Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 22:45:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD just dropped its Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3 driver, you can grab it over here. This version adds support for Sea of Thieves, A Way Out, and Vulkan 1.1. Furthermore, there are also a number of bug fixes. Gamers will probably not be mad that the mining stability issue with 12 GPUs remains unsolved!
Sea of Thieves™
A Way Out™
Vulkan®1.1 Support: Product is conformant with the Vulkan® 1.1 Specification. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are registered trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc.
Forza® Motorsport 7 may experience intermittent stutter during gameplay.
Some Radeon ReLive recorded clips may experience corruption or audio distortion when played back.
Final Fantasy® XV may experience flickering or disappearing objects during some gameplay in multi GPU enabled system configurations.
Star Wars® Battlefront™ 2 may experience a system hang on the initial splash screen in multi GPU enabled system configurations.
A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
Destiny 2™ may experience an application hang in the mission "Heist" on some Radeon GCN1.0 products.
Destiny 2™ may experience long load times when the application has been open for extended periods of time.
Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to enable when toggled in some games.
FFmpeg application may experience corrupted output for H264 video streams.
Resizing Radeon Settings may cause the window to intermittently stutter.
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 18:47:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA and game developer Remedy Entertainment showcased a video that illustrates the capabilities of RTX, the new real-time ray tracing technology from NVIDIA.
Some more details about RTX can be read at GeForce.com.
NVIDIA RTX Technology, Volta-architecture GPUs, the GameWorks SDK, and the Microsoft DirectX Raytracing API make real-time ray tracing a reality for games. Check out this Northlight-engine tech demo from Remedy Entertainment for an early look at how real-time ray tracing can vastly improve the quality of lighting and shadowing in games.
Please note that a ray-tracing denoiser module is coming to the GameWorks SDK, which will enable developers to remove film grain-like noise without any additional time-sapping development work, meaning the end result will look even better.
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 16:18:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Word hit the web that Apple is operating a secret display research and manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California. At the site, Apple is making a new MicroLED technology with the aim to replace Samsung's OLED screens in future devices. Basically, Apple is once again taking a major step to differentiate its devices from the competition, by cutting out external suppliers and replacing them with in-house technology.
MicroLED technology is much more difficult than OLED, and Apple reportedly nearly axed the project in 2017. However, Bloomberg heard Apple's MicroLED displays are now in an advanced development stage, and could be ready for production within a couple of years.
Controlling MicroLED technology would help Apple stand out in a maturing smartphone market and outgun rivals like Samsung that have been able to tout superior screens. Ray Soneira, who runs screen tester DisplayMate Technologies, says bringing the design in-house is a “golden opportunity” for Apple. “Everyone can buy an OLED or LCD screen,” he says. “But Apple could own MicroLED.”
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 14:02:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Kingston's HyperX division launched two new DDR4 memory series for computer enthusiasts. The new HyperX FURY is offered in frequencies of up to 3466MHz, in single modules of 4GB to 16GB or dual or quad-channel kits. Additionally, you can choose between black, white, and red editions. The HyperX Impact memory on the other hand has the SODIMM form factor, it is offered in frequencies of up to 3200MHz, and has similar capacities as the FURY series. Both series have a voltage of 1.2V are now available.
HyperX®, the gaming division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., today announced the addition of higher frequency memory modules to the HyperX® FURY DDR4 DIMM and HyperX® Impact DDR4 SODIMM product lines. FURY DDR4 DIMMs and Impact DDR4 SODIMMs both offer automatic Plug N Play overclocking functionality. FURY DDR4 is now available up to 3466MHz1 and Impact DDR4 is now available up to 3200MHz. Both product lines are available as single modules and as various kit configurations from 8GB to 64GB.
HyperX FURY DDR4 is a cost-efficient high-performance upgrade for Intel and AMD’s latest platforms for faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing. It features Plug N Play, which enables automatic memory overclocking at standard DDR4 1.2V settings. The new FURY DDR4 additions are available in black, red and white low-profile heat spreader color options that feature the stylish signature FURY asymmetrical heat spreader design with black PCB.
