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April 27, 2017

AMD Integrates Ryzen Power Patch in Latest v17.10 Chipset Drivers

AMD is continuing to deliver on their promise to improve Ryzen’s performance. The newest chipset drivers (v17.10) now integrate AMD’s Ryzen Balanced Power Plan.

The new power plan will reduce the latency for the CPU to transition between p-states (power states) for those who want to use a balanced power plan. Previously, when using the Windows balanced power profile, the transition can take up to 30ms depending on the situation and the only fix available was to set Windows to utilize the high-performance power profile. The reason for this is because Windows did not properly support Ryzen’s power management features and by setting the power profile to [...]

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April 27, 2017

Nvidia Reportedly Planning to Launch GeForce GT1030 to Compete Against AMD RX 550

The release of the $79 AMD RX 550 is giving AMD a huge advantage in the ultra low end segment in the graphics card space and according to a recent report at WCCFTech, Nvidia is reportedly planning to strike back.

The upcoming low-end solution from Nvidia will not feature the GTX moniker, and will just feature the GT prefix. The card may be dubbed as the GeForce GT 1030/1040 and will feature a minuscule 35W power profile.

The upcoming card is expected to feature the GP108 GPU which was previously expected to be for mobile applications. GP108 will contain just 521 SMPs, 32 TMUs, and 16 ROPs. Just as the Polaris 12 GPU in the Radeon RX 550, the GP108 won’t [...]

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April 27, 2017

SteelSeries Unveils QcK Prism RGB Mousepad

So you’ve got your RGB gaming mouse and you’ve got your RGB gaming keyboard. What’s left? An RGB gaming mousepad.

In its raving new campaign to light up your desk with skittle colors, SteelSeries has introduced its latest inception: the QcK Prism. We’ve seen the Prism moniker before in products such as the SteelSeries Siberia Prism, and we’re overjoyed that it’s finally made its way into mousepads.

The QcK Prism dons a beautiful LED halo around its border. Unlike the monotonous halos in religious texts, the one on the QcK Prism glows in 16.8 million colors and has 12 light zones. The colors can be set using the SteelSeries [...]

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April 27, 2017

“Call of Duty: WWII” Coming November 3

The upcoming Call of Duty: WWII will bring the player back to the second great war, breaking the futuristic theme that’s been recurring in the past few Call of Duty Titles.

The reveal trailer replicates the intensely morose atmosphere of Normandy. The player will take on the role of a single soldier and live through his journey in the epic campaign.

The game is available for pre-order now at callofduty.com and will be released on November 3, 2017.

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April 26, 2017

AMD Vega Confirmed to Launch This Quarter

In a Twitter post, AMD has confirmed that Vega is approaching completion and that it will be coming in Q2 2017.

AMD’s VEGA GPUs will be AMD’s high-end offering designed to compete against Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti and GTX Titan Xp. In an interview with WCCF Tech, Don Woligroski, Desktop CPU Marketing Manager at AMD, stated that Vega’s performance looks “real nice” compared to the Nvidia competitors.

AMD had previously demonstrated Vega running real-time rendering and stitching a 4K 3D environment at CES in Las Vegas, where AMD has also revealed some information behind Vega’s features.

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April 26, 2017

Review: Creative iRoar Go Weatherproof Portable Wireless Speaker

25% Lighter, 40% Smaller, 100% More Weatherproof

Last year, I reviewed the Creative Roar 2 portable wireless speaker which has quickly become my favorite Bluetooth speaker of all time. Along with great sound quality, the Creative Roar 2 is portable, has a long battery life, is an extremely good looking speaker, and is a good value for the price. Since then, Creative has released the next generation of their Roar speakers, the first of which is the Creative iRoar launched early last year.

Following up on the iRoar, Creative also launched a miniaturized version of the iRoar, creatively titled the Creative iRoar Go. The new Creative iRoar Go promises the same powerful [...]

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April 26, 2017

MSI Throws in Free Optane SSD with Select 200 Series Motherboards

MSI’s latest strategy to boost sales is to leverage Intel’s hot new Optane SSD. MSI’s Arsenal Gaming motherboards: Z270 Tomahawk Opt Boost, B250M Bazooka Ops Boost, and the recently released B250M Pro Opt Boost-will all come with a 16GB Intel Optane SSD. All three motherboards are members of MSI’s prestigious gaming series with features such as M.2 slot, military-grade components, and PCIe 3.1 Gen2 support.

The included Optane SSD is a $50 value. Due to its rather low capacity, it’s primarily intended for use as a caching drive. Only Intel’s Z200 series chipsets support this technology, and a BIOS update to [...]

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April 25, 2017

Spotify Integrates Behind the Lyrics, Adds SoundHound Compatibility to Android

Own an Android device? Wish you could get lyrics and other information for your favorite songs while you listen to them on your favorite streaming service? Genius’s Behind the Lyrics has the solution for you.

Launched on iOS last year, Behind the Lyrics provides lyrics and interesting facts on songs, giving listeners a deeper look into the musician’s creative insights. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been available for Android users until now.

 

Currently, Behind the Lyrics is only compatible with certain English songs. To see if a track is compatible, head over to the “Currently Playing” page. If the [...]

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April 25, 2017

Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked

Don’t you hate it when you park your car and completely forget where you parked it just three hours later? Or do you suffer from constantly forgetting how much time is left in the meter? Google Maps can now remember this information so you don’t have to.

For users who’ve updated to the latest version of Google Maps, all you have to do is tap the blue dot for your location then tap “Save your parking” when you leave your car. Google Maps will respond by pinning a blue dot on your map, indicating where your car’s located. You can also tap on the blue dot to insert additional details such as which level and which spot you’ve [...]

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April 21, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Mobile PCs Coming 4Q2017

Back in December 2016, Qualcomm and Microsoft had demonstrated Windows 10 running on a mobile device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. In the demo, Windows 10 was shown running on a smartphone via emulation. The demo also showcased the scaling functionality of Windows Universal Apps.

At the time, no additional information was provided as to when a Snapdragon SoC based Windows 10 device would ship.

However, at their recent earnings call, Qualcomm revealed plans to “disrupt” existing suppliers of PC by launching a Snapdragon 835 powered Windows 10 device by the end of this year.

According to Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkoph:

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