GTA Online: Bikers Release Date Announced

 

The newest DLC for Grand Theft Auto V will be released on October 4th. There has been a surprising amount of content and updates for this latest rendition of GTA. Rockstar is definitely doing their best to keep this game alive and they are doing well. GTA V: Bikers will be available as a free automatic update for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 

The Los Santos and Blaine County will be now have underground motorcycle clubs and a ton of new content. There will be new vehicles, weapons and missions. We will now also be able to use melee attacks on bikes.

 

 

See you guys on the road!

 

EVGA Motherboards - Then and Now


In 2005 we released our first motherboard with the nForce3 chipset. From that day we have made a huge impact on the motherboard category, our boards are for the everyday gamer, enthusiast and content creators. We've come from a yellow theme to a slick combination of black and red. We began at Athlon 64 and now we're at Broadwell-E. Come take a close look development and design transformation of EVGA boards over the last 11 years. 

2005 nForce3

This is was the first board we revealed in our venture into the motherboard market. This board support Athon 64 (Yes we used to support AMD) and Single Channel Memory. The memory dimms were placed above the CPU socket so that users could put the memory in first and avoid and with it getting in the way of all the other connections. 

2006 nForce4

I think the person who designed this board was an UCLA Bruins fan. This board supported AM2, dual channel memory and SLI!2007 e-7150

Deemed the Ultimate GPU and Motherboard solution of its day, this board had a 7 series GPU built in and supported a whopping 1333mhz of ram. 

 

 

2006 680i

"A third PCI Express graphics expansion slot making your system ready for the future"

2008 790i FTW

When I built my first computer, this was the board of my dreams but at that time Intel was too expensive for me.. This had a 775 socket and support 3-Way SLI.

2008 X58 SLI

Black PCB's were always more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. 2009 P55 FTW

The affordable successor the the LGA 775 socket which features support for LGA 1156 i5 & i7 processors.  Tons a features included over the previous mainstream generation at a price that made it available for everyone

 

 

2010 SR-2

The SR-2 was EVGA's first dual processor motherboard. This board supported 2 Xeon chips and DDR3 ram. 

2011 P67 FTW

Black and red glory! This P67 FTW had everything you need to overclock. It included triple BIOS support and 12 Phase PWM. 2012 SR-X

The SR-X was the successor to the SR-2.  The dual socket motherboard made great improvements, and introduced Mini SAS ports, 4-way SLI support, onboard Blue Tooth, and both PCI-e & Dimm disable switches.

2012 Z77 FTW

Introduced support for 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, with full PCI-e 3.0 and 4-way SLI support.  It also included the addition of a 6 pin PCI-e power connector on the board itself for multi-card stability.

2013 X79 Dark

The EVGA BIOS we know currently was first released with this board. It was a huge update to the design and functionality of our BIOS. 2014 Z97 FTW

Brand new design features and aesthetics, such as a GUI BIOS, new software interface for overclocking in the O.S., and M.2 Socket for storage.  The board also featured a new looking power delivery heatsink, in a Round barrel type design, which set it apart for its competitors.

2014 X99 Classified

The latest and greatest Enthusiast grade motherboard supporting the 2011-V3 processor, the X99 is at the top of its game.  All black PCB and neutral color scheme, with a touch of the EVGA red "E" logo for contrast.  DDR 4 Support and featuring a I/O cover for a clean looking motherboard in side any case.2015 X99 Micro2

This Micro ATX is next on my list. It has all the benefits of any top of the line X99 and comes in a compact form factor and a great price.  With many of the feature of a full size board and supports 3-way SLI with the single slot 980 Ti Kingpin graphics cards!2016 Z170 FTW

A clean and neutral looking board which would fit in any build and stand out with its features.  Has an update BIOS GUI interface and 4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of memory.  

2016 X99 FTW K

This is my favorite board because it was released on the first day I started working at EVGA.  Said to be a very reliable board, this X99 FTW K is one of the top rated boards both aesthetically and functionally. If you are looking for the crème de la crème then look no further. 

