Friday, October 30, 2020

AMD Big Navi Benchmarks

Tom's Hardware has published Radeon RX 6000 benchmarks provided by AMD.

At 4K, the Radeon RX 6900 XT and the GeForce RTX 3090 ended up in a tie with each graphics card pulling in five wins. While Nvidia prices the GeForce RTX 3090 at an eye-watering $1,499, AMD is only asking $999 for the Radeon RX 6900 XT.

DIRT 5 Official Launch Trailer

I've always been a fan of the series.


Cool Custom Computer of the Day

You don't even have to be a fan of the show to like this build.

Chevrolet Performance Will Sell Retrofit Electric Motors In 2021

This is kinda cool but I would never do this to my classic car.

Some Of Ubisoft's Games Won't Run On PS5

Although all the titles listed below will run on the next-gen Xbox, they will not run on the PS5.

On PlayStation®5, all games will be backward compatible except the following ones: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia, Risk, Star Trek Bridge Crew, Werewolves Within, Space Junkies.

Newegg’s Annual Black November Features First-Ever Black Friday Price Protection

Newegg, one of the leading tech-focused e-retailers in North America, today unveiled plans for the company’s annual Black November®, the company’s month-long campaign offering great deals on the year’s most sought-after tech products. Now in its 12th year, this year’s Black November comes with Newegg’s first-ever Black Friday Price Protection, which assures customers that when they shop they will get the lowest possible prices offered on the site from November 1 through November 30.

GIGABYTE Launches GeForce RTX 3070 Series Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of premium gaming hardware, released the new NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 series graphics cards  powered by NVIDIA® Ampere™ architecture. GIGABYTE launched 5 graphics cards - AORUS GeForce RTX™ 3070 MASTER 8G, GeForce RTX™ 3070 GAMING OC 8G, GeForce RTX™ 3070 VISION OC 8G, GeForce RTX™ 3070 EAGLE OC 8G, and GeForce RTX™ 3070 EAGLE 8G. 5 graphics cards are designed to fulfil the demands of different customers. 

GIGABYTE Releases Budget Oriented AMD Motherboards

GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced two new server motherboards extending the diversity of boards for dual 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors allowing for incredibly demanding multi-threaded applications used in AI, scientific computations, and more. 

GeForce RTX Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Bundle Available Now

Together with Call of Duty®, NVIDIA is bringing immersive ray tracing, performance-accelerating NVIDIA DLSS technology, and latency-optimizing NVIDIA Reflex features to Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War. To celebrate, we’re now giving buyers of eligible GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards and systems, at participating retailers, a Standard Edition copy of the game.

Roborace Returns for Second Season Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE

This second season features Roborace’s latest vehicle, the Devbot 2.0, a state-of-the-art race car capable of both human and autonomous operation and powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform. Devbot was designed by legendary movie designer Daniel Simon, who has envisioned worlds straight out of science fiction for films such as Tron, Thor and Captain America.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

World Of Warcraft 'Shadowlands' Coming November 23rd

I could have sworn we covered this a week or so ago but this tweet is dated today.

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show!

Watch Dogs: Legion Graphics, Game Play & Performance Explored

HotHardware took a deep dive into the graphics, performance and game play of Watch Dogs: Legion.

In the game, we can hijack small spider-bots and drones to do our bidding, and in one mission, the spider-bot got stuck on a desk and we couldn't get it to jump so we could move again. That one caused us to restart a mission, which was particularly frustrating. 

EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black Review

LanOC has the EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black on the test bench today for a little review action.

Well in addition to the launch, today is also when the embargo drops for aftermarket RTX 3070’s and I’m lucky enough to have the RTX 3070 XC3 Black from EVGA on hand to check out.

Netflix Is Raising Prices Again

Netflix is raising prices again on standard and premium plans.

ASUS ROG RYUO RGB 120 AIO Cooler Review

Considering the cost, I find it a bit odd that a $160 RGB all-in-one cooler doesn't have an RGB fan.

The ROG RYUO 120 and its OLED screen and software control takes a good cooler into the realm of awesome!

Undervolting the RTX 3080 and the RTX3090

This article is for those of you that might not be familiar with undervolting.

