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Subject: Storage | July 11, 2017 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SU900, adata, 256GB, mlc, SM2258, sata ssd
Adata have added a new series of SSDs to their Ultimate lineup, the SU900, which ranges from the 256GB model sent to The Tech Report to review straight through to a 2TB model. This incarnation uses 3D MLC flash but retains the Silicon Motion SM2258 controller which was used on the SU800s. In testing the drive surpassed the previous Ultimate drive but did not quite reach the performance levels of the Samsung 850 EVO in some benchmarks, however it did in the actual usage testing. If you are looking for a drive in that class and have concerns about the longevity of TLC flash, this drive is worth a look.
"Adata has issued an update to its Ultimate line of SSDs with its SU900 family. Join us as we find out how much of an upgrade 3D MLC flash brings to the company's Ultimate drives versus its past forays with 3D TLC NAND."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HP SSD S700 500GB Review @ Neoseeker
- Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB @ Techspot
- Morro Data: Your NAS in the Cloud @ Modders-Inc
- Lexar JumpDrive P20 128GB & S57 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Comparison @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: half life 3, valve, Gabe Newell
If you haven't spotted it yet, prepare to have your hopes dashed once again for there is a new Half-Life ... patch. Yes, the original game, which is old enough to drink in all of Canada, just received some patches to fix gameplay bugs and save issues. To add salt to the wound, most who want to revist the original will do so with Black Mesa which uses the updated Source engine. Considering that the original Half-Life was done on the Goldsource engine, it is hard to lend credence to the theories that this is in preparation for a launch of the third chapter of Gordon Freeman's really long and bad day. If you wish to torment yourself you can drop by The Inquirer for a link to the comment thread under the patch notes on Steam.
"LEGENDARY GAME Half-Life has just got an update, but naturally, users are not entirely satisfied and many would have preferred Half-Life 3 apparently. Valve announced the update on the Steam Blog and it is in the comments that the calls for the third version of the game come to life. We will come back to that though"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Amazon Prime Day: A roundup of the best tech deals @ The Inquirer
- Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day deals going on right now @ Ars Technica
- Ubuntu lands in the Windows 10 Store for Insiders @ The Inquirer
- Intel Purley expected to trigger replacement demand in enterprise market @ DigiTimes
- Court docs: WD has bid to buy Toshiba's memory business six times @ The Register
- The South Korean Cyberattacks – From Military To ATM @ TechARP
- Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump @ The Register
Subject: Processors | July 10, 2017 - 11:11 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: value, rumor, report, processor, pentium, kaby lake, Intel, G4560, cpu, budget
Update 07/11/17: We have now heard from Intel on this subject, and they provided this statement regarding the availability of the Pentium G4560 processor:
"We continue to offer the Intel Pentium SKU referenced. What you have observed on websites are possibly part of a normal demand fluctuation."
(The original post follows.)
Image credit: ComputerBase via DigiWorthy
Sound far-fetched? It seems at least plausible that Intel might consider some sort of CPU-related moves to maintain profit margins with Ryzen providing some very real competition after several years of Intel dominance. The popularity of the 2-core/4-thread Pentium G4560 - a (theoretically) ~$60 Kaby Lake part that provides a very nearly Core i3-level experience (some features are missing) is not at all surprising, and the current lack of availability and subsequently higher pricing (lowest in-stock price at around $80 at time of publication) suggests that something is up with this CPU.
Chart via PCPartPicker
A low of $78.89 for the CPU with an MSRP of $64 is about a $15 markup, but this price is just going to increase if no fresh stock hits the market as these sell out.
