Christmas Day Shortbread

The Starting Five

  1. Guru3D’s Radeon HD 7970 overclock guide
  2. BlizzardCS is working to resolve the issue with their forums and armory
  3. TESV Acceleration Layer (1.3.10.0) proof of concept by Arisu (unofficial Skyrim patch)
  4. iPodNN: Rare Boxing Week sale coing to iTunes Store
  5. NCIX’s Boxing Week Sale


Christmas Day

  1. The Verge reports Google Books for Chrome now lets you read offline

Mobile

  1. Engadget: Nokia N9 gets unofficial UI tweak, makes MeeGo lie down and play landscape
  2. The Verge reports LG Fantasy test unit photos purportedly leak and

    Ubislate 7 to be India’s next low-cost Android tablet, shipping in January

    and Miro encoder easily transfers videos to the Kindle Fire

  3. Shacknews reports OnLive now supports Xperia Play
  4. TweakTown spends a week with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Gaming

  1. Shacknews reports PlayStation Vita designed by Walkman creator
  2. Joystiq: Myst 3D opens the book on 3DS this March
  3. Red Dead Redemption double and triple XP for the holidays

Hardware

  1. Real World Labs on 3TB Hitachi Touro Desk Pro USB 3.0 external HDD
  2. PureOC reviews 128GB Corsair Performance Pro SSD
  3. VR-Zone’s 90GB Corsair Force 3 SSD review
  4. Vortez’s Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Wheel T500 review
  5. VR-Zone’s first look at 1000W Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 PSU
  6. Rbmods on Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan
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    • glacius555
    • 8 years ago

    Merry Christmas Ron!

    Thank you for all the news, even on holidays!

    • Yeats
    • 8 years ago

    Merry Christmas!

    Wish it were snowing here…

      • LovermanOwens
      • 8 years ago

      Same here sir, same here. Merry Christmas to everyone in the north east! The wife just got me a new chair for gaming. This guy = happy.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<] TESV Acceleration Layer (1.3.10.0) proof of concept by Arisu (unofficial Skyrim patch) [/quote<] [quote<] It works mostly by rewriting some x87 FPU code and inlining a whole ton of useless getter functions along the critical paths because the developers at Bethesda, for some reason, compiled the game without using any of the optimization flags for release builds. [/quote<] It's things like this that confirm my suspicions that modern PC games could be performing lightyears better than they actually are, simply due to poor/inefficient/sloppy code/practices

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      For that matter, [i<]x87 code[/i<]? Nothing fast enough to run this thing isn't able to speak at least SSE and most likely SSE2.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 8 years ago

        Programming consolitis maybe?

          • homerdog
          • 8 years ago

          Nah. Bethesda is perhaps the most technically deficient “AAA” developer in the modern world. They make fun games Oblivion aside, but it’s up to others to fix the mess they call a Game Engine.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            Didn’t they just buy id? I hear that Carmak guy knows a think or two about programming.

            • Geistbar
            • 8 years ago

            One person, working on a separate team from the others, at the other end of the country, with no or virtually no sharing of non-economic resources, does not make a developer technically proficient.

            Also, Bethesda didn’t buy id; their publisher (and owner), ZeniMax, did. It’s like saying that [url=https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/StudioCanal<]StudioCanal[/url<] owns [url=https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Universal_Music_Group<]Universal Music[/url<], when in reality they're both owned by [url=https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Vivendi<]Vivendi[/url<]. Even if reality was different and Bethesda did own id, and Carmack did work with them, one person isn't enough to make up for an entire team of technically inept people.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            It’s nothing like that, Zenimax is just a shell company of Bethesda, [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZeniMax_Media.[/url<] Also, this unofficial patch is the product on a single person doing some optimization and turning on some compilation switches right?

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 8 years ago

            Carmack knows theory…. implementation, he’s still a decade behind.

            edit: guess some of you guys didn’t see rage.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 8 years ago

        gotta keep compatibility for the ol 486 in the basement.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 8 years ago

          Not to mention Windows XP and EAX right?!?

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 8 years ago

            XP is actually still viable in the age of dx9 console ports, not to mention that XP-64 gives you all the benefits of XP and EAX with none of the pitfalls of XP32. I use XP-64 on my old Opteron 64×2 system for a second lan gaming computer/backup and it amazes me at how well it still performs.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 8 years ago

        Maybe Nvidia can help accelerate Skyrim with CUDA, since they do such a wonderful job porting non-threaded x87 code to the GPU.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      That’s the case with not only pc games but pc applications as a whole in any closed source development. In a opensource environment one can compile and tweak code to take advantage of a specific system. When you go blob only you are without that option. Of course there are examples of where optimized code was applied but by doing so limited the amount of systems it can run on. Take a look at the demo/intro “scene” . They do amazing optimization of code but as such many of them run on a limited configuration of machine. What Future Crew could do on a graphics accelerator and 386 was nothing short of amazing for the time.

