Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: HyperX

Macros and RGB for $39

We’ve previously looked at the top of the HyperX mouse line with our Pulsefire Surge RGB review, and the Core model we're checking out today sits at the entry level in the HyperX lineup, though it still offers full customization for buttons and RGB lighting. Is this $39.99 wired gaming mouse a good value? We will try to answer that here.

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First we'll check out the specifications for the full HyperX mouse lineup:

  Pulsefire Core Pulsefire FPS Pulsefire FPS Pro Pulsefire Surge
Shape Symmetrical Ergonomic Ergonomic Symmetrical
Connection Type Wired Wired Wired Wired
Lighting RGB Red RGB RGB - 360
Buttons 7 6 6 6
Switch Reliability 20M Clicks 20M Clicks 20M Clicks 50M Clicks
Optical Sensor Pixart 3327 Pixart 3310 Pixart 3389 Pixart 3389
Max Resolution 6200 DPI 3200 DPI 16000 DPI 16000 DPI
Max Speed 220 IPS 130 IPS 450 IPS 450 IPS
Max Acceleration 30G 30G 50G 50G
Polling Rate 1000 Hz (1 ms) 1000 Hz (1 ms) 1000 Hz (1 ms) 1000 Hz (1 ms)
Cable Type Braided Braided Braided Braided
Weight (without cable) 87g 95g 95g 100g
Product Dimensions
(WxLxH)
64x119x41mm 71x128x42mm 71x128x42mm 63x120x41mm
NGenuity Software Enabled Yes No Yes Yes

Pricing and Availability: $39.99, Amazon.com

As you can see the Pulsefire Core offers a mix of features between the FPS and FPS Pro models, and still provides NGenuity software control. The first technical difference to point out is the optical sensor (Pixart 3327), which at a max of 6200 DPI sits between the FPS and Surge, and also provides a faster 220 IPS speed than the FPS models. Mouse switches are rated for the same 20 million clicks as the FPS as well, though you will need to move up to the Pulsefire Surge to get the Omron brand switches and their 50 million clicks.

Continue reading our review of the HyperX Pulsefire Core gaming mouse.

I loaded sixteen gigs of HBM2 ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 7, 2019 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: VRAM, video card, Vega 20, Vega, radeon vii, radeon, pcie, opencl, HBM2, graphics card, gaming, compute, amd, 7nm, 16GB

While enjoying the pictures and tests Sebastian ran on the new AMD Radeon VII, was there a game that we missed that is near and dear to your heart?  Then perhaps one of these reviews below will solve that, the list even includes Linux performance for those on that side of the silicon.  For instance, over at The Tech Report you can check out Monster Hunter: World, Forza Horizon 4 and the impressive results that the new 7nm card offers in Battlefield V. 

Check those results here.

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"AMD's Radeon VII is the first gaming graphics card powered by a 7 nm GPU: Vega 20. This hopped-up Vega chip comes linked up with 16 GB of HBM2 RAM good for 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth. We put this potent combination to the test to see if it can beat out Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080."

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Manufacturer: AMD

Overview and Specifications

After a month-long wait following its announcement during the AMD keynote at CES, the Radeon VII is finally here. By now you probably know that this is the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU, and it is launching today at a price equal to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 at $699.

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The AMD Radeon VII in action on the test bench

More than a gaming card, the Radeon VII is being positioned as a card for content creators as well by AMD, with its 16GB of fast HBM2 memory and enhanced compute capabilities complimenting what should be significantly improved gaming performance compared to the RX Vega 64.

Vega at 7nm

At the heart of the Radeon VII is the Vega 20 GPU, introduced with the Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 compute cards for the professional market back in November. The move to 7nm brings a reduction in die size from 495 mm2 with Vega 10 to 331 mm2 with Vega 20, but this new GPU is more than a die shrink with the most notable improvement by way of memory throughput, as this is significantly higher with Vega 20.