Now some editorial: Why would Intel introduce what is essentially a slightly hobbled Core i3 into the market at half the cost of their cheapest Core i3 to begin with? I enthusiastically endorsed this seemingly questionable business decision (along with all of the buyers of this often out-of-stock CPU) when it first hit the market a few months ago, and now - if rumors are to be believed - the company might just be killing it off. This would be a move reminiscent of Nintendo's recent NES Classic, which was apparently too popular for its $59.99 price tag (and scalpers worldwide rejoiced). Nintendo, of course, killed the NES Classic when it was at its height of popularity, perhaps as it was just not profitable enough to justify continued production? (And besides, a soon-to-be-$300-on-eBay SNES Classic was in the works.)
Might the Pentium G4560 be Intel's NES Classic? It seems a little too likely for comfort.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 06:21 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: VR, razer, osvr
Last night, we reported on Oculus dropping the price of their Rift + Touch being reduced to $399 USD ($549 CDN). In the comments of that story, mLocke, who is a regular in our IRC chat, mentioned that Razer’s HDK2 is also $399. Even better, if you are a developer or involved in an educational institution, you can also apply to receive an addition 20% discount, which would bring the cost down to about $319 USD. There is also something about a “2 for 1 promotion” for academics and researchers, but you need to email them for that.
That said, the OSVR HDK2 doesn’t come with a controller, unlike the Oculus Rift + Touch. Also, while OSVR is expected to form the basis of OpenXR, because Razer donated the API to the Khronos Group, it doesn’t support as much as Oculus or the HTC Vive. That said, if you’re a developer that only cares about your own content, it works with Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, and you can probably add support to other engines yourself. (Update @ 7:47pm: I just realized that this previous sentence doesn't mean what I intended it to. There's a lot of engines that already support OSVR, including Lumberyard and CryEngine. I meant that if you're working on your own, then the SDK is available as well. I didn't mean that Unity and Unreal Engine were the only ones with available plug-ins.)
So, for a consumer that is torn between both deals, I would probably point you to the Oculus one. If you’re a developer, educator, or researcher, then you might want to reach out to OSVR and see. It might be your best option.
Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2017 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, b350, B350 Mortar, msi, AM4, mATX
MSI's B350 Mortar comes in the model you see below as well as an Arctic version if you prefer a different colour scheme. AMD's B350 chipset carries a lower cost than the X370 series but retains most of the features enthusiasts delight in, such as M.2, support for DDR4-3200MHz, a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C plug and a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec for audio. Indeed about the only thing you lose is the ability to run multiple GPUs, which is not exactly a common need on an mATX build. Modders-Inc were taken with this low cost motherboard, especially the amount of customization available in the UEFI to adjust your fan speeds ... and yes it has your RGBs.
"AMD's B350 chipset is challenging Intel's market dominance in a different subset that the chip giant did not expect: affordability. If AMD's Ryzen product releases sound too familiar with that of Intel's line, that is because it is deliberate. It is basically an aggressive move by AMD, challenging Intel directly that they can take over the naming scheme and do …"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI Z270 GAMING M7 @ techPowerUp
- ECS Z270-Lightsaber Review @ Neoseeker
- ASRock X299 Taichi @ techPowerUp
Subject: Displays | July 10, 2017 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: AHVA, ips display, viewsonic, XG2703-GS, 1440p, 165hz, g-sync
ViewSonic's 27" XG2703-GS display hits at least three of the four marks that high end users are looking for; it is 1440p, it does not have a curve and the maximum refresh rate is 165Hz. The disagreement on the perfection of the display will come from those who prefer Freesync to G-SYNC, for this monitor only supports NVIDIA's adaptive sync technology. The panel is an Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle (AHVA) IPS screen from AU Optronics, the standard for displays with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and higher. Techspot ran this monitor though a few games to see what kind of performance you can expect on this display, check out their results here.
