Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2015 - 12:53 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: windows update, windows 10, microsoft, ISO
Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130 to Fast Ring users late last month, and now the company is releasing downloadable ISOs for the build. Microsoft is not yet ready to make this build available to Slow Ring users, but the company is making a special exception in releasing ISO files of the build (Microsoft usually only makes ISOs available after the build has been pushed to the Slow Ring). Specifically, the ISOs are being posted online in response to certain Fast Ring users getting a 0x80246017 error and not being able to upgrade using Windows Update.
Build 10130 will eventually come to the Slow Ring, but the company is still working on fixing several bugs including taskbar flyouts not working properly. For now we will have to wait.
However, if you are on the Fast Ring and are unable to use Windows Update, you can download the appropriate ISO for your language and system (32-bit or 64-bit), mount it, and apply the update by running the installer.
Download the Windows 10 Build 10130 ISO from the Windows Insider website.
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2015 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED
Techgage has spent a while in the open world of The Witcher 3 and are ready to share their experiences. The open world is very open, you will find yourself wandering into areas you are not ready for without warning and at 50 hours in the reviewer is still seeing the occasional tutorial pop-up so they are nowhere near finishing. You may find yourself abandoning a quest to do other side quests in order to become powerful enough to survive the encounter with the boss at the end of the quest you originally intended to do. That is the heart and soul of a truly open game, which CD Projekt RED seem to have mastered. Check out their review right here.
"This land is deep in darkness, words do little to describe the hell that has befallen. War, pillaging, oppression, greed, politics and scandals. We are beyond the petty battles of good and evil, for all have monsters living within. With the stench of deceit in the air, what this world needs, is a Witcher."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review @ OCC
- ‘Mirror’s Edge 2′ Is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Not A Sequel @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Warm up the Mega Buster: Next-gen consoles to reboot Mega Man series @ The RegisterE
- Co-op D&D: Sword Coast Legends Arriving In September @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Some developers hit hard by new Steam Refunds policy @ HEXUS
- AMD tipped to bundle Star Wars Battlefront with new Radeons @ HEXUS
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2015 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: surface hub, microsoft
The Microsoft Surface that we were promised ages ago is finally being released in the form of the Surface Hub. Two models will be available for pre-order at the start of July, a $7000 55" model and a $20,000 84" version with a delivery date in September. The screens can recognize up to 100 touchpoints and are also designed with a stylus in mind so you can use it as a whiteboard or to add comments to your media in real time. The device sports infrared, imaging and depth sensors which can be used to add to your meetings. The smaller model is powered by Intel's HD4600 while the larger model contains an NVIDIA Quadro K2200. Check it out at The Inquirer.
"MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that an 84in Surface device will go on sale next month at the bargain price of $20,000. Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 55in and 84in touchscreen all-in-one devices in January, and said today that they will be available to order from 1 July."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Adobe Flash malware jumps over 300 percent in first quarter of 2015 @ The Inquirer
- Kaspersky uncovers Duqu 2.0 after state-sponsored malware attacks its systems @ The Inquirer
- Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials @ The Register
- Intel could also be TSMC customer, says Chang @ DigiTimes
- HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive @ The Register
Digging in a Little Deeper into the DiRT
Over the past few weeks I have had the chance to play the early access "DiRT Rally" title from Codemasters. This is a much more simulation based title that is currently PC only, which is a big switch for Codemasters and how they usually release their premier racing offerings. I was able to get a hold of Paul Coleman from Codemasters and set up a written interview with him. Paul's answers will be in italics.
Who are you, what do you do at Codemasters, and what do you do in your spare time away from the virtual wheel?
Hi my name is Paul Coleman and I am the Chief Games Designer on DiRT Rally. I’m responsible for making sure that the game is the most authentic representation of the sport it can be, I’m essentially representing the player in the studio. In my spare time I enjoy going on road trips with my family in our 1M Coupe. I’ve been co-driving in real world rally events for the last three years and I’ve used that experience to write and voice the co-driver calls in game.
If there is one area that DiRT has really excelled at is keeping frame rate consistent throughout multiple environments. Many games, especially those using cutting edge rendering techniques, often have dramatic frame rate drops at times. How do you get around this while still creating a very impressive looking game?
