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Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2015 - 10:48 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: libreoffice 5, LibreOffice
On the same day that Intel released Skylake for mainstream enthusiasts, The Document Foundation has published LibreOffice 5.0. This version brings a 64-bit version for Windows, which is another baby-step in the application's trend toward performance and stability improvements. There doesn't seem to be too many features to point to, besides new branding images, but it's the first release in their 5.0 branch. It is also numbered 5.0.5 because pre-releases don't want us to have nice things.
Despite having a supported 64-bit version, the 32-bit x86 build is still default when you go to the download page. If you manually select the x86-64 version's installer, it will erase previous, standard installs of LibreOffice 4 x86. I'm not sure if selecting a custom folder will change that, in case you wanted side-by-side installs for some reason, but it is also nice that the installer cleans up the previous version.
You can download it for free from their site. You will need to scroll down for the 64-bit version.
Subject: Motherboards | August 5, 2015 - 09:32 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: XPower Titanium, Skylake, msi, motherboards, LGA 1151, Intel Z170
We've heard news of Z170 motherboards from a couple of vendors today, but how many of them can claim a silver motherboard? If you guessed none you'd be correct - until this moment, that is.
Feast your eyes on the all new MSI XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard, a silver ATX design featuring the new Intel Z170 chipset. While this board is obviously rather new it already has the distinction of holding the highest DDR4 overclock to date (a fact which seems not to have escaped MSI's attention).
In addition to apparently overclocking memory rather well the XPower Titanium also features:
- OC DASHBOARD: On-the-fly overclocking
- Twin Turbo M.2 64Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready
- GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel
- Audio Boost 3, Nahimic Audio Enhancer
- Game Boost: 8 levels of easy overclocking
- GAMING Hotkey: Assign macros, launch your favorite games or do real-time overclocking using a single button
- XSplit Gamecaster v2.5: 1 year free premium license
- Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
- MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots
The name of the new motherboard might have something to do with the Military Class 5 titanium chokes, but there's no mistaking the look of this board which will provide a fresh option for new builds. Options like this keep rolling in, and it's going to be a very busy rest of the summer!
Subject: Motherboards | August 5, 2015 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z170, lga1151, gigabyte
Gigabyte have launched their Z170 series of LGA1151 motherboard and you have quite a few to choose from. The 10 motherboards that are being released are the GA-Z170X-UD5, GA-Z170X-UD3, GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, GA-Z170X-Gaming 5, GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, GA-Z170X-Gaming G1, GA-Z170XP-SLI, GA-Z170-HD3P, GA-Z170M-D3H and GA-Z170-HD3. All the boards have differences of course, but let Gigabyte's PR explain to you the similarities.
City of Industry, California, August 5th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today its new 100 series motherboards based on the Intel Z170 chipset with support for Intel’s new 6th Gen. Core processor. This updated platform marks a new era for the desktop PC with the continued support of DDR4, introduction of USB 3.1 over the new Type-C connector, as well as an array of onboard features and technologies that lets the user unleash the full power of their PC.
"We are very excited to launch our new 100 series motherboards based on Intel’s new Z170 chipset here at Gamescom in Germany, ” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We know everyone has been eagerly waiting for this, so we made sure our 100 series motherboards are packed with features which will make them stand out and provide the best possible experience from the latest 6th Gen. Core CPU from Intel.”
GIGABYTE 100 Series Motherboards
With the 100 series, GIGABYTE offers three motherboard segments to satisfy everyone’s specific needs. The Ultra Durable caters to users looking for a board that has long lasting, high quality components while the G1 Gaming targets gamers that demand cutting edge audio and graphics performance, and with the SOC Force GIGABYTE is bringing a solution for those who are looking to push their hardware performance off the charts. GIGABYTE brings a series of features that won’t let anyone down.
