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OnePlus Two benchmarks tease 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

It looks like we're being introduced to the successor of the OnePlus One, with the OnePlus Two showing up on Geekbench. The smartphone should rock an 8-core processor clocked at 1.55GHz, with 3GB of RAM.

 

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The model number of the OnePlus Two smartphone is OnePlus One A2001, where we should see OnePlus using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor. The 3GB of RAM is no change over the OnePlus One, so it'll be interesting to see what else OnePlus will do to surprise us. The OnePlus Two will have a "military grade" fingerprint sensor that will beat what Apple has used on its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

We are expecting OnePlus to unveil the OnePlus Two smartphone later this month.

AMD's Catalyst 15.5 drivers coming soon for Project Cars, Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

With the impending launch of the Radeon R9 390X, AMD has just announced that they plan on fixing the HairWorks performance in The Witcher 3 through their Catalyst Control Center. AMD has also said that they will soon be releasing their Catalyst 15.5 drivers that will increase performance in both The Witcher 3, and Project Cars.

 

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AMD has said that in order to improve HairWorks performance in The Witcher 3, you should reduce the tessellation level in Catalyst Control Center. This is found in the 3D Application Settings part of the CCC, where you should reduce it to 8x.

 

When it comes to new drivers, AMD has said: "AMD is committed to improving performance for the recently-released Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To that end, we are creating AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta to optimize performance for these titles, and we will continue to work closely with their developers to improve quality and performance. We will release AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta on our website as soon as it is available".

Project Cars developer defends AMD performance sabotage claims

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

Slightly Mad Studios has been, well, slightly mad over accusations of deliberate performance gimping when it comes to AMD Radeon cards. But where did all of this start?

 

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A very detailed post on Reddit is the source of all of this, with the user summing up his post with "The entire Project Cars engine itself is built around a version of PhysX that simply does not work on AMD cards". Slightly Mad Studios has said that this is wrong, claiming that the users accusations are "erroneous".

 

The studio said that it didn't favor NVIDIA or AMD when it came to performance in Project Cars, but it has said that it has a "good working relationship" with both chipmakers. PC Gamer spoke with Slightly Mad Studios, receiving a lengthy statement that started with: "For the past few days, erroneous information posted on Reddit and other websites has spread misinformation with regards to Project Cars' performance on systems using AMD GPUs".

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ESL produces infographic boasting incredible stream viewership

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

600,000 and 550,000 respectively for the CS:GO and League of Legends (LoL) grand finals is the peak concurrent stream viewership boasted by ESL in its latest graph showing.

 

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Not only is is surprising that CS:GO overtook LoL in numbers, but it's great to see the continued growth of eSports streaming as a whole. Additional information pointed out that Fnatic stole the show, churning more numbers in CS:GO matches that they played in, alongside Team Solo Mid smashing all other teams for viewership numbers in the League of Legends field.

 

Overall the numbers for LoL vs CS:GO cannot draw any conclusions alone only as the CS:GO event saw all of the worlds best whereas the LoL tournament had a mainly-western focus as pointed out in the analysis provided.

Nintendo hires Sales VP named 'Bowser'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

For every hero, there has to be a nemesis. Superman VS Lex Luthor. Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader. Batman VS The Joker. Super Mario VS Bowser. But they also say 'if you can't beat em, join em' - and that's exactly what Nintendo of America have done when they hired for the vacant position of Sales VP.

 

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Nintendo announced yesterday they've hired Doug Bowser in an appropriately tongue-in-cheek press release. "Nintendo of America has hired a new Vice President to lead the United States sales organization with a name that's well-known in the Mushroom Kingdom. Effective today, Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa and Mario's longtime nemesis) will oversee a variety of sales-related functions".

 

Bowser has made the move from an eight year stint with Electronic Arts, where he held the position of VP of Global Business Planning.

