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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 to arrive in liquid cooled version at 2.5GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 14, 2016 2:57 am

When NVIDIA revealed the GeForce GTX 1080, they used the Founders Edition card which sells for $699 and overclocked its GP104 GPU to 2.1GHz on the vapor chamber-cooled video card. We all suspected the AIB partners would have some insane models, and we were right.




There will reportedly be four versions of the GeForce GTX 1080: the Founder's Edition (reference edition), the normal AIB card (air cooled), the custom AIB card (air cooled) and then the custom AIB cards (watercooled). ZOTAC, Colorful, ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE and countless others will have some super-powered GTX 1080 video cards to show off, with the rumor that GIGABYTE's upcoming Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 should reach 2.4GHz on the GPU, all in air - and if that's true, get ready to have your mind blown.


The tease of a liquid cooled GeForce GTX 1080 with its GPU clocked at 2.5GHz should be enough for anyone to be impressed, as it'll allow for 4K 60FPS gaming without a problem. We should expect a few AIB partners to have some insane designs, shown off at Computex 2016 in two weeks time.

AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 GPU will offer 390X performance, under $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 14, 2016 2:03 am

We heard whispers just before the GeForce GTX 1080 unveiling that AMD would be pricing its Polaris 10-based Radeon video card at around $299, while providing 390X performance - and thanks to the spiffy 14nm FinFET process, it'll do so at half the TDP.



Considering that the Radeon R9 290X is a 290W card, we should expect the Polaris 10-based Radeon cards to do the same performance but at just 150W. We should expect the cards to fall somewhere between 110-135W depending on the GPU itself, and how many stream processors are enabled. It's similar to what we saw during the RTG event last December, but the bigger surprise is that it'll rock 'up to 8GB GDDR5(X)'. Will AMD use GDDR5X? We'll find out soon enough.


We should also expect the Polaris 10 cards to have 256-bit wide memory buses, which should see Polaris 10-based Radeon video cards competing directly against the GeForce GTX 1070 - and that's great. I was talking with AMD's Roy Taylor at their Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference, and he asked what I think they should do - and I said do exactly this. Hit the mainstream, and hit it hard. AMD can't compete against the discrete GPU market share with NVIDIA as they only have 20% of the market - but the mainstream market is more elusive, there are more units sold and more profits to be made. It's the bread and butter of video cards, and it looks like AMD is hitting that exact sweet spot.

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Sony's PS4K won't be unveiled at E3 2016, says insider

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2016 1:45 am

Sony won't unveil the PlayStation 4K at E3 2016, instead opting for an announcement at Paris Games Week, according to a renowned games industry insider.




Well-known insider and NeoGAF resident Shinobi602 says that Sony's new 4K ready PlayStation 4 Neo (PS4K, PS4.5) could be unveiled at October's Paris Games Week in France. According to Shinobi, Sony can't just announce the PS4K months before it's released--doing so would completely jeopardize the current PS4 sales. No one will by a current PS4 if they know that an upgraded PS4K is on the way. Sony will need to announce the PS4 Neo the same month as it's released.


"I've heard that Sony will announce the PS4 Neo at Paris Games Week. This made sense to me because the supposed upgrades are coming in what, October? I would have said this publicly if I was 100% sure, but it's just what I was told," Shinobi said during a recent podcast.

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Google hiring self-driving car testers for $20 an hour

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 13, 2016 8:41 pm

If you live in Phoenix, are in need of work, and getting paid to brush your teeth and read the paper sound good to you, Google is hiring people to test out its self-driving cars.




The company has posted ads for anyone interested in pulling six to eight-hour shifts five days a week for about $20 an hour. At the end of your shift, employees will need to provide "concise written and oral feedback to the engineering team" on their experiences. Clean licenses are required, as there's a small chance those chosen will need to take the wheel under certain driving conditions. Unexpectedly, a BS/BA degree are required as well.


