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  • HP Introduces New Era of Virtual Reality for Developers and Enterprises

    Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | By: Dennis

    The world’s most intelligent VR headset1 with state-of-the-art sensor system captures physiological responses for a unique user-centric experience

    Developers can now design applications that adapt to each user and take VR experiences to the next level         

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Omnicept Solution, bringing the world’s most intelligent VR headset and a developer focused SDK into a single platform, equipping VR software developers with an ecosystem to create new hyper-personalized, engaging, and adaptive VR experiences for enterprises. The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition VR headset enables real-time human insights that improve training and education outcomes as well as enhance collaboration and design.

    The VR landscape evolves to keep pace with how people interact with technology and the world around them to stay and feel connected. Facial expression and body language account for up to 50% of effective communication and with 25% - 30% of the workforce projected to be working from home in 2021, new immersive tools are required for better remote collaboration in design and development workflows. HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition and the Omnicept SDK are designed to curate more human and personal experiences with technology. Since pre-Covid, there has been a 35% increase in the use of tech in training and VR is proven to significantly increase retention rates for learning and training. The HP Omnicept Solution is transforming how developers drive change and increase efficiency in enterprises by adding data for more insightful analysis.

    “We’ve designed a powerful, adaptive VR solution to dramatically accelerate the use cases for VR, its potential to transform society, and the way we interact with technology,” said Jim Nottingham, general manager and global head, Advanced Compute and Solutions, HP Inc. “The HP Omnicept Solution will open new possibilities for VR development and its impact on enterprise training, remote education, collaboration, research and development, and specialized wellbeing. This type of data-driven approach will be fundamental to creating user-centric experiences for better VR in the future.”

    The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition is built with a highly secure pipeline for protecting end-user privacy. The headset’s firmware safeguards the sensor data at every moment of capture and no data is stored in the headset.

    HP Omnicept-powered applications help ensure the capture and transfer of data comply with general data protection regulation (GDPR) requirements and keep user data confidential.

    HUMAN CENTERED VR EXPERIENCES
    Personalized experiences based on analytics and actionable insights increase retention rates for training and learning and improve wellbeing. Sensors on the headset, including eye tracking, heart rate, pupillometry, and face camera, enable the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition to capture physiological responses. The integrated Omnicept SDK, powered by advanced machine learning algorithms, then interprets the data and allows developers to create a user-centric VR experience that provides actionable insights into how end users engage and respond during the experience.

    With this end-to-end intelligent platform, experiences built by product designers and developers for training, design, wellness, and research become data-driven, adapting to users in real-time via objective metrics vs. subjective feedback. HP Reverb Omnicept Editions features include:

    • Reverb G2 DNA: Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition builds on the foundation of the Reverb G2, the highest resolution VR headset among major vendors5, delivering cutting-edge optics, inside-out tracking, spatial 3D audio, and improved controllers with natural gestures.
    • Eye Motion and Gaze: Understand how the user is responding to content based on their focus area and understanding engagement levels, based on where they instinctively look.
    • Facial Expression: Enables naturally expressive avatars while collaborating around 3D designs for more natural and engaging conversations, helping enable faster and more efficient outcomes in a cross-functional development processes.
    • Heart Rate: Understand how a user is responding to an experience or training, based on their heart rate. For example, practitioners can adapt wellness treatments in VR-based on their specific client’s reactions.
    • Foveated Rendering: With integrated eye tracking, this HMD is able to discern the user's gaze direction6, enabling a reduction in GPU load and improved image quality within the user's foveal region, enhancing VR realism.

    HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition Pricing and Availability

    • The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition is expected to be available in Spring 2021. Pricing will be shared closer to product availability.
    • HP Omnicept SDK is expected to be available in Spring 2021 and will include a flexible business model. To view options and learn more, visit developers.hp.com/xr.

