Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

News Archives for August 2016

Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 1, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 1, 2016 @ time: 09:46AM
Author: bp9801

A new week and a new month both start today, with plenty of items along the way to help kick it off. We have a look at the ASRock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC, a compact model that features a Skylake CPU to boost up your HTPC plans. To help keep your case cool, the Corsair ML120 PRO LED fans get tested to see what they can bring to your system. For those after a new laptop, we have a review on both the Dell XPS 13 and 15 with their super thin bezel on the screen and plenty of hardware to make them contenders. Wrapping things up is a new case mod that takes the Corsair SPEC-ALPHA case and completely retools it.

Cooling
Corsair ML120 PRO LED Fans @ ThinkComputers

Small Form Factor
ASRock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC @ TechSpot

Laptops/Tablets
Dell XPS 13 and 15 @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Project Alpha Omega @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Device Created for Precisely Monitoring Power Use

Posted: August 1, 2016 @ time: 12:45PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Depending on how high it is, if you have had to pay an electric bill, you have probably asked yourself about where all of the power is going, to hopefully cut down. Answering this question is harder than you might think though, because of what is involved in actually getting the data, but researchers at MIT are working to change that. They have created a monitoring device about the size of a postage stamp that can be zip-tied onto a power cord, and then make measurements from the electric and magnetic fields around it.

Wireless devices like this have been developed before, but have had the cumbersome requirement of carefully aligning them on the cord. This MIT device solves that by having five offset sensors and software the selects the one getting the best signal. The data it captures can then be analyzed to determine how much power a device is using, and if there are any anomalies. During one of its tests it actually identified a wiring problem in a house that was putting a potential dangerous voltage on a copper pipe. This analysis though is not done remotely; all of the data can remain at the user's home, abating any privacy concerns as well as bandwidth issues, considering how much raw data is collected.

The hope for this device is that it will become cheap enough to produce and the applications for analyzing the data will become common enough, that anyone will be able to optimize the power usage within their home. This could come from adjusting habits or replacing particularly inefficient appliances to better models.

Source: MIT


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 2, 2016 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is here, bringing with it a couple of items to help make the time go by. There is a review of the Gamdias Hephaestus V2 7.1 gaming headset, which included 7.1 audio and vibration in the way of Bass Impact to really let you feel the explosions around you. Our other item is a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of July, letting you laugh or cringe at some of the results.

Speakers/Headphones
Gamdias Hephaestus V2 7.1 w/vibration @ LanOC Reviews

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups – July 2016 @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Theory Developed for Making Graphene-like Films from Salts

Posted: August 2, 2016 @ time: 01:47PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Graphene is a very interesting material that has several curious characteristics, and some of them come from the material being just one atom thick. Ever since its discovery, researchers have been working to better understand graphene and to make other atom-thick materials, which could have useful properties for electronics. Now researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Rice University, and other institutions have crafted a theory to predict what it will take to produce graphene-like from salts.

Many salts, including the common sodium chloride, have a cubic molecule structure and ionic bonds between the atoms. It has been predicted and even observed in some salts that once they are comprised of few enough layers, they will spontaneously transform into a graphene-like structure. This process is called graphitization. These predictions and observations have been limited so far, because they have been for certain materials, but by leveraging the power of computer simulations, the researchers have created a general theory of how graphitization occurs. Now it is possible to predict the critical number of layers it will take for a salt made of the four alkali metals and the halogens to undergo graphitization. For sodium salts, the number is 11 layers, and for lithium salts it is between 19 and 27.

If this theory is proven accurate experimentally, it could open up a new route to producing ultrathin films and these films could have desirable properties for electronics. The researchers are also going to investigate other compounds, to see if more materials will undergo graphitization, resulting in new and intriguing properties.

Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


Complete Story


NVIDIA Might Bring GeForce GTX 1000 Series Mobile Versions to Gamescom

Posted: August 2, 2016 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA has released a number of models for its GeForce GTX 1000 series, and the latest rumors suggest that the company will continue the trend of releasing versions for the mobile market. According to Digitimes, a number of manufacturers including Asus and Gigabyte will reveal laptops using the new GPUs at Gamescom in Germany later this month. These new cards will abandon the "M" designation of past mobile versions, perhaps not surprising as the cards have similar specifications to the desktop models. The report points to the increasing player base in Europe as the reason that the reveal will occur at Gamescom.

Source: Digitimes via Digital Trends


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 3, 2016 @ time: 10:29AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with several items to help get you through it. We start off with a look at the new NVIDIA TITAN X video card with a Pascal core instead of Maxwell, making it the company's biggest and baddest card yet. There's a review on the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse, featuring an 8200 DPI laser sensor, RGB lighting, and adjustable components to fit the mouse precisely to your hand and grip style. For those wanting a new laptop, maybe the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, with its 14" screen and 2-in-1 design, is for you. Finishing things up is a way to game in comfort from your couch, as the Roccat Sova Gaming Lapboard provides a comfortable platform with a built-in keyboard (mechanical or membrane), a large wrist rest area, and a big mouse pad.

Video Cards
NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) 12GB @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Roccat Sova Gaming Lapboard @ TechSpot

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Lithium-Tin Anode Developed for Better Batteries

Posted: August 3, 2016 @ time: 01:21PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Batteries are a critical component of a great deal of today's technologies, so there is an ever growing need to improve upon them. Achieving that improvement is difficult though because we need to use materials with the correct chemical properties, with sacrificing other important characteristics. Now, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered that two candidates for anodes in future lithium-ion batteries can be combined to great effect.

