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Subject: Networking | January 8, 2019 - 08:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Rivet Networks, rivet, NiC, networking, killer e3000, killer, Ethernet, ces2019
Rivet Networks, maker of the Killer line of gaming-focused networking products, has announced the Killer E3000, a 2.5Gbps Ethernet controller that Rivet is calling the “world’s first” such product designed for gaming.
The Killer E3000, launching today in select Dell-Alienware and Acer gaming laptops, features the same kind of gaming-prioritized traffic management found on Killer’s other products, but breaks the longstanding gigabit barrier to make the jump to 2.5Gbps.
Why 2.5Gbps? First, the increasing ubiquity of greater-than-gigabit networking technology for businesses and prosumers means that more and more routers and switches are supporting the faster speeds. Increases in WiFi performance, such as those introduced in the upcoming “WiFi 6” standard (a.k.a. 802.11ax), also means that wireless devices will be able to achieve real-world speeds in excess of 1Gbps in many cases, making the once-state-of-the-art wired gigabit Ethernet connection the new bottleneck.
One solution to impending limitations of gigabit Ethernet, including one we’ve pursued here at PC Perspective, is to adopt 10Gbps. And while prices for 10Gbps-capable equipment have fallen significantly in recent years, it’s still quite expensive, both for manufacturers and end users, compared to traditional gigabit options.
2.5Gbps, however, can keep up with the forthcoming faster WiFi speeds, provide a boost in performance that is noticeable to many users, and is compatible with ubiquitous Cat5e networking cables, all for a cost that is about the same as a standard gigabit NIC.
Killer Control Center 2.0
On the software side of things, Rivet is also announcing an update to Killer Control Center, the company’s software utility that allows users to monitor their network traffic and configure prioritization profiles for certain games and applications. New features in Killer Control Center 2.0 include:
- Killer GameFast Technology: this new feature in Killer Control Center 2.0 can automatically pause processes that are not needed when gaming. The software detects when a game is launched and pauses Windows and other application services that aren’t essential to system operation, unpausing them once the game is closed. Rivet says that this can free up to 10 percent of your CPU cycles and 20 percent of memory, helping to ensure that as much of your PC’s performance as possible is available to your games. Users can of course customize the list of paused processes so that an important app or background task isn’t affected.
- Killer Intelligence Engine: this feature scans your current network settings and status and can automatically change network settings — bandwidth limits for certain devices, reprioritizing download vs. streaming traffic, etc. — for optimal performance. And if it can’t automatically fix a problem, such as intermittent wireless connectivity, it can explain the problem to the user and recommend potential solutions.
The Killer E3000 is initially launching in select Alienware and Acer gaming laptops, and will soon be available in additional laptop models as well as high-end gaming motherboards.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2019 - 11:05 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: hyperx, CES, ces 2019, gaming, headset, Audeze, planar magnetic, Waves Nx
HyperX has announces the Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S gaming headsets, produced in collaboration with Audeze to incorporate the company's planar magnetic driver technology.
"Cloud Orbit headsets are based on the ground-breaking Audeze Mobius Platform that features 100mm planar magnetic driver technology for clear and realistic spatial audio. Audeze planar magnetic designs utilize extremely thin-film speakers and powerful custom magnets, allowing you to accurately hear where your opponent is located. Feel completely immersed in the field of play with high resolution audio clarity and wide sound stage."
In addition to the use of these 100 mm planar drivers the new headsets also feature Waves Nx 3D audio technology for a 360-degree audio experience.
"The Cloud Orbit S includes Waves Nx head tracking technology to deliver a stable hyper-realistic 360-degree audio environment where the users head movements bring the room to life 1,000 times a second. HyperX gaming headsets paired with Audeze and Waves technology bring audio quality to the next level with audio technology previously found only in audiophile headsets."
