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MSI Gives the GTX 1050 Low-profile Treatment

Mon, 2016-11-28 02:50
MSI announced a low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card (model: MSI GTX 1050 2GT-LP). Based on an identical board design to the company's low-profile GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, this card features a GeForce GTX 1050 chip running at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1354 MHz core, 1455 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the GPU's 128-bit wide memory interface.

The MSI GTX 1050 Low Profile, as its name suggests, features a half-height PCB, and a 2-slot thick cooling solution, with both standard and low-profile I/O shields being included. The cooler consists of a dense copper core aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 50 mm fans. The card draws all is power from the PCI-Express slot. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Resident Evil 7 for PC will support HDR and 4K, No Cross Saves for Steam

Mon, 2016-11-28 00:13
Japanese developer and publisher Capcom has publicized that the PC version of their anticipated Resident Evil 7 game will support up to 4K resolutions and HDR. Naturally HDR will remain dependent on being connected to a compatible TV or panel, whereas high resolution support could provide additional levels of image quality through the use of super sampling on screens that do not support such resolutions natively. It is said that HDR will complement the immersive experience, better enabling the game to deliver overwhelming fear and ultimate horror.

As previously revealed by Capcom, Resident Evil 7 will also support cross saves between the PC and Xbox One versions of the game, however this will only be possible if you purchase it for PC on the Windows Store. Resident Evil 7 is also available on Steam and this version will not support cross saving. Resident Evil 7 will be available for PC on the 25 January, 2017. Read full story

"Zoom and Enhance" to Become a Reality Thanks to Machine Learning

Sat, 2016-11-26 18:39
The one phrase from television that makes IT people and creative professionals cringe the most is "zoom and enhance" - the notion that you zoom into a digital image and, at the push of a button, it converts a pixellated image into something with details - which lets CSI catch the bad guys. Up until now, this has been laughably impossible. Images are made up of dots called pixels, and the more pixels you have, the more details you can have in your image (resolution). Zooming into images eventually shows you a colorful checkerboard that's proud of its identity.

Google is tapping into machine-learning, in an attempt to change this. The company has reportedly come up with a machine-learning technique that attempts to reconstruct details in low-resolution images. Google is calling this RAISR (rapid and accurate image super-resolution). The technology works with the software learning "edges" of a picture (portions of the image with drastic changes in color and brightness gradients), and attempts to reconstruct them. What makes this different from conventional super-sampling methods is its machine-learning component. A low-resolution image is studied by the machine to invent an upscaling method most effective for the image, in-situ. While its application in law-enforcement is tricky, and will only become a reality when a reasonably high court of law sets a spectacular precedent; this technology could have commercial applications in up-scaling low-resolution movies to new formats such as 4K Ultra HD, and perhaps even 8K.


(PR) Tesoro Introduces New Product Line: Releases its Zone Balance Gaming Chair

Fri, 2016-11-25 15:33
Tesoro, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech gaming hardware, introduced a new product line to the Tesoro brand with its Zone Balance professional gaming chairs. Combining unique design with versatility and extreme comfort, the new Zone Balance is available in black/red. black/white, and black/black color options.

The dimensionally stable Zone Balance also sports an adjustable back up to 180 degrees and features a class- 4 gas piston that offers users the freedom of easy height adjustment. Bringing together all the essentials in an affordable yet luxurious package, the Zone Balance allows you to get in the zone, and stay there. Read full story

(PR) Thermaltake Releases the Tower 900 E-ATX PC Chassis

Fri, 2016-11-25 15:14
Thermaltake has added a new, higly-premium, higly-desirable, and ultra-high expensive E-ATX PC Chassis. Named Tower 900, it is a harbinger of Thermaltake's TT Premium line, which, according to the company's own words, "(...) follows its core values of Excellent Quality, Unique Design, Diverse Combinations and Boundless Creativity to provide a high performance PC product for every enthusiast."

Designed in collaboration with Watermod France, The Tower 900 by Thermaltake represents Thermaltake's passion for innovation, the spirit of Watermod France, and its vision to expand chassis design for enthusiasts to build into a new era of ESPORTS modding culture. The Tower 900 is the premium choice from TT Thermaltake supporting a vertical mounting design, high quality 5mm thick tempered glass panels, and unrivaled expansion capabilities for massive custom liquid cooling systems. Read full story

AOC Announces the AGON AG251FZ 25-inch 240Hz FreeSync Monitor

Fri, 2016-11-25 11:01
AOC's AGON line of PC monitors has been increasingly added to by the company - which usually signifies strong sales and brand recognition. In trying to cater to an even more diverse consumer base, AOC has now added a new offer to their AGON line of gaming monitors: the AG251FZ.

