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AMD Ryzen with 12C/24T appears, excites us all so much

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 4:26 am

AMD lit up the consumer CPU market with the Ryzen 7 1800X, offering 8T/16C of performance for only $499 - and now, there's a new 12C/24T processor being teased. This new 12C/24T chip will probably end up competing against the newly-rumored X390/X399 chipset for the higher-end Ryzen CPUs.




The new Ryzen 12C/24T processor was spotted inside of the Alienware Area 51-R3, and for comparison sake the Area 51-R2 features Intel's Core i7-6800/6850K. This isn't the server CPU processor, but it does sport a new socket - and a 3.2GHz Turbo clock, not bad for a 24-threaded CPU.

AMD teases Radeon RX Vega is 'just around the corner'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 3:41 am

AMD hosted its Tech Summit in China recently, with CEO Lisa Su announcing their mid-range Ryzen 5 availability, with demos and more on show. There were some new details released on Radeon RX Vega, and because I foolishly had a night off from work - I missed this story, but here it is!



Scott Herkelman, the former General GeForce Manager at NVIDIA and now VP of AMD took the stage, with his segment concentrated solely on Radeon RX Vega. We now know that Radeon RX Vega will definitely come in both 4GB and 8GB variants, both running the new HBM2 memory that should hopefully pave the way for various improvements. HBM2 uses far less space on the PCB, so we should expect shorter cards that are magnitudes faster than the Radeon RX 480.



On stage, Herkelman said that Radeon RX Vega with either 4GB or 8GB will drive all of your games - as there are different technologies like High Bandwidth Cache inside of the Vega NCU that help out drastically. 4GB of HBM2 can act much larger than its physical amount of RAM - up to terabytes if required. This means we could see a RX Vega with 4GB of HBM2, but maybe performing close to the memory bandwidth of what NVIDIA offers on the GTX 1080 Ti with its 11GB of GDDR5X. Remember, there's also 7 variants of Radeon RX Vega coming.

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New 'Justice League' trailer comes together

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 3:08 am

Just as the 'Justice League' is coming together (to the tune of The Beatles), Zack Snyder's upcoming film looks to be doing much the same thing - which has got me tentatively optimistic. Warner Bros have today released a new trailer for the upcoming superhero feature.



Featuring DC Comics' biggest assemblage of comic book heroes including Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.


'Justice League' is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.

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BMW teases the next 100 years of vehicle technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 2:25 am

BMW has a bright future ahead of it, if its latest 'A new Era has begun' video is anything to go by, with the carmaker showing off what it envisions, as the next 100 years of automotive and wearable technology.



BMW sees a future of self-driving cars that pull up to you when you need them, with welcoming lights just below the drivers side door that get projected onto the ground, a steering wheel that can be used for driving - but will disappear into the dash when you want autonomous driving enabled. The company continues with augmented reality helmets, and more - it really is a great envisioning of the future of automotive tech, and more so - how it'll improve, and make our lives easier.

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First mITX motherboard for AMD Ryzen has been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 1:20 am

AMD launched its new Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, and while there were a bunch of different AM4 ready motherboards released, there weren't any mITX boards for super-small, yet super-powerful Ryzen-based gaming PCs.




That will end with Biostar's upcoming X370GTN, a new mITX motherboard based on the X370 chipset. Biostar has included everything you'll want and need on the X370GTN, with PCIe 3.0 x16, an M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and more. Here's what I/O you've got on the board:


  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x CPU Fan Header
  • 1 x System Fan Header
  • 2 x 5050 LED Header


And on the back, the Biostar X370GTN has:


  • 1 x PS/2
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
  • 1 x HDMI Connector, resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @24Hz or 3840 x 2160 @30Hz
  • 1 x DVI-D Connector, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 5 x Audio Connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Port


Biostar should release the new X370GTN motherboard in the coming weeks, but we don't know what price just yet.

Mass Effect Andromeda deal takes a dive to 27% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Mar 25, 2017 7:31 pm

Mixed reviews be damned? If you're a Mass Effect fan and you've decided that you can live with the various quirks of Mass Effect: Andromeda , then you can score some heavy discount this weekend on the PC Origin key of BioWare's (and EA's) latest.




Current Best Mass Effect Andromeda PC Deals



The deals are arriving in multiple forms, both in digital and "physical" copies. At digital retailers GMG and DLGamer, you'll be able to pick up the Origin key at up to a giant 27% off. GMG is currently selling Mass Effect: Andromeda for as low as $42.99, while DLGamer has the game for $49.99. Price discrepancy at DLGamer will still bring you the pre-order bonus items (which are still available as of writing) - so your call if that's worth the additional $7 price tag. Most people will probably agree the in-game Deep Space Explorer Armor, Nomad skin, and Multiplayer Booster Pack aren't worth it at that price difference.


