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News Archives for September 2016

Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 1, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 1, 2016 @ time: 11:00AM
Author: bp9801

The first day of September is here, with fall quick approaching as the temperatures start to drop. That's a good reason to stay in and read some reviews, like the Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB SSD. This model, the latest version of the Revo Drive series, features a native PCIe controller for improved speeds over typical SATA SSDs, all while keeping the price competitive. For those after a small PC, the Shuttle XPC Slim DS67U Barebone offers a compact option for you to fit whatever parts you want inside for a powerful (or quiet) HTPC. Wrapping things up is the Warcraft Alliance Mobile Power Bank, a portable charging station for USB devices sporting the Alliance logo.

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB SSD @ LanOC Reviews

Prebuilts
Shuttle XPC Slim DS67U Barebone @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Warcraft Alliance Mobile Power Bank @ ThinkComputers


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Logitech Announces Two Silent Mice

Posted: September 1, 2016 @ time: 02:55PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Logitech has announced a pair of mice designed with the goal of minimizing or eliminating the sound produced by clicking. The M220 Silent and M330 Silent Plus "reduce noise by 90 percent over standard mice" and have been given the Quiet Mark seal of approval from the Noise Abatement Society. Both mice are wireless and are differentiated by their physical design and battery life, provided by AA batteries. The M220 will have an 18-month battery life at a cost of $25 and the M330 has a 24-month battery life at a cost of $30.

Source: The Verge


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Corsair Shows Off Several RGB Products at PAX West

Posted: September 2, 2016 @ time: 10:02AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Corsair has decided to use PAX West as a stage for unveiling the latest additions to its line of products featuring RGB lighting. The SP120 RGB and HD120 RGB are fans with "ultra-thin frosted" blades and multiple lighting modes powered by a three-function controller. The SP120 has four LEDs while the HD120 has twelve. The SP120 spins at 1400 RPM while the HD120 can range from 800-1725 RPM through PWM. The Crystal 460X RGB is a case enclosed by two-panel tempered glass with tool free installation, dust filters, and three SP120 RGB fans. The MM800 Polaris RGB Mouse Pad has 15 LEDs that can be controlled individually using the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software. The pad is powered through USB and has a USB pass-through port to connect your mouse to. It has a surface area of 285mm x 272mm x 5mm. Corsair has also updated the CUE software to version 2 as a "ground-up redesign of the software optimized for high resolution and 4K displays."

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, September 2, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 2, 2016 @ time: 12:05PM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, bringing a couple of items along the way before the Labor Day weekend hits in the US. There is a review of the Intel SSD 600p Series 256GB, the company's latest consumer line that uses 3D NAND and the M.2 form factor to help deliver fast speeds at a low price. Our other item for the day is a new case mod, where an In Win D-Frame looks positively stunning in the green and black color scheme of NVIDIA.

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel SSD 600p Series 256GB @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: InWin X NVIDIA BattleBox @ ThinkComputers


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Mafia III Post-Release Plans Shared

Posted: September 5, 2016 @ time: 12:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently 2K and Hangar 13 divulged their plans for Mafia III after its release next month. There will be three story expansions that will come out and be part of the $29.99 season pass and the Deluxe Edition of the game, which includes the pass. These expansions are Faster, Baby!, Sign of the Times, and Stones Unturned. Faster, Baby! sees Lincoln, the game's protagonist work with an old flame of his, Roxy Laveau, to take on a corrupt Sherriff that has been terrorizing Civil Rights activists around the outskirts of New Bordeaux. Sign of the Times involves a string of ritualistic killings, and Lincoln's investigation will take him into the old bayou and into the counterculture of the inner city. Stones Unturned has Lincoln working with John Donovan, a CIA agent who is trying to settle a blood feud that started in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

Everyone, not just the season pass holders, will also be receiving "free recurring content" including new outfits, weapons, vehicle customization options, and races. Thirty days after launch all players will receive the Judge, Jury, and Executioner golden weapons pack, which includes the Praecisione .30 rifle (the judge), Exterminatore shotgun (the jury), and Silentium pistol (the executioner). There will be more free content than this releasing, so this is just meant to be a taste of what is to come.

Mafia III releases for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 7.

Source: Mafia III Website


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Duke Nukem 3D Returning With 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour

Posted: September 5, 2016 @ time: 01:01PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in 1996, Duke Nukem 3D released and on October 11 it will be coming back as the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour. This version will bring the classic FPS game to current hardware as it will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will be more than just the original title though, as it is getting new content from some of the people that worked on the original. It will have a new episode containing eight levels designed by Allen Blum III and Richard "Levelord" Gray, original designers from Duke Nukem 3D accompanied by new music composed by Lee Jackson, who wrote Duke Nukem's "Grabbag" theme, and new one-liners from Jon St. John. There will also be a new behind-the-scenes commentary from the development team that will be accessible in-game. Finally the game will feature a toggle to go between the original engine from 1996 and a newer engine, thanks to Gearbox's True3D Rendering mode.

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour will have an MSRP of $19.99.

Source: Gearbox Software


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 6, 2016 @ time: 09:59AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of September is upon us after a long holiday weekend in the US, with several items to help welcome us back. There is a review on the Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower case, packing in a ton of premium features and style. We have a look at the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2, a multi-function speaker that can do so much more than just play your tunes. If you want some storage on the go, then maybe the Silicon Power Jewel J20 64GB USB 3.1 flash drive, with its water-proof design, is for you. Finishing things off for today are a couple of lists, with one looking at the best products seen at the recent IFA 2016 show, and the other 20 of the worst PC setups seen during August.

