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HWBOT works with MSI on overclocking software for a few classic GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 11:03 am

One of the biggest GPU overclocking software comes from MSI in the form of Afterburner, with the video card and motherboard maker collaborating with overclocking organization HWBOT on the latest version of Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition, which supports 'classic VGA cards'.




Afterburner Extreme is different to the normal Afterburner overclocking software, with Afterburner Extreme "takes things one step further allowing full control of voltages, facilitating seriously extreme overclocking at sub-zero temperatures", explains HWBOT. Now this 'extreme' version of Afterburner works on some of the big favorite cards from MSI, with their Hawk and Lighting series of video cards on both the NVIDIA and AMD sides of the fence.


Afterburner Extreme (ABX) as HWBOT explains was available "only to Extreme and Elite Overclockers on HWBOT and supported only current generation video cards. The new ABX HWBOT Edition adds support to a range of older cards and will be available to all HWBOT members. This allows the overclocking community to revisit classic VGA cards armed with the ultimate tweaking utility".


The new MSI Afterburner Extreme - HWBOT Edition can be downloaded here, weighing in at 35MB.

Can't install Black Ops 3 beta on PS4? Here's how to fix it

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 9:53 am

The hotly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta is now live on PlayStation 4, and thousands of gamers are fragging it up as I type, but more than a few gamers have been left out in the cold thanks to a system glitch that prevents installation of the beta files. Luckily there's a simple fix.



Gamers affected by the glitch have taken to Reddit and GameFAQS looking for answers, explaining that they are able to redeem the beta code and start downloading the 12GB beta, but the download interrupts at 90-95% with an "cannot install" error message.


The fix is simple: all you need to do is update your PlayStation 4's firmware to version 2.57 and the beta should install and startup just fine. Apparently the installation error pops up on PS4's running v2.55 due to compatibility issues, and neither Sony or Treyarch have Tweeted any mentions of the glitch or how to fix it. Considering a good portion of these gamers pre-ordered Black Ops 3 to get into the beta it would behoove the devs to get the word out as quick as possible.

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G.SKILL shows off fast TridentZ Series RAM at 4266 MHz during IDF 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 8:27 am

With the race being on for all RAM manufacturers to release the fastest clocked DDR4 memory to the public, one company leading the charge is G.SKILL with its TridentZ Series DDR4 8GB (4GBx2) kit which claimed to run at 4266 MHz.




These claims have been put to the test at Intel's Developer Forum 2015 (IDF 2015), with G.SKILL proudly displaying these two Z170 Chipset based rigs, paired with "Skylake" Intel processors and an ASRock or ASUS motherboard.


If you're interested in the need for speed, keep reading TweakTown for consequent RAM brand releases - it's an ongoing process at this stage as manufacturers are trying to push DDR4 into the mainstream enthusiast market.

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Audi teams up with LG, Samsung to develop electric battery

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 4:15 am

Automaker Audi will work with LG Chem and Samsung SDI to develop new electric batteries able to power its vehicles up to 300 miles on a single charge.




Audi will receive support from LG and Samsung, as they "invest in the cell technology in Europe", aimed for Audi SUV. Of course, the S6 isn't expected for release until 2018, so they have a bit of time to test different technologies.


"With our first battery-electric Audi-SUV, we are combining an emission-free drive system with driving pleasure," said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi AG for Development board member, in a public statement. "We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range."

Continue reading 'Audi teams up with LG, Samsung to develop electric battery' (full post)

The video game market in 2015 is booming, with 1.8B players worldwide

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 3:33 am

The gaming market seems to be quite healthy, and there are a lot of potential customers that game developers and hardware manufacturers can aim to reach. There are a reported 1.8 billion gamers worldwide, with 48 percent women gamers, and the average age of players at 35 years old, according to numbers presented at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).




In every US household, there is an average of two gamers, and four out of five US households have at least one device used to play video games.


Analysts have taken a close look at PC, console, and mobile gaming, as studios and hardware designers look for new business opportunities. A whopping $34 billion was spent on PC games in 2014 alone - and the industry seems to be growing.

