Subject: Storage | January 24, 2017 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, hellfire 480gb, NVMe, M.2, PCIe SSD, M.2 2280
Patriot brings you what should be Arthur Miller's favourite SSD, the Hellfire 480GB M.2 PCIe NVMe drive. The Tech Report recently published a review of this drive, comparing it to the dozens of SSDs they have recently tested, which is still a mere drop in the bucket that is the SSD market. The drive uses Phison's PS5007-E7 controller and 15nm MLC NAND from Toshiba, components familiar to anyone who spends a lot of time looking inside of SSDs and which can give a good estimate of the speeds to expect. With a sale price of about $230 it does not have to be the fastest NVMe drive in the world to be a great deal; read the full review to see if this might be the M.2 drive for you.
"Patriot joins the high-end storage fray with its first NVMe SSD, the Hellfire series. We run the 480GB version of this drive through our testing gauntlet to see whether it can keep up with the rest of the NVMe crowd."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- The 1TB WD Blue SSD @ Tech ARP
- Kingston SSDNow DC400 480GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Thecus N4810 4-Bay SMB and Enthusiast NAS @ eTeknix
- Noontec TerraMaster D4-310 4-Bay USB Type-C DAS @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2017 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, dropbox
Dropbox has been around long enough that you see it used in a variety of situations, sharing recipes, press releases and holiday snaps, all perfectly reasonable scenarios. Unfortunately you also see it used as an alternative to SFTP in business, as some clients and executives are less afraid of the pretty blue colours than they are of the folder lists and text that FTP programs present.
This can present a security problem and possible legal risk as the terms and conditions Dropbox sets may not exactly match what you and your client agreed to. Case and point today is the news that many users were gifted with a trip down memory lane as files deleted from Dropbox years ago suddenly made a reappearance. Dropbox states in their retention policy that files which are deleted should be unrecoverable after 30 days but it seems we have more proof that the Cloud never truly forgets. Think back to what you, or people you know, might have shared on Dropbox and consider it coming back to haunt you a decade down the line before you upload. You can follow the links from [H]ard|OCP back to the initial forum report and Dropbox's response.
"This article is merely entertaining if you stay within the headline, but it becomes disturbing once you get into the story and realize that Dropbox’s policy is to keep deleted files only for 30 days. Ever the cynic, I will go ahead and consider the possibility that the file hosting service has been consciously keeping files around forever."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cisco's WebEx Chrome plugin will execute evil code, install malware via secret 'magic URL' @ The Register
- 3D print ASUS motherboard attachments on Shapeways
- Android phones could be vulnerable to a fricking WAP attack @ The Inquirer
- It's 2017 and 200,000 services still have unpatched Heartbleeds @ The Register
- Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect @ The Register
- How to Keep Hackers out of Your Linux Machine Part 3: Your Questions Answered @ Linux.com
- Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly Disconnecting During Calls @ Slashdot
- iOS 10.2.1 patches 11 WebKit flaws outed by Google's Project Zero @ The Inquirer
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2017 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Omron, das keyboard
According to post-CES coverage from Tom’s Hardware, Das Keyboard is in the process of rebranding their gaming line from “Division Zero” to Das Keyboard Gaming. Das Keyboard is known for their productivity-focused keyboards, including their famous models with unlabeled keycaps. I’m guessing they realized that more gamers know of Das Keyboard than Division Zero, which this news is the first I’ve heard of it, although it’s possible that they changed their branding for a completely different reason.
Image Credit: Tom's Hardware.
(Das Keyboard hasn't updated their website yet...)
They are also announcing a new keyboard, the Das Keyboard X50 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard, which uses switches from Omron. If this company name rings a bell, they are the provider of switches for several of Logitech’s mechanical keyboards as well as mechanical switches for several mice, including a few models from Logitech, Razer, Steelseries, and others. This keyboard’s brand of switches is called “Gamma Zulu” and Das Keyboard claims that they are manufactured on a production line that is entirely separate from Logitech's Romer-G. There will be two models, one with a bump and another with a click, both of which will apparently be called “Gamma Zulu”.
