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Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2015 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, XTR 850W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold
XFX has a lot of branding on the new XTR series of PSUs including EasyRail, which means it uses a single 12V rail, on this model providing up to 840W @ 70A as well as a "True Wattage" guarantee and 80 Plus Gold. [H]ard|OCP put these claims to the test when they reviewed this PSU and did not find it lacking. There were a few tests which the PSU did not excel at but when they tested voltage regulation this PSU finished miles ahead of the competition. [H] also mentions that this unit was previously sold as the Pro Series Gold, the internals of the two are identical as is the serial number so keep an eye out when shopping so you can see if you can get a deal. Also worth noting is the 5 year warranty, it is always nice to see a company stand behind its products.
"XFX is targeting serious gamers and hardware enthusiasts with its new XTR Series of PSU. XFX suggest other power supplies do not always deliver, "The Wattage you see isn’t always the wattage you get." We will certainly find out if that is true with the XTR 850W PSU delivers the power and efficiency it promises in its marketing."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- FSP Hydro G 750W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec EarthWatts Platinum 750W @ [H]ard|OCP
- FSP Hydro G 750W @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master V Series 550 W @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2015 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: azza, zen 8100
AZZA opted to skip the flashy exterior so common on cases today in the Zen 8100. The case is 21.6x8.7x22.6" which allows you to fit in even E-ATX boards and gives you plenty of space for installing large coolers and GPUs. The storage area has a separate door, an interesting addition, with space for four 5.25" drives as well as up to eight 3.5/2.5" drives not counting two more on the back. Two of those bays are hot-swapable, if for some reason you desire to use the feature. Overclockers Club would have liked to see this case support 240mm radiators but the configuration will not make that an option. Apart from that one missing feature they give this case a top rating, it is worth looking at if you need a larger sized case in the near future.
"Onwards! Alright, it's not often I don't have much on the negative side to say. AZZA has a few minor flaws for an overall decent chassis, one of which is the fans. Having fans with a fixed speed is great for some quiet operations, but it doesn't help with a loaded case, as only so much unwanted hot air can be pushed out. An easy fix for AZZA would be to have them as 3-pin fans instead of being powered by 4-pin Molex cable."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide Quiet 600Q @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide Clear 600C @ Benchmark Reviews
- Corsair Carbide 600C Inverted Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Aerocool Aero 800 @ Kitguru
- NZXT H440 New Edition @ Kitguru
- ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L AIO Water Cooler @ eTeknix
- NZXT Hue+ LED Lighting Controller Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Reeven Ouranos @ techPowerUp
Subject: Mobile | December 18, 2015 - 07:06 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: snapdragon, qualcomm
The mobile processors that were previously known as the Snapdragon 618 and the Snapdragon 620 are now known as Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652, respectively. This is not how we typically see products rebranded. Normally, such as the desktop GPU market, individual products are carried between generations, and their model number is incremented to reflect that. This case is the exact opposite: Qualcomm feels that the new products are numbered too similar to existing models, so they're widening the gap between them.
An SoC is only useful if it is installed in a compelling device, though. While I would hope that these sorts of branding changes influence consumers more than device manufacturers, there exists a part of me that wonders how much this rebranding will affect their amount of design wins. You would think that bumping a model number up a few digits wouldn't affect experimentation at Samsung, LG, or other phone companies. Yet, it might, and that would be interesting to see. Either way, it should affect the semi-enthusiast phone users who buy based on breakdowns of tech specs.
Subject: Systems | December 17, 2015 - 11:36 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: mini-pc, LIVA, intel core, ECS, CES 2016
ECS will announce a new LIVA mini PC at CES 2016, which they are describing as a "one-liter book-size Core i mini PC".
"ECS is proud to introduce its brand new LIVA mini-PC - One at CES 2016. It features a flexible hardware configuration in a book-size, one-liter form factor. In addition, LIVA mini PC with Windows 10 will have a remote control application natively built-in; providing full wireless usage with your own mobile devices."
No images were provided, but the prospect of an Intel Core processor alone makes it a much more attractive proposition than prior versions which use underpowered Atom processors.
The first three generations of LIVA from our look at the LIVA X2.
PC Perspective will be covering CES as new products are officially unveiled, and we will have more on this new hardware from the show.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2015 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: radeon, crimson, amd
That's right folks, the official AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12 has just launched for you to install. This includes the fixes for fan speeds when you are using AMD Overdrive, your settings will stick and the fans will revert to normal after you go back to the desktop from an intense gaming session. There are multiple fixes for Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4 and several GUI fixes within the software itself. As always there are still a few kinks being worked out but overall it is worth popping over to AMD to grab the new driver. You should also have less issues upgrading from within Crimson after this update as well.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2015 - 02:35 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, Thrustmaster, T300, snapdragon 820, Skylake, qualcomm, podcast, logitech g, Intel, i3-6100, gpuopen, gameworks, arx control, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #379 - 12/17/2015
Join us this week as we discuss the Snapdragon 820, AMD's GPUOpen, Thrustmaster T300 and more!
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Subject: Displays, Shows and Expos | December 17, 2015 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: benq, VZ2470H, freesync, XR3501, XL2730Z, 144hz, CES 2016
BENQ sent out a teaser of three of the displays they will be demonstrating at CES 2016, the VZ2470H with a slim bezel and impressive contrast ratio, the huge, curved XR3501 and the XL2730Z with VESA Standard Adaptive-Sync, the technology once known as FreeSync.
The VZ2470H is a VA panel, with an impressive 3000:1 native contrast ratio, 4ms GTG response time and what BenQ refers to as ZeroFlicker which they claim will reduce eyestrain from LED backlight flickering. The picture shows this 23.8" 1920 x 1080 display will have a very thin bezel, we can hope that it is not an exaggeration as it would make this a good choice for multiple monitor setups in an office or even for a lower cost gaming system.
The BenQ XR3501 will be of far more interest to gamers, this 35" 2560 x 1080 monitor is curved to give you a great view. It also runs at a 144Hz refresh rate with a 4ms GTG response time. BenQ does not specifiy the panel type but it is likely to be VA as well.
Last but not least is the BenQ XL2730Z, a 27" 2560x1440 display that is fully VESA Standard Adaptive-Sync compliant, with a top refresh rate of 144Hz. It also has a 1ms GTG and is advertised as having no input lag, as you might expect this also means it is a TN panel, but remember, this is not the TN of a few years ago.
The monitor also has some other interesting tricks up its bezel, Display Mode and Smart Scaling allow you to virtually scale the monitor in a variety of sizes, 17", 19", 19"W, 21.5", 22"W, 23"W, 23.6"W and 24"W are defaults but you can create your own as well. The Auto Game Mode feature lets you save monitor settings specific to a game profile and even to export them to a USB drive to take with you if you so desire. All of those functions and more are controlled by the small device you can see on the stand above.
2016 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for displays.
They will also being showing off three different projectors, the HT4050, HT3050 and the budget-friendly HT2050, a portable electrostatic Bluetooth speaker called the treVolo and even even a fancy desk lamp.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2015 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: N3XT, nanotubes, TSV
The achillies heel of processing density is heat and how to radiate it away from the parts doing the work, which is why processors and memory tend to be very flat. This has change, we have begun to see 3D VNAND become common on the marketplace thanks to reduced heat generation and a variety of arcane tricks some of which Al explained last year. Processors offer a more significant challenge, the TDP is much larger than that of flash and hotspots are more common and have a much more drastic effect on performance. They can also be more difficult to fabricate; there is quite a trick to baking the interior of the chip without overcooking the external layers
Stanford University is working on what they call Nano-Engineered Computing Systems Technology, or N3XT which is working on Through Silicon Vias for processors. If successful this would allow a similar structure to current 3D VNAND on a processor which would vastly increase processing density. The lower temperatures required to fab carbon nanotube transistors may just be what the industry has needed. Make sure your brain is turned on and read on at The Inquirer.
"One way in which Stanford University is exploring this is by using carbon nanotube technology in high-rise chip architecture processes. Working alongside other universities, Stanford engineers have created this new technology, which it calls Nano-Engineered Computing Systems Technology, or N3XT."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel talks concurrency and Knights Landing @ The Register
- Acer to find 3 partners for smart home industry and will cooperate with Asustek for cloud @ DigiTimes
- Samsung reportedly bags Snapdragon 820 exclusivity until April @ The Inquirer
- Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts @ The Register
- Heathkit’s Triumphant Return? @ Hack a Day
- Must-Have Mac OS X Apps – 2015 Edition @ Tech ARP
- D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Mobile | December 16, 2015 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: yoga 900, yoga, Skylake, Lenovo, Intel
You may remember that back in November Ryan took a look at the Lenovo Yoga 900 with its snazzy watchband hinge and 3200x1800 resolution. If not then now is the perfect time to revisit that video review but if you do still remember perhaps you would like a second opinion on the Skylake powered 2-in-1 device. At 324x225x14.9mm and weighing 1.3kg in the complete package it is very portable, though you could just pop the 13.3" IPS display around the keyboard for use as a tablet. The Inquirer takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly attributes of the Yoga 900 in their review.
"This latest addition to the Yoga line is perhaps its fanciest yet, with a faux-leather finish and a complex ‘watchband' hinge. The real good news, though, is that this Skylake-powered convertible is as speedy and practical as it is eye-catching."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium @ The Inquirer
- Lumia 950 & 950 XL – The Phone That Works Like Your PC @ Tech ARP
- Evolution Of Google Nexus : Huawei’s Transcendence @ Tech ARP
- Xtorm AL420 Waterproof Power Bank Xtreme 9000mAh Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2015 - 06:20 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
A new build is available for Windows 10 at the Insider Fast update level. This one is numbered 11082, and it is the first one on the “Redstone” track. Users will probably not notice any changes, beyond the bugs, because the modifications are all under-the-hood. They are working on the core of the operating system, called “OneCore,” to restructure it better for the wide variety of hardware that it's designed for.
This raises the question: Why now? It's odd that they would release a public preview that seemingly adds nothing, just before the holidays when the engineers will be unavailable to fix it. That feels like replacing the first floor of a building from wood to maybe-not-quite-set concrete, then hopping on a plane for a few weeks. Of course, this is not a bad thing. This is what some Insiders want to experience, and those who don't can drop down to Slow (or leave Insider).
Also, Microsoft sort-of explained why they did this. First, they intend to get down to business on features and upgrades in January. Basically, they structured their work such that pre-Holiday tasks built the infrastructure for post-Holiday creations (as I mentioned in the first paragraph). Big development tasks are often done on branches of a canonical product that are merged when complete. Merging a branch back into the trunk is easier when the trunk is designed more modularly, etc. In that context, it makes sense to see how it reacts in a large sample of configurations just before you start pushing big feature payloads into it. The second explanation is that Microsoft intends to speed up Insider previews in general.
If you're interested, WinBeta has a video “walking through” the features, although they basically just read the announcement. They also checked to see whether Microsoft Edge changed to add extensions, and it didn't.
A list of known issues is also available in the Insider Hub app post. Basically, Language packs and "Features on Demand" will not install. File progress dialogues will not show (even though the actual copy / move / delete will work without issue). Finally, some default apps will be incorrectly reset.
It is available through Windows Update for Fast Insiders.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2015 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, Oculus, crytek, the climb
Crytek announced their designed for Oculus game yesterday, The Climb. As you might infer from the title of the game you will be scaling cliffs and mountains using either an Xbox One controller or Oculus Touch with your Oculus to experience something that would not be anywhere near as interesting on a computer monitor. The disembodied hands are a little disturbing, though perhaps not as much as the heights will be for those who suffer from vertigo, though perhaps this would be an interesting way to try to conquer your fears. The video below shows off the graphics, though not as immersive as it would be in VR it still looks rather interesting. Many developers are looking to space sims to be the killer app for Oculus, for instance EVE Valkyrie come as part of the pre-order bundle shipped with the first consumer model.
Crytek might have just found the other style of game to interest people in the Oculus, extreme sports could be very compelling with the new VR headset.
"The Climb invites thrill-seekers to experience the ultimate in extreme sports by going beyond the point of no return and scaling deadly cliff faces unaided. The game boasts hyper-realistic climbing locations from around the world, and players will discover the freedom of gaming with the Rift using either an Xbox One controller or Oculus Touch controllers as they soak up their awe-inspiring surroundings."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- System Shock 3 Formally Announced Oh Gosh It Is Real @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Mix-And-Match Murder In Fallout 4 Weapon Mods Mod @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Enchanting puzzle platformer Unravel available from 9th Feb @ HEXUS
- Let’s Spin Again: Tribes Ascend V1.1 Released @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- DICE director confirms 'the next Battlefield' is in development @ HEXUS
- RPS Feature Hidden and dangerous XCOM 2’s Concealment Mechanic Changes Everything @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux Performance For GRID Autosport @ Phoronix
You should upgrade to Win10 now ... or now ... or how about now ... maybe now ... now might be a good time ...
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2015 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10
You could do it now ... or tonight ... or maybe we will just do it for you while you are away because we are such nice people and we know you are really concerned about running the latest OS and security patches.
Yes that's right folks, if you have yet to take advantage of Microsoft's generosity they will soon be making you an offer that is impossible to refuse ... almost. The nag screens have been updated to offer two obvious choices, Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight, with that little red x in the corner being the only way to turn down the offer. By now you have probably had relatives reach out to you about this latest virus, or your friends explain how this proves Microsoft is out to eat your brainwaves or some such thing.
What it does mean is that the average user is going to be rather miffed but will likely upgrade if they are not privy to the secret of the red x. Those who don't use their computers often, or who will be away for the holidays will come home to a shiny new OS in the very near future as Windows 10 has reached Recommended Update status and will install itself on all Win7/8x systems not configured to defer updates. The smell of desperation is in the air, the knowledgeable have already chosen to upgrade or to disable the nag screens while the unaware are about to encounter a surprise and we all know how well unexpected surprises are received lately.
Why Microsoft is so desperate to push this free upgrade out, even to with the risk of alienating their largest user base, barring corporations who they had to exempt, is somewhat of a mystery. Then again, it is better than snatching the upgrade away before the originally announced year and billing full price on the next upgrade cycle. Perhaps they are looking at Amazon's success with subscription based cloud services with a bit of jealousy?
"We spoke to Microsoft about our concerns last month and were told that "the average user ... wants to make sure they've got the most secure and always up-to-date version of Windows, and the feedback we get is that people want that to be as simple and seamless as possible""
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Samsung turned our SSD Endurance Experiment into something incredible @ The Tech Report
- Firefox 64-bit for Windows Available @ [H]ard|OCP
- Amazon tells people who bought hoverboards to get rid of them @ The Inquirer
- Ho ho hosed: Asian biz malware pwns air-gaps, thousands of Androids @ The Register
- Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon @ Linux.com
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2015 - 08:12 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, geforce experience, geforce
A new version of GeForce Experience was published yesterday. It is classified as a beta, which I'm guessing means that they wanted to release it before the Holidays, but they didn't want to have to fix potential, post-launch issues during the break. Thus, release it as a beta so users will just roll back if something doesn't work. On the other hand, NVIDIA is suggesting that it will be a recurring theme with their new "Early Access" program.
It has a few interesting features, though. First, it has a screenshot function that connects with Imgur. Steam's F12 function is pretty good for almost any title, but there are some times that you don't want to register the game with Steam, so a second option is welcome. They also have an overlay to control your stream, rather than just an indicator icon.
They added the ability to choose the Twitch Ingest Server, which is the server that the broadcaster connects to and delivers your stream into Twitch's back-end. I haven't used ShadowPlay for a while, but you previously needed to use whatever GeForce Experience chose. If it's not the best connection (ex: across the continent) then you basically had to deal with it. OBS and OBS Studio have these features too of course. I'll be clear: NVIDIA is playing catch-up to open source software in that area.
The last feature to be mentioned might just be the most interesting, though. A while ago, we mentioned that NVIDIA wants to allow online co-op by a GameStream-like service. They now have it, and it's called GameStream Co-op. The viewer can watch, take over your input, or register as a second gamepad. It requires a GeForce GTX 650 (or 660M) or higher.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2015 - 07:20 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: xbox one, Windows 8.1, windows 8, Windows 7, windows 10, microsoft
Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows now supports Windows 7 and 8.x. Previously, the dongle would only work on Windows 10, which meant that other operating systems required Xbox One controllers to be wired.
This does not mean that all functionality will be available on Windows 7 and 8.x, though. The Xbox Accessories app is required to manage profiles and update firmware without an Xbox One console. As far as I can tell, that will continue to be the case. If you have an Xbox One console, and don't mind managing the controllers there, then this wireless adapter might be for you. If you have don't have an Xbox One console, Windows 10, or an existing Xbox One controller, then you may want to reconsider getting an Xbox One controller at all. If you do, then you can turn it wireless, now even on Windows 7 and 8.x.
The Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows has been out for a couple of months.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: MSI Die Guard, MSI CPU Guard, msi
Personally, I am running a Haswell CPU (“Devil's Canyon”). I don't have any experience with building Skylake-based systems. A few of my coworkers at PC Perspective do, though. They seem to think that the issue is a bit out-of-proportion, except maybe in situations where a PC with a large CPU cooler needs to be transported. Also, Morry has used a similar product, the MSI Die Guard, with his delidding project for QuakeCon 2014, and it failed to prevent his die from cracking. Granted, protecting a bare die is much different from bracing a CPU that still has its heatspreader.
Image Credit: MSI
Those two issues should be kept in mind, though. We're skeptical of the problem in general and, even then, the one time that we used a similar product, it didn't (entirely) do what it was supposed to. Again, none of these situations involved me, personally.
Image Credit: MSI
But now onto the announcement. MSI is releasing the CPU Guard 1151 for new Skylake-based processors. It also works as a “die guard” too, so if you intend on popping the headspreader off, you don't need to choose between two parts. This supposedly works in either scenario. It clamps the processor into the socket, although I can't see how it would do much more than an 1151 socket (and its clamp) itself. MSI did use it during an overclocking competition though, on a delidded Skylake, so there's that.
No pricing or availability are yet available. It could be something to look out for, especially if you haven't installed your processor yet. If you have, you would then need to think about the effort to undo whatever you already have to install this. It's up to you.
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2015 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, v-moda, crossfade wireless, wireless headset
Considering the way that Beats and other headsets seem to sell based on the recognizable and rather colourful look of their headsets side panels, V-MODA has created product to try to compete on that level. When you order your headset you can choose between a wide variety of 3D printed side panels in a variety of materials and designs up to and including solid platinum for a mere $27,000 or so. For the less financially gifted there are other precious metals, fibre, aluminium and steel side panels to place your design on. V-MODA offers a variety of designs that can be etched on the sides or you can even upload your own design, though as you do authorize V-MODA to use the design make sure it is yours to use.
The remaining question is how the headsets sound, both while wired and over Bluetooth. They are based off of the Crossfade M-100s which may be familiar to you, otherwise you can read what Techgage thought of the sound in their full review.
"Are you in the market for some high-end wireless headphones but crave something a little different? V-MODA may have something of interest. With a range of 3D printed customizable headphones available in a variety of materials, including metal, the Crossfade Wireless certainly has our ears perked."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- A Look At Patriot’s Viper V360 Headset And V560 Gaming Mouse @ Techgage
- AKG K182 Studio Headphones Review @ Hardware Canucks
- OZONE Blast Ocelote World 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset Review @ NikKTech
- Asus STRIX 2.0 Headset @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2015 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Netflix, encoding
In what must be one of the most impressive encoding projects in recent memory, Netflix will be re-encoding their entire catalogue to try to reduce the bandwidth required to stream their content by 20%. As we mentioned last week, 70% of the downstream bandwidth on the internet is streamed content and you can expect that Netflix accounts for quite a bit of this bandwidth. The reduced traffic will help Netflix provide content to those with data caps as well as reducing the associated costs Netflix incurs when storing and sending data so the investment is well worth it.
The project itself will be quite interesting, they cannot simply switch to H.265 as most of the hardware connecting to their services still use a dedicated H.264 decoder. Another challenge is the size of their catalogue, they can't sit down and encode each video separately as a whole, instead they have to find a way to spread the tasks over multiple servers, each taking a small portion of a show. Additionally their are challenges specific to certain videos, fog and darkness suffer when they are encoded poorly and must be dealt with separately from content which does not show as much noise when encoded to a low bit rate. Check out the links from Slashdot for more information on this project but be warned, the discussions include My Little Pony references.
