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Intel NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon" Review

Intel NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon" Review

Intel pulls out all the stops for what its best small form factor NUC ever, the NUC11BTMi9 NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon".

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LAX jetpack sighting: not a UFO, pilot says 'we did not see Iron Man'

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Thu, Jul 29 2021 9:30 PM CDT

It's happened again: someone has been caught flying around LAX in a jetback, with pilots calling air traffic control to say they have a "possible Jetpack man in sight".

With the huge uptick in UFO chatter, sightings, and the infamous UFO report -- it should come as no surprise that the pilots thought it was a UFO. But nope, it's someone in a jetpack, and with all of the advanced radar technology, surveillance technology (private and military) they still don't know who is doing this.

FOX 11 got their hands-on audio recordings of the pilots talking with air traffic control at LAX, here's what they said:

  • PILOT: "Possible Jetpack man in sight."
  • ATC TOWER: "Was he off your left or right sir?"
  • PILOT: "Right wing [inaudible]"
  • ATC TOWER: "Do you know what altitude?"
  • PILOT: "About 5,000."
  • ATC TOWER: "Skywest 3626. Did you see the UFO?"
  • PILOT: "We were looking but we did not see Iron Man."

Continue reading: LAX jetpack sighting: not a UFO, pilot says 'we did not see Iron Man' (full post)

SAPPHIRE's new TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled GPU revealed

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Thu, Jul 29 2021 8:57 PM CDT

SAPPHIRE has just unveiled its latest custom RDNA 2 graphics card with the introduction of the TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled, joining the ranks of the AIO liquid-cooled version of the TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT Limited Edition that I reviewed not too long ago now.

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The new SAPPHIRE TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled graphics card should have the same PCB as its liquid-cooled sibling, while GPU clocks are 2235MHz and 2425MHz for the game and boost GPU clocks, respectively.

You'll need an 850W PSU for the card (you'll get away with less) while the card itself will consume up to 400W or so, but you will need 2 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

Continue reading: SAPPHIRE's new TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled GPU revealed (full post)

SAPPHIRE unveils its tiny Nitro M01 case, and I totally want it

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Thu, Jul 29 2021 8:11 PM CDT

SAPPHIRE right out of nowhere has unveiled something actually a little exciting: its new Nitro M01 chassis, which can fit a surprisingly powerful amount of hardware in its small footprint.

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SAPPHIRE's new Nitro M01 case can handle a huge CPU cooler -- air, or an AIO liquid cooler -- but more importantly, a super-long graphics card. You can also throw in a big PSU (up to 245mm in length) while you can chuck in a graphics card that measures in at up to 335mm -- hell, the Nitro M01 can handle a GPU with an AIO cooler, too.

The Nitro M01 case can take 7 x 2.5-inch SSDs and up to 2 x 3.5-inch HDDs for storage, so you can have terabytes and terabytes of storage without an issue.

Continue reading: SAPPHIRE unveils its tiny Nitro M01 case, and I totally want it (full post)

JEDEC announces LPDDR5X specs: up to 8533Mbps for 5G and AI tech

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Thu, Jul 29 2021 7:31 PM CDT

JEDEC has just announced the new LPDDR5X memory standard, which is an update to the current LPDDR5 standard but will boost performance, lower power, and more.

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The new LPDDR5X standard boasts transfer rates of 8355 MT/s compared to LPDDR5 with 6400 MT/s, which represents a 33% performance improvement -- not too damn bad at all. What will this do for you and I? Inside of next-gen SoCs, used for AI and machine learning, and other high-bandwidth tasks including graphics.

LPDDR5X has improvements made to its signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio, which allows for higher clocks and of course, performance improvements. We'll see LPDDR5X memory used inside of next-gen SoCs and used for AI, high-res AR and VR, and AI-powered edge computing.

Continue reading: JEDEC announces LPDDR5X specs: up to 8533Mbps for 5G and AI tech (full post)

PS5's new update patch notes: M.2 SSD expansion, big QoL improvements

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 4:42 PM CDT

PlayStation 5's new v2.0-04.00.00 beta firmware is the largest update yet that makes big changes to the console's functionality and UI.

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Sony is currently testing a new PS5 update that enables the console's expansion slot, which finally lets gamers expand their storage space with a compatible PCIe 4.0 SSD. There's a lot more to the update though, including some awesome quality-of-life improvements.

