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NVIDIA GFE members receive LawBreakers closed beta codes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 4:51 am

Gears of War series creator Cliffy "CliffyB" Bleszinski is working on his new game with his new studio, and starting today LawBreakers will be entering its closed beta form on the PC for select GeForce Experience members.

 

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LawBreakers' closed beta will kick off on June 28 and end on July 3, with 20,000 GFE members receiving their LawBreakers closed beta keys. Winners will be notified through the GFE client, if they've got communications from NVIDIA allowed. If you haven't heard of LawBreakers, here's a rundown:

 

GRAVITY - DEFYING - COMBAT

 

  • Choose your role from a cast of unique characters, each equipped with distinct movement skills, battle abilities and weapon combos. Fight in dynamic gravity ravaged arenas that offer players a breathtaking vertical team-based battle royal.

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The new iMac Pro might feature server-grade co-processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 3:48 am

Apple is preparing their next-gen iMac Pro systems, which can be configured with Intel's new Purley-based CPUs rocking up to 18C/36T and ECC RAM for the best you can get in an AIO desktop PC.

 

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These are the configurations we should expect for the new iMac Pro:

 

  • Intel 7980XE (18 cores/36 threads/42MB Cache/Turbo Boost TBD)
  • Intel 7900X (10 cores/20 threads/23MB Cache/Turbo Boost 3.0 Max 4.5GHz)
  • Intel 7820X (8 cores/16 threads/19MB Cache/Turbo Boost 3.0 Max 4.5GHz)

 

But, there's now news coming from Pikeralpha that one of the most interesting parts of Apple's new iMac Pro could be the fact that it uses an ARM co-processor. The use of an ARM co-processor would allow the iMac Pro to perfect regulate the power going through the machine, perfectly tweaking the CPU and GPU management to keep power draw down, and thus temperatures. This is incredible important for an all-in-one that rocks a 18C/36T processor, 128GB of ECC RAM, and a bunch of PCIe-based NVMe SSDs, and AMD's new Radeon Vega GPU architecture.

AMD includes 'Gaming Mode' on Radeon Vega Frontier cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 2:37 am

AMD has launched its new Radeon Vega Frontier graphics cards in paper launch fashion with no samples going out to any media, not just outlets like TweakTown, but did you know it has something called 'Gaming Mode'?! Neither did we.

 

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Radeon Vega Frontier Edition rocks Gaming Mode for those times between your professional and gaming lives, where you want to squeeze in some Prey, DOOM, or Battlegrounds goodness. Content creators can switch to "gaming mode" in Radeon Settings, which will change the card from "Radeon Pro Mode" into "Gaming Mode".

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier launches, with no reviews

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:40 am

AMD launched their next-gen Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card yesterday, but you know what? There are absolutely no performance information on Radeon Vega Frontier at all, nothing apart from what AMD has released themselves, or collaborated on with the likes of PCWorld.

 

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VideoCardz wrote something on Radeon Vega Frontier, and said: Vega is quite possibly one of the most anticipated GPU launches in AMD's history. There are many reasons why this launch is so important. The early adopters of 4K monitors are left with no options other than GeForce GTX 1080 and above. AMD has been teasing demos of 4K gaming on Vega for a while, although no one was able to buy Vega card till today. AMD promised that Vega will launch in the first half of 2017, and that promise was fulfilled. What we didn't know is that only Radeon Pro card will be "available".

 

This triggered me to think about it, and respond. VC are right, it's not something I haven't been saying myself - but the last straw was AMD launching Radeon Vega Frontier Edition without any reviews. I personally reached out to AMD asking for one of these cards, even at my expense ($2000+) so that I could test it with whatever software I have here (and whatever software AMD would want me to test it with) and I would also do some exclusive cryptocurrency testing. Nothing. I've heard nothing in return about any sampling, or even AMD finding a card at retail and letting me take it.

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NVIDIA's new cryptocurrency P106-100 mining cards tested

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2017 12:14 am

The huge Ethereum mining rush is still going and while difficulty is dropping and the price of ETH itself is falling rapidly, NVIDIA has finally dumped out its new mining-specific graphics cards. Up first, MSI and GALAX models.

