AMD processors combining x86 CPUs and Radeon GPU technology have defined the current era of console gaming, but what if these small form factor boxes were wide-open devices, capable of running Windows 10 and PC games? And what if the under-powered Jaguar CPU cores were replaced with Ryzen instead for improved processing power? Last month, Chinese manufacturer Zhongshan Subor unveiled its Z Plus machine, which ticks all of those boxes - and I've spent the last week experimenting with an early production unit. To date, all we've seen of the Z Plus is a render of the casing, some opportunistic motherboard shots and some 'guerrilla' photos of the machine on display at last month's ChinaJoy gaming event in China. First impressions of the actual unit in hand are very pleasant indeed - the packaging is slightly larger than a PS4 Slim retail box, and much smaller than the Pro. Breaking the three seals and opening up the package reveals hardware that is very console-like in nature: stacked … [Read more...] about Hands-on with the Subor Z-Plus: AMD tech tested in new Chinese console
Deploying windows 10 in the enterprise
Microsoft doesn't want people clinging to Windows 7 the way they did with Windows XP, and it has tried numerous tactics to get people to upgrade to Windows 10. It even made Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for the first year. The freebie offer has long since expired, and for businesses that decide to stick with Windows 7 once support ends in 2020, Microsoft will charge a fee to continue receiving security updates."As previously announced, Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process. With that in mind, today we are announcing that we will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023," Microsoft stated in a blog post.The extended support package will be sold on a per-device basis. Microsoft didn't say what it will cost, but did mention that the price will go up each year.To be clear, this is not … [Read more...] about Starting in 2020, businesses will have to pay Microsoft for Windows 7 security updates
Nvidia’s Turing GPUs are finally here! Sort of. Breaking with tradition, the first graphics cards to be announced in Nvidia’s new Turing family are actually professional Quadro RTX models: the Quadro RTX 5000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 8000. As such, we’ll have to wait a little longer before we see the arrival of more consumer-facing GeForce GTX versions (probably next week when Nvidia hold their big Gamescom event), but if Nvidia’s new Turing Quadro cards are anything to go by, the alleged GTX 1180, GTX 2080 or even RTX 2080 (even now no one’s quite sure yet what they’re actually going to be called) will almost certainly blow today’s best graphics cards clean out of the water. Here’s everything we know so far. Nvidia Turing GTX 1180 specs Based on what we now know about Turing’s fundamental architecture, the new GeForce GTX Turing graphics cards will almost certainly utilise GDDR6 memory. Precisely how much per card remains … [Read more...] about Nvidia Turing: GTX 1180 or RTX 2080? New Quadro RTX GPUs change the game with new specs
Unity 2018.1 marks the start of a new cycle that introduces a major upgrade to our core technology, which gives artists, developers and engineers the power to express their talents and collaborate more efficiently to make their AAA dreams a reality. Let’s start with a few of the highlights, and then you can dig into the details of all the features. The first two highlights described below, the Scriptable Render Pipeline and the C# Job System, represent the first versions of two major features, which will continue to evolve to help you unlock beautiful graphics and increase the runtime performance of Unity. While you go through the list of new features, you can download Unity 2018.1 here. Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) Available in Preview with Unity 2018.1, the new Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) places the power of modern hardware and GPUs directly into the hands of developers and technical artists, without having to digest millions of lines of C++ engine code. SRP makes it … [Read more...] about 2018.1 is now available – Unity Blog
It's been described as one of the most serious PC security issues we've ever seen. Headlines have been dominated by the news that there's a serious flaw in the hardware design of Intel microprocessors, going back over 20 years and covering millions upon millions of CPUs still in use today. If your gaming PC is based around an Intel processor, it's vulnerable to the recently revealed 'Meltdown' exploit. Side by side with Meltdown is another serious security problem, dubbed 'Spectre' - which has the potential to affect your PC, smartphone or tablet, regardless of whether or not it has Intel technology at its core. So at the very basic level, what's at risk here? Essentially, Meltdown allows malware to gain access to protected memory within your CPU, areas within your processor that should be impossible to access. Sensitive data of just about any description is potentially accessible. Spectre offers another vector in acquiring sensitive data, to the extent that, although more difficult to … [Read more...] about Meltdown and Spectre: does patching your PC impact game performance?