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Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED offers wireless gaming with 15 buttons for $99.99 September 16, 2019 - 18:57
Pine64 promises $25 PineTime smartwatch September 16, 2019 - 18:19
World of Tanks gets some ray tracing effects on all video cards September 16, 2019 - 18:00
Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition has Linear Optical Switches September 16, 2019 - 13:51
Vulkan drivers get game engine/version tracking for more uniform workarounds September 16, 2019 - 13:46
Oops.. Windows 10 cumulative patch also causing network issues September 16, 2019 - 10:40
Gigabyte 400-series motherboards show up in EEC database September 16, 2019 - 10:30
Linux patches reveal AMD Dali and Renoir APUs September 16, 2019 - 10:25
AMD next-gen Radeon cards to use HBM2E in 2H 2020? September 16, 2019 - 09:55
AORUS CV27Q display offers Black Equalizer 2.0 September 13, 2019 - 14:10
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC+ has six display outputs September 13, 2019 - 11:02
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AMD Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 boosts Borderlands 3 performance September 13, 2019 - 09:41
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Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 18:57:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Logitech presents the G604 LIGHTSPEED, a new wireless gaming mouse that will be available this Fall for $99.99. The device has 15 programmable buttons, including six thumb buttons. The firm says you can expect up to 240 hours of wireless gaming when using Lightspeed Wireless and up to 5.5 months using Bluetooth, all on a single AA battery.
Logitech G, a brand of Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today announced the Logitech® G604 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse. A next-generation wireless mouse with amazing battery life, the G604 LIGHTSPEED was designed for gamers who love to game, but also need a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of tasks.

“If you’re into games such as Fortnite and WoW Classic, then this just might be the mouse you’re looking for,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. “The G604 LIGHTSPEED was designed to have six thumb buttons, so you can play at your best, and fly through actions and tasks in a heartbeat, giving you complete control. When you combine this with our LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology you get freedom of movement to take your game even farther.”

The G604 LIGHTSPEED features Logitech G’s exclusive LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology for lag-free connectivity, as well as Logitech G’s best-in-class High Efficiency Rated Optical (HERO) 16K Sensor, delivering precise gameplay and improved power efficiency with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration. In addition, gamers can switch from LIGHTSPEED to a Bluetooth® connection with a push of a button, and toggle between two different machines with one mouse. This mouse offers 240 hours of high-performance wireless gaming when using LIGHTSPEED Wireless and up to 5.5 months using Bluetooth, all on one AA battery. The customizable G604 LIGHTSPEED features 15 programmable controls, a dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel and a six-pack of thumb buttons.

To help gamers get the most from their gear, the G604 LIGHTSPEED can be programmed using Logitech’s G HUB software. Featuring a clean and modern interface, the advanced gaming software allows gamers to quickly personalize and customize commands for each button on their mouse.
Logitech G604 LIGHTSPEED
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Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 18:19:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Are you interested in a smartwatch to track your cardio or strength workouts, but don't want to pay big bucks? Pine64 may have just the thing for you as this low-cost Linux device developer is working on PineTime, a future smartwatch that is expected to cost around just $25.

Based on an existing watch body that's used by other manufacturers, the device will have internals picked by Pine64 as well as custom specifications. The smartwatch will use the Nordic nRF52832 chip and will run the FreeRTOS operating system. The PineTime watch has a zinc alloy + plastic body, a 20mm wristband, and a heart-rate monitor. It will come with a charging dock and promises multiple days of battery life.

Pine64 stresses that this is just a side project, secondary to the development of the Pinebook Pro and PinePhone. There's no word about an estimated arrival date, nor is the company taking money via a pre-order page.


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Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 18:00:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Wargaming.net announced they've added encoreRT support in World of Tanks. In a cooperation with Intel, the game developer added a form of ray tracing to its tanks game. Interestingly, the feature will work on all video cards that support DirectX 11 and higher.

There is a major limitation though; this ray tracing is exclusively available for intact vehicles that are in direct sunlight. Some examples of the ray tracing effects can be viewed over here.

