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  • NVIDIA Brings Real-Time Ray Tracing to Gamers with GeForce RTX

    Published: Monday, August 20, 2018 | By: Dennis

    NVIDIA RTX Hybrid Graphics Made Possible by AI and Ray Tracing Inventions; Delivers 6x Performance Boost; September Availability

    COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gamescom—NVIDIA today unveiled the GeForce RTX™ series, the first gaming GPUs based on the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and the NVIDIA RTX™ platform, which fuses next-generation shaders with real-time ray tracing and all-new AI capabilities.

    This new hybrid graphics capability represents the biggest generational leap ever in gaming GPUs. Turing -- which delivers 6x more performance than its predecessor, Pascal™ -- redefines the PC as the ultimate gaming platform, with new features and technologies that deliver 4K HDR gaming at 60 frames per second on even the most advanced titles.

    “Turing opens up a new golden age of gaming, with realism only possible with ray tracing, which most people thought was still a decade away,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, speaking before Gamescom, the world’s largest gaming expo. “The breakthrough is a hybrid rendering model that boosts today’s computer graphics with the addition of lightning-fast ray-tracing acceleration and AI. RTX is going to define a new look for computer graphics. Once you see an RTX game, you can’t go back.”

    GeForce RTX — New Family of Gaming GPUs
    The new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 GPUs are packed with features never before seen in a gaming GPU, including:

    • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
    • Turing Tensor Cores to perform lightning-fast deep neural network processing.
    • New NGX neural graphics framework integrates AI into the overall graphics pipeline, enabling AI algorithms to perform amazing image enhancement and generation.
    • New Turing shader architecture with Variable Rate Shading allows shaders to focus processing power on areas of rich detail, boosting overall performance.
    • New memory system featuring ultra-fast GDDR6 with over 600GB/s of memory bandwidth for high-speed, high-resolution gaming.
    • NVIDIA NVLink®, a high-speed interconnect that provides higher bandwidth (up to 100 GB/s) and improved scalability for multi-GPU configurations (SLI).
    • Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.
    • New and enhanced technologies to improve performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.

    Designed by NVIDIA for Gamers
    NVIDIA is releasing special Founders Edition versions of the new GeForce RTX GPUs. Designed and built to the company’s high standards, the GPUs’ key features include:

    • Factory-overclocked design out of the box, with a next-gen 13-phase iMON DrMOS power supply and sub-millisecond power management for maximum overclocking.
    • Dual 13-blade axial fans produce 3x higher airflow and ultra-quiet acoustics.
    • Forged and machine-finished diecast aluminum cover with diamond-cut edge detailing provides a rigid, lightweight frame for an open design with beautifully smooth, continuous curves.
    • First full-card vapor chamber, which is 2x larger to maximize heat spreading and heat transfer to the finstack.
    • Enhanced DisplayPort 1.4a with DSC allows a single connector to drive an 8K monitor at 60Hz.

    Industry-Wide Support for GeForce RTX

    The world’s top game publishers, developers and engine creators have announced support for the NVIDIA RTX platform to bring the holy grail of real-time ray tracing and the power of AI to gamers everywhere. They include Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Control, and Assetto Corsa Competizione. Developers include EA, Square Enix, EPIC Games, and more.

    The NVIDIA RTX platform has quickly emerged as the industry standard for real-time ray tracing and artificial intelligence in games.

    The RTX platform is also being adopted by a large number of developers of professional rendering applications, including Adobe, Autodesk and Pixar.

    Starting at $499, Pre-Orders Today, Availability Sept. 20
    Starting at $499, GeForce RTX graphics cards, including the NVIDIA Founders Edition, will be available worldwide, across 238 countries and territories. They will be sold by partners including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.

    Pre-orders on nvidia.com and at over 100 participating partners starts today for GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080, with availability starting on Sept. 20. GeForce RTX 2070 will be available in October.

    GeForce GPURay TracingPerformance*MemoryStarting AtFounders Edition
    RTX 2080 Ti10 GigaRays/sec78T RTX-OPS11GB$999$1,199
    RTX 20808 GigaRays/sec60T RTX-OPS8GB$699$799
    RTX 20706 GigaRays/sec45T RTX-OPS8GB$499$599

    * Equivalent aggregate math operations contributed by the Turing Shaders, CUDA Cores, Tensor Cores, and RT Cores needed to render RTX graphics. Result applies to Founders Edition version.

