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Core i7-8700K is a gaming beast, and so is the 8600K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 1, 2017 10:27 am

Intel is preparing its Core i7-8000 series processors that will be led by the flagship Core i7-8700K and joined by the Core i7-8600K, with these two CPUs having some benchmarks leaked. We have gaming results at 1080p which will be showing more of the brute strength of the CPU for gaming, as lower resolutions are more CPU dependent.




The tests include most of the popular CPUs used today, with the Core i7-8700K a champion throughout the testing. The lower-end 8600K is a 6C/6T processor, but for gaming the six additional threads from Hyper Threading, like the Core i7-8700K has. This doesn't matter for gaming, and more so at 1080p and lower. Even though a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was used, the 8600K is a surprise performer and should make a bigger impact with many more sales than the 8700K given its price/performance ratio.


That fact is highlighted by the fact that the Core i7-8600K still overclocks past 5GHz, only continuing to impress and best the 8700K on price/performance for gaming. The additional six threads on the 8700K will be great for higher-end enthusiast gamers who want to spend more, and will utilize the multi-threaded power from the 6C/12T offering.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti: $429, launch on October 26

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 1, 2017 8:26 am

AMD doesn't have enough Radeon RX Vega graphics cards available to fight the good fight against NVIDIA's onslaught of GTX 10 series graphics cards as it is... and the pain will only get worse with the purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti release that's meant to happen on October 26.




NVIDIA will reportedly be launching a new mid-range GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card that will be a little faster than the GTX 1070, but a little slower than the GTX 1080, and will fight the Radeon RX Vega 56. GTX 1070 Ti will rock 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and higher GPU clock speeds than the GTX 1070. We should expect the GTX 1070 Ti to be a great cryptocurrency mining card thanks to the superior GDDR5 on-board, too.


AIB partners will be rolling out custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards next month, so expect a launch on October 26 and a release on November 2.

Roll out for our 'Transformers' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 1, 2017 1:10 am

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Transformers: The Last Knight,' we have fifteen Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




Every legend hides a secret. Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.


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Voice artist Peter Cullen first performed the character of Optimus Prime in which year?

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Jeff Kaplan gives sincere post on Overwatch development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2017 11:19 pm

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan shares a thoughtful peek into the current development and upkeep of Blizzard's Overwatch, illustrating just how determined and dedicated the team is.




Although Overwatch shipped in 2016, it's still not finished: like most service-based games, Overwatch will continually evolve over time. That means the development team's job is never, ever finished, and according to Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan, everyone on the team is extremely ardent in their cause. Mr. Kaplan recently shared a rare thought-provoking look into the pure love and dedication that developers put into their games, especially the talented folks at Blizzard who are known for their near-superhuman feats.


Mr. Kaplan's post is long, and it's pretty deep, layered with truths and wisdom and sincerity. It's something I don't think a lot of us expected: a game director taking the time to be frank with us, talk to players and the community directly while also discussing just how vulnerable he and the rest of the team feels sometimes. This is something important that I think every Overwatch player--scratch that, every gamer--should read because it's powerful and shows how developers are human, how they're not just vending machines that are there to cater to you. They believe in the games, they put their heart and souls into them, and they love the experiences they create. More than that, though, they love the community and the people who play them.

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Have a 'Close Encounter' in our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 30, 2017 1:05 pm

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition', we have fifteen Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




Steven Spielberg's classic film is back in stunning high definition. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders, experiences a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. Roy's fixation on finding the meaning behind the image strains his marriage to the breaking point.


Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have a close encounter of the second kind - physical evidence of a UFO visitation - when military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote wilderness locale, a place he is so drawn to that he's willing to give up his family and even his life. There he finds the agents preparing for a close encounter of the third kind - contact.


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Name the famous mountain that becomes the flashpoint for the events of 'Close Encounters'

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AMD rumored to launch Ryzen 2 on 12nm in February 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 30, 2017 7:47 am

AMD had one of its biggest years ever in 2017 with the constant Ryzen rampage, causing a once stable Intel to flip its magnetic poles and freak out by spewing out new CPUs every couple of months because its sleeping giant of a competitor awoke from its slumber.




