Saturday, July 2nd 2022

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HYTE x hololive Reveal Limited Edition Y60 PC Case

HYTE, the new PC components, peripherals, and lifestyle brand of iBUYPOWER, a leading manufacturer of high-performance custom gaming PCs, is thrilled to announce the Hakos Baelz Collab-Limited Edition of the popular Y60 PC case, which was created in cooperation with hololive English team, represented by the COVER Corporation from Japan. Visitors of Anime Expo 2022, held in Los Angeles from July 1 through July 4, can get a first-hand experience of the new Y60 Hakos Baelz edition at the HYTE/iBUYPOWER booth #E-15 in Entertainment Hall where her specific system will be built live during the show for all to see.

"I'm super happy to be part of this collaboration with iBUYPOWER and totally psyched that Rosuuri put together such a cute artwork of me! I hope these products will imbue you all with unlimited chaotic energy to take down your foes and stay ahead of the game!", said Hakos Baelz.
Friday, July 1st 2022

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
ThieAudio Elixir In-Ear Monitors Review - Got Wood?

ThieAudio Elixir In-Ear Monitors Review - Got Wood?

ThieAudio follows up on the impressive but expensive Monarch MK.2 and V16 Divinity IEMs with a more palatable offering that innovates with a brand-new full-range dynamic driver. The Elixir aims to put forth a compelling combination of good tuning and great technicalities while looking like a flagship set, too!
Upcoming Hardware Launches 2022 (Updated Jul 2022)

Upcoming Hardware Launches 2022 (Updated Jul 2022)

This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2022 and beyond. We cover and keep track of developments for Intel Raptor Lake and Meteor Lake, AMD Zen 4, Intel's new ARC discrete GPUs, new AMD Radeons, NVIDIA Ada Lovelace, DDR6 and GDDR7 memory, chipsets and more.

AOKZOE Announces the A1 PC-based Handheld Console Powered by Ryzen 7 6800U

Handheld portable consoles now enable a new way for people to play PC games, with flexibility. More and more brands have entered this market with constant evolution of the devices. AOKZOE, an emerging gaming&tech company in Shanghai, has now announced the world's first AMD 6800U console AOKZOE A1. In addition to A1's superior performance, the design details and console features will also surprise you.

AOKZOE will be the first to bring the portable console with AMD Ryzen 7 6800U to mass production. The much anticipated 6800U powered console will surely bring advancement to the gaming experience. With the combination of AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, the Radeon 680M graphics, along with LPDDR5X memory, AOKZOE A1 is able to deliver Elden Ring at 60 FPS and Forza over 100FPS in the official video demo.

Inventec unveils Mategress, the highest density JBOD in 2U enclosure

Server manufacturer Inventec unveils Mategress, the highest density storage JBOD with 42 SATA drives in a 2U enclosure to meet industry needs while improving efficiency with reduced costs. As demands for storage skyrockets, data centers are facing space and performance concerns in delivering higher quality of service and reliability. Mategress addresses both these issues with its unique high density in a small frame, dramatically reducing the cost for storage centers.

The Inventec Mategress storage server is a standard 2U high rack mount system, supporting 42 3.5" hot-swappable Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) drives with easy serviceability. It offers a higher maximum storage capacity than other similar products with full redundancy and flexible input/output (I/O) expansibility or expandability.

44C1G Super Ultrawide Monitor launched by INNOCN: Double the screen, Quadra the experience

People want to know how to work smarter as the world is constantly evolving. To adapt to those changes, individuals are actively thinking of methods to be more productive while getting more out of life. The renowned company, INNOCN, has become the master of enhancing customer productivity with its revolutionary display gadgets. INNOCN continues to push the limits of what a good display monitor should deliver to industrious people all around the world. All of the company's display monitors are wonderfully constructed and include cutting-edge technology as well as unique features. The superbly crafted 44C1G Ultra-Wide 43.8" WFHD Monitor launched by INNOCN is the ideal display device that is changing the lives of many in their homes and in the workplace.

Working is how most people spend their time, and let's face it, work environments can rapidly get crowded and disorganized. Making a mess is the last thing on anyone's mind, and with the 44C1G Ultra-Wide Monitor, a person can concentrate on what is important. This monitor is wall mountable, so there is more area to work and the necessities may be left on the desk, but it does come with a swivel stand with adjustable height and tilt for those that prefer their alternatives. With this equipment, it is simple to conduct business from home. The split screen can be utilized to host a Zoom Meeting with business partners on one side and notes, graphs, and other important information on the other, ensuring that meetings operate smoothly. Not to mention that the monitor's HDMI 2.0, Type-C 65 W, and DisplayPort connections allow it to connect to a variety of devices.

NVIDIA to Cut Down TSMC 5nm Orders with the Crypto Gravy Train Derailed, AMD Could Benefit

NVIDIA is reportedly looking to reduce orders for 5 nm wafers from TSMC as it anticipates a significant drop in demand from both gamers and crypto-currency miners. Miners are flooding the market with used GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards, which gamers are all too happy to buy, affecting NVIDIA's sales to both segments of the market. Before the crypto-currency crash of Q1-2022, NVIDIA had projected good sales of its next-generation GeForce GPUs, and prospectively placed orders for a large allocation of 5 nm wafers from TSMC. The company had switched back over to TSMC from Samsung, which makes 8 nm GPUs from the RTX 30-series.

With NVIDIA changing its mind on 5 nm orders, it is at the mercy of TSMC, which has made those allocations (and now faces a loss). It's incumbent on NVIDIA to find a replacement customer for the 5 nm volumes it wants to back out from. Chiakokhua (aka Retired Engineer), interpreted a DigiTimes article originally written in Chinese, which says that NVIDIA has made pre-payments to TSMC for its 5 nm allocation, and now wants to withdraw from some of it. TSMC is unwilling to budge—it could at best hold off shipments by a quarter to Q1-2023, allowing NVIDIA to get the market to digest inventory of 8 nm GPUs; and NVIDIA is responsible for finding replacement customers for the cancelled allocation.

AMD Readies More Ryzen 5000X3D Processors?

AMD is looking to expand its Socket AM4 Ryzen 5000X3D processor lineup, according to Greymon55, a reliable source with AMD rumors. The current Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8-core processor was well received by the tech-press for its 3D Vertical Cache innovation that significantly improved gaming performance, putting it in the same league as Intel's fastest 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" processors, despite being based on the older "Zen 3" microarchitecture. AMD uses the same 8-core 3DV Cache chiplet (CCD) in its EPYC "Milan-X" enterprise processors. This lineup could see an expansion, with announcements expected in July.

If true, it could see the introduction of SKUs such as the Ryzen 5 5600X3D, Ryzen 9 5900X3D, or perhaps even the 5950X3D, with the latter two featuring a mind-boggling 200 MB of Total Cache (L2+L3). This would provide a tempting upgrade path to everyone with a Socket AM4 platform, now that AMD has extended official "Zen 3" support to even the oldest AMD 300-series chipset motherboards. There is yet another rumor that predicts AMD could develop certain "Zen 4" SKUs on the AM4 package, which sees a "Zen 4" CCD paired with a current-gen cIOD that has DDR4 and PCIe Gen 4 connectivity. Regardless of which rumor is true, AMD's support for AM4 isn't ending anytime soon.
Thursday, June 30th 2022

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC
Graphics Cards
The ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance Revisited

The ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance Revisited

The ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance has been a staple of the ASUS product portfolio, and an ever-growing set of partner brands are offering their own TUF-branded products to provide consumers with a balance between function, features, and performance. After first building a system in 2020, it is time to revisit The Ultimate Force Alliance.
Netac NV7000 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Netac NV7000 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Netac NV7000 is the company's flagship PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD. It is based on the highly popular and battle-tested combination of a Phison E18 controller paired with Micron's latest and greatest 176-layer 3D TLC NAND. With their drive, Netac is including an excellent heatsink that ensures there's no thermal throttling.

