Tuesday, October 26th 2021
MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Review - The new Phison Controller

MSI Spatium M390 1 TB Review - The new Phison Controller

The MSI Spatium M390 is based on the brand-new Phison E15 controller, which offers excellent performance while being cost-efficient to manufacture. It's one of the first drives that I'd call "DRAM-less done right. With $110, the MSI Spatium M390 is priced very competitively and has the potential to kill all the QLC drives out there.

Adobe MAX 2021: Unleashing Creativity for All with the Next Generation of Creative Cloud

Today, Adobe kicked off Adobe MAX 2021, the largest creativity conference in the world. The company delivered innovation across Creative Cloud flagship applications and introduced new collaboration capabilities to fuel new levels of creativity for millions of customers worldwide, from students to social media creators to creative professionals.

At Adobe MAX, the company announced major updates across Creative Cloud flagship applications powered by Adobe Sensei, accelerated the video creation process with the addition of Frame.io and advanced 3D and immersive authoring abilities. Adobe also previewed new collaboration capabilities with the introduction of Creative Cloud Canvas, Creative Cloud Spaces and betas of Photoshop and Illustrator on the web.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 496.49 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA today released the latest version of GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 496.49 WHQL comes with optimization for "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy," including support for DLSS. It also features optimization for "Age of Empires IV," "Battlefield 2042" (Early Access), "Call of Duty Vanguard," "Chivalry 2," "GTA Definitive Edition Trilogy," "Forza Horizon 5," "Jurassic World Evolution," and "Riders Republic." The drivers also fix certain legacy issues with "DOOM 3: BFG Edition," and "Tom Clancy's The Division 2." A flickering issue noticed at 1080p on LG OLED C1 series monitors, has been fixed. The drivers also add G-SYNC support for several new monitors, and GeForce Experience optimizations. Grab the drivers from the link below.


AGON by AOC Unveils Three New High Refresh-rate Gaming Monitors with Mini-LED IPS Panels

One of the world's leading gaming monitor and IT accessories brands, AGON by AOC, expands its AGON PRO line-up aimed at competitive players and introduces a legendary trio of monitors: the 68.6 cm (27") AG274QXM (QHD @ 170 Hz), which employs a Mini LED IPS panel with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification, the 27" AG274UXP (4K @ 144 Hz) and the 27" AG274QG (QHD @ 240 Hz), both 4-side frameless monitors equipped with fast IPS panels and VESA DisplayHDR 600 support.

Legends of the gaming community have been waiting for this ultimate moment: the two factions of the universe join together for the better cause. Gaming at the competitive level requires high refresh rates and extremely responsive displays. On the other hand, story-driven, slower-paced games with beautiful visuals are best enjoyed when enhanced by wide gamut HDR displays. AGON PRO delivers a combination of all in a prestigious package: high-speed, responsive panels (up to 240 Hz and 1 ms GtG), high resolution (QHD or 4K) and true VESA certified HDR support (DisplayHDR 600 or DisplayHDR 1000).

Portability, Meet Performance: Samsung Expands Galaxy Book Lineup in the U.S. with Three New, Powerful PCs

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the availability of three new Galaxy Book PC portfolio products in the U.S.: Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey, and Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G. Galaxy Book is available starting today, while both Galaxy Book Odyssey and Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G will be available on November 11. With every laptop, users get a take-anywhere, do-anything premium PC, thanks to brilliant displays, 11th Generation Intel powered performance, and seamless continuity with the Galaxy ecosystem.

Each new Galaxy Book sports a unique design to meet a wide range of tastes - from Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G's ultra-thin body, to Galaxy Book's refined classic look, to Galaxy Book Odyssey's rugged beveled style. All three PCs also come with Windows 11, offering a fresh, new and modern feel and tools to bring you closer to what you love, empower productivity and inspire creativity.

Philips Monitors Launch the New M3000 and M5000 PC Gaming Monitor Series

During last year, many users rediscovered the pleasure and fun of PC gaming, while understanding the need of a good fully-functional monitor that can live up to their expectations both in their new-found hobby and in console gaming. Philips monitors is expanding its premier flagship Momentum portfolio to welcome new PC gaming monitors. Meet the latest Momentum models: the 24M1N3200VA (24"/60.5 cm), 24M1N3200VS (24"/60.5 cm) and 24M1N3200ZA (24"/60.5 cm) from the new M3000 series and the 27M1N5500ZA (27"/68.6 cm) from the M5000 series. The monitors come in sizes of 24" and 27", making them perfect for small desks and ideal for multi-monitor configurations.

The Philips monitors M3000 series is designed to ensure an all-round performance for gamers. The models feature 3-side frameless screens combined with a new bold stand design with a metal texture for a minimalist look that matches any environment, set-ups, and does not even look out of place in a home office.

