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eSports is expanding with ESWC heading to Canada, $75k for CSGO

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 7:31 am

North American eSports team 'Renegades' invests in an underdog Aussie CS:GO team, DreamHack expands of Germany and North America and now ESWC has announced in a recent press release that it will be bringing top level eSports to Canada - it seems global expansion is the new trend in eSports right now.




With $75,000 on the line in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, this event will be held on July 9-12 at the Société des Arts Technologiques. Live streaming is said to take place in multiple languages and those interested in spectating live should head here for tickets - over 18 years old only.


This event is in partnership with ROCCAT, an often-respected European brand and this might mark a major push into the American and Canadian market by the big blue company. ROCCAT's head of marketing, Markus Frey, is excited for the community-building aspect of this opportunity, stating "Live events like this have such a positive impact on the local eSports scene, while at the same time reaching a global audience via live stream and social media coverage."

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AMD addresses the noisy pump whine on its Radeon R9 Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 6:35 am

We noticed the annoying pump noise on both of our AMD Radeon R9 Fury X samples, but with cards going to consumers with this noise, it's not good. What is good however, is that AMD is finally addressing the issue, shipping cards with 'sound baffling adhesive' that will make the card quieter.




AMD said in a statement: "We have received feedback that during open bench testing a small number of Fury X cards emit a sound from the high speed liquid cooling pump that, while not loud, is bothersome to some users. While the vast majority of initial Fury X owners report remarkably quiet operation, we take this feedback seriously, as AMD's mission is to always deliver the best possible experience to our Radeon customers".


"While not loud" is quite the statement, as it is incredibly annoying. The question is, how did any of these cards make it out of AMD like this? Did they not test the cards at all, and just send them out? The pump noise is very apparent, to anyone sitting near the Fury X when its under load. AMD continued: "AMD Radeon R9 Fury X customers demand and deserve the best, so adjustments in the sound baffling adhesive compound were applied in the assembly of the high speed cooling pump to address the specific sound a few end users experienced as problematic. This improved the acoustic profile of the pump, and repeat testing shows the specific pitch/sound in question was largely reduced through adjustments to the sound-baffling adhesive compound in the pump".

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Microsoft's latest HoloLens video shows the real field of view

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 6:00 am

HoloLens is one of the most exciting thing to come out of Microsoft in years, and while the company is laying off 7,800 people, it is still forging on with the release of Windows 10 on July 29, and its first wearable: HoloLens.



But, until now, we haven't really seen what type of field of view HoloLens has. In the latest video from Microsoft, where they announce their partnership with Case Western Reserve University, which we've embedded above, we can see that the field of view is quite limited. In fact, you can see a slight border on the hologram itself, which reminds me of the Now card that Google Glass had in the top right hand corner.


Microsoft has said that the limited field of view is there so that HoloLens wearers can continue to do things in real life, without the hologram obstructing their view. I'm sure it will get better as time goes on, with future iterations of HoloLens, but this is definitely going to take some of the steam out of some users' dreams.

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Nintendo Wii U exclusive 'ZombiU' rumored for the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 5:30 am

After ZombiU enjoyed being one of the best Wii U launch titles, it appears as though Ubisoft's first-person zombie survival game might be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.




The zombie survival game will be dropping the 'U' from its title if it hits the PS4 and Xbox One, where it will be known as 'Zombi'. Zombi has turned up on Taiwan's Game Software Rating Regulations board, with artwork for the game included. Zombi has also been rated by Australia's strict Classification Board, preparing to hit the Xbox One.


Ubisoft hasn't confirmed anything about Zombi yet, so let's hope we hear something on it soon.

First trailer for 'Goosebumps' movie hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 4:26 am

If you're a child of the 90's then odds are you had at least one of the 180 'Goosebumps' books in your collection, which included favourites such as 'Night of the Living Dummy', 'Say Cheese and Die' and 'Egg Monsters from Mars'. While the series has previously been adapted into a TV series, but now it's hitting the big screen from Sony Pictures, with Jack Black playing the role of real-life writer R.L. Stine. Today, the studio has released the first trailer for the project.



'Goosebumps' also stars Dylan Minnette, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino and Jillian Bell and begins rolling our to theatres worldwide just before Halloween on October 16th.

