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"Zen 3" Chiplet Uses a Ringbus, AMD May Need to Transition to Mesh for Core-Count Growth

AMD's "Zen 3" CCD, or compute complex die, the physical building-block of both its client- and enterprise processors, possibly has a core count limitation owing to the way the various on-die bandwidth-heavy components are interconnected, says an AnandTech report. This cites what is possibly the first insights AMD provided on the CCD's switching fabric, which confirms the presence of a Ring Bus topology. More specifically, the "Zen 3" CCD uses a bi-directional Ring Bus to connect the eight CPU cores with the 32 MB of shared L3 cache, and other key components of the CCD, such as the IFOP interface that lets the CCD talk to the I/O die (IOD).

Imagine a literal bus driving around a city block, picking up and dropping off people between four buildings. The "bus" here resembles a strobe, the buildings resemble components (cores, uncore, etc.,) while the the bus-stops are ring-stops. Each component has its ring-stops. To disable components (eg: in product-stack segmentation), SKU designers simply disable ring-stops, making the component inaccessible. A bi-directional Ring Bus would see two "vehicles" driving in opposite directions around the city block. The Ring Bus topology comes with limitations of scale, mainly resulting from the latency added from too many ring-stops. This is precisely why coaxial ring-topology faded out in networking.

SSUPD and TechPowerUp Meshlicious Giveaway: The Winners!

SSUPD and TechPowerUp brought you the Meshlicious Giveaway, and a chance to win one of six of SSUPD's finest pieces of vertical cases. Up for grabs were four Full Mesh Meshlicious White with PCI-Express Gen4 riser cable; and two Meshlicious Black with tempered glass side-panel, and PCI-Express Gen3 riser. The results are in and we have our six winners! Without further ado, here they are:
  • Full Mesh Meshlicious White won by:
    • Josaiah from the United States,
    • Ev from the United States,
    • Chen from Canada, and
    • Ann from the United States.
  • Meshlicious Black won by:
    • Robert from the United States,
    • Shoshi from Canada
A huge congratulations to the winners! TechPowerUp and SSUPD will return with more such interesting giveaways.

NETGEAR Unveils Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Mini Mesh Router

NETGEAR, Inc., the leading provider of networking products that power businesses large and small, today announced the latest WiFi 6 addition to the Orbi Pro portfolio. The Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Mini (SXK30) Dual-band Mesh System with its attractive price point is designed for small businesses and home-based offices.

With an industry leading WiFi 6 (802.11ax) multi-node mesh system, the base configuration of an Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Mini system (SXK30) comprises a router and a satellite. Each router and satellite also include an integrated NETGEAR Ethernet switch and delivers aggregate WiFi speeds of up to 1.8Gbpsi. The base configuration of the Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Mini Mesh System (SXK30) provides up to 4000 sq. ft. of coverage. Up to three (3) additional satellites (sold separately), expand the WiFi coverage of the system to up to 10,000 sq. ft.

Linksys Launches New Lineup of 6E Routers with the Hydra Pro 6E and Atlas Max 6E

Linksys, a global leader in home and business Wi-Fi solutions, today announces the availability of the market's first Wi-Fi 6E certified systems, the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E and award-winning Linksys Atlas Max 6E. Built with Velop Intelligent Mesh and utilizing the newly opened 6GHz band, the Linksys Hydra Pro and Linksys Atlas Max expand the user's network for the fastest speeds possible to every corner of the home. Wi-Fi 6E offers the 6GHz band connection that is needed for device-heavy homes and ensures optimal performance for video conferencing, working and learning from home, as well as the latest AR and VR devices.

"Wi-Fi 6E is driving a surge in technology innovation and we're proud to deliver next-level solutions that harness 6E speeds and efficiency, coupled with built-in Velop Intelligent Mesh," says Harry Dewhirst, vice president of business development, Linksys. "As the market's first Wi-Fi 6E system certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide our customers reliable, innovative and secure Wi-Fi solutions."

Phanteks Also Announces Eclipse P200A ITX Chassis

Phanteks today announced the all-new Mini-ITX addition to the Eclipse lineup, the Eclipse P200A. The P200A features the Ultra-fine Performance Mesh to bring the highest cooling performance combined with a compact yet open interior to offer plenty of space for high-end system components. Featuring Phanteks' Ultra-fine Performance Mesh on the front and side panels, the P200A offers high airflow and optimal cooling performance. With only 1 mm of mesh perforation, the P200A's front panel filters dust without compromising airflow performance.

