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Antec announce their latest mid-tower case, the Antec P8

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 27, 2017 7:37 am

To celebrate their 31st anniversary, Antec have released their latest mid-tower case from their award winning Antec Performance One Series, The Antec P8. This is as good reason as any to release a sleek and outstanding tower.

 

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The Antec P8 offers a stylish design that is packed full of excellent features and terrific cooling performance. The chassis is made from steel/ABS and features an attractive tempered glass side panel. This mid-tower is compatible with micro-ATX / ATX/ ITX motherboards and supports up to 390 mm VGA cards. Boasting two convertible tool-less 2.5" / 3.5" HDD drive cages, four 2.5" SSD drive cages as well as seven expansion slots, the Antec P8 offers great value at only $84.99.

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ASUS announce gaming focused RT-AC86U Wi-Fi router

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 27, 2017 6:32 am

Today ASUS have announced a September release for their gaming-friendly AC2900-class Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC86U. Powered by a 1.8GHz 32bit dual-core processor, the RT-AC86U features concurrent dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, boosted by NitroQAM™ and MU-MIMO technology that is able to deliver bandwidth of up to an impressive 2166Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and 750Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

 

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The RT-AC86U delivers the ultimate gaming experience, with built-in WTFast® game accelerator that optimizes game server connections and Adaptive QoS to proritze game traffic and ensures priority to online gaming in the network queue, The RT-AC86U truly delivers lag-free online gaming and ultra-smooth 4K UHD streaming.

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AOC's 1440p 144Hz FreeSync 2 monitor drops in April 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 27, 2017 4:00 am

AOC has just unveiled its next-gen gaming displays, with two 27-inch models under their AGON gaming brand that will be coming out in April and May 2018 for the FreeSync 2, and G-Sync versions respectively.

 

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The big surprise here is that both monitors feature a super-fast 0.5ms response time, which is an incredible feat considering both panels are 2560x1440 native resolution displays with 144/165Hz. The AOC AG273QCX is a 27-inch 1440p HDR display with a native 144Hz refresh rate, TN panel, and 0.5ms response time - this is the FreeSync 2 powered display which will debut at around $700.

 

AOC also announced a new NVIDIA G-Sync version of the display, the AG273QCG that rocks the same native resolution, 0.5ms response time, but increased 165Hz refresh rate. The AMD FreeSync 2-powered display rocks HDR support, which would probably explain the drop to 144Hz from 165Hz. I'd rather have a HDR-capable display @ 144Hz than a non-HDR display @ 165Hz, but the G-Sync variant will cost $824... $120 more than the FreeSync 2 model.

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AMD ships over 25,000 Radeon RX Vega graphics cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 27, 2017 2:47 am

You can't knock AMD for getting Radeon RX Vega onto the market, and while it might have been late and not received as well as some thought, the cards are here - and there are tens of thousands of them so far.

 

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I spoke to an industry source who didn't want to be named today, who said that AMD have shipped over 25,000 cards in the last two and a half weeks since Radeon RX Vega hit the market. Remember that AMD has only launched Radeon RX Vega 64, and not the Radeon RX Vega 56, which will be the more popular card of the two.

 

AMD will be launching Radeon RX Vega 56 very soon, and as we get closer to it, I will be doing much deeper testing into the real-world gaming performance of it. We'll be doing tests with DOOM, Quake Champions, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and more at 1080p, 1440p, and 3440x1440.

PUBG: 800,000 concurrent users, 8 million copies sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 27, 2017 2:03 am

It was just two weeks ago that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds reached 617,000 concurrent gamers on Steam, but since then there have been hundreds dof thousands of people who have purchased the game, pushing those peak users up to a huge 810,000.

 

 

PUBG has now reached a new peak of 810,668 concurrent users on Steam, getting to the edge of the peak where Dota 2 reigns king with 839,424 concurrent users. At this rate, PUBG will have more concurrent gamers playing at once than a massive eSports champion like Dota 2. PUBG's numbers dwarf CS:GO now, which is home to only 537,578 concurrent users at once.

 

Bluehole have sold over 8 million copies of PUBG now, a huge number when you take into consideration that the game went into Steam Early Access in March... it's not even finished yet, and has more maps and content coming in the next few weeks. Also remember that Microsoft will have Battlegrounds on Xbox later this year, which will surely add a few million new sales to that number.

 

We should see PUBG hit 1 million concurrent gamers by the second week of September, or even earlier, at this rate... an achievement that is going to continue to make Battlegrounds rule the headlines and gamers' PCs.

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Blast 18% off Destiny 2 Battle.net key for PC

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 26, 2017 9:09 pm

T-minus two days until Destiny 2's Open Beta goes live on the PC next week. Whether you're a PC gamer on the fence or fully invested into the Destiny universe, retailers are dangling pre-order bonus incentives this weekend in prepartion for one of the most anticipated title this Fall. While the PC version of Destiny 2 has been delayed until October, PC gamers do get a taste of the title from August 29 to August 31 next week.

