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Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2016 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: KB3133977, microsoft, asus, uefi, Secure Boot
There are many good reasons to use the new UEFI Secure Boot under Windows 10 but there are also numerous reasons not to. The latest is an issue with a specific Windows Update patch which was recently changed from an optional update to a recommended update. For systems using an ASUS motherboard and running Windows 7 this can be a bit of a bother as your Secure Boot will report that the OS has unauthorized changes and will refuse to boot. If you can get at your UEFI BIOS you can change the OS Type from Windows UEFI mode to Other OS in the boot menu. If this does not resolve your issue The Register has been told you should contact ASUS for support, as opposed to Microsoft since the issues root cause lies in a feature similar to Secure boot which ASUS added to their boards.
"Windows 7 machines that have installed Microsoft's KB3133977 update may trigger a "secure boot violation" during startup, preventing the PC from loading the operating system, Asus said."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Remain Free For People With Accessibility Needs @ Slashdot
- 3D Printing Bone @ Hack a Day
- Acer to launch gaming smartphone in 4Q16, says paper @ DigiTimes
- IBM's POWER cloud powers up almost a year later than promised @ The Register
- A Look At NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 & New Technologies @ Techgage
- Doom (2016) running on GTX1080 @ Kitguru
- NVIDIA's GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 Detailed @ Hardware Canucks
- Nvidia editors day event gallery featuring GTX1080 @ Kitguru
- AMD's Andrej Zdravkovic @ Kitguru
- TRENDnet TPL-421E2K Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit Review @ NikKTech
- Luxury all paid trip to see Independence Day 2 in London
Subject: Processors | May 9, 2016 - 04:51 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: kaby lake, Intel
Fudzilla claims that they have a screenshot of SiSoft benchmarks belonging to the Intel Core i7-7700k. I should note that image only mentions “Kabylake,” not any specific model number. It's possible that the branding will change this generation, and there's an infinitesimal chance that this is not highest level SKU of that specific chip, but it should be safe to assume that this is the 7700k, and that it will be branded as such. I'm just being over-cautious.
Image Credit: Fudzilla
In terms of specifications, Kaby Lake will be a quad-core processor that runs at 3.6 GHz, 4.2 GHz turbo, backed with 8MB of L3 cache. The graphics processor has 24 CUs that can reach a clock of 1.15 GHz. If Intel hasn't changed the GPU architecture since Skylake, this equates to 192 FP32 processors and 442 GFLOPs. Apart from a lower CPU base clock, 3.6 GHz versus Skylake's 4.0 GHz, Kaby Lake seems to be identical to Skylake.
I was hoping to compare the benchmark results with Core i7-6700k, but I'm not sure which version of SiSoft they're using. The numbers don't seem to line up with our results (SiSoft 2013 SP3a) or the SiSoft 2015 benchmarks that I've found around the net (and even those 2015 benchmarks varied greatly). It might just be my lack of experience with CPU benchmarks, but I'd rather just present the data.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2016 - 03:47 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
I've been wondering about what will happen after July 29th. This machine was granted a Windows 10 license because I used it for the Windows Insider program before the official launch. After leaving the pre-release branches, it remained activated for Windows 10 Pro. That said, I already had a license of Windows 7 Professional, which could also be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free. I'm not sure how lenient Microsoft will be with re-activating a Windows 10 license, especially one gifted through Windows Insider, over the phone if my hardware changes too much.
Granted, a new license of Windows 10 Pro would... only... be a couple hundred bucks. That's an annoying burden, but not an impossible barrier, assuming I even need Windows 10 as a main or virtual OS at the time. I'm still curious whether this transferable license of Windows 7 could be a cheaper route, though.
At the moment? We don't know.
Last week, Microsoft published a blog post that... strongly implied... existing Windows 7/8.x users would need to purchase a full license of Windows 10 (or just get a new PC with Windows 10 pre-installed) after July 29th. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet contacted Microsoft for clarification, and received a slightly less firm response. “The free upgrade promotion is currently slated to end on July 29 and we encourage all of our customers to take advantage of it while it is still active.”
In other words: We still don't know what Microsoft will plan to do. The free upgrade could be extended, or they could create an official upgrade SKU that is cheaper than an official license. There might be other options too, including sending Joe Belfiore to your house to stare at you quizzically, but we'll leave the list of possibilities at free, upgrade SKU, and no promotion for now.
