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News Archives for May 2015

XIGMATEK Launches Nebula C in Multiple Spring Colors

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 05:35AM
Author: gebraset

XIGMATEK, a manufacturer of computer peripherals and thermal solutions, has launched its Nebula C in multiple springtime colors. The Nebula C, which is available in white, pink, purple, yellow, and two shades of green, is a mini-ITX case that features support for CPU colors up to 80mm tall, graphics cards up to 230mm long, and a standard ATX PSU. The cube-shaped computer case is built with SECC steel frames and includes glossy ABS panels, one 3.5-inch drive bay, one 2.5-inch drive bay, passive vents on the bottom, USB 3.0 front panel ports, and a 120mm rear mounted fan.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Grooveshark Shuts Down After Settling Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 05:58AM
Author: gebraset

The parent company of Grooveshark, Escape Media, has announced that it has officially shutdown the service after settling a copyright infringement lawsuit that it has been battling for years. Grooveshark, which launched in 2007 and let millions of web and mobile users stream an unlimited number of songs from major record labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, was found to have lacked the proper rights to upload copyrighted songs. As a part of the agreement to shutdown Grooveshark, Escape Media has surrendered its website, mobile applications, and intellectual property. The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major labels affected by Grooveshark, revealed in a statement that "This is an important victory for artists and the entire music industry."

In a letter posted to the Grooveshark website, users of the service are being urged to seek out legal and licensed music services to satisfy their music listening needs.

Source: CNET


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New Technique Discovered for Creating Terahertz Radiation

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 06:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When X-ray photography was first discovered, it allowed us to peer into places previously impossible, and we may see a revolution like that happen again with terahertz radiation. Though at a much lower frequency, this form of light can be used to identify various illnesses and materials, at range and without damaging the subject. To best accomplish this though, a wide range of frequencies need to be created, and researchers at the University of Rochester have found a new way of doing so at a lower power than thought possible.

Specific frequencies of terahertz radiation can be made by special diodes and lasers, but these are only good for imaging work. Spectroscopy, which identifies materials by how light interacts with it, requires a broadband light source, which is made by a microplasma. To produce such a plasma requires either two powerful lasers of different frequencies, or one even more powerful laser. The Rochester researchers wondered if maybe working with special polarizations of light could improve efficiencies. It turns out this is not the case, but once the researchers learned why this did not work and the underlying physics, they found another solution. This new approach allows for the creation of the microplasma with a single laser at a much lower power than previously thought possible, and it may go even lower, by changing the gas used.

One thing interesting about this technique is that the terahertz waves go in a different direction than the laser beam, which should make it easier to couple the waves to a waveguide in a microchip.

Source: University of Rochester


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, May 1, 2015, Edition

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 09:19AM
Author: bp9801

Today is May Day, and to help kick it off we have some items for you to check out and wrap up the week with. There is a look at the SilverStone Mammoth MM01, a case that lives up to its name while also providing a HEPA air filter and spill-proof panels. We also have 20 of the worst PC setups seen throughout the month of April, so if you need some laughs or maybe a few cringes, you're covered. A new case mod is highlighted that is based on The Riddler, with a sweet color scheme and paint job to match. Wrapping up the day's items is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Cases
SilverStone Mammoth MM01 @ TechSpot

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - April 2015 @ ThinkComputers
Case Mod Friday: The Riddler @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #347 @ PC Perspective


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Square Enix, Microsoft, and NVIDIA Show Off DX12

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Want to see multiple scenes with over 63 million polygons in it being rendered in real-time? Of course you do, so check out the video below where Square Enix, Microsoft, and NVIDIA show off the power of DirectX 12 with a project called WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] at Microsoft’s BUILD 2015 conference. That 63 million polygons is some 6 to 12 times more than what DX11 is capable of, and that is not the only impressive number, as the textures used in the scenes are 8K by 8K. Perhaps the most impressive part of the scene though is hair, with each strand being an actual polygon, with over 50 shaders being applied.

Driving the machine behind the demonstration were four Titan X GPUs, so we probably cannot expect this level of detail to arrive on our PCs any time soon. Still leaves me looking forward to the launch of DX12 and the games that will use it.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA


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AMD Cuts Price of R9 285 GPUs to $200

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 01:58PM
Author: CheeseMan42

AMD first released the R9 285 based on the Tonga GPU last year at a price point of $249. The R9 285 offered performance similar to the R9 280 and 280X with a price that was between the other two cards. Both the 280 and 280X have received price cuts since launch, but the 285 is now in line with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 for both price and performance. The price drop could help AMD take sales from NVIDIA as the R9 285 "features a better memory bus which results in better texture processing and further features a robust geometry processing engine," in comparison to the GTX 960.

Source: WCCF Tech


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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is Looking Gorgeous With Six New Screenshots

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 02:22PM
Author: bp9801

Today marks the first day of May, which means the wait is almost over for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The boots of Geralt await us, and to help tide you over a little bit longer we have six new screenshots. In them we have Geralt taking on some bandits in a three on one fight, which may not seem entirely fair, but then again, they're the fools taking on a witcher. Another one has Geralt on horseback as he's heading towards a herd of sheep, with plenty of them on-screen to show what REDengine 3 is capable of. We also have the witcher running through a field with some impressive shadows in front, and another where he's again on horse heading towards a shrine or monument of some kind.

A griffin appears yet again, so it certainly seems like the past comment about multiple griffins is true, and evidently the Igni sign is the best way to combat them (or bandits). Finishing it off is Geralt in a spiffy shirt wandering through a town, with a fast travel prompt over a road sign. The only loading screens during The Witcher 3 are when you decide to fast travel, with the loading time dependent on how far you're traveling. You'll also see them when you start up the game or die and reload (as expected), but otherwise CD Projekt RED has said that is it for loading screens.

