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  Rumored GTX 1070 Ti
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-14-2017, 07:52 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies


Quote:NVIDIA is readying a new GeForce GTX 1070 refresh graphics card, according to well-placed sources. Positioned between the current GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 11 Gbps in performance, the refreshed GTX 1070 could at least displace the current GTX 1070 from its price-point, if not replace it. NVIDIA could carve the new chip out of the latest stepping of the GP104 silicon, and give it more CUDA cores, likely 2,048 (on par with GTX 1070 Mobile), if not higher. It could also get faster memory, likely 9 Gbps GDDR5 or even 10 Gbps GDDR5X. Its core and GPU Boost clock speeds could even be dialed up a little.

NVIDIA's objective here appears to be convincingly outperforming AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, at a lower power-draw. There's a 20 percent performance gap between the current desktop GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, and the new GTX 1070 refresh could find a price-performance equation somewhere in the middle. As NVIDIA's product-stack currently stands, the GTX 1080, which was refreshed with faster 11 Gbps GDDR5X memory, has a wider performance gap with the GTX 1070, creating room for a GTX 1070 refresh SKU somewhere in the middle, which could perform within the 90th percentile of the original GTX 1080 with 10 Gbps memory. What NVIDIA could name the SKU is anybody's guess. Historically, NVIDIA has updated SKU specifications without changing the name. The GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 6 GB were refreshed with faster memory, by simply prominently mentioning the memory clock below the SKU branding, there's also the remote possibility of the GTX 1070 Ti branding to combat the "grandeur" of AMD's RX Vega branding. NVIDIA could have the new GeForce GTX 1070 refresh SKU out in time for Holiday.

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  Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass For Free & Cross-Platform
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-13-2017, 06:33 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

Note what Neowin says here:

Quote:There isn't an end date listed for the promotion, so it would be best to grab it now if one is interested in returning to the shooter to play around with some new content. Interestingly, Star Wars Battlefront II will not be receiving a season pass, as EA hopes to keep the community from splintering between expansions. A beta for the sequel is slated to arrive in October, ahead of the November 17 official launch.

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  Case Industry Review
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-09-2017, 11:19 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Key points:

  • Lack of innovation in the case industry, which comes from inconsistent efforts from OEMs who are more diluted in their focus than they used to be
  • Lack of airflow due to focus on price and aesthetics
  • $200+ pricing is no longer viable in general
  • OEMs have wasted money on useless features, but not anymore
  • 200mm fans went away due to differing mounting hole specs, z-height issues, bearing issues that required more expensive bearings, lack of radiator support, and they weren't suitable for radiators due to lack of static pressure, but now Cooler Master is trying to bring back 200mm fans
  • Case OEMs have to sell 3,000–7,000 cases per month in order to be viable, or less if they're selling a rebranded product

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  PC Gaming Desktop Sales Are Growing
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-07-2017, 09:57 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (2)


Quote:Sales from gaming PCs and accessories on the rise, according to researchers GfK. Revenue generated from desktop PC sales specifically for gaming have grown with a properly nice by 55 percent. Specific game monitors see an upwards trend in sales as well, this segment increased with 114 percent.

As reported by gfk; PC gaming hardware remained one of the most important drivers of growth for the computer and peripherals manufacturers in the B2C field in the first half of 2017 as well. In addition to desktop PCs and notebooks, gaming accessories also benefited from the continuing boom in the world of electronic games. These are GfK's findings for the global PC gaming hardware market on the occasion of IFA 2017 in Berlin.

After challenging years with new technologies like tablets or smartphones, gaming PCs have developed from a niche segment to a strong selling mainstream product. This trend continued in the first half of 2017 and gaming desktop PCs managed to increase their global revenue by 55 percent compared to the previous year. Portable gaming PCs had a revenue increase of 24 percent. In total, global revenues of all gaming PCs (desktops and notebooks) in the markets measured by GfK (excluding North America) amounted to €1.5 billion.

The greatest share of the revenue here was from the Western European market, which was responsible for 44 percent of all sales at €682 million (a revenue increase of 11 percent). The Asian-Pacific economic region had a share of 34 percent (revenue: €522 million; revenue growth up 67 percent) and Eastern Europe (including Russia) 12 percent (revenue: €193 million; revenue growth up 42 percent).

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  Intel Wins EU Antitrust Appeal
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-07-2017, 04:29 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:You may remember the EU's historical May 13th 2009 decision to slap Intel with a €1.06 billion fine for antitrust practices. Well eight years later, that odyssey isn't over just yet. The ECj (European Court of Justice), the European Union's supreme court, ruled today for a retrial of Intel's appeal against the €1.06 billion antitrust fine. The argument: the European Commission's accusations and Intel's counter-arguments weren't "delved enough" so as to arrive at the fine's decision. Specifically, the ECJ states that "The General Court was required to examine all of Intel's arguments … which the General Court failed to do (...)".

This decision pretty much guarantees more years of respite for Intel towards payment of the imposed fine, originally levied upon the company in 2009. It also shakes the European justice system's credibility, in the sense that a historical fine decision, which should be the EU's poster-case for antitrust violations and a free, just market, were based on incomplete information and ignorant of some of the counter-arguments raised by the blue giant. Specifically, the title of the ECj's press-release states that "The case is referred back to the General Court in order for it to examine the arguments put forward by Intel concerning the capacity of the rebates at issue to restrict competition."

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  Philips 328P8K 8K Monitor
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-05-2017, 07:08 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies


Quote:TPV intends to ship its Philips 328P8K sometimes in Q1 or Q2 next year, but the company has not made any decisions regarding the final timeframe. High-end products require a lot of tweaking, so do not expect TPV to rush the 8K monitor to the market. As for pricing of the Philips 328P8K, it is hard to make guesses without knowing market situation, availability of the panels and competition. For example, Dell has cut the price of its UltraSharp UP3218K by 22% since the launch in late March to $3,899 despite the lack of any rivals. In any case, since the Philips 328P8K is aimed primarily at professionals, do not expect it to be affordable from a consumer point of view.

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  Gigabyte GTX 1080 Mini
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-04-2017, 08:46 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

It's 169mm long, so it's small enough even for SickBeast.

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  DIY 4K 120 Hz Monitor
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-04-2017, 05:24 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

An interesting concept, I wonder if it will take off.

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  A Reason To Not Use CLCs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-01-2017, 08:11 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

Paul's Hardware's H100i v2 had its pump die on him during a comparison test on his Threadripper 1920X. The CPU hit thermal junction max and shut down. Skip to time index 11:38 for the first signs that something is wrong, and that he is avoiding CLCs in his production machines and is less likely to recommend them to others.

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  Shield 2 Prototype Found
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 08-29-2017, 09:25 PM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies


Quote:While there had been some signs over the past few years that NVIDIA was working on a follow-up, the company never actually publicly launched a second-gen handheld. But that didn’t stop one person from purchasing one from a pawn shop recently.

Redditor FwrigginRwootbeer says the handheld was found in a pawn shop in Canada. Since NVIDIA never actually sold these tablets, it was most likely a prototype designed for developers.

FwrigginRwootbeer traded in a first-gen Shield Portable to help pay for this model, not realizing it was unreleased (and potentially buggy). But while there are only minor changes to the physical design of the gaming handheld, it does seem to have a more more powerful specs than the first-gen model, including:
  • 1.91 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 quad-core processor (probably NVIDIA Tegra X1)
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage
  • 5.9 inch, 1440 x 810 pixel display
The original Shield handhold, by comparison, had an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display.

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