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Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 08:13 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, epic, ue4, swag
Okay so I only had one shot at that joke… and I’ma gonna take it.
Epic Games has just pushed their 21st release of Unreal Engine 4 since it launched to the public back in March 2014. A lot has changed since then… including one feature that has been lurking pretty much since the beginning: Niagara, the new visual effects editor, is finally available in Early Access!
When I say it is near the beginning – I mean it. Here’s a forum post from about four-and-a-half months after 4.0 launched where some users dug it up with some INI-file changes. The idea is that it will replace Cascade, which has been hanging around since Unreal Engine 3, as the default particle and effects editor. It’s a bit more than I can go into in a news post, but you will want to check out Epic’s GDC 2018 talk to see a ~45-minute demo of the new module. Basically, it’s a visual scripting system for the particle effects, but that doesn’t really explain it too well.
Another major upgrade is that Unreal Engine 4.20 finally uses the C++ compiler that is available in Visual Studio 2017. Previously, to use Visual Studio 2017, users would need to build with the 2015 toolchain. Support for C++ and its standard library is pretty good in Visual Studio 2015 but being able to use the latest features if you want to is always a plus.
Also, Epic is now pushing some of their development branches to GitHub. This allows you to keep up with a specific branch of features, especially if you are the type of studio that maintains their own engine fork and wants to cherry pick certain commits.
As always, Unreal Engine 4 is free to download and use. Royalties do apply for most works created with the engine, based on a small percentage of revenue, but the engine, itself, is free.
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: oops, gaming, Aliens: Colonial Marines
When Aliens: Colonial Marines arrived for sale five years ago many fans were excited to see a new game set in this universe, especially considering the majority of the previous games were quite good. Unfortunately the release did not live up to the hype, even Metacritic hated it which is an achievement unto itself. The games graphics and content was so bad compared to the pre-release footage Sega eventually agreed to pay out a settlement of $1.25 million to end a class action suit launched by those poor unfortunates who purchased the game.
It has just been discovered that a single typo in an .ini file was to blame for the wonderful footage of Xenomorphs wandering harmlessly by, as the AI was more or less an AAI. If you can bring yourself to stare at the sub-par graphics, even for 2013, the game will now feature enemies you might actually be concerned about if you delete a single 'a'.
"The improvement is immediately recognisable in your first encounters with the Xenos. While they still charge you perched on their hind legs, they now crawl far more often, flank you using vents and holes in the environment and are generally far more engaged and aggressive. Five years after release, a single letter managed to overhaul the entirety of the enemy AI behaviour in the game."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Northern Springs brings frosty adventure to Fallout 4 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- No Man's Sky NEXT update trailer shared @ HEXUS
- Pillars Of Eternity 2 first expansion breezes out in August @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble CI Bundle
- The Bard’s Tale IV is a rough but compelling take on first-person puzzle-dungeons @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Hacked Switch systems can now run Super Mario Odyssey mods @ Ars Technica
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 80 Plus Gold, nzxt, E Series, modular psu, CAM
NZXT launched a trio of 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs, with 500W, 650W and 850W models.
These PSUs all support NXZT's CAM software which allows a Windows 10 machine to closely monitor your system's power usage. These E Series PSUs contain a Texas Instrument UCD3138 DSP which can monitor the power usage of the various components powered by the PSU and let you see how much power your GPU, CPU and other components are drawing. This can be very handy for both the overclocker and the energy conscious user, ensuring that the power management tweaks you applied to a component are actually working. CAM also lets you manage your fan curve from the default setting which keeps the fan from spinning until there is at least 100W of draw on your PSU.
All three modular PSUs are built with a single 12V rail for added stability and performance and come with a 10 year warranty. All models are currently available from NXZT, the E500W at $124.99, E650 at $139.99 and the E850 for $149.99USD.
Check the full PR below the capacitor porn.
Los Angeles, CA – July 17, 2018 – NZXT today announces a new line of digital ATX PSUs designed to provide PC builders with real-time power monitoring and control. The E Series lineup includes 500W, 650W, and 850W models, all 80 PLUS Gold certified. For these PSUs, NZXT partnered with Seasonic, one of the most highly-regarded PSU manufacturers, and worked with them to enhance their Focus+ Gold platform and PMBus architecture, adding a powerful Texas Instruments DSP and USB connectivity.
