Has The Latest Ghostbusters Release Date Been Leaked by Newegg?

Ghostbusters is one of the most recognizable franchises ever devised and spawned a number of interesting games. For example, the ZX Spectrum version of Ghostbusters featured a wacky take on the iconic theme tune and surprisingly advanced mechanics for the time. Moving to the modern era, Activision released Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009. The gameplay revolves around shooting in the third person perspective and is very impressive when compared to other officially licensed video games. I still feel it’s a little bit underrated despite good reviews and is well worth checking out.

Not so long ago, a trailer was released showing the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot which caused some controversy. This is because of the predominately female cast including s Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the lead roles.  Whatever your views, it’s clear the initial unveil received a mixed reception and there’s some skepticism surrounding the film prior to its availability in cinemas. To coincide with the film’s release, Activision is reportedly releasing a game but there’s not much information regarding the genre or release date. However, US retail giant, Newegg has listed the PlayStation 4 version with a release date of 7/12/2016. Of course this could simply be a placeholder and delays are quite common when producing video games on the latest consoles.

Saying that, I’m sure Activision is keen to unveil the game as quickly as possible when the film is still in everyone’s minds to create a sense of excitement. It’s important to be wary of licensed games because they have a pretty terrible history. The most pertinent of example of this is Rambo which has some of the worst design decisions and graphics I’ve seen for a long time. Personally, I’m looking forward to the new Ghostbusters video game and hope it lives up to its predecessor.

Newegg Still Working Hard to Launch UK Store @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Newegg is one of the largest stockists of computer hardware in the USA and offers a huge range of products at competitive prices. This means the consumer usually has some sort of pricing war between Newegg, Amazon and other stores, which results in impressive discounts. Some time ago, the company revealed their plans to enter the UK market and offer a rival to Scan, Overclockers, Aria, Amazon and more! However, there hasn’t been a lot of progress in this area despite the US website allowing you to purchase items in GBP. While this might seem like a good idea, you’re still purchasing the items from a US outlet, and any product is bound by a hefty delivery charge and import duty. Once you take this into account, the final cost will be significantly more than a UK retailer.

Even though Newegg’s UK representative couldn’t give a definitive answer on the UK site’s progress, he did mention that it’s being worked on and developments should be announced this year. Without saying too much, I’m pretty sure you can see at what I’m hinting at and I cannot wait to see how this might shake up the PC hardware market in the UK.

Newegg Customers Receiving Incorrect G.Skill DDR4 Memory Frequencies

The advent of DDR4 memory has allowed users to acquire unbelievably fast DIMMs from a wide range of respected manufacturers. G.Skill is renowned for producing memory with huge overclocking potential by sourcing the best quality ICs on the market. As a result, their product range is incredibly popular among professional overclockers wanting to set world records. Additionally, many hardware enthusiasts who enjoy tweaking choose G.Skill modules as a matter of priority. Unfortunately, it appears some customers from US shopping giant, Newegg.com, have received memory kits with an incorrect operating frequency.

For example, professional overclocker, Allen Goilbersuch ordered multiple G.Skill 3600C17 kits and received 3000c15 modules instead! This isn’t an isolated incident according to the comments section on this particular Facebook status. Clearly, the most plausible explanation is there has been a logistical error when packing the items. We’ve reached out to both G.Skill and Newegg.com for comment and will update the article when any information arises. For the time being, it’s important to adopt a patient approach and hold off buying any G.Skill memory from Newegg.com until an investigation has been conducted.

Have you ever received the wrong memory speed or even an incorrect capacity?

Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXi5H-5200 Review

Introduction


Today we are taking a look at Gigabyte’s Intel i5 5200U powered BRIX. Gigabyte has an impressive array of BRIX models that come in at all different performance levels with many CPU options and even options with discrete GPUs. The small form factor computer business has been exploding the last few years due in part with parts shrinking and their abilities skyrocketing. Many people have been buying small form factor units deciding to use them as business or daily workstations due to the low power consumption, helping to lower costs. Others love these small boxes for use as home theater PCs (HTPCs) since they can be tucked out of the way and will generally not be heard over ambient sound in the home theater. The specs for this BRIX look promising for use in both situations so let’s take a closer look and see just how well it would perform in these tasks.

