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Over 40 Xbox One games will get Xbox One X enhancements

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 11:23 am

E3 2017 - Microsoft will have more than 40 games enhanced on Xbox One X when the console ships this November, and Xbox exec Phil Spencer discusses how much work goes into enhancing games on the new console.




As we've said multiple times, not every game will run at native 4K 60FPS on the Xbox One X - in fact, most of them won't. This is something that Xbox division head Phil Spencer has also said and iterated upon since the $499 Xbox One X was announced at E3 2017. Developers have total free reign to use the Xbox One X's higher-end power as they see fit, which includes the 6TFLOPs Polaris-derived GPU alongside a 2.3GHz Jaguar "Evolved" CPU, 12GB GDDR5 RAM at 326GB/sec, and a slew of other optimizations like DirectX 12 built right into the GPU's command processor, support for FreeSync 2, and the ability to hit native 4K with HDR enhancements and adequate frame rates.


The Xbox One X's native gameplay boost is comparable to Sony's Boost Mode feature on the PlayStation 4 Pro, which improves the performance of games that don't yet have specific PS4 Pro patches.


Microsoft has promised that all existing and new Xbox One games will run better on the Xbox One X by default thanks to the system's hardware, but developers have to add in Xbox One X Enhancement Upgrades to their games for the titles to fully leverage the console's power and enable features like native 4K textures, dynamic resolution scaling, 4K checkerboarding with HDR, improved FPS, improved draw distances, etc. Xbox's Phil Spencer confirmed that over 40 games would have Xbox One X enhancements at Microsoft's E3 2017 showcase, and recently talked about how easy it is for developers to bring over 4K assets from their PC builds to run on the Xbox One X.

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Be our guest to the Beauty & the Beast Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 7:37 am

To celebrate this week's release of the live action blockbuster 'Beauty and the Beast' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment.




Experience the tale as old as time. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. "Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.


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

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Win 'Transformers: The Last Knight' movie tickets on us

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 6:30 am

To celebrate the release of 'Transformers: The Last Knight' in cinemas, we are giving you the chance to win one of five double cinema passes, thanks to our friends at Paramount Pictures.




The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone's life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.


Please note that the competition is only open to entrants from Australia. To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Qualcomm tech will power future smart speakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 4:34 am

Qualcomm is turning into Skynet as the days pass, with the tech giant unveiling a new reference "smart audio" design that packs a microphone, speaker, and voice recognition technology that OEMs can use to build their own smart speakers.




Better yet, Qualcomm's new reference design has support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning that OEMs can provide support for the respective voice assistants, into many more audio products. On the audio side of things, Qualcomm will be using its DDFA audio amplifier technology and an audio development kit (ADK) that will let companies build Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and other audio-related products.


Qualcomm Senior VP Anthony Murray said that the company's aim is to have manufacturers making smart speakers and headphones "without significantly increasing integration time or cost". Linux and Android Things will be powering the new designs, including "far field" multi-microphone tech that will see the products waking up for audio queues like "OK Google", beamforming, and echo cancellation.

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Star Wars Battlefront II: the most viewed E3 game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 3:09 am

E3 2017 is done and dusted, and now we know just how many views each of the game trailers had during the week - with Star Wars Battlefront II at the top of the list. Here's the top ten most-viewed E3 2017 games:




  1. Star Wars Battlefront II
  2. Assassin's Creed Origins
  3. FIFA 18
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. God of War
  6. Super Mario Odyssey
  7. Spider-Man
  8. Anthem
  9. Need for Speed Payback
  10. Dragon Ball Fighter Z


Star Wars Battlefront II had over 7.9 million views, while Super Mario Odyssey enjoyed a swift 5.5 million views. As for the break down of numbers, we have:


  1. Star Wars Battlefront II - 7.9 million views
  2. Super Mario Odyssey - 5.5 million views
  3. Spider-Man - 4.5 million views
  4. FIFA 18 - The Journey: Hunter Returns - 4 million views
  5. Need for Speed Payback - 3.4 million views
  6. Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Reveal - 3.3 million views
  7. Forza Motorsport 7 - 3.1 million views
  8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - 3 million views
  9. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - 2.7 million views
  10. Assassin's Creed Origins - 2.6 million views

MSI unveils its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 1:35 am

MSI has officially unveiled its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC motherboard, with its freakin' beautiful - and super unique look.