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Primo @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power Jewel J20 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
TechSpot Best of IFA 2016 @ TechSpot
20 of the Worst PC Setups - August 2016 @ ThinkComputers


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G.SKILL Announces New Trident Z Memory Kit

Posted: September 6, 2016 @ time: 03:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has announced a new addition to the Trident Z DDR4 memory line, a 32GB set composed of four 8GB sticks. The new RAM runs at 3866MHz with CL18-19-19-39 timings at an operating voltage of 1.35V. This new kit is an improvement over the previous offering that was only able to reach 3600MHz as users continue to "transition into higher capacity memory kits for gaming, work, and daily use." The memory is compatible with the latest Intel Skylake processors and supports XMP 2.0.

Source: Press Release


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Huawei Rumored to be Developing Next Google Tablet

Posted: September 6, 2016 @ time: 04:24PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Evan Blass is considered to be a reliable source for advanced information on smartphones and his latest rumor points to Huawei as the manufacturer of the next Google Android tablet. The rumor claims that the new tablet will have a 7" screen and 4GB RAM. Blass claims that the new tablet is "on track for release before the end of the year." Lending more credibility to the rumor is the fact that Huawei recently trademarked the Huawei 7P name.

Source: CNET


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On-Chip Device Developed for Accelerating Core-to-Core Communications

Posted: September 7, 2016 @ time: 09:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For years now there has been a trend in the computer industry to add more cores to CPUs as a way to improve performance. Managing all of these cores can be complicated, which eats into performance. Researchers at North Carolina State University and Intel however, have developed an on-chip device to accelerate core-to-core communication significantly.

For a multicore processor to run a program on multiple cores at the same time, there has to be some coordination between the cores by sending commands between them. As it is the cores themselves doing this, it adds overhead and eats into performance. The researchers' solution is to use a core-to-core communication acceleration framework (CAF) that adds a device to the network within a CPU to take over this communication from the cores. The result is increased communication performance be a factor of two to 12. This device is called a queue management device (QMD) and because it is also able to perform basic computations, it can collect data from multiple cores to speed up some basic function by 15%.

Naturally the researchers are considering what other on-chip devices could be developed for accelerating multi-core operations.

Source: North Carolina State University


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Sony Unveils Slimmer PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; Both Arriving This Year

Posted: September 7, 2016 @ time: 12:49PM
Author: bp9801

Sony is currently holding its PlayStation Meeting, with CEO Andrew House unveiling a slimmer PlayStation 4 right at the start, as rumored. This new PS4 is slimmer and sleeker than the original model, while still keeping the design. Just in an even smaller package than the console already is. The new PS4 doesn't have a name like Slim or anything, it's just simply the PS4, replacing the current model and everything it can do. Everything inside the new PS4 is the same as the old, so it's still just as powerful, only smaller. It's going to arrive starting on September 15 in most markets for a mere $299, so if you haven't picked up a PS4 yet, you'll soon have the chance to get the new model.

One other item Sony showed off is the PlayStation 4 Pro, the rumored Neo system. PS4 Pro allows for 4K and HDR content, and will work alongside the current PS4. It features a GPU that is more than twice as powerful as the PS4, giving games a massive boost to their visual fidelity. It really should be something to see games running in native 4K on a game console, something we've had on PC for a while, of course, but now it'll be in the living room, too. All existing games will work on the PS4 Pro, with a way to transfer data between the two consoles in the works. It comes with a 1TB hard drive already installed, which should help out with storing your 4K content. Or streaming 4K video, thanks to the new Netflix app coming with the PS4 Pro.

As for the HDR part of the PS4 Pro, it gives games more of a pop to their colors, granting a new experience for games we may have already played, like Uncharted 4 or Infamous: Last Light. Not every game already out on PS4 can take advantage of the new tech, but many will be updated. Future games will be able to take advantage of both systems, so regardless of having a PS4 or a Pro, you'll be ready to play all the latest games. Oh, and starting next week, a firmware update for all PS4s will arrive to bring the HDR content to it. So the PS4 Pro gets it native, along with 4K, while every other PS4 can at least take advantage of HDR soon.

Luckily, we don't need to step up to a 4K or HDR TV, as the PS4 Pro knows what TV it is connected to and adapts the display accordingly. Graphics are still boosted above what a typical PS4 can display, running everything at 1080p and at possibly higher framerates, so we're still getting the extra fidelity regardless of TV used. Plus since the same discs and downloads you already have on your current PS4 will work on the PS4 Pro, you don't need to repurchase anything if you decide to step up to the new system.

If you're wondering when you can get the PS4 Pro, well, it'll be launching on November 10 for $399. So we're getting the new, slimmer PS4 next week, while the PS4 Pro a couple months later. Not too shabby, Sony.

Source: Livestream and PlayStation Blog


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BioWare Shows Off Mass Effect: Andromeda Running on the PS4 Pro

Posted: September 7, 2016 @ time: 01:01PM
Author: bp9801

It's been quite a while since we've had anything from BioWare on its upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, but during the PlayStation Meeting today, we finally got something. A new piece of content was shown running in 4K on the PS4 Pro, and man alive did it look great. In it, our character is exploring some kind of underground vault (Dragon Age's Deep Roads resemblance in parts), discovering hidden pathways as they explore. Visually, it's stunning to see ME:A looking this good already in pre-alpha gameplay footage, and thanks to the PS4 Pro, we're getting plenty of new tech, like high dynamic range lighting, HDR10 support (Dolby Vision on PC), and vastly superior character models. We get a look at not only the human main character, but the Asari teenager joining us in Andromeda. She has a sort of Mission Vao 2.0 vibe to her, which is perfectly fine by me. While exploring this underground cavern, things don't entirely go as planned, as you can see below. Seriously, just watch it so I don't have to spoil it all for you.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is slated to arrive early next year on PC, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One. We're still waiting on a solid date, as well as even more content, but fortunately N7 Day is fast approaching to "open the doors" for all of that, including a new trailer.

