Monday, July 9, 2018

Razer Core X TB3 eGFX Enclosure

Razer launched the Core v2 eGFX enclosure in Q4 2017. It came with a unique industrial design and dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers that justified its price premium over other eGFX enclosures. Today, coinciding with the introduction of the Razer Blade 15.6, Razer is launching the Core X eGFX enclosure.
The Razer Core X does away with the bells and whistles of the Core v2 - the chassis is more economical to manufacture, thanks to a simpler industrial design. The second Thunderbolt 3 controller is gone, as are the I/O extension ports - the Core X serves as a eGFX enclosure and supports only a PCIe 3.0 x4 peripheral. That said, the Core X supports larger graphics cards compared to the Core v2. The internal power supply is also an ATX 650W one (compared to the 500W Flex-ATX PSU in the Core v2). This allows the Thunderbolt 3 port to support power delivery up to 100W (compared to the 65W in the Core v2). The Core X also uses the Alpine Ridge C-stepping, unlike the Core v2 which used an older stepping of the controller. The Core X doesn't support Razer Chroma (the RGB lighting feature common across various Razer peripherals). All these changes allow Razer to price the Core X at $299 compared to the Core v2's $499.
The Core X launch also brings Mac support to Razer's family of eGFX enclosures (Core v2 and Core X only). Similar to the Core v2, the Core X is designed with open vents to support adequate airflow for the installed GPUs and aid in optimal thermal performance. Razer also touts easy installation of GPUs - a rear panel that slides out and a thumb-screw that allows for tool-less installation - as a major selling point for the Core X. macOS compatibility is advertised only with AMD GPUs. On the Windows side, a wide variety of GPUs ranging from the NVIDIA GTX 750 to the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX Titan XP. NVIDIA Quadro GPUs are also supported. On the AMD front, all XConnect GPUs are supported.
The table below presents the specifications of various eGFX enclosures currently announced / available in the market.
Comparison of eGFX Enclosures
AspectRazer Core X
Chassis Dimensions14.72" x 6.61" x 9.06"14.72" x 6.61" x 9.06"
Max. GPU Dimensions12.99" x 2.36" x 6.29"12.99" x 2.36" x 6.29"
Max. GPU Power500W500W
PSU650W ATX650W ATX
Cooling Fans1x 120mm (Chassis)
? (PSU)
1x 120mm (Chassis)
? (PSU)
Connectivity1x Thunderbolt 3 (to host)1x Thunderbolt 3 (to host)
Power Delivery100W100W
Shipping DateMay 2018May 2018
Price (in USD, at launch)$299$299
A look at the table above shows that the Core X presents a unique value proposition for users dealing with bulky GPUs. There are other eGFX enclosures supporting similar-sized GPUs, but, they come with a much higher price tag. Those around the Core X's price point tend to support only smaller GPUs, or, not support more than 15W on the power delivery side. From that perspective, the Core X complements the premium nature of the Core v2, and allows Razer to target different segments of the eGFX enclosure market.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Truecaller pulled out of Microsoft Store

Joining the list of some popular apps ditching the old platform, Windows Phone users will have to rely on the website to lookup numbers.



In what comes as expected, popular online telephone directory Truecaller has pulled out its support for the Windows Phone platform. An official tweet from the company confirms that Truecaller will no more be supported on the Windows Mobile platform, leaving existing users to depend on their website alone.

The decision has been taken in lieu of discarded support from Windows Mobile’s developers and Microsoft itself. Windows 10 Mobile is on life support for the past few years, with no new devices using it as its operating system. With a majority of users migrating to the popular mobile platforms, Truecaller has been pulled out from the Microsoft Store and will longer be available for download on Windows Phones.

“Due to Microsoft stopping focus on developing Windows 10 Mobile, we have also discontinued support. Sorry about that,” read the tweet. “Unfortunately, we have stopped supporting Windows 10 Mobile. If you want to still lookup numbers, you can go to truecaller.com,” another tweet states.

With Truecaller pulling out, Windows Mobile is lacking support from major services and apps, thereby making the Windows Phones good enough only for making calls, sending texts and browsing the Internet. Microsoft will keep supporting the platform until mid-2019, after which Windows Phone will be left for good.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

THE GROWING IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON SPORTS


The drastic change in the social media landscape over the last ten years has had a major impact on all aspects of our lives and sports industry is in no way an exception.

Today, sports events and social media go hand in hand. We’re witnessing an era where every team, league, or sports association has at least one social media profile where they announce all important information. Moreover, it became impossible to scroll down your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account during a major sports event and not have your news feed overwhelmed with information, real-time gifs, vines, or memes about it. Also, almost every sports event or show has a related hashtag which creates a relationship with the audience and brings a fast response. Athletes use social media to establish their name, communicate with their fans, announce their activities, and even promote brands and make money, as they have millions of followers.

The infographic below, created by the Betting Sites team, will help you understand the growing impact of social media on sports and learn many interesting facts that you probably didn’t know.


impact of social media on sports

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