Friday, November 26th 2021

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K

DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K

In this article, we take a closer look at the performance scaling you can expect for various DDR5 configurations. We test from DDR5-6000 all the way down to DDR5-2400 and compare CL30 vs. CL36 vs. CL40. Last but not least, we also consider these numbers in relation to what DDR4-3600 offers.
Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps

Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps

Moon Key is a highly popular artisan famous for its handmade keycaps, wrist rests, and one-off furniture items that double up as art pieces. Today, we examine six Moon Key products—two fascinating wrist rests and four unique keycaps that also help explain the Moon in Moon Key.
7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train!

7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train!

7Hz is no new kid on the block, but with the new Timeless, it has certainly carved out a space in the competitive IEM market. Having organically grown as a strong recommendation, the 7Hz Timeless is a very well-tuned set using 14 mm planar magnetic drivers, and it punches well above its price point.

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Thursday, November 25th 2021
XPG Defender Review

XPG Defender Review

The XPG Defender uses the same body as the Pro variant, but ships with a metal mesh front and non-ARGB fans. More affordable thus, pricing aligns with what you get in regards to the I/O and 2.5" hard-drive mounting methods. You actually end up with a lot of case for the money, especially as an E-ATX user.
EVGA X15 Review

EVGA X15 Review

The X15 completes EVGA's X series of mice. Being an MMO mouse, the X15 has no less than 20 fully programmable buttons. On top of that, it comes with true 8000 Hz polling, PixArt's PMW3389 sensor, and LK optical main button switches rated for 70 million clicks.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Edition Now On Sale in Europe

AMD first announced the Radeon RX 6900 XT LC featuring a pre-binned Navi 21 XTXH GPU in June with the product only available to select system integrators and OEMs. These reference design cards were not expected to be available in the DIY market but listings for the cards appeared on some Indian retailers after the announcement. The card appears to be receiving a limited release with PowerColor's model (16GBD6-MW2DHC) now available to purchase from German retailer Mindfactory for 1749 EUR. The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT LC features an increased boost clock speed of 2435 MHz from the 2250 MHz on the RX 6900 XT along with a memory speed boost from 16 Gbps to 18 Gbps.
AMD will be making a limited number of Radeon RX 6900 XT liquid cooled reference design graphics cards available to select system integrators. System integrators are a critical part of the gaming ecosystem and offering this this model through their channels helps ensure that as many of these products as possible get into gamers hands.

NVIDIA DLSS Support Added to Valve Proton

Valve has recently been testing NVIDIA DLSS support for their Proton Windows compatibility layer for Linux with an experimental version available in 6.3-7 and now fully supported with 6.3-8. This latest addition to Proton will allow NVIDIA Linux gamers to take full advantage of Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) in supported games. Proton has seen significant development attention recently with this release also bringing initial support for the BattlEye anti-cheat software enabling games such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and DayZ to run correctly. Epic Games have also previously announced that they are working with Valve to add support for their Easy AntiCheat software. This latest release also includes support for 24 new titles and various miscellaneous bug fixes.

FSP Group Launches the World's First SFX 12VO 750W Power Supply

FSP Group has launched the world's first SFX 12VO power supply, FSP750-27SCB, which allows the PC system to effectively reduce standby power consumption through the CEC Tier 2 efficiency standard released by California's energy code on July 1, 2021. It also meets the next-generation CPU and energy-intensive requirements, making it suitable for small PCs in the market to be equipped with high-end system configurations.

Energy-intensive CPU and GPU configurations require a highly-stability power supply in order to ensure normal system operations and provide players with computing efficiency and good e-sport experiences. Compared to traditional Multi Rail, Single Rail 12VO power supplies that adopt the 12V+12Vsb circuit design, the power conversion efficiency can be effectively enhanced. Output voltage stability can be controlled to reduce energy conversion loss, providing players with a smart risk control experience.

France is Trying to Ban Wish by Asking App Stores and Search Engines to Block its Apps and Website

Wish has become something of a phenomenon, in the sense that it has become Europe's go-to place for cheap gadgets, toys, clothing and more, most of which are delivered straight from the PRC to your front door. However, a lot of the products sold on Wish doesn't meet European safety regulations and now France's DGCCRF (direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes) or in English, the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control, are going after Wish for selling substandard and even outright dangerous goods to French consumers.

