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Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2018 - 10:32 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: usb 3.2, usb, synposys, FPGA
Synopsys has just published a video on YouTube where they connect two bonded lanes over a standard Type-C cable. This was accomplished with a host USB 3.2 controller embodied by an FPGA board. The device controller is the same hardware that was configured to be seen by the pair as a USB device.
In case you're wondering, the demo happens at around 1:48. Blink and it's over.
From a practical standpoint, USB 3.2 is still some time away, and a factor of 2 speed-up is not too large considering the amount of bandwidth that USB 3.1 already provides. That said, more bandwidth is always better, especially when you’re running in industrial or other professional workloads, and especially in places where Thunderbolt has marketshare.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2018 - 09:30 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, suda51, killer7, dolphin
Ahead of E3, which is becoming the hip thing to do the last several years, SUDA51 has announced that Killer7 would be remastered and coming to Steam this Autumn (2018). The game was originally released 13 years ago, back in July 2005, for the GameCube and PS2.
It was his first game to be released outside of Japan.
There’s also an interesting bit of controversy surrounding this trailer. Apparently, around 52 seconds in, some footage appears to be accidentally watermarked with Dolphin’s framerate meter. This would imply that the footage was taken from the emulator, which then raises several questions… if the final game uses the Dolphin Emulator or some of its technology.
The question that seems to be asked the most is whether the studio will run into licensing issues by using the open-source software’s code. VentureBeat did an interesting discussion on this topic, although they seem to assume that the emulator would be used like GIMP opens an image. It could very well be used as a library, which would be a whole other can of worms… although I’m pretty sure an established developer and publisher is smart enough to avoid that.
But, no, there is another question: What exactly does the “remaster” qualifier refer to if it’s compatible with a GameCube emulator. You would think that there would be limits on the types of assets that could be loaded if the engine still thinks it’s running on a Dolphin-compatible console.
Or maybe not. I don’t know. And honestly, it doesn’t really matter. The game will come in some state, and it’s up to you whether it’s worth whatever money they ask for when that day comes.
And it will come, apparently, Autumn 2018.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2018 - 09:03 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amazon, lumberyard
The May 2018 beta release of Amazon Lumberyard has been pushed to their website. This version brings a long-standing feature request to fruition: Visual Studio 2017.
This is particularly important for someone looking to try out Lumberyard. Previously, if the user installed Visual Studio 2017, they would need to uninstall it, run a post-install clean-up script from a Microsoft GitHub account, install Visual Studio 2015, then install Visual Studio 2017 to get it to run. Yup, Visual Studio 2017 needed to be installed after Visual Studio 2015, and the standard Visual Studio uninstaller wouldn’t correct the broken state (at least on my machine when I attempted it a few times). This is a large, annoying burden for someone who just happened to accidentally install Visual Studio 2017 for some other project.
Now you should be able to just use Visual Studio 2017.
In terms of actual rendering features, the two main ones are Wind Volume and Sky Cloud components. These are additions to Amazon’s Entity Component System that give the ability to blow objects around, including vegetation, as well as create several types of clouds, including volumetric ones.
As always, Amazon Lumberyard is free. Completely free. The catch is that you’ll need to use Amazon Web Services for your servers (unless you roll you own servers) if you have any online element, such as multiplayer, online leaderboards, and so forth.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2018 - 08:43 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pixar, nvidia, matt pharr, Intel, google
NVIDIA Research has another industry veteran working for them: Matt Pharr.
According to his blog post on the topic, he will be working on some balance of ray tracing, neural-networks, and how they can work together for computer graphics.
Moving on to Green... er... pastures.
Matt Pharr has been in the industry for quite some time. In the 90s, he worked at Pixar on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. He then co-founded a company that made rendering software, which was bought by NVIDIA and eventually lead to Gelato. From there, he founded another company, Neoptica, which was acquired by Intel. While there, he worked alongside the Larabee team. He then joined Google in 2013, which has been his employer for the last five years.
