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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Zen 2) Processor Review

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Zen 2) Processor Review

AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU launched today and we have put our review sample fully through its paces against the competition from Intel.

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HDMI cable with RGB lighting for up to $200, because why not?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 44 mins ago

The rest of our PC components and peripherals have RGB lighting, with one of the last pieces of the RGB puzzle being our display connectivity in DisplayPort and HDMI cables with RGB lighting... until now.

Vivify has announced their new HDMI cable with RGB lighting, with two lengths available -- a 9-foot cable for $80 (discounted from $150), or a longer 15-foot cable for $100 (discounted from $200). Vivify's new Arquus W73 (because people are going to call it that) is a 4K "gaming" HDMI RGB cable, with 7 different colors and a cycle mode to boot.

Vivify's new RGB laden HDMI cable isn't just an HDMI cable + RGB lighting -- the company adds that it has used high-quality fiber optics with the new Arquus W73 cable that allows for longer cables over passive copper HDMI cables. Traditional copper cables use electricity to transmit signals, versus fiber optic cables using lasers. Light (and thus, lasers) move much faster than electricity as well, on top of not being affected by electromagnetic interference (EMI) or radio frequency interference (RFI) like traditional copper-based HDMI cables.

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Analyst: NVIDIA to launch next-gen 7nm GPU in the next 9 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 24 mins ago

We've been hearing more and more about NVIDIA's new Ampere GPU architecture, and now we're seeing an industry analyst come out and say that they expect NVIDIA ot launch a "litany of upcoming 7nm" launches in the "next nine months".


Given the naming system of the current Turing-based GeForce RTX cards, we should expect NVIDIA to call the new Ampere-based GPUs on the 7nm node the GeForce RTX 3000 series. This means we'll see a flagship GeForce RTX 3080 Ti that should utterly destroy the current flagship RTX 2080 Ti, and a new Ampere-powered GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 fashion as the Turing launch in 2018.

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland said on Tuesday: "We think NVIDIA faces the most reasonable Street expectations in quite some time, with potential tailwinds from improving DC [data center], Switch [Nintendo console], and high GPU [graphics processing unit] attach rates (laptops/desktops), all in front of a litany of upcoming 7nm [nanometer] launches over the next nine months".

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Microsoft: Xbox Scarlett will kick PlayStation 5's ass in perf/price

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 34 mins ago

The fight for console dominance is going to really kick off in 2020, as Microsoft doesn't want to behind in any sense of the word with the new generation of consoles. Microsoft plans to use its Xbox Scarlett to well and truly kick some Sony ass with its right-now-way-more-hyped PlayStation 5 console.


Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently talked with The Verge, where he talked about Project Scarlett and said: "I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price. If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and, yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success".

Spencer continued, saying that Microsoft had talked internally about whether they would do another generation of consoles "years ago". He added that he personally thinks there will be more generations of consoles post-Scarlett, saying: "We're all-in on Project Scarlett and I want to compete, and I want to compete in the right ways which is why we're focused on cross-play and backward compatibility".

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NASA: oxygen is being created and used on Mars and they don't know why

By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 6 mins ago

NASA has admitted that it is "struggling to explain" why oxygen is being created, and then consumed on Mars. The US space agency has been left scratching their collective heads since.


The reason behind this is that NASA's own Curiosity rover that is chilling on the Red Planet has returned some rather interesting data back to our Pale Blue Dot, showing that elevated methane levels were recorded, and NASA can't explain why. There have been tests conducted and completed to try and work out why these levels were so high, but NASA doesn't know why.

NASA's Curiosity rover "breathes" in the air on Mars, analyzes it and tells NASA what types of gasses are detected. But something interesting was discovered -- here on Earth the background levels of certain gasses will increase and decrease as the seasons change, and something similar is happening on Mars.

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Don't worry, Obsidian has new RPGs in the works

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 21 mins ago

Obsidian Entertainment isn't giving up on RPGs--there's still more projects in the works.


Today Obsidian announced a new IP called Grounded, and it's a huge departure from the sprawling RPGs like Pillars of Eternity or The Outer Worlds. Obsidian's first project under Microsoft's ownership isn't a fantasy of sci-fi epic, but an online multiplayer survival game set in a whimsical Honey I Shrunk the Kids universe. Fans were a bit confused by the reveal; where was The Outer Worlds 2, or the next big RPG to save the Xbox brand?

