Shadow Warrior 2 Free on GOG

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GOG.com, formerly Good Old Games, is currently giving away the first person shooter Shadow Warrior for computer for a little less than the next two days. Shadow Warrior 2 is the stunning evolution of Flying Wild Hog’s offbeat first-person shooter following the further misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. Now surviving as a reclusive mercenary on the edge of a corrupted world, the formidable warrior must again wield a devastating combination of guns, blades, magic and wit to strike down the demonic legions overwhelming the world. Battle alongside allies online in four-player co-op or go it alone in spectacular procedurally-generated landscapes to complete daring missions and collect powerful new weapons, armor, and arcane relics of legend.

BREAKING: China Used a Microchip Embedded in Servers to Infiltrate US Companies

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Bloomberg L.P., a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, has posted a claim that the Chinese government working along with manufacturing plants has been trying to infiltrate US companies using specialized microchips added to server motherboards. Supermicro is mentioned in the findings, but both the Chinese government and all companies involved have denied the story.

The addition of the microchip, which was initially the size of a fingernail and later reduced to smaller than an uncooked grain of rice, has its own I/O interface, networking ability microprocessor. It is embedded in such a way that it can work independently of the operating system and without the need for drivers or software to be installed. The microchop can communicate with servers across the internet and receive instructions from them, including to modify software installed on the compromised system.

Steam Weekend Deal – The Crew 2 Reduced 45%

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Take on the American motorsports scene as you explore and dominate the land, air, and sea across the entire USA. With a wide variety of cars, bikes, boats, and planes, compete in a wide range of driving disciplines.

Parallels have been drawn to Forza Horizon, so if you’re not familiar with The Crew that should give you an indication of what to expect – a high speed, arcade racer taking you through beautiful locations in fast cars and an assortment of other vehicles.

Introducing the EVGA SuperNOVA GM SFX Power Supplies

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Introducing the EVGA SuperNOVA GM Power Supply line. Available in 450W, 550W, and 650W, these new power supplies are engineered to bring the power, prestige, and performance of EVGA’s award-winning power supplies into an SFX-Standard form factor. Featuring 80 Plus Gold certified efficiency, fully-modular cables, and 100% Japanese capacitors, the GM’s cast a long shadow over its competition. Pint-size, affordable, and packed with everything you need, the EVGA SuperNOVA GM power supplies make short work of tight spaces.

Thermaltake Releases Pacific C and CL Plus RGB Copper Radiators

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Thermaltake launches Pacific C and CL Plus RGB Copper Radiators Series today as additions to the TT Pacific radiators family. Pacific C360 and C240 Radiators are ultra-thin radiators engineered with 27mm thickness radiators along with 12-set flat tube designs and brass tanks, feature unique stainless steel side panels that guarantee durability as well as reduce the weight of the radiator. Also made with copper fin design, Pacific CL360 Plus RGB Radiator is a high-performance 360mm copper radiator with high-density copper fin design, brass tank and a software-controllable 16.8 million colors LED strip that supports TT RGB PLUS software, TT AI Voice Control, and Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

Introducing the Nokia 7.1

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the Nokia 7.1 – the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology, which will take your viewing experience to the next level due to its high contrast ratio, greater clarity and enhanced colours across all of your content.

The Nokia 7.1’s stunning HDR display lies within a masterfully crafted, gorgeous design and offers an advanced imaging experience powered by a dual rear depth sensing camera with two phase detection and ZEISS Optics to ensure you never miss a moment.

Intel Manufacturing Facilities Run 365 Days a Year

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Margaret Henschel, one of the more than 50,000 Intel employees in the United States, moves through Fab 32, a high-volume manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. Intel Corporation’s U.S. manufacturing and research and development facilities are in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Skywind “The Fall of House Dagoth” Trailer Released

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Skywind is a project focused on recreating The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind inside The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, giving it a complete overhaul with revamped graphics and audio. The project is run entirely by volunteers, so estimating a release date is impossible and the team is going with a “it’ll be done when it’s done” approach (in the wise words of Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind timeless classics such as Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad”).

Fractal Design Unveils Define S2 Case

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The Define S2 is the latest leap forward in open-layout case design—an ingenious refinement of the zero-obstruction formula that cemented the series as the de facto standard for the silent high-performance build.

