Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 19:58:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Rockstar Games is the next video game publisher to launch its own store. The company is marketing its Rockstar Games Launcher and pits it as the new way to download and play its latest PC titles. The launcher includes cloud save support and automatic updates.
To incentivize you to download the Launcher, Rockstar Games is offering a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for a limited time.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the news resulted in rumors that a possible PC versiokn of Red Dead Redemption II may be exclusive to the Rockstar Games Launcher store.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 16:09:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Corsair shows off the iCUE 465X RGB Smart Case, a new $149.99 (124.90EUR) mid-tower case with three LL10 RGB LED fans and two tempered glass panels.
CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new CORSAIR iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Smart Case, offering PC enthusiasts smart RGB lighting and strong cooling with three included CORSAIR LL120 RGB PWM fans behind two beautiful tempered glass panels in a black or white chassis. Users can create stunning, customizable visuals out-of-the-box with the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE RGB Lighting Controller and iCUE software.
The 465X RGB features premium, 4mm-thick edge-to-edge tempered glass panels on the side and front of the chassis, perfect for showcasing the vibrant light shows from all of your high-profile RGB components. Three included CORSAIR LL120 RGB PWM fans light up your system with 16 individually addressable RGB LEDs each, while keeping temperatures down with powerful cooling by running up to 1,500 RPM.
Simply plug up to six of the same CORSAIR RGB fans into the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE to fully customize your lighting through iCUE software, without the need for a separate fan hub. iCUE unites all of your compatible components and devices through a single interface, giving you full customization and control of your entire setup. iCUE’s unrivaled level of lighting customization, synchronized across all of your compatible devices such as fans, DRAM, keyboards, and more, helps set your system apart from the rest. When playing iCUE-integrated games, your entire setup turns into an extension of the action – all your iCUE-compatible components and devices dynamically react to in-game events to reach an unprecedented level of immersion.
Building a serious PC also requires serious cooling. The 465X RGB’s three front intake fans draw in cool air through wide ventilation gaps in the front panel, while a Direct Airflow Path™ layout ensures ample airflow to your PC’s hottest components. The 465X RGB also has the potential for even stronger cooling thanks to a spacious interior that can support up to 6x 120mm cooling fans or multiple radiators, including a 360mm radiator in front.
Behind it’s classic styling and vibrant RGB lighting, the 465X RGB offers room for up to six drives for your storage needs: up to 2x 3.5in HDDs and up to 4x 2.5in SSDs. Intuitive cable routing channels and tie-downs, along with internal rubber grommets, make it easy to build a tidy and professional-looking PC, while three removable dust filters in the front, roof, and floor keep your components clean long after the build is complete.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 15:50:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
There's a new game bundle promotion from NVIDIA. For a limited time, the GPU maker is bundling the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with its GeForce cards. The offer runs through November 18, 2019, or while supplies last, and applies to the following video card, desktops, and laptops: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti desktop, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 2080 desktop, GeForce RTX 2080 laptop, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2070 desktop, GeForce RTX 2070 laptop, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2060 desktop, GeForce RTX 2060 laptop.
The stakes have never been higher. Become a lethal Tier One operator with the power of NVIDIA GeForce RTX. The revolutionary RTX platform maximizes your performance and visual fidelity on PC with real-time ray tracing and super-powerful AI processing. As you delve into clandestine covert operations that affect the global balance of power or showcase your skills against the toughest enemies in fierce multiplayer battles, GeForce RTX delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience.
For a limited time, get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a purchase of a qualifying GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics card, gaming desktop, or gaming laptop.
You can find the rules at NVIDIA's website. Be sure to read them so you buy a qualifying product.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 12:29:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AOC introduced the G2, a new line of IPS-based LCD displays with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms Moving Picture Response Time (MPRT). The firm offers the 27" 27G2U and 24" 24G2U with 144Hz refresh rate and also has cheaper 27G2U5 and 24G2U5 models with a 75Hz refresh rate.