Intel 6th Gen. Core CPUs and Z170 Chipset
With its new 6th Gen. Core CPUs and Z170 chipset, Intel provides notable improvements over the previous generation and revolutionary new features such as support for Windows 10 and DirectX 12, the latest and greatest operating system and API from Microsoft which are both supported natively on GIGABYTE motherboards. Additionally, the new LGA 1151 socketed 14nm CPU from Intel brings both DDR4 and DDR3 support as well as enough power to support up to 3 independent digital displays and enhanced full range BCLK overclocking!
Subject: Motherboards | August 5, 2015 - 03:30 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Z170-Deluxe, motherboards, LGA 1151, Intel Z170, deluxe, asus
We previously reported news of the new Maximus lineup for the Z170 platform, but ASUS had more to announce today.
The new signature motherboard lineup (click here for the full comparison chart) includes new Z170 versions of the familiar models from previous chipsets, and they have specifically detailed quite a bit about their new high-end Z170-Deluxe model.
The Z170-Deluxe is crammed with proprietary goodies such as:
5-Way Optimization: "The unbeatable combination of automated overclocking, advanced fan controls, enhanced efficiency, digital power and per-app performance profiles"
ASUS Pro Clock: "A dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors that allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to 400MHz"
Water Pump Header: "Self-contained and custom water cooling systems now have a dedicated fan header to connect to that provides the required 1A of power for both DC- or PWM-controlled pumps"
Dual PCIe M.2 x4: "The Hyper M.2 x4 card supports a full range of M.2 lengths up to 22110, while providing flexibility to install M.2 drives away from heat-generating sources"
USB 3.1: "With both Type A and Type C USB 3.1 ports onboard, the Z170-Deluxe is capable of handling current...as well as up-and-coming devices"
Crystal Sound 3, Intel Ethernet & Turbo LAN: "Pairing best-in-class integrated audio with low-latency networking on both hardware and software fronts"
And the Deluxe also features advanced cooling capability, with onboard headers individually controllable by assigment to different temp diodes on the motherboard. (The board also supports the awesome-looking "ASUS Fan Extension card" which I feel strangely compelled to purchase - depending on price of course).
Lastly, what modern motherboard would be complete without full RGB lighting? If you said "no motherboard is complete without that!" then you won't be disappointed. The Z170-Deluxe, like the Maximus series, contains just this kind of lighting:
"All the Z170 Signature Series motherboards have a 256-color LED that lets users customize the lighting of their builds. This LED can also be set to reflect the CPU temperature or pulse to the beat of the music playing through the system."
The Z170-Deluxe and the rest of the Signature motherboards are said to be available immediately, so keep checking your favorite outlets as they are gradually appearing for sale.
Subject: Processors | August 5, 2015 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sunrise point, Skylake, Intel, ddr4, Core i7-6700K, core i7, 6700k, 14nm
By now you have read through Ryan's review of the new i7-6700 and the ASUS Z170-A as well as the related videos and testing, if not we will wait for you to flog yourself in punishment and finish reading the source material. Now that you are ready, take a look at what some of the other sites thought about the new Skylake chip and Sunrise Point chipset. For instance [H]ard|OCP managed to beat Ryan's best overclock, hitting 4.7GHz/3600MHz at 1.32v vCore with some toasty but acceptable CPU temperatures. The full review is worth looking for and if some of the rumours going around are true you should take H's advice, if you think you want one buy it now.