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    About NVIDIA
    NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

  • Thermaltake Releases New Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition and Level 20 GT Edition Full-Tower Chassis

    Published: Friday, August 17, 2018 | By: Dennis

    20 years of “Delivering the Perfect User Experience”

    Taipei, Taiwan-August 16th, 2018-Thermaltake releases Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition and Level 20 GT Edition Chassis, addingnew premium full towers to the Level 20 collection. Featuring a gaming-oriented design with architectural aesthetics, Level 20 GT RGB Plus features four tempered glass windows with hinged door and smart lock designs for master durability and superb viewing capability. The Level 20 GT RGB Plus is installed with latest USB Type-C™ andUSB 3.0 I/O Port. With high-end complete solution, it supports motherboards up to standard E-ATX and a patented rotational PCI-E bracket design that supports SLI vertical GPU mount. Furthermore, the Level 20 GT RGB Plus is preinstalled with two Riing Plus 20 RGB and one Riing Plus 14 RGB fans, which can be controlled by TT RGB PLUS Software, allowing users to custom control fan speeds and lighting effects. Compatible with the latest PC hardware, AIO and DIY liquid cooling solutions, the commemorative Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition Full-Tower Chassis declares a traditional refinement and contemporary mechanism to all the gamers and enthusiasts. As to Level 20 GT Edition, it shares most of the same traits with the RGB Plus Edition except for the preinstalled fans. Level 20 GT Edition is preinstalled with one 140mm Riing LED Blue fans and options for up to two 200mm front/top fans for maximum airflows.

    Exclusively “Tt LCS Certified”
    Tt LCS Certifiedis a Thermaltake exclusive certification applied to products that pass the design and rigorous hardcore enthusiast standards that only the world’s best LCS chassis are held to. The Tt LCS certification was created so that we at Thermaltake can clearly convey to power users and enthusiasts which chassis are built and tested to be best compatible under extreme liquid cooling configurations. This ensures you get the best performance, compatibility and features.

    Preinstalled with 2 Riing Plus 20 RGB and 1 Riing Plus 14 RGB Fans
    Thermaltake Riing Plus 20/14 Fan TT Premium Edition. 140mm/200mm high-static pressure fans with a patented 16.8 million colors LED ring and 12 addressable LEDs, the Riing Plus 20/14 RGB Fan features compression blades and hydraulic bearing, and can be controlled by the patented TT RGB PLUS Software and AI interactive voice control.

    Four Tempered Glass Panels
    The chassis is equipped with four thick tempered glass panels on the front, top and both sides. The left and right hinged doors are also equipped with smart lock security systems to secure the inner components of your case.

    Superior Hardware and Liquid Cooling Support
    Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition Full-Tower Chassis supports up to E-ATX motherboards, CPU coolers up to 200mm in height, VGA lengths up to 310mm and PSU sizes up to 220mm in length.

    On top of this, Level 20 GT Edition Full-Tower Chassis is also fully capable of housing a complete liquid cooling system, including our range of PR-22 pumps and RGB Plus hardware.

    Modern I/O Support (USB Type-C™ & USB 3.0)
    The top-right panel features two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 data transfer ports, along with one USB 3.1 Type-C™ port.

    Patented Rotational PCI-E 8 Slots Design
    Our brand new rotational PCI-E system allows you to install multiple GPUs either vertically or horizontally, depending on how you want to build your system.

    Vertical Radiator Placement
    Whether you’re building a custom loop or running an AIO CPU cooler, the Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition Full-Tower Chassis lets you mount your radiator against the back panel to show off your RGB fans. The back panel provides adequate exhaust while putting your RGB fans on display, with support for up to a 420mm radiator as well as radiator support on the front and top of the chassis.

    Sync with Razer Chroma Lighting
    All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products are able to connect into the Razer Chroma ecosystem. Users who have installed both the TT RGB PLUS Software and Razer Synapse 3 can experience synchronized gaming and RGB lighting effects on their TT RGB PLUS liquid cooling system and gaming gear! From cooldown timers, health bars, and flashy ultimate indicators, to subtle ambient lighting that sets the perfect mood for each game, Razer Chroma provides an experience that transcends the screen and into your full setup, for a truly immersive experience. 

    Works with Amazon Alexa
    All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products support Amazon Alexa Voice Service, allowing you to control the lights or fan speeds by talking to the Alexa-enabled device. With the support of Amazon Alexa, TT RGB PLUS products also offer an additional visual cue for checking current weather condition in your location or anywhere in the world. All you have to do is simply starting the sentence with “Alexa, tell Thermaltake”, then the lighting color will correspond to the weather condition in the location. 

