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Noctua Shares Its Computex 2018 Demos

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 14, 2018 06:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Noctua had a presence at Computex 2018 last week and there it showed off a number of products, including upcoming coolers based on its NF-A12x25 120 mm fans. These fans promise to deliver the performance of a 140 mm fan in this smaller size, which could be very valuable in a CPU cooler. The 5th generation NH-U12 cooler specifically will be getting a pair of these fans in a push/pull configuration to complement its seven heat pipes. It will also offer 37% more surface area than the NH-U12S cooler, and when set against each other at cooling a 220 W load, they performed similarly. It is worth noting that the new NH-U12 cooler is smaller than the NH-U12S, especially as this relieves clearance issues with RAM. We can also expect a 140 mm version of the NF-A12x25 fans in the future as they are on the roadmap for H2 2019, along with many other prototype fans that were also shown off.

Many other heatsinks were also shown off, including a performance update to the NH-L9x65, launching in Q1 2019, a future 140 mm C-type cooler, and prototype single and dual tower coolers. These prototype coolers are meant to improve the performance of the NH-D15, but which of the two to launch next year is still to be determined based on performance testing.

If the tan and brown coloring of the Noctua parts is not to your liking, all-black versions of the NH-D15, NH-U12S, and NH-L9i from the chromax line were shown off with a scheduled release late this year or in Q1 2019, along with black versions of the NF-A20, NF-A12x15, NF-A9, NF-A9x14, and NF-A8 fans.

Finally, if your computer is cool enough but you could use some better airflow, Noctua had a desk fan at the show. It uses an NF-A12x25 fan and a special three-way Airflow Amplification System to accelerate, enhance, and focus the airflow. Despite its limited size and quiet operation, the airflow could be felt 2 m away from the desk fan. It is currently a prototype and expected to be available sometime next year.

Source: Noctua




Ubisoft Brought Many Titles to E3 2018 from Assassin's Creed Odyssey to Trials Rising

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 12, 2018 06:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


There is a lot of news from Ubisoft out of E3 2018, so we are just going to dive straight into it, starting with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. While the previous title, Assassin's Creed Origins, brought us back farther than the others, Odyssey goes to a still more distant past as players will be in 5th century BCE Greece. You will get to play as one of two Spartan outcasts, Alexios or Kassandra, and forge your own destiny as a mercenary during the Peloponnesian war. Choosing the character you will play as at the beginning is not the only story-altering decision you will make as interactive dialogue, making or rejecting alliances, and pursuing romances will all impact the story. Granting you what appear to be supernatural abilities is the Spear of Leonidas, a First Civilization artifact. If you enjoyed the naval gameplay of other games in the franchise, it returns here as nearly half of the open world is water you will navigator from the helm of a trireme warship. Building on Assassin's Creed Origins, you will be able to find new weapons but also equip and customize new armor and gear, impacting your appearance and stats. Assassin's Creed Odyssey launches October 5 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, but those who get the Gold or Ultimate editions (both of which come with the Season Pass) will get early access beginning October 2.

Arriving October 16 will be the For Honor Marching Fire update, adding the Wu Lin faction from China along with four new heroes. The Tiandi, Jiang Jun, Nuxia, and Shaolin heroes will wield Chinese-influenced weapons and fighting styles as these characters try to escape a civil war in their homeland. Initially they will be an exclusive to a paid bundle, but at a later date players will be able to purchase them with the Steel in-game currency. This paid bundle will also include a new, unlimited PvE mode, but that will be explained at a later date. Coming with Marching Fire will be the new Breach 4v4 multiplayer mode, with three Breach-exclusive maps. Breach will simulate a castle siege with one team trying to bring in a battering ram while the other works to destroy it. For now until June 18, you can get the Starter Edition of For Honor on PC through UPlay for free. All other PC and console versions are also on sale.

The Crew 2 has had its open beta dated with players being able to test out the game from June 21 to June 25. The open beta will give players access to the entire open world, spanning nine major cities and seven regions, with the opportunity to go through two levels of the progression system.

The setting of The Division 2 has finally been unveiled so we now know players will be exploring Washington D.C. some seven months after New York City was hit with a deadly virus. The one-to-one recreation of the city needs to be defended and its citizens protected to keep it and the nation from falling. With The Division now two-years old, the developers have been working on the sequel with a special focus on the endgame, so even after you hit the cap at level 30, there will be plenty to do, including selecting and progressing a specialization. Additionally there will be PvP experience and eight-player raids to try. Post-launch will also see many new content updates, adding new missions, map expansions, and new modes for free. The Division 2 is set to launch in March 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Skull & Bones had its new Hunting Grounds shown off, a PvPvE mode that has players hunt merchant ships, attack trade routes, and sink enemy vessels as a lone world or with a pirate gang. For success, you will want to gather intelligence and prepare your crew and weapons before your hunt begins. Alongside Hunting Grounds will be Disputed Waters, a dedicated PvP mode that sets you and four other players against another gang as you fight for riches and sink your opponents before pirate hunters arrive. Skull & Bones launches in 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Finally, The Trials franchise will be returning in February 2019 with the release of Trials Rising for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will take players to real places with creative twists, challenging them to make their marks on the leaderboards. The game will also feature local and online multiplayers as well as the ability to compete against the ghosts of other players' best single player times. The Tandem Bike mode will let two players control one bike, testing their ability to work together. There will be a closed beta people can register for a chance to be a part of. Those who pre-order the game will get the Jungle Rider and Wild West Rider packs while the Gold Edition also gets you the Expansion Pass with two major DLC and in-game items.

