Monday, April 6th 2020

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Intel 10th Gen Core Desktop Marketing Materials Confirm Core Counts

Marketing materials of Intel's upcoming 10th generation Core "Comet Lake-S" desktop processors leaked to the web confirm the lineup's core-counts. The series will be led by 10-core/20-thread Core i9 processors, with Thermal Velocity Boost frequencies of up to 5.30 GHz. The Core i7 series will consist of 8-core/16-thread processors, with up to 5.10 GHz TVB frequencies. The Core i5 series gets its biggest shot in the arm, with the introduction of HyperThreading for the first time in 8 generations (the last Core i5 desktop processors with HTT were dual-core first-generation Core chips). The 10th gen Core i5 series chips are 6-core/12-thread, with clock-speeds running up to 4.80 GHz.

These frequencies should indicate two interesting things. One, that the Core i5-10600K will outperform the Core i7-8700K (6-core/12-thread, up to 4.70 GHz boost), resulting in a roughly 35% increase in price-performance vs. the i7-8700K, if it ends up being priced at $260. Two, that the Core i7-10700K will outperform the Core i9-9900K on virtue of 100 MHz higher frequencies, and give the segment a roughly 30% price-performance increase compared to the i9-9900K, if the i7-10700K ends up priced at $380. The Core i9-10900K will outperform the i9-9900K both in single- and multi-threaded fronts given its 300 MHz higher max boost and two extra cores (four extra threads), in what could be a roughly 25% price-performance gain, assuming an unchanged $500 price.

Microsoft Edge Now 2nd Most Popular Web-Browser

Microsoft's latest Edge browser based on the open-source Chromium browser is now the 2nd most popular browser in the world. Having launched just three months ago, it already has increased its userbase around the world to become more popular than even some long-lasting alternatives such as Mozilla Firefox, which is now the 3rd most popular option, showing that Firefox's userbase is decreasing in favor of the new Edge browser by Microsoft. The number one is still Google's Chrome which owns the majority of users at 68.5%, while Edge is at 7.59%. Firefox is present with a 7.19% market share, placing it just below Edge. It is impressive to see a new browser gain big userbase in such a short time, as alternative browsers often take years to gain even 2% of the market. You can check out the whole browser market share chart below.
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Mobile Specs Leaked

NVIDIA last week debuted its GeForce RTX 20-series SUPER Mobile GPU family with four SKUs: the RTX 2080 SUPER (mobile), RTX 2070 SUPER (mobile), and their Max-Q variants. An ASUS ROG marketing slide just revealed the third, unannounced SKU from the series, the RTX 2060 SUPER (mobile), courtesy of a Hardware Unboxed news bulletin. Likely based on the "TU106" silicon, this SKU has an identical core-configuration to its desktop counterpart, with 2,176 "Turing" CUDA cores, 136 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 272 tensor cores, 34 RT cores, and a 256-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory.

Where the RTX 2060 SUPER (mobile) differs from the desktop part is clock speeds and aggressive power management. It's clocked at 1305 MHz GPU base, 1485 MHz GPU Boost (1470/1650 MHz for the desktop SKU). The memory clock is untouched at 14 Gbps (GDDR6-effective). Although the slide doesn't say so, it's highly likely that there is a Max-Q variant of this SKU with tighter clock speeds and significantly lower power targets. Find the Hardware Unboxed presentation in the link below.

AMD Cancels StoreMI Technology, Replacement Coming Soon

AMD today updated its Product Change Advisory with notes that its StoreMI software won't be available for download anymore. "AMD has decided to end-of-life the current version of the StoreMI technology, and effective March 31, 2020, AMD will no longer make this technology available for download on AMD.com. End users who download the current version of the StoreMI technology prior to March 31, 2020 may continue to use it thereafter (i.e. it will not be deactivated) but AMD will no longer provide any technical or end user support. Instead, AMD will focus its internal development resources on a replacement solution with a rearchitected feature set and a planned release window of 2Q20." - says the AMD Product Change Advisory website.

