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Thursday, September 24th 2020

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ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity Review

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity Review

Zotac's GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity comes at the NVIDIA MSRP of $1499. It offers 24 GB VRAM paired with a large triple-fan, triple-slot cooler that ensures temperatures and noise levels stay low. Outside of gaming, the fans will stop completely because of the fan-stop capability.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 Eagle OC Review

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 Eagle OC Review

Gigabyte debuts its Eagle brand of graphics cards to the enthusiast segment. Slotted between the WindForce OC and AORUS Gaming series, the RTX 3090 Eagle OC covers all the bases and bling gamers need, at the NVIDIA MSRP price. It also comes with a power connector innovation.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio Review

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio Review

The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X is the quietest RTX 3090 we've tested today. Acoustics are pretty impressive actually, considering the performance and heat output. MSI has also overclocked their card and bumped its power limit, which yields a very decent performance improvement.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC Review

ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC Review

The ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC is the fastest RTX 3090 we have tested today by quite the big margin. It also has a huge power limit adjustment range that maxes out at 480 W! We hance added a whole test run at 480 W to our review to see how much extra headroom RTX 3090 Ampere has left and whether the card would blow up.

CORSAIR Launches CX-F RGB Entry Level Power Supply Lineup

CORSAIR today announced the launch of an entry level lineup of power supplies with RGB claims to fame. The new CX-F series is aimed at the entry level market, and is available in 550 W, 650 W and 750 W, thus covering all of the mainstream PSU capacities. The RGB elements are present in the 120 mm fan only, with its 8 LED elements being separately configurable via CORSAIR's own iCue software or by connecting it to one of your motherboards' 5 V ARGB ports. The PSU further features eight distinct colors and nine preset lighting modes. PSU colors are available in black or white across the product range.

All of the PSUs are 80 Plus Bronze certified, with up to 88 % power delivery efficiency, where a single + 12 V rail feeds power to your components. The CX-F series further features a modular cabling design for tidier builds, 105 °C rated Japanese electrolytic capacitors, and has a CORSAIR-backed 5-year warranty. The OEM behind these designs is HEC, and pricing is set at $85 USD for the 550 W variant, $100 for 650 W, and $110 for the 750 W capacity PSU.

RTX 3080 Users Report Crashes to Desktop While Gaming

A number of RTX 3080 users have been reporting crashes to desktop while gaming on their newly-acquired Ampere graphics cards. The reports have surged in numerous hardware discussion venues (ComputerBase, LinusTechTips, NVIDIA, Tom's Hardware, Tweakers and Reddit), and appear to be unlinked to any particular RTX 3080 vendor (ZOTAC, MSI, EVGA, and NVIDIA Founders Edition graphics cards are all mentioned).

Apparently, this crash to desktop happens once the RTX 3080's Boost clock exceeds 2.0 GHz. A number of causes could be advanced for these issues: deficient power delivery, GPU temperature failsafes, or even a simple driver-level problem (though that one seems to be the least likely). Nor NVIDIA nor any of its AIB partners have spoken about this issue, and review outlets failed to mention this happening - likely because it never did, at least on samples sent to reviewers. For now, it seems that manually downclocking the graphics card by 50-100 MHz could be a temporary fix for the issue while it's being troubleshooted. An unlucky turn of events for users of NVIDIA's latest and greatest, but surely it's better to face a very slight performance decrease in exchange for system stability.

AAEON Announces Next Generation Embedded Solutions Powered by Intel Technology

AAEON, a leader in embedded solutions, announces up-coming products featuring the 11th Generation Intel Core processors (formerly Tiger Lake) and Intel Atom x6000E series processors, Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors (formerly Elkhart Lake). These next generation solutions provide greater performance, flexibility and a host of Intel technologies to power computing at the edge.

The 11th Generation Intel Core processors, now the third generation of Intel's 10 nm microarchitecture, provide performance above the current industry standard 8th and 9th Generation processors. These processors also open up access to cutting edge technologies, featuring the Intel Iris Xe graphics (Gen 12), PCIe 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, USB4, DDR4 and LPDDR4x memory, and Deep Learning Boost on select SKUs.

Sharkoon Releases SKILLER SGH30 USB RGB Gaming Headset

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of quality, high-performance PC components and peripherals. With the SKILLER SGH30, Sharkoon now presents a newcomer for the versatile SKILLER series. The USB gaming headset with subtle RGB elements has 40-millimeter drivers and a built-in USB sound card for virtual 7.1 sound. With the accompanying software, the sound can be adjusted as desired using a selection of preset effects or the integrated 10-band equalizer. The SKILLER SGH30 is equipped with soft ear pads and a flexible headband for comfortable wearing.

The closed headphones of the SKILLER SGH30 have 40-millimeter drivers, which should create a balanced sound that is equally suitable for films, music or games. The virtual 7.1 surround sound is especially suitable for gaming or watching films, creating a spatial sound and thus providing an immersive listening experience. For clear voice transmission and communication, the SKILLER SGH30 has a flexible microphone with an omnidirectional characteristic and a pop filter.

NVIDIA: RTX 3090 Performance 10-15% Higher Than RTX 3080 in 4K

NVIDIA themselves have shared performance slides for their imminent RTX 3090 graphics card, the new halo product that's been marketed as the new Titan. Previous-gen Titans have achieved extremely meager performance uplifts compared to NVIDIA's top-of-the-line cards (see RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX Titan, an average of 8% performance difference in favor of the Titan. According to the company, users should expect a slightly higher performance uplift this time around, though the 10-15% higher performance in 4K still seems meager - in pure price/performance terms - for the average consumer.

The average consumer who isn't the main focus for this graphics card and its gargantuan 24 GB of GDDR6X memory, anyway - this is more aimed at the semi-professional or professional crowds working with specialized software, whether it be in rendering or AI-based workloads. The RTX 3090 is thus not so much a product for the discerning computer enthusiast, but more of a halo product for gamers, and a crucial product for professionals and academics.

TSMC Begins Construction of 2 nm Manufacturing Facility

TSMC, the leading semiconductor foundry in the world, has reportedly begun construction of its 2 nm manufacturing facility. According to a DigiTimes report, translated by @chiakokhua on Twitter, besides the construction of 2 nm R&D center, TSMC has also started the construction of the manufacturing facility for that node, so it will be ready in time. Please do note that the node name doesn't represent the size of the transistor, so it will not actually be 2 nm wide. The new facilities will be located near TSMC's headquarters in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. The report also confirms the first details about the node, specifically that it will use Gate-All-Around (GAA) technology. And there is also another interesting piece of information regarding even smaller node, the planning for 1 nm node has begun according to the source.

Besides advanced nodes, TSMC also laid out clear plans to accelerate the push of advanced packaging technology. That includes SoIC, InFO, CoWoS, and WoW. All of these technologies are classified as "3D Fabric" by the company, even though some are 2.5D. These technologies will be mass-produced at "ZhuNan" and "NanKe" facilities starting in the second half of 2021, and are expected to significantly contribute to the company's profits. It is also reported that the competing foundry, Samsung, has a 3D packaging technology of its own called X-cube, however, it is attracting customers a lot slower than TSMC due to the high costs of the new technology.

