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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    Ship rentals are in this patch as well. Looks like it will take an hour or two for most players to be able to afford renting a bigger ship.
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    Valve Index

    It looks like it uses a single lighthouse 2.0 and inside out tracking as well. This very well could be the best of both worlds as we may get the ease of use of the inside out tracking with the option to upgrade the accuracy and avoid occusion issues by adding in a lighthouse. Need more details...
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    Rift S

    Hopefully they will allow external trackers to be available as an optional upgrade for the inside out tracking. This applies to both Oculus and anyone else using inside out tracking from the headset for the controllers. As long as the inside out headset tracking requires line of sight to the...
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    Facebook Unveils the Oculus Rift S

    I like a lot about the new design, especially the improved ergonomics and faster, simpler setup. Only big disappointment for me is the lack of a wireless option, if it was an add-on option like the VIVE Pro I'd be in for sure. I'll likely keep waiting and see which hits first, new controllers...
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    AMD Gains Ground on Intel in the Server War

    I work for one of the big three cloud services providers doing hardware design. There definately IS a place for ~5GHz in enterprise IT and cloud services. One that is very relevent to me is hardware EDA tools. Depending on what you are doing, run times are measured in hours, sometimes days...
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    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM Experiences @ [H]

    I only found a couple high level descriptions of the tech used on the KingMax Nano Gaming sticks, they have their own ASIC on them and some custom heat spreaders on top of the DRAM chips. I bet if you peeled them off you'd find standard DRAM chips in fine pitch BGA packages just like what you...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    Good points, and I couldn't remember if the V2 lighthouses had the sync array or not. Occulus could fix a lot of the drawbacks with their current system if they did what you suggest and put an ASIC (might be able to get away with a microcontroller or off the shelf SOC) in the cameras, and made...
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    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM Experiences @ [H]

    Power reduction is always a priority, but has tradeoffs. Going from DDR3 to DDR4 you would see lower power usage for a DDR4 DIMM vs. a DDR3 DIMM with the same bus speeds due to the signaling changes, in this case both lower voltage and different termination. In some cases this could be literally...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    The boxes are not palmer scanners. They do use lasers, but not the same way LIDAR does. LIDAR sweeps the area with a laser while looking for reflections with sensor(s) on the plane. The VIVE boxes also sweep the area with a laser but don't have any input sensors in them. The sensors to detect...
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    Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM Experiences @ [H]

    The answer, as usual, is "it depends" when it comes to heat spreaders and heat sinks. The process node and density of the DRAM, the generation (DDR2/3/4 etc.), bus speed, voltage and ambiant temps all combine to determine this. You might be able to run a 8GB DDR4 stick at 2666 and stock voltage...
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    Frames are highly variable depending on where you are. I get anywhere from the 30's to over 110 with 21x9 1440p and a 1080Ti, usually around 60 outisde of the big landing zones. Also note vsync seems to cap you to 60 even if you have a 120Hz monitor. Had to tweak the program specific settings to...
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    I did a couple mining runs in the Yela belt to try space mining in this patch. Had great frames and no lag spikes while mining, just around entering QT. Noticed a couple new ore types and there seems to be more variation between the chunks of rock after fracturing than last time I tried it out...
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    Alienware AW3418DW - any drawback to "overclocking"?

    I've been running mine at 120Hz since I got it, no issues. Seems unlikely to cause problems but would need more data on what turning on the overclock does exactly to know for sure. I really only worry about OCing 20nm or smaller chips (CPU or GPU), as they are significantly more susceptible to...
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    ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti Video Card Review @ [H]

    Great review! Still think it is overpriced, but it's good to be the (performance) king. Complling reasons to get one still are 4K gaming and maybe VR. Hope to see [H]ard data on VR performance here eventually, maybe with the Vive Pro wireless adaptor review? :) AMD needs to step up its game...
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    Triple screen or one large one for gaming?

    I've done triple monitor eyefinity/surround with 16:10 monitors, 16:9 single 4K and now a single 21:9 widescreen. The triple monitor setup was nice, but had to fall back to one monitor for a lot of games. Running 4K was good, but hard to maintain 60 FPS even with a 1080Ti. The 21:9 support is a...
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    Blue light reduction for your eye safety

    You can get blue light filtering glasses (coatings on Rx glasses or Gunnar gaming glasses) and screen shields that seem to be better than trying to play with the color balance of the monitor. The filters can block the lower end of the blue spectrum + UV, and block backlight bleeding as well. I...
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    China Embedded Spy Chips On Supermicro Motherboards

    This isn't the first security issue from SuperMicro. They've been banned from datacenter deployment where I work for a while now. Pretty good chance this chip could basically replace the BIOS, BMC or other firmware stored on the MB with their own version, likely selectively to avoid detection...
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    4k60 or 1440p 144hz with GTX 1080 and 2500k at 4.7ghz

    I switched from 32" 4K@60Hz to 35" 21:9 1440p@100Hz g-sync for gaming, much better experience. I'll try for 4K gaming again when there are some good 100+Hz IPS or *VA displays. Wider aspect ratio is kind of neat but not a must for me.
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    The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is Too Damn High! @ [H]

