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News Archives for June 2015

NVIDIA HairWorks Demonstrated in Unreal Engine 4

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 06:17AM
Author: gebraset

A YouTube user known as CryZENx has recently published a video that demonstrates NVIDIA HairWorks in Unreal Engine 4. The video, which is just over three minutes long, shows the movement of hair on various human heads and creatures. The video includes temperature and utilization information on the hardware used to run the technology demonstration, which includes an Intel Core i7-4790K running at 4.8GHz and a GIGABYTE GTX 780 3GB Windforce OC featuring a core clock speed of 1150MHz.

Additional details surrounding the NVIDIA HairWorks technology demonstration in Unreal Engine 4 can be found within the description of the YouTube video by CryZENx.

Source: WCCFtech


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Windows 10 Arrival Date and OEM Pricing Now Available

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 06:21AM
Author: gebraset

According to Terry Myerson, the Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, Windows 10 will be made available for PCs and tablets on July 29, 2015. The announcement comes weeks after it was revealed that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and almost a month since it was publically stated by Jerry Nixon, an employee at Microsoft, that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. Users of prior Windows operating systems that are deemed eligible for the free upgrade offer from Microsoft should receive a "Get Windows 10" icon in the system tray on their machine, which provides users with the ability to reserve their free copy of the next version of Microsoft’s operating system.

While Windows 10 is fully expected to arrive on July 29, Newegg has just leaked OEM pricing for Windows 10 Home and Professional versions. The Home and Professional versions, which are expected to be released on August 31, 2015, according to the Newegg site, feature a price tag of $109.99 and $149.99, respectively.

Source: Windows Blog and ZDNet


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ECS Will Display New LIVA Mini PCs, LEET Motherboards, and DURATHON 2 Technology at COMPUTEX 2015

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 06:42AM
Author: gebraset

COMPUTEX, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest trade shows that broadcasts technology from some of the most respected brands in the electronics industry, will go underway in Taipei, Taiwan very soon. ECS, a motherboard manufacturer which happens to be based out of Taiwan, has announced that it will show off a wealth of new products and offerings, to include new LIVA Mini PCs, LEET motherboards, and DURATHON 2 technology, at COMPUTEX 2015. 

The company has revealed that it will showcase the brand new flagship LIVA Core, the world’s first PC to include the Intel Core M 14nm processor, as well as the LIVA X2. According to ECS, both new Mini PC products are the world’s first Mini PCs to support Windows 10 Cortana voice assistance via native dual microphones. ECS has also revealed that it will be showcasing new LEET motherboards at COMPUTEX 2015. The motherboards, which are marketed towards gamers, provide Dragon gaming Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 video output, 10Gbps USB 3.0 ports, two-way graphics card support, and M.2 and SATA-Express connectors. Thanks to its research and development department, ECS will also showcase its DURATHON 2 technology at this year’s COMPUTEX. The technology ensures that motherboards are built with high-quality components, undergo strict environmental testing, utilize simple PCB printing, and feature an enhanced overclocking function in the BIOS.

Source: Press Release


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RMi Series PC Power Supplies Announced by Corsair

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 07:03AM
Author: gebraset

Corsair, the most awarded and recommended PC power supply brand in the world, has officially announced its latest power supply lineup known as the RMi series. The latest power supplies from Corsair are built completely with 105-degrees Celsius rated Japanese capacitors and offer customers with 80 PLUS Gold certification, configurable +12V rail options, a fully modular design, and Corsair Link Digital. The RMi series PC power supplies also come with a zero RPM fan mode for the 140mm fluid-dynamic-bearing equipped cooling fan, providing virtually silent operation at low and medium loads.

The RMi series power supply units from Corsair come in 650W, 750W, 850W, and 100W configurations, featuring an MSRP of $129.99, $139.99, $159.99, and $189.99, respectively. All models of the latest power supply series from Corsair come with a comprehensive seven-year warranty and will be available to purchase from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors sometime this month. 

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Gaming Introduces STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 07:32AM
Author: gebraset

Corsair Gaming, a division of PC gaming hardware leader Corsair, has announced the introduction of the STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard. The latest product by Corsair Gaming features fully programmable red LED backlighting and includes the same unmatched lighting customization and Cherry MX switches found in the company’s RGB keyboards. Lighting on the STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard can be controlled from the Corsair Utility Engine, and gamers can even download, create, and share customized lighting profiles through the Corsair Gaming website. The STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard offers gamers with a USB pass-through, various multimedia controls, anti-ghosting technology with 104-key rollover, and textured and contoured FPS/MOBA keycaps.

The Corsair STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard is expected to be available for purchase at the end of this month, and features a two-year limited warranty along with an MSRP of $109.99.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, June 1, 2015, Edition

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 08:25AM
Author: bp9801

Today is the first day of June, and also the first day of Computex, so be prepared for plenty of news coming your way. We also have some reviews, too, like a look at the Thermaltake Supressor F51 case, a model that takes various elements of the Core Series and puts them in a larger model. There is also the Thermaltake Poseidon Z Forged mechanical keyboard, which uses Tt certified mechanical switches. Lastly there's the Silicon Power Armor A60 USB 3.0 Portable HDD, a 2TB drive that can survive whatever punishment you can dish out, even if it's an accidental fall.

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Thermaltake Supressor F51 @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Thermaltake Poseidon Z Forged @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power Armor A60 USB 3.0 Portable HDD @ Madshrimps


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Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Edition

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 08:31AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA's latest and greatest video card, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, has arrived, and with it comes TITAN X-level performance to something that starts at only $649.99. Sure, you get 6GB of GDDR5 instead of 12GB and 2816 CUDA cores instead of 3072, but the performance most definitely is not hurt by that. The 980 Ti manages to stay right around the TITAN X in nearly every game and benchmark, with some matching or even exceeding it. And all of that for $350 less than the top dog. We have a collection of reviews on the 980 Ti for you to check out and see just how grand this card truly is.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti @ OCC
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB - Matching TITAN X at $650 @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti @ TechSpot
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti @ LanOC Reviews
The New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Features and Tech Overview @ Bjorn3D


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Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 Kits Expand to 64GB and 128GB Capacities

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 08:45AM
Author: bp9801

Computex is kicking off today, with plenty of companies revealing new products left and right. Patriot Memory is no exception, as it unveiled its new Viper 4 DDR4 kits in massive new sizes, with both 64GB and 128GB kits available to purchase. If you're on the Intel X99 platform and need as much RAM as you can possibly get, these are the ones for you. The 64GB kit is a 4x16GB model, while the 128GB is 8x16GB. Both feature 14-16-16-31 timings and start at 2400MHz at 1.2V when they launch, with Patriot planning for even higher speeds later on. A new custom heat shield has been implemented on the Viper 4 kits to ensure cool performance at whatever speeds you can run it at, with overclocking a definite possibility thanks to XMP 2.0.

The Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 64GB and 128GB kits will be available in the third quarter of this year, with 2400MHz speeds coming ahead of faster ones.

Source: Press Release


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ZOTAC Unveils Its GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lineup

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 09:17AM
Author: bp9801

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti is here at long last, which means all of the green team AIB partners can release reference and non-reference models at will. First up is ZOTAC, which has a full suite of 980 Tis coming your way. There is, of course, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference model from ZOTAC, with its blower-style cooler and 1000MHz stock clock and 1076MHz Boost clock. Then we get to the non-reference stuff, starting with the GTX 980 Ti AMP! This card packs an IceStorm cooler with three 90mm fans and Carbon ExoArmor to help improve thermal durability. The stock clock on it has been increased to 1051MHz, while the Boost clock is now at 1140MHz. Moving on up is the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme, which has an IceStorm cooler with EKO fans and Carbon ExoArmor with LED lighting. Add in the POWER BOOST feature to help stablize performance, and a 1253MHz core clock and 1355MHz Boost clock, and you have one high-powered card.

But then there's the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm model that, much like the TITAN X variant, has an ArcticStorm Hybrid cooling system. This combination air/water cooler features an all copper waterblock, Carbon ExoArmor, and three 90mm fans to keep everything cooler for longer. The core clock is only at 1025MHz and Boost clock at 1114MHz, but that hybrid cooler should mean for much higher performance with just a little push. There's also a GTX 980 Ti AMP! Omega model, and while it packs the IceStorm cooler with EKO fans, Carbon ExoArmor, and POWER BOOST, the clock speeds are not known.

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti models can be viewed at Computex this week if you happen to be in the Taipei, Taiwan, area. The GTX 980 Ti cards are available to purchase now, although prices for all but the reference are unknown. That one starts at $649.99, just like all other GTX 980 Ti reference models.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces the Bulldog DIY 4K Gaming PC Kit

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 09:41AM
Author: bp9801

Corsair started teasing something called "Bulldog" a little while back, and today we finally have its reveal. Bulldog is a complete DIY PC kit designed to bring 4K gaming into your living room. A console-sized case, liquid CPU cooler, 600W SFX power supply, and mini-ITX motherboard are all included to get your PC up and running. The liquid CPU cooler is the H5SF, a small form factor liquid cooler that can keep even the hottest CPUs cool and exhaust heat away from the case. The case itself is pretty stylish, as you can see in the video below, and should be a nice center piece in the living room. Corsair is letting users drop in whatever video card, CPU, RAM, and storage they want, with drop-in ready liquid cooled video cards available straight from Corsair. The video cards are from a partnership with MSI and NVIDIA, and include the TITAN X, GTX 980, GTX 970, and the brand-new GTX 980 Ti. Other video cards can be fitted with Corsair's H55 liquid cooler and HG10 GPU bracket, which is an optional $99 purchase.

Alongside the Bulldog comes the Lapdog, a wired gaming control center that includes a large 7" x 11" mouse mat and keyboard dock. A powered USB hub on the Lapdog can handle the keyboard, mouse, headset, controllers, flash drives, and whatever else you feel like plugging in. The underside of the Lapdog has memory foam for a comfortable experience, while its wired nature means no fussing with batteries.

The Corsair Bulldog will be available later this year for $399. The Lapdog will also be available later this year for $89, or for $199 with a mechanical keyboard already fitted.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Introduces the Hydro Series H110i GTX CPU Cooler and New HG10 Video Card Brackets

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 10:09AM
Author: bp9801

One of the many things Corsair knows how to do is cooling, with fans and CPU coolers featured in many different setups. It also knows GPU cooling by way of its CPU coolers, and today we get the best of both worlds. Corsair has announced its new Hydro Series H110i GTX CPU cooler, its most advanced and customizable cooler to date, as well as new HG10 cooling brackets for the TITAN X, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980, and GTX 970 video cards. The H110i GTX has two 140mm fans on a 280mm radiator for some extreme cooling potential, plus quiet performance thanks to an improved pump design. Combine that with the improved coldplate and Corsair says the efficiency of the H110i GTX is second to none. The 140mm fans are the SP140L PWM models, which feature high-static pressure and customizable speeds. The built-in Corsair Link software lets users monitor the temperatures of both the CPU and coolant, adjust the fan speed, and change the RGB LED lighting all from the desktop.

The Hydro Series HG10 N980 and N970 cooling brackets can fit onto reference model NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 760 video cards. A Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler of your choice can be fitted onto the bracket to help drop GPU temperatures and increase overclocking headroom. Corsair states GPU temps can drop by as much as 45 °C while clock speeds can increase up to 25%. The HG10's blower style fan can keep the VRM and VRAM cool, so pushing things as far as they can should not be an issue. Attach one of these babies to the video card of choice and you're one step closer to rocking it in the Bulldog.

The Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX, HG10 N980, and HG10 N970 will be available starting in July. The H110i GTX is priced at $139.99, features a five-year warranty, and supports the Intel LGA 115x, 1366, and 2011 sockets, plus AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, and FM3 sockets. The HG10 N980 and N970 comes in at $39.99 and has a two-year warranty.

Source: Press Release


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Fight to Free Earth in XCOM 2; Coming This November Exclusively on PC

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 01:15PM
Author: bp9801

The fight for humanity is on in XCOM 2, the PC-exclusive sequel to 2012's stellar XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Firaxis Games is once again at the helm of the sci-fi turn-based squad RPG, but things are far more dire than they were in the past game. Twenty years have passed, the aliens are now firmly in control of Earth and everything that comes with, and their government is known as Advent. XCOM has been forced to go underground to lead the resistance against Advent, and will make use of guerrilla tactucs to strike at the enemy. Unfortunately that enemy has a technological and numerical advantage, so your combat tactics are going to have to change. Stealth is now a much larger element in XCOM 2, where cover can conceal your forces and fallen bodies, both allied and enemy, can be looted. There are new enemies to face, like an Evolved Sectoid, Gorgon-like Vipers, and Advent soldiers. XCOM is not entirely without its resources, as the flying aircraft carrier called Avenger serves as a mobile base of operations.

