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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 16C/32T is really EPYC: 32C/64T

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 9:32 am

A few weeks ago there was a story that surfaced that AMD had intentionally disabled two entire CPU dies on their new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, but AMD denied this and the world kept spinning.



Well, weeks later and we're back with the same overclocker delidding AMD's champion, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, with der8auer pulling it apart to find out that it really is an EPYC server CPU underneath. This means that the single CPU dies on Threadripper are Ryzen 7 1800X, with 8C/16T - but times this by four and we have a huge 32C/64T.


We saw this in those early photos of the four CPU dies, but they were said to be dummy/non-working CPU dies. It might not make sense, but AMD would be making their EPYC server CPUs and then whatever yields can't handle the full 4 x 8C/16T gets knocked down to Threadripper 1950X by easily disabling the bugged-out CPU dies.


Voila: Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 16C/32T, down from the mammoth 32C/64T that EPYC delivers.

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Forza 7's 50GB day one update is optional for disc users

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2017 7:00 am

Turn10 Studios confirms that Forza 7 will clock in at a huge 95GB on Xbox One, but that huge install size is split between the game disc and a 50GB download.




Microsoft's first-party games are often juggernaut-sized leviathans that quickly eat up your internal data--Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza, you name it--and Turn10's racing opus Forza 7 is no different. Xbox One owners can look forward to almost 100GB of data being taken up by the game: the racer takes up 95GB of space, but the Blu-ray disc only holds 45GB and users will have to download the remaining 50GB on their own time. Luckily, that 50GB update is purely optional (for game disc owners anyway) and isn't required to play the game, but you'll need to download it if you want the definitive Forza 7 experience. Xbox One X owners can expect yet another big update for the 4K assets and performance tweaks.


"Ever since we announced Forza 7, we've called this our biggest game, and the numbers bear it out: more than 700 cars at launch, 32 of the world's greatest tracks (our largest lineup ever), a massive career in the Forza Driver's Cup, and of course a huge list of ever-changing multiplayer and competitive modes that will keep players busy no matter their skill level or driving preferences," Turn10 said on its official blog.


"This is the largest game we've ever released in terms of sheer footprint size as well. The Xbox One game will be approximately 95 GB at launch. Just about 45 GB of that contained on the Blu-ray disc. The remainder will be available to download for free on September 29."

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HP's new Z8 workstation: 56C/112T, 3TB RAM, 1700W PSU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 16, 2017 1:09 am

HP has just unveiled its new and improved dual-processor Z8 workstation PCs, with the new machines boasting two Intel Skylake-SP Xeon CPUs with 56C/112T, up to 3TB of DDR4 RAM, mega loads of storage, and 9 x PCIe 3.0 slots, oh and 10GbE networking.




HP's new Z8 workstations will be some of the best off-the-shelf (can I even say that with everything online these days) PCs you can buy, which is a dying breed with so much moving into the cloud and into supercomputers, and even the growing power of quantum computing with companies like D-Wave.


Inside of the new HP Z8 workstation PC are 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors with 28C/56T of CPU power in total, both rocking 205W TDP each. This means 410W of heat needs to be moved from the CPUs alone, so HP has put some engineering efforts into the Z8 workstation so that the company didn't need to rely on liquid cooling.

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Destiny 2 smashes original Destiny's engagement record

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 11:15 pm

Destiny 2's masterfully-crafted--and super addicting--engagement strategy is paying off big time.




Activision today announced that Destiny 2 has surpassed the original game's player engagement and concurrent player count since the sequel launched on September 6. "We are blown away that we've had eight days in a row in Destiny 2 where we've seen more than one-million concurrent players grace our worlds," said Bungie CEO Pete Parsons.


"With franchise pre-order records broken, and record day-one performance on PlayStation Store, it's exciting to see engagement at the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise. Destiny 2 is off to a strong start as the #1 console gaming launch week of the year to date," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision.


Bungie confirmed that Destiny 2 had 1.2 million concurrent players on Sunday, September 10, illustrating how powerful the game's engagement-powering hooks actually are. With a number of repeatable events and content, a hugely addicting and rewarding RNG-based loot scheme, and a clan system that aims to pull lapsed players back into the mix, Destiny 2 has multiple hooks that continually pull players into the game and keep them active. Activision is one of the king's of engagement monetization, and it's this kind of content that's responsible for the company's billions in quarterly and yearly revenues.

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Nintendo Switch hardware sales in dominant position

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 8:08 pm

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid system has enjoyed tremendous success in its first six months of availability, dominating sales charts off and on since its launch in March.




