Assassin's Creed
Games

Ubisoft is jumping into the video game market this year by rolling out two different installments in its most critically acclaimed historical open world action-adventure video game series. The first title, known as Assassin’s Creed Unity, has been specifically designed for the latest consoles and PC, while the second one, called Assassin’s Creed Rogue is being developed for last-gen consoles only. Both the titles are coming later this year and Ubisoft is treating the eager fans with great media content and details about the games, and today, we have a new batch of screenshots from both the games showing new protagonists, and combat.

Assassins Creed Unity (3)

Brand New Assassin’s Creed Unity and Rogue Screenshots Revealed Showing New Assassins and In-Game Combat Style

Longing to develop exclusively for PC, and the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and create a perfect, transparent next-gen Assassin’s Creed game that completely refurbishes the series, and at the same time, catering to the gaming need of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players, Ubisoft decided to work on, and release two new installments this year in its renowned historical adventure series. Coming up against the next-gen-only titles is the Assassin’s Creed Unity, and giving a chance to players with last-gen consoles to advance with their historical adventure is the Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

GTA V
Games

The next-gen port of the record-breaking and all-time most popular open world action-adventure video game, GTA V, is among some of the highly anticipated titles coming out this year. Despite the lack of information and a specific release date for the game, the hype for Rockstar’s blockbuster title is growing bigger, and apparently one of the supporting reasons is the leaked release dates that keep appearing on different online retailer websites. Today, a well-known and reliable computer hardware and software retailer known as Newegg listed next-gen GTA V for PC, PS4 and Xbox One with a release date of November 18, 2014.

GTA V

Leaked Release Date Suggests Next-Gen GTA V for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Will Launch in November

Millions of PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers are eagerly waiting to get their hands on the upcoming next-gen version of GTA V, which is Rockstar’s ambitious previous-gen top-selling open world action-adventure video game, but despite clarifying recently that the game has not been delayed, and it will be released later this year, Rockstar has not announced a specific release date. However, frequent listings and leaks are keeping the hype train on track for now.

AMD FX Logo
Hardware

The last AMD announcement for today is the new x86 Piledriver CPU refresh which includes the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E processors. The new FX CPU refresh comes four months after Intel launched their very own Haswell Refresh lineup which includes the Devil’s Canyon processor. Rather than focusing on performance, AMD targets Intel with their brute pricing model which offers users a 4.4 GHz clock chip with 8 Cores at a low price of $199.99 US.AMD FX-8370 FX Piledriver Price

AMD Launches x86 Piledriver Based 125W FX-8370 and 95W FX-8370E, FX-8320E

Back at the Radeon event held last week, AMD demonstrated a live overclocking preview of the FX-8370 processor where renowned overclocker “Chew” from Xtremesystems overclocked the chip past 8 GHz and even got to see a overclock world record of the FX-8370 a few days from overclocker “The Stilt” who had the chip clocked at an impressive 8.7 GHz on liquid nitrogen cooling. The show detailed nothing else regarding the FX processors but we already had received information on the new refresh chips prior to event so let’s do a quick run through of what we are looking at today.

Let’s get started with the FX-8370 now which will become the flagship x86 Piledriver processor of the original FX-8000 lineup until AMD plans to launch a new processor line (hopefully no refresh). AMD does have steamroller but they aren’t focusing it towards the high-end desktop market instead focusing it towards the APU market with their Kaveri APUs and Athlon processors. The FX-8370 is clocked at 4.30 GHz base and 4.40 GHz boost clock and ships with a 8 MB L3 cache, 8 cores. 125W TDP and a price of $189 US. The FX-8370E on the other hand has the same specifications aside from the 3.3 GHz core and 4.3 GHz clock speeds maintaining a TDP of 95W. Both the FX-8370 and FX-8370E are priced at $199.99 US.

