Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, CS-M Series, corsair
Fremont, California — November 7, 2013 — Corsair, the most awarded PC power supply brand in the world1, today announced the new line of CS Series Modular power supplies (PSUs) in 450, 550, 650 and 750 watt models. Designed to be exceptionally energy efficient and simple to install, the new CS Series are the most affordable 80 PLUS Gold certified PSUs in Corsair’s line of high-performance PC components.
The CS Series Modular PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power with 80 PLUS Gold certified power efficiency to minimize energy waste and lower electrical bills. The new PSUs are cooled with a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at low speeds during typical loads, keeping the PSU nearly silent during everyday tasks. The CS Series meet the latest ATX power specifications and are compatible with the latest AMD and Intel processors, with full support for the low-power modes of the latest 4th Generation Intel Core processors.
The CS Series PSUs feature a semi-modular cable system with the core motherboard power cables (24 pin and 8 pin EPS12V) permanently attached and include modular flat cables that can be attached for powering other devices such as graphics cards, SSDs, hard drives, and fans. The modular design enables users to add just the cables required for their PC, which combined with the black flat cables, creates PCs with reduced cable clutter, a cleaner look, and better airflow.
“The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices,” said Aaron Neal, Corsair’s global product manager of PSUs. “They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won’t break their budget.”
Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The CS Series Modular PSUs are available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. They are backed with a limited 3-year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The "world's largest multinational semiconductor chip maker" Intel has authorized the building of 30 of their absurdly small and powerful Intel® NUC computers for military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop. The donation will to be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop's end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game stuffed care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals!
These 30 4 inch-by-4-inch micro computers are being loaded for bear, showcasing donated Kingston RAM upgrades to make them zip along the internet or play games on Steam without breaking a sweat, but are still the perfect size to throw in a rucksack with plenty of room to spare.
“Intel is proud to partner with Operation Supply Drop to provide NUC based PCs to troops overseas and recovering at home,” says Joel Christensen, general manager of the Intel division that created the Intel NUC. We appreciate the sacrifices that these men and women are making and if we can support them by providing some cutting-edge computing to entertain and de-stress, we are happy to do it.
For more information about how you or your organization can get involved in helping out with this year's "8-Bit Salute" to get video games to the men and women of the Armed Forces, please visit OperationSupplyDrop.org.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2013 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, battlefield 4
EA may have released the minimum and recommended specs but until properly tweaked and benchmarked it is never clear how much power BF4 wants. Thankfully TechSpot has gone through all of that work for you, testing over 2 dozen video cards and their performance in BF4 at three different resolutions. They didn't parse the performance by every single graphics option switching between enabled and disabled but the benchmarks are informative enough to give you an idea where to start.
"With roots that stretch back more than a decade and enough fans to justify new content every year, Battlefield is among the handful of franchises that needs no introduction around here. Even if you hate EA's approach modern military madness, you can typically expect Battlefield's graphics to raise the bar."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Assassin's Creed Revelations 2-Years Later Review @ OCC
- Assassin's Creed II 4-Years Later Review @ OCC
- Assassin's Creed Brotherhood 3-Years Later Review @ OCC
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag @ The Inquirer
- Wayne Good Deals: Latest Humble Bundle Is Positively Batty @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Batman: Arkham Origins Review @ Techgage
- Wot I Think: Call Of Duty: Ghosts – Single Player @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Satellite Of Love: Syndicate Remake On Show @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Soren Song: Civ IV Designer Founds Mohawk Games @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- The Ultimate Gaming Portable: NVIDIA SHIELD Review @ Techgage
- Gamestick Android Games Console @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2013 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, Malware, TIFF, windows
A newly discovered flaw in the handling of TIFF image files effects machines running Windows Vista or Server 2008 as well as Office 2003 to 2010 and Microsoft Lync products on WinXP and Win7 with Windows 8 being the only one that does not contain this vulnerability. According to The Register attack code is launched when the image is display with tricks the "OS into copying malicious code stashed in the file into memory and then hijacking the processor to execute it."
"The software giant said the flaw allows attackers to remotely execute code and install malware on a vulnerable system by sending an email or instant message or convincing a user to open a specially crafted webpage."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- FLASH, AH-AAAH! Saviour of the universe Rackspace cloud? @ The Register
- Samsung promises 4K smartphone screens for 2015 @ The Inquirer
- Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing @ The Register
- Google Ends Internet Explorer 9 Support In Google Apps @ Slashdot
- The iPad Air, Customer Dynamics, and Planned Obsolescence @ TechwareLabas
- 250 Hard Drives Used To Make One Epic F1 Car @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2013 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition comes with an i7-4770, 16GB DDR3 and a GTX 660 along with a 32GB SSD and a 2TB HDD for long term storage. All in all a great family machine, as long as you stay away from First Person Shooters. Win8 comes pre-installed, make sure to upgrade to 8.1 if you don't have a spare Win7 license.
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- Pacific Rim (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack) for $23.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $35.99).
