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ThermalTake View 27 offers a gull-wing window panel August 26, 2016 - 18:58
Jon Peddie: Big GPU shipments jump for AMD in Q2 2016 August 26, 2016 - 16:37
Corsair reveals three LUX mechanical keyboards August 26, 2016 - 16:15
Intel reveals more affordable SSD 600p NVMe SSDs August 26, 2016 - 16:09
Cashgrab: Duke Nukem 3D gets remastered release on September 1 August 26, 2016 - 15:03
Windows 10 Annniversary Update has issues with various Kindle eReaders August 26, 2016 - 14:34
MSI video card sales up 31.6 percent year-over-year August 26, 2016 - 14:30
Windows Update accidentally breaks PowerShell August 25, 2016 - 12:04
Proxima B is an Earth-like planet in the solar system next door August 25, 2016 - 11:31
PCI-SIG: PCI Express 4.0 will not offer more than 75W via the motherboard slot August 25, 2016 - 11:01
Fractal Design adds Dynamic X2 fans with LLS bearing August 25, 2016 - 10:50
Modder accuses NVIDIA of stealing code for Ansel (UPDATED) August 24, 2016 - 15:58
More Intel Apollo Lake laptops to use onboard memory August 24, 2016 - 15:07
Intel Kaby Lake to feature first quad-core ULV CPU, and 18W gaming chip August 24, 2016 - 13:51
NVIDIA shows off PC version of Tekken 7 with 4K resolution (video) August 24, 2016 - 13:35
AMD bundles Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with FX-series CPUs August 24, 2016 - 13:29
NVIDIA reveals a Paragon in-game items bundle for GTX cards August 24, 2016 - 13:25
China on track to be 40 percent self-sufficient for ICs in 2020 August 24, 2016 - 03:05
Some more AMD Zen architecture details August 23, 2016 - 15:20
Microsoft HoloLens features a 24-core HPU August 23, 2016 - 15:03

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Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 18:58:27 CEST by
ThermalTake offers another spin on windowed cases with the View 27, this steel mid-tower case features a gull-wing window panel that offers a very nice look at your hardware. Full specifications at ThermalTake, pricing and availability are unknown.
Game in a new perspective with the Thermaltake View 27 Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis. Designed with a transparent gull-wing window panel, take in the view with advanced floating GPU mounting system and skylight viewing. Add in options for air or liquid cooling, supporting up to 360mm radiators for optimized cooling performance. Tinted front panel gives users a clean look with options for LED Fan lighting to shine through and side ventilation panels for proper air flow. Built-in full length power supply cover give a steam-lined look with mounting options for LCS cooling and Case Fan options. See the vision of next generation gaming chassis with the Thermaltake View 27.
ThermalTake View 27
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Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 16:37:03 CEST by
The Q2 2016 video card shipments from Jon Peddie Research is in and it reveals AMD saw a big jump in its second-quarter discrete GPU shipments. The company's marketshare is back at 29.9 percent, a level not seen since 2014, whereas NVIDIA's marketshare is down to 70.0 percent. In recent quarters, AMD hit extreme lows of under 20 percent marketshare in the GPU market, well below the typical 35-40 percent it held over the last ten years.

Total discrete GPU shipments were down 20.8 percent versus the previous quarter and 0.8 percent versus the year before, but Jon Peddie notes PC gaming momentum continues to build and is the bright spot in the add-in board market.
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated PC graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers' market share for Q2'16.

Market share shifts. The market shares for the desktop discrete GPU suppliers shifted in the quarter too.

AIBs using discrete GPUs are found in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They are sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed by OEMs. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry with their discrete chips and private, often large, high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.

The PC add-in board (AIB) market now has just three chip (GPU) suppliers which also build and sell AIBs. The primary suppliers of GPUs are AMD and Nvidia. There are 48 AIB suppliers, the AIB OEM customers of the GPU suppliers, which they call "partners."

