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September 30, 2016

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Benchmarks, Specs Leaked Ahead of Launch

Over the past few days, quite a few leaks have been surfacing on the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti with the latest including a GPU-Z screenshot containing full specifications on the GTX 1050 Ti along with performance and extreme preset results from 3D Mark’s graphics benchmark.

Here’s a screenshot of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU-Z. We can see that this specific card is from Colorful. It’ll feature the 16nm FinFET GP107 GPU which contains 768 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. It’ll also feature a 128-bit memory bus and 4GB of Samsung GDDR5. Core clock speeds are set at 1,291MHz/1,392MHz boost and memory clocks are set at 1752MHz (7GHz [...]

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September 30, 2016

Qualcomm Interested in Acquiring NXP Semiconductors in Possible $30 Billion Deal

In a recent report from the WSJ, Qualcomm is allegedly in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors in what may be a $30 billion deal – one almost as big as the Softbank/ARM $32 billion acquisition which completed earlier this month. According to people familiar with the matter, a deal could be reached within the next two to three months.

While many of us are familiar with US based Qualcomm, Netherlands based NXP Semiconductors isn’t as well known. However, NXP Semiconductors is a semiconductor company with a very wide array of technologies that are very commonly used today. One of their most commonly used technologies is NFC, or Near Field Communications, which [...]

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September 30, 2016

AMD 32-Core Zen Based Naples CPU Benchmarks Leaked in Geekbench Database

Although AMD’s upcoming consumer Zen CPU, codename Summit Ridge, has been all the talk in the past few months, an even bigger, more important chip coming down the pipeline is AMD’s upcoming 32-core Zen based chip, codename Naples. This is important because Intel’s most profitable sector is in the enterprise where they hold over 99% marketshare in the CPU market. With AMD planning to jump back into the market, it could significantly change the landscape especially considering their upcoming Zen architecture is promising massive gains in performance.

While AMD hasn’t released many official specifications or benchmark figures on its new CPU, some [...]

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September 30, 2016

Garmin Unveils vivofit jr Activity Tracker for Kids

Garmin recently unveiled their latest in the vivofit lineup of fitness trackers, the vivofit jr., which is designed to encourage kids to get out of the house.

According to Garmin, the new kid friendly fitness tracker features a sunlight readable display that will tell the time, date, and includes a move bar to encourage activity. It’ll also track steps, sleep, activity, and feature a recommended 60 minute daily play goal. Parents can track their kids through a parent controlled mobile app and kids can utilize the app’s adventure trail for a fun way to reach their exercise goals. Additional features of the vivofit jr. include a comfortable, durable, [...]

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September 30, 2016

Sony Unboxes PlayStation VR Core Edition

In preparation for its launch, Sony has recently released an official unboxing video of the PlayStation VR Core Bundle.

Included in the bundle is the PlayStation VR headset, processing unit, headphones, all the necessary cabling and a demo disk. The PlayStation VR demo disk will feature 18 demos including Here They Lie and Battlezone.

Unfortunately the core bundle will not include the required PlayStation camera which must be purchased separately or through the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle. Speaking of things not included, the PlayStation Move controllers will not be included in the Core Bundle as well and must be purchased separately or with the Launch [...]

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September 30, 2016

Apple Building $45 Million Hardware Development Facility in China

In a new report from the WSJ, Apple is planning to build a new $45 million research facility in Beijing, China’s new science park in the city’s Wangjing area. The new research facility, which will be Apple’s first in the country, will focus primarily on the development of hardware.

According to the state owned Zhongguancun Science Park Administrative Committee, the new research facility will help boost the Chinese economy and help Apple better compete against Chinese phone makers who have significantly reduced Apple’s dominating smartphone marketshare in recent years. The new research facility is expected to employ 500 employees.

While [...]

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September 30, 2016

Nvidia Alleviates Concerns Founders Editions Cards Designed to Compete Against Partners

For Nvidia’s most recent launches of high end Pascal based graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1080, Nvidia made an unusual move to launch their own Founders Edition graphics cards before their partners were allowed to begin selling their own branded graphics cards. Given that recently launched high end graphics cards tend to be the most profitable, Nvidia partners weren’t exactly thrilled as it raised concerns that Nvidia was trying to take over the high end graphics market for themselves.

However, according to a recent article by Taiwanese tech publication DigiTimes, Nvidia CEO Jen-hsun Huang claims this is not the case. Huang claims that the reason [...]

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September 30, 2016

Logitech Launches C922 Pro Stream Webcam, Features 1080p Recording Under $100

With game streaming now as easy as clicking a button, more and more gamers are now streaming their gameplay via services such as Twitch or YouTube. While not a requirement, many streamers also stream video of themselves while playing games and talk to their audiences in order to establish loyal viewerships.

As such, the webcam business has seen some growth among streamers and Logitech is now announcing a new webcam designed for this segment.

Appropriately called the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam, the new webcam features the ability to stream and record in 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. There’s also a built in H.264 video compression engine which will [...]

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September 30, 2016

Review: HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

Revolving in the Clouds

Kingston’s HyperX brand has always catered towards enthusiasts and gamers, but up until last year it was always tied to the Kingston name. Not too long ago however, Kingston decided to develop HyperX into a separate gaming oriented brand and along with it they also revealed a whole host of new products including gaming headsets, gaming mice, gaming memory and more.

Last year we had the opportunity to test the Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro gaming headset where we came away very impressed. The headset was among the most comfortable and best sounding gaming headsets on the market and came in at under a $100 pricetag. It quickly became one of our [...]

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September 29, 2016

Rumor: NVIDIA Could Launch Two GTX 1050 Variants

It’s been rumored that NVIDIA is readying not one, but two GTX 1050 variants which will include both the GTX 1050 and a more powerful GTX 1050 Ti. We reported on a leak of the specifications for the GTX 1050 a few weeks ago, but it appears that those specifications may actually be for the GTX 1050 Ti, while a cheaper, cut-down version of the same GPU will be called the GTX 1050.

NVIDIA Launching GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti In October

Like those earlier leaks, it is expected that both cards will be available in October, with the more powerful variant launching first, following by the cut-down variant a week or two later.

GTX 1050/1050 Ti [...]
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September 29, 2016

ADATA Announces XPG SX8000 SSD – 3D NAND, SMI 2260, Speeds Up to 2.4GB/s

It’s no surprise that PCIe SSDs are expected to outship SATA SSDs in 2017 and a number of SSD vendors are rushing to create products for the growing market. As such, ADATA recently announced the new XPG SX8000 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD designed for gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts.

The new XPG SX8000 SSD will be powered by Micron 3D MLC NAND along with the SMI 2260 controller. It’ll feature SLC caching, a DRAM cache buffer, and LDPC ECC technologies. Performance on the XPG SX8000 will be rated at up to 2.4GB/s sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes. The drive will also feature up to 100K/140K IOPS random reads/writes.

The XPG SX8000 will be [...]

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September 29, 2016

Razer Announces Kraken V2 with Custom Tuned Drivers, Unibody Aluminum Frame

Razer today announced the updated Razer Kraken v2 gaming headset lineup featuring the new Razer Kraken V2 Pro and the Razer Kraken v2 7.1. The new headsets bring quite a few new features to the table, chief among them being a new custom tuned driver and an all aluminum unibody frame.

The new drivers used on the Razer Kraken V2 lineup are now custom tuned 50mm drivers which are larger than those found on previous generation Kraken headsets. The larger drivers will provide a wider frequency range and a more powerful bass response. The new Kraken V2 lineup will also feature an aluminum unibody frame which is more durable and flexible than other headset framing [...]

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