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DeepCool Intros GAMMAXX L240 A-RGB and L360 A-RGB AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

DeepCool today updated its GAMMAXX line of all-in-one liquid closed-loop CPU coolers, with the new GAMMAXX L240 A-RGB and L360 A-RGB. These are functionally the same coolers as the GAMMAXX L-series, but with a handful updates, such as an ambient air pressure balancer, and new addressable-RGB LED lighting elements on the pump-block and the included 120 mm fans. Each of the included 120 mm A-RGB fans spins between 500 to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 69.34 CFM of air-flow, at up to 2.42 mm H₂O static pressure, and up to 30 dBA noise output. The fans feature hydro-dynamic bearings. Among the CPU socket types supported include AM4, LGA1200, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Jonsbo Intros CR-2100 Dual Fin-stack CPU Cooler

Jonsbo today introduced the CR-2100, an aluminium dual fin-stack CPU cooler. Its design involves six 6 mm-thick copper heat-pipes, which draw heat directly from the base, conveying it to two aluminium fin-stacks, which are ventilated by a pair of included fans in push-pull fashion. Both fin-stacks are capped by a plastic top-plate that features a Jonsbo logo ornament. The cooler just about makes it under the 160 mm cooler height limits of most mid-tower cases, measuring 120 mm x 159 mm x 134 mm (WxHxD), weighing 900 g. Each of the two included 120 mm fans spins between 700 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 62.8 CFM of air, with up to 29.5 dBA noise output. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA1200, AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Super Flower Also Announced the Neon 240 and Neon 360 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

In addition to the Neon 122 tower-type air CPU cooler, Super Flower announced the Neon 240 and Neon 360 all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU coolers. Unless we're mistaken, these CLCs appear to be DeepCool-sourced, looking at the design of their pump-blocks. As their names suggest, the two are differentited with radiator sizes, with the Neon 240 featuring a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the Neon 360 featuring 360 mm x 120 mm.

The pump-block features a copper cold-plate, a latest-gen dual-chamber pump, Nylon sleeved tubing, and aluminium-fin radiators that, depending on the variant, are ventilated by two or three included 120 mm fans. Each of these hydraulic bearing fans spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, pushing 46 CFM of air, with up to 29.7 dBA maximum noise output. The fans, along with the ornament on top of the pump-block, feature addressable RGB illumination. The Neon 240 supports AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066 sockets, while the Neon 360 also includes support for TR4 and sTRX4 in addition to those. The coolers include an RGB controller with an RF remote control. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Introduces PermaFrost PF360W and PF240W AIO CPU Coolers

SilverStone today introduced white color trims of two of its PermaFrost series all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU coolers. These include the PF360W with its 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the PF240W with its 240 mm x 120 mm radiator. The white trim extends from the pump-block body, through the Nylon sleeving of the coolant tubes, onto the radiator (including its aluminium fins), and the included Air Blazer 120RW fans.

The pump-block features an ARGB LED ornament with SilverStone's characteristic snowflake logo, and each of the included fans features ARGB LEDs at the impeller hub, with the impeller serving as a diffuser. Both models include an RGB controller module that cycles between 10 lighting presets, although you can directly plug the cooler into a 3-pin ARGB header of your motherboard for software control. Each of the included Air Blazer 120RW fans turn at speeds ranging between 600 and 2,200 RPM, pushing up to 92 CFM of air-flow with 3.53 mm H₂O static pressure, and 7.4 to 35.6 dBA noise output. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA1200, AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AeroCool Intros the Mirage 5: Looks Like an AIO Block, But it's Not

At first glance, the new AeroCool Mirage 5 looks like an overgrown AIO CLC CPU block, with its puck shape, glass top, and an infinite-reflection RGB ornament, but it's not. It's a cylindrical, tower-type CPU air cooler. The CPU base features a tiny bit of aluminium finnage. From here, five 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU, conveying heat to a stack of ring-shaped anodized aluminium fins. The fin-stack is ventilated by a high-RPM 60 mm lateral flow fan with a somewhat cylindrical impeller, located underneath the top-plate.