AMD's StoreMI technology offered users an option to combine up to 256 GB of SSD memory with a slower HDD, to provide "SSD like speeds with HDD like capacity", and it was supported from the second generation Ryzen processors until the current third generation, Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Given that AMD is working on a replacement solution that is coming out in Q2, we expect that the new solution will be a better and more usable one, so we will report on it as soon as there is more information.
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ZOTAC Unveils a Pair of GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Cards

ZOTAC unveiled a nimble lineup of two new graphics cards based on NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 graphics chip. They two are even factory-overclocked despite lacking an additional power connector and relying on the PCIe slot for power. The standard ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 (model: ZT-T16520F-10L) features the company's cheapest single-fan cooling solution, consisting of a heatsink with radially-projecting fins not unlike Intel's stock CPU cooler; ventilated by a single 90 mm fan. The card offers a tiny factory overclock: up to 1620 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1590 MHz NVIDIA reference.

The other card, the ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 AMP (model: ZT-T16520D-10L), features a slightly larger heatsink that's still molded from a single block of aluminium; ventilated by two 70 mm fans. This card ticks at 1650 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1590 MHz reference). Both cards keep their 4 GB of GDDR6 memory running at reference speeds of 12 Gbps. Display outputs on both are identical: one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4. The company didn't reveal pricing, although we expect it to be priced around $150-160 so as to not step on the GTX 1650 Super's toes.

Abkoncore Unveils the T250 Mid-tower Case

Abkoncore today unveiled the T250, an ATX mid-tower case characterized by large tempered glass panels covering the front and left side; and four included ARGB LED case fans. The three front intake fans break through cutouts along the sides, and can hold on to a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator. Other ventilation options include two 120 mm top exhausts with an included dust filter.

Inside, the Abkoncore T250 features a conventional horizontally-partitioned layout. Storage options include two 3.5-inch trays that can each hold 2.5-inch drives, and three 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray. Front panel connectivity is located up top, and includes two USB 2.0 ports (standard header), one USB 3.0 type-A, and HDA jacks. Available now, the Abkoncore T250 is priced at USD $48.

HDPLEX Intros Passive NUC Kit for H1-series Fanless Cases

HDPLEX today introduced the Passive NUC Kit cooling system for H1-series fanless NUC cases by the company, such as the H1 V3 and H1.TODD. Designed for both NUC 7 and NUC 8, the Passive NUC Kit is an assembly that thermally connects the NUC's processor to the body of the H1 case, which doubles up as a heatsink. It consists of an aluminium base-plate, from which six 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes emerge, with three each going to either directions of the base-plate, and making contact with the side body panels of the H1-series case. In combination with your H1-series case, the Passive NUC Kit can dissipate thermal loads of up to 65 W. The Passive NUC Kit supports both the 3-bolt mounting mechanism of the NUC 7 and 4-bolt mechanism of the NUC 8. Available now, it is priced at USD $58.50.

GIGABYTE Debuts its EAGLE Graphics Card Brand with GTX 1650 GDDR6

GIGABYTE today debuted its new EAGLE brand of graphics cards with the GeForce GTX 1650 (GDDR6). The company was last reported working on an EAGLE-branded Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card that hasn't yet launched. The product design of the EAGLE appears to be a step-up from the company's mainline WindForce series custom-design graphics cards, but we're not sure if it's positioned above the coveted AORUS Gaming brand that extends all the way from the GTX 1650 to the most expensive RTX 2080 Ti SKUs. The product design involves an aluminium fin-stack heatsink, a dual-fan setup, and a fancy looking shroud with acrylic accents and diamond-cut edges. In all likelihood, GIGABYTE's EAGLE brand will be positioned against other manufacturer's "tier-2" brands, such as ASUS DUAL EVO, MSI Ventus/MECH, etc.
Sunday, April 5th 2020

ASUS Announces the Use of Liquid Metal Thermal Compound in its 2020 ROG Laptops

ASUS has switched to a new liquid metal thermal compound for its entire 2020 ROG gaming laptop range, liquid metal has long been used in the enthusiast overclocking scene but this is the first time we've seen its widespread use in a mainstream laptop. ASUS had to develop new machinery to facilitate the application of the liquid metal thermal compound as traditionally it had only been applied manually which was not feasible in this case.