More information on XCOM 2 will be coming in the weeks leading up to E3, with the gameplay reveal debuting then. XCOM 2 arrives this November exclusively on PC, with mod tools and full Steam Workshop support included.

Source: IGN


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PowerColor Unveils Devil HDX PCI Express Sound Card at Computex

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 03:44PM
Author: CheeseMan42

PowerColor is planning to show off a number of products at Computex this week, starting with the Devil HDX PCI Express sound card for users looking for "crystal clear Hi-Fi audio." The card has a full size 6.3mm headphone jack with a builtin amplifier capable of driving the most demanding headphones, with impedance up to 600 ohms. Swappable op-amps allow users to customize the card to their own tastes and a daughter board gives access to 7.1 surround sound.

Also on display is the PowerColor Double Blades fan design, "developed extensively and successfully with our thermal partners in order to increase the cooling efficiency of PowerColor graphics cards." The design can provide an increase in airflow of up to 20% while also preventing dust from getting into the fan bearings.

Source: Press Release


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Corsair Announces Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Case

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 03:56PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair has announced a new addition to the popular Obsidian Series, improving on the previous design of the Obsidian 750D with the Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition. The black full tower case is built using brushed aluminum and solid steel, with the introduction of a perforated front grill as part of the Airflow Edition. The case can hold six 3.5" or 2.5" drives with the ability to add more drive cages for a total of 12 drives. An additional four 2.5" drives can be side-mounted to reduce airflow impediments. Three AF140L high-airflow fans are included with room for a total of eight fans. Water cooling radiators can be easily installed in the top, bottom, front, or rear of the case.

Source: Press Release


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Intel to Acquire Altera for $16.7 Billion

Posted: June 1, 2015 @ time: 04:27PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Intel and Altera have been dancing around a deal for several months, and today the two companies finally settled on a price. Intel will pay $54 per share for Altera in an all cash deal valued at $16.7 billion. Altera has a large presence in the FPGA and ASIC markets and with the purchase Intel gains access to valuable data center and Internet of Things business opportunities. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich described the acquisition stating, "With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore's Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more. Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs." FPGAs can be developed in far less time, days or weeks, compared to the processors developed by Intel which can take up to three years from start to finish. FPGAs can be re-programmed at any time making it easy to update with new firmware, opening up the potential for new avenues of business for Intel.

Source: USA Today


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Patriot Introduces EP Pro microSD 4K Capable Card

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 05:56AM
Author: gebraset

Patriot has officially introduced its latest addition to its 4K capable cards, the EP Pro microSD card. The company, which happens to be a leading manufacturer of USB Flash, mobile accessories, computer memory and SSDs, notes that the EP Pro microSD card is fully compliant with the latest SD Association specifications for Class 10 UHS-I U3 cards, and is perfect for sport enthusiasts and professional photographers. The Patriot EP Pro microSDXC card offers speeds of up to 95MB/s read and 80MB/s write, and is perfect for capturing continuous still images in HD and shooting videos in Full HD, Ultra HD and 4K2K.

The EP Pro microSD, which comes in both 32GB SDHC and 64GB SDXC capacities, will be available to purchase in July of this year.

Source: Press Release


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Fractal Design Launches New Products at COMPUTEX 2015

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 06:27AM
Author: gebraset

Fractal Design, which brings consumers products that feature Scandinavian design and quality, has launched a few new products at this year’s COMPUTEX in Taipei. The new products include the Node 202 chassis, the Node 202 with a bundled Integra SFX power supply unit, the Core 500 computer case, and updated Kelvin T12, S24, and S36 models.

The Node 202 is a highly versatile case that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and can be placed horizontally or vertically. The case provides consumers with separate motherboard and graphics card chambers and includes strategically placed air filters that help to ensure a dust free case interior. The Node 202 with the Fractal Design Integra SFX power supply offers consumers with all of the benefits of the Node 202 along with a 450W 80PLUS Bronze PSU that features specialized cables for the case as well as a three-year warranty. The Core 500 is a compact chassis that is roughly double the size of the Node 202, and while it only supports Mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer support for ATX power supplies, tall CPU cooler towers, and water cooling gear. The Kelvin series by Fractal Design has been updated with Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans, an included 9V speed adapter, and improved dedicated fill port design and quality.

The Node 202, the Node 202 with the Integra SFC 450W PSU, and the Core 500 feature an MSRP of $79.99, $139.99, and $59.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


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Patriot Announces Viper Line of Accessories

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 08:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Patriot has today announced its Viper line of gaming accessories. The company already offers Viper Memory, and by adding a mechanical keyboard, two mice, and a headset, the company hopes to create an ecosystem of accessories for gamers.

The V760 Viper keyboard features anti-ghosting keys with full spectrum LED backlighting, covering some 16.8 million colors. It also has a removable magnetic palmrest for ergonomic comfort and support, twelve multimedia keys, and six programmable macro keys.

The two mice are both designed with gamers in mind, but come in at different ranges. The V560, pictured on the right, is targeted at the high-range and uses a laser lens with up to 8200 DPI, is weighted, and sports ceramic foot pads for easy gliding. The V530, on the left in the picture, is a mid-range mouse with an optical lens with up to 5000 DPI.

The V360 headset has 7.1 virtual surround sound capability and ergonomic ear cups, for improved comfort. The controls for the headset are located on the earcups, instead of the cord, to keep the weight distribution even.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Edition

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 08:28AM
Author: bp9801

Computex keeps rolling right along with product announcements and reveals, but we do have some reviews to help you pass the time, too. There is a look at the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX case, a mid-tower model that incorporates many different features and designs to make one truly unique case. We have a couple different CPU coolers for you to consider based on whatever type of cooling you need. The Corsair H80i GT liquid CPU cooler allows for minimal noise and high performance, so it could be perfect for anyone wanting to step into the world of watercooling. On the other side is the Scythe Ashura CPU cooler, a compact, 120mm air cooling model that may prove how looks can be deceiving.

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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid-Tower @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
Corsair H80i GT @ ThinkComputers
Scythe Ashura @ Benchmark Reviews


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CRYORIG Introduces the A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers and Pi IoT PSUs

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 08:57AM
Author: bp9801

CRYORIG has some new products it is introducing at Computex, with both liquid CPU coolers and a power supply series getting the royal treatment. The liquid CPU coolers belong to the A Series and are hybrid liquid cooling designs, where a 70mm Airflow Circulator fan is attached to the CPU block to help reduce temperatures in the surrounding components by up to 10 °C. The fan can be removed and attached however you like, so you can have it pointed at the VRMs, the video card(s), or the RAM. It's a PWM model that spins at up to 3,000RPM, but can dynamically adjust based on need, and should be virtually inaudible over any other system fan. CRYORIG's A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers come in three different models, with the A40 and A40 Ultimate featuring a 240mm radiator with 120mm fans, and the A80 featuring a 280mm radiator with 140mm fans. Both the A40 and A80 feature 25mm thick fans, while the A40 Ultimate bumps it up to 38mm thick fans.

The company's Pi power supply series is one that may seem like any other power supply, until you get to one important feature that sets it apart. CRYORIG designed the Pi PSUs with Internet of Things (IoT) support to help minimize the hassle of configuring a Wake on LAN/Wake on WAN remote desktop function. Thanks to the Zero Hassle Hardware Wake feature, the Pi PSU can be paired with a smartphone over WiFi to perform the remote desktop capabilities you want. You can turn on your system after a power outage, turn it off to prevent damage during a storm, make sure you turned off your PC before heading on a trip, or any other function you can think of. Fan speed control, energy usage, power management, and more can all happen in the future with Pi and IoT, so it'll be very interesting to see where CRYORIG takes it. As for the PSUs themselves, they come in 660, 860, and 1000 watt models, range between 80 PLUS Gold to 80 PLUS Platinum, and are cooled by a 120mm PWM fan.

The CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers will be available this summer, although prices are not yet known. The Pi power supplies are a proof of concept model to show what the Internet of Things is capable of, and are slated to arrive next summer.

Source: Press Release


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MSI Shows Off New Laptops, PCs, Video Cards, and Motherboards at Computex

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 09:31AM
Author: bp9801

Computex is a time where companies show off much of what's in store for the coming year, and MSI is certainly no exception to that. The company has a little bit of everything it's showing at Computex this year, so let's dive right in to see what it has to offer. MSI has its GT72 gaming laptop on display, which features NVIDIA G-SYNC as well as eye-tracking technology for better immersion. The eye-tracking technology comes by way of a partnership with Tobii Technology and will have a live demo of how it works. Hardware-wise, the GT72 features a GTX 980M GPU with 8GB GDDR5 and a 17.3-inch screen. The GT80 laptop has an 18.4-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 980M GPUs in SLI, and a full-size mechanical keyboard. Dropping down a little bit, we get the GS60/70 and GE62/72 laptops, which feature Nahimic audio performance technology to enhance your soundscape and deliver 7.1 virtual surround through stereo speakers. The Prestige laptops feature GTX 950M/960M GPUs and MSI True Color Technology to deliver 100% of the sRGB spectrum.

When we get away from the laptop side of things, we end up on the desktop and all-in-one area. The Nightblade MI is something MSI calls a "lean, mean, gaming machine," as its a smaller variant of the Nightblade PC, but still manages to fit in the latest Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce video card. For all-in-one PCs, MSI has two different models: the MSI Gaming 24GE 4K and the AG270 2QC 3K. The 24GE 4K features a 24" 4K screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, a GTX 960M GPU, and Nahimic Audio Enhancer to deliver a machine primed for 4K gaming or video editing, among others. The AG270 2QC 3K features a 2560x1440 screen, an Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 970M graphics, and Yamaha speakers to get you into your games.

Of course, MSI also has some video cards and motherboards it's introducing at Computex, so don't feel like it's all about laptops and PCs. The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti gets the MSI treatment with the Twin Frozr V-equipped GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G. That new cooler features dual fans, an LED MSI GAMING Dragon that is controlled via the MSI Gaming App for some sweet case visuals, and cool and quiet gaming performance. There's also the GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card, which also gets the Twin Frozr V cooler, and both it and GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G card get a backplate with a dragon motif. MSI also has a pair of SLI Bridges for 2-Way or 3-Way setups that features a backlit MSI GAMING shield and a refined look for an SLI setup.

For motherboards, MSI is showing off the X99A GAMING GODLIKE motherboard, which is the first motherboard to feature RGB LEDs for some amazing visual customization. Controlled by the Mystic Light app, more than 2,000 colors are possible with it, so whatever strikes your fancy is possible. The motherboard also features Audio Boost 3 PRO for crystal clear audio and lossless compression; Turbo M.2, SATA Express, and USB 3.1 for blazing fast data transfers; and the Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO and the Killer 1535 WiFi module for Internet connectivity. MSI also has another X99 motherboard, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK, which is meant for gamers and enthusiasts desiring the best performance possible. Packing USB 3.1, a premium style, and plenty of features to make any gamer/enthusiast happy, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK could be the highlight of your Haswell-E setup. If you don't want to make quite that leap, MSI also has its Z97 and H97 line for Haswell, and with a BIOS update, the new Broadwell CPUs.

All this and more can be seen at MSI's booth at Computex, with release dates and prices expected out before long.

Source: Press Release


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Metro Redux Demoes Come to Consoles

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 10:55AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For any consoles gamers out there who are interested in the Metro Redux games, demoes are coming for you to try out. Deep Silver announced today that the Trial functionality of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are being used to deliver Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux to those players interested. The demoes can be downloaded on the Xbox One, worldwide, and from the PlayStation Network in Europe today, and will be in the US Playstation store soon.

Both demoes go for about a third of the games, with the 2033 demo including the first eight chapters (up to Dead City) and the Last Light demo including the first nine (up to Theater). If you play and choose to purchase, saves and progress will seamlessly transfer to the full versions. The CEO of developer 4A Games says they were inspired by the original shareware release of Doom, and is why they are giving so much of the games away.

You can check out our Metro Redux Review by following that link. Be aware though that it covers the PC releases.

