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'l.a. noire' heads to current-gen consoles, htc vive (updated)

update, 10/26/2017, 9:18am pdt: rockstar released a new gameplay trailer, which you can view in 4k.original story, 9/7/2017, 7:25am pdt:rockstar games announced that it's bringing l.a. noire to the xbox one, playstation 4, and nintendo switch on november 14. the xbox one and ps4 versions of the game will include "a range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity and authenticity," the company said, and the switch version has been updated with gyroscopic aiming and contextual touchscreen controls that capitalize on the console's unique design.it's been more than six years since rockstar's detective game debuted on the xbox 360 and playstation 3. a lot has changed since then, with perhaps the most notable shift for pc gamers being the rise of vr. the company recognized that fact by creating l.a. noire: the vr case files, which will let you live out your fantasy of solving crime by strapping on your htc vive hmd and playing through seven of the game's missions.htc shared more details about l.a. noire: the vr case files in a blog post:with each of the seven cases rebuilt for virtual reality, players can use real world physical motions including grabbing, inspecting and manipulating individual clues or using the detective’s notebook to make notes or draw freehand. experience first person driving in vr with additional real-world vehicle interactions including steering, operating car doors, changing radio stations, shooting from vehicles and much more.studios re...





corsair adds tempered glass to its carbide series spec-04 case

apec-04_tg_red_mainspec-04_tg_red_01spec-04_tg_red_02spec-04_tg_red_07spec-04_tg_red_04corsair launched a tempered glass version of its carbide series spec-04 line of mid-tower gaming chassis.  the corsair carbide series spec-04 tempered glass chassis is a budget friendly gaming case that features a full-cover tempered glass side panel. this case measures 492 x 201 x 433mm (l x w x d) and weighs in at just under 12lbs. unlike the original carbide spec-04 cases, this new tempered glass version is only available in black with red trim. this mid-tower chassis supports up to atx motherboards, cpu coolers as tall as 150mm, graphics cards as long as 370mm, and standard atx power supplies up to 225mm in length. this chassis has mounting locations for two 120 or 140mm fans in the front, two 120mm fans in the front, and a single 120mm fan in the rear. radiators and all-in-one coolers up to 240mm can be installed in the front and top of the case. there are mounting locations for three 3.5” and two 2.5” hard drives. i/o options include a single usb 3.0 port, one usb 2.0, and hd audio jacks on the top panel of the case. the side panels are held in place by metal thumbscrews and are completely tool-less. the corsair carbide spec-04 tempered glass is available now with a $60 msrp.productcorsair carbide spec-04 tempered glassdimensions (l x w x h)492 x 201 x 433mmmotherboard supportatx, matx, mini-itxdrive bays3.5” x 32.5” x 2expansion slots7fan supportfront: 120mm x 2 or 140mm x 2...





evga unleashes four gtx 1070 ti graphics cards

the evga geforce gtx 1070 ti takes form with ftw2, sc hybrid, sc black edition, and blower-style models. despite the varied cooling solutions (which usually dictates the level of factory overclock applied to the gpu), all of the cards are shipped with a base clock of 1,607mhz and boost frequency of 1,683mhz, a requirement purportedly laid out by nvidia for all of the third-party gpu vendors. however, evga stated that overclocking is supported via software, and that the company’s overclocking control panel, evga precisionx oc, would be receiving an update that automatically scans the gpu and sets it to an optimal overclock. evga gtx 1070 ti ftw2evga gtx 1070 ti sc hybridevga gtx 1070 ti sc black editionevga gtx 1070 ti blowerthe new evga gtx 1070 ti graphics cards all adopt the feature sets of their respective branding, with ftw2 models sporting premium icx cooling and thermal sensors. the sc hybrid card combines closed-loop water cooling and a blower-style shroud. the sc black edition features evga’s acx 3.0 cooling, and the base model sports a simple blower-style shroud.most of the lineup features a 217w power ceiling and a 5+1 power phase design that warrants a single 8-pin (6+2-pin) power connector and at least a 500w power supply. however, the evga geforce gtx 1070 ti ftw2 stands alone with a 235w max power and 10+2 phase power design, which necessitates two 8-pin connectors. the ftw2 model is also the only card in the bunch to feature a double bios, making it ideal f...





