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Core i9-7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz on LN2, sets record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 2:41 am

Intel's new Core i9-7900X has been on the market for just a few weeks, but it has already been pushed to world record heights of 6.01GHz on liquid nitrogen, setting a new 10-core CPU and highest ever single processor world record. The hardware used:




  • Intel Core i9-7900X
  • G.Skill Trident Z
  • 120 GB Neutron SSD
  • GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion
  • Corsair AX 1500i PSU
  • Liquid Nitrogen


SOFOS1990 is no stranger to breaking OC world records, hitting 6016MHz at 1.6V on the 10C/20T processor at a super-cold -110C (-116F). Sofos used GIGABYTE's Aorus X299 SOC Champion motherboard, alongside the enthusiast grade Corsair AX1500i PSU.


1.6V is pretty damn high for voltage, and no processor will withstand that for hours on end let alone daily use. For overclocking purposes, it's fine - but that's where the super-chilly LN2 comes into play.

Scientists use carbon nanotubes to combine CPU and RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 1:42 am

AMD is advanced towards being the first to market with HBM2 on a consumer graphics card with the upcoming Radeon RX Vega, placing the VRAM onto the interposer, along with the GPU die. It's an incredible feat, and a big change from the spread of DRAM chips around the GPU, using precious PCB space. Well, researchers at Stanford and MIT are doing one better: putting the CPU and RAM onto a single unit.




The researchers have teased a prototype processor that is made from graphene carbon nanotubes, with resistive RAM (RRAM) layered on top. The team says that their prototype chip is "the most complex nanoelectronic system ever made with emerging nanotechnologies", creating a 3D computer architecture. Carbon is the key here, as the use of silicon for the CPU isn't good for the high temperatures required, as the RRAM cells would be damaged.


I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that DARPA and NSF are funding the project, with the carbon nanotube sensors also able to detect gases, because the information can be processed and measured on-chip.

PS5 hardware reset may cause Sony lots of problems

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 12:14 am

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has more predictions on Sony's next move in the games industry, but a non-iterative PS5 could cause lots of problems for Sony's current smoothly-rolling console roadmap.




With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the cadence of games consoles has evolved to an iterative cycle that sees both systems branch out into a family of hardware. This move brings tremendous advantages like multiple systems with different price and performance tiers as well a full games compatibility on all consoles, but forced parity typically reduces performance potential. Despite predictions that the iterative cycle will ensure a longer generation of consoles than the typical 8-year cycle, Sony Interactive Entertainment of America President and CEO Shawn Layden hinted the PlayStation 5 would break this rhythm and revert back to the traditional console market beat.


Key analysts have already outlined what the PlayStation 5 could be. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has laid some outspoken claims that the PlayStation 5 may push ridiculous performance of 4K 240FPS, but his predictions that Sony will only release the PlayStation 5 when the 4K TV market matures is much more feasible. The 4K UHD television market will become more affordable in 2019, according to the analyst.


Furthermore, Mr. Pachter states that the PS5 won't instantly phase out the long-running PS4 family of consoles when its released, which is also very likely.

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Get a 'Life' in our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 11:39 pm

To celebrate this week's release of the sci-fi action blockbuster 'Life' on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Be careful what you search for. Life is a terrifying thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Assassin's Creed: Origins gets 20 minutes of gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 9:31 pm

A new Assassin's Creed: Origins gameplay video shows some alpha footage...but it's not so exciting.



As a history buff fascinated with ancient Egypt, I have high hopes for Assassin's Creed: Origins. After all I've always wanted to see Egypt recreated in painstaking detail in a game like Assassin's Creed, and wrote up a big article explaining the possibilities. But the latest 20-minute gameplay video published by UK retailer GAME doesn't fill me with confidence.


The footage shows a world that doesn't seem alive. Sure the environments look great, and I for one will spend quite a lot of time simply soaking in the ancient atmosphere, but the vibrant and dynamic next-generation NPCs that I saw in Watch Dogs 2 simply aren't here. Bayek, the game's protagaonist, just seems like a god of sorts; no matter what the player did, the world itself didn't seem to react as I'd expect an impressive open-world would.

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Musk unveils the first production Tesla Model 3

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 6:22 pm

Musk recently announced that the Model 3 production would start earlier than expected and just on schedule, the first production Model 3 came out of Tesla's factory yesterday.




