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MSI shows off the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 7:38 am

Computex 2016 - MSI's new alabaster Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard made an appearance in Taipei, showing off metallic PCI-E slots and reinforced DIMM lanes along with a stylish chrome-and-white PCB.




MSI's Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard is a small step below from MSI's premium Z170A XPower Titanium model, but retains many of the same features and color scheme. The MPower Titanium is the second socket LGA 1151 motherboard in MSI's Gaming Titanium series, and fits Intel's 6th Gen Skylake CPUs up to the Intel i7-6700K.


Like its bigger brother, the Z170A MPower Titanium Gaming board's metallic flair serves a key purpose: the motherboard's PCI-E x16 slots are reinforced with metal to eliminate bending from the heaviest of video cards. The motherboard's DDR4 RAM-supported DIMM lanes are also braced with metal.

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Async Compute receives huge endorsement from multiple game developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 5:04 am

AMD was ahead of the curve when it put more eggs into the Asynchronous Compute basket, and that hard work is paying off now that we're seeing more and more games and technology demos using the technology. NVIDIA was behind the game when the Maxwell architecture didn't support Async Compute, but they've played catch up on the next-gen Pascal architecture.




Well, the co-founder of Oxide Games, Dan Baker, went to Twitter to kick off a chat about Asynchonous Compute, saying that it's "definitely a super useful feature in DirectX 12". id Software's Lead Renderer Programmer, Tiago Sousa chimed in, saying that id Software gained 3-5ms in rendering time with DOOM. According to Sousa, Async Compute and the other features built into AMD's architecture, were the reasons behind id Software being able to hit 60FPS on the Xbox One and PS4 with DOOM.


Mickael Gilabert, the 3D Technical Lead over at Ubisoft Montreal said he had some great gains in Far Cry Primal with Async Compute, with around 2.5-3ms, adding "Async FTW". It seems that Asynchronous Compute is a huge deal for game developers, and now that NVIDIA has joined the game with Pascal, we could see it used much more widely.

AMD explains Radeon RX 480 'image quality controversy' with AOTS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 4:49 am

AMD revealed its next-gen Radeon RX 480 during Computex 2016, with one of the demos displaying during the reveal being Oxide Games' Ashes of the Singularity. The demo saw AMD comparing the Radeon RX 480 in CrossFire against NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080.




During the demo, there were a lot of people - myself included, that noticed the image quality between the two were not identical at all. Well, Robert Hallock, AMD's Technical Marketing boss, took to Reddit to provide some answers. He provided the full system specs and drivers used for the demo, which included an Intel Core i7-5930K, 32GB of DDR4, Windows 10, and for the drivers: AMD Driver: 16.30-160525n-230356E, and the NVIDIA Driver: 368.19.


Both GPUs were running the 'crazy' settings at 1080p with 8x MSAA and V-Sync disabled. Hallock went into great detail, explaining: "Ashes uses procedural generation based on a randomized seed at launch. The benchmark does look slightly different every time it is run. But that, many have noted, does not fully explain the quality difference people noticed".

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 3:30 pm



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The Division being adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 1:51 pm

On the heels of the Assassin's Creed movie, Ubisoft is interested in adapting more of its IPs onto the silver screen.




Ubisoft reportedly wants to make a major film adaptation of its post-apocalyptic shooter The Division and is eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal for a lead role. Variety reports that pre-planning stages are already underway, and Gyllenhaal will be attached to the film as a lead actor as well as producer. Ubisoft is currently looking for someone to write the film.


Despite its game-breaking glitches and major framework issues, The Division has sold incredibly well, generating $330 million in sales in just five days. This kind of success prompted Ubisoft to think about full franchise opportunities for The Division, and a film would help boost attachment for the existing game and possible sequels.

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In Win's new RGB Aurora case fans sport daisy chain power sharing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 12:54 pm

Computex 2016 - At Computex In Win showcased its new Aurora fans, the first-ever case fans that support modular power sharing. As an added bonus users can easily adjust fan speeds with a dedicated wireless remote control.




