NZXT H7 Flow (2024 Edition) Mid-Tower Chassis Review

NZXT H7 Flow (2024 Edition) Mid-Tower Chassis Review

We spend some time getting to know the 2024 edition of NZXT's new H7 Flow mid-tower computer case. Should you consider it? Let's find out.

TT Show Episode 43 - Intel CPU troubles and AMD's exciting new game tech

Kosta Andreadis | TweakTown | Jul 19, 2024 7:16 PM CDT

This week on the TT Show, Jak and Kosta discuss the ongoing saga with Intel's 13th and 14th Gen CPUs, specifically the flagship 13900K and 14900K models that have been plagued with instability issues for several months. Over the past week, things have fired up with reports of game developers switching servers over to AMD and data showing that these Intel CPUs are failing at an alarming rate.

TT Show Episode 43 - Intel CPU troubles and AMD's exciting new game tech

Speaking of AMD, the company announced its new game-specific tech that can reduce install sizes by up to 70% - and yeah, Jak and Kosta cannot wait for this to become available. For reference, that would bring Call of Duty's install size down from 150 GB to under 50 GB.

In the world of AI, it's come to light that companies like Apple and NVIDIA have been using YouTube videos from popular channels and creators for AI training, which goes against Google's terms of service. Also, Microsoft has confirmed that it has created an AI voice generator that sounds indistinguishable from the real thing - and for that reason, it won't be released.

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AMD launches FLM Frame Latency Meter, a tool for PC gamers looking to measure response times

Kosta Andreadis | Gaming | Jul 24, 2024 1:04 AM CDT

AMD has launched FLM or Frame Latency Meter for all GPUs and PC gamers who want to measure the input response time when playing games with mouse movement - like first-person shooters. According to AMD, FLM "measures the entire latency of the mouse response time, from the moment the mouse is moved to the moment the frame is displayed on the screen."

AMD launches FLM Frame Latency Meter, a tool for PC gamers looking to measure response times

With detailed statistics for latency and "effective framerate" measurements, FLM is a great tool for optimizing systems or pinpointing potential bottlenecks. Unlike competing measurement tools, FLM doesn't use an FPS muzzle flash to determine or measure latency, which means the app can work autonomously, collecting an "unlimited number of measurement samples" for higher accuracy.

FLM works by continuously capturing frames and comparing each frame to the previous one within the selected region. It then generates a mouse movement event (AMD describes it as a standard Windows function) and waits for the "frame contents to change." It is pretty straightforward, but with this data, it can determine overall input latency with a high degree of accuracy.

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Final Fantasy 14 Online finally adds DLSS 2 Super Resolution support

Kosta Andreadis | Gaming | Jul 23, 2024 10:26 PM CDT

Final Fantasy XIV Online: Dawntrail is the latest expansion for Square Enix's long-running and popular MMO. Danwtrail introduces the game's first major graphical update and overhaul. The update includes DLSS 2 Super Resolution upscaling support to improve performance for all GeForce RTX owners without sacrificing visual fidelity.

Final Fantasy 14 Online finally adds DLSS 2 Super Resolution support

The Final Fantasy XIV Online: Dawntrail official benchmark is available as a standalone app for those interested in seeing how it looks. The benchmark tool also offers an option for players to create a character to be featured in the benchmark's real-time cinematic sequences and one for existing players to import their own Final Fantasy XIV Online character. Very cool.

Naturally, the Dawntrail expansion includes all the new zones, increased level cap, new dungeons, and other goodness expected. In other DLSS news this week, Capcom's Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess has launched with DLSS 3 Frame Generation and Reflex support.

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LG's new 34-inch curved UltraWide monitor is designed to work without a PC

Kosta Andreadis | Displays & Projectors | Jul 23, 2024 9:56 PM CDT

LG's new curved, ultrawide, 34-inch monitor is surprisingly not for PC gamers. It has even been designed to work without connecting a PC, with the LG MyView Smart Monitor (34SR65QC) offering access to productivity tools and entertainment apps via the LG webOS platform. With LG's smart apps for main, document editing, and cloud storage, there's no need to hook up a laptop or PC to the LG MyView Smart Monitor.

LG's new 34-inch curved UltraWide monitor is designed to work without a PC

Of course, you absolutely can, and most likely will, but with the ability to mirror smartphone and tablet displays and a built-in 'Screen Split' function to take advantage of the ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, there's more to this display than simply being another ultrawide option for productivity and general 'office-at-home' use.

The specs include a VA panel with 300 nits of brightness and a 34-inch WQHD resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels. LG confirms that it offers a wide viewing angle, and with 99% of the sRGB color gamut, it can deliver that widescreen "movie theater-like experience at home."

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Old school CRT monitor becomes world's fastest gaming display after hitting 700 Hz refresh rate

Kosta Andreadis | Displays & Projectors | Jul 23, 2024 9:29 PM CDT

The retro but high-end-for-the-time IIyama Vision Master Pro 512 CRT monitor was recently pushed to a staggering 700 Hz refresh rate by the YouTube channel RetroGamingBase. This blasts past the current LCD record of 540 Hz and the OLED record of 480 Hz - as seen in LG and ASUS displays.

Old school CRT monitor becomes world's fastest gaming display after hitting 700 Hz refresh rate

This makes the old-school monitor the fastest display in the world for gaming. However, there is one big caveat. The resolution had to be lowered considerably to overclock the display and have a stable 700 Hz image, right down to 320 x 120 pixels, in the region of a video game console or handheld from before the internet was a thing.

Plus, the image is letterboxed, and parts of the screen are cut off, so it's not precisely game-ready. The Vision Master Pro 512 CRT monitor can also be pushed to 500 Hz with a 320 x 200 resolution, anti-aliasing, and other visual effects. RetroGamingBase notes that games like The Witcher are playable at this speed and resolution.

