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NVIDIA announces its GeForce GTX 1060, ready to battle Radeon RX 480

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 1:00 pm

After weeks of rumors and leaks on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, the company has finally made it official. Riding on the wave of AMD's new Radeon RX 480 which is priced at $199, the new GeForce GTX 1060 features GTX 980 level performance starting from $249.

 

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For $249, NVIDIA has constructed the GeForce GTX 1060 to be a mid-range monster with 1280 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR5 RAM at 8GHz. For clock speeds, NVIDIA has said that the boost clock on the GP106 GPU hits 1.7GHz, and can be "easily overclocked to 2GHz for further performance". As for power consumption, thanks to the incredibly efficient Pascal architecture and the new 16nm FinFET process, the GeForce GTX 1060 has a power-sipping 120W TDP.

 

When it comes to performance, NVIDIA promises GTX 980 like performance, with the GTX 1060 being around 15% faster and over 75% more power efficient "than the closest competitive product", adds NVIDIA. By "the closest competitive product", we're guessing NVIDIA means AMD's new Radeon RX 480, which has a 150W TDP and can't beat the GTX 980 on its own.

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G.Skill adds even more chromatic splendor to Ripjaws RGB keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:17 pm

G.Skill's new firmware update for Ripjaws RGB mechanical keyboards adds galaxies of scintillating prismatic flair to your fingertips.

 

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With the new SW0.104/FW57 firmware update, G.Skill has unlocked a massive new range of per-key color customization options to KM780 and KM780R Ripjaws RGB mechanical keyboards. Armed with the new update, users can fully personalize their keyboard's glowing hues with the full palette of 16.8 million different color combinations, and even save their creations to profiles and share them with friends.

 

The Reactive and Ripple RGB lighting effects can also be assigned custom backlighting on a per-key basis, offering even more style to your keyboard. The board's top row of special function keys also get a makeover; users can now assign individual and personalized color combinations to macro and media keys.

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Nuka World is absolutely the last DLC in Fallout 4's $50 season pass

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 10:31 am

Bethesda has some bad news for those of you who are expecting secret DLC after Nuka World: the amusement-park themed add-on will definitely be the very last bit of official content for the game.

 

 

When asked about more Fallout 4 DLC, high-ranking Bethsoft exec Pete Hines smashed all of our dreams with two words: "last one." When Nuka World drops in August, Fallout 4's add-ons are officially over with. But it's okay, right? Modders will pick up the slack! That is if Bethesda's careless service hasn't destroyed the modding community.

 

So gamers effectively payed $50 for two medium-sized story add-ons (Far Harbor and the erstwhile Nuka World) and a whole lotta junk contraptions that basically have the same content as the game's free mods. I realize that Far Harbor is actually pretty huge, but I've come to find only the landmass is big; the content is surprisingly slim pickings.

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All Xbox games aren't coming to PC after all, Microsoft confirms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 9:18 am

Microsoft has just changed up the rules of its new cross-platform Play Anywhere functionality, iterating that Xbox console exclusives will still be available and not all first-party titles will jump to PC.

 

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According to new alterations made to Xbox exec Yusuf Medhi's famous blog post, the new Play Anywhere service won't include all future Microsoft Studios games. With Play Anywhere gamers unlock a free digital Windows 10 version when they purchase specific digital console games, effectively giving a two-for-one deal. This new revision means upcoming titles like Halo 6 aren't guaranteed to come to PC.

 

The new revision states that only "new titles published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere," which is a pretty big jump from the original which clearly states "every new Microsoft Studios game" will support Play Anywhere.

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E-tailer Kogan shares fall in volatile market debut

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 6:24 am

Australian online retailer Kogan has floated on the Australian share market today and quickly slumped in a volatile debut.

 

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According to ABC, Kogan shares dropped well below their initial offer price of $1.80, down nearly 12% to a low of $1.495 a few hours after trading begun. The cash injection from the float will be used to invest in new products and product lines. The company forecasts sales of $241 million this year and earnings of $6.9 million.

Valve's new update for Team Fortress 2 will better combat Overwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 5:44 am

So... I'm addicted to Overwatch. Previously, I was addicted to Team Fortress 2, but stopped playing it around 2 years ago, but now in the wave of Blizzard's dominance with Overwatch, Valve has a huge 'Meet Your Match' update on its way.