Micron Technology, Inc. Reports Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2022

Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) today announced results for its third quarter of fiscal 2022, which ended June 2, 2022. "Micron delivered record revenue in the fiscal third quarter driven by our team's excellent execution across technology, products and manufacturing," said Micron Technology President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra. "Recently, the industry demand environment has weakened, and we are taking action to moderate our supply growth in fiscal 2023. We are confident about the long-term secular demand for memory and storage and are well positioned to deliver strong cross-cycle financial performance."

CTL Adds Touchscreen Model to its Chromebook PX14 Series

CTL announced today at ISTE LIve 22 the addition of a new touchscreen model to its Chromebook PX14 Series. Like the PX14E and 14EX, this new model is able to run multiple applications effortlessly as it's equipped with the latest technology in processors, connectivity, graphics and security.

All CTL Chromebook PX14 models feature Intel Jasper Lake processors that are up to 35% more powerful than previous generation processors, making them ideal both for use in K-12 Education and work from home environments. The PX14EX with touch features an Intel Jasper Lake Quad-Core N5100 CPU with 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches the $6 Raspberry Pi Pico W

New product alert! In January last year, we launched the $4 Raspberry Pi Pico, our first product built on silicon designed here at Raspberry Pi. At its heart is the RP2040 microcontroller, built on TSMC's 40 nm low-power process, and incorporating two 133 MHz Arm Cortex-M0+ cores, 264kB of on-chip SRAM, and our unique programmable I/O subsystem. Since launch, we've sold nearly two million Pico boards, and RP2040 has found its way into a huge number of third-party products. We always believed that RP2040 was a great fit for commercial and industrial applications, but the global semiconductor shortage has vastly accelerated adoption. With millions of units on hand today, and pipeline in place for tens of millions more, design engineers who have been let down by their current suppliers have a perfect excuse to experiment.

Fast cores, large memory, and flexible interfacing make RP2040 a natural building block for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. But Pico itself has one obvious missing feature for IoT: a method for connecting to the network. Now, this is about to change. Today, we're launching three new members of the Pico family. Raspberry Pi Pico W is priced at $6, and brings 802.11n wireless networking to the Pico platform, while retaining complete pin compatibility with its older sibling. Pico H ($5) and Pico WH ($7) add pre-populated headers, and our new 3-pin debug connector, to Pico and Pico W respectively. Pico H and Pico W are available today; Pico WH will follow in August.

CORSAIR Launches New TC200 Gaming Chairs

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today launched the new CORSAIR TC200 Fabric Gaming Chair and the CORSAIR TC200 Leatherette Gaming Chair, a pair of bold new additions to the growing CORSAIR gaming furniture lineup. Each chair's racing-inspired design features a wide seat surface and extended height range, ideal for comfortably sitting taller, wider, or more relaxed while gaming. With your choice of black or white color options, a CORSAIR TC200 offers the best seat in the house.

The TC200 Fabric and TC200 Leatherette deliver long-lasting support and comfort when playing, working, or relaxing. The TC200 Fabric is covered in a comfortable cloth exterior for a soft and more breathable surface, while the TC200 Leatherette boasts a luxurious all-leatherette exterior for a clean, stylish aesthetic. Both chairs sport perforated sections that ensure minimal heat retention so you can stay cool even as the competition heats up. Built-in foam lumbar support and a plush detachable memory foam neck pillow support a healthy posture, so you can enjoy hours of gameplay strain-free.

LCD Monitor Panel shipments Forecast to Drop 11.3% QoQ in 2Q22 with Weak Demand Continuing into 2H22, Says TrendForce

According to TrendForce research, terminal demand remains weak due to repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war, rising inflation, and China's pandemic lockdowns as monitor brands began to reduce purchasing of LCD monitor panels in 2Q22. LCD monitors panel shipments in 2Q22 are estimated at 42.5 million units, down 11.3% QoQ. According to TrendForce analysis, monitor brands set fairly high shipment targets in early 2022. Coupled with the impact of LCD monitor panel shortages in 2021, monitor brands gravitated towards overbuying panels in 1Q22 to prepare for ensuing shipments. Driven by strong demand from monitor brands, shipments of LCD monitor panels reached 47.9 million units in 1Q22, up 20% YoY, the highest level for the period since 2012.

However, due to changes in the international political and economic landscape in February this year, the market for consumer models has cooled and monitor brands have successively revised their LCD monitor shipment targets downward and simultaneously lowered their panel purchase volumes. In the face of interest rate hikes by the world's major central banks and slowing economic growth, companies have also begun exercising caution in terms of capital expenditures, which has slowed demand for business-grade LCD monitors. In the past, inventory issues emerged and the overall market became oversupplied when monitor brands overstocked as consumer and business demand gradually cooled.

AMD Releases Adrenalin 22.6.1 Legacy Software for Older GPUs

AMD today released AMD Software Adrenalin 22.6.1 Legacy. This is a special branch of AMD software designed for older GPUs based on the Graphics CoreNext architecture—Fury series, 300 series, 200 series, and HD 7000/8000 series. The driver only supports Windows 10 64-bit, there's no official support for Windows 11. Legacy branch drivers correct outstanding bugs, security vulnerabilities, and some other software-level updates, but the company doesn't advertise any new game-specific optimizations. This is probably because these GPU generations fall outside the minimum system requirements of the latest games. Still, if you'd like to reminisce with an older GPU you have lying around, or want to build a period-specific project (2010 to 2015); here's your chance. If however, you're looking for the regular Adrenalin 22.6.1 WHQL drivers for the latest GPUs, check out this page.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Software Adrenalin 22.6.1 Legacy

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5900WX-series Pricing Revealed

Last week, AMD announced that its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5900WX-series of processors were going to be available from more OEMs, with an eventual retail version of the three models going to be available. Now the company has shared the retail pricing for the new workstation processors and it would appear that AMD's HEDT platform has become unobtanium for most consumers, after having been one of the cheapest platforms out there only a couple of generations ago. According to Tom's Hardware, whom AMD shared the pricing with, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5965WX, the 24 core, 48 thread entry level model, will start at US$2,399, which is more than a 32 core, 64 thread Threadripper 3970X, which has a retail price of US$1,999.

A step up is the 32 core, 64 thread Threadripper Pro 5975WX for US$3,299 and at the top of the stacks, sits the 64 core, 128 thread Threadripper Pro 5995WX for the hefty price of US$6,499. All three models have 128 PCIe lanes and a 280 W TDP. AMD seems to have decided to cash in on its core and thread advantage over Intel, as Intel's highest-end workstation chip is the Xeon W-3375, with 38 cores and 76 threads, which comes in at US$4,499, but only has half the PCIe lane count and a much smaller cache. That said, Intel is expected to launch its 4th generation of Xeon W processors, codenamed Sapphire Rapids later this year, which is expected to feature a 56 core, 112 thread SKU, which should bring some competition to AMD in this market segment.

SCHENKER Announces VIA 15 Pro and WORK series Ultrabooks

With the new VIA 15 Pro, SCHENKER has put together a unique overall package: The 1.45 kg ultrabook integrates AMD's efficient eight-core Ryzen 7 5700U, a 15.6 inch WQHD IPS display and two freely accessible and upgradeable M.2 SSD and RAM slots - a combination that is usually only found in significantly heavier gaming laptops with dedicated graphics cards. Unlike these, however, the VIA 15 Pro features AMD's energy-efficient, integrated Radeon graphics unit. With this outfit, the ultrabook is aimed at developers, programmers, and creative professionals, among others. The all-round office laptops SCHENKER WORK 15 and WORK 17 are also being updated with Intel's Alder Lake-P processors.

