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News Archives for November 2017

Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 1, 2017 @ time: 09:20AM
Author: bp9801

November is here, with a couple of items to welcome it in. We have a look at the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard, featuring six dedicated macro keys, per-key RGB lighting, media controls, and a whole lot more to maybe push this keyboard into the ultimate keyboard. Our other item for today is a review of the Dell Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop, which is powered by an AMD Ryzen processor and an RX 580 video card for some solid gaming at 1080p.

Keyboards/Mice
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Prebuilts
Dell Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop @ Neoseeker


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 2, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 2, 2017 @ time: 10:17AM
Author: bp9801

The end of the week is fast approaching, but not before there are some items for you to check out. We have a couple of looks at the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti video card, with models from EVGA and MSI reviewed to see just what kind of performance you can expect should you pick one up. There's a review of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 TG case, featuring a tempered glass side panel so you can really show off all the hardware inside without breaking the bank to do so. Finishing things up today is a look at the ultimate RGB build and how it looks in all its colorful glory.

Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti - Featuring EVGA! @ PC Perspective
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming @ TechSpot

Cases
Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 TG @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
The Ultimate RGB Build @ ThinkComputers


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Iridium Can Be Used to Destroy Cancer Cells

Posted: November 3, 2017 @ time: 01:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Iridium is a rather rare metal, and while it is associated with the asteroid that led to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and much more life, it may come to be a powerful tool for preserving life. Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered a means to use iridium to destroy cancer cells, and this method does not damage normal healthy cells.

To destroy the cancer cells, the researchers made a compound of iridium and an organic material, and then light just needs to shine on it. The compound can be targeted specifically at cancerous cells, and it will transfer the energy of the light to the oxygen within the cell, producing singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen is a high-energy form of oxygen that is highly reactive and poisonous to the cancer cell. Healthy cells are not affected by this process though, and the researchers even tested the method in healthy cells to prove as much. The light used in the process is just visible light and for their testing the researchers used red laser light, as it can reach through the skin.

While this research is on its own impressive, it also shows the value in exploring even more precious metals for their use in cancer chemotherapies. Platinum, another precious metal, is already used in over half of such treatments, and others could prove equally potent.

Source: University of Warwick


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 6, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 6, 2017 @ time: 06:48AM
Author: bp9801

The first full week of November is here, bringing several items for you to check out to get it started off right. We have a look at the AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming motherboard, which sits in the middle of the company's product line, to see what it can do with its dual M.2 slots and full Intel Coffee Lake support. If you need plenty of memory, perhaps the Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 kit, with its unique look, is for you. For those needing a new means to control their games, we have a look at the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard v2 that offers fast switches and a compact style. We wrap things up with a look at five affordable smartphones that are still worth a look, despite no longer being the top of the line.

Motherboards
AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming @ ThinkComputers

Memory
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard v2 @ Madshrimps

Mobile
5 Affordable Last-Gen Smartphones That Are Great Buys @ TechSpot


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AMD-Intel Partnership Will Bring Custom Radeon GPU and HBM2 to Intel CPUs for Mobile

Posted: November 6, 2017 @ time: 09:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There have been rumors about something like this for months, but they were either unconfirmed or denied, but now, with actual press releases from both companies, we know AMD and Intel have formed a partnership to combine strengths in the mobile sector. Under this partnership, AMD has created a new, semi-custom Radeon GPU that will be combined with HBM2 and an Intel CPU to offer a new mobile package meant to bring more power to ever thinner laptops.

This multi-chip design will leverage Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to allow high-speed connections between the different parts, without the height and manufacturing penalties that can come from other approaches. This will be the first use of EMIB, and another technology that covers the chips, with this other being a power sharing framework. This system allows system designers to balance the power ratio between the processor and graphics depending on workload. It will also allow for managing temperatures between the chips, which is going to be very important, especially as the laptops this is targeting get thinner.

A reasonable thought to ponder now is where laptops using this Intel+Radeon design will fall in price and performance, especially as this announcement has come so shortly after AMD announcing its Ryzen Mobile parts. One would not think AMD would want to enable Intel to better compete with its own parts, so it may be very interesting to see where things fall, once the products start coming out. According to the Intel release, we can expect more to come in Q1 2018, including systems from OEMs.

Source: AMD and Intel


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Supreme Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Suit

Posted: November 6, 2017 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Remember the Apple-Samsung lawsuit? It is in the news again as Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court has been rejected. After a Federal Court's decision against the Korean company, only the Supreme Court was left to go to, but it is refusing to hear arguments, leaving the Federal Court's ruling in place. This ruling awarded Apple nearly $120 million.

