Friday, May 27th 2022

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
1MORE EVO Active Noise Cancellation TWS Earphones Review

1MORE EVO Active Noise Cancellation TWS Earphones Review

1MORE completes its current TWS earphone cycle with the new EVO flagship hybrid ANC earphones. It adopts a dual-driver setup and LDAC codec support to distinguish itself in a crowded market, and adds a feature-rich app combined with touch controls and tuning from a Grammy-award winning artist to seal the deal.

Thermal Grizzly Announces Contact Frame For Intel Alder Lake, Promises to Reduce Temperatures by up to 10º

Thermal Grizzly has developed a new Contact Frame designed specifically to fix bending issues present with Intel's latest 12th Gen, Alder Lake CPUs. Developed in partnership with overclocking extraordinaire Der8auer, the new Contact Frame promises to lower operating temperatures on Intel's Alder Lake. According to the company, this improvement is achieved by fixing that platform's independent loading mechanism (ILM), which has been proven to slightly deflect the integrated heatspreader (IHS), reducing its heat transfer capability.

As tested by Igor's Lab, the new contact frame for LGA 1700 reduced the operating temperature of Intel's Core i9-12900K by as much as 10.19 °C - from 70.48 °C without the Contact Frame and towards 60.29 °C after it was installed. The CPU was configured to run popular stress test Prime95, with Small FFT at a fixed 5 GHz frequency on its P-cores. The processor's E-cores were deactivated so as not to compromise the results, while the memory subsystem was run at DDR5-7000. Thermal Grizzly's Contact Frame isn't the only product in this category, and the company is introducing their product at €39.90 for the German and European markets (~$36 ). Enthusiasts have likely spent more in cooling upgrades that delivered a lesser final operating temperature result.

Rising Demand and Rush Order Pricing Drive 14.1% QoQ Enterprise SSD Revenue Growth in 1Q22, Says TrendForce

According to TrendForce research, North American data centers saw an improvement in components supply after February, driving a recovery in purchase order volume. As Server brands returned to normal in-office work following the pandemic, the increase in capital expenditures on related information equipment has also boosted order growth. The addition of Kioxia's raw material contamination incident led to an increase in the pricing of certain rush orders, pushing up overall Enterprise SSD revenue in 1Q22 to US$5.58 billion, or 14.1% growth QoQ.

According to TrendForce, Samsung and SK hynix (including Solidigm) were the top two players in 1Q22. At the beginning of the year, demand from hyperscale data centers resulted in high inventory levels due to component mismatches, leading Samsung's order growth missing expectations. However, as repercussions from the WDC and Kioxia contamination incident hit NAND Flash production capacity in 1Q22, server customers quickly turned to Samsung for additional orders, driving the company's 1Q22 revenue to US$2.77 billion, up 14.8% QoQ.

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noblechairs Announces Darth Vader Edition HERO Gaming Chair

Introducing the noblechairs HERO Gaming Chair - Darth Vader Edition, available for pre-order from the noblechairs online shop and many authorised resellers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) from today. We have teamed up with Lucasfilm on a range of Star Wars inspired products. Our latest rendition of the HERO chair takes cue from the famous Dark Lord of the Sith's armour. For any enthusiast or fan of the epic Star Wars galaxy, this is a must-have when it comes to completing your gaming set-up. Search your feelings, you know it to be true!

The noblechairs HERO Gaming Chair - Darth Vader Edition features a black base in our PU leather, with velour accents. In the centre, you will find the chest box from Darth Vader's armour, with an embroidered noblechairs logo on the headrest. Completing its design, Darth Vader's helmet can be found stitched upon the back of the chair. Don't underestimate the power of the Dark Side, meet your destiny in this latest take on our HERO Gaming Chair

AYN Announces Loki Handheld Console Series with Alder Lake & Ryzen 6000

The relatively new handheld gaming console company AYN has recently teased what they claim to be 'The Most Affordable Windows Handhelds Ever Created' with the AYN Loki series. The company has previously released the ARM-based Odin handheld that could run Android and Windows for ARM. The Loki is the company's first Windows handheld launching with five initial variants including a single entry-level Loki Mini model featuring an unspecified Alder Lake U processor and 64 GB of storage costing 299 USD. The next three models each feature the AMD Ryzen 6600U paired with between 64 GB and 512 GB storage coming in at 499 USD to 699 USD. The AYN Loki MAX will feature an AMD Ryzen 6800U paired with 512 GB of storage costing 799 USD.

AQIRYS Announces Great Annihilator ALPHA Gaming Mouse

AQIRYS, the trending Romanian gaming brand, announces the launch of the most advanced gaming mouse in its portfolio, T.G.A. ALPHA. The model announced today is aimed at all those looking for a wireless gaming experience with pro-grade e-sports performance level accompanied by exceptional possibilities for out-of-the-box customization and joins the series of The Great Annihilator high-end mice.

Named after one of the rarest objects in space, The Great Annihilator mouse (aka T.G.A.) in its ALPHA expression packs the same impressive array of features and next-gen precision as the award-winning archetype. But this time in an incredible ultra-lightweight 65 grams design and with a significant boost in customization options to better fit your gaming style.

xMEMS Microspeakers Should Start to Arrive in Headphones Later This Year

MEMS or microelectromechanical systems have been around for some time and the technology has allowed for the miniaturisation of a wide range of things. If you're not familiar with MEMS, then the quick version is that it's a way of making movable parts out of the same type silicon used to make semiconductors out of, in the same kind of fabs. xMEMS is a company that has specialised in making what the company calls microspeakers using MEMS technology and the first headphones based on its microspeakers should arrive later this year. The company was demoing a 3D printed mockup together with an OEM manufacturer called Vencer at Computex and we got some hands and ear on time with them.

The 3D printed units aren't what you'd call amazing looking and the fit was far from perfect, especially as the foam eartips that were installed didn't form a proper seal for yours truly. As such it was impossible to make any kind of sound quality judgement on the show floor, but it would appear that MEMS earphones share a lot with balanced armatures, in that a good seal is needed for them to sound good. The demo unit connected via USB-C and what's not in the picture, was a rather big and unsightly three button control unit on the cord, which also contained a CX31988 audio codec from Synaptics. One interesting aspect of MEMS speakers is that they can be used in both open and closed modes, where the open mode would be used for things like having phone calls or instead of enabling ambient mode on ANC type earbuds. The closed mode would work like a normal pair of driver units inside your earbuds. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for a final product to arrive and put it through its paces, but we weren't given any indication on when retail products could be available, beyond sometime later this year.

Genesis Unveils the Helium 800 BT 2.1 Speakers with ARGB Illumination

Genesis creates a wide range of gaming accessories. One of its strongest products is the computer speakers Helium series, which has just been expanded with a new flagship model. The Helium 800 BT not only has great specs, but also boasts impressive ARGB illumination.

The Genesis Helium 800 BT is a 2.1 speaker set with 60 W RMS power, distinguished by its 100 Hz - 20 kHz frequency response. The set is equipped with Bluetooth communication, as well as an optical (Toslink) and RCA input. The manufacturer added a controlling remote to the set, but it also includes a special panel on the subwoofer which allows user to change the volume and bass characteristics. The speakers also can work in ECO mode, which automatically switches them to standby mode, when they are not being used.

340 Watt GaN Charger for Gaming Laptops Displayed at Computex

Somewhat unexpectedly, there were a handful of exhibitors from the PRC at Computex and walking around the mostly empty show, we spotted a company called Wii Power (no relation to Nintendo) that had a range of rather interesting Gallium Nitride or GaN chargers on display. The headline product wasn't even the most interesting model on display, but at 340 W, it's by far the most powerful GaN based charger we've seen to date. Although it wasn't a final product based on the looks of the housing, it gives us some insight into what to expect from future laptop chargers. It's still a rather large power brick at 150 x 86 x 34 mm, but it can deliver 20 V at up to 17 A over the fixed power cable. In addition to that, it also has a USB-C port with support for USB PD and a range of other charging standards that can deliver up to 45 W.

The company showed off another charger that has a combined output of 240 W and the primary USB-C port supports revision 3.1 of the USB PD standard and can deliver 140 W on its own. The secondary USB-C port can deliver another 100 W, but what makes this product interesting outside of this, is that Wii Power offers an adapter that can combine both of these outputs into a single 240 W output for charging more demanding laptops. There's even a third USB-C port and a USB-A for peripheral or phone charging, although each port is limited to 30 W and the total output can never exceed 240 W. A built-in display shows the Voltage, Amperage and Wattage that's being put out. It's still rather chunky at 130 x 80 x 32 mm, but considering the power it can put out, it's more compact than most similar non GaN chargers. Finally the company had a compact USB PD 3.1 travel charger that can again deliver up to 140 W, which is the equivalent of 28 V at 5 A. We're not expecting to see any of these products in their current guise in retail, but it's a clear sign of what to expect in terms of future charging products.

