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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Becomes Free to Play, Includes Battle Royale Mode

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Counter-Strike is one of the most popular FPS games of the last two decade, with a legacy going back to the original Half-Life when the first version of Counter-Strike was a mod for the game until Valve purchased the rights and started releasing stand-alone versions such as Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and the latest addition (which is already six years old), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the years the game has remained largely the same, although CS:GO adding the likes of Arms Race mode to the mix. Given its age, it is no longer the money pit that it once was, with most revenue generated by the sale of in-game items including skins. In an attempt to gain even more players, Valve has now made CS:GO free to play.

Epic Launches Their Own Games Store Launches, Offers Developers 88% of Revenue

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The segregation of gaming platforms in about to get even larger, with Epic launching the Epic Games Store where developers are offered 88% of revenue, an increase from Steam offering 70%. While the jump might not seem too large, Steam takes the remaining 30% while Epic Games Store will only take 12% for unlimited download capacity, rolling out of patches and DRM.

Agency in South Korea Teases Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 7 3700X

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Zen 2 is probably the most anticipated architecture from either camp, with AMD finally surpassing Intel in terms of manufacturing process for the first time in many years, and realises AMD’s vision of bringing high core count processors to the desktop market in a chiplet design. Set to release during the course of 2019.

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo Sighted

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No, that wasn’t a typo. This isn’t the Asus Turbo Edition, even though it too makes use of a blower-type cooler seen on the Asus card. To be honest, the point of this card is a bit of a puzzle as Gigabyte already has a blower-cooled RTX 2080 Ti, and the Aorus brand is normally reserved to their high-end offerings while blower coolers are generally seen on reference and entry-level cards.

Far Cry New Dawn Takes Place in a Post-Apocalyptic Setting, Direct Sequel to Far Cry 5, Releases 15 February

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Ubisoft has announced the latest addition to the Far Cry family titled New Dawn which takes place in the same location as Far Cry 5 – Hope County, New Montana. The difference here is that New Dawn is set 17 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a global nuclear catastrophe.

Ryzen 3000 Range Leaked

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TechPowerUp has reported that one of their readers hinted at the upcoming Zen 2 consumer and high-end desktop processors from AMD, the Ryzen 3000 series. There is an abundance of information including with the image submitted, including SKUs, clock speeds, estimated overclocks, core counts, manufacturing processes, iGPU and pricing. Something which immediately caught our attention was the reintroduction of the Duron brand, along with the new Ryzen 9 family.

Inno3D Launches iChill High Performance Gaming Memory

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INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and various innovations including the recent addition high performance gaming iCHILL Memory. Its introduction to the market has been very well received due to the various capacities that the iCHILL memory series offers including 4GB to 16GB at speeds of 2400MHz to 4000MHz and with ultra-low latencies up to 15CL.

New iCHILL FROSTBITE by INNO3D is the First Water Cooling Solution for the GeForce RTX series

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INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and various innovations is excited to introduce the new iCHILL Frostbite. The brains in R&D have revisited the water cooling solution segment of iCHILL and developed this water block masterpiece. It is designed around NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX series 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070, providing nothing short of excellent cooling for these powerhouse of graphics cards.

Just Cause 4 Cracked After One Day

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Denuvo has been taking a beating lately, with Hitman 2 being cracked in next to no time. Hitman 2 used Denuvo 5.3, which now makes an appearance in Just Cause 4 – which has just been cracked in a single day.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti K|ngp|n Edition Teased

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Vince “K|ngp|n” Lucido is probably the most recognized name in overclocking, having appeared in NVIDIA adverts in the past, dominating the 3DMark benchmarks, and even having a line of graphics cards named after him. Today sees a teaser of the fifth generation of K|ngp|n Edition card, this time based on NVIDIA’s Turing architecture. Vince Lucido posted a picture of the GeForce GTX 2080 Ti K|ngp|n Edition to his Instagram page.

EVGA Releases Carbon Fiber Shroud and Trim Kit for GeForce RTX Graphics Cards

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Building upon the already popular EVGA GeForce RTX 20-Series cards and customizable Trim Kits, EVGA now offers a limited-edition Carbon Fiber Shroud and Carbon Trim Kit as the next step to make your EVGA graphics card stand out.

MSI BIOS Update Accidentally Unlocks Althon 200GE Multiplier

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Late last month, MSI released BIOS updates for their AM44 motherboards which included AGESSA (AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture) 1.0.0.6 for improved memory compatibility, as well as various motherboard specific fixes. In addition, the BIOS updates also add a virtualization feature that allows the ability to manually assign graphics cards within IOMMU groups. There has been an accidental hiccup, however, in that the BIOS updates inadvertently unlock the multiplier on Athlon 200GE, a 3.20 GHz dual core processor with integrated graphics.

