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The Division looks freakin' awesome at 4K with custom SweetFX mods

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With its graphics set to maximum, The Division is a pretty darn good looking game. But, at 4K with some custom SweetFX mods applied - it looks positively gorgeous. Check out some screenshots below.

 

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Next, we have some environments, which look even better. There are a bunch of screenshots, so check out the original thread on the Ubisoft forum right here.

 

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Uncensored 'Deadpool' cut coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you've caught any of the red-band trailers for the eagerly awaited 'Deadpool' , you'd be well aware that the R-rated theatrical cut is going to push the boundaries of the MPAA rating system. And glory be - the Blu-ray version is apparently going to take it even further.

 

 

According to Latino-Review, 'Deadpool' director T.J. Miller has confirmed that the future release of the uncensored cut will be "even more raw" - although no confirmations yet on what form this will actually take.

 

But fans who can't wait to see the slightly less violent theatrical release can get their fill of the mouthy anti-hero when the film hits cinemas on February 11 in Australia and then the next day in the United States.

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AMD's new Zeppelin CPU spotted, features 32 CPU cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

AMD has been in the headlines quite a bit this year, and we're only a month into 2016. According to the latest information, AMD is working on a new EHP (or Exascale Heterogeneous Processor) that has been confirmed by an AMD engineer, who has also confirmed the name of the processor, too: Zeppelin.

 

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Zeppelin is a new Multi Chip Module, that features 32 Zen cores tied into AMD's impressive Coherent Fabric - which offers 100GB/sec of bandwidth - compared to PCIe that offers around 15GB/sec. The latency has also been reduced from 500ns to something much smaller, but the bigger question is whether Zeppelin refers to the Zen processor cluster or the MCM as a whole.

 

Digging into Zeppelin, we find the Vega 10-based MCM. Vega 10 will sport up to 4 GMIs (Global Memory Interconnects), which allow the CPU to talk to the GPU at 100GB/sec, courtesy of the Coherent Fabric. The MCM is also capable of communicating with the RAM at 100GB/sec too, which allows for a super-fast system with magnitudes more bandwidth than we have right now.

 

What we do know, is that the Zeppelin-based EHP variant will feature next-gen Vega 10 graphics, but we don't know how powerful it will be. We should expect AMD to push more details out on Zeppelin, Vega 10 and more as the months fly past.

Alphabet passes Apple as world's most valuable public company

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Google's parent company Alphabet is now the world's most valuable publicly traded company, according to earnings reports released today.

 

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Revenue stands tall at $21.3 billion and earnings are at $8.67 per share -- both exceeding analyst predictions of $20.8 billion and earnings of $8.09 per share. Market cap comes in at $558 billion, surpassing Apple at $535 billion, a company which has struggled to grow in recent times following a long period of flourishing.

 

Alphabet attributes the wild success to its investments in mobile search as well as YouTube and "programmatic" advertising. Its 1 billion active Gmail users probably don't hurt, either.

Microsoft pushes Windows 10 to recommended update status

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

As it was foretold back in October, Windows 10 has been moved from Optional update status to Recommended. This means for anyone who has Automatic Updates and the "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" settings enabled, the upgrade process will begin automatically. If you want to change this, type 'Windows Update settings' in the start menu, click 'Advanced options', and change the aforementioned settings.

 

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Note that although some files will be downloaded regardless of what you do to make upgrading quicker, the upgrade will still not actually take place unless you give it permission to do so.

Dragon's Dogma mod fixes aspect ratio for multiple monitor setups

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you're playing the PC version of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen with anything but 16:9 aspect ratio (mainly 16:10 and multi-monitor users), you'll notice a wonky aspect ratio correction, leading to unpleasant gameplay and interface navigation. Fortunately, the mod community has come to the rescue with the Agnostic Dragon mod, which corrects this issue and related others. This one comes especially recommended because it's from Kaldaien, who worked on the Tales of Zestiria 30 FPS fix.

