Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Enermax Revolution X't II 750W Power Supply, followed by our review of the MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM LGA2011-v3 motherboard.
Ahead of the August 5th launch of DOOM's first DLC, Bethesda has released Update #2 for DOOM that, in addition to fixes and optimizations, features two new multiplayer modes, Sector and Exodus. For those of you interested, DOOM Update #2 release notes can be found here.
The free update kicks off with two new multiplayer modes, Sector and Exodus. Sector is a capture and hold mode while Exodus brings capture the flag to DOOM. We're also adding Hell modules and environments to DOOM SnapMap, plus new objects like Launch Pads, and last but not least, the campaign weapon wheel comes to SnapMap! And of course, the update will include tons of optimizations and improvements. Look for full release notes when the patch goes live tomorrow. Unto the Evil, DOOM's first DLC, launches August 5! We're thrilled to announce that our first premium multiplayer DLC will launch on August 5.
Not only are the taxpayers on the hook for the $75 million loan to 38 Studios that was never repaid, they also paid for a four year investigation into the incident that resulted in no charges against anyone.
"It is our collective duty and responsibility to uncover the facts and let the facts take us where they will take us," he said. "In order to prosecute any individual for a violation of any Rhode Island criminal statute, we have to establish probable cause that laws were broken. In this particular matter … we have found no probable cause to establish that a crime was committed. It is the investigative opinion of the Rhode Island State Police and the Department of the Attorney General that a bad deal does not always equate to an indictment."
The question of the day is "does esports need regulation?" I think that it does need some form of regulation if it ever wants to be taken seriously. Your thoughts?
Triple-A publishers are investing heavily in the space. And the prize pools are growing in size, with players competing for massive piles of cash. As these sums grow, so does the pressure and desire to win. To this end, we’ve seen reports of players using drugs such as ADHD medication Ritalin to aid focus, or utilizing software to hamper their opponents. Thus the question of whether pro-gaming requires regulation has arisen.
There is an announcement in the Bioware forums today that says, come the 26th of next month, the majority of the company's forums will be closed. You will still be able to read them until the 25th of October but the servers will be taken offline after that. The forums for Dragon Age and Mass Effect are among the forums being shuttered.
So it is with a heavy heart that we will close our public forums on August 26, 2016. We will maintain some private boards, and may use these in future for beta feedback or other special projects. Because we know there is a lot of information on there you may want to keep, the public boards will remain in a read-only state until October 25, 2016. After that date, they will be taken down.
I know that a $545,000 fine for using a VPN sounds bad at first but when you consider that, in United Arab Emirates, you can still get stoned to death for adultery. All of the sudden $500k doesn't seem so harsh.
Last week, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a new set of federal laws which include one forbidding UAE citizens from using VPNs to mask their digital footprints. As reported by International Business Times, anyone caught using a VPN or proxy server could end up cooling their heels in jail and will face a fine of between $136,000 - $545,000.
Today is the 17th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day! If you have a sys admin, buy him / her a beer, give them a pat on the back, a much needed hug, a kick in the ass, or all of the above to let them know you appreciate them.
Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It's the least you could do.
Sony is being sued for failing to meet contractual obligations which required the company to protect a movie (one of many) from being pirated. This all stems from the infamous Sony hack at the end of 2014.
In 2014, Sony was subjected to a massive cyberattack which resulted in the leak of huge quantities of data. The trove contained several movies, all of which appeared online for anyone to download for free. Now the owner of one of the titles is suing Sony, claiming that company failed in its obligation to protect the movie from Internet pirates.
When Nintendo announced its $60 retro gaming console earlier this month, more than a few of you expressed your displeasure over the fact that it wasn't [H] enough. Well, I think the console this guy built is the solution.
Steam's VR Weekend Sale is offering up to 80% off of a total of 175 VR games. If yu are interested, you'd better not wait too long, you only have until Monday, August 1st and 10AM PDT to get in on the deals.
Attention Verizon customers! You can now get "Tech Support Pro" for only $10 a month! Don't want to cough up an extra $120 a year for good tech support? No problem, you can just stick with the crappy overseas customer service that is open between 9a - 5p, and has agonizing one hour hold times for FREE!
Verizon this week unveiled a new premium tech support option that will cover every connected device in the home -- for an additional $10 per month. According to the company's announcement, "Tech Support Pro" is now being offered to both DSL and FiOS customers, giving Verizon customers a 24/7 customer support line providing help on everything from your laptop to your smart refrigerator. The service costs $15 per month if you bundle it with the FiOS Quantum Router (which alone costs $10/month to rent).
