Monday, January 22, 2018

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Spotted in the Wild

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AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have indeed attracted major fanfare for the company ever since it was first unveiled. And now with the whole Spectre and Meltdown debacle, system builders going for newer machines may be thinking of finally shifting to Ryzen. On that regard, AMD is still on the offensive as the company talked about its upcoming 2nd generation of Ryzen CPUs back in CES 2018 without much solid info to work on with. Now, a new leak surfaces, reportedly spilling Ryzen 5 2600’s big secrets.

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Codenamed ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y in the SANDRA database, the Ryzen 5 2600 is designed to be take over Ryzen 5 1600’s place. It features 3.4GHz base and 3.8GHz boost based on the code name, and it comes with 6 physical cores and 12 threads. Furthermore, it features 16MB of L3 cache and 3MB of L2 cache.

On paper, the Ryzen 5 2600 doesn’t exactly trail far from its predecessor which comes with 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost. However, besides the slightly higher clock speed, it could take advantage of new architectural optimizations.

Based on the leak, the Ryzen 5 2600 came together with an ASUS Crosshair VII Hero motherboard under the X470 chipset. Do note that there will be no compatibility issues from the older AM4 motherboards, but once again expect more optimizations together with new features for the new platform when it goes available in the market.

As AMD points out, Ryzen 2 desktop CPUs are slated for an April 2018 release, so you won’t have to wait for long to know more.  


Overwatch Teases New Legendary Hanzo Skin

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Most of our excitement for Overwatch stems from placement matches and ranking up, and of course there are seasonal events to look forward to. Because skins. Blizzard on the other hand does come up with new skins from time to time, and more often than not it’s not our main hero to get them new cosmetics. Thankfully, Blizz has just teased the Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin, giving our pure-luck hero a sweet makeover and an awesome bow design.



Blizzard will keep on teasing more updates each day until the patch arrives on January 23rd. The upcoming patch will feature new changes to loot boxes, with the standard ones featuring new content.

Thus far, three new legendary skins for Overwatch have been announced. The Capoeira Lucio skin, the Asp Pharrah skin, and the latest Kabuki Hanzo skin.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Final Trailer Revealed; Ultimate Box Edition Release Date Announced!

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SIES) announced that the ULTIMATE BOX of PlayStation®4 software “DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT” produced by SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. will be available for sale on January 30, 2018. Last but not least, a final trailer for the game has also been released. 


DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT ULTIMATE BOX Information

Product Name DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT ULTIMATE BOX
Release Date :January 30, 2018
Price :PHP 11,999

Bundled Content: 
  • PS4™ Software “DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT” ×1
  • DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT Official Calendar 2018 ×1
  • 2018 Calendar starting from April containing original CG images with characters and scenes in the game
  • DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT Original Soundtrack ULTIMATE BOX Edition ×1
  • Original soundtrack CD containing 15 tracks including major DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® arcade battle tracks and newly recorded tracks from for this title
  • STATIC ARTS BUST DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT WARRIOR OF LIGHT ×1
  • A Warrior of Light model figure made with detailed color sculpting textures for the blue armor and the gold fabric, recreating the CG image in the game and the illustration done by Tetsuya Nomura 
  • Steelbook ×1
*Contents and specifications might change without prior announcement. 

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*Images from product in development

About DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT

DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT is fast-paced, strategic brawler with iconic characters appearing from the FINAL FANTASY series. Such title is produced by “Team NINJA” from KOEI TECMO GAMES which is a major producer for the fighting game genre. Besides the characters, battle map and background music from the FINAL FANTASY series, players can also battle in a 3 VS 3 arena using abilities and magic based on elements from the original titles in the franchise. However, the RPG battles of using “EX Skills” to support your allies along with the feature of calling out summons will evolve into an actioned based team battle completely! Players can enjoy the game according to their playstyles by choosing the online mode to fight as a team with others, or use the offline mode to do battle trainings or enjoy the storyline like a traditional RPG.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

COLORFUL Pushes for Bigger eSports with CGU 2018

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions and long-time supporter of eSports has shared their insights into their growth thanks to eSports via their eSports executive head. With a steady growth in eSports, COLORFUL foresees its COLORFUL Games Union gaming event to be a central element to its goals of solidifying their brands, both in eSports and in the DIY industry. COLORFUL intends to develop CGU into a global event to further highlight the company's position as a dedicated gaming company that delivers products and experiences targeted for gamers.

THE FOUNDATION OF COLORFUL GAMES UNION
With nearly 22 years in the industry, COLORFUL has grown vastly throughout the years and has been very sensitive in analyzing budding market trends to assist in its product development. With the surge in World of Warcraft, COLORFUL realized it needed create an experience for players for this game. A small-scale event was formed which saw great feedback from the Chinese gaming community. With the global phenomenon known as eSports becoming more and more ingrained in Chinese culture, COLORFUL decided to unite the figures that make eSports exciting: the teams, casters, celebrities, products and other IPs form together to bring COLORFUL Games Union which debuted in 2013. This event saw the birth of the now famous professional team Snake and COLORFUL intends to become key a partner in seeking and establishing budding teams and talents and bring them into the global spotlight.

COLORFUL GAMES UNION NOW

With the first CGU attracting 128 finalists from 68 colleges in China, COLORFUL saw it necessary to elevate the event into something bigger. CGU 2015 saw the realization of this transition into a grand stage wherein gaming celebrities, casters and fans converged in a single event to deliver a great eSports experience. The passion brought by the crowd and the players was enough to push COLORFUL into becoming bigger and bigger with CGU 2017 seeing more teams from other nations compete in this glorious event.

