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Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

ADATA Launches IUDD362 Industrial-Grade microSD Cards

ADATA Technology a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of its industrial-grade ADATA IUDD362 microSD cards that features high-quality SLC NAND Flash for enhanced durability and a prolonged lifespan, ideal for automated systems.

The ADATA IUDD362 microSD card is ideally suited for industrial systems that are in continuous operation. Equipped with SLC NAND Flash, the IUDD362 offer improved stability, durability, and performance over its counterparts that utilize MLC or TLC NAND Flash. What's more, the IUDD362 is designed to operate in a wide range of temperatures, from -40°C to 85°C, ensuring optimal performance, even in harsh conditions. Also, the IUDD362 is rated at 3 million MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) for added trustworthiness.

DIYPC Brings Fully Addressable RGB Lighting with DIY-Model C

DIYPC, leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories DIYPC, leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories is proud to share with you its latest chassis offering. The DIYPC DIY-Model C lets you view your PC like never before with its 3-sided tempered glass panel and topped off with addressable RGB fan lighting. Light up your PC like never before with the new DIYPC DIY-Model C. The DIYPC DIY-Model C will have an MSRP of $89.99.

The DIYPC DIY-Model C accommodates up to a full ATX motherboard as well as microATX and mini ITX boards. This allows full flexibility and compatibility when choosing motherboards for your build. The chassis can also accommodate up to 370 mm long VGA card. The case also features great cable management features as well magnetic dust filter for convenient clean-up at the top. The premium tempered glass are 4mm thick to give that feel of quality as well as premium build on the DIYPC DIY-Model C.

Tesla Dumps NVIDIA, Designs and Deploys its Own Self-driving AI Chip

Tesla Motors announced the development of its own self-driving car AI processor that runs the company's Autopilot feature across its product line. The company was relying on NVIDIA's DGX processors for Autopilot. Called the Tesla FSD Chip (full self-driving), the processor has been deployed on the latest batches of Model S and Model X since March 2019, and the company looks to expand it to its popular Model 3. Tesla FSD Chip is an FPGA of 250 million gates across 6 billion transistors crammed into a 260 mm² die built on the 14 nm FinFET process at a Samsung Electronics fab in Texas. The chip packs 32 MB of SRAM cache, a 96x96 mul/add array, and a cumulative performance metric per die of 72 TOPS at its rated clock-speed of 2.00 GHz.

A typical Autopilot logic board uses two of these chips. Tesla claims that the chip offers "21 times" the performance of the NVIDIA chip it's replacing. Elon Musk referred to the FSD Chip as "the best chip in the world," and not just on the basis of its huge performance uplift over the previous solution. "Any part of this could fail, and the car will keep driving. The probability of this computer failing is substantially lower than someone losing consciousness - at least an order of magnitude," he added.
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Monday, April 22nd 2019

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Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Velocifire attempts to break into the crowded keyboard market, especially in the USA, by offering a wireless mechanical keyboard at a great price point. The TKL02WS is a TKL form factor keyboard with doubleshot keycaps, an 1850 mAh battery, 2.4 GHz wireless/Type-C wired connectivity options, white backlighting, and onboard functionalization.

NVIDIA to Flesh out Lower Graphics Card Segment with GeForce GTX 1650 Ti

It seems NVIDIA's partners are gearing up for yet another launch, sometime after the GTX 1650 finally becomes available. ECC Listings have made it clear that partners are working on another TU117 variant, with improved performance, sitting between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660, which will should bring the fight to AMD's Radeon RX 580. Of course, with the GTX 1660 sitting pretty at a $219 price, this leaves anywhere between the GTX 1650's $149 and the GTX 1660's $229 for the GTX 1650 Ti to fill. With the GTX 1660 being an average of 13% faster than the RX 580, it makes sense for NVIDIA to look for another SKU to cover that large pricing gap between the 1650 and the 1660.

It's speculated that the GeForce GTX 1650 could feature 1024 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. These should be paired with the same 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus at the same 8000 MHz effective clock speeds as the GTX 1650, delivering a bandwidth of 128 GB/s. Should NVIDIA be able to pull the feat of keeping the same 75W TDP between its Ti and non-Ti GTX 1650 (as it did with the GTX 1660), that could mean that a 75 W graphics card would be contending with AMD's 185 W RX 580 - a mean, green feet in the power efficiency arena. A number of SKUs for the GTX 1650 Ti have been leaked on ASUS' side of the field, which you can find after the break.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3 Driver

AMD today released the latest in their driver suite, which brings about improved performance and support for Mortal Kombat 11 - that means gory details in full GPU-acceleration for the best possible gaming experience. Apart from that, not much to see here: there's a fixed issue relating to AMD Link and Radeon Settings sometimes displaying incorrect parameters. The list of known issues is slightly larger, and follows after the break. Follow the link below for your latest AMD driver download.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3

ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Cards in Pictures

As NVIDIA's AIB partners gear-up for launch of the $149 GTX 1650, more and more of their custom designs are popping up and about for interested buyers to start taking their picks. Remember that the GTX 1650 launch will be entirely partner-driven, with no reference design or NVIDIA-sold version of the graphics card.

GIGABYTE has seen the lid come off on no less than four graphics cards: three dual-fan configurations in the form of the GAMING OC (with LED lighting and the longest of the cards at 265 mm), WINDFORCE OC (sans RGB lighting and smaller at 229 mm), and the 1650 OC (1680 MHz Boost). An interesting proposition will be GIGABYTE's MINI ITX OC, which shrinks down dimensions considerably to just 152 mm length (sacrificing one of the two fans in the process).