Source: Ubisoft [1] (Assassin's Creed Odyssey), [2] (more Assassin's Creed Odyssey), [3] (For Honor), [4] (The Division 2), [5] (Skull & Bones), and [6] (Trials Rising)




Intel Demonstrated 28 Core CPU at 5 GHz at Computex 2018 with Extreme Setup

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 7, 2018 06:00PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Besides announcing the Core i7 8086K, Intel showed off a system with a 28 core CPU running at 5 GHz at its Computex 2018 press conference. At that configuration, it hit a score of 7334 in Cinebench R15, which is as impressive as a 28 core/56 thread processor running at 5 GHz, but Tom's Hardware found the test system and put its numbers into context.

Actually some of what Tom's Hardware discovered some already guessed at when closely examining video from the conference. Those with sharp eyes spotted the system had insulated tubing coming out of the case, indicating an external closed-loop cooler was being used, and it was not a normal liquid cooler. Also there were six sticks of RAM on both sides of the processor, which is the configuration you can find with the enterprise-class LGA3647 socket. Tom's Hardware confirmed it is a LGA3647 socket after it found the test system and took a look at its motherboard. The motherboard also had four 8-pin EPS connectors on it, enough to supply the 1000 W needed for the CPU to run at its overclocked 5 GHz speed. This was not the only 1000+ W item used in the demonstration either as Intel was using the one-horsepower Hailea HC-1000B water chiller that takes over one thousands watts to run. Because of a lack of available power for both the chiller and system, the demo could not be repeated for Tom's Hardware to witness.

The speculation is the CPU Intel used is a version of the Xeon Platinum 8180 that has an unlocked multiplier, allowing the $10,000 MSRP processor to be pushed to the 5 GHz achieved. While that speed might not be something many others will achieve, Intel also stated the CPU will be available in Q4 2018. At that time it will be competing with AMD's second generation Threadripper processors, with a 32 core/64 thread part at the top. It will be very interesting to see what the final specifications, costs, and platform costs will be for these chips pushing the concept of 'high core count' to an extreme for consumers.

Source: Tom's Hardware [1] and [2]



Cooler Master Brought New PSU and Cases to Computex 2018

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 6, 2018 06:51PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Alongside a great many companies, Cooler Master is at Computex 2018 showing off new products, including new power supplies and new cases. For PSUs, the company announced a new V Series power supply will be released with a Platinum efficiency rating for at least three different wattage levels. While Cooler Master has been selling power supplies for some time, the company has finally decided to design and manufacturer its own completely in-house. Currently it is only being referred to as the XG but Cooler Master is claiming this will be a milestone for itself and the entire PSU market.

For cases, Cooler Master brought the COSMOS C700M, the company's flagship case in its Maker segment. Its design fuses bold shapes to its soft, continuous surface and it makes use of addressable RGB lighting to leave an impact on those who see it. The MasterCase SL600M begins the new SL series that uses chimney-based heat regulation to provide an efficient means of blending silent technology and gaming performance. The vertical layout means cool air is brought in through the bottom with how air exhausted out of the top. Built using aluminum, it looks like a sophisticated workstation but is still a capable high performance gaming platform.

Source: Press Release



AMD's Computex 2018 Press Conference Showed Off Many Products, Including 32 Core/64 Thread Threadripper

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 6, 2018 04:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last night AMD held its Computex 2018 press conference where several products were announced and shown off. Many of these products were new systems coming from various OEM partners, such as Acer and the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop announced last week and products from ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Huawei. Also shown off was the PowerColor RX Vega 56 Nano and the adoption of FreeSync in Samsung QLED TVs, when playing on a Radeon RX graphics card, or the Xbox One S or X. Several server partners were also discovered and announced too, along with the reveal that the Zen2, 7 nm EPYC processors, codenamed Rome, are in AMD labs, will be sampling to customers in 2H 2018, and launching in 2019. The world's first 7 nm GPU though, the Vega-based Radeon Instinct was also shown off to the crowd and it was announced it will be launched to server and workstation form factors 2H 2018.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the press conference though, and the part I teased in the title, was not only the announcement but demonstration of the second-generation Threadripper HEDT CPU with 32 cores/64 threads. The current top-end Threadripper, the 1950X, features 16 cores/32 threads between its two Zeppelin dies, which have 8 cores/16 threads each. It looks like the next top-end Threadripper will utilize four Zeppelin dies, much like the EPYC processors, with Infinity Fabric connecting them. As Anandtech discusses in its article, two of these dies have their PCIe lanes and memory controllers disabled. This means there will likely be a latency penalty for these two dies, as they will need to reach across other dies to access system RAM. However, not all processes are sensitive to these latencies and AMD has improved Infinity Fabric in the Zen+ design, so perhaps the hit will not be as significant as one might think. There will also be a 24 core/48 thread Threadripper as well.

Anandtech also discovered some specifications for the engineering samples AMD had running in systems to show off Blender render performance. Both the 24 core and 32 core samples had a base frequency of 3.0 GHz and a Turbo frequency of 3.4 GHz, but these Turbo speeds are work-in progress. These CPUs will be available in 2H 2018, with some speculation pointing to August, so there is time for these to be pushed higher. The TDP is up to 250 W, which is a sizeable increase from the 180 W of the 1950X, but apparently this is an over-estimation and AMD was cooling these CPUs with an air cooler called the Wraith Ripper Air Cooler. To top all of that off, these second-generation Threadripper parts can be dropped into current X399 motherboards after a BIOS update. I am very happy with my 1950X and so I should not need to upgrade… I wonder what the price will be?

AMD has the video of the conference on its YouTube channel, which is embedded below.

