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Friday, October 20th 2017

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ASRock Z370 Taichi

With yet another platform upon us, we have yet another ASRock Taichi motherboard to play with. The ASRock Z370 Taichi is just like all the other Taichi boards before it, ready to make the most of what Intel's Z370 platform has to offer, and with three 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, you can throw in all your HDDs and SSDs, too.

Upcoming Steam Halloween, Black Friday, Winter Sales Dates Leaked

It's been a while since the last Steam sale, which took place during Summer. You may have a backlog with a size as big as the depths of Mariana's Trench, but Steam knows you won't lose out on an opportunity to increase that backlog. The company's plans and surprise announcements for these annual sales, however, have been cut short by some leaks.

Namely, it was originally leaked (and since removed) by Reddit by user DarkMio that the dates for the aforementioned Steam sales are as follows: the Steam Halloween Sale is running from Thursday 26th October to Wednesday 1st November; the Steam Black Friday Sale runs through Wednesday 22nd November to Tuesday 28th; and the Steam Winter Sale will run from Thursday 21st December to Thursday 4th January 2018. These dates have, in the meantime, been independently confirmed by EuroGamer. A bummer for Steam, but this unfortunate event for the company should allow us poor consumers to better plan out our 3D entertainment budgets accordingly.

Sources: User DarkMio @ Reddit, EuroGamer

TechPowerUp and Rosewill Announce the Nebula Gaming Headset Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Rosewill return with another exciting giveaway for gamers, celebrating the company's Nebula line of high-end gaming headsets. We are giving away four Rosewill Nebula GX10 headsets, and five Rosewill Nebula GX30 headsets, totaling nine lucky winners, who stand a chance to win a piece of Rosewill's latest gaming audio technology. The giveaway is open from today (20/10) to the 31st of October 2017, and open worldwide (wherever legal). Nine lucky winners will be randomly chosen at the close of the giveaway. To stand a chance, simply fill up a short form to help us get back to you.
For more information, and to participate, please visit this page. Good Luck!

EK Releases CPU+VRM Monoblock for ASUS X399 Threadripper Motherboards

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer proves its market leadership once again by releasing the world's first Socket TR4 based monoblock made for several ASUS X399 motherboards. The EK-FB ASUS ROG ZE RGB Monoblock has an integrated 4-pin Digital RGB LED strip which makes it compatible with ASUS Aura Sync, thus offering a full lighting customization experience.

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools AMD Socket TR4 type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Using such a monoblock gets rid of the small fan that can be found on some X399 motherboards, hidden under the I/O cover.

G.SKILL Releases DDR4-3800MHz 32GB (4x8GB) SO-DIMM Kit for Mini-ITX HEDT Boards

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the release of a new high performance DDR4 Ripjaws SO-DIMM series for small-form factor (SFF) platforms, at DDR4-3800 MHz CL18-18-18-38 32 GB (4x 8 GB) at 1.35V, making this the world's fastest SO-DIMM memory kit. In addition, 3 new specifications will be added to the Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM family, including DDR4-3600 MHz CL16-16-16-36 32 GB (4x 8 GB), DDR4-3200 MHz CL16-16-16-36 32 GB (4x 8 GB), and DDR4-3200 MHz CL16-16-16-36 64 GB (4x 16 GB). Such extremely high speed on SO-DIMM modules are achieved with the use of the ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs.

At Computex 2017 in June, G.SKILL demonstrated high-speed Ripjaws SO-DIMM series at DDR4-3466 MHz, and we are now once again raising the speed of the fastest SO-DIMM memory kit to the intense mind-bending speed of DDR4-3800 MHz. Validated on the latest ASRock X299E-ITX/ac motherboard and the Intel Core i9-7900X X-series Processor, extreme memory performance is now a reality with small-form factor workstations.