If you're more in for a physical copy, or if you want the largest cash incentive on the table, there's Dell Home's $25 bonus gift card offer. You are paying full price for the game, but 10 - 20 days after it's shipped Dell will email you a $25 eGift Card (more of a gift code actually). The bonus is worth about 42% the value of the game itself and effectively makes it a $35 purchase.


The gift card at Dell should have a small asterisk by it. It's technically a promotional gift card, so it carries a 90-day expiration to it after issued. That's kind of weak sauce, but if you use it within the allotted time, it'll work on anything sold at Dell including more upcoming Triple-A titles.


Note that being an EA Origin title, the "physical" copy being sold at Dell is actually just a box with the Origin game code inside without a DVD copy. So unless you're a frequent shopper at Dell or you don't mind waiting for the shipping time frame, we honestly don't see too many upsides in picking up this particular Mass Effect: Andromeda deal.

AMD's high-end X390/X399 mobo: dual Ryzen CPUs possible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 25, 2017 10:02 am

Intel owns the super high-end/enthusiast PC market with its flagship Core i7-6950X processor, but it looks like AMD could have its sights set on that market as well - with the first images of a purported X390 and X399 chipset. The new rumors are coming from Reddit, with someone posting some diagrams of the alleged X390/X399 chipsets.




Starting with the X390 motherboard, which is an ASUS made board - it features a much larger 'AM44' socket - which could be a typo, but maybe 4+4 = 8 and we're looking at the AM8 socket? On top of that, the purported ASUS-made X390 motherboard features their awesome Aura Sync technology, for RGB LED goodness - and 8 x DIMM sockets for a massive amount of RAM. We have 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes on the X390, compared to just 40 lanes on Intel's HEDT chipset in X99.




Moving onto the X399 chipset where things get really interesting, as the X399 chipset is destined for dual-CPUs - like the upcoming Naples CPU which is a workstation/server processor, with ECC support. AMD's purported X399 chipset would take 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes per CPU, for 88 PCIe 3.0 lanes in total. Madness.


From these rumors, it looks like the X390 chipset would take in the purported Ryzen CPU with 16C/32T that AMD will reportedly launch later this year to tackle Intel's flagship Core i7-6950X. The X399 on the other hand, if it were to reach the consumer market, could offer much cheaper dual-CPU systems to people compared to Intel's Xeon platform.

Dell unleashes its new 8K monitor, costs $5000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 25, 2017 8:18 am

Dell is the first to market with an 8K display, unleashing its new UltraSharp UP3218K: a new 31.5-inch LCD with a native 7680x4320 resolution, or 8K. The cost? A huge $5000.




Now remember that 8K isn't a cakewalk, and that DisplayPort 1.3 is limited to 4K60 - so you'll need to use 2 x DisplayPort connectors on Dell's new UP3218K to hit the native 8K resolution. Dell includes 100% of Adobe RGB coverage, 100% sRGB, and 98% of DCI-P3 wide color gamut on the UP3218K.




For gamers, Dell's new 8K monitor is out of this world - as you'd need two of NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards to even get close to 60FPS gaming at 8K. But still, that doesn't stop me from wanting, and soon getting one.

New Call of Duty set in WWII?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2017 2:27 am

Call of Duty 2017 is ramping up for its big reveal, and a bit of promo art suggests Sledgehammer's new game takes place in WWII, not Vietnam.




A batch of purported leaked Call of Duty 2017 artwork shows that Sledgehammer's next CoD game will be called "Call of Duty WWII" and be based in the World War II era. Call of Duty Reddit moderators are still verifying the veracity of these images, but the leaker has a good track record, having leaked the infamous CoD: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty 4 Remastered info.


Based on past reports, and the fact that Sledgehammer Games has a scrapped Vietnam-based Call of Duty game in its closet, we believed that the next Call of Duty would be based on the Vietnam War instead of WWII. Sledgehammer Games has teased that their new Call of Duty will "return to its boots on the ground roots" and make us go "absolutely nuts" when its revealed.

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Gionee launches A1 in India

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 11:23 pm

Gionee has launched a new smartphone in India - A1.




The A1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by MediaTek MT6755 chipset. The device has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.


The main camera has 13MP, while the selfie shooter rocks 16MP. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 4,010 mAh battery.

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