 

 

Source: AMD and Anandtech



Deepcool and GamerStorm Launch Coolers, PSUs, and Cases at Computex 2018

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 5, 2018 06:41PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


With Computex 2018 in full swing, many products are going to be announced from a lot from companies. Deepcool and GamerStorm are showing off a number of products at the show, including new CPU coolers, a new power supply series, and a new case series. Starting with the coolers, The Castle 240/280 RGB is a new AIO cooler that comes in both 240 mm and 280 mm radiator sizes. It double window panes and 16.7 million true color lighting allow you to show off the aesthetic illumination of five built-in effects and 36 interchangeable modes. The synchronized lighting of the fans and water blocks can be controller through the included wired controller or the addressable RGB function available on many motherboards. The ultra-large pure copper CPU block and optimized E-shaped micro water channel provide large contact areas to improve heat circulation. It will have an MSRP of $109.99 for the 240 mm version and $129.99 for the 280 mm version when they launch next month

The Captain 240PRO cooler also sports RGB LEDs that can be controlled with a controller or a motherboard's addressable RGB system. This cooler stands out from others though with its pressure adjustment function, allowing it to automatically alter the pressure inside the device, for stable operation and a greater life span. Its MSRP is $199.99 when it launches in August.

The GAMMAXX GT TGA is an air cooler that builds on the GAMMAXX GT series by adding RGB lighting and optimized cooling performance. The base series already features an all-aluminum RGB top cover and synchronized RGB lighting system. It will launch in July with an MSRP of $44.99.

Coming to the cases, the MATREXX is a series of compact ATX PC cases that can hold up to E-ATX motherboards. They feature a minimalist design with glass panels and RGB lighting. Naturally the RGB system can be controlled by the motherboard but also be manual button-control. The MATREXX 55 is the smallest of the series, but can still hold a 280 mm or 360 mm radiator in the front and a 240 mm or 280 mm radiator in the top. The MATREXX 70 is a bit bigger, supporting up to a 360 mm radiator in top, but the maximum motherboard length is only 280 mm. Both the MATREXX 55 and MATREXX 75 can hold motherboards up to 330 mm long. The MATREXX 75 can also hold a 240 mm radiator at the bottom if you are using a short power supply, and its side panel is latched on instead of using hand screws. The cases will be launching in September for $39.99, $59.99, and $89.99 respectively.

Finally, the new DQ 650-M/750-M/850-M series of power supplies offer 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and fully modular cabling. The 120 mm FDB speed-adjustable fan will let you keep your system quite while also keeping things cool. The PSUs will be backed by a 5 year warranty when they launch in July. The MSRP for the DQ 650-M is $129.99, the DQ 750-M will be $149.99, and the DQ 850-M will cost you $159.99.

Source: Press Release




Corsair Launches Several Products at Computex 2018

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 4, 2018 07:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


There were a number of new products announced by Corsair today, so I want to jump right to them. The new Crystal Series 280X and 280X RGB MATX cases were both announced with their tempered glass designs. As the difference in names suggest, the 280X lacks the RGB of the 280X RGB, but you can expect the same tempered glass to show off your components in the dual-chamber case design. While these are smaller cases, supporting only mATX and mini ITX motherboards, they still support up to six cooling fans and up to three 240 mm radiators, or two and one 280 mm in the roof. The rear chamber will also let you keep the cabling hidden. There is also room for up to two 3.5 in drives and three 2.5 in drives. Both cases are available immediately with the Crystal 280X having an MSRP of $109.99 and the Crystal 280X RGB coming in at $159.99. Naturally the two included LL120 RGB fans of the 280X RGB can have their LEDs controlled through Corsair's iCUE software.

Speaking of the iCUE software, this was also announced today. It provides unified control for dynamic lighting, cooling control, system monitoring, and command customization across Corsair's products, including keyboards and mice, liquid coolers, and the AXi series of power supplies. To showcase iCUE, Corsair has also announced its new Vengeance RGB Pro series DDR4 RAM and the Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE case, which both feature multi-zone RGB lighting. The Vengeance RGB Pro memory does not sacrifice speed for its appearance with its XMP 2.0 support and speeds of up to 4600 MHz. The Obsidian 500D RGB SE case adds to the 500D by replacing the front aluminum plate with smoked tempered glass and three LL120 RGB fans. The Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE is available immediately while the Vengeance RGB Pro RAM should be available later this month. The memory also can be controlled by Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light software.

Finally, Corsair also announced new power supplies; the SF Series 80 PLUS Platinum and Vengeance Series 80 PLUS Silver. The SF Series Platinum PSUs are small-form-factor power supplies and are available at both 450 W and 600 W that can provide up to 94% efficiency. They are also fully modular, come with an SFX to ATX bracket, and are backed by a seven-year warranty. The Vengeance Series 80 PLUS Silver power supplies, available at 650 W and 750 W, can achieve up to 89% efficiency and are semi-modular. These power supplies have a switch to go between multiple +12 V rails with OCP on each cable to a single +12 V rail, so all of its DC connectors have the full +12 V capability the supply can offer. The Vengeance series is back by a five year warranty. These power supplies will be available in July.

Source: Corsair [1], [2], and [3]




ECS to Present Mini PCs and Alexa Activated Headset and More at Computex 2018

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 4, 2018 03:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There will be a lot of products announced at Computex this week, including some coming from Elitegroup computer Systems (ECS). The new generation of LIVA mini PCs will be present with live demos going on for those interested. The LIVA Q2 has a pocket-sized design, can provide 4K visuals, and offers both LAN and WiFi connections to join networks wherever you are. A micro SD slot is also there to increase storage capacity if you need it. The LIVA Z2/Z2V mini PC has a fanless design though, so you can enjoy complete silence as you use it. It too can provide 4K/UHD playback through FDMI + D-sub, and a USB Type-C port for your devices. The LIVA ONE/ONE Plus has a desktop-grade CPU you can upgrade yourself and offers flexibility of display outputs along with its fast SSD.