"Today we finally get to share with you our Intel Skylake experiences. As we like to, we are going to focus on Instructions Per Clock / IPC and overclocking this new CPU architecture. We hope to give our readers a definitive answer to whether or not it is time to make the jump to a new desktop PC platform."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel's Core i7-6700K 'Skylake' @ The Tech Report
- Asus' Z170-A motherboard @ The Tech Report
- Intel Core i7-6700K & i5-6600K Skylake CPU @ Kitguru
- Asus Maximus VIII Hero @ Kitguru
- A Preview Of Intel’s First Skylake Processors & Z107 Chipset @ Techgage
- Intel Core I7 6700K Review, Skylake is Falling! @ Bjorn3d
- Intel 6th Generation Core i7 6700K Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2015 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Star Wars Battlefront, gaming
Thankfully a lineup will not be the problem as you will only be able to upgrade to a hero ship by locating a specific power-up present on the map, one hopes there is some randomness to this as otherwise both teams are likely to ignore each other as they battle their teammates to get to the power-up first. There will be two main ship types, the X-Wing and TIE Fighters which have traditionally been the dogfighters and are likely to focus on energy weaponry with limited missile capability. The TIE Interceptor and A-Wing are traditionally faster vehicles intended for scouting or rapid assaults using the A-Wing's concussion missile or the additional laser cannons present on the Interceptor.
According to the links from Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN the rebels will be able to temporarily generate shielding while the Imps will have what is effectively a turbo boost which should vary the tactics used depending on which team you play. Check out the trailer below for a teaser.
"Twenty players will soar through the skies shouting “Zwap! Zwap!” and making noises like a trumpeting elephant driving a car on wet pavement (true story) in Star Wars Battlefront, backed up by more AI ships, in the newly-announced Fighter Squadron mode."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ten Minutes Of Waaagh: Total War – Warhammer In-Game Footage @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Shadow of Mordor Performance: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux @ Phoronix
- Benchmarking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor On Linux @ Phoronix
- Endless Space 2 Announced, First Trailer Released @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Steam survey shows Windows 10 usage is double Linux usage @ HEXUS
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Has A Real Nice Tree Sculpture @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- We've played Dark Souls 3 @ Polygon
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2015 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yet another version of the hoverboard has appeared but once again it is of very limited usefulness. This particular model appeared in a car commercial and did not require any special effects, just a lot of money and liquid nitrogen. By implanting $100,000's of magnets in an area and filling a board containing a pair of powerful magnets which are cooled to superconductivity with liquid nitrogen you can indeed hover for about 10 minutes or so. After that time you will need to top up the LN2 as the boards magnets will gain enough heat to lose their superconducting magnetic levitation. The cost to run it does give a better ride than the Hendo board but also requires a much steeper investment. Still, hoverboard! Check out videos and more via Hack a Day.
"It is definitely real: the Jalopnik writer got to ride it himself, and described it as “Unbelievably difficult yet at the same time unbelievably cool, both because you’re levitating and because the board is filled with magnets more than 300 degrees below zero“."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- LibreOffice 5.0 Released @ Slashdot
- How To Make Your Linux Server More Secure @ Linux.com
- Microsoft offers Windows 'Outlook on the web' users a new look @ The Inquirer
- Seagate flaunts 4TB-ish enterprise SAS flash that can shift 1.5GB/s @ The Register
- John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap @ The Register
Subject: Motherboards | August 5, 2015 - 10:44 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Skylake, Maximus VIII, LGA 1151, Intel Z170, ASUS ROG, asus
The 6th-generation Intel Core processors and Z170 chipset are here, and to support Skylake for the enthusiast ASUS has added three new motherboards to their Republic of Gamers ‘Maximus’ lineup: The Maximus VIII Hero, Maximus VIII Ranger, and Maximus VIII Gene.
For those unfamiliar, ASUS includes just about everything (possibly including the kitchen sink, I haven't seen the exact box contents yet) in these Maximus boards, and calling them feature-rich would be an understatement. In addition to the premium construction and overclocking focus there is now a greater emphasis on ease-of-use, with feaures inherited from the company's signature series motherboards. This "5-Way Optimization" includes "all of the enhancements enjoyed by ASUS signature motherboards...complete with award-winning automated overclocking and unmatched fan controls".
There are interesting additions to the new Z170 Maximus lineup, including customizable RGB LED lighting, which can be set to change color based on CPU temperature or “pulsate in time to the beat of your favorite tunes”. Who doesn’t want their motherboard to do that?
