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AORUS rebrands its VGA department, starting with the new GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G graphics card.

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Destiny 2 trailer shows Cabal invading Last City

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 58 mins ago

Bungie and Activision have dropped an official teaser trailer for Destiny 2, confirming a plotline that was gleaned by recently leaked promo posters.




Destiny 2 will revolve around an invasion on The Last City on Earth. I've always said we should go to the Last City and meet the people who we're fighting for, and now I'll get my wish...of course the city itself will be annihilated and destroyed by incoming waves of Cabal monstrosities. The Vanguard defends the city--including Cayde-6 and Zavala--and we get our first glimpse at a dual fire-sword wielding baddie. Lance Reddick will reprise his role as Zavala, and Nathan Fillion will also play Cayde-6 this time around.


The Cabal have been up to something mysterious, and Destiny 2 will show us exactly what those space gladiators have uncovered. Remember that the Cabal sent off a message to their colossal interstellar Empire in The Taken King. This message probably triggered the invasion and sacking of The Last City. Also there's speculation that Lysander has joined up with the Cabal and is leading rogue Guardians to strike the Last City as well.

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AMD's 12C/24T and 16C/32T CPUs called 'ThreadRipper'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 hours, 53 mins ago

When we delivered the world exclusive news that AMD would be calling its next-gen CPUs Ryzen, some very early details arrived on something called 'ThreadRipper', and at the time we thought ThreadRipper was AMD's version of SMT, which Intel calls Hyper-Threading.




But now we are seeing different reports that ThreadRipper is the name of AMD's upcoming HEDT platform, with the teased 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors coming over from the Naples CPU family (which teases 32C/64T). A post on Reddit teases that the new CPUs will include 64 PCIe lanes, and up to 180W TDP with the 16C/32T version.



AMD will reportedly deploy ThreadRipper onto a new LGA SP3 socket, with up to 32MB of L3 cache, and up to 4GHz boost on certain ThreadRipper processors. There's an announcement reportedly planned for Computex, which is only two months away, and a retail launch in the weeks after Computex, into the end of June.


AMD's next-gen ThreadRipper details so far:


  • Zen HEDT CPU's are called Threadripper!
  • Each CPU will include 64 PCI-E Lanes!
  • It includes 4 CCX's.
  • Lower SKU(Probably 12/24) 140W TDP, Higher SKU (Probably 16/32) 180W TDP.
  • Socket will be an SP3 LGA
  • Platform's name will probably be X399
  • Chips will be B2 revisions.
  • 32MB L3 Cache
  • ES's are 3,3 or 3,4GHz base and 3,7GHz Boost
  • It is aimed for Retail SKU to have 3,6 Base/4GHz Boost
  • ES's that are in the wild have 2500 CB R15.
  • Infinity Fabric can have a bandwidth up to 100GB/S
  • Announcement; COMPUTEX at Taiwan, sales will start after 2-3 weeks following COMPUTEX.

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FMV games are coming back with Late Shift on April 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 56 mins ago

Back in the day, I was obsessed with full-motion video (FMV) games - so much so that Under a Killing Moon was a must have purchase for me at the time. Games like Night Trap and Ground Zero Texas on my Sega Mega CD were amazing to me, as they blurred the worlds of cheesy Hollywood video, with a video game.



Now, Wales Interactive is teasing their new 'cinematic FMV crime thriller' game Late Shift, coming to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 on April 18. Late Shift gives gamers the opportunity to change the path of the game from the very start, through to the end - with 7 different endings available, depending on your actions throughout the game.


Late Shift will feature:


  • Multi-optional Storytelling: One story, countless storylines, seven endings.
  • A completely live action, cinematic interactive thriller, filmed in full HD in London, England.
  • Over 180 decision points in total with no pauses and no looping footage.
  • Directed by Tobias Weber, and written by Michael R. Johnson, author of Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)
  • Acting performances by Joe Sowerbutts (Matt), Haruka Abe (May-Ling) and Oliver Twist's Richard Durden (Samuel Parr).

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First Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 7 hours, 15 mins ago

Included in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray specification for over a year but thus far unused by any commercial discs, the first Dolby Vision encoded discs are set to arrive in June from Universal.




Unfortunately, they're not necessarily blockbuster titles that screams out for such special treastment, nonetheless, the inclusion of the HDR standard on the re-release of 'Despicable Me' and its sequel 'Despicable Me 2' on the 4K standard is a welcome one, which should serve to iron out instances of color banding which can be prevalent on CG animated discs


While there are no Ultra HD Blu-ray players available today that can play back the Dolby Vision HDR layer, second generation players such as the Oppo UDP-203 released late last year will soon enjoy full support via an upcoming firmware update. Early adopters who don't have a compatible TV, or Ultra HD Blu-ray player will still be able to decode the standard HDR-10 layer, which is mandatory for all Dolby Vision titles.