Win flights to an eSports tournament with meet & greet dinners

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

Team Liquid, Namecheap and Razer have combined their powers to offer lucky fans an incredible eSports experience.

 

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Including flights to either the League of Legends LCS or DreamHack Winter, the winner will also enjoy dinner with Team Liquid professional players and be thrust amidst the fast-paced eSports action.

 

Set as a promotion mainly for Namecheap, entries are generated "simply" by transferring your domain to this company. We say simply with quotation marks because I guess, it's not really that simple. If you're looking to enter this competition and you don't already own a domain, you're likely going to create a website, graphics, content, then register it with another company and finally transfer it over to Team Liquid's sponsor.

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How much do Twitch TV streamers really make? Here's an answer

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

Starting at the top, streamer imaqtpie has been predicted to take in around $14,000 each month in an analyst graph presented by Efe Karakus.

 

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The current Master's degree student is currently "focusing on human-computer interaction and data mining" and has combined Twitch TV subscriptions with advertisements and an educated prediction to give the public an insight into how much these e-celebrities really make.

 

Subscriptions can be purchased through Twitch TV and see a donation given to the steamer of your choice, alongside a complete wipe of advertisements on their channel - however, this makes up a very small percentage of the overall income as it's likely users are simply using AdBlock or similar to block out the ads either way.

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Another CS:GO pro is hit with a Valve Anti Cheat ban

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

Indian CS:GO pro player Krishna "kriSSh" Salecha from Team NeckBREAK has been handed an automatic ban through Valve's Anti-Cheating service (VAC) recently on his main gaming account.

 

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This Steam ban has seen an official Facebook reply, including a statement that read "my account was logged in from an unknown computer at 12.10 PM for five minutes. I have contacted Steam to get info on the IP address from where my accounted was logged in," coming after playing a tournament match on local internet cafe computers.

 

It's obviously quite common for CS:GO players to deny their bans once they have taken place, however Salecha believes the internet cafe may have compromised his account, commenting that the ban has been appealed and is awaiting a response from the official valve team.

SilverStone shows more brand presence with this old school mATX case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

In the lead up to COMPUTEX, SilverStone has been pushing out a few more cases to increase their range of SKU into the market.

 

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TweakTown covered the FRZ01 slim form factor chassis recently and now there's the SG12 on offer adding to the, SilverStone SUGO series. Looking old school in design, this case has a little flavor of Thermaltake from the 2000's in the overall aesthetic, seeing a blue strip line the front and center of the front-facing panel.

 

Featuring support for coolers up to 82mm in height, a built in handle for transportation and capabilities for Micro-ATX motherboards and full ATX power supplies, this case is seemingly targeted at LAN participants.

 

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With the SUGO series first being launched in 2005, it seems SilverStone has brought back the old school vibe with its SG12, now to see if its performance can back it up.

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AMD hasn't released a WHQL certified Catalyst driver in over 160 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Did you know that it has been nearly 6 months since AMD released a WHQL-certified Catalyst driver? With NVIDIA constantly refining and fine tuning its GeForce driver with a constant stream of Game Ready WHQL releases, even for Windows 10 with DirectX 12 support, AMD has fallen behind the ball, big time.

 

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We used to see monthly releases of Catalyst drivers back in the day, which added performance improvements for new games, increased support for features like CrossFire and Eyefinity, and even support for new GPUs as they were released. But it has been over 18 months since AMD released the Radeon R9 290X, and 12 months since the Radeon R9 295X2.

 

The last WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers were released on 9/12/14 in the form of the Catalyst 14.12 Omega WHQL, and since then, AMD has released just two Beta drivers, with the Catalyst 15.4 drivers helping out with Grand Theft Auto V, and adding support for FreeSync. With the impending release of an entire new architecture with HBM memory in the form of the Radeon R9 390X, we should hopefully expect AMD to not just release a kick ass new driver, but to keep up with monthly releases to better compete against NVIDIA in the software side of its products.

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