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  Zen APU Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-11-2017, 08:13 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Zen APU may be using Vega iGPU: https://www.techpowerup.com/233192/amd-r...vega-based

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  Gamers Are Hypocrites Who Love DLC
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-11-2017, 01:44 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

A while ago, I wrote about The DLC Double Standard, and mentioned how much gamers whine about DLC. Today comes new proof that for all of their whining, gamers actually love DLC: https://www.techpowerup.com/233184/you-l...in-fy-2017

Quote:EA has reported its FY 2017 results (from April 1st 2016 through March 31st 2017), and the results are astonishing: for all the outcry from the gaming community, it would seem that users really like microtransactions, season passes, and the "games as a service" conundrum. Some might be amazed at how a company makes more money from services, DLC and microtransactions associated with their games than through the sale of games themselves, but alas, that is the world we live in. This year alone the company pulled in $1.297 billion solely via digital content (excluding full game downloads) for their PC and console platforms.

EA has been known for their studios' season passes and DLCs - one of the biggest offenders when it comes to DLC was Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as most recent Bioware games, while the verdict is still on the table regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda's DLC efforts. These and other microtransactions, such as "packs" and other shenanigans in FIFA and other IPs, have helped bring in the bulk of the money. Truth be told, EA isn't the only publisher that's aggressively pushing for micro-transactions in its games (Microsoft and Ubisoft come to mind), though an argument can be made in how these microtransactions based on packs and other cosmetic elements can be an attractive prospect when coupled with free game updates and additional, free content. Some users will rush in and acquire these, in turn putting the proverbial coal on developer's coffers to pump out additional content which everyone can enjoy. But for all the people saying "No" to DLC and microtransactions, I'd say wallets speak louder than words.

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  Gsync Vs FreeSync Analysis
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-09-2017, 07:34 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)



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  Google VP Happy To See Windows 10 S
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-08-2017, 05:09 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

https://www.neowin.net/news/google-execu...r-approach

Quote:Through Windows 10 S, Microsoft hopes to empower the higher education sector by offering a more streamlined, secure, and simplified version of Windows which only runs apps from the Windows Store, and is limited to Microsoft Edge and Bing as its default internet browser and search engine respectively. Now, a Google executive has commented on Microsoft's latest effort, claiming it to be a "validation" of the approach that Google had already adopted.

Speaking to Business Insider, Prabhakar Raghavan, the VP of G Suite, stated that he was happy to see that Google's approach was being adopted by other companies. He noted that the firm wasn't too bothered by the competition, saying that the announcement of the Surface Laptop as a device aimed at the education sector meant that Google was on to something big.

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  U.S. Airlines out of control treating passengers like garbage
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 05-05-2017, 09:53 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (3)

5-4-2017

U.S. Airlines out of control treating passengers like garbage


You've all seen the headlines day after day and it's getting worse.

This is what you get when you got rid of all the competition and give a monopoly to CEO's.

Here is latest video. A family traveling with an infant kicked off a plane.

The family actually told by the Airline employees that they are on their own as far as trying to find somewhere to sleep with the baby for the night.

Disgusting.



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  i7-7700 and 7700K Suffering Temperature Spikes
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-05-2017, 01:27 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

https://www.techpowerup.com/233018/tempe...processors

Quote:Reports around the web (and posts on Intel's forums) speak in hushed, strained and horrified voices at how some users with Intel's Core i7 7700 processors are seeing strangely random temperature spikes on their processors, which prompts their cooling solutions to spin to the rescue. The report only mentions Intel's 7700 (non-K) processor; though it would seem this issue is more prone to happen with the K version of the processor, according to Intel's forums.

Apparently, some users are seeing temperature spikes that reach as high as as high as 90°C (out of a recommended 100ºC.) Some users even go as far as admitting to have replaced Intel's fabled TIM, and running the CPU under a water cooling solution, only to find those temperature spikes still happening - and their cooling solutions rev up in response.

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  Acer Predator X27 Monitor
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-02-2017, 09:20 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

http://4k.com/news/acers-new-predator-x2...4hz-19552/

Quote:The X27 is being called “the perfect” gaming monitor by its manufacturer and we’re hard pressed to disagree on this assessment. Excepting the lack of an ultra-wide display format (something many gamers prefer), the X27 offers just about everything the serious 4K gamer could want, assuming they have the right type of GPU and other hardware specs in their PC machine to complement this display. Specifically, the X27 is designed to take maximum advantage of Nvidia HDR technology for monitors as it was originally presented at CES 2017 in January. Thus, this particular PC display offers up 27 inches of display space, a 16:9 aspect ratio, full 4K UHD resolution and HDR specs for contrast and wide color gamut. Acer has even included local dimming backlight technology in the X27 and most impressively of all, the X27 comes with a native 144Hz refresh rate instead of the standard 60Hz that has been the maximum limit of most 4K PC displays for more than a couple years so far. This monitor also of course supports G-Sync technology for maximum frame-rate synching compatibility with Nvidia’s new generations of 4K-friendly GPUs.

In basic terms, the Acer X27 is truly a 4K monitor for the next generations of 4K graphics cards and PC games.

Other more technical specs in the X27 include quantum dot color technology of the kind that really makes wide color gamut and high DCI-P3 color space coverage shine. In this monitor’s case Acer has installed an AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel for the quantum dots. The presence of this feature explicitly means deeper, richer black levels, HDR10 support and a promised 96% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, according to Acer. As for peak brightness, we weren’t exaggerating when we said that the X27 is truly and HDR monitor. It outclasses many 4K HDR TVs with a peak brightness rating of 1000 nits and also offers a very respectable 4ms response time for speed-conscious gamers.

In other words, in terms of the key specs mentioned above, we’re looking here at a monitor that can just as easily serve as either one insane piece of gaming technology or as a very powerful professional visual design monitor.

Linus says it'll cost $2000:


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  Pascal GPUs Enable 4K Netflix Streaming For Those Of Us Without Kaby Lake
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-30-2017, 08:40 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/232892/nvidi...ries-cards
It's rather quirky. If you have multiple monitors, all of them need HDCP 2.2.

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  AMD Accused Of Putting Adware Into 17.4.4 Drivers
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-28-2017, 11:41 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/232823/amd-b...-4-drivers

Quote:AMD made headlines yesterday (27th April), when AMD Radeon users discovered that their GPU driver update places a promotional link to a "Quake Champions" beta signup on their desktops. The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.4 drivers leave a shortcut on your desktop which reads "Quake Champions," and has the official icon. The shortcut, however, points to a URL, which leads to a "Quake Champions" beta signup on publisher Bethesda's website. You can't opt not to see this icon during the driver setup's "custom setup" component selection page. The URL contains a referral extension, which made some people accuse AMD of trying to make money off it, a charge the company denies.

This caused major uproar in social media, with some comments calling it "adware" and AMD losing the moral high ground over NVIDIA, which marketed games through its GeForce Experience app. Sensing a PR fumble on its hands, AMD updated Radeon Software 17.4.4 drivers on its downloads page, which no longer plants the "Quake Champions" shortcut on your desktop. AMD could be testing the waters with how it could monetize its driver updates further. The company, like NVIDIA, already has game banner advertisements in the driver installer. AMD denied that it is making any money off the referral link, and that it is only using referral data to gauge activity.

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  Fractal Design Define Nano S For $52
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-27-2017, 09:54 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

http://www.pcgamer.com/get-a-fractal-des...er-for-52/
Check the "Other Sellers on Amazon" section for the deal.

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