MSI Announces Cubi 3 Silent and Cubi 3 Silent S Mini Desktops

MSI proudly announces a new, fanless, aluminum mini PC: the MSI Cubi 3 Silent and Cubi 3 Silent S. The Cubi 3 Silent series are MSI's first fanless mini PCs and are featured with the Intel Kabylake-U processors to provide efficient performance. The Cubi 3 Silent series have a comprehensive connectivity to suit the needs of both consumers and businesses. Next to that, these new mini PCs can be upgraded with ease.

By simply removing 4 screws on the bottom side of the Cubi 3 Silent, the user has access to its M.2 Slot, 2.5" HDD and SO-DIMM memory modules. The MSI Cubi 3 Silent is mountable to a wall by VESA standards or can be combined with an HDTV, so the user can enjoy Ultra High-Definition and high quality media entertainment at home. A black and a silver version of the MSI Cubi 3 Silent series are globally available by end of October 2017.

Spire Announces the Archer 12 Vertical Ergonomic Mouse

Introducing, the Archer 12 vertical ergonomic mouse by Spire. This new vertical ergonomic wireless mouse allows your right hand, arm and shoulder to be placed in a more human natural position. The vertical design provides better support for reducing wrist pain that can come from twisting your wrist and forearm when using traditional (flat) mice. The Archer series provide ergonomic support and enables for long hours of computer and desk work. Attain higher precision with your choice of adjustable DPI levels.

Simply switch between 3 different DPI levels, ranging from 800DPI,1600DPI to 2400DPI. The accessible DPI button lets you switch between the various tasks you partake in throughout the day. The Archer 12 wireless mouse is plug & play, it will range up to 30ft/10m. The on/off switch helps conserve battery power plus the low battery indicator reminds you when it's time to charge the built in polymer battery via the included micro-USB cable. No drivers are required for Windows and Mac. Supported by our 2 year warranty service. Ergonomics made affordable by Spire - Powered by Innovation.

BenQ Announces the ZOWIE XL2536 Monitor with DyAc

BenQ rolled out the ZOWIE XL2536 gaming monitor featuring DyAc (Dynamic Accuracy). This 25-inch (24.5-inch viewing area) monitor features Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, but bolstered by 144 Hz refresh-rate, and 1 ms (gray to gray) response-time. The DyAc feature helps keep the screen steady in fast-paced game sequences by compensating for motion-blur from the game. In theory, this should improve your accuracy in first-person shooters that have gun recoil mechanics. There's also an OSD crosshair to help you out with aim. The Black eQualizer feature improves contrast in dark areas of an otherwise bright 3D scene, letting you spot campers hiding in the dark.

Other key specs of the ZOWIE XL2536 include 320 cd/m² maximum brightness, 1,000:1 static, and 12M:1 dynamic contrast ratios. The monitor features a non-PWM method of controlling brightness of its LED back-lighting, making it flicker-free. Display inputs include one each of HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and dual-link DVI-D. Other features include a 2-port USB 3.0 hub, and audio jacks. The stand allows height, tilt, and swivel adjustments. The company didn't reveal pricing.
Thursday, October 19th 2017

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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB

MSI has fused the amazing cooler of the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z with the more affordable PCB design of the Gaming X. The card also includes the mesmerizing RGB effects from the Lightning Z and delivers noise levels that match the quietest GTX 1080 Tis we have ever tested.

Intel "Cannon Lake" Could Bring AVX-512 Instruction-set to the Mainstream

Intel's next-generation "Cannon Lake" CPU micro-architecture could see the introduction of the AVX-512 instruction-set to the mainstream segments (MSDT or mainstream-desktop, and mobile). It is currently available on the company's Core X "Skylake-X" HEDT processors, and on the company's Xeon "Skylake-W," Xeon Scalable "Skylake-SP," and in a limited form on the Xeon Phi Knights Landing and Knights Mill scalar compute chips.