Lots of AIB suppliers, smaller shipments. In addition to privately branded AIBs offered worldwide, about a dozen PC suppliers offer AIBs as part of a system, and/or as an option, and some that offer AIBs as separate aftermarket products. We have been tracking AIB shipments quarterly since 1987-the volume of those boards peaked in 1999, reaching 114 million units, in 2015, 44 million shipped.

The news for the quarter was encouraging and seasonally understandable, quarter-to-quarter, the AIB market decreased -20.8% (compared to the desktop PC market, which increased 2.5%).

AIB shipments during the quarter decreased from the last quarter -20.8%, which is which is below the ten-year average of -9.7%.On a year-to-year basis, we found that total AIB shipments during the quarter rose 0.8%, which is greater than desktop PCs, which fell -0.2%.

Gaming the game changer. However, in spite of the overall PC churn, somewhat due to tablets and embedded graphics, the PC gaming momentum continues to build and is the bright spot in the AIB market.

The overall GPU shipments (integrated and discrete) is greater than desktop PC shipments due double-attach-the adding of a second (or third) AIB to a system with integrated processor graphics-and to a lesser extent, dual AIBs in performance desktop machines using either AMD's Crossfire or Nvidia's SLI technology Improved attach rate. The attach rate of AIBs to desktop PCs has declined from a high of 63% in Q1 2008 to 34% this quarter, a decrease of -22.7% from last quarter which was negative. Compared to this quarter last year it increased 1.0% which was low.
Jon Peddie Q2 2016 GPU
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Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 16:15:19 CEST by
Corsair added a line of LUX products to its mechanical keyboard lineup. These keyboards cost $10 less than the RapidFire editions.
CORSAIR®, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the immediate and worldwide availability of its new LUX range of mechanical keyboards. Building on the phenomenal success of the CORSAIR K70, K70 RGB and K65, the new LUX range adds a host of new features and improvements. With enhanced lighting, USB pass-through and a back-lit optimized key cap font, CORSAIR LUX keyboards retain the core-design, premium materials and commitment to quality that has earned the CORSAIR K-series over 300 global media awards, making them the benchmark for high-performance keyboards.

Alongside the signature CORSAIR aluminum construction and 100% German-made Cherry MX keyswitches, the LUX range adds an enhanced internal lighting controller, allowing for finer color adjustment and even more vibrant patterns and effects. Paired with CUE (CORSAIR Utility Engine) software, stunning lighting effects are just a few clicks away.

Adding to the light show is the LUX family’s new larger, modern key cap font. Designed to maximize the keyboard’s ultra-bright LED backlighting, the new precision laser-etched key caps have the durability to last through years of key presses while looking their best.

The full LUX range also adds a long requested feature to the CORSAIR family of RGB keyboards – USB pass-through. Now standard on all CORSAIR LUX keyboards, USB pass-through allows users to conveniently connect a mouse, headset or other USB device directly to the keyboard for uninterrupted gameplay and easy access.

The sleek aircraft grade aluminum frame grants both a premium feel and superior durability. Every CORSAIR LUX keyboard also boasts a range of essential extras for gamers, including built-in volume controls, dedicated media keys, a detachable soft-touch wrist rest and 100% anti-ghosting / full key rollover circuitry offering the complete package of quality, features and performance.

With a choice of six different Cherry MX keyswitch types, two different sizes and three different back lighting options, whichever way you play, there’s a CORSAIR LUX keyboard to suite your style and gameplay.

Specifications
  • 100% Anti-ghosting and full key rollover over USB circuitry: No matter how fast you go your key presses will always register.
  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Light-weight and rugged durability you need for a keyboard that’s going to see a lot of action.
  • 100% Cherry MX keyswitches: Your choice of 100% German made Cherry MX Blue, Brown or Red switches, with either Red LED, Blue LED or stunning RGB backlighting.
  • Advanced lighting control and large font keycaps: Experience dynamic, vibrant multi-color backlighting.
  • The power of CUE: Sophisticated macro programming and fast, fluid dynamic illumination for an enlightened gaming experience.
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest: The comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions.
  • Dedicated multimedia controls: The control you need to adjust your audio without interrupting your game.
  • USB 2.0 Pass-through port: Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse or headset.
  • FPS and MOBA keycap sets: Textured and contoured keycaps provide maximum grip and enhanced feel.
  • MSRP: K70 LUX RGB - $159.99, K65 LUX RGB - $129.99, K70 LUX - $119.99
  • Corsair Lux

