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MSI Gives the GTX 1050 Low-profile Treatment

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-28 02:50
MSI announced a low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card (model: MSI GTX 1050 2GT-LP). Based on an identical board design to the company's low-profile GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, this card features a GeForce GTX 1050 chip running at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1354 MHz core, 1455 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the GPU's 128-bit wide memory interface.

The MSI GTX 1050 Low Profile, as its name suggests, features a half-height PCB, and a 2-slot thick cooling solution, with both standard and low-profile I/O shields being included. The cooler consists of a dense copper core aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 50 mm fans. The card draws all is power from the PCI-Express slot. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Resident Evil 7 for PC will support HDR and 4K, No Cross Saves for Steam

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-28 00:13
Japanese developer and publisher Capcom has publicized that the PC version of their anticipated Resident Evil 7 game will support up to 4K resolutions and HDR. Naturally HDR will remain dependent on being connected to a compatible TV or panel, whereas high resolution support could provide additional levels of image quality through the use of super sampling on screens that do not support such resolutions natively. It is said that HDR will complement the immersive experience, better enabling the game to deliver overwhelming fear and ultimate horror.

As previously revealed by Capcom, Resident Evil 7 will also support cross saves between the PC and Xbox One versions of the game, however this will only be possible if you purchase it for PC on the Windows Store. Resident Evil 7 is also available on Steam and this version will not support cross saving. Resident Evil 7 will be available for PC on the 25 January, 2017. Read full story

Get Ready For the Virtual World With This PlayStation VR Gift Guide

Geek.com - Sun, 2016-11-27 14:00

The PlayStation VR is one of the hottest items in gaming right now and is sure to be one of the most sought-after items this holiday season. For those looking to purchase the […]

Sailor Moon Gift Guide for All True Moonies

Geek.com - Sat, 2016-11-26 22:15

‘Tis the season to treat yourself and your loved ones to the magical world of Sailor Moon! The holidays are fast coming upon us, and in preparation we’ve compiled this magical girl gift […]

Minecraft Gift Guide for Those Who Want to Bring the Game to Life

Geek.com - Sat, 2016-11-26 20:00

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about what sort of awesome stuff you’ll be getting your friends and relatives. Specifically, what will you be getting […]

"Zoom and Enhance" to Become a Reality Thanks to Machine Learning

techPowerUp - Sat, 2016-11-26 18:39
The one phrase from television that makes IT people and creative professionals cringe the most is "zoom and enhance" - the notion that you zoom into a digital image and, at the push of a button, it converts a pixellated image into something with details - which lets CSI catch the bad guys. Up until now, this has been laughably impossible. Images are made up of dots called pixels, and the more pixels you have, the more details you can have in your image (resolution). Zooming into images eventually shows you a colorful checkerboard that's proud of its identity.

Google is tapping into machine-learning, in an attempt to change this. The company has reportedly come up with a machine-learning technique that attempts to reconstruct details in low-resolution images. Google is calling this RAISR (rapid and accurate image super-resolution). The technology works with the software learning "edges" of a picture (portions of the image with drastic changes in color and brightness gradients), and attempts to reconstruct them. What makes this different from conventional super-sampling methods is its machine-learning component. A low-resolution image is studied by the machine to invent an upscaling method most effective for the image, in-situ. While its application in law-enforcement is tricky, and will only become a reality when a reasonably high court of law sets a spectacular precedent; this technology could have commercial applications in up-scaling low-resolution movies to new formats such as 4K Ultra HD, and perhaps even 8K.


Star Trek Gift Guide to Fulfill All Your Starfleet Dreams

Geek.com - Sat, 2016-11-26 18:00

Whether a fan of original or reboot, television or movies Star Trek has become embedded in our pop culture. Celebrating 50 years across all mediums, Star Trek has produced some of the most amazing moments […]

It Turns Out Your Dog Remembers Every Bad Thing You’ve Ever Done

Geek.com - Sat, 2016-11-26 16:30

Remember that time you stepped on your dog’s tail on accident? Unfortunately, she remembers too. In fact, a new study recently published in Current Biology states that dogs can actually recall events that […]

Hayao Miyazaki Designed An Awesome Clock

Geek.com - Sat, 2016-11-26 14:30

Hayao Miyazaki fans are usually voracious when it comes to checking out what the prolific and beloved creator has brought to fruition. So the NI-Tele Really BIG Clock, or the giant clock at […]

Geek deals roundup: The best Black Friday deals

Geek.com - Fri, 2016-11-25 18:40

Black Friday deals are flooding in from every corner of the web, we’re sifting through it all, and compiling the very best discounts right here. Jump right into online Black Friday sales with […]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Comes To The Windows Store

AnandTech - Fri, 2016-11-25 15:45

The Windows Store is Microsoft’s big bet, combining software purchases, updates, and installs into a single place. Although it continues to grow, it still doesn’t offer anywhere near the number of big name apps as iOS or Android. Windows still has a massive library of applications, or course, but they are bought, installed, and updated outside of the store.

