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The all new and improved version of the new and improved S.T.A.L.K.E.R.; the Lost Alpha gets a Directors Cut
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2017 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, stalker, lost alpha, kick ass, directors cut
Many many moons ago, the lost Alpha version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which included vehicles and some rather interesting new fauna to chew on your innards was released to the world to allow them to revisit the Zone as it was originally imagined. The released game was much smaller, as the habit developers have of initially overreaching the scope of their games is nothing new. What is new is the Developer's Cut of the Lost Alpha which you can now get hold of to play, though the installation process is a little intricate as you can see from the instructions Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have provided.
The original Lost Alpha now incorporates game mechanics which were added in Call of Pripyat as well as updates to the engine and various other features. If you have fond memories of the Zone, you should head back in to see what is new.
" You might remember Dezowave reluctantly released 2014’s unfinished (but still great) version after scamps leaked a rough development build. Now they’ve launched what they’re calling the Developer’s Cut of Lost Alpha, fixing bugs and making it even bigger. Have a look."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Up to -77% on the best Star Wars™ games this galaxy has to offer in our May the 4th Celebration @ GOG
- Spec me up: Prey PC system requirements confirmed @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - Producer Interview @ OCC
- Revisiting and rating Total War: Warhammer and its DLC @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is scratching that itch @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2017 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rumour, amd, VGA, DRM
DRM finally did something good for us; revealing detailed information on AMD's new GPU. In this case the DRM is a portion of the Linux kernel which interfaces with the GPU and some inquisitive minds dug through the code to find details on Vega, which will be supported by this new version of DRM.
This is still in the realms of rumour, but the source is very good as AMD would not likely enter the wrong specifications into this update. According to the specs which wccftech compiled from the code, Vega features 64 compute units, each containing 64 GCN stream processors, the 4096 SPs will be split into four Shader Engines. A little math, based on the stated performance figures of 12.5 TFLOLPS for FP32 and 25 TFLOPS for FP16 operations, the GPU should clock above 1.5GHz. There were no details on the memory frequency though as it uses HBM2 we know it will have a 2048-bit interface which could lead to some interesting performance numbers.
"Thanks to the latest Linux graphics driver update submitted by AMD we now have detailed specifications of the upcoming Radeon RX Vega GPU. The DRM, Direct Rendering Manager, update to Linux was issued yesterday and it’s the first update to date that adds comprehensive Vega feature support to Linux. No doubt in preparation for Vega’s launch which is expected to take place at the end of the month."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Former TSMC engineer indicted for trade secrets theft @ DigiTimes
- Google To Auto-Migrate Some Users To 64-bit Chrome @ Slashdot
- Windows 7 drops slightly as Windows 10 gains, but it's all a bit squibby @ The Inquirer
- Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains @ The Register
- Secret FabricXpress sauce gives X-IO the edge for the edge @ The Register
- Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in biz, server chips since 2008 @ The Register
- Netgear confirms: Intel's wobbly Puma 6 in fast broadband modems is super-easy to choke out @ The Register
- NikKTech & AVM Network Upgrade EU Giveaway
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Kraken X52, nzxt, watercooler
The Kraken X52 is twice the cooler the X42 is, with two 120mm fans on its 240mm radiator and should fit in more cases than the 280mm X62. It is fully RGB'd with a wide gamut of colours to dispaly as well as pulsing and rotating effects if a simple glow doesn't satisfy your cravings. [H]ard|OCP tested it out on a Core i7-4770K with the fans at full speed as well as the minimum possible speed. At full speed it was only a hair short of becoming the most effective cooler they've reviewed but did take the loudest noise produced by a cooler handily. Reducing the speed had an enormous effect on the sound, reducing it to being barely audible but unfortunately the cooling effectiveness also dropped significantly; those who are interested in this cooler should be able to find a happy medium between audibility and cooling performance. The full review is right here.
"NZXT has been stepping up its cooling game this year, and the Kraken X52 All-In-One represents its "in between" liquid CPU cooler model for those cases with somewhat limited space for the radiator. The Kraken X52 comes with a healthy feature set that has most of the bells and whistles that are needed to make it competitive."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cryorig C7 Low-Profile Cooler @ Kitguru
- FSP Windale 6 @ techPowerUp
- Game Max Sapphire RGB (w/ Mirror-Finish Tempered Glass) Case @ Kitguru
- be quiet! Pure Base 600 @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, carbide, Carbide SPEC-04
You can see the three exterior styles of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 below, a black enclosure with a tinted side panel window and your choice or red, yellow or grey highlights on the front panel.