The micro-ATX variant: ASUS Maximus VIII Gene
While silent PC enthusiasts might not think aabout a motherboard that's engineered for overclocking performance, fan headers and speed control are a focus with the lineup. In addtion to what's installed on the motherboard ASUS is offering this nice little accessory (as a separate purchase) connects to a header on the motherboard to add an additional three PWM fans with full control.
The ultimate accessory for the enclosure enthusiast? I think so
You could already create some very quiet system builds with Maximus motherboards and the option of adding additional fans with a "Fan Extension card" is a thoughtful one.
The Maximus VIII Hero, Maximus VIII Ranger, and Maximus VIII Gene will be available immediately from the usual retailers, and ASUS states that “other Maximus VIII models will arrive soon”. Pricing was not immediately available at time of publication but I would assume this will mirror that of the existing Maximum VII lineup as in past generations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 4, 2015 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 980 Ti, asus, msi, gigabyte, evga, GTX 980 Ti G1 GAMING, GTX 980 Ti STRIX OC, GTX 980 Ti gaming 6g
If you've decided that the GTX 980 Ti is the card for you due to price, performance or other less tangible reasons you will find that there are quite a few to choose from. Each have the same basic design but the coolers and frequencies vary between manufacturers, as do the prices. That is why it is handy that The Tech Report have put together a round up of four models for a direct comparison. In the article you will see the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC+, Gigabyte's GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming, MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G and the ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti OC Edition. The cards are not only checked for basic and overclocked performance, there is also noise levels and power consumption to think about, so check out the full review.
"The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is pretty much the fastest GPU you can buy.The aftermarket cards offer higher clocks and better cooling than Nvidia's reference design. But which one is right for you?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G @ [H]ard|OCP
- Maxwell Hits The Workstation: NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
- NVIDIA's Tegra X1 Delivers Stunning Performance On Ubuntu Linux @ Phoronix
- The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux @ Phoronix
- Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G D5 Review, Playing With Nitro @ Bjorn3d
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2015 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: obsidian 750d, corsair, airflow edition, AF140L
The king sized Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition Enclosure that was spotted at Computex 2015 has just arrived on [H]ard|OCP's testbench. At 560x235x546mm (22x9.3x21.5") it can hold everything from an XL-ATX motherboard down to a mini-ITX, or perhaps several if you are inventive enough. The Airflow moniker is deserved, a pair of from mounted 120 or 140mm fans, three 120mm or two 140mm on top, another two 120mm on the bottom and a single 120 or 140mm fan on the back does indeed add up to a lot of airflow. [H]ard|OCP also had no issues installing radiators for watercooling, there is a lot of space in this case! They awarded the case a Silver but do point out the value conscious consumer could get almost the exact same performance with the original 750D and high airflow kit for a few dollars less.
"It's big. It's black. In fact it's "Obsidian!" Corsair's new 750D computer case is actually all steel and brushed aluminum, not volcanic rock. Corsair's take on the 750D Airflow Series is that it is easy to build in and has all the features you need rather than a plethora of bells and whistles that only look good on a spec sheet. "
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- anidees AI7m @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Core V21 Mini-ITX/Mini-ATX PC Case Review @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Node 202 @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Tundra TD02-E Watercooler Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Reeven Four Eyes Touch (RFC-03) Fan Controller Review: Look, and DO Touch @ Modders-Inc
- Bitfenix Alchemy LED Strip Review: Modding Made Easy @ Modders-Inc
- Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- REEVEN Okeanos RC-1402 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2015 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, scary, iot
Likely you caught at least one news story on the remotely disabled Jeep recently, with the attackers able to control system ranging from annoying to life threatening. If that didn't rustle your jimmies, how about a drug infusion system used in hospitals which can be remotely controlled? It is not just that the pump can be used to cut off or overdose a patient on drugs, it is the abysmal security that was put onto the pump. Both telnet and FTP ports were left wide open, two very popular and effective routes into systems you shouldn't necessarily be in and port 8443 which the system uses shipped with a generic password which, like SOHO routers everywhere, was never changed after the pump was installed. Overall an inexcusable affront to those who think about security and a terrifying glimpse into the utter incompetence of providers of devices which were never network connected until recently. You can read more about the Hospira horror story at The Register.
