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AMD's Frame Rate Target Control tested with considerable power savings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 11:09 pm

One of the key features of the new Radeon 300 and R9 Fury series of cards was something that AMD introduced as 'Frame Rate Target Control', which effectively limits how many frames per second that your card renders, which in turn has some serious power savings and limits the total heat output of your card - great, huh?

 

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Jason Evangelho, a contributor for PCWorld has played around with it with some great results. He reports that there's a limited of between 55FPS and 95FPS for most DX10- and DX11-based games. The benefits of FRTC is reduced power consumption, heat output, and fan noise. In games where your new Radeon R9 390X or Radeon R9 Fury X might not be doing much work - in something like League of Legends - the power savings could be immense.

 

Instead of pushing 200FPS+, you can limit your AMD GPU to your monitor's refresh of 60Hz (for example) and have your card doing one-third the work. But what are the benefits like? Let's start with GPU temperatures:

 

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As you can see here, PCWorld has tested Heaven Valley with FRTC limited to 55FPS, with the R9 390X hitting 60C. But when it is unleashed without a frame rate cap, it reaches 71C. That is quite the difference, 18% actually.

 

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When it comes to noise output, when the card is limited to 55FPS, the R9 390X makes 59dB of noise, compared to 66dB when it's not limited.

 

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The biggest benefit of all comes from the total system power draw, where if the card is limited to 55FPS, the Radeon R9 390X from SAPPHIRE consumes just 285W maximum. Unleashed, it consumes up to 424W which is a huge difference of 48%. Now that, is something worth writing home about.

Nintendo speaks out against VR and AR efforts from Microsoft, Sony

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 1:30 pm

Microsoft and Sony continue to move forward developing their respective augmented reality and virtual reality headsets, but Nintendo still isn't convinced. Shigeru Miyamoto, creative director of Nintendo, recently discussed how the Japanese gaming company is focused on discussing titles - and technologies - that will be available to gamers sooner rather than later.

 

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It looks like Nintendo is trying to portray VR as a technology that won't be fun and social, and could cause more problems. Miyamoto previously said he didn't feel VR is a good fit for Nintendo.

 

"The current software for these virtual reality devices cannot be played simultaneously by a number of people," Miyamoto said during a meeting in front of investors. "And since it is generally expected that the development for the applicable software for a high-performance device will take two to three years, there were a number of visual demonstrations for virtual reality devices."

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Over 83,500 sign petition for Reddit CEO to step down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 12:28 pm

In a petition on Change.org, Billy Johnson from the US has asked Ellen Pao, the CEO of Reddit, to step down from her position. I went to write this article about two hours ago but had to run out of the house for a while, where at that time, there were 75,300 signatures.

 

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Two hours later, there are 83,500 signatures asking for Pao to step down. Why is Pao being asked to step down? Well, the company just fired its Director of Communications, Victoria Taylor, who was responsible for some of the most popular subreddits on the site, such as /r/IAmA and many more. Taylor was the main contact for many celebrities and other high-profile figures, and in response to her being fired, Reddit moderators have "effectively shut down many of the site's most popular sections" reports The Verge.

 

But when it comes to the petition asking for Pao to step down, Johnson writes: "Ellen K. Pao is a lawyer and the chief executive officer of the Internet company Reddit Inc. After Pao lost her gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins she was appointed CEO of Reddit Inc and Reddit entered into a new age of censorship. A vast majority of the Reddit community believes that Pao, "a manipulative individual who will sue her way to the top", has overstepped her boundaries and fears that she will run Reddit into the ground. Alternative sites to Reddit.com have sprung up and have received vast amounts of traffic within the recent months". He finishes with: "Action must be taken to prevent Reddit from being further run into the ground".

Pricing on the ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 6:54 am

It wasn't more than 12 hours ago that we reported on what the Radeon R9 Fury will have in store for us, but now we're seeing that the pricing on the upcoming ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX video card.

 

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The ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX will include the 3584 stream processors that will come on the Fiji PRO based GPU, 4GB of HBM, and the awesome STRIX cooler from ASUS. We should expect the ASUS made R9 Fury STRIX to be priced at around $700, which is really jumping into the GeForce GTX 980 Ti territory.

