Sharp 70inch 8k TV announced

Sharp has announced 70″ 8k TV. Now this obviously is a mere showcase tv hardware as there are no 8k content available from “tv sources”, you have to generate your own, view some high resolution images or rely on people releasing 8k content on the internet (which are not mainstream tv / movies).

But it is great to see how technology advances, it almost feel like 4k televisions came out just couple of years ago and now we already get the first 8k one 🙂

Personally I purchased my 4k computer monitor in early 2015, I got my 65″ 4k HDR tv only as late as february 2017.

Nvidia TITAN Xp Launched

Nvidia TITAN Xp has been launched.

NVIDIA TITAN Xp is the world’s most powerful graphics card. Incredible computing horsepower and groundbreaking NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture give you the power to accomplish things you never thought possible.

THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED GPU ARCHITECTURE. TITAN Xp is powered by Pascal to deliver up to 3X the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, plus innovative new gaming technologies and breakthrough VR experiences.


Mudspike take’s a look at how the Nvidia GTX 1080 performs in some of their favorite sims and games

We take a look at how the NVidia GTX 1080 performs in some of our favorite sims and games – the results are quite positive, with some caveats…


Is now the time to jump to a 1070 or 1080? I don’t know. With their entry into the market, we’ve already seen the prices of the 900 series cards falling swiftly, so those would probably be a good stop-gap. And of course the evolution of hardware marches on regardless of what you purchase – indeed the next better thing (1080 Ti) is ready to come down the pipe early next year. Prices will fall, sales will be had, and it is up to you to determine your price entry point versus the payoff. Personally, I’m glad I adopted early this time because it has made a great difference in the two sims I primarily play: DCS World and X-Plane. And the VR experience in both DCS World and P3D has to be seen to be believed. In any case, $600 – $700 is a lot of money to spend on one piece of hardware. Throw in a Rift and you are looking at well over a grand to provide the next step in simming. I flew for about 30 minutes last night with my Oculus Rift in a new, free game – Red Bull Air Race. After 30 minutes I was about ready to throw up. Money well spent. Bucket sold separately.


Security Audit Finds Critical Vulnerabilities In VeraCrypt, TrueCrypt’s Main Successor

A security audit performed by Quarkslab and funded by OSTIF uncovered several problems with the VeraCrypt disk encryption tool. The auditors found eight critical, three medium-severity, and 15 low or informational vulnerabilities in the software.

Source tomshardware

Logitech Buys Saitek’s Sim Controller Business For $13m

Logitech have just announced they’ve bought game controller brand, Saitek, and all their peripheral assets in a deal worth $13 million. That’s a lot of money to spend on a bunch of flightsticks and tractor steering wheels, but it gives Logitech a whole slew of products they previously didn’t have.

Saitek had been sheltering under the Mad Catz umbrella, but things have not been running smoothly for their parent company so it must have come as a bit of a relief for all concerned when Logitech turned up waving a bunch of cash under their collective noses. And it’s a great deal for all parties too, not least of all us simulation fans.

Before now Logitech were the kings of gaming mice and keyboards, and had a neat line in affordable, good-quality steering wheels. But flightsticks? Not so much. By picking up Saitek and their simulation gear assets Logitech have suddenly got a whole new, popular product line at a time when simulation games are once more gaining prominence.

It’s not just all about Elite: Dangerous either, though those are the titles which have brought about increased interest in HOTAS controllers. The rise and rise of modern VR is potentially bringing about a bit of a serious simulation games renaissance.

“Whether you’re into driving, flying or exploring space, there are fresh new titles available and more to come,” explained Logitech vice president, Ujesh Desai, in a blog post about the acquisition. “Some of these titles are even VR enabled and we believe that dedicated controllers will stimulate and enhance the total VR experience.”

Saitek have a great line of products, and the X55 Rhino ran a close second to the Thrustmaster Warthog the last time I ran a big flightstick test, but recently there have been consumer reports of quality issues and increased RMA rates. With Logitech on board, with their history of top-quality products, the future of Saitek’s simulation products looks rosy indeed.

Though I am, like many of you I’m sure, a little nervous about the future of their Farm Simulator Heavy Equipment Precision Control System. Saitek’s now Logitech-branded site no longer acknowledges the tractor wheel, instead focuses purely on the controllers for flight and space sims. Logitech already have their own wheels and maybe won’t want the mighty G29 being upstaged by a heavy plant controller.

Whatever the fate of their wheels though, I’m really looking forward to seeing the first Logitech/Saitek sticks to come out of this new relationship.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications Leaked, Inbound for Holiday 2016?

NVIDIA is giving finishing touches to its next enthusiast-segment graphics card based on the “Pascal” architecture, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Its specifications were allegedly screengrabbed by a keen-eyed enthusiast snooping around NVIDIA website, before being redacted. The specs-sheet reveals that the GTX 1080 Ti is based on the same GP102 silicon as the TITAN X Pascal, but is further cut-down from it. Given that the GTX 1080 is unflinching fro its $599-$699 price-point, with some custom-design cards even being sold at over $800, the GTX 1080 Ti could either be positioned around the $850-mark, or be priced lower, disrupting currently overpriced custom GTX 1080 offerings. By pricing the TITAN X Pascal at $1200, NVIDIA appears to have given itself headroom to price the GTX 1080 Ti in a way that doesn’t cannibalize premium GTX 1080 offerings.

The GTX 1080 Ti is carved out of the GP102 silicon by disabling 4 out of 30 streaming multiprocessors, resulting in 3,328 CUDA cores. The resulting TMU count is 208. The card could retain its ROP count of 96. The card will be endowed with 12 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip’s 384-bit wide memory interface, instead of GDDR5X on the TITAN X Pascal. This should yield 384 GB/s of memory bandwidth, significantly lesser than the 480 GB/s bandwidth the TITAN X Pascal enjoys, with its 10 Gbps memory chips. The GPU is clocked at 1503 MHz, with 1623 MHz GPU Boost. The card’s TDP is rated at 250W, same as the TITAN X Pascal.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications:

16 nm GP102 silicon
3,328 CUDA cores
208 TMUs
96 ROPs
12 GB GDDR5 memory
384-bit GDDR5 memory interface
1503 MHz core, 1623 MHz GPU Boost
8 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory
384 GB/s memory bandwidth
250W TDP