    Availability, Warranty and Compatibility
    Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition and Level 20 GT Edition chassis will be available in August, 2018, via the Thermaltake worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition and Level 20 GT Edition chassis are backed by a three-year warranty and supported by the Thermaltake worldwide customer service and technical support network.

  • NVIDIA Unveils Turing, Reinventing Computer Graphics

    Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | By: Dennis

    The hardware community has been buzzing about the next NVIDIA GPU wondering how fast it would be, speculating on the name and it really was just that, a speculation.  Well, the wait is over, the new GPU is here.

    During SIGGRAPH, the professional graphics conference in Vancouver Jensen Huang announced Turing, and more specifically the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000.

    Sorry people no gaming GPU yet.  I am humbled to realized that NVIDIA eluded to all of this at Computex but nobody was paying much attention it would seem

    “This fundamentally changes how computer graphics will be done, it’s a step change in realism,” Huang told an audience of more than 1,200 graphics pros gathered at the sleek glass and steel Vancouver Convention Center, which sits across a waterway criss-crossed by cruise ships and seaplanes from the stunning North Shore mountains.

    DellEMC, HPI, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Boxx, and SuperMicro will be among the system vendors supporting the latest line of Quadro processors, he said. All three new Quadro GPUs will be available in the fourth quarter.

    One thing that NVIDIA talked about during Computex is their new line of professional graphics computers, aka, Workstations built to use the power of NVIDIA graphics, this powerhouse is the basis of RTX Server and should put NVIDIA in the graphics and rendering space for a long time.

    As if they weren't there already.

    Another huge subject is "Ray Tracing".  Anyone who has ever rendered a 3D image will know that the calculations required to do Ray Traced shadows is quite expensive.  It is one of the major reasons it takes so long to render 3D animated movies and one of the stepping stones replicating the real world in computer games.  With Turing NVIDIA claims this can be done in real time using dedicated RT (Ray Tracing) cores built into the GPU with a claimed 25x performance advantage over Pascal.

    Of course the list of benefits goes on to include faster AI and generally faster rasterization performance.  All things made possible by cranking that "stuff" up. happy smile

    To read the full press/blog post check out the link below.

  • GIGABYTE Raises the X399 AORUS XTREME Motherboard

    Published: Thursday, August 09, 2018 | By: Dennis

    A Champion is Reawakened for the Arrival of New 32-Core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs

    City of Industry, California, August 8th, 2018 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today added the X399 AORUS XTREME as the top of the line motherboard, engineered to support the powerful AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors with up to 32 cores. The new design is inspired by the prowess of the AORUS falcon with unique contours, commanding armor, and an eye into the future. A stunning spectacle of lights is incorporated to forge color-rich environments and memorable gaming adventures. The perfect match with these new CPUs is achieved through the use of a robust 10+3 digital power design coupled with enhanced thermal solutions, superior expansion capabilities and up to 4-Way CrossFire™/SLI configurations. Our signature audio with ESS SABRE DAC returns and connectivity is paramount using multiple USB Type-C™, triple LAN with 10 GbE and Intel® 2x2 dual band Wireless.

    The new AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are built on 12 nm technology and utilize the prominent AMD TR4 socket. To deliver 3.0 GHz of base frequency with an incredible core count of up to 32 cores and 64 threads, these processors can peak at 250W of power, a figure only a vigorous and durable motherboard can withstand while maintaining stable operation.

    The X399 AORUS XTREME is in a class of its own equipped with a 10+3 power design using all digital PWM from IR accompanied by solid pin power connectors allowing energy sensitive components to enjoy a precise and reliable power delivery.

    Thermal performance is of utmost importance and with this launch, AORUS presents an upgraded thermal design across the board. The critical VRM area takes advantage of the Direct Touch Heatpipe to rapidly transfer the heat from the components to the Fins-Array Heatsink, a design that increases the heat dissipation area by 300% when compared to traditional solutions. In case the airflow is not enough to rely on passive cooling, the X399 AORUS XTREME will automatically activate two 30mm fans cleverly located under the I/O Armor. The motherboard is prepared to operate under intense loads featuring a NanoCarbon base plate, an ingenious way to reduce the temperature of components mounted on PCB backside of the PCB.