As for the keyboard itself, it has three macro keys up in the top right, by the volume knob. Tom’s Hardware points out how odd these two decisions are, and I agree. Still, it might be very good for a left-handed gamer that still uses the arrow keys, despite pressure from game developers to pretend to be a Tyrannosaurus rex / Thriller zombie with our hands crushed up to the left, right elbow in our chest. (Thankfully, I have a big desk, so I can just slide my keyboard to the right.)
Yes, I used to look kind-of stupid playing Battlefield 2.
Especially when I bunny-hopped.
Yes, I bunny-hopped. Stop complaining and use a shotgun or something.
If you were a fan of the Das Keyboard X40 Gaming, formerly called the Division Zero X40 Pro, then you can still buy another one. Das Keyboard expects to produce both models in parallel, targeting the lower-end gaming market with the lower-numbered version and its Alpha-Zulu switches, its lack of a volume knob, and its left-side macro keys.
Tom’s Hardware claims that the X50 will sell for $180 MSRP when it launches in Q2.
Subject: Mobile | January 23, 2017 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, dominator pro, GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro, gaming laptop, 4k gsync
MSI takes their Dominator series of laptops seriously and the new Kaby Lake model is no exception. The GSYNC IPS display is natively 4k and the 8GB GTX 1070 should drive it at 60Hz without issue, or you could skip the monitor and go straight to VR as the required ports are present. The CPU is an i7-7820HK, with 32GB of DDR4-2400 in a dual channel configuration and Samsung provided an M.2 500GB SSD rated at 540MB/s read, 520MBs write, with a 1TB HDD for extra storage. It weighs in at almost 3kg (6.4lbs) so it is not as heavy as you might expect, though the 230W power adapter may add a few straws to that load. eTeknix tired it out to see how effective it was at replacing a gaming desktop, you can see the results and photos of the internals right here.
"MSI’s gaming laptops have gained a special status for their gorgeous sense of style and astounding features. It’s no surprise that the latest data puts their firmly in the lead as the world’s most successful gaming laptop manufacturer. Honestly, it’s thoroughly deserved and I’m pleased to see the MSI pushing the technical envelope further and making laptops a true alternative to traditional desktops."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Razer Blade Laptop with GTX 1060 @ Kitguru
- Google Pixel Smartphone @ Hardware Secrets
- HTC U Ultra hands-on @ The Inquirer
- Everything About Lenovo Phab2 Pro @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2017 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, steelseries, apex M500, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx red, cherry mx blue
SteelSeries offers their Apex M500 mechanical keyboard in Cherry MX Blue and Red flavours, so if you are a fan of Brown switches you are out of luck. The colourblindness also extends to the LEDs, which can only do blue, however that blue is rather rich as there is a blue backplate underneath the keys to enhance the look. The Tech Report appreciated that the software for this keyboard is entirely optional, if you have no plans on creating macros you can skip it altogether; those who do create macros will have no troubles setting up their preferred programming. Pop on by for a full look at the review.
"SteelSeries' Apex M500 keyboard ditches RGB LED backlighting and complicated software for a simple look and feel pinned on the quality typing experience of Cherry MX Red or MX Blue switches. We got in many hours of gaming on this board to see whether it lives up to its $100 price tag."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair K95 Platinum Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- ASUS Republic of Gamers Claymore Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Vortex CORE Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- ThunderX3 TM50 By Aerocool Mouse @ Kitguru
- Corsair Scimitar Pro Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Roccat Kone EMP Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2017 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SSL, security, symantec
Symantec may not have chosen their partners wisely as once again we see some questionable SSL certs being released into the wild by one of their audited partners. For a while last week, some rather questionable domains had Symantec issued SSLs, offering a wide variety of possible attack vectors for anyone nefarious enough to take advantage of the fact. Thankfully this does not happen often, though The Inquirer points out that it is nothing new, as it casts doubt on how secure an SSL site actually is. Symantec promises to investigate what happened and release that information publicly; we can only hope they also learn from it.
"Andrew Ayer of certificate vendor and wrangler SSLMate went public with his discovery last week. The mis-issued certs were issued for example.com, and a bunch of variations of test.com (test1.com, test2.com and so on)."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts, Researchers Show @ Slashdot
- Norwegians forced to stop using Windows Phones because there aren't any @ The Inquire
- Microsoft set to ditch another 700 jobs across the board this week @ The Inquirer
- One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2017 - 04:29 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: RGB LED, Mushkin, mechanical keyboard, kailh brown
Memory and SSD manufacturer Mushkin appears to be branching out into other markets with the launch of its Carbon KB-001 mechanical keyboard.
