Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 20:57:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Assetto Corsa Competizione may not be getting RTX support in the foreseeable future but NVIDIA did announce a fresh list of games that will incorporate real-time ray tracing. Here's a quick overview from NVIDIA, there are also some videos below to show you the new eye candy:
New games supporting ray tracing include:
Dying Light 2 – The highly anticipated open world action RPG Dying Light 2, the next installment to the franchise with over 17 million players, will feature real-time ray tracing, taking immersion in the world of the infected set within a Modern Dark Age to the next level.
Metro Exodus – The Two Colonels downloadable content (DLC) – Metro Exodus’ use of global illumination made it a showcase title for ray tracing. Now, NVIDIA, 4A Games and Deep Silver are adding ray-traced global illumination with emissive lighting via the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC. Attendees can play the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC for the first time.
Minecraft – Minecraft is the world’s best-selling video game. Together, NVIDIA and game developer Mojang are adding a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Upon release of the game update, Minecraft players will be able to build, create and explore their Minecraft worlds in stunning realism with real-time ray tracing. They can immerse themselves in realistic lighting and vibrant colors enabled by global illumination, realistic water that reflects and refracts naturally and emissive textures that now light up their world. Attendees can play Minecraft with real-time ray tracing at Gamescom and capture their gameplay to share.
SYNCED: Off-Planet – Tencent’s flagship games development studio has partnered with NVIDIA to unveil its inaugural AAA game featuring ray-tracing technology. Previously unannounced, SYNCED: Off-Planet is a brand new franchise that will use ray-traced reflections and shadows in a new twist on PvPvE that has players fighting each other while surviving 1,000+ “Nano Zombies.” Attendees can play the game and capture their gameplay to share.
In addition, NVIDIA and its development partners are premiering several ray-traced games that are unveiling ray-traced effects for the first time, including:
Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® – One of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling game franchises of all time, the Call of Duty team at Activision revealed that the newest installment in the fan-favorite Modern Warfare series will feature real-time ray tracing on PC. Awarded “Best Online Multiplayer” by Game Critics Best of E3 2019, the new blockbuster title launches worldwide on Oct. 25. Attendees of the Gamescom NVIDIA event can finally get hands-on play with the highly anticipated game, and capture PC gameplay featuring ray-traced shadows to share.
Control – A showcase for ray-traced graphics, Control ships Aug. 27 and is a GeForce RTX™ bundle title. Control was nominated for Game Critics Awards in the Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Action/Adventure Game categories. The game supports NVIDIA DLSS technology as well as ray-traced reflections, shadows and global illumination, and will be one of the first games to support multiple ray-tracing effects. Attendees can play the game and capture gameplay to share.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 – Considered one of the five biggest announcements at GDC 2019 by IGN, attendees to NVIDIA’s event receive a guided presentation of the highly anticipated Vampire RPG that features ray-traced reflections.
Watch Dogs: Legion – With more than 60 awards and nominations received at E3 2019, including Game Critics Best Action/Adventure Game, the newest installment in the Watch Dogs series will feature ray tracing. Attendees get a chance to experience the GeForce RTX title first-hand with ray-traced reflections.
Wolfenstein®: Youngblood™ – Nominated for E3 Game Critics’ Awards in the Best PC Game, Best Online Multiplayer game and Best Action Game categories, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the second GeForce RTX bundle title at Gamescom. Attendees can experience the game with the addition of ray-traced reflections.
Ray tracing is also featured in can’t-miss demos at Gamescom 2019, including Cyberpunk 2077, winner of hundreds of awards, and a game Gamespot calls “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” Cyberpunk 2077’s Gamescom demo features real-time ray tracing. Gameplay presentations happen every 30 minutes throughout the day in the CD PROJEKT RED booth in the Gamescom Entertainment Area (hall 6, booth C049). Attendees can watch the game being played live by members of the dev team.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 20:49:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA and Microsoft announced the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will receive support for real-time ray tracing. It's unknown when this feature will be added but it will be available for free.
Minecraft, the world’s best-selling video game with over 176 million copies sold, will be dramatically more realistic through support for real-time ray tracing on PC, NVIDIA and Microsoft today announced.