 

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Team Fortress 2's upcoming Meet Your Match update will add matchmaking, several new modes and maps, and Competitive Mode. Competitive Mode feels like a knee-jerk reaction to Overwatch and its new Competitive Play mode, with TF2's taking away the random critical hits, and features 9 new classes in a 6v6 match.

 

Competitive Mode will also allow you to verse players in your own rank, earn medals for playing well, and you'll be able to track all of your stats, too. Your rank will be determined by your match-to-match performance, so playing with lower-ranked friends won't tank your score.

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GALAX's new GeForce GTX 1080 HOF sports white PCB, 1961MHz Boost clock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 3:50 am

GALAX has officially revealed its new GeForce GTX 1080 HOF, which has a strikingly beautiful white PCB - oh, and some great overclock speeds, too.

 

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The new GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 HOF features the same 2560 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5X RAM at 10GHz and the same display output connectivity as the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, but has some great overclocks on the GP104 GPU.

 

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GALAX has ramped up the GPU to 1809/1961MHz for Base/Boost clocks, respectively. GALAX says that it has a 180W TDP, even though it has 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors. GALAX provides dual BIOS capabilities, so you can flash back to a previous BIOS if your overclock goes horribly wrong, too.

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Early AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB cards have 8GB, just peel off the sticker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 2:10 am

We've reported in a previous article that the early shipments of AMD's new Radeon RX 480 will include 8GB of RAM - but now there's proof. Riding on the waves of our latest story, which has AMD releasing its next-gen Vega 10-based video card in March 2017, rocking the ridiculously fast HBM2 technology.

 

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WCCFTech is reporting that they have an XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB they secured on Newegg, and it has 8GB of RAM - with a 4GB sticker on the box, which when peeled away, reveals it is an 8GB card. We've already stated a few times that this is happening with the early stock of the Radeon RX 480, so if you buy the 4GB model right now - you have a good chance of getting the 8GB model, but this won't last forever.

 

Considering the Radeon RX 480 4GB is just $199, it's a steal as you can flash it to the 8GB model and enjoy a $40 savings, double the VRAM, and an extra 1GHz in RAM clock speeds. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

 

If you haven't checked out our official review on the AMD Radeon RX 480, check it out here. We also took a look at two Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire, pitting them against NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards, with the RX 480 CF setup beating the GTX 1080 at 1440p and 4K - a great surprise, considering its $200+ cheaper than the $699 asking price of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition.

AMD's next-gen Vega 10 to launch in March 2017 with HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:44 am

AMD has the mid-range market tied up with its Radeon RX 480, which we reviewed right here - and then again with Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire which destroyed the GeForce GTX 1080 - but what about the high-end, enthusiast market?

 

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Now we have news from our friends over at Fudzilla, who are reporting that we'll see AMD's first HBM2-based product in early 2017, rocking the next-gen Vega architecture. There will not be any HBM2-based GPUs released this year, as HBM2 yields are not high enough to hit consumer video cards. Right now, NVIDIA has all of the HBM2 to itself, using it on its high-end Tesla P100 video card.

 

What memory standard will the Vega 10 card use? We suspect it'll use GDDR5X, which scales up to 10GHz, and was recently used on the GeForce GTX 1080 from NVIDIA. The Vega architecture should deliver some large improvements over the Polaris architecture, and I'm sure it's going to be a monster that will battle NVIDIA in the high-end arena with its purported Titan X successor which is reportedly going to drop next month.

Rick and Morty VR experience rumored to debut at Comic-Con 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 7, 2016 12:16 am

Rick and Morty fans listen up! The show's co-creator, Justin Roiland, has been working on multiple VR projects for a while now, but it looks like San Diego Comic-Con 2016 could be the time that he teases a Rick and Morty VR experience.

 

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On a post on Toucan, the official Comic-Con blog, reader Lenny Glionna spotted a mention of a Rick and Morty Virtual Reality experience that will take place during the 'Adult Swim on the Green' event during SDCC 2016. The post was swiftly updated, with the mention of the Rick and Morty VR experience removed. It could've been a mistake, but if it was real - it would be pretty kick ass.

 

As for Roiland, he has been a big advocator of VR - stating he has been working on an "original HTC Vive game" and that he "will get funding" for it. He said he's "five months into designing/writing/developing" the game, back on June 10, 2016.

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