Thursday, May 26th 2016

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NVIDIA Releases First WHQL-signed GTX 1080 Driver

NVIDIA posted its first official driver for the GeForce GTX 1080, ahead of its retail availability from tomorrow (27/05). The new GeForce 368.25 WHQL appears to have the same feature-set and change-log as the GeForce 368.22 WHQL posted earlier this week, with the notable exception of supporting just the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. It should come handy for some of the earliest adopters of the retail GTX 1080 cards. Download the driver from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.25 WHQL for GeForce GTX 1080

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Pictured

A low-resolution picture of GIGABYTE's upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card made it to the web, revealing the company's latest WindForce 3X cooling solution. The card doesn't appear to be as long as some of the older WindForce 3X based graphics cards from the company, but is taller. It features three ≥100 mm fans, compacted in a way that makes the two side fans overlap the middle fan, which is slightly receded into the heatsink, and suspended along an outwardly-static hub (the fan still blows inwards). The static hub features four LED-acrylic strips that make an "X." Not much else is known about the card. Things should clear up by the 27th, though.

Source: VideoCardz

ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! and AMP! Extreme Graphics Cards Pictured

Here are the first clear pictures of ZOTAC's upcoming custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, the GTX 1080 AMP! and the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme (pictured in that order). The GTX 1080 AMP! features a simple 2-slot, dual-fan cooling solution, with a moderate factory-overclock. The GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, on the other hand, features a meaty triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution, a very strong VRM that draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and a heavy factory-overclock.

Both cards feature custom-design PCBs by ZOTAC, which are bound to feature more than one power connector; an identical display output layout of three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one DVI-D; and ZOTAC Freeze Technology, which powers down the fans when the GPU is idling (or under a temperature threshold). The clock speeds of both the cards are still under the wraps. Both cards are expected to be launched on May 27th.

Source: VideoCardz

Lian Li Unveiling New Desk, PC-O10 and New Armorsuit Chassis at Computex

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties to visit its booth at Computex 2016! It will display a number of new cases, including the recently announced PC-O9 and Ebonsteel series. On top of revealing the next O-series PC-O10 and long-awaited update to the Armorsuit line, Lian Li will also put the spotlight on its computer desk chassis, showcasing the DK-04 standing desk, and unveiling an all-new model.

Visitors to the booth can see the DK-04 standing computer desk chassis: an elegant, aluminum computer chassis that doubles as a standing desk for work, or a sitting desk for play. Plus, Lian Li will have a yet-unannounced, all-new DK-series desk chassis in tow. Come take a seat at the desks and try them on for size. Several years ago Lian Li unleashed the Armorsuit line: the no-holds-barred series of aluminum super tower cases with thick panels and massive component clearances. Between large form factor motherboards, robust air and water cooling schemes, multiple-VGA card builds, and elaborate RAID storage arrays - pretty much anything could be built into these cases. Nearly eight years later, Lian Li is thrilled to reveal the next Armorsuit chassis. Get ready to rumble.

G.Skill Trident Z First to Achieve DDR4-5000 - A Frequency Record

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces the world's first DDR4 memory overclocking record to break past the mind-blowing 5GHz barrier, achieved with G.SKILL Trident Z Series DDR4 memory engineered with Samsung ICs and the MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC motherboard. With this achievement in the official record books, the world's top 7 memory frequency records are now dominated by G.SKILL memory.

Surpassing the 5GHz frequency speed barrier had been the ultimate aspiration of the memory overclocking community since the last year's launch of the Intel Skylake platform. This historic milestone is finally succeeded today by the renowned Taiwanese overclocking legend, Toppc, under liquid nitrogen cooling. "We are extremely excited to achieve this great milestone together with Samsung components and MSI motherboard," says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President and Director of R&D, G.SKILL International. "We will continually push hardware performance to the limits and provide enthusiasts with even more advanced products."

Alphacool Announces the Aurora LED Ring

Following Alphacool's motto of "The next step in modding and style", the Aurora is an easy way to illuminate your reservoir with powerful colour. Versions are available in red, blue, green, white and also UV. This last one is especially suited to UV-active fluids, where the fluid itself begins to glow.

