Friday, September 21st 2018

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Monitors
Motherboards
Lian Li PC-O11 Air

Lian Li PC-O11 Air

The Lian Li PC-O11 Air is a more affordable variant of the Dynamic, which has been co-developed between Lian Li and Der8auer. It swaps some of the more elaborate building materials, adds fans, and sports a lower price tag - all to appease to a broader, mainstream market.

Telltale Games Enters Majority Closure, Walking Dead Finale Reportedly Cancelled

In what will likely hit more than a few PC gamers hard, Telltale Games- the studio behind The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands and more- will be closing. The studio currently maintains only a skeleton crew of 25 out of what once was an estimated 250 employees at peak. Sadly, the employees that were let go received no severance pay, while those remaining have been tasked with completing a single final project. Reports as to the final project are conflicting, but it appears to be the Minecraft Story Mode project for Netflix. Either way, it is the studio's last gasp as it attempts to fulfill various obligations. Meanwhile, projects like The Walking Dead final season, The Wolf Among Us 2 and others have been outright canceled.

With the whirlwind of activity surrounding the closure is still ongoing, the hashtag #TelltaleJobs on Twitter has currently begun to take off with offers from various studios letting former Telltale staff know they should apply. These studios include, but are not limited to ZeniMax Online Studios, Sony Santa Monica, PUBG corp, Gearbox and many more. While Telltale Games have been experiencing some troubles over the last year or so, its closing was still unexpected. More pressing is, what happens next for those that purchased the entire final season of The Walking Dead- with only one episode out, there is no word yet on what will happen to those that purchased it.

Update:One of the major reasons behind the closure can likely be traced to falling sales, likely leaving the company in a tough position.

Razer Launches Ifrit Headset With #noheadsethair Focus

For gamers everywhere who want to have their hair as sporty and magnificent as they would were they not gamers, Razer has announced a product to compete with their vision of the world as a bad, terrible place. The new Ifrit headset (I dare you to search for Ifrit on Google), launched alongside a #noheadsethair campaign, aims to keep gamers around the world as stylish as they can be, with a special design that won't leave significant others wanting when it comes to hairstyling.

EVGA Announces Launch of Its Precision X1 Software for NVIDIA RTX 20-Series

EVGA today announced availability of their X1 Precision software suite for NVIDIA's RTX 20-series graphics cards. The Precision X1 software features a brand new layout, completely new codebase, new features and more, with EVGA saying it's faster, easier to user, and overall better than ever.

The Precision X12 includes a built-in overclock scanner, which automatically discovers your graphics' card hidden overclocking potential algorithmically. It also features an adjustable frequency curve, multi-GPU fan curve controls, and RGB LED control. And interestingly, in its press-release, EVGA themselves said that GTX support was coming soon - whether this refers to still-to-be-launched 20-series graphics cards, or just expanded support for pre-Turing graphics cards, is unclear.

Devil May Cry 5 PC Requirements Revealed - 8 Threads, 8 GB RAM Minimum

The minimum and recommended PC specs for Capcom's upcoming Devil May Cry 5 have been announced, and it seems the game will have some thunderous requirements to start. First of all is the fact that Capcom lists as minimum an Intel Core i7-4770, paired with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760. There's not much to say on the graphics card and - it's a relatively mundane requirement these days - but the number of CPU threads is slightly higher than usual. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for example, listed as minimum a Core i3-class CPU.

Interestingly, the recommended specs maintain the RAM and CPU requirements where they stand, and only increase graphics card performance to a GTX 960. An interesting development, to say the least - the minimum is also the recommended. Windows 7 and 35 GB of available storage space round out the requirements for both configurations. Here's hoping this Devil May Cry 5 is as good as Ninja Theory's DmC.

Spire Announces the POWERCUBE 1418 Micro-ATX PC Case

The Netherlands. Introducing the PowerCube 1418 chassis, built for Micro ATX boards as well as the smaller Mini ITX boards. This new structure provisions for a powerful home, office or multimedia system. The elegant and neat enclosure make it fit in any setting from home, business to public sector. The chassis is made from strong 0.60mm SPCC steel with a cool ventilated top and bottom panel for fresh air intake and optimized component cooling.