The front panel design is for more than just show, the depth allows your front fans to be installed between the case body and the front panel, leaving you more room in the interior for components and making it easier to swap the fans. It also leaves enough space that the audio and USB plugs as well as the power buttons can be side mounted.
The case is 492x201x433mm (19.4x7.9x17") in size, and the interior of the case can hold GPUs of up to 370mm in length with ease. There is space for three 3.5" HDDs and two 2.5" SDDs and enough cutouts to ensure even fully populated you will not have cable clutter showing through the side panel. The front panel allows the installation of two 120/140mm fans, the top can accomodate a pair of 120mm fans, or radiator if you prefer, with one more 120mm fan or radiator on the back.
FREMONT, CA — May 2nd — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the newest addition to the Carbide series of mid-tower gaming cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04. With unmistakable styling, a large tinted side panel window and roomy interior, the Carbide Series SPEC-04 is ready-to-build a system as bold as it looks.
With it’s asymmetrical, hard-edged exterior, the SPEC-04 is ready to stand out, with three different color options to match your system, Black and Yellow, Black and Red or Black and Grey. The angular styling isn’t just there for looks, it hides a side-mounted front panel equipped with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports and a huge ventilated section to provide excellent Direct Airflow Path airflow.
Whichever color you choose, the SPEC-04 offers the performance to back up its looks, with a pre-installed 120mm LED-lit front intake fan and room for up to five fans; two 120mm or 140mm in the front, two 120mm in the roof and one 120mm in the rear. Fill each slot with a CORSAIR AF, SP, ML or HD series 120mm fan for maximum airflow, or fit any 120mm CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid cooler for watercooled performance. What’s more, with both front intake and PSU dust filters, the SPEC-04 is equipped to keep your system clean, as well as cool.
Inside the SPEC-04 is packed with a host of builder-friendly features to make your next gaming PC build as easy as possible. ATX, MATX and mini-ITX motherboard support is accompanied by seven expansion slots and room for GPUs up to 370mm in length, so while you might agonize over that next system upgrade, you won’t have to worry about whether it’ll fit. Expansive storage mounts accommodate up to three 3.5in HDDs and two 2.5in SDD’s, while multiple cable routing cutouts and tie downs make for easy cable management to keep your build looking spacious and uncluttered. Designed to deliver the striking styling, great airflow and wide compatibility of modern gaming PC cases within the reach of any system builder, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04 is bold and ready to build.
- Angular exterior design with large, tinted side panel window: The asymmetrical, hard-edged design adds bold styling to your build.
- Room up to for five 120mm fans: Tons of room for excellent cooling potential with one 120mm front fan pre-installed.
- Expansive storage space: Easy-to-use mounts for up to three HDD’s and two SDD’s.
- Clean, side I/O panel: Featuring a high-speed USB 3.0 port and additional ports for all modern connections.
- Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Hide your cables behind the motherboard tray to keep your build looking tidy and out of the airflow path for improved cooling.
- Removable, built-in dust filters: Added layer of protection will keep your components safe and running longer.
- I/O Port: USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jacks, Power on and Reset buttons.
- Expansion slots: Seven
- Maximum PSU length: 225mm
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 150mm
- Maximum GPU length: 370mm
- Drive bays: 3.5” – Three, 2.5” - Two
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 492 x 201 x 433mm
Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2017 - 11:33 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Windows 10 S, touchscreen, surface laptop, surface, microsoft, Intel, core i7, core i5
Microsoft has announced their new Surface Laptop, which notably leaked just yesterday, but the surprising part was not the hardware at all - however sleek and impressive it might be. Yes, it seems I spoke too soon with the Windows 10 S news, as this consumer (I assume) product is shipping with that new version of the OS which only allows apps to be installed from the Windows Store.
As to the hardware, it is milled from a block of aluminum (as shown in a very Apple-like video) and the heat pipes for the processor are milled into the bottom case to help make this so thin, but the laptop will undoubtedly feel warm to the touch during use (a fact which was mentioned on stage as a positive thing). The palmrest/keyboard is coated in a fabric material called Alcantara, rather than being bare metal and plastic. The combination of warmth (literally) and the fabric surface is supposed to make the new laptop feel very friendly, as the narrative went.
