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Post by sleepery jeem » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:03 pm

Intel says Meltdown / Spectre patch causes reboots in computers with newer processors


Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre patch is causing reboot problems for older processors. Now Intel says the current firmware updates may be causing computers with newer chips to reboot more frequently as well. In a blog post, Intel VP Navin Shenoy said firmware-updated PCs with Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and even Intel’s most recent Kaby Lake processors are all affected.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news/firmwar ... r-systems/

The patches can also impact performance, with Intel saying that data center tests simulating a stock exchange interaction and online transaction showed a 4 percent slowdown. Other testing of various server workloads showed a slowdown of as much as 25 percent. Shenoy wrote that Intel has issued firmware updates for 90 percent of its CPUs introduced over the past five years, but noted that the company had “more work to do.”
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Post by One-armed dwarf » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:58 pm

Between meltdown, spectre and the crypto bubble, now is the very worst time to get into PC gaming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42774882
Booming interest in crypto-currencies has been blamed for pushing up the prices of graphics cards.

The cards are popular because they speed up the process of minting or "mining" crypto-coins.

Keen miners are buying graphics cards in large quantities and running them in parallel to boost their coin-producing efforts.

Their actions have led some makers and sellers of graphics cards to limit how many people can buy at any time.

Writing on PC Gamer, Jarred Walton said: "Right now is the worst time in the history of graphics cards to buy or upgrade this all-important gaming component."
Though it does seem if you have a recent Pascal GPU you could just sell it at a profit right now and get it back more cheaply later when the bubble bursts...
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Post by sleepery jeem » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:37 pm

Microsoft tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns with new data collection viewer


https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/1692 ... er-privacy
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Post by sleepery jeem » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:14 pm

:? weird...


Surface Pro 4 owners are putting their tablets in freezers to fix screen flickering issues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O5ntJN3vWM

It’s being called Flickergate


https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16958 ... lickergate
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Post by sleepery jeem » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:15 am

Intel’s new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings


Intel is introducing a new feature for its processors with integrated graphics, allowing games to be automatically optimized on systems. The feature is similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience, an application that’s designed to tweak game settings so they work best on a laptop or PC. Intel’s new graphics control software is particularly useful on laptops that aren’t really designed to run games, and it works on all Skylake or newer processors.

PC World reports that this new driver update includes support for Intel’s new Kaby Lake G chips that have AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics built in. Dell and HP are both launching laptops with these new processors, and they should be a lot better for gaming. Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, American Truck Simulator, Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, Dota 2, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, Overwatch, and World of Tanks all work across any of the supported Intel systems, and more games can be automatically optimized on Iris Pro systems. You can download Intel’s latest graphics driver from the company’s website.
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Post by sleepery jeem » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:52 pm

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PC Building Simulator is ‘basically porn, for the PC Master Race’

https://www.polygon.com/2018/3/28/17171 ... u-like-pcs
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Post by One-armed dwarf » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:58 pm

Building a PC with components you picked yourself and putting it together and getting it to run perfectly is very satisfying :)

But battling Windows and drivers and all that shit is lame :(
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Post by One-armed dwarf » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:35 pm

Also with the crypto bubble graphics cards are too expensive now. Smartphones are also using the same memory as GPUs are so prices are just obscene. £1100 for a 1080ti.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-compo ... rds/nvidia

So you know this weird game has maybe come at an opportune time for thirsty PC players jonesing for an upgrade
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Post by Blakey » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:50 am

I've never really battled with drivers, I just install all the Nvidia ones when they pop up, everything else just seems to install behind the scenes when I plug it in.

But yeah, with mining being a big thing these days GPU's are silly money, makes the price I paid for my 1080 seem like a bargain now :lol:
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Post by sleepery jeem » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:21 pm

ADATA SPECTRIX D80 DDR4 RGB Memory Module Series Announced

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuW5iYniQUY

ADATA's XPG SPECTRIX D80 RGB Memory series is now the first and only RGB DDR4 memory product in the world to feature a hybrid liquid-air cooling system.
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Post by sleepery jeem » Tue May 08, 2018 1:51 pm

Action Game Maker MV Will Let You Create 2D Action Games On PC

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Post by sleepery jeem » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:52 pm

:| this seems to be a PC issue rather than console by the look of it....