"There is one type of monitor that ticks nearly every box for high quality PC gaming. One that provides a good mix of resolution and high refresh rate, while still being realistically usable on today's most popular gaming hardware. I'm talking about the latest 27-inch 1440p IPS monitors that hit a whopping 165 Hz with support for adaptive sync."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Nixeus NX-EDG27 27-inch, 2560×1440 IPS, 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor @ Custom PC Review
- Asus ROG GX501VI Zephyrus 120hz IPS @ Kitguru
- ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC USB-C Portable Monitor @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: wannacrypt, petya, security, samba, smbv1, google, andriod
If you missed out on having all your files encrypted and the chance to send bitcoin to a bunch of misanthropes who have no plans on unencrypting those files after you do, then download this new app from Google Play! Then you can enable SMBv1 on all your other machines so your Android can share the virus amongst your other machines, perhaps you could even share this unforgettable experience with your friends and family. Do you really trust that the patches applied to this outdated network file sharing protocol will protect from the next wave of attacks or will you follow the advice from Microsoft's Ned Pyle that The Register quoted, "Stop using SMBv1". There are a lot of other ways to share your files, most are even more effective than SMBv1 and are certainly more secure.
"This made Google's decision so odd, The Register wondered if the app were faking the Google brand, but no: the source code linked from the app is at the Chocolate Factory's GitHub repo."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft 365 bundles Windows 10 and Office for SMBs and enterprises @ The Inquirer
- 48-year-old Multics OS comes back to life on the Raspberry Pi @ The Inquirer
- Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom @ The Register
- The Palaeontology of Cyberattacks by Vitaly Kamluk @ TechARP
- The BitScout Free Cyber Forensics Tool @ TechARP
- Eugene Kaspersky Interview : No Kremlin Ties! @ TechARP
- A Poor-Man’s Laser CNC Engraver @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 08:06 AM | Scott Michaud
Blender 2.8x is being dubbed “Workflow” by the Blender Foundation, and 2D animators are included in that. The 3D suite has included a tool, called “Grease Pencil”, for quite some time now, and its purpose was mostly to write notes. Since then, people have been using it for modeling (especially curves) and even 2D animation, which led the Blender Foundation to build it up in that direction.
This could potentially bring Blender more competitive with existing 2D animation software, like Animate CC (the Adobe re-brand of Flash Professional) and other tools. Being a 3D-centric application, it has a lot of interesting features to add to the mix, especially in terms of camera movement. (Animate CC just received a virtual camera in the most recent major version.) It will be interesting to see how comfortable they can make it for novices, because this is one of those areas that there’s not a lot of good free software for learners. (Digital Video and Studio Ghibli released OpenToonz, but it seems... more than a little difficult for newcomers from what I’ve seen.)
Blender 2.8 is supposedly aiming for a SIGGRAPH preview, which starts on July 30th.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 07:24 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Khronos, gltf, Blender
As we reported about a month ago, The Khronos Group has finalized glTF 2.0, which is a 3D format designed for whole scenes. Since then, Khronos have published an exporter for Blender that implements what appears to be all core features, as well as specular-gloss PBR (Extension), lights (Experimental), “materials common” (Experimental), and “materials displace” (Experimental). It is implemented as a whole bunch of Python scripts.
Apparently they provide their own PBR shader nodes for Cycles, rather than using the new Disney-based one in Blender 2.79. I’m not sure whether this was to make the export easier, or if development schedules just couldn’t align. Either way, both metallic/roughness and specular/gloss workflows have been provided, so that should make exporting either workflow relatively straight-forward.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: VR, Oculus
For a limited time (UploadVR claims six weeks although I don’t see where that listed on any official source) Oculus has reduced the price of the Rift + Touch VR system from $598 to $399 USD. For us Canadians out there, this translates to $549 CDN, which is about on par with the exchange rate these days. Their hope is to bring VR into the price range of a gaming console, which multi-platform gamers are (obviously, otherwise they wouldn’t be multi-platform) willing to accept.
This also puts it at almost exactly half of the price of the HTC Vive in both countries, which makes for an interesting comparison. They both offer about the same level of hardware, albeit with some minor differences, and Oculus has been pushing quite a bit of exclusive, free content, like Robo Recall. One concern that I have, however, is whether Oculus can maintain stock levels throughout the entire period, since availability was one of the areas that HTC got right, and did so long before Oculus.