Source: Livestream and YouTube


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 8, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 8, 2016 @ time: 10:58AM
Author: bp9801

The week is drawing to a close, but there are a few items to help you get through the day today. We have a review on the HIS RX 480 IceQ X2 Roaring Turbo 8GB video card, sporting a high overclock and a custom cooler to help it reach better stability at those high speeds. There's a look at the Lian Li PC-M25A micro-ATX case that can fit plenty of hardware inside, including seven 3.5" drives for the ultimate in storage potential. Wrapping things up is a review on the Das Keyboard Prime 13, a return to basics for the mechanical keyboard company that does add in some LED backlighting for a bit of a modern touch.

Video Cards
HIS RX 480 IceQ X2 Roaring Turbo 8GB @ Madshrimps

Cases
Lian Li PC-M25A @ Benchmark Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
Das Keyboard Prime 13 @ TechSpot


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Important Step Made for Direct-Drive Fusion

Posted: September 8, 2016 @ time: 12:18PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Sustainable nuclear fusion has been a goal for a great many scientists around the world for decades, as the energy produced by a fusion-based power plant could potentially dwarf that from other sources. Obviously it is difficult to achieve, but strides are being made toward that bright future. Recently researchers at the University of Rochester have brought us closer to that future by creating the conditions needed to set a new record for laser-fusion.

There are a number of methods being investigated currently for triggering nuclear fusion, and the one the Rochester researchers were using is called direct-drive fusion. This method uses a number of lasers all aimed at a small fuel pellet, heating and compressing it to the point of implosion. If enough energy is pumped into the fuel by the lasers, the nuclei within the pellet will fuse together and ideally release more energy than the lasers spent. Using the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester's Laboratory of Laser Energetics, the researchers were able to create the conditions needed to produce five times the current record for similar laser-fusion experiments. This brings it in line with the much larger National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, if the conditions are scaled up to match. The NIF actually uses a different method for causing fusion called indirect-drive fusion. Instead of having the lasers directly aimed at the fuel, instead the laser light is converted to X-rays using a special gold enclosure, and those X-rays are what pump energy into the fuel pellet.

While ignition, when more energy is produced than is used, has not yet been achieved, these researchers at those at Lawrence Livermore are making significant strides towards that goal. In this experiment that includes better aiming the 60 laser beams involved onto the millimeter sized fuel pellet, improving the target's shell, and capturing images of the pellet as it implodes, for the purpose of improving future experiments.

Source: University of Rochester


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Raspberry Pi Celebrates 10 Million Units With New Starter Kit

Posted: September 8, 2016 @ time: 04:02PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most popular tiny and cheap computers on the market, and this is now backed up by the sale of the 10 millionth Raspberry Pi. The creator of the Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, is just as surprised as anyone by this sales milestone, stating "we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky." The Pi started out of a desire to get more students in the United Kingdom interested in computers, but quickly exploded into a platform that appealed to users of all ages. To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a $130 starter kit that includes a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, 8GB NOOBS SC card, carry case, power supply, HDMI cable, optical mouse, keyboard, and a book.

Source: Venture Beat


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, September 9, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 9, 2016 @ time: 11:53AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is here, bringing the first full week of September to a close. We do have some items for you to check out, such as a review on the ASUS Maximus VIII Formula motherboard, which features an Armor overlay and integrated LEDs to spruce up your Intel Z170 build. If you're after a new phone, and perhaps a large one at that, then the Xiaomi Mi Max might be for you, considering it has a 6.4" screen at its disposal. A new case mod is shown off that takes the In Win 909 and spices it up with a sweet orange, black, and white color scheme. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Motherboards
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula @ PC Perspective

Mobile
Xiaomi Mi Max @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: Orange Nexus @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #416 @ PC Perspective


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Quantum Random Number Generator Made Small Enough for Smartphones

Posted: September 9, 2016 @ time: 01:46PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While you might not see them, random numbers are used in many systems we benefit from every day, including the encryption systems that protect our online purchases and bank withdrawals. Modern random number generators are not perfectly random though, but new generators that utilize quantum mechanics can be completely random. Now researchers have successfully made a quantum random number generator small enough and fast enough to be usable in mobile devices, as reported in Optica.

The reason modern random number generators are not perfectly random is because the numbers are generated by algorithms or physical processes, and with enough information about the source, one can guess the numbers. Quantum mechanical phenomena, however, are immune to this as the processes involved cannot be predicted regardless of how much information one may have. This is why researchers have been working to create quantum-based random number generators, but so far those that have been made are large and not very fast. This new generator though, is based on a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) measuring just six millimeters by two millimeters and is able to operate in the area of gigabits per second. At that speed it can be used for real-time data encryption, protecting phone and video calls.

By demonstrating such a device can be made with PIC technology, chances are other researchers will act to make even better versions. Eventually these devices will likely move into commercial products to provide better security as well as scientific equipment for simulating biological interactions and nuclear reactions, or making stock market predictions.

