Thursday, June 20, 2019

NVIDIA Launches Technology Center to Advance AI Research Across U.K.

NVIDIA launched this week a technology center in the U.K. designed to support groundbreaking research in AI and data science — and foster engagement across the country’s higher education and research community. Hartree Centre, the University of Edinburgh’s EPCC and the University of Reading are the first to join the NVIDIA AI Technology Center, which provides a collaborative community for world-class talent driving AI adoption and excellence across the U.K.

To Go the Distance, NVIDIA Built Systems That Could Better Perceive It

Simple rule: If you can’t judge distances you shouldn’t drive. The problem: judging distances is anything but simple. We humans, of course, have two high-resolution, highly synchronized visual sensors — our eyes — that let us to gauge distances using stereo-vision processing in our brain. A comparable, dual-camera stereo vision system in a self-driving car, however, would be very sensitive. If the cameras are even slightly out of sync, it leads to what’s known as “timing misalignment,” creating inaccurate distance estimates.

Intel’s ‘One API’ Project Delivers Unified Programming Model

Today at Intel’s Software Technology Day in London, Intel engineering leaders provided an update on Intel’s software project – “One API” – to deliver a unified programming model to simplify application development across diverse computing architectures.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Intel Not Outsourcing 14nm CPU Production to Samsung

I'm not sure why anyone believed this in the first place.

The report from the Korean outlet SE Daily claimed that Intel and Samsung were in negotiations for production of Intel's 14nm Rocket Lake processors in 2021, citing trade war pressures and Intel's production capacity constraints (amidst record demand) that led to a shortage of 14nm processors.

AMD 16 Core Hype and Nvidia Super Rumors

Make sure you guys check out Joe Stepongzi's latest video over at Bearded Hardware today!

Noctua NT-H2 Review

Vortez has Noctua's NT-H2 thermal compound in-house for a little performance testing. 

The NT-H2 improves over its predecessor in many ways including being less viscous for better distribution, a new fine-tuned mixture of metal oxide micro-particles for lower thermal resistance and reduced bond-line thickness.

Easy GTX 1650 Overclocking Guide

Our friends at Overclockers Club have published what they call the "Easy GTX 1650 Overclocking Guide." I've embedded the video below:

Thermaltake C240 DDC Hard Tube Cooling Kit Review

For those of you that like to assemble their own water cooling kit, but don't want to source the parts yourselves, the Thermaltake C240 DDC hard tube kit might be just what you are looking for.

Thermaltake have sent me the C240 DDC Hard Tube Liquid Cooling Kit, typically such loops are purchased in parts rather than kit form and this aims to simplify the buying process by including a set of parts that are compatible yet flexible enough to suit a multitude of builds.

Fallout Shelter Tops $100m In Lifetime Revenue

$100 million? Wow, that's impressive.

Bethesda’s mobile Fallout spin-off, Fallout Shelter, has generated $100 million across both the App Store and Google Play since its release in 2015. This intimates the game has generated $10m since August 2018, equating to roughly $68K a day cross its 63m-strong player base. 

Twitter Removes Precise Geotagging Support

What kind of weirdo uses precise geotagging anyway?

Facebook 'Mysteriously' Locks Out Hungarian Users

And by 'mysteriously' they mean someone was day drinking at Facebook HQ again.

The 16 Best Games of E3 2019

I feel like there should be a disclaimer after the title because you and I both know half of these games are going to be vastly different by the time they ship

7 Biggest Surprises of E3 2019

Ummm, aside from the Keanu Reeves thingy...nothing?

E3 2019 may have lacked some major names - notably a host of missing, upcoming video games - but that didn’t stop the yearly event from delivering a number of delightful surprises that were, to quote one of this year’s biggest surprises, breathtaking.

Why Did Facebook's Crypto Project Choose Geneva?

I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.

There are already some encouraging signs, like the country’s position on cryptocurrencies,” he said. “Switzerland is trying to become a lighting rod in Europe for companies that want to develop solutions around these new technologies. It shows an openness and progress that we haven’t necessarily seen in the past.