Cloud Orbit & Cloud Orbit S Specifications
- Driver: Planar transducer, 100 mm
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency response: 10Hz–50,000Hz
- Sound pressure level: 120 dB
- T.H.D.: < 0.1% (1 kHz, 1 mW)
- Weight: 350g
- Cable length:
- 3.5mm (4-pole): 1.2m
- USB Type C to Type A: 3m
- USB Type C to Type C: 1.2m
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Microphone type: Noise-cancelling
- Battery life: 10 hours (Tested at 50% headphone volume)
The new headsets will be on the premium end of the market with MSRPs of $299.99 for the HyperX Orbit and $329.99 for the Orbit S. A release date has not been announced just yet.
CES 2019: Lenovo "Legion" Peripherals: H500 7.1 Pro & H300 Gaming Headsets, K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, M500 RGB Mouse
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: RGB, mechanical keyboard, Lenovo, Legion, headset, gaming mouse
Lenovo has just announced two new gaming headsets, a gaming mechanical keyboard, and a right-handed gaming mouse.
The Lenovo Legion H500 7.1 Pro Gaming Headset is the high-end of the two announced. For $99.99 USD, the headphones have 50mm drivers in an all-black with black anisotropic metal highlight design. It supports virtual 7.1 surround sound via its USB sound card, although it can also be plugged into 3.5mm analog jacks. The microphone is retractable.
For $59.99 USD, the Lenovo Legion H300 Gaming Headset still has 50mm drivers although it loses the USB sound device with 7.1 surround; it can only attach by 3.5mm, stereo. The headset design is somewhat similar, though, including the retractable microphone.
Moving on to the Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This device is based on Cherry MX Red switches, which means you will not feel a click or a bump as the key passes it actuation point. I personally don’t like linear keys, because I don’t like having no feedback until I bottom out, but that is 100% user-preference. The bottom of the keyboard has a full palm rest, which is detachable if you want to save that little bit of room. Its media keys are standard buttons on the top-left of the keyboard. I like how it contributes to the overall simple, clean design, although I would prefer a volume roller or dial. The price is listed as “starting at $99.99” (USD) although I don’t see any upsells listed.
The Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse uses a 16,000 DPI Pixart sensor and Omron mechanical switches. It also had three-zone RGB lighting and seven programmable buttons. There is also a 10g adjustable weight to customize how it feels to move. It is expected to cost $59.99 USD.
All peripherals are available in April 2019.
Subject: Displays, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, Lenovo, g-sync, freesync 2, display, ces 2019, CES, amd
Lenovo has added two monitors to their Legion line of gaming devices.
The Lenovo Legion Y44w is a 43.4” gaming display. Most of that size is horizontal, however, because it has a 32:10 aspect ratio. If you have ever used a 1920x1200 monitor, which was the PC equivalent of 1080p while PC manufacturers believed that 16:9 was too wide so they settled on 16:10 for the Windows Vista era, then you should imagine two of them side-by-side in a single monitor. In fact, the Y44w supports two separate video inputs if you wish to split the monitor down the middle into two side-by-side 1920x1200 displays. It can also operate as a single, 3840x1200 display, of course. This resolution is a little over half of a 4K panel, so it should be easier for second-tier GPUs to feed.
Beyond the resolution, the color gamut is listed as “99% sRGB, BT.709, DCI-P3” and it is certified as VESA HDR400. If the slide deck is correct and it can do 99% DCI-P3 at HDR400, then it should have an amazing picture. It can also do 144 Hz with FreeSync 2, so you do not need to compromise refresh rate to get those beautiful colors. The also have an optional speaker from Harman Kardon that can be attached to the display.
The Lenovo Legion Y44w will be available in April 2019 for $1199.99 USD.
Lenovo also announced the Legion Y27gq gaming monitor. This one is a standard 16:9, 1440p, TN panel that can be driven up to 240 Hz. It supports G-Sync, but not HDR. Despite not supporting HDR, it still covers 90% of DCI-P3, which is quite wide for a TN panel. Lenovo is listing it as an “eSport gaming monitor”… so you can probably guess that high refresh rate and G-Sync are the focus.