GlobalFoundries and ON Semi Partner to Transfer Ownership of East Fishkill NY 300mm Fab

ON Semiconductor Corporation and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire a 300 mm fab located in East Fishkill, New York. The total consideration for the acquisition is $430 million, of which $100 million has been paid at signing of the definitive agreement, and $330 million will be paid at the end of 2022, after which ON Semiconductor will gain full operational control of the fab, and the site's employees will transition to ON Semiconductor. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

The agreement allows ON Semiconductor to increase its 300 mm production at the East Fishkill fab over several years, and allows for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to transition its numerous technologies to the company's three other at-scale 300 mm sites. Under the terms of the agreement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will manufacture 300 mm wafers for ON Semiconductor until the end of 2022. First production of 300 mm wafers for ON Semiconductor is expected to start in 2020.

HyperX Releases High Speed Additions to Predator DDR4 Memory Lineup

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of two new high speed Predator DDR4 memory kits in 4266 MHz and 4600 MHz frequency versions. The new frequency options will be available as 8GB modules in kits of two and include a black aluminum heat spreader and black PCB to complement the look of the latest PC builds by system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts.

"The HyperX team is excited to offer Predator DDR4 for the next generation of PC enthusiasts who want the best performance from their systems," said Kristy Ernt, DRAM business manager, HyperX. "As HyperX continues to support the world of gaming and esports, the community sees us as a trusted leader for high speed memory in the gaming hardware industry."

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Pictured and De-lidded

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is an upcoming processor featuring integrated graphics, forming the tail-end of the company's 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processor family. A Chinese PC enthusiast with access to an early sample pictured and de-lidded the processor. We know from older posts that while the "Matisse" MCM will form the bulk of AMD's 3rd gen Ryzen lineup, with core counts ranging all the way from 6 to 12, and possibly 16 later, the APU lineup is rumored to be based on older "Zen+" architecture.

The Ryzen 3 3200G and possibly the Ryzen 5 3400G, will be based on a derivative of the "Raven Ridge" silicon built on the 12 nm process at GlobalFoundries, and comes with a handful innovations AMD introduced with "Pinnacle Ridge," such as an improved Precision Boost algorithm and faster on-die caches. The 12 nm shrink also allows AMD to dial up CPU and iGPU engine clock speeds, and improve DDR4 memory support to work with higher DRAM clock speeds. AMD has used thermal paste as the sub-IHS interface material instead of solder for its "Raven Ridge" chips, and the story repeats with the 3200G.

GIGABYTE Unveils AMD-50 Commemorative Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi

GIGABYTE unveiled a special commemorative package of its flagship socket AM4 motherboard, the Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. Much like the Ryzen 7 2700X AMD-50 Edition processor, this GIGABYTE motherboard is a minor variation of the original it's based on, with a handful cosmetic changes. The box package features AMD-50 markings, as does the board's model name, with a "-50" suffix. The motherboard itself features some "AMD-50" and "AORUS x AMD 50th Anniversary" markings along the acrylic RGB LED diffuser along the board's top-right corner and elsewhere. Perhaps out of the box, the board's RGB LEDs shine in a more pronounced shade of gold than the Aorus default orange-gold tint. These apart, the board is every bit identical to the Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi, which currently retails for around USD $220, competing with the likes of the MSI X470 Gaming M7 and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero.

Latest Windows 10 Update Causes Machines with CSVs to Freeze or Lock Up

The April 2019 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 released this "patch Tuesday" (9th April), bearing knowledgebase code KB4493509, is discovered to cause machines with cluster shared volumes (CSVs) to become unresponsive upon restart after installing the update. Installation of cumulative updates forces system restart as Windows shuts down certain services and drivers to a bare-minimum state so it could overwrite system files. This latest issue of system freezing is caused on machines with incompatible security software, such as ArcaBit, however, users over at Ten Forums observed Avira Antivir to show the same incompatibility. Microsoft has since listed this incompatibility as a Known Issue in the description page of KB4493509. All versions of Windows 10 will soon be able to defer updates, letting users prevent buggy updates from being automatically installed. Currently only Windows 10 Pro and Workstation provide this feature.
Friday, April 19th 2019

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Digital Storm Lynx (i7 9700K + RTX 2070)

Digital Storm Lynx (i7 9700K + RTX 2070)

Digital Storm looks to please with the Lynx Ultimate Gaming PC. Featuring a balanced build with exceptional attention to detail, this fully loaded system delivers solid performance with a heavy dose of RGB illumination.

Digital Storm and TechPowerUp Present Lynx Gaming Desktop Giveaway

Digital Storm is one of North America's most respected pre-built gaming desktop brands. They've partnered with TechPowerUp to bring residents of the US and Canada a unique chance to bring home a fully-loaded, 4K-capable gaming desktop, the Digital Storm Lynx. The machine up for grabs is powered by an Intel Core i7-9700K 8-core processor, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. Other key pieces of hardware include Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a 750-Watt PSU by Corsair, all packed into a custom case by Digital Storm with RGB LED embellishments. How fast is it? We just reviewed a Digital Storm Lynx with this exact configuration for you. Its brand-new twin could be yours. Sounds good? All you have to do is fill up a short form to help us contact you if you've won. Digital Storm pays for shipping and customs. Open from today (19th April), the Giveaway ends on the 29th of April, 2019.
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BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp Gaming Ready Motherboard Giveaway: The Winners

BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp brought you a chance to win one of two AMD platform motherboards with unique design and feature-sets. The Giveaway period is up, and the results are in! Among the prizes are the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3, a formidable socket AM4 motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor designed to be the foundation of a highly capable gaming PC build, and the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E, which packs an embedded AMD A10-8800E processor to everyday tasks and casual gaming. Without further ado, the Winners:
  • Dumitru from Romania, wins the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3
  • Rene from Denmark, wins the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E
A huge Congratulations to the Winners!
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