ESA Winter 2019 Raised $30,080 for Save The Children

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2019 - 06:12 PM |
Tagged: esa, speedrun, charity

It’s been a few weeks since the European Speedrunner Assembly (ESA) Winter 2019 marathon ended, although the organizers have, just last Thursday, announced the results in a press release. Combining both streams, the event raised $30,080 USD in the six days that it ran. All of this money went to Save The Children.

Moreover, ESA Winter 2019 was the first event from the group that was sold-out.

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In previous years, ESA had sponsors that did donation matching up to some amount; I distinctly remember something like a 10:1 multiple a couple of years ago. As far as I can tell, that was not the case this time, so that was all contributed by the fans, including the runners and attendees.

Two more events are planned for this year. In April, on the 13th and the 14th, ESA will be at TwitchCon Europe. ESA Summer 2019 will take place from July 19th through July 28th, which is about a month after Summer Games Done Quick 2019 (June 23rd to June 30th).

Source: ESA

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to PC

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2019 - 05:48 PM |
Tagged: steam, pc gaming, microsoft, halo

At today’s Inside Xbox event, Microsoft announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC on both Steam and the Microsoft Store. Not all games will launch simultaneously; in fact, no pricing or release dates have been announced. The only thing we have is the release order.

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  1. Halo: Reach
  2. Halo: Combat Evolved (Anniversary)
  3. Halo 2 (Anniversary)
  4. Halo 3: ODST – Campaign Only
  5. Halo 3
  6. Halo 4

This fills in everything between Halo 3 and Halo 4, inclusive, and reads so weird now that I have that typed out in front of me, on the PC platform. Also, Halo 1 and Halo 2 are, as far as I know, essentially dead for multiplayer reasons now that GameSpy and Games for Windows Live have been shut down for a dog’s age. It could be a good nostalgia trip to play those games again.

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And, yes, I owned a copy of Halo 2: Vista. I was intending to create mods for it until I noticed that their tools were so unbelievably broken that their own example map was impossible to make, at least on release although I am pretty sure that it was never fixed. (They removed the ability to make individual assets and they forgot to include jump pads. Granted, jump pads were not a super-critical feature, but it was also the perfect illustration of how little they cared about mod support.)

Venting past grievances aside, Halo has a good game flow with its relatively slow movement and shields. I am actually excited for it again. It might even be my go-to game if they allow mods again, which I strongly doubt.

Uh... WoW... World of Warcraft DirectX 12 on Windows 7

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | March 12, 2019 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, wow, blizzard, microsoft, DirectX 12, dx12

Microsoft has just announced that they ported the DirectX 12 runtime to Windows 7 for World of Warcraft and other, unannounced games. This allows those games to run the new graphics API with its more-efficient framework of queuing work on GPUs, with support from Microsoft. I should note that the benchmarks for DirectX 12 in WoW are hit or miss, so I’m not sure whether it’s better to select DX11 or DX12 for any given PC, but you are free to try.

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This does not port other graphics features, like the updated driver model, which leads to this excerpt from the DirectX blog post:

How are DirectX 12 games different between Windows 10 and Windows 7?
Windows 10 has critical OS improvements which make modern low-level graphics APIs (including DirectX 12) run more efficiently. If you enjoy your favorite games running with DirectX 12 on Windows 7, you should check how those games run even better on Windows 10!

Just make sure you don’t install KB4482887? Trollolololol. Such unfortunate timing.

Of course, Vulkan also exists, and has supported Windows 7 since its creation. Further, both DirectX 12 and Vulkan have forked away from Mantle, which, of course, supported Windows 7. (AMD’s Mantle API pre-dates Windows 10.) The biggest surprise is that Microsoft released such a big API onto Windows 7 even though it is in extended support. I am curious what lead to this exception, such as cyber cafés or other international trends, because I really have no idea.

As for graphics drivers? I am guessing that we will see it pop up in new releases. The latest GeForce release notes claim that DirectX 12 is only available on Windows 10, although undocumented features are not exactly uncommon in the software and hardware industry. Speaking of undocumented features, World of Warcraft 8.1.5 is required for DirectX 12 on Windows 7, although this is not listed anywhere in the release notes on their blog.