Specifications
  • Name: Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXi5H-5200
  • CPU: Intel i5 5200U (2C/4T, 2.2 GHz w/ 2.7 GHz Max Turbo, 14nm, 15W)
  • RAM: User Supplied – We tested with Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1T 1.35v 
  • SSD: User Supplied – Crucial MX200 SSD 250GB
  • GPU: Integrated – Intel® HD Graphics 5500
  • LAN: Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000/Gigabit Base T
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini isplayPort, Headphone-out, Microphone in, RJ-45/GbE LAN
  • OS: Supplied Barebones, Windows 10 preview used in this review
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: $364.99

Retail Packaging

Printed materials and hardware that the BRIX comes with. You will get a power adapter and power cord to hook up the BRIX as well as all the screws that you will need to mount your SSD or HDD and use the VESA mount if you wish. The DVD and printed materials are toss away materials in my opinion since the most up to date drivers and materials can be downloaded from the support website.

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GPU-Z

Newegg Leaks Definitive Windows 10 Information

Every new launch is always plagued by leaks, but some are more trustworthy than others. Well-known e-tailer Newegg has released the pricing and launch date details for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Both Windows 10 Home and Professional will launch on August 31st, 2015 with pre-orders starting now. Pricing is set to be $109.99 for the Home version while Professional will cost $40 more at $149.99. These prices are in USD and it’s important to note that the Canadian version of Newegg does not yet have any listings for Windows 10.

While it’s been known that Windows 10 has been set for release later this year, the exact dates have never been confirmed. With a late Summer launch, Microsoft can count on devices reaching consumers in time for the holiday season later in the year; giving plenty of time for OEMs to start marketing Windows 10 before hand. On the other hand, it does mean that Microsoft will just miss the back to school season. Even with the holiday sales though, analysts expect PC sales to continue to fall in the short term before stabilizing in 2016.

If newegg’s information is correct, AMD ‘s previous report for DX12 and Windows 10 to launch in July appears to be unfounded. It maybe that Redmond is taking more time to polish the OS and prepare it for release, something that couldn’t be done in time for July. The July dates did make sense from a business standpoint, but it’s better for Microsoft to release something completed than rush something out.

As a final note, it’s important to remember that OEM licenses may not be reflective of retail box prices, online purchases or volume licensing. It’s unfortunate that the prices were not sub $100 as well. No doubt though, many users will be upgrading to Windows 10 for free. As the summer approaches more leaks are likely to happen so stay tuned!

Newegg Secure Exclusive Deal for Asus X99 WS Motherboards in US

Breaking news for those looking to invest in the brand new Intel X99 chipset based motherboards! Asus and Newegg have secured an exclusive deal to ship their new X99 WS motherboard exclusively via Newegg in the US, so if you’re in the market for one of the leading motherboards in the new X99 ranges, then you’ve only got one choice of retailer. This is a pretty big deal for Newegg given that these boards are highly desirable and their launch comes along side the release of DDR4 and the new Haswell-E CPUs.

Aside from investing in a new flagship CPU and a set of expensive DDR4, the new board will set you back an eyewatering $529 from Newegg Business, but you do get a lot back for your money in terms of build quality, reliability and a lot of extra features such as 4-way CrossFireX and SLI with x16 on all four slots, support for i7 and Xeon E5 chips such as the E5-1600, dual Gigabit NICs, 10 USB 3.0 connectors at the back and a whole lot more.

X99 has only had the veil officially lifted for a few hours now, so expect even more details on availability and prices of this board, as well as others in the Asus and X99 ranges over the coming days.

Image courtesy of Asus.

Newegg Now Accepting BitCoins

This year is certainly proving to be a big year for BitCoin, as more and more major retailers start accepting the cryptocurrency as a method of payment. The latest addition to the list is Newegg, who announced on Tuesday that it would begin accepting Bitcoin payments via the Bitpay service.

“Adopting bitcoin as a payment method is another way we’re responding to our customers’ diverse needs.” said Newegg Chief Marketing Officer Soren Mills.

With most major retailers now accepting the digital currency, it’s getting easier than ever to purchase all your favourite items online with digital currency. The mining boom may be over, but the popularity of the coins is far from gone. The illegal dealings image that once cast a shadow of these digital currencies is certainly starting to fade and these days it’s perfectly simple to legitimately purchase and spend your BitCoins.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Newegg Reportedly Heading To Europe, Including the UK, As Early As This March

If you’re living in the United States, Canada, China or Taiwan, then you should know or have even used Newegg to buy all sorts of electronic devices, including PC hardware. The online retailer of hardware and software was founded by Fred Chang, a Taiwanese immigrant, in 2001.

Since then, it had a substantial amount of requests from potential European customers, however with no indication of the services being available in the region anytime soon. However, things are about to change in the near future.