The engine that DiRT Rally has been built on has been constantly iterated on over the years and we have always been looking at ways of improving the look of the game while maintaining decent performance. That together with the fact that we work closely with GPU manufacturers on each project ensures that we stay current. We also have very strict performance monitoring systems that have come from optimising games for console. These systems have proved very useful when building DiRT Rally even though the game is exclusively on PC.
How do you balance out different controller use cases? While many hard core racers use a wheel, I have seen very competitive racing from people using handheld controllers as well as keyboards. Do you handicap/help those particular implementations so as not to make it overly frustrating to those users? I ask due to the difference in degrees of precision that a gamepad has vs. a wheel that can rotate 900 degrees.
Again this comes back to the fact that we have traditionally developed for console where the primary input device is a handheld controller. This is an area that other sims don’t usually have to worry about but for us it was second nature. There are systems that we have that add a layer between the handheld controller or keyboard and the game which help those guys but the wheel is without a doubt the best way to experience DiRT Rally as it is a direct input.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2015 - 02:34 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: rumor, Radeon 390X, radeon 390, radeon, leak, Hawaii XT, hawaii, amd
Here we go again...
Image credit: WCCFtech
Even more information has allegedly leaked out ahead of AMD’s official announcement of new 300-series Radeon GPUs, this time from rumor site WCCFtech. This information is totally unverified at least from any public source, but it is very specific regarding both price and GPU.
Here is the list published by WCCFtech in their report:
|R9 390X 8GB||Enhanced Hawaii XT||$389|
|R9 390 8GB||Enhanced Hawaii Pro||$329|
|R9 380X 3GB/6GB||Tonga XT (NOT CONFIRMED)|
|R9 380 4GB||Tonga Pro||$235|
|R9 380 2GB||Tonga Pro||$195|
|R7 370 4GB||Pitcairn||$175|
|R7 370 2GB||Pitcairn||$135|
|R7 360 2GB||Bonaire||$107|
As to whether this comes via leaked slides or is complete guesswork, we’ll likely have no answer until the official unveiling. Such an announcement is likely the purpose of the AMD gaming event at E3 which is now just days away. We can only hope that Fiji will in fact be making an appearance at the show as it does not appear on this list (again, if accurate).
Subject: Motherboards | June 10, 2015 - 01:42 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Z170, Skylake, mini ITX, Intel Skylake, computex 2015, computex, asrock
ASRock had some nice looking motherboards on display at Computex, but one in particular caught my attention. The ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is a Mini ITX motherboard ready to support Intel's upcoming Skylake processor, DDR4 memory, and a slew of speedy connectivity options.
The LGA 1151 socket is situated in the middle of the compact board and is surrounded by a 6+2 power phase, two DDR4 memory slots, the PCH with red heatsink and ASRock Gaming logo, a mini PCI-E slot with pre-installed 802.11ac Wi-Fi card, and a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot snuggled along the bottom edge. Storage support includes four SATA 3 ports and a single SATA Express port in the bottom right corner. Several websites are also reporting that this board has an Ultra M.2 port as well, which may be located on the underside of the board like existing Mini ITX motherboard implementations (for space reasons). Unfortunately, I was not able to dig up any photos of the back so we will have to wait for reviews to confirm this.
As far as external I/O, the motherboard has the following ports on the rear panel:
- 1 x PS/2
- 3 x Video outputs (two HDMI and one DisplayPort)
- 2 x USB 3.1
- 6 x USB 3.0
- 1 x Gigabit LAN (from Intel)
- 3 x Analog audio output
- 1 x Optical audio output
In all, this pint-size motherboard packs a punch and will make for a powerful small form factor gaming PC when paired with a Skylake CPU and dedicated graphics card! Of course, the all-important pricing and availability were not announced at the show.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2015 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, G550M, 550W, modular psu, 80 Plus Bronze
At 550W and an 80 Plus Bronze rating the Cooler Master G500M is not as powerful as many of the PSUs we have seen lately, then again at $75 it is also more affordable. Unfortunately for Cooler Master the competition tends to be lower priced, with Corsair, SeaSonic and Thermaltake all having slightly better PSUs of a similar wattage for an equal or lesser price. On the other hand Cooler Master's five year warranty is longer than any of the other brands and [H]ard|OCP feels that the G500M shows improvements over previous models as it passed all of their tests. This particular model may not be a great choice but if CM continues to improve the quality of their budget priced models the next release might be a solid contender.