The quest text in all the screenshots has been blurred to avoid spoilers, luckily. The HUD is rather large and the button prompts are displayed in all of them, so hopefully we can play with as many of those turned off as possible. Regardless, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking fantastic, and we can all play it on May 19. An Expansion Pass is also available to help extend the adventure by an additional 30 hours.

Source: Facebook [1] & [2] and VG24/7


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Finding How Memories are Made

Posted: May 1, 2015 @ time: 02:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The brain is an extraordinary organ that humanity may never fully grasp, but that does not stop us from trying. One of the fundamental functions of the human brain is to store memories, and for some the brain has difficulty forming new memories, so a better understanding of the processes involved could lead to treatments for them. Now researchers at Vanderbilt University have found a link between a signaling protein and the formation of memories.

Neurons have two types of fibers that reach out from them, dendrites and axons, with the axons sending signals that dendrites receive. Each dendrite is covered in filaments called filopodia that will develop into spines when they touch an axon, and these connections are what store memories. The Vanderbilt researchers found that the signaling protein Asef2 promotes spine formation by activating another protein, and is used by another to guide specific spines. Previously Asef2 has been linked to disorders including autism, Alzheimer's, and Down Syndrome. Autism has been associated with immature spines, which fail to form good connections, and Alzheimer's is well known for disrupting a person's memory.

The hope is to one day understand the mechanisms well enough to develop treatments to restore spine formation. Until then, we have a lot more studying to do to unravel our brains at a cellular and molecular level.

Source: Vanderbilt University


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Details Released For Batman: Arkham Knight DLC

Posted: May 3, 2015 @ time: 06:42AM
Author: CheeseMan42

In the past week Rocksteady has released a new trailer and announced a DLC season pass for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. Up until now it was only known that the season pass would set you back $40, but the company has now revealed what you will get for your money. The DLC will be released over the course of six months after the game is released and will offer "more narrative, more missions, more challenges and more characters and vehicles that we want players to experience, even though they didn’t fit into the storyline of Batman: Arkham Knight." All details released about the DLC can be seen below:

Batgirl: A Matter of Family An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series - check out the first render of Batgirl.

The Season of Infamy Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.

Gotham City Stories Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.

Crimefighter Challenge Maps Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.

Character Skins A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

Source: Facebook and Caped Crusades


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2D Semiconductor Properties Now Better Understood

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 05:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The future of many technologies may be flat, thanks to advances with two-dimensional materials like graphene, boron nitride (BN), and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). The last of those three materials is of special interest to some as it is the only of the three to be a natural semiconductor, but its performance tends to be less than predicted. Researchers at Columbia University have been investigating this and found an explanation and solution for the discrepancy.

In previous work, the researchers discovered that encapsulating graphene, a plane of carbon one atom thick, in boron nitride improved its electron mobility by a factor of 50. Electron mobility is a measure of how quickly electrons can move through a material, so better mobility means better performance. The reason the encapsulated graphene performed better is because the encapsulation reduced the disorder from exposure to the environment. By encapsulating MoS2 in BN, with graphene at the ends to act as contacts, the researchers found electron mobility increased by a factor of 2 at room temperature, bringing it closer to the theoretical limit. At low temperatures the increase was on the order of 5 to 50 times better, depending on how many layers there were.

Further analysis at low temperatures revealed that contamination at the interfaces is still the main source of disorder, which means there is still room for improvement. With 2D semiconductors and other materials potentially able to push past the performance of modern technologies, you can bet this is going to be investigated more.

Source: Columbia University


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Disabling NVIDIA’s Streaming Service Provides Marginal Performance Gains

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 07:30AM
Author: gebraset

NVIDIA’s drivers contain a streaming service that powers one of its most touted features known as Shadow Play, which allows gamers to stream games to a SHIELD device. Unfortunately, it looks like the streaming service is automatically enabled in the latest GeForce drivers, and as such, happens to utilize CPU resources in the background even when not in use. According to reddit user lhikary, disabling the NVIDIA Streamer Service provides a roughly three to five percent performance increase in synthetic benchmarks, which is just outside the margin of error. Nonetheless, the performance gains achieved by disabling the streaming service that makes Shadow Play work could help owners of lower-end CPUs quite a bit when it comes to everyday tasks as well as gaming.

NVIDIA has not yet made an official statement in regards to its streaming service continually utilizing CPU resources in the background, even when a SHIELD device is not present.

Source: WCCFtech


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GTA V Looks Amazing at 6K

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: gebraset

Just over a month ago, 4K screenshots for GTA V were revealed to the public that successfully showed off some impressive environments within the PC version of the game. About a month ago, a 60FPS trailer for GTA V was released by Rockstar, which provided more of want gamers wanted to see before the official release of the game. Now, PC Gamer has been kind enough to capture some 6K screenshots of GTA V. The screenshots primarily cover various outdoor environments present within GTA V, but still manage to show off just how beautiful the game can look when running on some of the best hardware currently available to consumers.

The included screenshots have been reduced in size, but the original 6K screenshots can be viewed by clicking on the source link.

Source: PC Gamer


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, May 4, 2015, Edition

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 08:58AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with some new items to help get you started on the right foot. There is a review of the Zalman Z11 NEO case, which has a unique visual style and plenty of features to provide something for everyone. The Cougar 200K gaming keyboard gets tested to see how this budget-friendly model stacks up to the competition. The 2015 edition of the Razer Blade Pro is on the test bench to see how this 17.3-inch laptop performs and whether or not it should be your next gaming laptop. Finally there's the VKWorld VK2015 smartphone, which has a quad-core processor, dual-SIM support, and an affordable price tag.

Cases
Zalman Z11 NEO @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard @ LanOC Reviews

Laptops/Tablets
Razer Blade Pro (2015) @ TechSpot

Mobile
VKWorld VK2015 @ Madshrimps


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HP Leaks Unannounced AMD GPUs

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 10:33AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Leaks happen when you are working on a new and highly anticipated product, but you probably expect them to come from various places on the Internet, and not a large company. The latter is the case here though, as HP has apparently revealed the existence of the AMD R9 380 and the Radeon R7 A330 or R7 A360. These leaks come from HP describing its upcoming Envy Phoenix desktops and Pavilion All-in-Ones.