The AG251FZ 25" is a 16:9 ratio monitor, which comes in at the still-dominating 1920*1080 resolution, sporting a TN-type panel with a 1ms Grey-to-grey response time which allows it achieve a 240Hz refresh rate. The panel offers 16.7 million colours, brightness of 400cd/m2, contrast ratio of 1000:1, and pretty decent viewing angles of 170/160. On top of that, the monitor also includes AMD's royalty-free FreeSync (active from 48Hz towards the 240Hz maximum refresh rate), with 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2a adaptive sync compatible inputs, as well as more legacy 1x DVI and 1x VGA inputs. The monitor also features a connectivity hub, sporting 4 x USB 3.0, Audio out/in, and Microphone in/out ports. Read full story

AMD Readies Radeon RX 490 for December?

Fri, 2016-11-25 06:57
A spectacular rumor doing rounds has AMD sign 2016 off with a new high-end graphics card launch. The company could launch the Radeon RX 490 by the end of the year, according to an Guru3D report. This SKU could either be based on the larger Vega 10 silicon, or be a dual-GPU on a stick graphics card based on a pair of Polaris 10 "Ellesmere" chips. The former seems more likely as multi-GPU support among recent AAA game launches is dwindling. Earlier this year, AMD inadvertently leaked the SKU name Radeon RX 490 on its website.

If the Radeon RX 490 is based on the Vega 10, then it could feature 4,096 stream processors based on the "Vega" architecture, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface, holding 8 GB or 16 GB of memory, with a memory bandwidth of 512 GB/s. If instead it is a dual-GPU card based on Polaris 10, then you could be looking at 2x 2,304 stream processors, and 16 GB of GDDR5 memory across two 256-bit wide memory interfaces.

BitFenix Intros the Whisper M Series Modular PSUs

Fri, 2016-11-25 04:15
BitFenix today introduced the Whisper M line of premium modular power supplies (PSUs). Available in capacities of 850W, 750W, 650W, 550W, and 450W, these PSUs feature a design focus on low fan noise, with the 135 mm fan spinning at less than 500 rpm at loads of up to 70%. The units feature fully modular cabling; with the 850W and 750W models featuring six PCIe power connectors, 650W model featuring four, and 550W and 450W featuring two. The 850W and 750W further feature two 4+4 pin EPS connectors, making them ideal for dual-socket workstations.

Under the hood, the Whisper M features a multi +12V rail design with 80 Plus Gold switching efficiency, DC-to-DC switching, active PFC, ripple and noise reduction circuits, most common electrical protections (over/under voltage, overload, overcurrent, AC input surge, thermal-trip, and short-circuit protection), and ATX 12V v2.4 compliance for the latest generation processors. The Whisper M Series come with 7-year warranties. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Intros GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G Graphics Card

Fri, 2016-11-25 03:48
ASUS quietly slipped in the GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G graphics card (model: ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING). This card is a variant of the original GTX 1080 STRIX O8G graphics card the company launched its GTX 1080 lineup with, and features a slightly lower factory-overclock. The card ships with clock speeds of 1670 MHz core and 1809 MHz GPU Boost out of the box, compared to the 1759 MHz core and 1898 MHz GPU Boost, which the original STRIX O8G ships with; and NVIDIA reference clocks of 1607 MHz core and 1733 MHz GPU Boost. The included GPUTweak II utility unlocks slightly higher clocks, of 1695 MHz core and 1835 MHz GPU Boost in OC mode, which are still lower than those of the O8G STRIX OC.

Clock-speeds aside, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX A8G is identical to the original STRIX OC. You get a strong 10-phase VRM which draws power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors; two 4-pin PWM fan headers that sync your case-fans to GPU temperatures; and the company's signature DirectCU III cooling solution that features a massive aluminium fin-stack heatsink, with five copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU; and ASUS Aura RGB LED lighting on the cooler shroud, which holds the three 100 mm fans. The ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 A8G is expected to be priced about 5-10% less than the original STRIX OC (O8G).

Single Slot HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 4GB Surfaces

Thu, 2016-11-24 23:41
HIS, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, is set to offer a slim solution to the RX 460 series: the HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 4GB. HIS will be the first board partner to offer a single slot RX 460 which carries a condensed version of their in-house 'iCooler'. The RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC can maximize your rig's performance by providing the possibility for gamers to upgrade their rig without compromising space.

Carrying the product code HS-460R4TCNR, the card features a metallic fan shroud, a strong lion image and does not require the use of a 6-pin PCI-E power connector. The Slim-iCooler utilizes 0dB technology, where the 50mm fan will only start to spin up when the GPU temperature reaches 60 Degrees C. The GPU boasts a modest factory overclock and runs at 1220 MHz while the memory speed is unchanged at 7 Gbps.

As it stands there is no word on pricing or availability, and the product page is currently inaccessible. A cached version can be found here.