Sharkoon Unveils SHARK Disc PWM & SHARK Blades PWM Fans

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the SHARK Blades PWM and the SHARK Disc PWM, Sharkoon now presents its first PWM fans. Through the mainboard's control, and with a maximum speed of 1,400 revolutions per minute, these fans should enable an optimal cooling of the PC case. In addition to a wide range of illumination colors, the two fans have different designs: The SHARK Disc PWM is glass-transparent, allowing the illumination to shimmer through its borders. The SHARK Blades PWM, on the other hand, is kept in minimalist black and has fan blades with protruding lines for a dynamicdisplay when in operation. Thanks to the RGB LED effects, the fans should blend seamlessly into the PC case with all the other illuminated components.

ADATA Announces XPG LANCER DDR5 Memory - Up to 6000 MT/s of RGB Goodness

XPG, a fast-growing provider of systems, components, and peripherals for Gamers, Esports Pros, and Tech Enthusiasts, today announces the XPG LANCER DDR5 memory module. XPG LANCER is XPG's first DDR5 gaming memory. It offers increased bandwidth, allocates more bandwidth per CPU core, and reaches frequencies of up to 5,200 MT/s. What's more, it is equipped with a PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit) and ECC (Error Correcting Code) for enhanced performance and stability. LANCER comes with 16 GB of capacity.

XPG's First DDR5 Gaming Memory
The XPG LANCER ushers in the DDR5 era for XPG gaming memory. Reaching frequencies of up to 5,200 MT/s, it delivers a major performance boost for gaming and overclocking. With error correcting code, (ECC) this module can correct errors automatically in real-time. In addition to greatly reducing the burden of CPU calculations, it also provides increased stability and reliability.

FSP Group Releases CRPS 2000W Power Supply for Datacenter Application

FSP Group, a global leading power supply manufacturer, unveiled a new family of CRPS product line with 80 Plus titanium level efficiency. The first market pioneer is FSP2000-20HM, which is designed to meet latest trend of for server, storage and networking applications. The new CRPS 2000 W broadens product portfolio of FSP Group and meets data center requirements for telecommunications, data communications, cloud infrastructure and enterprise IT customers.

With existing CRPS power ratings from 550 W up to 2400 W, FSP provides makers a full series of power solution for server, networking devices for cloud and hyperscale environments. The series can address the market from entry level systems to power-hungry, high performance servers with space constraints. FSP2000-20HM is housed in standard CRPS enclosure measuring just 2.89 x 7.28 x 1.57 inches (73.5 x 185.0 x 40 mm), achieved by digital power topology and latest component packaging techniques.
Monday, October 25th 2021

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Drop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones Review - HD 650 in Disguise

Drop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones Review - HD 650 in Disguise

The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX is a success story unlike any other from Drop, having sold in excess of 135,000 units in 4+ years. We find out if there is still room for the HD 6XX and, by extension, the Sennheiser HD 650 in 2021, both as a reference set of headphones and purely for music and general purpose listening.
Origin PC EON17-X 30-Series Edition Review

Origin PC EON17-X 30-Series Edition Review

Origin PC's top-tier desktop replacement laptop has hit our test lab! This monster laptop not only sports a desktop i9-11900K Intel CPU, but also a fully fledged RTX 3080 NVIDIA mobile GPU made to match, giving this 300 Hz gaming beast some of the highest specs possible on any laptop. Extreme? You bet. Did you see the box?

AMD to Host Accelerated Data Center Premiere Virtual Event on November 8, 2021

AMD will host its Accelerated Data Center Premiere on November 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. ET, showcasing the company's upcoming innovations with AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators. The virtual event is slated to feature presentations from AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group Forrest Norrod, and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Server Business Unit Dan McNamara. The event will be accessible to the public at this page starting at 11 a.m. ET. A replay will be available and can be accessed after the conclusion of the livestream event.

Editor's Note: We expect AMD to announce several SKUs in its MI200-series "Aldebaran" compute accelerator family, along with a new line of EPYC "Milan-X" enterprise processors that leverage the new "Zen 3+" chiplet that comes with 64 MB 3D Vertical Cache memory on top of the 32 MB L3 cache.

SK hynix Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

SK hynix Inc. (or 'the Company', www.skhynix.com) today announced financial results for its third quarter 2021 ended on September 30, 2021. The consolidated revenue of the third quarter 2021 was 11.805 trillion won, while the operating profit amounted to 4.172 trillion won and the net income 3.315 trillion won. Operating margin for the quarter was 35% and net margin was 28%.