Modern lithium-ion batteries rely on graphite for their anodes, because it performs the necessary chemistry and is resilient to the damage batteries can endure. Tin and silicon have also been suggested as possible anodes, because some of their properties are better than graphite, but others are worse. For example, silicon is somewhat fragile and repeated use can cause the anode to fracture, leading to a loss of performance and serious damage to the battery. What the researchers have discovered is that combining these two materials can create a new anode with the best of both worlds, essentially.

This new anode can hold three times the charge traditional graphite can, is stable over a great many charge-discharge cycles, and can even charge very quickly. It also can be produced with a simple manufacturing process, which can help keep prices down.

Source: University of California, Riverside


Complete Story


8TB Hard Drives Great for Reliability and Storage Density

Posted: August 3, 2016 @ time: 03:23PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Backblaze is a cloud backup and storage service that has made a name for itself with custom designed storage enclosures and releases quarterly reports on the hard drives used in its systems. The latest report gives high regards to the reliability of 8TB hard drives from both Hitachi and Seagate. Backblaze started to convert to 8TB drives with 45 Hitachi drives to improve storage density and later added 2,700 Seagate drives to the mix. The Hitachi drives have an annualized failure rate of 3.2% while the Seagate drives were at 3.3%. This measure is calculated by counting the number of days a drive was installed in a system at the time of failure. The majority of the drives used by Backblaze remain a 4TB Seagate drive with a failure rate of 2.7% over 34,693 drives.

Source: Yahoo


Complete Story


Windows 10 Breaks 20% Market Share

Posted: August 3, 2016 @ time: 03:49PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Just over a year after its release, Windows 10 continues to gain traction in the desktop PC market. According to NetMarketShare, the newest OS from Microsoft can now be found on 21.13% of desktop PCs. The OS has seen its share of problems since release and just discontinued the free upgrade option for Windows 7 and 8 users. Windows 7 is still the leader with 47.01% of systems while versions of Windows 8 are at less than 10% and Windows XP is at 10.34%.

Source: Win Beta


Complete Story


Three Classic Disney Platformers Release on GOG

Posted: August 4, 2016 @ time: 09:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today some old games have launched on GOG, which is on its own not too surprising, but these are three classic Disney platformers: Disney Aladdin, Disney The Lion King, and Disney The Jungle Book. These games date back to the 16-bit era, but have been carefully updated for modern hardware and operating systems, without compromising the original experience some of us had so many years ago. (Personally I can remember playing both Disney Aladdin and Disney The Lion King.)

The three games will have a price of $9.99, but are all on sale for $8.99 until August 8. The bundle of all three though is just $19.99 until this launch-sale ends. All three games also come with commemorative 16-bit poster art as part of their "Free Goodies."

By the way, Disney The Lion King led to the creation of DirectX by Microsoft. At the time it launched, the game used the WinG API, but not all computers supported it, including some the game came with, causing the game to crash when loading. To keep game developers from turning away from the Windows platform, DirectX was created to give them the hardware/software compatibility they needed. There's a little computer history for you.

 

 

Source: GOG


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 4, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 4, 2016 @ time: 10:11AM
Author: bp9801

The first week of August is drawing to a close, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a couple different looks at the new AMD RX 470 video card, with both the ASUS RX 470 Strix and the XFX RX 470 RS Black Edition put to the test in separate reviews to give you an idea of what to expect from this HD gaming-centric card. If you're after more DDR4 memory, then maybe the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB kit, with its all-white PCB for a truly unique look, is one to get. Wrapping things up is an article making sure you delete the Windows.old folder to free up more space after an upgrade, just in case you need those gigabytes it takes up.

Video Cards
XFX RX 470 RS Black Edition @ LanOC Reviews
AMD Radeon RX 470 @ TechSpot

Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB White Memory Kit @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again) @ TechSpot


Complete Story


AMD's Newest Drivers Feature Improved Performance and Several Bug Fixes

Posted: August 4, 2016 @ time: 10:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently AMD released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3 drivers that features support for the RX 470, several bug fixes, and a rather significant performance increase for Rise of the Tomb Raider. This improvement is up to 10% for RX 480 GPUs and compared to the 16.7.2 drivers. Some highlights from the bug fixes are an Overwatch crash for Crossfired RX 480s, incorrect version information for Vulkan, flickering when launching or exiting a game if Freesync is enabled, and Radeon WattMan retaining overclock settings after a failed overclock.

There are also a number of known issues, including some with hybrid graphics configurations, a crash with the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay, which can be gotten around by disabling the overlay, and some issues with Crossfire for various games. You can check out the complete release notes at the link below.

Source: AMD


Complete Story


Feast Your Eyes on the Official Gameplay Trailer of Prey

Posted: August 5, 2016 @ time: 12:24AM
Author: bp9801

Back during E3, when Bethesda took the stage for its press conferences, one of the surprises was the reveal of Prey. This isn't the Prey we got all those years ago or even a sequel, but rather a brand new take on it from the folks at Arkane Studios. Arkane is known for Dishonored, and while Dishonored 2 is on the way soon, it is Prey that we get a good look at today with the first official gameplay trailer, courtesy of QuakeCon 2016. We had a lovely CGI trailer during E3, but this is our first look at what we can expect from this complete reimagining of the game.

Prey features a unique psychological twist, as you're the first human enhanced with alien powers to give you an advantage. It'll come in handy, too, as the space station you're on, Talos I, is under assault and it's up to you to come up with ways to survive. How you accomplish that is up to you, with a wide range of powers and abilities at your disposal. You see some of them showcased in the trailer, as well as these aliens that are attacking Talos I. Some are rather creepy (OK, all), but hey, we'll have to deal with them somehow. All I know is that Prey is going to be one wild ride that should make us question everything by the time we reach its end.

