Thursday, December 3rd 2020

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Headphones
Motherboards
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MSI Gaming Desktops with NVIDIA Ampere Graphics Hit the Shelves

As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation. Integrating gamers' most coveted extreme performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control and smooth streaming functions into its gaming rigs, MSI frees gamers from tedious trial and error and pushes gaming performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a "True Gaming" brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry.

With high anticipations, MSI will begin selling NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics cards today. For gamers and developers, GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs offer the ultimate performance. They are supported by Ampere, the 2nd generation RTX architecture of NVIDIA, with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and multiprocessor streaming for the most practical raytracing graphics and cutting-edge AI features, providing players with an immersive visual perception. With the improvement of RT Cores, the RTX 30 series graphics cards can go up to twice the performance of the previous generation, allowing players to run high-quality game scenes smoothly. The improvement of DLSS technology allows players to balance the picture quality and performance, and raise the visual fidelity to a new level to enjoy high picture quality without losing smoothness.

Retailer ProShop.de Gives a Peek into the Stark Reality of RTX 30-series Supply Situation

German online retailer ProShop.de, responding to criticism on lack of inventory of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards, came clear with the numbers. The retailer tabulated its entire RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 inventory, along with numbers of cards shipped by manufacturers in response to orders placed by the retailer to them, providing a valuable insight into the stark reality of the GeForce RTX 30-series availability situation. We see zero fulfillment of orders by manufacturers for several graphics card models; and very limited fulfillment in cases where the manufacturer decided to fulfill some of the orders, with the manufacturers barely shipping 20% of the cards ordered by the retailer.

These numbers fly in the face of the theory that demand for the RTX 30-series is "unprecedented." If you go by what NVIDIA or AMD say, graphics cards are reaching retailers, and flying off the shelves sooner than stocks could be replenished. This would hold ground if there was a near parity between cards ordered by this retailer, and order fulfillment by manufacturers; which clearly isn't the case. With mounting "outstanding customer (end-user) orders," ProShop.de is having to put pre-orders on hold for several cards indefinitely. The lists can be accessed from the source link below.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics Card OpenCL Score Leaks

AMD has launched its RDNA 2 based graphics cards, codenamed Navi 21. These GPUs are set to compete with NVIDIA's Ampere offerings, with the lineup covering the Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT graphics cards. Until now, we have had reviews of the former two, but not the Radeon RX 6900 XT. That is because the card is coming at a later date, specifically on December 8th, in just a few days. As a reminder, the Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU is a Navi 21 XTX model with 80 Compute Units that give a total of 5120 Stream Processors. The graphics card uses a 256-bit bus that connects the GPU with 128 MB of its Infinity Cache to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. When it comes to frequencies, it has a base clock of 1825 MHz, with a boost speed of 2250 MHz.

Today, in a GeekBench 5 submission, we get to see the first benchmarks of AMD's top-end Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card. Running an OpenCL test suite, the card was paired with AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X 16C/32T CPU. The card managed to pass the OpenCL test benchmarks with a score of 169779 points. That makes the card 12% faster than RX 6800 XT GPU, but still slower than the competing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, which scores 177724 points. However, we need to wait for a few more benchmarks to appear to jump to any conclusions, including the TechPowerUp review, which is expected to arrive once NDA lifts. Below, you can compare the score to other GPUs in the GeekBench 5 OpenCL database.

Alphacool Announces Eisblock Water Blocks for EVGA RTX 30-series FTW3 Graphics Cards

Alphacool presents the Eisblock Aurora Acryl GPX-N block for the EVGA FTW3 graphics cards. The blocks offer outstanding cooling performance thanks to the full cover design. The new backplate, which is included with the coolers, also contributes to this. This stabilizes the graphics card and ensures an even contact pressure of the cooler. The cold plates are made of solid nickel-plated copper. The coolers cover all relevant components such as voltage converters and the graphics memory.

ADATA XPG Launches LEVANTE 360 All-in-One Liquid Cooler

ADATA XPG, a fast growing provider of systems, components, and peripherals for Gamers, Esports Pros, and Tech Enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the second iteration of its All-in-One Liquid Cooler products with the XPG LEVANTE 360. XPG LEVANTE 360 is a 3 fans all-in-one CPU liquid cooler that sports Asetek's industry-leading solution, the 7th generation Asetek pump technology and a dazzling design that brings a lot of personality to the front cover of your next gaming chassis build.

Asetek 7th generation patented cooling solutions include a pump with PWM control feature, to ensure the best optimal CPU temperature management, together with a massive 360 mm radiator and a thermal-optimized copper plate with just 0.15 mm-thin microchannels to offer a larger surface area for boosted heat exchange efficiency. XPG has equipped the XPG LEVANTE 360 with three vibrant Dual Ring 120 mm fans employing a Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor design and 4-pin Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). FDB fans with PWM are designed with an auto-restart mechanism and they are optimized for reliability (up to 40,000 hours at 40 ºC of MTBF) and minimize noise at 34 dB when on full cycle with high airflow (61.5 CFM).

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Present at CES 2021 Virtual Keynote

AMD has just had quite an amazing year. From the launch of the Ryzen 5000 series CPUs based on Zen 3 architecture to RDNA 2 based graphics cards, the company has been delivering new solutions in a timely manner. With the upcoming tech conference being CES, we are wondering which companies are going to hold their keynotes virtually. Thanks to the official CES website, we have confirmation that AMD's CEO Dr. Lisa Su will hold a virtual keynote with the goal of "presenting the AMD vision for the future of research, education, work, entertainment, and gaming, including a portfolio of high-performance computing and graphics solutions." That could mean that we could possibly see some new directions for the company and how AMD plans to develop next-generation computing solutions, so stay tuned for more interesting information coming your way on January 11th, when CES kicks-off.

AWS Leverages Habana Gaudi AI Processors

Today at AWS re:Invent 2020, AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced EC2 instances that will leverage up to eight Habana Gaudi accelerators and deliver up to 40% better price performance than current graphics processing unit-based EC2 instances for machine learning workloads. Gaudi accelerators are specifically designed for training deep learning models for workloads that include natural language processing, object detection and machine learning training, classification, recommendation and personalization.

"We are proud that AWS has chosen Habana Gaudi processors for its forthcoming EC2 training instances. The Habana team looks forward to our continued collaboration with AWS to deliver on a roadmap that will provide customers with continuity and advances over time." -David Dahan, chief executive officer at Habana Labs, an Intel Company.

