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Intel's next-gen Core i7-6950X pre-orders hit $2349 at NCIX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:18 am

Intel's next-gen CPUs are right around the corner, with NCIX listing the new Core i7-6950X with a pre-order price of a wallet-busting $2349.99. The Core i7-6900K has a pre-order price of $1495, while the Core i7-6850K is $889, and the Core i7-6800K at $629.




These prices are not official and are inflated for pre-orders, with the normal pricing set to be somewhere around $1609, $1024, $602, and $422 for the Core i7-6950X, Core i7-6900K, Core i7-6850K and Core i7-6800K respectively. Why should we be excited about these new CPUs from Intel? Well, the new Broadwell-E processors will feature four variants, with the flagship being the 10-core/20-thread Core i7-6950X. The one below it will be the 8-core CPU found in the Core i7-6900K, while the other two CPUs will be 6-core variants.


Intel is expected to launch its new Broadwell-E family of processors in the coming months, with a big show at Computex 2016 in June.

Analyst: eSports industry to be pull $463 million in revenue this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 9:50 am

Just how big is the eSports industry right now? Well, it's on the path to making $463 million this year, according to a new report from PwC. This means the eSports industry has grown by a staggering 43% from 2015.




PwC's report also has some data on the eSports industry itself, with the most popular game by viewership being League of Legends. Around 63% of eSports viewers said they were turning in for first-person shooters, while 57% of those polled describe themselves as "hardcore" gamers.


Female gamers surveyed didn't exactly describe themselves as hardcore gamers, but instead they were "involved in eSports". This is exciting, as it means there are more and more women getting into gaming, which is awesome. The gaming world is filled with young (and old), media-consuming audience, which is why there are so many companies pumping time, effort and most of all, money into eSports.

New 'Independence Day: Resurgence' trailer beams down more destruction

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 9:00 am

The eagerly anticipated sequel to the 1996 mega-hit 'Independence Day' is almost upon us, and today 20th Century Fox have unleashed a trailer featuring brand new footage to get fans all whipped up.



Returning stars Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox are joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher in welcoming the alien hoarde back to Earth, with the sci-fi epic promising mind-blowing visual effects sequences of destruction porn. Just before the film hits screens, the studio will also release a 20th anniversary edition Blu-ray and 4K release to catch up on what happened in the original.


'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide in June 2016.

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AMD's Radeon Pro Duo officially unboxed, the $1500 dual-GPU is slick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 8:12 am

AMD is days away from the official launch of its Radeon Pro Duo, the company's dual-GPU based on the Fiji architecture and HBM1 technology. HWBattle has received their sample, and have uploaded pictures for our viewing pleasure.




The Radeon Pro Duo features two Fiji XT GPUs with 4096 stream processors each, for a total of 8192 stream processors. Each GPU features 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs, with each GPU clocked at 1GHz. Each GPU also has 4GB of HBM1, for 8GB HBM1 total. We have 16 TFLOPs of 32-bit single precision compute performance, which makes the Radeon Pro Duo the fastest video card on the market.




The 4GB of HBM1 per GPU is clocked at 500MHz, resulting in 512GB/sec over the hugely wide 4096-bit memory bus. This means that applications designs for specific workloads on the Radeon Pro Duo can hit over 1TB/sec bandwidth - which is simply put, insane. The TDP of the Radeon Pro Duo is 350W, with 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors required. There's 3 x DP outputs and 1 x HDMI, too. Watercooling is standard, as the Fiji XT GPU runs quite hot, but AMD's engineering department took care of that with the Radeon Pro Duo.

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst possibly running at 720p 60FPS on Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:15 am

EA DICE must be in some serious meetings right now, delaying the release of Mirror's Edge Catalyst from late next month into June 7 - the third delay in total now. Well, the closed beta has been started by some, with 'xjumper' posting some images from the Xbox One version of Mirror's Edge Catalyst.




The user notes that the game could possibly running at just 1280x720 at 60FPS on the Xbox One, which isn't unusual as most Frostbite-powered games like Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline and even Star Wars Battlefront all ran at 720p on the Xbox One. The PS4 on the other hand, is more capable with Frostbite and its more powerful internals, pumping out Frostbite-powered games at 900p @ 60FPS.




The PC version won't suffer from these potato resolutions, as it'll scale up to 4K and beyond - with multi-monitor users set in for a treat. EA DICE shared the official PC system requirements a few days ago, which we reported on here. After checking out the screenshots, it's apparent that the PC version of Mirror's Edge Catalyst looks beautiful while the console versions are very, very watered down. But, this is a game where 60FPS is needed, which is probably the reason for baked down graphics and what looks like, 720p.