Google says it chose Phoenix as its latest test bed because the city encourages research and development and the extreme climate gives the company data it couldn't obtain in most other areas.

Sega looking into Shenmue, Shenmue II remasters

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2016 6:24 pm

With Shenmue III on the not so distant horizon, about now would be a perfect time for remasters of the now fairly dated Shenmue and Shenmue II. A fan posited this exact idea to Sega's community and social marketing manager Dan Sheridan, who replied in the most recent episode of Sega Central that the publisher is investigating the possibility.




"With regards to Shenmue 1 and 2 HD, of course we would love to release these tomorrow. Sadly, it's not as simple as porting the games to the current platforms, as we will need to ensure any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles," he explains. "And with games as immersive as Shenmue 1 and 2, there are further complications from licensed products that were included in the original games. That said, we'd love to do it and are currently investigating how to make it a reality."


Licensing issues or not, Shenmue III can happen after all these years, Shenmue and Shenmue II remasters seem plausible enough, so sit tight.

Classic NFL games on their way to YouTube

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 13, 2016 4:31 pm

Fans of football young and old will have the opportunity to easily discover or relive historic games in NFL history soon. The league is currently negotiating a renewed deal with YouTube whereby it will provide three full, classic games for each of the 32 teams for a total of 96 games; all will be available through the NFL YouTube channel, which currently boasts nearly one billion total views.




No exact date is set for the release of the full games yet, but the league says it will be sometime before the start of the new season (September 8).


The deal will also see highlights for games in progress show up in Google searches for NFL teams in a dedicated box that will also include information like broadcast time, kick-off time, and current score.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 mod lets you use Japanese voices, English subs

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2016 2:25 pm

The Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster launched on Steam yesterday and word is it's a mostly solid port. One key issue that remains though is the inability to use Japanese voice acting with English subtitles, an option that wasn't available in the original release and one that many fans would love to try this time around.



Fortunately, the mod scene has yet again come to the rescue: modder Topher has some downloads that will allow you to play the game this way, thanks to a bit of hex editing on his part. Head here to grab them and for installation instructions, which are pretty straightforward. Before doing anything, be sure to back up your original .EXEs.

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ASUS unveils its new X99 Signature and ROG Strix motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 13, 2016 12:23 pm

ASUS has just unveiled its new X99 motherboards that are ready for the next-gen Intel Core i7 processors, as well as the new ROG-based Strix motherboards.




The new boards include the Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II, and X99-E while the ROG Strix X99 motherboard is the latest to join the ROG motherboard roster. The new boards from ASUS include ASUS Aura, which is onboard RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED strip header to provide users with beautiful illumination effects. There's also ASUS SafeSlot, which is a strengthened PCIe slot that uses a "new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior 1.6x retention and 1.8x shearing resistance".


It wouldn't be a high-end ASUS motherboard without dual U.2 and M.2 slots that use the 32Gbps of available bandwidth over the PCIe bus, as well as 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C connectivity. The X99-Deluxe II motherboard uses ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 technology, which provides speeds of up to 40Gbps for those who don't want to be bottlenecked, ever.

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PlayStation 4K will launch before October 2016, says French wholesaler

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 13, 2016 11:59 am

Sony's new upgraded 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Neo will launch before October of this year, says French wholesaler Innelec Multimedia.




Innelec published the forecast in their Fiscal Year 2016 earnings call, outright declaring Sony will release the PS4 Neo (aka PS4K, PS4.5) before October 2016. Seeing as Innelec is a major French video games distributor and wholesaler, this could be factual. If true, Sony will likely unveil the PS4K at the Tokyo Game Show in September.


"The 2016/2017 current year should be marked for the video game world by the arrival, in the first half of our fiscal year, an evolution of the Sony PS4 PS4 console with the Neo 4K with new features and that the placing on the market in October 2016 virtual reality helmet Sony VR." This folds neatly with WSJ's reports that the PS4K will be announced before the PlayStation VR headset ships in October.

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