China Focuses on 3rd Generation Semiconductors in Aim for Self-Sufficiency

The People Republic of China has always released 5-year plans that have a goal of achieving something. And in the latest, 14th 5-year plan China has an eye on the semiconductor industry. Specifically, China wants to develop independence and self-sufficiency when it comes to semiconductors. With tensions between the US and China raising, it is a smart move to have domestic technology to rely on. The new plan starts next year, 2021, and ends in the year 2025. In that period, China will devote financial resources and human workforce that will hopefully enable its goal. The primary aim for this 14th plan seems to be 3rd generation semiconductor technology. What is meant by that is a technology like gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC). These technologies would be a nice addition to China's portfolio of semiconductors, so we should wait and see what comes out of it.

Lenovo Launches Linux-Ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs Preinstalled with Ubuntu

Today, Lenovo announced a global expansion of its Linux portfolio, extending its certification program that was announced in June to include PCs preinstalled with Canonical's Ubuntu LTS operating system. Previously only accessible to enterprises via a customized bid, a comprehensive range of nearly 30 Ubuntu-loaded devices will now be available for purchase via Lenovo.com. These include 13 ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series Workstations and an additional 14 ThinkPad T, X, X1 and L series laptops, all with the 20.04 LTS version of Ubuntu, with the exception of the L series which will have version 18.04.

"Lenovo's vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean 'for all'. Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity and provide the Linux community with the premium experience that our customers know us for. This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box," said Igor Bergman, Vice President of PCSD Software & Cloud at Lenovo.

AMD "Lucienne" Silicon to Power Certain Ryzen 5000 Series APUs

There's been much chatter in the social media about a new piece of AMD APU silicon, codenamed "Lucienne." It's being rumored that "Lucienne" is a refresh of the current-generation "Renoir" silicon, and is an APU with eight "Zen 2" CPU cores and eight "Vega" NGCUs. One of the first SKUs based on the die is the Ryzen 7 5700U, which surfaced on the AoTS benchmark database.

The 5700U is possibly a 15 W ultra-portable processor, and according to the AoTS benchmark screenshot, it comes with an 8-core/16-thread CPU (the 4700U is 8-core/8-thread). The addition of SMT helps the 5700U shore up much of its performance lead over the 4700U. It also turns out that the Ryzen 5000 will see two APU dies driving AMD's product-stack, with "Lucienne" powering the Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 7 5700U; while the newer "Cezanne" die, which introduces "Zen 3" CPU cores, powers the Ryzen 5 5600U and the Ryzen 7 5800U.
Wednesday, September 23rd 2020

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Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (Intel i7-10700 + RTX 2070 Super) Review

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (Intel i7-10700 + RTX 2070 Super) Review

Lenovo looks to offer PC gamers an attainable system with high specifications in their Legion Tower 5i gaming systems. Equipped with an Intel i7-10700K and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, it delivers stellar results that will likely be overshadowed by the launch of NVIDIA's next generation of GPUs. However, with a quick refresh, the 5i series should prove to be a compelling option.

GALAX Confirms GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3060, RTX 3060 Matches RTX 2080

An alleged event by GALAX targeted at distributors in China revealed up to three upcoming SKUs in NVIDIA's RTX 30-series. This comes as yet another confirmation from a major NVIDIA AIC partner about the 20 GB variant of the GeForce RTX 3080. The RTX 3080 originally launched with 10 GB memory earlier this month, and it is widely expected that NVIDIA fills the price-performance gap between this $700 SKU and its $1,500 sibling. The RTX 3080 uses twenty 8 Gbit GDDR6X memory chips (two chips per 32-bit data-path), much like how the RTX 3090 achieves its 24 GB memory amount.

Elsewhere we see GALAX mention the RTX 3060, a performance-segment SKU positioned under the RTX 3070. You'll notice that the product-stack graph by GALAX suggests performance comparisons to previous-generation SKUs. The RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are faster than everything from the previous generation, while the RTX 3070, which is coming next month, is shown trading blows with both the RTX 2080 Ti and the RTX 2080 Super. In this same graph, the RTX 3060 is shown matching up to the RTX 2080 (non-Super), a card NVIDIA originally launched at $700.

ASTRO Gaming Introduces the Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War A10 Gaming Headset

ASTRO Gaming, the leader in premium video gaming equipment, today introduced the ASTRO Gaming Call of Duty : Black Ops: Cold War A10 Headset. ASTRO Gaming is the Official Headset licensee of Call of Duty and has been a long time official collaborator of Call of Duty, bringing licensed headsets and accessories to gamers around the world. The new ASTRO Gaming Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War A10 Headset joins the ASTRO A40 TR, Speakers tags, and A40 TR Mod Kits already on the market today.

"ASTRO has been a key collaborator of Call of Duty esports such as Call of Duty Champs, and the Call of Duty League," said Daniel Siegel, VP of Licensing for Activision. "We're excited to continue our partnership with ASTRO as the Official Headset licensee of Call of Duty. With this latest headset, our fans are sure to get the best audio experience while playing Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War."

Western Digital Expands WD Purple Line of Surveillance Storage Solutions

Enabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced its expanded family of WD Purple storage solutions, including the industry's highest capacity 18 TB surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1 TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24x7 workloads - from ingest to backup and long-term storage - as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

From commercial buildings to municipalities, businesses are accelerating adoption of AI and deep learning to enable automation and better efficiencies that ultimately help create a safer and better experience for employees, customers and communities. Deep learning algorithms, hungry for data generated by IoT and edge ecosystems, demand higher resolution for better accuracy, increasing the need for storage capacity in cameras and NVRs. In its recent report, Video Surveillance & Analytics Intelligence Service, July 2020, Omdia states that shipments of cameras enabled with deep learning algorithms will continue growing at a five-year (2019-2024) CAGR of 67 percent, and NVRs enabled with deep-learning analytics will grow at 37 percent. Meanwhile, video analytics appliances shipments are expected to grow at 43 percent. In addition, a 2020 Western Digital-commissioned survey of North American security system integration companies found that 76 percent of them see video analytics and AI as playing an ever-increasing role in their deployments.

Intel Introduces IoT-Enhanced Processors to Increase Performance, AI, Security

Today at the Intel Industrial Summit 2020, Intel announced new enhanced internet of things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. With a robust hardware and software portfolio, an unparalleled ecosystem and 15,000 customer deployments globally, Intel is providing robust solutions for the $65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024.

"By 2023, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge. 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors represent our most significant step forward yet in enhancements for IoT, bringing features that address our customers' current needs, while setting the foundation for capabilities with advancements in AI and 5G," said John Healy, Intel vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Platform Management and Customer Engineering.

Xiaomi Could be Preparing to Launch 240 Hz, 360 Hz 1080p Gaming Monitors Starting at $145

Reports circulating the web point towards Xiaomi planning to take the high-refresh rate market by storm, following very interesting releases in the more "mainstream" gaming display market. Reports place the company as preparing for an announcement on November 11th for the launch of a new, 1080p high-refresh-rate monitor. Sources seem to be in disagreement over the actual refresh rate - whether 240 Hz or 360 Hz - but they are adamant that a product - or perhaps both products - will emerge.

The $145 pricing is something that Xiaomi could well pull-off; the company tends to bet on market penetration first, before scaling its production with higher ASP products. Diagonal are expected at the 24.5" range, and a 1080p panel is all but guaranteed at those refresh rates. It's currently uncertain what kind of panel technology is at stake here - some mention AUO's IPS solutions, while others claim a TN panel is mandatory to achieve these prices. There's only so much tech that can be bought into with $145. That said, this monitor could become an extremely attractive proposition for gamers on a budget, though we all know that 360 Hz (and even 240 Hz) at 1080p are somewhat hard to achieve due to CPU limitations on performance.