Note that, if you have tried Windows 10 but later rolled back after it was successfully activated, then this doesn't really apply to you. As I understand it, unless your hardware changed in that time such that it registers as a new PC, downgrading will not revoke a Windows 10 license, even one granted through the free upgrade promotion. Once you return to Windows 10, if you do, it should activate.
Finally, WinBeta says that “Get Windows 10” will be removed after July 29th, although it probably won't be an immediate change. (“... It will take time to ramp it down.”) Given how aggressively Windows 10 has been pushed, it seems odd that Microsoft will just back down after their arbitrary date. They could have just wanted to offset the inertia caused by how daunting an OS upgrade seems to average users.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2016 - 02:38 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, GTX 1080, gtx 1070, GP104, geforce
So NVIDIA has announced their next generation of graphics processors, based on the Pascal architecture. They introduced it as “a new king,” because they claim that it is faster than the Titan X, even at a lower power. It will be available “around the world” on May 27th for $599 USD (MSRP). The GTX 1070 was also announced, with slightly reduced specifications, and it will be available on June 10th for $379 USD (MSRP).
Pascal is created on the 16nm process at TSMC, which gives them a lot of headroom. They have fewer shaders than the Titan X, but with a significantly higher clock rate. It also uses GDDR5X, which is an incremental improvement over GDDR5. We knew it wasn't going to use HBM2.0, like Big Pascal does, but it's interesting that they did not stick with old, reliable GDDR5.
The full specifications of the GTX 1080 are as follows:
- 2560 CUDA Cores
- 1607 MHz Base Clock (8.2 TFLOPs)
- 1733 MHz Boost Clock (8.9 TFLOPs)
- 8GB GDDR5X Memory at 320 GB/s (256-bit)
- 180W Listed Power (Update: uses 1x 8-pin power)
We do not currently have the specifications of the GTX 1070, apart from it being 6.5 TFLOPs.
It also looks like it has five display outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.2, which are “ready” for 1.3 and 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b, and 1x DL-DVI. They do not explicitly state that all three DisplayPorts will run on the same standard, even though that seems likely. They also do not state whether all five outputs can be used simultaneously, but I hope that they can be.
They also have a new SLI bridge, called SLI HB Bridge, that is supposed to have double the bandwidth of Maxwell. I'm not sure what that will mean for multi-gpu systems, but it will probably be something we'll find out about soon.
Podcast #398 - AMD Radeon Pro Duo Review, Godavari Refresh, ECS Z170-Claymore, ICY DOCK hot-swappable SSDs, and more!
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2016 - 09:33 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: Z170, video, radeon pro duo, podcast, nvidia, nfme, microsoft, icy dock, Hot swap, GTX 1080, Godavari, freesync, ECS, Claymore, Antec P9, amd, a8-7670k, A10-7860K
PC Perspective Podcast #398 - 05/05/2016
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Subject: Processors | May 5, 2016 - 07:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, Broadwell-E
NVIDIA is not the only one with leaked benchmarks this week -- it's Intel's turn!
Silicon Lottery down at the Overclock.net forums got their hands on the ten-core, twenty-thread, Intel Core i7-6950X. Because Silicon Lottery is all about buying CPUs, testing how they overclock, and reselling them, it looks like each of these results are overclocked. The base clock is listed as 3.0 GHz, but the tests were performed at 4.0 GHz or higher.
Image Credit: Silicon Lottery via Overclock.net
They only had access to a single CPU, but they were able to get a “24/7” stable overclock at 4.3 GHz, pushed to 4.5 GHz for a benchmark or two. This could vary from part to part, as this all depends on microscopic errors that were made during manufacturing, and bigger chips have more surface area to run into them. These tiny imprecisions can require excess voltage to hit higher frequencies, causing a performance variation between parts. Too much, and the manufacturer will laser-cut under-performing cores, if possible, and sell it as a lesser part. That said, Silicon Lottery said that performance ran into a wall at some point, which sounds like an architectural limitation.
