Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 13:40:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Winamp used to be one of the most popular audio players but after the early 2000s the tool fell out of favor. Not much was done with it after the sale to AOL in 1999, and in 2014 the program was acquired by a Belgian company called Radionomy.
The latter is planning to bring back Winamp. A new 5.8 version is expected next week, a prelude for a bigger relaunch in 2019 that promises a "complete listening experience". Radionomy is trying to reinvent Winamp as the one-place stop for platform-agnostic mobile audio. Will be interesting to see if the firm succeeds. Winamp still has a very large userbase, but many users, myself included, like the program because you can still use it like it's 1999.
“There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” said Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, the company that bought Winamp (or what remained of it) in 2014. “You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built.”
“People want one single experience,” he concluded. “I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 13:08:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel is having trouble competing with AMD's Ryzen lineup. The chip giant's new 9th Gen Core series will likely perform well, but will do so at much higher price points than comparable chips from AMD's second-gen Ryzen lineup.
Furthermore, it appears new 9th Gen Core chips like the Core i9-9900K will run quite hot. A Gigabyte Z390 OC guide recommends the use of a custom water-cooling and to adjust the TjMAX Temperature to 110°C:
The quote references their guide to achieve a stable 5 GHz overclock on all cores on the Core i9-9900K, which was cooled via a custom watercooled setup and a Vcore ranging from 1.3-1.4 V. GIGABYTE's internal testing thus indicates that these higher end, unlocked 9000-series CPUs will run incredibly hot if you wish to push them, and the soldered IHS may not be as effective in cooling these dense processors as we may have hoped.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 12:52:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away yesterday at age 65 after a long fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen played a pivotal role in the early days of Microsoft, he came up with the firm's name, led the deal to buy DOS from Tim Paterson, and helped to land the deal to supply DOS for the first IBM PCs. Allen formally left Microsoft in 1983 but become a billionaire when the firm went public in 1986.
With this newfound wealth he created his own investment firm, Vulcan Inc. One funding priority has been space; he helped fund the Allen Telescope Array in California, and in 2011 he created Stratolaunch, a space company that wants to launch rockets from a giant airplane. Local sports were also a priority; Allen bought the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1996 to prevent it from being moved to California, and he was a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders MLS team.
Beyond this, he invested hundreds of millions of dollars to research disease, artificial intelligence, and bioscience. He also contributed substantial funding to organizations working to fight the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He established the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, along with a number of other institutions to showcase his collection of art, aircraft, computers, and memorabilia.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 10:32:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
While the pricing of Intel's processors is creeping upwards due to the chip giant's inability to manufacture enough chips, the pricing of AMD's new Ryzen CPUs seems to be going down. TechRadar spotted you can now purchase the Ryzen 7 2700X for $294.99 at Amazon over in the US, a price cut of roughly 10 percent versus the launch pricing.
This makes the Ryzen 7 2700X even more compelling versus the Intel Core i9-9900K. The new flagship desktop chip from Intel will likely be a little bit faster than the 2700X, but it will cost $488.
In short, this makes Intel’s chip seem very costly – it’s around two-thirds more expensive to be precise – particularly when you remember that AMD’s effort also comes bundled with a premium Wraith cooler.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 10:21:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A couple of years ago, NVIDIA debunked popular moon landing conspiracy theories by recreating the original footage in Unreal Engine 4. This was done to demonstrate the Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology of the Maxwell GPU. At the time, the company joked it faked a moon landing to illustrate how it couldn't be fake.
Now NVIDIA decided to fake another moon landing to show off the ray tracing capabilities of its Turing GPU:
It’s been almost fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the controversy of its staging followed it for many decades after. Four years ago, using our Maxwell GPU technology, NVIDIA addressed the controversy by showing how it would have been impossible to stage.
For Turing, we’ve recreated one of history’s most iconic shots –showcased during Jensen Huang’s keynote at GTC Europe on October 10, 2018. This presentation utilizes NVIDIA RTX real-time ray tracing technology and Unreal Engine to showcase the reflection of light on different surfaces, illustrating how the classic photo was taken.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 10:10:08 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A press release from HP reveals Intel's upcoming 9th Gen Core processors will support DDR4 memory configurations of up to 128GB. That's twice as much as the 64GB support of the previous generations. Most desktop platforms feature four memory slots, which limit you to a maximum of 64GB because standard consumer memory sticks have a maximum capacity of 16GB.
