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Creator Owned Oathbound is a Western Delight

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 18:30

Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding website, opens the door for thousands of creator-owned ideas, products, and projects every day. Allowing a project to be not only funded but shared and advertised, based on its […]

ADATA Launches the SD700 External SSD: Dust, Water and Shock Resistant (with 3D NAND)

AnandTech - Mon, 2016-11-21 18:00

ADATA last week introduced its third SSD featuring 3D NAND memory. The new SD700 is a dust, water and shockproof drive that has up to 1 TB of capacity as well as a weight of only 100 grams. The SSD uses the USB 3.0 interface and is compatible with the majority of modern PCs.

The ADATA SD700 comes in a metal enclosure with rubber inlays/pads to ensure hermetic sealing and shock resistance. The company plans to offer three configurations of the drive with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities, all featuring up to 440 MB/s read speed (as conditioned by the maximum real-world transfer rate of USB 3.0 interface due to overhead incurred by 8b/10b encoding). The claimed transfer rates of the SD700 are the same as those of the Samsung Portable SSD T3 (which also used 3D NAND), but the real-world performance of the novelty is yet to be discovered. From a compatibility point of view, the external drives are also similar: they can work with Microsoft Windows, Google Android and Apple macOS.

The SD700 from ADATA is based on 384 Gb 3D TLC NAND flash chips made by IMFT and while the SSD maker does not reveal specifics, it is highly likely that the drive uses Silicon Motion’s SM2258 controller (just like other 3D NAND-powered products by ADATA) accompanied by a USB-to-SATA bridge.

ADATA designed and tested its SD700 drive to IEC IP68 standard to ensure that it dust-tight and can operate for 60 minutes while submerged in 1.5 meters of water. In addition, the maker also tested its new external SSD to the U.S. Army MIL-STD-810G516.6 shock and drop resistance standard. The SD700 will join ADATA’s family of external SSDs and will be among the first 3D NAND-based external drives that meet the IP68 and the MIL-STD-810G516.6 requirements.

ADATA SD700 Specifications   256 GB 512 GB 1 TB Speed Up to 440 MB/s Interface USB 3.0 Dimensions 83.5 × 83.5 × 13.9 mm
3.3 × 3.3 × 0.5 inches Model Number ASD700-256GU3
-CBK (black)
-CYL (yellow) ASD700-512GU3
-CBK (black)
-CYL (yellow) ASD700-1TU3
-CBK (black)
-CYL (yellow)

The endurance of 3D NAND, as well as the rugged design, will make the ADATA SD700 a good choice for users that who transfer large amounts of data often and would like to ensure that their information will not be corrupted either as a result of degradation of non-volatile memory or because of a physical damage. For additional piece of mind, ADATA offers a three-year limited warranty with its SD700 drives.

The ADATA SD700 external SSDs will be available in all-black as well as black and yellow color schemes shortly at Amazon and Newegg. The 256 GB version will cost $109.99, whereas the 512 GB version will be priced at $189.99. At least from a pricing standpoint, the new SSDs from ADATA look very competitive because they are roughly two times cheaper than LaCie’s Rugged Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 SSDs of the same capacity.

Gallery: ADATA Launches SD700: Dust, Water and Shock Resistant External SSD with 3D NAND

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Greg Grunberg Cast in Reoccurring Role on ‘The Flash’

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 17:45

Genre Easter egg Greg Grunberg has been cast in a reoccurring role on CW’s The Flash and is set to make his debut this week. Grunberg, who is a familiar face in sci-fi […]

(PR) Thermalright AXP-100H Muscle and the Narrow ILM Mounting Kit Now Available

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 17:39
Introducing the AXP-100H Muscle and the Narrow ILM Mounting Kit. With the AXP-100H Muscle, Thermalright offers a slightly modified version of the HTPC "Value" cooler, which is aimed primarily at price-sensitive fans of compact coolers. The AXP-100H Muscle has been heightened a little bit in order to ensure, that it fits for example on the Asus "Republic of Gamers" Maximus VIII Impact motherboard, with its higher VRM-coolers.

