Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2017 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10
Ars Technica takes you on a walk through the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, which will start being installed on machines in just under two weeks. Starting with the good, there are some interesting new features, such as Edge now being able to display EPUB titles natively even if you will not have the ability to mark up those pages as you can websites. It also sees the inclusion of Windows Holographic API, though as of yet nothing apart from MSPaint seems to benefit from this addition. Game Mode will also appear for users, with support for both win32 and UWP applications, though you will have to adjust settings in the non-UWP to enable the new feature.
There is a long list of other changes, for both better and worse, which you can check out in the full article.
"The next big update to Windows 10 is nearly upon us: Windows 10 version 1703, known as the Creators Update, will be published to Windows Update next Patch Tuesday, on April 11th."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Swan: Better Linux on Windows @ Hack a Day
- Source Parts on TaoBao: An Insider’s Guide @ Hack a Day
- Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS @ The Register
- So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do? @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2017 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: bloody, B820R Light Strike RGB Animation, gaming keyboard, input, LK Optic Switch
We have seen a handful of Bloody keyboards on the market, with their unique take on switches. They use an LK Optic Switch as opposed to a mechanical switch, it detects keypresses when an photosensors detect an interruption in the beam emanating from the infrared LEDs within the keyboard. The other difference in the design comes from the RGB feature, instead of being integral to the key they are actually installed in the body of the keyboard. Benchmark Reviews have become somewhat expert at Bloody keyboards, check out what they thought of this model in their full review.
"In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we’ll take a closer look at the Bloody B820R Light Strike RGB Animation Gaming Keyboard, and determine if this latest offering has what it takes to set itself apart from the rest of the mechanical keyboard market."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ TechARP
- Silverstone ES02-USB 2.4GHz Wireless PC Remote Control Kit @ Modders-Inc
- Razer DeathAdder Elite Mouse @ Kitguru
Introduction and Packaging
Data Robotics shipped their first product 10 years ago. Dubbed the Drobo (short for Data Robot), it was a 4-bay hot-swappable USB 2.0 connected external storage device. At a time where RAID was still a term mostly unknown to typical PC users, the Drobo was already pushing the concept of data redundancy past what those familiar with RAID were used to. BeyondRAID offered a form of redundant data storage that decoupled rigid RAID structures from fixed capacity disk packs. While most RAID volumes were 'dumb', BeyondRAID was aware of what was stored within its partitions, distributing that data in block format across the available disks. This not only significantly speed up rebuilding (only used portions of the disks need be recopied), it allowed for other cool tricks like the ability to mix drive capacities within the same array. Switching between parity levels could also be done on-the-fly and with significantly less effort than traditional RAID migrations.
While all of the above was great, the original Drobo saw performance hits from its block level management, which was limited by the processing overhead combined with the available processing power for such a device at the time. The first Drobo model was lucky to break 15 MB/s, which could not even fully saturate a USB 2.0 link. After the launch, requests for network attached capability led to the launch of the DroboShare, which could act as a USB to ethernet bridge. It worked but was still limited by the link speed of the connected Drobo. A Drobo FS launched a few years later, but it was not much quicker. Three years after that we got the 5N, which was finally a worthy contender in the space.
10 years and nearly a dozen models later, we now have the Drobo 5N2, which will replace the aging 5N. The newer model retains the same 5-bay form factor and mSATA bay for optional SSD cache but adds a second bondable Gigabit Ethernet port and upgrades most of the internals. Faster hardware specs and newer more capable firmware enables increased throughput and volume sizes up to 64TB. Since BeyondRAID is thin provisioned, you always make the volume as large as it can be and simply add disk capacity as the amount of stored content grows over time.
Subject: Mobile | March 28, 2017 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thx, Razer Blade Pro V, razer, gaming laptop, 4k, 1080
THX Certification, likely familiar to any movie-goers, is a standard which details certain display and audio requirements and it would seem that the new Razer Blade is the first gaming laptop to meet their standards. The display is 4K 17.3" IGZO G-SYNC panel, which has an LED backlight and capacitive multi-touch and is capable of displaying 100% of Adobe RGB colour space. The audio is a 7.1 Codec which supports Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition as well as a THX Certified 3.5mm combo audio port which can drive high end headphones.
Inside you will find a Core i7-7820HK, overclocked to reach a peak of 4.3GHz, an 8GB GTX 1080, 32GB of DDR4-2667 and two PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 of up to 2TB in size. As well the Razer offers an ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard and Killer DoubleShot Pro, which is a Killer Wireless-AC 1535 NIC as well as a Killer E2500.
You can read the full PR under the fold or head straight to the website.
Subject: Processors | March 28, 2017 - 11:48 AM | Morry Teitelman
Tagged: FinalWire, aida64, ryzen, amd, Intel
Courtesy of FinalWire
Today, FinalWire Ltd. announced the release of version 5.90 of their diagnostic and benchmarking tool, AIDA64. This new version updates their Extreme Edition, Engineer Edition, and Business Edition of the software, available here.