 

Our motherboards have come a long way from the yellow designs you saw in the first two pictures. These motherboards have become more reliable, more advanced and ultimately unique. EVGA is THE motherboard choice for enthusiast and overclockers. There are many improvements that can and will be made for the future. Our first motherboard was released in 2005 and within 11 years we have made many optimal enhancements, we hope to share our innovations with you guys for years to come!

 

Let us know what your thoughts are and what you would like to see in future designs in the comment section down below!

 

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "BULGAR " Build by MadMods PC Modding!

 

Case modders, PC enthusiast, PC Gamers and EVGA Fans all around; gather around as we present to you another "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored build and featured case modder!

We would like to introduce you all to Mickee of MadMods PC Modding from the Philippines!  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of April 2016 and his build named "Bulgar"

"I am from the Philippines and I have been modding for about 3 years.   It all started with a hand me down small form factor PC that I wanted to game with.  But I couldn't just simply put it in a bigger case and add a graphics card because of it's proprietary form factor.  That is when a friend told me to check out PC case modding and the rest is history!"- Mikee

 

"I named it BULGAR which is a Filipino urban word for revealing" - Mikee

Mickee's case mod/build "Bulgar is an open case modular test bench adventure" and will surely change you perception of a traditional test bench once we get to see the end result. A traditional case keeps all your components enclosed and worry free, but being able to add/remove a part requires some work. A traditional test bench allows the user to freely add/remove parts to expand to break down the system with ease. Mikee is taking that concept and bumping it up to the next level of awesome!

"I love PC Case modding because of the fusion between technology and art, my previous builds were not too extravagant but everything was made by hand because I do not have a CnC, 3d Printer or a laser cutter." - Mikee

 "On this mod with EVGA I am going to step out of my comfort zone, it's safe to say that it's a "semi scratch build" because I have taken out most parts of the case and that is going to make it challenging and fun at the same time." - Mikee

You can see Mikee's starting point which is his Thermaltake X71 case stripped down and currently looks nothing like what it did before.  Keeping things old school without the use of a CnC, 3D printer or laser cutter sure does sound like a challenge.  We at EVGA are excited to see the progress thus far and can't wait for the final result of "Bulgar".  

As part chosen for the "Gear Up with EVGA" program and to help along Mikee with his build,  we sent him out some of our enthusiast grade parts to assist in the creation of "Bulgar."  Check out the awesome shots taken by Mikee below:

This has just been a small insight into the "Bulgar" build log by Mikee of MadMods PC Modding!  To keep up to date with the build, make sure you check out the "Bulgar" build log on the Mod Rigs section of the EVGA Forums.  And make sure to follow Mikee and MadMods PC Modding via his FaceBook page.  

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"What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA?  Well then, head on over the the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored! 

Urien Street Fighter V Update !

 

A big, bad character was released recently for Street Fighter V. Urien is the leader of the Illumati in game, he is one of the strongest characters in the story line. It's been a fair while since we have been able to use him in one of the Street Fighter games. His last appearance was in Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Check out how the game used to look:

 

Along with this new patch we will also be getting new skins and a new way of getting Fight Money. There will now be daily quests that you can complete for additional points to unlock cosmetics. This is something that has been requested by the community for quite a bit. Street Fighter V started off pretty rough and felt a little bare at first but it seems like they are working fairly consistently to improve this rendition and I am happy to see that Capcom is actually putting in the effort to maintain their reputation.

Here is Capcom's official trailer for the release of Urien!

 

Time to hit the lab with Urien and get some experience! 

 

Samsung Takes it Up a Notch with the New 960 Pro and 960 Evo SSDs

 

Samsung just announced their new 960 NVMe SSDs. The 950 and 850 series were hugely popular with system builders for their reliability and performance. These newer cards will be substantially faster and will include 1TB and 2TB versions. The 960 EVO will cap at 1TB and the 960 Pro will be at a whopping 2TB. These drives will be a must have for many system builders. The sequential read speed for the 960 Pro peaks at 3,500 MB/s and the write speed will peak at 2,100 MB/s. The 960 EVO, slightly tuned down, will have a max sequential read of 3,200 MB/s and max sequential write of 1,900 Mb/s. This is a great increase from the previous model.

