Corsair Enters the Streaming Market with Acquisition of Elgato Gaming

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2018 - 11:03 AM |
Tagged: stream deck, elgato gaming, corsair, capture card, 4k60 pro

Today, Corsair announced their plans to acquire German-based Elgato Gaming, who specializes in hardware accessories targeted at game streamers.

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Elgato got their start in 2002 with the Mac-Only EyeTV line of TV tuning and capture products. Despite selling off the EyeTV business in 2016, Elgato's gaming division has continued to provide compelling products for internet broadcasters. 

Elgato will be keeping their other business segment of connected home product division, which will be renamed Eve Systems.

The marriage between Corsair and Elgato Gaming makes a lot of sense. Elgato has worked hard over the past few years to become a go-to brand for the rapidly increasing game streaming market segment. From cutting-edge consumer capture products like the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro we took a look at late last year, to more innovative devices like the Stream Deck, Elgato makes the type of products that would make sense under the Corsair umbrella.

We aren't sure if the Elgato Gaming brand will stick around due to it's highly cultivated brand recognition, or if these products will instead be folded into the Corsair Gaming brand. I would guess that we see Elgato remain in the short term, but eventually, all streamer-oriented products will be branded as Corsair products.

Source: Corsair

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 398.36 Graphics Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers, geforce

NVIDIA aligns their graphics driver releases with game launches, and today’s 398.36 is for Ubisoft’s The Crew 2. The game comes out on Friday, but the graphics vendors like to give a little room if possible (and a Friday makes that much easier than a Tuesday). NVIDIA is also running a bundle deal – you get The Crew 2 Standard Edition free when you purchase a qualifying GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, GeForce gaming desktop, or GeForce gaming laptop. Personally, I would wait for new graphics cards to launch, but if you need one now then – hey – free game!

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Now onto the driver itself.

GeForce 398.36 is actually from the 396.xx branch, which means that it’s functionally similar to the previous drivers. NVIDIA seems to release big changes with the start of an even-numbered branch, such as new API support, and then spend the rest of the release, and its odd-numbered successor, fixing bugs and adding game-specific optimizations. While this means that there shouldn’t be anything surprising, it also means that it should be stable and polished.

This brings us to the bug fixes.

If you were waiting for the blue-screen issue with Gears of War 4 to be fixed on Pascal GPUs, then grab your chainsaws it should be good to go. Likewise, if you had issues with G-SYNC causing stutter outside of G-SYNC games, such as the desktop, then that has apparently been fixed, too.

When you get around to it, the new driver is available on GeForce Experience and NVIDIA’s site.

Source: NVIDIA

KnewKeys gnu mekanykal quibhord

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: input, knewkey, rymek, mechanical keyboard, bluetooth

Do you long for the days of mechanical typewriters, but feel that history missed out by not including lighting under the keys?  If so, then the Rymek is perfect for you as it resembles the former and features the latter.  The wheel and carriage return level at the top of the board have been re-purposed, instead of advancing paper the wheel now controls your audio, while the lever switches the board between wired functionality and BlueTooth; which The Tech Report had issues using.  Find out more about the Rymek, including how KnewKey is going to resolve the connectivity issues in the full review.

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"KnewKey's Rymek mechanical keyboard pairs retro styling with modern mechanical key switches and versatile wired and wireless connections. We put its saddle-shaped key caps to the test with a range of devices to see whether it can back up its old-school looks with modern performanc"

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A new type of phase change memory made of antimony

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2018 - 01:17 PM |
Tagged: phase change memory, PCM, antimony

Researchers from IBM and a German university have come up with a new way of creating phase change memory which should be far more effective than the current process.  Current PCMs are made from a complex alloy of materials in order to limit the amount of energy required to flip their state to ensure temperatures do not build up, which leads to a scalabilty issue.  As memory cells shrink, the purity of the alloy needs to be improved as even a single wandering atom could render the cell unusable.  These researchers have created PCM cells between 3 and 10 nm thick using pure antimony separated by SiO2 layers of insulation that are 40-200-nm thick which can change state in a mere 50 nanoseconds.