A recent movement in the gaming world has sparked all kinds of controversy among gamers: the installation of Red Shell. The public outcry came after several companies announced plans to package the analytics app, Red Shell, with some of the games. The intent of this action was to run social marketing programs with specific affiliate IDs using the services provided by the software development kit (SDK) app. When a user installed a new game, Red Shell would ping that information back to the developer and give them an idea of what games are getting installed where.

The controversy came with the suggestion that Red Shell was doing more than just logging new installs and setting up social marketing programs. For starters, Reddit and Steam users have been complaining that Red Shell has been creating a digital fingerprint of each user, including information about their habits, gaming rigs, online interactions, and perhaps more. Additionally, plenty of game studios haven’t explicitly told users that Red Shell is now installed in their games, or if they did, it was made as an opt-out package instead of opt-in, as is required in accordance with most privacy laws across the world. Essentially, the complaint is that Red Shell is acting less like a marketing app and more like a malicious spyware app.

To combat this, gamers have been laboriously collecting information about Red Shell files and processes, lodging complaints and collecting data in forums like Google spreadsheets and Reddit. Several gaming studios have already pledged to remove Red Shell from their games as a result of this criticism.

As of yesterday, the games that have pledged to remove Red Shell from the installation include:

•Elder Scrolls Online (Pledged to remove it)
•Conan Exiles (Pledged to remove it)
•Ylands (Pledged to remove it)
•Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! (Pledged to remove it)
•All Total War games, (Pledged to remove it)
•Warhammer: Vermintide II, (Pledged to remove it)
•Warhammer: Vermintide I, (might get removed also?)
•My Time At Portia, (Pledged to remove it)
•Dead by Daylight, (Pledged to remove it)
•Battlerite, (Pledged to remove it)
•AER Memories of Old, (Pledged to remove it)
•Magic the Gathering Arena (closed beta & not on Steam), (Pledged to remove it for now)
•Secret World Legends (Pledged to remove remains of it)
•Hunt: Showdown (Pledged to remove it)
•Escapists 2 (Pledged to remove it)
•Omensight (Pledged to remove it)

Additionally, the list of games featuring Red Shell as of yesterday includes:
•Civilization VI
•Kerbal Space Program
•Guardians of Ember
•The Onion Knights
•Realm Grinder
•Heroine Anthem Zero
•Warhammer 40k Eternal Crusade
•Krosmaga
•Eternal Card Game
•Sniper Ghost Warrior 3
•Astro Boy: Edge of Time
•Ballistic Overkill
•Cabals: Card Blitz
•CityBattle | Virtual Earth
•Desolate
•Doodle God
•Doodle God Blitz
•Dungeon Rushers
•Labyrinth
•My Free Farm 2
•NosTale
•RockShot
•Shadowverse
•SOS & SOS Classic
•SoulWorker
•Stonies
•Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
•War Robots
•Survived By
•Injustice 2
•The Wild Eight
•Yoku’s Island Express
•Raging Justice
•Warriors: Rise to Glory!
•Trailmakers
•Clone Drone in the Danger Zone
•Vaporum
•Robothorium
•League of Pirates
•Doodle God: Genesis Secrets
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Post by sleepery jeem » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:22 am

The Bard’s Tale Trilogy Remaster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ7w5rof1GI

the new collection will include the original three games, enhanced graphics, and optional modernized features.

These new features include “automapping for all three games, spell access, and updated equipment/inventory management,” in addition to granting players the ability to “play as male or female across all three games.”

Notably, only Tales of the Unknown, the first installment in the series, will be available at launch, with The Destiny Knight and Thief of Fate arriving in fall and winter respectively.
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Re: The PC Thread

Post by shinymcshine » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:34 am

^

Automapping - half of the "fun" of those old Bard Tales games was sitting with a pencil and squared graph paper next to your joystick, carefully mapping out the areas and then wondering how to illustrate a moving wall or teleport square.

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