May 31, 2016

Intel’s New High Performance 10 Core i7 Processor Promises To Chew Through 4K Content

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Intel i7

Intel has unveiled their first 10 core processor – The Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition not only boasts an impressive number of cores but it is aimed squarely at the creative & enthusiast market segments. The top end i7 6950x promises to chew through 4K video, provide an additional 15% single thread efficiency rating when compared to the previous generation chipset. When it comes to editing 4K video editing it is 65% faster than Intel’s last generation quad-core processors.

The 6950x isn’t the only processor in Intel’s arsenal to get an upgrade – the entire i7 product line has been revamped.  The entry level Intel Core i7 6800k comes packing a punch with a now standard 6 cores each able to reach speeds of up to 3.6ghz. The entry-level and mid-range processors in Intel’s revamped line both also pack in 15MB of cache.

With all of this power and performance gain there does come a cost, and no I’m talking about power usage, all of the new processors only consume 140 Watts. The price of these processors can cost as much as an entire gaming rig using last generation’s top end parts. The previously mentioned i7 6800K will come in at a highly priced but respectable $434 USD. Want the very best? Be prepared to empty your entire savings account – the i7 6950x will cost a staggering $1723 USD!

Here is a pretty great summary chart as originally posted by Engadget:


With the announcement of these powerhouse processors it should come as no shock that custom system builders are going to be putting the new i7 line in their featured machines. PC manufacturer Cybertron PC announced today that this new range of i7 processors will be available in all three of their product lines – the Scarab, Horus and CLX RA. Prebuilt rigs featuring the next generation of Intel silicone start at $999 USD with advanced options like the ability to support multiple graphics cards and high speed DDR 4 memory.

What do you think about Intel’s next generation chipset? Rival AMD last’s major revision of their competing desktop chips, the AMD FX-9590 boasts faster clock speeds than these newly announced i7 processors but only has 16MB of cache and is limited to 8 cores. AMD’s next-generation of desktop chips, codenamed ZEN is expected to launch either later this year or early next year.



Xbox Live Gold Deals For May 31st 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Every week Microsoft posts new deals for Xbox Live Gold Members, with discounts on AAA & Indie titles, as well as DLC there is lot of savings if you subscribe to Microsoft’s online service.

A lot of AAA games are featured in the deals that will take us into June 2016. 2K Game’s NBA 2K16 is on sale along side its’ virtual currency. Also available at a deep discount is the recently released FPS by Gearbox Software, Battleborn.  The next-gen version of Rockstar Game’s Grand Theft Auto V is available at a discount with or without a Great White In-Game Currency Card.

Here is the complete list of deals (prices in CDN):

Xbox One

  • NBA 2K16 Standard Edition – $35.99
  • NBA 2k16 75,000 Virtual Currency – $17.99
  • Battleborn – $38.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V Standard Edition – $38.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V w/ Shark Card – $47.99
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater V – $24.00
  • Battlefield Hardline Getaway DLC (free – requires base game)

Xbox 360

  • NBA 2K16 Standard – $30.00
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – $15.00
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – $4.99
  • Guncraft – $7.99
  • Battlefield Hardline Getaway DLC – Free (requires base game)


June 2016’s PS Plus Games: Hitting The Court Or Heading Home

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

With just one day to go until the calendar rolls over to June, Sony has announced the full line-up of PlayStation plus titles for next month. PS Plus subscribers will be able to hit the court in time for the NBA finals with NBA 2K16 for PlayStation 4. PS4 owners are also in for a treat, with one of the most emotional games I’ve ever played, Fullbright’s Gone Home. PS3 owners will be able to scare up some classic screams with the PS3 version of Siren: Blood Curse, the episodic horror game from 2008. PS Vita owners will receive God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP) and the PS Vita launch title Little Deviants for free.

It seems like Sony is bringing out quite a few first party games for next month’s Plus line up. Here’s hoping they have a lot of surprises for E3!

Here is the full line-up as per the PlayStation blog:

  • NBA 2K16, PS4
  • Gone Home: Console Edition, PS4
  • Echochrome, PS3
  • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12), PS3
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus, PS Vita
  • Little Deviants, PS Vita



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