AMD continues to perpetuate its FX-series line-up on 2011's AM3+ platform. The company today announced the new FX-8370 CPU, an eight-core X86 processor that ships stock at 4.3GHz, alongside a new “E Series” of FX CPUs. New prices were announced for the entirety of the FX line-up.
AMD's FX-8370 stands as a slight step up from the 8350 at 0.1GHz higher max operating frequency. The unit is marked for $200 flat retail, up against the 8350's MSRP of $180. The E Series of FX CPUs – including the new FX-8370E and FX-8320E – are a lower TDP alternative to eight-core CPUs, shipping at 95W TDP with a 3.3 and 3.2GHz (respectively) modified BCLK. Max frequency is rated as 4.3GHz and 4GHz (respectively). The FX-8370E sells for $200 and is effectively identical in all aspects to the FX-8370, sans lower TDP and lower BCLK. The same goes for the FX-8320E, which is a lower TDP version of the FX-8320. The FX-8320E sells for $147.
Trion Worlds' sandbox MMORPG Trove, currently in alpha, has some exciting news for fans of the game – beta is coming soon).
We were fortunate enough that GN Senior Editor Nick Pinkerton was able to meet with Andrew Krausnick, Project Lead, and Brian Clarke, Lead Artist, to find out how the alpha released has progressed to enhance the game’s cooperative, community-focused PVE experience. We’ll cover player-created content and crafting, clubs and the other worlds, and classes and items in this article.
Our PAX Prime visit thus far has showcased some of MSI’s new X99 boards, Intel’s X99 setup, and lots of Star Citizen. Come Saturday, we had the opportunity to get hands-on with Zotac’s new Pico PI320 mini-PC announced shortly before PAX.
The PC was fully-detailed in our previous article, so we’ll just recap the core specs and video here.
Far Cry 4 has had an interesting journey since its unveil earlier this year. Far Cry 4 features lush environments and gameplay ingenuity, but initially struggled to communicate why it takes the franchise into new themes and settings.
Some of the Himalayan air has cleared between Ubisoft and the community, allowing folks like us to judge Far Cry for what it is as a game.
The 2014 game I’ve been looking forward to most is actually four games that I’ve already played before…at least that’s half of the package. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has revamped the presentation of its previous four titles starring Spartan John 117 and, in the case of the nearly 10-year-old Halo 2, it celebrates its legacy as much as it can before the release of Halo 5 Guardians next year.
I showed up to developer 343 Industries’ PAX Prime Panel and was treated to some exciting news on the upcoming collection. Below is some developer and producer insight on how the Master Chief Collection came to be, the process of re-orchestrating Halo 2’s music and re-engineering its sound, the kinds of improvements players can expect to Halo 2 Anniversary’s maps, and more.
The first of our more major X99 motherboard coverage comes bearing MSI’s dragon-engraved badge. Intel’s new platform and CPU officially launched on day one of PAX (where we got some video), bringing a new era of $1000 Extreme Series CPUs for professional development and enthusiast rigs. We saw ASUS’ X99 Deluxe board on day one, but didn’t get much of a chance to go in depth.
MSI, EVGA, and Gigabyte also have a presence at PAX Prime 2014, making for a firm hardware showcase at a typically gaming-oriented event. MSI’s booth hosted the X99S XPower AC board, the X99S Gaming 7, and the X99S SLI Plus. We took an extended look at the company’s X99S XPower AC motherboard, home to 5xPCI-e slots, the X99 chipset, M.2 SATA, SATA-e, and one of the biggest VRMs we’ve seen recently.