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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, 3 days 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.




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, 4 days 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.





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.


AMD Ryzen 5 CPU - core/threads - clock speeds


  • 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, 4 days 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.




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, 4 days ago

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




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, 4 days ago

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




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, 4 days 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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Samsung to invest $7 billion in 7nm chips production

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Qualcomm recently announced their Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC, and here we are already talking about 7nm chips. Qualcomm's 10nm chips are being built using Samsung's newest 10nm processor, and it looks like there's better coming soon.




Samsung announced that they are planning to start producing 7nm chips in early 2018, meaning they could be ready for their next year's Galaxy S flagship.


In order to stick with their plan and time frame, the Korean company has announced that they will invest $6.98 billion to build new 7nm facilities in 2018, and extend the 10nm production lines.

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Collect 900 Korok seeds in Zelda for this special reward

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Zelda: Breath of the Wild has 900 Korok seeds spread across the massive (and I mean massive) in-game world. Not even two weeks after the game's launch, a dedicated gamer has found all 900 of them, and unlocked the secret of Hestu's reward.




One of the main gripes in the new Zelda game is limited inventory space. The game quickly gives you a way to unlock more space, but only at the expense of time: you have to search for Korok seeds hidden throughout the game. To get these seeds you have to solve humorous little logic puzzles throughout Hyrule: puzzles like placing a rock in an incomplete ring of circles, putting an apple on an altar, things like that. Solving these puzzles summons a cute little "child of the forest" who rewards you with a Korok seed.


These seeds are then taken back to Hestu, a tree-man who's probably one of the most hilarious NPCs in the game. I highlighted this whimsical NPCs in my little guide, which you can find here. Give Hestu your Korok seeds (the seeds go into his maracas, you see, and Hestu looooves to make music and dance...Shakala!) and he'll unlock a single Shield, Bow or Weapon inventory slot. There's only one catch: the Korok seed requirement is cumulative. So it's 1 seed for the first upgrade, 2 for the next, etc etc. And if you collect all 900 Korok seeds, you get something really special.

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Mid-flight headphones explosion burns woman's face

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

On a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a passenger experienced a misfortunate incident with a pair of headphones.




According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the passenger was listening to music using her own battery-powered headphones while sleeping. About two hours into the flight, the headphones exploded causing burns on the passenger's face.


The unfortunate passenger was awoken by a loud sound of an explosion. She explained that she turned and that's when she felt the burning on her face.


I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck. I continued to feel burning, so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire. As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.

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TAG Heuer introduces Connected Modular 45 smartwatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

TAG Heuer has unveiled their new smartwatch - Connected Modular 45.




The company named it Modular since there are 56 different combinations you can create using their online tools. You can choose between different straps, buckles, and lugs.


The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 comes with a 1.39" AMOLED screen and is powered by an Intel Atom Z34xx chipset. The 410 mAh battery is good for up to 25 hours of regular use.

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