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Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | June 29, 2016 - 07:27 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: RX 490, radeon, processors, Polaris, graphics card, Bristol Ridge, APU, amd, A12-9800
AMD's current "We're in the Game" promotion offers a glimpse at upcoming product names, including the Radeon RX 490 graphics card, and the new Bristol Ridge APUs.
Visit AMD's gaming promo page and click the link to "check eligibility" to see the following list of products, which includes the new product names:
It seems safe to assume that the new products listed - including the Radeon RX 490 - are close to release, though details on the high-end Polaris GPU are not mentioned. We do have details on the upcoming Bristol Ridge products, with this in-depth preview from Josh published back in April. The A12-9800 and A12-9800E are said to be the flagship products in this new 7th-gen lineup, so there will be new desktop parts with improved graphics soon.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2016 - 07:52 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft
Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet is reporting that the “Get Windows 10” window will be redesigned to make it easier to reject. The option will now have the button “Upgrade now” right beside two obvious link inputs, “Choose time” and “Decline free offer”. The close button will also dismiss the notification without accepting it.
Image Credit: ZDNet
Of course, this is what they should have done a year ago, and it probably doesn't matter by now. At this point, I'm not sure how many people who need this change are still fighting Get Windows 10. Most have probably been tricked into upgrading, or have already figured out the direct way to disable it. I tend to encourage companies when they do the right thing, but this just seems too late to even approach its intended effect.
Also, this change occurred a few days after Microsoft decided to not appeal a lawsuit, brought about a woman whose business, a travel agency, suffered downtime related to the OS update. Windows 10 apparently did not work well with her system, causing it to slow down and crash. She won $10,000 in damages. Personally, I know how much Windows 10 can mess up certain devices. While I run Windows 10 on my production machine, and prefer it over Windows 7, a family member's laptop would turn its display's backlight off when brightness is set to 100% (which was default when plugged in). To a general PC user, that would look like Windows 10 upped and killed the device. Worse, rolling back to Windows 8.1 wasn't a sign to stop trying to update -- it wanted to put Windows 10 right back on it!
So yeah, Microsoft is doing the right thing... after about a year.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2016 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, RapidFire, K70 RGB, corsair, Cherry MX Speed, cherry
We heard about the new Rapidfire switches from Cherry back in April and today we get a glimpse at how they perform. The Tech Report tested out this rather expensive keyboard and noticed an immediate difference from the Cherry switches they used previously. In fact the reviewer even had issues with accidental keypresses while typing when they first started using the Rapidfire; after some usage that was no longer and issue. That sensitivity translated into gaming well, they rather enjoyed the responsiveness in Overwatch and Battleborn. The board is $170 on Amazon though if you can live without the RGB lighting you can pick up the red model for a mere $130.
"Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire is the first keyboard on the market with Cherry's MX Speed switches, a new type of clicker that offers shorter travel and a higher actuation point than the wildly popular MX Red. We got these switches under our fingers to see whether they make a real difference in the heat of battle."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Bloody B188 Light Strike @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cherry MX-Board 3.0 @ Kitguru
- COUGAR ATTACK X3 @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Poseidon Z RGB @ Modders-Inc
- XSOUL XM8 Predator @ Modders-Inc
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2016 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterBox 5
The Cooler Master MasterBox 5 is not a small case, at 450x220x440mm it will fit up to eATX motherboards, radiators of up to 280mm on the front, or 360mm with an adapter. The lower price point means that there is a lack of grommets, however the empty spaces in the backplate allow you a lot of flexibility for cable management and watercooling paths. The size will also allow you to install any GPU or CPU cooler on the market, not to mention making installation of your system easier. You can see Modders Inc's full review here.
"Cooler Master's current chassis line prioritize function and its design aim is to provide users with the flexibility to make any system they want inside. As part of Cooler Master's massive streamlining process beginning from last year, the simplified look is a distillation of what a Cooler Master case is at its core."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake CORE P5 Open Air Mid Tower Case @ Modders-Inc
- Raidmax Narwhal Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Alphacool Eisbaer 240 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2016 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVMe, 9100, micron
Testing out twelve 9100 NVMe flash drives is not easy as it requires some interesting configurations to make the testing worth while, sticking them all in a box and running ATTO is not going to create valuable information. Those custom configurations revealed some interesting limitations, such as Windows' RAID having an upper limit of 385K IOPS and the Linux flavours tested topped out at 400K IOPS.
Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 turned out to be more stable than Server 2012 R2; somehow using Resource Monitor managed to crash hard enough to break the Server install in one case. 2016 also had that upper IOPS limit which was far below the drives actual capabilities. Drop by The Inquirer for look at the work which was done to set up for testing as well as the results.