Source: Microsoft

Meet Corsair's other release, the Carbide 678C

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2019 - 03:36 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 678C, mid-tower, tempered glass

If you are looking for the Corsair Crystal RGB case then take a gander at the gorgeous pictures in Sebastian's review or one of the numerous reviews below the fold, for this is a look at the Corsair Carbide 678C.   You can pick between a white finish or the black model which the Guru of 3D reviewed, both with tempered glass side panels and a broad choice of cooling options.  The top can fit up to a 420mm radiator if you remove the optical drive, or if you leave it in you are limited to 360mm of fans or radiators and there are spaces on the front, back and bottom to accommodate even more cooling. 

As far as your CPU cooler goes, 170mm is the limit, with up to 370mm long GPUs fitting in as well.  Those are just some of the reasons the Guru of 3D loved this case, read on to see if you do too.

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"The Corsair Carbide 678C is meant to refresh the silent line of cases of the brand with a new, modern take using updated internals. With plenty of liquid-cooling capabilities, a fan controller, and wide body, it checks off a lot of points for enthusiasts, which may end up taking away from its intended target audience: the silent type."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Happy Birthday to hypertext

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2019 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: interwebs, series of tubes, happy birthday, Tim Berners-Lee, hypertext, CERN

It was 30 years ago today,

Tim Berners-Lee taught the internet how to play,

It's been going in and out of tubes,

And now it's totally full of rubes ...

What we now call the Internet was originally sketched out in this document released by Tim Berners-Lee where he first formally describes the idea of hypertext.  One year later came the first prototype web browser, which you can actually play with now if you are curious from whence this all came.  To mark the occasion he posted an open letter looking back at what has happened over three decades and what may come in the future.  You can read it in full from the link posted at The Inquirer, but they also quote what might be the most important thing for you to ponder ...

"the biggest three dangers facing web users today - malicious activity, business models that reward clickbait, and unintended consequences such as aggression and angry discourse"

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"The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it. It won't be easy. But if we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want."

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Source: The Inquirer

CORSAIR Launches the Carbide Series 678C Low-Noise ATX Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2019 - 09:05 AM |
Tagged: SP140, quiet, mid-tower, enclosure, corsair, chassis, case, Carbide Series 678C, atx

Launching today alongside the Crystal Series 680X (see our review here), CORSAIR's Carbide Series 678C is designated a low-noise ATX case thanks to what CORSAIR says is extensive sound damping within the enclosure.

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We have the Carbide Series 678C in for review right now (the black version), and will have that available soon as we explore just how quiet this new enclosure is, and of course how effective the airflow is from the trio of included SP140 PWM fans as we measure temps from our test platform.

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Features of the Carbide Series 678C from CORSAIR:

  • Sophisticated Style: Defined by clean lines and smooth steel construction, with a crystal-clear
  • tempered glass side panel to show off your system’s components.
  • Extensive Sound Damping: Sound damping material on the side, front and roof panels ensure quiet operation – or swap in the included dust filter on the roof when performance is your top priority.
  • A Multitude of Cooling Options: Includes space for 360mm push/pull radiators in the front and roof, 280/240mm radiators on the floor, and 140/120mm radiators in the rear.
  • Massive Cooling Potential: Powerful and efficient airflow, with room to install up to 9x 120mm or 7x 140mm fans for massive cooling potential.
  • Take Command of Your Cooling: A PWM fan controller regulates three included SP140 PWM fans and up to three more. Reduce fan speed when you want keep your system quiet, or
  • increase when you want to push its performance.
  • High-Speed USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C Port: Front panel connector puts future-proof connectivity within easy reach.
  • Expand Your Storage Options: Install up to 6x 3.5in and 3x 2.5in drives. A versatile HDD/ODD design includes six modular trays that can be moved to eight mounting locations to give you the exact layout you want.
  • Easy Accessibility: Both the front panel and tempered glass side panel are hinged for tool-free easy access.

