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Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

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Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
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Mouse
Processors
Sound Cards
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme

ZOTAC engineered their GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme with a massively overkill 20-phase VRM. The card also comes with a large overclock out of the box and features an enormous triple-slot, triple-fan thermal solution.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio

MSI's GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio is the quietest RTX 2080 Super card we tested today. It not only runs quieter, but also significantly cooler than the competition. MSI still includes an overclock out of the box, and manual overclocking works very well, too.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

NVIDIA swings to the rescue of its $700 price point by "Super"-charging the TU104 silicon and giving it the fastest memory solution ever. In our testing, the RTX 2080 Super achieves a 16% lead over the RTX 2070 Super, making it a solid choice for 4K gaming that doesn't break the bank.

Bitspower Releases Lothan GPU Waterblock for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series

Today Bitspower, a well know watercooling supplier, launched a full cover waterblock for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series of graphics cards, including the new Super lineup. The waterblock features a copper base that is nickel and chromium plated to give the block a nice shiny look. It uses 0.5 mm fins over the GPU die to provide efficient heat dissipation. Waterblock's body is covering whole graphics card including the VRM power delivery area. Rest of the block is made out of acrylic that integrates digital RGB LED strip in order to provide additional color customization.

In addition to new design of the block, Bitspower is also including a GPU backplate and IO cover with it. The backplate is coated in black, while the IO cover is silver. Waterblock uses standard G1/4 inch threading and has four of the threads.

BIOSTAR Launches the H310MHP Micro ATX Motherboard

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, announces the latest H310 series motherboard supporting the newest 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core, Pentium and Celeron Processors in a compact Micro ATX form factor, the BIOSTAR H310MHP. From casual office tasks to a complete home entertainment center, the new H310MHP is the little motherboard that can.

Designed for office workers and home users who do not need all the flashiness of a flagship product, but want to get things done, the Micro ATX H310MHP is the motherboard of choice that fits into most PC cases without compromising on connectivity and quality. With support for up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory at 2666 MHz, GbE LAN, HDMI for 4K resolution, the BIOSTAR H310MHP sports 6 USB ports to let you connect multiple devices without the need of an expansion card, and allows you to browse the web, run office applications, enjoy online high definition content and play games without having to worry about performance or quality. In addition, great attention has been made to the power delivery design of this motherboard. A 5 phase power delivery system and an 8 pin CPU power connector, compared to other brands, ensures that the most important part of your PC, your high-end CPU, is supplied with stable power for maximum performance.

be quiet! Announces System Power 9 CM PSU Family

be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, announces System Power 9 CM, an entry-level semi-modular power supply available in 400 to 700 watt models. The new cable-managed power supply series expands the existing System Power 9 range and features 80PLUS Bronze level efficiency up to 89 percent, providing solid performance and an extensive feature set. Combined with a great price-performance ratio and the added convenience of removable PCI-Express and drive cables, System Power 9 CM is a perfect component for cost-conscious system builders.

System Power 9 CM's line-up is built with the latest technology and available at a competitive price, while maintaining the quality and reliability expected from a premium brand like be quiet! All models are 80PLUS Bronze certified and feature improved voltage regulation via DC-to-DC technology. Each System Power 9 CM power supply unit comes with a full range of integrated protection circuits, including over temperature protection (OTP), while a temperature-controlled high-quality 120-millimeter fan constantly cools the power supply at low noise levels. In comparison to System Power 9, the CM variant has a lower fan curve, resulting in less noise.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 431.60 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA today released the latest version of GeForce drivers. Version 431.60 WHQL add support for the new GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card. The drivers are also game-ready for "Wolfenstein: Youngblood," "Wolfenstein Cyberpilot," "Madden NFL 20" and the first DLC of "Metro Exodus." The drivers also address notebook display flickering with GTX 1080 SLI, terrain and icons flickering with "World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth," and HDR option missing from Windows Settings even when all requirements are met.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 431.60 WHQL

The change-log follows.

NVIDIA Launches the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Graphics Card

NVIDIA today launched the GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card, priced at USD $699. The card replaces the RTX 2080 from this price-point, which will be sold at discounted prices of around $630, while stocks last. The RTX 2080 Super is based on the same 12 nm "TU104" silicon as the original, but is bolstered on three fronts: first, it maxes out the "TU104" by enabling all 3,072 CUDA cores. Second, it comes with increased GPU Boost frequency of 1815 MHz, compared to 1710 MHz of the original; and lastly it comes with the highest-clocked 15.5 Gbps GDDR6 memory solution.