best psus of 2017 - top power supplies for gaming pcs

depending on its overall performance, your psu plays a big part in determining reliability, so you have to be careful when it comes to picking the right one for your machine. a good psu should also have the protection features able to save your components, including the power supply itself, should something go wrong.the recommendations below are pulled from the top-level awarded products from our psu reviews. as we continue reviewing units, this list will evolve and grow, continually representing the best of an incredibly important component.corsair tx750m mir: $20, promo code: emcbrcg24was $99.99. is now $59.99. see details on neweggmore: best dealsbest power supply units10/26/2017 update: reviewed the fsp hydro ptm hpt750m (earned a 2017 approved award, not listed).10/20/2017 update: added the seasonic focus plus ssr-750fx (earned a 2017 recommended award) and removed the seasonic snow silent 750 (earned a 2015 recommended award).10/12/2017 update: reviewed the silverstone sx800-lti (no award, not listed).corsair sf450 $96.33 amazonsilverstone sx500-lg $96.99 amazonbitfenix bwg550m $79 msrpcorsair rm550x $109.99 amazonevga supernova 550 g2 $89.99 amazoncorsair cx650m $64.99 amazoncorsair rm650x $99.99 neweggfsp hydro g 650 $89.99 neweggevga supernova 650 p2 $124 amazonseasonic prime ssr-650td $159.99 neweggcorsair rm750x $129.99 neweggseasonic focus plus ssr-750fx $99.90 ...





zotac launches three new geforce gtx 1070 ti cards

zotac_1070ti_mainzotac_1070ti_ampzotac_1070ti_amp-4zotac_1070ti_amp-3zotac_1070ti_amp-2zotac_1070ti_amp_extreme-2zotac_1070ti_amp_extremezotac_1070ti_mini-2zotac_1070ti_minizotac_1070ti_mini-3zotac_1070ti_mini-4zotac rolled out a trio of new geforce gtx 1070 ti graphics cards, and the company hopes that one is just right for you.based on the geforce gtx 1070 ti, all three cards feature the same 1,607mhz / 1,683mhz base clock / boost frequency on the core, paired with 8gb gddr5x memory running at 8gbps. all consume 180w and require at least 500w power supplies, and all are equipped with one dual link dvi-d, one hdmi 2.0b, and three full-sized displayports. the amp extreme and amp versions both utilize two 8-pin power connectors. the 1070 ti mini is fitted with a single 8-pin power connector.the zotac 1070 ti amp extreme, the largest of the three new gpus, features one of zotac's massive proprietary triple-slot icestorm coolers equipped with three 90mm dual-ball bearing eko fans embedded into a metal “carbon exoarmor” fan shroud. the fans push air through interlaced aluminum fins bonded to direct contact copper heatpipes attached to the gpu core. a large metal wraparound backplate adds structural strength and rigidity to prevent the card from bending under the weight of the heatsink. the zotac 1070 ti amp edition features a scaled down version of the icestorm cooler. this dual-slot direct copper contact heatsink is slightly smaller than the amp extreme version and utilizes...





whatsapp's data sharing with facebook not compliant with data protection laws

last year, the article 29 working party (wp29), which consists of all the leaders of the national data protection agencies in the european union, started investigating whatsapp over its data sharing with facebook. following its investigation, the group sent a letter to facebook in which it notified the company that whatsapp is still not abiding by european union (eu) privacy laws.facebook’s non-compliance with data protection lawthe wp29 noted in its letter that facebook is still not compliant with the old data protection directive (a more generic piece of legislation which eu members can implement however they see fit), nor the newer general data protection regulation (a piece of legislation that all eu countries have to implement in the same way), which passed last year and will go into effect by mid-2018.facebook has managed to sidestep some of the data protection authorities in the eu, usually on technical grounds, such as those countries not having jurisdiction over facebook because the company’s eu headquarters lies in ireland. however, facebook may not be able to dodge this one for much longer. recently, the top advisor to the court of justice of the european union (cjeu) published his opinion on an upcoming case, in which he said that any data protection authority in the eu can take action against facebook for breaching eu privacy laws. the cjeu has generally ruled similarly to this advisor's opinions, so multiple data protection authorities may soon be able to f...