This fan spins between 1,200 to 3,000 RPM, pushing between 39.7 to 74.3 CFM of air-flow, with 0.91 to 2.13 mm H₂O static pressure. AeroCool claims the noise output ranges between 18 to 30 dBA for this fan, since this isn't just another 60 mm fan, but a cylindrical impeller that happens to have a low diameter when viewed from the top. The fan features a hydraulic bearing, and is rated for 60,000 hours MTBF. The cooler measures 100 mm x 100 mm x 145 mm (WxDxH). AeroCool claims that the Mirage 5 can handle thermal loads of up to 150 W TDP. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA2066, LGA1200, LGA115x, and AM4. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.
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ZALMAN Rolls Out CNPS10X Optima II CPU Cooler

ZALMAN today rolled out a design update to its CNPS10X Optima CPU cooler from way back in 2011. Called the CNPS10X Optima II, the cooler features a completely new design, and uses contemporary design elements. The aluminium fin-stack tower-type cooler uses a fin-stack that's been wrapped in a plastic shroud, with its top plate featuring an ARGB LED lighting ornament. Four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU at the base, conveying heat through the fin-stack, which is ventilated by a ZALMAN Dual Blade 120 fan. The fan features a split-blade impeller, hydraulic bearings, and ARGB LEDs in the impeller hub. It spins at 800 to 1,500 RPM, pushing 61.52 CFM of air, at 27 dBA max noise. The cooler comes in two color trims, white and black. Measuring 158 mm x 132 mm x 85 mm (HxWxD), it weighs 740 g. Among the CPU sockets supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Intel Discontinues 9th Gen Core X Series "Skylake-X" HEDT Processors

Intel issued a product change notification (PCH) announcing the discontinuation of its 9th Gen Core X series "Skylake-X" HEDT processors in the LGA2066 package; in addition to at least 10 Xeon W-2000 series workstation processors that are based on a similar IP. Discontinuation involves several steps, the first of which is the discontinuation announcement, which is dated July 9, 2020. The last orders for these chips will be taken on January 22, 2021, which are non-cancellable and non-returnable (for distributors, end-users are still protected by product warranties and consumer laws regardless of when they buy the processor). The last orders ship before July 9, 2021.

Jonsbo Rolls Out Angeleyes TW2 Pro Color Series AIO CPU Coolers

Jonsbo earlier this week rolled out the Angeleyes TW2 Pro Color line of all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU Coolers. These coolers are variants of the Angeleyes TW2 Pro series the company released through 2019-2020. Its radiator, tubing, and pump-block designs are unchanged. The only only area of change is the set of fans included with the cooler. These fans are characterized by ARGB LEDs located in the impeller hub, and translucent fan-blades that diffuse the light. In the older Angeleyes TW2 Pro series, the fan featured acrylic ARGB diffusers along the bore of the frame. Under the hood, the fan features hydraulic bearings rated for over 40,000 hours, 700-1,500 RPM fan-speeds, 25.5-62.8 CFM of air-flow, and 18.1-29.5 dBA of noise output. There are currently two models of the TW2 Pro Color series - the TW2-360 Pro Color, which features a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator and three fans; and the TW2-240 Pro Color, with a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator and two fans. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Bitspower Unveils Mono Block for ASRock X299E-ITX ac LGA2066 Motherboard

Hot on the heels of the Mono Block for ROG Maximus XII Hero, Bitspower unveiled another, smarter Mono Block product, this time tailor-made for the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac, one of the only few full-featured socket LGA2066 motherboards in the Mini-ITX form-factor. The Mono Block uses nickel-plated copper with mirror-finish as its primary material, an acrylic top as its secondary material, and a metal top-plate over the top.

The top is studded with addressable RGB LEDs that take in standard 3-pin ARGB input. The top also features an OLED display that can display things such as coolant temperature. The Mono Block provides active cooling for both the LGA2066 CPU socket, and the CPU VRM area of the X299E-ITX/ac. A TouchAqua D-RGB multi-function controller module is included, which lets you control lighting and the OLED. The block measures 105 mm x 117 mm x 32 mm. Available now, the Bitspower Mono Block for ASRock X299E-ITX/ac is priced at USD $260.

ZALMAN Rolls Out CNPS16X CPU Cooler and New Thermal Pastes

ZALMAN today announced market availability of its new CNPS16X tower-type CPU cooler and three new STC-series thermal compounds. The CNPS16X features an aluminium fin-stack tower-type heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 120 mm fans in push-pull configuration, held together by an ABS shroud. The top-plate of this shroud features an addressable RGB embellishment with the ZALMAN logo at the center. Besides this, both fans feature ARGB diffusers along the bore of their frames. ZALMAN has two color variants of the CNPS16X depending on the color of the shroud - black and white. Splitter cables are included so the ARGB connections of both fans and the shroud are combined to a single 3-pin connection.