Actually this appeal was only for one part of the original case from years ago and concerns a ruling being reinstated. Previously a three-judge panel had overturned a verdict against Samsung concerning infringement of features such as slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links, but later a jury of 11 judges put it back in place. Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court claimed this reinstatement was inappropriate, as additional legal papers were not considered and oral arguments were not heard. Samsung even claimed the judges had changed a law related to invalidating patents and awarding injunctions. Apple's stance was there was nothing "novel or important" to consider in Samsung's appeal.

Source: Reuters


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NVIDIA Announces Star Wars Themed GTX Titan Xp GPUs

Posted: November 7, 2017 @ time: 12:20PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today NVIDIA has revealed a pair of GTX Titan Xp GPUs with Jedi Order and Galactic Empire themes, based on the Star Wars universe. These collector's edition cards feature windowed areas to show off the internals and the green or red lighting. The Jedi Order version has green lighting and simulated wear and tear from battle, as it is meant to resemble Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. The Galactic Empire card instead has red lighting and panels meant to invoke the appearance of the Death Star while also showing the order and resources of the Empire.

Being GTX Titan Xp graphics cards, they feature the GP102 GPU, with 3840 CUDA cores at 1.6 GHz, combined with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory at 11.4 Gbps. If you want to pick one up, it will cost you $1200 and you may want to make sure you are a GeForce Experience user, as they get exclusive pre-order access prior to November 17, when they become broadly available.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 8, 2017 @ time: 06:34AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with several items for today for you to check out. We have a look at the Raijintek Asterion Plus case, featuring clear side panels to show off the hardware and plenty of room for a watercooling setup. If you're after a new case with plenty of tempered glass, then maybe the mean:it 5PM Tempered Glass case is the one for you, especially if you like the fact it has a little bit thicker tempered glass panels. For those desiring some audio bliss, then the Roccat Cross Gaming Headset just might be the one to get, especially since it works on multiple platforms. We finish things up today with a look at some of the biggest tech fails of the last decade.

Cases
Raijintek Asterion Plus @ Benchmark Reviews
mean:it5PM Tempered Glass @ ThibkComputers

Speakers/Headphones
Roccat Cross Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
The Biggest Tech Fails of the Last Decade @ TechSpot


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Raja Koduri Leaving AMD

Posted: November 8, 2017 @ time: 08:08AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in September, Raja Koduri, the head AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, announced he was taking a sabbatical to spend time with his family but would be returning in December. That is no longer the case as he has sent another memo out at AMD, stating he has concluded it is time to leave the company. His sabbatical gave him the time to reflect and so he has decided he wishes "to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions."

As AMD CEO Lisa Su has been overseeing Radeon Technologies Group since the sabbatical began, she will continue to do so until a successor is found.

Here is the complete text of the memo HEXUS received and published:

To my AMD family,

 

Forty is a significant number in history. It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.

 

I have no question in my mind that RTG, and AMD, are marching firmly in the right direction as high-performance computing becomes ever-more-important in every aspect of our lives. I believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing with Vega, Navi and beyond, and I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and where we are going. The whole industry has stood up and taken notice of what we are doing. As I think about how computing will evolve, I feel more and more that I want to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions.

 

I want to thank Lisa and the AET for enabling me to pursue my passion during the last four years at AMD, and especially the last two years with RTG. Lisa has my utmost respect for exhibiting the courage to enable me with RTG, for believing in me and for going out of her way to support me. I would also like to call out Mark Papermaster who brought me into AMD, for his huge passion for technology and for his relentless support through many difficult phases. And of course, I want to thank each and every one of my direct staff and my indirect staff who have worked so hard with me to build what we have now got. I am very proud of the strong leaders we have and I'm fully confident that they can execute on the compelling roadmap ahead.

 

I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.

 

As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.

 

On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have these final requests from you as I leave:

 

. Stay focused on the roadmap!

. Deliver on your commitments!

. Continue the culture of Passion, Persistence and Play!

. Make AMD proud!

. Make me proud!

 

Yours,

Raja

 

Source: HEXUS


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Raja Koduri Joining Intel as Company Wants to Enter High-End Discrete Graphics

Posted: November 8, 2017 @ time: 05:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was just this morning I wrote and posted on Raja Koduri leaving AMD, where he had been the head of Radeon Technologies Group, and now we know where he is going, and some of the work he will be doing. Intel has hired him to be a chief architect and Senior Vice President of the Core and Visual Computing Group, a newly formed group within the company. With Koduri, Intel hopes to unify and expand intellectual property across computing, graphics, media, imaging, and machine intelligence, ultimately allowing it to lead in computing and graphics with new components.

