Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, warhammer 40k, exterminatus, battlefleet gothic
That's right, Eldar and their tissue paper clad ships will be going up against the city sized ships of the Imperium, Abaddon the Despoiler's Black Legion and even the cobbled together Orc vessels which have grown large enough to deserve the name Battlekrooser. The single player and possibly the two player co-op missions will be Imperium only while multiplayer will allow you to choose to control filthy Xenos fleets. In both cases the ships and crew will accumulate experience and upgrade skills or weaponry but only if they survive battle and do not get executed for not following orders. Exterminatus will be present in the game as well as boarding parties, with the latter being restricted to scuttling ships. The game will be based on it's tabletop forefather but will not be enslaved to it, map movement is expected to be turn based but the battles will be in real time, at a pace which matches the ponderous size of these ships. Check out the excitement at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.
"The news that an adaptation of Games Workshop’s Battlefleet Gothic was in development made for happy reading last week but solid facts were thin on the ground. We knew that the game would be real-time rather than turn-based, which was cause for concern in some quarters, and that four factions would be available."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Unreal Engine 4 Linux Tests With AMD & NVIDIA Graphics Drivers @ Phoronix
- Sid Meier Announces Sid Meier’s Starships @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wot I Think – Elite: Dangerous @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- GoG Gets X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds & More @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt' @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2015 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: swiftech, MCP655 PWM, VisionTek, CryoVenom R9 290 LE, phanteks, Enthoo Luxe
Pictured below is a VisionTek R9 290 using a watercooler custome designed by EK Water Blocks for a limited edition of CryoVenom R9 290 LE and gives this build some serious GPU power. As this system build is being done by Silent PC Review a generic pump is not going to cut the mustard and instead they chose the Swiftech MCP655 PWM for its low noise while operating. To cool off the i7-4790K a VisionTek/EK Supremacy waterblock was chosen as IK produces very high quality parts. To house the build a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe was chosen for it space and the ease of installing a radiator as well as its clean overall design. Check out the full build over at SPCR.
"Our seventh article in this season's new quiet gaming PC build guide series is our first complete discrete liquid cooled system, featuring the VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Limited Edition Graphics Card. This 450W beast of a system gets tamed to a cool, soft purr."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Journey to a Silent MicroATX @ Silent PC Review
- ECS LIVA-X Mini PC (Intel N2808) @ techPowerUp
- Quiet mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Edition @ Silent PC Review
- Gigabyte BRIX S BXi5H-5200 @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | January 26, 2015 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, firmware, EVO, 840 evo
In the fall it was confirmed by Samsung that stale data on some 840 EVO drives would suffer performance degradation and released a tool to mitigate the issue which Al reviewed here. The Tech Report recently heard of some cases of drives slowing even with the new EXT0CB6Q firmware installed and decided to investigate. They took a 840 EVO 250GB SSD which had been filled with files to test the patch and was then left forgotten on a shelf for several months and tested the speeds. The benchmarks showed an average speed between 35-54MB/s far below what you would expect to see from an SSD but in line with what users have been reported. On the other hand another 840 EVO which has been in constant use since the firmware update shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down, though NTFS compression was recently used on the drive which could have refreshed the flash. Obviously more testing needs to be done, keep your eyes out for updates on this new development.
"In October, Samsung patched its 840 EVO SSD to address a problem that caused slow read speeds with old data. Recent reports suggest the issue isn't completely fixed, and the results of our own testing agree."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Plextor M6e Black Edition SSD @ The SSD Review
- OCZ Challenge update: All 5 ARC 100 SSD’s hit 200TB mark @ Kitgru
- Samsung's Portable SSD T1 @ The Tech Report
- Samsung Portable SSD T1 500GB @ Custom PC Review
- Samsung T1 SSD @ HardwareHeaven
- Samsung Portable SSD T1 @ The SSD Review
- Kingston SDCA3 microSDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Card @ The SSD Review
- Synology DiskStation DS215j 2-Bay NAS @ eTeknix
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