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square enix: 'final fantasy xiv' is being hit by ddos attacks

square enix said that a "third party" has conducted intermittent attacks on the mmorpg's north american data center since june, and that the attacks recently shifted focus to its internet service providers (isps).





amd outlines new agesa memory oc settings for gaming, explores frequency versus timings

amd penned a community blog post that outlines some of the best memory settings for ryzen gaming.





deep learning to soon bring pro-level photography to smartphones

google's new research in using deep learning technology to turn mediocre-looking photos into professional-quality pictures shows that regular smartphones could soon be able to create professional-level photography, as well.





up to 8tb of ssds in raid 0: highpoint ultimate acceleration drive ssd7100, first look

intel's vroc technology will soon change storage in ways we still can't foresee. what we can see, though, is the adapter cards that will enable users to make the most of intel skylake-x's built-in raid technology.





viking memory is shipping uhc-silo 50tb ssds

viking technology decided to take the industry a step forward with its 50tb uhc-silo ssd.





amd’s liquid-cooled vega frontier edition available for $1,490

amd recently released its long-awaited vega gpu. the first iteration of the chip dropped in an air cooled package for $999. now you can get your hands on a water-cooled version, too. and it will only cost you 50% more money.





amd’s liquid-cooled vega frontier edition available for $1,490

amd recently launched the air-cooled vega frontier edition graphics card. now the liquid-cooled version is ready. at least one online retailer (sabrepc) has them in limited stock. it’s been a long wait for amd’s vega gpu architecture. the company revealed that vega would launch in 2017 all the way back in march 2016. that was before the company revealed that the polaris architecture would precede vega and sidestep the high-end gpu market in favor of the high-volume mainstream market. with nothing to compete against nvidia’s high-end offerings, amd fans continue to wait for enthusiast-class vega gpus. we’re still not sure when we’ll see a consumer product based on vega. amd is putting its top silicon to work for the scientific community first. amd launched the vega frontier edition on june 27 at a price tag of $999, which would be out of reach for most gamers, but not out of reach for researchers in fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. large companies and research institutions are investing heavily in these two emerging technologies, and $1,000 is a bargain compared to some of nvidia’s enterprise-class tesla cards. in fact, amd is betting that $1,000 is such a bargain that companies won’t balk at a 50% price bump in exchange for better cooling potential, quieter operation, and presumably a higher clock speed. the liquid-cooled card features the same core count as the air-cooled variant, but you’ll have to shell out at least $1,490 for it...





highpoint ultimate acceleration drive ssd7100, first look

intel's skylake-x processors offer storage enthusiasts additional pci express lanes that are useful for attaching nvme drives, provided you purchase the expensive models. intel hasn't unleashed vroc features for our motherboards yet, but soon will. highpoint's ssd7101b has landed in our lab; it ships with up to 8tbs of 960 pro ssds, which gives us an idea of the benefits of vroc.  oh, you don't know about vroc? it stands for virtual raid on cpu. nearly a decade ago, intel started planning to bring more downstream features up to the cpu die, like the memory controller that eliminated the need for a north bridge altogether. intel's vroc allows you to build extensive ssd arrays with up to 20 devices. that's something you can currently do via software with windows storage spaces, but you can't boot from the software array. intel's virtual raid adds a layer of code and hardware before the windows boot sequence, which makes raid possible. this is similar to the pch raid we have now on more advanced intel chipsets, but it's more effective with the hardware directly on the processor. initial performance results to run some quick numbers, we popped our sample card from highpoint into a desktop system that had a special z97 chipset. samsung provided highpoint with four 960 pro 1tb ssds for our upcoming review. we ran through some simple four-corner tests to gauge initial performance, with four workers each using a queue depth of eight. that means we are testing the card at qd...





