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  Lakefield Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-06-2018, 10:37 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/243071/intel...adaptation

Quote:big.LITTLE is an innovation by ARM, which seeks to minimize power-draw on mobile devices. It is a sort of heterogeneous multi-core CPU design, in which a few "big" high-performance CPU cores work alongside a few extremely low-power "little" CPU cores. The idea here is that the low-power cores consume much lesser power at max load, than the high-performance cores at their minimum power-state, so the high-performance cores can be power-gated when the system doesn't need them (i.e. most of the time).

Intel finds itself with two distinct x86 implementations at any given time. It has low-power CPU micro-architectures such as "Silvermont," "Goldmont," and "Goldmont Plus," etc., implemented on low-power product lines such as the Pentium Silver series; and it has high-performance micro-architectures, such as "Haswell," "Skylake," and "Coffee Lake." The company wants to take a swing at its own heterogeneous multi-core CPU, according to tech stock analyst Ashraf Eassa, with the Motley Fool.
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A chip like this would need popular operating systems to be redesigned to be aware of the asymmetry. That would involve changes to the kernel scheduler, so it could know which threads to send to which cores. Given that Intel's 10 nm process, on which "Ice Lake" is based, is scheduled for a 2019-20 roll-out, "Lakefield" chip may not see a launch this year.

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  YouTube HQ Shooting
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-04-2018, 04:36 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

https://www.neowin.net/news/youtube-head...s-reported

Quote:Victims of the shooting are being admitted to San Francisco General Hospital, but while the hospital hasn't confirmed how many victims were admitted. Newsweek is reporting contradictory numbers, saying that the San Bruno Police Department scanner confirmed that 37 people have been transported to hospitals, while other reports are saying that that number is as low as four or five.

The police radio also said that casualties are being taken to the hospital. According to ABC7 in San Francisco, the shooter was a white female that wore a dark top and a head scarf.

Details do seem to be scarce for now, and the facility has been evacuated, so the situation is over.

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  Google Bans Chrome Cryptocurrency Mining Extensions
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-03-2018, 09:14 AM - Forum: Cryptocurrency Mining - Replies (1)

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/google-...36800.html

Quote:Google has banned all cryptocurrency mining extensions from Google Chrome. In a blog post, the developers explained that crypto-mining extensions that made their purpose adequately clear to prospective downloaders had been allowed until now. Any extension created for crypto-mining was also barred from having any other function. These two restrictions were meant to prevent the creation of stealth mining extensions. Some websites implement a simple form of cryptojacking by trying to trick visitors into installing such extensions.

Google has found that over 90% of crypto-mining extensions have failed to follow these policies, however, so it’s banning all crypto-mining extensions from Chrome. Mining extensions already on the Chrome Web Store will be removed in June.

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  LG G7 Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-03-2018, 07:51 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - Replies (2)

https://www.neowin.net/news/new-renders-...oth-design

Quote:As you can see from the 360-degree render, the upcoming G-series handset will have a sleek design. The front of the display will have a cutout towards the top and the phone will also have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. On the rear, there is a dual camera sensor, along with a fingerprint reader. From what has been rumored, the handset will feature a 6-inch 3220 x 1440 OLED display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, could arrive with up to 6GB RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage.

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  Google Fiber Continues Expanding In San Antonio
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-03-2018, 07:41 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Googl...nio-141546

Quote:Google Fiber continues to expand in San Antonio, Texas. The company this week announced that it would be expanding availability of its ultra-fast broadband service to the far West Side area near Westover Hills. Users can sign up for the service expansion via the company's website, and says additional neighborhoods will be added to the sign up list this summer.

"While we’ve been getting them installed and getting their service running for them we’ve continued to construct fiber in additional neighborhoods in the vicinity," the company tells local news outlets. "At this point of time we’re ready to start opening up sign-ups for those new neighborhoods that we have been building over the last few months there.”

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  4K 144 Hz Monitors On The Way
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-03-2018, 04:33 AM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12561/nvi...lays-april

Quote:Acer and ASUS unveiled their prototype 27” 4K 144 Hz displays, featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology, at last year’s CES, with promises to release them sometime later in 2017. Both monitors relied on a reference design developed by NVIDIA and had similar specifications, albeit with some minor differences. Eventually, both companies had to delay commercial launches of their new products to 2018, missing the important holiday sales season. This week at GDC, NVIDIA has stated that it is confident that the G-Sync HDR-compatible displays will hit the market this April.