The S2 achieves increased airflow and water cooling capacity with nine total fan positions and 15% larger intake area vs. the previous generation. Radiators up to 420 mm install directly through the top by way of an innovative removable bracket with built-in fill port for easy access, and there’s room for radiators up to 360 mm in the front and 280 mm in the base. Pumps and reservoirs are supported right out of the box with integrated mounting locations and adjustable brackets.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Available for Pre-Purchase

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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the multi award-winning strategy series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign game of empire-building, statecraft and conquest with stunning real-time battles, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS redefines the series in an age of heroes and legends.

For early adopters who pre-purchase, there are a few bonuses included. Firstly, there are three new playable Warlords; He Yi, Gong Du, and Huang Shao. Secondly, there are three new hero classes: Healer, Scholar, and Veteran. Three new character skills that focus on the three virtues of Taoism: Frugality, Compassion, and Humility. Lastly, there are new weapons and armour suitable for the new heroes.

Mega Man 11/11 !! Now Available on Steam

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The almost-21 year old Mega Man has just had its latest update in the form of Mega Man 11/11 !! The original game was originally developed for the Nintendo NES, but has since spawned sequels on a multitude of platforms including the SEGA Genesis, Sega Game Gear and Nintendo Game Boy.

For the youngsters (or anyone else unfamiliar with the series), or anyone wanting more info on the game, Steam describes it as follows:

EVGA GeForce RTX NVLink SLI Bridges

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The EVGA GeForce RTX NVLink Bridge connects two NVLink SLI-ready graphics cards with 50x the transfer bandwidth of previous technology. This means you can count on super-smooth gameplay at maximum resolutions with the ultimate visual fidelity in GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 graphics cards. These bridges also support RGB lighting that can be configured in EVGA Precision X1!

AMD and Xilinx Announce a New World Record for AI Inference

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At today’s Xilinx Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif., our CEO, Victor Peng was joined by the AMD CTO Mark Papermaster for a Guinness. But not the kind that comes in a pint – the kind that comes in a record book.*

The companies revealed the AMD and Xilinx have been jointly working to connect AMD EPYC CPUs and the new Xilinx Alveo line of acceleration cards for high-performance, real-time AI inference processing. To back it up, they revealed a world-record* 30,000 images per-second inference throughput!

Razer Launches the Fastest Gaming Grade WiFi Router for PC, Console and Mobile

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Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Razer Sila, a high-performance WiFi router designed for home users requiring WiFi service optimized for high-performance gaming, streaming and downloading multimedia content.

With the upsurge in mobile gaming, and with many homes unable to run a wired network to every room, fast and reliable WiFi is more important than ever. The Razer Sila router is designed to deliver lag-free gaming and smooth, interruption-free streaming over a fast wireless network, meeting the needs of today’s mobile, console and laptop users.

SteelSeries Introduces the Rival 650

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SteelSeries, the global leader in gaming peripherals, is proud to announce the industry-changing Rival 650 Wireless gaming mouse with features such as lightning-fast Quantum Wireless 2.4GHz wireless connection and fast charging. SteelSeries also introduces the Rival 710, using the same iconic chassis as the original Rival 700 and features new innovations from SteelSeries, including the new TrueMove3 sensor.

“We’ve truly revolutionized the wireless gaming mouse with features that have never been seen in the category, like the precision of the TrueMove3+ sensor and fast charging technology,” said SteelSeries CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani. “The Rival 650 is a gaming mouse designed for competitive gamers who want the most accurate sensor available and unlimited physical and technical customization options.”

Far Cry 5 Receives a Graphical Revamp with an HD Texture Pack

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For fans of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 that want even more graphical detail, patch v1.11 adds high resolution texture packs. Along with that, the patch also includes a variety of new additions to the level editor, including new weapons, vehicles and more.

On the computer side of things, both Steam and uPlay will automatically download the patch the next time you launch them.

HP Reinvents the PC

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HP set out to reinvent every aspect of the PC, from the materials used to build it to the experiences it can deliver. The result is a transformative form factor designed for true mobility and equipped to easily adapt to everyday use cases. The world’s first leather convertible PC, the Spectre Folio blends timeless craftsmanship with the latest technology to create a product unlike any other.

The Spectre Folio builds on the success of traditional laptops, 2-in-1 devices and convertibles, which are designed primarily for specific productivity tasks or scenarios. The result is unprecedented versatility in a PC that seamlessly converts between three distinct positions.