He has been partially credited with physically based rendering, which is a way of defining computer-generated materials that is lighting independent. This allows artists to create content once and use it across multiple scenes, be it indoor or outdoor, light or dark.
We’re at an interesting point in time. We’re beginning to see hardware that can reasonably shoot rays into an environment to augment the data that rasterization provides us. At the same time, we’re also seeing the rise of neural networks that can hallucinate convincing, but physically inaccurate effects relatively cheaply. Graphics isn’t just evolving forward, it’s mixing laterally, too. There’s room for engines and technologies to behave wildly different from everyone else.
Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2018 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: htc, U12+, smartphone
HTC has been having Nokia-like difficulties in the smartphone market, but they refuse to give up ... perhaps because of what Microsoft did to Nokia. That hasn't stopped them from putting out new phones, and interesting ones at that. The camera on this phone is almost, but not quite as good as the one found on the new Pixel but The Register found the overall performance and features of the HTC to be superior and significantly better priced. Check out their hands on review here.
"HTC's only flagship smartphone of 2018 – the U12+ – looks like a sensibly priced alternative to the Pixel and Galaxy, without the eccentricities and flaws of the Huawei P20 Pro."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- OnePlus 6 hands-on @ The Inquirer
- Honor 10 @ TechARP
- Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union @ Ars Technica
- The Best Laptops 2018 @ TechSpot
- HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive @ Ars Technica
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2018 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gtx 1080 ti, watercooler, Heatkiller IV, WATERCOOL
WATERCOOL's Heatkiller IV for the GTX 1080 Ti is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, as you can see below it certainly adds a cool look to your card, but that is only half the story. WATERCOOL added some features which should improve cooling, such as a flowplate as well as changes to the internals which should improve flow rate. This results in noticeable improvements over a Founders Edition, with both lower temperatures and higher clocks. Check out the full review to see if it convinces you to switch your cooling methods.
"Watercool and its Heatkiller series of custom water components are well known for being some of the best in the world when it comes to performance and design. We give its Heatkiller IV water block for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti a good once over, and come away very impressed. Quality and performance all in one package."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- The Best Graphics Cards 2018 @ TechSpot
- ASRock Radeon RX 580 Phantom Gaming X 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 Tech Report @ TechARP
- Last Gen Games - Max IQ and Perf on Today's GPUs @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2018 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: scary, amazon
For some unknowable reason, Ars Technica determined a way for people to request their entire Amazon.com purchase history, since the creation of the account. The link provided doesn't seem to be compatible with other Amazon sites, such as Amazon.ca which may be a blessing for many readers. As part of the project the Ars staff reminisce about some of their past purchases and what Amazon has meant to them.
Are you willing to see what you have been doing all these years? If so, click here.
"As Americans who've spent many years ordering things off the Internet, we at Ars all have Amazon shopping histories in common, but that doesn't mean we all use the site the same—or feel the same about Amazon's reach, quite frankly."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins @ The Register
- Talking to Laptop Batteries with the ESP8266 @ Hack a Day
- GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun @ The Register
- HTC announces standalone Vive Focus system update, expanded Vive ecosystem @ DigiTimes
Subject: Storage | May 25, 2018 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: XPG SX8200, SM2262, NVMe, M.2, adta, 480GB
ADATA's XPG SX8200 uses the Silicon Motion SM2262 controller found in recent Intel and Mushkin M.2 SSDs, so we have an idea of its capabilities in conjunction with Micron's 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. In The Tech Reports real world testing this drive beat out Intel's 760p by a small margin in both reads and writes and it is slightly cheaper to pick up. It didn't come out as the fastest drive they've tested but it does show up near the top.
If you aren't quite sure if this drive is for you, just wait a wee bit as Al has it strapped down on his test bench right now *Allyn EDIT* our review is now live!.