Prey is due to arrive next year on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bethesda.net and YouTube


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 5, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 5, 2016 @ time: 10:03AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, bringing a couple of items along to help welcome in the weekend. There is a look at the new OnePlus 3 smartphone, featuring a 5.5" screen, a Snapdragon 820SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP camera, and a ton more to like about this possible flagship destroyer. We also have a new case mod that takes an In Win D-Frame Mini case, adds a sweet blue and white color theme to it, and plenty of hardware to make it scream.

Mobile
OnePlus 3 @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Blue Morpho @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 8, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 8, 2016 @ time: 11:34AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with several items along the way to kick it off right. We have a couple looks at the AMD RX 470 video card, as the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC gets reviewed to show off what it can do at an even cheaper price point than the RX 480. If you want even cheaper yet still powerful, then maybe the AMD Radeon RX 460 is the one for you, since it starts at just $109 and can still bring it at 1080p. For those looking for a new PC on the Intel Z170 chipset, we have a review on the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard, the flagship model in the series with a ton of features and options on it. If you're after a monster of a PC, we have a guide on how to build a 40-thread Xeon computer for less than the price of an Intel Broadwell-E processor. Wrapping things up is a review on the Razer Leviathan Mini Speaker system, which uses Bluetooth 4.0 and a portable design to go wherever you go.

Video Cards
Sapphire RX 470 4GB Nitro @ LanOC Reviews
Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC @ ThinkComputers
AMD Radeon RX 460 @ TechSpot

Motherboards
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Razer Leviathan Mini Speaker @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Building a 40-Thread Xeon Monster PC for Less Than the Price of a Broadwell-E @ TechSpot


Complete Story


Microsoft Will Skip Second Windows 10 Update for 2016

Posted: August 8, 2016 @ time: 12:11PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft had previously announced that it would make two feature and maintenance updates per year for Windows 10, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update the first for 2016. The company has quickly decided to abandon the twice yearly updates for this year, with the biannual updates set to resume in 2017. The decision to move the second update for this year to next year was made with "feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10." Windows 10 Insiders can expect preview builds of the next update sometime later this year.

Source: WCCF Tech


Complete Story


Prototype Chip Made for Quantum Computing

Posted: August 8, 2016 @ time: 12:51PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Quantum computers are not here yet, but not for lack of trying. Instead of relying on electronic bits that can represent 0 or 1, quantum computers use qubits that can be 0 and 1 at the same time, but the medium for these qubits is still being decided on. One promising candidate is to use ions as qubits, and now researchers at MIT have created a prototype chip that allows for better control over them.

At the core of how quantum computers work is the quantum mechanical phenomenon, superposition, which is when a particle exists in mutually-exclusive states at the same time, such as spinning both clockwise and counterclockwise. These particles are the quantum bits, or qubits, and while there are options for what exactly they are, ions are likely the best understood of the choices. The thing about ions is that they can require large and complicated equipment to work with. For starters the ions have to be held in a trap, and while cage traps, with electrodes arranged like cage bars, work well, they are limited in size and realizing quantum computers will require large numbers of qubits. To that end, the MIT researchers are instead working with surface traps that have their electrodes covering a surface and the ions held slightly above them. In theory surface traps can be extended indefinitely.

Another issue the MIT researchers have addressed is how to control the ions. In a surface trap the ions can be just five micrometers apart, so hitting just the one you want with a laser from an optical table is very difficult. The solution here was to put a layer of glass and network of silicon nitride waveguides underneath the electrodes. Beneath holes in the electrodes are diffraction gratings within the waveguide, which direct the light up, into the holes and focuses it enough to hit single ions.

The next step for this work is to hopefully add light modulators to the diffraction gratings. This will make it possible to control how much light each ion qubit will receive, making it more efficient to program them.

Source: MIT


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 9, 2016 @ time: 11:35AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is here, with a few items along the way to get you through the day. We have some CrossFire testing of the AMD RX 470 to see what two cards are capable of bringing to your system, especially if two of them are about the same price as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. For some storage needs, there's a review of the Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD, featuring 512GB of space at 2600MB/s read speeds that could be worth the price of entry. Finishing things off for today is a look at the G.SKILL Ripjaws V 32GB 3000MHz DDR4 memory kit, bringing a ton of capacity to your new build.

Video Cards
RX 470 CrossFire Testing @ LanOC Reviews

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws V 32GB 3000MHz DDR4 @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


More Molecules Found for Use in OLED Displays

Posted: August 9, 2016 @ time: 01:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For years now, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have promised us more efficient and potentially cheaper displays that also offer better color reproduction and contrast. So far though, OLED displays have been all but restricted to certain smartphones with LCD screens beating them out on larger scales. Thanks to researchers at Harvard University, MIT, and Samsung though, that could change in the future.

In any modern display, each pixel is made of smaller sub-pixels that emit red, green, and blue light. By varying how much light is emitted by each sub-pixel, any other color can be produced. The problem with OLEDs has been that the blue sub-pixels are often inefficient at producing blue light. To compensate for this, manufacturers instead use organometallic molecules that also contain expensive transition metals. To remove these metals and thereby cut costs, the researchers created an advanced machine learning algorithm to analyze and model over one million molecule candidates. The best 2500 of these were then given to experimental collaborators to consider their potential via a web application.