 

 

Now many new motherboards will support these drives. One thing you need to look out for if you are planning on upgrading is whether your motherboard supports this. You will want to make sure the the M.2 slot on your mother board is PCI-E interface. The 960 Pro is the consumer version of the SM961 and the 960 Evo will be the consumer version of the PM961. If you are interested in how the new drive compares to the previous versions please see the chart below.

 

 

Here are the MSRPs of the new models:

  • 960 Pro 2TB: $1,299
  • 960 Pro 1TB: $629
  • 960 Pro 512GB: $329
  • 960 Evo 1TB: 479
  • 960 Evo 500GB: $249
  • 960 Evo 250GB: $129

Samsung is expected to release these around October. I am definitely excited for the release of these new drives and they are certainly on my upgrade wishlist. 

 

UCI Opens its Esports Arena

 

The University of California, Irvine has brought esports to a whole new level. Just recently they opened their "UCI Esports Arena". This gaming center is meant for gamers to come and practice for events or just play for fun. With the huge collegiate leagues around, I am sure this is only the first of many arenas that will brought to college campuses. 

UCI is known as the biggest college for gamers and they are even now offering scholarships for esports competitors. This is a huge movement for the esports scene and can only grow from here. After Counter-Strike: GO was aired on TBS, Heroes of the Storm and EVO 2016 were on ESPN the scene has been expanding even more so. 

 

 

The main sponsor for this arena was iBUYPOWER, these guys are known to many events in the esports scene and especially around southern California. They are also one of EVGA's system partners, huge shout out to these guys for their active role in contributing to the growth of esports. Most of the computers here were donated by IBP but there will be a fee to play here, $4/hour. This seems to be just slightly higher than other LAN centers I've been too but this is one of the nicer ones I've seen, the other being Esports Arena in Santa Ana. I can't wait to go an check this out soon.

 

Let us know your thoughts college gaming and where would you like to see one of these gaming arenas?

 

Nvidia's Approach to Self-Driving Cars

 

As gamers we mostly look at Nvidia as a enormous company that makes graphics cards. Although throughout the years, Nvidia has been developing advanced technologies to improve society. Just recently they announced their partnership with Baidu to create a cloud to car autonomous platform. The two companies will pool together their technologies, Baidu's cloud platform and mapping technology alongside Nvidia's autonomous vehicle control and parking will be making a large impact in the automotive industry. 

 

“We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car,”  - Nvidia's CEO Jen Hsun Huang.

 

This is not Nvidia's debut to the automotive scene, their technology has been used in cars that we know today. Honda had Nvidia processors in their in-car audio and information system and Honda Connect was powered by Tegra. Since then they have partnered with other car companies such as Tesla, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Without much competition so far, Nvidia has the opportunity to fully develop as a primary contributor to the self-driving car movement. I for one cannot wait to own a car with this technology. 

 

 

On Monday, September 12 Nvidia unveiled their DRIVE PX 2. This is a palm-sized device that only uses 10 watts of power. This will be initially used for Baidu's cloud computing car. "More than 80 automakers, tier 1 suppliers, startups and research institutions developing autonomous vehicle solutions are using DRIVE PX", the original processor made by Nvidia. 

 

It's amazing how much a company which stems from computer hardware can accomplish, Nvidia will no longer be known as a video card company but they will now be known as a company who is innovating technology. There is a lot of room for the expansion of the automotive industry now that AI technology is involved. If one day all cars were autonomous, there would be no traffic and no accidents. Imagine a freeway where everyone is going the same speed and not a single person is slamming on their brakes. Personally I cannot wait to see how this technology develops. Here's Nvidia's car during testing.

 

 "Look ma' no hands!" - That guy.

 

What are your thoughts on Nvidia's expansion into the automotive industry and would you personally sit in their car?