The latest version of AIDA64 has been optimized to work with AMD's Ryzen "Summit Ridge" and Intel's "Apollo Lake" processors, as well as updated to work with Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update release. The benchmarks and performance tests housed within AIDA64 have been updated for the Ryzen processor to utilize the VX2, FMA3, AES-NI and SHA instruction sets.
New features include:
- AVX2 and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for AMD Ryzen Summit Ridge processors
- Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update support
- Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Apollo Lake SoC
- Improved support for Intel Cannonlake, Coffee Lake, Denverton, Kaby Lake-X, Skylake-X CPUs
- Preliminary support for AMD Zen server processors
- Preliminary support for Intel Gemini Lake SoC and Knights Mill HPC CPU
- NZXT Kraken X52 sensor support
- Socket AM4 motherboards support
- Improved support for Intel B250, H270, Q270 and Z270 chipset based motherboards
- EastRising ER-OLEDM032 (SSD1322) OLED support
- SMBIOS 3.1.1 support
- Crucial M600, Crucial MX300, Intel Pro 5400s, SanDisk Plus, WD Blue SSD support
- Improved support for Samsung NVMe SSDs
- Advanced support for HighPoint RocketRAID 27xx RAID controllers
- GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Quadro GP100, Tesla P6
Software updates new to this release (since AIDA64 v5.00):
- AVX and FMA accelerated FP32 and FP64 ray tracing benchmarks
- Vulkan graphics accelerator diagnostics
- RemoteSensor smartphone and tablet LCD integration
- Logitech Arx Control smartphone and tablet LCD integration
- Microsoft Windows 10 TH2 (November Update) support
- Proper DPI scaling to better support high-resolution LCD and OLED displays
- AVX and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for AMD A-Series Bristol Ridge and Carrizo APUs
- AVX2 and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Broadwell, Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs
- AVX and SSE accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for AMD Nolan APU
- Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Braswell and Cherry Trail processors
- Advanced SMART disk health monitoring
- Hot Keys to switch LCD pages, start or stop logging, show or hide SensorPanel
- Corsair K65, K70, K95, Corsair Strafe, Logitech G13, G19, G19s, G910, Razer Chroma RGB LED keyboard support
- Corsair, Logitech, Razer RGB LED mouse support
- Corsair and Razer RGB LED mousepad support
- AlphaCool Heatmaster II, Aquaduct, Aquaero, AquaStream XT, AquaStream Ultimate, Farbwerk, MPS, NZXT GRID+ V2, PowerAdjust 2, PowerAdjust 3 sensor devices support
- Improved Corsair Link sensor support
- NZXT Kraken water cooling sensor support
- Corsair AXi, Corsair HXi, Corsair RMi, Enermax Digifanless, Thermaltake DPS-G power supply unit sensor support
- Support for Gravitech, LCD Smartie Hardware, Leo Bodnar, Modding-FAQ, Noteu, Odospace, Saitek Pro Flight Instrument Panel, Saitek X52 Pro, UCSD LCD devices
- Portrait mode support for AlphaCool and Samsung SPF LCDs
- System certificates information
- Advanced support for Adaptec and Marvell RAID controllers
AIDA64 is developed by FinalWire Ltd., headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. The company’s founding members are veteran software developers who have worked together on programming system utilities for more than two decades. Currently, they have ten products in their portfolio, all based on the award-winning AIDA technology: AIDA64 Extreme, AIDA64 Engineer, AIDA64 Network Audit, AIDA64 Business and AIDA64 for Android,, iOS, Sailfish OS, Tizen, Ubuntu Touch and Windows Phone. For more information, visit www.aida64.com.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2017 - 09:54 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: zspace, VR, AR
A few weeks ago, we posted about an education company that joined the Khronos Group’s OpenXR Working Group for VR and AR APIs. As I mentioned at the time, I have a personal interest in education technologies, due in part to my background before joining PC Perspective. While the education field is in need of more than just technology, companies like zSpace are building infrastructure to deliver information in new and more varied ways, which will hopefully reach more students (and reach the rest more deeply).
As for the news: after the previous post, zSpace followed up to let us know that they’ve been accepted into the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) program. This is a fairly large (hundreds of millions of dollars, USD) investment fund that primarily focuses on their amount of innovation. The fund has a handful of “challenge” areas, such as health and water / electricity, that are considered for the “public good” and thus eligible. I’m guessing zSpace qualified under “Knowledge and Human Development Authority” but their press release doesn’t elaborate.
Previously accepted companies, according to Forbes, are Honeywell and Hyperloop.
I'm not sure how much of our audience is focused in the education / IT sector, so let us know in the comments if you found this follow-up relevant to you. (PC Perspective allows anonymous comments, so you don't have to jump through too many hoops to leave your opinion.)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 28, 2017 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, Strider Platinum ST1200-PT, 1200W PSU, modular psu, 80 Plus Platinum
Externally the new Silverstone Strider Platinum ST1200-PT is identical to the 1000W model, sharing the same 80 Plus Platinum rating as well as a fan which does not start to spin until the PSU hits 40% load. The internals are somewhat different, as this PSU can deliver up to 100A on the 12V line and do it without any issues as you can see in [H]ard|OCP's review. Indeed the only drawback to this PSU is one it shares with others from SilverStone; the price is on the high side compared to the competition. Then again the quality also surpasses many other PSUs in the same class, so perhaps the premium price is worth it for you?