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Iron Man joins 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:01 am

Following the agreement struck last year between Disney and Sony Pictures which sees Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time in 'Captain America: Civil War', the studios have announced that a surprise star will repay the favor and join the cast of next year's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. is set to reprise his role as Iron Man for a seventh time in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot which stars Tom Holland as a younger Peter Parker. Marisa Tomei has also signed on to play Aunt May.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide next July.

AMD teases existence of next-gen Xbox console, and new PlayStation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 5:53 am

AMD has just talked about its recent earnings with investors, where the chipmaker teased the existence of the next-gen Xbox, as well as the upcoming beefier PlayStation 'Neo' console from Sony - oh, and the next-gen Nintendo NX console. AMD is everywhere when it comes to custom chips powering next-gen consoles.




Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, said during the earnings call that the semi-custom contract wins were in the gaming sector. Su continued, saying that "semi-custom business and gaming" will be the "larger driver" of Q2's revenue growth. She told reporters: "If you think about the semi-custom business in the past few years, the third quarter is always the peak. It will be the peak this year, as well, but we're starting some of the ramping in the second quarter as we build to the stronger third quarter".


Now, ramping up in Q2 for a stronger Q3 could mean that we see next-gen consoles revealed at E3 2016 (which takes place in late Q2) while the release of these consoles would happen in the holidays - closer to Q3. Su was asked who was purchasing the semi-custom designs, to which she said: "I don't believe we've gone through any detail about what those wins are. I'd prefer to let that come out as our customers are ready to launch".

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EA DICE delays Mirror's Edge Catalyst yet again, releases on June 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 4:46 am

Here we go again... EA DICE have just announced they've delayed Mirror's Edge Catalyst, again. This is the third delay, with the original launch of February 23 being pushed back to May 24, and now again to June 7.



Mirror's Edge Catalyst will now be released in the US on June 7 and throughout Europe two days later on June 9. The developer is about to kick off the closed beta for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, where the company will test out the game's new online-connected "social play" features. The new social play features include time trials and leaderboards, with EA DICE adding that it has developed "brand new online technology" in order to support them. Maybe it's so new, it explains why the game has been delayed.


Design Director on Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Erik Odelhaul, explained on the game's website: "We also want to make sure we have the opportunity and time to address player feedback from the Closed Beta. We're confident that these extra two weeks will make sure the game is as amazing as possible for you the players".

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AMD's next-gen GPU spotted, powered by GCN 4.0 - but is it Vega 10?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 3:34 am

It looks like AMD's next-gen Polaris flagship GPU has been spotted again, with the mysterious 'C99' receiving its RRA certification. This certification puts it on a path towards being consumer ready, which is exciting. These numbers might not look like much, but the nomenclature is used for test boards. All of the boards start with the letter C, with the number proceeding the letter C being the generation of video card. For example:




  • Hawaii XT had the C67101 code name
  • Tonga had the C76501 code name
  • Fiji XT had the C88001 code name


This means that Polaris-based boards, alongside other GCN 4.0-based, should have the C9XXXX nomenclature. The Baffin XT-based GPU that was on Zauba recently had the C98101 codename, which tells us it's a Polaris-based product. But now the C99305, C99304, C99303, and C99302 have been spotted getting their RRA certification, back on April 8.


The RRA certification is South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, with any silicon-based electronic needing this certification before it can be a consumer product. The certification doubles as a final stage of design of the GPU, as no more changes can be made after the RRA certification has been approved.


What makes this new entry interesting, is that there's also the C99398 board - which could be a higher-end Polaris 10 offering or even our first tease of Vega 10. Vega will be powered by HBM2, which is something that won't grace Polaris. We don't know much more than this, but as soon as more news is here, you can be sure we'll be all over it.

PlayStation Network accounts getting two-factor authentication

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2:28 am

Sony's PlayStation Network is getting a much-needed security overhaul by adding in two-factor authentication for all PSN accounts.




PlayStation Network accounts are notoriously easy to hack, leading to ridiculous unauthorized charges on PSN accounts. In an attempt to thwart this, Sony plans to add two-step authentication to all PSN accounts in the future. "In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature," a Sony rep to Polygon.


Two-step authentication requires users to submit two separate pieces of data to access an account, effectively adding another security barrier. Soon users will have to enter more than just a password to log into the PlayStation Network. We don't know exactly when Sony will add in this extra security feature, with the rep saying that "more details will be shared at a later date."

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