Thankfully (in my opinion, anyway) the bizarre flexible hinge of the prior Surface laptop is gone in favor of a conventional one - and with it the air gap from he previous design. Among the features mentioned for this new Surface were its PixelSense screen, which is the “thinnest LCD touch panel ever in a laptop”, and a very impressive 14.5 hour battery life. The standby power consumption was described as effectively zero, which suggests that a suspend state of some kind is standard to prevent drain when not in use. rather than a low-power sleep.
Image via Thurrott.com
Microsoft stated that two versions (Intel Core i5 and Core i7) will be available for pre-order beginning today, with the Core i5 model starting at $999. (Pricing on the Core i7 version was not mentioned.)
Windows Central has posted specs for the new machines, reproduced below:
- Display: 13.5-inch Pixel Sense display, 10 point multi-touch
- Display Resolution: 2256 x 1504, at 201 ppi, Aspect Ratio: 3:2
- Software: Windows 10 S
- Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Memory: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM
- Graphics: i5: Intel HD graphics 620, i7: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
- Front Camera: 720p, Windows Hello face authentication
- Speakers: Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
- Ports: One full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Headset jack, Surface Connect
- Sensors: Ambient light sensor
- Security: TPM chip for enterprise security
- Battery Life: 14.5 hours of use
- Pen: Surface Pen
- Weight: 2.76 lbs
- Dimensions: 12.13 inches x 8.78 inches x 0.57 inches
Image via Thurrott.com
I will briefly editorialize here to mention the Windows 10 S problem here. That limitation might make sense for education, if Microsoft is providing a suite of apps that make sense for a school, but consumers will undoubtedly want more flexibility from their own devices. This is less consumer-friendly than even the Starter Edition of Windows from the past, which limited the number of running applications but not their provenance.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2017 - 10:16 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Windows 10 S, windows 10, windows, OS, operating system, microsoft, Education
Microsoft has introduced a new version of Windows 10 today during their education event, with low-cost education-specific laptops (starting at $189) to feature Windows 10 S, a lightweight edition of the OS for education.
During the presentation it was revealed that the only way to install applications that are not found within the Windows store on Windows 10 S would be to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The installation and configuration saves to a USB key that saves the state of the student’s laptop, so that any laptop in the school can be used by the student after inserting their USB key, which reconfigures the OS to the last state used with that key.
Microsoft demonstrated the speed of their streamlined version of the OS with a first boot, which took around 10 seconds on a new machine due to the stripped-down features and limited pre-installed applications. Windows 10 S will be available free to all schools on their current "genuine Window Pro PCs", and free subscriptions to Microsoft Office 365 and Minecraft: Education Edition were also announced.
Windows 10 S will arrive this summer, and while a future on low-cost consumer devices for a Windows Store-only version of the OS seems likely, Windows 10 S seems geared specifically for the education sector for now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 1, 2017 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, RX 580, RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition, factory overclocked, xfx
Overclockers Club takes a look at XFX's new RX 580, inside and out as they completely removed the cooler to let you see all the parts. The card does come overclocked right out of the box, however OCC pushed the card further, hitting 1440MHz on the GPU and 2116MHz for the memory. That result fell short of the Powercolor Golden Sample card they tested but is still not bad, as XFX is not charging much of a premium over the reference model. Pop by to see the full results.
"XFX's RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition card is a factory overclocked card that uses a TrueClock OC of 1405MHz on the core right out of the gate with an OC+ core clock of 1425MHz possible. A total of 8GB of high speed GDDR5 memory is used to handle the textures to make 2560 x 1440 the new resolution target."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB @ eTeknix
- The Red Devil RX 570 vs. the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Overclocking Showdown @ BabelTechReviews
- Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 570 4GB @ eTeknix
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti: Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming @ Phoronix
- MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G Review @ OCC
- ASUS RoG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti 11GB @ eTeknix
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB 9Gbps Edition @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2017 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pinebook, arm, Cortex A53. ubuntu
Pinebooks are built around the same ARM Cortex A53 that the kickstarted Pine board utilized, but instead of being a Raspberry like board, it is a built to order laptop. The 11.6" model is $89 and the 14" model will cost you $99. The screen is 1366×768, it comes with a 640x480 camera as well as a pair of USB ports, audio, miniSD and miniHDMI connectors. Hack a Day ordered one and found that in some ways this is still a work in progress as there are issues with some of the outputs which may soon be addressed in an update to the Ubuntu MATE 16.04 OS it runs. Still a laptop for less than $100 is impressive and might be worth tinkering with, take a more detailed look here.