HyperX is also expanding its Impact DDR4 SODIMM family with new higher speeds in capacities up to 16GB modules and kit configurations up to 64GB. Voltages are based on standard 1.2V values, and support XMP profiles for easy overclocking. Upgrading using the Plug N Play feature allows for automatic overclocking to the highest published frequency within the system speed allowance.
"We are excited to expand our HyperX DDR4 offerings for users who want to maximize their experience with simple Plug N Play memory," said Kristy Ernt, DRAM business manager, HyperX. "The new additions to FURY DDR4 and Impact DDR4 are ideal for someone looking for premium components with faster speeds, high performance with maximum reliability and great aesthetics, all for a minimal investment."
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 13:40:28 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
GlobalFoundries saw another major change earlier this week as Sanjay Jha handed over the CEO role to Dr. Thomas Caulfield. AnandTech analyzed the situation and wrote a 3-page long article about what the change of strategy means. You can read it over here.
In a surprising move, GlobalFoundries has announced that its CEO is stepping down. Sanjay Jha, who lead the world’s second largest foundry for four years, was in the past week was replaced by Dr. Thomas Caulfield, general manager of the company’s Fab 8 manufacturing facility. GlobalFoundries stresses that Mr. Jha has achieved his goals as the head of the company and now it needs a different kind of leadership, an indicator of a strategy change. It is interesting that GlobalFoundries will now be run by two key managers from the IBM Microelectronics agreement.
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 13:13:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ThermalTake announces a new ecosystem that will let you control the RGB LEDs of the company's gaming peripherals via your voice. This is enabled via the TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem along with TT AI Voice Control. Fancy schmancy!
Thermaltake, a leading brand in chassis, power supply units and cooling markets, is thrilled to launch TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem along with TT AI Voice Control, synchronizing all your gaming station color theme with your voice. TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem is the intelligent lighting system for PCs that combines the most advanced addressable LED lighting with TT AI Voice Control and the patented TT RGB PLUS Software. TT RGB PLUS ecosystem provides unlimited possibilities for color play, light synchronization for games, music, CPU temperatures and other TT RGB PLUS products: Riing Plus LED RGB Radiator Fan Series, Pacific W4 Plus CPU Waterblock, Pacific V-GTX 1080Ti Plus Transparent GPU Waterblock Series, Pacific PR22-D5 Plus Reservoir/Pump Combo, Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator and Pacific Lumi Plus LED Strips. No matter which compatible product you choose, the voice control function makes the lights easy to set up and control. Once you have connected TT RGB PLUS App with the TT RGB PLUS Software through your local Wi-Fi network, you can ask the app to turn the lights on or off, switch light modes, dim the lights, change light colors, or adjust light speeds or fan speeds.
TT AI Voice Control is currently only available for *iOS devices, and requires the TT RGB PLUS Software 1.1.5 version or later. The updated app is now available on the Apple App Store, and will be released on Google Play soon.
The latest TT RGB PLUS Software is open now for download from the Thermaltake official website.
*Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Features of Thermaltake TT AI Voice Control:
Say “Hello TT” – TT AI Voice Control
Talking to the TT RGB PLUS App is an easier, faster way to control the lights in your systems. You can ask it to turn the lights on or off, switch lights modes, dim the lights, change light colors, or adjust lights speeds or fan speeds. Just say “Hello TT”.
Features of Thermaltake’s Patented TT RGB PLUS Software:
Bright up every moment perfectly with over 10 present lighting effects. You are also given 3 “Color Modes” (RGB, Single and Off), and 4 “Light Speeds” (Extreme, Fast, Normal and Slow) to choose from.
Make your CPU temperature visible, and easy to track. The software has an integrated temperature sensor that detects and displays changes in CPU temperature in real-time. The built-in LEDs offer an additional visual cue. The color corresponds to the temperature, ranging from blue (CPU temperature ? 40?) to Red (CPU temperature ? 65?).
Sync lights with in-game actions, your favorite music or movies, and see how they react to the beat.
Set the right ambience for your rig by using the color palette, or entering the decimal color code. You can also dim your lights, and let each built-in LED display a specific color.
The software offers real-time fan warning alerts when performance operating issues have emerged.
Simply drag the slider bar to adjust your fan speed RPM, or use the preset fan modes to switch between ‘Silent Mode’ and ‘Performance Mode’. Besides running at the optimal RPM range, you can customize the speed by disabling PWM.
