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Sneak peek at the new iGame-Z170 Motherboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 5, 2015 11:12 am

Thanks to TechPowerUp, the new iGame Z170 motherboard has been spotted and shown to the public, featuring a colorful design and a myriad of cool features.

 

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Designed for 6th generation Core "Skylake" CPUs, one model of this motherboard is said to support up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM with some others packing in a max of 32GB DDR3. Other features include a 14-phase CPU VRM, two PCI-E x16 slots, six SATA 6Gb/s ports, one SATA-Express slot, one M.2 10 Gs/s port, two USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports and more.

 

Set for a Q3 2015 launch, this new series of motherboards is likely to see a debut at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan.

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AMD Crossfire still doesn't work on FreeSync monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2015 10:34 am

With NVIDIA's G-Sync technology working on not just multi-monitor systems, but multi-GPU systems, AMD has its work cut out for it when it comes to FreeSync not yet working with Crossfire setups.

 

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AMD's FreeSync technology is as it stands, exclusive to single-GPU setups, with a multi-GPU driver expected late April. This launch window has been missed, with AMD officially delaying the driver. The company will "continue to develop and test this solution in accordance with our stringent quality standards, and we will provide another update when it is ready for release".

The stunning ASUS GTX 980 20th anniversary gold edition and more

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2015 9:09 am

I'm sure I know a few people who would trade their children for a card like the ASUS GTX 980 20th anniversary gold edition, let alone the case, RAM and motherboard you're about to see.

 

 

Hit the 1080p quality option, make the video full screen and turn up the speakers or headphones and get lost in what can only described as a beautiful display of technology.

 

GGF LAN has been lucky enough to get their hands on the ASUS GTX 980 20th anniversary gold edition, an In Win S-Frame Gold Edition case, an ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard and some ADATA XPG Z1 Gold DDR4 RAM to show off here.

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

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Lost Planet 3 developers Spark Unlimited shuts down

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2015 8:12 am

If you were a fan of their wide range of Spark Unlimited's developed games including Lost Planet 3, Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Ninja Gaiden Z this news will come as a shock as this company has laid off its workforce and shut down.

 

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In an interview with IGN, John Butrovich from Spark Unlimited stated "Yes, Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile development doesn't service the needs nor desires of Spark as an entity," adding "As such, Spark as we know will cease operations with various splinter efforts focusing on some new dynamic projects inside and outside of game development."

 

Published by Capcom in 2013, Lost Planet 3 was reported by this giant as selling "below expectations"

Sega won't have E3 booth, focusing more on restructuring instead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2015 7:50 am

Sega won't have a large presence at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles next month, choosing not to have a booth.

 

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Earlier in the year, Sega announced it was going to restructure, which includes moving its San Francisco office down to southern California - and any Sega games at the show will be hosted by its industry partners.

 

"Over the next months, Sega of America will be focusing on the restructure and relocation to southern California, and we have decided to not attend E3 with our own booth this year," a Sega spokesman told Game Informer.

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Microsoft Office 2016 public preview released

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: May 5, 2015 7:03 am

A preview has been pushed live by Microsoft pending its release of the Office 2016 desktop productivity suite, with no Office 365 subscription necessary for download.

 

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The technical preview of this edition was reportedly released back in February 2015 surrounded by strict non-disclosure agreements for all involved.

 

Now Microsoft is ready to open it up to the masses with their general manage of Office marketing, Jared Spataro, commenting that he's looking forward to feedback from a large public audience before full release later in 2015. Reportedly similar to Office 2013 in the looks department, Office 2016 pledges to offer better cloud storage options, collaboration opportunities and more.

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Go 'Into The Woods' in our Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 5, 2015 6:25 am

To celebrate this week's release of Disney's musical adventure 'Into The Woods' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to four lucky readers.

 

Be careful what you wish for. 'Into the Woods' is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg's death confirmed as gym accident

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: May 5, 2015 6:07 am

Recently we reported on the unfortunate and unexpected death of SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, announced by his brother with little information attached.

 

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We've now received word that it occurred whilst exercising at a Mexican resort gym, seeing the 47 year old collapse while running on a treadmill and with the Mexican Government stating that he "cracked his head open." With the discovery made around 6:30pm, Goldberg was found on the ground in a pool of blood as reported by The New York Times.

 

His family has planned a private funeral service in Silicon Valley to commemorate his life.

HP announces its new PCs will use AMD's Radeon R9 380 video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 5, 2015 5:18 am

AMD is expected to launch its next-gen Radeon R9 390X next month, with rumors of an announcement at E3 2015, but HP has now come out and admitted that it will be using the future next-gen VGA cards in their upcoming gaming PCs.

 

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The HP Envy Tower and Envy Phoenix Tower will be powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, or the AMD Radeon R9 380. Both towers feature an aluminum chassis with brushed metal, and the option of including a closed loop watercooling system. HP will also be offering their systems with one of AMD's Radeon R7 A330 or A360 cards.

Japan's age gap expanding, with robots seen as possible aid

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 5, 2015 5:15 am

For better or worse, the robotics revolution is underway, and it's continuing to happen regardless of some concerns expressed by humans. In Japan, a leading robotics research nation, engineers hope that robots can play a role in helping close the workforce gap due to an aging population.

 

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Toshiba's Aiko Chihira humanoid robot is currently on display in a Tokyo department store, where it recently performed a few songs alongside a human band. Nestle is testing SoftBank's "Pepper" robot as a method to help sell coffee machines, while other companies hope the robot is able to engage in store visitors.

 

The Huis Ten Bosch theme park located in Nagasaki will feature a hotel that has more than 90 percent of hotel services conducted by robots alone. There are no easy answers for Japan, which has an aging population that is only getting older, so adopting robots could prove to be an effective way to ease pressure on the workforce.

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