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AMD Radeon RX 5300 (Desktop) Surfaces on Geekbench

AMD is coming around to launching its entry-level Radeon RX 5300 on the desktop platform, although it remains to be seen if the SKU will be released in the AIB (all-in-board) retail channel, or remains an OEM-exclusive. It surfaced an "AMD 7340:CF" graphics device on the Geekbench database, and was identified as the RX 5300 (non-mobile) by Komachi Ensaka. The OpenCL benchmark component of Geekbench identifies the card as having 24 compute units (1536 stream processors). The mobile RX 5300M has 3 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 96-bit wide memory bus, and the desktop RX 5300 appears to have the same memory configuration. The SKU hence appears to be based on the 7 nm "Navi 14" silicon, the same one that powers the RX 5500 series.

AMD Coming Around to Launching the Radeon RX 5600M and RX 5700M?

AMD is finally coming around to launching the Radeon RX 5600M and RX 5700M based on its 7 nm "Navi 10" silicon. The company has, until now, only shipped mobile GPUs using the smaller "Navi 14" chip. A scoop by Komachi Ensaka points to an upcoming notebook combining a Ryzen 4000-H processor an "Navi-10M" GPU. With the right combination of clock speeds and memory configuration, the RX 5600M could offer performance rivaling (or beating) the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (mobile), and possibly on par with the RTX 2060 (mobile). The RX 5700M could compete with the upcoming RTX 2060 Super (mobile) and RTX 2070 (mobile). The RX 5600M could be a particularly important solution, as its desktop compatriot is designed for higher refresh-rate 1080p gaming. Much of the gaming notebook scene still revolves around 1080p, with innovations in the areas of refresh rates.

AMD gave both the RX 5600M and RX 5700M identical GPU core configurations to their desktop variants. The RX 5600M has 2,304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 192-bit GDDR6 memory interface holding 6 GB of memory; while the RX 5700M tops it with 256-bit wide memory bus and 8 GB of memory. Both the RX 5700M and RX 5600M are configured with 12 Gbps memory frequency. The RX 5600M ticks at 1190 MHz (game), and 1265 MHz (boost), while the RX 5700M does 1620 MHz (game) and 1720 MHz (boost). Coming back to Komachi's leak about the Renoir + Navi 10M notebook, we predict a working implementation of AMD SmartShift technology. The company even made marketing graphics of this.

GALAX Extends Pink Edition Treatment to Even RTX 2080 Super

In a quick follow-up to our story from yesterday about the GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Pink Edition graphics card, we are learning that the company is ready with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card based on the same board design. Bearing the model number "28ISL6MD71PE," the card is a costmetic variant of the company's RTX 2080 Super EX graphics card, featuring a bubblegum pink paintjob on the cooler shroud and back-plate. The PCB, although of the same design as the EX (1-click OC), is now fully white, like the HOF series. The RGB LED fans glow hot-pink out of the box. The Pink Edition card ships with factory-overclocked speeds of 1845 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1815 MHz reference), and its software-based 1-click OC feature enables 1860 MHz boost frequencies. The memory is untouched, at 15.5 Gbps (GDDR6-effective).

The GeForce RTX 2080 Super maxes out the 12 nm "TU104" silicon, featuring 3,072 "Turing" CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface holding 8 GB of memory. Much like its RTX 2070 Super sibling, this card pulls power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors; while its display outputs include three DisplayPorts and one HDMI. Expect an identical product to be launched under the KFA2 brand in certain markets. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Intros GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Phoenix Graphics Card with Axial-Tech Fan

ASUS today introduced its GeForce GTX 1650 (GDDR6) Phoenix graphics card (model: PH-GTX1650-O4GD6). This 2-slot thick card is 17.4 cm in length and 12.6 cm in height, designed to fit in most SFF cases. Its cooling solution consists of an aluminium monoblock heatsink that's ventilated by a single 80 mm Axial-Tech fan. Found in some of ASUS's higher end cards, this fan features double-ball bearings, and an impeller with webbed edges, such that all its airflow is guided axially onto the heatsink below (and none laterally).