What if you instead could find a way to lower both the temperature and the power draw while still getting almost the same performance? Well, there is. It is called undervolting. This isn’t anything new either and has been done both to GPU’s and CPU’s to helt them with thermals although I think it still isn’t as knows as overclocking.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Launch Trailer

Here's the launch trailer for Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

GeForce Game Ready Driver WHQL 457.09

NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs.

This new Game Ready Driver provides support for Watch Dogs: Legion. In addition, this driver provides optimal day-1 support for DiRT 5, Ghostrunner, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, and Xuan-Yuan Sword VII.

Western Digital Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Western Digital Corp. today reported fiscal first quarter 2021 financial results.

"I am pleased with our results, as we continued to focus our execution on the massive market opportunity for data storage technology that stems from the ongoing expansion of cloud infrastructure connected to intelligent endpoints and powered by high performance networks," said David Goeckeler, Western Digital CEO.

Cooler Screens Announces Collaboration With Microsoft

Cooler Screens and Microsoft Corp. announced a multi-year collaboration focused on bringing an immersive digital experience to brick-and-mortar retail environments. Through the collaboration, Cooler Screens will work with Microsoft to scale the delivery of its immersive digital media and merchandising platform hosted on Microsoft Azure to retailers and product brands. The companies will also explore additional integration opportunities to deliver enhanced experiences to customers.

Intel to Acquire SigOpt to Scale AI Productivity and Performance

Today, Intel announced it will acquire SigOpt, a San Francisco-based provider of a leading platform for the optimization of artificial intelligence (AI) software models at scale. SigOpt’s AI software technologies deliver productivity and performance gains across hardware and software parameters, use cases and workloads in deep learning, machine learning and data analytics. 

Intel’s 11th Gen Processor (Rocket Lake-S) Architecture Detailed

Earlier this year, Intel made desktop PCs even better with 10th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series processors, headlined by the Intel Core i9-10900K. In the first quarter of 2021, the 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named “Rocket Lake-S”) will bring even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Cougar Announces GEX Line Of Power Supplies

COUGAR GEX is a high-quality 80Plus Gold certified PSU with flawless power delivery at 40°C environments. Efficient, silent, and durable, GEX is the best answer for those looking for the best value in PSUs. GEX features a highly efficient design that surpasses the 80Plus Gold standard, to help you save money on your electricity bill.

CORSAIR Acquires EpocCam

CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, is pleased to announce it has acquired smartphone app EpocCam. EpocCam is one of the leading video apps in the Apple App Store with over 5 million downloads, allowing users to easily turn their iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, into a wireless high definition webcam for Windows and macOS. EpocCam works seamlessly with major video applications such as Zoom, Skype, OBS Studio, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams to chat, stream, or record in HD resolution.

SoftBank Group, NVIDIA CEOs on What’s Next for AI

Sharing a vision of AI enabling humankind, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang Wednesday joined Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. as a guest for his keynote at the annual SoftBank World conference

“For the first time, we’re going to democratize software programming,” Huang said. “You don’t have to program the computer; you just have to teach the computer.”

WD Hires 20 Year Dell EMC Veteran Ashley Gorakhpurwalla

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has hired 20-year Dell Technologies veteran, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, as executive vice president and general manager of Western Digital's HDD business unit. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Icy Dock MB840M2P-B ToughArmor Review

OCInside has published a review of the Icy Dock MB840M2P-B ToughArmor PCIe plug-in card today. Here's a quote from the full review.

We have extensively tested this extraordinary PCIe plug-in card with M.2 NVMe removable frame and show the results including thermal image and 360 degree view in the following test report.

Tesla Autopilot 'A Distant Second' To GM's Super Cruise

Oh damn, Tesla ain't gonna like this news.

General Motors Co's GM.N Super Cruise once again edged Tesla's TSLA.O Autopilot in an evaluation of 17 vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems (ADAS) by Consumer Reports, the testing organization said on Wednesday.

Halo Infinite Director Steps Down Amid Production Turmoil

The curse of Halo Infinite continues.

There's been a bit of a personnel merry go round during the development of Halo Infinite. Lee is the second project lead to leave the team in the last two years. Creative director Tim Longo and executive producer Mary Olson departed last year.

The Infinite Pattern That Never Repeats

 This is pretty damn cool.

Cyberpunk 2077 Delay Triggers Death Threats

Death threats? What in the hell is wrong with people?