Intel Taps Factory Network to Overcome Substrate Shortages

Intel today recognized the contributions of its Vietnam site to alleviating constraints in the global semiconductor supply chain. Thanks to an innovative approach to processing substrates in its assembly and test factory, Intel delivered millions of additional units of chip production over the past year - meeting customer demand while the industry struggled to weather a shortage of this critical component.

"This initiative is a terrific example of how integrated manufacturing is foundational to Intel's success. Our global factory network and supplier ecosystem directly enable a more adaptable and resilient supply of products. Over the past year, as substrates were constrained across the industry, our ability to leverage internal capacity created more than $2 billion in revenue upside for Intel, allowing us to respond with agility to meet dynamic customer demand," said Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel executive vice president and chief global operations officer.
Thursday, May 26th 2022

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Desktop PC
Graphics Cards
Gamesense MVP Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Gamesense MVP Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Equipped with PixArt's PAW3370 sensor, the MVP Wireless promises a battery life of up to 64 hours. Kailh GM 4.0 switches are used for virtually all buttons, and at a weight of 76 g, no visible holes are utilized for weight reduction. Pure PTFE feet complete the package.

AMD RDNA 3 GPUs to Support DisplayPort 2.0 UHBR 20 Standard

AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 7000 series of graphics cards based on the RDNA 3 architecture are supposed to feature next-generation protocols all over the board. Today, according to a patch committed to the Linux kernel, we have information about display output choices AMD will present to consumers in the upcoming products. According to a Twitter user @Kepler_L2, who discovered this patch, we know that AMD will bundle DisplayPort 2.0 technology with UHBR 20 transmission mode. The UHBR 20 standard can provide a maximum of 80 Gbps bi-directional bandwidth, representing the highest bandwidth in a display output connector currently available. With this technology, a sample RDNA 3 GPU could display 16K resolution with Display Stream Compression, 10K without compression, or two 8K HDR screens running at 120 Hz refresh rate. All of this will be handled by Display Controller Next (DCN) engine for media.

The availability of DisplayPort 2.0 capable monitors is a story of its own. VESA noted that they should come at the end of 2021; however, they got delayed due to the lack of devices supporting this output. Having AMD's RDNA 3 cards as the newest product to support these monitors, we would likely see the market adapt to demand and few available products as the transition to the latest standard is in the process.

AMD Clarifies Ryzen 7000 "Zen 4" TDP and Power Limits: 170W TDP, 230W PPT

The mention of "170 W" in one of the slides of AMD's Computex 2022 reveal of the upcoming Ryzen 7000 "Zen 4" desktop processors, caused quite some confusion as to what that figure meant. AMD issued a structured clarification on the matter, laying to rest the terminology associated with it. Apparently, there will be certain SKUs of Socket AM5 processors with TDP of 170 W. This would be the same classical definition of TDP that AMD has been consistently using. The package-power tracking (PPT), a figure that translates as power limit for the socket, is 230 W.

This does not necessarily mean that there will be a Ryzen 7000-series SKU with 170 W TDP. AMD plans to give AM5 a similar life-cycle to AM4, which is now spanning five generations of Ryzen processors, and the 170 W TDP and 230 W PPT figures only denote design goals for the socket. AMD, in a statement, explained why it needed to make AM5 capable of delivering much higher power than AM4 could—to enable higher CPU core-counts in the future, more on-package hardware, and for new capabilities like power-hungry instruction-sets (think AVX-512). AMD has been calculating PPT as 1.35 times TDP, since the very first generation of Ryzen chips. For a 105 W TDP processor, this means 140 W PPT, and the same formula continues with Ryzen 7000 series (230 W is 1.35x 170 W).
The AMD statement follows.

ASRock Reveals More Details About its Range of X670E Motherboards

Although there was a leak with a partial picture of the ASRock X670E Taichi board just days before Computex 2022 kicked off, it was hard to draw any real conclusions from it. The company has revealed more details about it, alongside the X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Steel Legend and the X670E Pro RS. Let's start with the plain X670E Taichi, since this was the board that leaked. As is obvious now, the board doesn't feature a fan on the chipset heatsink, but rather a set of cogs, something we've seen before from ASRock. The board has very limited expansion options when it comes to PCIe slots, with a pair of x16 slots, which are sharing the 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes from the CPU and that's it. ASRock has gone for four M.2 slots, of which one is PCIe 5.0, most likely the one next to the memory slots. Interestingly, ASRock has kitted out the X670E Taichi with Thunderbolt 4, which means we're looking at an Intel chip here and there should also be support for USB4 and the two ports are located around the back of the board.

Cooler Master Launches GM Series Curved Monitors with Quantum Dot Technology

Cooler Master launches the availability of the all-new GM Series Curved Monitor lineup for work and play. The ultra-fast GM27-CFX with a 240 Hz refresh rate is available starting today May 26 2022 while the ultra-wide GM34-CWQ ARGB hits shelves on May 30 2022.

Cooler Master's new FHD GM27-CFX 1500R Curved monitor delivers outstanding performance for "Work & Play" Setups with a 98% DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage. The GM27-FQX runs an ultra-fast 240 Hz framerate with 0.5 ms response time and features quantum dot picture quality enabling a 3001:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks and bright whites.

Broadcom to Acquire VMware for Approximately $61 Billion in Cash and Stock

Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO), a global technology leader that designs, develops and supplies semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions, and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced an agreement under which Broadcom will acquire all of the outstanding shares of VMware in a cash-and-stock transaction that values VMware at approximately $61 billion, based on the closing price of Broadcom common stock on May 25, 2022. In addition, Broadcom will assume $8 billion of VMware net debt.

VMware, a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, pioneered virtualization technology, an innovation that positively transformed x86 server-based computing. VMware then created the software-defined data center and played a leading role in virtualizing networking and storage, before evolving to become a hybrid cloud and digital workspace leader. Today, VMware's multi-cloud portfolio, spanning application modernization, cloud management, cloud infrastructure, networking, security and anywhere workspaces, forms a flexible, consistent digital foundation on which the largest and most dynamic enterprises across industries build, run, manage, connect and protect their most important and complex workloads for the benefit of their customers.

New Cincoze DV-1000 Industrial Embedded Computer Brings Power to Edge Computing

Today, rugged embedded computer brand Cincoze added the high-performance and essential DV-1000 rugged embedded computer series to its DIAMOND product line. The DV-1000 is a high-performance embedded computer with a compact chassis and flexible expansion options. It is an excellent fit for high-performance industrial applications with limited installation space, such as smart manufacturing, machine vision, and railway computing. With Cincoze's unwavering focus on smart manufacturing, the new DV series rounds out the Cincoze DIAMOND product line, providing industrial customers more performance, scalability, size, power, and certification options. Cincoze now holds its selection of product series to satisfy every requirement as a key advantage in smart manufacturing.

The DV-1000 has a footprint of only half a sheet of A4 paper, with a chassis measuring 224 × 162 × 64 mm, and is powered by a 9/8th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 CPU (Coffee Lake-R S series) that supports up to 128 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory. Storage options include 1x 2.5 SATA HDD/SSD tray, 2x mSATA slots, and 1x M.2 Key M 2280 slot for a high-speed NVMe SSD. It is small in size, but it can meet applications in different fields with high-speed computing and multiple storage options.

Chieftec Announces BE-10B-300 Compact Case

Today CHIEFTEC is proud to introduce BE-10B-300. The BE-10B-300 joins the Uni Series of CHIEFTEC as a classic small form factor chassis that still offer all the flexibility needed for a modern office desktop PC.

With a total volume of less than 9 liters, this case still supports Slim ODD, m-ATX motherboards and comes pre-installed with a 300 W 80 Plus Bronze PSU, as well as an 80 mm fan. A total of four USB ports in the front completes the functionality of the BE-10B-300.

Biostar Shows Off X670E Valkyrie at Computex 2022

Biostar is seemingly trying to become more competitive in the consumer motherboard market and although the company has some catching up to do with the tier one motherboard brands, the company has put out some more interesting products in the past couple of years. Its VX670E Valkyrie motherboard seems to sit near the middle of the X670E models that have been announced so far, although it's a little bit hard to tell, as the company only provided partial specs. As this is an AMD X670E based board, the PCIe x16 slot is using PCIe 5.0, although it's multiplexed with the second x16 slot, which means if both slots are used, the bandwidth drops down to eight lanes per slot. The board layout doesn't suggest any PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots, but as this is mandatory on X670E board, we have to presume that the M.2 slot right below the x16 PCIe slot, is the PCIe 5.0 one. The board has a further three M.2 slots, as well as what appears to be an empty M.2 E-keyed slot for a WiFi/Bluetooth module.

