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NVIDIA hurting AIB partner profits with its own cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 25, 2017 5:50 am

NVIDIA launched its super successful GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards back in May, announcing they would be building their own 'Founders Edition' variants at the time. I remember thinking when NVIDIA announced the FE version of the cards, that it would begin hurting AIB partners - turning to YouTuber 'JayzTwoCents' and meeting his eyes with the same conclusion.

 

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Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes has reported that due to 'increasing sales and profits earned by NVIDIA from PC-use graphics cards has prompted the company to actively promote sales of the Founders Edition graphics cards'. In other words, Founders Edition cards will be eating into the orders for the GTX 10 series partners' supply, resulting in price hikes and loss of sales for companies like ASUS, MSI, ZOTAC, GIGABYTE, and others.

 

Throughout 2016, the six largest graphics card suppliers in ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, Palit, ZOTAC, and Colorful - they made $159.4 million in profits. This saw NVIDIA interested in the growing graphics card market, and wanting to take a slice of that pie - even though the pieces of that pie, are selling NVIDIA pie - and it makes a share of those profits as the GPUs and resulting technology and trademarks are owned by NVIDIA.

 

The question is: how much further will NVIDIA go? Timed exclusive GeForce graphics card releases, where we could see the new GeForce GTX 2080 Founders Edition for example being made available on GeForce.com exclusively for 2-4 weeks, allowing for NVIDIA to maximise orders - and thus, profits. Could NVIDIA keep the best binned GPUs, making their Founders Edition cards some of the best overclockers because they're been cherry picked?

 

An interesting future ahead for NVIDIA and its partners, that's for sure.

NVIDIA GeForce 378.49 drivers ready for Resident Evil 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 25, 2017 4:34 am

Resident Evil 7 is now available, and after 3-4 hours of playing it - I love it. It's a return to form for the franchise, and a totally new take on the Resident Evil franchise.

 

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NVIDIA have released their new GeForce 378.49 drivers, which are Game Ready for a bunch of new games including Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Conan Exiles early access, the new For Honor closed beta, and the VR-enabled version of Obduction.

 

You can grab the new GeForce Game Ready 378.49 WHQL drivers right here.

Samsung's Galaxy S8: headphone jack, and a desktop dock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 25, 2017 3:11 am

As we get closer to the unveiling of the Galaxy S8, we're hearing more positive things about it - like The Guardian reporting that it has new information that seems Samsung keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S8, and more.

 

 

They add that the Galaxy S8 will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, something they've heard from "multiple sources", and that it does indeed rock that beautiful "all-screen" design that we've been reporting. Inside, we are to expect Qualcomm's powerhouse Snapdragon 835 processor, USB-C connectivity, microSD card support, and more.

 

Samsung is expected to launch a new Gear VR headset and Gear 360 alongside the Galaxy S8, but it's the new "DeX" desktop dock that has me interested. This purported DeX desktop dock would turn your Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone into an Android-powered desktop PC. It has been attempted before, but if Samsung can do it right, it could be a game changer for some users.

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Project Scorpio's GPU is 4.5x faster than Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 25, 2017 1:26 am

More details have been leaked on the upcoming Project Scorpio console from Microsoft, with a GPU that is still capable of 6 TFLOPs of performance, providing 4.5x the GPU compute performance of the Xbox One.

 

 

Digital Foundry's new report states that Microsoft has removed ESRAM from Project Scorpio, which has been in the center of the Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles, with the site reporting: "ESRAM remains essential to achieving high performance on both Xbox One and Xbox One S. However, Project Scorpio and PC are not provided with ESRAM. Because developers are not allowed to ship a Project Scorpio-only SKU, optimising for ESRAM remains critical to performance on Microsoft platforms".

 

Furthermore, it looks like Project Scorpio will have a GPU that falls more in line with AMD's current-gen Polaris GPU architecture, rather than Vega. This is something I've said for a while, as I don't see AMD providing Microsoft with a semi-custom APU based on a GPU architecture that's not even available yet. We might see a Polaris-based GPU with Vega features thrown in, but not an entire Vega GPU. Zen CPU cores should be featured, and I'd be surprised if Microsoft didn't tap AMD's revolutionary leap in CPU technology inside of Project Scorpio.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda runs on GTX 745, has FOV slider

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 10:31 pm

BioWare has yet to reveal Mass Effect: Andromeda's full PC spec requirements, but the studio did give us a piece to the puzzle that allows us to gauge our expectations.

