INTEL RELEASES AV1 AS OPEN SOURCE

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Intel has released the AV1 video encoder as open source.  These encoders are “official” from Intel processors since 5th generation, and are also compatible with AMD Ryzen processors. AV1 has been developed by the Alliance for Open Media with help from many contributors. AV1 is royalty free CODEC designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It succeeds …

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DRAM PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL

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Due to the slowdown in demand due to changes in smartphones and the economic environment, coupled with the increase in vendor inventory, memory prices have begun to fall. The average price of the mainstream module 4GB is now down to under $25 and 8 GB are $40 per stick. This means prices are down about …

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EVGA MISTAKE WITH CUSTOMS DESCRIPTION CAUSES PROBLEMS

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Did not take long for our RMA to go awry. Shipping to Canada is arcane and the rules are far from obvious. Mistakes can be very costly, When anything is sent across the border anywhere, the standard CN22 is affixed to the item. CN22 is an old customs declaration that has been used for …

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES SEEKS BUYER?

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News out of Korea is that GlobalFoundries has been considering selling the business. The most potential candidates include Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, and Samsung Electronics can increase its share in the market to 23 percent at once if it takes over Globalfoundries. Globalfoundries has had issues moving past the 14nm node …

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RAZER CLOSES THEIR GAME STORE

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Razer has thrown in the towel for their nascent game store. It will cease operations on February 28, 2019 at 01:00 hrs Pacific Time as part of the company’s realignment plans. Game keys are emailed so they are fine, pre-ordered games will be available as they are released. Razor has not made much effort into …

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418.99 HOTFIX

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GeForce Driver 418.99 was released February 17, 2019 for  Windows 7 and 8 only. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. This driver supports Kepler and above and 64-bit Windows. Windows 7 and 8 users should take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is great for gaming. Windows 7×64/8.1×64: Fixes random application crash or …

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ENTRY LEVEL VIDEO CARDS AND DUAL FAN COOLERS

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We often spend time looking over Video cards on NewEgg, eBay and others. We do this to check prices and availability etc. Low end cards like the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are mostly 7″ length logic boards. We often see dual fan coolers on them that extend the card length to 9″. We …

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NEWEGG ORDER ISSUES

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It seems that yesterday we ordered some components from NewEgg and the order has not appeared in the account. We sent them the PayPal transaction so they could check it out but they did say they were having some problems. Eventually we got a message from NewEgg which had the transaction as a guest. We …

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NEW MACHINE FOR 2019

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We are still accumulating parts for a new build with our MSI B350M Bazooka motherboard. We also have an Intel 660p SSD 512MB M.2 which will be used for Windows and a few favorite games. We have a Ryzen R5 2400G 65W processor which is 4/8 which should be powerful enough for general …

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EVGA RMA ON GTX 1060 GRANTED, UPS ESTIMATES 2/19 DELIVERY

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We sent the EVGA GTX 1060 back to them one week ago. The postal service suggested 7 days and today we received notice from UPS that EVGA has already grabbed a label for the RMA return. UPS estimated the deliver will be on 2/19 based on the tracking and service level and falls on the Tuesday. …

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