An AMD Vega GPU runs Doom 2016 in Ultra HD at more than 60 FPS

The next generation of AMD high-end graphics cards based on the Vega architecture has already been presented at an event that took place in Sonoma, California, earlier this week. The architecture will debut with the Radeon Instinct MI25 geared towards deep learning as a GPU accelerator, but they also showed a prototype of the Vega commercial GPU running the Doom 2016 at Ultra HD resolution with the graphic settings to the maximum while maintaining more than 60 FPS stable.

68 Average FPS and no drops is the result of the benchmark made by AMD in the demonstration, not bad considering it is a prototype, with unpolished drivers, and was running a relatively new game at Ultra HD resolution and graphics maxed out. Of course, it should be noted that the demonstration was performed using the Vulkan graphical API on which AMD collaborates. AMD Vega GPU


Asus continues to put GeForce GTX 900 Series on its laptops

Lately, some of Asus decisions, especially on its marketing and sales departments are being questioned, specifically the prices they have put some of their products. But it seems that there is something else that is not working well in the brand as they have just announced the launch of their new UltraBook Asus ZenBook UX310UQ which, again, uses a past generation graphics card.

This may come as a surprise to you but it’s not the first time Asus does it, because in September we were criticizing the launch of the ROG Strix GL553VW, a gaming laptop using a GTX 960M. Now, three months later, Asus repeats the move and although both NVIDIA and AMD already have two new generations of graphics cards, in which Asus actively participates for the desktop models, the manufacturer seems stuck in the year 2015 as far as portable hardware is concerned.

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The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is presented as the most powerful ultrabook of the brand. It has a screen size of 13.3 inches with Full HD resolution, and it is notable for its thinness (measuring 18.35mm thick) and its weight (weighs 1.4kg). This slim and lightweight ultrabook is powered by an Intel Core i5-6260U dual-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and boasts of incorporating “spectacular graphics” (literal words from its website) thanks to its NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory.


AOC P2779VC monitors include wireless charging

The AOC P2778VC monitor is a 27-inch model with a PLS panel of 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, with 178 degrees of horizontal and vertical viewing angles, 5ms GtG response time and a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1. It offers two HDMi 1.3 inputs and a VGA.

However, what makes it special is that, on its base, AOC has integrated a wireless charging system compatible with the Qi standard to be able to charge most smartphones on the market that have wireless charging.

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BenQ cares about your eyes with the EW3270ZL "Eye-Care"

The EW3270ZL Eye-Care is a new 32 inches monitor with different technologies to make it more comfortable to the eye and avoid problems arising from long periods of use.

The functionalities related to “eye care” can be found in its LED lighting system without PWM to avoid micro-blinking and also in a lighting system adaptable via an ambient light sensor. Naturally, it includes a blue light filter in one of its modes of operation.

Benq EW3270ZL

The panel used is an AMVA+ with 1.070 million colors and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with viewing angles of 178º both vertically and horizontally. Its response time reaches 4 ms GtG and features DisplayPort MiniDP HDMI and audio inputs for its two 3W speakers. Its price is still unknown.


Leaked first photos from various Asus Kaby Lake motherboards

Technical specifications and some photos from several motherboards that Asus plans to launch with Intel’s next processor using Kaby Lake have leaked. More specifically, the motherboards which have been filtered belong mainly to the ROG series of this manufacturer and have, as expected given the range, the Z270 chipset, although another motherboard of a more normal range has also been leaked. The leaked models are the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, the Strix Z270F Gaming, the TUF Z270 Mark 1 and the Prime Z270-A.

Starting with the most “basic” model of all, the Asus Prime Z270-A, is a model that moves away from the ROG series and concentrates on fulfilling its functions, but not just in any way since it comes as standard with power supply phases of type 8 + 2 + 2 managed by a digital controller, including an 8-pin connector and solid capacitors accompanying four slots for DDR4 RAM that allow the installation of modules that operate up to 3,866 MHz, three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (wired electrically as x16/x8/x4), four PCIe 3.0 x1 and two M.2 slots that are capable of moving data at a speed of 32 GB/s.

