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Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2019 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: chrome, google, Chromium Gerrit
Chrome developers are working to end one of the internet's long standing gags, that of Chrome munching every bit of RAM it can get it's hands on. The Chromium Gerrit project is in very early days and we don't have much information on it all except that they are working to develop a version of Chrome which "sets budgets for certain resource types". The idea being that when you stop interacting with a page or tab, Chrome will stop large scripts from running until you start using that tab again.
In theory this should provide a way to reduce the amount of system resources an idle page gobbles up, and The Inquirer, among others, hopes this will be more effective that current add-ons designed to do this. With Microsoft intending to move Edge to Chromium, this will benefit quite a few people if ever successfully implemented.
"Full details are held on an unreleased design document, and we're far too early for even the Canary channel users to be seeing it in the wild - it may never happen at all, though it's very much hoped that it will."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD allocates Blighty fewer than 100 Radeon 7 GPUs, claims retailer @ The Inquirer
- New Technique Allows Scientists To Create Materials That Get Stronger With More Use @ Slashdot
- Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm @ The Register
- Researcher Reveals a Severe, Unpatched Mac Password Flaw To Protest Apple Bug Bounty @ Slashdot
- RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools @ The Register
- Microsoft fixes pricing for Windows 7 extended support @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2019 - 02:01 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SFF, ryzen, mini-stx, barebones, asrock, APU, amd, AM4
ASRock is launching a new small form factor barebones system later this month that incorporates what the company claims Is the first Mini STX motherboard for AMD’s Zen-based processors (primarily APUs) using the AM4 socket, a tiny case, and optional accessories. The DeskMini A300 and A300W are barebones PCs where you are responsible for adding your own CPU, RAM, and storage. Measuring 155 x 155 x 80mm (approximately 6.1” x 6.1” x 3.15”), the 1.92-liter PCs sit somewhere between an Intel NUC and a Mini ITX build. The DeskMini A300 case is all black with subtle rounded corners, a stylized front panel, and ample square mesh ventilation grills along the top, left side, and back. Up front sits two audio jacks (mic/headphone), one USB 3.1 Type-C, and one USB 3.1 Type-A (both USB 3.1 Gen 1 / 5Gbps) and two USB 2.0 ports can be added via an optional front panel add-on using a header on the motherboard. Around back ASRock’s A300M-STX motherboard offers up one USB 3.1 (5Gbps), one USB 2.0, one Gigabit Ethernet, and three display outputs (one each of HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort). There is also a DC-in jack for power with the kit using a 19V 120W power brick.
Inside the case the DeskMini A300 uses the ASRock A300M-STM motherboard with measures 5” x 5”. While not the first Mini STX motherboard for AMD processors (Mini STX is generally an Intel form factor), it is reportedly the first for newer AMD chips using the AM4 socket. The board supports up to 65W CPUs and will generally only be used with APUs that have their own integrated graphics as this motherboard lacks a PCI-E x16 slot for installing a dedicated GPU. Granted, an enthusiast might well be able to use a CPU only Ryzen processor and sacrifice a M.2 slot to add in a GPU but then you would need a bigger case and at that point it might be easier to just go Mini ITX (Note that some Mini STX motherboards do support external graphics via MXM slots but those mainly mobile focused GPUs can come at a hefty premium). In any event, the AM4 socket is paired with two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots (up to 2933 MHz), two Ultra M.2 2280 slots for NVMe storage, one M.2 Key E for wireless modules, and two SATA 3 6Gpbs ports (RAID 0 and 1 are supported). ASRock sells an optional 65W CPU cooler, but if you plan to add your own height is limited to 46mm.
Audio is handled by the Realtek ALC233 codec/chipset while networking is handled by the Realtek RTL8111H NIC for wired and the Intel AC-3168 Wi-Fi for wireless (on the A300W SKU).
The DeskMini A300 barebones PC is slated for release later this month starting at $119 which gets you a tiny SFF motherboard, case, and power supply. Tom’s Hardware was able to get a hands-on look at the case and motherboard at CES and took several photos of the kit. It is an interesting product utilizing Mini STX and is nice to see an AMD option in this middle ground form factor.
