Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2013 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, 2014, beema, Kabini, FS1B
DigiTimes has put together an overview of AMD's plans to take back market share over the coming year, though of course AMD is not confirming or denying the accuracy of their report. First off will be the coming of the 28nm Kaveri family in January with availability planned to follow quickly. Beema, which will be based on the Puma+ architecture should arrive in the summer but there is also a Kabini-based series for the new socket, FS1B, which will get limited release in some areas. FS1B will be used for up coming Sempron and Athlon models designed for low power usage scenarios though don't expect to see AM3+ or FM2 disappear any time soon. You will have to wait for 2015 before Carrizo and Nolan make an appearance.
"AMD has been enhancing the marketing of its processors in DIY markets and aims to increase its global DIY market share from about 30% currently to 40%, and to reach a DIY market share above 45% in China in particular, at the end of 2014, according to Taiwan-based motherboard makers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- NVIDIA Optimus On Ubuntu 13.10 Linux vs. Windows 8.1 @ Phoronix
- Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year @ The Register
- Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all @ The Register
- Bogus Firefox add-on FORCES WITLESS USERS to join vuln-hunting party @ The Register
- Samsung, TSMC to share Apple 14/16nm chip orders @ DigiTimes
- Half of IT pros plan to use Windows XP after support ends in 2014 @ The Inquirer
- Porsche Proves MPAA Wrong By Letting You Download a Car @ [H]ard|OCP
Introduction and Features
Be Quiet! has been a market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for seven years straight and in 2013 they are continuing to expand their PC power supply lineup into North American markets. Earlier this year, we reviewed Be Quiet!’s top-of-the-line Dark Power Pro 10 850W PSU and the value-minded Pure Power L8 Series with very good results. Now we are going to take a look at the new Power Zone Series, sprecifically the Power Zone 1000W PSU. The Power Zone Series features a 135mm Be Quiet! SilentWings fan, are certified for 80Plus Bronze efficiency, come with all-modular cables, and are backed by a 5-year warranty.
Be Quiet! is targeting the Power Zone Series towards discerning gamers and PC enthusiasts seeking high power, top performance and great features.
Here is what Be Quiet! has to say about their Power Zone Series: “The Power Zone Series provides the winning combination of superior performance, rock-solid stability, and advanced cooling. Whether you are assembling a high power PC or multi-GPU gaming system, your build will benefit from the Power Zone features. The Power Zone 1000W hits the sweet spot with granite stability, advanced cooling features, low noise and great value.”
Be Quiet! Power Zone 1000W PSU Key Features:
• 1000W of continuous power output @ 50°C
• Massive +12V rail design is ideal for overclocking
• Full cable management supports maximum build flexibility
• Quiet operation: 135mm SilentWings fan with 6-pole motor
• COOL*OFF feature runs fans for 3 minutes after system shutdown
• Connect up to three case fans for optimized system cooling
• 80Plus Bronze certification (up to 90% power conversion efficiency)
• Meets Energy Star 5.2 Guidelines
• Fulfills ErP 2013 Guidelines
• Supports Intel’s Deep Power Down C6 mode
• Sleeved cables for improved cooling and more attractive looks
• NVIDIA SLI Ready and AMD CrossFireX certified
• Up to six PCI-E connectors for multi-GPU support
• 5-Year warranty
• German product conception, design and quality control
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2013 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's U2414H has something special for multi-monitor users, a bezel that is a mere 6.05mm thick! At 1080p it isn't as impressive as the UP2414Q but also won't break your bank account or require at least two GPUs to power it. It is an IPS display so the rated 8ms g2g response rate is believable and should fit your gaming needs quite adequately.
- Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS Monitor for $262.49 with Free Shipping (normally $349.99 - use coupon code: $N?1PHT?026FVW).
- Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS Monitor for $1,169.99 with Free Shipping(normally $1,299.99 - use coupon code: T2LLG$98G7$F19).
- Logitech Wireless MK320 Keyboard/Mouse for $29.74 with Free Shipping(normally $34.99 - use coupon code: QG3G$33HH3QP0?).
- Dell Inspiron 15 Dual-core 15.6" Laptop for $279.99(normally $379.99 - use coupon code: DMG5HG3LJW2JF9).
- Pinnacle MB10000+ 1000-Watt Audiophile 5.1 Speaker System for $299.99 with free shipping(normally $1,299.99).
