Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2017 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: jon peddie, marketshare, graphics cards
The GPU market increased 5.6% from Q3 to Q4 of 2016, beating the historical average of -4.7% by quite a large margin, over the year we saw an increase of 21.1%. That increase is even more impressive when you consider that the total PC market dropped 10.1% in the same time, showing that far more consumers chose to upgrade their existing machines instead of buying new ones. This makes sense as neither Intel nor AMD offered a compelling reason to upgrade your processor and motherboard for anyone who purchased one in the last two or three years.
AMD saw a nice amount of growth, grabbing almost 8% of the total market from NVIDIA over the year, though they lost a tiny bit of ground between Q3 and Q4 of 2016. Jon Peddie's sample also includes workstation class GPUs as well as gaming models and it seems a fair number of users chose to upgrade their machines as that market increased just over 19% in 2016.
"The graphics add-in board market has defied gravity for over a year now, showing gains while the overall PC market slips. The silly notion of integrated graphics "catching up" with discrete will hopefully be put to rest now," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie research, the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel prepares for 5G with launch of XMM 7560 Gigabit LTE modem @ The Inquirer
- Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch @ The Register
- Amazon Quietly Lowered Its Free Shipping Minimum to $35 @ Slashdot
- Microsoft Confirms Another 2017 Update After Windows 10 Creators Update @ Slashdot
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2017 - 06:44 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mid tower, led, FSP Group, fsp, atx
Today FSP Group (a company mainly known for power supplies with headquarters in Taiwan) is launching a new mid tower ATX computer case called the CMT210. The new PC mid-tower features a transparent side window, black angular exterior with LED accents, and a focus on cooling performance. The 460mm x 220mm x 432mm steel case is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts that want to show off their PC internals.
The front of the CMT210 mid tower is dominated by a massive filtered vent that houses up to three 120mm fans or a 360mm water cooling radiator. The large vent with angled “water droplet” mesh is surrounded by a shroud that features colored accents in either black, red, silver, or deep blue depending on the model you choose. Up top the case offers two audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 2.0 port. (The USB 3.0 ports can be plugged into a USB 2.0 motherboard header with the included adapter if you are still holding off on upgrading to Kaby Lake or Ryzen.)
The top of the case is flat with no vents, and there are also no vents on the bottom. Instead there is a single 120mm exhaust fan vent at the rear of the case. FSP includes two of its own 120mm LED fans with the case that come pre-installed in the front and back.
The CMT210 is compatible with ATX motherboards, seven PCI slots, three 3.5” and three 2.5” tool-less drive bays, CPU coolers up to 160mm high and graphics cards up to 360mm long, and ATX power supplies (20.5cm). The power supply is bottom mounted in this case and the storage drives are snapped into trays in the bottom-front caddy and motherboard tray. There are cutouts for cable routing but no rubber grommets (not the end of the world, but they are a nice touch).
FSP claims that its new case is designed with "cooling, expansion, and compatibility" in mind. It is available now in the US though pricing is still unknown as retailers have not put up product pages yet. For more information on the CMT210 you can find details on this product page and this video.
I am curious how well the cooling setup will work with only a single exhaust fan especially if you had a multi GPU setup with aftermarket coolers. Hopefully Sebastian can put it through its paces at some point to examine the build quality and cooling prowess claims. If the price is right, it could be a good budget case as it does not look too bad and does not go crazy with LEDs and bling which is nice to see (I may just be getting old though haha).
What are your thoughts on PSU maker FSP Group getting into the case market?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2017 - 09:46 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: vulkan, Qt, nvidia
NVIDIA has just donated their entire DRIVE Design Studio to The Qt Company, who will form it into Qt 3D Studio. This product will be a visual editor for 3D user interfaces, where layers of 2D and 3D objects can be created, animated, and integrated into C++ applications. It will take them a little while to clean it up for public consumption, but it will eventually be available under the commercial / open-source dual-license that users of Qt are accustomed to.
If you’re not familiar with the Qt Framework, then, basically, think of a cross-platform, open-source alternative to the .NET framework, although it is based in unmanaged C++. (It also competes with GTK+. This isn’t a major point, but I would like it to be clear that it’s not a two-person race between one proprietary and one open-source player.) When AMD updated their graphics drivers to Crimson Edition, and flaunted huge speed-ups, it was mostly because they switched the control panel's UI framework from .NET to Qt.
