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Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2018 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, foldable
You still shouldn't hold your breath, as we have seen announcements like this before, but it is possible Samsung will be showing off a foldable phone next month. Even more ambitious is their announcement that they will also be developing a foldable laptop screen. We have seen numerous other companies work on this before, but so far none have released a working model. If they can pull it off there are numerous applications which could benefit from this technology; with current hybrid tablet/laptops becoming truly foldable and eReaders offering a much more paper-like feel. The Inquirer has links to the rumours here.
"While the South Korean tech giant is supposedly set to unveil a smartphone with a foldable display next month, the company is apparently going to push that tech to laptops, reported The Verge."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register @ The Register
- British Airways admits mega-breach hit additional 185,000 customers @ The Inquirer
- Cathay Pacific Data Breach Hits 9.4 Million People @ Slashdot
- Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho @ The Register
- IPC makers suffering from processor supply shortfall @ DigiTimes
- With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2018 - 11:32 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: turtle beach, seasonic, Samsung, podcast, Intel, Core i9-9900K, amd, 7nm
PC Perspective Podcast #519 - 10/25/18
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Hosts: Jim Tanous, Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Ken Addison
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Program length: 1:48:01
Podcast topics of discussion:
Week in Review:
0:07:25 Beginning of a new journey
News items of interest:
Picks of the Week:
1:35:35 Jeremy: It’s about damn time, and of course it is Motorola
1:37:30 Josh: Bigger is better… so is 144/FreeSync
1:40:05 Ken: T-Force Delta RGB SSD 500 GB
1:42:20 Allyn: Something to watch - M.2 Optane 905P coming soon
Subject: Editorial | October 24, 2018 - 09:13 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: amd, quarterly results, Q3 2018, ryzen, EPYC, Polaris, Vega, 7nm, 12nm, Intel, nvidia
This evening AMD announced their Q3 2018 results. Things were at the lower end of the guidance scale from last quarter, but the company still had some solid results. Q3 revenue was $1.65B as compared to Q3 2017’s $1.58B. It is down from the previous quarter’s high of $1.76B. At first glance this seems troubling, but the results are not as negative as one would assume. GAAP net income was a healthy $102M. Q3 2017 was at $61M while Q2 2018 was up at $116M. Profits did not fall nearly as much as one would expect with a decrease of $110M revenue quarter over quarter.
Probably the largest factor of the decrease was the negligible sales of GPUs to the crypto market. AMD had expected such a dropoff and warned about it in their Q2 guidance. That particular drop off was sudden and dramatic. AMD looks to continue to lose marketshare in add-in graphics due to their less competitive offerings across the spectrum. GeForce RTX sales of course did not impact AMD this previous quarter, but with no new AMD offerings on the horizon users look to have been waiting to see exactly what NVIDIA would release.
Ryzen sales have been steady and strong, making up some of the shortfall from the graphics market. Desktop chips are moving briskly for the company and continues to be a strong seller historically for the company. AMD is also starting to move more mobile processors, but it seems that the majority of parts are still desktop based. AMD looks to continue moving older inventory with aggressive pricing on those and manufacturing of the new 2000 series parts has been relatively smooth sailing for the company.
Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom had a strong quarter, but with less growth as some analysts had been hoping for. Semi-Custom was weaker this quarter, but IP revenue is up. Console chips are weaker at the moment due to the platforms being relatively mature and not exhibiting the sales of the previous two holiday seasons. To further offset the decrease in Semi-Custom, AMD is reporting that the enterprise products (GPU and EPYC) have seen good growth. Overall this division was down 5% from Q3 2017, but up 7% from the previous quarter.
Perhaps the most interesting figure of this is Gross Margins. AMD was able to improve margins from 36% to 40%. This 4% increase quarter on quarter is a significant jump for the company. This means that AMD continues to keep costs under control for the company and is able to deliver product more efficiently than in the year before. It is still a far cry from Intel and NVIDIA, which typically have magins between 55% to 65%. AMD has a long ways to go before reaching that kind of level. Part of the margin offset was again due to IP licensing. If IP licensing was removed then we would see 38% margins rather than 40%.