The GTX 1650 (GDDR6) Phoenix comes with a mild factory-overclock of 1605 MHz (vs. 1590 MHz reference for the GTX 1650 GDDR6). The card's 4 GB memory is untouched at 12 Gbps (GDDR6-effective). The card draws all its power from the PCI-Express slot. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4a. Based on the 12 nm "TU117" silicon, the GTX 1650 GDDR6 features 896 "Turing" CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. The company didn't reveal pricing, although we expect it to be around $160.
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SK hynix Inc. Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

SK hynix Inc. today announced financial results for its first quarter 2020 ended on March 31, 2020. The consolidated revenue of first quarter 2020 was 7.20 trillion won while the operating profit amounted to 800 billion won, and the net income 649 billion won. Operating margin for the quarter was 11% and net margin was 9%.

Despite abrupt changes of external business conditions due to COVID-19, our first quarter revenue and operating income increased by 4% and 239% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) respectively, driven by increased sales of server products, yield rates improvement, and cost reduction. For DRAM, strong demand of server clients offset the weak mobile demand which declined due to both seasonal slowdown and the COVID-19 impact. As a result, the Company's DRAM bit shipments declined only by 4% QoQ and DRAM average selling price increased by 3% QoQ.

Colorful Unveils Trio of GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Cards

Colorful rolled out a trio of new GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 graphics cards. These include products from the company's BattleAx and iGame product lines. All three appear to be based on a common board design with a 3+1 phase VRM, and a monoblock aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by a dual fan setup. The base model, without any special branding, sticks to NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1590 MHz GPU Boost and 12 Gbps memory. Interestingly, it features a 6-pin PCIe power input (isn't normally needed if the GTX 1650 GDDR6 is running at reference speeds).

Next up, is the Colorful GTX 1650 GDDR6 BattleAx, with a red+black color scheme, an otherwise identical design to the base model, but a healthy factory-overclock of 1710 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1590 MHz reference). Leading the pack is the iGame GTX 1650 D6 Ultra OC. This product, too, features a mostly identical design to the other two, but with a more premium-looking cooler shroud, and a metal back-plate being included. The card features dual-BIOS, with a "Turbo" BIOS that has increased power limits to facilitate a 1725 MHz GPU Boost factory OC. All three cards run the memory at 12 Gbps (GDDR6-effective), take in one 6-pin PCIe power input, and offer a display output layout with one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4a. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Leaked Benchmark shows Possible NVIDIA MX450 with GDDR6 Memory

A new listing was spotted on the 3DMark results browser for what could be the NVIDIA MX450 laptop GPU. The MX450 is expected to be based on the TU117, the same as the GTX 1650 speculated @_rogame. The leaked benchmark shows the MX450 having a clock speed of 540 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR6 memory. The memory is listed as having a speed of 2505 MHz meaning a potential memory speed of 10Gbit/s. It is interesting to see the shift to GDDR6 in NVIDIA's suite of products likely due to a shortage in GDDR5 or simply that GDDR6 is now cheaper.

The TU117 GPU found in the GTX 1650 GDDR6 has proven itself to be a solid 1080p gaming option. The chip is manufactured on TSMC's 12 nm process and features 1024 shading units, 64 texture mapping units and 32 ROPs. The MX450 should provide a significant boost over integrated graphics at a TDP of 25 W, and will sit under the GTX 1650 Mobile due to its reduced RAM and power/thermal constraints.

ASUS Rolls Out ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Series

ASUS finally joined the GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 party with a pair of ROG Strix series premium graphics cards. The cards feature a DirectCU II aluminium fin-stack heatsink with two copper heat pipes making direct contact with the GPU at the base; and a pair of AxialTech fans ventilating it. These fans are designed to guide most of their airflow axially as the edges of the impellers are webbed to prevent lateral airflow. You get a few segment-first features such as dual-BIOS and a FanConnect II 4-pin PWM case fan header. A metal back-plate is included.

The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1650 GDDR6 series comes in two variants, the overclocked O4GD6 with 1815 MHz GPU Boost, and the mildly overclocked A4GD6 with 1620 MHz GPU Boost, compared to NVIDIA reference speeds of 1590 MHz for the GTX 1650 GDDR6. Both cards stick to 12 Gbps for the GDDR6 memory clock speeds. While most GTX 1650 GDDR6 cards are designed for no additional power connectors, the ASUS ROG Strix series needs a 6-pin PCIe input. Display outputs include two each of HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4a The company didn't reveal pricing.