Looking at the photos, the second M.2 slot as well as the CMOS battery being on the underside of the motherboard may prove to be rather inconvenient (it’s not clear if that case has a motherboard cutout for those areas or not). Using vertical SO-DIMM slots shouldn’t be a problem airflow wise in this case though and should be a bit sturdier than the angled approaches long term. Storage and other I/O seems decent especially considering this system uses the lower-end A300 chipset.
Hopefully reviewers (and modders!) will be able to get their hands on the small form factor hardware soon. What are your thoughts?
- Sapphire Shows Off New 5x5 Ryzen V1000 Platform for Embedded Systems
- Mini-STX Build: ECS H110S-2P and SilverStone VT01 Review
- AMD Details AM4 Chipsets and Upcoming Motherboards
- The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Review: Return of the APU
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2019 - 11:42 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: rtx, nvidia, Futuremark, DLSS, 3dmark
If you have an RTX-based graphics card, then you can now enable Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) on 3DMark’s Port Royal benchmark. NVIDIA has also published a video of the benchmark running at 1440p alongside Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA).
Two things stand out about the video: Quality and Performance.
On the quality side: holy crap it looks good. One of the major issues with TAA is that it makes everything that’s moving somewhat blurry and/or otherwise messed up. For DLSS? It’s very clear and sharp, even in motion. It is very impressive. It also seems to behave well when there are big gaps in rendered light intensity, which, in my experience, can be a problem for antialiasing.
On the performance side, DLSS was shown to be significantly faster than TAA – seemingly larger than the gap between TAA and no anti-aliasing at all. The gap is because DLSS renders at a lower resolution automatically, and this behavior is published on NVIDIA’s website. (Ctrl+F for “to reduce the game’s internal rendering resolution”.)
Update on Feb 6th @ 12:36pm EST:
Apparently there's another mode, called DLSS 2X, that renders at native resolution. It won't have the performance boost over TAA, but it should have slightly higher rendering quality. I'm guessing it will be especially noticeable in the following situation.
End of Update.
While NVIDIA claims that it shouldn’t cause a noticeable image degradation, I believe I can see an example (in the video and their official screenshots) where the reduced resolution causes artifacts. If you look at the smoothly curving surfaces on the ring under the ship (as the camera zooms in just after 59s) you might be able to see a little horizontal jagged or almost Moiré effect. While I’m not 100% sure that it’s caused by the forced dip in resolution, it doesn’t seem to appear on the TAA version. If this is an artifact with the lowered resolution, I’m curious whether NVIDIA will allow us to run at the native resolution and still perform DLSS, or if the algorithm simply doesn’t operate that way.
NVIDIA's Side-by-Side Sample with TAA
NVIDIA's Side-by-Side Sample with DLSS
DLSS with artifacts pointed out
Image Credit: NVIDIA and FutureMark. Source.
That said, the image quality of DLSS is significantly above TAA. It’s painful watching an object move smoothly on a deferred rendering setup and seeing TAA freak out just a little to where it’s noticeable… but not enough to justify going back to a forward-rendering system with MSAA.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2019 - 07:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tempered glass, Cougar, panzer g, RGB, atx, thin red line
If you lack fingerprints, or are simply in love with cleaning tempered glass then Cougar's Panzer G with glass on the front, sides and top is worth a look. For cooling it comes with three 120mm RGBearing fans at front, which can be swapped with two 140mm fans or their radiator equivalents, with the same able to fit at the top, along with a rear and bottom 120mm. Cougar also seems to have grasped the popularity of 2.5" drives as it holds four, compared to two 3.5" bays and the latter can hold the smaller form factor for a total of six 2.5" drives.
"The Cougar Panzer G is an upgraded version of the original Panzer which combines the benefits of the Panzer-S having additional fans with even more glass panels all around. All that without a crazy big price difference make the Panzer G quite the intriguing choice for those who are fans of understated looks and maybe a more professional work environment."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Meshify S2 – Meshify Gets a Define S2 Mash-Up @ Bjorn3d.com
- Swiftech H240 X3 AIO @ TechPowerUp
- DeepCool Captain 240 PRO @ Guru of 3D
- CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Storage | February 5, 2019 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 10 gigabit, synology, ds 1819+, NAS
Synology's DS 1819+ is quite the piece of NAS hardware, supporting an obnoxious amount of RAID varieties and can be specifically configured for just about any task you might want to assign eight SATA drives to, or 18 if you pick up the expansion kit. More important are the choices of PCIe NICs you can choose from, including a 10GbE SFP+ on PCIe 2.0 x4, a pair of 10GbE SFP+ or RJ45 on PCIe 3.0 x8 or a single 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 3.0 x4 card.