There is still a long way to go, the process they used creates a form of antimony which remains stable for 51 hours, at a temperature of 20C which is not quite good enough for prime time but could lead to usable materials in the future.  Drop by physicsworld for more coverage.

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"Monatomic glassy antimony might be used as a new type of single-element phase change memory. This is the new finding from researchers at IBM Research-Zurich and RWTH Aachen University who say that their approach avoids the problem of local compositional variations in conventional multi-element PCMs. This problem becomes ever more important as devices get smaller."

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Source: physicsworld

Thermaltake Launches Engine 17 Cooler for SFF Systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2018 - 03:12 AM |
Tagged: thermaltake, SFF, LGA 1151, lga 1150, Intel

Following the release of the Engine 27 two years ago, Thermaltake is taking another stab at the Sandia Labs and CoolChip Technologies inspired air bearing metallic fan heatsink with the tiny Engine 17 cooler which, at a mere 17mm tall, is suitable for even the smallest SFF systems. The Engine 17 CPU cooler is compatible with the newer Intel 115x sockets (LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, and 1156). Measuring 95.1mm x 95.1mm x 17mm, the heatsink features a round nickel plated copper base that contacts the CPU IHS. A metallic PWM fan (9 CFM) with 40 blades spins at at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM while a thin layer of air acts as both a bearing and a heat exchange layer. A ring of 119 angled stationary fins surround the fan and help with cooling.

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The Engine 17 cooler has a notably small footprint with the entire cooler staying well within the bounds of the socket mounting holes and barely covering the VRMs in Thermaltake's demo images. There is definitely no need to worry about RAM compatibility with this cooler. The downside, of course, is that the size limits the processors it can cool. Thermaltake claims that the smaller Engine 17 cooler can cool up to 35W TDP processors and while it may not win any temperature feats, it should at least be fairly quiet (it is rated at 11 to 23 dBA). It would enable a very thin SFF system with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE or Ryzen 3 2200GE or Intel Coffee Lake T-series e.g. i7-8700T) CPU. Such a system could be used as a quiet and discreet home theater PC or game streaming endpoint or (as Thermaltake is playing up) in a 1U server for low power servers and networking devices.

The Thermaltake Engine 17 will be available soon though exact dates and pricing are still to be determined. It will likely be a bit less than the larger $47 Engine 27 cooler though.

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Source: Thermaltake

Out of the world wireless audio, Alienware's AW988

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2018 - 03:51 PM |
Tagged: wireless headset, gaming headset, AW988, audio, alienware, 7.1

Alienware obviously wanted a compact design for their wireless AW988 headset, the microphone almost disappears when it is folded up, the logo also functions as the power button and the other controls are almost flush with the earcups.  The headband is made of soft rubber, with a coating to ensure it doesn't bring hair along with it when you re-position it on your head and [H]ard|OCP found it to be quite comfortable.  The audio quality was top notch, with one of the better instances of virtual 7.1 surround implementations [H] has tried and even more importantly, the RGBs are easily disabled.  The whole review can be found here.

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"We have spent the last few days living with the Alienware AW988 headset perched on our head and have gotten a very good idea of what the first headset from Alienware in nine years is all about. We gamed, we watched movies, and we listened to a lot of music. We tell you how it did and all the features and build quality."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Micron announces GDDR6 production is in full swing

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2018 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: micron, gddr6

Micron have officially announced that several GDDR6 lines are in full production, with several more still sampling.  Currently the memory comes in 8Gb BGA packages but it is possible to increase the size of a single module to 32Gb which could offer a glimpse into the size of future GPUs onboard RAM.  The memory will operate between 1.25-1.35V with transfer speeds currently topping out at 14 Gb/s offering roughly twice the transfer rate of GDDR5 as well as dropping the power required from 1.35-1.5V.  Drop by Micron for a look at their brochure and product catalogue for a more detailed breakdown.

 

Correction - BOISE, Idaho, June 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a release issued under the same headline earlier today by Micron Technology, Inc.(Nasdaq:MU), please note that in the first and second paragraph of the release the correct casing is Gb, not GB as previously stated. 

