Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2013 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Dell UltraSharp U2913WM is one of those rare 21:9 aspect ratio screens, sporting a 2560 x 1080 resolution and offering comparable screen real estate to two smaller displays thanks to it's 29" screen. The ghosting on this IPS monitor is minimal and the input lag is acceptable which makes it a good choice for gamers as well as for productivity. You are going to need some space if you want multiple screens though, a triple U29WM setup will be 7' of screen!
- Dell UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 29" 2560 x 1080 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $539.99 with free shipping(normally $699.99 - use coupon code: 9QB025WNJ3X$MJ).
- Toshiba Satellite S55 15.6" "Haswell" Core i7 Laptop w/NVIDIA 740M for $794.99 with Free Shipping (normally $869.99 - use coupon code: BuydigTreat15).
- WD My Net N750 HD Dual-Band Router for $29.99 with Free Shipping (normally $119.99).
- Synology DiskStation 2-Bay Gigabit NAS Server (Diskless) for $299.00 with free shipping(normally $379.00).
- La Crosse Technologies Projection Alarm Clock for $28.38 with free shipping (normally $44.95)
- Iron Man 3D Wall Art Nightlight for $29.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $39.00)
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2013 - 01:39 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: c7, modular psu, gm series, cooler master, 80 Plus Bronze
Cooler Master has launched a new series of power supplies aimed at gamers. The new Cooler Master GM Series is a line of 80 PLUS Bronze rated semi-modular PSUs that come in 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models.
The GM series feature a semi-modular design with a permanently attached ATX and CPU cable paired with modular ports for attaching the flat ribbon power cables with SATA, Molex, and PCI-E power connectors. The power supplies have a single 120mm cooling fan and a 3D circuit board that eliminates some internal cabling and improves cooling as a result (according to Cooler Master). The 80+ Bronze PSUs have a single 12V rail design that can deliver up to 62 amps on the 12V rail. They are also compatible with Haswell’s C6 and C7 sleep states.
The G750M, which is the 750W PSU, has the following connectors:
- 1 x 24 pin ATX
- 1 x 4+4 pin CPU
- 4 x 6+2 pin PCI-E
- 8 x SATA
- 6 x Molex
- 1 x Floppy power
More information on the new GM series can be found on the Cooler Master website. As is usually the case with product launches, exact pricing and availability in the US is still unknown.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Networking, Processors, Mobile | October 19, 2013 - 01:45 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SoC, p5600, MIPS, imagination
Imagination Technologies, a company known for its PowerVR graphics IP, has unleashed its first Warrior P-series MIPS CPU core. The new MIPS core is called the P5600 and is a 32-bit core based on the MIPS Release 5 ISA (Instruction Set Architecture).
The P5600 CPU core can perform 128-bit SIMD computations, provide hardware accelerated virtualization, and access up to a 1TB of memory via virtual addressing. While the MIPS 5 ISA provides for 64-bit calculations, the P5600 core is 32-bit only and does not include the extra 64-bit portions of the ISA.
The MIPS P5600 core can scale up to 2GHz in clockspeed when used in chips built on TSMC's 28nm HPM manufacturing process (according to Imagination Technologies). Further, the Warrior P5600 core can be used in processors and SoCs. As many as six CPU cores can be combined and managed by a coherence manager and given access to up to 8MB of shared L2 cache. Imagination Technologies is aiming processors containing the P5600 cores at mobile devices, networking appliances (routers, hardware firewalls, switches, et al), and micro-servers.
A configuration of multiple P5600 cores with L2 cache.
I first saw a story on the P5600 over at the Tech Report, and found it interesting that Imagination Technologies was developing a MIPS processor aimed at mobile devices. It does make sense to see a MIPS CPU from the company as it owns the MIPS intellectual property. Also, a CPU core is a logical step for a company with a large graphics IP and GPU portfolio. Developing its own MIPS CPU core would allow it to put together an SoC with its own CPU and GPU components. With that said, I found it interesting that the P5600 CPU core was being aimed at the mobile space, where ARM processors currently dominate. ARM is working to increase performance while Intel is working to bring its powerhouse x86 architecture to the ultra low power mobile space. Needless to say, it is a highly competitive market and Imagination Technologies new CPU core is sure to have a difficult time establishing itself in that space of consumer smartphone and tablet SoCs. Fortunately, mobile chips are not the only processors Imagination Technologies is aiming the P5600 at. It is also offering up the MIPS Series 5 compatible core for use in processors powering networking equipment and very low power servers and business appliances where the MIPS architecture is more commonplace.
