Friday, November 27th 2020

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Deepcool AS500 Review

Deepcool AS500 Review

Deepcool delivers a solid air cooler with the AS500. This single-tower design includes a tasteful ARGB lighting implementation and offers 100% memory clearance. More importantly, it delivers solid performance and acceptable noise levels, making it an attractive mid-range option if your case can handle its height.
BIOSTAR Racing B550GTQ Review

BIOSTAR Racing B550GTQ Review

The BIOSTAR Racing B550GTQ offers a unique perspective on AMD's recent B550 chipset. Featuring ten 90 A power stages in an unusual layout and the rare Micro ATX form factor, the B550GTQ could be the ultimate APU platform.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.36.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, the definitive graphics sub-system information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility for PC gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers. The new version 2.36.0 adds support for new GPUs, and introduces many new fixes. For starters, it improves support for AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, and adds support for BIOS extraction from RDNA2-based graphics cards. Support is added for the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce MX 450, Quadro RTX 6000 Mobile; Intel Xe MAX, Xe Pod, Xe SG-18M, and several other new Intel GPUs; and AMD Radeon Pro VII, HD 8550D, and Barco MXRT 5600. Support is also added for the EVGA iCX sensor suite on the company's latest RTX 30-series graphics cards.

Among the other things we improved are temperature reading support for AMD "Zen 3" processors, fixed ROP counts on Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards, support for the new XFX sub-vendor ID, fixes to reported memory size on certain NVIDIA cards, clock-speed reading on NVIDIA "Ampere" cards with no drivers installed; and a BSOD error with Windows Code Integrity enabled. Grab GPU-Z from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.36.0
The change-log follows.

TSMC Completes Its Latest 3 nm Factory, Mass Production in 2022

They say that it is hard to keep up with Moore's Law, however, for the folks over at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), that doesn't seem to represent any kind of a problem. Today, to confirm that TSMC is one of the last warriors for the life of Moore's Law, we have information that the company has completed building its manufacturing facility for the next-generation 3 nm semiconductor node. Located in Southern Taiwan Science Park near Tainan, TSMC is expecting to start high-volume manufacturing of the 3 nm node in that Fab in the second half of 2022. As always, one of the first customers expected is Apple.

Estimated to cost an amazing 19.5 billion US Dollars, the Fab is expected to have an output of 55,000 300 mm (12-inch) wafers per month. Given that the regular facilities of TSMC exceed the capacity of over 100K wafers per month, this new facility is expected to increase the capacity over time and possibly reach the 100K level. The new 3 nm node is going to use the FinFET technology and will deliver a 15% performance gain over the previous 5 nm node, with 30% decreased power use and up to 70% density increase. Of course, all of those factors will depend on a specific design.

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ASRock Announces The World's Thinnest AMD Mini PC - Mars 4000U Series

The leading global motherboard, graphics card, and small form factor PC manufacturer, ASRock, today announced the brand new compact Mini PC - Mars 4000U Series, embedded the AMD Ryzen 4000 U-series processors to deliver exceptional performance. The Mars 4000U Series Mini PC support dual-channel DDR4-3200 MHz memory up to 64 GB as well as equip with Intel Wi-Fi 6 for high-speed connectivity. For Storage, the Mars 4000U Series Mini PC provide a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD slot and a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive bay; all imply into 0.7-liter chassis with 26 mm height.

ASRock Mars 4000U Series Mini PC offers abundant USB devices connectivity, features a total of 7 USB ports, including one Type-C port; In addition, the native SD card reader and dual display outputs provide more convenience and productivity. All of these features make Mars 4000U Series Mini PC well suited for a wide range of uses, including business, gaming and home entertainment.
Thursday, November 26th 2020

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ROCCAT Burst Pro Review

ROCCAT Burst Pro Review

For the longest time, ROCCAT has been known for their right-handed ergonomic mice. The Burst Pro not only is ambidextrous, it also comes with a 70 g lightweight design, optical switches for the main buttons, a particularly flexible cable, high quality PTFE mouse feet, and PixArt's PMW3389 sensor.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X Review

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X Review

The MSI RTX 3090 Suprim X is the company's new flagship card. It is highly overclocked, to 1860 MHz rated boost, and ticks at a power limit of 420 W. In our review, it was the quietest RTX 3090 we've ever tested, quieter than the EVGA FTW3 Ultra, almost whisper-quiet.

Streacom Announces the DB1 Case

The high-end CPU and GPU performance arms race has been pushing power and TDP limits higher but fortunately, progress is also being made for more power-efficient CPUs with much lower TDPs that still offer competitive performance thanks to improvements in their integrated graphics. Whilst there is no shortage of fanless cases on the market that can cool these lower TDP CPUs, they have been geared towards industrial applications, tend to be expensive, and offer very little in the way of design.

The DB1 is here to change that with a case that delivers all the benefits of fanless/silent computing, but in an ultra-compact form factor that once again breaks the mould of typical fanless cases. With a total volume less than 5 l (222 x 222 x 101 mm), the DB1 is our most compact fanless case but can still comfortably handle 45 W of cooling, which is ideal for power-efficient systems based on the new generation of APU/iGPUs that deliver excellent performance/watt.

Lian Li Launches ST120 Fans and ARGB Cable Kit

LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminium chassis and PC accessories, is proud to give GALAHAD AIO enthusiasts the opportunity to complete their builds with the ST120, available in packs of 3, in black and in white. In addition, LIAN LI launches the ARGB Cable Kit for LIAN LI ARGB devices to solve the issue of port scarcity on modern motherboards to connect all devices. Creating a unified look and solving the headache of interconnectivity has never been easier.

Now available separately from the GALAHAD AIO, the ST120 offers users a way to improve their system performance while getting a uniform look. The high static pressure ST120s are PWM fans which operate between 800 and 1900 RPM, and deliver a maximum airflow of 69.17 CFM and air pressure of 2.6 mmH20, making them ideal replacement fans for any AIOs capable of hosting 120 mm fans.