NVIDIA Quietly Refreshes Mobile GeForce RTX Graphics Cards

NVIDIA has recently introduced its GeForce RTX 20-series SUPER mobile graphics cards, with the heap of new features that are present on the new GPU models. According to a report from ComputerBase, NVIDIA has refreshed few of the RTX 20-series mobile GPUs in addition to the previously announced SUPER models. Now there are a few models/variants of these RTX 20-series GPUs. Firstly, there is a standard RTX mobile GPU variant called the "Max-P" version - this represents the RTX 20-series GPUs that were launched initially in January of 2019 and it includes three SKUs like RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080. Secondly, there is a "Max-Q" revision of these graphics cards, meant to bring maximum efficiency. These SKUs are power-limited, so they are a bit slower compared to the regular "Max-P" version, and they have a Total Graphics Power (TGP) between 65 W and 90 W depending on the model.

Next up we have GeForce RTX SUPER 20-series of GPUs that were launched on April 2nd just a few days ago. These GPUs are special because they bring a heap of new features like more CUDA cores, low-power (1.25 V compared to the old 1.35 V) GDDR6 memory, DynamicBoost, and Optimus support. So what are these new, refresh GPUs? On ComputerBase Forums, XMG (laptop maker) representative has revealed that NVIDIA refreshed some of the older RTX 20-series mobile GPU that were already in use.

EVGA Introduces the GeForce RTX 2080 & 2070 SUPER KO Graphics Cards

EVGA today announced availability of their GeForce RTX 2080 & 2070 SUPER KO graphics cards. Much like their original RTX 2060 KO graphics card, which came in an attractive price point that undercut NVIDIA's own $299 MSRP for the graphics card, the new graphics cards also carry a new, lower price point than the company's (previous) cheapest offerings, the Black series. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER KO will be retailing for $499.99 (2560 CUDA cores, 1770 MHz Boost Clock, 8 GB GDDR6 memory @ 14 GHz over a 256-bit bus), while the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER KO (3072 CUDA cores, 1815 MHz Boost Clock, 8 GB GDDR6 memory @ 15.5 GHz over a 256-bit bus) can be had for $699.99. This is a lower pricing than most competitor's offerings in this market for a custom-designed RTX 2070 SUPER or RTX 2080 SUPER.

To achieve this pricepoint, some cuts have had to be made. The cards ship without a backplate, and the cooling solution seems to be slightly less dense than the company's other, more expensive designs based on NVIDIA's chips. The PCB in these graphics cards is a custom design - and going to the trouble of redesigning what was an originally beefy engineering feat means that some cuts were likely done in this area as well. The new SUPER KO graphics cards also drop the Virtual Link port, featuring only 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI as display outputs. EVGA's Precision X1 overclocking utility is bundled with the graphics cards.

GALAX Unveils GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Prodigy, EX, and LP Graphics Cards

GALAX unveiled its GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 graphics card lineup that includes four SKUs. The same four will be sold under the KFA2 brand in select markets. The lineup includes the standard GALAX GTX 1650 GDDR6 and its factory-overclocked EX-OC variant; a low-profile LP model, and the GTX 1650 Prodigy, targeted at gaming i-cafes. The standard GALAX GTX 1650 GDDR6 and its EX-OC variant feature an aluminium monoblock heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 80 mm fans. The standard variant is clocked at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1590 MHz GPU Boost. The EX-OC variant is clocked a notch higher at 1605 MHz GPU Boost. Both cards come with software-based "1-click OC" modes.

Next up is the GALAX GTX 1650 GDDR6 Prodigy, a cost-effective graphics card designed for gaming i-cafes. This card features a simple aluminium fan-heatsink with radially-projecting fins (similar to Intel stock CPU coolers); ventilated by a single 80 mm fan. The card ticks at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1590 MHz GPU Boost. Lastly, there's the GTX 1650 GDDR6 LP, which as the name might suggest, is a half-height (low-profile) graphics card targeted at SFF or HTPC builds. The card features a chunky 2-slot thick monoblock aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 40 mm fans. All four cards run their GDDR6 memory at 12 Gbps, and feature a common set of display connectors: one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4.

Palit Launches the GamingPro GTX 1650 GDDR6 Series

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the new NVIDIA Turing architecture GDDR6 GeForce GTX 1650 series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 1650 GP OC, GP, KalmX and StormX OC, StormX.

