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CyberPowerPC's new Ryzen PCs: from $983 up to $2399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 8:23 am

CyberPowerPC has come out swinging with some new gaming PCs powered by AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors, with systems starting at $983 and ranging up to $2399. All of the PCs feature AMD's new Ryzen processors, the same X340 Killer SLI motherboard, and can be configured to your hearts content.

 

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The company is hosting its own CyberPowerPC Ryzen pre-sale event, with all of the systems including a free upgrade to the Corsair Hydro Series H60 liquid cooler. As for the specs:

 

AMD Ryzen 7 Configurator - Starting $983

 

  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core CPU
  • AMD X370 Killer SLI Motherboard
  • AMD RX 470 4GB Graphics Card
  • Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling
  • 8GB (4GBx2) DDR4
  • 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • NZXT Source 340 Elite Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • 600 W PSU

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AMD's cheaper Ryzen 5/Ryzen 3 CPUs should launch in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 6:48 am

AMD launched their higher-end/enthusiast Ryzen 7 range in the last 36 hours, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X - but it's the mainstream and mid-range CPUs that will be shifting the ground beneath Intel's feet - with the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 range of chips.

 

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Now we're hearing that AMD will be launching their Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 range of CPUs in Q2 2017 - which means sometime between April and June, perfect for a huge unveil during Computex in late-May, early-June. Ryzen 5 will aim at the Core i5 processors from Intel, with 6C/12T - providing more CPU threads than the higher-end Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T.

 

The Ryzen 5 1600X is meant to cost $259, while the Ryzen 5 1500 will cost $229. Ryzen 3 will arrive as 4-core CPUs, and they should be CHEAP AS CHIPS, offering some great performance and more CPU threads for the CPU intensive games/applications out there.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 4GHz, 1800X performance for $329

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 5:12 am

AMD's new Ryzen 7 1700 might cost just $329, but it offers some monster performance when overclocked - especially when it hits 4GHz, where it keeps up with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X.

 

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OCUK member 'Gibbo' overclocked his retail Ryzen 7 1700 processor using an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, with the Ryzen 7 1700 hitting 4.05GHz on all 8 cores. At this speed, the overclocked Ryzen 7 1700 is running at 450MHz higher than the 1800X.

 

Gibbo explained: "We just tested a 1700, it hit 4.0GHz stable in everything, but ONLY in the Crosshair mainboard, the lower-end boards it was hovering around 3.80GHz as the VRM's were cooking with extra voltage. It however was maxing around 4050MHz, so I'd say 1700 can do 3.9-4.1GHz, of course the 1800X will probably do 4.1-4.3 as no doubt better binned, but if your clocking the motherboard has a big impact on the overclock and so far ASUS Crosshair and Asrock Taichi seem the best two".2

NVIDIA has 70.5% GPU market share, AMD has 29.5%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 3:32 am

GPU market share numbers change every couple of months, with Jon Peddie Research releasing their latest numbers for Q4 2016 - showing that AIB shipments increased quarter-to-quarter.

 

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JPR notes that AMD's market share dropped to 29.5% in Q4, 0.3% down from its 29.8% in Q3 - but comparing it to Q4 2015 with 21.6% - AMD has come a long way. NVIDIA has increased with AMD's missing 0.3% to 70.5% this quarter, but they have dropped significantly from 78.3% in the Q4 2015.

 

Jon Peddie Research has been collecting AIB shipment numbers quarterly backing all the way through to 1987, where they noticed that the AIB market increased 5.6% this quarter - while the desktop PC market also increased by 19.4%.

AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks leaked, is this Vega?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 2:29 am

AMD might have launched their Ryzen CPU family in the last 36 hours, but the tease of Radeon Vega was very welcome - and now, we're seeing benchmarks of the Radeon RX 580. But, is the Radeon RX 580 based on the Vega GPU architecture? I don't think so.

 

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First off: the new Radeon RX 580 benchmark leaks are from a single benchmark - Ashes of he Singularity. Second, the person testing the Radeon RX 580 is coming from AMD - so we could be seeing someone trying to throw us off. Secondly, the Radeon RX 560 was also tested - which is an interesting thing to see, right? This is why I do not think the Radeon RX 500 series are Vega-based graphics cards, so let's talk about that now.

 

 

Radeon RX 500 Series + Radeon Vega = Totally Different

 

My sources told me months after AMD launched the Radeon RX 480 that there would be a revamped version with an improved PCB without the power delivery issues, and I think this is what we're seeing now with the Radeon RX 580 and RX 560. I think the Radeon RX 580 will be a heavily improved RX 480 priced at $199, and will be unveiled very soon.

 

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Nintendo Switch supports remote game downloads

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 12:24 am

Nintendo has confirmed its new Switch handheld-console hybrid will support remote game downloads at home or on-the-go, similar to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

 

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Let's say you're away from home and you buy a Switch game on Nintendo's website. Even while you're gone, the Switch console will start automatically downloading the game similar to the PS4's remote download feature. The added bonus is that the Switch can auto-download purchased games while on-the-go as long as the system is connected to Wi-Fi. Before you can do any of this, though, you'll have to download a day-one update to access the eShop.