"Netflix has spent four years developing a new and more efficient video-encoding process that can shave off 20% in terms of space and bandwidth without reducing the quality of streamed video. With streaming video accounting for 70% of broadband use, the saving is much-needed, although the advent of 4K streaming, higher frame rates and HDR are likely to account for it all soon after."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Controlling charge carriers in 2D semiconductors @ Nanotechweb
- AMD GPUOpen Initiative – 3 New Developments @ TechARP
- AMD's GPUOpen; Power to the Developers @ Hardware Canucks
- Tips and Tricks to Get the Most out of Your Linux WiFi @ Linux.com
- Mac anti-malware app maker stored 13 million customer details in plain sight @ The Inquirer
- IBM launches Watson IoT APIs and new European HQ @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards @ The Register
- 'Devastating' flaw found in Windows' authentication system @ The Register
- Seagate wears dunce's cap in hi-cap disk ship slip @ The Register
- TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2015 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, asus, STRIX R9 380X DirectCU II OC, overclock
Out of the box the ASUS STRIX R9 380X OC has a top GPU speed of 1030MHz and memory at 5.7GHz, enough to outperform a stock GTX 960 4GB at 1440p but not enough to provide satisfactory performance at that resolution. After spending some time with the card, [H]ard|OCP determined that the best overclock they could coax out of this particular GPU was 1175MHz and 6.5GHz, so they set about testing the performance at 1440p again. To make it fair they also overclocked their STRIX GTX 960 OC 4GB to 1527MHz and 8GHz. Read the full review for the detailed results, you will see that overclocking your 380X does really increase the value you get for your money.
"We take the new ASUS STRIX R9 380X DirectCU II OC based on AMD's new Radeon R9 380X GPU and overclock this video card to its highest potential. We'll compare performance in six games, including Fallout 4, to a highly overclocked ASUS GeForce GTX 960 4GB video card and find out who dominates 1440p gaming."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8GB @ Kitguru
- XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC Review @ OCC
- AMD R9 380X 4GB Graphics Card CrossFire @ eTeknix
- HIS R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2015 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evga, Z170 FTW, Intel Z170
EVGA has released several new motherboards based on Intel's Z170 chipset, with the Z170 FTW being the model which Bjorn3D received for review. The colour scheme is a little more subdued that some of the other manufactures which may appeal to those of us not looking for excessive amounts of bling on our motherboards. Bjorn reports that the four PCIe 16x slots can only manage dual SLI or Crossfire, however the remaining slots allow you to put in a card to use to power PhysX or an NVMe PCIe SSD if that is within your budget. Outputs on the back include DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 but unfortunately no USB 3.1 ports. The UEFI is interesting, each vendor is trying to outdo the competition when it comes to aesthetics and EVGA is no exception. Read through the full review to see if the included features on the outweigh the several which are missing if you are considering picking up this board.
"One of three motherboards available from EVGA for the new Z170 platform along with the flagship Classified board, and the M-ATX Stinger. Available now on Amazon featuring a new BIOS GUI interface, a highly efficient VRM, a CPU socket that has 1.5X the amount of gold content for improved signal quality, 4 DIMM slots supporting 64GB of DDR4 memory, and support for SLI + PhysX to name a few."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ECS Z170-CLAYMORE (Intel LGA-1151) @ techPowerUp
- MSI Z170A GAMING M7 @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Z170 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte H170-HD3 @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2015 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, Surface Pro, surface book
Along with the apology and reversal of their OneDrive policy, Microsoft has also apologized to customers about several issues that many have experienced with their new Surface Pro and Surface Books. The complaints started on a forum, as usual, with several users encountering screen flickering when using the devices. However the complaints quickly spread and even an interim firmware update was unable to resolve the issue. On Friday Microsoft officially apologized for the ongoing issue which has persisted through numerous updates and promise to have more updates available soon, hopefully one of which will permanently resolve the issue. The Register also mentions several other issues which users have experienced in their article this morning.
"Buyers have complained on Microsoft user forums about several faults with the machines since their launch earlier this year, including a "weird screen flicker", slowness in waking from sleep mode and worse than expected battery life. Surface Book"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money @ The Register
- FAA: Small Drones Must Be Registered By February @ Slashdot
- Micron to acquire Inotera remaining shares @ DigiTimes
- Asustek, Gigabyte motherboard shipments to drop 10% in 2015 @ DigiTimes
- Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Super Cute Droid Review @ Madshrimps