If you gotta go fast, then the Lenovo Legion Y27gq is available in April 2019 for $999.99 USD.
Subject: Systems, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, Lenovo, Legion, Intel, geforce, gaming laptop, ces 2019, CES
Three new laptops have been added to Lenovo’s portfolio under their “Legion” gaming brand. All three of them will contain “Unannounced NVIDIA GeForce GPUs”.
The Lenovo Legion Y740 comes in two sizes: 15-inch and 17-inch. Based on the slide deck, both models have the choice between the Intel Core i5-8300H and the Intel Core i7-8750H. The Core i5-8300H is a quad-core CPU with HyperThreading (eight threads) that can turbo up to 4 GHz. The Core i7-8750H is a six-core CPU with HyperThreading (twelve threads) that can turbo up to 4.1 GHz. This can be paired with 8, 16, or 32GB of RAM at 2666MHz, or “8GB + 8GB 3200MHz Corsair Overclocked Memory”.
As for storage, both models can have up to 512GB of PCIe SSD, 512GB of SATA SSD, or 2TB of spinning metal. The 17-inch model can also have an Intel Optane drive added to it, although they don’t list a specific size. Both models also have 1x USB-C connector with support for Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, and USB 3.1. Alongside the USB-C is, also, HDMI, LAN, three standard USB 3.1 Gen 2, and a mini-DisplayPort connector. They also have an RGB keyboard, which, from the picture, appears to be tenkeyless. Both have Dolby sound, but only the 17-inch model also has a subwoofer. They do not list an audio jack, although I see a hole on the left side that could be either audio or a power plug. I think I also see power on the back, so I assume that it is audio on the side. Mobile phones are one thing, but a laptop better have a headphone jack.
The built-in displays are 1080p, which is a good size for a laptop, and support 144 Hz G-Sync @ 300nit. There is also an upsell to a 500nit panel that has been certified for Dolby HDR400. They don’t say whether the upsell also supports 144Hz G-Sync, but I would assume that they do. Check before you buy, though.
Both sizes will be available in February 2019. The 15-inch starts at $1749.99 USD and the 17-inch starts at $1979.99 USD.
The third model is the Lenovo Legion Y540. This one will be available a little bit later – May 2019. Interestingly, the CPU is listed as “Intel Core processors”. As such, I would assume that this laptop will use a new, unannounced processor alongside the unannounced GeForce GPU. Lenovo does mention that the laptop can be paired with up to 32GB of RAM at 2666MHz.
The battery is listed as “52.5Wh & 57Wh (Configuration dependent)”. Since an extra 4.5Wh seems like a tough upsell, I am guessing that battery you receive will be tied to the chosen display, but Lenovo doesn’t say so I don’t know. It looks like there will be a choice between three displays: a 60Hz 1080p IPS panel at 250nits with “45%” color, a 60Hz 1080p IPS panel at 300nits with “72%” color, and a 144Hz IPS panel at 300nits with “72%” color. I put each of the color space percentages in quotations because they don’t list which color space. Since one of them is an HDR panel, I’m going to assume that they don’t mean sRGB… because that would be awful. I am hoping that they are referring to the DCI-P3 color space. They could mean NTSC 1976, although that would be a bit low for an HDR panel.
The laptop has a USB-C port but, unlike the Y740, it can only be used for USB 3.1. There are also three standard USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI port, one mini-DisplayPort, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm audio jack, so you can still attach external monitors to it without the USB-C. They keyboard is backlight, but not RGB – just white.
As mentioned, the Lenovo Legion Y540 will be available in May 2019. It will start at $929.99 USD.
Subject: Systems | January 7, 2019 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Threadripper, 2950x, MEG X399 Creation
If you haven't seen a Threadripper in person, or are just looking to sit back and enjoy watching someone set up a system then head over to [H]ard|OCP. They've just posted a video showing the construction of a Threadripper 2950X on a MEG X399 Creation motherboard. For those who haven't built a system recently or who are just curious how the pros do it this is a hour well spent.
