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Pokemon Direct announced for tomorrow

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:12 pm

Nintendo has officially announced a new Pokemon-themed Nintendo Direct showcase planned for tomorrow at 7AM PST / 10AM EST.




Nintendo may finally be ready to unveil the much-anticipated Pokemon Stars game on Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid. Rumor has it that Pokemon Stars will be a "director's cut" of the original Pokemon Sun and Moon games released on 3DS, with remastered 1080p graphics while docked and 720p in handheld mode, as well as other content specifically tailor-made for the Switch handheld.


If Nintendo does announce Pokemon Stars tomorrow, it'll assuredly showcase the game during its main E3 2017 reel slated for Tuesday, June 13 at 9AM PST / 12PM EST.

Biostar reveals the monster X299GT9 motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:03 pm

Computex 2017 - We have seen some impressive X299 motherboards, but none are as big as one we spotted at Biostar's booth at Computex 2017. The X299GT9 is a monster motherboard that comes in the E-ATX form factor, which allows for a significantly wider PCB. The motherboard features multiple PCI-E x16 slots, two U.2 ports, an M.2 slot, many USB 3.0 internal headers, and a hefty VRM.




Hidden under a metal veil is an Intel 1Gbit NIC as well as an Intel 10Gbit NIC. Intel's X550AT is employed to drive the higher networking speeds. The PCI-E layout is x16/x16/x8/x4/x4/x4/x4 and there are four SATA6Gb/s ports on the right of the motherboard. The motherboard does support USB 3.1 and carries a 14-phase VRM. We don't know much more about the motherboard, but its size is impressive, and hopefully we will get one in for review.

Huawei launches another tablet - MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 1:19 pm

Just a couple of days after Huawei launched the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 in three versions, the company has announced another tablet - the MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0.




The tablet is powered by the same processor as the recently announced devices, the Snapdragon 435. The MediaPad M3 Lite 8.0 comes in versions with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.


As the name suggests, the device has a smaller screen than the M3 Lite 10, an 8.4-inch one to be precise, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

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ASUS's first motherboards with wireless AD tech

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 12:30 pm

Computex 2017 - ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme and X299-Deluxe do not only sport new digs, but also the latest in Wi-Fi technology, Wireless AD. While current standards such as Wireless N (802.11n) and Wireless AC (802.11ac) operate on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Wireless AD (802.11ad) operates on the 60GHz band (or around it).




It will offer theoretical speeds up to 7Gbps, while Wireless AC maxes out around 3.2Gbps in its most impressive theoretical form. The Rampage VI Extreme will also feature 10Gbit wired networking, hopefully ushering in a new generation of multi-Gbit wired and wireless networking.




While features such as multi-Gbit networking tend to stay at the very top of the stack when it comes to integrated features, ASUS is also adding in Wireless AD into its X299-Deluxe, along with many features such as a built-in LCD located at the center of the motherboard and multiple USB 3.1 ports. Wireless AD capable networking equipment should become more common in the second half of this year into the next.

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Xbox Games Pass may come to PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 12:18 pm

Xbox division head Phil Spencer expresses interest in making a Game Pass service for Windows 10 PCs.




Microsoft recently launched its game-changing Xbox Game Pass subscription service, which offers subscribers unlimited access to a rotating catalog of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. At its core, Xbox Game Pass takes the best from Sony's failed PlayStation Now venture with its catalog of backward-compatible Xbox 360 games and EA's EA Access model, which offers newer and older titles from the publisher's lineup. Xbox Game Pass games are downloaded, not streamed, and new content rotates in on a monthly basis somewhat like Netflix and Hulu. Gamers always know what's rotating out, and get the opportunity to buy leaving titles with a discount.


In a bid to revolutionize its content offering and reinforce its new focus on digital content, Microsoft may bring a PC version of $10 a month Xbox Game Pass service to Windows 10 PCs. While Game Pass subscribers can already stream Play Anywhere games from their Xbox One console to Windows 10 PCs, not every PC gamer has an Xbox One. Phil Spencer wants to remedy this with a "GP on PC" option: "I really want to see us bring GamePass to PC, just need to get the right games in place," Spencer said in a recent Tweet.