Alphacool Announces a Pair of New AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series Products

Alphacool presents the Eisblock Aurora Acryl GPX-A block for the Radeon MSI RX 6800/6800 XT Gaming X Trio and the Radeon Sapphire RX 6800XT Nitro+ graphics cards. The blocks offer outstanding cooling performance thanks to the full cover design. The new backplate, which is included with the coolers, also contributes to this. This stabilizes the graphics card and ensures an even contact pressure of the cooler. The cold plates are made of solid nickel-plated copper. The coolers cover all relevant components such as voltage converters and the graphics memory.

GELID Announces AMBER5, 5-channel ARGB Controller with Remote

Tech innovator GELID Solutions unveils the latest 5-channel RF Remote ARGB controller. The AMBER5 is a product of GELID Solutions GAMER product line. The AMBER5 controls up to 5 fans, strips or other Addressable RGB (ARGB) devices and boasts 366 vivid lighting presets spanning a carefully selected collection of pre-programmed RGB modes and dynamic effects. It comes with the 21-key RF (Radio Frequency) Remote to provide reliable and responsive remote control in the range of 8 meters. For stable power output, the SATA power connectivity is utilized which delivers up to 85 W maximum power and supports ARGB devices with up to 120 LEDs onboard to lit up and control on each channel.

The AMBER5 also supports a passthrough ARGB Sync/Hub Mode via the ARGB Sync Cable equipped with the standard 3-pin ARGB connector (ASUS Aura) and VDG connector (GIGABYTE/AORUS RGB Fusion) compatible to all modern motherboards featuring RGB. You are free to use the controller presets or switch to your own presets designed in your favorite RGB software. The AMBER5 can be installed inside or outside your PC just in seconds thanks to the built-in magnet. Additionally, the adhesive Sticky Pad is also included to facilitate installation in aluminium-made or non-metallic PC chassis.

MSI Pauses Shipments of RTX 30-series SUPRIM X, No Recall in Progress

MSI had paused shipments of its RTX 3090 SUPRIM X and RTX 3080 SUPRIM X graphics cards on suspicion of a quality issue with their cards. Earlier today, a Reddit post by someone who was in queue with a retailer to purchase an RTX 3080 SUPRIM X graphics card was allegedly informed by the retailer that the manufacturer has recalled all inventory of SUPRIM X graphics cards from retailers. We recently reviewed the RTX 3080 SUPRIM X, and reached out to our contacts at MSI to confirm the story, and learned a few new facts. For starters, retailers do not have inventory of the RTX 3080 SUPRIM X or RTX 3090 SUPRIM X as of this writing. Rather, MSI halted shipment of the cards' inventories to retailers to check for a quality issue with the cards. It is now convinced that the cards are fit for shipping, and will resume shippint to retailers.

An MSI product manager we spoke with, had this statement:
In order to ensure the best quality of our new SUPRIM flagship series and to offer you the best Gaming experience, we decided to hold back the shipment for a last minute check. Now we are sure that the quality of our product is optimal and the shipments will recommence.
MSI also stressed that the SUPRIM series cards reviewed by the press, or any inventory already in the market, isn't affected by the issue, and that this is just a case of halting shipments on the suspicion of a quality issue. The SUPRIM line of graphics cards represent MSI's new flagship custom-design line, and the company wants to be doubly sure they're shipping the highest quality cards.

SanDisk Japan Branding Integrated with Western Digital

SanDisk Corporation, a Japanese corporation of Western Digital Corporation, changed its organization from the current corporation to a limited liability company on January 1, 2021. SanDisk has decided to change its name to Western Digital. This will change the new trade name to Western Digital GK. New trade name: Western Digital Limited Liability Company, English name: Western Digital GK, Scheduled change date: January 1, 2021.

Western Digital offers NAND flash memory products and HDDs (hard disk drives) at the top level of multiple brand products such as WD and SanDisk brands, from consumers to enterprises and large-scale data centers. We provide total storage solutions developed and mass-produced at. Among them, SanDisk Co., Ltd. has been in charge of the flash memory business, but with this change of trade name, it has become clearer that it is a Western Digital Group, making quicker decisions than ever before, and domestic customers and We aim to create a corporate structure that can further contribute to our business partners.

Update 10:27 UTC: Western Digital reached out to us and clarified that this organizational change only pertains to the Japanese entity of Western Digital changing its name from SanDisk Corporation to Western Digital GK. SanDisk Corporation (the Japanese entity) is 100% a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation. Globally, there have been no changes announced for the SanDisk brand, and existing SanDisk products will continue to carry the brand.

Thermaltake TOUGHFAN 14 High Static Pressure Radiator Fan Now Available in Single Pack and 2-Fan Pack

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is here to share the TOUGHFAN 14 High Static Pressure Radiator Fan is now ready for purchase in both single pack and 2-fan pack. For those who had been eyeing the TOUGHFAN 12 but wanted a 140 mm fan, here's your chance to get the taste of that TOUGHFAN series vibe. These high-quality, great performance fans are PWM controlled and designed to perform at a maximum operating speed of up to 2000 RPM and are optimized for high static pressure while maintaining minimal noise levels. The liquid crystal polymer (LCP) fan blades are extremely tensile in strength; its low thermal expansion coefficient can reduce the fan's vibration when running at full speed. Don't miss out on Thermaltake's latest TOUGHFAN series member, the TOUGHFAN 14 High Static Pressure Radiator Fan.

Far Cry 6 Features DirectX Ray Tracing, FidelityFX CAS and Variable Rate Shading

Not to be outdone in comparison to almost all other AAA game releases in recent times, Far Cry 6 has recently been delayed from its February 18th release to May 25th 2021. However, that extra time may come to serve the game nicely, in that it may allow for all the planned features to be integrated. As part of AMD's partner showcase, Ubisoft has revealed that Far Cry 6 will make extensive use of DirectX 12 Ultimate features, featuring raytracing, AMD's Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), Variable Rate Shading (VRS), as well as Hybrid SSR (Stochastic Screen Space Reflections).

