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Need for GPU Speed

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2017 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: gaming, need for speed payback, nvidia, amd

The new Need for Speed Payback uses the familiar Frostbite 3 game engine, so we have some general idea how various cards will perform.  There is a feature used in the game that changes how AMD cards perform however, this game makes use of the AMD GPU Services (AGS) library which should make their cards more effective.  [H]ard|OCP's testing did show a close race, apart from the unmatched GTX 1080Ti AMD's cards offer competitive performance and even offering taking the lead at some resolutions.  Drop by to take a look at the details.

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"Need for Speed Payback is out, we’ll look at feature performance and video card performance comparisons in today’s latest video cards. We’ll find what’s playable, and examine graphics quality setting performance among eight video cards. We will also find out VRAM and CPU usage of this new game so you pick the right video card for gaming. "

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A gentle reminder never hurts; unless a site decides not to patch their vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM |
Tagged: firefox, security

Firefox have come up with a very interesting idea, making use of the database at Have I Been Pwned to display an in-browser warning message when you visit a site which has suffered a data breach.  This reminder may help with one of the largest problems with internet security; the limited amount of damage a company experiences when their customers data is stolen.  When a major breach like the ones at Equifax, Yahoo or even that certain adultery site occur, they are covered in the news for a few days, maybe a week, and then everything goes back to normal for them as the vast majority of the population forgets it happened.  With this add-in to Firefox there will be a constant reminder that breaches have occurred and that perhaps an alternative would be a better choice than to continue to work with a company that has allowed your data to be stolen.  Since the courts do not seem interested in handing out prohibitive fines to businesses which fail to protect their customers data, this might be a way to convince them investing in security makes financial sense.  Drop by Slashdot for a brief look at the plan.

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"The alert also includes an input field. In the add-ons current version this field doesn't do anything, but we presume it's there to allow users to search and see if their data was exposed during that site's security breach. Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned's author has confirmed his official collaboration with Mozilla on this feature."

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Source: Slashdot
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair

Is this the new budget champion?

True to their name, Corsair’s new HS50 STEREO gaming headsets offer traditional 2-channel sound from a similarly traditional headphone design. These are certainly ready for gaming with a detachable microphone and universal compatibility with both PCs and consoles, and budget friendly with an MSRP of only $49.99. How do they stack up? Let’s find out!

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Specifications:

  • Driver: 50mm Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 111 dB (± 3 dB)
  • Mic Type: Unidirectional noise-cancelling
  • Mic Impedance: 2.0k Ohms
  • Mic Frequency: Response 100Hz – 10kHz
  • Mic Sensitivity: -40 dB (± 3 dB)
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 160 x 100 x 205 mm
  • Weight: 319g
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Available Colors: Carbon, Green, Blue

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Nothing about these say “budget” when you look at the packaging and first unbox them, and they have a substantial feel to them like a pair of premium headphones - not at all like an inexpensive gaming headset.

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Continue reading our review of the Corsair HS50 STEREO gaming headset!

Why wouldn't Lenovo call it the Yoda 920?

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2017 - 12:56 PM |
Tagged: Star Wars, Special Edition Yoga 920, Lenovo, Kaby Lake R

The specifications of the Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 are good but that is obviously not why most will purchase it, or the new Titan Xp for that matter.  Inside is a Kaby Lake R Core i7-8550U, 16GB of DDR4-2400 and 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD, but it is of course what is etched on the Gorilla Glass exterior that counts.  According to TechARP it will be released soon in Malaysia this December, hopefully soon to arrive in North America as well.  There is a premium to be able to use the Force however, the current price is a bit over $2000.

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"The Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 will be available in two designs - one for the Galactic Empire, and one for the Rebel Alliance!"

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Source: TechARP

The Intel version of the GAMING PRO CARBON AC

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2017 - 02:53 PM |
Tagged: msi, Z370, Intel, GAMING PRO CARBON AC

MSI have also released a Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC in addition to the AMD compatible X399 model we have seen reviewed recently.  The look is very similar but as there are not quite as many lanes available on the Z370 there are some differences.  There are only a pair of M.2 ports, however lane sharing is well thought out and if you install an NVMe drive you will not interfere with your SATA ports; The Tech Report offers more detail in their review.  There are also less USB ports, though MSI makes sure to include the important USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, in both Type-A and Type-C.  Drop by for all the details and performance results.

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"MSI's Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC offers fresh looks and plenty of RGB LEDs to go with Intel's latest CPUs. We poked and prodded this board under both stock and overclocked testing conditions to see how it handles a piping-hot Core i7-8700K in its socket."