"Today we spend our time with a computer power supply from Cooler Master that is towards the lower end of the wattage scale coming in at 550 watts. Cooler Master claims "notably higher efficiency and voltage stability than other designs." We will see if its Bronze efficiency G550M PSU will stand up to our gauntlet and its own claims."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- EVGA SuperNOVA 650GS @ Kitguru
- Seasonic Snow Silent 750W PSU @ Kitguru
- COUGAR GX-1050 V3 1050W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- LEPA MaxPlatinum Series 1700 W @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2015 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, hifiman, EF100, DAC, tube
Just the look of the EF100 DAC from HiFiMAN gives you the notion that this is not an entry level peice of audio equipment, it is aimed at those who desire near studio quality audio but who lack the means to rent studio time or buy professional level equipment. The $500 price tag is steep but you get what you pay for, a tube driven amplifier with C-Media CM102s inside with two analogue inputs, a mini-jack and RCA inputs. If this sounds like something you might need in your life check out TechPowerUp's review right here.
"HiFiMAN has a reputation for producing great headphone amplifiers. Today, we take a look at their newest do-it-all headphone amplifier & DAC combo with an on-board T-amp. This all-encompassing device features a class A/B headphone amplifier with a tube input stage. Despite all its features, it sells for $499, which is quite impressive."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Review at HardwareHeaven
- TAudio-Technica AT2020USB+ @ Hardware Heaven
- Arctic P324 BT Bluetooth Headphones @ Kitguru
- Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2015 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: wine, linux
There is a tool that will be familiar to regular Linux users but perhaps not to those who have yet to spend time with the open source OS which is called WINE. It was originally developed to run a limited selection of Windows applications in Linux but has since grown to support 22419 applications as of today. If you want to try Linux especially if you feel limited by the amount of Steam games supported then you should check out the tutorial at Linux.com. The hardware requirements for Ubuntu and WINE are very low, this is a perfect opportunity to get some old hardware up and running and give Linux a shot, while still being able to use most of the Windows applications you are used to.
On the other hand if you are familiar with Linux, you knew all this already.
"To overcome this weakness, a compatibility layer called WINE was created. The name originally stood for Wine Is Not an Emulator (because everyone mistook the tool for a Windows emulator). The name is now simply Wine."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Single-molecule diode in new current record @ Nanotechweb
- IBM releases IoT electronic design automation tools in the SoftLayer cloud @ The Inquirer
- Imagination, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP platforms @ DigiTimes
- Asustek handset business starts generating profits in May @ DigiTimes
- Everything Apple announced at WWDC – inside our no-hype-zone™ @ The Register
- The Tech ARP + Western Digital My Passport Wireless Contest
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2015 - 08:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, tom petersen, nvidia, maxwell, live, GTX 980 Ti, gtx, gsync, gm200, giveaway, geforce, g-sync, contest
UPDATE: Did you miss the event? No worries, you can still learn all about the GTX 980 Ti, G-Sync changes and even how NVIDIA is changing VR! Once again, a HUGE thanks to NVIDIA and Tom Petersen for coming out to visit.
Even thought it's a week after official release, we are hosting a live stream from the PC Perspective offices with NVIDIA's Tom Petersen to discuss the new GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card as well as the changes and updates the company has made to the G-Sync brand. Why would NVIDIA undercut the GTX TITAN X by such a wide margin? Are they worried about AMD's Fiji GPU? Now that we are seeing new form factors and screen types of G-Sync monitors, will prices come down? How does G-Sync for notebooks work without a module?
All of this information and more will be learned on Tuesday, June 9th.
And what's a live stream without a prize? One lucky live viewer will win an EVGA GeForce GTX GTX 980 Ti 6GB graphics card of their very own! That's right - all you have to do is tune in for the live stream Tuesday afternoon and you could win a 980 Ti!!
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti / G-Sync Live Stream and Giveaway
12pm PT / 3pm ET - June 9th
Need a reminder? Join our live mailing list!
The event will take place Tuesday, June 9th at 12pm PT / 3pm ET at http://www.pcper.com/live. There you’ll be able to catch the live video stream as well as use our chat room to interact with the audience. To win the prize you will have to be watching the live stream, with exact details of the methodology for handing out the goods coming at the time of the event.
Tom has a history of being both informative and entertaining and these live streaming events are always full of fun and technical information that you can get literally nowhere else.
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments below and we'll look through them just before the start of the live stream. Of course you'll be able to tweet us questions @pcper and we'll be keeping an eye on the IRC chat as well for more inquiries. What do you want to know and hear from Tom or I?