"Building a new computer for yourself is always fun. We had the chance to do it ourselves recently, and we decided to document the entire process on video. We use the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard and the MSI RTX 2080 Sea Hawk as the backbone of our system along with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- MSI Trident X @ Kitguru
- A Look At Intel Core i9-9900K Workstation & Gaming Performance @ Techgage
- Corsair Vengeance 5180 Gaming PC @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2019 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: video card, turing, tu106, RTX 2060, rtx, nvidia, graphics card, gpu, gddr6, gaming
After months of rumours and guesses as to what the RTX 2060 will actually offer, we finally know. It is built on the same TU106 the RTX 2070 uses and sports somewhat similar core clocks though the drop in TC, ROPs and TUs reduces it to producing a mere 5 GigaRays. The memory is rather different, with the 6GB of GDDR6 connected via 192-bit bus offering 336.1 GB/s of bandwidth. As you saw in Sebastian's testing the overall performance is better than you would expect from a mid-range card but at the cost of a higher price.
If we missed out on your favourite game, check the Guru of 3D's suite of benchmarks or one of the others below.
"NVIDIA today announced the GeForce RTX 2060, the graphics card will be unleashed next week the 15th at a sales price of 349 USD / 359 EUR. Today, however, we can already bring you a full review of what is a pretty feisty little graphics card really."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 FE Review @ Legit Reviews
- RTX 2060 Review with 39 games @ BabelTechReviews
- NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 Founders Edition Review @ OCC
- Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition 6GB @ Kitguru
- Battlefield V NVIDIA Ray Tracing RTX 2080 @ [H]ard|OCP
- The GPU Compute Performance From The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To TITAN RTX @ Phoronix
- The HD 7970 vs. the GTX 680 – revisited after 7 years @ BabelTechReviews
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2019 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, g-sync, freesync, benq, asus, AOC, amd, adaptive sync, acer
G-SYNC is showing some signs of defeat as today NVIDIA announced that several Adaptive Sync monitors have been tested and rated as G-SYNC compatible. Adaptive Sync is the official VESA technology which is present in AMD's FreeSync monitors and it offers a definitive financial advantage over NVIDIA's G-SYNC as the module required for G-SYNC can add hundreds of dollars to the price.
So far only a dozen monitors out of around 400 tests have been rated as G-SYNC compatible, so don't expect to be mixing your monitors quite yet but it does imply in some cases the extra controller is not required for variable refresh rates with either NVIDIA's or AMD's GPUs. The results of this test give AMD bragging rights for implementing adaptive sync in the most attractive way but this change could hurt GPU sales as users can now opt for an GeForce card paired with a FreeSync display.
Even if your display is not listed in those models, you can try enabling adaptive sync over DisplayPort and see if it works, though your results may vary. Ars Technica lists the models here.
"Besides being unexpected good news for gamers who already own one of these FreeSync monitors, this is also great news for gamers that want to add VRR to their Nvidia graphics card setup without breaking the bank."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers @ The Register
- Asus ZenBook S13 brings the display notch to laptops @ The Inquirer
- New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets @ The Register
- Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued To Grow Last Year @ Slashdot
- 2018 review and 2019 outlook: Sharp price falls to boost NAND flash penetration @ DigiTimes
- Controlling Non-Googley Devices With Google Assistant @ Hackaday
- Huawei's 7nm Kunpeng 920 is 'industry's fastest' ARM-based processor @ The Inquirer
- The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Graphics Card @ Techspot
- ThunderX3 UC5 HEX RGB Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2019 - 02:46 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: rtx mobile, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, RTX 2060, rtx, nvidia, max-q, gaming laptop, ces2019
NVIDIA just wrapped up its CES keynote, and in addition to the expected unveiling of the RTX 2060, the company announced new mobile GeForce RTX options. More than 40 upcoming laptops, including 17 sporting NVIDIA’s Max-Q design, will offer RTX 2080, RTX 2070, and RTX 2060 graphics options.