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"Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today announced volume production on its 8GB GDDR6 memory. Built on experience and execution for several generations of GDDR memory, GDDR6 - Micron’s fastest and most powerful graphics memory designed in Micron’s Munich Development Center - is optimized for a variety of applications that require high performance memory, including artificial intelligence (AI), networking, automotive and graphics processing units (GPUs). Additionally, Micron has worked with core ecosystem partners to ramp GDDR6 documentation and interoperability, enabling faster time to market for designs."

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Source: Micron

Summer Games Done Quick 2018 Has Begun!

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM |
Tagged: speedrun, pc gaming, gdq, charity

The twice-annual, week-long marathon of gaming speedruns has just begun. First up is a 30-minute pre-show at 12:30pm EDT with SpikeVegeta, feasel, Protomagicalgirl, darkman78, and JHobz. This is where they go over what they feel will be the highlights of the week, from the most interesting runs to the donation incentives and raffle prizes. Also, puns.

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At 1pm EDT, the show will transition into the first two games, Banjo-Tooie and Spyro the Dragon, which are good examples of speed-run games because of their platforming / collecting mechanics. This will go round the clock until next Sunday at around 1:15am (plus or minus a bit) with Final Fantasy VI and a “thank you” speech. Unless this event is different than the previous, they will also slowly add the runs to YouTube in case you couldn’t check out your favorite game at 4am or something.

Watch live video from GamesDoneQuick on www.twitch.tv

Last year’s Summer Games Done Quick set a record for the summer event at $1.79 million USD. That said, they have been steadily increasing year over year, and the last two winter events have surpassed $2 million USD each. As usual, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 benefits Doctors Without Borders.

Is there any event that you’re looking forward to? Point it out in the comments!

Apply for Pre-CryEngine 5.5 Royalty Exemption until June 30th

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2018 - 08:12 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, game engine, crytek, CRYENGINE

For a little over two years, Crytek decided to go with a royalty-free model for their engine. The model was “pay what you want” with some on-the-side purchasable things, such as content from their games for you to use in your games.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY!

Those terms have changed, but you can still opt-in to the old ones until June 30th… and as long as you don’t upgrade to CryEngine 5.5 (or higher).

This new license structure places a 5% royalty after $5000 of revenue per year. If you make less than $5000 in a year, then no royalty is required, so you don’t need to waste your time giving Crytek its share of a couple of bucks from Steam ten years after launch because a group of friends saw their neighbor play your game over the weekend. The revenue is calculated at the source, however, so you cannot subtract Steam’s take, etc. (unless that third-party already pays Crytek’s portion of the license – they won’t double-dip).

With the new license change, I decided to make a little table of game engines and their license structure. Hopefully this will be helpful if you are thinking about creating a video game.

CryEngine 5.4
CryEngine 5.5+
Godot
Lumberyard
Source
Unigine
Unity
Unreal Engine 4
Source: Crytek

Cause a Disco Inferno with CM's MasterLiquid ML240R RGB

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2018 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML240R RGB, MasterLiquid, AIO, watercooler

The Frag Harder Disco Lights are back, Cooler Master's ML240 RGB lets you have a party in your parts.  In the package you get 4 pin RGB extension cable, a 3 pin RGB extension cable, a 3-way 3 pin RGB splitter, four 3 pin and one 4 pin RGB connectors, which connect to the physical ARGB Controller.  The buttons give you total control over the speed and patterns of your RGBs, and you can use the ARGB Lighting Control Software to program your own preferred display.

Confusingly, the package [H]ard|OCP received also contained some sort of radiator, with a round plate connected by two hoses ... you can see what they did with those in this article.