One of the most striking features of the SCHENKER VIA 15 Pro is a performance-enhanced AMD Ryzen 7 5700U with eight cores and 16 threads: instead of running the CPU with a TDP of 15 watts, which is common in the ultrabook sector, it can operate permanently at 35 watts in the highest performance profile ("enthusiast") - this way, it outperforms the majority of ULV processors and achieves a multi-score of 3937 points in Cinebench R20. The laptop's dual-fan cooling system was adopted from the 2020 predecessor model of the VIA 15 Pro, so it is designed for less efficient CPUs from the 54 watt TDP class and therefore guarantees superior and quiet cooling. Those who require somewhat less performance may select the medium performance profile ("balanced") for particularly quiet operation. Switching is possible in real time at the touch of a button via a keyboard shortcut.

Synology Announces RackStation RS822+/RS822RP+ Storage Servers

Synology today announced the addition of RackStation RS822+ and RS822RP+ to the versatile and cost-effective Plus series systems. The 1U RS822(RP)+ is an ideal data management and backup solution in smaller deployments, edge storage usage, or at branch offices. "RS822(RP)+ is the latest entry to our excellent all-rounder RackStation series of data management systems," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology. "Starting at 4-bays, it's a small but reliable platform to tackle any business storage or backup tasks you throw at it."

Synology Introduces FlashStation FS3410, All-Flash Storage Server

Synology today announced the availability of the FS3410, the latest in the FlashStation family of all-flash network attached storage servers. As a mid-range 3000-series unit, the FS3410 is a cost-effective powerhouse with excellent out-of-the-box networking capabilities. Its high throughput makes it ideal for use cases that demand high-performance storage, including VM storage and protection, file syncing, and business application hosting.

"The FS3410 fulfills the need for faster and more responsive storage solutions in scenarios such as high-resolution video post-production, building information modeling (BIM), geographic information systems (GIS), and large-scale CAD projects," said Julien Chen, Product Manager at Synology. "Its all-flash performance makes it excellent for hosting virtual machine storage and productivity applications such as MailPlus, our secure and reliable private email server."

Synology Announces DiskStation DS1522+ 5-Bay NAS

Synology today announced the new 5-bay Synology DiskStation DS1522+, the latest compact solution in its Plus line of all-in-one storage devices. It assists users of all sizes to protect data, IT infrastructure, and physical assets professionally and securely while supporting a host of business, IT administration, and productivity applications.

"DS1522+ is a versatile solution fit for a wide range of usage needs and environments," said Peggy Weng, product manager at Synology Inc. "The new 10GbE upgrade option plus scalability for 10 additional drives makes the DS1522+ cost-effective and a solution that can easily grow with any team."

EVGA Introduces PowerLink 41s Power Adapter for EVGA RTX 3090 Ti FTW3

The EVGA PowerLink 41s seamlessly connects to your EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 while providing maximum stability, improved case airflow, and glows with fully-customizable ARGB LED. Designed exclusively for EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Series with the new 16-pin power connector, the EVGA PowerLink 41s brings better cable management to a whole new generation.

Say goodbye to messy cables and connectors. Your EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 deserves better cable management and case airflow to go along with your perfectly-tailored system with the EVGA PowerLink 41s. Multiple solid-state capacitors filter the power source before it reaches the graphics card, improving stability and reducing ripple and noise. Connect the EVGA PowerLink to the ARGB header on your EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3, and then control the ARGB lighting and effects through EVGA Precision X1 to sync your style.

Transcend Announces ESD380C USB 3.2 Portable SSD

Transcend, a leading brand of digital storage and multimedia products, recently announced a new high-speed portable SSD, ESD380C, that comes with a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface, a performance speed of 2,000 MB/s, and up to 2 TB of ample storage space, all in an anti-shock, compact design. This strikingly fast, durable, and secured portable SSD brings the performance of creative professionals and gamers to the next level.

The ESD380C features a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface and a Type-C port, bringing the speed up to 2,000 MB/s. The high performance and low latency are capable of saving 4K videos, high-resolution images, and large media files. The ESD380C is housed in an aluminium enclosure, which is durable to protect data stored on the drive and enhances heat dissipation. The Dynamic Thermal Throttling mechanism allows a more stable performance even under demanding operations.

LIAN LI 2022 Digital Expo 2.0 Reveals Exciting New Prototypes and Updates

LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminium chassis and PC accessories, premieres the LIAN LI 2022 DIGITAL EXPO 2.0 at 9 am EST on YouTube (here). The 2-part video series reveals new prototypes of 3 cases, 4 fans, and an All-In-One liquid cooler. The new cases include the LANCOOL 216, DAN Cases A3 m-ATX, and the highly anticipated O11D EVO XL. LIAN LI also presents the next generation UNI FANs with SL120 V2, SL140 V2, AL120 V2, and AL140, including an update of the UNI FAN P28. And the show closes with a new 100% LIAN LI design All-In-One liquid cooler.

The LANCOOL 216 is a mid-tower with excellent cooling and is configurable for air or All-In-One liquid cooling. The rotatable I/O shield enables Upper Motherboard or Air Cooling mode, where the motherboard can be installed higher for extra room for vertical GPUs and larger CPU tower coolers. By rotating the I/O shield 180 degrees, it enables the Lower Motherboard or All-In-One Liquid Cooling mode to support thicker radiators and lengths of up to 360 mm. To maximize the air intake and exhaust, an external rear fan 120 mm bracket can be installed below the GPU IO ports, and a cover plate can be added on the top to seal off unnecessary openings to reduce air pressure loss.

GIGABYTE Enterprise Products Support AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000WX Series Processors

GIGABYTE Technology, an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced support for AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000WX Series processors on GIGABYTE motherboards, MC62-G40 and MC62-G41, and a workstation, W771-Z00; additionally, a BIOS update is available now to support the new CPU series. The Threadripper PRO line of CPUs is designed for the best in productivity at professional workstations. These GIGABYTE workstation products have enterprise-class reliability and have been in the market supporting the prior generation Threadripper PRO 3000WX series, and now these products will support the 5000WX series for fast rendering, encoding, compiling, modeling, simulating, and more.

AMD WMMA Instruction is Direct Response to NVIDIA Tensor Cores

AMD's RDNA3 graphics IP is just around the corner, and we are hearing more information about the upcoming architecture. Historically, as GPUs advance, it is not unusual for companies to add dedicated hardware blocks to accelerate a specific task. Today, AMD engineers have updated the backend of the LLVM compiler to include a new instruction called Wave Matrix Multiply-Accumulate (WMMA). This instruction will be present on GFX11, which is the RDNA3 GPU architecture. With WMMA, AMD will offer support for processing 16x16x16 size tensors in FP16 and BF16 precision formats. With these instructions, AMD is adding new arrangements to support the processing of matrix multiply-accumulate operations. This is closely mimicking the work NVIDIA is doing with Tensor Cores.

AMD ROCm 5.2 API update lists the use case for this type of instruction, which you can see below:
rocWMMA provides a C++ API to facilitate breaking down matrix multiply accumulate problems into fragments and using them in block-wise operations that are distributed in parallel across GPU wavefronts. The API is a header library of GPU device code, meaning matrix core acceleration may be compiled directly into your kernel device code. This can benefit from compiler optimization in the generation of kernel assembly and does not incur additional overhead costs of linking to external runtime libraries or having to launch separate kernels.

rocWMMA is released as a header library and includes test and sample projects to validate and illustrate example usages of the C++ API. GEMM matrix multiplication is used as primary validation given the heavy precedent for the library. However, the usage portfolio is growing significantly and demonstrates different ways rocWMMA may be consumed.

Alphacool Announces ES GPX Copper Carbon VGA Blocks

The new ES GPX Copper/Carbon water cooler with backplate is specifically designed for Alphacool's Enterprise Solutions. From now on, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 and AMD Radeon RX 6800/6800XT/6900XT/6950XT graphics cards (based on the respective reference design) can be actively water-cooled in the smallest space.

