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Friday June 24, 2016

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Anidees AI8 @ HardwareSlave

Input: SteelSeries Apex M500 @ APH Networks

XSOUL XM8 Predator Gaming Mouse @ Modders Inc.

Storage: Mushkin Triactor SSD @ SSD Review

Video: Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming @ HiTech Legion

MSI Gaming 3 and 4-way SLI Bridge Connector @ Overclockers Club

FSP Introduces 700W PS2 Redundant PSU With 80 Plus Gold Efficiency

FSP, the performance power specialist, is pleased to announce its new FSP700-70RGHBE1 PS2 redundant Power Supply. The FSP700-70RGHBE1 joins the FSP500-70RGHBB1 as the latest server-grade power supply from FSP. This time, two highly reliable 700W power supplies are offered, achieving 22.4W/in3 (watt per cubic inch,) the highest power density currently available in a standard PS2 redundant form factor. The two fully redundant, modular power supplies operate at 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and no specialized bracket is needed for installation. It is the first PS2 redundant which fits 80% of ATX chassis on the market without needing a special bracket. It’s compliant with both desktop ATX 12V and server EPS12V standards, suitable for many industrial PCs, and also compatible with rackmount server chassis 3U and above. It offers reliable, 24-hr performance at temperatures up to 50°C.



It's Friday, the end of the work week for many of us, and most of you will be heading home soon. We want all of you to watch this public service announcement so that, unlike Joan in the video, you make it home safe and sound. big grin


Apple Is Discontinuing Its Only Monitor

Alright, I need one of you guys that are Apple experts to explain this to me. I know these monitors were expensive and all but everyone I know that has one, loved it. So why are they killing off the only monitor they make?

Apple announced today that it is officially discontinuing the monitor, and as of right now, no plans for the future have been announced. Rumors ahead of this year’s WWDC, where Apple usually presents its new products, focused on the possibility of 4K and 5K Thunderbolt monitors — but right before the show, Apple mysteriously removed the Personal Pickup app from all Thunderbolts. The app assists with in-store purchases, allowing users to buy their products ahead of time and grab them at the Apple store.


Texting And Gaming Causes Arthritis At Early Age

I'm not saying I don't believe this report, I'm just saying that, if constantly using our hands is causing the of early onset of arthritis, 99.99% of all men would have been crippled a looong time ago. Yes, that was a masturbation joke. big grin

"With the advent of texting and video games and excessive use of computers and typing you’re wearing the joints out sooner so we’re actually seeing a shift in the demographics of patients that get the arthritis because they’re just wearing their joints out so much sooner," Ciaglia said. We’ve becoming a society that seems to constantly use our hands.


Oculus Removes DRM Restrictions Blocking ReVive Hack

After taking a ton of flack over its DRM policy, it would appear that Oculus is backtracking a bit. This is a statement from an Oculus representative on the company's recent change of heart:

We continually revise our entitlement and anti-piracy systems, and in the June update we’ve removed the check for Rift hardware from the entitlement check. We won’t use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future. We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we’ll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content."


Machine Games Made New Episode For Quake

In celebration of Quake's 20th anniversary, Machine Games, the developer behind the recent Wolfenstein The New Order and The Old Blood, has released a free expansion pack for Quake. It looks like Kyle was onto something back in December when he asked if anyone had played Quake lately?

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MSI Readies B150M Mortar Arctic And Bazooka Plus

MSI, world leading in gaming hardware design, is thrilled to announce two new M-ATX GAMING motherboards, the B150M BAZOOKA PLUS & B150M MORTAR ARCTIC. With Turbo M.2 (32 Gb/s, Gen3 x4) and USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C offering more connectivity options and a plethora of features improving your gameexperience, these new Micro-ATX motherboards are designed for gamers looking for a small gaming PC while getting the best performance & gaming experience. DDR4 Boost technology is available, providing maximum performance and stability while also offering improved memory compatibility. Audio Boost and GAMING LAN ensure you have upper hand on your enemies on the battlefield, ready to finish on top.