Clearly one of the ideas is that Microsoft will take a cut on any app sales in the store, so there is motivation for them to make this succeed, but for the end users, it’s been well proven that a solid Store model works for ease of use, and especially updates.

Recently (and possibly today) Adobe Photoshop Elements came to the Windows Store, as pointed out by Paul Thurrott and Windows Central. This is an important app for the Windows Store, where previously only a much lighter version called Adobe Photoshop Express was available. Elements is not the crown jewels of Adobe’s suite, but it’s still an app that many people use.

Although we don’t have official confirmation of this, Adobe Photoshop Elements is almost certainly using Microsoft’s Desktop App Bridge, codenamed Project Centennial. This bridge allows developers to bring older Win32 apps to the Windows Store, and if they so choose, begin to convert them to the Universal Windows Platform. Although Centennial was announced quite a while ago, it wasn’t until the Windows Anniversary Update that Windows had all of the frameworks required. Photoshop Elements certainly isn’t the first Desktop Bridge app to make it to the store, but it’s surely one of the biggest.

By offering this through the Store, end users get the benefits of the store. The app is automatically updated through the store, so you won’t need any Adobe update services running on your PC, and best of all it can be installed on up to ten devices, rather than the two activations that you would get if you purchased this as a traditional software download.

Centennial also packages the app into a container, so the install process is incredibly quick. Elements doesn’t need to install for thirty minutes as it writes files all over your PC, and in your registry. Everything is kept in the container, which also makes uninstall very simple and much cleaner. I just installed Elements, and after the download was complete, it installed in just a few seconds.

With the launch, the software is also on sale for a limited time.

If the Windows Store is going to take off in a meaningful way, apps like these are going to be an important first step. With Windows 10 on over 400,000,000 devices now, there is an incentive for developers to leverage tools like the Desktop App Bridge to utilize the store. For me, the Store model has enough benefits that I would prefer to purchase an app like this through it. It’s worked before on the PC with stores like Steam and Origin as well, and by bringing big name Win32 apps to the store, Microsoft has an important tool to bring existing devs into their new platform.

Source: Windows Central, Thurrott.com

(PR) Tesoro Introduces New Product Line: Releases its Zone Balance Gaming Chair

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 15:33
Tesoro, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech gaming hardware, introduced a new product line to the Tesoro brand with its Zone Balance professional gaming chairs. Combining unique design with versatility and extreme comfort, the new Zone Balance is available in black/red. black/white, and black/black color options.

The dimensionally stable Zone Balance also sports an adjustable back up to 180 degrees and features a class- 4 gas piston that offers users the freedom of easy height adjustment. Bringing together all the essentials in an affordable yet luxurious package, the Zone Balance allows you to get in the zone, and stay there. Read full story

MovieBob Reviews: ALLIED (2016)

Geek.com - Fri, 2016-11-25 15:30

Right up front: Allied is a pretty damn good movie. You know what would’ve made it even better? If they didn’t give away the big second-half spoiler in the trailer. But give it away they […]

(PR) Thermaltake Releases the Tower 900 E-ATX PC Chassis

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 15:14
Thermaltake has added a new, higly-premium, higly-desirable, and ultra-high expensive E-ATX PC Chassis. Named Tower 900, it is a harbinger of Thermaltake's TT Premium line, which, according to the company's own words, "(...) follows its core values of Excellent Quality, Unique Design, Diverse Combinations and Boundless Creativity to provide a high performance PC product for every enthusiast."

Designed in collaboration with Watermod France, The Tower 900 by Thermaltake represents Thermaltake's passion for innovation, the spirit of Watermod France, and its vision to expand chassis design for enthusiasts to build into a new era of ESPORTS modding culture. The Tower 900 is the premium choice from TT Thermaltake supporting a vertical mounting design, high quality 5mm thick tempered glass panels, and unrivaled expansion capabilities for massive custom liquid cooling systems. Read full story

Robots Deployed To Help Black Friday Shoppers Deal With The Insanity

Geek.com - Fri, 2016-11-25 14:30

No, not by helping you shoplift mass quantities of goods the way Bender might if you took him to the mall. These robots are all about providing the more traditional (and legal) kind […]

AOC Announces the AGON AG251FZ 25-inch 240Hz FreeSync Monitor

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 11:01
AOC's AGON line of PC monitors has been increasingly added to by the company - which usually signifies strong sales and brand recognition. In trying to cater to an even more diverse consumer base, AOC has now added a new offer to their AGON line of gaming monitors: the AG251FZ.