    Corsair Lux lineup
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    Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 16:09:25 CEST by
    Intel will soon offer the SSD 600p, a line of more affordable NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and M.2 form factor. The chip giant will offer these storage devices in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1024GB editions. The latter is the fastest version, it offers read speeds of up to 1800MB/s, write speeds of up to 560MB/s and random write IOPS of up to 128,000.

    Shipments start in September and while the disks costs considerably more than traditional SATA SSDs, they should be among the cheapest NVMe SSDs to date.

    German webshops are offering the disks for pre-order, with pricing of around 76.90EUR, 114.90EUR, 207.90EUR and 394EUR for the 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1024GB models, respectively. Converting this to price per gigabyte gives a range of between 0.384EUR for the 1024GB model and 0.60EUR for the 128GB version.

    Intel 600p SSDs

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    Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 15:03:13 CEST by
    Gearbox Software is reportedly going to launch a remastered edition of Duke Nukem 3D to celebrate the game's 20th anniversary. While not officially confirmed yet, a countdown timer on the Duke Nukem website confirms something will be announced on September 1st. It's definitely going to be a late anniversary party as Duke Nukem 3D saw its first release on January 29, 1996.

    After Duke Nukem developer 3D Realms went bust, Gearbox acquired the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise and tried to polish up Duke Nukem Forever. After spending 15 years in development hell, Duke Nukem Forever saw the light of day in 2011 but most media gave it very poor reviews.

    Now a rumor claims Gearbox is going to try to make some money with a re-release of the 20-year old Duke Nukem 3D. To be named Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour, this remastered edition will reportedly offer a lot of new content and perhaps even a new co-op or deathmatch online mode - but nothing is confirmed yet.

    Some screenshots can be found over here but overall it looks like they put in minimal effort in remastering this classic game.

    Duke 3D World Tour
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    Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 14:34:26 CEST by
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    Not only are there major problems with webcams due to changes in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, now it appears there are problems with various Amazon Kindle devices as well due. Not a lot of details are known but it could be an issue with certain USB chipset drivers. Microsoft is aware of the issue and promises a fix.
    So far, the problems seem isolated to the Kindle ebook readers rather than Kindle Fire tablets, and, like many problems, it’s not affecting everyone. Some readers have reported that the issue only hits USB 3.0 ports, while others have issues across the entire system. It’s also been reported that some devices work perfectly if you connect the Kindle while the system is off, then turn it on again. Disconnecting and reconnecting the Kindle post-boot will still cause a crash and booting the system with the ebook reader connected doesn’t solve the problem for everyone, either.
    More info ExtremeTech.
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    Posted on Friday, August 26 2016 @ 14:30:50 CEST by
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    MSI shipped a total of two million graphics cards in the first half of the year, an increase of 31.6 percent versus the same period a year earlier. Sales in the second half are expected to come in at around 3 million units, according to a DigiTimes report. The site mentions the higher marketshare of NVIDIA GPUs and MSI's success in the gaming laptop market are major factors for MSI's large growth:
    MSI's large growth in 2016 graphics card shipments will be mainly because graphics cards equipped with Nvidia GPUs have reached a global market share of nearly 80%, the sources said. In addition, the large growth will be partly due to gaming notebook sales which have boosted its brand image, the sources indicated. MSI aims to ship 1.2 million gaming notebooks in 2016, increasing 33.3% on year, for an operating profit of NT$3 billion, the sources noted.

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    Posted on Thursday, August 25 2016 @ 12:04:24 CEST by
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    Issues with updates for Microsoft's Windows continue, earlier this month it was reported that Windows 10 Anniversary Update left many users unable to use their USB webcams, and now the company rolled out a patch that accidentally breaks parts of one of the key administrator features of the operating system.