 

Now we have to hope that ASUS is able to do something with the clocks on the card, because the SP count is down from the Fury X, which is only toe-to-toe and not a total GTX 980 Ti beater. If the R9 Fury can't beat the GTX 980 Ti, this pricing might be far too high for most people.

Robot accidentally kills worker in Volkswagen auto factory

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 4:53 am

Volkswagen officials confirmed an incident at a company production plant in Germany, after a robot grabbed a worker and crushed the 22-year-old. One other contractor was reportedly witness to the incident, with Volkswagen currently conducting an investigation.

 

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Early indications blame human error while they were setting up the robot. The robot being installed is designed to complete assembly tasks and is located in a relatively isolated area of the factory floor. These types of automated robots use sensors that identify human movement, and can be programmed to shut off if a worker gets too close.

 

These types of accidents do occur, and this certainly isn't the first robot-involved death, but there are concerns related to robots. "It wasn't the first time - but timing is everything," as "people are getting their knickers in a twist about 'the robots taking our jobs,'" said Paul Saffo, a technology futurist, in a statement published by the Financial Times.

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Meet the Nintendo PlayStation prototype

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 4, 2015 3:55 am

As seen on Daily Dot, one lucky Reddit user has claimed to make the nostalgic find of this century, a Nintendo PlayStation prototype console - apparently limited to 200 total units worldwide.

 

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In the dawn of the 1990s Nintendo entered partnership with Sony, set to produce a console partnered between these two technology giants. Apparently this partnership wasn't to last, with Nintendo focusing on the N64 and Sony working on its first PlayStation release instead. With a claimed 200 models of this 'Super Disc' produced, it's said that this piece of gaming history was found in an box belonging to an old Nintendo employee.

 

Brandishing a SNES-style controller, a cartridge and disc slot and line-out through the power of RCA, it seems that this console hasn't seen the light of day in some time. It's also been stated that the owner isn't sure if it even works, completely devoid of a power pack to test it out with.

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Julian Assange won't be given asylum in France

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 4:38 pm

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, won't be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London to head to France, after President Francois Hollande refused to give him asylum. Assange's attorneys say he never requested official asylum, but was asked to visit the country by Justice Minister Chistiane Taubira and members of a French civil rights group.

 

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"France cannot act on his request. The situation of Mr. Assange does not present an immediate danger," President Hollande's office said in an official statement. "Furthermore, he is subject to a European arrest warrant."

 

Assange will remain in the embassy in London, where he has been for three years, as he tries to avoid extradition to Sweden. Although he maintains his innocence in alleged rape and sexual assault cases, he fears the possibility Sweden will extradite him to the United States.

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Star Wars: Battlefront screenshots in 4K look absolutely incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 1:46 pm

If you didn't already know, the Star Wars: Battlefront alpha build leaked out to torrent sites yesterday, but now it looks like All Games Beta has leaked out something we all wanted to see... 4K screenshots of Star Wars: Battlefront, which look absolutely gorgeous.

 

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As you can see, there is an extreme amount of detail in the game, powered by the Frostbite engine, the same engine that Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline is based on.

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Stealing keys through the help of 3D printing is a possibility

By: Chris Smith | More News: 3D | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 1:24 pm

Quite often when out at dinner, you will take your keys out of your pocket and place them on the table in order to feel completely comfortable - but what if this meant that random people on the internet could then enter your house with ease?

 

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According to Håkan Hedlund from the Swedish Theft Prevention Association, burglars can pinpoint a Facebook photo in which your keys are displayed, enhance the finding (CSI pun intended), model this find on their own computers and print out the exact design on a 3D printer - using this to open your front door. In a chat with PC World, Hedlund stated "Yes, it's possible to copy a key from a photo, in any case if it's a fairly simple key."

 

With 3D printers being made more accessible to the public, Hedlund recommends you keep your keys in a safe place. Anton Månsson reaffirmed this risk, commenting that keys don't have to be made out of metal to work efficiently "You can use many different kinds of thermoplastic, nylon or wood-plastic composites, but none of the simpler 3D printers can use metal."

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