(PR) Sharkoon Announces the Shark Zone K15 Gaming Keyboard

Thu, 2016-11-24 14:51
Sharkoon expands their lineup within the popular SHARK ZONE gaming series and introduces a new keyboard that focuses solely on the essentials. The entire housing is completely made of metal and ensures maximum stability on the table, even during heavy use, thanks to its solid design. The Sharkoon SHARK ZONE K15 Keyboard impresses not just through its massive appearance, which is on full display with its frameless design and freestanding keys. Additionally, the K15 has an integrated, massive palm rest, which provides fatigue free gaming and supports overall ergonomics.

For convenient use, the keyboard provides seven total function keys with preset multimedia actions. A simply keystroke, for example, will comfortably launch the media player, web browser and E-mail provider. Adjust the volume to your desired level also effortlessly. In addition, the desired gaming mode, with disabled Windows key, launches easily via a simple shortcut. On request, all keys on the keyboard can be locked. The arrow keys functions are virtually interchangeable with the WASD keys. Read full story

(PR) Club 3D Intros USB 3.0 Type-C to DP Dual Monitor MST Hub

Thu, 2016-11-24 10:21
Already more than 3 years ago, back in summer 2013, Club 3D did open up a new era by introducing the first Multi Stream Transport Hubs (MST-Hubs) to the worldwide IT market. With the introduction of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard in the beginning of this decade, the Multi Stream Transport Technology was established. The concept of MST was already available before Club 3D developed the solution and was first to bring a MST Hub into the mainstream market. In 2014 we could already introduce the second generation MST-Hubs and create a line of products for Dual-, Triple- and Quad-Monitor usage and even one version with HDMI outputs. The full line up you can find here.

In IT the development never stands still and therefore Club 3D is proud to be ahead in the market again by introducing the first product of the next generation of MST-Hubs today. MST Hub goes Type C it can be called. The Club 3D SenseVision MST Hub USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C to DisplayPort 1.2 Dual Monitor is named CSV-1545. It takes advantage of the very new Type C plug but offers the technology that users are used to from our existing line up of MST Hubs. Read full story

Point of View, Historic AIB Partner, Declared Bankrupt by Court

Thu, 2016-11-24 10:17
Point of View, the Netherlands-based technology company established in 2000, has officially been declared bankrupt by the court in Oost-Brabant. The company's majority of sales were in Europe, where it served more than 30 European countries. The company also included Point of View Taiwan, Point of View China, Point of View Hong Kong, Point of View France and Point of View United States as additional branches.

The first NVIDIA graphics cards from the company harken back to the FX 5000 series days, with the company being particularly prolific on the 8000 series, with no less than 19 graphics cards ranging from the 8400GS through the legendary 8800GT. The company's products have definitely been on the downside, however, having been relatively popular in the GTX 500 and 600 series' days. Historically an NVIDIA-exclusive AIB partner, the company branched out into other consumer products, such as tablets, laptops and computer accessories. If you need a nostalgia-inducing shot, or simply want to see what kind of products Point of View delivered, feel free to read TPU's review on the Point of View TGT GTX 680 Ultra Charged LLS 4 GB, coined by our very own W1zzard.

(PR) Spire Announces the Tricer 1411 Chassis

Thu, 2016-11-24 10:15
The Tricer 1411 is the latest addition to the Spire Tricer series of micro ATX pc cases. This modern pc enclosure fits today's specification and system integration standards. The Tricer 1411 is prepared with all the features you are looking for in a Micro ATX tower chassis including 4*120mm fan mount locations and with pre-installed 120mm black fan on the rear of the structure.

The front panel design displays style and simplicity, without sacrificing functionality. This Micro ATX form factor chassis structure is build out of 0.45mm SPCC steel and touches every detail and ease of assembly. Top and front re-enforced drive bay rack for secure mounting of Optical and HDD or SSD Drives. The front panel features USB 2.0 and USB3.0 as well as AC97/HD audio ports. The Tricer 1411 pc case is a, decadent quality selection for professional integrators and users alike. Read full story

(PR) Antec Announces Four New CPU Air Coolers

Thu, 2016-11-24 09:15
In the year of their 30th anniversary, Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, is presenting four new models of CPU Air coolers. The new air coolers are designed for compatibility with leading desktop processor sockets and supports Intel Core i7 Extreme, and AMD Sempron. Straight Touch copper coated heatpipes provide full contact to the CPU and allow for more efficient heat transference.

The A30, A40 Pro, C40 and C400 are now commercially available at a price between 15 Euros and 40 Euros. The budget-friendly Antec A30 features a 92 mm blue LED fan for ultra-quiet operation. The aluminium fins with a size of 43 x 86 mm offer a larger surface area for efficient heat transference. The push-pin mounting system and included thermal paste allow for a fast, simple installation. The A30 offers and retails at a MSRP of 14 Euros. Read full story

AMD and NVIDIA Add-in-Board GPU Market Share from 2002 to Q3/2016

Thu, 2016-11-24 01:50
The folks over at 3dcenter.org have compiled comprehensive historical GPU AIB market share data for our digestion. While we recently reported on Q3'16 and its comparison to the quarter before and the same period last year, this information spans a near 14 year quarter-on-quarter time frame. The compilers have quite helpfully included points of reference along the timeline which highlight the two major GPU manufacturers milestone desktop product line debuts.

