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Intel teams with ESL for $1 million CS:GO championship

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 5:41 am

Intel and ESL have been partnered for 17 years now, but are now taking it to the next level with the Intel Grand Slam, the latest CS:GO championship.

 

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Intel will provide all of the gaming PCs to each player and team, with Senior VP and General Manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, Gregory Bryant, saying: "Intel's involvement in esports and the gaming community has spanned more than 15 years, and we're always looking for ways to take the player and fan experience to the next level. In this next phase of our long-time partnership with ESL, we're investing in the development of future esports stars, further expanding our global footprint with the Intel Extreme Masters circuit, and exploring fresh formats like the Intel Grand Slam that we announced today".

 

The massive competition itself is the new Intel Grand Slam for CS:GO, with an additional $1 million for any team that manages to stop the Intel Grand Slam winner. The game is split into a few factors: with an additional $1 million being offered to the team that wins 4 of the last ten $200,000 events between DreamHack and ESL. The first Intel Grand Slam event takes place during ESL One Cologne 2017, which takes place between 7-9 of July.

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ARK dev: Xbox One X horsepower is 'phenomenal'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 4:10 am

ARK: Survival Evolved is another super-hot game on the PC right now, but it has been enjoying some love on both the Xbox One and PS4 over the last few months, and now that the new Xbox One X is out the developer has some words to say.

 

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Studio Wildcard's Jesse Rapczak was recently on the E3 2017 Live Show with Geoff Keighley, where he said that they're aiming for 60FPS on Xbox One X, and that 60FPS was "not possible" on the PS4 Pro. PS4 Pro users can run 60FPS, but only at 720p where we'll see ARK running at 1080p 60FPS on close to Epic settings on Xbox One X. During the interview, Rapczak said: "It's amazing. It's basically like Epic settings on PC, we're targeting 60FPS. We recently introduced variable frame rate, but on Xbox One X with the extra horsepower, you'll notice less variation in your frame rate even in busy situations".

 

Rapczak added: ":The PS4 Pro also has improved frame rate when compared to PS4. Before the XB1X, it was the best console version of ARK, but it's hard to argue with that 6 teraflops [laughs]. Having the same frame rate in our game isn't really possible, there are a couple reasons for that: the XB1X not only has a faster CPU than PS4 Pro, it also has a lot more RAM. I'd say there's a 50% performance difference".

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Far Cry 5 gameplay emerges, your dog brings you guns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 3:47 am

Ubisoft has had a huge show at E3 this year, displaying their slew of games, but one of the most anticipated would have to be Far Cry 5. The company released a new Far Cry 5 gameplay trailer, which we've embedded below.

 

 

The trailer explains your sniper, Grace Armstrong, and your air support with Nick Rye in Far Cry 5, with some impressive tricks up their sleeves. Far Cry 5 takes the adventure to the United States, landing you in Hope County, Montana. Once you arrive, Ubisoft explains: "incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community". There's also a new trailer that Ubisoft calls 'Amazing Grace', something they released at E3 2017.

 

 

Ubisoft also announced the upcoming Far Cry 5 Collector's Edition, which will include:

 

The Hope County, MT Collector's Case is available for pre-order exclusively from the Ubisoft Store. In addition to the Gold Edition of Far Cry 5 - which includes the Season Pass for access to future expansions, as well as a Digital Deluxe Pack that adds new vehicles, weapons, and outfits - the Collector's Case includes a Deer Skull Trophy that measures 17.72 inches (45cm) wide, an exclusive Steelbook case, the official Far Cry 5 soundtrack, and a double-sided tourist map of Hope County.

Dell announces Alienware Area-51 with AMD ThreadRipper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 3:02 am

This is big news: Dell has confirmed they are the OEM exclusive partner for AMD's upcoming 12C/24T and 16C/32T parts in their upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPU range.

 

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Dell will be pumping out systems with Alienware and their upcoming Area-51 ThreadRipper Edition gaming PC that will rock up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM (2667/2933MHz), a bunch of GPU configurations including the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 570/580, and GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI. I'm sure there'll also be some Radeon RX Vega graphics card configurations once the Vega-based GPUs launch in August.

 

All systems will include fully unlocked, factory overclocked on all CPU cores and liquid cooled Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, with options for dual- and triple-GPU configurations and super-fast M.2 storage. Dell will also be selling Alienware Area-51 gaming PCs with Intel's new Core i7 and Core i9 processors, but Intel is locked out at anything more than 10C/20T. Intel will be offering their Core i7-7800X (6C/12T @ 4GHz), Core i7-7820X (8C/16T @ 4.5GHz), and Core i9-7900X (10C/20T @ 4.5GHz).

Intel Core i9-7900X: 10C/20T @ 5GHz on AIO liquid cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 1:45 am

Intel's new Core i9 range is getting flashed around, with the upcoming 10C/20T part hitting 5GHz with an AIO liquid cooler. Intel's upcoming Core i9-7900X has reached 5GHz with the AIO liquid cooler, and even 4.5GHz on air, all on 1.15V - and with all CPU cores enabled.

