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MSI displays its new GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G at Computex 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 30, 2016 8:54 am

Computex 2016 - If there's one thing we're going to see at Computex this year en masse, it's the custom GeForce GTX 1080 video cards. The first we saw was from MSI in the form of their new GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G.




MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G features the new TWIN FROZR VI cooler, TORX Fan 2.0, double ball bearings, a custom 12-phase PCB design, and 6+8-pin PCIe power connector. There's a huge backplate with a black matte backplate, which looks super cool.



ASUS crams a pair of GTX 1080s into beastly ROG G31 Edition 10 PC

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2016 8:47 am

Computex 2016 -- TweakTown is on the ground in Taipei for Day 0 of Computex 2016, and we just stumbled across a new, currently unannounced system from ASUS that stuffs a pair of NVIDIA's Pascal-based GTX 1080 video cards into its small-form-factor frame. Say hello to the ROG G31 Edition 10 PC.




While you drool over the eyecandy potential that a pair of GTX 1080s brings to the table, we'll tell you that the ROG G31 also contains an Intel Core i7 CPU (likely the 6700K) and up to 64GB of RAM, though we're not yet sure if it's DDR3 or DDR4.


ASUS is also cramming up to four M.2 PCIe SSDs into the G31, and a Blu-Ray disc writer.

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ASUS teases the Ghost Rider custom PC at Computex 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2016 8:19 am

Computex 2016 - We snuck into the Nangang halls earlier today to get a sneak peak at the goods being displayed at Computex this year, and one of our first visits was the huge ASUS booth.




ASUS were showing off plenty of gear, but they weren't completely done yet. Something that they did have setup was the latest version of their Ghost Rider PC, which looked absolutely awesome. It has three huge skulls at the top, and a beastly custom design that looks like it was pulled directly out of DOOM.



Go backstage with 'Steve Jobs' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 30, 2016 8:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Steve Jobs' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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ASUS's new ZenFone 3 flagship rocks 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820, USB C

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2016 7:25 am

Computex 2016 - ASUS has announced it's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship model at the Zenvolution press event in Taipei, along with two other offerings.




ASUS's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a pretty beefy flagship smartphone, sporting up to 6GB of onboard RAM system memory alongside Qualcomm's new powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe starts at $499, and features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen wrapped in an all-metal unibody design. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C ensures the ZenFone 3's 3,000mAh battery charges super quickly, and the smartphone has 64GB onboard storage that's expandable to up to 256GB.


The other mothers include the $249 ZenFone 3, which packs a 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+LCD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 625 processor; and the $479 ZenFone 3 Ultra, a bigger handset with a 6.8-inch 1080p screen, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 652 processor, and a massive 4,600mAh battery that supports quick-charging over USB Type-C. The ZenFone 3 Ultra also sports "4K TV grade image processing", and two of ASUS's new five-magnet stereo speakers for cinematic 3D surround sound over DTS Headphone: X and virtual 7.1 surround. If that wasn't enough, the ZenFone 3 Ultra's 4,6000mAh battery supports PowerBank mode that can share power and "jumpstart other devices".

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ASUS's ultra-thin ZenBook 3 is twice as fast as a MacBook

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2016 6:36 am

Computex 2016 - ASUS has just revealed its new ZenBook 3 at the Zenvolution event in Taipei.




The ZenBook 3 is a direct competitor to Apple's MacBook, with an incredibly thin 11.9 mm lightweight frame and powerful specs that beats the MacBook's performance two-to-one. ASUS's Johnny Shih boasts that the ZenBook 3 is "the world's most prestigious laptop," with onboard specs ranging up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIE SSD. The sleek laptop features a 12.5-inch display and is powered by the "world's thinnest" 3mm fan for cooling.


The ZenBook 3 also sports fast-charging capabilities with built-in Thunderbolt 3/USB-C support. ASUS affirms the laptop can jump from a depleted charge up to 60% in just 49 minutes flat, with overall battery life ranging from 9 hours of use. The ASUS ZenBook 3 has three different pricing tiers: $999 for the Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD; $1,499 for the Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB SSD; and $1,999 for the Intel Core i7, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 1TB SSD variant.