The cynic in me also wonders how long it will be before HTC and Oculus VR release their second-generation consumer VR kits. All we’ve heard about from HTC is accessories, like the wireless upgrade kit and the tracker, alongside a Daydream-based standalone unit, which is a much different market than PC VR.
Either way, $399 is quite cheap for what you’re getting, so it seems like a good deal if you're interested.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2017 - 05:52 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: gdq, speedrun
After a week of 24-hour streaming, Summer Games Done Quick 2017 came to a close with a four-and-a-half-hour glitchless run of Earthbound. While late donations are still coming in, the current total is $1,776,475.79 USD across 30,065 separate donations from 22039 different people. This benefits Doctors Without Borders.
2017 has been a record breaking year for Games Done Quick events. The January show, which often outperforms its July counterpart, brought in $2.22 million USD when it seemed like ~$1.2 to $1.5 million is where we were going to settle at. While we didn’t eclipse that this week, it did beat the previous Summer event by over $500,000. Maybe we’re still in a growth period, and 2016 was just unusually low?
I guess we’ll find out on January 7th - 14th for Awesome Games Done Quick 2018.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2017 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08, Creative, mechanical keyboard, Omron, input
It seems almost a pity that the only noise this Sound BlasterX device can make is the clicking of its Omron switches, but the Aurora Reactive Lighting offers a 16.8 million shades of RGB to provide a light show. TechPowerUp were disappointed by the immature status of the driver, macro functionality was added long after launch and they saw lag when switching between lighting modes which other keyboards do not display. This is Creative's first go at an RGB mechanical keyboard and there are some good features to it, especially if you are a fan of Omron switches so take a look if you find your interest peaked.
"The Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 is the first keyboard from Creative and features OMRON mechanical switches, full 16.8M RGB backlighting, dedicated media and macro buttons, and a USB pass-through port. The hardware is supported by their Sound Blaster Connect software driver for lighting customization and performance tweaking."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Originative SABER68 Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- Cherry MX Board Silent Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Fnatic Gear RUSH G1 Silent Backlit Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Hori APEX Racing Wheel Review @ NikKTech
- Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse @ CPCR
- SteelSeries Rival 700 @ Kitguru
- Tt eSPORTS Ventus X Plus Smart Gaming Mouse Review at Modders-Inc
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2017 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fat32, ntfs, ReFS, onedrive, microsoft, Win 10, win 8.1
NTFS or get out seems to be Microsoft's new OneDrive policy as if you try to upload files from disks formatted with their FAT32 or ReFS file systems you will be greeted with an error. This restriction has existed on Windows 8.1 for a while but it is a new twist now offered on the current Win 10 Insiders Edition, which does mean there is hope that it will be removed. This will have an effect on those who use ultramobile devices which depend on SD cards to extend their storage as well as those who have adopted Microsoft's new Resilient File System. You could try a non-destructive format of your drive, or move it to an NTFS disk to be able to then upload it. For more suggestions and a link to a place to vent your spleen you can visit The Register.
"Microsoft discovered a warning message that should have existed was missing when a user attempted to store their OneDrive folder on a non-NTFS filesystem – which was immediately remedied. Nothing has changed in terms of official support and all OneDrive folders will continue to need to be located on a drive with the NTFS filesystem."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- WikiLeaks Unveils CIA Implants That Steal SSH Credentials From Windows, Linux PCs @ Slashdot
- Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that @ The Register
- Your pupil is about to become the master: Google Glass is coming back @ The Inquirer
- Acer Predator 21x review - the £9,000 gaming laptop! @ Kitguru
- Qualcomm seeks US sales ban on Intel-powered iPhones @ The Inquirer
- Intel, Qualcomm to compete fiercely in AR/VR and AI sectors @ DigiTimes
Subject: Processors | July 6, 2017 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Skull Canyon, skulltrail, Intel
Remember back in 2007 when Intel introduced the Skulltrail system, that unique system built on a QX9775s motherboard and an pair of LGA771 CPUs with support for four GPUs? It has been a decade and we have a new Intel Skull-themed product, the Skull Canyon NUC so why not compare the two? That is exactly what TechPowerUp did, reassembling a Skulltrail system and watercooling it to pit it against the tiny little NUC. Before you click, consider for a moment if you truly believe a limited edition system that was more powerful than any enthusiast system can really be surpassed by a low power, tiny form factor NUC with modern components. Then head over and see if you were right.