Asus Kaby Lake motherboards

And now moving onto the more gaming oriented models, I’d like to start by speaking of the Asus TUF Z270 Mark 1, the model intended for those users looking for reliability and resistance above all else. After all, the motto of the TUF range is precisely “Tough inside and out”. This model follows the same specifications of the previous almost exactly except in the audio section, in this case the manufacturer has provided a SupremeFX SF1220A chip that comes with capacitors of the famous brand Nichicon for audiophiles.


Intel Kaby Lake for desktop will arrive January 2

The seventh generation of Intel processors, codenamed Kaby Lake, already made its appearance in the low-voltage range of laptops, however, it’s still missing in the market of high performance notebooks and desktop, but we won’t have to wait long.

Seventh-generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors will hit the desktop market on January 2, a few days before CES 2017 where we will know all the computers and motherboards prepared to receive this new range of chips.

Intel Kaby Lake

That day we will know all the details of processors like the Core i7-7700K, Core i5-7600K or the recent Core i3-7350K we told you about two days ago. All of them manufactured following a manufacturing process of 14 nanometers (it is the third generation that Intel launches using this process) and with improvements in architecture that will allow it to increase performance around 10% of IPC compared to the current Skylake generation.

The new Kaby Lake processors will be compatible with existing motherboards with LGA 1151 sockets and 100 series chipsets, but there’ll be also a new chipset, the Intel 200. Naturally, the support for DDR4 memories will be maintained, they will integrate 24 lines PCIe 3.0 and compatibility with NVMe, M.2 and U.2 among others.

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ASUS relies again on the DirectCU II heatsink for the new GTX 1060 STRIX

This new ASUS graphics card custom model is based on the versatile GTX 1060 chip, a GPU capable of seamlessly running all titles at 1080p resolution.

The ASUS GTX 1060 Strix recycles the legendary Direct CU II heatsink with direct contact heatpipes. While it is true that ASUS already has the third generation of DirectCU III, given the low power consumption of the GTX 1060 this two-fan heatsink is more than enough to keep temperatures under control and even allow factory overclocking.

This model operates at 1,595 MHz and 1,811 MHz (normal / boost) in OC mode with 8,000 MHz for its 6 GB of GDDR5 memory. It feeds from a 6-pin connector.

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Intel will integrate Wifi and USB 3.1 into its upcoming chipsets

Surely these technologies will come integrated in the 300 series of Intel that will arrive for desktop and portable systems later in 2017. This will allow an even greater integration in this type of systems, but will also be a blow to the makers of added chip with both technologies.

The news, for the users, are good since we will have even more compact laptops and technologies integrated into desktop systems that are uncommon now. It is expected that the supported Wifi will be of type AC, with double band, and the USB 3.1 will be type Gen2 with up to 10Gbps of bandwidth.


On the other hand, the standardization of both technologies will allow the development of more compatible devices and a price reduction of this kind of products.

Samsung CFG70, a gaming monitor with quantum dot technology

All major brands are doing big presentations of high-end monitors for gamers, and although it was LG which recently it introduced its new ultra-wide models of monitors, it is now Samsung’s turn with a new model, the CFG70.

This gaming monitor from Samsung has the distinctive feature of using Quantum Dot technology, present in high-end TVs of the brand, like the KS9000, and that allows us to have superior contrast and color quality to that we are accustomed to, even higher than IPS panels.


G.SKILL announces the mechanical gaming keyboard RIPJAWS KM570 MX with Cherry MX

Under the name of RIPJAWS KM570 MX, G.SKILL company launches a mechanical keyboard for gamers with high durability (more than 50 million keystrokes each key) seeking maximum ease of use: no need for specific software or anything like that, just plug and play, its internal memory stores all settings and it is not necessary to install the software on another PC to keep the setting.

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It offers a customizable backlight system in red with different independent effects for each key and also macro recording function in real time.

The “MX” tagline gives us a clue about the kind of switches used in this keyboard, Cherry MX in various models. We can buy it with Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown or Cherry MX Red mechanical switches depending on your personal preferences. Its US price is around 90 dollars.

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