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AMD Radeon RX series cards are hard to buy right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 12:10 am

We're still two months away from the launch of Radeon RX Vega, with AMD announcing at Computex 2017 that it will launch Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH 2017 which takes place between July 30 and August 3.




But the bigger story for AMD right now is that their Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series graphics cards are flying off the shelves... but why? Cryptocurrency mining, that's what. The cards are either selling out, are sold out, or they're being sold for ridiculous prices in the second hand market.


It feels like it's 2013 all over again, but between then and now ASIC hardware dedicated to cryptocurrency mining went crazy. Efficiency was king, beating consumer graphics cards... until Ethereum, a new cryptocurrency that can be mined liked a Bitcoin.

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New iPhone 8 rumors leak from trusted source

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 7:06 pm

A reported 'Foxconn Insider' has leaked extensive details about Apple's upcoming products on Reddit. This leaker was verified by Reddit Moderators and has a previous track record of providing verified and legitimate information ahead of Apple's product launches.




The leaker says that there will not be a Touch ID sensor in the back of the device and that the design resembles more of an iPhone 7 with thinner vertical bezels. The leaker even referenced images of existing leaks and said that the devices he had seen included more glass on the front. One interesting point was that he said the fingerprint scanner underneath the screen had been tested but had poor yields.


However, the leaker does state that these are all from earlier prototypes and things could have changed since then.

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Huawei to unveil the Honor 9 on June 12

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 5:50 pm

Huawei Honor 8 received a lot of positive feedback, and lately, we've been hearing a lot about its successor - the Honor 9.




According to a leaked poster, the company is set to announce the Honor 9 on June 12th. The poster shows a huge number nine next to Honor's logo for dual camera setup.


The sign on the poster says "Beautiful and colorful," and we already saw that the Honor 9 might come in some bold color options such as yellow. Huawei is clearly focused on colors this year; a trend they started in February with green Huawei P10.

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ASRock delivers with an X299 mITX motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 1:16 am

Computex 2017 - ASRock delivered the only X99 motherboard to the consumer market and it seems that they have done it again with the X299 chipset. The socket will support LGA2011 mounting.




The X299E-ITX/AC features the new chipset along with four SO-DIMMs, which ASRock claims can support up to 4800MHz DDR4, as well as quad-channel memory support. While it only has a single PCI-E x16 slot like most other mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer two x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slots. Two of them are located on the back of the motherboard, while the third is located on a daughterboard behind the IO panel.




The motherboard actually features a second daughterboard that allow ASRock to cram more into the mini-ITX form factor including six SATA6Gb/s ports and a USB 3.0 internal header. The SATA/USB board sits above the VRM heat sink, which looks like it is small enough to cool down high quality dual N-channel MOSFETs or fully integrated power stages.

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GDDR6 arrives in early 2018, GDDR5X hits 16Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 12:14 am

AMD is set to launch its HBM2-based Radeon RX Vega graphics card sometime in August, but Micron is now promising mass production of GDDR6 memory in early 2018, primed and ready for what I think will be a refreshed GeForce GTX series from NVIDIA.




Micron has confirmed it will be entering mass production of GDDR6 in early 2018, with NVIDIA set to use it on new graphics cards expected in 2018. Better yet, Micron added that it hit 16Gbps on GDDR5X, up from the 11Gbps found on the GDDR5X on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.


Micron added: "I am excited to announce that our Graphics design team in Munich has achieved 16Gbps data rates in our high speed test environment-another first for memory industry. The left picture shows the data eye opening at 16Gbps based on a critical PRBS pattern sequence, with great timing and voltage margin. The right image below shows stable data timing margin (horizontally) versus data rate (vertically), from our base sort speed of 10Gbps up to an unprecedented 16Gbps. This result is based on measurements on a meaningful sampling size of our mass production G5X silicon - not theoretical simulation data.


We strongly believe that our expertise and experience running ultra-high data rates on G5X is going to be a big advantage for driving performance in GDDR6".