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NVIDIA accuses Intel of cheating on Xeon Phi benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 1:31 pm

Intel used a benchmark slide during its presentation at ISC 2016 to detail their Xeon Phi processors being 2.3x faster than NVIDIA GPUs in neural network training. According to Intel's data and comparisons, the Xeon Phi is also 38% better at scaling. Well, NVIDIA isn't happy and it's ready to fight, taking to a new blog post saying "We'd like to address these claims and correct some misperceptions that may arise".




First off, NVIDIA claims that Intel used Caffe AlexNet data that is 18 months old, with four Xeon Phi servers against four Maxwell-based GPUs. The latest version which is publicly available, and NVIDIA providing a link to it in their blog, sees NVIDIA's four Maxwell GPUs delivering 30% faster training time than the four Xeon Phi servers. Using four of the new Pascal-based Titan X GPUs, training is a whopping 90% faster than four of Intel's Xeon Phi servers, and if you want to put the boot heel on Intel's neck, just a single DGX-1 machine from NVIDIA is 5x faster than four Xeon Phi servers.


NVIDIA goes into great detail on its blog so be sure to check it out, with the post finishing with NVIDIA saying "It's great that Intel is now working on deep learning. This is the most important computing revolution with the era of AI upon us and deep learning is too big to ignore. But they should get their facts straight".

AMD's 16-threaded Zen-based CPU spotted, has a 95W TDP

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 12:01 pm

AMD is working towards Zen as we speak, but more leaked details have arrived on the 4-core and 8-core CPUs which will feature 8 and 16 CPU threads in total, respectively. The new details are on the clock speeds and TDP, with the 16-threaded Zen CPU clocking in at 2.8Ghz base frequency and up to 3.2GHz boost. The new 16-thread CPU will be a 95W part according to the leaks.




If we compare it to Intel's Broadwell-E based, 16-threaded Core i7-6900K processor, which is also made on the 14nm process, Intel has a higher 130W TDP. AMD's 8-core/16-thread Zen-based CPU has a TDP of just 95W in comparison, 35W less than Intel's offering with the 6900K. AMD has some great efficiency tricks up its sleeve with Zen, but the 14nm process used by Intel is different to the 14nm FinFET process that Samsung and Globalfoundries use for AMD's new CPUs.


Performance wise, we already expect over 40% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the previous generation CPU architecture from AMD, codenamed Excavator. The older FX-8350 from AMD was an 8-threaded CPU (4 physical CPU cores) codenamed Orochi, while the Zen-based Summit Ridge CPU is twice as fast in Cinebench 15, according to AMD. If we're looking at twice the efficiency per core, the new 4- and 8-core processors are going to be rather large improvements for AMD, putting them on a more level playing field against Intel.

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Intel doubles down on VR, now building a VR studio in LA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 10:32 am

Intel has committed to VR in a big way, announcing plans to build a new studio in LA that will work on sports and entertainment VR projects, with the new studio called the Intel Tech Experience Labs.




The company hasn't unveiled any details on the VR studio, but the LA Times has said that Intel will be working on helping companies and other third parties create VR videos using Intel's technology. VentureBeat reports that the VR studio will continue the work Intel did on the 360-degree replay technology is acquired earlier this year and was used by the NBA to provide fans with different angles of the court.


Intel isn't the first to have its own VR studio, with the Facebook-owned Oculus having its Story Studio, and YouTube has offices in both NYC and LA that have VR rigs. AOL even has a VR studio that Huffington Post uses for 360-degree content. It looks like Intel is getting very serious about VR, and that's a great thing to see.

Google's new Nexus as fast as Samsung Galaxy S7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 8:26 am

Google has the world excited for its next-gen Nexus smartphones, which until now we've known as the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1. The Nexus M1 is the faster of the two, and a new leak says that the new Nexus M1 will have high-end hardware, and will be just as good as any of the flagship smartphones on the market.




According to an Antutu benchmark for the "Google Nexus Marlin" found by a Weibo user 'The Malignant', the new Nexus M1 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. Google's new Nexus M1 will also reportedly feature 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by an 8-megapixel selfie camera. We're also expecting a 2560x1440 native resolution.


We are still waiting for the official announcement and release date of the new Nexus smartphones, which shouldn't be too much longer away, hopefully somewhere in October.

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Elaborate $800 Middle Earth Blu-ray boxset incoming

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 6:42 am

Now that the whole Peter Jackson Middle-Earth saga is complete (well, until they come out with the 'The Silmarillion' .. .kidding it will never happen), Warner Bros can finally release that huge Blu-ray boxset that fans have always wanted.




So up for pre-order today is the 30 disc 'Middle-Earth' Ultimate Blu-ray Collection, which rounds up all three 'Lord of the Rings' extended edition trilogy, 'The Hobbit' extended edition trilogy with dozens of extra feature discs equaling hundreds of hours of extra features. The price tag? A credit card busting $799. But it does come with a "spectacular 100-page sketch-style book" as well as "six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf", so there's that.


