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Thermaltake Versa H34 and H35 mid-towers are out October 24, 2014 - 14:44
Startup claims it has new CPU architecture with 3-4x higher IPC October 24, 2014 - 14:10
NVIDIA TurfEffects renders footsteps in the grass (video) October 24, 2014 - 13:31
Lian Li PC-Q26 Mini-ITX case has room for 10 HDDs October 23, 2014 - 13:44
Sharkoon ships low-cost RUSH ER1 Gaming Headset October 23, 2014 - 13:38
ThermalTake rolls out new 80Plus Gold Toughpower PSUs October 23, 2014 - 13:34
G.SKILL debuts 480GB Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD with 2000MB/s October 23, 2014 - 13:28
Motherboard makers concerned about Intel CPU inventory challenges in 2015 October 23, 2014 - 13:19
Windows Update driver bricks knockoff FTDI microcontrollers October 23, 2014 - 12:54
Windows 10 to support 2-step authentication October 23, 2014 - 11:39
NVIDIA GeForce 344.48 WHQL adds DSR support for Fermi and Kepler October 23, 2014 - 10:34
HP 3D scanner/projector AiO is called Sprout October 22, 2014 - 17:45
PhotoMath instantly solves math problems via your smartphone October 22, 2014 - 14:40
be quiet! Pure Rock processor cooler arrives for 32.90EUR October 22, 2014 - 13:23
Khronos OpenVX specification revealed for vision processing October 22, 2014 - 13:12
New Windows 10 build now features notification center October 22, 2014 - 13:00
New Windows 0-day hole being exploited via PowerPoint October 22, 2014 - 12:51
AMD A-series APUs get a price cut October 22, 2014 - 12:02
ThermalRight HR-02 Macho Zero promises quiet cooling October 21, 2014 - 16:35
Samsung mass producing 20nm-based 32GB DDR4 modules October 21, 2014 - 16:01

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NVIDIA GeForce Experience Software Overview - A Gamer's Best Friend October 24, 2014 - 16:06
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Posted on Friday, October 24 2014 @ 14:44:09 CEST by
ThermalTake introduces its new Versa line with the H34 and H35 mid-tower cases. The main difference between these two cases it the front panel styling, the interior of both models is identical. Both cases are made of steel, they measure 470mm x 208mm x 506mm (H x W x D) and weigh 7.1kg. There's room for two 5.25" drives, three bays for 2.5/3.5" storage devices plus an additional two slots for 2.5" SSDs behind the motherboard tray. A front intake and rear exhaust fan is included with the case and there's room for watercooling radiators of up to 360mm.
Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, is pleased to introduce the new Thermaltake Versa H34 and H35 mid-tower chassis, specifically designed for gamers and home-computer builders. With a modular drive rack design, both the Versa H34 and H35 have enough space for high-end hardware and expansion. Ample ventilation options, a cleanable dust filter, and a perforated mesh bezel help to keep the entire system cool and dust-free. The Versa H34 and H35 also deliver advanced liquid cooling solutions and stress-free cable management to customize users’ computer or gaming systems.

Other Details:
Built for Gamers: To ensure a smooth gaming experience and prolong the life of components, the Versa H34 and H35 incorporate perforated panels, built-in removable dust filters, and a raised foot-stand to allow clean air intake and rapid heat dissipation. The transparent side window draws attention to the chassis’s inner workings.

Modular Design: Innovative “2+3” 5.25” and 3.5” modular drive design with tool-free drive tray installation enables flexibility when setting up storage solutions, maximizes internal space, and minimizes hassles.

Stress-free Cable Management: A wide cable routing gap for easy cable management and hiding cables behind the motherboard tray facilitates building and tinkering (upgrades), reduces wire entanglement, and provides better airflow and dust management. Additionally, water tube holes with rubber grommets are used to support external liquid cooling systems.

Optimized Ventilation: Both models are equipped with two 120mm turbo fans, which spin up to 1000RPM, capable of drawing in fresh air and extracting hot air. For gamers with extreme ventilation needs, 120mm and 140mm pre-mounted holes can support up to eight fans in total.

Complete System on the Go: Users can build a complete high-end solution, supporting up to a 360mm radiator liquid cooling system along with a long graphic card. The Versa H34 and H35 protect users’ hardware and increase the CPU’s overclocking potential. Most importantly, outstanding cooling efficiency is delivered throughout the entire case.

