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Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2015 - 07:07 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming
While just the first episode has been released, The iBook Guy is creating a series of videos that explains the limitations of “oldschool” graphics. When you have just a handful of kilobytes of RAM, it is impossible to even store a full-quality frame buffer that the TV requires, which means that something will need to be thrown away.
The first video talks about adding color to frames with tiling and sprites. Using just ~1K of RAM, software developers were able to define background colors on a tile-by-tile basis. This allowed “black and white” to be an arbitrary “foreground and background” combination, which could even vary from one tile to the next as long as each tile only used two colors. This concept is expanded on to allow four colors per tile at a slight reduction in resolution. The video then goes into sprites, and how they are used for movable actors atop the tiles.
Image Credit: The iBook Guy
I don't know when Part 2 will be published, but it seems like they release about once per week.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2015 - 08:44 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED
As CD Projekt Red promised before the game launched, The Witcher 3 received mod tools last week. This was done in partnership with Nexus Mods, allowing users to install and configure user content using the Nexus Mod Manager. Note that this only applies to mods that were created with the official mod kit, not any arbitrary mod that has been created since release.
CD Projekt Red has also provided four simple samples (serves you right for trying to read my news posts aloud) as a tutorial. “Witcher The Slav” retextures “Geralt's starting outfit”. “Fabulous Roach” modifies the meshes and textures that make up Geralt's horse. “Petard sWitcher”, and the more mundanely named Custom Equipment Sets Mod, each introduces game scripting concepts.
Go forth and mod.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2015 - 08:24 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft
Almost exactly a month ago, Windows 10 Build 10240 was released to both Fast and Slow. This build served as the milestone for an everyperson's operating system, and it gave OEMs something to validate drivers and software against. According to BuildFeed, the first known branches at that build number were compiled on July 9th.
Today, Windows Insiders on the Fast ring will receive Build 10525 when they next perform a Windows Update. This build was first compiled last week on August 12th, and it represents the first published milestone of the TH2 branch. It contains two new (advertised) features: extra color options for Windows UI elements and improvements to Windows 10 memory management.
I'll talk about Memory Manager first.
As Windows 10 builds were released, there was one where I noticed the System process begun to use a significant amount of RAM -- a whole gigabyte or two. I figured that this was a memory leak that would be fixed in a later build, so I put up with it. Some time later, I noticed that its usage would actually go up and down as I open or close applications. It was also never “fixed” before release.
It turns out that it was an intended feature.
When operating systems decide that a chunk of memory is unlikely to be used, they tend to push them to the hard drive. This could be an application that has been minimized for a while, or portions that were displaced by a big, RAM-hungry program. You will often see this when you switch programs. Sometimes, there's a program that's already open, albeit minimized, but it still takes a few seconds to pop up. This behavior is often because it was pushed out of system memory and Windows (or Mac, Linux, and so forth) wasn't prepared to abruptly fetch it again.
Now, system memory is big and cheap, and Windows is being installed on devices with small banks of flash storage and relatively fast processors. Microsoft now believes that it makes sense to cram old chunks of memory into a container, which resides in RAM, that is compressed (as opposed to just dumping it onto permanent storage). This occurs in the system process, which explains why it tends to inflate when you're doing a lot of things at once.
Build 10525 tweaks this feature a bit in undescribed ways. I could imagine that Microsoft cut development in the public branches to make it robust for Windows 10's launch. They now have an opportunity to point Insiders to the less tested branches.
I think this is interesting, and could make a lot of sense if they successfully manage data into their most efficient storage locations. I do notice that System tends to get large even when a lot of RAM is still available. For instance, I have 55% of my memory unallocated at this point, but System is about 1.2 GB large. There could be very good reasons for this, which might be something that my operating system would know better than I, but it might also be a sign that it's slightly over-aggressive. Maybe my system could benefit from a big, contiguous chunk of available memory, or maybe my PC is being unreasonably taxed. Who knows.
The other major feature is color management. While the three displayed toggles are available in 10240, the user is apparently now able to adjust more colors. Without installing 10525, I cannot figure out what those changes are, but Microsoft asserts that they're there.