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang likened GeForce RTX-powered laptops to a gaming console platform, pointing out multiple times performance comparisons to traditional game consoles like the PlayStation 4.
Laptops are the fastest growing gaming platform — and just getting started. The world’s top OEMs are using Turing to bring next-generation console performance to thin, sleek laptops that gamers can take anywhere. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide — an entire generation — are growing up gaming. I can’t wait for them to experience this new wave of laptops.
New GeForce RTX laptops will continue to support features like WhisperMode, which paces frame rates for AC-connected laptops to reduce heat and therefore fan noise, NVIDIA Battery Boost, which uses GeForce Experience to optimize performance for longer battery life, and of course G-SYNC.
Beyond gaming, NVIDIA is touting the benefits of the RTX platform for content creators, such as real-time video encoding for live streamers, faster rendering for video editors, and accurate interactive lighting, reflections, and shadows for animators.
Laptops sporting GeForce RTX cards will be available starting January 29th from NVIDIA partners including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, and Samsung. Pricing, detailed configuration options, and exact availability will vary and is not yet available for all manufacturers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2019 - 01:59 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: video card, RTX 2060, rtx, ray tracing, nvidia, graphics, gpu, geforce, ces 2019, CES
On stage at an event tonight at CES 2019, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang made it offical: the RTX 2060 exists and will be available this month. The card is priced at $349, and is based on the same Turing architecture as the rest of the RTX family.
The RTX 2060 was announced with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, and like its bigger siblings the RTX 2060 offers ray tracing support (with 240 Tensor Cores onboard), and NVIDIA targets 60 FPS performance with ray tracing enabled in Battlefield V:
"The RTX 2060 is 60 percent faster on current titles than the prior-generation GTX 1060, NVIDIA’s most popular GPU, and beats the gameplay of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. With Turing’s RT Cores and Tensor Cores, it can run Battlefield V with ray tracing at 60 frames per second."
That 60% increase comes from benchmarks the company ran using 2560x1440 resolution, and the RTX 2060 is targeting resolutions from the mainstream 1920x1080 up to 2560x1440, though with performance between a GTX 1070 and 1080 the RTX 2060 could very well support 3840x2160 gaming at medium-to-high settings as well.
The official launch of the RTX 2060 is January 15 from add-in partners, as well as a Founders Edition card from NVIDIA beginning on that date. NVIDIA is also launching a new bundle deal. Qualifying RTX 2060 purchasers, either as a standalone card or as part of a desktop including the RTX 2060, can choose to receive either Battlefield V or the upcoming Anthem for free.
Stay tuned for more details on the GeForce RTX 2060 soon.
Subject: Processors | January 6, 2019 - 03:07 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Zen+, vega APU, ryzen mobile, ces2019, athlon, amd
AMD today officially announced its lineup of 2nd generation Ryzen mobile processors, designated Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile Processors. Unlike AMD’s expected 3000-series desktop launch, which will be based on Zen 2, these new mobile variants stick with AMD’s 12nm Zen+ architecture.
Each 15- or 35-watt model features Vega graphics and core/thread counts ranging from 2 cores/4 threads to 4 cores/8 threads. AMD is touting improvements in battery life and overall performance, claiming that the top-end 15-watt part can best the Intel i7-8550U by up to 29 percent in media editing, while the mid-tier 15-watt Ryzen 5 3500U beats its Intel counterpart, the i5-8250U, by up to 14 percent in website loading speed.
