Pre-order to get a severed arm skin ... tempting Bloodlines 2, tempting

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2019 - 05:19 PM |
Tagged: vampire the masquerade, paradox, gaming, bloodlines 2

When last we visited The World of Darkness, it was a list of mods for the original Bloodlines game which was released back in November of 2004.  You can try but an antediluvian game such as this is still going to look rather graphically dated, what we really needed is a new game.  That is exactly what we are getting from Paradox Interactive, with the announcement of Bloodlines 2 as well as the release of a trailer.  The development team includes Brian Mitsoda, who was a designer and writer for the original. 

Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN got a look at the demo, and like anyone whom spent some of their younger years playing in White Wolf's World of Darkness should be, they are rather stoked.

"More than that, I have seen, hands off, the first half an hour of it and have spoken to senior writer Cara Ellison (late of this RPS parish), as well as Hardsuit Labs co-founder Andy Kipling, and narrative lead Brian Mitsoda. "

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Today it's Huawei, let's hope tomorrow doesn't bring a new one

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2019 - 03:32 PM |
Tagged: Huawei, PCManager, security

ASUS have addressed the issue reported yesterday, if you hadn't seen the updated post, today it is Huawei that is the problem.   As part of the latest update to Windows 10, Microsoft deployed new tools which can detect software accessing the kernel in less than auspicious ways and they immediately spotted an issue with Huawei's PC Manager app, which updates drivers on their products.  All an attacker need do is create malicious instance of the MateBookService.exe and even without running it with full admin privileges they could still gain control of the machine.

The good news, as The Inquirer points out, is that this was patched back in January so unless you haven't updated in a while you are safe.

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"Security boffins from Microsoft discovered a pretty nasty local privileged execution vulnerability in the Huawei PCManager driver software, found in machines like the MateBook X Pro, after new kernel sensors were brought into Windows 10 through the much-maligned October 2018 Update."

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Source: The Register

MAXON Cinebench R20 Officially Available Outside of Microsoft Store

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2019 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: uwp, portable, Microsoft Store, maxon, download, Cinebench R20, benchmark

MAXON has reversed course with the new Cinebench R20 benchmark, which is now available for standalone download directly from MAXON's website, no longer requiring the use of Microsoft's UWP platform. This author did his due diligence and has downloaded this new file, which is indeed a portable version in a ZIP file as we had been accustomed to with previous versions.

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Cinebench R20, captured after running the portable download version from MAXON

Rather controversially, the new version of Cinebench was exclusive to the Microsoft Store when it was released, and Guru3D reported being threatened with legal action for hosting a standalone version for download on their site, which they took down at that time. With today's reversal the how-to guides on creating a portable version of the UWP app have, thankfully, become obsolete.

Source: TechPowerUp

Who is the super mega ultrabook winner?

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2019 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: ultrabook, acer, asus, dell, hp, Lenovo, microsoft

Over at Ars Technica is a close comparison of a half dozen ultrabook models from a variety of manufacturers, with the purpose of determining which stand above the others.  As there are as many ways of using an ultraportable as there are people who carry them around, they've split their findings into a number of categories.  Take a look to see which models are tops for business use, best overall, best convertible or best detachable, just to name a few. 

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"Ultrabooks have become the standard design for most premium Windows laptops, and they represent the best of what companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft have to offer in terms of design, power, and innovation."

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Source: Ars Technica

Intel Micron Fight Time

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2019 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: Intel, micron, 3D XPoint, sueball, imft

If you thought the story of Intel and Micron breaking their developmental partnership to create 3D XPoint was over, you didn't take into account how odd and incestuous the tech world really is.  Micron stated their intentions to buy out Intel's remaining stock in IMFT, Intel Micron Flash Technologies, a move that Intel expected.   What Intel didn't expect was a former engineering manager by the name of Doyle Rivers leaving Intel and joining Micron, possibly with a USB drive full of tasty trade secrets.  According to what The Register have found when going over the various documents, the secrets in question are "a spreadsheet with the contact details of more than 3,000 Intel ... 110 Perl scripts, which have sentimental value, but no practical use outside of the development environment".