SK hynix achieved record high quarterly revenue since its foundation, and regained operating profit more than 4 trillion won after two and a half years since the fourth quarter of 2018. The increased semiconductor memory demand for server and smartphone (mobile) applications, alongside the improved product prices, contributed to the Company's record-breaking quarterly revenue.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 Released

AMD today released Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 beta drivers. These come with optimization for "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy," with over 21% performance improvement measured at 4K Ulra settings over the previous driver, as tested using an RX 6900 XT graphics card. Optimization is also added for "Age of Empires IV," where a massive 45% performance improvement was obtained at 4K max settings, using an RX 6800 XT. Other games optimized for is "Riders Republic" and "DOOM Eternal 6.66."

Among the issues fixed are missing CPU tuning feature in Radeon Software for some users with Ryzen 9 5950X processors, elevated disk space utilization with Multimedia Athena, task-switching blackscreens in certain multi-display environments, a game crash noticed in "Battlefield V" with RX 6600 series, and image corruption notived with Radeon Boost enabled in "Cyberpunk 2077" and RX 6700 XT.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 beta

Newegg Canada Jumps the Gun on Z690 Motherboard Sales

If you act quickly and live in Canada, you might be able to score an MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4 motherboard from Newegg Canada, as they currently have the board listed for sale. This gives us an official price for the MSI board, which also gives us a rough indication of what to expect in terms of a price bump over the Z590 boards.

Newegg Canada has the board listed for C$279.99 (US$227), which should be compared to the MSI Z590-A Pro, which is listed at C$234.99, or a price premium of C$45 or US$37. Considering that the boards are almost identical in terms of features as per our earlier look at the leaked image of the board, bar an extra M.2 slot and an additional PCIe x16 slot, it seems like we can expect a fairly steep price hike across the board (no pun intended) when it comes to Z690 motherboards, as these physical connectors are worth the additional hike in price.

Update: It would appear that Newegg has realised their mistake and the board is no longer listed for sale.

AMD to Implement TSMC SoIC Tech With Upcoming HPC Chips

AMD will debut TSMC's ambitious System-on-Integrated-Chips (SoIC) technology with its upcoming HPC chips, according to a DigiTimes report. A step toward rivaling Intel's Foveros 3-D chip stacking technology, SoIC will enable AMD to stack logic, memory, and I/O as separate chips within a single package. The article references a next-generation "HPC" chip, although it didn't delve into what this could be. Logically, AMD would want to integrate its EPYC and MI accelerator lines into a single package that can be used in HPCs. Such a product would combine its Zen-series x86-64 serial processing, with CDNA-series scalar processing, expertise in memory, leveraging large on-die victim-caches, and high-bandwidth memory (HBM); along with next-gen I/O.

Kingston Digital Releases Next-Gen KC3000 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced KC3000, its next generation PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD for desktop and laptop PCs. KC3000 SSD offers next-level performance using the latest Gen 4x4 NVMe controller and 3D TLC NAND ideal for power users who require the fastest speeds on the market.

By leveraging Gen4 technology, KC3000 delivers speeds up to 7,0000/7,000 MB/s read/write of blazing-fast performance and full capacities up to 4096GB2 for optimal storage. Users can keep up with demanding workloads and experience better performance with software applications such as 3D rendering and 4K+ content creation by upgrading the systems storage. KC3000 is built with high-density 3D TLC NAND housed in the industry standard M.2 2280 form factor to store even more and enable users to take advantage of PCIe 4.0 speeds. With the combination of performance and endurance, KC3000 is reinforced with a low profile, graphene aluminium heatspreader to effectively disperse heat and keep your drive cool during intensive workloads.
Kingston KC3000

Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5 leak, Alongside Details of Kingston's DDR5 Modules

We've already seen some official and some leaks of various DDR5 modules and now Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB modules have leaked. Alongside the pretty pictures, we also now know that these will be 5200 MHz/MT/s modules with a timing of 38-38-38-84 and that they'll require 1.25 V at these settings. Corsair has carried over its Capellix LEDs and iCue support, although this was pretty much expected.

Details of three sets of DDR5 memory from Kingston have also leaked and it looks like the company will have at least three main SKUs. What we're looking at is the ValueRam series with bog standard JEDEC spec at 4800 MHz with a CAS latency of 40, the Fury Beast which will feature the same clocks, but improved an CAS latency of 38 and finally a higher clocked Fury Beast SKU at 5200 MHz which a CAS latency of 40. All three SKUs will come in single 16 GB modules or 32 GB kits.

Genesis Unveils Zircon 550 Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse

Genesis Zircon 550 is a gaming mouse which can work both wirelessly and connected via cable. At the same it is very light, weighing only 90 g. The device is equipped with switches with 20 million durability and a high precision sensor. RGB Illumination completes the set. The Genesis Zircon 550 gaming mouse is a light, 90 g design. The meshed top facilitates air flow for the hand. It also bears the manufacturer's logo. Just like the roller and the strip running around the base, it can display all colors of the rainbow thanks to RGB illumination. The model can connect to a PC with two modes - via cable and wirelessly on the 2.4 GHz band with low latency. Wireless communication is enabled through a nanoreceiver, which can be hidden in the device.

