Microsoft continues to toss patches against the wall to see what sticks

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2018 - 02:02 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, oops, october update, windows 10

A new week brings a new Win10 bug from Microsoft to start you on your way.  This one is far less serious than previous ones, merely removing your ability to use the seek bar on Windows Media Player.  While this will not prevent you from getting work done, it is yet another blow to the confidence of anyone who has managed to retain even a slight belief in the success of Windows as a Service.  The Inquirer offers information on this bug as well as one that will interfere with your iTunes as well.

Roll-up your patches to win, eh?

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"This time, its an issue with media playback, and specifically the "seek bar", which we're given to understand is the bit that lets you find the specific bit of a song. This only applies to the default player. That iTunes borkage? Separate bug."

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Source: The Inquirer

SilverStone Reaches 700W in the SFX PSU Form Factor with the SX700-G

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2018 - 01:28 AM |
Tagged: Silverstone, SFX, PSU, power supply, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

Everyone loves small form factor PCs these days, but there aren't many SFX power supply options that can keep up with the demands of increasingly powerful CPUs and GPUs. A number of companies have been able to hit 600 watts, and SilverStone was able to reach 800 watts, but only via its "SFX-L" form factor, which is slightly larger than the official SFX specification and therefore doesn't fit in all situations or case configurations.

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But SilverStone is back with the first true SFX PSU that hits 700 watts. The SilverStone SX700-G is an 80 PLUS Gold-rated power supply with a fully modular design, single +12V rail, and a 92mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fan tuned for silent operation at low loads.

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The SX700-G includes SilverStone's flat cable design for easier cable routing and enough power cables to connect up to two GPUs and six SATA drives. It is launching with an MSRP of US$155.99 and should reach retailers in North America by mid-December. Check out the complete list of specifications below.


Model No. SST-SX700-G
Max DC Output 700W
Power density 882W per liter
Color Black
Combined +3.3V & +5V 110W
Combined +12V 700W
Input Voltage 90V ~ 264V
Input Frequency Range 47Hz ~ 63Hz
PFC Active PFC (PF>0.9 at full load)
Efficiency 87% ~ 90% at 20% ~ 100% loading
MTBF 100,000 hours
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 40°C
Protection Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Connectors 1 x 24 / 20-Pin motherboard connector (300mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector (400mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (400mm / 150mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (550mm / 150mm)
6 x SATA connector ("300mm / 220mm / 100mm" x 2)
3 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector (300mm / 200mm / 200mm)
1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector (100mm)
Cooling System Single 92mm FDB fan
Form Factor SFX
Noise Level 18 dBA minimum
Dimensions (WxHxD) 125 mm x 63.5 mm x 100 mm
4.92" x 2.5" x 3.94"
Weight 1.4 Kg (3.1 lbs)
Certification 80 PLUS Gold

Source: SilverStone

The Model A is new again thanks to Raspberry

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2018 - 02:40 PM |
Tagged: Raspberry Pi 3, Model A+, Cortex A53, arm

The newest Raspberri Pi 3 is under review over at Phoronix, the Model A+ which brings new hardware at the same $25 price point as the last Model A did.  It is powered by the Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC, with four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.4GHz.  There is only 512MB of RAM compared to the 1GB of the $35 Model B, and there is no LAN port so make sure you know what your project's requirements are when choosing which one to purchase. 

As long as those limitations do not prevent you from using the Model A+, the performance results show this is a great deal.

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"I was able to snag a Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ for $25 with availability appearing to be better than some of the past Raspberry Pi releases. Here are some initial benchmarks of the RPi 3 Model A Plus compared to a few other ARM boards."

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Source: Phoronix

The RTX 2060 is leaking, not smoking

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2060, rumour, nvidia

There were some interesting Final Fantasy XV benchmarks spotted recently, which seem to feature the unreleased RTX 2060.  The benchmark produced a score of 2,589 running on high quality at 4K resolution, which is a noticeable jump over the GTX 1060 as well as the new RX 590 from AMD, but not quite up to par with an unspecified RX Vega card which is likely the Vega 64.  The Inquirer wasn't able to find out much more unfortunately; we aren't even sure it will be branded RTX.

There are also some deals down below which are being updated throughout the day, if you are in a shopping mood.

