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Intel reveals DC P4500, DC P4600 3D NAND SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 2, 2017 4:00 pm

Today Intel is announcing two new SSDs for the Datacenter. Both are based on Intel's 384Gbit 3D TLC flash technology. Normally TLC Flash of any flavor indicates lower performance and low endurance, but not this time. Intel has architected a brand new 12-channel controller and new firmware to power the DC P4500 and DC P4600. The result? The DC P4500 and DC P4600 are the highest performing Intel NAND-flash SSDs to date.




The DC P4500 is designed for high performance, massively scalable mainstream storage. The DC P4500 is available in capacities of 1, 2, and 4TB and two form factors; U.2 2.5"x 15mm and HHHL AIC. The DC P4500 is rated for 0.7 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.


The DC P4600 sports the exact same physical hardware as the DC P4500. The difference between the DC P4600 and DC P4500 is the amount of overprovisioned space. With a healthy dose of OP, the DC P4600 is designed for caching and fast mixed workload storage performance. The DC P4600 in U.2 2.5"x 15mm form factor is available in capacities of 1.6, 2, and 3.2TB. The DC P4600 in HHHL AIC form factor is available in capacities of 2 and 4TB. The DC P4600 is rated for 2.9 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.

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Tesla to announce four new Gigafactories this year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 2, 2017 3:13 pm

Elon Musk's Gigafactories could change the world. In Leonardo DiCaprio's National Geographic documentary Before The Flood, Musk explains that the Gigafactory isn't built just to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, but he hopes is will serve as a template for how others could contribute to converting the world to clean energy.


He also said that they did a calculation to see what would it take to transition the entire world to sustainable energy. According to him, we would need 100 Gigafactories.




Of course, Musk has no intention of building those factories himself. He hopes to encourage others to follow his path and start building factories that would have a huge impact on the well-being of our planet.


But while we are waiting for others to step in, Musk has plans for probably four more Gigafactories this year. As you are probably aware, the first Gigafactory has been built in Nevada. Last year, Musk confirmed that he plans to choose a location for Gigafactory 2 in Europe.

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Bandai Namco's new Code Vein is Dark Souls meets anime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 1:51 pm

Bandai Namco just released the first trailer for its new Dark Souls-esque action RPG Code Vein, and we're very, very impressed.



Code Vein seems to be a delicious cocktail of some of the best JRPGs: we have Dark Souls combat with tons of rolling, hacking and slashing, infused with Dragon's Dogma's co-op pawn system, a fresh style straight out of an anime series, dark gothic storyline, and a dungeon-delving mechanic to top it all off. The game is being developed by the team that makes God Eater games, but Code Vein is a completely new IP.


Although Code Vein is a"dramatic dungeon-exploring action RPG," it certainly reminds us of Dark Souls in many different ways. The in-game world of Vein is dark, macabre and infused with mystery, and the combat itself looks to satisfy the bloodlust of ravenous Bloodborne and Souls fanatics everywhere.

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Toshiba expands its NetApp SolidFire lineup of SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 2, 2017 1:00 pm

Toshiba has announced its latest HK4 Series SATA SSDs are now shipping on NetApp SolidFire SF4805, SF9605, and SF19210 all-flash arrays. All of the new drives arrive in the 2.5-inch form factor, with 2.6W of active operation power consumption.




The HK4 enterprise-ready SSDs are made for the datacenter, with low power consumption, latency, and high performance. The drives are made with Toshiba's fresh 15nm MLC NAND flash and their in-house controller, with enterprise class end-to-end data protection, and power loss protection.


Toshiba's new drives arrive in two different series: HK4R, and HK4E. Starting with Toshiba's new HK4R series, we have 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB - while the HK4E series has 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1600GB. Toshiba backs enterprise clients up with 5-year warranty and 2 million hour MPOH, and easy to deploy purchase for the datacenter with the use of the 2.5-inch form factor.


Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Vice President SSD Marketing and Product Planning, Jeremy Werner, said: "Toshiba established its US-based Storage Research and Design Center to bring innovation closer to its customers like NetApp. We are committed to continually offering NetApp a comprehensive portfolio that helps meet the evolving needs of their environment and customers".

Darksiders 3 leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 10:40 am

UPDATE: For some reason, THQ Nordic let IGN announce Darksiders 3 with an IGN First reveal. The trailer can be found below along with info from the official Darksiders 3 press release.


"As promised, we have taken our time to ensure that this next Darksiders will be everything action-adventure gamers and especially Darksiders loyalists could dream of and more," said Lars Wingefors, Co-Founder and Group CEO, THQ Nordic AB.


The company also announced that it is working with the team at Gunfire Games, which is largely comprised of the original creators of the Darksiders franchise, on development of the long and highly-anticipated project.


"The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception," said Reinhard Pollice, Director of Business and Product Development, THQ Nordic. "There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders III, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero FURY - a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!"



Amazon has prematurely revealed Darksiders 3, a sequel in THQ Nordic's fan-favorite series.




The Amazon storefront listing confirms Darksiders 3 will feature a new character named Fury, who uses a whip and magic and "various forms each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities." The game will take place in an open-ended living world, and the storyline has Fury taking on the Seven Deadly Sins to restore the balance of the light.