"SilverStone comes to us with huge Platinum efficiency power with its Strider PSU rated for 1200 watts of constant power delivery. The PSU also sports a beefy feature set to go along with being able to support even the healthiest enthusiast computer build. Fanless modes below 40% power, dust filtering, and 16 sets of SATA connectors lead the list."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- RIOTORO Enigma 850W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic PRIME 1200W Platinum @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master Masterwatt Maker 1200W MIJ @ Kitguru
- Seasonic PRIME 1000W Platinum PSU @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2017 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, planescape, GOG
Planescape: Torment is an RPG that has a special place in a lot of peoples memories as one of the games stood out as being the best example of its genre. GOG have sold it for a while now, allowing people to revist the game or experience what exactly it is all the older gamers are reminiscing about. The problem has been that in order to make it run on newer machines with screens with resolutions somewhat better than 640x480 you needed to apply a lot of mods and hope for a bit of luck as things would often go horribly wrong. Today the Beamdog Enhanced Edition was announced, though places like Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have already had a chance to play it.
The graphics are upscaled to the resolution of your desktop but not overly polished so you will definitely notice this is not a modern game. On the other hand the quests are still there and it is not like many recent games feature a tour through the Outer Planes? You can grab it at GOG for 30% off if you already own the original, or pay $20 otherwise. You should also check out the changelog RPS captured from the webpage, there are some rather amusing notes found within for those who have played the game before.
"Not played PST before? PSTEE is all the invitation you need. Native high-res support, scaleable UI, a few helping hands and most of all it just works. Played PST before? Well, like me, the last time round you probably did it modded, and as such PSTEE, though a smoother ride, won’t feel particularly revelatory. If it’s your first time back since 1999, however, rest assured that it treats your memories well."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Persona 5 brings depth and complexity to its Robin Hood tale @ Ars Technica
- Wot I Think: Afghanistan 11 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Mass Effect Andromeda Performance Analysis @ Kitguru
- Rocket League gets Dropshot mode and Easter treats @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Roam free: A history of open-world gaming @ Ars Technica
- Endless Space 2 adds multiplayer, Riftborn faction @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2017 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SFX PSU, modular phone, FSP Group, 80 Plus Gold
With small form factor systems growing in popularity, the market for SFX PSUs is increasing as well. FSP have just released their new Dagger family of SFX PSUs with two models, a $100 500W and a $110 600W. Both of these PSUs feature single 12V rails and are rated 80 Plus Gold, the internals are based off of server quality PCBs and offer DC to DC power.
They ship with a removable backplate to allow them to be used in full sized builds as well, with the small size of the PSU leaving more space in your case for cooling solutions and air flow. The PSU itself is cooled by an 80mm fan, about as large as you can fit in the 125x63.5x110 mm shell.
The Dagger is fully modular, with flat cables to make cable management even easier. The PSU ships with two PCIe 6+2 power connectors, five SATA, two molex and a floppy plug in addition to the motherboard power cables. You can check out the video below, or click through to read the full PR from FSP.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2017 - 09:04 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: CaptoGlove, AR, VR, gaming, controller, bluetooth 4.0, BTLE 4.0, glove
There’s a new sheriff in town! The jauntily named “CaptoGlove” promises to be a true game and VR controller in a handy glove. Originally developed some five years ago by an Italian air force pilot for his recovering father, he has continued development of the unit so it is actually a useful game controller with a precise 3D space positioning system. Codeveloped with the Reusch group in Italy, the CaptoGlove looks to be a pretty polished piece of gaming equipment useful in a wide variety of applications.
The glove features 10 degrees of freedom and a variety of potential actuations. The glove caries about 10 hours of charge and can be quickly recharged. It features Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 connectivity. It is essentially plug and play and the user can assign functions to the different fingers.
It is a somewhat stylish looking product, which is not surprising given that Reusch has been making sporting gloves for some 80 years. The material looks robust and should last a long, long time. There are no details about replacing the battery, in fact many of the specifications about the glove are still unknown. It does look to be a pretty dextrous implementation that supersedes products coming before it.
This glove is on Kickstarter and they have almost achieved their goal in the past 6 days. A single glove will be $160 through the Kickstarter and a pair will run $299. The highest level includes two extra sensors that allow even more precision with gaming and VR/AR, but that comes at a steep $599.
The gloves have been tested with all kinds of games and functionality is good. The videos that CaptoGlove show off have decent performance and accuracy in many titles. Currently there is no force feedback enabled nor announced. This is not to say that it won’t show up in the future, but this first generation consumer product still has plenty of functionality to keep people interested.
AR/VR applications show the most promise for CaptoGlove. It has been tested with all of the major projects out there and seems to work fine. I will be very curious how well it works in applications like Tilt Brush! If eventually they make a haptic version of the glove, it could be a killer application for it.
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