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One of my favorite aspects of both new cases launched by CORSAIR today are the hinged door panels, which make accessing the components a breeze.

The case is available with either a black or white finish, and as to pricing the new Carbide Series 678C case is squarely in the premium category, launching at $199.99.

Source: CORSAIR

G.Skill Announces OC World Cup With $25,000 In Cash Prizes

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2019 - 11:47 PM |
Tagged: computex, oc world cup, Extreme Overclocking Competition, G.Skill

Memory and computer peripheral maker G.Skill is already announcing Computex news with the reveal that its sponsored extreme overclocking competition -- the OC World Cup -- will take place at the company's booth at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. Further, G.Skill is expanding the sixth annual competition to include nine contestants at its live qualifier (up from six in previous years) and upping the total cash prize amount to $25,000 total with $10,000 going to the first place grand prize winning overclocker.

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There are reportedly three rounds to the competition with the first online qualifier taking place between March 13 and April 16 on hwbot.org where participants with a qualifying Intel platform and G.Skill DDR4 memory will compete for benchmark wins when overclocking and tweaking memory timings. The benchmarks used include raw memory speeds, SuperPi 32M, Geekbench 3 Memory Performance Single Core, and 3DMark11. G.Skill will award one random participant a Trident Z Royal DDR4 3600MHz (CL16) memory kit (2x8GB) and the top 9 particpants will progress and be offered a spot to compete at the live qualifier and then the grand final during Computex where the overclockers will be set loose with LN2 and grit to attempt world records and winning scores (last year G.Skill announced the overclockers beat 13 world overclocking records).

Cash prizes for contestants works out to $10,000 for first place, $3,500 for second, $2,500 for third, and $2,000 for fourth place with the prize amount decreasing in two hundred dollar increments down to the ninth place winner getting $1,000.

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The live extreme overclocking competition at last year's Computex. (Image courtesy G.Skill)

I am looking forward to seeing the extreme overclocking action and how far they are able to push the hardware as well as all the other Computex news!

Source: G.Skill

SplitmediaLabs Is Now a Gold Sponsor of OBS Project

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2019 - 11:33 PM |
Tagged: OBS, xsplit

The makers of XSplit, SplitmediaLabs, has just become a Gold Sponsor of the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) project, which is an open-source alternative to their XSplit Broadcaster. According to the OBS Open Collective page, this amounts to $20,000 USD, which ties them for first with Games Done Quick.

Note that the third-place organization has contributed $250, so there’s a lot of room for smaller companies to jump in.

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At the same time, Andreas Hoye, COO of SplitmediaLabs, published the blog post “Why XSplit is sponsoring OBS” to answer the obvious question “Why is XSplit sponsoring OBS?” According to his words, there appears to be three main reasons. The first reason is that the developer of OBS did this as a passion project, and multiple companies have swooped in to make for-profit forks. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; companies, such as RedHat, have shown that you can be valuable by establishing a service atop an open-source platform. It’s reasonable for XSplit to see the open-source OBS as their true competitor, and they’re doing it for nothing, so why not show a friendly gesture to someone in your industry who is only there because they want to be?

This leads into the second reason: competition. The post claims to want to keep OBS strong so the open-source project innovates and thus shows XSplit new ways to better their own software. It’s the not-zero-sum way of looking at the world, where you make the entire industry grow rather than eat away at each other’s market share.

As for the third reason? XSplit makes other software than just Broadcaster, and their new VCam webcam background remover is compatible with OBS.

Regardless of the reason, it’s cool when a company supports open-source. XSplit being a competitor of OBS just makes the story better.

Seasonic FOCUSes on quality in their new SGX PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2019 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: FOCUS SGX, seasonic, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold, 650W

Given its small size, having four PCIe connectors, six SATA connectors, and three Molex connectors on the Seasonic FOCUS SGX is no mean feat.  That will give almost any SFF build more than enough power, or even a full sized build if you prefer a small PSU for whatever reason.  The 10 year warranty indicates Seasonic has a lot of faith in this unit, and [H]ard|OCP's testing shows it is deserved.  You will pay a little more for the FOCUS SGX but in this case it is actually worth it.