The Envy Phoenix is supposed to start shipping in June, as part of the company's back-to-school lineup.

Source: PCWorld


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First CryEngine-Based DX12 Game Shown at Microsoft BUILD

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 10:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The day after Square Enix showed off the WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] demo at the Microsoft BUILD conference, the company showed off King of Wushu running with DirectX 12. This should end up being the first DX12 title in China and the first CryEngine-based game to use the new API. Like the previous demo, this one was also supported by NVIDIA and the game will include several GameWorks technologies when it launches.

This demo was not just about the technical potential for DX12 but its ease of adoption. According to Microsoft, DirectX 12 is set to be adopted at the fastest rate since DX 9, which may not be that surprising since it took just six weeks for two engineers working on King of Wushu to port it from DirectX 11 to DX12.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA


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NVIDIA Giving Away The Witcher 3 and Batman: Arkham Knight With Select Video Cards

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 03:42PM
Author: CheeseMan42

According to a series of slides obtained by Videocardz, NVIDIA will soon offer a free copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight to users that purchase a NVIDIA GTX 970 or 980 video card. The Witcher 3 is currently offered with those two cards and the GTX 960. As two of the most anticipated games to be released this year, this presents an incredible value for anyone in the market for a new video card. The promo material states that the offer will be available "for a limited time" so be sure to jump on it as soon as possible if you are interested.

Source: Videocardz


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Three Videos Totaling 45 Minutes Showcase The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 04:00PM
Author: gebraset

While new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been popping up quite often as of late, videos of the upcoming title from CD Projekt RED are becoming bountiful as well. Gopher has successfully uploaded 45 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that showcases that various environments and elements of the video game title. The first part, which is roughly 13 minutes long, displays the outside world with some intriguing game dynamics. The second part, which is roughly 17 minutes long, offers insight into the various abilities of the witcher, along with some in-game menus. The third and final part, which is right around 15 minutes in length, dives deep into the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

For anyone who dislikes spoilers, please do not watch the following videos that are available in 1080p, 60FPS.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launches on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: WCCFtech


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DEEPCOOL Announces TriStellar Case

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 04:03PM
Author: CheeseMan42

DEEPCOOL has announced the first case to join its GAMER STORM product line, the TriStellar. The TriStellar presents an extremely unique design, dividing components into three separate compartments instead of a traditional single tower design. The three chamber design helps to more effectively dissipate heat with full size GPUs installed in the top compartment and attached to the motherboard via a PCIe cable. An included 90mm fan provides airflow over the GPU and up to two 2.5" SSDs. A Mini-ITX motherboard can be installed in one of the bottom chambers with enough room for larger air coolers or all-in-one liquid coolers. The final chamber holds the power supply with two spaces for hot-pluggable 3.5" hard drives and a single 5.25" drive. The TriStellar will be available in June at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Press Release


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Launch Trailer Released for Project CARS Ahead of May 7 Release

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 04:17PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Project CARS officially went gold late last month with a release date of May 7. Slightly Mad Studios has released the launch trailer to help hold gamers over for the rest of the week and it certainly appears to live up to the hype. The trailer was accompanied by a sample of the extensive feature list, some of which can be seen below.

  • The largest track roster of any recent racing game with 110+ unique locations
  • A wide variety of motorsports including GT, Touring, Le Mans Prototypes, Karts, and modern Open Wheel and 80+ cars available at launch
  • Dynamic weather, pit stops, and pit strategy creation
  • World-class graphics running at 60 fps with up to 45 drivers onscreen
  • Competitive multiplayer for up to 16 players and the ability to create public, private and friend-based lobbies with ‘Join In Progress’
  • Support for 30+ wheels, community apps, and virtual reality via Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus
  • Continual updates and further content after launch

Source: Neoseeker


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Public Preview Available for Office 2016

Posted: May 4, 2015 @ time: 04:32PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft released a public test version of the upcoming Office 2016 desktop suite for Windows earlier today. A test version had previously been released in March 2015 for IT Pros and developers, with this version available to all users. Office 2016 will be available on Windows 7, 8, and 10 in the fall of this year. Current testers have noted that new features are hard to come by in the test version, with touch-first/Universal app versions and coauthoring capability notable absences.

Source: ZDNet


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Beautiful Rainforest Environment Created in Unreal Engine 4

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 05:16AM
Author: gebraset

It has been just two months since Epic Games announced that its immensely popular Unreal Engine 4 was free for everyone to download and use. Talented individuals have undoubtedly been creating a wealth of environments since the engine was made available for free, and now one individual, who goes by "Techuser/2" on Flickr, has released images and a video of a rainforest environment that looks downright beautiful. While it may or may not look as good to some viewers as some tropical environments created in CryEngine, there is no doubt that the scenes provided showcase some impressive lighting and textures that can be facilitated through Unreal Engine 4.

Source: WCCFtech


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Bringing Invisibility to the Classroom

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 06:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Growing up, there were probably times you wished you could just vanish from your classroom, or maybe you wished someone else would. Either way, people cannot just disappear from a classroom, but some small objects now can. As reported by The Optical Society, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have created an invisibility cloak that can be used in classrooms to demonstrate the effect.

Invisibility is one of those powers man has been dreaming about for millennia, but only thanks to modern technology is it becoming possible. More specifically the thanks are to optical metamaterials with special properties that will bend light around objects, instead of reflecting off of them. One challenge with these cloaks is that when light is diverted around an object, it takes longer to get to the other side, like a road detour, except light as a firm speed limit. To solve this problem for the demonstration piece, the researchers used a light-scattering material, which slows down the propagation speed of the light. With all of the light moving slower inside of the material, that gives the researchers room to speed it up as it goes around an object, so every light wave has the same average speed.