"The US Food and Drug Administration has told healthcare providers to stop using older drug infusion pumps made by medical technology outfit Hospira – because they can be easily hacked over a network."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Tech Report Podcast 182: Something happened
- Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July @ The Register
- Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software @ The Register
- Supercapacitors take the heat @ Nanotechweb
- iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources @ DigiTimes
- Installing Android Apps on Linux with ARChon @ Linux.com
- Downloading Satellite Images via FM Radio @ Hack a Day
- OS X zero-day flaw leaves Mac users open to hackers @ The Inquirer
- Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review @ Madshrimps
- KitGuru visit Cooler Master HQ in Eindhoven
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Memory | August 3, 2015 - 08:10 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: corsair, dd4, ddr3l, memory, PSU, hydro, h100, H100i GTX, H110, H110i GTX
Skylake is coming up, with rumors pointing to a release at Gamescom in Germany, which is August 5th through August 9th. Beyond seeing the retail packaging, we are beginning to see to companies open up about how their products relate to the new architecture and chipset.
Corsair put up a blog post a few days ago to explain how their memory, water coolers, and power supplies interact with Skylake and Z170. On the PSU side, nothing has changed since Haswell. In terms for memory, DDR3L is supported with Skylake under certain motherboards, but users should look to DDR4.
None of the above should be new information.
What might be new information, though, is that Skylake supports existing LGA-1150 cooler mounts. This means that the Corsair Hydro series of sealed CPU liquid coolers will support Skylake without modification. This is where Corsair's blog stops but, knowing Intel's typical release structure, this likely means that the story will not change for Kaby Lake or Cannonlake, either. These three architectures are expected to use the same socket, which should mean the cooler is the same too.
So your aftermarket cooler should have quite a bit of legs, even with the stock mounts.
Subject: Processors | August 3, 2015 - 10:58 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Skylake, leak, Intel, i7-6700K, Core i7-6700K
Leaked photos of what appear to be the full retail box version of the upcoming Intel Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K "Skylake" unlocked CPU have appeared on imgur, making the release of these processors feel ever closer.
Is this really the new box graphic for the unlocked i7?
While the authenticity of these photos can't be verified through any official channel, they certainly do look real. We have heard of Skylake leaks - a.k.a. Skyleaks - for a while now, and the rumors point to an August release for these new LGA 1151 chips (sorry LGA 1150 motherboard owners!).
Looks real. But we do live in a Photoshop world...
We only have about four weeks to wait at the most if an August release is, in fact, imminent. If not, I blame Jeremy for getting our hopes up with terms like Skyleak™. I encourage you to direct all angry correspondence to his inbox.
These boxes are very colorful (or colourful, if you will)
Chart taken from WCCFTech
The pricing of the top i7 part at $316 would be a welcome reduction from the current $339 retail of the i7-4790K. Now whether the 6700K can beat out that Devil's Canyon part remains to be seen. Doubtless we will have benchmarks and complete coverage once any official release is made by Intel for these parts.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | August 2, 2015 - 05:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: maker, fallout 4, DIY
Yvo de Haas, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, Netherlands, creates props, robots, and other objects as a hobby. Previous creations include a joystick-controlled turret from Portal, GLaDOS, and a Fallout 3-style Pip-Boy.
The latest project was a Fallout 4-style Pip-Boy that accepts a smartphone, with an LG Nexus 5 shown in the demo video, above. It also contains a (non-functioning) cassette player at the top, which take Fallout-style tapes... so unfortunately you cannot pretend that your Vault Dweller is obsessed with Thriller. This model is currently available on the website for anyone with time and access to a 3D printer. The work is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution ShareAlike, so you can use and modify the model however you like, as long as you share your alterations in a similar fashion (and assuming that you also don't violate Bethesda's trademarks in any way -- even though Haas' license permits commercial usage, Bethesda won't).
A second model (the “Accurate version”) is still in progress. This one is supposedly intended to be used with an embedded computer like a Raspberry Pi. It sounds like you will need to install a bare display and other components to make it work, but that will probably be more clear when it is published.
Subject: Motherboards | August 1, 2015 - 11:54 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: X99, MicroATX, asus
The X99-M WS combines the Haswell-E platform with extra certification for workstation computers, and it does so in a microATX form factor. The WS line goes through extra QA against a variety of accessories and add-in boards, which should lead to less situations where something like a user's wants to install two different video capture cards in their system, but ends up getting random blue screens.
As expected, the motherboard uses the X99 chipset, which allows Core i7 and Xeon processors with up two eighteen cores. It can accept up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, which can be aligned in a quad-channel formation. It allows dual graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA, even though it has three PCIe 3.0 lanes. I assume this is because a dual-slot graphics card would cover up the third x16 bus -- this is a microATX motherboard, after all.
Beyond being a small, workstation-certified motherboard, it also has USB 3.1 (which brings 10 Gbps of bandwidth to external devices). This is obviously useful for external storage, and that has a lot of uses for workstation applications.
The ASUS X99-M is available now for $279.99 MSRP. It is currently listed on Newegg at $275.99 with a three year warranty, but I cannot find an official warranty listing from ASUS to confirm that.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2015 - 10:55 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, esports, valve, DOTA, DOTA 2, asus, ASUS ROG
Each year, Valve Software puts on a giant DOTA2 tournament where teams compete for literally millions of dollars. As of this writing, the prize pool currently sits at $17.9 million USD, which is divided between a 6.5 million USD first place prize, down to just under $54,000 USD for 13th through 16th place. Granted, these are per-team prizes, so individual players and their organizations will split the earnings from there how they see fit. It will take place between August 3rd and end with the Grand Finals on August 8th.
Last year, the event was broadcast on ESPN3. While it does not seem to be mentioned on the official website, although the online streaming WatchESPN is listed, ESPN's calendar has The International on its ESPN3 calendar for all six days. That said, you could always watch it online like you obviously watch every episode of the PC Perspective podcast. Right? Live and participating in the chat?
You can also check out an ASUS RoG contest at the JoinDOTA website. The top prize is an ROG G751 Gaming Laptop, a mouse with mousepad, and t-shirt. Second prize gets the mouse, mousepad, and t-shirt. Third and fourth place gets a different mouse (without a mousepad) and a t-shirt. Fifth place has been there, done that, but only gets a t-shirt.
And for the rest of us, maybe someone will snap a picture of a Valve workstation while they're aren't looking... again.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2015 - 10:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Cherry MX, alps, topre, model m, model f
Purchasing an expensive gaming peripheral is a bit daunting, especially when it (mostly) comes down to how it feels. In these cases, we cannot resort to benchmarks or any other form of objective score. Instead, we need to classify and describe the attributes of each type of keyboard, letting our readers narrow down their choices by saying, “if you like this, choose from these”.
A couple of days ago, PC Gamer published a breakdown of many types of switches, including a few different types of Alps-style brands. They have force curves for each featured switch, which is challenging to find outside of the Cherry MX brand (as few other companies publish their own that I know of). They also write a short paragraph for each switch to explain what type of use and user they are for, which (as I've said) is the metric that matters most.
For the Cherry MX switches, they have animations to show how they operate from the side, which will give you clues to how it operates. They have been floating around the internet for a while. KeyboardLover is claiming that “Lethal Squirrel” created them before 2011. These animations give a visual explanation for what linear, tactile, and clicky means, to help you imagine how these attributes feel.