ASUS is utilizing the highly respected Conductonaut from Thermal Grizzly for the job to ensure the 10th Gen Intel Core processors powering the lineup stay cool, laptops featuring this new combination will be available from Q2. This press release from ASUS details their process in bringing liquid metal thermal compound to the gaming laptop market.
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Genesis Announces the Thor 420 Gaming Keyboard

Genesis Thor 420 RGB is a great offer for those players who are looking for a quick, durable, and sweet looking mechanical keyboard. Equipped with flat keys, the new model also boasts a great price, which won't burn your budget down. The Genesis Thor 420 RGB is a keyboard with flat, mechanical switches with 50 million click durability. The keys require low activation force (45 g) and provide sufficient feedback with a click. This is why the new Thor 420 is great not only for games, but also working with documents. The set is closed in an aluminium casing, equipped with RGB LED illumination with PRISMO effect and 22 work modes.

As a product intended mainly for gamers, the Genesis Thor 420 RGB also has full N-Key rollover function. This mechanism prevents the keys from blocking, when several of them, or even more than ten, are pressed at the same time. The manufacturer states that the presented model has not limits in this respect and you can press all its keys at once. Multimedia buttons as well as an option to block the Windows key are also a welcome addition.

ASUS Announces Premium Strix SCAR 17 Gaming Laptop

Speed and agility are crucial stats in the world of esports, where razor-thin margins make the difference between victory and defeat. In a massive melee, you need a gaming machine that can keep up with the action. Staying competitive at the highest levels demands a high-refresh display and power-packed GPU that can deliver the fluid frame rates required to catch every moment.

The flagship ROG Strix SCAR 17 represents the pinnacle of professional esports. Its blisteringly fast 300Hz gaming panel surpasses the current tournament standard, while its larger chassis and cooling module can run the new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU at a full 150 W. This config pumps out enough frames to saturate the expansive 17.3" display with the sublimely smooth gameplay required for competitive play.

ASUS Announces Electro Punk Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

ASUS Republic of Gamers has recently announced a new series of Electro Punk special-edition gaming devices decked out in a bold black-and-pink color combination. ROG has a long history of weaving Aura Sync into a huge ecosystem of devices to let gamers shine a light on their personalities through their gear. However, many gamers are looking for ways to express themselves without powering on their RGB lighting. That's why the ROG color palette is expanding to include a new cyberpunk-inspired shade.

Creating a new color for any ROG device takes care. Selecting a shade, implementing it, and matching it across a variety of materials is complicated for just one device, much less an entire collection. Fortunately, ROG designers agreed early on to focus on cyberpunk-inspired pinks. After scrutinizing approximately 10 shades of robust roses and crisp corals in different lightings and environments, ROG designers settled on a high-energy hue with the hex color code #F7266B.
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EVGA Launches Updated GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Card

EVGA has joined the swarm of GPU manufacturers releasing updated GTX 1650 models utilizing the new GDDR6 memory option. EVGA has creatively decided to name their latest card the EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6, as with all the other updated models a ~5% bump in performance can be expected. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 gives you the best gaming performance at a value you cannot resist. Now it's updated with GDDR6 memory, giving you that extra edge to up your game to the next level.

Featuring concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations, adaptive shading technology, and a new unified memory architecture with twice the cache of its predecessor, Turing shaders enable awesome performance increases on today's games. Get 1.4X power efficiency over previous generation for a faster, cooler and quieter gaming experience that take advantage of Turing's advanced graphics features.
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Friday, April 3rd 2020

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MSI Announces GeForce GTX 1650 D6 Series Graphics Cards

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to announce its graphics card line-up based on the GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. The big change is that instead of GDDR5, these new models are fitted with faster GDDR6 memory modules, providing better performance than the original models. These new models will get the designation "D6" in their names to indicate the usage of faster memory. The GeForce GTX 1650 has been carefully architected to balance performance, power, and cost, and includes all of the new Turing Shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency.

Equipped with excellent thermal solutions, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 series is designed to provide higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. MSI's GAMING series delivers the top notch in-game and thermal performance that gamers have come to expect from MSI. With solid and sharp designs, GAMING and VENTUS XS provide a great balance with strong dual fan cooling and outstanding performance. The AERO ITX and Low Profile (LP) series are great options for gamers looking to include Turing power into a small form factor build. With this comprehensive line-up there is plenty of choice for any demand.