The solid-state cloak the researchers build has two metal tubes coated with an acrylic paint inside of a common organic polymer that has been doped with titanium dioxide nanoparticles. With a properly bright light source, it is possible for this setup to show the principles of cloaking without any special equipment.

Source: The Optical Society


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Edition

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 08:56AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is upon us, with some new items to get you on the right foot. There is a review of the Corsair H100i GTX Liquid CPU Cooler, which has a 240mm rad to help keep even the hottest running CPUs from going up in flames. If you need a little bit of a different liquid CPU cooler, the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E, with its 120mm rad, is tested. Finishing off today is the final DirectX 12 reveal from the BUILD 2015 conference.

CPU Cooling
Corsair H100i GTX Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
SilverStone Tundra TD03-E CPU Liquid Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
BUILD 2015: The Final DirectX 12 Reveal with Implicit Multiadapter @ PC Perspective


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Leaked AMD 2016 Roadmap Reveals Desktop and Mobile Plans

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 09:32AM
Author: bp9801

A recent roadmap leak shows what AMD has in store for 2016, and it looks like desktop and mobile parts will get some Zen and K12 love. The remainder of 2015 will bring the second generation FX CPUs based on up to eight Piledriver cores, the Godavari APUs with up to four Steamroller cores, and Beema APUs with up to four Puma core. Both APUs will be built on the 28nm process, with the Beema APUs also in an SoC form. Pretty familiar stuff, just with some tweaks here and there. Once the calendar turns to 2016, however, we get some new toys, starting with the Summit Ridge performance CPU. It will use up to eight Zen cores, DDR4 support, and be on the FM3 socket instead of AM3+, like the current FX processors. Performance of this CPU should be far better than the current ones, and maybe even the current 16 core Opteron CPUs, if the Zen core block diagram is anything to go by.

Moving on to the APU side, there's the Bristol Ridge APU with up to four Zen cores, DDR4 support, and the next generation GCN core. It has full HSA 1.0 support and could have the first APU with stacked HBM, although right now that remains to be seen. There are also the Basilisk APUs, essentially a lower-powered Bristol Ridge, which have up to two Zen cores, DDR4 support, and a less powerful next generation GCN core. Both APUs are built on the 14nm process, but while the Bristol Ridge APUs use the FM3 socket, just like the high-end Summit Ridge CPUs, the Basilisk APUs use the FT4 BGA socket. There is even an SoC model for both with an integrated southbridge.

On the mobile line, which covers both laptops and tablets/smartphones, the 2015 lineup has the Carrizo and Carrizo-L APUs, as well as the Amur APUs. The Carrizo APUs feature up to four Excavator cores, the Carrizo-L APUs have up to four Puma+ cores, with both on the 28nm process. The Amur APUs have up to four ARM Cortex-A57 cores and are built on the 20nm process. Heading into 2016 brings the Bristol Ridge and Basilisk APUs, like the desktop side, but also the ultra-low power Styx APUs. The Bristol Ridge and Basilisk APUs are just like their desktop counterparts, but the Styx APUs change things up. These use up to two K12 cores, which are the company's custom made ARM cores.

2016 should be an interesting year for AMD CPUs and APUs, and later years also look quite good. Pair up AMD's upcoming plans with Intel's, and we should have a ton of advances in CPUs.

Source: WCCFtech


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Could The Joker Be in Batman: Arkham Knight?

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 09:55AM
Author: bp9801

Details for Batman: Arkham Knight's DLC appeared the other day, where we found out we could play as Batgirl. A recent trailer showed the likes of Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman with the Dual Play feature, where we can team up with one of them for some fights. However, one scene in that trailer has started fueling some rumors. The scene in question has "Johhny Charisma: Live!" on a theater marquee, and when some people broke up parts of that name, we get "JOCHA IS ALIVE." So, is The Joker making an appearance in Batman: Arkham Knight as an enemy to face off with, an unlikely ally to help out, or is this just grasping at straws?

There is always a chance we'll see the Clown Prince of Crime in one of Scarecrow's fear-induced hallucinations or even in a flashback, but other than that I'm not entirely convinced we'll see the Joker at all. Still, given that Rocksteady and Warner Bros. are keeping some things about the game close to their chests, it's something we can't rule out altogether.

Batman: Arkham Knight arrives June 23 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Picking up an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or 970 video card nets you a copy of the game, as well as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Source: WCCFtech


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Hacking Rampant in GTA Online; Rockstar Implements Anti-Cheat to Ban Offenders

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 10:55AM
Author: bp9801

Grand Theft Auto V has been out on the PC for a little while now, yet it has been in the news recently for some less than stellar reasons. Hacking has taken off in GTA V and greatly reduced the enjoymeny of people playing legitimately in GTA Online. Rockstar then implemented an anti-cheat measure, which caused even more groaning and outright lying from people saying they were banned because the developer can't distinguish between a "good" or "bad mod." Some people even said they were banned in single player for using mods, which isn't entirely accurate. Players who used the Field of View (FOV) mod in GTA Online were banned, as were people shooting money at others. Artifically increasing your money in GTA Online has always resulted in a ban ever since the game came out on consoles, and it looks like people who unwittingly get their money increased by the hackers can be banned, too.

Rockstar is doing what it can to reduce the hackers, but trying to see which are legitimate complaints and which are from entitled cheaters can be hard. Right now, if you're playing GTA Online and see someone hacking or using a trainer, the best bet is to report them and join a different lobby.

Source: Reddit [1] & [2], Rockstar Support, and Inquisitr


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GOG Galaxy Platform Now in Open Beta

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year GOG announced it was working on a DRM-free online gaming platform named GOG Galaxy. Until today it was in a closed alpha, but now it is in open beta, so anyone can sign up for it. Being only in beta though, it is not as feature rich as Steam, Origin, UPlay, or other platforms, but it has the basics right now and plans for some interesting ones.