Thermaltake releases exclusive “Tt LCS Certified”
Tt LCS Certified is a Thermaltake exclusive certification applied only to products that pass the design standards of hardcore enthusiasts. The Tt LCS certification was created so that power users can know which chassis has been tested to be most compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations to ensure the best performance, features, and fit. Thermaltake’s Versa H34, H35 chassis and Core series of chassis—comprising Core V71, Core V51, Core V1 and Core V31—is Tt LCS Certified, meaning DIY PC enthusiasts can rest assured of optimal performance.
Thermaltake Versa H34 and H35
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Posted on Friday, October 24 2014 @ 14:10:42 CEST by
Silicon Valley startup Soft Machines presented its VISC CPU architecture at the Linley Microprocessor Conference. The company claims VISC can deliver three to four time more instructions per cycle (IPC) than today's CISC and RISC-inspired CPU designs, resulting in two to four times more performance per Watt on both single- and multi-threaded applications. VISC promises to be highly scalable, capable of running everything from low-power Internet of Things devices to high-end server processors.

While such extraordinary claims are typically suspicious coming from a startup, the firm claims to have recieved over $125 million in funding from investors like Samsung Ventures, AMD, and Mubadala (owner of GlobalFoundries).
The VISC architecture is based on the concept of "virtual cores" and "virtual hardware threads." This new approach enables dynamic allocation and sharing of resources across cores. Microprocessors based on CISC and RISC architectures make use of "physical cores" and "software threads," an approach that has been technologically and economically hamstrung by transistor utilization, frequency and power-scaling limitations.

If this architecture can bunch together groups of disparate execution units and registers in order to accelerate the execution of a single software thread, it could turn out to be something truly interesting. That seems to be the claim the firm is making. Here's more from President and CTO Mohammad Abdallah:

"We founded Soft Machines with the mission of reviving microprocessor performance-per-watt scaling. We have done just that with the VISC architecture, marking the start of a new era of CPU designs," said Soft Machines co-founder, president and CTO Mohammad Abdallah. "CPU scaling was declared dead when the power wall forced CISC- and RISC-based designs into multi-core implementations that require unrealistically complex multi-threading of sequential applications. The VISC architecture solves this problem 'under the hood' by running virtual hardware threads on virtual cores that far exceed the efficiency of software multi-threading." The VISC architecture scales by changing the number of virtual cores and virtual threads. This approach provides a single architecture capable of addressing the needs of applications spanning from the Internet of Things (IoT), to mobile, and to data center markets.
Source: at The Tech Report
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Posted on Friday, October 24 2014 @ 13:31:48 CEST by
NVIDIA previews Turf Effects, a new video game technology for rendering massive grass simulations with physical interaction. Using NVIDIA's grass technology, grass blades can be rendered with a resolution from 3 triangles to several 100 triangles per blade using continuous level of detail.

The technique supports natural shading with correct shadows from the individual blades of grass as well as self-shadows, two sided lighting and correct occlusion for scene geometry. Additionally, Turf Effects allows for interaction with complex shapes, enabling new kinds of gameplay.

When this technique is implemented in games, you'll be able to see footprints in grass, allowing you to track and hunt opponents by following their trail.
NVIDIA Turf Effects is a new NVIDIA GameWorks technology which empowers users to simulate and render massive grass simulation with physical interaction. Our grass technology provides a fully geometrical representation. Grass blades can be represented with a resolution as low as 3 triangles to several 100 triangles per blade by using continuous level of detail. This allows millions of grass blades to be simulated.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 13:44:35 CEST by
Lian Li teases the PC-Q26, a new brushed aluminium Mini-ITX case set to hit the market next week for $189. The system is capable of holding eleven storage devices: ten 3.5" and one 2.5" and features two hot-swap backplanes for two 3.5" bays.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5” drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package.

Small Chassis with Vast Storage Support
With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5” drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office.

Tool-Less Installations and Features
The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew.

Efficient Thermal-Flow
Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis.

More ventilation on the rear and side panel keep this positive pressure chassis at optimal operation temperatures. An 80mm fan can be installed on the rear panel.

Hardware Compatibility
The Lian Li PC-Q26 supports expansion cards up to 190mm (7.4”) and CPU coolers up to 150mm (5.9”). Power supplies up to 190mm (7.4”) sit elevated off the case floor on rubberized rails.

