Subject: Networking | January 9, 2018 - 11:44 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Wireless-AC 1550, wireless, wi-fi, Rivet Networks, networking, killer, Intel, CES 2018, CES, 802.11ac Wave 2
For their new wireless adapter Rivet Networks has partnered with Intel, producing "the worlds fastest 2x2 11ac wireless networking adapter" in the Killer Wireless-AC 1550. This new adapter supports the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard and offers up to 1.73 Gbps throughput using 160 MHz channels.
"The first product to come out of Rivet Networks’ new partnership with Intel, the Killer™ Wireless-AC 1550 is the world’s fastest 2x2 11ac wireless networking adapter. The Killer Wireless-AC 1550 has been designed to combine the speed, intelligence, and control of Killer Networking products with the power and performance of the latest Intel wireless chipset. Delivering faster than gigabit Ethernet speeds along with the gaming functionality that gamers love, the Killer 1550 is the ideal wireless networking product for competitive gamers and performance users who demand the most from their computers."
Killer Networking lists these features for the Killer Wireless-AC 1550:
- Gigabit Wi-Fi Speeds: The Killer Wireless-AC 1550, featuring 160 MHz channel support, has a theoretical max throughput speed of 1.73Gbps when connected to a router that supports 160 MHz channels. This is faster than gigabit Ethernet and twice the speed of standard 2x2 11ac products.
- MU-MIMO Support: Killer 1550 includes full MU-MIMO (Multi-User-Multiple Input and Multiple-Output) support, which dramatically increases network efficiency by working with a MU-MIMO enabled access point. MU-MIMO allows wireless access points to support multiple transmissions at the same time, versus a single transmission at a time like normal access points. This creates additional efficiencies that can provide up to 60% faster download speeds, lower latency, and a better overall connection.
- Transmit Beamforming Technology: Killer 1550 also has Transmit Beamforming technology, which allows the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 to share location information directly to your wireless access point so that the access point can better direct its signals to you. This creates stronger wireless signals at all ranges and faster data transfers.
- Complete 802.11ac functionality: Supports dual band (2.4 GHz and 5GHz), IEEE standards-based 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
While the big news might be the Intel co-developed hardware, as this is a Killer Networking product the software is a big component in the overall experience. Options configurable via the Killer Control Panel include Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 for automated traffic prioritization for games and streaming, along with Lag and Latency Reduction Technology and Killer DoubleShot Pro support.
The first devices with the new Killer Wireless-AC 1550 adapter are being released this month.
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2018 - 07:32 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: XPoint, Optane, Intel, CES 2018, CES, 800p, 60GB, 3D XPoint, 120gb
Intel broke news just now that they will be launching a larger version of their 16/32GB Optane Memory modules. The new 800P looks very much the same as its little brother but is designed to operate as a sole boot SSD. Mobile applications are also possible now as the 800P includes power management features that the Optane Memory modules lacked (as they were not intended for mobile).
We are under embargo as far as performance goes, but from what we know about how Optane parts scale, it's a safe bet that performance will be very close to what we've seen out of the Optane Memory parts. Warranty will be 5 years with an endurance of ~200GB per day. No word on cost at this time. Overall these though fit nicely between Optane Memory (16/32GB) and the 900P (280/480+GB) capacity points.
The elephant in the room is the capacity. While these can store more than the 16/32GB variants, 60/120GB may not be enough for most users out there. Fortunately, devices like these are great in Zx70 RAID or even VROC configurations!
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2018 - 07:19 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: MX Red, mechanical, keyboard, key switches, K63, gaming, corsair, Cherry MX, bluetooth, 2.4GHz, CES 2018, CES, wireless
Corsair continues the expansion of their peripheral portfolio at CES, and the focus here is wireless. The new products include a new wireless keyboard and mouse (Corsair's first wireless mouse) along with a Qi wireless charging mousepad and new lap board.
K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
First up is the K63 keyboard, a wireless TKL design with a trio of connection options. In addition to Corsair's 2.4 GHz connection which offers 1 ms latency, there is also the option of connecting via Bluetooth 4.2 (with a latency of 7.5 ms) or use a standard wired connection via USB (which also charges the keyboard).
