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AMD to 'regain GPU share in 2016' from NVIDIA with its Polaris cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 5:52 am

The last time we reported on the GPU market share, NVIDIA dominated with 82% of the dGPU market in November 2015.




During AMD's Q4 2015 earnings call, company CEO Lisa Su said: "We have clear opportunities to regain GPU share in 2016 based on the performance per watt of our new GPUs and software leadership". AMD has teased just a few hours ago that their Polaris 10 will be for the gaming PC and high-end notebook market, while the Polaris 11 will find its way into standard notebooks.


Now, for AMD to regain GPU market share, it would have to hit NVIDIA where it hurts: the mainstream video card market. This is the GeForce GTX 950/GTX 960 and GTX 970 markets - where AMD didn't do too much with the Radeon 300 series last year. The Radeon 300 series were mostly rebrands, but the new Polaris 10-based Radeon 400 series should be something completely different.

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iPhone 8 reportedly using a 7nm processor, includes wireless charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 4:32 am

While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are the current flagship smartphones from Apple, we're months away from the purported iPhone 7 - and years away from the iPhone 8. That however, doesn't stop the rumor mill from spinning out rumors on the iPhone 8.




The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a system-on-chip on the 7nm process, which should deliver a huge jump in performance, and hopefully, battery life. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature wireless charging, and the lack of the TouchID-based home button.


Barclay's analyst Mark Moskowitz has said that there might not be an 'S' cycle next year, with Apple skipping the 'S' series smartphone and jumping directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. Moskowitz said: "Silver lining - there might be no "S" cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the "S" cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously".

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Horizon: Zero Dawn reportedly delayed into 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 4:03 am

Upcoming PS4-exclusive RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn may be delayed into 2017 if an industry insider can be believed.



It's practically a tradition in the games industry today for high-profile titles to get delayed, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Guerrilla Games' post-apocalyptic RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn may not release in 2016. According to renowned industry insider Shinobi602 will be delayed into 2017, with a release on Sony's new PlayStation Neo console (PS4K/PS4.5).


"Well...Horizon: Zero Dawn's getting delayed to early 2017 from what I'm told. Going to look splendid on PS4k though," reads Shinobi602's Tweet.

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AMD positions Polaris 10 for desktop, Polaris 11 for notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 2:50 am

We now have a better idea of what AMD's next-gen Polaris architecture will be when it arrives on video cards next month, thanks to AMD's recent press release.




There's on specific paragraph that's worth discussing, where AMD said: "AMD demonstrated its "Polaris" 10 and 11 next-generation GPUs, with Polaris 11 targeting the notebook market and "Polaris" 10 aimed at the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment. "Polaris" architecture-based GPUs are expected to deliver a 2x performance per watt improvement over current generation products and are designed for intensive workloads including 4K video playback and virtual reality (VR)".


But as VideoCardz notes, we need to focus on the word 'mainstream'. AMD has stamped the word 'mainstream' onto everything between casual and enthusiast segments, where back in 2014, mainstream was associated with the Radeon R7 260.

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Our first look at the GP104 GPU, the GPU powering the GeForce GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 12:34 am

Every single day seems to bring something new to the table when it comes to next-gen GPUs, with today being no exception - in the last 14 hours or so, we've gotten our first look at the GP104.




NVIDIA's GP104 GPU is the Pascal-based consumer GeForce GPU, which will power the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 video cards. The GP104 is made on the 16nm FinFET process, but it looks like the GP104 will power two very different video cards.




The GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to arrive with 8GB of GDDR5X, while its sibling in the GTX 1070 will reportedly sport 8GB of GDDR5 - both with 256-bit memory buses. The GTX 1080 with its 8GB of GDDR5X will have it clocked at 2GHz (8GHz effective), an increase from the 7GHz effective speeds on the current GDDR5-based offerings.

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DOOM's for PC was neglected in the beta, but won't be when released

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:05 pm

The PC version of DOOM wasn't exactly the shining example of graphics tech that it should have been, and that we expect from id Software. They're usually the paragon of PC gaming, advancing graphics tech above and beyond the norm. Recently it seems they've fallen to the wayside and been surpassed by the likes of Crytek and others. id Software hasn't forgotten us PC gamers it seems, they just didn't design the beta to be a showcase of the final graphical specs.




