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Subject: Systems | September 14, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: xps 12, thunderbolt 3, Surface Pro, dell
So Microsoft got a form factor right when they designed the Surface and Surface Pro tablets. The concept is basically a tablet with a kickstand that can be attached magnetically to a keyboard at the bottom. We are seeing a few OEMs do their own versions, although some question whether it is imitation or a license from Microsoft.
Image Credit: Giga
One such device is the Dell XPS 12, and it has some fairly interesting components according to a leak from Giga. This tablet has a 4K screen with 400 nits of brightness, which is useful for outdoor viewing. It is supposedly compatible with the Dell Active Stylus. This pen apparently has good reviews, but it takes AAAA batteries (not a typo). They might be difficult to find when you need them once every two to three months. The keyboard is backlit, but I'm not sure if it can be used as a cover.
The most interesting addition is Thunderbolt 3, though. The standard uses the USB Type-C connector and supports 40 Gbps along with several other features. We don't know what processor it will use, but Skylake seems likely even though it's not required for Thunderbolt 3. It would seem silly to have new technology paired with older processors though, unless they had a surplus of something.
The Dell XPS 12 is rumored to launch in October, but nothing official and no pricing yet.
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | September 13, 2015 - 08:53 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, Steam Controller, steam
As far as I can tell, this video is not from a larger organization. I sent OMGChad a tweet to verify that he was at PAX as an independent YouTube personality, but I didn't get a response. I couldn't recognize the intro bumper, and it didn't seem to be in use on any of his other videos, or any other PAX video that I could find, but it seemed like a significant amount of work for a one-off. If someone in the comments knows anything, be sure to leave a note.
Update, Sept 14th, 2015: OMGChad has just responded to my tweet. He was there "for myself and @MindcrackLP". Again, it's a minor point, but it's something that I should get correct if possible.
As for the story, OMGChad talks with Robin Walker, the man who takes responsibility for all the hats in TF2, about the Steam Controller in Alienware's booth at PAX Prime 2015. After several delays, the input device is scheduled to launch on November 10th (which will be a busy day apparently). It has changed significantly over time, with early prototypes even playing around with a touch screen. The two touch pads, while markers on them have changed from concentric rings to a cross on the left and nothing on the right, were relatively close to their original concept.
Robin Walker goes over the main design decisions and what rationale led to them. For instance, the reason for the grips on the back is because they found that people were taking their thumbs off of the view stick for just a couple of actions, such as reload or “use”. He also discusses the dual-stage triggers, which have a button at the end for secondary actions (like a nitro boost at the end of your throttle). It is somewhat expected that a representative for a company selling a controller would highlight what makes their product unique, but it's nice to have that extra behind-the-scenes insight.
The Steam Controller will launch on November 10th for $49.99 USD ($59.99 CDN). There was an option to pre-order to get it early, but the early batch is over so -- let's be honest -- you don't need me to tell you what you already did.
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2015 - 04:14 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: starcraft 2, pc gaming, legacy of the void, blizzard
It has been more than five years since Wings of Liberty was released, which itself was a long-awaited continuation of the StarCraft story. The first game and its expansion had their narrative cut into six episodes, three each, that were released all at once. The three episodes of StarCraft II, on the other hand, were decoupled into the original game and two follow-ups. The third and final one, which focuses on the Protoss, will arrive on November 10th, 2015.
Representatives from Blizzard have said, multiple times, that Legacy of the Void will wrap up the story arc for the main characters. The story may continue, but we should get a solid conclusion. The release date announcement came with a cinematic trailer, above, showing the Protoss holding off against the Zerg. There doesn't seem to be much story in it at first glance, but Blizzard is quite subtle about meanings. Some questions, like who exactly they are fighting and why, might be addressed in the story.
So that's what it looks like to them...
This announcement aligned with the finals of WCS Season 3, which is the last season before Blizzcon. Apart from the two sister tournaments in South Korea, GSL and SSL, there is just one Blizzard-counted tournament remaining, which is DreamHack Open in Stockholm, Sweden. WCS Season 3 was won by Lilbow, a Protoss player from France, which propels him from 18th place to
at most 8th Update Sept 13th @ 8:40pm ET (Part of the points were already accounted for apparently): 13th, minus a few positions once everyone's points are accounted for. Since the top 16 make it to the year's global finals at Blizzcon, this is enough buffer room to guarantee a spot at the tournament.
Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2015 - 06:30 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, CyanogenMod, cyanogen, cortana
A few months ago, Cyanogen and Microsoft have agreed to bring some of the latter's services into the former's distribution of Android. While apps like Skype and OneNote will likely be the same experience as if the user just downloaded the apps directly, other Microsoft services could benefit from a tighter integration, such as OneDrive -- although we don't have any news on that front.
Another example is Cortana, and Cyanogen's CEO has just announced that the digital assistant is coming to the next version of Cyanogen OS. One of the distribution's goals is to create a version of Android that is not reliant upon Google's services, which initially sounds like they aim to eliminate these low-level services. With this announcement, it sounds more like they just want to inject third parties in its place, with Microsoft being at least the early partner.
This is a definite win for Microsoft on the services side of things. While I'm sure that many fans of the corporation believe that Microsoft is watering down their ecosystem, the company no longer views their software platform as the bounds of their market share. This deal is clearly acceptable to them, because they made it.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2015 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, cooler master, CM Storm Pitch Pro, gaming headset
Cooler Master's CM Storm Pitch Pro earbuds come with a bit more options than many others that are for sale, the splitter and airplane connector are good inclusions for the traveller. They use 10mm neodymium drivers which will have some trouble with bass but are about as big as is feasible for inserting into your ears. As you might expect, Kitguru was not overly impressed with the inline microphone though it is certainly good enough for casual usage. Check out their reveiw here.
"Back in 2013, Cooler Master launched the CM Storm Pitch gaming ear buds and at the time, they were positively received, we even gave them our ‘WORTH BUYING’ award. Now here we are two years later with Cooler Master launching the revamped CM Storm Pitch Pro ear buds. Are they worth a purchase?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Tesoro Kuven Pro 5.1 Gaming Headset @ Kitguru
- JBL Synchros E50 BT Bluetooth Around-Ear Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- Creative Sound Blaster Review Roundup @ Hardwareheaven
- UE MEGABOOM Wireless Speakers @ techPowerUp
- Jam Titanium Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker @ Kitguru
- Antec Mobile Products WAV Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2015 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, X99A GODLIKE GAMING, LGA2011-v3, e-atx
Considering its name, the over $500 price tag attached to the MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard should not come as too much of a surprise. Capable of handling any LGA2011-v3 processor, including Xeons and supporting up to 128GB of DDR4 the board has a lot of potential. The E-ATX form factor allows the inclusion of five PCIe 3.0 16x slots, 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, a pair of M.2 slots and a SEx port, though you are not going to have enough PCIe lanes to drive all of those at full speed simultaneously even with a Xeon. THE NICs are provided by Killer and include WiFi as well as two LAN ports. [H]ard|OCP were impressed by the overall stability and functionality of the board as well as the behaviour when overclocking but there were one or two things they thought might have been executed better, which you can read about here.
"MSI’s X99A GODLIKE has not only a pretentious name but more features than you can shake a stick at. The decision to use a game reference from a series that long since died out is a puzzling one. While we're not going to pretend to understand MSI’s marketing, it has built what may be one of the best "Red and Black" motherboards of all time. "
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- MSI's Z170A Gaming M5 @ The Tech Report
- Asus Maximus VIII Hero, Z170, Skylakes Hero! @ Bjorn3d
- Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI @ Kitguru
- ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero @ eTeknix
- MSI B150A Gaming PRO Motherboard Review: Mixing Business with Pleasure @ Modders-Inc
- MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition @ HardwareOverclock
- ASRock N3150B-ITX Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- ASRock N3700-ITX Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD FX-8320E CPU & MSI 970 Mobo Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: square enix, pc gaming, final fantasy v, final fantasy
While the upcoming Final Fantasy XV release is still slated as console-only, SquareEnix has been bringing a substantial portion of their back catalog to Windows. The company seems to be slowly marching the Super Nintendo era toward Steam, just recently announcing that Final Fantasy V will join III and IV on September 24th. This leaves just Final Fantasy VI missing from that era, at least from the main series, which suggests that it will join the party (pun intended) in a little while.
A few other titles are still in radar silence. The entire NES era, Final Fantasy I and II, is no-where to be found... unless you count the former's re-release on Windows phone (although, even if you do, a case for “no-where to be found” could still be made). From there, everything has made it to the PC until you reach the aforementioned Final Fantasy VI.