Other features listed by Biostar includes 2.5 Gbps Ethernet via a Realtek chip, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, six SATA 3 ports, one rear and one front header for USB Type-C Gen 3.2 2x2 (20 Gbps) ports, as well as Realtek based audio and a pair of ARGB headers. The board also has a debug LED and a few buttons and switches for resetting the CMOS, and powering the board on. Interestingly, Biostar also provided figures for the memory clock speed, as the company listed support for up to four sticks of DDR5 memory at 5600 MHz plus. AMD has already demoed higher memory clocks of 6000 and even 6400 MHz during its keynote, as supported by the footnotes that went alongside it, suggesting that this might just be a placeholder. Intel officially only supports 4800 MHz DDR5 memory, but speeds in excess of 6000 MHz doesn't appear to be an issue with the right motherboard and CPU combination. We'll have to wait and see what the official figures will be from AMD.

M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSDs Set to Increase to 25 mm in Width, Might Not Fit Older Motherboards

NVMe SSDs based on the M.2 form factor come in several different lengths today, ranging from 30 to 110 mm, although the 30 mm drives are rare and the 110 mm drives have so far been reserved for the server space. However, they've all had one thing in common, the 22 mm width, as otherwise there might be issues in terms of fitting the drives, especially in notebooks. However, it appears that the PCI-SIG snuck in a wider, 25 mm option for M.2 SDDs at the end of 2020, but seemingly forgot to mention it to anyone. The only reason we even noticed, was because Gigabyte listed its upcoming X670 and X670E motherboards as having support for 25110 SSD's, where you'd expect to see support for 2280 or 22110 drives.

An extra 3 mm in width might not sound like much, but many M.2 drives seem to be somewhat space constrained, mainly with regards to the passive components and the power regulation. It also seems like this is in preparation for PCIe 5.0 NVMe drives, where the host controller is expected to run hotter, even though it might not be as bad as initially expected. Regardless, it seems like motherboard makers are now making space for this slightly wider M.2 form factor, as well as implementing suitable cooling solutions to match. Whether we'll see drives using this slightly wider form factor or not, is still up in the air and one reason why the SSD manufacturers might choose not to go wider, is because new drives might not fit in older motherboards and laptops, if the clearance is too small.

MSI Reveals the MEG 342C QD-OLED Display at Computex 2022

Rather unexpectedly, MSI has become the third company to reveal a QD-OLED based display, after Alienware and Samsung. The MEG 342C QD-OLED as the monitor is called, uses—just like the Alienware—a curved 34-inch QD-OLED panel. However, MSI has gone for FreeSync Premium Pro over G-Sync Ultimate, which should hopefully result in a lower retail price. The resolution is also the same as on the Alienware, 3440x1440 and the two also share the same 175 Hz refresh rate, 1800R curvature, 1000 nits peak HDR brightness and DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification. MSI claims the same DCI-P3 colour gamut of 99.3 percent, but the MEG 342C has a lower sRGB colour gamut of 139.1 percent versus 149 percent for the Alienware.

MSI has added a few features that the Alienware lack, such as a USB Type-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode, KVM functionality and some MSI specific features such as a low blue-light mode and what the company calls "gaming intelligence". MSI also supports Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, something that it's unclear if the Alienware supports or not. The MEG 342C is said to ship factory calibrated with a dE <2, which might not matter to most gamers, but should be important to anyone planning to use the display for video or photo editing work. MSI didn't disclose any pricing, nor any availability date.

Team Group's DDR5 Industrial Server Memory Officially in Mass Production

To usher in the new era of DDR5 and satisfy the demands for precise, high-performance, real-time computing, and computer multi-tasking in servers, data centers, and industrial computers, the world-leading memory brand TEAMGROUP is officially announcing today that TEAMGROUP's DDR5 Industrial Server Memory is now in mass production. The DDR5 Industrial Server Memory targets applications in high-end servers and large databases and is integrated with TEAMGROUP's patented technology, welcoming a total upgrade for next-generational servers such as Intel Eagle Stream and AMD Zen 4 Genoa.

TEAMGROUP's DDR5 ECC DIMM and DDR5 R-DIMM Industrial Server Memory modules can reach speeds of up to 6400MT/s and storage capacities of up to 128 GB, with total energy consumption reduced to 1.1 V. TEAMGROUP has also introduced Row Hammer Protection Technology to support the DFE (Decision Feedback Equalization) function to offer robust support for data storage. The memory is equipped with TEAMGROUP's patented "TRUST technology", which stands for Temperature, Robust, Unique, S.M.A.R.T. technology, and Trusty. With the TRUST technology, the industrial server memory can ensure reliable performance under harsh environments of high temperatures, high humidity, sulfurization, vibration, and shock as well as improving the overall reliability and durability of the product to guarantee that the memory can satisfy the diversified demands of next-gen servers. In addition, the DDR5 Industrial Server Memory has adopted a brand new framework. The greatest difference between the DDR5 and DDR4 server memories is that the power management is now transferred onto the DIMM, in other words, TEAMGROUP has optimized redundant circuit designs on the server, providing its DDR5 products a greater system stability, lower power consumption, better performances, larger capacities, and more stable signals.

GIGABYTE Provides the Perfect Thermal Solution for Socket AM5 Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions today announced all AIO liquid coolers lineup and tower fans for multi-platform are attached with brackets for Socket AM5 to support the new coming AMD motherboards, which provides users the optimal CPU heat dissipation and hands-down system upgrade without changing coolers.

Considering the inconvenience of upgrade CPU fans along with platforms, GIGABYTE always takes into account of the platform variation in the initial design stage of Cooler and tower fan. After confirmed the continuity of AM4 brackets on the Socket AM5 platform, GIGABTYE proved that all AIO liquid coolers lineup and tower fans can provide the optimal thermal performance to the new platform through rigorous tests. For users who has bought GIGABYTE coolers or tower fans designed for multi platforms, no change or adjustment will be needed to suffice the new platform.

ASRock Announces X670 Motherboards, Radeon Graphics Cards, and Small Form Factor Cases

The long awaited AMD AM5 platform is finally debut! ASRock reveals a series of motherboard based on the revolutionary AMD X670 chipset including X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend for the high end and enthusiasts & X670E PRO RS for the mainstream. The new motherboards are equipped with many exciting features and new technology such as PCIe 5.0 & DDR5 capability, the insane IO capability including the support of Thunderbolt 4.0 has pushed the X670 platform even further into high end desktop category, ASRock went all out on the VRM design too, with total of 26 phases SPS Dr.MOS design on the X670E Taichi, it is the most powerful AM5 product ASRock can offer, and on top of that, there's a special edition motherboard X670E Taichi Carrara to celebrate the 20th birthday of ASRock!

ASRock also announces a selection of fascinating new motherboard such as B660/H610M-ITX/eDP, a whole new concept of customization by allowing an actual monitor panel can be mounted on the side of the computer chassis, ASRock is now working closely with chassis manufacture such as, Cooler Master, InWin, Thermaltake and Silver Stone to make this revolutionary concept happen, opens up countless possibility to personalizing your own PC. Also, the Z690 PG Riptide NFT Edition, a very first motherboard, was co-designed by thousands of people from the communities. Moreover, a high-end work station motherboard WRX80 Creator giving uncompromised performance for all kinds of content creation.

Samsung & Red Hat Announce Collaboration in the Field of Next-Generation Memory Software

Samsung Electronics and Red Hat today announced a broad collaboration on software technologies for next-generation memory solutions. The partnership will focus on the development and validation of open source software for existing and emerging memory and storage products, including NVMe SSDs; CXL memory; computational memory/storage (HBM-PIM, Smart SSDs) and fabrics — in building an expansive ecosystem for closely integrated memory hardware and software. The exponential growth of data driven by AI, AR and the fast-approaching metaverse is bringing disruptive changes to memory designs, requiring more sophisticated software technologies that better link with the latest hardware advancements.

"Samsung and Red Hat will make a concerted effort to define and standardize memory software solutions that embrace evolving server and memory hardware, while building a more robust memory ecosystem," said Yongcheol Bae, Executive Vice President and Head of the Memory Application Engineering Team at Samsung Electronics. "We will invite partners from across the IT industry to join us in expanding the software-hardware memory ecosystem to create greater customer value."

AMD Expands Confidential Computing Presence on Google Cloud

AMD today announced new Confidential virtual machines (VMs) on the existing the N2D and C2D VMs on Google Cloud, all powered by AMD EPYC processors. These VMs extend the AMD EPYC processor portfolio of Confidential Computing on Google Cloud with the performance of 3rd Gen EPYC processors in compute-optimized VMs.