TeamGroup Launches T-CREATE Classic 10L DDR4 Memory Modules Aimed at Creators

TeamGroup recently announced another addition to their DDR4 memory lineup especially aimed at creators. The new, aptly named T-Create lineup features clean, back-to-basics aesthetics with slim metal heatspreaders that aren't too gaudy and are absent of any RGB. The new chips are available in capacities ranging from 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) through to 64 GB (2x 32 GB). Available speeds are set at DDR4-3200 (22-22-22-52 timings and 1.20 V) and DDR4-2666 (19-19-19-43 timings and 1.20 V).

The TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L feature a 10-layer PCB and limited lifetime warranty, and are available in silvery-white. Pricing starts at $56.99 for the 2x 8 GB 2666 MHz kit and goes up to $216.99 for the 2x 32 GB 3200 MHz one.

Xbox Series X Pre-Orders Also Out of Stock; Xbox One X Sales Skyrocket

In the latest episode of "next-generation gaming issues", the Xbox Series X console pre-order has also seen its stock depleted from all online merchants. Following issues with both the RTX 3080 and PS5 supplies, now it's the time for Microsoft to be in the spotlight, as the question of low stock or fundamentally impressive demand arises once again. This is likely an answer we won't ever have; however, it also has to be said that there is plenty of time for stocks to be replenished for both Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 before their respective launches. I wouldn't worry too much for now.

At the same time as Xbox Series X pre-orders made stock go the way of the dodo, the usual scalpers have already surfaced on the common secondhand marketplaces, looking to sell their "pre-order" confirmed consoles for prices that usually sit around at double the MSRP (set at $499 by Microsoft). Remember to not let yourself be a part of this chain; save yourself money, and be part of the solution to scalpers by not engaging with their offerings. You still have time to secure your console.

NVIDIA's Ampere-based Quadro RTX Graphics Card Pictured

Here is the first picture of an alleged next-generation Quadro RTX graphics card based on the "Ampere" architecture, courtesy YouTube channel "Moore's Law is Dead." The new Quadro RTX 6000-series shares many of its underpinnings with the recently launched GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, in being based on the 8 nm "GA102" silicon. The reference board design retains a lateral blower-type cooling solution, with the blower drawing in air from both sides of the card, through holes punched in the PCB, "Fermi" style. The card features the latest NVLink bridge connector, and unless we're mistaken, it features a single power input near its tail end, which is very likely a 12-pin Molex MicroFit 3.0 input.

As for specifications, "Moore's Law is Dead," shared a handful of alleged specifications that include maxing out of the "GA102" silicon, with all its 42 TPCs (84 SMs) enabled, working out to 10,752 CUDA cores. As detailed in an older story about the next-gen Quadro, NVIDIA is prioritizing memory size over bandwidth, which means this card will receive 48 GB of conventional 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory across the GPU's 384-bit wide memory interface. The 48 GB is achieved using twenty four 16 Gbit GDDR6 memory chips (two chips per 32-bit wide data-path). This configuration provides 768 GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is only 8 GB/s higher than that of the GeForce RTX 3080. The release date of the next-gen Quadro RTX will depend largely on the supply of 16 Gbit GDDR6 memory chips, with leading memory manufacturers expecting 2021 shipping, unless NVIDIA has secured an early production batch.

ADATA XPG Unveils XPG GAIA Mini Gaming PC

ADATA XPG, a provider of systems, components, and peripherals for Gamers, Esports Pros, and Tech Enthusiasts, today announces the XPG GAIA mini gaming PC. The XPG GAIA is a compact 5-liter system designed for gamers and creators who have limited desktop space but don't want to compromise computing power and features.

Based on Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - Ghost Canyon, the XPG GAIA sports up to an Intel Core i9-9980HK[1] processor that operates at up to 5.00 GHz and features eight cores. It also generates less heat and consumes less power thanks to its low TDP of 45 W. What's more, the XPG GAIA can be equipped with an additional graphics card, up to 202 mm to make it future-proof.

Intel 14 nm Node Compared to TSMC's 7 nm Node Using Scanning Electron Microscope

Currently, Intel's best silicon manufacturing process available to desktop users is their 14 nm node, specifically the 14 nm+++ variant, which features several enhancements so it can achieve a higher frequencies and allow for faster gate switching. Compare that to AMD's best, a Ryzen 3000 series processor based on Zen 2 architecture, which is built on TSMC's 7 nm node, and you would think AMD is in clear advantage there. Well, it only sort of is. German hardware overclocker and hacker, der8auer, has decided to see how one production level silicon compares to another, and he put it to the test. He decided to use Intel's Core i9-10900K processor and compare it to AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X under a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

First, der8auer took both chips and detached them from their packages; then he proceeded to grind them as much as possible so SEM could do its job of imaging the chips sans the substrate and protective barrier. This was followed by securing the chips to a sample holder using an electrically conductive adhesive to improve penetration of the high energy electrons from the SEM electron gun. To get as fair a comparison as possible, he used the L2 cache component of both processors as they are usually the best representatives of a node. This happens because the logic portion of the chip differs according to architecture; hence, level two cache is used to get a fair comparison - it's design is much more standardized.

Xbox Game Pass Surpasses 15 Million Subscribers

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass continues to grow at a remarkable rate with the subscription service recently surpassing 15 million subscribers. Microsoft have been heavily investing in the service bringing more games onboard with EA Play inclusion and the recent acquisition of Bethesda. Select games from this growing catalog are now available on mobile devices through Microsoft Project xCloud in addition to the existing PC library. Microsoft's large investment in the service is beginning to pay off with subscriptions increasing by 5 million in just 6 months and the service will likely play as a major drawcard for next-generation systems.

Microsoft Releases Flight Simulator Patch Improving Performance By 10%

Microsoft have recently released Flight Simulator patch 1.8.3.0 which provides major optimizations, especially in CPU-limited scenarios. The specific improvements include; Optimized cockpit screen display when screens are not displayed on screen, New option available to control cockpit screen update frequency, Tweaked CPU thread priorities to reduce interruption of frame critical threads, Optimized loading system to reduce overall loading times, Optimized heavy airport scenes impact on CPU, Reduced the amount of GPU overdraw to improve GPU performance, Memory optimizations to reduce software memory footprint and improve performance on limited memory computers.

These improvements will provide strong performance benefits to all players especially those who are CPU constrained. Overclock 3D has tested the latest patch and have recorded improvements of 11.4% at 1080p with average framerates increasing from 79.5 FPS to 88.6 FPS on their NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti and an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X test bench. They also noted an improvement in 1st Percentile framerates increasing from 71.3 FPS to 74.6 FPS. These performance improvements will be most notable in "heavy airport scenes" where Microsoft has focused their optimization efforts.

Xbox Series X/S 1 TB NVMe Expansion Module Will Cost £159

The Xbox Series X & S consoles are now available to pre-order and come with 1 TB and 512 GB custom NVMe storage drives respectively. The two consoles both feature a custom port for an Xbox Storage card which features the same custom NVMe technology used in the internal drives. The consoles can still be expanded via an external USB storage device but will be limited by the bandwidth of USB 3.2.

