Moving HardOCP to New Hardware - Flush Your DNS

We are moving HardOCP to new hardware this afternoon. Flush DNS. At command line "ipconfig/flushdns". You Linux guys already know what to do. If you are seeing errors, give us a CTRL-F5 to flush the page cache as we are fixing the little bugs as we go. Feel free to drop me a mail with a screenshot as well to if you do not see your issue go away.

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[H]ard News

mGPU Working in Serious Sam VR

Talked to the crew at Croteam today and they let us know that they have mGPU working for AMD GPUs and LiquidVR in Serious Same VR! It is awesome to see this technology come to life. I have done some quick testing and do have it working. Here is a sneak peek.

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[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: H3VR article, followed by our evaluation of the GIGABYTE XP1200M 1200W power supply. Finally, we wrapped things up with our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Serious Sam VR:TLH article.

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Silverstone Primera PM01 Case Review

There is a review of the Silverstone Primera PM01 ATX case posted today at Hardware Asylum. According to the review, classic car enthusiasts will most certainly appreciate the styling of this chassis. Here's a quote:

Looking back at previous Silverstone designs you can see that the PM01 is one of their more unique undertakings that can rival some of the early Raven cases. The front bezel looks to be inspired by an automobile. Silverstone clams "supercar" but I would lean more towards 1934 Chevy or custom street rod. Either way the angled look of the metal grill and lighted fans behind give the case a very unique style that is difficult to miss.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass @ APH Networks

Gaming: Civilization VI: Performance Analysis @ techPowerUP!

Storage: QNAP TS-451+ 4-Bay NAS @ LanOC

Video: XFX RX 470 RS Black Edition @ TechARP

Facebook Allowing Graphic Content In Timelines If 'Newsworthy'

So Facebook says it will allow 'newsworthy' graphic content in timelines but who decides what is newsworthy? This should be interesting considering Facebook's own algorithm currently can't tell the difference between real and fake news stories.

Facebook rightly came under fire for censoring the iconic, Pulitzer-winning "napalm girl" photo THe Terror of War not that long ago. Now, the social network is altering its course as a direct result. "In the weeks ahead, we're going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest -- even if they might otherwise violate our standards," VP of Global Public Policy for the site Joel Kaplan writes.


Executive Accidentally Reveals Layoffs After Hitting 'Reply All'

Well, we can add one more person to the layoff list....this dumb ass. It still sucks to be one of the people affected by the layoffs to find out you are getting the axe via an accidental "reply all" e-mail gaffe.

The email Gerry Baker just sent about wsj buyouts says that dj is offering 1.5x the standard buyout package. Are we planning to go to the employees we are laying off at Barron’s next week and offer them 1x the standard package. That could create some problems. Please advise.


Court Rules Users Can't Demand Refunds After Retrans Blackouts

Crap like this is why you should always read the fine print. I guess it also depends on which cable company you are with as well. When Cox in Las Vegas had a dispute with CBS earlier this year, the company issued a credit to its affected customers.

"You are not entitled to any refund because of deletion, rearrangement or change of any programming, programming packages or other Services" and "Neither we nor out third-party billing agents will be liable for any interruption in any service or for any delay or failure to perform, including without limitation, if such interruption, delay or failure to perform arises in connection with the termination or suspension of DISH network's access to all or any portion of services."


iPhone 7 Bursts Into Flames, Destroys Vehicle

Apple's response will probably be: "The car was holding it wrong." All kidding aside, it's getting to the point now where I don't even want to carry a cell phone in my pocket unless it is in a bomb-proof case.

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Mat Jones says he had left the phone under clothes in his car while taking a surf lesson. When he returned, he was shocked to discover the vehicle filled with smoke. The tech giant Apple wouldn’t comment but said they were aware of the complaint and they are investigating.


Firmware Updates Available For GTX 1070 Memory Issues

After a little detective work by the folks at Guru3D, it looks as though some manufacturers are rolling out firmware updates to address memory issues on graphics cards equipped with Micron memory.