The upcoming "Cannon Lake" mainstream silicon will feature AVX512F, AVX512CD, AVX512DQ, AVX512BW, and AVX512VL instructions, and will support AVX512_IFMA and AVX512_VBMI commands, making it a slightly broader implementation of AVX-512 than the "Skylake-SP" silicon. The new AVX-512 will vastly improve performance of compute-intensive applications that take advantage of it. It will also be a key component of future security standards.

Source: Anandtech

KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Smiles for the Camera

Here are some of the first pictures of a custom-design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, the KFA2 GTX 1070 Ti EX. For one, these pictures confirm the branding of NVIDIA "almost GTX 1080" SKU, positioned between its performance-segment GeForce GTX 1070, and its high-end GTX 1080. The KFA2 card ships with clock speeds of 1607 MHz core, 1683 MHz GPU Boost, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, which works out to a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s.

Based on the "GP104" silicon, the GTX 1070 Ti packs 2,432 CUDA cores, 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The KFA2 card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, conditioning it with a 7-phase VRM. An aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn directly from the GPU and ventilated by a pair of 100 mm fans, keeps the card cool. The VRM is cooled by a secondary heatsink, while the memory is cooled passively. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and dual-link DVI-D. The card is expected to launch on October 26.

ASUS Announces ROG STRIX X370-I And B350-I Mini-ITX Motherboards For AMD Ryzen

Mini-ITX boards are among the most difficult to produce. Their diminutive 6.7" x 6.7" dimensions leave little real estate for slots and ports, let alone the extra features that make ROG unique. We're not willing to compromise your experience for a compact footprint, so it takes some time and creativity to make everything fit. But it's worth the effort, because our new Strix X370-I Gaming and Strix B350-I Gaming motherboards for Socket AM4 raise the bar for small-form-factor Ryzen builds. They match the cutting-edge features of their full-sized siblings, including liquid-ready cooling and addressable RGB lighting, and they combine an M.2 SSD heatsink and amped-up audio on an innovative riser card.

Cooler Master's ML120L and ML240L RGB CPU Coolers Sync Lighting To Motherboard

Cooler Master has released the new MasterLiquid ML120L and ML240L RGB all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, which sound similar to the existing MasterLiquid 120 and 240 AIO coolers, but differ in having RGB lighting which appears to be the new norm for flagship CPU coolers in 2017. The new coolers come equipped with pre-programmed RGB lighting effects on both the pump and fan(s), and this can also be monitored via the included controller. In addition, Cooler Master provides an RGB cable splitter to help integrate the lighting with compatible LED control software from motherboard makers including ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASRock's RGB LED Utility. Both the ML120L and the ML240L RGB are compatible with the newer AMD AM4 socket and Intel LGA2066 socket in addition to mainstream sockets from both CPU manufacturers. Notably however, support for AMD's Threadripper platform is missing. Both AIOs use a dual-chamber pump, sleeved FEP tubing, and MF120R air balance fans that claim to have silence and performance optimization in mind. The ML120L and the ML240L RGB coolers are currently available on Newegg via a third-party seller for $94.99 and $114.99 respectively. Click on the story for more specs.

Alphacool Announces Eiskoffer Hardline Tube Bending Kit

Whether you're a professional modder or still a novice, the Alphacool Eiskoffer offers everyone a comprehensive foundation for bending HardTubes into any desired form. The set is compatible with 13mm and 16mm HardTubes. Every tool is designed for both sizes. A deburring tool and gloves are included, as well as a saw and a mitre box that can be mounted to a table with special screw clamps. A rubberised interior prevents scratches and stops the HardTubes from sliding around inside the mitre box while sawing. A comprehensive set of measuring tools is included so you can get the angles you need, including several angles in a row. The measuring kit is built to be totally flexible and can be used in just about any situation.

In order to get the perfect bend each time, a substantial palette of bending radii and angles can be attached to the bending plate. The basis for this is formed by two different sizes of bending mandrels and arc mandrels. This allows you to bend HardTubes to any classic bending radius. The bending plate has a section that can accommodate self-designed or highly specialised bends. The case contains special flex mandrels that can be positioned in nearly any way. You need a 30° angle followed by a 2cm long straight section and then another 20° angle? No problem; these flex mandrels make just about anything possible.