The Xbox Series S will only support digital games and with the rise of Xbox Game Pass and ever-increasing game sizes the internal drive will quickly be exhausted. The price for a 1 TB expansion module will be £159 (~ 200 USD) which is fair considering the speeds offered by the drive and the mandatory Microsoft tax. The expansion modules do represent a considerate cost in comparison to the consoles with the 1 TB expansion module costing over 60% of the MSRP for an Xbox Series S.

Arm Announces Next-Generation Neoverse V1 and N2 Cores

Ten years ago, Arm set its sights on deploying its compute-efficient technology in the data center with a vision towards a changing landscape that would require a new approach to infrastructure compute.

That decade-long effort to lay the groundwork for a more efficient infrastructure was realized when we announced Arm Neoverse, a new compute platform that would deliver 30% year-over-year performance improvements through 2021. The unveiling of our first two platforms, Neoverse N1 and E1, was significant and important. Not only because Neoverse N1 shattered our performance target by nearly 2x to deliver 60% more performance when compared to Arm's Cortex-A72 CPU, but because we were beginning to see real demand for more choice and flexibility in this rapidly evolving space.

GeIL Announces the Co-branded ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory with ASRock

GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. - one of the world's leading PC components & manufacturers today is proud to announce the partnership with the motherboard leader, ASRock, in expanding Phantom Gaming product line and launching the co-branded ORION Phantom Gaming Edition DDR4 Desktop Memory. This new product provides frequencies from 2666 MHz to 3600 MHz with higher capacities up to 64 GB (2x 32 GB) to deliver better performance to hardcore gamers, video content creators, and PC builders.

Since the successful collaboration on the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory in 2019, the next chapter is the ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory. This new product comes with Intel and AMD package versions, as well as tested and optimized on the latest AMD and Intel platforms separately to ensure optimal performance. Per a strict validation process, ORION Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is fully compatible with the ASRock Phantom Gaming series motherboard, including the latest high-end B550 PG Velocita, Z490 PG Velocita, Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 and more.
Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

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HP V8 DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 1x8 GB Review

HP V8 DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 1x8 GB Review

A brand-new line of performance memory from none other than HP. Featuring a black aluminium heat spreader, a RGB LED light bar, and a trusted brand name, the HP V8 could be a great start for the company's move into the DIY market.

KIOXIA Bolsters NVMe-oF Ecosystem with Ethernet SSD Storage

Direct-attached performance from network-attached devices is no longer a thing of storage architects' dreams. KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), is now sampling Ethernet SSDs to select partners and customers interested in validating the benefits of Ethernet attached storage to their existing Ethernet (RoCEv2) networks. KIOXIA has been working in collaboration with key industry players Marvell, Foxconn-Ingrasys and Accton to bring groundbreaking Ethernet Bunch of Flash (EBOF) technology solutions to market - and this announcement is pivotal to that endeavor.

In an ongoing quest to contain explosive amounts of data, storage capacity and bandwidth must continue to grow while processing time must decrease. An EBOF system addresses these challenges through an Ethernet fabric that can scale flash and optimally disaggregate storage from compute. The EBOF storage solution bypasses the cost, complexity, and system limitations inherent with standard JBOF storage systems, which typically include a CPU, DRAM, HBA, and switch. This accelerates applications and workloads where disaggregated low-latency, high bandwidth, highly available storage is needed - bringing greatly improved performance and lower total cost of ownership to edge, enterprise and cloud data centers.

Sonnet Announces PCIe 3.0 Adapter Card with Direct Mounting Support for Two U.2 SSDs

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card, the latest product in the company's line of high-performance storage cards that enable the installation of SSDs into a computer's or Thunderbolt expansion system's PCIe card slot. The Fusion card supports two U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSDs, which share the same form factor as 2.5-inch SATA drives but deliver up to seven times the performance of the fastest SATA SSDs available.

The Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card enables users to install two enterprise-class U.2 SSDs (sold separately) into a full-length PCIe card slot, mounting and connecting the SSDs with no cables, adapters, or mounting trays required. For users who need to add storage to their computer setup and require ultra-high-speed data transfer speeds for a smooth workflow—such as video editors working with 6K and greater resolution footage—U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSDs are ideal. Mainstream U.2 SSDs are currently available in capacities up to 16 TB and support data transfers at up to 3,500 MB/s. With two SSDs installed on the Sonnet card and configured as a RAID 0 set, sustained data transfers up to 6,250 MB/s are possible.

Western Digital Aligns Product Strategy With New Flash and HDD Business Units

Western Digital Corp. today announced a significant step in the ongoing implementation of its diversified storage portfolio strategy by forming separate product business units for its Flash and HDD technology assets. The Flash business and the HDD business will each be led by a general manager and will align the company's diversified portfolio to an acceleration strategy designed for growth, profitability and development agility. By delivering both Flash and HDD market-leading innovation through highly focused product development organizations, Western Digital's strategy positions the company to leverage its strong go-to-market and operational synergies and uniquely address broad customer storage needs from edge devices to cloud infrastructure.

Also today, Western Digital announced the appointment of Robert Soderbery as executive vice president and general manager of its new Flash business unit. A thirty-year technology and business veteran, Soderbery is responsible for all Flash portfolio strategy, product development and business results and will lead engineering and product management teams focused on delivering the company's Flash innovation. The company confirmed an executive search is underway for a general manager who will lead its HDD product business.

Razer Unleashes a Fleet of Wireless Flagship Gaming Peripherals

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the launch of the new Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, DeathAdder V2 Pro and BlackWidow V3 Pro, creating a fleet of flagship wireless peripherals with state-of-the-art gaming performance and total freedom of movement. Gamers can now enjoy their favorite games unhindered by cords, with the Razer HyperSpeed Wireless Technology maintaining a stable, fast connection.

"Every time we launch a new product, a lot of fans ask for a wireless version", said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer's Peripherals Business Unit. "By bringing the industry-leading Razer HyperSpeed Wireless technology to three of our most popular gaming peripherals, we are answering the community's call for a completely cable-free setup - with no compromise on gameplay performance."

Qualcomm Adds New 5G Mobile Platform to Snapdragon 7-Series

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a new 5G mobile platform in the 7-series, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G Mobile Platform, which enables truly global 5G with brilliant HDR gaming and amazing on-device AI. To date, there have been more than 275 designs announced or in development based on Snapdragon 7-series mobile platforms, including 140 5G designs.

"We continue to see great traction with our high-tier Snapdragon 7-series 5G mobile platforms," said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "As we continue to build out this relatively new tier of our mobile roadmap, we're always looking for ways to support the growing needs of our OEM customers. Snapdragon 750G delivers a selection of premium mobile features to an even wider audience."

AMD Ryzen 3000C-series Processors Based on Existing "Zen+" IP, Heavy TDP Optimization

AMD earlier today announced its Ryzen 3000C-series processors targeted at Chromebooks, a segment where the company feels it can bring more to the table than Intel's entry-level Celeron, Pentium Silver, and Pentium Gold mobile processors. Responding to a questionnaire by TechPowerUp, AMD revealed a handful details about these processors. The Ryzen 3000C-series processors are based on the 12 nm "Picasso" silicon, while the Athlon Gold and Athlon Silver parts are based on 14 nm. The "Picasso" based parts combine up to 4 "Zen+" CPU cores, with an iGPU based on the "Vega" graphics architecture, with up to 10 NGCUs. AMD has optimized all SKUs for a 15 W TDP target.