“The PSU is a critical part of your PC. Our goal for creating a smarter PC capable of automatically responding to the demands of the application--whether you are browsing the web, drafting email, or playing your favorite game--includes adding control and monitoring to devices that are integral to the system,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “Our E Series PSUs are another step in completing this vision. You can track the performance of the PSU in real time, monitor temperature and total power-on hours, and even enable multi-rail OCP for additional protection of key components using CAM--our innovative software solution at the heart of our smart PC.”
NZXT E Series PSUs Key Features
- Active monitoring for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails
- Total power-on time tracking enabled using the embedded real-time clock (RTC)
- Digital multi-rail over-current protection (OCP) for all three 12V outputs, with adjustable thresholds for the 12V CPU (4+4 pin) and GPU (6+2 pin PCIe) connections
- Japanese capacitors rated at 105°C
- 80 PLUS Gold certification
- Fully modular design means you use only the cables you need
- 10-year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support
MONITOR YOUR PERFORMANCE The E Series uses a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) providing real-time wattage indicators for the three 12V rails, along with total uptime and internal temperature. Compare CPU and GPU power draw to their rated TDP and track historical data using CAM.
SAFER POWER In addition to providing high-precision monitoring, the onboard DSP lets you enable independent over-current protection (OCP) for the 12V output to the motherboard, CPU, and GPU, providing even better protection for your expensive components.
RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT All 80 PLUS Gold certified E Series PSUs are built using Japanese capacitors, rated to 105° C, providing long-term durability and reliability, and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.
RUN SILENT When powering loads under 100W total, the 0dB Mode provides fully silent operation. Using CAM, you can optimize your own fan curve to suit your system or choose between the Silent, Performance, or Fixed preset modes. ALL THE ESSENTIALS E Series PSUs support single- or multi-GPU builds and the fully modular design means you use just the connections you need for your build, reducing cable clutter and simplifying system building and expansion
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2018 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: skype, microsoft
If you have been hitting cancel on that pop up inviting you to try the latest version of Skype every time you launch it then there is a bit of bad news. You have about a month and a half before you either finally accept the upgrade or stop using Skype as Microsoft have announced that after September 1st only Skype 8.xx will be able to connect to their network. The new design leaves something to be desired and this may mean the final end to a variety of features and workarounds many users have depended on in previous versions of Skype. It could even manage to make setting up the podcast even harder; tune in tonight as we test it out.
"We are encouraging everyone to upgrade now to avoid any inconvenience as only Skype version 8.0 will work after September 1, 2018. As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down @ The Register
- HP touts 'world's most powerful entry workstation' with refreshed Z line-up @ The Inquirer
- Crypto mining supply chains see dim growth prospects for 2H18 @ DigiTimes
- System76 Linux Computer Maker Offers a Sneak Peek Into Its New Factory @ Slashdot
- Apple's MacBook Pro with Core i9 can't even maintain the CPU's base speed @ The Inquirer
- Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners @ The Register
- Intel celebrates 50th birthday @ PC Review
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2018 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, anniversary
It seems hard to believe but it is true, but Sunday July 29th marks the third year of Windows 10 being on the market. The launch was unique, Microsoft decided to offer their new operating system for free to anyone running a valid copy of Windows 7 or 8.x; which you can still take advantage of if you so need. The launch did not go perfectly and Microsoft's goal of having the device installed on 1 billion devices still has not been reached, though this year saw Win10 finally surpass Win7 in total market share. The major updates have been somewhat problematic but it is safe to say that Windows 10 has improved somewhat since release; even enterprises are starting to consider adoption.
For more on the checkered past of Microsoft's latest OS, check out the Register.
"Coming six years after the release of the beloved Windows 7, Windows 10 had a lot to live up to. Once the name got locked down – for a while it was referred to variously as "Windows 9", "Windows Next", "Threshold" and "Oh God, Make The Pain Stop" (at least as far this user was concerned.)"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Wet etching makes high quality topological superconductor @ Physics World
- Juniper makes a meal of Spectre/Meltdown@ The Register
- Samsung Unveils World's First 10nm-class 8 Gb LPDDR5 DRAM @ Slashdot
- Intel buys eASIC because FPGAs aren't always the answer @ The Register
- Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services... @ The Register
- GAMDIAS ACHILLES P1 L Extraordinary RGB Illuminated Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SPEC-06 RGB, corsair, carbide, atx case
Corsair have expanded their Carbide Series with the new SPEC-06 RGB, a $110 ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and an illuminated front panel to satisfy urges of red, green and blue. If you are noticing a lack of drives in the picture below, it is because they've moved them all to the back of the motherboard tray, with mounting points for four 2.5" SSDs and two 3.5" HDDs.