So what are the overall lessons of the past quarter? EPYC sales are not as brisk as analysts had hoped for, but they are also not non-existent. It has shown solid growth for the company and has offset shortfalls in other areas of the company. Their IP and Semi-Custom areas are still very solid, even though AMD does suffer from console lifecycles and downturns. GPUs continue to sell, but not nearly at the rate they were due to the crypto market. Their Polaris based options are well suited to compete in the sub-$300 US market. The Vega based products were finally down to MSRP, but they had a harder time going against the mature and well liked GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 products. This will be further compounded with the introduction of the RTX products in those price ranges.
Ryzen continues to be a very good seller across the board. I had hoped that AMD would break down numbers between Ryzen CPUs and APUs, but I have not seen numbers that hint at what ratio they sell at. In retail the Ryzen 2000 series CPUs look to be some of the most popular products based on price/performance. However, retail is only a small portion of processor sales and Intel still holds the vast majority of marketshare here. AMD is competing, but they have not taken significant chunks from their competition over the past year. They have done enough to achieve several positive quarters in a row, but this is not the slam dunk that the original Athlon 64 was back in 2003/2004.
AMD expects further weakness in their results next quarter. Guidance is for revenue around $1.45B, plus or minus $50M. This is still higher than Q4 2017 results, but it is a significant drop from Q3 results. AMD expects strong Ryzen, EPYC, and datacenter GPU growth during this time. It is expected that consumer GPU and Semi-Custom will continue to drop. There does look to be a 7nm GPU introduction this next quarter, but it is probably the long rumored Vega refresh that will be aimed directly at datacenter rather than consumer.
2018 has so far been a year of solid growth and execution for AMD on the CPU side. Their GPU side has suffered a bit of a slide, but this is to be expected by how much belt-tightening AMD has done in the past several years to get their CPU architecture back on track. The lion’s share of development resources was shunted off to the CPU side while the GPU side had to fight for scraps. I believe this is no longer the case, but when development takes years for new GPUs the injection of new resources will not become apparent for a while.
2019 continues to look better for AMD as they are expecting an early release of 7nm EPYC parts which should compete very well with Intel’s 14nm based Xeon products. AMD is expecting a significant uptick in sales due to the thermals, pricing, and performance of these new Zen 2 based parts. The company also continues to point to the end of 1H for introduction of 7nm Ryzen parts based on Zen 2. These will be showing up quite a few months before Intel’s 10nm offerings will be available. Rumors have it that the new Zen 2 based parts exhibit a significant IPC increase that should make them far more competitive to the best that Intel has on the desktop and mobile markets. Combine these IPC improvements with the 7nm boost in power and clocks for the parts, and AMD could have a very good product on their hands. AMD also is expecting a 1H release of 7nm Navi GPUs which should prove to be more competitive with current NVIDIA products that rely on 16nm and 12nm process nodes from TSMC.
While Q3 was a drop in revenue for the company, their current cost structure has still allowed them to make a tidy profit. The company continues to move forward with new products and new developments.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 08:04 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Unity, pc gaming
Near the end of their keynote at the Unite LA conference, Unity showed off “MegaCity”. This scene, created by their internal Demo team, contains about 4.5 million rendered objects and plays at 60 FPS. About 5,000 moving vehicles are present in the environment as well. They also added 100,000 audio sources, because why not. Spoiler: They then pulled out a (high-end) phone and launched it there too.
This demo was designed to show off two things: Prefab Workflows and ECS.
The Prefab Workflows portion showed attendees, who are developers of Unity-based apps and games, how to cleanly maintain large scenes. The prefab editor allows components to be manipulated in isolation. Nesting allows that “isolation” to be tiered into a hierarchy. Variants allows the artist to override parts of prefabs to tweak without starting from scratch. The punchline is that the entire scene was made in about two months with just two artists.
The ECS side, on the other hand, showed that Unity’s new framework will soon make it a serious performance contender. The programming paradigm diverts from object-oriented principles, instead operating on combinations of lists of thin slices of data that, altogether, represent your system. This is good for CPUs because it allows linear memory access and massive parallelism, including vectorization, which keeps your processor at peak efficiency.
Note that, in terms of draw calls, the system does a lot of instancing to submit them to the GPU together, so this post isn't "Unity does millions of draw calls!" because that's not true. It's distinct objects in the scene that are indexed and sent to the driver in groups. That said, it's still a strong point that ECS is fast enough to effectively batch, LOD, and cull millions of objects into something the driver can handle; the GPU driver just got a lot of attention with Mantle, Vulkan, and DirectX 12. (And yes that's important too!)