The P200A internal space and versatility allows for the support of triple-slot graphic cards with optional vertical GPU mounting (PH-CBRSFL15 required), 240/280 mm front and 240 mm side radiators, full ATX power supplies, and massive storage support. This flexibility allows you to configure the internal layout to your exact preference. Building a powerful yet compact ITX system is a breeze thanks to the P200A. Within a 30-liter volume, it combines a compact form-factor with next-gen hardware requirements.

We took a look at this new release today, in our Phanteks P200A Review.

Cougar Intros MX660 Mesh RGB-L Mid-tower Case

Cougar today introduced the MX660 Mesh RGB-L, an ATX mid-tower case. A highlight of this case's design is its front-panel, which features a "3-D mesh." A coarse outer mesh extends along three sides of the front-panel, concealing a finer, flat inner mesh that filters dust for the front intake that supports either three 120 mm or two 140 mm fans; and radiators up to 360 mm x 120 mm or 280 mm x 140 mm in size. The top-panel has another such large fan vent, supporting the exact same combinations of fans and radiators. A 120 mm rear exhaust makes for the rest of the case's ventilation feature-set. Three 120 mm fans with ARGB lighting come pre-installed along the front panel, and the case includes a 6-channel ARGB controller that can toggle between presets at the push of a button on the front-panel, or sync with your motherboard's 3-pin ARGB header.

The Cougar MX660 Mesh RGB-L features a tempered glass left-side panel, behind which is a conventional horizontally partitioned layout, with the upper compartment serving up room for motherboards as large as E-ATX, graphics cards up to 41 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16.5 cm in height. The lower compartment has a 20 cm PSU bay, and two 3.5-inch drive trays that can each hold 2.5-inch drives. An additional three 2.5-inch drives can be mounted behind the motherboard tray. Front-panel connectivity includes two USB 3.x type-A, one USB 3.x type-C, and HDA jacks. The case measures 213 mm x 495 mm x 474 mm (WxDxH), dry-weighing 6.3 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

NETGEAR Introduces Powerful New Tri-Band Mesh WiFi to the Portfolio of Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 Systems

NETGEAR, Inc., the worldwide leading provider of award-winning advanced mesh WiFi for home and office, has today announced the addition of a new tri-band mesh system to the family of Nighthawk Mesh - Nighthawk Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System (MK83). Providing powerful mesh WiFi 6, this latest offering from NETGEAR is designed to blanket the whole home with high-performance WiFi to manage more devices on the network and eliminate dead zones in every room of the house.

The powerful quad-core processor of the Nighthawk Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 system delivers more processing power than WiFi 5, increasing the overall WiFi performance. This enables the mesh system to support the demands of today's homes from streaming, gaming, video conferencing for distance learning and remote work to powering the growth of smart home devices. Get immersed in UHD streaming and enjoy lag-free gaming with Nighthawk's combined WiFi speeds of up to 3.6Gbps that is more than capable of delivering up to Gigabit internet speeds throughout out the home. Newer WiFi 6 technology powers up to four times the performance and capacity of previous generation WiFi 5 (802.11ac) but still provides 100% backwards compatibility to earlier generations of WiFi devices (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) so all devices can connect at top speeds.

UL Benchmarks Announces DirectX 12 3DMark Mesh Shader Test

DirectX 12 Ultimate adds powerful new features and capabilities to DirectX 12 including DirectX Raytracing Tier 1.1, Mesh Shaders, Sampler Feedback, and Variable Rate Shading (VRS). After DirectX 12 Ultimate was announced, we started adding new tests to 3DMark to show how games can benefit from these new features. Our latest addition is the 3DMark Mesh Shader feature test, a new test that shows how game developers can boost frame rates by using mesh shaders in the graphics pipeline.

Intel's Raja Koduri Teases Xe HPG Mesh Shading in Action, A Hint at DirectX 12 Ultimate Readiness?

