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MSI's new GTX 1070 Quick Silver rocks silver styling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 2, 2016 3:17 am

MSI has countless GTX 10 series graphics cards, and aren't stopping with the announcement of their new GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G graphics card, rocking a new 'ice-cold' silver look. It looks great, with a tweaked Twin Frozr VI cooler, and overclocked GPU.




MSI has two models of its new Quick Silver graphics cards, with the GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC and the GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G graphics card. The overclocked model has higher GPU and RAM clocks, which we'll break down now.




The overclocked GTX 1070 Quick Silver 8G OC cranks up to 1607/1797MHz (base/boost, respectively) under its OC profile, while the Gaming profile sits at 1582/1771MHz for base/boost, respectively. MSI overclocks the 8GB of GDDR5 up to 8108MHz on the Gaming/OC profiles, up from 8008MHz on the Silent profile.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW catches fire on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 2, 2016 1:29 am

EVGA has been in the headlines for a few days over issues surrounding its GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards catching fire over voltage regulation modules inside of EVGA's dual fans on the cards that supposedly overheat.



There have been multiple posts on EVGA's own forums, Reddit, and more - and now we have a video of an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW catching fire. But note: the card had no PCIe power connectors plugged in, so it could've been excessive power consumption through the motherboard, or it could be the card itself - it is hard to know right now.


Michael Duncan took the video, saying that his GTX 1080 FTW graphics card had been working for around a month without any issues before the card caught fire. He came home one day to find that his PC wouldn't boot up when it pressed the power button.

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Intel's X299 platform to support Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 11:41 pm

Intel's next-gen LGA 2066 socket has been detailed, with a tease of the upcoming Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors, which will arrive in the second half of 2017.




Both of the new CPUs will support quad-channel DDR4, and while the Kaby Lake-X processors will take care of the mid/high-end markets, the Skylake-X is going to be a new beast. Intel's Skylake-X processor will be a huge 10-core/20-thread processor with undefined clock speeds for now, and 13.75MB of L3 cache.


Not only that, but Skylake-X is expected to support 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes for multi-GPU/enthusiast systems with add-on cards for RAID, 10GbE, etc. The Kaby Lake-X PCH itself has 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 10 x USB 3.0, and 8 x USB 2.0 - but the price of the Skylake-X is expected to reach around $1500, or more.


Both the new Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors will be made on Intel's fresh 14nm process, with the Kaby Lake-X chips hitting a TDP of 112W, while Skylake-X ramps up to 140W.

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The first Google Tango phone is here - Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 9:32 pm

The first phone with Google's Tango platform is now available, making the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro the first phone with AR capabilities.




The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was announced back in June, and now it's finally available for $500.


The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable with microSD card up to 256GB. It has a bit bigger screen than a standard smartphones - 6.4-inch with 1440x2560 resolution. The phone features a 16MP main camera and an 8MP selfie camera.


The Phab 2 Pro comes with a 4050 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor and you can choose between two colors - grey and gold.

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100 Tesla Gigafactories could change the world

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 8:33 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio's National Geographic documentary Before The Flood premiered two days ago and in case you missed it, you can watch it for free on YouTube.




The entire documentary talks about the fossil fuel industry and the effect it has on our planet, explains the devastating consequences, and tries to find a solution for inevitable climate change, who's effects we are already witnessing.


Elon Musk appears in the documentary (he also appeared in Racing Extinction, which you should watch if you haven't already) and leads DiCaprio trough Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada.


Musk explains that the Gigafactory isn't built just to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, but he hopes is will serve as a template for how others could contribute to converting the world to clean energy.

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Tag Heuer introduces $9,900 rose gold smartwatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 7:25 pm

A year ago, Tag Heuer introduced its first smartwatch - Tag Heuer Connected. The watch was pretty similar to other Android smartwatches on the market, but the price was set at $1500, which shouldn't be surprising considering it is Tag Heuer.




If you think that's expensive, you are right, but Tag Heuer can do better. And by better, I mean more expensive.


They recently launched a rose gold version of the smartwatch, and it looks like the color is the only difference compared to last year's model. However, the rose gold touch on your smartwatch comes with an insane price of almost $10,000, $9,900 to be precise.


The watch isn't available on their website, and it seems that once it comes to the market, which should be this fall, you will have to find a Tag Heuer retailer to buy it.

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Galaxy S7 edge gets a makeover - new Coral Blue color

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 6:19 pm

When things go south, focus on something else. That's how Samsung has decided to handle to Note7 fiasco which ended with their decision to permanently end the production of the Galaxy Note7 devices.




However, Samsung has an ace up their sleeve. They boosted Galaxy S7 edge marketing, and they announced the device would be available be in a new color - Coral Blue. The specs of the phone will remain the same.


The Galaxy S7 edge in Coral Blue version will be available in Taiwan and Singapore on November 7th. Samsung still hasn't announced when the phone will be available in other countries, but it is expected that the Coral Blue variant of the phone will arrive at the US by the end of the year.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider possibly leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 3:33 pm

Shadow of the Tomb Raider could be the third installment in Square Enix's new Tomb Raider reboot series.




While riding on a subway, a Montreal Redditor noticed something quite interesting on a passenger's laptop: a presentation deck for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which may be Lara Croft's third adventure. The news broke earlier this morning, and the game's name has since been verified by multiple sources including Kotaku.


As Crystal Dynamics is based in California, not Montreal, it appears the studio may be handing the torch off to Eidos Montreal, Square Enix's Montreal-based team. Eurogamer has apparently confirmed that Eidos Montreal will be developing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but also notes that Crystal Dynamics is almost certainly still involved with the franchise.

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Project Scorpio may have wireless VR headsets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 1, 2016 1:20 pm

Although Microsoft's new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio Xbox console supports VR gaming, Microsoft plans on waiting until the VR market matures with better games and headset tech.




Xbox division head Phil Spencer has a clear idea on what he wants for Project Scorpio's VR games, and the current selection of virtual reality titles aren't just cutting it. Microsoft has no plans to follow Sony's footsteps with the PlayStation VR, which cashed in early on VR to make a more accessible console-powered VR headset that delivers "simple, small passive experiences". Spencer describes existing VR games as more like "demos and experiments," and he's not wrong: the tech is still quite early, and so is the software--that required killer app doesn't yet exist. With a 6TFLOPs GPU that's likely built on AMD's new Vega graphics architecture to enable 90FPS in VR, Microsoft has essentially future-proofed Project Scorpio for the types of "killer" VR games that don't really exist yet.


"I think VR will find its spot in gaming; I would make that bet. We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year or the year after... like I said, I still think the creative community has to get its arms around what are these new tools, and this new feeling - this new immersion," Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with Stevivor. "What experiences do you put in people's hands to have a long term engagement? Most of these things I'm playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it's absolutely the right thing to have happened. That's not a criticism at all, but should be happening. But I think it will take time."

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