Subject: Editorial | January 19, 2017 - 01:49 PM | Alex Lustenberg
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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Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
Subject: Mobile | November 24, 2016 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ubuntu, Oryx Pro, GTX1060, gaming laptop, desktop replacement
The Oryx Pro is the opposite of most of the laptops you have seen reviewed here recently. At 15.2x10.7x1.1" and 5.5lbs it is bulkier than the slim laptops dominating the market, not to mention the 2lb power brick. It also runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as opposed to Win10, thankfully the install is well configured for the hardware present according to the review at Ars Technica. The hardware on the other hand is familiar and rather impressive, a desktop class GTX 1060, an i7-6700HQ, 32GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The model reviewed at Ars runs you almost $1900 or there is a 17" model, as well as a GTX 1070 upgrade available if you so desire. Pop by to take a look at the full review of this Linux powered laptop.
"System76 has a decent range of laptops, from the small, lightweight, battery-sipping Lemur to the top-end beast-like Oryx Pro. And after recently reviewing the svelte, but not necessarily top-end-specced Dell XPS 13, I got curious about this Oryx Pro. On paper, it sounds like a desktop machine somehow packed into a laptop form factor"
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Gigabyte AORUS X7 DT v6 GTX 1080 Gaming Laptop @ eTeknix
- Dell Inspiron 13 5000 (5368 / 5378) 2-in-1 Laptop @ TechARP
- ASUS Chromebox 2-G084U @ Kitguru
- honor 8 Aurora Glass @ TechARP
- Xiaomi Mi Mix review—This is what the future of smartphones looks like @ Ars Technica
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2016 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rx 480, nvidia, GTX1060, amd
On one side of the ring is the RX 480, with 2304 Stream Processors, 32 ROPs and 144 Texture Units. In the opposite corner, at 1280 CUDA Cores, 48 ROPs and 80 Texture Units is the GTX 1060. The two cards retail for between $200 to $250 depending on the features present on the card as well as any sales. [H]ard|OCP tested the two cards head to head, not just raw performance numbers but also the stability of the GPU frequencies. power draw and temperatures. All games were tested at base clocks and at the highest stable overclock and the results were back and forth, in some games AMD pulled ahead while in others NVIDIA was the clear winner. It is worth keeping in mind that these results do not include VR results.
"We take GIGABYTE’s Radeon RX 480 G1 GAMING video card and pit it against a MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X video card in today’s evaluation. We will overclock both video cards as high as possible and compare performance and find out what both video cards have to offer in the upper $200 price range for gaming."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Galax GTX 1070 EXOC Sniper Review @ OCC
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4 GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Gaming X 4G @ Kitguru
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2016 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, GTX1070, GTX1060, GTX 1080, fail, evga, ACX 3.0
Checklist time readers, do you have the following:
- A GTX 1060/1070/1080
- Which is from EVGA
- With an ACX 3.0 cooler
- With one of the model numbers above
If not, make like Bobby McFerrin.
If so, you have a reason to be concerned and EVGA offers their apologies and more importantly, a fix. EVGA's tests, which emulate the ones performed at Tom's show that the thermal temperature of the PWM and memory was just marginally within spec. That is a fancy way of saying that in certain circumstances the PWM was running just short of causing a critical thermal incident, also know as catching on fire and letting out the magic smoke. They claim that this was because the testing focused on GPU temperature and the lowest acoustic levels possible and did not involve measuring the heat produced on memory or the VRM which is, as they say, a problem.
You have several choices of remedy from EVGA, please remember that you should reach out directly to their support, not NVIDIA's. You can try requesting a refund from the store you purchased it at but your best bet is EVGA.
The first option is a cross-ship RMA. Contact EVGA as a guest or with your account to set up an RMA and they will ship you a replacement card with a new VBIOS which will not have this issue and you won't need to send yours back until the replacement arrives.
You can flash to the new VBIOS which will adjust the fan-speed curve to ensure that your fans are running higher than 30% and will provide sufficient cooling to additional portions of the GPU. Your card will be louder but it will also be less likely to commit suicide in a dramatic fashion.
Lastly you can request a thermal pad kit, which EVGA suggests is unnecessary but certainly sounds like a good idea especially as it is free although requires you sign up for an EVGA account. Hopefully in the spare seconds currently available to the team we can get our hands on an ACX 3.0 cooled Pascal card with the VBIOS update and thermal pads so we can verify this for you.
This issue should not have happened and does reflect badly on certain factors of EVGA's testing. Their response has been very appropriate on the other hand, if you are affected then you can get a replacement card with no issues or you can fix the issue yourself. Any cards shipped, though not necessarily purchased, after Nov. 1st will have the new VBIOS so be careful if you are sticking with a new EVGA Pascal card.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 1, 2016 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: oled, GTX1060, dell, Alienware 13, alienware
Dell has announced four base models of Alienware 13 gaming notebooks, a TN model, a 1080p IPS model and two 1440p OLED models; one with 8GB of DDR4 and one with double that amount. The two non-OLED models are powered by an i5-6300HQ while the OLED models contain an i7-6700HQ and all four have a desktop class GTX 1060. That should offer you enough to power an Oculus or Vive, especially if you opt to purchase the Alienware Graphics Amplifier which is an external GPU dock that uses a proprietary connection from Dell. It is described as a proprietary PCIe connection which provides four lanes of PCIe 3.0, which sounds very similar to Thunderbolt 3.0 which also provides four lanes when done correctly.
It is also nice to see that all use SSDs for storage, the TN model a SATA drive and the other four base models a PCIe SSD. One must assume that the pink can be turned off in the BIOS, though there are those guaranteed to like the glow. You can check out all of the additional features and options on Dell's page and perhaps even pick one up as they are available as of today. Hopefully we will have a chance to test Dell's external GPU connection against the more common Thunderbolt solutions in the near future.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Seagate has a flash early Xmas present for Xbox gamers @ The Register
- Almost 1.8 billion Windows users haven't upgraded to Windows 10 @ The Inquirer
- Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft: Web giant goes public with bug exploited by hackers @ The Register
- AT&T Falsely Claimed Pro-Google Fiber Rule Is Invalid, FCC Says @ Slashdot
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2016 - 10:26 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: nvidia, GeForce GTX 1060, GTX1060, rumor, report, leak, pascal, graphics card, video card
A report from VideoCardz.com shows what appears to be an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with a cooler similar to the "Founders Edition" GTX 1080/1070 design.
Is this the GTX 1060 reference design? (Image via VideoCardz.com)
The image comes via Reddit (original source links in the VideoCardz post), and we cannot verify the validity of the image - though it certainly looks convincing to this writer.
So what does VideoCardz offer as to the specifications of this GTX 1060 card? Quoting from the post:
"NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will most likely use GP106 GPU with at least 1280 CUDA cores. Earlier rumors suggested that GTX 1060 might get 6 GB GDDR5 memory and 192-bit memory bus."
We await official word on the GTX 1060 from NVIDIA, which VideoCardz surmises "is expected to hit the market shortly after Radeon RX 480".