High precision motion tracking is enabled through a PixArt PMW3325 sensor. The sensor sensitivity can be configured from 200 to 8000 DPI. According to the manufacturer, it manages acceleration up to 20 G and tracks movements with speed of up to 100 inches per second. The reporting is set at the 1000 Hz frequency. When buying the mouse, the user also gets proper software. It allows the user to change the functions of each of the seven keys, create macros, change the illumination settings, and save sets in the in-built memory as profiles.

Philips Launches 329M1RV and 279M1RV 120Hz Monitors for Xbox Series X|S

The gaming scene changed dramatically last year with the implementation of HDMI 2.1, a new enhancement in connectivity supporting a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 4K @ 120 Hz, a new level for console gamers. A few months ago, console enthusiasts welcomed the first model in the all-new range of Philips Momentum Designed for Xbox monitors, the 559M1RYV (55"/139.7 cm).

Philips Momentum Designed for Xbox console gaming monitors are built to provide the ultimate experience for next-gen console gamers by including the new HDMI 2.1 input, which enables next-gen console gaming with 4K resolution and a fast 120 Hz refresh rate for an ultra-clear and ultra-smooth gaming performance. Now, the Philips monitors portfolio has expanded to include the new 329M1RV (31.5"/80 cm) and 279M1RV (27"/68.5 cm) displays.

AxiomTek Introduces IPC970 4-slot IPC

Axiomtek - a world-renowned leader relentlessly devoted in the research, development, and manufacture of series of innovative and reliable industrial computer products of high efficiency - is pleased to introduce the IPC970, its new feature-rich, expandable 4-slot industrial system. This intelligent industrial computer is powered by the Intel Xeon or 10th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors (code name: Comet Lake S) with the Intel W480E chipset. The powerful edge computing system supports NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card with 10,496 CUDA cores and a whopping 24 GB of GDDR6X memory for powerful GPU computing capability. The ruggedized IPC970 enables simultaneous AI processing for intelligent AI computing at the edge.

The Axiomtek's IPC970 provides flexible expansion options with one I/O module slot and three PCIe slots plus one blank expansion slot. In addition, it has a full-size PCIe Mini Card slot for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/LTE modules, one M.2 Key B 3042/3050 socket for 5G wireless connections, and one M.2 Key E 2230 socket for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules. Its front-facing I/O design makes it easy to access and deploy. To ensure stable and reliable operation in harsh industrial environments, the IPC970 has a wide operating temperature range of -10°C to +70°C and a power input of 24 V DC (uMin=19 V/uMax=30 V) with power-on delay function, over-voltage protection, over current protection, and reverse voltage protection.

AMD Readies MI250X Compute Accelerator with 110 CUs and 128 GB HBM2E

AMD is preparing an update to its compute accelerator lineup with the new MI250X. Based on the CDNA2 architecture, and built on existing 7 nm node, the MI250X will be accompanied by a more affordable variant, the MI250. According to leaks put out by ExecutableFix, the MI250X packs a whopping 110 compute units (7,040 stream processors), running at 1.70 GHz. The package features 128 GB of HBM2E memory, and a package TDP of 500 W. As for speculative performance numbers, it is expected to offer double-precision (FP64) throughput of 47.9 TFLOP/s, ditto full-precision (FP32), and 383 TFLOP/s half-precision (FP16 and BFLOAT16). AMD's MI200 "Aldebaran" family of compute accelerators are expected to square off against Intel's "Ponte Vecchio" Xe-HPC, and NVIDIA Hopper H100 accelerators in 2022.


GIGABYTE is ready with its first AORUS-branded DDR5 memory kits. Pictured below is the first of its kind, which should give you an idea of the design for the series. The one pictured below is a DDR5-5200 two-module kit with 16 GB DIMMs, making up 32 GB, which is this generation's mainstream memory amount, as 16 GB (2x 8 GB) was for DDR4, and 8 GB for DDR3 (2x 4 GB). It features XMP 3.0, letting you effortlessly enable the advertised frequencies on a Z690 chipset motherboard. It's likely that the company designs other models with 8 GB DIMMs that have higher frequencies, or even 64 GB kits using "dual-rank" 32 GB DIMMs.

SilverStone Intros SUGO 16 Cube-Type Mini-ITX Case

SilverStone introduced the SUGO 16, a cube-shaped compact Mini-ITX case, designed for gaming PCs. Available in black (model: SST-SG16B) and white (SST-SG16W) variants, the case measures 200 mm (W) x 232 mm (H) x 280 mm (D), dry-weighing 2.66 kg. It serves up room for a Mini-ITX or Mini-DTX motherboard with up to two expansion slots. A cut-out in the front lets you easily slide in your graphics card, to which the case offers a maximum clearance of 27.5 cm (14.7 cm max height). The case gives you a choice of using either an ATX or an SFX PSU. When using an ATX PSU, the maximum CPU cooler height is 8.5 cm (enough for an AIO block or low-profile fan-heatsinks); but if an SFX PSU is used, you get room for up to 17.2 cm cooler height, which is plenty for tower-type coolers.

