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Cyberpunk 2077 PS5, Series X upgrades may release in Aug/Sept 2021

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 13 2021 3:30 PM CST

CD Projekt RED reveals a roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 updates and bug fixes that carries into 2021.

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CDPR solidifies its commitment to fixing Cyberpunk 2077 with a new year-long roadmap. The company still plans to release two big PS4 and Xbox One optimization patches back-to-back in January and February, along with a host of hotfixes and other updates throughout the year. Based on the spacing on the roadmap, we can guess the free DLC won't release until May, which aligns with out predictions that the content has been delayed so CDPR has enough time to fix Cyberpunk 2077's last-gen game performance.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades may not release until August or September 2021. CD Projekt promises that existing PS4 and Xbox One owners will get free upgrades to next-gen consoles, but they haven't detailed what kind of performance upgrades gamers can expect on PS5/SeriesS/X hardware. Expect better frame rates, faster loading times, reduced glitches, and possibly ray tracing supportd

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EA has a 'number of new Star Wars games' in development

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 13 2021 2:53 PM CST

EA no longer has exclusive reign over the Star Wars games license, but that doesn't mean it'll stop making games in the sci-fi series.

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Today Lucasfilm Games confirmed multiple publishers are working on Star Wars games, including The Division developer Ubisoft Massive, who's making an open-world game. Disney apparently hasn't renewed EA's Star Wars exclusivity contract.

Even still, EA still has multiple new Star Wars games in its pipeline--it's just no longer the star of the show. "We're really proud of the games we have created with EA," Lucasfilm Games VP Douglas Reilly says."We will continue working with them and our relationship has never been stronger. While we may not have a lot of details to share at the moment, we've got a number of projects underway with the talented teams at EA."

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Ubisoft Star Wars: Live game possibly set in High Republic timeline

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 13 2021 11:06 AM CST

Ubisoft today announced that it's making a new Star Wars game. Based on market trends and Disney's big new Jedi series, we can make some educated guesses on what to expect from the new project.

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Note: This article is speculative, but it's based on Ubisoft's business practices and the current trajectory of the Star Wars universe.

The Division 2 developer Ubisoft Massive is developing a new story-driven, open-world Star Wars game. That sentence alone is enough to give most gamers an idea of what the game could offer--wide exploration, lots of busywork and questing, tons of icons on a huge map, grinding, and slick third-person action.

Ubisoft being the publisher also gives us key information. In 2017, Ubisoft confirmed all of its games will have live services. That means the new Star Wars game will also have live services in some form. That doesn't necessarily mean the project will have online multiplayer (although it's extremely likely given Ubisoft Massive's experience with The Division's infrastructure).

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Ubisoft making new Star Wars game, EA no longer has exclusivity

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Wed, Jan 13 2021 9:03 AM CST

The Division developer Ubisoft Massive is making a new Star Wars game, Lucasfilm Games today confirmed.

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Lucasfilm Games was only just resurrected, but the new label has been busy. First Lucasfilm announced a new Indiana Jones game is in the works at Bethesda's MachineGames. Now they've announced EA has lost exclusivity to the Star Wars license, and Ubisoft is jumping on board.

The new Ubisoft-developed Star Wars game will be an open-world title with story-driven beats. The Division 2's Julian Gerighty will be the creative director on the project, and the Star Wars game is being developed in Ubisoft Massive's proprietary Snowdrop engine--the same engine that powered The Division games.

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TSMC rumored to make Intel 5nm CPUs in 2021, high-end 3nm CPUs in 2022

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Wed, Jan 13 2021 7:21 AM CST

A new rumor is floating around that could be a game-changer for the PC industry, with TSMC reportedly set to manufacture Intel CPUs starting this year.

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TrendForce reports that Intel will procure wafers from TSMC starting in the second half of 2021, for around 20-25% of the production required for some of its non-CPU products but where it gets juicy is that TSMC is making some of Intel's own Core i3 processors on their 5nm manufacturing node.

Intel can't do 5nm now, and it won't be able to do it for many years -- instead, Intel is almost reaching into the future by using its competitor -- and now business partner, TSMC, to make its new Core i3 processors on TSMC's in-house 5nm manufacturing process.

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EK steps into 2021 with active GPU backplate cooler for RTX 3080, 3090

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 13 2021 7:07 AM CST

EK has just started off 2021 with such a great release in their new active GPU backplate cooling solution, which will now see NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards watercooled on both sides.

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The new EK active GPU backplate cooling solution seems to be used on NVIDIA's reference design RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, which are different to the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Founders Edition graphics cards as they have a single 12-pin PCIe power connector, and it's on a 45-degree angle.

EK is using two water blocks with one placed on each side of the graphics card, in what is a beautiful GPU sandwich of nerdy watercooling goodness. I'd love to see a pair of GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards with EK's new active GPU backplate cooling solution. Oh boy...

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Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G: thin, light, fast with 5G

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Wed, Jan 13 2021 6:25 AM CST

Lenovo unveiled its new ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G at the all-virtual CES 2021 this week, with the flagship ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G packing some serious heat under its skinny bones.

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We have Intel's latest and greatest 11th Gen Core i7 vPro processors inside of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G, with Lenovo getting that stamp of approval as the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G is Intel Evo certified. What this means is that Intel gives the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G a thumbs up for performance, features, and battery life.

Lenovo will let you customize the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage, 5G connectivity, and dual Thunderbolt 4 ports for connectivity. The new ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G will start from $1899 and be available to purchase towards the end of January.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800 can be unlocked, turned into a Ryzen 7 5800X

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Wed, Jan 13 2021 6:06 AM CST

AMD only just unveiled its new non-X Ryzen 7 5800 and Ryzen 9 5900 processors, with the Ryzen 7 5800 still an 8-core, 16-thread part but with 400MHz less base clock, 100MHz lower boost, and a 65W TDP.

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But it seems as though the new Ryzen 7 5800 can be easily unlocked to a Ryzen 7 5800X through some PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) optimizations. Yeah, that non-X chip can be made into an X-series processor without much of a deal at all -- but remember, the new Ryzen 7 5800 is being sold as an OEM part to companies like Lenovo, Dell, and HP.

Out of the box the Ryzen 7 5800 is running at 4.55GHz while when PBO is enabled the Ryzen 7 5800 boosts up to 4.79GHz -- compare this to the 4.78GHz that the Ryzen 7 5800X runs at and you're effectively gaming or content creating away like a Ryzen 7 5800X processor.

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ZOTAC teases new GeForce RTX 3060 AMP White, Twin Edge series cards

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 13 2021 5:46 AM CST

ZOTAC has just announced two new custom GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards, with the new RTX 3060 AMP White and RTX 3060 Twin Edge series graphics cards.

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The new ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 AMP White Edition looks just as it sounds -- white, with ZOTAC using its IceStorm 2.0 and FREEZE Fan Stop and Active Fan Control features with the card. We have a card that measures in at 231.9 mm or 9.13 inches long. There is a dual-fan cooler, and LED logo that gives the card a sleek, yet toned down look.

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Palit reveals new GeForce RTX 3060 StormX and Dual graphics cards

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Wed, Jan 13 2021 5:01 AM CST

Palit has just taken the wraps off of its new GeForce RTX 3060 Dual and GeForce RTX 3060 StormX series graphics cards.

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First off we have the new Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Dual which uses 2 x 90mm fans to keep the card cool, and a bunch of ventilation across the card. Palit provides RGB lighting on the side of the shroud, so you're not going to get all blinged out looking at your card.

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