As an aside, The Qt Company joined the Khronos Group on the day that Vulkan launched, which was almost exactly a year ago, and they are actively working on integrating the API in their framework. Combined with today’s announcement, it’s not hard to imagine how much easier it will be, some day, to create efficient and beautiful UIs.
Update: Speaking of which, The Qt Company is apparently planning to release Vulkan support with Qt 5.10.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2017 - 08:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cherry mx brown, input, mechanical keyboard, armato, AZiO
The Azio Armato is a big aluminium keyboard, with five macro keys located on the lower left, on the upper right are media control buttons beside the large volume knob. The keyboard does come with a wrist rest, which attaches via a magnet so you can choose to remove it at will. The keyboard does not require software, lighting is controlled via keystrokes and macros are recorded by pushing that large REC button and one of the macro keys, then up to up to 31 keys in sequence and the REC button again to save the macro. You can see more of the Armato over at Benchmark Reviews.
"In any case Benchmark Reviews has in hand their Armato Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, model MGK-ARMATO-01. As a single-color backlit mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, it might seem as if there’s little to distinguish it from the many other similar products available. But first appearances can be deceiving, as we’ll find out in this review."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Suora FX @ Kitguru
- Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Genius Scorpion K20 Keyboard Review: Fast-input and Wallet Friendly @ Modders-Inc
- Tesoro Gram Spectrum RGB Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- AZIO MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Techgage
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2017 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, dawn of war III, wauughh
Dawn of War certainly changes from version to version. The first involved standard RTS fare, build bases and upgrade using resources collected on the map. The second was more squad based, with a hero leading meatshields into the fray. The third incarnation seems to lead off of the gameplay of the second, with at least some base and resource management making a comeback.
The new feature are superunits, extremely large and destructive units which you will gain access to as you take over portions of the map. Details are still a bit light but the game engine certainly looks pretty. You can pop by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN to find a few of the other older teaser trailers.
"This cinematic-o-gameclip video introduces the broad story in Relic’s RTS and yes, it does basically boil down to finding a pointy stick. But what better item to fight over? If you can win a fight without a pointy stick, just imagine how powerful you’ll be once you get one!"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Humble Civ Bundle
- Half-Life 2: Episode 3 creator reflects on reception, one year after release @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Horizon Zero Dawn is the best robot-safari adventure game ever made @ Ars Technica
- Total Warhammer shows off free Bretonnia faction DLC @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Valve's Gabe Newell Says Only 30 SteamVR Apps Have Made $250,000+ @ Slashdot
- Let’s chatter over… Prey @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Sniper Elite 4: Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
- Pew pew! Mass Effect Andromeda trailer details combat @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2017 - 08:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: reeven, Okeanos, Okeanos RC-1402
The Okeanos RC-1402 is a large hunk of metal, standing 140x135x163mm and weighing in at 1145g when both the 12cm and 14cm fans are attached. This makes it just a bit smaller than Morry's beloved Noctua NH-D15, which will allow it to fit into slightly tighter builds. [H]ard|OCP tested it on an i7-4770K and found its performance to be acceptable but not outstanding in any way. Unfortunately, the price does stand out as it costs more than coolers which offer equivalent performance. Drop by for a look at their whole review.
"The Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 is not exactly a new CPU air cooler, but it is not widely available in the United States so it has not gotten a lot of coverage in North America. The cost for the cooler is not low, and two staggered-sized fans are included in the box, so we have fairly high performance expectations for this twin tower cooler."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XTC700 @ eTeknix
- The EVGA Closed Loop CPU Cooler @ BabelTechReviews
- Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 @ Kitguru
- SilverStone Redline RL06 PRO ATX Mid-Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Aerocool P7-C1 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2017 - 12:01 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: zenimax, Oculus
As far as I know, it’s fairly common to seek injunctions during legal fights over intellectual rights cases, so I’m not sure how surprising this should be. Still, after the $500 million USD judgment against Oculus, ZeniMax has indeed filed for a court order to, according to UploadVR, block the usage of Oculus PC software, Oculus Mobile software, and the plug-ins for Unity and Unreal Engine. They also demand, as usual, that Oculus deletes all copies of the infringing code and a few other stipulations.
I should stress that this is just a filing. It would need to be accepted for it to have any weight.
The timing is quite disruptive to Oculus, too, even if by total co-incidence. Epic Games is about to release their flagship, Oculus-exclusive title, Robo Recall, which was intended to be released for free to those who have Oculus Touch controllers. If it succeeds, and that’s way more if than when at this point, then that could sting for whoever gets stuck with the game’s invoice, which (I assume) would be Oculus.
