Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Graphics, News, Reviews, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR)

Basemark Launches New VR Benchmark VRScore

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At the CryTek event today at GDC 2016, Basemark unveiled VRScore, a VR benchmark. This is a first ultra-demanding, high-resolution, high-texture benchmark coming from the team that worked together on numerous iterations of Futuremark’s 3DMark. They spun of from Futuremark, developing ‘Basemark’ benchmark for mobile devices, and now are entering the dynamic VR scene. “From the first moment sitting down with the Crytek team through the development of VRScore, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with their talent and hard working,” said Tero Sarkkinen, founder of Basemark, “Today, we together put the fruits of this collaboration for the first time for the general public to see and I am

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Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile Computing, Reviews, Smartphones, Tablets, Wearables

Basemark Launches Ultimate Mobile Benchmark

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Measuring power consumption and analyzing performance of mobile devices is a tedious task. Unlike previous measurement devices on the market, Finnish company Basemark managed to develop a tool which is custom tailored to each and every mobile device on market. Basemark’s Power Analysis Tool (PAT) is capable of benchmarking smartphones and tablets, while future might see support for testing the wearable devices (smartwatches, Fitbits etc.) as well. This device is the first hardware product designed by the team that stuck together through the times of being Futuremark, MadOnion.com, then Futuremark again, spun off as Rightware and now operating as Basemark – once more being a company that sets benchmarking standards. Introducting

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Nvidia, Reviews, Virtual Reality (VR)

Valve VR Test: AMD Wins Against NVIDIA?

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Update March 17th, 2016 16:52 GMT – The AMD R9 Nano x2 was the performance achieved by Radeon Pro Duo. We have discussed the SteamVR benchmark with Valve and they are working on expanding the benchmark score to incorporate more frames. The Fidelity test will stay just that (“Crank it up to 11”), but the benchmark will be enhanced to factor in the developments of graphics hardware. We will follow up as more developments around SteamVR happen. Original Article: Over the past three weeks, we saw two VR vendors releasing their tests to check can your machine deliver an optimal VR experience or not. As it goes, one vendor (Oculus) did

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews, Storage Reviews

PREVIEW: OCZ’s RevoDrive 400 Looks Like a Great SSD

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Ever since the company got acquired by Toshiba, OCZ Storage Solutions focused on more performance for the enthusiasts and expanding the market share in the fast-growing segment of enterprise storage. On CES 2016, OCZ introduced several new products, basing them on NVMe PCI Express Gen 3 standard. For the enthusiasts, OCZ launched RevoDrive 400 Series. Unlike RevoDrive 350 (which featured non-removable memory on the add-in PCIe card), the all-new RevoDrive 400 now comes as an M.2 form factor product with an additional PCIe x4 add-in card – very similar to Kingston’s HyperX Predator. By moving to M.2 form factor, RevoDrive 400 can now be installed not just in desktop, but

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Hardware, Intel, Reviews, Smart Home

From HPC to HTPC: Can HTPC Become Your Main PC?

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In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our

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Apple, Business, CPU, CPU Reviews, Hardware, VR World

Rumor: Apple’s Upcoming ‘A10’ is a Sexa-core Processor?

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According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores. It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt on its tail. These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said. We can get behind the naming, but the rest seems a bit off as Apple is not a company known for doing major internal hardware changes.

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3D, AMD, Analysis, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews, Video Card Reviews, VR World

AMD Radeon Fury X: Potential Supercomputing Monster?

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When AMD launched its Fiji-based graphics cards, all eyes were focused on its performance in consumer applications such as computer games. And while the first results forced Nvidia to launch “Titan Lite” in the form of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, DirectX 12 benchmarks are starting to show different, brighter outlook for AMD, starting with Ashes of the Singularity. The focus of this article however, is its potential and usage in applications where Fiji GPU will be branded as Fire Pro, and Fire Pro S (Server) – where AMD can take an ASIC and upsell it to commercial clients, with full-speed enabled for Double Precision floating point

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Android, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming, iOS, News, OSx, , Reviews, Windows

Football Manager: The Game You Must Play

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Football Manager (FM) is the best game of all time. It doesn’t matter which instalment you are playing, it is still the best game in the world. For those who have not played the game before, below is a brief overview of this classic franchise. By the end of it you will probably be shelling out for your very own copy. Availability The latest Football Manager – FM15 – is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. There is no reason to believe that FM16 will be any different. The Basics As you may guess from the title, the game sees you

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Hardware, Reviews, Storage Reviews

Western Digital 4TB Red Pro Review: 24/7 Desktop-class Performance

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WD’s 7200RPM Red Pro drives offer chart-leading performance combined with a five-year warranty.

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Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep

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Venture forth into the brilliant, hallowed world of Temeria for a fantasy-driven experience you won’t soon forget.

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Hardware, Reviews

Noctua NH-D15 Review: The Benchmark For Air Coolers

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The Noctua NH-D15 is the gold standard for dual-tower air-cooled heatsinks.

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Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Nvidia, Reviews, Video Card Reviews

Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition Review: Mid-Range Cards Don’t Get Any Better

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Zotac’s GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition lowers the barrier for entry to 4K gaming considerably, coming close to the flagship GTX 980 in many regards.

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Reviews, Storage Reviews

Synology DS115 Review: Best NAS For Under $200

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Synology’s DS115 offers the full gamut of the vendor’s software-based features at an affordable price.

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Reviews

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review: Great Hardware Letdown By Software

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Xiaomi’s MI Pad offers incredible value for money, but if you’re looking to run the latest version of Android, look elsewhere.

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Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

DmC Definitive Edition Review: Dante’s Inferno

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Capcom’s new remaster is a devil of a time that shouldn’t be missed.

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Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

Pay For Your Sins in Tormentum Dark Sorrow

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Tormentum Dark Sorrow is a dark point and click adventure created by the three man developing team OhNoo.

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Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

Evolve Review: Monster Of The Week

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Monster mash–and it’s a graveyard smash.

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Android, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Gionee Elife E7 Mini: Well-Built Midrange Smartphone

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The Gionee Elife E7 Mini’s swivelling camera makes for interesting smartphone photography, but with Jelly Bean still powering the mid-range device, an Android update is quite overdue.

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Gaming, Reviews

Dying Light Review: Dead of Night

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Techland has learned from its mistakes to craft one of the most memorable and fun zombie games in recent memory.

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Auto, Reviews

Hyundai Grand i10: The Little Car That Could

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The Grand i10 competes in the subcompact hatch segment with class-leading comfort and amenities, which can justify its price relative to cars in its league. With its size and maneuverability, it should be easy to weave through traffic, and parking should be a breeze.

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