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NVIDIA Ending Driver Support for 3D Vision, Mobile Kepler-Series GeForce GPUs

NVIDIA has published two new support entries revealing the fate of its 3D Vision technology and Kepler notebook GPUs. After Release 418 in April 2019, GeForce Game Ready Drivers will no longer support NVIDIA 3D Vision. ("Those looking to utilize 3D Vision can remain on a Release 418 driver.") Critical security updates for mobile Kepler-series GPUs will also cease by April 2020.

Game Ready Driver upgrades, including performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes, will be available for systems utilizing mobile Maxwell, Pascal, and Turing-series GPUs for notebooks, effective April 2019. Critical security updates will be available on systems utilizing mobile Kepler-series GPUs through April 2020. Game Ready Driver upgrades will continue to be available for desktop Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal, Volta, and Turing-series GPUs.

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Posted by Megalith March 10, 2019 10:10 AM (CDT)

Fox Spins Off Alien Isolation's Cutscenes as a Digital Series

Following up on their promise to release more Alien spin offs, 20th Century Fox just announced a digital series based on the cutscenes from Alien: Isolation. The IGN press release says that "the goal was to offer new depth to a story that many gamers would have already experienced in 2014's release, and also tell the story in a newly accessible way for those who haven't," and mentions that some newly rendered scenes that weren't part of the original game will be in the series. Check out the trailer below:

The official summary for the Alien: Isolation series reads: "Fifteen years have passed since the deep-space freighter Nostromo disappeared with all hands. And for fifteen years, Amanda Ripley has scoured the known universe for information about her mother, Ellen Ripley, the Nostromo's warrant officer. When representatives from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation approach Amanda with news that the Nostromo's flight recorder has finally been found and brought to the space station Sevastopol, Amanda joins the Company's expedition to the remote outpost. But when Amanda reaches the station, she walks into a living nightmare: Sevastopol's inhabitants have been terrorized, hunted, and brought to the brink of annihilation. Now she and a band of unprepared - and perhaps untrustworthy - survivors will have to confront the same diabolical species that changed her mother's fate forever."

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Posted by alphaatlas February 28, 2019 9:18 AM (CST)

Microsoft LSV2-Series Azure Virtual Machines Are Powered by AMD EPYC

Microsoft has announced that its Lsv2-series Azure virtual machines (VM) are powered by AMD EPYC 7551 processors. The Lsv2-series features high throughput, low latency, and directly mapped local NVMe storage. The VMs are configurable from 8 to 80 vCPUs with simultaneous multi-threading. A 1.92TB NVMe SSD M.2 device is available per 8 vCPUs with up to 19.2TB (10 x 1.92TB) available on the 80vCPU L80s v2. The Lsv2-series is a great solution for high throughput and high IOPS workloads including big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, and large transactional databases. Applications that can benefit from large in-memory databases work well with these VMs. Examples include Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera, and Redis. Microsoft worked closely with AMD to maximize customer value.

"Designed from the ground up for the modern IT enterprise, the AMD EPYC 7551 processor featured in the Microsoft Azure Lsv2 VM instance has today's highest core count for a server processor, exceptional memory capacity and bandwidth, coupled with phenomenal I/O density. Combine this with the strength of Azure, and it creates a perfect environment for workloads such as in memory databases and big data. Microsoft Azure was the first global cloud provider to deploy AMD EPYC processors and we're excited to continue this partnership as we target even greater performance in 2019."

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Posted by cageymaru February 04, 2019 9:58 AM (CST)

Tesla Supercharger Sabotaged: The Latest in a Series of Weird Anti-Tesla Incidents

The Tesla hate seems to be ramping up: at least one owner in Utah has provided evidence that Superchargers are being vandalized. Mark Larsen, who owns a Tesla Model 3, has shared photos of one damaged unit that had its cable partially cut and plugs destroyed via drilling. "Hope the security cameras recorded the assholes." This could just be an isolated incident, but Electrek claims this is not the first time it’s happened.

