Make Lunch Count Day Shortbread


— 1:00 PM on April 13, 2017

I picked up Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator last night and spent a couple hours fiddling with it. There are good times to be had there, and also a lot of potential to put some hurt on your PC. The battlefield I laid out with over 50,000 units made my i7-7700K cry. The frame rate sometimes dipped below 10 (even though my GTX 980 Ti was pretty "bored" much of the time). That said, performance was perfectly acceptable under less extreme circumstances, and the game is quite an entertaining sandbox to play in. I suspect it's also a great way to show off the computing prowess of some gerbils' shiny new eight-core CPUs. At any rate, there are certainly worse things to spend $15 on.


Zombies vs. knights, just what I've always wanted.

Ryzen 5 Roundup

  1. The Ryzen 5 review: 1600X and 1500X take on Core i5 @ PC Perspective
  2. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs Core i5 review: twelve threads vs four at $250 @ AnandTech
  3. Review: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1600X (14nm Zen) @ Hexus
  4. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (6C12T) CPU review @   KitGuru (Ryzen 5 1500X too)
  5. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6 GHz review @ TechPowerUp (Ryzen 5 1500X too)
  6. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU review @ Tom's Hardware
  7. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X review @ TechSpot
  8. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X processor reviews @ Legit Reviews
  9. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X processor review @ HotHardware
  10. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X performance review @ Hardware Canucks
  11. AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X review @ Guru3D
  12. AMD Ryzen 5 1500X review @ bit-tech
  13. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 & 1400 CPU review @ HardOCP

Other PC hardware and computing

  1. VIVO 24K 650W Gold power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. ECS LIVA Z Plus Kaby Lake vPro UCFF PC review @ AnandTech
  3. Asus ROG Gladius II mouse review @ KitGuru
  4. Bitspower Summit EF-X CPU waterblock review @ TechPowerUp
  5. Sager NP6852 gaming laptop review @ Tom's Hardware
  6. Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3200 16GB memory kit review @ ThinkComputers
  7. Review: Philips Brilliance 349X7FJEW @ Hexus
  8. Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ROG Strix OC review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality releases April 20 For Rift and Vive @ Upload VR
  2. Snake Pass and the unexplored territory of the game controller @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Gears of War 4 may finally end the mouse and keyboard versus controller debate @ Quarter To Three (debate?)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. In this ant species, 21% of the colony has major injuries from war @ Ars Technica
  2. AI wins $290,000 in Chinese poker competition @ BBC
  3. Fish migration tracked via DNA in the water @ New Atlas
  4. The world's two most powerful telescopes are glorious—and vulnerable @ Ars Technica (this was a great read)

Tech news and culture

  1. Burger King hijacks the Google Assistant, gets shut down by Google @ Ars Technica (shady!)
  2. Investigation finds inmates built computers, hid them in prison ceiling @ Slashdot
  3. Broadcasters put new ad-skipping restrictions on YouTube TV @ DSL Reports
  4. Google's Autodraw AI instantly converts your doodles to clip art @ New Atlas (it's like autocorrect for drawing)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Baderbräu brewery will start serving mac and cheese waffles and more on Wednesday @ eater.com (Chi-Town gerbils will need to tell us if this tastes as good as it sounds)
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