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Intel Core i9-7960X benchmarks: 16C/32T 'Skylake-X' CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 2:16 am

Intel is preparing their new Core i9 range of processors, and while the flagship Core i9-7980XE gets all of the attention, there will be a 16C/32T chip at $1699, the Core i9-7960X.




Now there's some results of the upcoming Core i9-7960X on Geekbench, but the new 16C/32T processor isn't shaping up so well, scoring 5238 in single-core results, while hitting 33,672 in multi-core. Comparing this against Intel's current Core i9-7900X (10C/20T) which has less cores and threads, the single-core performance is superior at 5390, and so is the multi-core score at 33,945.




The upcoming 7960X does beat AMD's upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X (16C/32T @ 3.4GHz) with its single-core score of 4074 and multi-core score of 26,768. Both the 7960X engineering sample and early sample of the ThreadRipper 1950X have their CPU clocks much lower than the 3.4GHz on the 7900X (even though it has less cores than the other two processors).

Intel's new Core i7-8700K CPU detailed, 6C/12T @ 4.3GHz?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 12:42 am

Intel is preparing its new Core i7-8700K to fight off the largest CPU fight against AMD in years, with new details on the Coffee Lake-based 6C/12T processor arriving through a new purported engineering sample.




The new 8700K engineering sample clocks in higher than previous leaks, with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a maximum multiplier of 43, hinting at a huge 4.3GHz boost clock. For a 6C/12T processor at 4.3GHz, we could be in for quite the beast in the 12-thread processor game. AMD's current Ryzen 5 1600X processor clocking in at 4GHz under XFR, 300MHz shy of Intel's upcoming Core i7-8700K.

GTA parent company's indie segment is making AAA games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:52 pm

Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two Interactive has an independent gaming initiative that is making games "intended to be AAA titles".




Having already crested the AAA gaming market with billion-dollar IPs like Grand Theft Auto, Take-Two Interactive is now setting its sights on the independent games segment with a new indie-centric initiative. The GTA parent company hasn't revealed specifics about this new indie focus, but it got the ball rolling on the program by purchasing the popular Kerbal Space Program IP and adding it to group of developers directed by Take-Two exec Michasel Worosz.


Interestingly enough, it appears that Take-Two's indie-centered group may be making actual AAA games to supplement the company's release slate instead of crafting AA indies. In a recent interview with Games, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that Worosz's group, which includes indie devs and other games-makers, is working on a "number of titles that are intended to be AAA products."


"We have a number of titles that Michael Worosz's group is developing with independent developers, which are intended to be AAA products," Mr. Zelnick said in the interview. "We are quiet about it because there isn't much to say. They are in development and we'll bring those to market as and when. And then within that group is also Social Point. If we are successful with the independent games initiative, and if we are successful with growing Social Point, then that will essentially be a third label of the company."

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The Rock and Apple announce a movie co-starring...Siri?!

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:04 pm

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has announced that he has partnered up with Apple to develop a movie which stars no other than Siri. Because that makes total sense, right? If Steve Jobs got multiple movies, then it's only fair that Siri gets one too!




The movie is named The Rock x Siri: Dominate The Day, and it will be released on YouTube. Very little is known about the movie at this point, and the promotional poster reveals...very little or very much...


We can see The Rock holding an iPhone 7 Plus...then space, a plane, robot, car, and more Dwayne Johnson. Also Chinese lanterns?

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A view from space: How Tesla Gigafactory grew in a year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 10:19 pm

Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada has expanded significantly over the last year. The company worked tirelessly on its first Gigafactory in preparation for the start of the Model 3 production.




Thanks to Planet's constellation of satellites, we can now see how the Gigafactory grew over the last year. And that's not even the finished building. What we see now represents around 30% of the total finished factory.


Tesla plans to finish the factory around 2020, and when they do, the Gigafactory 1 should be the largest building on earth by footprint.