Currently you can do everything you can from the GOG website, such as purchase, download, and install games and associated content. These games can also be set to auto-update, unless you would rather control that yourself. One of the upcoming features is actually to rollback updates, in case they break things. In-game features include achievements, multiplayer and matchmaking, even with Steam players, game-time and stats tracking, with an in-game overlay coming in the future. Naturally there are also community features, like a friends list and online chat, but game invites and joining are not yet implemented.

All of these features can be turned off, so if there is one you do not care about, you can tick it off and move on. Even the client itself is optional, with nothing being mandatory to enjoy your games and no personal data is collected either. As the GOG Galaxy page puts it, "we want to make it so good, you'll actually want to use it." Follow the links to sign up for the beta, which is rolling out in batches.

Source: GOG


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CRYORIG Launches the H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 11:07AM
Author: bp9801

CRYORIG has introduced a new CPU cooler to its midst that builds on the success of its H5 Universal cooler. The CRYORIG H5 Ultimate features the same design as the H5 Universal, but features a bigger XF140 140mm fan and a TDP increase to 180 watts instead of 160 watts. This gives the Hive Fin air flow system a chance to show its capabilities and cooling potential. The XF140 fan has a 76 CFM rating, which is about a 17% increase over the fan on the H5 Universal. There are also jet black heat sink covers on the H5 Ultimate to give it a streamlined look and set it apart from past models. The MultiSeg mounting system ensures compatibility on a wide range of sockets, with all current AMD and Intel sockets accounted.

The CRYORIG H5 Ultimate will be available this summer for $46.99.

Source: Press Release


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Dragon Age: Inquisition - Dragonslayer and Black Emporium DLCs Arrive on All Platforms

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 11:32AM
Author: bp9801

Thedas is expanding once again, as the Dragonslayer DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition has arrived. This multiplayer DLC lets players form up and take down some high dragons for the first time online. The dragon fights in single player take careful preparation to survive, so things should be no different online. Three new agents debut in the Dragonslayer DLC, although one is familiar face for anyone who has played the past games. The Sky Watcher, the Avvar you can encounter in the Fallow Mire, is now playable, with the mighty warrior bringing some devasting elemental attacks to the group. Zither is a self-proclaimed Virtuoso that can launch magical attacks from his lute. Zither was an April Fool's joke initially, but now he's a reality. Lastly there's Isabella, the Admiral and Queen of the Eastern Seas, a master duelist that brings plenty of swagger and bravado to the party.

The single player side of Inquisition is also getting a boost, as The Black Emporium DLC has arrived at long last. Players can alter their character's appearance to correct any aspects that were missed during initial creation. There are also new weapons, accessories, crafting materials, and other rarities to utilize. Two new thrones have also been added in, with the Legacy Kirkwall and Legacy Fereldan thrones providing a nice treat for players of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II.

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Dragonslayer and The Black Emporium are free DLCs for all platforms. A new patch is also out for DA:I to address a range of issues. The Jaws of Hakkon DLC also received a launch date for gamers not on the PC and Xbox One, as they can experience that single player adventure on May 26.

Source: Dragon Age Website [1] & [2] and BioWare Blog


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Find Out What It Takes to Slay Some Monsters in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 11:44AM
Author: bp9801

Monsters are witchers' work, and there is no more recognizable witcher than Geralt of Rivia. When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives in a couple of weeks, players will undoubtedly seek out some monsters to slay and bring some peace to the terrorized communities. Facing off against the monsters is no small task, as first you must find out where the monsters lurk, how they can attack, and what is best used against them. All monsters fear something, even the scary ones, and learning all of that will help you take them down. A new video from CD Projekt RED shows just that, as well as some particularly nasty creatures that are the stuff of nightmares. Geralt is a professional monster slayer, however, and one that does not back down from a challenge.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An available Expansion Pass can help add more than 30 hours of extra content to an already massive game.

Source: YouTube


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1D Channels Found in Graphene Could be Used for Valleytronics

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 02:35PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are many possibilities for what the future of computing technology will be, from spintronics and optical computers to different kinds of quantum computers. Another possibility is valleytronics, which is a relatively new field of science. Now researchers at Berkeley Lab have discovered that graphene can contain one dimensional conducting channels that are desirable for this technology.

Valleytronics involve the movement of electrons through a 2D semiconductor as waves with two energy valleys. These valleys can then be described with a distinct momentum and quantum valley number, with the latter number being able to store information. Recent work has suggested that the domain walls in graphene could act as 1D conducting channels for electrons that would preserve electron valleys. This is in contrast to the edges of graphene that mix the valleys. The Berkeley researchers' work confirms that this is the case, at least at low temperatures.

The next step for this work is to increase the ballistic length of the channels, as this will allow for the creation of electron valley filters and other means of manipulating electron valleys. One application for valleytronics may be in quantum computers, but only time will tell.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Amazon Prime Coming to Jet Blue Flights

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 03:36PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Amazon and airline Jet Blue have announced a partnership that will allow passengers to stream videos for free through the in flight Wi-Fi. The service will be called Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime and will give Prime users access to the Amazon instant video service. Users will also have access to the Prime Music and Kindle Book services. Jet Blue will benefit from the arrangement by gaining access to "some behind-the-scenes footage from Amazon's original shows" that it will use "on its seatback TV inflight offerings." Streaming will be available on Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft this year and Embraer E190 in 2016.

Source: Yahoo Finance


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FreeSync Driver Pushed Back on CrossFire Systems

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 03:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

FreeSync is the technology from AMD that "allows the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to smoothly vary and synchronize with the fluctuating frame rates of video games." When it was initially released it was only compatible with single GPU systems, with support for multi-GPU systems planned for April. AMD has now officially delayed the release, but stated that it will "continue to develop and test this solution in accordance with our stringent quality standards, and we will provide another update when it is ready for release." It is worth noting that NVIDIA has supported multi-GPU configurations using its G-Sync technology for "quite some time now."

