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NVIDIA AIB MAKER SENDS BACK 300,000 ASICS

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An unidentified Taiwanese AIB maker has been reported to have send back some 300,000 GPU chips to NVIDIA as the demand for video cards has collapsed. We suspect the chips are Pascal parts. Digital coin prices have fallen considerably making them unprofitable so demand for new hardware has dried up faster than an ice cube …

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SOCKET AM4 BIOS LIMITATIONS

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Some AMD AM4 motherboard makers are griping that the current UEFI BIOS is close to 16MB. Larger 32MB chips are more expensive. Motherboard makers are loath to use more expensive components. Some point to CPU microcode which is inaccurate. The microcode is resident on the CPU itself, the BIOS is a set of functions the …

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STEAM CLIENT IMAGES

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The Steam client is not much more than a glorified browser. Steam could make it a lot faster if they saved images instead of wasting bandwidth by downloading them over and over. This makes the client app slower than molasses when the internet is bogged down. The profligate waste of bandwidth is a problem for …

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FAKE HARDWARE SURFACING IN THRIFT STORES

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After flooding the market with fake PSU, RAM and video cards, now we see some of this garbage being sold in thrift stores. This means unskilled people end up with this junk and often cannot figure out what the problems are. Such damage caused by greed who cannot figure out how to earn legitimate income. …

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SAMSUNG INFRINGED PATENT: LOSING $400 MILLION

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A court in Texas as found Samsung violated a patent owned by a South Korean University. This was posted after the markets closed on Friday, June 15, 2018. The  KAIST IP US patent concerns the FinFET designed used by Intel, AMD, Qualcomm and others. Samsung, unlike the others, did not license the patent and instead …

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MOTHERBOARDS FEATURING U.2 CONNECTIONS?

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So far we have not seen any native U.2 (SFF-8639) connectors for SSD drives on consumer motherboards but we are hopeful somebody will put 2 of them on a motherboard so that extreme SSD drives like the Intel 750 in 2½” 15mm form factor can be installed. The Intel 750 is also available as a …

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CVE-2018-3665

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Just when you thought all the faults were found, here we go again. This time it’s the FPU that is affected. System software may utilize the Lazy FP state restore technique to delay the restoring of state until an instruction operating on that state is actually executed by the new process. Systems using Intel® Core-based …

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WITH ALL THE CPU FAULTS…..

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As our regulars have noted, CPU faults galore have surfaced in recent months with problems called Spectre and Meltdown. Fixes have been released to protect systems from CPU architectural problems. Security researchers with Israel-based CTS-Labs, have discovered a thirteen security vulnerabilities for systems based on AMD Zen processors. The thirteen new exploits are broadly classified …

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INTEL TRIES AGAIN WITH A GPU

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After the fiasco of the 740 GPU several years ago, Intel is looking to get into the discrete GPU business. Their press release said their first product will be available in 2020. Intel hired former AMD and Apple GPU boss Raja Koduri in 2017 and he has helped Intel improve the integrated hardware considerably. Now …

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WARFRAME DROPS XP SUPPORT

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Warframe was released several years ago in 2013. Now DiCE wants to update the game’s system requirements including the move to 64-bit Windows. The original system requirements called for an 8600 GT or HD 3600 which are shader model 4 cards. So Dice is dropping DX9 in favor of DX10 which is the native API …

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LAWBREAKERS IS NOW FREE TO PLAY

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We noticed that Lawbreakers is now being offered as a free to play game.  The development team was canned last month given the game was a commercial failure. A post on Steam today said the game servers will continue to operate until September 14, 2018 when they will be shut down. The post also said …

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MANEATER TEASER

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At The E3 PC Gaming Show, publisher Tripwire Interactive revealed its next project: an open world single-player action-RPG. Only there’s a twist: you’re a shark AKA Jaws Unleashed. Set in the unforgiving waters of the southern US Gulf Coast, players will fight to survive in rivers and streams as well as the open ocean, with …

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PAGE LOAD TIMES

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The latest effort for the site is now being tested. The site has a lot of static content so the idea is to cache parts as static HTML so that page load times are faster and CPU load on the web server is better. The goal is to have a site that is in the …

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QUAKE CHAMPIONS FREE

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Bethesda and id Software are giving Quake Champions away for free for a limit time. The game is perpetual so get it before the 25th of June, 2018. The E3 gimmick is clearly intended to boost the number of players in the popular arena shooter. Established players always like some new victims to frag, The …

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RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE AT THE SONY BOOTH

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At the E3 Sony booth they were showing some footage of a new remake of Resident Evil 2. We know that the game will be on the PC and the PS4 according to Capcom. The PC and Xbox One versions of the Resident Evil 2 remake will be available on the same date as the PS4 version, January …

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