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2K Games lays out five-year plan, wants one AAA a year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 8:15 pm

2K Games' new president David Ismailer has laid out a fresh five-year plan for the label that will tap the strengths of its catalog IP including its growing AAA games business and annualized sports titles.




Despite releasing a number of key games in FY17 like Mafia III and Battleborn, 2K Games didn't contributed as strongly to total fiscal year sales earnings as it normally would with such a hefty release slate. Of course it didn't help that Battleborn was quickly swallowed up by Blizzard's Overwatch, and Mafia III was plagued with a rocky start. The current fiscal year, FY18, sees 2K Games' slate much thinner than usual. The label's newly appointed president, David Ismailer, has laid out a new five-year plan that will leverage the label's beefy catalog in strategic ways to help boost earnings.


In a recent interview with Games, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick and 2K Games President David Ismailer discuss the future of the label. The publisher's "huge" new game is still on for FY19, which is likely to be Borderlands 3, and 2K will continue annually releasing sports games from its WWE and NBA IPs to help bolster profits. Ismailer affirms that his new five-year plan isn't dramatically different from 2K's current strategies, but he is aiming to release a new AAA game every year.

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ASUS hints dual camera in 1st official ZenFone 4 teaser

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 6:14 pm

ASUS recently launched the ZenFone 4 Max with a 5,000 mAh battery, but we are still waiting for four new ZenFone series smartphones. It was initially expected that the company would launch the phones during Computex, but that didn't happen due to, according to a source, "design overhaul and efficiency upgrades."




A recent report suggested that the company should unveil the devices on August 17th and while we still can't confirm this date, we can say that the launch date is definitely close because ASUS has just posted the first teaser photos of the ZenFone 4.


The company posted four photos on its official Facebook, and all four photos indicate that the ZenFone 4 will have a dual camera setup.

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Samsung reportedly decides on the Galaxy S9 screen size

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 2:37 pm

While we are waiting for Samsung to unveil the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note8 on August 23rd, it seems that the company is naturally already preparing for next year's flagships, presumably named the Galaxy S9 and S9+.




According to industry sources, the Korean giant has already placed display orders for the upcoming devices. The same sources state that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have the same screen sizes as this year's S-series phones, meaning 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays.


The phones should have rounded corners, making them identical to this year's Infinity Displays found on the Galaxy S8 duo.

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ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme: ThreadRipper BEAST BOARD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:24 am

AMD is about to launch its next-gen Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs that will drive 16C/32T processors into the masses, while ASUS is preparing a new high-end motherboard.




The new ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme has been teased, with a full unboxing revealing that the new board rocks the beefy TR4 socket, Wi-Fi antennas, and much more. ASUS includes a PCIe ethernet card, VGA holder, ASUS DIMM2 extension card, LCD screen, and four reinforced PCIe slots.




ASUS' new X399 ROG Zenith Extreme is the first X399 motherboard to arrive in E-ATX, which is a fair bit larger than a traditional ATX motherboard.

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Intel CPU engineer leaves after 20 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 9:59 am

Intel has lost one of its best, with 20-year veteran François Piednoël leaving the company. Piednoël was involved in the development of some of Intel's biggest CPU architecture development, including Katmai, Conroe, Penryn, and Nehalem as well as SoCs in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake.




Piednoël leaving Intel at this time is very strange, especially as AMD is back into the game in a very big way after nearly a decade out of the high-end enthusiast CPU market. AMD is preparing the launch of its new Ryzen ThreadRipper processors that will bring 16C/32T CPUs to the masses, and Intel loses one of its chief CPU engineers. He won't be joining AMD, that's for sure - as he tweeted out a reply to someone saying "going to AMD", he said: "NEVER!" with a follow up tweet asking "why "NEVER!" to which Piednoël replied: "Because my knowledge about Intel is too deep, I would get lawyers knocking on my door next day".


Intel seems to be finding more and more holes in its ship, is there something bigger going on that we can't see yet?