If you are looking for a NAS that can do just about anything you want, and don't mind paying around $1000 for the device, take a look at Modders Inc for the full story.
"Just like everyone graduated from IDE drives and AGP cards it is time to change how we use home and small office storage. Gigabit Ethernet is still very popular however, it is time to consider the next Ethernet technology. Yes, I am talking about 10 Gigabit (10GbE) enabled devices."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Apacer AS2280 P2 SSD 480 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Crucial BX500 480GB SATA SSD @ Modders-Inc
- Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB @ Kitguru
- Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB @ Kitguru
- Patriot EP A1 128GB & 256GB MicroSDXC Cards Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2019 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: lightbulb, led, lies
You don't often notice a light bulb until it goes out and any disassembly on your part was likely violent and accidental, but there is some interesting tech in LED bulbs. Hackaday were interested in what happened to shorten the lifespan of these type of bulbs which were originally marketed to last much longer than current models; indeed much longer than the actual bulbs ever managed to do. They took a look at what is inside current generations of bulbs to see what differences exist between a bulb marketed for 15,000 hours versus one claiming 25,000 hours.
Along the way you will learn about the light bulb cartel which artificially limited the lifespan of incandescent bulbs and the famous Centennial Bulb which has been continuously burning for well over 1,000,000 hours.
"So, what happened to those 100,000 hour residential LED bulbs? Were the initial estimates just over-optimistic? Was it all marketing hype? Or, did we not know enough about LED aging to predict the true useful life of a bulb?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The quantum internet comes closer @ Physics World
- NVIDIA’s A.I. Thinks It Knows What Games Are Supposed Look Like @ Hackaday
- Asus' GPU overclocking tool serves up Nvidia RTX adverts in games @ The Inquirer
- AT&T’s misleading “5G E” indicator comes to 4G iPhones in iOS 12.2 beta @ Ars Technica
- Huawei in FBI sting at CES after allegedly reverse engineering another product @ The Inquirer
- Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it @ The Register
- Samsung cancels partnership with counterfeit Supreme brand @ Ars Technica
- Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption @ The Register
Subject: Memory | February 4, 2019 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: watercooling, ddr4, ddr4-3200, RGB
It took a bit of time but it was inevitable, some manufacturer was bound to add watercooling to their DDR4. Thermaltake's 32GB DDR4-3200MHz WaterRAM RGB kit incorporates an RGB waterblock which attaches to the top of the DIMMs and can be incorporated into an existing cooling loop. It certainly does cool the RAM, as KitGuru measured 38.1C without the block, 36.2C by adding the block and below 30C when hooked up to a full watercooling loop.
As for the effect on performance, check out the full review.
"The important thing here is that you don’t have to replace the heat sinks on the RAM modules with the attendant risk of damaging the ICs, and neither do you have to add a manifold as Thermaltake has done all the engineering for you."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.SKILL Trident Z Royal 4000 MHz CL17 @ TechPowerUp
- Patriot Viper Steel 4000 MHz DDR4 @ Guru3D
- Team Group T-Force Xcalibur RGB 16GB DDR4-3600MHz @ Kitguru
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2019 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 418.81 WHQL, geforce, nvidia, driver
NVIDIA's newest WHQL driver has been updated to better support 3DMark Port Royal as well as getting ready for the release of the RTX laptops from a wide variety of manufacturers for those who love to game on the go.
In addition to improved benchmark runs you will also get the following.
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2019 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, radeon vii
It's coming up on the release date for AMD's new GPU, which has traditionally become the time at which unboxing videos start to appear. [H]ard|OCP did take the box apart and reveal the new card, but did not stop there. Instead they kept on going, removing the shroud to reveal the PCB and components attached to it. The video offers a little more insight into the new card, for those that like looking under the hood. Stay tuned for actual results in the near future.
