PCPer Mailbag #56 - Ray tracing, Raytracing, Ray-tracing!

Subject: Editorial | August 31, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our (mostly) weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

On today's show:

00:40 - AMD ray tracing vs. NVIDIA?
03:00 - RTX tensor and RT cores?
04:55 - DirectX Raytracing vs. NVIDIA RTX?
08:18 - Ray tracing vs. Raytracing vs. Ray-tracing?
09:22 - HDMI 2.1 missing from RTX?
10:52 - Isolating drives in a dual-boot PC?
12:47 - Underclocking Ryzen for lower TDP?
14:37 - Cooling M.2 NVMe and Optane?
16:01 - Tariffs and PC hardware prices?
17:18 - RIP optical media?

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Cooler Master's ML360R RGB, how hard a frag could a disco light frag if a ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2018 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML360R RGB, AIO

The Cooler Master ML360R RGB all in one cooler features a radiator with three 120mm fans.  Installation of the cooler was easy for [H]ard|OCP but there is an extra step as you have to connect the 5-way ARGB splitter for those Frag Harder Disco Lights ... or not.  From the acoustic results this is obviously a performance cooler; you will get very good temperatures under load but you will hear it in operation.  If you are looking to tilt the balance of your cooling systems in favour of cooler operation you should check this review out.

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"If it is Frag Harder Disco Lights you want, then Cooler Master ML360R RGB All-In-One CPU liquid cooler has that in spades. RGB is nice and all, but how does this AIO do where the rubber meets the road? We strap the ML360R RGB to our highly over-volted and overclocked Ryzen 7 processor and find out."

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CASES & COOLING

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Award-Winning Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse Gets an Upgrade

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2018 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: logitech, gaming mouse, G502 hero, input

The new Logitech G502 HERO is almost more button than mouse, with 11 of them, all fully customizable to your preference, with up to five switchable profiles.  The improved HERO sensor inside the mouse has a sensitivity ranging from 100 to 16,000 DPI and a maximum speed of 400 IPS if you find yourself playing Spank the Monkey again.

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The various RGBs embedded in the mouse can be controlled and synced with the LIGHTSYNC software, included in Logitech's Gaming Software.  The weight of the mouse is adjustable with five removeable 3.6g weights in a compartment in the bottom of the mouse.  Physically the mouse is 132mm long, 75mm wide and 40mm tall.

Keep an eye out for it in October, when it should hit retail at about $80.  The full PR lurks below. 

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NEWARK, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Aug. 30, 2018 — Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse, an upgraded version of the iconic Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse. Retaining the same iconic shape as the original, the new mouse has been updated with the latest technologies, including Logitech G’s next-generation HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) 16K sensor, the highest performance and most accurate sensor available today. Coupled with Logitech G’s exclusive LIGHTSYNC RGB technology, 11 programmable buttons, five optional weights and braided cable, the world’s best-selling gaming mouse just got even better.

“The original G502 is a fan favorite, but we’ve developed some incredible sensor technology since it first launched,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. “Adding HERO 16K to G502 makes it even more awesome, and we think people are going to love it.”

The ultimate sensor for speed, accuracy and responsiveness, the Logitech G502 HERO boasts Logitech G’s industry-leading HERO 16K sensor, the highest performing and most efficient gaming sensor Logitech has ever made. Featuring an all-new lens and updated tracking algorithm to deliver ultra-precise tracking with no acceleration, smoothing or filtering over the entire DPI range, Logitech G’s revolutionary HERO 16K sensor is capable of exceeding 400 IPS and delivering 16,000 DPI tracking with pixel-precise accuracy.
With the same iconic design as the original, the Logitech G502 HERO is the ultimate in comfort, with textured rubber side button grips and an updated braided cable for optimal feel and performance through long gaming sessions. The mouse’s upgraded mechanical switch, developed in partnership with Omron, delivers extreme performance and a 50M click durability. The overall weight of the Logitech G502 HERO, and the mouse’s center of balance can be adjusted based on the placement of the adjustable weights.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse, available in black, is expected to be available at global retailers in October 2018 for a suggested retail price of $79.99

Source: Logitech

The case of the routers-in-law

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2018 - 02:30 PM |
Tagged: asus, ROG Rapture, Blue Cave, Lyra Trio, router

Over at The Tech Report is a close look at three high end pieces of consumer network kit from ASUS.  The ROG Rapture will be familiar to anyone who has glimpsed its six legs, the Blue Cave resembles an electronic donut and the pyramidal Lyra Trio allows any of the three devices to become the main router with the other two acting as extenders.  These three network devices go up against the household of a tech reviewer and his visiting in-laws.  Which managed the huge amount of traffic best?  You can find out over at The Tech Report.