Source: The Optical Society


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System Specs Released for Mafia III

Posted: September 12, 2016 @ time: 09:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Like with any PC release, more information about Mafia III is being revealed the closer we get to its October 7 launch. The latest pieces of information are the minimum and recommended system requirements.

Common Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Free Storage Space: 50 GB

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K or AMD FX 8120
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Video Memory: 2 GB

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel i7-3770 or AMD FX 8350
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 290X or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or GTX 1060
  • Video Memory: 4 GB

Have to admit I am curious to see how this game will run with one of the many available GPUS that are newer and more powerful than what is listed under recommended.

If you want to see these requirements in a different way, check out the image below from the game's website. Someone had the idea to put together a newspaper-styled ad for what you will need.

Source: Mafia III Website


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, September 12, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 12, 2016 @ time: 12:28PM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with a few items to kick it off. We have another look at the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 Gaming X 8G video cards to see what these two flagship models from the company have to offer. If you'd rather check out the AMD side, there are six generations of AMD cards compared in the $200 bracket to see just how much the performance level has changed for that amount of money. We end things today with a look at the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 CPU cooler, sporting a new all-in-one design that just might make your decision on what cooler to get.

Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G @ Neoseeker
Then and Now: Six Generations of $200 Mainstream Radeon GPUs Compared @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ PC Perspective


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NIST and Stanford University Have Finished Preserving The Cabrinety Collection

Posted: September 13, 2016 @ time: 09:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The name Stephen Cabrinety might not be one you recognize, but there is a chance you have heard about something he did before his death in 1995. He collected various pieces of software starting in the 1980s and this collection eventually grew to contain some 25,000 pieces of software and video games, even in their original packaging, and many pieces of hardware from the time, including the appropriate readers and consoles. In 2009 the Stanford University Libraries obtained the collection and it has been working with NIST to preserve it, only recently finishing the work that included reading floppy disks and audio cassette tapes.

While the nostalgia factor is obvious, this preservation work has been done for a different reason than enjoying classic games and using old software. There are several institutions that exist for collecting and archiving the different media cultures create, such as the Library of Congress that keeps a copy of every published work. The concept goes back to ancient times with the Library of Alexandria, but there is no single repository for software. The National Software Reference Library (NSRL), created and maintained by NIST, comes close, though it has a rather different purpose, and now the complete Cabrinety collection has been added to it. Currently the programs cannot be loaded up and used, as the data has only just been added, but the Stanford team wants to build systems so this will be possible in the future.

For those who are curious, the NRSL is actually for forensic investigations. The software it has archived has all had a digital fingerprint created for it, so when computers or other devices have been taken as evidence, these fingerprints can be used to quickly filter out what information may be important. For example, after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 the hashes for every flight simulator was requested, so that the FBI could discover the flight paths the pilot had practiced on.

Source: NIST


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 13, 2016 @ time: 10:25AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is upon us, with a few items for you to check out. There is a review on the Crucial MX300 525 and 1050GB SSDs, offering plenty of storage at fast read and write speeds with 3D NAND powering the way. For another storage option, the Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD gets reviewed to see what this mainstream option in the company's line brings to the table. Wrapping things up is a look at the ASUS ROG G752VS laptop, sporting a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and an overclocked Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU, along with plenty more, to see if this can be your desktop replacement.

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial MX300 (525GB & 1050GB) Solid State Drives @ ThinkComputers
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB High Endurance SSD @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
ASUS ROG G752VS @ TechSpot


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New OCZ SSD Series Announced by Toshiba

Posted: September 13, 2016 @ time: 01:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to build a new computer or upgrade a current one with SSDs in place of traditional hard drives, a new option has been announced by Toshiba under the OCZ brand. The new OCZ VX500 SSD series is meant to handle the amount of writing some of us put our drives through, as part of content creation or revolving storage, with endurance ratings of 74 to 592 Terabytes Written (TBW). At 592 TBW, that is more than three times the endurance of leading TLC SSDs. Of course these drives also need to be fast to satisfy some of us and they will feature read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 515 MB/s, respectively.

The series will off four drive capacities from 128 GB to 1024 GB and will be backed by a 5-year warranty.

Source: Toshiba-OCZ


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HyperX Announces Limited Edition Gears of War Headset

Posted: September 13, 2016 @ time: 04:04PM
Author: CheeseMan42

HyperX, the performance focused division of Kingston, has announced the latest version of its CloudX Revolver headset, a limited edition design for fans of the Gears of War series. The headset offers "a studio-grade sound stage that lets gamers hear opponents from farther away" wrapped up in HyperX memory foam earpads and a leather headband for comfortable wear. The attached microphone ensures that users will be able to easily communicate with their teammates in game. The officially licensed accessory joins the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Xbox One S bundle and Crimson Omen Limited Edition Wireless Controller as unique designs ahead of the upcoming Gears of War 4 launch.

Source: Press Release


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Amazon Leaks Cheaper Echo Dot on Twitter

Posted: September 13, 2016 @ time: 04:15PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Amazon appears to have leaked the price of a cheaper Echo Dot on its Twitter account before deleting the Tweet. The original Dot has been a hot seller since its release in March, with it being sold out since July at a price of $89.99. The Tweet contained the apparent price of $49.99 but didn't have any information about a potential release date. For anyone that has been waiting for the current model to come back in stock, it may be worth it at this point to wait for the new model to come out.

Source: Recode


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 14, 2016 @ time: 11:23AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a couple of items to help get you over the hump. There is a review on the Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro+ video card, sporting a custom cooler featuring large 100mm fans and a factory overclock, plus a bunch of neat software features, to keep you gaming for longer. If you're in need of an SD card that can withstand some harsh environments, then maybe the Kingston 64GB Industrial Temperature MicroSD is what you should grab.

Video Cards
Sapphire RX 480 8GB Nitro+ @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingston Industrial Temperature MicroSD @ Benchmark Reviews


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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Could Take Three Months to Reach Remaining Users

Posted: September 14, 2016 @ time: 04:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, the company announced plans to do the update gradually. A recent e-mail sent out by Microsoft reads, "The Anniversary Update will download and install via Windows Update. The download is automatically available to you. It will begin rolling out on 2 August 2016 and may take up to 3 months to reach all users. Internet access fees may apply," meaning that some users may have to wait until November to get the update. Users that wish to force the update can do so through the Windows Update interface. The reasoning behind the extended rollout appears to be to allow Microsoft to fix issues as they come up without all users being impacted by them.

Source: ZDNet


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Watch_Dogs 2 Student Hackathon Partnership Announced

Posted: September 15, 2016 @ time: 10:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ubisoft and Major League Hacking have today announced a season partnership for students to develop hack projects inspired by Watch_Dogs 2 and learn new cybersecurity skills. Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league, and with how valuable a tool hacking will be in Watch_Dogs 2, this season partnership makes sense.

The idea behind this season is for the students who take part in it to better understand how the connected devices around us can be compromised, and how that can affect our day-to-day lives. It is also to encourage the students to find creative solutions and to start finding ways to secure their own applications.

The hackathons will be held at various schools from September 16 to November 5, with the MLH Prime Southwest Regional taking place November 12-13 in Austin, Texas. Watch_Dogs 2 is scheduled to release just days later on November 15.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 15, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 15, 2016 @ time: 11:44AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is upon us, with several items along the way for you to check out. There is a review on the Fractal Design Define Nano S, a compact model that can still hold a long video card to keep you gaming at the peak. We have a look at the DeepCool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, which offers better heat dissipation compared to past models, while also keeping the price under $100. If you're after some storage instead, then maybe the Synology DS416play 4-bay NAS, with its 4K video transcoding ability, is for you. Perhaps you just need some wireless network help, so then the Actiontec MoCA WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender and ECB6200 Network Adapter review should interest you. Our final review for today is the Dell UltraSharp 4K UP3216Q 32" monitor, offering a large display to bring you 4K goodness. Wrapping things up is a podcast looking at the latest news and reviews from the week.

Cases
Fractal Design Define Nano S @ ThinkComputers

CPU Cooling
DeepCool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
Synology DS416play 4-bay NAS @ Madshrimps

Monitors
Dell UltraSharp 4K UP3216Q @ TechSpot

Networking
Actiontec MoCA WCB6200Q Wireless Network Extender and ECB6200 Network Adapter @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Podcast #417 @ PC Perspective


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Leaked Specs Appear for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Posted: September 15, 2016 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: bp9801

Back when NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070, there were some wondering if a GTX 1080 Ti would be on the horizon eventually. We've had it with both Kepler and Maxwell, so Pascal should follow suit, right? Well, we got word on the GTX 1060 (plus the reduced core version) and the new TITAN X running on Pascal, but a 1080 Ti was still missing. However, there might be some news on it soon, as some leaks indicate the card is real and is potentially coming soon. The specifications for the 1080 Ti have appeared, and boy is it impressive. It apparently has 52 SMUs on its Pascal core, which is just four fewer than the new TITAN X. The CUDA core count comes in at 3328, fewer than the 3584 on the TITAN X, but much more than the 2560 on the 1080.

It has 12GB of memory on a 384-bit bus, however the leaks put the memory as GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X on the TITAN X and 1080. Why the drop down, I don't rightly know, but the memory bandwidth comes in at 384GB/s. It's less than the 480GB/s on the TITAN X, which could be why it has GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X, so that people still have a reason to get that new monster. Considering the 1080 has only 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, the 1080 Ti is still far and above it. Single-point performance comes in at 10.8 Tflops instead of 11 Tflops on the TITAN X, so just a bit of a reduction there, and is again above the 9 Tflops on the 1080. Base clock speed comes in at 1503MHz, with a boost clock of 1623MHz, so it's faster than the TITAN X, but not as fast as the 1080. The TDP is 250W, with power supplied by 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe connectors, just like the TITAN X.

The card sounds impressive, although I still think if it goes with GDDR5 over GDDR5X it isn't the best idea. It is a leak, and until we get confirmation one way or another from NVIDIA, take everything here with a dose of salt. We might hear something on the 1080 Ti soon, maybe once AMD shows off its high-end flagship, and could see the 1080 Ti on shelves later this year or early next. Really, we don't know when the 1080 Ti is going to hit, just like we don't really know if all these leaked specifications are true or not. Once we hear something definitive, you can be sure to find it here.

Source: OC3D via Neoseeker


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Saitek Line Sold to Logitech

Posted: September 16, 2016 @ time: 11:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you who are familiar with the Saitek brand and its line of simulation game controllers, it has a new owner. Mad Catz has sold the brand and it assets to Logitech for a price of $13 million dollars. The CEO of Mad Catz has said that they are happy to see a company like Logitech make this purchase, as it will lead the brand into its next phase. This purchase will also enable Mad Catz to continue to advance its other products that Saitek's success enabled the company to produce, since Mad Catz purchased the brand in 2007.