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: razer, speakers, 2.1, Nommo Pro, audio
Razer's Nommo Pro speakers have a very distinctive look to them, even before you fire up the RGBs on the base. The scope on the top of the satellites is actually an additional tweeter, which Kitguru decided was a decent implementation once they tested it out. Part of what makes this speakers significantly more expensive than the original Razer speaker is the aluminium body, which in the case of the downward facing sub makes for a very heavy speaker. The roughly $500 price tag is fairly steep for many, but for a certain crowd that might even be considered a bargain. The full review is here.
"Back in June we took a look at Razer’s first set of desktop speakers – the Nommo Chroma. The 2.1 speaker system we are looking at today, however – the Nommo Pro – makes the Nommo Chroma pale in comparison."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- RHA MA750 Wireless Headphones @ TechPowerUp
- HyperX CLOUD Flight Wireless Gaming Headset Review @ NikKTech
- The Best Headphones 2018 @ Techspot
- 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones @ TechPowerUp
- Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds Review @ NikKTech
- Creative Sound BlasterX G5 @ Modders Inc
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: project brazil, mod, gaming, fallout: new vegas, Fallout: New California
It's been a long time coming but the total conversion of Fallout: New Vegas is finally here, at least in beta form anyhow. Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN has a teaser video and links to the files you will need to mod New Vegas into New California and revisit the post-apocalyptic coast. There are a number of other mods the team recommends to enhance your gameplay, as well as the LAA patch which is required. You can expect to see interesting behaviour at this point in the release, New Vegas is eight years old and may balk at the amount of cores and RAM in your machine, so make sure to keep notes on any crashes and let the team know.
If you are fighting with multiple monitors, here is a good first step.
"Formerly known as Project Brazil, New California has been in the works since the early days of New Vegas, which coincidentally just turned eight years old. New California tells the story of a new protagonist – the Star Player – a Vault-Ball player who (depending on choices made during the prologue) will follow broadly combat or science-themed stories."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Bethesda softens ground for “spectacular issues” with Fallout 76 launch @ Ars Technica
- Devs apologise for kicking World War 3 off to a disastrous start @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble WB Games Bundle
- How Star Control II was almost a much more boring game @ Ars Technica
- Premature Evaluation: Shortest Trip to Earth @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale! @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: navi, amd, rumour, 7nm
The rumours about AMD's new 7nm Navi GPU are continuing to spread, this time via The Inquirer. They have heard tell that the chips are currently being tested, which is good news for both AMD and consumers. We know that new Vega cards will be arriving in the near future but as of now we don't know as much about the release of Navi. If they are currently testing the silicon that could imply some sort of release next year, perhaps not a full lineup but quite possibly something we can take a peek at and see how it stacks up to Turing. Lets hope it is sooner rather than later.
"Touted to be the next graphics accelerators to take the fight to Nvidia with its Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards, Navi is set to use a 7nm process which promises to get more power out of GPU silicon."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- 'We Expected VR To Be Two To Three Times as Big', Says CCP Games CEO @ Slashdot
- If you want to rent AMD Epyc bare-metal boxes in the cloud, Oracle hopes you see red @ The Register
- NAND flash prices may see larger drop in 2019 @ DigiTimes
- Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809 @ The Register
- Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter @ Ars Technica
- Apple and Samsung fined over performance-throttling software updates @ The Inquirer
- Grocery Delivery in 2018: Does It Finally Work? @ TechSpot
Subject: Editorial | October 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Ryan Shrout
As a high school senior in 1999, I started a journey that would carry me forward and through the next 19 years of my life, shaping it in ways I could not possibly understand at the time. What began as a website dedicated to the first AMD Athlon motherboard (K7M.com!) and progressed to one of the biggest hardware review websites in the US, brought me access to amazing technology and conversations with luminaries in the PC field.
I wrote hundreds of reviews, recorded weeks of video, and made many of you sit through more than 500 episodes of a weekly podcast! I was able to co-host This Week in Computer Hardware on the TWiT network for nearly as long. Just thinking about the amount of content that I typed or spoke is kind of mind-boggling.
