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Xbox boss: first-party Project Scorpio games 'critical'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 7:52 am

Microsoft will be the first console maker with a truly 4K-capable console later this year with Project Scorpio, but what about big first-party games by Microsoft and its closest partners? They're important too, right?




According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer: "Having our [first-party] games ready for Scorpio is critical". Now we don't know what "ready" means, but we might see some highly tuned first-party games rocking 1080p 60FPS or 4K 30FPS on Project Scorpio at launch, with big system sellers like Halo and Gears of War running at liquid smooth 60FPS - or offering 4K at 30FPS.


I don't see Microsoft being able to squeeze 60FPS out of 4K, considering the PC can't do that without spending in excess of $1000. What do you think we'll see?

Apple rumored to consider purchasing Disney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 6:32 am

If there was ever a wild rumor for 2017, it would be that Apple is considering an acquisition of Disney - you know, the company that owns Marvel, LucasFilm, and Pixar - and is a giant on its own.




Apple is just as massive in the consumer electronics business, and with $200 billion in cash laying around, Apple could really stir up the entire world with an acquisition of Disney. With the largest cash reserver for a private company in history, Apple would own the rights to IP like The Avengers, Toy Story, Star Wars, Frozen, and so many more with an acquisition of Disney.


Now imagine all of that content having its parent company Apple, provide them with the rights to use their products like iPhones and Macs in their movies and TV shows - without the why-do-they-bother crappily made custom OS for a shot of a smartphone in a movie, or the fact that they're using an iPhone or Mac and they put tape over the logo. Imagine actual product placement, without it needing to be, and by a company as large as Apple - in movies as big as Iron Man, for example.

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In Win launches X-Frame 2.0, tou 2.0 Signature chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 5:53 am

In Win has just unveiled its new X-Frame 2.0 chassis, built from the ground up for professional tests (like me, and now I want 3 of them) - as it can be setup in a horizontal position for much easier swapping in and out of components, especially graphics card testing.




X-Frame 2.0 features a detachable, rotating stand that allows the test rig to be positioned at every 15 degrees through an easy-to-use specialized clip release.




This feature alone will save people hours of time across lots of testing, with In Win making the structure of the X-Frame 2.0 with sandcasting and a CNC machine that cut 4mm of aluminum.




InWin then anodizes it to provide what it calls a "strong finish", with the handles being 8mm thick - so they'll support heavier, bulkier hardware and multi-GPU rigs.

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Uber suspends self-driving car tech after Arizona crash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 3:23 am

Uber has halted all of its self-driving car efforts after a self-driving car was involved in an accident in Tempe, Arizona - even though Uber's autonomous car wasn't at fault, as it was the human driver that caused the accident.




One of Uber's Volvo-made self-driving SUVs can be seen on its side, with an Uber spokesperson confirming the accident, and that the company is "suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations" reports Bloomberg. There were no injuries in the accident, with the police report stating that another car "failed to yield for the Uber car, causing the autonomous vehicle to flip on its side", reports Bloomberg.


Tempe police information officer Josie Montenegro said: "There was a person behind the wheel. It is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision". An Uber spokesperson added that the company is "continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle".

GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare looks absolutely AMAZING

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 1:35 am

GIGABYTE has been owning with its new AORUS push, and now we have the upcoming Z270X-Designare motherboard, and a slick silver/black/blue look which has me salivating all over my keyboard.




The new Z270-powered Designare motherboard has been fully validated and optimized for NVIDIA's high-end Quadro workstation and high-end graphics cards, so if you're looking for performance without limits - GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare motherboard is what you should be looking at.




VP of GIGABYTE's Motherboard Business Unit, Henry Kao, explains: "Content creators need a high-performance platform that can keep up with the inventive minds as they craft their masterpieces".

Set sail with 'Moana' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 9:53 pm

To celebrate this week's release of Disney's 'Moana' on Blu-ray 3D, 2D DVD and digital, we have five Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.




Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Aulii Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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MSI makes its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X official

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 7:23 am

MSI has made its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X graphics card official, with a proper tease at card with its spruced up cooler both on, and off - as well as the technical specifications, so we have some GPU and VRAM clock speeds to share.




MSI will be offering its usual three overclocking modes: Silent, Gaming, and OC modes. Silent Mode sees the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X clocked at 1480/1582MHz on the GPU, and 11000MHz on the 11GB of GDDR5X. Gaming Mode ramps up the GPU clocks to 1544/1657MHz, with the GDDR5X clocks at 11016MHz (16MHz overclock), while the OC Mode clocks the card at 1569/1683MHz, and the GDDR5X at 11124MHz.




The card doesn't look as long as usual, with MSI doing some great work on the custom PCB on the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X.

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StarCraft remastered announced by Blizzard

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 5:59 am

Blizzard has announced StarCraft Remastered, a full HD port of their legendary RTS classic.



We knew that Blizzard was working on a StarCraft remaster, and now the company has finally confirmed it with an official StarCraft Remaster announcement. As Blizzard says, StarCraft Remastered "upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end," and the new HD port will included the original base game and its Brood War expansion.


The studio has remastered everything from units, buildings, environments, game audio, and widened the resolution support for modern monitors and displays. But this is just a remaster, not a remake, and Blizzard promises the "strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged."

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The first sign of Kaby Lake X: the Intel Core i7-7740K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 5:51 am

Intel is going to have a hard time on its hands with this current rumor of the purported Core i7-7740K processor, a new CPU based on the Kaby Lake X architecture - on the HEDT platform.




The new Core i7-7740K won't be a slight bump on the current Kaby Lake (non-X) processor is a 4C/8T offering on the LGA 1151 socket, while the Core i7-7740K is on the LGA 2066 socket powered by the X299 chipset. The X299 chipset will be ready for the high-end Core i7-7740K, which will rock 4C/8T of Kaby Lake X at 4.3/4.5GHz for base/boost clocks.


But, the new Core i7-7740K will not include an integrated GPU for on-board graphics, like the 7700K does now - and will bump the TDP up to 112W, from 91W on 7700K. 20 more watts, for the same Turbo Boost clock of 4.5GHz, and 4C/8T - without integrated graphics, hmm.


Will people think the 7740K is a slightly faster 7700K, even though its a completely different architecture and motherboard? Confusing naming here if the rumors turn out to be true... maybe Intel needs to introduce a new family of CPUs between its current Core and Xeon lines, to deal with the multi-threaded CPU threat from AMD with Ryzen.

AMD Ryzen with 12C/24T appears, excites us all so much

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 4:26 am

AMD lit up the consumer CPU market with the Ryzen 7 1800X, offering 8T/16C of performance for only $499 - and now, there's a new 12C/24T processor being teased. This new 12C/24T chip will probably end up competing against the newly-rumored X390/X399 chipset for the higher-end Ryzen CPUs.




The new Ryzen 12C/24T processor was spotted inside of the Alienware Area 51-R3, and for comparison sake the Area 51-R2 features Intel's Core i7-6800/6850K. This isn't the server CPU processor, but it does sport a new socket - and a 3.2GHz Turbo clock, not bad for a 24-threaded CPU.