viking memory is shipping uhc-silo 50tb ssds

ssds are all about performance density, which means packing the most capacity and performance into the smallest footprint possible. to that end, viking memory wheeled out its 50tb uhc-silo ssd. unlike the larger 60tb prototype seagate demonstrated at last year's flash memory summit, viking's model is actually already shipping to customers.   to accommodate the drive's beefy capacity, viking stuffed the flash into a 3.5" enclosure. surprisingly, the ssd uses standard sk hynix planar (2d) nand instead of denser 3d nand. that doesn't mean you can slap it in your desktop pc, though, unless you're running a sas raid controller. the uhc-silo sports a dual-port 6gb/s sas connection, which means it offers failover and multi-pathing features, but that restricts overall performance. the ssd provides up to 60,000/15,000 random read/write iops and up to 500/530mb/s of sequential read/write throughput. that puts it on par with many enthusiast-class sata ssds, but viking's real goal is to reduce power consumption. the ssd sips 16w of power, which the company claims can reduce costs by up to 80% per tb. viking hasn't disclosed the controller vendor, so it's hard to speculate if the ssd would work faster with other interfaces. we are sure to learn more details at this year's flash memory summit, which is just a few weeks away.planar nand, while not as dense as 3d nand, provides solid endurance metrics. the uhc-silo offers 1 dwpd (drive write per day) of endurance for five years. t...





best motherboards of 2017 - gaming motherboards by socket, chipset

this page contains our recommendations for motherboards with intel's mainstream lga-1151 socket. these include the skylake family of processors and the z170, h170, and h110 chipsets. for recommendations for motherboards supporting intel's high-end lga-2011v3 socket and x99 chipset, see our recommendations on the next page. skip to the last page for all amd-based boards.gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3mir: $20, promo code: emcrhbe22was $109.99. is now $73.49. see details on neweggmsi b350 pc mate mir: $10 was $119.99. is now $79.99. see details on amazonmore: best dealsbest intel lga 1151 motherboards6/28/17 update: added ecs z270h4-i.gigabyte aorus z270x-gaming 9 $499.99 amazonasrock z270 killer sli/ac -asus rog maximus ix hero $229.99 neweggbiostar racing z270gt9 $328.99 neweggmsi z270 sli plus $149.99 neweggasrock z270 gaming-itx/ac $179.99 amazonecs z270h4-i$109 suggested priceasrock fatal1ty e3v5 performance gaming/oc $155.52 amazongigabyte z170x-gaming g1 $499.99 b&hasrock fatal1ty z170 gaming k4 $189.00 amazongigabyte z170x-ultra gaming $176.99 amazongigabyte z170-hd3 $114.99 amazonasrock fatal1ty gaming-itx/ac $229.00 amazonasrock h170 pro4s $94.99 neweggmsi h170i pro ac $119.99 neweggasrock h170m pro4 $109.03 amazonasrock h170m-itx/ac $129.00 amazonasus h110m-a m.2 $81.05 neweggmsi h110m grenade - socket lga 115...





'raw data' hostile takeover update brings pvp, hallucinations

update, 7/14/17, 3:20pm pt: the orriginal version of this story incorrectly called named the updated hostile takeover. the true name for the current release is rogue update. hostile takeover is the name of the pvp mode. survios released the final early access update for raw data, and it’s a doozy. the rogue update features a new playable character, a new campaign level with a surprising twist, and an all-new competitive team-based pvp mode. raw data debuted on steam’s early access platform in july 2016 (we tried it that august). since then, the developer has released a regular string of updates that include new content such as more character classes, additional maps, and changes to the game mechanics.  aside from the launch on the oculus platform, most of the updates have brought incremental changes, but the rogue update is much more than that.player vs. playerwhen survios launched raw data last year, the company billed the title as an active cooperative vr game. raw data incorporates 360-degree tracking (room-scale if you have it) and motion controls to create a visceral first-person vr combat experience. there are a handful of character classes to choose from, each of which offers different weaponry and mechanics. some characters use pistols, shotguns, and rifles, while others wield swords for close-quarters battles. the rogue update brings an entirely new multiplayer experience to raw data called hostile takeover. now you can play against real people instead of shoot...





