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EVGA will soon be entering the enthusiast gaming notebook market

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Laptops | Posted: 33 mins ago

It might be the introduction of high performance unlocked K-series mobile processors from Intel, but EVGA has decided to enter the gaming notebook market. At IDF, Intel hinted that EVGA would be bringing a gaming notebook to market featuring a new Skylake mobile CPU.

 

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EVGA is traditionally known for their aftermarket video cards and motherboards, and they have a large following of enthusiasts and gamers who want the best hardware in their computers. I contacted our EVGA representative to get more information or even confirmation. According to EVGA marketing, "[EVGA] are working on a new 17-inch thin gaming notebook with very high-end hardware. Plan to launch late this year/early next. 100% EVGA design from the ground up".

 

EVGA is known for their NVIDIA-based GPUs and Intel-based motherboards, so we should expect an Intel CPU and the possibility of a discrete mobile GPU from NVIDIA. We could even go as far as to expect Intel's first K-SKU mobile CPU in EVGA's gaming notebook, but at this time there is no solid confirmation of what hardware will be used in their gaming notebook.

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NVIDIA GRID 2.0 will be powered by Maxwell-based Tesla M60, Tesla M6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 28 mins ago

It looks like NVIDIA is really ramping things up for GRID 2.0, so that it can power an insane amount of virtual desktops thanks to its Maxwell GPU architecture.

 

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GRID 2.0 was announced at the VMworld conference yesterday, where NVIDIA unveiled two new video cards based on their Maxwell architecture. The first is a dual-GPU, high-end card in the form of the Tesla M60 while the other is a single-GPU, high-end offering in the Tesla M6. Starting with the Tesla M60, we have 4096 CUDA cores, 16GB of GDDR5 and 7.4 TFLOPS of single precision performance. The Tesla M60 is capable of handling 36 simultaneous H.264 1080p30 streams at once and uses up to 300W of power.

 

The Tesla M6 features just 1536 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5 and it can handle 18 simultaneous H.264 1080p30 streams at once. It arrives on a bare board on its own, using up to 100W of power. NVIDIA is coy on pricing at the moment, with both of the new Maxwell-based Tesla offerings being made available on September 15.

Intel will be pushing eDRAM into its Iris and Iris Pro graphics

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 42 mins ago

Intel took everyone by surprise when they launched the Broadwell 5775C and 5675C desktop SKUs around Computex. The CPUs not only took the crown with the fastest desktop integrated graphics, but they also were able to overclock.

 

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Building upon the success of their Iris Pro line with integrated eDRAM, Intel is adding eDRAM to their more affordable Iris lineup as well. For Skylake, both GT3 and GT4 integrated graphics will feature 22nm eDRAM. The eDRAM will be treated as normal system memory (instead of cache), but should prove to be beneficial for graphics performance.

 

While the 5775C and 5675C were both launched months ago, only recently did they start to sell. Their prices are also sky high, but we hear that there is demand for desktop CPUs with strong integrated graphics. The overclocking potential of the "C" SKUs was also low, the CPUs didn't overclock well. Intel told us that this was due to the mobile nature of Broadwell; transforming the BGA CPU to an LGA CPU proved to be cumbersome because of the eDRAM implementation and expected overclocking capabilities.

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Intel calls their new Skylake CPUs their 'best CPU ever'

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 45 mins ago

As of August 9th Intel had shipped 1 million Skylake CPUs worldwide. The new CPUs will go on sale on September 1st in Asia and in 6 weeks will be available worldwide. While Intel already launched their K series Skylake desktop SKUs last month, they are now announcing the launch of their entire introductory Skylake lineup including both desktop and mobile segments.

 

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Intel predicts that Skylake will last approximately 4 years, meaning that we should expect even more SKUs in the future. A lot of microarchitecture information was disclosed during technical sessions at IDF and I already wrote that up here.

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ASRock unveils the H2R, a Chromecast-like HDMI dongle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 9 mins ago

Seriously, I can't live without my Chromecast. It's just that good, and now ASRock has just unveiled something just as interesting in its new H2R (HDMI 2-in-1 router).