Intel's head for architecture, software, and graphics divisions, Raja Koduri, on Wednesday (10/02) teased a Xe HPG discrete GPU prototype running the upcoming 3DMark DirectX 12 Mesh Shaders feature test. Mesh Shaders are one of the four key features for graphics solutions to achieve the DirectX 12 Ultimate logo readiness, the other three being Real-time raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, and Sampler Feedback. Intel has already been supporting VRS tier-1 since Gen11, and the new Gen12 Xe LP carries forward VRS support.

The Xe HPG architecture is being pushed by Intel as the company's first high-performance gaming discrete graphics architecture. The company earlier released entry-level dGPUs based on the same Xe LP architecture as the Gen12 iGPU found in its "Tiger Lake" processors. The presence of VRS and Mesh Shader support, along with foundational work Intel has done in the area of real-time raytracing, hints at the likelihood of Intel gunning for DirectX 12 Ultimate readiness for the Xe HPG.

Chieftec Announces CI-02B-OP: New multifunctional M-ATX Cube Case

Today CHIEFTEC introduces a new multifunctional cube case that can find its purpose in all settings from the office to home media systems. Featuring an elegant design combining brushed aluminium and airflow-friendly mesh, this is a case that combines a timeless style with high functionality.

The CI-02B-OP joins CHIEFTEC's Mesh Series in a compact m-ATX cube format. Despite its very compact dimensions, this case is extremely flexible in terms of hardware compatibility, supporting ATX PSU's up to 16 cm in length, graphics cards up to 320 mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height. Furthermore, the installation of components is made very easy thanks to the folding mechanism known from the CI-01B-OP.

Linksys Introduces AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System

Taking advantage of the newly opened 6 GHz band, Linksys AXE8400 reduces congested, unsteady Wi-Fi connections and delivers more bandwidth to consumers' homes for clearer, faster networks and strengthened reliability. It has built-in mesh technology, easy app-based setup, and allows for full access to all three bands so that customers and connected devices, 6E or not, benefit from the system. The Linksys AXE8400 is fully certified with the Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC, ensuring it meets the highest standards for security and safety so consumers can have peace of mind using any device on their network.

Linksys AXE8400 is powered by Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 Platform to provide blazingly fast performance across hundreds of devices. It is an ideal solution for bandwidth-heavy homes and can support multiple activities simultaneously, from at-home working and learning, to VR gaming and media streaming via tri-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz) capacity and a 5 Gbps WAN port. The device also has four Gigabit LAN ports, and one USB 3.0 port for multiple hardwire or USB connections. It covers up to 3,000 square feet per node and is designed to manage the demands of more than 65 devices all sharing the same bandwidth. It eliminates dead spots and provides high-speed connectivity for an entire home - backyard and outdoor devices included.

D-Link Drives Digital Transformation of Homes with New Wi-Fi 6 Products

At CES 2021, D-Link introduced their newest solutions that are equipped with Wi-Fi 6 technology: DWA-X1850 AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 Adapter and D-Link AI M32 AX3200 Wi-Fi 6 AI Mesh Router. The ongoing global pandemic has resulted in a drastic increase in devices and traffic at home. The demand is larger than ever before for higher data rates and network capacity for device-dense environments. D-Link's new Wi-Fi 6 solutions offer the faster speeds, greater capacity, and reduced network congestion that the current generation of Internet users need. OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology further ensure the most efficient Wi-Fi connection.

D-Link's DWA-X1850 is the first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 adapter in the market, delivering a fast and easy way for users to upgrade their desktop and notebook computers with the latest wireless AX technology at an affordable price. By simply plugging the adapter into a USB port, users can take advantage of secure, high-speed Internet of up to 574 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band and 1200 Mbps in the 5 GHz band. The DWA-X1850 also features WPA3 Wi-Fi encryption for optimal network and device protection. Whether for streaming videos, playing games, online learning, or remote working, this adapter fulfills everyone's current needs.

NETGEAR Introduces New Mobile 4G and 5G Wireless Solutions for Reliable Internet Connectivity from Anywhere

NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the worldwide leading provider of advanced networking products for home and office, has announced two new mobile products: the Industry's first WiFi 6 mobile wireless router - the Nighthawk 4G LTE WiFi 6 Router (LAX20) - and the NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem (LM1200). With a continued mission to provide connectivity for households and businesses regardless of where they may be located, these two mobile wireless products provide the capability of connecting home or office networks in the absence of traditional cable, DSL or fiber broadband options.

