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Intel's new 28C/56T CPU costs $8719, uses 670W of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 3:41 am

Intel has officially launched its new enterprise CPU range of processors ahead of AMD's next-gen EPYC chips, but Intel is striking down incredibly hard by launching the flagship Xeon Platinum 8176 with 28C/56T of power, at a massive cost of $8719.




Now that the processor is out, there are a few reviews from our friends at Tom's Hardware and Hot Hardware. In Paul Alcorn's review of the Intel Xeon Platinum 8176 (fun fact, Paul used to write for us, super awesome guy!) he tested the idle and maximum idle power of the 28C/56T processor, as well as the older Xeon E5 series of processors. The new Xeon Platinum 8176 processor uses a whopping 670W total, and even has high idle power consumption of 209W.




In the review, Paul said that the 8176 spiked at up to 711W, but rested at a peak of 670W - a huge 127W more than the previous-gen Xeon E5-2697 v4 processor. In regards to power consumption on the Xeon Platinum 8176, Paul said: "The 8176's extra 10 cores lead to higher overall power draw at idle and under full load. As you can see in the second chart, though, which calculates per-core consumption by dividing the total by the core count, Intel's 8176 uses far less power per core than the company's previous-gen CPUs. This paints a nice picture of improved efficiency".

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Amazon's new Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle: 31% discount

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 2:58 am

Oculus might have lit the VR world on fire with its recent Rift and Touch bundle price drop to $399 for the next 6 weeks, but Amazon is joining in on the bundle price bonanza with their new Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle.




Amazon's new Xbox One S bundle is part of their Prime Day sales, which is for Prime members only - at just $289.99 for the 1TB Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle that comes with a Play & Charge kit. It also arrives with an additional white wireless controller, and digital versions of Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5: Guardians, and ReCore - representing a huge 31% discount, saving $127.91.


If you don't want the Halo Wars 2 bundle, there's the 500GB Xbox One S console with the same digital games for just $239, which is an even better deal if you didn't want HW2. This is a larger savingsf of 35%, or $128.93. Not bad at all. This deal runs out tomorrow, so jump in now.

Intel killing Pentium G4560, was hurting Core i3 sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 2:45 am

If you are old enough, you'll remember the days of the Pentium brand being the strongest CPU in the consumer world - but now, it's been pushed into the budget world while even the Core i3 is considered a budget CPU. Intel shifts into the mid-range with its Core i5 and even slower Core i7 processors, while we have higher-end Core i7 and even the new Core i9 in the enthusiast market.




According to the latest report from DigiWorthy, Intel is effectively killing the Pentium G4560 after great reception from consumers by scaling production down that will make it harder to find in the market. This method is something I'm sure Intel is hoping will push people into the arms of the more expensive Core i3-7100 processor, which is nearly double the price of the Pentium G4560.


The only difference between the Pentium G4560 and the Core i3-7100 is 400MHz in the favor of the Core i3, but it costs twice as much... doesn't make sense, really.

AMD Radeon RX Vega: XTX, Vega XT, and Vega XL teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 1:36 am

AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega is so close I can almost smell the PCB, and now we have news of 3 versions of Radeon RX Vega that gamers will have to choose from, something that we've heard previously. The names being used from 3DCenter are: Vega XTX, Vega XT, and Vega XL.


  • Vega XTX: water-cooled Radeon RX Vega (375W TDP)
  • Vega XT: air-cooled Radeon RX Vega (285W TDP)
  • Vega XL: cut-down Radeon RX Vega (285W TDP)




The cut-down Radeon RX Vega XL product reportedly has 3584 stream processors and a 285W TDP, with what I'm sure will be 8GB of HBM2, and I'm going out on a limb by saying this will be the GTX 1070 competitor. I'm hoping that AMD will release a Radeon RX Vega Nano, similar to the Radeon R9 Nano, but my sources said earlier this year "there will be no Nano-like RX Vega card". Boo.


There's no 16GB HBM2 model listed here, but I would say AMD will save the HBM2 chips for a dual-GPU card with 8GB HBM2 per GPU, for 16GB HBM2 total and 2 x Vega XT GPUs. This would be a monster, but I don't think AMD has the Vega or HBM2 yields to pull this off. I think we'll see Vega 20 with a dual-GPU offering later this year, or early 2018... before we start to float towards Navi.

AMD's new 17.7.1 drivers support RX 470 mining cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 1:30 am

AMD has released a new set of drivers ready for mining cards, with the new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1 drivers. The new drivers also include some fixes for games and applications.




There have been new AMD Radeon RX 470-based mining cards released in the last few weeks, with the new 17.7.1 drivers supporting both the RX 460 and RX 470-based mining cards. There hasn't been a RX 460-based mining card announced, but there's support for it in the driver, so expect an announcement any minute now.


The new 17.7.1 drivers also include official support for the Radeon RX 550 and RX 560, cards that were launched in April. There are some issues fixed with Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 10, as well as some improvements to games like the crashing errors with Radeon 300 series cards running Final Fantasy XIV, and Little Nightmares. Radeon R9 380 series owners shouldn't have any issues with Tekken 7, either.