aoc's latest monitor offers a portable and affordable usb-c solution

if you’re looking for a portable display that utilizes a usb-c connection, you might find what you’re looking for with aoc’s latest monitor. the company’s new 16” usb-c monitor is priced just under $200, serving up a sizable amount of screen real estate for a portable ips panel for productivity on the go. the options on the market for usb-c displays have been quite lacking in terms of variety, especially in terms of affordability for many consumers. although there are several attractive options out there, such as the acer hz77hu or the lg 27ud88, both are fairly expensive for the role most consumers are likely looking to fill. the tech is impressive, but hardly budget-friendly at list prices of $499 and $820, respectively. there is one cheaper model in the form of the asus mb169c+, which you can typically find for under $200 via amazon, but it’s a bit smaller with a 15.6” display. that’s why aoc’s option, the i1601fwux model, looks like a plucky alternative to the pricier usb-c displays currently available. the screen itself is larger than what even an ipad pro offers, though it’s still small enough to cart around in a briefcase or messenger bag. a glossy black finish rounds out the package. although it’s aesthetically impressive, its pedigree as a monitor is something to get much more excited about. it’s capable of full 1080p at 60hz, which may disappoint consumers looking for a display capable of 4k, but the price is right for this kind of performanc...





thrustmaster's new sparco r383 wheels adds more immersion to your rally races

a new wheel from thrustmaster has arrived, and rally fans will benefit the most from the new peripheral. the sparco r383 is one of the most recognizable steering wheels in racing, and now you can use it to steer your virtual car to the finish line with thrustmaster’s latest wheel “mod.”the 1:1 replica, officially called the “rally wheel add-on sparco r383 mod,” features a black suede rim with a brushed metal faceplate. two metal paddle shifters are located in the back and measure five inches in height. you can adjust the paddles’ position so that it’s easy to reach, whether you’re on a straight or making a tight hairpin turn. it also includes nine buttons located on the edges of the faceplate, as well as a directional pad that acts as another button when it’s pressed down.because it’s a standalone add-on, the wheel is compatible with multiple bases in thrustmaster’s massive lineup, which means that you can use it on consoles and the pc. you can check out the list of supported wheels below. the sparco r383 wheel is available now for a pricey $200.thrustmaster sparco r383 supported basest300 rs servo baset500 rst300 rst300 ferrari gtet300 ferrari integral racing wheel alcantara editiont300 rs gt editiontx servo basetx racing wheel ferrari 458 italia editiontx racing wheel leather editionts-pc racerts-xw racer sparco p310 competition modt-gt





msi jumps into the gtx 1070 ti fray with 5 new graphics cards

msi_aero_8gmsi_armor_8gmsi_gaming_8gmsi_titanium_8gmsi_duke_8gnot one to be left out of a major graphics card launch, msi has also announced a line of geforce gtx 1070 ti series graphics cards. given the fact that nvidia has restricted manufacturers from churning out factory-overclocked video cards, the base / boost clocks on all the graphics card listed here are limited to 1,607mhz / 1,683mhz. all five msi cards are equipped with 8gb gddr5x memory running at 8gbps; sport a single dual link dvi-d, one hdmi 2.0b, and three displayport 1.4 ports; and require at least a 500w power supply.four out of the five gtx 1070 ti graphics cards announced by msi are equipped with various versions of the company's signature frozr-branded coolers. all twin frozr coolers are outfitted with torx 2.0 fans that direct airflow through aluminum fins bonded to a large nickel-plated copper base via large copper heatpipes. msi claimed these new torx fans generate up to 22% more air pressure than the previous torx fan technology. the 1070 ti aero, the only gtx 1070 ti card announced today that doesn’t have a twin frozr cooler, features a blower-style radial fan design that channels heated air out of your chassis via a rear exhaust vent. to prevent bending and twisting, msi's gtx 1070 ti cards include solid metal full-cover backplates. these new graphics cards feature a 10-phase pcb design, as well as military class mil-std-810g certified components that the company claimed enables higher stability...