With the accommodation for standard ATX power supplies you are able to power your desired computer performance. Connectivity made easy through the top placed frontal  USB 2.0/3.0 and HD/AC97 Audio ports. Instant upgrading with 1x 2.5, 2x 3.5 and 1x 5.25 inch drive bays and 4 extension slots. The PowerCube 1418 chassis unit is 39.3x26.5x29.5cm (L*W*H) in size and weighs 5.0 kg.

MyDigitalSSD Drops Pricing for Recently-Released BPX Pro M.2 NVMe SSDs by up to 25%

MyDigitalSSD must have began rethinking their BPX Pro SSD lineup's pricing as soon as they entered the market. A mere three weeks later, the company has announced an up to 25% price cut on its lineup, ranging from your choice of 240 GB ($99.99 originally, now $74.99), 480 GB ($149.99 originally, now $129.99), 960 GB ($279.99 originally, now $259.99) and 1920 GB ($599.99 originally, will be available later at $569.99) capacities.

As a reminder, the MyDigitalSSD BPX (Bullet Proof eXpress) Pro NVMe SSDs leverage the PCIe 3.1 x4 complex in the M.2 SSD form-factor to deliver staggering (up to) sequential read and write speeds of 3,400MB/s and 3,100MB/s, respectively - with not too shabby 4K random performance. These speeds are achieved using Phison's new E12 controller paired with Toshiba-made BiCS3 TLC NAND flash, one of the industry's strongest NAND options. With these price-cuts, they've become one of the cheapest options in the market, and are likely vying for the price/performance crown.

Manli Announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Gallardo Series Graphics Cards

Manli Technology Group Limited, the major Graphics Cards and other components manufacturer, today announced the brand new RTX 20 series family graphics solution - Manli GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Gallardo with RGB Lights. Manli GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Gallardo delivers extremely cool, fast and smooth gaming experience. Powered by the latest NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and revolutionary RTX platform. It also couples with real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading.

NVIDIA Turing SDKs Now Available

NVIDIA's Turing architecture is one of the biggest leaps in computer graphics in 20 years. Here's a look at the latest developer software releases to take advantage of this cutting-edge GPU. CUDA 10: CUDA 10 includes support for Turing GPUs, performance optimized libraries, a new asynchronous task-graph programming model, enhanced CUDA & graphics API interoperability, and new developer tools. CUDA 10 also provides all the components needed to build applications for NVIDIA's most powerful server platforms for AI and high performance computing (HPC) workloads, both on-prem (DGX-2) and in the cloud (HGX-2).

TensorRT 5 - Release Candidate: TensorRT 5 delivers up to 40x faster inference performance over CPUs through new optimizations, APIs and support for Turing GPUs. It optimizes mixed precision inference dramatically across apps such as recommenders, neural machine translation, speech and natural language processing. TensorRT 5 highlights include INT8 APIs offering new flexible workflows, optimization for depthwise separable convolution, support for Xavier-based NVIDIA Drive platforms and the NVIDIA DLA accelerator. In addition, TensorRT 5 brings support for Windows and CentOS Operating Systems.

MetallicGear Announces the Neo Series Cases

MetallicGear, powered by Phanteks, today introduced the NEO Series, a new level of cases that brings contemporary elegance, sleek minimalistic design and innovative features. The NEO Series is aimed to provide cost-effective cases that do not compromise on quality. The NEO Series will be available in four models, NEO, NEO Micro, NEO Mini and the NEO-G Mini.

The NEO and NEO Micro will feature an aluminum exterior with dual tempered glass side panels. The NEO will support an ATX motherboard and can house a single 240 mm or 280 mm radiator in front. While the NEO Micro, a compact tower that can support a micro ATX form factor and 240 mm radiator up front as well.
Thursday, September 20th 2018

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards
Harddisks
Headphones
Keyboards
Mouse
Storage
Logitech G305

Logitech G305

Top of the line optical sensor and cutting edge wireless technology put into a well-known and widely used shell. This is the recipe for the Logitech G305, which can be considered a wireless successor to the wired G Pro or G203 models; it even comes with quite the friendly price tag.

Samsung To Reduce DRAM Output Growth in Favor of Maintaining Prices, Says Bloomberg

In a bid to head off investor worries of a potential downturn, Samsung is looking to tighten their belts in regards to the manufacturing of DRAM. In particular, this move is preempted by the expectation of DRAM bit growth to be less than 20% year-over-year, with bit growth being the key measurement for gauging market demand based on the amount of memory produced. Considering the semiconductor industry is known for its up and down cycles, Samsung's preemptive move could stabilize or even drive up the cost of memory coming out of not just them but Micron and SK Hynix as well. This would help keep their profits rolling in, just in case a downturn in demand does take place, but it also means PC enthusiasts will have to deal with memory prices remaining roughly the same or possibly climb higher going forward.