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Side
Hardware

Today seems to be an interesting today for AMD announcements since the company has not only launched the Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and FX-8000 series processors but they are also offering a promo on the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. Available through specific retailers, the new promotional price which is open to all and not just OEMs will allow users to grab the flagship enthusiast graphics card for a low price of $999 US.

Radeon R9 295X2

AMD Promo Offers You The Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card For $999 US

AMD has officially announced this promotional deal which will last for a while through specific retailers which will soon have the deals up on their end. The promotional is open to all which include end users like consumers and OEMs too. So we may see some lower priced OEM PCs with the Radeon R9 295X2 in a matter of days. The Radeon R9 295X2 is currently AMD’s flagship graphics card and is also the fastest graphics card on the planet. It was originally launched at a price of $1499 US compared to the $2999 US price of its direct competitor, the GTX Titan Z from NVIDIA which offers just around the same performance. The price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z was also recently dropped to 37% at $1830 US however compared to the promotional deal of the Radeon R9 295X2, that is still $830 more for a asking price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z.

I think the $999 US is a great price for the card since who doesn’t like the Radeon R9 295X2? It looks good, runs great and performs exceptionally well at 4K. The Radeon R9 295X2 was a huge engineering feat from the AMD team since its just mind boggling how they were able to run two hot Hawaii cores on a single PCB clocked up to 1018 MHz. The cooling assembly and the heatsink were a great achievement by team Red and we can’t wait to see a similar cooling design on the single chip GPUs in the future.

AMD-Radeon-R9-280X-Photo
Hardware

Last week, AMD held a “30  Years of Radeon Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” event where the chip maker announced the latest Radeon R9 285 graphics card. Featuring the new and improved GCN architecture, the Radeon R9 285 launches today with several technology innovations such as Mantle, DirectX 12 support and boasting performance to drive gaming at 2K resolutions.
AMD Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card

AMD Launches Tonga Powered Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card At $249 US

The event revealed most of the details regarding the technical features of the card itself but there were still some hidden bits which have been found in the presentation slide. For starters, Tonga GPU isn’t a consumer only card but it has already been part of the FirePro family for a few weeks since AMD initially introduced the Tonga chip on their latest FirePro W7100 professional graphics card. While previously speculated as AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s highly efficient GM107 architecture, Tonga GPU turns out to be the modest architecture evolution of Tahiti with the same great performance in gaming while featuring some of the new technological enhancements featured on the Hawaii cards such as TrueAudio, improved L2 cache, a reconfigured compute architecture. In general, the Tonga GPU improved the GCN architecture that was a part of Tahiti since the last two and half years.

Getting right in to the technical aspects of the card, the Radeon R9 285 will feature 28 Compute Units which mean we are looking at a total of 1792 stream processors, 112 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation units. The Radeon R9 285 also comes with an interesting memory scheme, sticking with just 2 GB VRAM that operates along a 256-bit bus interface rather than 3 GB VRAM (384-bit bus) on the Tahiti cards. AMD did learn a few things from NVIDIA over the Kepler generation that they can limit the need for a higher memory bus by reducing the load on the memory bandwidth. NVIDIA’s Kepler generation of graphics cards were criticized for featuring a lower memory bus but they still featured good gaming performance up till 2K resolution. AMD has resolved this issue to some extent by introducing the Color Compression algorithm in their GCN architecture which offers 40% higher memory bandwidth efficiency which stores the color data from the frame buffer in a lossless compressed format deliver more bandwidth output in gaming and performance oriented tasks then Tahiti based predecessors.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Twin Frozr V
Hardware

MSI has teased their next generation Twin Frozr V cooling solution which will be featured on the upcoming GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards. The Twin Frozr V is one of the several custom cooling solutions which will be featured on the upcoming Maxwell cards from NVIDIA’s various AIB partners such as ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, Galaxy, etc.MSI GeForce GTX 980 Twin Frozr V

MSI Teases GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs With Next Generation Twin Frozr V Cooling

MSI teased their next generation Twin Frozr V cooling solution on their official Facebook page which goes off to show a neat new design scheme. Since Twin Frozr V will become a part of the Gaming and Lightning series, the only thing that will separate them is the color scheme. For Gaming series, MSI adopts the red and black theme color while the Lightning series adopts a yellow and black color scheme along with the possible introduction of a new MSI Tri-Frozr cooling solution. Nevertheless, what we can see from the rendered image is quite a beast which sticks loyal to the Dragoon G-Series design scheme which MSI has implemented on their Z97 boards and looks great.

