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Ghost Recon: Wildlands was powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 during E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2016 12:00 am

Ubisoft detailed the latest in its Tom Clancy series of games, with Ghost Recon: Wildlands looking mighty fine during the gaming expo.



The publisher has revealed that its Ghost Recon: Wildlands E3 2016 demo was powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 video card, and while the footage in the game doesn't look out of this world, Ubisoft still has plenty of time to put some finishing touches on the game. For now, enjoy the GTX 1080-powered Ghost Recon: Wildlands footage!

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R.I.P. 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 19, 2016 11:12 pm

At just 27 years old, actor 'Anton Yelchin', best known for roles in 'Star Trek', 'Terminator Salvation' and 'Green Room' has tragically died in a freak car accident.




According to Variety, the young actor died when he became pinned by a vehicle in his driveway. Yelchin portrayed Chekov in J.J. Abram's 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. His colleagues has rallied, posting heartfelt tributes on social media today.


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Chicago man shot to death during his Facebook Live broadcast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2016 7:27 am

Over the last two weeks, I've been addicted to doing Facebook Live videos for TweakTown - and that's something I will be doing much more of, but there are dangerous sides to Facebook Live video, too.




Chicago man Antonio Perkins was doing a Facebook Live broadcast and was shot to death during the stream in an "otherwise normal evening" reports Engadget. Facebook didn't take down Perkins' video, and while the social network usually removes videos that sensationalize violence, it's leaving Perkins video - and others like it on Facebook, as the social network believes it will help awareness of violence, and its dire consequences.



The video above, shows that Perkins was shot at multiple times, with his smartphone hitting the ground, with the audio continuing. Screams followed, with "Oh, my God!" and "Call the police!" as well as "Tony! No!". Perkins was pronounced dead shortly after at the hospital. Police said that Perkins was a "documented gang member", with no arrests made at this time.

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GIGABYTE's new GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC has a dual-fan cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 19, 2016 5:08 am

GIGABYTE has had some of the most impressive showings of GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards, especially with the super-fast GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming card, which has a manual OC of up to 2.3GHz on the GP104. Yeah, insane.




Well, now we have the GTX 1070 Windforce OC video card, as well as the GTX 1070 G1 Gaming card - both of which are on their way to my lab. The GTX 1070 Windforce OC features a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, with a dual-fan cooler with two 90mm fans that will keep the card nice and cool under those heavy gaming sessions.




GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1070 Windforce OC has a maximum Boost clock of 1582MHz in its OC mode, while the Gaming mode has the Boost hitting 1556MHz. There's the usual 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 8GHz on the 256-bit memory bus, and the same 3 x DP1.4 ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0b and 1 x DVI.

AMD stock jumps 10%, riding the wave of both Polaris and Zen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 19, 2016 3:07 am

AMD has been in the headlines virtually every day this week, and here we are again with some even better news - AMD's stock continues to drive upwards, rising 9.8% yesterday. The reason? Zen and Polaris.




AMD has been pushing its upcoming Zen architecture for CPUs and APUs, and from what we've seen it is impressive. Then we have the bigger part of the puzzle; Polaris, which is the new GPU architecture from the newly-formed Radeon Technologies Group. Polaris will debut later this month with the Radeon RX 480 4GB model at $199, while the 8GB variant is $30 more expensive at $229.


Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, has been chatting with various financial groups, TV appearances and her appearance at E3 2016 to debut the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 - Su has been reiterating AMD's multi-year investment program, something she talked about during her chat with CNBC yesterday.

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NVIDIA's unannounced GeForce GTX 1080M finds its way into a notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 19, 2016 1:13 am

Quite the surprise has hit the internet over the weekend, with a Swedish gaming notebook manufacturer IVY listing their new notebooks powered by NVIDIA's unannounced GeForce GTX 1080M.