Connectivity
The I/O panel is located on the front bezel. Connections include two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio.
Lian Li PC-Q26

Lian Li PC-Q26
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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 13:38:02 CEST by
Sharkoon announces its RUSH ER1, a new gaming headset with a MSRP of just 17.99EUR. It has a closed design with 40mm drivers, in-line volume control and a microphone with mute function. One drawback perhaps is that it's only available in a white/orange color combination and not in more neutral colors.
Perfect for beginners: The low-priced RUSH ER1 Gaming Stereo Headset features 40 mm drivers and offers a pivoting microphone plus cable integrated volume control, including microphone mute function. The stylish design of the headset is aimed specifically at gamers.

Soft ear pads and a padded headband guarantees a comfortable fit, even during long gaming sessions. The circumaural headset in a closed design is suitable for PC gaming, multimedia and voice applications, for example TeamSpeak. The ER1 connects via two 3.5 mm stereo jacks, each respectively for microphone and sound.
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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 13:34:24 CEST by
ThermalTake announces the arrival of new Toughpower and Toughpower Grand power supplies with 80Plus Gold certification.

It includes 1000W ($189.99), 1200W ($199.99) and 15000W ($299.99) Toughpower models and 1050W ($174.99) and 1200W ($224.99) Toughpower Grand versions.
Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, launches a series of premium 80 PLUS Gold certified as well as high wattage power supply units which are Toughpower Series (1000W/1200W/1500W) and Toughpower Grand Series (1050W/1200W), using the highest quality components for stable performance, excellent features with unbeatable efficiency vital to the current high-end system in market even in demanding conditions. The Toughpower and Toughpower Grand Series are launched with fully modular design, and ideally suited for high-end gaming and enthusiast PCs powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU setup. Being 80 PLUS Gold certified, users not only get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU, but also a reduced in electricity bill. Additionally, Toughpower and Toughpower Grand Series come with modular design to reduce cable clutter; and ultra-quiet fan delivers silent cooling, thus the entire computer and power supply can operate at its peak moment. And now, users can find Thermaltake Toughpower Series and Toughpower Grand Series on Newegg!

Features of Toughpower Gold Series are as follow:
- Ultra Quiet Fan
- 80 PLUS Gold and Haswell Ready
- Flat Modular Design
- High Quality Japanese Capacitor
- Massive and Dedicated +12V Output

Features of Toughpower Grand Series are as follow:
- Pure Aesthetic Outer Chassis
- 80 PLUS Gold Certified and Haswell Ready
- Fully Modular Cable Design
- 100% High Quality Japanese Capacitors
- Flat Modular Cables
- Massive and Dedicated +12V Output
ThermalTake Toughpower new
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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 13:28:19 CEST by
G.SKILL shows off the Phoenix Blade, a new PCIe SSD with a capacity of 480GB. Based on four SandForce SF-2281 controllers in RAID 0 configuration, this drive promises transfer speeds of up to 200MB/s and random 4k write performance of 245,000 IOPS. The Phoenix Blade can be used as a boot device but this requires the installation of drivers which are available exclusively for Windows.
G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect storage solution for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.

By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today’s multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design.

x4 SSD Controllers in RAID0 Setup
Built with x4 SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 setup and integrated with a massive 480GB array of MLC flash, G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD increases the bandwidth performance up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs!

PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 Interface
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 high-speed interface, allowing the system to effortlessly send massive amounts of data to and from the SSD and drastically improves performance for professional and industrial graphic applications.

Up to 2,000MB/s Extreme Read and Write Performance
With 480 gigabytes of storage capacity, the G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is pushing the maximum limit of read and write speeds at up to 2,000MB per second, so large data transfers are faster than ever!

Up to 245K IOPS 4KB Random Write
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD delivers an incredibly fast 245K IOPS! Experience the performance boost in data intensive processing, such as professional graphic/industrial design and HD multimedia content creation software applications.

TRIM & SMART Support
TRIM and SCSI UNMAP support with major Windows OS versions help maintain consistent write performance, reduce flash deterioration, and most importantly, extend drive life expectancy. Not to mention an extensive set of S.M.A.R.T. attributes allow users to monitor the drive’s health, allowing users to take preventative measures against possible data loss.

