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Posted by: dmcowen674 - 06-21-2017, 06:07 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (3)

Test to see if can make a new thread

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  Samsung Increasing 64-Layer V-NAND Production
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-19-2017, 04:22 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

I had been bouncing back and forth over whether to post this, but the detail about 90-layer NAND convinced me to post this.

Quote:It seems that lately every storage semiconductor company is engaged in an all-out war and crowing about chips made with an ever-increasing number of layers. Samsung's the latest to talk up its silicon cookies. The company says it's ramping production of its 64-layer V-NAND chips now, and it expects half of its V-NAND flash production to be of that type by the end of the year. 64-layer V-NAND previously began shipping to "key IT customers" in January.

Samsung says that its chips can hit speeds of 1 Gbps, making them the "fastest among currently-available NAND flash memory." The new offerings are more frugal, too, seeing as they only require an input voltage of 2.5 V, down from the 3.3 V required by Samsung's previous-generation 48-layer chips. The company also says that the new chips offer 30% better energy efficiency and that the new V-NAND cells have 20% higher reliability. Finally, the 64-layer flash has what the Samsung calls the "industry's shortest page program time" of 500 μs, a number that the company says is four times faster than typical 10-nm planar flash and about 1.5 times faster than its own 48-layer V-NAND.

Looking to the future, Samsung believes that the industry will start competing by offering better performance and reliability for flash chips instead of focusing solely in a race to the feature size bottom. The company also states that it has the "fundamental technology" to create 1 Tb flash chips with 90 layers of cell arrays in the future. We look forward to it.

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  Atari's New Console
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-17-2017, 07:22 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (1)


Quote:As the week comes to a close, we are getting word that Atari CEO Fred Chesnais has confirmed that his company is working on a new console. It was only last week that the video above surfaced, showing off what would be a teaser trailer for the Ataribox. While it was unknown at the time whether this was a hoax, Chesnais did confirm that the new console would offer the iconic wood-grain siding which was found on its older consoles.

At this point, we don't know whether or not this will be some kind of retro console like the NES Classic or something completely new and unique. Atari did announce plans in 2014 to bring new hardware to market, maybe this upcoming device is the result of that effort. Naturally, we will just have to wait and see.

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  ASRock's Unethical Rebate Rewards Program
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-17-2017, 03:19 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Don't let TPU's conclusion sway you: this is unethical. Giving rewards in exchange for reviews results in positively skewed reviews. Amazon had to ban a somewhat similar practice last year for this reason.

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  GTX 780 Retrospective
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-16-2017, 10:23 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies


Quote:It's hard to believe that the GeForce GTX 780 is four years old, although the card is certainly showing its age. In the 22 modern titles we tested, the 780 was just 23% faster than the 1050 Ti, despite the former GPU being four times larger, packing more than twice as many transistors and consuming well over twice as much power.

Compared to the R9 390, the GTX 780 has slipped well behind. It's no secret that the Kepler architecture hasn't aged as well, which is either down to the architecture itself or Nvidia neglecting driver development -- or maybe a bit of both. Regardless, we've never seen an Nvidia architecture age as poorly as Kepler has. We don't expect the same to happen to Maxwell anytime soon, but of course we'll keep an eye on its performance.

My advice for those looking to save some money by purchasing a second-hand GTX 780: don't bother. Current performance is sketchy at best. Some titles run okay while others are horrible. If you're willing to tweak the visual settings at 1080p you can achieve smooth performance in all games, but the card's power consumption is still going to be a shortcoming, especially compared to similarly performing current-gen GPUs.

Pricing for the GTX 780 is surprising. People are still asking over $100 for these things, with most being listed on eBay for between $120 and $150. Given that you can pick up a GTX 1050 Ti for $135, this makes the most sense to me. It might be a bit slower overall but it's also worlds more efficient, thus it'll run cooler and quieter. The GTX 1050 Ti is also less than a year old, which (hopefully) bodes well for future driver support.

Of course, I would have suggested the RX 470 or RX 570, but good luck finding one. AMD's graphics cards are pretty much out of the question right now because of inflated prices and shortages caused by demand from digital currency miners.

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  Destiny 2 Bundled With GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-15-2017, 09:04 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (2)


Quote:As a result of this alliance, Nvidia is giving away copies of “Destiny 2” for free if you buy a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or GeForce GTX 1080 4K-capable graphics card or a PC rig or laptop with one of the two GPUs integrated with it. This promotion runs from June 13 until June 27, so if you want to get the bundle offer, now is a good time to move on it.

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  Threadripper Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-13-2017, 09:32 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (6)


Quote:AMD could launch some of its enthusiast-segment Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop (HEDT) processors on July 27, 2017. On this day, you will be able to purchase PIB (retail) packages of certain models of Threadripper. You will also be able to purchase gaming desktops and workstations featuring Threadripper on this day. It is expected that AMD will launch about four SKUs, two 12-core, and two 16-core.

Quote:AMD is setting the high-end processor market abuzz this year with its Threadripper CPUs, and Alienware is getting in on the game by sewing up the exclusive OEM launch partner spot for those many-core chips. Among prebuilt PCs, the upcoming Area-51 Threadripper Edition will be the only way to get up to 16 Zen cores and 32 threads in a system from a major manufacturer until the end of the year, according to PCWorld. DIYers will still be able to build a Threadripper system from scratch, though. Alienware says the Threadripper Edition will come factory-overclocked across all of its cores, but that's about all the company is revealing about the system at this time.

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  Trump travel ban suffers new court defeat
Posted by: womanstun - 06-13-2017, 08:07 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)

A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations.


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  Aftermarket RX 580 Vs. GTX 1070 FE
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-12-2017, 09:55 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

The RX 580 does pretty well, though it's not going to compete with the GTX 1070 overall.

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  Origin Access Free For 1 Week
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-11-2017, 07:29 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

That's a nice deal. I wonder how long it will be before Steam copies it, just like they copied Origin's On The House program.

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