"We show you what is inside the new AMD Radeon VII reviewer's kit, and then breakdown the entire video card to show you what is under that sleek new shroud."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Here comes the AMD Radeon VII graphics card @ The Tech Report
- AMD Radeon VII Unboxing @ Kitguru
- AMD Radeon VII Unboxing & Preview @ TechPowerUp
- FAA Proposes Refined Drone Regulations @ Hackaday
- Bitcoin is Worth Less Than the Cost To Mine It @ Slashdot
- Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results @ The Register
- Microsoft's classic File Manager is now available in the Windows Store @ The Inquirer
- Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more @ The Register
- Bless the overclockers: In the data center world, liquid cooling is becoming king @ Ars Technica
- Sandberg Outdoor Solar Powerbank 24000 Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2019 - 10:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mini ITX, LGA 1151, Intel, coffee lake, asrock
ASRock is preparing to launch a new Mini ITX motherboard based on Intel’s B365 chipset. The aptly-named ASRock B365M-ITX/ac pairs the new (but based on older 22nm fabrication processes) chipset with the LGA 1151 socket and support for the latest 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core processors along with support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory in two DIMM slots (specifications aren’t clear if the new 32GB DC-DIMMs are supported or if this is just for future reference). The B365M-ITX/ac takes advantage of ASRock’s “Super Alloy” suite of technologies which includes five phase digital power delivery, 60-amp chokes and dual stacked MOSFETs along with the black glass PCB.
The Mini ITX motherboard supports Intel processors up to 95W. Connectivity includes a single PCI-E x16 slot, one M.2 Key E for Wi-Fi modules in line with the rear I/O (with an included Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2 module), one M.2 22110 slot for solid state drives (B365 does support Optane), and four SATA 3 ports. ASRock uses an Intel I219V NIC for Gigabit Ethernet and while the B365 chipset does not have built-in Wi-Fi there is an Intel wireless module for 802.11ac 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi bundled with the board. Audio is handled by a 7.1 channel Realtek ALC887 codec that has been spruced up slightly with ELNA capacitors.
Rear I/O on the B365M-ITX/ac includes HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort video outputs up top followed by one PS/2 port, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 (10Gbps), one RJ45 jack for Gigabit Ethernet, two Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and three 3.5mm audio outputs.
Unfortunately pricing and availability have not been announced yet. With that said, looking around online, I would guess that the B365-based board will launch somewhere around $100 at retail (MSRP may be a bit higher) with the B360M-ITX/ac board sitting at around $90 right now and the higher end Fatality boards using the higher end Z chipsets sitting around $120+.
The B365M-ITX/ac appears to be an interesting board that will hopefully fall on the budget side of pricing. I am looking forward to the reviews on this as the spacing seems better than average (Morry will appreciate the CMOS battery placement), and I/O is decent. The audio doesn’t seem to be as beefed up as some of the competition, however, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 or Thunderbolt would have been nice-to-have along with right angled power connectors but all that would add to the cost. In any event, the more small form factor options, the merrier (so long as the quality is there)!
What are your thoughts on ASRock’s latest SFF offering?
- Mini ITX Motherboards @ PC Perspective
- Intel Adds B365 Chipset to Lineup: The Return of 22nm @ AnandTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2019 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: GTX 2060, msi, RTX 2060 Gaming Z, nvidia
MSI's RTX 2060 GAMING Z 6GB will cost you a bit more than the reference edition, expect to see it eventually settle at $390, however everything from the PCB to the cooler has been customized and the Boost clock is an impressive 1830MHz. [H]ard|OCP fired up the Afterburner and pushed that Boost to 1880MHz, as well as increasing the frequency of the 6GB of VRAM from 14GHz to 15.6GHz. If you are looking for a decent gaming experience at 1440p, this card will suit you better than a GTX 1070 Ti.