"Adata's got a half-dozen NVMe M.2 drives available across its entire lineup, but its latest—the XPG SX8200—promises to dazzle with Micron's newest-gen 3D TLC and a Silicon Motion SM2262 controller. We break down the XPG SX8200 to find out if it's as good as the top dogs in the market."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston A1000 480 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Crucial MX500 1TB M.2. @ Guru of 3D
- Crucial MX500 M.2 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
- AMD StoreMI Technology Review @ Neoseeker
- Silicon Power Bolt B80 240GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Netstor NA611TB3 Thunderbolt 3 External Drive Enclosure @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2018 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: KB4100403, Pro 6000p, 600p, XG4, XG5, BG3, Intel, toshiba
It's Friday and there are enough tales of woe below the fold to reassure you the world didn't completely change while you slept, but let's lede with some good news. Owners of the two SSDs from Intel which proved incompatible with the latest version of Windows 10, and likely the trio of Toshiba as well should look forward to KB4100403. You can force it today, or wait for the proper patch Tuesday and let some other poor suckers play canary but in theory you should now be able to enjoy the April Update if you so desire.
The Register couldn't get the details of what was fixed from Microsoft but they do provide a link to the update here.
"A chink of light has appeared in the wall of Windows 10 update woes in the form of a patch that should address the SSD problems plaguing the OS."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Apple Blocks Steam's Plan To Extend Its Video Games To iPhones @ Slashdot
- Edge is still the most efficient Windows browser, but Chrome is getting close @ Ars Technica
- A Smarter PSU Converter Leaves the Magic Smoke Inside @ Hack a Day
- ntel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019 @ The Register
- Global DRAM bit demand to increase 22% in 2018, says Nanya chairman @ DigiTimes
- Huawei has ended the support for bootloaders on its devices @ The Inquirer
- You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened @ The Register
- Galactic Civilizations II : Ultimate Edition is FREE for 48 hours
Subject: Editorial | May 25, 2018 - 09:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag
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, things are a bit shorter than usual because the PCPer crew is in a rush to attend a...uh...business meeting. Rrrrawwwrrrrr.
00:56 - Ryzen 7 1800X all-core overclock vs. stock boost for gaming?
03:31 - Color format and bit depth for PC output to 4K HDR TV?
06:37 - Vega 64 vs. CrossFire RX580?
09:55 - Adding SATA power connectors to PSU?
12:23 - High DRAM prices not affecting NAND flash?
14:18 - Intel and AMD processors with more than 2 threads per core?
17:26 - Wax on, wax off
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!
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Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2018 - 05:37 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: Z390, video, steam, spectre, Samsung, QLC NAND, Predator X27, podcast, nzxt, logitech, GTX1050, G513, FreeSync2, corsair, asus, acer
PC Perspective Podcast #500 - 05/24/18
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath
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Program length: 1:55:11
0:07:30 We reminisce about 500 episodes...
Week in Review:
News items of interest:
1:21:45 Meet the Intel Z390 chipset
Picks of the Week:
1:37:30 Ryan: The VOID - Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
1:45:15 Jeremy: Xbox Adaptive Controller
1:47:25 Josh: How cheap can we go?
1:49:10 Allyn: Last chance (hours!) for Myst 25th Anniversary Kickstarter!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2018 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tempered glass, p110 luce, antec
Antec's new aluminium and glass case offers a nice space to build a system, 518x23x489mm (20.4x9x19.2") in size and with removable vents and filters on all sides but the large tempered glass panel. RGBs are limited to a seven colour backlit logo at the top left corner of the front panel, and a fairly simple controller to control any illuminated components you have. That logo is the only feature on that surface as the ports and buttons have been moved to the top of the case. Inside you will find a PSU shroud, decent cable management and an adapter to vertically mount your GPU.