This is definitely interesting news, as Intel has not had much luck previously with developing discrete graphic solutions, and is even more interesting with the recently announced AMD-Intel partnership. That partnership is to bring a semi-custom Radeon GPU with HBM2 onto the same package as an Intel CPU to make powerful, yet still thin laptops.

Raja Koduri will officially start at Intel in early December.

Source: Intel


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 9, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 9, 2017 @ time: 06:31AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is here, with the week starting to wind down, but not before there are a few items to check out. We have a look at the MSI Z370 Krait Gaming motherboard, which has a sleek black and white design and RGB LEDs to make it all pop when you're running a dual video card setup or just sticking to a budget. There's a review of the Samsung Portable SSD T5 to see how the faster transfer speeds and a metal case to keep it safe while you're traveling. We wrap things up with a detailed look at Raja Koduri's departure from AMD and arrival at Intel to help with its new discrete graphics department.

Motherboards
MSI Z370 Krait Gaming @ Neoseeker

Storage/Hard Drives
Samsung Portable SSD T5 @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
Raja Koduri Leaves AMD and Joins Intel to Build Discrete Graphics @ PC Perspective


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Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE Now Available

Posted: November 9, 2017 @ time: 12:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today developer Croteam has released Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE on Steam, the VR version of the 2011 title. This follows the developer releasing VR version of other titles, including The Talos Principle VR and the VR versions for the previous two Serious Sam games by Croteam. Like the other games, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE supports both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but thanks to integration with Serious Sam Fusion 2017, VR and 'flat' players are able to enjoy cross-play multiplayer.

For its release, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE is an enjoying a 10% off sale, but if you already own the original Serious Sam 3 you will get an additional 10% off.

 

 

Source: Croteam


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, November 10, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 10, 2017 @ time: 06:38AM
Author: bp9801

Friday is upon us, with several items for you to check out ahead of the weekend. We have a review of the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 750GB, offering a large capacity and impressive performance that can take your system up to a new level. There's a look at the ESCAM QF220 WiFi Doorbell IP Camera to see how it can protect your house and keep you aware of who's at the door. If you're looking for a new phone, perhaps the Google Pixel 2 XL is one to get, even if the screen itself might be giving burn-in problems. We wrap things up with a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of October.

Storage/Hard Drives
Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 750GB @ PC Perspective

Gadgets
ESCAM QF220 WiFi Doorbell IP Camera @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile
Google Pixel 2 XL @ TechSpot

Miscellany
20 of the Worst PC Setups - October 2017 @ ThinkComputers


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EA Purchasing Respawn Entertainment

Posted: November 10, 2017 @ time: 12:56PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The developers of the Titanfall franchise are being purchased by EA, which published the same franchise. To make this purchase, EA will pay $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in long-term equity to the employees. There is an additional cash consideration that could add up to another $140 million, as a maximum, if certain performance milestones are achieved.

Respawn and EA have multiple projects currently in development, including a new Titanfall title, a game in the Star Wars universe, and a VR gaming experience.

Source: EA


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 13, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 13, 2017 @ time: 06:34AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with a few items to help kick it off. We have a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition video card, featuring a custom cooler and RGB lighting to give NVIDIA's latest product something unique. If you're after a new phone and are considering the Google Pixel 2 XL, perhaps the Pixel 2 is one you should look at, based on the newest article we have for you. The year is nearly at its end, so it's a good time to take a look back and see some of the worst CPUs and GPUs purchases of 2017.

Video Cards
Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
Ignore the Pixel 2 XL. Buy the Pixel 2 Instead @ TechSpot

Miscellany
In Hindsight: Some of the Worst CPU/GPUs Purchases of 2017 @ TechSpot


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 14, 2017 @ time: 06:33AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a couple of items for you to check out, especially if you need to keep things cool. We have a review of the ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler, a tower cooler with dual fans and different color schemes to rep your favorite eSports teams. Our other item for the day is a roundup of several different Scythe CPU coolers, offering a variety of looks at different models to see which one(s) you should go for from the company.

CPU Cooling
ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Scythe CPU Cooler Roundup: Mugen 5 Rev. B, Grand Kama Cross 3, and Byakko @ PC Perspective


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Corsair Claims Fastest 8 GB x 4 DDR4 RAM Kit with 4333 MHz Frequency

Posted: November 14, 2017 @ time: 07:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For a number of years now I have been running with 32 GB of RAM, and when I built a new computer recently I did not want to drop below that, but finding high speed DDR4 kits at that capacity can take some hunting. If you too need or want that much memory and at a very high speed, CORSAIR may have exactly what you are looking for with its new VENGEANCE LPX CMK32GX4M4K4333C19 kit.

