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NVIDIA FREESTYLE

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The NVIDIA Freestyle is a new feature designed to customize your gameplay.  Its part of the GeForce Experience software that NVIDIA bundles with their drivers. Right from the in-game overlay, you can change the look and mood of your game with tweaks to color or saturation, or apply dramatic post-process filters. The movie industry calls …

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MICROSOFT DISCONTINUES KINECT

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Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect USB adapter for Xbox One. The Kinect itself was discontinued last November. Recent games that support the Kinect have been patched to work without the sensor present. Other games that require it will make things more difficult. Prices have risen for remaining Kinect hardware as supplies diminish. The Kinect has …

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INTEL CPU BUG

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It seems that Intel CPUs have a problem with the way they handle address space randomization and the prefetch logic. Its now known that Intel, AMD, Apple ARM, and Qualcomm processors are all affected by the problem. IBM Power CPU products are also affected. The security nightmare of having keys and passwords in the open …

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PUBG SETS NEW RECORD ON STEAM

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG) has set a new record for active players. The game reached 3,106,358 players logged in all at the same time. Dota 2 sat in second place with 704,938 players. PUBG tweeted the news on December 29. Screenshot from Steam was done on January 2, 2018.

STILL USING 32-BIT WINDOWS?

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There are still a few holdouts who are using 32-bit Windows. Today AMD and NVIDIA are now dropping support for 32-bit platforms. AMD Radeon R9 Fury, Radeon Pro Duo, Radeon RX 400 Series, Radeon RX 500 Series and Radeon RX Vega Series graphics are only supported by Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition on Windows 7/10 64-bit. NVIDIA has indicted that the upcoming 390 …

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AMD 400 SERIES SPOTTED

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Recently a new chipset was noticed on PCI-SIG and ASMedia’s  site for AMD motherboards. AMD outsourced its chipset production to ASMedia in 2014. A420, B450 and X470 Promontory 400 chipsets (assuming a consistant numbering scheme) will be available when AMD releases the new Ryzen 2 processors in 2018. The listing on the PCI-SIG website shows PCIe 3.0 …

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ASSASSIN’S CREED IV BLACK FLAG FREE WITH UPLAY

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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is available for free for a limited time through December 18 (2AM PST). You need to have their the Uplay client installed to be able to get this game. Ubisoft is launching this promotion in order to get more gamers on board with the Uplay store. They are also celebrating …

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INTEL WHISKEY LAKE

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Intel is going to have a new architecture for later this year called Whiskey Lake. The CPU will have upwards of 4 CPU cores and at least 2 GPU cores. Whiskey Lake will be a Kaby Lake refresh. Intel has had ongoing production problems with 10nm, which has resulted in lower than desired yields. Whiskey Lake …

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PRICE CHECK

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Intel was able to add more production to Coffee Lake so prices are now near suggested levels or slightly lower. AMD Vega 64 cards are still in very short supply with prices about double suggested level or more. Most stores show inventory to be backordered. RAM prices are level as the shift from DDR3 to …

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A TALE OF TWO RX 560s

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Evidently AMD has two versions of the RX 560.  The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards packed 14 compute units and 896 stream processors; the upgraded Radeon RX 560 bumped that to 16 CUs and 1,024 SPs. Low and behold there are some RX 560s with 14 CUs and a lower clock speed being …

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