- Alienware Aurora r4 4th-gen Core i7 Gaming Desktop (Liquid-cooled) w/ Dual GTX 680 SLI for $2,199.00 with free shipping(normally $34.99 - use coupon code: KHK36BLFWDM9LH).
Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 14, 2013 - 03:08 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: TSMC, process node, 16nm
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is one of the few chip fabrication companies in the world (especially when you omit the memory producers, etc.). Their customers include: AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and even a few Intel Atom processors have come out of their lines at one point. They will take money from just about anyone who wants a chip.
According to Bit-Tech, a few customers will even have access to 16nm before the end of the year.
The catch, which of course there is one, is that production runs will be very small. We would love to see a gigantic run of new AMD or NVIDIA GPUs based on 16nm but that will not be the case (and not just because Volcanic Islands and Maxwell are both 2Xnm products). The first customers, while otherwise anonymous, will be interested in mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoCs).
On the plus side, when future 1Xnm designs come out, TSMC's production could be reasonably caught up to make a smooth launch.
Intel, the current leader in the fabrication world, targeted a slightly smaller 14nm process and have already begun producing a few odds and ends at that level. Full production has not even really started yet.
Just so you can get an idea of the complexity we are dealing with: 16nm fabrication creates details that are just ~32 atoms in width.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2013 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Need a laptop for school but are on a tight budget? This Dell Inspiron 17 contains i3-3227U and a 500GB HDD along with 4GB DDR-1600, unfortunately shipping with a single DIMM but offering the chance of a future doubling of RAM. Add in an HD 8650M and you can even get some light gaming in after finals.
- Dell Inspiron 17 17.3" 900p Core i3 Laptop w/ Windows 7 & 2GB Radeon HD 8650M Graphics for $499.99 with Free Shipping (normally $549.99).
- Sceptre X505BV-FMDR 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $389.00 with Free Shipping(normally $599.99).
- HP ENVY Rove 20-k014us 20" 4th-gen Core i3 "Haswell" Mobile Desktop for $934.99 with Free Shipping(normally $979.99 - use coupon code: LOGICBUY15HP).
- Sony Portable Party Speaker w/Bluetooth & NFC for $299.99(normally $349.00).
- Roku LT Streaming Media Player (2013 Model) for $36.99 with free shipping(normally $49.99).
- In Stock! Amazon offers Xbox One console for $499.99 with free shipping
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2013 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, 750w, silencer mk III, pc power & cooling
PC Power & Cooling have been providers of high quality PSUs for a long time and are keeping up the pace, recently with the updated 750W Silencer Mk III. They have a unique style, black and white colouring and a proprietary connector for their modular cabling that both looks and connects better than some of the recessed plastic connectors seen on other models. Unfortunately since OCZ purchased the company they have gone from being the PSU all other companies try to match to a mid-range supplier that provides decent PSUs but lack the incredible quality they once possessed, as you can see by [H]ard|OCP's Pass marking without an award. This may well be one of the last models you see labelled PC Power & Cooling, with OCZ's bankruptcy the continuation of the PSU business is in doubt.
"PC Power & Cooling is back on our test bench today and it has been a while. Today it is promising "industrial-grade performance and stability," with "ultimate efficiency," and "ultra-quiet operation" with its Silencer Mk III 750 watt PSU. We put it to the test to see if OCZ has done anything to return its PSUs to your next build."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Integra R2 750W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master G550M 550 W @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master GXII 550W Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 650W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Antec High Current Gamer 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply @ eTeknix
- Corsair RM Series 650 W @ techPowerUp
- NZXT Hale82 V2 550W White PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
- Fractal Design Integra R2 750W @ Kitguru
- Be Quiet! Power Zone 650W / 750W @ Hardware.info
- Corsair CS650M @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2013 - 03:42 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, Steam Controller
The Steam Controller is a gamepad where touch replaces analog joysticks. Developed internally at Valve, its design focused on being a comfortable gaming accessory which did not compromise on the accuracy allowed by an absolute position-based input device (ie: a mouse). Velocity-based inputs, such as thumbsticks, have the hand-eye and/or timing problem where we need feedback to know when to cease giving input to actually stop. It is a lot easier to make a good estimate of how far to move your hand (or finger, or eye) and perform that action without further feedback necessary.
It is just how we behave.