  • Realtek Second Generation 2.5GbE Provides an Advanced Ethernet Solution for Modern Demands

    Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Upgrading to 2.5GbE brings comprehensive upgrades to commercial applications, entertainment needs and meets the demands for new remote work environments

    HSINCHU, Taiwan – September 30, 2020 – As people around the world make the shift to a longer-term remote work environment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for more Ethernet bandwidth to meet the needs of companies and their employees is rising. To help accelerate the upgrade of network environments and improve performance for the enterprise and gaming communities, Realtek Semiconductor, the market leader in integrated circuits (IC) for the past 30 years, has launched the second generation of its 2.5GbE chip.

    While most companies continue to upgrade their wireless routers to Wi-Fi 6 with 2.5GbE ports, this solution falls short of truly increasing connection speed. The entire environment, including bridges such as internet cards and switches, needs to be equipped with Ethernet connections faster than 1Gbps to reach 2.5GbE speeds. Realtek’s second generation 2.5GbE, part of its RTL8125B series for business applications, provides original equipment manufacturers and enterprises with rapid development, while offering home entertainment enthusiasts, gamers, streamers, and audiovisual specialists quicker, more stable, and diversified interface solutions.

    Key features of the Realtek second generation Ethernet solutions include:

    • Eco-friendly, smaller design: The surface area has been reduced by 64% and power consumption by 50% compared to the first-generation models. Thinner and more energy-efficient, the 2.5GbE lowers the amount of power lost for long-term and large-scale transmissions, making it even more environmentally friendly.
    • High compatibility and stable transmission: The Realtek RTL8125B series is compatible with existing network cables, and it does not require switches for connections under 110 meters. It is also capable of providing stable uni- and bi-directional transmissions (uploading and downloading) even when combined with multiple brands of switches. It provides enterprises and users with an high-speed network environment out of the box, giving them a stable and fast network for teleconferences, data recovery, file transmission, gaming and video streaming.
    • Unique bandwidth-regulating software: The included ‘Dragon’ network bandwidth management software developed by Realtek can be used to assign packet priority. Smart distribution of bandwidth ensures that users most essential applications will not lag. 

    Ethernet is still the most stable method of network transmission. With demand for high-speed network environments on the rise, Realtek’s Second Generation 2.5GbE solution can be widely applied to motherboards, external PCIe cards, and USB network extenders. In addition, other network-related products including web cameras, online hard drives, servers, routers, cable boxes, printers, and base stations can all make use of Realtek’s network solutions, satisfying the need for stable, high-speed network environments from enterprise and network users.                                                                                      

    For more information about Realtek’s 2.5GbE solutions, please visit https://www.realtek.com/en/.

  • The Nvidia RTX 3080 eBay Debacle Exposed a Scalper Bot Civil War @ Gizmodo

    Published: Friday, September 25, 2020 | By: Dennis

    By now most of you will have heard or "seen" what happens when scalpers do that they can to scam you out of something.  I went to PAX Prime a couple years ago, the show sold out in like 30min and yet there were 10+ scalpers selling day passes to the show and buying passes from folks who were leaving.

    That isn't right but, it is the world we live in.

    Well, when the NVIDIA RTX 3080 launched it wasn't the consumers who won but the botnet placing fake orders with the intent they would resell them on ebay where another set of bots would place fake bids to get people to pay way more than what the card was worth.  What more, these bots would shove the price up high enough that someone who thought they had lost would actually win the auction because the bot retracted their inflated bids.  Talk about bait and switch and a great way to ruin your ebay reputation.

    Gizmodo set out to uncover the botnet world after reading a post on the NVIDIA forums from a user who created a counter bot just to mess with scalpers.

    Now RTX 3080 GPUs are being listed on eBay with bids that exceed $10,000. But those ridiculously high bids might be the result of bots created by fed-up potential buyers. After I wrote about who in the hell would buy a RTX 3080 for $70,000, I quickly received dozens of messages from people pointing me to a post on the Nvidia forums where a user claimed that they wrote a bot to inflate scalper prices. The post on Nvidia’s forums has since been removed, but I was able to connect with the post’s author

    Super crafty and reminds me of an article I wrote about "traffic pumping" or more specifically how to inflate web traffic for fun and profit.  It is a thing but rarely used these days.

