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Assetto Corsa and Mad Max running at 8K 60FPS look GREAT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 1:34 am

I've always found 4K gaming to be so 'meh' on the PC, unless you can hit 60FPS which isn't so easy - even on a super-fast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. But, visual fidelity wise it's great - and 8K is even better thanks to its mammoth native resolution of 7680x4320.




YouTuber 'Thirty IR' have shown off videos running a few games at 8K 60FPS, including Assetto Corsa, Mad Max, Get Even, and The Witcher 3. You're going to need a pretty baller internet connection to load them up, as they struggled even on my 100Mbps fiber connection. Check them out below.


Thirty IR also has some 8K screenshots on his website, if you want some delicious 7680x4320 goodness.

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Enter our 'Smurf'-tastic Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 12:18 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 2017 animated hit 'The Smurfs: The Lost Village' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




They were never alone. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


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

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The 'Jumanji' reboot trailer is let loose

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 3, 2017 12:03 am

The reboot of the 1995 family classic 'Jumanji' which starred Robin Williams and a shed-load of early CGI animals has been released to the web, but not everyone's happy with the updated elements found within.



Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' finds four high school kids sucked into an old video game console (not a board game) and forced to survive the jungle environment that Alan Parrish survived all those years ago. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, son of 'Star Wars' co-writer and producer Lawrence Kasdan.


'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' hits cinemas worldwide in December.

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Leaked poster confirms the Galaxy Note7 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 9:26 pm

The launch date of the refurbished Galaxy Note7 has been rumored for a while now, with the latest rumors claiming that the phone will make its return on July 7th.




Now, a Korean carrier LG Uplus (part of LG Corporation) has posted an image on its Facebook confirming July 7th as the launch date. The photo was taken down, but in the meantime, someone managed to snag a screenshot, and now we have confirmation.


The image shows the Galaxy Note7 under its new name - Galaxy Note Fan Edition, and the date of the launch.

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Chinese heavy-lift carrier rocket fails in flight

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 8:32 pm

China's launch of the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5 Y2, carrying its heaviest ever satellite, has failed on Sunday, China's official news agency Xinhua said.




The rocket lifted off at 7:23 PM local time, but 40 minutes after the launch, the state-run Xinhua news agency announced that the launch was a failure, without providing any further details.


"Anomaly was detected during its flight, and further investigation will be carried out," stated the agency.

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AMD confirms Radeon RX Vega will launch at SIGGRAPH 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 12:33 am

AMD has finally confirmed it will be indeed launching Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH 2017, which takes place in LA between July 30 and August 3. I will be on the ground at SIGGRAPH, covering the event itself, and everything AMD will be announcing - including Radeon RX Vega - at the show.




The official Radeon Twitter account tweeted: "We can't wait to announce our new Vega products, including RX at this year's #SIGGRAPH - make sure to follow us for more details". Boom. Radeon RX Vega confirmed for an early August reveal, but I'm confident we'll hear much more from AMD between then and now, and I'm sure some NDAs will be thrown onto the table, too.


AMD launched its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition recently, with some so-so gaming performance that rivals a GeForce GTX 1070, but even some of the largest people in the tech industry - including influential tech YouTubers, are comparing its gaming performance against gaming-focused cards. It's not a gaming-orientated card, but a professional card that can game if the owner wants to, instead of switching between graphics cards for professional, and then personal/gaming use.


Radeon RX Vega will be tuned for gaming, so expect improved gaming performance over the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. We'll know more about it soon, and I'm sure with the amount of content you see me writing every day - you can count on the latest on Radeon RX Vega as it happens here at TweakTown.

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AMD took 10.4% CPU market share from Intel in Q2 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 2, 2017 12:21 am

Intel must be shaking in its boots over the various threats from AMD, and now there's news that AMD has scooped back a huge 10.4% of the CPU market share from Intel... all in Q2 2017.




PassMark's quarterly market share report has interesting results, from thousands of submissions that flow through their database each quarter. Remember: PassMark's market share data comes from benchmark submissions, and not total systems sold - it also doesn't include any operating systems other than Windows.


AMD now owns 31% of the CPU market, which is a huge freakin' deal compared to the 20% they had just three months ago. This is the largest CPU share dominance AMD has enjoyed over the last 10 years, and a 10% gain in the CPU market in a single quarter is a massive achievement.


Before Linus and all the cool kids started ragging on Intel, I said in February that Intel was scared of Ryzen - before AMD had even launched their new CPU. It appears that now, months after AMD has launched Ryzen and are on the edge of launching Ryzen ThreadRipper, that everyone is coming to their senses and realizing that a perfect storm is brewing over at AMD.

Ubisoft takeover may cost Vivendi $6 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2017 11:23 pm

Vivendi's impending takeover of French games-maker Ubisoft may end up costing the company big.




After forcibly acquiring Gameloft in 2016, Vivendi has eyed another Guillemot family business: the massively popular games developer and publisher Ubisoft. Vivendi actually laid the seeds to the Ubisoft takeover in 2015, where it began buying shares and increasing its stake in the company for two years. Vivendi currently owns 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights. The Guillemot family has repelled the takeover in the only real way it can: by increasing its stake thereby raising the amount Vivendi will have to pay to acquire the company. Following a recent boost, the Guillemot family now holds 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 20.02% of the company's voting rights.


According to analysts, Ubisoft won't come cheap. Reuters reports that Vivendi may have to pay a 30% premium on Ubisoft shares in a bid to attract investors to provide capital to make the acquisition. Experts believe that Vivendi will make the takeover move sometime this year, however Vivendi says that it has other prospective targets in mind. "It's not Ubisoft or nothing," Gameloft CEO and ex Vivendi COO Stephane Roussel says.

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Vivendi on Ubisoft takeover: it's not Ubisoft or nothing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2017 7:56 pm

French media titan Vivendi has its sights set on Ubisoft, one of the games industry's most powerful players, but executives affirm Ubisoft isn't the only target.




Instead of satiating the titan's hunger, Vivendi's recent acquisition of Gameloft has only whet the company's appetite for video game earnings. Vivendi acquired Gameloft from the Guillemot family in 2016, buying the founders out of majority ownership in a takeover. Now Vivendi may repeat this strategy to pull ownership of Ubisoft away from the Guillemots. Although Gameloft earned 257 million euros in sales and 10 million euros in operating profit in 2016, Vivendi isn't satisfied. The media conglomerate seeks a lucrative anchor in the gaming sector, and if it inherits Ubisoft via a hostile takeover, it will inherit a digital games empire of profitable and sustainable long-term revenues.


However, Vivendi could pass on Ubisoft altogether. Gameloft CEO and ex Vivendi COO Stéphane Roussel told French press site Le Figaro that the company is weighing other acquisition targets, and although Ubisoft is the "most natural solution," it's "not Ubisoft or nothing." If Vivendi pursues another acquisition that costs more than 1 billion euros, Roussel says, then the company will cease any takeover of Ubisoft.

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PC deals on Fall FPS released COD WWII & Battlefront II

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 1, 2017 6:30 pm

The E3 hype may have dissipated a bit since mid-June, but if you're a PC gamer still amped for some of the Fall 2017 releases in the first person shooter genre, there's a rare discount code at GMG slashing up to $14 off their MSRPs. At GMG get instant savings up to 10% plus a stacking 15% off voucher code this weekend make for some impressive pre-order prices for digital keys. The code only works on a few FPS titles like Call of Duty: WWII, but with discounts up to 24% off it's about as good as one can expect before their release date.




Most titles the code works on at GMG have 10% instant savings. To get that 10% discount you'll need to have an account at GMG (they call it a VIP price). Either login or create a new one from scratch and you're good to go. Then apply code FPS15E3 at checkout to get a grand total of 24% off. In the case of Wolfenstein II and Star Wars Battlefront II you'll save $14.10 off their $59.99 list prices.



Unfortunately Call of Duty: WWII does not have a stacking instant savings discount. In fact any discount on a digital copy of Call of Duty title prior to release is rare, but the 15% off voucher code does still slash $9 off the Standard Edition and $15 off the Deluxe.


The 15% discount code is only around for a limited time. It expires on July 6 at noon Eastern. Less than a week to pick up the savings on Fall releases.