A key Confidential Computing component provided by AMD EPYC processors is AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), part of AMD Infinity Guard. This advanced hardware-based security feature encrypts full system memory and individual virtual machine memory as well as isolating the VM memory from the hypervisor, without dramatically impacting performance. With the expansion of Confidential Computing in N2D and C2D VMs, Google Cloud customers now have access to advanced hardware enabled security features powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors that will help protect sensitive, wide-variety workloads.

Sonnet Announces McFiver PCIe Adapter Card with NMVe SSD, 10 GbE, and 10 Gbps USB Type-C

Sonnet Technologies today announced the McFiver PCIe Card, the latest offering in the company's expansive family of computer adapter cards. The McFiver card features five interfaces — two M.2 NVMe SSD slots, one 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Type-C ports — and fits neatly inside a single-width card space. The Sonnet card is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers with an available x8 PCIe slot, and with computers with Thunderbolt ports when installed in a Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion system with an available x8 PCIe slot.

Sonnet's McFiver PCIe Card enables users to add high-performance internal SSD storage, plus 10GBASE-T (copper), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), and 10 Gbps USB-C ports to their systems but requires only a single card slot (instead of the three slots single-purpose cards would occupy). The McFiver card mounts one or two single- or double-sided M.2 NVMe 2280 PCIe SSDs (sold separately) for ultra-fast file access; using today's highest capacity SSDs, up to 16 TB of storage may be installed. The card's 10GbE port connects to 10GbE network infrastructure and shared storage systems via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A cabling. The USB-C ports connect and power two high-performance USB peripherals, supporting a full 10 Gbps connection through each port, and providing USB bus-powered SSD, SSD RAID, and hard drive devices with up to 7.5 watts of power through each port.

Adata Launches IM2P32A8 and IM2P32A4 PCIe Industrial-Grade Solid State Drives

ADATA Technology, today announces two M.2 2280/2242 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 industrial-grade solid state drives (SSD), the IM2P32A8 and IM2P32A4. The firmware of both SSDs are NVMe 1.4 certified by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and complies with the PCIe 3.1 standard. Their read and write speeds and data transmission accuracy are ideal for industrial automation, servers, data centers, networking, surveillance, and transportation.

The IM2P32A8 M.2 2280 and IM2P32A4 M.2 2242 SSDs both feature WDC and KIOXIA 112-layer 3D TLC flash memory, support PCIe Gen 3 x4 and NVMe 1.4, deliver read and write speeds up to 3300/2900 MB/s, and 3K P/E Cycle ratings. To meet the needs of different applications, they come with capacities of up to 2 TB as well as lower capacities.

Phanteks Announces Upcoming Products Including New Chassis, Accessories, and Coolers

Phanteks introduces 3 new chassis; the new Eclipse P500A matte white, Eclipse G360A, Eclipse G500A, a new LCD screen module for the Evolv Shift XT and LGA1700/AM5 support for the Glacier One MP AIO coolers. The Eclipse P500A is a premium mid-tower case that combines high airflow performance with style. It features the Ultra-fine Performance mesh front panel for optimal airflow with dust filtration. The P500A will now be available in Matte White and replaces the original white color option.

Launching on June 8th, the G360A will feature a new design front mesh panel with increased air intake thanks to the enlarged mesh surface area. The case will also support up to 400 mm long GPUs, a new removable fan bracket, and pre-equipped 3x PWM DRGB fans. The G360A will be available in Satin Black and Matte White color options. Following the G360A, the G500A will have new features that include a better innovative design to the front and top for easy fan/radiator installation with a new look for the front mesh panel. The G500A will be available at the end of the summer and have the option of Satin Black or Matte White colors.

TerraMaster Launches D8-332 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Enclosure

TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products for home, businesses and enterprises, introduces the D8-332 8-bay professional-grade RAID storage offering up to 160 TB of storage and impressive speeds of up to 1600 MB/s. With Thunderbolt 3, the D8-332 can be connected with other Thunderbolt 3 devices or up to five other D8-332s making storage expansion easy. The D8-332 also supports a wide selection of RAID modes offering flexible storage configurations depending on your needs.

The TerraMaster D8-332 is ideal for creative professionals with demanding storage and file transfer speed needs. Its compact chassis with sturdy handle makes it easy to transport. With its impressive file transfer speeds, transfer hours of footages from a Blackmagic device to Adobe Premiere Pro in seconds. In turn, with uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit video, users can edit the ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 4444 XQ, and other data streams.

AMD EPYC "Bergamo" 128-core Processor Based on Same SP5 Socket as "Genoa"

AMD is launching two distinct classes of next-generation enterprise processors, the 4th Generation EPYC "Genoa" with CPU core-counts up to 96-core/192-thread; and the new EPYC "Bergamo" with a massive 128-core/256-thread compute density. Pictures of the "Genoa" MCM are already out in the wild, revealing twelve "Zen 4" CCDs built on 5 nm, and a new-generation sIOD (I/O die) that's very likely built on 6 nm. The fiberglass substrate of "Genoa" already looks crowded with twelve chiplets, making us wonder if AMD needed a larger package for "Bergamo." Turns out, it doesn't.

In its latest Corporate presentation, AMD reiterated that "Begamo" will be based on the same SP5 (LGA-6096) package as "Genoa." This would mean that the company either made room for more CCDs, or the CCDs themselves are larger in size. AMD states that "Bergamo" CCDs are based on the "Zen 4c" microarchitecture. Details about "Zen 4c" are scarce, but from what we gather, it is a cloud-optimized variant of "Zen 4" probably with the entire ISA of "Zen 4," and power characteristics suited for high-density cloud environments. These chiplets are built on the same TSMC N5 (5 nm EUV) process as the regular "Zen 4" CCDs.
Wednesday, May 25th 2022

Today's Reviews

CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
HiBy R5 (Gen 2) Digital Audio Player Review

HiBy R5 (Gen 2) Digital Audio Player Review

HiBy is a popular brand in the audio world for its digital audio players (DAPs), and we examine its latest offering, the new R5 (Gen 2) player that offers a good balance of sound quality and efficiency on top of a dedicated Class A amplifier mode and the highly configurable HiBy mobile OS.
HiBy Lasya In-Ear Monitors Review - Carbon Nanotube Dynamics!

HiBy Lasya In-Ear Monitors Review - Carbon Nanotube Dynamics!

HiBy steps beyond its forte of technological engineering to put out a new set of wired IEMs that employs a carbon nanotube-based dynamic driver. It comes in three vibrant color options and boasts a highly ergonomic design paired with premium accessories, all while claiming to make vocals shine brightly.

EK Unveils EK-Quantum Vector² for RTX 3090 Ti TUF Gaming and ROG Strix

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is introducing new Vector² water blocks, this time for the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and ASUS TUF RTX 3090 Ti GPUs. This product series contains a dedicated GPU water block with an included aluminium backplate, an ultimate GPU cooling enclosure in the form of a set of water blocks and active backplate, but also an alternative nickel-plated backplate and side cover to customize your water-cooled ROG Strix RTX 3090 Ti or ASUS TUF RTX 3090 Ti GPU to your own desires.

The EK-Quantum Vector² Strix/TUF RTX 3090 Ti D-RGB is a complete liquid cooling solution that includes a new Vector² water block, a black-anodized aluminium backplate, and a mounting mechanism. Minimalistic straight lines dominate the new look of the next-gen water blocks.

HDPlex Intros World's Smallest ATX PSU

HDPlex announced what it claims to be the world's smallest ATX power supply. Measuring 170 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm, this internal PSU is smaller than most 100 W-class laptop power-bricks, but packs a surprising 250 W of power output that's sufficient for most HTPC builds. The PSU uses highly efficient GaN FETs in its switching circuitry, to achieve its power density, with the company claiming 94% efficiency.

The PSU comes with a discrete AC receptacle on one end, and connectors for modular cabling, on the other. Cables include 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, three SATA power, one Molex, and two 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors. 250 W not enough? There's a unique feature that lets you sync two of these into a single unit, by combining their AC inputs through a Y-splitter, and an ATX signal cable.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2023

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported record revenue for the first quarter ended May 1, 2022, of $8.29 billion, up 46% from a year ago and up 8% from the previous quarter, with record revenue in Data Center and Gaming. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.64, down 16% from a year ago and down 46% from the previous quarter, and include an after-tax impact of $0.52 related to the $1.35 billion Arm acquisition termination charge. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.36, up 49% from a year ago and up 3% from the previous quarter.

