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GeForce GTX 1060 will have 4-8GB RAM, will offer affordable VR gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 21, 2016 12:30 pm

We've just reported on the exciting promise of the GeForce GTX 1080M, offering Titan X level performance in a notebook, but what about the mid-range market? That's what the GTX 1060 will be for, as well as doubling as a price/performance VR monster.




Well, the GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to be unveiled in the near future, with the GP106-based card set to feature a 256-bit memory bus. The 256-bit memory bus will find itself with either 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, which will handle most games thrown at it, including VR headsets. We could also expect NVIDIA to fill the bigger gap between the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 with the GTX 1060 Ti, which would allow the company to possibly offer the GTX 1060 with 4GB of RAM, while the GTX 1060 Ti could have its framebuffer bumped to 8GB.


We should expect around 1280 CUDA cores on the GTX 1060, knocked down from the 1920 CUDA cores on the GTX 1070 and 2560 CUDA cores on the GTX 1080. The GTX 1060 will fight off the slew of mid-range Polaris cards that AMD is preparing for launch, so expect a huge battle in the mid-range graphics market from both NVIDIA and AMD in the coming months.

NVIDIA rumored to launch GeForce GTX 1080M for notebooks at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 21, 2016 11:32 am

NVIDIA has been ramping up towards a big Computex 2016, but the news just got much more exciting, with rumors that the company will unleash its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080M graphics solution at the show. We already know that the GeForce GTX 1080 is the new king, but it looks like the GTX 1080M will be the new mobile king.




The GeForce GTX 1080M will reportedly be faster than the GTX Titan X, which sells for $999 and is a desktop video card, not a notebook solution. The new GTX 1080M has been spotted on the ASUS website, with the company teasing benchmarks for a gaming notebook that beats everything else on the market.


NVIDIA had a fantastic mobile solution with the desktop GTX 980 being unleashed into notebooks last year, but this new GTX 1080M is demolishing everything else in its path. It's faster than AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 295X2, and NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Titan X - oh, and I have mentioned already, it's a notebook part - not a desktop part, which makes it even more incredible. The GTX 1080M pushes a huge 20,811 in 3DMark 11, while the Titan X and R9 295X2 trail behind.


We should expect the full GTX 1080 to find its way into the GTX 1080M part, with 2560 CUDA cores, and GDDR5X memory. Thanks to the GTX 1080 not requiring much power at all, it makes sense that the mobile GTX 1080M part would be just as power efficient, maintaining its huge horsepower. NVIDIA has quite a lot going on during Computex 2016 this year, and you can be sure we'll be all over it when it takes place in just over a week from now!

Lost Nick Valentine in Fallout 4? Here's how to find him

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2016 10:08 am

Fallout 4's new Far Harbor DLC pretty much requires the use of Nick Valentine, the game's synth companion. But what happens if you can't find Nick? Before you start scouring the Wasteland looking for the gumshoe schweetheart, try these easy steps. NOTE: these steps are for PC players, as console players will still have to manually look around.




I was one of the many players who lost Nick Valentine. I did all the steps I'm about to show you, but they didn't work. Then I tried something different, and lo and behold, the synth was back in my digital life. It turns out at some point I had accidentally deleted Nick using the console commands, putting me in a pretty hairy situation. Thankfully it's an easy fix!


The first thing you want to do is pop up the console by pressing tilde (~) and then enter the following commands:


  1. prid 00002f25
  2. moveto player
  3. Enjoy!

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Homefront: The Revolution performance will be patched, says developer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2016 9:25 pm

Homefront: The Revolution launched this week to reports of performance issues on all platforms (although PC is said to suffer the least). Developer Dambuster Studios has acknowledged as such on its forums and noted patches to address the situation are forthcoming.




"Performance - particularly frame rate - is not currently where we want it to be, and we are working on additional patches to help address these issues and more," they write. "Patch notes per platform will be available on the community forums and on Steam when they go live."


Easing the sting some is the release of some free DLC today (new outfits and boosters), with some Resistance Mode mission DLC coming down the pipe next month, and even more over the next year or so.

Vulkan support on its way to DOTA 2

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2016 7:43 pm

Support for the much-celebrated Vulkan API is on its way to DOTA 2, according to AMD software developer Fletcher Dunn. You shouldn't have to wait long either: he says it will arrive "probably sometime next week." Hopefully, Dunn doesn't mean next week in Valve Time.




