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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2016 - 09:00 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: side window, P9 Window, mid-tower, Full-Tower, fan controller, enclosure, case, atx case, antec
Antec has listed a new P9 Window tower enclosure on their site ahead of Computex, and while it's listed as "not available" at the moment, that should change by the end of the month.
So what is this P9 Window? It's a straightforward case with a big side window, excellent storage and cooling support, and dual onboard fan controllers.
"Don’t let the sleek, understated exterior fool you. The P9 Window is loaded with builder-focused features that deliver performance, Quiet Computing, and future-proof expandability right out of the box. The interior volume, the variety of cooling options, and the modular HDD cages are just a few of the features that make the P9 Window stand out in the Performance One series."
- Motherboard Support: ATX, micro ATX, mini ITX
- Expansion Slots: 8
- 13 Total Drive Bays:
- 3 x Tool-less 5.25” ODD Bays
- 8 x Tool-less 3.5” HDD trays (each compatible with 2.5” SSD)
- 1 x 3.5” HDD (inside the 5.25” drive cage)
- 2 x Tool-less 2.5” Dedicated SSD Bays
- Cooling System:
- 2 x Front 120mm (included) fan
- 1 x Rear 120mm (included) fan
- 3 x Top 120mm or 2 x 140mm fan mounts (optional)
- 1 x Bottom 120mm (optional)
- 2 x 120mm HDD cage fan mounts (Optional)
- Water cooling support:
- Front: Supports 240mm radiator
- Top: Supports240/280/360 mm radiator
- Pump / Reservoir mounting brackets included
- Removable / Relocation of HDD cages for water cooling pump
- I/O Ports:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 2 x Fan controls
- Audio In/Out
- Washable air filters (front intake and PSU)
- Supports up to 430 mm VGA cards
- Bottom mounted ATX PSU (not included)
- Dimensions: 22.44” (W) x 23.50 (H) x 11.26” (D)
- Weight: 20 lbs
Pricing shown in Antec's listing is a reasonable $109 for a full-tower design like this, and we'll doubtless get a chance to see how its performing soon enough as reviews start coming out.
Subject: Displays | April 30, 2016 - 01:33 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: LG, lg display, oled
According to a spokeswoman for LG Display, via Reuters, the display panel company will increase their investment in OLED production by $395.99 million USD. Back in November, we reported on their plans to produce an $8.7 billion USD facility that was expected to manufacture panel sizes that range between smart watch and large TV.
Just displaying an LG Display display.
It's awesome that OLED is getting even more attention. The display technology is better suited than LCD/LED in terms of both real contrast and high refresh rate / low persistence, with the former good for deep blacks and saturated colors, and the latter for VR, 3D, and generated content like games. We've seen a few professional monitors announced at CES, but they are still in the “decent used car” price range. That's a welcome change from “decent new car” however, but availability is still basically non-existent. This is before LG Display's production facility wakes up in 2018, and LG is known to push lower prices into markets. Just a couple years!
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2016 - 12:33 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: SoC, nfme, gpu, cpu, amd
Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (NFME) is a Chinese company that packages and tests integrated circuits. Recently, AMD has been working with China to reach that large market, especially given their ongoing cash concerns. This time, AMD sold 85% of its stake in two locations, AMD Penang, Malaysia and AMD Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, to NFME and formed a joint venture with them, called TF-AMD Microelectronics Sdn Bhd.
I see two interesting aspects to this story.
First, AMD gets about $320 million USD in this transaction, after taxes and fees, and it also retains 15% of this venture. I am curious whether this will lead to a long-term source of income for AMD, even though the press release claims that this structure will be “cost neutral”. Either way, clearing a third of a billion dollars should help AMD to some extent. That equates to about two-to-three quarters of net-loss for the company, so it gives them about six-to-nine extra months of life on its own. That's not too bad if the transaction doesn't have any lasting consequences.
Second, NFME now has access to some interesting packaging and testing technologies. NFME's website claims that this allows them to handle dies up to 800mm2, substrates with up to 18 layers, and package sizes up to 75mm. These specifications sound like it pulls from their GPU experience, which could bring all of that effort and knowledge to completely different fields.