A free game update will provide Minecraft players with vivid visualizations of their self-created worlds, with more realistic shadows, lighting and vibrant colors.
“Minecraft will expose ray tracing to millions of gamers of all ages and backgrounds that may not play more hardcore video games,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “The world’s best-selling video game adding ray tracing on PC illustrates the momentum that ray tracing has built in the gaming ecosystem.”
“Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft,” said Saxs Persson, franchise creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft. “GeForce RTX gives the Minecraft world a brand-new feel to it. In normal Minecraft, a block of gold just appears yellow, but with ray tracing turned on, you really get to see the specular highlight, you get to see the reflection, you can even see a mob reflected in it.”
Together, NVIDIA and Mojang, the developer of the game, are adding a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Path tracing simulates the way light is transported throughout a scene. It presents a unified model for lighting calculations for many different types of effects that have traditionally been implemented separately using rasterized or hybrid renderers. Among these are:
Direct lighting from the sun, sky and various light sources, including emissive surfaces such as glowstone and lava
Realistic hard and soft shadows depending on the size, shape and distance of the light source
Per-pixel emissive lighting
Indirect diffuse illumination (diffuse global illumination)
Indirect specular illumination (reflections)
Transparent materials with reflection, refraction and scattering (stained glass, water, ice)
Atmospheric scattering and density (volumetric fog, light shafts, realistic sky)
Real-time ray tracing is changing the way games are created and dramatically increases the image quality they can achieve. Ray tracing is built upon a robust ecosystem that includes industry-standard application programming interfaces, support in an array of popular and private game engines, and games from the biggest publishers for their most anticipated titles.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs are the only GPUs capable of playing games with real-time ray tracing.
NVIDIA is kicking off Gamescom 2019 at an exclusive invitation-only event that features some of the world’s most anticipated titles premiered with ray-traced graphics. Attendees can play Minecraft and capture their ray-traced gameplay to share later.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 18:13:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AOC presents three new gaming monitors at the Gamescom show in Cologne, Germany. This includes one 24" and two 27" panels:
At this year’s gamescom, held from August 20th to 24th in Cologne, a leader in the gaming monitor market, AOC will present their extensive portfolio including the new G2 Series gaming monitors. The AOC and Philips Monitors’ 102m2 joint booth A-080 will be located in Hall 10.1, at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Germany.
Among many other premium models presented by AOC at gamescom this year, the stars of the show are three brand-new AOC Gaming monitors from the G2 Series. The new models will be available to all visitors to see and experience first-hand at this European debut. All three models, the 24G2U (24”), 27G2U (27”) and curved CQ27G2 (27”) come with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time), FHD (1920x1080 pixels) and in case of the CQ27G2, QHD (2560x1440) resolution and AMD FreeSync, bringing with it a smooth gameplay experience.
The G27G2U, 27“ 144 Hz gaming monitor from the brand new AOC G2 Series
This line-up leaves nothing to be desired
With this year’s booth, AOC will show they have a fitting monitor, no matter your game. Visitors will be able to try out all models such as AOC’s curved 27” QHD flagship, the AGON AG273QCG. Action, racing or shooter game optimised displays such as the 27”-VA-Panel AGON AG273QCX, 27” FreeSync QHD AGON AG271QX or 27” FreeSync2 AGON AG272FCX6 guarantee stutter free movement on screen with frequencies ranging between 144 and 165Hz. For any type of highly competitive gaming, the hyper fast 240Hz AGON AG251FZ is an ambitious player’s best bet. An Adaptive-Sync driver and 1ms reaction time eliminate distortions to get you ahead of the competition. For those who want to dive into virtual worlds, the ultrawide 35” curved beast AGON AG352UCG6, boasting G-Sync and WQHD, will draw any gamer into their game environment especially with the delicate picture quality. The fans of the G2 Esports team will also have a chance to try out the G2 Esports branded 24.5” 144Hz G2590PX/G2 monitor.
For console players, the displays of AOC’s partner Philips are ready to shine their way into visitor’s hearts with an exceptionally smooth console gaming experience, sleek designs and popular games on offer.