So join us! Set your calendar for this coming Tuesday at 12pm PT / 3pm ET and be here at PC Perspective to catch it. If you are a forgetful type of person, sign up for the PC Perspective Live mailing list that we use exclusively to notify users of upcoming live streaming events including these types of specials and our regular live podcast. I promise, no spam will be had!
Subject: Displays | June 9, 2015 - 01:51 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: UHD, LG, ips monitor, gaming monitor, freesync, amd, 4k, 27MU67-B
LG announced a new 4K monitor today, and since it's from LG you know there has to be an IPS panel inside.
The 27MU67-B boasts a 3840x2160 UHD/4K IPS panel and supports AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, though the panel appears to only support up to 60 Hz according to the official specs. Speaking of, here's the full rundown:
- Panel Type: IPS
- Color Gamut (CIE1931): SRGB 99%
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Resolution: 3840x2160
- Brightness (cd/m2): 300 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio: 5M:1
- Response Time (GTG): 5ms
- Refresh Rate: 60 Hz: 178 / 178
- Viewing Angle: Hard Coating (3H), anti-glare
- DVI-D x1
- HDMI x2
- Display Port x1
- Black Stabilizer: Black Equalizer
- DAS Mode: Yes
- Reader Mode: Yes
- PC: Yes
- DDC/CI: Yes
- HDCP: Yes (2.2)
- FreeSync: Yes (w/ DP, mDP)
- Factory Calibration: Yes
- Super+ Resolution: Yes
- Screen-split: Yes (Software)
- Flicker Safe: Yes
- Pivot: Yes
- Dual Controller: Yes (Software)
The 27MU67-B also features factory calibration and 99% sRGB color the display could be used for more critical work (yes, gaming can be categorized as "critical").
The LG 27MU67-B has an MSRP of $599.99 and availability is listed as “coming soon”.
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2015 - 07:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, wireless storage, 1.5tb drive
If you find yourself running low on space on your phone and need a handy way to extend your storage you could consider the Samsung Wireless HDD. A mere 19.9x89x126.5mm and 275g it won't take up a lot of space but will allow up to five devices to connect over 802.11 b/g/n WiFi to stream the content stored on the drive. It also has USB 3.0 connectivity to help you load up the drive before you head out on the road and you can even steal some of it's 7 hour rated battery life by using it as a charging station for your phone. Kitguru tested multiple streams and found that two simultaneous connections work perfectly but it is best not to exceed streaming to a pair of devices. The five device rating seems to refer more to the number of saved connections than to the number of streams you can run.
"While many users these days may have several terabytes of PC storage space, mobile storage is yet to catch up. Many phones come with just 16GB of internal storage, while 128GB is just about as good as it gets. This means most users simply cannot fit their media collections on their mobile devices – which is far from ideal."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Western Digital My Passport Wireless 2 TB Drive @ TechARP
- Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Silicon Power Armor A60 USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review @ Madshrimps
- VisionTek 120GB Pocket SSD Review @HiTech Legion
- Mushkin Ventura Ultra 120GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- QNAP TS-451 @ HardwareHeaven
- Corsair Force LS 120 GiB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Patriot Memory Ignite 480GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD RAID @ The SSD Review
- ADATA Premier SP610 SSD @ Benchmark Reveiws
- Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB Review @ OCC
- Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Plextor M6e Black Edition 128GB PCI Express SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Seagate Archive HDD 8TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2015 - 04:04 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: U.2, ssd, SFF-8639, pcie, NVMe, Intel, computex 2015, computex
Intel has announced that the SSD Form Factor Working Group has finally come up with a name to replace the long winded SFF-8639 label currently applied to 2.5" devices that connect via PCIe.
As Hardwarezone peeked in the above photo, the SFF-8639 connector will now be called U.2 (spoken 'U dot 2'). This appropriately corresponds with the M.2 connector currently used in portable and small form factor devices today, just with a new letter before the dot.
An M.2 NVMe PCIe device placed on top of a U.2 NVMe PCIe device.