Antec Intros P10 Flux Case with a Swing-Open Front Panel and 5.25-inch Bay

Antec today introduced the P10 Flux, a unique ATX mid-tower case that combines the contemporary horizontally-partitioned layout with certain legacy elements such as a single 5.25-inch drive bay, and a noise-dampening front door that conceals a mesh-type front air intake (although the door doesn't choke it thanks to a 11 mm passage). Ventilation options include three 120 mm front intakes, three 120 mm right-side intakes, a 120 mm rear exhaust, and a 120 mm conveyor between the bottom- and top compartments. There are no top exhausts.

The upper motherboard compartment serves up room for graphics cards up to 40.5 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 17.5 cm in height. Storage options include one 5.25-inch exposed drive bay, three 2.5-inch mounts, and two 3.5-inch mounts. The case measures 477 mm x 220 mm x 486 mm (DxWxH). Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.x type-A ports, and HDA jacks. The case includes an 8-channel PWM fan controller. The company didn't reveal pricing.
Wednesday, December 2nd 2020

Today's Reviews

Cases
CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
SSD
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Review

Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Review

With the Katar Pro Wireless, Corsair brings wireless to a highly competitive price point. Powered by a single AA-battery and usable either in 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth mode, the Katar Pro Wireless weighs in at 98 g and comes with PixArt's PMW3325 sensor.

AWS Implements High-Performance EPYC and Radeon Pro Processors for Graphics Optimized Workloads

AMD announced Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has expanded its AMD-based offerings with a new cloud instance for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2): Amazon EC2 G4ad instances for graphics-optimized workloads. With this new instance, AMD now powers eight Amazon EC2 instance families across 20 global AWS Regions. AMD also announced that Amazon GameLift, a fully managed dedicated game server hosting solution, is now providing its video game hosting customers access to AMD EPYC processor-based Amazon EC2 C5a, M5a and R5a instances.

"Today we build on the strong collaboration between AMD and AWS, which started in 2017. This expansion of our cooperation is a proof point of the continued performance and capabilities that AMD provides its customers," said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Group, AMD. "Amazon EC2 G4ad instances are the first powered by both AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Pro GPUs, and adding to the existing EPYC processor-based instances, they exemplify the ways in which AMD CPUs and GPUs provide fantastic performance and price/performance for AWS customers."

"The high-performance capabilities of the AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Pro GPUs are enabling AWS to create a new graphics-focused instance that help us keep our leadership price/performance offerings that our customers expect," said David Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "We're delighted to continue this great collaboration with AMD, enabling the Amazon EC2 G4ad instances to provide the industry's best price performance for graphics-intensive applications."

Wacom Announces VR Pen for 3D Artists

The Wacom VR Pen is a pressure sensitive stylus controller (VR pen), with tracking system, designed for creative professionals. It is perfect for ideating, sketching and drawing in the VR space, and supports the seamless workflow between 2D and 3D (VR). Wacom's 30 years of experience in pen-technology accumulates in this stylus controller, furthering the evolution of the drawing process.

CD Projekt Red Announces Photo Mode for Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red has recently released a new trailer showcasing the integrated Photo Mode feature in Cyberpunk 2077. Photo mode will allow players to take high-quality in-game screenshots with a wide range of advanced tools to customize the shot. Photo mode features camera, depth of field, pose, effect, and sticker options to create the perfect image. These tools will help to highlight the next-generation graphical fidelity of the game when it releases on December 10th. You can view the official Cyberpunk 2077 Photo mode trailer down below.

QNAP Unveils 12-bay and 16-bay TL SAS 12Gb/s JBOD Series

QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator today launched new TL SAS storage enclosures, including the 12-bay TL-R1220Sep-RP and 16-bay TL-R1620Sep-RP models, both providing flexible storage expansions for QTS/ QuTS hero NAS. The TL SAS JBOD supports SAS 12 Gbps transmission, delivering up to 96 Gbps transfer speed and supporting Broadcom SAS DataBolt bandwidth optimization and multipath routing. Up to 16 JBODs can also be daisy-chained to reach 4.6PB raw capacity, providing high-performance and high-capacity storage expansion solutions for corporations looking for massive storage.

The TL SAS JBOD is powered by a SAS35x28R / SAS35x36R SAS Expander with four SAS wide ports each combining four 12 Gbps SAS lanes. By configuring two wide ports with link aggregation, transfer speeds can reach 96 Gb/s. Featuring Broadcom SAS DataBolt bandwidth optimization technology, the TL SAS JBOD features an intelligent data buffer for transferring data to drives at speeds that match the performance of the host NAS, allowing user to benefit from high-speed 12 Gb/s SAS transmission with existing 6 Gb/s infrastructure. With the host NAS supports multipath routing, high availability can be achieved. If one route fails, another transmission route can be used to access the data and ensure continuous system operations.

Lexar Announces New NQ100 2.5" SATA III SSD

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the new NQ100 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/ss) SSD. The NQ100 solid-state drive is an easy upgrade for users looking to improve the performance of their laptop or desktop computers. Improve your system's performance and enjoy faster startups, data transfers, and load times for applications. Boasting read speeds of up to 550 MB/s, the Lexar NQ100 SSD will refresh your laptop or PC for a faster experience. The NQ100 SSD is also shock and vibration resistant, making it more reliable and durable than a typical hard drive. It is also cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient than traditional HDD.

"Lexar is dedicated to expanding our SSD portfolio and continue to offer high-quality solid-state drives for various computing needs. The new Lexar NQ100 SSD provides customers with an easy yet cost-effective way to boost PC performance, and with capacity options ranging from 240 GB - 960 GB, users can easily expand storage for their content-driven lifestyles," said Joel Boquiren, General Manager of Lexar. NQ100 SSD is available this month for purchase online at an MSRP of 36.99 USD (240 GB), 65.99 USD (480 GB) with 960 GB to be announced at a future date.

PowerColor Announces Radeon RX 6800 FIGHTER Graphics Card

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, today is announcing its new PowerColor Fighter RX 6800 based on AMD's latest RDNA2 architecture and with 16 GB of GDDR6, offering solid 4K gaming performance for the most price conscious gamers. Powered by AMD RDNA 2 architecture, PowerColor Fighter RX 6800 graphics card features 60 Compute Units, 128 MB of all new AMD Infinity Cache and 16 GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory, is engineered to deliver ultra-high frame rates and serious 4K resolution gaming.