Anthea Lai, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, in Hong Kong made note that "If Samsung does cut its DRAM bit growth, it shows the company is happy with the current oligopoly market structure." Elaborating further, he said that "It prefers keeping supply tight and prices high, rather than taking market share and risking lower prices, therefore chances for DRAM prices to stay strong is higher."

NCIX Database Servers Containing Unencrypted User Data Cause Yet Another Data Breach

As if the Newegg data breach reported yesterday was not enough, NCIX decided to haunt everyone from the grave when news of a much larger data breach came out today. Readers of our website may have been aware that NCIX declared bankruptcy last December, and all their assets were put up for sale as part of a multi-day auction by the Able Auctions firm earlier this year. Most of the items on sale were innocuous, including remaining PC DIY components and office supplies, but an investigation coming out of Privacy Fly, a cyber security firm from Canada, is showing that something much more sinister ended up in the hands of people who also knew what they were doing. In particular, an unidentified male who called himself "Jeff", acting either independently or on behalf of another company, had procured the entire NCIX server farm at the auction and then sorted through the data to determine what was "useful" and what was not.

By this, he was referring to unencrypted and/or easily-cracked user data stored on the servers that NCIX had not bothered to remove or put behind a stronger password as the contents were laid bare for Privacy Fly to examine after the server was unlocked. These servers were put up for sale for $1500 (CAD) on Craigslist of all places, in a bold move effectively selling user data by the tens of thousands. "Jeff" confirmed he was in possession of hundreds of desktops, hard drives and more servers which, along with the StarWind iSCSI Software that was included in the auction and used by NCIX for all their years of existence meant every single customer and former employee was exposed by the breach. To be more specific, we are talking about financial records including payroll information, residence and email addresses, payment information and even Canadian SIN numbers all available to be seen and purchased by the lot. Be it the fault of NCIX or Able Auction, knowing that unencrypted data servers were sold without being wiped is terrifying, and we recommend taking appropriate actions as deemed for your country of residence.

NVIDIA Stock Falls 2.1% After Turing GPU Reviews Fail to Impress Morgan Stanley

NVIDIA's embargo on their Turing-based RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti ended Wednesday, September 19 and it appears that enthusiasts were not the only ones left wanting more from these graphics cards. In particular, Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore shared a note today (Thursday, September 20) with company clients saying "As review embargos broke for the new gaming products, performance improvements in older games is not the leap we had initially hoped for. Performance boost on older games that do not incorporate advanced features is somewhat below our initial expectations, and review recommendations are mixed given higher price points." The NVIDIA Corporation share value on the NASDAQ exchange had closed at $271.98 (USD) Wednesday and immediately tumbled down to a low of $264.10 opening today before recovering to close at $266.28, down 2.1% over the previous closure.

The Morgan Stanley report further mentioned that "We are surprised that the 2080 is only slightly better than the 1080ti, which has been available for over a year and is slightly less expensive. With higher clock speeds, higher core count, and 40% higher memory bandwidth, we had expected a bigger boost." Accordingly, the market analyst expects a slower adoption of these new GPUs as well as no expectation of "much upside" from NVIDIA's gaming business unit for the next two quarters. Despite all this, Morgan Stanley remains bullish on NVIDIA and expects a $273 price point in the long term.

Intel to Move Select Chipset Fabrication Back to 22nm in Wake of 14 nm Silicon Constraints

Things seem to be taking turns to the worse at Intel in accordance to Murphy's law. Not only was the company hit with a multitude of security flaws embedded in their CPUs, which puts their michroarchitecture design chops in jeopardy, but now they also have to contend with silicon fabrication snags. That Intel's 14 nm fabs are being hit with overwhelming demand for their output capacity is already a known quantity, with rising prices of Intel mainstream CPUs and reports of the company outsourcing 14 nm chip production to TSMC in a bid to increase availability - a first since the company became vertically integrated with both design and manufacturing of their own chips.

Steelseries Announces New Limited-Edition Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Howl Edition Peripherals

SteelSeries, the global leader in gaming peripherals, in collaboration with Valve, is proud to announce a limited-edition line of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) branded peripherals. The new mouse and mousepad feature a design based on CS:GO's most legendary gun skin, the M4A4 Howl.