Ubisoft's head of 3D programming Oleksandr Polishchuk had this to say: "We were very impressed with the latest AMD technologies and joined forces to bring FidelityFX CAS, DXR raytracing and Variable Rate Shading to Far Cry 6. We are working together to ensure a smooth 4K viewing experience. This requires a lot of bandwidth, memory, and a Radeon RX 6000 with Infinity Cache that can handle it easily while maintaining high FPS rates." Check out the AMD partner showcase video below.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800U "Cezanne" Based on "Zen 3," Geekbenched

AMD's main competitor to Intel's 11th Gen Core "Tiger Lake" processor in the mobile space, the Ryzen 5800U, will introduce the same kind of generational IPC improvements over the Ryzen 4800U "Renoir" as the Ryzen 5000 desktop processors introduced over their Ryzen 3000 predecessors. Based on the 7 nm "Cezanne" silicon, the new Ryzen 7 5800U processor was put through Geekbench 5.1.1, where it yielded performance numbers of 1491 points single-threaded, and 6450 points multi-threaded. HotHardware comments that these numbers reflect a major IPC increase.

With the Ryzen 5000U series, AMD is taking a very confusing approach to the processor model stack, with half the parts based on the older "Zen 2" microarchitecture and "Lucienne" silicon, and the other half "Zen 3." The model number scheme goes as 5x00U, where if "x" is an odd number, the chip is "Zen 2" based, and if it's an even number, it is "Zen 3" based. For example, the 5800U is based on "Zen 3," whereas the 5700U is based on "Zen 2." Find the 5800U Geekbench 5 validation here. The Geekbench database listing also confirms that much like with the 8-core "Zen 3" chiplets on the Ryzen 5000 "Vermeer" desktop processors, "Cezanne" features an 8-core "Zen 3" CPU that does away with the 4-core CCX arrangement, and features a single 8-core CCX with a monolithic 16 MB L3 cache—a doubling in overall L3 cache amount compared to "Renoir," and a quadrupling in addressable L3 cache by each core.

ZOTAC Announces the GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC White Edition

If you're looking for a pure white graphics card to slot in into your build, ZOTAC is now ready with the first all-white NVIDIA RTX 3000-series graphics card. The choice of SKU here is the RTX 3070 - and ZOTAC have used the exact same design as their Twin Edge graphics card and simply gave a white coating to its shroud. The PCB, however, is still black, but the only part that's showing is mostly the PCIe connector. The backplate is naturally painted white as well.

XMG Announces NEO Gaming Notebooks with 165Hz Displays

By introducing the latest versions of the XMG NEO 15 and NEO 17 gaming laptops, XMG is among the first manufacturers worldwide to offer high-resolution WQHD displays featuring a refresh rate of 165 Hz. Since the launch of the first series in 2018, XMG NEO laptops have been providing maximum gaming performance following a long tradition of innovation and integrating cutting-edge technology ahead of the competition. As part of a sales promotion for Black Friday, the company is offering both laptops at a substantial discount via its own online store bestware.com.

The demand for fast, high-resolution and fully gaming-ready displays in laptops has been on the rise among the gaming community for several years now. This comes as no surprise, since mobile processors and graphics cards from NVIDIA, Intel and AMD have recently been able to catch up with their desktop counterparts in terms of overall gaming performance. While Full HD displays were previously the established standard even in most high-end devices, XMG now believes that the time has come to switch to a higher resolution: the NEO 15 and NEO 17 are therefore now available with a 165 Hz WQHD IPS display, complementing the existing 240 Hz Full HD option. The new high-resolution display offers razor sharp image quality thanks to its impressively high pixel density of 188 ppi (15.6 inch) and 170 ppi (17.3 inch) respectively. For comparison, external 4K UHD monitors in the popular 27 inch size class offer no more than 163 ppi. While the excellent sRGB colour space coverage is almost 100 percent, the brightness reaches well above 300 nits.

TSMC Partners With Google and AMD to Push 3D Silicon

Silicon manufacturing is starting to get harder and harder every day, with new challenges appearing daily. It requires massive investment and massive knowledge to keep a silicon manufacturing company afloat. No company can survive that alone, so some collaborations are emerging. Today, thanks to the sources of Nikkei Asia, we have information that Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is collaborating with Google to push the production of 3D chip manufacturing process, that is said to overcome some of the silicon manufacturing difficulties. The sources also say that AMD is involved in the process as well, making Google and AMD the first customers of the advanced 3D chip design. The two companies are preparing designs for the new way of creating silicon and will help TSMC test and certify the process.

TSMC will deploy the 3D silicon manufacturing technology at its chip packaging plant in Miaoli, which is supposed to do mass production in 2022. With Google and AMD being the first customers of new 3D technology, it is exciting to see what new products will look like and how they will perform. The 3D approach is said to bring huge computing power increase, however, it is a waiting game now to see how it will look like.

ASRock Rack Brings AMD EPYC CPUs to "Deep" Mini-ITX Form Factor

ASRock Rack, a branch of ASRock focused on making server products, has today launched a new motherboard that can accommodate up to 64 core AMD EPYC CPU. Built on the new, proprietary form factor called "Deep Mini-ITX", the ROMED4ID-2T motherboard is just a bit bigger than the standard ITX board. The standard ITX boards are 170 x 170 mm, while this Deep Mini-ITX form extends the board by a bit. It measures 170 x 208.28 mm, or 6.7" x 8.2" for all of the American readers. ASRock specifies that the board supports AMD's second-generation EPYC "Rome" 7002 series processors. Of course, the socket for these CPUs is socket SP3 (LGA4094) with 4094 pins.

