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PNY Lets the RTX 2080 TI Cat Out of the Bag

While there have been a lot of RTX 2080 leaks in the last few days, this leak that came directly from PNY's own site is probably the most on point. The PNY leaks show full product picture of their overclocked version of the RTX 2080 Ti, and even shows pricing at $1000. The pricing seems a bit off, and may not be right, as we generally see product pricing like that listed at $999.99, so it price gives us a bit of pause. We would suggest however that the specifications are spot on. Given that we have seen RTX 2080 Ti TDP specs listed at 250W, the elevated TDP on this overclocked card at 280W seems proper. Thanks to @bigbluefe for the links!

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Threadripper 2990WX - 2950X & Wraith Ripper DIY Install

While you might be familiar with AMD Threadripper installation, we give you a full installation video from start to finish covering your 2950X and 2990WX CPUs along with the new Cooler Master Wraith Ripper air cooler install. We cover two different types of TIM installs and what we have found to work best for us. If you are thinking about building a new Threadripper system, we would suggest checking out our latest Threadripper Water Block review, as it has cumulative results from all the water blocks we have tested in the last year.

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Takeaways from an Action-Packed SIGGRAPH 2018

Techgage has a recap of this year’s SIGGRAPH conference, which concluded today. One of the key highlights was NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX line, whose Tensor cores impressed with demonstrations ranging from video upscaling with deep-learning and neural networks to predicting weather via massive datasets.

SIGGRAPH’s 2018 conference in Vancouver, BC, proved to be an action-packed one. Both AMD and NVIDIA had new GPU wares to show off, and Intel threatened about what’s to come in 2020. We also saw the release of new renderers, advanced compute technologies, and found a whole lot of inspiration.

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Netflix Will Now Interrupt Series Binges with Video Ads for Its Other Series

Commercials may soon be coming to Netflix: following user reports on reddit, the streaming giant has acknowledged it is testing "recommendations" that will air in between episodes to advertise shows a viewer may enjoy. All customer reviews were also purged Friday.

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In a statement given to Ars Technica, Netflix described the change as follows: "We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster." The reasoning, Netflix's statement says, comes from its last controversial decision: to add auto-playing videos, complete with unmuteable audio, while browsing through Netflix content.

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Tesla Could Make a $25,000 Electric Car in "About 3 Years," Says Elon Musk

YouTuber Marques Brownlee sat down with Elon Musk yesterday to discuss all things Tesla, and one intriguing comment from the CEO was the possibility of his company producing a $25,000 vehicle in "about 3 years." It isn’t really a priority, however, as the queue is already quite full with the Model Y, Tesla Pickup, Tesla Semi, and next-generation Roadster.

...it shows a willingness to potentially walk away from the "premium brand" factor with significantly less expensive vehicles. It’s not something that many other premium automakers have dared to do without using a separate brand, like BMW with Mini or Mercedes-Benz with Smart. That said, it certainly works into Tesla’s mission to accelerate the advent of electric transport. Cheaper vehicles reach even more people.

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Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

While rumors of dissent began immediately after Google’s plans for building a censored search engine for China leaked, the opposition is now clear, as hundreds of employees have signed a letter demanding transparency: specifically, over 1,400 "Googlers" want to know whether their talents are being used for morally or ethically questionable reasons. "Google employees need to know what we’re building."

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The internal activism presents another obstacle for Google’s potential return to China eight years after the company publicly withdrew from the country in protest of censorship and government hacking. China has the world’s largest internet audience but has frustrated American tech giants with content restrictions or outright blockages of services including Facebook and Instagram.

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Seattle Plane Thief Said He Had Trained on Flight Simulator

Last Friday, Horizon Air ground worker Richard "Beebo" Russel, who was allegedly suicidal, stole a twin-engine airliner and crashed it after flying over Washington’s Puget Sound. An unofficial audio recording of Russell’s radio communication with controllers suggests he learned how to fly with the help of videogames, which has sparked discussion on just how much one could learn from a flight simulator.