Gaming display specialist AOC announces the brand-new G2 Series gaming monitors. The series consists of four models: 27” (68.6 cm) variants 27G2U and 27G2U5, and the smaller 23.8” (60.4 cm) 24G2U and 24G2U5.
Fans of fast-paced, competitive games should grab the 27G2U or 24G2U with a 144 Hz refresh rate, while fans of slower games can opt for the 27G2U5 or 24G2U5 with 75 Hz refresh rate. All models are available with AMD FreeSync and boast a 1 ms MPRT response time to ensure a fluid gaming experience without motion blur. Built around colour-accurate IPS panels, imagery on the G2 Series monitors is incredibly vivid, even seen from wide viewing angles of 178°/178°. All models come in a polished and modern design with striking red accents on the bezel and the back of the monitor, as well as a 130 mm height-adjustable stand for a more ergonomic gaming experience.
Smooth gameplay and vivid visuals
The 27” 27G2U and the 23.8” 24G2U feature IPS panels with 120% and 126% sRGB colour gamut coverage respectively, ensuring natural colour reproduction and eye-popping visuals. Thanks to the very fast refresh rate of 144 Hz and an impressive 1 ms MPRT (moving picture response time), these monitors will ensure smooth gameplay and cater to any gamer’s needs including fans of fast-paced shooters, MOBAs and more…
Fans of slower-paced games like strategy and adventures, who do not need very high refresh rates, may rather wish to choose the 27G2U5 and 24G2U5 with 75 Hz. Both represent a significant improvement over the common 60 Hz monitors and display gameplay more smoothly. These monitors are equipped with IPS panels as well, offering 178°(H)/178°(V) wide viewing angles and rich, vivid colours, as well as 1 ms MPRT response time for high responsiveness and FreeSync support for tear-free and stutter-free gaming. All models have a brightness of 250 cd/m², and can therefore be used in many different lighting environments.
Gamer specific features
Additionally, the G2 Series incorporates a number of other gaming-specific features. The low input lag ensures that users will receive the visual feedback of their actions without any noticable delay. By adjusting AOC Game Color, gamers can increase or decrease the colour saturation to better see their opponents and gain an advantage over them. Using the Dial Point feature, gamers can place a crosshair in the middle of the screen to help them aim precisely and accurately. FlickerFree technology and Low Blue Light mode help to better accommodate longer gaming sessions. Finally, a new, sleek and customised gaming software for adjusting these (and more) settings is also included in the package.
All four models offer two HDMI interfaces, a DisplayPort for connecting a variety of sources and a VGA input for legacy computers. Users can choose to connect their headset to the headphones output or use the integrated 2W speakers. A built-in USB hub gives gamers the option of connecting peripherals such as keyboard and/or mouse which makes for a tidier desk.
The monitors had their European premiere at the worlds’ biggest gaming fair, gamescom in Cologne, Germany between 20-24th August 2019.
The 144Hz models, the 27G2U and 24G2U will debut in the shops in September and the 75Hz 27G2U5 and 24G2U5 in October 2019.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 12:23:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A readout of an engineering sample of the Intel Tiger Lake-U reveals this future chip has 50 percent more L3 cache. Based on the Willow Cove core, the Tiger Lake-U processor seen in the tweet below has four cores, eight threads, Gen12 graphics (Xe), 1000MHz to 3400MHz clockspeed, 12MB L3 cache, and AVX-512 support.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 10:44:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Wi-Fi Alliance announces the arrival of the WiFi 6 standard. The group is now certifying devices based on IEEE 802.11ax. These products have been shipping for several months now. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the first Wi-Fi Certified 6 smartphone. A boost in peak performance was not the focus of WiFi 6, the peak performance is the same as 802.11ac, but it does promise better connectivity in shared environments, lower latency, lower power consumption, and better security.