The design of the CNPS16X involves a direct-touch heatpipe base, from which four 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes pull heat, spreading it through the aluminium fin-stack. This stack features wave-shaped fins that make hexagonal patterns when viewed from the side. This design helps with increasing turbulence and heat-dissipation to the air-flow. Each of the two included 120 mm fans takes in 4-pin PWM, spins up to 1,500 RPM, together pushing around 75-90 m³h of air, with 25-29 dBA of noise output. ZALMAN rates the thermal capacity of this cooler at 150 W. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The CNPS16X is priced at 59.90€ (including taxes).

XIGMATEK Rolls Out WindpowerPRO CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK over the weekend rolled out the WindpowerPRO CPU cooler. This tower-type air cooler is characterized by its top plate that has RGB LED embellishments, and a pair of included 120 mm fans meant for push-pull airflow through the heatsink. The business end of this cooler consists of a tower-type aluminium fin-stack heatsink with anodized black fins to which heat is conveyed by six 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the CPU at the base.

A single 3-pin addressable-RGB connection handles lighting for all three elements (the two fans and the heatsink's top-plate). The company also includes a 4-pin PWM fan header splitter, in case your motherboard lacks two 4-pin fan headers near its CPU socket. The two included XIGMATEK Galaxy II Pro ARGB fans each spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 58.5 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 25.3 dBA. The fans feature 50,000-hour rated hydro dynamic bearings. With its top-plate and fans in place, the XIGMATEK WindpowerPRO measures 110 mm x 125 mm x 157 mm (LxWxH). The company rates its thermal capacity at 200 W. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Core i9-10990XE 22-core Processor Last Gasp of the X299 Platform?

Way back in June 2018, when the first Threadrippers made landfall, it was reported that Intel was working on a new 22-core "Skylake-X" silicon that sat in between the 18-core HCC (high core-count) die, and the 28-core XCC (extreme core-count) die. The roughly 700 mm² XCC die, with its 6 memory channels, couldn't be integrated with the LGA2066 package, and was reserved for the enterprise LGA3647 package that made a workstation/quasi-client debut with the 28-core Xeon W-3175X. It was hence rumored that an in-between 22-core silicon was under development that could be integrated with LGA2066. Fast forward to 2020, and Intel's client HEDT processor lineup doesn't look much different from its 2017 one. The 18-core i9-10980XE leads the pack, and despite its $1,000 price, has received largely lukewarm reviews. If screenshots surfacing on Chinese tech forums are to be believed, Intel is toying with the idea of the 22-core die meant for LGA2066 once again.

Referenced as Core i9-10990XE in straight-up CPU-Z screenshots, the processor is based on the "Cascade Lake-X" microarchitecture, and has the same I/O as the i9-10980XE, looking at the instruction sets featured. It has 22 cores and HyperThreading enables 44 threads. Cache hierarchy and balance are characteristic of "Cascade Lake," with 1 MB of dedicated L2 cache per core, and 30.25 MB of shared L3 cache. The I/O is likely identical to the i9-10980XE as that's a function of the platform and the socket. What's more interesting are the clock-speeds. The name-string of the engineering sample references a nominal clock-speed of 4.00 GHz, and in the screenshot, the chip is shown running at 5.00 GHz (at least on one core). There's also a performance benchmark to go with the leak, possibly CineBench R20 nT. Here, the i9-10990XE is shown scoring 14,005 points, which is in the same ballpark as the 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3960X.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition Pictured

Cooler Master updated the MasterLiquid ML360P premium AIO liquid CPU cooler with a new Silver Edition variant that sees a silver-gray color-scheme dominate the radiator, tubing sleeves, and the pump-block. Rather than including three 120 mm fans, Cooler Master packs a 3x 120 mm compound-fan. ARGB LED illumination dominate the three fans and subtle lighting accents on the pump-block. You can use a single 3-pin ARGB connection to control lighting of the entire cooler, or use the included LED controller that lets you customize color, and cycle between lighting presets.

Each of the three 120 mm fan subunit spins at speeds of up to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 45 CFM of air, with noise output ranging between 8 to 30 dBA. The cold-plate is made of copper, and the radiator aluminium. The MasterLiquid ML360P supports nearly all modern CPU socket types, including AM4, LGA115x, LGA2066, TR4, and sTRX4. For Threadripper sockets, you need to use the round AIO retention module AMD includes in the box of all retail Threadripper processors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Rolls Out Pro WS X299 SAGE II Motherboard

ASUS today rolled out the Pro WS X299 SAGE II, a redesign and refresh of its WS X299 SAGE series quasi-workstation motherboards, designed for those who want to use Intel's 10th generation Core XE "Cascade Lake-X" HEDT processors in a workstation-like environment (CEB form-factor) and can make do without ECC memory. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and two 8-pin EPS power connectors, along with an optional 6-pin PCIe power input to stabilize add-on card power delivery. An 8-phase VRM conditions power for the socket LGA2066 processor. The board employs PLX PEX8747 bridge chips to convert two x16 PCIe gen 3.0 links from the LGA2066 processor to four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots with full bandwidth, or seven slots with x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 wiring.