In any event, I'm interested to see what else IT has in store for its MIPS IP and where the Warrior series goes from here!
More information on the MIPS 5600 core can be found here.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2013 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp U2413 1920 x 1200 24" IPS claims a 6ms response time which makes it suitable for gaming, as well as offering superior colour support. As it is a new model it supports HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-D and mini DisplayPort inputs as well as acting as a 4-port USB 3.0 hub.
- Dell UltraSharp U2413 1920 x 1200 24" IPS Monitor (2013 model) for $449.99 with free shipping(normally $599.99 - use coupon code: 9QB025WNJ3X$MJ).
- Toshiba Satellite C70-AST2NX3 17.3" Core i3 Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $529.99 with Free Shipping (normally $649.99).
- Planar 27" LED Backlight LCD Monitor + Free Logitech Wireless Mouse for $199.99 with Free Shipping(normally $249.99).
- Western Digital My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router (WDBWVK0000NSL) for $49.99 with free shipping(normally $199.99).
- Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300 1300W 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply for $179.99 with free shipping (normally $299.99)
- XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 Video Card + 3 FREE PC Games for $249.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $399.99)
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 18, 2013 - 01:21 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, GeForce GTX 780 Ti
So the really interesting news today was G-Sync but that did not stop NVIDIA from sneaking in a new high-end graphics card. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti follows the company's old method of releasing successful products:
- Attach a seemingly arbitrary suffix to a number
In all seriousness, we know basically nothing about this card. It is entirely possible that its architecture might not even be based on GK110. We do know it will be faster than a GeForce 780 but we have no frame of reference in regards to the GeForce Titan. The two cards were already so close in performance that Ryan struggled to validate the 780's existence. Imagine how difficult it would be for NVIDIA to wedge yet another product in that gap.
And if it does outperform the Titan, what is its purpose? Sure, Titan is a GPGPU powerhouse if you want double-precision performance without purchasing a Tesla or a Quadro, but that is not really relevant for gamers yet.
We shall see, soon, when we get review samples in. You, on the other hand, will likely see more when the card launches mid-November. No word on pricing.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 17, 2013 - 06:56 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, GTX 760 OEM
A pair of new graphics cards have been announced during the first day of "The Way It's Meant To Be Played Montreal 2013" both of which intended for system builders to integrate into their products. Both cards fall under the GeForce GTX 760 branding with the names: "GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM)" and "GeForce GTX 760 192-bit (OEM)".
I will place the main specifications of both cards side-by-side-side with the default GeForce 760 for a little bit of reference. Be sure to check out its benchmark.
|GTX 760||GTX 760 192-bit (OEM)||GTX 760 Ti (OEM)|
|Base Clock||980 MHz||823 MHz||915 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1033 MHz||888 MHz||980 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||6.0 GT/s||5.8 GT/s||6.0 GT/s|
|vRAM (capacity)||2 GB||1.5 or 3 GB||2 GB|
The GeForce 760 is no slouch and, especially the GTX 760 Ti, seems to be pretty close in performance to the retail product. I could see this being a respectible addition to a Steam Machine. I still cannot understand why, like the gaming bundle, these cards were not announced during the keynote speech.
Or, for that matter, why no-one seems to be reporting on them.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 06:35 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, corsair, halloween, costume, contest, XSPC, watercooling, radiator, steam, SteamOS, Steam Controller
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Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, Aivia Uranium, gigabyte
Gigabyte's Aivia Uranium is more than just a wireless gaming mouse, you also get a receiver with a receiver that sports an OLED and displays what your current settings are. The report rate can be set from 125Hz to 1kHz and the DPI from 100 to 6500 on the fly. Counting the mouse wheel there are 10 programmable buttons which can handle macros as well as single push actions. At $120 it is quite expensive but HiTech Legion felt there were enough included functions to actually make it worth it for someone who needs more than just a mundane mouse.