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Double the HBM2, more than double the bandwidth

While effective memory speeds have been improved only slightly from 1.89 Gbps to 2.0 Gbps, far more impactful is the addition of two 4GB HBM2 stacks which not only increase the total memory to 16GB, but bring with them two additional memory controllers which double the interface width from 2048-bit to 4096-bit. This provides a whopping 1TB (1024 GB/s) of memory bandwidth, up from 483.8 GB/s with the RX Vega 64.

Continue reading our review of the AMD Radeon VII graphics card!

A new Star Wars game? No not that one, the other one ...

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2019 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: Star Wars, Respawn, Jedi: Fallen Order, gaming, ea

There is a possibility that Jedi: Fallen Order will actually arrive this year, according to EA's Q3 2019 earnings announcement.  This is not the one code-named RagTag which Visceral was working on until they were eviscerated, (or that other one) as it is still looking for a long term relationship with another developer.  We know very little about Fallen Order and EA remained very tight lipped when Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN inquired for more details

EA also confirmed that there will be a new Need For Speed as well as another Plants vs. Zombies, but the future of Titanfall is still a mystery to all. 

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"EA chief operating officer Blake Jorgensen muttered in yesterday’s numberblast that they are looking forward to delivering Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in the autumn, “new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles”, and supporting Titanfall’s new free-to-play battle royale spin-off Apex Legends ..."

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Keep me searching for an atomic heart of gold

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 02:44 PM |
Tagged: Atomic Heart, gaming

You can now watch 10 minutes of gameplay from Atomic Heart, which is currently scheduled to be released some time before the end of the year.  You don't get to see a lot of the game, nor are their much in the way of spoilers but it does give you a feel for the atmosphere, which is quite something to behold.  The various critters encountered are fascinating and completely mysterious, not to mention the cow and chickens.

Pop by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for a gander.

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"I’ve enjoyed the look of Atomic Heart since its announcement last year and after watching a new ten-minute gameplay video I’m glad to say yep, I still don’t understand its whole ‘strange Soviet sci-fi theme park turns into horrorhell’ thing. That’s good."

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Cooler Master

The Cherry MX Low Profile Difference

The market for mechanical gaming keyboards is exploding. Everyone, even companies you would never expect (I’m looking at you Creative Labs!), seems to have their own line of PC gaming accessories. But what really sets them apart? The answer is, sadly, not much; the existence of media keys or a volume roller, how good the software is, the occasional quirky layout.

Then there are the unique keyboards. We’ve looked at a few of them here. Today we’re adding another one to the list with the Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Gaming Keyboard.

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The SK630 features a flat, slimmed down design that could make any Apple fan feel right at home. Add to that full RGB backlighting, brand new Cherry MX RGB Low Profile Red switches, and massive amounts of software-free programmability and you can begin to see why this might catch more than a few eyes. With a list price of $119.99 this is not exactly a budget option, so let’s dive in and see if it’s worth the cost of entry.


Specifications

  • Switch Type: Cherry MX RGB Low Profile Switch
  • Actuation Point: 1.2mm
  • Travel Distance: 3.2mm
  • Switch Lifespan: 50M actuations
  • Material: Aluminum/Plastic
  • Color: Gunmetal Black
  • LED Color: RGB
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
  • Response Rate: 1ms / 1000Hz
  • MCU: 32-bit ARM Cortex M3
  • Onboard Memory: 512KB
  • On-the-fly System: Yes, for multimedia, Macro recording, and lighting control
  • Multimedia Keys: Through Function Key (FN)
  • Cable: 1.8m, USB Type-C Detachable & Braided
  • Software Support: Yes, through Portal
  • Dimensions: 353.5 x 125.5 x 29.8 mm (L*W*H)
  • Product Weight (without cable): 552g
  • Weight: 593g
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • List Price: $119.99

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Continue reading our review of the Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile keyboard.

War never changes? It is an EA-scalating problem!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | January 24, 2019 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: ea, dice, battlefield V, rant, editorial, gaming

At some point EA and DICE will cross another even more absurd line than they already have, but it is hard to figure out how.  They are scratching their heads about why sales of Battlefield V have been so abysmal, and come up with bizarre scenarios such as a lack of realism or that there was a female on the cover art.   There are of course other explanations for the poor performance, and somehow they have decided to continue emptying a Luger into their foot.

