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EVGA confirms new GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2/SC2 coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 9:39 am

EVGA had some issues with its original GTX 1080 graphics card, but the company is looking to announce new ICX-based GTX 1080 graphics cards in both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 parts.

 

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EVGA is expected to refresh its GTX 10 series cards with improved thermals, with the "optional" thermal pads now the norm, with a new and improved PCB on the upcoming SuperClocked 2 and FTW2 models.

 

Jacob Freeman took to Twitter to tease: "I C something eXciting announcing this week", and I don't think he could've been any more clear.

Apple's next-gen iPhone X could cost $1000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 7:44 am

Apple's next generation iPhone is shaping up well, but we still have no idea what it'll be called - with two rumored names right now in iPhone 8 and iPhone X - I'd go with iPhone X, but hey - that's just me.

 

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Now we have Fast Company reporting that the price being "very likely north of $1000" according to a "source with knowledge of Apple's plans". Apple is expected to leap into the arms of a 5.8-inch OLED display, and will "look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design" says Fast Company.

 

Apple is expected to unveil successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the form of the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, its yearly tradition - with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Apple will continue using LCD displays in the 7S and 7S Plus, but the new iPhone 8/X will use a spiffy new OLED display, like its competitors have been using... for years now.

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Tesla will begin test building Model 3 cars on Feb 20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 6:05 am

Tesla Motors will reportedly enter "pilot production" of its more affordable Model 3 electric vehicle on February 20, according to "people familiar with the matter", says Reuters.

 

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Reuters' sources didn't say how many Model 3 vehicles would be built in February, but it would most likely be a smaller number of cars in order to test Tesla's assembly system, and the quality of vehicle parts used on the Model 3. Tesla Motors' boss Elon Musk told investors that more than 370,000 customers have put deposits down on the Model 3, with July 2017 set to be the kick off month on production.

 

Model 3 vehicles will be built in Fremont, California on February 20, and then two days later - Tesla reports its Q4 2016 results. Perfect timing for the production to start, isn't it? Reuters source said: "What better way to stoke the fan base and Wall Street than to wheel out pre-production models".

 

Tesla's upcoming Model 3 vehicle will be an exciting entry into the electric car market, as it will be priced at around $35,000 before government incentives.

Windows 10 major design refresh 'Project NEON' teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 5:19 am

Microsoft has been working on a major design refresh of Windows 10, and has now shown off its 'Project NEON' refresh during a presentation at its Windows Developer Day event.

 

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In the image above, you can see that there was a slide shown off during the presentation, with the UI refresh featuring a new 'Acrylic' component that will be a tweaked version of what Aero represented in the much-discussed Windows Vista, which will blur UI elements and background apps.

 

Microsoft will reportedly usher in Project NEON with its upcoming codenamde Redstone 3 release for Windows 10 later this year.

PS4 Pro 'Boost Mode' provides up to 38% more performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 4:34 am

Sony pushed out its slightly faster PS4 Pro a few months ago, and with the new v4.5 firmware, the unannounced "Boost Mode" was included.

 

 

The new "Boost Mode" promised "improved gameplay, higher frame rates, for some games that were released before the introduction of the PS4 Pro". Fast forward to now, the fine folks at Digital Foundry have used the PS4 Pro's Boost Mode, reporting that some games enjoy a massive 38% performance increase.

 

The increase in performance depends on the game, but with Destiny used as an example - there is no performance benefit, as the game is locked to 30FPS. But in something like Battlefield 1, it can "stay at a solid 60FPS in Boost Mode, without the frequent frame-rate dips that can occur during a 64-player match in base mode".

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Project CARS 2 aims for late 2017 release on PC/console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:26 am

Project CARS 2 is in the works, with developer Slightly Mad Studios showing off the debut trailer to the game, and man - does it look GOOD.