The motherboard comes with 4 DDR4 DIMM slots, of any type. Supported DIMM types are R-DIMM, LR-DIMM, and NV-DIMM. If you want the best capacity, LR-DIMM use enables you to use up to 256 GB of memory. When it comes to expansion, you can hook-up any PCIe 4.0 device to the PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. There is also an M.2 2280 key present, so you can fit in one of those high-speed PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSDs. For connection to the outside world, the board uses an Intel X550-AT2 controller that controls two RJ45 10 GbE connectors. There are also two Slimline (PCIe 4.0 x8 or 8 SATA 6 Gb/s), and four Slimline (PCIe 4.0 x8) storage U.2 ports.

AMD Radeon Smart Access Memory Coming to 400 Series Motherboards

AMD announced Radeon Smart Access Memory (SAM) alongside the RX 6800 series as a feature to increase video memory available to the CPU. SAM is AMD's implementation of the resizable BAR feature found in the PCI Express specification. AMD Smart Access Memory is only available when using an AMD Ryzen 5000 series process and AMD Radeon RX 6800 series graphics card on a compatible motherboard. The feature was initially advertised as a 500 series motherboard exclusive feature but AMD has recently released the new AGESA v2 1.1.0.0 update which should enable support for SAM on B450 and X470 motherboards with a BIOS update.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Fire Strike and Time Spy Scores Surface

3DMark scores of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti were leaked to the web by VideoCardz. The RTX 3060 Ti was put through standard 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmark runs. In the DirectX 11-based Fire Strike benchmark, the card allegedly scores 30706 points, with 146.05 FPS in GT1 and 122 FPS in GT2. With the newer DirectX 12-based Time Spy test, it allegedly scores 12175 points, with 80.82 FPS in GT1, and 68.71 FPS in GT2. There are no system specs on display, but the scores put the RTX 3060 Ti slightly ahead of the previous-generation high-end GeForce RTX 2080 Super.

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, bound for a December 2 launch, is an upcoming performance-segment graphics card based on the "Ampere" architecture, and is carved out of the same 8 nm "GA104" silicon as the RTX 3070. It reportedly packs 4,864 "Ampere" CUDA cores, 38 second-gen RT cores, 152 third-gen Tensor cores, and the same memory configuration as the RTX 3070—8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 across a 256-bit wide bus. NVIDIA is targeting a "<$399" price-point, making the card at least 43% cheaper than the RTX 2080 Super.

SAPPHIRE Launches NITRO+ AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series Graphics Cards

SAPPHIRE Technology announces the eagerly awaited new NITRO+ AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series Graphics Cards for enthusiast gamers seeking the full effect of smooth 4K graphics with vivid visuals and unrivaled quality cooling solutions. Equipped with high-quality components to drive the most demanding AAA game scenarios, the NITRO+ AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series Graphics cards are the key component to push gaming performance to the maximum thresholds. The aesthetic designs of these cards are crafted to beautifully fit with any PC build.
Wednesday, November 25th 2020

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PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil Review

PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil Review

PowerColor's Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil is a limited edition, just 1000 cards will be made. We were impressed by its noise levels and temperatures, which are better than the AMD reference. The card also comes with an increased power limit and a dual-BIOS feature.
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+ Review

Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+ Review

The Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+ is the company's top dog custom-design variant. Its large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler runs cooler and quieter than the AMD reference. Thanks to a dual BIOS, you may go even quieter by switching to the "quiet" BIOS.

GIGABYTE Outs Radeon RX 6800 Series AORUS Master and Gaming OC Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE late Wednesday launched its premium custom-design graphics cards based on the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, under its coveted AORUS Gaming product family. These include the RX 6800 XT AORUS Master, the RX 6800 XT AORUS Master Type-C, and the RX 6800 AORUS Master. The RX 6800 XT AORUS Master and AORUS Master Type-C are nearly identical products, with the latter featuring a USB type-C connector (while the former has a third DisplayPort in its place). Both cards share their underpinnings with the RX 6800 AORUS Master.

The three cards feature GIGABYTE's latest AORUS Max-Covered triple-slot cooling solution that features three fans arranged in a way that sees the fans on the sides overlap the one in the center. Underneath is an aluminium dual fin-stack heatsink that makes direct contact with the GPU. As with any AORUS Gaming product, all three AORUS Master cards feature plenty of RGB LED illumination all around. The cards also feature an LCD display on top which gives out real-time monitoring. GIGABYTE mentions that the AORUS Master cards ship with the company's highest factory OC, but hasn't finalized these clock speeds yet. The company also launched its cost-effective Gaming OC series, which use simpler WindForce 3X cooling solutions, a milder factory-OC, and close-to-reference pricing.

Colorful Introduces iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Neptune OC-V Liquid Cooled Graphics Card

Colorful today released the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Neptune OC-V, its flagship RTX 3090 graphics card which comes with a factory-fitted all-in-one liquid closed-loop cooler (CLC). This card differs slightly from the Neptune OC the company debuted in September with the addition of an RGB controller and illuminated fans. The card features a premium 26-phase (14+8+4) VRM solution that draws power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1755 MHz boost (vs. 1695 MHz reference), and an untouched 19.5 Gbps GDDR6X memory. It appears like the CLC cools not just the RTX 3090 GPU, but also the other hot components on the card, such as the memory chips and VRM.

A 240 mm x 120 mm radiator with a pair of ARGB LED illuminated fans handles all of the card's cooling. On the card itself, there is a circular ornament that resembles a fan, but is actually the crown of the pump-block. It's possible that a base-plate pushes heat from the ancillaries onto the CLC's cold-plate. The card measures 29.1 cm in length, 15.1 cm in height (you have to factor in the fittings), and is strictly 2 slots thick. The radiator's dimensions are typical of a 240 mm unit. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. The card features dual-BIOS with a push-type selector switch at the rear I/O bracket. The company didn't reveal pricing, but we estimate it to be close to the $2,000-mark MSRP.