"I think it would be difficult for anyone to buy a flight simulator for their PC or their Mac and be able to safely land an aircraft," Gibbs said. "But to take off, to maintain altitude, to turn and bank...there are lessons in those flight simulators specifically to teach those aviation skills." Even flight simulators for home computers have become sophisticated enough to give users highly-realistic flight lessons.

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Microsoft Says Halo: Infinite "Is Halo 6"

Despite the E3 trailer giving off Halo 1 vibes, 343 Studios’ Jeff Easterling has revealed that Halo: Infinite isn’t a prequel or other kind of offshoot: "You should just consider it Halo 6. Don’t think of it as a weird prequel kind of thing. It’s the next story. It’s the next chapter in what’s going on." The game will be coming to the PC.

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But by going with the title "Infinite" Microsoft has muddied the waters perhaps more than it wanted too. Bioshock: Infinite was of course a very different game compared to the original. The term "Infinite" could also signify a much broader structure, perhaps even a shared-universe experience like Destiny or Anthem, which I'm sure Microsoft would like to get on board with.

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Apple to Roll Out Entry-Level MacBook in September

Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that Apple will be unveiling a $1200 entry-level MacBook with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processor in September. Also announced will be three new iPhones, a wireless charger ("AirPower"), and two new iPad Pros.

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The 13-inch inexpensive MacBook was originally set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2017, but has been delayed due to Intel's issues with its 10nm manufacturing process. With Intel deciding to wait until the second half of 2019 to begin manufacturing 10nm CPUs, Apple has switched the MacBook design to adopt processors based on improved 14nm Kaby Lake architecture.

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JOLED Developing High-End OLED Gaming Monitors

JOLED (Japan OLED) announced earlier this month it has partnered with pro eSports team "Burning Core" to bring OLED-based gaming displays to the market. An image of a prototype suggests they will be mid-sized, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and flat panel (no curve).

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OLED users have reported some burn-in, which could be a concern for long gaming sessions using static HUDs, but whether this is a common problem is up for debate. We believe with responsible use OLEDs can be great gamer displays and are excited to see them come to the PC and competitive games market.

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Valve’s Twitch Competitor, Steam.tv, Accidentally Goes Public

Valve accidentally "launched" its Twitch competitor Steam.tv yesterday, and CNET managed to get a peek at its interface before it was taken down. The UI is reminiscent of Steam Chat but with more options, such as the ability to invite friends to watch videos together. It also includes built-in voice chat for Chrome browsers.

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A Valve representative told CNET that Steam.tv went live by accident and was meant to be an internal test as of today: "We are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The International, Dota 2's annual tournament. What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public," said the company.

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ASUS, EVGA, PNY, Et Al. GeForce RTX 2080 Leaks

Ahead of Monday’s official unveiling, VideoCardz has provided an early look at additional GeForce RTX 2080/Ti cards from ASUS, EVGA, PNY, ZOTAC, and Palit. The PNY leak is particularly insightful, as it includes product sheets with specifications such as CUDA cores and memory size.

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According to PNY, the RTX 2080 Ti features 4352 CUDA cores and 11GB GDRR6 memory across 352-bit memory bus. The XLR8 OC model has a TDP of 285W (because the card overclocked). It supports 2-way multi GPU through NVLink. The base clock for this card is 1350 MHz with boost around 1545 MHz.

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Friday August 17, 2018

PlayStation VR Sales Eclipse the 3 Million Mark

Sony has announced that sales of their PlayStation VR HMD has eclipsed the 3 million mark. Software sales for VR titles on the platform are ready to pass the 22 million mark soon with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR leading the charge.

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1. The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim VR - 2. PlayStation VR Worlds - 3. Rec Room - 4. Resident Evil 7 biohazard - 5. The Playroom VR - 6. Job Simulator - 7. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - 8. Batman: Arkham VR - 9. Farpoint - 10. Superhot VR

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A Gated Box Only for You

I am just going to say it. The Japanese are some crazy bastards when it comes to their electronics. This however is seriously going to cut into the waifu market. Then again at US$1350, maybe not. But what happens when your real GF sees all the texts from your Gatebox? Answer: Nothing, because that would never happen.

Gatebox is the first Virtual Home Robot in the world and it realizes your life staying with your favorite character.

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Karlsruhe Team Develops First Single-Atom Transistor

Physicists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed the smallest transistor in the world. This transistor switches the position of a single atom to control current flow. What's really amazing about this new technology is it doesn't require semiconductors to operate and can even switch at room temperatures. Of course it isn't ready for prime time yet, but they've shown that this technology is possible and this bodes well for the computing future. Can I haz quantum computer?

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The single-atom transistor is based on an entirely new technical approach. The transistor exclusively consists of metal, no semiconductors are used. This results in extremely low electric voltages and, hence, an extremely low energy consumption. So far, KIT’s singleatom transistor has applied a liquid electrolyte. Now, Thomas Schimmel and his team have designed a transistor that works in a solid electrolyte.

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Air Force to Fly F-15s, F-22s and F-35s Controlling Attack Drones From the Air

The Air Force is currently in the process of developing new hardware and software that can be installed in 4th and 5th generation fighters that will let them control unmanned aircraft in the air. Current testing is on Learjets and ground-based sims at Edwards AFB. The system will eventually make it to current airframes and allow those pilots to give drones tasks/missions that they will then perform autonomously. This makes perfect sense to me because it gives the manned systems control and oversight of both the manned and unmanned assets in the battlespace. The drones can be tasked to scout ahead and take out antiair or simply see what's going on without putting the manned systems in danger. Once the drones occupy the enemy the manned aircraft can take advantage of the situation immediately. This is a perfect first step to going mostly unmanned.

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Fighter-jet controlled drones could also be programmed to fly into heavily defended or high-risk areas ahead of manned-fighter jets in order to assess enemy air defenses and reduce risk to pilots. Furthermore, given the fast-evolving efficacy of modern air-defenses, drones could fly into high-threat or heavily contested areas to conduct ISR, scout enemy assets and even function as a weapons truck to attack enemy targets.

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Star Wars Resistance Trailer Revealed

I know many of you [H] denizens love your animated Star Wars and I'm happy that the Star Wars blog has released a trailer for their new animated series, Resistance. The new series is anime-inspired which will make the anime fans happy as well. It debuts on the Disney Channel on Sunday, October 7th. If it's as good as The Clone Wars then we are in for a treat. Check out the trailer.

The series, set prior to the events in The Force Awakens, also welcomes Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie to the voice cast, reprising their roles as Poe and Captain Phasma, respectively.

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Aerial-Biped Is a Quadrotor With Legs That Can Fly-Walk

Researchers have come up with a neat little flying....walking....bot that they say will be nice little performance or animatronics bot. Further, they believe it will make VR experiences more realistic in the future. Whatever the case may be it's a cute little thing and you should check out their video. Thanks brucethemoose.

We were inspired by bipedal robots that use invisible force to get stability, such as Magdan, created by Tomotaka Takahashi (an electromagnet on the bottom of its feet lets it walk on a metal plate), and BALLU (which uses buoyancy of a helium-filled balloon). The foot trajectory generation method is based on the assumption that one of the key features of walking (or at least the appearance of walking) is that the velocity of the foot in contact with the ground is zero.

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AMD Puts its Sights on Intel's i5-8400

AMD is taking a direct shot at Intel's i5-8400 ($200), putting it up against its own Ryzen 5 2600 CPU ($166). Both systems are using a GTX 1070, run at 1080p with Ultra settings. Frametimes are tight together but Intel gets clobbered when you move to a streaming situation and transcoding. If you are a serious streamer and are looking to do it all off one box, instead of having a dedicated streaming rig, the 2700X ($325) is the way to go...at least today. Intel's new 9000 series with 8C will likely bring that back into parity, but we do not know the 9000 series pricing yet.

Game. Stream. Create. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor games like the competition, but when you start streaming and encoding videos, the advantage is clear.