"We delivered record results in Data Center and Gaming against the backdrop of a challenging macro environment," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "The effectiveness of deep learning to automate intelligence is driving companies across industries to adopt NVIDIA for AI computing. Data Center has become our largest platform, even as Gaming achieved a record quarter.

LG Launches New UltraGear Gaming Monitors, Including 48-inch OLED Version

LG Electronics (LG) has announced the launch of its new UltraGear gaming monitor lineup (models 32GQ950, 32GQ850 and 48GQ900). With an all-new design language, the latest display tech and a range of gaming and connectivity features, the 2022 UltraGear gaming monitors have what it takes to satisfy gamers' needs. Offering elite visual performance and speed, the flagship 32GQ950 comes equipped with a 4K Nano IPS display that features realistic color with Advanced True Wide (ATW) Polarizer technology, while the 32GQ850 has a QHD Nano IPS display with ATW and an ultra-high 240 Hz refresh rate, overclocked (O/C) up to 260 Hz. The new lineup also welcomes the 48GQ900, the UltraGear brand's much-anticipated first entry into the OLED gaming monitor category.

This year's LG UltraGear models sport an even sleeker gaming aesthetic with sharp, angular stands and the new Hexagon Lighting. Along with the new design identity, LG's 2022 monitors bring the latest HDMI 2.1 connectivity, enabling features such as variable refresh rate (VRR) and support for fast 4K gaming on PCs and the latest consoles. And, as one would expect, the new UltraGear lineup delivers beautiful, vivid picture quality and lightning-quick response time - the two 32-inchers courtesy of LG's advanced Nano IPS 1 millisecond Gray-to-Gray (GTG) display technology and the 48GQ900 via a premium, 48-inch, 0.1 millisecond LG OLED panel.

Amid Weakening Consumer Demand and Falling Prices, Total NAND Flash Revenue Declined 3.0% in 1Q22, Says TrendForce

According to TrendForce research, as manufacturers actively shifted production capacity to 128 layer products, the market turned to oversupply, resulting in a drop in contract prices in 1Q22, among which the decline in consumer-grade products was more pronounced. Although enterprise SSD purchase order volume has grown, demand for smart phone bits has weakened due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, the traditional off-season, and rising inflation. Client inventories have increased significantly, so it remains challenging for overall bit shipment volume to offset potential decline. In 1Q22, NAND Flash bit shipments and average selling prices fell by 0.5% and 2.3%, respectively, resulting in a 3.0% quarterly decrease in overall industry revenue to US$17.92 billion.

Although China's smartphone stocking momentum was marginally weak considering the off-season, due to sluggish supply on the part of Kioxia and WDC, Samsung's 1Q22 client SSD shipment bit growth was driven up by an influx of rush orders and North American enterprise SSD client orders also recovered significantly in March. Overall bit shipments increased by 9% QoQ and ASP decreased by 2% QoQ. In 1Q22, the NAND Flash portion of Samsung's electronics business posted revenue of US$6.32 billion, up 3.4% QoQ.

Ayar Labs Partners with NVIDIA to Deliver Light-Based Interconnect for AI Architectures

Ayar Labs, the leader in chip-to-chip optical connectivity, is developing with NVIDIA groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure based on optical I/O technology to meet future demands of AI and high performance computing (HPC) workloads. The collaboration will focus on integrating Ayar Labs' technology to develop scale-out architectures enabled by high-bandwidth, low-latency and ultra-low-power optical-based interconnects for future NVIDIA products. Together, the companies plan to accelerate the development and adoption of optical I/O technology to support the explosive growth of AI and machine learning (ML) applications and data volumes.

Optical I/O uniquely changes the performance and power trajectories of system designs by enabling compute, memory and networking ASICs to communicate with dramatically increased bandwidth, at lower latency, over longer distances and at a fraction of the power of existing electrical I/O solutions. The technology is also foundational to enabling emerging heterogeneous compute systems, disaggregated/pooled designs, and unified memory architectures that are critical to accelerating future data center innovation.

NZXT Announces the New-Generation H7 Case

NZXT, a leader in PC gaming hardware and services, today announces the next generation of our mid-tower cases - the H7. This new ATX case offers three new options - the H7, the H7 Flow, and the H7 Elite; each features better thermal performance for CPUs and GPUs, improved cable management channels, and tool-less entry for side panels. Every H7 features NZXT's simple, clean, and elegant design aesthetic.

The H7 features an opened-up top that allows for the mounting of 360 mm radiators and improved thermal performance. The cable management is upgraded, with widened channels, hooks to grab hold of difficult cables, and more space, making cable-routing simple. The side panels are tool-less, making for easy entry to update any parts, fix any issue, and check in on your gaming PC. These features are housed within a design inspired by the original H710 but smaller, sleeker, and with a clean finish and more color options to match any setup.

Lexar Announces 2 GB/s SL660 BLAZE Portable SSD

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is proud to announce the new Lexar SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD. The new drive offers gamers and creatives the latest USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 technology and blazing-fast NVMe performance with speeds up to 2000 MB/s read and 1900 MB/s write. It is perfect for boosting the performance of your consoles and editing work stations.

Beyond the outstanding performance, it's got style. The new Lexar SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD comes with RGB LEDs to create a lively atmosphere making your gameplay or work station more dynamic by adding a touch of color to your setup. The Lexar SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD also recently won the Red Dot Design Award which has recognized the best products for design in a given year since 1995. The international panel of experts and judges who reviewed the products that entered the competition were guided by assessment criteria such as the product's formal quality, ergonomics and longevity.
In addition, the Lexar SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD is durable as it is stylish and built with a premium aluminium enclosure and features a sandblasted finish for added protection against shock and vibration. It also features advanced security software with 256-bit AES encryption to protect essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion.

ASUS Previews RT-AXE7800 Router at Computex, 6 Antennas!

As Computex is a hybrid event this year, a lot of companies are showing off their products online and ASUS has shared a whole host of upcoming products. One that caught our eye was the upcoming RT-AXE7800 router, mostly because it resembles a boxy version of a German kaisersemmeln or kaiser roll when the antennas are folded down. Unfortunately, ASUS didn't share too many details about the RT-AXE7800, but it's a tri-band WiFi 6E router and ASUS claims that it supports wireless speeds up to 7800 Mbps, hence the model name. It supports 160 MHz wide channels, although this is pretty common in WiFi 6E routers, as is the 1024-QAM support and the 6 GHz band that ASUS shared that the router will support.

What we can tell from the pictures, is that it'll have a single 2.5 Gbps port that can be used as either a WAN or a LAN port, as well as four Gigabit Ethernet ports, of which one can be a WAN port, or it can be teamed with a second Gigabit port. Keep in mind that teaming doesn't actually give you double the bandwidth to a single client, it requires multiple clients to offer any kind of advantage, as well as a managed switch, alternatively a NAS or a server that supports teaming. Around the back there's a single USB 3.0 port and this is also where the power connector is located. It obviously has six foldable antennas and we'd expect to see more similar designs in the future, as consumer routers with supports for the WiFi channels in the 6 GHz band aren't allowed to have removable antennas. This will also apply to WiFi 7 routers, as it's a regulatory requirement.

Hands on With the Acer SpatialLabs View 3D Displays at Computex 2022

Last week, Acer unveiled its first two consumer implementations of its SpatialLabs 3D displays and the company is demoing its SpatialLabs technology at Computex this week, which gave TPU a chance to get some hands, or rather eyes on time. At the time Acer released the press release, it wasn't really clear how these displays work and we can now provide a lot more details on what makes these displays so special. The displays rely on a special lenticular lens, a pair of eye-tracking cameras and some very clever software algorithms. When the 3D mode is disabled, it looks just as sharp as any other display and there weren't any visible distortions or other distractions on the panel. Acer had multiple demos at its booth, of which one was an interactive demo with hand tracking, where you could pick items out of a treasure chest. Another demo showed various 3D renders and in both cases, the objects were protruding out of the display, as well as extending inwards and it was very convincing 3D demos, especially considering no glasses were involved.

The demos that matter more to the TPU readership should be the game demos, of which the main one was God of War running on a desktop PC. Acer claims to support some 500 game titles today and although a custom launcher is required to get the 3D effect in games, Acer told us that games from Steam, Epic etc. should work just fine via its launcher. Here the 3D effect is more of a depth effect, since unless the game in question incorporates support for the display, there's no way to get objects in the game to protrude out of the display. The game did get that extra 3D dimension that older solutions that rely on glasses had, but the overall feeling was very different. Sadly there's no way of presenting what it was like using the display, but it was very much an impressive experience.