The card ships with 8 GB of memory across a 256-bit wide memory bus, which at 15.5 Gbps works out to roughly 496 GB/s of memory bandwidth, a 11 percent increase over the original RTX 2080. Other specifications of the GeForce RTX 2080 Super include 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 48 RT cores, and 384 Tensor cores. NVIDIA is allowing its board partners to launch custom-design boards that start at the same $699 baseline.
Our launch-day GeForce RTX 2080 Super coverage includes the following content: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition review | MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio review | ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme review

CCX Overclocking Tool for AMD CPUs Updated With New Features

Today an overclocking utility for AMD Ryzen CPUs called "Work Tool" has been updated with new features. The tool enables per-CCX overclocking, which is said to enable additional overclocking performance if one CCX is more capable than the other, so the whole CPU doesn't have to run at the speed of a slower CCX to be stable. The tool has been released by user shamino1978 on Overclock.net forums.

The reason for overclocking Ryzen CPUs on per CCX basis is because if you want to overclock a single core inside a CCX, the second core must run at a 1 GHz difference, meaning that if one core is OC'd to 4.5 GHz, the second core must run at 3.5 GHz. Such design is to be blamed on CPU's internal clock divider. However, you can use the Work Tool to do individual CCX overclocking and gain additional performance. Additionally, the tool has been updated to support tweaking of voltage aka VID. There are two versions of the tool, one which is smaller and has less features and one which can tweak the voltages. The smaller version is available here, while the bigger, more capable version is available here.

Wolfenstein Youngblood PC Launch Prioritized, Won't Support RTX at Launch, Requirements Revealed

Bethesda revealed that "Wolfenstein Youngblood" will launch a day earlier for the PC platform globally, on July 25. Console platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch get the game on July 26. This prioritization of the PC platform is symbolic and underscores the vast revenue-base the platform constitutes. The PC is already Ubisoft's biggest revenue source.

A separate VentureBeat report reveals that at launch, "Youngblood" won't support real-time ray-traced eye-candy, which would be added at a later date through a patch. "We're working together with NVIDIA on that, but ray tracing won't be available at launch," said executive producer Jerk Gustafsson. "Youngblood" will be one of the first non-DirectX AAA titles to implement RTX. The game uses the Vulkan 3D API, and its RTX feature-set is exclusively NVIDIA's handiwork.

Celebrating 10 years of Innovation, Performance, and Excellence, ORIGIN PC Upgrades the Big O Custom PC

ORIGIN PC is celebrating its 10th anniversary of building world class high-performance custom PCs for gamers, enthusiasts, and professionals with a one-of-a-kind gaming system showcasing the best of PC gaming and console gaming. The system is called Big O, which combines a high-powered gaming PC with an Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch inside a modified ORIGIN PC GENESIS chassis. This build is a throwback to the original award-winning Big O system built in the early years of ORIGIN PC's history that at the time combined a powerful gaming PC with an Xbox 360.

By using their case modding and PC building expertise, the ORIGIN PC team spent countless hours testing, designing, and building the modern Big O as a stunning technical showpiece. With inspiration from previous custom builds, the Big O offers an incredible hardline liquid cooling solution for the Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and NVIDIA TITAN RTX GPU, which also extends to the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. As for the Nintendo Switch, the team built a custom dock in the front panel of the Big O using the original hardware in order to retain the complete "docking" capabilities of the system. Thus the Nintendo Switch can be docked for full screen gameplay or removed to take gaming on the go.
Monday, July 22nd 2019

Today's Reviews

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Graphics Cards
Headphones
Motherboards
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Processors
PSUs
SSD
Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB 850 W Gold

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB 850 W Gold

The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB is the ideal PSU for users fancying lots of RGB lighting options. On top of that, its performance is great, and it comes with lots of cables and connectors for a potent gaming system. The only downsides are its increased noise output under harsh operating conditions and limited availability in the US.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, SMT on vs SMT off, vs Intel 9900K

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, SMT on vs SMT off, vs Intel 9900K

By community request, we present our findings on how the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X performs with SMT disabled. This approach has potential, especially for gaming, because it ensures more physical hardware units are available for each thread, and could also benefit the processor's power management.

Antec Presents New NX500 and NX600 Mid-tower Cases

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 additions to their range of enclosures: the Antec NX500 and NX600. The cases are now commercially available from 64,95 € and 78,95 € (suggested retail price including VAT).