Two sizes are available, one for tube reservoirs with a diameter of 50 and one version for 60mm. The 50mm version is equipped with 18 LEDs, the 60mm with 24 LEDs. Due to the high number of LEDs, the illumination is normally much stronger than with the classic setup of single LEDs. Of course, you can also install two or more Auroras on one reservoir.

Team Group Readies New T-Force Line of Memory and SSDs

Team Group is giving finishing touches to its new T-Force line of high-performance DDR4 memory targeted at enthusiast PC builds. T-Force will be an umbrella-brand for Team Group, and the company will launch Dark, Dark Pro, and Xtreem sub-branded products under it. Below is a render of the first T-Force DDR4 memory module, with Dark Pro sub-branding. The company is said to be preparing a T-Force Xtreem module that runs at DDR4-4266 MHz with timings of 18-22-22-40, and DRAM voltage of 1.4V. Team Group is also launching solid-state drives (SSDs) under the T-Force brand, which will initially include the Dark and Dark Pro sub-brands. Below is a render of a 960 GB T-Force Dark SSD.
Wednesday, May 25th 2016

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Corsair Launches the Lapdog Portable Gaming Control Center for the Living Room

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the release of its eagerly awaited LAPDOG portable gaming control center. LAPDOG brings full-size gaming keyboard and mouse control to the living room, allowing users to mount their choice of CORSAIR K70 or K65 keyboard (not included) into its aluminium chassis, alongside a gaming mouse of choice. Backed with a removable memory foam lap cushion for supreme comfort in long gaming sessions, LAPDOG allows gamers to sit back on their sofa in front of a big screen TV and enjoy the best and most comfortable PC gaming experience to be had.

First shown at Computex 2015 and the winner of numerous "Best of Show" awards CORSAIR Lapdog brings desktop CORSAIR gaming peripheral performance to the living room. A full-size portable gaming control center, LAPDOG allows you to mount your choice of CORSAIR K70 or K65 Keyboard and mouse to enjoy the complete PC gaming experience from the comfort of your couch.

AMD Announces the FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU for Blade Servers

AMD today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience.

Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now.

QNAP Announces High-performance TVS-x82 Business NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the powerful TVS-x82 series, aimed at business users in need of the utmost performance and storage efficiency. Available in three different models (TVS-1282, TVS-882 and TVS-682) the TVS-x82 series adopts the latest 6th Generation Intel 14nm multi-core processors and has been designed to meet specific usage scenarios to accomplish tiered storage, application-based partitioning, and network traffic distribution with outstanding performance. The TVS-x82 series also features HDMI 2.0 output for delivering an amazing 4K 60 fps viewing experience and allows storage expansion by using the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS through VJBOD technology.

The TVS-x82 features advanced hardware for greater efficiency, including built-in SATA M.2 SSD, 2.5" SSD slots, compartmentalized smart cooling, and tool-less HDD installation. QNAP's Qtier technology empowers the TVS-x82 with auto tiering that helps continuously optimize storage efficiency across M.2 SSD, SSD and SATA drives, and these different storage media can be configured as independent partitions for different applications to ensure a sufficient throughput level for every application. With multiple network ports, it allows applications to use dedicated interfaces to meet network traffic distribution requirements.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to be Based on GP102 Silicon

It looks like NVIDIA will have not one, but two "big chips" based on the "Pascal" architecture. The first one of course is the GP100, which made its debut with the Tesla P100 HPC processor. The GP100 is an expensive chip at the outset, featuring a combination of FP32 (single-precision) and FP64 (double-precision) CUDA cores, running up to 3,840 SPFP and 1,920 DPFP, working out to a gargantuan 5,760 CUDA core count. FP64 CUDA cores are practically useless on the consumer-graphics space, particularly in the hands of gamers. The GP100 also features a swanky 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface, with stacked memory dies sitting on the GPU package, making up an expensive multi-chip module. NVIDIA also doesn't want its product development cycle to be held hostage by HBM2 market availability and yields.

NVIDIA hence thinks there's room for a middle-ground between the super-complex GP100, and the rather simple GP104, if a price-war with AMD should make it impossible to sell a GP100-based SKU at $650-ish. Enter the GP102. This ASIC will be targeted at consumer graphics, making up GeForce GTX products, including the GTX 1080 Ti. It is cost-effective, in that it does away with the FP64 CUDA cores found on the GP100, retaining just a 3,840 FP32 CUDA cores count, 33% higher than that of the GP104, just as the GM200 had 33% more CUDA cores than the GM204.