Source: GlobeNewswire


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, September 19, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 19, 2016 @ time: 09:59AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with a few items to help welcome it in. We have a look at the MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard, featuring a different PCB color than many other motherboards on the market, as well as a host of features from steel-plated PCIe and DDR4 slots to USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and just about anything else you can think of. If you're in the market for a new video card, you're in luck, as we have an article examining the best video cards for whatever budget you have available. For storage needs, the Silicon Power Blaze B21 64GB USB 3.1 flash drive offers a durable exterior to keep more files safe.

Motherboards
MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium @ ThinkComputers

Video Cards
The Best Graphics Cards @ TechSpot

Storage/Hard Drives
Silicon Power Blaze B21 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps


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Upcoming AMD AM4 Socket Imaged

Posted: September 19, 2016 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There have been and are still a number of things AMD has been working on that people have been looking forward to. The Polaris architecture in the RX 400 series of GPUs is one that has already launched and in the first half of next year, the Zen CPU architecture will be released. Between these two releases is the launch of the AM4 socket, which will finally bring native PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0 and 3.1, and DDR4 support to AMD motherboards, and what appears to be a picture of it has been found.

If this leak is to be believed, the upcoming PGA socket will have 1331 pins, which puts it ahead of Intel's LGA 1151 socket. While it does sport more pins, the AM4 socket keeps the same size as the AM3+ socket out there today (but you may need a converter to use any current cooling options). This socket is meant to unify AMD motherboards to a point, as future CPUs and APUs will use it. In fact, the first use of the AM4 socket will be for the upcoming 7th generation Bristol Ridge APUs, but once Zen releases, users will be able to drop those in and enjoy.

Source: TweakTown and Overclock3D


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 20, 2016 @ time: 11:29AM
Author: bp9801

Another day is here, with a couple of items for you to check out. We have a review on the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC 8GB video card, offering a large custom cooler for an affordable price to let everyone enjoy the benefits without putting down a ton of cash. Our other item for the day is a battle of the air coolers, as four different CPU cooling options, including three large tower coolers, square off to figure out which one is the best.

Video Cards
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 EX OC 8GB @ Madshrimps

CPU Cooling
Towers of Power: Four Large CPU Air Coolers Face Off @ PC Perspective


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SanDisk Shows Off Prototype 1TB SD Card

Posted: September 20, 2016 @ time: 04:01PM
Author: CheeseMan42

SanDisk used the Photokina event in Cologne, Germany this year to show off a 1TB SDXC card prototype, two years after announcing a 512GB model at the same show. The card won't be available any time soon, but it shows that card capacities still have some room to grow. Dinesh Bahal, VP of product management for the Content Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital, talked about how far the company has come since the first 64MB card released 16 years ago stating, "The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates."

Source: SanDisk


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Specifications for AMD Vega 10 and 20 Cards Leaked

Posted: September 20, 2016 @ time: 04:14PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A "very good" source with access to an internal server roadmap has revealed some early details on the upcoming AMD Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards. The Vega 10 is built on the 14nm GFX9 architecture with 16GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017 with a dual Vega 10 available in the second quarter. The Vega 20 will use the 7nm GFX9 architecture with 32GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It will support PCI-Express 4.0, but no information on expected availability was given. AMD will also be replacing the Polaris 10 chips with the Vega 11, though no further information was made available.

Source: Videocardz


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 21, 2016 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with several items for your viewing pleasure today. We have a review on the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 AIO cooler, which has a dual chamber cooler to keep your CPU from getting too hot for a longer lifetime. A couple of new SSDs from Samsung, the 960 PRO and 960 EVO, get inspected to see what we can expect when the models land on shelves. If you're after some new gaming audio, maybe the Fatal1ty by Monster FXM 100 Over-Ear Gaming Headphones are for you. For those after a new phone, the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid, with its swappable back panels to add extra battery life or a stronger speaker, could be in the running. If all you want is something comfortable to sit on at the pool or beach, well, the Sumo Air Inflatable Lounge Chair has you covered. Wrapping things up is a look at two-factor authentication and just what is true about it.

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO Announced - Details and Specifications Inside @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Fatal1ty by Monster FXM 100 Over-Ear Gaming Headphones @ PC Perspective

Mobile
Motorola Moto Z Force Droid @ LanOC Reviews

Miscellany
Sumo Air Inflatable Lounge Chair @ ThinkComputers
Two-Factor Authentication: Methods and Myths @ TechSpot


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Wireless Signals Used to Detect Emotions

Posted: September 21, 2016 @ time: 11:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Reading someone's emotions can be very difficult, as some people do not obviously emote and others may try to hide their emotions, but it can be valuable information. For example, when testing a new product or reviewing media, accurately reading a subject's emotions can inform you about what works and what does not. To that end, as well as some valuable healthcare applications, researchers at MIT have developed a means of reading and tracking emotions using wireless signals.

This is hardly the first time MIT researchers, and the specific researchers on this project, have worked with wireless signals for some unexpected purpose as previously they were used to track people falling in a house. In that and this work, the key is measuring how the signals reflect off of a person's body and extracting information from that. In this case it is heart rate and breathing that is tracked by analyzing the acceleration recorded in the signals reflected off of the person's front and back. By using acceleration, the heart rate and breathing can be distinguished, as your pulse is much faster than your breathing. By reading these measurements, it is possible to determine the subject's emotional state and if they are happy, sad, angry, or excited.

When the researchers tested this they found this system, named EQ-Radio, has 70% accuracy at predicting emotions without any training and 87% accuracy after having learned the subject's emotions. Separate from monitoring emotions, this technology could also be used for tracking someone's heart rate with ECG accuracy without any on-body sensors, or for monitoring diagnosing conditions such as depression and anxiety.