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"Six months of real-world use. Six bandwidth-hungry youths and six tech-savvy adults, all under one roof. Any wireless networking device would cower in fear before such a demanding gauntlet, but Asus let us put three of its latest wireless routers to the test against this grueling menagerie."

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Tech Talk

 

Podcast #511 - IFA 2018, StoreMI, and more!

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2018 - 12:58 PM |
Tagged: podcast, xps13, StoreMI, Samsung, radeon pro, nvidia, Intel, ifa 2018, freesync, Azulle, amd, acer

PC Perspective Podcast #511 - 08/30/18

Join us this week for discussion on IFA 2018, StoreMI, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:24:43

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
    1. IFA 2018
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:27:09 Jeremy: NordVPN deal
    2. 1:29:00 Josh: 3 free games!
    3. 1:33:25 Alex: http://paletton.com/
  4. Closing/outro
 
 
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Witcher in the 21st Century

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: CD Projekt RED, cyberpunk 2077

If you haven't already seen the beta gameplay footage of Cyberpunk 2077 it is well worth checking out, though not at work considering the mature nature of the game.  While still a work in progress with no release date, the basics are there for you to see.  We get a glimpse of character creation, consumables for boosts and even special abilities.  CD Projekt Red have a long history of delayed launches but so far they have always delivered in the end.  Ars Technica gives a brief description of the footage if you don't have 45 minutes to spare.

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"The upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077 took this summer's E3 by storm with a behind-closed-doors reveal that set tongues wagging. Now, two months later, the game's developers at CD Projekt RED have deemed this hour-long gameplay slice worthy of public consumption."

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Source: Ars Technica

Acer shows off their stuff at IFA in Berlin

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 29, 2018 - 02:27 PM |
Tagged: Swift 5, Predator XB273K, OJO 500, Nitro XV273K, g-sync, freesync, aspire, acer

Acer announced a variety of new products at IFA, from monitors to laptops by way of a gaming throne. First up are a pair of monitors, the G-Sync Predator XB273K and FreeSync Nitro XV273K and two other models.  The 4k IPS Predator sports an impressive 144Hz top refresh rate, with a variety of Acer VisionCare features to reduce eyestrain.

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The Nitro series support FreeSync, and come in three models, a 4k IPS display and two 2560×1440 models, one IPS and one TN.  All three monitors can match the 144Hz top refresh rate of the Predator.  Purists will be a little disappointed that all four of these monitors were designed to the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard.

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A wide variety of laptops were revealed, including the Swift 5 which is the lightest 15" laptop on the market.  The magnesium-lithium alloy construction of the body keeps the weight to 990g (2.2lbs), which is lighter than most high end CPU heatsinks.  Inside you can choose from a i7-8565U or Core
i5-8265U, up to 16GB DDR4 and an NVMe SSD.

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Their Aspire lineup has been updated with the Aspire 7 series featuring the Intel i7-8705G or or i5-8305G processor both of which have AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics onboard.  The Aspire 5 will offer a choice of 8th gen Amber Lake-Y or Whiskey Lake-U chips paired with NVIDIA's GeForce MX150 GP while the Aspire 3 line will offer a low cost laptop for students, with the choice to include an optical drive.

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If you are looking for an all-in-one, the Aspire Z 24 is a impressive implementation of that form factor.  Hidden behind the 1080p 10 point touchscreen is a Whiskey Lake-U processor paired with a GeForce MX15 and even support for up to 32GB of Optane memory.  It is designed to be controllable from up to 4 metres away, offering more than just a small footprint on a work desk.