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"Seasonic is FOCUSing more on small footprint high output power supplies, and the new FOCUS SGX series is targeting the small form factor market once again. This beefy 650 watt unit is fully modular, packs a 10 year warranty, is diminutive in size, had good efficiency, and comes complete with an ATX adapter plate as well."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Samsung is rolling out eMRAM for the IoT

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2019 - 01:16 PM |
Tagged: everspin, eMRAM, Samsung, iot, Optane

Embedded magnetic RAM has been around for a bit, usually thanks to the work of Everspin whom have licensed their technology to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, though today Samsung has announced they are developing their own.  It is less expensive to produce than STT-RAM, PC-RAM or memristors yet offers many of the same advantages over flash memory, namely much higher performance and lower electrical requirements.  

Samsung is a ways from production, according to The Register Samsung doesn't expect to tape out a 1Gb eMRAM test chip until later this year.  This would be a big leap forward for the performance of embedded systems, as ARM is working with Samsung to ensure compatibility and we may even see eMRAM onboard ARM chips once Samsung's production lines ramp up.  It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on the market once it arrives; hopefully a larger splash than a certain other type of non-volitile memory!

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"Samsung this week claimed it is mass-producing and commercially shipping embedded magnetic RAM (eMRAM) to replace EEPROM, SRAM, and NAND memories in embedded electronics."

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Source: The Register

PC Perspective Podcast #535 - EVGA RTX 2060 Ultra, USB4, and the Return of Diablo

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2019 - 08:50 AM |
Tagged: video, usb4, Threadripper, swiftech, RTX 2060, radeon vii, podcast, mx518, MK730, logitech, GOG, evga, eUFS, diablo

PC Perspective Podcast #535 - 3/7/2019

Editor's Note: Our apologies for the delayed release of this week's podcast. We had an increasingly catastrophic storage disaster that required some lengthy data recovery. But we're back up and running and thankfully lost nothing but a bit of time.

With that out of the way, join us for a look at the EVGA RTX 2060 Ultra, the Cooler Master MK730 mechanical gaming keyboard, a pricey CPU water block from Swiftech, the latest USB news, and more!

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Check out previous podcast episodes: http://pcper.com/podcast

Show Topics
00:00:06 - Intro
00:07:19 - Review: EVGA RTX 2060 XC Ultra
00:24:01 - Review: Cooler Master MK730 Mechanical Keyboard
00:29:49 - Review: Swiftech Apogee SKF Heirloom Water Block
00:33:12 - News: USB4
00:40:53 - News: Third-Gen Threadripper & Navi Details
00:47:33 - News: RTX Triple-Threat Bundle & 419.35 Drivers
00:51:01 - News: Radeon VII Undervolting
01:01:29 - News: Windows Retpoline Optimizations & Game Breakers
01:06:09 - News: Intel CPU SPOILER Vulnerability
01:14:26 - News: GPU Price Cuts?
01:20:03 - News: Samsung eUFS 3.0 Mobile Storage
01:28:36 - News: HoloLens 2
01:32:54 - Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week
Jim: Syba 10GBase-T NIC
Jeremy: Logitech MX518 Legendary
Josh: MSI Radeon RX Vega 56
Sebastian: Diablo

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

Valve Lays Off 13 Full-time Employees and More

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2019 - 05:16 PM |
Tagged: valve, layoffs

UploadVR received a statement from Valve that 13 full-time employees and “a portion of our contractor agreements were terminated”. The statement goes on to say that “It’s an unfortunate part of business, but does not represent any major changes at the company.”

UploadVR (and others of course) then went on to check who the affected people were. Based on their research, they found individuals working on projects related to VR and the Steam Controller claiming that their employment at Valve ended in 2019.

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An old render of the Steam Controller. Image Source: Valve Software.

I have not heard any info about the contractors, such as who they are or what they were doing.