CGU 2017 was a key year for COLORFUL which yielded into COLORFUL breaking past their domestic border, allowing more international players to compete and celebrating with the global gaming audience the thrill of eSports. This new milestone for CGU opens up a whole new window to the world where gamers everywhere can experience intense and electric competition like no other.

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The fans have been a key driving factor for COLORFUL in pursuing and pushing CGU further. Thanks to their interaction with fans, COLORFUL has been able to identify with fans of all genres unitied by their love for gaming and embdedding the COLORFUL brand as THE BRAND for gamers.
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Lastly, COLORFUL knows that it's a competitive market in the DIY PC space and there's little room to innovate to outperform competitors. COLORFUL has been pushing innovation as far as it can becoming the benchmark for graphics card thanks to its unparalleled connection with fans combined with their expertise.

CGU: THE FUTURE

Closing the discussion with COLORFUL eSports Executive William, he states that the company will continue to focus on recognizing emerging trends in both e-commerce and eSports, noting that China offers a great playground for ideas to create new and innovative things. With CGU 2018 already in their horizon, Mr. William announces that they'll be working to get more games into their event including smash hit PUBG to add to their list of competitions in this year's upcoming CGU.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Transcend Reveals JetDrive 825 Thunderbolt PCIe Portable SSD for Mac

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Transcend Information Inc., a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce the release of JetDrive™ 825 Thunderbolt PCIe portable solid-state drive (SSD) for Mac computers. The drive utilizes the powerful JetDrive 820 PCIe SSD as its storage media featuring 3D NAND flash and a PCIe Gen3 x2 interface. The JetDrive 825 offers lightning-fast transfer speeds and large capacities, making it the perfect storage upgrade for MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, Mac mini®, and Mac Pro®.

Thunderbolt technology in a sleek case
Transcend's JetDrive 825 features a 10Gb/s Thunderbolt interface, capable of blazing-fast file transfers. The drive is housed in sleek, aluminum alloy enclosure which was designed to tastefully complement your Mac's simple, clean design. In addition, the inner SSD is removable for greater ease of use based on users’ preferences.

Adopting Transcend’s JetDrive 820 PCIe SSD
The JetDrive 825 adopts the newly released JetDrive 820 PCIe SSD for its storage media. The JetDrive 820 features the PCIe Gen3 x2 interface capable of read/write speeds of up to 950 MB/s, bringing a whole new level of performance to Mac computers. The JetDrive 820 is constructed of 3D NAND flash, a technology that has allowed for storage size breakthroughs, and increased speed and reliability of data transfers.

Monitoring SSD Health with Exclusive JetDrive Toolbox
Transcend's exclusive JetDrive Toolbox, a free download from the Transcend website, is a software kit tailor-made for Transcend's Apple Solutions. JetDrive Toolbox allows users to maintain a healthy SSD by keeping it up-to-date, preventing functional degradation, and predicting problems before they happen. Easy to use, the Toolbox includes Drive Information, S.M.A.R.T. Status, Health Indicator, and Firmware Update functions.


Transcend's JetDrive 825 comes in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and backed by Transcend's five-year limited warranty. 

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Release Date Announced; Royal Edition to Feature a New Dungeon and Extras

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If we can all agree on something, it’s Final Fantasy XV being an incomplete game when it was first released for consoles last year. Hajime Tabata and co have been hard at work to bring it to completion, and it looks like we’re getting more and more content as time goes by. Now, with the game planned for release this year, Square Enix has just announced a release date, and we even get new content along with it.


Final Fantasy XV is slated for a March 6, 2018 release for PC, but PS4 and Xbox One owners will also get to enjoy its Royal Edition. The new edition will contain several elements such as:

  • Insomnia City Ruins: Expanded Map
  • First Person Mode
  • New Gears
  • New Bosses
  • Armiger Unleashed (a more powerful mode for Armiger once the 13 royal arms are unlocked)
  •  Controllable Royal Vessel
  • All Season Pass Content included
  • DLCs for weapons, Regalia skins, items, etc.



We’ll see how it goes when it gets released this March. We’re looking forward to it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive is the Next to Join the DataTraveler Chinese Zodiac Series

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To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, Kingston, a world leader in memory storage products and technology solutions, today announces The Year of the Dog USB drive, the latest addition to its DataTraveler Chinese Zodiac USB drive lineup. Build with metallic hue and a lovely puppy face with durable rubber, the Year of the Dog USB drive features superior quality in an adorable design, which makes it a wonderful gift for the delightful season.

Kingston DataTraveler Chinese Zodiac USB drive lineup has been one of the most popular products among personal collections and gift selections over the years. In 2018, the lovely Dog USB drive features USB 3.1 interface, delivering incredible performance to save time when transferring videos, photos and other large files.
With a capacity of 32GB,* the Year of the Dog USB drive is shipped now and backed by a 5-year warranty, free technical support, and legendary Kingston reliability.


Kingston Year of the Dog USB Limited Edition Features & Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 20mm x 37mm x 12mm
  • Compliant: USB 3.1
  • Capacity: 32GB
  • OS Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7(SP1), Mac OS (v.10.7.x+), Linux (v.2.6+), Chrome OS
  • Part Number: DTCNY18/32GB
  • Warranty / Support: 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • MSRP: PHP 1499-
  • Selling channels: Lazada, Villman, Davao Futurebright, Game One





* Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston's Flash Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide. 

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