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Protection against Pineapple penetration is important

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2017 - 12:49 PM |
Tagged: security, wifi, hack, pineapple

Today Slashdot linked to an article about the popular Wi-Fi Pineapple as well as how to defend yourself against what it does.  Depending on what you are using it for, the Wi-Fi Pineapple is either a great tool for penetration testing networks you want to ensure are secure, or a way of gaining access to networks that haven't been fully secured.  It has been around for almost a decade and the hardware is quite simple, the only real difference between it and the wireless router you use is that the Pineapple has multiple radios so it can interface with hundreds of devices simultaneously.  Thanks to the software written for the device, even someone with very little understanding of network security can use it to conduct man in the middle attacks.  Thankfully there are ways to protect yourself from it and other attacks which you can read about by following the links in the Slashdot post.

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"The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a cheap modified wireless router enables anyone to execute sophisticated exploits on Wi-Fi networks with little to no networking expertise. A report in Motherboard explains how it can be used to run a Wall of Sheep and execute a man-in-the-middle attack, as well as how you can protect yourself from Pineapple exploits when you're connected to public Wi-Fi."

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Source: Slashdot

Corsair's flashy new RGB fans and controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2017 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: corsair, ML120 Pro RGB, ML140 Pro RGB, Lighting Node PRO, Corsair Link, hub

Corsair's ML120 and ML140 Pro RGB fans connect physically to the Lighting Node Pro or RGB hub, allowing you to use Corsair's Link software to program animated RGB lighting inside your case.  The price of these fans sets a high bar for them to meet, a three pack of ML120 Pro RGBs with the RGB Hun and Lighting Node Pro will cost you $120 or a two pack of the ML140s plus controller runs you $100.  The Tech Report tested the fans against CoolerMaster's MasterFans and were quite impressed, Corsair's fans provided more effective cooling performance as well as being significantly quieter.  If you are in the need for high end RGB fans, this is a decent investment but you really have to need them.

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"Corsair's ML120 Pro RGB fans pair an innovative magnetic-levitation bearing with RGB LED lighting for a fan that's both functional and flashy. We put a trio of these spinners to the test to see whether their performance matches their good looks."

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Meet Eve V, the crowdfunded laptop

Subject: Mobile | November 20, 2017 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: Eve V, Surface Pro, crowdfunding, thunderbolt 3

The Eve V exists because of a successful Indiegogo campaign run by a motivated group of techies who wanted to create their own competitor to the Surface Pro.  Physically the design is very similar, a 12.3" tablet with a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand and the price range is similar, from $800 for the base model to $2000 for the kitchen sink.  That price includes the keyboard and active stylus, something Microsoft's Surface does not. The hardware is similar, as will be the benchmarks, it is in the extra features that the Eve V stands out.  The Eve V not only has an extra USB 3.0 port, it also has a USB 3.1 Type-C port and a separate Thunderbolt 3 port for a monitor or even an external GPU. 

Check out more about this tablet, from it's clicky keys to standard wall charger at Techspot.

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"For a first-generation product, the Eve V is remarkably solid. It's especially impressive when you consider its direct competition - the Surface Pro - is well entrenched in the Windows tablet market and known to be an excellent option."

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Source: Techspot

XSPC Razor Neo Waterblock is pretty, effective

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2017 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, gtx 1080 ti, nvidia, XSPC, Razer Neo

It seems a shame to hide the XSPC Razor Neo watercooler for the GTX 1080 Ti as you will not easily see the polished nickel plated copper waterblock and tempered glass window XSPC used.  [H]ard|OCP found the design to be very scratch resistant and it allows you to completely avoid the cracks which acrylic inevitably develops as it ages.  This waterblock is not just decorative, [H] found the card would hit and remain at 2100.5MHz in game, with temperatures never exceeding 33C, with or without the Frag Harder Disco Lights going.

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"If you are thinking about delving in water cooling your high end NVIDIA GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti video card, the XSPC Razor Neo is certainly worthy of being on your short list. Outside of its incredibly good looks, Frag Harder Disco Lights, and easy install process, does it work well when it comes to overclocking and cooling your GTX 1080 Ti?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stand in the place where you are ... now plug your headset in

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2017 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: audio, corsair, st100 RGB, headset stand

The Guru of 3D just published a review of a headset stand which, odd as it sounds does actually have a purpose.  The Corsair ST100 RGB headset stand is not just a pretty place to hang your ear hats, it houses a 7.1 virtual surround sound card in the base.  In addition to CUE controlled RGBs, the base provides two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports as well as an audio jack to connect your headset to the internal sound card.  If you are looking for a headphone stand that does more than just sit there, pop over to take a look.

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"We test the Corsair ST100 RGB headset stand, granted not something we'd typically review. However, the ST100 RGB headset stand is something different."

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Source: Guru of 3D