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Podcast #507 - FSP CMT520, Falcon Northwest’s Tiki, and more!

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2018 - 03:39 PM |
Tagged: VirtualLink, video, toshiba, tiki, Skype 8, RC100, podcast, nzxt, nokia, gigabyte, fsp, falcon northwest, evga, CMT520, AmberLake

PC Perspective Podcast #507 - 07/19/18

Join us this week for discussion on FSP CMT520, Falcon Northwest’s Tiki, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg, Ken Addison

Program length: 1:10:00

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
  2. AD BREAK: CASPER
  3. News items of interest:
    1. 0:27:15 AmberLake Leaks
  4. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:00:10 Ryan: The Adventure Zone
  5. Closing/outro
 
 
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About time Intel thought of ME!

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2018 - 02:53 PM |
Tagged: security, patch, intel management engine, Intel, IME

A bit before Christmas last year, Intel provided sysadmins with a lovely present, vulnerabilities in the on chip Intel Management Engine which you could not even tell if they had been used to breach your systems.  Intel have now publicly released four advisories pertaining to the IME, so that interested parties can investigate for themselves.  These were already released to system builders and patches released, after a quite a long delay.  This is better late than never ... assuming you are not running anything older than a fourth generation Core processor. 

The Register has links to the advisories if you are interested in a little light reading.

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"Now that Intel's advisory is public, it's clear that Chipzilla has known the particulars for some time, and has been privately working with computer manufacturers to push fixes ahead of disclosure. For example, Lenovo emitted firmware fixes in April, and Dell no later than June."

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Source: The Register
Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and First Impressions

Corsair’s Hydro Series H100 all-in-one liquid cooler has been a mainstay on the market for years now, with iterative updates to add features such as software integration. With this new H100i PRO, now joining the ranks of the existing H115i PRO and H150i PRO, the venerable cooler has again been revised, and this time RGB lighting is featured - though a subtle integration.

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“The CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO is an all-in-one RGB liquid CPU cooler with a 240mm radiator built for low-noise cooling performance and bold styling with an RGB LED pump head. Two included 120mm ML Series magnetic levitation PWM fans provide great airflow and static pressure, with a wide PWM speed control range between 400 RPM and 2,400 RPM.

Powerful CORSAIR iCUE software lets you customize RGB lighting, monitor temperatures and precisely adjust fan speeds, or stop fans entirely with the H100i’s Zero RPM fan mode. Easy to install and compatible with most major CPU sockets, the H100i makes it easy to cool your system in silence and style.”

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The RGB lighting effect can be adjusted to any color using the iCUE software


Specifications from Corsair:

  • Coldplate Material: Copper
  • Tubing Material: Low permeation with black sleeving
  • Radiator Material: Aluminum
  • Radiator Size: 276mm x 120mm x 27mm
  • Fan(s) included: 2x ML Series 120mm PWM Fans
  • Fan Max Speed: 2400 RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 75 CFM
  • Fan Static Pressure: 4.2 mm-H2O
  • Fan Noise Level: 37 dB(A)

Pricing and Availability:

Continue reading our review of the Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO liquid CPU cooler!

Unreal Engine 4.20 Released. YOLO!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 08:13 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, epic, ue4, swag

Okay so I only had one shot at that joke… and I’ma gonna take it.

Epic Games has just pushed their 21st release of Unreal Engine 4 since it launched to the public back in March 2014. A lot has changed since then… including one feature that has been lurking pretty much since the beginning: Niagara, the new visual effects editor, is finally available in Early Access!

When I say it is near the beginning – I mean it. Here’s a forum post from about four-and-a-half months after 4.0 launched where some users dug it up with some INI-file changes. The idea is that it will replace Cascade, which has been hanging around since Unreal Engine 3, as the default particle and effects editor. It’s a bit more than I can go into in a news post, but you will want to check out Epic’s GDC 2018 talk to see a ~45-minute demo of the new module. Basically, it’s a visual scripting system for the particle effects, but that doesn’t really explain it too well.