Continue reading 'The video game market in 2015 is booming, with 1.8B players worldwide' (full post)

Hackers dump Ashley Madison data to dark web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 3:08 am

Making good on their threat from last month, hacking collective The Impact Group has released nine gigabytes of Ashley Madison user data, which includes upwards of 37 million users details, onto the dark web




The hacker group was demanding that Avid Life Media, owner of Ashley Madison, as well as two other sites; Cougar Life and Established Men was to be taken offline or else the data would be released. Avid Life Media confirmed the leak, but kept the site online. Gizmodo have confirmed the availability of the dump, which includes email addresses, credit card transactions and profiles.


If you've ever use the site in the past, best to either fess up and get some flowers on the way home, or lawyer up.

Corsair shows off its DDR4 RAM overclocked to 4GHz on Skylake platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 2:48 am

IDF 2015 - Our man on the ground at IDF 15, Steve Bassiri, has grabbed some pictures of Corsair's DDR4 RAM overclocked to a huge 4GHz on Intel's new Skylake platform.




The system itself was powered by an Intel Core i5-6600K processor clocked at 4.5GHz, while the DDR4 RAM itself has stock clocks of 2133MHz. The huge overclock was achieved with the heat sinks that come on the Corsair RAM itself, and not some elaborate LN2-cooled system. The motherboard in question was the ASRock Z170 OC Formula, which is one of ASRock's flagship Z170-powered motherboards.

Continue reading 'Corsair shows off its DDR4 RAM overclocked to 4GHz on Skylake platform' (full post)

AMD continues to cut spending on R&D, down 40% in the last five years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 2:17 am

Riding back on the news that AMD has lost a considerable chunk of the discrete GPU market this quarter, this news of AMD spending less and less on research and development is not good to hear.




AMD shares dropped 13% last Monday without any new information or reasoning behind the huge dip in share prices, but it could be a result of NVIDIA's better than expected financials, or it could be the fact that AMD has lost more market share to NVIDIA, even after the release of its first next-gen GPU in nearly two years.


Furthermore, AMD has been scaling back R&D spending over the last five years, with Pacific Crest analyst Mike McConnell chiming in, with the following: "When I talk to investors about AMD, there's some concern - I mean, we've seen a decline by close to 40% versus levels we were at in the beginning of the decade". AMD CTO Mark Papermaster has said that the PC market is shrinking, and that AMD is putting less R&D effort into that part of the business.


Papermaster said: "So it is on that next generation of CPUs starting with Zen. It is on successive generations of our graphics core next." With particular reference to its APU and GCN designs Papermaster boasted that a lot of investments have paid off in getting its APUs adopted for its game console wins. Furthermore the AMD CTO asserted that "we have a very strong roadmap for that Graphics Core Next IP going forward".

AMD's GPU market share drops again, even after the release of Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 1:49 am

The last time we had GPU market share numbers, NVIDIA was dominating AMD with 76% of the discrete GPU market, leaving AMD with scraps. This was back in Q4 2014 (with our article released in February 2015), where NVIDIA's best video card was the GeForce GTX 980.




This was before the release of the Titan X in March, and before the GTX 980 Ti in June. At the time, AMD had its Hawaii architecture inside of the R9 290X, and the dual-GPU in the form of the R9 295X2. At the time, all signs pointed to the R9 390X turning things around, but the R9 390X ended up being yet another rebrand, while the R9 Fury X was discovered with our world exclusive during Computex 2015 in June, powered by High Bandwidth Memory.


Fast forward to now, where we're in Q3 2015, and AMD has multiple new products on the market: the R9 Fury X, R9 Fury, R9 390X and a bunch of rebranded 300 series video cards. According to Mercury Research's latest data, NVIDIA has jumped from 76% of the discrete GPU market in Q4 2014 to 82% in Q2 2015. This leaves AMD with just 18% of the dGPU market share, even after the release of multiple new products from Team Red.

Continue reading 'AMD's GPU market share drops again, even after the release of Fury X' (full post)

Intel partners with Turner to create 'America's Greatest Makers' show

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 18, 2015 11:00 pm

Intel wants to have a go at Hollywood, partnering with the United Artists Media Group and Turner to create the "America's Greatest Makers" TV show. Ideally, Intel wants to help inventors use Curie to develop "the next big wearable or smart-connected device."




Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was joined onstage during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) by UAMG CEO Mark Burnett, as they announced the show. America's Greatest Makers will debut during Q1 or Q2 2016, and will feature technology inventors fighting it out for a $1 million cash prize.


To help promote the show, expect to see trailers and teasers across Turner networks, such as TNT, CNN, HLN, TruTV, Adult Swim, and Bleacher Report.

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