Today marks the beginning of a second journey, one that I didn’t know would ever come. I have accepted a role at Intel as the company’s Chief Performance Strategist. In this capacity, I will help influence and drive performance leadership across Intel’s product portfolio. My first day will be in mid to late November. It is a challenge that I am looking forward to pursuing and an opportunity to catalyze Intel’s leadership even further.
As with others in my position that followed a similar path, this was not a simple decision. PC Perspective was my life, my passion, and my pride for these past 19 years. I took joy in the fact that I was able to build this up from nothing, with the help of a dedicated and intelligent team of hard-working reviewers and writers. Those of you that have paid attention will already know that my writing for PC Perspective has dwindled as my time was spent on other pursuits like Shrout Research. In my place, Ken took over the role of primary reviewer and has done an amazing job in the process.
Starting today, I will no longer be involved with PC Perspective or the content that will be posted. In reality, Ken has been managing that already with the help of Allyn, Josh, Jeremy, and the other team members. I am fully relinquishing ownership of the site to the team, removing myself from all aspects of finances and content prior to my Intel start date.
Shrout Research is another venture that closes as this opportunity opens. I am extremely proud of what I was able to create there in a short period, working with some of the largest technology companies in the world on product design, go-to-market planning, message testing, and much more. Contracts and projects have been finalized.
Many of you might want to know the why of my decision to leave behind the independent contracting and self-employment world and shift to working for Intel. For me, this isn’t a move dictated by finances (PC Perspective and Shrout Research were doing well). Nor is it one of external, negative pressure. Our team has weathered worse in both areas, and we would have done so again.
This move represents a new challenge and the chance to influence the direction of a major player in the technology field from within. The opportunity to work at a company with the legacy of Intel and be trusted with the scope of this role is humbling. It’s not often that this is presented, and after 19 years, I found the opportunity seemed like the right one, at the right time.
Not only does this career path provide a new challenge, but it also offers me the chance to create professional progress while allowing for more nights and mornings with my daughter – a significant personal plus for me.
I have dozens of people that I could and should thank for the success and opportunity provided to PC Perspective and Shrout Research over these many years. All of the writers and reviewers that dedicated time and energy to the site, the advertisers that continued to support it through the violent swings of the PC market, and the companies that were willing to take a chance on a young (relatively, at least) analyst trying to shift into a new space; I wouldn’t be where I am or have the life I do without you. Special thanks go to friends like Kyle, Tom, Jon, Bernie, Patrick, and so many others. You have been a sounding-board for more than half of my life, and I can never show my appreciation enough.
As for PC Perspective, I am confident it will continue doing reviews, news, and analysis of the hardware you love for as long as you, the reader, support them. As I said earlier; they have already been running the show without me for some time, and they will continue doing the excellent job that has brought PCPer.com to where it stands today.
Finally, I want to thank all of YOU for reading my reviews, listening to the podcasts, supporting PC Perspective on Patreon, and offering valuable feedback that helped to make this place, and me personally, better.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2018 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: solder, Intel, Core i9-9900K
TechSpot were somewhat disappointed with the temperatures they were seeing on the new i9-9900k and so decided to do what many have been trying lately; delidding and replacing the TIM between the CPU and heatspreader. The results speak for themselves, when overclocking you can expect a 3-5C drop in temperature. This comes with the risk of cracking the die and ruining your CPU as well as definitively voiding your warranty, so do consider that when looking at the results.
"We know that soldering CPUs works a lot better than the paste method Intel's been using to cut costs, so we wanted to know how much better is the solder method used by the 9900K than the paste of the 8700K/8086K?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- OCC Reveals Its Best Mid ATX Computer Cases 2018
- Antec Dark Fleet DF-500 @ TechPowerUp
- Metallicgear Neo Micro Aluminum Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
- GameMax Starlight @ Kitguru
- EK-Vardar EVO 120ER RGB Fan @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RTX 2070, RTX 2080, gtx 1080 ti, gtx 1070
[H]ard|OCP is pitting the newly arrived RTX gang against the incumbent GTX crew in their latest GPU review. They were specifically looking at how the RTX 2070 fares against its brethren, but took a look at the whole pack as well. Their findings bore a resemblance to Ken's, the performance trends between an overclocked GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti but the asking price for the Founders Edition is too high.