Personally, I’m not quite sure how far this will go. Based on my memory of the jury decision, ZeniMax is entitled to $500 million USD for prior damages, and nothing for ongoing damages. You would think that, if a jury ruled that the infringement has no lasting effect, that an injunction wouldn’t recover any of that non-existent value. On the other hand, I’m not a judge (or anyone else of legal relevance) so what I reason doesn’t really matter outside the confines of this website.
We’ll need to wait and see if this goes anywhere.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | February 27, 2017 - 04:12 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: x50, Sub-6 Ghz, qualcomm, OFDM, NR, New Radio, MWC, multi-mode, modem, mmWave, LTE, 5G, 3GPP
Qualcomm has announced their first successful 5G New Radio (NR) connection using their prototype sub-6 GHz prototype system. This announcement was followed by today's news of Qualcomm's collaboration with Ericsson and Vodafone to trial 5G NR in the second half of 2017, as we approach the realization of 5G. New Radio is expected to become the standard for 5G going forward as 3GPP moves to finalize standards with release 15.
"5G NR will make the best use of a wide range of spectrum bands, and utilizing spectrum bands below 6 GHz is critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases. Qualcomm Technologies’ sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype, which was announced and first showcased in June 2016, consists of both base stations and user equipment (UE) and serves as a testbed for verifying 5G NR capabilities in bands below 6 GHz."
The Qualcomm Sub-6 GHz 5G NR prototype (Image credit: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm first showed their sub-6 Ghz prototype this past summer, and it will be on display this week at MWC. The company states that the system is designed to demonstrate how 5G NR "can be utilized to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit-per-second data rates at significantly lower latency than today’s 4G LTE networks". New Radio, or NR, is a complex topic as it related to a new OFDM-based wireless standard. OFDM refers to "a digital multi-carrier modulation method" in which "a large number of closely spaced orthogonal sub-carrier signals are used to carry data on several parallel data streams or channels". With 3GPP adopting this standard going forward the "NR" name could stick, just as "LTE" (Long Term Evolution) caught on to describe the 4G wireless standard.
Along with this 5G NR news comes the annoucement of the expansion of its X50 modem family, first announced in October, "to include 5G New Radio (NR) multi-mode chipset solutions compliant with the 3GPP-based 5G NR global system", according to Qualcomm, with the first commercial devices expected in 2019.
"The new members of the Snapdragon X50 5G modem family are designed to support multi-mode 2G/3G/4G/5G functionality in a single chip, providing simultaneous connectivity across both 4G and 5G networks for robust mobility performance. The single chip solution also supports integrated Gigabit LTE capability, which has been pioneered by Qualcomm Technologies, and is an essential pillar for the 5G mobile experience as the high-speed coverage layer that co-exists and interworks with nascent 5G networks. This set of advanced multimode capabilities is designed to provide seamless Gigabit connectivity – a key requirement for next generation, premium smartphones and mobile computing devices."
Full press releases after the break.
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2017 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: M2, Arduino Due, macchina, Kickstarter, open source, DIY
There is a Kickstarter out there for all you car enthusiasts and owners, the Arduino Duo based Macchina M2 which allows you to diagnose and change how your car functions. They originally developed the device during a personal project to modify a Ford Contour into an electric car, which required serious reprogramming of sensors and other hardware in the car. They realized that their prototype could be enhanced to allow users to connect into the hardware of their own cars to monitor performance, diagnose issues or even modify the performance. Slashdot has the links and their trademarked reasonable discourse for those interested, if you have the hardware already you can get the M2 interface $45, $79 or more for the hardware and accessories.
"Challenging "the closed, unpublished nature of modern-day car computers," their M2 device ships with protocols and libraries "to work with any car that isn't older than Google." With catchy slogans like "root your ride" and "the future is open," they're hoping to build a car-hacking developer community, and they're already touting the involvement of Craig Smith, the author of the Car Hacker's Handbook from No Starch Press."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Trying The SteamVR Beta On Linux Feels More Like An Early Alpha @ Phoronix
- Windows 10 Creators Update will let users block installation of Win32 apps @ The Inquirer
- Nokia 3310 (2017) hands-on @ The Inquirer
- Windows File History - An Inexpensive Insurance Policy @ Hardware Secrets
- Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears @ The Register
- Calyos may also produce stand-alone loop heat pipe coolers @ Kitguru
- The final 5G technical performance specs have been set @ The Register
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