Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 13:09:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's a kickass project from Mr Creative, the video below teaches you how you can make a car racing game from cardboard. It doesn't serve a whole lot of purpose, but it's definitely a great way to waste your time:-)
Similarly, the YouTube channel also has a video that shows you how to make a cardboard jet fighter game.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 11:22:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
be quiet! introduces the Straight Power 11. This updated model has a completely reworked PCB, with a wire-free design on the DC side, and promises lower noise than the previous generation.
The company sells the Straight Power 11 in 450W, 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W and 1000W editions for $109.90, $119.90, $129.90, $149.90, $179.90, and $214.90, respectively. For the European pricing, replace the dollar sign with a euro sign and subtract about 5 euro.
The entire Straight Power 11 series feature a five-year warranty.
be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for eleven consecutive years*, announces its latest, most silent power supply, Straight Power 11. With its completely redesigned PCB, wire-free design on the DC side, an expanded power range with models up to 1,000 watts, and a modern topology using high-quality components, Straight Power 11 is a worthy successor to be quiet!’s premium power supply series.
Lower audible noise
The Straight Power 11 series uses be quiet!’s renowned Silent Wings 3 135mm fan with a funnel-shaped vent that simultaneously provides excellent airflow and reduces unwanted turbulence. A 6-pole motor and fluid-dynamic bearings create both an extremely low noise level and the lowest startup rotational speed in the market - under 200 revolutions per minute. This fan is extremely silent, making semi-passive solutions unnecessary and ensuring constant cooling at a low noise level. Since fans are not the only source of noise in a power supply, high-quality capacitors are used to prevent high-frequency electronic noise emission and noise induced by extreme load changes (like, for example, from modern graphics cards) is also minimized.
As an absolute innovation, Straight Power 11 has no cables inside the power supply’s body on the DC side, with all connections running directly through the PCB. As a result, there are no cables to obstruct airflow, increasing cooling performance. Other effects of its wire-free design include better signal quality and less signal disturbance due to lack of magnetic interference attributed to powered cables. These factors ultimately extend component lifetimes.
All Straight Power 11 power supplies are 80 PLUS Gold certified with an efficiency of up to 93 percent at 230 volts, and comply with ErP thanks to a standby power drain of under 0.12 Watts. When compared to previous models, improvements in voltage stability, voltage regulation and ripple were made. These high standards are achieved by combining superior key technologies like “LLC”, “Synchronous Rectifying”, “DC-to-DC” and exclusively using high-quality Japanese capacitors with a rating of up to 105°C.
Extensive feature set
To accommodate enthusiasts, Straight Power 11 includes fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve chassis airflow. Completely removable cables also allow users to install the power supply and cables independently, increasing ease of use. Safety plays a very important role for be quiet! in the design process of all power supplies. Straight Power 11 implements all available safeguarding circuits, including over current protection (OCP), over voltage protection (OVP), under voltage protection (UVP), short circuit protection (SCP), over power protection (OPP) and the often overlooked, but no less important, over temperature protection (OTP).
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 11:15:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Chinese keyboard maker Varmilo created the first keyboard with a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds design. The new Chicken Dinner keyboard is available with Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown or Silver switches and comes with dye-sublimated PBT keycaps.
This is a real treat for PUBG fans, the keyboard features various game icons and even has the quintessential "WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!" phrase on the space bar. Varmilo sells the full-sized VA108M as well as a tenkeyless VA87M version.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 11:06:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD has partnered with Enmotus to enhance the storage performance of systems with the Ryzen desktop processors. The two companies cooperated to optimize the Enmotus FuzeDrive technology for Ryzen. This technique is compatible with motherboards with the AMD B350, X370 and X399 chipset. Low-end motherboards with the AMD A320 are not supported.
FuzeDrive delivers performance benefits when you have multiple disks in your system.
