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HP teases a high-end PC backpack for VR, still a work in progress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 28, 2016 7:30 am

When a company thinks outside of the square, you don't think of an entire gaming PC in a backpack. Well, that's what HP has just unveiled; a gaming PC in a backpack, ready for VR.

 

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HP's unnamed backpack PC can be configured with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and a video card. HP promises that the weight will be under 10 pounds, with two fans that will push the heat out of the PC, and a waist belt that has two batteries that power both the CPU, and the GPU separately.

 

This backpack makes sense, as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both have cables tethered to the PC - but when you've got the HP backpack on, that is no longer an issue. HP will be included a wireless display, mouse and keyboard as part of the package, and will iterate on the design of the VR backpack the more that people try it out. Right now, there's no ETA on when HP will release its VR backpack.

Corsair's custom-built Dominator Platinum RAM for ASUS ROG announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2016 6:26 am

Computex 2016 - Corsair has just announced a custom-built kit of RAM, with their new Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit (CMD16GX4M4B3200C16-ROG) featuring 4 x DDR4 modules for quad-channel goodness, at up to 3200MHz with 16-18-18-36 timings, at 1.35V.

 

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The new modules are built for Intel's new Skylake-S processors, for the Intel Z170 chipset, and more specifically, ASUS ROG-based motherboards. When installed into a Z170-based ASUS ROG motherboard, the Corsair Dominator Platinum ROG Edition RAM kicks up its frequency to 3333MHz.

 

Corsair has used aluminum heatspreaders and customizable LED lighting on the new DDR4 kit, with a slick black/red style to match the look of ASUS ROG motherboards. Corsair is setting the price at $224.99 without taxes in the US, which is much more expensive than competing kits from other manufacturers, and even alternative Corsair kits.

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EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 features ACX 3.0 cooling, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 5:53 am

EVGA has chimed in with its new GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, announcing four new cards powered by NVIDIA's GP104 GPU.

 

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The new cards feature EVGA's ACX 3.0 cooling tech, with SHP 3.0 providing better heat pipes and copper contact area for improved cooling performance, as well as optimized fan curves for quieter gaming. ACX 3.0 coolers feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and extreme low power motor, which pushes more air flow, with less power.

 

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Select EVGA ACX 3.0 models will feature 10cm fans and RGB LEDs, which provides gamers with total control over the look of their card. The new EVGA cards also include PrecisionX OC software, that "unlocks the power of Pascal", says EVGA.

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Colorful's new iGame GeForce GTX 1080 has stock GPU clock of 1.84GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 5:40 am

We have yet to have received a Colorful sample here in our GPU labs from Colorful, but we've been in deep discussions with them for weeks now, and hopefully we can get our hands-on their exciting new GeForce GTX 1080 iGame card, which looks delicious.

 

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Colorful's new GeForce GTX 1080 iGame card features a factory overclock on the GP104 GPU, which is at 1847MHz. Colorful has used their iGame-Modular Structure Design (i-MSD) on their GTX 1080, with their cooling technology being separated from the cooler into "functional modules and appearance modules which has the PCB, cooling fins and rear plate integrated centering on the PCB. The rear-plate also reinforces the PCB which gives the card extra durability and negates deformation from stress and long usage".

 

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There's also customizable RGB lighting that can be tweaked through Colorful's iGame-Zone software, with the fans on the card composed by a three-piece grooved design, with interesting zigzag diversion lines on the edge for improved airflow and cooling efficiency with up to 30% increased air volume

NBC announces it will air Rio Olympics in 4K, HDR and even Dolby Atmos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 28, 2016 5:30 am

NBC has announced that it will be airing the Olympic Games in 4K and HDR, but that it will be delaying the stream by 24 hours.

 

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Engadget reports: "4K UHD footage Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men's soccer final, and judo is coming home on tape delay". NBC is downconverting 8K, which is what the Olympic Broadcasting Services and Japan's NHK are playing with, down to 4K, and then pushing out HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound audio technology.

 

NBC Sports President Gary Zenkel explains: "The Olympics have been a consistent driver of technological advancements, and Rio will be no different".

360 million MySpace passwords can be purchased for just $2,800

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 28, 2016 4:34 am

We all remember the days of MySpace, and if you don't... well, you're probably too young. The social network has been hacked, with over 360 million passwords taken.

 

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The 360 million passwords are being sold, of course, with the hacker being the same one who was selling the data of the 160 million users that were hacked on LinkedIn recently. The data was taken by a hacker called Peace, as well as LeakedSource, a search engine of hacked data.

 

The credentials haven't been shared just yet, but to verify the data, Motherboard gave the email addresses of five MySpace users and LeakedSource "was able to send back" passwords on all five accounts. The database has 427,484,128 passwords, but only 360 million emails that had a second password attached. Each of the 360 million records contain "an email address, a username, one password and in some cases a second password".

 

The hacker has thrown the data up for six Bitcoins, or around $2,800 on the dark web market, The Real Deal.

No Man's Sky officially delayed until August, for VR support?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2016 3:25 am

After the rumors swirling around Hello Games delaying No Man's Sky, the confirmation is here: No Man's Sky has been officially delayed. Boo.

 

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No Man's Sky was due in June, but has been pushed back to August. Hello Games founder Sean Murray announced the news of the delay on the PlayStation blog, but now we have to wonder why it was delayed. Jason Evangelho has recently joined us here at TweakTown, and he says it could be delayed to allow for VR support. It makes perfect sense, especially as it would launch very close to the release of PlayStation VR.

 

In the post, Murray said: "I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special. We understand that this news is disappointing. Making this game is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but we are so close now, and we're prepared to make the tough choices to get it right. The universe of No Man's Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn't been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation".

 

No Man's Sky will now be released on August 9.

GIGABYTE announces its GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING video card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 3:19 am

GIGABYTE has announced its new GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING card, featuring a slick look, and a great black/orange style. There's nothing over the top here, and that's great.

 

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The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING comes factory overclocked, but we don't have the official specifications just yet. The card is powered by a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, so I wouldn't expect it to beat the cards from ZOTAC, MSI and ASUS - but we could be surprised with its thermal performance.

MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 feature new Twin Frozr VI cooling technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 3:11 am

We're so sorry for our total flood on the GeForce GTX 1080 cards, but how exciting is it! MSI has joined in on the fun, announcing a few different cards to drool over.

 

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MSI has the new GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G, which has the new Twin Frozr VI cooler, designed to allow for higher GPU and memory clock speeds for improved performance. MSI has used their usual, and slick-looking red/black theme with a dragon RBG LED on the side that can be tweaked to nearly unlimited colors thanks to its 16.8 million colors.

 

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The GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G has a new custom 10-phase PCB design, with an 8+6-pin power connector that allows for higher overclocking performance.

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Palit unveils their new GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock video card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2016 2:48 am

The landslide of GeForce GTX 1080 announcements continue, with ZOTAC showing off their new cards, Inno3D and now Palit. Palit has unveiled their new GTX 1080 GameRock card, telling us that they want to 'rock'n'roll your game'.

 

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What does Palit bring to the GeForce GTX 1080 table? We have 0dB tech fan, a honeycomb bracket, optimized air flow, TurboFan Blade and two 10cm fans. We have 8+2-phase PWM, dual BIOS, and RGB lighting on the Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock card.

 

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Not only that, but the company has unveiled their GeForce GTX 1080 Super JetStream, which excites me as the GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream was one of the most impressive cards from the GTX 900 series last year.

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