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ certification program from Wi-Fi Alliance® is now available and delivers the best user experience with devices based on IEEE 802.11ax. The certification program brings new features and capabilities that enable substantially greater overall Wi-Fi® network performance in challenging environments with many connected devices such as stadiums, airports, and industrial parks. With adoption of the latest Wi-Fi generation increasing, product vendors and service providers can trust Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ will distinguish Wi-Fi 6 products and networks that meet the highest standards for security and interoperability. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 provides significant capacity, performance, and latency improvements to the entire Wi-Fi ecosystem, while ensuring products across vendors to work well together to deliver greater innovation and opportunity.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 supports a more diverse set of devices and applications, from those requiring peak performance in demanding enterprise environments to those requiring low power and low latency in smart homes or industrial IoT scenarios. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers nearly four times the capacity of Wi-Fi 5, and is an evolutionary advancement for Wi-Fi’s ability to deliver high-performance infrastructure and optimized connectivity to all devices on a network simultaneously – bringing noticeable improvements in densely connected Wi-Fi environments. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers critical connectivity that supports cellular networks, and leverages high speeds, low latency, power efficiency, greater capacity, and enhanced coverage to deliver many advanced 5G services.
“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 is ushering in a new era of Wi-Fi, building on Wi-Fi’s core characteristics to provide better performance in every environment for users, greater network capacity for service providers to improve coverage for their customers, and new opportunities for advanced applications,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 will deliver improvements in connectivity, including in high density locations and IoT environments.”
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers advanced security protocols and requires the latest generation of Wi-Fi security, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™. Advanced capabilities available in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 include:
Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA): effectively shares channels to increase network efficiency and lower latency for both uplink and downlink traffic in high demand environments
Multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO): allows more downlink data to be transferred at once and enables an access point to transmit data to a larger number of devices concurrently
160 MHz channels: increases bandwidth to deliver greater performance with low latency
Target wake time (TWT): significantly improves battery life in Wi-Fi devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices
1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM): increases throughput in Wi-Fi devices by encoding more data in the same amount of spectrum
Transmit beamforming: enables higher data rates at a given range resulting in greater network capacity
“Wi-Fi 6 brings greater speeds and more efficiency to Wi-Fi networks, expanding its role as a critical communication platform,” said Phil Solis, research director at IDC. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 drives a higher quality experience for all Wi-Fi’s many use cases, further propelling the Wi-Fi market and ensuring Wi-Fi maintains its strong position as the connectivity landscape evolves.”
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 expands on Wi-Fi’s core strengths including affordable performance, efficient operation, commitment to security, ease of use, self-deployment, and long-term compatibility, while also supporting a more reliable user experience in areas of high user demand. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 leverages Wi-Fi’s global ubiquity to more efficiently connect users in more environments, support growing data requirements, and expand advanced use cases including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), streaming high-definition content, real-time monitoring, and mission critical applications. As more spectrum is made available for Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 will only continue to drive greater global Wi-Fi innovation and economic contributions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 smartphone, and Wi-Fi Alliance expects most leading phones and access points will soon support the latest generation of Wi-Fi. The first products designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 which comprise the test bed for certification include:
Cypress CYW 89650 Auto-Grade Wi-Fi 6 Certified
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) AX200 (for PCs)
Intel® Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series (for routers and gateways)
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 10:36:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
What is going on at Microsoft? After the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which resulted in data loss for some users, the software giant promised higher quality but now we're once again seeing a string of buggy updates.
Earlier this month we wrote about a Cortana bug that resulted in excessive CPU load. That got fixed but the patch for this resulted in issues with the Start Menu and Search. Some users are experiencing network issues after the KB4515384 cumulative patch for Windows 10 and now we here there's a second CPU draining bug.
Bit Tech writes the bug is found in the Input Method Editor (IME) and results in excessive CPU usage when users use certain non-English input languages:
For users of non-English languages, though, there's a bigger issue: The company has confirmed that there's a bug in its Input Method Editor (IME), triggered when using Simplified and Traditional Chinese among other as-yet unconfirmed non-English input languages, which - like the Cortana bug before it - causes excessive CPU usage.
Until a patch is available, Microsoft suggests the following workaround:
While the IME bug is not yet resolved, the company does have a functional workaround: Clicking Start and Services, finding the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service, double-clicking, finding the Startup Type option, changing it to Manual, and rebooting.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 10:31:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
NASA released a photo of a solar eclipse on Jupiter. In the tweet below, you can see the moon Io casting a large shadow on the gas giant. Because the Sun is much smaller as seen from Jupiter, the shadow cast by Io is much sharper than those cast by our own Moon. Because Jupiter is so far from the Sun, Io looks four times as big as the Sun as seen from Jupiter's perspective.