On stage entertainment with meetups
AOC and Philips will display their products in hall 10.1, booth A-080. The booth will also have a dedicated area for the G2 Esports team, where fans will get the chance to meet and greet Lothar and Orb, as well as the Rainbow Six Siege team. Additionally, AOC invited Hertha BSC esports athletes, and some secret special guests from the German influencer scene. With selfies and signing sessions, fans will not only be able to interact with their heroes but also challenge them in fun games on stage.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:44:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Zowie announces it's now shipping a black matte version of its EC series mice. Pricing and availability is unknown.
The updated EC series was first released in a glossy finish as the DIVINA EC-B Series. This DIVINA range was released in conjunction with the DIVINA women’s tournaments to further bring attention to women’s esports.
Since then, we have received positive feedback from professional, competitive and casual players alike. This is why we are now releasing the updated EC series in the standard black coating to meet more players’ personal preferences. This series will be named EC-1 / EC-2, and like the DIVINA version, uses the 3360 sensor as well as the two large mouse feet design.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:41:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AnandTech writes Micron held an opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the construction of its Fab 10 Expansion in Singapore. The new cleanroom will not increase Micron's production capacity in terms of wafers but will enable more advanced production. The memory maker is still installing new equipment and expects Fab 10 Expansion will be able to kick off production of 96-layer 3D NAND memory before the end of this year.
Micron is now installing equipment and expects to start production of 96-layer 3D NAND at the new Fab 10 Expansion sometime in the second half of this calendar year (i.e. in the next 4.5 months). Meanwhile, the company stresses that it will align its spending on production tools with 3D NAND demand and trends. Furthermore, even when fully equipped, the facility is not expected to add any new wafer capacity, but rather will be used to house more advanced process equipment necessary for greater numbers of 3D NAND layers.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:34:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Mozilla announced it recently fixed a "moderate" bug in the Firefox password manager. Users have the option to protect passwords with a master password but as it turns out, this protection could easily be circumvented. On versions before Firefox 68.0.2, users could simply copy passwords to the clipboard, without having to enter the master password.
CVE-2019-11733: Stored passwords in 'Saved Logins' can be copied without master password entry
When a master password is set, it is required to be entered before stored passwords can be accessed in the 'Saved Logins' dialog. It was found that locally stored passwords can be copied to the clipboard thorough the 'copy password' context menu item without first entering the master password, allowing for potential theft of stored passwords.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:25:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Phanteks introduces the Enthoo Luxe 2, a new full-tower case that supports two systems by allowing you to install both an E-ATX motherboard plus a Mini-ITX motherboard. You can check the full specifications over here. The Enthoo Luxe 2 should ship soon for 189.90EUR.
Enthoo Luxe 2 has been designed to house the most powerful hardware with the flexibility to configure it to your needs for the perfect system. From SSI-EEB motherboards to extreme water cooling and extensive storage capabilities, anything is possible.
The Enthoo Luxe 2 is built using quality materials with a strong steel frame, aluminum panels and tempered glass windows to complement any high-end configuration.
The interior of the Enthoo Luxe 2 offers the flexibility to configure it to your needs. Both the side and bottom fan positions can be utitlized for multiple purposes so you can build your system just the way you want it.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:16:57 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
China's largest semiconductor foundry is now offering 14nm FinFET risk production. AnandTech report SMIC expects to ship 14nm FinFET products for "significant" revenue by the end of this year, but it's hard to imagine the firm shipping a lot of these chips this year as it has limited capacity. The interesting thing about this news is that it marks the first production of FinFET chips in China:
SMIC, the largest contract maker of semiconductors in China, announced this month that it would start commercial production of chips using its 14 nm FinFET manufacturing technology by the end of the year. This is the first FinFET manufacturing line in China, making it a notable development for a country that already houses a significant number of fabs, as the world's leading-edge manufacturers never installed FinFET technology in China for geopolitical and IP reasons. SMIC in turn seems to expect a rather rapid ramp of its 14 nm node, as it anticipates the new manufacturing line will meaningfully contribute to its revenue before the end of the year.
In the future, SMIC expects to offer 10nm and 7nm process technology. For the latter, it will use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. SMIC ordered an EUV step-and-scan system from ASML, which was or will reportedly delivered this year.