Broadwell-E is expected to launch at Computex.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2016 - 06:38 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, pascal, geforce
We're expecting a major announcement tomorrow... at some point. NVIDIA create a teaser website, called “Order of 10,” that is counting down to a 1PM EDT. On the same day, at 9PM EDT, they will have a live stream on their Twitch channel. This wasn't planned as long-term as their Game24 event, which turned out to be a GTX 970 and GTX 980 launch party, but it wouldn't surprise me if it ended up being a similar format. I don't know for sure whether one or both events will be about the new mainstream Pascal, but it would be surprising if Friday ends (for North America) without a GPU launch of some sort.
VideoCardz got a hold of 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmarks, though. It is registered as an 8GB card with a GPU clock of 1860 MHz. While synthetic benchmarks, let alone a single benchmark of anything, isn't necessarily representative of overall performance, it scores slightly higher than a reasonably overclocked GTX 980 Ti (and way above a stock one). Specifically, this card yields a graphics score of 10102 on Fire Strike Extreme 1.1, while the 980 Ti achieved 7781 for us without an overclock.
We expected a substantial bump in clock rate, especially after GP100 was announced at GTC. This “full” Pascal chip was listed at a 1328 MHz clock, with a 1480 MHz boost. Enterprise GPUs are often underclocked compared to consumer parts, stock to stock. As stated a few times, overclocking could be a huge gap, too. The GTX 980 Ti was able to go from 1190 MHz to 1465 MHz. On the other hand, consumer Pascal's recorded 1860 MHz could itself be an overclock. We won't know until NVIDIA makes an official release. If not, maybe we could see these new parts break 2 GHz in general use?
Subject: Storage | May 5, 2016 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: MyDigitalSSD, Bullet Proof 5 Eco, M.2, tlc, PS3110-S10C
MyDigitalSSD's 480GB Bullet Proof 5 Eco M.2 is indeed available for $130 with the 240 and 120GB models also sporting attractive pricing. The M.2 drive uses Toshiba TLC memory with decent overprovisioning, an eight channel Phison PS3110-S10C controller and an additional chip which The SSD Review believes is an 8GB SLC cache from Kingston. The drive tops out the bandwidth of SATA 6Gbps in most tests, offering a very good value for your money. Even with the shorter lifespan of TLC there is a three year warranty which should cover you until your next upgrade.
"On the test bench today, we have the MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 5 Eco M.2 480GB SATA 3 SSD and this SSD just may be the best value available for the dollar right now at $129.99. To think that this little SSD is just shy of that .25/GB mark is incredible…but can it perform?"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel 540s SSD Review (480GB) – SMI Controller With SK Hynix Memory @ The SSD Review
- Plextor M7V M.2 SATA SSD @ Modders-Inc
- Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 2 256GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Lexar 633x microSDXC Card @ The SSD Review
- Synology DiskStation DS216+ 2-Bay NAS Review @ Techgage
- WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 8TB NAS @ Kitguru
- Western Digital RED 8TB Helium HDD Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2016 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: openwrt, LEDE, networking
The Rebel scum known as the LEDE Project have broken away from the OpenWRT project in an unannounced move meant to increase transparency. Jokes aside, The Register named seven of the developers who are part of this forking, a not uncommon practice in open source projects. LEDE will try to bring in fresh enthusiasm to a Linux project which has been losing the interest of programmers, perhaps due to the lack of transparency that they cite or possibly just due to waning interest in a long running project. Pop on over to their page to see their mission statement, rules and processes if you are interested in how they compare to OpenWRT.
"The LEDE Project – Linux Embedded Development Environment – describes itself as a breakaway project that wants to overcome what it sees as faults in OpenWRT."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HTC sets up new company; may spin off VR business unit @ DigiTimes
- Cisco: Whoops, hackers can commandeer your TelePresence boxes with an evil HTTP poke @ The Register
- Apple patches Xcode dirty git implementation @ The Inquirer
- 'Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously' @ Slashdot
- Acer to release more ultra-thin notebooks in September @ DigiTimes
- Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because Of Antivirus Scan @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2016 - 11:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, Windows Store
Well that's a great precedent, Microsoft. In Windows 10 1511, which released in November for the general public, they removed the group policy setting to disable Windows Store from Windows 10 Pro. From a consumer standpoint? I can't see this decision making any difference. I doubt that a group policy setting would be the best line of defense for any use case that requires a disabled Windows Store.