UL Benchmarks Updates 3DMark with Estimated Game Performance Data

UL Benchmarks late Wednesday released a major update to 3DMark. The new version 2.16.7094 adds a redesigned Results tab, and introduces the Estimated Game Performance feature, which lets you extrapolate your 3DMark score onto real-world game performance. The feature debuts with game performance estimations for five popular titles, "Apex Legends," "Battlefield V," "Fortnite," "Grand Theft Auto V," and "Red Dead Redemption 2." After a benchmark run, simply select one of these games from a drop-down menu, and a resolution+preset combo from another; and 3DMark will tell give you an estimated frame-rate number, taking into account your overall 3DMark score, and performance numbers of sub-systems (graphics, physics, etc). In this article, UL Benchmarks explains the correlation between a 3DMark score and corresponding estimated frame-rates for "Fortnite."

DOWNLOAD: 3DMark 2.16.7094

ASRock Launches Radeon RX 6900 XT Reference Design Graphics Card

ASRock has today published a new product on the company website. The new ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card is the latest addition to the company's offerings. Featuring regular, reference-designed PCB found in the Made-by-AMD (MBA) cards, the ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT even features all of the same specifications as the reference model: base clock 1825 MHz, game clock 2015 MHz, boost clock 2250 MHz, memory clock 2000 MHz (16 Gbps effective). The card itself isn't changed one bit. Even the stickers found on it (which are usually AIB's logos) are still AMD's. The only thing that differs this card from AMD's offerings is the box that the graphics card comes in. That is the only part that features ASRock's branding. When it comes to the pricing and availability, we do not know when this card will arrive, however, assuming the reference PCB design, it will feature a reference price of $999.

Intel to Keep Its Number One Semiconductor Supplier Ranking in 2020: IC Insights

IC Insights' November Update to the 2020 McClean Report, released later this month, includes a discussion of the forecasted top-25 semiconductor suppliers in 2020. This research bulletin covers the expected top-15 2020 semiconductor suppliers (Figure 1).

The November Update also includes a detailed five-year forecast through 2024 of the IC market by product type (including dollar volume, unit shipments, and average selling price) and a forecast of the major semiconductor industry capital spenders for 2020. A five-year outlook for total semiconductor industry capital spending is also provided.

PowerColor Launches Red Dragon and Red Devil RX 6800 Series Graphics Cards

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, today is releasing the highly anticipated Red Devil and Red Dragon graphics cards based on AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series graphics. Powered by AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, the new PowerColor graphics cards provide one of the biggest generational performance leaps in years.

With a year in the making, PowerColor redesigned and re-engineered the next generation Red Devil graphics cards to be more powerful, more efficient and even more Devilish looking. With the new design, the Red Devil Radeon RX 6800 Series models are paired with an entirely new advanced cooling solution that keep the graphics cards running at low temperatures, but at the same time, providing a remarkable high-performance gaming experience while maintaining a whisper quiet operation.

Denuvo DRM Pricing Structure Specific to Crysis Remastered Leaked, over $100k for a Year

The Denuvo game copy-protection technology has been a controversial piece of gaming technology since its inception. It enables a game to remain copy protected (and rake in sales) for just as long as pirates don't figure out how to crack it. In even the pre-orders and the few days following release, the developer hopefully makes a return on their investment, and profit. There on, the developer is at the mercy of either the consumer's good conscience (of honestly paying for their proprietary software), or for features of the game that simply won't work with a crack, such as multiplayer gaming on official/ranked servers. Fine and dandy, if not for several reports of sub-optimal Denuvo implementations adversely affecting game performance. Do check out our Denuvo performance-impact article that gets into the nuts and bolts of the DRM solution.

A leaked contract document signed by Denuvo and Crytek CEO dug up by FCKDRM reveals what Crytek paid for Denuvo, and what the DRM's typical pricing structure looks like. It calls for a flat protection fee of 126,000-140,000 Euros for the first 12 months, 2,000 Euros each month following the first 12 months, an additional 60,000€ flat fee in case the game sees more than 500,000 activations in 30 days, a 0.40€ surcharge on activations on the WeGame platform, and 10,000€ for each additional storefront (if the game is being sold in more than one online storefront platform).

80 Plus Hikes its Testing and Licensing Fees, Could Affect Prices of Low-Volume PSU Models

The 80 Plus logo program, by Plug Load Solutions, has become a ubiquitous means for consumers to grade the functional quality of their PC power supply units (PSUs). The PSU is a vital component, as a durable one ensures you needn't replace it for years; and it reliably powers all the components in your PC. 80 Plus confines itself to the electrical switching efficiency of the PSU as a unit of grading, and assigns one of six grades, which are probably easier for consumers to grasp than grading by technically-superior certification agencies such as Cybenetics. An investigative article by Igor's Lab uncovers that licensing body has apparently significantly increased its licensing fees, which PSU manufacturers could pass on to consumers, especially in case of some of the lower-volume models.

The Igor's Lab article cites an 80 Plus licensing and certification policy document to reveal the cost-structure for certification, including what it costs for a manufacturer to enroll (a one-time license fee), and testing fees per unit. The "unit" here refers to an individual SKU, it is a flat fee and does not apply on a per-unit-sold basis. Per-SKU would mean each variant of a model has to be separately certified as it's a different SKU (for example, Corsair's HX series would be a model, and HX750W and HX850W would be "variants", and treated as two separate certifications).

Wafer Prices Rising by Up to 40% in 2021: Report

Semiconductor foundries across the board are preparing to raise price quotes of their 8-inch wafers from 2021. A DigiTimes report sheds light on various foundry companies, including UMC (United Microelectronics), Global Foundries, and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) have raised their 8-inch foundry quotes by 10-15% in Q4-2020, with the quotes set to rise by another 20-40% in 2021. Foundries don't tend to use flat pricing, and instead rely on quotes specific to the size and design requirements of an order (by a fabless chip designer).