  • The B150M MORTAR ARCTIC is not only a better version of the regular MORTAR model, this special edition comes in a full white PCB design and features a stunning Arctic camouflage styled heatsink and IO cover design. With great attention to detail, the B150M MORTAR ARCTIC not only delivers in terms of specs & features, but manages to bring something truly unique to the B150 motherboard segment.

  • Featuring a new design with a stronger heatsink, more black & white colors, and upgraded specs such as Steel Armor, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, the new BAZOOKA PLUS motherboard is ready to set a new standard in the B150 Micro-ATX gaming motherboard segment. With Audio Boost & GAMING LAN offering dedicated gaming features tailored to the most demanding gamers, the BAZOOKA PLUS is sure to satisfy any gamer.


Gaming [H]eadlines

God Of War E3 Gameplay Demo @ VG24/7

Watch Dogs 2 Is All About The Hacks @ Shacknews

Whore of the Orient Cancelled? @ Blue's News

Xbox Exec Responds To Scorpio Concerns @ GameSpot

DX11 vs DX12 Intel 6700K vs 6950X Framerate Scaling

Our DX11 vs DX12 Intel 6700K vs 6950X Framerate Scaling article is now online for your viewing pleasure. For those of you following along at home, this is our fourth and final installment looking at the new DX12 API. Definitely recommended reading.

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This is our fourth and last installment of looking at the new DX12 API and how it works with a game such as Ashes of the Singularity. We have looked at how DX12 is better at distributing workloads across multiple CPU cores than DX11 in AotS when not GPU bound. This time we compare the latest Intel processors in GPU bound workloads.


Robot Pizza Company Wants To Be "Amazon Of Food"

Pizzas made by robots? What the?!? Since it is Friday, I think this company is going to have to send us a bunch of these pizzas (and beer) to see if they really do stand up to the company's claims. big grin

Zume co-founder Alex Garden, a former executive at mobile gaming giant Zynga, tells Bloomberg that once the vans are operational, the process will work by having the robots load each oven with different orders. At approximately three minutes and 15 seconds before arriving at the delivery destination, the oven will be turned on remotely from the Zume office, and "boom, the customer gets a fresh, out-of-the-oven pizza delivered to their door." "We want to be the Amazon of food," Garden says, noting that the new process, if used by other companies, could be "incredibly profitable."


Man Sues Valve Over ‘Illegal Gambling’ Surrounding CSGO

I don't know much about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but this lawsuit sounds like it was filed by someone that bought skins, lost them gambling and is now suing. Would this lawsuit exist had the guy won?

A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player filed suit against Valve today, accusing the game maker of allowing an "illegal online gambling market" to spring up and propagate around the popular online shooter. Valve Corporation, the suit says, "knowingly allowed ... and has been complicit in creating, sustaining and facilitating [a] market" where players and third-parties trade weapon skins like casino chips.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass Edition @ Technology X

Cooling: CRYORIG A40 CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Biostar Racing Z170GT7 @ Real Hardware Reviews

Storage: OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G @ LanOC

A Bug in Chrome Makes It Easy to Pirate Movies

First of all, I'm not sure most people would consider this a bad bug (it's a feature!). Second of all, and I know I'm going to hell for this, I can't take a researcher serious when his name is Livshits.

FOR YEARS HOLLYWOOD has waged a war on piracy, using digital rights management technologies to fight bootleggers who illegally copy movies and distribute them. For just as long, hackers have found ways to bypass these protections. Now two security researchers have found a new way, using a vulnerability in the system Google uses to stream media through its Chrome browser. They say people could exploit the flaw to save illegal copies of movies they stream on Chrome using sites like Netflix or Amazon Prime.


Should Autonomous Vehicles Kill Pedestrians Or Passengers?

It looks as though most people believe that it is okay to sacrifice passengers lives in order to save pedestrian lives...but only if they aren't in the car. I find it odd that the graphic below doesn't feature a "Mustang option" where the autonomous car just plows into the crowd. wink

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When it becomes possible to program decision-making based on moral principles into machines, will self-interest or the public good predominate? In a series of surveys, Bonnefon et al. found that even though participants approve of autonomous vehicles that might sacrifice passengers to save others, respondents would prefer not to ride in such vehicles (see the Perspective by Greene). Respondents would also not approve regulations mandating self-sacrifice, and such regulations would make them less willing to buy an autonomous vehicle.