GeForce GTX 1070 cards fitted with Samsung memory do not have any issues, however some manufacturers have or switched towards Micron chips, and these are the culprit of the reported issues. Especially during overclocking of the graphics memory problems will appear fast with bad results like checkerboard patterns. The problem is was found in the the speed of the voltage adjustment from the low power idle P-States to support the memory voltage requirements under load. If you can keep the idle voltage above 0.800V before you apply the overclock you never see the issue.


Nintendo Down 6% After 'Switch' Console Unveil

Apparently investors aren't too thrilled with Nintendo's new Switch console. The maker of all things Mario took a sledgehammer in the turtle shells yesterday in after hours trading.

Shares of Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T) dropped 6 percent in early trade on Friday after the videogame maker unveiled its next-generation gaming console, called the Nintendo Switch. The stock fell as far as 25,300 yen as of 0101 GMT, its lowest since Sept. 7.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 1 Released @ Blue's News

Gears of War 4 Update Details @ Shacknews

Skyrim Special Edition PS4 Gameplay Video @ VG24/7

Video Game Voice Actors Now On Strike @ GameSpot

AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Serious Sam VR:TLH

Our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Serious Sam VR:TLH article is now online for your VR viewing pleasure. It's time once again for us to get serious with Sam, this time in virtual reality! What kind of hardware truly provides a premium VR gaming experience in SSVR:TLH? Hit the link to find out.

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If battling Gnaars, Kamikaze dudes, Crazy Frogs, Kleers, Lava Monsters, and Bomb Spawners is on your list of things you want to do more of, then Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope might be right up your alley. We see how AMD and NVIDIA do with providing a great VR experience in SSVR.


Massive DDoS Attack Causing Major Problems On The East Coast

If you are on the east coast and having trouble reaching major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Imgur, Pinterest, Wired and so on, you're not alone. The good news is that DNS provider Dyn is aware of the problem and actively trying to fix it.

This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customers in this region. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue. Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Antec KUHLER H2O H600 Pro @ NikKTech

Reeven Polariz Fan Controller @ Madders Inc.

ETC.: Personalizing Windows 10 Anniversary Edition @ Hardware Secrets

SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse @ Legit Reviews

Storage: PNY CS 1311 240GB SSD @ OCC

Video: Zowie XL2430 24" Monitor @ pcGameware

Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams

Cisco has developed a system that automatically cuts off pirate video streams in real-time called Streaming Piracy Prevention. Get this, the company claims that its system can be used without the need to send takedown notices to hosting companies.

Cisco says it has developed a system to disable live pirate streams . The network equipment company says its Streaming Piracy Prevention platform utilizes third-party forensic watermarking to shut down pirate streams in real-time, without any need to send takedown notices to hosts or receive cooperation from third parties.


Facebook Adapting Its News Feed To Your Connection Speed

Facebook says that by using a handful of magic tricks and few trade secrets, your news feed will now adapt to your connection speed in an attempt to get rid of "spinners and gray boxes."

Previously, all story ranking for News Feed occurred on the server. After the server-side ranking, batches of stories were sent to the client and then displayed exactly in that order. This architecture had limitations — for example, people in emerging markets frequently saw a feed full of spinners and gray boxes because the stories and related media were sent across the network without taking into account the quality of the connection.


NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 375.57 WHQL Drivers

The folks at NVIDIA send word that the brand new GeForce Game Ready 375.57 WHQL drivers are out now. According to the release notes, these drivers provide an optimal experience for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, Titanfall 2, and VR experience for Eagle Flight and Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope. Hit the link above for the new drivers and this link for release notes.


Report: AT&T May Be Trying To Buy Time Warner

Imagine how much money it would require to make this deal. Doesn't matter anyway, eventually one company will own everything and we'll all work for it (under the supervision of robots).

No, not Time Warner Cable — which Charter already bought, anyway. Time Warner, the company that owns HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network, all of Warner Bros., and a whole bunch of other media brands you know. Bloomberg reports that executives from AT&T and Time Warner have been meeting in "informal talks" during recent weeks to discuss various ways of working together — including a possible merger.