The foundry industry operates broadly on silicon fabrication nodes and wafer sizes. This article by Telescope Magazine provides insights into the typical use-cases for each wafer size. Although pertaining strictly to pricing of 8-inch (200 mm) wafers, an impending price-rise across the semiconductor industry can be extrapolated on the basis on significant labor cost increases. TSMC is planning to implement a 20% pay hike for its personnel in 2021.
Tuesday, November 24th 2020

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QNAP QGD-1602P 2-Bay NAS and POE Switch Review

QNAP QGD-1602P 2-Bay NAS and POE Switch Review

The QNAP QGD-1602P is an innovative product, a NAS and managed PoE switch in a single package. It is expensive, but offers numerous features and uses hardware capable of coping with demanding scenarios. Finally, its build quality is astonishing—this product is built like a tank.

Thermaltake Announces Q4 Availability of PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir+Pump and Pacific MX1 Plus Water Block

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is thrilled to announce that the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo and Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block is ready for sale.

If users are looking for a pump and reservoir combo with RGB lighting effects, the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo is the new best option to go to. To ensure the best visual effects that a large reservoir could bring while allowing the freedom to choose a relatively small chassis, users can use the bracket included in the package, which allows users to mount the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus onto a fan.

EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Delivers the Most Authentic Matchday Experience to Date

Electronic Arts Inc. is taking The World's Game to the Next Level with today's unveil of EA SPORTS FIFA 21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, launching December 4. The power of new generation consoles combined with advances in the Frostbite engine enables players to experience lightning fast load times and enhanced sights, sounds, and player movement, in addition to ultra-realistic football environments that immerse fans in the most authentic matchday experience in EA SPORTS FIFA franchise history.

The sights and sounds of FIFA 21 are reimagined for next generation consoles, with the brand new EA SPORTS GameCam inspired by the look and feel of top-level football broadcasts and LiveLight Rendering, a deferred lighting system that enhances every aspect of the on-pitch experience. Thousands of authentic chants captured exclusively from the world's biggest competitions, including the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga, deliver the ultimate EA SPORTS Atmospheric Audio experience, unparalleled in sports video games.

Another Semiconductor Player Bites the Dust: Chinese HSMC Shutters Operations

The semiconductor manufacturing industry is a cutthroat competition mostly played between established forces. One need only look to AMD's decision to spin-off its manufacturing arm to create Global Foundries to see how even a grand company can hit manufacturing issues (though not only manufacturing issues hit AMD at that time, obviously) can threaten to shutter operations. Intel's recent issues with 10 nm and 7 nm fabrication also come to mind. as such, it comes at no great surprise that Chinese company Wuhan Hongxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (HSMC) has reportedly run out of cash. What's a little more surprising is how this company was actually backed by the Chinese government, and yet it still failed - proof of the semiconductor industry's technical and investment liquidity requirements.

HSMC back in 2017 announced plans to bring online a manufacturing plant in the central Chinese province of Hubei. The aim was to manufacture 14 nm and 7 nm chips as early as 2019/2020, funded by a $20 billion loan and numerous funding rounds. HSMC's ex-CEO Chiang Shang-yi (who previously served as former head of R&D at TSMC) said to EETimes that "Investors ran short of cash." And that was it for the company's aspirations. The company has now been absorbed by the municipal government in the central Chinese province of Hubei, and what will come of that (and the company's future) remain uncertain.

NETGEAR Announces WAX204 Dual Band WiFi 6 AX1800 Wireless AP

NETGEAR, Inc., the leading provider of networking products that power businesses of all sizes, today announced the availability of the new WAX204 WiFi 6 Access Point, adding to the company's portfolio of WiFi 6-enabled business products. The WAX204 joins an existing Business Essentials family of high-performance, yet economical WiFi Access Points from NETGEAR, which are ideally suited for small single-site locations. This line of wireless access points is designed for the customer who does not require remote management yet needs a simple local management solution with an intuitive user interface. The products include Desktop WiFi Access Points in WiFi 5 and WiFi 6, providing a range of offerings to choose from. With a great combination of performance and coverage at the right price for small businesses, these new wireless access points are NETGEAR's best value WiFi for today and tomorrow.

As part of the new Business Essentials product range, the WAX204 provides today's home office workers, micro-businesses and small retail owners with a cost-effective solution to typical wireless networking challenges. Problems such as spotty connectivity, congestion due to limited bandwidth, dropped connections, low speed, complex installation, and lack of security are all solved thanks to the advanced technology built into the WAX204. Delivering high-speed WiFi 6 technology that is affordable and easy to install, the new WAX204 does not come with added infrastructure or deployment costs. It's the best value WiFi solution for small businesses, home offices, cafes, retail, small offices, and more. Engineered with the latest in WiFi technology, WAX204 provides performance, coverage and security to keep your home office, small business, employees, guests, and customers connected.
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Turtle Beach and Roccat Deliver New Generation Gaming Peripherals

Leading gaming accessory brand Turtle Beach and its Hamburg, Germany-based PC peripheral brand, ROCCAT, charge into the 2020 holiday season with their strongest offering of high-quality gaming accessories ever. Highlights from Turtle Beach's 2020 lineup include the all-new and already best-selling Stealth 600 & 700 Gen 2 wireless console gaming headsets for MSRPs of $99.95 and $149.95.

These headsets are designed to unleash immersive next-gen audio on the new Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 and also work great with Xbox One and PS4. Gamers seeking a great, affordable wired headset need look no further than the best-selling Recon 70 series, which come in a variety of colors and deliver powerful game sound, crystal-clear chat, and lightweight comfort for a MSRP of $39.95. Finally, Turtle Beach's flagship Elite Pro 2 headset delivers unwavering console gaming audio performance for serious, hardcore, and competitive players, starting at a MSRP of $129.95.

ECS Introduces Unlimited All-in-One PCE22—MH410/E24-MH410

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the global leading motherboard, Mini-PC, Notebooks, mobile device and smart city solutions provider, is pleased to announce the elegant yet powerful All-in-One PC—E22-MH410/E24-MH410. It features up to Intel 10th Generation Core i processor and DDR4-2666 MHz memory for uncompromising performance. The space-saving and streamlined design fits perfectly for any business application such as government and public institutions, healthcare, bank and hotel counter that require computers remain in the office all the times and also ideal for home entertainment.