There is clearly legit reasoning behind it all, as the DGCCRF ordered some 140 different products from Wish - of which most arrived directly from the PRC - and then proceeded to test them to see if they met European safety standards. Out of the 140 products, 45 percent were deemed outright dangerous, although when it came to electronic products, 90 percent were deemed dangerous and 95 percent were not certified for use in Europe. It's not clear how many of the products were electronic products though, which makes it a bit hard to judge how bad the situation really is.

Genesis Announces Neon 600 RGB White Gaming Headset

Bathed in white, the Genesis Neon 600 RGB White is a stylish headset for gamers. In it equipped with a mechanism that automatically fits the set to the user's head. The manufacturer also included RGB illumination, which lights up the earpads. The illumination system does not require the user to install any additional software.

The Genesis Neon 600 RGB White headset is a white version of the popular Neon 600 RGB model. Users can enjoy a special mechanism, which smoothly and automatically adjusts to the wearer's head, as well as foam earpads covered with eco-leather. The RGB illumination lights up the design and allows users to adapt the looks of the set to the rest of the hardware as well interior decoration. You can select one of the nine available colors with the use of a button located on the earpad.

Alphacool Introduces Eiswolf 2 360mm AIOs for Various NVIDIA RTX 30-series FE and MSI RX 6000 Graphics Cards

Alphacool today presents the Eiswolf 2 All-in-One solution for GeForce RTX 3080 NVIDIA Founders Edition and Radeon RX 6800/6800XT MSI Gaming X Trio graphics cards. The Eiswolf 2 uses the Alphacool 360 mm NexXxoS ST30 full copper radiator. For the fans, we use the 120 mm Alphacool Aurora Rise. The AIO is completed by the Eisblock Aurora water cooler. This not only cools the GPU chip, but actively cools all relevant components such as the memory and VRAM. It also has brilliant aRGB lighting.

All components used (radiator, fan, cooler, DC-LT 2 pump) including fittings and tubing are part of the Alphacool DIY range and are therefore available separately. The combination of all components results in a solution that is as easy to install as an AIO, but offers the performance of a pre-assembled and pre-filled custom loop.

Thermaltake Reveals AH T200 Micro Case in Turquoise and Racing Green

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Case, Cooling, Gaming peripherals and enthusiast memory solutions, is pleased to introduce the AH T200 Micro Case in Turquoise and Racing Green Edition. The color collection of this series prolongs from black, white, pink to the latest Turquoise and Racing Green. Being the compact version of the AH T600, this small but mighty case supports motherboards up to micro-ATX. The entire model is forged with a sturdy air-force style architecture, two 4 mm tempered glass windows on two sides, three 3 mm tempered glass windows at the front-top panel, and solid side vents on each end.

Users can create their own style and mod as their wish at ease thanks to its dismantlable modular design. Moreover, unlike other traditional micro-ATX cases coming in a rectangular shape, the AH T200 is in a helicopter-inspired shape and has great expandability. Not only its unique form but also the multi-colored options make this case even more eye-catching. If you are looking for a fun, distinctive and unconventional-designed micro case, the AH T200 Micro Case Turquoise and Racing Green Editions are here for you.

Arctic Updates its 140mm Case Fan Lineup

ARCTIC, one of the leading manufacturers of low-noise PC coolers and components, expands the RGB fan portfolio with 140 mm variants of the P-series with PWM PST. The P14 PWM PST A-RGB 0 dB and P14 PWM PST RGB 0 dB are available starting now as single fans as well as in a three-fan bundle. The PWM fan control enables dynamic speed adjustment. At low load, the case fans automatically switch to silent passive mode.

With 12 RGB-LEDs and the ARCTIC P14 fans, the case will glow in the color of your choice; in the A-RGB version, there are virtually no limits to the lighting effects. The P14 PWM PST A-RGB and RGB have tested compatibility with the (A-)RGB standards of leading motherboard manufacturers and are therefore interoperable with their connectors and software. This makes installation and configuration especially easy. The P14 PWM PST RGB 0 dB is available in the Value Pack with the software-controlled ARCTIC lighting controller, which allows freely configurable LED modes in addition to numerous presets.

