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Intel Core i9-7980XE full specs: 18C/36T @ 4.4GHz, $1999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 29, 2017 12:34 am

Intel announced its flagship Core i9-7980XE processor during Computex in June, but didn't provide details on its clock speeds. But now there's a leaked slide on the upcoming Core X "Skylake-X" processors, including the 7980XE.




Intel's upcoming Core i9-7980XE processor will reportedly feature a 2.6GHz base clock, with Turbo Clock 2.0 speeds of 4.2GHz, and massive Turbo Clock 3.0 speeds of up to 4.4GHz. Remember, the Core i9-7980XE is an 18C/36T processor, with a large 165W TDP and even bigger $1999 price.


If we compare the 7980XE against AMD's just-launched Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X, AMD wins in more departments than you think. AMD loses with the amount of CPU cores and threads with 'just' 16C/32T (versus 18C/36T) and a max CPU clock of 4GHz under XFR.

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Samsung's new mobile chips leak again: Cortex-A73 cores

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 11:19 pm

More details have emerged about Samsung's two mid-range processors, the Exynos 9610 and 7885.




The Exynos 9610 is essentially a re-hash of what Samsung released this year, but with 10nm and using all ARM processors. The Exynos 9610 is expected to ship with an ARM Cortex A73 CPU cores paired with A53 little cores. The GPU will also be a G71, meaning that none of the parts of the SoC itself will be anything new. Previous rumors stated that it might have a Mali G72 which is ARM's latest GPU core technology.


The Exynos 7885 is a more mid-range version of the 9610 with only two A73 cores as opposed to the 9610's four cores.

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Samsung overtakes Intel as biggest chip maker

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 8:53 pm

For the last 25 or so years, Intel has dominated the world as the biggest chip maker. This is different from manufacturers of chips because many manufacturers are fab-less manufacturers that rely on chip makers like Samsung and Intel to fabricate their chips. There are other companies like TSMC and Globalfoundries that also manufacturer chips, but they don't quite do it at the scale that Intel and Samsung do.




Now, Samsung overtook Intel position and became the biggest chip maker in Q2 2017.


Part of that reason has to do with the fact that Samsung has been expanding their chip manufacturing business and doing so at a rapid pace. Samsung's customers include the likes of Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung. Between those three companies, it seems logical that Samsung could ship enough chips to overcome Intel's chip shipment numbers. Intel mostly manufactures chips for themselves and does so in PCs and servers, but very rarely for mobile.

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PlayStation Plus price climbs to £49.99 in Europe

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 7:21 pm

Almost a year after its price hike in North America, Sony will raise the cost of its PlayStation Plus online subscription service to £49.99 a year in Europe.




Sony today announced that it will hike PlayStation Plus subscription costs by £9.99 for annual subscriptions, bringing a full year's cost to £49.99. This 25% price hike comes months after Sony raised the cost of PS Plus from $49.99 a year to $59.99 a year in North America.


The Japanese console-maker reports that 26.4 million users have subscribed to PlayStation Plus in 2016, representing 43.7% of the total 60.4 million strong PlayStation 4 install base, and 37% of the total 70 million monthly active PlayStation Network users are subscribed to the premium service. Sony Corp President Kazuo Hirai intends to grow PS Plus subscribers by "further enhancing the content of the service and making it more appealing."

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New Google Pixel 2 leak: The headphone jack is gone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 5:48 pm

Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company has already confirmed that its successor would come this year. As the launch date approaches, we are getting a better image of the phone.




We recently learned that the Pixel 2 should be the first phone to feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836 platform. We saw the same scenario last year when Qualcomm debuted the Snapdragon 821 with Google's Pixel.


Now, a new video has emerged showing Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL renders based on rumored design on dimensions.


One of the first things that you'll notice is the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Meizu unveils Pro 7: Dual camera, secondary display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 4:42 pm

Meizu has launched its new flagship smartphones - the Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus. Both devices use AMOLED display tech both on the front, and the back since the phones come with a secondary display which can be used to check notifications, control the music or snap selfies.




The Meizu Pro 7 features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display and runs Flyme based on Android 7.0. The phone is powered by MediaTek's Helio P25 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.


The device comes with a dual rear camera setup (12MP + 12MP) while the selfie shooter has 16MP. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The Pro 7 will be available on August 5th at a price of $430.

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Visceral's Star Wars game on schedule for 2018 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 3:21 pm

EA re-commits to FY19 release timeline for Visceral Games' new action-based Star Wars game.




Long ago Electronic Arts confirmed Dead Space developer Visceral Games' new unnamed Star Wars game would release in 2018, and the company has reiterated that release timeline. In its Q1'17 earnings call, the company confirmed that Visceral's Star Wars project will be part of its Fiscal Year 2019 slate, which is held from April 2018 to March 2019. EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen hinted that its Star Wars games would coincide with major theatrical releases, and the new Han Solo anthology series is set to kick off in 2018.


The big headlining games for EA's FY2019 timeline will be the new Star Wars title as well as BioWare's massively ambitious new IP Anthem, the company confirmed in its earnings call. "As we continue to pioneer for our players, our portfolio will expand in FY19 and beyond. We will deliver stories that you're able to play, like the Star Wars action-adventure game being developed by the Visceral Games team. Anthem, our new IP from BioWare, will introduce a contiguous open world that is ever-changing and influenced by players, as they band together and support each other in their journeys," EA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson said.

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The first official pictures of Radeon RX Vega leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 2:24 pm

We've only just reported about the new Vega 10/11/12/20 leaks, but now VideoCardz is reporting on the first official renders of Radeon RX Vega.





AMD Radeon Vega 64




Interestingly, the new Radeon RX Vega 64 (cool name, AMD) is based on the reference design of the Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI output. I'm loving that tweaked 'R' logo on the fan.



AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition




This card looks ridiculously awesome, with a different style cooler - but it's still the same card underneath. I'm loving the Vega logo on the front and red/black 'R' in the corner, just like the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.

AMD Vega 20 with 32GB of HBM2 teased with Vega 10/11/12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 2:12 pm

AMD might be on the precipice of releasing Radeon RX Vega, but we're now hearing about a slew of Radeon Vega products - from Vega 10 through to Vega 20. We've heard about some of these cards before, but now we have much more details on them.




The Euroasian Economic Commission (EEC) is a regulatory body that is like the FCC in the US, with any and all products needing to be certified before they can be released into the market. Our friends at VideoCardz were alerted to these new details which have emerged on Reddit.



Vega 20 with up to 32GB HBM2


This is a beast... Vega 20 with a whopping 32GB of HBM2, now imagine a few of those alongside Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X. Vega 20 rocks four HBM2 stacks, providing up to 32GB of HBM2. This won't be a consumer card, with EEC noting that this is a GL variant, so expect a Radeon Pro or new Radeon Instinct accelerator.

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Coolest thing you'll see today: 360° video from a rocket

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:26 pm

Airbus has posted a stunning video showing a 360° view from space.




The company successfully launched the Maxus 9, the largest European rocket sounding with scientific micro gravity experiments, and captured this beautiful footage.


Viewers can see footage of the take-off, down to Lapland getting smaller while the rocket soars into the sky, then views of the Earth once the rocket goes through the atmosphere and reaches its highest altitude of 700km.

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