July 4, 2016

TMARTN is in trouble, affiliation with CS:GOlotto.com revealed

Posted on July 4, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

We dont usually go in for drama here at Brokenjoysticks, but this particular story is honestly too egregious not to report on. I can not confirm any of this information personally, but I encourage you to watch both of the videos and give careful thought to what you do with your money.

Seems like we cant go a week with out some fresh new drama popping up in the world of big money YouTube. Scandals seems to be as common as video content itself.  YouTuber Honor The call has published two videos where he alleges Trevor Martin (Tmartin) is running CS:GOlotto.com.  I say alleges, becuase nothing is proved at this point, but there is some pretty damning evidence.


You can see quite clearly in this image taken from the video, that Trevor Martin (aka Tmartin) is the Director or officer at Csgolotto inc, which is a business registered in Orlando florida with its address listed as the same home address known to be Tmartin. Even the BBB of Florida seems to indicate that there is a company registered to Mr. Trevor Martin in Orlando Florida whihc is called CSGOLOTTO inc. bbbAmazingly it actually gets worse from there.  Tmartin owning a business that sells CS:GO gambling skins it self insist a problem. The problem comes in when we start to look at the videos that he made. Though those videos have been taken private at this time, records exist of them on various other videos. These videos show that Tmartin told his over 8 million subscribers about a “new” site he just discovered in the form of CSGOlotto.com and the internet never forgets.

So what do we have here? Each of these records clearly show that Trevor owns CSGOLOTTO, and more so that itsallviral (which is also owned by Tmartin) is another principal owner of the company. This itself isitn a huge issue, business themselves often diversify by investing or building other companies. The problem is that Tmartin failed to disclose that he was the owner of the site. The problem is that he made several videos of himself gambling on the site, promoting the site, and winning large pots, with out ever disclosing that he was an owner on the site. This brings up a myriad of problems including the fact that if Tmartin has access to the backside of the site, he can simply make himself the winner for those videos.

There can be no question that this lack of disclosure is a violation of FTC’s rules on  disclosure for online video promotions. Not only that but honestly its just one of the most scummy things you could ever do. The fact that you would do something like direct people to a website you own that exists only for gambling, is so reprehensible that it has attracted the notice even of H3H3. Brokenjoysicks does not endorse online gambling in any way at all, but this is by far the worst of all methods of doing so.


Will The New Radeon 480 Fry Your Motherboard? Probably Not

Posted on July 4, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

AMD’s latest graphics card – the Radeon 480  – promised the performance of Nvidia’s previous generation near top end Geforce 970 for the shockingly low $199 USD. After only a few days users began reporting that the 480 was drawing more power from the PCI-Express port than it was drawing from the power supply connector. Is this a harm to user’s machines? AMD has issued a statement along with a promise to address the issue with an upcoming driver update.

I’ve been following the AMD Polaris architecture for months now and, of course, I got swept up into the hype surrounding the potential performance of the card. Benchmarks aside, the Radeon 480 looks to be the entry point for VR Early Adaptors who didn’t plunk down the coin for the Geforce 970 last year.


So, if you are looking to upgrade your graphics card should you be concerned about the amount of power that the 480 might draw from your board? Well, the bad news is that the card is going to draw more power than the PCIE specification. The card will pull just 75W from the six pin connector and the remaining 90W from the PCIE connector – 15 Watts over the recommended power consumption for a PCI Express slot.

YouTuber OzTalksHW tried out the Radeon 480 on an older motherboard and found similar issues to what testers have found – if are running a motherboard from the last five years or so you should be fine dealing with the power spike. If you’re running a motherboard from 2009 or prior you may experience random system shutdowns.

PCWorld spoke with anonymous motherboard manufacturers who said that random spikes shouldn’t be an issue but a sustained increased power-load could lead to damaged hardware. It should be noted that while discussions of this “power-gate” has been rampant on sites like reddit but the net hasn’t been flooded with reports of fried motherboards.  AMD has said in a statement that a driver fix is expected to be issued tomorrow.

Here is the full statement:

“As you know, we continuously tune our GPUs in order to maximize their performance within their given power envelopes and the speed of the memory interface, which in this case is an unprecedented 8Gbps for GDDR5. Recently, we identified select scenarios where the tuning of some RX 480 boards was not optimal. Fortunately, we can adjust the GPU’s tuning via software in order to resolve this issue. We are already testing a driver that implements a fix, and we will provide an update to the community on our progress on Tuesday (July 5, 2016).”

I’ve ordered a Radeon 480 and will gladly post some benchmarks using some of the most demanding titles that I own as well as some VR benchmarks. Unfortunately, these benchmarks will not include comparisons of other graphics card as my main gaming rig is currently down for repair 🙁 .. RIP previous graphics card.

Do you already own the Radeon 480? If so let me know what you think about it in the comments below.



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