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Take a trip with 'Valerian' on us!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 8:40 pm

To celebrate the theatrical release of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,' we have five double theatrical passes to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One.




In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.


There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.


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 August 18:


Name the author of the original Valerian graphic novels

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Light the wick on our 'John Wick' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 3:10 pm

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'John Wick: Chapter Two,' we have fifteen Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Never stab the devil in the back! Retired super-assassin John Wick's plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D'Antonio shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston, kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization's ancient code, Wick reluctantly accepts the assignment to travel to Rome to take out D'Antonio's sister, the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.


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 August 18:


Director Chad Stahelski first worked with Keanu Reeves in which film?

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition unboxed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 3:00 pm

AMD is launching its new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in a few days, but between now and then - we're allowed to show you something about the card, with no performance numbers just yet. I can tell you that I have the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, and the air-cooled Radeon RX 56.




At the top we have the GTX 1080 competitor, while the RX Vega 56 takes on the GTX 1070. We've got them running through their paces as I tap away on this keyboard, but we can show you the inside of the packaging of the RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition. The box itself looks cool, but because it's 11:30PM my time here in South Australia, I'm going to do a FB Live video in the morning my time (10-12 hours from this post going live).


Until then, I've got some pictures to enjoy that I snapped between my frantic benchmarking. More details to follow, with full thoughts on the performance, temperatures, power consumption (uhhh), and some exclusive tests (8K, and some others). It has been an interesting journey so far, with AMD flying a staff member out to my city to hand deliver me my samples. It was down to the wire, and I'm still down 48 hours on other reviewers. This is the rush of a GPU launch!




AMD do include a dead Vega GPU in the box of the Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, and it's freakin' gorgeous. Vega 10, and those two stacks of HBM2 memory... ugh. Beautiful.

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AMD's next-gen Navi GPU will have AI-specific circuitry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 9:57 am

We're hours away from the first part of the AMD Radeon RX Vega embargo, and only a couple of days away from our full review - and already, we're hearing about AMD's next-gen Navi GPU architecture.




Navi is destined for sometime in 2018, and will be baked onto the much smaller 7nm node - but according to our friends at Fudzilla, AMD will be using some dedicated AI circuitry. This isn't new, as NVIDIA has what it calls Tensor cores in their next-gen Volta-based V100 GPU.


The only news here is that AMD is rumored to be building AI-specific technology onto its next-gen GPU, which will mean AMD is pushing more into data centers and AI applications, and away from gamers. There will be a gaming-based Navi GPU, that I'm sure - but AI is the big thing right now, and AMD would be silly to not capitalize on it.

ASUS ROG Strix X399-E motherboard spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 12, 2017 12:30 am

Now that AMD has pushed out its next-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, motherboard makers are unleashing their X399-based motherboards... and now we're being teased by the ASUS ROG Strix X399-E motherboard.




ASUS will be making the ROG Strix X399-E as a cheaper motherboard in its X399 range, less than the ROG Zenith Extreme, the flagship X399 board from ASUS. The ROG Strix X399-E still packs 4 x PCIe x16 slots, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 and a single x1 port. There's 2 x M.2, 1 x U.2, and 6 x SATA 6Gbps.


We should expect ASUS to launch their ROG Shift X399-E motherboard sometime later this month or September.

HTC to launch cheaper U11 version

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 9:30 pm

HTC's U11 was launched back in May, and the phone's camera still has the highest score on DxOMark. It appears that the company is planning to launch a smaller variant of its successful flagship.




According to the latest report, HTC U11 Life, which is the alleged name of the phone, will feature a 5.2-inch screen. The device will be waterproof, and like its bigger sibling, it will lack the 3.5mm headphone jack.


The phone won't feature Snapdragon 835 as its big brother, but will instead come with Snapdragon 630. The HTC U11 Life will have 32GB of storage expandable via microSD card.

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Dragon Age series: ongoing evolution, no end in sight

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 8:22 pm

Rather than constricting a dynamically, continually-evolving storyline, BioWare has decided not to set limits on Dragon Age's canon, but that doesn't mean they're not planning ahead.