Responding to a question on storage specification or possible collaboration with MediaTek on WLAN controllers, AMD responded that it wishes a diverse hardware ecosystem for its OEM partners, without getting into specifics. There was no denial on the MediaTek bit. The Ryzen 7 3700C practically maxes out the "Picasso" silicon within the 15 W TDP envelope, which got us wondering if AMD has its eyes on the premium Chromebook segment, possibly even Google's first-party Chromebook Pixel brand. To this company responded that while the 3700C has a solid feature-set for premium Chromebooks, there are no first-party Pixel products on the anvil. AMD has just entered the market, and possibly wants to make a dent on the bulk of the Chromebook market first.

NVIDIA RTX 3090 Dagger-Hashimoto Mining Performance Leaked; Ampere Likely Not on Miners' Minds

Alleged mining benchmarks of NVIDIA's upcoming RTX 3090 graphics card have leaked, and the scenario looks great for non-mining usages. The RTX 3090 is being quoted as achieving 120 MH/s on the ubiquitous Dagger-Hashimoto ETHash protocol. That number in itself is impressive - but not when one considers the cards' 350 W board power. granted, a 100% PL isn't the best scenario for mining - and one would expect no knowledgeable miners to use their graphics cards on the NVIDIA-shipped power-curve spot their graphics cards come in at (nor AMD cards, mind you).

The RTX 3080 may be a better example, as there have been more numerous benchmarks done on that particular GPU. It strikes the best balance in performance and power at around 65% PL (210 W), where it achieves 79.8 MH/s. However, previus-gen AMD RX 5700 XT graphics cards have been shown around 50 MH/s whilst consuming only 110 W (with underclocking and undervoltage), which, paired with that particular graphics card's pricing, makes it a much, much better bet for mining efficiency and return on investment. The point is this: reports of miners gobbling up RTX 3000 series stock are, at least for now, apparently unfounded. And this may mean us regular users of graphics cards can rest assured that we won't have to deal with miner-induced shortages. At least until AMD's Navi flounders (eh) to shore.

Samsung Delivers Next-Level SSD Performance with 980 PRO

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today unveiled the company's first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) - the Samsung SSD 980 PRO. The new 980 PRO is designed for professionals and consumers who want cutting-edge performance in their high-end PCs, workstations and game consoles.

"Over the years, Samsung has continuously challenged the limits of high-speed flash memory storage solutions," said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Memory Brand Product Biz at Samsung Electronics. "The new 980 PRO SSD reflects our continuing commitment to delivering exceptional products consumers have come to expect from Samsung."

AMD Radeon "Navy Flounder" Features 40CU, 192-bit GDDR6 Memory

AMD uses offbeat codenames such as the "Great Horned Owl," "Sienna Cichlid" and "Navy Flounder" to identify sources of leaks internally. One such upcoming product, codenamed "Navy Flounder," is shaping up to be a possible successor to the RX 5500 XT, the company's 1080p segment-leading product. According to ROCm compute code fished out by stblr on Reddit, this GPU is configured with 40 compute units, a step up from 14 on the RX 5500 XT, and retains a 192-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface.

Assuming the RDNA2 compute unit on next-gen Radeon RX graphics processors has the same number of stream processors per CU, we're looking at 2,560 stream processors for the "Navy Flounder," compared to 80 on "Sienna Cichlid." The 192-bit wide memory interface allows a high degree of segmentation for AMD's product managers for graphics cards under the $250-mark.

AMD Launches Ryzen 3000 C-Series for Chromebooks

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the first AMD Ryzen mobile processors and latest AMD Athlon mobile processors for Chromebook platforms, with up to 178% faster web browsing compared to the previous generation. Designed in collaboration with Google, the AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processor lineup introduces the first-ever "Zen" architecture-powered Chromebooks with systems from Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo launching in Q4 2020. The AMD Ryzen 3000 C Series Mobile Processors offer up to 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation compared to the previous generation of AMD Chromebooks. With built-in AMD Radeon Graphics, AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series Mobile processors include the most powerful graphics available in a Chromebook.

Kingston Technology Top DRAM Module Supplier in 2019

Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it has been ranked the top third-party DRAM module supplier in the world, according to the latest rankings by revenue from analyst firm TrendForce (formerly DRAMeXchange). Kingston retains its number 1 position with an estimated 80.33% market share on $12.9B (USD) revenue, according to TrendForce. The rankings for 2019 mark the 17th consecutive year that TrendForce has placed Kingston in the top spot.

TrendForce states DRAM prices were lower in 2019 due to an ample supply combined with weaker demand from both the server and client sides, thus resulting in less revenue for many module makers. Kingston was one of the few manufacturers to go against this trend and see market share grow, according to the analysts. Kingston has maintained its competitive advantage by working closely with its partners and customers to remain flexible while adapting to their ever-changing needs as well as market conditions. The following chart with results provided by TrendForce shows the top 10 DRAM module suppliers:

CORSAIR Launches TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock

CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of its first-ever Thunderbolt 3 dock, the CORSAIR TBT100. Combining iconic industrial design, aluminium construction, intuitive operation, and smart power delivery, the TBT100 puts the power of Thunderbolt 3 within reach, with a huge array of ports and connections that make it the heart of your workstation setup.

The TBT100 fits right in with any working environment thanks to its stylish aluminium housing and slim profile. Its small size belies the massive 40 Gbps bandwidth and power delivery of Thunderbolt 3, enabling the TBT100 to connect a full range of devices, all at once. Equipped with two high-speed USB Type-C 10 Gbps ports and two USB 5 Gbps ports to transfer both data and power to your USB devices, the TBT100 can connect up to four USB devices at full power. For dual-monitor setups, the TBT100 includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, able to drive two displays at up to 4K 60Hz in vibrant HDR, as well as a combination 3.5 mm in/out jack for your audio. A gigabit Ethernet port connects to your local network at blazing-fast speeds, while a built-in UHS-II SD card reader provides convenient access to portable storage. There's even a Kensington Security Slot to keep envious colleagues from borrowing your dock.

Roccat Announces Optical Switches and Variants of it Vulcan Series Keyboards

ROCCAT, Turtle Beach's Hamburg, Germany-based PC peripheral brand, today revealed its all-new Titan Optical Switch and three new variants of its award-winning Vulcan keyboard series. ROCCAT unveiled its first Vulcan mechanical keyboard featuring the Titan Tactile Switch in 2018, followed by the Titan Speed Switch in 2019, and the sleek-looking keyboard series has gone on to secure a variety of editorial accolades and high praise from PC gamers.

Delivering a true competitive advantage, ROCCAT's new Pro models with Titan Optical Switches offer PC gamers a keyboard 40 times faster than classic mechanical switches, with a lifespan that lasts twice as long. The Vulcan Pro is the full-size keyboard with Titan Optical Switches, while the Vulcan TKL Pro is a tenkeyless version with a smaller footprint. Additionally, ROCCAT will be launching the new Vulcan TKL keyboard, which is a tenkeyless version of its full-size Vulcan mechanical keyboard design. The Vulcan TKL will be available with both Titan Speed and Titan Tactile Switch options.

Genesis Announces the Krypton 510 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Genesis Krypton 510 is a gaming mouse which offers comfort, high efficiency, and durability for an affordable price. The manufacturer focuses on practical, matte finishing and effective RGB illumination. Equipped with a precise sensor, it should fulfill all the requirements of gaming fans.

