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HP ENVY revamped: sleeker notebooks with B&O sound

HP ENVY revamped: sleeker notebooks with B&O sound

HP is going back to school, and it’s taking a trio of new ENVY notebooks to class. Offered in 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch screen sizes, the refreshed models are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, not to mention made of higher-quality materials and using batter displays. Even the style has been given a boost, with the two small models in particular borrowing some of the aluminum class of the handsome HP Spectre X360.

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AMD Project Quantum packs VR potency into tiny PC

AMD Project Quantum packs VR potency into tiny PC

AMD seems to have taken the old mantra that good things come in small packages to heart, revealing its ridiculously potent gaming PC, Project Quantum, at E3. Based around not one but two R9 Fury X GPUs, along with 8GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), it has a tiny footprint but should be more than capable of driving 4K 60fps displays or powering your pick of the big-name virtual reality headsets headed to market soon.

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AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD has blasted a set of new video cards out among the E3 2015 gamers, topping out with the liquid-cooled R9 Fury X. Powered by 4,096 stream processing units in a dual-slot card, the R9 Fury X packs 4GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), boasting in excess of 3x the bandwidth per watt of GDDR5 memory. Altogether, it's capable of driving up to six displays, with 4K resolution and DirectX 12 support, and sits at the pinnacle of AMD's new Radeon 300 series.

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Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Oculus reveals the final hardware and software specifications for their long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This machine works with a three-part system, starting with the headset itself, fully capable of the highest-end virtual reality experience on the market at the time it's being revealed. This machine requires that the user have a computer with Windows 7 SP1 or newer with 8GB RAM or more, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater. They'll also need HDMI 1.3 video output to connect to the headset, and 2x USB 3.0 ports for peripherals.

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LG 27MU67 4K monitor is first to pack AMD FreeSync tech

LG 27MU67 4K monitor is first to pack AMD FreeSync tech

One of the great things about gaming on a PC is that you have free reign to customize your gaming system to suit your specific needs and wants. As long as you have the cash on hand for the upgrades, you can get graphics customized to you in all of your favorite games. Console gamers on the other hand have very little control over how they see the game on screen because there is no upgrading to be done on a console this side of more storage.

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AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

At the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan, AMD just announced its 6th generation A-Series APU chip, dubbed "Carrizo." The new processor is a key part of AMD's new effort to move away from being featured in budget-line PCs and notebooks, and instead gain interest from mainstream notebooks and two-in-one form factors. To do this, Carrizo's main feature will be an extended battery life, in addition to improved gaming and graphics performances.

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Windows 10 coming ‘end of July’, says AMD CEO

Windows 10 coming ‘end of July’, says AMD CEO

We know Windows 10 will arrive this summer, but when? Summer is a pretty open timeframe, but we get it. Windows 10 is far from being a finished product, and needs quite a bit of polishing before it ships. Still, we’d like to know when that might be. Microsoft is staying mum, but AMD may have just told us when Windows 10 will arrive for customers. In an earnings call, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su said Windows 10 will launch at the end of July.

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GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

The release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC is almost over. We'll have a full review for you sometime later next week, but before then you might want to dive in on the details coming before the game becomes available. Availability begins on Monday at 12:01 AM - if you're lucky - and it'll be ready and willing to run at 4K if you've got the gear. Whether you plan on dropping in early with a pre-order or order on Monday, or you're planning on waiting for full-fledged reviews, here's what you're going to need.

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Samsung may acquire AMD

Samsung may acquire AMD

Though the idea that AMD would be acquired by any company is nothing less than a wild notion, word today is that one of the larger companies in just such a position may make such a move. Or make an attempt, anyway. Word from Korea today is that Samsung may have the clout - and the cash - to buy out AMD. Not to dismantle them, by any means, but to assimilate them into their own unit. What a monster that'd end up being.

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AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor will be coming to the United States and EMEA with AMD's newest in gaming display technology. AMD FreeSync will compete with NVIDIA G-Sync, a similar system with graphics technology in the monitor to match that of the graphics processor in your PC. The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor has a 27-inch display with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and an edge-to-edge "frameless" design for what Acer describes as "seamless viewing." This monitor is being released inside the US and EMEA immediately through gaming and display-friendly shops throughout both regions.

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AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launching today

AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launching today

This week we've heard direct from AMD about their VR initiative, LiquidVR by AMD. This system will be pushed to developers with a LiquidVR SDK, a system that'll be launched this year. Inside LiquidVR SDK 1.0, users will be working with latest data latch, asynchronous shaders, affinity multi-GPU, and direct-to-display technology. Efficient GPU head tracking will join minimization of latency and stuttering. Latency reduction plays out alongside multi-GPU systems and content quality jumps, and a full seamless, plug-and-play VR experience is delivered.

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LiquidVR: AMD’s software push for Virtual Reality

LiquidVR: AMD’s software push for Virtual Reality

This week AMD revealed their developer-aimed virtual reality experience, LiquidVR by AMD. "We are seekers of new experiences," said AMD's CVP of Visual Computing Raja Koduri, "When you see it, when you feel it, you know it's something different." Koduri spoke of his latest experience with Oculus VR - at CES 2015 - and how he felt like the world had changed. Presence is here, and Virtual Reality is no longer a place where we have to worry about getting motion sickness. VR is here - or nearly here.

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