From an enterprise standpoint -- there might have been good reason to disable it. Microsoft's solution is to use Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education. This doesn't help those who already purchased a significant number of Windows 10 Pro licenses. I've also talked to someone in an enterprise environment who pointed to this decision as their reason to not upgrade to Windows 10 earlier in the year. Their organization cannot justify upgrading to Windows 10 Enterprise, and they have legal obligations that require locking down the apps that end-users can install.
So enterprises have been privately responding to this decision, apparently, but I'm not sure whether they're considering the bigger precedent. This is a concrete example of Microsoft removing user choice after they accepted the platform. This should start to make users think about all the other ways that Microsoft can alter the deal going forward, especially since you cannot just sit on Windows 10 1511 for a decade like you could with Windows XP or Windows 7.
Preventing users from blocking Windows Store (and the UWP) could be seen as a step toward deprecating the “wild west” method of installing software that we're used to. You can install unsigned Win32, for now. You can sideload UWP applications that aren't certified by Microsoft, although they need to be signed by a handful of root certificates, for now. This will always be a concern when dealing with a closed platform, where society isn't allowed to just fork away from disaster, but it's good to continually remind people of what could happen if decisions are extrapolated.
It would be wrong to assume malicious intent, though -- that stuff would leak all the time. But, with sufficient tunnel-vision, we could end up with negative consequences. It could be an enterprise worth of PCs becoming useless legal liabilities overnight, or it could be policies that allow a government to ban encryption software from installing on a platform.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2016 - 09:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gamdias, Kailh Blue RGB, Kailh, input, mechanical keyboard
GAMDIAS chose to use Kailh switches as opposed to Cherry MX in their Hermes RGB keyboard but only those with very sensitive fingers will notice the difference. The keyboard still allows you similar customization, if you want all your keys to be a different colour you will be able to make it so. They also offer an interesting choice, instead of a WIN key on the left, there is an Fn key which controls your macros and switches lighting profiles. The key can be programmed as a WIN key but that disables your macros and profiles, an interesting choice. The use of Kailh Blue keys means you are in for a loud and bumpy ride, which some prefer and others despise. Take a look at it in action over at Techgage.
"When RGB mechs first hit the market, they were priced as if they were the first RGB mechs to hit the market. Since then, some vendors have been releasing more affordable options for those who love both RGB LEDs and mechanical switches. GAMDIAS is one of those, and with its $100 Hermes RGB, it’s no longer that expensive to add color to your typing or gaming."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE @ Benchmark Reviews
- Azio MGK 1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review: Less Is More @ Modders-Inc
- Corsair M65 Pro RGB @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2016 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, warhammer 40k, dawn of war III
The Dawn of War series has been very popular, well designed and as pretty as there were bloody; THQ and Relic even managed decent add-ons that surpassed your run of the mill DLC for the most part. The trailer below gives you a CGI tease of what Dawn of War III might look like when brought to you by Sega and Relic. Those who preferred DoW II are in for a very unpleasant, even heretical, surprise; according to what Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have heard, the base building of the first instalment is coming back. They do promise to continue the equipment customization of heroes from the second game; here is to hoping they are not just talking about silly hats.
"This isn’t the first public mention of Dawn of War 3. That was way back in 2011, when Relic were still owned by the now departed THQ. It’s likely safe to assume little of that original plan remains."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Wot I Think: Battlefleet Gothic – Armada @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Dishonoured 2 will be released on 11th November @ HEXUS
- Day of the Tentacle Remastered review @ Polygon
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Release Pushed To June 7th/9th @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Battlefield World Premiere scheduled for Friday 6th May @ HEXUS
- Wondrous: The Civilization V Community Patch Project @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Titanfall developer Respawn is making a Star Wars game @ Polygon
- Medal of Honor™ Pacific Assault - On The House @ Origin
- Fallout 4 sends players down to Far Harbor later this month @ Polygon
- Long War Studios Making More XCOM 2 Mods @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2016 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
272.3 million is a big number and sadly it refers to the number of email accounts which have been affected by a recent data breach. The vast majority of the accounts are from Russia's Mail.ru but Yahoo accounts for 15%, Hotmail 12% and Gmail 9% of the leak. With 50 rubles and the right connections you can have the email addresses and passwords of a very large number of people. Sadly, The Inquirer also heard that this collection includes details of user accounts of US banking, manufacturing and retail companies. When you are changing your passwords today, try to avoid obvious Star Wars references.