If you register as a Windows Insider Fast Ring user, you can now receive 10525.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 18, 2015 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, xfx, XTR series, 550W
The XFX XTR 550W uses the Seasonic G-Series platform, a very popular choice for PSU sellers recently, with few tweaks to the overall design. The PSU is cooled by a 135mm fan and comes with two modified 8-pin PCIe connectors, six Molex connectors, and eight SATA connectors, all of which are modular. [H]ard|OCP strapped it into their torture room and fired it up for testing; the results of which, along with the reasonable pricing, resulted in this PSU picking up a Silver Award. Check out the specifics right here.
"XFX comes to us today with its new XTR series power supply weighing in at 550 watts. XFX is promoting "Super Efficiency and Quality Components," "Extreme Heat Tested Capacitors," and a "True Wattage Guarantee" that touts full power at above 50C operating temperatures. Sounds exactly like our kind of PSU!"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650 W @ techPowerUp
- DeepCool DQ750 EVO Quanta 750W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- SuperFlower Leadex Platinum 750W & Titanium 1000W @ eTeknix
- Raidmax Vampire RX-1000GH 1000W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Storage | August 18, 2015 - 02:20 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: XPoint, ssd, Optane, Intel, IDF 2015
Just three weeks ago, we reported 3D XPoint Technology. This was a 2-layer stack of non-volatile memory that couples the data retention of NAND flash memory with speeds much closer to that of DRAM.
The big question at that time was less about the tech and more about its practical applications. Ryan is out covering IDF, and he just saw the first publically announced application by Intel:
Intel Optane Technology is Intel’s term for how they are going to incorporate XPoint memory dies into the devices we use today. They intend to start with datacenter storage and work their way down to ultrabooks, which means that XPoint must come in at a cost/GB closer to NAND than to DRAM. For those asking specific performance figures after our earlier announcement, here are a couple of performance comparisons between an SSD DC P3700 and a prototype SSD using XPoint:
At QD=8, the XPoint equipped prototype comes in at 5x the performance of the P3700. The bigger question is how about QD=1 performance, as XPoint is supposed to be far less latent than NAND?
Yes, you read that correctly, that’s 76k IOPS at QD=1. That means only issuing the SSD one command at a time, waiting for a reply, and only then issuing another command. Basically the worst case for SSD performance, as no commands are stacked up in the queue to enable parallelism to kick in and increase overall throughput. For comparison, SATA SSDs have a hard time maintaining that figure at their maximum queue depths of 32.
Exciting to see a follow-on announcement so quickly after the announcement of the technology itself, but remember that Intel did state ‘2016’ for these to start appearing, so don’t put off that SSD 750 purchase just yet.
More to follow as we continue our coverage of IDF 2015!
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2015 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, thermaltake esports, black v2
The new Black V2 has the high quality OMRON switches common to gaming mice and has been upgraded to use an AVAGO laser sensor which allows you to increment your sensitivity in 100DPI increments up to 5700 DPI. It sports 7 programmable buttons all of which can be set to send macros, a total of 35 programmable macros across 5 profiles using the included software. The LEDs which illuminate the logo and indicate the current DPI sensitivity level can be turned on or off and apparently will change depending on how fast you are clicking if you enable Battle Mode. Five 4.5g weights allow you to modify how the mouse feels in your hand, not a bad set of features for a mouse under $60. Check out Mad Shrimps' full review to see what they thought of the Black V2.
"During our time with the Black V2, the product seemed quite responsive and comfortable, while the extra buttons can be accessed easily when in-game. The mouse was tested in multiple game genres and here we could count League of Legends, Echo of Soul, The Talos Principle, Serious Sam BFE but also GTA V; thanks to the new AVAGO sensor, the experience was accurate and if we feel that the default DPI steps are not for us in the current game, we can easily reconfigure them from the supplied application."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ozone Argon Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- ROCCAT NYTH Modular Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- AZIO EXO1-K Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
- Corsair Gaming STRAFE mechanical keyboard @ Kitguru
- Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus Review @ Techgage
- Cherry MX 6.0 Keyboard @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2015 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: super cookie, security
Congratulations, if you use Verizon, AT&T, Bell Canada, Bharti Airtel, Cricket, Telefonica de Espantilde;a, Viettel Peru S.a.c., Vodafone NL or Vodafone Spain as your provider your browsing is being tracked and there is nothing you can do about it. These providers have assigned your device a unique token which the provider injects into every HTTP request your device makes, the cookie is actually external to your device and so you have no way to remove it. You will see targeted ads based on your browsing no matter how many times you remove cookies or even factory reset your phone. Verizon has now made it an opt-out feature and The Register has been told that AT&T no longer injects the 'super cookie' into headers but based on businesses recent behaviour it is probably because they have found a better way to track you.
