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  1. Since we didn't have one yet, this is it. I'll update this post with the newest driver releases,and news for the R3. Please keep all M17x-R3 posts confined to this thread if possible. System Files Download Links System Bios Bios A03 Chipset Intel HM67 Cougar Point chipset, Intel Management Engine Interface Audio IDT 92HD73,A00. If the Dell IDT driver gives you problems, try this one. Card Reader Realtek RTS5209 Card Reader USB 3.0 NEC USB 3.0 Touchpad Synaptics TouchPad - 15.1.19, A00 Bluetooth Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Module - 6.3.0.6300, A00 Dell Wireless 1501 Half Mini-Card Dell Wireless WLAN 1501 Half MiniCard - 5.60.48.35, A00 Intel Wireless 6300 Intel WiFi Link 6300 - 13.3, A00 Intel WiMAX Link 6250 Intel WiMAX Link 6250 - tic TRFXW0115MUP, A06-1 Intel Wifi Link 6250 Intel Wifi Link 6250 - TRWFW1318D,A04 Atheros AR8151 Atheros AR8151 - 1.0.0.36,A00 Intel Rapid Storage (HDD) Intel Rapid Storage Technology - 10.0.0.1046,A00 Free Fall Sensor ST Microelectronics DE351DL Free Fall Sensor - 2.00.11.14, A00 AMD 6870M Display AMD Mobility Radeon HD6870 - 8.80.6-101202a-109902C-Dell.4, A00 Intel HD Graphics 3000 Intel HD Graphics 3000 - 2246, A00 nVidia Internal 3D Stereo Controller nVidia Internal 3D Stereo Controller - 266.08, A00 nVidia GeForce GTX 460M nVidia GeForce GTX 460M -266.08, A00 Alienware OSD Alienware OSD Application - 0.31.0.8C, A00 Alienware Command Center Alienware Command Center - 2.6.2.0, A00 Alienware Wallpapers Alienware Wallpapers - A01 Alienware GUISE custom theme Custom Desktop Themes - A-02 Alienguise Theme Combo-Win7   Intel Management Engine Interface
  2. So with the new Turing GPUs having been announced and up for purchase, do you plan to upgrade to one given the price increase of each segment? How important are the new ray tracing and dlss functions in making a purchasing decision for you?
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    NVFlash 5.513.0 Released

    The new leak of NVFlash version 5.513.0 with their new RTX GPU (Turing) support is now available in our download section. This includes support for NVIDIA's new RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 desktop GPUs. As always, use caution when reading/writing vbios files as you can potentially brick your card and void your warranty.
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    NVFlash 5.513.0 Released

    The new leak of NVFlash version 5.513.0 with their new RTX GPU (Turing) support is now available in our download section. This includes support for NVIDIA's new RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 desktop GPUs. As always, use caution when reading/writing vbios files as you can potentially brick your card and void your warranty. View full article
  5. So according to PC Gamer, they have a "source" who tells them NVIDIA will be readying it's newest Pascal chips for the mobile form factor and they will be released sometime in August/September of this year. In addition, the rumor is these new GPUs will not be cut down M variants but be full-fledged desktop GPUs crammed into high performance notebooks (e.g. MSI and Clevo) but just clocked lower to fit the TDP and power envelope. That shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone since NVIDIA crammed a 165W desktop 980 in notebooks last year and with GTX 1070 only sipping 150W and GTX 1080 at 180W, it makes sense to release these as soon as possible. Despite what PC Gamer says, we may yet still see M variants with different names down the line as there are a lot of gamers out there that still want high performance chips but with thinner profiles and longer battery lives but that will probably come sometime after the 1080/1070 are released for notebooks. In addition, we've still got AMD's newest Polaris coming and with the 480 only consuming 150W, AMD could easily shoehorn that into a notebook just as NVIDIA is doing so we expect both companies to announce availability of their newest notebook graphics chips soon.
  6. So according to PC Gamer, they have a "source" who tells them NVIDIA will be readying it's newest Pascal chips for the mobile form factor and they will be released sometime in August/September of this year. In addition, the rumor is these new GPUs will not be cut down M variants but be full-fledged desktop GPUs crammed into high performance notebooks (e.g. MSI and Clevo) but just clocked lower to fit the TDP and power envelope. That shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone since NVIDIA crammed a 165W desktop 980 in notebooks last year and with GTX 1070 only sipping 150W and GTX 1080 at 180W, it makes sense to release these as soon as possible. Despite what PC Gamer says, we may yet still see M variants with different names down the line as there are a lot of gamers out there that still want high performance chips but with thinner profiles and longer battery lives but that will probably come sometime after the 1080/1070 are released for notebooks. In addition, we've still got AMD's newest Polaris coming and with the 480 only consuming 150W, AMD could easily shoehorn that into a notebook just as NVIDIA is doing so we expect both companies to announce availability of their newest notebook graphics chips soon. View full article
  7. Well we know it's coming so let's keep this thread reserved for the future owners lounge.
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    [BENCHMARKS] The OFFICIAL Thread

    The official Clevo benchmark thread..let the race begin!
  9. I just got it setup last night, here's the URL for those that want to subscribe: Twitch I'll be streaming the following games for now: 1. ARMA III: King of the Hill 2. GTA V 3. Battlefield 4
  10. Official M15x owners lounge thread. Driver list coming soon.
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    1080ti fell apart. Can I repair this?

    @Khenglish could probably tell you what to do. Those are capacitors and the card will probably still work but if you take it to a local electronics shop the can probably solder those back on for you.