MSI Announces Brand New 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake Gaming Desktops with DDR5 Memory

Today, MSI announced the latest lineup of gaming desktops equipped with Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake processor. Based on a new hybrid architecture, the 12th generation Intel Core processor combines a mix of Performance cores (P-cores) and Efficiency cores (E-cores) to maximize performance, increases multi-thread performance by up to 55%, the gaming performance has more than 13% increase compared to the previous generation.

The full lineup of K Series gaming desktops adopted DDR5 memory with read speed up to 60% higher than the previous generation equipped with DDR4. Support for PCIe 5 which is primed to provide speedy and improved transmission. Additionally, MSI has also upgraded MSI Center and MSI App Player. The new MSI Center helps to control and customize your system. With innovation in MSI App Player, it is easier to play mobile games on the PC. The lineup also features 2.5G Ethernet LAN and Wi-Fi 6E to offer faster data transfer speeds. MSI launched 3 models of gamer-oriented desktops, including Aegis Series, Trident Series and Codex X5 series to cater towards all types of gamers.

Microsoft is Sending Private Xbox Series X Purchase Links to "Valued Xbox Customers"

More than a year after the release of Microsoft's Xbox Series X console and demand still hasn't abated - many customers are still trying to get their hands on a piece of Xbox Series X hardware, which is continually sold-out at most retailers and e-tailers that actually practice sane pricing. Many companies have tried to adapt to the new world of scalping by adding queue systems, locking inventory behind subscription services such as Amazon Prime, or via private buy links sent out via email. Microsoft seems to have chosen the latter as the 2021 holiday season fast approaches - the company has been sending links for Xbox Series X bundles to "valued Xbox customers", allowing them to purchase an Xbox Series X directly from Microsoft without having to compete with the scalpers or bots in the general Microsoft store.

The Xbox Series X bundles include an Xbox Series X with two controllers and one game. The Verge notes customers can choose one game out of Madden 22, GTA V, Rust, Far Cry 6, Hasbro Family Fun Pack, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Insurgency Sandstorm, or Diablo 2 Resurrected. There's no real way to tell how Microsoft is choosing which customers to send these links to - it sounds plausible that it's targeting users that have purchased either Xbox software or hardware via the U.S. Microsoft Store. Even with this mailing campaign, consoles will be sold in a first-come, first-served basis - the link may lead users towards a page where the Series X is out of stock all the same, but it certainly does give users that slightly higher chance to finally score a latest gen Xbox console.

LG and Samsung Said to Launch Smaller Sized OLED Displays in 2022

Rumours are starting to circulate about LG and Samsung's OLED plans for 2022 and we might get a first preview come CES in January. For those hoping to get an OLED computer screen at a reasonable price it seems like you might have to wait a bit longer, unless you'd be ok with using a TV as your computer display.

LG is said to be launching a 42-inch version of its C series of OLED TVs and it should retain or improve on the features of its current C series. The model name should be OLED42C2xxx and it's expected to retail for less than the current 48-inch CX and C1 TVs. There will obviously be larger sizes available too, including the current 48-inch size, which is also said to be available in the lower cost and lower spec A2 series. As for the exact spec, we'll have to wait until CES to find out, but HDMI 2.1, HDMI-VRR and possibly either or both of AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia's G-Sync compatible might be part of the package.
Samsung is on the other hand said to be working on a 34-inch QD-OLED computer monitor, alongside 55 and 65-inch QD-OLED TVs. Even less is known about these products, but all the products have apparently already gone into mass production and are expected to be on display at CES. Note that QD-OLED is not the same as QLED, although both display types are using Quantum Dot technology.

GALAX Introduces the RTX 3060 Metaltop Mini (FG) 12 GB Graphics Card

GALAX has added another graphics solution to its lineup in the form of the RTX 3060 Metaltop Mini (FG) Graphics Card. The (FG) bit stands as an interesting warning to cryptocurrency miners; besides the card being shipped with NVIDIA's Lite Hash Rate (LHR) modifications, it actually stands for "For Gamers". That's definitely one way of stopping scalpers and miners from buying up stock... Or is it, really?

The Metaltop Mini would feel right at home in HTPC settings, considering its Mini-ITX form-factor - and is the first GALAX graphics card that features a single fan on cooling duty for an Ampere chip. The Metaltop measures 16.8 cm (length), 11.5 cm (width), and 4 cm (height). Support for 0dB technology still made onto the card despite the single-fan cooling solution - the fan will automatically turn itself off when passive cooling is enough. The card features the same 12 GB GDDR6 memory over a 192-bit bus as other RTX 3060 cards, and there's no factory overclocking or an OC button on the Metaltop - it runs at the stock 1,777 MHz Boost as NVIDIA's reference. I/O is taken care of by the customary 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI connectors. A single 8-pin power delivery connector is present. No word on pricing, though availability is scheduled for "soon" via the manufacturer's website.