The case itself is quite roomy at 523x296x553mm (21x11.7x21.8") and can fit a GPU of up to 370mm in length. Your cooling options include installing a half dozen 120mm fans or you can install up to a 360mm radiator in the front, 240mm on the top and 120mm on the back; or any mix of those. Whatever you choose you will benefit from the Direct Airflow Path design which moves air through the case efficiently, in part thanks to the lack of drives and separate chamber for the PSU. Check out the full PR below the rainbow of front panel lighting available.
FREMONT, CA, July 17th, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today unveiled the latest addition to its Carbide Series of enthusiast PC cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB. A tempered glass side panel and RGB-lit front panel showcase and highlight your build, while Direct Airflow Path™ design delivers cool air to the systems hottest components and keeps your PC ahead of the curve.
With a beautiful tempered glass side panel, the SPEC-06 RGB allows you to show off your system in style, highlighted by a stunning RGB-lit curve recessed into the distinctive front panel. The integrated RGB front lighting is easily controlled by a built-in three-switch controller that adds dramatic illumination to your system, with seven different colors, two lighting speeds, and five color shifting modes including color wave, heartbeat, rainbow wave and more. Let your PC shine bright with vibrant patterns or stick to solid colors to match your setup.
Beneath its bold design, the SPEC-06 RGB can accommodate a wealth of high-end PC hardware and cooling options. Two included 120mm cooling fans and CORSAIR Direct Airflow Path™ design ensure cool air is directed to the hottest components, with room for up to six 120mm fans and to install even the largest 360mm CORSAIR Hydro Series™ H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler. Expansive storage space allows for up to four 2.5in SSDs and two 3.5in HDDs, giving you the storage capacity you need.
The SPEC-06 RGB’s builder-friendly internal layout enables quick and easy installation with intuitively placed rubber gromets and cut-outs that allow even first-time builders to create a great looking system. A plethora of cable tie-downs and a full-length PSU cover facilitate clean cable management, while removable dust filters in the roof, floor and front keep your system clean long after the build is finished.
Available in white or black, the SPEC-06 RGB (pictured left) is also available with single color LED lighting as the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06, available in white (white LED) or black (red LED).
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network./p>
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2018 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: winner, contest, prizes, giveaway, evga
Do you like winning computer components and playing games? If so then EVGA has an announcement for you! They are hosting five contests, all of which give you a chance to win products from an impressively long list of suppliers, with a total of $80,000 in prizes to win. The three top winners will receive $5000 in EVGA bucks.
There is a Scavenger Hunt to find 10 hidden badges on the EVGA website, a Social Media which just needs you to like, follow subscribe, and all of the usual things. The Retro Wave Gaming is being hosted on the EVGA servers with Battlefield 4 Soldier Name, Killing Floor 2, and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam games running. For the artists there is a NVIDIA Ansel Event as well as YouTube Commercial Event in which you submit your own EVGA commercial of 30 seconds or less. You don't have to enter them all, but the more contests you join the more chances to win.
July 16th, 2018 - It's EVGA's 19th Anniversary and this time we are going far out! We know our community is awesome and here's your chance to show us how radical you can be. We have 5 events this year that really push it to the limit to win some totally excellent prizes from EVGA and our Sponsors!
Scavenger Hunt - Do you think you have what it takes to find 10 hidden badges on our website? The hunt is on, and the prizes are totally outrageous!
Social Media Event - Follow, like, subscribe, view and refer your friends. The more you like and follow, the more chances to win! RAD!
Gaming Event - Your mission should you choose to accept it; gather your allys and join in glorious combat! Join in the EVGA 19th Anniversary Retro Wave Gaming event on the EVGA servers. The more you play, the greater the rewards!
Nvidia Ansel Event - Nvidia Ansel is the best way to take far out in-game photography. We want to see your most righteous NVIDIA Ansel screenshots!
YouTube Commercial Event - Lights, Camera, Action! Create a 30 seconds (or less) commercial featuring EVGA for a chance to win some great prizes from EVGA and our Anniversary Sponsors!
With tons of excellent sponsors and prizes to be won, you won't want to miss out! Don't hesitate, come celebrate with EVGA! Learn more about the 19th Anniversary Event and enter here: https://www.evga.com/19/
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: P850W, modular psu, gigabyte, aorus, 80 Plus Gold
Gigabyte have launched the first Aorus branded PSU, the P850W 80 PLUS GOLD modular PSU. The caps inside are rated over 20 years @ 25C and are cooled by a 135mm, two ball bearing fan which is able to run silently when the PSU is at 20% load or lower. They have chosen to use a single 12V rail, which is a superior solution overall.