Using an SFX power supply also creates room for a single-fan radiator to be mounted along the case's front fan vent. The PSU bay opens out toward the front, hidden behind the front panel. An AC extension leads to a receptacle at the back. The rear has a 120 mm fan vent that can hold either a 120 mm rear exhaust fan, or a 3.5-inch HDD, or a 2.5-inch SSD (as mounts). Internally, there's just the one 2.5-inch bay. Behind the motherboard tray, there's a strategically located cutout letting you access the M.2-2280 slot that's typically located at the reverse side of the PCB for modern Mini-ITX motherboards. The SilverStone SUGO 16 is expected to go on sale later this week in Asia, at a price roughly equivalent to USD $90. It will reach Europe and North America in December.

Apacer Launches PA32CF Series Military-grade CFexpress Cards

In response to the demand for visual content, the pursuit of higher-resolution imaging and large amounts of stored data, Apacer, a leading global supplier of industrial storage and memory, has launched a professional-grade, high-endurance and military-grade CFexpress Type B card tailored for photographers and designers. Its excellent reliability and fast read/write speeds have made it a favorite among cinematographers. Apacer has been deeply involved in the industrial memory field for more than 20 years, and put its extensive experience in the audio-visual memory card market to work in developing this cutting-edge CFexpress card.

Apacer's CFexpress Type B cards are lightweight and extremely durable. They adopt only high-endurance NAND Flash ICs and also make use of high-speed PCIe Gen 3x2 interfaces, which have the advantages of ultra-high performance and extremely low latency. The continuous read/write speeds can reach up to 1,700 MB/s and 1,200 MB/s respectively, meeting the needs of next-generation high-speed cameras. They support 4K and 8K video capture as well as firmware adjustment for mainstream camera equipment, delivering a higher level of image detail and post-production tolerance. Through the CFexpress card, photographers and editors can enjoy the high performance brought by high-speed reading and writing everywhere, and also take advantage of high-resolution files and high-stability recording quality, capturing important moments at any time and putting no limits on audio and video creativity.
Sunday, October 24th 2021

Intel Core i9-12900HK Could Be The Fastest Mobile CPU Ever

The Intel Core i9-12900HK is the flagship processor for the upcoming 12th Generation Core Alder Lake-P mobile lineup with 14 cores and 20 threads. The processor was recently spotted on Geekbench 5 where it achieved a score of 1851 in the single-core test and 13,256 in the multi-core test which would make it the fastest mobile processor to date. While we have seen desktop processors included in workstation laptops before this processor could be the fastest chip designed specifically for mobile applications with it beating the recently released Apple M1 MAX and previous champion Core i9-11980HK. This potential title may not last long however with Intel expected to follow up with Alder Lake-S mobile processors that could feature up to 16 cores and 24 threads later in 2022. Intel is expected to launch the mobile Alder Lake-P lineup at CES 2022 alongside their Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards.

Intel Core i5-12600K 47% Faster Than Ryzen 5 5600X in Leaked CPU-Z Benchmark

The Intel Core i5-12600K is set to feature 6 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores running at base speeds of 3.7 GHz and 2.8 GHz respectively. These cores can boost to 4.9 GHz and 3.6 GHz with Turbo Max Boost 3.0 however we don't expect much more speed can be extracted out of them using overclocking so default performance with sufficient cooling should be close to max. We have recently seen some CPU-Z test scores for the processor from prominent leakers which show the chip scoring 746 and 7058 points in the single-threaded and multi-threaded tests when running stock on Windows 11. The processor was also tested with an unknown overclock on Windows 10 where it scored 79X and 72XX points respectively.

These scores are extremely competitive with them easily beating the Ryzen 5 5600X by 19.5% and 46.7% in single-threaded and multi-threaded tests. We still don't know where Intel will position the Core i5-12600K in the market so any judgment on the value of these processors will need to wait until release. While we don't currently know the expected MSRP for the Core i5-12600K we have seen pricing for the Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K at 469.99 USD and 669.99 USD respectively. Intel is expected to announce these Alder Lake desktop processors during an event on October 27th with general availability expected November 4th.

MonsterLabo Announces Return of The Beast v2 Fanless PC Case to Indiegogo

The Beast is a ATX fanless PC case with two heatsinks capable to cool down 400 W without moving parts. Made of a structure in steel and aluminium, the case holds two giant heatsinks of 3 kg each made of 20x heat pipes and 6x copper thermal drains. A design fully dedicated to the cooling. Launched in 2020, this first edition met a great success and was quickly sold out. The Beast is now back on Indiegogo in an updated version, with extended graphics cards compatibilities and exclusive options.

