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384.94 WHQL

GeForce Driver 384.80 was released July 4, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Added support for Lawbreakers Fixed Doom GPU clock problems but other titles are still not fixed Brief graphical corruption on screen during Windows startup appears specific to Asus GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC HDR is handled …

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WINDOWS 10 ADDS GPU TO PERFORMANCE

The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update has an improved performance tab for viewing GPU load. This will be helpful for users who are experiencing thermal or other problems.Now 4 metrics are graphed including 3D load, copy performance, video decoding and video processing. GPU dedicated memory and shared memory is also present. Support for the …

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AMD THREADRIPPER

The upcoming Threadripper 1950X (16-core) will have a base clock of 3.4GHz and can boost up to 4GHz. We expect that the 1950X can hold its boost clocks will have some significant impact on how it performs. Except for the most demanding games, we suspect that the 1950X will do great with every title out …

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WINDOWS 10 ONEDRIVE DROPS FAT32

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service for sharing photos and documents. Recently Microsoft dropped support for FAT32 and now requires NTFS for hosting OneDrive local copies. We noticed this with our HP Stream 7. We use a microSD card for supplemental storage and the default format for 32GB is FAT32. If you need to change to …

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SAMSUNG EXPANDS PRODUCTION

Samsung is ramping up production of RAM and SSD chips as demand grows. Samsung is the world’s largest RAM manufacturer and they are also a leading flash memory manufacturer. They are investing ₩30 trillion by 2021 in the existing plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, to expand their semiconductor fabrication capacity. This production line is now …

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STILL USING WINDOWS 10 1507?

For those who are still using version 1507 of Windows 10, Microsoft has indicated it will now start warning users to update their machines. Following the problems with malware and ransomware recently, Microsoft does not want to have another outbreak with a large number of out of date versions of Windows. We strongly recommend installing …

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TAXES ON GAMES

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We have received notice that Steam and Humble will both start collecting consumption takes on game sales. It’s not yet known if GOG will also be collecting taxes. New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Iceland, South Africa and India will have Steam purchases taxed starting March 1, 2017. Australia will begin on July 1, 2017. Right …

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AMD RYZEN

AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems.   MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 1800X 8/16 16MB …

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STEAM DIRECT

Steam is now making some changes following a 38% increase in the number of games being offered in 2016 alone. Steam was using their Greenlight system to consider games for the market. Now they are going to abandon it and use game reviews more directly. Steam changed their review system to add more weight to …

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MICRON GDDR6

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Micron at a news conference mentioned that GDDR6 is now being developed and it should be ready for video card manufacturers towards the end of 2017. The company said its upcoming GDDR6 memory will be significantly faster than the GDDR5 and GDDR5X VRAM in current graphics cards. The GDDR5X memory will continue to be used …

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SEAGATE DEVELOPS LARGER DESKTOP HARD DISKS

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Seagate is presently testing some new 12TB desktop SATA hard disks. We see this disk being very handy for backups of games, iTunes and other media collections. Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo says that initial feedback has been very positive. Seagate is also working to get a 14TB disk into testing soon. Looking into 2018 Seagate …

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DDR5 BY 2020

While AMD’s Ryzen is sill a few months away, the JEDEC is now close to finishing the DDR5 standard which is expected to be done by year’s end. DDR5 will increase the maximum capacity. At present consumer DDR4 is being mass produced at 4GB and 8GB capacities with 16GB at the high end. DDR5 will …

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RAZOR PROJECT VALERIE LAPTOPS STOLEN

We have just learned that at the close of the CES 2017, it has been reported that 2 of the Razor Project Valerie prototype laptops stolen. The machines were taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Considering these are prototype machines, they would be very difficult to …

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AMD VEGA DETAILS

AMD has released some slides for the new Vega GPU. AMD has continued to refine their GCN architecture which was first seen in cards like our HD 7870. SInce then, AMD has refined the GCN cores. Mostly the changes are to support a growing number of GCN cores in a specific GPU. WIndows Vista and …

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MASS EFFECT 2: ON THE HOUSE

Origin has released Mass  Effect 2 on the house. The game includes all of the DLC for the game. Firewalker Pack Digital Art Books Documentary Soundtrack Cerebus Art Projector Cerberus Weapon and Armour Normandy Crash Site Zaeed The price of Revenge https://www.origin.com/can/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house

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2016: A YEAR OF CHANGE

The PC gaming world saw a lot change.  2016 saw explosive growth in free to play games. UNIVERSAL WINDOWS GAMES The biggest one is the rise of the universal Windows platform which is Microsoft’s latest middleware effort. So many layers of middleware and games do not run well. Microsoft wants to make more game available …

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TAOBAO

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TaoBao is owned by Alibaba and it has been flagged by the US as a known counterfeit haven. China obviously balked but until the problems are corrected we back the USTR move to stop the flood of fakes. TaoBao has also moved to ban virtual currency Bitcoin sales. This move comes after China’s central bank …

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COMCAST + VERIZON

Comcast recently inked a deal with Verizon so that they could bundle cable TV, Internet and mobile phones into a single package. We expect that a merger will consolidate the corporations into a very large provider. The concern we have is the overwhelming reduction in competition. Verizon has some deals now to provide content to …

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WINDOWS MARKET SHARE Q3 2016

Windows 10 has become the most popular platform for PC gaming. The 64-bit version dominates usage. This is easily reflected by the users on the site. XP has now faded near obscurity with less than 1% of users. Windows Vista never took off with gaming and Windows 8 was a mess until the 8.1 updates …

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32-BIT GAMES ON 64-BIT WINDOWS

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Windows XP 64-bit and above all can run PC games galore easily. With enough installed memory, 64-bit versions of Windows will load system components into higher extended memory and away from the lower 2GB where legacy games will run. MIcrosoft calls this Windows on Windows and it has been done when 16-bit moved to 32-bit …

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