Due to the higher distance between base and heat sink, the cooler is only 7 mm higher than its predecessor. Still, the AXP-100H "Muscle" is just 51 mm high (or 65 mm with the fan included). The most striking feature of this powerful cooler thus remains the particularly low profile. As such- due to the higher distance between base and heat sink. The compact cooler is predestined for HTPC systems or minimalistic work computers. Read full story

Dogs Definitely Get Tired of Their Toys, and Here’s Why

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 17:00

If you’re wondering why your pup is suddenly showing a lot less interest in his favorite stuffed animal all of a sudden, don’t worry. It’s not because he’s sick, or even upset. It […]

(PR) AMD Announces the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 16:00
AMD FirePro and Radeon Pro graphics empower content creators and designers at many levels, from casual makers and students all the way up to seasoned professionals and enterprise workstation users. It's not just hardware, though, that lets professionals unleash their creativity; powerful software is critical too, and today we are introducing the first of many Radeon Pro Software releases.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4 is designed to address the specific needs of enterprise users and also will support the upcoming release of AMD's next-generation of professional graphics, the Radeon Pro WX series. Read full story

Geek deals: Pay what you want: Learn to Code 2017

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 15:45

Need to brush up on your programming skills? Dying to make an app of your very own? Stack Social is offering an incredible bundle of coding courses for one affordable price. Just pay […]

Westworld Picks Up its Pace as Hosts Become Self-Aware

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 15:30

After the big reveal at the end of last week’s episode, it’s understandable that you might have some questions. For once, right at the top of this week’s show, Dr. Ford gives us […]

In the Marvel Universe, President Trump Is a M.O.D.O.K.

Geek.com - Mon, 2016-11-21 14:37

One of the reasons that Marvel Comics gained the advantage over D.C. in the 1960s and onwards was that their comics were set in the “real world.” Instead of Metropolis and Gotham, Marvel […]

MSI Releases the 'VR One': A Backpack PC For VR From $1999

AnandTech - Mon, 2016-11-21 14:30

MSI has started to sell its VR One backpack PC designed for virtual reality enthusiasts. The MSI VR One system is now available in the US, and comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1070. The backpack promises to pack a lot of performance and can even be overclocked. However, the combination of high FPS and a relative freedom of movement is going to cost: the system starts at $1999.

MSI’s VR One backpack PCs rely on the company’s expertise in mobile computing and high-end notebooks. The VR One systems are based on the Intel Core i7-6820HK (4C/8T, 2.7/3.6 GHz, 8 MB LLC, 45 W) processor with an unlocked multiplier as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB (VR One 6RD) or GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB (VR One 6RE) GPUs. The key components of the backpack are cooled down using an MSI proprietary cooling system featuring nine heatpipes and two blowers that ensure that the CPU and GPU never overheat even if overclocked (the HM170 chipset supports CPU overclocking). In fact, MSI even supplies its special Shift application that allows the user to boost both the compute and the cooling performance with just a few clicks.

The system comes equipped with a 256 or a 512 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4/NVMe SSD with up to 2.2 GB/s read performance and have another M.2/SATA slot for an additional drive to install more gaming titles. No spinning HDD is equipped by default for obvious reasons.

MSI VR One Specifications     VR One 6RD VR One 6RE CPU Intel Core i7-6820HK
4 cores/8 threads
2.7 GHz/3.6 GHz
8 MB LLC
45 W PCH Intel HM170 Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
1280 stream processors
80 texture units
48 ROPs
192-bit memory interface
6 GB of GDDR5 8 GT/s memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
2048 stream processors
128 texture units
64 ROPs
256-bit memory interface
8 GB of GDDR5 8 GT/s memory Memory Two SO-DIMM slots
16 GB DDR4-2133 installed
compatible with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 Storage 256 GB M.2/PCIe SSD
(up to 2.2 GB/s)
+ one extra M.2/SATA slot 512 GB M.2/PCIe SSD
(up to 2.2 GB/s)
+one extra M.2/SATA slot Wi-Fi Rivet Networks Killer 1535 802.11ac + BT 4.1 Ethernet None Display Outputs 1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × mDP 1.2 Audio 3.5 mm audio in and 3.5 mm audio out USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps)/USB 3.1 Type-C (10 Gbps) Other I/O DC12V-out for HTC Vive Dimensions 409 mm × 292 mm × 54 mm
16.1 × 11.49 × 2.12 inches Weight 3.6 kg PSU External Batteries 91 Wh OS Windows 10 Pro

