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Ryzen 3 vs. Core i3 benched on GTX 1060/1070 & RX Vega

Ryzen 3 vs. Core i3 benched on GTX 1060/1070 & RX Vega

AMD's Ryzen 3 1300X faces off against Intel's Core i3-7350K with the GeForce GTX 1060/1070 and Radeon RX Vega 56 GPUs. Battle, begin!

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Switch's new Nintendo arcade games are too pricey

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

Nintendo is pulling another classic Nintendo move by greenlighting the release of overpriced, non-Virtual Console games on the Nintendo Switch.




I've wanted classic NES, SNES, N64 and GBA games on my Nintendo Switch for quite some time, but the company seems to adamantly refuse to bring its Virtual Console service, which sells beloved classic retro games a la carte, to its newest transforming handheld-and-console Switch platform. I've argued that Nintendo is missing out on potential millions every month Virtual Console isn't available, and that the NES and SNES Classic Edition systems are the main culprit. But now the console-maker is just adding insult to injury by greenlighting the release of expensive games that no one really asked for on the device.


Any Switch owner will have noticed the eShop's classic fare consists not of golden-age NES sidescrollers or shoot-em-ups, but of "Arcade Archives" NeoGeo games sold for $7.99 a piece. Most of these games are two-player titles. That's not a mistake. Although Nintendo says the Switch is a "home console first and foremost," they really want gamers to play with others. Fast-forwarding to today and we have a new range of games in Hamster's Arcade Archives offering, which is another series of classic games that's once again devoid of the games Switch owners like myself really want to play--Super Mario Bros 3, Chrono Trigger, the Castlevanias and Final Fantasies. In their stead we have two-player versus games that simulate old 1980s arcade cabinet experiences. That's a neat sentiment, don't get me wrong, but it's not a I'll-pay-$8-to-relive-coin-op-arcade-moments kind of sentiment (at least to me).

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By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 57 mins ago

Global entry! We have teamed up with ADATA to give away one XPG SX950 480GB SSD and one XPG SD700X 256GB external SSD.




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GIGABYTE reveal the Z370 AORUS motherboard range

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 2 hours, 58 mins ago

GIGABYTE have unveiled their range of new Z370 AORUS motherboards that are based on Intel's Z370 chipset. The Z370 AORUS range fully supports Intel's 8th Generation Intel Core processors and includes support for high-speed RAM up to 4400Mhz. Other features on offer include ESS Sabre DAC, Smart Fan 5 and RGB Fusion, creating the ultimate gaming motherboard range.




"Following Intel's release of the Z370 chipset platform, GIGABYTE has designed a new, groundbreaking motherboard," said Vincent Liu, Senior Associate Vice President of GIGABYTE's Motherboard Business Unit. "GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS motherboards are designed for gamers who value powerful, yet highly durable motherboards. With our new digital power design, not only will Z370 AORUS motherboards unleash the power of the 8th generation Intel Core processors' they will easily fulfill gamers' demands."

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SteelSeries release the Rival 110 gaming mouse

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 3 hours, 55 mins ago

SteelSeries have released their latest gaming mouse, the Rival 110. Available now, the Rival 110 features the exclusive 1-to1 tracking thanks to the new TrueMove1 optical sensor, 7,200 CPI sensor resolution, and 240 IPS tracking.




Featuring the ability to adjust the resolution in increments of 100 CPI, this pseudo-ambidextrous mouse includes a total of six buttons. Weighing a total of just 87.5g, the Rival 110 also features subtle RGB LEDs. You're able to control these LEDs by use of SteelSeries Engine Software, this allows for the SteelSeries logo and scroll-wheel inserts LEDs to be customized to your taste.

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Ataribox sounds like risky business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 8 mins ago

Atari has revealed that its new nostalgia-meets-present Ataribox will indeed be a fully-fledged $250 console that runs on Linux and is powered by an AMD chip.




The Ataribox is a very, very risky move. The new console sees Atari trying to marry nostalgic arcade classics with modern video games in a set-top box that does lots of other things including web browsing, social media, apps, and streaming. Today's console gaming market is absolutely dominated by the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and more recently, Nintendo (the latter of which has made an incredibly rags-to-riches leap with its new Switch hardware), and now Atari wants to carve out its own niche in the market with a re-vamped Atari machine. But the industry has changed dramatically since the 70's and 80's where Atari was all the rage--now the billion dollar games industry makes most of its revenue from software, especially on marketplaces wholly owned by the companies that sell the consoles themselves.