"The Pine A64 was a 64-bit Quad-Core Single Board Computer which was kickstarted at the tail end of 2015 for delivery in the middle of 2016. Costing just $15, and hailed as a “Raspberry Pi killer,” the board raised $1.7 million from 36,000 backers. It shipped to its backers to almost universally poor reviews."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Big mistake by Big Blue: Storwize initialisation USBs had malware @ The Register
- Foxconn to build production center for Amazon in China @ DigiTimes
- Linux Kernel 4.11 Officially Released @ Slashdot
- UEFI secure boot booted from Debian 9 'Stretch' @ The Register
- ReSound Linx 3D is a smartphone-controlled hearing aid with IoT credentials @ The Inquirer
- Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should probably just build a Mac tower @ Ars Technica
- ThunderX3 TGC40 Series Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2017 - 09:02 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers
The latest Game Ready drivers from NVIDIA, 381.89, launched a couple of days before yesterday’s release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. These drivers were the target of optimizations for that game, as well as Heroes of the Storm 2.0, Batman: Arkham VR, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and Wilson’s Heart.
Beyond game-specific optimizations, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between these and the previous drivers, 381.65. According to the release notes, the idle voltage has been reduced in some circumstances, a crash in Sniper Elite 3 has been resolved, and two bluescreens have been fixed. That said, there’s occasionally undocumented changes that crop up.
You can pick up these drivers from NVIDIA’s website, or through GeForce Experience.
Subject: Displays | April 28, 2017 - 07:25 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: acer, Predator, Predator X27, monitor, display, hdr, 4k, UHD, 144 Hz, g-sync, nvidia
Acer announced a number of products at their next@acer press event in New York yesterday, but this new monitor might take the cake: a 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Predator X27 combined just about every conceivable feature for a gaming monitor and combines it into one product, but don't expect this 27-inch monitor be released at a budget price (pricing has not been announced).
"Acer’s Predator X27 portrays astonishingly vibrant visuals without motion blur thanks to a high 4K (3840x2160) resolution at a 144 Hz refresh rate, a fast 4 ms response time and a 1,000 nit peak brightness. Featuring Acer HDR Ultra technology, it offers the best possible contrast quality of the high dynamic range with advanced LED local dimming in 384 individually-controlled zones that shine light only when and where it is required. It not only delivers a broader, more deeply saturated color gamut, but a luminance range several times greater than that of traditional dynamic range monitors. By dimming the backlight behind parts of the screen displaying black, blacks appear deeper and darker on those parts of the panel, a significant bonus for people who play games with darker scenes."
Acer has posted a video about the Predator X27, imbedded below:
Acer also announced a new curved gaming monitor with the Predator Z271UV, which offers a 1800R curve from its 27-inch display, but for HDR you'll need to stick to the X27. Quantum dot technology is incorporated into both display for wide color, and both feature NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh-rate tech featuring ULMB (ultra-low motion blur) along with with Tobii eye-tracking.
"Acer’s Predator Z271UV provides WQHD (2560x1440) resolution on a curved 1800R panel that puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the gamer’s eyes – this creates more immersive gameplay with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision. It features a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design perfect for use in multi-monitor setups, and provides spectacular color breadth covering 125% of the sRGB color space. It’s extremely fast with up to a 1 ms (3 ms native) response time that nearly eliminates motion blur and supports overclocking up to 165 Hz."
We await pricing and availability information for both monitors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2017 - 03:32 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, graphics drivers
The latest graphics driver from AMD, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.4, aligns with yesterday’s release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. They claim that, when the update is applied to an 8GB Radeon RX 580, users could see a performance gain of up-to 7% under certain conditions (when compared to 17.4.3).