This is the first time that more than 400,000 customers who pre-ordered a Model 3 will get to see the final product.


Musk posted two photos of the electric car, and it looks stunning. Tesla's CEO also pointed out that Ira Ehrenpreis, Tesla investor, and board member, had rights to the first car as he was the first to place a full deposit, but gave those rights to Musk as his 46th birthday present.

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Analysis: Why EA is rotating Battlefield 1 to EA Access

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 5:27 pm

EA recently revealed that Battlefield 1, the publisher's massively popular shooter, will soon be included as part of the publisher's $5 a month subscription service. We analyze why EA is now comfortable with offering Battlefield 1 to EA/Origin Access subscribers instead of pushing players to buy the full game at retail price.




Battlefield 1 isn't a year old yet, but soon it'll be available as a "free" download for EA Access and EA Origin subscribers on console and PC. The service, which costs $5 a month or $50 a year, gives users access to a growing pool of EA titles. I found Battlefield 1's arrival into the vault to be very, very interesting, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized EA's gameplan and decided to share my insights.


Why would EA make such a move? The publisher obviously has strong confidence in the subscription service and is keen on providing value. But it also has to do with how EA sees the World War I juggernaut FPS. The shooter has matured and reached the point where EA is more interested in getting people into the game's ecosystem rather than having them buy the game at full price. Full game sales are absolutely important, but as time goes by, publishers focus less on fully-priced $59.99 game sales and more on ways to bring in recurring revenue via micro- and macro-monetizations (loot boxes and expansions/season passes), of which Battlefield 1 has both.


Battlefield 1 sold about 15 million copies during its launch holiday season according to analysts at Morgan Stanley, creating a strong install base to lead into map pack sales and add-on purchases throughout 2017. Full game sales have slowed down since the initial massive salvo of purchases, and EA estimates that Battlefield 1 had 19 million players at the end of its fiscal year in March. Now that the initial sales phase is mostly completed, EA and DICE have implemented phase two: additional content in the form of extra maps, and modes made available through the season pass.

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Konami misses opportunity with Castlevania on Netflix

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 2:21 pm

Konami passed up a rare opportunity to accumulate big sales for its Castlevania series of games.




After watching the new Castlevania show on Netflix, I instantly wanted to play a Castlevania game. I'm sure I'm not alone here. The four-episode mini-series pulled us into that gothic world of devils and medieval mayhem, and I found myself wanting to further that experience in the best way I know how: video games.


But alas, Konami made no effort to roll out a new game or experience to commercial take advantage of my nostalgic whims. For millions of people, the Netflix series will be the first time they've experienced the franchise, and without an instantly accessible new product, they might not know where to start to further their experience. And more importantly, if they have to buy new hardware just to play the games, they may simply move on.


This is a mistake on Konami's part and here's why.

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PS5 will run 4K at 240FPS, out in 2019 says analyst

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 9, 2017 12:40 am

If there is a big rumor for the PlayStation 5 it would be the latest news on it, with the PS5 rumored to not just hit 4K, but be capable of driving it at 240FPS. Ridiculous, right?




A few weeks ago I was told exclusively that the PS5 would feature a dedicated GPU, something that would help drive 4K 60FPS... but 4K @ 240FPS Is an entirely new game. There's no amount PC hardware available that will easily drive 4K @ 240FPS, especially not a mainstream console.


Well, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher has said that the PS5 Pro will be backwards compatible with both PS4 and PS4 Pro games, and it'll be here in 2019. Patcher was recently interviewed by Gaming Bolt, where he said: "I really like Shawn and I don't think he is attempting to mislead anybody. The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that's a half step towards the PlayStation 5".


"I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 PRO? That's the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Shawn is telling the truth when he says it's will be a full fledged console".

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Caviar launches Nokia 3310 'Putin-Trump Summit' edition

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 8, 2017 11:34 pm

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met for the first time this weekend during G20 summit in Germany. And what better way to mark this encounter than with a phone that features images of both presidents together?


Caviar, a Russian company known for special edition phones, mostly iPhones, which feature portraits of the Russian president, has launched a special edition of the modern Nokia 3310 named the Putin-Trump Summit.




The Caviar Nokia 3310 New Putin-Trump Summit, which is the full name of the phone, features portraits of both Trump and Putin on the back of the phone. There's also an emblem of the G20 summit below the portraits.

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