If you thought this year was big, AMD is planning a massive 2018 with the shift to the 12nm low-power node at Globalfoundries, the new 12nm LP chip will arrive with the Pinnacle Ridge family of CPUs. Pinnacle Ridge will feature up to 8 Zen CPU cores, and should be a refresh of sorts of the current-gen Ryzen 7/5/3 processors, but on the new 12nm node. AMD will also be launching a new low-power version of its Pinnacle Ridge architecture in April, while the enterprise-class side of the new Pinnacle Ridge architecture will arrive in May, just in time for Computex.


AMD will also be unveiling a new X470 chipset to succeed the current X370 that Ryzen CPUs are compatible with, meaning we should see a X499 chipset debut hopefully a few months after with a next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor on 12nm.

Blizzard's new mobile game is MMO RTS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 11:30 pm

Back in April we reported that Blizzard is working on mobile games (because of course they are), and now it appears one of these projects will be a Massively Multiplayer Online RTS experience.




Mobile gaming is currently most lucrative segment of the games industry. Analyst firm NewZoo predicts mobile will pull in 42% or $46.1 billion of 2017's gaming revenues, with the bulk of that number earned from free-to-play titles. Suffice it to say everyone wants to get their slice of the billion-dollar industry, even Blizzard, who already has a number of billion dollar franchises in its lineup.


According to new job listing that's been scrubbed from Blizzard's site, the company is working on a new MMO RTS mobile game. "Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project," the now-deleted listing said. Blizzard's Warcraft series fits the bill perfectly.

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Rocksteady teases new game: people will lose their minds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 10:13 pm

Batman developer Rocksteady Studios has been quietly working on something big enough to make gamers 'lose their minds'.




It's been a long, long time since we've heard about any new games from Rocksteady. The devs, who are best known for their popular Batman Arkham games, released their last big project in 2015 with Arkham Knight. Next year the team put out a PlayStation VR game that put gamers into the body of the caped crusader. But what have they been working on in the last two years? Apparently it's something huge.


"Be patient, fans. I know we're not talking right now... but when we do, people are going to lose their minds. Can't wait," Rocksteady's community manager Gaz Deaves said on Twitter. So what is it? According to Kotaku, WB Montreal is making a new Batman game, possibly focused on Damien Wayne. However given the shake-ups that happened at the studio, it's possible Rocksteady has taken on the project.

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BioWare's new online shooter Anthem will have beta tests

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 8:16 pm

Anthem is the most ambitious game BioWare has ever made, and it's only prudent that the online shooter will have a beta test to provide feedback and gain invaluable data.



Any major online-based game needs a beta test. Online games like World of Warcraft or Destiny have infinitely complex systems that must all properly align at all times to ensure hundreds of behind-the-scenes infrastructures work at all times, and devs are constantly gathering and analyzing data to ensure their online gaming experiences are in tip-top shape. BioWare's new game Anthem, which sounds and looks like the developer's unique answer to Destiny, is no different--it needs a beta test (many of them in fact). While it shouldn't be a surprise to most gamers, Anthem game director Jonathan Warner confirmed the shooter will have a beta. Just don't expect it any time soon.


As far as official details, we have a nice idea of what Anthem is. We know that BioWare has been working on it for years and years now, and that it represents a massive turning point for the company as a brand new IP. We know that Anthem is a direct result of Electronic Arts' new focus on action-based games.


We know that the game features mech suits that players step into and fly around a beautiful, open world and blast fearsome baddies with third-person shooter mechanics. Anthem isn't sci-fi like Mass Effect, but sci-fantasy, like Star Wars. It isn't any one genre, though: it's what's described as genre-melding and BioWare says it'll incorporate action, shooter, RPG and deep story and lore the studio is known for.

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Wii Shop marketplace shuts down in 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 5:23 pm

Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii Shop Channel in 2019 and effectively cut off all access to marketplace games, Gematsu reports.




Shortly after announcing MiiVerse's closure, Nintendo is killing off another facet of its legacy systems: the Wii's digital games shop. The Wii Shop Channel will be closed on January 31, 2019, according to reports, and users will no longer be able to add currency to their accounts to buy games after March 31, 2018 (which, coincidentally, is the end of Nintendo's fiscal year). Games can only be purchased on the shop via points, so if you've had your eye on classic VirtualConsole games to play on the Wii U or Wii, now's the time to load up your digital wallet.


Users will still be able to re-download games they own after the shop closes, Nintendo says, but eventually this too will be shut off, effectively turning your games library into copies of P.T. -- if you delete it, or something happens to your HDD, your games are gone forever.

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