Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 21:11:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a new tweet, it's revealed that AMD's Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Redux driver update will be released soon. Among other things, this new driver branch will introduce support for OSD performance monitoring.
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 15:34:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
G.Skill introduces what it claims is world's fastest 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 memory kit. It uses binned Samsung B-die DDR4 chips and is capable of hitting at least 4400MHz with CL19-19-19-39 timings at 1.5V. Pricing and availability is unknown.
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the never-seen-before 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z memory kit at an extremely blistering DDR4-4400MHz CL19-19-19-39. This new DDR4 Trident Z dual-channel memory kit upgrades the four-DIMM configuration to the next level as the world’s fastest 32GB (4x8GB) memory kit in the world. These extremely high-speed desktop modules are manufactured with rigorously tested and binned ultra-performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs.
The Fastest Without Limits
After the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL has been constantly pushing DDR4 speeds faster than ever before to higher levels with various capacity configurations. With the availability of the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configuration has improved stability and memory overclocking performance. G.SKILL Trident Z memory once again achieves the world’s fastest 32GB memory kit at the ultra-high DDR4-4400MHz speed, with an exceptionally aggressive timing of CL19-19-19-39 in 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.5V. Below is the screenshot of the memory kit being stress tested and demonstrating its stability on the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard with the Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 14:10:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The original Roadster is probably still the most iconic car that Tesla delivered to the market. It was an expensive halo product that suffered from many issues, but it was the beginning of a revolution in the transport market. While previous electric cars looked dull and silly, the Tesla Roadster showed the world that a car with an electric drivetrain can perform and look amazing.
Elon Musk made two major Tesla announcements yesterday. First up, there was the long-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi, a heavy duty electric vehicle. Fully loaded, the Semi has a 300 to 500 mile (482-804km) range, depending on the battery configuration, and when it's hauling 800,000lbs (36,287kg) it goes from 0-60mph in 20 seconds. Empty it goes from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. The Tesla Supercharger network can add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes and the company promises a one million miles guarantee on the Semi's powertrain.
The first Semi trucks should be on the road by the end of 2019 and they will feature Enhanced Autopilot.
Perhaps a bit more exciting for the average enthusiast is the new Roadster supercar. Surprisingly, this is a four-seater and it has pretty amazing specifications as well as a kickass look. Tesla promises it will go from 0-60mph in just 1.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds. It does a quarter mile in 8.8seconds and its 200kWh battery pack promises a 620 miles (998km) range! The base model will cost a whopping $200,000, you can reserve one right now with a $50,000 deposit. You'll have to wait a few more years though, the first new Roadsters aren't expected to be ready until 2020.
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 12:29:58 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
So many month after the launch of Vega, we still haven't seen any custom AIB versions of this new architecture from AMD. Nobody is in a rush to get custom Vega cards to the market, but at least there's a tweet or a leak every once in a while to remind us that these cards are still under development.
Today VideoCardz got its hands on two photos of the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil. This model takes up 2.5-slots and has a triple-fan cooler, some slight changes were made to the PCB but overall it looks similar to the reference card:
The card has two DIP switches. The first one is a triple-BIOS switch, yes, there are three BIOSes (and no I don’t know why yet). The other one is to control the LED lighting for Red Devil logo.
The PCB hasn’t really changed that much compared to reference design. The same number of V-Core phases is used, but the board is wider to accommodate the new cooler. The Red Devil also has two DisplayPorts and two HDMI connectors (unlike reference design which has three DPs).
Current word on the street is that PowerColor wants to get the Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil on retail shelves by early December. A Radeon RX Vega 56 variant should follow at a later date.
Intel today announced substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap to accelerate the adoption of 5G. Highlights include the introduction of the Intel® XMM™ 8000 series, Intel’s first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel’s latest LTE modem, the Intel® XMM™ 7660. Intel also announced it has successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon, the Intel® 5G Modem – a key milestone in its development. Finally, the Intel® XMM™ 7560 modem unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 has achieved gigabit-class speeds.
“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group. “Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity.”
Dutch tech site Tweakers spotted that one of the new slides suggests Intel is getting closer with the integration of WiFi into its processors. The chip giant has been working on the integration of WiFi for many years now, and it seems this project will finally hit the market in 2019.
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 11:52:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In an effort to remove legacy features in its processors and platforms, Intel is going to remove the legacy BIOS compatibility mode from its products in 2020. Intel developer evangelist Brian Richardson told the audience (PDF) at the Fall 2017 UEFI Plugfest in Taiwan that future Intel client and datacenter platforms will exclusively support UEFI Class 3.
This move will break any customer process that demands on disabling UEFI, there will no longer be any support for 16-bit operating systems. Additionally, it will no longer be possible to circumvent Secure Boot, and the policy could cause issues with the installation of non-Windows operating systems as many Linux distributions still lack Secure Boot support.