|Model||Cores/Threads||TDP||Boost/Base Freq.||Graphics||GPU Cores||Max GPU Freq.|
|AMD Ryzen 7 3750H||4/8||35W||4.0/2.3GHz||Vega||10||1400MHz|
|AMD Ryzen 7 3700U||4/8||15W||4.0/2.3GHz||Vega||10||14000MHz|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3550H||4/8||35W||3.7/2.1GHz||Vega||8||1200MHz|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3500U||4/8||15W||3.7/2.1GHz||Vega||8||1200MHz|
|AMD Ryzen 3 3300U||4/4||15W||3.5/2.1GHz||Vega||5||1200MHz|
|AMD Ryzen 3 3200U||2/4||15W||3.5/2.6GHz||Vega||3||1200MHz|
|AMD Athlon 300U||2/4||15W||3.3/2.4GHz||Vega||3||1000MHz|
|AMD A6-9220C||2/2||6W||2.7/1.8GHz||R5||3 cores
|AMD A4-9120C||2/2||6W||2.4/1.6GHz||R4||3 cores
The initial batch of laptops featuring Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile Processors will be available in the first quarter from partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, and Samsung, with additional product launches coming later in the year.
In addition to its flagship Ryzen mobile lineup, AMD is launching a Zen-based Athlon mobile processor, the Athlon 300U, to target entry-level price points. The company has also announced two new 6-watt A-Series chips aimed at the Chromebook market.
Finally, on the software side, AMD announced that starting this quarter, it will provide Radeon Adrenalin driver support to any laptop with a Ryzen processor and integrated Radeon graphics. This will simplify the driver situation for both consumers and manufacturers, as well as give AMD the ability to directly update gamers’ devices for the latest features and game optimizations.
With AMD getting its arguably less-exciting mobile announcements “out of the way” to start CES, this paves the way for the company to make its big desktop-focused announcements during Dr. Lisa Su’s CES keynote on Wednesday.
Subject: Displays | January 6, 2019 - 01:10 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Omen, nvidia, hp, g-sync hdr, g-sync, ces2019, bfgd, 144hz
After first unveiling them at last year’s CES, NVIDIA’s Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD) finally have an official price point. Engadget met up with NVIDIA partner HP at CES 2019 to preview the company’s Omen X Emperium BFGD.
The 65-inch 4K display sports G-SYNC HDR, 144Hz refresh rate, an integrated sound bar, and built-in NVIDIA SHIELD interface. The starting price? $4,999.
That price isn’t too surprising; rumors and leaks from NVIDIA’s BFGD partners had suggested the $5,000 range. And when you consider that the first true G-SYNC HDR displays hit the market at $2,000 for a paltry 27-inches, the BFGD’s price seems reasonable in that context.
But with HP showing its hand early on here at CES, it’s likely that we can expect NVIDIA’s other BFGD partners to be priced in the same ballpark. We have yet to receive further details on any smaller BFGDs, but if you’re crazy enough to pay any price for giant, G-SYNC HDR gaming, you’ll be able to pick up the HP Omen X Emperium starting in February.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 5, 2019 - 05:25 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: agdq, gdq, agdq 2019, speedrun, charity
Twice each year, Games Done Quick hosts a week-long, 24-hour marathon of games done quick… or blindfolded… or two games done on one controller… etc. The entire event is donation-based, with the money raised going to a specific charity. Typically, the winter event (Awesome Games Done Quick) raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the summer event (Summer Games Done Quick) benefits Doctors Without Borders.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 continues with the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The last two AGDQ events brought in over $2.2 million USD, and the most recent Summer Games Done Quick was just under $2.2 million USD.
The whole schedule is available at their website. One interesting slot should be Friday evening’s TASBot plays mari0, which is Super Mario Bros. 1 with a Portal gun on custom levels. TASBot blocks also sometimes contain innocent-looking segments that are much more entertaining than they let on. For example, one year TASBot played Pokémon Red, although “playing” actually meant overloading the game’s controller input and using that memory access to install a Twitch chat client. As such, it’s always a good idea to watch the entire TAS block... just in case.
