but it's not a new platform: the system will play all existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games. Project Scorpio is an iterative system that resets the hardware, but not the OS and the games.

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Tekken 7 release date will be announced next week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 11 mins ago

If you're a Tekken fan like myself who lives outside of Japan, then you're been wondering one thing above all else: when is it coming out?! The arcade fighter has been out in Japan since March 2015, and we've had to wait quite some time. Well, the answer to that question is coming soon...very soon.

 

 

"To all #Tekken fans and beyond: look forward to the release date announcement of Tekken 7 next week. Stay tuned!" Namco Bandai wrote on their official Facebook page.

 

Tekken 7 will see classic fighters clash with fresh new faces, and it'll be the first Tekken to officially come to PC. Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada confirmed Tekken 7 will run at a crisp and concise 1080p 60FPS on PS4, and that the team has taken great lengths to ensure there's no fight-stick latency in the game.

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