Today they have found yet another reason to convince people not to buy the game, on top of so many other reasons; they've rescinded their promise to include the Rental Server Program that was included on each and every other one of their recent BF releases.  This is, of course, after they went after customers who had the temerity to keep older BF games alive on their own servers after Gamespy went off to silicon heaven. 

That is just the most recent of their blunderful performances, which include such highlights as rebranding loot boxes as booster packs and once again delving into microtransactions.  We won't even mention that the killer app of the engine is still slowly being implemented and that you need to buy a $1000 piece of hardware just to have the opportunity to see the work in progress; assuming your eyes are good enough to spot it. 

One hoped the declining sales figures might have a positive impact on EA and DICE's treatment of their customers but for now it seems they are just doubling down on being ...

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"Battlefield V developer DICE now says it's not sure whether it will be able to "deliver" the series' traditional Rental Server Program (RSP) for the latest game in the franchise."

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Source: Ars Technica

The rocket pack's red glare

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2019 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: gaming, anthem, BioWare, origin

BioWare's soon to be released not-a-fantasy-RPG, Anthem, is offering a free open demo for you to try out on the first weekend of February.  If you are more interested in flying around with a jetpack than watching the SuperBowl, the demo will start you at level 10 so you will get a better idea of how the game plays than starting fresh.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN were told that the amount of drops will be much higher than in the actual game, so you may also see a wide selection of upgrades and new items during your brief peek. 

The game, which does not actually feature the Power Rangers, will arrive at the end of February if you happen to fall in love with it ... on Origin.

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"The open demo will run from 5pm next Friday, February 1st until Sunday the 3rd. No, it’s not long. That is preceded by a couple extra days of demo for folks who pre-order but pre-ordering is for mugs."

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Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Exploring 2560x1440 Results

In part one of our review of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card we looked at gaming performance using only 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 results, and while UHD is the current standard for consumer televisions (and an easy way to ensure GPU-bound performance) more than twice as many gamers play on a 2560x1440 display (3.89% vs. 1.42% for 3840x2160) according to Steam hardware survey results.

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Adding these 1440p results was planned from the beginning, but time constraints made testing at three resolutions before getting on a plane for CES impossible (though in retrospect UHD should have been the one excluded from part one, and in future I'll approach it that way). Regardless, we now have those 1440p results to share, having concluded testing using the same list of games and synthetic benchmarks we saw in the previous installment.

On to the benchmarks!

PC Perspective GPU Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4-3000
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
Power Supply CORSAIR RM1000x 1000W
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1803)
Drivers AMD: 18.50
NVIDIA: 417.54, 417.71 (OC Results)

We will begin with Unigine Superposition, which was run with the high preset settings.

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Here we see the RTX 2060 with slightly higher performance than the GTX 1070 Ti, right in the middle of GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 performance levels. As expected so far.

Continue reading part two of our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 review.

Fus ro dah with a little help from your friends

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2019 - 01:31 PM |
Tagged: skyrim, multiplayer, mod, gaming

Originally scheduled to be available a year or so back, the team developing a multiplayer mod for Skyrim are almost ready to release a closed beta.  You can see from the video posted over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN that they have indeed managed to play together using their mod, as well as being compatible with a number of other mods as no one plays vanilla Skyrim anymore.  There are still some bugs to work out, as evidenced in the video and it lacks some of the tricks of Elder Scrolls Online.  On the other hand it doesn't have a lot of the negatives of that game either. 

There is no release day yet, but keep your eyes open for more news as well as where to grab it, as Steam has declined to host it via their Workshop.

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"A Skyrim multiplayer mod is about to enter closed beta, and will soon offer you and up to seven friends the chance to explore the snowy bit of Tamriel together. The devs say the closed beta won’t last long, and an open one will be hot on its heels."

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