Posted on Sunday, November 18 2018 @ 21:38:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Cloud Imperium Games offers a special treat. Starting on November 23, the Star Citizen alpha will be free-to-play for one week. During this Free Fly period, gamers will be able to join the Star Citizen’s Persistent Universe for free, and will have the opportunity of trying out a different ship every day. Now is a special time for the Star Citizen universe due to the launch of Hurston, the game's first explorable planet.
To celebrate the release of Hurston, Star Citizen’s first explorable planet, and commemorate our anniversary, we’re launching a Free Fly event of unprecedented magnitude.
From Nov 23 through Nov 30 you’ll have the chance to try out every flyable ship and operable vehicle in the game for free. Here’s how it works:
During the promotion, anyone can join Star Citizen’s Persistent Universe for free. You’ll be able to experience Star Citizen first-hand, but to get out there and start exploring, you’re gonna need a ship.
Starting on November 23rd, every day at 8am PST, a different ship manufacturer in the game will make its entire flyable fleet available for a 24-hour test flight period.
There may also be some surprises in store for those of you who make the trek out to Hurston and see what Lorville’s all about, as well as some fun interactive activities here on the website, so stay tuned.
Some footage of the Hurston planet can be seen in the keynote below:
On a related note, Star Citizen has now raised over $200 million in funding. In total, over two million gamers have contributed money to make the development of this game possible.
Posted on Sunday, November 18 2018 @ 21:17:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Google's YouTube service is now offering around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies, which can be watched for free. At the moment, this new feature is exclusively available in the US. It doesn't include new movies, but it does feature some nice classics like The Terminator, Rocky and Hackers, as well as some more recent films like Zookeeper, and other family-oriented movies like Agent Cody Banks and Legally Blonde.
Before, YouTube had only offered consumers the ability to purchase movies and TV shows, similar to how you can rent or buy content from Apple’s iTunes or Amazon Video.
Currently, YouTube is serving ads on these free movies, but the report said the company is open to working out other deals with advertisers – like sponsorships or exclusive screenings.
Posted on Sunday, November 18 2018 @ 21:09:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
TechPowerUp noticed Newegg is now charging less for various Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, from the 8th Gen and 9th Gen Core series. Several processors are now once again available at MSRP levels, despite the ongoing shortage of Intel's 14nm CPUs. It's unknown whether this is a temporary Black Friday sale, or a sign that things are improving.
Here's a quick overview of the current pricing:
Newegg currently lists the Core i5-9600K at USD $249.99, and the Core i7-8700K at $369.99, while the i7-8700 goes for $319.99, matched with AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X. The Core i5-8600K is listed at $239.99, which is just $20 above the consumer-favorite i5-8400. Newegg's pricing is still riddled with mark-up anomalies for SKUs in high demand. The Core i7-9700K is listed at $487.99, which is about $10 cheaper than Intel's MSRP for the Core i9-9900K, which is selling for an obnoxious $850.
Posted on Sunday, November 18 2018 @ 18:18:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
It turns out that AMD is using two foundries for its 12nm Polaris 30 GPU. TechPowerUp received confirmation from the company that it's using both GlobalFoundries and Samsung. At this point, it's unknown if there's a noticeable difference between both versions of Polaris 30. AMD did not provide details on how to identify the dies that are made by GlobalFoundries or Samsung. Both dies are packaged in China, so the national-origin marking offers no clue.
For it's next-gen GPUs, AMD will use TSMC's 7nm process but this dual-foundry strategy news opens up the possibility that AMD may also use Samsung's 7nm node for some chips. With GlobalFoundries out of the cutting-edge manufacturing race, Samsung is the only other foundry capable of delivering this:
AMD confirmed that its first 7 nm chips could be sourced from TSMC, but even it realizes that TSMC has an exhaustive list of clientele for 7 nm, each with its own foundry allocation. AMD could try to find additional sources for 7 nm chips, and we predict Samsung to be one of them. GloFo canned its 7 nm plans, and AMD is keeping it busy with wafer contracts for "Zen," "Zen+," "Polaris," "Vega 10" GPU die, and the 14 nm I/O controller die at the heart of its EPYC "Rome" MCM.