"I have spent the past TWO months testing these cards, the past month of which has involved truly tormenting them. I've learned a lot of things. There's the basic "NVMe is faster" that you can get from reading about the theory behind the drives, but there have also been a lot of little practical tidbits that you only get to find out when you run face first into problems."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Lawyer bot has overturned 160,000 parking offences and counting @ The Inquirer
- Office 365 corporate users targeted with zero-day ransomware attack @ The Inquirer
- Now Intel swings axe at sales, marketing peeps @ The Register
- Activision Abuses DMCA To Take Knock Indie Game Entirely Off Steam @ Slashdot
- 25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet @ The Register
- Microsoft launches Net Core 1.0 for Linux, OS X and Windows @ The Inquirer
- AMD, Nvidia next-generation graphics card competition to begin earlier @ DigiTimes
- US Customs Wants To Know Travelers' Social Media Account Names @ The Inquirer
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2016 - 10:26 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: nvidia, GeForce GTX 1060, GTX1060, rumor, report, leak, pascal, graphics card, video card
A report from VideoCardz.com shows what appears to be an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with a cooler similar to the "Founders Edition" GTX 1080/1070 design.
Is this the GTX 1060 reference design? (Image via VideoCardz.com)
The image comes via Reddit (original source links in the VideoCardz post), and we cannot verify the validity of the image - though it certainly looks convincing to this writer.
So what does VideoCardz offer as to the specifications of this GTX 1060 card? Quoting from the post:
"NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will most likely use GP106 GPU with at least 1280 CUDA cores. Earlier rumors suggested that GTX 1060 might get 6 GB GDDR5 memory and 192-bit memory bus."
We await official word on the GTX 1060 from NVIDIA, which VideoCardz surmises "is expected to hit the market shortly after Radeon RX 480".
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2016 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, GTX 1080, gtx, GP104, geforce, founders edition
You have already seen our delve into the frame times provided by the GTX 1080 but perhaps you would like another opinion. The Tech Report also uses the FCAT process which we depend upon to bring you frame time data, however they present the data in a slightly different way which might help you to comprehend the data. They also included Crysis 3 to ensure that the card can indeed play it. Check out their full review here.
"Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 is the company's first consumer graphics card to feature its new Pascal architecture, fabricated on a next-generation 16-nm process. We dig deep into the GTX 1080 to see what the confluence of these advances means for the high-end graphics market."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review @HiTech Legion
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Review: A Look At 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide Gaming @ Techgage
- Asus Republic Of Gamers Strix GTX 1070 Aura RGB OC @ Kitguru
- MSI Gaming 3 and 4-way SLI Bridge Connector Review @ OCC
- Radeon R9 380 vs. GeForce GTX 960 @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Processors | June 27, 2016 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dx12, 6700k, Intel, i7-6950X
[H]ard|OCP has been conducting tests using a variety of CPUs to see how well DX12 distributes load between cores as compared to DX11. Their final article which covers the 6700K and 6950X was done a little differently and so cannot be directly compared to the previously tested CPUs. That does not lower the value of the testing, scaling is still very obvious and the new tests were designed to highlight more common usage scenarios for gamers. Read on to see how well, or how poorly, Ashes of the Singularity scales when using DX12.
"This is our fourth and last installment of looking at the new DX12 API and how it works with a game such as Ashes of the Singularity. We have looked at how DX12 is better at distributing workloads across multiple CPU cores than DX11 in AotS when not GPU bound. This time we compare the latest Intel processors in GPU bound workloads."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Skylake Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 + Latest Open-Source Driver Code @ Phoronix
- AMD Wraith Cooler Performance on FX-6350 Black Edition CPU @ Neoseeker
- Athlon X4 880K @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Athlon X4 845 CPU Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2016 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVMe, toshiba, ZD6000
Apeiron is a supplier of NVMe over fabric links for businesses and will be releasing products based on a Toshiba NVMe SSD, which was being kept quiet until now. You will not see these coming to a desktop near you but the announcement contains a very interesting tidbit. The two ZD6000 drives being sold are 1.6TB and 3.2TB in size. While that 3.2TB drive is attractive, Aperion suggests that there will be higher capacity drives released after these models, with The Register speculating on doubling, which would give us some impressively sized drives. The technology used to stack this memory will eventually spill over to the consumer side so you can expect capacities to continue to grow and for prices to steadily decline.
"Toshiba has quietly made 1.6TB and 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSDs available to OEMs, and we know this because Apeiron says it has certified them."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work! @ The Register
- Technology shares slide with Brexit vote, except ARM @ The Regsiter
- Updategate: California woman awarded $10,000 for borked Windows 10 upgrade @ The Inquirer
- A ZFS developer’s analysis of the good and bad in Apple’s new APFS file system @ Ars Technica
- Asus PCE-AC88 Dual-Band AC3100 Desktop Wireless Adapter @ Kitguru
- Google's Gboard Keyboard @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Displays | June 25, 2016 - 02:23 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, oculus rift, Oculus, htc vive
Facebook has disabled their software check that prevents Oculus Store games from running without an Oculus Rift being connected. Further, Motherboard has directly quoted an Oculus spokesperson as saying “We won't use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future”. This check prevented these games from running on the HTC Vive using the user-created tool, Revive, until the creator of Revive disabled the DRM in response.