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"Still, before you go binning your last-gen Nvidia GPU, it's worth noting that the RTX 2060 used in the benchmark was likely an engineering sample, so the results will no doubt differ by the time it becomes official."

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Source: The Inquirer

H2O Captain, my Captain we are Ryzen from the Deepcool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2018 - 03:50 PM |
Tagged: Deepcool, AIO, watercooling, Captain 240 EX, amd, Intel

The DeepCool Captain 240 EX White is an AiO watercooler, with a 240mm radiator which is available in both RGB and non-RGB models.  It is designed to cool most modern chips, apart from ThreadRipper, and [H]ard|OCP tested it with a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.9 GHz @ 1.475V.  The results were interesting, to say the least, so make sure to drop by before falling in love with this particular cooler.

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"Deepcool states its mission is to provide "the best and personalized thermal solutions." Its Captain EX series of AIO CPU coolers has what it calls a "Steam Punk" look with visible liquid flow, but what we are most concerned with is just how well it cools our overclocked and over-volted Ryzen 7 processor. And it has "anti-explosion" rubber material."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

The RAMa-lama-ding-dong 4000 from G.SKILL

Subject: Memory | November 22, 2018 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill, G.Skill Trident Z, ddr4-4000

The timings on G.SKILL's 4GHz DDR4 is 19-21-21-41, assuming you can find a chip and chipset which supports it.  For TechPowerUp that is an ASUS TUF Z370 PLUS GAMING and a Core i5-8400 @ 4.0 GHz.  The tight timings on the kit help it during benchmarking, and at roughly $245 for 16GB it is not the worst deal out there.  As an added benefit for some, the kit lacks any RGBs whatsoever!

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"The G.SKILL Trident Z sticks have been around for a while now, available in a multitude of colors and speeds, as well as with RGB. These 4000 MHz sticks are for all you non-RGB lovers out there, but with such a high speed, you best make sure your motherboard and CPU are capable."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Windows 10 someday, maybe update

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2018 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, patch, oops, microsoft

The Windows 10 October Update, now to be referred to as The New ME, has now decided it dislikes the audio portion of a display driver from a tiny little company with little to no market share, known as Intel.  Microsoft have pulled the update, which is degrading audio input on systems with Intel graphics, which they blame on "OEMs that accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows" according to The Inquirer.

In this case, one might be thankful for not checking for updates for Windows or Office for a while and eating turkey instead.

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"Intel driver users join anyone with a small hard drive, anyone who uses ZIP files, anyone using iCloud, anyone who needs to map a network drive, anyone with an HP machine, and anyone who likes their files to be associated with installed programs."

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Source: The Register

Pacify your prepubescents for parental peace

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 04:04 PM |
Tagged: audio, bluetooth headset, JBL, JR300BT

JBL have released a set of Bluetooth headphones specifically designed for young kids to use, the JR300BT.  Apart from the colour scheme and bundled stickers there are a few other features to make these headphones kid friendly, such as the audio being limited to a maximum of 85dB so your child can't damage their ears before their first concert.  The only input is a micro-USB plug for charging so there is not much to break off or to insert questionable things into.  The power and link buttons are large enough for small hands and are relatively flush so inquiring young minds won't be able to remove them easily.  

Pop by Legit Reviews for a full review.

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"That also means that millions of kids will be traveling for the holidays and parents will be stuck trying to keep them entertained for hours on end. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the JBL JR300BT wireless headphones that are 85dB limited to protect hearing, are super lightweight and properly sized for kids ages 3 to 10 years old."

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Xen and the art of Black Mesa updates

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: half life, xen, black mesa, source engine, mod, gaming

The gang behind the porting of the original Half Life to the Source Engine have just released a trailer of the most frustrating part of the original game, the trip to Xen.  Due for release some time next year, the trailer below shows off just how much better everything looks when moved to an updated game engine.  You can enjoy the experience of screaming in frustration at a much higher resolution Gonarch now; it looks like perhaps they borrowed a part of the new Red Dead Redemption's physics model to make the beasty even more disturbing to look at.

Whatever you do, do not not visit Steam today.  Do not take advantage of the 60% off Black Mesa currently being applied, as it will be very dangerous to even think about Steam for the next few days!