In Win's new 120mm RGB Aurora case fans are pretty special: the fans can be connected to one another to share power and speed controls. Each Aurora fan is equipped with two 6-pin connectors that slot into other Aurora fans, effectively making a daisy chain. What's more is that the power and speed of the entire Aurora fan array can be finely adjusted with a remote control, allowing users an incredibly easy and flexible cooling solution. Fans can also be individually tuned and tweaked with the remote, as well as toggling different RGB effects.


The 120mm x 120mm x 25mm In Win Aurora fans spin between 800 RPMs and 1,400 RPMs in PWM mode, and up to 2,000 RPMs in Turbo Mode. The fans move 40.26CFM of air flow at a noise level of 23.7dB(A) and have a rated air pressure of 1.5mm/H20.

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In Win reveals new Signature S-Series 80 Plus Platinum 1065W PSUs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 12:15 pm

Computex 2016 - In Win showed off a trio of new monstrous enthusiast-grade 80 Plus Platinum 1065W power supplies in its Signature S-Series lineup.




In Win's new triad of behemoth 80 Plus Platinum 1065W PSUs consist of the Signature-S Series SI, SII, and SIII, all of which sport the "industry's first" 165mm Silent Fan for optimum heat mitigation.The entire Signature-S series is fully modular, with up to 92% power efficiency and a mean time between failure rate of over 100,000 hours. The line also features "4 Timed Extra Power Modes" that allow users to pull in more power.


In Win's new PSUs all sport stylish grills over the 165mm Silent Fans, with the SI rocking a brushed red plate, the SII with a stylish gold grill, and the SIII with aluminum. Side windows show off the PSU's LED-lit capacitors. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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EVGA reveals NVIDIA GeForce 10 series high-bandwidth RGB SLI bridges

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 7:59 am

UPDATE: EVGA's Jacob Freeman says that the RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges are "2-way only" and are expected to release in mid-June. Here's another shot of the lineup.



Computex 2016 - EVGA revealed three new RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges for NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 10-series video cards, allowing users to add a bit pizzazz and style to their new EVGA-branded GTX 1080 cards.




EVGA's new 2-way HB SLI bridges sport full RGB illumination that can sync up with the RGB colors on EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 FTW and EVGA GTX 1080 Classified video cards, adding quite a bit of stylish flair to any enthusiast build. The new high-bandwidth SLI bridges come in three different sizes for various configurations: 1U (small size with no gap between the cards), 2U (medium-sized with a one-slot gap between the cards), and 3U (longer with a two-slot gap between the cards).


It appears EVGA only showed 2-way SLI bridges at Computex, as NVIDIA is prioritizing 2-way SLI with the Pascal line. The new GeForce GTX 10-Series HB SLI bridges will likely be sold separately.

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Leaked Halo Wars 2 art reveals key details

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 7:06 am

Leaked Halo Wars 2 box art gives us a taste of what to expect from Creative Assembly's RTS sequel.




Key art for Halo Wars 2 has surfaced online thanks to Twitter user @lifelower, unearthing a bunch of clues on what the RTS game will offer. Halo fans were quick to notice the looming Ark in the background and the Brute army, which hints at a post-Halo 3 timeframe. The Ark looks like it's been fired, and even the Scarabs are stylized in Brute color schemes, hinting the game will take place in a fresh timeline. Some speculate Halo Wars 2 could take place in a post-Halo 5 timeline, but the Mark IV Spartans seem out of place.


Microsoft is expected to showcase the new Halo Wars 2 RTS at E3, and a playable demo will be at the show. We'll be sure to update you when more details come to light, but for now we know one thing for sure: Halo Wars 2 looks absolutely awesome.

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Producer tries to explain why 'Fantastic Four' reboot was awful

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 3, 2016 12:06 am

With only a few superhero licenses to call their own, Twentieth Century Fox's admiral reboot of the 'Fantastic Four' franchise was a fantastic flop last year - grossing just $167 million woldwide - or roughly half what the slightly-less-terrible original film grossed back in 2005. But where did it go oh so wrong?




Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused radio show, Producer Simon Kinberg attempted to explain what went wrong in a semi apology to fans. "I don't think that there is, in any movie that doesn't work, a single decision that is the reason the movie doesn't work.. I think there were many, many decisions we made along the way that led to a movie that people didn't like and a movie that I would do differently next time." which sounds like a fairly reasonable response to a film that failed to recoup its production costs.

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