Samsung Announces SSD 750 EVO 500GB

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., an expert provider of advanced memory solutions for more than three decades, today announced worldwide availability of the 750 EVO solid state drive (SSD) in 120GB, 250GB and an all new 500GB capacity. The 750 EVO SSDs provide mainstream consumers and PC builders with an efficient migration path from hard disk drives (HDDs) or slow performing entry-level SSDs to a faster and more reliable storage solution for every day computer use.

"Samsung is committed to constantly evolving and providing high-quality memory solutions that fit general consumer needs," said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "We have seen high consumer demand for our 750 EVO in the 120GB and 250GB capacities, which have been available in select emerging markets since last year. We want to meet the consumers' expectation who seek a reliable memory solution to extend the longevity of their existing computers in an easy and effective way. By adding the 500GB version to the current 750 EVO line-up and supplying the drives to more regions, consumers who need high data consumption will be better served."

MSI Readies a "Backpack" Portable Gaming PC for VR

Get this - a portable gaming PC that's battery-powered, to which you plug in your VR headset, strap around your arms like a backpack, and walk around in an open space. MSI is tinkering with that concept, with its new untitled backpack gaming PC. The PC will be powered by cutting-edge desktop-grade Core i7 processors and GeForce GTX 980 graphics (likely GTX 1080M when it comes out?). It lets you plug in your VR gear with minimal cable clutter, and walk around without being confined to a static gaming PC. The company will detail this product further at its 2016 Computex booth.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Faster than GTX TITAN X

NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, which NVIDIA is pinning its summer upgrade revenue on, is shaping up to be faster than the previous-generation enthusiast GeForce GTX TITAN X. 3DMark FireStrike numbers scored by VideoCardz reveal that averaged across three popular resolutions - 1080p (FireStrike standard), 1440p (FireStrike Advanced), and 4K (FireStrike Ultra), the GTX 1070 is about 3 percent faster than the GTX TITAN X.

At FireStrike (standard), the GTX 1070 scored 17557 points, versus 17396 points of the GTX TITAN X; 8327 points at FireStrike Advanced against 7989; and 4078 points at FireStrike Ultra against 3862, respectively. The performance lead is highest at 4K Ultra HD. Based on the 16 nm GP104 silicon, the GeForce GTX 1070 features 1,920 CUDA cores, 120 TMUs, and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8.00 GHz (256 GB/s). The MSRP for this SKU is set at $379, although its reference design board will be sold at a $70 premium, for $449, when the card goes on sale this 10th June.

Source: VideoCardz
Tuesday, May 24th 2016

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FSP Also Readies the Dagger Line of SFX PSUs

FSP is also giving finishing touches to its first SFX form-factor PSUs targeted at SFF gaming PC builds, with the Dagger series. These units feature fully modular cabling, with enough juice and straws for high-end CPU and graphics hardware. The series initially features 500W and 600W models, boasting of 80 Plus Gold efficiency ratings, DC-to-DC switching, and complies with the latest ATX v2.4 specifications. An 80 mm dual-bearing fan keeps the unit cool. The company will reveal more information, including tentative launch, at its 2016 Computex booth.

CORSAIR Announces Dominator Platinum ROG Edition Memory

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the latest addition to its industry leading range of XMP 2.0 certified DDR4 memory kits, the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum ROG Edition. Developed in collaboration with the ASUS Republic of Gamers team, the 16GB 4 x 4GB DDR4 kit is fitted with a unique Republic of Gamers Red and Black brushed aluminium finish, to perfectly compliment the celebrated ASUS Republic of Gamers line of motherboards.

Clocked at 3,200MHz for blistering high-bandwidth performance on Intel 100-series motherboards, CORSAIR Dominator Platinum ROG Edition also boasts a custom overclocked ROG XMP 2.0 memory profile only accessible with ASUS Z170 Republic of Gamers motherboards*, pushing the kit to an even faster 3,333MHz with just a single setting.

Xilence Announces Performance A+ Series PSUs

Xilence, specialist in cooling, power supply and noise reduction of PCs and notebooks, is introducing a new revision of its successful Performance A series. The five models of the new Performance A+ series combine excellent performance with a low noise level and high efficiency. The power supplies are especially suitable for demanding use in gaming PCs.