One of the key things about VR gaming backpack PCs is connectivity. The VR One features all the ports needed to connect a VR headset like the HTC Vive with the ports right on top. To simplify connection of the Vive, MSI even supplies a special 3-in-1 cable with HDMI, USB 3.0 and power wires. Moreover, the system packs the Rivet Networks Killer 1535 Wi-Fi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth controller as well as Intel’s Alpine Ridge controller to enable one USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port.

The whole design of VR One’s motherboard resembles the design of MSI's gaming laptops, which helps to make the PC relatively thin (54 mm) and relatively light (3.6 kilograms). Meanwhile, two hot-swappable batteries enable MSI’s VR One to work completely autonomously for about 1.5 hours each. In fact, the whole outside design of the MSI VR One is optimized primarily for backpack, not desktop operation (unlike ZOTAC’s VR Go). While the VR One can be put on a desk, it will have to lie down, making its ports less accessible. So, the VR One is a system made primarily for virtual reality gaming, not for general-purpose computing.

Right now MSI offers the VR One 6RD with the GeForce GTX 1060 and a 256 GB SSD for $1999 in the U.S. The more advanced VR One 6RE with the GeForce GTX 1070 and a 512 GB SSD will be available a little later for $2299.

Gallery: MSI Begins to Sell VR One Backpack PC: Core i7, GeForce GTX, TB3, Starts at $1999

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(PR) Corsair Launches Three New Crystal and Carbide Series Cases

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 14:17
CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the release of three new high-performance ATX PC cases. The new Crystal Series 570X RGB and 460X RGB pair renowned CORSAIR build quality and ease of use with beautiful tempered glass and vivid RGB lighting, allowing PC builders to admire and illuminate their system like never before.

The Carbide 270R combines sleek minimalist design with an exceptional internal layout designed to make systems easy to install and look their best. Whether you're building your dream PC or your first PC the new CORSAIR Crystal and Carbide series cases offer the features, looks and quality to help you Build It Better. Read full story

MSI Unveils GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Low-profile Graphics Card

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 14:00
MSI unveiled the first half-height (low-profile) graphics card based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. The MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP graphics card features a half height PCB, and a dual-slot cooling solution that uses a pair of 50 mm fans ventilating a dense aluminium heatsink. The card is 18.2 cm in length, and includes both standard- and low-profile I/O shields.

The MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP relies on the PCI-Express slot for all its power. It ticks at NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1290 MHz core, 1392 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. It features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across the GPU's 128-bit wide memory interface. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. MSI didn't reveal pricing.

Best SSDs: Holiday 2016

AnandTech - Mon, 2016-11-21 13:15

A lot has changed in the SSD market since last year's Holiday SSD Buyer's Guide. This past summer and fall, Intel and Micron's 3D TLC NAND hit the market and the range of PCIe SSD options expanded greatly. A few market segments are stagnant, but most of our recommendations are relativly new. The most significant shift is that low-end PCIe SSDs have taken the place of high-end SATA SSDs as the middle ground between value SSDs and top of the line PCIe SSDs.

The SSD industry is currently suffering through a NAND shortage that has kept prices from dropping much in recent months, and has delayed the availability of Samsung's latest generation of PCIe SSDs. Prices now range from around 23¢/GB for a mainstream SATA drive to 64¢/GB to pre-order Samsung's top of the line 960 Pro M.2 PCIe SSD.

As always, the prices shown are merely a snapshot at the time of writing. We make no attempt to predict when or where the best discounts will be. Instead, this guide should be treated as a baseline against which deals can be compared. All of the drives recommended here are models we have tested in at least one capacity or form factor, but in many cases we have not tested every capacity and form factor. For drives not mentioned in this guide, our SSD Bench database can provide performance information and comparisons.