Another major upgrade is that Unreal Engine 4.20 finally uses the C++ compiler that is available in Visual Studio 2017. Previously, to use Visual Studio 2017, users would need to build with the 2015 toolchain. Support for C++ and its standard library is pretty good in Visual Studio 2015 but being able to use the latest features if you want to is always a plus.

Also, Epic is now pushing some of their development branches to GitHub. This allows you to keep up with a specific branch of features, especially if you are the type of studio that maintains their own engine fork and wants to cherry pick certain commits.

As always, Unreal Engine 4 is free to download and use. Royalties do apply for most works created with the engine, based on a small percentage of revenue, but the engine, itself, is free.

Source: Epic Games

Try the new Type-A Negative Aliens: Colonial Marines

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 03:44 PM |
Tagged: oops, gaming, Aliens: Colonial Marines

When Aliens: Colonial Marines arrived for sale five years ago many fans were excited to see a new game set in this universe, especially considering the majority of the previous games were quite good.  Unfortunately the release did not live up to the hype, even Metacritic hated it which is an achievement unto itself.  The games graphics and content was so bad compared to the pre-release footage Sega eventually agreed to pay out a settlement of $1.25 million to end a class action suit launched by those poor unfortunates who purchased the game.

It has just been discovered that a single typo in an .ini file was to blame for the wonderful footage of Xenomorphs wandering harmlessly by, as the AI was more or less an AAI.  If you can bring yourself to stare at the sub-par graphics, even for 2013, the game will now feature enemies you might actually be concerned about if you delete a single 'a'.

"The improvement is immediately recognisable in your first encounters with the Xenos. While they still charge you perched on their hind legs, they now crawl far more often, flank you using vents and holes in the environment and are generally far more engaged and aggressive. Five years after release, a single letter managed to overhaul the entirety of the enemy AI behaviour in the game."

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NZXT Announces the E Series Digital PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
Tagged: 80 Plus Gold, nzxt, E Series, modular psu, CAM

NZXT launched a trio of 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs, with 500W, 650W and 850W models

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These PSUs all support NXZT's CAM software which allows a Windows 10 machine to closely monitor your system's power usage.  These E Series PSUs contain a Texas Instrument UCD3138 DSP which can monitor the power usage of the various components powered by the PSU and let you see how much power your GPU, CPU and other components are drawing.  This can be very handy for both the overclocker and the energy conscious user, ensuring that the power management tweaks you applied to a component are actually working.  CAM also lets you manage your fan curve from the default setting which keeps the fan from spinning until there is at least 100W of draw on your PSU.

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All three modular PSUs are built with a single 12V rail for added stability and performance and come with a 10 year warranty. All models are currently available from NXZT, the E500W at $124.99, E650 at $139.99 and the E850 for $149.99USD.  

Check the full PR below the capacitor porn.

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Los Angeles, CA – July 17, 2018 – NZXT today announces a new line of digital ATX PSUs designed to provide PC builders with real-time power monitoring and control. The E Series lineup includes 500W, 650W, and 850W models, all 80 PLUS Gold certified. For these PSUs, NZXT partnered with Seasonic, one of the most highly-regarded PSU manufacturers, and worked with them to enhance their Focus+ Gold platform and PMBus architecture, adding a powerful Texas Instruments DSP and USB connectivity.

“The PSU is a critical part of your PC. Our goal for creating a smarter PC capable of automatically responding to the demands of the application--whether you are browsing the web, drafting email, or playing your favorite game--includes adding control and monitoring to devices that are integral to the system,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “Our E Series PSUs are another step in completing this vision. You can track the performance of the PSU in real time, monitor temperature and total power-on hours, and even enable multi-rail OCP for additional protection of key components using CAM--our innovative software solution at the heart of our smart PC.”

