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Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2016 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterBox 5
The Cooler Master MasterBox 5 is not a small case, at 450x220x440mm it will fit up to eATX motherboards, radiators of up to 280mm on the front, or 360mm with an adapter. The lower price point means that there is a lack of grommets, however the empty spaces in the backplate allow you a lot of flexibility for cable management and watercooling paths. The size will also allow you to install any GPU or CPU cooler on the market, not to mention making installation of your system easier. You can see Modders Inc's full review here.
"Cooler Master's current chassis line prioritize function and its design aim is to provide users with the flexibility to make any system they want inside. As part of Cooler Master's massive streamlining process beginning from last year, the simplified look is a distillation of what a Cooler Master case is at its core."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake CORE P5 Open Air Mid Tower Case @ Modders-Inc
- Raidmax Narwhal Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Alphacool Eisbaer 240 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2016 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVMe, 9100, micron
Testing out twelve 9100 NVMe flash drives is not easy as it requires some interesting configurations to make the testing worth while, sticking them all in a box and running ATTO is not going to create valuable information. Those custom configurations revealed some interesting limitations, such as Windows' RAID having an upper limit of 385K IOPS and the Linux flavours tested topped out at 400K IOPS.
Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 turned out to be more stable than Server 2012 R2; somehow using Resource Monitor managed to crash hard enough to break the Server install in one case. 2016 also had that upper IOPS limit which was far below the drives actual capabilities. Drop by The Inquirer for look at the work which was done to set up for testing as well as the results.
"I have spent the past TWO months testing these cards, the past month of which has involved truly tormenting them. I've learned a lot of things. There's the basic "NVMe is faster" that you can get from reading about the theory behind the drives, but there have also been a lot of little practical tidbits that you only get to find out when you run face first into problems."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Lawyer bot has overturned 160,000 parking offences and counting @ The Inquirer
- Office 365 corporate users targeted with zero-day ransomware attack @ The Inquirer
- Now Intel swings axe at sales, marketing peeps @ The Register
- Activision Abuses DMCA To Take Knock Indie Game Entirely Off Steam @ Slashdot
- 25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet @ The Register
- Microsoft launches Net Core 1.0 for Linux, OS X and Windows @ The Inquirer
- AMD, Nvidia next-generation graphics card competition to begin earlier @ DigiTimes
- US Customs Wants To Know Travelers' Social Media Account Names @ The Inquirer
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2016 - 02:26 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: nvidia, GeForce GTX 1060, GTX1060, rumor, report, leak, pascal, graphics card, video card
A report from VideoCardz.com shows what appears to be an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with a cooler similar to the "Founders Edition" GTX 1080/1070 design.
Is this the GTX 1060 reference design? (Image via VideoCardz.com)
The image comes via Reddit (original source links in the VideoCardz post), and we cannot verify the validity of the image - though it certainly looks convincing to this writer.
So what does VideoCardz offer as to the specifications of this GTX 1060 card? Quoting from the post:
"NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will most likely use GP106 GPU with at least 1280 CUDA cores. Earlier rumors suggested that GTX 1060 might get 6 GB GDDR5 memory and 192-bit memory bus."
We await official word on the GTX 1060 from NVIDIA, which VideoCardz surmises "is expected to hit the market shortly after Radeon RX 480".
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2016 - 08:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, GTX 1080, gtx, GP104, geforce, founders edition
You have already seen our delve into the frame times provided by the GTX 1080 but perhaps you would like another opinion. The Tech Report also uses the FCAT process which we depend upon to bring you frame time data, however they present the data in a slightly different way which might help you to comprehend the data. They also included Crysis 3 to ensure that the card can indeed play it. Check out their full review here.
"Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 is the company's first consumer graphics card to feature its new Pascal architecture, fabricated on a next-generation 16-nm process. We dig deep into the GTX 1080 to see what the confluence of these advances means for the high-end graphics market."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review @HiTech Legion
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Review: A Look At 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide Gaming @ Techgage
- Asus Republic Of Gamers Strix GTX 1070 Aura RGB OC @ Kitguru
- MSI Gaming 3 and 4-way SLI Bridge Connector Review @ OCC
- Radeon R9 380 vs. GeForce GTX 960 @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Processors | June 27, 2016 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dx12, 6700k, Intel, i7-6950X
[H]ard|OCP has been conducting tests using a variety of CPUs to see how well DX12 distributes load between cores as compared to DX11. Their final article which covers the 6700K and 6950X was done a little differently and so cannot be directly compared to the previously tested CPUs. That does not lower the value of the testing, scaling is still very obvious and the new tests were designed to highlight more common usage scenarios for gamers. Read on to see how well, or how poorly, Ashes of the Singularity scales when using DX12.