"Antec's P110 Luce weaves aluminum and tempered-glass panels into a sleek, premium-looking case with some nifty features inside. We built up our test system in this case to see whether it marks a return to form for the company's cases."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Anidees AI-XL AR @ Guru of 3D
- NZXT H500i @ TechPowerUp
- Coolerguys 2U Bracket with 4 High Speed Evercool 80mm fans @ MissingRemote
- SilentiumPC Grandis 2 XE1436 @ TechPowerUp
- Jonsbo CR-201 RGB CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Corsair H100x @ Kitguru
- Swiftech Maelstrom D5 X100 Reservoir @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2018 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: DIY, input, mechanical keyboard
The mechanical keyboard market is huge, with numerous companies offering a variety of designs, switches and keycaps but perhaps you just can't yet find the perfect model. One answer to that dilemma would be to build your own keyboard from scratch and TechSpot just published a guide to help you do just that. In part one they provide a bill of materials you can build a shopping list out of, with an impressive amount of choices for each component. In part two they cover the build process as well as a large gallery of designs which just might inspire you to take this project on.
"In the world of mechanical keyboards, big brand names like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, etc., take the bulk of the limelight. But what if I told you that every part of a keyboard can be customized? This goes far beyond the aesthetics, so if you're not one for making compromises, it may be time to build your own."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- IOGear HVER RGB Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- MSI Vigor GK80 Gaming Keyboard @ OCC
- Gigabyte Aorus M3 Mouse and K7 Keyboard @ Kitguru
- GAMDIAS ZEUS P1 RGB Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2018 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SoundBlaster, K3+, xlr
Sound Blaster's K3+ is billed as a USB Audio Interface even though it can be used without USB, if you are into karaoke. The K3+ offers support for two separately controlled XLR microphones, with 48V phantom power available and a proper ground. There are also three 1/4" jacks, two for headphones and one which will accept input from a guitar or other electric instrument. The K3+ outputs to two dual 3.5mm jacks as well as USB if you intend to feed it directly into a computer. Check out what else this soundboard can do in Modders-Inc's full review.
"We first got a look at the Sound Blaster K3+ at CES when we stopped by the Creative Suite. It was advertised as a USB Audio Interface designed with streamers in mind. To say that I was impressed with the concept of the K3+ would be a vast understatement."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sennheiser GSP 600 @ Kitguru
- Sennheiser GSP 600 @ TechPowerUp
- HAVIT i18 Ultra Comfortable Wireless Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- HyperX Cloud Flight @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Storage | May 24, 2018 - 01:15 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: toshiba, flash memory, fab, BiCS, 3d nand
Toshiba Memory Corporation (a subsidiary of Toshiba) is expanding its 3D flash memory production capabilities by beginning construction of a new state-of-the-art fab in Kitakami city which is in the Iwate prefecture in Japan. Toshiba Memory Corporation’s a new Toshiba Memory Iwate Corporation subsidiary began preparing for the new fab last September and construction will begin in July.
The new fab will be built with an earthquake absorbing structure and AI powered production lines with an emphasis on energy efficiency. TMIC plans to complete construction in 2019 and will hire 370 new graduates. Toshiba plans to use the new fab to boost its production capacity for its proprietary BiCS 3D flash memory to capture the massive growth market for enterprise and datacenter solid state drives. Further, Toshiba will extend its joint venture with Western Digital to include working together at the new fab.
Toshiba is quoted in the press release in stating:
“Going forward, TMC will expand its memory and SSD business and boost competitiveness by timely investments responding to market needs, and by development of BiCS FLASH™ and new generation memories.”
It is promising to see new fabs being opened and production capacities expanded by Toshiba and others (such as Micron) as it means that flash memory prices should stabilize (hopefully!), and the increased and newer production equipment will help enable the progress of new increasingly complex memory technologies.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2018 - 09:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: M.2, heatpipes, CRYORIG, air cooler
Cryorig teased a new M.2 cooler ahead of its Computex debut this week. The Cryorig Frostbit M.2 Cooler is the first dual heat pipe cooler that uses a thin 1mm heat pipe that spreads heat across a small heat spreader and a thicker heat pipe that draws heat away to a larger external heatsink.