In order to save space in width and height during installation, the input and output have been relocated to the rear of the cooling block. The positioning of the connections makes the hosing much easier and thus enables the easy integration of the GPU cooler into the water circuit even in the tightest server housings. Thanks to the compact design, only 1 slot is required for mounting the cooler in the server rack instead of 1.5 slots as before. Alphacool enters new territory here with the choice of materials. The cooler top is made of carbon with the result that the water cooler is significantly lighter compared to Alphacool's ice blocks with acetal or acrylic tops.

Antec Announces the Cannon E-ATX Chassis

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest full-tower e-ATX Gaming Chassis: Cannon. Combined with the technological aesthetics and a unique case structure design, the new Antec Cannon is an aluminium alloy made open-air gaming case well equipped with high compatibility and layout for high-end PC components. The Cannon full-tower measures 604 x 261 x 481 mm (DxWxH) and will easily meet every PC-DIY user's need as far as styling, functions, and uniqueness are concerned. The case is now commercially available on Amazon at US$479.99.

The Cannon has space for two separate individual liquid cooling loops which can be installed at the same time. This layout provides an extra-high standard of cooling for the GPU and CPU. The diversified configurations provide many options for high-end PC-DIY users to enjoy their creativity.

Samsung Begins Chip Production Using 3nm Process Technology With GAA Architecture

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in semiconductor technology, today announced that it has started initial production of its 3-nanometer (nm) process node applying Gate-All-Around (GAA) transistor architecture. Multi-Bridge-Channel FET (MBCFET), Samsung's GAA technology implemented for the first time ever, defies the performance limitations of FinFET, improving power efficiency by reducing the supply voltage level, while also enhancing performance by increasing drive current capability. Samsung is starting the first application of the nanosheet transistor with semiconductor chips for high performance, low power computing application and plans to expand to mobile processors.

"Samsung has grown rapidly as we continue to demonstrate leadership in applying next-generation technologies to manufacturing, such as foundry industry's first High-K Metal Gate, FinFET, as well as EUV. We seek to continue this leadership with the world's first 3 nm process with the MBCFET," said Dr. Siyoung Choi, President and Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue active innovation in competitive technology development and build processes that help expedite achieving maturity of technology."
Wednesday, June 29th 2022

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
EVGA X12 Gaming Mouse Review

EVGA X12 Gaming Mouse Review

With the fully ambidextrous X12, EVGA expands their line of 8000 Hz polling rate gaming mice. Equipped with PixArt's PMW3389, the X12 also employs NVIDIA's Reflex technology. Furthermore, the 74 g X12 comes with an additional LOD sensor, allowing for the lowest possible lift-off distance.
Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Review

Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Review

Priced at $90, the Fractal Design Pop is cost effective and available in cool color options for those who want an enclosure from the famous brand without spending too much. With the Mini on one end and XL on the other, we will take the Pop Air RGB with a green interior for a spin to find out if the line provides enough fun and value to stick around!

Highpoint Announces RocketU 1400 Series USB 3.2 20Gbps Cards

HighPoint RocketU 1400 Series 20G USB HBAs were designed for professional applications that require robust connectivity solutions capable of accommodating a wide range of high-speed data acquisition applications, such as a 3D Imaging or motion capture platform, hi-def security system, ADAS sensor suites, IOT devices and spectrum analyzers.

RocketU 1400 series HBAs employ the latest iteration of our market leading per-port performance PCB architecture, which ensures each device port is paired with a dedicated USB 3.2 Gen2 20G USB controller IC. Unlike previous product generations, which were only available with up to four device channels, RocketU 1400 controllers are available with up to eight independent USB Type-C ports, and can provide up to 16,000 MB/s of transfer bandwidth.

Netac Announces Shadow II DDR5 Memory Series

Netac officially announced its release of Shadow II DDR 5 memory. Since the end of 2021, DDR5-related topics have maintained a high level of popularity. The first reason is that the market has been looking forward to new productivity tools for a long time. Second, compared with the previous generation, DDR5 has a revolutionary improvement in both appearance and performance, such as doubling the frequency and starting at 4800 MHz; Integrated PMIC power management chip, the voltage reduces to 1.1 V, and the power consumption is lower; On-die ECC error correction function is added to make the operation more stable.

Besides the first-line brands, Netac, an established storage manufacturer, is also actively deploying this field. Netac introduces the memory of Shadow II DDR 5 after Shadow RGB DDR5. Like Shadow Series, Shadow II DDR 5 is also positioned in the middle and high end, but without RGB lighting function. In terms of parameters, the frequency specification of 4800 MHz will be launched soon, and 8/16/32 GB*2 high-capacity strap specifications will be available, with a latency of 40-40-77 and a voltage of 1.1 V. Netac said that high-frequency specifications such as 5600 MHz and 6200 MHz will be launched in the future.

AMD Software Adrenalin 22.6.1 Released

AMD today released the latest version of AMD Software Adrenalin. Version 22.6.1 WHQL adds support for Windows 11 22H2. It also adds optimization for F1 2022. Among the issues fixed are a performance drop noticed when playing "Fortnite" with multi-threaded rendering and DirectX 11 API; a stuttering issue noticed in "Overwatch" with cards such as the RX 6700 XT; higher than expected CPU usage with Instant Replay; and missing fan-tuning options on graphics cards such as the RX 590. Grab the drivers from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Software Adrenalin 22.6.1 WHQL

MSI Launches the PRO H610M 12VO Motherboard

For those wondering what happened to the Intel 12VO standard for motherboards, well, it's not dead, but it seems like the motherboard makers have chosen to largely ignore it. However, MSI has just launched a new 12VO motherboard, the PRO H610M 12VO, which is as the model name implies, a H610 based mATX motherboard. MSI is targeting the PRO H610M 12VO towards business computers and it's not hard to see why once you take a closer look at the specs. This is a bare minimum board in every aspect possible, with the chipset covered by the smallest of heatsinks and the VRMs getting none at all.

The board has a mere two DDR5 memory slots, one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot for an NVMe drive, a single x16 PCIe 4.0 slot and a x1 PCIe 3.0 slot, as well as a second M.2 slot for an optional CNVi or PCIe based Wi-Fi module. There's also four SATA ports, an Intel based Gigabit Ethernet port, two rear USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port and three audio jacks via an ageing Realtek ALC897 audio chip. Rather unusually for a budget board, MSI went with a DisplayPort 1.4 and an HDMI 2.1 port, although both are limited to 4K 60p output and there's also a VGA port, just in case. MSI only appears to provide one power adapter for SATA drives, which seems to be limited to two SATA power connectors, although there's a second connector on the board, for a second SATA power cable. Overall, not a particularly impressive product, but it does at least keep Intel's 12VO platform alive for another day.

Fractal Design Launches the Pop Series of Cases

Fractal fuse style and function in the Pop Series - a brand-new case family. Pop Air features a mesh front to prioritize airflow, while Pop Silent offers sound-dampened panels and a closed front to help minimize sound. While Pop Air and Pop Silent might differ in their ambitions, both styles offer a solid build quality, a straight-forward layout, and a uniquely stylish design expression.

Pop Air brings attitude to airflow, melding precision engineering with dynamic design. This includes a range of cases with vividly colored motherboard plates, drive trays and exterior accents for a fresh, expressive feel. The functional focal point of Pop Air is at the front, where a honeycomb mesh provides access to fan-powered cooling. As with all Pop Series cases, the front also introduces a neatly concealed storage drawer which can be used to stow away desktop clutter or be replaced to host up to two optical drives.

[Editor's Note: we've just posted our in-depth review of the Fractal Design Pop]

ASRock Releases UEFI Updates for Next Generation Intel Processors for its 600-series Motherboards

ASRock has released UEFI/BIOS updates for at least 47 of its 600-series chipset based motherboards, which will add support for the next generation of CPUs from Intel. The new CPUs are of course Intel's 13th gen Core CPU's, codenamed Raptor Lake, even though ASRock doesn't specifically mention this anywhere in the text on its portal site. We're expecting to see similar announcements from the other motherboard makers in due time. ASRock doesn't go into any kind of details as to which CPUs are supported and the company doesn't appear to have updated its CPU support lists yet, which is a shame, but not entirely unexpected, since the Raptor Lake CPUs aren't expected to launch until later this year.