I also want to check out The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1-Hit K.O. block on Saturday early afternoon. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was also entertaining in the past, and it’s being run again on Tuesday evening.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2019 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Kailh Silver, input, HyperX ALLOY FPS, double shot, kingston
Cool kids know that single shot ABS keycaps are for n00bs and that only doubleshot injected legends on PBT plastic are worthy of being caressed by your fingers. Instead of tracking down a compatible kit to replace the caps on your current board Kingston would like you to have them right from the start. The HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard sports fancy keycaps as well as Kailh Silver Speed RGB switches which you can see in all their glory at TechPowerUp!
"HyperX provides an RGB version of the Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard for those wanting the additional bling, but there's more. A new switch type combined with a unified software driver makes for an improved user experience, and optional accessories including wrist rests and replacement keycaps complete the package."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Das Keyboard 5Q Cloud Connected RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Wooting One Analog Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Fnatic Gear Clutch 2 @ TechPowerUp
- Razer Mamba Wireless @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2019 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10, cortana
The most widely used OS on the planet has finally received an upgrade worth getting excited over. Anyone who spends time imaging machines is all to familiar with the voice of Cortana emanating from a fresh machine, to the point where the dive for the mute button is reflexive and doesn't require any thought. Until today, there was no way to stop the inane advice about logins and WiFi but now, for non-Home versions of Windows 10, Cortana will be gagged by default during the setup process.
For those wondering why this is such a wonderful thing; check out the video at The Inquirer and taste the pain.
"Actually, it's not quite as simple as that. Cortana will only be gagged if you're installing Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education - the voice assistant is still its perky, annoying self on Home installations."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft is testing 'Bali' to give users back access to their personal data @ The Inquirer
- Qualcomm forces Apple to stop selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany @ Ars Technica
- Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass @ The Register
- Thunderbird is go for 2019 with improved security and Gmail support @ The Inquirer
- Screeech... DRAM! Weak demand hits memory-makers as they slam on CAPEX brakes – analyst @ The Register
- DIY Ribbon Element Upgrades A Studio Microphone @ Hackaday
Subject: Memory | January 3, 2019 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: G.Skill, TridentZ Royal, ddr4, RGB
These new memory modules from G.SKILL are not dim; with eight individually controllable RGB lighting zones hidden behind the crystalline light bars topping the RAM. They even include a microfiber cloth to polish those bars and the fancy gold or silver heatspreaders. Of course, some users are not content with only pretty RAM and would like working modules, which is why the Guru of 3D benchmarked the DDR4-3200 kit.
Ryzen users take note, these DIMMs easily hit 3466MHz with XMP enabled.
"We review probably the most beautiful looking memory of 2018, it is fabbed at G.Skill. It's available in multiple frequencies and timings, we test the 3200 MHz kit. With XMP 2.0 memory profiles on Intel platforms as well as checking support for AMD Ryzen. Meet a memory type that sets and defines a whole new standard in style and design."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 3200 MHz @ Modders-Inc
- Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB Legend DDR4 @ Guru3D
- Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 3000MHz @ Modders-Inc
Subject: Displays | January 3, 2019 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, CES, ces 2019, CRG9, UR59C, space monitor
CES hasn't officially kicked off, but you can't tell that from the emails! As the ball starts rolling we are seeing some hints about the products which companies will be showing off, such as Samsung's new CRG9, UR59C gaming displays as well as the Space Monitor.
First off is the CRG9, a 49" 5120x1440 FreeSync2 display with a 32:9 aspect ratio with a top refresh rate of 120Hz and an HDR 10 rating. It sports an 1800mm screen curvature and a quoted 4ms response time to help with motion blur in addition to the features offered by FreeSync2. The monitor is actually designed as if it were a pair of 27" 1440p 16:9 displays, which allows you to toggle to a PIP mode which allows you to display two completely separate video sources on the display simultaneously at that size and resolution; or go full screen for gaming.
The UR59C is somewhat smaller, a 31.5" 4K display with a 1500R curvature; no idea about the inconsistent curvature description. With a total depth of 6.7mm this monitor should be able to fit on desktops which don't have the space for the CDG9.