Valve is very confident in their design and believes that it is accurate enough to emulate a mouse. In fact, most games (if and until the Steam Controller gains traction) will be operating in "Legacy Mode" which emulates a mouse and keyboard. They are requesting that the community develop many shared profiles, on a game-by-game basis, to give a large catalog of known configurations by the time the device ships publicly.
But what about the not "Legacy Mode"? The main announcement is that Valve has shipped the controller's Steamworks API to allow developers direct access to its hardware. In other words, rather than emulate a mouse and keyboard, the developer can use the hardware in the way they see fit. Of course this will be most useful for the touchscreen (if a blank 4-quadrant button is insufficient) and the haptic feedback but can also mean new methods of emulating the velocity-based input of a gamepad.
Remember, I said velocity input is less accurate for things like rapid rotation between randomly oriented targets. Flight games often prefer long continuous input which are great for joysticks and thumbsticks. Simply put, traditional gamepads are "better" at certain things (driving games, flight games, third-person games where accuracy is not important but quickly pressing one of four-or-so commands is, etc.). Many developers will want this controller to solve those problems, too.
Keep an eye out at Steam Universe for more updates like these; they occur rapidly as of late.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2013 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: arm, mobile gaming, geomerics
Geomerics may not be a name that springs immediately to mind when you think of gaming but they are the ones behind the lighting effects in the last two Battlefield games as well as Medal of Honour. Today we hear that ARM has just bought that company lock, stock and barrel which could mean very good things for gaming on mobile devices using ARM processors. The company should be able to optimize high end tricks like global illumination and reflections for ARM processors to give the next generation of games impressive visuals without too much of a hit on performance. As The Inquirer points out, the most popular mobile game remains Angry Birds; maybe the next update will feature god rays.
"ARM bought Geomerics, which specialises in lighting for the games development industry, for an undisclosed sum with a view to adding further to its mobile development capabilities."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Valve releases its Steam operating system (sort of) @ The Inquirer
- Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars @ Slashdo
- TSMC moves 16nm FinFET to risk production @ DigiTimes
- Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear @ The Register
- A Look at Mac Hypervisors: Parallels Desktop 9 & VMware Fusion 6 @ Techgage
- SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure @ The Register
- Win a LSI Nytro™ MegaRAID® 8120-4i PCIe 3.0 800GB Card @ SSD Review
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2013 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's deal is a Dell XPS 15 running Win7 and featuring a Core i5-3230M, 6GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with a 32GB mSATA SSD and a 1GB GeForce GT 630M. The screen is a full 1080p and the aluminium machine weighs a mere 5.8lbs for extra portability.
- Dell XPS 15 Core i5 1080p Ultrabook w/ GeForce GT 630M & Windows 7 for $749.99 with Free Shipping (normally $1,369.99 - use coupon code: WD0RTDJWM4QC1F).
- Today Only! Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) for $34.99 with Free Shipping(normally $59.99).
- LG 23.6" LED-Backlit Monitor (24EN33TW-B) for $121.49 with Free Shipping(normally $189.99 - use coupon code: MASTERPASS).
- Sharp Aquos LC-50LE442U 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $598.00(normally $748.00).
- Dell Inspiron One 2330 23" Dual-core 1080p All-in-one PC for $549.99 with free shipping(normally $699.99).
- Fab Boombox Mugs (Set of 2) for $12.00 with free shipping(normally $20.00).
Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2013 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for the easiest way to get a powerful gaming machine and have more money that patience? The Alienware Aurora r4 is a custom built watercooled PC with a fairly impressive list of internals. From the Core i7-4820K @ 3.7GHz and 16GB of DDR3 to the pair of GTX 680's in SLI you will be able to play most new games at the highest settings. Storage is handled by a 3TB drive so you might want to consider getting an SSD and reloading the included Win7 64-bit Home onto it.
- Alienware Aurora r4 4th-gen Core i7 Gaming Desktop (Liquid-cooled) w/ Dual GTX 680 SLI for $2,199.00 with Free Shipping (normally $2,474.00 - use coupon code: KHK36BLFWDM9LH).
- Dell XPS 11 Convertible Core i3 11.6" 2560x1440 Touch Laptop for $949.99 with Free Shipping(normally $1,049.99 - use coupon code: WD0RTDJWM4QC1F).
- Pinnacle Speaker 2-Ch 175-Watt Powered Soundbar for $99.99 with Free Shipping(normally $399.99).
- Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SATA 2.5" Internal SSD for $79.99(normally $139.99 - use coupon code: 516979B).