I understand you're feeling angry, disappointed and want to voice your opinion about it. However, sending death threats to the developers is absolutely unacceptable and just wrong. We are people, just like you.

Politicians Grill Twitter CEO Over Influencing Elections

Damn it, I was so distracted by Jack Dorsey's hobo look that I forgot what I was talking about. Does he not own a comb? Scissors? Some clippers? 

Senator Ted Cruz asks Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey if he believes Twitter can influence elections and why they limited the New York Post's Twitter account from sharing its story regarding Hunter Biden.

Xbox Series X Fridge – World Premiere

Kinda dumb but I still want one for the man cave.

The Xbox Series X and S Are Stackable

Wow...Gizmodo wrote an article (I'm not even going to link it) with over 1,000 plus words on the subject of the stackability of the new Xbox Series X / S  and then proceeded to stack them like this:

Mark Zuckerberg Couldn't Connect To Virtual Section 230 Hearing

What a n00b. At least he had pants on...I think...probably...maybe.

"We are told by Facebook staff that he is alone and attempting to connect with this hearing, and they are requesting a 5-minute recess," Wicker said. "This is a most interesting development but we're going to accommodate the request."

GeIL ORION DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit Review

ThinkComputers has a 16GB kit of GeIL's ORION DDR4-3600 memory in-house for a little review action.

GeIL offers these kits up to 64GB and speeds up to 4000 MHz. Today we will be taking a look at the GAOR416GB3600C18BDC kit, which is a 16GB (2x8GB) kit running at 3600 MHz with timings of 8-22-22-42 at 1.35V.

Watch Dogs: Legion Review Round-Up

Reviews of Watch Dogs: Legion are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

Linus Tech Tips On Radeon 6000 Series

Here's Linus' take on the new Radeon 6000 series.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards

 Join AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su as she unveils the Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs.

Virginia Tech Works with NVIDIA

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to study how autonomous vehicles interact with emergency vehicles and public safety providers. VTTI, the second largest transportation research institute in the country, will use vehicles equipped with the NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion platform to conduct these evaluations on public roads.

Microsoft Cloud Strength Fuels First Quarter Results

Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:
  • Revenue was $37.2 billion and increased 12%
  • Operating income was $15.9 billion and increased 25%
  • Net income was $13.9 billion and increased 30%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.82 and increased 32%

Microsoft Earnings Press Release Available on Investor Relations Website

Microsoft has announced that fiscal year 2021 first-quarter financial results are available on its Investor Relations website. As previously announced, the company will host a conference call at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on Microsoft’s Investor Relations website.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

AMD Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

AMD today announced record revenue for the third quarter of 2020 of $2.80 billion, operating income of $449 million, net income of $390 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.32. On a non-GAAP* basis, operating income was $525 million, net income was $501 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.41.

MSI Announces New Flagship AMD B550 Motherboards

MSI, a world-leading gaming motherboard manufacturer, proudly announces the new flagship AMD B550 motherboards - MEG B550 UNIFY and MEG B550 UNIFY-X. The spirit of the UNIFY series consists of modest and pure black design, emphasizing the real value of the motherboard that can be brought to the demanding gamers and power users instead of fancy LED decorations.

Google Will Temporarily Ban Election Ads After Polls Close

Can we just ban them now instead of waiting.

Google will block all ads that reference the election, candidates or the results. Although it didn't say how long the ban will last, the Washington Post reported it would last at least a week. 

Cougar Conquer 2 Review

The Cougar Conquer 2 is on the test bench at Neoseeker today.

The Cougar Conquer 2 is a massive futuristic computer case with major capabilities. It has looks that could fit right into the franchises of Blade Runner, Tron, or even Transformers.

Warchief Gaming Announcement

Great to see these two back in action!

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed

This sucks. Oh well, the delay is only an additional 3 weeks IF there isn't another delay.

Live-Action Assassin’s Creed Series Coming To Netflix

Let's just hope this series is better than that horrid live-action movie a few years ago.

A brand-new, live-action Assassin’s Creed series is coming to Netflix. The deal includes multiple different series, the first of which will be a genre-bending live-action epic, while the others will be animated and anime adaptations.