The Carbon KB-001 is built from CNC anodized and brushed aluminum and offers a frameless floating key design in black and gray color scheme. The keyboard uses Kailh Brown key switches and has per-key RGB LED lighting, media playback controls on the function keys, and a Windows key lock. Further, Mushkin claims its mechanical keyboard offers N-key rollover and anti-ghosting technologies.
Other nice touches include a small wrist rest (not detachable unfortunately for those with less desk space) and braided USB cable.
The Carbon KB-001 certainly looks sleek though we will have to wait until reviews hit to known how well it performs. Mushkin has not announced pricing or availability, but The Tech Report claims it will launch for around $70 which is not bad at all if the build quality is there
Mushkin appears to be joining the likes of G.Skill, Corsair, and others in diversifying into other markets and away from only specializing in memory and mass storage. In the end this should be a good thing for Mushkin and for consumers as it means memory manufacturers are going to be able to hang in there despite low memory prices and we can continue to see competition. Compared to the spinning rust market where the small guys have gotten swallowed up and we have only three major players left, there are a ton of memory and SSD players -- and I hope it stays that way!
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2017 - 12:11 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Raspberry Pi, compute module, Raspberry Pi 3, broadcom, iot
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 is a pin compatible successor to the Compute Module 1 (there is no CM2) that, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, offers twice the RAM and 10-times the CPU performance.
Note that while the Compute Module 3 may be able to be a drop in upgrade / replacement for devices powered by the first generation CM1, it uses more power, puts out more heat, and is 1mm taller so while it is pin compatible it may not work in all devices if their module slot space, power supply, and airflow / heatsinks are not up to the task.
The Compute Module 3 is a small single board computer with a SO-DIMM connector that can slot into embedded and IoT products. It is powered by a Broadcom BCM2837 with four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.2 GHz and a dual core VIdeoCore IV GPU clocked at 400 MHz. The processor is paired with 1GB of RAM. As far as onboard storage, the Compute Module 3 will come in two SKUs: the CM3 with 4GB of eMMC or a CM3 Lite without pre-installed eMMC and solder points for manufacturers to add their own eMMC or micro SD card slot. The VideoCore IV GPU supports 1080p30 decode of H.264. Users wanting hardware decode of H.265 and/or 4K support will have to look elsewhere. As is usual with Broadcom, exact specifications of the BCM2837 (especially their GPU) are kept close and quiet, unfortunately.
The exact ports and I/O from the Compute Module 3 will depend on the device and what manufacturers implement and wire to the connectors on the SO-DIMM slot. However, looking at the CMIO3 development board (96 Euros, $116 USD) shows that the CM3 supports GPIO, USB, micro USB, CSI (camera interface), DSI (display interface), HDMI, micro SD, audio, and networking.
The Compute Module 3 can run Windows IOT Core or any number of Linux distributions compatible with ARM processors.
The Compute Module 3 is $30 while the “lite” variant without eMMC is $25. A kit including the development I/O board and both CM3 SKUs is $200. NEC has already announced it will be using the new Compute Module 3 in their digital signage and displays. Other applications include Smart TVs, home automation, and industrial control systems as well as hobbyist projects and robotics.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2017 - 08:42 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft
Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 10 build 10240 on March 26th (via Mary Jo Foley), after a year and eight months since it launched in July 2015. For our home readers, this will not be too much of a concern, as most of us are on the Anniversary Update (or another OS entirely). Also, Microsoft supported it longer than some hardware vendors, such as NVIDIA, who requires a later build for PCs with a Pascal-based GPU. (Update: I haven't been able to find out whether AMD supports 10240 or not, and it's really a small point for home users anyway. The point was to show that users are heavily intended to be on the latest version.)
Rippin' off the band-aid.