Premium SATA drives: Samsung 850 Pro and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The Samsung 850 Pro is still unchallenged as the top SATA SSD. This isn't much of a claim to fame any more, since there are now cheaper and faster PCIe SSDs. What continues to make the Samsung 850 Pro and SanDisk Extreme Pro stand out are the unmatched ten year warranties in a market where three or five years is standard. However, the write endurance ratings are not unusually high compared to other consumer SSDs.

These drives are both premium products for users with demanding workloads. There are much cheaper SATA SSDs that offer peak performance that is close to what these drives deliver, and the growing segment of low-end PCIe SSDs offers far better performance for the money.

Buy Samsung 850 Pro (512GB) on Amazon.com   240/256GB 480/512GB 960/1024GB 2TB Samsung 850 Pro $119.99 (47¢/GB) $213.62 (42¢/GB) $413.45 (40¢/GB) $818.98 (40¢/GB) SanDisk Extreme Pro $139.29 (58¢/GB) $204.98 (43¢/GB) $373.00 (39¢/GB)     Value & Mainstream SATA: Crucial MX300, Mushkin Reactor 1TB

The value segment of the SSD market is where drives trade-off performance and endurance to reach the lowest possible prices. Since SSD prices have tended to drop across the entire market, it is almost always possible to spend just a little more money to get a significant performance boost. The mid-range segment is a battleground between TLC drives with high enough performance, and any MLC drives that can get the price down without sacrificing their inherent performance advantage over TLC.

The Crucial MX300 has almost completely taken over this category. It is now one of the cheapest SATA SSDs on the market, and it is faster and far more power efficient than any SSD with planar TLC NAND. MLC SSDs and the Samsung 850 EVO still perform much better under heavy sustained workloads, but the MX300 is good enough for most ordinary use.

Buy Crucial MX300 750GB on Amazon.com   240-275GB 480-525GB 960-1050GB 2TB Mushkin Reactor $89.99 (36¢/GB) $149.99 (29¢/GB) $233.92 (23¢/GB)   Samsung 850 EVO $94.99 (38¢/GB) $164.99 (33¢/GB) $314.90 (32¢/GB) $624.99 (31¢/GB) Crucial MX300
  $69.99 (26¢/GB) $123.09 (23¢/GB) $244.99 (23¢/GB) $480.00 (23¢/GB)   $169.99 (23¢/GB) (750GB)     PCIe NVMe: Plextor M8Pe and Samsung 960 Pro

The PCIe SSD market is where most of the action is. The big brands are almost all now shipping a PCIe SSD model and they've been on the market long enough for prices to settle a bit. Samsung's 960 Pro and 960 EVO will help Samsung stay on top, but at the moment Samsung is experiencing supply problems that are likely to continue through the holiday season. Some users may want to wait for the 960 Pro to ship in order to get the absolute fastest consumer SSD or the highest capacity M.2, but the 960 EVO isn't worth waiting for.

The Pextor M8Pe is close in performance to the 960 EVO and is faster than the Phison PS5007-E7 based SSDs that several brands are selling. The version of the M8Pe with no heatsink is not only substantially cheaper than the Samsung 960 EVO, it is even a bit cheaper than the Samsung 850 Pro.

The one PCIe SSD that doesn't fit in is the Intel 600p. Its price falls in the middle of the SATA SSD market, below the Samsung 850 EVO. On light workloads, it outperforms any SATA SSD, but its sustained performance under a heavy workload is no better than a budget SATA SSD. It is also power hungry even by the standards of PCIe M.2 SSDs, and its efficiency compared to good SATA SSDs is very bad. There are scenarios where the Intel 600p is a great value, but consumers should exercise caution and know their workload before buying the 600p.

