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AMD's purported Vega 20 graphics card rocks 32GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 7:18 am

We just reported on the first details of AMD's next-gen Vega 10 graphics card, but it seems as though that's the mid-range model, while the higher-end Vega 20 is shaping up to be a damn monster.




AMD's upcoming Vega 20 graphics card will feature 32GB of HBM2 memory with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 16GB of HBM2 with 512GB/sec bandwidth offered on Vega 10. Not only that, but the Vega 20 chip will reportedly support the upcoming PCI-Express 4.0 standard.

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AMD's next-gen Vega GPU details leaked, dual-GPU coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 7:13 am

As Batman said in Batman v Superman: "well... here I am", and now here we are with details on Vega, teasing us by saying "well... here I am", with the same sly smile Batman had when he first talked to Superman.




Vega 10 will arrive in Q1 2017, with a reported 16GB of HBM2 and 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Power wise, the Vega 10-based card should see a 225W TDP, while the dual-GPU based on the Vega architecture will be released in Q2 2017, with a purported TDP of around 300W.

BioShock Remastered will soon be patched on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 6:54 am

2K Games is thankfully listening to PC gamers that the PC port of the recent BioShock remasters is a pile of crap, with the studio taking to the Steam forums detailing their plans for an upcoming patch.




The company is working on an FOV slider, improved mouse controls, support for 21:9 displays, and "general stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes". The complete list is a little more detailed:


  • General Mouse Fixes, including better Mouse Smoothing, Sensitivity and Acceleration Options in BioShock;
  • Additional Speaker Mode Options in Audio Settings in BioShock;
  • Improved FoV Slider Options in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
  • Support for 21:9 display ratios in BioShock, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den;
  • General stability improvement to reduce instances of game crashes.

Samsung's new PM1725a SSD - up to 6.4TB at 6.4GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 6:51 am

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung is hitting some major home runs at its SSD Summit 2016, with our storage god Jon Coulter on the ground sending us back some golden nuggets of storage news - like the new PM1725a, which is a beast NVMe-based SSD.




Samsung's new PM1725a arrives in the 2.5-inch form factor, based on NVMe and uses V-NAND 3bit MLC alongside Samsung's new Epic controller. The PM1725a comes in 800GB/1.6TB/3.2TB/6.4TB capacities, with some pretty impressive read/write speeds of up to 3.3GB/sec and 2.9GB/sec, respectively.




It also arrives in an HHHL version, using a PCIe x8 slot, with the read/write speeds scaling up to an insane 6.4GB/sec and 3GB/sec, respectively.


The new PM1725a isn't going to be your next gaming SSD, as it's an enterprise-class drive for 24/7/365 operation in high-performance, and low latency environments. Samsung's epic enterprise PM1725a uses just 23W during active periods, and only 7.7W when idle. It weighs only 190g, and will roll out to enterprise machines later this year.

Microsoft launches their last Nokia phone, ever

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 6:38 am

Microsoft surprised everyone today and announced a new Nokia phone - the Nokia 216, a feature phone with dual SIM capability that will be available in India and Pakistan by the end of October.




For a mere $37 you get a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, 1020 mAh replaceable battery and two 0.3 MP VGA cameras. 16MB of RAM is enough to run the Series 30+ OS, Opera Mini browsers and other pre-installed apps. Storage is basically your memory card which can be up to 32GB.


Microsoft also points out that you can store up to 2,000 contacts.

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Antec teams with Razer on a new mini-ITX gaming case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 6:21 am

Antec has announced its new Cube case, designed by Razer in an "extensive collaboration" between the two companies. Antec's new Cube chassis is a mini-ITX gaming case designed for gamers who want a SFF gaming PC.




Inside of the new Antec Cube is 1 x 3.5-inch bay, up to 4 x 2.5-inch bays, 3 expansion slots, and it can take graphics cards that are up to 350mm. The Razer-designed Antec Cube also goes above and beyond most mini-ITX gaming cases, with a separate compartment for the pSU, allowing for improved cable management.




On the outside, Antec's Cube chassis features a hybrid structure consisting of 3mm aluminum and 0.8mm of cold-rolled steel with Razer's iconic Triple-Headed Snake logo on the front. On the left and right of the Cube we have LED under glow strips with the signature Razer green color, with a green LED on the rear exhaust fan, power button, and USB 3.0 ports.

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HTC is now selling Vive headsets on Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 5:20 am

HTC is taking the VR fight to Amazon, with their Vive headset now being sold on Amazon, where before today if you wanted an HTC Vive headset, you'd order it through HTC's own website.




Oculus has had its Rift headset on Amazon for a few months now, and while the PlayStation VR is listed - it's limited to pre-order bundles that were secured within minutes of them hitting the website, but now that HTC ahs its Vive finding a new home with Amazon, things could change for the better for HTC and Valve's VR headset.

'Pacific Rim' surfaces on 4K Blu-ray next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 4:30 am

While fans of the 2013 monster action flick 'Pacific Rim' still have a way to go until the sequel hits theatres, at least they have one more event to look forward much, much sooner... so long as they have a 4K TV and an UltraHD Blu-ray player.




Starting next month, 'Pacific Rim' is set to be released on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray combo pack across the world, which includes the film remastered for 4K with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, alongside a standard 1080p Blu-ray, director's commentary and an hour of extra features. Unfortunately, the film's 3D presentation will be absent from the pack, as well as the second Blu-ray disc of extra features - so you might want to hang onto those.


'Pacific Rim 4K' hits stores in the U.S. on October 4 in the U.S. and on October 19th in Australia. Look for our in-depth TweakTown review later next month!

World's fastest Samsung 2TB SSD rocks 2.1GB/sec writes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 4:04 am

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung has once again redefined consumer solid state drives with its new 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2 SSD duo, offering lightning fast transfer rates with high-capacities and optimum reliability.




Samsung's new 960 PRO is now the world's fastest consumer SSD, hitting peak sequential reads of 3,500 MB/s and write speeds of 2,100 MB/s as well as random read and write IOPS of up to 440,000 and 360,000 respectively. The 960 PRO also packs in an amazing 2TB of data thanks to Samsung's vertically-stacked VNAND memory technique. The 960 PRO SSD is also available in 512GB and 1TB capacities along with the 2TB model.


Armed with Samsung's new Intelligent TurboWrite tech, the 960 EVO SSD blazes with peak read speeds of 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s write speeds, and comes in more diverse capacities like 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The 960 EVO also features random read speeds of 380,000 IOPS and random write speeds of up to 360,000 IOPs, and comes with a three-year limited warranty and up to 400 TBW (whichever occurs first) for the 1TB model.

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GoPro's first drone is the foldable Karma for $799

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Sep 21, 2016 3:21 am

GoPro announced its new Hero5 Black action camera alongside their first ever drone, with the upcoming foldable Karma drone priced at $799.



The new GoPro Karma features a 3-axis stabilizer that slides out from under the drone, and attaches to a handheld "Karma Group" so that you can record stabilized footage on the ground, as well.


GoPro is offering a more expensive $1,099 bundle that includes the Hero5 Black camera, but if you only want the new Hero5 Session the bundle drops to $999. Karma also includes a slick-looking gaming-like controller, sporting a built-in touchscreen with GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman proudly saying that Karma is "more than just a drone", and with these specs and features - he's right.

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