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ARK gets new expansion, hasn't even been out for a week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2017 6:29 pm

ARK: Survival Evolved's final $59.99 version hasn't been out for a week yet and Studio Wildcard is already planning to release a new expansion next month.



The new ARK expansion is called Aberration, and marks the second major expansion for the massively popular MMO after the controversial Scorched Earth, which was released while the game was still in early access. Aberration sees players entering a new derelict ARK with a unique subterranean biome full of exotic and vibrant color, bizarre creatures, new sci-fi weapons, wingsuits, and much more. The expansion even borrows from the Alien franchise as you'll be able to tame a new creature called the Nameless Queen and "impregnate your foes with a horrifying reproductive chest-burster."


The new Aberration expansion pack will release sometime on October on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and requires the full $59.99 version of ARK: Survival Evolved to play.

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SanDisk to make Nintendo Switch branded SDXC cards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2017 3:33 pm

Western Digital has teamed up with Nintendo to provide official Nintendo Switch branded microSD cards for markets outside of Japan.




The microSD cards will be manufactured by Western Digital's SanDisk memory unit, and come in 64GB and 128GB capacities, and are specifically optimized for Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid. This announcement comes shortly after the Japanese games-maker confirmed that some Nintendo Switch game cartridges will require expandable memory to be installed in order to access full in-game content, as specific titles simply aren't fitting on the device's game cartridges. Nintendo affirmed that users without microSD memory can play "a selection of content" in games that require expanded storage memory to be installed. Since only 25.9GB of the Nintendo Switch's advertised 32GB internal storage is accessible for game installations, owners are heavily incentivized to purchase expandable memory--that scant memory allocation will also continue to shrink as Nintendo rolls out more firmware updates.




The official Nintendo Switch SanDisk memory cards should be affordable as the performance and capacity are more mainstream rather than the high-end specifications used for enthusiast grade microSD memory. Both the 64GB SDXC and 128GB SDXC cards feature a UHS-I interface bus that supports up to 104MB/sec speeds, and are rated for a UHS 3 (U3) speed class that has a minimum sequential writing speed for 30MB/sec. The product boxes tout the cards can deliver up to 90MB/sec write and 100MB/sec read speeds, which is much more performance than users typically need for the Nintendo Switch.

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Razer tame the Blade Pro with NVIDIA GTX GeForce 1060

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 2, 2017 10:00 am

Razer today has teased us with a new configuration option for their Razer Blade Pro, aimed at gamers and creative professionals with a reduced budget, the new Blade Pro option features a NVIDA GeForce GTX 1060 rather than a GTX 1080 and a full-HD 120Hz display, rather than the premium 4K display.




This VR ready laptop is powered by Intel's 7th gen Quad-Core Core i7 CPU, 16 GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM and features hybrid storage configuration of 256GB PCIe SSD plus 2TB HDD to delivers both speed and capacity.




"The Razer Blade Pro is the ultimate gaming laptop that packs desktop-level performance with unmatched portability," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "This latest iteration offers an optimized configuration for gamers and professionals that want a 17-inch display and top-notch build quality. The thin design houses the latest in performance components and features expandable memory and storage capability."

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Thermaltake's CaseMOD Invitational Season 1 winner is...

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 2, 2017 8:36 am

Thermaltake recently invited twelve extremely talented case-modders, from twelve different countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) to participate in Thermaltake's 2017 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1. With a prize-pool featuring $15,000USD, there is plenty of motivation for these modders to display their craft.




Contestants were required to use an array of Thermaltake products (obviously), including The Tower 900 E-ATX Vertical Super Tower Chassis, Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Gold fully modular power supply, Tt Certified liquid cooling components and an unlimited selection of other Thermaltake products to transform their build.

The scoring was categorized on three aspects of the participant's build, originality, style (inside and out) and LCS loop. Community voting was allocated 25%, with 25% by Thermaltake, 25% by expert modders, and 25% by sponsors, to help the panel of judges declare a winner.



1st Place

Von Carlo Rasonabe-Known as Reapervon, has previously displayed his projects in ASUS events and Computex Taipei. Drawing inspiration from Mecha, he was able to mod The Tower 900 into a stunning creation Tt X ROG Mechanicore and claim 1st place.