Posted on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 14:37:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
It appears the new Raise the Game Fully Loaded bundle isn't exclusively for the new AMD Radeon RX 590. As you may know, this is a pretty sweet game bundle, with Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
Fend off marauders, survive an apocalypse or teach demons a lesson with AMD Radeon™ RX Vega, RX 590, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics. Take to the streets of Washington D.C. as the world struggles to recover from a deadly virus outbreak in Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 or take a trip back to the terrifying streets of Racoon City in the all-new reimagining of horror-classic Resident Evil™ 2. Play as Dante, Nero and the mysterious V in Devil May Cry™ 5. Hack and slash your way through the series’ craziest game yet. Get the ultimate gaming experience and performance, only with Radeon™ RX graphics. Raise the game with Radeon™.
Buyers of Radeon RX 590 and Radeon RX Vega series video cards get all three games, while buyers of the Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 have choice of any 2 games.
Posted on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 11:53:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
SilentiumPC reveals the Regnum RG1 TG Pure Black. As the name suggest, the RG1 case is now available with a tempered glass side panel. With a price of just 39.90EUR (incl. VAT), this shows tempered glass side panels are now available even for low-budget cases.
One of SilentiumPC all-time favorite cases is now available as a variant with tempered-glass. The Regnum RG1 TG offers a new side panel, that blends seamlessly with understated exterior design for an elegant yet modern gaming case. RG1 is a dream come true for value-oriented buyers as it combines praised features with high-quality at an entry-level price point.
Regnum RG1 TG surprisingly roomy interior features a modern dual-chamber internal layout, which dramatically improves both airflow and cable management. Being compatible with ATX motherboards, long power supplies, high-end graphics cards with up to 380 mm length and CPU coolers up to 160 mm, it allows for flexible choice of components. In addition to that, Regnum RG1 TG comes with two external 5,25” drive bays as well as two 3,5 and two 2,5” internal drive bays for desired HDD/SDD configurations.
The chassis is equipped with a single quiet 120 mm case fan and supports up to six 120 mm fans in total. All intake holes are covered with dust-filters. Regnum RG1 is also compatible with both single and dual radiator all-in-one water cooling solutions.
All ports are located in the I/O panel at the top of the panel, including power and reset buttons, mic and headphone jacks as well as two USB 3.1 ports.
The new Regnum RG1 TG is going to be available in the next days at 39,90 EUR (MSRP, incl. VAT) in Europe.
Posted on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 10:25:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In the third-quarter earnings call with financial analysts, NVIDIA provided an update about the fallout of the cryptocurrency bust. The company says inventory of its high-end Pascal-based cards like the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 series has largely sold through ahead of the launch of the GeForce RTX series.
However, both channel prices and inventory levels of mid-range Pascal cards remained higher than expected. NVIDIA says they will work down channel inventories over the next two quarters:
Although the cryptocurrency wave has ended, the channel has taken longer than expected to normalize. Pascal high-end cards have largely sold through ahead of RTX. However, on midrange Pascal gaming cards, both channel prices and inventory levels remained higher than expected. Pascal is well positioned as the GPU of choice in the midrange for the holidays, and we expect to work down channel inventories over the next quarter or 2.
In a follow up comment, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reveals the company decided not to sell anymore GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs into the channel in the current quarter, to allow the channel to sell through the inventory it has. Pricing declined slower than NVIDIA expected, which resulted in lower-than-expected demand for these cards.
Huang confirmed there's more than 12 weeks of inventory between NVIDIA and "the other brand" (aka AMD). He further elaborated that part of the reason for the excessive channel inventory is that there was a lot more "other brand" inventory than NVIDIA estimated.