Just as how the M.2 connector can carry SATA and PCIe signaling, the U.2 connector is an extension of the SATA / SAS standard connectors:
Not only are there an additional 7 pins between the repurposed SATA data and power pins, there are an additional 40 pins on the back side. These can carry up to PCIe 3.0 x4 to the connected device. Here is what those pins look like on a connector itself:
Further details about the SFF-8639 / U.2 connector can be seen in the below slide, taken from the P3700 press briefing:
With throughputs of up to 4 GB/sec and the ability to employ the new low latency NVMe protocol, the U.2 and M.2 standards are expected to quickly overtake the need for SATA Express. An additional look at the U.2 standard (then called SFF-8639), as well as a means of adapting from M.2 to U.2, can be found in our Intel SSD 750 Review.
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of ASUS
The ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer motherboard is one of the newest motherboards to join their Intel Z97-based line of products. The board is squarely targeted at gaming enthusiasts, combining an appealing aesthetic with a compelling feature set for a must-have product. At an MSRP of $169.99, the Z97-Pro Gamer offers premium features to budget-conscious gamers.
Courtesy of ASUS
Courtesy of ASUS
Courtesy of ASUS
Even with its aggressive price-point, ASUS coupled the Z97-Pro Gamer motherboard with a top-rated power system dubbed Gamer's Guardian. The board includes an 8+2 phase digital power delivery system, 10k Japanese-source Black Metallic capacitors, DIGI+ VRMs, ESD (electro-static discharge) modules protecting the integrated ports, and DRAM overcurrent protection with integrated resetable fuses. For superior sound fedelity, ASUS integrated their updated SupremeFX audio system into the board's design, featuring illuminated board sheilding, 300 ohm headphone amplifier, and ELNA audio capacitors.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2015 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, skype
If you are on the go and need to make a Skype call from a machine you cannot install software on and your mobile device is out of juice or just not big enough, there is a new beta you can try out in the US and UK. Head over to Skype.com or web.skype.com and log into your account, install a plug-in for the supported browsers which are IE, Chrome, Safari and Firefox and make your call. The beta will be coming to everyone soon, a good idea since most usage scenarios would likely involve travellers calling home and you can check out the link to the blog post at The Register.
In addition The Inquirer let us know that the Skype for Windows desktop client will be updated to include the real time translation tool for all users. The release may possibly coincide with the upcoming release of Windows 10, whether that OS will be ready or not is a different question.
"Microsoft has released a beta web browser version of Skype in the US and UK, which will apparently be rolled out worldwide within the next few weeks."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?' @ The Register
- Galaxy S6 Active arrives with IP58 certification and 3,500mAh battery @ The Inquirer
- What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one @ The Register
- Computex 2015 CatFi – The Intelligent Cat Bistro @ Hardware Asylum
- LINKSYS WRT1200AC @ HardwareHeaven
Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2015 - 08:35 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: windows, remote management, powershell, openssh, mac os x, linux
Citing both leadership and corporate cultural changes within Microsoft, the PowerShell team – led by Team Group Software Engineering Manager Angel Calvo – excitedly announced support for OpenSSH earlier this week. Specifically, the team (finally, after the third such attempt) got the go-ahead from Microsoft's leadership and plans are underway to natively support OpenSSH in PowerShell as well as to contribute to the OpenBSD project on behalf of Microsoft.
Details are scarce, but this is great news for system administrators and a nice extra feature for enthusiasts that like to dabble in those "other" operating systems (which is to say, pretty much every OS except Windows) and remotely access them over a secure SSH connection to perform maintenance or transfer files.
Currently, Windows users need to use third party tools to support SSH clients and servers such as PuTTY (and PSCP) and Cygwin (not pictured).
Until now, users have had to rely on third party tools such as PuTTY, Filezilla, and Cygwin among others for their SSH, SCP, and SFTP needs. Accessing Linux machines using PuTTY is fairly straightforward, but going the other direction and trying to set it up so that you can access a Windows machine from a Linux machine over SSH could certainly be made easier and more stable. Native support for OpenSSH would mean both client and server support built into Windows and support for SSH, SFTP, and SCP protocols.
From the MSDN blog and this twitter exchange, OpenSSH in Windows PowerShell is still in its infancy. It will not be launching with the rest of Windows 10 on July 29th, but with the level of customer interest hopefully pushing the refreshed Microsoft to make this a priority we may see it within the next year or two, and certainly before Windows 11!
Are you ready to get your native SSH on using PowerShell, or will you be sticking with your current third party implementations?
