Buy an RX Vega, RX 590, RX 580 or an RX 570 and get free sequels

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2018 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: rx vega, rx 590, RX 580, RX 570, The Division 2, resident evil 2, devil may cry 5

Along with the release of the new RX 590 comes a new deal to get yourself some free games ...  eventually.  The three games, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 are not available until early 2019 but you can get your key now. 

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If they are free, it's not really a pre-order after all.  The deal kicks off today and ends February 9, 2019 or until the keys run out.  You have until April 6, 2019 to claim your game so don't sit on it too long.

 

Source: AMD

That is not dead which can eternal lie; Spectre rises again

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2018 - 12:29 PM |
Tagged: meltdown, spectre, amd, arm, Intel

Happy Thursday, here's some new Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to cheer you up, including the first Meltdown flaw to which AMD chips are vulnerable to delayed exception handling.  That brings the tally to seven Meltdown and 14 Spectre flaw variants which effect modern processor architecture; the only good news is not all chips are vulnerable to all flaws.  Intel told The Register that these flaws can be mitigated with software while the researchers pointed out that these vulnerabilities were successfully carried out on patched systems; AMD declined to comment.

Of course, that doesn't matter if you choose not to install the software patches due to the performance hit which is a side effect to many of those mitigations.

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"Computer security researchers have uncovered yet another set of transient execution attacks on modern CPUs that allow a local attacker to gain access to privileged data, fulfilling predictions made when the Spectre and Meltdown flaws were reported at the beginning of the year."

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Source: The Register

Keeping a low profile with Corsair's K70 MK.2

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: corsair, K70 Mk.2, mechanical keyboard, RGB, input, cherry

It takes a lot to stand out in the keyboard market today, as everybody have released numerous models with mechanical switches and RGBs behind them. Someone at Corsair may have been listening to War as they have come up with a low profile version of their K70 keyboard.  These switches reduce your total keystroke from 4 mm to 3.2 mm as well as a shorter actuation travel, the length depending on the specific flavour of switch you purchase.  The model that The Tech Report reviewed was a Rapidfire, which sports LP Speed switches which require a mere 1 mm to actuate. 

If you are looking for the minimum of travel when typing consider this new K70.

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"Corsair and Cherry have teamed up for another mechanical key switch debut, and this time, the star of the show is the MX Low Profile Speed switch on board the K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire keyboard. We got these slim switches under our fingers to see whether they're a shortcut to gaming and typing bliss."

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A possible successor to Jagged Alliance?

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2018 - 02:19 PM |
Tagged: gaming, jagged alliance, iron sight, end state

The world would probably be a better place if the last few 'reboots' of Jagged Alliance had never happened.  To describe them as lacklustre is being far too polite to truly convey the disappointments which have been released over the past few years.  Developer Iron Sight have been working on a tactical squad combat game called Iron Sight for a while; it was originally started back in 2014, and it should soon hit early access.  The mechanics that they show off in the trailer over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun display a game that looks far more like the old games than any that have been released since Sir Tech stopped making them. 

Take a look here.

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"It’s somehow been lurking around for years, but today developers Iron Sight put out a fancy new features trailer in preparation for an early access release in the near future. Sneak a stealthy peek at the game in the video below."

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Intel wants you to stick it to deep learning

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2018 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: neural compute stick 2, Intel, deep learning

If you are interested in delving into the world of computer vision and image recognition then the new Neural Compute Stick from Intel is something you should be aware of.  For a mere $100 you get a system on a stick with a Movidius Myriad X VPU, which can be used with Intel's version of the OpenVINO toolkit to develop machine vision applications.  You don't need any special hardware, just plug this into a USB 3.0 port and get programming.  If this seems up your alley you can follow the links from The Inquirer for more details.

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"Intel claims this is the first stick to feature a neural compute engine for dedicated hardware neural network inference (essentially the technique of putting AI smarts into action) accelerator."

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Source: The Inquirer

A new Chromium plated web?

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2018 - 01:05 PM |
Tagged: tcp, QUIC, http

The third iteration of the hypertext transfer protocol may be running without TCP packets interrupting those aloof UDP packets as it will be replaced by QUIC.  That protocol was designed by Google and used in their OS, in fact you can play with it on a test server if you so wish.  The idea is to replace TCP with a lower latency protocol which is built with encryption in mind, it supports the new TLS 1.3 as well as older protocols and it is able to handle HTTP/2, TCP and UDP.  You can get more information on Quick UDP Internet Connections at Slashdot as well. 

UDP may or may not have sent out a reply; it is not clear.

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"The HTTP-over-QUIC experimental protocol will be renamed to HTTP/3 and is expected to become the third official version of the HTTP protocol, officials at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have revealed," writes Catalin Cimpanu via ZDNet. "This will become the second Google-developed experimental technology to become an official HTTP protocol upgrade after Google's SPDY technology became the base of HTTP/2."

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Source: Slashdot
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Turtle Beach

Introducing the Atlas

Turtle Beach has been a mainstay in the PC gaming world for years, but recently it’s seemed like their focus has shifted toward console gamers. The Atlas line is their answer to that, with three headsets modeled after their console offerings and custom tuned for PC gamers.

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Final Fantasy XV Gets Reduced Ongoing Support

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2018 - 11:28 AM |
Tagged: pc gaming, square enix, final fantasy, final fantasy xv

Square Enix has announced that plans to update Final Fantasy XV (15) are much smaller than they used to be. The game was supposed to be receive four DLC episodes, Aranea, Lunafreye, Noctis, and Ardyn, but will now only get Ardyn in March 2019; the other three are canceled for both console and PC.

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Off into the sunset...

The biggest news for PC gamers: no RTX or Vulkan support (outside that benchmark).

There is also a bit of confusing, self-contradictory discussion about the future of the co-op multiplayer expansion, Comrades. As far as I can tell, it will be split into a $10 (free if you own Final Fantasy 15) separate game on the consoles, but it will remain an in-game option on the PC.

The reason for these changes is that the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has left the company and the studio that he made less than a year before leaving, Luminous Productions, have been reassigned to a new title within Square Enix.

Source: DSOGaming

RTX RDX; Tracing the troubles with the Ti

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2018 - 12:53 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, RTX 2080 Ti

More evidence of issues with the Founders Edition of the RTX 2080 Ti appeared on a screen over at [H]ard|OCP while Kyle was relaxing with a little Hunt: Showdown.  Earlier hints of issues occurred, with some initial BSODs and a lacklustre overclocking experiment when trying to push the card beyond it's factory overclock.  A new driver just dropped yesterday and Kyle is going to keep testing as there are always numerous variables in these sorts of things but it is worth keeping up with.

On the plus side the crash unlocks a new colourful version of Centipede!

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"This case is not in any way running "hot" with a single RTX 2080 Ti. Even this evening I was running its two 280mm fans at high to make sure I was giving it the airflow it needed. This case has been home to dual Titan X cards, as well as Radeon 290X Crossfire, and never had an issue."

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Podcast #521 - Zen 2, 7nm Vega, SSD Vulnerabilities, and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2018 - 01:54 PM |
Tagged: Zen 2, xeon, Vega, rome, radeon instinct, podcast, MI60, Intel, EPYC, cxl-ap, chiplet, cascade lake, amd, 7nm

PC Perspective Podcast #521 - 11/08/18

Join us this week for discussion on AMD's new Zen 2 architecture, 7nm Vega GPUs, SSD encryption vulnerabilities, and more!

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

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

Hosts: Jim Tanous, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano, Ken Addison, and Sebastian Peak

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:42:27

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  4. Picks of the Week:
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