At this time PC Perspective is not seeking access to a certain Mr. Shrout's files and residence, but does note the pockets in the cargo pants he was wearing during the sign over were obviously full of something ... and that Mr. Shrout does not habitually wear cargo pants.

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"Mr. Rivers doesn't have anything to return," he said. "We continue to take the position that Intel's claims are greatly exaggerated."

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Source: The Register

Anthem Patch 1.0.4 Adds NVIDIA DLSS and Highlights Support

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2019 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: update, rtx, ray tracing, patch 1.0.4, patch, nvidia, geforce, ea, DLSS, BioWare, anthem

Patch 1.0.4 for Anthem was released by BioWare/EA today which addresses a number of issues and adds features including two specific to GeForce graphics card users, namely DLSS and NVIDIA Highlights support.

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The DLSS (deep learning super-sampling) feature is exclusive to RTX 20-series GPUs, providing performance gains of up to 40% with real-time ray tracing enabled according to NVIDIA, who provides this video of DLSS off vs. on in the game (embedded below):

NVIDIA offers this chart showing performance gains with the range of RTX cards with DLSS enabled:

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NVIDIA Highlights support is available to users of GeForce Experience, and this feature allows the automatic capture of gameplay clips and screenshots in certain situations. BioWare/EA lists the supported scenarios for the feature:

  • Visiting and viewing overlooks
  • Defeating certain large creatures
  • Performing multi-kills
  • Defeating legendary creatures
  • Discovering the Tombs of the Legionnaires
  • Performing combos
  • When the player is downed by enemies
  • Defeating bosses

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The full Patch 1.0.4 release notes can be viewed here, and more information from NVIDIA about the new GeForce features for Anthem are available here.

Source: NVIDIA

Hop on a Silt Strider and quick travel to Bethesda, Morrowind is free for the next few hours

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2019 - 05:45 PM |
Tagged: morrowind, elder scrolls, bethesda, gaming, kick ass

If you haven't grabbed Morrowind already via a Steam sale or just being old enough you bought it and still have the disks lying around then you should head over to Bethesda.NET.  The reason is that today is the 25th Anniversary of the Elder Scrolls, with the release of The Elder Scrolls: Arena, a celebration which Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have been looking forward to with glee

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You can also grab the Season of the Dragon expansion for Elder Scrolls Online if you delved into that set of Dwemer ruins; if you haven't you can try out the base game for free from March 28the to April 3rd.  Card enthusiasts can grab three packs and a special card for The Elder Scrolls Legends or if you are playing Skyrim Special Edition you can treat yourself, or Lydia if you somehow kept her alive, with the Nordic Jewelry Creation set.

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You might ask yourself,  why would I want to get Morrowind, especially with the required creation of a Bethesda account to get it?  That is easily answered, as you need the Morrowind assets to get hold of Skywind when it finally arrives.  This ambitious project is recreating Morrowind using the engine from Skyrim, which while not a huge change does look a lot better and gives you a shot at bringing your own favourite mods into the remake.

Here is a comparison of what the changes have done, for below you will find the original  trailer which amazed us back in 2009... dialogue wheel not included.

 

Mobilizing the RTX 2080, meet the two Max-Q versions

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2019 - 03:03 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2080 Max-Q, RTX 2080, NVIDA

TechSpot posted an investigation into the differences between the 215W desktop RTX 2080 and the 80W mobile Max-Q version.  As you might expect, quite a bit had to be done to drop the power so precipitously including dropping the boost clock to just 1095MHz from 1515 MHz.  To make things even more confusingly there is a 90W variant of the Max-Q which has a base clock of 990 MHz and a boost of 1230 MH and for the most part you will not know which one is installed before you buy the laptop and open it up.