AMD Gets An "F" On Pricing

Adele McLean, Vice President of Holden Advisers, explains why she gave AMD an F on pricing. While we expect the RX 480 to be the best performing GPU at the $200 price point, the author of the article outlines her reasons for AMD getting an F on pricing:

Why do I give them an F in pricing? Well for four reasons:

  • There are limited PC makers in the market who make VR PCs and these PC makers will open the markets by deciding on the value they deliver to the end customer and their end user pricing not by the reduction in the price of the chip; this is called derived demand, which means it’s not actually the price of the graphics chip that can grow the market but the overall price of the VR ready PC.

  • AMD’s products are ‘me too’ with no mentioned competitive differentiation. This article and other articles on the subject suggest that AMD is behind the market. Thus, AMD is simply signaling the rest of the market to lower their pricing and inciting a price war that we all know is futile. The real winners of the price war will be the PC makers and ‘maybe’ the consumer. We call this the ‘death spiral’ of pricing;

  • The VR market is just emerging and early adopters are going to be the least price sensitive. I believe AMD is misreading or mishandling the lifecycle of the VR market.

  • AMD is in no financial position to start a price war! The article mentions they are losing money and ‘expect to return to profitability in the second half of the year.’


Netflix Queues Up Video Downloads

According to the rumor mill, Netflix might actually have an offline video solution ready by the end of the year. The article doesn't cite any real sources, mostly industry "insiders" and such, but it's nice to think Netflix might actually be working on this.

Industry gossip from a technology vendor is one thing, but Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn confirms that Netflix Inc. is developing a downloading solution and says that it's something of an open secret in the streaming video community. "It's a natural progression for Netflix to want to have some of their content available for consumers to watch offline, and we've been hearing for months now that they are in fact going to roll something out soon," says Rayburn.


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DARPA Virtual Eye Lets Emergency Responders ‘See’ What They Can’t See

The best thing to give first responders before they enter a smoky room or the site of a chemical spill, or to soldiers before they enter a hostile bunker, is a picture of what’s inside. Exploring an unsecured space in 3D from a safe distance could be a matter of life or death. A team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is helping to make that possible by funding efforts to combine powerful 3D imaging software, GPUs and pretty much any camera to generate a VR view of a potentially dangerous environment.

The intention of the system, dubbed Virtual Eye, is to let soldiers, firefighters and search and rescue personnel walk around a room or other enclosed area — virtually — before entering, enabling them to scope out the situation while avoiding potential dangers. "The question for us is, can we do more with the information we have?" says Trung Tran, the program manager leading Virtual Eye’s development for DARPA’s Microsystems technology office. "Can we extract more information from the cameras we’re using today?" The answer is a resounding yes. Even more impressive: any camera will suffice. Tran says the system is "camera agnostic."


Intel’s Tiny Curie Reaches New Heights with Red Bull X-Fighters

Intel is bringing data analytics in real-time to summer action sports. At the X-Fighters 2016 in Madrid, Intel is teaming up with Red Bull Media House to offer competitors and fans unprecedented insights into the amazing athletic feats accomplished during the motocross competition. Thanks to the tiny, low-power Intel® Curie™-enabled device, it will be instantly known how high the athletes jump, how fast they take off the ramps, how long they spend off the ground and off their bike in mid-air. The data collected in real-time is received by anchors on the ground at the venue (powered by Intel® Edison) and transmitted for processing in real-time to an Intel-powered NUC (Next Unit of Computing) that acts as a server, crunching the data into vital statistics and usable, understandable metrics.

With the Intel Curie module-enabled device, athletes and coaches will be able to receive feedback in real-time, enabling them to take quick action to improve performance. Combining this data with video replay, nutritional, sleep and other data available to them, will enable athletes to create a more complete picture of how to improve performance. For fans looking for new insights into their favorite sports and athletes, this additional information can create a new appreciation for the level at which these athletes compete. Broadcasters will also bring the data to life by adding context to their analysis of the athletes’ performance, helping to bring fans closer to the sport.


