Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2013 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's U2414H has something special for multi-monitor users, a bezel that is a mere 6.05mm thick! At 1080p it isn't as impressive as the UP2414Q but also won't break your bank account or require at least two GPUs to power it. It is an IPS display so the rated 8ms g2g response rate is believable and should fit your gaming needs quite adequately.
- Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS Monitor for $262.49 with Free Shipping (normally $349.99 - use coupon code: $N?1PHT?026FVW).
- Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS Monitor for $1,169.99 with Free Shipping(normally $1,299.99 - use coupon code: T2LLG$98G7$F19).
- Logitech Wireless MK320 Keyboard/Mouse for $29.74 with Free Shipping(normally $34.99 - use coupon code: QG3G$33HH3QP0?).
- Dell Inspiron 15 Dual-core 15.6" Laptop for $279.99(normally $379.99 - use coupon code: DMG5HG3LJW2JF9).
- Pinnacle MB10000+ 1000-Watt Audiophile 5.1 Speaker System for $299.99 with free shipping(normally $1,299.99).
- Alienware Aurora r4 4th-gen Core i7 Gaming Desktop (Liquid-cooled) w/ Dual GTX 680 SLI for $2,199.00 with free shipping(normally $34.99 - use coupon code: KHK36BLFWDM9LH).
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2013 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, Fedora, heisenbug
Fedora 20 in a variety of flavours has arrived for anyone interested in trying out the newest version of this long standing Linux distro. They have native support for just about any desktop environment you could want without the need to release separate versions for each. It also offers full support for ARM processors, either small devices or multitudes of processors strung together into something a little more powerful. If you are uncertain about how much you trust the new OS, follow the comments at Slashdot to see what challenges people have encountered.
"The Fedora Project has announced the release of Fedora 20, code named Heisenbug (release notes). Fedora 20 is dedicated to Seth Vidal, the lead developer of Yum and the Fedora update repository, who recently died in a road accident. Gnome is the default DE of Fedora, and so it is for Fedora 20. However unlike Ubuntu (where they had to create different distros for each DE) Fedora comes with KDE, XFCE, LXDE and MATE. You can install the DE of your choice on top of base Fedora."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1 NVIDIA Performance @ Phoronix
- A Look at the SteamOS Beta on a Custom PC @ Techgage
- Benchmarking the ODroid XU: A Fast-Clocked Quad A15 ARM Machine @ Linux.com
- Samsung announces an Android game controller @ The Inquirer
- TSMC adjusting capacity to meet rising orders for bumping services @ DigiTimes
- Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it @ The Register
- Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS? @ The Register
- NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk Smart AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review @MissingRemote
- Sitecom Wi-Fi Router X8 AC1750 WLR-8100 and Wi-Fi USB 3.0 AC1200 WLA-7100 Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
- Considerations When Buying a New Digital Camera @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 16, 2013 - 09:17 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, Haswell-EP, Broadwell-EP, Broadwell
Intel has made its way on to our news feed several times over the last few days. The ticking and the tocking seem to be back on schedule. Was Intel held back by the complexity of 14nm? Was it too difficult for them to focus on both high-performance and mobile development? Was it a mix of both?
VR-Zone, who knows how to get a hold of Intel slides, just leaked details about Broadwell-EP. This product line is predicted to replace Haswell-EP at some point in the summer of 2015 (they expect right around Intel Developer Forum). They claim it will be Intel's first 14nm Xeon processor which obviously suggests that it will not be preceded by Broadwell in the lower performance server categories.
Image Credit: VR-Zone
Broadwell-EP will have up to 18 cores per socket (Hyper-Threading allows up to 36 threads). Its top level cache, which we assume is L3, will be up to 45MB large. TDPs will be the same as Haswell-EP which range from 70W to 145W for server parts and from 70W to 160W for workstations. The current parts based on Ivy Bridge, as far as I can tell, peak at 150W and 25MB of cache. Intel will apparently allow Haswell and Broadwell to give off a little more heat than their predecessors. This could be a very good sign for performance.
VR-Zone expects that a dual-socket Broadwell-EP Xeon system could support up to 2TB of DDR4 memory. They expect close to 1 TFLOP per socket of double precision FP performance. This meets or exceeds the performance available by Kaveri including its GPU. Sure, the AMD solution will be available over a year earlier and cost a fraction of the multi-thousand-dollar server processor, but it is somewhat ridiculous to think that a CPU has the theoretical performance available to software render the equivalent of Battlefield 4's medium settings without a GPU (if the software was written with said rendering engine, which it is not... of course).