"We took our world exclusive non-NDA RTX 2070 review and compared that card directly to the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1070 cards, both overclocked. Thrown into the mix is the RTX 2080. Our real world gameplay will fully expose the landscape of rasterized gaming and what you should be considering purchasing, if anything for your gaming needs."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Linux Gaming Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition @ TechPowerUp
- The Founders Edition of the RTX 2070 vs. the EVGA RTX 2070 Black with 38 games @ BabelTechReviews
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 MSI Armor @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 ASUS Turbo @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 OpenCL, CUDA, TensorFlow GPU Compute Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- EKWB Velocity CPU and Vector GPU Water Block Preview @ Modders-Inc
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2018 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 1060, gddr5x
Traditionally it is AMD that releases the silent ones, but today it is apparent that NVIDIA took a page from their playbook after The Inquirer spotted a report that they had released a new version of the GTX 1060. This being 2018, nothing is simple and you will have difficulty spotting the cards which use GDDR5X. There are now four versions of this card, a 3GB and a 6GB with the previous 8Gbps spec, a new 6GB model with slightly improved GDDR5 that can hit 9Gbps and finally a 6GB chip with GDDR5X which has yet to have frequency or bandwidth specifications published.
This will make looking for a GPU in the $250-$300 range more interesting that it should be, especially with the eventual arrival of the RTX 2060.
"With no official reveal, Nvidia's product page for the GTX 1060 - a rather capable graphics card that can run games full-whack at 1080p and 60 frames per second or push the higher 1440p resolution with a few tweaks - notes the GPU now sports nippier video memory."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Motorola Becomes First Smartphone Company To Sell DIY Repair Kits To Its Customers @ Slashdot
- Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings @ The Register
- As Linux 4.19 is released, a new and improved Linus Torvalds returns @ The Inquirer
- GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear @ The Register
- A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do @ Techspot
- Google's News app for Android is chewing up gigabytes of user data @ The Inquirer
Subject: Systems | October 22, 2018 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows media center, htpc, hdhomerun, Connect Quatro
One of the casualties of Microsoft's new operating systems has been Windows Media Centre, an incredibly easy way to watch and record TV as well as stream your own media. What does one do with that old HTPC, once you have finally moved on from an old Windows version that supported WMC? This is the question that this Tech Report writer has answered in this article. With the help of some old hardware and a new HDHomeRun Connect Quatro can he create a similar solution to his dear departed Media Centre? How can the old .wtv files be saved? Find out by clicking that link.
"I figure I'm on the tail end of converts from ye olde Windows Media Center, but I know there are diehards still out there lamenting their loss or maybe still fighting to get Windows Media Center working on Windows 10 in a post-April Update world. To those of you good people, take a deep breath and listen to my tale. Maybe it will help you find peace."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Autumn 2018
- MSI Trident X (2018): Cramming in an i9 9900k and RTX 2080t @ Guru of 3D
- Hands On & Initial Benchmarks With An Ampere eMAG 32-Core ARM Server @ Phoronix
- PC Specialist Nucleus AMD Threadripper 2990WX @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | October 22, 2018 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston, hyperx, HyperX Savage, Savage Exo, external ssd, M.2
The new USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD from Kingston sports quite a name, which might help it sell with the console crowd as the drive will work on PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones as well as PCs. Those devices are limited to USB 3.0 but this drive will still be miles faster than the internal HDD. Inside is Marvell's 88SS1074 controller and Kingston branded 64-layer Toshiba BiCS flash, however the implementation does not seem up to snuff when compared to other portable SSDs. Check out the performance as well as The Tech Reports recommendations right here.
"The latest gaming peripheral from HyperX is... a portable SSD? Parent company Kingston wants to woo the console crowd with a fast USB external drive. Read our review of the HyperX Savage Evo to see whether it delivers."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force Series MP510 M.2 SSD @ Guru of 3D
- Crucial BX500 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Crucial P1 1000GB NVMe M.2 SSD Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Crucial P1 M2 @ Guru of 3D
- CORSAIR Force Series MP510 960GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
- Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Synology DiskStation DS-119j 1-bay NAS @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2018 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, micron, imft, 3D XPoint
Micron is planning on buying Intel out of the Intel Micron Flash Technologies group the two companies created back in 2006, along with the three fabs which come with it, for about $1.5 billion. The writing has been on the wall for a while; to put it nicely, Optane has not sold well. This also affected Micron's bottom line as they didn't have customers for their own 3D XPoint flash and so by taking over the entire venture they could repurpose the fabs. According to The Register Micron has not completely given up on the technology and you should see new products launching towards the end of the year.
