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August 19, 2016

G.SKILL Demos 64GB,128GB DDR4-3333MHz Kits, 32GB DDR4-3333MHz SO-DIMM Kits at IDF 2016

G.SKILL is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of capacity and performance with their memory kits, and at IDF 2016 they showed off some of their fastest and highest capacity memory kits available. At the show, G.SKILL demoed both the 128GB Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL14 kit as well as the 64GB Trident Z DDR4-333MHz CL13 kit which represent some of the highest capacity high performance DDR4 kits out on the market today.

While DDR4 3333MHz kits have been available for quite some time, they’ve been generally only available in lower capacities such as 16GB kits. However, thanks to the use of Samsung’s new high performance DDR4 8Gb DDR4 DRAM dies, G.SKILL [...]

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August 18, 2016

Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Priced Under $200

Nvidia recently launched the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB which was confirmed at a Chinese tech conference not too long ago.

Whereas in previous generation cards, a difference in onboard memory is just a difference in onboard memory, the new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB not only has just 3GB GDDR5 memory, but it also has one of its SM units disabled giving it just 1152 CUDA cores rather than the 1280 on the full GP106 die. Other specifications include a 192-bit memory interface, 48 ROPs, and 72 TMUs. The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is expected to be clocked at 1506/1708MHz core/boost and 8GHz effective memory out of the box.

Model GTX 1060 3GB GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1070 GTX 1080 GTX Titan [...]
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August 18, 2016

AMD Zen Architecture – 40% IPC Improvement, Faster Than Broadwell-E

Although this week is Intel Developer Forum week, it hasn’t stopped AMD from stealing the thunder by unveiling a host of new details about their highly anticipated Zen CPU architecture.

 

Quantum Leap in Performance, Efficiency Performance

As you’d expect, AMD has done quite a bit in terms of redesigning the entire CPU architecture with Zen when compared to previous CPU architectures to greatly improve performance.

The biggest improvement here is likely going to be the micro-op cache. This allows the Zen cores to decode up to 4 instructions per cycle with an additional 2 thanks to the new micro-op cache. Previously, the Bulldozer [...]

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August 17, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will No Longer Support DX12 at Launch

Last year, it was revealed that the latest installment in the long-running cyberpunk-themed series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would support Microsoft’s latest DirectX 12 API at launch. However, in a recent blog post on the title’s Steam community page, it was announced that support for the next-generation API would be delayed until early September.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX12 Support Delayed Until September

Here is what the developer had to say on the matter:

The Deus Ex franchise originated on PC, and we’re passionate about continuing to provide the best experience possible to our long-time fans and players on the PC.

Contrary to our [...]

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August 17, 2016

GlobalFoundries Confirmed Skipping 10nm, Jumping Directly to 7nm Process

In a recent interview with SemiWiki, Gary Patton, CEO of GlobalFoundries, confirmed that GlobalFoundries will be skipping the 10nm process and jumping straight into 7nm. They believe that 10nm, just like 20nm will be a very short lived node and isn’t worth the effort.

GlobalFoundries currently offers 14nm FinFET thanks to a licensing agreement with Samsung, but is further working on developing a 7nm process thanks to an acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business back in July of last year. Their first 7nm process will be developed with optical, but will also support EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography) when the technology is ready.

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August 16, 2016

Origin PC Introduces EON17 and EON15 Notebooks with GeForce 10 GPUs

Origin PC, a company known for producing and maintaining custom gaming desktops and notebooks, today has launched their latest lineup of gaming notebooks featuring the all new GeForce 10 series mobile graphics processors. The new models, which include the EON15-X, EON17-X, and EON17-SLX will feature “desktop class” performance thanks to the addition of the new GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 graphics.

Origin PC Launches GeForce GTX 10 Series Powered Gaming Notebooks

“Now is truly the best time to own a high-performance laptop. Every single ORIGIN PC EON laptop now offers desktop-class graphics, VR Readiness, 4K NVIDIA G-SYNC screens, ORIGIN [...]

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August 16, 2016

ZOTAC Refreshes the ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PC with GeForce 10 Graphics

 

ZOTAC has announced that it will refresh its line of ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs with the recently announced GeForce 10 series mobile graphics chips. The ZBOX MAGNUS EN10 series will still be equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake CPUs, but now they will replace the aging GTX 980 graphics chip with the newer, and much more powerful GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 models.

The ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs are aimed at gaming and entertainment in the living room, providing small and efficient solutions for VR gaming.  There is no word on pricing or specific availability yet, but if the EN980 model is any indication, it’ll be a bit more than your typical [...]

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August 15, 2016

XOTIC PC Launches GeForce GTX 10-Series Powered Gaming Notebooks

Along with Nvidia’s launch of their GeForce GTX 10 series notebook graphics cards, XOTIC PC has announced the availability of its new line of custom gaming notebooks, leveraging the power and efficiency of said NVIDIA graphics cards.

The gaming notebooks which are manufactured by MSI, Gigabyte, Sager, ASUS and other well-known brands will feature all new GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards such as the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 which XOTIC PC claims will offer “desktop-level GPU performance” in a notebook form-factor.

The new GeForce 10-series powered notebooks from XOTIC PC are available now through the XOTIC PC store. Customers [...]

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August 15, 2016

Nvidia Announces GeForce GTX 10-Series Pascal Based Mobile Graphics

With the launch of Nvidia’s Pascal based GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 desktop chips now complete, Nvidia announced today that they’re bringing Pascal to the notebooks as well.

Nvidia’s launch today will bring three new notebook cards to the mix, the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060. These three cards will strongly highlight the importance of the move to TSMC’s 16nm FinFET fabrication process as they’re no longer the cut down versions of the desktop cards we’re used to seeing in previous generation cards.

Nvidia is also no longer advertising these as “m” GPUs given that they’re no [...]

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August 15, 2016

Battlefield 1 Open Beta Confirmed Starting August 31

Remember how the Battlefield 1 open beta was originally rumored to begin shortly after GamesCom? Well, it seems the rumors have panned out as expected. A recent post on the Battlefield blog confirms that the Battlefield 1 Open Beta will begin on August 31 for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Battlefield Insider members will get early access and if you’re not a member, be sure to sign up by August 21 to be one of the first to play the open beta!

According to the blog post, the Battlefield 1 open beta will give gamers access to one map and two gamemodes. The map will be the Sinai Desert map, which is a desert battlefield located East of El-Jifar. With the map, the [...]

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August 15, 2016

VisionTek Launches Custom Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs

Today, VisionTek, a company known for making Radeon GPUs, has announced their new lineup of Radeon RX 400 series GPUs based on the RX 470 and RX 460 models.

VisionTek Announces RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs

The company did not reveal much beyond basic specifications for both GPUs, while they did have retail packing to offer, we still do not have any photos of the graphics cards themselves.

VisionTek RX 470 4GB OVERCLOCKED EDITION

Starting with the RX 470, we have a factory overclock with a GPU Clock of 1226 MHz, which is 20 MHz over reference specifications. The card features the usual 3x DisplayPort 1.4 ports, 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x dual-link [...]

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August 15, 2016

AMD Marketing Director Leaks Vega GPU Launch Venue Image

For those of you eagerly awaiting information about AMD’s upcoming high end, HBM2 equipped Vega GPU based graphics cards, here’s a bit of interesting news that’s been circulating over the web over the past few hours.

Chris Hook, AMD’s Senior Director of Global Marketing, recently posted up an image of what appears to be some sort of abandoned warehouse or factory on his Facebook page. Cool, but not too interesting. However, he later also posted a comment saying “This is the Vega launch venue. Shh, don’t tell the press…..:)“. Hmm… Now that just got a whole lot more interesting.

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