Must Have Halloween Gadget

If you are like me, you get stuck at the front door every year being the designated candy giver-outer. Well this year, I say "screw that!" I am going to build one of these, park it at the front door and call it good. That's the plan anyway.


DOOM Free Update 4 Is Now Available

Bethesda and id Software announced that the DOOM Free Update 4 is now out. The update includes Arcade Mode, two new multiplayer modes, and a bunch of fixes and performance tweaks. Hit the link to see what's new.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

This is your end of the week reminder that joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you prizes or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Tesla Motors’ Self-Driving Car "Supercomputer" Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Technology

Tesla Motors has announced that all Tesla vehicles — Model S, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3 — will now be equipped with an on-board "supercomputer" that can provide full self-driving capability. The computer delivers more than 40 times the processing power of the previous system. It runs a Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar, and radar processing. This in-vehicle supercomputer is powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform.

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 is an end-to-end AI computing system that uses groundbreaking approaches in deep learning to perceive and understand the car’s surroundings. Our deep learning platform is open and lets carmakers first train their own deep neural networks on GPU supercomputers. Once loaded into the car, it processes the networks at high speed to provide the real-time, accurate response required for autonomous driving. DRIVE PX 2 is in full production.


AMD Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2016 of $1,307 million, operating loss of $293 million, and net loss of $406 million, or $0.50 per share. Non-GAAP1 operating income was $70 million and non-GAAP1 net income was $27 million, or $0.03 per share. "Our third quarter financial results highlight the progress we are making across our business," said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO.  "We now expect to deliver higher 2016 annual revenue based on stronger demand for AMD semi-custom solutions and Polaris GPUs. This positions us well to accelerate our growth in 2017 as we introduce new high-performance computing and graphics products."

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Intel Brings Tomorrow’s Payment Solutions to Market

At this year’s Money 20/20, a leading payments and finance tech event, Intel and its ecosystem partners will demonstrate innovative solutions to enable seamless and secure payment transactions. Their work stretches from optimizing PC shopping experiences to delivering new approaches to managing cryptocurrency.

Digitalized services and seamless payment experiences make it easier than ever to buy what you want, when you want it. But with this purchasing ease – and the benefits it offers consumers and merchants – comes new risks and threats. Intel is working with device makers and payment solution providers to integrate hardware-level security offerings to meet consumers’ growing expectations while creating best practices to reduce the risk to personal data. Mobile and PC technology is evolving to better support merchants that utilize point-of-sale (POS) systems and customers who want a smooth online shopping experience. The use of proximity mobile payments, for example, is expected to double in 2017. According to eMarketer, the value of online sales via mobile devices or computers will surpass brick-and-mortar stores by 2019.


Thursday October 20, 2016

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2

AMD has released brand new Crimson Edition 16.10.2 drivers for all you Radeon owners out there. According to AMD, these drivers offer support for Battlefield 1, Sid Meier's Civilization VI, Titanfall 2, Serious Sam VR Early Access, Eagle Flight VR and a new AMD CrossFire profile for DirectX 11 Sid Meier's Civilization VI. Here's a list of known issues as well as resolved issues:

Fixed Issues

  • Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been exited.

  • Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after driver upgrade when using AMD CrossFire configurations.

  • Gears of War™ 4 may experience an application hang when using select high resolution and quality configurations in some specific game maps.

  • DirectX®12 content may be unable to launch on some older CPUs that do not support popcnt instruction.

  • Battlefield 1™ AMD CrossFire profile updates for game launch.

Known Issues

  • A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.

  • H.264 content playback may experience playback issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running gaming applications or content.

  • The Division™ may experience checkered corruption when using character model overlays or the game menu.

  • Some users without the Radeon WattMan feature may experience a Radeon Software popup error regarding Radeon WattMan.

  • FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.

  • H.264 content may experience blocky corruption when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series graphics products.


Intel's Core i7-7700K @ 6.7GHz On LN2

If this Facebook post is to be believed, one of Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K processors was able to hit 6.7GHz on liquid nitrogen. Given that these chips are reportedly running at 4.2 GHz base and 4.5 GHz boost, that's a pretty decent OC, LN2 or not.

