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  Xbox One S With Battlefield 1 For $199
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-13-2017, 01:49 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies


Quote:Like before, retailer Walmart is offering a special price on the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 bundle, which it currently has priced at $199.96. The bundle arrives with the console in a special Storm Grey colorway, along with a full copy of Battlefield 1. This is something that can be ordered online and shipped, or it can be picked up at a local store on the same day if available.

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  DRAMless SSDs Hit A New Low
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-12-2017, 01:09 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Well, that's that. The TR200 is the pokiest SSD (aside from our baseline X25) we've yet tested on this rig. That distinction used to be held by the Trion 100, but the new guy slid under it by just a few points. Perhaps the one positive for the TR200 is that it's about as fast as the Trion 100 without even having a DRAM cache on board.

It's worth noting that our geometric mean conceals the drive's pokey write performance and fine read performance, and if your workload primarily involves reading data, the TR200 may prove tolerable. That's still not a ringing endorsement, but it may be the way the cookie crumbles for the budget systems in which this SSD might find a home.

In fairness, Toshiba made clear from the outset who the target audience is for this drive. The TR200 will feel mind-bogglingly quick to anyone who is only now upgrading from a traditional hard drive. The chief problem that I have is that Toshiba's suggested prices, while low, are well within striking distance of faster drives that frequently go on sale. But let's back that up with data, as is the Tech Report way. In the plots below, the most compelling position is toward the upper left corner, where the price per gigabyte is low and performance is high. Use the buttons to switch between views of all drives, only SATA drives, or only PCIe drives.

Quote:We'll let the performance charts do most of the talking about the TR200's performance. We can’t ignore the DRAMless market as a whole, but these products promised to deliver in two key areas; lower prices and reduced power consumption. It's obvious they don't deliver on those promises.

Removing the expense of one or two DRAM packages provides minimal cost savings. DRAM prices are up, just like NAND, but companies like Toshiba buy the components on a large scale, so they shouldn't bat an eye at the expense. The results do not justify the means, even with a $10 decrease in component expense. The only price that users care about is what they pay, and DRAMless SSDs are not cheaper than products already on the market.

Surprisingly, DRAMless SSDs do not reduce power consumption. A single picture doesn't tell a complicated story. You could argue that less power consumption in a snapshot is better, like during a test while the SSD is at idle or under heavy load, but SSDs are complex and dynamic instruments. Our battery life tests are a better measure of real-world power consumption, and the TR200 trailed the competing products.

For the most part, DRAMless SSDs have failed to deliver a single benefit to end users. Dollar for dollar we struggle to find a viable reason to even consider this product class. We have to question why companies would bring these SSDs to market given the current competition and pricing, especially the existing models that have dominated the landscape for years.

The next generation of DRAMless products promises to address many of these issues. DRAMless NVMe SSDs technically do not have DRAM, but the protocol supports using your system memory as a buffer for the physical-to-logical address map. It's a great theory, and it might even work in the mass market. Companies keep displaying the promising technology at trade shows, but they aren’t releasing samples or products. That leads us to believe it may have issues under the surface that we don’t see on the trade show floor.

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  Newegg Ryzen Sales
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-08-2017, 08:01 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

Ryzen 5 1600X for $220: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...6819113434
Ryzen 7 1700 for $295: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...6819113428
Ryzen 7 1700X for $300: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...6819113429
Ryzen 7 1800X for $400: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...6819113430

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  Why The Internet Of Things Needs To Be Banned By Law
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-06-2017, 10:30 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

I can't believe IoT has sunk to such creepiness, as a result of IoT companies' complete lack of caring about security. Only a ban of IoT by law will send the following message to the IoT companies: security matters.

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  TSMC Is On The Way To 3nm
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-04-2017, 01:20 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:As part of the announcement, TSMC hasn't given any revisee timelines for their 3 nm production, which likely means the company still expects to start 3 nm production by 2022. TSMC said its 7 nm yield is ahead of schedule, and that it expects a fast ramp in 2018 - which is interesting, considering the company has announced plans to insert several extreme ultraviolet (EUV) layers at 7 nm. TSMC has also said its 5 nm roadmap is on track for a launch in the first quarter of 2019.

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  Graphics Card Dead Fan Replacement Guide
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-02-2017, 03:29 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

The part that impressed me is just how well the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 did when it had 2 Noctua NF-F12s strapped to it.

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  Fallout 1 Free on Steam
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-30-2017, 08:59 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

The offer is good until 11:59 PM Pacific time.

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  Finally, A Special Video Cable That Isn't Snake Oil
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-29-2017, 03:19 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

I never thought I'd see the day when a cable claimed to improve video quality actually lived up to its claim.

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  Zen 2 Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-27-2017, 06:36 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Spanish website Informatica Cero have gotten their hands on what they say is an exclusive, real piece of information from inside AMD, which shows the company's CPU roadmap until 2019, bringing some new details with it. On the desktop side, there's mention of AMD's "Pinacle Ridge" as succeeding the current Zen-based "Summit Ridge" Ryzen CPUs in 2018. These leverage the same Summit Ridge architecture, but with a performance uplift; this plays well into those reports of 12 nm being used to manufacture the second-generation Ryzen: it's an AMD tick, so to say. As such, the performance uplift likely comes from increased frequencies at the same power envelope, due to 12 nm's denser manufacturing design.

Another interesting tidbit from this slide is the confirmation of AMD's Zen 2 processors being released in 2019. Based on the company's revised Zen 2 cores (which should see those architectural improvements we were talking about in the beginning of this piece), AMD also seems to be doing away with the ridge-like codenames they've been using in recent times, and taking a more artistic approach. Matisse seems to be the code-name for AMD's Zen 2 architecture, and if you know your painters, it looks like AMD is betting on its Zen 2 cores to further define and influence CPU design. There is no mention of increased Zen threads, however, which likely points towards AMD keeping the same 8-core, 16-thread design as with their current Summit Ridge. This likely plays into AMD's plan for keeping the AM4 socket relevant - while good for consumers who might want to see longevity in their platform, it does prevent AMD from making more radical design changes to their architecture.

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  The End Of The CrossFire Tag
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-25-2017, 10:12 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)


Quote:An AMD representative recently answered PC World's query regarding the absence of "CrossFire" branding on their latest Radeon Software release, which introduced multi-GPU support for AMD's Vega line of graphics cards. According to the AMD representative, it goes down to a technicality, in that "CrossFire isn't mentioned because it technically refers to DX11 applications. In DirectX 12, we reference multi-GPU as applications must support mGPU, whereas AMD has to create the profiles for DX11. We've accordingly moved away from using the CrossFire tag for multi-GPU gaming."
But now, the power to implement CrossFire or SLI isn't solely on the GPU vendor's (AMD and NVIDIA) hands. With the advent of DX 12 and explicit multi-adapter, it's now up to the game developers to explicitly support mGPU technologies, which could even allow for different graphics cards from different manufacturers to work in tandem. History has proven this to be more of a pipe-dream than anything, however. AMD phasing out the CrossFire branding is a result of the times, particular times nowadays where the full responsibility of making sure multi-GPU solutions work shouldn't be placed at AMD or NVIDIA's feet - at least on DX 12 titles.

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