PowerColor Fighter RX 6800 graphics card is designed for gamers on a budget but with powerful gaming performance in mind. Fighter RX 6800 is paired with effective triple cooling fan design, Mute Fan Technology, BIOS switch button, and reinforced back plate, so the Fighter can fight with you to enjoy exceptional gaming experiences.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 457.51 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 457.51 WHQL adds support for the new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card which goes on sale today. It also addresses a handful issues. To begin with, a BSOD noticed on machines with "Ampere" GPUs, when waking the machine from sleep, has been fixed. A bug seen with FreeStyle or Ansel launching and closing on "Star Wars: Squadrons" causing the feature to stop working on supported games, has been fixed. A BSOD seen when playing or browsing videos on the Google Chrome web-browser has been fixed. Lastly, display corruption noticed on the Lenovo Y740 notebook when waking up from sleep, has been fixed. Grab the drivers from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce v457.51 WHQL
The change-log follows.

RISC-V Processor Achieves 5 GHz Frequency at Just 1 Watt of Power

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 have started an interesting project. They created a goal to develop a new RISC-like Instruction Set Architecture that is simple and efficient while being open-source and royalty-free. Born out of that research was RISC-V ISA, the fifth iteration of Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) ideology. Over the years, the RISC-V ISA has become more common, and today, many companies are using it to design their processors and release new designs every day. One of those companies is Micro Magic Inc., a provider of silicon design tools, IP, and design services. The company has developed a RISC-V processor that is rather interesting.

Apart from the RISC-V ISA, the processor has an interesting feature. It runs at the whopping 5 GHz frequency, a clock speed unseen on the RISC-V chips before, at the power consumption of a mere one (yes that is 1) Watt. The chip ran at just 1.1 Volts, which means that a very low current needs to be supplied to the chip so it can achieve the 5 GHz mark. If you are wondering about performance, well the numbers show that at 5 GHz, the CPU can produce a score of 13000 CoreMarks. However, that is not the company's highest-performance RISC-V core. In yesterday's PR, Micro Magic published that their top-end design can achieve 110000 CoreMarks/Watt, so we are waiting to hear more details about it.

Qualcomm Announces Next-Generation 5G Chipset - Snapdragon 888

During the first day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital, Qualcomm Incorporated President, Cristiano Amon took the virtual stage with global industry leaders to highlight the critical role Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-Series mobile platforms have played to drive experiences forward for the next generation of devices. Qualcomm Technologies' innovation in the premium tier, coupled with the evolution of 5G, is accelerating and continuing to redefine immersive consumer experiences. The proliferation of these premium tier experiences has and will continue to enrich the lives of billions of smartphone users around the world.

"Creating premium experiences takes a relentless focus on innovation. It takes long term commitment, even in the face of immense uncertainty," said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. "It takes an organization that's focused on tomorrow, to continue to deliver the technologies that redefine premium experiences."

Greenliant Ultra High Endurance Storage Solutions Enable High Reliability Systems

Greenliant has secured major design wins with its EnduroSLC solid state drives (SSDs) in a wide range of demanding, extreme environment applications for customers that need best-in-class reliability and product longevity. Greenliant's proprietary EnduroSLC Technology substantially enhances data retention and extends the write endurance of 1-bit-per-cell SSDs with advanced hardware ECC capabilities and NAND flash management algorithms. EnduroSLC SSDs not only offer superior data retention capabilities under complex temperature conditions, but also support 50K, 100K and industry-leading, ultra high 250K+ program-erase (P/E) cycles, which are at least a 5x improvement over pseudo-SLC (pSLC) SSDs and a 50x improvement over MLC NAND-based products.

For systems that are in remote locations and costly to maintain-from satellite to subsea communications-customers recognize the value of EnduroSLC SSDs; they can reliably operate and retain data for long periods of time in harsh conditions. Long-life, write-intensive products, such as transportation black box recorders and industrial data loggers, have also benefitted from the enhanced features of EnduroSLC SSDs. EnduroSLC storage products are designed with Greenliant's advanced SATA, NVMe PCIe and eMMC controllers, operate at industrial temperatures (-40 to +85 degrees Celsius) and are backed by the company's Long-Term Availability program (http://bit.ly/SSD-LTA-program), providing an extra level of support.

Pimax Launches 5K SUPER VR Headset with 180Hz Refresh Rate

Pimax, a VR hardware manufacturer known for innovative features such as extremely wide field of view and high resolution previously demoed a prototype VR headset at CES 2020 called the Pimax 5K SUPER together with Pimax new flagship headset the Pimax 8K X. Today Pimax is announcing the general availability of the new Pimax 5K SUPER, a refreshed version of the popular Pimax 5K Plus with a wide variety of updates.

The Pimax 5K SUPER features an Industry-leading high refresh rate with a standard 160Hz and even an experimental 180Hz mode along with an updated Modular Audio Strap (MAS) that allows much greater comfort and ease of use. The headset includes the popular Pimax comfort kit face cowling, Pimax nose guard, Pimax ruggedized housing system, and Pimax VR Experience software.

GIGABYTE Launches GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of premium gaming hardware, released the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti series graphics cards powered by NVIDIA Ampere architecture. GIGABYTE launched five graphics cards - AORUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MASTER 8G, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING OC PRO 8G, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING OC 8G, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE OC 8G, and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE 8G. 5 graphics cards are designed to fulfil the demands of different customers.

AORUS MASTER is recommended for enthusiasts who want the ultimate performance and colorful RGB appearance. GAMING OC series is the best choice of mainstream gamers. EAGLE series is the best value choice for those who want graphics performance and durability. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay.

Red Dead Online Now Available As a Standalone Game

Rockstar Games have recently released Red Dead Online as a standalone game completely independent from the single-player components in Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Online will feature the same content found in the complete game including future content updates. The game is now available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC along with Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility modes. The standalone version of Red Dead Online is available from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store, and Steam for an introductory offer of 4.99 USD until February 15th, 2021 when the price will revert to 19.99 USD.