In the end the team had hundreds of molecules that should perform as well as or better than the best metal-free OLEDs known of today. Being completely organic, OLEDs made with these molecules could potentially be cheaper and thus easier to produce at the large sizes of televisions. This approach can also be applied to find organic molecules for other applications, such as flow batteries, solar cells, and organic lasers.

Source: Harvard University


Complete Story


BitFenix Announces Aurora and Alchemy 2.0

Posted: August 10, 2016 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: CheeseMan42

BitFenix has announced a pair of new products with the Aurora chassis and Alchemy 2.0 magnetic RGB LED stripe. The Aurora is available in midnight black and artic white color schemes and was "designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds with water-cooled systems carrying an elegant theme of curved lines and glass windows." Both sides of the case are tempered glass with one clear to show internal components and one dark to hide behind motherboard tray cable management. The case supports motherboards up to EATX in size with modular hard drive cages, space for multiple liquid cooling radiators, and tool free mounting.

The Alchemy 2.0 LED strip is available in lengths of 30cm and 60cm and gives users the ability to set the color with or without the use of a compatible controller. The use of magnets gives plenty of mounting options within your case and an included 90 degree bridge allows for connection of up to 180cm of stripes per controller.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Evidence of a Supernova Found in Microfossils

Posted: August 10, 2016 @ time: 10:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of their lives, giant stars will collapse under their own gravity, resulting in a massive burst of radiation and matter called a supernova. Without these extraordinary events, many heavy elements and isotopes would not be present in the Universe, outside of stellar cores. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich have discovered the first time-resolved signal from a supernova on Earth, showing our planet has actually travelled through the remnants of one a dead star.

The evidence comes in the form of the radioisotope Fe-60, which cannot be produced by any natural, terrestrial mechanism, so its discovery points to supernova material falling on Earth. Actually this is not the first time such evidence has been found, but the previous discovery had poor temporal resolution, meaning we could not determine when it was from. This new discovery can be pinned down to starting 2.7 million years ago, peaking around 2.2 million years ago, and finally dying off about 1.7 million years ago. For approximately one million years, the Solar System passed through the debris of a supernova.

This iron isotope was found within microfossils of iron-sequestering bacteria that lived in the ocean. After the bacteria died, sediment built up at a constant rate, preserving the temporal shape of the Fe-60 signal.

The likely source of the iron is a supernova from the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association. At 2.3 million years ago it was just 300 light years away, so it was definitely close enough for us to pick something up from it. We are also within part of it called the Local Bubble, which is a largely matter-free cavity resulting from 15-20 supernova pushing matter away some 10 to 15 million years ago.

Source: Technical University of Munich


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 10, 2016 @ time: 11:22AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is here, with a couple of items along for the ride. We have a review of the Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT CPU cooler, featuring a massive heat sink with seven pipes and a 140mm fan to keep everything nice and cool as you push the overclock as high as you can. For those needing a new mouse, maybe the ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse is for you, as it is a wired/wireless design with an 8200DPI Avago sensor and RGB lighting.

CPU Cooling
Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
ASUS ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews


Complete Story


Chrome Begins Plan to Phase Out Flash

Posted: August 10, 2016 @ time: 01:54PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google is planning the demise of Flash in the Chrome browser, with the beginning of the end coming next month with the release of Chrome 53. Google is starting with "tiny and non-visible Flash content, such as tracking and fingerprint cookies," and will later remove support for Flash altogether in Chrome 55 with some exceptions planned for "sites which only support Flash." Chrome 55 is expected to be available in December of this year and with it, HTML5 looks to become the new default for web browsers.

Source: Ars Technica


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 11, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 11, 2016 @ time: 11:17AM
Author: bp9801

A new day is here, with a couple of items along the way for your viewing pleasure. We have a guide on how to watch Netflix with your friends wherever you are, regardless of sharing the same room or not, and no, this won't be agains the law or anything. There's also a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the week.

Miscellany
How to Watch Netflix with Friends Anywhere (and No, It's Not Illegal to Share Your Password) @ TechSpot
Podcast #412 @ PC Perspective


Complete Story


Fast-Changing Self-Shading Windows Created

Posted: August 11, 2016 @ time: 12:39PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Windows can make a tremendous difference in a room by letting some natural light in, but there are times you want to cut down on the brightness. Obliviously shades and blinds can be used to achieve this, but not all situations allow for such solutions. An alternative is to create windows that can shade themselves, such as those MIT researchers have developed.

Self-shading windows already exist and are actually used on Boeing's 787, so that a flip of a switch can cut down on the light coming in. The catch with these windows is that they take a few minutes to transition from clear to a dark green. The new MIT windows change much faster and can actually go opaque. Both the new windows and the 787 windows are electrochromic windows, which work by having an electrical current applied to them. This current negatively charges the windows, so positive ions have to move through the window to return electrical balance, and it is these moving ions that shade the windows. In the 787 windows, the ions move slowly, thus making the transition slow, while the MIT windows contain metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) that are able to carry electrons and the positive ions at high speeds.

Two other advantages the MIT windows have are it actually becoming opaque instead of just a dark shade, and that only the transition requires a current be applied. Once the window is made clear or opaque, the current can be stopped and will not be needed again until one wants it to transition back. This is obviously important as it cuts down on how much power these windows need to operate.