NVIDIA Makes GDDR6 an Official GeForce GTX 1650 Memory Option

NVIDIA updated the product page of its GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card to make GDDR6 an official memory option besides the GDDR5 that the SKU launched with, back in Q2-2019. NVIDIA now has two product specs for the SKU, the GTX 1650 (G5), and GTX 1650 (G6). Both feature 896 "Turing" CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, and 32 ROPs; but differ entirely in memory configuration and clock speeds.

The GTX 1650 (G6) features 4 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 12 Gbps, across a 128-bit wide memory bus, compared to the original GTX 1650, which uses 4 GB of 8 Gbps GDDR5 across the same bus width. This results in a 50% memory bandwidth gain for the new SKU: 192 GB/s vs. 128 GB/s. On the other hand, the GPU clock speeds are lower than those of the original GTX 1650. The new G6 variant ticks at 1410 MHz base and 1590 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1485/1665 MHz of the original GTX 1650. This was probably done to ensure that the new SKU fits within the 75 W typical board power envelope of the original, enabling card designs that lack additional power connectors. As for pricing, Newegg recently had an MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Gaming X listed for $159.

INNO3D Launches GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 TWIN X2 OC, COMPACT Graphics Cards

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and various innovations is thrilled to add the brand new Supercharger INNO3D GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT. INNO3D is adding this to its already impressive arsenal of Supercharger line-up. INNO3D has to date also release different versions of NVIDIA's Turing architecture such as the INNO3D GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2060 and the latest releases of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660 - the GTX 1650 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT adopts the same award-winning 'Best-in-Class' NVIDIA's Turing architecture.

Amazon planning its own Cloud Gaming Service dubbed "Project Tempo"

In a report by the New York Times, plans by Amazon to launch a new cloud gaming product in the already crowded field were detailed. Dubbed "Project Tempo" the project has reportedly been in development for several months and at the cost of several hundred million dollars. Amazon hopes to develop new AAA games to accompany the launch of the service which will integrate with its popular game streaming platform Twitch.

The project is one of Amazon's largest investments in original entertainment since its founding, and places them in a prime position to compete with Google's Stadia, Microsoft's Project xCloud, NVIDIA's GeForce NOW and the countless other game streaming platforms. One advantage Amazon possesses is its vast network of data centers as part of Amazon Web Services which will play a significant role in ensuring the service achieves the minimal latency required for an optimal experience. Amazon's vice president for game services and studios has stated: "The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games" in regards to the game making process. The first of Amazon's major game releases will be New World a fantasy MMO in May which will be followed by more games throughout the year, primarily targeting hardcore gamers.
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TechPowerUp NVCleanstall v1.50 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of NVCleanstall, our popular NVIDIA GeForce software customization utility that gives you control over many more components than the NVIDIA installer's "custom" installation. With the latest version 1.50, we are giving you the freedom to use NVCleanstall either as a standalone tool, or installed. The first screen now has an option that lets you install the utility to your local machine, or re-install it if it's already installed. We've also made some under-the-hood changes, such as an improved device matching algorithm, update check now running at a 4-hour interval if you opt for it; and an important UI change in the form of a vertical scroll-bar, which should let you access the window if your machine is operating in a fail-safe low-resolution mode without any graphics drivers in place.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp NVCleanstall 1.50
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Acer Announces New Predator Triton 500 and Nitro 5 Gaming Notebooks

Acer today announced its new Predator Triton 500 and Acer Nitro 5 gaming notebooks. Alongside significant developments in thermal performance, both devices come with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors and newly announced NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER and GTX GPUs.

"In addition to the latest processors and GPUs, we've made exciting across-the-board updates to the Predator Triton 500 and Acer Nitro 5 this year," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer. "Most importantly we've applied new thermal technology which keeps the devices cool so gamers can enjoy the performance improvements from the latest silicon technology."
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Ryzen 7 3700X Trades Blows with Core i7-10700, 3600X with i5-10600K: Early ES Review

Hong Kong-based tech publication HKEPC posted a performance review of a few 10th generation Core "Comet Lake-S" desktop processor engineering samples they scored. These include the Core i7-10700 (8-core/16-thread), the i5-10600K (6-core/12-thread), the i5-10500, and the i5-10400. The four chips were paired with a Dell-sourced OEM motherboard based on Intel's B460 chipset, 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4-4133 memory, and an RX 5700 XT graphics card to make the test bench. This bench was compared to several Intel 9th generation Core and AMD 3rd generation Ryzen processors.