SAPPHIRE Reveals New AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 Processor Motherboard Series

SAPPHIRE Technology continues to excel in embedded platform design by announcing a new series of embedded motherboards powered by the latest high-performance AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor family built on 7 nm process technology, Zen 2 cores and high-performance AMD Radeon graphics. The SAPPHIRE V2000 BP-FP6 and FS-FP6 embedded motherboards support multiple independent displays in 4K resolution with a stable balance of low power consumption and exceptional performance for the embedded markets.
Tuesday, December 1st 2020

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Gaming PC
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Monitors
Motherboards
Processors
SSD
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge Review

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge Review

The Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge is the only custom design that matches the NVIDIA MSRP of $400. While it lacks a factory overclock, pricing makes it a tempting choice, especially considering the large price hikes of other custom boards.
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC Review

Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC Review

Palit's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC comes with a large factory overclock that lets it match the performance of more expensive custom designs. The power limit has been increased to 240 W, and the cooler includes the highly popular fan-stop capability.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro Review

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro comes overclocked out of the box, and the power limit has been raised, too. The large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler achieves impressive temperatures of only 62°C, and a dual-BIOS feature is included as well.
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

The MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio comes with a large factory overclock and achieves impressive noise levels that are the lowest today, almost whisper-quiet. We also measured good temperatures on this triple-slot, triple-fan cooler.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC Review

ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC Review

The ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX uses the same cooler as the RTX 3090 STRIX. This makes it the coolest card by far at only 58°C under full load. We were also impressed by the noise levels of the quiet BIOS, which is just the flick of a switch away because of dual-BIOS capability.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti comes at incredible pricing of $399, yet beats the GeForce RTX 2080 Super in rasterization, and even the RX 6800 in raytracing. In our RTX 3060 Ti review, we found that NVIDIA picked a fantastic cooler that's extremely quiet, yet fits everywhere because of its dual-slot design.

ASUS Intros GeForce RTX 3090 Turbo OC with a Lateral Blower

ASUS looks to one-up GIGABYTE by pairing a 350-Watt GeForce RTX 3090 with a classic lateral blower cooling solution, by introducing its new RTX 3090 Turbo OC graphics card (model: TURBO-RTX3090-24G). ASUS claims that the card is designed for "environments with restricted airflow." The card is strictly 2 slots thick, and just about qualifies for "full height" (measures 26.8 cm in length and 11.3 cm in height). It uses two 8-pin PCIe power inputs, which are located at the tail end of the card, instead of the top. These connectors are right next to mounts for extenders for workstation cases.

The ASUS RTX 3090 Turbo OC uses an 80 mm lateral blower with a double ball-bearing; which guides air through a copper-channel heatsink that uses a vapor-chamber plate to pull heat from the GPU and memory. An aluminium secondary base-plate pulls heat from the various VRM components and conveys it to the vapor-chamber plate. The card also offers a mild software-activated OC mode, which dials up the GPU Boost frequency to 1725 MHz (up from 1695 MHz reference). The memory is untouched at 19.5 Gbps (GDDR6X-effective). Display outputs include one HDMI 2.1, and three DisplayPort 1.4a. The company didn't reveal pricing.
ASUS RTX 3090 Turbo

GAINWARD Announces GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Phoenix GS and Ghost OC

As the leading brand in enthusiastic graphics market, Gainward proudly presents the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 - Gainward GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Phoenix series and Gainward GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ghost series. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.

Gainward GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Phoenix series comes with new Phoenix cooler design. Fabricating ARGB lighting capability, by using the latest Expertool utility, it provides customized lighting effect to suit gamers own style while gaming. Meanwhile, Gainward GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Ghost series comes with a dual-fan cooler design and RGB lighting. Both two cooler design provide - low acoustic level even under heavy-loading gaming environment as well as, "Zero RPM" feature.

Palit Releases GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro and Dual Series

Palit Microsystems Ltd, partner of NVIDIA, today launched the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro and Dual Series graphics cards. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.

The RTX 3060 Ti also supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations too, including performance-accelerating and IQ-enhancing NVIDIA DLSS technology which is now available in over 25 games; NVIDIA Reflex which reduces system latency, making games more responsive, and giving players in competitive multiplayer titles an extra edge over the opposition; and NVIDIA Broadcast, a suite of audio and video AI enhancements including virtual backgrounds and noise removal that users can apply to chats, Skype calls and video meetings. So whether they're playing traditional PC titles, powering through creator and productivity workflows, or marveling at the latest cutting-edge ray-traced titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers the best possible experience in its class for everyone everywhere.

Seagate Announces Game Drive for PS4 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition

In collaboration with PlayStation, Marvel, and Crystal Dynamics, Seagate today announced the latest addition to its popular line of storage for gamers - Game Drive for PS4 systems Marvel Avengers Limited Edition.

The only Marvel Avengers officially-licensed hard drive in the market, the collectible is tagged with Marvel-exclusive artwork featuring the unique style of the Marvel Avengers game. Fans can choose from a Captain America, Hulk, Thor, or an Avengers team design so they can play in style. Focused on performance and functionality, this Game Drive is set to pair with PS4 and PS4 Pro systems. Offering 2 TB of capacity and plug-and-play functionality, the Game Drive for PS4 offers instant add-on storage, as the PlayStation console recognizes and installs it in minutes.

HyperX Releases Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX Cloud RevolverTM Gaming Headset + 7.1 with virtual surround sound1 for a cinematic experience. Designed to meet the demands of leading PC and console gamers - or hybrid work and learning listening needs - the Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset + 7.1 features immersive sound and a wide audio range, as well as a studio-grade sound stage with signature HyperX comfort and durability.

Cloud Revolver + 7.1 features a studio-grade sound stage with 50 mm directional drivers to deliver greater depth and width for improved audio precisions in first-person shooter and open environment games. The tuning of the driver, mechanical design of the acoustical chamber, and larger ear cups allow users to hear an opponent clearly and accurately for ultimate competitive advantage while gaming.

QNAP Launches Dual-port Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Card for TVS-h1688X and TVS-h1288X NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today launched the QXP-T32P Thunderbolt 3 expansion card. Providing dual-port Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the QXP-T32P is a PCIe Gen 3 x4 card that can be installed in the TVS-h1288X and TVS-h1688X. By installing a QXP-T32P in a NAS, video editing studios in particular can greatly benefit from the increased bandwidth and connectivity to smoothly transfer, display and edit 4K videos in real-time.