The Frostbit cooler measures 72mm x 26.3mm x 57mm (LxWxH) and weighs just over 0.12 pounds (56 grams). The angle of the external circular heatsink and heatpipe can be manually adjusted so that it can fit in systems with a large CPU or GPU cooler. Cryorig’s website notes that the Frostbit features 38 fins (19x2) and is rated at 12W cooling capability.
Cryorig's Frostbit certainly looks stylish and capable, but at the same time is definite cooling overkill. Allyn has noted in the past (mostly on podcasts) that while cooling or spreading the heat from the controller and cache can be beneficial, the flash dies themselves on the M.2 drives do not really need to be cooled and in fact a bit of heat can be good for them.
I can see this cooler being used for aesthetics especially in a hard-line water cooling build, but it is likely to come at a premium price. More information should be available on pricing and availability after Computex.
What do you think about this beast? Am I the only one thinking "Maximum Cooling" in a Crysis voiceover style when looking at this thing?
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2018 - 09:01 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: vega frontier edition, titan xp, specviewperf 13, specgpc
SPECgpc, makers of industry standard benchmarks such as SPECint, released an updated version of SPECviewperf today. The new SPECviewperf 13, is an update to the industry staple benchmark for measuring the graphics performance in workstation and professional applications.
Ranging from a wide array of applications such as Solidworks, Maya, Creo, 3ds Max, and more, SPECviewperf provides an insight into the performance of mission-critical, but often difficult to benchmark scenarios.
Changes for this new version of SPECviewperf include:
- Support for 4K resolution displays.
- New reporting methods, including JSON output that enables more robust and flexible result parsing.
- A new user interface that will be standardized across all SPEC/GWPG benchmarks.
- New workloads and scoring that reflect the range of activities found in real-world applications.
- Various bug fixes and performance improvements.
Given that the changes include new datasets for the energy, medical, Creo, and Maya viewsets, as well as tweaks to the others, we decided to grab some quick results from two high-end prosumer level GPUs, the NVIDIA Titan Xp and the AMD RX Vega Frontier Edition.
The full testbed configuration is listed below:
|Test System Setup|
Intel Core i9-7960XE
|Motherboard||ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe|
32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
Operating at: 2400MHz
|Storage||Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 750GB|
NVIDIA GeForce TITAN Xp 12GB
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Liquid) 16GB
AMD Radeon Pro 18.Q2.1
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro x64 RS4|
While we see the Titan Xp handily winning most of the tests in SPECviewperf 13, there are some notable exceptions, including the newly updated energy workload where the Vega Frontier Edition manages to pull off a 13% lead. Additionally, Solidworks—a very widely used application for CAD work—sees a 23% performance advantage for AMD.
SPECviewperf is a benchmark that we rely on to evaluate profession application performance, and we are glad to see it's getting some improvements.
For anyone curious about the performance of their system, SPECviewperf 13 is free to download and use for non-profit entities that do not sell computer hardware, software, or related services.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2018 - 06:21 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, GP107, GDDR5, budget
NVIDIA recently quietly launched a new budget graphics card that neatly slots itself between the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti. The new GTX 1050 3GB, as the name suggests, features 3GB of GDDR5 memory. The new card is closer to the GTX 1050 Ti than the name would suggest, however as it uses the same 768 CUDA cores instead of the 640 of the GTX 1050 2GB. The GDDR5 memory is where the card differs from the GTX 1050 Ti though as NVIDIA has cut the number of memory controllers by one along with the corresponding ROPs and cache meaning that the new GTX 1050 3GB has a smaller memory bus and less memory bandwidth than both the GTX 1050 2GB and GTX 1050 Ti 4GB.
Specifically, the GTX 1050 with 3GB GDDR5 has a 96-bit memory bus that when paired with 7 Gbps GDDR5 results in maximum memory bandwidth of 84 GB/s versus the other previously released cards' 128-bit memory buses and 112 GB/s of bandwidth.