The NX500 mid-tower gaming case offers a great price-performance ratio and is packed with great features e.g. USB 3.0 support, excellent cooling capabilities and built-in LED controller. With support for up to a 360 mm liquid cooling radiator in front and a 240 radiator on top. The NX500 is easy to build with and measures 490 x 220 x 440 mm and has a unique asymmetric diagonally angled RGB-featured mesh in the front as well as a tempered glass panel. The NX500 supports up to six fans, 3x 120 mm or 140 mm in the front, two on the top and one in the rear of the case. One 120 mm ARGB fan is already included. The case fits motherboards of up to E-ATX size, two 3.5" HDD/2.5" SSD (convertible), two 2.5" SSD, graphics cards with a length of up to 350 mm as well as CPU coolers with a height of up to 165 mm.

EK Releases Momentum Aorus Z390 Master D-RGB Monoblock

EK Water Blocks, premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer from Europe, is releasing an Intel LGA1151 socket based monoblock belonging to the Quantum Line. The EK-Momentum Aorus Z390 Master is engineered specifically for the Aorus Z390 Master and Aorus Z390 Ultra motherboards. The addressable D-RGB LED in the monoblock is compatible with RGB Fusion Sync software, thus offering a full lighting customization experience for every single diode at any given time.

This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for motherboards that supports the 8th and 9th generation of Intel Core processors. The monoblock is compatible with the following motherboards: Aorus Z390 Master and Aorus Z390 Ultra. Designed and engineered in cooperation with Gigabyte Aorus, this monoblock uses the latest generation of EK cooling engine used on the Quantum lineup to ensure the best possible CPU cooling while not reducing flow to other components. This water block directly cools the LGA1151 socket type CPU, as well as the voltage regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-Momentum Aorus Z390 Master D-RGB features high flow design and it can be easily used with the system using a weaker water pump or lower pump speed settings as well. The Momentum monoblock also comes with sophisticated D-RGB (addressable) lightning which connects to a standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB header.

TechPowerUp and Seagate Present IronWolf 110 NAS SSD Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Seagate bring you a chance to win the new IronWolf 110 240 GB NAS solid-state drive. Seagate designed the IronWolf 110 line of SATA SSDs to deal with the rigors of the high-uptime NAS environment. Our comprehensive review of the drive also finds the drive to offer excellent sustained write performance, extremely high sequential speeds for a SATA drive, a high endurance rating, and additional NAS-specific software and data-recovery tools. We are giving away a IronWolf 110 240 GB drive to one lucky winner. To participate, all you need to do is provide the correct answer to the question, and fill a short form to help us get back to you if you've won. The Giveaway is open worldwide, wherever legal. Good Luck!

For more details and to participate, visit this page.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Appears in FFXV Benchmark Database

Results of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics cards have been revealed in Final Fantasy XV benchmark database, where the card is compared against other offerings at 2560 x 1440 resolution using high quality settings. The card scored 8736 points, while its predecessor, RTX 2080, scored 8071 points at same resolution and settings. This shows around 8 % improvement in favor of newer model, which is to be expected given the increase in memory speed going from 14 Gbps to 15.5 Gbps and CUDA core count which increased from 2944 cores to 3072. With this improvement, RTX 2080 Super is now only 105 points (about one percent) behind TITAN V graphics card in FFXV benchmark. If you wish to compare results for yourself, you can do so here.

Japan-Korea Trade Spat and Toshiba Blackout Hike DRAM Prices by 20 Percent

Prices of DRAM shot up by 20 percent as Japan put in place export curbs that restrict high-technology exports to South Korea, and as Toshiba recovers from a power blackout that temporarily halted production. This could impact prices of end-user products such as PC memory modules, or consumer electronics, such as smartphones, in the coming weeks, as inventories either dry up, or are marked-up at various stages of the supply-chain. The memory industry is inter-dependent between fabrication and packaging units spread across South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Memory and flash industry observer DRAMeXchange reported that spot-pricing of 8-gigabit DDR4 DRAM chips, which is used as a benchmark for DRAM pricing as a whole, closed at USD $3.74 at the end of trading on Friday (19/07). It's up 14.6 percent week-over-week, and 23 percent up pricing as on 5th July. An industry observer who spoke with KBS World notes that the recent hikes are not directly infuenced by the trade-spat between Japan and Korea, but rather a power blackout experienced at a Toshiba DRAM manufacturing facility last month. The observer noted that if the trade-spat affects production at Samsung Electronics or SK Hynix, DRAM prices could "skyrocket."
Friday, July 19th 2019

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Memory
Monitors
Mouse
Notebooks
Processors
SSD
Aerocool Klaw

Aerocool Klaw

The Aerocool Klaw offers both cool and menacing looks through an edgy design, which is geared perfectly at the budget minded gamer having a price tag of just around US$70. With its glass panels, you can easily show off all your hardware, while the nicely embedded, addressable RGBs are sure to make everything pop.