"We’ve got a fast factory overclocked MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z video card to review today. We’ll take it through its paces in many games, and find out how it performs, including overclocking performance with the competition. Does the RTX 2060 deliver better performance at a lower price compared to the last generation?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Is 6GB VRAM Enough for 1440p Gaming? Testing Usage with Nvidia's RTX 2060 @ Techspot
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 STRIX OC @ Guru of 3D
- Overclocking Showdown – the RX Vega 64 vs. the RTX 2070 @ BabelTechReviews
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Processors | February 1, 2019 - 04:37 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: xeon, workstation, W-3175X, system integrator, SI, processor, parts, OEM, newegg, Intel, DIY, cpu
In a move that would seem to contradict what we have heard about Intel's new 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor, Newegg currently has it listed as a standalone CPU part for $2977.99.
The official announcement from Intel had only mentioned availability via pre-built workstations from system integrators:
"How You Get It: The Intel Xeon W-3175X processor is available from system integrators that develop purpose-built desktop workstations."
Product page at Newegg.com
Though not available for purchase (yet?), the existence of this product entry in Newegg's system suggests that the DIY community will have access to Intel's most powerful workstation processor after all, and without a markup over the tray price.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 04:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: skype, microsoft, uwp
Once again Microsoft is planning to forcibly move you to the new Skype without giving you an option other than going to the competition. For those on Windows 10, this will mean the UWP version which is pretty much incapable of calling anything other than other Windows 10 machines, and not well even then. For those with business machines that block the Microsoft store and who haven't downgraded to Skype For Business, this means you had better start shopping around for other solutions.
As The Inquirer has seen themselves, if you are using Skype Classic you will now be offered the choice to either upgrade or exit the application.
"Users have been railing against the move since it was first announced, as Skype 8 has been beset by problems, many linked to the fact that it will see Windows 10 users forced to use a UWP (Microsoft Store) version of the app, which has historically not worked very well - a point we've made many times."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Canada's Telco Bell Tried To Have VPNs Banned During NAFTA Negotiations @ Slashdot
- Seagate punts external PS4 drive at the millions who uninstalled their game libraries to fit Red Dead Redemption 2 @ The Register
- 5G protocol flaw could leave networks open to eavesdropping, MITM attacks @ The Inquirer
- Itanium’s demise approaches: Intel to stop shipments in mid-2021@ Ars Technica
- Secretlab Omega Gaming Chair @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: wd black, W-3175X, TSMC, ssd, SFX, seasonic, samsung 970 evo, Samsung, RTX 2060, radeon vii, quarterly earnings, overclocking, NVMe, gtx 1660 ti, cooler master, benchmarks, podcast
PC Perspective Podcast #530 - 1/30/2019
This week on the show, we have reviews of two power supplies, two new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and Western Digital, a look at a new low-profile keyboard from Cooler Master, more RTX 2060 benchmarks and overclocking, Radeon VII rumors and leaked benchmarks, AMD's Q4 earnings, and more!
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Check out previous podcast episodes: http://pcper.com/podcast
00:02:30 - Review: Seasonic SGX-650 PSU
00:04:13 - Review: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W PSU
00:05:21 - Review: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
00:10:33 - Review: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
00:18:18 - Review: Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard
00:21:42 - Review: RTX 2060 1440p & Overclocking Benchmarks
00:27:57 - News: Trouble at TSMC?
00:31:00 - News: AMD Gonzalo APU & Next-Gen Console Specs
00:39:47 - News: Radeon VII Rumors & Benchmarks
00:44:15 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Rumors
00:46:50 - News: Samsung OLED Displays for Notebooks
00:50:14 - News: Backblaze HDD Longevity Report
00:52:44 - News: Intel 28-Core Xeon W-3175X
00:58:41 - News: Samsung 1TB eUFS Chip for Smartphones
01:01:56 - News: AMD Q4 Earnings
01:13:48 - Picks of the Week
01:20:59 - Outro
Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2019 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: razer, razer blade stealth, gaming laptop, whiskey lake
Razer have released an updated Blade Stealth for 2019, with a few base upgrades and a wide variety of upgrades to choose from. All will have a Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U, though the 13.3" display can be 1080p or 4K depending on your preference. You can have either 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 and a choice of a 256GB SATA SSD, or if you prefer a PCIe SSD you can choose 256GB or 512GB. Not all models will have a discrete GPU, but those that do will have an MX150. As far as peripherals go, you get a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C 3.1 port and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports plus a headphone jack; at the cost of a full sized HDMI port.