Enhanced Data Protection
CRC data protection prevents data corruption during data transfers. By implementing BCH ECC of up to 55 bits per sector and RAID-5-like data protection, flash cell errors and page/block failures are yesterday’s news.

3-Year Limited Warranty
The G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD includes a 3-year limited warranty and full technical support from our tech support team.
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD
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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 13:19:45 CEST by
DigiTimes reports sources at motherboard makers are concerned about the complexity of Intel's many new CPU product lines and the inventory challenges it will create. Intel will have a total of four CPU families for the desktop market in Q2 2015: the existing 22nm Haswell Refresh, the Haswell-E series, and the new 14nm Broadwell and Skylake-S series.
As for motherboard players, in addition to the existing 8- and 9-series chipsets, the next-generation 100-series chipsets will also become available with the Skylake-S processors in the second quarter of 2015 and the players will need to open projects using different sockets including LGA1150, LGA1151 and LGA2011-3, in order to meet all demand, which will create extra work.

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For the entry-level desktop market, Intel will release Braswell-based processors to replace existing Bay Trail-D processors. In the second quarter of 2015, Intel will release the Z170 and H170 for the consumer market and the Q170 and Q150 for the enterprise market. The entry-level H170 will be released to replace the H81 in the third quarter of 2015.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 12:54:47 CEST by
ARS Technica writes a recent driver update rolled out via Windows Update for FTDI chips bricks hardware that uses knockoff FTDI chips. The update reprograms counterfeit chips and renders them largely useless, even on other operating systems. It's unknown if FTDI did this on purpose or whether somehow the knockoff chips react in a different way that causes them to brick, but most in the hardware community believe the behavior is deliberate. Fortunately, it seems possible to recover the broken parts via FTDI recovery software by reinstating the correct PID. FTDI chips are used in hobbyist hardware such as the Arduino project.
The result of this is that well-meaning hardware developers updated their systems through Windows Update, and then found that the serial controllers they used stopped working. Worse, it's not simply that the drivers refuse to work with the chips; the chips also stopped working with Linux systems. This has happened even to developers who thought that they had bought legitimate FTDI parts. It can be difficult to tell, and stories of OEMs and ODMs quietly ignoring design specs and using knock-offs instead of official parts are not uncommon. As such, even hardware that was designed and specified as using proper FTDI chips could be affected.

Every USB device has a pair of IDs. One, the Vendor ID (VID) is allocated by the USB group. Each vendor has its own unique VID, and uses that VID on every USB device it makes. The second is the Product ID (PID), allocated by the vendor, with each distinct chip type having its own PID. Windows uses the VID/PID pair to figure out which driver a given piece of hardware needs. The counterfeit chips use FTDI's VID, and set the PID to the PID of whichever chip it is they're cloning (FTDI has a range of similar parts, each with their own PIDs).

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Posted on Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 11:39:56 CEST by
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Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 will be getting support for 2-step authentication, enabling you to use your PC or phone as an extra layer of security, not only for the OS itself but also for websites and online services. You can read the full article over here.
Once enrolled, devices themselves become one of two factors that are required for authentication. The second factor will be a PIN or biometric, such as fingerprint. From a security standpoint, this means that an attacker would need to have a user’s physical device – in addition to the means to use the user’s credential – which would require access to the users PIN or biometric information. Users will be able to enroll each of their devices with these new credentials, or they can enroll a single device, such as a mobile phone, which will effectively become their mobile credential. It will enable them to sign-in into all of their PC’s, networks, and web services as long as their mobile phone is nearby. In this case, the phone, using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication, will behave like a remote smartcard and it will offer two factor authentication for both local sign-in and remote access.

If we drill a bit deeper into this component of Windows 10 and look under the hood, IT and security teams would find that things look quite familiar. The credential itself can be one of two things. It can be a cryptographically generated key pair (private and public keys) generated by Windows itself or it can be a certificate provisioned to the device from existing PKI infrastructures. Providing both of these options makes Windows 10 great for organizations with existing PKI investments and it makes it viable for the web and consumer scenarios where PKI backed identity isn’t practical. Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, and Microsoft Accounts will support our new user credentials solution right out of box, so enterprises and consumers using Microsoft online services will quickly be able to move away from passwords. This technology is intentionally being designed so that it can be adopted broadly across other platforms, the web, and other infrastructures.

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