A new blog post by id Software tells us to not fret, because they're just as much PC gamers as they once were, and as we are. "PC gaming is in our DNA here at id. Just like so many of you, we also love to tinker with settings to get the exact experience we want - and every ounce of performance our systems can handle." Robert Duffy, the chief technology officer, said in the post. That being said, the final build will be full of the options that we tend to want and enjoy. And the framerate will be uncapped. They detailed the advanced settings that we'll get to play with, and it's quite extensive.


We're told to expect much more information about the underpinnings of idTech 6. This stuff is really fascinating, and it'll be great to see how the rendering pipeline works and see how, or why, the streaming texture issue happened and how they plan on fixing it for the PC. And to reiterate for everyone (myself included): the framerate won't be locked on PC at launch.

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Tekken 7 will have a tournament with a $30,000 prize pool

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 10:02 pm

Tekken 7 might not quite be released just yet, but Bandai Namco has already announced that they'll be hosting a competitive season when Tekken 7: Fated Retribution does make its way to consoles near us. And if you're brave enough to enter, they're offering up a $30,000 prize pool.




The tournament is entitled King of the Iron Fist and is an event that'll be physically held across North America. They plan on stopping at 16 different cities to set up physical arenas to play in. It'll be absolutely free for anyone who wants to enter and is being conducted in partnership with the Wizard World Con.


The winner at each of those 16 stops will more on to the next round, against each of those 16 winners. Those 16 will then compete to be the overall winner and take home part of that $30,000 prize pool, which will eventually be divvied up amongst those 16.


Bandai Namco is hosting the tournament to help increase awareness of the game outside of Japan. They hope that word of mouth will help get more people excited, especially if they have a free event that literally anyone can come watch, even if they aren't interested in playing. Everyone, of all skill levels, is encouraged to come out and enjoy themselves. More specific details of the tournament are coming soon, There is still no word about a release date for Tekken 7 outside of Japan, though this tournament could easily coincide with the NA release.

AMD is vastly expanding their included, quiet CPU coolers

By: Jeff Williams | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 9:08 pm

AMD's Wraith Cooler has been an unbridled success for them, and a way to show that the stock cooling system that comes with a boxed CPU doesn't have to be an afterthought. The Wraith cooler, however, was only available for certain processors despite it being a very good cooler. They've listened to the feedback from reviewers and gamers alike and have thoroughly expanded their in-house stock coolers to encompass more of their processor line.




The Wraith cooler itself is now included with the FX 8350 and the FX 6350 processors. Those aren't exactly the hottest processors at stock, though they do overclock well if they have the right solution connected to them. The Wraith cooler, though not the ultimate device, can still allow for raising the multiplier and the voltage by a bit for a modest overclock without melting your system or the CPU. Actually, it's pretty silent and does a great job of controlling thermals at stock and slightly beyond.


They've also developed other cooling solutions to include with their lower-end CPU and APU's as well. Those solutions aren't quite as spiffy as the Wraith, though they're far more efficient than what was included before. More fins and a better-designed fan mean lower temperatures at far more acceptable sound levels.

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New Office 2016 preview build lets you import AutoCAD files, and more

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 8:08 pm

Microsoft Office is already, arguably, the global standard for office suites, but that clearly isn't enough and even more functionality into its core. The latest insider preview build is letting you access AutoCAD files inside Visio and adding much better collaboration tools into the mix.




Build 16.0.6868.2048 for Office 2016 has been seeded to those in the preview program and seems to let you share and work on files while also chatting with them at the same time. You can make comments, talk about those comments, make changes, chat about those changes, highlight poor logic, chat about that poor logic, and review the entire project with someone from within Office itself. While chatting. The collaborative features are actually quite fascinating and make it easier to address changes that need to be made in real-time, from different parts of the world. Despite the sarcastic comments, it's actually quite nifty and very useful.


AutoCAD files can be imported into Visio and you can now add various elements to those files should you need to if you don't happen to have AutoCAD, giving you the opportunity to collaborate on those types of projects as well. These improvements, though slight, are only for the insider preview program and could be further refined, or even thrown out completely. The feedback they receive from the preview members should help, however. This is also only for Windows at the moment, Mac need not apply.

iBooks, iTunes movies blocked from sale in China

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 7:00 pm

iBooks and iTunes movies became available in China seven months ago; now both are blocked from sale on orders from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television. Apple Music and Apple Pay are said to still work.




The electronics giant hopes its services will return "as soon as possible." No doubt there given China is Apple's second biggest market. It declined to offer details on the blockade, but it's known that Chinese regulators are motivated in such decisions by a desire to control media and its population in the name of the Communist Party as well as to favor Apple's Chinese competitors.