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ASRock delivers with an X299 mITX motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 1:16 am

Computex 2017 - ASRock delivered the only X99 motherboard to the consumer market and it seems that they have done it again with the X299 chipset. The socket will support LGA2011 mounting.




The X299E-ITX/AC features the new chipset along with four SO-DIMMs, which ASRock claims can support up to 4800MHz DDR4, as well as quad-channel memory support. While it only has a single PCI-E x16 slot like most other mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer two x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slots. Two of them are located on the back of the motherboard, while the third is located on a daughterboard behind the IO panel.




The motherboard actually features a second daughterboard that allow ASRock to cram more into the mini-ITX form factor including six SATA6Gb/s ports and a USB 3.0 internal header. The SATA/USB board sits above the VRM heat sink, which looks like it is small enough to cool down high quality dual N-channel MOSFETs or fully integrated power stages.

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GDDR6 arrives in early 2018, GDDR5X hits 16Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 12:14 am

AMD is set to launch its HBM2-based Radeon RX Vega graphics card sometime in August, but Micron is now promising mass production of GDDR6 memory in early 2018, primed and ready for what I think will be a refreshed GeForce GTX series from NVIDIA.




Micron has confirmed it will be entering mass production of GDDR6 in early 2018, with NVIDIA set to use it on new graphics cards expected in 2018. Better yet, Micron added that it hit 16Gbps on GDDR5X, up from the 11Gbps found on the GDDR5X on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.


Micron added: "I am excited to announce that our Graphics design team in Munich has achieved 16Gbps data rates in our high speed test environment-another first for memory industry. The left picture shows the data eye opening at 16Gbps based on a critical PRBS pattern sequence, with great timing and voltage margin. The right image below shows stable data timing margin (horizontally) versus data rate (vertically), from our base sort speed of 10Gbps up to an unprecedented 16Gbps. This result is based on measurements on a meaningful sampling size of our mass production G5X silicon - not theoretical simulation data.


We strongly believe that our expertise and experience running ultra-high data rates on G5X is going to be a big advantage for driving performance in GDDR6".

Intel's Core i9-7980XE 18C/36T processor: 2018 release?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 3, 2017 11:56 pm

Intel might have unveiled their new Core i9 range of processors at Computex 2017, led by the flagship Core i9-7980XE processor and its 18C/36T of power. Except, that monster will not see the light of day until 2018 according to an ASUS representative.




"Raja@ASUS" on the ASUS ROG forums replied to someone asking about the benefits of Intel's new 18-core CPU, to which he responded with: "The 18-core CPUs are not scheduled until later this year. Won't have them for a while. Either way, unless you're using the rig for rendering or encoding to make a living, no need".


I don't think we'll see the Core i9-7980XE until early 2018, which will let AMD have plenty of time to get ThreadRipper into the hands of consumers with the full 16C/32T of power and a full 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes compared to the 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes on X299 from Intel.

Moto Z2 Play is official and comes with new Moto Mods

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 3, 2017 7:12 pm

After months of leaks, the Moto Z2 Play is finally official. The new generation of the Moto Z Play brings some design changes compared to the last year's model and the company has also announced a few new Moto Mods.


As rumored, the device is slightly thinner that its predecessor and comes with a smaller battery, which was confirmed by Lenovo before the launch. The Moto Z Play had a 3,510 mAh battery, while the Moto Z2 Play features a 3,000 mAh one.




The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626 and comes with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.

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Samsung shows promising new VR display tech

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 3, 2017 5:08 pm

At the SID Display Week conference for display technologies, Samsung showed off a new type of display specifically designed for virtual reality.


The new 3.5" display is designed to be used in VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and offers a much higher resolution than current headsets.




Each display has a resolution of 2022 x 2200 pixels which translates to a pixel density of 858 PPI, something simply unheard of in a display larger than 1 inch. Each display will be dedicated to each eye and should do well for VR with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

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PlayStation 5 will feature full discrete GPU, not an APU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 3, 2017 4:50 am

Exclusive: In the hustle and bustle of Computex, I had an interesting conversation with someone who will remain anonymous, about Sony's next-gen PlayStation console.




After I had found out what this person did, I had a few questions to ask about the PS5 and what it will arrive as - especially when we look at Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console. The first question I had was "will it feature a discrete GPU" to which I received a smile and a "I can't say exactly", and then I said would it feature an APU like Project Scorpio, and then there was a "no".


This is all I heard, and this person is deep in the industry and would know a fair amount of what to expect, and while they might not know exactly which GPU will be inside of the PlayStation 5, the sheer possibility that PS5 might feature a proper GPU instead of a watered down and power constrained APU, is exciting.

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Middle-earth Shadow of War delayed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 11:34 pm

Monolith delays Middle-earth: Shadow of War by two months to ensure the game lives up to expectations.



Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to 2014's popular Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor, has been delayed past its original August release date and is launching on October 10, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, PS4 Pro, Project Scorpio and PC. As Shadow of War is a massive undertaking with tons of new content, overhauls, and native 4K support on consoles, the developers at Monolith will use the extra two months to apply polish and optimizations to deliver the "highest quality experience."


"Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System," Monolith said in a recent blog post. "As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise."

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The first phone with Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4+ is here

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 10:26 pm

Qualcomm announced QuickCharge 4 last year when they gave details about the new Snapdragon 835. However, QuickCharge 4 wasn't made available until this year when devices with the Snapdragon 835 came out. At that time Qualcomm promised 5 minutes of charging could deliver 5 hours of battery life (based on a 2750 mAh battery).




They also introduced USB Type-C and USB PD compliance, Battery Saver, INOV and Dual Charge capabilities, and they talked about going from zero to 50% in only 15 minutes, which is quite an improvement from previous experiences.


With QuickCharge 4+ Qualcomm is upping the ante further by reducing temperatures by 3C and charging an additional 15% faster while also being 30% more efficient. That means that if a device or accessory maker builds a QuickCharge 4+ device, it will very likely deliver a superior charging user experience.

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Nintendo delays Switch's $20 online service to 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 9:19 pm

Nintendo has added tremendous value to its new Switch Online subscription service, but delays the service into 2018.




Nintendo recently announced key features of its new Switch online subscription service, now called Switch Online. The subscription's price tag attractive at just $20 a year, which is 300% cheaper than Sony's and Microsoft's $59.99 PlayStation Plus and Xbox LIVE subscriptions. Secondly, the online service will no longer rotate its selection of free classic NES titles, referred to as the Classic Game Collection, on a month-by-month basis.


Under the revised policy, users can now play a "wide variety of free classic games" as much as they like with an active subscription. Like competing services, the Switch online service will revoke access to the Classic Game Selection if a subscription lapses. Right now Nintendo has only confirmed NES games will be part of the Classic Game Collection as of late, and SNES games are under consideration but not confirmed.


"Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription," Nintendo told Kotaku in an official statement.

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ZTE Nubia Z17 announced: Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 2, 2017 8:23 pm

ZTE has launched its long anticipated flagship - the Nubia Z17. As rumored, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835, which makes it the second phone by a Chinese manufacturer to use that processor after the Xiaomi Mi 6.


The ZTE Nubia Z17 comes in three versions - 6GB of RAM + 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM + 128GB of internal storage, and whooping 8GB of RAM + 128GB of storage. If you are considering getting this phone, having in mind that it doesn't have a card slot so be sure to choose the version that's right for you.




The phone has a dual rear camera setup (23MP + 12MP) that supports 2x optical zoom and up to 10x Dynamic zoom. The front shooter comes with a 16MP and 80-degree wide-angle lens.

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