 

 

Source: MIT


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Microsoft Looks to Return Value to Shareholders

Posted: September 21, 2016 @ time: 03:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Microsoft has announced a pair of moves designed to share the wealth with shareholders, a $40 billion share buyback and 8% dividend increase. A similar buyback announced in 2013 is expected to complete this year, with no target completion date set for this buyback. The dividend increase is smaller than the past two years increase of 16% and 11%, and it represents a 2.7% yield at current prices. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Brad Reback wasn't worried about the lower dividend increase as it was "in line with expectations given the LinkedIn acquisition."

Source: Wall Street Journal


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Samsung Announces Two M.2 SSDs

Posted: September 21, 2016 @ time: 04:15PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Samsung has added to its V-NAND M.2 SSD lineup with two non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives. The 960 Pro will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB and offers read and write speeds up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100MB/s, respectively. The 960 Evo has capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB with read and write speeds up to 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s, respectively. Pricing will start at $330 for the 512GB 960 Pro and $130 for the 250GB 960 Evo.

Source: ZDNet


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, September 22, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 22, 2016 @ time: 11:08AM
Author: bp9801

The week is starting to wind down, with a few items to help you get through this Thursday. We have a review on the Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe external drive, featuring 512GB of storage and that Thunderbolt 3 connection for transfer speeds above and beyond 1000MB/s. If you're after some new headphones with active noise canceling to block out the work environment (or loud kids), then perhaps the Creative Aurvana ANC headset is the solution for you. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

Storage/Hard Drives
Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive 512GB @ TechSpot

Speakers/Headphones
Creative Aurvana ANC Headset @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Podcast #418 @ PC Perspective


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Researchers Create Multiferroic Material

Posted: September 22, 2016 @ time: 01:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It can be easy to forget just how important the materials used in a computer or other devices are, as special properties are needed for these systems to work. As we approach the limit of some of the materials we are using currently, new materials need to be discovered to continue developing ever faster and more efficient devices. One goal some researchers have had is to create a multiferroic material, and now researchers at Berkeley Lab and Cornell University have realized exactly that.

Multiferroic materials combine the properties of a ferroelectric and ferromagnetic material, and both families of materials are used in many technologies today but in different ways. Ferrimagnets are used in hard drives to store data as magnetic polarization, and also in sensors, while ferroelectric materials can easily flip polarization in response to an electric field and will hold their polarized states without power being supplied. Both sets of properties are valuable, and by combining them in one material new kinds of low-power memory technologies could be created, as an electric or magnetic field could be used to change both the electric and magnetic properties of the material.

To achieve this, the researchers made their material alternate between monolayers of lutetium oxide and iron oxide, but at every tenth repeat of these single-single pairs, a second iron oxide layer was added. The ferromagnetic atoms in this arrangement change their alignment to follow the neighboring ferroelectric atoms when they were exposed to an electric field. This flipping was observed from 200 to 300 K, which spans from about -100 ºF to 80 ºF, meaning this material works at room temperatures. The next step is to reduce the energy needed for this rewriting from the 5 V the researchers used to half a volt, and eventually to produce a working multiferroic device.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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Yahoo Reveals Massive Data Breach

Posted: September 22, 2016 @ time: 04:04PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Yahoo has confirmed that it was the victim of a large-scale attack that compromised data for more than 500 million users. Data that was exposed includes "names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and, in some cases, security questions and answers" along with encrypted passwords. Yahoo believes that attack was carried out by a "state-sponsored actor" but wouldn't elaborate any further on what state it might be. The company has recommended that users who haven't changed their passwords since 2014 should do so now, but it would probably be a good idea to change it again even if you have done so recently.

Source: CNET


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, September 23, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 23, 2016 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is here, with a few items along the way to help you start off the weekend. There is a review of the FSP Hydro G 850W Gold PSU, with its hydro dynamic bearing fan and high efficiency, to see if this power supply is one you should consider. For audio needs, we have the Monster Fatal1ty FxM 200 headset, sporting an over ear design, a light weight, and a detachable microphone to handle everything you might require. Wrapping things up is a new case mod that takes the Intel NUC platform and transforms it into something that's more fitting for a spaceship.

Power Supplies
FSP Hydro G 850W Gold @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
Monster Fatal1ty FxM 200 Headset @ LanOC Reviews

Miscellany
Case Mod Friday: HYPERCUBE @ ThinkComputers


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BioShock Remasters Getting Attention to Fix Issues

Posted: September 23, 2016 @ time: 01:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently 2K released The BioShock Collection, bringing the franchise to the current consoles and updating the first two games to remastered versions. If you already owned BioShock or BioShock 2 on Steam, you received the respective remaster for free. Unfortunately it was not a perfect launch for these games, but the developers have responded and are going to be patching the games.

In addition to addressing stability issues that have been preventing some players from enjoying them, there will also be some features added. BioShock Remastered will be receiving some "general mouse fixes" such as better mouse smoothing, sensitivity, and acceleration options. This game will also get additional speaker mode options. BioShock Remastered and BioShock 2 Remastered, including the Minerva's Den DLC will get improved field of view sliders and support for 21:9 display ratios.

When I streamed BioShock Remastered I did not encounter any of the stability issues others have, but have to say I am very happy to see these options coming, especially those concerning the mouse.

