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Destiny 2's new 4K trailer: PC master race goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 4:24 am

Bungie is ramping up to the big release of Destiny 2, with the sequel being made available to the PC for the first time, after the original Destiny was locked to being a console exclusive. The new trailer is available below, in 4K 60FPS.



NVIDIA is backing Destiny 2 as one of the biggest PC releases of the year, with Bungie and Activision offering 4K resolution support (which should be a default by now, and not a bragging point), as well as uncapped framerates (so should this).


Destiny 2 will be available to play through the PC Open Beta between August 29-31, and you can also pre-purchase Destiny 2 exclusively through Blizzard, where you'll get 24 hour early access into the beta that will begin on August 28.

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ADATA unleashes XPG SX9000 NVMe M.2 SSD: 2.8GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 3:36 am

ADATA has just unleashed their next-gen XPG SX9000 SSD, aimed at high-end gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts.




The new ADATA XPG SX9000 arrives in the M.2 2280 form factor, driving its huge speed from the PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth right up to 2800MB/sec reads, and 1450MB/sec writes. ADATA is tapping the new Marvel controller, offering their new XPG SX9000 drives in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.


We're looking at 310K random 4K read IOPS, while there's 240K random 4K write IOPS. ADATA is offering the new XPG SX9000 with a 5-year warranty, keeping your peace of mind at these speeds.

AMD's new driver for Vega, improves mining performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 2:46 am

AMD might not be enjoying much positivity with the first waves of Radeon RX Vega reviews, but the company is looking after miners (who they called out and blamed for global GPU shortages in LA two weeks ago) with a new beta driver that provides improved cryptocurrency mining performance.




The new beta driver increases block chain compute performance, with AMD naming the driver "Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute". What does this new driver have on offer?


  • This driver is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes
  • This driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads
  • Optimized performance for Blockchain Compute Workloads


I'm going to install these drivers soon and run our Radeon RX Vega 56, Radeon RX Vega 64 air-cooled, and Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition through their paces.

Battlegrounds hits 7 million players, 617K concurrent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 1:59 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to gain traction, with the game passing over 7 million sales, a gigantic achievement for a game that isn't backed by a huge AAA studio or developer.




Bluehole now enjoy 617,000 concurrent gamers playing Battlegrounds on Steam, and with the price at just $29.99 the developer has pulled in a hefty $209 million since launching PUBG into Steam Early Access in April.


Better yet, PUBG is turning into a huge beast on Twitch... with Battlegrounds beating out League of Legends and the amount of Twitch hours streamed this week. The only game bigger on Twitch right now is Dota 2.

Galaxy Note9 might be able to tell if you're drunk

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 1:19 am

A recent patent discovered online indicates that Samsung is exploring the possibility of using a breathalyzer connected to your smartphone. Specifically, using the stylus of a phone like the Note9 where the stylus also operates as a breathalyzer that can then check your blood alcohol content.




This feature may not seem like a big deal, but it could serve as a way to prevent people from drunk dialing exes or calling their bosses while drunk.


Since Note devices tend to be more business-focused, it could be very interesting to see the various applications of such a technology, no matter how silly it sounds.

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The Note8 looks stunning in the new Deep Sea Blue color

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 17, 2017 12:23 am

We recently reported that Samsung plans to introduce a new color option with the Galaxy Note8, Deep Sea Blue.




Evan Blass, a trust-worthy leaker, has now revealed the Note8 in this new color. Unfortunately, the image shows only the front of the phone, but it's still enough to get an impression of what to expect. Samsung's S pen will also come in the matching color.


The image doesn't reveal much else, but it does confirm that the previous leaks were spot on when it comes to the design of the phone.

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Mario Kart and VR is a match made in heaven

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 16, 2017 11:30 pm

Mario Kart and VR are a match made in heaven--we think so, and so do the lucky Japanese gamers that have actually tried it out.



Bandai Namco's VR Zone Arcade in Tokyo is bringing eight year old me's dream to life: Mario Kart virtual reality madness. We've already reported about Mario Kart GP VR in the past, but now we see just how much unbridled joy Nintendo's go-kart racer can bring to gamers with the new dimension of VR.


The game is officially licensed by Nintendo, and players wear the HTC Vive VR headset while sitting in a special go-kart that reacts and rumbles with feedback, making the experience more like an amusement park ride than a traditional arcade experience. If you're ever in Shinjuku, Tokyo be sure to check out the VRcade and have a blast in this interactive wonder!

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IBM's new magnetic tape stores 330TB of data

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2017 10:33 pm

IBM has made another breakthrough in magnetic tape storage by creating a new method for areal density that could potentially hold over a whopping 300TB of data.




IBM Research scientists have packed in a record areal density of 201 Gb/in2 (gigabits per square inch) onto a new prototype of sputtered magnetic tape made by Sony. Researchers affirm the tape, which has a density of 201 billion bits per square inch, is more than 20 times the density used in today's high-end tape drives, can potentially hold up to 330TB of uncompressed data on a single tape cartridge that would fit in the palm of your hand.


"Tape has traditionally been used for video archives, back-up files, replicas for disaster recovery and retention of information on premise, but the industry is also expanding to off-premise applications in the cloud," said IBM Fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou. "While sputtered tape is expected to cost a little more to manufacture than current commercial tape that uses Barium ferrite (BaFe), the potential for very high capacity will make the cost per TB very attractive, making this technology practical for cold storage in the cloud."

Crackdown 3 delayed to 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2017 9:37 pm

Microsoft's high-profile first-party exclusive Crackdown 3 will miss the Xbox One X's launch in November, the company today confirmed.



Crackdown 3 has been delayed to a nebulous Spring 2018 launch window, meaning the game could be delayed as much as five months from its original November 2017 release window. This announcement means that Microsoft's already-shaky first-party lineup is dealt with another blow, and that the company's new $499 high-end 4K-ready Xbox One X console will have one less title to tap the full brunt of its hardware.


The delay shouldn't come as much of a surprise to keen gamers. Crackdown 3's E3 2017 showcase was rough around the edges, and Microsoft hinted at a delay by not showing nearly as much in-game footage as publisher's typically offer when a game is months away from release. Microsoft Studios' Shannon Loftis says the extra months of development will ensure Crackdown 3 lives up to fans' expectations across the board.

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MediaTek to announce new Helio processors on August 29th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 16, 2017 9:23 pm

The Taiwanese semiconductor company popular with Chinese manufacturers, MediaTek, is expected to announce two new Helio SoCs at an event in Beijing on August 29th. This event is expected to be targeted towards the middle of the market and slightly above middle of the Chinese market which is generally more mainstream focused.




The Helio P23 and P30 are the two new processors and are expected to be built on the TSMC's latest 16nm and 12nm processes, respectively.


The P30 is expected to have four A73 CPU cores and four A53 cores while the P23 is expected to have eight A53 cores.

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