The press release states that 1,700 employees will be moved from AMD to this venture. They do not state whether any jobs are affected over and above this amount, though.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2016 - 07:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, dx12, async shaders
Earlier in the month [H]ard|OCP investigated the performance scaling that Intel processors display in DX12, now they have finished their tests on AMD processors. These tests include Async computing information, so be warned before venturing forth into the comments. [H] tested an FX 8370 at 2GHz and 4.3GHz to see what effect this had on the games, the 3GHz tests did not add any value and were dropped in favour of these two turbo frequencies. There are some rather interesting results and discussion, drop by for the details.
"One thing that has been on our minds about the new DX12 API is its ability to distribute workloads better on the CPU side. Now that we finally have a couple of new DX12 games that have been released to test, we spend a bit of time getting to bottom of what DX12 might be able to do for you. And a couple sentences on Async Compute."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Review @ OCC
- AMD Radeon Pro Duo Preview @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA VR performance featuring ASUS @ Kitguru
- ASUS GTX 950 2 GB (no power connector) @ techPowerUp
- Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 NVIDIA OpenGL Performance @ Phoronix
Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2016 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: archos, 70b Helium Tablet
ARCHOS has decided that bigger is not always better and released the 7" 70b Helium tablet. It is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT8735M running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and Android Lollipop 5.1. At 278g and 188x108x9.9mm it is much smaller than many current generation tablets and costs less as well. The resolution of 1024x600 is going to disappoint many prospective buyers, on the other hand bloatware is as sparse as the PPI which is a nice benefit to this tablet. If you have need of a tablet which is not overly powerful and which is inexpensive enough to pass onto a kid or use in unfriendly places such as the beach pop on over to Kitguru to take a peek.
"Recently there has been a definite trend to having bigger mobile devices. Smartphone flagships are well over 5 inches in size now, and tablets are getting bigger too – just take a look at the 13.3 inch iPad Pro. It is refreshing, then, to see ARCHOS buck the trend with its 70b Helium tablet.
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it @ The Register
- ASUS ZenFone Zoom @ Tech ARP
- Samsung Galaxy S7 @ The Inquirer
- honor 5X Smartphone @ Tech ARP
- LEAGOO Shark 1 Launched With Massive 6,300 mAh Battery @ Tech ARP
- MSI GL62 6QF-628 Gaming Notebook (GTX 960M) @ techPowerUp
- Asus Republic Of Gamers GX700VO Watercooled Gaming Laptop @ Kitguru
- Asus ROG GL552VW @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2016 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Praevidi, turris, vr chair
You are not alone if you are confused by what exactly a VR chair is, but The Tech Report can help. Aaron Schradin created the Turris VR chair which essentially allows you to steer VR games with your butt. By leaning forwards, backwards or to the sides you can make your in game avatar move, instead of needing something in your hands. Swiveling is also mapped, which is more important than you might think; with your torso decoupled from your head movements you can look around while maintaining the same walking direction. The Turris also doubles as a case, you can install your PC directly into the chair to clean up the overall look of your VR rig. Check out the video and full review for a look at this interesting piece of technology. There is no price nor release date yet but Aaron is aiming for Q4 for the first release.
"Praevidi's Turris VR Chair lets players navigate seated VR experiences by shifting their bodies, an approach that decouples head- and torso-position tracking to create a potentially more immersive experience in VR environments. Join us as we explore this device and its implications for the future of VR control."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash @ The Register
- Colin Furze Flies the Dangerous Skies @ Hack a Day
- Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm @ The Register
- The Critical Hole At the Heart Of Our Cell Phone Networks @ Slashdot
- Alphabetti spaghetti: SanDisk adds SLC cache to TLC SSD @ The Register
- Here are the winners of our Macrium Data Disasters contest @ The Tech Report
Subject: Storage | April 29, 2016 - 01:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: Seagate, helium, hdd, Enterprise Capacity 3.5, 10TB
This drive was initially paper-launched back in January, but now Seagate claims it is shipping in volume. While that original release and today’s update both lack performance specs, there are a few interesting tidbits sprinkled in there:
- This is a CMR drive, not SMR, meaning that it can be written randomly without any of the batch write penalties of Shingled Magnetic Recording.
- ‘Advanced write caching capabilities’ hints at a form of the media cache tech present in the HGST He6/He8 and also recently adopted by the WD 8TB Gold.
- The Seagate 10TB release from earlier this year stated that his model will be a 7-platter design with 14 heads. Helium enables thinner platters, and 7-platter designs began appearing in the HGST He6.