The Nighthawk LAX20 router supports advanced WiFi 6 networking technology delivering 1.8Gbps of high-performance WiFi and improved network capacity to handle a greater number of connected devices on the home network. Combined with a 4G LTE modem for instances where traditional wired internet options are not available or reliable, the Nighthawk LAX20 router provides an alternate mobile internet connectivity option. The new router also serves as an ideal solution for those who need internet access for limited time frames for instances such as a vacation home or short-term rentals.

Microsoft: Only Consoles Supporting Full RDNA 2 Capabilities Are Xbox Series X and Series S, Excludes PlayStation 5

Microsoft has today published another article on its Xbox Wire blog, dedicated to all the news regarding the Xbox consoles and its ecosystem. In the light of yesterday's launch of AMD Radeon RDNA 2 graphics cards, Microsoft has congratulated its partner and provider of processors SoCs for their next-generation consoles. Besides the celebrations and congratulations, Microsoft has proceeded to show off what the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are capable of, and how they integrate the RDNA 2 architecture. The company notes that there are hardware accelerated DirectX Raytracing, Mesh Shaders, Sampler Feedback, and Variable Rate Shading units built-in, so game developers can take advantage of it.

Another interesting point Microsoft made was that "Xbox Series X|S are the only next-generation consoles with full hardware support for all the RDNA 2 capabilities AMD showcased today." What this translates into is that Microsoft is the only console maker that uses the full RDNA 2 potential. This could leave Sony out in the dark with its PlayStation 5 console, meaning that it does not support all the features of AMD's new GPU architecture. There are not any specific points, however, we have to wait and see what Sony has left out, if anything.

Phanteks Announces Eclipse P360A Chassis

Phanteks today introduces the new case to the Eclipse Series, the P360A. Like all other "A" edition chassis, the P360A features the Ultra-fine Performance Mesh front panel and also includes 2x 120 mm D-RGB PWM fans up front to provide high airflow performance.

The Phanteks Ultra-fine Performance Mesh front panel features 1 mm perforations, which balances exceptional airflow and effective dust filtration. Compatible with the new RTX 30 series cards, powerful gaming systems can be created in the P360A with support for the most powerful GPUs mounted horizontally or vertically with the optional Vertical GPU Bracket kit. Additionally, the P360A supports 240/280 radiators and has plenty of room for SSD and HDD storage.

Netgear Updates Orbi Pro Lineup with Wi-Fi 6 AX6000 Tri-Band Model

NETGEAR, Inc., the leading provider of networking products that power businesses both large and small, today announces the addition of WiFi 6 to the Orbi Pro portfolio. The Orbi Pro WiFi 6 (SXK80) Tri-band Mesh System is an industry leading tri-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) multi-node mesh system designed to grow with small businesses and home offices as the need to expand their area of network coverage increases. It is comprised of a single router and a single satellite, and can expand to support up to 6 satellites (wireless nodes).

The Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Tri-band Mesh System provides the latest generation of WiFi technology to deliver increased capacity, advanced security and enhanced speed for employees, customers and guests of small businesses and small office environments. In an era where business is widely being conducted remotely while other members of the household are also dependent on connectivity, this new addition to the Orbi Pro family can also address the demand for separate and secure WiFi networks when working from home. Featuring the latest WiFi data security standard, WPA3, along with 4 SSIDs and VLAN support, the Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Mesh System provides a secure network while also isolating connections for separate activities, making it the ideal solution for today's work from home paradigm.

D-Link Introduces EXO AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router

D-Link this week made available its groundbreaking EXO AX5400 Mesh WiFi 6 Router (DIR-X5460) with ultra-fast speeds and efficient performance benefits of WiFi 6 protocol. The AX5400 Router is the latest model in D-Link's trio of best-in-class WiFi 6 routers developed for superior coverage, increased capacity, reduced network congestion, and improved device battery life in device-dense homes. As multi-tasking households seek uninterrupted coverage for smooth media streaming, video chats, and more, the DIR-X5460 has the performance needed for smart connected homes.

Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake-SP" 28-core Die Detailed at Hot Chips - 18% IPC Increase

Intel in the opening presentation of the Hot Chips 32 virtual conference detailed its next-generation Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake-SP" enterprise processor. Built on the company's 10 nm silicon fabrication process, "Ice Lake-SP" sees the first non-client and non-mobile deployment of the company's new "Sunny Cove" CPU core that introduces higher IPC than the "Skylake" core that's been powering Intel microarchitectures since 2015. While the "Sunny Cove" core itself is largely unchanged from its implementation in 10th Gen Core "Ice Lake-U" mobile processors, it conforms to the cache hierarchy and tile silicon topology of Intel's enterprise chips.

The "Ice Lake-SP" die Intel talked about in its Hot Chips 32 presentation had 28 cores. The "Sunny Cove" CPU core is configured with the same 48 KB L1D cache as its client-segment implementation, but a much larger 1280 KB (1.25 MB) dedicated L2 cache. The core also receives a second fused multiply/add (FMA-512) unit, which the client-segment implementation lacks. It also receives a handful new instruction sets exclusive to the enterprise segment, including AVX-512 VPMADD52, Vector-AES, Vector Carry-less Multiply, GFNI, SHA-NI, Vector POPCNT, Bit Shuffle, and Vector BMI. In one of the slides, Intel also detailed the performance uplifts from the new instructions compared to "Cascade Lake-SP".

NETGEAR Extends WiFi6 Leadership with 2nd Orbi Mesh System Delivering Gigabit WiFi Everywhere in the Home

NETGEAR, the leading provider of mesh WiFi systems that power today's smart homes and small businesses, is introducing the next WiFi 6 member of the Orbi Mesh WiFi family, NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 Tri-band Mesh Systems (RBK752/753). Joining the flagship Orbi WiFi 6 AX6000 Tri-band Mesh System (RBK852), this new Orbi Mesh System, with its attractive price point, is designed to make robust whole home WiFi 6 mesh accessible to more households around the globe. While accelerating the transition to the latest in WiFi technology, the new Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi system is available now as a two pack, router and satellite system (RBK752), and a three pack, router with two satellites (RBK753), from NETGEAR.com and other retailers.

Following on the tremendous success of the award-winning Orbi WiFi 6 AX6000 mesh system (RBK852) and the numerous WiFi 6 clients now available from phone and laptop manufacturers, the Orbi AX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Systems join NETGEAR's industry-leading portfolio of WiFi 6 network product offerings. The two new WiFi 6 mesh systems make the ideal upgrade for the customer who wishes to get the benefits of both the WiFi performance and coverage of a tri-band mesh and the capacity to handle multiple devices with WiFi 6 for their home but at a more attractive price point. Tri-band mesh WiFi provides a network of wireless router and satellites with a dedicated data connection from router to satellite to ensure the best performance and reach through the entire home.

Montech Air X ARGB Case Starts Selling

New PC components entrant Montech released its Air X ARGB PC case to market, with distribution tie-ups with Newegg and Amazon. The Air X launched in March 2020, and its availability was originally slated for April, but the availability date was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company that's just taking off on the scene, this is particularly hard. The case is finally available on Amazon and Newegg. The Air X ARGB features a full length Diamond Mesh front air intake, and full 6 port ARGB fan controller all for an attractive price of $79.99 (excluding taxes) for the white variant, and $75.99 (excluding taxes) for the black variant. The Montech Air X ARGB is a high value for money ATX mid-tower case featuring an airy front mesh-type intake with ARGB embellishments, horizontally partitioned interiors, fan vents at just the right places, and a number of drive mounts. Buy the variant you like from the store you prefer.

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ASUS Announces ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) for Whole-Home Wi-Fi 6 Coverage

ASUS today announced the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4), an ultracompact dual-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system designed to provide whole-home Wi-Fi 6 coverage in a stylish, space-saving format.

Available in three-pack bundles containing one router and two extension nodes, the ZenWiFi AX Mini is a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) device offering Wi-Fi speeds1 of up to 1800 Mbps. It's designed to deliver fast and reliable Wi-Fi with easy setup and management. The units are ultracompact — ZenWiFi AX Mini has a footprint of just nine square centimeters — with a premium elegant design that suits any décor and also matches existing ZenWiFi devices. Users can download the free ASUS Router app for easy three-step setup. Free lifetime network security is provided by ASUS AiProtection, which is powered by Trend Micro and includes parental controls.

