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Poohskyy in the Swamps of Hunt: Showdown

Poohskyy is pooh-tatoing through the Hunt Showdown swamps tonight! And while I give him a hard time about pooh-tatoing, he is a great Hunt player. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can link that your Twitch account, and use it to subscribe to your favorite streamer. HS Discussion.
Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 9:11 PM (CDT)

The New Old Pencil Trick for 8th Gen Intel

The old pencil trick so many of us Thunderbird owners remember is new again.....kinda. Over at, you can order a set of Kapton stickers for 8th generation Intel processors that will allow you to use those on 100 and 200 series chipset motherboards. You will need a modified UEFI however, so don't go crazy with your $15 just yet. They do seem to be selling the UEFI hacks needed to do this as well. Don't let the magic smoke out. Thanks @cageymaru.
Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 6:18 PM (CDT)

$32M in Bitcoin Stolen from Seoul Exchange

Bithumb, a South Korean cryptocurrency that is the largest in the nation with more than 1M customers, has let its user base know that over $32M in Bitcoin was stolen. As to how it exactly happened, no details were given. Bitcoin's price dropped a tad on the news (about 20 hours ago), but the bottom certainly has not fallen out on this bombshell. It is stayed rather flat. Back on the 11th, when $37M worth of crypto was stolen from a Korean exchange, we saw a bigger drop in Bitcoin. Thanks @Crackinjahcs.

Bithumb, which has more than 1 million customers, is the largest virtual currency exchange in the South. "It has been confirmed that virtual currencies worth 35 billion won ($32 million) was stolen through late night yesterday (Tuesday) to early morning today," the exchange said in a statement. All deposits and withdrawals were suspended indefinitely to "ensure security", it said, adding the losses would be covered from the firm’s own reserves.

Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 4:37 PM (CDT)

Twitch Getting Twitchier - Youtube Gaming Smelling Gamier

If you do not know much about the world of streaming games, The NYT has a fairly extensive article about how Twitch is seemingly getting a stranglehold on the market over Youtube Gaming, and not much is really said about Facebook's foray into the game streaming world. And while everyone is always talking about the "big guys" when it comes to streaming, some sites are even focusing on streamers that have never been anyone. As you know, HardOCP has a affinity for streamers that are pushing shooter games that have beautiful engines that stress graphics cards like Hunt: Showdown. As we have gotten more active in supporting that community, it turns out that it is a pretty good community to be part of. Thanks to TheRabbleWrangler for the linkage.

Even with the rise of live streaming, gamers have continued to do big business posting recorded videos on YouTube’s main site, which reports 1.8 billion "logged in" users a month, across all types of content. That makes it much larger than Twitch, which claims around 100 million monthly viewers. Mr. Wyatt, the YouTube executive, noted the full scope of YouTube’s gaming content, which includes the videos posted on the main site and the live streams on YouTube Gaming, in comparing it with the Amazon-owned platform.

Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 3:38 PM (CDT)

Polymega Retro Gaming System

Polymega is currently what looks to be an idea around putting all your retro gaming consoles in "one" system that will use hardware modules that will emulate the old systems on its new console hardware. Their are modules that support NES, SNES, Genesis, Neo Geo, Sega CD, and Playstation games. Not word about impending lawsuits are listed on Polymega's FAQ however. Thanks to @Riccochet for the heads up!

POLYMEGA Element Modules provide you with an infinitely expandable library of classic game consoles in one tidy package that’s easy on the eyes. Just insert a module for a system you love, plug in a game and controllers and start playing using Hybrid Emulation technology. Supported Element Modules in the launch window will include NES, SNES, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, and more. It’s not an illusion. POLYMEGA features a built-in optical disc drive that can play your collection of classic disc-based games. Just insert a CD and start playing - no need for complicated configuration steps. It’s compatible with games for systems like PS1, TurboGrafx-CD, Sega CD, Neo Geo CD, and there’s more to come. So, why not invite some friends over to party like its[sic] 1999?

Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 2:26 PM (CDT)

NVIDIA Swamped with Extra Inventory

An anonymous writer at Seeking Alpha says that Chalie at SemiAccurate says that someone told him that NVIDIA is holding back its next-gen GPUs due to a massive overstocking inventory problem. And you can take that to the banks's bank's bank.

Too Much of It - Nvidia has overestimated pent-up gaming demand and underestimated the impact of declining mining demand. How badly have they miscalculated? - Enough to have to agree to take back 300k GPUs from a 'top 3' Taiwan OEM. This is quite notable news as Nvidia usually exerts massive influence over its partners and can be quite ruthless with allocations of new GPUs if partners step out of line. The fact that this partner returned these GPUs says a lot about the current state of supply in the channel. The report also cites Nvidia aggressively buying GDDR5 as evidence that they now have an excess stock of lower-end GPUs that need to be made into boards as well as other insiders/sources citing an inventory buildup. When you factor in manufacturing lead times at TSM and the current supply on hand, Nvidia really has no choice but to wait if they want to avoid expensive price protection payouts.

Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 8:35 AM (CDT)

Alexa, Send the Nigerian Prince the Balance of My Bank Account

Associated Press is telling us that banking is coming to those always-on voice activated personal assistants that everyone loves so dearly. Australia seems to already be all over this. We don't trust partying at the Marriott with Alexa. Good luck with giving her all your banking information.

Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with their voice. And with the rapid adoption of Zelle, a bank-to-bank transfer system, it soon could be possible to send money to friends or family instantly with voice commands. But the potential to do such sensitive tasks through a smart speaker raises security concerns. Virtual assistants and smart speakers are still relatively new technologies, and potentially susceptible to being exploited by cyber criminals

Posted by Kyle June 20, 2018 8:02 AM (CDT)

Gearing Up for Threadripper 2990X Cooling

You might have noticed our excitement about AMD's Threadripper over the last year, both in terms of performance and cooling. Given that AMD will soon be rolling out its 32-Core 2990X processor, we have been getting things in line for it in terms of overclocking and cooling. We have two more dies down on the substrate this time around so assuredly we will be dealing with larger package power peaks and heat to deal with. For our cooling testing, XSPC sent over its all metal Raystorm NEO Water Block. The block is of the same design than we have used so much in the past, sans the acrylic top. The rest of the top performers that we will run through testing again are the Watercool Heatkiller 4, the Koolance 400A-S v2, and the Phanteks Glacier C399A. These four blocks were our top performers within a few degrees of each other in our 4GHz overclocked Threadripper 1950X testing.
You might be wondering why we are not seeing redesigned blocks since we are moving from 2-Dies to 4-Dies. The fact is that all of these water blocks are already built "correctly" in terms of cold-plate and micro-fin footprint, and how these move coolant across the tops of the dies. I do not think these companies knew that a 4-Die Threadripper was upon us, but building these the way they did actually made these appropriate for EPYC cooling as well. It was also likely more cost effective in terms of the machining processes too. Now, AMD, bring on the 2900X Threadripper! Discussion
Posted by Kyle June 19, 2018 2:45 PM (CDT)

Father of Larrabee Failure Back at Intel

Tom Forsyth, the father of the Larrabee "GPU," is back at Intel working with Raja Koduri. He explains that he took the job at Intel, but does not know what he will be working on yet. Insider rumors point to him being "Executive Director of What Not to Do This Time." While we are big fans of Raja here at HardOCP, we do have to believe this position is likely redundant.
Posted by Kyle June 19, 2018 11:42 AM (CDT)

GameStop In Talks with Buyout Firms

GameStop has allegedly been linked to talks with Sycamore Partners as the private equity firm has expressed interest in the company according to Reuters. Anonymous sources have been quoted as saying that GameStop has now hired a financial adviser to assist in the discussions. The past year has been a tumultuous time for the company as their CEO J. Paul Raines stepped down late last year due to medical reasons and passed away in March. His replacement, Michael Mauleronly, only lasted three months on the job before resigning for personal reasons leaving the leadership of the company to former Microsoft XBOX executive Shane Kim. I wonder how GameStop's business model will continue to be profitable in the new digital video game economy. Microsoft's XBOX and Sony's Playstation both have digital downloads services for new games and have bundled their respective older titles into paid monthly streaming services. I think their best bet is to reinvent themselves as the Netflix of game streaming and use that company's business model of charging a monthly rental fee for physical discs exchanged through the Post Office.

The retailer’s stock has slid more than 32 percent over the last 12 months, bringing its market capitalization to $1.42 billion, down from about $9.4 billion in 2007. While its used-game niche has helped the company, this model has also been challenged as games developers including Electronic Arts Inc, Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp have each launched plans to offer monthly streaming services for many of the older titles they own.

Posted by cageymaru June 19, 2018 10:57 AM (CDT)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Alleges Sabotage by Employee in Company Email

Elon Musk allegedly sent a company wide email that detailed acts of sabotage by a Tesla employee who was angry over not receiving a promotion. The employee is accused of making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false user names and exporting Tesla's sensitive data to third parties. He goes on to explain how other corporations will cheat emission laws so what would stop them from cheating in other ways. CNBC has the email in its entirety on their website. They also added information about another incident involving a factory fire and subsequent direct email from Elon Musk that was confirmed by a Tesla spokesperson in which employees were warned to be vigilant and to "Please be on the alert for anything that’s not in the best interests of our company." That email can be found here. Industrial espionage is a huge crime right now on a worldwide scale. Many times you will hear about foreign entities hacking computer systems to steal the secrets of a corporation, but this is a reminder that it can happen here at home also. The business world can be a cruel and cutthroat place especially with a company like Tesla suddenly competing against the establishment. I am sure that they have rocked a few boats while making waves innovating.

Late last night we had another strange incident that was hard to explain. Small fire on the body-in-white production line. No one was in the area and there were no injuries or significant equipment damage, but it was enough to stop the body production line for several hours. Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, "Only the paranoid survive." Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company. If you aren't getting a response from the emdesk email, please send me a note directly.

Posted by cageymaru June 19, 2018 9:25 AM (CDT)

Rooms at Marriott Complete with Spying Devices

I know all HardOCP readers will be excited to find out that when you stay at a Marriott hotel in the near future, you can look forward to an always-on Alexa device in your room listening for your every need, the recording all your activities and sharing it will hotel employees for their amusement. Marriott's No-Privacy feature however will not take video of you.

Alexa for hospitality would assist in providing services ranging from ordering room service to requesting housekeeping or calling the concierge for dinner recommendations without picking up the phone. The company said the partnership will start this summer at Marriott’s select properties and the service will be available by invitation to other hotel chains.

Posted by Kyle June 19, 2018 8:05 AM (CDT)