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1070 Using GDDR5X Memory

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It would appear that NVIDIA has a massive stockpile of GDDR5X memory ICs and GP104 GPUs, as not only have they introduced a GeForce GTX 1060 based on both but now also a GeForce GTX 1070 has received an update to use GDDR5X memory.

AMD Outselling Intel Two to One in Germany

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The brilliant value for money presented by Ryzen 2 CPUs as well as the worldwide shortage of Intel CPUs has possibly been one of the best things to happen to AMD in recent time, with German retailer MindFactory.de showing AMD CPUs outselling Intel CPUs at a ratio of two to one in November.

Battlefield V RTX/DXR Performance Patch Offers Performance Gains of up to 50%

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NVIDIA and DICE received a lot of negativity recently for the poor performance in Battlefield V with DirectX Raytracing (DXR) enabled, with performance dropping to nearly half that of the frame rates achieved with DXR disabled. Even on the mighty GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the game was only playable at 1080p unless DXR was disabled altogether.

ASUS Introduces New Prime X299-Deluxe II and ROG Dominus Extreme

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Intel’s high-end desktop platform raises the stakes with updated Intel Core X-Series processors that boast a lot more of everything, including cores, cache, bandwidth, and more. The additional processing power plows through CPU-intensive tasks, while the extra bandwidth lets you add more GPUs and NVMe SSDs to accelerate a wider range of workloads.

EVGA Z390 DARK and LUUMI Set CINEBENCH World Record

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The upcoming EVGA Z390 DARK is designed from the ground up to be the world’s best overclocking motherboard. Need proof? The EVGA Z390 DARK was recently used by Finland Overclocker, Juhani Luumi AKA LUUMI to set a brand new CINEBENCH 8-Core CPU World Record. Armed with an Intel Core i9-9900K, and EVGA Z390 DARK Motherboard and Liquid Nitrogen Cooling, LUUMI was able to clock his CPU to nearly 7GHz and achieve a score of 3142 cb. A new CINEBENCH 8-Core CPU World Record!

Battlefield V Chapter 1: Overture Announced and Delayed

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Battlefield V will receive its first free update, titled Chapter 1: Overture, in the very near future. Originally scheduled for release on 4 December, there has been an unexpected delay due to technical issues.

Buy an EVGA GeForce GTX – Get Fortnite Bundle

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If Victory Royale is your mission, the EVGA GeForce Fortnite Bundle is just for you. For a limited time, when you upgrade your weaponry with an EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, 1070, or 1060 graphics card, you’ll receive 2000 V-Bucks and the male Fortnite Counterattack Set.

NVIDIA Extends PhysX for High-Fidelity Simulations, Goes Open Source

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NVIDIA PhysX, the most popular physics simulation engine on the planet, is going open source.

We’re doing this because physics simulation — long key to immersive games and entertainment — turns out to be more important than we ever thought.

NVIDIA Reveals the Titan of Turing: TITAN RTX

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NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA TITAN RTX , the world’s most powerful desktop GPU, providing massive performance for AI research, data science and creative applications. Driven by the new NVIDIA Turing architecture, TITAN RTX – dubbed T-Rex – delivers 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance.

Patriot Launches VIPER STEEL DDR4 16GB 4400MHz Extreme Performance Memory

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PATRIOT , a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, has announced the release of their fastest kit ever of DDR4 memory today, VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 16GB (2x 8 GB) 4400 MHz. Built for the latest Intel and AMD platforms, the VIPER STEEL SERIES provides extreme performance and stability for the most demanding computer environments. The VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 memory kit brings Intel XMP 2.0 performance to new heights and is able to achieve up to 4400 MHz with a simple setting on supporting Intel’s latest processors and motherboards.

UL Benchmarks Teases 3DMark Port Royal with Real Time Ray Tracing

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UL Benchmarks’ 3DMark suite of benchmarks is going to get a new addition in the form of Port Royal, making use of the DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API. The benchmark will be shown to the public at GALAX GOC 2018 Grand Final, which will take place on 8 December in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

COLORFUL Goes Ultra with new iGame GeForce RTX 2070 Ultra OC

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions proudly introduces the latest graphics in its prestigious iGame series of gaming equipment. The COLORFUL iGame GeForceRTX 2070 Ultra OC combines excellent cooling with excellent design to bring out the best of the new GeForce RTX graphics card from NVIDIA. Featuring the new Turing architecture to deliver real-time ray tracing, NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX series graphics card bring realism to life and COLORFUL’s iGame GeForce RTX 2070 Ultra OC is your top choice.

GeIL Launches New Additions to SUPER LUCE RGB Sync DDR4

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GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components and peripheral manufacturers today announced the new additions to their SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Series DDR4 memory. The new modules are available in three capacities and speeds: 4133MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL19-19-19-39 1.40V, 3600MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL16-18-18-36 1.35V, and 3200MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL14-14-14-34 1.35V.