If you pre-order the new IVY gaming notebook before June 26, you'll receive a 3000 SEK rebate, with the full price of the IVY 17P notebook being 24,000 SEK. The first shipments of the GTX 1080M-powered notebooks are expected on July 29, with the second wave arriving on August 12. This means we should expect NVIDIA to unveil its GeForce GTX 1080M sometime next month, unless IVY has made a serious typo and hasn't retracted or edited it yet.

Machine Games working on new Wolfenstein: New Colossus sequel

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2016 11:37 pm

E3 2016 - Bethesda teased a new Wolfenstein game at their E3 2016 showcase.



Renowned Swedish FPS developer Machine Games, who's responsible for such amazing games as Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood expansion, is likely developing another Wolfenstein game. A mysterious title called "The New Colossus" was shown on a fake command prompt on Bethesda's E3 showcase, pretty much confirming that the sequel is in development.


Keep in mind we don't know for sure that Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is a brand new sequel, but given how much time has passed since the original game and its expansion, I'm betting on it. We originally reported that Bethesda would reveal the new Wolfenstein game at E3 alongside Prey 2 and The Evil Within 2, but those plans ultimately fell apart. Prey 2 as we know it is dead, and the game is instead getting a reboot, and there was absolutely no mention of The Evil Within 2.

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No Man's Sky developer finally resolves 'secret, stupid' legal battle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2016 10:55 am

Hello Games, the developer behind the ambitious No Man's Sky, has just announced it has been involved in a large legal battle with British telecom company, Sky, over the name of its game. But, now the two parties have resolved their differences, and the issues are over.




Hello Games' founder Sean Murray took to Twitter with glee, saying: "Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word 'Sky'). We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over". Murray added that the legal situation "was pretty serious", adding: "On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened".


With No Man's Sky being delayed recently, from its June release to an August release, Murray addressed the delay saying: "some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards".


No Man's Sky will land on the PS4 and the PC on August 9 - my Mom's birthday!

Bluetooth 5.0 has twice the speed, 4x the range, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 18, 2016 9:22 am

Bluetooth is everywhere... absolutely everywhere, but it's about to get a heck load faster. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) have announced the latest in Bluetooth technology, with Bluetooth 5.0 having twice the speed, 4x the range, and 800% more capacity.




The updated Bluetooth 5.0 standard won't hit until late 2016 or early 2017, but it does promise some huge leaps in bandwidth, speed and range. Bluetooth 5.0 will allow many more devices to have better communication indoors, outdoors, through walls, and more - taking in more connections, and having improved efficiency, with less wait times.


What does this mean for you? Well, Bluetooth 5.0 will allow you to connect to your devices more reliably, with them disconnecting less, and you'll be able to enjoy higher speeds, and a much higher range (4x).

ASUS and MSI reportedly sending GPUs with higher OCs to the press

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 18, 2016 7:38 am

An interesting tidbit has hit the internet, with's Damien Triolet claiming that ASUS and MSI are sending GTX 1080s to the press with modified BIOSes. The modified BIOS is enabling more power on the review samples, which are provided boosted performance - and thus, better reviews.




The report claims that the optimized BIOSes are common in the industry, with manufacturers encouraging GPU reviewers to enable special overclocking presets before reviewing the cards, reports VideoCardz. Now, I've been reviewing GPUs for nearly two years with TweakTown, and I've never been approached once by a company asking to do this - so I don't know where that part of the claim is coming from.'s Damien Triolet adds that he asks manufacturers to provide retail BIOSes for his testing, with manufacturers not being too happy about having to provide the software. The two cards on the table in the middle of this debacle are the new MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G (with our review on that card here) and the ASUS GTX 1070 Strix. We tested the MSI card and our sample was being overclocked past a certain speed, but I underclocked it to its advertised Boost clocks for my testing. I presumed it was the EVGA Precision X software playing around with the clocks, but maybe MSI has sent an overclocked card - so I thought I'd do some digging on my own.

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