Come on now, this is going crazy. The pickup truck drivers and now this? At a time when a bunch of high-powered charging stations are being shut down because of a safety issue with a cable supplier, we now also have to worry about people sabotaging charging stations? Older folks will remember in the early 2000s when a self-proclaimed group of anti-fossil fuel "activists" torched a Hummer truck and burned a Hummer dealer. It got national attention and the FBI even called them a "top domestic terror threat."

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Posted by Megalith January 27, 2019 11:50 AM (CST)

"Resident Evil" TV Series in the Works at Netflix

An original scripted series based on Resident Evil is in development at Netflix. Deadline has heard the show will "expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the existing mythology," but whether it’ll be faithful to the games is anyone’s guess: the studio responsible for the Milla Jovovich-led films, Constantin Films, is also behind this production.

I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise. The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus. While the project is in early stages, the series is expected to incorporate all of Resident Evil’s signature elements, including action sequences and "easter eggs."

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Posted by Megalith January 26, 2019 10:40 AM (CST)

HyperX Sets DDR4 Overclocking World Record at 5608MHz

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company Inc., today announced its Predator DDR4 memory was used to set a new overclocking world record for the fastest DDR4 memory frequency at 5608MHz. The record was set by overclocker "TOPPC" of MSI using a single HyperX Predator DDR4 8G module on an MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC. A sample Predator DDR4 module was used in this overclocking world record. New 8G modules are scheduled to launch in Q2 2019 in kits of two, at 4266MHz and 4600MHz. HyperX DDR4 modules are backed by a lifetime warranty.

"The Predator DDR4 lineup caters to the next generation of PC enthusiasts looking for the best possible performance from their system," said Kristy Ernt, DRAM business manager, HyperX. "Our HyperX engineers continue to focus on improving high-speed yields to get faster products in the hands of our customers and push previously unattainable performance records."

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Posted by cageymaru January 22, 2019 12:37 PM (CST)

Ford Is Developing a Powerful All-Electric F-Series Truck

At the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference at the MGM Grand Detroit, Ford's president of global markets, Jim Farley discussed the F-series trucks and future plans to electrify them. Not only did he say, "We're going to be electrifying the F-series -- battery electric and hybrid," he also announced an all-electric version of the Transit van. Ford confirmed it is launching an electric SUV that is inspired by the Mustang. When asked about the SUV, Farley said, "Trust us, it's a rocket ship," Ford also announced a global alliance with Volkswagen AG where the companies would collaborate on future commercial vehicles such as vans and pickups. The collaboration is expected to yield new autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles; with the possibility of other vehicle programs being added in the future.

"With the F-150 electric, you don't have to have an expensive generator on site now," he said. "You can just plug your tools into your truck and that electric powertrain will run all the tools on the job site. Customers will pay for that because now they don't have to buy a expensive $10,000 generator."

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Posted by cageymaru January 18, 2019 6:09 PM (CST)

Nvidia CEO Claims GTX 10 Series Cards Have Almost Sold Out

Jensen Huang dumped a lot of information in his Q&A session with the press, and Game Debate spotted another interesting bit in the lengthy session. Nvidia's CEO claims that their higher end Pascal gaming GPUs are either sold out or almost sold out. As far as I can tell, reasonably priced GTX 1080 TIs have disappeared from the US Amazon and Newegg storefronts, and while there are still some 1080s, 1070 TIs, 1070s, and 1060s in stock, that might not be the case for long. VentureBeat posted a full transcript of the event, including the comment about Pascal stock.

Question: Can you tell us more about your problem with excess inventory and how that will be resolved? Huang: It's completely a crypto hangover issue. Remember, we basically shipped no new GPU in the market, to the channel, for one quarter. But the amount of excess inventory and market demand, channel velocity - you just have inventory divided by velocity, and that's time. We said that it would take one to two quarters for all the channel inventory to sell out. 1080Ti has sold out. 1080 has sold out. 1070 has sold out. 1070Ti has sold out. In several more weeks 1060s will sell out. Then we can go back to business.