Alphacool Announces the ES Guardian Powerfan Hub

Server and industrial fans have a very high power consumption due to their enormous performance. For that reason, they can usually only be connected directly to the power supply unit, since the existing connections on the standard mainboards cannot provide the necessary power. The problem is that the function of the fans cannot be checked, monitored or controlled via the motherboard. For this, Alphacool offers a smart and efficient solution to this problem with the ES Guardian 4-Port Powerfan Hub.

The ES Guardian 4-Port Powerfan Hub is placed at the desired position in the server case, connected to the server's power supply and connected to the mainboard via PWM cable. 4 industrial fans can be supplied with sufficient power and monitored and controlled via the BIOS. If a fan is defective, an error message can be issued by the mainboard and the problem can be quickly rectified. The Guardian Powerfan Hub also has 2 CAN bus connectors, which allow additional functions when using a CAN bus controller and the associated software.

Antec Announces the Cannon Elite-tier Chassis

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest full-tower eATX Gaming Chassis: the Cannon. Combined with the technological aesthetics and a unique case structure design, the new Antec Cannon is an aluminium alloy made open-air gaming case well equipped with high compatibility and layout for high-end PC components. The Cannon full-tower measures 604 x 261 x 481 mm (DxWxH) and will easily meet every PC-DIY user's need as far as styling, functions, and uniqueness are concerned. The case is now commercially available from 495€ (suggested retail price including VAT).

The Cannon has space for two separate individual liquid cooling loops which can be installed at the same time. This layout provides an extra-high standard of cooling for the GPU and CPU. The diversified configurations provide many options for high-end PC-DIY users to enjoy their creativity.

Crucial Announces P3 and P3 Plus Value M.2 NVMe SSDs

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced the upcoming availability of two new consumer storage products, the Crucial P3 Plus Gen4 NVMe and Crucial P3 NVMe solid state drives (SSDs), as an expansion of its award-winning Crucial NVMe SSD product portfolio. The all new Crucial P3 Plus SSD product line will deliver attractive price-performance metrics with sequential read/write speeds up to 5000/4200 MB/s, while next-generation Crucial P3 SSDs will provide read/write speeds up to 3500/3000 MB/s. Both drives will be available in capacities up to 4 TB, making them the ideal scalable storage solutions that professionals, creatives, gamers and other high-performance users need.

"For users that have been waiting to upgrade their PCs to Gen4 SSDs, the wait is over. With the forthcoming availability of the new Crucial P3 Plus SSD, anyone seeking high-performance SSDs can upgrade to NVMe Gen4 storage and affordably futureproof their PC," said Teresa Kelley, vice president and general manager of Micron's Commercial Products Group. "Both the Crucial P3 Plus and P3 SSD products will strengthen our overall SSD portfolio and NVMe product category by offering competitive choices for high-performance storage that enables users to get more done in less time."

SteelSeries Launches the Arctis Nova Pro-series of Headsets

SteelSeries has released a pair of new headsets that builds on its well known Arctis-series, but brings with it a much more modern and premium looking design. Besides the overhaul of the design, SteelSeries has added support for 360 degree spatial audio and the company has also updated its GameDac, which is built around the ESS Sabre 9218PQ40 Quad-DAC. Other new features include an "AI-powered" noise cancelling microphone and a new headband design that's meant to be more comfortable. The wired Arctis Nova Pro comes in a PC and Xbox version, both sporting multi-system connect with dual USB inputs, although 3.5 mm jack input is also supported. A nice touch is that the ear pads are attached with magnets and should as such be easy to replace.

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless on the other hand comes in three different versions, with a dedicated Xbox and Playstation version, as well as a PC version. Here, SteelSeries has also added active noise cancelling, which is not a feature you find on many gaming headsets. The ANC is using a 4 microphone hybrid system and has support for transparency mode. SteelSeries has replaced the GameDac with a wireless base station for the three wireless versions, which also charges the batteries, as SteelSeries has gone for user swappable battery packs. A 15 minute charge gives you three hours of usage, and a fully charged battery is good for up to 44 hours. Interestingly there's also an eight second power buffer, which allows you to hot swap the batteries, if you're fast. The wireless side of things consists of a proprietary low latency 2.4 GHz radio, as often is the case for wireless gaming headsets, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support. There's support for simultaneous use of both wireless standards, which is a nice touch and something we've seen from a couple of SteelSeries competitors. The Arctis Nova Pro has an MSRP of US$249.99, with the wireless version costing US$349.99.

addlink Unveils the AddGame SPIDER X5 DDR5 RGB Memory and AddGame A95 and A90 Lite SSDs

addlink Technology Co., Ltd, a global storage and memory solution provider, is proud to host its virtual expo from May 25th to June 30th and addlink is also launching the brand new DDR5 RGB gaming memory, AddGame SPIDER X5, DDR5-4800, 5600, and DDR5-6000. addlink Online Virtual Showcase 2022 has three major themes: AddGame SPIDER X5/S5 DDR5 Gaming Memory, AddGame A-Series M.2 PCIe Gen4x4 SSD for Sony PS5, and Micro SDXC U3 A2 card for Nintendo Switch. Addlink is excited to bring these products to the forefront for attendees to experience virtually.

The brand new AddGame Spider X5 delivers with speeds at 4800 MHz, 5600 MHz, and 6000 MHz. They are not only equipped with the Highest-Quality DDR5 components but also tested under the most stringent conditions. Spider X5 features a large lighting strip with dynamic multi-zone RGB lighting that is gorgeous and smooth. The RGB lighting can be configured and synced perfectly by motherboards from ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, and ASRock. The exclusive black Spider totem with a high-quality aluminium heatsink enables a more efficient heat dissipation.

ASUS Reveals 500 Hz ROG Swift Esports Monitor With E-TN Panel and G-Sync

Back in 2012, ASUS released the world's first ever 144 Hz monitor, and we've been chasing high refresh rates ever since. From the first 240 Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC display we released in 2017 to the first 360 Hz display in 2020, ROG is committed to pushing competitive gaming to new heights at every opportunity. Now, we're ecstatic to announce that we've done it again: introducing the ROG Swift 500 Hz, a groundbreaking new gaming monitor that refreshes 500 times per second, for the most fluid, fast-paced motion you'll find in modern Esports.

In competitive, intense firefights, every single millisecond counts. The ROG Swift 500 Hz draws frames more than eight times faster than typical 60 Hz displays in a single second, which means you have that much more time to get a leg up on your opponent in esports titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Overwatch, and Rainbow Six Siege. With super low response times and unprecedented improvements in input lag, the ROG Swift 500 Hz is the new benchmark in Esports, offering the same competitive advantage that made its 360 Hz predecessor the official display at last year's DOTA 2 The International championship. The ROG Swift 500 Hz features a 24.1-inch Full HD (1920x1080) panel, allowing your GPU to push as many frames as possible. ROG was able to push refresh rates to the limit by using new Esports TN (E-TN) technology, which offers 60% better response times than standard TN panels, allowing us to reach a new milestone in speed and clarity.

OWC Atlas Pro and Atlas Pro Ultra CFexpress Type-B Memory Cards Now Shipping

OWC, a leading customer-focused creator of innovative solutions for over 30 years that have enabled individuals, businesses, creative professionals, and educators to get maximum usefulness from their technology investment, today announces it has tapped industry veteran Farshid Tabrizi to lead the new Atlas series of CFexpress cards, SD cards, and card readers.

Farshid Tabrizi brings the knowledge of over 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry building and leading successful business development, marketing, design, and manufacturing engineering organizations. A proven leader in the photo media storage ecosystem Farshid Tabrizi plans to expand the OWC storage media catalog with even more innovative products for years to come.
Tuesday, May 24th 2022

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards
Alphacool NexXxoS HPE-30 Full Copper 360 mm Radiator Review

Alphacool NexXxoS HPE-30 Full Copper 360 mm Radiator Review

Alphacool's new NexXxos HPE-30 360 mm radiator differentiates itself from other thin radiators by offering not only five G1/4" ports, but also flush-mounted stop plugs to aid in installation. In addition, it aims to offer improved thermal performance courtesy an updated radiator fin and core structure.
Pulsar Xlite Wireless V2 Review - What Has Changed?

Pulsar Xlite Wireless V2 Review - What Has Changed?

The Xlite Wireless has been among the most acclaimed releases in recent time. Accordingly, the V2 retains what made the V1 a success, while refining some details: No more holes on the sides, improved weight balance, and a revised scroll wheel.


GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, the world's leading brand of personal computers, which release the good news today. The AERO 17 Creator Laptop won the Best Choice Award 2022 - Category Award, which is regarded as a global procurement indicator by international buyers."This product is the latest laptop from GIGABYTE designed specially for professional creators. In terms of hardware specification, 4-side boundless bezel design, display technology and product design sides, it stands out from the previous generation and competitive product from other companies. We believed that AERO 17 is the gold standard for creator laptops" from the Best Choice Award evaluation committee.