ECS will also have the world's first Alexa voice-activated headset, along with other voice controlled devices that can use AI technology to enrich your life. With Alexa you can play your music, get day-to-day information, and even control home automation systems.

Source: Elitegroup Computer Systems



NVIDIA Announces RTX Ray Tracing at GDC

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: March 19, 2018 10:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Game Developers Conference 2018 is going on right now and many companies are bringing new technologies and applications to show off, including NVIDIA. Announced today, NVIDIA RTX is a ray-tracing technology that is described as bringing real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers. Ray tracing involves actually following the path a ray of light takes to determine how it is affected by the materials and objects it interacts with, which is far from a trivial task. While it dates back decades, better and faster systems for it are a constant desire by many because of how difficult and time consuming the work is. Achieving real-time ray tracing is a significant feat.

NVIDIA did not work on RTX alone but also with Microsoft, enabling support for it with the new DirectX Raytacing (DXR) API. The NVIDIA GameWorks SDK will receive a ray-tracing denoiser module, to help developers wanting to add the Microsoft DXR API and NVIDIA RTX to their products. Some developers are already applying RTX, including 4A Games, Epic, Remedy Entertainment, and Unity, and will be demonstrating it over the course of the week at GDC.

One catch to RTX worth noting is it is only supported by the NVIDIA Volta architecture, which is not in a consumer-targeting product, and naturally future architectures from the company. For those of you using AMD hardware though, or more interested on the topic, that company will be presenting its own work on integrating real-time ray-tracing techniques into renderers on Wednesday at GDC.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Rolls Out Big Format Gaming Displays, GeForce NOW, and More at CES 2018

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 7, 2018 10:54PM
Author: bp9801


CES is kicking off this week, with plenty of big news on the horizon from just about every company you can think of. One of those companies is NVIDIA, and tonight it revealed several somethings for us to sink our teeth into and look forward to on the horizon. For starters, NVIDIA is rolling out what it calls Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD), where these massive screens feature G-SYNC and SHIELD streaming technology for the ultimate experience. NVIDIA and its partners, Acer, ASUS, and HP have teamed up to create 65" 4K TVs with a 120Hz HDR display to truly captivate you while you play the latest games (or simply your favorites). Combine the 120Hz panel with NVIDIA's G-SYNC and these screens help deliver a buttery smooth experience to make your games really come alive. Add in the full streaming capabilities of NVIDIA SHIELD TV, including Google Assistant and NVIDIA GameStream, and you have a full multimedia setup wherever you prefer. Play a game and then follow it up with a movie on Amazon Prime or Netflix, because you can.

In addition to those BFGDs, NVIDIA is rolling out GeForce NOW to most Windows desktops and laptops, offering a game streaming service to any compatible machine. It's available as a beta you can download now, giving you access to a huge library of games from a variety of stores. Those stores now include Uplay, meaning the latest Ubisoft titles, like Rainbox Six Siege and Ghost Recon Wildlands, are available to experience, even if your computer isn't that strong to play them normally. Just one of the good things about streaming services.

One final thing NVIDIA is improving is its GeForce Experience client and Ansel. GeForce Experience is getting upgraded with a new feature called NVIDIA Freestyle, which lets you apply a variety of filters to your games as you play them. Want to turn your game black and white? You can do that. Add in a colorblind mode to a game that lacks it? You better believe you can. Add in depth of field, sepia, or a total of 15 other filters for 38 different settings at launch? It's all there, all for you to tweak and customize to your heart's content. The colorblind and night mode, which reduces the blue tint for an easier time when you sleep, might be the most beneficial of all the modes, honestly. In addition, Ansel is getting an easier time to control with a handful of user interface tweaks, as well as new filters and filter combinations for a truly unique look to your in-game screenshots. Plus, for those playing Fortnite and its Battle Royale mode, ShadowPlay Highlights have been added in so you can capture the most epic moments in your match. Crossout and Elex are also receiving ShadowPlay Highlights, too.

NVIDIA's BFGDs are set to arrive later this year, GeForce NOW is available, well, now, and the FreeStyle and Ansel improvements arrive this Tuesday in beta mode. Just be sure to run the latest version of GeForce Experience and the Game Ready Drivers, enable Experimental Features, and you're all set.

Source: Press Release



Thermaltake Shows Off New Case and New Cooling Products at Computex

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 1, 2017 02:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Thermaltake brought a number of products to Computex, including a new case and several new cooling products. The case it introduced is the View 71 TG Edition, a full tower with 5 mm tempered glass on four sides; left, right, front, and top. All of that glass is meant to allow the owner to show off their hardware and DIY skills. The case comes with two 140 mm Riing Blue LED fans preinstalled and features seven tool-free drive bays with modular drive racks, to give you room for more storage or for liquid cooling expansion, depending on what you need. The top and front also have magnetic fan filters on them, but do not worry, the bottom has a fan filter as well.

Also announced at Computex was the Floe Riing RGB TT Premium Edition Series, a line of CPU coolers with RGB LEDs that can be controlled via software. These AIO coolers will be available in 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm sizes, so you can get the level of cooling you want, assuming your case supports it.

