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AOC release their curved AG322QCX QHD 144Hz monitor

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 10:00 am

AOC have recently announced the availability of the curved AG322QCX 32" QHD gaming monitor. Featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time and AMD FreeSync technology, the AG322QCX is designed for competitive esports and gaming enthusiasts.




This VA panel offers vibrant colors and crystal clear image thanks to its 2560x1440 QHD screen that features a 1800R curve. The AG322QCX's curve conforms to the way the eye sees, reducing eye fatigue and providing an immersive experience. AOC partner and recent Dota 2 champions of The International 7, Team Liquid, use AOC monitors to prepare for tournaments that allows them to excel at the highest level of esports and be a step ahead of the competition.

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Battlegrounds hits 1.5 million concurrent users

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 8:38 am

I think even my grandparents have heard of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the epic battle-royale shooter from Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene. PUBG has continued its rise to the top with recently surpassing 1.5 million concurrent users.




As you can see from the graph above, PUBG's playerbase is rising at a rapid rate. It took 4 months for Battlegrounds to reach 500K conconcurrent players and build an established playerbase. In the previous 3 months we've seen the playerbase not only double, but triple to 1.5K concurrent players. Twitch viewers has maintained a steady viewing audience of 150-200K throughout PUBG's reign, peaking at 450K during the Gamescom Invitational 2017.


During a recent Reddit AMA, Mr. PlayerUnknown stated that he would "love" to add a single-player campaign to PUBG. Greene said: "I would love to add a single-player campaign to the game," he said. "I think the island we have could be a great location for an interesting story, but unfortunately we just don't have the time or the resources for this at the moment!"

Battlegrounds beta coming to Xbox One very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 7:18 am

Battlegrounds is one of the most-played PC games right now, with a new peak 1.5 million concurrent gamers playing the game at once. But what about the promised Xbox One beta?




"DOGGAVELI" tweeted out to Xbox Games Marketing boss Aaron Greenberg, asking: "do u know when the Pub beta is coming to @Xbox one", to which Greenberg replied: "We are working on that now, will share more news when we can, but we are all incredibly excited to get some Chicken Dinners on Xbox!"


PUBG has set the PC gaming community on fire, as I'm just as obsessed with it as the next person - but Xbox One gamers are going to love it when it hits consoles. I'm looking forward to seeing what Bluehole can do with the console version of PUBG, where I hope that it still looks great and runs well considering Unreal Engine 4 powers countless console games right now.

COD: WWII recommended GPU for beta: GeForce GTX 1060

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 6:30 am

Call of Duty: WWII's upcoming beta will be unleashed on September 29 for PC gamers, with the return to the World War II setting to start pre-loading on Steam... right now.




Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, the developers behind COD: WWII are recommending NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 as the GPU of choice for gamers running COD: WWII @ 1080p.


Call of Duty: WWII PC Open Beta Recommended Spec


  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X, or equivalent
  • RAM: 12 GB RAM
  • HDD: 25 GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, or equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card, or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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Intel making self-learning CPU, acts like human brain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 5:32 am

Intel has been scratching to keep up with AMD all of this year, but in one area they might exceed Team Red is in making the first "self-learning" processor that is designed to learn like the human brain.




Intel is calling this new processor the "Intel Loihi test chip", something Chipzilla refers to as a "neuromorphic chip", meaning that it is designed to learn from its environment. This new self-learning processor could be used in any number of AI-intensive applications, but Intel says that it will make a huge impact in industrial automation and personal robotics.


Michael Mayberry, Managing Director of Intel Labs, wrote in a statement: "The Intel Loihi research test chip includes digital circuits that mimic the brain's basic mechanics, making machine learning faster and more efficient while requiring lower compute power. This could help computers self-organize and make decisions based on patterns and associations".

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Core i9-7980XE used to break 4 world records in 3DMark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:24 am

Intel pulled the NDA up on their new Core i9-7980XE processor, with our review on it right here, but now EVGA along with their resident OC champion K|NGP|N have broken 4 world records in 3DMark.