The fan favorite medieval fantasy Dragon Age series has no real ending in sight. That is according to Dragon Age series Creative Director Mike Laidlaw, who recently said some interesting tidbits on Twitter. "There is no planned ending for Dragon Age. There is an evolving plan that tends to look two games ahead or so," Mr. Laidlaw said on Twitter, adding some insight on the beloved universe where dragons, knights, and magic co-existing in a fanciful--and often bloody--timeline. The developer goes on to say that outlining an ending puts undue pressure on writers and can create a very real tunnel vision that robs creators of their keen mindsight--the very same sight that's responsible for creating unique fell-magisters like Corypheus, or the deep-rooted reverence of Andraste throughout the fantasy world.


"I strongly believe that if you try to hold to a rigid plan that is a decade old by the time you reach the end, you are wasting opportunities," the creative director affirmed. This structure reminds me of Final Fantasy games, which are all indirectly linked with interwoven themes, characters, ideas, and visual content. Every Final Fantasy game is a different reflection of the same crystal, so to speak. History is folding back into the present, the future is a wide, ever-branching path rather than a clear linear tunnel.

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Fallout 4 gets $60 GOTY re-release with all DLC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 5:19 pm

Bethesda is well-known for extending the life of its products with tons of remasters and re-releases--this year marks the fourth release of Skyrim, for example--and now its post-apocalyptic RPG is getting the traditional game of the year treatment.




The Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition retails for a full $59.99, and as you'd imagine, the game is bundled with the full suite of expansions like Far Harbor and Nuka World alongside baked-in updates like the esteemed Survival mode. The GOTY edition comes after Fallout 4 soaked up big sales over two years, and more than a year after Bethesda hiked the season pass to $50. The game's absurdly popular $99 Pip-Boy collector's edition is also getting a limited re-release (because of course it is).


Bethesda has some interesting motivations for this re-release. Outside of the obvious push for more money, the company is delivering an easily accessible all-in-one package to prepare gamers for Bethesda's new Creation Club monetization scheme, which launches this summer. The Creation Club initiative allows gamers to buy small slices of DLC add-on content like weapons and armor, and also includes big expansion-sized updates. Essentially Bethesda is making an on-demand DLC marketplace where gamers can buy high-quality content made by the modding community's top content creators and Bethesda themselves. But the real trick to Creation Club's success is compatibility, and the DLC or "paid mods" need to be 100% compatible with all official Fallout 4 DLC and updates. Thus Bethesda is releasing the all-in-one package at a full $59.99 price tag to get players started.

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Nintendo sued over Switch patent infringement

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 12:34 pm

Gamevice, a company that makes a unique snap-on controller for Apple's iPhone, is suing Nintendo for patent infringement.




With its detachable controllers and handheld form factor, the Nintendo Switch's design may seem unique, but the device is actually an evolution of other various mobile devices on the market--most notably the Wikipad and Gamevice's detachable snap-on controllers for mobile phones. Now Gamevice is suing Nintendo for willful patent infringement and is seeking damages.


Gamevice alleges that the design of the Nintendo Switch infringes on a patent filed by the company in 2012 which served as the core to its Wikipad and attachable mobile iPhone controller products. In the suit, the peripherals-maker asserts that Nintendo has infringed on no less than eight different parts of the patent with the Switch's components, including the device's detachable JoyCon controller. Nintendo filed the Switch's patent (then called the "NX") in 2014, two years after Gamevice's patent.

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EKWB unveils their new Ryzen Threadripper water block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 11, 2017 9:06 am

EK Water Blocks has dived right into the deep end when it comes to their new Supremacy EVO Series, a new water block made specifically for AMD's next-gen HEDT processors, Ryzen Threadripper.




The new EK-Supremacy EVO water block covers the entire IHS of Ryzen Threadripper, with EKWB building a new water block for the much larger than normal IHS. EKWB has used a dense micro-fin structure that has 52 grooves, with 0.25mm of spacing.




The water block itself uses the EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine with specialized jet inserts and jet plate combination to provide the best cooling possible on X399.


EKWB have launched three versions of its new EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition water blocks:


  • EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition - Nickel - 67.95€ ($80)
  • EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition - Acetal + Nickel - 67.95€ ($80)
  • EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition - Full Nickel - 86.95€ ($102)


As for availability, EK will have their new EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition water blocks are made in Slovenia, and are up for pre-order through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. They'll be shipping on August 18.

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