If you are looking to build a custom liquid-cooling loop, instead of using an AIO solution, the Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator and Pacific W4 Plus CPU Cooler were also announced. These are meant to provide exceptional cooling performance with a high fin density and dual-row tubes in the radiator, and an optimized micro-channel structure in the water block along with the 16.8 million colors the LEDs offer. Also showcased was the TT Premium Concentrate Coolant Series, a ready-to-mix, anti-corrosion, and fully biodegradable concentrate. The series offers blue, red, green, acid green, orange, yellow, purple, and black colors, so you have a nice selection of colors.

Source: Thermaltake [1], [2], [3]




AMD Shows Off Threadripper and Ryzen Mobile, and Dates EPYC and Vega

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: May 31, 2017 08:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last night AMD held its conference at Computex, where it shared some of what we saw at the Financial Analyst Day earlier this month, but also some new information. At FAD AMD revealed the Zen-based server chips, codenamed Naples, would be officially named EPYC, and at Computex their launch date was given of June 20.

Of course EPYC is not exactly a part meant for most people, but there was also some good news for the Ryzen series of CPUs. A lot of this news was from the OEMs that are putting Ryzen into their offerings, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, and Lenovo. The ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix GL7027C laptop will actually use a Ryzen 7 CPU, making it the world's first 8-core gaming laptop. AMD also announced its entire Ryzen desktop line-up, including the Ryzen 3 processors that will be launching in Q3, have earned Oculus approval to be VR Ready and VR Ready Premium. Ryzen Mobile was also held up for everyone to see and used in a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. The Ryzen Mobile APUs will feature 4 cores/8 threads and use a Vega-based GPU component for graphics.

Ryzen Threadripper, the HEDT processor series with up to 16 cores/32 threads that was announced at FAD, was shown off as well, with the chip being held up for everyone to see, running a Blender demo, and was combined with four Vega Frontier Edition cards and two RX Vega gaming GPUs. The demo with four Vega Frontier cards was in part to show off the 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes the entire Threadripper lineup will feature, along with quad-channel DDR memory support. Vega Frontier Edition GPUs will be arriving on June 27 while the RX Vega gaming cards are expected to launch at SIGGRAPH, which is being held the end of July. Still have a while to wait for those, but AMD did at least show off two of them, with Threadripper, being used to play Prey at 4K. (Unfortunately no performance metric was displayed, but screen tearing was quite evident.)

It looks like June should be a good month for those in the professional market, but consumers may have longer to wait for new hardware

Source: AMD



Intel Cancels Intel Developer Forum Going Forward

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: April 17, 2017 03:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel has announced that it is canceling the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) after nearly 20 years, including IDF17 which was previously announced and expected to take place in San Francisco in mid August. Intel issued an announcement on the IDF website, stating "Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on intel.com, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers. As always, our customers, partners, and developers should reach out to their Intel representative with questions." The company further elaborated when contacted by Anandtech, stating "With the rise of AI, FPGAs, Optane, IoT, wireless comms, automotive, and the other new areas that Intel is moving into, Intel felt that IDF no longer fills the need when it comes to giving out information."

Source: Anandtech



Thermaltake Announces New Gaming Headset and Tempered Glass Cases

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 6, 2017 11:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Thermaltake has apparently been busy preparing for CES 2017 as it has announced even more products. First up of this latest batch I have here is the new CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset under its Tt eSPORTS brand. As you can guess from the name, this headset supports 7.1 virtual surround sound and uses RGB illumination to provide 16.8 million colors. The headset has two light zones and users can select from eight different lighting effects, which are shown in the video below. Delivering the sound are 50 mm oversized neodymium drivers that have been tilted to better aim the sound at your ears. The internal digital sound tech allows the user to enjoy 96 KHz/24-bit audio to provide clear sounds while you play your favorite games. The headset uses new software for managing its capabilities but also has an in-line control for easy access to some of these options. The ear cushions are also 25 mm thick for your comfort. The CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset has an MSRP of $84.99.

 

 

Next up we have the new View 31 TG and View 31 TG RGB tempered glasses ATX cases. Naturally the difference between these is the inclusion of three Riing 14 RGB LED fans with the TG RGB case, while the plain TG case only comes with two Riing 14 Blue LED fans. Both cases feature a fully modular, tool-free design with fine fan filters at the top and bottom to keep out dust and support for liquid cooling solutions.

 

 

If you are looking for something smaller, Thermaltake has added to its Core P series of miniITX cases with the Core P1 TG. It is also a tempered-glass case like those above, but in the compact miniITX form factor. It is actually small enough that the case can be mounted to the wall, if that is how you want to show off your hardware behind the 5 mm thick tempered glass panel. You can also place it vertically or horizontally, if that is your preference. Despite being small though, it supports AIO and DIY liquid cooling solutions and has room for a single 280 mm radiator and two 120 mm or 140 mm fans on the side. You can even 3D print liquid cooling components for the case, if you are interested in doing so. The case has an open frame design, so you can build it up as you wish, with the modular panels, racks, and brackets available to you. It has 1+3 drive trays that can be hidden in the back panel and a special design bracket, with a riser cable, if you want change the orientation of your GPU.

Source: Tt eSPORTS (Cronos Riing RGB 7.1 Headset), Thermaltake (View 31 TG ATX cases) and Thermaltake (Core P1 TG miniITX Case)




Corsair Announces New Mouse, Keyboard, PSUs, and Bulldog 2.0 at CES 2017

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 5, 2017 11:13AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Corsair has announced a number of new products today, so we should just jump into it. First up is a new SCIMITAR PRO RGB gaming mouse. This builds on success of the CORSAIR SCIMITAR RGB by adding a new native 16,000 DPI PMW3367 sensor developed with PIXART and onboard profile storage. A defining feature of the SCIMITAR mice from Corsair is the panel of twelve mechanical side macro buttons, which can be slid up to 8 mm to put them where you want them. With the onboard memory, the macros you set in the CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) can go with you to use on any system, as can the RGB lighting settings you select. You can also finely adjust the sensor's DPI to fit your preference from CUE. It is available immediately in both yellow and black finishes.

