Friday, September 30th 2016

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MSI Announces BIOS Updates for "Kaby Lake" 7th Gen. Core Processors

MSI, world leading and most popular gaming component brand, is pleased to announce that all current MSI 100 series chipset motherboards fully support the next generation LGA 1151 socket processors. The BIOS updates are now made available for download via the official MSI website. With these BIOS updates users can benefit from better performance and compatibility using the latest Intel processors with better specification and higher frequencies. Highly acclaimed, MSI continues to push for outstanding performance, a unique and attractive look & feel and solid reliability for its 100 series motherboards.

GALAX Unveils GeForce GTX 1060 6GB EXOC White Edition

GALAX whitewashed its GeForce GTX 1060 6GB EXOC graphics card with its "White Edition" variant. The Galaxy subsidiary, which shares much of its product design with sister-brand KFA2, gave the card the distinctive milky-white color-scheme Galaxy brands are famous for, except it didn't go the whole way. The white color-scheme is limited to the cooler shroud, fan impellers, and the full-length back-plate. The underlying PCB, however, remains black.

The GALAX GTX 1060 6 GB EXOC White Edition serves up factory-overclocked speeds of 1556 MHz core, 1771 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 8 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, against NVIDIA reference speeds of 1506/1709 MHz. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. An aluminium fin-stack heatsink featuring 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, and a pair of 90 mm fans, keeps the card cool. GALAX didn't reveal pricing or availability.
Thursday, September 29th 2016

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NVIDIA Preparing GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for 2017 CES Launch

NVIDIA is preparing its next high-end graphics card under the GeForce GTX brand, the GTX 1080 Ti, for launch along the sidelines of the 2017 International CES, early next January. The card will be positioned between the $599-$699 GeForce GTX 1080, and the $1199 TITAN X Pascal, and will be based on the 16 nm "GP102" silicon.

Chinese tech publication Zol.com.cn reports a few possible specifications of the SKU, adding to what we know from an older report. NVIDIA is carving the GTX 1080 Ti out from the GP102 silicon by enabling 26 out of 30 streaming multiprocessors, resulting in a CUDA core count of 3,328. This sets the TMU count at 208. The ROP count is unchanged at 96. The card features a 384-bit wide GDDR5X memory interface (and not the previously-thought GDDR5). It will have an identical memory bandwidth to the TITAN X Pascal, of 480 GB/s. The card will feature 12 GB of standard memory amount. Its GPU clock speeds are expected to be 1503 MHz core, with 1623 MHz GPU Boost.


Source: Zol.com.cn

ADATA Launches the XPG SX8000 PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 2280 Gaming SSD

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched theXPG SX8000 SSD, which uses an M.2 form factor loaded with 3D MLC NAND Flash and an SMI 2260controller. The SX8000 meets NVMe 1.2 specifications and connects directly to motherboards via PCI Express 3.0 x4 (PCIe 3x4) to deliver 2.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write, with 100K/140K IOPS. The SX8000 arrives in diverse capacities (128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB), ensuring a new generation of SSD performance is available to more users. A slightly faster version fitted with an attractive XPG heatsink will release by the end of October, promising an aesthetic bonus for case modding enthusiasts.

The XPG SX8000 connects to desktop and notebook PCs via low profile M.2 2280 and channels data through PCI Express 3.0 x4 (four lane). The low latency and big bandwidth of PCIe enable up to 2.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write - four times the read and twice the write performance of average SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. Random 4K IOPS figures are 100K read and 140K write, also significantly more than SATA-based drives.The SX8000 features full NVMe 1.2 compatibility, powering a large performance boost that means users notice gains in real world scenarios, especially loading times within games that require heavy asset streaming and in professional applications such as graphics and audio rendering.