However, ASRock has implemented what the company calls Auto Driver Installer or ADI in this UEFI/BIOS update for the boards and this is likely to be an unpopular addition, as it means drivers will be automatically be downloaded and installed if the system is connected to the internet. Presumably there will be an option to disable this feature, but it appears to be enabled by default, which has proven to be an unpopular option when other companies have done it. Admittedly it could be a handy feature during a new build or OS reinstall, but it's also a potential attack vector for malware.

Philips Announces the 34E1C5600HE Monitor

There's a new model joining the extensive portfolio of Philips monitors, one that meets new standards for video calls: the 34" (86.36 cm) Philips 34E1C5600HE. This model from Philips monitors is designed to meet the specific needs and challenges that come with a hybrid working style, enabling users to be as productive working from home as they would be at the office. Rich in features and capabilities, the Philips 34E1C5600HE provides everything the remote work environment requires and more, all in one sleek and attractive package.

"The Philips 34E1C5600HE monitor is the ideal "work from home" solution. It contains everything today's employees need to get the most out of this new working reality, whether in terms of image quality, collaboration, security, connectivity, or comfort." - says Carlos Sanchez, Senior Product Manager for Europe at MMD Monitors & Displays.

Thermaltake Announces Toughpower PF1 1050W/1200W TT Premium Edition Availability

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, announces that Toughpower PF1 1050 W/1200 W—TT Premium Edition is now available for purchase via the TT Premium and Thermaltake worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

Being the higher wattage models to the customer-beloved Toughpower PF1 series, the Toughpower PF1 1050 W/1200 W delivers 80 PLUS Platinum-certified efficiency, and levels up in cooling performance by featuring a 120 mm High Static Pressure Fan which can perform at a maximum operating speed of up to 2500 RPM. The second-generation hydraulic bearing, exceptional fan blades, and anti-vibration mounting system of the fan also helps to further its cooling performance.

HPE Announces Next-Generation ProLiant RL300 Gen11 Server with Ampere Altra 128-Core Arm Processor

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that it is the first major server provider to deliver a new line of cloud-native compute solutions using processors from Ampere. The new HPE solutions provide service providers and enterprises embracing cloud-native development with an agile, extensible, and trusted compute foundation to drive innovation.

Available in Q3 2022, the new HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server is the first in a series of HPE ProLiant RL Gen11 servers that deliver next-generation compute performance with higher power efficiency using Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max cloud-native processors.

MediaTek Announces Commitment to Open New Semiconductor Design Center at Purdue University in Indiana

Today, leading global fabless chipmaker MediaTek Inc., [joined by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Bradley B. Chambers, and Purdue College of Engineering's Dr. Mung Chiang] announced their commitment to accept a state transition assistance package from the Indiana Economic Development Commission (IEDC) to support its very first Midwest semiconductor chip design center in West Lafayette, Indiana. MediaTek also shared its intention to create a new research partnership with Purdue to collaborate on engineering talent development and new research on next-generation computing and communications chip design. The news was shared with senior leaders, other international investors and policymakers assembled in National Harbor, Maryland for the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

This novel partnership in Indiana represents a new U.S. growth model for MediaTek USA; outside the traditional centers of gravity for chip design. "We believe strongly that being in Indiana means we'll have access to some of the best engineering talent in the world," said Dr. Kou-Hung Lawrence Loh, Corporate Senior Vice President of MediaTek Inc. and President of MediaTek USA, Inc. "Not just at Purdue, but West Lafayette is only four hours away from nearly a dozen of the top engineering schools in the country. In the post pandemic world, top candidates tell us they want to be closer to home, near family and they want to have a real house and great schools. Indiana offers all that and more."

Micron Delivers Industry's First 176-Layer NAND SATA SSD for Data Centers

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced it is shipping the world's first 176-layer NAND SATA SSD designed for data center workloads. The Micron 5400 SATA SSD is the most advanced data center SATA SSD available. Built on a proven 11th generation SATA architecture, the Micron 5400 SSD enables broad use cases, delivers significantly better performance than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), and extends the life of SATA platforms.

"Micron is uniquely positioned to lead the SATA market with 176-layer NAND," said Alvaro Toledo, vice president and general manager of Data Center Storage at Micron. "This cutting-edge NAND enables long-term availability of SATA SSDs while extending a trusted architecture that speeds and simplifies customer qualifications."

Sony Electronics Unveils New Gaming Gear Brand "INZONE," to Maximize Performance and Ability with Upgraded Gaming Monitors and Headsets

Sony Electronics Inc. today announced INZONE a new gaming gear brand for PC gamers that sharpens the senses and enhances gaming ability. INZONE monitors feature incredible, high-resolution and high-dynamic range picture, while INZONE headsets include superior sound and 360 Spatial Sound for gaming. This new brand embraces Sony's expertise as a pioneer in audio-visual technology, delivering features that will immerse gamers into the action with total focus. Designed for extraordinary experiences, INZONE offers a path to dive into an immersive zone, leading to a victorious ending.

"The market has been expanding with a higher interest in gaming with the spread of esports tournaments and the advancement of gaming entertainment. With Sony's strong history of high-end audio and visual technology products, we believe this new line will offer even more options for those looking to upgrade their current gaming systems. We are committed to contributing to the growth of gaming culture by providing PC and PlayStation gamers with a wider range of options to enrich lives through gaming. Also, Sony is proud to have a sponsorship with leading global esports leagues, Evolution Championship Series (Evo) 2022 and 2023, PGL DOTA2 Arlington Major 2022 and the VALORANT Champions Tour with our wish for further advancement of gaming culture." said Yukihiro Kitajima, Head of Game Business and Marketing Office, Sony Corporation.

Palit Announces the GeForce GTX 1630 Dual Series Graphics Cards

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, announced the GeForce GTX 1630 Dual Series graphics cards. Palit GeForce GTX 1630 is fabricated with the breakthrough graphics performance of the NVIDIA Turing architecture. Offering 1.17x better performance than GTX 1050, and with performance on par with GTX 1050 Ti, the new GeForce GTX 1630 comes with even advanced specs and features, including faster GDDR6 memory, DX12 support, and plentiful video CODEC supports for broadcasting. The GeForce GTX 1630 is a smarter choice for gamers and creators who are looking for entry level graphics card.

The Palit GeForce GTX 1630 Dual Series brings a compact yet performance-focused design that maintains the essentials to accomplish gaming and multimedia tasks at hand. Coming in 170 mm in length, the model supports Mini-ITX form factor, perfect for mini PC lovers. Equipped with 0 db Tech, the fans will stop when under relatively light workload, eliminating noises when active cooling is unnecessary.

Manli Unveils its GeForce GTX 1630 Graphics Card

Manli Technology Group Limited, the major Graphics Cards, and other components manufacturer. today announced the affordable new member within the 16 series family, Manli GeForce GTX 1630.

Manli GeForce GTX 1630 is powered by award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture. It is also equipped with 4 GB of GDDR6, 64bit memory controller, and built-in 512 CUDA Cores with core frequency set at 1740 MHz which can dynamically boost up to 1785 MHz. Moreover, Manli GeForce GTX 1630 has less power consumption with only 75 W, and no external power supply required.

ADATA Launches Industrial-Grade 31C Series 112-Layer BiCS5 Solid State Drives

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade DRAM modules and NAND Flash products today announces the industrial-grade ADATA 31C series 112-layer 3D NAND (BiCS5) solid state drives (SSD) utilizing the SATA III interface. They include the ISSS31C 2.5-inch, IM2S31C8 M.2 2280, and IM2S31C4 M.2 2242 SSDs. All three SSDs are designed to be energy efficient, feature high capacities, and are well suited for high-load industrial systems relating to industrial computing, embedded devices, automation, networking, transportation, and other fields.