Source: Tech Spot


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MSI Launches Eight New Motherboards That Support Godavari APUs

Posted: May 5, 2015 @ time: 04:05PM
Author: gebraset

While other motherboard manufacturers such as ASRock and Biostar are releasing UEFI firmware updates to their products that enable support for Godavari APUs, MSI has decided to release eight new motherboards that support the upcoming AMD products. The new boards, which are FM2+/FM2 socket based and come in ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ATX form factors, feature traditional technologies such as onboard LAN, PCI Express 3.0 x16, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, and multiple display support. The new boards feature Military Class IV designs, which means that they offer protection against EMI emission and short-circuiting, and also provide excellent stability in some of the most extreme conditions. MSI is touting that its new A88X, A78, and A68H based motherboards are not only some of the most comprehensive solutions available for Godavari APUs, but are also some of the most cost-effective.

The eight motherboard models launched by MSI include the A88XI AC V2, A88X-G41 PC Mate V2, A88XM-P33 V2, A88XM-E54 V2, A88XM-E35 V2, A78M-E45 V2, A78M-E35 V2, and A68HM-E33 V2.

Source: WCCFtech


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990FXA GAMING Motherboard Unleashed by MSI

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 05:26AM
Author: gebraset

MSI, one of the world's largest information technology manufacturers, has unleashed the 990FXA GAMING motherboard. The 990FXA from MSI, which supports socket AM3+, is the world’s first AMD motherboard that fully supports USB 3.1 as well as NVMe. MSI has built the 990FXA GAMING motherboard with Military Class 4 components, which according to the company offers consumers with ECO power, circuit protection, humidity protection, high temperature protection, EMI protection, and ESD protection. The latest motherboard from MSI also features a matte black PCB, an impressive M-Shield I/O panel cover, Killer high-performance networking, and Audio Boost 2 powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, all of which offer a premium gaming experience when coupled with high-performance AMD processors.

Source: Press Release


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New Method Accelerates Subsurface Scattering for Computer Graphics

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 05:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Materials are a very important concept in many games, as changing the material of an object can dramatically affect its appearance. Still, getting the appearance right can be very difficult because of how light passes through the material, like flesh. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology and Activision-Blizzard though have developed a means to take this into account, without resulting in a significant performance hit.

Subsurface scattering is exactly what it sounds like; the scattering of light beneath the surface. A classic example would be the red we see if we put our fingers in front of a light. To correctly emulate this in a graphics engine would require calculating the scattering for numerous light rays, which is too much to do in real-time. To simplify the process and make it useable with modern hardware, the researchers developed Separable Subsurface Scattering (SSSS). This method works by simulating a single light ray to create a filter profile. This profile can then be applied to the image repeatedly, and very quickly. On a full HD image, it would add just half a millisecond of time on standard hardware, which makes it viable for video, unlike previous methods that took too much computing time.

As you may be able to guess, Activision-Blizzard is already using SSSS, but it will not be limited to the one company. It is to be presented in the journal, Computer Graphics Forum so every developer will be free to use it.

 

 

Source: Vienna University of Technology


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Edition

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 08:55AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with some items to help you get over the hump. There is a look at several SSDs using the new Phison S10 controller, which sees use in the Kingston HyperX Savage, Patriot Ignite, and Corsair Neutron XT series. Sticking with the SSD front, we have a look at performance issues and what really is at hand with the read speed degradation on the Samsung 840 EVO line. Lastly there's the Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth Speaker System, which may be perfect for those needing strong sounds without portability.

Storage/Hard Drives
Phison S10 Roundup - Kingston HyperX Savage vs. Patriot Ignite vs. Corsair Neutron XT @ PC Perspective
When SSD Performance Goes Awry @ TechSpot

Speakers/Headphones
Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth Speaker System @ ThinkComputers


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Batman: Arkham Knight Features NVIDIA PhysX Effects

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 11:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently it was revealed that those who purchase a GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980 would also receive copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight. Along with the official announcement on NVIDIA's GeForce website was a brief description of at least some of the GameWorks effects integrated into the PC version of Arkham Knight. Previous games in the series used PhysX for destruction, clothing, and turbulence to create immersive fog, more realistically reactive cloth, and, of course, better destructible environments. Arkham Knight, the conclusion to the series, will continue the trend and use the latest versions of these technologies, and more.

We can expect more information on all of the integrated technologies as we approach the June 23 release date.

Source: NVIDIA


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AMD Officially Unveils the Zen CPU Core

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 01:15PM
Author: bp9801

After plenty of leaks and rumors, and even a core block diagram, AMD has officially unveiled its Zen CPU core. During the company's Financial Analyst Day, the wraps were finally taken off the next-generation x86 core, and things are looking quite good. Zen is the successor to AMD's Bulldozer line and is the first processor from the company to make use of Simulatenous Multithreading (SMT). SMT allows for a processor to use multiple, independent threads to better execute tasks, which should speed things up considerably from AMD's past use of Clustered Multithreading. Zen also makes use of a high-bandwidth, low latency cache system to help improve cache performance compared to Bulldozer. AMD announced the Zen cores will make use of FinFET technology, but did not specifiy if it would be built on a 14nm or 16nm process. The 14nm chips sound most likely, especially if yesterday's roadmaps are any indication.

Compared to AMD's upcoming Excavator CPUs, the last of the Bulldozer line due out later this year, the Zen cores have a 40% increase in instructions per clock. It would put Zen performance on the same level as Intel Haswell, at least according to single threaded benchmarks. It's something AMD needs to aim for, especially with the financial woes.

The first AMD Zen products won't be available until next year when the Summit Ridge CPUs, part of the FX line, appear. Those FX CPUs will have DDR4 support and a "high core count with multi-threading," which could mean up to eight cores, or potentially more. There will also be Bristol Ridge and Basilisk APUs utilizing Zen cores for those who don't need quite that FX level performance. AMD also seems to be pushing the desktop Zen products over to the AM4 socket and not FM3 like yesterday's roadmap leak showed. The mobile APUs will be on the FP4 socket.