The K63 keyboard has Cherry MX Red key switches (no option for other colors, currently), individual backlighting, and battery life that ranges from 15 hours of continuous use with default backlighting (default brightness is 66%), up to a whopping 75 hours of continuous use without backlight. AES 128-bit encryption is also supported, and for gamers who do not want the additional latency this adds (total of 1.08 ms), encryption can be toggled on and off via software.
DARK CORE RGB Wireless Mouse
Corsair's first wireless mouse offers the same three connectivity options as the K63 keyboard, with 2.4 GHz or BT 4.2 wireless in addition to USB, and there is an SE version of the mouse that also supports the Qi wireless standard with its integrated charging coil, and that is complimented by the MM1000 Qi wireless charging mousepad.
Not only did Corsair announce the new keyboard and mouse, but also the K63 Lapboard for your slick new wireless peripherals. It's a lightweight design that features memory foam padding and a built-in wrist rest, and the mouse pad is removable for cleaning/replacement.
All of these new wireless peripherals and accessories are available now, with pricing as follows:
- Dark Core RGB Mouse: $79.99
- Dark Core RGB SE Mouse: $89.99
- MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mousepad: $79.99
- K63 Wireless Keyboard: $109.99
- K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard: $59.99
- K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard/Lapboard Combo: $159.99
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2018 - 02:15 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: VR, lenovo mirage, Lenovo, daydream, CES 2018, CES, camera
UPDATE (2018-01-09 7:38 PM EST): Lenovo has announced new pricing information for its Mirage Solo headset and Mirage VR Camera. In lieu of the specific pricing originally reported, the Mirage Camera will now start at "under $300" while the Mirage Solo will start "under $400." Original article follows below.
Lenovo today announced the Mirage Solo, the first standalone headset compatible with Google's Daydream virtual reality platform. In addition to keeping the processing power, display, and power all confined to the headset for a completely untethered experience, the Mirage Solo also supports "WorldSense," a motion tracking technology that lets users move within a 1.5-meter range of compatible Daydream experiences without the need for external cameras or sensors.
The Mirage Solo is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform with 4GB of RAM. On-board storage is provided by microSD and can be expanded up to 256GB. The 256x1440 display offers a 110-degree filed of view, and the whole headset weighs in at 1.42 pounds.
The headset's 4000mAh battery is good for up to 7 hours per charge, although Lenovo notes that this number may vary based on the complexity of the Daydream content and the amount of motion involved.
The Mirage Solo includes a wireless Daydream controller and will start at
$449.99 "under $400" when it ships in the second quarter.
In addition to the Mirage Solo headset, Lenovo is also launching a product for those who wish to create and share virtual reality experiences. The Mirage Camera is a compact VR capture device that records 180 degrees of video via two 13MP fisheye lenses.
Once captured, the camera features integrated uploading to Google Photos and YouTube for easy sharing. The videos are recorded in the VR180 format, which allows for immersive 3D playback with compatible devices, or controllable 2D video for those without a headset.
The Mirage Camera includes 16GB of built-in storage and can be expanded with up to 128GB of additional storage via a microSD card. The removable battery offers up to two hours of continuous recording per charge.
The Mirage Camera starts at
$299.99 "under $300" and will launch in the second quarter. A model with integrated LTE is also planned, but Lenovo has not yet revealed pricing or release window for that version.
Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2018 - 01:00 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Vega M, rx vega m, laptop, kaby lake-g, dell xps 15 2-in-1, dell, convertible, CES 2018, CES
Following up on its updates to the XPS 13 last week, Dell today is unveiling a new 15-inch model of its XPS 2-in-1 lineup. The XPS 15 2-in-1, as it's officially named, is powered by the new Kaby Lake-G platform, which pairs an 8th Gen Intel Core processor with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
The 15.6-inch touchscreen display is available in both 1080p and 4K resolutions with up to 400-nits brightness and 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage. The display also supports Dell's new Active Pen, an optional $99 accessory which offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity with tilt support and palm rejection technology.