  • Play as FURY - a mage who must rely on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth!
  • Harness FURY's magic to unleash her various forms - each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities
  • Explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world in which FURY moves back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story
  • Defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their servants who range from mystical creatures to degenerated beings
  • Darksiders signature art style - expansive post-apocalyptic environments that take the player from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, dilapidated by war and decay and overrun by nature

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NiOh sold 1 million copies in first two weeks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 6:38 am

Thanks to strong sales of Team Ninja's celebrated game Nioh, Japanese games publisher Koei Tecmo has reported boosted yearly earnings.



According to Koei Tecmo's FY2016 briefings, Nioh, Team Ninja's fresh new IP, sold 1 million copies worldwide in its first two weeks. This was in spite of the title being a PS4 exclusive, but Sony's PlayStation 4 reigns over the market with 60 million consoles sold to date.


Nioh spearheaded the publisher's games segment earnings, and the Japanese games-maker even said Nioh was its "most successful title in the west." I for one absolutely love Nioh and frankly think it's one of the best games ever made--if you own a PS4 do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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AMD takes CPU market share from Intel, thanks to Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 2, 2017 5:26 am

For the first time in over 10 years, AMD is beginning to take back some of that glorious CPU market share pie from Intel - thanks to the release of their new Ryzen processors.




The latest quarterly market share report from PassMark, which is based on thousands of submissions that enter their database every quarter, AMD is making strides in CPU market share - even though it's a small uptick, it's a valuable one. You can see that the uptick is pretty large considering the slowly dwindling numbers from 2006, where AMD didn't really have anything worthwhile for consumers to buy in the CPU business.


Everything changed with Ryzen, and while a 2% increase isn't much - the new Ryzen 7 processors sold like hotcakes - selling out as soon as they hit. Keep in mind that AMD was also bottlenecked by AM4 motherboard availability, but we should begin to see all of this disappear as the weeks and months fly past - so the Q2 2017 numbers for AMD should be even more interesting.

AMD: Vega GPU is 'on track to launch in Q2'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2017 4:14 am

We've been hearing more and more about AMD's first truly next-gen GPU architecture in years, Vega - but now the company is getting official in PR statements for the Q1 2017 results.




In AMD's recent Q1 2017 highlights release, the company said: "AMD's "Vega" GPU architecture is on track to launch in Q2, and has been designed from scratch to address the most data- and visually-intensive next-generation workloads with key architecture advancements including: a differentiated memory subsystem, next-generation geometry pipeline, new compute engine, and a new pixel engine".


Exciting stuff, that's for sure. I'm sure we're going to see something unveiled just before, or during Computex - with a physical launch in the weeks after, sometime in late June.

NVIDIA working on Netflix 4K support, GTX 10 series only

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2017 3:10 am

In order to playback 4K content on Netflix, you need a few things: Windows 10, an Intel Kaby Lake-based CPU, and you have to use Microsoft's oh-so-meh Edge browser. If you don't, Netflix will load up to 1080p and that's it.




But, things are changing - slowly, and in not such a good way with NVIDIA preparing Netflix 4K support in the near future. In order for the Netflix 4K content support, you'll need:


  • NVIDIA Driver version exclusively provided via Microsoft Windows Insider Program (currently 381.74).
  • NVIDIA Pascal based GPU, GeForce GTX 1050 or greater with minimum 3GB memory
  • HDCP 2.2 capable monitor(s). Please see the additional section below if you are using multiple monitors and/or multiple GPUs.
  • Microsoft Edge browser or Netflix app from the Windows Store
  • 25Mbps (or faster) internet connection.


NVIDIA seems to be providing very access to Netflix 4K content, as there are some large caveats right now: you need a GTX 10 series card with over 3GB of RAM, and now you can use the Netflix app from the Windows Store (instead of requiring Edge only), and you won't be able to use SLI at all.


It's not just SLI users that get the elbow, but multi-monitor users on a single GPU or multi-GPU system where the GPUs will need to not be linked together (SLI), for 4K content to flow. Secondly, all of the active monitors need to be HDCP 2.2 compliant, and if they're not (or even one of them isn't) then the Netflix quality will be locked to 1080p.


This shift is showing NVIDIA is committed to 4K content, and has officially shown AMD up with their new Radeon RX 500 series which can't run Netflix content in 4K... for now. Let's hope Vega gets some built-in Netflix 4K love.

Zelda Breath of the Wild's first expansion detailed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 2:31 am

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC is called The Master Trials, and features a new mode, new armor sets, and more.




The Master Trials features five major pieces of content that range from modes to equipment and new ways to play the game. First we have the new mode called Trials of the Sword, which is an arena-style combat mode that pits players against spawning waves of enemies--but with a catch: they have to use armor and weapons found on enemies. Next is the Hard Mode, which boosts monster grades and imbues all baddies with regenerating health. Enemies even get little mini-skyships to attack Link while he's paragliding across the clouds!


Then there's the Hero's Path Mode, which shows Link's footsteps and path on Hyrule's overworld map to give players a better idea of where they've been--and where they need to go. If you don't have a handy map this can be a great tool to keep track of your travels. Next up we have the Travel Medallion. This lets players mark any fast-travel location on the map and zap to it at any time--think Mark and Recall from Morrowind--but only one location can be mapped at a time. Last but certainly not least are the eight new outfits and armor pieces--actually there's only one armor set, along with outfits from past Zelda games. We even get a Tingle outfit!

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