WD Extends Openness of PlatformIO and Enhances its RISC-V Portfolio

Western Digital today announced a new a strategic partnership with PlatformIO Labs, OƜ, in collaboration with SiFive, Inc., to extend the openness of PlatformIO vendor-agnostic embedded development platform to include new tools, thereby providing an end-to-end, open environment for innovation, including development for RISC-V. Fueled by positive feedback from the developer community, Western Digital also unveiled key new enhancements to its open-sourced RISC-V SweRV Core™ and cache-coherent fabric, OmniXtend™. Together, these announcements further the company's support of the RISC-V initiative and extend its leadership in the development of new open, purpose-built compute architectures to address the explosive increase in data driven by high-growth applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), and more.

AI Lights Shine Bright across Northern Sky

In the land of the midnight sun, the AI lights beamed brightly Tuesday night in Gothenburg. Earlier in the day, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang joined Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt to announce that the companies had signed the most far-reaching tech pact inked in the trucking industry.  The world’s second-largest truck maker – which manufactures under the Mack, Renault, UD and Volvo flags – announced it will use NVIDIA AI technology to create self-driving vehicles for a wide range of industries, among them: public transport, freight, refuse collection, construction, mining, and forestry.

Indiana University Selects NVIDIA V100 For Nation’s Fastest University Supercomputer

Indiana University has signed up to become home to the nation’s fastest university-owned supercomputer in an effort to support its AI research. The university plans to be the first academic customer in line for a Cray Shasta supercomputer sporting the NVIDIA V100 line of Tensor Core GPUs. The Cray Shasta supercomputer, dubbed Big Red 200, is expected to be fully operational by IU’s January 20, 2020, bicentennial anniversary. Cray’s Shasta system promises to pack 5.9-petaflops, a nearly 300X performance leap from the university’s original Big Red supercomputer from 15 years ago.

GTC DC Returns Nov. 4-6

Leaders in the federal government and private sector pushing these initiatives forward will come together later this year at the GPU Technology Conference in Washington, hosted by NVIDIA and its partners, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Dell, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other important AI technology providers. More than 3,000 attendees — made up of developers, researchers, policymakers and CIOs — will be there to discuss the latest developments in deep learning, machine learning, cybersecurity, autonomous machines, HPC, intelligent video analytics, healthcare, 5G, VR and more.

Volvo Selects NVIDIA to Transform Trucking

Volvo Group and NVIDIA are delivering autonomy to the world’s transportation industries, using AI to revolutionize how people and products move all over the world. At its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo Group announced Tuesday that it’s using the NVIDIA DRIVE end-to-end autonomous driving platform to train, test and deploy self-driving AI vehicles, targeting public transport, freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, construction, mining, forestry and more.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PC Modder of the Day

I'm sure most of you guys are familiar with the extremely talented Alex Banks of Bit-Tech (if not, you should be). The work this guy cranks out is just phenomenal, like this custom distro plate he just finished. The best part? He can build one for you as well!

Cool Video of the Day

Its just like liquid nitrogen....with flames!!

HP Omen X Emperium 65 Review

My eyes are getting so bad from staring at triple 24" monitors for years, I might end up needing three of these HP Omen X Emperium 65 monitors.
The Omen X Emperium measures a massive 65 inches diagonally, which puts it squarely in big-screen 4K HDTV territory. However, it borrows technology from the gaming world that we don't see in typical consumer-grade televisions, like NVIDIA G-SYNC and support for 144Hz refresh rates, for example.

Deciding On A Case For Next PC Giveaway

You'd think that, since I review cases for a living, I'd be just the right person to suggest a case to use in my next PC giveaway. Be that as it may, I am looking for suggestions for a case. Maybe one I've already reviewed? Who knows. Picture for attention:

This Lady Turned A Tesla Into A Pickup Truck

What in the bawitdaba-da-bang-a-dang-diggy-diggy-diggy-said-the-boogy-said-up-jump-the-boogy is this damn thing?!?!

Instagram: 'We Can't Solve Bullying On Our Own'

Look, we'd like to help but it's not like we have control over our own platform....

He's told Radio 1 Newsbeat that online bullying needs to be tackled as part of a wider plan. Mr Mosseri says he doesn't want people to "get depressed" on the platform, but "we can't stop people from saying nasty things".

CORSAIR M55 RGB PRO Ambidextrous Multi-Grip Gaming Mouse Review

Another review of Corsair's M55 RGB PRO has popped up on the internet today. All you lefty's and ambidextrous gamers out there take note.

The brand new M55 RGB PRO is CORSAIR's second attempt to manufacture an inexpensive ambidextrous gaming mouse and today it's up to us to see just how good it is.

