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In Win release wood-infused 305 mid-tower PC chassis

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

When it comes to innovation, In Win are at the top of the PC chassis game. It should then come as no surprise that In Win have released their new wood-infused 305 mid-tower PC chassis.

 

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That's correct, wood-infused. The front panel offers a choice of fine-grained maple wood or brush aluminium to offer a distinct and fresh style. Available in black (aluminium) or white (maple wood), the 305 uses 1.2mm SECC steel with 3mm tempered glass on the front and side panels to add to that distinct finish.

 

Built upon the features and elements that made the predecessor 303 a success, the 305 features tool-less removable side panels and dust filter. To assist with airflow, In Win's latest chassis is capable of fitting 3x120mm fans at the top, 1x120mm fan in the rear and 3x120mm fans at the base. Rest assured there is still plenty of room for water cooling options, with 360mm radiator space at the top and bottom and 120mm at the rear, with plenty of space for pump/reservoir mounting in the front.

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Destiny 2 coming out later on PC is actually GREAT NEWS

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

It's unfortunate the Bungie isn't launching Destiny 2 onto all platforms at the same time, as the PC version of the game isn't coming out until October 24 - a good 6 weeks after the Xbox One and PS4 versions. But... this could be a good thing.

 

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First off, we live in a world of unfinished, always-changing games. Destiny 2 will be patched constantly for the first few months, so this gives Bungie an additional six weeks of updates for Destiny 2 on the consoles to get the PC version in a better state. The game is already solid as it is, but there will be small fixes and tweaks thanks to the console gamers kinda beta testing it for us (thanks guys).

 

It's reaffirmed when there are updates being pushed out for Destiny 2 already, with a "longer-than-scheduled maintenance period" for Destiny 2 servers today. After this outage, Bungie baked in some new features that included the matchmaking equivalent for high-end activities, Guided Games.

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The best iPhone X parody video you'll ever watch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple announced its new iPhone X in the last 24 hours, offering up the 64GB version for $999 while the 256GB variant of the iPhone X will cost $1149. What's better than the launch itself? Parody videos!

 

 

YouTuber 'jacksfilms' uploaded their new iPhone X parody video and it's freaking beautiful. The stand out for me would have to be the bit where he explains the new Face ID technology on iPhone X that uses the front-facing camera as your personal security to enter the phone as there is no Home ID button or fingerprint sensor on iPhone X.

 

He explains its beautifully in the video, saying: "When you look at your phone it'll shoot thousands of lasers straight into your pores, then it sucks your soul like Dementor. Thank you for your life juice".

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Samsung announces foldable smartphones for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple might excite people with the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones, but Samsung is the company that is out-innovating the South Korean electronics giant right now.

 

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Samsung has teased that it will be releasing a bendable smartphone in 2018, with Koh Dong-jin - president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said that there are multiple problems to overcome first. Dong-jin explained: "As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year. When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product".

 

The problems that Samsung faces to reach a bendable smartphone include the company getting to the point of mass-producing a foldable smartphone that is not just thin, but feature-packed isn't easy. We should expect to hear more about Samsung's plans soon, where I'm hoping to see something shown off at CES 2018 in January.

Apple TV 4K announced, 4K content costs the same as HD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple didn't just announce its new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X smartphones - but the company has also entered the 4K era with their new Apple TV 4K device.

 

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The new Apple TV 4K will have 4K movies and TV shows on tap through the iTunes Store, with some of those 4K movies including HDR support. If you have been using Vudu to purchase 4K movies, you're used to paying $25-$30... but Apple will be charging just $15-$20 on the Apple TV 4K which is great for 4K content moving into the future.

 

Apple has powered the new 4K-capable Apple TV with their A10X Fusion processor, which has "superior performance" and "superior graphics" over its predecessor.

 

Apple is selling the new Apple TV 4K in two varieties: 32GB for $179, and 64GB for $199.

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RTG boss takes 'sabbatical', Lisa Su takes over RTG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Update: I've since confirmed this with AMD and they will be providing me with a response shortly.