AMD Reportedly Increases RX 6000 Series Board Partner Pricing by 10%

Posts throughout the Board Channels forums have begun to paint a picture of increased prices for AMD's board partners. That 10% change will reportedly translate towards a $20 to $40 effective increase. While there is no confirmation on whether or not this increase will be passed on to the final, weakest link in the chain - the customer - the current state of and prices in the graphics card market would certainly allow for this price differential to be diluted in the distribution channel.

The pricing change is expected to come into effect in one or two weeks from now, in the next shipment to board partners. This price increase marks the second such move by AMD in the span of two consecutive months; AMD had reportedly already increased board partner pricing by around 9% for the current month of November, compared to October. Reasons for the price increase are cited as either a response to the increased demand of the holiday season - no need for AMD to leave money on the table for board partners to solely pick up themselves - or due to TSMC's recent price hikes for 7 nm wafers. Interestingly, it's reported that AMD has failed to update pricing on any other of its 7 nm node products, such as Ryzen 5000 series - but the competitive and pricing landscape is completely different there.

NVIDIA CMP 170HX Mining Card Tested, Based on GA100 GPU SKU

NVIDIA's Crypto Mining (CMP) series of graphics cards are made to work only for one purpose: mining cryptocurrency coins. Hence, their functionality is somewhat limited, and they can not be used for gaming as regular GPUs can. Today, Linus Tech Tips got ahold of NVIDIA's CMP 170HX mining card, which is not listed on the company website. According to the source, the card runs on NVIDIA's GA100-105F GPU, a version based on the regular GA100 SXM design used in data-center applications. Unlike its bigger brother, the GA100-105F SKU is a cut-down design with 4480 CUDA cores and 8 GB of HBM2E memory. The complete design has 6912 cores and 40/80 GB HBM2E memory configurations.

As far as the reason for choosing 8 GB HBM2E memory goes, we know that the Ethereum DAG file is under 5 GB, so the 8 GB memory buffer is sufficient for mining any coin out there. It is powered by an 8-pin CPU power connector and draws about 250 Watts of power. It can be adjusted to 200 Watts while retaining the 165 MH/s hash rate for Ethereum. This reference design is manufactured by NVIDIA and has no active cooling, as it is meant to be cooled in high-density server racks. Only a colossal heatsink is attached, meaning that the cooling needs to come from a third party. As far as pricing is concerned, Linus managed to get this card for $5000, making it a costly mining option.
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HYTE x TechPowerUp Revolt 3 Case Giveaway: 24 Hours to Go!

The HYTE Revolt 3 is a nimble, airy, and slick-looking SFF gaming PC case from the house of iBuyPower, a leading gaming PC vendor. The feature-packed case combines a premium finish with essential internal features that allow you to use full-length graphics cards, and liquid cooling. There are several handy bits such as the sturdy pop-out handle, and the detachable stub that holds your headset. TechPowerUp and HYTE are giving away three of these to our readers in the United States, including the limited Special Flight Edition. The Giveaway has been up for over ten days now, and ends in 24 hours. If you haven't dropped in your hat, now is your chance!

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NAND Flash Revenue Rises by 15% QoQ for 3Q21 Thanks to Demand from Smartphone and Data Center Markets, Says TrendForce

The growth of the NAND Flash market in 3Q21 was primarily driven by strong demand from the data center and smartphone industries, according to TrendForce's latest investigations. More specifically, NAND Flash suppliers' hyperscaler and enterprise clients kept up their procurement activities that began in 2Q21 in order to deploy products based on new processor platforms. Major smartphone brands, on the other hand, likewise expanded their NAND Flash procurement activities during the quarter as they prepared to release their new flagship models. As such, clients in both server and smartphone industries made significant contributions to the revenue growth of the NAND Flash industry for 3Q21. At the same time, however, suppliers also warned that orders from PC OEMs began showing signs of decline. On the whole, the industry's quarterly total NAND Flash bit shipment increased by nearly 11% QoQ for 3Q21, and the overall NAND Flash ASP rose by nearly 4% QoQ for the same quarter. Thanks to rising prices and expanding shipments, the quarterly total NAND Flash revenue increased by 15% QoQ to a new record high of US$18.8 billion in 3Q21.