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB Review

If you need to take your porn data on the go, the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB is definitely worthy of your consideration, especially at that price.

Beyond its low, low asking price (and value-added features) the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB does have others things going for it. While yes it is a USB 3.0 (aka USB 3.1 Gen 1) enabled device and not USB 3.1 Gen 2, thanks to its rather good (for its class) Seagate BarraCuda 2.5-inch hard drive the performance should prove to be more than up to the task of transferring massive amounts of data from place to another via your ‘sneaker net’. Mix in an upgraded exterior chassis and the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB may just be a pretty good value proposition.

PUBG BP Currency Rework Plans

All of you PUBG players out there should read this post on BP Ecosystem Improvement. As always, thanks to Blue's for spotting this one.

We want your time spent in PUBG to be valuable and thus wanted BP to be able to purchase some cool new items on all platforms. The goal for these items is to provide something everyone can work towards, from smaller items like costumes, all the way up to a couple bigger items that won’t come cheap, but celebrate the skill of a player with that much BP lying around.

Microsoft Testing New Office Shortcut Keyboard Key

When clicking a desktop icon is too hard...

DOOM Eternal On Stadia Had Little Stuttering

What is scary about these hands on impressions articles is that they are playing the game using a wired connection (unknown connection speed) under optimal conditions with no bandwidth caps to worry about.

Doom Eternal ran at 1080p and 60fps during the demo, via a wired connection. The service will initially be available only to those that opt for the 4K Pro subscription, included in the Founder’s Edition package, but Google is reportedly yet to switch on that functionality over at its datacentres. For now, it’s FHD or bust.

86 Borderlands 3 Details Revealed

I like feature 79 a lot. If you haven't seen the leaked E3 presentation, here it is again:

79) When people on your friends list sell weapons in Borderlands 3, you can see and buy them from vendors in your own game, regardless of if you’ve ever played co-op with that friend.

NVIDIA Names Donald Robertson as Chief Accounting Officer

NVIDIA today announced that it has named Donald Robertson as vice president and chief accounting officer, reporting to Colette Kress, executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 17. Robertson, age 50, will be responsible for accounting and controllership, financial reporting, payroll and Sarbanes-Oxley controls. He succeeds Michael Byron, who will take on the new role of vice president of finance, operations and systems.

Inception Startups Exhibit GPU-Powered Work in Long Beach

Computer vision technology that can identify items in a shopping bag. Deep learning tools that inspect train tracks for defects. An AI model that automatically labels street-view imagery. These are just a few of the AI breakthroughs being showcased this week by the dozens of NVIDIA Inception startups at the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference, one of the world’s top AI research events.

The NVIDIA Inception virtual accelerator program supports startups harnessing GPUs for AI and data science applications. Since its launch in 2016, the program has expanded over tenfold in size, to over 4,000 companies. More than 50 of them can be found in the CVPR expo hall — exhibiting GPU-powered work spanning retail, robotics, healthcare and beyond.

NVIDIA Builds Supercomputer to Develop Self-Driving Cars

In a clear demonstration of why AI leadership demands the best compute capabilities, NVIDIA today unveiled the world’s 22nd fastest supercomputer — DGX SuperPOD — which provides AI infrastructure that meets the massive demands of the company’s autonomous-vehicle deployment program. The system was built in just three weeks with 96 NVIDIA DGX-2H supercomputers and Mellanox interconnect technology. Delivering 9.4 petaflops of processing capability, it has the muscle for training the vast number of deep neural networks required for safe self-driving vehicles.

NVIDIA Brings CUDA to Arm

International Supercomputing Conference -- NVIDIA today announced its support for Arm CPUs, providing the high performance computing industry a new path to build extremely energy-efficient, AI-enabled exascale supercomputers. NVIDIA is making available to the Arm® ecosystem its full stack of AI and HPC software — which accelerates more than 600 HPC applications and all AI frameworks — by year’s end. The stack includes all NVIDIA CUDA-X AI™ and HPC libraries, GPU-accelerated AI frameworks and software development tools such as PGI compilers with OpenACC support and profilers. Once stack optimization is complete, NVIDIA will accelerate all major CPU architectures, including x86, POWER and Arm.

Intel’s Data-Centric Portfolio Accelerates Convergence of High-Performance Computing and AI Workloads

At the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’19), Intel provided the latest updates on how its data-centric portfolio is transforming next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) systems and propelling the industry toward exascale computing.