- McAfee Total Protection 2013 - 3 PC for $16.95 with free shipping(normally $79.99).
- Night Owl 8-Camera 8-Ch 500GB HDD DVR Surveillance System for $225.00 with free shipping(normally $349.99 - use coupon code: VMEBUYDIG).
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of EVGA
The EVGA Z87 Stinger is EVGA's Z87-based answer for the small form-factor crowd. Sporting the micro-ITX form factor, the board is featured packed and offers support for the latest generation of Intel LGA1150-based processors. While its MSRP of $229.99 may seem large for its small stature, the Z87 Stinger's feature list makes it well worth the outlay.
Courtesy of EVGA
The EVGA Z87 Stinger board features a 6-phase power delivery system and an impressive 10 layer PCB. Additionally, EVGA designed the CPU socket with a higher amount of gold, as well as use of solid state capacitors throughout the board to ensure problem-free operation under all operational circumstances. The following features are integrated into the Z87 Stinger: 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports; 1 mPCIe/mSATA 6Gb/s port; 1 eSATA 6Gb/s port; an Intel GigE NIC; 1 PCI-Express x16 slot; on board power, reset, and BIOS reset buttons; BIOS Select switch; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.
Courtesy of EVGA
Technical Specifications (taken from the EVGA website)
|Based on Intel Z87 chipset|
|2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 16GB of DDR3 (2666MHz+ in dual channel configuration)
|4 x Serial ATA 600MB/sec (4 Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID1|
|Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)|
|6 Channel Creative Sound Core3D
1 x 10/100/1000 (Intel i217)
|mITX Form Factor
Length: 6.7in - 170.18mm
Width: 6.7in - 170.18mm
Operating System Support
|Windows 8 32/64bit
Windows 7 32/64bit
Windows Vista 32/64bit
Windows XP 32/64bit
|This product comes with a 3 year warranty. Registration is recommended.|
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | December 13, 2013 - 05:43 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: webgl, ue4, UE3, asm.js
Its shortcoming is the difficulty and annoyance when hand coding (without compiling it from another language). The browser is used more by encouraging the adoption of web standards through discouraging the usage of web standards. You can see where the politics can enter.
Still, it makes for great demos such as the cloth physics applet from James Long of Mozilla or, more amazingly, Unreal Engine 3. The upcoming UE4 is expected to be officially supported by Epic Games on asm.js (and obviously WebGL will be necessary too) but, of course, Epic will not prevent UE3 licensees from doing their own leg-work.
NomNom Games, a group within Trendy Entertainment (Trendy is known for Dungeon Defenders), became the first company to release a commercial 3D title on these standards. Monster Madness, powered by Unreal Engine 3, runs in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without plugins (although it will fail-down to Flash 11.6 if your browser is unsupported for the web-native version). Monster Madness is a top-down cell shaded shoot'em-up.
You can play, for free, with an anonymous token here. You can also visit their website to learn more about the closed beta for registered accounts. It is natively supported on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. I am not entirely sure why IE11 is not supported, now that Microsoft supports WebGL, but there is probably a customer support or performance reason for it.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2013 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, Fedora, heisenbug
Fedora 20 in a variety of flavours has arrived for anyone interested in trying out the newest version of this long standing Linux distro. They have native support for just about any desktop environment you could want without the need to release separate versions for each. It also offers full support for ARM processors, either small devices or multitudes of processors strung together into something a little more powerful. If you are uncertain about how much you trust the new OS, follow the comments at Slashdot to see what challenges people have encountered.
"The Fedora Project has announced the release of Fedora 20, code named Heisenbug (release notes). Fedora 20 is dedicated to Seth Vidal, the lead developer of Yum and the Fedora update repository, who recently died in a road accident. Gnome is the default DE of Fedora, and so it is for Fedora 20. However unlike Ubuntu (where they had to create different distros for each DE) Fedora comes with KDE, XFCE, LXDE and MATE. You can install the DE of your choice on top of base Fedora."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1 NVIDIA Performance @ Phoronix
- A Look at the SteamOS Beta on a Custom PC @ Techgage
- Benchmarking the ODroid XU: A Fast-Clocked Quad A15 ARM Machine @ Linux.com
- Samsung announces an Android game controller @ The Inquirer
- TSMC adjusting capacity to meet rising orders for bumping services @ DigiTimes
- Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it @ The Register
- Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS? @ The Register
- NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk Smart AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review @MissingRemote
- Sitecom Wi-Fi Router X8 AC1750 WLR-8100 and Wi-Fi USB 3.0 AC1200 WLA-7100 Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
- Considerations When Buying a New Digital Camera @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 14, 2013 - 01:55 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: opteron, arm, amd
The ARMv8 architecture extends the hardware platform to 64-bit. This increase is mostly useful to address massive amounts of memory but can also have other benefits for performance. I think many of us remember the excitement prior to x86-64 and the subsequent let-down when we realized that, for most applications, typical vector extensions kept up in performance especially considering the compatibility issues of the day. It needed to happen but it was a hard sell until... it was just ubiquitous.