According to a PC Gamer post from 2016, there were approximately 360 employees at Valve at that time. Assuming then is roughly the same as now, which is not really a good assumption but it’s what we need to work with, this would represent about 4% of their workforce… depending on how instrumental the “portion of our contractor agreements” was.

A restructure for larger companies is typically around 10% lay-offs, which 4% is significantly below. Granted, I’m not too worried about Valve’s financial health, but it’s generally good to check as an early sign of financial or structural issues involving the whole company.

Source: UploadVR

Windows 10 KB4482887 Update Causes Performance Issues

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2019 - 04:03 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, retpoline

Microsoft has just acknowledged a graphics and mouse input performance issue with their March 1st, 2019 update for Windows 10. The “Known Issues” section of the update’s documentation, KB4482887, claims that users “may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2”.

Microsoft is working on a patch for the patch. For now, affected users must remove KB4482887.

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While the update, which brings Windows 10 up to build 17763.348, contains several fixes, one that stands out is the addition of Retpoline for high-performance Spectre 2 mitigation. (Check out Tim's post on it.) It was a bit of a surprise when this update was released for the Windows 10 October 2018 update (rather than waiting a month until the April 2019 update). Further, even though it is added with the update, it is disabled by default and must be activated with a registry key. If this was the offending issue, then I would expect a registry flag to simply disable it as opposed to telling users to remove the entire update.

Of course, the cynic in me would find it hilarious if the offending branch/commit was the one responsible for “Updates time zone information for Chile” or “Addresses an issue that may prevent Internet Explorer from loading images that have a backslash (\) in their relative source path”. Something small and innocuous sounding.

Thankfully, I did not install the update, so I flipped Windows Update into “Paused” mode. (I am running Windows 10 Pro.) It’s probably a good idea to avoid this patch for a bit.

Source: Microsoft

Typing without a wire on Corsair's K83 hybrid keyboard

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2019 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: wireless keyboard, K83, iCUE, corsair

Corsair's K83 wireless keyboard offers you a variety of ways to interact with whatever you connect it to in its brushed aluminium shell.  Not only do you get the standard keys, there is a large touchpad with laptop style buttons and a joystick at the top, all of which can be programmed with iCUE.  This should help you interface with even the most poorly designed GUI, or well designed ones which support gestures, TechPowerUp offers a list of compatible TVs and other devices in the full review.

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"The CORSAIR K83 Wireless keyboard attempts to be an integral part of your living room, bringing with it a deluge of relevant features. Multiple connection options and modes give it a role with many host devices, including PCs and smart TVs, with navigation in the form of a keyboard, touch pad, and even a joystick to boot."

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Source: TechPowerUp

The pen is mightier than the car alarm

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2019 - 12:57 PM |
Tagged: security, hack, automotive, car alarm

Another week goes by and another half dozen vulnerabilities have been announced, as has sadly become tradition.  If you prefer to jump directly to the Chrome and Win7 ones below feel free, but this particular vulnerability Hackaday describes is a bit different from the norm.  It seems popular car alarm systems from Viper/Clifford and Pandora can be used quite effectively as carjacking tools. 

They both had poorly implemented security protocols which made it fairly trivial to change any users password so you could gain access to the account.  That access allows you to locate the car via GPS, listen to what is going on if the car has a microphone open or lock the doors and even start and stop the engine, as well as triggering the alarm.  This is as they say, a bad thing, and thankfully it was effectively patched once reported to the companies involved.

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"As ethics demand, the group notified the vendors and supposedly the holes have been plugged. Sometimes you hear about a hack that requires some very exotic work, but these were trivially simple. It is unknown if anyone ever used these hacks in a bad way, but it was certainly a real possibility."

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Source: Hackaday

ASUS's ROG Delta for those who have given up on the headphone jack

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2019 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: gaming headphones, asus, ROG, delta usb-c, RGB, ROG Armory, audio

Hopefully the ASUS ROG USB-C RGB headset will survive the lunacy that those in charge of the USB spec have been inflicting upon the world, but for now it will work on your phone or computer.  Kitguru does suggest installing the ROG Armory software to make use of the features offered by the built in DAC.  