- At nearly 1.5TB per platter and an assumed spindle speed of 7200 RPM, we can infer that the base specs should be reasonably impressive.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2016 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, kingston hyper x, Cloud Revolver, gaming headset
50mm neodymium drivers have become standard issue on gaming headsets and the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver is no exception. With a frequency range of 12Hz–28,000 Hz and impedance of 30 Ω this headset should work well with just about any device. The steel and leather construction looks nice and will help these headphones resist being damaged while being stored for travel. As to how they sound, Modders Inc rather liked this analogue headset, read more about it here.
"The Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver is the latest headset in Kingston's product family. Kingston's gaming headset line up has grown to four different models which feature both 3.5mm and USB connectivity."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Tesoro Kuven A1 Pro Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review @ NikKTech
- Creative SoundBlaster X Pro-Gaming H5 @ eTeknix
- first harmonic IEB6+MIC HiFi Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- Sennheiser HD800 S @ Kitguru
- Feniks Essence Speakers Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2016 - 01:50 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: video, radeon pro duo, podcast, nzxt, nvidia, Manta, GTX 1080, GT 710, GP104, amd, Alpha 12
PC Perspective Podcast #397 - 04/28/2016
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:16:15
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Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2016 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, GP100, pascal
The Tech Report takes you on a walk through NVIDIA's HPC products to show you just what is interesting about the Tesla P100 HPC which Jen-Hsun Huang introduced us to. The background gives you an idea of how much has changed from their first forays into HPC to this new 16nm process, 610mm² chip with 56 SMs. If you missed out on the presentation or wanted some more information about how they pulled off FP16 on natively FP32 hardware or how the cache of this chip was set up then click on over and read it for yourself.
"Nvidia's GP100 "Pascal" GPU launched on the Tesla P100 HPC accelerator a couple weeks ago. Join us as we take an in-depth look at what we know about this next-generation graphics processor so far, and what it might mean for the consumer GeForces of the future."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft delivers new previews of Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016 @ The Inquirer
- Time for a patch: six vulns fixed in NTP daemon @ The Register
- Searching for USB Power Supplies that Won’t Explode @ Hack a Day
- Hackers so far ahead of defenders it's not even a game @ The Register
- Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south @ The Register
- Tech ARP 2016 Power Bank Giveaway
Subject: Systems | April 27, 2016 - 03:51 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Nintendo, amd
Not a whole lot to go off for this announcement. I mean, hints have been dropped, partners have made announcements, and leaks have surfaced for over a year at this point. The only thing that today brings is a release window: March 2017. The final name, exact specifications, and even whatever the thing is that makes this console different, are all currently unknown. Given that E3 2016 will be the last E3 before release, though, I expect that we will find out all about it in June.
Speaking of announcement dates, though, today is an odd one. Midnight (PST) on a seemingly random Wednesday in April doesn't hold any significance to me. Sure, it aligns with their earnings report for investors. Maybe a release date would help raise their stock price (or buffer its potential fall) but it doesn't mean a whole lot for its fans. Does that matter, though? Maybe not.
While this site is PC-oriented, we do touch on console coverage. When the WiiU launched, Ryan disassembled the console over the course of a five-hour livestream, which was archived YouTube. (He dismantled the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.) We are also interested in how AMD benefits from this whole arrangement. That company is one of the few sources for x86 processors, which gaming consoles have been flocking to, as well as high-end graphics. Combine the two, and you can get a relatively cheap system that is quite competent (for not having a discrete, add-in graphics card) at gaming workloads. According to AMD's previous earnings call, they secured multiple design wins, but we'll need to wait and see whether this is one, and whether it includes the CPU this time. As an aside, Nintendo also recently joined the Khronos Group, so that could eventually be interesting for our readers, too... or not.
Subject: Processors | April 26, 2016 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Wraith, Godavari, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, FM2+, amd, X4 880K
Remember that FM2+ refresh which Josh informed you about back in March? The APUs have started arriving on test benches and can be benchmarked independently to see what this ~$100 processor and the Wraith cooler are capable of. Neoseeker compares the new 880K against the older FX-4350 in a long series of benchmarks which show the 880K to be the better part in most cases. There are some interesting exceptions to this, in which the FX-4350's slightly higher frequency allows it to pull ahead by a small margin so there are cases where the less expensive chip would make sense. Read the full review to see which chip makes more sense for you.
"Today we take a look at the AMD Athlon X4 880K, a quad-core FM2+ processor with 4.0/4.2GHz base/Turbo clocks and unlocked multiplier priced at under $100 USD. It's designed for enthusiasts on a budget looking for the fastest multi-core Athlon processor yet without any integrated GPU to add to the cost. It even shares the 95W TDP of AMD's higher-end APUs for optimized power consumption that further leads to more overclocking headroom."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- The AMD Athlon X4 880K Review @ Hardware Canucks
- A10-7870K vs. Core i3-6100 CPU @ Hardware Secrets
- £150 Gaming CPU: AMD FX 8370 (w/ Wraith) vs Intel Core i5-6400 @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2016 - 04:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft
After the release of Windows 10 version 1511, Microsoft took a few months to refactor and otherwise update the deep-down chunks of their OS. After that was all settled, they started merging features from their many teams. For the last two builds, the amount of changes ramped way up, not all of which were announced at Build conference.
These features have been merged without much bug-crushing, though. Microsoft knows this, and then talk about a “Bug Bash” event happening sometime this week. To get a feel for the state of this build's quality, though, you can check out WinBeta attempting to show off the new features. Note that some of the issues they were experiencing were actually in the known issues list, namely the crash attempting to pin Settings options, but the list is quite long.
A couple of new changes are interesting and surprising. First, long-time, multi-monitor users will like that the clock is now on all taskbars, not just the primary monitor. They acknowledge that this was driven by the gaming community, although they don't explicitly state that it's because our applications run in fullscreen mode so frequently (covering the main monitor clock). I don't exactly know why this slipped past the user experience people for so long, at least since the multi-monitor enhancements in Windows 8, but it did. It should be publicly available in July.
They will also allow desktop icons to have mini symbols (badges) attached to them. This could tell you how many unseen emails you have, whether your alarm is active, and probably many other features when it's in a publicly-accessible API. It's concerning that it's UWP-only, though. It shows that Microsoft wants to deprecate Win32 for new features, without migrating them into UWP containers, which further suggests that Microsoft intends to deprecate Win32 altogether. This is very concerning for several reasons, but I'm not going to reiterate them in this post.
The other cool feature, though, is a new interface to select between multiple sound cards. In my scenario, I have two main sound devices. When I listen to my headphones, I plug them into a USB sound card (technically a Blue Yeti). When I want to use speakers, I flip over to motherboard audio and turn on my sound system. This means that I need to go deep into the Sound preferences in the Control Panel, and it also means that some applications don't cleanly switch over (even locking up entirely). With this a front-and-center input menu of Windows 10, it should pressure developers to test whether their software can accept a sound device change on the fly, and fix accordingly.
So yeah -- those are the three features that spoke most to me. Again, the lack of innovation in native Win32 APIs is concerning. It reminds me of when browser vendors declared that certain new APIs would be artificially held back from non-secure HTTP contexts. In some cases, it makes sense -- an unsecure Web app accessing your webcam is a sign that they don't care about your privacy -- but it also means that software developers need to give up some level of their anonymity to acquire a certificate to access those features (unless offline sites are classified as secure in the user's browser, which Google Chrome does and others might too). Tangent aside, it feels like Microsoft is trying to apply the same level of pressure to push people away from bare Win32. That makes sense, they want to promote new platforms, but it also usually comes before the old one gets the guillotine.
Subject: Storage | April 26, 2016 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Seagate, 8TB, NAS
Seagate is not to be outdone by Western Digital and their 8TB Red drive and have released their own 8TB NAS HDD. The model which eTeknix reviewed is designed for SMBs and users that have a huge amount of content they plan to store in the long term. That results in a 3 year warranty, a limit of 8 drives in a NAS and rated workload of 180TB per year, somewhat less than the Enterprise model, however it is also less expensive. eTeknix uses a different battery of tests than we do here at PCPer, you can see how the drive is rated in AIDA, Anvil, Crystaldisk and others over in their full review, the numbers are similar to the WD Red drive even with the lack of a rarefied atmosphere.