E22-MH410/E24-MH410 AiO PC showcases the remarkable Nano-edge screen by 21.5-inch and 23.8-inch accordingly. The 21.5-inch screen is suitable for limited area such as hotel or bank counter and office and 23.8-inch screen is ideal for home entertainment. Both of them support Full HD resolution that delivers stunning visuals with outstanding color. With 178˚ wide-viewing technology, you can enjoy lifelike visuals from almost every direction. And the great ergonomic stand offers tilt adjustment for users to relax and stretch body but not missing any important information while working.

Eluktronics Announces World First Laptops With 1440p, 165 Hz IPS Displays

Eluktronics today announced the first world laptops equipped with high quality IPS, 1440p, high refresh rate laptops. The new laptops feature displays built by BOE, and current estimates place panel costs for these 1440p panels at just $50 higher than comparable 1080p panels. The panels offer a maximum brightness of 318 nits (so no HDR capability at least for now), but also offer 100% sRGB coverage and 87% Adobe RGB coverage.

Eluktronics is offering three distinct laptops with the new panels: the Mech-15 G3 QHD, Max-15 HQD, and Max7-17 QHD. All of these are based on Intel platforms powered by a Core i7-10870H processor. Currently, the only graphics card option is the NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER (there is no RTX 2080 SUPER option). Prices range from $2,199 to $2,299, and Eluktronics is currently running a promo which shaves $300 off the price with code BFQHD. Eluktronics says these will ship before Christmas. It remains to be seen whether AMD-based options will be introduced as well as when will the graphics card options be updated.

New World Record: Crucial Ballistix Max Memory Overclocked to 7004 MHz

Overclocking is always fun and almost everyone can do it, however, when it comes to extreme overclocking, there are only a handful of persons doing it. Today, a Chinese extreme overclocker "baby-j" has managed to establish a new world record frequency with his Crucial Ballistix Max DDR4-4000 (BLM16G40C18U4B.M8FB1) memory kit. Using liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooling for the DIMMs, the overclocker managed to push the memory kit to an amazing 7004.2 MHz, making it the world's highest frequency hit on DDR4 memory. What is more amazing is the fact that the platform used for the new record-setting overclock, is based on AMD's B550 motherboards running with AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G processor, which seems to have a very good memory controller. The timings were a bit relaxed with them running at 22-26-26-46-127-1 (tCAS-tRC-tRP-tRAS-tCS-tCR) settings.

Sharkoon Announces SK3 RGB and TK4 RGB Compact Cases

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB, Sharkoon presents two compact ATX cases which aim to impress not only with their outward looks but also with what they can offer inside. Stylish glass panels allow a view of the colorful play of colors, which should thus come into their own in the otherwise unobtrusively designed PC cases.

With the tempered glass covering on the left side of the SK3 RGB, the case offers a clear view of the installed hardware in the light of the built-in RGB LED fan. This has a diameter of 120 millimeters and is mounted on the rear of the case. In addition to this, the TK4 RGB case has a glass front panel that allows an almost unobstructed view of the RGB lighting inside the casing. The pre-installed 120-millimeter RGB LED fans in both cases should provide an atmospheric illumination of the inner components. With the SK3 RGB, the inconspicuous front panel in carbon fiber style gives a look of elegance without distracting from the colorful light effects inside the case.

Alleged Apple M1X Processor Specifications Surface

Apple's silicon design team has recently launched its "fastest" CPU core ever, found inside the company's M1 processor designed for laptops and mini-PCs. Featuring an eight-core processor, where four cores are represented by low power small configurations, and four big, high-performance design cores, the M1 processor proved to be extremely fast. However, the Apple Silicon processor doesn't seem to cover anything higher than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And that is about to change. When it comes to higher-end models like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which provides more cooling area, it is logical that the processor for those designs is a higher performance design.

Enter the world of the Apple M1X processor. Designed for high-end laptops and the most demanding workloads, the new processor aims to create a new performance level. Featuring a 12-core CPU with eight big and four small cores, the M1X processor is going to deliver much better performance than M1. The graphics and memory configuration are currently unknown, so we have to wait and see how it will look like. The M1X is set to arrive sometime in Q1 of 2021, according to the source of the leak, so be patient and remember to take this information with a grain of salt.

SilentiumPC Announces Ventum VT2 Series Cases

SilentiumPC, the European manufacturer of CPU coolers and PC cases, introduces a brand new line of cooling oriented PC cases in four flavors for budget-oriented users. The new Ventum VT2 lineup is exceptionally well equipped and offers an excellent balance for its price point starting 31,90€. One of the key design features is the large front panel with rounded edges, which is almost entirely covered by a mesh, allowing for unrestricted airflow. In addition to that, the majority of the top-panel is covered with a magnetic mesh-sheet, to support the airflow further, providing users with vast options when building their custom-tailored gaming rigs.

The four different versions offer support for large CPU Coolers, large VGA cards and can fit AIO watercoolers with up to 360 mm radiators. While the basic model Ventum VT2 combines all the above features and has its focus primarily on the budget, the higher grade Ventum VT2 models such as the TG ARGB and EVO TG ARGB are boosting the scope of delivery with more ARGB fans as well as a tempered glass side panel.

Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

Japanese company Ainex has recently announced an ingenious solution to hide GPU PCI-Express power cables by reversing the orientation of the power cable. The adapters feature a compact size so can be used in parallel for power-intensive devices, the adapters are available in upper and lower latch versions to accommodate all cards. Ainex is offering 4 models for 6 and 8 pin connectors ranging from 600 - 700 yen (~6-7 USD) with shipping starting on November 25. The adapters are unlikely to see an official international release however you can likely import the item or find similar products online.