amd outlines new agesa memory oc settings for gaming, explores frequency versus timings

it's a well-known fact that faster memory frequencies have a profound impact on ryzen's gaming performance. increasing ryzen's memory frequency also decreases the infinity fabric's latency, which likely plays a big role in the increased gaming performance. however, memory timings and other factors also play a significant role in increased performance, so amd penned a helpful blog post with its findings. amd has already significantly improved ryzen's memory support and performance through a string of bios updates, but the newest agesa 1.0.0.6 protocol exposes yet more settings for more fine-grained tuning. amd announced the new agesa code at the end of may, and motherboard vendors have released a steady cadence of bios revisions that support the new code. according to our observations, nearly every vendor now supports the new protocol. amd tested with the asus crosshair vi, but the new settings should apply to almost all motherboards with current firmware/agesa revisions. the tldramd compiled the results into a single master table that boils down the best combination of memory settings for gaming performance. high frequencies, manually tuned timings, disabled gdm and bgs, and single rank memory modules provided the best results in amd's tests. let's look at the settings individually.single rank versus dual rank amd tested single rank versus dual rank memory modules and found that as a general ryzen rule, dual rank memory is faster than single rank for gaming. automatic ...





deep learning to soon bring pro-level photography to smartphones

google researchers have been working on a project in which deep learning is used to create “professional-level photographs.” the project shows that in the near future, all photos could look like they were taken by professionals, and pictures taken with smartphones could benefit the most from this technology over the coming years.deep learning photographygoogle’s researchers have created a deep learning system that mimics the workflow of a professional photographer in order to achieve similar results with its automatically edited photos. the system analyzed the best panoramas from google street view and searched for the best composition. afterward it carried out various post-processing techniques to create an “aesthetically pleasing image.”google said that using supervised learning and manually selecting labels for various features of aesthetically pleasing images would have been be an intractable task. therefore, the company used a collection of professional quality photos to automatically break down the aesthetics into multiple aspects. the researchers used traditional image filters to generate negative training examples for saturation, hdr detail, and composition. they randomly applied image filters and brightness levels to professional photos to degrade their appearance. the “good” image that was supposed to be the end result would then be trained based on those negative images. this type of training technique is called a “generative adversarial network.”...





best motherboards of 2017 - gaming motherboards by socket, chipset

this page contains our recommendations for motherboards with intel's mainstream lga-1151 socket. these include the skylake family of processors and the z170, h170, and h110 chipsets. for recommendations for motherboards supporting intel's high-end lga-2011v3 socket and x99 chipset, see our recommendations on the next page. skip to the last page for all amd-based boards.gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3mir: $20, promo code: emcrhbe22was $109.99. is now $73.49. see details on neweggmsi b350 pc mate mir: $10 was $119.99. is now $79.99. see details on amazonmore: best dealsbest intel lga 1151 motherboards6/28/17 update: added ecs z270h4-i.gigabyte aorus z270x-gaming 9 $499.99 amazonasrock z270 killer sli/ac -asus rog maximus ix hero $229.99 neweggbiostar racing z270gt9 $328.99 neweggmsi z270 sli plus $149.99 neweggasrock z270 gaming-itx/ac $179.99 amazonecs z270h4-i$109 suggested priceasrock fatal1ty e3v5 performance gaming/oc $155.52 amazongigabyte z170x-gaming g1 $499.99 b&hasrock fatal1ty z170 gaming k4 $189.00 amazongigabyte z170x-ultra gaming $176.99 amazongigabyte z170-hd3 $114.99 amazonasrock fatal1ty gaming-itx/ac $229.00 amazonasrock h170 pro4s $94.99 neweggmsi h170i pro ac $119.99 neweggasrock h170m pro4 $109.03 amazonasrock h170m-itx/ac $129.00 amazonasus h110m-a m.2 $81.05 neweggmsi h110m grenade - socket lga 115...