Cherry Aims for DIY Crowds With MX Mechanical Switch Kits

Cherry, best known for their mechanical switches that are still some of the most well regarded by typing enthusiasts everywhere, are looking to cater to the DIY crowd with their latest line of MX Mechanical Switch Kits. The philosophy behind this product is that there are some users that prefer to build and customize their own keyboards rather than buy them from a recognized brand; and now, Cherry has an official solution for those customers.

Cherry themselves have provided a Developer Page with guides and how-to tutorials, explaining what exactly goes on a Cherry switch and how to put them together. Whether individually or in a set, CHERRY is offering customers a choice between MX Red, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Clear, Silent Black, Silent Red, and Speed switches. The developer kits contain a full set of 110 switches, which will let users create their own keyboards in the extended layout. For Cherry's developer kits, you'll have to exclusively go through Reichelt Elektronik, whereas switch kits can also be purchased from Arrow Electronics and Greendich Enterprise. The developer kits will be available for €40.

Sources: Cherry, via Tom's Hardware

INNO3D Launches New, Optimized Jet Fan NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of awesome high-end graphics hardware components and various innovations enriching your life, brings yet another graphics upgrade to you. Injecting some "Jet DNA" into the high-speed fan air cooling solution, it has been especially designed for the Full-Length PCB products and has been forged for the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, and the GTX 1070 editions.

Raw Craftsmanship
Built to cool down like never before the optimized Jet-Fan solution relies on premium components, materials and raw craftsmanship, these dudes will become available for those who have a sharp eye for performance, value and their wallet.

Graphics Cards Vendors Increase Orders in Wake of Expected Mining Sales Increase

DigiTimes is reporting that graphics cards vendors and AIB (add-in board partners) to both AMD and NVIDIA are increasing their orders for GPUs. Citing sources from the upstream supply chain, the report says that the reason for this is an expected increase in sales due to higher demand for cryptocurrency mining workloads. Most cryptocurrencies are mined on GPUs today, and there are miners that leverage both AMD and NVIDIA's architectures for increased mining performance. Whereas before mining was somewhat of a strictly AMD business, NVIDIA's architectures have also been developed for in most recent cryptocurrency mining efforts, which means that no one manufacturer is the sole source of mining GPUs.

As such, and counting on continued economic support for current cryptocurrency pricing (or even increase), Asustek, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI), TUL, Colorful and Galaxy Microsystems have increased their orders from respective manufacturing partners. Since graphics cards pricing has stabilized and even decreased somewhat in recent weeks from their selling points just some months ago, this might mean that we'll finally see some graphics card models from both AMD and NVIDIA finally being retailed for their MSRP again. However, demand for mining-efficient GPUs is expected to increase alongside cryptocurrency value, so don't take this increased supply for granted - demand could spike at any moment, and with little warning.

Source: DigiTimes

Zotac Announces World's Smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - ArcticStorm Mini

ZOTAC International, a Hong Kong based and a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to announce the launch of ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini. Get the best of both worlds with the most compact GeForce GTX 1080 Ti water blocked graphics card packing the ultimate gaming performance combined with fearless cooling.

The card combines the 212 mm (8.35-inch) long super compact design of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini with a full-coverage water block utilizing a nickel plated direct copper contact with precision 0.3mm micro-channels for maximum heat extraction. The see-thru tinted acrylic top allows the cooling magic to be visible, supported by a metal backplate, the overall color neutral design adds the finishing touches with an all-white LED lit touch. Builders now have the option of making one of the most compact with extreme cooling PC gaming systems around and have it fit into any color scheme.
Wednesday, October 18th 2017

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Roccat Isku+ Force FX Keyboard

The Roccat Isku+ Force FX is a very large form-factor keyboard with 123 separate keys, a pressure-sensitive key zone offering analog control, 16.8M RGB backlighting, and an integrated wrist rest. It is complemented well by a powerful software driver to make the most of the provided hardware.

noblechairs ICON Real Leather Chair

We evaluate a top quality chair from noblechairs, belonging to the fresh ICON series. With an amazing cognac/black color combination and a design that stands out from the crowd, this product managed to capture our attention from the start.