"They also say that they’re now planning to add the Xen chapter in 2019, some time from March to the end of June, so that’s three-ish years after the early access debut of its terrestrial chapters. I am pleased with how alive parts look."

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Source: Steam

Have you heard of Lenny? Some telemarketers certainly have!

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 01:21 PM |
Tagged: scum, telemarketers, funny, lenny

Lenny is a chat bot designed to drive telemarketers crazy, or at least keep them on the phone and prevent them from calling another line.  It is quite simple, with only 16 recorded phrases in total, four to make it sound like he is interested in whatever is being sold and 12 which loop until the caller gives up.  The bot waits for a pause of a second and a half or more before playing the next comment, in slow and muffled Australian accent.  Motherboard had a chat with the person who currently curates the bot, who goes by the moniker Mango, about the bot and how successful it is.

If you are curious on how to make use of Lenny, for bothering telemarketers and not pranking, you can get some info on this Reddit thread.  Again, just skip this if you are only interested in a prank, as it ties up the lines and means telemarketers can continue to call real people to scam them. 

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"Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online. It’s remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?"

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Source: Motherboard

The other RTX feature, Content Adaptive Shading by Terror Billy

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, turing, nvidia, content adaptive shading, CAS

Ray tracing gets most of the attention when one of NVIDIA's RTX cards is reviewed, and rightfully so but it is not the only new feature these cards bring to the table.  Content Adaptive Shading is one type of Variable Rate Shading, or VRS, which allows a Turing card to divide a screen into groups of pixels and then focus the application of shading to those groups which require it the most, spending processing time on shading areas which do not. 

The Tech Report delves into this topic in more depth, as well as showing off what it does to one of the few games which currently support it.  See just how The New Colossus is improved by CAS in this article.

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"While Nvidia's RTX ray-tracing stack may be getting all the press, the Turing architecture has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve. One of these is called variable-rate shading, and its capabilities lay the foundation for a technique called content-adaptive shading. We tested what this tech can do for the performance of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus."

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AORUS offers a smokin' hot Z390 at a decent price

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2018 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: gigabyte, Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi, Z390, Intel

If you were lucky enough to score a new 9th generation i9 chip from Intel you are probably looking for a Z390 board to stick it in.  For those that do not want to take the opportunity to spend $500-600 on a motherboard, Gigabyte's Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi is worth consideration as it usually costs less than $200.  Bjorn3D took a look at the board to see what was removed to lower the price by such an amount and to check out those sexy VRMs.

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"The board we are testing today carries the AORUS branding which has been earmarked as the Gigabyte gaming brand. But now the Aorus Master and Extreme boards which are targeted at Extreme users muddies the waters a bit as normally you will see an extreme OC board with the LN2/Force moniker."

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Source: Bjorn3D

Perhaps John Wharton's ghost will visit Bill this Christmas

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2018 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: qdos, microsoft, John Wharton, cp/m

The history of computing and the path taken to get where we are today sports a multitude of skeletons and closets.  Some were aired, others continue to lurk, but some were dragged out so they could be immediately buried and forgotten and John Warton, who just passed away last week, was involved at the beginning of one of the latter. 

He was working at Intel when a young man by the name of Bill Gates, who represented a small company called MicroSoft approached the chip maker with an OS he had created, known as MS-DOS or QDOS or 86-DOS depending on who you ask.  Thus started a long chain of events which lead to where we are now; including legal battles on the origins of MS-DOS, thanks to some interesting resemblances to other programming languages being developed at the time. 

Drop by The Register for the Cole's Notes version, and consider following some of the links if this story is new to you.

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"In the autumn of 1980, John had been at Intel to receive a visit from the 24-year-old CEO of a tiny software company called MicroSoft that specialised in programming languages. Wharton headed a technical team conducting an evaluation of the software Bill Gates brought with him to the meeting."

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Source: The Register

AIDA64 v5.99, useful RGB Edition amongst other things

Subject: Memory | November 19, 2018 - 07:36 PM |
Tagged: benchmark, aida64

AIDA64 just released what is likely to be the last update before AIDA64 and along with a number of new features, such as the detection of fake NVIDIA card, it can make your RGBs useful!  A variety of RGBed SteelSeries, Coolermaster and Corsair can be used to display data visually, from CPU utilization, though network activity to temperatures and voltages.