The new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC sports 4 x PCIe x16 slots, 2 x PCIe 1x, and 2 x M.2 slots. MSI's TOMAHAWK range is the company's mid-range series, so this doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that the high-end/enthusiast motherboards will have. We do have MSI's own Mystic Light feature, which will light up the board - and in that white theme, it'll look crazy good in the right combination of RGB LEDs, graphics card/s, and case/fans.



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Intel's new Core i7-7740K overclocks to 5GHz easily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 12:23 am

Intel is on the verge of releasing its new X299 platform, with its new Core i7-7740K processor that seems to be hitting 5GHz pretty easily, and at low voltages - so low temps, too.




VideoCardz has got the reviewers' guide on its hands, and based across 100 samples of the Core i7-7740K, it should hit 5GHz with just 1.205V of power. At its worst, the 7740K needs 1.341V to hit 5GHz. The guide says that the Core i7-7740K has a higher overclocking ceiling than the 7700K, with 5.1GHz achievable with 1.255-1.411V.

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G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 hits 5.5GHz with Core i7-7740K CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 18, 2017 11:52 am

G.SKILL are constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible with DDR4 overclocking, so it comes as no surprise that they've hit a massive milestone: 5.5GHz on DDR4.




The new 5.5GHz barrier was reached with Intel's fresh X299 chipset and their new Core i7-7740K processor, with G.SKILL's TridentZ DDR4 RAM, with the MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard used by Taiwanese overclocker Toppc. The RAM in question used Samsung's impressive 8Gb ICs which were pushed to their limits, with Toppc hitting 5GHz on a Skylake-based Core i5-6600K last year.


G.SKILL Corporate Vice President Tequila Huang said: "DDR4 5.5GHz has been our next target after we achieved DDR4 5GHz last year. We are extremely excited to finally make it happen together with Samsung components, MSI X299 motherboard, and Intel Core X-series processor. We are seeing amazing overclocking potential for these newly released hardware and we believe that more overclocking benchmark records will be achieved very soon by professional overclockers worldwide".

Intel Core i9-7900X reviewed: 10C/20T @ up to 4.8GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 18, 2017 6:28 am

The massive multi-threaded consumer CPU war is now starting thanks to AMD hitting Intel where it hurts with Ryzen and hitting 8C/16T @ $499... but Ryzen ThreadRipper with up to 16C/32T is on the way, so the preemptive strike from Intel with Core i9 happened.




Now we're seeing the first review of Intel's upcoming Core i9-7900X, their new X299-based Core-X series processor with 10C/20T of CPU performance that seems to perform well, overclock well, but is priced pretty high. Hexus has published their review from an Intel CPU sample that was not provided to them by Intel - so they could throw the review online and not worry about Intel's legal team emailing them saying they've broken NDA.




We can see that the fresh X299 chipset needs some more time to mature, but we have some gaming and overclocking charts for you to gander over - and consider buying the 10C/20T chip in the form of the Core i9-7900X over the upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper range from AMD. My tip: wait.

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GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti AORUS WaterForce Xtreme teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2017 5:24 am

GIGABYTE is preparing its own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti beast, with the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition, with a fully custom PCB, and custom AIO watercooling.




VideoCardz has the report, which shows us it should have VR Link, and a huge four years of warranty. GIGABYTE's purported GeForce GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition could be one of the most premium GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards released, and you can be sure we'll have hands-on with one as soon as we can.