Clockspeeds on the new GTX 1050 3GB start are a good bit higher than the other cards though with the base clocks starting at 1392 MHz which is the boost clock of the 1050 Ti and running up to 1518 MHz boost clockspeeds. Thanks to the clockspeeds bumps, the theoretical GPU performance of 2.33 TFLOPS is actually higher than the GTX 1050 Ti (2.14 TFLOPS) and existing GTX 1050 2GB (1.86 TFLOPS) though the reduced memory bus (and loss of a small amount of ROPs and cache) will hold the card back from surpassing the Ti variant in most workloads – NVIDIA needs to maintain product segmentation somehow!
|NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB||NVIDIA GTX 1050 3GB||NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB||AMD RX 560 4GB|
|GPU Cores||640||768||768||896 or 1024|
|TFLOPS||1.86||2.33||2.14||up to 2.6|
|Memory||2GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||2GB or 4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clockspeed||7 Gbps||7 Gbps||7 Gbps||7 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s||84 GB/s||112 GB/s||112 GB/s|
|TDP||75W||75W||75W||60W to 80W|
The chart above compares the specifications of the GTX 1050 3GB with the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti on the NVIDIA side and the AMD RX 560 which appears to be its direct competitor based on pricing. The new 3GB GTX 1050 should compete well with AMD's Polaris 11 based GPU as well as NVIDIA's own cards in the budget gaming space where hopefully the downside of a reduced memory bus will at least dissuade cryptocurrency miners from adopting this card as an entry level miner for Ethereum and other alt coins giving gamers a chance to buy something a bit better than the GTX 1050 and RX 550 level at close to MSRP while the miners fight over the Ti and higher variants with more memory and compute units.
NVIDIA did not release formal pricing or release date information, but the cards are expected to launch in June and prices should be around $160 to $180 depending on retailer and extra things like fancier coolers and factory overclocks.
What are your thoughts on the GTX 1050 3GB? Is it the bastion of hope budget gamers have been waiting for? hehe Looking around online it seems pricing for these budget cards has somewhat returned to sane levels and hopefully alternative options like these aimed at gamers will help further stabilize the market for us DIYers that want to game more than mine. I do wish that NVIDIA could have changed the name a bit to better differentiate the card, maybe the GTX 1050G or something but oh well. I suppose so long as the 640 CUDA core GTX 1050 doesn't ever get 3GB GDDR5 at least gamers will be able to tell them apart by the amount of memory listed on the box or website.
Subject: Displays | May 23, 2018 - 04:21 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync hdr, displayhdr 1000, asus, acer
We're one step closer to the official launch of G-SYNC HDR displays with the official announcement of a release window and pricing from ASUS for their PG27UQ 27" G-SYNC HDR Display. While the Acer Predator X27 was put up for pre-order last week and is set to ship on June 1st, this is the first indication of release details we have for the ASUS PG27UQ.
ASUS is touting the PG27UQ as the first "gaming monitor" to achieve VESA's DisplayHDR 1000 certification. While we've seen the announcement of another DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the Phillips Momentum, it comes in at a TV-sized 43 inches.
DisplayHDR 1000 certification is achieved through the utilization of a 384-zone 1000cd/m2 peak brightness backlight as well as a quantum dot layer which allows the IPS panel to support 97% DCI-P3 and 99% AdobeRGB color gamut.
The PG27UQ also features ambient lighting controlled by their the ASUS Aura Sync software. A built-in ROG Light Signal will allow users to cast the ROG logo on the wall behind their monitor if they so choose.
The ASUS PG27UQ will be available in North America for a price of $1,999.99 starting in late June 2018.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2018 - 04:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: giveaway, evga, contest
Tomorrow might be Star Wars day, but today we are creating our own holiday, courtesy of our friends at EVGA! In celebration of Spring and that it IS in fact, the month of May, may I present the EVGA and PC Perspective Massive May Giveaway!!
We have 11 different prizes up for grabs from keyboards to power supplies to motherboard to cases and coolers. Entry is allowed across the globe, and there are plenty of ways to enter. You don't have to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to do so, as there is a daily submission option as well.
A HUGE thanks to our friends at EVGA for supplying all the hardware for our community. Good luck!