Among the purely CPU-oriented benchmarks, the i7-10700 was found to be trading blows with the Ryzen 7 3700X. It's important to note here, that the i7-10700 is a locked chip, possibly with 65 W rated TDP. Its 4.60 GHz boost frequency is lesser than that of the unlocked, 95 W i9-9900K, which ends up topping most of the performance charts where it's compared to the 3700X. Still the comparison between i7-10700 and 3700X can't be dismissed, since the new Intel chip could launch at roughly the same price as the 3700X (if you go by i7-9700 vs. i7-9700K launch price trends).

Rivet Networks Announces Killer Ethernet E3100-series 2.5GbE NICs Based on Intel "Foxville" PHYs

Rivet Networks today formally launched its 2.5 Gbps Killer Ethernet E3100-series NICs targeted at gaming notebooks and motherboards. These 2.5 GbE solutions are based on Intel's i225-series "Foxville" PHY chips. The new E3100G is based on the i225-V, and is targeted at platforms that have chipset-integrated MAC (most Intel chipsets). The E3100X is based on the i225-LM, and has an integrated MAC, making it better suited for gaming notebooks with Ryzen 4000H-series processors. The software side of things is where Rivet's innovations are.

The Killer Prioritization Engine detects network traffic from games and prioritizes it. This should improve latencies when competitive gamers are also streaming on the side. Under extreme network stress (think gaming+streaming+downloads), Rivet claims the tech can improve gaming latencies by up to 3 times. Next up is GameFast tech, an optimized HSP component of the driver that reduces CPU utilization by up to 10% and the network stack's memory footprint by 20%, compared to other 2.5 GbE solutions. Lastly, there's support for DoubleShot Pro, Killer's network teaming tech that lets you combine bandwidth of your wired and wireless network interface for up to 4.9 Gbps bandwidth. The Killer Control Center 2.0 app gives you control over this and the other features.

SilentiumPC Announces the Corona HP Evo ARGB

Notwithstanding social media pictures of unsold Corona beer crates in supermarkets, sales of Dom's catnip are actually up. SilentiumPC made the bold move of launching a new product with exactly that name, the Corona HP EVO ARGB fans. Scientifically, corona is a layer of luminescent plasma surrounding a normal star, giving it an aura and the appearance of being larger than it is. SilentiumPC announced its first Corona-branded accessories back in 2018 as an RGB upgrade kit for its Sigma Pro fans. Corona became a fan brand unto its own in early 2019. With that out of the way, the new Corona HP EVO ARGB is a new family of fans in 120 mm and 140 mm sizes, which will be sold in single-piece and three-piece packs by SilentiumPC.

Design of the Corona HP EVO ARGB is similar to the Corona HP RGB from mid-2019: round frames with ring-shaped silicone LED diffusers, and opaque black fan impellers. What's changed is support for modern 3-pin ARGB. The single-piece SKUs come with just a 3-pin ARGB connector besides 3-pin DC fan connector (no PWM), but the 3-packs include an ARGB controller that puts out three channels. Both the 120 mm and 140 mm variants feature 50,000-hour rated hydraulic bearings. The 140 mm variant spins at 1,200 RPM, pushing 45 CFM of air. The 120 mm variant does 1,500 RPM, pushing 35 CFM. The company didn't reveal pricing.
Thursday, April 2nd 2020
Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550 W Review

Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550 W Review

The Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550 W offers high performance and is very efficient. The RGB lighting and crystal cube connectors of its fully modular cables look nice. However, is it worth paying an additional €24 to get it over the non-RGB Leadex III model of similar capacity?

ASUS Reveals ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 - 15" Dual Screen Laptop Featuring Intel 10th Gen and NVIDIA RTX Super

ASUS today revealed their latest gaming flagship laptop in the form of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. Like the name implies, the Zephyrus features a 15" screen which can vary in configuration from a 1080p panel ticking at 300 Hz refresh rate, or of a 4K, 60 Hz panel for users that would prefer image quality and pixel real estate for graphical work (both panels cover 100% of the AdobeRGB colorspace). Besides the main screen, however, ASUS has also included a second one, right above the keyboard, which it dubbed ScreenPad Plus: a 14.1-inch 60Hz matte touchscreen (3840 x 1100) that can be angled at 13 degrees so it falls into the user's field of vision whilst simultaneously increasing airflow to the PC.