 

"After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on Nintendo.com. Users can purchase the games on Nintendo's website and have them download automatically to their Nintendo Switch system at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection," Nintendo announced in a recent press release.

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Nintendo Switch left JoyCons have connection issues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 11:25 pm

The most important part of any game or gaming hardware is being able to play it with the included controllers. The Nintendo Switch may have a serious problem in this regard as the left JoyCon controller is disconnecting during game sessions.

 

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Multiple game outlets are reporting connection issues with the Switch's left JoyCon. Issues range from controller disconnecting and desycning from the device to noticeable input lag and latency issues, possibly indicating a hardware fault.

 

To understand what might be happening we have to take a look at the controller itself. The left JoyCon has a screenshot button and an accelerometer/gyroscope,--it lacks the home button, motion IR and NFC sensor the right-hand JoyCon has. The JoyCon controllers connect via Bluetooth 3.0 and have a 512mAh battery that lasts up to 20 hours of play.

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BioShock devs might be making new Twilight Zone 'game'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm

When BioShock developer Irrational Games closed its doors in 2014, we heard that Ken Levine moved on to work on a new Twilight Zone interactive experience. Now Irrational Games announced it has become Ghost Story, a new studio co-founded by Ken Levine and a bunch of former Irrational employees. We think it's way too coincidental that these two are unrelated, and here's why we think the ex BioShock devs are working on a Twilight Zone interactive game-movie.

 

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Irrational's new Ghost Story studio is a small team of twelve devs that's already working on a new game. This game will be a new IP and is entirely apart from BioShock--and we think it's a unique meld of movies and games. The team didn't go indie, however: Take-Two Interactive is still listed on the studio's website, meaning they're still part of the Grand Theft Auto publisher's label. This is important because a big project like a Twilight Zone interactive game/film crossover requires a decent investment.

 

Ken Levine is currently working on an interactive Twilight Zone project that will "explore the spaces between movies and games." By its own definition, Ghost Story is driven to create "immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them," which aligns with the experimental story-driven focus that Levine's Twilight Zone experience would offer. We get further hints from the studio's art director Shawn Robertson: "Ghost Story for me is defined by a small but experienced team working together to push the boundaries of what interactive narrative means."

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A closer look at Mass Effect: Andromeda's power combos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 9:16 pm

One thing I've always loved about Dragon Age and Mass Effect games is skill combos. The ability to combine certain skills in a potent concoction of chaos makes me feel like a mad scientist, and nothing is more satisfying than experimenting with different abilities. Mass Effect: Andromeda is carrying the torch forward with a newly evolved combo system that will make us all into crazy skill-brewers.

 

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BioWare's latest Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer shows off more nifty combat tips, character skillsets, companions, and our main attraction, combos. The anatomy of a power combo is "primers" and "detonators." Prime skills initiate the power combo, and detonators trigger the actual combo. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, combos had "starters" and "detonators," all of which delivered different effects that allowed for a tactical multi-faceted strategem. But Dragon Age has cross-class combos, and since Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn't actually have classes, the game opens up many more opportunities for havoc-inducing combos.

 

Power combos are triggered when successively casting abilities and powers from the Tech, Biotics and Combat trees. For example, you can cast Cryo Beam (Tech) and then Lance (Biotics) to trigger a potent power combo. Interestingly enough, this combination detonated a Cryo Combo, hinting that the "primer" skill will designate the affects of the combo itself. We don't know exactly what a Cryo Combo does, but I'd wager it slows enemies down while dealing frost/ice damage.

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Digital Nintendo Switch games locked to one console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 8:15 pm

Apparently Nintendo Switch digital game purchases can't be shared across multiple systems, hinting the same Nintendo Account can't be active on multiple Switch consoles.

 

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Despite Nintendo making strides by finally linking eShop purchases to online Nintendo Accounts instead of hardware, thereby not forcing gamers to rebuy games they already own on different platforms, Nintendo Switch has a rather conventional approach to game sharing: locking digital game ownership licenses to the account it was purchased on. This tidbit was uncovered in a recent YouTube video, where one curious parent gamer asked: "I have kids. I was originally going to buy one Switch, but if I were to buy a digital game do I have to buy it once, or do I have to buy it multiple times for different user accounts? If I want to take my system with me and my son or daughter want to play [can they play my account's copy of the game]?"

 

Nintendo exec Shinya Takahasi replied via Bill Trinnen's translation: "Currently we don't have a system like that in place for Nintendo Switch, but we haven't made any final decisions on how we would approach that going forward in the future. Unfortunately I cannot provide you a concrete answer right now." This strongly indicates that only one Nintendo Account can be the active owner on the Switch at any given time.

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