Weekend Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. VideoCardz: AMD to give an “Inside look at Polaris’ on May 18th
  2. DigiTimes: Asustek expects 2Q16 revenues to drop 9-14% sequentially
  3. Microsoft: New Windows 10 devices and PCs to require

    TPM 2.0 support from this summer – Neowin

  4. The Register: Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that
  5. Windows Central: Xbox One’s backwards

    compatibility now supports multi-disc games

  6. DSOG: Doom features easter eggs for Skyrim, Fallout,

    Commander Keen, Terminator 2 & Classic Doom

  7. Ars Technica shares Doom single-player impressions
  8. AnandTech: Philips begins to sell 43″

    4K IPS BDM4350UC display for $799


Weekend

  1. Reuters’ exclusive: Warren Buffett, Quicken

    Loans founder in Yahoo! bid – sources

  2. KitGuru’s Battleborn PC game analysis
  3. Technology X supercharges their test bench thanks to Tt & Kingston
  4. HT4U on low-budget-CPUs: AMD Athlon X4

    880K and A10-7860K (in German)

  5. TweakTown reviews 16GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3600 dual-channel kit
  6. HotHardware’s Nvidia Quadro M2000 review
  7. APH Networks on V-Moda Zn earphones
  8. NikKTech and techPowerUp! review Corsair K70 RGB keyboard
  9. LanOC Reviews on Gamdias Hermes RGB keyboard
  10. ThinkComputers on Phanteks Eclipse P400S case
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    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    RE: Philips 43″ 4K monitor

    So it begins…what was started by the Vic-20, comes back around to having entertainment and computing coming back together again.

    Vizio’s 2016 models are without a TV turner and the D series has the best input lag. (13.5ms)
    [url<]http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/vizio/d-series-4k-2016[/url<] Will we see computers being connected to the same monitor we use for TV again? Probably sooner.

      • jts888
      • 4 years ago

      Vizio 2016 models don’t support UHD@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma, which makes them a complete joke for computing purposes, no matter how great the input latency might be.

      Even a lot of gaming content will look like trash up close under 4:2:0/4:2:2 subsampling.

      IMO, UHD@120Hz/4:4:4 chroma with DP 1.3/1.4 can’t come soon enough, regardless of my ability or lack thereof to afford a GPU to push modern games at those frame rates.

    • ThatStupidCat
    • 4 years ago

    The bugs in Flash are well known but how much more dangerous is HTML5? I know I can disable Flash but while HTML5 video can be stopped from autoplay HTML5 itself can’t be disabled. Or I don’t think it can be.

      • brucethemoose
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve tried (hardware acceleration in certain videos corrupts my screen, forcing a restart), and it’s not easy.

      I know you can disable HTML5 acceleration in Chrome in the [url<]chrome://flags[/url<] page, but I'm not sure if you can disable it entirely.

      • Timbrelaine
      • 4 years ago

      I’m not sure if you are serious, but since you received a serious reply:

      A modern browser is an HTML5 renderer glued to a JavaScript engine, and the former is more important. Most websites are HTML5. The words you are reading now are HTML5. Disabling it would make your browser secure indeed, since it would no longer do much of anything.

      If you’re referring only to HTML5 video… it’s just a video file. It’s possible that it could be crafted to exploit some strange bug in the browser, but so can any other content you view. It’s nothing at all like Flash.

        • NovusBogus
        • 4 years ago

        I think his point is that if Flash gets thrown out those responsible for the sleazy/terrible Flash ads will see just how low they can go with something that is, as you say, much harder to turn off than Flash.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]The Register: Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that.[/quote<] No, that's the Reverse Flash.

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]Reverse Flash.[/quote<] Stable, security and light on memory? Sounds exactly what web developers need.

        • Jigar
        • 4 years ago

        HTML 5 !!!

    • jts888
    • 4 years ago

    The biggest news here for me is the 43″ Philips hitting the streets. I’ve been slumming it with a large LG UHD TV pretty well for a year, but input lag is borderline perceptible.

    Anybody know how the Philips fairs there?

      • tsk
      • 4 years ago

      The input lag on the little brother 40″ inch version of this is very good, so I assume this one is good as well.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    As a side note, AMD made a public announcement dispelling rumors about the Polaris event.

    Forum rumors show a 1080 benched at 2.1 and 2.5 with 2.5 GHz will AIO and 2.4 on air from AIBs.