"Valve has been a valued partner for a long time, first with the creation of the Rival 300 Fade and Rival 300 Hyper Beast, and CS:GO integration in SteelSeries Engine," said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. "The Rival 310 and QcK+ Limited Howl Editions are the next chapter in our partnership to help CS:GO players be as accurate as possible while sporting an iconic look. We are avid supporters of the competitive scene and are proud to announce our new line at the FACEIT Major in London."

TEAMGROUP T-Force Gaming Luminous SSD and High-End Memory Release New Models with Ultimate Specs

TEAMGROUP's gaming brand, T-FORCE is expanding its product series. The recently announced, new generation of 2.5-inch RGB solid state drive - DELTA RGB SSD, and the international award winning XTREEM both release new models today, bringing extreme computer performance to satisfy global gamers' desire for blazing fast performance.

T-FORCE's new 2.5-inch DELTA R RGB SSD (RAINBOW/USB 9pin) is a luminous solid state drive. The 5:3 ratio luminous area is the largest in the industry and the 16.8 million color LED brings all new colorful visual effects to the boring solid state drive. The colorful lighting change can be presented at once with the built-in water flowing lighting with RAINBOW mixed color effect. The DELTA R RGB SSD (RAINBOW/USB 9pin) is suitable for any motherboard with new or old chipset. Just connect it to motherboard's USB 9PIN header, and user is all set for having a total upgrade. With industry-standard 2.5" form factor and only 9.5mm in height, computer upgrade can be done in a swift.

Thermaltake Pacific V-RTX 2080 Plus Series Founders Edition Designed for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080/2080Ti Graphics Cards

Thermaltake Pacific V-RTX 2080 Plus Series Founders Edition RGB water block is officially available for pre-order on the TT Premium website. The RGB water block is especially designed for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphic cards. The Pacific V-RTX 2080 Plus Series Founders Edition combines style with functionality; designed with a software-controllable 16.8 million colors LED strip that allows users to customize the lighting effects through our patented TT RGB PLUS Software with the TT AI Voice Control function and Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

The RGB waterblock features 0.5mm internal fin construction and a high-flow water block that enables the coolant to flow directly over all critical areas, and the CNC machined copper base fully prevents corrosion to achieve unparalleled cooling performance. Thermaltake also took user convenience into consideration when crafting the Pacific V-RTX 2080 Plus Series. Through the universal mounting mechanism, users can easily install the RGB waterblock onto their graphic card without using any tools. The Pacific V-RTX 2080 Plus Series Founders Edition delivers superior cooling performance, functionality, and customized RGB style for PC builders.

Lian Li Introduces LANCOOL ONE White Edition, Champagne Special Edition Global Giveaway

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., world's leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis for enthusiasts, custom OEM/ODM case solutions and case accessories is pleased to announce the debut of the LANCOOL ONE White Edition chassis and to celebrate this exciting release, Lian Li is proud to announce the commemorative LANCOOL ONE Special Edition. A special, customized variation of the White Edition, the LANCOOL ONE Special Edition features a crafted champagne gold front panel that exudes elegance and class. This rare beauty is a limited production run and is exclusively available for this occasion only. And Lian Li is giving away this special chassis for its global followers!

FinalWire Updates AIDA64 to v5.98

FinalWire today released updates to AIDA64. The new version 5.98 of AIDA64 comes with support for Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which includes the ability to tell its various software components. The suite also introduces a new VAES-optimized AES benchmark. This 64-bit multi-threaded CPU benchmark can take advantage of the VAES instruction-set of upcoming "Ice Lake" processors. It also introduces improvements to its AMD platform hardware detection modules, in being able to tell AMD 400-series chipsets such as B450 and X470 apart from their predecessors; and details of AMD "Zen+" processor integrated northbridge.

Among the other new hardware devices supported are Multi-threaded OpenCL GPGPU benchmarks, graphics processor, OpenGL and GPGPU details, temperature and cooling fan monitoring for the latest GPUs: AMD Radeon RX 560DX, Radeon RX 560X, Radeon RX 560X Mobile, Radeon RX 570X, Radeon RX 580X; nVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000 Series, Quadro P3200, Quadro P4200. Vulkan 1.1 graphics accelerator diagnostics for AMD, Intel and nVIDIA GPUs. EVGA Z10 and Matrix Orbital EVE LCD support. Matrix Orbital OK OLED display support.

