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AMD's new 16.12.2 drivers fix various issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 10:20 am

AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.2 drivers, taking care of some of those bugs and problems that some Radeon graphics card owners have been complaining about since the ReLive Edition drivers launched.




First off, we have fixes for the flashing and corruption issues found in Battlefield 1 when using Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards in CrossFire, various recording issues, and issues relating to the overlay/toolbar when Frame Rate Target Control is enabled, on the Radeon ReLive Edition drivers. The new driver also takes care of the performance-related issues with Borderless Fullscreen application mode when using FreeSync-enabled monitors.


The new drivers can be downloaded here.

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MSI's next-gen Z270 motherboards teased, Kaby Lake ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 8:24 am

'Tis the season for Kaby Lake leaks, with MSI ready to unleash their Z270 and H270 motherboards during CES 2017 - but the leaks are here, and MSI's new boards are looking mighty fine. MSI's 200-series motherboards include the GAMING, Tomahawk, Bazooka, and Pro brands - making me want to build a new gaming PC with a "Bazooka" themed motherboard.




MSI's next-gen 200-series motherboard lineup:


  • MSI Z270 Gaming M7
  • MSI Z270 Gaming M5
  • MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z270 KRAIT Gaming
  • MSI Z270 SLI
  • MSI Z270 PC Mate



MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon


Now, onto the motherboards that piqued my interest. Starting with the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon, which rocks some beautiful Mystic Light RGB goodness, we have 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots that support 4000MHz+ RAM in OC mode. The DDR4 DIMM slots are protected by MSI's steel armor which will protect the PCB of the motherboard when installing your RAM.




As you can see, we have 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ports for graphics cards, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots as well as 2 x Turbo M.2 slots. MSI will be shipping the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon with their new M.2 Shield that will protect, and cool down those super-hot NVMe-based M.2 SSDs that can get ridiculously hot - and lose considerable performance when they do get hot.

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LG's new 1080p projector bright enough for daytime use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 6:48 am

LG has just unveiled their new ProBeam compact last projector, sporting a 1080p resolution and 2000 lumens of brightness - perfect for a budget home theater, and better yet - it can be used during the day.




The new LG ProBeam should throw out a sharp picture from its light 4.6 pound design, with its table-friendly form factor making it easy to setup and tweak when needed. Not only that, but ProBeam is capable of throwing audio to any Bluetooth speaker through its Sound Sync Adjustment technology, meaning you don't need to worry about that massive tangle of wires from your projector to your speakers.


LG has also included wireless mirroring through Miracast, so you can throw movies, TV episodes and videos from your smartphone or tablet onto the LG ProBeam. This makes the ProBeam a great choice for those with a smaller house or apartment, or as LG teases, let's you "stream TV shows on a camping trip", Linus style.

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The first wave of LG's UltraFine 5K displays ship soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 5:17 am

If you're based in the US and ordered one of LG's new UltraFine 5K Displays, then your monitor will be shipped in the next few days - as Apple is now sending out pre-shipping notifications.




MacRumors reader Jesse, placed an order for one an LG UItraFine 5K Display when the order window was open in late November, and has recently received a notification that his 5K display will be delivered on December 28/29. Apple began taking orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display on November 28 with 6-8 week shipping estimates, but the supplies were diminished quickly, with no more available to order.


The 5K monitor went on sale again today, with a shipping estimate of 3-5 business days, quickly slipping out to 2-4 weeks. Those who ordered quickly this morning should hopefully receive their new LG UltraFine 5K display later this month.


Apple is still providing its discounted pricing on the LG UltraFine 5K display, costing $974 - down from its retail pricing of $1299.

The 'Emoji Movie' trailer gives us a 'meh' face

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 3:38 am

If you need any further example of the creative bankruptcy in Hollywood, look no further than this - the first trailer for 'The Emoji Movie'.



Presented in a deliberately infuriating vertical aspect ratio, the first trailer features the sardonic wit of comedian Steven Wright who promises the film will be "almost too thrilling for words". The CG animated feature will also feature the voice talents of T.J. Miller and Ilana Glazer.


If you're up for it, 'The Emoji Movie' hits cinemas in 3D and 2D on August 4, 2017.