        • Firestarter
        • 8 years ago

        Sloppy code and practices is something quite different than not optimizing for a specific platform. Forgetting basic compiler switches and general performance profiling sounds like incompetence, or like a developer team that was forced to publish too early.

          • Geistbar
          • 8 years ago

          Agreed with Firestarter- this isn’t the same type of thing as not implementing impressive optimization, adding dx11 features, or even something as rudimentary as proper mouse and keyboards support. All of those will take a decent chunk of time, require testing, and require some level of non-basic knowledge.

          This, on the other hand, amounts to being competent enough to understand the development software you are using. If they missed something as simple as a basic compile toggle, it can say many things about them- incompetence, ignorance, perhaps even malignant intentions- none of them good. This is exactly the type of thing (if true, mind you- perhaps the modder is wrong?) that should be horribly, horribly embarrassing to Bethesda. They’ll get a free pass on it because lots of people enjoy their game, sure, but this is quite a sloppy mistake.

      • ish718
      • 8 years ago

      For a modern PC game not to take advantage of at least SSE2 is kinda ridiculous.

        • Prion
        • 8 years ago

        I agree with the sentiment, but aren’t there still plenty of popular middleware libraries that basically haven’t been updated since the Pentium II was considered a high-performance target?

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      And that’s what allows Intel, AMD (?), Nvidia etc. happy because what you have now will be underutilized and they can sell you faster stuff which will also be underutilized.

    • cynan
    • 8 years ago

    Re NCIX Boxing Week sale. [url=http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59831&vpn=SSDSA2CW160G3K5&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1301<]Intel 320 SSD 160GB for $160[/url<] after huge MIR. Got to be the first I've seen these hit $1/GB. Also comes with a Steam copy of Rage.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      The huge MIRs are around at other etailers, hitting $1/GB is all about the price before MIR. I know around Black Friday and Cyber Monday there were such $1/GB after MIR prices on the whole 320 line. I got an 80GB drive for a family member whose HDD is almost 10 years old, although in a more modern computer than that.

      (After the deals kind of went away I was thinking of getting a 160GB drive, I currently have a Vertex 2 120GB and while I have no problems with it the extra space wouldn’t hurt…the 320 has worse synthetic performance but basically the same real-world performance.)

      *edit: It looks like the NCIX rebate is only good for Canadian residents, there is no mention of the rebate on us.ncix.com and clicking through to register the rebate from ncix.com (Canada) lists ‘Canada’ as the country and the funds are CAD. So I guess you guys get the deals we had a few weeks ago!

      • FuturePastNow
      • 8 years ago

      Newegg’s Shellshocker deals occasionally have 60-90GB SSDs for around $1/GB without rebates.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      And Rage is a pretty solid game, so that’s quite a steal.

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    Ronald – Merry Christmas to you!

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Looks like Scrooge didn’t give Ronald Hanaki the day off.

      • Chun¢
      • 8 years ago

      Ha! I just worked 8 hours and I’m working 8 more at waffle house.
      If anything it’s taught me how great family and friends are.
      Big Merry Christmas, or whatever other holiday (not trying to sound insincere), to all grebils and writers alike. This site is one of the best on the net.

        • jdaven
        • 8 years ago

        Merry Christmas, Chun¢. It sucks that you have to work on Christmas day. I hope you get some time to spend with family and friends.

        I don’t know if you like working at Waffle House but I do love their hashbrowns. My favorite dish: grilled cheese double plate, scattered and covered. 🙂

      • Forge
      • 8 years ago

      Mr. Hanaki is the model which USPS holds up in an appeal to their employees.

      Mr. Shortbread, you are much loved!

    • Welch
    • 8 years ago

    Merry Christmas from Alaska guys. I hope that everyone is having a warmer holiday than me 🙂

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      Merry Christmas. Here it snowed and it’s awesome. Mad love to all TR readers!

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 8 years ago

      It’s warm (and somewhat humid) here.
      [url<]http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Orlando&state=FL&site=MLB&lat=28.5047&lon=-81.3742[/url<]

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