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mir: $20, promo code: emcbrce72 was: $169.99 is now: $89.99





intel optane ssd 900p review

the time is finally here. you’ve seen 3d xpoint for the enterprise in our intel dc p4800x review, and you’ve seen it as a fast cache for the desktop in our optane memory review. but this is the form you’ve really been waiting for: a bootable 3d xpoint ssd for the desktop. the intel optane 900p. purportedly the fastest consumer ssd known to mankind. it has arrived, and it’s time for us to review what promises to be a massive generational shift in consumer storage. the intel optane ssd 900p is lightning fast thanks to its new 3d xpoint memory, but it's also expensive because the cutting-edge technology is in high demand. intel and micron developed 3d xpoint memory for more than a decade in a secret project that created the first new productized memory since 1966. the companies still won't tell us all of the details behind the technology, but outside firms have confirmed it is a form of phase change memory (pcm). this speedy new memory is designed to fill the performance gap between dram and storage, so it crosses into both territorties. 3d xpoint is more expensive than nand, but it is also faster and provides more endurance. 3d xpoint is slower than dram, but it is also cheaper and denser. the best part? unlike dram, it retains data when you remove power, making it a suitable replacement for nand.going into this review, we already knew the optane ssd 900p would come away as the fastest consumer ssd ever. intel derived the desktop version from the enterprise-focused dc...





intel announces first desktop 3d xpoint product, optane ssd 900p

intel just announced the optane ssd 900p desktop ssd at citizencon, a community gathering of roberts space industries' starcitizen players event, held in frankfurt, germany. the choice of location comes from a partnership between the game developer and intel. the optane ssd 900p ships with an exclusive in-game ship, the sabre raven. as you might imagine, the ship comes with a special ability that ties in with optane performance. the sabre raven is really fast!not to overlook the virtual ship but the real story here is that enthusiasts and power users finally get to take a full bite of optane technology rather than a sample size nibble. the intel optane ssd 900p will come to market in two capacity sizes, 280gb and 480gb. the series uses two form factors, 2.5" u.2 and half-height, half-length add-in card (aic). this will start to get confusing so look closely. the 280gb will have two 2.5" models on launch day. one comes with a standard u.2 cable and the second comes with an m.2 to u.2 adapter cable. the 480gb will not ship in a 2.5" form factor until a later date. it will ship in the add-in card form factor starting today. regardless of the form factor or capacity size, all optane ssd 900p drives deliver up to 2,500 mbps sequential read and 2,000 mbps sequential write performance. this is lower than some of the other high-performance nvme ssds shipping today, but we will address that in the next section. the drives also deliver up to 550,000 random read and 500,000 random w...





watch us play 'destiny 2'

for this week’s livestream, we take our talents beyond earth’s orbit to fight vicious aliens and gain valuable weapons and gear. that’s right, we’re playing destiny 2.the game signals the first time that the franchise has entered the pc gaming space. console players were able to play it since early september, and pc players followed suit on october 24. for the initial launch week, you and your friends can work together to complete the campaign, run through intense strikes and nightfall missions, and fight other players in the crucible. in the coming weeks, you can test your team’s skills even further with the six-player leviathan raid and the competitive trials of the nine.for some players, however, playing destiny 2 on pc was a difficult task at launch. several players were apparently banned for using third-party software such as overlays and streaming platforms while playing. however, bungie said the use of these programs wasn’t just cause for a ban, and that it would only hand out restrictions to those “using tools that pose a threat to the shared ecosystem of the game.” bungie has listed a few bans in the days following the incident, but some fear that they might not have access to the game due to their innocent use of other apps.like every other pc game, destiny 2 is always a constant work in progress. bungie will continue to monitor and fix not just this issue, but other factors as well. this includes gameplay exploits (an emote was recently removed beca...





wireless vr kits coming to us market; tpcast opening office in silicon valley

tpcast is preparing to release its wireless vive upgrade in the u.s. market, and the company is setting up shop over here to support the demand. tpcast’s u.s. office will handle marketing, sales, and customer service for north american customers. if you’re like us and you can’t wait to ditch the tether on your vr headset, we have good news for you: tpcast said it’s planning for a november launch. however, north americans are late to the party. tpcast started accepting orders for the wireless kits in europe in september, and vive owners in china have had access to wireless vr since november 2016.“following the pent-up demand in the u.s. market we’re excited to bring our revolutionary wireless technology to the american users,” said tony ho evp sales and marketing at tpcast. “with the united states team, we are planning on addressing verticals such as medical, education, entertainment, real estate, oil &gas, and make vr more available to the u.s. consumers.”tpcast’s u.s. office will also employ a customer service team, which would presumably handle warranty claims and troubleshooting, the latter of which will no doubt be necessary. “the u.s. is the world’s #1 market for vr headsets followed by china, both of which will face expedited growth as a result of wireless capabilities enhancing the vr experience," said udi yuhjtman, general manager for north america, tpcast. "having a footprint in the u.s. is important for tpcast, and we are looking forward to...





