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New Samsung 840 Evo firmware will add ‘periodic refresh’ capability

New Samsung 840 Evo firmware will add ‘periodic refresh’ capability

When Samsung shipped the 840 Evo, it seemed as though the drive struck a perfect balance between affordability and high-speed performance. Those impressions soured somewhat after it became clear that many 840 EVO’s suffered performance degradation when accessing older data. ...

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US government blocks Intel, Chinese collaboration over nuclear fears, national security

US government blocks Intel, Chinese collaboration over nuclear fears, national security

A major planned upgrade to the most powerful supercomputer in the world, the Chinese-built Tianhe-2, has been effectively canceled by the US government. The original plan was to boost its capability, currently at ~57 petaflops (PFLOPS), up to 110 PFLOPS ...

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Leaked details, if true, point to potent AMD Zen CPU

Leaked details, if true, point to potent AMD Zen CPU

For more than a year, information on AMD’s next-generation CPU architecture, codenamed Zen, has tantalized the company’s fans — and those who simply want a more effective competitor against Intel. Now, the first concrete details have begun to appear. And ...

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Intel’s erratic Core M performance leaves an opening for AMD

Intel’s erratic Core M performance leaves an opening for AMD

When Intel announced its 14nm Core M processor it declared that this would be the chip that eliminated consumer perceptions of an x86 “tax” once and for all.* Broadwell, it was said, would bring big-core x86 performance down to the ...

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The EFF, ESA go to war over abandonware, multiplayer gaming rights

The EFF, ESA go to war over abandonware, multiplayer gaming rights

One of the murky areas of US copyright law where user rights, corporate ownership, and the modern digital age sometimes collide is the question of abandonware. The term refers to software for which support is no longer available and covers ...

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Relying on server connections is ruining video games

Relying on server connections is ruining video games

As time goes on, more games are relying on online elements. And while that makes perfect sense for multiplayer games, single-player games are being impacted as well. When used sparingly, it’s no big deal, but developers and publishers seem totally willing to ...

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DirectX 12, LiquidVR may breathe fresh life into AMD GPUs thanks to asynchronous shading

DirectX 12, LiquidVR may breathe fresh life into AMD GPUs thanks to asynchronous shading

With DirectX 12 coming soon with Windows 10, VR technology ramping up from multiple vendors, and the Vulkan API already debuted, it’s an exceedingly interesting time to be in PC gaming. AMD’s GCN architecture is three years old at this ...

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Microsoft targets Halo Online modders with DMCA takedown

Microsoft targets Halo Online modders with DMCA takedown

Nobody likes to be told they can’t have something just because they live in the wrong part of the world. Case in point — Microsoft has earned the ire of gamers across the globe for its decision to make the ...

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Hands on: PS4 firmware 2.50 with suspend and resume, 60fps Remote Play

Hands on: PS4 firmware 2.50 with suspend and resume, 60fps Remote Play

Earlier this week, Sony released PS4 firmware 2.50 dubbed “Yukimura.” There are numerous changes with this latest version, but the biggest two are definitely the addition of suspend/resume and 60fps Remote Play. Of course, we knew that this update was ...

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The uncertain future of the Xbox One

The uncertain future of the Xbox One

It’s difficult to know what to make of the Xbox One. When Microsoft first debuted the console nearly two years ago, its vision of the future of gaming slammed face first into the rock wall of consumer expectations. Microsoft offered ...

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