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Last but not least is the OJO 500 Mixed Reality headset.  The two screens combine to offer a 100 degree FOV at a 2880 x 1440 resolution with up to a 90Hz refresh rate.  Acer chose to include small speakers in the headset as opposed to integrated headphones, in keeping with the mixed reality nature of the headset. The headset and two Bluetooth controllers will sell for $399US and will be compatible with Steam as well as Windows 10.

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This is a Thronos, in which a Predator desktop PC and three screens can prevent any chance of human interaction.

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Source: Acer

IFA 2018: Dell Announces Updated XPS 13 2-in-1, Cheaper XPS 13 Configuration

Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 29, 2018 - 02:19 PM |
Tagged: xps 13 2-in-1, XPS 13, ifa 2018, i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y, dell, core m, amber lake

Hot on the heels of Intel's announcement of new Amber Lake-Y ultra-low voltage processors, Dell today announced an updated version of their XPS 13 2-in-1 device. 

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With a choice of either the Core i5-8200Y or Core i7-8500Y, the chassis design of the XPS 13 2-in-1 remains largely unchanged from when it's introduction in 2017. However, users should look forward to the increased performance and battery life from the new 8th generation Intel processors.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 will start shipping September 11th, starting at $999.99.

Dell also launched a slightly more inexpensive option for users looking at their standard XPS 13 notebook for users looking who aren't as performance conscious.

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Featuring a dual-core Intel Core i3-8130U, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SATA SSD, and a 1080P display, this new XPS 13 configuration is now available for $899 from the Dell site and other retailers.

Finally, Dell announced that their popular Developer Edition XPS 13 is now shipping with the latest release of Ubuntu (18.04). As always, these Developer Editions come preconfigured with Ubuntu and all the necessary drivers out of the box and are less expensive than their Windows-toting counterparts.

Source: Dell

A teaser on executive migrations and GLOFO's refusal to shrink from their strengths

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2018 - 01:10 PM |
Tagged: Jim Anderson, amd, lattice semiconductor, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

There will be a bit to talk about on tonight's podcast as we have seen two big changes in the industry this week.  Most recently Jim Anderson, the GM and SVP of AMD's Computing and Graphics section handed in his resignation to become CEO of Lattice Semiconductor.  The 35 year old FPGA company has had quite a history, from filing for Chapter 11 to grabbing IP from Silicon Image to having their purchase by a Chinese corporation blocked by the US Government.  You may have never heard of them but there is a good chance you have seen or used some of their products.  It will be interesting to see what this means for both companies.

The second big change comes from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and is right up Josh's 7nm alley.  They will be abandoning their 7nm process to focus on their 14 and 12nm FinFET as their CEO, Tom Caulfield stated that this move makes sense as many companies have no interest in the new and more expensive fabrication process.  This argument was undermined by AMD's immediately announced they will be moving the production of their next CPUs and GPUs to TSMC.  There are several other companies, one of which being ARM, who are also narrowly focused on moving to 7nm and beyond.  Intel has been quiet so far, for fairly obvious reasons.

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"Anderson hails from AMD where he was senior veep and GM of the chip flinger's Computing and Graphics Business Group. He joined AMD in May 2015, following stints at Intel, Avago and LSI, and directly replaces Glen Hawk, who was interim boss and will remain as special advisor to the CEO until the end of October."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: The Register

IFA 2018: Intel Announces New 8th Generation Mobile Processors

Subject: Processors, Mobile | August 28, 2018 - 04:00 PM |
Tagged: whiskey lake, mobile, Intel, ifa 2018, amber lake, 8th generation

Tonight at the consumer electronics trade show IFA in Berlin, Intel announced their latest processors aimed at thin-and-light notebooks and 2-in-1 devices. Continuing the ever elongated 8th generation processor family from Intel, these new mobile CPUs are comprised of both 5W (Amber Lake-Y) and 15W (Whiskey Lake-U) parts.

