Did you flip your lid over the i9-9900K's thermals?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2018 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged: solder, Intel, Core i9-9900K

TechSpot were somewhat disappointed with the temperatures they were seeing on the new i9-9900k and so decided to do what many have been trying lately; delidding and replacing the TIM between the CPU and heatspreader.   The results speak for themselves, when overclocking you can expect a 3-5C drop in temperature.  This comes with the risk of cracking the die and ruining your CPU as well as definitively voiding your warranty, so do consider that when looking at the results.

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"We know that soldering CPUs works a lot better than the paste method Intel's been using to cut costs, so we wanted to know how much better is the solder method used by the 9900K than the paste of the 8700K/8086K?"

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Source: TechSpot

Roundup at the GeForce corral

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2070, RTX 2080, gtx 1080 ti, gtx 1070

[H]ard|OCP is pitting the newly arrived RTX gang against the incumbent GTX crew in their latest GPU review.  They were specifically looking at how the RTX 2070 fares against its brethren, but took a look at the whole pack as well.  Their findings bore a resemblance to Ken's, the performance trends between an overclocked GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti but the asking price for the Founders Edition is too high. 

The RTX 2080 did not fare as well, as you can read about in the full review.

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"We took our world exclusive non-NDA RTX 2070 review and compared that card directly to the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1070 cards, both overclocked. Thrown into the mix is the RTX 2080. Our real world gameplay will fully expose the landscape of rasterized gaming and what you should be considering purchasing, if anything for your gaming needs."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Shopping for a GTX 1060? Hold up a moment will you?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2018 - 12:24 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 1060, gddr5x

Traditionally it is AMD that releases the silent ones, but today it is apparent that NVIDIA took a page from their playbook after The Inquirer spotted a report that they had released a new version of the GTX 1060.  This being 2018, nothing is simple and you will have difficulty spotting the cards which use GDDR5X.  There are now four versions of this card, a 3GB and a 6GB with the previous 8Gbps spec, a new 6GB model with slightly improved GDDR5 that can hit 9Gbps and finally a 6GB chip with GDDR5X which has yet to have frequency or bandwidth specifications published. 

This will make looking for a GPU in the $250-$300 range more interesting that it should be, especially with the eventual arrival of the RTX 2060.

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"With no official reveal, Nvidia's product page for the GTX 1060 - a rather capable graphics card that can run games full-whack at 1080p and 60 frames per second or push the higher 1440p resolution with a few tweaks - notes the GPU now sports nippier video memory."

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Source: The Inquirer

Windows Media Centre has strut and fret it's hour upon the stage ...

Subject: Systems | October 22, 2018 - 04:20 PM |
Tagged: windows media center, htpc, hdhomerun, Connect Quatro

One of the casualties of Microsoft's new operating systems has been Windows Media Centre, an incredibly easy way to watch and record TV as well as stream your own media.  What does one do with that old HTPC, once you have finally moved on from an old Windows version that supported WMC?  This is the question that this Tech Report writer has answered in this article.   With the help of some old hardware and a new HDHomeRun Connect Quatro can he create a similar solution to his dear departed Media Centre?  How can the old .wtv files be saved?  Find out by clicking that link.

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"I figure I'm on the tail end of converts from ye olde Windows Media Center, but I know there are diehards still out there lamenting their loss or maybe still fighting to get Windows Media Center working on Windows 10 in a post-April Update world. To those of you good people, take a deep breath and listen to my tale. Maybe it will help you find peace."

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Hyper Savage Exo USB SSD X! Kingston is a wee bit excited about their new external SSD

Subject: Storage | October 22, 2018 - 02:06 PM |
Tagged: kingston, hyperx, HyperX Savage, Savage Exo, external ssd, M.2

The new USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD from Kingston sports quite a name, which might help it sell with the console crowd as the drive will work on PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones as well as PCs.  Those devices are limited to USB 3.0 but this drive will still be miles faster than the internal HDD.  Inside is Marvell's 88SS1074 controller and Kingston branded 64-layer Toshiba BiCS flash, however the implementation does not seem up to snuff when compared to other portable SSDs.  Check out the performance as well as The Tech Reports recommendations right here.

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"The latest gaming peripheral from HyperX is... a portable SSD? Parent company Kingston wants to woo the console crowd with a fast USB external drive. Read our review of the HyperX Savage Evo to see whether it delivers."

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Even Intel has the occasional Monday

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2018 - 12:58 PM |
Tagged: Intel, micron, imft, 3D XPoint

Micron is planning on buying Intel out of the Intel Micron Flash Technologies group the two companies created back in 2006, along with the three fabs which come with it, for about $1.5 billion.  The writing has been on the wall for a while; to put it nicely, Optane has not sold well.  This also affected Micron's bottom line as they didn't have customers for their own 3D XPoint flash and so by taking over the entire venture they could repurpose the fabs.  According to The Register Micron has not completely given up on the technology and you should see new products launching towards the end of the year. 

