Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IT News Head Lines (Overclockers Club) 5/13/2015

Overclockers Club

Artist Profile Mentions Fallout 4 Cinematic Trailer; E3 Reveal Incoming?
When E3 arrives in just about a month, one of the biggest debuts is expected to be Fallout 4. After all, Bethesda has booked time for an E3 press conference, which it has never done before and gave rampant rise to the rumors. Now it seems some unofficial news has all but confirmed Fallout 4, as it seems Guillermo del Toro's production company, Mirada Studios, is involved with the Fallout 4 trailer. A 3D artist's LinkedIn profile shows some contract work on a Fallout 4 cinematic trailer, with work done between December 2014 and March 2015. The artist previously worked on the cinematic trailer for Far Cry 4, Forza, and The Elder Scrolls, so there is certainly a track record.
Now, this doesn't mean del Toro's studio is involved with Fallout 4 beyond the E3 trailer. Mirada Studios does things like this, as it's made the prologue for Pacific Rim, Walt Disney World's "Be Our Guest" advertisement, and more, so cinematics are right up its alley.
If this pans out, Fallout 4 should have an amazing looking E3 trailer, provided it actually is announced at E3. We may also get a look at the new DOOM game, maybe Dishonored 2, and other projects.
Source: VideoGamer

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Kingston Sets Speed Record For 128GB DDR4 Memory
Kingston has obtained the crown for the the world's fastest 128GB DDR4 memory kit with a speed of 3000MHz. The frequency was achieved using eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The memory had timings of 16-16-16-36 and utilized XMP memory profiles. Kingston plans to show off the new HyperX Predator modules at Computex in Taipei from June 4-7 2015. Pricing and release date information are not yet available.
Source: Press Release

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Scythe Announces Ninja 4 CPU Cooler
Scythe has announced its latest entry into the CPU cooler market, the Ninja 4, the official successor to the Ninja 3 Rev. B. The Ninja 4 continues the goal of "keeping focus on passive and semi-passive cooling capabilities of the tower-cooler." A 120mm GlideStream PWM fan is included to help dissipate heat from the cooling block, and the inclusion of a fan controller with three settings allows users to choose a balance of fan speed and noise level. Six copper heat-pipes run from the base of the cooler through the cooling fins. The total weight of the cooler has been reduced by 175 grams from an old weight of 905 grams. The Ninja 4 features support for a wide range of CPU sockets from both Intel and AMD. The Ninja 4 is available starting today at an MSRP of €37.50, or about $41.83 according to exchange rates as of this post.
Source: Press Release

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World's First 6 TB 2.5 in SSD Released by Fixstars
At this point, everyone seems to know that SSDs provide fast performance while traditional HDDs provide large capacities, and that is just how it works. That distinction is changing somewhat though as Fixstars has released a 6 TB 2.5 in SSD, making it the world's largest of that size.
The Fixstars SSD-6000M is no slouch when it comes to speed as it is still able to reach 540 MB/s reading and 520 MB/s for sequential access. The proprietary SSD controller, also found in the company's SSD-3000M, helps keep its I/O performance for sequential access high for the drive's lifetime, which is useful for applications like video recording, medical imaging, network infrastructure, and more.
Fixstars is now accepting order in the US, which will ship in late July. How much will they cost? You have to contact the company to get a quote, but the 1 TB SSD-1000 M shows as being $990 a unit.
Source: Fixstars

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Hardware Roundup: Monday, May 11, 2015, Edition
A new week is here, with some new items along the way to help start you off right. There is a review of the SUPERMICRO C7X99-OCE motherboard, an enthusiast-level motherboard that packs in plenty of features for those looking to get into the X99 platform. If you need some cooling potential, we have a look at both the Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX and H80i GT liquid CPU coolers to cover whatever cooling needs you require. Lastly we have a performance review of Project CARS, the realistic-looking car simulator that has finally arrived.

SUPERMICRO C7X99-OCE @ PC Perspective
CPU Cooling

Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX and H80i GT @ PC Perspective

Project CARS Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance @ TechSpot

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Combining Optics and Magnets with Interesting Results
We may not think about light very much, but in our day to day lives, we probably consider it to be somewhat simple. On the scale we live at, light is not necessarily complicated, but at the nanoscale, it can be very different from what one expects. Researchers at Aalto University have confirmed this by discovering a new way to couple light with magnetic materials that may have applications in telecommunications and more.
Normally when light strikes a material, you except it to reflect or scatter off, but on the nanoscale quantum mechanics can be involved, if the materials are ferromagnetic. Metallic nanoparticles can act like antennas for visible light, and thereby interact with the light, possibly shifting its polarization axis or intensity. The researchers applied this and built an array of ferromagnetic nanoparticles that exploits surface lattice resonances. This causes all of the particles to radiate together, creating a much more significant impact on the polarization change. By having the spacing between the particles differ, based on direction, the researchers were even able to change the frequency this effect occurs at away from the frequency the particles themselves most interact with.
This work opens new possibilities for magneto-optical effects, as previously one would not work with ferromagnetic materials, due to their high resistance. By working with the array of nanoparticles though, this issue is mitigated.
Source: Aalto University

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Project CARS Compared on PS4 and PC
Gamers who are currently enjoying Project CARS are continuously raving about how gorgeous the game looks, noting how real the in-game environments and scenarios appear. While the game looks stellar on PC, it actually looks quite good on the PlayStation 4 as well, which can be seen in the latest video posted by Digital Foundry. Digital Foundry has been kind enough to share a real-time, side-by-side video of the game that compares the visual fidelity of Project CARS on the PS4 and PC. The settings that the PC game was ran at on a GTX 780 Ti include:
Resolution: 1920×1080

Texture Resolution: High

Texture Filtering: Anisotropic 16x

Anti-aliasing: High (one settings above MSAA)


SMAA: Ultra

Reflections Ultra

Environment Map: Ultra

Car detail: Ultra

Track detail: Ultra

Shadow detail: Ultra

Motion blur: High

Render frames ahead: 2

Detailed grass: Ultra

Particle Level: High

Particle Density: Ultra

Stretched Headlight Reflections: Yes

All visual effects (crepuscular rays, bloom, heat haze) engaged for both PC and PS4, with damage enabled and FOV set to 80.
The video below compares Project CARS on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: WCCFtech

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World of Warcraft Lost 29 Percent of Subscribers in Q1 2015
Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, one of the most popular massively multiplayer online games available, has lost 2.9 million subscribers for the quarter that ended March 31, 2015, according to publisher Activision Blizzard. At the end of 2014, the game had 10 million paying users, and the loss of 2.9 million subscribers represents a 29 percent decline in just three months. Despite this, Activision Blizzard has noted that World of Warcraft is still the most popular subscription-based MMO in the entire world. Additionally, the publishing company was able to offset the loss of its subscriber base through price increases in select regions as well as purchases of value added service.
Source: GameSpot

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AMD Launches Godavari APUs
Late last month, it was reported that the Godavari refresh platform was spotted in the wild. Over the weekend, AMD decided to officially launch its series of Godavari APUs, which refresh the company’s highly successful Kaveri lineup. The latest chips by AMD continue to offer features found in Kaveri products, such as "Steamroller" x86 cores, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, heterogeneous system architecture capabilities, and a built-in Radeon graphics engine based on the GCN 1.1 architecture. The Godavari lineup does bring some improvements to the table, as it offers consumers Windows 10 readiness including DirectX 12 Multiengine and Multiadapter features.
The Godavari lineup is available immediately for purchase and features the same 7000 series nomenclature that the Kaveri lineup boasts.
Source: WCCFtech

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