A leaked Black Friday ad points towards a $300 Xbox One

A leaked Black Friday ad points towards a $300 Xbox One

Share This article As 2015 enters its final stretch, the hype around Black Friday has begun to build. We’re only about a month away from the biggest shopping day of the year, and some impressive deals have already started to leak. Cheap laptops and HDTVs are no surprise, but the recent revelation of a super-cheap Xbox One has caught my attention. Over at BlackFriday.com, a six-page advertisement for Dell’s Black Friday sale has been scanned,…

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ExtremeTech’s Fallout 4 Wasteland Survival Guide

ExtremeTech’s Fallout 4 Wasteland Survival Guide

Share This article In three weeks, Bethesda Softworks latest entry in the Fallout series, Fallout 4, will hit shelves. Whether you’re stepping into the various Wastelands for the first time or returning to the series after its long hiatus, we’re here to bring you up to speed with the lore and real-world technical information you’ll need to survive outside the cozy confines of Vault 111. It’s a new location, and a huge world Fallout 4…

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The Witcher 3’s latest patch improves the frame rate on PS4, hurts it on Xbox One

The Witcher 3’s latest patch improves the frame rate on PS4, hurts it on Xbox One

Share This article While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been an unqualified success both critically and financially, the game has suffered from some performance issues since its launch back in May. Thankfully, the most recent patch (1.10) smooths out the vast majority of the frame rate issues on the PS4. From the get-go, the PS4 version has had a slight edge over the Xbox One release. Witcher 3 runs at 1080p on the PS4,…

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AMD announces fresh losses, pivots towards new licensing strategies

AMD announces fresh losses, pivots towards new licensing strategies

Share This article AMD announced its quarterly results for Q3 2015 yesterday, and the short-term news wasn’t good. While company revenue rose by 12% compared to Q2 2015, total Q3 sales were down 25% year-on-year. AMD reported that demand for both its semi-custom and PC hardware increased in Q3 thanks to Carrizo’s ramp and the approaching Christmas holiday. AMD announced several new projects to hopefully boost its revenue in 2016 and beyond, including the sale…

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Testing mobile G-Sync with the Asus G751JY: Boutique gaming’s killer feature?

Testing mobile G-Sync with the Asus G751JY: Boutique gaming’s killer feature?

Share This article Last January, we previewed how mobile G-Sync might perform on an Asus G751JY laptop that wasn’t fully certified for the feature but supported it well enough to give us a taste of what G-Sync could deliver. Today, we’re revisiting the topic, armed with a fully certified Asus G751JY-DB72. This system is nearly identical to the G751JY that we tested earlier this year, but with a handful of upgrades. Specifically, the G751JY-DB72 uses…

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Nvidia: future game-ready drivers will require registration

Nvidia: future game-ready drivers will require registration

Share This article Over the past few years, Nvidia has made a number of changes and improvements to its GeForce GPU companion software, GeForce Experience. If you own an Nvidia graphics card, GFE governs the use of a number of features, including in-game video recording, Shield streaming, Battery Boost, and game optimizations. The company is making several new changes to the application today, and announcing a major change to how it distributes driver updates that…

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The Star Wars Battlefront beta only runs at 720p on Xbox One, 900p on PS4

The Star Wars Battlefront beta only runs at 720p on Xbox One, 900p on PS4

Share This article Star Wars Battlefront is going to be a big deal. This long-awaited follow up to the PS2-era franchise is set to launch within a month of Star Wars Episode VII, and the nostalgia alone will inevitably propel the sales sky high. Over the last couple of days, EA has been running a beta test of across the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and I’ve been watching it closely. Now that the public…

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How do SSDs work?

How do SSDs work?

Share This article Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC). What we haven’t done is sit down and talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place? To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive…

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