Source: Steam Community


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See What Hardware You Need to Run Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Posted: September 23, 2016 @ time: 03:35PM
Author: bp9801

We draw closer to October and the impending release of Sid Meier's Civilization VI. The latest entry in the long-running series looks to change up the formula some to how the cities and game look, as well as introduce plenty of new features that might require some getting used to, some of which you can see in the video below. It's a pretty sweet look at the combat and how city growth works, so do give it a look! Luckily, Civilization games tend to last a while, giving us all plenty of time to experience and understand everything. And by a while, I mean you can easily lose track of the days while playing a game, especially if you're on marathon mode. Don't say I didn't warn you! One thing that we can experience now are the system requirements for Civilization VI, with many systems capable of running it without issue. It does require a 64-bit operating system, which is a definite plus and if you aren't running a 64-bit OS, now's the time to switch.

Minimum

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 1 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 5570 or NVIDIA 450) 

Recommended

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR: Fourth generation Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or AMD FX8350 4.0 GHz or greater
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 2 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 7970 or NVIDIA 770 or greater)

Like I said, nothing here that many systems don't already have. The Civilization games have always been capable of running on a range of hardware, with Civilization VI continuing that trend. The game does make use of Steam, so even if you get a disc copy, you're going to need to use the Steam client for launching the game. It just means you won't need to keep that disc around after you've installed it.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI arrives on October 21 exclusively for the PC.

Source: Steam Community News


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Twitter Possibly Received Expression of Interest From Other Companies

Posted: September 26, 2016 @ time: 11:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While nothing is definite, there is a possibility that by the end of the year, Twitter may be under new ownership. Supposedly the company has received expressions of interest from others, including Google and Salesforce.com, which resulted in Twitter's shares rising on Friday. This is still just rumor though, but Twitter's board of directors is open to being purchased supposedly, so if this is true and the momentum builds, we could see a deal made by the end of the year. If such a purchase is made, the buyer would not just be receiving the social media platform, but all of the data it generates, which could prove very valuable for some businesses.

Source: CNBC


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, September 26, 2016, Edition

Posted: September 26, 2016 @ time: 11:24AM
Author: bp9801

The final week of September is here, with several items to kick off the week. We have a review on the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, the newest revision to the line that packs in a ton of enhanced features for an Intel LGA 2011-v3 build. A pair of NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X video cards, the new Pascal version, get tested in SLI for some 4K and triple monitor gaming to see just what kind of performance they offer. If all you want is some storage, we have two different SSDs for you to wrap things up, as the Crucial MX300 525GB SSD and the Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB get reviewed to test what they can do.

Motherboards
ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 @ PC Perspective

Video Cards
The Ludicrous Graphics Test: Dual GTX Titan SLI for 4K and Triple Monitor Gaming @ TechSpot

Hard Drives/Storage
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD @ Madshrimps
Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SSD @ ThinkComputers


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Chaos Could Be Used to Continue Moore's Law

Posted: September 26, 2016 @ time: 11:33AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For decades now the increase in computational power has been increasing at roughly the rate predicted by Moore's Law, but that is going to come to an end as we hit the fundamental limits of the materials and technologies being used. Many new approaches to computing are being developed so we can get around those limits, and researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a fairly novel one. This new method use nonlinear circuits to exploit chaos such that fewer circuits and transistors are needed to perform a task.

Modern computer chips are tightly packed with a great number of transistors and circuits, and typically a lot of them are not put to use at the same time as the rest. This is because some circuits have been designed to perform specific tasks, and so for other tasks they are not useful. This new solution is to create nonlinear circuits that contain a number of different patterns, and each pattern is for a different function. By taking advantage of the system's natural chaos, the same circuit can be made to do multiple functions, and can switch from one function to another with each clock cycle. This means that potentially just hundreds of these circuits could match the performance of hundreds of thousands of traditional circuits.

As if the potential for tremendously greater performance in a smaller package were not enough, these nonlinear circuits, which are compatible with other digital devices, can be fabricated with modern technologies. The researchers are approaching commercial size, power, and ease of programming with their designs, so we may see some more news on in the coming months.

Source: North Carolina State University


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Early Rumors Point to AMD Gray Hawk CPU in 2019

Posted: September 26, 2016 @ time: 04:06PM
Author: CheeseMan42

We are well into the final quarter of 2016, and we continue to be treated to advance information about coming products from AMD. Earlier this month we got the first glimpse into the AM4 socket and Vega 10 and 20 GPUs. The latest leak is focused on a future generation of CPUs known as Gray Hawk which appears to be next in line after Raven Ridge. Raven Ridge will use the 14nm process with a release expected sometime next year while Gray Hawk will use the 7nm process for a 2019 release. Gray Hawk will be paired with the Navi GPU architecture and will have four cores with eight threads and require only 10W of power.

Source: Tweak Town


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Roku Refreshes Hardware Lineup

Posted: September 26, 2016 @ time: 04:22PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Roku announced a new streaming stick earlier this year and has now updated the rest of its streaming boxes. The Roku Express is 75% smaller than the Roku 1 while doubling the processing power to handle HD video at a cost of $30. If you want composite cables with the box it will cost you an extra $10. The Roku Premiere and Premiere+ take over for the Roku 2 and 3 and offer support for 4K video at 60fps. The Premiere+ adds HDR support and an enhanced remote with a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and a microSD slot. The Premiere will cost $80 while the Premiere+ will cost $100. The Roku Ultra replaces the Roku 4 and adds an "even more advanced" remote and the ability to play media from a thumb drive to the features of the Premiere+, at a cost of $130. The new boxes will be available sometime in October.

Source: The Verge


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