"Reuters has the scoop, having heard from Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security - and the man who last year uncovered the largest data breach to date - that the details of 272.3 million stolen accounts are being traded."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- IBM Gives Everyone Access To Its Five-Qubit Quantum Computer @ Slashdot
- Ubuntu 16.04 Review: What’s New for Desktop Users @ Linux.com
- Google wants to inject gadgets into your eyes @ The Inquirer
- Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy @ The Register
- Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits? @ The Register
- Asustek Computer leads gaming notebook sales @ DigiTimes
- Samsung Gear VR: Virtual Reality for the Average Consumer @ Hardware Secrets
- Huawei P9 Plus Dual-Lens Smartphone Sneak Peek @ TechARP
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2016 - 07:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: watercooler, AIO, corsair, H80i v2 High Performance
It is funny to think that just a few short years ago AIO watercoolers were rare as hen's teeth when you look at the number of models on the market today. Manufacturers now offer multiple product lines and many are starting to refresh their products with new models. Corsair has created a second version of their popular H80i cooler, which [H]ard|OCP has tested to see if it improves upon the original's performance. They also delve into the rather impressive software which accompanies this cooler, there are a lot more features on the H80i v2 than on the competition which could influence you when you are deciding which cooler to purchase.
"Corsair's original All-In-One H80i was a great CPU cooling unit, so we have high hopes for the H80i version 2. Push / Pull two-speed PWM fans come stock with this kit's newly designed water block and tubing configuration. We also have a new 49mm radiator and Corsair has some cosmetic updates as well that make this AIO very good looking."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua NH-C14S Review @ OCC
- Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Silverstone Argon AR06 CPU Cooler Review: Prioritizing Silence @ Modders-Inc
- InWin 909 E-ATX Aluminium & Tempered Glass Chassis @ eTeknix
- Phanteks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition @ Kitguru
- Riotoro CR1280 Prism Full Tower Case Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2016 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Android, google, security
Assuming your service provider is not one of those who block Google's patches from coming to you directly you should probably charge up that device, get on WiFi and check your available updates. Any Google device running 4.4.4 or newer, including Nexus devices, will have up to 40 patches to slurp up. Many of the patches are for a vulnerability similar to the previous Stagefright exploit, apps can use the drivers from Qualcomm and NVIDIA to break into the Qualcomm TrustZone on unpatched devices. The Register provides a full list of the patches which are being pushed to Nexus and Android One devices.
"Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system.
A dozen of the fixes correct critical vulnerabilities in versions 4.4.4 of the operating system and above. About 74 per cent of in-use Android devices run Android 4.4.4 or higher."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race @ The Register
- Google Chrome to Internet Explorer: 'I'm the king of the world!' @ The Inquirer
- Why quantum cryptography could be a one-way street @ Nanotechweb
- Pittasoft BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Car Dashcam Review @ NikKTech
- NikKTech & GAMDIAS Game On USA - CANADA Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2016 - 10:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, graphics driver, game ready
Some of the games may still be in beta but the driver is fully WHQL; NVIDIA has released Version 365.10 of their graphics driver which focuses on Battleborn which arrives on May 3rd. We do hope that you have not helped perpetuate the crime against gaming humanity which is the pre-order, but if you have then you should be pre-ordering this driver as well. Along with Battleborn comes support for three games currently in beta, open or otherwise, Forza Motorsport 6: APEX, Paragon, and Overwatch. The Release Notes also mention new SLI profiles for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Overwatch and even good 3D Vision support for Battleborn for the dozen of you out there which will benefit from it. If you follow the links below you can read NVIDIA's suggested GPUs for these games.
Today, we’ve launched our Game Ready driver for Battleborn. It also covers some beta games: Forza Motorsport 6: APEX (Beta), Paragon (Beta), and Overwatch (Beta).
You can grab GeForce Game Ready 365.10 WHQL drivers on this link.
Game Ready Driver Article: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/battleborn-forza-motorsport-6-...
Overwatch Recommended GPU Article: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/overwatch-system-requirements
Paragon Recommended GPU Article: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/paragon-early-access-now-avail...