Those games are still in development. Obsidian's Josh Sawyer confirms the studio has multiple projects in development at the same time. Grounded is a passion project made by just one of Obsidian's dev teams. RPGs are still very much a part of the developer's DNA, and new adventures are currently in the works.

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Project xCloud PC game streaming coming in 2020

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 4 mins ago

Microsoft has been embracing PC in a big way, complete with Xbox Game Pass integration and simultaneous game launches on the platform. But Project xCloud is coming to PC too, and aims to essentially do what Stadia does for Chome browsers.


In 2020, Project xCloud will stream games to PCs, solidifying Microsoft's strong synergy of hardware and services. "We've heard your feedback loud and clear. You want more ways to play. We are delighted to announce that in 2020 we will bring Project xCloud to Windows 10 PCs," said Catherine Gluckstein, GM of product engineering and strategy at Project xCloud.

And there's a potential tease for Project xCloud coming to competing devices, too. Maybe Nintendo Switch? "And of course we won't stop there. We're working with lots of partners to bring Project xCloud to every device you want to play."

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Halo: Reach comes to Steam December 3 for $10

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 28 mins ago

The reports were right on the money, and Halo: Reach will release on December 3, 2019 on PC, including the Windows Store and Steam.

Today Microsoft confirmed Halo: Reach will arrive on PC as a full package this December, complete with Firefight, campaign, multiplayer, and huge PC optimizations like uncapped frame rates, 4K 60FPS support, and full mouse and keyboard support. We'll see playlists borrowed from the original 2010 launch including Firefight's online Score Attack mode as well as the classics like Team Slayer. It'll also have online co-op campaign too.

Reach is included with the $40 Master Chief Collection, but you can buy it separately on Steam for $10. The full Master Chief Collection obviously won't be available if you pre-order the complete package--only Reach will drop in December.

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Obsidian's new IP is basically Honey I Shrunk The Kids: The Game

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 58 mins ago

Obsidian's first game under Microsoft's leadership isn't a big new RPG. It's an online-oriented social survival simulator inspired by Honey I Shrunk the Kids.


Today at XO19 in London, England, Obsidian revealed a brand new IP. It's called Grounded, and it's basically a wacky mashup with platforming aspects, exploration mechanics, and first-person survival elements. There's even some Minecraft thrown in there too.

You play as a kid who's been shrunk down to the size of an ant who's trapped in a backyard, and to survive you have to team up with friends to hunt insects like ferocious ants, build communities, and scavenge the land--all while crafting your own settlements and weapons. It's kind of like the Sea of Thieves set in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids universe.

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Rare announces new IP called Everwild

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 17 mins ago

Rare showcased a brand new IP at the Inside Xbox festival in London.

Rare's new IP is called Everwild, and it looks a lot like Journey's enchanting art style set in a 3D open world. It's nature-based and may feature four-player co-op, but exact details have yet to be announced. The game may be focused on connecting with animals around you while surviving in an alien wilderness, and definitely has an indie look and feel to it.

"We are passionate about creating something special and truly original. I'm excited to share with you a glimpse of the new IP from RARE," said Louise O'Connor, executive producer at Rare.

"The visuals are just amazing. It's really just a magical window into something new that's being created at Rare, a whole new world and universe to explore. Rare, like a lot of our studios, has more than one team under the same roof. It's great to see a new team with a new IP with new leadership come out, and that will exist side-by-side with the team that's working on Sea of Thieves," said Xbox's Mat Booty.

Netflix has officially greenlighted The Witcher TV show season two

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 16 hours, 23 mins ago

The first season of The Witcher TV show hasn't even released yet, and we already hearing about how there is going to be a second season.

The news comes from the series' showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich who announced on her personal Twitter that Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri "will be back for more adventures... in Season Two". The Tweet also came with a new image we haven't seen before, it features two swords next each other. To speculate a bit here, could one of these swords be the iron sword and the other be a silver sword? The same set up that Witchers carry?

If you have been following the Witcher news this announcement shouldn't really be that surprising for you as the hype for season one of the show hasn't slowed down since its announcement. Judging from what we have seen of the show so far, and how in particular Henry Cavil is playing Geralt, season two should be extremely welcomed. The only thing to worry about is if season one lives up to the hype following it, my bet is that it will, paving the way for a follow up season.

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