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    MSI Laptop Fan Control

    Fan Control: 1. GT70 Fan Control V1.6.3 setup.zip SHA256: c2fcf7a35ffa7e313787b62cf6768626900821f315575b1b0e1d79f551c6843d File name: GT70 Fan Control V1.6.3 setup.zip Detection ratio: 0 / 54 Analysis date: 2015-10-26 11:47:11 UTC ( 1 month, 3 weeks ago ) 2. MSI fan control These are legacy utilities created by third parties and are not tested or warranted by Tech|Inferno. Use at your own risk.
  13. Solution for: M18x R2 fails POST with 8 beeps attempting to switch from IGFX to Discrete GPU *** WARNING: TECH|INFERNO ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED TO YOUR SYSTEM BY USING THE 580M VBIOS KIT. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Attached Files: 580M VBios Kit. This "kit" originally authored by RedLine has the files necessary to flash your nVidia GTX 580M to prevent throttling. In addition, there is an extra folder in there with a variety of 580M vbios settings that one can choose from. AW M18x parts list: Credit Chris M @ Dell Bottom Plastic 13PC8 Bottom Base, Black 1988J Bottom Base, Red J6NT3 Assembly, Keyboard, Frame JM0N0 Assembly, Bottom Door, Black N6JR7 Assembly, Door, LCD Cover, Hand GripCables and Cords 0R215 Power Cord 15A, 125V, 10FT 436V8 Assembly, Bluetooth Cable 5120P Power Cord, 6FT 5FG2Y I/O Board Cable 67GPX Power Button Cable GG7V9 Media, Daughter Board, Cable JT0HD LOGO Board Cable KFR5C NumberLock Board Cable WTFK8 ODD Cable 7VKT9 ODD Bracket W/Cable 9JP9M HDD FPC Cable KFNTK HDD Bracket W/CableDVD-ROMs 1HC8F 8x DVD+/-RW HLDS M5F6V 8X DVD+/-RW PLDS P94GT 6x DVD+/-RW/BD-ROM HLDSHDD PVGPX 256GB SSD-S3, 2.5", Liteon Vangogh 4K2C3 256GB SSD-S2, 2.5", Samsung PM810 R6KNT 750GB S2-P11-4KE, 7.2K, 2.5", Seagate Desaru 65X3D 500GB, S2, 7.2K, 2.5",P11, ANAK 23NXF 320GB S2-P11, 7.2K, 2.5", Samsung MP4 34C6N 320GB S2-P11, 7.2K, 2.5", 4KE, 7MM, Seagate Julius J1CM4 320GB SATA2-P11, 7.2K, 2.5", Western Digital MX320-1 PPHPX 320GB S2-P11, 7.2K, 2.5", Toshiba Heatsinks, Fans 0TYGV Heat Sink, VGA, Left HD9NJ Heat Sink, CPU, Qual Core, XE P0DG8 FAN, Graphic Card, Master, LF X4KPF Heat Sink, CPU, Qual Core XHW5W FAN, Graphic Card, Slave, Right Y8T9Y Heat Sink, VGA, 6970, LeftKeyboards and Mice 9M46F KeyboardLCD Plastics, Covers J1C2G LCD Cover, Red 122RP LCD Cover, Black 99FWD LCD Hinge w/Cap, Left 615Y8 LCD Hinge w/Cap, Right 8NW7M LVDS Cable PYVWX Camera / Array Mic ModuleLCD/Display 8075V LCD, W/PMMA+Frame+Bracket+WLAN Antenna DNF7J LCD, W/PMMA+Frame+Bracket+WLAN & DMC AntennaMemory FYHV1 4GB, 1600MHZ, 512X64, 8K, 204 0X23C 2GB, 1600MHZ, 256X64, 8K, 204 Y7W7C 2GB, 1600MHZ, 256X64, 8, 200, XMP YR6MN 8GB, 1333MHZ, 1024X64, 8, 204 X830D 4GB, 1333MHZ, 512X64, 8K, 204 PX72C 4GB, 1333MHZ, 512X64, 8K, 204 560NY 2GB, 1333MHZ, 256X64, 8K, 204 F073F 2GB, 1333MHZ,256X64,8K,204 V1RX3 2GB, 1333MHZ, 256X64, 8K, 204Miscellaneous Hardware 0JDJY Power Button LED Board (w/ Cable) 4R02P PWA, Daugter Board, Media FMG89 PWA, Daugter Board, Numlock 98X52 PWA, LED Logo Board, W/Cable HR8KV PWA, Power Button Button TPK3N PWA, I/O Board W/Cable D0N00 Coin Battery, W/Cable F1RJC Thermal PAD, PSX, Qual/Dual Core CPU HV240 Touchpad LED Board w/Cable K26CW Speaker LED Board, W/Cable W2TRW Touchpad Button w/BracketMotherboards 61J35 Motherboard w/ Thermal Pad, Qual Core,(Contain MB C9XMR+Thermal Pad F1RJC) C9XMR MotherBoard, order and dispatch Service Kit 61J35Palmrests H1KWK Palmrest, W/Touch PadPower Source FCPW3 Battery, 97W HR,12 Cells, SIMPLO V48RM Battery, 97W HR,12 Cells, SANYO J211H AC Adapter, 240W, 3Pin, Delta J938H AC Adapter, 240W, 3Pin, Flextronics XM3C3 AC Adapter, 330W, 3Pin, DeltaProcessor Modules 06335 Alcohol Swap for Cleaning Pad 27TV3 i7-2920XM 2.5GHz, 4C, Sandy Bridge, D2 DYP1X i7-2920XM w/Thermal Pad 2.5GHz, 4C (Contain CPU 27TV3+Thermal Pad F1RJC) 2VKDW i7-2820QM 2.3GHz, 4C, Sandy Bridge, D2 F1FF1 i7-2820QM w/Thermal Pad 2.30GHz, 4C (Contain CPU 2VKDW+Thermal Pad F1RJC) KN579 i7-2720QM 2.2GHz, 6MB, Sandy Bridge P18YD i7-2720QM w/Thermal Pad 2.2GHz, 4C (Contain CPU KN579+Thermal Pad F1RJC) 7YPMV i7-2630M 2.0GHz, 4C M4Y6F i7-2630QM w/Thermal Pad 2.0GHz, 4C (Contain CPU 7YPMV+Thermal Pad F1RJC) RTRCG FAN, CPU 6MGMN Back Plate, CPUSoftware 40DV6 W7HP64 DW6RN W7HP64 446JR W7P64 JR7NY W7P64 DYHHR W7U64 TMCCD W7U64 JF3V7 Resource DVD VD2HY Adobe Standard ver 10 (ver. X), Card w serial product key CTTHN Adobe Elements 8 W7NRW Adobe Premier Elements 8 797D0 Microsoft Office 2010 Professional N99X6 Microsoft Office 2010, Home & Student WR1P7 Microsoft Office 2010, Home & Business 94JT2 PowerDVD 9.5.1 R4DW2 PowerDVD 3D 9.6 5G9T8 Roxio Creator 2011 CYYW9 McAfee Platinum T1WKW Fast Access Facial Recognition 3.0 WC3YD Dell Webcam Central 2.0Speakers P8HYR Speaker, Subwoofer VVN5Y Speaker, L+RVideo Card (VGA) V9XKH AMD Blackcomb XT HD6970 29NC1 AMD Blackcomb XT HD6970 Right Heat Sink RYVMN AMD CFX (CrossFireX) cable VDV04 Nvidia M460m N11e-GS 5DWH3 Nvidia M460m N11e-GS Right Heat Sink GDMRG Nvidia SLI CableWireless 2GGYM Intel Link 6200 WiFi Half Mini Card 4W00N Intel Link 6300 WLAN WiFi Half Mini Card G9M5X 375 Foxconn Bluetooth module (Does not include cable) WJCJD 375 Liteon Bluetooth Module (Does not include cable) YWXT1 SiBeam Antenna Cable NVIDIA-580M-Kit.zip