Streacom Announces the BC1 Mini Chassis

Today Streacom is delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.

"Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems" commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.

NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti 3DMark Benchmark Results Appear Online

NVIDIA's GeForce 10 series, codenamed Pascal, has been in the market since May of 2016. NVIDIA released both the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 using TSMC's new manufacturing 16nm FinFet technology. When they debuted, the GTX 1070 became a popular choice among gamers initially because it was the more budget friendly option between the two. Earlier this year, NVIDIA released the GTX 1080 Ti primarily aimed at the higher-end enthusiast crowd.

We have reported about the soon-to-be launched GTX 1070 Ti before, and we also saw a render of the Gigabyte offering yesterday. Adding to the fervor today, benchmark results for the GTX 1070 Ti emerged for 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy on the web. Although rumored to not overclock well, the GTX 1070 Ti paints a pretty picture for those looking to upgrade their gaming rigs. According to these early leaks, the GTX 1070 Ti bests AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56 in the Time Spy benchmark in both Turbo and Balanced modes for the latter, while trading blows in Fire Strike Extreme in balanced mode and losing to it in Turbo mode. Keep in mind, these are early leaks and more are sure to come as we inch closer to its release.

DRAM Output in 2018 Planned for Continued High Pricing - TrendForce

DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, has come forward with the expected announcement that DRAM output in 2018 likely won't be enough to fully satisfy supply. This has been the case for some time now. However, what started with simple insufficient output that could contain the explosion of DRAM capacity in smartphones seems to now be turning into a conscious decision by the three top memory manufacturers. Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix are seemingly setting output at a lower than required level so as to artificially inflate pricing due to low supply. TrendForce themselves say so, in that these suppliers "(...) have opted to slow down their capacity expansions and technology migrations so that they can keep next year's prices at the same high level as during this year's second half. Doing so will also help them to sustain a strong profit margin."

DRAM production is expected to increase by 19,6% in 2018; however, this ratio is lower than the expected growth in demand, which is being pegged at 20,6%. This means 2018 is likely to see increased constraint in the supply channels (whereas 2018 was actually expected to see a slight relief in supply issues). This means that pricing will either stabilize or tend to increase from current levels. To be fair, semiconductor production isn't as simple as hitting a "increase production by 10x" button; reports say that all three players are contending with insufficient room to expand output on their production lines, and getting a new production facility online isn't a trivial effort - neither in funds, nor on time. However... All involved companies would much rather keep prices as they are than see them being brought down by oversupply.

Source: TrendForce

Samsung Completes Qualification of 8 nm LPP Process

Samsung Electronics announced today that their 8 nm FinFET process technology, 8LPP (Low Power Plus), has been qualified and is ready for production. Samsung's newest process node provides up to 10-percent lower power consumption with up to 10-percent area reduction from 10LPP through a narrower metal pitch. 8LPP is expected to provide benefits for applications including mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server. Samsung expects this 8 nm node to be the last feasible one with current fabrication technology - shown by the fact it's actually employing much of the same design and production processes and philosophy as the 10 nm node. Samsung is counting on EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) technology to enable 7 nm and smaller process nodes.

"With the qualification completed three months ahead of schedule, we have commenced 8LPP production," said Ryan Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung Foundry continues to expand its process portfolio in order to provide distinct competitive advantages and excellent manufacturability based on what our customers and the market require." Details of the recent update to Samsung's foundry roadmap, including 8LPP availability and 7nm EUV development, will be presented at the Samsung Foundry Forum Europe on October 18, 2017, in Munich, Germany.