best motherboards of 2017 - gaming motherboards by socket, chipset

this page contains our recommendations for motherboards with intel's mainstream lga-1151 socket. these include the skylake family of processors and the z170, h170, and h110 chipsets. for recommendations for motherboards supporting intel's high-end lga-2011v3 socket and x99 chipset, see our recommendations on the next page. skip to the last page for all amd-based boards.gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3mir: $20, promo code: emcrhbe22was $109.99. is now $73.49. see details on neweggmsi b350 pc mate mir: $10 was $119.99. is now $79.99. see details on amazonmore: best dealsbest intel lga 1151 motherboards6/28/17 update: added ecs z270h4-i.gigabyte aorus z270x-gaming 9 $499.99 amazonasrock z270 killer sli/ac -asus rog maximus ix hero $229.99 neweggbiostar racing z270gt9 $328.99 neweggmsi z270 sli plus $149.99 neweggasrock z270 gaming-itx/ac $179.99 amazonecs z270h4-i$109 suggested priceasrock fatal1ty e3v5 performance gaming/oc $155.52 amazongigabyte z170x-gaming g1 $499.99 b&hasrock fatal1ty z170 gaming k4 $189.00 amazongigabyte z170x-ultra gaming $176.99 amazongigabyte z170-hd3 $114.99 amazonasrock fatal1ty gaming-itx/ac $229.00 amazonasrock h170 pro4s $94.99 neweggmsi h170i pro ac $119.99 neweggasrock h170m pro4 $109.03 amazonasrock h170m-itx/ac $129.00 amazonasus h110m-a m.2 $81.05 neweggmsi h110m grenade - socket lga 115...





amd outlines new agesa memory oc settings for gaming, explores frequency versus timings

it's a well-known fact that faster memory frequencies have a profound impact on ryzen's gaming performance. increasing ryzen's memory frequency also decreases the infinity fabric's latency, which likely plays a big role in the increased gaming performance. however, memory timings and other factors also play a significant role in increased performance, so amd penned a helpful blog post with its findings. amd has already significantly improved ryzen's memory support and performance through a string of bios updates, but the newest agesa 1.0.0.6 protocol exposes yet more settings for more fine-grained tuning. amd announced the new agesa code at the end of may, and motherboard vendors have released a steady cadence of bios revisions that support the new code. according to our observations, nearly every vendor now supports the new protocol. amd tested with the asus crosshair vi, but the new settings should apply to almost all motherboards with current firmware/agesa revisions. the tldramd compiled the results into a single master table that boils down the best combination of memory settings for gaming performance. high frequencies, manually tuned timings, disabled gdm and bgs, and single rank memory modules provided the best results in amd's tests. let's look at the settings individually.single rank versus dual rank amd tested single rank versus dual rank memory modules and found that as a general ryzen rule, dual rank memory is faster than single rank for gaming. automatic ...





best motherboards of 2017 - gaming motherboards by socket, chipset

this page contains our recommendations for motherboards with intel's mainstream lga-1151 socket. these include the skylake family of processors and the z170, h170, and h110 chipsets. for recommendations for motherboards supporting intel's high-end lga-2011v3 socket and x99 chipset, see our recommendations on the next page. skip to the last page for all amd-based boards.gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3mir: $20, promo code: emcrhbe22was $109.99. is now $73.49. see details on neweggmsi b350 pc mate mir: $10 was $119.99. is now $79.99. see details on amazonmore: best dealsbest intel lga 1151 motherboards6/28/17 update: added ecs z270h4-i.gigabyte aorus z270x-gaming 9 $499.99 amazonasrock z270 killer sli/ac -asus rog maximus ix hero $229.99 neweggbiostar racing z270gt9 $328.99 neweggmsi z270 sli plus $149.99 neweggasrock z270 gaming-itx/ac $179.99 amazonecs z270h4-i$109 suggested priceasrock fatal1ty e3v5 performance gaming/oc $155.52 amazongigabyte z170x-gaming g1 $499.99 b&hasrock fatal1ty z170 gaming k4 $189.00 amazongigabyte z170x-ultra gaming $176.99 amazongigabyte z170-hd3 $114.99 amazonasrock fatal1ty gaming-itx/ac $229.00 amazonasrock h170 pro4s $94.99 neweggmsi h170i pro ac $119.99 neweggasrock h170m pro4 $109.03 amazonasrock h170m-itx/ac $129.00 amazonasus h110m-a m.2 $81.05 neweggmsi h110m grenade - socket lga 115...