"A battle of the ages - can the biggest and baddest setup from 2008 beat out the pocket-sized NUC? We ran each through a large variety of tests, from professional applications to gaming, to see just how far Intel's technology has come."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Windows 10 WSL vs. VirtualBox Ubuntu Performance On An Intel Core i9 7900X @ Phoronix
- Intel Core i9-7900X review: The fastest chip in the world, but too darn expensive @ Ars Technica
- tel Core i9-7900X ‘Skylake-X’ 10C20T CPU Indepth Analysis @ Kitguru
- Power Consumption & Thermal Testing With The Core i9 7900X On Linux @ Phoronix
- AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Linux Benchmarks: 27-Way CPU Comparison On Ubuntu @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2017 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ram, micron, rumour, SK Hynix, toshiba
As is tradition, after we received hopeful news yesterday about Samsung's investing in the expansion of their flash production we now have bad news out of Micron. DRAMeXchange reported a nitrogen leak in Micron's Taoyuan fab which prompted an evacuation and the possible stillbirth of ~60,000 wafer starts, or about 5.5% cut in the amount of RAM available by the end of the month. Trendforce also reported the same incident and numbers.
Micron has released a statement contradicting these stories, stating that while there was an incident, there was no real impact to the business or to employees. One hopes that is the more accurate report as that particular Fab produces LPDDR4, which is already in high demand and short supply. Indeed, another story mentions that SK Hynix and Toshiba's 3D NAND production was well below expectations and that the supply of NAND for iPhones may fall short by as much as 30%.
This would imply that any impact on Micron's RAM production, even if nowhere near the amount mentioned by the press, would have a large effect on the market in the coming quarters. Samsung will certainly try to capture some of this demand, but the upgrades to their Fabs are still a while off and they are already operating at close to maximum capacity. Fingers crossed we don't hear bad news from GLOFO tomorrow morning!
"Micron Technology has issued a statement regarding recent reports about its fabrication facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Micron clarified that there was no nitrogen leaking incident nor evacuation of personnel. A minor event did occurred at the facility, but operations are recovering speedily without material impact to the business."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- John McAfee and Intel settle name battle @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft's redesign of Skype is really upsetting almost everyone @ The Inquirer
- U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU @ The Register
- OpenBSD Will Get Unique Kernels On Each Reboot @ Slashdot
- Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd! @ The Register
- Cha-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out – but victims won't ever see that data again @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2017 - 10:40 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: video, Vega FE, starcraft, seasonic, ryzen pro, radeon, podcast, nvidia, Multi-Die, gtx 1060, galax
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2017 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ryzen, msi, Core Frozr XL
The MSI Core Frozr XL is not the first CPU heatsink to come out of that company but it is the largest, 150.4x170.0x129.8mm in size and a hair short of 2kg with the included fans. The fancy plastic shrouds over the fans also act as the mounting point for the fans and can be adjusted to provide a little more clearance for tall DIMMs though it is still going to be a tight squeeze. As the cooler is designed for AMD's new Ryzen chips, as well as some legacy chips, Neoseeker tested it against AMD's Wraith cooler and the AiO Ryzen cooler. The MSI heatsink did much better at load, however when the system was idle the bundled coolers were a little better; though how often is your system on and idling anyways?