Source: MIT


Complete Story


Corsair and MSI Team Up to Create Hydro GFX GTX 1080

Posted: August 12, 2016 @ time: 10:39AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair has teamed up with MSI to create a new version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, the Hydro GFX GTX 1080. The new card combines the graphics experience of MSI with the cooling prowess of Corsair to create "a graphics card with the overclocked power to push the limits of 4K and VR gaming performance, while running not just cooler, but also significantly quieter than a stock GeForce GTX 1080." The improved cooling helps the Hydro GFX to run up to 50% cooler than stock cards despite bumping performance by up to 10%. The cooling is provided by a Hydro Series H55 all-in-one solution that features a 120mm radiator and low-noise LED fan. The card has three pre-overclocked profiles that can boost the GPU speed to 1847MHz or lower it to 1733MHz in Silent Mode.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Nordic Games Changes Name to THQ Nordic

Posted: August 12, 2016 @ time: 10:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When THQ went bankrupt and its assets sold off, I watched the news to see where certain IPs went. After all, THQ did make some fun games and you want to know who will be managing the future of that IP. Some of them went to the company Nordic Games, which I had never heard of before. Now that company is changing its name to THQ Nordic, a reflection of its THQ acquisitions and the intent to be more than just the owner but actively working on these IPs.

Along with the reincorporation news, THQ Nordic has announced that it has 23 game projects in development currently, and 13 of those are yet to be publicly announced. A "majority of these projects are based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises," so it looks like we may be seeing some almost-forgotten franchises return. I know I would enjoy seeing the next game in the Darksiders franchise and a resurrection for Red Faction, but that can be a sequel or reboot (I'm not picky here, I just want my hammer and explosive charges back).

Source: Nordic Games/THQ Nordic


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 12, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 12, 2016 @ time: 11:41AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here at last, with a few items to welcome in the weekend. There is a review of the Cooler Master MasterBox 5 mid-tower case, offering plenty of internal options to fit whatever kind of build you have in mind for it. We have a look at the Razer Turret lapboard, a wireless gaming option for the living room that includes a laptop-style keyboard, attached mouse pad, and wireless mouse. We wrap things up for the week with a look at some third-party clipboard managers for both desktop and mobile users.

Cases
Cooler Master MasterBox 5 @ PC Perspective

Keyboards/Mice
Razer Turret Living Room Gaming Mouse and Lapboard @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Supercharge Your Desktop and Mobile Clipboard with These Clipboard Managers @ TechSpot


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 15, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 15, 2016 @ time: 10:48AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with Monday bringing us a few items to start it off right. We have a review of the Gigabyte RX 460 Windforce OC 2GB video card, featuring a custom cooler and factory overclock on a small card aimed at the eSports market instead of the raw gaming potential. If you're after a small computer, you'll need a power supply for it, which the Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 450W can deliver to you. For keeping things cool, there is a look at the Corsair ML120 PRO LED fans to see if they're up to the task.

Video Cards
Gigabyte RX 460 Windforce OC 2GB @ LanOC Reviews

Power Supplies
Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 450W @ LanOC Reviews

Cooling
Corsair ML120 PRO LED Fans @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Come Down for Some Family Fun in the Fallout 4 - Nuka-World Trailer; Arrives August 30

Posted: August 15, 2016 @ time: 11:07AM
Author: bp9801

It is time to head back to the Commonwealth one final time, as America's Favorite Vacation Destination awaits you! Yes, it's time to bring the whole gang to Nuka-World in Fallout 4's final DLC. Nuka-World features exciting zones such as Safari Adventure, the World of Refreshment, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, Galactic Zone, and Nuka-Town, USA. There's something for everyone here, but be sure to get there early as the raiders can get a little rowdy when they don't get to experience all the rides. You can always experience the different games and treats at Nuka-World if the ride lines are a little too long, with the chance to win some great prizes! Plus it's just a great way to have some fun while you're at the park. See for yourself below!

It really is fun for the whole family at Nuka-World. There are new quests to go on, raider factions to encounter, weapons and armor to equip, new enemies to defeat (Quantum ghouls anyone?), and much more. There's even a chance to get a new set of Power Armor with a sweet Nuka Cola paint job, and maybe some more paint jobs, too. You can also just take in all the rides and experience Nuka-World in its glory, and maybe, just maybe, you can become a leader of a raider gang and customize settlements to reflect your newfound status.

Fallout 4 - Nuka-World arrives on August 30 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's priced at $19.99 if you buy it separately, or it's included in the Season Pass for $49.99. If you already own the Season Pass, you'll be able to play right away once it launches.

Source: Bethesda.net


Complete Story


Nanobeads Used to Create Superlens

Posted: August 15, 2016 @ time: 11:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Microscopes are an amazing tool and have been ever since the first one was created, but we have been running up against their limits. Optical microscopes cannot resolve objects smaller than 200 nm, which is the size of the smallest bacteria because of certain laws of physics, but they can be given a helping hand. Researchers at Bangor University have created a new superlens that allows smaller objects and shapes to be seen, even the patterns on Blu-Ray discs.

These superlenses are made of nanobeads, which are objects we can find all around us, even if you are not aware of them. They are used in some paints and in sun-screen, and for the superlenses titanium dioxide (TiO2) beads are used. The reason for these specific beads is their high refractive index and how a sphere of them will break up a light beam. The nanobeads are deposited as a droplet containing millions onto the subject being put under a microscope, and these beads refract the light in a way to creates millions of individual beams. These light beams are what an optical microscope can capture and use to resolve details previously invisible.

Using these nanobead superlenses can increase the magnification of a microscope by a factor of five, which should be enough to reveal germs and viruses. Not too bad considering these nanobeads are actually fairly cheap and readily available.