"Many video editing studios use QNAP products, providing us with greater understanding of their needs and requirements. We understand that not many of them have dedicated IT staff to handle upgrading and installing hardware, so we aim to provide easy solutions for adding additional connectivity and bandwidth" said Stanley Huang, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "the easy-to-install Thunderbolt 3 expansion card provides the ability to greatly boost teamwork between Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro users. With SMB protocol support, Final Cut Pro users can create a library on a NAS volume and use it as if it were a local storage device."

PNY Announces its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XLR8 Graphics Cards

PNY today announced the expansion of its NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU product portfolio by adding the new RTX 3060 Ti. PNY is launching two RTX 3060 Ti models: the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XLR8 Gaming REVEL EPIC-X RGB under the XLR8 Gaming brand and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti UPRISING under the PNY brand, both featuring a two fan design, 8 GB GDDR6 of on-board memory and powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay.

Displaying a smaller footprint with two fans and using only 2 slots, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti works on builds of all sizes, while still providing all the sought-after power of the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and features 8 GB GDDR6 on-board memory, PCIe 4.0 platform, three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and one HDMI 2.1 output.

GeIL Announces Availability of ORION Series DDR4 Memory for Ryzen 5000 Series

GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. - one of the world's leading PC components and manufacturers today announced a new member of their award-winning ORION product line, the ORION RGB Gaming Memory. The new ORION RGB Gaming Memory delivers an advanced RGB LED array built on the understated aluminium heat spreader design for an enchanting RGB illumination. It is available in frequencies ranging from 2666 MHz to the high-performance 4400 MHz with larger capacities up to 128 GB (4x 32 GB) as well as racing red and titanium gray spreaders with dual-channel and quad-channel. The new modules are optimized for the latest AMD and Intel platforms offering unparalleled performance to pro-gamers, enthusiastic builders, and video creators.

"Many of our customers have encouraged us to extend an RGB version for the ORION Memory. I'm pleased to announce the availability of the ORION RGB Gaming Memory, and it is designed for the gamers and enthusiast PC users who are looking for new ways to customize the interior of their gaming desktops." said Jennifer Huang, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GeIL.

Introducing the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti lets you take on the latest games using the power of Ampere—NVIDIA's 2nd generation RTX architecture. Get incredible performance with enhanced raytracing Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory. Combined with the next generation of design, cooling, and overclocking with EVGA Precision X1, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series redefines what it means to have The Ultimate Play.

The all-new NVIDIA Ampere architecture features new 2nd generation raytracing Cores and 3rd generation Tensor Cores with greater throughput. The NVIDIA Ampere streaming multiprocessors are the building blocks for the world's fastest, most efficient GPU for gamers and creators.

Inno3D Announces iChill GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series Graphics Cards

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and innovations is excited to announce the INNO3D NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is the latest to join the 30 Series line-up with a couple of our best performing fans with the iCHILL X3 RED and TWIN X2 / OC.

Founded in 1998 with the vision of developing pioneering computer hardware products on a global scale. Fast forward to the present day, INNO3D is now well-established in the gaming community known for our innovative and daring approach to design and technology. We are Brutal by Nature in everything we do and are 201% committed to you for the best gaming experience in the world. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.

COLORFUL Launches GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series Graphics Cards

Colorful Technology Company Limited, a professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-one gaming and multimedia solutions, and high-performance storage, proudly introduces the COLORFUL GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series graphics cards. COLORFUL's line-up consists of the Vulcan, Advanced, Ultra, and the new Ultra White Series models, each of which come with a different set of premium features to cater to different types of gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only US$399. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations including performance-accelerating and IQ-enhancing NVIDIA DLSS technology which is now available in over 25 games; NVIDIA Reflex which reduces system latency ("input lag"), making games more responsive, and giving players in competitive multiplayer titles an extra edge over the opposition; and NVIDIA Broadcast, a suite of audio and video AI enhancements including virtual backgrounds and noise removal that users can apply to chats, Skype calls and video meetings.

MSI Announces its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series Graphics Cards

As a leading brand in True Gaming hardware, MSI is proud to share its take on NVIDIA's all-new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU, with graphics cards that unite the latest in graphics technology, high-performance circuit board design, and advanced cooling. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.

The RTX 3060 Ti also supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations too, including performance-accelerating and IQ-enhancing NVIDIA DLSS technology which is now available in over 25 games; NVIDIA Reflex which reduces system latency ("input lag"), making games more responsive, and giving players in competitive multiplayer titles an extra edge over the opposition; and NVIDIA Broadcast, a suite of audio and video AI enhancements including virtual backgrounds and noise removal that users can apply to chats, Skype calls and video meetings. So whether they're playing traditional PC titles, powering through creator and productivity workflows, or marveling at the latest cutting-edge ray-traced titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers the best possible experience in its class for everyone everywhere.

ZOTAC Announces its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Card Series

ZOTAC Technology Limited, a global manufacturer of innovation, today announced the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series, the latest addition to the RTX 30 Series powered by the advanced NVIDIA Ampere architecture. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time raytracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.

The RTX 3060 Ti also supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations too, including performance-accelerating and IQ-enhancing NVIDIA DLSS technology which is now available in over 25 games; NVIDIA Reflex which reduces system latency (input lag), making games more responsive, and giving players in competitive multiplayer titles an extra edge over the opposition; and NVIDIA Broadcast, a suite of audio and video AI enhancements including virtual backgrounds and noise removal that users can apply to chats, Skype calls and video meetings. So whether they're playing traditional PC titles, powering through creator and productivity workflows, or marveling at the latest cutting-edge ray-traced titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers the best possible experience in its class for everyone everywhere.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Card

NVIDIA today announced the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, its new performance-segment graphics card that logically succeeds the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, at a starting MSRP of USD $399, with availability slated for December 2, 2020. The GPU is based on the same 8 nm "GA104" silicon as the $499 RTX 3070, but is heavily cut down, in featuring 38 out of 48 SMs (19 out of 24 TPCs), resulting in 4,864 CUDA cores, 152 Tensor cores, 38 RT cores, 152 TMUs, and 80 ROPs.

