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GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare looks absolutely AMAZING

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

GIGABYTE has been owning with its new AORUS push, and now we have the upcoming Z270X-Designare motherboard, and a slick silver/black/blue look which has me salivating all over my keyboard.




The new Z270-powered Designare motherboard has been fully validated and optimized for NVIDIA's high-end Quadro workstation and high-end graphics cards, so if you're looking for performance without limits - GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare motherboard is what you should be looking at.




VP of GIGABYTE's Motherboard Business Unit, Henry Kao, explains: "Content creators need a high-performance platform that can keep up with the inventive minds as they craft their masterpieces".

Set sail with 'Moana' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of Disney's 'Moana' on Blu-ray 3D, 2D DVD and digital, we have five Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.




Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Aulii Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.


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

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MSI makes its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X official

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

MSI has made its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X graphics card official, with a proper tease at card with its spruced up cooler both on, and off - as well as the technical specifications, so we have some GPU and VRAM clock speeds to share.




MSI will be offering its usual three overclocking modes: Silent, Gaming, and OC modes. Silent Mode sees the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X clocked at 1480/1582MHz on the GPU, and 11000MHz on the 11GB of GDDR5X. Gaming Mode ramps up the GPU clocks to 1544/1657MHz, with the GDDR5X clocks at 11016MHz (16MHz overclock), while the OC Mode clocks the card at 1569/1683MHz, and the GDDR5X at 11124MHz.




The card doesn't look as long as usual, with MSI doing some great work on the custom PCB on the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X.

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StarCraft remastered announced by Blizzard

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Blizzard has announced StarCraft Remastered, a full HD port of their legendary RTS classic.



We knew that Blizzard was working on a StarCraft remaster, and now the company has finally confirmed it with an official StarCraft Remaster announcement. As Blizzard says, StarCraft Remastered "upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end," and the new HD port will included the original base game and its Brood War expansion.


The studio has remastered everything from units, buildings, environments, game audio, and widened the resolution support for modern monitors and displays. But this is just a remaster, not a remake, and Blizzard promises the "strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged."

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The first sign of Kaby Lake X: the Intel Core i7-7740K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Intel is going to have a hard time on its hands with this current rumor of the purported Core i7-7740K processor, a new CPU based on the Kaby Lake X architecture - on the HEDT platform.




The new Core i7-7740K won't be a slight bump on the current Kaby Lake (non-X) processor is a 4C/8T offering on the LGA 1151 socket, while the Core i7-7740K is on the LGA 2066 socket powered by the X299 chipset. The X299 chipset will be ready for the high-end Core i7-7740K, which will rock 4C/8T of Kaby Lake X at 4.3/4.5GHz for base/boost clocks.


But, the new Core i7-7740K will not include an integrated GPU for on-board graphics, like the 7700K does now - and will bump the TDP up to 112W, from 91W on 7700K. 20 more watts, for the same Turbo Boost clock of 4.5GHz, and 4C/8T - without integrated graphics, hmm.


Will people think the 7740K is a slightly faster 7700K, even though its a completely different architecture and motherboard? Confusing naming here if the rumors turn out to be true... maybe Intel needs to introduce a new family of CPUs between its current Core and Xeon lines, to deal with the multi-threaded CPU threat from AMD with Ryzen.

AMD Ryzen with 12C/24T appears, excites us all so much

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

AMD lit up the consumer CPU market with the Ryzen 7 1800X, offering 8T/16C of performance for only $499 - and now, there's a new 12C/24T processor being teased. This new 12C/24T chip will probably end up competing against the newly-rumored X390/X399 chipset for the higher-end Ryzen CPUs.




The new Ryzen 12C/24T processor was spotted inside of the Alienware Area 51-R3, and for comparison sake the Area 51-R2 features Intel's Core i7-6800/6850K. This isn't the server CPU processor, but it does sport a new socket - and a 3.2GHz Turbo clock, not bad for a 24-threaded CPU.

AMD teases Radeon RX Vega is 'just around the corner'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

AMD hosted its Tech Summit in China recently, with CEO Lisa Su announcing their mid-range Ryzen 5 availability, with demos and more on show. There were some new details released on Radeon RX Vega, and because I foolishly had a night off from work - I missed this story, but here it is!



Scott Herkelman, the former General GeForce Manager at NVIDIA and now VP of AMD took the stage, with his segment concentrated solely on Radeon RX Vega. We now know that Radeon RX Vega will definitely come in both 4GB and 8GB variants, both running the new HBM2 memory that should hopefully pave the way for various improvements. HBM2 uses far less space on the PCB, so we should expect shorter cards that are magnitudes faster than the Radeon RX 480.



On stage, Herkelman said that Radeon RX Vega with either 4GB or 8GB will drive all of your games - as there are different technologies like High Bandwidth Cache inside of the Vega NCU that help out drastically. 4GB of HBM2 can act much larger than its physical amount of RAM - up to terabytes if required. This means we could see a RX Vega with 4GB of HBM2, but maybe performing close to the memory bandwidth of what NVIDIA offers on the GTX 1080 Ti with its 11GB of GDDR5X. Remember, there's also 7 variants of Radeon RX Vega coming.

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New 'Justice League' trailer comes together

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

Just as the 'Justice League' is coming together (to the tune of The Beatles), Zack Snyder's upcoming film looks to be doing much the same thing - which has got me tentatively optimistic. Warner Bros have today released a new trailer for the upcoming superhero feature.



Featuring DC Comics' biggest assemblage of comic book heroes including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.


'Justice League' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.

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BMW teases the next 100 years of vehicle technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

BMW has a bright future ahead of it, if its latest 'A new Era has begun' video is anything to go by, with the carmaker showing off what it envisions, as the next 100 years of automotive and wearable technology.



BMW sees a future of self-driving cars that pull up to you when you need them, with welcoming lights just below the drivers side door that get projected onto the ground, a steering wheel that can be used for driving - but will disappear into the dash when you want autonomous driving enabled. The company continues with augmented reality helmets, and more - it really is a great envisioning of the future of automotive tech, and more so - how it'll improve, and make our lives easier.

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First mITX motherboard for AMD Ryzen has been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

AMD launched its new Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, and while there were a bunch of different AM4 ready motherboards released, there weren't any mITX boards for super-small, yet super-powerful Ryzen-based gaming PCs.




That will end with Biostar's upcoming X370GTN, a new mITX motherboard based on the X370 chipset. Biostar has included everything you'll want and need on the X370GTN, with PCIe 3.0 x16, an M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and more. Here's what I/O you've got on the board:


  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x CPU Fan Header
  • 1 x System Fan Header
  • 2 x 5050 LED Header


And on the back, the Biostar X370GTN has:


  • 1 x PS/2
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
  • 1 x HDMI Connector, resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @24Hz or 3840 x 2160 @30Hz
  • 1 x DVI-D Connector, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 5 x Audio Connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Port


Biostar should release the new X370GTN motherboard in the coming weeks, but we don't know what price just yet.