This is obviously two generations off as we have just received the much anticipated Ivy Bridge-E. Still, it is good to see that Intel is keeping themselves moving ahead and developing new top-end performance parts for enthusiasts and high-end servers.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2013 - 04:20 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Starcraft II, HoTS, bitcoin
Bitcoin Starcraft Challenge is a show match between Scarlett, the Zerg player from Canada, and NaNiwa, the Protoss player from Sweden. These are two of the best 25 players in the world and, with TLO, the only top-25 players from outside of South Korea (although they each spent substantial time training there at some point).
Of course the interesting part is that they are playing for Bitcoins, 12 of them, which has a value of roughly $10,000 USD. Thankfully there is no Terrans to drop MULEs otherwise the whole economy would collapse (I troll, they are balanced all things considered).
TotalBiscuit and other (currently TBD) announcers will commentate the event, this Saturday, at noon EST. The event will be best of 7 and streamed by TotalBiscuit on Twitch; the VoDs will be later available on his Youtube page. It should be a very interesting event.
This will probably be the most efficient way to acquire Bitcoins with your GPU for quite some time.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2013 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Need a laptop for school but are on a tight budget? This Dell Inspiron 17 contains i3-3227U and a 500GB HDD along with 4GB DDR-1600, unfortunately shipping with a single DIMM but offering the chance of a future doubling of RAM. Add in an HD 8650M and you can even get some light gaming in after finals.
- Dell Inspiron 17 17.3" 900p Core i3 Laptop w/ Windows 7 & 2GB Radeon HD 8650M Graphics for $499.99 with Free Shipping (normally $549.99).
- Sceptre X505BV-FMDR 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $389.00 with Free Shipping(normally $599.99).
- HP ENVY Rove 20-k014us 20" 4th-gen Core i3 "Haswell" Mobile Desktop for $934.99 with Free Shipping(normally $979.99 - use coupon code: LOGICBUY15HP).
- Sony Portable Party Speaker w/Bluetooth & NFC for $299.99(normally $349.00).
- Roku LT Streaming Media Player (2013 Model) for $36.99 with free shipping(normally $49.99).
- In Stock! Amazon offers Xbox One console for $499.99 with free shipping
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2013 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: idiots, DRM, disney
If you bought a collection of Disney movies to keep the kids placated this Christmas, Disney has a great holiday surprise for you. From what we have heard via [H]ard|OCP your Christmas specials are going to disappear from your library and your only *legal* way of watching these specials will be to order Disney TV and schedule your holidays around their chosen broadcast times. Before you aim all your vitriol at Disney, save a bit for Amazon as they are the providers that have agreed to allow Disney to pull an epic Scrooge move. When Disney first approached Amazon to be a distributor of their movies and shows Amazon agreed to allow Disney to pull the content whenever they felt like it. Aren't you glad you paid for those movies and shows now? Too bad there is no other way to get hold of them during the holidays and stop your children from crying.
"Disney has decided to pull access to several purchased Christmas videos from Amazon during the holiday season, as the movie studio wants its TV-channel to have the content exclusively. Affected customers have seen their videos disappear from their online libraries, showing once again that not everything you buy is actually yours to keep."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg @ The Register
- Further Teardown of the Saturn V Flight Computer @ Hack a Day
- Troubleshooting in the Command Line: Tips for Linux Beginners @ Linux.com
- SteamOS vs. Ubuntu 13.10 - Intel HD Graphics Performance @ Phoronix
- Ninjalane Podcast - Kingpin Video Card 4-way SLI goodness and is 4k a waste
- TSSDR Holiday Giveaway – Win 1 of 2 Unreleased Adaptec (By PMC) ASR-8885 12Gbps RAID Adapters
A not-so-simple set of instructions
Valve released to the world the first beta of SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system built specifically for PC gaming, on Friday evening. We have spent quite a lot of time discussing and debating the merits of SteamOS, but this weekend we wanted to do an installation of the new OS on a system and see how it all worked.