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  Valve Delists Steam Machines From Steam
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-03-2018, 12:02 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (1)

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/26675...-home-page

Quote:Steam Machines were supposed to take PC gaming mainstream by simplifying setup and moving the games in your living room. Valve had high hopes for the project, but Steam Machines never took off. The company now seems to be distancing itself from the failure, as Steam Machine listings are no longer accessible from the Steam front page.

When it announced the Steam Machine initiative, Valve trotted out most of the big names in PG gaming as hardware partners. It said Steam Machines were on the way from Asus, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte, and many more. However, most of these vendors backed out or indefinitely delayed launch plans as it became apparent Steam Machines would not be a slam dunk.

You can still access what remains of the Steam Machine landing site via a direct link — not that you’ll see much when you get there. It lists only five devices, one of which is no longer available on the manufacturer’s site. Several of the remaining systems are arguably not even Steam Machines as Valve envisioned — they run Windows 10 instead of SteamOS.

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  5000 MHz RAM On The Way
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-28-2018, 08:49 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/242776/g-ski...ir-cooling

Quote:This in-development memory speed marks the first time in history that a pair of air-cooled RGB memory achieving the legendary speed of DDR4-5000MHz. While DDR4-5000MHz memory kits aren't yet ready to hit retail stores, G.SKILL is taking major leaps in developing much faster memory speeds and demonstrating the brand's unwavering dedication to continually push DDR4 memory performance into the absolute extremes.

"Previously, the 5GHz memory speed is only achievable in extreme overclocking and in single-channel. We're excited to share that we've been able to achieve the 5GHz memory speed in not only air-cooling conditions, but also in dual-channels. This is a major milestone for us," says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President, G.SKILL International. "We will make every effort to bring this specification onto the consumer market, and bring the experience of extreme performance to worldwide users."

Shown in the screenshot below, on a system with the MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard and an Intel i7-8700K processor, CPU-Z displays a DDR4-4700MHz Trident Z RGB dual-channel memory kit being overclocked 300MHz past its original rated speed to reach DDR4-5000MHz.

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  Multi-Core Enhancement Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-28-2018, 07:43 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3268-...st-testing

Quote:No. No, it should not. MCE carries with it several issues, but all are eliminated when MCE is disabled by default. Primary issues include operating out of spec, which isn’t true to the processor’s expected power consumption or cooling requirements, and potentially operating at a level that triggers BSODs or instability. This can happen when automatic voltage adjustments or auto LLC are operating below the requirements of a constant max-Turbo CPU.

We respect that motherboard vendors want and need to offer something over their competitors. Motherboards are critically important to performance (see: memory timings), but we believe that MCE is entering territory of basic CPU functionality, and that should be left to Intel and AMD – or disabled by default, at least.

AMD’s Core Performance Boost is different, as that interacts with XFR and Precision Boost, which are expected features of Ryzen CPUs. Core Performance Boost should be enabled by default, we think, while MCE should be disabled by default on all boards.

It’s up to us – media and consumers – to keep a closer eye on when manufacturers enable MCE by default, as one will cascade to a waterfall of other manufacturers following suit to compete.

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  Steam Revenue Statistics
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-27-2018, 03:19 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/26632...ful-titles

Quote:Of the 21,000+ games available on Steam, fully half of the company’s revenue was delivered by the Top 100 titles. In other words, 0.5 percent of the titles available on Steam delivered 50 percent of the earnings. To some extent, that’s to be expected — some percentage of the games available on Steam are going to be old titles, and the original Half-Life isn’t exactly tearing up the sales charts these days. Then again, 7,672 games were released on Steam in 2017, which puts that 21,000 figure in perspective. That’s up from 565 in 2013, 1,772 in 2014, 2,964 in 2015, and 4,207 in 2016.

These figures suggest two things: First, that computer gaming is following the movie and music industries in squeezing out what used to be thought of as the ‘middle’ of the market. With skyrocketing dev costs and Steam becoming an endless morass of games, there’s less and less room between being big enough to catch the notice of a core group of gamers (or streamers, or influencers, or what-have-you) and vanishing into the abyss, never to be heard from again. In movies and music, these trends have played out differently — the movie industry may currently be suffering from an over-reliance on tentpole franchise films, for example — but the push and pull between the biggest box office draws or musicians and everybody else continues to favor the biggest, most-entrenched operators in all three genres.

I wouldn’t try to draw too many cross-genre parallels out of this, but there are some interesting similarities. Of course, one major difference between the gaming industry and movies or music is Steam itself. With 80 percent+ of the game distribution market, Steam has a lock on gaming that no other media outlet has ever enjoyed. Gamers, at least thus far, continue to view this as a good thing.

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