Last, but not least is the Space Monitor series, which offers an interesting stand that clamps to your table. It allows you to lower the monitor to be flush with your desktop or raise it completely vertically to give you more desk space. It will be available in 27" 1440p or 32" 4K models, both with the Zero Height Adjustable Stand.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2019 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: DRM, usb-c, usb-if
2019 is already shaping up to be an odd year as the USB Implementers Forum has proposed a way to utilize DRM for good! Instead of focusing on preventing you from displaying media in inventive ways, they seek to use it to prevent dodgy USB-C cables from releasing the magic smoke from your favourite electronic devices. They propose to include a bespoke 128-bit encryption key in the USB protocol which will only allow power to pass over a cable which can match a valid key, with the option to allow sysadmins to create their own to prevent non-approved USB devices to connect to secure systems.
The Inquirer does bring up one possible fly in the ointment, the proposed standard encompasses USB 3.0, USB 3.1, HDMI, DisplayLink and Thunderbolt; which may lead to some interesting repercussions.
"But the USB-IF working group, which represents manufacturers of products that offer the standard, aren't giving up, with plans to create an "Authentication Program" to ensure that only reliable products can be used."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Samsung Announces Its First Exynos-Branded Auto V9 Processor, Partners With Audi @ Slashdot
- Data of 2.4 Million Blur Password Manager Users Left Exposed Online @ Slashdot
- Valve data shows PC VR ownership rose steadily in 2018 @ Ars Technica
- Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it @ The Register
- Hackers are using Chromecasts to broadcast security risks about Chromecast @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2019 - 05:50 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: wooting one, video, vega APU, standing desk, rx vega, RTX 2060, podcast, OC Scanner, floppy drive, eero, dell
PC Perspective Podcast #527 - 1/2/2019
Our podcast this week looks at the analog optical Wooting One keyboard, new entry-level AMD APUs with Vega graphics, the latest RTX 2060 rumors, and a discussion of how we all found ourselves here at PCPer.
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00:03:27 - Intro: Extra Life Update
00:05:31 - Review: Wooting One Analog Optical Keyboard
00:11:31 - News: AMD Athlon Vega APUs
00:14:09 - News: MSI B450/B350 Athlon 200GE Overclocking
00:17:45 - News: Dell Goes Public (Again)
00:22:17 - News: ARM Cortex-A65AE with SMT
00:26:52 - News: NVIDIA OC Scanner for Pascal
00:29:19 - News: NVIDIA RTX 2060 Leaks
00:35:38 - Discussion: Gaming & Poor Parenting
00:40:19 - Discussion: PC Perspective History
00:56:55 - Picks of the Week
01:12:10 - Outro
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2019 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: iStorage, external ssd, diskAshur Pro2
It was back in November when we linked to a review of iStorage's secure portable HDD, which offers serious data protection for those who have 14TB of data to cart around. Recently they launched a similar product, for those who don't have the time to sit and watch rust spin. The diskAshur Pro2 replaces the 12TB HDD with an SSD between 128GB and in 4TB in size, or a HDD between 500GB and 5TB if you need to trim your costs a bit.
The Pro2 model offers all of the security and protective features of the DT2 HDD model; sadly the self-destruct mechanism does not include actual destruction. Drop by OCC to see if it lives up to it's advertised speed.
"Well, iStorage has something that can keep your data secure. How secure? How about Real-Time Military Grade AES-XTS 256-bit Full-Disk Hardware Encryption secure? Okay, maybe not everyone needs that level of security, but if you do, then the iStorage diskAsure Pro2 can do the job."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- iStorage diskAshur PRO2 512GB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable SSD Review @ NikKTech
- QNAP TS-1677X-16G 16-Bay NAS @ Kitguru
- HyperX Savage EXO 480GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Team Group MP32 PCIe SSD 512 GB @ TechPowerUp
- WD My Cloud Home Duo 8TB Personal Cloud Storage Review @ NikKTech