If you are able to interpret the product number there, you can see this kit is rated for 4333 MHz and CORSAIR used CL 19-26-26-46 timings for its testing, and 1.5 V. As the kits are XMP 2.0 compliant, these settings can be easily applied in the BIOS. It is a dual-channel kit but consists of four 8 GB sticks

If you want to pick up one of these VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 4X8GB 4333MHz kits, they will be available in December. Like all other VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 kits, CORSAIR backs these with a lifetime limited warranty.

Source: CORSAIR


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Samsung Reveals GDDR6 Memory Capable of 16 Gbps Among CES Innovation Award Winners

Posted: November 14, 2017 @ time: 08:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While HBM1/2 has been of significant interest in recent years for its capabilities in GPUs, GDDR-based memory is hardly going away and the GDDR6 standard is coming and making strides of its own. Samsung, in its press release for its 36 CES 2018 Innovation Award winners, reveals it has GDDR6 memory capable of 16 Gbps with 64 GB/s I/O bandwidth. In the short blurb about the memory, which is a fair distance down the page (it starts "Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 Memory" if you just want to search on the page), the company points out this is enough to transfer 12 DVDs per second. However, the detail that is equally important is the memory operates at 1.35 V. For comparison, GDDR5 typically takes 1.5 V for 8 Gbps, according to the same blurb.

It is hard to say when exactly we might see GDDR6 in consumer products, or what those products might be. AMD launched its Vega GPUs in recent months and they all use HBM2 while NVIDIA is using GDDR5 and GDDR5X across its consumer product stack. The current Vega GPUs are targeting the higher end though, so perhaps we will see GDDR6 used in future AMD mid-range GPUs. Only time will tell.

Source: Samsung


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X COMFORT AIR Gaming Chair Announced by Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS

Posted: November 14, 2017 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you spend hours sitting in front of a computer, having a comfortable chair is almost a necessity. To that end, Tt eSPORTS of Thermaltake Gaming have announced a new gaming chair, the X COMFORT AIR. This chair features high quality materials with anti-fatigue construction and an ergonomic and maximum function design. What will set this chair apart from others though, is its air-cooling design that will push air through the seat to cool it during long work or gaming sessions.

Moving the air are four 60 mm fans, which are controlled by a box mounted on the underside of the seat. The control box lets you turn the fans on and off and has Low, Medium, and High settings for the fan speeds, with Low at 1530 RPM, Medium at 3060 RPM, and High at 5100 RPM, the maximum speed of the fans. It naturally has other features one often finds on gaming chairs, including a backrest, adjustable armrests, and the ability to recline and tilt.

The X COMFORT AIR is available in either all black or a combination of black and red and can be purchased at the TT Premium USA store page.

Source: Press Release and X COMFORT AIR Black/Red Product Page


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Next NVIDIA GPU Generation Rumored to be Ampere

Posted: November 14, 2017 @ time: 02:15PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We are looking at a rumor here that comes from Heise.de, but being a rumor hardly stops it from being interesting. According to Heise.de and Wccftech, sourced below, the next generation of GPUs from NVIDIA will be called Ampere, following in the line of other scientist names like Fermi, Maxwell, and Pascal. Supposed Ampere will be shown off at GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2018.

On its own, the next name being Ampere is not too surprising, but there is more to this rumor. Supposedly Ampere will be the successor to Pascal in the consumer space, meaning GeForce cards. One would expect Volta to be next, as has been shown in various roadmaps, especially as the architecture has already been shown off at events. Time will tell how much truth there is to this rumor; whether just the name is correct and what the next GeForce series contains.

Source: Wccftech


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 15, 2017 @ time: 06:37AM
Author: bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a few items for you to check out today. There's a review on the WD My Book Duo 20TB External Hard Drive, which has two HDDs in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup based on what you prefer to get the most out of your backups and external storage. We have a look at the new Assassin's Creed Origins game and the exact toll it'll take on your CPU when you're busy roaming around ancient Egypt. Wrapping things up today is a look at the past and how some products had the right idea, just were ahead of their time.

Storage/Hard Drives
WD My Book Duo 20TB External Hard Drive @ ThinkComputers

Gaming
Assassin's Creed Origins: How Heavy Is It on Your CPU? @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Precursors to Today's Technology: These Products Had the Right Vision @ TechSpot


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Agents of Mayhem Adds Kinzie Kensington to Roster with Agent Safeword DLC

Posted: November 15, 2017 @ time: 10:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Saints Row franchise includes some much-loved games and character, and some months ago received a successor in the form of Agents of Mayhem. Following the events of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell the Saints Row universe was treated to a massive reset and a number of characters have survived it, in one form or another, while various new characters have been introduced. Now another Saints Row character has been added to the roster of available agents, Kinzie Kensington, a tech and hacking prodigy now given the title Agent Safeword. Before joining MAYHEM she was working for the FBI, a job that kept her out of prison for all of her successful hacking attempts. She always wanted more though, and now she has it with license to go after the forces of LEGION, and various high-tech gadgets and weapons.