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex System Requirements (external page): http://www.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/news/fm6_apex_beta_announce
Game Ready Driver Release Highlights: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/102199/en-uk
Subject: Displays | May 2, 2016 - 09:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: freesync, amd, about damn time
Better late than never, our friend Robert Hallock has informed the world that AMD has updated their FreeSync display list with response ranges and panel types. Having the physical size of the display, the resolution and the accepted inputs are necessary but this update offers a much better look at the displays you will be getting. If you are unwilling to give up the colour reproduction of a IPS panel for the speed of an TN this is invaluable to you, as is pointing out the few VA based monitors.
Listing the top and bottom frequencies of the variable refresh displays is arguably even more important. We now know that currently only the Acer XR341CK and BX340CK, the Nixeus NX-VUE24 and the Viewsonic XG2701 are capable of dropping to 30Hz and that a total of 17 models can reach 144Hz. Check out the list for the available 4K displays as well as regular 1440p and ultra-wide 1440p displays in the list and refer back to it regularly as there are a few monitors awaiting final specifications and more coming out in the near future.
Subject: Systems | May 2, 2016 - 09:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: build guide
Though this post did not quite make it in time for the title, the components are not going to be any different in The Tech Reports April System's Guide. Similar to our own HWLB, The Tech Report breaks out their recommendations into several price points to accommodate those who are on a budget as well as those for whom the sky is not the limit. In most cases there are two recommendations for each level of spending, GPUs are certainly an exception as the market is incredibly crowded at the moment and discounts often impact a buyers final decision. Pop on over to take a look at the components they chose for those of you doing some spring cleaning inside your PCs.
"In this edition of The Tech Report's System Guide, we examine the CPUs, graphics cards, memory, cases, power supplies, and other parts that system builders will need to power Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive VR headsets."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC @ Missing Remote
- Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC @ Kitguru
- Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800 Gaming PC @ eTeknix
- Building your first Custom Designed Watercooled PC: Part 2 @ Kitguru
Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2016 - 08:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: biostar, racing z170gt7, Z170, Intel
Biostar has a mixed reputation online, one similar to ASRock. Those who have never used one despise the brand on the basis of reading that some guy somewhere once had some sort of problem with one. Those who have used them are aware that they have some quirks but are decent boards when used for what they were designed for and don't tend to have significantly more issues than other brands.
With the Racing Z170GT7, Biostar is venturing out of its comfort zone as you do not expect to see an LN2 switch on one of their products, nor on a motherboard costing around $130. It is not light on features either, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, an M.2 port and three SEx ports which are set up to be available as SATA 6Gbps ports as well. The motherboard also has aesthetic heatsinks and 256 colour LEDs, all of which add up to something new from Biostar. Check out the board in action over at TechPowerUp ... or not.
"The Biostar Racing Z170GT7 is a fully-featured high-performance platform that includes an LN2 switch. Unlike previous motherboards from Biostar that were affordable with more basic features, this one has everything a gamer would want and does very well in our testing."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 @ eTeknix
- GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z170A GAMING M5 @ eTeknix
- ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming @ Kitguru
- ASRock E3V5 WS Super Alloy Motherboard @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2016 - 07:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft, market share, linux
We've all seen the comments about how Windows 10 has finally convinced people to switch operating systems but today we have numbers which show that some may have been true to their word. According to Netmarketshare the marketshare of Windows on desktop machines has dropped below 90% for the first time. Mac OSX holds onto 3.96% of the market but the Other category is up to 8.59%, which is the category that represents the various flavours of Linux; it holds 1.56%, as well as other non-Microsoft OSes. It may not be the year of Linux but it certainly is not Microsoft's year. You can read the calm, rational discussion over at Slashdot on this topic, it is guaranteed to provide amusement.
"Windows 7 is still the king, but it no longer holds the majority. Nine months after Windows 10's release, Windows 7 has finally fallen below 50 percent market share and Windows XP has dropped into single digits. While this is good news for Microsoft, April was actually a poor month for Windows overall, which for the first time owned less than 90 percent of the market, according to the latest figures from Net Applications."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market? @ The Register
- Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips @ The Register
- Iron Man-Inspired ROG GT51 Gaming Desktop Revealed @ Tech ARP
- Linksys LGS116P 16-Port Business Desktop Gigabit PoE+ Switch Review @ NikKTech
- Has Mankind Gone Too Far With Drone Fishing? @ Hack a Day
- Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell @ The Register