The Palit GeForce GTX 1650 GamingPro series debuted with 4 GB of 12 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 128-bit memory interface. It is fabricated with the breakthrough graphics performance of the award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture. Palit GeForce GTX 1650 GP series is build with a 6pin power connector which allow you to push your gaming performance average 10% faster than the GTX 1650 GDDR5 version on the latest games.

ZOTAC Unveils a Pair of GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Cards

ZOTAC unveiled a nimble lineup of two new graphics cards based on NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 graphics chip. They two are even factory-overclocked despite lacking an additional power connector and relying on the PCIe slot for power. The standard ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 (model: ZT-T16520F-10L) features the company's cheapest single-fan cooling solution, consisting of a heatsink with radially-projecting fins not unlike Intel's stock CPU cooler; ventilated by a single 90 mm fan. The card offers a tiny factory overclock: up to 1620 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1590 MHz NVIDIA reference.

The other card, the ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 AMP (model: ZT-T16520D-10L), features a slightly larger heatsink that's still molded from a single block of aluminium; ventilated by two 70 mm fans. This card ticks at 1650 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1590 MHz reference). Both cards keep their 4 GB of GDDR6 memory running at reference speeds of 12 Gbps. Display outputs on both are identical: one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4. The company didn't reveal pricing, although we expect it to be priced around $150-160 so as to not step on the GTX 1650 Super's toes.

GIGABYTE Debuts its EAGLE Graphics Card Brand with GTX 1650 GDDR6

GIGABYTE today debuted its new EAGLE brand of graphics cards with the GeForce GTX 1650 (GDDR6). The company was last reported working on an EAGLE-branded Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card that hasn't yet launched. The product design of the EAGLE appears to be a step-up from the company's mainline WindForce series custom-design graphics cards, but we're not sure if it's positioned above the coveted AORUS Gaming brand that extends all the way from the GTX 1650 to the most expensive RTX 2080 Ti SKUs. The product design involves an aluminium fin-stack heatsink, a dual-fan setup, and a fancy looking shroud with acrylic accents and diamond-cut edges. In all likelihood, GIGABYTE's EAGLE brand will be positioned against other manufacturer's "tier-2" brands, such as ASUS DUAL EVO, MSI Ventus/MECH, etc.

EVGA Launches Updated GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Card

EVGA has joined the swarm of GPU manufacturers releasing updated GTX 1650 models utilizing the new GDDR6 memory option. EVGA has creatively decided to name their latest card the EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6, as with all the other updated models a ~5% bump in performance can be expected. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 gives you the best gaming performance at a value you cannot resist. Now it's updated with GDDR6 memory, giving you that extra edge to up your game to the next level.

Featuring concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations, adaptive shading technology, and a new unified memory architecture with twice the cache of its predecessor, Turing shaders enable awesome performance increases on today's games. Get 1.4X power efficiency over previous generation for a faster, cooler and quieter gaming experience that take advantage of Turing's advanced graphics features.
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MSI Announces GeForce GTX 1650 D6 Series Graphics Cards

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to announce its graphics card line-up based on the GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. The big change is that instead of GDDR5, these new models are fitted with faster GDDR6 memory modules, providing better performance than the original models. These new models will get the designation "D6" in their names to indicate the usage of faster memory. The GeForce GTX 1650 has been carefully architected to balance performance, power, and cost, and includes all of the new Turing Shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency.

Equipped with excellent thermal solutions, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 series is designed to provide higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. MSI's GAMING series delivers the top notch in-game and thermal performance that gamers have come to expect from MSI. With solid and sharp designs, GAMING and VENTUS XS provide a great balance with strong dual fan cooling and outstanding performance. The AERO ITX and Low Profile (LP) series are great options for gamers looking to include Turing power into a small form factor build. With this comprehensive line-up there is plenty of choice for any demand.

NVIDIA Makes GDDR6 an Official GeForce GTX 1650 Memory Option

NVIDIA updated the product page of its GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card to make GDDR6 an official memory option besides the GDDR5 that the SKU launched with, back in Q2-2019. NVIDIA now has two product specs for the SKU, the GTX 1650 (G5), and GTX 1650 (G6). Both feature 896 "Turing" CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, and 32 ROPs; but differ entirely in memory configuration and clock speeds.