  14. According to KitGuru, AMD is preparing to cut the price of the air-cooled AMD R9 Radeon Fury in the coming weeks much like it did with the R9 Nano earlier this month. There's no word on how much the price cut will be but KitGuru claims that it should be more price competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980. If you're wondering about the Fury X, it doesn't seem like there is any information on that but it is possible. If you're in the market for a top end 28nm graphics card, it would probably be worth holding off to see how much of a price drop the Fury gets as it is already faster than a stock 980 in most cases and a price cut will make it an even more attractive option. With AMD's next generation Polaris GPUs due out in the middle of 2016, there is still plenty of life left in 28nm GPUs. R9 FURY X R9 FURY GPU ARCHITECTURE 28nm 28nm API SUPPORT DirectX® 12, Mantle, OpenGL® 4.5, Vulkan™, OpenCL™ 2.0 DirectX® 12, Mantle, OpenGL® 4.5, Vulkan™, OpenCL™ 2.0 HIGH-BANDWIDTH MEMORY (HBM) Yes Yes PCI EXPRESS® VERSION 3.0 3.0 VIRTUAL SUPER RESOLUTION (VSR) Yes Yes AMD FREESYNC™ TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD LIQUIDVR™ TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes 4K RESOLUTION SUPPORT Yes Yes FRAME RATE TARGET CONTROL (FRTC) Yes Yes DDMA AUDIO Yes Yes HDMI (WITH 4K, STEREO 3D, DEEP COLOR & X.V.COLOR™) Yes Yes AMD POWERTUNE TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD ZEROCORE POWER TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD TRUEAUDIO TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD EYEFINITY TECHNOLOGY (MAXIMUM DISPLAYS) Up to 6 displays with DisplayPort MST hub Up to 6 displays with DisplayPort MST hub AMD HD3D TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes VIDEO CODEC ENGINE (VCE) (WITH H.264, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-2, VC-1 & BLU-RAY 3D) Yes Yes GPU CLOCK SPEED Up to 1050 MHz Up to 1000 MHz MEMORY BANDWIDTH 512 GB/s 512 GB/s MEMORY INTERFACE 4096-bit HBM 4096-bit HBM MEMORY AMOUNT 4GB HBM 4GB HBM STREAM PROCESSING UNITS 4096 (64 Compute Units) 3584 (56 Compute Units) REQUIRED POWER SUPPLY CONNECTORS 2x 8-pin 2x 8-pin AMD CROSSFIRE™ SUPPORT (MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GPUS AND CROSSFIRE BRIDGE INTERCONNECT REQUIRED) 4, no 4, no FORM FACTOR Full height, dual slot, liquid-cooled Full height, dual slot
  15. According to KitGuru, AMD is preparing to cut the price of the air-cooled AMD R9 Radeon Fury in the coming weeks much like it did with the R9 Nano earlier this month. There's no word on how much the price cut will be but KitGuru claims that it should be more price competitive with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980. If you're wondering about the Fury X, it doesn't seem like there is any information on that but it is possible. If you're in the market for a top end 28nm graphics card, it would probably be worth holding off to see how much of a price drop the Fury gets as it is already faster than a stock 980 in most cases and a price cut will make it an even more attractive option. With AMD's next generation Polaris GPUs due out in the middle of 2016, there is still plenty of life left in 28nm GPUs. R9 FURY X R9 FURY GPU ARCHITECTURE 28nm 28nm API SUPPORT DirectX® 12, Mantle, OpenGL® 4.5, Vulkan™, OpenCL™ 2.0 DirectX® 12, Mantle, OpenGL® 4.5, Vulkan™, OpenCL™ 2.0 HIGH-BANDWIDTH MEMORY (HBM) Yes Yes PCI EXPRESS® VERSION 3.0 3.0 VIRTUAL SUPER RESOLUTION (VSR) Yes Yes AMD FREESYNC™ TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD LIQUIDVR™ TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes 4K RESOLUTION SUPPORT Yes Yes FRAME RATE TARGET CONTROL (FRTC) Yes Yes DDMA AUDIO Yes Yes HDMI (WITH 4K, STEREO 3D, DEEP COLOR & X.V.COLOR™) Yes Yes AMD POWERTUNE TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD ZEROCORE POWER TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD TRUEAUDIO TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes AMD EYEFINITY TECHNOLOGY (MAXIMUM DISPLAYS) Up to 6 displays with DisplayPort MST hub Up to 6 displays with DisplayPort MST hub AMD HD3D TECHNOLOGY Yes Yes VIDEO CODEC ENGINE (VCE) (WITH H.264, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-2, VC-1 & BLU-RAY 3D) Yes Yes GPU CLOCK SPEED Up to 1050 MHz Up to 1000 MHz MEMORY BANDWIDTH 512 GB/s 512 GB/s MEMORY INTERFACE 4096-bit HBM 4096-bit HBM MEMORY AMOUNT 4GB HBM 4GB HBM STREAM PROCESSING UNITS 4096 (64 Compute Units) 3584 (56 Compute Units) REQUIRED POWER SUPPLY CONNECTORS 2x 8-pin 2x 8-pin AMD CROSSFIRE™ SUPPORT (MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GPUS AND CROSSFIRE BRIDGE INTERCONNECT REQUIRED) 4, no 4, no FORM FACTOR Full height, dual slot, liquid-cooled Full height, dual slot View full article
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    TI 2.0 feedback thread.