From the PlayStation generation, both VII and VIII launched on the PC back in the late 90s, and both have been re-released on Steam, so those are fine. The only missing title is Final Fantasy IX, which is currently an original PlayStation exclusive. It has not been remade for any other system, period. This is a bit concerning, because it means that a team cannot be set aside to bulk-port a chunk of titles. Every port from that generation stemmed from their PC versions, so this would (at least I expect) need to be a special case. It never had one. Would they think the effort's worth it?
Next is the PlayStation 2 generation. This is a PC dead zone, apart from Final Fantasy XI, the MMO, which launched on Windows alongside Sony's console. We need ports of Final Fantasy X, X-2, and XII for the platform to be complete. Interestingly, the PS4 has just received an HD remaster of X and X-2, but XII is stuck on the PS2 (at least for now).
This brings us to the PS3 generation. The only thing we're waiting for is Lightning's Return, which is the third installment of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. It has been announced and, in fact, should have already launched several months ago. SquareEnix has confirmed a delay, re-affirmed that the PC will get it, but a firm date has not been set. Still, I'll count it as “PC”. Final Fantasy XIV was an MMO that launched, a few times, on Windows.
Lastly, Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake may or may not come to the PC. Who knows?
So, ignoring the offshoots, we are currently missing: Final Fantasy I, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy XII (plus the future titles). It is funny how SquareEnix seems to be grouping the ports by generation. While it looks fairly random from the Steam search page, the gaps make sense when you consider the work required to port a game. Ressurrecting Final Fantasy IX is a completely different process than VI.
Final Fantasy V will come to Steam on September 24th. Some may argue with the price, but you can wait for it to come on sale if that is an issue. You've waited long enough already.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2015 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase 5, MasterCase Pro 5
The new MasterCase 5 is up for review at The Tech Report, billed as flexible for those who like to have choice when positioning components in their enclosures. It can handle up to ATX motherboards in its 235x512x548mm (9.3x20.2x21.6") shell and depending on where you locate your drive cage, GPUs of up to 16" in length. In their testing they discovered some inconsistencies in the manual, which they were able to overcome and set up the case in their preferred configuration. While they do like both the MasterCase 5 and the Pro version they point out that purchasing the Pro model makes sense financially as it would cost more to buy the non-Pro model and the various components needed to match the Pro mode. Either way, the review is worth looking over as this is a very unique case.
"Cooler Master's MasterCase 5 is the company's first product based on an ambitious design philosophy it calls "FreeForm." We put the MasterCase to the test to see how FreeForm works out in practice."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Supermicro Gaming S5 Mid-Tower @ [H]ard|OCP
- NZXT S340 Razer Special Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Chassis With Built-in 150w PSU @ eTeknix
- Rosewill STAR PREDATOR Case Review: Balance Between Price and Value @ Modders-Inc
- Fractal Design NODE 202 @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone Kublai KL06 Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Thermaltake Suppressor Chassis @ eTeknix
- Corsair H110i GTX @ Bjorn3d
- Noctua NH-L9x65 Review @ OCC
- Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Storage | September 10, 2015 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb 3.1, asus, BOT, UASP
[H]ard|OCP is taking a look at the new USB standard and how it functions on versions of Windows newer than Win7 which support the new transfer protocol. Gone are Bulk Only Transfers, modern OSes support USB Attached SCSI which offers much better transfer speeds. With a Rampage V Extreme USB 3.1 and a bundled PCIe 2.0 x2 USB 3.1 card (available with two USB 3.1 Type A or one of the new USB 3.1 Type C) they tested the difference in transfer speeds between BOT and UASP. Check out their results here.
"Recent changes to the USB spec claim to provide a brighter future for those dependent on USB storage. We have all heard about just how great USB has become, or should have become. We test some of these advances to see if the new USB can deliver the goods when it comes to moving data."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable 2.5-Inch Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
- Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive 2TB USB 3.0 @ eTeknix
- SilverStone Teratrend TS432U 4 Bay 3.5" HDD Tower Enclosure Review @ NikKTech
- Synology DiskStation DS415play 4-bay NAS Review @ Techgage
- QNAP TVS-471-4G High Performance NAS with Intel Processor @ Bjorn3d
- QNAP TS-563 @ Legion Hardware
- PowerNAS Business Mini @ Kitguru
- VisionTek Go Drive SSD RAID 0 @ Bjorn3d
- OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Intel SSD 750 Series Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Crucial BX100 250GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- ADATA Premier SP550 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Adata Premier SP550 @ The SSD Review
- Samsung SM863 & PM863 @ The SSD Review
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2015 - 03:22 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, msi, 990FXA-Gaming, usb 3.1, corsair, ddr4-3440, amd, r9 nano, Fiji, Fury, western digital, 6tb, Red Pro, Black, asus, ROG Swift, Grado, SR225e, video
PC Perspective Podcast #366 - 09/10/2015
Join us this week as we discuss the MSI 990FXA-Gaming, Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3400, R9 Nano Controversy and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Jeremy Hellstrom, and Allyn Malventano
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Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2015 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Zen, amd
There have been quite a few rumours surrounding AMD's next chip refresh, the Zen architecture. DigiTimes is adding to that with a story today which places the release date sometime at the end of 2016, at the earliest. Their sources suggest an issue with GLOBALFOUNDRIES 14nm FinFET process which is delaying the release and which is very bad news for AMD. The claimed 40% improvement over current generation processors is not going to mean as much in a year or more and with AMD's current financial situation releasing a new CPU for people to buy is something that needs to happen. Let us hope that the delay is exaggerated or that something happens to resolve the production issues in the coming months.
"AMD's next-generation Zen architecture is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016 at the earliest, but sources from motherboard players are concerned that the late arrival of the new platform may put AMD in a rather difficult competitive position."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Google Updates: Because you're sick of hearing about Apple @ The Inquirer
- Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT @ The Register
- Plug In an Ethernet Cable, Take Your Datacenter Offline @ Slashdot
- Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 to your machine 'just in case' @ The Inquirer
- Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales @ The Register
- Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway #6 : WD My Passport
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2015 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: preorder, fallout 4, bethesda
JUST SAY NO TO PREORDERS!
It is that simple, if you want companies to stop offering supposedly magic beans to people who are willing to shell out money to an established corporation for a product that is still in development then do not preorder anything. If a company has already broken even on a product they haven't even finished, do you really expect them to work as hard at polishing the final release when any copies sold after the release date are pure profit?
Not only that, this habit leads to worse habits such as offering the chance to pay $30 for DLC that doesn't exist for a game still in development. That's right, if you toss another $30 at Bethesda right now then you will get a "Season Pass" for Fallout 4 which will contain $40 worth of DLC that even Bethesda doesn't have a clue as to what it will be. Maybe Dogmeat will get a hat and your character can sport a merkin. Seriously, as much as you may love the Fallout franchise, do not help to ruin it by giving Bethesda about $100 for a product which is not finished yet! The news about modding tools which will be available which was shared with Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN is nice, hopefully that is not considered DLC.
“Since we’re still hard at work on the game, we don’t know what the actual DLC will be yet, but it will start coming early next year,” quoth Bethesda. I bet they have some idea, given Fallout 4 itself is surely deep in bug-splatting, QA, and certification at this point and there’ll be a whole load of devs hanging around needing things to do."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ant Simulator Looks Pretty, Also Real Ants Make Terrifying Traps @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wot I Think: Pillars Of Eternity – The White March Part 1 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Guild Wars 2 Is Going Free @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Stealth service – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain @ The Register
- Dustwind: Real-Time Tactical Post-Apocalyptic Action @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Not Dinosaurs: Dragon Age’s Trespasser DLC Released @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- The Recreated ZX Spectrum launches @ HEXUS
- Company of Heroes 2 Is The Latest Linux Game Showcasing AMD's Performance Wreck With Catalyst @ Phoronix
Subject: Editorial | September 9, 2015 - 03:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: raja koduri, amd
In a move of outstanding wisdom and forward thinking, AMD has made a personnel move that I can get behind and support. After forming the Radeon Technologies Group to help refocus the company on graphics, it has promoted Raja Koduri to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of that new group. While this might be a little bit of an "inside baseball" announcement to discuss, Raja is one of the few people in the industry that I have known since day one and he is an outstanding and important person in the graphics world as we know it today.
Koduri recently returned to AMD after a stint with Apple as the mobile SoC vendors director of graphics architecture and his return was met with immediate enthusiasm and hope for a company that continues to struggle financially.
In this new role, Koduri will no longer just be responsible for the IP of AMD graphics, adding to his responsibility the entirety of the hardware, software and business direction for Radeon products. From personal experience I can assure readers that Raja is a fantastic leader, has great instincts for what the industry needs and has seen some of AMD's most successful products through development.