Again, these new builds are free from Microsoft, so, from a financial standpoint, there’s little reason to not update if your machine can support it. What it does show, however, is how short of a time we have between a bad decision being implemented and a bad decision being forced upon all Windows PCs. If a change upsets you, or feels like it could be used anti-competitively now or in the future, don’t be shy to raise the concern when it appears. You will only have a year or two before it can no longer be avoided... at most... even if you're a business. In most cases, you'll only have a handful of months.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2017 - 06:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
Now that the holidays are over, software developers are going back to work. It seems like ones at Microsoft had several big changes stashed away, waiting to release when they would be around to support them in the new year. Over the last two weeks, we received three different builds, each with several significant changes. They seem to be tapering off, though, which would make sense if they’re merging through their backlog from 2016.
One feature that might be lauded by our readers is the ability to temporarily pause updates. This one came in on build 15002, and it gives users an option to delay any update that will cause a restart for up to 35 days. Unfortunately for some, this will be restricted to Windows 10 Pro and above, because Microsoft still does not trust that Windows 10 Home users will not ignore updates then complain about how insecure Windows is when a 9-month-old worm hits them. Instead, from Home users, they are pushing a change to “Active Hours”, allowing it to be extended into an 18-hour window. Sorry if you have a 24-hour render or something!
Moving on, some users will appreciate the lunar calendar being added to the taskbar calendar, alongside the conventional, Gregorian one. You would think that this localization feature should have been implemented years ago, but, with the Creator’s Update, affected users will have a more functional, built-in calendar.
Another interesting feature, which came out in the most recent build, 15014, is the power mode slider attached to the battery icon. Rather than having it buried in the advanced power settings, Microsoft is allowing users to “slide right” when they need things like higher CPU power states. In the current build, the UI isn’t hooked up to the back-end yet, because they’re still discussing (with OEMs) what power settings the slider options should correspond to.
There are also a lot of enhancements for Edge, of course, as all web browsers are still undergoing a rapid release schedule. A lot of it involves tab management, such as stashing tabs for later (like a more transient bookmark) and sharing them to other applications.
The Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) is expected for April.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2017 - 04:16 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: in win, enclosure, CES 2017, CES, case, 303, 301
For those of you who haven't frequented the site in the past three years, you may not know that I have reviewed SEVERAL computer cases in my time. And while I could not make it to CES this year to pay my respects to all of the enclosure makers I love so much, I still followed the enclosure news from my hidden, case-lined fortress. Among the new designs was this beautiful looking case from In Win, and it is a smaller version of their 303 case design.
There is no official product page up, with just this image on their overview page, but Hardware Canucks posted video from their In Win booth visit on the show floor, which I have embedded below. The case certainly looks very good, and if it sells for less than the 303's $99 MSRP as speculated in the video below, it will be a very attractive option for a smaller - and very stylish, of course - system build.
(Video via Hardware Canucks)
If you watched the video you'll see that this is a very polished product, and I'm very impressed by the quality of the 300-series from In Win - especially considering its cost. Rest assured, I will be asking for a sample to review!
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2017 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ipv6, microsoft
Among the numerous incompatibilities and troubles we are seeing with the rollout of IPv6 is a new hitch. It seems Microsoft just opened up a ticket with themselves over a problem they are having with their Azure Active Directory cloud-based ID system; it would seem it is incompatible with IPv6. The Register specifies Windows 10 for this issue however it is very likely that previous versions are also going to encounter issues. You can read more about the troubles and attempted solutions here.
"According to Redmond's principal network engineer Marcus Keane, the software giant is struggling to move over to the decade-old networking technology due to a DHCPv6 bug in Windows 10, which made it "impossible" to expand its planned corporate network."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10: Microsoft is spamming Chrome users with pop-up adverts @ The Inquirer
- Print Flexible PCBs with a 3D Printer @ Hack a Day
- 3D TV Is Dead @ Slashdot
- Asustek to launch next generation ZenFone 4 smartphones in May, say sources @ DigiTimes
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | January 20, 2017 - 07:39 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: google, chromecast ultra, chromecast
One of the disadvantages of the ZTE Axon 7, which a lot of other phones share, is that you cannot directly connect it to a TV over HDMI via MHL. Granted, it’s a good screen and great speakers, so I can just pass the device around, but sometimes you want to show a video (or something) on the TV. As such, I was looking around at the Chromecast, but I heard a bunch of complaints that ranged from low frame rate to frequent stutters in some apps.