Then there are the 10nm rumours, of course.
"Micron's acquisition of IM Flash demonstrates our strong belief that 3D XPoint technology and other emerging memories will provide a unique differentiator for the company and be an essential solution for new data-hungry applications."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Need a modest Arm Cortex-A CPU in your custom chip? Just apply online. Plus $125,000 @ The Register
- Intel is reportedly killing off its 10nm process entirely @ The Inquirer
- A Device That Can Pull Drinking Water From the Air Just Won the Latest XPrize @ Slashdot
- Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software @ Ars Technica
- Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update eats ZIP files too @ The Inquirer
- MPlayer, VLC Media Player Hit By Critical Vulnerability @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2018 - 04:40 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: sffpc, SFF, itx, i7-8086k, geeek, b350-i, a50
Apropos of nothing, we decided to turn the studio cameras on this Friday morning and livestream our assembly of the Geeek A50 Mini ITX chassis for an upcoming review.
Join us as we build, and rebuild the chassis from in all of it's aluminum extrusion and acrylic panel glory while answering questions from the chat room along the way. Just try not to be too frustrated when we obviously are messing it all up.
Subject: Processors | October 19, 2018 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 2700x, amd, coffee lake, coffee lake refresh, i5-9600K, i7-9700K, i9-9900K, Intel, ryzen 7, Z390
With the advent of the 9th generation of Core processors from Intel, we see the market return to what we have been used to in the past. Intel's offering is now faster and more effective than AMD's Ryzen, but it is also significantly more expensive. Instead of getting an APU and heatsink for ~$300, you will be paying ~$530 for just the processor with no cooler. That said the i9-9900K makes sense for those who have spent the money on an RTX 2080 Ti and a high resolution monitor, since they've already set a large budget; while those with less lofty dreams will be very happy with the Ryzen 7 2700X.
The question of overclocking is an interesting one, as Ken had no luck getting the chip to run above 5GHz. [H]ard|OCP had a slightly better experience, hitting 5.14GHz with a 3600MHz memory bus, which could not match the content creation power of Threadripper 2 even though it was sucking down more juice. Check out their review and then browse through the ones below.
"The new 9th generation Intel i9-9900K CPU is upon us! AMD has been pushing into Intel's desktop market and Intel knows it. Today Intel is pulling the curtain back on "not paid for" reviews and we are happy to be serving you one of those up here today. Is the i9-9900K better than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and is it worth the staggering price premium?"
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Core i9-9900K @ The Tech Report
- Intel Core 9600k @ Guru of 3D
- Intel Core 9700k @ Guru of 3D
- Intel Core 9900k @ Guru of 3D
- Intel Core i9 9900K – Intel’s Answer to RYZEN is here! @ Bjorn3d
- Intel Core I9 9900k @ Modders-Inc
- Intel Core i9-9900K @ TechARP
- Intel Core i9-9900K @ Kitguru
- Intel Core i9 9900K Linux Benchmarks - 15-Way Intel/AMD Comparison On Ubuntu 18.10 @ Phoronix
- Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K @ TechSpot
- Intel 9th Generation Core i9 9900K Review @ OCC
- Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz @ TechPowerUp
- A Look At Linux Application Scaling Up To 128 Threads @ Phoronix
- AMD Dual EPYC 7601 Benchmarks - 9-Way AMD EPYC / Intel Xeon Tests On Ubuntu 18.10 Server @ Phoronix
- AMD Athlon 200GE: Benchmarking The $60 Zen+Vega Chip @ Phoronix
- Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy? @ Techspot
- AMD Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2018 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: web browser, vivaldi, vivaldi 2.0
Vivaldi has been around since 2015, but many have never heard of the alternative web browser. The browser is built on Chromium 69 but the interface offers far more than others; stacked tabs, dual tab view, control suggestions and even enough keyboard control you don't need to use a mouse. It is also able to synchronize your bookmarks, preferences, history and even passwords across systems, though as Ars Technica warns, you should ensure you have created a Vivaldi password so that they can encrypt all of that data.