The PSU offers OCP, OTP, OVP, OPP, UVP and SCP protection and offers a 10 year warranty. Take a look at the full PR below or visit the site.
City of Industry, California, 16th July, 2018 - GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency and silent operation. They are fully modular withenhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.
With 80 PLUS Gold certification, AORUS PSU deliver superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy a cool and quiet gaming environment.
Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, AORUS PSU provide users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output and stability making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.
AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs and have undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in multiple countries.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 17, 2018 - 12:38 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: VR, VirtualLink, valve, usb 3.1, Type-C, Oculus, nvidia, microsoft, DisplayPort, amd
Today, NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, members of the VirtualLink consortium, have announced the VirtualLink standard, which aims to unify physically connecting Virtual Reality headsets to devices.
Based upon the physical USB Type-C connector, VirtualLink will combine the bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.4 (32.1Gbit/s) with a USB 3.1 Data connection, and the ability to deliver up to 27W of power.
VirualLink aims to simplify the setup of current VR Headsets
Given the current "Medusa-like" nature of VR headsets with multiple cables needing to feed video, audio, data, and power to the headset, simplifying to a single cable should provide a measurable benefit to the VR experience. In addition, having a single, unified connector could provide an easier method for third parties to provide wireless solutions, like the current TPCast device.
VirtualLink is an open standard, and the initial specifications can currently be found on the consortium website.
Subject: Mobile | July 16, 2018 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nokia 6.1, nokia, HMD, android 8.1
Ah Nokia, what a strange life you have lived. You went from being the eminent cellphone company, to a cell company that didn't actually make any phones, to being purchased and decimated by Microsoft to being taken over by a Finnish company called HMD Global. Ars Technica delves into the story behind how all this happened, as well as reviewing the actual phone in this article. The Nokia 6.1 will cost you ~$270 all told and it's 1080p 5.5" screen is powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage. There is a microSD slot to expand this and not only is there a Type-C USB port it also has a headphone jack which leaves that USB port open for use.
Also worth noting is that it runs vanilla Android 8.1, no fancy skins or weird enhancements!
"Enter HMD's Nokia phones, an entire lineup of cheap smartphones ranging from $100 to $400. HMD recently launched the second generation of its lineup, with phones like the Nokia 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1. We recently spent time with the highest end phone in this series that happens to be one of the few HMD devices for sale in the US: the Nokia 6.1."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that? @ The Register
- A Notch Above: OnePlus 6 Review @ Techgage
- The ASUS ZenFone 5 @ TechARP
- Huawei P20 @ The Inquirer
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 @ TechARP
- Asus ZenFone 5 @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2018 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Project Andromeda, surface phone, microsoft
If there is one thing you can count on from a Microsoft designed phone, it is confusion and today that has not changed one bit. There are two conflicting stories, one from the second most Surface phone obsessed human on the planet and one from the head of the Microsoft Surface division. At The Inquirer, we hear from Brad Sams who interprets comments from Paul Thurrott about Project Andromeda as signalling a delay in the release of the device as it goes back to the design stage. Their sources feel Microsoft is still actively involved in the design of a phablet of some sort.
The head of Microsoft's Surface division Panos Panay on the other hand, stated there is no push to design a Surface phone, though new form factors are being currently designed. This is not a direct contradiction, as a tablet optimized for use as a phone that does not bear the name Surface Phone could still be in the works, with no Lumia or Nokia branding. He did confirm they are continuing work on the other Andromeda, the foldable, dual screen device which we have seen prototypes of.
Either way, for the next year or so we can be sure we will not have to suffer the existance of a new Surface phone.
"Microsoft's Surface head Panos Panay confirmed that the company is working on new form factors. When questioned about whether this would include a new Surface Phone, Panay stated that the Surface Phone was not one that they are thinking about at this time. "I wouldn't say that it includes a Surface Phone," Panos answered in the interview. "I think you have to think about where is that unmet need when you're thinking about your product road-map," he replied."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Computer, Meet Human. Human, Meet Computer @ Hackaday
- SPECviewperf 13: A Look At Viewport Performance In SolidWorks, CATIA & More @ Techgage
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2018 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: toshiba, RC100, NVMe, M.2, M.2 2242
The wee M.2 2242 form factor of the RC100 means there is no space for a DRAM buffer, which led Toshiba to utilize the Host Memory Buffer feature included in NVMe revision 1.2. In order to use this feature you must be running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (or 1709) or the at least the 4.14 Linux kernel. It commandeers a portion of your system RAM to act as the cache, somewhat less effective than having it on board as The Tech Report's testing shows. As well it is hampered its PCIe 2x interface, which ensures it falls behind 4x NVMe drives.