Despite its powerful Intel and AMD Radeon components, Dell claims that the XPS 15 2-in-1's 75Whr battery is good for up to 15 hours of battery life.
Check out the complete specs:
|Processor Options||Intel Core i7-8705G
Intel Core i5-8305G
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2400MHz
16GB DDR4 2400MHz
|Graphics||Integrated Radeon RX Vega M
|Display||15.6-inch 3200x1800 (100% Adobe RGB)
15.6-inch 1920x1080 (100% sRGB)
Capacitive touchscreen with active pen support
|Storage||128GB SATA SSD
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
Up to 15 hours
|I/O||2 x Thunderbolt 3
2 x USB 3.1 Type-C
microSD Card Reader
3.5mm audio in/out
|Connectivity||Killer 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi
|Dimensions||354 x 235 x 16mm|
|Weight||Starting at 4.3lbs|
Complete pricing information for all configurations is not yet available, but Dell states that the new XPS 15 2-in-1 will start at $1299.99 and will be available for purchase sometime this spring.
Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Z370, nzxt, motherboard, CES 2018, CES
Case and accessory maker NZXT is entering the PC components market with the announcement this week of its first ever motherboard. The NZXT N7 Z370 is based on Intel's Z370 chipset and is designed for both simplicity and clean looks.
The board features a built-in digital fan controller, integrated RGB lighting channels, an all-metal cover available in either black or white, and an on-board noise sensor that can help calibrate fan speeds and cooling pumps for a quieter PC.
|CPU||LGA socket 1151 for Intel 8th Generation Core i7/i5/i3|
|Memory||4 x DIMM with 64GB Max
DDR4 up to 3866MHz (O.C.)
|Multi-GPU||NVIDIA 2-Way SLI
AMD 2-Way CrossFireX
|Storage||1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 mode only)
4 x SATA 6Gbs
Support for RAID 0/1/5/10
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15
Intel Optane Memory Ready
|Networking||1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio||Realtek ALC1220 Codec with Nichicon Gold Capacitors
7.1 Channel High Definition Audio, 32-bit / 192KHz DAC
|Expansion Slots||2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x4
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
|Rear I/O||5 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x RJ45
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
7.1 Channel Audio Ports (3.5mm)
|Internal I/O||1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump
1 x 4-pin Water Pump
6 x 4-pin System Fans (up to 5W per channel)
3 x USB 2.0 header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
4 x SATA 6Gbps
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe mode only)
2 x RGB LED connectors
1 x noise detection module
1 x font panel audio connector
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x ROM backup button
1 x dual BIOS switch
4 x SATA data cables
1 x NZXT SLI Bridge
2 x LED light strips
2 x 500mm LED connection cable
2 x 300mm LED extension cable
|Form Factor||ATX (305mm x 244mm)|
The NZXT N7 Z370 motherboard will launch later this month in the US and Europe for $299.99.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | January 8, 2018 - 11:35 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: pc game streaming, nvidia, geforce now, game streaming, cloud gaming, CES 2018, CES
NVIDIA is opening up its Geforce NOW cloud gaming service to PC gamers who will join Mac users (who got access last year) in the free beta. The service uses GeForce GTX graphics cards and high-powered servers to store, play, and stream games at high settings and stream the output over the internet back to gamers of any desktop or laptop old or new (so long as you have at least a 25Mbps internet connection and can meet the basic requirements to run the Geforce NOW application of course - see below). Currently, NVIDIA supports over 160 games that can be installed on its virtual GeForce NOW gaming PCs and a select number of optimized titles can even be played at 120 FPS for a smoother gaming experience that is closer to playing locally (allegedly).
GeForce NOW is a bring your own games service in the sense that you install the Geforce NOW app on your local machine and validate the games you have purchased and have the rights to play on Steam and Ubisoft's Uplay PC stores. You are then able to install the games on the cloud-based Geforce NOW machines. The game installations reportedly take around 30 seconds with game patching, configurations, and driver updates being handled by NVIDIA's Geforce NOW platform. Gamers will be glad to know that the infrastructure further supports syncing with the games' respective stores and save games, achievements, and settings are synched allowing potentially seamless transitions between local and remote play sessions.