  • GeIL Announces the Co-branded ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory with ASRock

    Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Fully compatible with latest ASRock Phantom Gaming Motherboard, Frequencies from 2666MHz to 3600MHz, and capacity for 8GB to 64GB kit

    Taipei, Taiwan - September 22nd, 2020 – GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components & manufacturers today is proud to announce the partnership with the motherboard leader, ASRock, in expanding Phantom Gaming product line and launching the co-branded ORION Phantom Gaming Edition DDR4 Desktop Memory. This new product provides frequencies from 2666MHz to 3600MHz with higher capacities up to 64GB (2x32GB) to deliver better performance to hardcore gamers, video content creators, and PC builders.

    Since the successful collaboration on the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory in 2019, the next chapter is the ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory. This new product comes with Intel and AMD package versions, as well as tested and optimized on the latest AMD and Intel platforms separately to ensure optimal performance. Per a strict validation process, ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is fully compatible with the ASRock Phantom Gaming Motherboard, including the latest high-end B550 PG Velocita, Z490 PG Velocita, Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 and more.

    ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is designed to accelerate system gaming responsiveness when the system is full-loaded and satisfies content creators who are thirsting for extra performance. 

    Available as single 32GB modules or dual module kits with a maximum capacity of 64GB. The ORION modules offer speeds up to 3600MHz at CL16 with voltages ranging between 1.2V and 1.35V depending on module selection.

    The meteor shower pattern design stands out against the understated Charcoal Gray heat spreader design, allowing modules fit in most case design and color theme. To avoid collision with CPU coolers, ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory features the approximately standard height heat spreaders and is compatible with most PC cases on the market.

    "GeIL has been in partnership with the ASRock Phantom Gaming Edition for years. Today, we are so excited to announce the ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory, which compatible with ASRock's high-end PG Velocita Motherboard and the Phantom Gaming Motherboard. We ensure our creative engineering results trusted quality for our customers." said Jennifer Huang, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GeIL.

    "GeIL has worked closely with ASRock and launched EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory last year. The new ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory has brought our partnership to the next level, and provided another option which enables the gamers to build a unique Phantom Gaming PC,” said Chris Lee, General Manager of ASRock Motherboard & Gaming Peripherals Business Unit. “The Phantom Gaming Alliance keens to provide the gamers not only unquestionable performance, compatibility, and exterior design, but also a unique gaming experience.”

    Backed by GeIL's lifetime warranty, ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is available in frequencies from 2666MHz to 3600MHz and various kit capacities from 8GB to 64GB. Also, it is fully compatible with the ASRock Phantom Gaming Intel and AMD RyzenTM Motherboard for excellent quality and reliability.

    Official Webpage:
    ORION Phantom Gaming Edition: http://www.geil.com.tw/product/?id=54
    ORION Phantom Gaming AMD Edition: http://www.geil.com.tw/product/?id=53

  • Microsoft now owns The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom @ PCGamer

    Published: Monday, September 21, 2020 | By: Dennis

    So, this seemed to have come from left field.  How is it that NVIDIA buying ARM could be leaked 6 months before it happened and yet Microsoft buying the parent company to one of the better game developers on the planet slip by me??

    Well, I blame stock market insiders for the NVIDIA thing and it seems I need more tipsters to stay on top of the Microsoft thing.  Come to think of it, I don't get many tips anymore which is sad since that is how you get the juiciest stuff.  happy smile

    Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world," he said. "Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.



    Xbox boss Phil Spencer

    Lets hope they make things better for Bethesda with even better game titles and something "new" instead of just re-skinning games to take advantage of the GTA effect.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series - Review Release Day

    Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Well, it happened again, through some, or no, fault of my own we are left without a review sample for launch day.  Normally I'd be super mad (well I still kinda am) but, I have to remember that stock is boring and that what I prefer to focus on is "how can this product be better?"

    Better is a little subjective since you can take a reference card, slap on a hot clock and call it better however, that is not even close.  What I like to see is custom PCBs, enhanced cooling and the little tweaks that video card makers can apply to really unleash the potential of the new RTX 3000 Series GPU.  We are talking factory overclocking, watercooling and the largest of large VRMs for whatever stability you can ask for.

    But, if you are the type who wants to see the ordinary and would rather watch YouTube while imagining how things could have been while rocking your GTX 580 then by all means click on the links below.  In doing so you will be supporting the superior written word in the computer hardware review world and letting NVIDIA know that the smart people can still read. 

    Just remember that better things are coming, which will likely be copied by some lazy TechUtainment Channel.happy smile

    Web Reviews
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review: Ampere Is A Gaming Monster @ Hot Hardware
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance In Blender, Octane, V-Ray, & More @ Techgage
    Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition @ LanOC Reviews @ LanOC
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 PCI-Express Scaling @ TechPowerUp
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with AMD Ryzen 3900XT vs Intel Core i9-10900K @ TechPowerUp
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition @ TechPowerUp

    And Finally

    We talked about the RTX 3000 Series on the most recent version of the Hardware Asylum Podcast.  Most of the info we talked about was public minus performance but if you know what to look for you can figure out the missing pieces pretty easily.  Be sure to check it out.

  • Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N RTX 3080/3090

    Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | By: Dennis

    NVIDIA RTX 30 Series is about to be released and the aftermarket is buzzing with perfornance accessories including this RGB enabled waterblock from Alphacool.

    Alphacool presents the Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N cooler for reference design Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. The cooler offers outstanding cooling performance thanks to its full cover design. The new backplate, which is delivered together with the cooler, also contributes to this. This stabilizes the graphics card and ensures an even contact along the whole cooler. The water block cold plate is made of nickel-plated copper. The cooler covers all relevant components such as voltage converters and the graphics memory.
    The Alphacool Eisblock GPX-N Aurora Plexi has an LED strip across the entire width with addressable 5V digital RGB LEDs. These illuminate the entire cooler homogeneously and ensures an outstanding ambience in the PC housing.

    Compatibility list:
    ATTENTION: The following models were visually checked for compatibility. Please note that this list may change at short notice.

    More compatible models will follow in this list for this cooler. We are currently checking other PCB designs from various manufacturers!

    RTX 3080    
    Zotac GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity (ZT-A30800D-10P)
    PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB    10240 MB GDDR6X (VCG308010TFXMPB)
    PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB 10240 MB GDDR6X    (VCG308010TFXPPB)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iChill X4 10240 MB GDDR6X (C30804-106XX-1810VA36)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 Twin X2 OC 10240 MB GDDR6X (N30802-106XX-1810VA34)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iChill X3 10240 MB GDDR6X (C30803-106XX-1810VA37)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro (NED30800191A-132AA)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro OC (NED3080S191A-132AA)
    Galax GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI (38NWM3MD99NN)
    KFA2 GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI (38NWM3MD99NK)
    Gainward RTX 3080 Phoenix     
    Gainward RTX 3080 Phoenix GS     
        
    RTX 3090    
    PNY GeForce RTX 3090 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB, 24576 MB GDDR6X (VCG309024TFXPPB)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 iChill X3, 24576 MB GDDR6X (C30903-246XX-1880VA37)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X3, 24576 MB GDDR6X (N30903-246X-1880VA37N)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 iChill X4, 24576 MB GDDR6X (C30904-246XX-1880VA36)    
    Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity, 24576 MB GDDR6X (ZT-A30900D-10P)    
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro (NED3090019SB-132BA)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro OC (NED3090S19SB-132BA)    
    Galax GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI/ (39NSM5MD1GNA)
    KFA2 GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI/    
    Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix     
    Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix GS

  • Taiwan mobo brands to benefit from new CPUs and GPUs in 4Q20

    Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | By: Dennis

    The rule of the world is supply and demand.  When supplies are good they can meet demand and make money.  When demand is down nobody buys, supplies are in excess and companies lose money.  When demand is high and supplies are low it just pisses people off.

