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HP reveals Omen curved 3440 x 1440 100Hz G-Sync display

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2017 12:36 pm

CES 2017 - HP has unveiled its latest high-performance monitor in its enthusiast Omen gaming hardware lineup, showing that the company isn't playing around when it comes to high-end gear.

 

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The Omen X 35 is a premium display aimed at pro gamers, featuring a curved ultra-wide 35-inch display that delivers 3,440 x 1440 resolution in a 21:9 aspect ratio for a more complete field of view--the viewing angle clocks in at 178-degrees. The panel has a 2,500:1 static contrast ratio and a refresh rate of 100Hz and leverages NVIDIA's G-Sync technology to ensure low-latency, tear-free gaming, and has a 4ms response time with overdrive enabled.

 

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Apart from the impressive wide angle, spacious screen, and decent G-Sync enabled refresh rates, the Omen X 35's screen is nearly bezel-less: it rocks a micro-edge display with side and top bezels that clock in at just 6.87 mm, adding even more value to the panel itself. An array of ports ensures utility, including a DisplayPort 1.2 slot, a single HDMI 1.4 port, and three USB 3.0 ports as well as an audio out and headphone jack. This particular model also features an integrated headset hook to rest your audio gear onto.

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'Deadpool' tops film piracy list for 2016

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 8, 2017 3:05 am

Despite grossing nearly $800 million at the world wide box office, the insane popularity of 'Deadpool' has seen the film top the list of most torrented film of 2016.

 

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According to a report published by Torrent Freak, the Ryan Reynolds lead 'X-Men' spin-off triggered millions of downloads following the February theatrical release, and continuing strongly throughout the year. In no big surprise, Hollywood's 2016 tent pole blockbusters such as 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' followed closely in second place, with 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' took fourth and fifth place respectively.

 

Meanwhile, the Digital Entertainment Group confirmed this week that sell-through of packaged movie media on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD was down 9.5% for the year, but digital releases such as streaming and video on demand was up 15.2%.

EDGE Memory reveals huge SSD fleet at CES 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 7:13 pm

CES 2017 - Enterprise storage giant EDGE Memory has unveiled a rather sizable lineup of high-end storage, encompassing new SSDs in all form factors including M.2, M.2 PCIe, and SATA racking all the way up to blazing-fast 3D TLC NAND memory.

 

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EDGE Memory's storage fleet is pretty sizable, so I've included a number of product spec sheets that you can find below. The most impressive of the lot is the company's NextGen M.2 PCIe SSD, which features up to 2TB of Tier-1 3D MLC flash memory on the M.2 protocol using PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.2 to hit insane 2.5GB/sec read and 1.1GB/sec write speeds.

 

EDGE also has some formidable drives based on the SATA protocol that use 3D VNAND flash memory. These include the eMerge 3D SSD, which sports the same grade 3D MLC flash memory as the NextGen M.2 set in a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s profile. This model features 90,000 IOPs and up to 565MB/sec read and 525MB/sec write speeds.

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LiquidSky turns any device into a gaming PC for free

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 3:35 pm

CES 2017 - With LiquidSky, gamers can transform their old rigs into high-end PCs for free--all you have to do is watch ads.

 

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LiquidSky is a more accessible free-to-play and microtransaction-style answer to NVIDIA's premium GeForce Now game streaming service. Using custom built IBM servers outfitted with high-end CPUs and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA video cards, LiquidSky using the cloud to beam supercomputer power to your outdated laptop, desktop PC, Mac, or Android and Apple mobile devices. Yes, this service will stream PC games from Steam like GTA V on your phone over the cloud, although the touchscreen controls are a bit wonky.

 

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While LiquidSky is primarily a monetized service that requires users to buy a monthly allotment of SkyCredits via a monthly subscription service, it does have a free option, but there's a catch: advertisements. The F2P model revolves around users earning Sky Credits to trade in for game time. You get 1 hour worth of game streaming per every 6 minutes of ads you watch, but you're limited to just 3 hours of high-end PC gaming a day. The free performance probably won't be that good, however, as the lowers paid Gamer tier features 1080p 30FPS perf with a 2GB VRAM GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 3 vCPU cores.

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Why I'm worried about Mass Effect: Andromeda

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 2:09 pm

I'm worried about Mass Effect: Andromeda. Actually, I'm worried about the future of the games industry as a whole--it feels like publishers only want to do safe bets and not take any chances. I think this strategy will bleed over into the latest, biggest Mass Effect game, and the RPG elements will suffer because of it.

 

 

BioWare has followed certain trends with their recent games: the titles feel derivative, casualized, and more streamlined towards all gamers, not just core RPG fans. Not too long ago, BioWare was known for making great RPGs; now the studio's identity is much more nebulous, much more uncertain. Many of BioWare's core fans who grew up playing Dragon Age: Origins and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic often feel alienated, and know that something is amiss. Games like Dragon Age: Inquisition feel off, as if something isn't right; there's a big immersion disconnect, and it all boils down to one thing: watering down RPG elements.

 

EA games as a whole are focused more on high-end flashy graphics, environmental effects, and other eye-catching features. While the fluidity of many games are noteworthy, especially those powered by DICE's advanced Frostbite 3 engine, there's a distinct lack of depth to the current games (with the exception of Respawn's Titanfall 2, which had impressive depth...but Battlefield 1's campaign could've been so much more than what it felt like, which was a glorified tech demo). Dragon Age: Inquisition is very guilty of this, and it felt like BioWare put graphics and effects over the meat and potatoes of the game itself.