The Beast is 790€ and includes a riser gen4 (LinkUp), a full covering spreader for the graphics card (EKWB), a kit of thermal pads (Gelid Ultimate) and all the brackets and screws required for the assembly. Two prebuilt configurations are also available: Insane Edition (Ryzen 9 5900x & RTX 3080) and Extreme Edition (Ryzen 5 5600x & RTX 3070). Deliveries start in December 2021.

God of War PC Port Arrives on January 14, 2022

Santa Monica Studio, a video game developer, seated in Los Angeles and owned by PlayStation Studios, is the creator of the highly successful game God of War. Today, the company announced that they would be releasing a God of War port for PC owners, entering a whole new market. The PC port of the game will allow thousands of players to enjoy the story of Kratos and his adventures with a considerable boost to graphics. According to a company announcement, the PC port will allow fine-tuning of graphics settings, including a range of new technologies to back it.

Some essential upgrades over the console port include native 4K rendering and an unlimited frame rate. The company stated that the ambient occlusion pipeline had been upgraded with GTAO and SSDO tech, creating unique visuals. In addition to that, the game will feature support for NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Reflex low-latency technology. For controllers, the game will feature support for Sony's DualSense and DualShock4 controllers. And last but not least, ultrawide gamers are in luck as well, as the game will support a 21:9 aspect ratio. The game is going to be available on January 14, 2022, on the Steam storefront.

For some PC visuals, check out the images and the video below.
Saturday, October 23rd 2021

Intel Xe-HPG Arc Alchemist Graphics Card Alleged Pricing Points Towards $650-$825 Range

Intel's Arc Alchemist lineup of graphics cards, based on Xe-HPG GPU configuration, is nearing the launch. With the current situation with AMD and NVIDIA GPUs outputting graphics card prices over the default MSRP, we wonder how Intel would place pricing of its upcoming GPUs and fit inside the market. And today, we got the first round of speculations based on Intel's Arc Alchemist GPU giveaway called Xe-HPG Scavenger Hunt. There are two principal bundles: one worth $900 that includes Intel Arc merchandise, Xbox Game Pass PC for six months, Intel Premium Arc Alchemist graphics card, and one worth $700 that consists of three months of Xbox Game Pass PC, Intel Arc merchandise, and Intel Performance Arc Alchemist graphics card.

According to some preliminary calculations from Tom's Hardware, we assume that with the $900 bundle containing one Premium Arc Alchemist GPU and other prizes, the card will cost as much as $825 when all things get removed. Going down the ladder, Intel has paired a bundle worth $700 with a Performance Arc GPU, which is roughly worth $650 on its own. It indicates that the two Intel Performance and Premium Arch Alchemist graphics cards are respectfully worth $650 and $825. What will the final pricing look like? We don't know. However, we assume that it could be very similar to this. For more information we have to wait for the official launch.
Friday, October 22nd 2021
SilentiumPC Fera 5 & Fera 5 Dual Fan Review

SilentiumPC Fera 5 & Fera 5 Dual Fan Review

SilentiumPC comes out of nowhere to deliver a 1-2 combo of performance and value with the Fera 5 and Fera 5 Dual Fan CPU coolers. While simple and traditional in terms of design, both of these entry-level heatsinks trade blows with far more popular offerings.
noblechairs EPIC Compact Gaming Chair Review - For Small Players

noblechairs EPIC Compact Gaming Chair Review - For Small Players

The noblechairs EPIC Compact gaming chair is ideal for narrow spaces and short players, including children, of course. Don't let its small dimensions fool you, however. This chair is built to last the test of time. While pricing is stiff, you do get what you paid for with the noblechairs EPIC Compact.
ASRock B550 PG Riptide Review

ASRock B550 PG Riptide Review

ASRock brings the PG Riptide series to B550 with an affordable solution for APUs and PC gamers on a budget. It comes with 2.5 Gb/s LAN from Killer Networking and RGB and PCIe Gen4 support. This motherboard has a lot of the same features as the X570-based Riptide, so let's see if it can hit all the marks!

Intel's Attempts at Acquiring SiFive Fail to Deliver, Company Now Seeks IPO

Back in June, SiFive, a company focusing on providing RISC-V-based IP solutions, received an offer for a takeover from Intel. With a value of over two billion dollars, the company's request was on the table to accept. However, according to the latest report from Bloomberg, SiFive declined an offer and aimed to get an initial public offering or get acquired by an even larger vendor. What made the company reject, you might question?