The testing reveal the weaknesses of this design, but it is an interesting implementation of an NVMe featuer not often seen, which is in itself worth taking a look at.
"Toshiba's RC100 NVMe SSD takes a bold stab at life without DRAM or a full four lanes of PCIe connectivity. Unlike many DRAM-less SSDs, however, the RC100 has a trick up its sleeve with the NVMe protocol's Host Memory Buffer caching feature. Join us to find out whether NVMe and HMB can bolster this entry-level SSD's performance."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- ADATA XPG SX8200 NVMe SSD @ Modders-Inc
- TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB 250GB SSD @ Guru of 3D
- NVMe SSD Roundup 2018: Intel Optane, WD Black and Samsung 970 Evo/Pro @ Techspot
- Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB @ Benchmark Reviews
- HP Portable SSD P800 @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2018 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pc sales, surprise
For the first time since 2012, both IDC and Gartner agree the market for plug and play PCs are up, with a growth of 2.7%. As there has not been any huge releases in these past two quarters to drive PC sales, this number is more impressive than it might seem at first glance. Some of this growth was created from corporate machines being upgraded but not all. The news is good for those who build and sell PCs; as well as for the enthusiasts as stock of current and past generation parts are used up in these machines. You can see what the beancounters said over at The Inquirer.
"This was apparently demonstrated by a solid year-on-year growth of 2.7 per cent and exceeded IDC's forecast of 0.3 per cent growth, marking the strongest year-on-year growth rate in more than six years, when the first quarter of 2012 posted growth of 4.2 per cent"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies @ The Register
- Mid-summer Microsoft Christmas brings free Teams, Whiteboard and updated Notepad @ The Inquirer
- Weirdest. Acquisition. Ever. Broadcom buys CA Technologies @ The Register
- Samsung capex for NAND flash to hike @ DigiTimes
- Samsung phones are most bork-prone as a quarter suffer 'performance issues' @ The Inquirer
- Adobe To Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift @ Slashdot
Subject: Editorial | July 13, 2018 - 09:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: video, Ryan Shrout, pcper mailbag
It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our 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:
00:49 - Caring for a delidded CPU?
02:47 - APUs with HBM?
05:56 - 4K HDR prices: TVs vs. monitors?
08:19 - What are GPU backplates for?
10:14 - NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection MIA?
13:21 - Ridiculously cheap SSDs?
17:33 - Autographed Joshtekk prints?
18:26 - Pizza toppings? Aye right!
Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on this post or in the YouTube comments for the latest video. Check out new Mailbag videos each Friday!
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to make sure you never miss our weekly reviews and podcasts, and please consider supporting PC Perspective via Patreon to help us keep videos like our weekly mailbag coming!
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2018 - 03:53 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, vive pro, V1000, team group, Surface Go, sennheiser, seasonic, SD 7.0, sapphire, ryzen, rx vega, microsoft, m3b, hyperx, htc, gsp 600, flexispot, biostar, 5x5, video
PC Perspective Podcast #506 - 07/12/18
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano
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Program length: 1:17:23
Podcast topics of discussion:
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, enermax. MaxTytan, 1250W, 80 Plus Platinum
While most of the world has been focused on the World Cup, [H]ard|OCP have been reviewing power supplies ... a lot of power supplies. Start off with the biggest of them all, the 1250W Enermax MaxTytan with an 80 Plus Platinum and 12V rails that combined can provide 104A. As you can see from the picture below, there are an obscene amount of power connectors available, such as 16 SATA and eight 6+2 PCIe cables so you should not have any problems powering your peripherals at all. Apart from the price, which is a bit above the competition, [H]ard|OCP have no qualms recommending this for a big system build.
