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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 patch for PC improves performance, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Activision is pushing out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which is a patch aimed at providing better performance. The new patch weighs in at 520MB. It was only last week that we reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made $550 million in its first 72 hours.




Treyarch and Activision haven't been advertising the 520MB patch through the usual COD general community channels, so there's no patch notes other than a brief Steam Community note saying that it has "bug fixes and performance improvements". There are some gamers who are still having issues getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to run well on their systems, so here's hoping this patch fixes that.

Tyan's new HPC server platform takes 4 CPUs, 96 DIMMs of DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

With all the talk of Intel's next generation Xeon processors featuring an insane 44 threads of pure CPU power, Tyan is teasing the latest it has to offer in the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.




Tyan highlights its latest HPC optimized 1U/2U/4U server platforms that support Intel's latest Xeon E7-4800 v3 and E5-3600 v3 product families, with Tyan's latest offering for the HPC community being the 4-socket FT76-B7922. Tyan's new FT76-B7922 supports 4 x Intel Xeon E7-8800/-4800 v3 processors, an insane 96 x DDR4 DIMMs, up to 4 x Intel Phi coprocessors, and 8x 2.5-inch SAS 12Gbps HDDs or SSDs in the 4U chassis.


Tyan was also showing off much more hardware at SC15, with other GPGPU systems like the FT77C-B7079 supporting 2 x Intel Xeon processors (of the Haswell-EP family), 8 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor modules, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. The TA80-B7071 supports 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, 4 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, 16 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. Tyan is also displaying plenty of SMB and datacenter/cloud application systems at SC15.

Battle the Five Armies to win yourself a 'Hobbit' Blu-ray boxset!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Extended Cut' boxset on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment.


'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide-unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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1 million copies of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void sold in 48 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Blizzard finally released the third instalment of StarCraft II, on the same day as the release of Fallout 4, with StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void selling 1 million units in the first 48 hours.



It might not be the same $400 million that Halo 5 did in its first week or the huge $550 million that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 did in its first 72 hours, but it's still big news for StarCraft II gamers. The official StarCraft Twitter page thanked its fans, saying "Thanks for making the launch of #LotV a success! We'll see you in the Koprulu Sector, Commanders!"


The week of gaming isn't over just yet, so while we might have StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Fallout 4, Halo 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, we're only days away from the release of Star Wars Battlefront and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Oh my.

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COD: Black Ops 3 needs 'high-end CPU and SLI' for consistent 120FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 might have made a huge $550 million in its first 72 hours on sale, but 91% of gamers in the UK decided to buy it for their consoles, instead of gaming PCs. But how's the PC performance side of things going?




According to DSOGaming's performance analysis of Black Ops 3 on the PC, the game scales well on older CPUs with the site simulating dual- and quad-core CPUs for their testing. The site said: "Call of Duty: Black Ops III scales amazingly well on more than four CPU cores, something that did impress us. However, the game was running with constant 60fps even on our simulated dual-core system. Truth be told, those seeking for constant a 120fps will have to rely on a really high-end CPU and an SLI configuration, but we're pretty sure that most will be happy with a constant 60fps experience".


DSOGaming notes that Black Ops 3 is described as a "GPU bound title" and in order to max out the in-game settings for 1080p with 100% resolution scaling, players will "need NVIDIA's top of the line GPU", the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The site said in order to play the game maxed out at 1080p with their GTX 690 at a constant 60FPS, they needed to drop down most of the settings to High.

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Halo 5's first big update will deliver 16-player vehicle battles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you've been part of the huge $400 million in first-week sales of Halo 5, you're going to enjoy the news of the first big patch to arrive from 343 Industries.



The first patch is dropping next week and has been dubbed "Battle of Shadow and Light", which will introduce 16-player Big Team Battles where vehicles are a center point of the match. If you've wanted to smash your enemies and friends with a Warthog, while they come speeding towards you in one too, this patch is for you.


There will be new armor, weapons and vehicle sets with the patch for Halo 5: Guardians, so you shouldn't be bored of the Xbox One exclusive for a little while at least.

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Initial thoughts on Star Wars: Battlefront are less than lukewarm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Some gamers have been playing Star Wars: Battlefront over the last few days, with Jason Evangelho from Forbes saying that after playing Battlefront, he "walked away disappointed and discontent".



After around 10 hours with the game, Evangelho said: "That sobering truth is that there simply isn't enough content or variety here to justify a $60 purchase". Now that's a huge statement for one of the biggest game releases of the year, but it seems like this is the word on the street for Star Wars Battlefront. After I saw Evangelho's comments, I dug a bit deeper and looked at the review on, which mirrored his thoughts on the game. says "Give it a few hours, however, and the allure of this spectacle begins to fade. Soon, you're left to reckon with the fact that while Battlefront excels in making real those dreams of fighting Darth Vader on Hoth, it doesn't nail the rather more prosaic elements of first person shooters".

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StarCraft II Korean coach Gerrard spent $48.7k on illegal gambling

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Following the announcement of StarCraft II's recent betting and match fixing scandal, Police information has now surfaced with a little more detail on exactly what went on behind the scenes.




Following the arrests of professional StarCraft II gamers 'BBoongBBoong' and 'YoDa', plus Team Prime head coach 'Gerrard', official information has pinpointed that this coach spent almost $50,000 on illegal betting and gambling ventures.


As pointed out by 'ZAiNs' on the Team Liquid forums, at some stage this man even streamed his online gambling live through Twitch TV, taking place on his official channel called 'GerrardPrime'.

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JPR's latest data still sees NVIDIA with 81.1% of the GPU market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The latest time we saw the discrete GPU market share numbers, NVIDIA was dominating with 82% of the market. We thought with the release of the Radeon R9 390X and the hyped to hell Radeon R9 Fury X (as well as the Fury, and R9 Nano) that AMD would win back a considerable chunk of the dGPU market in the last three months... well, they didn't.




AMD only took back 0.9% of the dGPU market, leaving NVIDIA with 81.1%, according to the latest data from analyst firm JPR. Back in February of this year, NVIDIA had 76% of the market leaving AMD with 24% of the market. But, we should hopefully begin to see a change in these numbers now that AMD is finally doing something about it, splitting its GPU division off recently into Radeon Technologies Group.


The biggest GPU fight is about to happen, with the shift from 28nm to 14/16nm set to happen next year. Not only that, but HBM2 will be used by both sides, versus just AMD using HBM right now. If that wasn't exciting enough, Windows 10 delivered DirectX 12 to the world, so we should begin to see some truly interesting things begin to happen early next year.

France terrorists allegedly used PS4 Network to co-ordinate attacks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The appalling loss of life following this weekend's terrorist attacks in France have led many to question how such an attack can be co-ordinated in a time of unparalleled access to communications by security organisations and authorities across the world. According to news reports, the PlayStation Network might have played a role in allowing the ISIS followers to discuss their plans.




Authorities have reportedly taken PS4 consoles away as evidence in investigations to the weekend's attacks, which took the lives of 129 people. With over 20 million units sold worldwide, the system is apparently lacking in security monitoring by both Sony Computer Entertainment and authorities. With the precedent set by the Edward Snowden revelations which showed that security organisations such as the NSA and CIA embedded themselves into MMORPG's such as World of Warcraft to breakup virtual terrorist meetings in the past, it looks like the XBLA and Sony messaging systems are about to get a huge crack down in future.

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