 

 

Slightly Mad Studios is aiming for a late 2017 release of Project CARS 2, which will be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game will have over 60 tracks, and 170 cars - a big increase over the 30 tracks, and 74 cars that launched with the original Project CARS.

 

Project CARS 2 will have you racing across ice, dirt, mud, and snow - as well as what seems like one of the best-looking dynamic weather systems, and realistic physics. Project CARS 2 will support triple 4K monitors for hardcore enthusiasts and pixel pushers like me, pushing a massive 11,520 x 2160.

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AMD releases Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:17 am

AMD is gearing up for the betas of both Conan Exiles and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, with the release of the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL drivers. Get the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 drivers right here.

 

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The new drivers also have some fixes included, where "Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering" is fixed.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL Highlights

 

Support For

 

  • Conan Exiles Beta
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta

 

Fixed Issues:

 

  • Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering
  • Diablo III may experience smoke or lighting effects may appear corrupted when using DirectX 9 API
  • Some applications may experience an intermittent or random runtime crash in atidxx64.dll
  • FIFA 17 may experience a black screen on launch when using Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress system configurations
  • Watch_Dogs 2 may experience an intermittent game crash after extended periods of play on some Radeon RX 300 series products
  • Paragon may experience flickering in profile or store preview pages after changing graphics settings when using Multi GPU
  • Forza Horizon 3 may experience a crash or application hang with the Blizzard Mountain DLC on some select Radeon GCN products

Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam costs $199, is out now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 2:22 am

Logitech has been on top of the webcam game for years now, and it looks like it will continue that lead with their new Brio 4K Pro webcam.

 

 

Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam is capable of streaming 4K HDR directly onto the internet, and it shoots real 4K - so we have 4096x2160, versus 3840x2160 that we have on TVs and monitors right now.

 

Comparing Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam against some of their competitors like Razer's new Stargazer and Logitech's own C922, both of them shoot 1080p. Logitech's latest webcam is capable of streaming 4K video at 30FPS, or 1080p 60FPS if you want something smoother.

 

Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam also has 5x digital zoom, Windows Hello facial recognition support, and HDR support - which won't be used that much, as there are not many 4K HDR monitors on the market right now.

 

Logitech is selling its new Brio 4K Pro webcam for $199.99.

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AMD Ryzen R7 1800X: 8C/16T CPU for $649?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 1:05 am

AMD is close to the release of their Ryzen processors, with 17 chips expected to be unveiled in the Ryzen family from the R3, R5, and R7 processors.

 

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Now we're seeing some preliminary pricing on the R7 1800X at around 600 EUR or $641, the Ryzen R7 1700X at 470 EUR or $502, and the 8C/16T chip in the R7 1700 priced at 390 EUR - or $416. We could see these prices slightly higher, and I think a $699 price will be applied to the flagship R7 1800X processor, personally.

 

As for the launch, it's being said it'll happen late February, with a retail launch of March 2. My industry sources say that the chips will be hitting 4.2-4.3GHz maximum when overclocked, while LN2 overclockers should hit 5GHz easily.

Nintendo Switch could get Wii U game remasters

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 11:07 pm

Although the Nintendo Switch isn't fully backward compatible with Wii U games, and won't play the games in your existing Wii U games library, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima confirms the handheld-console hybrid can indeed emulate Wii U games...and we could even see Wii U game "remasters" on the Switch.

 

 

When asked by TIME if the Switch would ever get Wii U game support, Mr. Kimishima confirmed that Wii U games must be "remade" to be playable on the Switch: "We can take games and bring them and make them playable on Switch. So they can be remade for Switch, yes."

 

The Nintendo President goes on to iterate that the games must be remade...however those remade Wii U games could get "enhanced" to benefit the Switch's beefier NVIDIA Tegra processor, similar to how older PS4 games get PS4 Pro enhancement patches to leverage the system's beefier hardware. "That said, Switch is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. In some cases, games from past systems may be re-released for the Nintendo Switch system as either enhanced or original versions."

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