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Wednesday Afternoon (28 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-June-2018  14:24:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some Computex catch-up: AMD debuted the 2nd Gen Threadripper CPU, with 32 physical cores. More AMD coverage from TechARP, who also have Day 3 and Day 4 reports. They also cover the Intel side of things, and look at how Gigabyte AORUS had a PC in an aquarium.

Meanwhile from E3 there's a teaser for a new DOOM game! Announcing DOOM Eternal, the direct sequel to the award-winning and best-selling DOOM (2016). Developed by id Software, DOOM Eternal brings the ultimate combination of speed and power with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. Discussion here.

If you're still running Windows XP or Vista and you're a gamer, be aware that Steam will stop working for you next year. "Starting on January 1 2019, Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. This means that after that date the Steam Client will no longer run on those versions of Windows," Valve announced today. "In order to continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to update to a more recent version of Windows."

Speaking of being obsolete: so's your $17,000 Apple watch, thanks aftahours. Apple's famously expensive, gold Apple Watch is now out of date, just a couple of years after people were buying them for more than $10,000. As part of a whole suite of upgrades to its products, Apple just unveiled watchOS 5, the new version of its software for its smartwatch. And it won't work on the original version of the Apple Watch.

Techspot spent 3 months with an analogue mechanical keyboard, where keypress pressure has an effect on game response etc. Successfully funded via Kickstarter back in 2016, the Wooting one (yes, the lack of capitalization is intentional) is, to my knowledge, the world's first true tenkeyless, analog mechanical keyboard. It features pressure-sensitive keys that are specifically designed to give PC gamers the same benefits console gamers have access to. You can move at any speed you'd like, which is particularly useful for racing games, first-person shooters and stealth titles.

They also have a guide to thermal throttling and how to avoid it. When it comes to graphics cards there are many ways to manage heat, from passive cooling, to fans and even water. But when these solutions arenít working, your GPU has one more way to beat the heat: thermal throttling.

Vortez have a guide to building a streaming and gaming PC. Right now games like Fortnite, CSGO, League of Legends, PUBG and Overwatch are dominating the streaming platforms. Fornite is the latest offering from Epic Games and it has made huge waves in the gaming industry, especially with streamers like Ninja, Hysteria, Dakotaz and many more pulling in huge numbers on Twitch. CSGO, LOL and Hearthstone are more fan favourites that have attracted big numbers for many years and still do well to this day. PUBG and Overwatch are newer to the fold, yet are very popular games that streamers and gamers love to watch and play. So streaming is very much a growth industry and now is as good a time as any to become a game streamer. I probably shouldn't mention that I prefer the mobile version of PUBG over the PC one..

Anyway, the NBN is finally available in my area. Hooray! I'll probably stick with Internode, but should I accept their free modem or fork out the extra for the Fritz!Box they offer? My current Netgear 3700v2 is apparently not FTTN compatible. :/



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