NVIDIA Readies Two GeForce GTX 1050 Variants

NVIDIA is preparing not one, but two variants of the GeForce GTX 1050 mid-range graphics cards. The two will launch in October 2016, beginning with the faster GeForce GTX 1050 Ti around mid-October, and the cheaper GeForce GTX 1050 (non-Ti) some time in late-October. Both SKUs will be based on the new GP107 silicon, with the GTX 1050 Ti maxing it.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is expected to be endowed with 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32 ROPs; with clock speeds of 1290 MHz core, 1382 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. This SKU will feature 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The GTX 1050, on the other hand, will feature 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs, an unknown number of ROPs, 1354 MHz core, 1455 MHz GPU Boost, and just 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip's 128-bit memory interface. The GTX 1050 Ti could target the $150 price-point, while the GTX 1050 could take aim at $120.

Source: WCCFTech

NVIDIA Announces Xavier, Volta-based Autonomous Transportation SoC

At its inaugural European edition of the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), NVIDIA announced Xavier, an "AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transportation." An evolution of its Drive PX2 board that leverages a pair of "Maxwell" GPUs with some custom logic and an ARM CPU, to provide cars with the compute power necessary to deep-learn the surroundings and self-drive, or assist-drive; Xavier is a refinement over Drive PX2 in that it merges three chips - two GPUs and one control logic into an SoC.

You'd think that NVIDIA refined its deep-learning tech enough to not need a pair of "Maxwell" SoCs, but Xavier is more than that. The 7 billion-transistor chip built on 16 nm FinFET process, offers more raw compute performance thanks to leveraging NVIDIA's next-generation "Volta" architecture, one more advanced than even its current "Pascal" architecture. The chip features a "Volta" GPU with 512 CUDA cores. The CVA makes up the vehicle I/O, while an image processor that's capable of 8K HDR video streams feeds the chip with visual inputs from various cameras around the vehicle. An 8-core ARM CPU performs general-purpose compute. NVIDIA hopes to get the first engineering samples of Xavier out to interested car-makers by Q4-2017.
Wednesday, September 28th 2016

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NVIDIA GeForce Making a Comeback to Apple?

NVIDIA could be close to scoring design wins with Apple, for its MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro families. This came to light in a job posting at NVIDIA, which calls for applicants to "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products." Although Apple has offered options of both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs on its Mac products in the past, the company hasn't offered NVIDIA GPUs for several generations now, with AMD Radeon being the only discrete GPU choice for MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro products, with the only other choices being integrated GPUs by Intel.

Source: Bloomberg

CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 Memory

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the immediate availability of its new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 memory. Adding a new level of refinement and distinction to the long-standing CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM legacy, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition is available in two exclusive new styles, mirror finish Chrome and brushed aluminum Blackout. Precision crafted in strictly limited quantities of 500 kits each of 32GB (4x8GB or 2x16GB) 3,200MHz DDR4, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition also boasts improved integrated lighting via an illuminated light-pipe, patented DHX cooling technology and full XMP certification for one-touch overclocking.

Designed for world-class PC system builds where only the most elite memory will suffice, CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition modules deliver the refinement and quality that the most discerning PC enthusiasts demand.

AMD to Launch 7nm "Grey Hawk" Quad-Core APUs in 2019

Riding on GlobalFoundries' forecasts of a production-grade 7 nanometer silicon fabrication node by 2019, AMD is preparing a new APU silicon, codenamed "Grey Hawk." The company is reportedly looking at TDP ratings as low as 10W for these chips, making them worthy of super-slim notebooks and other handhelds; besides compact desktops and all-in-ones.

The "Grey Hawk" APUs could feature a quad-core, eight-thread CPU based on the CPU architecture that succeeds "ZEN," which could have IPC gains over even the 2017-bound "ZEN" architecture. AMD's first APU based on "ZEN" will be "Raven Ridge," slated for 2017, featuring a quad-core, eight-thread CPU, and a graphics core based on the "Vega" GPU architecture. Given that "Grey Hawk" is two years further away, it could even feature "Navi" architecture based graphics.
Sources: WCCFTech, HotHardware

GIGABYTE AMD B350 Socket AM4 Motherboard Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of a socket AM4 motherboard by GIGABYTE. Positioned as an entry-mainstream offering by the company to launch with AMD's 7th generation A-series "Bristol Ridge" APUs, while being ready for upcoming "ZEN" based CPUs and APUs, this board appears to be based on AMD B350 chipset, the company's mid-tier socket AM4 chipset alongside the entry-level A320 and enthusiast-segment X370. This board appears to feature a rectangular CPU cooler retention-module like older AMD sockets. Could the "square" bolt-type RM we spotted on OEM boards, as well as AMD's own platform demonstrator board not make it to the DIY segment?