GIGABYTE has targeted the professional creators' market, uniquely positioning itself: high performance with premium visual experiences. The mission of the GIGABYTE AERO laptop series is "Creativity Starts Here". We have responded to the needs and expectations of creators, to customize and modify their laptops. This year, the GIGABYTE AERO series product aspires to be a visionary masterpiece, ushering in the era of 17" Creator Laptops, with the introduction of 4K miniLED display technologies, along with an evolution in product design. Rooted in humanity and heading back to nature, its appearance has the pure aesthetic of the integrally formed chassis, crafted through CNC technology: a powerful core performance accompanied by minimalist design.

AMD Software Adrenalin 22.5.2 Released

AMD released the Software Adrenalin 22.5.2 beta drivers. These come with optimization for "Sniper Elite 5," the latest Year Two update of "Hitman 3" that adds real-time ray tracing, and a handful new Vulkan API extensions. The drivers also extend Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) to the Ryzen 6000 series processors with Radeon 600M-series iGPUs based on the RDNA2 graphics architecture. RSR gets a new feature that lets you adjust sharpness using a slider. AMD also introduced several under-the-hood optimizations for DirectX 11 for the RDNA2 architecture, which means up to 8 percent performance increase across the board on Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs in all DirectX 11 games.

With this release, AMD also introduced Privacy View, a feature that tracks your eyes using your web-camera, and only reveals those portions of the screen with clarity, which you're looking at. The company also introduced additional optimizations for "Watch Dogs: Legion," for Smart Access Memory (Resizable BAR), adding anywhere between 6 percent to 24 percent higher frame-rates, depending on the GPU. Grab these must-have drivers from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Software Adrenalin 22.5.2 beta

NVIDIA GeForce 512.95 Game Ready Drivers Released

NVIDIA today released the GeForce 512.95 WHQL Game Ready drivers. These come with optimization for the RTX and DLSS support for "Hitman 3," "Sniper Elite 5," and "My Time as Sandrock." A handful of issued were addressed with this release. Flags and banners flickering in Racedriver: Grid 2019, is fixed. Direct3D-related crashes in Adobe Premiere Pro were fixed. You can now adjust image-sharpening for Adobe Premiere Pro in the NVIDIA Control Panel. Grab the drivers from the link below.


Streacom Announces the DA6 Chassis

Streacom is pleased to announce the DA6, a vertical open frame SFF case with a unique take on design and construction. Our first exploration of a vertical orientation case was back in 2014 and culminated in the creation of the iconic DB4. The vertical layout was ideal for fanless convection cooling but also allowed for a compact footprint that, combined with the downward-facing ports, created a product that looked great from every angle. With the DA2 we produced our first case geared towards performance SFF builds and gained critical insights into the demands of gaming enthusiasts.

With these achievements under our belt we set out to create a vertical SFF case that could be used to showcase premium components, be versatile enough to meet the ever-increasing size and cooling demands of gaming hardware and of course, being Streacom, incorporate our premium and unique approach to design and assembly.

MSI Announces AM242 and AM272 Series AIO PCs and Modern MD272 Series Monitor

MSI, a world leader in high-performance and innovative computing solutions, announced the Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs. Featuring the exclusive software MSI Cloud Center, they can bring you a private cloud and help backup of your files between the mobile devices (Android & iOS) and Modern AM242 & AM272 Series. Their eye care technologies, built-in Full HD webcam, and ergonomic design with an IPS panel bring a wide viewing angle and enhanced viewing experience. Both models are designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.

The exclusive Cloud Center allows users to backup and download photos, videos, and any other files between the Android or iOS devices and Modern AM242 & AM272 series All-in-One PC. Just one click and it will automatically backup all of your photos & videos to the specific storage you want within a private intranet environment which ensures a safer private cloud environment. You can make these files accessible to your family or team members, or you can also make files as private as you want and you're the only one who can access them. The decision is in your hands.

MSI Gaming Reveals New Symbols to Identify the New MEG, MPG, and MAG Series

MSI breaks down its gaming products (Desktop/Monitor/Motherboard/PC Components) into three different segments, which are the MEG series, MPG series, and MAG series, to position the products in the market precisely and to satisfy the needs of different gamers. During the past few years, we have developed many products under these series and shared fascinating designs with gamers around the world. Now we are delighted to reveal graphical symbols designed for each series. The added symbols will not only generate a new visual identity but also clearly define each series. More specifically, with the involvement of new symbols, the new looks of the MEG, MPG, and MAG series will also be presented to gamers.

From early 2023, gamers will see the graphics being applied to gaming motherboards, gaming desktops, gaming monitors, gaming chairs, cases, power supplies, and liquid coolers. With our new symbols, we have defined the design languages of each series and planned to make the products look like they belong in the same family.

MSI SUPRIM Graphics Card Wins COMPUTEX 2022 Best Choice Award

We are pleased to announce MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X 24G Graphics Card, our iconic flagship graphics card, wins "Category Awards" among the COMPUTEX 2022 Best Choice. COMPUTEX 2022 is the leading global ICT and IoT show running for four decades and gathering established brands and startups from the ICT and computer industry. The trade show kicks off physically and virtually today May 24th.

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X 24G is armed with the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, built for ultimate performance paired with excellent cooling technology. Leading the way is the exclusive TRI FROZR 2 thermal design to support the demanding GeForce RTX 3090 Ti's power consumption. TORX Fan 4.0 features pairs of fan blades linked together focusing airflow into the heatsink. A large copper base plate and a matte-finish backplate ensures improved heat dissipation for VRAM and passive cooling through thermal pads. Arsenal of colors with RGB Mystic Light and customizable dynamic lighting options illuminate the outlook of the card. With Dual BIOS, users can quickly opt for low noise or additional performance with the flick of a switch.

Kingston Announces FURY Beast RGB DDR5 Memory

Kingston FURY, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announced today the release of Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB memory. The Kingston FURY Beast family boasts the first DDR5 module used to break 10,000MT/s, this latest addition to the portfolio features enhanced RGB lighting effects with a new heatspreader design that provides bright and smooth illumination.

Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB is the perfect solution to customise the style of next-generation DDR5 systems. Intel XMP 3.0-Ready and Certified, and qualified by the world's leading motherboard manufacturers, Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB lets users build with confidence. With Kingston FURY CTRL2 software, users can choose from a library of preset patterns and effects. Alternatively, users can customise the smooth and vibrant RGB effects to make their system completely unique. All Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB modules feature the patented Kingston FURY Infrared Sync Technology, which keeps the lighting effects in perfect lockstep.

ZOTAC Showcases a Universe of Possibilities at Computex 2022

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, joins COMPUTEX 2022 with exclusive unveilings at our Virtual Booth for you to discover. From the Metaverse ready wearable PC and professional mini workstation, to the smallest full featured system and ultimate graphics cards, our strong line up of innovative products invites all visitors to re imagine how we create, play and work in the new digital universe.

The next generation ZOTAC VR GO 4.0 brings unprecedented freedom of movement and the most reliable connectivity that no wireless VR device can provide. The all-new VR GO 4.0 Backpack PC is now equipped with more advanced technologies, enabling individual developers and 3D designers to visualize and realize all things creative in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), or Mixed Reality (MR) for VR content development, virtual entertainment, and more technical scenarios. While for everyone else, the addition of more powerful hardware allows for more visual fidelity and immersive VR experiences.

GIGABYTE Joins Computex to Promote Emerging Enterprise Technologies

GIGABYTE Technology, (TWSE: 2376), an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced its participation in Computex, which runs from May 24-27. GIGABYTE's booth will showcase the latest in accelerated computing, liquid & immersion cooling, and edge solutions, as well as provide an opportunity for attendees to get a glimpse at next gen enterprise hardware. GIGABYTE also announced plans to support the NVIDIA Grace CPU Superchip and NVIDIA Grace Hopper Superchip. With the new hardware innovations, GIGABYTE is charting a path to meet the requirements for the foreseeable future in data centers, accordingly many of those important technological modernizations that will be on show at Computex, as well as behind the NDA curtain.

Computex is unquestionably the world's largest computer expo, which has been held annually in Taiwan for over 20 years. Computex has continued to generate great interest and anticipation from the international community. The Nangang Exhibition Center will once again have a strong presence of manufacturers and component buyers encompassing the consumer PC market to enterprise.