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2015 - 07:51 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: r9 390x, leak, hbm, hawaii, GDDR5, Fiji, amd
On the XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation product page something very curious appears when you scroll all the way down to the bottom…
What’s this image over here on the right, I wonder…
Well would you look at that. The box is clearly labeled for an AMD Radeon R9 390X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, further indicating that the upcoming GPU will in fact be a Hawaii rebrand; and that the HBM-based flagship Fiji GPU we keep hearing about (and seeing pictures of) will have a new name. Whether that ends up being R9 490X or a name like “Fury” we will soon find out. As it is, it looks like we know at least part of what to expect from AMD’s gaming event at E3 on June 16.
Hmm. What might this be about??
Of course we will have complete coverage when any official announcement is made, but for now enjoy the accidental product reveal!
Update: XFX has removed the R9 390X images from their R9 290X DD product page, but not before numerous sites took their own screenshots before posting the news as well. There has been some disagreement about what the leaked photos actually reveal, or if anything has genuinely been "confirmed", but it seems likely that the product named 390X will be a rebranded 290X with 8GB of GDDR5.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Mobile | June 6, 2015 - 04:05 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: VR, nvidia, gameworks vr
So I'm not quite sure what this hypothetical patent device is. According to its application, it is a head-mounted display that contains six cameras (??) and two displays, one for each eye. The usage of these cameras is not define but two will point forward, two will point down, and the last two will point left and right. The only clue that we have is in the second patent application photo, where unlabeled hands are gesturing in front of a node labeled “input cameras”.
Image Credit: Declassified
The block diagram declares that the VR headset will have its own CPU, memory, network adapter, and “parallel processing subsystem” (GPU). VRFocus believes that this will be based on the Tegra X1, and that it was supposed to be revealed three months ago at GDC 2015. In its place, NVIDIA announced the Titan X at the Unreal Engine 4 keynote, hosted by Epic Games. GameWorks VR was also announced with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti launch, which was mostly described as a way to reduce rendering cost by dropping resolution in areas that will be warped into a lower final, displayed resolution anyway.
Image Credit: Declassified
VRFocus suggests that the reveal could happen at E3 this year. The problem with that theory is that NVIDIA has neither a keynote at E3 this year nor even a place at someone else's keynote as far as we know, just a booth and meeting rooms. Of course, they could still announce it through other channels, but that seems less likely. Maybe they will avoid the E3 hype and announce it later (unless something changes behind the scenes of course)?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2015 - 08:51 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: small form factor, SFX, SFF, SF600, PSU, power supply, corsair, computex 2015, computex
Corsair has shown its first SFX form-factor PSU at Computex, the SF600.
Image credit: Tom's Hardware
True to its name the SF600 is a 600W PSU, and it features a fully modular design and will carry an 80 PLUS Gold certification. According to the report from Tom's Harware Corsair is using a 92 mm fan with the SF600, slightly larger than the 80 mm fans found in standard SFX power supplies, but smaller than the 120 mm fans that SilverStone has been using in its SFX-L form-factor PSUs.
Image credit: Tom's Hardware
This PSU was secretly powering the new Corsair Bulldog living room PC, also shown at Computex. Naturally there was no announcement on pricing or availability for this new PSU, but we'll keep you posted if anything official is announced.
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2015 - 07:00 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: sound card, powercolor, devil hdx, computex
PowerColor is best known as an add-in board (AIB) partner of AMD who has also branched out into cases and power supplies. This year, they have introduced a new product category: sound cards. The PowerColor Devil HDX connects via PCIe and can take up one or two slots, depending on whether the user wants to install its included (!!) daughterboard with analog (4 x 3.5mm) surround outputs and a microphone input. Without the daughterboard, the card has a quarter-inch headphone jack, two analog RCA jacks for stereo, an RCA SPDIF output, and an optical SPDIF output. The main card is covered in a full EMF shield, because it's inside a computer.
The card includes switchable OP-AMPs, high quality capacitors, a Cmedia CM8888 audio processor, and a Wolfson WM8741 DAC. This configuration is capable of driving headphones with up to 600 Ohm impedance. The signal-to-noise ratio is a little better on the RCA jacks, because they're not amplified, but not by much. The RCA jacks are rated at 124 dB SNR, while the headphones are rated at 120 dB SNR with the supplied OP-AMPs. PowerColor wrote a driver interface, called “Xear”, which includes ASIO 2.2 support.
The PowerColor Devil HDX doesn't have a release date but Tom's Hardware, who spoke with the company, said it should be “over the coming months”. They also said it will retail for $159, which is apparently $50 less than their competition.