 

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Agnostic Dragon is in the early stages (current version number is 0.2.0), but it should get the job done much better than the default method, and will likely be updated frequently in the months ahead. Hit the source to grab it. There you can and should also take a look at the current known issues.

Tales of Symphonia is locked at 30 FPS, 720p on PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Tales of Zestiria was quite a solid PC port apart from the 30 FPS lock, but even that was rectified with a community-created fix eventually. Not so with follow-up Tales of Symphonia: user reports indicate the game is again locked at 30 FPS, but also the rendering resolution is fixed to 720p (it upscales if you select a higher resolution), there is missing text and typos, the interface often displays PS3 buttons even when using keyboard and mouse, the config and save menus can take 30 seconds to load on Windows 7 (this is being investigated), and it has DRM called VMProtect that creates a new .exe upon every boot. That last bit is concerning unto itself, but it also means you can't do things like force AA through your GPU settings.

 

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To top it all off, the developer's username was "Lazy Mofo" on Steam, before he changed it following complaints. He also has a VAC ban from about 10 years ago. Perhaps this was a false positive, but it must be noted.

 

The creator of the 30 FPS fix for Zestiria says he'll get around to fixing Symphonia as well, but it won't be for awhile.

AMD will talk about its new GPUOpen initiative at GDC 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

AMD recently launched a new open-source initiative called GPUOpen, a new philosophy backed by optimized software that's specifically designed to let developers harness more graphical power regardless of platform--PC or console. Team Red will discuss GPUOpen at GDC 2016 in March, and open up about the new project and how it'll shake up the world of gaming.

 

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GPUOpen is essentially AMD's answer to NVIDIA's GameWorks, and will give devs more power over GPU integration and provide them with a wealth of tools, effects, SDKs, and a huge collaborative network of open-source software and connections with other developers. AMD also wants to use GPUOpen to remove the hardware limitation disparity between PC and consoles by giving "open and unrestricted access" to graphics hardware.

 

"GPUOpen is a new philosophy spearheaded by AMD that aims to bridge the gap between console and PC game development by allowing optimal access to the GPU for developers," reads a statement provided by AMD. "GPUOpen is a portal to effects, SDKs, libraries and tools that provides various levels of GPU access and functionalities for real-time graphics and content creation. GPUOpen marks the beginning of a new era where developers are able to achieve their artistic and technical vision via open and unrestricted access to the GPU."

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BIOSTAR launches H170GT3 motherboard with legacy PS/2 ports

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

While your child or smaller sibling may have no idea what they're used for, BIOSTAR has announced the return of PS/2 ports in its H170GT3 RACING motherboard.

 

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Paired with features such as eight USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, BIOSTAR further promises four DDR4 slots, two PCI-E x16 3.0 ports, a single M.2 32GB/s port and more on this new model. If you're after a little bling, this product also comes fully optioned with BIOSTAR's Vivid LED DJ feature, further providing LED strips on the motherboard and one-touch mode selection for eco and performance boost profiles.

 

LAN is provided thanks to Intel's i219V technology and this motherboard operates around a H170 chipset, offering up compatibility with any LGA 1151 processor. If you're looking at graphics grunt, this new release will also support AMD Crossfire configurations, further allowing for extra spacing between the PCI-e X16 slots.

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New AMD Crimson drivers add CrossFire to Fallout 4, Tomb Raider

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

AMD has just rolled its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 drivers, bringing performance optimizations and long-overdue CrossFire support to a number of games.

 

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The new Crimson drivers add CrossFire profiles for Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, allowing both games to leverage the power of multi-AMD video cards. Just four days ago AMD promised hotfix optimizations for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and it's great to see they've delivered.

 

Gamers instantly noticed the absence of CrossFire support in both games upon release, especially Crystal Dynamic's performance-demanding Rise of the Tomb Raider. Based on our Rise of the Tomb Raider PC analysis, AMD cards pushed their own muscle against NVIDIA's GPUs, despite the fact the game's engine was built with Team Green hardware.

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