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 12:50:37 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In recent months, there's been a lot of bitching and moaning about the poor availability and extremely high retail pricing of the most popular video cards. Supply and demand are out of whack as cryptocurrency miners are buying up huge volumes to satisfy their need for more mining power.
Easy Crypto Hunter‘s founder and Managing Director, Josh Riddett, sat down with DigitalTrends and suggested gamers should suck it up and mine too. Riddett says he's an avid gamer too, but he points out that at today's prices, a video card can pay for itself in a year:
“I’ve spent a lot of my life gaming, I love it. I’ve made a lot of great friends in the online world. The reality of it is [though], no one rides horses when they’ve got cars,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve got to move with the times. At the end of the day, I appreciate that a graphics card will now cost you twice what it did before, I get that and it sucks, but it can also pay for itself in a year. So it’s kind of swings and roundabouts. It’s very easy to leave your computer mining overnight when you’re not using it, and effectively the graphics card will pay for itself.”
His statement is bound to create controversy, but he suggests that due to the payback time, video cards may actually be cheaper today than they were three years ago.
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 12:43:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte rolls out a new external video card box that features an embedded AMD Radeon RX 580 video card. It connects to your desktop or laptop via Thunderbolt 3 and has an integrated RGB LED system with 16.7 million colors and various light effects.
The box measures 211mm x 96mm x 162mm, weighs 2.38kg and has an integrated 450W power supply. Suggested retail pricing will probably be around 500EUR but it's unknown how the whole mining situation will affect actual pricing and availability. Product specifications can be found over here.
Embedded Radeon™ RX 580 8G graphics card enables graphics-intensive game
Thunderbolt™ 3 plug and play
Easy to carry with portable size
Supports Quick Charge (QC 3.0) and Power Delivery (PD 3.0)
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 12:16:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Word is going around that Facebook will launch its Oculus Go standalone VR headset at its F8 developer conference on May 1. This is not a high-end device, it's more akin to a Samung Gear VR like device without the need for a separate smartphone. The Oculus Go
will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and will be offered in 32GB and 64GB versions.
One key difference versus the Oculus Rift is the lack of positional tracking technology, the VR experience will thus be less immersive. The Go was supposed to be on the market by now, but got delayed due to unknown reasons.
It’s not entirely clear what caused the delay, with possible reasons including concerns about supply shortages. However, Facebook could also have decided to wait with the launch until May to align it more closely with its overall product launch strategy, which has been increasingly focused on f8. In fact, Facebook’s VP of AR and VR Andrew Bosworth tweeted last month that the conference would feature “the biggest AR/VR news from Facebook to date.”
Posted on Monday, March 19 2018 @ 11:43:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Myst developer Cyan Worlds announced a big treat for its millions-strong fanbase. While the name may not ring a bell for younger gamers, the Myst series was one of the most widely sold video games in the 1990s. The original from 1993 saw sales of 6 million copies, a record that didn't get beaten until the launch of The Sims in 2002.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this adventure game, Cyan Worlds will launch updated versions of all Myst games later this year. These will be compatible with Windows 10 and there will be a physical collector's edition with a special, unspecified artifact.
In the fall of 1993 Cyan released Myst, the surrealist, graphic adventure video game that became the world of millions of explorers. It surpassed even our wildest expectations. Not only did it become the best selling PC game of the 20th century, but it also had an impact on our culture. Over the years, Myst has been referenced in television shows, movies, books, comics, and more. It has been credited by other creators as an inspiration as they built their own amazing worlds. It’s even made it’s way into the Smithsonian Institute and other notable museums.
With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of Myst, Cyan would like to celebrate this journey.
Over the last few years we’ve been working to procure the rights to make all of the Myst games available. As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option. But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen. With agreements in place, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be releasing updated (for Windows 10) versions of all the Myst games later this year!
And for those of you who are interested, we wanted to create a physical collection in a unique package with a cool artifact — a limited, collectors edition, only available for the 25th anniversary. Stay tuned.
There will probably be more adventures in the Myst universe, but we’re reserving 2018 for remembering our journey, and making something special to commemorate the last 25 years.