Source: Bangor University


Complete Story


Google Developing New Operating System

Posted: August 15, 2016 @ time: 03:01PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Google already has a pair of Operating Systems under its belt with Android and Chrome OS, and is now working on another known as Fuchsia. The new OS is being built from scratch and won't use the Linux kernel. Fuchsia is instead based on Magenta, a "medium-sized microkernel that is itself based on a project called LittleKernel, which is designed to be used in embedded systems." The fact that it is based on a microkernel doesn't mean it will lack in features as it is targeted at smartphones and personal computers with features such as a capability-based security model and graphics rendering already in place. It is unclear what the end game for Fuchsia is, with speculation including combining Android and Chrome OS, powering Internet of Things devices, or augmented reality interfaces. Users that want to get their hands on the code now rather than waiting for Google to release something officially can go to the company GitHub page.

Source: The Verge


Complete Story


AMD Offers Small Teaser for Upcoming Vega GPU

Posted: August 15, 2016 @ time: 03:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A small teaser has been posted by AMD Senior Director of Global Marketing and Public Relations Chris Hook in the form of a Facebook photo of the venue where the company will launch the Vega GPU. The venue is a "large industrial space that’s in desperate need of 'renovations'," though it is unclear if the need for "renovations" is related to the launch. Vega is said to be AMD's challenger to the NVIDIA GTX 1080, built using 14nm FinFET technology and utilizing second generation High Bandwidth Memory. Vega was initially slated for a release in 2017, though some rumors are now pointing to a possible October 2016 release. For now it looks like we will just have to wait and see what AMD reveals at the launch event.

Source: WCCF Tech


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 16, 2016 @ time: 10:01AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is here, with August already halfway over. We have some items for you to check out, including a couple of previews of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 cards entering the laptop landscape. There is review of the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900, a mid-tower case featuring a tempered glass side panel to show off your gear, with the whole case sporting a stylish design. Ending things for today is a look at the Motorola Moto G4 Plus smartphone, with an improved camera and new fingerprint sensor over the base model.

Video Cards
NVIDIA Pascal Goes Mobile: GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 & 1060 Preview @ TechSpot
NVIDIA Pascal Mobile: GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 Enter Gaming Notebooks @ PC Perspective

Cases
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
Motorola Moto 4G Plus @ TechSpot


Complete Story


GeForce 372.54 Drivers Released for No Man's Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Posted: August 16, 2016 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today NVIDIA released its latest Game Ready WHQL drivers, version 372.54 and it features optimizations for the recently released No Man's Sky, and the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Obduction, F1 2016, and the Paragon Open Beta. It also has support for GeForce GTX 10-Series Laptops and Ansel in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which requires the game be updated to version 1.24 (an 11 MB patch from version 1.22 according to GOG Galaxy).

That is quite a few new things to support so I wonder what you are most looking forward to of these new features and optimizations? Personally, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has had my interest since it was announced, but I am also looking forward to jumping into Paragon and experimenting with Ansel in The Witcher 3.

Source: NVIDIA


Complete Story


Cooler Master Announces New All-in-One Cooler

Posted: August 16, 2016 @ time: 03:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Cooler Master has announced a new all-in-one liquid cooler, the MasterLiquid Maker 92, which "skirts the divide between liquid and air cooling by combining properties from both." The pump and radiator were combined into a single piece flanked by two MasterFan Pro 92mm fans and attached directly to the CPU mounting apparatus. It uses a swivel mechanism to allow for horizontal or vertical fan configurations, giving users options for different size cases. Cooler Master will begin accepting a limited number of pre-order on August 30 with availability sometime in September.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Logitech Announces G Pro Gaming Mouse

Posted: August 16, 2016 @ time: 04:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Logitech has unveiled a new mouse "specially designed for professional eSports players," the G Pro Gaming Mouse. The G Pro is built using Logitech's "most accurate optical gaming sensor, a metal spring button tensioning system, onboard memory for driver-free operation on tournament systems, and a comfortable, durable yet lightweight design." The mouse combines features from a pair of popular Logitech mice, utilizing the shape from the G100s and "incredible speed, accuracy and responsiveness of the G303." The PMW3366 optical sensor has DPI adjustable from 200-12,000 allowing it to accommodate all playstyles and games of choice. VP and general manager of gaming Ujesh Desai described the motivation for working with eSports professionals, stating "The benefit of working with eSports players is that they tell us what they like, and more importantly, what they don’t like." The G Pro Gaming Mouse will be available sometime this month at an MSRP of $69.99.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


For Honor Heroes, Multiplayer, and Collector's Case Revealed

Posted: August 17, 2016 @ time: 08:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At Gamescom, Ubisoft showed off a number of things for 2017 title For Honor. The game places the player in a world where three factions, the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai fight to dominate the battlefield. Revealed today is that there are four types of heroes across these factions, making for a total of 12 heroes to choose from. These types are the Vanguards, Assassins, Heavies, and Hybrids. The Vanguards are well-balanced heroes, Assassins are swift and lethal, and Heavies are very resistant but slow. Hybrids combine elements from the other three, making them more advanced heroes that can use different tactics.

Also announced today is the game's multiplayer modes, which can be enjoyed with or against players or bots, and for consoles can be played in split-screen. The modes are Dominion, a 4v4 objective-based mode, Brawl and Duel, are 2v2 and 1v1 respective fights to the death while Skirmish is a 4v4 team death match. Elimination is also 4v4 and victory is won by being the last survivor.

For those of you who want For Honor and are interested in the collector's edition, the Collector's Case has been revealed and it contains a number of digital and physical goodies. The one item standing out the most is probably the third scale full metal faction helmet replicas, but it also comes with an exclusive lithography, the game's soundtrack, the Collector's Box, and naturally the game along with the Digital Deluxe Pack and Season Pass. All pre-orders also receive the Legacy Battle Pack.