    I hope the rumor is true and it seems more likely than not to be true.

    • Meadows
    • 4 years ago

    Due to AMD’s and NVidia’s upcoming graphics cards, I find I’m interested in PC technology again. I haven’t felt this way in at least 3 years and my ever decreasing activity on tech sites was a result of that.

    The only thing that could make this year even more interesting would probably be AMD’s new CPU, and then it would be like 2011 all over again.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      I love you. I’m also finding it less interesting, but new GPU’s haven’t done it for me. I find games less and less interesting. I mostly post because the TR needs me, perhaps now more than ever.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 4 years ago

        That got real pretty quick.

        • Meadows
        • 4 years ago

        I doubt you’re the hero we need OR the one we deserve.

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          BUT I AM WHAT YOU GOT
          FARRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

          • Milo Burke
          • 4 years ago

          A little bird told me you live in Europe. Which part?

            • Meadows
            • 4 years ago

            How is that even relevant?

            • Milo Burke
            • 4 years ago

            It’s not. Does it have to be?

            • Meadows
            • 4 years ago

            Yes.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 4 years ago

        MAKE TR GREAT AGAIN!

          • Welch
          • 4 years ago

          Just need to build a wall to keep those WFCC types out of here!

            • chuckula
            • 4 years ago

            Judging by what’s been going on at Wccftech lately, I can only add: TEN FEET HIGHER.

        • Redocbew
        • 4 years ago

        TR without SSK be would like TR without Scott, Geoff, and Cyril.

        Oh, wait…

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          EXACTLY! I’M ALL THAT’S LEFT OF THE OLD GUARD

            • trackerben
            • 4 years ago

            Stay steadfast in your capitalist… err capital ways, SSK.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 4 years ago

      Yes, I’m feeling the same way.

      Tech used to simple and forward thinking. Now it is all LED flashing light – bells and whistles.

      Now turning to other sciences.

        • daniel123456
        • 4 years ago

        What other sciences? out of curiosity.

          • SomeOtherGeek
          • 4 years ago

          Environmental mostly. Setting up solar and wind mills on my new place. Want to make my own geothermal plant to cool and heat the home. It is not a plant per sec, but something that blows in heated air while cool air comes out to cool the home during the day and then blows in cool air and release the warm air at night. 4 inch smooth roundish rocks are supposed to do wonders. I’m still brainstorming this. Oh it has been done for years and years. But there are not that many people doing it. Not many DIY projects. So, going to take a lot of planning, trial and error. But I will do it and make it work. Basically, I want my new home to be self-sufficient or have the utility companies paying me for giving them resources.

          I’m still an amateur astronomer with a observatory and 16″ telescope. I just bought a run down home to rehab myself, does that make me an another kind of scientist? 😉

      • Ninjitsu
      • 4 years ago

      I thought it was just me, and getting bored of it writing about stuff for 4 years.

      I check sites habitually at this point, in hope that something interesting turns up, but for the most part I’m only interested when it comes to actually buying things.

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      Indeed

      I’m curious to see

      TSMC Silicon & 16nm node vs GF Silicon and GF/Samy 14nm node
      and
      GF Silicon and GF/Samy 14nm node vs Intel 14nm Silicon & Node

      No matter how good the Architecture is, it won’t go far without good silicon on a good process.

      • HERETIC
      • 4 years ago

      We ALL feel the pain-
      With only incremental increases in CPU since Sandy,and GPU stuck at 28nm for 4 years.
      Even my four year old C400 is still good enough………………………………………

      One area that has not stagnated thro is PSU’s-Most tend to see them as commodity items and unexciting-In reality they are the most important part of any build.
      For many years the old S12 and M12 were the PSU to use for those in the know-Today there are heaps of great quality PSU’s out there from gold to titanium……………………………

      • tootercomputer
      • 4 years ago

      I totally relate. I even went months without reading TR. Then I updated my 6 year-old Lynfield system two months ago and had to get up-to-date on equipment (purchased i7 6700k, Gigabyte z170 Gaming 7 mobo, DDR 4, Samsung 950 pci-e 3.0 X 4 m.2 drive – absolutely killer system, cpu OCed to 4.6+ GHz on air) and am now will probably get that NVidia 1070 card coming out in June. Nothing like a new system to get me interested in PC technology, though I feel like a dinosaur. Yet it seems like there is still a pretty good community of enthusiasts out there, though I have to wonder if it’s dwindling.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 4 years ago

        If anything it’s growing. I meet young guys every day—real young, 12, 13—who in generations past would have been playing on Nintendo or Sega hardware and instead are interested in learning about hardware and building their own machines. I don’t know if it’s due to the influence of the “PC Master Race” movement proselytizing gaming PCs as a superior alternative to locked-down game consoles, or if it’s simply due to the explosion in PC gaming, but it seems like the community is bigger than it has ever been.