 

 

The new ASRock H2R acts as a travel router, but it moonlights as both an Ethernet adapter, or an HDMI dongle that mimics the abilities of Apple TV or the aforementioned Chromecast from Google. The ASRock H2R will provide wireless Internet, an Ethernet adapter - or alternatively if you want to plug it into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor, it will mirror cast or project your smartphone or tablet onto your TV.

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ARCHOS unveils the larger screened Diamond Plus smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

Device manufacturer ARCHOS has unveiled the ARCHOS Diamond Plus, a larger screened model of the Diamond smartphone. ARCHOS plans to show off the device during IFA in Berlin, which starts later this week.

 

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The device features a 5.5" FHD IPS screen (1920x1080) that is powered by an Octa-Core A53 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. It runs the Google Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The phone itself will be released sometime in November and will cost around $273 at launch.

 

"There's no reason customers should have only one model option in our quest to offer 4G/LTE smartphones to a greater public," said Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. "Offering a larger-screened product with a slightly different design gives ARCHOS customers more diversity and choice."

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Star Wars: Battlefront beta hits in October, features 20v20 chaos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 10 mins ago

DICE is planning on conducting an expansive beta test for Star Wars: Battlefront that will let players test out the iconic 40-player Walker Assault mode.

 

 

According to EA's new devblog update, the Star Wars: Battlefront beta will roll out "early October" across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

The beta will let gamers will clash in the epic Battle of Hoth in the prestigious 20 vs. 20 Walker Assault mode, which pits the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance for some old-fashioned iconic wide-scale chaos: snowspeeders tripping down AT-AT's, groundforces gunning down snowtroopers and the skies will be alight with lasers as the two sides dogfight in the clouds. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will join the battlefield as hero characters, wreaking havoc in the name of the Light and Dark sides of the Force.

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Get Ahead of the iOS 9 Curve: Create Your Own iPhone Apps

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 13 hours, 19 mins ago

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When it comes to learning how to make apps, reading about it will only get you so far. The key to making progress? Hands-on instruction - which you'll get plenty of as you prepare for the arrival of Apple's iOS 9 update, by making 33 apps in the two-course all-inclusive iOS 9 and Swift 2 bundle, now just $49 at TweakTown Deals.

 

With guidance from pro developer Rob Percival, you'll learn how to build clones of best-selling apps like Instagram, Tinder, Flappy Bird, Snapchat, and Uber. By the time you get through the hands-on instruction, you'll be fluent in Swift 2, Apple's programming language, and you'll be able to navigate Xcode 7 and the interface builder with ease. You'll even learn how to market and monetize your own original app-and to get you started, the bundle includes a year of unlimited web hosting and over 1,000 free design assets.

 

Start learning how to code the next best-seller. Get the all-inclusive iOS 9 and Swift 2 bundle for $49.

NVIDIA secures 81% of the GPU market according to JPR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 14 hours, 54 mins ago

According to the latest data from JPR, NVIDIA has pushed into owning 81.9% of the GPU AIB market. AMD on the other hand, dropped from 22% to just 18% this quarter, and when looking at the year-over-year data, AMD has dropped down from 38%.

 

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JPR's report finds that total AIB shipments decreased this quarter, down to 9.4 million units. AMD's quarter-to-quarter total desktop AIB unit shipments decreased by a sharp 33.3%, while NVIDIA's dropped 12%. JPR also noted that the "demand for high-end PCs and associated hardware from the enthusiast and overclocking segments has bucked the downward trend and given AIB vendors a needed prospect to offset declining sales in the mainstream consumer space".

eSports betting startup Unikrn gets backed by Ashton Kutcher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 24 mins ago

Unikrn is gaining much more traction recently, with Ashton Kutcher of 'That 70s Show', 'Two and a Half Men', and 'Dude Where's My Car' fame investing into the Seattle-based eSports betting platform.

 

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The news hasn't been confirmed by Kutcher himself, but GeekWire is reporting that the Hollywood actor has invested into Unikrn. Kutcher isn't the only celebrity to see the future of eSports betting starts with Unikrn, with Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban investing $7 million in venture capital funding earlier this year.

 

Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said during an interview with GeekWire: "He's highly active in the deals he's invested in. He does a lot of advocating for Twitter and Uber, and he usually gets deep into the companies".

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