This unnamed (label not clearly pictured) motherboard is built in the micro-ATX form-factor, drawing power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. It uses a 7-phase CPU VRM. AMD appears to have introduced new voltage domains with AM4, probably because these are full-fledged SoCs, with core-logic completely integrated. The board features four DDR4 DIMM slots, and PCI-Express gen 3.0 slots. The B350 chipset wires to the SoC over PCI-Express gen 3.0, and puts out additional downstream general-purpose PCIe gen 3.0 lanes, besides additional SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.1 ports.

Source: Eteknix

Arctic Announces the F14 Series Case Fans

ARCTIC expands its fan range - and sets up the 140 mm series completely new. Not only the F14 are available in full model selection for the first time, moreover the big fans are quieter than ever before and equipped with innovative features. The standard class ARCTIC had already previously in the assortment - but due to the innovative design of the fan blades and the impeller the F14 presents itself now significantly quieter than its predecessor.

F14 Silent - Specially optimized for silent systems, the F14 Silent comes with inaudibly 0.08 Sone. An alloy/lubricant combination reduced friction, which not only lead to increased service life but most of all keeps the operating noise to a minimum.

AMD Takes Embedded Applications to the Next Level With New GPUs

AMD announced the AMD Embedded Radeon E9260 and E9550 graphics processing units (GPUs), the industry's first discrete embedded graphics cards leveraging the new AMD Polaris architecture. The cards are ideal for applications requiring rich multimedia and 4K video in power-constrained embedded environments. Use cases include immersive casino gaming, digital signage, 4K teleconferencing and interactive digital whiteboards, enhanced medical imaging for clinical diagnoses, and transportation instrumentation.

The Polaris GPU architecture leverages an optimized 14nm FinFET process designed to deliver a dramatic performance-per-watt gain over previous generations of embedded GPU architecture. Providing up to 5.8 TFLOPS performance in a sub-95W TDP power profile, the new embedded GPUs offer advanced 4K encode/decode multimedia processing capabilities and support for up to six displays on the E9550.

EVGA Announces the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 FTW HYBRID cards are built from the ground up to be the best closed loop cooling solution for NVIDIA based graphics cards on the planet. It starts with power, our cards use our award winning FTW components, giving you the best power delivery, plus additional features like dual BIOS's, RGB Lighting, a 10CM fan and more.

On top of that, we took our award winning HYBRID solution, and cranked up a notch with a 10CM axial fan (delivering lower noise levels) and a dedicated memory cooling plate that makes direct contact with the water cooling block. Of course, the HYBRID water cooling solution gives you unbelievable GPU temperatures, sometimes cutting your GPU load temperatures in half! Best of all? The EVGA HYBRID cards need no maintenance, no filling, no hassle. All backed by EVGA legendary Warranty. The choice is simple, EVGA HYBRID products are truly water cooled perfection.

Be Quiet! Introduces the Silent Loop Series AIO Liquid Coolers

Be Quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years, today introduces its line of Silent Loop All-in-One water cooling systems. Through the use of an innovative decoupled reverse-flow pump, Silent Loop delivers high-performance cooling at a minimal sound level, guaranteeing quiet, efficient cooling for overclocked and high TDP CPUs in high-power computer systems. To ensure compatibility with all types of performance-heavy PCs, be quiet! offers three different Silent Loop models.

Be Quiet! equips its Silent Loop All-in-One water cooling system with a decoupled pump designed to reverse the cooling circuit. Liquid is drawn in from the outside over the cold plate, then transported through a second layer on the inside of the radiator. This innovative solution operates the pump at a low 2,200 revolutions per minute, noticeably generating less vibration and noise than other conventional AIO coolers.