You can find a list of currently supported games here, but some highlights include some oldies and newer titles including: Borderlands 2, Bioshock Remastered, various Call of Duty titles, League of Legends, Left 4 Dead 2, Kerbal Space Program, Just Cause 3, StarCraft II, Resident Evil 7, KOTOR, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Dirt 4 (just for Josh), Project Cars 2, Fallout 4, XCOM 2 (a personal favorite), PUBG, WoW, Civilization VI, and more.
While many of the titles may need to be tweaked to get the best performance, some games have been certified and optimized by NVIDIA to come pre-configured with the best graphics settings for optimum performance including running them at maximum settings at 1920 x 1080 and 120 Hz.
If you are interested in the cloud-based game streaming service, you can sign up for the GeForce NOW beta here and join the waiting list! According to AnandTech, users will need a Windows 7 (or OS X equivalent) PC with at least a Core i3 clocked at 3.1 GHz with 4GB of RAM and a DirectX 9 GPU (AMD HD 3000 series / NVIDIA 600 Series / Intel HD 2000 series) or better. Beta users are limited to 4 hours per gaming session. There is no word on when the paid Geforce NOW tiers will resume or what the pricing for the rented virtual gaming desktops will be.
I signed up (not sure I'll get in though, maybe they need someone to test with old hardware hah) and am interested to try it as their past streaming attempts (e.g. to the Shield Portable) seemed to work pretty well for what it was (something streamed over the internet).
Hopefully they have managed to make it better and quicker to respond to inputs. Have you managed to get access, and if so what are your thoughts? Is GeForce NOW the way its meant to be played? It would be cool to see them add Space Engineers and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion as while me and my brother have fun playing them, they are quite demanding resource wise especially Space Engineers post planets update!
- NVIDIA GeForce NOW Initial Thoughts and Review @ PC Perspective (Note this is the Shield variant (formerlly GRID) which is separate from the PC / Mac aimed service)
Subject: Storage | January 8, 2018 - 09:15 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: thunderbolt 3, ssd, patriot, external ssd, CES 2018, CES
Memory firm Patriot announced a new Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD at CES this week. The Patriot EVLVR ("evolver") is based on Phison E8 PCIe controller and advertises speeds of up to 1500MB/s in sequential reads and 1000MB/s in sequential writes.
The drive connects to PCs and Macs via a single detachable Thunderbolt 3 cable and is bus-powered, although there is no second Thunderbolt port for passthrough capability.
The Patriot EVLVR launches in March and will be available in 256GB ($199.99), 512GB ($289.99), and 1TB ($489.99) capacities.
Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2018 - 08:00 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Thinkpad, Lenovo, laptop, CES 2018, CES
After updating other members of its ThinkPad line last week, Lenovo today is turning its attention to its flagship ThinkPad X1 series, introducing a number of performance and design updates to the X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet.
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The new ThinkPad X1 Tablet sees a change in form factor, moving from a 12-inch "2K" display (2160x1440) to a 13-inch "3K" display (3000x2000), as well as processing power with the switch to 8th generation Intel Core processors. The new display is also HDR compatible for vivid content consumption and creation.
The complete specs:
|Processor||Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7|
|OS||Up to Windows 10 Pro|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||Up to 16GB LPDDR3|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|Battery||Up to 9.5 hours|
|Display||13-inch 3000x2000 IPS
Corning Gorilla Glass
|Weight||1.9lbs tablet only
2.79lbs with keyboard
|Dimensions||304 x 226 x 8.9mm|
|I/O||2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x microSD Card Reader
1 x 3.5mm audio in/out
1 x Nano SIM
|Connectivity||Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The new third generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet starts at $1599 and will be available starting in March.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon & Yoga
Like the X1 Tablet, the third generation X1 Yoga and sixth generation X1 Carbon also receive upgraded displays. Featuring a peak brightness of 500 nits, both displays are the first to be compatible with Dolby Vision HDR. On the audio side, new 360-degree Far-Field Communication microphones support Wake-on-Voice functionality and, when it launches as part of a free update later this year, integrated hands-free Amazon Alexa support.