 

 

YouTuber 'Cryptomined' got his hands-on the new cards, with his video available above.

 

The new mining GPUs aren't much better than the consumer gaming graphics cards, with 20MH/s of Ethereum mining @ stock clocks, while we have 24MH/s when overclocked. This is what I'm seeing in all of my testing with stock GTX 1060s. MSI however, didn't even remove the label on the box that says 'the most powerful graphics card'... yeah, somehow I don't think so, MSI.

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Xbox One sales to hit 63 million in 2021, says DFC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 11:17 pm

Based on current industry market trends, analyst firm DFC Intelligence predicts that Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles will break 63 million units sold in four years.

 

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While Sony's PlayStation 4 family of systems has recently broken the 60 million sales milestone, Microsoft's own Xbox One iterative console trio isn't expected to deliver similar sales performance until 2021. In a new report, DFC Intelligence forecasts that the Xbox One console line--which includes the 2013 Xbox One, the 2016 Xbox One S, and 2017 Xbox One X--will reach cumulative sales of 63 million units by 2021. The $499 Xbox One X is expected to sell 17 million units, or 27% of total console sales, versus 46 million combined sales of the original Xbox One and revamped Xbox One S.

 

DFC Intelligence also predicts the video games industry will rake in $102 billion total earnings in 2017, up 8% year-over-year. Despite this strong growth, the firm notes the Xbox One has been underperforming.

 

"Xbox One X is an expensive system designed to appeal to a fairly narrow demographic of gamers who want high quality graphics but do not want to spend money on a high-end PC," said DFC analyst David Cole.

 

"The challenge is that is a fairly small addressable market, even as sales of 4K television sets start to soar. Both the Nintendo Switch or Sony PlayStation 4 offer a very strong value proposition that consumers seem to be flocking towards."

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Ubisoft announces new Assassin's Creed mobile game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 10:19 pm

Ubisoft reveals its fourth Assassin's Creed mobile game, but this one has potential to be its biggest yet.

 

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Mobile games aren't inherently exciting, especially when compared to games like Assassin's Creed: Origins. But mobile games are an important facet of the industry that have a tremendous impact; mobile gaming is expected to rake in $46.1 billion in 2017 and make up 42% of all revenues, according to Newzoo. So when Ubisoft reveals a big mainline free-to-play Assassin's Creed mobile game with the potential to rake in millions in microtransactions, it certainly piques our interest.

 

The new mobile game is called Assassin's Creed Rebellion, and is a F2P strategy RPG for iOS and Android devices. The game appears to have a very real hook that could pull in strong MAUs and ARPMAUs for Ubisoft. So what's the hook? Ubisoft says AC: Rebellion allows users to "build their own Assassin Brotherhood" while managing a key strategic fortress (likely RTS style) along with stealth missions against templars. The game will let players recruit over 40 assassins, many of which are staples from the series including Ezio, Aguilar, Shao Jun, Claudia and Machiavelli.

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Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly users

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 8:25 pm

Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that Facebook reached a new milestone. There are now 2 billion people on Facebook every month.

 

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"We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. "It's an honor to be on this journey with you," wrote Zuckerberg.

 

To celebrate this milestone, Facebook is launching a personalized video to "celebrate bringing the world closer together." You may see your video in your News Feed or by visiting Facebook.com/goodaddsup.

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Ubisoft founders raise company stake to repel Vivendi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2017 7:18 pm

Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family has increased its stake of claim and voting rights within the company in an attempt to shield against the looming threat of a Vivendi takeover.

 

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Following its latest acquisition, the Guillemot family now holds 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 20.02% of the company's voting rights, Reuters today reported after viewing an AMF stock market regulation filing. Ubisoft, who's best known for making million-dollar blockbuster games like Assassin's Creed, has been embroiled in a battle for against French media giant Vivendi, who owns a considerable stake in the company. Vivendi has forcibly taken over Gameloft, one of the Guillemot family's companies, and the family fears the conglomerate will do the same to Ubisoft.

 

Vivendi currently holds 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights, and experts believe that a hostile takeover could happen this year.

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