"This is our fourth and last installment of looking at the new DX12 API and how it works with a game such as Ashes of the Singularity. We have looked at how DX12 is better at distributing workloads across multiple CPU cores than DX11 in AotS when not GPU bound. This time we compare the latest Intel processors in GPU bound workloads."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Skylake Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 + Latest Open-Source Driver Code @ Phoronix
- AMD Wraith Cooler Performance on FX-6350 Black Edition CPU @ Neoseeker
- Athlon X4 880K @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Athlon X4 845 CPU Review @ OCC
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2016 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVMe, toshiba, ZD6000
Apeiron is a supplier of NVMe over fabric links for businesses and will be releasing products based on a Toshiba NVMe SSD, which was being kept quiet until now. You will not see these coming to a desktop near you but the announcement contains a very interesting tidbit. The two ZD6000 drives being sold are 1.6TB and 3.2TB in size. While that 3.2TB drive is attractive, Aperion suggests that there will be higher capacity drives released after these models, with The Register speculating on doubling, which would give us some impressively sized drives. The technology used to stack this memory will eventually spill over to the consumer side so you can expect capacities to continue to grow and for prices to steadily decline.
"Toshiba has quietly made 1.6TB and 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSDs available to OEMs, and we know this because Apeiron says it has certified them."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work! @ The Register
- Technology shares slide with Brexit vote, except ARM @ The Regsiter
- Updategate: California woman awarded $10,000 for borked Windows 10 upgrade @ The Inquirer
- A ZFS developer’s analysis of the good and bad in Apple’s new APFS file system @ Ars Technica
- Asus PCE-AC88 Dual-Band AC3100 Desktop Wireless Adapter @ Kitguru
- Google's Gboard Keyboard @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Displays | June 25, 2016 - 06:23 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, oculus rift, Oculus, htc vive
Facebook has disabled their software check that prevents Oculus Store games from running without an Oculus Rift being connected. Further, Motherboard has directly quoted an Oculus spokesperson as saying “We won't use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future”. This check prevented these games from running on the HTC Vive using the user-created tool, Revive, until the creator of Revive disabled the DRM in response.
Oculus will continue to develop their DRM itself, of course. They have also been approaching developers to make Oculus-exclusive content, and I expect that will continue. This is where we get into a little bit of a debate that has been brewing online. Some believe that, due to the size of the potential market, exclusivity could bring content to life that otherwise would not be viable. While that does have some merit to muse over, I cannot see how that would be any better (for society) than all the platform holders pitching in to an open incubation fund. This way, art will not locked away unless it absolutely requires a specific feature that some platforms cannot provide, and consumers will have a larger pool of content to justify the initial purchase.
That topic aside, Oculus has not pledged that they won't interfere with third-parties that want to support Oculus-exclusive titles on other headsets. A hardware check will not be involved, now or in the future, though.
Subject: Processors | June 25, 2016 - 03:15 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, kaby lake, iGPU, h.265, hevc, vp8, vp9, codec, codecs
Fudzilla isn't really talking about their sources, so it's difficult to gauge how confident we should be, but they claim to have information about the video codecs supported by Kaby Lake's iGPU. This update is supposed to include hardware support for HDR video, the Rec.2020 color gamut, and HDCP 2.2, because, if videos are pirated prior to their release date, the solution is clearly to punish your paying customers with restrictive, compatibility-breaking technology. Time-traveling pirates are the worst.
According to their report, Kaby Lake-S will support VP8, VP9, HEVC 8b, and HEVC 10b, both encode and decode. However, they then go on to say that 10-bit VP9 and 10-bit HEVC 10b does not include hardware encoding. I'm not too knowledgeable about video codecs, but I don't know of any benefits to encoding 8-bit HEVC Main 10. Perhaps someone in our comments can clarify.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | June 24, 2016 - 09:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, rx 480, raja koduri, radeon, Polaris, live, giveaway, amd
When it comes to GPU releases, we at PC Perspective take things up a level in the kind of content we produce as well as the amount of information we provide to the community. Part of that commitment is our drive to bring in the very best people from around the industry to talk directly to the consumers, providing interesting and honest views on where their technology is going.