The Agent Safeword Pack DLC adds Kinzie to the game along with hundreds of lines of dialog and interplay between the other agents. There are also new agent missions especially for her, allowing the player to learn more about her backstory. Steam has the DLC listed at $4.99.

Source: Press Release and Steam Store Page


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Dark Base 700 Mid-Tower Case Revealed by be quiet!

Posted: November 15, 2017 @ time: 01:14PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking for a new computer case, be quiet!, the market leader of PC power supplies in Germany, has something you might be interested in. The Dark Base 700 is a mid-tower chassis with some useful and intriguing features, such as a motherboard tray that can be mounted on the left panel instead of the right, where it typically is. Its modular design does not stop there as you can move two of three HDD cages from their usual location to under the PSU shroud, which itself is comprised of four removable segments. Unused HDD slots have cable management covers as well, if you want to hide your cable routing. You can also mount your graphics card vertically in the case, if you want to show it off, though a riser cable is not included. There is also enough room at the top of the case for a 360 mm radiator.

On the front panel there are two Type-A USB 3.0 ports and a Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 port. There is also a fan controller, which supports up to six PWM fans. This controller lets you pick between auto and three manual levels, and while in full manual mode the fans can be divided between two channels, to create separate cooling zones. The case also has integrated RGB LED lights that can produce up to six colors across three modes, when controlled by the integrated controller. With the proper motherboard software, you can have any color in the full RGB spectrum.

The Dark Base 700 is available now with a recommended price of $179.90.

Source: be quiet!


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Two New CPU AIO Coolers Released by Cooler Master

Posted: November 15, 2017 @ time: 01:28PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you want your computer to run the best it can, good cooling is imperative. To that end, Cooler Master has released two new all-in-one CPU coolers, the MasterLiquid ML120L RGB and ML240L RGB. As you might be able to guess from their names, both feature RGB lighting and one has a 120 mm radiator while the other has a 240 mm radiator. Besides the RGB lighting, both coolers also have double layer tubing with an inner layer of FEP tubing and outer sleeve tubing around that. A low-profile dual chamber RGB pump is also used, so between it and the MasterFan MF120R RGB fans, you can light up the cooler however you want, if you have a compatible ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, or Asrock RGB motherboard.

Both coolers have a 2 year warranty, support AMD's AM4 and Intel's LGA 2066 sockets, and should be up for pre-sale now in North America. The MasterLiquid ML120L RGB has a starting MSRP of $59.99 and the ML240L RGB comes in at $69.99.

Source: Press Release


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, November 16, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 06:45AM
Author: bp9801

Thursday is here, with several items along the way as the week starts to wind down. We have a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift X case, a mini-ITX model that looks anything but small. There's a review on the Cougar GX 1050W V3 PSU, providing a ton of power and a semi-modular design to keep your system running at peak efficiency. If you're after some audio bliss, perhaps the Corsair ST100 Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound, which can keep your headsets looking good (and charged) and offer that 7.1 surround to devices thanks to its built-in sound card. We wrap things up with a look at the Huawei MateBook E, a 2-in-1 tablet that has plenty of power and long battery life to keep you going throughout the day.

Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift X @ Benchmark Reviews

Power Supplies
Cougar GX 1050W V3 @ Neoseeker

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair ST100 Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
Huawei MateBook E @ PC Perspective


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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Free Content/Features Announced

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 09:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

About three weeks ago the details of Middle-earth: Shadow of War's expansion pass were revealed and it was stated there would be free content updates coming for all players as well. Now we have information on that new content, which will start arriving next week.

On November 21, players will be able to enjoy Endless Siege, which challenges you to protect your fortresses from Sauron's armies, Rebellion that has you hunt down the rebellious Ologs and Uruks in your own forces, and an Enhanced Photo Mode to capture it all. The new phot mode gives you new filters, frames, and textures to work with. For those with the expansion pass, the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion is also dropping that day.

Coming December 5 are the Online Fight Pits, where you can challenge another player's Orc follower, overlord against overlord. Finally on December 12 Brutal Difficulty will be added, kicking things up a notch compared to Nemesis as there will be no last chances. The Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion will be releasing on December 12 as well.