The driver was re-released on April 27th, with the new installer no-longer adding a desktop shortcut to join the Quake Champions beta. I haven’t seen it personally, but OC3D claims that the shortcut pointed to a bit.ly link. I can see why users would be upset; AMD should have added an option in the installer that says something like, “Would you like to check out the Quake Champions beta? Yes, No, Create a Desktop Shortcut for Later” rather than just add stuff to the system. That said, a desktop shortcut is as benign as you can get, and I can also see why AMD wouldn’t think much of it.
That issue aside, the driver also fixes several bugs. One notable entry is, for users with an HDR-compatible display, Mass Effect: Andromeda will now display the correct colors under Windows 10 Creators Update. The most severe fix seems to be for RX 550 users, where the GPU would hard-lock a system after “long periods of time” since the last reboot. It sounds like those users should update to 17.4.4 as soon as convenient.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.4 is available at AMD’s website.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2017 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, DAC, iFi Audio, nano iDSD LE
As you can see from the comparative size of the RCA jacks, the iFi Audio nano iDSD LE is a very small DAC, especially as they have squeezed a 1000 mAh battery inside for portable usage. Don't let the tiny package fool you, the device supports a wide variety of signals including PCM from 44.1 to 384 kHz/16-32 bit, DSD 2.8, 3.1, 5.6 and 6.2 MHz/1 bit, DXD 352.8, 384 kHz/24 bit. TechPowerUp reviewed the DAC with both HiFiMAN Edition S headphones and Sennheiser IE-800s in ear headphones, take a look right here.
"iFi Audio's nano iDSD LE is a little DAC/amp with big ambitions. It packs all the knowledge from the bigger DAC/amps in iFi's huge portofolio of products into a small package. Despite being small, it still features RCA line-outs, a very respectable headphone amplification circuit, and a 1000 mAh battery."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- How to use Google Home for Whole-House Audio @ Hardware Secrets
- Sony H.ear Go -- A Speaker with Great Connectivity @ Hardware Secrets
- Roccat Cross Gaming Headset @ techPowerUp
- Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.9 Wireless Surround Headset Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2017 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: c2000, atom, Intel, Avoton
Intel have released a new C0 stepping of their Avoton based Atom C2000 series, which have been dying off at an alarming rate thanks to a flaw in the chip's low pin count bus clock outputs. The chips are found in the Synology DS1815+ series as well as in Cisco routers, Dell servers and a variety of other products; the flaw in the LPC clock bus would cause them to enter a state in which a reboot would be fatal. Intel has offered a patch for the motherboards of devices using these chips for a while and have now released new versions of these chips which do not suffer from the same problem.
The Register accumulated a longer list of devices that could be at risk and technical details on the nature of the flaw here.
"Intel finally has reworked its flawed Atom C2000 chips, which have been failing at a greater-than-expected rate for about a year and a half."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AT&T To Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G @ Slashdot
- Qualcomm, Microsoft to bring ARM notebook back @ DigiTimes
- FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream @ The Register
- Hack Your Own Samsung TV With The CIA’s Weeping Angel Exploit @ Hack a Day
- A Road Trip With The Transcend DrivePro 520 Dashcam @ Techgage
- VicoVation Vico-Opia 2 Premium Pack Car Camcorder Review @ NikKTech
- Nintendo Announces 2DS XL @ Slashdot
Subject: Processors | April 27, 2017 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rockit, risky business, overclocking, kaby lake, delidding, core i7 7700k, aqua computer
Delidding a Kaby Lake processor such as the i7-7700k does not offer the same overclocking advantages as with previous generations when replacing the TIM gave you more headroom. Instead of being able to push your CPU past 5GHz, popping the lid off of a Kaby Lake reduces operating temperatures and likely extends the life of the processor ... or immediately ends it. If you don't have a 3D printer handy to make your own delidder, then take a peek at this review from TechPowerUp. They try out two delidding tools, one from Aqua Computer and one from Rockit which Morry has used; do be aware that any CPUs killed as a result of reading their review is the responsibility of the one who delidded.