 

One such carrot incentive is early access to the Open Beta. If you pre-order this weekend, you'll be granted 24-hour early jump start starting August 28 (that's as early as Monday next week!). Couple with the extra gameplay time, you'll also be able to enjoy some more practical reward in the form of fiscal savings: as of writing the best deal for Destiny 2 for US gamers resides at digital retailer Green Man Gaming with a 18% off discount for the Battle.net key of the game. You can check below for full breakdown.

 

Destiny 2 Battle.net Key Deals

 

US Deals

UK/EU Deals

 

Because Destiny 2 is a region locked title, you should make sure you're buying the proper copy of the game. As listed above gamers residing in US can pick up the game at GMG for 18% off (a $10.80 savings) for $49.19. The same percentage discount also applies toward the Destiny 2: Digital Deluxe Edition, which gets you a $18 discount from its hefty $100 list price.

 

Conversely, UK and EU gamers can buy from both Green Man Gaming or GamesPlanet. (If you click on the GMG link, you'll be redirected to your proper regional key). At GamesPlanet, they are only selling keys for European region for Destiny 2, so if you're in North America - shop at GMG.

 

Destiny 2 will release on October 24 for the PC. The game is near its September 6 release date for the console.

Palmer Luckey: should I buy Vive?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 26, 2017 5:50 pm

Oculus founder and VR pioneer Palmer Luckey may make an offer to buy HTC's virtual reality division.

 

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Due to consecutive losses from its smartphone division, Taiwanese tech giant HTC may sell off its Vive VR subsidiary in an attempt to stabilize, sources say. Palmer Luckey, who sold Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion, has expressed interest in making an offer for the Vive VR branch--if HTC ends up selling, of course. "What do you guys think, should I buy Vive?" Mr. Luckey asked the official Oculus subreddit, to which most users responded in the affirmative.

 

While demand and hype for enthusiast-grade PC-powered VR has cooled down in terms of sales, key OEMs and HMD-makers are ramping up for the next generation of VR headsets. This new generation is expected to include major benefits over the initial wave including wireless HMDs with self-contained hardware, use of more advanced and efficient chips and technologies, and some will even blend Augmented Reality (AR), which projects simulated images over the real-world, in an attempt to tap the Mixed Reality market.

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WD's 20TB My Book Duo: 20TB external storage made easy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 26, 2017 4:35 am

Western Digital has always been one of the leading charges of storage, but now they've just unvieled their huge 20TB My Book Duo, their highest-capacity external storage system ever.

 

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WD's new 20TB My Book Duo rocks RAID-optimized WD RED HDDs, which work in RAID 0/1 and JBOD. When the drives are in RAID 0, they're capable of 360MB/sec, which isn't too bad at all. WD includes USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity alongside USB 3.0 Type-A ports that let you connect USB flash drives and other USB accessories into your PC.

 

Price wise, WD has the 4TB model at $280, while the 20TB model shifts up to $800 - not bad considering there's 20 freaking terabytes of storage available.

 

WD My Book Duo pricing:

 

  • 4TB: $259.99
  • 6TB: $289.99
  • 8TB: $329.99
  • 12TB: $419.99
  • 16TB: $599.99
  • 20TB: $799.99

Samsung teases its massive 49-inch 32:9 gaming display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 26, 2017 3:10 am

Samsung unveiled its huge super-wide 32:9 aspect ratio display earlier this year, but now the company has shown it off to gamers at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany.

 

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Samsung's new CHG90 QLED Gaming Monitor rocks a massive 49-inch panel with a never-before-seen 32:9 aspect ratio, twice as wide as a 16:9 panel, and even wider than the current crop of 21:9 aspect ratio UltraWide displays. Samsung's new CHG90 rocks a 3840x1080 resolution, providing the horizontal pixels of a 4K display, but the vertical pixels of a 1080p panel.

 

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Inside, we have the hardcore gaming worthy 144Hz refresh rate,. but Samsung also lets you knock it down to 60/120Hz if 144Hz isn't your thing. We also have FreeSync/Active Sync support, with a 1ms response time and Game Mode options that gamers can play with on the Samsung CHG90.

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AMD releases new 17.8.2 drivers, supports Destiny 2 beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2017 1:50 am

AMD has pushed out its latest drivers, with the launch of the new Radeon Crimson ReLive 17.8.2 drivers, something that include support for the upcoming Destiny 2 beta.

 

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There's also performance improvements for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and F1 2017, and the usual bug fixes and more. PUBG improvements see the Radeon RX Vega 64 on a Core i7-7700K CPU (stock CPU clocks) running PUBG at 33.6FPS at 4K, compared to 28.5FPS under the previous drivers. F1 2017 moves by around 2FPS with the new drivers, to 56FPS average.

 

Grab the new AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive 17.8.2 drivers right here.

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