    As The Register wrote, Microsoft issued KB 3176934 on Tuesday to fix a number of bugs in Windows 10 Version 1607. Unfortunately, the update broke PowerShell's Desired State Configuration (DSC), a feature useful for managing and controlling networks of PCs and systems in an automated way. The software giant apologizes for the problem, but isn't expected to roll out a patch until August 30.
    "Due to a missing .MOF file in the build package, the update breaks DSC. All DSC operations will result in an 'Invalid Property' error," an advisory from the PowerShell team reads.

    "In addition, due to a missing binary in the build package the update breaks PowerShell implicit remoting. Implicit remoting is a PowerShell feature where PowerShell commands work on a remote session instead of locally. Specifically, importing a remote session no longer works."

    Microsoft says it won't be issuing an update to fix the matter until August 30, and states, apparently without a hint of irony, that "we apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause."
    In the meantime, users can uninstall the patch by running the following command in PowerShell:

    wusa /uninstall /kb:3176934
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    Posted on Thursday, August 25 2016 @ 11:31:56 CEST by
    While exoplanet finds no longer create the buzz they generated a decade ago, a team of international astronomers just announced a very exciting find. Using the European Southern Observatory in Chile, astronomers confirmed the existence of a small, rocky planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri.

    Known as Proxima B, this planet orbits a red dwarf star that sits just 4.24 light-years away from Earth. While further research is needed to confirm the existence of the planet, data from a 54-day observation suggests the planet is 1.3 times Earth's mass and takes 11.2 days to orbit its star.

    But while the planet is in the habitable zone around it star, it's located in a very different solar system than Earth. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf, the star is only about 12 percent of the Sun in terms of mass, and has a magnetic field 600 times stronger. Most of its light is emitted in relatively cool infrared wavelenghts, it has giant flares and Proxima B continuously gets blasted by x-rays.

    It doesn't look that great for life but what gets everyone excited is that this makes an ideal candidate for humanity's first leap into interstellar space. In fact, there's already a project, called Breakthrough Starshot, working on a proof-of-concept space probe capable of reaching Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri.

    While it may seem like a fringe research effort, Breakthrough Starshot has an initial budget of $100 million and is supported by Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Other notable board members include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    If all goes to plan, Breakthrough Starshot hopes to launch its first mission about 20 years from now. After a 20-year journey to Proxima Centauri, the first data could reach Earth around 2060.
    Even before today’s announcement, Breakthrough Starshot had announced its plan to send tiny spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri system later this century. But don’t expect any postcards from the new planet anytime soon: It will take more than 20 years for a spacecraft traveling at a monstrous 20 percent of the speed of light to reach Proxima Centauri, and another 4.24 years for any data to arrive back on Earth.
    Proxima Centauri B

    Full details National Geographic.
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    Posted on Thursday, August 25 2016 @ 11:01:16 CEST by
    A couple of days ago one of the big stories was about how PCI Express 4.0 would dramatically increase the maximum motherboard power slot draw, and how this could eliminate PCIe power cables for video cards.

    I had some doubts about the story as it didn't make a lot of sense, which was warranted as PCI-SIG now clarified that PCI Express 4.0 will not feature a slot power draw increase.

    The goal is to increase the maximum power capabilities of PCI Express 4.0, but the motherboard power slot draw will remain at the current 75W limit:
    PCI-SIG reached out to tell us that the power increase for PCI Express 4.0 will come from secondary connectors and not from the slot directly. They confirmed that we were initially told incorrect information. We have redacted a short passage from our original article that stated what were originally told, which is that the slot would provide at least 300W, and added clarification:

  • PCIe 3.0 max power capabilities: 75W from CEM + 225W from supplemental power connectors = 300W total
  • PCIe 4.0 max power capabilities: TBD

    New value “P” = 75W from CEM + (P-75)W from supplemental power connectors.
  • PCIe 4 bandwidth
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