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February 25, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda Reveals PC System Requirements

EA has released the system requirement for Mass Effect: Andromeda, the next installment in the very popular Mass Effect series.

Minimum RecommendedCPU Intel Core i5-3570 / AMD FX-6350 Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD FX 8350GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7850 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480RAM 8GB 16GBStorage 55GB

Minimum system requirements are fairly hefty requiring a minimum of either an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-6350 paired with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850. The game also requires a whopping 55GB of storage so those looking to install the game on a smaller SSD may want to upgrade to something with a higher [...]

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February 25, 2017

Razer Issues Warning Regarding Scam Emails

Razer recently sent out a warning to its users in regards to fake e-mails containing malware disguised as a fake sponsorship email from Razer.

The fake e-mail offers an invalid sponsorship from Razer. Upon clicking the link provided in the e-mail, the link will redirect its victim to a malware application.

One tell-tale sign of a fake e-mail is that it comes from a Gmail account instead of an official Razer e-mail account. The e-mail is also riddled with grammatical and spelling errors.

Razer stresses that it does not send out sponsorship deals via e-mail. Streamers who are interested in applying for Razer’s sponsorship program can sign up at [...]

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February 22, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Cinebench, 3DMark Physics Benchmarks Leaked

We’re just a couple weeks away from AMD’s upcoming launch of their Ryzen CPUs and another leak has sprung as XFastest recently unveiled some new benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X. Although the benchmarks has been pulled from the site, the internet never forgets, and intentional or not, we’re welcoming any information we can get.

As CPU-Z has already been updated to support Ryzen CPUs, we can see that it recognizes the CPU as the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, finally confirming that it’s going to be an 8-core/16-thread part. The base clock is set at 3.4GHz and should be able to turbo up to 3.8GHz with XFR on top of that. The chip will be equipped [...]

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February 21, 2017

PSA: How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Apple MacBook Pro (Touchbar, Late 2016)

As the designated IT person at the office, one of the most common things that happens to me is someone handing me their Mac and asking me to do stuff with it. Despite the fact that I’ve only used Windows for pretty much all my life. Case in point.

The other day, one of my colleagues needed to take a screenshot on his Mac and had no idea how to do it. As I scoffed at his pathetic computer skills telling him repeatedly to hit the Print Screen button to him not understanding a word I said, he handed me the laptop. To my realization that there was no Print Screen button on the computer… Crud. [...]

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February 20, 2017

Graphics Shipments Increase Amidst Slumping Desktop PC Sales

More consumers are opting to keep their current systems as newer generation CPUs and their platforms are no longer offering enough performance gains to justify a new purchase. Consumers looking for high-performance computing are instead turning to upgrading other components such as graphics or storage for a speed boost.

In graphics, a report by JPR has revealed that total AIB graphics shipments in 4Q2016 increased by 5.6% quarter-to-quarter and 21.1% year-to-year. In contrast, overall desktop PC shipments fell by 10.9% over the year.

Over the course of 2016, graphics has seen some major performance improvements as both Nvidia and AMD released their next [...]

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February 20, 2017

AMD Ryzen Wraith Stock Cooler Pictured, Specifications Revealed in Latest Rumor

Following up on the leaked image of trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs as well as an up close shot of the CPU, a new image of a chart with SKUs and specifications of the stock Ryzen Wraith Cooler have also popped up around the web.

Currently, there seem to be two coolers available. The Wraith Max cooler is designed for up to 140W TDP CPUs while the Wrath Spire is designed for 95W TDP CPUs. The Wraith Max looks to have at least two heat pipes that extend out from the base and into the heatsink. The Wraith Spire simply has a fan seated on top of a circular cooler. Despite being rated for up to 140W and 95W TDP, both coolers are quite compact. Horizontal footprint is rated at 105mm [...]

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February 19, 2017

Create a Bootable Windows USB Drive the Easy Way Using Rufus

Several days ago, we covered where to download a Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 ISO image file, but a common question is what do you do once the image is downloaded? The answer is make a bootable USB drive out of it!

Creating a Windows installation bootable USB drive is incredibly easy thanks to an application called Rufus. Assuming you have your Windows ISO (or Linux/other bootable ISO) ready, the whole process should take no more than 5 minutes.

Here’s how it’s done.

 

Rufus

1. Download Rufus.

2. Plug in a USB drive that’s at least larger than the Windows ISO (or other ISO) file you’re trying make bootable. Keep in mind [...]

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February 18, 2017

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 Motherboard Unboxed Before Launch

As expected, more leaks are springing as AMD gets closer to the Ryzen CPU launch.

Recently, Sean from YouTube channel KWASTEK got his hands on an early sample of the new ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 motherboard designed for the upcoming Ryzen CPU and has released the first unboxing and first look of the board.

The Crosshair VI Hero is expected to be ASUS’s most premium motherboard for the AMD X370 platform and has been a long time coming. Aesthetically, it’s a very beautiful motherboard. Featuring a fully blacked out PCB, the board also includes some beautiful new heatsinks with a new interlacing stripe design along with the massive cover bearing the [...]

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February 17, 2017

Blizzard Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista Later This Year

Looks like Microsoft isn’t the only company no longer supporting older versions of Windows. Blizzard has officially announced the final end of support for Windows XP and Vista. Affected games include Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Heartstone, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

According to a post on Blizzard’s Battle.net community forums,

Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our [...]

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February 17, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, 5 1600X, 3 1300X 3DMark Physics Benchmarks Leaked

Another day closer to the launch of AMD’s Ryzen CPU and another leak. This time around, we get our first sneak preview of how the AMD Ryzen will perform as well as the first preview of the mid/entry-level Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 3 1300X.

The 3D Mark Phsyics benchmark scores, which were pulled from the official Futuremark benchmark database were recently compiled by WCCFTech. Sitting at the top is the 8-core Ryzen 7 1700X overclocked to 4.0 GHz, besting the 10 core Intel Core i7-6950X. The 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X at 3.3 GHz managed to beat out Intel’s i7-6850K despite a clock disadvantage. Lastly, we have the 4-core Ryzen 5 1300, which [...]

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