 

 

The new Core i9-7900X will arrive with 10C/20T of CPU power, 13.75MB L3 cache, and 3.3/4.3GHz for base/boost, respectively. But Intel's new Turbo Boost 3.0 technology will overclock the 10C/20T chip to 4.5GHz, which is a huge upgrade over the current high core count CPUs like the Core i7-6950X. Intel's upcoming Core i9-7900X will have a TDP of 140W, and its X299 chipset will feature 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

 

 

Intel will be pricing the new 10C/20T Core i9-7900X at $999, and considering the Core i7-6950X debuted at $1500 and is still $1500 on Amazon right now - all with the same 10C/20T, but at much lower clocks (3.0/3.5GHz for base/boost), it's a steal. AMD will be competing big time with their upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs offering up to 16C/32T, but their spiffy new X399 chipset rocks 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes, beating Intel out by a fair chunk.

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Intel's beasty 18C/36T processor launching in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 12:52 am

Intel is reportedly launching its new Core i9 range of processors next month, starting with the Core i9-7920X (12C/24T) but the 14C/28T, 16C/32T, and 18C/36T processors will be launching in October.

 

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The first phase of Intel's new Core launch will see the 4/6/8/10-core models launch, while the second phase will see the 12C/24T chip launch, and then finally the mudslide of 14/16/18-core parts. Intel will reportedly begin accepting pre-orders of the new 4/6/8/10-core Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors on June 19, shipping to consumers on June 26. All of these processors will work on the new X299 chipset.

 

Intel's upcoming 12C/24T processor in the Core i9-7920X will launch in August for a hefty $1199, while the super high-end Core i9-7980XE with 18C/36T of power will launch in October.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle looks really fun

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 11:44 pm

E3 2017 - Ubisoft's new Rabbids and Mario cross-over looks like tons of fun. Here's why I'm looking forward to the game!

 

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle leaked ahead of E3 and drew lots of criticism from gamers. But as it turns out, the cross-over is actually pretty impressive-looking. Not only is the game bright and vibrant, hearkening back to the unique cartoony graphics of the Wii U, but it incorporates a surprising level of strategem. In many ways, this Ubisoft Mario game looks like Final Fantasy Mario mixed with XCOM Mario Party, and I can't wait to play it.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been in development for more than three years, and the goal of the game was to "try and make a Mario game that hasn't ever been made before," and I think Ubisoft succeeded. The game has a nice layer of tactical strategy to it with a turn-based tactical adventure focus with multiple party members like Peach, Yoshi, Mario and Luigi--and their Rabbid dopplegangers. In fact, it has two modes: explore mode, which has players running around various areas, and battle mode, which has players duking it out in XCOM-like RTS combat.

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Motorola launches Moto E4 and E4 Plus

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 11:36 pm

Just a week ago, Motorola launched its Moto Z2 Play, and now the company has launched two new smartphones - the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus.

 

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The Moto E4 is the smaller of the two, with a 5-inch 720p display. The phone comes with a choice of Snapdragon 425 or 427, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

 

The phone features an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front shooter. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 2,800 mAh battery.

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Forza 7 hits native 4K 60FPS on Xbox One X with 70% GPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 10:31 pm

E3 2017 - Forza Motorsport 7 will run at native 4K 60FPS on Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X console without even using full GPU power.

 

 

Microsoft has confirmed Forza Motorsport 7 runs at a "rock solid" 4K 60FPS on the new high-end Xbox One X console, but now Turn10 revealed something else: Forza 7 actually hits 4K 60FPS without even using the console's full GPU power.

 

The developers told Destructoid that Forza 7's native 4K 60FPS performance uses 70% of Xbox One X's highly customized Polaris-based 6TFLOP GPU, with 30% power left over. This isn't particularly surprising, as the same developer was able to hit native 4K 60FPS at Ultra PC equivalent settings in Forza 6: Apex with 88% GPU usage.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 announced, is an online prequel

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2017 9:40 pm

E3 2017 - After 15 years of waiting, Ubisoft today announced Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still alive and showcased the game with an incredible new trailer.

 

 

Ubisoft Montpellier has been developing Beyond Good and Evil 2 for quite some time now, and has spent the last three years diligently shaping the universe. The game is actually a prequel, and has a persistent seamless online universe to explore for gamers, strongly indicating it'll be built on Ubisoft's live services framework and offer multiplayer content for years to come.

 

Beyond Good and Evil is a "seamless online playground" that allows players to discover new worlds across a wide cosmos. "We've been working very hard just on the technology across three years time. Today we have a seamless online playground where we can travel across space at the speed of light. We can explore mysterious cities and discover unknown lands by ourselves or with friends. We want you to participate in the making of this great adventure," Beyond Good and Evil 2 designer Michel Ancel said.

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