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AVADirect joins Intel Extreme Rig Challenge, with a PC to giveaway!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 2 days, 21 hours ago

If you haven't already heard, the Intel Extreme Rig Challenge is here, which pits 12 custom PC manufacturers against each other on who can build the highest-end PC for $10,000. It's quite the task, and there are some big players involved.




AVADirect, ORIGIN, Maingear and others are in the mix, with our friends at AVADirect sitting in #4 position right now. The top 7 builders with the most Twitter votes will have their $10,000 gaming rigs on show at PAX West, and get this - they'll be raffled off to lucky winners on Twitter!


If you want to get into the draw, you can win AVADirect's gaming PC by hitting Twitter and tweeting "I vote @AVADirect in the #IntelRigChallenge" and bam, you're in the running to win one of the best gaming PCs you can build, period. Voting daily is even better, as it increases your odds of winning.


Which of the 12 gaming PCs do you like the best? We're kind of biased because I love my AVADirect AVATAR gaming PC, but ORIGIN, Maingear and some other vendors have some delicious PCs in the mix.


You can enter right here! It's as easy as sending a single tweet!

AMD's new Zen engineering samples arrive, with up to 32 cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

Right now it's all eyes and ears on Polaris and graphics cards with the Radeon RX 480, and the soon-to-be-released Radeon RX 470 and RX 460, but the upcoming Zen architecture is beginning to rear its head, and will rock CPU sockets in the very near future.




According to the latest leaks, engineering samples of the Zen CPU are around the place, with 4-, 8-, 24-, and 32-core variants in the wild. The first two SKUs will slot into the new AM4 socket, while the 24- and 32-core variants will be used in servers.


The quad-core Zen CPU has a 65W TDP, while the 8-core model rocks a 95W TDP - teasing the efficiency tweaks that AMD will deliver with Zen. The 24- and 32-core server SKUs ramp the TDP up to 150W and 180W, respectively. When it comes to tech specs, we should see the quad-core Zen CPU with 8 CPU threads 2MB of L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache while the 8-core Zen CPU will rock 16 threads with double the cache.

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AMD reports better-than-expected earnings and revenues for Q2 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

AMD has had a great last 6 weeks or so, riding the Polaris wave with the launch of the Radeon RX 480 and now we're at the end of Q2 2016 - so we get some juicy financial reports to gloss over.




How did AMD go for the quarter? Well, they reported better-than-expected earnings and revenues for Q2 2016, and after the market closed, AMD reported an adjusted loss of 5c per share, lower than analysts' expectations of 8c per share. Revenues increased 9% year-over-year to reach $1.03 billion, beating analysts' expectations of $951.3 million.


AMD CEO Lisa Su said in a statement: "Based on the strength of our semi-custom products and demand for our latest Radeon RX GPUs and 7th Generation A-Series APUs, we are well positioned to drive growth and market share gains in the second half of the year".


While AMD's financials aren't exactly star-studded, we are getting closer and closer to the release of Zen, which should be incredibly exciting. AMD's next-gen Zen architecture will bring them up to a much more even playing field against Intel, while Intel itself has been struggling lately. Zen will deliver improved performance, support for DDR4, and more.


Looking further into the future we have the next-gen Vega architecture in early 2017, where we should see a Fury X successor, and then Navi in 2018 - where we can only imagine how powerful GPUs will be by then.

Flex your coding muscles and master 8 languages in one fell swoop

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 3 days ago



What's better than mastering one programming language? How about mastering eight? The Eduonix Programming Language Bundle will teach you how to code with Python, Swift, C, and more for only $39.


The complete bundle includes:


  • Clojure Fundamentals for Beginners
  • Projects in CSharp: Learn By Building Projects
  • The Developers Guide to Python 3 Programming
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  • Learn To Build Scala Apps From Scratch
  • Learn to Build iOS Apps with Swift 2
  • C Programming for Beginners - Go from Zero to Hero!
  • Ultimate Java Development and Certification Guide


Across 8 courses, you'll get exposed to eight languages critical to any coder's arsenal. You'll learn how to build iOS apps with Swift, write programs in C, and discover object-oriented programming with Python. You'll make apps for a variety of platforms and emerge a Swiss army knife of coding expertise.


For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get the Eduonix Programming Language Bundle on sale for only $39, more than 90% off its $413 retail price.

AMD powers Battlefield 1 at NerdHQ with the Radeon R9 Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

For the first time ever, TweakTown is attending NerdHQ - which is a geek-a-thon that runs alongside Comic-Con and is powered by AMD and a bunch of other partners like Alienware and... Kelloggs, which were handing out... cereal, to gamers. Yeah, I'm not joking - and it was kind of cool.