TechSpot published a review, covering the additional features Razer included as well as the performance.
"The new Razer Blade Stealth uses an all-new design with new hardware. Powered by a Core i7-8565U processor, the 13.3" ultraportable offers models with and without discrete graphics, 8 or 16GB of RAM and two performance levels of 256GB SSDs running on a 53 Wh battery."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Acer Predator Helios 300 @ Kitguru
- Huawei Matebook 13 review: A cheaper Matebook X Pro with killer performance @ Ars Technica
- Oppo RX17 Pro @ The Inquirer
- The OPPO R17 Pro @ TechARP
- Honor View 20 @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2019 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, linux, TAILS, debian, tor
TAILS is a Debian based Linux distro, specifically designed for you to boot from a USB to avoid storing any data locally as well as providing tools to keep online eyes from prying into your business. Even those who have become jaded over the years by their knowledge of the prevalence of online tracking raised an eyebrow over the past week with the news about tracking by Apple, Google and Facebook, to name just a few. TAILS will protect your browsing with TOR and as you are booting from a USB you won't end up with new trackers on your system. The new version is based on the 4.19 kernel, with the variety of updates that offers, especially when it comes to graphics cards. The Register has some advice before you install it though, which you can check out here.
In other news, we are sad to announce Ryan failed in his attempt to takeover Intel.
"Hot on the heels of Apple's latest privacy blunder, The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) has emitted version 3.12."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Et tu, Google? Firm rushes to remove spyware app that breaks Apple rules @ The Inquirer
- Google+ shuts down April 2, all data will be deleted @ Ars Technica
- Stop, collaborate, and listen: Microsoft Teams gets an Atlassian glisten @ The Register
- 3D Print That Charging Dock For Your 3DS @ Hackaday
- Microsoft blames Intel's ongoing CPU shortage for tumbling Windows revenues @ The Inquirer
- Intel names interim chief Bob Swan as permanent CEO @ The Inquirer
- Guru3D Rig of the Month - January 2019
Subject: Editorial | January 30, 2019 - 09:19 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: Vega, ryzen, RX, quarterly earnings, Q4, Intel, EPYC, amd, 7 nm, 2018, 10 nm
Today AMD announced their earnings for Q4 as well as the annual results of 2018. The company had revenue of $6.48 B and a net income of $337 M. This is a pretty significant improvement from 2017 with revenues of $5.25 B and a net loss of $33 M. While Intel’s quarter and annual earnings dwarf what AMD has done, the company has improved its position financially. AMD’s guidance from Q3 earnings indicated that revenue would be down for Q4 as compared to the previous quarter, and results matched those expectations. Q4 revenue came in at $1.42 B with a net income of $38 M. This fell within the range of $1.4 to $1.5 that AMD was expecting. This is compared to the relatively strong Q3 which had revenues of $1.65 B and a net of $102 M.
Annually this is probably the best overall year since 2011 for AMD. The company looks to be running quite lean and has shown that it can achieve profits even in down quarters. It also helps that AMD has been able to get much better terms from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and has successfully amended their wafer agreement so that AMD can pursue manufacturing products at other foundries at 7nm without penalty or royalty payments to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. While GF’s sub 10nm development is now shuttered, the company will still be producing 12/14nm products which will include the upcoming I/O chiplets for use with the next generation Ryzen series as well as EPYC 2. The amended agreement sets purchase targets through 2021, but the agreement itself lasts through 2024.
The primary revenue driver for the company is of course the CPU and GPU markets. Ryzen has continued to provide strong numbers for AMD and has lead to greater numbers shipped as well as higher ASPs. Years of Bulldozer based parts eroded ASPs to nearly unsustainable numbers, but the introduction of Ryzen nearly two years ago has strengthened the foundation of the company and their revenue stream. AMD has reported no inventory issues with either leftover stock of the first generation Ryzen parts or the latest Ryzen 2000 series. There is some fluidity here as EPYC processors utilize the same dies (though more heavily binned) as well as the HEDT Threadripper CPUs that have become popular in workstation applications. Multiple products at a pretty extreme price range utilizing the same basic die is a pretty good way to avoid excess inventory issues, but it is a little scary if demand picks up in one of those areas and there are not enough chips to supply these multiple product lines.
