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GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE's Intel Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 motherboard gets our attention today as it goes under the spotlight and we see what it's all about.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available now

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Software | Posted: 24 mins ago

Microsoft have officially released their fourth latest major update for Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft's latest update is set to include an abundance of new and improved features including Fluent Design, OneDrive On demand, Stories, Windows Mixed Reality and more.

 

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Microsoft will be rolling out the updates in stages as per previous major updates, users will be prompt via Windows Update. Or if you're impatient, you can head over the Microsoft Windows 10 website and manually download the update yourself.

Battlegrounds inspires VR-style 'PUBG' game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 4 mins ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a runaway success with 2 million concurrent gamers on Steam, and over 15 million copies that have made South Korean developer Bluehole, nearly $500 million. Insanity.

 

 

Battle Royale is now blending with the virtual world with Virtual Battlegrounds, something that was born from a post on Reddit, and then Oneiric Entertainment went to work with it. It looks very basic right now, almost like it was made as a joke - which it kinda was, with a limited 16-player world for now with plans to expand the player count.

 

Virtual Battlegrounds has free-for-all and squad-based options, with a release in 2018 for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. If it is to become something better than it is now, it's going to need some serious work, and much more time in the development oven.

KFA2's new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX graphics card teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours, 38 mins ago

NVIDIA is expected to launch their new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as a direct competitor, and killer of AMD's recently limped to market Radeon RX Vega 56. AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 56 is a great value for money card when compared to the GTX 1070, but the new GTX 1070 Ti will take care of that. Today, we have KFA2's leaked GTX 1070 Ti EX.

 

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KFA's new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX rocks a dual-fan cooler, with our first look at the retail packaging. We have 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors, with 8GB of GDDR5 on-board. The usual suspects of specs with the GTX 1070 Ti, which should arrive on October 26.

 

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Another sneaky shot, this time of the PCB.

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ZOTAC unleashes GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 hours, 7 mins ago

ZOTAC has just announced the latest member in its GTX 10 series of graphics cards, with the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini.

 

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The new GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini graphics card is only 212mm (8.35 incheS) long with a full-coverage water block that sports nickel plated direct copper contact with precision 0.3mm micro-channels for the ultimate in heat dissipation. The water block is beautifully see-through, with a metal backplate on the back.

 

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ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini features standard G 1/4 type fittings, meaning you can use most third-party liquid cooling components. The only improvements I would've made to this is to make it a single-card slot, since it seems that the DVI port is now restricting single-slot GTX 1080 Ti goodness.

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Microsoft isn't supportive of Japanese games, says NIS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 24 mins ago

Microsoft's Xbox One is shunned like the plague in Japan, which is dominated by mobile games and, in the console space, Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's new Switch handheld. As a result, Microsoft seems to have trouble attracting key Japanese devs--especially niche games-makers like Nippon Ichi Software. According to NIS America, the North American branch of Nippon Ichi Software, Microsoft isn't really keen on tapping the Japanese games market.

 

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According to NIS America president and CEO Takuro Yamashita, Microsoft isn't keen on niche Japanese games. "Honestly speaking, Microsoft's approach to Japanese games hasn't been very supportive," Yamashita-san told MCV. "Microsoft, you know, for Japanese games, there's still a very niche element to them, no matter what it might be. Microsoft also has a minimum order quantity for their games, and their whole structure isn't really geared toward niche games or smaller games like Japanese titles, so they're not really supportive of Japanese games or developers."

 

This seems strange as a number of high-profile games from Japanese devs and publishers do release on the Xbox One and the Windows 10 platform, including Final Fantasy XV, but the reality is the system doesn't sell well in the region. Any Japanese games that come to Xbox One are usually big-budget titles that are being localized by massive publisher-led development teams. Sony's PlayStation 4, conversely, is a hotbed of niche and popular Japanese games, from JRPGs and everything in between.

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Over 322,000 cheaters have been caught in Battlegrounds

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day ago

With over 15 million copies sold, you're bound to find players who are willing to cheat for a little chicken dinner. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is not exception, anti-cheat system BattlEye has reported that over 322,000 cheaters have been caught in PUBG, that's 6-13K banned a day, with the vast majority reportedly from China.

 

 

Cracking down on cheaters appears to be the flavor of the month, with Blizzard recently banning WoW accounts and Fortnite developer Epic Games suing cheaters for $150,000. This is amazing news for the gaming community as the chances are we have all experienced cheaters in our games, regardless if we have been aware of it or not.

BIOSTAR reveal their flagship RACING Z370GT7 motherboard

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

BIOSTAR have unleashed their flagship Z370 motherboard, and it sounds like an exotic supercar, the RACING Z370GT7. Supporting the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors and DDR4-3866 memory, this motherboard is aimed at enthusiasts who like to go extreme with their overclocks, modifications and designs of their builds.

 

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Finished in a luxurious black color theme with golden highlights spread across the design of the board, the RACING Z370GT7 is also able to satisfy RGB fanatics thanks to utilizing BIOSTAR's Advanced VIVID LED DJ that can provide up to 10 flashing modes. As with any flagship product, BIOSTAR have included some new toys with the RACING Z370GT7 including smart A.I FAN, reinforced PCI-E slots and dual Intel Optane-ready M.2 slots. A.I Fan allows for complete fan control via an individual fan controller for each connected fan, this means your fans will adjust their speeds to maintain cool temperatures of your hardware. RACING Z370GT7 boasts dual gold M.2 heat sinks that allow for ultra-high cooling efficiency, this protects and prolongs the like of your M.2 slot.

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Logitech release the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Logitech have revealed their latest wireless headset, the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset. This headset is designed to immerse gamers in the virtual universe they're within, creating a more exciting and memorable gaming experience.

 

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"ASTRO is committed to producing the highest-quality gaming headsets at every price point," said Aron Drayer, Vice President of Marketing for ASTRO Gaming. "With the A20, we created a wireless headset focused on three key elements that directly improve the gaming experience - ASTRO audio quality, comfort and durability. We took everything we learned from our premium A50 Wireless headset and delivered its essential features for even more gamers to enjoy."

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SK politician talks PUBG success, holds golden pan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

The runaway success of Battlegrounds has even politicians in South Korea talking, with Congressman Dong Sub Lee bringing a golden pan to a government audit hearing for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

 

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Congressman Lee said: "Battleground was made by a developer from our country. The game has sold 12 million copies and have gone over 1.99 million concurrent players in 6 months. This is unprecedented in Korean gaming history". In August, golden frying pans were given out as trophies for the Gamescom PUBG Invitational tournament.

 

He continued, requesting that the ministry provide support to game developers, so that South Korea can see more games like Battlegrounds, and continued success.

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Samsung's new 360-degree camera requires 2 x GTX 1080 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Samsung has just announced its latest 360-degree camera, with 17 x 2-megapixel sensors inside of its new 360 Round camera.

 

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The new 360 Round camera features the aforementioned 17 x 2-megapixel sensors, six microphones, and will create high-res 3D VR video. Samsung promises livestreaming 4K VR video at 30FPS, with software in between that will stitch together the video with next to no lag.

 

Samsung will be releasing their new 360 Round camera later this month in the US, but in order to get some post-processing done with it you're going to need a damn fast machine. At a minimum, you'll need a Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. If you want to livestream and preview the 4K VR, you'll need a beefier Core i7-6950X (10C/20T), 32GB of RAM, and 2 x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

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