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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, up to 1.2Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:30 pm

Qualcomm has already teased Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia with speeds of 930Mbps over a small router that fits into your pocket, but now they've announced their new Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset that will eventually find its way into next-gen mobile devices.

 

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The new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is capable of "fiber-like" speeds, with download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps - providing over 100MB/sec download speeds... on your smartphone. Qualcomm reaches this with the new LTE Category 18 technology, with support for up to 5 x 20MHz download Carrier Aggregation (CA) over unlicensed FDD and TDD radio frequencies, as well as 4x4 MIMO on up to three aggregated LTE carriers.

 

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Qualcomm's super-fast Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset is capable of 12 simultaneous unique streams of data, and on each download stream the X20 LTE's modem and its support for 256-QAM, we're looking at peak throughput of around 100Mbps. Uplink bandwidth with 2x20MHz carrier aggregation plus 64-QAM sees upload speeds of 150Mbps.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1700X spotted in detail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:03 pm

AMD is skating the edge of the release of its next-gen Ryzen CPUs, and now we're getting our first up close shots of the Ryzen 7 1700X processor.

 

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Here's the front/top of the chip, with it clearly being branded as 'RYZEN' - with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X full name at the top.

 

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And from the bottom.

NVIDIA's next-gen Volta GPU turns up in latest drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 11:58 am

NVIDIA is expected to unveil its Volta GPU architecture in detail during its GPU Technology Conference in May, but between now and then we're looking at some fresh rumors of the GV100 GPU.

 

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GV100 is the 'full fat' Volta GPU that will most likely power the Volta-based Titan X graphics card, featuring HBM2 technology - this is 'Big Volta'. The new tease of GV100 was in AIDA64's latest update, where the developers found a PCI device ID belonging to 1D81 = Graphics Device [GV100]. Interesting way of finding out about it, huh?

 

Now bring on GTC 2017, where we should hopefully learn everything about Volta.

Horizon Zero Dawn is 'best' 4K game on PS4 Pro so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 9:33 am

Horizon Zero Dawn has been receiving some amazing compliments so far, and after Digital Foundry's analysis on the PlayStation exclusive, it looks like it's the best-looking PS4/PS4 Pro game to date.

 

 

The game maintains its 1080p resolution on the PS4, but the beefier PS4 Pro can run Horizon Zero Dawn at 4K - while performance, stays roughly the same. We're looking at a "near-locked and well-paced" 30FPS, with "very few drops below" 30FPS - with both of these drops in performance happening at the "same spots regardless of the console", which means we should see updates for Horizon Zero Dawn that will improve those dips in the near future.

 

Guerrilla Games harnessed the additional horsepower inside of the PS4 Pro to not only crank up the resolution to the non-native "checkerboard 4K presentation" - but the graphical detail is increased. There's higher antistrophic filtering and texture resolution on the PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn. There will also be an update pushed out on day one for Horizon Zero Drawn that will offer a high-performance option.

 

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The PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn clearly looks better, with Digital Foundry providing some side-by-side comparisons of the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions.

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Nintendo Switch has 25.9 GB available memory, OS is 4GB

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 8:17 am

A gamer recently bought a Nintendo Switch early and showed off the system's startup screens, revealing that the console-handheld hybrid only has approximately 25.9 GB of the advertised 32GB of onboard memory will be available for games, downloads, and screenshots.

 

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The Nintendo Switch is supposed to come with 32GB of flash storage. However, as any tecchie will tell you, the advertised memory isn't what you actually get (and here's why).

 

Given that a 32GB flash drive will only actually have about 29.8 GB of usable space, we can assess the Nintendo Switch's customized operating system takes up about 4GB of space by default, leaving about ~26GB left over for gamers to use (29.8GB - 25.9GB = 3.9GB). To give you an idea of how much space this actually is let's say you plan to install Zelda: Breath of the Wild digitally on the Switch, which clocks in at 13.4GB. After installing that one game you'd have 12.5GB left over for other games--but fear not, Nintendo Switch games are rather minute!

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GDC 2017 tease Ghost Recon Wildlands technology video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 6:45 am

GDC 2017 kicks off next week, with a big tease of Ghost Recon Wildlands and the terrain tools and technology video for the game.

 

 

The developer must be proud of its work into the terrain and landscapes of Wildlands, which do look absolutely amazing, and now we have a tease of what will come at GDC 2017. I'm going to be on the ground at the time, and have this session locked into my calendar.

 

Ghost Recon Wildlands will be released on March 7 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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GTX 1080 Ti teased in Halo Wars 2 official requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 5:51 am

NVIDIA is expected to unveil their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card during their event at GDC 2017 next week, but the GTX 1080 Ti has been teased... with Halo Wars 2.

 

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Halo Wars 2 is coming soon, with Microsoft and developer THQ Nordic listing NVIDIA's unreleased and unannounced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti as the GPU of choice for Halo Wars 2's Ultra graphics requirements. We should expect NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to be a slightly gimped Titan X, which is not a bad thing - 3328 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5X, and 10.8TFLOPs of performance - enough for Ultra settings in Halo Wars 2.

'Terminator 2' 3D cinema re-release set for Judgment Day

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 4:42 am

While the originally planned 3D theatrical re-release of James Cameron's masterpiece 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' was delayed from the original 2016 release date, Studio Canal has confirmed that the film will hit cinemas in the around the world on August 25th 1997 - 4 days before the 20th anniversary of the fictional Judgment Day event which wiped out humanity thanks to the machines.

 

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Originally release in 1991, 'Terminator 2' went on to re-define the action genre , and took Arnold Schwarzenegger's career to new heights. StereoD, the firm who previously converted Cameron's 'Titanic' and 'Jurassic Park' have been responsible for the 3D conversion, from a brand new 4K restoration of the film.

 

'Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D' will hit cinemas in US, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand on August 25th 2016.

Microsoft shipping HoloLens 2, directly into HoloLens 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 4:32 am

Microsoft first kicked off its intruiging HoloLens product two years ago now, as Windows 10 was being pushed onto PCs, and while developers are using the first-gen HoloLens it looks like Microsoft might be skipping HoloLens 2 in favor of the third generation headset.

 

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The news is coming from Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, who sources said that Microsoft is skipping the second-gen HoloLens headset for the "third generation" that Microsoft had been planning at the same time. It looks like Microsoft might have been priming a true leap in AR headsets in the background, and is now ready to compete with Apple's purported mixed reality (MR) headset that will arrive with the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones in June.

 

A company spokesperson said: "Mixed reality is the future of computing, and Microsoft HoloLens is the future and present of mixed reality. Our commitment requires no roadmap". This new HoloLens 3 headset would reportedly arrive in 2019.

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Xbox boss: Microsoft is making new PC exclusive games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 3:50 am

Microsoft is going to shake up the console space later this year with the 4K-capable Project Scorpio console, the fastest Xbox ever made - but Microsoft seems to have moved away from making PC gaming the best gaming platform there is.

 

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Over the years this has happened, even with the release of DX12 and Vulkan, we haven't seen giant technological leaps and bounds from our increasingly faster hardware. But, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming heading into the future, something he touched on during the Halo Wars 2 launch party.

 

Spencer hinted at PC exclusive games that haven't been announced yet, as well as upcoming Xbox One exclusives that will be unveiled in the coming months. We have Crackdown 3 on the way, which should be a big hit when it launches in a few months.

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