AMD to Acquire Xilinx

AMD and Xilinx today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for AMD to acquire Xilinx in an all-stock transaction valued at $35 billion. The combination will create the industry’s leading high performance computing company, significantly expanding the breadth of AMD’s product portfolio and customer set across diverse growth markets where Xilinx is an established leader. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to AMD margins, EPS and free cash flow generation and deliver industry-leading growth.

GeForce RTX 3070 Review Round-Up

Reviews of the GeForce RTX 3070 are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience. We'll add more reviews throughout the day as we find them.

The RTX 3070... Hype or Flop?

JayzTwoCents has a lot of nice things to say about the GeForce RTX 3070. You get a lot of performance (2080Ti level) for $500.

Remote Controlled Baby Yoda from Mattel

Why weren't toys this cool when I was a kid?

SK hynix Gold P31 M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Those of you shopping around for a new M.2 NVMe solid state drive should read this review of the SK hynix Gold P31.

SK hynix has decided to make their own consumer products, starting with the Gold P31 M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive. The thing that makes this drive interesting is that every part of the drive is made by SK hynix, the controller, DRAM, flash, and even the firmware. 

Thermalright Macho Rev. C CPU Cooler Review

Our friends at TweakTown don't seem very impressed with the Thermalright Macho Rev. C CPU cooler.

Sorry, Thermalright! We love you, but we feel that this is one cooler that should have stayed on the whiteboard because the current market does not support even a niche market where the Macho Rev. C - EU Version could dominate!


Vortez has published a review of the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3090 OC today.

So, today we turn to the ASUS ROG team for a look at their top of the line STRIX RTX 3090 OC. Carrying the STRIX name, automatically pits this card as a premium offering.

Monday, October 26, 2020

CoD: Black Ops Cold War - Official Launch Trailer

 The official launch trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is out now.

Minecraft Dungeons' Spooky Fall Event Is Now Live!

As the title says Minecraft Dungeons' Spooky Fall Event is now live.

MIT Built An Autonomous Robotic Boat

I like this idea but I want to see it tested in adverse conditions before I step foot on one.

PS5 Launch Title 'Destruction AllStars' Delayed To 2021

So much for being a "launch title."

Hi everyone – we wanted to share a quick update on our plans for Destruction AllStars. We’ve decided to move the game’s release from November 2020 to February 2021, where it will be included for two months in PlayStation Plus at no additional cost. 

Bad Ass Custom Computer of the Day

This jaw dropping McLaren is actually a fully functional water cooled computer.

What to Expect When You Boot Up Your Xbox Series X /S On Day One

The Xbox team has published an article outlining what you can expect from your next-gen Xbox on day one.

Xbox Series X is our fastest, most powerful console ever and Xbox Series S is our smallest console ever, packed full of next-gen performance, with both consoles supporting next-gen features like Smart Delivery, Quick Resume, Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), and much more.

Cloud Gaming, Meet Facebook Gaming

Today we’re announcing that Facebook Gaming has launched several cloud-streamed games in the Facebook app and on browser — playable instantly, with no downloads required. We recently had 200,000 people playing our cloud-streamed games per week in limited regions, so while it’s not exactly a secret, I'm excited to lay out what we're building.

GIGABYTE Demos Award-Winning Products at Taiwan Excellence's “Tomorrowland”

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, a large-scale branding event called “Taiwan Excellence Tomorrowland” will be debuting in Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Center. Exceptional products from dozens of excellent “Made in Taiwan” brands will be showcased as part of the central theme: “Innovative Taiwan Invigorates the World”. GIGABYTE will demo products that won this year’s Taiwan Excellence Award, including an OLED laptop for content creators and a high-performance gaming motherboard. A new mini-ITX motherboard will also be on display.

WD & Dropbox Team to Accelerate Deployment of Leading-Edge Cloud Infrastructure

Empowering the world's most essential data infrastructures, Western Digital Corp. today announced that Dropbox Inc., a leading global collaboration platform, is one of the first to qualify the Ultrastar® DC HC650 20TB, host-managed, shingled magnetic recording (SMR) hard disk drives (HDD)., Microsoft, And Adobe Combine Forces To Re-invent CRM With AI, Microsoft Corp., and Adobe Inc. today announced the launch of C3 AI® CRM powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365. The first enterprise-class, AI-first customer relationship management solution is purpose-built for industries, integrates with Adobe Experience Cloud, and drives customer-facing operations with predictive business insights.