Source: Deep Silver


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Ubisoft Reveals Plans for E3 2015

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

E3 is coming up quick so we can expect to be seeing some announcements soon. Today Ubisoft has released some of its plans for the convention, including that they will be showing off, with hands-on demoes, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. It will also be announcing several other new games, so we will have to wait until then to learn what they are.

Aisha Tyler is returning to host the Ubisoft conference and for any fans able to make it to E3, they can check out the Uplay Lounge to see new games and a series of Master Classes and Star Players Ubisoft has brought together. The Master Classes will cover new, upcoming titles, while the Star Players are gamers Ubisoft has invited to E3, as they represent the passion and diversity of its gaming communities. The lounge will be open June 16 and 17, in the afternoon.

For everyone else unable to attend E3, Ubisoft will be live-streaming via YouTube, Twitch, and UPlay. Also the UbiBlog will show off features and previews of the titles from E3.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft


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Bethesda Releases New Fallout 4 Teaser and Countdown

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 12:21PM
Author: Mandokarla

The Fallout hype train is effectively out of control, after Bethesda dropped a major teaser earlier today. The studio released an image of a black and white television test pattern through various social media accounts, each bearing the message and hashtag "Please Stand By." The link that accompanied these posts leads to none other than the official Fallout website, where the same image awaits visitors.

In addition to the Indian-head test pattern, the site also features a countdown that ends tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM PDT. What happens then is anyone's guess, though just about everyone is expecting (or hoping for) a Fallout 4 announcement. Another, less exciting speculation involves a possible HD remake of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

This year marks the first time Bethesda will be holding their own press conference at E3 in Los Angeles. As such, fans have been throwing around rumors of every possible major announcement they can think of, from a new Fallout to a Dishonored sequel. The studio has been mostly quiet on the matter, except when dispelling misinformation.

Rumors going as far back as 2012 place Fallout 4 in Boston, picking up during or after the events of New Vegas. An anonymous source on Reddit claimed Bethesda was doing research on the New England region and working closely with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Source: Twitter


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Steam Institutes New, General Refund Policy

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 01:06PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Valve is not exactly known for its customer service, but has pledged to improve things. A major step in that direction has been taken today as the company has revealed a broad Steam Refund policy. In general, if you have purchased a game within the past 14 days and not put more than two hours into it, you can get a refund for any reason. If your situation puts you outside of those ranges, do not give up hope as the company is still willing to take a look at the request.

This refund policy also covers DLC, in-game purchase, bundles, and pre-purchased titles as well, but a little differently. DLC has the same 14 day limit, but the two hour limit applies to the base game, and starts counting from the DLC purchase time. There are exceptions for some third-party DLC though, such as DLC that irreversibly levels up a character. In-game purchases have a 48 hour limit on them, provided the item has not been consumed, modified, or transferred. Currently this only applies to Valve games, but other developers will have the option to allow refunds on items, following the same terms. Pre-purchases can be refunded for up to fourteen days after the release date, so not just the purchase date. As bundles are refunded in full, you must spend less than two hours in all of the bundled content.

If something is exempted from the refund policy, it will be stated during check-out. Refunds will be made either to the appropriate payment method or to the Steam Wallet. You cannot get refunds on movies or gifts, and if you are VAC banned on a game, you cannot refund it. Obviously Valve will not tolerate abuse, and may stop offering refunds if it believes you are abusing the policy. However, it does not consider refunding a game prior to a sale, and then purchasing it again at the reduced price abuse, which may come in handy when the summer sale gets going.

To request a refund or other assistance, visit help.steampowered.com.

Source: Steam


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G.SKILL Announces Trident Z DDR4 Memory

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 03:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has unveiled its latest memory creation, the Trident Z series of DDR4, at Computex this week. The Trident Z series hopes to build on the success of the TridentX series which is "known as the most powerful overclocking memory series in the PC enthusiast community." Aluminum heat spreaders are included to help keep the memory cool with various color accents to match the memory to different system color schemes. The memory will be available starting next month in dual and quad channel configurations.

Source: Press Release


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Intel NUCs Featuring Skylake-U CPUs Revealed

Posted: June 2, 2015 @ time: 03:35PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Intel Next Unit of Computing, NUC, is a barebone system offering from the CPU manufacturer. According to a leaked roadmap Intel is planning to release two new NUCs for the upcoming Skylake-U processors. One using an i3 will be available in the third quarter of this year, and another using an i5 will be available in the fourth quarter. The new units will have Intel HD 6xxx graphics and support for 32GB of dual channel memory. A multitude of connection options include mini HDMI, mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, SATA3, M.2 SSDs, and wired and wireless networking. The NUC will be actively cooled though passively cooled enclosures are expected from third parties.

Source: Fanless Tech


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Edition

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 06:43AM
Author: bp9801

We have arrived at the middle of the week, with a couple of items to help hold you over. There is a look at the Origin EON15-X laptop, a user-customizable 15-inch laptop that can be loaded up with an Intel Devil's Canyon CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU for some extreme performance. We also have an examination of Intel's Thunderbolt 3 interface type, which has transfer speeds of 40Gbps, has a native USB 3.1 host controller on the chip, and uses a USB Type-C port for the connector instead of mini DisplayPort.

Laptops/Tablets
Origin EON15-X Laptop @ TechSpot

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Thunderbolt 3 - 40 Gbps Thunderbolt, USB 3.1, DP 1.2 all on USB-C @ PC Perspective


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Fallout 4 is Real and Coming to PC, PS4, and XBO; First Trailer Included

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 07:14AM
Author: bp9801

Yesterday a teaser and a countdown appeared on the Fallout website, letting us all know that something was coming. Well that something has turned out to be Fallout 4, the much awaited next entry in the post-apocalyptic RPG series. Fallout 4 takes us to The Commonwealth, and while we don't have a gameplay trailer for you, we do have a in-game trailer and a screenshot. The picture shows us a Power Armor (T45-d?) hanging up in a garage, with a dog (Dogmeat?) looking up at it, a board of weapons behind, a Nuka Cola machine in front, and even a small Valutboy bobblehead. As for the trailer, well, we have a house as it is in post-apocalyptia, and then it reverts to how it use to be, with it switching back and forth between the two time periods. And then the bomb drops.