Genesis Krypton 510 is a programmable gaming mouse. The manufacturer equipped it with software, which allows the users to assign functions to one of six buttons, as well as saving their sequences in the form of macros. Preferences can be saved in in-built memory. In combination with the PixArt PMW 3325 optical sensor with a 400-7200 DPI sensitivity, the players receive a precise device with high configurability.

be quiet! Announces Pure Loop All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

be quiet!, market leader for PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, is introducing a brand-new product line of all-in-one water cooling solutions. Pure Loop is the water cooling unit of choice for all price-conscious users that seek high performance and silent operation. Features like a doubly decoupled pump, noise-optimized Pure Wings 2 fans, an easy-to-access refill port and flexible sleeved tubes make the Pure Loop silent, reliable and versatile, while the white LED illumination on the cooling block and the black design set high standards in appearance. To match individual cooling requirements, Pure Loop will be available with four different radiator sizes: 120 mm, 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm.

Pure Loop water cooling units have a doubly decoupled pump to reduce the transfer of vibrations. By being mounted on the tubes, the pump case is decoupled from the CPU cooling block and radiator. On top of that, rubber pads inside the housing of the pump unit add an additional layer of decoupling. Additionally, be quiet! includes up to three Pure Wings 2 fans, which feature nine airflow-optimized fan blades for a perfect airflow and a low noise level. A nickel-coated cold-plate ensures efficient cooling performance for all mainstream desktop processors and allows the use of liquid metal thermal compound.

The Reason Why NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 GPU Uses 19 Gbps GDDR6X Memory and not Faster Variants

When NVIDIA announced its next-generation GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 Ampere GPUs, it specified that the memory found in the new GPUs will be Micron's GDDR6X variant with 19 Gbps speed. However, being that there are faster GDDR6X modules already available in a 21 Gbps variant, everyone was left wondering why NVIDIA didn't just use the faster memory from Micron. That is exactly what Igor's Lab, a technology website, has been wondering as well. They have decided to conduct testing with an infrared camera that measures the heat produced. To check out the full testing setup and how they tested everything, you can go here and read it, including watching the video embedded.

Micron chips like GDDR5, GDDR5X, and GDDR6 are rated for the maximum junction temperature (TJ Max) of 100 degrees Celsius. It is recommended that these chips should run anywhere from 0C to 95C for the best results. However, when it comes to the new GDDR6X modules found in the new graphics cards, they are not yet any official specifications available to the public. Igor's Lab estimates that they can reach 120C before they become damaged, meaning that TJ Max should be 110C or 105C. When measuring the temperature of GDDR6X modules, Igor found out that the hottest chip ran at 104C, meaning that the chips are running pretty close to the TJ Max they are (supposedly) specified. It is NVIDIA's PCB design decisions that are leading up to this, as the hottest chips are running next to voltage regulators, which can get pretty hot on their own.

Aaeon Announces BOXER-6842 Edge AI Server

AAEON, an industry leader in embedded industrial computing, announces the BOXER-6842M, the latest solution in high performance industrial computing. Powered by the 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core processors and supporting graphics cards up to 250 W for video capturing applications, the BOXER-6842M is designed for the most intensive applications from Edge AI server to automated optical inspection (AOI).

The BOXER-6842M features the 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3 and Xeon E processors (formerly Coffee Lake/Coffee Lake Refresh), offering top end computing performance. Paired with up to 128 GB of SODIMM memory, the system is designed to deliver the best performance possible to handle processing intensive machine vision and AI applications. Additionally, the BOXER-6842M supports graphics cards up to 250 W TDP without the need of a secondary power supply, making setup and deployment even easier.
Monday, September 21st 2020

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Thermaltake Isurus Pro V2 Review

Thermaltake Isurus Pro V2 Review

The Thermaltake Isurus Pro V2 is an inexpensive $40 in-ear gaming headset primarily meant for mobile gamers, although also fully compatible with any platform with an analog audio input/output. It offers a couple of features that differentiate it from "regular" wired in-ear headphones, such as a detachable steel headband and a microphone mute switch.

ADATA XPG Launches SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme DDR4 RGB Memory Modules

XPG, a provider of systems, components, and peripherals for gamers, eSports pros, and tech enthusiasts, today announces the XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme DDR4 RGB memory module. Delivering speeds of up to 5000Hz, the XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme isn't just about performance but also form with its solidly constructed heat sink with gorgeous geometric lines, dazzling RGB lighting, and a stunning reflective surface.

Manufactured with only the highest quality chips and PCBs, the SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme offers the pinnacle in stability, reliability, as well as speeds of up to 5000 MHz. What's more, it supports the latest Intel and AMD platforms. The SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme is a looker too with the combination of its indented geometric lines, triangular RGB light bar, and a polished and electroplated surface with a mirror-like sheen. The SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme comes as a dual kit with a capacity of 8 GB per module and in two performance variants, 4800 MHz and 5000 MHz.

NVIDIA Responds to Criticism Surrounding the RTX 3080 Launch

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card went on sale last week, and practically its entire inventory was gone in sixty seconds. The NVIDIA GeForce store exclusively selling the Jewelry-like Founders Edition card was hit by sophisticated scalper bots originally designed for limited-edition apparel sales, and one scalper gloated on the web having picked up over three dozen cards to auction off on e-bay for tens of thousands in profit. Frustrated genuine buyers were left disenchanted with NVIDIA over the handling of the launch.

NVIDIA posted an FAQ on its GeForce blog attempting to explain much of the criticism surrounding its handling of the RTX 3080 launch. NVIDIA's main explanation appears to be an unprecedented market demand for its RTX 3080. The company claims that "The demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 was truly unprecedented. We and our partners underestimated it," NVIDIA says. On scalping, NVIDIA explained that while its store had certain anti-bot measures in place, they underestimated the sophistication of scalping bots this time around. NVIDIA also claims to have manually cancelled hundreds of orders suspected to have been placed using bots. "While individuals using bots may have shown images of email inboxes filled with confirmed orders, NVIDIA has cancelled hundreds of orders manually before they were able to ship."
Find other interesting answers by NVIDIA to FAQs below.

SK hynix Invests in AI Specialized Company Gauss Labs Inc. to Lead SK's Future Value Creation

SK hynix Inc.announced that Gauss Labs Inc. was founded to lead manufacturing innovation through industrial AI solutions. Gauss Labs will start its Korean office later this month right after having established its headquarters in Silicon Valley, U.S. last month. SK hynix is the sole investor of its initial capital of $55 million through 2022.

SK Group has been promoting various types of AI businesses with its affiliates. "We should utilize innovative technologies such as AI and digital transformation (DT) to create social value, expand our market, and help our customers pursue happiness," said Mr. Tae-won Chey, the Chairman of SK Group at SK Icheon Forum in August last year. "If we fail to utilize innovative technologies, we cannot guarantee the future of SK." Gauss Labs is the first independent corporation from SK Group specializing in AI.

Gauss Labs initially aims to revolutionize semiconductor manufacturing through innovative AI technologies by utilizing an enormous amount of data generated at SK hynix's manufacturing sites. Through these technologies, SK hynix plans to make its overall manufacturing operations, including process control, yield prediction, equipment maintenance, defect inspection and fault prevention, more efficient and more intelligent.