Kioxia Launches Exceria Plus External USB-C SSD

Kioxia is continuing to expand its end user product range and its latest addition is an external USB-C SSD that goes by the name of Exceria Plus. It'll be available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB sizes, which seems like a decent range of size options. The USB-C interface sadly tops out at USB 3.2 Gen 2, or 10 Gbps speeds, which results in the corresponding maximum read speed of 1,050 MB/s and a maximum write speed of 1,000 MB/s.

The drive is MIL-STD-810H procedure IV impact tested, which means it can withstand a drop of about 1.2 metres onto reinforced concrete without taking any damage. The drive measures 105 x 45 x 14.7 mm (W x D x H) and weighs in at 76 grams, not including cables. Pricing in Japan starts at about US$78 and goes up to US$265.
Wednesday, November 24th 2021

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB Review

Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB Review

The Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro is based on the magical combination of a Phison E18 controller and Micron 176-layer 3D TLC flash. In our review, the drive achieves performance levels that are among the best we've ever seen. Team Group has also included a large heatsink that avoids thermal throttling completely.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison Review

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison Review

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced has finally released on PC. It supports ray tracing and both NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). In this mini-review, we take a look at and compare the image quality and performance offered by both upscaling solutions.

EK Launches Newest Vector Series Water Block for EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti FTW3

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its newest premium high-performance GPU water block for EVGA FTW3 editions of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Series graphics cards. This new water block is named EK-Quantum Vector FTW3 RTX 3070 Ti D-RGB and is compatible with both the EVGA FTW3 RTX 3070 and the 3070 Ti version of these GPUs.

This water block is 155 mm wide and 314 mm long and cools all key components on the GPU's printed circuit board. The EK-Quantum Vector FTW3 RTX 3070 Ti is compatible with EVGA FTW3 RTX 3070 and EVGA FTW3 RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards. This Vector water block actively cools the GPU, top-facing VRAM, power stages, and chokes in the VRM section.

Monoprice Extends Dark Matter Monitor Line With New 49" Super Ultrawide and 34" Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitors

Dark Matter, the high-performance and high-value gaming accessories and peripherals brand from Monoprice, unveiled its new 34-inch ultrawide (UWQHD) and
49-inch curved super ultrawide (DQHD) monitors. These two monitors carry forward the brand's commitment to bringing to market products that refuse to compromise performance and value.

"We take great pride in developing our Dark Matter monitors, and hand select our panels to ensure they provide gamers with top-tier performance without compromising productivity," said Carter Salley, Business Unit Manager, Monoprice. "Featuring a less extreme curve than competing gaming monitors, these displays boast a more comfortable viewing experience with less eye strain for mixed-use."

AMD Posts November Investor Presentation

AMD later this month is preparing to address investors as part of a yet-unknown event. The company typically hosts Financial Analyst Day events around Q1-Q2, and goes to the investors with substantial material on the current state of the organization, the products on offer, what's on the horizon, and how it could impact the company's financials. An alleged presentation related to the November 2021 event was leaked to the web. The presentation provides a guided tour of the entire product portfolio of the company, spanning server processors, compute accelerators, consumer graphics, some client processors, and the semi-custom business.

The presentation outlines that the company has so far successfully executed its roadmaps for the client-CPU, server-CPU, graphics, and compute-accelerator segments. In the client CPU segment, it shows a successful execution up to 2021 with the "Zen 3" microarchitecture. In the server space, it mentions successful execution for its EPYC processors up to "Zen 3" with its "Milan" processors, and confirms that its next-generation "Zen 4" microarchitecture, and its sister-architecture, the "Zen 4c," will be built on the 5 nm silicon fabrication node (likely TSMC N5). The presentation also details the recently announced "Milan-X" processor for existing SP3 platforms, which debuts the 3D Vertical Cache technology, bringing up to 96 MB of L3 cache per CCD, and up to 768 MB of L3 cache (804 MB L1+L2+L3 cache) per socket.
Update 10:54 UTC: The presentation can now be found on the AMD Investor Relations website.