Oculus will continue to develop their DRM itself, of course. They have also been approaching developers to make Oculus-exclusive content, and I expect that will continue. This is where we get into a little bit of a debate that has been brewing online. Some believe that, due to the size of the potential market, exclusivity could bring content to life that otherwise would not be viable. While that does have some merit to muse over, I cannot see how that would be any better (for society) than all the platform holders pitching in to an open incubation fund. This way, art will not locked away unless it absolutely requires a specific feature that some platforms cannot provide, and consumers will have a larger pool of content to justify the initial purchase.
That topic aside, Oculus has not pledged that they won't interfere with third-parties that want to support Oculus-exclusive titles on other headsets. A hardware check will not be involved, now or in the future, though.
Subject: Processors | June 24, 2016 - 11:15 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, kaby lake, iGPU, h.265, hevc, vp8, vp9, codec, codecs
Fudzilla isn't really talking about their sources, so it's difficult to gauge how confident we should be, but they claim to have information about the video codecs supported by Kaby Lake's iGPU. This update is supposed to include hardware support for HDR video, the Rec.2020 color gamut, and HDCP 2.2, because, if videos are pirated prior to their release date, the solution is clearly to punish your paying customers with restrictive, compatibility-breaking technology. Time-traveling pirates are the worst.
According to their report, Kaby Lake-S will support VP8, VP9, HEVC 8b, and HEVC 10b, both encode and decode. However, they then go on to say that 10-bit VP9 and 10-bit HEVC 10b does not include hardware encoding. I'm not too knowledgeable about video codecs, but I don't know of any benefits to encoding 8-bit HEVC Main 10. Perhaps someone in our comments can clarify.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2016 - 03:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: steam, sale, sales, steam sale, pc gaming
You probably already know this at this point, but the Steam Summer Sale has begun. The theme, this year, is Steam Summer Picnic Sale. As far as I can tell, it has no relevance other than it ends on July 4th. They do claim to have 12785 titles on sale, though, and filtering all on-sale software by Windows lists 12595 of them.
Some interesting deals include 40% off DOOM, 50% off Fallout 4, 35% off Rise of the Tomb Raider, and 50% off Just Cause 3. The Witcher 3 is also 50% off, although it was like that before the sale and its DLC are still basically full price if you want the both of them. If you're looking for older titles, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is 75% off, as is Civilization V and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. As always, have a browse if you are okay with tempting your credit card.
If not? ... ... Sorry.
Subject: Storage | June 24, 2016 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Mushkin, Triactor, SM2256, tlc
At about $0.23/GB for the 480GB model it would be hard to find a less expensive SSD without waiting for a sale. There are those who will refuse the drive because of the use of 256Gbit TLC SanDisk flash and the Silicon Motion SM2256K controller but those on the lookout for bargains should pop by The SSD Review for a look at the full performance review. Apart from the expected poor performance with large constant write transfers this drive runs at a respectable pace when performing the common tasks you would require.
"We've tested quite a few TLC based SSDs as of late, will the Mushkin Triactor show up the competition? Or will it lag behind in all its TLC "glory?" So far all we can say is that it sure does look cool. Read on as we analyze the new Mushkin Triactor 480GB in today's review!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel 535 Series 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- WD My Cloud Expert Series EX2100 8TB NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung Portable SSD T3 500GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Drive Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2016 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"A study from GeoEdge, an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused of being the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, but in reality, switching to HTML5 ads won't safeguard users from attacks because the vulnerabilities are in the ad platforms and advertising standards themselves."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Revive revived: Oculus DRM push shattered as DIY devs strike back @ The Register
- AMD Radeon RX 480 Hands-On Preview @ TechARP
- Remote-code execution flaw identified in OpenAPI framework @ The Inquirer
- SoftIron Overdrive 1000 is a £400 64-bit ARM server for developers @ The Register
- Chrome Bug Makes It Easy To Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime @ Slashdot
- BlackBerry's turnaround stalls @ The Register
- RFC gives route leaks names, to help netops explain why traffic goes missing @ The Register
- Malware Can Use Fan Noise To Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Futuremark. Time Spy, 3dmark
A new version of DirectX hitting the market means we need a new benchmark and once again Futuremark has delivered, with the Time Spy benchmark. Right now 3D Mark is 80% off on Steam and if you pick it up you will get access to the new Time Spy Basic benchmark when it is released.