    Making the most out of the 48 of the 64 PCIe lanes directly provided by the CPU, the expansion slots on this motherboard allow for high-caliber setups with up to four graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI configurations. With this system, the level of immersion in games and VR experiences is phenomenal. To ensure a steady and consistant flow of power an additional 6-pin power connector was strategically placed on the motherboard to supplement the power delivery through the PCIe slots. Foreseeing the use of heavy graphics, the exclusive AORUS PCIe Armor and double locking brackets are essential to preserve the structural integrity of the slots.

    Keeping up with this level of speed requires a strong disk performance. X399 AORUS XTREME boasts a triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 design offering free support for ultra-fast NVMe RAID while enjoying the thermal throttling protection of triple Thermal Guards that elegantly mesh into the motherboard armor. The internal front panel USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connector adds yet another layer of high-speed connectivity to the motherboard.

    Networking capabilities receive a massive upgrade on this model with Dual Intel® i210AT GbE LAN and a 10 GbE LAN port controlled by an AQUANTIA® chip for 10X faster transfer speeds and truly future-proof network configuration from the motherboard. Furthermore, Intel® Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless with BT 4.2 is also available to provide more connectivity at blazing fast speeds.

    Users heavily rely on the quality of onboard audio to experience all forms of entertainment. The real-life sensations and vivid sound effects during games, movies, and music with the X399 AORUS XTREME are brought to life using the renowned Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec, filtered by high-end audio capacitors and fine-tuned to audiophile levels by the ESS SABRE DAC.

    The premium details on this motherboard extend to its back panel. The integrated I/O shield adds to user convenience during the assembly process while the gold-plated audio jacks complete a definitive Hi-Fi sound solution. A wide range of the best connectivity options as well as power and reset buttons grant a superior level of functionality and control.

    X399 AORUS XTREME boasts a colorful multi-zone digital LED light show powered by RGB Fusion with the new added dimension created by underglow lighting. The ever-growing list of compatible hardware, multitude of effects together with the support for external RGBW and Digital LED strips result in the most advanced lighting system with virtually unlimited customization options.

    Only a cooling technology with the prowess of Smart Fan 5 with FAN STOP is a reliable fit for a dominant platform. It leverages a number of hybrid fan headers and temperature sensors with the remarkable software suite to maintain system temperatures and noise under total control.

    GIGABYTE prides itself on setting the highest standards in durability and, the X399 AORUS XTREME includes trademark features such as the Ultra Durable™ design with PCIe and Memory Armor, UEFI DualBIOS™ technology and all solid caps.

  • Pre-Sales Begin for 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

    Published: Monday, August 06, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Over 80 Global Retailers and System Integrators offer Immediate Pre-Order Opportunities of flagship 32-core, 64-thread 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Worldwide —

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced immediate worldwide pre-order availability from over 80 global etailers and system integrators for the highly anticipated flagship 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper desktop processor. Breaking the world-record Cinebench R15 multi-threaded CPU test with the highest benchmark scores in the single-socket desktop processor category, the 32-core, 64-thread 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is designed for professional content creators, developers, and PC enthusiasts. The 2nd Gen line-up features four total processor models coming to market in 2018, all of which are built on the 12nm “Zen+” core architecture, include the unique 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processor feature set, and are compatible with existing and new X399 motherboards. With the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2970WX processors, AMD adds the new Ryzen Threadripper WX Series above the existing Ryzen Threadripper X Series processors, meeting creators’ demands for the ultimate desktop computing power for the most intense workloads.

    “We created a new standard for the HEDT market when we launched our first Ryzen Threadripper processors a year ago, delivering a ground-breaking level of computing power for the world’s most demanding PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. “Our goal with 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors was to push the performance boundaries even further and continue innovating at the bleeding edge. Beginning on August 13, creators, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere will get to experience the benefits of these new products.”

    During an event in front of global press, industry analysts, and partners last month, 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processors were put through their paces and have already broken world records in the Cinebench R15 multi-threaded CPU test. The AMD Ryzen Overclocking Team managed to push the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX CPU to over 5.1GHz on liquid nitrogen, achieving record breaking performance with a score of 7,618, beating the current single socket record set by the competition’s Core i9-7980XE CPU at 5,828 points. The freely available Ryzen Master Software utility gives broad control of CPU[ii] settings allowing users to squeeze every drop of performance from their CPU.

    2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper Desktop Processors Line-up
    Following an aggressive 2018 roll out of global award-winning Ryzen mainstream desktop processors, the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor line-up is tailored to the needs of creators and gamers.