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It is also updated to properly display data onthe RX 580 and RX 590 as well as RTX and Quadro RTX Series cards.  They've updated the AVX-512 accelerated benchmarks for Intel Cascade Lake and the Z390 chipset.

You can see all of the changes here and grab a copy on their store.

 

Source: AIDA 64

Production of AMD Vega-Powered SMACH Z Gaming Handheld to Begin in 2019

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2018 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: Vega8, Vega, Smach Zero, SMACH Z, handheld, gaming, embedded, crowdfunding, APU, AMD Ryzen

A crowdfunding campaign of lengthy duration (originally known as the SteamBoy in 2014 before the name first changed to the Smach Zero the following year) the handheld gaming device now known as the SMACH Z is finally slated for production early next year as reported by ComputerBase (German language), according to an update for crowdfunding backers posted by the company.

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What makes this handheld relevant to PC gamers? The SMACH Z will now be powered by an embedded AMD Ryzen processor with Vega graphics, rather than the previously announced AMD Jaguar solution, with the description on the Indigogo page offering this:

"We have chosen latest generation of AMD Ryzen Embedded processors, the Ryzen Embedded V1605B SoC with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Thanks to their latest technological advances, the dream of playing your PC games on the go is becoming a reality."

What is the V1605B? It combines a 4 core/8 thread CPU clocked at 2.0 - 3.6 GHz with a Vega8 GPU offering 512 shaders and up to a 1.1 GHz core clock. The specifications on the Kickstarter page still list the AMD Merlin Falcon RX-421BD SoC with integrated Radeon R7 GPU, though the Indigogo campaign page has the updated SMACH Z announcement video (from March 2018) which refers to the V1605B instead.

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The unfortunately-named SMACH Z is targeting "AAA" game support, but lower resolutions and detail settings will be required for smooth gameplay on this portable, of course (the company's video showcases Witcher 3 apparently averaging 40 FPS at 720p resolution, for example).

Source: ComputerBase

NVIDIA's fuzzy with the days of the week ... Black Friday deals have already kicked off

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 19, 2018 - 04:44 PM |
Tagged: geforce, rtx, gtx, deals, nvidia

NVIDIA sent over a list of their current deals, which are somewhat related to the coming weekend; apart from many being available already.   The US deals are significantly better than the Canadian ones, but even so there are a few good ones. 

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NVIDA broke them up into categories to make it a bit easier to find the product you are looking for so take a scroll and see if there is something your machine could use installed, or if it is time to replace it altogether.

GeForce RTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC, $529.99 -- $50 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/27: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G Video Card, $749.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 DUKE 8G OC, $526 -- $20 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GeForce GTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 -11/26: ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix, $149.99 -- $40 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Ultra, $349.99 -- $220 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Blower/Ref, $349.99 -- $180 off regular price Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC ACX copper HP single, $209.00 -- $110 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB SC, $139.99 -- $80 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB SC, $99.99 -- $70 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, $239 – $20 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OCV1, $258 -- $30 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card, $249.00 -- $149 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 Video Card, $139.99 -- $59 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini 8GB GDDR5, $349.99 -- $190 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8GB GDDR5X, $439.99 -- $60 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,999.00 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,749.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade 15, $2,599.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade Stealth, $1,499.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 12/22: Razer Blade Pro, $4,399.99 -- $500 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-200 15.6" Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop PC + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $699 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $799 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS FX504GE-ES72 Thin & Light TUF Gaming Laptop (FX504) Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB, $799 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS TUF Thin & Light Gaming Laptop PC (FX504) 15.6” Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8300H (up to 3.9GHz), GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, $599 -- $100 off regular price at Amazon

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop Trace 9220 Liquid Cooled Overclockable i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,349.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,199 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: Dell Alienware Aurora Gaming PC Desktop, Liquid Cooled i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB, $1799.99 -- $450 off regular price at Amazon

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, $649 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/30: Gaming RDY TRIIRR201, $649 -- $150 off regular price at iBUYPOWER
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W w/ AMD Ryzen 7 2700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD, WiFi and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $799 -- $100 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR3800WST w/ Intel i7-8700, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $999.99 -- $250 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca

G-Sync Monitors

  • 11/19 – 11/25: Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD (2560x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC IPS Display, $549.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: 34" Predator X34 UltraWide QHD Curved Monitor, $849.99 -- $250 off regular price at Newegg