With the pending release of the Radeon RX 480 based on AMD's latest Polaris architecture on Wednesday, June 29th, I am excited to announce that Raja Koduri, SVP and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group will be joining us in studio to talk about the RX 480 and AMD's plans moving forward.
The AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card
There is much to discuss. AMD and the RTG have promised that the RX 480 will be a revolutionary product, improving on performance per watt and performance per dollar in a way that no other AMD architecture has done. And the drive to include dramatically more gamers in the rising world of VR gaming will be an impressive feat as well, if they can pull it off. Topics like architectural improvements, asynchronous compute, multi-GPU and more are on the docket. You definitely won't want to miss it.
Radeon RX 480 Live Stream with Raja Koduri and Ryan Shrout
10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET - June 29th
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The event will take place Wednesday, June 29th at 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT at http://www.pcper.com/live. There you’ll be able to catch the live video stream as well as use our chat room to interact with the audience, asking questions for me and Raja to answer live.
Raja is one of the more open and honest people in this highly competitive landscape and every time we have had the ability to do an interview he has provided insightful, and sometimes very new, information.
As a price for hosting AMD in the offices, we demanded a sacrifice: in the form of hardware to giveaway to our viewers! We'll have at least two Radeon RX 480s to giveaway during the live stream but I am pushing to get a bump in that count; we'll see if I am persuasive enough. All you have to do to win on the 29th is watch the live stream!
Some Radeon RX 480s will be up for grabs!!
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Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2016 - 07:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: steam, sale, sales, steam sale, pc gaming
You probably already know this at this point, but the Steam Summer Sale has begun. The theme, this year, is Steam Summer Picnic Sale. As far as I can tell, it has no relevance other than it ends on July 4th. They do claim to have 12785 titles on sale, though, and filtering all on-sale software by Windows lists 12595 of them.
Some interesting deals include 40% off DOOM, 50% off Fallout 4, 35% off Rise of the Tomb Raider, and 50% off Just Cause 3. The Witcher 3 is also 50% off, although it was like that before the sale and its DLC are still basically full price if you want the both of them. If you're looking for older titles, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is 75% off, as is Civilization V and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. As always, have a browse if you are okay with tempting your credit card.
If not? ... ... Sorry.
Subject: Storage | June 24, 2016 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Mushkin, Triactor, SM2256, tlc
At about $0.23/GB for the 480GB model it would be hard to find a less expensive SSD without waiting for a sale. There are those who will refuse the drive because of the use of 256Gbit TLC SanDisk flash and the Silicon Motion SM2256K controller but those on the lookout for bargains should pop by The SSD Review for a look at the full performance review. Apart from the expected poor performance with large constant write transfers this drive runs at a respectable pace when performing the common tasks you would require.
"We've tested quite a few TLC based SSDs as of late, will the Mushkin Triactor show up the competition? Or will it lag behind in all its TLC "glory?" So far all we can say is that it sure does look cool. Read on as we analyze the new Mushkin Triactor 480GB in today's review!"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel 535 Series 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- WD My Cloud Expert Series EX2100 8TB NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung Portable SSD T3 500GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Drive Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2016 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"A study from GeoEdge, an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused of being the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, but in reality, switching to HTML5 ads won't safeguard users from attacks because the vulnerabilities are in the ad platforms and advertising standards themselves."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Revive revived: Oculus DRM push shattered as DIY devs strike back @ The Register
- AMD Radeon RX 480 Hands-On Preview @ TechARP
- Remote-code execution flaw identified in OpenAPI framework @ The Inquirer
- SoftIron Overdrive 1000 is a £400 64-bit ARM server for developers @ The Register
- Chrome Bug Makes It Easy To Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime @ Slashdot
- BlackBerry's turnaround stalls @ The Register
- RFC gives route leaks names, to help netops explain why traffic goes missing @ The Register
- Malware Can Use Fan Noise To Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 10:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Futuremark. Time Spy, 3dmark
A new version of DirectX hitting the market means we need a new benchmark and once again Futuremark has delivered, with the Time Spy benchmark. Right now 3D Mark is 80% off on Steam and if you pick it up you will get access to the new Time Spy Basic benchmark when it is released.
Time Spy uses the new DirectX 12 API and supports new features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. It will have reviewers digging out hardware they thought they had already tested to provide you with new benchmark data points that will apply to the currently available DX12 games as well as those which will be released.
This is also a great opportunity to pick up the full version of the benchmark for your own usage, even if you have yet to upgrade to DX12 hardware. You should check out the teaser trailer if you are familiar with past 3D Mark versions as you will see a few glimpses at benchmark screens that caused you mental raster burn in years past.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: case mods, gigabyte, computex 2016
Gigabyte hosted a showcase of impressive case mods from all across the planet at Computex and TechARP posted a slideshow of the best of them. They are all quite incredible, going beyond basic modding to the creation of truly unique enclosures, from Gatling guns to Ghostbusters. It is a pity the forklift wasn't powered by a Steamroller or Bulldozer though. Check out the full slide show and videos of the cases here.
"The GIGABYTE case mod showcase featured incredible case mods by top case modders from around the world, including Maciel Barreto from Brazil and Suchao Prowphong from Thailand."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Security: Connecting with strangers on LinkedIn puts firms at risk of phishing attacks @ The Inquirer
- Huawei Is Working On Its Own Mobile OS In Case Things Sour With Google @ Slashdot
- Microsoft has released another bloody Windows 10 preview build @ The Inquirer
- Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine @ The Register
- Fear them: Robot Wars revival introduces two tonnes of retooled house robots @ The Inquirer
- Books You Should Read: The Car Hacker’s Handbook @ Hack a Day
- Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 05:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Zen, western digital, video, vbios, SM961, sli, Samsung, rx 480, radeon, podcast, My Passport Wireless Pro, msi, GTX 1080, evga, drobo, be quiet, asus, amd, 960 PRO
PC Perspective Podcast #405 - 06/23/2016
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Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 02:35 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, hotline miami, devolver digital, dennaton games
The (Edit June 26th: latest entry in the) Hotline Miami franchise was released a little over a year ago, and it was quite popular with both fans and critics. It is a fast-paced, top-down action game that is unforgiving enough that it tends to feel a little bit like a puzzle game as well, at least to me, in the sense that you need to figure out how to catch enough NPCs off-guard to easily and quickly take them out. As such, level design should have a huge impact on gameplay.
And now users can make their own maps. Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital have released the level editor in today's patch. If you don't like user-generated fun, or you experience bugs or something, then you can stay on Hotline Miami 2 version 1.05.
Hotline Miami 2 and Hotline Miami 1+2 combo are both 75%-off for the rest of today.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2016 - 08:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, Radeon RX 480, powercolor, gigabyte, asus, amd
An astute reader spotted several more RX 480's on Newegg, lacking clock speeds but providing physical dimensions, albeit with what looks to be a stock image. All three cards seem to be dual slot designs, XFX's card measuring 10" x 5", ASUS' at 11.8" x 5.4" and Sapphire's a wide bodied 11.8" x 6.5". This could indicate a custom cooler or merely that the cards have rough dimensions listed as opposed to the exact size.
Unfortunately the comparison and details page is unavailable so we don't have a way to see the listed clock speeds but we can be sure that they will have three DP 1.2 ports and an HDMI out. We will keep an eye out for any more leaks we can share with you.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2016 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, dawn of war III, warhammer 40k
Relic was showing off what DoW III will look like in the usual E3 tradition, with an enhanced 'game play' video. Heroes are somewhat different than in the previous game, instead of leading a squad they operate on their own, however Gabriel does have an impressive upgrade to his Thunder Hammer. Also featured is something which is totally not a warjack; an Imperial Knight which is a scaled down Titan with a single pilot. Generally found guarding Ag. worlds they are the first of the Super Units to be revealed. Heroes will be Elite Units, faster but somewhat squishier than Super Units which will be much slower, vulnerable to anti-vehicle attacks but able to shrug off most other attacks. They can be chosen at the beginning of a mission and then deployed with Elite Points which you gain during the mission. The quotes over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN don't have a lot of detail about how the game will play but the video sure is pretty.