 

 

Also announced today is the K95 RGB Platinum mechanical keyboard. It has an aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame and uses Cherry MX switches, with your chase of the RGB Speed switch, for high-speed, low-travel action or the tactile RGB Brown switch. On the left side of the keyboard are six dedicated macro keys that also have a special texture, to stand out from the others. With 8 MB of onboard memory, the macros you assign in CUE can go with you as can the multi-layer lighting profiles, so you can game as you wish, where you wish without the need of special software. The keyboard supports both per-key RGB lighting but also a new LightEdge, a 19-zone light bar that can be lit separately or with the rest of the keyboard. There is also a USB pass-through, detachable dual-sided soft-touch wrist rest, media control keys, and it comes with replacement textured keycaps for you to use in your favorite FPS and MOBA games. The K95 RGB Platinum will be available later this month in both black and gunmetal finishes.

 

 

Next we have new HX and TX-M series PSUs. The new HX PSUs offer 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, which means 94% efficient operation. They also have a 135 mm cooling fan and Zero RPM mode to keep it quiet and cool, and are fully modular. The TX-M series achieves 80 Plus Gold efficiency and is semi-modular. Both series of PSUs are available immediately.

Finally the company has announced the Bulldog 2.0 case, which keeps the look and small form factor of the original case, but has been upgraded to come with the latest MSI Intel Z270 mini-ITX motherboard, so you can overclock the new 7th Intel CPUs. The case also includes the new, low-profile H6SF liquid CPU cooler, SF600 SFX PSU, and two low-noise 92 mm PWM cooling fans from Corsair's ML Series. It is available immediately

Corsair (SCIMITAR PRO RGB), (K95 RGB Platinum), and (PSUs and Bulldog 2.0)




Thermaltake Bringing The Tower 900 Series, New PSUs, and a New Keyboard to CES 2017

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 3, 2017 09:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in May, Thermaltake had announced that they were working with Watermod France to bring to production an entry in the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational. At the time it was referred to simply as Project The Tower, but now it has the name The Tower 900 E-ATX Vertical Super Tower Chassis. A bit long, but it will be Thermaltakes first TT Premium modder edition chassis series case and is going to be shown off at CES 2017. For those who will not be at the trade show, you can check out the appropriate source link, video, and pictures below of this behemoth with tempered glass panes meant to show off your components with uncompromising liquid cooling potential. It is available in both a black and snow white version.

 

 

Also at CES 2017, Thermaltake will be showing off two new series of power supplies; the Toughpower Grand RGB Gold Series and the Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series. Both series have 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W options in them and by using the Riing 14 RGB fan offer five lighting modes (256 color cycle, solid red, green, blue, white, and off). They are also all fully modular. The Toughpower Grand series has a 10-year warranty while the Smart Pro has a 7-year warranty.

 

 

Finally, from Tt eSPORTS the new MEKA Pro Cherry MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is going to be shown at the show. The keyboard comes with Red, Brown, or Blue Cherry MX switches, so you can get the simplistic keyboard with the tactile experience you prefer. For features the keyboard has 100% anti-ghosting support, on-the-fly macro recording, per-key red backlights with multiple lighting effects to choose from. The keyboard with Brown and Blue switches will cost $99.99 while the version with Red switches will be either $99.99 or $109.99. (The latter is given in the press release while the former appears on the product page.)

Source: Thermaltake (The Tower 900), Thermaltake (Toughpower Grand RGB Gold Series & Smart Pro RGB Bronze Series PSUs), and Tt eSPORTS (MEKA PRO Cherry MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard)




PS4 Controller Support Coming to Steam

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: October 13, 2016 08:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Valve is holding its Steam Dev Days conference, where several new things are being shown off, including some plans for the Steam Controller API, such as adding support for other controllers. While a lot of what is being talked about does not seem to have made it out of the conference yet, a complete transcript of this talk has. Most of the talk is about implementing the API, and is an interesting read for anyone curious, but that support for other controllers might be what most of you are looking for.

The first controller that will be supported by the Steam API will be the PS4 Controller. Other controllers will be added in the future, but they are starting with this one because of its quality and it possessing a gyro and touchpad, much like the Steam Controller. Also it does not have the best support on PC currently, but because of how the Steam Controller API works, with it being what any game sees and not the controller itself, it should become much more reliable. This abstraction with the API comes in part from it passing actions to the game instead of the direct inputs, so instead of sending the input 'A' that is translated to 'Jump,' the game is sent the action 'Jump' and does so regardless of the input being used. This use of the API means that once it gains PS4 Controller support, all games that fully support the API will be able to use this controller, and all of those added in the future.

Source: Gamasutra




ECS LEET GAMING Motherboard and LIVA mini PC Launched at Computex 2016

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: May 24, 2016 02:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Elitegroup Computer Systems, a manufacturer and supplier of various computer components, has officially launched a new LEET GAMING motherboard and LIVA mini PC at this year's Computex trade show. The new motherboard, known as the Z170-LIGHTSABER, boasts premium features that are tailored towards gamers, such as special LED illumination with 7 colors, a brand new USB power supply design that supports high power USB devices, and Nichicon audio capacitors that provide both stability and reliability. The new LEET GAMING motherboard also includes a Killer E2400 Gaming high-performance Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which helps to prioritize bandwidth so latency is reduced as much as possible. The new LIVA mini PC, known as the LIVA Pro mini PC, utilizes a mini-STX motherboard that is 29 percent smaller than mini-ITX motherboards, allowing the latest ECS product to feature a size of just 1.3 liters. The LIVA Pro mini PC supports the latest processors from Intel as well as up to 32GB of DDR4, and features USB 3.0 with the Type-C connector, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2.5-inch storage option, and dual display outputs that include HDMI and DisplayPort.