Thursday June 23, 2016

How Much Does Kyle Hate AMD?

So the hot topic of the day is "how much does Kyle hate AMD?" Well, the truth of the matter is that none of us at [H] hate AMD. I know, I know, that may be disappointing to anyone looking for controversy but that's just the way it is. In fact, not too long ago, we were accused of being "AMD fanboys" after the video below hit the internet. At the end of the day, we will do what we always do, evaluate hardware based on its merits, give you our thoughts and opinions and let you decide what is right for you. And yes, Kyle even writes scathing editorials from time to time that gets folks all riled up. I have been trying to get him to stop that but he can be a dick sometimes. big grin


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: In Win 303 @ ocaholic

Mobile: Gigabyte P57W Gaming Laptop @ Tech Report

Storage: Crucial MX300 750GB @ ThinkComputers

Samsung Portable SSD T3 @ NikKTech

Silicon Power S55 TLC 240GB @ MadShrimps

Must See Video of the Day

Like most of you, I just naturally assumed all the cars you see in commercials are real. After you watch this video, you'll realize just how wrong we've been this whole time. This is some really cool stuff.


Kickstarter Game Has Four Hour Long Credits

How long does it take to thank 70,000 Kickstarter backers? Just short of 4 hours. While that may seem comical, and the game hasn't received very good reviews, at least it was finished and backers not only got the game, they were acknowledged in the credits.


Teen Gets Plea Deal For Murder Over PS4

If I lived in a state with the death penalty and I killed someone over a game console, I'd probably take a plea deal too. I can't imagine the courts being very lenient on someone that murders people for a PS4.

A Doraville teen will spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a man during the Craigslist sale of his video gaming system. Kayla Dixon, now 18, took the plea on the same day her trial was to begin. Prosecutors say Dixon and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Vivien, responded to a Craigslist ad posted by Danny Zeitz in September 2014, intending to rob him. When Zeitz resisted, Dixon admits she took a gun out from between her legs and fired off a fatal shot.


Does The World Need Another First-Person, Team-Based Shooter?

I think there is plenty of room for another great first-person, team-based shooter. What we don't need is another mediocre "me too" shooter. So, as long as CliffyB and company put out a good game, there is plenty of room for LawBreakers. Am I right?

Bleszinski is talking about the market for online, first-person, team-based shooters -- a niche genre that, in mid-2016, is on the verge of over-saturation. Overwatch just came out and it's been a monstrous hit for Activision Blizzard. It dominates the front page of Twitch and there are already plans to transform it into a truly competitive, esports-focused title. Other similar games, such as Gearbox's Battleborn or Epic Games' Paragon, are also on the market but they can't compare in terms of player numbers or hype.


Oculus Defends Exclusives, Launch, And DRM Controversy

It seems like every time Oculus has to clean up after a big fat screw-up they roll out that cute chick and everyone just gives them a pass. Not that I blame them, it's working on me already. I forgot why I was mad now in the first place. wink

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At E3 last week, we got a chance to catch up with Oculus' Anna Sweet to discuss many of these hot-button issues. In our interview with the company's head of developer strategy, Sweet gives her take on the Rift's launch, the company's counter-modding measures, potential Oculus Touch fragmentation issues, exclusivity concerns, and much more.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Arma Series On Sale @ GameSpot

Overwatch Competitive Plans @ Blue's News

Street Fighter 5 June Update Details @ Shacknews

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-On @ VG24/7

Steam Summer Picnic Sale 2016

The Steam Summer Picnic Sale is now underway. The sale will last until the 4th of July at 10am PDT. The current crop of deals include the Assassin's Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, the ARMA franchise, LEGO games and more.

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MPAA: Europe’s Geo Unblocking Plans Threaten Movie Industry

Does anyone know what the hell this guy is talking about? How is geo-blocking in the best interests of consumers? Hell, how is it in the best interest of the film industry? Does anyone besides the MPAA benefit from geo-blocking?

MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd fears that Europe's plans to limit geo-blocking will "cause great harm" to the movie industry. In a keynote address at the CineEurope convention, Dodd warned that broad access to movies and TV-shows will result in fewer films and higher prices for consumers.


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