These comments seem to suggest that next-gen mid-range cards aren't coming anytime soon, although NVIDIA did confirm they plan on bringing Turing deeper into the mainstream. But at the moment, there's likely too much inventory of mid-range Pascal GPUs.
Posted on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 10:17:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
After further investigating, NVIDIA is now acknowledging that early boards of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti have a problem. As you may know, complaints and reports about RTX 2080 Ti card failures have been circulating around the web for over two weeks now.
Issues include crashes, BSODs, artifacts, and even complete card failure. Sources at AIBs said RMAs were very low so it seems the issue is solely with the $1,199 Founders Edition cards from NVIDIA.
Unfortunately, NVIDIA isn't sharing a lot of details. In a new forum post, the company explains the problem is caused by "limited test escapes":
Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experienced with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition.
We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems.
Please visit www.nvidia.com/support to chat live with the NVIDIA tech support team (or to send us an email) and we’ll take care of it.
This seems to mean that cards that should have failed NVIDIA's QA testing ended up being sold to consumers.
Posted on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 00:43:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA's fiscal Q3 2019 results hit the wire earlier this evening. The GPU designer announced record third-quarter revenue of $3.18 billion, up 21 percent year-over-year, and non-GAAP net income of $1.151 billion, up 38 percent year-over-year. Revenue missed analyst estimates by $60 million and adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.84, which is 13 cents better than anticipated.
The firm's shares got hit pretty hard and are currently down 16.37 percent in after-hours trading, to a level of $169.26. The culprit is the weak guidance, NVIDIA estimates fourth-quarter revenue of $2.7 billion plus or minus 2 percent, which is way below analyst estimates of $3.4 billion. NVIDIA claims the near-term results reflect the fallout from the bust of the cryptocurrency boom, which resulted in excess channel inventory.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue for the third quarter ended Oct. 28, 2018, of $3.18 billion, up 21 percent from $2.64 billion a year earlier, and up 2 percent from $3.12 billion in the previous quarter.
GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $1.97, up 48 percent from $1.33 a year ago and up 12 percent from $1.76 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.84, up 38 percent from $1.33 a year earlier and down 5 percent from $1.94 in the previous quarter.
“AI is advancing at an incredible pace across the world, driving record revenues for our datacenter platforms,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Our introduction of Turing GPUs is a giant leap for computer graphics and AI, bringing the magic of real-time ray tracing to games and the biggest generational performance improvements we have ever delivered.
“Our near-term results reflect excess channel inventory post the crypto-currency boom, which will be corrected. Our market position and growth opportunities are stronger than ever. During the quarter, we launched new platforms to extend our architecture into new growth markets – RAPIDS for machine learning, RTX Server for film rendering, and the T4 Cloud GPU for hyperscale and cloud.”
During the first nine months of fiscal 2019, NVIDIA returned $1.13 billion to shareholders through a combination of $855 million in share repurchases and $273 million in quarterly cash dividends.
In November 2018, the board of directors authorized an additional $7 billion under the company’s share repurchase program for a total of $7.94 billion available through the end of December 2022.
NVIDIA announced a 7 percent increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.16 per share from $0.15 per share, to be paid with its next quarterly cash dividend on December 21, 2018, to all shareholders of record on November 30, 2018.
NVIDIA intends to return an additional $3 billion to shareholders by the end of fiscal 2020, which may begin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
NVIDIA’s outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 is as follows:
Revenue is expected to be $2.70 billion, plus or minus 2 percent.
GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 62.3 percent and 62.5 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points.
GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $915 million and $755 million, respectively.
GAAP and non-GAAP other income and expense are both expected to be income of approximately $21 million.
GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 8 percent, plus or minus 1 percent, excluding any discrete items. GAAP discrete items include excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation, which are expected to generate variability on a quarter by quarter basis.
Posted on Thursday, November 15 2018 @ 16:35:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
So not a lot of surprises here as most of the information already leaked earlier this week. AMD just introduced its Radeon RX 590, this card is based on the 12nm FinFET Polaris 30 GPU. The number of stream processors remains the same, but this model has a much higher frequency. You now get a 1469MHz base clock and a 1545MHz Boost.
Lots of reviews just hit the web. The conclusion seems to be that the Radeon RX 590 is about 10-12 percent faster than the Radeon RX 580. This extra performance comes at the cost of increased power consumption, as 12nm is more of a new stepping rather than a shrink. All the improvements went to increasing the clockspeed, and this results in performance per Watt that's significantly worse than the previous Polaris cards. On a percentage-basis, power consumption increased harder than the gains seen in performance. A system with the Radeon RX 590 easily consumes over 100W more than a system with the somewhat slower GeForce GTX 1060, which can now be found for $249.99.
All this for $279 but the card also comes with the "Raise the Game Fully Loaded" bundle, which includes Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 2, and Tom Clancy's The Division 2.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today unveiled the Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card, an advanced 12nm GPU designed to deliver amazing gaming experiences and outstanding performance for the latest AAA, eSports and Virtual Reality (VR) titles.
Powered by AMD “Polaris” architecture1, the AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card provides faster clock speeds for higher gaming performance than the AMD Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card2, and delivers up to 20 percent or higher performance-per-dollar than the competition3. Paired with the advanced AMD Radeon FreeSync™ gaming display technology and loaded with the latest AMD Radeon™ Software features, the AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card delivers an exceptional gaming experience.
This new graphics card provides beautiful visuals, blistering frame rates, and the latest and greatest features for PC gaming,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “Combined with AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology for smooth, stutter-free gaming, game Day-0 launch performance updates and an ever-expanding Radeon™ Software feature set, the Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card provides an amazing experience for the legions of performance and hard-core gamers everywhere.”
Features of the AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card include:
Outstanding Gaming Performance: The AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card is built upon 12nm process technology and the advanced AMD “Polaris”1 architecture, including 4th Gen GCN graphics cores, display engine and multimedia cores to enable exceptional performance in low-level APIs like DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®. It also provides a visually stunning HD gaming experience running at up to 60 FPS or higher in the most popular AAA games, and up to 100 FPS in some of the most popular eSports titles.
Best Software Features for Gamers: AMD Radeon™ Software features game Day-0 driver support and up-to-the minute game optimizations for performance enhancements. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon™ ReLive technology; monitor performance and PC system info and socialize with the AMD Link app; and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with AMD Radeon™ WattMan technology.
Largest Gaming Display Ecosystem8: With over 500 AMD Radeon FreeSync™-technology4 capable monitors to choose from, achieving pixel-perfect, silky-smooth gameplay has never been easier. AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology synchronizes the monitor update rate to the game, eliminating tears and choppiness. AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology offers up to 2x better brightness and color volume compared to sRGB.
Premium Virtual Reality: The AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card delivers beautifully rich and immersive VR environments during gameplay. AMD LiquidVR™ technology provides broad compatibility, plug-and-play ease of use and stable platform support for the new wave of advanced VR vendors and technologies.
Up to Three Free Games with Radeon™ RX Purchase
Today, AMD also launched the ‘Raise the Game Fully Loaded’ bundle, offering gamers PC versions of the highly anticipated Resident Evil™ 2, Devil May Cry™ 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2, for free with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon™ RX graphics card or Radeon™ RX powered PC. Gamers who purchase an AMD Radeon™ RX Vega or RX 590, or an eligible Radeon™ RX Vega or RX 590 powered PC, will receive free copies of all three games. Gamers who purchase an AMD Radeon™ RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, or an eligible Radeon™ RX 580 or RX 570 powered PC, can choose two of these games for free. For more information on the program and where to buy, visit: www.amd.com/raisethegame