Why is the Moon’s shadow on Earth fuzzy while Io’s shadow on Jupiter is so sharp? Io is so big & close that it more than blocks the Sun (it appears 4x as big as the Sun from Jupiter’s perspective) and it’s so close that the penumbra (fuzzy outer edge of shadow) is super thin.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 10:25:04 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ThermalTake introduces two Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pads. The company has a 370mm x 290mm version with a hard surface as well as an XL-sized cloth model that measures 900mm x 400mm. The company sells these mousepads via its webshop, the hard surface Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad costs 64.90EUR and the cloth Level 20 RGB Extended Gaming Mouse Pad is priced at 59.90EUR. Interesting is that in this case, the larger model is cheaper due to the different surface material.
Thermaltake Gaming, a market leader in eSports gaming peripherals, introduces the Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad series, available in two sizes, and differentiated between hard and cloth editions! The Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad series are available via Thermaltake worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. For up-to-date pricing of the Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad series, please refer to the Thermaltake website or contact your local Thermaltake sales or PR representative.
Special features of the Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad series: CHOOSE YOUR BATTLE COLORS
16.8 Million RGB color illuminations and 8 Dynamic lighting effects for selection.
TOTAL CONTROL WITH SUPERIOR RESPONSIVENESS & ACCURACY
Specially optimized surface that allows strong tracking and superb accuracy for balanced gameplay.
PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE
A special non slip rubber base used to avoid mouse pad lift-off or slipping as you engage in your most intense battles!
TT RGB PLUS COMPATIBLE
SyncALL TT RGB PLUS compatible power, liquid cooling, case fan product lines for seamless color coordination of your ecosystem.
WORKS WITH RAZER CHROMA
All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products are able to connect into the Razer Chroma ecosystem. Users who have installed both the TT RGB PLUS Software and Razer Synapse 3 can experience synchronized gaming and RGB lighting effects on their TT RGB PLUS liquid cooling system and gaming gear! From cooldown timers, health bars, and flashy ultimate indicators, to subtle ambient lighting that sets the perfect mood for each game, Razer Chroma provides an experience that transcends the screen and into your full setup, for a truly immersive experience.
WORKS WITH AMAZON ALEXA
All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products support Amazon Alexa Voice Service, allowing you to control the lights or fan speeds by talking to the Alexa enabled device. With the support of Amazon Alexa, TT RGB PLUS products also offer an additional visual cue for checking current weather condition in your location or anywhere in the world. All you have to do is simply starting the sentence with “Alexa, tell Thermaltake”, then the lighting color will correspond to the weather condition in the location.
Posted on Tuesday, September 17 2019 @ 10:18:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Motherboard makers are starting to roll out BIOS updates to add support for the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900KS processor. So far, ASUS and ASRock have issued updates for some of their Z390 motherboards.
Tom's Hardware compiled a list and speculates that not all boards will support the Core i9-9900KS. The chip's TDP is still unknown, but it's pretty much guaranteed to push beyond the 95W TDP of the 9900K, so that may result in lower-end motherboards not being able to push enough juice. You will still be able to use the chip on these motherboards, but you'll be hit by performance throttling.
On ASRock's side, the manufacturer has rolled out updates for the Z390 Phantom Gaming X, Z390 Taichi, Z390 Steel Legend and Z390M Pro4 motherboards. As for Asus, the brand has started to update the Z390-based ROG (Republic of Gamers) lineup, such as the Maximus XI Apex, Maximus XI Gene, Maximus XI Hero, Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) and Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboards. First priority is likely going to the better sellers; however, it's likely that not all Intel 300-series motherboards will support the Core i9-9900KS either.
The Intel Core i9-9900KS is expected to hit the market in October. This eight-core model promises a 4GHz base clockspeed and a 5GHz Boost on all eight cores.