    UPDATE: We have updated our Terms of Service and removed any mention of cryptocurrency mining from it. Upon your next login, you should be prompted to agree to the revised ToS. Thanks.
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    TI 2.0 feedback thread.

    Update: Coinhive miner code has been permanently removed.
  18. A New Battle Royale Experience - Ring of Elysium I'm sure by now everyone is familiar with the battle royale genre that took PC gaming by storm with PUBG's introduction last year. Since then, Fortnite and many other BR clones hit the market and that trend shows no signs of slowing down in the future as well known franchises such as Battlefield make the foray into battle royale. Tencent, one of China's largest game publishers, is currently testing its own free to play BR game in Asia called Ring of Elysium (ROE). If you haven't heard of Tencent, they're the company that Bluehole (makers of PUBG) partnered with to create the mobile version of PUBG and they also own a large chunk of Epic Games which makes the game engine for both PUBG and Fortnite. Free to Play In Asia (for now) Ring of Elysium is Tencent's version of PUBG for the desktop which is currently beta testing in Asia with plans to expand availability of the game in the future. The only way to get this game if you are a NA/EU player is to download the Garena client and go through a few additional steps to get it working. You can skip ahead to the download instructions and grab a cup of coffee while ROE downloads and you finish reading the rest of this article. Quality of Life Improvements ROE has the same premise as PUBG and Fortnite where players eject from an airplane onto the map and then frantically search for weapons and armor to fend off other hostile players before the zone closes in on them. Even the inventory UI (user interface) in ROE looks eerily similar to PUBG but when you look beneath the surface and dig a little deeper, you'll find ROE plays quite differently than PUBG while also bringing with it sorely needed quality of life improvements that PUBG still lacks. When I began my first match, I noticed there was no lobby like PUBG but instead I was already inside the airplane coasting along in the sky with less waiting time than a traditional PUBG lobby. Next, a sound rang out indicating it was time to eject and when I did, my character was equipped with a glider which seemed more maneuverable and enjoyable to use than a parachute. The first place I landed was a theme park aptly named "Ocean Park" and quickly made my way to a table containing weapons and grabbed the LVOA-C (a 5.56 mm AR) and accompanying ammo while watching the player adjacent to me do the same. I lucked out and managed to dispatch my opponent with the LVOA-C and immediately noticed a difference in the gun play compared to PUBG, my bullets hit exactly where I aimed despite the high ping to Thailand. Next I ran over and grabbed an SMG (MP5) along with a 4x scope, 2x scope and vertical foregrip. While perusing through my inventory, I noticed each gun had two slots for scopes and that I could switch between them using a hotkey--a simple yet badly needed quality of life improvement I'd always yearned for in PUBG! I tossed the 2x scope on my MP5 and 4x on the LVOA-C and continued running around looking for more loot when I came across the G28 DMR. I figured I'd toss the MP5 in favor of a AR/DMR combo and as I grabbed the G28, I noticed the vertical foregrip and 2x scope automatically switched from the MP5 to the G28 so I didn't have to manually remove and add them myself like I would have had to in PUBG. Here's an example of this mechanic at work: Another quality of life improvement that is featured in ROE is the ability to ping 3D positions using a hotkey which makes callouts infinitely less cumbersome than trying to describe the location of your opponent based on landmarks like PUBG. Additionally, ROE has hit markers so when your bullet hits another player, feedback is given to the player via a hit indicator which gives better feedback than a tiny speck of blood like in PUBG. Hit Detection, Bullet Velocity & Combat Having grabbed a level 2 helmet, backpack and vest, I was ready to make my way out of Ocean Park and head towards a town called Whale Town (these names are probably placeholders). While heading over there, I saw a guy about 150 meters out running out in the open and I decided to take a shot at him with my G28 + 4x scope. As I tracked him, I led my shot like I normally do in PUBG and fired but noticed I missed because I had overcompensated thinking bullet velocity and drop were like PUBG when in fact they were nothing alike. Next, I aimed slightly ahead of him and fired again and the bullet hit him dead on and I continued by firing a few more successive shots until he was dead. ROE bullets seem to travel at a greater velocity and have less drop (even though they are affected by wind like PUBG) compared to PUBG. In addition, the hit detection seems to be spot on for the most part (when taking high ping into account) unlike PUBG which can quite often seem