Xilence is using DC/DC-technology for its Performance A+ series to ensure a stable and efficient power supply. With this technology, the transformer only has to convert the AC to 12 volt DC and increases efficiency. At the same time, additional voltages are regulated by the transformer to prevent incorrect voltage increases or cuts, in particular under asymmetric load conditions (so-called crossloads). This also ensures maximum stability. The power supplies are characterized by a low standby power consumption of under 0.25 watts. All these features mean that these models correspond to the 80 PLUS Bronze certification as well as an efficiency according to the ErP2014 standard. The main wire harness is sleeved to ensure a clean look in the case.

Toshiba Launches the OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD Series

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, today announces the Toshiba OCZ RD400 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for cutting-edge notebooks and PCs, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) RD400 series provides improved storage bandwidth and enhanced latency resulting in a fast and responsive computing experience.

Unlike Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) based SSDs utilizing the legacy Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) protocol, NVMe is the first storage protocol designed with SSDs in mind making the RD400 series one of Toshiba's fastest consumer SSDs to date. Additionally, the RD400's PCIe Gen3 x4 lane interface shatters the traditional SATA bottleneck by delivering over four times the performance of SATA SSDs. The RD400 series features sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s and 1,600 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 210,000 and 140,000 4KiB input/output operations per second (IOPS).

CRYORIG Teases Two New Cases Bound for Computex 2016

For Computex 2016, CRYORIG is revealing their first foray into PC cases with two innovated and uncommon projects. The CYORIG OLA is a Mac Pro inspired cylindrical home theater lifestyle ITX PC case with focus on performance and cooling. The CRYORIG TAKU is a monitor stand PC case that focuses on maximizing desk space while slides open for easy access to hardware. Both the OLA and TAKU projects are still in early development. CRYORIG is planning on a "Ask Anything" live stream event on June 1st during Computex for user feedback on both projects.

With the OLA, CRYORIG is attempting to create a PC experience case that not only looks sleek enough for it to be a center piece of the living room but also capable of housing powerful full length GPU's. Inspired by the Mac Pro, the OLA is cylindrical with a purpose. With a Cylindrical shape the OLA achieves increased internal air volume, and zero airflow dead space. Individual compartments for the CPU, PSU and GPU prevents heat overflowing to other areas. Dual shark-gill like side air intake ducts run the length of the case to insure cool air intake for both the CPU/mainboard area and the GPU.

FSP Readies a Redundant PSU for Standard ATX Desktops

Fortron's channel brand FSP is ready with a unique new redundant power supply for standard ATX desktops. The new Twins Series PSU is an ATX-size box that encloses two hot-swappable 500W server-grade PSUs, with internal circuitry that maintains redundancy. The PSU further interfaces with your OS, giving you control over redundancy, monitoring, and programmable alerts. The PSU is ideal for home-servers and workstations with <500W power draw. Each of the two included subunits features 40 mm server-grade fans. FSP plans to reveal more information at its 2016 Computex exhibit.

Logitech Announces Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Speakers

Today Ultimate Ears continues to push the boundaries of innovation and design in its portable wireless speakers with the addition of UE ROLL 2 to its vibrant lineup of anywhere-you-go-proof wireless mobile speakers. Starting first with UE BOOM in 2013 and now reaching new heights with the introduction of UE ROLL 2, UE continues to reinvent the Bluetooth speaker category, for everything from design to sound.

Whether at the beach or backpacking, UE ROLL 2 brings even more to the party, with 15 percent more sound and an increased wireless range of 100-feet, all while keeping the sleek, disc shape design of the original UE ROLL. Weighing in at just over half a pound, UE ROLL 2 packs in more sound without adding extra size or bulk.

EK Waterblocks GeForce GTX 1080 Block Now Available

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce full-cover liquid cooling solution for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 series graphics cards, based on Pascal GP104 graphics processor. EK-FC1080 GTX is a new Full-Cover water block, designed for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics cards. The block comes in four different variations and each of them directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas, thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable under high overclocks. Performance-wise all variants of the block are the same, the only difference being the overall aesthetics. Each EK-FC1080 GTX water block covers the entire PCB of the card and with the corresponding retention backplate, users get visually stunning GPU in their system.