"Intel mainstream CPUs have had a bottleneck in cooling due to poor heat transfer from the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader. Thanks to new de-lidding friendly tools released recently, it is now easier than ever before to handle this yourself and get a cooler running CPU. We examine two such solutions from Rockit Cool and Aqua Computer today, both of which promise fool-proof de-lidding and re-lidding"
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Ryzen For The Masses: A Look At AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Processors @ Techgage
- AMD Ryzen R5 1600X @ eTeknix
- AMD Ryzen R5 1500X @ Kitguru
- An In-depth Look At AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X & 1700 Processors @ Techgage
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2017 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, hyperx, pulsefire, gaming mouse, pixart, PMW3310
HyperX's Pulsefire is a mouse, plain and simple. It does not glow, nor can you remove or add peices to it, it is just a large, functional $50 gaming mouse with a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor. The Tech Report tested it out, contrasting it to the Logitech G302 which the reviewer uses on a regular basis. Take a look if you are shopping for a mouse, and only a mouse, not programmable macro, weight enhanced and sensor swapping input device of doom.
"HyperX is making a foray into yet-unexplored gaming peripheral territory today with its Pulsefire gaming mouse, a simple and software-free rodent. We put this mouse to the mat to see whether HyperX's keep-it-simple approach plays well with gaming mice."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HyperX Pulsefire FPS Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- AZIO MK Retro Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- Roccat Isku+ Force FX Analog Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Cherry MX Board 6.0 Keyboard Review: A Most Comfortable Tank @ Modders-Inc
- Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard @ The Tech Report
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2017 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: creators update, microsoft, windows 10
It is a lesson which is learned anew by every wave of new adopters, installing something brand new can lead to unexpected problems. In this particular case it is the Windows 10 Creators Update, some of those who have manually updated are now in a Vista-like driver conundrum. There is a method behind Microsoft's madness, they are pushing out the updates to systems they have vetted first and slowly expanding their scope as issues come to light and are resolved, more or less. If you are doing a fresh install you may end up with several devices which are not functioning properly, if you are manually updating you may find yourself without a working machine. Patience can be a virtue, especially when it comes to Windows 10. The Inquirer has some rather pointed commentary here.
"IF YOU'RE as excited as Microsoft are about the Creators Update to Windows 10, we've got some bad news. The company is warning people not to jump the gun and install it themselves, despite having made the disc image available to download."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- John McAfee announces the Chuck Norris of privacy phones @ The Inquirer
- Unplug the Bitcoin miner and do us all a favour: Antminer has remote shutdown flaw @ The Register
- Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha @ The Register
- Hackers Exploited Word Flaw For Months While Microsoft Investigated @ Slashdot
- Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day @ The Register
- Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Editorial | April 27, 2017 - 12:19 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, Win 3.11, ssd, riotoro, Optane Memory, Optane, Intel, GTX 1080Ti, fsp, evga, EK Supremacy, corsair, biostar, asus, video
PC Perspective Podcast #447 - 04/27/17
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Subject: Displays | April 26, 2017 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, quantum dots, freesync, CF791
Over the past several years we have discussed the technology behind quantum dots, the new display technology which will provide greatly improved colour representation and gamuts on the next generation of displays. Samsung are one of the first to deliver to market with their CF791 and Kitguru were given the opportunity to review the display. The display is ultrawide, allowing a resolution of 3440x1440 on its 34" screen which has a 1500R curvature. The monitors response time may be unremarkable at 4ms however the refresh rate can reach 100Hz and it is FreeSync compatible. Their testing showed the monitor capable of 100% of sRGB and 84% of AdobeRGB, so this monitor could be effective for either gaming or content creation. Drop by to see the full story.
"Quantum is one of those technology words that seems to generally be associated with good things in computing – like “fuzzy logic” used to be with washing machines. But where the Samsung CF791 is concerned, quantum means something. This is the first screen we have seen with “quantum dot” technology, which is an improvement on regular LCD technology that promises better colour."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AOC AGON AG251FZ 240Hz FreeSync @ Kitguru
- Acer Predator X34 34-Inch G-Sync Ultrawide 21:9 Gaming Monitor @ eTeknix
- Philips Brilliance 328P 32″ 4K @ Kitguru
- ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ 34in Curved Monitor @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2017 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: id software, amd, ryzen, robert duffy
Over at HEXUS you can sit back and watch a video of Robert Duffy from id Software discuss the potential of AMD's Ryzen processors in the next generation of game engines, with some hints about Vega. He is confident that the team at id will be able to utilize the large core counts of Ryzen processors to enable great performance in 4K and even 8K with the new engine. He specifically mentioned "framerate improvements, improved realism, and improved AI in games - all from the extra cores and threads available."