"The totally massive MSI Core Frozr XL benefits from a large nickel-plated copper thermal plate to quickly pull the heat away from the CPU. The heat then transfers from the thermal baseplate into the eight 6mm SuperPipes, which move the heat upward to the large aluminum dissipation fin array that can dissipate up to 250W of heat. Lastly, the two MSI 120mm Torx fans push-pull the heat away from all of that thermal mass and out of the computer case."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Bykski FOUR CPU Waterblock @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 @ Kitguru
- SilverStone Redline RL06 - PRO Case Overview @ Modders-Inc
- be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2017 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, oculus rift, fcat, fcat vr
FCAT for VR is rather new and so we have not seen a lot of reviews as of yet. Ryan posted a detailed overview of what this tool measures, as well as results from a few games on the GTX 1060 and RX 480 which you should check out if you want a better understanding of the benchmark. Babeltechreviews have also been using this tool to measure the VR performance of a variety of GPUs and have just posted a review covering Obduction, Robinson: The Journey and The Unspoken. Drop by to take a look at what you could expect to see when gaming in VR on these six GPUs.
"We have been playing more than 30 VR Oculus Rift games using 4 top NVIDIA and 2 top AMD video cards, and we have just completed performance benchmarking for Robinson: The Journey, The Unspoken, and Obduction."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Rick and Morty coming to Rocket League and more @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Halo-inspired fan-game gets conditional thumbs up from Microsoft @ Ars Technica
- Skyrim Beyond: Bruma mod travels to familiar lands @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2017 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: flash, Samsung
Historically, memory prices have been as volatile as the RAM they are used in but recently this has changed. The demand for flash storage, volatile or not, has grown tremendously with the advent of SSDs, the ever increasing local flash storage provided on your phone and now even cars and other members of the IoT are devouring flash as quickly as it can be made. This has lead to the new pricing trend we have been seeing, a slow increase in the price of flash memory. Samsung is addressing this shortage, and looking to increase their revenue, by making a large investment in their existing infrastructure in South Korea. All told these investments total $31.2 billion dollars and will enhance existing production lines as well as adding Extreme Ultra Violet machinery to a Fab which currently lacks that technology. Drop by The Register for more detail.
"It says it will invest KRW 30 trillion ($26.1bn) by 2021 in its existing plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, to expand its semiconductor fabrication capacity. This fab, claimed to be the single largest in the industry, is now making 64-layer 4th generation V-NAND flash chips."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Photobucket wrecks thousands of sites with £310 'ransom' for embedding photos @ The Inquirer
- Raspberry Pi's Smaller, Cheaper Rival: NanoPi Neo Plus2 Weighs in at $25 @ Slashdot
- Canadian gets 30 days to ditch his 'noreply' email moniker @ The Inquirer
Subject: Graphics Cards, Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2017 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: supply shortage, shortage, ethereum, cryptocurrency
The cryptocurrency craze is kind-of like the old gold rush. Tokens are just out there waiting to be discovered, and value is applied when people trade it in exchange for goods and services. In this case, these tokens are discovered by doing math, and faster computers acquire more, and the algorithm is quite parallel. Some of the non-Bitcoin currencies are gaining traction, and becoming economically viable to mind with off-the-shelf parts, so gaming parts are being sold out... and not to gamers.
What do the video card add-in board (AIB) partners (as in the companies that take GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD and attach them to things that will actually plug into a motherboard) think of this? Gamers Nexus reached out to a bunch of them and, off the record, got a bunch of responses. The fifteen-minute video is quite interesting, and covers a lot of issues like brand loyalty, the second-hand market flooding, and RMA abuse. It even talks about the abnormal stress the GPU mining could have on power supplies. Most of the responses make sense, but it’s interesting to hear it coming from people in the industry, even if “who specifically said what” has been anonymized.
Of course, this is for the best, because you'll get more candid responses that way.