Time Spy uses the new DirectX 12 API and supports new features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. It will have reviewers digging out hardware they thought they had already tested to provide you with new benchmark data points that will apply to the currently available DX12 games as well as those which will be released.
This is also a great opportunity to pick up the full version of the benchmark for your own usage, even if you have yet to upgrade to DX12 hardware. You should check out the teaser trailer if you are familiar with past 3D Mark versions as you will see a few glimpses at benchmark screens that caused you mental raster burn in years past.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: case mods, gigabyte, computex 2016
Gigabyte hosted a showcase of impressive case mods from all across the planet at Computex and TechARP posted a slideshow of the best of them. They are all quite incredible, going beyond basic modding to the creation of truly unique enclosures, from Gatling guns to Ghostbusters. It is a pity the forklift wasn't powered by a Steamroller or Bulldozer though. Check out the full slide show and videos of the cases here.
"The GIGABYTE case mod showcase featured incredible case mods by top case modders from around the world, including Maciel Barreto from Brazil and Suchao Prowphong from Thailand."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Security: Connecting with strangers on LinkedIn puts firms at risk of phishing attacks @ The Inquirer
- Huawei Is Working On Its Own Mobile OS In Case Things Sour With Google @ Slashdot
- Microsoft has released another bloody Windows 10 preview build @ The Inquirer
- Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine @ The Register
- Fear them: Robot Wars revival introduces two tonnes of retooled house robots @ The Inquirer
- Books You Should Read: The Car Hacker’s Handbook @ Hack a Day
- Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 01:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Zen, western digital, video, vbios, SM961, sli, Samsung, rx 480, radeon, podcast, My Passport Wireless Pro, msi, GTX 1080, evga, drobo, be quiet, asus, amd, 960 PRO
PC Perspective Podcast #405 - 06/23/2016
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Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2016 - 10:35 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, hotline miami, devolver digital, dennaton games
The (Edit June 26th: latest entry in the) Hotline Miami franchise was released a little over a year ago, and it was quite popular with both fans and critics. It is a fast-paced, top-down action game that is unforgiving enough that it tends to feel a little bit like a puzzle game as well, at least to me, in the sense that you need to figure out how to catch enough NPCs off-guard to easily and quickly take them out. As such, level design should have a huge impact on gameplay.
And now users can make their own maps. Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital have released the level editor in today's patch. If you don't like user-generated fun, or you experience bugs or something, then you can stay on Hotline Miami 2 version 1.05.
Hotline Miami 2 and Hotline Miami 1+2 combo are both 75%-off for the rest of today.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2016 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, Radeon RX 480, powercolor, gigabyte, asus, amd
An astute reader spotted several more RX 480's on Newegg, lacking clock speeds but providing physical dimensions, albeit with what looks to be a stock image. All three cards seem to be dual slot designs, XFX's card measuring 10" x 5", ASUS' at 11.8" x 5.4" and Sapphire's a wide bodied 11.8" x 6.5". This could indicate a custom cooler or merely that the cards have rough dimensions listed as opposed to the exact size.
Unfortunately the comparison and details page is unavailable so we don't have a way to see the listed clock speeds but we can be sure that they will have three DP 1.2 ports and an HDMI out. We will keep an eye out for any more leaks we can share with you.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2016 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, dawn of war III, warhammer 40k
Relic was showing off what DoW III will look like in the usual E3 tradition, with an enhanced 'game play' video. Heroes are somewhat different than in the previous game, instead of leading a squad they operate on their own, however Gabriel does have an impressive upgrade to his Thunder Hammer. Also featured is something which is totally not a warjack; an Imperial Knight which is a scaled down Titan with a single pilot. Generally found guarding Ag. worlds they are the first of the Super Units to be revealed. Heroes will be Elite Units, faster but somewhat squishier than Super Units which will be much slower, vulnerable to anti-vehicle attacks but able to shrug off most other attacks. They can be chosen at the beginning of a mission and then deployed with Elite Points which you gain during the mission. The quotes over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN don't have a lot of detail about how the game will play but the video sure is pretty.
"For the benefit of good warboys and wargirls, here’s the not-really-gameplay-despite-what-Relic-say look at a grizzled Gabriel Angelos duffing up some Eldar with the help of his Space Marine chums and a 14-metre mech named Imperial Knight Solaria"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Map Modes, Nomads & Wargoals: Stellaris Patch @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- It’s All Relative – An In-depth Look At Paradox’s Stellaris @ Techgage
- Fallout 4’s Contraptions Workshop DLC Released @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Homefront: The Revolution Tweaking Guide @ OCC
- Civilization VI Trailer Demonstrates Unstacked Cities @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Ars’ favorite games of E3: From dueling VR wizards to calm underwater dives @ Ars Technica
- Best Total War: Warhammer Mods @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble 25th Anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog Bundle launched @ HEXUS
- Frags For The Memories: Quake Is Twenty Today @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN