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Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2014 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, Vengeance K70, K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, corsair, Corsair Vengeance
The Corsair Vengeance K70 not only has Cherry Red MX switches to give a smooth keypress up until the key has traversed fully but you can also set it up to flash that keys LED when the key has depressed fully. The Tech Report tested the original Red version, Brown and Blue are now available for those who prefer a different feeling from tickling their keyboard. The RGB model which is able to control the LED colour on each key separately will be available very soon if that feature appeals to you. This may not be the newest model of keyboard but the overall styling, functionality, NKRO and adjustable polling rate help it remain at the top of it's niche market.
"Corsair's Vengeance K70 keyboard is a masterful combination of Cherry MX mechanical switches, programmable backlighting, and distinctive industrial design. We get all touchy feely with one of the finest mechanical keyboards around."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Rosewill's Apollo RK-9100xBBR mechanical keyboard @ The Tech Report
- Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Blue Switch Edition Review @HiTech Legion
- Gamdias Hermes gaming keyboard @ Kitguru
- Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Bjorn3d
- Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- teSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Kailh Blue Switch Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Sentey Lumenata Pro Gaming Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
- EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2014 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On a charity walk that went from one end of the Outer Hebrides to the other a variety of fitness trackers could not decide on just how far a distance was travelled. Indeed it quickly became quite obvious that there were discrepancies as at the two hour point in the walk the distance ranged from 5.5 to 9 miles. There were spots with no cell signal during the trek but more often than not there was a decent signal but yet the errors were not properly corrected. The Inquirer's experience illustrates that at this time you should not consider your smartwatch part of your emergency gear to be used with dead reckoning and a compass as you could be literally mislead. For now these devices are fitness trackers for the city and even then you might want to double check those distances if you are on a mission to cover a certain amount of ground.
"An example of some of the wearables present on the trek were the Galaxy Gear Fit, Fitbit Flex, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up24, Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and the Pebble watch."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Can You Really Use the Nvidia Shield as a Desktop Replacement? @ eTeknix
- Microsoft to roll out Windows Phone 8.1 at beginning of July @ The Inquirer
- Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada @ Slashdot
- Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router Preview @ Benchmark Reviews
- Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent @ The Register
- Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up @ The Register
- Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined @ The Register
- Win a Cube Raptor Gaming PC @ eTeknix
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2014 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Republic of Gamers, ips display, i7-4710HQ, gtx 850m, G550JK, asus, 15.6 inch
Fremont, CA (June 26, 2014) - ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the G550JK gaming notebook, a compact powerhouse with acrisp 15.6-inch display that offers all the benefits associated with the award-winning ROG notebook range in an even more portable form factor. Powered by the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, and featuring an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU that can be overclocked thanks to ASUS TurboMaster technology, the G550JK provides the ultimate gaming-on-the-go experience. In a collaborative effort, the G550JK was used to scale Mt. Elbert, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains, in an attempt to set the world record for highest elevation LAN party.
Powerful, stylish, and feature-heavy
The G550JK may be compact, slim and portable, but it packs a big punch. ASUS TurboMaster technology, along with dual fans and copper heatsinks, allow the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU to be safely overclocked by up to 5%. Meanwhile, Optimus support maximizes battery life when not running GPU-demanding applications. .
The sleek low-profile aluminum lines of G550JK are enhanced by the signature ROG color scheme of black with fine red diamond-cut detailing. The red backlight of the seamless one-piece hiclet keyboard makes it easy on the eyes when gaming in darkened environments while the subtly illuminated ROG logo on the lid adds a touch of exclusivity and makes sure opponents know exactly what they’re up against. Measuring just 1.1-inch at the thickest point, G550JK can go anywhere, and win everywhere.
The G550JK’s packs a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LED-backlit display provides a stunning visual experience with its wide 178-degree viewing angles and anti-glare coating for comfort during long gaming sessions. The included 802.11ac WiFi ensures ultra-fast ping times and transfer rates to deliver the best wireless gaming when paired with an 802.11ac router. ASUS SonicMaster Premium, incorporating ICEpower, Bang & Olufsen technology and an external SonicMaster subwoofer, gives the G550JK powerful high-fidelity audio and added bass for a more immersive gaming experience.
The G550JK on a quest for a world record
HighLANder, an event hosted by Linus Media Group and Tek Syndicate on June 23rd, 2014 in Leadville Colorado, used the ROG G550JK gaming notebook to scale Mt. Elbert, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains at 14,440 ft., followed by wirelessly connecting via an ASUS RT-AC68U router at the summit in order to set a world record for highest elevation LAN party. The elevation was certified by expert witness Elizabeth Thompson, a PHD student in Atmospheric Meteorology, and has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for review and certification. Ten G550JK notebooks were used to accomplish the feat and along with 13 participants from LinusTechTips, Tek Syndicate, Newegg TV, and ASUS.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2014 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, giveaway, xfx, r9 280, fragging frogs
That's right! If you have posted to the PC Perspective Forums at least 5 times before June 25, 2014 you are eligible to enter the raffle to win an XFX R9 280! Lenny and the Fragging Frogs have been given a gift from Warsam71 and AMD which will be given away to a lucky Forum member as a show of appreciation for the great community you have all helped build! Each member can only get one entry (no bribes!) and in order for your entry to count you have to post a picture of your current rig to this thread right here.
The draw will be held July 11th so get snapping and post to the thread for your chance to win!
"In appreciation of our existing forum members we are giving away a FREE XFX R9 280 Radeon Graphics Card !! (courtesy of Warsam71 and our friends at AMD)."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Linux Nears Total Domination of the Top500 Supercomputers @ Linux.com
- Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch specs comparison @ The Inquirer
- Intel cuts ribbon on UK Internet of Things Ignition Lab @ The Inquirer
- Bitcoin is MONEY, says Canada @ The Register
- Compal optimistic about smart shoes business @ DigiTimes
- Aaah, what's that smell, Nook? Yes, it's death: Barnes & Noble to jettison e-book biz @ The Register
- Computex 2014: HyperX Strikes Back @ Madshrimps
- Linksys X3500 N750 Dual-Band Wireless Modem/Router Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2014 - 11:36 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: xeon, video, seiki, podcast, nvidia, msi, Intel, HDMI 2.0, gt70 2pe, gt70, gameworks, FX-9590, displayport 1.3, coolermaster, amd, 4k
PC Perspective Podcast #306 - 06/26/2014
Join us this week as we discuss our Budget PC Shootout, the Coolermaster Elite 110, an AMD GameWorks competitor and more!
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Week in Review:
0:24:00 Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler Review
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0:42:00 You got your FPGA in my Xeon!
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Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2014 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z97 Gaming 7, msi, LGA1150, Intel Z97, haswell, gaming series
Morry recently reviewed MSI's Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard but if for some reason you would like a second option you can drop by [H]ard|OCP for their review. The systems tested vary slightly and the benchmarks run are slightly different such as [H]'s deferred procedure call latency test. Their overclocking results were also in a similar range, hitting 4.7GHz on their 4770K with the RAM hitting 2400MHz. Read through both reviews because the results you see, the more you know and ...
"We’ve been fans of MSI’s "Gaming" series for some time now. The Z97 Gaming 7 has big shoes to fill and competition is heating up as competitors take a page from MSI’s book and bring some of respective offerings into parity with MSI’s price points. Does MSI still have what it takes to rule this particular market? We are about to find out."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASRock Z97 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 @ eTeknix
- MSI Z97I GAMING AC @ TechPowerUp!
- Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review @HiTech Legion
- ASUS Z97I-PLUS @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2014 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, watch_dogs, ubisoft, excuses
Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have posted UbiSoft's reasoning behind the disabled graphics options on Watch_Dogs in this article. The explanation they chose is a little bit disingenuous as performance issues are likely not the main reason the so called "E3 enhancements" were removed, though their point about Bokeh sometimes creating issues in seeing the environment around is well founded. After all how can you have a long distance gun battle against distant blurry figures? The more likely reasoning revolves around a standard practice for AAA games when showing off a demo at a show like E3, they polished the engine specifically for that specific in game demo. By cherry picking one or more scenes and spending extra programming time to make it as pretty as possible they raise buzz about their unreleased game and hope to accrue extra pre-orders. Unfortunately this rather dishonest practice has become a tradition for shows like E3, but on the plus side gives modders extra things to play with!
If you would rather watch frogs; or even better join them, make sure to check up on what they are doing tonight and Friday.
"Good thing: Watch_Dogs on PC can look nearly as good as the (in)famous 2012 E3 demo that started at all, and it’s not even that hard to do thanks to some hidden graphics files that modders dug up. Bad thing: they were hidden. That certainly doesn’t look good. Ubisoft has an explanation, though."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Watch Dogs Video Game Review @ Benchmark Reviews
- We Know: GFWL Not Shutting Down Next Week @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Borderlands 5-Years Later Review @ OCC
- Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth DLC officially revealed @ HEXUS
- Nvidia releases video showing HairWorks in The Witcher 3 @ HEXUS
- Inverted Astronauts: We Are The Dwarves (Kickstarter) @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Gabe would like all your monies
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2014 - 10:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, nest
If you have been holding off on purchasing Google's Nest thermostat because you didn't like the app that controls it or just were not overly interested in a thermostat that trys to learn your schedule; would you be more interested if you could root it? All it takes is physical access to the thermostat and a minute with it plugged into a USB port on a computer. Not only will this give you complete control over the hardware inside, you can also install an SSH server with a reverse SSH connection to bypass firewalls. It will be interesting to see how these rooted Nest's can interact with other pieces of hardware released by Google with the "Works with Nest" branding. Check out how to do this for yourself at Hack a Day.
"A few months ago, Google bought a $3.2 billion dollar thermostat in the hopes it would pave the way for smart devices in every home. The Nest thermostat itself is actually pretty cool – it’s running Linux with a reasonably capable CPU, and adds WiFi to the mix for some potentially cool applications. It can also be rooted in under a minute."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- What to expect from Google I/O: Android 5.0, Nexus 9, Android Wear and more @ The Inquirer
- Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV @ The Register
- Google expected to partner with HTC to launch dual-brand 8.9-inch tablet @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2 @ The Register
- Hacking Team's government spy tool components uncovered by Kaspersky @ The Inquirer
Subject: Storage | June 24, 2014 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb, flash drive, obsolete
A high capacity USB flash drive used to be the definition of great swag, a company could put whatever tools, media or programs on a promotional USB drive but what really counted was the size. As 128GB and larger drives started to become more common and more reasonably priced may got in the habit of dumping all their optical media to be replaced by a handful of flash drives, some bootable and some not. Take the Patriot SuperSonic Rage XT 128GB up for review at NikTech, for $80 you get 128GB of storage that can hit 200MB/s random or linear reads and is rather durable. There is nothing wrong with the drive until you realize you can pick up a 128GB Crucial MX100 and an eSATA cable for the same price or double your storage for an extra $30. Those SSDs are roughly twice as fast and every bit as rugged, so why pick up that flash drive in the first place?
"Storage capacity needs increase on a daily basis and with them so does demand and thus in the end those two result in more competition between companies and lower prices (at least most of the time). Think about it, just two years ago i was running around carrying an 16GB USB flash drive with my keychain while now i have attached a permanent 32GB one which i sometimes replace with an 128GB one if i need to carry way too much data with me."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Patriot Supersonic Phoenix Flash Drive (256GB) @ SSD Review
- Crucial MX100 256GB & 512GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Intel DC P3700 800GB NVMe SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Thecus N2310 NAS Review – Home Networking Made Easy @ The SSD Review
- Thecus N4560 4-Bay NAS @ eTeknix
- Zalman ZM-VE300 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @HiTech Legion
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2014 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, beta, Catalyst 14.6 RC
Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD will no longer support Windows 8.0 (and the WDDM 1.2 driver) so Windows 8.0 users should upgrade to Windows 8.1, AMD Catalyst 14.4 will continue to work on Windows 8.0.
The WDDM 1.1 Windows 7 driver currently works on Win 7 and in a future release will be used to install updated drivers under Windows 8.0.
Features of the lastest Catalyst include:
- Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements):
- AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
- AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 Ultra – improves up to 15%
- AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra) - 92% scaling
- 3DMark Sky Diver improvements:
- AMD A4 6300 – improves up to 4%
- Enables AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire support
- Grid Auto Sport: AMD CrossFire profile
- Power Xpress profile
- Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
- Watch Dogs: AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvements
- Battlefield Hardline Beta: AMD CrossFire profile
Subject: Storage | June 24, 2014 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Corsair Force Series, 512GB, ssd
They are not quite available yet but Corsair have just added a 512GB model to accompany the $80 128GB and $130 256GB Force Series LX SSDs. You should expect to see the new larger model at it's MSRP of $260 in the very near future.
FREMONT, California —June 24, 2014 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the addition of a 512GB model to the recently announced Force Series LX line of solid-state drives (SSD). The new Force Series LX 512GB SSD brings the amazing performance benefits of high-capacity SSDs to a lower price point.
The faster performance and silent operation of solid-state drives have long attracted PC enthusiasts, but high prices may have put off some users from making the switch to this faster storage technology. In response to this, Corsair is bringing these SSD advantages to more budget-friendly price points. The Force Series LX are available in three capacities and price points—128GB for $79.99, 256GB for $129.99, and the 512GB at $259.99.
Powered by a Silicon Motion SSD controller, the Force Series LX SSDs offer fantastic performance up to 10 times faster than that of a conventional spinning-disk hard drive. The 512GB model and its SATA 3 interface delivers file transfer speeds of up to 560MB/sec read and 450MB/sec write which can deliver massive improvements in system performance. Operating system start-up and application load times accelerate to mere seconds, anti-virus scans complete far faster, and navigating your PC’s files feels much more responsive thanks to near-instant access times.
A slim-line 7mm aluminum housing makes it easy to install the Force LX into almost every desktop or notebook PC with a 2.5 inch drive bay – an ideal upgrade to breathe new life into an notebook, ultrabook or PC in need of a boost. Corsair’s bundled SSD Toolbox software utility is also included as a free download, allowing you to easily optimize your SSD’s performance, clone your existing hard drive, or securely erase all data on a drive. TRIM, NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. technologies automatically maintain drive performance for years to come, and Corsair tops off the package with a 3 year warranty and legendary customer service for total peace of mind.
Subject: Displays | June 24, 2014 - 12:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: UHD, seiki, 4k, 40U4SEP-G02, 3840x2160, 32U4SEP-G02, 28U4SEP-G02
An interesting press release found its way into my inbox just now that announces a new competitor to the world of 4K monitors. Seiki, made famous recently for its line of incredibly low cost 4K TVs that really started the 4K trend for consumers and PC gamers, is building a set of three professional series 4K monitors for release early next year with some damned impressive specifications.
Though you can find the 50-in Seiki SE50UY04 for just $799 on Amazon and the 39-in SE39UY04 for only $469, these are televisions with somewhat limited 30 Hz refresh rates. The new products that Seiki is showing for the first time at CE Week Exhibits and Conferences in New York City do not have any of these limitations though and instead boast one of the most complete list of specifications I have seen on a monitor.
Seiki SE39UY04 4K Television
Seiki will introduce three different sizes including a 28-in (28U4SEP-G02), 32-in (32U4SEP-G02) and 40-in (40U4SEP-G02) offering with the following specs:
- Vertical Alignment (VA) LED panel technology with 3,840 by 2,160 4K Ultra HD
- 12-bit color processing and 14-bit gamma mode
- HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, MHL 3.0, DVI and VGA standards display connections
- Picture-by-picture (x4) and daisy chain mode
- USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream and 2 downstream)
- VESA-compliant adjustable monitor stand with quick release
I am still waiting for confirmation on the panel
type quality (more like TN or more like IPS, etc.) but the list of specifications here offers a glimpse of what to expect. (Vetical Aligned panels should be pretty damned good.) 12-bit color and 14-bit gamma indicate that this display will be built for the professional and creative designer at heart. Support for upcoming standards like HDMI 2.0 and Displayport 1.3 should tell you that the monitors won't be shipping for a while (Q1 2015 I'm told) but when you have them they will be able to push 4K at 60 Hz without issue.
The quad PiP mode could be really cool if it works as I suspect - four different HDMI inputs allow for four unique unscaled images on the panel at the same time. This could be great for multi-display uses where consumers can utilize a set of four 20-in (effective) 1080p panels without a bezel. We are already drooling over the possibilities of that here for our test setups...
So while I am excited about the prospect of these monitors, we don't yet know the pricing. If these are high quality IPS displays you can expect them to be quite expensive. But Seiki is known for building great displays at a low cost, so perhaps the company will be able to do so once again and surprise us all in time for CES next year.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2014 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Surface Pro 3, microsoft, MacBook Air
In it's latest attempt to not look desperate when offering the latest Surface for sale Microsoft will offer up to $650 off a Surface 3 if you trade in your Macbook Air. The top end model of Surface 3 will have a Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB internal storage and cost you around $1950. There are less expensive models available though it is possible that will reduce the amount of money you receive for the Macbook Air that you trade in. Also according to The Inquirer this is not an online deal, you must be able to show up at a Microsoft Store in person to claim the trade in. Will this be enough to help drive sales of Microsoft's hardware or will this incarnation of the Surface or shall it languish on store shelves like the previous generations?
"Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has launched a trade-in programme at its US stores, where it offers customers up to $650 for their Macbook Air, which can be put towards a Surface Pro 3."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- WiFi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk DEF CON 22 @ The Register
- Lync users see outages as Microsoft wrangles with network problems @ The Register
- Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2014 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: in memorium, fragging frogs
It was a sad day for the Fragging Frogs last Monday (6/16/14) when we lost one of our own, Kernal_Tom, known in the forums as tlemaste. He passed away due to complications from surgery to address his ongoing health issues. He joined the PC Perspective Forums and the Fragging Frogs over 12 years ago after running into Lenny at his day job. They became fast friends immediately and Kernal_Tom's great personality and positive attitude ensured he quickly became good friends with all the regular Fragging Frogs as well ... indeed he didn't give you much choice as he was one of the most frequent participants in Teamspeak and gaming nights.
Anyone who knew him and has not yet done so can leave their remembrances and well wishes for Kernal_Tom's wife in this thread in the Forums. This loss has hit many of us and sharing your memories can be helpful and is very appreciated. Anyone who wishes to help out his wife please donate to this fundraiser which Lenny has kindly started on YouCaring. Carol is also unfortunately in a battle to maintain her health and anything you can afford would help her greatly in this next stage of her life.
Show how much you miss Kernal_Tom and remember him the way he would want you to... by showing up at least once a week to game with a Fragging Frog!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2014 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, cooler master, Cooler Master V Series, 80 Plus Platinum, 80 Plus Gold, modular psu, 850W, kilowatt, 1200w
The three stars of the Cooler Master V Series, the 850W, 1000W and 1200W are up for review at Legion Hardware. All three have a 135 mm fan for cooling and feature a single +12VDC rail though the amperage differs, 70A, 83A and 100A for the three respectively. The two lower powered PSUs feature a 5 year warranty and are rated 80 Plus Gold while the 1200W carries a Platinum rating and a 7 year warranty. The modular cabling is worth mentioning, it is flat which will allow you to have very clean cabling in your machine and may tip the scales towards this series if you like to keep your case clean looking.
"Finally, we have been very pleased with the Cooler Master V series, and believe that they would make a fine addition to any high-end gaming system. Enthusiasts will be able to invest their hard earned cash in a V Series power supply knowing it is backed by a full 5-year Cooler Master warranty, while the V1200 Platinum offers an industry leading 7 year warranty."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Seasonic X-Series 1250W @ Kitguru
- EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850 W @ techPowerUp
- Be Quiet! Pure Power L8 700W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- XFX XTR Series 650 W @ techPowerUp
- Be Quiet! PurePower 600w Power Supply Review @ TechwareLabs
Subject: Processors | June 23, 2014 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, fx 9590, vishera
Hardware Canucks have just let out AMD's secret on a new take on a Vishera processor, the FX-9590 which will come with a Cooler Master Seidon 120 AIO LCS which will add $40 to the original $320 price tag. The base clock of the 8 CPUs will still be 4.7GHz, 5GHz boost buit with the TDP of 219W the watercooler should allow the boost clock to be maintained longer. If you ever planned on overclocking the FX-9590 but never picked it up because of the challenge of cooling it, then here is your chance.
"It all started with a tweet. AMD teased an unnamed new FX-series chip on Twitter and we've got the inside track. It's a refreshed 5GHz FX-9590 with an included water cooling unit."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD A10-7850K (Kaveri) @ Bjorn3d
- Intel Core i7 4790K Devil’s Canyon Overclocking @ Kitguru
- Intel Core i7 4790K: Devil's Canyon Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux @ Phoronix
- Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4790K Review @ OCC
- Intel Devil's Canyon i7-4790K Performance Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell Refresh) @ techPowerUp
- Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- ntel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2014 - 10:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, kingston, Samsung, Intel, sandisk, rumour
If the information provided to DigiTimes is correct we may be in for a price war between SSD manufacturers. We have seen price drops in flash memory, especially with the advent of TLC and asynchronous flash which have been heartily approved by most enthusiasts. However there is a chance that in the coming months competition will start driving prices of SSDs down but may have the opposite impact on other products. Micron is planning on reducing the amount of memory it sells to other companies in order to ramp up its stock of SSDs and SanDisk has jumped into the market with both feet. You can also expect to see all the major manufacturers start putting out more M.2 drives as adoption of Intel's Z97 board grows.