AGON by AOC Rolls Out Q27G2S-EU Gaming Monitor

One of the world's leading gaming monitor and IT accessories brands - AGON by AOC - introduces the AOC GAMING Q27G2S/EU, a brilliant gaming monitor fit for today's adventurers on the gaming scene. The 68.6 cm (27") Q27G2S/EU boasts a 10-bit IPS panel for a wide colour gamut coverage, QHD resolution for sharp details and a 165 Hz refresh rate for a fast-paced, competitive gaming experience.

AGON by AOC greets the adventurers out there with a very attractive composition: a gaming monitor that harmonises beautifully with the hardware specs of a modern gaming PC. The QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) is currently the sweet-spot for gamers who want to step-up from Full HD but also want to achieve high framerates with their GPUs. A 27" display size is the perfect match for this resolution, resulting in crisp, sharp visuals and a very convenient pixel density of 109 ppi, requiring no scaling.
Tuesday, November 23rd 2021
Chieftronic SteelPower 750 W Review

Chieftronic SteelPower 750 W Review

The Chieftronic SteelPower 750 W is built on a new Channel Well Technology platform that performs well. However, pricing has to be be more competitive because it's currently being sold for €100, which is more than the more efficient, better-performing Chieftec Polaris 750 W.
be quiet! Light Wings 120 mm PWM High-Speed Fan Review

be quiet! Light Wings 120 mm PWM High-Speed Fan Review

be quiet! splashes in today with all new fans, and they just happen to be the company's first RGB fans. The Light Wings comes in different options and sizes, and we take a look at the 120 mm high-speed version that aims to best all other RGB fans with an optimal balance of airflow, static pressure, and noise.
Upcoming Hardware Launches 2021 (Updated Nov 2021)

Upcoming Hardware Launches 2021 (Updated Nov 2021)

This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2021 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.

OWC Introduces Mercury Elite Pro mini USB-C Portable Storage Solution

OWC, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC Docking Solutions, Network Attached Storage, and Performance Upgrade Kits, announced today the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini. Introduced over a decade ago to emulate its award-winning desktop sized OWC Mercury Elite Pro "sibling," the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini has earned a stellar reputation of offering superior portable storage performance.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini is a powerhouse that gives creative pros, small office/home office users, students, and families the speed and universal connectivity of a USB-C 10 Gb/s interface and up to 4 TB of storage capacity and 542 MB/s real-world performance speeds. The included USB-C cable with tethered USB-A adapter lets you plug into nearly anything, anywhere. Connect the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini to past, present, and future Macs and PCs and iOS, Android, and Chrome OS devices. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini is bus-powered so that you can free yourself from power adapter limitations. Cut the cord and take high-performance storage where you need it from the desktop to a mountaintop.

Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, and Neat Deliver High-quality, Award-winning Gaming Accessories and Microphones

Leading gaming accessory maker Turtle Beach Corporation, today announced its best-selling and award-winning brands - Turtle Beach, ROCCAT, and Neat Microphones - have delivered a stellar lineup of gear perfect for gamers, creators, and artists this holiday season. "Our 2021 portfolio is undoubtedly the richest and most diverse in our history, and we're thrilled to deliver such a great assortment of groundbreaking accessories for the holidays," said Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "Our best-selling Turtle Beach console headsets continue to outperform the competition, while our ROCCAT PC peripherals rack up more high praise and grow share globally."

Stark continued, "Beyond our best-selling and multi-award-winning gaming headsets and PC accessories we've now also launched the Recon Controller as well as the highly sought-after VelocityOne Flight simulation control system. Both products in these new categories have seen strong reviews and editorial accolades since launching. In fact, the Recon Controller was named a Best Xbox Controller by IGN, and VelocityOne Flight received a fantastic 9/10 review in the upcoming issue of PC Pilot Magazine, a highly respected publication among flight sim enthusiasts."

Samsung Electronics Announces New Advanced Semiconductor Fab Site in Taylor, Texas

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it would build a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. The estimated $17 billion investment in the United States will help boost production of advanced logic semiconductor solutions that power next-generation innovations and technologies.

The new facility will manufacture products based on advanced process technologies for application in areas such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI). Samsung remains committed to supporting customers globally by making advanced semiconductor fabrication more accessible and meeting surging demand for leading-edge products.

