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Step By Step Guide To The Basics Of CPU Overclocking

Written by Joffy S on 01 August 2015 at 14:00

When it comes to overclocking, the CPU is one of the best choices. It won’t have as significant an impact as a graphics card overclock, but a large enough performance bump could see you stretch out the lifespan of your processor for another year or two. Mid to high tier CPUs aren’t cheap, so if you can spread those upgrades out further at little to no extra cost, then it seems like a no brainer.

However, like any overclocking. it’s not without its perils. When messing around with overclocking, you’re going to be increasing voltages, which in turn means a bump in temperatures. This can have the adverse effect of shortening the life of your CPU, or frying it completely and rendering it useless. Don’t rush things and be careful, and you can help to eliminate the threat of this happening. [More]

The Windows 10 Launch Accounted For 8 Per Cent Of Internet Traffic

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 August 2015 at 12:00

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade, attention inevitably turned to just how many people would take them up on the offer. The plan to introduce Windows 10 in waves was pretty much sunk when there was such a simple workaround. Some people had a few problems, but surprisingly, the internet didn't.

On the evening of its launch, downloads of Windows 10 were responsible for 8% of the entirety of world’s bandwidth. The traffic peaked just prior to July 29th, when most of the five million Windows Insiders made the jump up to Windows 10. This dropped down to 3 or 4% on July 29th itself. Compare this to the launch of Apple’s iOS 7, however, and it looks like there’s a problem. Apple’s OS update hit the internet hard, peaking at 15% of the global traffic. [More]

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Act Of Aggression Kicks Off A Nuclear War In The Superweapons Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 August 2015 at 10:00

An Act of Aggression ‘Superweapons’ trailer is out, and it’s ticking all the right boxes for maniacal old me. Honest to goodness base-building strategy games are rarer than tiberium these days, having flooded the market like a flood of Zergs a decade or so ago. Act of Aggression promises to be the proper Command & Conquer sequel you never got, right down to the overpowered end-game superweapons.

When you’ve got enough gold hoarded to just up sticks and buy a new country, and a massed tank rush just won’t cut, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Or “Where diplomacy fails, nuclear war prevails”, as developer Eugen Systems not-so-subtly puts it. Each of Act of Aggression’s three factions will have unique high-end weaponry, capable of delivering blistering strikes that can quickly turn the tide of war. [More]

Mozilla Firefox Call Windows 10 Browser Selection Aggressively Biased To Edge

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 July 2015 at 17:30

Its good to have choice. A few years back Microsoft got told by the courts that when someone installs their operating system, that user should not automatically be given MS Internet Explorer, but instead be presented with a randomised list to choose from. The browser list is made up of all major browsers currently available. Most of us have probably seen this at some point.

The reason for this was because the courts felt that Microsoft had a form of monopoly on the internet browsing arena. With the release and free upgrade of Microsoft Windows 10, Mozilla (developers of the Firefox browser) have publicly accused Windows 10 of pushing a user into using their new Microsoft browser, called Edge. And then makes it harder for users to restore their default browser settings from their previous version of windows. [More]

AMD Scientist Claims PC Gamers Forced To Upgrade Due To Damaging Nvidia Gameworks

Written by Neil Soutter on 31 July 2015 at 15:15

The gloves are off from team red, as AMD accuses Nvidia’s Gameworks of being tragic and damaging to the graphics card industry. Nvidia GameWorks is a toolset of exclusive visual effects and graphical effects designed to take advantage of GeForce hardware. It includes real-time hair physics, dynamically affect smoke effects, and dynamic clothing, among other effects.

The catch is, Nvidia’s GameWorks is designed to work best with its own hardware, to the detriment of AMD’s range of graphics cards. Nvidia works with a number of games publishers and developers to work the Gameworks effects in, but AMD’s gaming scientist Richard Huddy reckons this is to the detriment of game performance. [More]

EA And DICE Announce New Star Wars Battlefront Game Mode - Blast

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 July 2015 at 14:00

EA has been hyping up a new Star Wars Battlefront mode for days now. DICE’s multiplayer shooter won’t just be restricted to capture points of course, and the latest of these modes is… drum roll please: Blast. Now that may sound all new and exciting to you and I, but it’s basically your common or garden Team Deathmatch. Ah well, it's still looks like a blast. *Hangs head in shame*

Blast will pit two teams of 10 against one another in fast-paced, close-quarters combat. It will be Rebels vs Imperials, but it will be taking taking place on specially designed maps that are smaller in scale. It’s all about getting to the action quickly, basically, which can be nice after a torrid afternoon on a Speederbike. [More]

Ubisoft Announces Zombi Is Coming Back To Life On PC, PS4 And Xbox One

Written by Joffy S on 31 July 2015 at 12:45

Ubisoft has announced its London-based survival horror game ZombiU is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s been in the offing for some time now, with all sorts of shop listings and PEGI ratings hinting this could be a possibility.

Originally released as a Wii U-exclusive launch title back in 2012, the U has been lopped off, with the game renamed Zombi. If you hadn’t guessed from the name, Zombi is all about an impending viral apocalypse hitting the English capital. It’s proper survival horror, with the player taking on the role of a series of survivors. Once killed, that survivor becomes a member of the shambling hordes, and you spawn back at your safe zone as a new survivor. [More]

Rocket League To Get Supersonic Fury DLC Pack And Free Map Update In August

Written by Neil Soutter on 31 July 2015 at 11:30

Over the last few weeks, it feels as if the gaming multiverse has been taken over by cars shunting footballs about. Rocket League has been all the rage, and the fun’s not over yet. Psyonic has announced Rocket League will be getting its first post-launch DLC next month, which should help feed that addiction of yours.

The Rocket League: Supersonic Fury DLC pack adds a pair of new Battle-Cars. The Dominus is a power-hungry American muscle car, while the Takumi is a souped-up Japanese street racer. The cars will be joined by a free update that adds the first new map - Utopia Coliseum. Rocket Leaguers can also expect a new spectator mode, more than 70 new cosmetic flags, additional music, fireworks and more. [More]

PlayStation 4 On Track To Become The Bestselling Games Console Of All Time

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 July 2015 at 10:15

Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues to go from strength to strength, with the latest sales figures indicating the fledgling console is on track to beat the PlayStation 2 in terms of units sold. The PS2 is the bestselling console of all time, shifting over 155 million units in the 12 years following its launch.

The latest figures from Sony put worldwide sales of the PS4 at an absolutely massive 25.3 million consoles. This number has been hit in just 20 months. For point of reference, it took the PlayStation 2 two years and eight months to reach just 20 million. [More]

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