The cooling assembly is made up of a large aluminum fin stack which makes use of dense aluminum heatpipes that circulate through the heatsink blocks and through the sides of the heatsink. The heatsink shroud we saw back at Computex has now been updated with a red and black color scheme. There’s a MSI logo on the side which may emit an LED effect but we can’t confirm that. Six aluminum heatpipes run through the copper base and into the aluminum fin array to dissipate heat from the nockel-plated copper core contact base. There are actually two sets of heatsink which are interconnected via the heatpipes, the front section cools the GPU core and memory while the other section of the heatsink will offer cooling to the electrical components such as the VRMs, PLL, MOSFETs and other power circuitry. The shroud has a massive opening for the fan slots so we can see some high-end propeller blade fans on the MSI Gaming series cards.

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Games

Doom, Gloom and All That Fun Stuff Awaits in Metro 2033: Redux

Who doesn’t love a bit of post-apocalyptic struggle? We at WCCFtech sure do, so the idea of returning to the dead city of Moscow in 4A’s fantastic Metro 2033, well, it’s a welcome thought to say the least. An improved and extended version of 2010′s cult classic, 4A put a lot of effort into this re-release, and it shows.Metro 2033: Last Light

Metro 2033 has been ported over to the latest version of their in-house 4A engine, bringing over the advanced lighting and optimizations found in Last Light. Not to mention the reworking of certain levels, character models and even implementing the vastly superior stealth mechanics featured in its sequel, Last Light.

While Deep Silver – 4A’s publishing house, also released Last Light under the Redux name, the improvements are only minor by comparison, thus us awarding game of the month to 2033 alone, instead of giving it to the bundle itself.

ASRock X99 Extreme 4 Motherboard
Hardware

ASRock held a event in Taiwan to demonstrate their latest X99 motherboards where they also showcased their beastly, X99 Extreme 11 motherboard. For once, we thought that we have seen all the top-to-bottom X99 chip based lineup from ASRock but looks like ASRock has still got one more announcement to make regarding their flagship ASRock X99 Extreme 11 motherboard which should be available to consumers later next month.ASRock X99 Extreme 11 Motherboard Picture

ASRock X99 Extreme 11 Flagship Motherboard Unveiled – Features 18 SATA 6 Gbps Ports

The ASRock X99 Extreme 11 is a monstrosity in terms of design and features. The motherboard features and E-ATX form factor which has become the standard size for the high-end X99 motherboards. But the amount of features on this motherboard are insane bringing it in the same tier as the X99S XPOWER and ROG Rampage V Extreme. The board is built on the same Super Alloy design from the rest of the ASRock X99 motherboards and features a 12 Phase VRM. The PCB is built on a high-quality design and components implementation which has the XXL aluminum alloy heatsinks featured across the board. It retains the blue and black color scheme with the heatpipe integration but the interesting thing about the board is that it also comes with the active fan cooling solution to cool down the extra storage and PCI-e controllers featured near the PCH. This heatsink is connected to the PWM cooling via a single heatpipe but its more denser.

Metro Redux
Games

Earlier this week, 4A Games and Deep Silver launched Metro Redux, a next-gen package that adds the remastered versions of two previously released most critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic-themed first-person shooter survival horror video games to the library of the latest triple A video games, for PC and the latest consoles. Both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light looks amazing with improved visuals on all next-gen platforms, however, the Metro: Last Light Redux 1080p video comparison shared below shows that while the game looks slightly better on the Sony’s console compared to Microsoft’s, PC takes the lead with incredible Depth of Field and Anti-Aliasing.