Cougar Intros MX331 Line of Mid-tower Cases

Cougar late last week rolled out the MX331 line of ATX mid-tower cases. The case comes in four variants based on looks and functionality: the base variant has a mesh front and an opaque left side-panel with some fan vents. The next variant comes with a mesh front, and tempered glass side panel. The variant after that, the MX331 Mesh X, builds on this with RGB embellishments and an included 120 mm RGB rear exhaust fan. The top variant has piano-black acrylic front, with tempered glass side panels. All four variants are internally identical, the top two come with additional USB 3.x ports.

Internally, the MX331 comes with a conventional horizontally partitioned layout. The top (motherboard tray) compartment can hold graphics cards up to 35 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 15.5 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch trays that can each hold 2.5-inch drives; and two additional 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray. Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intakes, two 120 mm exhausts at the top, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The case measures 481 mm x 204 mm x 443 mm (HxWxD). The company didn't reveal pricing.
Cougar MX331 Mesh X Cougar MX331

DeepCool Rolls Out the MATREXX 55 PWM 2F E-ATX Case

DeepCool today rolled out the MATREXX 55 PWM 2F, a variant of the original MATREXX 55 from 2018, but a sibling of the more recent MATREXX 55 Mesh 4F from earlier this year, which replaces the tempered glass front panel with an airy steel mesh that lets the front intake fans breathe better. What sets this case apart from the Mesh 4F is the set of pre-installed fans. While the 4F includes four DC fans (three pre-installed along the front intake and one at the rear exhaust), the new MATREXX 55 PWM 2F includes just two fans, one at the front and the other out back. It's just that these included fans are of a higher quality, with 4-pin PWM input, and possibly a higher service life bearing.

The case is otherwise identical to the Mesh 4F, with its horizontally partitioned interior with room for motherboards up to E-ATX length, graphics cards that are up to 37 cm long, and CPU coolers up to 16.8 cm in height. Storage areas include two 3.5-inch drive bays that can each hold 2.5-inch drives, and two additional 2.5-inch mounts. Among the fan mounts are three 140/120 mm front, two 140/120 mm top, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The case measures 440 mm x 210 mm x 480 mm (HxWxD), weighing 6.6 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing, but it could be identical to the Mesh 4F, at around $80.

Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate: Why it Helps Gamers Pick Future Proof Graphics Cards

Microsoft Thursday released the DirectX 12 Ultimate logo. This is not a new API with any new features, but rather a differentiator for graphics cards and game consoles that support four key modern features of DirectX 12. This helps consumers recognize the newer and upcoming GPUs, and tell them apart from some older DirectX 12 capable GPUs that were released in the mid-2010s. For a GPU to be eligible for the DirectX 12 Ultimate logo, it must feature hardware acceleration for ray-tracing with the DXR API; must support Mesh Shaders, Variable Rate Shading (VRS), and Sampler Feedback (all of the four). The upcoming Xbox Series X console features this logo by default. Microsoft made it absolutely clear that the DirectX 12 Ultimate logo isn't meant as a compatibility barrier, and that these games will work on older hardware, too.

As it stands, the "Navi"-based Radeon RX 5000 series are "obsolete", just like some Turing cards from the GeForce GTX 16-series. At this time, the only shipping product which features the logo is NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 20-series and the TITAN RTX, as they support all the above features.

Cooler Master Launches the MasterBox MB311L ARGB and MasterBox MB320L ARGB Desktop Computer Cases

Cooler Master today announces two mATX ARGB Towers: the MasterBox MB311L ARGB (Mesh Front Panel) and MasterBox MB320L ARGB (Acrylic Front Panel). Following in the principles of the award-winning MB Series, versatility is paired with presentation to ensure that any gaming system built inside the MB300 series looks as good as it performs.

MasterBox MB3LL ARGB: Mesh Front Panel
The MasterBox MB311L ARGB is a Micro-ATX airflow PC case pre-installed with two ARGB fans and made to be built with the latest gaming hardware. The front panel's façade is made entirely of Fine Mesh, placed between two honeycomb vents on either side to maximize airflow.

MasterBox MB320L ARGB: DarkMirror Acrylic Front Panel
The MasterBox MB320L ARGB is a Micro-ATX PC case with two pre-installed ARGB fans and honeycomb mesh ventilation on either side of the DarkMirror front panel. The DarkMirror acrylic front panel is smoked a shade darker to sharpen the contrast of the ARGB fans pre-installed behind it, highlighting its best features.
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