The 'Middle-Earth' Ultimate Blu-ray Collection hits shelves on October 4 - just in time for Christmas.

DriveClub VR to be the 'most immersive' version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 6:18 am

Gamescom 2016 - DriveClub was one of the best looking games released on the PlayStation 4, and with the developer working on DriveClub VR as a PlayStation VR exclusive will be one of the best VR driving games yet.




Sony said in a blog post: "While we normally like to keep everyone in the Driveclub community up to speed on any developments, we've had to keep this one under the hood... until now. We've been working tirelessly on Driveclub VR for more than a year now, to bring you the definitive and most immersive Driveclub experience possible".


DriveClub VR is being developed by Sony's Immersive Technology Group, with the team wanting to "take Driveclub to a more immersive level" thanks to VR. Not only do we have new screenshots of DriveClub VR, but we have some key points to share:


  • Game modes: Online virtual reality multiplayer race modes and an action-packed single player career are joined by drifting and time trial challenges.
  • Tracks: New and classic Driveclub tracks are brought to life through the power of PlayStation VR, including five all-new Urban locations.
  • A closer look: More than 80 cars are recreated with immaculate detail for players to explore up close with Inspection Mode.
  • Cruise control: A little time to kick back, open the throttle or just coast and explore any track, in any country at your leisure in Cruise Mode.
  • Virtual passenger: An immersive thrill ride through exciting replays of hot laps as players watch themselves handle their greatest challenges from a unique viewpoint in Passenger Mode.

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Xbox One S controller bringing new perks to gaming

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 5:16 am

We have all heard about the new Xbox One S console making headlines in magazines, websites, and social media. Yeah, sure, everyone knows or assumes that with a new update or release it's bound to be better, but what do we really know about the updated Xbox One S controller? A decent controller makes your gaming experience better, everyone knows that it has got to be responsive, easy to use and equipped with the hottest features.




Microsoft has modified its controller for the best gaming experience with the recently developed model being light weight and smaller in diameter and has some new features up its sleeve. The specs include double the wireless range, meaning that you will have twice the wireless range of the previous Xbox One controllers. The new sleek and slim like design provides a more comfortable feel with a fancy textured grip stopping anymore of those near miss drops.


The advanced Bluetooth perk means that anyone with a Windows 10-based smartphones, tablets, desktops and laptops can sync up and be used instead of a stylus pen or mouse, but the best is still yet to come. Microsoft is providing its customers the option of a personal design with the Xbox One S, so if you are over the standard black or white controllers and have no idea how to stick on a decal without screwing it up, then you can now log onto the Xbox website and make your own for $79.99.

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Batman: Arkham VR lets you experience being Batman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4:32 am

Gamescom 2016 - If there's one PlayStation VR exclusive that gets released on October 1 to experience, it would have to be Batman: Arkham VR, which makes you feel like Batman in VR.



In the first Batman VR experience, you'll dive head first into the Batcave where you can scope out Batman's equipment, and then walk up to the mirror after putting the suit on and you will see your reflection - you are Batman. You'll also be able to experience Gotham City, as well as Wayne Manor, all from Batman's eyes.


There's some new footage in the clip, as well as fan's reactions after experiencing Batman: Arkham VR at San Diego Comic-Con just recently.

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Discount for No Man's Sky on PC finally arrives

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:50 am

No Man's Sky on the PC is finally receiving a discount this week, five days after its Steam release. Hello Game's open-world space exploration survival game has thus far receive a wide-range of critic and gamer response. One sure thing is that the game is still currently the top selling game on Steam Store despite performance issue for the PC. In fact, it has eclipsed pre-order purchase of next week's upcoming Triple-A game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.




For those still on the fence, this 15% discount is rare indeed - as GMG is the only authorized retailer currently on the market offering a price cut. While PC games typically receive pre-order discount for its digital Steam version, No Man's Sky was one such title that didn't receive any pre-order incentive during the pre-order phase. For those unfamiliar with GMG, you'll have to log into an account and take the game to the checkout basket in order to see the discount.




Beyond No Man's Sky, an assortment of other European titles are also on the price chop block thanks to a Gamescom-themed sale. While hundred of titles are discounted up to 90% off, we've listed some of our assorted picks below:


'MacGyver' TV reboot gets first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 18, 2016 2:45 am

Last year we bought you the news that the CBS Network were pursuing a TV reboot for the classic 80's series 'MacGyver', and they've delivered. Well, they've delivered something, but I'm not sure it's MacGyver!



Starring Lucas Till in the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson, the new series finds MacGyver as the creator of a "clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives".


The series is set to hit screens later this year.

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