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MSI debuts GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX, the first small Turing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

NVIDIA has given MSI the great ability of making a bunch of awesome custom GeForce RTX graphics cards, but then MSI just upped the ante with its new GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX graphics card... the first ITX-based RTX 2070.




The new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX is the first small form factor ITX-based RTX series graphics card, packing everything Turing has to offer except for the inclusion of VirtualLink connectivity for next-gen VR headsets. Connectivity wise MSI still includes 3 x DP1.4 ports and 1 x HDMI 2.0, less than the other RTX series cards, but then this is the one and only ITX style RTX series card.


MSI doesn't overclock the GeForce RTX 2070 AERO ITX, with a single-fan cooler and 175W TDP. It should run quite warm with stock fan speeds, but I'd like to see the cooling on this card when it's under stressful gaming loads, and/or overclocked.

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AMD EPYC Milan CPU: Zen 3 on newer 7nm+ node teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

AMD only just announced its next-gen EPYC 'Rome' CPU last week in San Francisco during its Next Horizon event, with the new EPYC Rome CPU packing a huge 64C/128T of processor performance on the next-gen 7nm process node.




But during the Supercomputing 2018 event, the US Department of Energy announced it was working with Cray on their new Shasta Computer Blade server which will be inside of the US DoE's upcoming new supercomputer.


This new supercomputer will pack 8 of AMD's next-gen EPYC Milan CPUs on the even newer 7nm+ node, with the system broken into dual-section design with one feature copper water blocks on the EPYC Milan CPUs, while the other four EPYC Milan CPUs are on an inverted PCB, which is also water cooled. The new supercomputer will feature 64 DIMMs that can be watercooled, too.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update out, includes Nuketown map

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

Activision and Treyarch have pushed out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, something that includes a one-week exclusive to the remake of Nuketown for PlayStation 4 gamers before it arrives on Xbox and PC next week.



Treyarch has also made some changes to the progression rate of the Black Market, a tweak that was made by adding Daily Tier Skips. There have been fixes made to the Zombies mode, rebalances to the multiplayer Specialists, and more. Treyarch adds: "To celebrate the launch of Nuketown, Zombies now spawn on Nuketown Island with a new Zombies Supply Stash spawn location behind the Nuketown sign".


The full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update 1.05 notes can be found here.

Samsung Galaxy S10: 8nm Exynos 9820, dedicated NPU, 8K video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Samsung is slowly providing the pieces to its 2019 smartphone plans together, with a tease of its new InfinityFlex display that will be the centerpiece of its first foldable smartphone in the Galaxy F. But now... the company has just announced an even more important part of its 2019 plans: Exynos 9820.




The new Exynos 9820 is Samsung's latest processor which is being made on the 8nm node, and features a dedicated neural processing unit, or NPU. This means the Galaxy S10 will be filled with a bunch of AI abilities, but a bigger point here is the camera support in the new Exynos 9820. Samsung is taking things to a new level offering 4K 150FPS video with 10-bit color, or 8K at 30FPS. Samsung is claiming that the NPU will have 7x the performance in AI tasks, with things like real-time scene detection and more.


Exynos 8920 will have up to 20% higher single-core performance, while power efficiency hits up to 40% higher, while multi-core performance is up to 15% faster compared against the Exynos 9810. Samsung is teasing up to 40% higher GPU performance with the new Mali-G76 against the previous-gen Mali-G72. The GPU also packs 35% improvement in power efficiency.

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Xbox boss says he's 'very excited' about next-gen Xbox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

We keep hearing about Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console and that Radeon Technologies Group has been co-developing its next-gen Navi GPU for the PS5, but now we're hearing a little bit more on Microsoft's next-gen 'Xbox Scarlett' console.



During an interview with LevelUp, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he was "very excited" about Microsoft's plans for the next-gen Xbox consoles. Spencer said: "The reason I love the consoles that we build is because I think we can build very special consoles. I see it today with Xbox One X and how games run on the Xbox One X; I think it's a fantastic place to play. When I look at our future plans, I am very excited about what we are going to do in the console space".


This sounds like generic marketing speak for 'yeah, our next-gen consoles will be better' but Spencer hasn't provided much to go on here. We all know the next-gen Xbox will be better than the previous-gen Xbox, anyone with a couple of brain cells can work that out. But, will the next-gen Xbox Scarlett console be a large leap over what we have with current-gen Xbox consoles, even up to the beefier Xbox One X?

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Command & Conquer and Red Alert being remastered for the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 20 hours ago

I can't believe that I'm typing this but EA has just announced Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer: Red Dawn are being remastered, alongside Covert Operations, Counterstrike, and Aftermath expansions are receiving remastered love.



The news gets even better with the C&C remasters being worked on by ex-Westwood developers that formed into Petroglyph Games. Even Frank Klepacki, the composer who worked on the music for the original C&C games and other Westwood classics, is coming back to work as the composer and audio director for the Command & Conquer remakes.