The AG251FZ 25" is a 16:9 ratio monitor, which comes in at the still-dominating 1920*1080 resolution, sporting a TN-type panel with a 1ms Grey-to-grey response time which allows it achieve a 240Hz refresh rate. The panel offers 16.7 million colours, brightness of 400cd/m2, contrast ratio of 1000:1, and pretty decent viewing angles of 170/160. On top of that, the monitor also includes AMD's royalty-free FreeSync (active from 48Hz towards the 240Hz maximum refresh rate), with 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2a adaptive sync compatible inputs, as well as more legacy 1x DVI and 1x VGA inputs. The monitor also features a connectivity hub, sporting 4 x USB 3.0, Audio out/in, and Microphone in/out ports. Read full story

AMD Readies Radeon RX 490 for December?

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 06:57
A spectacular rumor doing rounds has AMD sign 2016 off with a new high-end graphics card launch. The company could launch the Radeon RX 490 by the end of the year, according to an Guru3D report. This SKU could either be based on the larger Vega 10 silicon, or be a dual-GPU on a stick graphics card based on a pair of Polaris 10 "Ellesmere" chips. The former seems more likely as multi-GPU support among recent AAA game launches is dwindling. Earlier this year, AMD inadvertently leaked the SKU name Radeon RX 490 on its website.

If the Radeon RX 490 is based on the Vega 10, then it could feature 4,096 stream processors based on the "Vega" architecture, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface, holding 8 GB or 16 GB of memory, with a memory bandwidth of 512 GB/s. If instead it is a dual-GPU card based on Polaris 10, then you could be looking at 2x 2,304 stream processors, and 16 GB of GDDR5 memory across two 256-bit wide memory interfaces.

BitFenix Intros the Whisper M Series Modular PSUs

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 04:15
BitFenix today introduced the Whisper M line of premium modular power supplies (PSUs). Available in capacities of 850W, 750W, 650W, 550W, and 450W, these PSUs feature a design focus on low fan noise, with the 135 mm fan spinning at less than 500 rpm at loads of up to 70%. The units feature fully modular cabling; with the 850W and 750W models featuring six PCIe power connectors, 650W model featuring four, and 550W and 450W featuring two. The 850W and 750W further feature two 4+4 pin EPS connectors, making them ideal for dual-socket workstations.

Under the hood, the Whisper M features a multi +12V rail design with 80 Plus Gold switching efficiency, DC-to-DC switching, active PFC, ripple and noise reduction circuits, most common electrical protections (over/under voltage, overload, overcurrent, AC input surge, thermal-trip, and short-circuit protection), and ATX 12V v2.4 compliance for the latest generation processors. The Whisper M Series come with 7-year warranties. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Intros GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G Graphics Card

techPowerUp - Fri, 2016-11-25 03:48
ASUS quietly slipped in the GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G graphics card (model: ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING). This card is a variant of the original GTX 1080 STRIX O8G graphics card the company launched its GTX 1080 lineup with, and features a slightly lower factory-overclock. The card ships with clock speeds of 1670 MHz core and 1809 MHz GPU Boost out of the box, compared to the 1759 MHz core and 1898 MHz GPU Boost, which the original STRIX O8G ships with; and NVIDIA reference clocks of 1607 MHz core and 1733 MHz GPU Boost. The included GPUTweak II utility unlocks slightly higher clocks, of 1695 MHz core and 1835 MHz GPU Boost in OC mode, which are still lower than those of the O8G STRIX OC.

Clock-speeds aside, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G is identical to the original STRIX OC. You get a strong 10-phase VRM which draws power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors; two 4-pin PWM fan headers that sync your case-fans to GPU temperatures; and the company's signature DirectCU III cooling solution that features a massive aluminium fin-stack heatsink, with five copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU; and ASUS Aura RGB LED lighting on the cooler shroud, which holds the three 100 mm fans. The ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 A8G is expected to be priced about 5-10% less than the original STRIX OC (O8G).

Single Slot HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 4GB Surfaces

techPowerUp - Thu, 2016-11-24 23:41
HIS, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, is set to offer a slim solution to the RX 460 series: the HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 4GB. HIS will be the first board partner to offer a single slot RX 460 which carries a condensed version of their in-house 'iCooler'. The RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC can maximize your rig's performance by providing the possibility for gamers to upgrade their rig without compromising space.

Carrying the product code HS-460R4TCNR, the card features a metallic fan shroud, a strong lion image and does not require the use of a 6-pin PCI-E power connector. The Slim-iCooler utilizes 0dB technology, where the 50mm fan will only start to spin up when the GPU temperature reaches 60 Degrees C. The GPU boasts a modest factory overclock and runs at 1220 MHz while the memory speed is unchanged at 7 Gbps.

As it stands there is no word on pricing or availability, and the product page is currently inaccessible. A cached version can be found here.
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