Source: Press Release


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All of the Top 500 Supercomputers Now Run Linux

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 10:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While it might not be a common operating system among consumers, Linux now dominates among supercomputers. All of those on the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers use the open-source operating system, and it is that open-source nature that has helped it achieve this milestone. Many supercomputers today are built for specific tasks, and to get the most out of them, customized operating systems are desired. Instead of developing a new OS from scratch, the open-source code of Linux allows the optimizations to be developed and put in place at much lower cost.

Source: ZDNet


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HS50 Stereo Headset Announced by CORSAIR

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 10:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today CORSAIR has announced its new HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset. The HS50 features adjustable plush ear cups and an aluminum construction to provide comfort and durability. Inside the headset are 50 mm neodymium drivers for delivering quality sound accurately and with a wide range. On-ear volume and mute controls allow you to adjust the microphone without having to leave your game, but if you do not need the microphone, you can always remove it. The headset uses a universal 3.5 mm connector, so it will work with your PC (a Y-cable is included for using the microphone), PlayStation 4, Xbox One (an adapter might be necessary) or phone.

The HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset is available with black, blue, or green trim and can be purchased from authorize retailers, or directly from the CORSAIR's webstore, for $49.99. It is backed by a two-year warranty.

Source: CORSAIR


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CORSAIR Launches Magnetic Levitation Fans with RGB

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year CORSAIR unveiled its ML Series Fans that use magnetic levitation bearings to reduce friction and noise. Now the companies is launches its ML PRO RGB fans that use the same bearing, but feature RGB LEDs on the center hub. The LEDs are controlled via CORSAIR LINK.

Both 120 mm (ML120 PRO RGB) and 140 mm (ML140 PRO RGB) versions are available in packs and individually. These kits include the fans, CORSAIR RGB Fan LED Hub and Lighting Node PRO, giving deep software control through CORSAIR LINK. This allows you to do things such as tie the lighting to CPU or GPU temperatures. Both the ML120 PRO RGB and ML140 PRO RGB can be purchased individually as well, to add on to existing kits.

The CORSAIR ML PRO RGB fans are available immediately and are covered by a five-year warranty.

 

 

Source: CORSAIR


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Star Control: Origins Now in Beta

Posted: November 16, 2017 @ time: 02:39PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Announced last year with pre-orders starting last month, Star Control: Origins has had its Fleet Battles enter beta today. With this, you can compete against the computer, other people over the Internet, and friends on the same PC. This beta includes the Ship Crafting system, allowing players to design their own ships and share them online.

The Fleet Battles beta is only available to those who pre-order the game, which is expected to reach release next Summer. If you have not picked up Star Control: Origins yet, it is enjoying a discounted price currently.

 

 

Source: Stardock


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G.SKILL Claims Fastest 8 GB x 4 RAM Kit with 4400 MHz Speed

Posted: November 17, 2017 @ time: 11:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was not that long ago I was writing about CORSAIR claiming the world's fastest 32 GB (8 GB x 4) DDR4 RAM kit, but now G.SKILL has pushed past with its own 32 GB kit testing at 4400 MHz. This ultra-fast Trident Z memory also sports timings of CL19-19-19-39 and runs at 1.5 V. With this fast XMP 2.0 profile programmed into the RAM, these settings will just be a few steps away within the BIOS, assuming the rest of your rig can handle it.

I am not sure what more there is to say but that competition can be pretty awesome.

Source: G.SKILL


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Titan Quest Gets Ragnorak Expansion

Posted: November 17, 2017 @ time: 12:05PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A bit more than a year ago, THQ Nordic released something not many people were probably expecting; Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. The Titan Quest IP was among those Nordic Games purchased following THQ's bankruptcy, but having originally released in 2006, that release was a surprise. Now we can all be surprised again as the game has received an expansion: Titan Quest: Ragnarök.

With this expansion, players get to continue their journey into northern Europe for a fifth act. You can also revisit previous acts for new items and secrets, acquire a 10th mastery, and there is a new experience curve as well. Technical and quality of life improvements have also been made, including new shaders and graphics effects, better ragdoll physics, UI and combat feedback, control customization, and improved modding tools.

Until November 24 Titan Quest: Ragnarök is on sale at 25% off in the Steam store. You do need the Anniversary Edition to play, but that is also on sale until November 22 at 80% off.

 

 

Source: Steam Store Page


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, November 20, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 20, 2017 @ time: 06:36AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with several items to start it off. We have a look at if it's worth it to upgrade to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor if you already have a 4th Gen Core i7 running your system. There's a review of the Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz Memory Kit to see just what it can bring to your system, aside from a massive amount of RAM. If you're wanting to pick up a tablet and want something a little different, perhaps the Eve V just might be the solution, as it's a crowdfunded competitor to the Microsoft Surface Pro. We finish things off today with a shortlist of the best tech gifts to get this year, since it is the season of giving.