The RTX 3060 Ti is endowed with the same memory setup as the RTX 2060 Super—8 GB of 256-bit GDDR6 at 14 Gbps, yielding 448 GB/s bandwidth. NVIDIA developed a Founders Edition card based on the RTX 3060 Ti, which resembles the RTX 3070 Founders Edition with the exception of silvery metal replacing the gunmetal on the cooler frame. NVIDIA's various AIC partners have also announced their custom-design graphics cards. NVIDIA claims that the RTX 3060 Ti performs on par with the RTX 2080 Super, making it a beast for 1440p gaming with RTX-on. We put this claim to the test across our six launch-day reviews linked below.

Read the TechPowerUp reviews of NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, ASUS RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC, Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro, MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio, Palit RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC, Zotac RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge

Sharkoon Announces TG5 RGB Silent PCGH Edition Case

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the TG5 RGB Silent PCGH Edition, Sharkoon presents an ATX case that aims to impress not only with its looks but also with its low noise level. The case is based on the visual design of the predecessor model. However, in cooperation with the computer magazine PCGH, a redesign has been made in order to keep the noise level as low as possible.

For the design of the TG5 RGB Silent PCGH Edition, corresponding changes were made to the case in order to be able to reduce the overall volume of the system during operation. For this purpose, insulating mats have been integrated in the top and side panel, which, in combination with the completely closed covering of the case, contribute to a reduction of noise. In addition, special fans are installed in the case which maintain a quiet and smooth operation at 800 revolutions per minute without sacrifices being made in cooling performance.

ASUS Brings Resizable BAR Support to Intel Z490/H470/B460 Platforms

When AMD introduced its Smart Access Memory technology, everyone was wondering will other GPU and CPU providers, namely Intel and NVIDIA, develop a similar solution to complement their offerings. The SAM technology is just AMD's way of naming PCIe resizable Base Address Register (BAR) technology, which has been present in PCI specifications for years as an optional feature. Why it's emerging now you might wonder. Well, the currently used PCIe revision has reached enough bandwidth on the bus to complement the complex data movement that GPU requires and now supports the use of the wider VRAM frame buffer.

It appears that not only AMD has this technology in its portfolio. ASUS has updated its BIOS firmware for its ROG Maximus XII Apex motherboard based on the Intel Z490 chipset, with some pretty interesting features. According to Tom's Hardware, we have information that the next release of BIOS firmware update 1003 for the ROG Maximus XII Apex motherboard will bring support for resizable BAR, making it a first on an Intel platform. For now, the beta 1002 BIOS supports it, however, a stable version will roll out in BIOS 1003. With the motherboard using PCIe 3.0 standard, a lower-bandwidth revision compared to AMD's platform, it will be interesting to see how resizable BAR is performing once the first tests come.

Update 09:45 am UTC: Chris Wefers, ASUS PR Germany, has announced that resizable BAR will be coming to all ASUS motherboards with Intel Z490/H470/B460 chipset, with alleged 13.37% performance increase in Forza Horizon 4, per ASUSes testing. You can see the test configuration in the image below.

MINISFORUM Anounces EliteMini UM700 Mini PC with AMD Ryzen 3750H processor

Minisforum, the leading innovator of mini PC products, has just released their another new product: the EliteMini UM700 which comes with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU up to 4.0 GHz, 4 cores 8 threads, total cache 4 MB, equipped with Radeon RX Vega 10 10 cores Graphics with frequency up to 1400 MHz. A few months ago, MINISFORUM had launched DeskMini DMAF5 with an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor on INDIEGOGO, now DMAF has completed the shipment. UM700 is an upgraded version of DMAF5, with higher performance and more powerful.

With a one-click design you can easily make upgrades, EliteMini UM700 supports different types of storage expansions—2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot (SATA 3.0 6.0 Gb/s) and M.2 2280 NVMe SSD Slot (support up to 2 TB), you can mix and match between HDD and SSD to better meet your needs. With windows 10 pro pre-installed, intel Wi-Fi6, BT5.1 and triple output. which allows you to freely enjoy quick response speed.

TEAMGROUP is Taking the Global Lead in the New DDR5 Generation

As a world leader in computer memory, TEAMGROUP understands the importance of getting ahead in the next generation of DDR technology, hence it will be releasing ELITE series DDR5 memory in 2021. With over 20 years of experience developing DDR3 and DDR4 products, the company has dazzled the world with its advanced R&D capabilities and excellent product quality. After the JEDEC announced the DDR5 memory standard, TEAMGROUP has been actively designing and working together with our IC manufacturing partners to pioneer and prepare for this new generation.

TEAMGROUP is leading the way with its first DDR5 memory under its global top-selling ELITE memory product line. It plans to release a 16 GB 4800 MHz module operating at 1.1 V, down from the 1.2 V of the previous generation. The data transfer rate is increased to 4,800-5,200 Mbps, an increase of up to 1.6 times while reducing power consumption by 10%. Today's DDR4 memory with error correction code (ECC) requires an additional chip installed on the PCB, whereas DDR5 supports on-die ECC, a feature that self-corrects single-bit errors, greatly improving system stability. Anticipation is high for the efficiency improvements brought by the new generation, which can be utilized for big data and AI computing and other related applications.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.11.3 Released

AMD late Monday released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Version 20.11.3 beta adds support for Vulkan Ray Tracing Extensions. Khronos had recently finalized the Vulkan RT specification. Additionally, the drivers add optimization for Immortals: Fenyx Rising. The drivers also address a fairly long list of issues. For starters, it addresses lower performance observed for the RX 6800 series GPUs on Watch Dogs Legion and DiRT 5; and low performance noticed for the RX 5000 and older GPUs on Godfall. Some character models facing display corruption in Crysis Remastered on RX 6800 series has been fixed. Intermittent game crashes with Troy: A Total War Saga, and WoW Shadowlands have been fixed.

A bug that caused WoW Shadowlands to fail to launch on Windows 7 machines with DirectX 12 renderer selected, has been fixed. Some intermittent game crashes seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with DXR enabled on RX 6800 series, have been fixed. Doom Eternal with HDR enabled disabling HDR on Windows 10, has been fixed. Certain issues found with Adobe Illustrator and AIDA 64 have been fixed. Some display corruption issues with RDR2 using RX 6800 series at 1080p, has been fixed. Grab the driver from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.11.3 beta

Microsoft Flight Simulator Set To Receive Steam VR Support In December

Microsoft Flight Simulator is set to receive VR support later this month after a closed beta took place in October & November. VR Support will be available to all Steam VR compatible headsets, not just the HP Reverb G2 and other Windows Mixed Reality devices as originally stated. Microsoft Flight Simulator is a notoriously hard game to run and the addition of VR will require some fast hardware to run. The closed VR beta featured minimum requirements of an i5-8400/Ryzen 5 1500X, NVIDIA GTX 1080, and 16 GB memory. Microsoft is aware of the high hardware requirements and is working to introduce a series of new performance optimizations for the title.