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"Cooler Master's claim to fame with the ML240R RGB is, you guessed it, "THE MOST COLORFUL WAY TO COOL." Its Master Liquid series has recently gotten high praise from us when it comes to keeping your CPU cool using an All-In-One cooler. Cooler Master has taken its successful model and adorned it with lots of Frag Harder Disco Lights."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Double the pleasure, double the fun, with Samsung's double wide gumstick

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2018 - 12:23 PM |
Tagged: samusng, NGSFF, nf1, M.2, 8TB

Samsung's next generation small form factor M.2 design is about to become a standard, offering even higher density flash storage.  The NF1 gumstick is 11cm x 3.05cm, 0.85cm wider than the current models and just wide enough to fit two rows 256Gbit TLC 3D V-NAND flash chips side by side.   The model shown off by The Inquirer has 8TB of storage paired with 12GB of LPDDR4 DRAM and communicating over NVMe v1.3 using PCIe 4.0; no mention of the controller as of yet.  Samsung is expected to be releasing 512Gbit flash chips in the near future which will bring the potential size of  the dirve up to 16TB.  

The chances are good this will not sell for $0.10/GB.

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"Samsung's 8TB next-generation small form factor (NGSFF) NF1 flash card is to be standardised by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association in October."

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Source: The Inquirer

PCPer Mailbag #49 - Being Josh Walrath

Subject: Editorial | June 22, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Josh Walrath

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, Ryan flees the area so Josh steps in to tackle your questions:

01:09 - Thunderbolt 3 built into chipset?
03:42 - New Threadripper, same socket?
05:47 - GPU and motherboard power connector placement vs. optimal cable management?
08:08 - No AMD drivers for Windows 8?
10:46 - USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel compatibility?
12:18 - Where are the Raven Ridge mini desktops?
14:45 - Josh doesn't know which ThinkPads are used during the podcast.
15:11 - Allyn MIA?

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 each Friday!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to make sure you never miss our weekly reviews and podcasts, and please consider supporting PC Perspective via Patreon to help us keep videos like our weekly mailbag coming!

Source: YouTube

CORSAIR Launches New K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2018 - 07:41 PM |
Tagged: corsair, MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Speed, MX Silent, K70 RGB MK.2, STRAFE RGB MK.2, mechanical keyboard, input

Strafe at Mach 2 with Corsair's two new keyboards, with your choice of switches which now include the new MX Silent switch.   For those who like a nice solid body, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE's  silver anodized aluminium build might just do the trick.

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The white keycaps not only match nicely with the silver, it also adds a nice accent to your RGB lightshow.  The key lighting is individually programmable, either through iCue or utilizing the ability of the 8MB of onboard memory to store macros programmed directly from the keyboard. If you prefer, the non SE model comes in black and comes with the same features as the one pictured above.  For those of that persuasion, the keycaps are precision-molded double-shot design with texture on those keys you fondle the most.

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The Strafe RGB MK.2 MX Silent takes a more Canadian approach, the strong silent type that prefers not to bother their neighbours.  The new MX Silent switches offer a nice mechanical feel while reducing the noise produced when bashing on keys by a good 30%.  It keeps all the aforementioned features of the K70 as well as the overall look, though it does have a plastic body as opposed to an aluminium one. 

You can read the full PR below the specs.

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FREMONT, CA, June 12th, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the release of the new CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 and CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 range of mechanical gaming keyboards. Equipped with 100% Cherry MX high-quality mechanical keyswitches, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 offer gamers a huge variety of switch type, including Cherry MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, Rapidfire MX Speed or MX Silent keyswitches.

Whichever switch you pick, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 both offer the comprehensive set of features that gamers demand; per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage and dedicated media keys are just the start, all powered by new CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting and control across all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible devices. Staying true to the CORSAIR legacy for quality and choice, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 are ready to make their mark.

The new K70 RGB MK.2
With durable aluminum construction and vibrant RGB lighting, the K70 RGB MK.2 continues the formula that has made the K70 a favorite with gamers around the world, while offering more Cherry MX mechanical keyswitch choices than ever before. Alongside the linear movement of Cherry MX Red, the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, and the Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed, K70 RGB MK.2 see the return of Cherry MX Blue, and for the first time, the low-noise keystroke of Cherry MX Silent, giving gamers more choice than ever when equipping their setup.

The K70 RGB MK.2’s solid brushed aluminum frame is ready to withstand a lifetime of gaming, while keeping styling simple and refined, and every key is individually backlit with stunning individually addressable RGB backlighting, allowing for nearly limitless customization. New for the K70 RGB MK.2, you can now take lighting profiles and key macros or remaps with you thanks to 8MB of onboard storage and hardware playback or use CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting across your entire CORSAIR setup with a single click. Loaded with extras, from textured FPS and MOBA keycaps, to an included soft-touch wrist rest and USB pass-through port, the K70 RGB MK.2 combines the features and choice gamers demand.