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Hunt: Showdown - Update 2.3 on Test Servers

Crytek has just rolled out its latest Hunt: Showdown v2.3 Update onto its test servers this morning. This game uses the latest version of CryEngine and it has spectacular graphics if you have a system that can handle those. You will also want to have a good headset as sound queues are extremely important in gameplay. All the update specifics are outlined here. We have been playing this game since it came into early release in March, and is the best $30 you will spend on a game if its genre interests you. That said, it is far and away from a casual game. The perma-death aspects and extreme sense of paranoia it carries with it nearly throughout your entire match can be a bit much for some folks. Don't be a wuss. Crytek has given a list of things to do to keep from getting your butt kicked however.

Highlights - Water Devil - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…. this update introduces a new special AI that will make wading through the Louisiana swamps a bit more of a challenge.

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Intel Teases New Graphics Card Entry

By now everyone around here has heard that Intel wants to join the GPU marketplace with AMD and NVIDIA, but they've been rather coy about when we can expect some kind of product to hit the market. I guess we can put that to bed now because their new Twitter account @IntelGraphics has a teaser video where they talk about the new product coming in 2020. No specs or anything else, but now we know when to expect them to join the party. I wish you luck Intel because we need some more competition.

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This means that in as little as 16 month's time, we could have a graphics card market that has three players instead of two and as Intel reminds us in the video, it's no newcomer to graphics technology. It has integrated graphics processors on many of its current desktop CPUs, it was the first to offer a DirectX 12 compatible graphics processor as well as one that's compatible with 4K Netflix.

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Musk Tells Newspaper He’s Cracking Under Stress of Tesla Job

Elon Musk is having a rough time of it lately and he has even admitted that his Tesla job is causing him to crack under the pressure. During his interview with the New York Times he alternated between tears and laughter and admitted he has to take Ambien to sleep sometimes. Considering some of his late night tweets and his recent faux pas of tweeting about taking Tesla private he isn't showing very good judgement these days. Even with all of this going on he still says he's going to keep his CEO and Chairman of the Board positions in Tesla and some believe shareholders are going to take action. Hopefully he'll get his act together and he'll be able to weather this bump in the road. Personally, I believe he needs to take a vacation and get his head on straight.

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The Times cited people familiar with the situation as saying Tesla has been trying to find another top level executive to help relieve some of the pressure on Musk.

In a separate report, The Wall Street Journal said securities regulators have been investigating if Tesla misled investors about Model 3 production problems.

The company could face sanctions if regulators find it did not accurately portray production delays to investors.

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Nordic Hardware Says RTX 2080 a Paper Launch

Nordic Hardware has a lot of dicey information on the upcoming RTX 2080 cards. While none of this written in stone, it is interesting as the rumor mill goes. NH is telling us that pre-orders will begin on Monday for the new RTX desktop cards. They are also telling us that the price for the RTX 2080 will likely be somewhere between the current MSRP of the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti. From what we know, no media has hands on this card yet, and surely NVIDIA will not be sending us one since our GPP coverage. That said, we have worked to get one out of China, but that has proved fruitless. Not so much from being on the NVIDIA blacklist, but rather NVIDIA is exercising near-complete control over retail samples. Nordic Hardware does refer to this as a paper launch as well. All in all, we will hopefully know all the truth on Monday.

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Co-Op Survival Game Generation Zero Gets a Gameplay Trailer

Avalanche studios, the maker of the highly regarded Mad Max, have released a gameplay video of their upcoming survival game called Generation Zero. This game was announced at E3, but details have been sketchy till now. The game is set in Sweden in 1989 and it's a 4-player co-op game that features an open world with robotic enemies. You try to survive, upgrade your weapons and take out the enemy. Not the most original story, but if it takes after Mad Max it should be fun. Check out the trailer.

Where things get more distinctive is in those robotic opponents. The video explains the machines are "persistently simulated", so if you engage in a battle that ends with either side running away, you can re-encounter those same opponents hours or even days later, and they will "bear the scars" of that previous encounter.

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