Then there are the 10nm rumours, of course.

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"Micron's acquisition of IM Flash demonstrates our strong belief that 3D XPoint technology and other emerging memories will provide a unique differentiator for the company and be an essential solution for new data-hungry applications."

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Source: The Inquirer

Watch Ken and Allyn (eventually) build the Geeek A50 ITX chassis

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2018 - 04:40 PM |
Tagged: sffpc, SFF, itx, i7-8086k, geeek, b350-i, a50

Apropos of nothing, we decided to turn the studio cameras on this Friday morning and livestream our assembly of the Geeek A50 Mini ITX chassis for an upcoming review.

Join us as we build, and rebuild the chassis from in all of it's aluminum extrusion and acrylic panel glory while answering questions from the chat room along the way. Just try not to be too frustrated when we obviously are messing it all up.

Source: Geeek

Refreshing Intel's Coffee was quite effective

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: 2700x, amd, coffee lake, coffee lake refresh, i5-9600K, i7-9700K, i9-9900K, Intel, ryzen 7, Z390

With the advent of the 9th generation of Core processors from Intel, we see the market return to what we have been used to in the past.  Intel's offering is now faster and more effective than AMD's Ryzen, but it is also significantly more expensive.  Instead of getting an APU and heatsink for ~$300, you will be paying ~$530 for just the processor with no cooler.  That said the i9-9900K makes sense for those who have spent the money on an RTX 2080 Ti and a high resolution monitor, since they've already set a large budget; while those with less lofty dreams will be very happy with the Ryzen 7 2700X.

The question of overclocking is an interesting one, as Ken had no luck getting the chip to run above 5GHz.   [H]ard|OCP had a slightly better experience, hitting 5.14GHz with a 3600MHz memory bus, which could not match the content creation power of Threadripper 2 even though it was sucking down more juice.  Check out their review and then browse through the ones below.

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"The new 9th generation Intel i9-9900K CPU is upon us! AMD has been pushing into Intel's desktop market and Intel knows it. Today Intel is pulling the curtain back on "not paid for" reviews and we are happy to be serving you one of those up here today. Is the i9-9900K better than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and is it worth the staggering price premium?"

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Processors

 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Is your surfing experience Baroque lately? Try out Vivaldi 2.0

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2018 - 01:20 PM |
Tagged: web browser, vivaldi, vivaldi 2.0

Vivaldi has been around since 2015, but many have never heard of the alternative web browser.  The browser is built on Chromium 69 but the interface offers far more than others; stacked tabs, dual tab view, control suggestions and even enough keyboard control you don't need to use a mouse.  It is also able to synchronize your bookmarks, preferences,  history and even passwords across systems, though as Ars Technica warns, you should ensure you have created a Vivaldi password so that they can encrypt all of that data.

Intrigued?  Check out the details here.

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"Roughly a year and a half later, Vivaldi has recently hit the 2.0 milestone. You can download the latest version from the Vivaldi site or install it through the app store or package manager of your OS. And at first blush, perhaps the most shocking thing about this release is that it's merely 2.0."

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Source: Ars Technica

PCPer Mailbag #59 - Nearly 1 Hour of Storage Discussion With Mr. Malventano

Subject: Editorial | October 19, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano

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!

Allyn takes the hot seat this week to answer your storage questions:

00:23 - Would you worry about NVMe cooling? If you’re running video editing workloads, should you spend time trimming thermal pads on motherboard heatsinks to avoid overcooling the flash? Also, NVMe or Optane for an editing rig?

10:39 - I recently cloned my Samsung 850 EVO to a new ADATA SX8200. All was well at first, but when I formatted the EVO, Windows refused to boot and gave a BSoD. It would only boot once I removed every other drive from the system except the NVMe. Any ideas why?

13:51 - If I have a 3-year-old SM941 and it works fine, what kind of upgrade path do I have? MLC/NVMe are still good...better than TLC/QLC. So, Optane?

19:49 - What are the developments needed to give us even faster speeds than today’s NVMe? Where is the bottleneck that limits current speeds?

28:01 - Will NVMe SSD pricing ever catch up with SATA SSD drives?

30:33 - Will QLC replace TLC on lower-end SSDs?

32:42 - Can you overclock SSDs? If so, what kind of positive and negative impacts would it have?

37:20 - Does regularly TRIMing an SSD extend its life? If so, how often should I run a TRIM command on my drives?