ASUS is working with game and app developers to increase usefulness of the ScreenPad Plus, with the screen supporting apps such as Twitch and Discord. Actual games integration is another story, with the games having to be programmed specifically for this configuration, which means support will be somewhat limited. ASUS has already announced they are working with Techland so that Dying Light 2 can take advantage of the secondary display.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.4.1 Beta Drivers With Support for Resident Evil 3

AMD today has released a new beta driver on their Radeon Software Adrenalin suite. Driver number 20.4.1 beta brings with it support for Capcom's Resident Evil 3, on which we've already written a deep-dive performance article for you to peruse (heads-up: it's a pretty good and pretty good-looking game).

Alongside this support, AMD has also fixed a number of issues, including black screens or application hangs in both Overwatch and heroes of the Storm. One important known issue that is listed is the chance of a black screen or system hang when running Folding@Home while also running an application using hardware acceleration of video content. We shan't have that - so if you run into issues like these whilst offering your processing power to the world, beware. For the full list of fixes and known issues, look after the break. And as always, you can download this driver suite right here on TechPowerUp just by clicking the link below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.4.1 Beta Drivers

SK Hynix Unveils DDR5 Memory Details, Production to Start This Year

SK Hynix has today posted an update on their blog about the upcoming DDR5 memory, which they have developed in co-respondence with JEDEC's progression of the standard. They have noted a few key things, among which some of the most interesting are features like the maximum speed of 8400 Mbps. The DDR5 standard is very flexible, allowing manufacturers to release their chips with frequencies ranging anywhere from 3200-8400 Mbps. While the lowest speed is 3200 Mbps, manufacturers are starting with 4800 Mbps chips and building their way up from there. The minimum density of a single DDR5 die is 8 Gb, while the maximum is 64 Gb, quadrupling the maximum capacity of DDR4 dies.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes besides capacity and speed improvements is the addition of Error-Correcting Code (ECC) support for memory. This feature is now not exclusive to special dies, like with DDR4, but rather is built inside every die. The DDR5 memory chips use 32 banks, split into 8 bank groups, which is designed to provide as much bandwidth as possible. Burst Lenght is doubled to 16, compared to 8 of DDR4, so memory access availability is better. Operating Voltage is decreased to 1.1 V, from the previous 1.2 V of DDR4, resulting in an overall decrease of 20% of power consumption. The mass production of SK-Hynix's DDR5 chips will start this year, however, exact timing is unknown.
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MSI Announces new Creator and Gaming Laptops with Intel 10th Gen Core-H and GeForce RTX SUPER

MSI has comprehensively evolved! On top of the award-winning GE66 Raider and GS66 Stealth, MSI grandly revealed the complete line-up of six series of gamer-oriented laptops. Only the strong one can survive and evolve! MSI is the only laptop manufacturer that provides a stable supply under the global disruption of the supply chain. Now be the vanguard and evolve to next-generation by choosing the latest MSI gaming laptops equipped with 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor (Comet Lake H-series) and latest GeForce RTX Super series graphics, newly designed for gamers in style!

The next-gen performance can entertain and satisfy the gamers in all aspects. The revamped MSI laptops can reveal the true computing power of the 10th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor. Featuring up to i9-10980HK processor, the latest Intel chip has a noticeable impact on FPS in demanding games and multitasking. With the latest Intel chip's 50% boot in computing and the Single-Core Turbo boost reaching 5.3 GHz, now gamers can enjoy an unparalleled gaming experience. Furthermore, see real-time Ray Tracing in games with up to the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, AI-enhanced graphics, which can also provide a faster efficiency than its erstwhile generation.
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GIGABYTE Announces new AORUS & AERO Gaming Laptops