"Just as you wouldn’t use a low-end graphics card for high-end usage, you shouldn’t use the wrong hard disk drive in your storage system either. There is a reason for every product and you should always pick the one suited for the task at hand, especially when you deal with your storage. Today I’m taking a closer look at Seagate’s impressive 8TB NAS HDD and we will take a look at how well it performs."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Patriot Magnum2 USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ The SSD Review
- Transcend SSD370S 512GB @ Kitguru
- Crucial BX200 960GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2016 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
If you are in the Windows Insider program you will have a chance to check out the new build 14328 of Windows 10, which reveals many of the new features which will arrive in the so called Anniversary edition. Once again they have chosen to change the Start menu, something which has always been well received by users, though perhaps this time it will not be so bad as the idea of a customizable Rail which always displays the power button and icons the user selects may be useful.
They have also added Ink Workspace, aka Inky, which will make using a stylus in Windows 10 much easier, for those with touchscreens or tablets and a desire to draw or write by hand. There are also quite a few things which sound less welcome, such as default save folders which vary from app to app and some odd behaviour from Cortana. Read more about the new features over at The Inquirer.
"Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 14328 to "Windows Insider" previewers. The build is available for both PC and mobile, and is described by VP Gabe Aul as a "MAJOR build, packed with lots of new features and improvements"."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Carbon nanotubes light up on photonic chips @ Nanotechweb
- Dogspectus: Android ransomware is silently installing bad apps @ The Inquirer
- BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software @ The Register
- Gmail For Android Gets Microsoft Exchange Support @ Slashdot
- Do AMD Drivers Really Deserve Such a Hostile Reception @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2016 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, fnatic gear, Rush G1, cherry mx red
The Fnatic Rush G1 features Cherry MX Red switches, with red backlighting that you can manually switch between three levels of brightness, a breathing mode and an off position for the old folks like myself. For those who dislike the feel of a naked desk against your wrists the inclusion of a wrist rest is a nice addition to the package. The bundled Fnatic Rush Settings Software is somewhat limited compared to the competition, the five profiles are limited to ten macros apiece, if you need more than that you would have to use the Fn+Function key to switch between profiles on the fly which is not much help in the heat of a match. Benchmark Reviews like more about this keyboard than they disliked, read through the review to see if you are in agreement.
"The London-based company Fnatic currently offers four products: the Rush keyboard, the Flick mouse, and two types of mouse pad. Today Benchmark Reviews will look at the Fnatic Rush G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard equipped with Cherry MX Red switches."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE RGB @ Kitguru
- Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB @ eTeknix
- QPAD DX-20 Pro Gaming Optical Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- ROCCAT KIRO Gaming Mouse Review @ OCC
- Tesoro Ascalon Spectrum @ eTeknix
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2016 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: graphics driver, crimson, amd
AMD's new Crimson driver has just been released with new features including official support for the new Radeon Pro Duo as well as both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets. It also adds enhanced support for AMD's XConnect technology for external GPUs connected via a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Crossfire profile updates include Hitman, Elite Dangerous and Need for Speed and they have also resolved the ongoing issue with the internal update procedure not seeing the newest drivers. If you are having issues with games crashing to desktop on launch you will still need to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay, unfortunately.
"The latest version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition is here with 16.4.2. With this version, AMD delivers many quality improvements, updated/introduced new CrossFire profiles and delivered full support for AMD’s XConnect technology (including plug’n’play simplicity for Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enclosures configured with Radeon R9 Fury, Nano or 300 Series GPUs.) Best of all, our DirectX 12 leadership continues to be strong, as shown by the performance numbers below."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2016 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, W100 Super Tower Chassis
The new Thermaltake W100 Super Tower Chassis is not for the casual user. Not only does it ship in a flatpack, which means you need to assemble the entire case yourself but it is also very large; that is a full ATX P6X58-E WS motherboard in that picture! Once fully assembled the case measures an impressive 677x310x678mm (26.7x12.2x26.7") and can support up to nineteen 120/140mm fans or radiators of up to 600mm in size. There are only a measly ten 2.5/3.5" internal bays and three external 5.25" bays, almost enough to satisfy Allyn's minimum storage requirements. The locations you choose for these drive bays is flexible, thanks to the need to assemble the case you can place the internal bays in the configuration you prefer. It will take a lot of work to get a system going in this case but your choices are almost without limit thanks to the sheer size of the case. Check out [H]ard|OCP's full review right here.
"The W100 Super Tower Chassis is not small and it is not cheap. It even comes fully unassembled. It does however look to fit the needs of the most hardcore water cooling enthusiasts however. The W100 is likely the most versatile case we have ever reviewed in terms of fan and radiator compatibility."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cougar Archon Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Watercooling Kit @ Techware Labs
- AMD FX 8350 CPU with Wraith Cooler Review: Stock Cooling Gets an Upgrade @ Modders-Inc
- Scythe Shuriken Rev.B Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- CRYORIG H7 CPU Cooler Review: Worry-free Compatibility @ Modders-Inc
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2016 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: IMX219, Raspberry Pi
The camera kit for the Raspberry Pi has just received an update, both the IR and visible light modules will now ship with an 8MP sensor, a nice jump from the current 5MP module. Even better for a system designed specifically for low cost solutions is the news that the price will remain unchanged and the new camera will cost you the same as the previous. The Inquirer reports that one of the main reasons for the change is that the OmniVision OV5647 sensor previously used can no longer be sourced. If you use your Raspberry Pi for applications requiring a camera, you should look at your current projects to see if the jump in resolution provide by the IMX219 sensor will benefit you.
"Fortunately, we'd already struck up conversation with Sony's image sensor division, and in the nick of time we're able to announce the immediate availability of visible light and infrared cameras based on the Sony IMX219 8MP sensor at the same low price of $25.""
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Modder replaces eMMC chip in Google Nexus 5 with 64GB version @ The Inquirer
- Google Appears To Be Working On Bringing Android Apps to Chrome OS @ Slashdot
- Here Come the x86 Hacker Boards @ Linux.com
- Windows 10: Microsoft fears borkage from auto updates and 1,000 users agree @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other @ The Register
- DXRacer King Series (OH/KX28/NB) PC Gaming Chair @ Modders-Inc
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2016 - 07:31 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming
Before I begin, I should note that the release date for Mirror's Edge: Catalyst has been pushed back two weeks. It will now launch on June 7th in North America, and June 9th in Europe. DICE claims that the reason for this delay is to work on “Social Play,” which allows users to create their own time trial events, and to integrate feedback that they will receive from the Closed Beta. The beta starts the day after that reason was announced... so it can't logically be the whole truth.
Anywho, the specifications.
First, Mirror's Edge Catalyst requires at least four “logical” cores. They list the minimum as the Intel Core i3-3250 or the AMD FX-6350. A dual-core, HyperThreaded processor should work, but it would need to be as fast as the i3-3250. EA does offer refunds through Origin, however, so, if you're interested but not quite sure, you could just try it and see.
Second, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and the Radeon R9 270x are listed as the minimum GPUs, with the GeForce GTX 970 and the Radeon R9 280x (3GB) recommended. Especially on AMD's side, there really isn't a whole lot of difference between these parts. The R9 270x has 2.5 TeraFLOPs of performance, and the R9 280x has 3.5 TeraFLOPs. Over on NVIDIA's side, the GTX 650 Ti has about 1.5 TeraFLOPs of compute, while the GTX 970 goes up to 3.5 TeraFLOPs. They seem to be targeting about twice-the-PS4 for their benchmark of high-end performance, but it looks like they aren't willing to scale back too far to be smooth. This could be caused by one of three issues:
- The gameplay requires a fairly high and consistent framerate
- They didn't put a lot of effort in downscaling and/or
- It can go lower and/or higher, but DICE/EA just doesn't want to officially support it
Third, despite being an open-world title, the game isn't too tough on hard drive space. It only requires about 25GB of space, which is about half of a typical, large title these days. That said, the art style also doesn't really require too many textures. Basically everything is colored by its lighting engine, because the environment is supposed to give a sterile feel.
Fourth, and more interesting, the game requires a heck of a lot of RAM. At a bare minimum, it requires 6GB of memory, which also means that it will not run on a 32-bit operating system. Their recommended RAM goes way up from there, requesting 16GB for that level of experience. Yes, RAM usage doesn't really correlate with assets, but that is almost the entire install size of the game, which (again) is 25GB. That's a lot, but it will hopefully cut down on the load times that people have been complaining about in the console pre-release builds. To be clear, I don't mind and it could be a very good thing, but it's definitely a noteworthy amount.
If you're interested, check out the various streams and videos that should be popping up. The full game arrives on the first full week of June.