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Oculus falling behind the VR game, might not release the Rift in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 8:56 pm

After being the only one talking the VR industry seriously, Oculus VR might not be the first to the market with a serious VR device with its Rift. Company founder and brainiac Palmer Luckey has talked about the launch of the consumer version of the Rift at SXSW 2015, where he had some interesting things to say.

 

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He was asked if Oculus plan to launch their consumer VR headset this year, but he didn't reveal any dates. Luckey didn't state that anything had gone wrong with the Rift, but he did say that the Facebook-owned giant has changed its roadmap and that they're having to ramp up target quality for CV1.

 

Luckey said: "I did say that, before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap, including ramping up the target quality level of the consumer device and partnering with Facebook. I cannot comment on the date one way or the other, but I can say nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right".

Dutch Lion Customising has modded an amazing UV-lit Antec P380

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 11:28 am

Built by a modder named Hukkel from Dutch Lion Customising this fantastic Antec P830 is packed full of goodies from MSI, GeiL, Bitspower and more.

 

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This SLI-graphics system packs some seriously beautiful watercooling routing with the utmost care being taken in order to make sure every single tube looks like its part of an art feature, helping tie the project together as a whole.

 

What's different about this build also is the engraved company logos alongside the Antec cutouts, helping make this one of the best modded systems we have seen yet.

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Copenhagen Games 2015 announces official Blizzard StarCraft 2 support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 9:42 am

As according to their recent release, the Copenhagen Games 2015 has now been listed as an official WCS Global Event in the Starcraft II World Championship Series. This means that the top finishers in this competition will not only get their share of the $10,000 prize pool, but also prestige and glory.

 

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The Copenhagen games will be running on 1-3 of April at the Oksnehallen exhibition hall in Copenhagen with the Starcraft II specific online qualifiers finishing on March 21.

 

You can check out more information and sign up for yourself here to compete in the online component and get your shot at a chance to duke it out live on stage.

Thinking about living in an internet cafe? These people have no choice

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 8:25 am

MediaStorm has released an interesting video as part of their three-part series called Japan's Disposable Workers - this edition is about "Net Cafe refugees" and how they are basically forced to live in a cubicle thanks to an extremely low income.

 

 

Reportedly happening since the mid-2000's, numerous internet cafe workers in Japan are forced to use tiny cubicle spaces as their own homes due to their low salary and a lack of other options.

 

Explained as mostly temporary employees, these people have no other choice.

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#AskHamas backfires badly on Twitter, meant to draw support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 7:19 am

We're not quite sure how they didn't see this coming - Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter in order to generate some positive feedback, interaction and support with the wider community.

 

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Their #AskHamas tag quickly backfired on them with people asking hard-hitting questions about human shields, suicide bombings and various rocket attacks. News.com.au found out that this hashtag certainly has generated some global feedback, topping 36,000 tweets in one day - but not in the way that was expected.

 

One of the questions asked was by Jeffery Goldberg, an American Journalist, who pitched "Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002?"

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Star Citizen is free until March 20, get in quick for a free flight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 4:09 am

Roberts Space Industries is flying off the high of PAX East 2015, offering up a "free flight weekend" to try out Star Citizen's Arena Commander module, which you have to grab ASAP.

 

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Once you've received your module, you can download and install the game and use the Hornet F7C in Arena Commander until March 20. Keep in mind that the download for this is a hefty 20GB.

AMD rumored to include water-cooled Radeon R9 390X WCE with up to 8GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 2:36 am

We've heard that the Radeon R9 390X will arrive in both a 4GB and 8GB version, but the latest rumor is that AMD will release a Water-Cooled Edition as the Radeon R9 390X WCE.

 

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The news is coming from a leaked slide which shows the R9 390X featuring 4096 shader units, DirectX 12 support, "optimized for 4K gaming & beyond", and it will arrive in a "special enthusiast water-cooled edition" with up to 8GB of ultra-high bandwidth HBM video memory. The more we hear about the R9 390X, the more we want to see it.

Maxwell-powered NVIDIA Quadro M6000 revealed by Deadmau5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 15, 2015 1:00 am

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference is right around the corner, kicking off on Tuesday, but we've already been introduced to the GM200-based GeForce GTX Titan X, and now the Maxwell-based Quadro M6000... courtesy of electronic music star Deadmau5.

 

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Deadmau5 posted the image to his Instagram account, with two NVIDIA Quadro M6000 cards sitting in his rendered machine. We can't see the PCIe power connectors, but considering how power efficient the Maxwell architecture is, we can expect dual 6-pin power connectors at most. Comparing the Quadro K6000 and M6000 against each other, the M6000 should be quite the jump for users.

 

The new M6000 should feature 24 SMMs compared to the 15 found on the K6000, while we have 3072 GPU cores, compared to the 2880 Kepler-based cores found in the K6000. 96 ROPs with 192 TMUs on the M6000 versus the 48 ROPs and 240 TMUs on the K6000, which will result in 6.07 TFlops of performance versus the K6000 and its 5.2 TFlops.

 

We should hear more about this during the week at NVIDIA's GTC 2015 event, which we will be covering live.

Leaked benchmarks tease Radeon R9 390X against Titan X, GTX 980 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 14, 2015 11:39 pm

We've only been introduced to the GeForce GTX Titan X, but now we're hearing about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti which will also reportedly be based on the GM200 core, but cut down. Not only that, in some leaked benchmarks both of those cards are being compared against the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 390X.

 

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According to the benchmarks, the new Radeon R9 390X looks like quite the force to be reckoned with at 4K, where it beats the R9 290X by 49%. It even beats the new Titan X and the cut down GM200 or GTX 980 Ti. Keep in mind that the above benchmarks are not in FPS, but in relative % to the Radeon R9 290X. We also have an unreleased GTX 96* GPU (GTX 965 or GTX 960 Ti) that you'll find lower on that list.

 

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The same can be said for 2560x1600, where the Fiji-based R9 390X continues to dominate with a 40% jump on the R9 290X. It beats the Titan X by 3%, and the GM200-based GTX 980 Ti by just over 10%. But what about one of the more important aspects of the new architecture: power consumption? This is where, according to the leaked benchmarks, it looks like AMD has done something incredible: increased the horsepower of the 390X over the 290X, but kept to the same TDP.

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AMD Radeon R9 390X to come in both 4GB and 8GB variants

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 14, 2015 5:57 am

NVIDIA has already teased its GeForce GTX Titan X which should arrive next week at the company's GPU Technology Conference next week, but now we're hearing about the new Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X, and that it will come in two variants: one with 4GB of VRAM, the other with 8GB.

 

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Because AMD will be using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) on these cards, the 8GB version will not have the numbers to go mainstream compared to its 4GB counterpart. The 8GB version will require eight 8Gbit chips (1GB per chip) that will provide a huge 1024MB/sec of bandwidth. This card will be quite the force to be reckoned with, but considering the GeForce GTX 980 already performs super well at 4K with its 256-bit memory bus, the 1024-bit memory bus and this next-gen HBM RAM should usher in some 4K numbers we haven't seen before.

 

We are expecting the new Fiji-based R9 390X to be unveiled at Computex in June.

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