Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2017 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs
A long time ago on a website far far away, a brave group of Frogs embarked on a long journey of fun and well ... virtual murderation. In April of 2003, back when UT2k4 was shiny and new and not retro-gaming the Fragging Frogs held their first live event, a tournament to crown one of us the king of Unreal Tournament. Since then the gang have been hosting drop-in games every week in a come as you are format and every once and a while Lenny and the crew put together a VLAN party.
The time has come again to announce another official Fragging Frogs VLAN, this one kicking off at 10AM EDT on Saturday April 8th and going as long as there is still someone gaming. The previous VLAN saw over 90 people join in at one time or another, with an average of over 50 people active on TeamSpeak and in games. No matter what type of game you are looking to play, there will be a group you can hook up with to play together or against!
As is tradition, there will be an undisclosed amount of prizes given away at the event but you will have to be on Teamspeak in order to qualify to win. These prizes are supplied by hardware manufactures, software developers and even from the closets of certain reviewers here at PC Perspective. You could end up with your own Joshtekk memorabilia!
Post to the official thread to let Lenny and the gang know you plan to attend, especially if you are not yet a forum member as the thread will let you know what you need to do to be eligible to win as well as how to connect to the TeamSpeak server and what patches and mods you should set up. The list of games people plan on playing has hit 20, if you have one you want to play that is not on the list then make sure to comment in the thread.
See you there!
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2017 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kinect, 3d scanning, microsoft
You may have seen a similar project in the past, if not this might be something you should check out. If you have seen it, the process has matured somewhat and the quality of the imaging has improved. In addition to the Kinect and a decent PC, you will need to install the The Kinect SDK and Kinect Explorer, along with Reconstruct Me, AutoDesk 123D Catch and Skanect. Drop by Techware Labs to read through the setup instructions and see if this project catches your imagination, or if there are updates to the process your own Kinect scanner might benefit from.
"How many times have you sat there and thought about getting a 3D Scanner? If you are in to 3D printing then it’s probably a lot. If you go online and look for a 3D scanner you will find a lot of them with extremely high price tags. From $120 - $32,000. Seems a bit crazy on the high end but you are paying for the resolution. The idea behind a 3D scanner is that you use a laser that bounces back to a camera to tell it the contours of the model. Well what does a Kinect do? It scans a body for motion tracking using lasers and a camera. BINGO, there is a 3D scanner waiting to be used."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Manjaro: User-Friendly Arch Linux for Everyone @ Linux.com
- Some Of Hacker Group's Claim Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Account Aren't False @ Slashdot
- Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor @ The Register
- Keeping Your Eyes On The Road, Covertly – THINKWARE F770 Dashcam Review @ Techgage
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
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.
Today Samsung released an update to their EVO+ microSD card line. The new model is the 'EVO Plus'. Yes, I know, it's confusing to me as well, especially when trying to research the new vs. old iterations for this mini-review. Here's a few quick visual comparisons between both models:
On the left, we have the 'older' version of the Plus (I mean the '+'), while on the right we have the new plus, designated as a '2017 model' on the Samsung site. Note the rating differences between the two. The '+' on the left is rated at UHS-I U1 (10 MB/s minimum write speed), while the newer 'Plus' version is rated at UHS-I U3 (30 MB/s minimum write speed). I also ran across what looked like the older version packaging.
The packaging on the right is what we had in hand for this review. The image on the left was found at the Samsung website, and confuses things even further, as the 'Plus' on the package does not match the markings on the card itself ('+'). It looks as if Samsung may have silently updated the specs of the 256GB '+' model at some point in the recent past, as that model claims significantly faster write speeds (90 MB/s) than the older/other '+' models previously claimed (~20 MB/s). With that confusion out of the way, let's dig into the specs of this newest EVO Plus:
For clarification on the Speed Class and Grade, I direct you to our previous article covering those aspects in detail. For here I'll briefly state that the interface can handle 104 MB/s while the media itself is required to sustain a minimum of 30 MB/s of typical streaming recorded content. The specs go on to claim 100MB/s reads and 90 MB/s writes (60 MB/s for the 64GB model). Doing some quick checks, here's what I saw with some simple file copies to and from a 128GB EVO Plus:
Our figures didn't exceed the specified performance, but they came close, which more than satisfies their 'up to' claim, with over 80 MB/s writes and 93 MB/s reads. I was able to separately confirm 85-89 MB/s writes and 99 MB/s reads with Iometer accessing with 128KB sequential transfers.
- 32GB: $29.99
- 64GB: $49.99
- 128GB: $99.99
- 256GB: coming soon (but there is already a 256GB EVO+ of similar specs???)
Pricing seems to be running a bit high on these, with pricing running close to double of the previous version of this very same part (the EVO+ 128GB can be found for $50 at the time of this writing). Sure you are getting a U3 rated card with over four times the achievable write speed, but the reads are very similar, and if your camera only requires U1 speeds, the price premium does not seem to be worthwhile. It is also worth noting that even faster UHS-II spec cards that transfer at 150 MB/s can be had and even come with a reader at a lower cost.
In summary, the Samsung EVO Plus microSD cards look to be decent performers, but the pricing needs to come down some to be truly competitive in this space. I'd also like to see the product labeling and marketing a bit more clear between the '+' and the 'Plus' models, as they can easily confuse those not so familiar with SD card classes and grades. It also makes searching for them rather difficult, as most search engines parse 'Plus' interchangeably with '+', adding to the potential confusion.
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
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