spotty. I wanted to test this theory further by trying other sniper weapons out and I eventually came across a Remington 700 5.56mm sniper rifle and gave up the G28 in favor of it. Thanks to the quality of life improvements, my extended mag and scope from the G28 were automatically added to the Remington 700 and I was good to go. I decided to perch on top of the roof and wait on a victim to test out the Remington 700 and it wasn't long before I found my next target who was blissfully running across an open field about 150-200 meters out. Seeing how little I had to compensate for movement with the G28, I figured the Remington 700 would be similar and I was right, as soon as I fired, the bullet lasered in on the guys skull and he was down for the count. I also noticed there was no delay when aiming down the sights compared to PUBG and other games. Some players who value realism above all else may argue that less bullet drop and immediate ADS isn't a good thing but it seems Tencent has decided that a more casual approach to gun play could be more enjoyable for many and for me personally that is indeed the case. Dynamic Weather As I was running from one town to the next trying to survive the onslaught of other players, I noticed the weather had changed from a sunny day to one with rain and strong winds. It turns out each ROE match has unique dynamic weather which includes rain, wind, lightning and fog. Dynamic weather isn't just for looks (though it looks great), as it drives players to change their tactics. In a sunny setting, one can easily discern other players footsteps and see them from a distance but when the weather shifts to strong winds and rain, footsteps and other sounds become more muted and visibility is also reduced which forces the player to be more careful and aware of their surroundings. Here's an example of the dynamic weather at play (yeah I got shot up pretty bad): Eventually, the rain cleared up and I continued on my journey to the center of the zone and came across a silly looking Mr. Bean car (a mini cooper knock-off) and decided to take it for a spin. Vehicles Not Quite Up To Par While PUBG's vehicle physics aren't exactly the best, they do have ROE beat by far for now. As I mentioned above, I was driving around in my tiny Mr. Bean car and while accelerating, I tried turning and and rather than a gradual turn like I intended, it did a hard right into a tree. You could argue this is a side effect of a 230 ms ping but that isn't exactly it, the vehicle physics seem almost non-existent and as a consequence, they drive more like a cheap mobile game than a fully fleshed out desktop BR game. However, since the game is in beta testing and nowhere near complete, this can be excused. Performance & Limitations The good news is that despite being in early beta, the game runs quite well and anything with a 1050 Ti and above should run it smoothly at 1080p. Unfortunately, because the game is still in its infancy, Tencent hasn't fully fleshed out all the graphics and bind options yet so you can't technically go above 1920 x 1080 px resolution unless you tab out of the game and use the NVIDIA control panel to manually adjust the resolution above 1080p. Similarly, rebinding keys to the mouse isn't yet possible so one workaround right now is to use your own mouse's software (e.g. Razer Synapse) or a third party one like X-Mouse. Should You Try It Out? Of Course! Even with the game limited to Asia right now, it is free and well worth checking out if you are a battle royale and especially PUBG fan. It offers a similar experience to PUBG with with the noted quality of life and gun play improvements I mentioned above. In addition, the map itself is quite beautiful and is definitely a step above what PUBG has to offer. I've been playing this game for roughly two weeks now and haven't gotten tired of it yet so I recommend every BR/PUBG fan to give this game a try since you have nothing to lose. How to Download Ring of Elysium (Updated 5/2/2018) Downloading ROE has become a lot less complicated now thanks to official English language support from Tencent. So let's begin: 1. First thing you will need is Garena client so head on over here and grab it: https://www.garena.sg/gpc 2. Next, launch Garena and switch your region to Thailand and then restart your Garena client. 3. Select Ring of Elysium from the list of games in the Garena client and start your download. 4. Once the download is complete, launch ROE. 5. Hit Esc and press the middle button (see picture below) which is for settings and you will then see a drop down menu that lets you change the language from Thai to English, do this and then press the "Apply" button (it will be in Thai, see second picture below). Afterwards, it will prompt you to restart the game which you will need to do. 6. Restart ROE and now it should be in English. And you're all set! Come Join Us! If you would like to join the T|I crew and others in a game of ROE (and other games), then hop in our discord and say hello! We're always looking for new players to game with.