Posted on Monday, August 19 2019 @ 10:06:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Will there be a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER from NVIDIA? WCCF Tech reports the changelog of the latest version o the AIDA64 tool adds support for a new TU102 GPU based GeForce RTX video card. The site speculates this may be the RTX 2080 Ti SUPER:
The latest AIDA64 Extreme BETA (V6.00.5151) that was released on 14th August has added support for the unknown graphics card but it does mention that the graphics card is based on NVIDIA’s TU-102 GPU. The graphics card is named NVIDIA GeForce RTX T10-8 and one thing the naming scheme confirms is that this is indeed a gaming product within the GeForce RTX family and not a Titan or a workstation graphics card.
Last month, TweakTown wrote there may not be a RTX 2080 Ti SUPER. This was based on a vague comment from NVIDIA's PC business chef Jeff Fisher. Guess we'll learn the truth later this year.
Posted on Friday, August 16 2019 @ 20:28:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte reveals the AORUS FI27Q, a new 27" IPS-based LCD display with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. The panel has a 1ms response time, 165Hz refresh rate, VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, 10 bits image processing and 95% DCI-P3, and AMD FreeSync support. The display has an adjustable stand with integrated RGB LED lighting and is equipped with a USB 3.0 hub.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched the brand new tactical gaming monitor, AORUS FI27Q, to the 27-inch product lineup. AORUS FI27Q is equipped with a 27-inch flat screen frameless monitor and an IPS level panel with QHD (2560x1440, 2K) resolution. The fast response time featuring 1ms and 165Hz refresh rate eliminates screen tearing and blurring, assuring dynamic frames while gaming. The monitor meets VESA DisplayHDR 400 with 10 bits image processing and 95% DCI-P3 standards, allowing gamers to embrace the splendid display quality. Along with AMD Radeon FreeSync?™ technology whichsynchronizes the panel’s refresh rate and GPU framerate, the monitor offers smooth and judder-free gaming.
The AORUS FI27Q shares an identical design with the World’s First Tactical Monitor AORUS AD27QD. Digital RGB LED lighting, the full function stand, thin bezel design, and a built-in power board are the same as the first monitor. The glamorous lighting effects and thin bezel design presents a compact and sharp appearance. The stand allows a great deal of flexibility for use. It spins up to 90 degrees vertically, rotates 20 degrees sideways and -5 to 21 degrees up/down; the height is stretchable up to 130 cm. Two HDMI 2.0 inputs, one display interface and two USB 3.0 ports accommodate your PC with connectivity to spare. Gamers can update the OSD firmware via the OSD commander software for the most advanced gaming experience. With built-in power, no more heavy adaptors are needed, creating a clean gaming battlefield.
The joystick on the rear side of the screen provides a direct control to OSD. Alternatively, the settings can be adjusted by keyboards and mouse, both ways can be used to control the monitor settings. AORUS FI27Q features anti-blue light and flicker-free technology, allowing gamers to deeply immerse themselves into games without eye blinking. Moreover, with the PiP/PbP display mode, the monitor provides flexibility with multiple usage on the screen. Just a simple click on the screen and gamers can play games and watch the game guide at the same time. Besides the excellence of its hardware, the software features are the key to the greatness of this monitor. Aim Stabilizer, customized crosshair, the exclusive ANC function, all bring extra benefits to gamers.
AORUS’ tactical features are explained below:
Black Equalizer?Brightens up the dark parts in the picture for better visibility in dark areas.
Aim Stabilizer?This feature will help you reduce the blurriness of the recoil effect while you are shooting in an FPS game. It can also help you trace moving enemies much easier.
GameAssist?This is a kit of OSD functions which helps you in game. It includes a customizable crosshair, a counter, a timer, and multi-screen alignment lines.
AORUS Dashboard?We can display hardware information directly on screen, such as mouse DPI and GPU/CPU information.
OSD Sidekick?You can now control the monitor through this software and control your OSD with mouse and keyboard. A much easier way to adjust your monitor.
Active Noise Cancelling(ANC)?When you plug your mic into the monitor, it can help you cancel the noise around you. The only thing that goes through the mic when you are communicating with your teammate is your voice.