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GIGABYTE X370-Gaming K7 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE X370-Gaming K7 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE's AORUS X370-Gaming K7 motherboard for AMD AM4 Ryzen processors gets tested as we see if it's worth buying or not.

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Intel X299 chipset: 'VRAM disaster' says pro overclocker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 hours, 5 mins ago

Intel's new X299 platform is now out, with various issues towed behind it, professional overclocker 'der8auer' says the platform is a complete "VRM disaster".

 

 

It's not just Intel that get the blame, but motherboard makers as well with der8auer saying that the blame is "50/50" on both Intel and motherboard companies. Intel's problems lie in the new X299 platform launching two months early, as it was meant to be released in August and came out in June. This forced motherboard makers into overdrive, with der8auer adding the companies had "almost zero time for developing proper products".

 

The total lack of consistency with the VRMs and their heat sinks is a major disappointment to der8auer in his chat, where he blames GIGABYTE's mediocre heat sinks on the VRMs that act as more of a "heat insulation" device instead of a cooler. This saw a GIGABYTE AORUS motherboard not capable of hitting 5GHz on a CPU that hits 5GHz on other motherboards, with the AORUS board hitting 4.6GHz with 'dangerously high VRM temperatures'.

 

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A small fan over the VRM array was cooling it far more efficiently than the stock VRM cooler, and then der8auer tested a MSI motherboard that had similar issues with its VRM cooling and performance. It was also the lack of voltage input on most motherboards only being provided through a single 8-pin connector, which der8auer says isn't enough.

 

This is sure to set tongues wagging, as Intel just continues to stumble over itself trying to compete with AMD and its new Ryzen and upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, which at this rate are going to start making serious dents into Intel's image.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition unboxed, it's BEAUTIFUL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 4 hours, 50 mins ago

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is now here, with some consumers getting their cards a little early - and making me feel like I'm missing out on one of the most exciting technology product releases of 2017... boo. YouTuber 'JERICO JERICO' has received his Radeon Vega Frontier from SaberPC on 6/27 with overnight shipping... receiving it, and unboxing it - as you can see in the embedded video below.

 

 

As you can see in the video, the card comes as a pretty barebones package, but once it's out of the packaging the true beauty is shown. The beautiful blue and yellow mix is absolutely vibrant, with the 'R' logo in the upper corner next to some GPU tach LEDs that light up blue. The 'Vega' logo is on the front of the card, looking like a cow being stamped with its branding - and I really dig it.

 

I can't wait to get an AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in my hands, but it's next to impossible right now.

Nintendo wants to make Star Fox, Pikmin and Yoshi anime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 51 mins ago

Nintendo has expressed interest in bringing more of its massively popular mainline IPs like Yoshi to cross-media experiences like anime.

 

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During Nintendo's 77th annual meeting for shareholders and investors, the company answered a number of questions from stakeholders. One of those queries was about the future of Nintendo's cross-media focus and whether or not more key IPs and series will get anime adaptations like Kirby's recent Kirby: Right Back At Ya! and the Super Mario Bros Super Show and Legend of Zelda cartoon series from the 80s.

 

"We hold the Kirby IP and it's growing in Europe. It's selling in Spain; watched in places w/out game hardware," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto answered when asked about new non-gaming content such as video and anime. "We want to make anime for Pikmin, Star Fox, Yoshi, etc. and distribute it freely, or integrate into games," he said.

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Radeon Vega Frontier barely beats GTX 1080 in tests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 hours ago

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards are slowly getting into consumers' hands, with one user showing us everything: the box, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition itself in the beyond gorgeous blue/yellow design, and some very early benchmarks.

 

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WCCFTech commentor 'Klaudius' has the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition card, running it on his Core i7-4790K processor, ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard, 16GB DDR3, and Samsung 850 EVO SSD with Windows 10 installed. He installed the new Radeon Vega Frontier optimized drivers from AMD, which allow Radeon Vega Frontier owners to switch between Pro and Gaming Modes.

 

Benchmarks were run, with 3DMark Performance/Extreme/Ultra benchmarks run. The new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition loses to the GTX 1080 overclocked, with a 4K benchmark score in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra of 5216 - compared to around 5000 that the GTX 1080 is capable of. This is at 4K, where HBM2 and HBCC should shine, but I'm sure AMD are still weeks away from final release drivers which should have plenty of optimizations included.

 

I would wait for polished drivers from AMD before we put final judgement on the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and while I say that I'm still trying to get my hands-on one, anywhere.

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Halo Wars 2's latest update includes multi-GPU support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 31 mins ago

Halo Wars 2 now has multi-GPU support, something that was baked into its rather packed update, alongside a slew of new changes to Halo Wars 2.

 

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The new update will provide an update UI, new AI, art, buildings, and units. The big news is multi-GPU support for Windows 10 users, and owners of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards in either SLI, or CrossFire. We've got the full patch notes below:

 

Note:

 

  • The patch notes contain more content than a single post will allow so please see the next post for the continuation.
  • In addition to the notes below there will be a service-side balance update released after the game patch has been deployed. The details of these additional balance changes are NOT currently included in the notes below. We will update once that information is finalized.

