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Phison's NVMe SSD controller is capable of 2.6GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 8:32 pm

CES 2016 - Phison was showcasing their extensive line of storage products at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, with PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe solutions, as well as next-gen SSDs using 1Znm TLC flash. Not only that, but flash drives using USB Type-C and super-fast 128GB SD cards were also on the table.




Starting with the PS5007-E7 which is the latest PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe-based SSD controller which Phison says "is in the final phase of performance tuning", with it hitting 2.6GB/sec reads and 1.5GB/sec writes - they are not for the faint-hearted, that's for sure. The PS5007-E7 features random performance of 300K IOPS read, and 250K IOPS write. Random performance sits at 36K IOPS. We should expect it to hit the consumer space in March, with drives arriving at up to 4TB.


Moving onto the PS3110-S10, which is a SATA 6Gbps controller, but it now supports the latest 1Znm NAND flash technology. Together with the 1Znm TLC, the S10 controller "saturates" the SATA bus, but adds "additional proprietary technology to provide a robust solution".

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Games piracy will end in two years, says cracking group 3DM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 8:31 pm

The age-old battle against pirates and publishers has raged for decades now, but it looks like the publishers may have just won the war with a new major advancement in DRM tech.




Denuvo's new-ish Anti-Tamper technology has slowed the once-steady flow of pirated games, allowing many key AAA hits to remain uncracked a full month after their release. The Anti-Tamper system, which protects DRM solutions, has ensured that most PC games that use it wont be cracked upon their release. Just Cause 3 and FIFA 16, which a both protected by Anti-Tamper, still remain uncracked.


Due to the advancements in DRM protection, the leader of notorious Chinese hacking group 3DM says that publishers may win the war in two years time. "Recently, many people have asked about cracks for 'Just Cause 3′, so here is a centralized answer to this question. The last stage is too difficult and Jun [cracking guy] nearly gave up. According to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I'm afraid there will be no free games to play in the world," the 3DM leader said in a forum post.


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be quiet! teases they will have an AIO watercooler in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 8:24 pm

CES 2016 - Our last meeting of the day for day one of CES 2016 was with German cooling giant be quiet!, where we took a look around their suite at their current array of products.



There's not much new to show, but what we did find out was that be quiet! is working on an AIO watercooler - in the same vein as Corsair's Hydro series coolers - and that it'll be shown off towards the end of the year, with it hopefully in full form at CES 2017 next year.


This will be quite exciting, as be quiet! said it would be "extremely quiet" - so I'm guessing we won't hear the pump noise that we are all used to on other AIO coolers.

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Fatshark confirms SSAO bug in Vermintide, fix coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 7:41 pm

In our tweak guide for Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, we uncovered an issue with the Skin Shading graphics option where turning it on or off would also turn Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) on or off. Fatshark graphics programmer Axel Kinner has confirmed to us this is the case while also noting Skin Shading is still controlled by this setting -- it's just a very subtle effect.




Kinner says "a fix for this will hopefully be in the next patch". One would think that because both SSAO and Skin Shading are enabled as is, disabling them would net an even bigger FPS increase than normal, but this is not the case right now. As such, when the patch hits, it's unclear what effect disabling Skin Shading will have on performance, but we do know the visual impact will be minimal at best.

Ears-on with massively upgraded Beyerdynamic T1 high-end headphones

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 7:19 pm

CES 2016 - Beyerdynamic has a good showing at CES this year with a new product that just launched, the DT 1770 PRO, as well as a much improved version of their halo product, the T1, which I took the chance to sit down and relax to some tunes while the world wizzed by.




The second generation of the T1 improves on a lot of the areas that astute audiophiles have been complaining about since they came out. First on that list are a removable cable system based off of mini-XLR that allows for customized cabling from your favorite third party. IT's a huge step forward even just for the piece of mind given that cables connections are the first to wear out anyway.


And inside they've reworked the drivers completely to give it a slightly different, but overall better sound profile. The top-end is slightly rolled-off but the low-end is perhaps even more smooth and just a bit more present. The result is a more fun headphone that doesn't completely sacrifice the neutral flavor that they're known for. Even on the loud show-floor, the sound was good on a variety of material. Subtelties in the works of Dvorak couldn't be discerned with such loud ambient noise, but even then the sound is leagues better than Apple Earpods.

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Half-Life writer leaves Valve, says he won't be writing Half-Life 3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 6:46 pm

Marc Laidlaw, the man responsible for writing Valve's magnum opus Half-Life series, has officially left the company after 18 years of work.




Valve has just lost one of its key talent juggernauts. Marc Laidlaw not only penned the legendary shooter that changed PC gaming forever (Half-Life) all by himself, but helped shape the continuation of the series by writing Half-Life 2 and its duo of episode expansions.


The news was confirmed by a string of emails between Laidlaw and a fan, wherein the Half-Life writer expressed a need to move out of the game's mighty shadow.

"I had a good run. But lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects."


Sadly, Laidlaw's comments on Half-Life 3 indicate that he won't have anything to do with the game. "Where Valve may choose to take [Half-Life] in the future is not in my hands," he said. "I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time working on the series is behind me."

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Microsoft might be launching their own data service for Windows Phones

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 6:28 pm

A new app just made it onto the Windows Phone app store that might point towards the future of data services for Windows Phones. It looks like this app is going to pave the way for an in-house data connection solution much in the same vein as Google's Fi.




The new app allows for a persistent data connection of cellular, but only with a Microsoft branded SIM card. Such cards aren't quite in existence just yet. The cellular data service is also only available on certain devices though how one gets the aforementioned Microsoft SIM cards is still a mystery.


Google's Fi service has proven to be a reliable and great alternative to the typical way of paying for cell service. It was far more convenient and ended up being reasonable in price compared to actual competing cell companies. You pay for what you use, and it's all an integrated experience that was streamlined into the Nexus phones itself. Perhaps Microsoft wants to capitalize on that ease of use as well as the potential cost savings, which could end up bringing them huge business as people switch to a pure Microsoft solution. What bands and providers will be the back-end are unknown at this time.

Illuminate your PC chassis with Enermax's new LED-bladed DIY case fans

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 5:34 pm

CES 2016 - Enermax has just unveiled a new duo of DIY case fans aimed at merging high-performance cooling with stylish lighting, adding a bit of futuristic flair to PC builds.




Enermax's new case fans consist of the D.F. Pressure and D.F. Vegas models, and represent a "giant leap forward" in chassis fan design. Both models utilize a combination of existing designs including Dust-Free Rotation, which allows the fan to spin in reverse for a small period upon system start up. Using DFR tech, Enermax's new fans are able to "greatly reduces the dust of the internal PC system or the fan blade".


The D.F. Pressure model is based on Enermax's existing TwisterPressure series and sports a static pressure of 3.845mm-H20. Adjustable Peak Speed PWM side controls ensure safety and easy cleaning.

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New website makes it easy to find friends to play Steam games with

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 12:39 am

A new website -- -- has surfaced that allows Steam users to easily find gamers like them to play specific games with.




All you have to do is link the site with your Steam account, fill in some basic information, then apply filters as you see fit and search (or use the Quickmatch feature to streamline the process at the cost of precision). It's a bit like a dating site for gaming purposes, except with only the information you really need.

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