TechSpot offers a look at the performance of the two RTX 2080 Max-Q models here.

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"Following our coverage into Nvidia's laptop RTX GPUs, today we're reviewing the top-end RTX 2080 Max-Q. As an "RTX 2080" Turing part, this GPU comes with 2944 CUDA cores, 368 Tensor cores and 46 ray tracing cores. But that's where the similarities between the RTX 2080 Max-Q and the desktop RTX 2080 end."

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Source: TechSpot

NVIDIA Releases GeForce Game Ready 419.67 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2019 - 02:14 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers, geforce

Five days after they released the Creator Ready 419.67 drivers, NVIDIA has published their Game Ready equivalent, which is also version 419.67. It can be downloaded from GeForce Experience, or you can get it from their website (alongside the release notes).

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In terms of features: this is another entry in the R418 branch. Often, but not always, major new features are merged in at the start, and subsequent releases add game-specific optimizations, bug fixes, and so forth. This is one of those drivers. It adds two new G-SYNC compatible monitors, the ASUS VG278QR and the ASUS VG258, as well as “Game Ready” tweaks for Battlefield V: Firestorm, Anthem, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Also, if you have multiple GSYNC compatible displays, NVIDIA now also supports using them in Surround on Turing GPUs.

There are also several bug fixes, although most of them are relatively specific. They do have fixes for DaVinci Resolve and multiple Adobe applications, which I believe were first introduced in the Creator Ready driver. If you’re concerned about “missing out” on fixes, it looks like they’re intending to keep Game Ready up-to-date with Creator Ready, just with less QA on professional applications and timed to game releases (versus professional software releases).

Source: NVIDIA

Report: Supply Chain Attack ShadowHammer Leveraged ASUS Live Update

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2019 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: ShadowHammer, security, Kaspersky Labs, asus

Update, 3/26/19: As reported by TechRadar this morning ASUS has responded to the issue and implemented a fix to the latest version of Live Update (version 3.6.8) which provides "an enhanced end-to-end encryption mechanism" for the software. ASUS states that they "have also updated and strengthened our server-to-end-user software architecture to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future”. The company has also released a software tool to see if your system is affected, available directly from ASUS here (ZIP file).

Further, Bloomberg reports today that ASUS has disputed the numbers from the Kaspersky report, stating the attacks impacted only several hundred devices - and not "over a million" as had been estimated by Kaspersky. An ASUS spokesperson also said that "the company had since helped customers fix the problem, patched the vulnerability and updated their servers," in a statement quoted in the Bloomberg report.

The original news post follows.


Today, unfortunately, we have a perfect example of a supply chain attack posted at Slashdot and a very good reason for anyone using ASUS products to do a full scan on their systems as soon as they can.  It seems that attackers compromised the ASUS update server, forged two different ASUS digital certificates and pushed out malware to about a half million customers when their machines ran an auto-update. Kaspersky Labs published details on their findings this afternoon as well, cautioning that "the investigation is still in progress and full results and technical paper will be published during SAS 2019 conference in Singapore".

What makes this even more interesting is that the infection was looking for 600 specific MAC addresses, when it found one it would immediately reach out to another server to install additional payload.  This does not mean those without one of the listed MAC addresses is safe, the infection could still be there and modified to install additional nastiness on all infected machines.  According to the information from Motherboard, Kaspersky first detected this in January and have reached out to ASUS several times, as did Motherboard who "has not heard back from the company".

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"The researchers estimate half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor through the ASUS update server, although the attackers appear to have been targeting only about 600 of those systems. The malware searched for targeted systems through their unique MAC addresses."

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Source: Slashdot

AMD Ryzen 2000-Series Processors See Big Price Drops

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2019 - 09:46 AM |
Tagged: shopping, sale, ryzen 7, ryzen 5, ryzen, processor, price drop, cpu, APU, amd, amazon, 2700x, 2700, 2600x, 2400G

If you haven't looked at AMD Ryzen processor listings over the weekend you might be surprised to see prices reduces across the board on Amazon specifically, with some pretty significant discounts including a Ryzen 7 2700 for only $219.99 (list price is $299). While we could debate whether these price changes signal the coming of 3000-series Ryzen CPUs sooner rather than later, the price drops are great for consumers regardless.