The Commonwealth is the Fallout universe's representation of the New England area, and specifically the area around Massachusetts. It contains The Institute and its wealth of androids, which you may remember from Fallout 3. It also has the Railroad, an opposition faction to the Institute that seeks to help androids escape and avoid recapture by the Synth Retention Bureau. Fallout 4's protagonist hails from a Vault 111, and evidently he talks. This would definitely be a first for Bethesda's Fallout games and RPGs in general, so we'll just have to see how that all plays out in the end. Fallout 4 will have gameplay premiere during Bethesda's E3 conference in a little over a week, June 14, but I can tell you it's coming to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Time to get hyped!

Source: Fallout 4's Official Site


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Kingston Releases USB Type-A and C Flash Drive

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 07:19AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For a long time, people have wanted a reversible form of USB, so they do not need to worry about finding the top of the device. Now we have that thanks to the reversible USB Type-C connector, and today Kingston Digital is releasing the DataTraveler micro Duo 3C flash drive, which sports both a Type-C and Type-A connector. The Type-A connector, which is the connector found on most flash drives today, supports USB 2.0, 3.0, and the new 3.1 standards, so you can use the drive with current computers, as well as upcoming devices featuring Type-C ports.

Thanks to USB 3.1, the drive is capable of read speeds up to 100 MB/s and write speeds up to 15 MB/s. The drive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities and is backed by Kingston's five-year warranty.

Source: Kingston


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Windows 10 Will Receive Various Patches at Launch

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 08:10AM
Author: gebraset

Microsoft pushed quite a bit of patches to Windows 8 the day of its release, in order to polish the operating system up even further and fix various bugs that affected users. From the looks of it, Microsoft will do the same when Windows 10 launches at the end of next month, with the company expected to release several patches for the latest Windows operating system. The latest build of Windows 10 reportedly suffers from an unresponsive Start Menu at times as well as driver crashes, and with the release to manufacturing process coming up later this month for Microsoft, the company is running out of time to include performance improvements and bug fixes before launch. Any updates not included in the RTM version of Windows 10 are expected to arrive on the July 29, which is when Windows 10 is scheduled to be publically available.

Source: WCCFtech


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New Intel USB 3.1 Controller Arrives on GIGABYTE 100 Series Motherboards

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 08:32AM
Author: gebraset

GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has officially revealed that its 100 series motherboards are the first in the world to feature Intel’s new USB 3.1 premium I/O controller onboard. The 100 series motherboards from GIGABYTE support the new Intel 6th generation Core processors, which offer increased efficiency and performance over previous generations. The controller from Intel, which provides users with support for various protocols such as USB 3.1, and in the future, DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity and Thunderbolt 3, utilizes PCIe generation three x4 lanes from the chipset and display connectivity from the processor. The wealth of protocol support, as well as the total bandwidth of 40 Gb/s that is available with the new Intel USB 3.1 controller onboard the GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards, is available because of the new popular reversible Type-C connector.

Source: techPowerUp


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Prices Leaked for AMD R9/R7 300 Cards; No Mention of Fiji XT

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 09:35AM
Author: bp9801

AMD's upcoming yet still unannounced R9 300 series has had more leaks than a sieve, and today we have yet another new leak. This time it concerns the pricing structure for everything from the R9 390X down to the R7 360, plus the names of the different GPU chips. The R9 390X 8GB model comes in at $499 and uses the Grenada chip, a reworked Hawaii chip (maybe Hawaii XT) found in the R9 290 line. An R9 390 8GB is $419 and again uses Grenada, but this time maybe the Hawaii Pro. Moving down to the R9 380 4GB will set you back $279, with the R9 380 2GB at $249. A Tonga chip is mentioned for both of those, which was previously seen in the R9 285.

The R7 370 4GB is priced at $209 and the R7 370 2GB at $179, which both use the Curaçao chip that was originally the Pitcairn from the HD 7870. The last card is the R7 360 2GB at $139 and using the Bonaire chip, previously seen in the HD 7790. All the chips are more than likely reworked and heavily tweaked models of the older ones, but it does lend credence to the RX 300 series being rebrands. There is no mention of the Fiji XT/Fiji VR at all in this leak, the rumored Radeon Fury parts, so we'll just have to see what those bring. The RX 300 series is expected to arrive on June 16, when E3 kicks off.

As is the case with rumors, do take everything here with a grain of salt.

Source: Sweclockers via WCCFtech


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AMD R9 Fiji XT Lags Behind GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Has Room For Improvement

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 04:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Early reports from Computex appear to indicate that the upcoming AMD Fiji XT based GPU, rumored to be known as Fury X, trails the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti in gaming performance. It is worth noting that the card on display at Computex is still in a prototype state and "AMD is still playing around with optimizing clocks and the drivers are nowhere near perfect." AMD could find itself in a rough patch if the Fiji XT doesn't perform on par with the recently released GTX 980 Ti. It is now known that the liquid cooling apparatus for the card is being manufactured by CoolIT, and the card is expected to be on a short PCB due to the power supply circuitry layout. Updates to the original article confirm that the card will launch at E3 and that AMD isn't worried about internal performance numbers as the card is still being tweaked.

Source: WCCF Tech


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NVIDIA Driver Hotfix Addresses G-Sync Windowed Mode

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 04:21PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA has just released the GeForce 353.12 Hotfix drivers to "address the G-Sync Windowed mode issue that some users were experiencing." The drivers were only released for 64-bit systems and only address the G-Sync issues, so only users that use that feature need to upgrade. G-Sync Windowed mode was just added as part of the GeForce Game Ready 353.06 Driver last week, and this fix represents a rather quick turnaround. Windowed mode is designed to provide "a tear-free, stutter-free experience whatever your screen mode."

Source: Legit Reviews


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New, Less Cumbersome Data Glasses Developed

Posted: June 3, 2015 @ time: 04:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some believe people will be regularly using data-glasses in the future, to seamlessly provide information to us about our environment. While the technology exists already, it is not catching on just yet. One reason for this may be the size of the devices, but researchers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have done something about that by shrinking the technology.

The data glasses in question are see-through, so the information they display would appear directly on top of what a user is looking at. Most current systems that do this consist of a micro-display that generates the image and optics to project it in the correct place. Both parts typically rest on the temple of the glasses. While the new micro-display is similar in size to others, the new optics system is just five millimeters long, making it just one fifth the length of others. This was achieved by using an array of smaller optics placed next to each other, instead of a single, long optical system.