2nd Place

Chaipoj Khaowasut- From Thailand, Chaipoj is uses a unique approach to his modding, designing his builds by using Photoshop, AutoCAD, CorelDRAW, Illustrator and CNC Laser machine. Creating the mod with the concept "Future Engine", Chaipoj Khaowasut has presented to the world TT Turbocharger 900.


3rd Place

Mhike Samsin A full-time modders from the Philippines, Mhike began PC modification from around 2005. Mhike showcased his talents in modifying The Tower 900 into an astonishing T-900 SCARAV build.



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Destiny 2's raid goes live a week after launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 9:18 pm

Destiny's 2 console launch is just right around the corner, and as a veteran who stormed Old Russia at launch, I'm quite hyped to jump back into the fray. Bungie delivers its last community update before the launch, dropping a bunch of new info for eager Guardians.



According to the update, players will have ample time to prepare for Destiny 2's post-game content. The sequel's first raid is slated to open up a week after launch at 1PM EST on September 13, and it should offer a huge dose of cryptic puzzles for fireteams to solve (raids typically take up to 12 hours or so to completely solve, and serve as a source of massive fascination in the community. Destiny 2's Nightfall mode, which pits a fireteam against crippling foes in a Strike mission, will be available right when the game goes live--but be forewarned, this mode is pretty rough.


Secondly, Destiny 2's Trials mode will go live a little over a week after launch at 1PM EST on September 15.


"If you have witnessed the race to become the first to topple the final boss, you know we keep Raid info well under wraps. These are your moments to discover - your mysteries to solve. We've given you the when. You will soon discover the who, the what, and the where. Together, as a team, you might even discover the how," Bungie's Cozmo said in the update.

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Thinkpad laptops gets 30% coupon for Labor Day weekend

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 8:50 pm

For this Labor Day weekend, Lenovo is putting out a giant promotion for all things Thinkpad laptop. From entry-level Thinkpad machines like the E575 series at only $389 to high-end Xeon processor equipped workstation Thinkpads like the Thinkpad P51 and P71, you'll be able to scoop up big discounts on these venerable business laptops based on your needs and preferences.




For those who have been on the fence with a Thinkpad X1 Carbon, the latest 5th gen models are all at historic low prices thanks to the big 30% off price cut provided by the Labor Day coupon - just plug in THINKPADSALE during checkout. The base model with the Kaby Lake Core i5-7200U and 128GB SSD is now only $1,091, while the higher-end models hover between $1,322 and $1,567. On the X side of things, the X270 is now cheapest ever with a starting price of $734. Granted, most people will be upgrading the RAM, display panel, and storage size...although you can do so after-the-fact as well.


In workstation land, both the P51 and P71 are also significantly more attractively priced than usual, with starting prices of $899 for the Thinkpad P51 and $1,259 for the bigger desktop replacement P71. Both of these can go as high as $2,000+ with the Xeon E3-105 and are in a different performance/use case domain when compared to the more "consumer" oriented Thinkpads. In either case, the THINKPADSALE 25% off coupon will work on the Thinkpad P51 and P71 during Labor Day 2017.


Thinkpad Labor Day Coupon




This coupon runs until September 4th and gets you 25% off on most Thinkpads, while the very same code will take 30% off any X series laptop. This includes the X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X270 models listed below.


Thinkpad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga and X270


Thinkpad T470, T470s, and T470p


Thinkpad P51 and P51s


Thinkpad P71


Thinkpad X and E Series

Toshiba misses deadline to sell NAND chip business

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 5:17 pm

Toshiba, the second top manufacturer of NAND flash storage in the world, has missed a deadline set forth by company leadership to sell its Toshiba Memory Corporation storage business.




Three major groups are vying for purchase of Toshiba's chip business, which is currently valued at up to $18 billion, as the company aims to recoup the massive $8.7 billion in losses from its buckled Westinghouse nuclear power plant. Suitors for the chip business include a consortium led by storage giant Western Digital, a group led by investment firm Bain Capital, and a Japanese-led consortium led by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., also known as Foxconn. The beleaguered Tokyo-based storage company has failed to meet the internal deadline to sell its chip business by August 31 and negotiations between Toshiba and its suitors remain stalled.