Check out the full review and why the reviewer preferred it over their Corsair Void Pro, in the full video review.

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"Today we are reviewing the high-end ASUS Republic of Gamers Delta USB-C RGB headset. It has a beautifully ergonomic D-shaped ear cup design, and provides detailed, true to life audio with its updated Essence drivers and hi-fi grade ESS quad DAC"

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Source: Kitguru

Call it ThirdRipper, and other topics Ryzen from AMD's investor group meeting

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2019 - 12:58 PM |
Tagged: Zen 2, threadripper the third, ryzen pro mobile, Ryzen 3000, epyc 2, amd

Near the beginning of AMD's Investor Relations slidedeck sits a glimpse at what we will see from the company, except for a date with Navi.  Some time before summer break we will see the release of the second generation of Ryzen Pro Mobile chips (picture not to scale), which will bring Zen 2 and improved graphics to your office devices.  

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Just after the mobile chips and in time to give you a reason not to go outside the third generation of Ryzen desktop chips will hit the market, just as AMD promised.  We already have a good idea about what those chips will be called as well as their specifications; Tim covered it in length here if you have yet to memorize all the models.

We will also see Thirdripper or as The Tech Report prefers, Threadripper the Third, though we lack any information on the date or models, you should expect to see it before the end of the year with even more cores running at a higher frequency.

AMD will also be releasing a Zen 2 based EPYC family, for chiplet fans everywhere!  They suggest it will be twice as fast as the previous generation overall, up to four times as fast in certain floating point operations and as is tradition it will be compatible with the current sockets on EPYC motherboards so you can do a quick and easy drop in upgrade. 

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"Can you really call something a leak if the company released it on purpose? AMD's just released a slide deck for its investors, and buried in those slides are a few tiny nuggets of interesting information. Let's take a quick peek into the red team's path ahead."

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NVIDIA Explains How Higher Frame Rates Can Give You an Edge in Battle Royale Games

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2019 - 11:07 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, gaming, fps, battle royale

NVIDIA has published an article about GPU performance and its impact on gaming, specifically the ultra-popular battle royale variety. The emphasis is on latency, and reducing this when gaming with a combination of high FPS numbers and a 144 Hz (and higher) refresh display. Many of these concepts may seem obvious (competitive gaming on CRTs and/or lower resolutions for max performance comes to mind), but there are plenty of slides to look over - with many more over at NVIDIA's post.

"For many years, esports pros have tuned their hardware for ultra-high frame rates -- 144 or even 240 FPS -- and they pair their hardware with high refresh rate monitors. In fact, ProSettings.net and ProSettings.com report that 99% of Battle Royale Pros (Fortnite,PUBG and Apex Legends) are using 144 Hz monitors or above, and 30% are using 240 Hz monitors. This is because when you run a game, an intricate process occurs in your PC from the time you press the keyboard or move the mouse, to the time you see an updated frame on the screen. They refer to this time period as ‘latency’, and the lower your latency the better your response times will be."

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While a GTX 750 Ti to RTX 2080 comparison defies explanation, latency obviously drops with performance in this example

"Working with pros through NVIDIA’s research team and Esports Studio, we have seen the benefits of high FPS and refresh rates play out in directed aiming and perception tests. In blind A/B tests, pros in our labs have been able to consistently discern and see benefits from even a handful of milliseconds of reduced latency.

But what does higher frame rates and lower latency mean for your competitiveness in Battle Royale? A few things:

  • Higher FPS means that you see the next frame more quickly and can respond to it
  • Higher FPS on a high Hz monitor makes the image appear smoother, and moving targets easier to aim at. You are also less likely to see microstutters or “skip pixels” from one frame to the next as you pan your crosshair across the screen
  • Higher FPS combined with G-SYNC technologies like Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) makes objects and text sharper and easier to comprehend in fast moving scenes

This is why for Battle Royale games, which rely heavily on reaction times and your ability to spot an enemy quickly, you want to play at 144 FPS or more."