Storage options on the ASUS Pro WS X299 SAGE II include three U.2 ports, two M.2 slots (one right below the PCH heatsink, and the other vertical); and eight SATA 6 Gbps ports. Network connectivity includes two 2.5 GbE interfaces driven by a pair of Intel i225-LM controllers. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports driven by an ASMedia controller (from which one is type-C), a second such controller driving an internal port, and eight USB 3.2 gen 1 ports from the X299 PCH. A high-grade onboard audio solution featuring Realtek S1220A HDA codec, headphones amp, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade capacitors, make for the rest of this board. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Intel Readying X299 Microcode Update to Enhance "Cascade Lake-X" Overclocking

Intel is readying a microcode update specially for its X299 Express chipset, to enhance the overclocking capabilities of its 10th generation Core i9 XE "Cascade Lake-X" processors. News of the update was put out in an MSI press release that speaks of the company encapsulating the new microcode in BIOS updates for its entire socket LGA2066 motherboard lineup.

"To enhance the overclocking capability for the newly launched Intel Core X-series Processors (Intel Core i9-10980XE, 10940X, 10920X, 10900X), Intel will provide a new microcode update," the statement from MSI reads. Besides "overclocking capability," the new microcode also helps to "maximize the overall performance" of "Cascade Lake-X" processors," says MSI. The company does not describe what specifically these changes are. The microcode update will be released to end-users as BIOS updates by motherboard manufacturers, so be on the lookout for one, if you're using "Cascade Lake-X."

Raijintek Intros EOS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler

Raijintek unveiled the EOS 360 RBW all-in-one, closed-loop, liquid CPU cooler. Characterized by a CPU water-block design that's sure to bring back memories of your Beyblade collection, it provides a slightly larger-than-usual rectangular copper base with a 0.12 mm micro-fin lattice. The pump is integrated with the 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, has a pressure head of 1.5 m, noise output of up to 30 dBA at maximum speed, and features a ceramic-axis bearing that lends it a service life of 50,000 hours. The radiator features 12 coolant channels, is made of aluminium, and is 29 mm thick. The three included 120 mm fans take in 4-pin PWM input for their main function, and 5 V ARGB for the lighting, spin between 800 to 1,800 RPM, feature hydraulic bearings with 40,000-hour service life, and push up to 75 CFM of air with 28 dBA noise output, each. Among the CPU sockets supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. It is priced at USD $70 (MSRP).

Intel to Halve Prices of 7th and 9th Gen "Skylake-X" HEDT Processors

In a bid to clear out inventories of its 7th and 9th generation Core X HEDT processors based on the "Skylake-X" silicon, Intel is preparing to halve prices of leftover inventory in the retail channel. The move is triggered by the company's own recent launch of the 10th generation Core i9 "Cascade Lake-X" processors that are compatible with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards. With "Cascade Lake-X," Intel halved the Dollars-per-core metric across the board (i.e. doubled the performance-per-Dollar), resulting in its top 18-core i9-10980XE being priced under the $1000-mark, half of what the i9-9980XE once commanded.

With prices of Core X "Skylake-X" chips being halved, you can expect the market to be flooded with 7th and 9th generation chips that are priced marginally lesser than their 10th gen "Cascade Lake-X" siblings. The single-thread performance (IPC) is identical between the three generations. All that's changed with "Cascade Lake-X" is the introduction of the DLBoost instruction-set that speeds up AI applications (irrelevant to gamers), and an improved Turbo Boost algorithm that spreads boost clocks across more cores, including Favored Cores capability that will come alive with Windows 10 2H19 update. If you've been on one of the cheaper 8-core or 10-core LGA2066 chips, your upgrade options just increased.

Intel 10th Gen Core X "Cascade Lake-X" Pricing and Specs Detailed

Ahead of their October 7th product launch and November availability, we have confirmation of the specifications and pricing of Intel's 10th generation Core X "Cascade Lake-X" HEDT processors in the LGA2066 package. These chips feature compatibility with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards with a UEFI BIOS update, although several motherboard manufacturers are launching new products with some of the latest connectivity options, such as 2.5 GbE wired Ethernet, and 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 WLAN.