The GTX 1650 (G6) features 4 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 12 Gbps, across a 128-bit wide memory bus, compared to the original GTX 1650, which uses 4 GB of 8 Gbps GDDR5 across the same bus width. This results in a 50% memory bandwidth gain for the new SKU: 192 GB/s vs. 128 GB/s. On the other hand, the GPU clock speeds are lower than those of the original GTX 1650. The new G6 variant ticks at 1410 MHz base and 1590 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1485/1665 MHz of the original GTX 1650. This was probably done to ensure that the new SKU fits within the 75 W typical board power envelope of the original, enabling card designs that lack additional power connectors. As for pricing, Newegg recently had an MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Gaming X listed for $159.

INNO3D Launches GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 TWIN X2 OC, COMPACT Graphics Cards

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of pioneering high-end multimedia components and various innovations is thrilled to add the brand new Supercharger INNO3D GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT. INNO3D is adding this to its already impressive arsenal of Supercharger line-up. INNO3D has to date also release different versions of NVIDIA's Turing architecture such as the INNO3D GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2060 and the latest releases of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660 - the GTX 1650 TWIN X2 OC and COMPACT adopts the same award-winning 'Best-in-Class' NVIDIA's Turing architecture.

The all-new Razer Blade 15 - built for those who demand more

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today revealed the next evolution of the Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, featuring up to an 8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs, and a 300Hz display all packed into the signature black aluminium chassis. Complemented with a new keyboard layout, upgraded I/O, and abundant SSD storage, the Blade 15 gives users the power to play their best game, create their best work, and live their best life.

"The new Razer Blade 15 is simply the best laptop we have ever created," said Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer's Systems Business Unit. "We've added numerous cutting-edge features and user improvements that were requested directly from the community to make the Blade 15 more than just a great laptop for gamers, but a great laptop for everyone."
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GIGABYTE Launches GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with GDDR6 Memory

NVIDIA has enabled its AIB partners to design a to ship a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with a twist - a GDDR6 DRAM instead of the regular GDDR5 DRAM. And GIGABYTE is the first to update its GPU offerings. Today, GIGABYTE has launched... exactly all the models it had it already offered? Both of the models, like the GIGABYTE GTX 1650 OC and GTX 1650 Windforce OC, are carrying the same name again, just with a newer memory. The only difference is the box it ships in, which you can see below, that shows a GDDR6 marking and the GPU has a bit different cooler shroud. The amount of memory is still static, remaining at 4 GB, while the speed is now bumped to 12 Gbps. Base clocks of the GTX 1650 OC models are unknown, while the boost is 1635 MHz. For GTX 1650 Windforce OC model, base clock is still unknown, while the boost is 1710 MHz.
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Micron to Launch HBM2 Memory This Year

Micron Technologies, in the latest earnings report, announced that they will start shipping High-Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) DRAM. Used for high-performance graphics cards, server processors and all kinds of processors, HBM2 memory is wanted and relatively expensive solution, however, when Micron enters the market of its manufacturing, prices, and the market should adjust for the new player. Previously, only SK-Hynix and Samsung were manufacturing the HBM2 DRAM, however, Micron will join them and they will again form a "big-three" pact that dominates the memory market.

Up until now, Micron used to lay all hopes on its proprietary Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) DRAM type, which didn't gain much traction from customers and it never really took off. Only a few rare products used it, as Fujitsu SPARC64 XIfx CPU used in Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX100 supercomputer introduced in 2015. Micron announced to suspend works on HMC in 2018 and decided to devote their efforts to GDDR6 and HBM development. So, as a result, we are seeing that they will launch HBM2 DRAM products sometime this year.
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Sony Reveals PS5 Hardware: RDNA2 Raytracing, 16 GB GDDR6, 6 GB/s SSD, 2304 GPU Cores

Sony in a YouTube stream keynote by PlayStation 5 lead system architect Mark Cerny, detailed the upcoming entertainment system's hardware. There are three key areas where the company has invested heavily in driving forward the platform by "balancing revolutionary and evolutionary" technologies. A key design focus with PlayStation 5 is storage. Cerny elaborated on how past generations of the PlayStation guided game developers' art direction as the low bandwidths and latencies of optical discs and HDDs posed crippling latencies arising out of mechanical seeks, resulting in infinitesimally lower data transfer rates than what the media is capable of in best case scenario (seeking a block of data from its outermost sectors). SSD was the #1 most requested hardware feature by game developers during the development of PS5, and Sony responded with something special.