The industrial-grade ISSS31C 2.5-inch, IM2S31C8 M.2 2280, and IM2S31C4 M.2 2242 SSDs are all equipped with 112-layer 3D TLC (BiCS5) flash memory developed by WDC and KIOXIA and come with a maximum capacity of 2 TB. They have undergone rigorous temperature verification and testing to ensure they can operate optimally in a wide range of temperatures (from -40 °C to 85 °C) to ensure excellent quality, reliability, and durability.
Tuesday, June 28th 2022

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Quick Look: FiiO K5 Pro ESS Desktop DAC/Amplifier

Quick Look: FiiO K5 Pro ESS Desktop DAC/Amplifier

FiiO updates its popular K5 Pro desktop DAC/amp combo unit with the ESS version that puts the ES9038Q2M DAC to good use with lots of clean power, plenty of I/O options for PC users, line/headphone out support with configurable gain, and a large, comfortable volume knob!

NZXT Announces Stream 4K30 and HD60 Capture Card

NZXT, a leader in PC gaming hardware and services, today announces its first step into streaming with two external capture cards-the Signal 4K30 and HD60, as well as a coinciding chat cable. The NZXT Signal capture cards help creators to get into streaming without a large investment. Simply plug it into a USB gen 3.2 port and any HDMI device such as a game console, camera, or computer, and you are ready to stream with any video-capturing software such as OBS. Both the Signal 4K40 and HD60 capture cards have all the features you need in order to have great streaming and capturing experience, and full NZXT CAM validation of each capture card's settings.

Arm Announces the Cortex-X3, Cortex-A715 CPU Cores and Immortalis-G715 GPU

This time last year, I wrote about how digital experiences had never been more important, from personal to business devices - they helped us stay connected and entertained at a time when we needed it most. Compute continues to define our experiences in the modern world, and now these experiences are becoming even more visual.

Smartphones are at the center of our connected lives. From gaming to productivity, through video calling, social media or virtual environments, it is the device that provides us the connection to everyone and everything, in real time. For developers, making these immersive real-time 3D experiences even more compelling and engaging requires more performance. Arm sets the standard for performance and efficient compute, and our latest suite of compute solutions for consumer devices will continue to raise the threshold of what's possible in the mobile market, shaping the visual experiences of tomorrow.

TSMC Expected to be Affected by Increased Electricity Costs in Taiwan

The island of Taiwan is in many ways very much still stuck in an era where the government controls most utilities and where there is little to no competition. For example, the government controls fuel prices, be that for your motor vehicle or for cooking and heating. This also applies to the cost of electricity in most cases and the Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced that the electricity price will increase by up to 15 percent for high usage customers, which translates to the industry. The increase might sound tiny at just over 1.3 cents per kilowatt hour, for a total cost of 10.43 cents per kWh. However, a company like TSMC that uses a lot of electricity, is expected to see an increase in costs of at least US$135 million per year, according to some Taiwanese news sources, while others claim it'll be as much as US$270 million.

TSMC does in all fairness produce some of its own electricity thanks to solar panels on many of its buildings and the company has also invested heavily in renewable energy. In fact, TSMC has bought up almost all available renewable capacity in Taiwan and the company is committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in the long term. Currently a mere 8 percent (based on 2020 estimates) is coming from TSMC's own efforts, but the company should be at somewhere around 12-15 percent overall. Even so, these extra costs are likely to be reflected in future customer pricing. It's the first price hike in four years, but as Taiwan is a manufacturing nation, TSMC is unlikely to be the only company affected, but the price hike is related to global inflation and is targeting high-usage businesses and consumers alike.

INNO3D Launches GeForce GTX 1630 Twin X2 OC+ Graphics Card

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and various innovations is excited to announce the new INNO3D GeForce GTX 1630 GDDR6 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT. INNO3D has released different versions of the GTX 16 Series such as the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660 and GTX 1650 - the GTX 1630 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT adopts the same award-winning 'Best-in-Class' NVIDIA's Turing architecture.

The INNO3D GeForce GTX 1630 TWIN X2 OC is factory overclocked out of the box while the COMPACT measures just 6.29 inches/160 mm and is ready to fit in most systems out there. The TWIN X2 OC is equipped with dual 8 cm fans while the COMPACT comes with a single 10 cm fan, pushing the boundaries of what our engineers could fit in while still confined to the standard card height.

CORSAIR Launches K70 RGB TKL Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance gear for gamers and content creators, today unveiled a new optical-mechanical version of the award-winning K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES Gaming Keyboard. Featuring the acclaimed K70 RGB TKL tournament-ready tenkeyless design and stylish aluminium build, while adding hyper-fast CORSAIR OPX optical-mechanical keyswitches to its arsenal, the K70 RGB TKL Optical-Mechanical sets the bar higher still for esports-caliber gaming keyboards. Previously announced and launched in North America, the K70 RGB TKL Optical-Mechanical is now available worldwide.

A new addition to the CHAMPION SERIES, CORSAIR OPX optical-mechanical keyswitches boast an incredibly short 1.0 mm actuation distance to swiftly register inputs. Their smooth linear motion is apt for high-level competitive gaming, and each switch is guaranteed for an extraordinary 150 million keystrokes. These premier keyswitches are housed in the iconic K70 aluminium frame renowned for its durability and portability, thanks to a compact tenkeyless profile and a detachable USB Type-C cable that makes it a snap to take on-the-go and connect to any system. Sturdy PBT double-shot keycaps, precision-molded to resist wear and fading, keep your keys looking and feeling like new even after years of use.

COLORFUL Launches GeForce GTX 1630 NB 4G Graphics Card

Colorful Technology Company Limited, a professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-one gaming and multimedia solutions, and high-performance storage, today announces the COLORFUL GeForce GTX 1630 NB graphics card powered by the newly released GeForce GTX 1630 graphics. This graphics card sports the signature black and red design of the COLORFUL NB Series and a slim 2-slot heatsink design with dual fans providing efficient cooling. The GeForce GTX 1630 is designed as an entry-level discrete graphics processing unit, equipped with 4 GB GDDR6 memory. The GTX 1630 NB runs at a base clock of 1740 MHz and a boost clock of up to 1815 MHz.

True to the COLORFUL NB Series styling, the GeForce GTX 1630 NB comes in the classic black and red design. The shroud sports irregular diamond-shaped intrusions giving it an extraordinary look. The COLORFUL GeForce GTX 1630 NB uses a single-piece extruded aluminium heatsink paired with dual 90 mm fans to provide efficient heat dissipation.

EVGA Debuts the GeForce GTX 1630 SC Graphics Card

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1630 is built with the powerful graphics performance of the award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture. Step up to better gaming with GeForce GTX. Featuring concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations, adaptive shading technology, and a new unified memory architecture, Turing shaders enable greater performance on today's games. Get improved power efficiency over the previous generation for a faster, cooler and quieter gaming experience.

Capture and share videos, screenshots, and livestreams with friends. Keep your GeForce drivers up to date and optimize your game settings. GeForce Experience lets you do it all. It's the essential companion to your GeForce graphics card. This powerful photo mode lets you take professional-grade photographs of your games like never before. Now, you can capture and share your most brilliant gaming experiences with super-resolution, 360-degree, HDR, and stereo photographs.

ASUS Announces Widest Range of Laptops Protected by ASUS Antibacterial Guard

ASUS today announced that ASUS Antibacterial Guard antibacterial protection is now protecting the widest ever range of ASUS laptops. Availability includes the majority of Vivobook models, including Vivobook, Vivobook Go, Vivobook S, S Flip, Pro and Pro X. This feature will be extended to cover selected Zenbook models, with the result that more than 8 out of 10 ASUS laptops sold will be protected by Antibacterial Guard.

