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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.




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.




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."




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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First 'Archer' season 8 promos reveal 1940's setting

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 10:02 pm

Following from last year's promise that the FX Network's long running animated hit 'Archer' would continue to run through to season 10, the network have today released the first promo teasers for the show's eighth season.



According to the network's announcement, 'Archer: Dreamland' finds the lead character "mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles' most powerful crime bosses. Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction."


'Archer: Dreamland' is set to hit screens sometime during the second quarter.

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Intel's tiny credit card sized PC rocks a Kaby Lake CPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 9:31 pm

CES 2017 - We've seen some amazing things at CES so far, including NVIDIA's amazing new 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync monitors, Zotac's tiny-yet-mighty NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mini video card, AvaDirect's beastly custom desktop rig, and Razer's new Project Valerie laptop with triple 4K G-Sync monitors, but now it's Intel's turn: introducing the Compute Card, a fully-fledged computer system that fits in your wallet.




As the name suggests, the Compute Card is the size of a credit card, and is mainly aimed at powering new Internet of Things (IoT) systems and solutions--not consumers. The Compute Card features everything you'd find on a full computer: an onboard Intel SoC that rocks CPUs up to its latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake processors, onboard flash storage, and flexible wireless connectivity to ensure the device can meet a number of different solutions and form factors--from refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras.


"Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs. This reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices."

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Qualcomm, Power Rangers, and VR - quite the mix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 8:49 pm

CES 2017 - An interesting partnership has formed between SoC giant Qualcomm and the upcoming Power Rangers movie, with Qualcomm showing off a new VR experience with a standalone VR headset.




The VR headset in question was powered by Qualcomm's own Snapdragon 820 processor, and not the new 10nm-based Snapdragon 835 (which is a beast, by the way).




As for the VR experience, you started off in a cave where you were being briefed on what was going on, before choosing a character - once you did that, you were in a mech suit of some sort. The graphics were pretty damn good for a SoC powering it, and an older one at that (well, now with the Snapdragon 835 here soon).

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MSI displays upcoming AMD Ryzen ready motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 7:32 pm

CES 2017 - MSI had some new Ryzen-capable motherboards on display at CES, with two boards to check out: the B350 Tomahawk, and the higher-end X370 XPower Gaming Titanium.




First up, the MSI B360 Tomahawk - with a slick military style theme, 4 x DDR4 slots (dual-channel support), 8 x USB 3.1 and 6 x USB 2.0 ports. There's also Turbo M.2 support, offering 32Gbps of bandwidth for those high-end storage needs.




But for me, it's the upcoming X370 XPower Gaming Titanium that caught my eye. We have a bunch of connectivity, with 2 x M.2 slots, 2-way NVIDIA SLI support and 3-way AMD CrossFire support with its 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

ZOTAC's new external graphics dock is nearly here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 6:24 pm

CES 2017 - ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini is mighty impressive for its size, but ZOTAC's upcoming external graphics dock was another thing that surprised me at CES.




The new external graphics dock supports one graphics card at up to 13 inches in length, so you'll have no issues with nearly any card you can throw inside - and it supports up to 3-slot width cards, so even the chunky ones are fine, too.




We have 3 x USB 3.0 connections, 1 x quick charge 3.0 port, 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C connector), LED lighting, and a 400W built-in PSU. We should see it released before Computex in June, and as for pricing, hopefully under $200.

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HDMI 2.1 spec supports 4K, 8K, and even 10K all at 120Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:20 pm

CES 2017 - You guys should all know how much of a resolution enthusiast I am, so the news of the HDMI 2.1 specification has me beyond excited.




HDMI 2.1 will support a wide range of resolutions and refresh rates, including 4K 120Hz, 8K 120Hz, and even 10K. Yes, 10K. HDMI 2.1 also includes something called Game Mode VRR, which "features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing".


The 'Game Mode VRR' is an interesting addition, which can be explained as a wide-reaching version of G-Sync and FreeSync. The HDMI Forum says that it'll work on both PCs and consoles, so we definitely need to try that out as soon as we can.

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Dell teases 8K monitor, 7680x4320 for $4999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 4:24 pm

CES 2017 - Dell continues to push display boundaries, teasing their new 32-inch 8K display here at CES. We're talking about a huge 7680x4320 - with the equivalent pixels of 4 x 4K displays, or 16 x 1080p displays - at a cost of $4999.




The new Dell UP3218K is "refined and ready for production" according to The Verge, with next to no bezel and the ability of pivot, tilt, swivel, and height adjustment. Dell is aiming the UP3218K at graphics, design, photo and video professionals.


Pushing the 7680x4320 resolution will be hard, and thankfully - Dell has pushed 60Hz at 8K, not 30Hz that I would've expected. Dell had to work with NVIDIA right up until the last minute to get driver support at 8K, with Product Launch Manager for Displays at Dell, Michael Turner, explaining to PC World: "[8K] is not practical, not yet. When the next round of graphics cards refresh, they'll get to the point where 8K is mass consumable".


Dell's UP3218K has 2 x DisplayPort 1.4 connections which support 8K. Priced at $4999, Dell will be selling the UP3218K starting March 23.

Project Scorpio mentioned at AMD's Vega CES 2017 booth

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 3:14 pm

CES 2017 - Mention of Project Scorpio was seen at AMD's Vega and Zen CES 2017 the graphics giant teasing an answer to our predictions?




Following the announcement of its impressive new Ryzen CPUs, AMD just announced its new high-performance, enthusiast-grade Vega GPU architecture at CES 2017, and is currently holding a booth to showcase this new tech to the public. One thing we didn't expect to see at the booth was mention of Microsoft's new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console.


Japanese games site 4Gamer snapped an interesting picture that mentions Project Scorpio at AMD's CES 2017 booth. Despite what you think, this isn't a 100% confirmation; AMD was showing a stream of its New Horizons Zen CPU announcement video at the booth, and AMD CEO and President Dr. Lisa Su directly discussed Project Scorpio at the event (you can find mention of that here and in the video embedded below). So this could just be a coincidence and nothing to get crazily excited over, or AMD might be teasing what I've been saying all along: Project Scorpio is built using AMD's latest and greatest technology.

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