UL Benchmarks Releases Creator Focused Procyon Benchmark Suite

Over the last year, we've seen a lot of interest in a new category of PCs designed for content creators. With high-end specifications and serious styling, these new creator PCs are being marketed to animators, designers, photographers, videographers, musicians and other digital content creators. Today, to meet growing demand from our press and retail partners, we're releasing two new benchmarks for measuring the performance of creator PCs. These two benchmarks use popular Adobe applications to test PC performance for photo editing and video editing work.

Enthusiast creators now have easy access to many of the same software tools used by professionals. Add increasingly powerful, yet affordable PC hardware, and creators have everything they need to develop their talent and unlock their potential. For creators who make a living from their craft, focus and productivity are key. When the process gets in the way, creativity suffers. Even the smallest interruption can break the flow. Longer delays from loading images or exporting video files are even more frustrating. Creator PCs promise to smooth out the wrinkles in the production process. Many manufacturers are now offering dedicated systems for content creators. Benchmark scores offer an easy way for creators to compare the performance of these different systems.
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EK-AIO Elite 360 D-RGB Review - More Performance, More RGB

EK-AIO Elite 360 D-RGB Review - More Performance, More RGB

EK goes all in with the AIO Elite 360 D-RGB. For this release, the company took their 360 D-RGB unit, added more RGB Vardar fans, and upped the performance of the pump. Add in some minor cosmetic changes and you have a top-tier, high-end all-in-one liquid cooler that delivers serious performance.

EK Launches First Magnitude-Based Multiblock Made for Z490 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard

EK, a premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, releases a new and different Momentum monoblock - in this case, called multiblock - for Intel Z490 chipset-based Aorus motherboard. This multiblock is named EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Xtreme and is specifically engineered for the Z490 Aorus Xtreme motherboard from Gigabyte.

This is a completely new approach to liquid-cool the Intel Socket 1200 Series processors and the entire VRM section of the Aorus Z490 Xtreme motherboard. This is the first EK Momentum series monoblock that utilizes the award-winning EK Magnitude CPU water block cooling engine. This water block directly cools the Intel 1200 socket-type CPU, as well as the power stages, chokes, and 10G LAN controller chip. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. This monoblock also comes with sophisticated addressable D-RGB lighting, which connects to a standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB addressable header, called D_LED (Addressable LED Strip Header) on the Aorus Z490 Xtreme.

GIGABYTE Releases Resizable BAR Support for AMD 500-series Motherboards via BIOS Updates

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announces the latest BIOS update on AMD X570、B550 and A520 motherboards for the features of AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode. These innovative features enabling a bandwidth boost when the CPU accesses the GPU memory on graphics cards, which enhances and unleashes the ultimate system performance. Now, users with an "AMD Yes" platform on GIGABYTE AMD 500 series motherboards with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and Radeon RX 6000 series VGA cards, will be able to experience an extra gaming and performance boost.

Through the AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode, the CPU has access to the GPU memory. This access unlocks the limited bandwidth to full bandwidth when running 4K gaming. By accessing the GDDR6 GPU memory more rapidly on AMD 500 series motherboards paired with Ryzen 5000 series processors and Radeon RX 6000 series VGA cards, CPU's operating performance and gaming performance are both improved. Based on results of gaming tests with Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode enabled, the 1080P gaming improved by 17%, and a performance increase of 10% was unlocked on 2K and 4K resolutions.

ASRock Launches X570 and B550 Taichi Razer Edition Motherboards

ASRock announced a new partnership with Razer to develop the ASRock Taichi Razer Edition line of motherboards, the world's first motherboard that is natively integrated with Razer Chroma RGB lighting. Razer Chroma RGB is the world's largest lighting ecosystem for gaming devices which supports over 500 devices, 150 natively integrated games and over 15 million users worldwide. The integration with ASRock enables universal compatibility with thousands of addressable RGB (ARGB) components directly into the ecosystem.

"We've been so excited to make the ASRock Taichi Razer Edition debut. The sense of Razer sublimates it into a part of gamers' religion," said Chris Lee, general manager of ASRock motherboard business unit. "Razer knows well about elements gamers looking for and makes everything fall into place!"

NAND Flash Revenue for 3Q20 up by Only 0.3% QoQ Owing to Weak Server Sales, Says TrendForce

Total NAND Flash revenue reached US$14.5 billion in 3Q20, a 0.3% increase QoQ, while total NAND Flash bit shipment rose by 9% QoQ, but the ASP fell by 9% QoQ, according to TrendForce's latest investigations. The market situation in 3Q20 can be attributed to the rising demand from the consumer electronics end as well as the recovering smartphone demand before the year-end peak sales season. Notably, in the PC market, the rise of distance education contributed to the growing number and scale of Chromebook tenders, but the increase in the demand for Chromebook devices has not led to a significant increase in NAND Flash consumption because storage capacity is rather limited for this kind of notebook computer. Moreover, clients in the server and data center segments had aggressively stocked up on components and server barebones during 2Q20 due to worries about the impact of the pandemic on the supply chain. Hence, their inventories reached a fairly high level by 3Q20. Clients are now under pressure to control and reduce their inventories during this second half of the year. With them scaling back procurement, the overall NAND Flash demand has also weakened, leading to a downward turn in the contract prices of most NAND Flash products.

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AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT BIOS Analysis Reveals Extreme GPU Clock Limits

AMD is expected to debut its Radeon RX 6700 series based on the "Navi 22" silicon following its RX 6900 XT launch, to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060/Ti. Several rumored specifications of the RX 6700 series surfaced in an older report from last week, which referenced a similar compute unit count to the previous-generation RX 5700 series, but with a 25% narrower memory bus, at 192-bit. The memory amount itself has been increased by 50% to 12 GB, using higher memory density per memory channel. In that report we wondered how AMD could overcome the deficit of lower memory bandwidth, and whether an Infinite Cache solution is being used. Turns out, that the RX 6700 series should end up faster than the RX 5700 series on virtue of an enormous GPU clock (engine clock) increase, according to an Igor's Lab report.