|Category||X1 Carbon 6th Gen||X1 Yoga 3rd Gen|
|Processor||Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7||Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7|
|OS||Up to Windows 10 Pro||Up to Windows 10 Pro|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||Up to 16GB LPDDR3||Up to 16GB LPDDR3|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|Battery||Up to 15 hours||Up to 15 hours|
|Display||14-inch 2560x1440 IPS
Dolby Vision HDR
|14-inch 2560x1440 IPS
Dolby Vision HDR
|Weight||Starting at 2.49lbs||Starting at 3.08lbs|
|Dimensions||304 x 226 x 8.9mm||333 x 229 x 17.05mm|
|I/O||2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x 3.5mm audio in/out
1 x microSD Card
1 x HDMI
1 x Lenovo Docking Connector
|2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x 3.5mm audio in/out
1 x microSD Card
1 x HDMI
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
|Connectivity||Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Optional Integrated LTE
|Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The 6th gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1709 while the 3rd gen ThinkPad X1 Yoga starts at $1889. Both will be available later this month.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | January 8, 2018 - 06:22 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: wigig, VR, vive wireless adapter, vive pro, vive, steamvr, Oculus, htc, CES 2018, CES
As it turns out, HTC's teasing of a new Vive product late last week was well warranted. Today, at their press conference before CES 2018, HTC announced two new hardware products—the Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless adapter.
Just like their teaser indicated, one of the major features of this new Vive hardware is an increased display resolution. The Vive Pro's resolution is 2880x1600 (combined), a 78% increase from the standard 2160×1200 resolution shared by the original Vive and the Oculus Rift.
Currently, there are no details about upgraded optics in the form of new lenses, but considering Valve's announcement of new lenses for future VR headsets, I would expect these to be included in the Vive Pro.
In addition to the display improvements, there are also some design changes in the Vive Pro that aim to allow users to quickly put on the headset and adjust it for maximum comfortability. The Vive Pro now features a dial on the back of the head strap to adjust the headset rather than having to adjust velcro straps. This setup is very reminiscent of the PSVR headset which is widely regarded as one of the most comfortable VR headsets currently on the market.
While we've already seen some of these design changes like integrated headphones in the currently shipping Deluxe Audio Strap for Vive, the Vive Pro is built from the ground up with this new strap instead of it being a replacement option.
HTC was very quiet about the change from a single front-facing camera on the standard Vive to dual front cameras on the Vive Pro. Having stereo cameras on the device have the potential to provide a lot of utility ranging from a stereo view of your surroundings when you are nearing the chaperone boundaries to potential AR applications.
The Vive Pro will work with the current 1.0 base stations for positional tracking, as well as Valve's previously announced but unreleased 2.0 base stations. When using SteamVR 2.0 tracking, the Vive Pro supports up to 4 base stations, allowing for a significantly larger play area of up to 10m x 10m.
Initially, the Vive Pro is slated to ship this quarter as a headset-only upgrade for customers who already have the original Vive with its 1.0 base stations. The full Vive Pro kit with 2.0 tracking is said to ship in the Summer time frame. Pricing for both configurations is yet to be announced.
In addition to new headset hardware, HTC also announced their first official solution for wireless VR connectivity.
Built in partnership with Intel, the Vive Wireless Adapter will use 60 GHz WiGig technology to provide a low latency experience for wirelessly streaming video to the HMD. Both the original Vive and the Vive Pro will support this adapter set to be available this summer. We also have no indications of pricing on the Vive Wireless Adapter.
HTC's announcements today are impressive and should help push PC VR forward. We have yet to get hands-on experience with either the Vive Pro or the Vive Wireless adapter, but we have a demo appointment tomorrow, so keep checking PC Perspective for our updated impressions of the next generation of VR!