This is changing with the introduction of Double Capacity (DC) DDR4 memory, those sticks offer up to 32GB and would allow the installation of 128GB in a consumer desktop PC. In a statement to AnandTech, Intel confirmed the memory controller of its 9th Gen Core processors will have support for up to 128GB. This feature will be enabled via an update "in a few months time":
The new 9th Gen Intel Core processors memory controller is capable of supporting DDR4 16Gb die density DIMMs which will allow the processors to support a total system memory capacity of up to 128GB when populating both motherboard memory channels with 2 DIMMs per Channel (2DPC) using these DIMMs. As DDR4 16Gb die density DIMMs have only recently become available, we are now validating them, targeting an update in a few months’ time.
At the moment, only the Core i9-9900K, the Core i7-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K are confirmed to support 128GB. Adoption will likely be extremely low due to the high price of the DC DDR4 memory sticks. A memory kit of 4x 32GB will likely cost $1,200 to $1,600, so far outside of the budget of a typical desktop user.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16 2018 @ 09:59:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD has silently introduced a Radeon RX 580 2048SP video card for the Chinese market. As the name suggests, this is a model with 2048 stream processors, well below the 2304 offered by the original Radeon RX 580.
The card has 8GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus, but has a Boost clockpeed of only 1284MHz (vs 1340MHz) and a memory clock of just 7GHz (vs 8GHz).
Posted on Monday, October 15 2018 @ 20:33:37 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
TechPowerUp published version 2.12.0 of the GPU-Z tool and one of the main new features in this release is the ability to detect fake NVIDIA graphics cards. This is necessary because of the rising number of fake video cards that are sold via non-traditional channels. Basically, these are usually older, low-end video cards that are relabeled as newer, higher-end models.
A day ago, German tech site C't wrote a cautionary tale about this problem. The site warns a large number of (usually Chinese) vendors are selling fake video cards. For example, there's a large volume of "GeForce GTX 1060" cards that are sold for just 54-80EUR, whereas second-hand cards usually sell for at least 150EUR.
The site decided to buy eight cards to see what they'd get. After inspection, the cheap "GeForce GTX 1060" cards turned out to be relabeled NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GPUs. Basically, eight-year old garbage.
The next step was to contact the vendors. The reaction from the sellers was broadly similar, they denied the forgeries and demanded evidence in the form of photos and screenshots. Some first (incorrectly) claimed the cards were not compatible with Windows 10, while others demanded a return to China before they'd issue a refund.
Getting in touch with eBay didn't provide much solace either. Despite eBay's Buyer Protection, getting a refund for the fake video cards turned out to be very hard. Just one of the eight refunds was handled in a somewhat satisfactory way, and PayPal and eBay both failed to meet their buyer protection commitments.
Furthermore, C't reports the counterfeiters are still active on eBay. As far as the site can see, eBay has not sanctioned them, and is not proactively banning fake video card from its marketplace.
Posted on Monday, October 15 2018 @ 18:31:24 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tum Apisak claims Intel is working on a Coffee Lake-H series processor with eight cores. This would be the first time Intel is bringing eight cores to the mobile market. The benchmark result below reveals an unidentified eight-core, sixteen-threaded processor with a base clockspeed of 2.1GHz.
ComputerBase speculates this may be a mobile version of the Core i9-9900K, with a 45W TDP. Nothing is official yet, but it may take another half year or so until we actually see retail laptop models with this new eight-core chip.
Posted on Monday, October 15 2018 @ 16:12:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
WCCF Tech spotted benchmarks of the Intel Core i5-9600K. This is an upcoming six-core, six-threaded processor that will arrive later this week for $262.
The chip can reportedly hit 5.2GHz with high-end aircooling, but required 1.507V to achieve this feat:
Coming to the overclocked performance benchmarks, we see that the chip was overclocked to 5.2 GHz on air cooling with a voltage of 1.507V which is quite high. It’s not known whether this was a manual overclock or an auto overclock using the built-in BIOS tuner. The Core i5-9600K uses the new STIM (Soldered Thermal Interface Material) and even still, the temperatures were going past 90C (Degrees) at full load across all cores. The culprit probably being the high voltage. The entire system power consumption was 240W in the CPU only workloads which are standard for all CPUs in the mainstream department.