GPUs are not in as good of shape as CPUs. The crypto boom was good for the GPU market, but as soon as that dropped then AMD was left with quite a bit of inventory and a much lower demand. This is partially offset by increases in sales of datacenter GPUs, but AMD looks to be trying to get of as much of this inventory before large scale production of Navi based parts goes into full swing. Current Polaris based parts are competitive for their price points and users can expect a very solid product for the market ranges they represent.
Subject: Processors | January 30, 2019 - 08:13 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: xeon, workstation, W-3175X, processor, Intel, cpu
Officially unveiled back in October, Intel's newly-launched Xeon W-3175X processor is now available from system integrators, and it is far more extreme than the Xeon name might indicate.
The Xeon W-3175X in action (image via Intel)
Here is a look at the specs from Intel:
- Base Clock Speed: 3.1 GHz
- Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency: 4.3 GHz
- Cores/Threads: 28/56
- TDP: 255W
- Intel Smart Cache: 38.5 MB
- Unlocked: Yes
- Platform PCIE Lanes: Up to 68
- Memory Support: Six Channels, DDR4-2666
- Standard RAS Support: Yes
- ECC Support: Yes
- RCP Pricing (USD 1K): $2,999
This unlocked 28-core/56-thread CPU offers a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz and Turbo of up to 4.3 GHz (single-thread), and that level of performance comes with a 255-watt TDP. In fact a special cooler from Asetek was also announced today which was developed with Intel for this CPU.
Image credit: Asetek
And while a $3000 price tag is obviously not going to drive this into mainstream adoption, this processor only being offered through system integrators at this time, and is aimed at the high-end workstation segment. As to performance, there are some day-one reviews out there from GamersNexus, AnandTech, and PC World, among others, and the consensus seems to be that this is an impressive performer, with particular workload the key to performance relative to competing options such as AMD's Threadripper 2990WX (which currently sells for $1730).
Image credit: PC World
We don't have the answers yet about about total platform costs with motherboard pricing currently an unknown, and (more importantly) system integrators the only way to obtain it, but performance in Adobe CS applications alone will likely make this attractive to content creators at the very least.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, Viper V765 RGB, patriot, mechanical keyboard, Kailh
If you are rough on your keyboards but aren't willing to simply keep replacing cheap models then take a look at the Patriot Viper V765 RGB keyboard. It has an IP56 rating which means it is protected well against Cheez-it dust getting in as well as being able to handle any spills short of full immersion. The Kailh white box switches will feel similar to Cherry MX Blue, if you are familiar with them, and feature RGB backlighting as you probably guessed.
Modders-Inc were impressed by both the physical keyboard as well as the software to control it; which you can see for yourself here.
"It seems I end up starting every peripheral review the same way. By saying that peripherals are the most subjective thing that we review and how what I may like, you may not. That’s statement is especially true when it comes to keyboards. Everyone has their preference when it comes to typing and or gaming."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master SK630 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Cooler Master SK630 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- TT Premium X1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Atomic Heart, gaming
You can now watch 10 minutes of gameplay from Atomic Heart, which is currently scheduled to be released some time before the end of the year. You don't get to see a lot of the game, nor are their much in the way of spoilers but it does give you a feel for the atmosphere, which is quite something to behold. The various critters encountered are fascinating and completely mysterious, not to mention the cow and chickens.
"I’ve enjoyed the look of Atomic Heart since its announcement last year and after watching a new ten-minute gameplay video I’m glad to say yep, I still don’t understand its whole ‘strange Soviet sci-fi theme park turns into horrorhell’ thing. That’s good."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Valve deem sudden Epic exclusivity of Metro Exodus "unfair to customer @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- This nearly-finished Zelda game built in Doom is begging for people to finish it @ The Inquirer
- Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend expand today, plus first Endless Space free @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Resident Evil 2 Benchmarked @ Techspot
- Wot I Think: Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- PUBG Lite minimum and recommended specs shared @ HEXUS
- Pillars Of Eternity 2 adds turn-based combat mode @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble Caffeine Bundle
- Subnautica: Below Zero thrills with its chills, even at this early stage @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN