Wednesday, June 3rd 2020

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ASUSTOR Announces Lockerstor 10 Pro NAS with ECC Memory and Xeon Processor

ASUSTOR today has officially announced the release of the ten bay Lockerstor 10 Pro sporting a 9th generation Intel Xeon Quad-Core processor. The Xeon E-2224 runs at 3.40 GHz and turbos to 4.60 GHz, making everything faster than ever, especially transfer speeds, virtual machines and Docker apps. The Lockerstor 10 Pro comes with eight Gigabytes of DDR4-2666 ECC memory and supports up to thirty-two Gigabytes of RAM. The ECC RAM included with the NAS corrects memory errors in real-time and helps avoid data loss caused by memory corruption, keeping critical data safe.

In terms of transmission speed, the Lockerstor 10 Pro provides a single 10-Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as triple 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With the all-new Intel Xeon processor, Link Aggregation on the 2.5-Gigabit ports, up to 7.5 Gbps of bandwidth can be achieved while the 10-Gigabit port brings the full 1.25 GB/s speeds. The Lockerstor 10 Pro also features dual M.2 SSD slots, which support a variety of m.2 form factors and thumbscrews for easy installation. With NVMe SSD caching, the performance of traditional HDD hard drives is quickly upgraded to SSD levels, bringing the best of both storage and speed. The Lockerstor 10 Pro also features USB 3.2 Gen2 which provides up to 10 Gbps of speed and supports up to 192 TB of extra capacity using the AS6004U for a total of 160+192 TB.

Lamptron Unveils CU135 ARGB Fan and Lighting Controller

Lamptron today unveiled its flagship fan- and lighting controller for gaming PCs, the CU135. The set consists the main control unit that you can tuck behind your case's motherboard tray; a display module that you install right under your graphics card (along the plane of the motherboard); and an RF remote control. The main control unit takes in either one 4-pin Molex or one SATA power connection for power, and puts out six each of high-power 4-pin PWM fan headers (36 W per channel), and 3-pin addressable-RGB lighting headers. It also takes in six 2-pin thermal diodes (included in the package), along with a proprietary connection for the display module.

The multi-color 7.84-inch LCD touchscreen display lets you view fan-speeds and temperatures across all six zones on the home screen. Using this touchscreen, you can also draw up fan-curves for each of the six zones, set color and lighting patterns for each of the six lighting zones, read temperatures from the six external sensors. The included RF remote control lets you do all this, without having to reach up to your case. The CU135 can also take in 3-pin ARGB connection from your motherboard, so you can copy lighting profiles over from your control software. The control module measures 121.5 mm × 72.5 mm × 21 mm (WxHxD), while the display module measures 360 mm × 70 mm × 12.5 mm, taking up 3 expansion slots inside the case. You can find other places for the module (such as your desk top). The company didn't reveal pricing.

AMD CEO Lisa Su Tops Earnings as Highest Paid CEO in The S&P 500

Lisa Su of Advanced Micro Devices has become the world's highest-paid CEO, according to a recent survey from The Associated Press on CEO compensation. Lisa Su's pay package was valued at $58.5 million after some extremely impressive company performance over her last five years as CEO on the back of the wild success of EPYC, Ryzen, and Radeon. This pay package comprised a base salary of $1 million, a performance bonus of $1.2 million, $56 million in stocks. This makes Lisa Su the first woman to become the highest-paid CEO and one of only 20 women on the list, versus 309 men.

Thermaltake Launches the World's First CPU & Memory AIO Liquid Cooler

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, proudly presents the first-ever product that combines memory and an AIO liquid cooler, the Floe RC360 / RC240 CPU & Memory Liquid Cooler. Thermaltake never stops to seek out possibilities to impress our users with a more efficient cooling solution for our memory modules. With the new Floe RC360 / RC240 CPU & Memory Liquid Cooler, users can acquire an unparalleled gaming experience.

Floe RC360 / RC240 CPU & Memory Liquid Cooler is compatible with TOUGHRAM RC memory modules (Sold separately) and grants further expandability which allows users to equip a high-quality all-in-one cooling system, including a water block, radiator, an ARGB controller, and three high airflow 120 mm fans on the RC360 version and two high airflow 120 mm fans on the RC240 version. Other than that, Floe RC360/RC240 CPU & Memory Liquid Cooler can be synchronized with motherboards equipped with 5 V addressable RGB headers such as ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, Biostar VIVID LED DJ and ASRock Polychrome, allowing users to control the lights directly from the motherboards RGB lighting software.

Take-Two CEO Calls Google Stadia a "Dissapointment"

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick sounded very positive about Google Stadia just one year ago, saying he was "pretty optimistic" about the service. Zelnick said "being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world, and to do it with low latency, well that's very compelling if that can be delivered," about the service in May 2019.

In a recent interview last week Zelnick has acknowledged the lackluster success of the platform saying "the launch of Stadia has been slow," and "I think there was some overpromising on what the technology could deliver and some consumer disappointment as a result." Zelnick questioned the point of such a service when the games are selling for 60 USD+ and a console of similar performance without any of the drawbacks of an online service can be had for just 300 USD. It will be interesting to see the fate of the collection of game streaming services that have popped up over the last few years.

Thermaltake Unleashes High Capacity TOUGHRAM RGB 32GB and 64GB Memory

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, proudly announces our high capacity, high clock rate memory, the TOUGHRAM RGB 32 GB (2x16GB) and 64 GB (2x 32 GB), coming in both black and white versions. The TOUGHRAM RGB 32 GB comes in three clock rates, 3200 MHz, 3600 MHz, and 4000 MHz, and the TOUGHRAM RGB 64 GB comes in 3200 MHz and 3,600 MHz. For the best video editing qualities, Thermaltake now launches our high capacity memories to ensure that we meet the users' needs. To provide high stability PC performance, all ICs are tightly-screened and coated with a ten-layer PCB.

Uniquely designed TT premium heat spreader with ten high lumens individual addressable LEDs not only dispatches heat faster but lets users show off 16.8 million colors with countless lighting combinations. TOUGHRAM RGB 32 GB (2x 16 GB) and 64 GB (2x32GB) memories are compatible with Intel Z490 and AMD X570 chipsets and is now Intel XMP 2.0. ready. Furthermore, users can use NeonMaker or TT RGB Plus software to control the lighting effects. The TT RGB Plus software can also support other software such as TT AI Voice Control, Amazon Alexa, and Razer Chroma, to adjust the lighting. Upgrade to the TOUGHRAM RGB 32 GB (2x 16 GB) and 64 GB (2x 32 GB) for high-quality and high functioning stable memory.

MMD Releases Philips 242B1V Monitor with Privacy Mode

MMD, the leading display specialist and brand licence partner for Philips monitors, announces the new 24" (23.8" / 60.5 cm) Philips 242B1V LCD monitor. Designed to help professionals to improve productivity while protecting sensitive data and contents from onlookers, this new model features Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and SmartImage to display images and video as brilliant/crisp as possible.

Lexar Announces New Professional CFexpress USB 3.1 Reader

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, announced the Lexar Professional CFexpress USB 3.1 Reader. Geared towards making the workflow of professional photographers and videographers faster, this reader allows you to take advantage of the high-speed performance from the CFexpress Type B Card and offload your work, faster.

With read speeds of up to 1050 MB/s it's easy to quickly transfer files on the go with the Lexar Professional CFexpress USB 3.1 Reader. This professional-level reader easily offloads a large number of high-quality images and RAW 4K video from your CFexpress Type B card to your computer at USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds, accelerating workflow and getting you back behind the camera faster. Sporting a compact and portable design capable of sliding into your pocket, it stands up in the field just as well as it does in the office. This reader is a perfect companion with the now available Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B card* that has large capacities from 64 GB to 512 GB.

Former General Manager of GlobalFoundries China joins SMIC

SMIC is currently a leading Chinese semiconductor manufacturing plant with some of the major nodes being manufactured at its facilities. Currently, SMIC is in charge of manufacturing 14 nm and 7 nm nodes. While the 7 nm node is going live in Q4 of this year, it is certain that China will have competitive domestic semiconductor manufacturing facilities. And to get better sales of the new FinFET designs, SMIC has decided to hire former General Manager of GlobalFoundries China, Mr. Bai Nong, according to Wenxin Voice. Serving at a co-CEO with Dr. Liang Mong Song, Bai Long is in-charge to boost sales of SMIC's FinFET designs by bringing in more customers. This is without a doubt a good decision, as a person that was a general manager for Glo-Fo China certainly has plenty of connections and customers that will follow him.

Microsoft is Replacing MSN Journalists with Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is working on bringing the latest artificial intelligence technology everywhere it can, and everywhere when it works. According to a few reports from Business Insider and Seattle Times, Microsoft is working on terminating its contracts with journalists and replacing them with artificial intelligence software. In the period between Wednesday and Thursday of last week, around 50 employees have received the information that their contracts will not be renewed after June 30th. The journalists in question were responsible for Microsoft's MSN Web portal which will now use machine learning (ML) models that will generate news stream. To use ML for an application like this, Microsoft is surely utilizing its Azure infrastructure to process everything in the cloud.

One of the ex-employees has said that the MSN platform has been semi-automated for some time now and that this is a completion of the automation. "Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic." - said Microsoft spokesman to Seattle Times.

Bitspower Intros Touchaqua Sedna O11D Lite-F for Lian Li O11 Dynamic

Bitspower today introduced the Touchaqua Sedna O11D Lite-F, a device that combines the functionality of a pump, reservoir, and distribution plate; designed specially for the Lian Li O11 Dynamic case. This thin, cuboidal contraption measures 385 mm x 210.5 mm x 43.8 mm (HxWxD), aligning with the front panel window of the O11 Dynamic. Made of acrylic, the reservoir component is studded with addressable RGB LED lighting that takes in 3-pin ARGB connection. Coolant ports are provided that align with the graphics card, the CPU, and a radiator along the case's top vents, as shown in the picture below. Available now, it is priced at USD $170.

UniIC Delivers China's First 100% Homebrew DDR4 Memory Modules

Xi'an UniIC Semiconductors, which goes by the trade name UniIC (probably pronounced "unique"), has delivered the first DDR4 memory module made 100% in China (which includes all its DRAM chips, PCB, drivers, and other components). The module may be nothing much to look at, with just a bare green PCB and DRAM chips, lacking in any heatspreaders; but this product can be considered a baby step toward a large and diverse product lineup. The debutante memory modules are unbuffered DDR4-2400 and DDR4-2667 memory modules that come in 8 GB densities.

The DDR4-2400 module is timed at CL17 17-17-39, and the DDR4-2667 at CL18, with both pulling 1.2 V - again nothing to write home about, but given the breakneck speeds at which Chinese companies flush with state investment are developing and diversifying their PC hardware lines, UniIC's product portfolio could look very different in the coming two years. UniIC is a cog in China's 3-5-2 policy of localizing PC hardware manufacturing, and eliminating dependence of foreign hardware.
Tuesday, June 2nd 2020

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Intel Core i7-10700 Review - Way to Overclock without the K

Intel Core i7-10700 Review - Way to Overclock without the K

In our Intel Core i7-10700 review, we're taking a look at one of Intel's most affordable 8-core/16-thread processors. Its low TDP of 65 W makes it power-efficient, but also limits performance. We unlocked that limit and gained up to 30% real-life performance without ever risking an unstable system.

Intel Plays the Pre-Zen AMD Tune: Advocates Focus Shift from "Benchmarks to Benefits"

Intel CEO Bob Swan, in his Virtual Computex YouTube stream, advocated that the industry should focus less on benchmarks, and more on the benefits of technology, a line of thought strongly advocated by rival AMD in its pre-Ryzen era, before the company began getting competitive with Intel again. "We should see this moment as an opportunity to shift our focus as an industry from benchmarks to the benefits and impacts of the technology we create," he said, referring to technology keeping civilization and economies afloat during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has thrown Computex among practically every other public gathering out of order.

"The pandemic has underscored the need for technology to be purpose-built so it can meet these evolving business and consumer needs. And this requires a customer-obsessed mindset to stay close, anticipate those needs, and develop solutions. In this mindset, the goal is to ensure we are optimizing for a stronger impact that will support and accelerate positive business and societal benefits around the globe," he added. An example of what Swan is trying to say is visible with Intel's 10th generation Core "Cascade Lake XE" and "Ice Lake" processors, which feature AVX-512 and DL-Boost, accelerating deep learning neural nets; but lose to AMD's flagship offerings on the vast majority of benchmarks. Swan also confirmed that the company's "Tiger Lake" processors will launch this Summer.
The Computex video address by CEO Bob Swan can be watched below.

Corsair Unveils 4TB Variant of MP510 M.2 NVMe SSD

Corsair unveiled a new high-capacity 4 TB variant of its MP510 M.2 SSDs that take advantage of the PCI-Express 3.0 x4 host interface, and NVMe protocol (model: CSSD-F4000GBMP510). The drive retains its Phison PS5012-E12 controller, but paired with 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The drive retains the manufacturer-rated performance numbers for the 2 TB variant: up to 3,480 MB/s sequential reads, up to 3,000 MB/s sequential writes, up to 580,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and up to 680,000 IOPS 4K random writes. Thanks to its high capacity, the drive enjoys a stellar endurance rating of 6,820 TBW. When it goes on sale, on June 4, the drive is expected to be priced close to the USD $800-mark.

HighPoint Launches Low-Profile, Bootable NVMe RAID Controller for Windows & Linux

HighPoint launches the third generation SSD7202 NVMe RAID controller - the industry's first ultra-compact, low-profile, bootable NVMe RAID solution for Windows and Linux platforms. The SSD7202 is ideal for PC's that require NVMe boot performance or an ultra-compact storage solution. The low-profile SSD7202 smaller than your average video card, yet can host up to 8 TB of storage and can be easily installed into any industry standard PCIe 3.0/4.0 x8 or x16 slot.

Our third-generation NVMe architecture utilizes our Smart-Switching PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface to ensure broad compatibility with a wide range of hardware platforms without compromising performance; the dedicated x8 bandwidth enables the SSD7202 to deliver up to 7000 MB/s using just two M.2 SSD's. The SSD7202 is the first NVMe RAID controller to feature our ultra-efficient two-stage cooling solution, which removed the need for a bulky, external case. The card-length heat sink features an integrated low-noise fan to ensure the NVMe SSDs and critical chipset components remain cool even under sustained load.

Lenovo Brings Linux Certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation Portfolio

More than 250 million computers are sold each year and NetMarketShare reports that 2.87 percent - roughly 7.2 million users - are using those computers to run Linux. Once thought of as a niche IT crowd, this user base of data scientists, developers, application engineers, scientists and more is growing - stepping into sought-after roles across multiple industries and becoming essential within their companies. Now, I'm excited to share Lenovo is moving to certify the full workstation portfolio for top Linux distributions from Ubuntu and Red Hat - every model, every configuration.

While many users prefer to customize their own machines - either on hardware without an OS or by wiping an existing client OS, then configuring and installing Linux - this can raise uncertainty with system stability, restricted performance, compatibility, end-user productivity and even IT support for devices. Now that these users are making their way out of the proverbial shadows and onto the enterprise floor, the demand is high for an out-of-the-box solution that removes the barrier for deployment of enterprise-grade hardware within a Linux software ecosystem.

HP Engineers Powerhouse Portfolio Designed for the Next Generation

Today HP unveiled new OMEN hardware and accessories, updates to OMEN Command Center, and introduced the first 16" Pavilion Gaming laptop - all designed for today's gamer to play their best while pushing the limits of what their devices can do.

Gaming benefits are being unlocked as people are spending more time at home, uncovering new avenues for both entertainment and general well-being. 80% of people in the United States agree that playing video games provides an escape during these unprecedented times and 73% cite "relaxation" as one reason they game. According to tests with the Adult Hope Scale, Americans who started playing games during the COVID-19 quarantine feel 64% more hopeful and 39% state a reduction in stress.

AMD Shipped 553 Million GPUs Since 2013: Jon Peddie Research

When AMD scored a double hit by winning the Xbox and the PlayStation console projects the number of GPUs the company shipped from 2013 on took a jump. As their APU sales increased (partially due to the console wins) their overall sales increased even more. Likewise, as AMD introduced the Zen CPU, associated GPU sales also increased. The net result is since 2013 AMD has shipped over a half-billion GPUs either integrated or discrete.

When compared to Intel (integrated only) or NVIDIA (discrete only) both companies beat AMD in their respective classes, but overall AMD beats them both. Fun with numbers. The cumulative distribution of GPUs by platform is shown in the following chart. Next year AMD will be able to add Samsung smartphones to its list of platforms, and those numbers are going to huge.

Razer Unveils Ornata V2 Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Razer today unveiled the Ornata V2 gaming keyboard that the company promotes as a hybrid between mechanical and membrane-type keyboards, using the company's "mecha-mebrane" switches that offer the "cushioned" feel of membrane keyboards for extended typing sessions, with the clicky tactile feedback of mechanical switches. This is the second generation of the Ornata, which was released in 2016, and hence comes with a few modern features such as a faux leatherette palm rest, zonal RGB LED illumination that uses Razer Chroma, and a mechanical media rocker. The electronics underneath offer N-key rollover and 1000 Hz polling rate. The Ornata V2 is shipping now in the U.S. for USD $99.

MSI Announces MPG Z490 Carbon EK X Motherboard

MSI, the world-leading gaming components manufacturer, proudly announces its partnership with premium liquid cooling system company EK. Together, they will co-operate the new selection for the latest Intel Z490 motherboard for socket 1200 - MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X. "MSI and EK have worked closely for four years now. Always trying to push the limits, to set the bar higher… Our first collaboration was a liquid-cooled GPU, Sea Hawk EK X. This time around, we have partnered up to bring a liquid-cooled gaming motherboard to the mainstream market and truly change the game,"" said Edvard König, Founder of EK.

"It's a great and exciting moment for gamers seeking for the extreme performance with elegant and exquisite design," said Ted Hung, Vice President of MSI's CND Department. "We couldn't ask for a better opportunity than to partner with EK to co-launch the great combo product for gamers.

Corsair Launches Dominator Platinum White RGB Memory

Corsair today unveiled the Dominator Platinum White RGB DDR4-Memory, an exclusive trim of its flagship PC memory offering. The White edition sees chunky matte white heatspreaders, gold colored faux heatsink fins, and a silicone addressable RGB diffuser at the very top. Gold rivets hold the two halves of the heatsink together. All the heavy lifting is done by the 10-layer black PCB underneath with Samsung B-die DDR4 DRAM chips, unchanged from the original Dominator Platinum RGB series. The series is available in 16 GB (2x 8 GB), 32 GB (4x 8 GB), 32 GB (2x 16 GB), 64 GB (4x 16 GB), and 128 GB (8x 16 GB), and in memory speeds of DDR4-3200 CL16, DDR4-3600 CL18, and DDR4-4000 CL19. Corsair is backing these with lifetime warranty.

Read the TechPowerUp review of the 32 GB (4x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 kit.

Intel Discontinues 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" Desktop Processor Family

Intel today issued a product change notice announcing the discontinuation of its 8th generation Core desktop processor family, and models of Pentium Gold and Celeron processors based on the 14 nm "Coffee Lake" silicon. The PCN covers every 8th gen SKU in the retail- and OEM channels. The company set key dates for the discontinuation. The lineup is discontinued as of June 1, 2020. Suppliers and OEM customers can last order their products on December 18, 2020. The last product shipment is slated for June 4, 2021. It's likely that the 9th generation Core desktop processor family will be follow next year. The 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" saw the first increase in core counts for Intel's mainstream desktop processor family in close to a decade.

Thermaltake Announces the Tower 100 Mini Chassis

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is proud to announce The Tower 100, the mini version of the iconic Tower 900 Full Tower Chassis. The Tower 100 is a much smaller chassis that still supports all the essentials for basic water cooling and hardware fitment options. The compact chassis supports Mini-ITX motherboards, and allows users limited in space to enjoy the iconic design in a smaller size.

The chassis comes in both black and white colors and has one type-c cable connection, two USB 3.0 ports, and one HD audio port. It is constructed with three tempered glass windows, including its front and two side panels; users may remove the top panel easily and slide the three tempered glass panels upwards to dismantle, allowing full access to your PC. The chassis can fit a standard ATX PSU and can hold a 120 mm radiator or one 120 mm fan on the top and one 140 mm fan above the power cover. The Tower 100 can also fit a 320 mm GPU, which allows users to downsize the chassis without downgrading the performance. Loving the classic Thermaltake vibe? Embrace the new The Tower 100 Mini Chassis while you game.

Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, proudly introduces the brand new Toughpower PF1 80 PLUS Platinum 650 W/750 W/850 W Power Supply Units. The Toughpower PF1 Platinum Series has a fully modular cable design with a compact size of 150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 140 mm (D). Thermaltake also strikes to provide the trendiest technology that would aid and improve the users' experience; by doing so, we have incorporated the newest technology by manufacturing single-sided SMD on the PCB, which can reduce heat accumulation and increase the overall performance of the power supply unit.

The fully modular series is equipped with Smart Zero Fan to minimize undesired noise, under 30 mV low ripple noise design to reduce electricity waste, and 100% Japanese made capacitors to ensure reliability. The PSU voltage regulation is set to no more than plus or minus 2 percent for major rails to deliver higher standards than Intel's Specification. Thermaltake also makes sure the PSU will provide at least 16 ms hold up time to prevent the system from rebooting or resetting. If users are looking for a compact and steady, high-quality power supply unit, take a look at the Toughpower PF1 80 PLUS Platinum Series power supply units.

Thermaltake Launches AH T200 Micro Chassis

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, just launched the AH T200 Micro Chassis, which come in both black and white versions. Not long ago, we presented our first-ever military-inspired design, the AH T600 Full-Tower Open Frame Chassis. It is a compacted version of the AH T600; for those who were looking for a smaller sized, non-conventional chassis, now is the ideal time to take a look into this chassis. The chassis comes with one type-c connection, two USB 3.0 ports, and one HD audio port.

The entire model is forged with a sturdy, air-force style architecture, with the three 3 mm tempered glass windows at the front-top panel and solid side vents on each end. Constructed with one 4 mm tempered glass hinged door side panel on each side, the AH T200 Micro Chassis not only gets extra airflow and interior accessibility but is also more visually appealing. The chassis can hold up to four 140 mm fans at the front and top, or users can install a 280 mm radiator at the front. With its dismantlable modular design, it allows users to create their own style and to mod as they please. If you're looking for a non-standard, compact chassis, then AH T200 Micro Chassis will be the one to pick.

Thermaltake Presents the New Core P8 Tempered Glass Full-Tower Chassis

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is delighted to present our users a newly designed Core Series Chassis, the Core P8 Tempered Glass Full Tower Chassis. Constructed with three 4 mm tempered glass panels on the front, side, and top, the chassis allows users to showcase it as a regular transparent designed full tower chassis or an open frame chassis by simply removing the top and front panels. The Core P8 TG is also designed to display in two different ways, wall-mounted or vertical standing; users can have the option to present their chassis the way they like.

The Core P8 TG can hold up to eighteen 120 mm fans on the entire frame, or upgrade to twelve 140 mm fans if needed. The magnetic filters on the top, right, and bottom panels ensure excellent airflow while keeping the chassis clean in its closed frame structure. It also supports Pacific Core P5 DP-D5 Plus Distro-Plate with Pump Combo, which allows endless water-cooling possibilities. Specially designed, rotational PCI-E slots and the standard riser cable enable users to choose how they want to display their graphic cards. With its fully modular design and large interior spacing, the Core P8 TG Full Tower Chassis will be a great fit for users who are looking for a unique PC chassis.

Thermaltake Announces the DistroCase 350P Mid-Tower Chassis

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is thrilled to announce an advanced PC case- the DistroCase 350P Mid-Tower Chassis. It is a fully modular designed chassis with a distro plate as the chassis' main body. The multi-functional PC enclosure is incorporated with its own water channels, reservoir, and multiple inlets and outlets, which provides users, gamers, and enthusiasts an easier way to design their water loops. The 48 LEDs on the DistroCase 350P Mid-Tower Chassis are TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem, ARGB motherboard software, and NeonMaker software compatible. PC builders can control the lights by synchronizing the case with motherboard brands including ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome. They can also enjoy TT AI Voice Control, Amazon Alexa Voice Service, and Razer Chroma by using Thermaltake patented TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem software for the ultimate user experience.

ABKONCORE Releases The C710S Middle Tower Case

ABKONCORE has recently unveiled the premium C710S Middle Tower Case. The case features a luxurious Steel/ABS/Tempered Glass design with side air vents and an RGB LED strip on the bottom. The case features a left tempered glass side panel, one included 120 mm Auto Ring Spectrum RGB fan, removable top magnetic dust filter, and removable bottom dust filter.

Case front I/O consists of 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HD Audio, Mic, Power, and Reset. The case can accommodate up to 7 2.5" SSDs and 2 3.5" HDDs and comes with shock-absorbing rubber pads for reduced noise and vibration. Cooling support includes space for up to 7 additional 120 mm fans, 360 mm radiator and can support 390 mm GPUs.

Intel Quietly Refreshes Atom C3000 Lineup

Intel has recently released 4 new Atom C3000 chips now sporting "R" and "L" suffixes, these chips join the lineup as it enters its third year of service. The dual-core C3338R chip comes in at 38 USD and gains a 300 MHz base clock boost along with QAT support for just a $1 premium over the C3338. The quad-core C3436 comes in at 64 USD and features the lowest per-core pricing of the entire lineup at just 16 USD per core and with a 10.75 W TDP. The 96 USD quad-core C3558R gains a 200 MHz base clock boost and DDR4-2400 support for a 10 USD and 1 W TDP premium over the C3558. Finally, the 209 USD octa-core C3758R gains a 200 MHz base clock boost for a 16 USD and 1 W TDP increase over the Intel Atom C3758.

Huntkey Releases the N2001WA Compact Desktop Monitor

Huntkey, a leading provider of power solutions, announces the availability of its new monitor - the N2001WA, a 19.5-inch monitor featuring a resolution of 1600 x 900. The N2001WA is designed intended for traditional office use. It is equipped with a TN screen featuring an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a static contrast ratio of 600:1. Its brightness is 200cd/㎡ and it supports a high color gamut of 16.7M, which will allow the users to comfortably see in the darkest or brightest scenes and avoid color distortions.

It's black and integrated with a VGA input. It measures 465 mm long, 210 mm wide and 363 mm high, and weighs around 2.1 kilos. It is not a high-end monitor considering its configurations, however, it is cost-effective and a considerable choice for those price sensitive users.

HighPoint Unveils Zero-NoiseNVMe RAID Storage Controller for Mac, Linux & Windows

HighPoint launches the SSD7204 - the industry's best cost/performance 4-slot NVMe RAID storage. The SSD7204 is ideal for media applications that require high-speed NVMe silent working environments and up to 16 TB high-performance storage that can be easily installed into any industry standard PCIe 3.0/4.0 x8 or x16 slot.

The dedicated PCIe 3.0 bandwidth can assign up to 4 lanes per NVMe SSD, and delivers over 7000 MB/s of transfer performance, and can support RAID 0, 1, 1/0 and single disk configurations. Comprehensive device driver support and installation guides are available for all major operating system platforms including Windows 10 and Server 2019, macOS 10.15 Catalina, and leading Linux distributions.

AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund Donates 7 Petaflops of Compute Power to Researchers

AMD and technology partner Penguin Computing Inc., a division of SMART Global Holdings, Inc, today announced that New York University (NYU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rice University are the first universities named to receive complete AMD-powered, high-performance computing systems from the AMD HPC Fund for COVID-19 research. AMD also announced it will contribute a cloud-based system powered by AMD EPYC and AMD Radeon Instinct processors located on-site at Penguin Computing, providing remote supercomputing capabilities for selected researchers around the world. Combined, the donated systems will collectively provide researchers with more than seven petaflops of compute power that can be applied to fight COVID-19.

"High performance computing technology plays a critical role in modern viral research, deepening our understanding of how specific viruses work and ultimately accelerating the development of potential therapeutics and vaccines," said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. "AMD and our technology partners are proud to provide researchers around the world with these new systems that will increase the computing capability available to fight COVID-19 and support future medical research."

ASUS Launches New ExpertBook P5440FA Laptop with BIOS-SHIELD Technology

ASUS and Janus Technologies Inc. today announced the launch of the new ASUS ExpertBook P5440FA laptop with BIOS-SHIELD technology. The two companies have teamed up to deliver a feature rich security solution and cloud service for small to mid-size businesses and their remote workers. Using BIOS-SHIELD technology embedded within the ASUS ExpertBook P5440FA, businesses will be able to manage PCs remotely while adding extensive security capabilities to each endpoint. The ASUS ExpertBook P5440FA-54-SHD is the first model within the ExpertBook P-Series family to include BIOS-SHIELD technology.

Fujitsu Launches 7 New Enterprise Notebooks Optimized for Remote Work

Fujitsu announced the launch of seven models of Notebook LIFEBOOK with Windows 10 and the latest 10th generation Intel Core Processor. Sales of the new models will be rolled out in Asia starting from today1. By expanding its lineup of superior mobile products, Fujitsu will continue to support initiatives on remote work, as part of the customers' workstyle transformation.

The new LIFEBOOK U7310 (13.3"), LIFEBOOK U7410 (14") and LIFEBOOK U7510 (15.6") models are enterprise-ready with common port replicators that provide the best-in-class connectivity. Webcams are equipped with a new privacy camera shutter to prevent unauthorized hacking and access. LIFEBOOK U7310 also comes with an optional ePrivacy Filter that users can protect screen from prying eyes with just one press.

Possible Intel "Ice Lake-SP" 24-core Xeon Processor Surfaces on Geekbench Database

Intel plans to update its Xeon Scalable server processor family this year with the new "Ice Lake-SP" microarchitecture. Built on the 10 nm+ silicon fabrication process, "Ice Lake-SP" is a high- thru extreme core-count monolithic silicon that features "Sunny Cove" CPU cores that introduce the first real IPC increases over "Skylake." A 24-core/48-thread processor likely based on this silicon surfaced on the Geekbench database, where it posted some impressive numbers given its low clock speeds.

The processor comes with an identification string "GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 106 Stepping 4," with a nominal clock speed of 2.20 GHz, and boost frequency of 2.90 GHz, which points to the possibility of this being an engineering sample. Besides clock speeds and core counts, some basic hardware specs were detected by Geekbench 4. For starters, the processor has an L1D cache size of 48 KB and L1I cache size of 32 KB, which is similar to the client-segment "Ice Lake-U" silicon based Core i7-1065G7, and confirms that this processor uses "Sunny Cove" cores. "Cascade Lake" and "Skylake" cores use 32 KB L1D caches. Also, the dedicated L2 cache per core is 1.25 MB, up from the 1 MB L2 caches on "Cascade Lake." Client-segment "Ice Lake" chips use 512 KB L2 caches. The shared L3 cache is 36 MB (or 1.5 MB slice per core), which loosely aligns with the cache balance of Intel's server and HEDT processors. In this bench run, the processor is backed by 256 GB of memory, of an unknown type or configuration. In the three bench runs, the setup scores roughly 4100 points single-core, and roughly 42000 points multi-core.

Apple Invests $330 Million into Micro-LED Factory

The information has been circulating the industry about Apple and its plans to integrate Micro-LED technology into its products for some time now. Micro-LED is a new display technology that allows for much better characteristics of panels like higher brightness, fuller color gamut, and higher dynamic range. The technology also offers a higher refreshing rate, wider viewing angles, and lower power consumption. Being that Micro-LED display is physically thinner, it will allow for more portable devices and it will leave more room for other components.

According to the report from CENS, a Taiwanese media, Apple is investing $330 million into a new Micro-LED factory for Apple devices. A future factory located in Taiwan is seeing major investments from the company. Being that Apple plans to use Micro-LED displays in its future products like iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, it is expected to see this move from them. However, Apple isn't doing it alone. They have partnered with Epistar, Taiwan's biggest LED producer and Taiwanese LCD panel maker, AU Optronics. These two are experienced makers of panels so they should help Apple successfully launch and operate manufacturing facilities.
Micro-LED Technology

ASML Ships Multi-Beam Inspection Tool for 5 nm

ASML Holding NV (ASML) today announced that it has completed system integration and testing of its first-generation HMI multibeam inspection (MBI) system for 5 nm nodes and beyond. The HMI eScan1000 demonstrated successful multibeam operation, simultaneously scanning nine beams on a number of test wafers. With nine beams, the eScan1000 will increase throughput up to 600% compared to single e-beam inspection tools for targeted in-line defect inspection applications.

The new MBI system includes an electron optics system capable of creating and controlling multiple primary electron beamlets and then collecting and processing the resulting secondary electron beams, limiting beam-to-beam crosstalk to less than 2% and delivering consistent imaging quality. It also features a high-speed stage to increase the system's overall throughput and a high-speed computational architecture to process the streams of data from the multiple beamlets in real time.
Monday, June 1st 2020

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Intel Core i3-10100 Review

Intel Core i3-10100 Review

Intel's Core i3-10100 is the most affordable Comet Lake "Core" processor. Unlike its predecessor, it finally has HyperThreading, which brings the core configuration to 4c/8t. Our Core i3-10100 review takes a close look at how Intel's new budget offering performs against AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X.
Best Power Supply Buying Guide (Jun 2020)

Best Power Supply Buying Guide (Jun 2020)

This guide will help you find the best power supply for your gaming system, productivity PC, or workstation. We look at eight categories in total for PSU recommendations. As expected, Corsair and Seasonic are at the top of our list. We'll update this post regularly.

AMD "Sienna Cichlid" Could be "Big Navi"

Linux kernel patches reference an AMD "Sienna Cichlid" GPU, which Phoronix believes could be the fabled "Big Navi" GPU. We know this is a GPU and not a headless CDNA scalar processor as the patches include code for VCN 3.0 video encoding capabilities ( RDNA2's media engine), and DCN3 (RDNA2's display engine), which constitute bulk that AMD could get rid of on CDNA chips. The unusual internal codename could reference AMD's next generation RDNA2 architecture based flagship GPU, armed with 80 compute units (5,120 stream processors), Radeon Intersection Engines (accelerate real-time ray-tracing). The codename comes across as unusual, but AMD does tend to use wacky internal codenames to detect sources of leaks.

Lenovo Announces Mirage VR S3 Standalone Headset with ThinkReality

Today, during the VR/AR Global Summit Online Conference, Lenovo announced the latest addition to its portfolio of commercial virtual reality (VR) solutions - the Lenovo Mirage VR S3 headset with ThinkReality. The new VR solution for enterprise was unveiled during the keynote speech by Nathan Pettyjohn, Commercial AR/VR Lead, Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo.

The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 is an all-in-one headset developed in conjunction with Pico Interactive, a global technology company that develops innovative VR and enterprise solutions. Specifically designed for enterprise, the Lenovo Mirage VR S3 features a 4K display for clearer visuals, hands-free control for utilization with or without the provided controller, and an easy to clean, hygienic face plate suitable for mass use. Built with integrated audio and up to three hours of battery life, the new VR headset is rugged, light weight and ready to scale within the enterprise.

AMD "Ryzen C7" Smartphone SoC Specifications Listed

Last year Samsung and AMD announced their collaboration which promises to deliver smartphone chips with AMD RDNA 2 graphics at its heart. This collaboration is set to deliver first products sometime at the beginning of 2021 when Samsung will likely utilize new SoCs in their smartphones. In previous leaks, we have found that the GPU inside this processor is reportedly beating the competition form Qualcomm, where the AMD GPU was compared to Adreno 650. However, today we have obtained more information about the new SoC which is reportedly called "Ryzen C7" smartphone SoC. A new submission to a mobile phone leaks website called Slash Leaks has revealed a lot of new details to us.

The SoC looks like a beast. Manufactured on TSMC 5 nm process, it features two Gaugin Pro cores based on recently announced Arm Cortex-X1, two Gaugin cores based on Arm Cortex-A78, and four cores based on Arm Cortex-A55. This configuration represents a standard big.LITTLE CPU typical for smartphones. Two of the Cortex-X1 cores run at 3 GHz, two of Cortex-A78 run at 2.6 GHz, while four little cores are clocked at 2 GHz frequency. The GPU inside this piece of silicon is what is amazing. It features four cores of custom RDNA 2 based designs that are clocked at 700 MHz. These are reported to beat the Adreno 650 by 45% in performance measurements.

ASUS Intros ROG Strix B460-H Gaming Motherboard

ASUS introduced the ROG Strix B460-H Gaming motherboard, expanding its ROG Strix family of motherboards based on Intel's mid-range B460 chipset for 10th generation Core "Comet Lake" processors in the LGA1200 package. The board joins Strix-F and Micro-ATX Strix-G SKUs based on this chipset. The Strix-H covers all platform essentials, but tops them with Intel Ethernet and a premium SupremeFX onboard audio solution. The Strix-H uses a simple 8-phase CPU VRM that pulls power from a single 8-pin EPS connector. The board offers a rear I/O shroud that has the latest generation ROG Strix design language, and a single-color (red) ROG illuminated logo. It also comes with an integrated rear I/O shield.

The LGA1200 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 128 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2933 memory (the maximum memory clock for the B460 platform is 2933 MHz); and a metal-reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The board offers two M.2 NVMe slots, both with PCIe gen 3.0 x4 wiring; and an M.2 E-key slot for WLAN cards. Other storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gbps ports. The board's sole networking interface is a 1 GbE connection driven by an Intel i219-V controller. The company didn't reveal pricing.
ASUS ROG Strix B460-H Gaming

Sony Plans to Create PS5 Exclusive Games With No PS4 Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft has been praised for its continued support of previous console generations with the latest Xbox Series X maintaining compatibility with some games going back to the original Xbox along with controller and accessory inter compatibility. It seems that for the first few years most games will be released for both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X families of consoles. Sony seems to be taking a much conservative approach and hoping to take full advantage of the new PS5 features and updated DualSense controller to create iconic exclusives for the console.

In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Sony's Interactive Entertainment's CEO, Jim Ryan confirmed that the company plans to create games "that can really only be enjoyed on PS5." This approach will likely irritate PS4 users who have invested heavily in the console with controllers and other accessories, Sony believes that this approach will help the company to make the most out of their new console hardware.

Scorn Xbox Series X Trailer Was Actually Running On RTX 2080 Ti GPU

In a recent interview with wccftech, Ebb Software's Game Director Ljubomir Peklar explained why the Scorn trailer for Xbox Series X was labeled as 'in-engine footage representative of expected Xbox Series X visual quality'. Ljubomir Peklar revealed that the trailer was actually run on a high-end system featuring an RTX 2080 Ti paired with a Ryzen processor. The game is set to target 4K 60 FPS with high graphical fidelity on Xbox Series X but a 2070 Super with a mixture of settings is adequate to run the game at 4K 60 FPS on PC.

Mojang Announces Jungle Awakens DLC for Minecraft Dungeons

Mojang has recently announced that the first of two planned DLC's for Minecraft Dungeons will launch in July. The Jungle Awakens DLC is set to bring three new missions based in a distant, dangerous jungle along with introducing an assortment of new weapons, armor, and artifacts. The Minecraft Dungeon Hero Pass can be purchased with the game or as an upgrade and includes both the Jungle Awakens DLC along with the second planned Creeping Winter DLC pack.

Microsoft has committed to continued free content upgrades for all owners of the game regardless of what edition they purchased, however, the contrast to the years of free updates for the original game is clear. Microsoft has also committed to bringing cross-platform support to the game which is available on all major consoles and PC.

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ThousandEyes

Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held ThousandEyes, Inc. headquartered in San Francisco, CA. ThousandEyes' Internet and Cloud intelligence platform delivers deep visibility and insights into the digital delivery of applications and services over the Internet.

The last few years have seen a rapid acceleration of Cloud adoption, widespread use of SaaS applications, and a reliance on the Internet and networks outside of enterprise control. This increased dependence on the Internet and other third-party infrastructures, compounded over the past several months during the COVID-19 pandemic, substantially reduces the ability for enterprise IT teams to predict, visualize and control operational behavior. The result is often a chaotic and unmanageable IT environment that makes issue resolution a time-consuming ordeal that can potentially have a massive impact on customer experience, brand reputation and revenue.

Samsung Globally Launches Odyssey G7 Curved Gaming Monitor

Samsung Electronics, the leader in the gaming monitor market, today announced the global launch of its groundbreaking Odyssey G7 gaming monitor. Unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the Odyssey lineup reimagines the gaming experience by combining the deepest, most immersive curved displays with best-in-class performance features.

The G7 monitor is the world's first 1000R gaming monitor, meaning it boasts a curvature radius of 1,000 millimeters. It also features a powerful combination of various features under the hood, including rapid 1 ms response time with 240 Hz refresh rate and crystal clear QLED picture quality to satisfy gamers' need for smooth and captivating gameplay. The Odyssey portfolio's premium performance has been certified by TÜV Rheinland, a leading international certification organization, which recognized the monitors with the industry's best high performance 1000R curved display and 'Eye Comfort' certificate.