Igor Wallossek analyzed two video BIOS images of Radeon RX 6700 series graphics cards, using MorePowerTool, and uncovered engine clock limits as high as 2854 MHz with 2950 MHz overdrive limits. Just to be clear, these are limits, and not manufacturer-set boost clocks. For example, the RX 6800 XT has a reference max boost frequency of 2250 MHz, whereas its clock limit set in the BIOS is 2800 MHz. One of the BIOS analyzed by Wallossek has a power limit of 220 W, and the other 186 W. Interestingly, the cards have the same 1075 MHz memory clock limit seen on the RX 6800 XT, which confirms that AMD is using 16 Gbps-rated GDDR6 memory, and that over a 192-bit wide memory bus, this would yield 384 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Find more technical commentary by Igor's Lab in the source link below.

NVIDIA: 12-pin Connector is Here to Stay on GeForce RTX 3070

When NVIDIA announced its contest on Twitter for users to win a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, by simply re-tweeting the post tagging a friend, there was something strange in the tweet. The concept art of the RTX 3070 card used in the post was a bit off. Instead of it featuring a regular design and connectors, the RTX 3070 picture used had an 8-pin PCIe power connector to power the card. That leads many to wonder what is going on with NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector and has the company decided to abandon it so soon. However, we got the first response to those rumors from NVIDIA spokesman for Tom's Hardware. The company has responded that "tweet used concept art only, which is being replaced." So it was a marketing mistake, which NVIDIA is aware of and is fixing, and no, the 12-pin connector is not going away anytime soon it seems.

AMD RX 6800 & RX 6800 XT Partner Cards Won't Hit MSRP Until Early 2021

The launch of the AMD RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT was plagued with a lack of availability and inflated prices. Retailers sold out of reference models almost immediately leading to price gouging and the launch of custom boards a week later did little to ease the situation. AMD has acknowledged the situation and is working with AIBs to achieve MSRP prices. In an unofficial comment to Hardware Unboxed, an AMD representative confirmed that they hoped to reach MSRP prices within 4 to 8 weeks for custom cards. The cards are currently selling for 100+ USD higher than their suggested retail prices at retailers across the globe so this news from AMD will be welcome for many.

NVIDIA Readies RTX 30-series Mobile for H1-2021, Fastest Part Comparable to Desktop RTX 2080S

NVIDIA is readying its GeForce RTX 30-series "Ampere" mobile GPUs for the first half of 2021, reports WCCFTech, citing a leaked company slide detailing the upcoming mGPU product stack. The slide mentions a January 2021 launch for the RTX 3080 Mobile and RTX 3070 Mobile, followed by an RTX 3060 Mobile launch later. The same product stack slide compares performance of these parts to desktop RTX 20-series GPUs, with the RTX 3080 Mobile being compared to desktop RTX 2080 Super (or roughly desktop RTX 3060 Ti performance), while the RTX 3070 Mobile is shown offering performance roughly comparable to desktop RTX 2070 Super or RTX 2070. The RTX 3060 Mobile offers roughly desktop RTX 2070 / RTX 2060 performance.
Sunday, November 29th 2020

CD Projekt Red Unveils Exclusive RTX 3080 Cyberpunk 2077 Card

CD Projekt Red is expected to release Cyberpunk 2077 on December 10th after numerous delays. To commemorate the launch CD Projekt Red are giving away a single limited edition GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card on the Chinese social media platform Bilibili. You may remember the special edition RTX 2080 Ti which NVIDIA launched earlier this year, while that model received an official launch this RTX 3080 appears to be a single custom modified card. Cyberpunk 2077 will only support hardware-accelerated raytracing on NVIDIA hardware at launch making the RTX 3080 a great card for the job. The contest is still open but only available to those with a Weibo account.

NZXT Scrambles to Fix a Safety Issue with the H1 Case

NZXT responded to customer complaints about a safety issue with its H1 small form-factor case, which it released in February, 2020. Apparently, the two screws that hold down the PCIe riser assembly to the chassis may cause an electrical short-circuit, and poses a potential fire hazard, although the company mentions that this event has a "a low probability [of] occurrence." NZXT on Saturday (November 28, 2020) released a statement in which it mentions that fewer than ten H1 cases in circulation have been affected by the issue as of the statement date. The company has stopped shipments of the H1, and asked retailers to pause its sales.

NZXT says that it is working closely with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and similar authorities around the globe to dispense information to end-users, as well as promptly dispatch remedies. NZXT recommends that end-users power down their H1 case to be absolutely sure of safety, until the company can send a screw replacement and repair kit to remedy the issue. This kit contains a set of replacement screws for the PCIe riser assembly, that correct the problem, and materials that enable end-users to repair their cases at home. We've added contact details to NZXT below.

3.00 GHz OC Possible on AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT; RX 6800 XT Capped at 2.80 GHz

It's becoming clear that AMD's new "Big Navi" Radeon RX 6800 XT is a treat for overclockers, and that it launched with much lower engine clocks than the silicon is capable of, resulting in what is possibly the largest overclocking headroom on an AMD GPU in a long time. This has been highlighted by recent conquests of the 3DMark Fire Strike leaderboard by RX 6800 XT cards, displacing even the RTX 3090 from the top. It's becoming even more clear now just how far the RX 6800 XT can be pushed. Patrick Schur on Twitter reports that the RX 6800 XT engine clocks are capped at 2.80 GHz, which is possibly why we're yet to see anything faster than that. The upcoming RX 6900 XT, on the other hand, is a better-endowed beast.

According to Schur, the RX 6900 XT has a raised engine clocked limit to 3.00 GHz in comparison to the 2.80 GHz of the RX 6800 XT. This 200 MHz increase, coupled with the 8 additional RDNA2 compute units, should mean that the Fire Strike leaderboards will get another shake-up in December, when these cards are released to market. The memory clock on both cards is capped at 1075 MHz (real), or 17.2 Gbps GDDR6-effective, although this should depend heavily on the overclocking headroom of the memory chips. It's important to note here that neither the 3.00 GHz of the RX 6900 XT, nor the 2.80 GHz for the RX 6800 XT, are advertised clock speeds for the cards, and are achievable only by manual overclocking, in some cases employing extreme cooling solutions such as liquid nitrogen.
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