Here's a current list of the best deals on Ryzen 2000-series processors from Amazon, which seems to have the best prices (with Newegg's discounts far less dramatic).

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics

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It's always tough to consider a build or upgrade when a new CPU launch is imminent, but the flipside is that previous-gen parts get cheaper (well, at least with these Ryzen parts they do). Here's to more price drops throughout the year.

Source: Amazon.com

Intel Publishes Details of Upcoming Gen11 Graphics Architecture

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2019 - 04:32 PM |
Tagged: processor, Intel, integrated graphics, iGPU, hardware, graphics, gpu, Gen11

Intel has published a whitepaper on their new Gen11 processor graphics, providing details about the underlying architecture. The upcoming Sunny Cove processors and Gen11 graphics were unveiled back in December at Intel's Architecture Day, where Intel had stated that Gen11 was "expected to double the computing performance-per-clock compared to Intel Gen9 graphics", which would obviously be a massive improvement over their current offerings. Intel promises up 1 TFLOP performance from Gen11, with its 64 EUs (execution units) and other improvements providing up to a 2.67x increase over Gen9 - though Intel does clarity that "there may be different configurations" so we will very likely see the usual segmentation.

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"The architecture implements multiple unique clock domains, which have been partitioned as a per-CPU core clock domain, a processor graphics clock domain, and a ring interconnect clock domain. The SoC architecture is designed to be extensible for a range of products and enable efficient wire routing between components within the SoC.

Gen11 graphics will be based on Intel’s 10nm process, with architectural refinements that promise significant performance-per-watt improvements, according to Intel. Intel also states that memory bandwidth has been addressed to meet the demands of the increased potency of the GPU, with improvements to compression, larger L3 cache size, and increased peak memory bandwidth. All major graphics APIs are supported including DirectX, OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, and Metal - the last of which makes sense as these will very likely be powering the next generation of Apple's MacBook line.

Intel states that beyond the increases in compute and memory bandwidth, Gen11 will introduce "key new features that enable higher performance by reducing the amount of redundant work", and list Coarse pixel shading (CPS) and Position Only Shading Tile Based Rendering (PTBR) among them. Many more details are provided in the document, available at the source link (warning, PDF).

Source: Intel (PDF)

Razer Nari Ultimate THX Wireless Chroma, like a musical boot to the head

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2019 - 02:18 PM |
Tagged: razer, nari ultimate THX wireless chroma, wireless headset, Hypersense, audio

Many moons ago several companies released headsets with what was essentially force feedback and as it turned out, not many people enjoyed it. Razer is bring that back with their Razer Nari Ultimate THX Wireless Chroma headset, that comes with a price as large as its name.  They called this feature HyperSense and as you might expect turning it on in tandem with the blinken-lighten significantly reduces the amount of time the battery lasts.  On the plus side, the headset uses 50mm neodymium magnets and a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

You can see them in use over at KitGuru, or at least take a look at the freeze frame as it is worth the click.

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"Ever wished your headset vibrated and you could feel what was happening in game? The Razer Nari headset was released back in September and in this review we take a look at the recently released Razer Nari Ultimate that has all the features of the original plus Hypersense technology."

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Source: Kitguru

Flashbolt! Ah-ah! King of the impossible

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2019 - 01:43 PM |
Tagged: flashbolt, Samsung, HBM2, HBM2E, aquabolt, flarebolt

Last year Samsung released Aquabolt, their HB2 modules which offered 2.4 Gbps per pin data transfer rates at 1.2V, rather impressive since the specification stated 2.0Gbps per pin was the top transfer rate.  Today they announced the next generation, Flashbolt which uses HBM2E and unlike certain other standards which recently bolted an E onto the end of their name this offers an actual improvement.