I don't know why I am posting this "reminder" that today is the last day to get Windows 10 for free. If you are a Windows user you've been nagged to death already by Microsoft. With that said, I feel it is my civic duty to at least remind you that you have until 5:59 AM EDT and 2:59 AM PDT on July 30th to have your installations complete. Although I have Windows 10 installed on a few computers here, I'll just be glad when the nagging finally stops on the PCs here that aren't running Windows 10.
I know that Uber likes to talk about the supposed benefits of using its service, one of which is that it could lower drunk driving deaths but, according to a new study, Uber has had no impact on DUI related deaths at all (good or bad). Honestly, I'm not sure why they would try to make that claim in the first place. Regular taxi cabs have been around forever and they haven't lowered the rate of drunk driving deaths either.
Uber has tried to position itself as everyone’s favorite designated driver—like a superhero that fights drunk driving. But a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have had no impact on the country’s overall rate of drunk driving fatalities, which claim around 10,000 lives a year, since they started in 2009. The researchers say it's partly because drunk people aren’t willing to pay for the cost of a ride.
I don't know why you need a robot that can build a house in two days. The robots of the future will just murder us and take our homes so there's no real need for a murderbot that can stack bricks and build houses.
A new automated, truck-mounted robot can build a house in two days, moving four times faster than human construction workers. Hadrian X by the Australian company Fastbrick Robotics Limited can reportedly lay as many as 1,000 bricks per hour and, because robots don’t need lunch breaks, Hadrian X can work around the clock. The company’s impressive prototype demonstrated its abilities on a small-scale build inside a warehouse, which you can see in a time-lapse video after the jump.
Microsoft announced today that it will be cutting another 2,850 jobs over the next year. Counting the 1850 job cuts announced earlier this year, this brings the grand total of planned cuts to 4,700. Thanks to cageymaru for the heads up.
Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce. The company said in May it would cut 1,850 jobs in its smartphone business, most of them in Finland. Microsoft bought Finland-based handset maker Nokia in 2014 in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
This is your end of the week reminder that joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you prizes or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.
Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.
NVIDIA will host a conference call on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, ending July 31, 2016. The call will be webcast live (in listen-only mode). The company's prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors. Ahead of the call, NVIDIA will provide written commentary on its second-quarter results from its CFO. This material will be posted to nvidia.com/ir immediately after the company's results are publicly announced at approximately 1:20 p.m. PT. To listen to the conference call, dial (877) 223-3864 in the United States or (574) 990-1377 internationally, and provide the following conference ID: 47401500. A replay of the conference call will be available until Aug. 18, 2016, at (855) 859-2056, corresponding with conference ID: 47401500. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until the company's conference call to discuss financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2017.
Western Digital Corp. today reported revenue of $3.5 billion and a net loss of $351 million, or $1.34 per share, for its fourth fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2016. On a non-GAAP basis, fourth quarter net income was $208 million, or $0.79 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.2 billion and net income of $220 million, or $0.94 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $356 million, or $1.51 per share.
The company generated $355 million in cash from operations during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $8.2 billion. On May 4, 2016, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on July 15, 2016. For fiscal 2016, the company achieved revenue of $13.0 billion and net income of $257 million, or $1.06 per share, compared to fiscal 2015 revenue of $14.6 billion and net income of $1.5 billion, or $6.18 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, fiscal 2016 net income was $1.2 billion, or $5.09 per share, compared to fiscal 2015 net income of $1.8 billion, or $7.76 per share. The company generated $2.0 billion in cash from operations during the 2016 fiscal year and it returned $524 million in dividends and share repurchases combined.
It looks as though NVIDIA reached a preliminary agreement to settle a number of class action lawsuits over the GTX 970 3.5GB memory debacle. Card owners will get $30 each, lawyers will get $1.3 million.
Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia agreed to a preliminary settlement that will resolve claims in a group of proposed class action lawsuits that center around allegations that the company misled consumers about the performance and storage capabilities of its product. Nvidia says it will pay each buyer of the graphics card $30 and will pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, according to settlement documents.
AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.7.3 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. According to AMD, these drivers offer a 10% performance improvement for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Here's a list of known issues as well as resolved issues:
Overwatch™ may experience an application crash on some Radeon™ RX 480 configurations when using AMD Crossfire mode.
Vulkan™ information in the Radeon Settings software information tab may display an incorrect version.
Radeon WattMan may retain settings of an overclock after it has failed. If you have failed an overclock with a system hang or reboot.
Hitman™ may experience graphical corruption when the game is set to use DirectX®12 API and using zoom with weapons.
Total War™: Warhammer may experience minor graphical corruption in some map textures on AMD Radeon R9 380.
Flickering may be observed in Rise of the Tomb Raider™ on some AMD Crossfire configurations using the DirectX®11 API.
Changing settings in Dragon Age Inquisition™ with the Mantle API may result in an application crash or driver recovery.