The New K70 RGB MK.2 SE
By popular demand, today also sees the launch of the K70 RGB MK.2 SE. Clad in a silver anodized aluminum frame and boasting stunning white precision-molded double-shot keycaps that never fade, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE is made to stand out with an extra premium feel that comes through in every keypress.

The STRAFE RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 MX Silent offer a low-noise mechanical keyboard option for those who demand silence. Cherry MX Silent keyswitches reduce noise by as much as 30%, helped by a durable casing and internal steel construction. Low noise doesn’t mean less features, with STRAFE RGB MK.2 boasting vivid per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media keys.

Powered by CORSAIR iCUE software, STRAFE RGB MK.2 synchronizes amazing lighting effects across your iCUE setup, wields powerful macros and remaps with ease and includes a host of extras to help make it your own. Whether you’re streaming, playing games late into the night, or just don’t want to disturb those around you, STRAFE RGB MK.2 is the strong silent type you’ve been looking for.

Availability and Warranty
The full line-up of K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, as well as direct from the www.corsair.com webstore.

All K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards are backed by a two-year warranty, and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

 

Source: Corsair

All your Basemark are belong to GPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2018 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: basemark gpu, Basemark, benchmark

Basemark has been around for a while as a way to benchmark the performance of websites and relatively recently created a VR benchmark as well.  Today they have expanded with a new tool specifically designed to help you benchmark your GPUs performance.  The new Benchmark GPU tool will allow you to test the performance of Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5 or OpenGL ES 3.1 on Windows, Linux and Android with support for Metal and DirectX 12 as well as iOS devices coming soon.  The tool is free to download and run, grab it from the links above or snag it from Google Play.

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"Basemark launched today Basemark GPU, a new graphics performance evaluation tool for systems with Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5 or OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics APIs. This tool enables the industry to objectively and reliably quantify and compare graphics performance of next-generation mobile, automotive and desktop processors."

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Source: Basemark

Podcast #504 - SilverStone Redline, GIGABYTE Designare EX, and more!

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2018 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: x299, video, steam, Silverstone, Samsung, podcast, i7-8086k, gigabyte, freesync, blackberry, alienware

PC Perspective Podcast #504 - 06/21/18

Join us this week for discussion on SilverStone Redline, GIGABYTE’s Designare EX, 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, Ken Addison

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:11:04

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:00:15 Ryan: Samsung Q6FN 55” TV
  4. Closing/outro
 
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Brian Krzanich Resigns from Intel

Subject: Editorial | June 21, 2018 - 11:22 AM |
Tagged: Intel, Brian Krzanich, CEO, Bob Swan, employee conduct

Intel released an announcement this morning that Brian Krzanich has resigned. The Intel CEO stepped down from his position as well as from the board effective immediately. Bob Swan will take over duties as interim CEO. The press released cited Intel’s non-fraternization rules for employees as the basis for the resignation. Brian is married and has two children, so while the relationship is cited as consensual it goes against the basic rules of the company.

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The same announcement also includes financial information pertaining to an increase of the estimate of Q2 earnings. Intel expects to earn in the $16.9B range with the rest of the year looking to be record breaking. This will certainly help soften the blow of the CEO resigning unexpectedly, but there were many in the financial community which did not expect Brian to last throughout the year due to issues with roadmap, manufacturing, and competition from the rest of the industry.

Under Krzanich Intel has thrived financially. The company has seen record revenue and profits throughout his tenure. 2018 does look to be the most successful year in the company’s history. The only downside so far has been the issues with 10nm manufacturing. While this will have no material effect on Intel’s performance this year, the mass production of competing products in 2019 using 7nm processes from TSMC, Samsung, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES will put more pressure on the company than it has seen in years.

Bob Swan will be in charge of finding the next CEO of Intel. No timeline has been announced for the search.