Metro Redux

Metro: Last Light Redux 1080p Video Comparison Shows PlayStation 4 Version is Slightly Better Than the Xbox One version

Portraying an ugly image of a terrible post-apocalyptic future, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are two last-gen games that captivated a lot of audience when they were originally released in back in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Focusing on compelling storytelling and world-building through bold activity arrangements and stylishly sketched scenes showing life in disused Russian tube station, Metro games prove that 4G Games is not only a talented video game developer, but that they also rank among the most technically skilled game designers in Europe.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
Hardware

In May, NVIDIA unveiled their flagship dual-GK110 graphics card, codenamed GeForce GTX Titan Z which was met with mixed response from the hardware community. Not only was the card delayed due to unfinished and buggy drivers but it retailer for a price of $2999 US compared to the $1499 US price of its competitor, the R9 295X2 which performed equally similar. Today, might be a good day for GeForce users and content developers who were waiting for t he Titan Z to get cheap.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Side 1

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Pricing Slashed By 37% – Available For $1830 US Through OEMs

The GeForce GTX Titan is getting an official price cut of 37% which brings the price down to $1830 US. Now those who used to do “price/performance” ratio should be quite amazed that a power house such as Titan Z loaded with 2×2880 ie 2 fully unlocked GK 110 stream processors and 12 GB of GDDR5 at just $300 more than R9 295×2 is a clever move, but there is a catch (Yes, there had to be).

Unfortunately SweClockers reports, this deal is only limited to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) such as iBuypowerPC, OriginPC, Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm and Alienware. This price cut will not hit the  retail channel which is kind of sad also, because on one side it will help NVIDIA make room for their new lines of GeForce 900 series cards and at the same time will help OEM and system integrator to make use of this space for releasing better high end products. Although it’s now known whether NVIDIA will release a $3000 US card again or not.

GTA V
Games

Update
As per this support thread on Rockstar Support Forums, the news about GTA V PC cancellation does not seem to hold true. Rockstar support is confirming launch of GTA V for PC in Fall season, this year.

Listening to the weeps and appeals of its loyal fans, Rockstar finally took the covers off the next-gen GTA V at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and announced that the record-breaking, ambitious open world action-adventure video game will land on the latest consoles and PC later this year, however, the conditions seem to be getting pale. Reports are coming in now, following the 2015 delay rumor, claiming that Rockstar could soon cancel the GTA V PC version due to “corporate problems.”

GTA V

Rockstar Never Wanted to Release GTA V PC Version; Could be Cancelled Soon, Says Rockstar Marketing Director

After releasing the game on last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles back in 2013, Rockstar finally announced that its all-time praised and most critically acclaimed open world action-adventure video game known as GTA V and its online multiplayer version called GTA Online will be making its way to PC as well as the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the third or fourth quarter this year, however, due to the lack of official assertion and game news, rumors arose recently suggesting that the game might be delayed until early 2015.

Watch Dogs IV
Games

Rockstar’s popular six-year-old open world action-adventure video game title known as GTA 4 is one of those games that have been proved to be the PC modding community’s favorite. Since its launch on Microsoft Windows back in 2008, the game has been colored with different unique mods that add great features and improve the overall gameplay experience. Today, we have another great mod that turns Rockstar’s open-world title into hacking adventure by fusing Ubisoft’s all time famous cross-gen action-adventure title into it.

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Watch Dogs IV Mod Introduces Elements of Ubisoft’s Hack-Centric Game into Rockstar’s Open-World GTA 4

PC modding community has been doing a great deal of work over the last several years by turning some pretty games prettier. Rockstar’s GTA 4 and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs are the two games that have received a number of impressive and splendid mods that boost their visuals to a whole new level as well as add new unique features and improved gameplay mechanics. Today, we have an exceptional mod that blends these two games together by putting the elements of Watch Dogs into GTA 4.