 

 

All too often in this industry we're able to glean new info via Tweets and social media posts, and this time is no different: BioWare producer Mike Gamble recently said that he "thinks" Mass Effect: Andromeda will run on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 GPU, which could indicate the minimum video card requirements for the game. "If this is your card you should be ok, I think," Gamble replied in a recent Tweet.

 

BioWare is taking the PC port quite seriously by optimizing the game across the board, and we know that the interstellar space opera will have an uncapped frame rate on PC, along with 21:9 UltraWide support when it ships in March.

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'La La Land', 'Arrival' lead Oscar nominations

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 10:11 pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Science has announced their nominees for the 2016 Oscar season, which has Hollywood musical drama 'La La Land' receiving 14 nominations tying with James Cameron's 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve' for the most in Academy Award history.

 

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African-American drama 'Moonlight' and acclaimed sci-fi hit 'Arrival' were also honored with eight nominations each. But it wouldn't be Oscar season without some controversy, with Amy Adams overlooked for her amazing role for 'Arrival', but mistakenly listed as a nominee on a website managed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the ABC network. The latter also mistakenly announced Tom Hanks as a Best Actor nominee for 'Sully'.

 

The 89th Academy Awards will be broadcast on February 26 from Hollywood, and the full list of nominees can be found here.

Xbox boss 'really happy' on Project Scorpio's progress

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 8:22 pm

Microsoft is busily preparing its new "monster" Project Scorpio console, which will be the world's first enthusiast-grade console that continues blurring the line between desktop PCs and traditional consoles. But where is the "beast"? Microsoft still isn't ready to unveil the system just yet, but we should see it showcased at E3 2017 in June.

 

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Based on what we've heard about Project Scorpio's progress, the system should meet its original Holiday 2017 release date. In fact, Xbox division head Phil Spencer says the Xbox design team is making strides on the system. When asked if Project Scorpio will be revealed pre-E3 2017, Spencer said: "Really wish I could, design team is doing their "thing" again, really happy with what they've been able to do."

 

Besides the actual hardware specifications and onboard SoC power, one of the main mysteries behind Project Scorpio is it's outward appearance. Given the impressive design of the Xbox One S, I think Microsoft should go all out with Project Scorpio; I still contend it needs to have a specific color scheme that differentiates it from its predecessors, but it'd be super neat to have a clear window on the console and maybe some RGB/lime green/white/silver lighting effects to boot.

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First footage of Nintendo Switch's touchscreen in action

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 6:32 pm

Although the Nintendo Switch tablet handheld comes with two JoyCon controllers on its side, it's 6.2-inch 1280 x 720 display is actually a fully-fledged touchscreen with 10 points of capacitive touch, and it even has built-in haptic feedback technology. So why is Nintendo being so quiet about it?

 

 

Nintendo hasn't really talked about the Switch console's touchscreen panel very much. YouTuber GamingWithMe captured footage of the Nintendo Switch's touchscreen in action at the official console reveal in New York. The touchscreen functionality was demonstrated by a Skylanders: Imaginators representative, who showed that the touchscreen could be used to sort through items within the game.

 

So does this mean the Switch won't need JoyCons or Pro controllers to play games? Will the Switch support Nintendo's mobile games like Super Mario Run? The answer to that first question is likely no: although the touchscreen will see functionality with some games, it'll likely be used for specific things like inventory management (think how the DualShock 4's touchpad is used) and nothing major. But the second question? I think that's a resounding yes. Nintendo isn't selling the Switch as a bona-fide mobile device; it's a portable handheld, not a mobile. But they could easily merge the best of both worlds with the Switch.

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Faraday Future receives only 60 deposits for the FF 91

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:23 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF 91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.

 

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Shortly after the launch, the company bragged that they collected 64,124 reservations in less than 36 hours. However, Faraday Future didn't state how many of those reservations came with a deposit.

 

According to Business Insider, not many. Sources close to the company revealed that only 60 people actually paid the $5,000 deposit for their reservation.

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Huawei P10 to have the highest pricing in the series

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 4:33 pm

Huawei's P10 should arrive this spring, and there is a possibility that the company will announce their newest phone at this year's MWC in Barcelona.

 

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There have been numerous leaks about the phone, so I will repeat once again what is expected: Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, curved screen, and dual camera carrying the Leica brand.

 

The newest leak doesn't concern the specs of the phone, rather its pricing. According to the leaker Ricciolo, who was right on many occasions in the past, the Huawei P10 will be the most expensive device in this series. Although no numbers were mentioned, this means that the P10 will cost more than $640 which is the price of the base P9 model with 32GB of storage.

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