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AMD's next-gen EPYC 9755 'Turin' CPU spotted: 128C/256T Zen 5 up to 4.1GHz, with 650MB cache

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jul 23, 2024 9:11 PM CDT

AMD's next-generation EPYC 9755 "Turin" CPU with 128 cores and 256 threads of Zen 5 processing power being tested in ES (engineering sample) form.

AMD's next-gen EPYC 9755 'Turin' CPU spotted: 128C/256T Zen 5 up to 4.1GHz, with 650MB cache

The leaks from the new Zen 5-powered EPYC 9755 processor with 128 cores and 256 threads with a base 2.70GHz CPU clock, and up to 4.10GHz boost clock speeds. These clock speeds might not be final, so we could expect a slight boost in base and boost clocks on the EPYC 9755 "Turin" CPU.

AMD's new EPYC 9755 "Turin" CPU also has a huge pool of cache: 512MB of L3 cache, 128MB of L2 cache, and 10MB of L1 cache for a total of 650MB of cache. The current EPYC 9654 CPU has only 384MB of L3 cache and 96MB of L2 cache. Another note is that AMD's new EPYC "Turin" Zen 5 CPUs have up to 16 x CCDs while "Zen 5c" SKUs have 8 CCDs. This means each CCD has 8 cores (16 x 8) and each CCD also features 4MB of L3 cache.

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TSMC declined NVIDIA's request for a dedicated packaging manufacturing line for its GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 23, 2024 8:40 PM CDT

TSMC reportedly turned down a request by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang for the Taiwanese semiconductor giant to set up a dedicated packaging manufacturing line for NVIDIA's products.

TSMC declined NVIDIA's request for a dedicated packaging manufacturing line for its GPUs

In the world of chips, semiconductor fabrication and chip packaging have become increasingly important to pump out the amount of AI GPUs and advanced packaging as possible. Unlike fabrication capacity, packaging has struggled to keep up with the insatiable demand for chips, with TSMC having to dedicate considerable resources towards advanced packaging capacity.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang visited TSMC headquarters earlier this year, meeting with TSMC founder Dr. Morris Chang and the firm's former chairman. Industry sources said Jensen requested the company set up a dedicated packaging line for NVIDIA GPUs.

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Overwatch 2 gets its very first Mythic skin: the Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin for Reinhardt

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Jul 23, 2024 7:23 PM CDT

Overwatch 2 has just received its very first Mythic weapon skin, with Blizzard introducing the new Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin for Reinhardt. Check it out:

Overwatch 2 gets its very first Mythic skin: the Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin for Reinhardt

This isn't just a regular skin, but the Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin reacts to every movement in the game, where the skin comes alive as you battle through the front lines. It doesn't matter if you're charging into battle, or holding the line swinging your big boy axe, Reinhardt's new Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin reacts to your every attack.

I've got to admit, the reactive-powered Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin for Reinhardt sounds so damn cool, but the price that Blizzard is charging is out of control. The new Bound Demon Mythic Weapon Skin in base Mythic skin form costs 50 Mythic Shards, which is $39.99.

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Hackers steal and leak documents from Pentagon, Homeland Security, NASA, other US gov agencies

Anthony Garreffa | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Jul 23, 2024 6:48 PM CDT

Hackers have leaked internal documents stolen from one of the largest IT services providers to the US government, Leidos Holdings.

Hackers steal and leak documents from Pentagon, Homeland Security, NASA, other US gov agencies

Leidos Holdings recently learned of the hack, believing that the documents stolen were in a previously disclosed breach of a Diligent Corp. system it used, according to Bloomberg's sources, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. Leidos is reportedly investigating the issue now, the person added.

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Google Chrome could detect websites that are bogging down performance - and deal with them

Darren Allan | Software & Apps | Jul 23, 2024 12:15 PM CDT

Google has a potential change inbound for Chrome to further help cure the browser of its reputation for resource hogging, whereby it'll detect websites that are draining resources and flag them up to you.

Google Chrome could detect websites that are bogging down performance - and deal with them

This change is only in testing for Chrome right now, in the Canary builds, as spotted by regular leaker Leopeva64 on X.

As you can see in the animated GIF in the above tweet, Chrome picks up on tabs that are consuming too much in the way of resources. These are brought to your attention in a pop-up panel, and to improve performance, you're offered the chance for Chrome to make them all inactive. You can do so simply by clicking the 'Fix now' button, or alternatively, you can dismiss the warning - or you can individually close some of the offenders, picking and choosing which sites are for the chop.

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HighPoint teases industry's first PCIe 5.0 x16 NVMe storage: up to 2PB capacity, 60GB/sec reads

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Jul 23, 2024 10:00 AM CDT

HighPoint has unveiled the industry's first PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe solutions that are capable of offering close to 60GB/sec of real-world transfer speeds, and up to 2PB (petabytes) of storage capacity in a single PCIe slot.

HighPoint teases industry's first PCIe 5.0 x16 NVMe storage: up to 2PB capacity, 60GB/sec reads

HighPoint has announced that it will showcase its fleet of NVMe AICs, adapters, and external storage solutions for x86 server and workstation platforms and introduce its product roadmap for the second half of 2024 and beyond at FMS 2024 (Flash Memory Summit).

The company is excited to show live demonstrations of its groundbreaking PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe storage technology at FMS 2024; designed for AI data pipeline infrastructure, the demonstration platform will show the world how HighPoint's new NVMe RAID AICs, adapters and enclosures tackle data ingestion, analysis, and archiving/restoration workflows, and how each device can be managed and monitored through an intuitive, universal web-based software interface.

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