CPUs
4th-Gen Core i7 vs. 8th-Gen Core i7 @ TechSpot

Memory
Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz Memory Kit @ Madshrimps

Tablets/Laptops
Eve V @ TechSpot

Miscellany
TechSpot Tech Gift Shortlist 2017 @ TechSpot


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Wal-Mart Preordered 15 Tesla Tractor-Trailer

Posted: November 20, 2017 @ time: 12:05PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of last week, Tesla unveiled its plans to build electric tractor trailers and shortly thereafter other companies started announcing their preorders, including Wal-Mart. The retailer told CNBC it has preordered 15 of the Tesla tractor trailers to determine how well it might be integrated into its supply chain and meet long-term sustainability goals. Of the 15, five will be for Wal-Mart U.S. and the other 10 for Wal-Mart Canada. Wal-Mart's fleet currently consists of about 6000 trucks.

The Tesla tractor trailer is to have a 500-mile range on a single charge and the ability to connect to a fleet management system. It will also allow the driver to stand with the steering wheel in the center of the cab and touchscreens on both sides. It is expected to go into production in 2019.

Source: CNBC


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VIPER LED Series DDR4 RAM Released by PATRIOT

Posted: November 20, 2017 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking for some new DDR4 RAM and want it to light up your case, PATRIOT has some new options available to you. The company has just launched its VIPER LED Series Performance DDR4 memory that features red or white LEDs bars along the top of the sticks. The kits are available at speeds ranging from 2400 MHz to 3600 MHz if such high frequencies are what you are going for. All but one of the kits are 16 GB (8 GB x 2) with the exception being an 8 GB kit (4 GB x 2). This 8 GB kit has red LEDs and a frequency of 3000 MHz. The other three red LED kits have frequencies of 2400 MHz, 2666 MHz, and 3000 MHz, so if you are aiming for 3000 MHz, you have a choice of 8 GB or 16 GB. The kits with white LEDs are all 16 GB kits with frequencies of 2400 MHz, 3200 MHz, and 3600 MHz.

All of the kits are XMP 2.0 compatible and support Intel 100/200/300 and AMD 300 series motherboards. To keep the memory cool, an aluminum heat spreader is used, and if you ever experience problems with the RAM, they are all backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The MSRP for the kits range from $134.99 to $249.99.

Source: Press Release


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Kaspersky Flagged by Defense Intelligence Agency in 2004

Posted: November 20, 2017 @ time: 06:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A somewhat recent topic in the news has been concern over Kaspersky products, culminating in a ban on them by the Department of Homeland Security in September. Now it has been revealed by a memo sent to the Science, Space and Technology Committee of Congress that the Defense Intelligence Agency flagged the products as a potential threat back in 2004. At the time there were suspicions the Russian government could use it as an espionage tool, and so the Department of Defense ceased using its products. Other federal agencies continued to use them, however, and due to the ban they must remove the products by December 12.

Source: Wccftech


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Intel Plans to Remove Legacy BIOS Support in 2020

Posted: November 20, 2017 @ time: 07:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It appears that legacy BIOS support will be coming to an end in a few years as Intel has started guiding its motherboard partners to end its support in UEFI firmware by 2020. More specifically, the chip-maker's products will cease having the compatibility support module (CSM) in that year, and it is what allows BIOS-based devices and operating systems to work with UEFI-based hardware. Among the system classes of UEFI, this is UEFI Class 3, and newer versions of Windows Secure Boot will require UEFI Class 3 devices to function.

With the loss of CSM will come the loss of 32-bit operating systems, at least on newer machines, as these OSes require it to function. We will not lose 32-bit applications of course, as they are handled through a translation layer already, and this is essentially what will be required of old hardware. Instead of devices being able to work directly with UEFI through CSM, OS-based programs will be required to properly configure them. As TechPowerUp points out, this could manifest itself as one's main display not booting up with your computer, if the GPU is from 2013 or older, when video cards lacked UEFI-ready BIOS.

Source: TechPowerUp


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Edition

Posted: November 21, 2017 @ time: 06:35AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesday has arrived, with several items along the way to get you through it. We have a look at the AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box, which plugs into your laptop to provide some high powered gaming when you need it most. There's a review on the Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Keyboard, offering RGB lighting and Cherry MX switches in a slim build to not take up a lot of space on your desk. If you're after a new phone, perhaps the LG V30 is on your radar, or will be, especially after seeing what it's capable of in its review.  We finish things off with another guide on cutting the cord, covering the installation and configuration of your new device.