NZXT Introduces the S340 Elite & Internal USB Hub

NZXT today announces the S340 Elite, the most refined and elegant S340, and the NZXT Internal USB Hub, a discreet and simple solution that improves upon its predecessor, the IU01, with a sleek new design for added functionality. The S340 Elite features a tempered glass side panel to showcase builds with breathtaking clarity, an optimized IO panel with an HDMI port and additional USB ports for convenient VR experiences, and a magnetic cable management puck to easily store VR and audio headsets for fast and flexible access.

Providing five USB 2.0 connectors, the Internal USB Hub supports all the latest liquid coolers, fan controllers, and lighting accessories with ease. Three Internal USB 2.0 connectors offer support for CAM Powered devices, including Kraken, GRID+, and HUE+. Two external USB 2.0 connectors make adding wireless dongles for keyboards and Wi-Fi a snap within the case freeing up external ports which would otherwise be occupied.

X2 Announces the Syrius Gaming Chassis

The SIRYUS chassis is the next level craftsmanship that will raise the bar in design and quality levels. The SYRIUS is a new open frame concept constructed of a 0.6mm SECC metal structure and 0.3mm aluminum panels. Sides closed by real tempered and tinted glass, forming a vibrant and astonishing eye-catcher. A total of six 3.5 inch or 2.5 inch multipurpose drive trays and 2 5.25 inch trays that allow opportune installation. Furthermore, the additional water cooling tray can hold different, thick size water cooling radiators and systems.

Make best use of airflow throughout the case through the 7 locations for 120mm cooling fans and keep even the most demanding systems at low ambient temperatures. The SYRIUS chassis is prepared with 2* USB3.0 and 2*USB2.0 ports as well as AC97 and HD Audio connections. Compatible with standard ATX motherboards and long graphic cards up to 430 mm. There are 8 rear expansion slots to accommodate upgrades. The SYRIUS chassis by X2 is a high-quality and performance one of a kind PC gaming case.

Sharkoon Announces the S25 Mid-tower Chassis

Sharkoon expands their ATX Midi Tower lineup and introduces a minimalistic case series: The all-black S25 series is available in the traditional Window, Value and Standard versions, each offering various different features. The new cases are particularly suitable as a powerful computer for gaming and/or as an office PC, particularly with its sophisticated airflow.

The special construction of the inside of the case series allows discreet installation of various components. Cabling is inconspicuous and well hidden, thus not disrupting internal airflow. The power supply and up to three 3.5" hard drives can be mounted on the bottom of the case inside the tunnel, which are optimally cooled thanks to the tunnel's air vents. The cable outlets ensure orderly cabling of the mainboard and remaining components. A tower cooler up to 16.7 cm in height can be installed; the mainboard tray already has a cutout for easy installation.

Toshiba Introduces the OCZ TL100 SATA SSD Series

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, today announces the launch of the OCZ TL100 SATA solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for entry-level users with traditional hard disk drive (HDD) storage seeking an affordable upgrade solution, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 series provides the performance of SSD technology at an attractive price point.

Offering an easy and affordable way for value-oriented users to enhance their mobile or desktop systems, Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSDs improve home/office computing experiences, enabling increased system responsiveness and productivity over hard drives. With Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory under the hood, the TL100 series prioritizes both quality and affordability delivering the reliable system storage end users can rely on.

Nanoxia Announces Availability of Project-S Silver

Nanoxia Project S Silver now available. The Project S is now available at our German distributor PC-Cooling. Shortly, customers will be able to purchase it at our European partners. The base for the development of the Project S has been the widely known "NanoXia Project", which we first showed at Computex 2015 and which was also a great eye catcher at this year's Gamescom in Cologne. The very elegant and extremely user friendly case combines high-grade steel for maximum stability, an aluminum front panel with RGB LED bar for the classic look and a top cover made of tempered glass to allow an unobstructed view on the interior of the case.

The main feature of the case is - without a doubt - the "drawer-principle." This unique feature goes back to the original Nanoxia Project: A drawer allows users to pull out the complete system, including motherboard, power supply, hard disks and fans/radiators. It is also easily possible to simply take the whole drawer out - which makes the installation of the hardware a breeze.
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