Zen right now sounds extremely promising, but we need a lot more information before we form any definitive thoughts on the matter. Hopefully that and more arrives during Computex next month.

Source: WCCFtech


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Major Step Toward Changing Blood Types Made

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 02:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are many reasons people may need a blood transfusion, and hopefully none of us will ever experience one of those reasons. In the event someone does need a transfusion though, it is imperative the donor blood is of a useable type, which can be a problem if supplies are limited. Researchers the world over have been working to solve that problem, and those at the University of British Columbia have made a significant leap towards such a solution.

There are various types of blood that are separated by the sugars, or antigens, connected to the cells. Type O lacks these components, which is why it is known as the universal donor, as people with other types of blood can accept it. Naturally a means to convert Type A or B blood to Type O would be desirable, and this is exactly what the British Columbia researchers have been working on. An enzyme to remove the A and B antigens already exists, but the researchers applied directed evolution to make it more efficient. Directed evolution involves inserting mutations into the gene and then selecting the mutant versions with the desired effect. After just five generations the enzyme became 170 times more effective.

While the new enzyme is significantly more effective at removing the antigens, it is not perfect, and the immune system is so sensitive to blood groups that only complete removal can be used in clinical settings. That means that this research will not directly lead to results at blood banks, but to more research that hopefully will, which the researchers are confident of.

Source: University of British Columbia


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First Teaser Image Released For AMD 390X

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 03:34PM
Author: CheeseMan42

WCCF Tech has obtained the first image of the upcoming AMD R9 390X, powered by the Fiji XT GPU. Information about the card including benchmarks and RAM details have been revealed in bits and pieces, but this is the first look at the physical appearance of the card. The image appears to confirm other rumors that the card would be water cooled as the picture shows "what appears to be a 120mm water-cooling radiator." It can also be seen from the image that the card will occupy two PCI slots and provide three DisplayPort and one HDMI connections.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Intel Roadmap Confirms Skylake-S Processors For Q3 2015

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 03:47PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A wave of details about the upcoming Intel Skylake based processors, including the Core i7 6700K and Core i5 6600K, were revealed in April. We learned about the CPUs starting with CPU speed and thermal characteristics and moving to benchmarks that compared the chips to the i7 4790K and other current generation CPUs. Also revealed were some motherboards using the Intel Z170 chipset from Chinese company Colorful, with an anticipated release of September 2015. The recently released Intel roadmap confirms that the new processors will be released in the third quarter of this year, indicating that initial estimates of a September release were accurate. In addition to confirming the release date of the processors, it was revealed that there will be a total of ten CPUs in the Skylake family. Full details for all chips can be seen by following the link.

Source: WCCF Tech


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Electronic Arts Reveals Release Dates For Mirror's Edge 2 and More

Posted: May 6, 2015 @ time: 03:56PM
Author: CheeseMan42

As part of its earnings report yesterday, Electronic Arts showed a slide that has rough estimates for the release dates of several games. After being talked about for several years, gamers will finally get their hands on Mirror's Edge 2 early next year. A new Plants vs. Zombies game is also expected to release around that time. An unnamed Need For Speed title should find its way onto shelves before the holiday season, perhaps sometime in November. EA did include a disclaimer with the announcement stating "Note: Represents publicly announced titles only. Titles above are shown in alpha order. All launch dates are subject to change."

Source: Attack of the Fanboy


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Mushkin Announces Expansion of REACTOR Series and Ghost Recon Phantoms Promotion

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 04:45AM
Author: gebraset

Mushkin, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, has officially announced that it is expanding its REACTOR SSD series. Starting on May 11, 2015, the REACTOR product line will offered in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, enabling enthusiasts and professionals to experience the best computing experience available. The 1TB version of the Mushkin REACTOR SSD has already been available for some time and has received the AnandTech Recommended and TweakTown Editor’s Choice Award. The Director of Product Management at Mushkin Enhanced MFG, Brian Flood, stated that "At Mushkin we have always focused on not only helping enthusiasts push the limits of their PCs, but we've taken it to the next level, by providing quality solutions that deliver levels of performance that have earned Mushkin its place as one of the top SSD manufacturers."

Alongside the announcement, Mushkin also revealed that consumers who purchase select Mushkin products through Newegg will receive a $30 game code for Ghost Recon Phantoms. The code, which is available for a limited time, allows gamers to purchase game upgrades to improve their overall experience. The announcement comes just weeks after Mushkin originally announced its Ghost Recon Phantoms marketing campaign.

Source: Press Release


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Project CARS Only Requires 17GB of Storage to Install

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 05:06AM
Author: gebraset

Project CARS, which is officially available for consumers to purchase and download starting today, only requires 17GB of storage space to be installed. This is quite amazing, given the level of detail that the game offers concerning in-game objects and environments. Compared to other recently released gaming titles, 17GB of required storage space looks miniscule. For example, Titanfall requires 48GB, Assassin’s Creed: Unity requires 50GB, Battlefield: Hardline requires 60GB, and GTA V requires 65GB of space. Obviously these games are quite different from Project CARS, which is developed by Slightly Mad Studios, but the fact remains that 17GB is relatively small for a game that includes so much detail surrounding its content.

Source: TweakTown


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Coming Closer to Quantum Computers with New Chip Design

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 05:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As powerful as our computers get, there are some things they will simply never be able to do because the operations involved are too complicated. For many of these problems, quantum computers may be able to provide the solutions, but we are not able to build such a computer. We are getting closer all the time though with new developments, such as a new chip architecture set to appear in the Journal of Applied Physics.