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Whiskey Lake-U

  Core i7-8565U Core i7-8550U Core i5-8265U Core i5-8250U Core i3-8145U
Architecture Whiskey Lake Kaby Lake Refresh Whiskey Lake Kaby Lake Refresh Whiskey Lake
Process Tech 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+
Cores/Threads 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 2/4
Base Clock 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz 1.6 GHz 1.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Max Turbo Clock 4.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz
Memory Support DDR4/LPDDR3 DDR4/LPDDR3 DDR4/LPDDR3 DDR4/LPDDR3 DDR4/LPDDR3
Memory Speeds 2400/2133 2400/2133 2400/2133 2400/2133 2400/2133
Cache 8MB 8MB 6MB 6MB 4MB
TDP 15W 15W 15W 15W 15W

Just as we saw with the Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs last year, these 15W parts maintain the same quad-core, eight-thread configurations. 

On the highest end part, the i7-8565U, we see an increase of 600MHz on the max turbo clock, while the base clock remains the same. The i5-8265U sees a smaller uptick of 300MHz boost while also keeping the same base clock of 1.6GHz as the previous generation.

Amber Lake-Y

  Core i7-8500Y Core i7-7Y75 Core i5-8200Y Core i5-7Y75 Core m3-8100Y Core m3-7Y32
Architecture Amber Lake Kaby Lake  Amber Lake Kaby Lake Amber Lake Kaby Lake
Process Tech 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+
Cores/Threads 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4
Base Clock 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz 1.4 GHz 1.2 GHz 2.1 GHz 1.1 GHz
Max Turbo Clock 4.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.0GHz
Memory Support LPDDR3 LPDDR3 LPDDR3 LPDDR3 LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory Speeds 1866 1866 1866 1866 1866 1866
Cache 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB
TDP 5W 4.5W 5W 4.5W 5W 4.5W

As we can see, the Amber Lake CPUs provide a significant frequency advantage over the previous Kaby Lake-Y processors, especially with the turbo frequencies ranging from 600-900MHz improvements.

These higher frequencies give these low power processors a substantial performance uptick from the previous generation, as long as the thermal solutions in the end product notebooks are up to the task of actually achieving these high turbo boost frequencies.

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Across the board, Intel is marketing these CPU platforms as having increased connectivity options, with built-in 802.11AC 160MHz dual-band Wi-Fi support (which Intel is referring to as Gigabit WiFi). Additionally, both the Amber Lake and Whiskey Lake families have options to be paired with Intel LTE modems for cellular connectivity.

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Also on the connectivity side, we see support for native USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports through the chipset on Whiskey Lake-U.

Intel is also touting battery life improvements with "16 hours on a single charge with power-optimized systems targeted to achieve about 19 hours" on the Whiskey Lake-U platform. However, as always, take these specifications with a grain of salt until we see real products with these processors integrated into them and benchmarked.

Source: Intel

HP's Ryzen powered Envy x360

Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2018 - 03:03 PM |
Tagged: Envy x360, Ryzen 5 2500U, hp

The Envy x360 13 which TechSpot got in for review costs a mere $700 and comes with a Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB of RAM and 256GB with a 13.3" 1080p IPS touchscreen as well as a pen which is compatible with Windows 10 input and offers 1024 levels of pressure.  For the creative types a higher end pen can be purchased with significantly more sensitivity.  The body is all metal, with 15mm bezels and a 360 degree hinge for use as a tablet.  Check out how it performs in their full review.

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"Today we're finally looking at another Ryzen Mobile laptop, the second ever system we've had proper hands on time with. Despite a few difficulties finding these systems on the market, HP has pulled through with their brand new Envy x360 13-inch, and this - spoiler alert - is a fantastic system."

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Source: TechSpot

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 is live

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 28, 2018 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, radeon, amd, 18.8.2

Hot on the heels of the NVIDIA update, AMD has released a new driver for your Radeon and Vega cards or your APU, with optimizations for Strange Brigade and F1 2018 with a focus on high resolution performance. 

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In addition to the new games, there are fixes for Far Cry 5 and solutions to problems some users encountered with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.  You can grab them right here.