          • tootercomputer
          • 4 years ago

          Hmm, that’s encouraging. I always hear those numbers bandied about (recently in an Anandtech article) about PC shipments being down worldwide. I’ll have to read up on the PC Master Race movement.

          OMG, I’ve done a bit of a google on PC Master Race. OMG. I guess I have been out of the loop for a while (I do work 60 hours a week, though). I’m encouraged and repulsed at the same time; never thought the PC platform would somehow morph into a movement using Nazi imagery. Geez.

            • w76
            • 4 years ago

            It’s reddit. Let me help you out and say right away, you’ve got to take all things from reddit in jest. 😉

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            Sort of. Lots of vocal pc gamers are rabid anti government and anti intelligence as the gg stupidity showed.

    • ermo
    • 4 years ago

    I wonder if the TPM 2.0 Win10 requirement means that I won’t be able to re-install Win10 on older hardware with no TPM 2.0 functionality unless I use an old Win10 USB install version and then subsequently update to the newest Win10 build?

    I can see the logic in wanting to secure the OS, but all this does is to push my old(er) hardware tinkering further in the direction of Linux.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 4 years ago

      If they’re already planning to make exceptions, I see no reason why they haven’t already figured out a way to accommodate non-OEM or older OEM systems.

      I don’t really see enough people using BitLocker to actually warrant them requiring TPM 2.0… what percentage of new desktop motherboards these days can even accommodate a TPM module? Seems like a big expensive hassle

      • bhtooefr
      • 4 years ago

      This would be a requirement for OEM licenses on new hardware, not for installing on existing hardware. It’s just like the requirement for Windows 10 devices to be 8 inches, but it has no complaints about installing on an existing 7 inch device.

      (I wonder how this affects the GPD WIN, though. Microsoft may just grant that device exceptions on its licensing, though, because it’s a keyboard/mouse experience device. Shipping Windows 7 or 8 won’t be an option, because by the time it ships, the free upgrade to Windows 10 won’t be available.)

      • localhostrulez
      • 4 years ago

      Older? Hardly anything has TPM 2.0, save for stuff made in the last year. I’m pretty sure this is only for new hardware.

      • Klimax
      • 4 years ago

      Unclear how they want to handle custom builds. For example Gigabyte mainboards have TPM head, but not module itself. (IIRC most of available mainboards in my country have TPM module)

    • nanoflower
    • 4 years ago

    AMD likely still won’t tell us prices or when the products will launch at this next Polaris event. Sounds like it will just be another tech talk which is interesting but won’t counter the Nvidia free press that is going on now since the 1070/1080 announcement.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 4 years ago

      Hopefully some performance numbers, but of course they’ll need a price for it to really make sense.

      • south side sammy
      • 4 years ago

      Nobody but the n’vidiots that got handed cards down in Texas really know the real performance of the cards. Why would AMD not wait until nvidia released their cards first so they could tweak the bios’ and check the pricing?
      If I lost 5 or 10 fps while saving $200…… worth it to me. I’m not a fanboy and I don’t need to only by from one side or the other.
      What does worry me is the push for VR and it’s effect it’s going to have by gimping PC game performance for the sake of that.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 4 years ago

        Nvidia CEO said 25% to 30% faster than Titan x, and the 1080 can clock from stock around 1750 to 2400-2500. Why are you so upset, bro?

          • Ninjitsu
          • 4 years ago

          BECAUSE NGREEDIA! THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE PAID!

          • south side sammy
          • 4 years ago

          no anger here, bro.

        • Voldenuit
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<]What does worry me is the push for VR and it's effect it's going to have by gimping PC game performance for the sake of that.[/quote<] Um... how does supporting VR gimp PC game performance? You know that AMD has [i<]also[/i<] been talking up VR performance, right? Or is that only a bad thing when nvidia does it?

          • south side sammy
          • 4 years ago

          now they ( BOTH ) will be creating drivers for 2 different formats inre to gaming. don’t you think something is not going to keep going right.

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