To make sure it you are confused this Friday, the new chips are rated for 410GB/s of bandwidth and 16GB of capacity; go yell at The Inquirer but it isn't a mistake.  To put it more helpfully, HBM2E can accommodate 16Gb per die, with transfer rates of 3.2Gbps per pin.  That is an immense amount of bandwidth for GPUs and HPC cards, though we won't be seeing any products in the near future nor are you likely to be able to insert it into your system any time soon.  AMD adopted a winning technology first, but as often seems to be the case, perhaps they moved a little too early.

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"The name follows the same conventions as Samsung's previous memory products, Aquabolt and Flarebolt, but relies on a radically different architecture: HBM2E can accommodate 16Gb per die, twice as much as HBM2 used in Aquabolt, and offer transfer rates of 3.2Gbps per pin."

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Source: The Register

Going out on a Prime note, their last Z390 review

Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2019 - 03:00 PM |
Tagged: PRIME Z390-A, asus

Here it is, the last motherboard review you will see from [H]ard|OCP as the sun sets on another review site for Kyle has chosen to join the dark side.  The ASUS PRIME Z390-A has a rather unique looking silkscreen pattern but RGB lovers will find the placement of the glowy bits unfortunate.  At $183 currently on Amazon it sits in the middle of the Z390 family as far as pricing, and that does mean it lacks some of the fancier features offered by flagship class motherboards.  If stability, decent overclocking and a bargain price matter more to you than wireless connectivity and a well developed case of RGB-itis then this last review from [H] is well worth a look.

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"Sometimes less is more. We typically work with a lot of motherboards that fall into the more is more category and some that have a high price that can’t easily be justified by most people. The ASUS PRIME Z390-A seems to lean towards less is more. On paper the Z390-A seems to have a lot going for it and is light on fluff. How does it stack up? "

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Nice OS you have there; shame if something happened to it

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2019 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: Windows 7, windows 10, microsoft, EoL

It does have to be said that running a 10 year old Microsoft OS might not be the wisest decision; though it is better than running one 18 years old.  However, as we learned in 2017 many businesses are not even close to adopting Windows 10 on the majority of their systems.  There are numerous reasons for that delay, from licensing through security to privacy not to mention the interface is different enough to upset many executive level users. 

That hasn't stopped Microsoft from once again displaying splash screens on Windows 7 machines, as KB4493132 rolls out to those with automatic updates enabled.  Thankfully it does not attempt to fool you into updating by changing the way they close window button works but then again, the update is no longer free.  The Inquirer, as you might expect, is as enthused about this as most users.

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"HERE WE GO AGAIN. Two years on from Updategate, Microsoft is back to posting nag screens on its outgoing operating system."

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Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective Podcast #537 - Division 2 GPU Testing, Google Stadia, and the End of [H]ardOCP

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2019 - 12:05 PM |
Tagged: podcast, The Division 2, stadia, razer, ray tracing, Oculus, Intel, hardocp, game streaming, DirectX 12, Basilisk

PC Perspective Podcast #537 - 3/20/2019

Join us this week as we review the new NVIDIA GTX 1660 and a high-end case from Corsair, discuss NVIDIA's Mellanox acquisition, get excited over Halo for PC, and more!

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Show Topics
00:00:22 - Intro
00:02:10 - Review: Razer Basilisk Essential Gaming Mouse
00:05:49 - Review: The Division 2 Performance Preview
00:18:34 - News: Real-Time Ray Tracing for Pascal
00:29:19 - News: Google Stadia
00:46:19 - News: GameWorks RTX & Unreal/Unity DXR Support
00:48:54 - News: Crytek Neon Noir Ray Tracing Demo
00:50:48 - News: Variable Rate Shading for DirectX 12
00:54:06 - News: NVIDIA T4 GPUs for the Server Room
01:00:10 - News: NVIDIA Creator Ready Drivers
01:04:29 - News: Oculus Rift S
01:08:39 - News: AMD Immune to SPOILER
01:18:13 - News: Windows 7 DX12 Support in Adrenalin Drivers
01:22:32 - News: Kyle Bennett Joins Intel
01:34:28 - Picks of the Week
01:44:58 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Jim: Cheap Threadripper
Jeremy: RogueTech Mod for BattleTech
Josh: Intel 660p SSD
Sebastian: OCAT 1.4

Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Jim Tanous

Ripping threads with Coreprio and DLM

Subject: Processors | March 20, 2019 - 04:34 PM |
Tagged: amd, coreprio, threadripper 2, 2990wx, dynamic local mode

Owning a Threadripper is not boring, the new architecture offers a variety of interesting challenges to keep your attention.  One of these features is the lack of direct memory access for two of the dies, which can cause some performance issues and was at least partially addressed by introducing Dynamic Local Mode into Ryzen Master.  On Windows boxes, enabling that feature ensures your hardest working cores have direct memory access, on Linux systems the problem simply doesn't exist.  Another choice is Coreprio, developed by Bitsum, which accomplishes the same task but without the extras included in Ryzen Master. 

Techgage ran a series of benchmarks comparing the differences in performance between the default setting, DLM and Coreprio.

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"Performance regression issues in Windows on AMD’s top-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs haven’t gone unnoticed by those who own them, and six months after launch, the issues remain. Fortunately, there’s a new tool making the rounds that can help smooth out those regressions. We’re taking an initial look."

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Source: Techgage

NVIDIA Introduces Creator Ready Driver Program (419.67)

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2019 - 04:03 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers

At the ongoing Game Developers Conference, GDC 2019, NVIDIA has announced a “Creator Ready Driver” program. This branch targets the users that sit between the GeForce and Quadro line, who use GeForce cards for professional applications – such as game developers.

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Both Game Ready Drivers and the Creator Ready Drivers will support all games and creative applications. The difference is that Creator Ready drivers will be released according to the release schedule of popular creative tools, and they will receive more strict testing with creative applications.

The first release, Creator Reader Drivers 419.67, lists a 13% performance increase with the Blender Cycles renderer, and an 8% to 9% increase for CINEMA 4D, Premiere Pro CC, and Photoshop CC, all relative to the 415-branch GeForce drivers.

You can choose between either branch using the GeForce Experience interface.

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Image Credit: NVIDIA

As for supported products? The Creator Ready Drivers are available for Pascal-, Volta-, and Turing-based GeForce and TITAN GPUs. “All modern Quadro” GPUs are also supported on the Creator Ready branch.

Personally, my brain immediately thinks “a more-steady driver schedule and some creative application performance enhancements at the expense of a little performance near the launch of major video games”. I could be wrong, but that’s what I think when I read this news.

Source: NVIDIA

This is your father's BattleTech!

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2019 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: roguetech, mod, gaming, battletech

Have you already collected every 'mech available in the game and bashed your way through the Flashpoint expansion and are looking for something new in your BattleTech gaming time?  How does gunning down a CattleMaster, Uriel or Phoenix Hawk with an LBX Autocannon sound?  RogueTech is a huge mod for Harebrained Schemes' BattleTech which adds over 1000 'mechs, just about every weapon added into the tabletop game over the years, a fair number of new crunchies and even those annoying Power Armour nitwits.  

The changes go deeper than that, with total overhauls to movement, gunnery and how damage is inflicted, by yourself as well as others.  Expect your first missions to go poorly as you stumble your way through the complete revamp of the game, as you can read about over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN; installation instructions included.

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"It brings the combat a little more in line with the full, expanded tabletop rule-set (which no sane person ever used, thanks to requiring dozens of skill checks and countless dice rolled a turn), but through the magic of computers, we can experience all the thrills of full simulation-level ‘Mech combat without putting you to sleep or frying your brain."

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