The key to quantum computers is the use of quantum bits, or qubits, which are able to represent both 0 and 1 at the same time, as opposed to electronic bits that are one or the other. There are many candidates for qubits, including ions trapped in vacuum chambers that lasers manipulate, but it is difficult to scale up the technologies involved. This is because the electrodes needed to create the trapping fields are attached to the perimeter of the chip, which has only so much room. The researchers' new solution was to switch to a ball grid array (BGA), like some computer chips use. This moves the electrodes from the perimeter to the more spacious area of the chip, significantly increasing the density of the connections.

Besides the shift to BGA, the researchers also changed the kind of capacitors commonly used from surface or edge capacitors to trench capacitors, and rewired the connections. While this is a large and valuable step forward, there is still a lot of work to be done before quantum computers can come to be.

Source: EurekAlert!


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Risen 3: Titan Lords - Enhanced Edition Announced for PS4

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 10:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

About a year after it first released, Risen 3: Titan Lords is going to be coming to the PlayStation 4 as an Enhanced Edition. This new edition will include all of the DLC content already released, and graphics comparable to or better than the original PC release on "Ultra" settings. These visual improvements come by way of higher resolution textures, new post processing effects (bokeh depth of field and HDR bloom effect), and a new volumetric cloud system. It will run at 1080p and 30 FPS on the console.

Risen 3: Titan Lords – Enhanced Edition for PS4 is set to release digitally on August 21, 2015, for $39.99.

Source: Deep Silver


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, May 7, 2015, Edition

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 10:53AM
Author: bp9801

The week is drawing to a close, but not before we have some items to help get you through this Thursday. There is a review of the Zalman Z11 Neo case, a mid-tower model that offers a rather unique appearance and a wealth of features. If storage is what you need, then perhaps the HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 x4 480GB SSD is the solution for you. The Scythe Ashura CPU cooler gets tested to see how well it can keep your CPU at a reasonable temperature. Wrapping up today's items is a look at both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones to see what kind of a difference there is between the two and how they stack up to the competition.

Cases
Zalman Z11 Neo Mid-Tower @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 x4 480GB SSD @ LanOC Reviews

CPU Cooling
Scythe Ashura @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge @ TechSpot


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Intel Broadwell Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C CPUs Quietly Arrive with OEMs

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 11:23AM
Author: bp9801

Recently some OEMs have been listing pre-built PCs with new Intel Broadwell chips, which is a bit of a surprise considering the fifth generation parts had not received anything definitive about a launch date. This relatively quiet launch of the 14nm Broadwell chips means some people may get a surprise when browsing for all-in-one and mini PCs. The Intel Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C CPUs are the unlocked models, with that "C" a bit of a change from the familiar "K" SKUs. Broadwell parts will be available in Broadwell Y (Core M), Broadwell-HQ, and Broadwell-U lines as well to better fit what kind of needs fit the consumer, whether it's low-power laptops, Ultrabooks, all-in-ones, or desktop PCs. Desktop models will be available in BGA or LGA versions, with BGA being the soldered-in and LGA running on LGA 1150 sockets.

The Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C both have a 65W TDP, which is expected to increase once the Skylake series arrives. Broadwell is the last generation of chips with a fully integrated voltage regulator, as that will be changed on Skylake, too. What Broadwell does different compared to Haswell and other previous models is that it integrates eDRAM directly on the die to help boost the Iris Pro 6200 graphics. Anyone using the integrated graphics should see quite a nice boost in performance, so those on Ultrabooks or mini PCs should be happy. Broadwell is not seen as the direct successor to the current Haswell parts, as that is Skylake's job, but rather a sidestep for anyone in need of a new PC right now.

The Intel Broadwell processors will be arriving soon at your favorite (r)etail outlets, although an exact date is not known. Currently there are just some OEMs using them, although it won't be for long considering Skylake is set to arrive later this fall. Skylake also uses the new LGA 1151 socket and a new motherboard line, so Broadwell is the last of LGA 1150 processors to still use in your current motherboard.

Source: WCCFtech


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Intel Launches the Haswell-EX Xeon E7 v3 Processor Family

Posted: May 7, 2015 @ time: 11:56AM
Author: bp9801

The server and enterprise market is going to get a big boost, as the Intel Haswell-EX Xeon E7 v3 processor line has arrived. The Xeon E7 v3 processors feature 12 new chips, with the flagship Xeon E7-8890 v3 packing 18 cores, 36 threads, and 45MB of L3 cache. The other processors are all derived from that flagship beast, with the Xeon E7-8800 v3, Xeon E7-8870 v3, and Xeon E7-8860 v3 considered the advanced models (along with the flagship, of course). All of those have a 9.6 GT/s interconnect speed, DDR4/DDR3 support, and S8S scalability, with all featuring 18 cores, except for the E7-8860 V3, which has 16.

Moving down to S4S scalability are the 14-core Xeon E7-4850 v3 and 12-core E7-4830 v3, which have an 8 GT/s interconnect speed and DDR4/DDR3 support. Still on the S4S are the 10-core Xeon E7-4820 v3 and 8-core Xeon E7-4809 v3, with an interconnect speed of 6.4 GT/s and DDR4/DDR3 support. There are also the 10-core Xeon E7-8891 v3 and quad-core Xeon E7-8893 v3 for the enterprise and database markets, the 18-core Xeon E7-8880L v3 for low power servers, and the 16-core Xeon E7-8867 v3 for HPC.

Clock speeds range from 1.9GHz on the E7-4820 v3 to 3.2GHz on the E7-8893 v3, with Turbo speeds ranging from 2.7GHz on the E7-4830 v3 to 3.5GHz on the E7-8891 v3 and E7-8893 v3. The E7-4820 v3 and E7-4809 v3 do not have a Turbo frequency. TDPs range from 115W to 165W, a grand total of 1536GB of RAM is supported (although some S8S servers can handle up to 12TB), and all are 22nm parts. Prices go from $1,224 for the E7-4809 v3 all the way up to $7,175 for the flagship E7-8890 v3. All these Xeon E7 v3 CPUs are available now from selected manufacturers.

Source: WCCFtech and Intel ARK


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