Source: Press Release



BIOSTAR Successfully Launches RACING Motherboard Series in Thailand

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: February 27, 2016 10:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR, a motherboard manufacturer based in Taiwan, has successfully launched its RACING motherboard series in Thailand. The launch event took place at Easy Kart circuit, where attendees were able to take an in-depth look at the various motherboards on display after completing a racing challenge. The first regional event for the launch of the products, which featured Thai media in attendance, also celebrated BIOSTAR's 30 years in the industry. BIOSTAR was founded 30 years ago by Eric Wang and Paul Wang, and the company hopes to continue doing business on a global level for years to come through the production of quality and performance driven products.

Source: Press Release




Thermaltake Unveils the 2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: February 27, 2016 03:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Thermaltake, a worldwide in leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has officially divulged the 2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1. The competition features 11 of the word's top case modders from Germany, Vietnam, Australia, Italy, China, Japan, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The goal of the 2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1 is to turn the Thermaltake Core P5 open-frame ATX wall-mount chassis into a new creation with the utilization of Thermaltake Tt LCS certified liquid cooling components and the Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium smart PSU.

The 2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 1 is currently scheduled to run from May 11 to May 15 of this year. Everyone is welcome to vote on their favorite mod, and voters are able to win some amazing prizes from companies that include Thermaltake, Newegg, TT Premium, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2, Intel, ASUS, Samsung, and AVEXIR.

Source: Press Release



Gigabyte Launching Three New Motherboards and Updating Its Mini-PC Line

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 7, 2016 09:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today GIGBYTE has launched and is showing off three new motherboards with the LGA1151 socket, the GA-X150-PLUS WS, GA-X150M-PLUS WS, and GA-X170-Extreme ECC. The X150-PLUS WS is an ATX board with several features meant to provide the best speed and reliability, including DDR4 support, two x16 PCIe slots that have their lanes directly connected to the CPU, and an onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector with up to 32 Gb/s transfer speeds. If you are still looking for a LGA1151 motherboard to drop an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processor into but want something cheaper and with fewer extreme features, the X150M-PLUS WS, a micro-ATX board, may be the thing for you. It still has the DDR4 support and its x16 PCIe slot still has its lanes coming directly off of the CPU for the greatest possible bandwidth. Finally the X170-Extreme ECC board supports ECC Memory and sports more USB 3.0 and SATA3 ports, so you can have both stability and performance.

GIGABYTE is also updating its GIGABYTE BRIX barebone mini-PC to come with Intel's 6th Gen. Core processors. With it you can hold the power of a Core i3 up to a Core i7 processor in the palm of your hand. Different configurations are available, including some with support for 2.5 in drives, for those who need additional storage. They also have USB 3.0 ports and can power three displays with their support for HDMI and DisplayPort. These new BRIX are also going to be the first to support Intel's Thunderbolt 3 standard over USB Type-C, which have single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s.

Source: GIGABYTE




AMD Officially Reveals the Upcoming Polaris Architecture with Release Target of Mid-2016

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 4, 2016 09:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is really nice that CES 2016 is finally here, because we are finally getting a look at some long-awaited technologies. Today AMD has unveiled its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, which features a 4th generation GCN core and will be built with 14 nm FinFET. A lot of improvements have been made with it, including new architecture features and a significant jump in power efficiency. It is already being sampled to OEMs and is expected to ship in mid-2016.

The new 4th gen GCN will bring with it several features, including primitive discard acceleration. This is a feature that DirectX 12 will be able to take advantage of. It is also going to support the DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0a standards, HDR monitors, and have h.265 decoding at up to 4K and 4K h.265 encoding at 60 FPS. All of this along with a significant improvement to power efficiency in part thanks to the switch to 14 nm FinFET. This technology allows for considerably better performance-per-watt compared to current 28 nm devices.

To demonstrate the improved efficiency, a Polaris powered system was put up against a Maxwell NVIDIA GTX 950 that was otherwise identical and measured the power usage. At the medium preset in Star Wars Battlefront the GTX 950 system was pulling around 140-150 W while the Polaris wielding system used just 86 Watts. WCCFtech did a little math and determined the Polaris GPU was likely drawing just about 50 W on its own, and as the GTX 960 typically draws around 100 W that puts it at double the efficiency for the same performance. With Polaris launching months from now though, we could see further improvements to its efficiency by various hardware and software optimizations. This efficiency will help Polaris enter small form-factor designs and bring without sacrificing too much performance.

 

 

Source: WCCFtech and AMD



NVIDIA Announcing GeForce GTX VR Ready Program at CES

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: January 4, 2016 08:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


There are a lot of expectations for technology in this new year and virtual reality is near the top of the list. Multiple head mounted displays are set to launch this year, but to drive them is going to require powerful computers. To help consumers know if a machine is capable of pushing out two simultaneous images at 90 FPS, NVIDIA is launching its GeForce GTX VR Ready program at CES. This program will award systems a badge if they are VR ready and several manufacturers are already partnered with NVIDIA, including Alienware, MAINGEAR, MSI, Asus, Acer, HP, and more.