Mobile juggernaut Apple is aligning with Bain Capital's consortium, sources tell Reuters, in an effort to secure a key position in pricing authority. Apple is a top consumer of Toshiba's flash memory and uses the chips in its wide range of products including iPhones.

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Logitech unveil the wireless G613 keyboard & G603 mouse

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 2:48 pm

Logitech have announced two new products to their wireless gaming catalog, G613 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard and G603 Wireless Mouse. Designed for uncompromising wireless performance, the G613 and G603 feature LIGHTSPEED wireless technology that enables gamers the ultimate wireless gaming experience.




"LIGHTSPEED and POWERPLAY made the dream of untethered and uncompromised wireless performance a reality," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G. "The new HERO sensor in our G603 wireless mouse and the new G613 wireless mechanical keyboard show our commitment to driving wireless performance even further across our product line."


The Logitech G603 is the first gaming mouse to feature Logitechs G's HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) senor, an optical sensor that provides exceptional accuracy and precision up to 12,000 DPI with no acceleration or smoothing. Backed with LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, this professional-grade wireless mouse has unrivaled reliablity and performance.


Featuring six programmable keys, Bluetooth connectivity and LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, the Logitech G613 mechanical wireless keyboard is designed for gamers who demand the performance of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless gaming. It also features Logitech G's exclusive Romer-G mechanical key switches, providing competition grade performance with incredible feel and durability. Romer-G switches actuate at a distance of 1.5mm, which is up to 25 percent shorter and faster than the leading competitor. Combined with a low-force 45g actuation, Romer-G switches provide near-instant responsiveness and help minimize fatigue over long gaming sessions




The Logitech G603 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse and G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard are current available for pre-order for suggested retail prices of $69.99 and $149.99, respectively.

AMD announce Ryzen PRO desktop processors

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 1:16 pm

AMD have been busy, extremely busy with the recent release of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper range. That hasn't slowed AMD down as they have just announced another addition to the Ryzen family, the new AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processor. Designed specifically for enterprise and the public sectors, the AMD Ryzen PRO will offer up to 8-cores/16-threads with up to 3.7GHz With Precision Boost, that provides breakthrough responsiveness for the most demanding enterprise-class applications and multi-tasking workflows.




"Today's business PC users require more processing power than ever before to run increasingly demanding applications, to ensure they can multi-task without disruption, and to help protect against security threats," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "Ryzen PRO is designed to address these needs, and we're proud to collaborate with such a strong set of industry leaders on a robust assortment of AMD-based desktop PCs that showcase the strength and flexibility of the Ryzen PRO platform."


Based on the same Zen architecture we've seen in Ryzen and Epyc server CPUs, the Ryzen PRO will be backed with GuardMI and SenseMI technology. This state of the art of technology allows cutting edge performance and protection from an ever-growing list of threats. With global OEM support already established, the coming months will see top PC vendors including Dell, HP, and Lenovo releasing products for the enterprise market.


"Businesses buying PCs are constantly evaluating the latest features and performance so they can easily manage and secure their most important asset-their data," said Tom Tobul, vice president, Dell Commercial Client Solutions. "That's why we're proud to introduce the OptiPlex 5055 PC featuring the Ryzen PRO CPU and its improved security features. The OptiPlex 5055 is a worthy addition to what is already the world's most secure and manageable desktop PC portfolio."

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Sharp announces 70-inch AQUOS 8K TV, pushing 7680 x 4320

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 1, 2017 11:57 am

For those of you that know my style of content, you'll know that I'm obsessed with high resolutions and refresh rate, as well as display technology in general.




This is the driving reason behind my personal purchase of the only 8K monitor on the market, Dell UP3218K - and now, Sharp have just announced their new AQUOS-branded 8K TV. Sharo has announced their next-gen AQUOS Series 8K TVs will be released in China, Japan, and Taiwan between October 2017 and February 2018. Europe will receive the 8K set in March 2018.


Sharp's next-gen 8K TV comes in at a huge 70 inches, but other than that all we know is that Sharp's new AQUOS Series 8K TV will have 4 x HDMI inputs. It will have an HDMI input dedicated to 8K content, while the other HDMI ports will accept 4K and 2K output with 8K upscaling.