Every EK-FC1080 GTX water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design - just like with the flagship EK-Supremacy EVO CPU water block - for best possible cooling performance. Such type of heat exchanger also works flawlessly with the reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, this radical design offers great hydraulic performance, allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.
Monday, May 23rd 2016

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AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3

AMD released its encouraging fourth update to Radeon Software Crimson Edition for this month, with version 16.5.3 beta. The new drivers come with optimization for three games - "Overwatch," "Total War: Warhammer," and "Dota 2" with Vulkan API. The drivers also add CrossFireX profiles for "Overwatch" and "Total War: Warhammer." The drivers address a micro-stutter issue affecting CrossFire machines on "Fallout 4." Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Beta for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 368.22 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers. These drivers are Game Ready for "Overwatch," "World of Tanks," and "War Thunder." This includes performance optimization, SLI support (for games that support multi-GPU), and GeForce Experience optimal settings. These drivers also address a stuttering issue noticed with "Tom Clancy's The Division," after 20-30 minutes of gameplay, on SLI machines. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.22 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 32-bit

Aqua Computer Unveils KryoM.2 PCIe Riser, Heatsink, and Block for M.2 SSDs

M.2 SSDs offer enormous fast transfer rates but the downside is they can also become quite hot. When the temperature reaches a critical point the M.2 SSD starts to throttle which results in a reduced performance. The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has addressed this issue with the high quality PCIe 3.0 4x card kryoM.2 which can be also equipped with a passive heat sink or water block.

The kryoM.2 uses a multilayer PCB with gold surface where the individual layers are connected to each other to optimize the thermal management. To ensure a good quality and reliability the connector for the M.2 SSD comes from Amphenol, the PCIe contacts are plated with hard gold and the circuit paths are impedance controlled.

Integral Memory First in-store with Memory Busting 256GB MicroSD

Integral Memory is first to market with a 256GB microSD card that offers a double portion of memory for storage hungry mobile devices. Recent generations of smartphones and tablets, demand increased capacity to save high-resolution photographs and video as well as to accommodate increasing numbers of app installs and music downloads.

The arrival of the new generation of microSDXC cards is set to deliver twice the memory capacity and the fast speeds required to manage Full HD resolution files without the fear of 'maxing out'. Smartphones and tablets fitted with the new 256GB capacity memory card can now accommodate 31 hours of Full HD footage or an equivalent 43,288 photographs, allowing consumers to worry less about running out of memory and to enjoy their devices more.

MSI Announces the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium

MSI announced its second Gaming Titanium socket LGA1151 motherboard after the Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium, the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium. This board features a slightly lighter feature-set than its XPower sibling. It retains the silvery white color-scheme of the PCB, with silver/chrome heatsinks and heatspreaders; and even features a white back-plate on its reverse side. The rather minimalist-looking board features a 11-phase CPU VRM; and features reinforcement braces along its four DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4). Other expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and six SATA 6 Gb/s. Among its modern connectivity options are two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), seven USB 3.0 (including one internal type-C port), AudioBoost 3 onboard 8-channel audio, and one gigabit Ethernet connection (driven by an Intel controller). The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

ASUS Teases its Next-gen DirectCU III Cooler

It looks like RGB multi-color LED lighting on graphics cards is here to stay, with ASUS teasing its next-generation DirectCU III graphics card cooling solution. The animated image (embedded after the break, below), shows LED strips lining the cooler shroud, with multi-color LED lighting. This cooler could feature on upcoming ROG STRIX graphics cards running NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and perhaps even some of AMD's upcoming GPUs, given how ASUS captions the image as "The Future Looks Bright." ZOTAC is the other partner with multi-color LEDs lining its GTX 1080/GTX 1070 graphics cards.
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AMD "Summit Ridge" Die Pictured?

At its 2016 Annual Shareholders Meeting website, AMD reportedly posted a wafer shot of its upcoming 14 nm "Summit Ridge" CPU die. The "Summit Ridge" silicon is rumored to drive a number of performance-thru-enthusiast processor SKUs for AMD. The die pictured features eight CPU cores based on the "Zen" micro-architecture, a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller, 512 KB of L2 cache per core, and 16 MB of shared L3 cache split between two blocks of four CPU cores, each.