best ssds of 2017 - solid state drive comparison charts and reviews

as cpu performance hits new and unforeseen heights, processors increasingly spend time waiting on data from hard drives. this is what makes storage today's most glaring bottleneck, and overcoming it requires an ssd. frankly, the real-world differences between ssds in a desktop environment aren't altogether large. the most noticeable performance increase occurs when you go from a hard disk to just about any solid-state drive.toshiba dt01aca100 (1tb) promo code: emcbrcg27was $69.99. is now $45.99. see details on neweggpny cs2030 (480gb)was $329.99. is now $199. see details on amazonpny cs2030 (240gb)was $179.99. is now $112. see details on amazonmore: best dealsbest pcie solid state drives10/27/2017 update: added the 280gb intel optane ssd 900p (earned a 2017 editors' choice award).10/18/2017 update: reviewed the 4tb highpoint ssd7101b (no award, not listed).8/14/2017 update: last week (august 7-11) was the annual flash memory summit, and that means that we'll be seeing many new products coming out during the rest of 2017. meanwhile, it appears that the nand flash shortage is likely to continue through all of 2018, based on our conversations with analysts and vendors alike.intel optane ssd 900p aic (280gb) $389.99 neweggmydigitalssd bpx (240gb) $114.99 mydigitaldiscountmydigitalssd bpx (480gb) $199.99 mydigitaldiscountplextor m8pe (512gb) $314.68 amazonteam group t-force cardea (480gb) $269.99 newewggintel ssd 600...





updated specs, features revealed for 'call of duty: wwii' on pc

activision’s marquee franchise will have a new installment next week. prior to the launch of call of duty: wwii, sledgehammer games addressed the pc gaming community on steam with updates on hardware requirements and improvements to features that will be available at launch.the hardware specs have somewhat changed since the pc beta in late september. notable additions to the chart include an amd cpu for the minimum category and higher storage requirements. the beta, with its limited content, required only 25gb of storage, but the final version of call of duty: wwii needs an astounding 90gb of free space. that number puts it in the same ranks as forza motorsport 7 and middle-earth: shadow of war in terms of titles that require large amounts of space on your storage drive.call of duty: wwii minimumrecommended (1080p, 60 fps)cpuintel core i3-3225 (ivy bridge, 3.3ghz)amd ryzen 5 1400 (summit ridge, 3.2 ghz)intel core i5-2400 (sandy bridge, 3.1 ghz)amd ryzen r5 1600x (summit ridge, 3.6ghz)gpunvidia geforce gtx 660nvidia geforce gtx 1050amd radeon hd 7850nvidia geforce gtx 970nvidia geforce gtx 1060amd radeon r9 390amd radeon rx 580ram8gb12gbstorage90gb90gboswindows 7 (64-bit) or latern/aapidirectx 11directx 11beta players had pc-specific features available such as the ability to play in 4k, use an ultra-wide monitor, adjust the framerate cap (up to 250 fps) and alter the field of view. sledgehammer said that in the wake of the beta, it increased the field of view slider range ac...