  19. A New Battle Royale Experience - Ring of Elysium I'm sure by now everyone is familiar with the battle royale genre that took PC gaming by storm with PUBG's introduction last year. Since then, Fortnite and many other BR clones hit the market and that trend shows no signs of slowing down in the future as well known franchises such as Battlefield make the foray into battle royale. Tencent, one of China's largest game publishers, is currently testing its own free to play BR game in Asia called Ring of Elysium (ROE). If you haven't heard of Tencent, they're the company that Bluehole (makers of PUBG) partnered with to create the mobile version of PUBG and they also own a large chunk of Epic Games which makes the game engine for both PUBG and Fortnite. Free to Play In Asia (for now) Ring of Elysium is Tencent's version of PUBG for the desktop which is currently beta testing in Asia with plans to expand availability of the game in the future. The only way to get this game if you are a NA/EU player is to download the Garena client and go through a few additional steps to get it working. You can skip ahead to the download instructions and grab a cup of coffee while ROE downloads and you finish reading the rest of this article. Quality of Life Improvements ROE has the same premise as PUBG and Fortnite where players eject from an airplane onto the map and then frantically search for weapons and armor to fend off other hostile players before the zone closes in on them. Even the inventory UI (user interface) in ROE looks eerily similar to PUBG but when you look beneath the surface and dig a little deeper, you'll find ROE plays quite differently than PUBG while also bringing with it sorely needed quality of life improvements that PUBG still lacks. When I began my first match, I noticed there was no lobby like PUBG but instead I was already inside the airplane coasting along in the sky with less waiting time than a traditional PUBG lobby. Next, a sound rang out indicating it was time to eject and when I did, my character was equipped with a glider which seemed more maneuverable and enjoyable to use than a parachute. The first place I landed was a theme park aptly named "Ocean Park" and quickly made my way to a table containing weapons and grabbed the LVOA-C (a 5.56 mm AR) and accompanying ammo while watching the player adjacent to me do the same. I lucked out and managed to dispatch my opponent with the LVOA-C and immediately noticed a difference in the gun play compared to PUBG, my bullets hit exactly where I aimed despite the high ping to Thailand. Next I ran over and grabbed an SMG (MP5) along with a 4x scope, 2x scope and vertical foregrip. While perusing through my inventory, I noticed each gun had two slots for scopes and that I could switch between them using a hotkey--a simple yet badly needed quality of life improvement I'd always yearned for in PUBG! I tossed the 2x scope on my MP5 and 4x on the LVOA-C and continued running around looking for more loot when I came across the G28 DMR. I figured I'd toss the MP5 in favor of a AR/DMR combo and as I grabbed the G28, I noticed the vertical foregrip and 2x scope automatically switched from the MP5 to the G28 so I didn't have to manually remove and add them myself like I would have had to in PUBG. Here's an example of this mechanic at work: Another quality of life improvement that is featured in ROE is the ability to ping 3D positions using a hotkey which makes callouts infinitely less cumbersome than trying to describe the location of your opponent based on landmarks like PUBG. Additionally, ROE has hit markers so when your bullet hits another player, feedback is given to the player via a hit indicator which gives better feedback than a tiny speck of blood like in PUBG. Hit Detection, Bullet Velocity & Combat Having grabbed a level 2 helmet, backpack and vest, I was ready to make my way out of Ocean Park and head towards a town called Whale Town (these names are probably placeholders). While heading over there, I saw a guy about 150 meters out running out in the open and I decided to take a shot at him with my G28 + 4x scope. As I tracked him, I led my shot like I normally do in PUBG and fired but noticed I missed because I had overcompensated thinking bullet velocity and drop were like PUBG when in fact they were nothing alike. Next, I aimed slightly ahead of him and fired again and the bullet hit him dead on and I continued by firing a few more successive shots until he was dead. ROE bullets seem to travel at a greater velocity and have less drop (even though they are affected by wind like PUBG) compared to PUBG. In addition, the hit detection seems to be spot on for the most part (when taking high ping into account) unlike PUBG which can quite often seem spotty. I wanted to test this theory further by trying other sniper weapons out and I eventually came across a Remington 700 5.56mm sniper rifle and gave up the G28 in favor of it. Thanks to the quality of life improvements, my extended mag and scope from the G28 were automatically added to the Remington 700 and I was good to go. I decided to perch on top of the roof and wait on a victim to test out the Remington 700 and it wasn't long before I found my next target who was blissfully running across an open field about 150-200 meters out. Seeing how little I had to compensate for movement with the G28, I figured the Remington 700 would be similar and I was right, as soon as I fired, the bullet lasered in on the guys skull and he was down for the count. I also noticed there was no delay when aiming down the sights compared to PUBG and other games. Some players who value realism above all else may argue that less bullet drop and immediate ADS isn't a good thing but it seems Tencent has decided that a more casual approach to gun play could be more enjoyable for many and for me personally that is indeed the case. Dynamic Weather As I was running from one town to the next trying to survive the onslaught of other players, I noticed the weather had changed from a sunny day to one with rain and strong winds. It turns out each ROE match has unique dynamic weather which includes rain, wind, lightning and fog. Dynamic weather isn't just for looks (though it looks great), as it drives players to change their tactics. In a sunny setting, one can easily discern other players footsteps and see them from a distance but when the weather shifts to strong winds and rain, footsteps and other sounds become more muted and visibility is also reduced which forces the player to be more careful and aware of their surroundings. Here's an example of the dynamic weather at play (yeah I got shot up pretty bad): Eventually, the rain cleared up and I continued on my journey to the center of the zone and came across a silly looking Mr. Bean car (a mini cooper knock-off) and decided to take it for a spin. Vehicles Not Quite Up To Par While PUBG's vehicle physics aren't exactly the best, they do have ROE beat by far for now. As I mentioned above, I was driving around in my tiny Mr. Bean car and while accelerating, I tried turning and and rather than a gradual turn like I intended, it did a hard right into a tree. You could argue this is a side effect of a 230 ms ping but that isn't exactly it, the vehicle physics seem almost non-existent and as a consequence, they drive more like a cheap mobile game than a fully fleshed out desktop BR game. However, since the game is in beta testing and nowhere near complete, this can be excused. Performance & Limitations The good news is that despite being in early beta, the game runs quite well and anything with a 1050 Ti and above should run it smoothly at 1080p. Unfortunately, because the game is still in its infancy, Tencent hasn't fully fleshed out all the graphics and bind options yet so you can't technically go above 1920 x 1080 px resolution unless you tab out of the game and use the NVIDIA control panel to manually adjust the resolution above 1080p. Similarly, rebinding keys to the mouse isn't yet possible so one workaround right now is to use your own mouse's software (e.g. Razer Synapse) or a third party one like X-Mouse. Should You Try It Out? Of Course! Even with the game limited to Asia right now, it is free and well worth checking out if you are a battle royale and especially PUBG fan. It offers a similar experience to PUBG with with the noted quality of life and gun play improvements I mentioned above. In addition, the map itself is quite beautiful and is definitely a step above what PUBG has to offer. I've been playing this game for roughly two weeks now and haven't gotten tired of it yet so I recommend every BR/PUBG fan to give this game a try since you have nothing to lose. How to Download Ring of Elysium (Updated 5/2/2018) Downloading ROE has become a lot less complicated now thanks to official English language support from Tencent. So let's begin: 1. First thing you will need is Garena client so head on over here and grab it: https://www.garena.sg/gpc 2. Next, launch Garena and switch your region to Thailand and then restart your Garena client. 3. Select Ring of Elysium from the list of games in the Garena client and start your download. 4. Once the download is complete, launch ROE. 5. Hit Esc and press the middle button (see picture below) which is for settings and you will then see a drop down menu that lets you change the language from Thai to English, do this and then press the "Apply" button (it will be in Thai, see second picture below). Afterwards, it will prompt you to restart the game which you will need to do. 6. Restart ROE and now it should be in English. And you're all set! Come Join Us! If you would like to join the T|I crew and others in a game of ROE (and other games), then hop in our discord and say hello! We're always looking for new players to game with. View full article