DiRT™ Rally may experience flickering terrain in some races when the advanced blending option is enabled in the games settings page.
Display may exhibit a minor flicker on Radeon RX 480 when Freesync is enabled on a games launch or exit.
Shadows may experience rendering issues in DOTA2™ when using the Vulkan™ API.
Textures may experience holes or gaps in DOOM™ when using the OpenGL API and three display AMD Eyefinity configurations.
Need for Speed™ may experience flickering on some light sources in AMD Crossfire mode.
Performing a task switch with two cloned displays during full screen gaming may cause flickering on the extended display.
A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
DOTA2™ may experience an application hang when using the Vulkan™ API and changing resolution or game/quality settings.
DiRT™ Rally may experience rain drop flickering in some races when using AMD Crossfire mode.
Displays may fail to revert to previous configuration on exit when using a profiled application launched with Radeon Settings and "Launch with AMD Eyefinity" toggled on.
Assassin's Creed® Syndicate may experience a game crash or hang when in game settings are set to high or greater.
Low frame rate or stutter may be experienced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™ on Radeon™ RX 480.
Radeon RX 480 graphics may experience minor flickering in SteamVR benchmark when using AMD Crossfire mode.
Corruption may be experienced in Rise of the Tomb Raider using the DirectX®12 API on some Hybrid Graphics configurations when performing a task switch.
Shader Cache may remain be enabled when set to "off" in Radeon Settings on some Hybrid Graphics configurations.
Radeon RX 480 graphics may experience intermittent stuttering in The Division™ when high game settings are used and vsync is enabled.
Battlefield™ 4 may experience intermittent crashes when using Mantle. As a work around users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.
Creating two or three display portrait Eyefinity groups in Radeon Settings "quick setup" and then clicking "arranging displays" may cause an error.
Radeon Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War™: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.
World of Tanks™ may experience stuttering after performing a task switch in AMD Crossfire mode.
Rocket League™ may experience flickering when in AMD Crossfire mode.
DOTA2™ may experience lower than expected performance when in AMD Crossfire mode.
Ashes of the Singularity™ may experience an application crash with "crazy" in game settings and Multi-GPU enabled.
Microsoft is facing more lawsuits over its Windows 10 upgrade campaign. I never thought I would say something like this about a free upgrade but I'll just be glad when the offer expires.
Microsoft is facing two lawsuits seeking class-action status related to the company’s campaign to get people to use Windows 10. Three Florida men sued Microsoft in U.S. District Court in Florida on Friday, saying Microsoft’s Windows 10 update prompts violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements, as well as Federal Trade Commission prohibitions on deceptive and unfair practices.
Long time [H] reader cageymaru sends word that the DOOM demo now supports Vulkan. According to the DOOM Steam community page, when you fire up the game on Steam you will be prompted with a new menu to choose either OpenGL or Vulkan. If you haven't done so already, you can download the DOOM demo here.
We've updated the DOOM Demo on Steam to support Vulkan! When launching DOOM from Steam, you’ll be prompted with a new menu to choose either OpenGL or Vulkan. To play with Vulkan, select the second menu option. You can also switch between OpenGL and Vulkan in game via the Advanced Settings options menu. The game will restart whenever you switch between OpenGL and Vulkan.
Congrats to the guys at Nightdive Studios on raising more than $1.35 million for the complete remake of System Shock. The developers original sought only $900,000 but the additional cash now allows the team to make a version for the Xbox One and PS4 in addition to the PC version.
According to this Bloomberg article, banks in the Silicon Valley are using 0% down-payment tailored loans to attract tech workers into buying homes. Some banks have even went as far as putting branches the headquarters of Facebook and Twitter.
It turns out that even the well-off need help in a housing market as crazy as the one in the San Francisco Bay area, and lenders are elbowing each other in a rush to provide it. They’re courting Silicon Valley workers with tailored loans, guaranteed 24-hour approval and financial-planning services. Social Finance Inc. has deals with Google and other top technology companies that allow it to market to new hires. First Republic Bank -- which gave Facebook Inc. billionaire Mark Zuckerberg a 1.05 percent interest-rate mortgage -- has opened branches in Facebook and Twitter Inc. headquarters. San Francisco Federal Credit Union will finance 100 percent of houses costing up to $2 million.
If you are building a new system or just upgrading from an old case to a new one, you'll want to check out this review of the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 posted today at Neoseeker. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
Late last year I had the pleasure of reviewing Thermaltake’s Suppressor F51 mid-tower case. The Suppressor F51 came with two external accessible drive bays and two internal 3 HDD/SSD cages that could be removed, making for a highly customable configuration and great air flow when set up with a variety of fan or liquid cooling options. Now I have the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 mid-tower case for review which shares many attributes with the Suppressor F51, though the Suppressor F31 does have some major differences.