Furthermore, the new Core engine that powers World of Tanks now also supports concurrent rendering. This technique promises higher performance on systems with multi-core processors. The developer says the biggest gains will be seen on systems with a slow processor and a fast video card. For example, laptops could benefit from this.
We’re continuing to improve Core, the graphics engine for World of Tanks. The updated version of the Core engine includes two important technological features:

  • Concurrent rendering support.
  • Support for more soft and realistic shadows on players’ tanks, all thanks to Ray Tracing technology, previously available only in cinema and animation.

    With the introduction of our Ray Tracing (RT) technology—developed at Wargaming with close collaboration with Intel—we can recreate the "main actors" of our game in higher quality; their smallest details will give super-realistic shadows when the sun hits them. Ray Tracing further immerses you in an atmosphere of furious tank combat and provides an even more enjoyable gameplay experience.

    Ray Tracing technology will work on all graphics cards that support DirectX 11 API and higher, but only for intact vehicles that are in direct sunlight. You can enable/disable this function in the game settings. The support for brand-new shadows on tanks will be added in the upcoming updates of World of Tanks, after the tests have been completed.

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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 13:51:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Razer rolls out the Huntsman Tournament Edition, this new Huntsman series keyboard adopts Razer’s ultra-fast light-activated Optical Switches. The switches have an actuation force of 40G and should last 100 million keystrokes. Razer has put an MSRP of $129.99 (149.99EUR) on this keyboard and expects it will be in stores by the end of this month.

    Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition
    RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Huntsman Tournament Edition (TE) compact gaming keyboard designed for esports tournaments.

    The Huntsman TE joins the Huntsman premium keyboard family built with Razer’s ultra-fast light-activated Optical Switches. After its introduction in June 2018, the critically acclaimed Razer Huntsman Elite has taken the world by storm, becoming the best selling gaming keyboard in the U.S.¹ The Huntsman TE, the latest addition to Razer’s lineup of high-performance gaming keyboards, now features a new type of optical switch that actuates even faster – the Razer Linear Optical Switch.

    ¹ Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Keyboards, Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Designed, Based on dollar sales, Jan.- June 2019.

    Introducing the new Razer Linear Optical Switch
    Razer pioneered mechanical gaming keyboards and continues to drive innovation in gaming switches to enhance esports performance. Just like the acclaimed Razer Optical Switches, the new Linear Optical Switches harness the power of light to instantly capture key actuations. An infra-red light beam is used to detect when a key is pressed (actuation), allowing for much greater precision and actuation speed versus traditional mechanical key switches.

    The new Razer Linear Optical Switch delivers a smooth actuation without a tactile bump for an instantaneous response. It actuates at 1 mm, which is twice as fast as traditional linear switches. Razer Optical Switches are rated up to 100 million keystrokes.

    Designed for esports
    The compact tenkeyless form factor and detachable USB-C cable tucked to the side of the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition allows it to be easily carried to any tournament. With onboard memory, players can access up to 5 profile settings at a moment’s notice in time for any match, at any place.

    For the new Huntsman Tournament Edition, Razer has manufactured their own proprietary tooling to produce sturdy bespoke doubleshot PBT keycaps, featuring the thinnest, sleekest font available in a PBT keycap. Designed to withstand intense training and competitive use, these keycaps are able to resist wear and tear and retain their texture, keeping the Huntsman Tournament Edition looking brand new even through extended use.

    The Huntsman TE features Razer Chroma, the world’s most popular RGB lighting system for gamers, allowing users to personalize their keyboard lighting effects by selecting from 16.8 million color options. Users can also easily synchronize lighting effects with over 500 devices that support Razer Chroma today.

    In addition, the size of the keys in bottom row of the Huntsman TE has been standardized to allow easy keycap customization.

    Gamers can choose to replace any key with a third-party keycaps of their choice – making the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition one of the most customizable Razer keyboards to date.

    Tested and approved by the best
    Each feature of the Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard has been tested and validated by Team Razer’s esports athletes such as Team EG’s Arteezy, MIBR’s TACO, Seoul Dynasty’s Ryujehong and Fleta, and more. It is a high-caliber keyboard designed for the best, by the best.

    “Razer is the pioneer in esports and athletes have used Razer gear for the unfair advantage,” says Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s peripherals business unit. “We teamed up with some of the top esports champions to develop the Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard and anyone will be able to feel the difference in their performance immediately.”

    Professional esports athletes prefer the new Linear Optical Switches due to their unhindered, rapid and responsive keystrokes. Players also experience less fatigue since each key press requires less force to actuate.

