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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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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THE LAST DINNER

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The Last Dinner was released on January 10, 2019 by Xi’an Fun Software Technology Co., Ltd.  (西安乐趣软件科技有限公司)who also developed it. The Last Dinner is a horror action game. The game supports both English and Chinese. Gameplay is from the first person in virtual reality. This was intended for educational at a Chinese university. Xi ‘an university …

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AMD RADEON 7 GPU

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AMD has announced their new Radeon 7 GPU will be available on February 7, 2019. At the CES AMD showed a few benchmarks with the Radeon 7 card able to beat the RTX 2080 card from rival nVidia. The flagship card is launching at $699 for a 3 fan high-end card with 16GB of HBM2 …

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GRAPHICS OUTLOOK

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Given the huge bubble in digital coins the number of surplus graphics cards will mean AMD and NVIDIA will find price erosion will be an issue for quite some time to come. We reported earlier about lots of 10 or more video cards from digital coin miners who have abandoned the efforts with prices …

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