Streacom Announces DA2 Version 2 ITX Chassis

Streacom have recently announced an update to their DA2 ITX chassis which they claim should offer greatly improved cooling performance. The DA2 Version 2 features upgraded back and side panel ventilation which should allow for greater airflow through the chassis. The case features updated acrylic panels which allow for additional fan mounting options. The rear panel now features a larger PCIe card opening and improved power cable routing that improves compatibility with large CPU coolers. The case is advertised as being optimal for RTX 30 series founders cards due to its non-conventional design and impressive airflow.

The chassis can support Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards with room for dual-slot PCIe device. The DA2 V2 can accommodate up to a 145 mm tall air cooler or a 280 mm radiator for CPU cooling. The case can hold up to 3x 3.5" drives or 6x 2.5" drives and features a single front USB 3.0 Type-C connector. Streacom also offers a variety of upgrades for the chassis including the DA2 Vertical GPU Kit, DA2 Glass Side Panel Kit, and USB Type-C 3.1 Gen2. The DA2 Version 2 comes in black and silver color options and will be available at selected retailers starting the second week of October with complete availability expected by the end of November. Pricing was not announced.

TechPowerUp and be quiet! Present Pure Base 500DX Giveaway

Leading case, power, and cooling brand be quiet! partners with TechPowerUp to present the "Get in the Flow" Giveaway. Open to our readers from the United States and Canada, the Giveaway lets one lucky winner bring home a be quiet! Pure Base 500DX case (color of the winner's choice). Released in Spring 2020, the be quiet! Pure Base 500DX is a premium ATX mid-tower case targeted at those wanting to build airy high-performance gaming builds. Its large mesh-type front panel allows the intake fans to breathe freely, helping them maintain a positive air-pressure inside. You also get vast amounts of room—graphics cards up to 36.9 cm long, and CPU coolers up to 19 cm tall (the RTX 3090 Founders Edition will be comfy). The air-flow design focus continues into filtered 140 mm top vents, and the inclusion of three 140 mm fans. All in all, a case for your next 4K battle station you're putting together for Cyberpunk 2077. Learn more about this case in the TechPowerUp Review. Open from today, entries for the Giveaway close on October 1, 2020. To participate, simply fill up a short form to help us get back to you if you've won. Good Luck!

For more information and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp and Team Group Cardea Ceramic C440 Giveaway: The Winner

TechPowerUp and performance memory experts Team Group brought you the Cardea Ceramic C440 Giveaway earlier this month, with a lucky winner from anywhere around the globe standing a chance to bring home a 1 TB Team Group Cardea Ceramic C440 M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD. The C440 uses a Team Group-patented ceramic heatspreader that efficiently spreads heat from the various hot components on the drive, and can work with M.2 slot heatsinks included with your motherboard. The drive combines a Phison E16-series controller with 3D TLC NAND flash memory, to put out blistering 5 GB/s max sequential read speeds, with up to 4.4 GB/s sequential writes. Without further ado, the winner:
  • Christopher from Australia
A huge Congratulations to you, Christopher! TechPowerUp and Team Group will return with more such interesting giveaways.

Do also check out the Team Group Annual Online Launch event between September 22 to 24, where the company is announcing several new SSD and memory products for the DIY gaming PC crowd.

Microsoft Announces Acquisition of Bethesda Parent Company ZeniMax Media

Microsoft today dropped a giant bomb on the balance of game development: the company announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, and all its related IP. The purchase, which is expected to close for a tidy $7.5 billion, will carry over all ZeniMax Media subsidiaries. This includes Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout), id Software (DOOM), Arkane Studios (Prey, Dishonored, upcoming Deathloop), MachineGames (Wolfenstein), among others.

The deal is the costliest acquisition for Microsoft (to date) in its push to increase the number of in-house development studios (up to 23 from 15 prior to this deal). Microsoft has announced that as part of the deal, games published by ZeniMax Media and subsidiaries (and in the future, by Microsoft) will be available on its Xbox Games Pass subscription service for Xbox and PC gaming. Microsoft is acquiring some of the most iconic gaming franchises ever with this deal, including all in-development IP. It's a huge boon for the company; it remains to be seen exactly how will this evolve over the years. But one thing is for certain: Microsoft isn't slowing down on its doubling down on game development.

Logitech Announces the MX Anywhere 3 Wireless Mice

Today Logitech announced its new MX Anywhere 3 and MX Anywhere 3 for Mac Wireless Compact Mice, low-profile mice designed for advanced creators, developers and anyone who seeks performance, portability and comfort anywhere they need to work. The mouse is built to track on virtually any surface, including glass, as you move it with you to varied work spaces around the home or office. Featuring the next-generation MagSpeed wheel, MX Anywhere 3 quietly scrolls up to 1,000 lines per second and auto-shifts between ratchet and hyperfast mode, giving you the highest precision in a compact mouse.

"MX Anywhere 3, the latest addition to the premium MX family of products, is purpose-built for creating, making and doing at the speed of thought so you can master whatever you need," said Delphine Donne-Crock, general manager of creativity and productivity at Logitech. "Designed to enhance your workflow anytime and anywhere you need to be productive, MX Anywhere 3 is comfortable and fits well for smaller hand sizes."

Thermaltake Announces Versa T25 TG, T35 TG RGB & H330 TG, H350 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions is thrilled to introduce four budget-friendly chassis, the Versa T25 TG/ T35 TG RGB & H330 TG/ H350 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis. The overall designs allow users to display their interior designs clearly, the new Versa T25 TG and Versa T35 TG RGB Chassis comes with two tempered glass panels at the front and on the left site. While Versa T25 TG has a plain full-size tempered glass front panel, and the Versa T35 TG RGB has an RGB belt across the front panel that can be controlled by the RGB button on the IO-port; exhibiting two RGB stripes and some angles that bring some twist to the Versa series.

Being one of the two RGB enclosures the H350 TG RGB Mid-Tower Chassis inherits the consistent RGB lighting design while bringing in some new elements into the H series. The H350 TG RGB also has an RGB button along with a controllable RGB stripe which slashes through the matte front panel, distinguishing it from the previous version. The H330 TG, however, has a trapezoid-shaped solid panel while leaving the rest of the front panel with a meshed filtered design. Both H330 TG and H350 TG RGB enclosures have a tempered glass side panel for users to show off their design as well. These entry-level chassis all have inlets on the front panel to maximize air intake, and each comes with a preinstalled 120 mm fan at the rear. These four enclosures not only do they bring a new appearance to the Thermaltake chassis family, but ensure excellent ventilation.

ADATA XPG Launches GAMMIX S70 PCIe Gen4 M.2 2280 Solid State Drive

ADATA XPG, a provider of systems, components, and peripherals for gamers, esports pros, and tech enthusiasts, today announces the XPG GAMMIX S70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 solid state drive (SSD). With the launch of the S70, XPG now offers a comprehensive lineup of Gen4 SSDs, which includes the GAMMIX S50 and S50 Lite, to meet a range of budgets and needs. With the adoption of next-gen PCIe 4.0, the GAMMIX S70 delivers unmatched read and write performance and has the distinction of being the world's fastest M.2 SSD.

With the advent of 5G networks and the ever-growing volume of data being processed, PCIe Gen4 is a critical upgrade that will bring storage devices to the next level. The GAMMIX S70 expands XPG's Gen4 SSD series with a new option for discerning users seeking to harness the best that PCIe 4.0 can offer. Sporting blazing-fast read/write speeds of up to 7400/6400 MB per second. Users will have no doubt they have reached the pinnacle of SSD performance. In combination with NVMe 1.4 compatible, Dynamic SLC Caching, the S70 offers performance far superior to that of SATA and PCIe 3.0 SSDs. For added ease of use and convenience, the S70 is backward compatible with PCIe 3.0.