The 10th generation Core X HEDT processor family is based on the new 14 nm++ "Cascade Lake" silicon, which comes with hardware fixes against several classes side-channel vulnerabilities, and introduces an updated instruction-set that includes more AVX-512 instructions, and the new DLBoost instruction. DLBoost leverages new fixed-function hardware on silicon to accelerate AI deep-learning neural-set building and training by up to 5 times. Intel's first wave of 10th gen Core X lineup is rather slim, with just four processor models. The company did away with the Core i7 brand extension, as core-counts in the mainstream desktop segment have already reached 8-core. The lineup now begins at 10-core/20-thread, with the chip's full 48-lane PCI-Express and 4-channel DDR4 interfaces enabled across the board. All models feature the "XE" brand extension, and feature unlocked base-clock multipliers.

Intel 10th Gen Core X "Cascade Lake" HEDT Processors Launch on October 7

October 7 promises to be an action-packed day, with not just AMD's launch of its Radeon RX 5500 series graphics card, but also Intel's 10th generation Core X "Cascade Lake" HEDT processors in the LGA2066 package. With AMD having achieved near-parity with Intel on IPC, the focus with the 10th generation Core X will be on price-performance, delivering double the number of cores to the Dollar compared to the previous generation. Intel will nearly halve the "Dollars per core" metric of these processors down to roughly $57 per core compared to $103 per core of the 9th generation Core X. This means the 10-core/20-thread model that the series starts with, will be priced under $600.

The first wave of these processors will include the 10-core/20-thread Core i9-10900XE, followed by the 12-core/24-thread i9-10920XE around the $700-mark, the 14-core/28-thread i9-10940XE around the $800-mark, and the range-topping 18-core/28-thread i9-10960XE at $999, nearly half that of the previous-generation i9-9980XE. There is a curious lack of a 16-core model. These chips feature a 44-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex, a quad-channel DDR4 memory interface supporting up to 256 GB of DDR4-2933 memory (native speed), and compatibility with existing socket LGA2066 motherboards with a BIOS update. The chips also feature an updated AES-512 ISA, the new DLBoost instruction set with a fixed-function hardware that accelerates neural net training by 5 times, and an updated Turbo Boost Max algorithm. Intel will extensively market these chips to creators and PC enthusiasts. October 7 will see a paper-launch, followed by November market-availability.

Enermax Introduces a New ETS-T50 AXE ARGB CPU Cooler Variant

ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, adds an addressable RGB version into ETS-T50 AXE lineup. The extended product series is called ETS-T50 AXE ARGB, which can support the cooling performance of 230 W+ TDP and is designed to display fascinating addressable RGB lighting effects by synchronizing with ASUS Aura, ASRock Polychrome, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync.

The exclusive plug & play function further enables ETS-T50 AXE ARGB to display luminous rainbow RGB lighting effect by simply connecting the PWM power cable. Available in black and white colors, ETS-T50 AXE ARGB is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets (except socket TR4/SP3).

Thermalright Enters the AIO CLC Market with the Turbo Right Series

Thermalright set the standards for CPU cooling with its iconic tower-type heatsinks through the 2000s. The company finally bit the AIO liquid cooling bullet with the new Turbo Right series. Unlike other closed-loop coolers (CLCs), the Turbo Right ships with a full-copper radiator, in which both the fins and coolant channels are made of copper. The base is made of mirror-finished nickel-plated copper. These coolers come with a fill-port and an extra 100 ml of coolant, so you can replenish it over time. The pump-block features an ornament on top with RGB LED lighting.

For now, the Turbo Right comes in two variants based on radiator size, the Turbo Right 240C, and the Turbo Right 360C, featuring 240 mm x 120 mm and 360 mm x 120 mm radiators, respectively. Depending on the variant, you get two or three TY-121BP 120 mm fans, which take in 4-pin PWM input, spin between 600 to 1,800 RPM, and push between 25.76 to 77.28 CFM of air, with a noise output of 19 to 25 dBA, each. Among the CPU sockets supported are LGA2066, LGA115x, and AM4.