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AMD Continues to Push Premium VR Rhetoric

The following statements were made by Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, during today's earning call concerning Polaris GPUs and VR.

"Polaris GPUs continue to gain traction based on their leadership performance in VR, and under rapidly expanding number of software titles that feature the latest generation of APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulcan."

"Our progress in the quarter was punctuated by Oculus, announcing a limited edition Oculus-ready PC powered by an AMD FX processor and Radeon RX 470 GPU that brings the cost of entry for a VR-ready system down to $500 for the first time. This is a meaningful milestone for consumers, and I am excited that AMD is enabling the ecosystem and driving broader adoption of VR by making premium experiences available at such an attractive price point."

I think she is spot on with her comments about Polaris GPUs in DirectX 12 and Vulcan titles. Our reviews have shown how strong Polaris can be in these two very narrow categories when it comes to performance. Even the RX 470 and RX 460 offer solid performance for their respective product classes as well. All three of the GPU reviews linked above have earned HardOCP Editor's Choice Awards for desktop PC gaming.

I am however still extremely confused about Su's statements about "leadership performance in VR," and "making premium experiences available" when referring to the RX 470 usage in a VR system. In no way does the Polaris GPU have any sort of "leadership performance" in terms of an actual VR gaming experience. And in no way is an RX 470 GPU going to deliver a premium VR experience. AMD's penetration into VR is in shambles at worst, and seemingly ignored by developers at best when it comes to optimizing for these Polaris GPUs. Over the past few months after reviewing GPU performance in multiple VR gaming titles, only once has a developer even mentioned AMD's LiquidVR technology approach and that was from Croteam/Revolver devs handling Serious Sam VR. A review of SSVR performance will be published by us tomorrow. I will say however that AMD's Polaris once again fails to show up in any kind of leadership or "premium" performance role.

AMD is far and away from touching on reality about its Polaris GPU performance in VR, and this delusion seems to have worked its way to the very top of AMD's hierarchy.

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Phanteks Releases The Eclipse P400 And P400S Tempered Glass Cases

Phanteks, the award-winning case manufacturer, is excited to announced the availability of the new Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will feature a full tempered glass side panel and will introduce two brand new Special Edition colors. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will be available in Satin Black, White, and Anthracite Grey. In addition to the standard colors, the Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass will also introduce two Special Edition colors, Black/Red and Black/White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions are compact midtowers that are easy for beginning PC builders that wants to create a clean and beautiful build. The P400 Tempered Glass Edition features a full metal exterior, RGB lighting system with color control, 1x RGB LED strip, removable dust filters, front all-in-one radiator mounting location, power supply shroud, 2x 120mm fans. While the P400S Tempered Glass Edition adds in the soundproofing layers and integrated 3-speed fan controller to the list of features included in the P400 model. The budget-friendly case now has a premium feel and look. With the full tempered glass side panel, enthusiasts can now showcase their system.


NVIDIA VRWorks For Unreal Engine 4.13 Now Available For Free On GitHub

You can download NVIDIA VRWorks For Unreal Engine 4.13 on GitHub for free. As stated in the past, you'll need a free Unreal Engine Github account to access the UE4 GameWorks integrations.

NVIDIA has made it easier than ever for game developers to add leading-edge Virtual Reality technology to their Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) games by providing custom UE4 branches for NVIDIA VRWorks technologies on GitHub. VRWorks is a comprehensive suite of APIs, libraries, and engines that enable application and headset developers to create amazing virtual reality experiences. Access UE4 GameWorks Integration:

  • In order to access the UE4 GameWorks integrations, you will need a UE4 / GitHub subscription.

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.11

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.12

  • Full VRWorks Graphics UE4.12 (Includes Multi-Res shading, VR SLI, Single Pass Stereo and Lens Matched Shading)

  • Multi-Res Shading UE4.13

  • Full VRWorks Graphics UE4.13 (Includes Multi-Res shading, VR SLI, Single Pass Stereo and Lens Matched Shading)


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