According to a recent global survey of over 20,000 laptop users conducted by Pollfish and ASUS in March and April, 2022, laptop users are increasingly concerned with the hygiene of their work environment, especially in locations where a few coworkers work face-to-face. In the survey, 88% of prospective laptop purchasers expressed a positive interest in learning about antibacterial laptops, and 68% are interested in purchasing one.

Gainward Announces GeForce GTX 1630 Ghost

As the leading brand in enthusiastic graphics market, Gainward proudly presents the new Gainward GeForce GTX 1630 Ghost Series graphics card. The Gainward GeForce GTX 1630 Ghost Series is powered by the award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture and is equipped with faster GDDR6 memory. The new model is in a similar class with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and even brings 1.17x better gaming performance than the GeForce GTX 1050. Supporting DX12 and NVIDIA image scaling, the Gainward GeForce GTX 1630 Series also empowers the creator tasks and ensures better image quality.

Intel Labs Announces Integrated Photonics Research Advancement

Intel Labs announces a significant advancement in its integrated photonics research - the next frontier in increasing communication bandwidth between compute silicon in data centers and across networks. The latest research features industry-leading advancements in multiwavelength integrated optics, including the demonstration of an eight-wavelength distributed feedback (DFB) laser array that is fully integrated on a silicon wafer and delivers excellent output power uniformity of +/- 0.25 decibel (dB) and wavelength spacing uniformity of ±6.5% that exceed industry specifications.

"This new research demonstrates that it's possible to achieve well-matched output power with uniform and densely spaced wavelengths. Most importantly, this can be done using existing manufacturing and process controls in Intel's fabs, thereby ensuring a clear path to volume production of the next-generation co-packaged optics and optical compute interconnect at scale." -Haisheng Rong, senior principal engineer at Intel Labs

GIGABYTE Launches GeForce GTX 1630 Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of premium gaming hardware, today announced the latest GeForce GTX 1630 graphics cards powered by NVIDIA Turing architecture. GIGABYTE launches the GeForce GTX 1630 OC 4G and GeForce GTX 1630 OC Low Profile 4G graphics cards. Turing architecture graphics cards have the ability to execute both integer and floating-point operations simultaneously making them much faster than the previous Pascal architecture. These graphics cards feature GIGABYTE-certified overclocked GPUs, coupled with GIGABYTE's cooling technology, allowing all gamers to enjoy a flawless gaming experience.

The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1630 OC 4G graphics card offers the GIGABYTE custom-designed cooling system, featuring unique blade fan design, delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures. The compact graphics card is less than 170 mm in length and can be easily installed in any small chassis. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1630 OC Low Profile 4G graphics card features the advanced GIGABYTE cooling system. It is a half-height graphics card with a low profile bracket, allowing gamers to easily install it into a variety of chassis. This graphics card has four video outputs, which can meet the needs of multi-screen.

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1630 Graphics Card

NVIDIA today launched the GeForce GTX 1630 entry-level graphics card. A successor to the GT 1030, the new GTX 1630 is an entry-level product, despite its roughly $150 MSRP. It is based on the older "Turing" 16-series graphics architecture, which lacks hardware-accelerated ray tracing or even support for DLSS. It is carved out from the same 12 nm "TU117" silicon as the GTX 1650 from 2019.

The GTX 1630 features exactly half of the 16 streaming multiprocessors present on the TU117. The 8 available SM work out to 512 CUDA cores, 32 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The card comes with 4 GB as the standard memory size, and this is GDDR6 type, across a 64-bit wide memory bus. The card typically features just two 12 Gbps-rated 16 Gbit GDDR6 chips. The GPU operates at a boost frequency of 1785 MHz. The card lacks hardware-accelerated AV1 decode, and has media features consistent with the rest of the "Turing" family. At $150, it competes with the Radeon RX 6400 (which can be had for as low as $160), and the Arc A380.
Catch the TechPowerUp review of the Gainward GTX 1630 Ghost graphics card.

NVIDIA GeForce 516.59 Game Ready Drivers Released

NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 516.59 WHQL comes with optimization for F1 2022. The drivers also introduce support for Windows 11 22H2, and the "new" GeForce GTX 1630, besides CUDA 11.7. The drivers also fix a handful of issues, including artifacts noticed in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Vulkan), Minecraft Java Edition, and Second Life, when connecting using third-party viewers. Incorrect light-source rendering in Neverwinter Nights; and black textures in Path of Exile. A stuttering was noticed in games when you invoke the Xbox overlay, which has been fixed. Lastly, a bunch of stability issues with Unreal Engine 5 has been fixed.


AMD Releases Ryzen Chipset Drivers

AMD has recently released new chipset drivers for Ryzen processors on a wide range of platforms including A320, B350, X370, B450, X470, X399, A520, B550, X570, TRX40, and WRX80 that are running Windows 10 & 11. The new drivers include additional program support, display & airplane mode notifications, Ryzen 9 Mobile improvements, and various bug fixes. This latest release also sees the introduction of six new drivers including official USB 4.0 support, the complete changelog and download link can be found below.

Download: AMD Ryzen Chipset Drivers (

MachineWare Launches High-Speed RISC-V Simulator

Headquartered in Aachen and emerging from stealth mode in May, MachineWare is set to revolutionize semiconductor design with its high-speed functional RISC-V simulator, SIM-V. SIM-V, the company's flagship product, combines unprecedented simulation performance with exceptional customizability for applications ranging from the tiniest embedded devices to warehouse-scale supercomputers. SIM-V enables software developers to test full software stacks - including firmware, operating system kernel and complex user-space applications, such as (Java-) virtual machines or rich graphical environments - in real time.

Today's hardware-software systems are becoming increasingly complex, with even tiny edge systems executing millions of lines of code. SIM-V gives software developers the ability to interactively debug even the most complex designs without the need for physical hardware, even before first prototypes are available. Integrating SIM-V into continuous integration systems minimizes test execution times, saves compute resources and allows developers to continue their work sooner.

CORSAIR Webstore Sale—Up To 25% Off on Memory till Midnight

CORSAIR presents a chance to save up to 25% off on your gaming PC memory upgrades with a one-day sale on the CORSAIR Webstore. Open for residents of the US, you can now bag some great deals on CORSAIR memory kits across several of the company's brands, including the top-of-the-line DOMINATOR Platinum; premium Vengeance PRO, and mid-range Vengeance series. This sale covers both DDR5 and DDR4 memory types, and should prove particularly handy for those on an older machine with DDR4 memory (think 2x 8 GB), to upgrade to not just higher capacity, but also higher frequencies. The sale is open until Midnight, 29th June, 2022.

CORSAIR Webstore Memory Sale—Up To 25% Off

Iceotope collaborates with Intel and HPE to accelerate sustainability and cut power for Edge and Data Center compute requirements by up to 30 Percent

Iceotope, the global leader in Precision Immersion Cooling, has announced that its chassis-level cooling system is being demonstrated in the Intel Booth at HPE Discover 2022, the prestigious "Edge-to-cloud Conference". Ku:l Data Center is the product of a close collaboration between Iceotope, Intel and HPE and promises a faster path to net zero operations by reducing edge and data center energy use by nearly a third. Once the sole preserve of arcane, high performance computing applications, liquid cooling is increasingly seen as essential technology for reliable and efficient operations of any IT load in any location. There is a pressing concern about sustainability impacts as distributed edge computing environments proliferate to meet the demand for data processing nearer the point of use, as well as growing facility power and cooling consumption driven by AI augmentation and hotter chips.

Working together with Intel and HPE, Iceotope benchmarked the power consumption of a sample IT installation being cooled respectively using air and precision immersion liquid cooling. The results show a substantial advantage in favour of liquid cooling, reducing overall power use across IT and cooling infrastructure.

Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake Processor Goes on Sale on Black Market

Intel is set to launch its 13th generation Raptor Lake processor lineup for desktop users sometime in September or October. However, the market is already supplied with early-stage engineering samples of Raptor Lake-S SKUs used for testing and software optimization. Today, we have the first listing of the upcoming flagship Intel Core i9-13900K processor with eight P-cores and 16 E-Cores on the CPU. The anonymous seller claims that the CPU is working with ASUS Z690 ROG Apex motherboards, boots up, and can be overclocked, which means that this is one of the newer engineering sample revisions. The sample was listed for 2850 Chinese Yuan, translating to about 426 USD. This price should be close to the final MSRP, and the CPU is already sold.

What is interesting is the appearance of this CPU on the black market way ahead of the launch. We can expect to see more details emerge as we get closer to the launch time later this year.

Valve Confirms Steam Deck Weekly Manufacturing "More Than Doubled"

Valve, handlers of the world's most popular digital games store and manufacturers of the Steam Deck, have announced that they've been able to more than double weekly production of the handheld console. Due to the production "picking up", as Valve says it, the company expects to double the number of handhelds shipped each week. This is especially good news for users that were expecting to receive their devices in the 3Q - shipments for these particular orders will begin on June 30th.

Valve doesn't make it clear what exactly was bottlenecking production. Manufacturing and logistics have been showing signs of normalization following a couple of years with snag after snag due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent war in Ukraine. Overwhelming demand for graphics chips across the product spectrum may have pushed Valve to accept a smaller pie of AMD chips than the company would like to, and might be one of the reasons the company was forced to extend deliveries of pre-orders for the device.

Phison and Cigent Deliver Advanced Cybersecurity Protection in Storage Controllers and Firmware

Phison Electronics Corp., a global leader in NAND flash and storage solutions, and Cigent Technology, Inc., the leader in embedded cybersecurity technology, today announced an innovative partnership program called Cigent Secure SSD Ready. This strategic partnership embeds select Phison storage devices and controllers with Cigent's built-in cybersecurity enhancements - features that Phison's storage partners can easily switch on and resell as an option to their global channel partners and customers.

"We couldn't be more excited about our exclusive partnership with Cigent to equip selected Phison products with the most secure storage solution on the market," said Sebastien Jean, CTO, Phison. "Phison OEM partners and PC OEMs now have a turnkey solution that provides unparalleled storage-based data security across the entire storage ecosystem/PC supply chain."

GlobalWafers Selects Sherman, Texas for New Semiconductor Silicon Wafer Site

Hsinchu, Taiwan-based global semiconductor silicon wafer company, GlobalWafers, announced today that it plans to build a state-of-the-art 300-millimeter silicon wafer factory in Sherman, Texas, which is the first of its kind in the USA over twenty (20) years. Construction is expected to commence later this year. This 300-millimeter greenfield investment is consistent with the Company's announcement on February 6th of this year of brownfield and greenfield expansions totaling NTD 100 bn. This new Texas investment could also support as many as 1,500 jobs with production volumes ultimately reaching 1.2 mn wafers per month after multiple stages of equipment installation, in alignment with market demand.

300-millimeter silicon wafers are the starting material for all advanced semiconductor fabrication sites (or fabs), including recently announced United States (US) expansions by GlobalFoundries, Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments and TSMC. Most of these wafers are currently manufactured in Asia, forcing the US semiconductor industry to highly rely on imported silicon wafers. This investment will represent the first new silicon wafer facility in the US in over two decades and close a critical semiconductor supply chain gap.

MSI Intros MAG CoreLiquid B-series AIO CPU Coolers

MSI today introduced the MAG CoreLiquid B line of entry-level all-in-one liquid CPU coolers. Models in the lineup include the MAG CoreLiquid B120 and B240, with radiator sizes of 120 mm x 120 mm and 240 mm x 120 mm, respectively. These coolers feature a simple, puck-shaped water-block, with an illuminated MSI Gaming logo that can be rotated to suit the orientation of your setup. The pump is integrated with the radiator, and features a 6-pole motor. The included fans feature three fixed-color LEDs (one each of red, blue, and green), turn at speeds between 500 to 2,000 RPM, pushing 21.63 to 78.73 CFM airflow. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA1700, LGA1200, LGA115x, AM5, and AM4. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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MSI MPG X570S Carbon EK X Review

MSI MPG X570S Carbon EK X Review

MSI and EKWB bring us a collaboration using the well-received MPG X570S Carbon MAX WiFi fitted with an EK-Quantum monoblock designed for the motherboard. Featuring a powerful 14+2 VRM, it also has the latest technology the X570S chipset has to offer with four M.2 sockets, 2.5 GB LAN, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports.

Intel Readies Professional Visualization Graphics Cards Under the Arc Pro Series

Intel is preparing to enter the professional visualization graphics card market with its upcoming Arc Pro series. This would put it in competition with graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, such as the Radeon Pro W-series, and RTX A-series. At least two SKUs have been confirmed in SiSoft SANDRA screenshots, the Arc Pro A40, and Arc Pro A50. Both appear to be based on the smaller 6 nm ACM-G10 silicon that physically features 1,024 unified shaders across 128 execution units (EU), or 8 Xe Cores, and up to 6 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 96-bit wide bus.

Intel could take a swing at entry-level pro-vis solutions from AMD and NVIDIA, such as the Radeon Pro W6400, Pro W6500M, NVIDIA RTX A2000, etc. There could be a design focus on multiple display connectivity options, as the cards could be targeted at commercial environments where workstations feature multiple high-resolution displays. The company could also develop mobile variants of these SKUs for mobile workstations. Intel could extensively advertise the media-acceleration and AI capabilities of the Xe-HPG architecture, including hardware-accelerated AV1 encode, and AI neural-net building, training, and inference acceleration. Another key differentiator for these cards could be validation by leading content-creation software vendors; and an elevated support level by Intel.

SP Industrial Launches MEA3FEV0 SSD Series with BiCS5 for Edge AI Computing

AI at the edge comes with a host of challenges: limited processing resources, small storage capacities, insufficient memory, security concerns, electrical power requirements, limited physical space on edge devices, and excessive costs. That being said, there is an enormous need for AI at the edge - for devices to learn fast and make decisions in real time. Issues such as latency and distance are current drawbacks that hold edge-to-cloud AI back from reaching its full potential. In some cases, cloud data centers can be as far as hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away from edge devices. Reducing the distance and therefore the latency, by bringing AI into the edge device itself, can open up a world of new possibilities. And, compared to edge-to-cloud AI, AI-enabled edge devices don't need to rely on a stable internet connection, nor do they have as much vulnerability to cyber-security issues, because they don't send data offsite.

Edge AI box computers equipped with compact and high-capacity storage is one of the key factors to make AI come true at the edge. By offloading computation and storage from the cloud to the edge itself, edge computing is enhancing the power and capabilities of the IoT. To help make this a reality, SP Industrial has launched the new MEA3FEV0 SSD Series. This industrial-grade PCIe Gen 3x4 SSD series features support for NVMe 1.3 and BiCS5 112-layer 3D TLC NAND Flash technology. It ticks many boxes that are common problems for edge AI computing: large storage capacities up to 2 TB, small M.2 2242 form factor for minimal space usage, lower power consumption compared to BiCS4, and affordable cost with a DRAM-less design.

ADATA XPG Announces Xtreme Saga Fan Club

XPG, a fast-growing provider of systems, components, and peripherals for Gamers, Esports Pros, and Tech Enthusiasts, today announced the Xtreme Saga Fan Club. This new program will allow fans of Xtreme Saga, the XPG produced animated series, to connect directly with the Xtreme Saga community and display their fandom in the Metaverse through the power of blockchain technology, highlighting the brand's ambition to implement new trends in technology properly and ethically.

Xtreme Saga is XPG's fictional sci-fi animated series. It follows the story of Mera and her allies as they fight against a tyrannical group of alien cultists spreading through the Galaxy. It's an epic adventure that appeals directly to modern gaming culture while also personifying the brand's product lines into characters that bond on an emotional level. You can find all the constantly expanding Xtreme Saga content on the Xtreme Universe official website.
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