Portwell Builds Intel Xeon Motherboard with 20 USB Ports

Have you ever felt the need that your motherboard needs more ports? Different peripherals can occupy quite a lot of USB ports and almost fill up all of them quickly. That is where the Portwell PEB-9783G2AR motherboard comes into play. Being built on Intel's latest W480E/Q470E chipset designed to accommodate any 10th generation 10 core CPU with a TDP of up to 80 W, the board can run either a Xeon W CPU or regular Comet Lake-S Core CPU. However, what makes this board unique is not its chipset or anything, it is the number of USB ports present.

Portwell has put an astonishing 20 (you read that right) USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on the board, which you can run at a full 5 Gbit/s data signaling rate at the same time. The board doesn't use any splitting technology so you are getting the full bandwidth. To get that many ports to run at full capacity, Portwell has presumably re-routed chipset lanes for SATA 3 connectors and used them for USB ports, leaving only two SATA 3 ports. The board is built for the FlexATX form factor and features a sideways PCIe 3.0 port. Being built for Xeon, the board also features support for ECC memory and up to 128 GB of it. While the pricing is not yet available, you can get a quote on Portwell's website.
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NVIDIA Will Stop Creating SLI Driver Profiles After January 2021

NVIDIA has been limiting SLI support recently with only the RTX 3090 featuring support for the feature and even then only through modern APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan meaning that games must explicitly support SLI to work. NVIDIA will no longer be adding new SLI driver profiles on RTX 20 Series and earlier GPUs starting on January 1st, 2021. The only way to use SLI going forward will be through native game integrations which NVIDIA will focus on helping developers provide. NVIDIA also noted that various DirectX 12 and Vulkan games already feature native integrations such as; Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Civilization VI, Sniper Elite 4, Gears of War 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2. Creative and other non-gaming applications that support multi-GPU acceleration will continue to function across all supported GPUs.

Emtek Announces 410 W Xenon GeForce RTX 3090 Turbo Jet OC D6X 24GB GPU

Emtek a South Korean company have recently announced the Xenon GeForce RTX 3090 Turbo Jet OC D6X 24GB GPU which comes with a glamorous shroud and a max power consumption of 410 W. The card features three 8-pin PCIe power connectors and is recommended to be run with a 850 W power supply or higher. This 410 W power draw is 17.1% higher than the suggested 350 W power profile from NVIDIA and explains the 850 W power supply requirement. The card features a 5.3% higher boost clock then reference models at 1785 MHz and will likely offer some of if not the best gaming performance available. The Xenon GeForce RTX 3090 Turbo Jet is exclusive to South Korea and is unlikely to receive a worldwide release.

Oracle Chosen as TikTok's Secure Cloud Provider

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced today that it was chosen to become TikTok's secure cloud technology provider. This technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom's recent success in moving a large portion of its video conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

"TikTok picked Oracle's new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it's much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers," said Oracle Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison. "In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud.... Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score."
Sunday, September 20th 2020

HP Announces New OMEN Wireless Peripherals, and RTX 30-series Graphics Options

Today, HP debuted new OMEN accessories featuring Warp Wireless Technology with OMEN Command Center integration to offer a wireless ecosystem that transforms gaming experiences. The company also adds NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs to its OMEN 30L Desktop empowering users with the freedom and flexibility they need for top-notch gaming experiences. The wireless accessories will be showcased during OMEN Underground, featuring world renowned skater Tony Hawk co-hosting an 8 person Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 tournament, starting at 1:00 p.m. PDT today on the official PAX Arena Twitch channel.

During these unprecedented times, gaming benefits are being unlocked as people spend more time at home exploring new ways to be entertained and find mental well-being. PC gamers are spending an average of four additional hours or more a week gaming. This is driving today's gamers to look for new, powerful accessories that unclutter play spaces while offering the power to play all day with pristine latency. Cable management is a serious issue for most gamers, as they want a clean desk. HP designed a new wireless accessories portfolio - OMEN Frequency Wireless Headset, OMEN Vector Wireless Mouse, and OMEN Spacer Wireless TKL Keyboard - featuring Warp Wireless Technology - for flawless audio, wire power without the wire, and long-lasting game play. Leveraging Warp Wireless Technology with its 2.4 GHz connection technology, gamers get a secure, flexible, and immersive wireless experiences within the OMEN ecosystem. Pairing the new wireless accessories with an OMEN 30L Desktop featuring an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU, wireless and powerful gaming takes on the next level of play.

NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 Router

NETGEAR, Inc., the leading provider of networking products that empower your gaming experience, has announced the much anticipated availability of the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router. The XR1000 couples next-gen WiFi 6 hardware with advanced DumaOS 3.0, the latest innovation in managing your network settings for optimized gameplay. DumaOS 3.0 software is purpose built for gamers to enjoy superior gameplay and smoother video streaming. This state-of-the-art software combined with the most advanced networking hardware ensures stabilization of ping and reduction of lag spikes with reliable connectivity over both wired and wireless networks.

The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 is the first WiFi 6 gaming router powered by DumaOS 3.0 gaming software. With the latest WiFi 6 technology, XR1000 is designed specifically to improve performance and reduce network latency when it comes to the gaming environment but will also enhance the overall home networking experience for every connected device. To further boost the gaming experience and give gamers the best gaming connection possible, the DumaOS 3.0 software includes new top features, such as: customizable Geo-Fencing, Ping Heatmap, Application QoS with Bandwidth Allocation, Connection Benchmark, and Traffic Controller. This new Nighthawk Pro Gaming router stands alone with its advanced list of features, which provide optimized control over the network connection while gaming or streaming, ensuring that gameplay can continue uninterrupted.

Brawl Without Limits in WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS - Available Today

It's time for players of all skill levels to lace up their boots and step into the ring: WWE 2K Battlegrounds is here! Developed by Saber Interactive and available now for the PlayStation 4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch system and Stadia for $39.99, WWE 2K Battlegrounds brings fast-paced action and an assortment of power-ups, special moves, unconventional melee items and interactive environments to take the brawl to the next level. Players can take on the challenges alone or compete with friends and family on the couch or online in cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

"We're excited to add WWE 2K Battlegrounds to 2K's growing portfolio of WWE and licensed sports properties, and to offer yet another way for gamers to enjoy WWE video game action," said David Ismailer, President at 2K. "This arcade-style brawler offers a completely different experience from our WWE 2K simulation franchise and WWE SuperCard collectible card battling game, that we're confident fans will enjoy."

EK Water Blocks for ROG Strix NVIDIA RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards Now Available

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for ASUS ROG Strix edition NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. This huge new water block is named EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB, and it is very important to keep in mind that it's meant only for the ROG Strix graphics cards.

"For years now, each generation of ROG Strix edition full-cover water blocks was utilizing bridge covers to channel coolant over the tall capacitors in the VRM zone. This time around, the layout of the PCB allowed us to make a water block without a stainless-steel bridge cover, making the entire coolant flow path visible. Our engineering team also went the distance on the copper cold plate design that now extends over almost the full length of the PCB," said Edvard König, the founder of EK.
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