Each PlayStation 5 ships with a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 SSD with a flash controller that has been designed in-house by Sony. The controller features 12 flash channels, and is capable of at least 5.5 GB/s transfer speeds. When you factor in the exponential gains in access time, Sony expects the SSD to provide a 100x boost in effective storage sub-system performance, resulting in practically no load times.

Complete Hardware Specs Sheet of Xbox Series X Revealed

Microsoft just put out of the complete hardware specs-sheet of its next-generation Xbox Series X entertainment system. The list of hardware can go toe to toe with any modern gaming desktop, and even at its production scale, we're not sure if Microsoft can break-even at around $500, possibly counting on game and DLC sales to recover some of the costs and turn a profit. To begin with the semi-custom SoC at the heart of the beast, Microsoft partnered with AMD to deploy its current-generation "Zen 2" x86-64 CPU cores. Microsoft confirmed that the SoC will be built on the 7 nm "enhanced" process (very likely TSMC N7P). Its die-size is 360.45 mm².

The chip packs 8 "Zen 2" cores, with SMT enabling 16 logical processors, a humongous step up from the 8-core "Jaguar enhanced" CPU driving the Xbox One X. CPU clock speeds are somewhat vague. It points to 3.80 GHz nominal and 3.66 GHz with SMT enabled. Perhaps the console can toggle SMT somehow (possibly depending on whether a game requests it). There's no word on the CPU's cache sizes.

Xbox Series X Semi-custom SoC Features 320-bit Memory Interface, 10 GB or 20 GB Memory

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X entertainment system is shaping up to be a technological monstrosity. Xbox group head at Microsoft, Phil Spencer, last revealed a picture of its semi-custom SoC back in January, by setting it as his Twitter display picture. Over the following weeks, many more technical details, such as the chip's 12 TFLOP/s combined compute power, would be let out. Spencer updated his display picture revealing a segment of the Xbox Series X mainboard with the SoC and memory chips surrounding it. The picture reveals the large SoC package in the center, surrounded on three sides by ten memory chips, possibly GDDR6, each with its own wiring to the SoC. This indicates that the SoC features a 320-bit wide memory interface.

As for the memory density, there's no way to tell. It could be 10 GB if those are 8 Gbit memory chips, or 20 GB if those are 16 Gbit. It boils down to which device the Xbox Series X the company wants to succeed. The Xbox One S features 8 GB of DDR3, while the spruced up Xbox One X features 12 GB of GDDR5. If the new Xbox Series X succeeds the latter, then it could very well feature 20 GB, more so given Microsoft's lofty design goals (4K UHD gaming with real-time ray-tracing). Microsoft leverages hUMA to use a common memory pool for both the CPU and GPU. Designed in collaboration with AMD on a TSMC 7 nm-class node (likely the N7P), the SoC features "Zen 2" CPU cores, and a GPU based on the RDNA2 graphics architecture.
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ASUS Unveils GeForce RTX 2060 DUAL Mini, Possible RX 5600 XT and EVGA KO Competitor

ASUS unveiled the GeForce RTX 2060 DUAL Mini series, a new pair of RTX 2060 graphics cards purpose-built to compete with AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, and possibly priced to match the EVGA RTX 2060 KO. The series consists of two otherwise identical looking cards differentiated with clock speeds - the reference speed "DUAL-RTX2060-6G-MINI," and the slightly overclocked "DUAL-RTX2060-O6G-MINI." The DUAL Mini common board design measures 19.7 cm in length, 12.1 cm height, and is strictly 2-slot thick. Under the hood is PCB that's built to cost, and probably repurposing the company's GTX 1660 Ti series PCBs, since the TU116 and TU106 are pin-compatible.

The cooling solution of the ASUS RTX 2060 DUAL Mini features an aluminium fin-stack heatsink that makes direct contact with the GPU at the base; ventilated by a pair of 90 mm Axial-Tech fans that are designed to guide all their airflow axially. The impellers of these fans feature IP5X dust-resistance coating. The card also offers idle fan-stop feature. As mentioned earlier, the base RTX 2060 DUAL Mini ticks at NVIDIA reference clock speeds, while the DUAL Mini O6G offers overclocked speeds of 1365 MHz base and 1725 MHz GPU Boost (vs. reference speeds of 1365/1680 MHz). The memory clock is untouched on both cards, at 14 Gbps (GDDR6 effective). The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The cards don't appear to feature a back-plate. We expect the DUAL Mini to be priced at USD $299, and the DUAL Mini O6G at a $20-30 premium.
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