colorful announces igame gtx1070ti vulcan x top

igame_1070ti_1igame_1070ti_2igame_1070ti_3the convoy of geforce gtx 1070 ti announcements continues with colorful revealing its upcoming igame gtx1070ti vulcan x top graphics card.considering that all base/boost clock speeds for geforce gtx 1070 ti graphics cards, regardless of manufacturer, are set by nvidia, it should be no surprise that the igame gtx1070ti vulcan x top has a 1,607mhz base frequency and a boost clock of 1,683mhz. like other recently announced 1070 ti cards from msi, zotac, evga, and inno3d, this gpu features 8gb gddr5 running at 8gbps riding a 256-bit bus.where the igame gtx1070ti vulcan x top attempts to differentiate itself from the crowd is its new sworizer cooler, 12+2 phase digital power supply reinforced by ipp (igame pure power), and selection of display outputs that include a standard dvi-d, two displayport headers, and a pair of hdmi display outputs. power is delivered via two 8-pin power connectors.colorful stated that its recently overhauled cooler features an improved design that reduces thermal resistance and enhances heat conduction efficiency. the aluminum fins attached to the copper heatpipes are cooled by three 92mm dual ball-bearing "saw sickle" fans that the company claimed cools 86% more surface area than traditional dual-slot coolers. the heatsink is also equipped with a full-cover metal backplate and the company's igame status monitor that allows real-time monitoring of core clocks, core temperature, load line status, and memory usa...





amd radeon pro software enterprise driver 17.q4 now available

on the first anniversary of the launch of the company’s enterprise driver program, amd released its new radeon pro software enterprise driver version 17.q4 with wider support for radeon pro and amd firepro hardware.new in this driver release is virtualization support for citrix xenapp and vmware linked clones, optimized game development workflows, and a more refined screen capture and recording functionality with radeon pro relive. given the fact that many developers use both professional and consumer grade graphics cards in their systems, amd developed the radeon pro software enterprise driver 17.q4 with “one driver” support that can be used with systems equipped with either type of gpu. this new unified enterprise driver lets end users run professional applications on both physical and virtual machines using one driver that meets multiple professional graphics needs. this new driver features refinements to amd's radeon pro relive that allow for maximum recording bitrates up to 100 mbps, improved notifications, camera transparency, and enhanced audio controls, just to name a few.on the security front, developers employing the use of amd's 17.q4 driver with the radeon pro wx 9100, radeon pro ssg, and radeon vega frontier edition cards will be able to utilize the built-in secure processor found in vega-based radeon pro gpus. this processor works together with radeon pro software and windows defender device guard when using windows 10 enterprise edition to perform boot ...





gigabyte announces z370n wifi mini-itx motherboard

z370n_wifi-mainz370n_wifi-2z370n_wifi-3z370n_wifi-4gigabyte has taken the wraps off the latest edition to its z370 powered line of ultra durable motherboards, the z370n wifi.the mini-itx motherboard supports intel's 8th generation (coffee lake) processors, optane storage and memory, and dual-channel ddr4 ram up to 4,400mhz (oc). it has dual m.2 slots that work with both standard ssds and intel optane memory and offers raid 0, raid 1, raid 5, and raid 10 support for storage devices.this motherboard features support for intel's built-in graphics via the onboard displayport and hdmi outputs. hd audio is provided courtesy of realtek’s alc1150 chip via gold-plated audio jacks, and networking duties are performed by dual intel gbe lan and 802.11ac wireless connectivity.water cooling aficionados and performance enthusiasts alike will no doubt take advantage of the z370n wifi's built-in temperature sensors and dedicated fan/ ater pump headers. gigabyte bundles its smart fan 5 software with this motherboard, thereby giving you the ability to interchange fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard.thanks to the inclusion of a 4-pin rgb lighting header, you can employ either 5v or 12v digital led strips. gigabyte's rgb fusion software with digital led support allows each led (up to 300) to be digitally addressable.information on pricing and availability is not available at this time. gigabyte z370n wificpu8th generation intel core pro...





scary pc games for halloween

eleven years ago we rounded up a handful of the scariest games of that past decade, and now we’re here to do it again. this time, we’re upping the ante to a grand total of 28 games, because why not?some of these are proper triple-a titles that will keep you busy for hours, whereas others are simple indie games you’ll finish in no time. some deserve their praise; others are only here because of their inexplicable community love (it’s halloween and horror combined, so it would only be fitting to create an equally horrific list).nevertheless, this list is full of shooters, puzzle-solving games, and point-and-clicks, taking place in fantasy, sci-fi, or realistic settings – surely there’s something here for everyone, so long as you’re into scary stuff that involves psychological horror, jump-scares, suspense, or just plain old gore.so, without further ado, here is the list in no particular order at all. happy halloween!more: best deals