K|NGP|N used the new Core i9-7980XE and put it under LN2 cooling to reach 5.7GHz, using 4 x EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics cards @ 2.3GHz GPU clocks each, blowing the doors off of previous 3DMark world records.




K|NGP|N said: "Using the new Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU at over 5.7GHz on an EVGA X299 Dark and 4x EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N's at over 2.3GHz, allowed me to annihilate the existing 3DMark Time Spy World Record at 37,596 points! The new Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU, EVGA X299 Dark and EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N are incredible!".




Here's the screenshot that shows the 3DMark Time Spy run with 37,596 total score with the GDDR5X on the GPUs hitting a huge 6399MHz (that is INSANE), which is 12.8Gbps.

Showtime busted mining Monero on visitors' CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:00 am

It was only last week that we reported that The Pirate Bay was caught mining Monero coins on visitors' CPUs, but now two of Showtime's websites have been using visitors' CPUs to mine Monero.




Showtime has been busted with a script running in the background that hijacks users' CPUs to mine Monero, thanks to the Coinhive miner. Coinhive isn't all bad, as they are trying to push into a market that simply doesn't exist right now: providing a way for websites to run, without using ads.


Coinhive takes 30% of whatever Monero is mined on users' CPUs, while the website keeps the rest.


But did Showtime have the Coinhive script on their website by their own actions? Or did someone hack their site? Gizmodo reached out to Showtime a few times, but the company only replied with "we decline comment", which doesn't bode well.

AMD's next-gen Vega 20 uses PCIe 4.0, arrives in Q3 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 3:24 am

Now that the release of the Radeon RX Vega is over, the next part of the journey for AMD is to unleash custom RX Vega graphics cards with AIB partners. This is meant to be happening in late-October, and should lead through the holidays and into 2018. But what about Vega 20?




Vega 20 will be a refresh of Vega 10, which we should see AMD use the 12nm LP node, but what about performance? We don't know anything performance-wise just yet, but according to leaked slides from Informatica Cero, Vega 20 is coming in Q3 2018, and on the next-gen PCIe 4.0 standard.




PCIe 4.0 has a huge 16GT/s of bandwidth, up from the 8GT/s available on the current-gen PCIe 3.0 standard - something that was released in 2010.

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Core i5-8600K has performance similar to Core i7-7700K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 2:33 am

Intel is pulling out all of the stops for its Coffee Lake-S architecture, with the flagship Core i7-8700K to be the new gaming champion with its 6C/12T of CPU performance hitting 4.8GHz on air cooling when overclocked. It also beats the 7700K by around 10% in games, and more in multi-threaded applications.




But it'll be the mid-range Core i5-8600K that will have gamers pulling the trigger finger on their orders, with Chinese site PCOnline posting benchmarks of the 8600K early. They've compared it against the Core i7-8700K, Core i7-7700K, Core i5-7500, and AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X and Ryzen 5 1600X processors in a bunch of different games.




Rise of the Tomb Raider scales beautifully between the processors, with the Core i5-8600K sliding right next to both of the Core i7 processors with 70FPS average.

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8700K benchmarks: 10% faster than 7700K at stock clocks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2017 1:29 am

Intel is so close to launching their new Core i7-8700K that we can almost smell the silicon, but now some leaked benchmarks of the flagship Coffee Lake-S processor are here.




The new Core i7-8700K is a changed beast, with 6C/12T of CPU performance compared to the Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T of brute gaming performance. EXPreview has some preliminary benchmarks on the new Core i7-8700K processor, with it coming in at around 8% faster than the 7700K in office tasks.


But what about gaming? EXPreview ran The Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Division, and Hitman. The new 8700K is 18% faster than the 7700K in The Witcher 3 on the Ultra preset, while it's 10% faster in Hitman. In both ROTTR and The Division, the difference is negligible... just a few FPS difference.


Intel's new Core i7-8700K reaches 4.8GHz on air-cooling on ALL CPU cores, impressive considering its a 6C/12T part.