Well, according to sources familiar with the deal, Intel's offer of two billion USD was not enough, and it interrupted the company's ideologies of operation. SiFive management didn't like how Intel would integrate the company in its roadmaps and decided to stay independent. For now, the company is looking to start an initial public offering or get acquired an even larger company that would respect its vision and guidelines, unlike Intel's offer.

Intel Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K Pricing Leaks

US computer component and electronics store Micro Center appears to have gotten ahead of things and listed the upcoming Intel Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K pricing on its website almost two weeks ahead of the official sale start. This should be MSRP pricing and if it's good or bad is a question of how you look at it, since both chips are significantly more expensive than their 11-series counterparts and much higher than the MSRP for those parts.

Intel's Core i7-11700K launched at US$399 and the new Core i7-12700K will beat that by $70, as it should launch at US$469.99, which seems like a large chunk of money to pay for the extra efficiency cores. The Core i9-11900K launched with a US$539 price point and the Core i9-12900K brings that up by US$130 to US$669.99. These prices are obviously not confirmed as yet, but Micro Center tends to be one of the cheapest places in the US to get CPUs, so we doubt there's any price gouging going on here.

First MSI Intel Z690 Motherboards Leak

So far, all of the leaked Intel Z690 based motherboards have been void of anything from MSI, but now we get a look at some of their upcoming models courtesy of a couple of different leaks.This gives us a pretty good look at several different market segments from MSI, although none of its really high-end models have leaked yet.

MSI's product stack is a bit cryptic, as we have a pair of MEG boards, one MPG board, one MAG board and a more entry level Pro board. Starting from the bottom working our way up, the Pro Z690-A WiFi appears to be a slightly beefier version of its current Z590-A Pro, with DDR5 support, a pair of 8-pin 12 V EPS connectors, as well as a fourth M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs. We don't spot any real stand-out features on this board, but it looks fairly competent for the market segment.

DeepCool Announces Free Mounting Upgrades for Intel LGA1700 Socket

DeepCool, a global brand and manufacturer of computer hardware and peripherals for enthusiasts, today announced that it will provide free-of-charge mountings kits for Intel's upcoming LGA1700 platform, enabling customers to continue using their existing DeepCool CPU coolers on the new 12th generation Intel Core CPUs (Alder Lake S). Additionally, current and future DeepCool coolers will also include the new mounting hardware.

Intel's new CPU will follow a new hybrid architecture that will be more powerful than previous generations through the use of high-performing, efficient cores. This new architecture will have a direct impact on the appearance of the CPU, as Alder Lake features an additional 500 contacts compared to its predecessors (i.e., 1200 to 1700); as a result, the socket had to be greatly enlarged.

G.SKILL Announces New Ripjaws S5 Series Low-Profile Performance DDR5 Memory

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the Ripjaws S5 series, an all-new low-profile, high-performance DDR5 memory kit designed for the latest DDR5-enabled platform. Each Ripjaws S5 is created with hand-screened high performance memory ICs that have undergone strict G.SKILL performance testing to provide the best performance, compatibility, and stability. Available in matte black or matte white, the design of Ripjaws S5 is an ideal match for any PC builds for gamers, enthusiasts, and modders who are looking for the perfect trinity of speed, capacity, and style.

Built upon decades of experience in developing high-performance memory, the G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 DDR5 memory series is engineered with high-quality hand-screened ICs, designed for high-speed performance, and tested for compatibility across a wide range of DDR5-enabled motherboards. At launch, Ripjaws S5 is available up to DDR5-6000 memory speed, making this the ideal choice for experiencing the high-performance of next-gen DDR5 memory.

Galaxy Shows off First DDR5 AIDA64 Memory Benchmarks

Remember the "Lego"/"Tetris" DRAM modules that Galaxy was showing off last week? Well, now we have the first benchmarks of said memory running at 4,800 MHz/MT/s with standard timings of 36-36-36-76 and the results are pretty much in line with DDR4 at the same clocks, but with a CAS latency of 19. That said, this doesn't take the latency into account and this is where the issue lies, just as expected.

Despite the change in memory architecture by going to a dual 32-bit bus per DIMM, instead of a 64-bit bus, there is somewhat surprisingly no real gains to be had in AIDA64, even when using two DIMMs. Earlier AIDA64 DDR5 memory benchmarks have only been with a single DIMM, so it has been a bit hard to compare the performance. However, the latency is up by about 30 ns compared to equivalent speed DDR4 memory, which is quite a jump. This does admittedly happen every time there's a transition to a new DRAM technology, but the increase in memory latency has never been this high before. Hopefully RAM with tighter timings and improved CPU memory controllers will help reduce the latency over time, since it'll have an adverse affect on a lot of things, least not many games.