At the center of this new program is NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture featured in the GTX 970 and GTX 980. The architecture was designed with VR in mind and has support for features like Multi-Res Shading, which can improve performance by 50%. Other system requirements include USB 3.0 support, HDMI 1.3, an Intel Core i5-4590 or better CPU, 8+ GB of RAM, and Windows 7 SP1 or newer.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Plans CES Press Conference for January 4

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: December 15, 2015 05:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced that it plans to hold its annual press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 4, 2016. The press conference will occur before the start of the event on January 6 and is expected to focus on "several key innovations in the graphics sector" and "autonomous driving." WCCF Tech is predicting that NVIDIA will unveil more details on its Autonomous Drive Modules, a result of recent partnerships with companies such as Tesla and Audi, and the desire to create improved machine learning systems. The company has a history of announcing new Tegra Systems-on-a-chip at CES and this year should be no different, with the successor to the Tegra X1 potentially making an appearance. Announcements could also be made regarding the next generation of GPU updates, though the Graphics Technology Conference is believed to be a more likely reveal occasion.

Source: WCCF Tech



NVIDIA Supplies Computers Running Black Ops 3 at Gamescom 2015

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: August 7, 2015 05:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Treyarch, the developer of the latest upcoming Call of Duty title known as Black Ops 3, has revealed that the computers powering the first person shooter title at Gamescom 2015 have been provided by NVIDIA. The rigs feature an interesting and aesthetically pleasing design, and happen to be running Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at 4K, thanks to the included NVIDIA GeForce Titan X GPUs. While the game is running at 4K and looks quite amazing at such a resolution, it is being limited to 60FPS. The Director of Development at Treyarch noted that Black Ops 3 is being limited to 60FPS due to G-SYNC, and that the computer builds provided by NVIDIA are more than capable of running the game at 4K with higher framerates.

Black Ops 3 is available for immediate preorder, which will provide customers with access to the beta version of the game. The final release of the latest Call of Duty title is currently scheduled for November 6, 2015.

Source: WCCFtech



Second Firaxicon Announced

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: July 29, 2015 02:30PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today 2K and Firaxis Games announced they will be holding a second Firaxicon on October 3. Like last year's event, it will be held in Baltimore, where Firaxis resides, and will be hosted by Firaxis developers. If you want to meet some of the people behind the Civilization and XCOM franchises, this is where you will want to be. You will be able to attend panels, experience Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide and XCOM 2, take part in giveaways, challenges, competitions, and even play board games with and against the designers.

Tickets are available today at Eventbrite and cost $40.

Source: Press Release



South Park: The Fractured but Whole Announced at E3

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 15, 2015 06:28PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Ubisoft has announced the follow up to last year's South Park: The Stick of Truth at E3 today. South Park: The Fractured but Whole has The New Kid joining Cartman's Coon and Friends group of crime fighters, with Cartman's alter ego being The Coon; a half-man, half-raccoon superhero. While you and the other kids battle the evil of South Park's criminal underbelly, Cartman will be working to make sure the Coon, Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and more become the beloved superheroes.

Like the previous title, this comedy RPG is being developed with involvement from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and with South Park Digital Studios. After the success of the first game, they want to extend the franchise and keep people laughing. You can watch the announcement trailer here, but remember, it may contain mature content.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog




The Crew Wild Run Announced and Coming in November

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 15, 2015 06:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Last year Ubisoft launched The Crew and this year the action-driving MMO is getting an expansion named The Crew Wild Run. With this expansion, players will be able to visit 'The Summit' where drivers will be face off in extreme events at iconic US locations. The expansion is also adding new vehicle types, including dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles, and applies a major graphical update.

The expansion will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on November 17. You can check out OCC's review of the original game here: The Crew Review.

 

 

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog




Anno 2205 Goes to Space on November 3, 2015

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 15, 2015 05:45PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Along with a number of action games, Ubisoft also announced the strategy, city-building game Anno 2205 will be releasing on November 3, at E3. This is the largest game of the Anno series and will be the first to reach into outer space. Players will be tasked with building cities large enough to send missions to the Moon, establishing colonies there to harvest resources and bring them back to Earth. Thanks to a new engine, the islands cities can be built on can be five times larger than those in previous games, while still enabling high graphical detail. This includes filling the cities with flying cars, over a million citizens, factories, and mines. The game will also use a 'revolutionary' session mode to allow players to control several sessions on the Earth and Moon at the same time.

Pre-orders can be placed now for the Standard Edition and Gold Edition, with the latter including additional content. Pre-ordering either edition will get players guaranteed access to the closed beta, for which more information will come in the future.

 

 

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog




Tom Clancy's The Division Gets a Release Date

Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Posted: June 15, 2015 05:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Tom Clancy's The Division was first announced a while ago, and then almost seemed to disappear. E3 is a good time for games to return to the forefront, and it has more information about the gameplay, as well as a release date of March 8, 2016. This open world RPG will be coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs.

The Division is set in New York City after it has been devastated by a virus. With society quickly breaking down as food and water run out, The Division is activated to restore order. The members of the unit had previously appeared to lead ordinary lives, but are actually highly trained agents meant to operate independently or in small groups. You will be able to play the game solo or with up to three other players. There are no special classes or fixed load-outs, so you can respond to the dynamic world as the situation dictates. You will also be able to upgrade weapons, gear, and skills. The most dangerous part of the city is the Dark Zone, where you can go either to work with other agents, or hunt others down to get their loot.

In North America you can already pre-order to two special editions of the game; the Gold Edition and the premium Collector's Edition. The Gold Edition includes an exclusive National Guard Gear Set and the Season Pass, while the Collector's Edition includes all of that, plus exclusive memorabilia. Pre-orders will also get you a place in the beta coming out in December for the Xbox One, and later beta access coming to all three platforms.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog




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