BIOSTAR Formally Enables PCIe Gen 4 on its AMD 400-series Motherboards

BIOSTAR formally (officially) enabled PCI-Express gen 4.0 support for four of its socket AM4 motherboard models based on the AMD X470 and B450 chipsets, through BIOS updates. The updated BIOS lets you use PCI-Express gen 4.0 graphics cards on the topmost PCI-Express x16 slot, and the M.2 NVMe slot that's directly wired to the AM4 SoC. The expansion slots that are wired to the chipset are still restricted to PCIe gen 2.0. You will need a 3rd generation Ryzen "Matisse" processor for PCI-Express gen 4.0. Among the motherboards that receive PCIe gen 4.0 support through BIOS updates are the AB45C-M4S (B450MH), the AB35G-M4S (B45M2), the AX47A-A4T (X470GT8), and the AX47A-I4S (X470GTN). The links lead to the BIOS image files on BIOSTAR website, which you use at your own risk.

AMD Joins CXL Consortium

In a blog post, AMD's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mark Papermaster announced that AMD is officially joining Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium. Previously AMD has joined different working groups that are addressing the problem of cache coherency inside various systems and accelerators, like CCIX, OpenCAPI and Gen-Z. CXL is initiative started by Intel that promises better solution to cache coherency problem and many companies have joined, now including AMD.

As workloads are split into different segments like machine learning and graphics processing that require a mix of scalar and vector processing, accelerators for those workloads need better inter connection to other processors such as CPUs, where coherency and memory semantics are one of the biggest challenges. AMD's goal of joining the CXL working group is to help advance the standard and possibly integrate it into future products. making the concept of heterogeneous computing a bit closer to reality.

AMD AGESA 1.0.0.3ABA Buggy, Company Pulls it from Motherboard Vendors

The latest version of AGESA ComboAM4 microcode that enables 3rd generation Ryzen support on AMD 400-series chipset motherboards has been deemed buggy and pulled from motherboard vendors. AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.3ABA (not to be confused with 1.0.0.3AB that's being widely distributed), was originally released to fix an application crash noticed with "Destiny 2." The microcode inadvertantly destabilizes PCI-Express on motherboards, with users of ASUS motherboards complaining of stability issues with the latest BIOS updates that include 1.0.0.3ABA.

Peter "Shamino" Tan from ASUS commented that the company was under a tight schedule to push 1.0.0.3ABA out as BIOS updates, and didn't have the time to properly validate it. "We just got told to pull (was undergoing validation prior) 1003 ABA version," he said, adding the root cause of the problem being "that PCIE speed of BXB-C downgraded from gen4 to gen2,..." He comments "so its not surprising that bugs emerge since the source has hidden bugs that only gets unraveled with thorough testing. combine that with trying to get firmwares out in a tight time frame, kinda damn if you do (release firmware quickly) and damn if you dont (dont release firmware quickly) situation." It's interesting to note that in their BIOS update change-logs, quite a few motherboard vendors omit the full version string of AGESA. You may encounter ComboAM4 1.0.0.3AB being referred to simply as "AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.3."

EK Expands Classic Line With a Water Block for MSI RTX 2080 Ti Trio

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing EK-FC Trio RTX 2080 Ti Classic RGB water block that is compatible with the MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio graphics cards. This kind of efficient cooling will allow your high-end graphics card to reach higher boost clocks, thus providing more performance during gaming or other GPU intense tasks.

This water block directly cools the GPU, 11 GB of GDDR6 memory, and VRM (voltage regulation module) as cooling liquid is channeled directly over these critical areas. EK-FC Trio RTX 2080 Ti Classic RGB water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. This kind of efficient cooling will allow your high-end graphics card to reach higher boost clocks, thus providing more performance during gaming or other GPU intense tasks. Moreover, such design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.
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