Samsung Announces New V-NAND Flash Facility

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced plans to expand its NAND flash production capacity in Pyeongtaek, Korea, reinforcing the company's ability to meet demands from emerging technologies. Construction, which began this May, will pave the way for mass production of Samsung's cutting-edge V-NAND memory in the second half of 2021.

"The new investment reaffirms our commitment to sustain undisputed leadership in memory technologies, even in uncertain times," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Global Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to serve the market with the most optimized solutions available, while contributing to growth of the overall IT industry and the economy in general."
Sunday, May 31st 2020

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT Get Early Listing

French retailer Materiel.net listed the upcoming AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT desktop processors. The 3900XT is listed at 499€, the 3800XT at 459€, and the 3600XT at 319€, inclusive of VAT. These prices could be opportunistic, and set entirely by the retailer to win some attention toward pre-orders. A VideoCardz report points to the possibility of the XT series SKUs being nominally pricier than the current prices of the 3900X, 3800X, and 3600X. The 3600XT is reported as being exactly $28 pricier than the 3600X, which would put its price back at $250, given the $220-ish running rate for a 3600X. Unless AMD is beating Intel at gaming performance, the company could price the 3900XT and 3800XT competitively against the i9-10900K and i7-10700K, respectively (and not exactly match them). AMD is expected to announce its 3rd generation Ryzen "Matisse Refresh" Ryzen XT desktop processors in mid-June, with availability expected in early-July, 2020.

Intel Discontinues Dodecahedron Retail Packaging for Core i9-9900K

Intel is discontinuing the special dodecahedron LDPE retail packaging for its previous-generation flagship desktop processor, the Core i9-9900K. The processor itself is still an active SKU, but its retail packaging will likely now revert to a more conventional-looking paperboard cuboid package, resembling that of the Core i9-9900KF. There is no mention of any change to the "limited edition" Core i9-9900KS. The product change notification (PCN) may have been triggered by the i9-9900K getting succeeded by the 10-core i9-10900K processor that ships in a simpler (though still premium-looking) hard paperboard package with a large front-face window; and the fact that the dodecahedron LDPE package presented logistics problems for distributors, as crates of these processors could pack fewer units than with smaller cuboid boxes, and needed additional styrofoam cushioning to prevent transit damage.

Western Digital Sued Over Undocumented SMR on Certain WD Red HDDs

Western Digital has been hit by a class-action lawsuit over alleged false advertising over some of its WD Red hard drives featuring undocumented DM-SMR (drive-managed shingled magnetic recording), a physical layer data writing technique that maximizes capacity at heavy costs of random write performance, that effectively render the drives unfit for RAID applications that are common with NAS setups. Trouble brewed for Western Digital in April, as a Blocks & Files report exposed presence of SMR on certain popular WD Red drives as an explanation as to why the drives couldn't be added to RAID volumes.

Western Digital initially tried to defend its position by explaining what DM-SMR is, that the standard WD Red has been tested on most SOHO NAS devices, that they're not meant for serious (> 8-drive) NAS setups; and pointing people to their pricier WD Red Pro, or enterprise-segment Ultrastar HDDs, leading to more community backlash. Days later, Western Digital finally came out with a list of its HDDs that use SMR. Bellevue Washington-based Hattis & Lukacs, class-action specialists, are leading the charge against Western Digital, and are inviting aggrieved U.S. residents to join the class.

Sony to Reveal PlayStation 5 on June 4, Console Won't be Cheaper than Xbox Series X

Sony Interactive Entertainment is expected to hold a virtual launch event on June 4, 2020, where it is expected to finally reveal the design, packaging, inclusions, initial exclusive game library, and more importantly price, of the next-generation PlayStation 5 game console. The event is scheduled for 1 PM PDT, and will be live-streamed. In related news, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that the PlayStation 5 won't be cheap, at least not cheaper than the rumored sub-$500 pricing of the Xbox Series X. "I think the best way that we can address this is by providing the best possible value proposition that we can. I don't necessarily mean lowest price. Value is a combination of many things. In our area it means games, it means number of games, depth of games, breadth of games, quality of games, price of games... all of these things and how they avail themselves of the feature set of the platform," he said.

MSI Announces the Creator 15 High-end Versatile Laptop for Professionals

MSI, following its glorious success of being a pioneer to launch a laptop with Mini LED panel, the Creator 17, now unveils another laptop from the best-in-class series, a refined laptop designed just for professional artists- the Creator 15! The Creator 15 packs with every important feature for experts from animators, filmmakers to the 2D retoucher. It is powered by the latest 10th Gen. Intel Core i7 H series processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphic to load all your imagination, and outfitted with touch screen for more efficiency to catch up with your unlimited creativity.

The Creator 15 is crafted with a solid aluminium chassis and low-profile sandblasted carbon gray finish to create a minimal yet professional design. However, underneath the stunning hood is not simple at all! The powerful core is precision-engineered into an ultra-thin profile laptop for advanced creators. The latest 10th Gen. Intel Core i7-10875H processor, delivering faster performance up to 40% with 8 cores to run your software, while the world's most powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs provide high-end cinematic-quality rendering. The new generation is designed for multitasking and pro-level processing jobs, whether it's graphic design, video editing, or 3D rendering, the Creator 15 can exceed your expectations and bring your imagination into life.

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 Motherboard Released to Market

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphic cards, continuing the success co-branding their Z390 product line with G2 Esports, is launching the latest Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 motherboard. In order to satisfy the high-performance low temperature needs of professional gaming teams, the Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 uses direct 12 phases digital power design and tantalum capacitor array, providing strong and stable power delivery and minimizing oscillation, bringing you the 10th gen Intel Core i9-10900K excellent high-class processor.

Daisy Chain memory routing and anti-interference design deliver improved memory overclocking and stability. As for Fins-Array II, Direct-Touch Heatpipe II and 7.5 W/mK LAIRD thermal conductivity pad alongside G2 Esports optimizations, we bring you an improved efficacy stabled user experience. In addition to ESSential USB DAC's vocal cohesion and immersive sound, it makes the Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 Motherboard a must have for every pro player, even more so the best pick for any gamer at home assembling their own gaming PC.
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