PCI EXPRESS 5.0 IS RATIFIED

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Today PCI-SIG, the organization that defines PCIe standards, announced that it ratified Version 0.9 of the PCI Express 5.0 specification. The PCI-SIG expects to ratify the final 1.0 revision in the first quarter of 2019, and the first PCIe 5.0 devices should debut this year. Many companies offer devices when early revision 0.4 is ratified. …

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EPIC GAMES USER INFRINGES TRADEMARK

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We noticed on Epic Games that somebody is using our Trademark. We have sent them a Tweet over the issue and until the infringer is removed we refuse to use an alternate name. Epic also does not allow the trademark symbol which is unwise as we are a trademarked business. We run across cybersquatters and …

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417.74 WHQL

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GeForce Driver 417.71 was released January 15, 2019 for  Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. This driver supports Kepler and above and 64-bit Windows. Support for the new GTX 2060 Support for Video Codec SDK 4.0 and below versions have been deprecated starting with R415. Some issues with power management are mostly due to Windows. …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4480976

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Windows 10 KB4480976 applies to version 1803.  KB4480967 applies to 1709. KB4480959 applies to 1703. Addresses an issue in Microsoft Edge that fails to trigger the focusin event if the focus event listener of an element shifts focus to another element. Addresses an issue that prevents sharing and timeline features and roaming settings from working for accounts that use Chinese, Japanese, and …

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REFURBISHED CORSAIR AX860I

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We found a refurbished Corsair AX860i at NewEgg for $99.99 which cost us $139.99 Canadian. The AX860i is platinum rated so its extremely efficient. Corsair offers a ten year warranty for the AX860i suggesting they are close to invincible. We have purchased a single PSU for the studio for general use. We are considering …

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SAPPHIRE NITRO RX 470 CODE 43

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Due to problems with the Sapphire Nitro RX 470 we are back to using the GTX 750 pending resolution of problems. In safe mode the card works but with any driver the screen shuts down after rebooting. We speculate there is a defect in the driver or the card’s firmware that is not …

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AMD AND RAY TRACING

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After the launch of the RTX cards by nVidia we noticed a lot of speculation about what AMD is planning to do. DX12 has a new API for ray tracing but it’s more oriented around a high level shader model support with DX12. The first step in rendering any content using DXR is to build …

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REFURBISHING THE GTX 750

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We noticed out Gigabyte GTX 750 was failing with Furmark. The card works fine otherwise, but with Furmark the card was thermally throttling. Luckily, this is an easy problem to fix. The GTX 750 has only 4 screws holding the heat sink and fan assembly. We removed the 4 screws which have springs …

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PUBG BANS LARGE NUMBERS OF CHEATERS

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The popular PUBG battle royale game has attracted an untoward number of cheaters who are all trying to win the $2 million prize. There are some 24 million copies of the game sold making it a popular target. We have read where some 13 million accounts have been permanently banned over the last year or …

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BUNGIE ABANDONS ACTIVISION

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Bungie, the well know game developer who presently offers Destiny which has the distinction of being one of the largest games we have. Bungie has left Activision which is a serious blow. While the Call of Duty series remains as a popular as ever, the relationship with Bungie has not been as successful. Rival Epic …

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