GIGABYTE Z690 AERO D Combines Function with Absolute Form

GIGABYTE's AERO line of motherboards and notebooks target creators who like to game. The company is ready with a premium motherboard based on the Intel Z690 chipset, the Z690 AERO D. This has to be the prettiest looking motherboard we've come across in a long time, and it appears to have the chops to match this beauty. The Socket LGA1700 motherboard uses large ridged-aluminium heatsinks over the chipset, M.2 NVMe slots, and a portion of the rear I/O shroud. Aluminium fin-stack heatsinks fed by heat-pipes, cool the CPU VRM. You get two PCI-Express 5.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with both populated). As an AERO series product, the board is expected to be loaded with connectivity relevant to content creators, although the box is missing a Thunderbolt logo. We expect at least 20 Gbps USB 3.2x2 ports, and 10 GbE networking, Wi-Fi 6E.

Intel Reports Third-Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Intel Corporation today reported third-quarter 2021 financial results. "Q3 shone an even greater spotlight on the global demand for semiconductors, where Intel has the unique breadth and scale to lead. Our focus on execution continued as we started delivering on our IDM 2.0 commitments. We broke ground on new fabs, shared our accelerated path to regain process performance leadership, and unveiled our most dramatic architectural innovations in a decade. We also announced major customer wins across every part of our business," said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. "We are still in the early stages of our journey, but I see the enormous opportunity ahead, and I couldn't be prouder of the progress we are making towards that opportunity."

In the third quarter, the company generated $9.9 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion. Intel CFO George Davis announced plans to retire from Intel in May 2022. He will continue to serve in his current role while Intel conducts a search for a new CFO and until his successor is appointed. Third-quarter revenue was led by strong recovery in the Enterprise portion of DCG and in IOTG, which saw higher demand amid recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Client Computing Group (CCG) was down due to lower notebook volumes due to industry-wide component shortages, and on lower adjacent revenue, partially offset by higher average selling prices (ASPs) and strength in desktop.
Thursday, October 21st 2021

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
Montech Air 1000 Lite Review

Montech Air 1000 Lite Review

The Montech Air 1000 Lite is a really interesting chassis since the brand is known for pushing the price-performance barrier while including new engineering and keeping functionality in mind. Let's see if the Air 1000 Lite manages to impress or is nothing but hot air.
Quick Look: ASUS ROG Strix Arion NVMe Enclosure

Quick Look: ASUS ROG Strix Arion NVMe Enclosure

The ASUS ROG Strix Arion is most likely one of the coolest NVMe enclosures out there to date with its ASUS AURA-capable ARGB lighting. Its rugged housing also acts as a heatsink, and there is a unique tool-less assembly method and good set of extras.
HIFIMAN TWS800 High Impedance True Wireless Earphones Review

HIFIMAN TWS800 High Impedance True Wireless Earphones Review

HIFIMAN's new TWS800 is a true wireless set of earphones that has more in common with IEMs and some high-fidelity headphones than other TWS devices. Featuring a 150 Ω driver and dedicated amplifier module inside each earbud, this is a review you need to see to believe and appreciate!

AMD Rembrandt 8-Core Zen 3+ Mobile APU Spotted

The first trace of AMD's upcoming Ryzen 6000 mobile series has recently appeared with a processor of OPN code 100-000000518-41_N surfacing in the UserBenchmark database with the socket listed as FP7 which is the rumored platform for AMD's 6 nm Rembrandt family. The engineering sample features 8-cores and 16-threads with a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost of 4.1 GHz along with an integrated RDNA2 iGPU.

This marks the move from Vega to Navi 2 for the integrated GPU which should result in significant graphics performance and efficiency improvements. The processor was paired with a single 16 GB DDR5 memory module from Corsair running at 4800 MHz CL40, the computer is also listed as Corsair Xenomorph which is interesting as we are not aware of any plans for Corsair to release laptops. AMD is expected to announce Rembrandt at CES 2022 and the processors have allegedly already entered production.

Windows 11 Performance Issues on Ryzen Fixed by Updates from Microsoft and AMD

Microsoft and AMD on Thursday released software updates that fix the two performance issues affecting AMD Ryzen processors with Windows 11. The two issues were abnormally high L3 cache latency, and a broken "Preferred Cores" system. The companies had assessed that the issues impact performance of Ryzen processors on Windows 11 by as much as 15%.

The two issues are fixed in separate methods. The L3 cache latency bug is improved through a Windows Update patch, which has been released now as an Update Preview (an Update Preview is not a "beta," but a software update released ahead of its designated "patch Tuesday"). The Update Preview is chronicled under KB5006746, and Windows 11 systems updated with this, get their OS build version set as "build 22000.282." The next update restores the Preferred Cores mechanism that leverages UEFI-CPPC2. This update comes in the form of an AMD Chipset Software update. You'll need to download and install both of the following:

DOWNLOAD: Windows 11 October 21, 2021 Update Preview KB5006746 | AMD Chipset Driver Software
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