NZXT E Series PSUs Key Features

  • Active monitoring for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails
  • Total power-on time tracking enabled using the embedded real-time clock (RTC)
  • Digital multi-rail over-current protection (OCP) for all three 12V outputs, with adjustable thresholds for the 12V CPU (4+4 pin) and GPU (6+2 pin PCIe) connections
  • Japanese capacitors rated at 105°C
  • 80 PLUS Gold certification
  • Fully modular design means you use only the cables you need
  • 10-year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support

MONITOR YOUR PERFORMANCE The E Series uses a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) providing real-time wattage indicators for the three 12V rails, along with total uptime and internal temperature. Compare CPU and GPU power draw to their rated TDP and track historical data using CAM.

SAFER POWER In addition to providing high-precision monitoring, the onboard DSP lets you enable independent over-current protection (OCP) for the 12V output to the motherboard, CPU, and GPU, providing even better protection for your expensive components.

RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT All 80 PLUS Gold certified E Series PSUs are built using Japanese capacitors, rated to 105° C, providing long-term durability and reliability, and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

RUN SILENT When powering loads under 100W total, the 0dB Mode provides fully silent operation. Using CAM, you can optimize your own fan curve to suit your system or choose between the Silent, Performance, or Fixed preset modes. ALL THE ESSENTIALS E Series PSUs support single- or multi-GPU builds and the fully modular design means you use just the connections you need for your build, reducing cable clutter and simplifying system building and expansion

 

Source: EVGA

You will drink the clown vomit! Skype 8 becomes mandatory in September

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: skype, microsoft

If you have been hitting cancel on that pop up inviting you to try the latest version of Skype every time you launch it then there is a bit of bad news.  You have about a month and a half before you either finally accept the upgrade or stop using Skype as Microsoft have announced that after September 1st only Skype 8.xx will be able to connect to their network.  The new design leaves something to be desired and this may mean the final end to a variety of features and workarounds many users have depended on in previous versions of Skype.  It could even manage to make setting up the podcast even harder; tune in tonight as we test it out.

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"We are encouraging everyone to upgrade now to avoid any inconvenience as only Skype version 8.0 will work after September 1, 2018. As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions."

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Source: Microsoft
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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Falcon Northwest

Overview

Looking back through the PC Perspective archives as I prepared for this review, I was shocked to find we've never actually tested a Falcon Northwest Tiki system. Since its introduction in 2012, the Tiki has been a mainstay at conventions like CES, providing a compact solution for manufacturers to provide demos of their hardware and software.

With a base milled out of solid aluminum and GPU cut out window, the Tiki provides modest design flair while still remaining relatively tame and "adult-like" compared to many premium gaming PC options.

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The Tiki is available with three different CPU platforms. Users have their pick from Intel X370 and X299, and even X470 platforms based around AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. It’s great to see system builders like Falcon Northwest embracing Ryzen CPUs in some of their flagship models like the Tiki.

Falcon Northwest Tiki  (configuration as reviewed)
Processor Intel Core i7-8086K (Coffee Lake)
Motherboard ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
Cooler Asetek 550LC 120mm AIO Water Cooler
Graphics NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB
Memory 16GB (2x8GB) G.SKILL RIPJAWS V DDR4-3000
Storage

Intel SSD Optane 905P 1.5TB U.2

Power Supply Silverstone SFX-650W 
Dimensions 4" Wide x 13.5" Deep x 13.25" Tall. (715 cubic inches)
OS Windows 10 Pro
Price $6,242 (as configured) - Falcon NW

By looking at the specs, it’s clear that the configuration of Tiki we were sent for review packs a lot of punch into its relatively small form-factor. Not only is the Core i7-8086K the highest-end offering for the Z370 platform, Falcon Northwest has further overclocked the CPU to 5.3 GHz (single thread maximum).

