Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2016 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, Intel X99, Phoenix SLI
The Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI certainly sports some unique colours though the design of the board is similar to other G1 Gaming boards. It sports a rare U.2 port and an M.2 port which [H]ard|OCP describes as being specifically for a wireless NIC. There are four PCIe 16x 3.0 slots and thanks to the X99 chipset it can run all four at 8x speeds simultaneously. Along with a variety of other features the board including USB 3.1 is the Ambient Surround LED feature, which is exactly what it sounds like. Pop over and take a peek.
"GIGABYTE’s X99 Phoenix SLI is another entry into the G1 Gaming lineup. While there is little to nothing that’s truly unique about the feature set, the combination of features and unique aesthetics are hard to argue with. The X99 Phoenix SLI offers good features and stellar looks at a reasonable price point."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Runs Nicely On Linux @ Phoronix
- ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER (Intel LGA1151) @ techPowerUp
- ASRock Z170M OC Formula mATX Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium Review: Heavy Metal Magnificence @ Modders-Inc
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2016 - 03:58 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, xbox, xbox one, pc gaming, nvidia, GTX 1080, gtx 1070
NVIDIA has just announced that specially marked, 10-series GPUs will be eligible for a Gears of War 4 download code. This bundle applies to GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 desktop GPUs, as well as laptops which integrate either of those two GPUs. As always, if you plan on purchasing a GPU due to this bundle, make sure that the product page for your retailer mentions the bundle.
Also, through the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, NVIDIA claims that this code can be used to play the game on Xbox One as well. Xbox Play Anywhere allows users to purchase a game on either of Microsoft's software stores, Xbox Store or Windows Store, and it will automatically count as a purchase for the cross-platform equivalent. It also has implications for cloud saves, but that's a story for another day.
The bundle begins today, September 20th. Gears of War 4 launches on October 11th.
Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2016 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: netfix, meridian, 4k60
The 12 minute long Netflix Original "Meridian" might not be the most exciting program they've ever released but it is among one of the most interesting. The program is available to anyone, via the Creative Commons license they attached to it, up to an including competitors such as iTunes and Hulu. This seemly strange move is because it is actually a benchmark for encoding streamed video and the more people that see it the more information Netflix and others will gain. It is originally filmed in 4k resolution at 60fps, which is far more than most displays can handle and much larger than residential data infrastructure is used to handling.
The interesting part will start when new algorithms begin to appear to allow what is likely to be the next high definition standard to stream over the internet without immediately hitting data caps or losing so much resolution as to make it unwatchable. You can pop over to Slashdot for links to more information about this release.
"But for Netflix, it's just par of the course. Thanks to its Silicon Valley DNA, Netflix has long collaborated with other companies on cloud computing-focused open source projects. Now, it wants to nudge Hollywood to do the same -- and "Meridian" is only the beginning. This week, Netflix is also open-sourcing a set of tools tackling a common problem for studios and video services."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HP confirms that its printer firmware blocks some remanufactured cartridges @ The Inquirer
- Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years @ The Register
- Mozilla will patch zero-day Firefox bug to fiddle man-in-the-middle diddle @ The Register
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2016 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Premium, factory overclocked, GIGABYTE Xtreme Engine, vr link
Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming comes with a nice overclock right out of the box, 1759MHz base, 1898MHz boost clock and a small bump to the VRAM frequency to 10.2GHz. At the push of a button you can add an extra 25MHz to the GPUs clocks assuming you install the bundled GIGABYTE Xtreme Engine which also allows you to manually tweak your settings. The Package part of the official name indicates that Gigabyte's Xtreme VR Link header panel is included with the card, you can install it in the front of your case to provide easy access to two HDMI connectors and two USB 3.0 ports for a VR headset.
Pop on over to [H]ard|OCP to see how much more they could get out of the card as well as the effect it had on gameplay.
"GIGABYTE’s GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Premium Pack is one premium package of goodness. Not only have we got one of the fastest GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, but GIGABYTE has thrown in the kitchen sink in this Premium Package with enthusiast oriented gaming as the focus."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 1070 Gaming Z 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G Review @ Neoseeker
- ASUS GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 STRIX OC Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6 GB @ techPowerUp
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