Command & Conquer co-creator and Petroglyph co-founder Joe Bostic said: "Here we are 20+ years later and EA has reached out to us regarding C&C. They had decided it was about time to revisit the original C&C games to give the fans what they had been asking for. Petroglyph has many former Westwood employees and is a perfect fit for bringing the original Command & Conquer games back to life. I'm excited to revisit the original Command & Conquer and Red Alert for our legacy fans, along with introducing the games to a new audience! Our battle-plan mission is to 'remaster' rather than 'remake' the original C&C games".

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Scoop 12% off Fallout 76 Bethesda keys for PC

By: Sponsored Content | More News: Deals | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Fallout 76 is now live across all major platforms and region, and if you're being egged on by your gaming group to join the multiplayer fray, you can scoop up a 12% discount as a perk for being late to the party. At digital retailer Green Man Gaming, Bethesda's latest title is discounted modestly to $52 and change. The same deal applies for the more expensive Tricentennial Edition which contains tons of in-game skins and weapons.


If you're on the sideline, be warn though as gamer reviews are decisively on the negative side of things, whereas critics are more balance on their reviews. Suffice to say, you shouldn't expect the usual single player Falluot experience and expect this to be more of a co-op, sandbox Fallout title. The game has also been plagued with some server and connectivity problem upon launch. Finally, as if to toss more wrench into this "deal" - you should be aware that Fallout 76 is exclusively on Bethesda's launcher for the PC. Much like what they did with The Elder Scrolls Online, the game is currently not available on Steam.


While the discount beats paying full price, we think you should only partake if you truly want to join in on the title with friends. Otherwise, waiting for a bigger discount is probably prudent.


Fallout 76 PC Deals

Fallout 76 Console Deals

In terms of console discount, you can already pick up the game for $48.99 - a solid 18% off saving for a just-released title. Not too shabby. In another alternative, GameStop is offering a $10 cash reward bonus through the first week of buying Fallout 76 as an extra bonus, and the limited run collectible Power Armor Edition is still in stock for the PS4 copy version of the game. While not cheap, the Collector's Edition comes with a full scale T-51 Power Armor Helmet.

ABZU will be taking a dive into the Nintendo Switch, Nov 29

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

ABZU developer Giant Squid Studios and publisher 505 Games are excited to announce that they will be throwing ABZU into the deep end of the Nintendo Switch on November 29th.



505 Games has released a new trailer onto their YouTube Channel to celebrate the announcement of ABZU coming to the Nintendo Switch. For players that don't know, ABZU was originally launched back in 2016 and is a underwater adventure that brings to life a gorgeous visual representation of the deep dark world of the ocean.


Players will be taking a dive into the depths of the ocean and bare witness to the amazing sea life that creates a 'mediative'-like experience that developer Giant Squid Studios has accurately implemented into their game. ABZU will be arriving to the Nintendo Switch on November 29th. It is currently available for pre-order and will be 10% off to those that do so.

'Fortuna' update brings Warframe new concurrent gamer high

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

Digital Extremes announced at TennoCon 2018 that they would be bringing 'Fortuna', the 2nd massive open-world update to Warframe. Now that update has been released it has caused Warframe to reach a new peak in concurrent gamers.




For a little bit of background context on the timeline of Warframe's player count, the game was released back in 2013 and then got an open world update titled 'Plains of Eidolon', this update pushed the concurrent player count to what was at the time a record of 122,000 players. On June 14th, Digital Extremes launched 'The Sacrifice' story update which rose the concurrent player count to around the 129,000 margin, both of these figures are based off Steam.


Now the 2nd open world update has been released Warframe has broken into a new high. According to GitHyp, Warframe has reached a concurrent player margin of 132,000 players. If you are interested in more of breakdown into what the 'Fortuna' update contains, check out this post here. For more information about Warframe, visit the official blog here.

Game of the Year 2018 nominees: 6 games worth playing

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

The 2018 Game of the Year nominees are in and this time round we have a selection of very well received titles from across a range of different fan bases.



Some will remember the controversy last year about the nominations for Game of the Year. PUBG was just exploding and giving birth to what is now the Battle Royale genre craze, this earned it a spot in the 2017 Game of the Year nominations. Many people didn't like the idea of, what was at the time, a not completed game being in apart of the Game of the Year rewards. This year though, I don't think many people will be complaining with the games that have been selected to compete against each other.


The Game of the Year nominees for 2018 are the following: Marvel's Spider-Man for the PS4, Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, Capcom's Monster Hunter: World, Sony Santa Monica Studios' God of War, Matt Makes Games' Celeste and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyseey. If I was to give my opinion on who will be taking this years Game of the Year, I would say it would have to be a toss up between Marvel's Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. Both titles sold amazingly well are renowned as some fantastic games in their own regards. Who will take first place though? I'd be putting my money on Red Dead Redemption 2.