Video Cards
AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Mobile
LG V30 @ TechSpot

Miscellany
Ultimate Cord Cutting Guide - Part 2: Installation & Configuration @ PC Perspective


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Star Wars Themed GTX Titan Xp Has Reviews Going Up

Posted: November 21, 2017 @ time: 12:36PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Remember the Star Wars themed GTX Titan Xp graphics cards NVIDIA showed off earlier this month? If you were curious enough to see a review of one of them, it looks like The Inquirer got one and has been working with it.

These GTX Titan Xp GPUs are technically no different than the normal cards, and even have the same $1200 MSRP, which means the performance should be the same between them. It is just aesthetics that distinguish the Jedi Order and Galactic Empire versions from the original graphics card, but being the same price, it would seem if you want a Titan Xp and enjoy Star Wars, there is no reason to not pick one of these up. As The Inquirer points out as well, when it comes time to replace the GPU, you can always clean it off and put it on display as a collectible.

Source: The Inquirer


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GPU Shipment Data for Q3 2017 In with AMD up 8% and NVIDIA up 30% from Q2

Posted: November 21, 2017 @ time: 01:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The data on GPU shipments for Q3 2017 is out now from Jon Peddie Research, with overall shipments increasing 9.3% from last quarter. This is a good sign as GPUs are "traditionally a leading indicator of the market" since every computer needs them. Looking deeper into the data, Jon Peddie Research found AMD's unit shipments increased 7.63% from the previous quarter, Intel increased by 5.01%, and NVIDIA far surpassed both with a 29.53% increase in shipments. The gain in shipments is being attributed to gaming and cryptocurrency.

The market share numbers are a bit different from the shipment numbers, with AMD losing 0.2% from the previous quarter, Intel losing 2.8%, and NVIDIA picking up 3.0%. Comparing market share against last year's data, AMD saw no change, Intel lost 3.2%, and NVIDIA picked up 3.3%. For both sets of data, NVIDIA is almost exclusively pulling share away from Intel, and as Intel is not making discrete GPUs currently, though that may change, it looks like more people are upgrading from Intel integrated graphics to NVIDIA discrete.

The source includes a fair bit more data than this, including desktop-discrete and notebook-discrete GPU shipment changes. If you find such numbers interesting, click the link and take a look.

Source: Jon Peddie Research


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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Announced

Posted: November 21, 2017 @ time: 01:41PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

I am not sure if I should admit this, but I have yet to play the game Neverwinter Nights. I do have a copy, but it has not yet graced my computer. If you are like me, or a long-time fan, maybe you do not want to install it now as Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has been announced by developer Beamdog.

The reveal came on Twitter (and there is a Twitch stream going on as I write this) and there is now a product page up on Beamdog's website with much more information. The enhanced features will include improved display support, including the ability to scale the UI for 1080 and 4K resolutions and much improved graphics options, though the original art-style will be maintained. Very importantly, the Enhanced Edition will work with the original game's saves, modules, and mods so all of the content from the original game will remain viable. New graphics mods should also be possible as the engine is being transitioned to shader-based from its original implementation. This may result in worse performance on GPUs from the game's original released, but is going to allow for better support of modern hardware and graphical shaders.

It does not say it on the product page, but I believe I heard the developers say on the stream there will be native Mac and Linux versions. The toolset are going to be Windows limited though, as apparently they are made with a system that does not support Linux.

I do not see a release date yet, but the game is already up for pre-order at $19.99 and $39.99 for the Digital Deluxe version. The Digital Deluxe version includes the original premium modules from Bioware and the soundtracks. There is an early access/Head Start program pre-ordering fans can be selected for.

 

 

Source: Beamdog on Twitter, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition – Digital Deluxe Product Page, and Beamdog Blog


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Rainbow Six Siege Getting Third Year of Support and Content

Posted: November 21, 2017 @ time: 02:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was released back in 2015, but Ubisoft has announced Rainbow Six Siege is going to continue to receive new content and support. This third year will have four seasons with eight new operators, two new maps, and one current map will receive a makeover with new level design and art direction. The first season of the third year will be Operation Chimera and its two operators are specialists in biohazard situations. Beyond being part of the adversarial multiple, these operators will have a role in the game's first co-op event, Outbreak, which will run for four weeks. There will be exclusive cosmetics to this event and both it and Operation Chimera will get their full reveals at the Six Invitational 2018 even, taking place in Montreal.

The Year 3 Pass will be available for sale on December 12, and until then players will still be able to purchase the Year 2 season pass, with all of its operators and exclusive customization items. After December 11, these items will be unavailable for purchase.

Source: Ubisoft


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