"Summit Ridge," much like the "Bristol Ridge" APU silicon, will be a true SoC, in that it integrates the southbridge on the processor die. With "Summit Ridge," AMD is also introducing a new inter-socket interconnect replacing its ageing HyperTransport technology. The new Global Memory Interconnect (GMI) bus provides a 100 GB/s path between two sockets. The "Summit Ridge" die features two such interconnect ports.

Source: SemiAccurate

GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Box Pictured, PCB Renders Surface

Here are some of the first pictures of a GALAX branded GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card's box. Besides the SKU name, the box doesn't say much about the card it packs. Also pictured are renders of the GeForce GTX 1070 PCB from GALAX. This could very well be derived from NVIDIA's reference design PCB for the SKU. You can tell it's GTX 1070 looking at the bigger GDDR5 memory chips surrounding the ASIC. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The GeForce GTX 1070 goes on sale from June 10, 2016.

Source: VideoCardz

EK Announces New XRES Pump-Reservoir Combo as Standalone Product

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-SPC Series of pump reservoir combo units. Recently debuted with Slim Series kits, EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM with included pump is now available as a standalone product. EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM (incl. pump) is a value oriented water cooling pump reservoir combo. It has been designed to lower the production costs yet still offer great hydraulic performance at the best price.

The core of the unit is EK-SPC 60 water pump that uses only a 4-pin PWM FAN header for operation; no MOLEX connector is required! PWM control will allow you to set automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode. With the maximum pressure head at 3.2m (10,5 ft), maximum flow at 450 L/h and a very compact form, we recommend this pump reservoir combo for smaller builds, particularly if you are assembling your custom loop in a mini ITX case.

EK Also Announces CPU Monoblock for ASUS Z170 Sabertooth Mark S

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing ASUS SABERTOOTH Z170 S motherboard monoblock. Military looking EK-FB ASUS Z170S Monoblock is here. EK-FB ASUS Z170S Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel LGA-1151 socket Skylake CPU and the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z170 S motherboard.

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-1151 socket type CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module. Water flows directly over all critical areas, providing all enthusiasts a great solution for high overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-FB ASUS Z170S features high flow design and this monoblock that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pump.

EK Water Blocks Ready with a GeForce GTX 1080 Water Block

EK Water Blocks is ready with a full-coverage water-block for the NVIDIA reference-design GeForce GTX 1080 PCB, found on the company's GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics, and some of the more cost-effective custom-design GTX 1080 graphics cards (such as this one). The primary material is copper; the block features a common coolant channel running along the VRM, GPU, and memory areas, with a micro-fin lattice over the GPU. The block will be available in four variants: exposed copper with clear acrylic top, exposed copper with opaque acetal top, nickel-plated copper with clear top, and opaque top. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

GeIL Announces the EVO-X Series Memory with HILM Technology

GeIL, a leading global manufacturer of PC components and peripherals, presents the all new DDR4 EVO X Hardcore Gaming Memory with GeIL's latest innovation of HILM - Hybrid-Independent-Light-Module enabling dynamic RGB LED illumination. The EVO X Seires not only excels from the Super Luce Series asthetically, the technological breakthrough in high performance memory illumination transcends even further.

HILM - Hybrid-Independent-Light-Module (Figure A) fuses LEDs, micro processor, circuits, switch and dual-power-source in one modular solution, separating the entire lighting solution and circuitry from the memory module. Thus, allowing high performance DDR4 memory module to perform at its full potential and stability.

Toshiba-Samsung Stops Manufacturing Optical Drives

The Toshiba-Samsung consortium TSST (Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology) has reportedly stopped production of optical drives. TSST manufactured CDRW+DVDR, DVDRW+BDR, and BDRW drives under the Samsung brand. Samsung and Toshiba co-founded TSST in 2004 to manufacture optical drives under the Samsung brand name, and to make unbranded OEM optical drives for use in Toshiba and Samsung branded notebooks.

Samsung had to partner with Toshiba as it held the requisite optical disc technology licenses and patents. LG Electronics similarly partnered with Hitachi, another founding-member of several optical disc standard SIGs, to make up HL-DT (Hitachi-LG Data-Storage Technology), and sell drives under the LG brand. Speaking to KitGuru, a TSST sales manager stated "it's true that TSST(Samsung ODD) stopped production from Mid-April." All is not over for TSST, though. "We will continue the ODD business aggressively to obtain about 50% of market share," and will "release a new ODD to the market," he added.


Source: KitGuru
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