"The Gigabyte Aivia Uranium is a one of a kind gaming mouse that comes with an OLED wireless receiver. The receiver's display enables the Aivia Uranium to control macros, program buttons, change sensitivity and polling rates without having to use software on the computer. There are 10 programmable buttons and a no-slip rubberized surface so that even the most intense gaming session won't go out of control."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Mionix Avior 8200 Gaming Mouse @ Rbmods
- CM Storm Reaper Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Tt eSPORTS VOLOS Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
- Razer Ouroboros Wireless Gaming Mouse @ Custom PC Review
- Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
- Razer Tartarus Membrane Gaming Keypad @ Benchmark Reviews
- Leap Motion Controller LM-010 Performance Review @ Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Tt eSPORTS Meka G-Unit Illuminated @ LanOC Reviews
- GIGABYTE Force K7 Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Mechanical Keyboard Review @ OCC
- TTesports Meka G-unit mechanical keyboard @ R&B Mods
- Gigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- DIATEC Filco Red Majestouch-2 Soft Linear Action Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- SteelSeries APEX [RAW] Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTech
- Steelseries Apex Gaming Keyboard @ Funky Kit
- CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 17, 2013 - 05:36 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: shield, nvidia, bundle
The live stream from NVIDIA, this morning, was full of technologies focused around the PC gaming ecosystem including mobile (but still PC-like) platforms. Today they also announced a holiday gaming bundle for their GeForce cards although that missed the stream for some reason.
If you purchase a GeForce GTX 770, 780, or Titan from a participating retailer (including online), you will receive Splinter Cell: Black List, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag along with a $100-off coupon for an NVIDIA SHIELD.
If, on the other hand, you purchase a GTX 760, 680, 670, 660 Ti, or 660 from a participating retailer (again, including online), you will receive Splinter Cell: Black List and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag along with a $50-off coupon for the NVIDIA SHIELD.
The current price at Newegg for an NVIDIA SHIELD is $299 USD. With a $100 discount, this pushes the price point to $199. The $200 price point is a barrier, for videogame systems, under which customers tend to jump at. Reaching the sub-$200 price point could be a big deal even for customers not on the fence especially when you consider PC streaming. Could be.
Assume you were already planning on upgrading your GPU. Would you be interested in adding in an NVIDIA SHIELD for an extra $199?
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | October 17, 2013 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: radeon, R9 290X, amd
The NDA on AMD R9 290X benchmarks has not yet lifted but AMD was in Montreal to provide two previews: BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, both at 4K (3840 x 2160). Keep in mind, these scores are provided by AMD and definitely does not represent results from our monitor-capture solution. Expect more detailed results from us, later, as we do some Frame Rating.
The test machine used in both setups contains:
- Intel Core i7-3960X at 3.3 GHz
- MSI X79A-GD65
- 16GB of DDR3-1600
- Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (331.40 drivers) / AMD Radeon R9 290X (13.11 beta drivers)
The R9 290X is configured in its "Quiet Mode" during both benchmarks. This is particularly interesting, to me, as I was unaware of such feature (it has been a while since I last used a desktop AMD/ATi card). I would assume this is a fan and power profile to keep noise levels as silent as possible for some period of time. A quick Google search suggests this feature is new with the Radeon Rx200-series cards.
BioShock Infinite is quite demanding at 4K with ultra quality settings. Both cards maintain an average framerate above 30FPS.
AMD R9 290X "Quiet Mode": 44.25 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780: 37.67 FPS
(Update 1: 4:44pm EST) AMD confirmed TressFX is disabled in these benchmark scores. It, however, is enabled if you are present in Montreal to see the booth. (end of update 1)
Tomb Raider is also a little harsh at those resolutions. Unfortunately, the results are ambiguous whether or not TressFX has been enabled throughout the benchmarks. The summary explicitly claims TressFX is enabled, while the string of settings contains "Tressfx=off". Clearly, one of the two entries is a typo. We are currently trying to get clarification. In the mean time:
AMD R9 290X "Quiet Mode": 40.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780: 34.5 FPS
Notice how both of these results are not compared to a GeForce Titan. Recent leaks suggest a retail price for AMD's flagship card in the low-$700 market. The GeForce 780, on the other hand, resides in the $650-700 USD price point.
It seems pretty clear, to me, that cost drove this comparison rather than performance.
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