Steam Input API Adds PS5 Controller Support

Thanks to our most recent Steam client update, all games currently using the Steam Input API are now fully compatible with the new PS5 controller - with no developer updates required, it just works.

Full support for the LED, trackpad, rumble and gyro features are available for players to configure in games such as Death Stranding, No Man's Sky, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more. This support is now available for players opted into the public beta Steam desktop client with platform wide support targeted to ship after further testing.

SilverStone Intros AD120-DC Pico Power Supply

SilverStone today introduced the AD120-DC, a pico power-supply designed for SFF builds without enough room for PSU, and which rely on power-bricks. It is, quite literally, a 120 W power brick that puts out a 12 V, 2-pin DC output. You can either plug this directly to motherboards that have 2-pin DC inputs, or use the included distribution board that takes in this 2-pin DC input, and uses DC-to-DC switching to put out a conventional 24-pin ATX connector, an 8-pin EPS, and various peripheral connectors such as SATA power, Molex, etc. The brick measures 160 mm x 25 mm x 45 mm (DxHxW). The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

Intel Partners with IO Interactive to Bring High Core Count CPU Support to Hitman 3

We're happy and excited to announce that we are partnering with Intel to provide the best possible performance and optimization for our PC players in HITMAN 3. Together with Intel, we are working to optimize the game for launch and beyond, with updates, tweaks and improvements coming throughout 2021 that will improve the experience of playing on a high-end PC and multi-core CPUs.

These optimizations include enhancing HITMAN 3 for PC players with 8+ core CPUs, for example you'll be able to spot more crowds in Dubai or experience more complex destructibility in Dartmoor. We're also introducing Variable Rate Shading (VRS), a technique that allows us to prioritize GPU resources where they have the biggest impact. On top of that, we will also implement raytracing after the launch of the game, later in 2021.

Possible Radeon RX 6700 XT Specs Surface, 12GB the New Mid-Range Memory Size?

AMD could follow up on its RX 6800 series and RX 6900 XT launches with the RX 6700 series, which logically succeeds the RX 5700 series, and competes with NVIDIA's RTX 3060/Ti. Patrick Schur on Twitter, who has a high hit-rate with specs of upcoming AMD products, put out possible specs of the RX 6700 series. Both are based on the new "Navi 22" silicon, with an interesting set of specifications.

Apparently 12 GB could be AMD's new memory amount for the mid-range. It's unknown whether the 12 GB is running over a 192-bit wide memory interface (6x 16 Gbit chips), or whether AMD is using mixed-density chips over a 256-bit wide memory bus (think 4x 16 Gbit and 4x 8 Gbit), because even the fastest JEDEC-standard GDDR6 chips, running at 16 Gbps, would only yield 384 GB/s memory bandwidth, which is less than the 448 GB/s the RX 5700 series enjoy. Perhaps an Infinity Cache is deployed to make up the difference?
Monday, November 23rd 2020

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Quick Look: Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal

Quick Look: Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal

Priced right between the Crane 2 and Crane 3S, the Zhiyun Crane 2S offers a lot more functionality and expandability than the original Crane 2 in the same format, bringing it in line with its larger 3-series sibling with a different handling setup. This makes it a potent, compact, and portable choice for even heavier cameras.

PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Dragon Graphics Card Pictured

Hot on the heels of its RX 6800 XT Red Devil unveiling, we have pictures of the Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Dragon, positioned a notch below the Red Devil. The Red Dragon comes with a milder factory overclock than the Red Devil, and hence a simpler cooling solution that's 2.5-slot thick (compared to 3-slot of the Red Devil). It uses an aluminium dual fin-stack heatsink design that uses a trio of fans—a smaller central fan flanked by larger fans—to ventilate the cooler.

The RX 6800 XT Red Dragon cooler is longer than the PCB by about 2 inches, so much of the airflow from the third fan goes through the card, and out through vents on the backplate. The power input configuration for the card is very likely the same 2x 8-pin PCIe as on the Red Devil. We also spy a dual-BIOS selector switch. Outputs include three DisplayPorts and an HDMI, there's no USB-C. It's also likely that PowerColor may reuse this exact board design for an RX 6800 Red Dragon card.

Cougar Introduces MX440-G RGB Mid-tower Case

Cougar today introduced the MX440-G RGB, an ATX mid-tower case with an airy design. The front panel features a large tempered glass face that's raised an inch above the actual fan intakes, with large air-dams along the sides. The three 120 mm intake fans are installed behind a dust filter. The top has two 120 mm exhausts, also featuring a dust filter. Overall, you can mount either two 140 mm or three 120 mm front intakes, two 120 mm top exhausts, or one 140/120 mm rear exhaust.

The interiors of the Cougar MX440-G RGB feature a conventional horizontally partitioned layout, but the bottom compartment isn't completely walled off when viewed from the left side. The motherboard tray has room for graphics cards up to 32 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 17 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive trays, and four additional 2.5-inch mounts. Front panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.x and USB 2.0/1.1 ports; and HDA jacks. The case measures 215 mm x 424 mm x 505 mm (WxDxH). The company didn't announce pricing.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Now Live

In the Shadowlands, the world beyond the mortal realm, Azeroth's souls discover new purpose: to ascend, to atone, to be reborn, to wage everlasting war or suffer an eternity of torment. For the millions of World of Warcraft players around the world, the journey to seize their own destiny in the afterlife begins today with the launch of Shadowlands, the eighth expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance will come face-to-face with the mysteries of death as they journey through the next world's wondrous realms. Along the way, they'll forge a fate-changing pact with one of the Shadowlands' four ruling Covenants, drawing upon their otherworldly power to confront the forces of the Jailer, the malevolent entity who holds dominion over the hopeless depths of the Maw. Players' resolve will be tested as they seek to reclaim lost souls from the Jailer's watchful eye and venture into the labyrinthine corridors of Torghast, Tower of the Damned, where long-imprisoned horrors—and legendary rewards—await.
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