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GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, CAD $2,199 -- $400 off regular price at Canada Computers
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q Design GDDR5 6 GB, CAD $2,399 -- $500 off regular price at Memory Express

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A3 Gaming PC, $1769.99 -- $130 off regular price at Amazon CA
  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC, $1,249.99 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon CA

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/22 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA6400CPG Gaming PC, $1,099.99 -- $300 off regular price at Best Buy CA
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W Intel Core i7 Gaming Computer, $799.99 -- $100 off regular price at WM.ca

 

Source: NVIDIA

Dell's new G-series gaming laptops have a few tricks in that sleeve

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2018 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: dell, G7 15, gaming laptop

One of Dell's updated gaming laptops is under the microscope over at TechARP, the 15.6" G7 15 with a 1080p IPS display.  They were sent the highest end model, which contains an i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4-2666, a GTX 1060 Max-Q and both a 1TB HDD and 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD all for around $1800.  

The size of the latop allows a full keyboard with number pad though oddly the touchpad is off to the left a bit, centred to the keyboard as if there was no numpad.  The power button is also a fingerprint sensor, an interesting idea for those who log into Windows by giving it the finger. 

The battery also knows a few tricks, TechARP hit two hours of gameplay on the battery but it came at a cost; on mains power the G7 scores 9,916 on the 3DMark FireStrike test while on battery it scores only 2,822.  Check out the full review here.

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"Earlier this year, Dell revamped their gaming line-up, rebranding it it as the new G-series. But is that all they really did? We find out in our in-depth review of the Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop!"

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Source: TechARP

128 ways to love your layers; one flash maker plans to skip 96-layer altogether

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2018 - 12:39 PM |
Tagged: flash, 128 layer, YMTC

Compared to the other major flash manufacturers YMTC is quite new to the game, a mere two years in the business.  They've currently only ever produced 32-layer NAND and are working on their 64-layer process, which places them far behind the competition.  In a daring plan to try to carve a space for themselves in the market, they will not be developing 96-layer NAND at all but will try to skip ahead to 128-layer instead.  It is a bold move, perhaps even a make or break one for the new manufacturer but that is the kind of thing you need to look at when competing with Intel, Samsung and the other major players.

Drop by The Register for a look.

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"China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) aims to leapfrog 96-layer NAND and move straight to the production of 128-layer flash in 2020, according to a report."

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Source: The Register

Silverstone's Lucid, logical choice for an small enclosure?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2018 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: Silverstone, lucid LD01, tempered glass, SFF

The Lucid LD01 from Silverstone is designed for small form factor builds as the largest motherboard it can fit is microATX.  That small size does not preclude decent cooling, you can install a pair of 120/140mm fans at the front and top, as well as additional single 120/140mm fans at the bottom and the rear, or similar sized slim radiators. TechPowerUp liked the look of the tempered glass outside as well as the many included features such as the GPU bracket but they would have like the USB-C plug to support USB 3.1 Gen 2. 

You can see the finished build in their review.

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"The Lucid LD01 from Silverstone tries to ditch the plastic and move to a mix relying heavily on steel and tempered glass for an understated high quality look and feel. It clearly caters to those who'd like to transcend the classic use of steel and plastic panels and want simple but effective, functional designs and features. "

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Source: TechPowerUp

Network drives? You don't need no steenking network drives!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, idiots

The latest update for Windows 10 is the gift that just keeps on giving; for those for whom snark is a joy to express.  The October 2018 Update, aka Build 1809, was pulled after users expressed a surprising dislike of having their files deleted without their consent and from the results of those testing the new build, that feature is still present.  That hasn't stopped Microsoft's innovations however as the new build also expresses an extreme dislike of mapped network drives.  As you should obviously be using SharePoint Online, which doesn't function well as a mapped folder or drive by design, this should obviously not be a problem.

Strangely, The Inquirer and various Microsoft users do not appreciate this new feature for some reason and have expressed some disappointment.  There is no fix as of yet, nor will there be for quite some time, apart from avoiding the update like you would a homeopath's office.

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"This borkage isn't quite so bad - but it's enough to be a huge problem for sysadmins, SMBs and in fact, anyone with a NAS drive, because mapping of network drives is still not working properly."

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Source: The Inquirer