Intel Offers Computer-Powered ‘Echolocation’ Tech and AI Research at CVPR 2019

Intel is presenting a series of research papers that further the development of computer vision and pattern recognition software and have the potential to radically transform future technologies across industries – from industrial applications to healthcare to education. The Intel team presented their research, which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and ecosystem-sensing technologies to build complete digital pictures of physical spaces, during the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the premier annual computer vision event in Long Beach, California, from June 16-20.

Monday, June 17, 2019

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Giveaway!

I have one GeForce RTX 2080 Ti left to giveaway this month. You can enter once a day simply by dropping us an email at with "2080 Ti" in the subject line. It's that simple. You can enter once a day until July 1st, 2019. Patreon backers also get an automatic bonus daily entry for all of our contests.  If you aren't a Patreon backer, now would be a good time to join!

Xbox And Cyberpunk 2077 Won The Battle For E3 Media Coverage

Yay! They win the intarnets! Whatever that's worth...

Indeed, while ICO Partners' analytics tools found more coverage of Xbox than PlayStation or Nintendo this year, the firm noted that Microsoft's dominance was "not quite as impressive as it could be" given the debut of Project Scarlett and an onstage appearance by Keanu Reeves. 

ASRock B365 Pro4 Motherboard Review and Giveaway

OCInside has posted a review of the ASRock B365 Pro4 and, as an added bonus, they are giving it away at the end of the review.

Today we test on with the ASRock B365 Pro4 an extraordinary motherboard for Intel LGA1151 v2 processors. The ASRock B365 Pro4 offers a great basic equipment and a lot of features. However, the low Intel B365 price also has a big disadvantage regarding overclocking. In this review we show all details about the features and test the ASRock motherboard with an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU. 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.2

AMD has released a brand new set of graphics card drivers today. This update to AMD's driver software suite brings new game support, stability updates and a host of other fixes. The highlights of this latest driver release include:

Fixed Issues
  • Wireless VR may experience performance drops across multiple game titles on some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may fail to enable or may be disabled when toggling Radeon Overlay while in game.
  • A TDR may occur when exiting some gaming applications that are using DirectX®12 API when multiple displays are connected and in clone mode.
  • Microsoft® PIX tool may fail when a GPU is connected using AMD XConnect™ Technology.
  • Crackdown™3 may experience an application or game hang on Radeon R7 370 series graphics products.
Known Issues
  • Radeon ReLive streaming and uploading of videos and other content to Facebook™ is currently unavailable.
  • ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 may experience discrete GPU connection issues with devices disappearing from device manager when the system is idle.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • ACER Swift 3 with AMD Ryzen Processor may experience system instability when upgrading to Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.2 using the Custom Clean Installation option.
  • Graphics driver may not uninstall correctly when using the express uninstall option on some Ryzen APUs.

US Recommends Windows Users Patch Against Worm Vulnerability

Uncle Same wants you to patch your damn rig before you get infested..or something like that.

According to Microsoft, an attacker can send specially crafted packets to one of these operating systems that has RDP enabled.[1] After successfully sending the packets, the attacker would have the ability to perform a number of actions: adding accounts with full user rights; viewing, changing, or deleting data; or installing programs. This exploit, which requires no user interaction, must occur before authentication to be successful.

Accidental Cat Filter Derails Press Conference

"Accidental"...suuure. This is way better exposure than they get with regular pres conferences. They should do filter for every press conference.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey E3 2019 Gameplay Demo

Here's 8 minutes of game play footage from Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Motherboard Review

The folks at FPS Review has published an evaluation of the MSI X470 Gaming Pro motherboard today for your viewing pleasure.

The MSI X470 GAMING Pro is part of MSI’s performance gaming line which is underneath “Enthusiast” and above its “Arsenal” gaming line. Like I said, this doesn’t really make much sense without looking into the hierarchy of MSI’s product stack via its website. Essentially, this is a mid-range gaming offering and its price and feature set reflect this.

Boston Dynamics Robot Fights Back

After seing them get kicked around for year, the Boston Dynamics robot is fighting back. šŸ˜‰

Keanu Responds To The Keanuaissance

It seems like Keanu is everywhere!