Team Group Announces T-Force Delta RGB in DDR5-6600 and DDR5-6000 CL30

Thanks to the excellent R&D capabilities of T-FORCE LAB, global memory leader TEAMGROUP is proud to announce the release of two new specification upgrades of T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory. The overclocking RAM comes in a high-speed variant clocking in at 6,600 MHz and a low-latency variant rated at 6,000 MHz CL30. Samples have been sent to major motherboard manufacturers for verification testing. Through continuous improvements in product design and R&D capabilities, TEAMGROUP is able to deliver the ultimate high-performance experience to gamers and overclocking enthusiasts around the world pursuing the best of the best.

With the maturation of DDR5 platform development, the T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory has undergone a revolutionary upgrade. DELTA RGB DDR5 offers two additional spec options: a DDR5-6600 CL34 2X16GB kit and a DDR5-6000 CL30 2X16GB kit. Each module is equipped with a power management chip and carefully selected high-quality ICs to provide superior system performance and stable computing. It'll fully satisfy any gamer seeking top-notch overclocking performance and buttery-smooth gaming experiences. The DELTA RGB DDR5 features the iconic 120°wide-angle RGB heatspreader with smart RGB control support. The DDR5's exclusive thermal module is combined with dazzling aluminium alloy heat sinks and a special cooling silicone, giving gamers and overclockers unparalleled thermal performance and stability as well as a visually-pleasing environment while gaming.

MSI Unveils its New Lineup at COMPUTEX 2022 Online

COMPUTEX 2022 is set to kick off starting from May 24. In addition to the physical show, the hosts simultaneously hold 2 online exhibitions: COMPUTEX DigitalGo and COMPUTEX CYBERWORLD. This year, Taiwan's largest tech expo will revolve around six core themes: Accelerating Intelligence, Connected X-Experience, Digital Resilience, Innovative Computing, Sustainability, and Innovations & Startups.

MSI, is ready to flex its muscles at the tech event. "We are proud to announce Titan GT77, the double winner of COMPUTEX 2022 Best Choice Golden Award and red dot 2022, along with other award-winning products that manifest MSI's continuous innovation and dominance in gaming, content creation, and business & productivity lineups on a global scale, " says Sam Chern, MSI Marketing Vice President.

Linksys Brings Best in Class WiFi Performance to the Home with New Series of Affordable WiFi 6 Mesh Solutions

Linksys, a global leader in home and business WiFi networking solutions, today announced two new WiFi 6 mesh systems designed to deliver peak wireless performance for all at-home needs including remote working, streaming content, multi-user gaming and more. The Linksys Hydra 6 and Linksys Atlas 6 are Linksys' newest entry-level dual-band products in the company's family of WiFi 6 mesh systems and come at the most affordable prices to date for the brand.

"There is an increased need for wireless connectivity that can handle the influx of devices on home networks, and deliver reliable, secure and private connections," said Alan Cohen, VP of Marketing and Head of Product at Linksys. "Our mission is to connect everyone securely and through the launch of these systems, we provide our customers with two new options for fast speed, coverage, and connectivity at an affordable price point."

AWS Graviton3 CPU with 64 Cores and DDR5 Memory Available with Three Sockets Per Motherboard

Amazon's AWS division has been making Graviton processors for a few years now, and the company recently announced its Graviton3 design will soon to available in the cloud. Today, we are witnessing a full launch of the Graviton3 CPUs with the first instances available in the AWS Cloud. In theC7g instances, AWS customers can now scale their workloads across 1-64 vCPU instance variants. Graviton3's 64 cores run at 2.6 GHz clock speed, 300 GB/sec maximum memory bandwidth, DDR5 memory controller, 64 cores, seven silicon die chiplet-based design, 256-bit SVE (Scalable Vector Extension), all across 55 billion transistors. Paired with up to 128 GiB of DDR5 memory, these processors are compute-intensive solutions. AWS noted that the company used a monolithic computing and memory controller logic design to reduce latency and improve performance.

One interesting thing to note is the motherboard that AWS hosts Graviton3 processors in. Usually, server motherboards can be single, dual, or quad-socket solutions. However, AWS decided to implement a unique solution with three sockets. This tri-socket setup is designed to see each CPU as an independent processor, managed by a Nitro Card, which can handle exactly three CPUs. The company notes that the CPU is now in general availability with C7g instances and you can see it below.

Feel the Performance with Logitech's First-Ever MX Mechanical Keyboards Designed for Creation and Productivity

Today, Logitech expanded its Master Series with two new mechanical keyboards - the full-size MX Mechanical and minimalist MX Mechanical Mini - and MX Master 3S mouse. Logitech's Master Series brings advanced digital creators ultimate productivity tools, featuring high performance mechanical typing and precision tracking. "There is a growing community of software developers who fell in love with mechanical keyboards when they started playing games, and now they want the same feeling of precision and control with their professional desktop keyboard," said Tolya Polyanker, head of the MX Series for Creativity and Productivity at Logitech. "MX Mechanical combines the best of both - Logitech's gaming keyboard expertise with MX Master Series signature experiences."

MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini offer the latest generation of low profile mechanical switches. Tactile Quiet (Brown) key switch makes it Logitech's quietest mechanical keyboard ever with an amazing mechanical typing feel. Clicky (Blue) and Linear (Red) switch options are also available in select markets. The keyboards are designed with dual-colored keycaps for an optimized peripheral view. Smart backlighting, in six lighting options, automatically adjusts brightness for ambient light and switches off when not needed for efficient battery consumption.

Hands On with the new Gigabyte X670 Motherboards at Computex 2022

Computex 2022 is what's being referred to as a hybrid show and although most of the motherboard manufacturers chose not to exhibit this year, Gigabyte was at the show and we got to take a closer look at its new AM5 motherboards. Gigabyte was only showing four models, but on the plus side, the staff at the booth was more than happy to share details about the boards with us. The four boards on display were the X670E Aorus Xtreme, the X670E Aorus Master, the X670E Aero D and the X670 Aorus Pro AX. Note that these were early board revision and the E is missing in the model name from three of the models, which suggests that AMD hadn't informed the board makers about this distinction between its chipsets until earlier this month when rumours about it started to appear online.

Gigabyte will have a full lineup of boards coming later this year when AMD launches its AM5 platform, although based on the information we were given, the majority of its boards will be based on the B650 chipset. We should point out that there will be high-end B650 motherboards that will be priced similar to lower-end X670 models, which means that buying AM5 motherboards will be highly dependent on what features you favour. Unfortunately no B650 motherboards were on display and we won't be sharing any details of these models at this time. As for the X670E versus X670 chipsets, as there are of course two per board, it seems like the difference comes down to PCIe 5.0 or PCIe 4.0 for the x16 PCIe slot as the major differentiator between Gigabyte's different SKUs.

Apacer, Zadak Announce World's First PCIe Gen 5 M.2 SSD

The first shot in the oncoming war of the PCIe Gen5 SSD war has been claimed by a duo of companies that likely wouldn't make anyone's first guess: Zadak and Apacer. Both companies entered a partnership towards developing and launching a PCIe Gen 5 SSD - despite platform support for us PC enthusiasts being available ever since Intel's launch of its Tiger Lake-based Gen 12 Core design and accompanying Z690 motherboards. Both Apacer and ZADAK have developed their own SKUs surrounding the SSD: AS2280F5 for Apacer, and the TWSG5 for ZADAK.

According to the companies, their respective SSDs can deliver up to 13,000 MB/s sequential read speeds and a scorching 12,000 MB/s sequential writes. Both SSDs are delivered in an M.2 Gen 5 form-factor, with support for the NVMe 2.0 protocol, and yet retain full backwards compatibility with PCIe Gen 4 designs. Both also feature an integrated heatsink design that betrays the SSD's joint development, as only the stickers change between both models - but ZADAK offers an "ultra thin graphene" heatsink option in addition to the heatsink-cooled model. No word on pricing or availability was available at time of writing.

Taiwan's Tech Titans Adopt World's First NVIDIA Grace CPU-Powered System Designs

NVIDIA today announced that Taiwan's leading computer makers are set to release the first wave of systems powered by the NVIDIA Grace CPU Superchip and Grace Hopper Superchip for a wide range of workloads spanning digital twins, AI, high performance computing, cloud graphics and gaming. Dozens of server models from ASUS, Foxconn Industrial Internet, GIGABYTE, QCT, Supermicro and Wiwynn are expected starting in the first half of 2023. The Grace-powered systems will join x86 and other Arm-based servers to offer customers a broad range of choice for achieving high performance and efficiency in their data centers.

"A new type of data center is emerging—AI factories that process and refine mountains of data to produce intelligence—and NVIDIA is working closely with our Taiwan partners to build the systems that enable this transformation," said Ian Buck, vice president of Hyperscale and HPC at NVIDIA. "These new systems from our partners, powered by our Grace Superchips, will bring the power of accelerated computing to new markets and industries globally."
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