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Dell's new XPS gaming laptop rocks Kaby Lake, GTX 1050

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 3:28 am

It looks like Dell is about to unleash a new range of XPS gaming laptops at CES 2017 in a couple of weeks time, with Dell teasing 'the most powerful XPS laptop we've ever built', but quickly removing it from its website.




Dell's new XPS 9650 sports a 15-inch 4K display, Intel's new Kaby Lake-based processor (Core i3-7100HQ, Core i5-7300HQ, or Core i7-7700HQ), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with up to 4GB of RAM, and I'm sure plenty of storage options, USB 3.0 connectivity, and more.


It couldn't come at a better time, as I've been waiting patiently on pulling the trigger on one of Dell's deliciously beautiful XPS laptops - but a new Kaby Lake/GeForce GTX 1050-powered laptop will be great.

The Division patched on PS4 Pro: native 1080p, 4K menus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 1:32 am

The Division has received a patch for the PS4 Pro version of the game, which will now natively render at 1080p, while the UI will be displayed in 4K.




Ubisoft Massive notes that the improved 1080p resolution will also include better looking shadows and reflections, but it still won't hold a candle to the high-end PC side of things where you can enjoy native 4K resolution, HBAO+, PCSS, HFTS, and every graphical setting maxed out if you have the PC horsepower to handle it.


Also remember, that DX12 support was recently added to The Division for PC gamers.

Crytek closing 5 studios to 'refocus' on its strengths

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 11:45 pm

Crytek has been going through its fair share of problems, with our last story on the company seeing rumors that the gaming studio wasn't paying its staff - and now comes the news that it is shutting down 5 of its studios in South Korea, China, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey.




The reason? Crytek wants to "refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology". This leaves just two Crytek studios open, with one based on Germany and the other in the Ukraine, with these studios shutting their doors:


  • Crytek Black Sea in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded in 2001 as Black Sea Studios, acquired and renamed in 2008
  • Crytek Budapest in Budapest, Hungary, founded in 2007
  • Crytek Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey, founded in 2012
  • Crytek Seoul in Seoul, South Korea, founded in 2010
  • Crytek Shanghai in Shanghai, China, founded in 2012


Crytek co-founder and Managing Director Avni Yerli said in a press release: "Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we'd like to sincerely thank each and every staff member - past and present - for their hard work and commitment to Crytek. These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry's top talent. The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined us - world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success".

HTC to unveil something 'For U' on January 12th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 7:24 pm

HTC just sent out invitations for an event on January 12th. Weird timing considering it's not even a week after CES, but I guess that's just how HTC rolls.




There is absolutely no information of what to expect, and to my email, HTC diplomatically responded with "More information will be revealed in the coming weeks before the announcement."


The invitation has a sign "For U" with HTC's logo where the letter "C" is also highlighted. The first thing that came to my mind is that HTC might unveil something related to Under Armour, a company with whom they already cooperated on some wearables.

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PC Winter Sale continues with $10 Rocket League

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 7:18 pm

The PC Gaming Winter Sales are upon us ... and Steam's seasonal offers have yet to begin. Today two new big sales emerged: 1) the refresh of the GMG 2016 Winter Sale and 2) the beginning of the Bundle Stars PC gaming Winter Sale. What both have in common are discounts up to 90% off with a stacking 10% off coupon code to boot for additional savings. Both sales cover a wide range of titles, and among the deals is the best Indie game of all-time (probably) Rocket League.




The best sale to find Rocket League in is GMG with a drop from $20 to $10.79 after coupon. That's a rare drop under $12, and very likely to be cheaper than Steam after the 40% discount + stacking 10% off coupon code. Funny enough, though, it's Bundle Stars hosting the best deal on the 4-Pack Rocket League bundle with a drop from $80 to $32.00 - a historic low price point.


Rocket League Deals:



GMG Winter Sale Hot Deals - use promo code: WINTER10



Bundle Stars Winter Sale Hot Deals - use promo code: WINTERSALE10



Both PC gaming Winter Sales will continue these deals past Christmas, so there is some good longevity to the offers. Among the new lows at GMG are Warhammer Vermintide, Civilization VI, Mafia III, and more. Bundle Stars is seeing likewise the cheapest Mad Max, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Project Highrise, Stronghold 3 Gold, and more.

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