The ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Motherboard Review: Top Tier Threadripper

Today we are having a look at the most expensive motherboard for Ryzen Threadripper processors, the ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme. The motherboard has a very impressive list of features that reach far beyond what a consumer expects to see on a regular product, such as hardware support for liquid nitrogen cooling. We will closely inspect the motherboard and its features in this review.

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Tempest 4000 finally lives after delays, legal threats—but what’s up on PC?

Enlarge / This is a 2018 title screen, we swear. (credit: Atari / Llamasoft)

Ever since 1994′s Tempest 2000, British game developer Jeff Minter has been inextricably linked to Atari. Published by Atari for its Jaguar system, Tempest 2000 was easily among that notorious console’s best, and it combined the spirit of the original Tempest with power-ups, psychedelic designs, and twitchy, controller-friendly action (no trackball required!).

But that Atari link has grown sour in recent years, with Minter publicly decrying the current “company” (which he chidingly calls “Infogrames,” since that was the company’s name before it bought Atari’s rights) and paraphrasing their last legal threat in 2015 as follows: “Give us personal information about your finances or we will fuck you up.” The row was over TxK, the spiritual successor to Tempest 2000 that his development house, Llamasoft, launched on the PlayStation Vita in 2014. The following year, his attempts to bring that new “tube shooter” game to other platforms were met with legal threats.

“Attack me? They should have hired me,” Minter said to Ars in 2015. Someone among Atari’s ranks must have been paying attention.

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At $10,399, Is This 1988 Mazda RX7 Turbo II a Fitting Sequel to a Car That Never Was?

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A still from Cody Wilson’s latest video shows this example of 3D-printed handguns (these are mock-ups pictured, not actual handguns). (credit: Defense Distributed)

Defense Distributed, the 3D-printing gun activist group, has secured a settlement with the Department of State that will enable it to legally distribute its CAD files of firearms on its DEFCAD website, putting an end to a years-long lawsuit.

The group says it will resume publication on August 1, 2018, more than four years after its files were first removed.

“It’s just now black letter law that you can traffick in this information,” Cody Wilson, the group’s founder, told Ars, noting that substantially not much will change given that the files have been available on torrent sites for years.

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Valve temporarily stops adding adult games to Steam

In recent months, the question of which games should be granted access to Steam — Valve's online marketplace — has become an increasingly heated one. After initially warning developers whose games contained adult or violent subject matter to remove…