PBBans Closure

PBBans has been online for almost 14 years and over that time we have undergone many changes and overcome many obstacles. From DDoS attacks to hosting changes, we have managed to come out on top providing a welcomed anti-cheat community for Punk Buster enabled games.


However, given our continued shortfall of donations, lack of new games with Punk Buster and games moving away from server rentals we feel our only viable option is to shut down in the next few months.


We looked at moving to a cheaper host but in the end, it’s not worth the time and hassle just to stay online for a few extra months. Our server count is dropping by the day and donations too. Moving is always a pain and we end up losing streaming servers that never seem to get setup again.


The last new game with Punk Buster was Battlefield Hardline release in March 2015 and the last listed Punk Buster update was June 2015. More games are moving towards in house anti-cheat or using newer 3rd party solutions such as FairFight and BattlEye. Many argue the effectiveness of each but in the end, it’s what the new games are using.


So, what happens after we close? We plan to host a basic site with the last banlists for download, PB files of legacy games and a farewell message of our closure. Emails will still work but the rest of the website and streaming will no longer exist at that point.


It’s sad for us as we have all made PBBans into a good community to fight cheaters and it was a very hard decision to close but asking for donations time and time again has lost its appeal.

Steam Top 10

Here’s the latest list from Valve of the top 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week. Or as it’s known lately, the top nine after PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Or as it’s known today, the top eight after the perpetual number one, since the number two spot is blank, presumably due to a glitch. Here’s the list:

  2. Dark and Light
  3. Citadel: Forged with Fire
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Car Mechanic Simulator 2018
  6. DOOM
  7. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Pyre

Update: We’re told the missing entry at number two is the “PGL 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Mega Bundle,” which is blank in their database now since it’s no longer for sale. Thanks PC Invasion.

EVGA announces GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card

Flagship GTX 1080 Ti with 2025MHz+ overclock

After a couple of teaser pictures posted earlier last week, EVGA has now officially unveiled its fastest and flagship graphics card based on GTX 1080 Ti GP102 Pascal GPU, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti .

Featuring a full copper version of EVGA’s patented iCX Technology dual-slot cooler, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card combines the best possible components, including the highly-efficient digital VRM, edge-plated PCB and more, and most-likely hand-picked GP102 GPUs in order to provide the best possible overclocking potential, with a guaranteed 2025MHz+ overclock.

The VRM draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, providing enough power to push the GTX 1080 Ti to its overclocking limits, which is probably why the same graphics card holds several single-GPU world records.

In its out-of-the-box state, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N works at 1582MHz GPU base and 1695MHz GPU Boost clocks with 11GB of 352-bit GDDR5X memory clocked at 11016MHz. Since it comes with EVGA’s iCX Technology cooling, it also features nine additional sensors embedded on the PCB, die-cast baseplate and backplate, airflow chambers and full control with EVGA Precision XOC software.

As you can see from the pictures below, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N uses a dual-slot, triple-fan cooler which is similar to what we have seen on earlier high-end graphics cards, except for a couple of K|NGP|N tags and the fact that it is made entirely of copper. EVGA was also keen to note that the cooler can be made into a single-slot design with an optional Hydro Copper waterblock.

As always, high-end components and premium design come at a price so the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N will sell at a rather high US $999/€1.099,99 when it becomes available.

AMD releases cheaper Ryzen

AMD is launching a new series of Ryzen processors today, the affordably priced Ryzen 3.

Ryzen 3 will complement the previously launched Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series of desktop processors, but will target entry-level price points. It has the same die as its higher-end Ryzen 7 and 5 siblings, but has fewer active cores and symmetrical multi-threading (SMT) has been disabled.

Ryzen 3 processors feature quad-core configurations, leverage the same socket and chip packaging and are also fully unlocked for easy overclocking.

The Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5GHz, with a 3.6GHz all-core boost clock, a 3.7GHz two-core boost, and a max XFR boost clock of 3.9GHz. The Ryzen 3 1200’s default clocks are decidedly lower. Its base and all-boost clocks are both only 3.1GHz, and its two-core boost tops out at 3.4GHz. XFR pushes its max single-core clock up to 3.45GHz.

In the benchmarks, with multi-threaded workloads, the Ryzen 3’s quad-core configuration generally gives it an edge over the dual-core / quad-thread Intel Core i3 and in some cases allows it to compete with more expensive Intel Core i5 chips.

With single or lightly threaded workloads, however, Kaby Lake-based Core i3s are likely to pull ahead due to their increased IPC and typically higher clocks. Ryzen 3 1300X will retail for $129, while Ryzen 3 1200 will list for $109. Retail chips should be available today in the channel so it will be a while before the great unwashed get their paws on them,.