Support For

  • Strange Brigade
    • Up to 5% faster performance in Strange BrigadeTM using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on the RadeonTM RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with RadeonTM Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1 at 3840x2160 (4K).
    • Up to 3% faster performance in Strange BrigadeTM using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on the RadeonTM RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with RadeonTM Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1 at 2560x1440 (1440p).
  • F1 2018

Fixed Issues

  • Some games may experience instability or stutter when playing with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.
  • Upgrade Advisor may not appear in Radeon Settings game manager.
  • Far Cry 5 may experience dimmed or grey images with HDR10 enabled on some system configurations.
  • Far Cry 5 may experience an application hang when changing video settings on some system configurations.
  • Radeon Chill min and max values may not sync on multi GPU system configurations.
  • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4.
Source: AMD

Sure you have GigaRays, but can you power 32 VMs per card? Meet the Radeon Pro V340

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2018 - 01:21 PM |
Tagged: Vega, Radeon Pro V340, radeon pro, amd

The new Radeon Pro V340 is designed in a way we haven't seen from AMD in a while, with dual Vega 56 GPUs sharing the same PCB with 32GB of HBM2.  The card is not aimed at the same market segment as NVIDIA's new RTX cards, instead AMD is talking up its virtualisation abilities.  One card can support 32 VMs, which means AMD could have perhaps picked a better name, but that does not detract from this impressive ability.  This could position AMD to compete effectively against NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming service and offer their own service to allow you to play games over the net, independent of your own hardware.  You can check out the announcement video over at The Inquirer to see how AMD is planning on positioning themselves.

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"Essentially squashing two Vega 56 graphics cards together, the Radeon Pro V340 sports 112 compute units and 7,168 stream processors. It also makes use of high-bandwidth memory totalling in 32GB of HBM2, which touts a bandwidth of 512GB/s"

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Tech Talk

Source: The Inquirer

Remember staring at MemTest86, over and over and over again?

Subject: Memory | August 27, 2018 - 06:33 PM |
Tagged: memtest86, stability

Those of us a little long in the tooth will have no troubles remembering days of Prime95 and MemTest86 runs proving that your overclock was stable as could be, but fresher enthusiasts may not have had that experience.  MemTest86 was, at one point in the early 2000's, the go to memory interface stability testing software, allowing you to boot straight into a testing mode and skipping your OS altogether.  The interface hasn't changed much, but the hardware sure has!  UEFI booting is now supported and you can test this new type of RAM that we only dreamed of back in 2002.  Check out Overclockers Club for the memories, or to learn about another tool to add to your box of tricks.

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"If you have any sort of system stability issues, starting with the memory is generally a good bet. It is often people skip testing system memory for defects or the root cause of a system crash because it is often seen as an unnecessary computer component. In reality, it is one of the most important hardware components in any computer. If your system memory is failing, it can account for random lockups, failed POST screens, and an assortment of strange computer issues."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

Memory

 

Join the Battlefield V Open Beta with the new GeForce Game Ready 399.07 WHQL drivers

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2018 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: Switchblade, Strange Brigade, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, open beta, nvidia, Immortal: Unchained, geforce 399.07, F1 2018, battlefield V

The open beta for Battlefield V begins on September 4th for those want to ruin everything or who are Origin Access Premier, Origin Access Basic or EA Access members. The rest of us, especially those who have learned the evils of pre-ordering have to wait until September 6th to try it out.

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What you don't have to wait for is the GeForce Game Ready 399.07 WHQL driver, which you can snag through GeForce Experience or from the driver page here.  This driver will enable RTX ray tracing in BFV as well as offering optimized performance in F1 2018, Immortal: Unchained, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, Strange Brigade, and Switchblade.  There are other fixes as well (PDF), including a resolution to those experiencing stuttering in Windowed G-Sync games after ye olde Win10 Spring Update. 

Today NVIDIA released a new Game Ready Driver for the Battlefield V Open Beta. This driver will also provide the best game play experience for F1 2018, Immortal: Unchained, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, Strange Brigade, and Switchblade.

Ahead of Battlefield V’s general release on October 19th, you can participate in an open beta featuring Conquest on the Rotterdam and Arctic Fjord maps, and Grand Operations on Arctic Fjord, with Airborne mode on Day 1, and Breakthrough mode on Day 2. The Battlefield V Open Beta begins on September 4th for those who pre-ordered, and gamers who are Origin Access Premier, Origin Access Basic and EA Access members. And then on September 6th for everyone else. GeForce gamers are Game Ready today.

Battlefield V will be one of the first games enhanced with NVIDIA RTX Real-Time Ray Tracing on our newly-unveiled GeForce RTX graphics cards, bringing a new level of fidelity and realism to the already-stunning game.