43:57 - Is there any negative impact on an SSD from leaving it connected to power at all times even when idle compared to only powering it up when I need to use it? I use an SSD for my wireless Samba server in my semi-truck to stream videos in my off time but most of the day it sits there doing nothing.

46:55 - Allyn, have you and Steve Gibson ever done a podcast or talk together?

Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on this post or in the YouTube comments for the latest video. Check out new Mailbag videos (usually) each week!

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NVIDIA Announces RTX in Adobe Dimension CC

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2018 - 08:57 PM |
Tagged: Adobe, nvidia

The Adobe MAX conference took place earlier this week. It consisted of several keynotes, live streams, workshops, breakout sessions, announcements, and it aligned with an update to several Creative Cloud applications.

One such announcement is that NVIDIA RTX is coming to Adobe Dimension CC.

While the application has not exactly taken off yet, it is interesting to see Adobe and/or NVIDIA put the engineering into bringing their ray-tracing units to it. First, for its audience, the speed boost (and thus increased preview size) should make the experience much better. Second, if NVIDIA helped with the engineering effort, which I suspect they did, then it suggests that they are hoping to bring RTX basically everywhere. I’m curious to see who else gets RTX support. Fingers crossed for an announcement at BlenderCon next week. I shouldn’t hold my breath, but I am.

So, for gamers, RTX content is still pretty-much MIA, as is constantly reported. The same is mostly true for professionals… but that might change soon. We’ll need to see.

Get RGB blinkenlichten on that mousepad! Schnell Cooler Master, schnell!

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 03:53 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MP860, RGB, mousepad, blinkenlichten, input

Cooler Master have added RGBs to their new MP860 mouse mat, along with the Portal app to control them.  No longer are you forced to shamefully mouse on a boring old pad, for life without breathing, marquee or random blinking lights is no way for a mouse or gamer to live!  For the boring people who actually want to know how this pad is designed, it measures 36.3x26cm (14x10.3") and has both an aluminium and cloth side you can flip between based on your mood. 

The Tech Report will be more than happy to show it off to you here.

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"Cooler Master's MP860 mouse pad jazzes things up with two separate mousing surfaces and a ring of RGB LED zones around its perimeter. We see whether this RGB LED mousing sandwich enhances the gaming experience."

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Seasonic's Focus Plus series shows Gold can be better than Platinum

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2018 - 02:31 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, FOCUS PLUS, 550W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

Seasonic have added a 550W PSU to their Focus Plus lineup of petite PSUs.  Measuring a mere 5.5" in length it uses a 120mm fluid bearing fan for cooling and is completely modular.  Inside you will find Nippon Chemi-con components which may account for why this unit outperformed similar ones on [H]ard|OCP's test bench.  Even better news is the price, running around $80 including shipping, which makes this PSU a solid choice for system which doesn't require an obnoxious amount of power.

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"Small computer power supplies that are entirely modular are the cornerstone of Seasonic's Focus Plus series. We are reviewing the Gold variant today rated at 550 watts that has a modern design and with hybrid silent fan control with a fluid dynamic bearing fan. Is the smallest PSU in the Focus Plus series making the cut?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Samsung has scratched the 7nm itch

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 01:11 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, 7nm

A few short years ago 7nm was a holy grail, something to be sought for but unlikely to be successful.  The richest knight in the kingdom is still seeking their goal, while the squires have already got one.  AMD is doing well with their process but it is Sir Samsung whom has met with the most success.  Their trusty EUV proved up to the task and they are no longer seeking a 7nm process and have moved onto sharing the benefits of their quest with the world.  The new chips will be Low Power Plus, and find their way into smartphones, and cell providers, IoT devices and many other applications in the small endian market.  The Inquirer posted a look at how they got there, as well as some definitions if this is all Gallic to you. 

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"Normally argon fluoride immersion tech is used for chip lithography. But Samsung is touting the advantages of EUV in cutting down the number of masks needed to allow for the stencilling of transistors on silicon in a certain pattern, and thus cuts down on the time and costs of producing chips."

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Source: The Inquirer

Podcast #518 - Join us this week for discussion on the NVIDIA RTX 2070, ARM Neoverse, and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 11:06 AM |
Tagged: rtx 2070 black edition, rtx 2070 armor, RTX 2070, podcast, nvidia, Neoverse, msi, evga, arm

PC Perspective Podcast #518 - 10/18/18

Join us this week for discussion on the NVIDIA RTX 2070, ARM Neoverse, 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: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Ken Addison, Jim Tanous

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 59:46

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 0:51:10 Allyn: Flashlights. Have them.
    2. 0:52:45 Ken: Cheap VESA Arm
  4. Closing/outro

ZTE Axon 7 Oreo Update... But Probably Don't Install It.