Intrigued? Check out the details here.
"Roughly a year and a half later, Vivaldi has recently hit the 2.0 milestone. You can download the latest version from the Vivaldi site or install it through the app store or package manager of your OS. And at first blush, perhaps the most shocking thing about this release is that it's merely 2.0."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- F5: Don't panic but anyone can log into our load balancers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional security goof @ The Register
- IBM Finally Proves That Quantum Systems Are Faster Than Classical Systems @ Slashdot
- Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel @ The Register
- OpenBSD 6.4 Released @ Slashdot
- iOS 12's parental controls are prudish on sex, but cool with neo-Nazis and ISIS @ The Inquirer
- WD shoots out 96-layer embedded flash chips @ The Register
Subject: Editorial | October 19, 2018 - 09:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Allyn Malventano
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!
Allyn takes the hot seat this week to answer your storage questions:
00:23 - Would you worry about NVMe cooling? If you’re running video editing workloads, should you spend time trimming thermal pads on motherboard heatsinks to avoid overcooling the flash? Also, NVMe or Optane for an editing rig?
10:39 - I recently cloned my Samsung 850 EVO to a new ADATA SX8200. All was well at first, but when I formatted the EVO, Windows refused to boot and gave a BSoD. It would only boot once I removed every other drive from the system except the NVMe. Any ideas why?
13:51 - If I have a 3-year-old SM941 and it works fine, what kind of upgrade path do I have? MLC/NVMe are still good...better than TLC/QLC. So, Optane?
19:49 - What are the developments needed to give us even faster speeds than today’s NVMe? Where is the bottleneck that limits current speeds?
28:01 - Will NVMe SSD pricing ever catch up with SATA SSD drives?
30:33 - Will QLC replace TLC on lower-end SSDs?
32:42 - Can you overclock SSDs? If so, what kind of positive and negative impacts would it have?
37:20 - Does regularly TRIMing an SSD extend its life? If so, how often should I run a TRIM command on my drives?
43:57 - Is there any negative impact on an SSD from leaving it connected to power at all times even when idle compared to only powering it up when I need to use it? I use an SSD for my wireless Samba server in my semi-truck to stream videos in my off time but most of the day it sits there doing nothing.
46:55 - Allyn, have you and Steve Gibson ever done a podcast or talk together?
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Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2018 - 08:57 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Adobe, nvidia
The Adobe MAX conference took place earlier this week. It consisted of several keynotes, live streams, workshops, breakout sessions, announcements, and it aligned with an update to several Creative Cloud applications.
One such announcement is that NVIDIA RTX is coming to Adobe Dimension CC.
While the application has not exactly taken off yet, it is interesting to see Adobe and/or NVIDIA put the engineering into bringing their ray-tracing units to it. First, for its audience, the speed boost (and thus increased preview size) should make the experience much better. Second, if NVIDIA helped with the engineering effort, which I suspect they did, then it suggests that they are hoping to bring RTX basically everywhere. I’m curious to see who else gets RTX support. Fingers crossed for an announcement at BlenderCon next week. I shouldn’t hold my breath, but I am.
So, for gamers, RTX content is still pretty-much MIA, as is constantly reported. The same is mostly true for professionals… but that might change soon. We’ll need to see.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MP860, RGB, mousepad, blinkenlichten, input
Cooler Master have added RGBs to their new MP860 mouse mat, along with the Portal app to control them. No longer are you forced to shamefully mouse on a boring old pad, for life without breathing, marquee or random blinking lights is no way for a mouse or gamer to live! For the boring people who actually want to know how this pad is designed, it measures 36.3x26cm (14x10.3") and has both an aluminium and cloth side you can flip between based on your mood.
"Cooler Master's MP860 mouse pad jazzes things up with two separate mousing surfaces and a ring of RGB LED zones around its perimeter. We see whether this RGB LED mousing sandwich enhances the gaming experience."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master CM310 Mouse and MP860 RGB MousePad @ Kitguru
- EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad Review @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Aluminum Core Mechanical Esports Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp