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GIGABYTE launches new 100 Series motherboards to support Intel Z170

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 8:32 pm

Technology company GIGABYTE has announced the 100 series motherboards able to support the Intel Z170 CPU chipset.

 

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The new motherboard series supports DDR4 RAM, introduces USB 3.1 with support of the Type-C connector, and is Creative Sound Blaster ZxRi 120+dB SNR Audio Certified. The Intel USB 3.1 controller features the fastest USB controller - 4 PCIe Gen. 3 slots offering 32GB/s total bandwidth.

 

Select GIGABYTE Z170 motherboards also support Dual Gigabit LAN Killer E2400 with the Killer 1535 Wi-Fi card that offers 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.1 - and the Killer Doubleshot-X3 Pro application prioritizes and redirects important traffic using the fastest connection available.

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Acer launches Predator G6-710 gaming PC during Gamescom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 7:33 pm

Acer used Gamescom 2015 as the launch pad for its newly redesigned Predator gaming desktop, known as the Predator G6-710.

 

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The gaming system is powered by the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 64GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM, and Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 and Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX) 5.0 and 5.1 channel audio.

 

Ideally, the gaming rig is "futureproof" with the addition of 64GB RAM, so owners have the chance to play video games and watch movies in stunning detail.

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Battlefield 4 shows off Night Operations in latest DLC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 7:19 pm

Electronic Arts has shown off the Battlefield 4 Night Operations DLC from DICE playtest sessions, so gamers can enjoy some unique gameplay.

 

 

The studio also showed off the night version of Zavod 311, dubbed Zavod: Graveyard Shift, so you can expect to use the night vision and thermal imaging scopes - or a different gadget so you're able to identify enemy locations.

 

Zavod: Graveyard Shift supports Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch, Obliteration, Domination and Gun Master. EA promises Gun Master will play "very differently" at night, and even included a secondary layout.

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EA releases two new trailers for Need for Speed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 6:27 pm

Gamescom 2015 - EA is really pushing the new Need for Speed game at Gamescom this year, releasing not one, but two new trailers for the game.

 

 

 

The 1-minute trailers are a peak into the world of Need for Speed, with the first being the 'official Gamescom trailer' while the one below that is the 'Icons' trailer. Both of the trailers show Ventura Bay and its urban car culture, with five real-world automotive icons living and breathing the car scene.

 

Need for Speed has you building your reputation, trying to earn the respect of your icons, so that you'll hopefully one day become the ultimate NFS icon.

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst's awesome gameplay trailer drops from Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 4:27 pm

Gamescom 2015 - DICE has just unveiled the latest 5-minute gameplay video for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which will have fans of the game positively buzzing with excitement.

 

 

The trailer shows off an incredible amount of parkour, freerunning, hand-to-hand combat, without Faith using a gun at all. There's plenty of ass-kicking, kicking baddies through glass (which is just sublime) and the overall mystery surrounding Elysium - without Matt Damon.

 

Mirror's Edge Catalyst arrives on February 23, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Autodesk unveils its Stingray game engine, with Oculus Rift support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 3:32 pm

Autodesk has announced a new Stingray game engine, with full support for the Oculus Rift out of the box when it launches later this month on August 19.

 

 

Autodesk is better known for its computer visualization tools for architecture, engineering, CGI and more with software like Maya and 3DS Max, but this venture into the gaming world is going to be a big one. Stingray will see Autodesk doing everything in-house, instead of using Autodesk software somewhere along the game-making procedure, pulling assets in from other game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine. The company is pitching Stingray to game developers as a way of providing seamless interoperability between Autodesk's software, with a "one-click workflow and live link".

 

Stingray will launch with full support for the Oculus Rift DK2 headset out of the box, with Autodesk referring to the DK2 as one of Stingray's platforms that will support "Deployment and Testing". This means Stingray will allow developers to view their projects through the Rift during development, where they can then publish a game that's compatible with the DK2 with ease.

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DICE unveils new Robbery expansion for Battlefield Hardline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 2:33 pm

DICE teased that there was a new game mode coming for Battlefield Hardline, and here it is: Robbery. The new expansion is the second for Battlefield Hardline, with Criminal Activity launching not too long ago.

 

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Battlefield Hardline: Robbery has four new maps, a new 5v5 game mode known as 'Squad Heist', four new weapons, two new gadgets, two new factional vehicles and new vehicle upgrades, new camos and vehicle paints, and 'The Legendary Super Feature'. As for the new Squad Heist game mode, the developer refers to it as "refreshing and familiar". DICE explains that Squad Heist has three distinct stages:

 

  • Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 1, and grab the Loot from the vault.
  • Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 2, and grab the Loot from the vault.
  • Criminals run to an escape location, call a helicopter, and get the loot to safety.

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Star Wars Battlefront receives new 'Fighter Squadron' game mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 1:33 pm

Gamescom 2015 - DICE has just unveiled a new game mode for Star Wars Battlefront at Gamescom, with 'Fighter Squadron' concentrating on ship-to-ship combat above the surface of plants, and through vicious terrain.

 

 

The new mode can be enjoyed in iconic Star Wars starfighters such as A-Wings, X-Wings, TIE Interceptors and TIE Fighters. Not only that, but gamers can fly around in the Millennium Falcon and Boba Fett's Slave I. DICE adds that the battles within Fighter Squadron can have up to 20 players at once, with AI controlled ships joining the battle.

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SandyNet offers 1Gbps unlimited fiber for $60 per month in Oregon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 12:28 pm

Sure, Google is rolling out its Google Fiber service out in various cities in the United States, but if you live in Oregon you might want to check out SandyNet.

 

 

SandyNet is rolling out fiber access throughout Oregon, offering 100Mbps for $40 per month or 1Gbps for just $60 per month. Both services do not include a contract, nor do they have any data limitations or caps. SandyNet GM Joe Knapp told Ars Technica during a recent interview: "Part of the culture of SandyNet is we view our citizens as owners of the utility. We've always run the utility on a break-even basis. Any profits we do have go back into capital improvements and equipment upgrades and things like that".

 

The construction of SandyNet's ambitious fiber network started in June 2014, where it is now connecting 50 new homes to the super-fast Internet each week. Oregon has a 40-year master plan in place, which has the state looking at expanding its fiber network quite rapidly over the coming decades.

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MAINGEAR launches new gaming PCs featuring Intel Skylake

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 12:01 pm

PC manufacturer MAINGEAR is launching new desktops that make use of the Intel 6th Generation Core processors, also codenamed Skylake.

 

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The Skylake CPUs have been promoted to offer minimal energy consumption and maximized CPU performance, providing PC users a great gaming experience. The Intel 6th Gen Core processors feature Turbo Boost Technology, and using the MAINGEAR REDLINE overclocking service, can receive 15 percent higher speeds.

 

All MAINGEAR gaming PCs now can utilize the Intel 6th Generation Core processors.

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