Subject: Mobile | October 17, 2018 - 05:17 PM |
Tagged: zte, Oreo, nougat, Android

The ZTE Axon 7 had a troubled news cycle over the last year or so. While the company was working on updates, they were essentially slapped out of existence by the US Department of Commerce for business with embargoed nations. This caused a lot of issues, to the say least, including the shutdown of their OTA update servers.

Yadda yadda yadda. ZTE has just released their Oreo update.

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This image is from the Nougat update. I'm not upgrading. It's still my primary phone.

But you probably don’t want to install it. This seems to be a release for the enthusiasts to make good on their original intentions, but it comes with a few major downsides. Before we get too much further, those downsides are:

  1. The update will completely wipe your phone.
  2. Daydream VR will completely stop working after the update.
  3. Might not be able to roll back to Nougat?
  4. You need to manually install it from the SD card. No simple OTA.

Of course, the fourth issue is a good thing. ZTE doesn’t want to erase important photos or remove a major feature unless the user explicitly accepts the side-effects. If they do, however, then the Oreo update also replaces the ZTE MiFavor with their newer Stock+ interface. (This switchover is apparently the specific element that will destroy local data.)

It’s up to you. ZTE gave the enthusiasts what they asked for – and it's nice that they did – but it’s probably a step back from Nougat if you still use it as your primary phone. Check it out on their forums.

Source: ZTE

Get Predator vision with the new X27 display from Acer

Subject: Displays | October 17, 2018 - 04:32 PM |
Tagged: acer, Predator X27, displayhdr 1000, 4k, 144hz, 4k gsync; 4k 144hz

On paper, Acer's X27 display has everything you want, plus a fan to cool the controller when you are displaying HDR content.   The 144Hz GSYNC display is 4K and sports a DisplayHDR 1000 rating, but there are of course limitations.  For instance 4:4:4 RGB at 4K is limited to 120Hz in the SDR and 98 Hz in HDR mode thanks to the bandwidth limits of DisplayPort, if you want to max out your refresh rete you are reduced to 4:2:2. 

Head over to Techspot to see if this is worthy of a $2000 investment.

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"Well, the Asus isn’t the only such monitor on the market. The new Acer Predator X27 uses the same AU Optronics panel, so they’re both equipped with the same specifications, but that doesn’t mean they perform the same as I’ll discuss a bit later."

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Source: TechSpot

A new player arrives to sow Discord in the game streaming market

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2018 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: gaming, game streaming. discord nitro, discord

Discord, the popular online communications software have finally moved their game shopping and streaming service into beta.   For a $10/month fee you gain access to quite a few games, ranging from the absurd, through old classics to relatively new releases.  If there is a game you are looking for not covered under the subscription fee you may be able to find it for sale in their online store.  If you are interested you can check it out for a month, or subscribe for a whole year to save a bit of cash.  Cheers to [H]ard|OCP for spotting that this morning.

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"Discord Nitro now includes a growing library of critically acclaimed games that we think you and your friends should play. Subscribing to Nitro now costs $9.99 a month. As of today, there's over 60 curated games for you to download and play at a total value of over $1000."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Do Not Track is no more effective than placebo

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2018 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: do not track, placebo, fooled you, security

To the cynics among us it will come as no surprise that the Do Not Track option on your browser does almost nothing to protect your privacy.  The option was conceived as an additional string sent out with your metadata, DNT:1, which the website you connected to would receive and honour.  That, of course, is the rub.  You have to trust sites which depend, at least in part, on advertising revenue to refrain from targeting you with advertisements.  This does not happen apart for a very few exceptions which has led Mozilla to consider incorporating stronger protections in their browser. 

Follow the links from Slashdot to learn more.

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"According to a recent survey by Forrester Research, a quarter of American adults use "Do Not Track" to protect their privacy. (Our own stats at Gizmodo Media Group show that 9% of visitors have it turned on.) We've got bad news for those millions of privacy-minded people, though: "Do Not Track" is like spray-on sunscreen, a product that makes you feel safe while doing little to actually protect you. "

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Source: Slashdot

CTL Announces i7-Powered Chromebox CBx1

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2018 - 07:49 PM |
Tagged: ctl, mini-pc

CTL is a PC manufacturer that focuses on customers in the education and government sectors. Today’s announcement is that they are adding a mini-PC to their line of Google Chrome OS devices, which is powered by a Core i7-8550U.

It will be available in November for $599 USD.

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Interestingly, the device is capable of dual-monitor output if you have one monitor that supports HDMI and another monitor that supports USB type C. They don’t say what else that type C port could be used for, however. It also has two USB 2.0 ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, Wireless AC (2x2), and Bluetooth 4.2 for I/O. The models start at 8GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD, but that can be expanded to 16GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD.

The device is covered by a one-year warranty, although with two-way shipping covered.

Source: CTL