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Noctua to release two AM4-compatible low-profile coolers

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 10:29 am

When it comes to whisper quiet CPU cooling, there is none finer and more respected than Noctua. Always striving for improvements, Noctua have announced the successors to the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12, the new and improved NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S. These models feature support for AMD Ryzen processors to meet market demand.




"AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen's AM4 socket."

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Battlerite to leave Steam's Early Access November 8

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 9:33 am

Stunlock Studios' has announced that November 8, their arena-brawler Battlerite will be leaving Steam's Early Access and officially launching.




Currently you have to pay $19.99 to purchase Battlerite to gain acess, come November 8 Battlerite will transition into free-to-play. So why should you purchase prior to full launch? Well...


"By purchasing Early Access, you are granted instant-access to the game, all champions, and all future champions as well as a unique founder avatar and title," according to Battlerite's Steam Early Access page. "This bundle will not be available at launch. It's likely that the same amount of content will cost more once the game is released."

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Sharkoon reveal the AI7000 Silent & Glass PC cases

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 8:32 am

Sharkoon have released the robust AI7000 ATX case. Available in in two editions, the Silent and the Glass editions, they're almost identical except for, yep you guessed it, a tempered glass side panel.



The Sharkoon AI7000 Silent features damping mats that are installed on both sides, top and front panel to effectively reduce the operating noise of the PC, without affecting the airflow. The AI7000 has room for two 2.5" drives hidden behind the motherboard and room for up to 380mm long graphics card, there's even enough room up front for a 280mm radiator.


The front panel offers two USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and audio ports, finished with colored accents on the front air intakes that are avaliable in red, green, blue and black, which determine the color variant of the case.

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Oculus founder has a new company, working on VR still

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 4:41 am

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been quiet since his exit from the VR startup, but during the Tokyo Game Show this week, Luckey confirmed he's formed a new company.




The new company is working on VR in some form, with Luckey saying: "I have a new company; I can't talk about my projects too much yet, but I'm still working in the virtual reality industry on some very exciting things". Continuing, Luckey said he doesn't want to be seen "as an Oculus person" as his ambitions are much bigger than what one company is doing.


He continued: "Don't think of me as an Oculus person. Just think of me as a VR person. Everything. Sony, HTC, other companies. Everything".


But what exactly is he working on? Well, according to The New York Times, Luckey's ideas back in June were start-up ideas. This included technology that could be used for border crossing security, which involves "light detecting and ranging" technology mixed with infrared sensors. The report continued: "Those familiar with the plan say Mr. Luckey believes his system, which can be mounted on telephone poles, can be built far more cost effectively than Mr. Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border--and with fewer obstacles from landowners".

Intel Core i7-8700K overclocked reaches 4.8GHz on air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 3:37 am

Intel is weeks away from releasing yet another CPU family because they're definitely not scared of AMD's continued threat by Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper, with Coffee Lake-S led by the flagship Core i7-8700K which seems to overclock incredibly well.




Intel's new Core i7-8700K has been busted hitting 4.8GHz on all CPU cores (6C/12T) on air cooling, which is great to hear. But if you want to get past the 5GHz ceiling, you're going to need better cooling - and you'll need to delid the processor as well.


All in all, the Core i7-8700K hitting 4.8GHz on ALL 6C/12T threads is pretty damn good. It'll be interesting to see how much more it can be pushed, and whether 5GHz is something that will require watercooling, or more.

Intel Coffee Lake-S: flagship 8700K CPU, 40 PCIe lanes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 2:44 am

Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake-S architecture led by the flagship Core i7-8700K processor doesn't launch until October 5, but there are major leaks all over the place from performance, to a detailed run down of all of the new 8000-series CPUs.




First up, Intel is calling their new Core i7-8700K processor their "BEST gaming desktop processor" ever made, with 6C/12T of CPU power. We have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on X370, and DDR4 RAM support up to 2666MHz. Intel has also included hardware support for 4K HDR content, per-core overclocking, and so much more.




Intel's new 8th generation Core processors represent the best gaming processor Intel has ever made, the first 6-core Core i5 processor, the first 4-core Core i3 processor, and more. We have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on the platform, and support for Intel Optane memory.