Anyway, today I got some hands-on time with Battlefield 1 on the PC, which is something I've been itching for since DICE announced it not so long ago. I was playing on an Alienware Area 51 gaming PC that was powered by the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, with a 2560x1440 monitor running at 144Hz. I was super critical on the resolution and detail settings of Battlefield 1, but DICE hid the graphics menu away from the public - so I don't know what setting it was running at.


From what I gathered, it was running at High settings because it looked gorgeous - and it ran buttery smooth on the Radeon R9 Fury X. Some of you might think "why wouldn't AMD run Battlefield 1 on the new Radeon RX 480", but the RX 480 is a mid-range graphics card, while the HBM1-based Radeon R9 Fury X is still a high-end/enthusiast level graphics card capable of handling 1440p at 144FPS in most games.

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NVIDIA unveils its next-gen Titan X, priced at $1200, available Aug 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

NVIDIA has just announced its new monster graphics card, the new Titan X. NVIDIA's new Titan X is based on the Pascal architecture, featuring a pretty damn good increase in specs over the already fast GeForce GTX 1080.



The new Titan X has 3584 CUDA cores compared to the 2560 CUDA cores on the GTX 1080, while we have 12GB of GDDR5X on a 384-bit memory bus, compared to the 256-bit memory bus on the GTX 1080. The new Titan X uses the GP102 which is based on the 16nm FinFET process, while GP104 powers the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.


Power consumption wise, we're looking at a 250W TDP - up from the 180W on the GTX 1080, while we have 12 billion transistors on the new Titan X, compared to the 7.2 billion found on the GP104-based GTX 1080. The memory bandwidth has been increased thanks to the 384-bit memory bus, where we have a huge 480GB/sec - very close to the 512GB/sec offered by HBM1 on the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.

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Win 'Orphan Black: Season Four' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 3 days, 14 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of Orphan Black: Season Four on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




Sarah has always lived the life of an orphan outsider. But a clone is never alone. Season 4 of the drama will see leader-of-the-pack, Sarah, reluctantly return home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive and mysterious ally tied to the clone who started it all - Beth Childs. Sarah will follow Beth's footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent new enemy, heading in a horrifying new direction. Under constant pressure to protect the sisterhood and keep everyone safe, Sarah's old habits begin to resurface. As the close-knit sisters are pulled in disparate directions, Sarah finds herself estranged from the loving relationships that changed her for the better.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question:

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Gears of War 4's new gameplay trailer released, teases the campaign

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Gears of War 4 is on the way, with Microsoft releasing a new gameplay video from the single-player campaign of the game.



In the video above, you can see JD, Del, Kait and Marcus Fenix hunting down and killing the Swarm, and more. The gameplay trailer teases: "With their village destroyed and Kait's mom abducted, the squad gives chase through the wilds of Sera and must battle through an incredible storm".


Gears of War 4 will hit the Xbox One and PC, with the Xbox One version running at 1080p 30FPS in the single-player campaign while the PC version will run on Windows 10 and up to 4K resolution.

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Facebook's solar plane takes off, beams internet to remote locations

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

Facebook's first test flight for Aquila - the solar-powered plane that beams internet to remote regions -- was a success. Beginning on June 28 in Arizona, it went even better than expected: total flight time was about 288 minutes, much longer than the planned 96 minutes.



The plane -- developed by subsidiary company Ascenta in Bridgwater, Somerset - has the wingspan of a typical airline plane, but weighs less than a car, and consumes just 5,000 watts of energy.


"We're encouraged by this first successful flight, but we have a lot of work ahead of us," says Facebook head of engineering and infrastruture Jay Parikh. "In our next tests, we will fly Aquila faster, higher and longer, eventually taking it above 60,000 feet."

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Nintendo reconfirms March 2017 release for next-gen NX console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Nintendo has reconfirmed its March 2017 release for the next-gen NX console in its latest annual report, detailing the R&D activities for the future.




Nintendo talked about quite a lot, but it detailed its hardware development, where the Japanese gaming giant said that it's devoted to the development of Nintendo NX. Nintendo teases that NX will feature a "brand new concept" and will be released in March 2017.


During the annual report, Nintendo said: "With respect to hardware, Nintendo continuously investigates and undertakes research on fundamental technologies spanning data storage technology such as semiconductor memories, display technology such as liquid crystal displays, and electronic components, while it also carries out research and development activities to examine the applicability of various technologies including interfaces such as touch panels and sensors, wireless communication, networks and security to the field of home entertainment".


Prepare for the excitement, as the company added: "Nintendo is also devoted to the development of a gaming platform codenamed "NX" with a brand-new concept, which will be launched in March 2017 globally".