  20. Well we know it's coming so let's keep this thread reserved for the future owners lounge.
  21. You can download immediately.
  22. In the not so distant future, we will be tackling many diseases and cancers using the newest revolution in biotechnology that involves targeting very specific parts of DNA and then snipping it. One such technique that has taken the biotechnology world by storm is CRISPR which involves the use of a cas9 endonuclease and guide RNA. This complex is recruited to a target sequence and cas9 cuts the desired region that results in a double strand break. With this double stranded DNA break, it can be ligated back together with a method called Non-Homologous End-Joining (NHEJ) to introduce random mutations via insertions/deletions to knock out a specific gene. Another method of repair called Homology Directed Repair (HDR) involves using a repair template that has homology to the flanking region of the double stranded break which results in controlled gene editing allowing researchers to use it for gene knock-out, knock-in, tagging etc. There are other competing methods such as TALENs (Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases) which a French biotechnology company called Cellectis is using to experiment for possible cancer treatment. As mentioned above, CRISPR uses guide RNA to direct DNA breaks where as TALENs employs the use of 18 repeats of 34 amino acids that vary at amino acids 12 and 13 which is the "Repeat Variable Diresidue" or RVD; RVD mediates the DNA binding specificity. (image credit: genecopeia) A pair of TALEN are targeted to opposite sides of a desired break site. Each TALEN is a chimeric protein with Fok I nuclease domain that results in a specific double stranded break. (image credit: genecopoeia) The use of this technology is detailed in article by Business Insider where an infant in the UK named Layla was born with leukemia that had failed to be treated using common cancer treatment modalities such as chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. Doctors there knew about Cellectis's work with TALENs and reached out as a last ditch effort to save her. Cellectis accepted their request and began her therapy by targeting her T-cells using TALENs to stimulate her immune system to attack the cancer and the result was complete remission. While many people will be weary of the possible abuse of such technologies, they should set those fears aside because it is this type of technology that will one day lead to the precise targeting and elimination of many diseases including cancer.
  23. In the not so distant future, we will be tackling many diseases and cancers using the newest revolution in biotechnology that involves targeting very specific parts of DNA and then snipping it. One such technique that has taken the biotechnology world by storm is CRISPR which involves the use of a cas9 endonuclease and guide RNA. This complex is recruited to a target sequence and cas9 cuts the desired region that results in a double strand break. With this double stranded DNA break, it can be ligated back together with a method called Non-Homologous End-Joining (NHEJ) to introduce random mutations via insertions/deletions to knock out a specific gene. Another method of repair called Homology Directed Repair (HDR) involves using a repair template that has homology to the flanking region of the double stranded break which results in controlled gene editing allowing researchers to use it for gene knock-out, knock-in, tagging etc. There are other competing methods such as TALENs (Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases) which a French biotechnology company called Cellectis is using to experiment for possible cancer treatment. As mentioned above, CRISPR uses guide RNA to direct DNA breaks where as TALENs employs the use of 18 repeats of 34 amino acids that vary at amino acids 12 and 13 which is the "Repeat Variable Diresidue" or RVD; RVD mediates the DNA binding specificity. (image credit: genecopeia) A pair of TALEN are targeted to opposite sides of a desired break site. Each TALEN is a chimeric protein with Fok I nuclease domain that results in a specific double stranded break. (image credit: genecopoeia) The use of this technology is detailed in article by Business Insider where an infant in the UK named Layla was born with leukemia that had failed to be treated using common cancer treatment modalities such as chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. Doctors there knew about Cellectis's work with TALENs and reached out as a last ditch effort to save her. Cellectis accepted their request and began her therapy by targeting her T-cells using TALENs to stimulate her immune system to attack the cancer and the result was complete remission. While many people will be weary of the possible abuse of such technologies, they should set those fears aside because it is this type of technology that will one day lead to the precise targeting and elimination of many diseases including cancer. View full article