This new role and new division of structure at AMD will come with a lot of responsibility, as Koduri will be responsible for finding ways to grow the Radeon brand's shrinking market share, how to make a play in the mobile IP space, change the dynamic between developers and AMD, and how working with console vendors like MS and Sony makes sense going forward. In many ways this is a return to the structure that made ATI so successful as a player in the GPU space and AMD is definitely hoping this move can turn things around.
Good luck Raja!
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2015 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, enterprise
In the very near future sysadmins pondering a Windows 10 roll-out will have a few new features to test. Enterprise Data Protection offers protection against unintentional data leaks by encrypting files so that they can easily be encrypted for all but licensed programs, ensuring installed social media applications and the like can't get into places they really shouldn't be. It also allows you to wipe those files remotely, leaving the rest of the machine intact which will be handy in shops that allow users to attach their own machines to the domain. Microsoft Passport will be another identity manager tool, integrated directly into the OS and they will also be launching a separate Windows Store for Business catering to the needs of companies. Check out more details by following the links at The Register.
"Microsoft says features of Windows 10 for enterprises that weren't available when the OS launched in July will begin rolling out this month."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The TR Podcast 186: Talking Skylake architecture with David Kanter
- Verizon: we're going to start bringing you 5G NEXT YEAR (sort of) @ The Register
- Windows XP-using UK government mulls a Microsoft withdrawal and an ODF coupling @ The Inquirer
- iPhone 7 release: Live updates from the Apple event @ The Inquirer
Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2015 - 12:16 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Z170X-UD5 TH, USB 3 Type-C, thunderbolt 3, motherboard, gigabyte
Intel announced Thunderbolt 3 at Computex back in June, and now the technology comes to the desktop enthusiast market with the first Thunderbolt 3 certified motherboard, Gigabyte's Z170X-UD5 TH.
"Powered by Intel’s own Thunderbolt controller the new Thunderbolt 3 protocol, which is available over two USB Type-C connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s -- twice more than the previous generation of Thunderbolt! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities."
Supporting dual 4K/60Hz displays (or one 5K display), the Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C offers Power Delivery 2.0 for up to 36W, and you will be able to daisy-chain up to 12 devices given the dual USB Type-C ports.
The Z170X-UD5 TH also features HDMI 2.0 output for the Intel processor graphics, support for PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 and SATA Express storage, and 2-Way SLI or 3-Way CrossFire multi-GPU support.
Some more of the featured specs from Gigabyte include:
- Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB Type-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps
- Intel USB 3.1 with USB Type-C support Power Delivery 2.0 for up to 36W
- 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
- PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe & SATA SSD support)
- 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
- HDMI 2.0 for 4K@60Hz and 21:9 aspect ratio provide the finest viewing experience
- 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
- High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
- Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- Gold Plating for CPU Socket, Memory DIMMs with 2X Copper PCB
Pricing and availability for the Z170X-UD5 TH are not yet available.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2015 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: STRIX DirectCU III OC, nvidia, factory overclocked, asus, 980 Ti
The ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX DCIII OC comes with the newest custom cooler from ASUS and a fairly respectable factory overclock of 1216MHz, 1317MHz boost and a 7.2GHz effective clock on the impressive 6GB of VRAM. Once [H]ard|OCP had a chance to use GPUTweak II those values were increased to 1291MHz, 1392MHz boost and a 6GB VRAM clock with manual tweaking, for those who prefer automated OCing there are three modes which range from Silent to OC mode that will instantly get you ready to use the card. With an MSRP of $690 and a street price usually over $700 you have to be ready to invest a lot of hard earned cash into this card but at 4k resolutions it does outperform the Fury X by a noticeable margin.
"Today we have the custom built ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX DirectCU III OC 6GB video card. It features a factory overclock, extreme cooling capabilities and state of the art voltage regulation. We compare it to the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, and overclock the ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX DCIII to its highest potential and look at some 4K playability."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti 6GB @ eTeknix
- Colorful iGame GTX 980 Ti 6GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review @ OCC
- PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Review @ OCC
- MSI GeForce GTX 950 Gaming 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- GTX 780 Ti vs R9 290X; The Rematch @ Hardware Canucks
- ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid III-140 vga cooler @ HardwareOverclock
- AMD Linux Graphics: The Latest Open-Source RadeonSI Driver Moves On To Smacking Catalyst @ Phoronix
- Running The AMD Radeon R9 Fury With AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver @ Phoronix
- HIS R7 360 iCooler OC 2GB Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- PowerColor Radeon R9 380 PCS+ Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
- Tiny Radeon R9 Nano to pack a wallop at $650 @ The Tech Report
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2015 - 03:43 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, thunderbolt, My Book Pro
Western Digital has launched a new Thunderbolt RAID-capable external drive called the My Book Pro:
The My Book Pro connects a pair of 3, 4, 5, or 6TB HDD's to a host system via either 20 Gbps Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 (at 5 Gbps). The unit comes preconfigured as a RAID-0 to give full capacities of 6, 8, 10, or 12 TB, but can be switched to RAID-1 or JBOD mode upon connection to a host system. Note that RAID-1 (mirroring) will cut the usable capacity in half - limiting to the capacity of a single drive. As seen above, there are also a pair of USB 3.0 ports at the front of the unit for connecting additional devices to the host via the My Book Pro.
Looking at the rear, we see a pair of Thunderbolt ports (daisy chaining of up to six My Book Pros is supported), as well as a USB 3.0 port.
We are not sure which drives come pre-installed, but the press release clearly states 7200 RPM and since WD just launched a higher capacities of the Red Pro, we'd guess that was their choice here.
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2015 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: IFA 2015, xperia, acer
Now that the show in Berlin has wrapped up The Inquirer talks about what they saw at the show, both good and bad. For those with really good eyesight the Xperia Z5 series was shown off, including the Xperia Z5 Premium which has a 5.5" display at a 3840x2160 resolution and 806ppi pixel density. Acer showed off their new SFF machines, the Acer Revo along with the Revo Build Series M1-601 modular case, designed so that pieces of the case can be added or removed as you add or subtract components from your machine. Read more about those products and the interesting design of the conference centre it was hosted in here.
"As predicted, there were stacks of announcements from most of the world's biggest names in computer hardware at the show this time round, such as Sony, Lenovo, Intel and Samsung.
Here are The INQUIRER's picks of the best and worst at IFA 2015, in no particular order."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The TR Podcast 185: Honey, I shrunk the Fury
- Web-based WhatsApp chat app trap is today's security vulnerability @ The Inquirer
- America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH @ The Register
- Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login @ The Register
- Five Linux-Ready, Cost-Effective Server Control Panels @ Linux.com
- Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair @ Benchmark Reviews
- ARM signs with Big Blue for cloudy IoT services @ The Register
- SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish' @ The Register
- WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2015 - 07:00 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: PSU, nuc, Intel, HDPLEX, Fanless PSU
In an effort to make small form factor PCs even smaller, HDPLEX has created an internal power supply for them. Added benefit: it's fanless and supports up to 80W. This is designed to replace the power bricks that are apparently common for most builds, meaning that you have one less thing to hide behind something else.
The unit takes up 121.5mm x 30mm x 40mm, which works out to 4.8”, 1.2”, and 1.6” for people who like measurement systems without simple decimal shift conversions. This is on par with some external power bricks that I've seen for the NUCs, although those are 65W (the same as Intel's official brick) while this one is 80W. I'm not sure what that extra 15W will get you though, unless you jump into the Thin-ITX form factor, which is also supported.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2015 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming
A few weeks ago, The iBookGuy published a video that explained how early computers struggled to draw information to their displays because they lacked enough RAM to hold a single frame buffer, even without application code. After highlighting the problem, he explained the Color Cells method of bypassing it, which breaks the screen up into eight-by-eight chunks that each can contain at most two colors (or four if you double horizontal pixels).
This video explains the Apple II and Atari 2600 graphics, which did color images a little different. Both systems operated on a single line at a time, rather than an eight-by-eight grid, although their specific methods were very different -- Apples and oranges if you will. The former was quite similar to Color Cells, except that it did seven (sub-)pixels in a single byte with an extra bit to allow for six possible colors. The Atari, on the other hand, didn't store a frame buffer at all. Instead, the CPU continually dumped the current scanned pixel to the monitor as it needed it, which seriously eats into game code time. He then mentioned CPU-driven graphics in the Commodore 64, which typically used the Color Cell method, but noted that basically no game used it because it wasn't worth the CPU time.
Image Credit: The iBookGuy
Apparently the next video in the series, whenever that will be, will deal with audio.