    “Every second matters and just a split second can ultimately determine the victory or loss of a match,” says TACO, professional CS:GO player for MIBR. “That’s why I prefer using a super responsive keyboard like the Huntsman Tournament Edition for competitive gaming.”

    ABOUT THE RAZER HUNTSMAN TOURNAMENT EDITION
  • Razer™ Linear Optical Switch with 40 G actuation force
  • 100 million keystroke lifespan
  • Razer Doubleshot PBT Keycaps
  • Standard Bottom Row Layout
  • Compact form factor
  • Detachable USB-C Braided Fiber Cable
  • Aluminum matte top plate
  • Hybrid onboard storage – up to 5 profiles
  • Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse 3 enabled
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting
  • Gaming mode option
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling

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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 13:46:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Phoronix reports the latest Vulkan drivers for Linux make it possible to track the game engine and version used by a game, using the VkApplicationInfo feature. Up until now, drivers relied on matching executable names to apply game/application-specific performance optimizations or bug fixes. By using VkApplicationInfo, it's also possible to perform more uniform workarounds in the case of broad game engine bugs:
    Rather than having to match and apply workarounds to each specific game in the case of broad game engine defects, the Radeon RADV and Intel ANV drivers have introduced the infrastructure for tracking the exposed engine name and version for allowing workarounds to be applied at that higher-level rather than just each executable name.

    The DriConf infrastructure for using the engine name/version was added this Sunday morning courtesy of Intel so new DriConf entries can be added for binding to a particular game engine.

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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 10:40:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    MSFT logo
    Are you suddenly experiencing network adapter failures? The latest cumulative patch for Windows 10 may be to blame. Neowin reports various users are complaining about Ethernet and WiFi adapter issues after the installation of Microsoft's KB4515384 cumulative patch for Windows 10. So far, it seems the only temporary fix that's guaranteed to work is the deinstallation of KB4515384:
    Users affected by this bug can attempt to re-enable the network adapter via Device Manager, and then reboot their systems. However, by all accounts so far, it does seem that the only fix for now is to uninstall the KB4515384 cumulative update. Although Microsoft has not officially acknowledged the issue yet, users will be hoping that a proper workaround is detailed soon.

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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 10:30:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Gigabyte logo
    Often it's possible to find details about upcoming products in databases of governments of economic unions. This time, Twitter user APISAK discovered the names of a bunch of upcoming 400-series Gigabyte motherboards in the EEC database. This includes Z490, H470, B460, and H410 based motherboards for Intel's Comet Lake-S launch.

    It seems that to differentiate itself from AMD, Intel has changed Zx90 to Zx90, and also Bx50 to Bx60.

    GIGABYTE 400 Series Motherboards
    H410 B460 H470/Q470 Z490
    H410 D3 B460 HD3 H470 HD3 Z490 AORUS ELITE
    H410M A B460M AORUS PRO H470M D3H Z490 D
    H410M D2VX SI B460M D2V H470M DS3H Z490 GAMING X
    H410M DS2 B460M D2VX SI Q470M D3H Z490 UD
    H410M DS2V B460M D3H Z490 WHITE
    H410M H B460M D3P Z490M
    H410M HD3 B460M D3V, Z490M DS3H
    H410M S2 B460M DS3H Z490M GAMING X
    H410M S2H B460M GAMING HD
    H410M S2P B460M HD3
    H410M S2V B460M POWER
    H410N


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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 10:25:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    AMD logo
    AMD has issued new Linux patches that add support for two upcoming APUs. The first one is Dali, a chip that's expected to target the value/mobile segment in 2020. Next there's Renoir, this APU is expected to offer a higher performance level.

    Phoronix went over the details and says the patches suggest that Dali is a newer revision of the Picasso APU, while Renoir APU features new display and video blocks:
    While we're still waiting on more Dali patches to come out, at this stage it's looking to be a near facsimile to current AMD Vega-based Picasso APUs and not featuring any new display or video blocks like we're seeing with the beefier Vega-based Renoir.

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    Posted on Monday, September 16 2019 @ 09:55:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    AMD logo
    Some early rumors about AMD's RDNA 2 video cards are making the rounds. Official information from AMD reveals these GPUs will be made on a 7nm+ process and it's believed we can expect video cards based on these chips in the second half of 2020.

