Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2016 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: phanteks, matx case, Enthoo Pro M, Enthoo, enclosure, atx case
Sebastian reviewed the Enthoo Pro M back in August, a well received case with a layout similar to an EVOLV ATX or Fractal Design Define S. Phanteks have recently updated the exterior of the case, replacing the plastic side window and panel with a side panel made completely of tempered glass. You can see how the upgraded model looks over at Kitguru. There is also a variant which looks the same as this model, but with an acrylic side panel for those concerned about the price or mistrusting of a glass side panel.
"The short version of this review is that Phanteks has given its Enthoo Pro M case a minor update and has changed the main side panel for a sheet of tempered glass. The slightly longer version is that Phanteks has revised its superb entry level Pro M case by replacing one of the few weak features, a flexible steel side panel with a so-so plastic window, with a gorgeous panel of tempered glass."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Aurora Mid-Tower Tempered Glass @ eTeknix
- Deepcool Captain Genome Cooling System Review @ NikKTech
- ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L Review @ OCC
- Alphacool Eisbaer 240 Expandable AIO @ Kitguru
- MSI Core Frozr L @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2016 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VR, htc vive, H3VR, gaming
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is a VR game built on Unity which features a "Authentic ‘Murican BBQ experience with obsessively detailed grilling simulation" as well as bocce, lawn darts and hand grenade skeet shooting. [H]ard|OCP tested out the Early Access version of this Vive title on their usual GPU suspects, it is worth mentioning the i7-6950X @ 4.2GHz as well since the developer feels that CPU could also be an issue. This title continued the unfortunate trend we have seen with AMD cards, RX 480 performance lagged behind even the GTX 1060 and there were several crashes during testing. For the moment NVIDIA is enjoying unchallenged status in VR gaming, lets hope AMD can find ways to improve their offerings to compete at a price to performance level in the near future.
Don't forget to sign up for the Fragging Frogs Virtual LAN party #14 on October 29th, we are up to 46 participants so you can be guaranteed to not only have a good time but to have a wide variety of active games to choose from!
"Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is more of a firearms simulation than it is a game. H3VR certainly does have some gaming and scoring modes of play and the developer is has been very busy increasing the H3VR content depth. If you have never handled a rifle of pistol, H3VR can be somewhat daunting, but certainly rewarding."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Stellaris Gets Space Krakens and More With Leviathans @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- A first look at Star Control: Origins gameplay—prequel due for release in 2H17 @ Ars Technica
- In Tyranny, It’s Good To Be Evil @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Fantasy-Free, Choice-Heavy RPG Expeditions: Viking @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Battlefield 1 - PC graphics performance @ Guru of 3D
- Wot I Think: Shadow Warrior 2 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour review @ The Inquirer
- Serious Sam VR Is VR At Its Most Stupid & Most Brilliant @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
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Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2016 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report also occasionally posts their staffs favourite peripherals, from monitors to mice, through microphones to joysticks. Indeed they recommend a variety of Freesync and G-SYNC monitors so you can jump immediately to the appropriate page. You can check out their recommended racing wheels, speakers ranging from small desktop models to studio quality or even power line networking. Pop on over to see if you want to add any of their choices to your wishlist.
"For this edition of our peripheral staff picks, we've refreshed our selection of displays, keyboards, mice, and more to account for the latest and greatest options out there for PC builders. Finish off your PC with this selection of great gear."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel CPU flaw leaves Haswell-powered devices open to attack @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers @ The Register
- Kodak revives the classic Ektra camera as a deca-core Android smartphone @ The Inquirer
- 32GB iPhone 7 Has 8 Times Slower Storage Performance Than 128GB Model @ Slashdot
- Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates @ The Register
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2016 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, driver, Crimson Edition 16.10.2
AMD is expecting their new driver to arrive any moment now, in time for several game launches as well as updating some existing early access titles. You can keep your eye out for the update on their driver page or wait for your installed driver to prompt you to upgrade. Here is a quick list of the new features and bug fixes to expect.a
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 Highlights
- Battlefield 1
- Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
- Titanfall 2
- Serious Sam VR Early Access
- Eagle Flight VR
New AMD CrossFire profile added for DirectX® 11:
- Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI
- Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been exited.
- Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after driver upgrade when using AMD CrossFire configurations.
- Gears of War 4 may experience an application hang when using select high resolution and quality configurations in some specific game maps.
- DirectX®12 content may be unable to launch on some older CPUs that do not support popcnt instruction.
- Battlefield 1TM AMD CrossFire profile updates for game launch.
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