The CPU isn’t the only high-end component found in the Tiki either. Both the graphics card and storage solutions are nearing “overkill level” with the inclusion of an NVIDIA Titan Xp as well as 1.5TB of 3D XPoint storage in the form of an Intel Optane 905P U.2 drive.

Click here to continue reading our review of the Falcon Northwest Tiki!

Windows 10 makes it out of the Terrible Twos ... hopefully skipping the Me! stage

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2018 - 04:26 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, anniversary

It seems hard to believe but it is true, but Sunday July 29th marks the third year of Windows 10 being on the market.  The launch was unique, Microsoft decided to offer their new operating system for free to anyone running a valid copy of Windows 7 or 8.x; which you can still take advantage of if you so need.  The launch did not go perfectly and Microsoft's goal of having the device installed on 1 billion devices still has not been reached, though this year saw Win10 finally surpass Win7 in total market share.  The major updates have been somewhat problematic but it is safe to say that Windows 10 has improved somewhat since release; even enterprises are starting to consider adoption.

For more on the checkered past of Microsoft's latest OS, check out the Register.

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"Coming six years after the release of the beloved Windows 7, Windows 10 had a lot to live up to. Once the name got locked down – for a while it was referred to variously as "Windows 9", "Windows Next", "Threshold" and "Oh God, Make The Pain Stop" (at least as far this user was concerned.)"

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Source: The Register

CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 03:56 PM |
Tagged: SPEC-06 RGB, corsair, carbide, atx case

Corsair have expanded their Carbide Series with the new SPEC-06 RGB, a $110 ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and an illuminated front panel to satisfy urges of red, green and blue.  If you are noticing a lack of drives in the picture below, it is because they've moved them all to the back of the motherboard tray, with mounting points for four 2.5" SSDs and two 3.5" HDDs.

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The case itself is quite roomy at 523x296x553mm (21x11.7x21.8") and can fit a GPU of up to 370mm in length.  Your cooling options include installing a half dozen 120mm fans or you can install up to a 360mm radiator in the front, 240mm on the top and 120mm on the back; or any mix of those.  Whatever you choose you will benefit from the Direct Airflow Path design which moves air through the case efficiently, in part thanks to the lack of drives and separate chamber for the PSU.   Check out the full PR below the rainbow of front panel lighting available.

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FREMONT, CA, July 17th, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today unveiled the latest addition to its Carbide Series of enthusiast PC cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB. A tempered glass side panel and RGB-lit front panel showcase and highlight your build, while Direct Airflow Path™ design delivers cool air to the systems hottest components and keeps your PC ahead of the curve.

With a beautiful tempered glass side panel, the SPEC-06 RGB allows you to show off your system in style, highlighted by a stunning RGB-lit curve recessed into the distinctive front panel. The integrated RGB front lighting is easily controlled by a built-in three-switch controller that adds dramatic illumination to your system, with seven different colors, two lighting speeds, and five color shifting modes including color wave, heartbeat, rainbow wave and more. Let your PC shine bright with vibrant patterns or stick to solid colors to match your setup.

Beneath its bold design, the SPEC-06 RGB can accommodate a wealth of high-end PC hardware and cooling options. Two included 120mm cooling fans and CORSAIR Direct Airflow Path™ design ensure cool air is directed to the hottest components, with room for up to six 120mm fans and to install even the largest 360mm CORSAIR Hydro Series™ H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler. Expansive storage space allows for up to four 2.5in SSDs and two 3.5in HDDs, giving you the storage capacity you need.

The SPEC-06 RGB’s builder-friendly internal layout enables quick and easy installation with intuitively placed rubber gromets and cut-outs that allow even first-time builders to create a great looking system. A plethora of cable tie-downs and a full-length PSU cover facilitate clean cable management, while removable dust filters in the roof, floor and front keep your system clean long after the build is finished.

Available in white or black, the SPEC-06 RGB (pictured left) is also available with single color LED lighting as the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06, available in white (white LED) or black (red LED).