For Honor is set to release February 14, 2017.

Source: Press Releases


Complete Story


Thermaltake Announces Max SATA HDD Rack Series

Posted: August 17, 2016 @ time: 04:07PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake has announced its latest case accessory, the Max SATA HDD Rack Series, featuring four models of 5.25" bay mountable hard drive enclosures. The Max 2504 and 2506 occupy a single 5.25" bay and can hold four or six 2.5" hard drives, respectively. The Max 3503 and 3504 can hold three or four 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives, respectively, in the space of two 5.25" bays. All four units feature hot swappable drive trays, security locks, ventilation holes, and an active cooling fan.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Thursday, August 18, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 18, 2016 @ time: 11:55AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is here, bringing several items with it for you to check out. We have a look at the AMD A10-7870K APU and its near-silent CPU cooler that is essentially the Wraith cooler without the LED fan shroud. For some liquid cooling, there's a review of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240, an all-in-one kit with a unique look with the radiator fins and pump. The Amped Wireless REC22P Plug-In AC1200 WiFi Range Extender gets tested to see if it helps boost your wireless signal as much as it claims. We wrap up with a couple of articles, with one covering ARM's partnership with Intel for 10nm production, and the other looking at NVIDIA's Q2 2017 results.

CPUs
AMD A10-7870K APU with Near-Silent Thermal Solution @ Neoseeker

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ LanOC Reviews

Networking
Amped Wireless REC22P Plug-In AC1200 WiFi Range Extender @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
ARM Partners with Intel for 10nm Production @ PC Perspective
NVIDIA's Q2 2017 Results: Now and Moving Forward @ PC Perspective


Complete Story


NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Video Card; Fewer Cores for $199

Posted: August 18, 2016 @ time: 12:10PM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA recently released its GeForce GTX 1060 card, which contains 6GB of GDDR5 and 1280 CUDA cores. It's a great budget gaming card, especially with the amount of performance it offers. However, it's soon to be joined by another GTX 1060, as NVIDIA is taking the wraps off the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. This card, as the name suggests, has 3GB of GDDR5 instead of the typical 6GB, and it only features 1152 CUDA cores. The base clock and boost clock are still the same, 1506MHz and 1708MHz, respectively, while the memory speed is still 8Gbps through a 192-bit interface. Just it has less memory and a reduced core count, kind of like how the GTX 260 came with a two separate core counts. Only this time the memory helps distinguish the two apart. Interestingly, this confirms a rumor from a month ago saying the GTX 1060 would have two versions, so it's good to see that become reality.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB carries with it a $199 base price, bringing it down even further than the 6GB model, and making it ideal for those on a budget. Performance difference between the two is 5%, according to NVIDIA, while the 3GB model is still 10% faster than the AMD RX 480 8GB, again according to NVIDIA. The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is expected to launch in the next couple of weeks, with a new driver update bringing support for it.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Launch Trailer Arrives, Shows Off Adam Jensen at His Best

Posted: August 18, 2016 @ time: 01:14PM
Author: bp9801

The time is nearly here to once again step into the augmented shoes of Adam Jensen and sort out the madness of the world. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is nearly upon us, with Jensen having to navigate the fear and resentment after the Aug incident of 2029. You see, Augs were oppressed after the incident occurred, leading to a growing amount of crime and terror acts. It is up to Jensen to go after the Illuminati, the force responsible for helping break apart the world. He isn't without his toys in the fight, however, as Jensen has new state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations at his disposal, which you can see a bit of in the launch trailer below. It is full of action, too, with Jensen being a one man wrecking crew as he unleashes all his new gear (hello cloaking mechanism).

You also get to see just what the state of the world is like that Jensen finds himself in, and it isn't pretty. I guess there's a reason Jensen is doing what he's doing in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and luckily we only have until August 23 to see it all unfold. You can pick up the game for PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, with some Day One goodies available on all platforms (Covert Agent Pack, extra in-game mission, soundtrack sampler, digital art book), and a Collector's Edition for consoles that has a 9" Adam Jensen figure, 48-page art book, and steelbook case.

Source: YouTube


Complete Story


G.SKILL Announces High Capacity, High Speed Memory Kits

Posted: August 18, 2016 @ time: 01:46PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has announced the addition of two high capacity memory kits to its Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz lineup, with plans to show them off at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week. Both sets are built using 8Gb chips from Samsung operating at 1.35V and are compatible with the latest Intel X99 chipset and Broadwell-E CPUs. The 64GB set uses eight 8GB sticks at CL13 latency while the 128GB set uses eight 16GB sticks at CL14 latency.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


MSI Announces Five GeForce GTX 3GB Cards

Posted: August 18, 2016 @ time: 02:08PM
Author: CheeseMan42

NVIDIA recently confirmed the existence of a 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060, and MSI has now added five cards based on this design to its lineup. The main differentiator between the cards is the cooling system used, which also has an impact on the base and boosted clock speeds. The GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G and GTX 1060 Gaming 3G use the Twin Frozr VI cooler with base clocks of 1594MHz and 1531MHz and boost clocks of 1809MHz and 1746MHz, respectively. The Twin Frozr VI is made up of large heatsink, 8mm copper heatpipes, and MSI TORX Fan 2.0. The GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G OCV1 and GTX 1060 ARMOR 3GV1 use the ARMOR 2X cooling system with base clocks of 1544MHz and 1506MHz and boost clocks of 1759MHz and 1708MHz, respectively. The ARMOR 2X uses TORX Fan technology, Advanced Airflow Control, and Zero Frozr technology to minimize noise while under low loads. The GTX 1060 3GT OC has a dual fan cooler with base clock of 1544MHz and boost clock of 1759MHz.

