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MICROSOFT ANSWERS: WINDOWS 10 GAMING

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We have a bookmark for the gaming community with Microsoft Answers. We infrequently visit as there are already lots of others with solutions but we mostly look at error codes which may be unknown in our own databases. Microsoft changed the topic to Windows 10 more generally with less focus on games. We feel this …

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NEW SECURITY

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We have taken some very drastic steps to secure the site. This site will now only render with Chrome. Other browsers seem to have problems with some page elements but we are cleaning up the site code base to fix it. Firefox and Brave are blocked for having adblock integrated. Stealing our content is a crime, …

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NO MAN’S SKY IS BACK

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It seems that No Man’s Sky is back with a large update and the game has surfaced on the Steam top seller list. Some media reports about interviews with Sean Murray who is the CEO of Hello Game has dialed back the hype considerably. Much of the content added to the game since it first …

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WD CLOSES HD FACTORY FOR SSD

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Western Digital is looking to close its hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, blaming lack of demand for the gear. Demand for hard disks has actually grown but SSD sales are growing faster. Hard disks are good idea for backups for SSD drives which are almost impossible to recover …

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INTEL ABANDONS IVY BRIDGE AND OLDER

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Intel with the latest round of CPU faults has now abandoned Ivy Bridge and older platforms. KB4284835 fixes some of the problems in Windows to address the faults. Some updates replace earlier ones to address performance issues. Chrome, IE and Edge are all updated, other less common browsers are more likely to be insecure. In …

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SLOW BOAT FROM CHINA

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We use postal services to buy low cost spare parts for repair and maintenance, We buy a lot of brackets and screws so that when we refurbish laptop machines they are stable in mobile use. We stockpile screws as they seem to be needed when machines come into the studio for repair. We also stockpile …

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PC SALES UP

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Recent reports from IDC and Gartner among others have indicated that PC sales are growing. The reports said sales were at levels not seen since 2012. Close to 250 million PCs are sold annually around the world. Gartner found 62.1 million PC shipments, up a 1.4 per cent compared to Q2 2017. IDC counted 62.3 …

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CS:GO UPDATE

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A new CS:GO update has blocked players in the Netherlands and Belgium from opening containers – the game’s version of loot boxes. Valve’s change comes after both Dutch and Belgian authorities declared some in-game loot boxes were gambling and warned publishers to remove them from games or face the consequences. Valve pulled item trading and …

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AMD AND NVIDIA MOVE TO PCI EXPRESS 4.0

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Given the standard for PCI Express 4.0 is now over 6 months old since it was ratified, it’s reasonable to expect that the next batch of video cards will now support it. Historically video cards have moved to the latest PCI Express standard. So we expect AMD and NVIDIA to carry on with this tradition. …

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SICHUAN FLOODS TRASH COIN MINING

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Flooding in several provinces in China has caused a digital coin operation to suffer from major damage. According to statistics, 70% of the world’s cryptocurrency mining machines are in China, while Sichuan mining machines account for 70% of the country’s total. Reports of widespread power outages have hampered reports. Many had to be evacuated. Golden …

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INTEL 10MN PROCESS

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We now have some better details with Intel’s 10nm line that has been slow to get into production. The first  Canon Lake CPU was found in the new Lenovo Ideapad 330 with the i3-8121U. The i3-8121U is a dual core CPU with hyperthreading. It runs at 2.2 Ghz with a boost frequency of 3.2 GHz. The …

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LOFTY VIDEO CARD PRICES CONTINUE

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Video cards are now more available but prices are still well above MSRP. We did a price check with Amazon to see how mad the situation is. Clearly prices for many cards are still at insane levels. This chart was made over 2 days of price checks. MSRP AMAZON RX 560 $100 $110 RX 570 …

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TSMC 7NM ORDERS GROW

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TSMC has their order book filling up nicely as more than 20 customers are lined up for 7mn wafers to be made and taped up for pick and place machines. Apple has their A12 CPU for the next gen phone and they are first in line. AMD, Qualcomm and NVIDIA are likely to get their …

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NVIDIA AIB MAKER SENDS BACK 300,000 ASICS

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An unidentified Taiwanese AIB maker has been reported to have send back some 300,000 GPU chips to NVIDIA as the demand for video cards has collapsed. We suspect the chips are Pascal parts. Digital coin prices have fallen considerably making them unprofitable so demand for new hardware has dried up faster than an ice cube …

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LENOVO LEAKS GTX 1180 FALL LAUNCH

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Over at the Lenovo booth at E3 evidently the representative there said that the new series of GeForce cards will the GTX 1180 and GTX 1170 etc. Some sites speculated it would be different but we prefer to be more cautious. The spokesman also mentioned the video cards would be available this fall which is …

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