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 11:40:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new study carried out by researchers at the University of York found that there's a link between a player's skill in MOBA games like League of Legends and his or her overall intelligence level. This study discovered that top MOBA players also achieve top scores in standard paper-and-pencil intelligence tests.
Additionally, a second study found that for large groups, performance in MOBAs and IQ tests behave in similar ways as players get older. This is because games like League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) are intellectually demanding, so older players generally do a bit better in these games than young teens.
First person shooters were also investigated, but this game genre did not show a correlation between skill and intelligence. While MOBAs rely on memory and strategic decision making, FPSs are all about speed and target accuracy. On a population level, the performance of people in FPS games drops after their teens.
Researchers at the University of York have discovered a link between young people’s ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence.
Some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests.
Studies carried out at the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at York found that some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests. The researchers’ findings are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The York researchers stress the studies have no bearing on questions such as whether playing computer games makes young people smarter or otherwise. They simply establish a correlation between skill at certain online games of strategy and intelligence.
The researchers focused on ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas’ (MOBAs) – action strategy games that typically involve two opposing teams of five individuals – as well as multiplayer ‘First Person Shooter’ games. These types of games are hugely popular with hundreds of millions of players worldwide.
The team from York’s Departments of Psychology and Computer Science carried out two studies. The first examined a group of subjects who were highly experienced in the MOBA League of Legends – one of the most popular strategic video games in the world with millions of players each day.
In this study, the researchers observed a correlation between performance in the strategic game League of Legends and performance in standard paper-and-pencil intelligence tests.
The second study analysed big datasets from four games: Two MOBAs (League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and two ‘First Person Shooters’ (Destiny and Battlefield 3). First Person Shooters (FPSs) are games involving shooting enemies and other targets, with the player viewing the action as though through the eyes of the character they are controlling.
In this second study, they found that for large groups consisting of thousands of players, performance in MOBAs and IQ behave in similar ways as players get older. But this effect was not found for First Person Shooters, where performance declined after the teens.
The researchers say the correlation between ability at action strategy video games such as League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and a high IQ is similar to the correlation seen in other more traditional strategy games such as chess.
Corresponding author Professor Alex Wade of the University of York’s Department of Psychology and Digital Creativity Labs said: “Games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 are complex, socially-interactive and intellectually demanding. Our research would suggest that your performance in these games can be a measure of intelligence.
“Research in the past has pointed to the fact that people who are good at strategy games such as chess tend to score highly at IQ tests. Our research has extended this to games that millions of people across the planet play every day.”
The discovery of this correlation between skill and intelligence opens up a huge new data source. For example, as ‘proxy’ tests of IQ, games could be useful at a global population level in fields such as ‘cognitive epidemiology’ – research that examines the associations between intelligence and health across time - and as a way of monitoring cognitive health across populations.
Athanasios Kokkinakis, a PhD student with the EPSRC Centre for Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) research programme at York, is the lead author on the study.
He said: “Unlike First Person Shooter (FPS) games where speed and target accuracy are a priority, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas rely more on memory and the ability to make strategic decisions taking into account multiple factors.
“It is perhaps for these reasons that we found a strong correlation between skill and intelligence in MOBAs.”
Co-author Professor Peter Cowling, Director of DC Labs and the IGGI programme at York, said: “This cutting-edge research has the potential for substantial impact on the future of the games and creative industries – and on games as a tool for research in health and psychology.
“The IGGI programme has 48 excellent PhD students working with industry and across disciplines – there is plenty more to come!”
The studies were funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 10:42:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Cooler Master recently started shipping a new line of MasterLiquid All-in-One watercooling kits with RGB LED fans and a dual-chamber pump with an RGB LED backlit Cooler Master logo. Overall not much special here, just the fact that RGB LEDs are becoming more and more pervasive.
Here are the specs of the 240mm unit:
The MasterLiquid Lite 240 RGB is a reliable, attractive entry into liquid cooling. The system features two elements: a unique, low vibration, Dual Dissipation pump for efficient processor cooling and two 120mm RGB Air Balance fan for high-performance PC cooling. The system also includes kink-resistant tubing, matte-black styling, and a versatile design that fits nearly all PC cases.
Liquid Cooling System
Dual Dissipation Pump
120mm RGB Air Balance Fan
Easy to Install
These kits are sold for $64.99 (120mm) and $74.99 (240mm).
Posted on Friday, November 17 2017 @ 10:25:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Boston Dynamics shows off the latest iteration of its Atlas robot. The video below gives an impressive demonstration, showing how the robot can not only jump very natural but can also perform a salto. Boston Dynamics was bought by Google X in 2013 but got sold to SoftBank in June 2017 for an undisclosed sum.