"For the benefit of good warboys and wargirls, here’s the not-really-gameplay-despite-what-Relic-say look at a grizzled Gabriel Angelos duffing up some Eldar with the help of his Space Marine chums and a 14-metre mech named Imperial Knight Solaria"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Map Modes, Nomads & Wargoals: Stellaris Patch @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- It’s All Relative – An In-depth Look At Paradox’s Stellaris @ Techgage
- Fallout 4’s Contraptions Workshop DLC Released @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Homefront: The Revolution Tweaking Guide @ OCC
- Civilization VI Trailer Demonstrates Unstacked Cities @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Ars’ favorite games of E3: From dueling VR wizards to calm underwater dives @ Ars Technica
- Best Total War: Warhammer Mods @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble 25th Anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog Bundle launched @ HEXUS
- Frags For The Memories: Quake Is Twenty Today @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2016 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, amd, antitrust
This is a saga for the ages and a snit worthy of any 2 year old child. 11 years ago AMD filed suit against Intel citing questionable business tactics Intel had been using worldwide. Intel was offering discounted parts to retailers if they would use Intel chips exclusively. For instance, if a company like Dell offered an AMD alternative then Intel would raise the price of every Intel component sold to Dell across the board. This is, of course, illegal.
The court cases were settled in 2009, in the US Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion USD to settle all outstanding court cases in the US and several overseas. In the UK there was a seperate court case which also went against Intel, the courts there requiring Intel to pay AMD €1.06bn, the largest ever fine in the UK. Since then Intel has been fighting tooth and nail to find a way not to pay the fine and while they have not succeeded in their legal battle they have succeeded in not paying AMD one single cent. Their initial appeal was dismissed in 2014 but that has not stopped Intel from delaying the payment and as of today that fine still remains unpaid. The Inquirer posted today about their latest challenge to the ruling, Intel's legal team claims that it somehow unfair to be punished for unfair business practices.
Six years on and over 1 billion dollars that should be AMDs is still under a couch cushion in Intel's offices somewhere.
"CHIPMAKER Intel ain't giving up and continues to fight the €1.06bn (around £815m) antitrust fine levied on the firm six years ago."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel's Knights Landing: Fresh x86 Xeon Phi lineup for HPC and AI @ The Register
- Supercomputers in 2030: Lots of exaflops and LOTS of DRAM @ The Register
- Online Backup Firm Carbonite Tells Users To Change Their Passwords Now @ Slashdot
- 7 new-generation programming languages you should get to know @ The Inquirer
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2016 - 06:40 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SLI HB, nvidia, EVGA SLI HB
Earlier this month we reported that EVGA would be producing its own version of Nvidia's SLI High Bandwidth bridges (aka SLI HB). Today, the company unveiled all the details on its new bridges that we did not know previously, particularly pricing and what the connectors look like.
EVGA is calling the new SLI HB bridges the EVGA Pro SLI HB Bridge and it will be available in several sizes to accommodate your particular card spacing. Note that the 0 slot, 1 slot, 2 slot, and 4 slot spacing bridges are all for two graphics card setups; you will not be able to use these bridges for Tri SLI or Quad SLI setups. While Nvidia did not show the underside of the HB bridges when it first announced them alongside the GTX 1080 graphics card, thanks to EVGA you can finally see what the connectors look like.
As many surmised, the new high bandwidth bridges use both fingers of the SLI connectors on each card to connect the two cards together. Previously (using the old-style SLI bridges), it was possible to connect card A to card B using one set of connectors and Card B to Card C using the second set of connectors for example. Now, you are limited to two card multi-GPU setups. That is the downside; however, the upside is that the HB bridges promise to deliver all of the necessary bandwidth to allow for high speed 4K and NVIDIA Surround display setups. While you will not necessarily see higher frame rates, the HB bridges should allow for improved frame times which will mean smoother gameplay on those very high resolution monitors!
The new SLI bridges are all black with an EVGA logo in the middle that is backlit by an LED. Users are able to use a switch along the bottom edge of the pcb to select from red, green, blue, and white LED colors. In my opinion these bridges look a lot better than the Nvidia SLI HB bridge renders from our computex story (hehe).
Now, as for pricing: EVGA is pricing its SLI HB bridges at $39.99 with the 2 slot spacing and 4 slot spacing bridges available now and the 0 slot and 1 slot spaced bridges set to be available soon (you can sign up to be notified when they are available for purchase). Hopefully reviews will be updated shortly around the net with the new bridges to see what impact they really have on multi-GPU gaming performance (or if they will just be better looking alternatives to the older LED bridges or ribbon bridges)!
- GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 3-Way and 4-Way SLI will not be enabled for games
- EVGA Forum Discussion on Pro SLI HB Bridges