Source: Intel

Samsung's C32HG70, FreeSync + HDR = FreeSync 2

Subject: Displays | June 20, 2018 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: C32HG70, Samsung, freesync, freesync 2, hdr, quantum dots, 144hz

There is a lot to parse in Guru 3D's review of the Samsung C32HG70 a 32", 1440p, 144Hz curved VA panel as they delve into details about HDR and FreeSync as well as discussing the merits of 4k versus 2560x1440 or 3440x1440.  If you are already familiar with those topics you can jump into the meat of their review of this impressive panel.  The display offers great SDR performance but truly shines when you enable HDR and install the latest firmware updates, after which you can test your experience in Ultimate FreeSync which offers a dynamic range of 48-144Hz or in Standard which limits the range to 120-144Hz to prevent tearing which might occur in some setups.   There is a lot to go through in this review, so you might as well get started.

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"This Quantum Dot 2560x1440 monitor can do 144Hz combined with FreeSync and FreeSync2. That eliminates stutter and tearing while gaming in HDR. The Samsung C32HG70 is fitted with a VA panel offering proper image quality, connectivity, and features."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Mind the generation gap, last gen games on current GPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2018 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: gaming, vega 64, 1080 ti, metro 2033, metro last light, Crysis 3, tomb raider

[H]ard|OCP recently revisited a few older games which proved more than a match for the GPUs of that time, to see if the current models can manage 1440p and 4k with all the graphical bells and whistles cranked up to 11.  Metro 2033 and Last Light featured PhysX, tessellation and depth of field options which the GPUs of 2010-13 had trouble with, Tomb Raider sported nicer hair than a bearded Geralt and Crysis 3 offers as much of a challenge as its siblings.  Can you now play these games at 4k, with full graphics settings when armed with a GTX 1080 Ti or Vega 64?  Check out the full review to see.

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"It is time once again to play some older PC games on the latest GPUs of today using the latest drivers. We pull from three 5-year-old games and one 8-year-old game today and see if we can maximize the IQ settings in those games at 1440p and 4K. The theme of the day: Older games that still hold up today in terms of IQ."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Alienware strikes back?

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2018 - 12:47 PM |
Tagged: dell, Lenovo, acer, asus, msi, gaming laptop, hp

The gaming laptop market is going through some big changes, with the two market leaders seeing their dominance challenged by companies more frequently associated with business models.  While ASUS and MSI still account for half of the entire market, both with over a million units sold in the first half of 2018, Dell has already hit 500K and DigiTimes predicts Lenovo to hit 800-900K units by the end of the year

It will be interesting to see how the market changes now that you can once again buy a GPU for less than the price of one of these gaming laptops; not to mention what this competition will do to pricing and design.

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"But their market leaderships are being undermined by Dell, Lenovo, HP and even Acer, all of which are strengthening their shipment momentum via pricing competition in the first half of 2018, with both ASP and gross margins for gaming notebooks driven down as a result."

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Source: DigiTimes

Deathwish RAID racing; hit single channel DDR4 transfer rates with WD Black NVMe drives

Subject: Storage | June 19, 2018 - 04:13 PM |
Tagged: wd black nvme, RAID-0, raid, kingston, Hyper M.2 X16 Card, deathwish, ddr4-2400, asus

This will cost you a bit to set up but will provide you with almost unbelievable transfer rates.  Simply combine eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs at roughly $400 a pop with a pair of ASUS' Hyper M.2 expansion cards at $60 each and build up a deathwish RAID of doom!  TechARP just posted a look at how Andrew Vo managed to pull this off. 

As pointed out by several readers who ... well, actually watched the video instead of just reading the article ... this was done on Threadripper, which makes far more sense than a PCIe lane starved Intel system.   Ignore me and make your Threadripper roar.

Unfortunately this trick will not work the same on AMD platforms, it is limited to Intel Skylake or Coffee Lake with VROC support.  It will be interesting to see how a properly configured Threadripper system would compare.

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"To hit 19 GB/s, you need to create a RAID 0 array of those eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs, but you can’t use the motherboard’s RAID feature because you would be limited by the 32 Gbps/4GB/s DMI bottleneck."

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Source: TechARP