Category: hardware

AMD RYZEN

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AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems. TABLE OF RYZEN PROCESSORS MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 …

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ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 UEFI VBIOS

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After much digging around we finally found a UEFI updater for the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 video card. Unfortunately Asus has configured the software to only work with Asus branded UEFI capable motherboards, even though the VBIOS is for a video card. That is called compulsory tied selling and it’s illegal in Canada and many other countries. Restrictive …

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MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard is an entry level ATX motherboard suitable for a single video card machine. This motherboard is very budget friendly with a lot of powerful features. The motherboard launched at around $95. Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processors for Socket AM4 AMD B350 PCH Full ATX  form …

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ROOM SCALE VIRTUAL REALITY

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Ocullus Rift posted some comments recently regarding their hardware. They reported that using 3 sensors in a larger area can become too taxing for most USB 3.0 ports. Intel’s Z370 motherboards largely have only have USB 3.0 on the rear panel. This is largely due to full backwards compatibility. There are still some USB 2.0 …

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MSI 970A-G43 BIOS FAULT

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We have a MSI 970A-G43 motherboard which generally works fine. We have 4 hard disks attached and a BD drive. We have not had problems with the machine. We own a front panel card reader box with USB 3.0 ports. It also has fan control which was intended to augment the motherboard. When we connected …

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MSI SOFTWARE UPDATES

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Today MSI delivered several new programs that actually do seem to make the machine run much better. The MSI X Boost seems to be a good disk caching program that seems to be able to speed up the system rather nicely. Modern systems have much more memory but Windows does not use it to deliver …

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MIGRATING TO DDR4

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Lots of DIY enthusiasts are still using DDR3 based rigs. These are plenty powerful to handle contemporary games. Intel changes the CPU socket every 2 years while AMD only changes it every 5 years with the memory cycle. CPU motherboard memory DDR4 speeds are faster than DDR3 and recent tests show it can reach 68 …

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DDR5 BY 2020

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While AMD’s Ryzen is sill a few months away, the JEDEC is now close to finishing the DDR5 standard which is expected to be done by year’s end. DDR5 will increase the maximum capacity. At present consumer DDR4 is being mass produced at 4GB and 8GB capacities with 16GB at the high end. DDR5 will …

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DELL ULTRASHARP UP3218K

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Gamers can now play their favorites on the new UltraSharp UP3218K panel from Dell. The UP3218K offers s stupendous 7680×4320 pixel resolution. All for just $4999. The UP3218K is a standard 32″ panel with a 32.5″ viewing area making it easy to install with most work spaces. 31.5″ viewing area 60Hz frame rate 220 ppi 178°viewing angle …

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INTEL KABY LAKE

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Intel has released its Kaby Lake a few weeks late for the 2016 holiday season. Still they had to be sure the hardware was validated and yields adequate before they could launch them. No real surprise for desktop users. Three i7 parts with four cores and hyperthreading, one of which is unlocked and one is …

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INTEL PROCESSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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Intel has a new version of their processor diagnostic tool. Its handy to be sure your machine is working as expected. The program includes Visual C++ runtimes so there is no need to download them separately. The tool will check the CPU instructions widely to be sure all the modes are working to spec. Works …

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AMD RADEON INSTINCT

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AMD has introduced some new GPU produced based on the Polaris 10 under the Radeon Instinct. The new GPUs are equipped with 16GB of VRAM which is needed for running larger shader based programs. Intel, Nvidia and IBM has been more visible in the market with AI based products. Deep learning and AI are long …

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AMD NEW HORIZON: RYZEN

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AMD has spent about 4 years working on the Zen CPU design. The goal of 40% better efficiency has been met. AMD now is using the Ryzen branding for the design based on the Zen work. AMD processors are seen in the Xbox One and PS4. AMD desktop processors are not as popular as Intel’s …

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BIOSTAR Z270 FEATURES

Biostar has released some new details over their new Z270 motherboards. The Z270 is already known to have a few more PCI Express lanes and some improvements for HDR etc. Biostar has also mentioned a new heatsink for the M.2 slot given the heat coming from recent Samsung SSD devices in the market. Other vendors …

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BLUETOOTH 5

Bluetooth 5 has now been published. It’s backwards compatible with previous standards. The new standard is a 2800 page manual for device developers. Bluetooth operates at frequencies between 2402 and 2480 MHz. Guard bands 2 MHz wide at the bottom end and 3.5 MHz wide at the top extend the range. Speeds are now 2x faster. …

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