    Ecosystem Readiness
    All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors support the SocketTR4 platform, sporting sixty-four PCIe® Gen 3.0 lanes, and quad channel DDR4 memory with ECC support[iii]. All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are supported by a full ecosystem of new and existing X399 platforms at launch, with designs already available from top motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Along with the broad selection of motherboards, the SocketTR4 platform supports a wide range of new and existing cooling solutions, including the new Wraith Ripper air-cooler showcased at Computex 2018. This cooler is now available from CoolerMaster and features compatibility with the SocketTR4 platform and all 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors.

    Availability
    For customers eagerly waiting for 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper desktop processors, etailers around the world are primed to begin taking pre-orders beginning today, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, for the 32-core, 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. A complete list of participating retailers and launch information can be found on www.AMD.com. The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X CPU is expected to launch on Aug.31, 2018 and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X models are slated for launch in October 2018.

    At Siggraph 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the globally acclaimed annual conference for creators kicking off on Aug. 12, AMD will host compelling demonstrations highlighting the possibilities enabled by the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors for computer professionals – Booth 1101.

    Customer & Partner Support
    “At Fox VFX Lab we use AMD technology extensively. Our workstations are custom built, based on water cooled Ryzen Threadripper processors. Unreal engine artists easily peg every core at 100% during lightmass calculations,” said Ron Fischer, Director of Information Technology, Fox VFX Lab. “We work in real-time at the front of the production pipeline, and things move very quickly here, at the speed of imagination. AMD helps keep the pace as we define the future of virtual filmmaking.”

    “From film, TV, animation and motion graphics to art design & visual development, Jellyfish Pictures’ focus is delivering uncompromised creative artwork to the world” said Jeremy Smith, CTO at Jellyfish Pictures. “Our goal is to empower creative professionals to freely imagine, design, build and create without limitations, and with AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper we know we are offering unrivaled high-performance computing technology.”

    Supporting Resources
    Learn more about 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors

  • Casting 3D Printed Parts @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Friday, August 03, 2018 | By: Dennis

    I did a bit of metal casting in my past.  Twas really fun stuff as you would pick a mold and then pack some special casting sand around it to transfer the shape.  From there you would pour in liquid aluminum and wait a day or so for it to cool.

    After that knock out all of the sand and start cleaning up some of the "flashing" that happens around the seams. 

    The best was using a lost foam cast where you would carve something out of dense foam and pack that in the casting sand.  There was no need to remove the part so you could cast complex shapes that you normally couldn't do.  The trick was to make sure the sand was packed extremely well as once the foam started to burn away it lost all support.  Some castings would implode while others turned out really nice.

    A funny side story, this is also how many engine cylinder heads are cast.  If you look carefully you can sometimes see the imprint of the foam bead in the casting.

    So you have had a shiny new 3D printer for a few months, your house now is full of little plastic tchotchkes. There are Little Yoda heads in the living room, some benchy boats in the bath, and an R2D2 on your desk. What’s next? You can buy fancy filaments with metal powders embedded in them so you can make your gnomes rusty or green but they’re still plastic. How does one make something metal with a 3D printer? You can spend a huge sum of money and buy a printer that can sinter metal powders together. Unless you’re NASA or SpaceX that is a lot of money. Sure, you could slap a MIG welder nozzle on your printer but that is not very precise and would take a lot of tinkering to get something useful out of it. Instead of going high tech, let’s go low tech. Casting liquid metal into sand molds is a process humans have been doing for centuries. What if you used a 3D printer to create the mold patterns for the sand in a few hours instead of the day(s) it would have taken to do by hand?

    Seems you can now do a similar casting using 3D printed parts.  They won't burn away like foam but, for many of you without any skill it can be a nice alternative.

  • Patriot launches EP and LX series A1-rated microSD cards to unlock 4K potential and on-the-go experience

    Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Fremont, California – July 26th, 2018 - Patriot, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and flash storage solutions today announced the immediate availability of its new series of microSD memory cards. Nowadays, just about every gadget is designed to use microSD memory cards from smartphones, tablets, action cams, DV cams to dash cams and even drones - you name it, they all use microSD cards for massive DATA storage and the option to upgrade by just replacing the card. Even some domestic surveillance cameras have started to record directly to microSD cards giving owners an easy way to archive footage as a raw data stream. Recording and storing high-quality video and photos depend on two things, speed and capacity and is why you must select the right microSD card for the job.