Buy Plextor M8Pe 512GB on Newegg   128GB 250-256GB 400-512GB 1TB 2TB Samsung 960 EVO (MSRP)   $129.88 (52¢/GB) $249.99 (50¢/GB) $479.99 (48¢/GB)   Samsung 960 Pro (MSRP)     $329.99 (64¢/GB) $629.99 (62¢/GB) $1299.99 (63¢/GB) Intel SSD 600p $63.99 (50¢/GB) $79.99 (31¢/GB) $164.53 (32¢/GB) $302.99 (30¢/GB)   Plextor M8Pe $74.99 (59¢/GB) $114.99 (45¢/GB) $189.99 (37¢/GB) $414.99 (41¢/GB)     M.2 SATA: Samsung 850 EVO and Crucial MX300

M.2 has replaced mSATA as the small form factor of choice, and new product lines are no longer including mSATA variants. Selection of M.2 SATA SSDs is far more limited than 2.5" drives, but there are enouch options to cover a reasonable range of prices and performance levels. The Samsung 850 EVO is the high-performance M.2 SATA drive of choice, and anyone wanting more performance should look to M.2 PCIe SSDs. The Crucial MX300 covers the low end of the market and carries only a slight premium over its 2.5" counterpart.

Buy Crucial MX300 275GB M.2 on Amazon.com   250-275GB 500-525GB 1TB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 $99.99 (40¢/GB) $158.66 (32¢/GB) $313.97 (31¢/GB) Crucial MX300 M.2 $66.50 (24¢/GB) $128.99 (25¢/GB) $249.99 (24¢/GB)

(PR) ASUS Announces the ROG GX800 Gaming Notebook with Liquid Cooling

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 11:20
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced GX800, a gaming laptop with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics and an advanced version of the Hydro Overclocking System liquid-cooling module. The 18-inch GX800 is the first gaming laptop designed to deliver real 4K UHD gameplay. It features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and supports leading virtual-reality (VR) headsets for super-smooth and stutter-free VR gaming. In addition, GX800 features the Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming (MechTAG) keyboard with programmable ROG Aura RGB LED effects for individual keys.

ROG GX800's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics provides super-fast, silky-smooth gameplay and detailed gaming environments. GX800 is paired with an advanced version of its predecessor's Hydro Overclocking System to give it the cooling performance required for extreme overclocking of the processor and graphics cards. The Hydro Overclocking System helps boost GX800 clock frequencies from 3.2GHz to 4.2GHz. When overclocked, GX800 achieves a 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra score of 10395. Read full story

Intel Z270 and H270 Chipsets Detailed: More PCIe Lanes

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 06:41
Early 2017, a new wave of socket LGA1151 motherboards based on Intel 200-series chipset will launch, alongside the company's 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processors. The lineup will be led by the Z270 Express, targeting performance desktops, and H270 Express, targeting premium commercial desktops. The question on your mind probably is what sets these chipsets apart from the current 100-series Z170 and H170 chipsets. Here are some pointers.

To begin with, motherboards based on Z270 and H270 chipsets are assured to support Core "Kaby Lake" processors, out of the box. The 100-series chipset motherboards inventory with retailers may require BIOS updates, although some of the newer production batches could ship with the latest BIOS that support "Kaby Lake." Secondly, the Z270 and H270 support Intel Optane technology, a new breed of bleeding-edge performance SSDs based on the company's 3D X-point non-volatile memory, which is the very latest in sold-state storage, and purported to be the fastest. The chipets also support Rapid Storage Technology v15. Read full story

Colorful Intros GeForce GTX 1070 iGame Snake X-Top Graphics Card

techPowerUp - Mon, 2016-11-21 05:26
Colorful introduced the iGame GeForce GTX 1070 Snake X-Top graphics card, a custom-design, special-edition graphics card bearing the insignia of the Snake e-Sports clan. The company is doing a limited production run of 200 pieces for the retail segment. The card is based on the iGame GTX 1070 X-Top by Colorful, with a unique anodized aluminium ornament around the middle fan, and a special back-plate with Snake clan insignia.

The iGame GeForce GTX 1070 Snake X-Top comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1657 MHz core, 1860 MHz GPU Boost, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, which are higher than the 1607/1797 MHz clocks the original GTX 1070 X-Top ships with. Other features include dual-BIOS, with the backup BIOS falling back to NVIDIA reference clocks, and a 10-phase VRM which draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The card is sold only in China, priced at RMB ¥3,999.

Dell Latitude, 12inch, older but works fine (Hbg.)

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HP dv4-2145dx 14" laptop (Palmyra) $200

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Dell d830 laptop $125

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