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ASRock at CES 2017

ASRock was at CES this year in a suite so they could meet with press, buyers and marketing people without yelling over top of the crowds. They also did this as there were trying to show off a couple of new products they have been working on that are still working on Intel certification. ASRock is most known for their motherboards and they certainly had quite a lineup of new Kaby Lake Intel boards as well as some new boards for AMDs Ryzen CPU. Some of their high-end Intel boards now come with 5GbE networking. Of course 10GbE is already available in the commercial space for servers and large companies, but for the general consumer, 5GbE is the gap-filler that ASRock is hoping will take off.

ASRock

 

It's purely cosmetic, but ASRock has taken to putting themes on their motherboards and the PCB, slots, cooling solutions and more reflex different designs. As more PCs have windows and RGB lighting, ASRock wants to make sure you keep your theme going - and take it a step above the competition. It's pretty nifty.

ASRock is jumping back into network as well, but the piece they are excited about is the new Micro-STX platform. If you've heard about it before CES, you're a lot more connected than me (and probably are), but this was the first time that I'd seen this form factor. The boards are rectangular like a standard motherboard, but they are much, much smaller. The amazing thing is that ASRock is working with the 7th-Gen Intel Kaby Lake platform here as well and the board uses DDR4 SODIMMs. 

Micro-STX

Micro-STX Front

Micro-STX

Micro-STX Back

 

You'll notice that there aren't a lot of traditional SATA connectors or graphics card slots. ASRock is moving to M.2 for storage and has included four slots on the back. For graphics card upgrades, they are working with NVIDIA primarily to produce MXM form factor cards to be used on this system. As you can see, there are a few bottlenecks remaining, but ASRock is betting big on this new platform. Why not? You could easily populate the M.2 with 3TB of ultra-fast storage, an 802.11ac module, Kaby Lake CPU at crazy speeds and a new MXM GTX 1080 graphics card.

Micro-STX

 

The system they had running was very quiet and performed like a champ. It's a brave new world and ASRock is hoping they get to help pave the road to the future with the Micro-STX system they had on display.

For more images from our ASRock visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can view our entire CES coverage over here.

 

LG at CES 2018

Over the years, LG has really impressed us with their latest and greatest and this year their "OLED Canyon" was pretty impressive indeed. Last year they had a full tunnel of OLED panels, and this year they had a full canyon to walk through that showcased their ability to bend their panels both concave (traditional) and convex (outward). This looked very impressive and shows that LG is thinking about practical applications for large displays as well as showing off some pretty tight curves that they can do with their displays as well. The results are almost breathtaking and while some may argue that VR gives you the same effect, the fact is that this canyon experience is a bit better than 4K - closer to 800K worth of craziness makes it incredible.

 

LG was also showing off their very nice Thunderbolt 3 displays that are capable of daisy-chaining multiple 4K displays. The 32UK950 pictured below is capable of the HDR600 specification - making it far superior to many companies HDR10 spec that just meets minimum requirements. While the image below looks pretty vivid and incredible, you really have to see it first-hand to appreciate the beauty that is the 32UK950 series.

32UK950

 

LG also showcased their gaming displays capable of 240Hz, but without the full HDR600 specification. LG does support both Freesync and G-Sync in their gaming displays. 

There was much more to see and take in at LG, but these are the main highlights I think you'll enjoy!

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VulcLAN XVI

 

Gamers Have to Suck up GPU Prices

According to a Crypto-Rig builder, gamers just need to suck up the high prices of GPUs. The fact is that if you invest big in the mining world, you can pay off your GPU in the first year (potentially). Then, you'll end up with a flaky, heat-stressed GPU for playing video games for minutes between crashing. What a wonderful world we live in where not only can we make the money back we spend on a GPU NOT playing games, but we can also spend a ludicrous amount of money on electricity and contribute to more polution by way of coal-fired electricy to power the system. There are a lot of reasons why mining sucks, and the cost of entry and cost of production are just a couple.

While miners look to make a profit on their expensive investment, gamers just want to have fun. That’s not the tack they should be taking according to Easy Crypto Hunter‘s founder and Managing Director, Josh Riddett. During a sit down with Digital Trends at the London Crypto Investor show, he suggested gamers should be mining, too.

Source: DigitalTrends

Facebook Broke more FTC Rules

Facebook doesn't actually offer user privacy - and we all knew that. The thing is, Facebook does some pretty shady stuff with user data that breeches the FTC rules on user privacy. That is not good - but again, not suprising. The downside is that at this point, your data is probably in the hands of Russian hackers and Kim Jong Un. The good news is that I expected that and have won the office pool. In the end, the fine could be huge, but it is probably payable from Facebooks petty cash drawer.

Such a violation, if eventually confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission, could lead to many millions of dollars in fines against Facebook, said David Vladeck, who as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection oversaw the investigation of alleged privacy violations by Facebook and the subsequent consent decree resolving the case in 2011. He left that position in 2012.

Source: WashingtonPost

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