Sony released a huge list of patch notes for the beta update that confirms some great UI changes are coming. At the top of the list are big changes to trophy viewing, how your installed games are shown in the UI, being able to customize and view different things in the Game Base sub-menu, and you can even turn off the annoying screenshot confirmation indicator (about time!).

Continue reading: PS5's new update patch notes: M.2 SSD expansion, big QoL improvements (full post)

New Grand Theft Auto 6 map leak confirmed fake by GTA 6 hoaxer

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 4:00 PM CDT

Like most news on Grand Theft Auto 6, the recent amusement park and island game maps are totally bogus.

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There's been all sorts of GTA 6 rumors flying around, like the older Project Americas (confirmed fake) and a myriad of maps showing different landmasses. A bit ago one purported GTA 6 map caused a stir in the community, appearing to show an in-game amusement park called Fred's Fun World complete with double entendres matching Rockstar's inappropriate style.

Then an island map showed up with on-screen markers. Both of these are 100% fake and the creator has fessed up and even put out a video showing how he did it.

Continue reading: New Grand Theft Auto 6 map leak confirmed fake by GTA 6 hoaxer (full post)

PlayStation 5 breaks records with 10 million sales, beats PS4's pace

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 3:21 PM CDT

The PlayStation 5 is officially the fastest-selling console in the history of the games industry.

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Sony confirms the PS5 has sold through over 10 million units worldwide to date, making it the quickest-selling PlayStation console and video games system of all time. Sony announced the news yesterday, saying the PlayStation 5 managed to move more than 10 million units as of July 18, beating the PS4's previous record. This number would be higher if Sony had more PS5 units available.

These numbers mean the PlayStation 5 is rapidly approaching the PS Vita's 16 million sales, and should dethrone the handheld throughout the fiscal year.

Continue reading: PlayStation 5 breaks records with 10 million sales, beats PS4's pace (full post)

Resident Evil 8 has sold 4.5 million copies in two months

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 2:43 PM CDT

Resident Evil Village has now sold over 4.5 million copies in two months' time, Capcom today announced.

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Capcom kicked off its Q1 2021 fiscal year with explosive results, earning a record 48.23 billion yen (roughly $440 million) in revenues driven by strong game sales. The company sold 13.3 million games during the quarter, and hits like Resident Evil Village accounted for about 33% of total sales. Capcom confirms their latest monster mashup has sold more than 4.5 million copies from launch on May 7 through June 30, 2021.

"In this business segment, the latest title in the Company's flagship series Resident Evil Village (for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC) was released in May; supported by steady popularity, the title performed well with shipments exceeding 4.5 million units worldwide after garnering acclaim for its immersive gameplay driven by the synergies between its beautiful graphics and horror elements," Capcom wrote in its earnings report.

Continue reading: Resident Evil 8 has sold 4.5 million copies in two months (full post)

Nixxes will bring more PlayStation exclusives to PC with FSR too

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 2:25 PM CDT

Sony confirms its latest acquisition of Nixxes Software was made specifically to help bring more PlayStation exclusives to PC.

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Earlier this month Sony made one of its most important studio acquisitions with Nixxes Software, a developer with extensive experience porting console games to PC. The buyout is a strategic step that reflects Sony's new push into the PC market, with big-name PlayStation exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and soon Uncharted 4 coming to Steam.

Now in a recent interview with Famitsu, Sony officially confirms what we already knew: It bought Nixxes to mostly help port existing PS4 games over to PC to help maximize and diversify revenue streams.

Continue reading: Nixxes will bring more PlayStation exclusives to PC with FSR too (full post)

PlayStation 5's new firmware: supports up to 4TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Thu, Jul 29 2021 6:50 AM CDT

Sony is pushing out its first massive PlayStation 5 software beta update, which includes support for M.2 storage expansion, so you can upgrade that puny SSD inside of the PS5 up to a monster 4TB SSD.

There are some requirements with that though, while Sony will support PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs with sizes between 250GB and 4TB, they'll need to have 5.5GB/sec of sequential read speeds or better. Not only that, but there are some requirements that Sony has for cooling on the M.2 SSD, too.

Sony explains: "Using an M.2 SSD with your PlayStation 5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heat sink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heat sinks) built in".

Continue reading: PlayStation 5's new firmware: supports up to 4TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD (full post)

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