"At least nine telcos around the world are using so-called super-cookies to secretly monitor citizens' online behavior, according to a new study."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Seagate and pals form key-value hard-drive Kinetic gang @ The Register
- Samsung slaps Galaxy S6 Edge+ with eye-watering £750 price tag @ The Inquirer
- Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts @ The Register
- Qualcomm still supplies modem chips for next iPhone, sources claim @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft offers virtual Windows 10 for Edge browser development @ The Inquirer
- Multiple Vulnerabilities Exposed In Pocket @ Slashdot
- Sony α7R II, Cyber-shot RX10 II & Cyber-shot RX100 IV Launch @ Tech ARP
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 18, 2015 - 12:26 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Lian Li, ASUS ROG, mini-itx, enclosure, case, gaming
Lian Li has announced a new mini-ITX enclosure featuring ASUS ROG branding, and this compact gaming case supports full size power supplies and larger liquid coolers, though not everything will fit inside this tiny enclosure.
There are more than a couple of similarities to the NCASE M1, that crowdfunded mini-ITX enclosure that Lian Li built for NCASE, but the PC-Q17 doesn’t support dual-width liquid coolers the same way. Part of this has to do with the side window in this new case, essential to show off your diminutive gaming rig. So where does that 240mm radiator fit?
Not everyone will like having the cooler outside of the enclosure, but it’s nice that the case offers this functionality without having to modify it should you desire this level of CPU (or in the case of an AMD Fury X, GPU) cooling. For many a smaller air cooler could suffice, and as we can see from this build photo it does look very nice housing a complete system.
As usual no pricing or availability information accompanies this announcement.
Subject: Storage | August 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, Red Pro, hdd, Black, 6tb
It's been a while since Western Digital updated their Black series of HDDs, with their 4TB release taking place over two years ago. I'm happy to say that for those looking for a massive HDD suited for holding that enormous games folder too large to fit on your SSD, your wait is finally over, as today WD has updated the Black line to include 5TB and 6TB capacity units.
The Black series introduced that nifty dual stage actuator technology nearly five years ago, and has added a few more bells and whistles along the way. These new models include a 128MB cache and run on dual-core processors.
Along with that news also comes an update to their Red Pro series, which was also limited to 4TB in capacity when they launched last year. Red Pro models will now also include 5TB and 6TB units, so those wanting the most performance and lowest response time from their NAS can now also enjoy that performance at a 50% gain in capacity.
The new 6TB Red Pro also includes a 128MB cache and can peak at 214MB/sec (at the start of the disk). Also included in these is WD's NASware 3.0 firmware, which is specifically tuned to enable packs of these operating in packs while minimizing the effects of vibration on performance.
The 5TB Black comes in at $264 while the 6TB comes in at $294. The Red Pro's come at only an additional $5 over the Black, respectively (small price to pay for better compatibility with larger arrays). Both the Red Pro and Black carry a 5-year warranty.
Subject: Displays | August 17, 2015 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: video, monitor, mg279q, lcd, ips, freesync, display, asus, 90Hz, 2560x1440, 144hz, 1440p
The response to Al's review of the ASUS MG279Q was, to be polite, somewhat energetic. While not much was learned a lot of opinions were voiced and occasionally they were even on topic. The Tech Report, not dissuaded by the response just posted a 10 minute video offering their thoughts on the new Freesync technology in general and this monitor specifically. The Closed Caption feature offers some rather amusing translations of what is being said but you should pay attention to what is actually being said as the video offers a good overview of what FreeSync is.
"Asus' MG279Q is a 27" FreeSync monitor with a 144Hz, 2560x1440 IPS panel for an appealing price. Our own Gyromancer, Nathan Wasson, has spent some quality time with the MG279Q, and he's collected his impressions in video form."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Asus MG278Q FreeSync Game Monitor @ Kitguru
- BenQ GW2765HT @ Kitguru
- BenQ RL2755HM @ Kitguru
- SilverStone SST-MR01 Aluminium Monitor Riser @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2015 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10, sales
With the humorously tight margin between the release of the Windows RTM and the release date for the rest of the world it is not surprising that new laptops and desktops were not available with Windows 10 installed. All that changed the next week when there were actual machines available of which some were even purchased. According to the information given to The Register there were 150 machines sold in Europe and while they did not have exact numbers for the North American market it is not going to be significantly different. It looks like the new OS is not bringing the large surge in PC sales that companies were hoping for immediately, perhaps as more systems become available with new hardware we will start to see the increase.