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Ubisoft could be working on next-gen Splinter Cell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 6 mins ago

The news of Ubisoft working on a new Splinter Cell game has been floating around for a while now, but Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot virtually confirmed a next-gen Splinter Cell game is in the works.

 

 

At E3 2017 earlier this month, Guillemot was asked about a new Splinter Cell game, where he said: "What we can say is we're receiving a lot of sketches and proposals around the brand and we're going to pick one up. I think you will be able to see something, but you will have to wait for that". It's not confirmation, but if the developer is looking at sketches and proposals, and then says that we'll be able to "see something" but we'll have to "wait for it"... all I can do is get excited.

 

Splinter Cell was one of the first largely successful Tom Clancy-based games, but a new game with next-gen lighting and shadows alongside a next-gen engine could be truly awesome.

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Windows 10 update will use AI to fight cyberattacks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 8 hours, 58 mins ago

Microsoft is taking to Skynet for its fight against malware, cyberattacks, and viruses - with the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Window 10 using all internet-connected Windows 10 computers along with machine learning to fight off threats like WannaCry.

 

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The global malware hits with WannaCry and Petya have woken Microsoft to a new world of attacks, prompting them to push the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection system that uses machine learning powered by the massive 400 million Windows 10 PCs throughout the world. Director of Program Management Enterprise and Security said: "If Word were to start allocating memory in big chunks, when it never does, we would be able to detect that. We built the machine learning models around common applications like Word".

 

This new initiative will reportedly stop viruses from spreading as fast as they currently do, with enterprise customers being the first to receive this new feature. The consumer version of Windows will receive it sometime in the future, hopefully not too long from now... until you remember that Microsoft is using every Windows 10 user to make this happen. Will we be able to disable it?

Star Wars Battlefront II alpha could hit all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

Star Wars Battlefront II is sure to be one of the biggest games of the year, and with so much riding on its success, a massive alpha and beta process is sure to take place.

 

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But the surprise news for Battlefront II fans is that the alpha will be made available to all game platforms, and not just the Xbox One or PC. Star Wars Battlefront Community Manager 'Sledgehammer70' posted on the official Star Wars Battlefront II forums, where he said if you have "a bug or issue to report within the Star Wars Battlefront II Alpha" that you follow a few steps, including which platform you have: PS4, PC, or X1.

 

The post was quickly removed, but Reddit user 'CaptainPhantasma21' took a screenshot which we've embedded above. If the news of the alpha hitting PS4, Xbox One and PC happens, we'll let you know the second it's announced.

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Escape from Tarkov closed beta begins next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 43 mins ago

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate has confirmed that there will be a closed beta of the game next month, which will be available to anyone who has pre-ordered.

 

 

As of next month, you will be able to enjoy Escape from Tarkov's new features, game mechanics, and everything else inside of the FPS. This will include:

 

New Gameplay Features in the Closed Beta

 

  • Insurance - For a small amount of in game currency, players can insure weapons and equipment, increasing the chance of retaining it
  • Loot and Economy - The CBT will feature a new Merchant, new barter loot, medicines and additional useful items for players to buy, sell and trade. Economic balancing means items will be made available in marketplaces for barter and in loot drops based on their popularity and rarity within the economics system
  • Weapons - New weapon customization parts and ammunition types, along with the addition of the modern-classic MP5 submachine gun will offer players even more customizations in the game that prides itself on making thousands of weapon combos and upgrades possible.
  • Locations - There will be a total of four locations available to play- Customs, Woods, Factory and Shoreline - all with different sizes and terrains. The Shoreline location will be newest and biggest map addition to the CBT.
  • General Chat - Chat channels will be available to all players online in the game, allowing players to share useful information and group up for raids.

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Hardware deals: $229 GTX 1060, $649 desktop with RX 580

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 11 hours, 17 mins ago

Remember the days of the sub $200 GTX 1060? Thanks to all the Crypto mining, first the GTX 1070s sold out and now the GTX 1060s are all at inflated prices. No joke, the 1060 is a $400+ card at almost all retailers, but we found just a few exceptions to the rule. They are likely to sell out fast though.

 

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The two retailers still selling sub $400 GTX 1060's are Jet and Dell Home. At Jet the white colored ASUS 1060 is $263.53 after coupon. Dell has two models: a 3GB for $229.99 and a 6GB for $259.99. Both are the best offers on the net for a 1060 right now.

 

Also of note in GPU news are a cheap 1050 and 1070. While not entirely bought up like the 1060, the 1050 is still going for inflated prices except at Jet where after coupon the Zotac mini is going for $$97.55. If you thought the days of a sub $500 GTX 1070 were gone, Dell has a PNY 1070 card for $429.99 - the lowest price online of any 1070 right now.

 

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In other hardware news there are some cheap gaming monitors available on the market. Walmart has available a Dell 27" G-Sync 1440p unit for $423.53 once you use their store pickup discount (shipping not available at that price). BuyDig has a 29" Ultrawide FreeSync 75Hz monitor on sale for $229 while other sites like Amazon and elsewhere charging $334.

 

Also notable is a desktop at Best Buy equipped with an RX 580 GPU. The RX 580 is going for over $400 at this point thanks to crypto miners. You might be able to buy this desktop, break it down, and sell it piece by piece for a profit.

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