Availability, Warranty
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network./p>

 

Source: Corsair

EVGA’s 19th Anniversary Event – More than $80,000 in Prizes!

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2018 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: winner, contest, prizes, giveaway, evga

Do you like winning computer components and playing games?  If so then EVGA has an announcement for you!  They are hosting five contests, all of which give you a chance to win products from an impressively long list of suppliers, with a total of $80,000 in prizes to win.  The three top winners will receive $5000 in EVGA bucks. 

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There is a Scavenger Hunt to find 10 hidden badges on the EVGA website, a Social Media which just needs you to like, follow subscribe, and all of the usual things.  The Retro Wave Gaming is being hosted on the EVGA servers with Battlefield 4 Soldier Name, Killing Floor 2, and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam games running.  For the artists there is a NVIDIA Ansel Event as well as YouTube Commercial Event in which you submit your own EVGA commercial of 30 seconds or less.   You don't have to enter them all, but the more contests you join the more chances to win.

July 16th, 2018 - It's EVGA's 19th Anniversary and this time we are going far out! We know our community is awesome and here's your chance to show us how radical you can be. We have 5 events this year that really push it to the limit to win some totally excellent prizes from EVGA and our Sponsors!

The Events:

Scavenger Hunt - Do you think you have what it takes to find 10 hidden badges on our website? The hunt is on, and the prizes are totally outrageous!

Social Media Event - Follow, like, subscribe, view and refer your friends. The more you like and follow, the more chances to win! RAD!

Gaming Event - Your mission should you choose to accept it; gather your allys and join in glorious combat! Join in the EVGA 19th Anniversary Retro Wave Gaming event on the EVGA servers. The more you play, the greater the rewards!

Nvidia Ansel Event - Nvidia Ansel is the best way to take far out in-game photography. We want to see your most righteous NVIDIA Ansel screenshots!

YouTube Commercial Event - Lights, Camera, Action! Create a 30 seconds (or less) commercial featuring EVGA for a chance to win some great prizes from EVGA and our Anniversary Sponsors!

With tons of excellent sponsors and prizes to be won, you won't want to miss out! Don't hesitate, come celebrate with EVGA! Learn more about the 19th Anniversary Event and enter here: https://www.evga.com/19/

 

Source: EVGA

GIGABYTE Introduces the First AORUS Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: P850W, modular psu, gigabyte, aorus, 80 Plus Gold

Gigabyte have launched the first Aorus branded PSU, the P850W 80 PLUS GOLD modular PSU.  The caps inside are rated over 20 years @ 25C and are cooled by a 135mm, two ball bearing fan which is able to run silently when the PSU is at 20% load or lower.  They have chosen to use a single 12V rail, which is a superior solution overall.

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The PSU offers OCP, OTP, OVP, OPP, UVP and SCP protection and offers a 10 year warranty.  Take a look at the full PR below or visit the site.

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City of Industry, California, 16th July, 2018 - GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency and silent operation. They are fully modular withenhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.

With 80 PLUS Gold certification, AORUS PSU deliver superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy a cool and quiet gaming environment.

Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, AORUS PSU provide users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output and stability making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.

AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs and have undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in multiple countries.

 

Source: Gigabyte

NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft Collaborate on VirtualLink VR Headset Standard

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 17, 2018 - 12:38 PM |
Tagged: VR, VirtualLink, valve, usb 3.1, Type-C, Oculus, nvidia, microsoft, DisplayPort, amd

Today, NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, members of the VirtualLink consortium, have announced the VirtualLink standard, which aims to unify physically connecting Virtual Reality headsets to devices.

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Based upon the physical USB Type-C connector, VirtualLink will combine the bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.4 (32.1Gbit/s) with a USB 3.1 Data connection, and the ability to deliver up to 27W of power.