"No PCs pre-loaded with Windows 10 made their way into distributors’ warehouses in the week before launch of the OS – but by golly, they did in seven days after the 'big event'."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Taking Back Control Of Windows 10 Updates @ Techgage
- Malformed .MOV files can murder your movies @ The Register
- Network flaw allows hackers to intercept calls and track location of 'billions' @ The Inquirer
- The Network Is Hostile @ Slashdot
- IBM makes 'biggest code drop' as Canonical and Suse tie-up brings better Linux to mainframes @ The Inquirer
- ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) Sneak Peek @ TechARP
- Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good @ The Register
Subject: Graphics Cards, Systems | August 17, 2015 - 11:00 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: NPD, gpu, discrete gpu, graphics, marketshare, PC industry
News from NPD Research today shows a sharp decline in discrete graphics shipments from all major vendors. Not great news for the PC industry, but not all that surprising, either.
These numbers don’t indicate a lack of discrete GPU interest in the PC enthusiast community of course, but certainly show how the mainstream market has changed. OEM laptop and (more recently) desktop makers predominantly use processor graphics from Intel and AMD APUs, though the decrease of over 7% for Intel GPUs suggests a decline in PC shipments overall.
Here are the highlights, quoted directly from NPD Research:
- AMD's overall unit shipments decreased -25.82% quarter-to-quarter, Intel's total shipments decreased -7.39% from last quarter, and Nvidia's decreased -16.19%.
- The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 137% which was down -10.82% from last quarter, and 26.43% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which is down -4.15%.
- The overall PC market decreased -4.05% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -10.40% year-to-year.
- Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -16.81% from last quarter.
An overall decrease of 10.4 % year-to-year indicates what I'll call the continuing evolution of the PC (rather than a decline, per se), and shows how many have come to depend on smartphones for the basic computing tasks (email, web browsing) that once required a PC. Tablets didn’t replace the PC in the way that was predicted only 5 years ago, and it’s almost become essential to pair a PC with a smartphone for a complete personal computing experience (sorry, tablets – we just don’t NEED you as much).
I would guess anyone reading this on a PC enthusiast site is not only using a PC, but probably one with discrete graphics, too. Or maybe you exclusively view our site on a tablet or smartphone? I for one won’t stop buying PC components until they just aren’t available anymore, and that dark day is probably still many years off.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2015 - 04:44 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: FMS 2015, silicon motion, SM2260, SM2256, SM2246EN, pcie, NVMe, ssd, controller
We’ve reviewed a few Silicon Motion SSDs in the past (Angelbird | Corsair Force LX | Crucial BX100), and I have always been impressed with their advances in SSD controller technology. Their SM2246EN SATA controller was launched two years ago, and strived to be a very efficient and performant unit. Based on our reviews that turned out to be true, and this allowed Silicon Motion to slide into the void left by SandForce, who repeatedly delayed their newer developments and forced the many companies who were sourcing their parts to look elsewhere.
The many SSDs using Silicon Motion’s SM2246EN controller.
Silicon motion pushed this further with their SM2256, which we first saw at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit and later saw driving SLC/TLC hybrid flash at this past Consumer Electronics Show. While the SM2256 makes its way into more and more products, I was glad to see an important addition to their lineup at this year’s FMS:
Finally we see Silicon Motion doing a PCIe controller! This is the SM2260, seen here in the M.2 form factor…
…and here in SATA Express. While the latter will likely not be as popular due to the more limited PCIe lanes present in SATA Express, I’m sure we will see this controller appearing in many PCIe devices very soon. The stated performance figures may be a bit shy of currently comparing SSDs like the Intel SSD 750 and Samsung SM951, but with the recent introduction of Z170 motherboards and RST PCIe RAID, it is now easier to RAID a smaller capacity pair of these devices, increasing the performance of slower units. Further, the point of the SM2260 is likely to get a low cost NVMe PCIe SSD controller into the hands of SSD makers, which can only mean good things for those looking to make the move away from SATA.