Reeves delivered a scene-stealing cameo in Ali Wong’s Netflix rom-com “Always Be My Maybe” at the end of May. A week later he popped up on the E3 panel for CD Projekt Red’s “Cyberpunk 2077” where he stole the entire show.

Morse Code Used To Catch Google Stealing Lyrics

Okay, this was genius...pardon the pun.

Genius did this in a very specific sequence because (are you ready for this?) when "the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words 'Red Handed.'"

Destiny 2's Stadia Playerbase Is Separate From PC

Why am I not surprised?

For many, the most important question answered is how the new Stadia version of the game will (or in this case, won't) work with other platforms. Bungie has confirmed the Stadia version of the game will have its own playerbase and will not share players with the PC.

Spy Used AI-Generated Face To Connect With Targets

Not sure how this is different than all the other cases where people used fake photos to fool people but "AI" in the headline makes it a tech story. Meh.

But Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn. And several experts contacted by the AP said Jones’ profile picture appeared to have been created by a computer program.

Amazon Shuts Down Its Social Network

You know what is sad? I remember posting about this a couple years back and then promptly forgot all about it. I guess everyone else did too. 

Amazon’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, Amazon Spark, is no more. Hoping to capitalize on the social shopping trend and tap into the power of online influencers, Amazon in 2017 launched its own take on Instagram with a shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members. The experiment known as Amazon Spark has now come to an end.

Target Stores Had Nationwide Register Outage

Apparently Target had problems with their registers being down across the country. The outage lasted up to half a day in some locations.

Corsair M55 RGB Pro Review

Vortez has Corsair's M55 RGB Pro on the test bench today. Overall, this is a very positive review so if you are mouse shopping, check it out.

The M55 RGB Pro is loaded with a PAW3327 optical sensor that has been developed in conjunction with Pixart, so should deliver high performance & high accuracy tracking.

Four Surprising Ways Inference Is Putting AI into Action

From voice assistants like Alexa and Google Maps navigation to Bing’s conversational search, AI has become a part of daily life for many. These tasks are performing deep learning inference, which might be thought of as AI put into action. The deep learning neural networks that power AI are trained on massive amounts of data. Putting this training to work in the digital world — to recognize spoken words, images or street signs, or to suggest the shirt you might want to buy or the next movie to watch — is inferencing. And the breadth of inference applications on GPUs may surprise you. It’s pervasive in everything from the lumber industry to research that delves into reading ancient Japanese texts.

Intel Announces Program for Israeli Startups Targeting Tech Inflections

Intel Corporation today announced a program to advance open innovation and accelerate early-stage startup companies in Israel targeting key industry inflection points, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and other data-centric technologies and business models.

Best of E3 2019 Awards

PC Gamer has published its list of the Best of E3 2019 awards. Not a bad list but their Best of Show award is way off base. It will be interesting to read their review if this game is a turd.

E3 2019 is behind us, and over 70 PC games were shown in some form or another. Now that we're all home recovering, we've taken some time to discuss our favorite trailers and gameplay demonstrations from the week, choosing the 10 games we came away from E3 most excited to play.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

How to Build a Mini-ITX LAN Party PC

Need help building a Mini-ITX LAN party rig? TweakTown is here to help! They are also giving the PC away, so make sure you hit the link to check it out.

Anthem Feels Hopeless

Stick a fork in it, it's done. With the exception of the die-hard fans, no one is interested in wasting time on this game. 

Anthem wasn't the first live-service game to launch in a bad state, and though things were grim, other games like Diablo 3 and Battlefield 4 had skirted similar launch disasters. But nothing in the past four months since Anthem's release—including its long-awaited and over-promised Cataclysm endgame—has given me any confidence in BioWare's ability to turn things around.

Video Game Makers Held Back The Hype At E3

Did it feel like companies were holding back at E3 this year?

The world of game marketing is a tricky balance of getting people excited about a title while keeping expectations in check. Oftentimes, the scale tips toward excitement -- even if it's unwarranted. It's something game companies struggle with, often as they rush to prepare a segment of a game to show off for E3, which takes place in June.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Beta Extended

For those of you that care, Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Beta has been extended.

We’ve been blown away by the reactions and responses we’ve been seeing all week to Nuclear Winter. With all the excitement and popularity, we wanted to let you know that the pre-beta sneak peek of Nuclear Winter will remain on and continue to receive updates, so keep sharing your feedback. There’s more to come! Thank you again for playing, sharing, and being the best community there is.