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VirualLink aims to simplify the setup of current VR Headsets

Given the current "Medusa-like" nature of VR headsets with multiple cables needing to feed video, audio, data, and power to the headset, simplifying to a single cable should provide a measurable benefit to the VR experience. In addition, having a single, unified connector could provide an easier method for third parties to provide wireless solutions, like the current TPCast device.

VirtualLink is an open standard, and the initial specifications can currently be found on the consortium website. 

Source: VirtualLink

Yes Virginia, there is a Nokia ... and there is a new phone

Subject: Mobile | July 16, 2018 - 06:12 PM |
Tagged: nokia 6.1, nokia, HMD, android 8.1

Ah Nokia, what a strange life you have lived.  You went from being the eminent cellphone company, to a cell company that didn't actually make any phones, to being purchased and decimated by Microsoft to being taken over by a Finnish company called HMD Global.  Ars Technica delves into the story behind how all this happened, as well as reviewing the actual phone in this article.  The Nokia 6.1 will cost you ~$270 all told and it's 1080p 5.5" screen is powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage.  There is a microSD slot to expand this and not only is there a Type-C USB port it also has a headphone jack which leaves that USB port open for use.  

Also worth noting is that it runs vanilla Android 8.1, no fancy skins or weird enhancements!

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"Enter HMD's Nokia phones, an entire lineup of cheap smartphones ranging from $100 to $400. HMD recently launched the second generation of its lineup, with phones like the Nokia 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1. We recently spent time with the highest end phone in this series that happens to be one of the few HMD devices for sale in the US: the Nokia 6.1."

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Source: Ars Technica

Redmond phone home

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: Project Andromeda, surface phone, microsoft

If there is one thing you can count on from a Microsoft designed phone, it is confusion and today that has not changed one bit.  There are two conflicting stories, one from the second most Surface phone obsessed human on the planet and one from the head of the Microsoft Surface division.  At The Inquirer, we hear from Brad Sams who interprets comments from Paul Thurrott about Project Andromeda as signalling a delay in the release of the device as it goes back to the design stage.  Their sources feel Microsoft is still actively involved in the design of a phablet of some sort.

The head of Microsoft's Surface division Panos Panay on the other hand, stated there is no push to design a Surface phone, though new form factors are being currently designed.  This is not a direct contradiction, as a tablet optimized for use as a phone that does not bear the name Surface Phone could still be in the works, with no Lumia or Nokia branding.  He did confirm they are continuing work on the other Andromeda, the foldable, dual screen device which we have seen prototypes of. 

Either way, for the next year or so we can be sure we will not have to suffer the existance of a new Surface phone.

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"Microsoft's Surface head Panos Panay confirmed that the company is working on new form factors. When questioned about whether this would include a new Surface Phone, Panay stated that the Surface Phone was not one that they are thinking about at this time. "I wouldn't say that it includes a Surface Phone," Panos answered in the interview. "I think you have to think about where is that unmet need when you're thinking about your product road-map," he replied."

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Source: Slashdot
Manufacturer: FSP

Introduction and Case Exterior

FSP is a familiar name in power supplies, and in the last year we have also seen the company branch out with CPU coolers (with the excellent Windale series reviewed last year) and cases. The latest of these enclosures is the CMT520, the second in their CMT series and featuring front and side tempered glass panels to showcase no fewer than four included RGB fans.

Glass can of course present some obstacles to cooling performance, particularly when the front intake is covered (as the gap between glass and fans becomes crucial), so we will see if the case's performance is equal to the elegance of its looks in this review.

