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Thermaltake reveals new View 31 TG mid-tower chassis

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 10:22 am

CES 2017 - Thermaltake has showcased its latest duo of tempered glass mid-tower PC cases, the View 31 TG and View 31 TG RGB.



The View 31 TG Series cases are built for performance gamers, featuring ample room for AIO liquid cooling setups and optimum cooling with tons of fan options. Both cases are specifically built for dual GPU placement, and even supports vertical video card placement with dual PCIe slots, as well as an optional GPU bracket to prevent sagging on longer cards. Dual 4mm tempered glass panels turn your gaming rig into a spectacle, especially if you opt for colorful coolants.


Both models have ample space for solutions to cool high-end builds, with lots of custom fan size flexibility. As far as radiator space goes, the cases can fit radiators up to 360mm in length in the front and top. The View 31 TG comes with two pre-installed 140mm Riing 14 LED fans, whereas the View 31 TG RGB rocks three 140mm Riing 14 RGB fans.


Check below for a fan and radiator compatibility schematic, as well as specifications for each case.

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LG's 2017 OLED TVs support Dolby Vision and Atmos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 9:20 am

CES 2017 - LG and Dolby today announced that LG's upcoming OLED lineup will be the first TVs to support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for combined high-performance visual and sound experiences.




LG's entire fleet of 2017 OLED TVs will support the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio and Dolby Vision HDR specs, including the following models: 77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7, and 65/55B7. If you own a current LG Super UHD 4KTV, don't worry: those models will continue supporting Dobly Vision throughout 2017, including the LG 2017 SJ9500, SJ8500, and JS800 Super UHD TVs.


Dolby further announced that major studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures will roll out Dolby Vision enhanced content, and that consumers will soon be able to buy 4K UHD Blu-rays with built-in Dolby Vision HDR support.

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MSI's console-like Trident 3 rocks GTX 1060, Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 8:22 am

CES 2017 - MSI's latest Trident 3 small form factor PC blurs the lines between desktop and console gaming with a fully-fledged PC powerhouse at a console's smaller footprint.




Using NVIDIA's flexible and efficient 16nm Pascal GPU architecture and Intel's latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPUs, manufacturers are now able to make VR-ready desktops that are basically the size of PS4 and Xbox consoles. MSI's new Trident 3 compact small form factor (SFF) PC fits this bill nicely, but instead of woefully outdated, scaled back, and consolidated hardware, it rocks a dedicated a desktop-grade video card, processor, and onboard DDR4 RAM.


The MSI Trident 3 sports an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 ITX video card in both 3GB and 6GB GDDR5 VRAM configurations for VR and traditional gaming, an Intel Kaby Lake H110 Core i7-7700 or Core i5-7400 CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and options for HDD, SSD or M.2 storage. All in all the Trident 3 is very much akin to ASUS' new VivoPC X small form factor PC.

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Phison's new SSDs hit 2 million IOPS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 7:40 am

CES 2017 - At the CES 2017 show floor in Las Vegas, TweakTown's storage editor Jon Coulter found a nice surprise: Phison's new enterprise class Element AIC SSD can hit an insane 2 million IOPS in a steady state.




According to Jon, 2 million IOPS (Input-Ouput Operations Per Second) is the best we've ever seen. The Element AIC SSD can rock up to 8TB of NVMe high-performance flash memory with blistering fast speeds of 7GB/s.


It'll be interesting to hear more about Phison's SSDs in the future, and be sure to keep a look out for more exciting coverage from this year's Consumer Electronics Show on TweakTown's homepage.

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What if Nintendo Switch has its own game rental service?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 5:18 am

During its CES 2017 keynote NVIDIA revealed that GeForce Now, its cloud-game streaming service that beams games to its NVIDIA Shield TV microconsole, is coming to PC and Mac. Since Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid features similar Tegra-based architecture as the Shield TV, what if Nintendo opened up its own games rental service?




Nintendo offering cloud streamed game rentals might sound like an insane idea, but bear with me. I know that Sony tried a la carte games rentals with PlayStation Now, which ultimately failed and forced the company to adopt a subscription-based plan instead. But Nintendo's new Switch hybrid uses a highly customized Tegra processor, so it shares similarities with the Shield TV, and could very well be compatible with its own Nintendo-branded fork of GeForce Now.