"The MaxTytan is the flagship product in the lineup of Enermax power supplies. This is the largest capacity it builds and promises to deliver excellent efficiency. Semi-fanless features makes sure this PSU stays quiet up to ~70% load. It also has a very unique feature in that it will show you the power wattage being delivered on an LCD panel right on the PSU."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W PSU 10 Years Later @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic PRIME 1200W Platinum @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec HCG Extreme Series 1000W PSU @ Kitguru
- Seasonic PRIME Ultra 1000W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Platinum 850W PSU @ [H]ard|OCP
- SilverStone SFX SX650-G 650W @ [H]ard|OCP
- FSP CMT520 @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2018 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: chrome, security, spectre
Chrome's predilection for gobbling up vast amounts of RAM will soon increase to new levels but it is for a very good reason. Chrome 67 will offer a Site Isolation feature which will protect you against a variety of Spectre attacks. When you have this feature enabled in Chrome each site would be isolated, with the a single renderer process per page. This means coss-site iframes and pop-ups will be unable to read data from other pages; in fact a single site may spawn multiple render processes, each running in isolation.
There is of course a cost, The Inquirer was quoted an increase of 10-13% in RAM usage ... so better get a 128GB kit.
"The new feature basically splits the render process into separate tasks using out-of-process iframes, which makes it difficult for speculative execution exploits like Spectre to snoop on data."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- New Spectre 1.1 and Spectre 1.2 CPU Flaws Disclosed @ Slashdot
- Intel's new Xeon E chips take aim at entry-level workstations @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft is Updating Windows Notepad Application For the First Time in Years @ Slashdot
- NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip @ The Register
- You Can Now Buy a Practical Gauss Gun @ Hackaday
Subject: Displays | July 12, 2018 - 10:45 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync, asus, acer
This morning, while searching for retail availability of G-SYNC HDR monitors, we came across a sale at Microcenter, already discounting these newly released high-end displays.
In addition to what looks like plenty of stock in our local store, these monitors are also available for the same price from the Microcenter Web Store and able to be shipped anywhere in the US. This is unusual as generally, Microcenter sale prices, like their deep discounts on CPUs, aren't available through their online store.
Obviously, retailers are at their own discretion to discount products, so don't take this as guidance from NVIDIA, Acer, or ASUS as Microcenter seems to be the only retailer offering this price. Still, a 10% price discount on premium products like these, shortly after launch isn't exactly a good sign for sales numbers.
Even at $1,800, we would still say that these monitors are too expensive to recommend, but a 10% discount is nice on what we consider to be the highest quality PC gaming monitor on the market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2018 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RX VEGA 64, amd, undervolting, killing floor 2, wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Middle-earth: Shadow of War
You may have stumbled across threads on the wild web created by AMD enthusiasts who have been undervolting their Vega cards and are bragging about it. This will seem counter intuitive to overclockers who regularly increase the voltage their GPU will accept in order to increase the frequencies on those cards. There is a method to this madness, and it is not simply that they are looking to save on power bills. Overclockers Club investigates the methods used and the performance effect it has on the Vega 64 in several modern titles in their latest GPU review.
"Across all three games we saw a noticeable drop in power use when undervolting and not limiting the frame rate, or using a high limit. This reduction in power use is important as it improves the efficiency of the RX Vega 64 and it allows increased clock speeds with the reduction of thermal throttling."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC @ Guru of 3D
- ASRock Phantom Gaming X RX 580 @ Kitguru
- GeForce GTX 1050 3GB @ Guru of 3D
- GeForce GT 1030: The DDR4 Abomination Benchmarked @ Techspot
- Workstation GPU Performance Testing: Redshift, Blender & MAGIX Vegas @ Techgage
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2018 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, the crew 2, consolitis
If there is one saving grace for The Crew 2's 60fps limit, it is that even the mighty GTX 1080 Ti cannot maintain 60fps at 4k with all the bells and whistles turned on. When [H]ard|OCP disabled the custom Contact Hardening Soft Shadows and dropped from SSAO+ to SSAO the Ti could provide good performance but the plain GTX 1080 and Vega 64 required the settings be dropped to medium. At 1440p and below even the GTX 1070 and Vega 56 could handle Ultra settings.
That said, the word from [H] is that this game doesn't look as good as the original, even at 4k, as they expand on in their full review.
"We take The Crew 2 and evaluate ten of today’s latest GPUs in the game. We will find what the highest playable settings are, how video cards compare, and how specific graphics features compare in performance. We will find the best value for gaming, and what graphics settings work best. Is this game worth it, or a graphical flop?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Agony Review @ OCC
- Far Cry 5 battles spiders from Mars (sans Bowie) July 17 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Nvidia Shield gets revamped GeForce Now service @ HEXUS