Also, of course, we published our own article back in December. Our article includes our own Cherry MX switch animations. They're not quite as good quality as the other ones, but they include synchronized side-on and rear-on cycles. The animations were originally made for a Rosewill keyboard roundup back in early 2012.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 1, 2015 - 07:31 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, maxwell, gtx 960, gtx 950 ti, gtx 950
A couple of sites are claiming that NVIDIA intends to replace the first-generation GeForce GTX 750 Ti with more Maxwell, in the form of the GeForce GTX 950 and/or GTX 950 Ti. The general consensus is that it will run on a cut-down GM206 chip, which is currently found in the GTX 960. I will go light on the rumored specifications because this part of the rumor is single-source, from accounts of a HWBattle page that has been deleted. But for a general ballpark of performance, the GTX 960 has a full GM206 chip while the 950(/Ti) is expected to lose about a quarter of its printed shader units.
The particularly interesting part is the power, though. As we reported, Maxwell was branded as a power-efficient version of the Kepler architecture. This led to a high-end graphics cards that could be powered by the PCIe bus. According to these rumors, the new card will require a single, 8-pin power connector on top of the 75W provided by the bus. This has one of two interesting implications that I can think of.
- The 750 Ti did not sell for existing systems as well as anticipated, or
- The GM206 chip just couldn't hit that power target and they didn't want to make another die
Whichever is true, it will be interesting to see how NVIDIA brands this if/when the card launches. Creating a graphics card for systems without available power rails was a novel concept and it seemed to draw attention. That said, the rumors claim they're not doing it this time... for some reason.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, Corsair Link Digital, Corsair Link, corsair
Quick Note: This update does not support “the original Corsair Commander”. If your system uses that internal peripheral, then you should wait for a later version.
About two weeks ago, I decided to purchase and install a Corsair H100i GTX cooler in my system. While it runs quiet and keeps temperatures decently low by default, the device supports Corsair Link to re-balance the fans and pump, as well as change the color of the LEDs in the Corsair logo. For the record, my cooler will be staying on default white, although I can see people with existing color schemes wishing to match or contrast them, and it is great that Corsair provides that functionality.
At the time, it was not compatible with Windows 10. The operating system blocked the application's attempt to run, and even pushed notifications to my desktop to let me know it can't do that, Dave... I mean Scott. I changed the file name and was able to get the system tray notification to work, but entering the windowed interface caused it to crash.
As of July 28th, Corsair released a fixed version that runs on Windows 10. Corsair Link 3.2.5676 is available from their website, but it did not seem to get much publicity. Part of this might be because, by the time the general public got a hold of Windows 10, which started the next day, Corsair already had functional software out. Still, if you were a Windows Insider and you are still waiting for a compatible version? It came out last Tuesday.
Subject: Processors | July 31, 2015 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: iris pro, Broadwell, linux, i7-5775C
The graphics core of new CPUs used to have issues on Linux at launch but recently this has become much less of an issue. The newly released Iris Pro on the 5770C follows this trend as you can see in the benchmarks at Phoronix. The OpenGL performance is a tiny bit slower overall on Linux, apart from OpenArena, but not enough to ruin your gaming experience. With a new kernel on the horizon and a community working with the new GPU you can expect the performance gap to narrow. Low cost gaming on a Linux machine becomes more attractive every day.
"Resulting from the What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See and The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10, here are our first benchmarks comparing the performance of Microsoft's newly released Windows 10 Pro x64 against Fedora 22 when looking at the Intel's OpenGL driver performance across platforms."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Core i7 5775C Review @ OCC
- Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux @ Phoronix
- Intel "Broadwell" Core i7 5775C Review @HiTech Legion
- Comparing The Power/Performance Of A NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C @ Phoronix