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Vivendi may take over Ubisoft in November

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 12:35 pm

France's Florange Law may arm Vivendi with enough shares to forcibly take over French games-maker Ubisoft.




The long-standing battle between Vivendi and Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family may conclude in November, the Financial Times reports. Vivendi, who currently owns 26.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 25.2% of voting rights, may see its stake in the company doubled under France's Florange Law, thus boosting the company's stake in the games-maker past the 30% needed for a takeover.


Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot warns Vivendi that an aggressive takeover would be very risky. "The question is whether Vivendi will then make a tender offer or not. We feel it wouldn't be in the best interests of their shareholders because buying a company in our industry aggressively is actually very risky," Mr. Guillemot said during Ubisoft's Annual General Meeting of shareholders yesterday. The CEO goes on to say that being a part of a big conglomerate like Vivendi would essentially cut it's Achilles heel and significantly stifle agility--which Mr. Guillemot calls "a death sentence in our industry."


"A videogame company cannot grow within a media conglomerate," Mr. Guillemot said in an interview before the annual meeting, as reported by Bloomberg. "In our industry, independence is needed to take risks, to be innovative. That is not compatible with Vivendi's way of operating."

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 32, RX Vega 28 rumored to be coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 8:18 am

AMD just unleashed their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers which add 2-way multi-GPU support to Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now the latest rumor has the company preparing 13 new graphics card on their Vega 11 GPU.




The Vega 11-based graphics cards should replace AMD's current-gen Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series cards, which are based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 20 GPUs. The naming system that AMD is reportedly going to use makes sense, as it continues the way that they launched RX Vega: using the compute unit count (in this case 32 and 28 CUs) to name the card.


This is where Radeon RX Vega 32 and Radeon RX Vega 28 nomenclatures come from, with the Vega 11 XT expected to rock 2048 stream processors, with 4GB of HBM2 and a 1024-bit memory bus. Vega 11 Pro should feature 1792 stream processors, with the same 4GB HBM2 on a 1024-bit memory bus.


Radeon RX Vega 32 and RX Vega 28 should fight NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, and I'm sure the GTX 1060 9Gbps.

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AMD's new drivers add CrossFire support to RX Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 8:07 am

AMD has released their latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers, with a surprise feature: 2-way multi-GPU support for Radeon RX Vega graphics card.




CrossFire support isn't center focus for AMD, something that the company has been very forward with for a while now. They will be pushing out multi-GPU support for their Radeon graphics cards in the future, but they're definitely pulling out of sheer beasty multi-GPU gaming PC rigs.


However, the new 17.9.2 drivers only support 2-way CF setups, with 3- and 4-way RX Vega setups simply not possible right now. I'm just installing the new drivers on my Ryzen Threadripper 1950X machine, with my 2 x RX Vega graphics cards and 8K display... we'll have results of RX Vega 64 CF over the weekend.


Download AMD's new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers right here.

Intel working on dual-core i3-7360X for X299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 7:08 am

Intel has been reacting to Ryzen for most of the year, but one of the bigger surprises could be that Chipzilla is working on a new dual-core Core i3-7360X processor.




Intel's purported Core i3-7360X processor will be a HEDT version of the current Core i3-7350K, which will be replaced by the Core i3-8350K.




The new Core i3-7360K will be a dual-core CPU with a turbo clock of 4.3GHz, while the TDP is a massive 112W. Great tech for a dual-core processor, which will be around 1.25% faster than the current-gen Core i3-7350K, let alone the new Core i3-8350K. Intel, what's going on?!

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Razer will announce a 'mobile device' later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 5:49 am

Razer has been rumored to be working on a new mobile device for a while now, but the company has now officially teased it is working on a new mobile device.




Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan was interviewed by CNBC, where he explained: "One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we're coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment. We're hoping to have it come ... by the end of the year, so that's something we're working on".


The gaming peripheral giant isn't releasing a new product into the mobile market 'just because', it has been planned and it's made for gamers, with Tan continuing: "The mobile market is one of those that we've taken a long-term view to look at ... We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we've done a couple of moves".