Here's how it works:
First, the FuzeDrive software analyzes all of the storage hardware available on your system, from fastest to slowest: from DDR4 RAM, to 3D Xpoint NVMe drives, standard NVMe drives, SSD drives, and mechanical hard disks. During the setup process, it combines these disks into what your system sees as a single, larger disk. Unlike caching schemes, FuzeDrive™ lets you use both the SSD and the HDD capacity together as one large boot drive. For example, you can now combine a 128GB SSD and 2TB hard drive into a large bootable 2.1TB high performance FuzeDrive™.
Once installed, FuzeDrive™ intelligently and continuously analyzes your system, activating an ongoing process to make it as fast and responsive as possible. For instance, your Windows operating system boot files are moved to the fastest non-volatile storage to accelerate boot times. And as you use your PC from day to day, FuzeDrive™ notices what applications you run and automatically prioritizes the applications and data you use the most, so it’s accessed as quickly as possible from the fastest storage tier available. That means faster boot times, faster application and game load times, and a more responsive system.
And here are three possible scenarios in which you can use FuzeDrive:
Performance option 1: You installed Windows on a relatively slow mechanical hard drive. With FuzeDrive™, if you add an SSD or NVMe drive later, you will enjoy the speed of an SSD when you boot your PC, or load programs and data that you most often employ.
Performance Option 2: You installed windows on a fast SSD drive, but are running out of capacity. If you add a large mechanical hard disk, FuzeDrive™ will recognize that the programs you use most should stay resident on the speedy SSD, and move the data that is rarely accessed to the mechanical hard disk. This gives you the best of both worlds: high performance with large capacity.
Performance Option 3: For the fastest booting and storage, a large conventional SSD paired with bootable 3D Xpoint NVMe drive for incredible booting speed, application launch, and data access performance.
For certain use cases, the FuzeDrive technology can significantly boost the performance of your PC. Here are some benchmark figures from AMD:
So what's the bad news? This is not a free technology. AMD didn't license the software so you need to buy it yourself for $19.99.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 10:48:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Even though gaming laptops have been lauded as one of the better performing segments of the mobile computing market, it seems the market is not doing as well as expected. Sources in the upstream supply chain confided to DigiTimes that sales came in at around five million units in 2017, which is lower than anticipated. Last year, market watchers expected gaming laptop sales could reach a figure as high as 5.5 million units.
For consumers, this is good news. The limited growth and the number of new participants in the market should lead to price competition. The site also writes that the market is tougher than many notebook vendors expected. Many notebook brands reportedly asked their ODMs to "copy" the gaming laptop designs from ASUS and MSI, but that strategy did not result in the desired effect.
In Southeast Asia, Europe and Asia Pacific, Asustek and MSI are the top-2 in terms of shipments, while in North America they are in second place with similar shipment volumes. In China, where entry-level models are most popular, the two are in the second and the third places, but are still mainly focusing on the market's mid-range to high-end sector to avoid price competition from local brands Lenovo and Haier.
For the current year, global gaming notebook sales are expected to increase by a single-digit figure.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 10:37:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
While the pricing of NAND flash memory is going down a bit, the DRAM market is still looking thight. Nanya Technology, one of the smaller Taiwanese memory makers, predicts the price of DRAM will soar further in the first half of this year. Lee Pei-ing, president of Nanya Technology, believes the announced capacity expansions will not be enough to stabilize prices.
The server market remains a strong growth driver for DRAM, as well as the smartphone segment, which will require more memory to support more advanced AI capabilities.
Lee expected market demand for servers to stay strong in 2018 along with the growing establishment of datacenters and applications of 5G and AI (artificial intelligence), which in turn will drive the demand for server-use DRAM.
As AI capability is increasingly applied to high-end smartphones, the DRAM capacity required for smartphone will continue picking up to the 4-6 GB level. And demand for DRAM from such consumer segments as TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, mining devices, and smart voice-assistant devices will also rise steadily in 2018, according to Lee.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 10:28:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel faces a class-action lawsuit over Meltdown and Spectre, and now AMD is hit by similar legal action as a law firm is going after the company for making misleading statements. Rosen Law Firm alleges that AMD made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose a fundamental security vulnerability in its chips.
Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of the securities of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) from February 21, 2017 through January 11, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”). The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Advanced Micro investors under the federal securities laws.
To join the Advanced Micro class action, go to http://rosenlegal.com/cases-1269.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. or Daniel Sadeh, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information on the class action.
NO CLASS HAS YET BEEN CERTIFIED IN THE ABOVE ACTION. UNTIL A CLASS IS CERTIFIED, YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL UNLESS YOU RETAIN ONE. YOU MAY ALSO REMAIN AN ABSENT CLASS MEMBER AND DO NOTHING AT THIS POINT. YOU MAY RETAIN COUNSEL OF YOUR CHOICE.
According to the lawsuit, defendants during the Class Period made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) a fundamental security flaw in Advanced Micro’s processor chips renders them susceptible to hacking; and (2) as a result, Advanced Micro’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.
A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than March 19, 2018. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. If you wish to join the litigation, go to http://rosenlegal.com/cases-1269.html or to discuss your rights or interests regarding this class action, please contact Phillip Kim, Esq. or Daniel Sadeh, Esq. of Rosen Law Firm toll free at 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TweakTown got in touch with AMD and received the following reply:
"We believe these allegations are without merit. We intend to vigorously defend against these baseless claims".
Posted on Tuesday, January 16 2018 @ 14:59:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Over at CES 2018, Ducky Keyboards showed off a mechanical keyboard that adopts the new Cherry MX RGB Low Profile. These mechanical switches have a height of just 11.9mm and feature a shorter travel distance, they ideal for low-profile keyboards as well as a better fit for gaming laptops. Thanks to the new switches, Ducky managed to create a mechanical keyboard with a total keyboard height of just 22mm.
The Ducky Blade Air is one of the first confirmed keyboards with the Cherry MX RGB Low Profile switches and what makes it even more special is that it can be used wirelessly. The Blade Air has a detachable USB Type-C plug for wired operation but it also features Bluetooth for wireless computing.
Posted on Tuesday, January 16 2018 @ 14:26:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Half an hour ago I wrote about the QLC-based Intel SSD 660p and now there's news of a new QLC-capable controller from Marvell. The quad-bit-per-cell NAND flash memory is cheaper but has even lower endurance than triple-bit-per-cell (TLC) NAND flash memory. Over at CES 2018, Tom's Hardware heard that various companies are working on QLC-based SSDs.
One of the upcoming QLC-capable controllers is a new Marvell model that will replace the existing NVMe 1.1 Eldora (88SS1093). The unnamed controller will target the consumer, cloud data center, and enterprise segments.
QLC NAND flash memory requires enhanced error correction technology and one of the key features in the new Marvell controller is NANDEdge ECC technology.
Tom's Hardware saw the controller in action at CES 2018 and reports it can do 3500MB/s and 670,000 IOPS in combination with 3D TLC flash memory. The availability of the first disks with this controller is unknown, but it will probably be later rather than sooner.
Posted on Tuesday, January 16 2018 @ 14:15:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A leaked slide set details a cunning plan to squeeze more money out of gamers. It works by employing an artificial intelligence system to manipulate your gameplay in a way that maximizes profits for game publishers. The idea behind the system is to increase the revenue stream by combining out-of-game information and out-of-game AI generated activities with in-game premium activities. The AI agent analyzed you and your socioeconomic situation and can then continuously alter your individual gameplay experience to get you to pay as much as possible to get ahead in the game.
It proposes leveraging AI to gather and build a socio-economic profile of a player to implement the best revenue-generation strategy. It also proposes using an AI to consistently "alter" the player's gameplay, such that the player's actions don't have the desired result leading toward beating the game, but towards an "unfair" consequence that motivates more in-game spending.
TechPowerUp has more details and the relevant slides over here. There's no indication anyone is planning to adopt this in a large way, but it's a sign of things to come.
We all want better AI in games, but perhaps not this sort of AI?