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  Surface Book 2 Battery Drains While Gaming
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-22-2017, 06:10 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:When Microsoft announced its refreshed Surface Book 2 last week, it was quite clear about how it wanted to position the product. “This is a desktop,” Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP of devices, declared. “For many, this is likely the most performant desktop they have ever seen.” Apparently Panay was working with a different definition of “performant” than the rest of us, however, because the Surface Book 2’s true stand-out feature this time around isn’t the hinge, upgraded GPU, or its generally high performance: It’s that Microsoft’s latest and greatest literally can’t game on AC power without draining the battery.

That’s the word from Mark Hachman at PCWorld, who tested the “desktop” in a variety of conditions. With Windows 10 and the Fall Creators Update, users have a slider they can use to set their preferred battery optimization and performance level, from “Best Battery Life” to “Best Performance.”

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  New Socket AM4 CPUs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-21-2017, 09:05 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Is AMD readying a new round of processors for its AM4 platform? It certainly seems so, with Asus releasing a new BIOS update for its entire range of B350 and X370 motherboards that effectively confirms this.

Asus released a series of BIOS updates for its full selection of AMD B350 and X370 chipset motherboards. Each of the individual updates share the same description:
Quote:“Update to AGESA 1071 for new upcoming processors.”

We’ve already discussed the finer points of the AGESA protocol, and it’s not a new or unexpected feature for the AM4 platform; AMD and its partners frequently release BIOS updates that support new revisions of the code. However, Asus stating that the update is for new upcoming processors indicates that AMD will be expanding its AM4 processor family in some way. Asus currently seems to be the only AMD motherboard partner offering the new BIOS (dated 11-17-17), and it seems the company has let a significant cat out of the bag.

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  Windows 10 ASLR Flaw
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-21-2017, 02:30 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

This is embarrassing.

Quote:Over a decade ago, Microsoft added support for a key malware mitigation technique that makes it harder for rogue applications to predict which code will be loaded into specific target addresses. This technique, called address space layout randomization (ASLR), stores data in different locations each and every time the application is run. If your code is riddled with security flaws, ASLR won’t secure it, but it will (hopefully) make it a little harder to find and therefore exploit. Or at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — but Windows 10, it turns out, has a teensy little problem. It stores its supposedly randomized data in exactly the same place, each and every time.

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  Brütal Legend Free On Humble Bundle
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-21-2017, 02:27 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

The deal is good for the next 2 days.

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  SpellForce 2 Anniversary Edition Giveaway
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-16-2017, 10:29 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

Giveaway is today only.

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  Wafer Prices Set To Rise
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-15-2017, 10:34 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)


Quote:South Korean SK Siltron and Japanese SUMCO, both wafer manufacturing companies, are reporting expected 300 mm wafer pricing to shoot up by 20% YoY - with a corresponding increase in overall revenue for both companies. SUMCO, for one, are adjusting pricing of their silicon wafers to correspond to demand (read, higher ASP), this is done through long-term supply and demand contracts with major semiconductor manufacturers on yearly, semi-annually, and quarterly prices. An interesting side-note here for economies of scale and pre-set pricing, with companies that take more portions of the available supply achieving better pricing than smaller companies (it's a winner's market, after all.) These facts have led SUMCO to expect its best performance of the last 10 years (since the global financial crisis of 2008).

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  Steam Hardware Survey Loses All Credibility [Debunked]
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-13-2017, 10:09 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (2)


Quote:There are three possibilities in play here. One, the SHS is terribly broken. Two, the SHS was terribly broken and has just been corrected. Three, the SHS’s data processing and aggregation are being processed by a mentally deficient giraffe on an old VAX terminal. We’re leaning towards #1 and/or #3.

These new results ask us to throw out everything else we know about the PC market. OEMs have not sold hundreds of millions of systems over and above quarterly projections to transform the market so quickly. The bulk of Intel laptops on the market are still dual-core + Hyper-Threading; the 8th generation family has launched and is definitely in-market, but customers would have to replacing hardware at a ferocious pace to show such dramatic changes so quickly — and nothing we’ve heard from any of the analysts that track this for a living show any such changes.

It’s possible that these changes are the results of a mammoth correction in the previous data set, but this only raises more questions: Why was the previous data set so cataclysmically wrong? What did Valve change that suddenly and properly corrected for huge swings in company market share? How did Valve miss Windows 10 adoption rates by a factor of two? Or ovestimate AMD’s market share in both CPUs and GPUs by the same factor? It’s not like finding out which CPU a person has is some kind of arcane art, and AMD’s share of the enthusiast market has bounced around the 20% mark for years.

Does anyone believe that the market for GTX 750 Ti and GTX 960 cards literally just doubled last month? No? Then why does Steam think it did?

Valve needs to explain this situation. If it doesn’t, we won’t be referring to the SHS for anything any longer. It was always an imperfect data set, but now it’s downright worthless.

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  Samsung GDDR6 & 8 TB SSD
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-11-2017, 09:52 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:For perspective, if Samsung is already producing 16 GT/s GDDR6, that means its chips are performing quite a bit better than expected at this stage. Back at Hot Chips, the company said to expect 14 GT/s from its GDDR6 memory chips when it begins mass production of the new graphics RAM next year. GPUs using the new RAM could enjoy an easy doubling of bandwidth compared to today's 8 GT/s GDDR5 for the same capacity: 512 GB/s for an 8GB card, compared to 256 GB/s for cards like the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. They'll also need less power for the memory subsystem, if Samsung's claim of 1.35 V operation for GDDR6 holds. Today's GDDR5 RAM needs 1.5 V in typical operation, according to the company.

Quote:Samsung also announced a NGSFF (Next-Generation Form-Factor) SSD solution, which "dramatically improves the storage capacity and performance of 1U rack servers," which allows for I/O speeds at 0.5 petabytes per second. Measuring only 30.5mm x 110mm x 4.38mm, the drive also improves space utilization and scaling options in hyper-scale datacenter servers.

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  Broadwell-E Discontinued
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-10-2017, 07:41 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:Broadwell-E processors debuted last year and were received with mixed reactions. With just one year under their belt, they were eventually replaced by the more powerful Skylake-X models. Intel is probably getting rid of their unsold inventory of Broadwell-E models. Who knows? Maybe we'll even see some price cuts in the not-so-near future.

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  Logitech Announces It Will Brick Harmony Link
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 11-09-2017, 09:14 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (2)


Quote:In an email sent to Logitech customers and confirmed via Logitech's phone support, owners of Harmony Link devices will be in for an unpleasant surprise come March 16, 2018. Logitech is going to intentionally brick the Harmony Link that allows users to control home theater and other sound equipment using an app. The device was released in 2011.

This certainly raises a lot of red flags considering that paying customers who purchased hardware will no longer be able to use their devices. Upon purchase, users were not trying to buy a subscription or other service that requires ongoing payments. Logitech is offering up to a 35% discount off of a new Harmony Hub, but this seems like a rather poor way to try and get return customers.

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