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AMD releases new Radeon Software 17.3.2 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD Radeon graphics card owners will want to jump onto the new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.3.2 beta drivers, with support for the soon-to-be released Mass Effect: Andromeda.

 

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There's also a 12% performance improvement for Radeon RX 480 graphics card owners compared to previous driver releases. You can grab the new AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.3.2 beta drivers right here.

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Overwatch might end up on the Nintendo Switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Overwatch is one of the biggest games right now, with a solid foundation on the PC - but with the release of the new Nintendo Switch console, we're now hearing news that Overwatch could end up on Nintendo's new console.

 

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During a recent Reddit AMA, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said: "I'm loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting [Overwatch] on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms".

 

Now, "getting Overwatch on the Switch" sounds like Blizzard are working on the FPS for Nintendo's new console - but I wouldn't take this as a confirmation just yet. Also, I don't see how a super-fast paced FPS like Overwatch could work with the triggers and small screen, but in docked mode it could be fun - but without a mouse and keyboard? Pass.

Tesla to raise $1 billion, will fund Model 3 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

Tesla Motors is looking to raise just over $1 billion, something the electric car maker will do soon as it ramps up towards the launch of its upcoming Model 3 electric vehicle - its new car priced at around $35,000.

 

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The upcoming $1 billion injection will come from $250 million in secondary stock offerings, with another $750 million in convertible senior notes (as The Verge points out, it's "basically a loan"). There'll also be options for the underwriters to secure another 15% for each offering, while Tesla CEO and real life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, will buy $25 million in Tesla common stock as part of the deal.

 

Tesla will launch its new Model 3 electric car in 2018, starting from $35,000.

System Shock 3 receives $12 million from PayDay dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

OtherSide Entertainment, the studio working on System Shock 3, has announced a new publishing agreement with Starbreeze Studios - the team behind PayDay, with a $12 million investment into the production of System Shock 3 for the PC, and other platforms.

 

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System Shock 3 is in development under the careful guiding eye of legendary game developer Warren Spector, who worked on the original System Shock and System Shock 2 - as well as the original (and the best) Deus Ex and Thief: The Dark Project.

 

Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson-Klint explains: "System Shock is one of those iconic franchises in the history of games that still gets my blood going and Mr. Spector is one of the founding fathers of the modern action RPG. We're greatly looking forward to bringing System Shock 3 to players world wide in our collaboration with Otherside Entertainment and Warren Spector's team. I'll be first in line to play".

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GPU-Z 1.18.0: support for AMD's new Radeon RX 500 series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week ago

GPU-Z has teased the upcoming release of the unconfirmed Radeon RX 500 series, with TechPowerUp's new GPU-Z v1.18.0 has support for the Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550.

 

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Most AMD partners are phasing out the older Radeon RX 400 series cards in favor of the upcoming rebranded RX 500 series cards, with a rumored price of $199 on the new Radeon RX 580, and just $149 for the new Radeon RX 570.

 

As for the GPU-Z 1.18.10 changelog, here it is:

 

  • Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Quadro P4000, P1000, P600, P400
  • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, RX 550, HD 6430M
  • Added support for Intel HD Graphics 500 (Apollo Lake Pentium N4200)
  • Update check will now display the latest version number available
  • Fixed error message display during BIOS upload
  • Improved tray icon creation code when GPU-Z is launched during Windows startup
  • Fixed clocks read as -1 on Pascal cards with overclocking disabled
  • Invalid readings are no longer included in sensor average calculation (avoids -1.$ output)
  • Added support to display Boost clocks on Intel

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 4GHz for $249

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD is just weeks away from launching its mid-range Ryzen 5 family of CPUs, with the Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 5 1500X, Ryzen 5 1600, and the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X processor.

 

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AMD's new Ryzen 5 family is their mid-range offering to fight off the higher-end Core i3 and mid-range Core i5 processors from Intel, with the new Ryzen 5 1600X being compared against Intel's Core i5-7600K in Cinebench, with AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X being 69% faster. A huge improvement, thanks to the 6C/12T performance versus 4C/8T on the 7600K chip.

 

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  • Ryzen 5 1400: 4C/8T @ 3.2/3.4GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1500X: 4C/8T @ 3.5/3.7GHz (unlocked/overclockable)
  • Ryzen 5 1600: 6C/12T @ 3.2/3.6GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 3.6/4GHz (unlocked/overclockable)

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You don't need weapons to kill enemies in Zelda BOTW

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's weapon durability system (or as Jim Sterling aptly refers to it, "weapon fragility system") is annoying. There's no way around it: having your weapons break really rubs players the wrong way. But it also does something very, very important: teachers players how to improvise and be strategic.

 

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You're not meant to use weapons every time you fight in Nintendo's new Zelda game. Weapons and shields will degrade the more you use them, and eventually break at the wrong moment. This really can be a problem, especially when you start to avoid fighting enemies because the rewards aren't worth the damage to your cool new swords, spears, bows and shields. But there's a simple way around this frustration: using your infinite supply of ghost-bombs.

 

Zelda: Breath of the Wild has taken lots of heat for the "weapon fragility" system in the past few days, and while I think this criticism is valid, I absolutely know that players have options. You're not forced to use and break your weapons. Breath of the Wild is a game built around experimenting, and the world gives you tons of different tools and abilities that you can mix and match at whim. Playing in the first two hours teaches you not to use weapons too often in battle. What should you use instead? Bombs, bombs, and more bombs. Breath of the Wild literally gives you in an infinite supply of two different kinds of bombs--ones that roll and ones that are square--to use in battle. And use them you should!

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Want to try VR? Get a free RX 480 with a Vive purchase

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week ago

Keen on trying VR, but put off by the price? Newegg has your back with a special offer.

 

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PC-powered virtual reality, while the definitive way to experience VR, is quite expensive. An HTC Vive costs $800, and an Oculus Rift will run you $599--and those are just the headsets. That price doesn't count the VR-ready PC you need to experience the new frontier. But Newegg's new promotion gives you a free GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 GPU with the purchase of an HTC Vive.

 

AMD's Radeon RX 480 is two video cards above the Vive's minimum Radeon R9 290 requirement, but it's worth mentioning the free GIGABYTE RX 480 is a 4GB model and not the more expensive variant with 8GB of VRAM. Still, though, it's a pretty sweet deal for anyone who's on the fence about VR adoption, and the free GIGABYTE RX 480 is valued at $185 MSRP.

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HTC teases a surprise announcement on March 20

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

HTC has started teasing their "unexpected" announcement scheduled for next week, March 20.

 

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The teaser, published on their Facebook page, doesn't reveal much. The image attached to the post says "Spring is coming."

 

Of course, the most obvious announcement would be the HTC 11. The company has yet to unveil their new flagship powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, and it is possible that they will introduce the device next week.

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Pixar's latest film 'Coco' releases first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

Disney-Pixar's 2017 film 'Coco' has just released its first trailer, and it's probably not going to get the seal of approval from President Trump.

 

 

Following the music obsessed 12-year-old Miguel, the musical journey 'Coco' sees the protagonist unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history, whilst following his dream to be an accomplished musician - which won't be easy considering music is banned in his family. The film is set to feature the voices of Benjamin Bratt and Gael García Bernal and helmed by 'Toy Story 3' director Lee Unkrich.

 

'Coco' hits theatres in 3D, 2D an IMAX from November 22 in the U.S. and in Australia sometime in December.

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