Watch Dogs IV
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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
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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.

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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.

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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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Hardware

The Gigabyte X99 motherboards have been officially launched featuring the new and improved Ultra Durable design scheme for a new generation of high-end desktop processors, codenamed Haswell-E. The new iteration of motherboards from Gigabyte include three major categories; the X99 OC Series, the X99 Ultra Durable series and the X99 Gaming series.

Gigabyte X99 Motherboards Launched – GA-X99-SOC Force, GA-X99-UD7 WiFi, X99 Gaming G1 WiFi

The Gigabyte X99 motherboard lineup includes eight new motherboards which include the flagship overclock series GA-X99-SOC Force, the flagship gaming series GA-X99 Gaming G1 WiFi and the flagship Ultra Durable series GA-X99-UD7 WiFi motherboards. The entire series has been detailed in the post below showcasing the new Ultra Durable features and support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors and the new DDR4 memory DIMMs.

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard

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Hardware

MSI has unleashed their next generation X99 motherboard lineup with five new X99 chipset based boards which include the flagship X99S XPOWER AC and X99S Gaming 9 AC. The new X99 motherboard lineup will include three categories of boards; Overclocking, Gaming and Classic series which will be available to overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers, starting today.

MSI X99 Motherboard Lineup Unleashed With Powerful Boards

The MSI X99 motherboard lineup will include five motherboards which include the X99S XPOWER AC, X99S MPOWER overclocking boards, X99S Gaming 9 AC and X99S Gaming 7 gaming motherboards and the standard X99S SLI Black edition which will be the entry level board featuring a fantastic all-black aesthetic scheme. We have a detailed round-up of these motherboards listed below which gives you insight into the specifications of all the upcoming X99 motherboards from MSI:

MSI X99S XPOWER AC Motherboard

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EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard
Hardware

The next generation EVGA X99 motherboard lineup has been unleashed, featuring three new motherboards for Intel’s latest Haswell-E processors. The EVGA X99 motherboards are based on the new platform design which is capable of supporting the latest Haswell-E processors and DDR4 memory to meet the performance demands of current day overclockers and enthusiasts.

EVGA X99 Motherboards Unleashed – X99 Classified, X99 FTW, X99 Micro

The EVGA X99 motherboard lineup includes three motherboards, the EVGA X99 Classified which will lead the pack followed by the EVGA X99 FTW and lastly, the X99 Micro which is a Micro-ATX board designed for MATX case moders and builders. Before getting into the specifications, I would like to detail the prices for each board starting with the $400 US Classified followed by the $280 US X99 FTW and $250 US for the X99 Micro. You can find the specifications along with pictures of the entire EVGA X99 motherboard lineup below:

EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard

EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard

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Hardware

The ASRock X99 motherboard lineup has been unleashed with a total of nine new X99 chipset based boards for overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers. Boasting the High-End LGA 2011 V3 socket, the ASRock X99 products are fully compatible with the Haswell-E processors from Intel and the next generation DDR4 memory standard. The motherboards will feature several new technologies aimed at overclockers and gamers with the OC and Killer FATAL1TY series.

ASRock X99 Motherboards Unleashed – X99 OC Formula, X99 Professional FATAL1TY, X99 Extreme 6

The ASRock X99 lineup consists of nine motherboards which include the X99 OC Formula, X99 Killler FATAL1TY, X99M Killer FATAL1TY, X99 Professional FATAL1TY, X99 Extreme 6, X99 Extreme 4, X99 Extreme 3 and the X99 M Extreme 4 motherboards. All of the motherboards feature the latest generation of Super Alloy technology which new and improved components do deliver the best stability and performance out of the hardware. This includes the upgraded XXL Aluminum Alloy Heat Sink for great heat dissipation, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDN) that delivers more efficient Vcore power supply with lower Rds(on), Premium 60A Power Choke that offers 3 times better saturation current, highly magnetic and heat resistant design Premium Memory Alloy Choke and 12K Platinum Capacitor to ensure stable performance and industry’s longest lifespan – 12,000 hours.

The OC series boasts an impressive design with conformal coating which is achieved through the use of Polysiloxanes also known as Silicon which protects the motherboard against conductive liquids and dust. The coating prevents the motherboard from moisture, dust, corrosion, extreme temperatures, oxygen, ozone and UV Light. Other features include the Purity Sound 2 and Killer E2200 LAN chip across the X99 lineup.