Then Google announced the Chromecast Ultra, which launched in November. I put my email address on the official waiting list and... haven’t heard a thing since. I also haven’t seen it in many stores. I then found out that the local Best Buy Mobile kiosk had it (yet the full store a few blocks away somehow did not???) Interestingly, when I arrived, they had several of them, and on sale for $20 off, too.
Upon bringing it home, it had a little difficulty connecting to my WiFi router. (The 5 GHz band was a little weak at that location.) Once that was resolved, though, it was a very pleasant experience. It played 1080p60 video from YouTube without any trouble, even switching to the correct input automatically with HDMI CEC (although I needed to manually change it back to the digital TV box when I was done).
I don’t have a 4K or HDR TV, though, so I cannot test its more advanced features. Sorry!
Subject: Editorial | January 19, 2017 - 01:49 PM | AlexL
Tagged: Windows Game Mode, seasonic, Sapphire RX460, RX460, podcast, Half Height GTX1050, GTX1060, ASUS Z270
PC Perspective Podcast #433 - 01/19/17
Join us this week as we discuss a budget RX 460 build, Seasonic Titanium, Windows Game Mode, and more!
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Price and Other Official Information
Since our last Nintendo Switch post, the company had their full reveal event, which confirmed the two most critical values: it will launch on March 3rd for $299.99 USD ($399.99 CDN). This is basically what the rumors have pointed to for a little while, and it makes sense. That was last week, but this week gave rise to a lot more information, mostly from either an interview with Nintendo of America’s President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aimé, or from footage that was recorded and analyzed by third parties, like Digital Foundry.
From the GameSpot interview, above, Reggie was asked about the launch bundle, and why it didn’t include any game, like 1 - 2 - Switch. His response was blunt and honest: they wanted to hit $299 USD and the game found itself below the cut-off point. While I can respect that, I cannot see enough people bothering with the title at full price for it to have been green-lit in the first place. If Nintendo wasn’t interested in just eating the cost of that game’s development to affect public (and developer) perceptions, although they might end up taking the loss if the game doesn’t sell anyway, then at least it wasn’t factored into the system.
Speaking of price, we are also seeing what the accessories sell at.
From the controller side of things, the more conventional one, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, has an MSRP of $69.99 USD. If you look at its competitors, the DualShock 4 for the PlayStation 4 at $49 and the Xbox Wireless Controller for the Xbox One at the same price, this is notably higher. While it has a bunch of interesting features, like “HD rumble”, motion sensing, and some support for amiibos, its competitors are similar, but $20 cheaper.
The Switch-specific controllers, called “Joy-Con”, are $10 more expensive than the Pro Controller, at $79.99 USD for the pair, or just $49.99 USD for the left or right halves. (Some multiplayer titles only require a half, so Nintendo doesn’t force you to buy the whole pair at the expense of extra SKUs, which is also probably helpful if you lose one.) This seems high, and could be a significant problem going forward.
As for its availability? Nintendo has disclosed that they are pushing 2 million units into the channel, so they are not expecting shortages like the NES Classic had. They do state that demand is up-in-the-air a bit, though.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2017 - 08:43 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: video, unlock, shaders, shader cores, sapphire, radeon, Polaris, graphics, gpu, gaming, card, bios, amd, 1024
As reported by WCCFtech, AMD partner Sapphire has a new 1024 stream processor version of the RX460 listed on their site (Chinese language), and this product reveal of course comes after it became known that RX460 graphics cards had the potential to have their stream processor count unlocked from 896 to 1024 via BIOS update.
Sapphire RX460 1024SP 4G D5 Ultra Platinum OC (image credit: Sapphire)
The Sapphire RX460 1024SP edition offers a full Polaris 11 core operating at 1250 MHz, and it otherwise matches the specifications of a stock RX460 graphics card. Whether this product will be available outside of China is unknown, as is the potential pricing model should it be available in the USA. A 4GB Radeon RX460 retails for $99, while the current step-up option is the RX470, which doubles up on this 1024SP RX460's shader count with 2048, with a price increase of about 70% ($169).
AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 GPU lineup (Credit WCCFtech)
As you may note from the chart above, there is also an RX470D option between these cards that features 1792 shaders, though this option is also China-only.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2017 - 08:13 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, ue4, Nintendo
Once again, one of CryZENx’s videos found its way into my YouTube recommendations list. This one outlines progress on their recreation of various Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time elements in Unreal Engine 4. While the graphics have been updated significantly, such as using inverse-kinematics for foot positioning, they have also remade the original pause menu, which wraps around the camera like a box (with no top or bottom).
If anyone is wondering, inverse-kinematics is an animation tool that focuses on goals, as opposed to individual rotations. Instead of bending a knee by X degrees and bending the hip by Y degrees, you say that the foot of the skeleton must be at some point, and the skeleton adjusts to make that happen. This is obviously much easier for animators to visualize in many situations, especially when trying to align to objects that you know will be in range of the skeleton, but not exactly where.
I’m not exactly sure how Nintendo hasn’t struck their Patreon and YouTube pages yet, given their reaction to other fan materials. I’m glad it’s up, though. They’re quite impressive homages to the games they love.
Courtesy of ASUS
With the latest revision of the TUF line, ASUS made the decision to drop the well-known "Sabertooth" moniker from the board name, naming the board's with the TUF branding only. The TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard is the flagship board in ASUS' TUF (The Ultimate Force) product line designed with the Intel Z270 chipset. The board offers support for the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor line as well as Dual Channel DDR 4 memory because of its integrated Intel Z270 chipset. While the MSRP for the board may be a bit higher than expected, its $239 price is more than justified by the board's build quality and "armored" offerings.
Courtesy of ASUS
The TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard is built with the same quality and attention to detail that you've come to expect from TUF-branded motherboards. Its appearance follows the standard tan plastic armor overlay on the top with a 10-phase digital power system. The board contains the following integrated features: six SATA 3 ports; two M.2 PCIe x4 capable ports; dual GigE controllers - an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC and an Intel I211 Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; an 8-channel audio subsystem; MEM OK! and USB BIOS Flashback buttons; integrated DisplayPort and HDMI; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.
Courtesy of ASUS
ASUS also chose to include the armored backplate with the TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard, dubbed the "TUF Fortifier".
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2017 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, speakers, Audioengine HD3, Audioengine
We have seen a lot of headset reviews but lately there have not been many reviews of desktop speakers which some of us still use. CPCR have offered up a change of pace for those looking for some new stereo speakers with their review of Audioengine's HD3 powered desktop speakers. They contain a Burr Brown PCM5102 DAC as well as a OPA2134 amp if you do happen to have a set of high impedance headphones you might have occasion to utilize. Those components do come at a cost, the MSRP is $399, but if that doesn't immediately scare you off you should take a look at their full review.
"When it comes to premium desktop computer speakers, few manufacturers on the market match the level of Audioengine when it comes to sound quality. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to review the Audioengine A2+ and the Audioengine A5+ which were outstanding speakers that are simply unmatched by other computer speaker manufacturers..."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset @ Custom PC Review
- SoundPEATS Q11 Sport Bluetooth Headphones Review @ NikKTec
- HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2017 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, Mechwarrior: Living Legends, crysis wars, mod
Mechwarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis Wars, which you can grab free of charge from this site, they use the Crysis Wars demo to provide the assets so you do not need to purchase the game. It will dump you and up to 32 players on a multiplayer map with a side arm and a desperate need to get a vehicle. The vehicles range from smaller tanks and VTOLs to a wide variety of Battlemechs. Development had stalled somewhat until this week when it was announced that Version 0.8 is now available. You should pop by to download and install it so you can give this game a shot; even if you end up disliking it you will get your moneys worth.
"Almost a decade ago, a talented team started working on what was to become the favorite game for many of us. Version 0.7.1, released in 2013, was to be the final version of MechWarrior: Living Legends by Wandering Samurai Studios."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Nintendo Switch hands on: Zelda, Mario Kart, Arms and more @ Kitguru
- Valve developing at least one single player video game @ HEXUS
- Watch_Dogs 2 Performance Analysis @ OCC
- Giveaway: 5000 keys for the Dreadnought beta @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Necromunda coming to PC as “turn-based tactical RPG” @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- XCOM 2: Long War 2 turning Geoscape to battlefield @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
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