AMD takes Radeon RX Vega on the road to gamers next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 12:17 am

AMD is hopefully close to the launch of Radeon RX Vega if they're showing off actual boards in person, with Team Red taking Radeon RX Vega on the road to gamers. Their first stop will be in Europe, where they'll be meeting fans in Budapest, Hungary on July 18 at the Akvárium Klub from 2 to 7 CET.




Radeon RX Vega will land back on US soil between July 21-23, where gamers will be able to see it running in a "Radeon RX Vega area" at PDXLAN in Portland, USA. The next step will be the big launch at SIGGRAPH 2017, which takes place in LA on July 29-30.

Gravity-defying FPS Lawbreakers may crash to the ground

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 11:22 pm

Ex-Gears of War designer's new arena FPS Lawbreakers may have gravity-defying combat, but it could still crash to the ground.




Blizzard's Overwatch typically dominates today's class-based shooters. 2K and Gearbox tried to squeeze into the sidelines with Battleborn only to be crushed and forced into free-to-play territory just to stay alive. If recent beta stats are any indication, Boss Key Productions' new shooter Lawbreakers could follow the same unfortunate path as its now F2P forebear.




Even during its free open beta test, Githyp notes that Lawbreakers failed to attract a strong flow of users on Steam. Over its eight-day period the Lawbreakers open beta saw a peak of 7,500 users per hour when it kicked off on June 28, and the player count steadily declined over the next seven days to an average of about 3,500 players per hour. On the last day of the beta there were about 1800 peak PPH.

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Oculus Rift price slash spurred by low sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 9:29 pm

As the sales rift between Oculus' VR headset and its competitors continues to widen, Facebook slashes price in an attempt to spark sales growth.




Facebook-owned Oculus recently slashed the price of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for the second time in three months. The Oculus Rift now comes bundled with its Touch controllers for $399, down 33% from the headset's current $599 MSRP. Oculus asserts the price drop will last six weeks. Although the company hasn't said so publicly, the consensus is that the price drop, which puts the Oculus Rift square up against Sony Corp's console-powered PlayStation VR competitor, will boost flagging sales and pull more gamers into the Rift ecosystem.


Adoption of VR headsets like HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift has slowed due to higher costs. The headsets typically cost up to $700 and require a beefy desktop or laptop PC on top--with PC hardware, headsets, controllers and games, the total price of high-end VR deters many gamers. Sony has enjoyed success by tapping the middle ground between high-cost PC virtual reality and low-powered mobile VR. With its $399 PlayStation VR, Sony has made virtual reality accessible to core console gamers and has dominated sales of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. In fact, the PlayStation VR's 1.8 million lifetime sales through 2Q 2017 beat the Vive's and Rift's sales combined.

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Monster Hunter: World looks truly alive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 7:14 pm

Capcom's new massive Monster Hunter MMO looks like a living, breathing world replete with dynamic environments, enemies, and so much more.



Monster: Hunter World might be Capcom's most ambitious game in recent memory. The new entry brings the Monster Hunter series into an incredibly vibrant open world that may even rival Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Hyrule in its dynamic interactivity, and matches this robust backdrop with a drop-in/drop-out online co-op system that unites Japanese and Western players for the first time. In many ways the game resembles MMO-style worlds with a staggering level of depth, allowing players to really interact with and user their surroundings to take down fearsome monsters.


As a Monster Hunter fan, I'm beyond excited to see a mainline MonHun come back to consoles, especially one that has cross-play on consoles and PC. But the sheer depth of the world itself is massively impressive: creatures roam across the wilderness as you lead a giant fearsome dino into traps strewn throughout the jungle, using the very environment as a tactical weapon. The game gives us all the tools to make the flora and fauna into deadly assets for our hunts.

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NieR: Automata devs can't fix PC port alone

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 5:22 pm

Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames admit they can't fix NieR: Automata's PC port alone, and need the help of video card makers like AMD and NVIDIA.




NieR: Automata has gone almost four months without an official patch to fix its myriad of issues on PC, including frame rate drops, crashes, and other bugs. Despite releasing excellent PC ports of its classic games like Bayonetta and Vanquish, PC gamers thought that developer PlatinumGames has given up on NieR: Automata's PC flavor...but the developer says otherwise.


As it turns out, NieR's PC woes aren't something that PlatinumGames nor Square Enix can fix on their own. The issues are apparently hardware-related meaning AMD and NVIDIA must be involved in the updating process. AMD has already issued a set of Crimson drivers that fixed crashing, but more hardware-based updates are needed to get the game in a pristine state.


"Square Enix and PlatinumGames are working with PC device manufacturers, like AMD, to address the issues with the Steam version of the game because some of the issues are not what Square Enix and PlatinumGames alone can resolve fundamentally. With AMD's help, Square Enix and PlatinumGames have successfully resolved some of the issues, and we hope to achieve similar results with other hardware makers. We appreciate your continued patience and support for NieR: Automata," a Square Enix spokesperson told Eurogamer.

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