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard

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Hardware

NVIDIA is nearing the launch of their second generation of Maxwell graphics card which are rumored to launch in Septmeber. While we have all known the second generation of Maxwell cards as the GeForce 800 series, it’s now reported by Videocardz that NVIDIA would instead use the GeForce 900 series branding for the graphics cards featuring their next generation Maxwell architecture which will include the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA Rumored To Launch GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 Maxwell GPUs

A few days ago, a leak emerged of two upcoming mobility based GPUs based on the Maxwell architecture. The GPUs included the GeForce GTX 980M and GeForce GTX 970M. While it was previously assumed that NVIDIA’s mobility generation of Maxwell chips would be codenamed GeForce GTX 880MX and GeForce GTX 870MX that would have caused some confusion in the market, NVIDIA planned to keep their lineup simple by skipping the 800 series branding and moving on with the GeForce 900 series branding scheme. But NVIDIA seems to be not only skipping the GeForce 800 series naming scheme for the mobility lineup but they are doing the same for the desktop lineup. Hence the products which were supposed to be called the GeForce GTX 880 and GeForce GTX 870 would now be called GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 instead.

So according to the report, the Maxwell generation of graphics cards will now be branded as the GeForce 900 and GeForce 900M series. The two graphics cards from NVIDIA were supposed to be launched during sometime in September and the launch schedule will remain that way. The press event for the cards is going to take place between September 9th – 10th while the NDA is supposedly going to lift on 19th September on both cards. As for the specifications, we don’t have any new information aside from the rumored specifications we reported in the GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 leaks but the cards will end up with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory running on a 256-bit bus interface. If the reported date is correct, then we might see some reference designs prior to launch but aside from that we will have to wait to see if the information is legit or not.

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Hardware

NVIDIA is gearing up for a big launch in its Tesla line of professional graphics cards with the upcoming Tesla K80. In a leak, Videocardz managed to spot references of the Tesla K80 graphics card along with a few GPUs based on the Maxwell architecture however launch dates for the new cards are not known at the moment so we will get on with the specifications.NVIDIA Tesla K80 GK210-DUO

NVIDIA Tesla K80 “GK210-DUO” Graphics Card Heading Out To The Professional Market

Since the Tesla K80 is a dual-chip graphics card, it will feature two GK210 chips which are codenamed as the “GK210-DUO”. The Tesla K80 will essentially be two Tesla K40s on a single board which will result in improved performance and efficency as compared to using two separate Tesla K40 cards. The specifications will include two GK210 chips featuring 5760 CUDA cores (2880 CUDA Cores each), 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. Judging from the Tesla K40 board, we can expect a memory size as high as 24 GB on the Tesla K80 board since the Tesla K40 featured 12 GB of GDDR5 memory. The memory will be featured along a 384-bit bus interface and will feature a TDP of around 375W, similar to the GeForce GTX Titan Z.

The core and memory clock speeds are currently unknown but NVIDIA’s previous Tesla K10 which was based on two GK104 cores featured lower clock speeds compared to its consumer counterpart, the GeForce GTX 690. For cooling, the card can adopt a passive heatsink design if the thermals are under control. The other variants that have been leaked include several upcoming Maxwell based graphics cards for the Quadro and Tesla series that include the recent GM107 based cards including the GM204 based series which will be branded as the Tesla M and Quadro M series.

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Hardware

if you thought that Intel’s Haswell-E was a beast, wait till you see the Haswell-EP and Haswell-EN lineup of processors. The Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 V3 is the flagship processor in the Xeon E5 V3 family which will launch in the next few months. The Xeon E5-2699 V3 processor was also listed on retail for 3,960.26 EUR and benched few months ago.Intel X99 Xeon Processors

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2699 V3 Processors Benchmarked On 2-Way Server Board

Haswell-EP will be Intel’s first native server platform to feature DDR4 memory support with speeds of 2133 MHz which will provide significant boost in bandwidth when compared to conventional DDR3-1866 MHz memory. Intel will also topple these chips with 40 PCI-Express Gen 3 lanes and we are looking at TDPs ranging between 70W to 145 Watts. Intel is planning to introduce their third LGA2011 socket type known as the LGA2011-3 which will debut along with the Haswell-E and Haswell-EP generation of microprocessor families. This has been known since a while and the socket change was expected considering the new features such as DDR4 memory supported by the platform.

For their next Xeon E5 platform, Intel is going to release the Haswell-EP generation of Xeon processors branded as the Xeon E5-2600 V3 which from an architecture perspective are a TOCK featuring the latest 4th generation Haswell microarchitecture. Based on a 22nm 3D Transistors process, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family would support upto 18 cores per socket and 36 threads coupled with fast 45 MB LLC (Last Level Cache) and featuring both the Intel Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost technologies.