It is worth noting that their exact numbers differ slightly to the ones Jon Peddie Research provided as 3dcenter have also cited the work of Mercury Research, which appears more conservative. The figures provided in their own graph split the difference between the two sources to give us a more impartial look at the market.


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Netflix has Some Pretty Steep System Requirements for 4K on PC

Wed, 2016-11-23 15:35
So everyone wants to crash at your place to watch the latest shows on your 4K Ultra HD TV, you can even "chill" with that special someone, if you can take your eyes off 4K content; and it turns out you even spent $500 on buying a new 4K monitor for your PC, because you demand no less than 3840 x 2160 pixels in front of your face; and among the first things you do (besides heading over to Interfacelift for some great wallpapers), is Netflix. Only Netflix has other ideas.

Apparently, you need a 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processor (or possibly AMD's upcoming "ZEN" processor), Windows 10 operating system, and Microsoft Edge web-browser to get 4K to work right on your PC, according to a Tom's Hardware report. Two factors could be pushing these steep-requirements - HEVC CODEC hardware acceleration, and hardware-level DRM features being introduced with "Kaby Lake." HEVC could prove crucial for Netflix as streaming 4K in existing H.264 format could quadruple bandwidth consumption over Full HD. HEVC encoding lets Netflix minimize the bitrate greatly. For Netflix's DRM component to access the CPU's hardware DRM features, it needs Windows 10, older versions of Windows won't work. If these requirements aren't met, Netflix will simply play your content in Full HD. No soup for you.


(PR) Synology Announces the FlashStation FS3017 All-Flash NAS

Wed, 2016-11-23 14:56
Synology today launched FlashStation FS3017, the company's pioneer product within an entirely new all-flash series. Capable of handling over 200,000 IOPS in 4k random writing with RDMA technology enabled, the FS3017 is perfect for big data analysis, video post-production, virtualization, and handling any demanding database application that requires high IOPS and low latency at the same time.

FS3017 features dual Intel Xeon 6-core processors, 64GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM (expandable up to 512GB), dual built-in 10GBase-T ports, and supports optional 10GbE / 25GbE / 40GbE NICs, guaranteeing stable performance in multitasking and data throughput. FS3017 is also compatible with various SATA/SAS SSD brands, offering users more flexibility with their budgets. Read full story

(PR) Aqua Computer Announces the VISION Lineup of Watercooling Add-ons

Wed, 2016-11-23 14:53
What will water blocks look like in the future? This was the question that Aqua Computer has asked itself before they started developing VISION.
From this question emerged the idea for an OLED display integrated to water coolers.

During the development of the display integration, Aqua Computer realized that there are many other stand-alone use cases for this product - and as such, the VISION product line was born. In addition to the pure display functionality, VISION has been extended in variants with touch control, infrared receiver and RGB-LED. A menu-driven setup has been integrated and VISION also has a whole range of inputs and outputs: both a temperature sensor and a flow sensor can be directly connected to VISION. The solution can display various system information like temperatures, fan speed, CPU load or memory usage and also values from other Aqua Computer devices. The aquasuite 2017 software allows to choose from customizable layout templates. Read full story

AMD "Llano" Securities Fraud Lawsuit Ongoing; Class Action Status Granted

Wed, 2016-11-23 14:26
As you may remember, "Llano" was somewhat of a disappointment for AMD, to put it mildly. Production issues with partner Global Foundries meant that Llano's roll-out was affected and extended beyond its predicted time-frame. This, in conjunction with other various factors, such as lack of product appeal over disappointing performance and the usual competition from Intel, forced AMD to pull in its second-generation "Trinity" APU too soon. By the time production finally caught up, it ended up overproducing relative to diminishing demand, which resulted in unsold inventory, thus forcing an inventory write-down of "Llano" chips valued at around $100 million. This reduced the company's worth by nearly that much overnight, and tanked the value of the AMD stock. This, of course, didn't sit well with investors.

The as-of-yet ongoing securities fraud lawsuit over AMD's "Llano" APUs has just achieved a milestone, in having been authorized by the Court to proceed as a class action. The Court's decision doesn't imply that the defendants (Rory P. Read, Thomas J. Seifert, Richard A. Bergman, and Dr. Lisa T. Su) did anything wrong. The defendants have not been ordered to pay any money, no settlement has been reached, no money is available as of now and there is no guarantee that there will be in the future. Read full story