The online retailer has recently announced that it will be bringing its services to Europe, including the UK. Newegg has planned to start business with its potential customers as early as this March, however the retailer is said to start a ‘soft’ launch at first in order to test the waters before becoming more confident about its shipping and supply lines.

Newegg allegedly claims to have 25 million registered users and 8.5 million subscribers to its regular email bulletins, numbers that look set to grow if the company can find a way to stand amidst competition like Amazon, eBuyer and the British PC-specialist Scan.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Square Enix & Nvidia Reveal Limited GeForce GTX 650 + A Realm Reborn Bundle

Square Enix, Inc. have just revealed that they have joined forces with Nvidia in their latest promotion for their flagship online RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The new deal will see a 30-day free trial of the subscription based MMORPG being bundled along side the new GeForce GTX 650 / 650 Ti /650 Ti Boost graphics cards from Nvidia. While not the most powerful card on the market it does still pack plenty of performance to muscle through the online worlds of the new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Of course it isn’t a big deal only getting a 30-day sub, but it still reflects a saving of around $15 on a months membership for the game and on a graphics card that costs anywhere between $130 – $150, any return on investment can only be a good thing.

Available for a limited time, these bundled graphics cards will allow players to upgrade their system to enjoy HD graphics in the latest Square Enix title, in what is rapidly becoming one of this generations greatest MMORPG’s. The limited GeForce GTX 650 / Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn bundles are available today for the GeForce GTX 650, 650 Ti, and 650 Ti Boost at North American retailers NCIX, Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

Additional information on the bundles, and accessing A Realm Reborn, can be found here.

Thank you Final Fantasy for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Final Fantasy.

Newegg.com Shortfalls on Refund Amounts Due to ‘Promo Codes’

AMD for quite some time now has been offering up a bundle with all their top end graphics cards in a deal as the ‘Never Settle’ deal. This deal gives users who purchase a HD Radeon 7000 series card games codes for various games such as FarCry 3, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and a 20% discount of Medal Of Honour: Warfighter. Depending on which card is purchased, a mixture of game codes come included for FREE as part of a buying incentive.

Just recently it has come to light that California based e-tailor Newegg has been short changing purchasers who have experienced difficulties with faulty products purchased through their channels. Its a matter of fact that faults do occur and not every piece of hardware on sale is giong to be flawless, even though quality controls from most manufacturers these days are very high. On buyer from the Overclock.net community filed an RMA for his 7900 series Radeon card which appeared to be faulty and as part of AMD’s incentive, this included the Never Settle bundle with all three games and the 20% off code. 

As part of an RMA, the product is to be returned to that it can be replaced with a replacement instead, however it has come to light that this is not how Newegg handled the RMA for the $409 card. Instead of replacing the card, forum user, SkateZilla simply received a refund for $240, a who $169 short of what he paid in the first instance.

This $169 that Newegg kept hold of is in fact the value that they deem the promotional item to be worth and as part of their terms and conditions, this is not refunded, however as AMD includes the bundle and there is no option to not have the bundle, Newegg could hae simple replaced the card without including a new set of game codes which they would otherwise include with the invoice at the time of shipping.

Considering the game bundle is a ‘FREE’ add-on, Newegg have certainly got a case on their hands along with AMD to make sure that the facts are laid clear on how retailers should handle RMAs for products that include free game codes, ensuring that no value is stuck on an item that is regarded as free and has no market value.

Newegg scored a major victory against “online shopping cart” patent troll

Online retailer Newegg successfully defeats a well-known patent troll who was trying to collect licensing fees from one of the well-known online shopping stores.

The ruling was passed in a Texas district court last week where the case was filed by Soverain software against Newegg for over $2.5 Million.

Soverain Software owned many patents that covered the important parts of any E-commerce websites such as Shopping cart and Checking out. Soverain Software got these patents when they acquired Divine, Inc. 10 years ago.

But in 2005, Soverain Software did win a case filed against Amazon, which resulted in making the online retailer to cough up $40 Million. It was then in 2010, Soverain Software filed against Newegg and seven other retailers. Everyone agreed to a licensing deal except Newegg. The company back then filed against Newegg for $34 Million.

The case was won because Newegg’s lawyers pointed out that Soverain Software cited CompuServe Mall. Compared to what was used in today’s e-commerce website, its not the same. The court agreed which gave victory to Newegg and other e-commerce sites such as Home Depot, Best Buy, RadioShack, etc.

Lee Cheng, Newegg’s chief legal officer gave credit to Fred Chang who did not give up when battling with Soverain. According to Chang said in Ars Technica that lot of the system that they used are homegrown and it was coded completely from scratch without knowing about these patents.

Via: PCMAG