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Hardware

The first benchmarks of Intel’s next generation Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” processor have been unveiled by Coolaler forums. While several tech sites including us have the X99 and Haswell-E review planned for 29th August, Coolaler went ahead to showcase a performance preview of the upcoming Core i7-5960X processor which is the flagship SKU of the Haswell-E lineup.Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X

Intel Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” HEDT Flagship Processor Benchmarked

We have most of the details regarding the Haswell-E processors thanks to the leak from Videocardz earlier this week. The Intel Haswell-E processor lineup would include three SKUs, the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K. All processors are built on the 22nm Haswell architecture which means that they will improve the IPC performance while keeping the same power limits as previous generation processors due to enhanced power efficiency of the Haswell microarchitecture. Before moving into the feature set of the platform itself, we will detail the SKUs that will be launching in 29th August 2014:

Intel Core i7-5960X Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition would be the flagship processor of the lineup boasting 8 Cores and 16 threads. The Haswell-E Core i7-5960X will house 2.6 Billion transistors inside its 22nm die and measures at 335.2 mm which is considered a huge die. The die block diagram also shows that the Core i7-5960X is not a 12 core die as previously expected which turns out to be a Xeon core. We can see 8 Cores with a large amount of shared L3 cache in the middle with a DDR4 memory controller at the bottom and Queue, Uncore and I/O at the top side. This would be Intel’s first 8 Core consumer processor and would be clocked at 3.0 GHz base and 3.5 GHz boost frequency. The processor would feature 20 MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4-2133 MHz memory. Being the flagship processor of the Haswell-E lineup, the Core i7-5960X would end up with a price of $999 US.

ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard
Hardware

ASUS’s high-performance and workstation grade, X99-E WS motherboard has been unveiled prior to its launch tomorrow. The ASUS X99-E WS is a workstation motherboard featuring high quality components which ensure stability plus a neat black and silver color scheme which looks amazing on the new motherboard. In addition to the ASUS X99-WS, the ROG Rampage V Extreme and ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboards have also been leaked.ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard

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ASUS X99-E WS Workstation Motherboard Unveiled

The good thing about the new X99 chipset based motherboards is that they are fully compatible with the Xeon E5 lineup of processors. The LGA 2011-3 socket allows support for both Haswell-E and Haswell-EP processor in the new platform family plus featuring DDR4 memory support. There have been several leaks surrounding the Xeon E5-2600 V3 series family and I have a post coming out on the benchmark numbers of the Xeon E5-2669 V 3 processor but before that, let’s take a look a the workstation geared X99-E WS from ASUS.

Featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket, the X99-E WS supports both the Haswell-E and Haswell-EP family of CPUs. The board features an 8-Phase DIGI+ II VRM and the socket is powered through dual 8-Pin connectors including the 24-Pin ATX connector. The DiGi+ design on the motherboard includes several high-quality components such as the DR.MOS MOSFETs, capacitors with the ability to operate up to 12000 hours, ProCool power connectors and thermal chokes. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four on each side) which can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3300 MHz (O.C). The motherboard has five sets of heatsink which include two for the VRM section and three for the PCH, DIMM Electrical and a heatsink below the socket. Each of the five heatsinks are interconnected via a dense heatpipe and the board makes use of three of them emphasizing on its stability oriented design.

ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard
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ASUS’s next generation and high-performance Rampage V Extreme motherboard has been unveiled. The ROG series flagship motherboard features support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors which are due to launch on Friday this week. ASUS’s X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme is the most high-end motherboard we have so far seen in the X99 motherboard lineup from ASUS which will also include the X99 Deluxe and X99 WS boards.ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Unveiled – The Red and Black Beast

The ASUS X99 Republic of Gamers based Rampage V Extreme retains the red and black color scheme which is the original color of the ASUS ROG series products. While many other manufacturers have started to follow this color scheme, it was ASUS who originally started the trend of the red and black colored motherboards. Coming back to the specifications, the ROG Rampage V Extreme is a high-end E-ATX sized motherboard which features the LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Intel’s Haswell-E processors which include the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K.

The X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8 + 4 Pin EPS connector configuration can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 3300 MHz at 1.35V.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard
Hardware

My buddy Kevin Owi from OCDrift.com has just revealed the X99 Deluxe motherboard from ASUS which is going to be the company’s next generation HEDT offering for the Haswell-E platform. ASUS’s X99 Deluxe motherboard comes with their 5-Way Optimization design which includes several new features aimed at the enthusiast users which allows them to get the most performance and stability out of their processors.ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

ASUS X99 Deluxe High-End Motherboard Features a White and Black Color Scheme

It looks like white and black has become the latest trend for motherboards since there is a huge demand from users for these boards. The ASUS X99 Deluxe comes with just the fine tone of this color scheme with the heat sinks colored white and silver followed by an all black color scheme for the rest of the PCB. The X99 Deluxe will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8-Pin EPS connector can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 4 GHz (future DDR4 standard).

For storage, ASUS has featured 10 SATA 6 Gbps and two SATA Express ports on the motherboard along with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers. There are a few switches found at the bottom of the PCH heatsink which may be used for BIOS and OC support but we don’t have exact details as of yet. The other round of switches which include the Power On/Off, CMOS Reset, Reset and Diagnostic LED are found below the PCI-E slots. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and a single PCI-e 3.0 x 4 slot so we can tell that the motherboard has support for 3-Way SLI and Crossfire GPU functionality. The PCH heatsink is interconnected with a separate heatsink that rests above the top most expansion slot with a thermal heatpipe to dissipate load. ASUS’s X99 offering includes what the call the latest Crystal Sound 2 audio design with the audio section isolated to its own PCB.



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