'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2' are currently available to pre-order from Amazon for $39.98 each, with a release date of June 6th.

AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 7 hours, 31 mins ago

GIGABYTE has unveiled 3 new custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, under both the GIGABYTE and AORUS brands, led by the flagship AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G.




The new AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G is overclocked to 1632/1746MHz, while offering a 'gaming mode' profile that will clock the GPU at 1607/1721MHz, but we all know GPU Boost 3.0 will clock them closer to 2GHz in real-world scenarios. GIGABYTE overclocks the 11GB of GDDR5X on the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G, from its default clocks of 11Gbps, to 11.45Gbps in OC mode, and 11.23Gbps in gaming mode.




GIGABYTE also provides 2 x DVI ports, and a total of 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports (one on the back, two on the other end of the card for VR setups), and 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. The GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G requires 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, with a 12+2-phase power system.

Mafia 3 demo released, offers 50% discount on full game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 15 mins ago

2K has just released a new, free playable demo of Mafia 3 - something that lets gamers play through the entire first act of the game. Better yet, you can bring over your progress into the full game, if you wish to buy it - with 2K releasing a new pack of DLC, and offering 50% discount.



Mafia 3's first paid DLC is called 'Faster, Baby!' and is available now with new narrative, and Sinclair Parish - the town west of the Bayou where Lincoln teams with Roxy Laveau, in order to take down Sheriff "Slim" Beaumont. There are new driving and combat mechanics that Lincoln has, as well as new weapons and vehicles for his fleet.


There are also two more DLC packs coming for Mafia 3, with 'Stones Unturned' and 'Sign of the Times' coming out in the Summer. 2K is also throwing a huge 50% discount on Mafia 3 right now, something that runs through until April 17, including both the regular version of the game and the Deluxe Edition - which includes the Season Pass to all the DLC.

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MSI unveils GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor & Aero cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 9 hours, 35 mins ago

MSI might have its monster GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X coming soon, but the cheaper Aero and Armor models are coming with some slight differences. They'll still boast the power of the GP102 with its 3584 CUDA cores, and 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps, but the cooling tech will not be as good as the Twin Frozr VI cooler on the Gaming X model.





MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero uses the reference PCB, with a black/green design and a blower-style cooler. MSI will have two different models, with slightly tweaked GPU clocks: with the stock model clocking in at 1480/1582MHz for base/boost respectively.




The overclocked model has its base/boost clocks at 1506/1620MHz, respectively.

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New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer spins wicked web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 9 hours, 44 mins ago

Sony Pictures has taken a bit of flack for launching their second reboot of the classic Marvel character in under 5 years, but the latest iteration which integrates the character into the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe has been tentatively welcomed by fans around the world. The studio has today released a brand new trailer for the upcoming feature, which looks to be shaping up nicely



Starring Tom Holland as a younger version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture alongside Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, and Zendaya, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' represents the third feature film reboot of the character in just 16 years, but the first under the Marvel films banner. While Sony Pictures retains full control over the property, President of Production for Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has jumped aboard to oversee the project.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will sling its way to 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from July 6.

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'Justice League', 'Aquaman' IMAX VR experiences on way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 10 hours, 15 mins ago

As IMAX begin ramping up their premium VR experiences, they've inked an agreement with Warner Bros which will see one-of-a-kind tie-ins with two upcoming hot properties from the DC Comics Universe.



According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Justice League', 'Aquaman' and a third, as yet unrevealed title will all get a top-tier IMAX experience on release, which Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment hopes will be beneficial for everyone involved, saying "We believe that capitalizing on Justice League and Aquaman characters from our well-known DC properties will broaden the appeal of this fast -growing technology."


The intention is that the technology will first be rolled out in select, physical IMAX locations before later making their way to other VR platforms.

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Halo Wars Definitive Edition teased on PC with Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 39 mins ago

If there was a first-person shooter that needed a place on the PC, it would be the Halo franchise - but Microsoft have kept Halo tight to their chest, as it's a system seller for their Xbox consoles.




But, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition might have console fans happy - but PC gamers might be seeing Halo on the PC sooner, rather than later. Twitter user Gamecheat 13 recently shared two screenshots from Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is normally only available through the Windows Store, but has been teased for Steam.


Microsoft made a Halo Wars 2 demo available to PC gamers through the Windows Store earlier this month, weighing in at 17GB.