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MSI shows off GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 4:49 am

EVGA just announced their new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card with its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, but now MSI has outed its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card.




What's the difference between the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X and the new TRIO variant? It rocks a triple-fan cooler over the dual-fan cooler on the normal GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X, coming in as a 2.5-slot graphic card with an RGB LED bar on the backplate.




MSI has the clocks on the GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO at 1569MHz base, 1683MHz boost, and the 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11124MHz. MSI requires 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but we don't have any solid photos of the PCB just yet.

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EVGA announces GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE with 12Gbps GDDR5X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 4:21 am

EVGA has just announced their latest and greatest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card, which rocks highly overclocked GDDR5X memory.




EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will have its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, offering up 528GB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 484GB/sec of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps.


EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will offer massive memory bandwidth that will be great for 4K gamers, and those chasing overclocking world records.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti: arrives in October for $429

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2017 3:36 am

We now have more details to share on NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, which should arrive with 2304 CUDA cores teased on the original rumor.




The latest news comes from MyDrivers, which reports that the purported GTX 1070 Ti would feature 2432 CUDA cores, just 128 CUDA cores less than the more expensive GTX 1080. The GTX 1070 Ti will fall between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, with the GTX 1070 to ship with GDDR5, and not GDDR5X memory like the GTX 1080.


NVIDIA is expected to launch the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sometime in late October, for $429.

TUNAI teases DRUM, high-res bass enhanced earphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 21, 2017 8:00 pm

TUNAI Creative has announced their new DRUM earphones, something they call the High-Resolution Bass Enhanced Audiophile Earphone.




DRUM has been engineered from the ground up to provide great sound across the audio spectrum, with the company saying the DRUM earphones deliver "clear, high-end, rich mid-range, and powerful bass. It gets you as close to perfect sound as our environment permits".




TUNAI Creative is looking to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter to get their new DRUM earphones into consumers' ears, and at the price they're selling DRUM... it'll be an easy pledge goal to hit. Get this: TUNAI have their Super Early Bird special where if you pledge just $9, you get a pair of DRUM earphones. The MSRP for DRUM is $39.99, so this is saving $30 - crazy.




Inside, DRUM has some of the latest high-quality components from Japan Audio Society (JAS), providing the perfect mix of performance, features, and great value. We have 13mm dynamic drivers which deliver a wide soundstage and powerful base.


TUNAI has used an "ultra-thin speaker diaphragm constructed from 8 micrometre aerospace quality PET, facilitating lightning-fast response times in the speakers and extend frequency range to 40,000Hz. It provides performance exceeding the requirements of digital audio sources".




  • Driver Unit: 13mm dynamic
  • Diaphragm: 8um aerospace grade PET
  • Frequency Response (Hz): 10 - 40,000Hz
  • Sensitivities (dB/mW): 105 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 35 ohms (1 kHz)
  • Cord material: OFC, Oxygen free copper
  • Cord Type: Y type, round cord
  • Cord length: 3.3ft / 100cm
  • Plug: Four-conductor gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini jack
  • Wearing style: Inner ear
  • Color options: Shadow Black, Sterling Silver, Shine Orange, Meadow Green and Turkish Blue


TUNAI is hoping to have the second pilot production run complete by November, with the mass production and delivery of DRUM earphones to Kickstarter backers in late November.

Steam introduces Histograms to prevent review bombing

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2017 12:25 pm

In wake of Steam's Review system being abused by gamers due to Dota 2 being blamed for killing Half Life 3 and gamers supporting PewDiePie regarding Campo Santo's DMCA, Valve have made some changes in how Steam's game reviews work. Valve hope to prevent incidences like the two mentioned don't reoccur as those reviews don't provide a true reflection of the experience with the game.




Valve have immediately introduced a new feature called Histograms, a feature that shows a histogram of the positive to negative reviews since the game was released on a daily basis. This data reflects dramatic increases in positive or negative reviews from a certain period, indicating a time where possible outside influences (eg. No Half Life 3 or Campo Santo's DMCA) have affected reviews. You can isolate days to read particular reviews for the day, or days of your interest.

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