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Systems | November 5, 2013 - 09:33 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, grid, AWS, amazon
Amazon Web Services allows customers (individuals, organizations, or companies) to rent servers of certain qualities to match their needs. Many websites are hosted at their data centers, mostly because you can purchase different (or multiple) servers if you have big variations in traffic.
I, personally, sometimes use it as a game server for scheduled multiplayer events. The traditional method is spending $50-80 USD per month on a... decent... server running all-day every-day and using it a couple of hours per week. With Amazon EC2, we hosted a 200 player event (100 vs 100) by purchasing a dual-Xeon (ironically the fastest single-threaded instance) server connected to Amazon's internet backbone by 10 Gigabit Ethernet. This server cost just under $5 per hour all expenses considered. It was not much of a discount but it ran like butter.
This leads me to today's story: NVIDIA GRID GPUs are now available at Amazon Web Services. Both companies hope their customers will use (or create services based on) these instances. Applications they expect to see are streamed games, CAD and media creation, and other server-side graphics processing. These Kepler-based instances, named "g2.2xlarge", will be available along side the older Fermi-based Cluster Compute Instances ("cg1.4xlarge").
It is also noteworthy that the older Fermi-based Tesla servers are about 4x as expensive. GRID GPUs are based on GK104 (or GK107, but those are not available on Amazon EC2) and not the more compute-intensive GK110. It would probably be a step backwards for customers intending to perform GPGPU workloads for computational science or "big data" analysis. The newer GRID systems do not have 10 Gigabit Ethernet, either.
So what does it have? Well, I created an AWS instance to find out.
Its CPU is advertised as an Intel E5-2670 with 8 threads and 26 Compute Units (CUs). This is particularly odd as that particular CPU is eight-core with 16 threads; it is also usually rated by Amazon at 22 CUs per 8 threads. This made me wonder whether the CPU is split between two clients or if Amazon disabled Hyper-Threading to push the clock rates higher (and ultimately led me to just log in to an instance and see). As it turns out, HT is still enabled and the processor registers as having 4 physical cores.
The GPU was slightly more... complicated.
NVIDIA control panel apparently does not work over remote desktop and the GPU registers as a "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter". Actually, two are available in Device Manager although one has the yellow exclamation mark of driver woe (random integrated graphics that wasn't disabled in BIOS?). GPU-Z was not able to pick much up from it but it was of some help.
Keep in mind: I did this without contacting either Amazon or NVIDIA. It is entirely possible that the OS I used (Windows Server 2008 R2) was a poor choice. OTOY, as a part of this announcement, offers Amazon Machine Image (AMI)s for Linux and Windows installations integrated with their ORBX middleware.
I spot three key pieces of information: The base clock is 797 MHz, the memory size is 2990 MB, and the default drivers are Forceware 276.52 (??). The core and default clock rate, GK104 and 797 MHz respectively, are characteristic of the GRID K520 GPU with its 2 GK104 GPUs clocked at 800 MHz. However, since the K520 gives each GPU 4GB and this instance only has 3GB of vRAM, I can tell that the product is slightly different.
I was unable to query the device's shader count. The K520 (similar to a GeForce 680) has 1536 per GPU which sounds about right (but, again, pure speculation).
I also tested the server with TCPing to measure its networking performance versus the cluster compute instances. I did not do anything like Speedtest or Netalyzr. With a normal cluster instance I achieve about 20-25ms pings; with this instance I was more in the 45-50ms range. Of course, your mileage may vary and this should not be used as any official benchmark. If you are considering using the instance for your product, launch an instance and run your own tests. It is not expensive. Still, it seems to be less responsive than Cluster Compute instances which is odd considering its intended gaming usage.
Regardless, now that Amazon picked up GRID, we might see more services (be it consumer or enterprise) which utilizes this technology. The new GPU instances start at $0.65/hr for Linux and $0.767/hr for Windows (excluding extra charges like network bandwidth) on demand. Like always with EC2, if you will use these instances a lot, you can get reduced rates if you pay a fee upfront.
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2013 - 02:31 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: WCS, Starcraft II, Blizzcon 2013
The last match to decide the 16 StarCraft II players competing at Blizzcon is starting just about right now. This match-up, a best-of-five series between NaNiwa and Revival, was not an expected event. Over the whole of 2013, both players accumulated 3200 "WCS Points" which puts them in a tie for 16th place. As far as I can tell, Blizzard is hosting the event.
A little retro...
The WCS Global Finals have a prize pool of $250,000 USD. Whoever wins will be able to compete for up to $100,000 and, of course, the title of "Best StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Player in the World, 2013". Just attending the competition guarantees you at least $5000. All of this is on top of whatever else the player won over the last 10-or-so months.
You can check out the tie-breaker series, if you go quickly, by checking out their website. Blizzcon is taking place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, and is usually where Blizzard announces new titles. Hopefully it will be a big event to make up for the last year's hiatus.
Update 1: NaNiwa goes up 1-0 after crushing Revival with a quick push. Really quick. On to game 2. ((I will continue to update as the series goes on.))