The Nintendo Switch is immensely popular. The machine, which allows users to play games both on-the-go and on a television at home, is selling at retails across the globe as demand quickly outpaces supply. This hot demand for the Switch has had a direct impact on the system's performance on hardware sales charts, which sees the hybrid dethroning Sony's titanic PlayStation 4 for many months since the handheld's launch in March of this year. We've already reported how the Switch has re-vitalized Japan's console hardware market, but the system is doing exceedingly well in Nintendo's biggest market: North America.


Analyst tracking firm NPD Group reports the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console for August 2017 in the United States, beating out Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. This marks the second month in a row the Switch has beaten the PS4. In fact the Switch has dominated sales charts for four out of the six months of the system's availability, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella said.

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Destiny 2 Xur inventory for Week 1, Sept 15-16

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 6:16 pm

Xur, that shadowy Santa Claus from the cosmos with a Cthulu-ian face, has made his first appearance in Destiny 2. Here's an in-depth look at what he's selling.




Xur's appearance in Destiny 2 is much like the original game: the mysterious merchant is still selling four exotics: one weapon and three armor-based items each for a Titan, Warlock, and Hunter. Unlike the original Destiny, however, Xur is actually found in the open world this time around and not in a safe space like a town. Also he's not exactly hidden this time, but marked with a "IX" indicator on a planet's map.


For Week 1 users can find Xur on Nessus near the Watcher's Grave region to the northernmost section of the planet. If you can't find him right away be sure to look up--Xur is conspicuously tucked away on an autumnal tree branch next to the crumpled corpse of a Hezen Collective Vex.

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150,000 cheaters banned in Battlegrounds

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 4:40 pm

One thing that can kill a multiplayer focused game is cheaters. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 10 million copies and is a prime target for cheaters to employ hacks to gain chicken dinners, this is something game developer Bluehole has addressed and appear to be well on top of.




Mr. PlayerUknown, Brendan Greene, took to Twitter to inform us that PUBG's anti-cheat system BattlEye has banned over 150,000 cheaters, 8,000 of them in the last 24 hours.

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Call of Duty: WW2 PC open beta starts September 29

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 3:38 pm

Console gamers recently had the pleasure of accessing the multiplayer beta for latest entry into the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: WW2. Now, PC gamers will be given the chance to access the multiplayer open beta on September 29 through to October 2.




The PC beta, accessible via Steam, will be open to the entire PC platform with no pre-order required. This wasn't the case for the console beta as access was limited to pre-ordered editions only. Developer Sledgehammer explains this is due to "Stress test core gameplay systems and online backend infrastructure at scale."


The minimum requirements for the beta are below and are quite reasonable.


  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 3225 or equivalent
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • HDD: 25 GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 660 @ 2 GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 @ 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

The Parrot Mambo FPV drone puts you in the pilot seat

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Drones | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 2:21 pm

The new Parrot Mambo FPV allows pilots to get a first-person view of flying their mini-drone thanks to Parrot's HD camera, and all new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 that provide a 96° field of view for the ultimate immersion. This puts the pilot at the heart of the cockpit, and in complete control of the drone.



The Parrot Mambo is a quadcopter that offers superior flight stability curiosity to state of the art technology features and is capable of reaching speeds up to 30km/h. The Parrot Mambo caters to all skill levels and features three piloting modes (easy, drift and racing). Racing mode deactivates all assists, allowing you to be one with the drone. A 120° FOV HD camera is the Parrot Mambo FPV's eyes, transmitting images to your attached smartphone in your Parrot Cockpitglasses 2. You can even share your experience with friends thanks to a live streaming feature.


Offering a precise flying experience, the Parrot Flypad controller features a customizable joystick and button controls that provide control for your Parrot Mambo up to 100 meters away.


Parrot Mambo FPV is available in September 2017 at for $179.99.

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Jaybird announce Jaybird RUN wireless sport headphones

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 15, 2017 1:16 pm

Jaybird have announced their first, completely wireless sports headphone, the Jaybird RUN sport headphones. With collaboration with some of the top runners in the world, the Jaybird RUN offers a lightweight and compact set of headphones designed for physical activities without compromising sound quality.




"Jaybird RUN is inspired by our athletes, and tested and built with the runner in mind who listens to music or podcasts and wants to feel as free as possible," said Jeff Taylor, Jaybird athlete and partnership manager. "Being runners ourselves, we understand how bulky headphones can get in the way. The Jaybird RUN compact form factor fits securely and delivers music without a single wire. We've perfected the Jaybird RUN experience, so you'll forget you're wearing them, and we're excited to share them with runners everywhere."


Offering physical features that include sweat proofing, water resistance and interchangeable tips and fins for different ear sizes, Jaybird RUN also allows for connectivity via Bluetooth technology and provides 12 hours of portable battery life. One intuitive control-button allows to take calls, start and stop music, skips tracks and activates Siri or Google Assistant.

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