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 Tuesday, 27-October-2015  14:18:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital are buying SanDisk, thanks Tony. The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost. Coverage on ComputerWorld.

Something unusual from PC Perspective: power draw's relation to refresh rate. The results are much more interesting than I expected! At 60Hz refresh rate, the monitor was drawing just 22.1 watts while the entire testing system was idling at 73.7 watts. (Note: the display was set to its post-calibration brightness of just 31.) Moving up to 100Hz and 120Hz saw very minor increases in power consumption from both the system and monitor.

On a related note, TechPowerUp looked at building a 120Hz refresh rate system. Gaming at a refresh rate of 120 Hz can be as much of a revelation as 60 Hz is, to people moving from 24-30 Hz consoles. We will piece together a kickass 120 Hz, 1440p gaming desktop with adaptive-sync technology.

Anandtech look at DX12 multi-adapter performance, but interestingly, combining AMD and NVIDIA cards in the same system. While Ashes’ mutli-GPU support sees solid performance gains with current-generation high-end GPUs, we wanted to see if those gains would extend to older DirectX 12 GPUs. To that end we’ve put the GeForce GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 through a similar test, running the Ashes’ benchmark at 2560x1440 with Medium image quality and no MSAA.

Phoronix meanwhile compared 22 video cards on SteamOS. With Steam Machines set to begin shipping next month and SteamOS beginning to interest more gamers as an alternative to Windows for building a living room gaming PC, in this article I've carried out a twenty-two graphics card comparison with various NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon GPUs while testing them on the Debian Linux-based SteamOS 2.0 "Brewmaster" operating system using a variety of Steam Linux games.

TechSpot consider the best graphics cards of 2015, at several price points. Nvidia unleashed just four new GPUs in 2015 while AMD delivered eight cards if you're willing to be loose with the definition of "new" and three if you're not: Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury and Nano. With no more releases from either camp for the remainder of the year, let's break down each price bracket where key battles are being played out to pick some bang-for-buck winners.

YouTube have announced a paid service, in the form of YouTube Red. It begins tomorrow, with a $9.95 per month ad-free plan. Some people are up in arms about it. Beginning Wednesday, the company will offer YouTube Red, a $9.99-a-month subscription plan that makes YouTube videos ad-free, along with other benefits. For a company so reliant on free services, YouTube Red is an interesting move, one that possibly serves as the bellwether for video streaming’s future. In other words: the free ride is over; get ready to pay up.

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