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Apple won't launch a new version of the iPhone SE?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days ago

Apple's iPhone SE was announced in March of last year, and the company still hasn't released its successor. Earlier reports indicated that the company is working on a worthy successor, but according to an analyst Pan Jiutang, that's not happening.

 

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It appears that Apple wants to focus on phones with a larger display and has no interest in announcing another 4-inch device. If you want a smaller iPhone, you will have to make your peace with iPhone 7s, which should come with a 4.7-inch screen.

 

Apple is expected to launch three new devices this year - iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8. While the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus shouldn't bring many changes to the design and the features, the iPhone 8 is rumored to come with some changes.

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Need for Speed Payback pre-order: 'exclusive tire smoke'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

EA is enticing gamers to pre-order their upcoming Need for Speed Payback, by offering the Platinum Car Pack alongside the beyond exciting new Exclusive Tire Smoke.

 

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Exclusive Tire Smoke offers next generation smoke rendering technology that will require an AMD Radeon RX Vega or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 on its own to render, as it uses the latest DX12 and Vulkan APIs. You'll also need Windows 10 to render it all, as there are 50 billion draw calls per second to render Exclusive Tire Smoke in Need for Speed Payback.

 

EA offering the Exclusive Tire Smoke in Need for Speed Payback advances the entire driving game market, as the tires are meticulously recreated from the real-world. The tires in Payback will spin the wheels so realistically that the smoke that is created is indiscernible from real life. You'll probably even smell the burning rubber.

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AMD shows off new Radeon RX Vega logo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

The official page for Radeon Technologies Group on Facebook has posted some new images from their new Radeon RX Vega roadshow, something that's just kicked off in Budapest.

 

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RTG has shown off their new Radeon RX Vega artwork, which is looking incredibly awesome. It features a mean take on the already great looking 'V' logo, but throws in some crystal-like features and much darker reds and blacks blending through each other.

 

There are plenty of stars also used in the new Vega logo, continuing the space theme from Polaris and Vega marketing. AMD is expected to launch Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH, which is just over a week away from now.

Samsung bumps 8GB HBM2 production, ready for NVIDIA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

Samsung has just announced that it is increasing the production of its 8GB HBM2 chips, in order for the company to "address rapidly growing market demand". Remember, that Samsung isn't providing HBM2 to AMD for their new Vega GPU architecture, but NVIDIA is tapping Samsung's own HBM2 chips.

 

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The increased HBM2 production is to ensure that important and emerging markets like AI, HPC, advanced graphics, network systems, and enterprise servers are flooded with 8GB HBM2 chips.

 

Jaesoo Han, Executive VP of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics said: "By increasing production of the industry's only 8GB HBM2 solution now available, we are aiming to ensure that global IT system manufacturers have sufficient supply for timely development of new and upgraded systems. We will continue to deliver more advanced HBM2 line-ups, while closely cooperating with our global IT customers".

 

Now, before you get all excited and think this means that there will be a million Radeon RX Vega graphics cards released in the coming months because Samsung is ramping up 8GB HBM2 production... remember that Samsung is the main provider of HBM2 to NVIDIA.

 

NVIDIA uses HBM2 on their high-end Volta GPU architecture, including the new Tesla V100 graphics card. I'm sure NVIDIA will release a new HBM2-based consumer GeForce graphics card next year alongside GDDR6-based cards... but this is something to look forward to in 2018, and beyond.

Atari details its upcoming Ataribox console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

Atari has followed through with its promise of a "brand new Atari product" from E3 2017 last month, with the company giving more details on its upcoming Ataribox console.

 

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According to The Verge, Ataribox is a NES Classic like console that is inspired by the classic look on the Atari 2600, with indicator lights that glow through the glass/wood materials. Atari is adding in a HDMI port, SD card slot, and 4 x USB ports. Atari will have two different Ataribox consoles, one in wood and the other in black/red.

 

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Atari is promising all of the classic games we know and love from the Atari 2600 console as well as "current content", but we have no idea what new content to expect. Ataribox should be similar to the NES and SNES Classic consoles, offering retro games inside of new hardware.