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Posted by alphaatlas January 15, 2019 10:52 AM (CST)

Picard Will Lead "Radically Altered" Life in New Star Trek Series

Fan-favorite Captain Jean-Luc Picard is set to return in a new CBS Star Trek series, but showrunner Alex Kurtzman has revealed he won’t be the same character. Instead, he’ll lead a "radically altered" life due to the events of 2009’s Star Trek film, which saw the destruction of Romulan homeworld Romulus. "One of his goals as captain of the Enterprise was seeking a peace between the Romulan Empire and the Federation."

"Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire," Kurtzman tells THR. The Picard series will be the first onscreen Trek story set in the aftermath of that event, which would have altered the balance of power in the galaxy. The destruction of Romulus would also have extra resonance for Picard, who has a long and complicated relationship with the Romulans, the alien race that split from Vulcan society thousands of years ago and founded a separate civilization.

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Posted by Megalith January 13, 2019 2:20 PM (CST)

HyperX Partners with Audeze for Cloud Orbit Gaming Headset Lineup

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company Inc., has revealed its new Cloud Orbit gaming headsets that use the same Audeze 100mm planar magnetic drivers from the $399 Audeze Mobius gaming headset. The HyperX collaboration with Audeze incorporates a pop filter to create a better mic solution. The Waves Nx head tracking technology is now optional as some users didn't feel it was worth the extra cost in the Audeze Mobius. The HyperX Cloud Orbit series has discarded the Bluetooth technology from the Audeze Mobius in favor of a wired solution. The devices will accept an analog 3.5mm input, USB-A, or USB-C. The headsets still require power to run the built in DSP which will last for 10 hours on a single charge. The DSP allows users access to sound profiles. The $329 Cloud Orbit S includes Waves Nx head tracking technology, while the cheaper $299 Cloud Orbit will not. Audeze has improved its head tracking motion technology to accept head movements as keybinds in the latest iterations of its software. I'm happy to see that HyperX and Audeze incorporated all of the tweaks that Kyle recommended in his Audeze Mobius review. I can't wait to find out how the new headsets sound and operate!

HyperX tells me the Cloud Orbit headphones will have five preloaded sound profiles, and unlike Audeze's very neutral tuning, HyperX will lean in more toward an exciting, bass-rich sound signature. "Everyone loves a smile," said HyperX product marketing chief Mark Tekunoff, referring to the smile-shaped frequency response graph of a pair of headphones with emphasized bass and treble. The detachable microphone of the Cloud Orbits has gained a pop filter over the Audeze Mobius. Though it's flexible, I was never really able to bend it out of the way enough, so you'll basically be attaching it when you want to use it and detaching it when you don't.

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Posted by cageymaru January 07, 2019 12:25 PM (CST)

AMD Launches Ryzen Mobile 3000 Series, Improves Driver Support

Ahead of CEO Lisa Su’s keynote at CES Wednesday (where she is expected to elaborate on the much-anticipated 7nm Zen 2 architecture), AMD has announced a range of new 12nm Zen+ Mobile processors under the 3000-series branding to better meet the expanding notebook market. This includes the Ryzen 7 3750H, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor with 8 threads and a TDP of 35W. AMD has also made a policy change in its Windows driver line-up: all Radeon software updates will now support all Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Starting in Q1, any laptop with a Ryzen Mobile CPU that uses integrated graphics will be supported direct from AMD with a single driver package to cover all devices. This will, according to AMD, enable them with Day 0 driver support for the latest game titles and updates, as well as simplify the process between AMD, OEMs, and end users. This proved to be an especially rough point of friction with gamers and other power users on the first-generation parts, so it's a significant improvement in how AMD is going about driver support.

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Posted by Megalith January 06, 2019 3:10 PM (CST)

AdoredTV Discusses the Recent AMD Ryzen and Radeon 3000 Series Leaks

AdoredTV has released a new video entitled "Ryzen 3000, Radeon 3000 Series LEAKS - It's Game On!" where he compares his trusted source of leaks to the "fake" leaks that were posted recently. He analyzes the differences in nomenclature and clock speed due to binning. Then he ties it all together into a video that every tech enthusiast needs to watch; with a big surprise at the end. It seems that Dr. Lisa Su's CES keynote will be... EPYC!

Buckle up.

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Posted by cageymaru December 04, 2018 4:00 PM (CST)