 

AMD launched their next-gen Vega GPU architecture just a few weeks ago and it has been a sea of controversy ever since, but now we're hearing that Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri is going on a break until the start of 2018, with AMD CEO Lisa Su stepping into Koduri's shoes for the next few months.

 

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Radeon RX Vega launched in two varieties: Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64, offering GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 levels of performance. Both cards were meant to represent a return to form for Radeon, especially as the GPU division split off into RTG in the end of 2015.

 

AMD was hitting quite a few home runs with the Radeon RX 400 series, their politically-charged 'VR isn't just for the 1%' marketing, and Polaris in general. The Radeon RX 500 series really wasn't that great and more of a rebrand and tweak of the RX 400 series, but Vega was meant to be a CHAMPION. AMD had planned Radeon RX Vega for earlier this year, but ran into multiple problems with HBM2 yields, and then Vega itself is hot, power hungry, and performs like NVIDIA's cards from 18 months ago. There's not much to work with there.

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MSI's next-gen Z370 KRAIT GAMING motherboard teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

MSI is preparing a new budget conscious motherboard on Intel's upcoming Z370 chipset, with the new Z370 KRAIT GAMING motherboard making an appearance courtesty of VideoCardz.

 

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The new MSI Z370 KRAIT GAMING motherboard is virtually identical to its Z270 counterpart that there are only a few changes, with a new color scheme, and its USB headers and SATA ports oriented differently. We still have MSI's own Mystic Light RGB LED technology behind the chipset for some RGB LED goodness, but other than that we can expect a slightly tweaked Z270 motherboard when the Z370 KRAIT GAMING arrives next month.

Apple's new iPhone X: starts @ $999, available Nov 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple has released the most exciting iPhone in years with the new iPhone X, and while it might not step right up to the top of the smartphone mountain and claim dominance over all of its competitors, the new iPhone X is a compelling enough smartphone for Apple fans to stick with the fruit logo company.

 

 

Apple has used its new A11 processor that offers up to 30% more performance over its predecessor, while rocking Face ID technology, VR/AR integration, and a beautiful OLED panel that Apple of course calls "Super Retina Display".

 

The new A11 chip is a 6-core processor, made up of two big and four LITTLE cores based on the big.LITTLE technology. This allows the new iPhone X to include 30% more performance, while throwing in a huge 50% power efficiency improvement over the previous-gen A10 processor.

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Battlegrounds update: low-end PC performance improved

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

The latest update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is here, at least for those on the PTR servers, that has improved performance for low-end PCs, and a bunch of other stuff going on.

 

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Bluehole has improved foggy weather conditions, better sky visuals in pre-existing weather effects, an improved UI and better shadows, and so much more. The new September update has a lot going on:

 

Client Optimization

 

  • Optimized shadows
  • Improved performance on low-end PCs by optimizing buildings
  • Optimized client and server performance when there are multiple vehicles in a close vicinity
  • Optimized UI

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Toshiba announce the new 2.5 inch 1TB MQ04 HDD

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Toshiba have been busy, with recently announcing the release of the X300 HDD range and now releasing the new ultra-compact MQ04 Series 1 TB HDD.

 

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The 2.5" MQ04 HDD is compatible with various systems- notebooks, PCs, game systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other applications requiring high capacity and durability storage. Featuring 6 Gbit/s SATA interface and 5,400 RPM combined with a large 128MiB buffer, the MQ04 sees an increased performance of 34 percent increase over its predecessor, the 1TB MQ01 series.

 

"Achieving 1 TB per disk capacity is a big advancement in both value and performance, and without increasing weight in portable PCs," said Scott Wright, Director of HDD Product Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "With a field-proven single disk 7 mm design heritage, the new Toshiba MQ04 1 TB model offers reliable performance and capacity at the leading edge of mobile client HDD technology and value."

 

Available now, but with no pricing yet released, the MQ04 1TB is also quieter and weighs less than prior generations and is the perfect choice for mobile storage applications.

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