    No clue on how to add it to a graph, but I bet this has a LOT to do with what the competition (now just AMD) is doing for prices and how competative they are in the high end. AMD basically didn't even try for highest end cards last generation, at least based on 4K and VR perfomance. I might...
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    Vive Wireless Adapter Goes on Sale Today

    Waiting for reviews before pulling the trigger on this one, hopfully a [H]ard review. :) Lots of potential problems but also a killer feature for VR. They should make a package with the pro headset, wireless module, 2.0 base stations and controllers too.
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    SteamVR Beta Supports 16 Base Stations and More VR News

    If they get the VIVE pro (or a later version) headset to use the camera to do an AR mode then the multi-room stuff is going to be REAL nice. Even without that supporting more than two base stations will allow larger spaces, and realistically more than two can improve the tracking for smaller...
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    "What's in the box!?!?!?" -TheMovieSeven
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    I doubt they will change the current system where you end up with a large % of your ore cargo as filler because it makes scanning an important step in the process, that's how ore works IRL, and the current economics of it is roughly balanced vs. other ways to make money in the game. I'm sure...
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    One other factor to consider is the Prospector's droppable ore containers aren't working yet. Once they are it will allow teams of players to have the prospector mine and drop off ore containers for your teammates to pick up and sell (or take to get refined once the Orion is in and working) so...
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    Star Citizen - media blowout, Chris Robert's new game

    I exploded myself with a rock last night. 10/10 would explode again. Best mining mechanic in a game so far, at least that I've seen. Also learned not to go for the rocks on a hill unless I like going after all the little pieces at the bottom of the hill after each fracture stage. New Quantum UI...
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    TSMC Reveals Wafer-on-Wafer Chip Stacking Technology

    Interesting but fairly limted application as you need a high yield (90+% from the article) on both wafers and at least the bottom die had to run cool. Betting the lower die could be memory of some sort and the top an SOC. You're still going to have lower thermal performance for the top die vs...
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    Alienware AW3418DW 34" Ultrawide

    No issues with mine.
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    REEVEN OURANOS RC-1401 CPU Air Cooler Review @ [H]

    Nice to see another Gold worthy product from these guys! Great review!
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    Tesla Autopilot Nearly Recreates Fatal Crash

    You're supposed to have a hand on the wheel the entire time you have the system engaged. Clearly spelled out in the instructions and the warning you have to go through to activate the system. Seems they may need to ramp up the checking and warnings because people are dumb. Also bet they will...
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    HTC VIVE PRO in Pre-Order

    Seems likely to me they realized they can charge a bunch at first because there are a lot of price insensitive buyers out there: rich enthusiasts and developers that just get the company to pay for it. It can't be the price of the compents since the same screens are used in cheaper HMDs, another...
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    HTC VIVE PRO in Pre-Order

    They're going to release a wireless module for it later this year if they keep to their schedule. No price or release date yet. Current Vive Pro still has wires.
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    HTC VIVE PRO in Pre-Order

    At that price I'm definately waiting at least until their wireless solution comes out and doesn't suck. Hopefully they drop the price some by then. I think we might get an announcement on new stuff from Occulus in May.
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    Seasonic PRIME 750W Gold Power Supply Review

    Best PSU reviews around. Seasonic continues to impress, they're my go-to for new builds for a while now. Just a matter of deciding on the capacity and model.
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    Looking for new universal remote

    I've had good luck with the Harmony remotes. I've only had one die on me, the Harmony One, but it lasted a bit over 8 years. Note it wan't dead, just the battery was dying and had expanded so much I couldn't get it out without destroying the case. One of the lower end ones that is even older is...
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    Looking for new universal remote

    The actual Elite remote is all RF (not sure on the flavor) and the hub + blasters do all of the IR. Unless their docs are wrong :)
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    Looking for new universal remote

    The harmony hub that comes with the elite comes with two IR blasters and I think the hub sends IR as well. So you should be able to put the hub in the cabinet and run one of the IR blasters out to control the TV. I suppose you could put the hub outside and run the blaster(s) in too if you...
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    Nvidia, Western Digital at Chips’ Frontier; RISC-V

    Yup, the amount of die area the logic for this uses in tiny and it keeps getting smaller relative to the rest of the logic every generation. There are some ARM64 based servers now but if you compare them to x86 they're slower both in IPC and clock rate. They're only good for workloads that can...
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    Nvidia, Western Digital at Chips’ Frontier; RISC-V

    Do we really though? Keeping x86 doesn't hurt performance, so moving to a new instruction set gets you what again? Is it really overhead for anyone not writing assembly? Even Intel can't get people to move, remember IA64?
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    Nvidia, Western Digital at Chips’ Frontier; RISC-V

    Apparently people still don't realize that the first thing modern x86 chips do is break up the instructions into smaller RISC like instructions to send to the core. This is simple to do and costs basically nothing at this point. The instruction set is not the reason Intel failed to get a share...
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    Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO CPU Cooler Review @ [H]

    Yah, that would be a good read. Wonder if you could do cfm and db with them attached to a radiator, tower cooler and case. Seems like a ton of work though.