DOWNLOAD: FinalWire AIDA64 v5.98

The change-log follows.
Wednesday, September 19th 2018

Today's Reviews

Accessories
Cases
Desktop PC
Harddisks
Headphones
Memory
Monitors
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Processors
SSD
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB

The premium value of MSI's Gaming X brand is reflected in the amount of design and the premium components that went into building the RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio; it has also been given a healthy factory overclock to help it in its contention to be the fastest sub-$1000 graphics card.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC is the company's fastest RTX 2080 offering, and designed to rival the quality of NVIDIA's own Founders Edition products. A high factory overclock, bolstered by a strong VRM solution, add to its premium credentials.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB

Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB

Palit's GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC is built to a cost and closely resembles NVIDIA reference design, and is meant for those who want to buy into the RTX 2080 ecosystem.There's still a surprising factory overclock to be had with this card.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB

The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC is the company's flagship graphics card, and designed to rival the quality of NVIDIA's own Founders Edition products. A high factory-overclock, bolstered by a strong VRM solution add to its premium credentials.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB

The MSI Duke brand no longer represents cheap close-to-reference alternatives. The company has given this cheaper and less glamorous implementation of the flagship RTX 2080 Ti enough love to differentiate it from the premium Gaming X product. And then there's NVIDIA RTX and all the delights that come with it.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB

MSI's flagship graphics card for now, the Gaming X Trio combines NVIDIA's fastest GPU, the RTX 2080 Ti, with the highest factory-overclocked speed available, and some serious electrical muscle to keep it ticking. You could just consider this a halo product and skip the next Titan.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8 GB

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8 GB

It was very bold of NVIDIA to debut its flagship implementation of the Turing architecture right next to the RTX 2080, poised to be the poster-boy of this architecture. This card packs the promise of real-time ray tracing, of sorts. NVIDIA also put out its best cooler design since TITAN. All that beauty comes at a price.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11 GB

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11 GB

NVIDIA debuted its Turing graphics architecture today, straightaway with the flagship RTX 2080 Ti. This card packs the promise of real-time ray tracing at 4K UHD, besides huge gains in performance. NVIDIA also put out its best cooler design since TITAN, commanding a very high price for some very beautiful visuals.

Newegg Compromised by Magecart Assault; Potential Data Theft for Over a Month

Magecart is a relatively new online exploit group that has been in the news recently for affecting British Airways, and Ticketmaster in the recent past months. This hithero-unrecognized group uses a web-based card skimmer script by injecting a precious few lines of malicious code in a website, to then steal sensitive data that customers enter in the payment sections of said affected websites. Two large digital threat management outfits, RiskIQ and Volexity, today released their reports on how Newegg was similarly affected during the time period of August 13, 2018 through September 18, 2018, and what this means to users who may have performed a transaction on the website during this period.

In particular, Newegg.com was affected when the criminals behind Magecart registed the neweggstats.com domain (now inactive) via domain provider Namecheap. As RiskIQ points out, this was soon changed to navigate to the 217.23.4.11 IP address, which is a Magecart server that was used to receive and store all collected user data from the compromise that happened since. A fake certificate was issued to add a layer of legitimacy to the domain, as seen below. Be sure to read past the break to find out more details, and also what the bottom line is for affected users.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 Graphics Drivers

AMD today released version 18.9.2 of their Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Graphics Drivers. This update brings with it improved or added support for F1 2018 (up to 3% faster performance on Vega 64 at 2560x1440); Fortnite (up to 5% faster performance at 1080p under a Vega 64); Shadow of the Tomb Raider (up to 4% faster performance on Vega 64 at 2560x1440); and Star Control: Origins, with up to 14% faster performance with a Vega 64 running at 4K.

Fixed issues include some particle corruption seen in Star Control: Origins. Catch up with known issues after the break. You can download these drivers right here from your favorite website in the galaxy.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.9.2

Latest Metro: Exodus Trailer Showcases the Beauty of NVIDIA RTX

NVIDIA is pushing its RTX dialing up to eleven, today partnering with 4A Games to launch a stunning, 6-minute trailer showcasing their RTX global illumination technology that's being baked into the next installment in the popular Metro series. An image speaks more than a thousand words, and in here, there are approximately 21,600 of them (provided there are no frame drops, eh).