Don't know about Vulkan? It's a low-level programming API that effectively replaces OpenGL and Mantle, and allows programmers to squeeze quite a lot of extra performance out of their games, resulting in smoother gameplay for you. So there's that to look forward to. Unlike Mantle and DirectX 12, Vulkan is cross-platform, so it can be used industry-wide.


We should have an article up when the update goes live, so keep an eye out.

Crytek: DirectX 12 has made developers more experimental, creative

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2016 5:27 pm

Until the recent rise of low-level programming APIs Mantle, DirectX 12, and Vulkan, visual and performance advancements and innovations in the gaming space were slow and scarce. Now, says Crytek technical director Rok Erjavec, it's a whole new ballgame again.




"I have no doubt we will see a lot more novel approaches and deviations from established rendering pipelines [as a result of DirectX 12], something that has already been happening to an extent," he explains in an interview with DSOGaming.


"There's a wealth of academic research that was ill-suited to practical application through a combination of hardware and software abstraction limitations. With the latter getting out of the way, and hardware flexibility continually improving - more than things just getting iteratively "prettier" - we're looking at a rise in experimentation again. In a way, the industry has circled back to a place similar to where we were in the early-mid 90s, when software rasterization didn't really impose any restraints on creativity beyond the 17ms barrier."

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Fix any gadget you wish with iFixit's driver kit

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 20, 2016 3:30 pm



Breaking your favorite gadgets is always tragic, and taking them in for expensive repairs is even worse. The iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit allows you to take small repairs into your own hands and save money in the process. With 64 purpose-driven screwdriver bits and an ergonomic aluminum handle, this kit has what it takes to make small repairs on your consoles, phones, and other devices. Featuring a 150mm flexible extension, the tool lets you navigate in the tightest spaces, and its SIM card ejection tool lets you safely extract SIM cards.


The full kit includes:

  • 64 Bit Driver
  • 150mm Flexible Extension
  • 4mm Screwdriver Bits
  • Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty


A small investment can go a long way with the iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit as you'll be saving money each time you fix your favorite gadgets, and with a lifetime warranty, you can rest easy knowing the kit will last. Usually $50, the iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit is available to TweakTown readers for $34.95.

Google Play store on its way to Chromebooks

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 20, 2016 3:17 pm

Chromebooks are about to become an even better deal: Google is bringing the Play store to its popular netbook brand, allowing you to use Android apps, play games like Hearthstone, and do lots more with the hardware.




The store will be built on top of Chrome OS, so you'll need to pick up an ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R 11, or the newest Chromebook Pixel to take advantage at first (pending the imminent M53 update on the developer channel), but eventually users of other models will be able to get in on it too.


Google says it's also currently working with partners on devices specifically designed to exploit Play, so we'll keep an eye out as more comes in over the next few months.

Xbox One is capable of running Windows 95 through a virtual DOS app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 20, 2016 1:27 pm

The Xbox One isn't useful for much, as it's only capable of playing games at resolutions we used to play at back in the 90s, but hey - you can install Windows 95 to your Xbox One now.



YouTuber 'vcfan' had 'Dosbox', a virtual DOS machine app running on his Xbox, where you can run Windows 95 and other software. Not everyone can do this, as you'll need an Xbox One developer unit, but Microsoft is allowing the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) later this year, where more fun might begin.


Wake me up when I can install Windows 10 on an Xbox One, and I be excited - would you want to install a desktop OS with a working mouse and keyboard as a media machine, or something similar?

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Google Chromebooks outshipped Apple Macs in the US in the last quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 20, 2016 11:20 am

Most people would think that Apple has a decent handle on Mac sales in the US, but this quarter the company was beaten by Chromebook sales.




Market research firm IDC has said that Apple sold 1.76 million Macs in the US in the last quarter, and while it was up from the 1.56 million units in the same quarter as 2015, it didn't beat out Chromebook shipments. IDC only breaks down PC shipments by manufacturer, so it's hard to know how many more Chromebooks were sold, we just know it was 'more'.


Chromebooks have been especially popular for education purposes and those on lighter budgets, as Apple Macs can range from thin-and-light notebooks, all the way through to workstation-class desktops. Chromebooks are mostly low-cost laptops from various companies, with Apple's closest competitor being the iPad. This quarter, Apple sold 10.3 million iPads in the US, not bad at all.

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