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The CMT520 pictured sporting very colorful fans (image via FSP)

First a look at specifications from FSP:


  • Type: ATX Mid Tower
  • Color: Black
  • Materials: SPCC, Tempered glass x2
  • M/B Type: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 8
  • 3.5-inch Drive Bays: 2
  • 2.5-inch Drive Bays: 4
  • Power Supply Type: ATX
  • Component Clearance:
    • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 163mm
    • Maximum VGA Card Length: 423mm
  • Cooling System
    • Front: 120mm RGB Fan x3 (included)
    • Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x1 (included)
  • Fan & Water Cooler Support:
    • Front: 120mm/140mm x3, or 360mm Radiator x1 
    • Top: 120mm x 3/140mm x2 or 360mm Radiator x1
    • Rear: 120mm x1
  • I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio
  • Dimension LxWxH: 495 x 215 x 510 mm (19.49 x 8.46 x 20.08 inches)
  • Weight: 8.5 kg

Pricing and availability:

Continue reading our review of the FSP CMT520 RGB tempered glass case!

Bring your own cache to Toshiba's RC100 Host Memory Buffet

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2018 - 03:57 PM |
Tagged: toshiba, RC100, NVMe, M.2, M.2 2242

The wee M.2 2242 form factor of the RC100 means there is no space for a DRAM buffer, which led Toshiba to utilize the Host Memory Buffer feature included in NVMe revision 1.2.  In order to use this feature you must be running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (or 1709) or the at least the 4.14 Linux kernel.  It commandeers a portion of your system RAM to act as the cache, somewhat less effective than having it on board as The Tech Report's testing shows.  As well it is hampered its PCIe 2x interface, which ensures it falls behind 4x NVMe drives. 

The testing reveal the weaknesses of this design, but it is an interesting implementation of an NVMe featuer not often seen, which is in itself worth taking a look at.

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"Toshiba's RC100 NVMe SSD takes a bold stab at life without DRAM or a full four lanes of PCIe connectivity. Unlike many DRAM-less SSDs, however, the RC100 has a trick up its sleeve with the NVMe protocol's Host Memory Buffer caching feature. Join us to find out whether NVMe and HMB can bolster this entry-level SSD's performance."

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The PC industry is still dead; ignore the sales figures suggesting otherwise!

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2018 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: pc sales, surprise

For the first time since 2012, both IDC and Gartner agree the market for plug and play PCs are up, with a growth of 2.7%.  As there has not been any huge releases in these past two quarters to drive PC sales, this number is more impressive than it might seem at first glance.  Some of this growth was created from corporate machines being upgraded but not all.  The news is good for those who build and sell PCs; as well as for the enthusiasts as stock of current and past generation parts are used up in these machines.  You can see what the beancounters said over at The Inquirer.

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"This was apparently demonstrated by a solid year-on-year growth of 2.7 per cent and exceeded IDC's forecast of 0.3 per cent growth, marking the strongest year-on-year growth rate in more than six years, when the first quarter of 2012 posted growth of 4.2 per cent"

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Source: The Inquirer

PCPer Mailbag #52 - Baby Got Backplate

Subject: Editorial | July 13, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show:

00:49 - Caring for a delidded CPU?
02:47 - APUs with HBM?
05:56 - 4K HDR prices: TVs vs. monitors?
08:19 - What are GPU backplates for?
10:14 - NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection MIA?
13:21 - Ridiculously cheap SSDs?
17:33 - Autographed Joshtekk prints?
18:26 - Pizza toppings? Aye right!

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Podcast #506 - HTC VIVE Pro, Ryzen V1000, and more!

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2018 - 03:53 PM |
Tagged: podcast, vive pro, V1000, team group, Surface Go, sennheiser, seasonic, SD 7.0, sapphire, ryzen, rx vega, microsoft, m3b, hyperx, htc, gsp 600, flexispot, biostar, 5x5, video

PC Perspective Podcast #506 - 07/12/18

Join us this week for discussion on HTC VIVE Pro, Ryzen V1000, and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg, Ken Addison

Program length: 1:17:23

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 0:58:15 Ryan: Mario Tennis Aces
    2. 1:00:20 Jeremy: Peak RGB, car underglow coming back next obviously
    3. 1:05:00 Allyn: Mobile Passport / Keep a spare capacitor for your HVAC (Turbo 200)
  4. Closing/outro
 
 
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