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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review

AMD debuts its Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 processors today and we have ran them through their paces to see how they perform.

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Apple will make its own OLED screens for 2018 iPhones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

Apple ordered millions of OLED displays from Samsung for the iPhone 8, which will be the first iPhone with an OLED display. We also heard a report from an industry source that Apple is planning to use OLED displays in all the new iPhone models launched in the second half of 2018, meaning that panel makers might not be able to meet the demand if Apple goes through with their plans.




However, Apple has another solution. The company has purchased chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines from Korea-based Sunic System to build a 2.5G OLED panel line to develop related technology and products in Taiwan, according to a Korea-based ET News report.


Apple's move would grant them independence from Samsung which is currently supplying them with OLED displays. It would also match Apple's continued desire to supply themselves with components for the iPhone and not to be dependent on outside vendors.

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Huawei Kirin 970 goes into mass production in September

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 hours, 59 mins ago

Huawei should soon start producing its latest chip, the Kirin 970. According to recent reports, Huawei's first 10nm SoC will go in mass production in September, just in time for Mate 10's launch in October.




This chip will likely be based on the new processors that ARM introduced at Computex earlier this year that have a focus on AI. ARM's new A75, A55 CPUs, G72 GPU and DynamIQ architecture are all designed to deliver the best possible performance while also being designed to accelerate AI workloads and do faster inference.


There is currently no known AI accelerator that Huawei plans to use in addition to the A75, A55 and G72 cores, but its possible they could be developing their own to work with these new processors.

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Xiaomi announces Mi AI Speaker priced at mere $45

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 5 hours, 11 mins ago

Xiaomi has launched two new devices, the Mi X5 and the Mi AI Speaker.




Xiaomi's AI speaker includes a six-microphone array for echo cancellation and voice control and is designed to be the hub for all of Xiaomi's smart home products. The speaker works like Amazon Echo, meaning you can ask it questions, play music, or set reminders.


Using a companion app, you will be able to install add-ons to bring additional features to Mi AI over time.

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AMD's new 17.7.2 drivers include Enhanced Sync, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 16 hours, 57 mins ago

AMD's new Radeon Software 17.7.2 drivers are nearly here, with the company including their Enhanced Sync technology - an alternative to Vsync. This will result in no more tearing and lag, with all of the goodies that Vsync provides without the latency.




ReLive will also be capable of pushing 100MB/sec, something that will let Radeon owners recording gaming footage at a higher bitrate. The new ReLive in 17.7.2 will also be capable of driving a webcam on the stream, and boosting the volume on the microphone all from the Radeon panel.


Radeon Chill also receives some love, where it can now be enabled on mobile graphics cards, multi-GPU setups, and even external graphics cards. We will have a link to Radeon Software 17.7.2.

HTC Standalone VR headset launches in China

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 17 hours, 30 mins ago

Just two months after HTC announced that they are working on a standalone VR headset, the company has unveiled its first Vive Standalone VR headset for the Chinese market at ChinaJoy. ChinaJoy is China's biggest gaming expo and is the most important show for VR in China as well.




The company has been one of the pioneering companies when it comes to VR. They are the first partner to work with Valve on the Vive for SteamVR and they have the best overall VR experience. HTC isn't really a PC company, so for them to be so heavily involved in PC VR was a challenge for them. But we also know that HTC is a smartphone company with expertise in mobility and design. So, it was only a matter of time until they announced their own mobile VR headset.


The exact details about the headset itself are not quite known yet, but we do know that it will be based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 platform and will likely have the same or similar specs as the Snapdragon 835 VR reference design.

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GTA V tops June console earnings with new monthly high

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 8 mins ago

Months after pulling in tremendous revenue for parent company Take-Two Interactive, the online juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down and has pushed GTA V to console gaming's top spot for June 2017.



Grand Theft Auto V dominated console revenues for June 2017, analyst firm SuperData reports, driven by strong revenues from its powerhouse online component GTA Online. Rockstar and Take-Two have successfully driven up engagement and spending in GTA Online with new content updates such as the recent Gunrunning patch, and the publisher plans to support the game well into 2018 with new content updates.


Total gaming revenues for June are up 10% year-over-year driven by strong revenue growth from the console segment, of which GTA V was a strong contributor, but the main driver was spending on add-on content. The firm forecasts that console gamers will spend more on digital add-ons, microtransactions, and DLC this year than actual games, and publishers will rake in 85% of their revenues from digital monetization strategies like GTA Online and Rainbow Six: Siege.

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Nintendo Switch hits 4.7 million install base

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours ago

Nintendo has sold over 4 million Switch consoles to date, the company reports in its latest financials.




Japanese games-maker Nintendo today announced its first quarter earnings, kicking off its fiscal year with strong earnings momentum on the heels of the Switch's mighty launch. The company also adjusted the Switch handheld-console's lifetime-to-date sales across the globe to 4.7 million units, showing that the console-maker is almost halfway to its 10 million sales goal for the fiscal year. Nintendo Switch software sales sit at 13.6 million units, meaning most Switch owners have 2-3 games.


Despite the growth to 4.7 million units, the Switch has been mired by supply situations stemming from shortages of components like flash memory. Smartphone titans like Apple and Samsung have reserved the lion's share of key components to use in their phones--the very same chips that make power Nintendo's new machine. As a result of the shortages, Nintendo has sold markedly less Switch consoles in its first-quarter period: the company reported 1.97 million units sold in the three-month period from April to June, down a substantial 30% from the Switch's 2.74 million unit sales figure generated in a single month.

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Huawei launches overpriced Porsche Design Watch 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 19 hours, 57 mins ago

Huawei has launched a Porsche Design variant of the Huawei Watch 2. The Watch 2 was launched back in February during MWC 2017 in Barcelona.




The Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design has the same specs as the Watch 2, it only differs from the standard variant in terms of looks. This means we are looking at a watch powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100. There's 768MB of RAM on board and 4GB of storage.


Another difference is the price. While the standard version of the Watch 2 comes at a price of $275, the Porsche Design has an insane 795 euros (around $925) price tag.

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Xiaomi's Mi 5X offers dual camera at an affordable price

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 20 hours, 54 mins ago

Xiaomi has announced its latest smartphone, the Mi 5X, along with the MIUI 9.




The phone was subject to numerous leaks in the previous weeks, and most of the rumors were true. The Mi 5X features a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.


The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets temporary paid crates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 7 mins ago

Massively popular PC gaming juggernaut PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting paid cosmetic crates, but only for a limited time.




On August 3, PUBG players will have the option to temporarily buy special cosmetic loot crates--aka Gamescom Invitational Crates--for $2.50 a piece. The crates are part of a fundraising initiative to help pay for its Gamescom PUBG Invitational event, not unlike Blizzard's recent War Chest for StarCraft II and Valve's Battle Pass program for DOTA 2. Bluehole also says that a portion of the proceeds from the paid crates will be donated to charity.


The developers affirm that this move will allow them to test out the finalized crate system that will be implemented in the game's final release outside of early access, and that the paid crates aren't here to stay. Gamescom Invitational Crates will be sold from August 3 through August 27 for $2.50 a piece, and will contain five special cosmetic outfits. Following August 27 the game will revert to its free-to-open crate system.

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