    Patriot EP series A1-rated microSD cards not only allow users to store apps in the device’s microSD card but also enables the device to run those apps from the same memory card. Devices such as smartphones and handheld game consoles can benefit from this greatly as the apps that run on these devices interact with memory space differently. Furthermore, EP series A-1 rated microSD cards meet the UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30) standards set by the SD Association. These cards offer minimum write speed up to 30MB per second, which supports 4K Ultra HD video recording and is a minimum for many of the latest action cameras, DV cams and drones. In addition, smartphones benefit from the EP series to write high-resolution videos and images with little to no lag. The series offers capacities from 64GB to 256GB, and its read and write speeds are up to 100/ 80MB per second, Patriot EP series microSD cards are perfect for recording the fast-paced action and capturing Full HD and 4K Ultra HD videos smoothly. These cards work equally as well in drone cams, dash cams, smartphones, tablets for 4K ultra HD video capturing.

    Users install more and more apps on their smartphones or tablets and the read and write speed is the key to how the apps perform. Patriot LX series microSD cards come equipped with an A1 App Classification rating and support the 1080P Full HD. The A1 spec also allows users to open apps, process accompanying tasks and clean up space on devices with ease. V10 Video Speed Class for full HD recording and read speeds up to 90MB/s keep devices running fast and smoothly. The LX A1-rated microSD card is the excellent addition to Android phones or tablets.

    Patriot EP series and LX series microSD cards have launched with a number of capacity options to provide users with several choices when it comes to upgrading the storage speed, and capacity of Android devices. Available capacities include 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Patriot’s limited lifetime warranty backs Patriot EP and LX series microSD cards.

  • Next Generation NVIDIA GTX Release Dates Leaked!

    Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 | By: Dennis

    I feel I should start this post with a "Stop trying to make GTX 11 Series Happen, It Ain’t going to happen"

    However, in the past I have noticed things with hardware companies have done and said to myself "Ya that makes sense" and then decided to not share it with the world because I didn’t think it would be a big deal or thought I might get in trouble. 

    However, it seems the new generation of YouTube is all about views and doing whatever they can to get them.  I mean, why would you do that?

    Fame?
    Fans??
    F-ed up sense of honor and respect???

    Based on what has been posted over at PCGamer I think it is a little of the three.

    The latest rumor originates from Gamer Meld, a YouTube channel dedicated to gaming hardware news. Gamer Meld claims to have received an email from one of Nvidia's add-in board (AIB) partners stating that the release date for the GeForce 11 series has been pushed back. The staggered release will start at the end of August with the GeForce GTX 1180 and continue through the end of October. Here are the dates listed in the email, followed by the video outlining it all:

    GeForce GTX 1180: August 30
    GeForce GTX 1170/1180+: September 30
    GeForce GTX 1160: October 30


    First of all, if Gamer Meld got an email from an AIB, it was likey in error and out of respect for that vendor a honest person would mention it and then delete the email.  Sure information has been leaked but that doesn't mean you should share. (Bound by NDA or not)

    Second of all,  Mr NVIDA "Jen-hsun" mentioned that GTX 11 Series or 20 Series wasn't going to happen for awhile.  Honestly, there isn't much competition and with the mining rush many gamers couldn't buy new cards so why rush it after saying "naa"

    Thing is there are rumors that GPUs are being returned, miners stopped buying (that makes no sense) and that there is likely to be a FIRE SALE later this summer to dump old stocks of cards.  All three of those things indicate a change is coming, or could be a normal reaction to a change in the market.

    I for one welcome a new GPU, maybe there will be enough for hardware sites, like Hardware Asylum, to get a few cards in for review instead of us sitting back while JayzTwoCents complains about getting too many cards for review while also gloating that he gets dual quads because: million subs.

    Its a messed up world, I'm telling ya.  Come the 30th of each summer month it will get even worse.

  • Arozzi Colonna Microphone Review @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | By: Dennis

    It would seem that with the decline in PC hardware there is a sudden rise in "other" hardware including keyboards, mice and.. Microphones.

    The Arozzi Colonna is a vintage-looking USB microphone with a fair price tag and satisfactory performance. For the moment, it doesn't seem to be available in the US, though, while going for 100 euros in the EU.

    So call me crazy but, and I could be wrong here but, this mic sure looks A LOT like a Blue Yeti.  I wonder if that was on purpose?

  • Ballistix Sport Memory for Asus TUF Gaming Alliance Series Motherboards

    Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | By: Dennis

    In all my years working with computer hardware never have I seen anything look this good together. In the past hardware vendors strived to make their products stand out. This was great but usually at the expense of the end user left with trying to find something that matches. Ballistix Gaming and ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance have finally come together.

    Check back for a full review!.