The new design is also capable of correcting the display for vision issues, such as farsightedness. This will allow users with some vision problems to see the information sharply.

Source: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


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Breakthrough in Optical Interconnects for Computers

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 05:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Power consumption is a big deal in electronics, and, believe it or not, but a lot of energy is used just transmitting data along interconnects between chips. To cut power usage, some have been looking for ways to replace the electrical interconnects with optical ones. Now researchers at Stanford University have made this idea more practical with an inverse design algorithm.

Most likely, the optical interconnects that would be used in computers would be made of silicon, which is transparent to infrared light like glass is to visible light. What has been holding back the deployment of these interconnects has been the need to design each connection individually. By developing an inverse design algorithm, the Stanford researchers may have solved that problem. This algorithm will allow someone to plug in the properties they want and get a producible design out.

The researchers have already demonstrated the algorithm by designing optical circuits and building them in their lab, which bodes well for adoption at commercial fabricators. From this tool we could see an interesting, new generation of electronics that could be far more efficient than modern computers, and potentially also transmit more information at the same time, as chip-scale optical links can carry 20 times the data.

Source: Stanford University


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ASUSTOR Shows Off Brand New NAS Products at COMPUTEX

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 06:21AM
Author: gebraset

Last weekend, it was revealed that ASUSTOR had plans to show off some innovative products at this year’s COMPUTEX. Some of the products from the leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions included its 2, 3, 5, and 7 series rackmount and tower model devices, its 61 series and 10 series NAS devices, and an improved version of ASUSTOR Data Manager. With COMPUTEX currently underway, the company has revealed that its innovative products, especially the new 61 series and 10 series NAS devices, have made quite the debut to consumers and technology enthusiasts from all over the world. 

Attendees of COMPUTEX 2015 are invited to the ASUSTOR booth to experience what the company truly has to offer. For those that cannot attend the ASUSTOR showcase in person, pictures from the booth are available for viewing.

Source: Press Release


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GamerStorm Cube Case Unveiled by DEEPCOOL

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 06:46AM
Author: gebraset

DEEPCOOL happens to be a leading manufacturer of computer chassis, cooling solutions, power supply units, and electronic accessories, has chosen COMPUTEX 2015 as the place to introduce the GamerStorm Cube computer chassis. The case, which is a cube-shaped ITX case as its name implies, offers gamers with four chambers that are different in size and divided by a cross-shaped partition. The mini-ITX motherboard tray, an 80mm fan vent, and two 3.5-inch drive trays are housed in the top-right chamber, while a graphics card slot and a tinted acrylic window are located in the top-left chamber. A portion of the ATX-type PSU bay, as well as two 2.5-inch drive trays, are located in the GamerStorm Cube’s bottom-right chamber, while the bulk of the PSU bay and some of the 120mm fan intake are located in the bottom-left chamber.

Pricing and availability of the GamerStorm Cube case has not yet been announced by DEEPCOOL.

Source: techPowerUp


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, June 4, 2015, Edition

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 09:07AM
Author: bp9801

The week is drawing to a close, but not before there are a couple of items to help you out. There is a look at five of the new Intel 750 SSDs all paired up and running together for some insane performance numbers. One of them is fast, but five together is something else entirely. We also have the SISWOO C50 Longbow smartphone, which has a 5" HD screen, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, plus a 64-bit CPU from MTK.

Storage/Hard Drives
Five Intel SSD 750s Tested - Two Million IOPS and 10 GB/sec - Achievement Unlocked! @ PC Perspective

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SISWOO C50 Longbow @ Madshrimps


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New Technique Developed for Advanced Sensing

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 02:12PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With every new step in sensing, science has been able to discover new phenomena and typically improve the performance of technology. We may be seeing this happen again soon, thanks to researchers at the University of Bristol and the Center for Quantum Technologies.

Currently, one way to study quantum processes is to use quantum process tomography. This works by containing the quantum system in a box, and then shooting quantum states through the box, and measuring them when they come out. The problem with this method is that the precision is usually limited by something called the shot noise. By borrowing points from quantum metrology though, the Bristol researchers were able to solve this problem. Quantum metrology has to do with engineering and controlling quantum systems. The new method uses the generation of multiple entangled photons to study quantum processes.

The researchers have already used the new method to study an optical process that may be used to manipulate quantum bits in future quantum computers. There are other potential uses though, as increasing the precision of optical measurements can allow for measurements to be made with less light, and that is important in medical research, where light can damage samples.

Source: University of Bristol


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be quiet! Announces Several New Products at Computex

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 04:10PM
Author: CheeseMan42

be quiet! has announced the addition of several new products across multiple different market segments. The Pure Wings 2 are PWM fans that range in size from 80mm to 140mm. The fans can be controlled by the motherboard and feature quiet operation even at maximum speed with an expected availability of September. The SilentWings 3 fans feature a new fan frame and intake mechanism to reduce vibration, power consumption, and sound while keeping cooling performance up. The SilentWings 3 will be available in October at sizes of 120mm and 140mm in PWM and non-PWM options. The Shadow Rock LP is a low profile CPU cooler with a Pure Wings 2 fan. The Dark Rock TF has two pre-installed SilentWings fans and is described as having "extremely high cooling performance."

The Silent Base 800 Window is a computer case that has the same features as the Silent Base 800 with the addition of a side panel window. It will be available in July at an MSRP of $149 in orange, black, and silver. The Silent Base 600 is a brand new case with windowed and non-windowed configurations. It can accommodate three 3.5" internal drives, three 2.5" internal drives, three 5.25" drives, video cards up to 400mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 170mm in height. Two Pure Wings 2 fans are pre-installed with space for an additional five. It will be available in October at an MSRP of $99 for the non-windowed version and $115 for the windowed version. The Dark Power Pro 11 is an 80 PLUS Platinum power supply with an overclocking key to choose between a single and multiple 12V rails. It will be available in capacities ranging from 550W to 1200W

Source: Press Release


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Steam Hardware Gets November Release Date

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 04:43PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The long awaited Steam related hardware from Valve has finally received a release date. The Steam Link, Steam Controller, and Steam Machine boxes from Alienware and CyberPower will launch on November 10 with early access pre-orders shipping on October 16 "while supplies last." The Link and Controller will have a price of $50 while the Steam Machines will start at $450. Pre-orders are being accepted from Valve and at several retailers including GameStop and EB Games. The low-end Alienware box has a Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB of storage for a price of $450. A $750 model includes a Core i7, 8GB RAM, and 1TB of storage. Both models use an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M+ GPU. The CyberPower system starts at $500 with a Core i3 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 GPU with several options for customization.