Intel Core i7-5930K
Hardware

Today, Intel finally launches their HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform codenamed Haswell-E for PC enthusiasts. The Haswell-E platform marks the start of a new generation of the PC platform loaded with the latest X99 chip set based motherboards and the new DDR4 memory which will be the future standard for the upcoming CPU platforms. Included in the Haswell-E CPU family is the Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor which is Intel’s first 8 Core processor built for the consumer market.Intel Haswell-E Core i7

Intel Haswell-E Including Flagship Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Processor Officially Launches

The Haswell-E platform is going to be the great platform for users who are gearing up for the next generation graphics cards and performance upgrades such as the NVIDIA Maxwell “GeForce 900 Series” and AMD’s GCN based Volcanic Islands family. The Haswell-E family includes three processors; the Core i7-5960X EE, Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K. Before we get into the specifications regarding the X99 chipset and new DDR4 memory, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of Intel’s Haswell-E processors.

Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor is without a doubt the most impressive consumer CPU that Intel has released yet. This is also the first native 8-Core processor from Intel which features a total of 8 Cores and 16 threads. The processor is clocked at 3.0 GHz stock and 3.5 GHz boost. The Core i7-5960X features a total of 20 MB L3 cache, 40 PCI-Express lanes, Quad Channel DDR4-2133 MHz memory support, a 140W TDP, LGA 2011-v3 socket compatibility and a price of $999 US.

AMD Radeon Logo
Hardware

In October of last year news broke of Origin PC making the announcement to discontinue offering AMD graphics cards in their systems and opting to offer Nvidia GPUs exclusively instead. This announcement came as a shock to many especially because it was made shortly after AMD announced their now very successful R9 290 series of GPUs.

Origin PC & AMD

AMD & Origin PC Finally Sit Down Together & Make Amends

The internet was rife with speculation at that time and some news sites ‘namely a website called SemiAccurate’ even went as far as to say that Origin PC had received large sums of marketing money from AMD’s competitor, NVIDIA, to convince Origin PC of dropping AMD graphics cards.

Origin PC was very quick to dispel these allegations afterwards when GameFront pushed Origin PC for a comment :

Devin Connors: Has Origin PC received any incentive, cash or otherwise, from Nvidia that led to the discontinuation of AMD GPU sales by Origin PC?
Kevin Wasielewski: No. In fact, I called my NVIDIA rep and told them I am dropping AMD.  Not the other way around.
DC: Did SemiAccurate reach out to you for comment before they published their article today?
KW: They did not reach out to me.  No calls, emails, or tweets.

MSI-X99S-Gaming-9-AC-Motherboard_4
Hardware

Introduction

Intel’s first generation High-End Desktop platform, the Nehalem (X58 Tylersburg) was launched back in November 2008 which ushered in a new era of high performance computing for desktop users. In 2011, Intel released the second generation update based on their Sandy Bridge architecture which was codenamed Sandy Bridge-E. The Sandy Bridge-E processors have lasted a good two and a half years in the tech industry and now we are making the transition into Intel’s third HEDT platform, codenamed Haswell-E (X99 Wellsburg).

The Haswell-E processor family comes a whole slew of a new generation of motherboards, packed full of new features to propel the technological race forward into a state of electric proportions. The LGA2011 V3 socket has brought about a lot of positive commotion in the industry with the X99 chipset while the DDR4 memory is the latest standard in the memory architecture which will boost performance plus bandwidths at very low voltages compared to its predecessors. The X99 motherboards from various manufacturers have been given the same enhancements as the latest Z97 series boards which were introduced with the Haswell Refresh CPU lineup and updated with enhanced designs suited and built for the enthusiast crowd.



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