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IN WIN modders have created some truly beautiful custom PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 30, 2016 12:09 am

There's no better way to celebrate your 30th anniversary than inviting the world's best modders to Taiwan to have a modding competition, with IN WIN seeing some truly great results and amazing modded PCs. Remember you can vote for your favorite mod right here!


We have a round up of all of the designs, which you can check out below.






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IN WIN's Mod in Taiwan event kicks off, with the world's best modders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 29, 2016 1:00 pm

IN WIN has kicked off its 30th birthday in a serious way, kicking off its Mod in Taiwan live modding competition. The company called upon eight teams from seven countries, gave them all a new IN WIN chassis, some pretty damn good hardware, and all the tools required to make the best custom PC they could in 24 hours - split across 3 x 8-hour days.




The company hosted the event at their factory complex in Taoyuan, with the first day over and done with and pretty damn hectic. There are some big prizes up for grabs, with the public voting on the Best Design Award and the Innovation Award, with votes taking place online and on-site at Computex.




All of the completed mods will be on display, with IN WIN giving the winner $5000, a slew of hardware, and their choice of chassis from IN WIN's amazing line of products. IN WIN will be choosing a modder for its Choice Award, with the price consisting of $3000. The winners will also receive an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for CES 2017, where their mod will be on show. As for who is participating:


  • Team 1 (USA) - BSMods (Bob Stewart; Rod Rosenberg)
  • Team 2 (USA) - Team Mongoose (Lee Harrington, Ronald Lee Christianson)
  • Team 3 (France) - Modded by Frenchies (Gregory Rousseau, Olivier Maillet)
  • Team 4 (UK) - Running with Scissors (Daniel Harper, Dave Alcock)
  • Team 5 (Germany) - Babetech (Martin Blass, Stefan Blass)
  • Team 6 (Australia) - Team Down Under (Stuart Tonks, Ryan Hooper)
  • Team 7 (Sweden) - SMPC Modding (Justin Ohlsen, Björn Hall)
  • Team 8 (China) - KuN MOD (KuN, Sreay)

New 4K Xbox Scorpio targeting 6TFLOPs, 1.5 times faster than PS4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2016 6:55 pm

Microsoft is plotting to overthrow Sony's console reign with a new high-performance 4K-ready Xbox console that's four times as powerful than existing Xbox One hardware.




According to recent reports, Microsoft will release a dramatically overhauled Xbox console (codenamed Scorpio) in late 2017. Inside sources told Polygon that Microsoft is targeting 6 TFLOPs of performance with the Xbox Scorpio, making the new Xbox 1.5 times faster than Sony's new upgraded PlayStation Neo (PS4K, PS4.5). Like the PS4K, the Xbox Scorpio will leverage its higher-end hardware to push 4K gaming and 4K video playback. It's likely the Scorpio will upscale 1080p to 4K instead of native 4K gaming, and the console is expected to be fully backward compatible with all existing Xbox One games.


Reports indicate the new Xbox will ship with Oculus Rift support baked in, with Microsoft partnering with Oculus to counter Sony's PlayStation VR headset. If these reports are true, the Xbox Scorpio would theoretically be capable of delivering desktop-grade VR performance with the Rift. PC-quality VR is quite demanding, so the Xbox Scorpio would likely need a dedicated video card solution, and we may even see the first-ever external console video cards with AMD's new GPU enclosure.

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E3 site lists Xbox One VR category with Oculus Rift devs attached

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 28, 2016 4:33 pm

ESA's official E3 2016 website lists a "Xbox One VR" category, further hinting that Xbox will leverage the Oculus Rift to face-off against Sony's PlayStation VR.




Earlier today we reported that the Oculus Rift headset may be supported on Microsoft's new upgraded 4K-ready Xbox (codenamed Scorpio). Anonymous devs confirmed Xbox VR projects to Ars Technica, adding further evidence to Kotaku's previous leaks. Now the official E3 site seems to corroborate those claims.


The E3 site lists four companies under the "Xbox One virtual reality" section, all of which are non-coincidentally working on VR games. The list includes Rebellion (Battlezone), Maximum Games (Loading Human), 3DRudder, who designed a feet-based VR controller, and Readily Studio, a Chinese outsourcing studio who builds VR games. What's more is that Rebellion's Battlezone and Maximum's Loading Human games are all confirmed for the Oculus Rift and PSVR, lumping on even more evidence the Rift could be used on the Xbox Scorpio.

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