The strange thing is that it will play games across multiple PC gaming storefront platforms as long as they support Linux. This apparently means users can play their GoG and Steam games on the box (if the hardware can support them). As such the Ataribox is essentially making it a $250 Steam Machine that comes pre-loaded with classic Atari games. It'll also come with select indie titles baked in, meaning Atari will be teaming up with independent studios. So how will Atari make its money? Via hardware, or its own storefront that sells classic and revamped Atari games? There's lots of questions here.


Hardware-wise the Ataribox will be powered by AMD Radeon graphics--likely an APU similar to those in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but scaled down--and of course runs on the Linux OS just like Valve's ill-fated Steam Machines. The box is currently in prototype stages so no exact specifications have apparently been locked down, but if I had to guess, I'd say it has 6GB to 8GB of unified RAM and probably a 500GB hard drive.

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ENERMAX release the EQUILENCE, a high-end silent case

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 6 hours, 25 mins ago

ENERMAX have launched their new premium ATX mid-tower silent chassis, the EQUILENCE. Thanks to the use of high density insulation foam, the EQUILENCE is able to provide unparalleled silent performance. Featuring 4mm full-view tempered glass panel, this chassis is able to house 9 fans and multi-radiator support for liquid cooling enthusiasts.




The EQUILENCE excels in regards to liquid cooling, with the capability to mount a radiator in 4 different locations (front, rear, top and side). This allows for great flexibility when building custom loops. The open layout inside the case allows for up to 9 fans to be mounted, this increases ventilation to aid cooling without the unwanted noise thanks for the EQUILENCE's high density insulation foam.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 receives first major patch

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 2 mins ago

I recently reported on the success that Divinity: Original Sin 2 is achieving, with 85K concurrent players post launch and even reaching 93K concurrent players yesterday on Steam alone (D:OS2 is also released on GoG). Developer Larian Studios, have recently released their first significant patch (patch for D:OS2 that features a number of bug fixes as well as adding the promised German, French and Russian translations to the game.




Existing save files are compatible, which is expected but not always a sure thing. This patch also features a series of improvements for the game's different endings. Below is a list of improvements and changes.

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NVIDIA goes all-in with AI for the 'goodness of mankind'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 7 mins ago

NVIDIA has just announced that it is going all-in with AI, pushing into the world of deep neural networks (DNNs) and artificial intelligence, with a bunch of new tools and huge partnerships with some of the largest technology companies in China.




NVIDIA founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage as usual, saying: "At no time in the history of computing have such exciting developments been happening, and such incredible forces in computing been affecting our future. What technology increases in complexity by a factor of 350 in five years? We don't know any. What algorithm increases in complexity by a factor of 10? We don't know any. We are moving faster than Moore's Law".


Huang unveiled NVIDIA's new TensorRT 3, which is a new inferencing platform that the company claims allowed a previously-trained DNN to run in a production environment capable of going through 45,000 images per second. This is all powered by the HGX server that has 8 x Tesla V100 accelerators.


The big difference here is that NVIDIA's HGX server consumes 3kW to do this with the 8 x Tesla V100 accelerators, but compared to the traditional CPU-based platform that rocks 160 dual-CPU servers, which draws 65kW... making NVIDIA's GPU-based solution 2066% more power efficient. We can see why NVIDIA is pushing into the AI and DNN markets so hard.

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NVIDIA GeForce 385.69 WHQL drivers released

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 8 hours, 22 mins ago

NVIDIA have released their new GeForce 385.69 WHQL drivers, just in time for the recently released of Project Cars 2 and the upcoming betas for Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront 2. In the upcoming weeks, we also see the releases of FIFA 18, Forza 7, Total War: Warhammer 2 and EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone, all which have day one support.




NVIDIA have also added 3D Vision profiles for numerous games and SLI support for following games:

  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Fortnite
  • JX3 Online
  • Project Cars 2
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet

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AOC release their curved AG322QCX QHD 144Hz monitor

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 9 hours, 42 mins ago

AOC have recently announced the availability of the curved AG322QCX 32" QHD gaming monitor. Featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time and AMD FreeSync technology, the AG322QCX is designed for competitive esports and gaming enthusiasts.




This VA panel offers vibrant colors and crystal clear image thanks to its 2560x1440 QHD screen that features a 1800R curve. The AG322QCX's curve conforms to the way the eye sees, reducing eye fatigue and providing an immersive experience. AOC partner and recent Dota 2 champions of The International 7, Team Liquid, use AOC monitors to prepare for tournaments that allows them to excel at the highest level of esports and be a step ahead of the competition.

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