Source: Press Release


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Friday, August 19, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 19, 2016 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here at last, with a few items to help welcome in the weekend. We have a look at the Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! Edition video card, featuring a custom cooler and factory overclock to get you gaming, while still keeping its small size. For those looking for some gaming in a laptop, maybe a review of a GeForce GTX 1080 SLI setup in an ASUS ROG GX800 gaming laptop can make up your mind. We finish things off with a new case mod that takes the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 case and changes it up with a black and gold color scheme and a ton of liquid cooling gear.

Video Cards
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! Edition @ LanOC Reviews
Extreme Laptop Performance: GeForce GTX 1080 SLI @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: The Maker Five @ ThinkComputers


Complete Story


Fix Found for Windows 10 Anniversary Update Breaking Some Webcams

Posted: August 22, 2016 @ time: 09:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, a major update that brings many changes, and as is so often the case with any software release, some new issues. The update apparently disables support for some webcams, causing the video streams to crash or freeze. It seems to be just for those webcams that use h.264 or MJPEG compression for their video streams. Fortunately someone has already found a possible solution. (I updated my laptop recently and its webcam was not affected, so I have not tested this fix.)

The solution involves editing the registry, so only if you are comfortable doing so should you try. Microsoft will release a patch for this, but it is only speculation when it may come. After opening the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform. In this folder add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named 'EnableFrameServerMode' and give it the value 0. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform and add the same DWORD (EnableFrameServerMode with the value 0).

As is often the case with registry edits, you should probably restart your computer to make sure the changes take effect.

Source: WCCFtech


Complete Story


Mafia III Licensed Soundtrack List Revealed

Posted: August 22, 2016 @ time: 10:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On October 7, games are going to be able to visit a reimagined version of New Orleans in 1968 by playing Mafia III. Naturally it is going to be filled with various period-appropriate assets, such as cars and fashions, but also music of the time. Today 2K and Hangar 13 have revealed the over 100 1960s music tracks licensed for use in the game. You can follow the source link for the complete list, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The Rolling Stones: "Paint It, Black," "Sympathy for the Devil" and more;
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son" and more;
  • Sam and Dave: "Soul Man" and "Hold on, I'm Comin'";
  • Steppenwolf: "Born To Be Wild" and "Desperation";
  • Aretha Franklin: "Respect" and "Chain of Fools";
  • Jefferson Airplane: "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit";
  • Sam Cooke: "Wonderful World," "Bring it on Home to Me" and more;
  • The Temptations: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Wish It Would Rain";
  • Cream: "White Room";
  • Johnny Cash: "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues (Live)";
  • The Beach Boys: "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice".

You can also listen to a sample of the licensed soundtrack on Pandora if you wish, on The Mafia III Hit List.

Source: Mafia III Website


Complete Story


Hardware Roundup: Monday, August 22, 2016, Edition

Posted: August 22, 2016 @ time: 11:21AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is here, with plenty of items to help you start it off right. We have a review of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 video card, featuring a custom cooler and dual BIOS to make sure your overclocks don't ruin the card. There's a look at a liquid CPU cooler from Cooler Master, the MasterLiquid Pro 240, a revamped cooler that looks to put the company back on top. For those needing some power, maybe the SeaSonic PRIME 750W Titanium PSU is the solution. We have several other articles for you to check out, too, such as some on-ear headphones from Audeze, a 64GB USB 3.1 flash drive, the best PC games you should be playing right now, and more.

Video Cards
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 @ Bjorn3D

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
SeaSonic PRIME 750W Titanium @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power Jewel J30 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Speakers/Headphones
Audeze SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones @ PC Perspective

Gaming
The Best PC Games (You Should Be Playing) @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Podcast #413 @ PC Perspective


Complete Story


DDR5 Could be Available Starting in 2020

Posted: August 22, 2016 @ time: 02:45PM
Author: CheeseMan42

DDR4 is currently the highest level of DRAM available, but like all technology it shouldn't stay that way for long. At the Intel Developer Forum it was hinted that the specification for DDR5 could be completed by the end of this year, with availability expected to begin in 2020. As with all steps forward in technology, DDR5 will offer several benefits compared to its predecessors. Among them are higher memory density allowing for more RAM per slot, lower power usage, and higher speeds. The presentation noted that servers are likely to get the new RAM first as "many applications, like databases and analytics, are executed in memory." The updated DDR will offer improvements, but won't be as much of a step up as some other technology in the early stages of research and development that were viewed as possible upgrade paths from DDR. Technology such as phase-change memory, resistive RAM, and magnetoresistive RAM would also offer the ability to store data in RAM when the system is powered down.

Source: PC World


Complete Story


Sony Planning Two New PlayStation 4 Consoles

Posted: August 22, 2016 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Rumors about an updated version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolution and increased power for VR support began to swirl in March, continuing into April. Sony later confirmed that it was working on an updated PlayStation 4, code-named Neo, but didn't offer much more than that. Last month, Amazon Spain may have inadvertently leaked a release date of October 13 at a price of €399.99. It now appears that Sony is planning to release a slim PS4 in addition to the Neo, perhaps targeting users that don't want to pay the premium for the updated hardware. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that both models will be officially announced at a press event in New York on September 7, which would line up nicely with the previously leaked information from Amazon.

Source: The Verge via Wall Street Journal


Complete Story


© 2001-2017 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy
Elapsed: 0.0283319950   (xlweb1)