Metro: Exodus is prepped for launch on February 22nd, 2019, and will leverage NVIDIA's RTX tech for its new, open-world approach, built upon 4A games' aptly named 4A Engine. It's interesting that in the presentation, RTX calculations are said to take up three rays per pixel per frame - so some quick math leads to the immense amounts of computing power being leveraged here. Is it worth it? Perhaps you can tell after looking through the video.

THQ Nordic Announces Acquisition of IP to "Alone in the Dark", "Act of War" Franchises

THQ Nordic today announced they had acquired rights to two different IPs from Atari Europe SAS. The agreement extends to both the Alone in the Dark and Act of War franchises - of which the first is the most well-known.

Alone in the Dark, with its survival horror archetype, saw early instalments of the series based on the writings of master horror storyteller H. P. Lovecraft. Later entries in the series drew inspiration from other sources including voodoo, the Wild West, and the works of H. R. Giger. Act of War, though, is a different beast: a story-driven, real-time strategy game developed by Eugen Systems that featured a fine-grained story penned by NYT bestselling author Dale Brown. Daily operations in the two newly-acquired franchises (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be done via THQ Nordic GmbH in Vienna, Austria. Here's hoping this eventually leads to a new lease of life for these currently estranged franchises (and the real time strategy genre in itself).

Phanteks Launches Glacier G2080Ti, G2080 Water-blocks for NVIDIA RTX

Phanteks are proud to announce the launch of their new Glacier G2080Ti and G2080 water-blocks. Designed with the enthusiast in mind, they're perfect for gamers looking to push their new NVIDIA RTX cards to the max! The G2080Ti are full-cover water-blocks with an optimized central channel structure, complete with 6mm thick nickel plated copper base for efficient heat exchange. The blocks are sealed with industry leading VITON O-RINGS, meaning a quality seal with resistance to even the most extreme temperatures.

As well as quality cooling performance, the Glacier range also offers digital addressable RGB lighting, compatible with ASUS Aura SYNC and the Phanteks Digital RGB Controller (available separately).

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 411.63 Game Ready Driver with Support for Turing 2000-series GPUs

NVIDIA today released the GeForce 411.64 WHQL "Game Ready" driver to go along with the embargo release for their latest and greatest Turing-based RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. These drivers come with optimization for upcoming AAA game launches including Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and Fifa 19. For those of you who pre-ordered the new GPUs, or are going to purchase them imminently, this is the driver you will need to get the most out of the hardware.

Other new features include support for CUDA 10.0, NVIDIA RTX technology, and the new Vulkan 1.1 API. As with any GeForce driver released after April 1, 2018, the driver adds performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes only on Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal and Volta series GPUs. NVIDIA reaffirms that critical security updates will continue to be available on Fermi series GPUs through January 2019. Full release notes, as well as the download options to the driver, can be found in the link below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 411.63 WHQL

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core Headsets

ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core, a new series of gaming headsets tuned especially for first-person shooter (FPS) gaming. The headsets feature Sony-certified Hi-Res Audio and are designed to be incredibly lightweight and comfortable.

ROG Delta is the world's first gaming headset with the industry-leading, hi-fi-grade ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC , which delivers impeccably clear and detailed sound to give serious gamers the edge they need to win. ROG Delta features a USB-C connector and comes with a USB-C to USB 2.0 adapter for gaming on PC, console or mobile devices without changing headsets. A one-of-a-kind, circular rainbow RGB lighting effect provides a stylish look that sets gamers apart on the battlefield.

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital Celebrate the Opening of Fab 6

Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corporation today celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility, Fab 6, and the Memory R&D Center, at Yokkaichi operations in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Toshiba Memory started construction of Fab 6, a dedicated 3D flash memory fabrication facility, in February 2017. Toshiba Memory and Western Digital have installed cutting-edge manufacturing equipment for key production processes including deposition and etching. Mass production of 96-layer 3D flash memory utilizing the new fab began earlier this month.

Demand for 3D flash memory is growing for enterprise servers, data centers and smartphones, and is expected to continue to expand in the years ahead. Further investments to expand its production will be made in line with market trends. The Memory R&D Center, located adjacent to Fab 6, began operations in March of this year, and will explore and promote advances in the development of 3D flash memory. Toshiba Memory and Western Digital will continue to cultivate and extend their leadership in the memory business by actively developing initiatives aimed at strengthening competitiveness, advancing joint development of 3D flash memory, and making capital investments according to market trends.
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