Available on or before launch day, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimize performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

Source: NVIDIA

Photographers are flipping over mirrorless cameras

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: camera, DSLR, slr, sony a9

The Tech Report offers a brief history of SLR and DSLR cameras as well as reasoning as to why they might be permanently consigned to the past thanks to new technology.  In the heart of a single lens reflex camera, digital or otherwise, is a mirror between the rear of the lens and the film or sensor which allowed you to see what the picture you were about to take looked like.   However the mirror adds some problems to fine tuning things such as wide angle shots, as well as requiring larger lenses to allow this trick to work.  Recently mirror-less designs have been appearing, which are able to display a preview directly from the sensor such as the Sony A9, which also allow you to do things you cannot on a SLR.  Check out the link up top to learn more about this.

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"The single-lens-reflex camera has dominated interchangeable-lens camera designs for the better part of a century, but mirrorless cameras are coming to the fore. We examine some history behind the SLR and why its reign is likely to end."

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MSI's B350I PRO AC, gone but not forgotten

Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2018 - 04:15 PM |
Tagged: mini-itx, msi, b350, B350I PRO AC, amd, ryzen

The MSI B350I Pro AC is not a new motherboard but it is worth remembering for anyone looking to build a small system.  However [H]ard|OCP is teasing you a bit; the board was in stock when they started the review but has been discontinued very recently with the B450I Gaming Plus AC replacing it.  Why is it worth looking at, you may ask?  The board is a solid base to build a SFF system off of and will be selling at a discount if you can find it; so keep your eyes open and you might get it for a song.

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"While we might be late to the party with a B350 review, we were running tests with it and were so impressed we thought we would put it through the full review process. MSI’s B350I PRO AC might just have been worth the wait. How does this inexpensive powerhouse fair against more expensive offerings?"

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Motherboards

Source: [H]ard|OCP

SanDisk goes to the Extreme with their new portable SSD

Subject: Storage | August 24, 2018 - 01:37 PM |
Tagged: sandisk, extreme portable, 1TB, USB 3.1 gen 2

The SanDisk Extreme Portable 1 TB USB drive has a IP55 rating, which means it can resist large dirt and a bit of sprayed liquid but don't submerse it or use it in an area with fine particulates floating around, such as the entirety of Western Canada at the moment.  Thanks to the transfer speed of the Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection, 1TB is a reasonable size for a portable SSD, The Tech Report saw transfer speeds in line with what you would expect from this connection.  The casing and design does cost you however, expect to pay upwards of $0.30/GB when picking up this portable SSD.

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"SanDisk's Extreme Portable SSD pairs USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer rates with a durable, stylish exterior shell. We put the 1-TB Extreme Portable through our testing gauntlet to see whether it's as speedy as it is strong."

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Of Intel, Foreshadow, horses and barn doors

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2018 - 12:29 PM |
Tagged: Foreshadow, Intel, hyperthreading, L1TF, spectre, security, patch

In a move which should not come as a shock to anyone, Intel removed the wording which was revealed yesterday along with their Foreshadow patch for desktop CPUs prohibiting publishing comparative performance results.   The reason Intel would rather you didn't post performance comparisons, pre and post patch, is that along with the microcode update HyperThreading needs to be disabled which has a noticeable effect on any multi-threaded application.  Debian were of great help with this, refusing to deply the microcode patch with the gag order in place. 

Red Hat foreshadowed what you will see with their results from the server chip patches, The Register notes as being "from a +30 per cent gain, to -50 per cent loss and beyond. Most HT testing, however, showed losses in the 0-30 per cent range."

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"Intel has backtracked on the license for its latest microcode update that mitigates security vulnerabilities in its processors – after the previous wording outlawed public benchmarking of the chips."

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Source: The Register

Podcast #510 - NVIDIA 2080 Launch, blockchain gaming, and more!

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2018 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: Volta, video, turing, Threadripper, rtx, podcast, nzxt, nvidia, logitech, arm, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #510 - 08/23/18

Join us this week for discussion on NVIDIA 2080 Launch, blockchain gaming, and more!

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Hosts: Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:24:43

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:14:15 Jeremy: I love 14cm fans!
  4. Closing/outro
 
 
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