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AMD Radeon Fury X beats Titan X in leaked CompuBench OpenCL benchmark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:37 pm

With the leaked benchmarks from quite a while ago most likely out of date now, and with our world exclusive reveal on the Fury X branding from AMD, we're seeing some leaked OpenGL performance numbers from CompuBench.




The leak shows that the Fiji XT-based, HBM-powered Radeon Fury X beats NVIDIA's GM200-based, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX Titan X from NVIDIA by a decent amount. But then, the R9 280X seems to not be that far behind the Titan X.






The Fury X loses quite horribly to the Titan X in the 'face detection' test on CompuBench, while it beats the Titan X once again in the 'TV-L1 Optical Flow' test.


When it comes to potential gaming performance, the Fury X scores 102FPS on the Manhattan benchmark found in GFXBench, with the Titan X beating it easily with 137FPS. We're sure drivers will play a key part, as well as other benchmarks like 3DMark, Heaven and real-world gaming performance. We should see the Fury X and Radeon R9 390X unveiled next week at E3 2015.

CD Projekt Red has sold over 4 million copies of The Witcher 3 so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:17 pm

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hasn't even been out for a month yet, with CD Projekt Red releasing the open world RPG on May 19, but the studio has already sold a whopping 4 million copies.




CD Projekt Red took to their website to "thank the four million gamers worldwide" who purchased The Witcher 3, saying that the sales were achieved in "the first two weeks from launch". The studio continued: "Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we'll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you're telling us Wild Hunt already is!"


The company added: "Until then, keep on enjoying Wild Hunt, do not forget to grab your weekly set of free DLCs, and stay tuned for constant updates and enhancement to the game we are continuously working on".

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 2:31 pm



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Internet piracy helped pave the way for Netflix, other video services

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 1:40 pm

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his company is prepared to expand to Spain, and that Internet piracy - while a concern - helped create the opportunity for Netflix.




It may have taken longer than expected, but Netflix is expected to publicly launch in Spain before the end of 2015. The company will introduce a video catalog that mimics what happened in Germany and France, where it took time to evolve into the 'full fat' version that users in the United States can enjoy.


"Well, you can call it a problem, but the truth is that [piracy] has also created a public that is now used to viewing content on the Internet," Hastings reportedly said while speaking to El Mundo. "We offer a simpler and more immediate alternative to finding a torrent."

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OPM knew its computer system was at risk from hacker attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 11:20 am

The Office of Personnel Management knew that its computer security system could be exploited by outside act, but the issue still wasn't spotted in time. The OPM is expected to roll out two-step authentication to better protect its networks.




It was still too late - tens of thousands of files were already stolen before the inspector general's report last November. After a breach was detected last summer, cybercriminals were able to launch a broader attack that likely began in December. So far, more than 4 million people have been exposed by the breach, and it's likely that number will rise.


Cybercriminals tend to be very patient while browsing compromised networks, especially organized cyber hackers. It's possible the OPM hack was carried out by those responsible for breaching Anthem, as personal information is lucrative.

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ASUS announces fully-automated video card production process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 10:12 am

ASUS has just announced Auto-Extreme, its new production process for making video cards. Auto-Extreme is "the industry's first fully-automated production process" reports Tom's Hardware.



Normally, video cards are constructed by hand with the help of machines, but there is always the chance of human error. The new process from ASUS looks to eliminate human error, with full automation from PCB manufacturing, all the way through to manufacturing the MOSFETs. Some of the PCB components used to be made by hand, but now ASUS has fully automated the process, ushering in a new wave of video card production.


The automation process also allows for a higher precision, made possible because humans aren't touching the process. Installation of the components can also be completed without oxidation, and in environments that aren't healthy for humans. ASUS should be able to offer consumers a lower failure rate, bolstered by reduced production costs which should hopefully spin down to consumers, and longer lifetime on cards.

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Remedy won't show off Quantum Break at E3, but at Gamescom in August

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 8:00 am

Remedy Entertainment won't be showing off its Xbox One exclusive, Quantum Break, at E3 this year. Remedy's Chief Creative Officer, Sam Lake - the face of Max Payne - has said that they are saving the game for the next big game conference: Gamescom.



Lake revealed the news during a video, which teases Remedy's 20th anniversary, where they want to see one of their biggest fans joining them in Finland to celebrate the event. We are hoping to get to Gamescom this year, where we hope to get some hands-on time with Quantum Break.

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Apple announces iOS 9 at WWDC allowing an easy transition from Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 6:14 am

Apple has unveiled iOS 9 at its developer conference in San Francisco, but the Cupertino-based giant has also unveiled WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, and OS X El Capitan for Macs.




First up, iOS 9 is set to deliver some big improvements to features found in iOS like Siri and Spotlight, as well as the usual performance improvements, and revamping the experience of iOS for iPad users. Apple has completely revamped Spotlight Search, with some Google Now-like features. A new screen will show users relevant information based on external factors such as your location or the time of your day, just how Google Now works.




One of the areas that iOS users should be happy with improvements is Apple Maps, where maps of transit routes and public transportation maps now available on a city-by-city basis. This will expand as time goes on. Apple Maps in iOS 9 is lso capable of showing you information on nearby stores, where you can then search by category, as well as look at detailed information on businesses like their phone number, opening hours, and whether or not they support Apple Pay.

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Fallout 4 'will never work' on the Xbox 360 or PS3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 4:48 am

Bethesda unveiled Fallout 4 last week, with some beautiful graphics and a world that will beat the size of Skyrim considerably. But it's the news that it 'will never work' on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 that should have gamers happy.




Bethesda says that Fallout 4 "looks amazing" visually, and this is thanks to the studio coding the game for the current generation Xbox One and PS4 consoles, as well as PC. This obviously means they had to leave behind the previous generation Xbox 360 and PS3, but this is for a good reason - to allow the game to look as good as it does.

AMD rumored to have $389 MSRP on Radeon R9 390X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:15 am

With the new Radeon video cards launching in the next couple of weeks, most have been wondering what pricing AMD would stick to. Well, it looks like the MSRP on the Radeon R9 390X could be just $389.




There are two enthusiast cards in the Radeon R9 390X and Radeon R9 390, with the 'enhanced Hawaii XT' in the R9 390X with an MSRP of $389 and the 'enhanced Hawaii PRO' under the Radeon R9 390 with a price of $329. This should compete directly with the GeForce GTX 980 from NVIDIA which dropped to $499 thanks to the release of the GTX 980 Ti at $649. These two cards will better compete with the GTX 900 series, while the Fury range of cards will compete with the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X.


Will you be buying the Radeon R9 390X, or will you be waiting for the higher-end, HBM-based Fury cards?

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