Leader of global PC brand, GIGABYTE today launched its latest version AORUS series professional gaming notebooks and their AERO notebooks for content creators. Aside from many high-end gaming features, the new generation processors and GPUs have undergone "significant" upgrades. GIGABYTE is the first in the industry to launch ultra-performance notebooks that feature 10th gen Intel Core i9/i7 H series 8-core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series SUPER GPUs. AORUS partners up with world renowned G2 Esports to launch brand new gaming notebooks tailored to match the requirements of pro gamers, including features like mechanical keyboards, a 240Hz refresh rate display and enhanced cooling technology, redefining the requirements of a professional gaming notebook.
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The all-new Razer Blade 15 - built for those who demand more

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today revealed the next evolution of the Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, featuring up to an 8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs, and a 300Hz display all packed into the signature black aluminium chassis. Complemented with a new keyboard layout, upgraded I/O, and abundant SSD storage, the Blade 15 gives users the power to play their best game, create their best work, and live their best life.

"The new Razer Blade 15 is simply the best laptop we have ever created," said Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer's Systems Business Unit. "We've added numerous cutting-edge features and user improvements that were requested directly from the community to make the Blade 15 more than just a great laptop for gamers, but a great laptop for everyone."
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Intel 10th Gen Core "Comet Lake-H" Mobile Processor Lineup with Desktop-class Performance Announced: 5.3 GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads

Intel today announced its 10th generation Core "Comet Lake-H" mobile processor family with a promise of bringing premium desktop-level performance to conventional notebook form-factors, including some bordering the thin-and-light form-factors (under 2 cm thickness). The higher-end of the lineup is geared not just toward serious gaming and creative work, but also toward PC enthusiasts wanting to overclock the processors. For gamers, Intel is guiding its notebook partners to come up with new designs with high refresh-rate and DisplayHDR 1000 displays. The company is also providing OEMs with engineering support to better design their cooling solutions for these processors.

Compared to 9th generation "Coffee Lake-H" processors, the strategy with "Comet Lake-H" appears to be increasing clock-speeds at given price-points, along with introduction of Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology to this segment, over from the company's HEDT processor lineup. Four out six SKUs hit the magic frequency figure of 5.00 GHz. Two of the SKUs even feature CPU overclocking support. The Core i5 family consists of 4-core/8-thread chips. The Core i7 lineup consist of two 6-core/12-thread parts, and one 8-core/16-thread part. The sole Core i9 SKU is an 8-core/16-thread, with the highest clock speeds and unlocked base-clock multiplier. The "Comet Lake-H" processors are built on 14 nm process, and have identical CPU IPC to "Skylake."
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Wednesday, April 1st 2020

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Cougar Ultimus RGB Keyboard Review

Cougar has chosen to shy away from Cherry switches in favor of their own branded ones, and designed the Ultimus RGB keyboard to be more in line with their recent angular case offerings. As the name suggests, RGB illumination is supported, with 16.8M colors, and the polling rate is 1000 Hz.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce RTX 20-series SUPER Mobile GPUs

NVIDIA today released the GeForce RTX 20-series SUPER mobile GPUs. The lineup consists of the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and their Max-Q variants. Both SKUs have identical GPU core configurations to their desktop counterparts, with the RTX 2080 SUPER (mobile) featuring 3,072 CUDA cores, and the RTX 2070 SUPER (mobile) featuring 2,560. What sets them apart are clock speeds, aggressive power-management, and the introduction of new low-power GDDR6 memory chips that run at lower voltages. Unlike the desktop RTX 2080 SUPER, which uses 15.5 Gbps memory, the mobile versions use 14 Gbps ones.

The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (mobile) ticks at 1560 MHz GPU Boost and 14 Gbps memory. Its power envelope is set at "150 W+." The RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q is ticks at 1080 MHz, with an 80 W power envelope. The RTX 2070 SUPER (mobile) is clocked at 1380 MHz with 115 W power, while its Max-Q variant runs at 1150 MHz at 80 W. NVIDIA is introducing Dynamic Boost, its own power-balancer between the CPU and GPU, and Advanced Optimus, an improved version of its iGPU-dGPU switcher. NVIDIA is targeting these GPUs at high-resolution (1440p and above) gaming notebooks, particularly some of the newer ones that come with refresh-rates as high as 300 Hz. Notebooks with the new GPUs will go on sale starting April 15, 2020.
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