Tropico 6 Beta Trailer Released

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Tropico players rejoice! For those strategy gamers who enjoy taking the role of El Presidente and creating their own tropical paradise (or hell-hole slum), Tropico 6 is finally coming four years after Tropico 5 was released.

Available now for pre-order directly from Kalypso Media, players can get instant access to the beta as well as a price reduction of 10%. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will have to wait for the launch, which is scheduled for January 2019.

Cooler Master Announces the Release of the COSMOS C700M

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Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, today announced the availability of the COSMOS C700M. The latest addition to the COSMOS series, the COSMOS C700M is among Cooler Master’s top-tier “Maker” segment of products and stands at the technological peak of its lineup.

Expanding upon the framework of its predecessors, the COSMOS C700M maintains the look of the series’ iconic aluminum handles and boasts the same dual curved tempered glass side panel as the COSMOS C700P, but with an updated lighter tint to allow for a clearer view of the internal layout of the case. Two addressable RGB (ARGB) lighting strips run continuously from the top of the case, down the front and to the bottom, reflecting off the aluminum bars to create ambient lighting. Users can toggle through the lighting modes to create the external look they want by pressing the ARGB control button on the front I/O.

Intel Core i9-9900K Leaked with Unique Packaging

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It appears that AMD and Intel are in quite a battle of copying one another, with the latest being something different when it comes to packaging. Unlike the boring, rectangular box we’re used to, Threadripper was shown in a rather large, unshapely box, and the second generation of Threadripper CPUs took that a step further by even including LED lighting.

Intel seems to have caught onto that idea, with the Core i9-9900K shipping in a 12-sided translucent acrylic box. Amazon accidentally gave an early listing, and Twitter user momomo_us managed to capture some pictures before the listing was redacted. Furthermore, listings have appeared on eBay, but they have since been removed as well.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Released

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Back in 2010, Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption, a GTA-esque game set in the year 1911 and taking place on the USA/Mexico border. The game was met with critical acclaim, but was never released on PC. Gamers were after a sequel almost from the get-go, and finally we’re getting it. Rockstar Games has released a trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, which launches later this month on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

EVGA Launches B360 Micro Gaming Motherboard

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The EVGA B360 Micro Gaming is the discerning gamer’s choice for building a powerfully affordable system. This motherboard eliminates frills and unneeded features, while still providing a solid platform capable of gaming, work, or study.

Packing tried and true features, without breaking the bank! Make the EVGA B360 Micro Gaming your next motherboard and enjoy modern performance and features for a budget-friendly price.

NVIDIA G-SYNC

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You’ve all heard of G-Sync and how it gives a smoother gaming experience, but it is commonly misunderstood how exactly it does so. There is more to a smooth gaming experience than just a high frame rate. In an ideal world, a graphics card and monitor would work in perfect harmony, with each frame being displayed by the screen as soon as it is ready from the graphics card. Unfortunately, that isn’t necessarily how things work. In fact, most of the time things don’t work that way at all. Before we can explain what G-Sync is, we need to understand the process of displaying motion graphics on a monitor, which is what most of this article will be about. Let’s dive in and take a closer look.

$4 Overwatch PC – Exclusive 66% discount on Humble Monthly

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Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, which released on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows

If you didn’t already subscribe to Humble Monthly, well now you can own OverwatchDungeons 3Hidden Folks and more great games on PC  for Just under R60.00 ($4).

HyperX Adds New Cloud Earbuds Gaming Headphones with Microphone to Award-Winning Headset Lineup

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HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the release of HyperX Cloud Earbuds . Developed for Nintendo Switch and mobile gamers, Cloud Earbuds feature signature HyperX comfort coupled with new patent pending, HyperX designed soft silicone ear tips, giving gamers the ultimate in comfort and superior sound for an immersive gaming experience on the go.

HyperX Cloud Earbuds offer rich sound quality with Hi-Fi capable 14 mm drivers to deliver clear low, mid and high tones with enhanced bass and ambiance for a more captivating gaming experience. The earbuds include a rubberized, tangle-free cable connection that features a 90-degree angled plug optimized for handheld mode. The Cloud Earbuds also offer direct connectivity for voice chat functionality supporting Nintendo Switch with a slim in-line mic. For added mobile convenience, the in-line mic can also be used for mobile calls, and features convenient single button control for calls and streaming media.