  24. NVIDIA has officially lifted the NDA for the GTX 1070 which will be priced at $379 for the non-reference I mean non-Founders Edition card and $449 for the Founders Edition. Starting June 10th, we should see Founders Edition cards hit the market first which will then be followed by custom AIB cards that will vary in price anywhere from $380 to $450+. The GTX 1070 has a 256 bit bus like it's bigger sibling the 1080 but has 8 GB GDDR5 ram clocked at 8 GHz giving it less bandwidth than the 1080. In addition, the GTX 1070 has been gutted by NVIDIA and is left with 15 SM (streaming processors) and 1920 CUDA cores. It also features 120 TMU (texture mapping units) and 64 ROPs (render output unit/raster operations pipeline) with a peak fillrate of approximately 202 Gigatexels/sec. Comparison of GTX 1080/1070/980 Ti GPU GTX 1080 GTX 1070 GTX 980 Ti GPU architecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell Node 16 nm 16 nm 28 nm Transistor Count 7.2 billion 7.2 billion 8 billion Core Frequency 1607-1733 MHz 1506-1683 MHz 1000-1076 MHz Memory Frequency 10 Gbps 8 Gbps 7 Gbps Memory Type GDDR5x GDDR5 GDDR5 Memory Bus 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB ROPs 64 64 96 Shaders 2560 1920 2816 GFLOPS 8,873 6,463 6,060 Texture Units 160 120 176 Texel Fill Rate 277.3 GigaTexels/sec 201.9 GigaTexels/sec 176 GigaTexels/sec TDP 180W 202W 250W External Power 8 pin 8 pin 8 + 6 pin Like the GTX 1080, the 1070 starts at a fairly high base clock of 1506 MHz with boost speeds of 1683 MHz and utilizes NVIDIA's newest Boost 3.0 technology. The cooling unit is pretty much the same between the 1080 FE and 1070 FE that features the new polygonal shaped shroud and fan blower. Like the 1080 FE, the 1070 FE comes with a backplate which theoretically helps keep components cooler. The power delivery system of the 1070 has been cut down a bit more compared to the 1080 and is equipped with a 4-phase dual-FET design. NVIDIA has stated that the GTX 1070 is as fast as a Titan X in most cases which means it should match or exceed a base 980 Ti in nearly ever metric. Based on the reviews below, it seems NVIDIA was right on the mark. Here is a round-up in no particular order of current 1070 reviews: Linus TechTips: Gamer's Nexus: Hard|OCP: http://hardocp.com/article/2016/05/29/nvidia_geforce_gtx_1070_founders_edition_preview/#.V0uByfkrIuU TechSpot: http://www.techspot.com/review/1182-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070/ PCPer: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/GeForce-GTX-1070-8GB-Founders-Edition-Review Hexus: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/93050-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-16nm-pascal/ SWECLOCKERS: http://www.sweclockers.com/test/22153-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070/10#content Hardware Canucks: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/72689-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-review.html Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-pascal-performance,review-33567.html GameSpot: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-review/1100-6440307/
  25. NVIDIA has officially lifted the NDA for the GTX 1070 which will be priced at $379 for the non-reference I mean non-Founders Edition card and $449 for the Founders Edition. Starting June 10th, we should see Founders Edition cards hit the market first which will then be followed by custom AIB cards that will vary in price anywhere from $380 to $450+. The GTX 1070 has a 256 bit bus like it's bigger sibling the 1080 but has 8 GB GDDR5 ram clocked at 8 GHz giving it less bandwidth than the 1080. In addition, the GTX 1070 has been gutted by NVIDIA and is left with 15 SM (streaming processors) and 1920 CUDA cores. It also features 120 TMU (texture mapping units) and 64 ROPs (render output unit/raster operations pipeline) with a peak fillrate of approximately 202 Gigatexels/sec. Comparison of GTX 1080/1070/980 Ti GPU GTX 1080 GTX 1070 GTX 980 Ti GPU architecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell Node 16 nm 16 nm 28 nm Transistor Count 7.2 billion 7.2 billion 8 billion Core Frequency 1607-1733 MHz 1506-1683 MHz 1000-1076 MHz Memory Frequency 10 Gbps 8 Gbps 7 Gbps Memory Type GDDR5x GDDR5 GDDR5 Memory Bus 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB ROPs 64 64 96 Shaders 2560 1920 2816 GFLOPS 8,873 6,463 6,060 Texture Units 160 120 176 Texel Fill Rate 277.3 GigaTexels/sec 201.9 GigaTexels/sec 176 GigaTexels/sec TDP 180W 202W 250W External Power 8 pin 8 pin 8 + 6 pin Like the GTX 1080, the 1070 starts at a fairly high base clock of 1506 MHz with boost speeds of 1683 MHz and utilizes NVIDIA's newest Boost 3.0 technology. The cooling unit is pretty much the same between the 1080 FE and 1070 FE that features the new polygonal shaped shroud and fan blower. Like the 1080 FE, the 1070 FE comes with a backplate which theoretically helps keep components cooler. The power delivery system of the 1070 has been cut down a bit more compared to the 1080 and is equipped with a 4-phase dual-FET design. NVIDIA has stated that the GTX 1070 is as fast as a Titan X in most cases which means it should match or exceed a base 980 Ti in nearly ever metric. Based on the reviews below, it seems NVIDIA was right on the mark. Here is a round-up in no particular order of current 1070 reviews: Linus TechTips: Gamer's Nexus: Hard|OCP: http://hardocp.com/article/2016/05/29/nvidia_geforce_gtx_1070_founders_edition_preview/#.V0uByfkrIuU TechSpot: http://www.techspot.com/review/1182-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070/ PCPer: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/GeForce-GTX-1070-8GB-Founders-Edition-Review Hexus: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/93050-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-16nm-pascal/ SWECLOCKERS: http://www.sweclockers.com/test/22153-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070/10#content Hardware Canucks: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/72689-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-review.html Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-pascal-performance,review-33567.html GameSpot: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-review/1100-6440307/ View full article
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