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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid: peaks at 440W power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

Now that people are getting AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition into their hands, we've arrived at the release of the Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, which provides more stable GPU clocks - and a higher TDP that consumes much more power than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

 

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Our friends over at PC Perspective have tested the new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, rocking its 375W TDP (the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier has a 300W TDP). AMD dropped the price of its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition just before release to $999, down from $1200 - while the liquid cooled version was $1800 (!!!) and dropped to $1200 at the last minute.

 

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PCPer's testing shows us some interesting numbers, with the most interesting being power consumption. The performance of AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition is comparable to the GTX 1080, but the power consumption is off the charts - double GTX 1080s even in SLI.

 

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition uses around 300W, while Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition uses 440W when overclocked. At its lower setting, Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid uses 350W - which is still insane compared to the GTX 1080 which uses 180W.

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AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper will include AIO liquid cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

The release of AMD's next-gen Ryzen ThreadRipper is right around the corner, and now we're hearing that the company will be offering AIO liquid coolers with their upcoming ThreadRipper processors.

 

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The bundled liquid coolers will be a massive benefit to those wanting to push the new CPUs to their limits, and is a great move by the company. Intel has made similar moves with its new Core i9 processors, but AMD's new Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs are much better value for money than ANYTHING that Intel has to offer right now, or coming soon.

 

AMD's inclusion of providing AIO liquid coolers is a great move, as it shows the company was prepared for next-gen 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors that are sure to get hot - so providing AIO liquid coolers is the right move here. AMD... I'm looking forward to Ryzen ThreadRipper even more now.

Intel prepares Core i7-8700K to better fight AMD Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Intel is like a T-Rex fighting AMD with its little arms right now, with this fact compounded by the rumors of Intel preparing new 6-core CPU parts under the upcoming Coffee Lake CPU architecture for early-2018.

 

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Intel is reportedly working on the flagship Core i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) at 3.7GHz base, and a lowered 95W TDP. Comparing the 8700K against the newly-released Core i9-7800X which has a 140W TDP, it would begin chomping on the heels of the 7800X very quickly - which is probably why Intel isn't launching the 8700K until next year, to give the 7800X some breathing room.

 

We're also to expect a non-K variant in the form of the Core i7-8700, which will reportedly roll out with a 3.2GHz base clock. There will also be new Core i5 models with up to 6 cores which would be the most interesting part of the Coffee Lake CPU architecture launch.

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Project CARS 2: 4K 120FPS on single NVIDIA TITAN Xp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

Project CARS 2 is one of the best looking games made, and now that developer Slightly Mad Studios has lifted the NDA on the game, WMD2 members are now spilling the beans on the upcoming racing game.

 

 

NeoGAF members 'TheAdmiester' and 'Rayge' have shared new screenshots of Project CARS 2, but Rayge has also teased that his PC - rocking an Intel Core i7-6850K and NVIDIA TITAN Xp is running Project CARS 2 at 4K 120FPS when there's 8 cars on the track, but during demanding parts of the game - such as rain at night with reflections going crazy, he was still hitting 80-90FPS on Ultra settings.

 

This is damn impressive considering Project CARS 2 looks ridiculously gorgeous, and the fact that it's running at 4K, on Ultra settings, all on a single graphics card.

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Lifetime VPN for just $89 hits Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

VPNs are used in all different ways with all sorts of different people, but 4TFY has hit Kickstarter offering itself as an "easy-to-use, cost-effective VPN service".

 

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The Kickstarter page for 4TFY continues, saying that their VPN service "allows you to hide your browsing activity from both your government and internet service provider, bypass government-imposed censorship, access geo-blocked content, mask your IP address, hide your physical location, and encrypt your internet traffic for greater browsing security".

 

The reason 4TFY caught my attention is that it is just $89 for a lifetime VPN service, blowing other VPN services out of the water that charge $89 per year on average. 4TFY is very aware of the "mass government surveillance is now the norm", offering the lifetime VPN service so that "your activities are not recorded and that you are able to access any content, anywhere, anytime. We do this by masking your IP address, by encrypting your internet traffic, and by passing this traffic through one on our highly secure servers".

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