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AMD releases the FirePro S9170 Accelerator with 32GB of GDDR5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 4:25 am

AMD has just launched a new video card for the professional market, with the new FirePro S9170 Accelerator. This new card replaces the FirePro S9150, and has a few new tricks up its sleeve.




For starters, the new FirePro S9170 Accelerator includes the Grenada XT GPU, 32GB of GDDR5, and is aimed at DGEMM (Dense General Matrix) and sever workloads, with OpenCL 2.0 support to boot. With 32GB of GDDR5 on-board, it is one of the most VRAM packed compute cards on the market. NVIDIA's closest card is the Tesla K80 with 24GB of GDDR5.


Spec wise, the AMD FirePro S9170 rocks 2816 stream processors, 44 compute engines, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 930MHz on its Grenada XT GPU. The 32GB of GDDR5 is clocked lower than usual, sitting at 5GHz like most professional cards. We have a 512-bit memory bus, resulting in 320GB/sec of available memory bandwidth. FP64/FP32 compute performance sits at 2.62 and 5.24 TFlops, respectively.

The MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is here with so many features

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 3:30 am

Stacked full of features and capital letters, MSI has recently announced its X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard to the public, set out to support X99 platforms with a Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO network setup, Turbo M.2 connectivity, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, fancy LED schemes and more.




RGB is seemingly everywhere right now, with MSI announcing this model to be its first RGB LED motherboard to market, supporting over 2,000 color variations and plenty of style presets including "breathing, flashing and waving." For those looking into extreme and extended LAN options, the Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO offers two Killer Ethernet connectors and a Killer 1535 Wi-Fi adapter. Complete with a network manager, traffic will be optimized to ensure no lag is experienced.


Designed for Intel LGA 2011-v3 socket processors including the new Intel Core i7 series, this motherboard contains 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports, one Turbo M.2 32Gb/s SATA option and five PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. As for connectivity, you can expect to see one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 Type-A port, eight USB 3.0 options and six USB 2.0 connectors.

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Google launches a new Chromecast with a wired Ethernet adapter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 3:24 am

Chromecast users will know how much the little HDMI kicks ass, but some users don't like the fact of using a Wi-Fi connection. Well, Google very quietly launched a new wired Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, which sold out nearly instantly.




The new accessory plugs into the USB port on your Chromecast, and then you plug an Ethernet cable into the power plug, and voila - wired Chromecast. Google sells the adapter for $15, and with the Chromecast priced at $35, you're able to scoop both of them up for a wired Chromecast experience for $50.


Google has already sold out of the adapter, with no word on when there'll be more stock, or if it will be made available outside of the United States.

Gamer drugged his girlfriend so he didn't have to stop playing games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 2:14 am

What do you do when your girlfriend is coming home from work and you don't want to stop gaming? You slip something into her tea, knocking her out, so you don't need to stop gaming - right?




This is what a 23-year-old German gamer did to his girlfriend, after she had gotten home from a 10-hour shift at work. The addicted gamer said: "I only put four or five drops into her tea". This knocked her out from 10pm, through the night to 12pm the next day, and even when she woke up, the effects of the drugs had her falling asleep on and off throughout the next day.


She told the court that her then boyfriend had admitted what he had done to her, which caused her to break up with him. The judge on the case fined the man $746, and said: "Your girlfriend slept long and deeply, which didn't harm her, but this is certainly a premeditated bodily harm". The boyfriend admitted that his act "was stupid" and that he was now "on a straight path" towards an apprenticeship.

AMD releases Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers with a slew of new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 9, 2015 1:31 am

AMD is about to unleash a new set of drivers for Radeon owners, with the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL release. The new Catalyst 15.7 drivers are compatible with Windows 10, include CrossFire multi-GPU support while using FreeSync, and add some additional features from the Radeon 300 series, to the Radeon 200 series of cards.




One of the big features in the new Catalyst 15.7 release is the inclusion of CrossFire support for FreeSync, but Radeon 200 series should be happy to know that the Frame Rate Target Control will be rolled into these drivers for the Radeon 200 series. Additionally, Virtual Super Resolution now works on the full range of Radeon 300 series cards, and all Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs, as well as all A-series 7400K and above APUs.


We should expect the new WHQL-signed Catalyst 15.7 drivers from AMD any hour now.

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