One of the more interesting aspects of this article relates to K/D ratios, with NVIDIA claiming an edge in this are based on GPU performance and monitor refresh rate:

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"We were curious to understand how hardware and frame rates affect overall competitiveness in Battle Royale games for everyday gamers - while better hardware can’t replace practice and training, it should assist gamers in getting closer to their maximum potential."

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"One of the common metrics of player performance in Battle Royales is kill-to-death (K/D) ratio -- how many times you killed another player divided by how many times another player killed you. Using anonymized GeForce Experience Highlights data on K/D events for PUBG and Fortnite, we found some interesting insights on player performance and wanted to share this information with the community."

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For more on this topic, and many more charts, check out the article over at NVIDIA.com.

Source: NVIDIA

Logitech's 24-Hour Gaming Stream and Fundraiser for International Women’s Day Starts Today

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2019 - 10:37 AM |
Tagged: water, twitch, streaming, logitech g, logitech, IWD, International Women’s Day, gaming, fundraiser, event, charity, blue microphones, ASTRO Gaming

Logitech is hosting a 24-hour live stream beginning today (March 7) at 2:00 PM Pacific Time / 5:00 PM Eastern  to celebrate International Women’s Day; with Logitech G, ASTRO Gaming, and Blue Microphones also involved in this "multi-city live stream".

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"To celebrate International Women’s Day, we want to acknowledge the women who contributed to gaming. Some of our favorite games have women at the helm, and many women are involved in creating the amazing technology used to play these great games.

As a part of this celebration,  Logitech, Logitech G, ASTRO Gaming and  Blue Microphones will host a 24-hour, multi-city live stream on March 7 and 8 to raise funds for charity: water. Their goal is to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing countries improving health, education and opportunity – especially for women and children, who spend up to 40 billion hours a year walking to collect clean water. It’s our goal to help improve the quality of life for women globally."

You can access the stream via the Logitech G Twitch channel and on TILTIFY, featuring "female gamers and Logitech employees around the world." Donations can be made to the foundation during the live stream, with Logitech matching the first $15,000.

"Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event. Help us celebrate diversity and donate to a worthy cause. As little as a $30 donation will bring clean water to an individual for an entire year. And if we hit our $30,000 goal, we’ll be able to bring three full communities clean water!"

Logitech provides this 24-hour stream schedule:

Thursday, March 7

  • 2pm – 10pm PT
    • Broadcast from the Logitech office in Newark, Calif.
    • Guest Streamer: @JessBrohard
  • 10pm – 2am PT /  Mar 8 7pm – 11pm Napier, New Zealand
    • Broadcast from New Zealand
    • Guest Streamer: LoriiPops

Friday, March 8

  • 2am – 6am PT / 10am – 2pm GMT
    • Broadcast from the Logitech office in Cork, Ireland
    • Guest Streamer: Fuzzy Freaks
  • 6am – 10am PT / 8am – 12pm CST
    • Broadcast from Mexico City, Mexico (in Spanish)
    • Guest Streamer: Why So Sara
  • 10am – 2pm PT
    • Broadcast from ASTRO Gaming in San Francisco, Calif.
    • Guest Streamer: @JessBrohard
Source: Logitech

OK, we exeucted Order 66 ... now what?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2019 - 03:23 PM |
Tagged: Respawn Entertainment, ea, Star Wars, Jedi: Fallen Order, gaming

On April 13th the true power of the Fallen Order shall be demonstrated, as EA and Respawn Entertainment will reveal a demonstration of the new Star Wars game at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago.  Along with the new game, there will also be an announcement involving Star Wars: The Old Republic, for those who are still playing that game. 

We don't know much about the new game, and with the developer of Titanfall and Apex Legends involved it could be just about anything.  You can see the official announcement of the pending announcement over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.

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"If you’ve been off in a galaxy far, far away, Fallen Order is set shortly after the prequel trilogy, and tells the story of a young Padawan who somehow survived Order 66, the backstabbilicious Jedi purge carried out by the Emperor’s loyal clone army."

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