Update 2: NaNiwa got a little greedy in getting a third base and Revival punished him for it. His third base got wrecked and his attack upgrade got denied. Revival, with a big lead, spent a lot of resources getting workers to increase his lead. NaNiwa, with very few options besides a 2-base push, massed up a bunch of blink stalkers.
As it turns out, Revival spent too much resources on workers and not enough on units to defend. NaNiwa is up 2-0. Revival now needs to win 3-in-a-row or he's out of Blizzcon contention. On to game 3!
Update 3: Revival pushed NaNiwa at both the second an third base with a large swell of zerglings and roaches. Eventually he broke NaNiwa's third. The attacking force could not leave though. NaNiwa used his forcefields to block their exit and kill them off. He then massed 2-attack blink stalkers and crushed Revival. 3-0 for NaNiwa with three straight 2-base blink stalker crushes.
The Round of 16 matchups for Blizzcon are:
- Soulkey (Z) vs NaNiwa (P)
- Bomber (T) vs MMA (T)
- Hero (P) vs sOs (P)
- Polt (T) vs Alive (T)
- Dear (P) vs Taeja (T)
- Jaedong (Z) vs MVP (T)
- Maru (T) vs MC (P)
- INnoVation (T) vs duckdeok (P)
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2013 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's Optiplex 3010 is a popular model for office and general productivity work, running quietly and taking up very little space. It has the power to manage most applications with its Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz, 4GB DDR-3 and a 500GB HDD but don't expect incredible gaming performance. Dell has installed Win7 Pro 64bit on this machine and offer a 3 year warranty, both of which may attract some of our readers interest as well.
- Dell Optiplex 3010 Core i5 Quad-Core Desktop w/ Windows 7 Pro, 3-year warranty for $514.00 with free shipping(normally $1,249.99 - use coupon code: $BVV$XQF73HPFT).
- Asus VG248QE 24" 3D LED-Backlight LCD Monitor w/ 144Hz Refresh Rat for $239.99 with Free Shipping (normally $309.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWXR222).
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- Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Computer Case for $69.99 with free shipping (normally $139.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWXR42)
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Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2013 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: radeon, r9 290, hawaii, crossfire, amd, 290x, powertune
How does all the power of a GTX 780 for a price tag $100 lower sound to you? Honestly it might sound a little loud as the reference cooler on the R9 290 can be a little loud at 50% which is the speed you need to be able to keep this card running full out. As long as you don't mind the sound or are willing to wait for custom air or water cooling solutions there are no negatives about the 290. Frame pacing makes Crossfire much smoother and it sports the hardware improvements for EyeFinity to improve your experience in 4K and multi-monitor usage. [H]ard|OCP actually uses the word epic just before giving this card a Gold Award, check out their full review here.
Ryan's review, including Frame Rating can be found by clicking here.
"It is time now to look at AMD's Radeon R9 290. This lower-cost R9 290 series video card packs a punch, not only in performance, but also in price. Watch it compete with the GeForce GTX 780, and win while being priced lower. This is the value you have been waiting for with gaming performance."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD's Radeon R9 290 @ The Tech Report
- AMD Radeon R9 290 @ Legion Hardware
- AMD Radeon R9 290 @ Hardware.info
- AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Radeon R9 290 @ Techspot
- AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD R9 290 @ Kitguru
- AMD Radeon R9 290 4 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire @ [H]ard|OCP
- Powercolor R9 290X OC Review @ OCC
- PowerColor R9 290X OC 4 GB @ techPowerUp
- HIS R9 270X IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB @ eTeknix
- 4K Gaming Showdown – AMD R9 290X & R9 280X Vs Nvidia GTX Titan & GTX 780 @ eTeknix
- AMD Radeon R9 290X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 at 4K @ Legit Reviews
- Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Review @ OCC
- MSI R9 280X GAMING @ [H]ard|OCP
- VisionTek Radeon R9 280X Video Card Review @ Modders-Inc
- HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X Video Card Review @ TechwareLabs
- AMD's Radeon Gallium3D Starts Posing A Threat To Catalyst @ Phoronix
- Three GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Cards @ X-bit Labs
- GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Cards Roundup @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2013 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, borg, omega, emergent
An interesting story over at The Register talks about Google's new Omega cluster management software which will replace the current Borg software in the near future. The topic is one that many are likely familiar with from Science Fiction and biology; emergent behaviour in complex systems. It seems that 10,000 servers Omega controls are displaying even more than Borg did, with opportunistic usage of resources for tasks based on priority, run time and the processing power required to complete the tasks. This behaviour was not specifically programmed, it has come about thanks to some overarching rules which has lead to unexpected benefits. There are links to Google papers in the article if you wish to dig deeper into this topic.
""Emergent" behaviors have been appearing in prototypes of Google's Omega cluster management and application scheduling technology since its inception, and similar behaviors are regularly glimpsed in its "Borg" predecessor, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to The Register."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- WTF is ... 802.15.4e? @ The Register
- Motorola's Project Ara Builds On Open Hardware Success, One Phoneblok at a Time @ Linux.com
- NZXT Phantom 530 Red Chassis + Respire T20 CPU Cooler Giveaway @ eTeknix
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