    With the launch of just about everything in 2020 there are bound to be winners and losers and is seems Taiwan hardware makers are looking at a banner year.

    Taiwan-based motherboard and graphics card brands, and their upstream component suppliers are expected to see sales grow in the fourth quarter of 2020, thanks to the new PC hardware released by Intel, AMD and Nvidia.

    Following Intel's releases of 10th generation Core S series desktop processors in May, targeting the high-end gaming market, Nvidia's latest GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs will also hit store shelves in September. AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen processors and RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 series GPUs will also debut in October.

    -- snip --

    Nvidia also recently announced the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 based on its Ampere architecture and will release them gradually in the near future.

    All of these vote well for hardware makers and should make plenty of hardware enthusiasts and gamers happy this holiday season.

    Check out the full story at Digitimes

  • Gigabyte B550 Vision D @ Guru3D

    Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Every once in awhile a motherboard comes around that really makes an impression.  Maybe it is the over the top RGB or even the extremely overbuilt VRM but nothing drops the panties faster than a motherboard with clean lines and almost apple like flair.

    Thing is we have been conditioned to feel that certain types of motherboards are better than others and at first glance the Gigabyte B550 Vision D is just another understated, un-overclockable motherboard with style that will live out its life enclosed in a solid box surrounded by dirt.

    Oh, and I love this intro paragraph.

    Built-in the ATX form-factor, the design resembles GB’s Designaire models. Make no mistake, this is a high-end product. It should provide excellent stability, and boasts features not to be found in cheaper models. The design is very attractive: it’s very subtle, and doesn’t scream “I have a big-a** radiator and lots of RGB”. The GIGABYTE B550 Vision D uses a black-and-white contrasting design, with white heatsinks on an all-black PCB. This is a 30.5 x 24.4 cm, ATX-factor product equipped with a B550 chipset, and it offers such features as 14 -phase power design, 2x Gigabit Ethernet and a built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Priced at about 260 USD

    Sadly, I think motherboard designs have gotten a little excessive.  Sure, I love the backplates and decorative heatsinks but for a product that is designed for creators, a demographic that knows shit about computers, it doesn't need much.

  • Thermaltake DistroCase 350P Mid-Tower Chassis Available Now

    Published: Monday, September 14, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Stunning Visuals with Spectacular Water Cooling

    In what might be one of the biggest cash grabs in the custom PC world we have the Thermaltake DistroCase.  I have seen versions of this case at Computex and CES and while it is super impressive to see in the person AND I see the vision behind why it was created AND why it is being pushed into the market.  I'm not a fan.

    Distribution plates are not a new thing in the watercooling world and their creation was to clean the custom show builds and make running tubes easier.  Anyone who has done a hardline build will know how difficult it is to create a compound curve only to have it slightly off forcing you to bend it again.  Well. the distro plate makes it so you won't have as many curves for visually cleaner build.

    Personally, I'm not a fan because it can easily be damaged and you'll spend days cleaning it when things go sideway.  But, it still looks nice, has RGB and you know someone from reddit will buy it for the Karma.

    Taipei, Taiwan-September 14th, 2020-Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is excited to announce that the DistroCaseTM 350P Mid-Tower Chassis has hit the shelves, and is now available on the TT Premium Online Shop and DE Alternate. The DistroCaseTM 350P Mid-Tower Chassis is an advanced, innovative, and multi-functional chassis with a truly eye-catching design that will grab a lot of attention. This fully modular chassis is designed with SPCC & PMMA made distro plate as the main body, which is a perfect fit for users who adore its beauty and enjoy the fun of water cooling. Users can also use the exclusive Thermaltake NeonMaker Light Editing Software to orchestrate a surreal underwater-like light show. This multi-functional PC enclosure is also incorporated with its water channels, reservoir, and multiple inlets and outlets, providing users, gamers, and enthusiasts an easier way to design their water loops.