"The SSD industry is heading for fierce price competition as major suppliers, including Micron Technology, Intel, Kingston Technology, SanDisk and Samsung Electronics, are gearing up efforts to outperform others, according to industry sources."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Skype to retire Windows and Mac versions after just five months @ The Inquirer
- AMD reveals Firepro W8100 workstation graphics card for high-end CAD @ The Inquirer
- Only 9,000 out of 300,000 servers were patched to fix Heartbleed bug last month @ The Inquirer
- Nouveau Re-Clocking Is Way Faster, Shows Much Progress For Open-Source NVIDIA @ Phoronix
- All Halfbrick Studios iOS Games Are FREE! @ TechARP
- 32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT! @ The Register
- Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless Router @ eTeknix
- Legit Reviews’ E3 2014 Best of Show @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Processors, Mobile | June 23, 2014 - 10:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: snapdragon, qualcomm, gaming, Android, adreno
Today Qualcomm has published a 22-page white paper that keys in on the company's focus around Android gaming and the benefits that Qualcomm SoCs offer. As the dominant SoC vendor in the Android ecosystem of smartphones, tablets and handhelds (shipping more than 32% in Q2 of 2013) QC is able to offer a unique combination of solutions to both developers and gamers that push Android gaming into higher fidelity with more robust game play.
According to the white paper, Android gaming is the fastest growing segment of the gaming market with a 30% compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2015, as projected by Gartner. Experiences for mobile games have drastically improved since Android was released in 2008 with developers like Epic Games and the Unreal Engine pushing visuals to near-console and near-PC qualities.
Qualcomm is taking a heterogeneous approach to address the requirements of gaming that include AI execution, physics simulation, animation, low latency input and high speed network connectivity in addition to high quality graphics and 3D rendering. Though not directly a part of the HSA standards still in development, the many specialized engines that Qualcomm has developed for its Snapdragon SoC processors including traditional CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, security and connectivity allow the company to create a solution that is built for Android gaming dominance.
In the white paper Qualcomm dives into the advantages that the Krait CPU architecture offers for CPU-based tasks as well as the power of the Adreno 4x series of GPUs that offer both raw performance and the flexibility to support current and future gaming APIs. All of this is done with single-digit wattage draw and a passive, fanless design and points to the huge undertaking that mobile gaming requires from an engineering and implementation perspective.
For developers, the ability to target Snapdragon architectures with a single code path that can address a scalable product stack allows for the least amount of development time and the most return on investment possible. Qualcomm continues to support the development community with tools and assistance to bring out the peak performance of Krait and Adreno to get games running on lower power parts as well as the latest and upcoming generations of SoCs in flagship devices.
It is great to see Qualcomm focus on this aspect of the mobile market and the challenges presented by it require strong dedication from these engineering teams. Being able to create compelling gaming experiences with high quality imagery while maintaining the required power envelope is a task that many other company's have struggled with.
Check out the new landing page over at Qualcomm if you are interested in more technical information as well as direct access to the white paper detailing the work Qualcomm is putting into its Snapdragon line of SoC for gamers.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2014 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: raptr, gaming evolved, Game DVR, amd
AMD's Gaming Evolved app powered by Raptr has just undergone some changes that focus on those who like to show off their gaming skills and tricks with others. Updates to their H.264 support now allow you to stream your gaming to Twich with no impact on your performance. They've also added Game DVR which automatically records the past 10 minutes of your game play, guaranteeing you can save your best moments even if you forgot to start the recording manually.
The interface has also undergone an overhaul to make it even easier to use the auto-configuration features in the Gaming Evolved app to optimize your games graphical settings to ensure you get the best looking game your AMD hardware can give you without compromising your performance. Currently there is a list of 204 supported games and the list is growing constantly. They still make it easy to install and play Free To Play games such as World of Tanks and there is currently a sale on in the Rewards section where you can spend your accumulated RPs on top games. Since you get 500 points simply for signing up and they stack up while you play games it is a great way to get your hands on new games without spending a dime!
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