    Everything below is rumor and speculation. One of the rumors is that the next-gen Radeon cards may be much higher-end than the current Navi-based models, and that they may feature the new HBM2E memory. Depending on the memory configuration, this could result in cards with up to 920GB/s of memory bandwidth.

    Here are some takeaways from TweakTown:
  • New Radeon card on the way
  • RDNA 2 architecture Navi 10 successor (probably Navi 20)
  • Ray tracing support
  • Not GDDR6, possibly HBM2E
  • HBM2E = revised standard, 8-Hi stack 8-Hi stack offers 920GB/sec up to insane 1.64TB/sec memory bandwidth
  • Memory bandwidth = GOOD
  • Crazy high-end will be server/HPC
  • But new high-end Radeon could be a BEAST
  • ETA = 2H 2020

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    Posted on Friday, September 13 2019 @ 14:10:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Gigabyte presents its AORUS CV27Q, a new 27" LCD display with a 1500R curved VA panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, 1ms response time, 165Hz refresh rate, 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, 400 nits brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, one DisplayPort 1.4, and two HDMI 2.0 ports. Pricing and availability is unknown.
    GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, launched a “true 1500R” curved monitor, the AORUS CV27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor. The CV27Q uses a 27-inch QHD (2560x1440 resolution, 16:9 ratio) 1500R curved VA panel equipped with Black Equalizer 2.0 technology, and the upgraded ANC 2.0 technology. The gamers will be amazed by its 1500R super immersive feel and the tactical features that it brings to the game. The Black Equalizer 2.0 technology works by dividing the screen into 1,296 subareas and equalizes each subarea individually, so gamers can see clearer the dark areas without having overexposure in the bright areas. This feature doesn’t help only in gaming but it’s also great for watching movies. An ideal solution for users who want to combine gaming and media entertainment.

    Since the launch of the AORUS tactical gaming monitor series, the exclusive Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) feature has always been the best tactical advantage that gamers love the most. Using an exclusive IC design with microphone array, the ANC feature cancels the ambient noise making the communication with your teammates much better than before. The upgraded ANC 2.0 provides 120 dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and supports high impedance headphones up to 600 ohm(?). Now users can plug in their high-end headphones to the monitor and enjoy the crystal sound that ANC 2.0 provides. The AORUS CV27Q uses a true 1500R curved panel which is on par with the natural curve of the human eye. As a result, users experience a stronger and immersive feel compared to an 1800R curved panel. The CV27Q not only provides a great visual quality but it surrounds you with an amazing sound experience at the same time.

    The AORUS CV27Q supports 1ms (MPRT) response time and 165Hz refresh rate, along with 90% DCI-P3 and an 8-bit panel for a sharper picture quality. Moreover, the AORUS CV27Q supports AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology. This technology provides LFC (Low framerate compensation) techniques and brings the HDR quality to the next level.

    The AORUS CV27Q sports a digital LED lighting solution at the back side and it comes with an adjustable, in 3 dimensions, metal stand. The CV27Q has a built-in power board so users can avoid using a traditional, chunky power adaptor. Furthermore, the CV27Q follows the same innovative tactical features as the other AORUS tactical monitors featuring GameAssist, AORUS Dashboard and all the AORUS tactical features. Last but not least, the display alignment function helps the users to align their multiple-monitor setups perfectly.

    AORUS’ tactical features are explained below:
  • Black Equalizer 2.0: Equalizes 1,296 subareas individually, allowing the users to see clearer in dark areas without overexposing the bright areas.
  • Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) 2.0: Using a unique IC design ANC 2.0 blocks the ambient noise and it provides 120 dB signal-to-noise ratio which supports high impedance headphones up to 600 ohm.
  • Aim Stabilizer: This feature reduces the blurriness of the recoil effect in FPS games. Also, it helps users to trace moving enemies much easier.
  • GameAssist: This is a kit of in-game OSD functions. It includes a customizable crosshair, a counter, a timer, and multi-screen alignment lines.
  • AORUS Dashboard: This feature is able to display hardware information, such as mouse DPI and GPU/CPU information, directly on the screen.
  • OSD Sidekick: Control all the monitor functions and settings through software and using mouse and keyboard.
  • AORUS CV27Q
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