I’ve included Silicon Motion’s FMS press blast after the break.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2015 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z170-Deluxe, skylake-s, lga1151, Intel Z170, asus
Morry offered you a preveiw of the ASUS Z170 Deluxe and now [H]ard|OCP have posted their opinion of the new motherboard. One new feature you might not have realized was incorporated on this board involves the 5 fan headers, all are 4-pin PWM and can be controlled in the UEFI BIOS. As well there is a dedicated waterpump header that is defaulted to full power, another handy new feature. The plastic shrouds are striking and will make this board popular with modders and those with glass cases who like to show off. During their testing [H] tried to push their i7-6700k past 4.7GHz but could not do so, they will be looking to source additional chips to see what difference, if any, exists.
"Today we review ASUS’ new Z170-Deluxe which is based on the new Intel Z170 Chipset supporting Skylake processors. We overclock Skylake and push the Z170-Deluxe to its limits. We find out about this solid new motherboard platform and we have to say we come away impressed."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Review @ OCC
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ @ Kitguru
- MSI Z170A GAMING M7 @ eTeknix
- ASUS Z170-A Skylake Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z170A GAMING M7 @ TechPowerUp
- Intel Z170 Chipset Summary @ [H]ard|OCP
- GIGABYTE X99-SLI LGA 2011v3 @ [H]ard|OCP
- Biostar N3150NH Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Modders-Inc
- MSi 970A SLI Krait Edition @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2015 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, stagefright, Android, security
So it would seem that the patch which Google rolled out and carriers have been pushing OTA is not going to be the last that we hear of Stagefright as the patch is not all that effective. Stagefright is a vulnerability present on all 950 million devices running Android 2.2 to 5.1 and allows certain MMS to be able to execute code on your mobile device. The recently released patch does not completely ameliorate this vulnerability, an MMS can still cause the library to crash, most likely just preventing you from using the application but possibly allowing other attacks to occur.
Also of note is the monthly Android patches that Google is providing to various phone manufacturers who are supposed to be pushing them out. As many Android users will have noticed, up to and including the staff at The Register, you may not have seen the flawed patch yet, let alone the update for the patch.
"Google's security update to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in millions of Android smartphones is buggy – and a new patch is needed.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Full duplex! Bristol boffins demo Tx and Rx on the same frequency AT THE SAME TIME @ The Register
- Oracle claims Google has used Android to 'destroy' the Java market @ The Inquirer
- Automating Processes with Chef @ Linux.com
- NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things @ The Register
- Win a stunning Deepcool Tristellar case, 750W PSU and Liquid Cooler @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | August 13, 2015 - 08:12 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: FMS 2015, ssd, sata, SAS, pcie, NVMe, novachips, HLNAND, flash
It turns out Samsung wasn’t the only company to have 16TB SSDs at Flash Memory Summit after all:
Now that I’ve got your attention, Novachips is an SSD company that does not make their own flash, but I would argue that they make other peoples flash better. They source flash memory wafers and dies from other companies, but they package it in a unique way that enables very large numbers of flash dies per controller. This is handy for situations where very large capacities per controller are needed (either physically or logically).
Normally there is a limit to the number of dies that can communicate on a common bus (similar limits apply to DRAM, which is why some motherboards are picky with large numbers of DIMMs installed). Novachips gets around this with an innovative flash packaging method:
The 16-die stack in the above picture would normally just connect out the bottom of the package, but in the Novachips parts, those connections are made to a microcontroller die also present within the package. This part acts as an interface back to the main SSD controller, but it does so over a ring bus architecture.
To clarify, those 800 or 1600 MB/sec figures on the above slide are the transfer rates *per ring*, and Novachips controller is 8-channels, meaning the flash side of the controller can handle massive throughputs. Ring busses are not limited by the same fanout requirements seen on parallel addressed devices, which means there is no practical limit to the number of flash packages connected on a single controller channel, making for some outrageous amounts of flash hanging off of a single controller:
That’s a lot of flash on a single card (and yes, the other side was full as well).
The above pic was taken at last years Flash Memory Summit. Novachips has been making steady progress on controller development as well. Here is a prototype controller seen last year running on an FPGA test system:
…and this year that same controller had been migrated to an ASIC:
It’s interesting to see the physical differences between those two parts. Note that both new and old platforms were connected to the same banks of flash. The newer photo showed two complete systems – one on ONFi flash (IMFT Intel / Micron) and the other on Toggle Mode (Toshiba). This was done to demonstrate that Novachips HLNAND hardware is compatible with both types.
Novachips also had NVMe PCIe hardware up and running at the show.
Novachips was also showing some impressive packaging in their SATA devices:
At the right was a 2TB SATA SSD, and at the left was a 4TB unit. Both were in the 7mm form factor. 4TB is the largest capacity SSD I have seen in that form factor to date.
Novachips also makes an 8TB variant, though the added PCB requires 15mm packaging.
All of this means that it is not always necessary to have huge capacity per die to achieve a huge capacity SSD. Imagine very high capacity flash arrays using this technology, connecting a single controller to a bank of Toshiba’s new QLC archival flash or Samsung’s new 256Gbit VNAND. Then imagine a server full of those PCIe devices. Things certainly seem to be getting big in the world of flash memory, that’s for sure.
Even more Flash Memory Summit posts to follow!
Subject: General Tech, Displays | August 13, 2015 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
availability of the beta version of their GameWorks VR. As mentioned on this podcast, until now your GPU has treated the Oculus as a secondary monitor but with this update your graphics driver will directly talk to the Oculus as a separate device, which should help greatly with latency and development of the tricks and treats yet to be discovered when programming for this type of interface.
Tagged: nvidia, oculus rift, gameworks vr
NVIDIA's Gameworks VR, as well as AMD's LiquidVR will provide a platform for developers to program for the Oculus Rift as well as the competeing products from other companies. The new beta SDK from NVIDIA has been updated to support VR SLI and is compatible with the new 350.60 Game Ready drivers. Programmers working with the Maxwell architecture will benefit from Multi-Res Shading which should increase the performance of your current programs. Follow the links if you are interested in developing for Oculus, otherwise wait patiently for the day you can pre-order them.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2015 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: reeven, brontes, SFF
Reveen has not made a name for providing high end coolers for heavy overclockers, instead they focus on impressively short coolers for small systems. The Reeven Brontes, including the fan, is a mere 105x59x114mm (4.1x2.1x4.5") and a skinny 325g in weight. The heatsink will mount on any modern motherboard including the new LGA1151 and the PWM fan will allow you control over the speed if noise is a concern. Modders-Inc rather liked the cooler, sure it will not cool a CPU with a 140W TDP but can certainly handle low powered CPUs in SFF cases. One caveat, the 100mm may be hard to replace if it starts to have issues as it is not a common size.
"You cannot really judge how capable a CPU cooler is just by looking at it. If it well-made enough, even size can be deceptive which is good news for those who do not want the bulk of a tower style cooling solution and prefer to save some vertical space, although the question still remains."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Noctua NH-U9S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Core X1 ITX Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Xigmatek LOKI II CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- D-Cooling FI-REEX Deluxe @ techPowerUp
- SilverStone Tundra Series TD03-Lite AIO CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- EK Water Blocks L360 Liquid Cooling Review, Wild Water! @ Bjorn3d
- Fractal Design Define S tower @ HardwareOverclock
- Zalman Z11 NEO Case Review: Value vs Features @ Modders-Inc
- Cooltek RM1 @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Node 202 Enclosure Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2015 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, Galaxy S6 Edge+
We all knew it was coming and now we have the official information on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ from Samsung. It is as Edge-y as the non-plus model and sports the same 5.7in 1440x2560 QHD Super AMOLED dual screen. As you would expect there is a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 inside, using the same 14nm process but the RAM has been upped to 4GB from the previous 3GB. The metal and glass housing is similar to the Edge but discerning eyes should still be able to tell you forked over money to upgrade to the newest model. The Inquirer has some of the press release here but don't watch the full release video as it is only slightly less terrible than last years horror show from Blackberry.
"SAMSUNG HAS SURPRISED NOBODY with the unveiling of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the firm's latest smartphone for big-handed folk."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Preparing System Image for Windows 10 Upgrade @ Benchmark Reviews
- Twitter EMBIGGENS users' inboxes to THOUSANDS of CHARACTERS @ The Register
- Thirty five Flash Player holes plugged (and there's one quick fix) @ The Register
- Microsoft: Surface hub will ship from January 1, 2016 @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2015 - 01:14 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, amd, nvidia, GTX 970, Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition, dx12, 3dfx, voodoo 3, Intel, SSD 750, NVMe, Samsung, R9 Fury, Fiji, gtx 950
PC Perspective Podcast #362 - 08/13/2015
Join us this week as we discuss Benchmarking a Voodoo 3, Flash Media Summit 2015, Skylake Delidding and more!
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