Intel has included some great OC technology in the new 8000-series processors, with per-core overclocking, up to 8400MT/s max memory ratio, real-time memory latency control, and more.


Intel promises "up to 80FPS while mega-tasking" on Coffee Lake-S. Nice Ctrl+C/Ctrl-V job you did there Intel, especially for a company that glues processors together.


As for the processors, we have:


  • Core i7-8700K: 6C/12T @ 3.7GHz base/4.7GHz boost, 95W TDP.
  • Core i7-8700: 6C/12T @ 3.2GHz base/4.6GHz boost, 65W TDP.
  • Core i5-8600K: 6C/6T @ 3.6GHz base/4.3GHz boost, 95W TDP.
  • Core i5-8400: 6C/6T @ 2.8GHz base/4.0GHz boost, 65W TDP.
  • Core i3-8350K: 4C/4T @ 4.0GHz base/??? boost, 91W TDP.
  • Core i3-8100: 4C/4T @ 3.6GHz base/??? boost, 65W TDP.

Ethereum mining difficulty reaches lofty new heights

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 2:00 am

If you're still mining Ethereum, you will have notice that the difficulty has just increased by its largest amount ever... with difficulty now sitting at an insane 3TH.




Back in July, I reported that Ethereum difficulty reaching 1.75TH was squeezing out the small miners, as it had just increased from 1.25TH. But in the last 24 hours, the difficulty has risen from 2.3TH to 3TH, which is the largest jump, ever.




Looking at the numbers from June, we can see it was under 1TH... and each rise has been steady, and painful. But the last one was the worse, I mean just look at the leap it did overnight. If you're still mining Ethereum, this will hurt, a lot.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series pricing to continue rising

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 1:25 am

NVIDIA hasn't been able to keep up with the non-stop demand of their GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, thanks to cryptocurrency miners across the world gobbling them up for mining.




We reported earlier this month that GTX 10 series pricing was on its way up, with an average of 25% higher pricing according to Mizuho's chief semiconductor analyst. Mizuho reports: "Our checks with the leading GPU and motherboard OEMs indicate SepQ GPU card trends are very strong, with card shipments coming in ~30-50% ahead of flat q/q expectations on strength from cryptocurrency mining. Cryptocurrency demand is driving strength in NVDA's GTX 1060/1070 cards. The GPU/motherboard OEMs also noted GPU pricing was up ~25% in the last six months".


It's not just miners either, but DRAM shortages are going to push us to see a purported decline of GTX 10 series for miners, with China banning cryptocurrencies being a massive driving factor. Mizuho continued: "The OEMs also noted zero inventory of GPUs in the channel and constrained short DRAM supply and pricing also affecting GPU shipments. Coming off a very strong SepQ, there are also expectations in the supply chain that DecQ GPU sales could be muted in pricing and demand on recent cryptocurrency bans and DRAM shortages".

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Amnesia dev Chinese Room has 'gone dark'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 24, 2017 7:47 pm

The Chinese Room, the independent developer best known for hits like Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, is taking a break from games development.




"We're going dark for the next few months," creative director Dan Pinchbeck said in an eye-opening blog post. Mr. Pinchbeck says the decision to steer the dev's figurative ship towards the docks and take a long-deserved break was caused by a jolting health scare, which caused him to re-think The Chinese Room's toll on his life.


"To cut a long story short, the situation - between financial pressures, trying to keep the lights on for the employed team, the stress of end-of-development, health issues - just wasn't a tenable thing anymore. It was time to take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future," he said.

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Run, don't walk for our 'Walking Dead' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 24, 2017 4:31 pm

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of ''The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season', we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment!




Picking up immediately after the thrilling cliff-hanger, Negan forces Rick and the group to fall under his will, brutally convincing them to live by his rules. To prevent further bloodshed, Rick genuinely believes they can make life under Negan, however terrible, work. But he soon learns that Negan can't be reasoned with, and they must prepare to go to war. Victory will require more than Alexandria, and Rick will need to convince their new allies from the Kingdom and the Hilltop to band together with the common goal of taking down Negan and his army.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on September 29:


Name the creators of the original 'Walking Dead' comic book

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