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SanDisk launches its fastest USB drive, ever

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 4:45 am

CES 2017 - The new SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash drive now features SSD performance in a portable aluminum body.

 

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The 256 GB USB 3.1 drive is designed to operate like a pocket SSD, but smaller since it's a USB stick. SanDisk, a division of Western Digital, is reporting that the SanDisk USB 3.1 Extreme Pro flash drive is capable of speeds of up to 420 MB/s and writes of up to 380 MB/s which is starting to approach the limits of USB 3.1 gen 1 speeds (5 Gbps).

 

While we aren't quite at 5 Gbps yet, this drive is already 3.3 Gbps which is still quite fast.

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AMD Vega 10 details leaked: dual-GPU Vega teased as well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 1:58 am

There have been rumors of the technical specifications of Vega 10 before, but VideoCardz are reporting again about the old slide from September and "what we know today".

 

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This is great, as it can show how much the rumors nearly 6 months ago were pretty solid - so let's go over it again. Vega 10 will rock its 14nm GPU goodness, with 64 compute units (which are now called NCU). Vega 10 will consume up to 225W of power, and will be released in the first half of this year.

 

We should see two variants, one with 8GB of HBM2, and another higher-end card with 16GB of HBM2 - both offering 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

 

Dual Vega is where my excitement levels rise, with the same 14nm GPU - just two of them, and more HBM2 with higher bandwidth (1TB/sec). The dual-GPU graphics card will consume 300W of power, and will be released in the second half of 2017.

Sony follows Apple with its new wireless earphones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 7, 2017 12:30 am

CES 2017 - Considering smartphone-makers are borrowing Apple's "bravery" by nixing headphone jacks on new smartphone models, companies are starting to look into wireless earbuds. Now Sony has taken a move from Apple's playbook with its own wireless earbuds.

 

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Instead of "bravery" or modern technological advancements, Apple's wireless AirPods conjure up other mental images--ridiculous cash-grab, to name one--but now that upcoming phones will start shipping without 3.5mm headphone jacks, the easy-to-lose audio buds are a trendsetter. Sony is next in this new forefront with its own wireless earbuds.

 

Sony's wireless buds come with a case that juices them up with on-the-go recharging, and are much more stylish than the Airpods, which look like two Oral B toothbrush heads. Sony's proprietary take on Apple's Airpods are just in their prototype stages, and don't have a release date or price just yet, but we should see more info drop later this year.

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Microsoft teases Project Scorpio reveal for E3 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 11:33 pm

Microsoft is teasing that its upcoming "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console could be unveiled at E3 2017, months ahead of the system's planned Holiday 2017 release.

 

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Project Scorpio has excited millions of Xbox fans across the globe, and even key Microsoft execs are pumped for Scorpio's "new era of 4K console gaming." Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg recently said that "2017 is the year of Project Scorpio," following it up by asking gamers if they're "ready for the beast," and now Xbox spokesperson Major Nelson has dropped some not-so-subtle clues on Twitter by counting down the days until E3 2017.

 

 

Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that Microsoft will debut its hot new native 4K Xbox console at the world's biggest gaming trade show, but these little teases have even more implications.

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Cherry unveils its new silent mechanical keyboard

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 10:23 pm

CES 2017 - Cherry, the company behind the world's most popular mechanical keyboard switches, today announced its new Cherry MX Board Silent keyboard.

 

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This is a no-frills keyboard optimized for dependability and silent use--you won't find any fancy RGBs on this mechanical board. This particular model is based on the popular G80-3000 mechanical keyboard, and features uniquely rubber pads on the insides of the key switches to ensure ultra-quiet keypresses. "The integrated 2-component stem reduces audible clicks at the bottom-out and top-out to a minimum. As with every other MX switch, these features include a sturdy housing made of plastic polymer, a precise spiral spring, and the unique Gold Crosspoint contact technology."

 

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The Cherry MX Board Silent comes in plain black and grey flavors with either Cherry MX Black or Cherry MX Red switches. As far as reliability goes, the Cherry MX Board Silent has impressive dependability ratings including 50 million keystrokes, a Mean Cycles Before Failure of 1 billion operations, and a Mean Time Before Failure of 80,000 hours. Cherry backs the board with a 2 year warranty to boot.

 

  • Precision key switches Made in Germany (CHERRY MX technology)
  • High-quality keyboard with laser-etched keycaps for demanding tasks and the highest performance
  • CHERRY MX Silent switches with Gold Crosspoint contact technology
  • Noise-optimized MX key switch version with patented noise reduction, using an integrated 2-component stem which clearly minimizes noise at top-out and bottom-out
  • Self-cleaning contacts, dust- and dirt-resistant
  • Over 50 million keystrokes per switch without compromising quality
  • Long-lasting safe switching performance with renowned "original CHERRY quality", tried-and-tested a billion times over
  • N-key rollover: Simultaneous operations of up to 14 keys without any key ghosting effects
  • PC and Mac compatible over USB

 

The Cherry MX Board Silent costs $149, but no availability has been announced.

 

For more information, check the Cherry MX Board Silent's official press release, the keyboard's data sheet, and the product page.

 

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