AMD has not kept it secret that they are developing 64-bit ARM processors for data centers but, until this week, further details were scarce. Under the codename, "Seattle", these processors will be available in four and eight cores. The Opteron branding will expand beyond x86 to include these new processors. The pitch to enterprises is simple: want both ARM and x86? Why bother with two vendors!
Seattle will also support up to 128GB of ECC memory and 10 Gigabit Ethernet for dense, but power efficient, compute clusters. It will be manufactured on the 28nm process.
The majority of AMD's blog post proclaimed its commitment to software support and it is definitely true that they hold a very high status in both the Linux and Apache Foundations. ARMv8 is supported in Linux starting with kernel 3.7.
Seattle is expected to launch in the second half of 2014.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2013 - 02:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, Haswell-E
Here's the short version: X99 chipset, quad-channel DDR4 (2133 MHz), 6 or 8 cores with Hyper-Threading, up to 3 GHz, up to 140W TDP.
Haswell-E, the replacement for recently launched Ivy Bridge-E, will hit in Q3 2014. VR-Zone China has already got their hands on an engineering sample but has yet to do any form of benchmarking. I went enthusiast and all I got is this lousy picture.
Image Credit: VR-Zone
Well, they also got the slide embedded above. Apart from the specifications that were highlighted above, the slide also claims that both the X and K series will be unlocked for overclockers. Especially given how resilient modern processors are, it makes sense to allow all enthusiast-branded parts to be pushed over stock settings.
Of course Haswell-E should also bring the long-awaited boost to single-threaded performance without compromising on the core count. It is expected to launch Q3 2014.
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2013 - 03:24 AM | Scott Michaud
Have you been trying, unsuccessfully, to install SteamOS? If you get the '/dev/sda device or resource is busy' error: check out the fix on our Youtube channel!
Some people do not have wrist cartilage anymore. Somehow Michael Larabel has already managed to install SteamOS, run several benchmarks across eight separate NVIDIA GPUs, and type five pages about the results. Remember your carpal-tunnel exercises!
Note that none of these benchmarks were using the Source engine. He briefly references two other articles to explain why before continuing on with the bar charts. The GeForce Titan and the GTX 780 Ti were the only two cards to push Unigine Heaven 4.0 past 60 FPS (mind you they almost reached 80 FPS).
He expects to release a second article, within the next couple of days, to compare SteamOS performance to other Linux distributions. He also discusses using the Steam Controller in another, already released, article.
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2013 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's Alienware 14 deal is for a 14" 1080p laptop with quite a bit inside of it's compact chassis. A core i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a 1GB GeForce GTX 750M offer decent performance and connectivity includes Bluetooth and a KillerNIC handling WiFi. Storage is a 750GB 7200RPM HDD and a DVD Burner you can upgrade to a BlueRay if you so desire. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. More powerful and expensive units also available by following the link.
- Alienware 14 "Haswell" Core i5 Gaming Laptop w/ GeForce GT 750M for $979.00 with Free Shipping (normally $1,099.00 - use coupon code: 80W?MH81W7PS0G).
- Dell Venue 7 16GB Android 4.2 Tablet + Extra 32GB SanDisk Memory Card for $149.99 with Free Shipping(normally $187.98).
- Dell Inspiron 660s Core i3 Slim Tower Desktop for $399.99 with Free Shipping(normally $519.99).
- LG 55LN5600 55" 1080p LED HDTV for $729.99(normally $949.99).
- Samsung HT-F4500 3D Blu-ray 5.1 Home Theater for $197.99 with free shipping(normally $249.99).
- Symantec Norton 360 Version 2013 (3-PC DL) for $28.00 with free shipping(normally $59.99).
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