Our full video tutorial of installing and configuring SteamOS
First up was selecting the hardware for the build. As is usually the case, we had a nearly-complete system sitting around that needed some tweaks. Here is a quick list of the hardware we used, with a discussion about WHY just below.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4670K - $222|
|Motherboard||EVGA Z87 Stinger Mini ITX Motherboard - $257|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 1866 MHz (2 x 4GB) - $109|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB - $999
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB SuperClocked - $349
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO Series 250GB SSD - $168|
|Case||EVGA Hadron Mini ITX Case - $189|
|Power Supply||Included with Case|
|Optical Drive||Slot loading DVD Burnder - $36|
|Peak Compute||4,494 GFLOPS (TITAN), 3,213 GFLOPS (GTX 770)|
|Total Price||$1947 (GTX TITAN) $1297 (GTX 770)|
We definitely weren't targeting a low cost build with this system, but I think we did create a very powerful system to test SteamOS on. First up was the case, the new EVGA Hadron Mini ITX chassis. It's small, which is great for integration into your living room, yet can still hold a full power, full-size graphics card.
The motherboard we used was the EVGA Z87 Stinger Mini ITX - an offering that Morry just recently reviewed and recommended. Supporting the latest Intel Haswell processors, the Stinger includes great overclocking options and a great feature set that won't leave enthusiasts longing for a larger motherboard.
Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 15, 2013 - 04:27 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, google, arm
Amazon, Facebook, and Google are three members of a fairly exclusive club. These three companies order custom server processors from Intel (and other companies). Jason Waxman of Intel was quoted by Wired, "Sometimes OEMs and end customers ask us to put a feature into the silicon and it sort of depends upon how big a deal it is and whether it has to be invisible or proprietary to a customer. We're always happy to, if we can find a way to get it into the silicon".
Now, it would seem, that Google is interested in developing their own server processors based on architecture licensed from ARM. This could be a big deal for Intel as Bloomberg believes Google accounts for a whole 4.3% of the chip giant's revenue.
Of course this probably does not mean Google will spring up a fabrication lab somewhere. That would just be nutty. It is still unclear whether they will cut in ARM design houses, such as AMD or Qualcomm, or whether they will take ARM's design and run straight to TSMC, GlobalFoundries, or IBM with it.
I am sure there would be many takers for some sizable fraction of 4.3% of Intel's revenue.
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2013 - 03:24 AM | Scott Michaud
Have you been trying, unsuccessfully, to install SteamOS? If you get the '/dev/sda device or resource is busy' error: check out the fix on our Youtube channel!
Some people do not have wrist cartilage anymore. Somehow Michael Larabel has already managed to install SteamOS, run several benchmarks across eight separate NVIDIA GPUs, and type five pages about the results. Remember your carpal-tunnel exercises!
Note that none of these benchmarks were using the Source engine. He briefly references two other articles to explain why before continuing on with the bar charts. The GeForce Titan and the GTX 780 Ti were the only two cards to push Unigine Heaven 4.0 past 60 FPS (mind you they almost reached 80 FPS).
He expects to release a second article, within the next couple of days, to compare SteamOS performance to other Linux distributions. He also discusses using the Steam Controller in another, already released, article.
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2013 - 03:02 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: itu, gigabit broadband
And now for something a little different from what we normally report on. G.fast is a telecom standard which allows really fast (capable of over a gigabit) communication over moderate distances (~a quarter of a mile) using standard telephone cable. The point of this standard is to avoid installing infrastructure between the end of a fiber roll-out to the neighborhood and the insides of every individual home.
Eh, it looks enough like a phone cord.
The hope that it will trigger another wave of infrastructure improvements for upcoming "Ultra-HD" (4K and 8K) video services and online storage solutions. Installing fiber seems to be treated more like self-obligation than a necessary upgrade. This solution would not even require a technician to enter the home much like we currrently have with ADSL2.
I do have lingering concerns, however, with the reliability of fiber-optic networks. Copper infrasturcture was designed to be resilient. I wonder how reliable G.fast will be compared to this legacy network in areas prone to natural disaster. It sounds like standard telephone services will, unlike a fiber-to-the-home solution, function in a power outage at least at the home level but what about one localized to that neighborhood? Then again, this is definitely not an area of my expertise.
The ITU wants G.fast to be finalized "as early as" April 2014.
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