Source: Ars Technica


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Performance for the Seagate SandForce SF3500 Controllers Leak Out of Computex

Posted: June 4, 2015 @ time: 09:25PM
Author: bp9801

Some new information concerning Seagate's SandForce SF3000 series of controllers for solid state drives. Seagate is showing off the controller during Computex, but won't reveal full details on its performance until later in August. However, this leak provides us the nitty gritty, and boy does it look good. The SF3700 parts will be used in enterprise SSDs and pack in some enterprise-level features, but the four-channel SF3500 parts are for consumers. The SF3514 is the mainstream SATA part, the SF3504 the entry-level PCIe, and the SF3524 the enthusiast level for boh SATA and PCIe. The SF3514 can hit read speeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s, but both the SF3504 and SF3524 can hit read speeds up 900MB/s and write speeds of 525MB/s. Random read on the SF3514 is 100,000 IOPS, with random write at 80,000 IOPS. The SF3504 and SF3524 both have a random read of 130,000 IOPS and a random write of 90,000 IOPS.

All three controllers support a maximum capacity of 1TB; support MLC, TLC, and 3D flash; and support dual AES-256 encryption. The two PCIe models are on the PCIe 2.0 x2 slot and not the x4 slot like some other recent controllers, but that usually doesn't hinder a SandForce controller much. Still, real world tests will show all of that and more, just we won't get to know for sure until later this year.

Source: Tom's Hardware


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Current GCN Cards from AMD Don't Feature Full DirectX 12 Support

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 06:36AM
Author: gebraset

While DirectX 12 is slated to be exclusive to Windows 10 devices, it has proven itself to gamers thus far by offering a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance. The number of draw calls when using DirectX 12 are increased by 330 percent as well, according to a user of Reddit. With all of the benefits that DirectX 12 brings to the table, in terms of graphical performance and visual fidelity, it is important that hardware manufacturers support the latest Microsoft API. The DirectX 12 API is comprised of three levels, which include feature level 11_0, 12_0, and 12_1. Feature level 11_0 offers performance improvements, while the other two offer features catered to improving graphics and visuals.

According to Robert Hallock, the Head of Global Technical Marketing at AMD, the company’s current GCN cards do not feature full DirectX 12 support, with the cards only being able to offer support for the 12_0 feature level. Graphics cards from AMD that are expected to support DirectX 12 feature level 12_0 include the Radeon HD 7790, the Radeon R7 260 (X), the Radeon R9 285, and the Radeon R9 290 (X). It is unknown as this point in time whether Fiji will support the 12_1 feature level of DirectX 12, something that the GeForce 900 series from NVIDIA currently does, but if so, it will be the only AMD product to support the feature level that includes conservative raster and raster order views.

For a more detailed look at the various feature levels contained within DirectX 12, please click on the images contained within this article.

Source: WCCFtech


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New Way Found for Recovering Indium from LCDs

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 06:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

An integral part of flat screens is the transparent conductor indium tin oxide (ITO), but it brings with it special challenges. For one thing, indium is a rare-earth metal, making it rather expensive and some estimate that in twenty years we will run out of it. Many new technologies are being investigated for replacing ITO, but now researchers have also found a way to potentially recover and recycle the element, as reported in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

According to the report, it is possible to recover indium by grinding up LCD glass into particles less than 75 micrometers in size, and submerging them in sulfuric acid heated to 122 ºF, along with other parameters. By using this method, the hope is that the display industry will be able to recycle the material instead of having to draw more from reserves. As it is expected that China alone will throw out 100 million displays between 2014 and 2020, the impact by recovering indium could be dramatic.

Source: American Chemical Society


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, June 5, 2015, Edition

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 09:00AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the first week of June is here, and we have a couple of items to help you welcome the weekend. There is a look at the ADATA Premier SP610 SSD, which has a 256GB capacity and read speeds up to 560MB/s, it will be interesting to see how it compares to other drives in that size. The write speeds are not the best, but you'll just have to see how that affects the overall performance, if any. Our other item is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
ADATA Premier SP610 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

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Podcast #352 @ PC Perspective


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Rainbow Six Siege Gets New Trailer

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ubisoft has released a new trailer for the upcoming Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege titled "Inside Rainbow #2 – The FBI-SWAT Unit." This new trailer shows off the composition of the team, including the abilities of some of the units, such as one who can track the heart beats of enemies behind walls. Another has a portable bulletproof panel that can be installed wherever needed. And all of it looks positively phenomenal.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege launches October 13, 2015, for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft


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GTA Online Getting Update June 10

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 11:42AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Next week, Grand Theft Auto Online is getting the new Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part One. Both this update and Part 2 are for the players that have everything, and want more by adding new goods and services for purchase. This first update adds new cars, weapons, planes, and clothing, such as a gold helicopter and plane, luxury supercars, and the Combat Personal Defense Weapon.

The first part of the Ill-Gotten Gains Update is going live on June 10 for every GTA Online platform, with Part 2 coming later this Summer.

Source: Rockstar Newswire


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Desura Owner Bad Juju Games Files for Bankruptcy

Posted: June 5, 2015 @ time: 01:23PM
Author: bp9801

PC gamers have a myriad of options to consider when buying games, with plenty of different digital stores up for consideration. However, one of them is in a bit of a dire situation, as Desura's owner Bad Juju Games hhas filed for bankruptcy. Bad Juju took over from Linden Labs in November 2014, and soon after some complaints arose about missed payments to developers. There was finally a public announcement about the missing payments and how it was due to a lack of an automated payment system, but would work on manual payments until an automated system was in place. And now there's a bankruptcy filing, which puts all of that, and Desura itself, in jeopardy. An official statement from Bad Juju has yet to appear, but hopefully it provides some clarification soon.

We'll keep you updated on the matter and whatever may arise. In the meantime, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to download any games on Desura you haven't touched yet.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun


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