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Intel panic ryzing: X299 reportedly launching in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 3:34 am

AMD has well and truly shaken up the consumer CPU market with its new Ryzen processors, and it seems it has had a profound effect on Chipzilla - which has reportedly rescheduled the launch of their next-gen X299 platform, bringing the launch up to June.




Intel was reportedly planning to launch X299 and their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors sometime in the first week of August, but now Intel will reportedly launch Skylake X in late-June. This means we should see it fully unveiled during Computex in late-May/early-June, with the new CPUs arriving on the LGA2066 socket (Socket R4) - without integrated graphics.


The difference between Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X is that Kaby Lake-X will offer 4 cores, while Skylake-X offers up to 10 cores.

PowerColor RX 580 Red Devil Golden Sample spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 2:29 am

aWe've already seen PowerColor's devilishly handsome RX 580 Red Devil graphics card, but now it's time for another tease of a PowerColor card: their upcoming RX 580 Red Devil Golden Sample.




PowerColor's upcoming RX 580 Red Devil Golden Sample is a 2.5-slot graphics card, which rocks 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors, and a fully custom design with 6-phase VRM, a backplate, two dip switches for LED control, and the option to change the BIOS from Silent, to OC Mode.




I'm loving the inverted pentagram on the RX 580 Red Devil Golden Sample, but I wonder if it'll cast a spell on you half way through a game.

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NVIDIA's new TITAN Xp teardown, reveals GP102-450 GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 1:28 am

NVIDIA's new TITAN Xp has caused quite the stir, so much so that I wrote an OpEd on it - asking if NVIDIA were pre-emptively striking against AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. People have already received their new TITAN Xp graphics cards, and are taking them apart - so we can see what improvements, if any, that NVIDIA has on TITAN Xp.




The new TITAN Xp rocks the same Pascal-based GP102-450 GPU as the professional Quadro P6000 graphics card.




The upgraded cooling system on the TITAN Xp.




And again!

Anthony Hopkins lauds 'genius' director Michael Bay

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 11:53 pm

When you think of the genius directors of cinematic history, you'd rightly think of the greats like Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock , Quentin Tarantino or James Cameron. 'Pearl Harbor' director Michael Bay. probably falls somewhere down the list Well, not unless you're Sir Anthony Hopkins.




Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Anthony Hopkins has lauded 'Transformers' director Michael Bay as a "a genius", going on to say that "He's the same ilk as Oliver Stone and Spielberg and Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He's a savant." While many will disagree, the 'Westworld' actor stars in the upcoming 'Transformers: The Last Knight', which Bay has promised will be his last. Although, he has said that before.


'Transformers: The Last Knight' is set to hit 2D, 3D and IMAX theatres from June 23, 2017.

Princess Leia will return for 'Star Wars: Episode 9'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 11:26 pm

The death late last year of 'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher devastated fans around the world, and put a spanner in the works for the finale of the franchise which is due to start filming mid this year, for release in 2019. But according to the late star's brother, an agreement has been reached with Disney which will see Princess Leia reprise her role one last time.




According to the NY Daily News, the late actor's brother Todd Fisher confirmed that

both he and Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd had granted the studio the right to use her likeness for the final 'Star Wars' saga film. "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is you don't. She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan - when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue." The current plan is to edit in footage shot for the newest 'Star Wars' films and probably also use some light CG to have her as part of the narrative.


Lucasfilm issued a statement late last year confirming they had "no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

Far Cry, Assassins Creed creative director exits Ubisoft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 5:21 pm

Ubisoft has lost one of the transformative forces responsible for guiding Far Cry 4's and Assassin's Creed III's development.




After seven years at Ubisoft, ex-creative director Alex Hutchinson has left the company to found his own independent studio. During his tenure at Ubisoft, Hutchinson helped bring major triple-A games like Far Cry 4 (which I liked a fair deal--Pagan Min is pretty awesome) and Assassin's Creed III to the market.


Hutchinson left the publisher to co-found his own indie development studio called Typhoon Studios and "build something new." The dev's departure brings to mind a very interesting question: is Far Cry 5 finished?

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AMD Radeon RX 580/RX 570 using Polaris XTX/XL GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 11:02 am

AMD is not far away from releasing its new Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards, and now the new Radeon RX 580, RX 570, and even the RX 550 have shown up in the launch drivers, secured by VideoCardz.




We now know the GPU codenames for the RX 500 series, with the RX 580 using the Polaris 20 XTX, RX 570 uses the Polaris 20 XL, and the RX 550 uses an older Polaris 12 GPU codenamed Lexa Pro. As you can see, there is no Radeon RX Vega graphics card driver here, but it shouldn't be too long now... I hope.

Overwatch probably isn't coming to Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 5:39 am

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan reiterates that Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch probably won't happen.




"Getting Overwatch on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms," Kaplan said during a Reddit AmA last month.


Now in a recent follow-up with Express Online, Kaplan basically says the Switch isn't powerful enough to support Overwatch's minimum spec.

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Project Scorpio shouldn't cost $700, nor $399

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 3:45 am

Now that Microsoft has confirmed it's new 4K-ready Project Scorpio console can indeed hit native 4K 60FPS at Ultra preset, there's been lots of speculation on how much the system will cost. Leading game analysts toss out their predictions, and we weigh each price point to see what makes sense.




First we have the outlandish $700 price prediction from IDC's Lewis Ward, who predicts Scorpio must ship at $700 for Microsoft to make any money.


"I estimate the basic hardware will cost around $650, so if Microsoft wants any kind of margin at all, Scorpio will have to retail for $700 or more," Lewis told Games The analyst justifies his prediction by pointing at Alienware's VR-ready Aurora PC, which sports an RX 480 GPU and Intel i5-7400, which somehow equates Project Scorpio's specs. "If you look at the Alienware Aurora, which is a solid VR-ready PC, that currently costs about $1,000. I think Scorpio will come in below that, but how much below is unknowable at this point."

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 hits 4GHz, offering 6C/12T at $219

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2017 1:37 am

AMD launched its new Ryzen offensive into the high-end/enthusiast markets with the Ryzen 7 family, led by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor - but the fight for the mid-range is going to be huge when Ryzen 5 launches next week.



AMD is launching 4 new Ryzen 5 processors, ranging from the Ryzen 5 1400 for $169 (offering 4C/8T @ 3.4GHz) up to the Ryzen 5 1600X for $249 (6C/12T @ 4GHz).




But now there's news from HardOCP that they've clocked their Ryzen 5 1600 processor up to 4GHz, or 3.975GHz to be exact, at 1.45V and LLC 5. They added that "Once you get past 3.8GHz on these processors, the voltage usage and heat emitted just gets exponential with them. So they get very hot, very quickly".