They were not able to tease any secret information from him, but the video is worth watching for both those interested in Ryzen or looking for information on what is next from id Software.
"AMD has published a video interview with id Software's CTO (Chief Technical Officer), Robert Duffy. Unsurprisingly the interview talks up the capabilities and potential of AMD Ryzen tech in gaming engines, and in particular in the next generation id tech currently in development."
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- Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Ubuntu 17.04 Linux Radeon Gaming Performance @ Phoronix
- Zelda remake turns BOTW into a free-to-play PC game @ The Inquirer
- Wot I Think: Everything @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- VR Mech’s Missing Link: The Phone in Your Pocket @ Hack a Day
- Wot I Think: Warhammer 40,000 – Dawn of War 3 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Call of Duty: WW2 trailer shows off, y’know, WW2 stuff @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2017 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fsp, windale, windale 6, windale 4
FSP have just announced their entrance into the cool world of heatsinks with their Windale series. The Windale 4 sports four heatsinks, and as you may have already guessed the Windale 6 has a half dozen. Both coolers have a 120mm fan rated at 60CFM at the full 1600RPM, as it is PWM you can reduce that down to 600RPM if you prefer a little silence. The two models are compatible with any modern Intel or AMD processor, Ryzen included.
The Windale 4 is 122x83x158mm so you will be able to squeeze it into any chasis which will fit a 120mm fan comfortably. It is rated for processors of up to 180W TDP so even with its smaller size you will still have good cooling potential.
The Windale 6 is the wider of the two, with the size increased to 122x110x165mm to accommodate the additional two heatpipes which increase the cooling potential to an impressive 240W TDP which should please overclockers.
We don't have any pricing or test units yet, but we do have PR you can read below.
April 26, Taipei, Taiwan – Global power and cooling specialist, FSP, is pleased to announce the new Windale series of supremely effective, ultra-quiet, heat pipe equipped fan-cooled PC heatsinks. The Windale 6 (AC601) and Windale 4 (AC401) bring a combination of extreme cooling performance with very low noise and vibration to a huge range of Intel and AMD CPUs – including the newest Core i7 and Ryzen processors. These new PC coolers are ideal for gamers, performance enthusiasts, and overclockers, as well as for general users who need quiet, reliable cooling and long CPU life.
FSP patented technology for ultimate cooling performance
Both the Windale 4 and Windale 6 feature CPU direct contact technology to remove heat from the CPU with maximum efficiency, protecting the valuable CPU and extending its lifespan. As their names suggest, the Windale coolers feature four and six heat pipes respectively, to spread that heat through the cooling fins. These louver fins are assembled with a patented solder-less technique which ensures unhindered heat transfer, unlike traditional soldered fins. Finally, the large, quiet 120mm cooling fan drives up to 60 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air through the fins to dissipate the heat and keep the CPU running safely at optimum speed.
These advanced design and manufacturing features allow the Windale 4 to achieve a thermal design power (TDP) of 180W and thermal resistance of 0.11° C/W, while the larger Windale 6 reaches a TDP of 240W TDP and brings thermal resistance down to only 0.09° C/W in the most demanding scenarios. This allows the Windale series to keep CPU temperatures well below those provided by competing CPU coolers.
The quiet fan that cools and looks cool
Designed with a focus on noise reduction and user comfort, the Windale’s optimized low-noise sleeve bearing PWM fan spins at a low speed, variable from 1600 RPM down to only 1000 RPM to provide almost silent operation, but its wide 120 mm size ensures the fan blades can move more than enough air to keep the hottest CPUs running safely. The heatsink’s anti-vibration rubber mounting pins help isolate it from the motherboard and chassis to prevent noise and vibration.
Despite its unobtrusive and quiet performance, a Windale cooler can still be an eye-catching feature of any PC, thanks to its sleek, stylish design. The Windale 4 exposes the natural metallic sheen of its aluminum alloy fins and copper heat pipes, while the Windale 6 sports a cool black plated exterior coating and features an alluring blue LED effect.
Supports a wide range of AMD and Intel CPUs
The FSP Windale series offers outstanding compatibility with a huge range of CPU sockets, including Intel’s Socket LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011, and AMD’s socket FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and AM4. CPUs supported by these sockets include the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, and AMD Ryzen – as well as many other Intel and AMD CPUs.