TerraMaster Announces F5-221 Business NAS For Growing Businesses

TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products for home, businesses and enterprises, presents the F5-221 Business NAS, a 5-bay storage designed to meet the needs of growing small- and medium-sized businesses. It is perfect for many commercial storage applications including mail server, website server, FTP server, archive storage server, MySQL database, CRM, virtual machine server, and so much more.

The TerraMaster F5-221 is equipped with a powerful 2.00 GHz (2.50 GHz boost) Intel dual-core processor with expandable memory supporting up to 6 GB. Designed for professional use, the F5-221 comes with excellent security with AES hardware encryption support. It also supports 4K HD video transcoding making it an ideal multimedia storage.

SPC Gear Introduces VIRO Infra Gaming Headset

SPC Gear, the gaming label of the European manufacturer SilentiumPC, announces the new VIRO Infra over-ear headphones, which not only offer high-quality sound, but are also incredibly comfortable and highly durable. These new headphones are characterized by their warm and deep soundstage, along with the ability to provide precise positioning of sounds in space. The durable construction and frame can withstand countless nights waging war (or peace) in games. They also come with an accurate and efficient detachable microphone. The in-line remote allows for quick adjustment of volume levels, as well as the ability to mute the microphone. The specially designed perforated earpad material increases thermal comfort of the ears, along with the soft leather upholstery on the headband.

The metal headband is flexible and can easily adapt to the user's head, while managing to maintain its high strength and durability. The housing is composed of a damage-resistant plastic, which has been additionally reinforced with metal panels. These features combine to make the VIRO Infra headphones incredibly resistant to damage. Despite their heavy-duty construction, the headphones weigh only 256 grams.

AxiomTek Launches GMB140 Motherboard with Ryzen V1000 Embedded Processors for Casinos

Axiomtek Gaming - a business unit of Axiomtek, a leading designer and manufacturer of PC-based industrial products - is pleased to introduce the GMB140, its powerful Mini-ITX motherboard with the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000/R1000 processor. With an effective procurement strategy plus a good relationship with AMD, Axiomtek can deliver the GMB140 with a short lead time to satisfy customers' needs - either in the gaming industry or in the retail or healthcare industry - at a time of a global material shortage.

The compact GMB140 provides powerful computing with the AMD "Zen" CPU and brilliant image processing performance with the AMD Radeon Vega Graphics to deliver stunning visual experiences. The GMB140 integrated with the high-performance CPU, GPU and extensive I/O offers superior computing performance and multi-display capability, making it suitable for graphics-driven embedded applications such as digital casino gaming machines, medical imaging, interactive kiosks, control rooms and video surveillance, and more.

QNAP Launches NVR Network Surveillance Server QVP-41B

QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today released the new NVR network surveillance server - QVP-41B - that integrates a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch with sixteen 30-watt Gigabit PoE ports, two RJ45/SFP combo ports, and two 2.5GbE host management ports, supporting all kinds of PoE devices and creating an intelligent surveillance infrastructure. Powered by an Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core processor, the QVP-41B comes with four 3.5-inch SATA drive bays, providing great storage potential and high-speed networking to meet the requirements of monitoring small/medium-sized environments.

"With built-in 140 W PoE and supporting up to 24 cameras, the QVP-41B provides complete network surveillance server capabilities. Surveillance feeds can also be simultaneously recorded and monitored using QNAP's QVR Smart Client application." said Alan Kuo, adding "recorded footage can be intelligently analyzed by using QVR Smart Search, and for large-scale deployments (such as retail) all QVR Pro servers including the QVP-41B can be centrally managed through QNAP's QVR Center."

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) Plugin for Unreal Engine 4 Released

AMD released the FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) plugin for Unreal Engine 4, allowing game developers to integrate the performance enhancement technology with their games. A competing technology to NVIDIA DLSS, FSR lets gamers improve frame-rates of their games by trading off quality. At the higher "Quality" presets, this quality loss is supposed to be practically unnoticeable, but with significant improvements to frame-rates. We detailed how the technology works in our article that gets under its hood and evaluates performance. At its launch, AMD listed out a broad list of launch partners for the technology, but Unreal was a notable absentee. Over the following months, AMD appears to have worked toward bringing the tech to even UE4. The plugin is being distributed through AMD's GPUOpen portal.

DOWNLOAD: AMD FSR Plugin for Unreal Engine 4
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