Source: Samsung

ADATA Launches the IM2S3148 Industrial-Grade M.2 2280 Solid State Drive

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products,today launched the industrial-grade IM2S3148 M.2 2280 SATA 6Gbps solid state drive. Utilizing the compact M.2 form factor for an easy fit in various installations and delivering up to 560 MB/s read and 530 MB/s write, the drive employs durable and long-lasting 3D NAND Flash for extended longevity and improved power efficiency compared to 2D NAND. The IM2S3148 is carefully tested to survive extreme temperatures and humidity as well as provide robust resistance to shocks and vibration. Customers can choose capacities from 128 GB to 512 GB.

Thanks to the compact dimensions of the M.2 2280 form factor, the IM2S3148 requires far less room than 2.5" SATA drives. It can therefore better serve users as more proper embedded storage, rather than add-on storage that requires independent power and more intricate accommodation. The IM2S3148 takes power directly from the M.2 slot, consuming just 2.3W at peak.

ASUS Confirms Z270 Platform Could be Compatible with Intel Coffee Lake CPUs

In an interview with Bit-tech, ASUS ROG motherboard product manager Andrew Wu has let the proverbial cat out of the bag: apparently, compatibility of Z270 boards with Coffee Lake processors wouldn't have been impossible after all. When asked why the new Coffee Lake CPUs aren't compatible with the previously released Z270 platform, Andrew Wu explained that it" (...) depends on Intel's decision." Andrew Wu also went on to mention that Intel's stated power delivery reasons don't "make much difference", and that ASUS themselves could make their Z270 motherboards compatible with Coffee Lake. For that, however, they'd need "(...) an upgrade from the ME [Management Engine] and a BIOS update", for which "Intel somehow has locked the compatibility."

It seems all of that extra "pin-count" doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of the current Coffee Lake lineup with up to six core processors - the CPU socket and platform as designed with Z270 would have been able to handle the increased core counts and power loads. The question gets murkier with Intel's ability to release an 8-core CPU to the Z370 platform though - that particular amount of cores might indeed prove to be too much for Z270's power delivery. Making an educated guess, it would seem that Intel could have allowed for Coffee Lake compatibility on Z270 motherboards on CPUs up to 6 cores, but would need the new revisions on the Z370 platform to allow for operation of 8-core Coffee Lake chips.

EA Shutters Visceral Studios, Pivots on Unreleased Star Wars Game Design

The death knell is sounding in Visceral Games (creators of the Dead Space series), courtesy of EA. The publishing company has shuttered another one of its studios, and is looking to move employees from Visceral to what others remain. Apparently, the Star Wars game, which had a tentative release date for 2019, was shaping up as a "story-based, linear adventure game": not that much of a surprise, considering it was being helmed by Uncharted series veteran Amy Hennig. A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development, led by a team from EA Vancouver that was already working on the project.

Apparently, EA wasn't much enjoying the way the game was developing; usually, linear, story-based games don't lend themselves much for microtransactions or loot boxes, now do they? Citing "shifts in the marketplace", EA says that "It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design," so that it "allows for more variety and player agency." All in all, this sounds much like Destiny, or upcoming Bioware game Anthem. But it will also certainly lend itself better to further monetization, considering how it's one of the industry's most important sources of revenue.

Source: EA Blogs
Tuesday, October 17th 2017

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NVIDIA Giving Away "Destiny 2" with GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti

NVIDIA is giving away copies of "Destiny 2" with new purchases of GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. The "New Legends will Rise" game bundle sees NVIDIA add-in card (AIC) partners give away coupons that can be redeemed on the NVIDIA website for game keys to the season's hottest online multiplayer first-person shooter. The offer covers both reference-design and custom-design GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards sold in the retail channel; and gaming notebooks and desktops based on the two graphics cards. In addition to the game itself, you get early-access to the PC betas.
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