ASUS Expands ROG Strix LC Lineup with a 360mm Model

ASUS today expanded its ROG Strix LC line of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers with a new top variant that comes with a large 360 mm x 120 mm radiator for better cooling. The ROG Strix LC series had debuted in May with 120 mm and 240 mm variants. ASUS bundles three of the same 120 mm fans it includes with the pricier Ryuo series, which take in 4-pin PWM input, spin between 800 to 2,500 RPM, pushing up to 80.95 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 29.7 dBA, each. Characteristic to the ROG Strix LC series, the pump-block features spirally-projecting RGB LED diffusers along the sides, and an illuminated ROG logo on top. All lighting is controlled by addressable-RGB (ASUS Aura Sync RGB). The cooler supports nearly all modern CPU socket types, including AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The pump-block supports the Asetek-standard AIO CLC retention module AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors include in their PIB packages.

X499 or X299G? Intel's Fall 2019 HEDT Update Heralds a New Chipset?

Our readers spotted an interesting visual detail that missed us during our coverage of GIGABYTE's three new socket LGA2066 motherboards unveiled at Computex 2019. One of the three boards, the X299S Designare 10G, has the hard-marking "X499" on its CPU VRM heatsink. Another detail that strikes us is that none of the three new boards we pictured has "X299" printed on the PCB anywhere. The Designare 10G has a sticker below the printed GIGABYTE logo that reads "X299G Designare 10G." The purported X299G Aorus Master has another interesting detail: right above the "Aorus Master" print, there's a tiny sticker marked "X299G," positioned as if it's covering up a printed marking on the PCB itself.

All these details lead us to wonder if GIGABYTE tried to cover up that these boards are in fact based on the unannounced X499 Express chipset, and made to appear like they are X299. We only have paper stickers and the booth placards that indicate "X299," while a metal embossing on the Designare 10G's VRM heatsink reads X499. Intel in its Computex 2019 keynote announced that it will introduce new Core X HEDT processors. It's been over 2 years since the first Core X "Skylake-X" processors launched in Q2-2017. Intel refreshed the lineup in 2018 with 9th generation branding and soldered TIM, with a few specification improvements across the product-stack, but a largely unchanged silicon. It's likely that the Fall 2019 release could see new chips with increased core counts, perhaps even the fabled 22-core die, and some hardware mitigation against recent security vulnerabilities.

GIGABYTE Unveils Three New X299 Motherboards at Computex 2019

At Computex 2019, we spotted three new socket LGA2066 motherboards from GIGABYTE, and several other manufacturers. At its Computex 2019 keynote, Intel announced that in Q3 2019, the company is launching new Core X series HEDT processor models "for creators." When combined with the handful new LGA2066 motherboard models we've spotted, it becomes highly likely that the processors Intel is launching this Fall could be LGA2066-compatible. Without further ado, the X299G Aorus Master, the X299G Aorus Xtreme Waterforce, and the X299G Designare 10G.

The X299G Aorus Master is different from the X299 Aorus Master launched last November, and the X299G Designare 10G is different from the X299 Designare EX launched way back in 2017. The X299G Aorus Xtreme Waterforce is the first "Xtreme" sub-branded LGA2066 product. What's common to these three boards is out-of-the-box support for the upcoming HEDT processor models, besides 9th generation "Skylake-X" Refresh processors, and the original "Skylake-X" chips.

ZADAK at Computex: Boutique Memory, Coolers, Gaming Desktops, and Case-Mods

ZADAK may have dropped the "511" from its name, but remains a sought-after boutique hardware brand for case-modders. At its Computex 2019 booth, the company showed off its latest memory modules, cooling products, and a few case-mods that put the two together. The centerpiece at the booth was the Spark line of premium DDR4 memory modules. Silver accents of brushed aluminium top a darker shade, crowned by a silicone addressable-RGB LED diffuser. Each module has five lighting zones - top, top sides, and corners, which the maker calls "Dynamic multi-zone RGB." Each module cycles between 8 lighting presets, although with a 3-pin ARGB connection, you can play with the lighting via software.

ZADAK Spark memory comes in single-module, dual-channel, and quad-channel kits of 8 GB and 16 GB modules, which are further differentiated in four speeds, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3600, and DDR4-4133. Up to 3200 MHz, these modules offer timings of 16-18-18-38@1.35V, which loosen to 17-19-19-39@1.35V for DDR4-3600, and 19-21-21-42@1.4V for DDR4-4133. ZADAK claims it tested each memory kit for advertised settings on both Intel Core and AMD Ryzen platforms. Prices start at USD $159.99 for a 2x 8 GB DDR4-3200 memory kit. Next up, is the ZADAK Spark AIO closed-loop liquid CPU cooler.
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