And there's also the Switch's Supplemental Computing Device (SCD). Remember that thing? The SCD was first mentioned in Nintendo Switch patents, and is essentially an external console upgrade box that boosts CPU power to facilitate higher internet bandwidth--the kind of bandwidth you'll need to, say, stream a game. The interesting part of the SCD is that it actually let users rent out their own internet connections for specific rewards. So Nintendo could even do internet connection rentals as well as game rentals, which would be something that no other console-maker has really done before.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda classes and skills revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 3:48 am

CES 2017 - BioWare revealed key details about Mass Effect: Andromeda tonight, showing how its new jack-of-all-trades class-less system will work. We break down the info in easily digestible chunks to show you what to expect when the game launches in March.




BioWare has already confirmed Mass Effect: Andromeda won't have set classes. Instead, as a Pathfinder, players will be able to switch between classes like Vanguard and Infiltrator on-the-fly. Here are the included classes that will be available in the game:


  • Soldier
  • Engineer
  • Adept
  • Sentinal
  • Vanguard
  • Infiltrator
  • Explorer


Now these classes don't have their own skill trees--the skills are separated. Rather than having trees of specific skills like the other Mass Effect games, the classes give you specific buffs like extra damage, health regeneration, and specific little additions like drones and items that will buff you in combat.



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Mass Effect: Andromeda coming March 21, 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 2:01 am

Our previous coverage was right on the mark, and the Titan Books leak was 100% accurate: Mass Effect: Andromeda will release on March 21, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.




BioWare will showcase the first ever Mass Effect: Andromeda PC footage during NVIDIA's CES 2017 keynote address (which goes live tonight at 9:30pm EST / 6:30 PST). We could even see the game running on NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. In fact, Mass Effect: Andromeda might be launching quite closely with the Nintendo Switch, so we could see the game crossover, despite clickbaity articles that say otherwise (remember, EA has said that it'll bring "one or two" of its biggest games to the Switch).


Here at TweakTown we've covered Mass Effect: Andromeda extensively, so be sure to check out our extensive catalog of news for the latest info on the game. BioWare has confirmed that Andromeda will be the biggest and best Mass Effect ever, and that it'll run at an uncapped frame rate on PC with 21:9 support, and possibly even a performance boost on NVIDIA video cards.

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Faraday Future unveils their first production vehicle

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 1:04 am

CES 2017 - Faraday Future has finally unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.




The company teased their first electric vehicle in the month leading up to the official launch, and one of the most interesting things they showed was that the car could beat Tesla's Model S P100D, the quickest production car in the world. Now, the numbers have confirmed that the new sheriff is in town - Faraday Future's FF 91 beats Tesla's car by a bit.


Tesla's Model S P100D Ludicrous mode can achieve 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds, which is quite impressive. Faraday Future beats that just by bit since their car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds.

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Amazon Fire TV with Alexa support baked into some 4K TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 10:13 pm

CES 2017 - Something that caught my eye early on at CES this year was that Amazon has been working with Seiki Digital, Westinghouse, and Element Electronics - who are all by the way, owned by Chinese company Tongfang Global - with Alexa-powered 4K TVs.




This means Amazon's Fire TV Edition will be something worth paying attention to, as the TVs are 4K-capable, sport 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity, and will arrive in sizes between 43 inches and 65 inches.


They all rock the latest and greatest Fire TV interface (which looks great in person) - as you can use voice commands to switch between 4K Blu-ray through one of the HDMI ports, or even rename one of the HDMI ports with voice commands. You can switch to traditional TV, different outputs, or tell the remote what show you want to watch next.

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Snakebyte teases its Nintendo Switch accessories at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 8:13 pm

CES 2017 - Nintendo might not have much of a presence here at CES 2017, but its partners do - peripheral maker Snakebyte is teasing some of their upcoming Nintendo Switch accessories right now.




There's a foldable headset and starter kit, power adapter and extension cable for the NES Classic on their way, but the Switch accessories caught my eye.




First up, we have Snakebyte's Nintendo Switch carrying bag.

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