extreme overclocking: 10 ryzen cpus under ln2

amd's ryzen processors offer a compelling price/performance ratio right out of the box. but despite their many overclocking-friendly knobs and dials, most enthusiasts struggle to take the cpus beyond 4 ghz. given that we know the ins and outs of extreme overclocking, though, we have a solution. it's time to break out the liquid nitrogen!allow us to take you on a cryogenic journey, where we'll explore ryzen's behavior when it's cooled to -196°c. our experiment will allow us to correlate frequency scaling to temperature, voltage, and core count. we also have some tips on hardcore modding, such as lapping (sanding smooth) the processor.if, after reading through everything, you have questions about your own overclocking endeavors, don't hesitate to ask them in our comments section. we'll be keeping an eye out in order to help however possible. test configurationwe don't want to limit our quest to just one sample, or even one model. thanks to amd's generosity, we were able to get our hands on every sku in the ryzen family. here's what we have access to for today's overclocking adventure:2x ryzen 7 1800x1x ryzen 7 1700x3x ryzen 7 17001x ryzen 5 1600x1x ryzen 5 16001x ryzen 5 1500x1x ryzen 5 1400the processors used for this test are different than the chips used for our previous article on overclocking with air and water cooling. therefore, we expect to see different results. in the interest of truly torturing these cpus, we surrounded ourselves with some of the best har...





'raw data' hostile takeover update brings pvp, hallucinations

survios released the final early access update for raw data, and it’s a doozy. the hostile takeover update features a new playable character, a new campaign level with a surprising twist, and an all-new competitive team-based pvp mode. raw data debuted on steam’s early access platform in july 2016 (we tried it that august). since then, the developer has released a regular string of updates that include new content such as more character classes, additional maps, and changes to the game mechanics.  aside from the launch on the oculus platform, most of the updates have brought incremental changes, but the hostile takeover update is much more than that.player vs. playerwhen survios launched raw data last year, the company billed the title as an active cooperative vr game. raw data incorporates 360-degree tracking (room-scale if you have it) and motion controls to create a visceral first-person vr combat experience. there are a handful of character classes to choose from, each of which offers different weaponry and mechanics. some characters use pistols, shotguns, and rifles, while others wield swords for close-quarters battles. the hostile takeover update brings an entirely new multiplayer experience to raw data. now you can play against real people instead of shooting and slicing at computer-controlled enemies with a new pvp mode that offers 5v5 competitive multiplayer matches. survios said the pvp mode offers three brand-new maps tailored for multiplayer. james iliff, c...





gigabyte responds to intel me updates with new motherboard bios

in response to intel's latest management engine firmware updates, gigabyte is in the process of updating the bios for its q270, q170, and x170-ws ecc series motherboards. the company has issued bios updates for motherboards equipped with x170, x150, b150, and b250 chipsets; updates for q87, q85, and b85 motherboards are currently in the works. intel recently discovered an active management technology (amt) security vulnerability. the vulnerability could enable an attacker to gain remote access to business pcs or devices that utilize intel active management technology (amt), intel standard manageability (ism) or intel small business technology (sbt) intel, working with the security researcher that discovered the flaw, released a detection and mitigation tool last month after the vulnerability was publicly announced.how serious is this vulnerability? at the time, we explained its severity as follows:  the vulnerability in question allows privilege escalation on an intel pc with the amt functionality enabled. however, what has made it dangerous is that intel amt can normally (as a feature) be accessed remotely due to its “out-of-band capabilities,” when the computer is shut down but still has access to electricity. therefore, a sophisticated attacker may be able to cause significant damage to a pc or network by exploiting those powerful capabilities.gigabyte encourages you  to visit the product page for your motherboard to see if a bios update is available or to speak wit...