Here's an unboxing video of the new wireless Jaybird Freedom 2 headphones. Computer peripheral maker Logitech bought Jaybird for $50 million in 2016 and now I'm testing whether these earphones are worth your money. Still some more testing to do but so far I like this product a lot. A full review of the Freedom 2 earphones is expected soon.
Biostar has some new toys from cryptocurrency miners. The company markets three new Racing series motherboards based on the AMD B350 chipset and positions these alongside its Radeon RX Vega 56 reference-based card. Furthermore, the company also pushes its Crypto Mining Card. This is a little board that provides four additional USB 3.0 PCIe x1 connectors.
BIOSTAR recently released the RADEON RX VEGA 56, which is a must-have for miners with the ability to crank out crazy hash rates for mining, while gamers can expect high performance graphics processor power with the same graphics card. Combined with the BIOSTAR RACING B350 series, which continues to be popular amongst gamers with its price-performance and gaming features, these make up for a great solution for mining during the day and gaming at night.
BIOSTAR RADEON RX VEGA 56
The Vega 56 has hash rate/power draw ratio that puts it in a class by its own, surpassing that of the RX480, which was previously the graphics card of choice for mining. With the hype surrounding its mining capabilities, lets not forget that Vega 56 is a top-of-the-line graphics card that includes 56 compute units, 21/10.5 TFLOPS with 8GB of 2048-bit High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) for performance gaming that gives you the best graphics possible.
BIOSTAR RACING B350 Series
The BIOSTAR RACING B350 series come in different form factors (ATX, micro-ATX, mini-ITX) for different sizes of gaming builds. The B350 series is featured packed with: FLY.NET, DRAGON Gaming LAN, 5050 LED FUN ZONE, VIVID LED DJ and HDMI 4K2K support to boost the gaming experience. It doesn’t end there, as it is ultra durable thanks to the Moistureproof PCB and Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS.
Maximize Mining by adding BIOSTAR Crypto Mining Card
To take advantage of the mining power of the BIOSTAR RADEON RX VEGA 56 and BIOSTAR RACING B350 or any other BIOSTAR RACING AM4 boards, simply update the BIOS with the following steps:
1. Advanced (Name of the option in the BIOS) => PCI subsystem setting =>Above 4G Decoding Set to enable
2. Advanced (Name of the option in the BIOS) => CSM configuration => CSM support Set to disable
3. Chipset (Name of the option in the BIOS) => North bridge => GFX Configuration => PSPP policy Set to Balanced-Low
The BIOSTAR RADEON RX VEGA 56 is without a doubt, versatile with no compromise on performance graphics card. Combined with the BIOSTAR RACING B350 series, which is popular in the gaming market for its exceptional price-performance and gaming features. Plus the Crypto Mining Card allows anyone to expand what they can do with their existing system without needing for a complete upgrade to catch the mining craze. BIOSTAR has the ultimate mining and gaming solution all together.
For more information on BIOSTAR RACING B350 series
BIOSTAR RACING B350GT5 - http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=872
BIOSTAR RACING B350GT3 - http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=870
BIOSTAR RACING B350GTN - http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=878
BIOSTAR RACING B350ET2 - http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=869
The latest company to enter the deskcase market is Hydra, an Italian case manufacturer. The company's Hydra Desk (HD-DSK-002) is made from 1.5mm thick aluminium and features a 8mm thick tempered glass top that provides a look at your hardware. The desk is 1509mm wide, has a length of 713mm and a height of 755mm.
The deskcase provides lots of room and can fit two full PC systems and up to six watercooling radiators. The product is offered in black and white editions and offers lots of cable management options.
When you turn the desk into a case you get a lot of room for all sorts of hardware. The Hydra Desk support E-ATX sized motherboards, up to six 5.25" drives, eight PCI slots, two ATX PSUs of any size, 12 3.5" HDDs, and 16 2.5" SSDs.
Furthermore, the deskcase has room for up to 20 120mm fans and supports up to six watercooling radiators. One watercooling radiator can even be as large as 480mm x 55mm.
It's an impressive product but it comes at a hefty price. You can find the Hydra Desk online for 999EUR.
Raijintek showcases its new IRIS 12 Rainbow RGB series. These new 120mm fans look a bit like those fans with a round CCFL tube from a decade ago. But the major difference here is that this new model features a round tube with RGB LEDs, you can control the color and the fans support several light effect modes.
The IRIS 12 Rainbow RGB PWM fans feature Hydraulic Bearing and spin at 800 to 1800 RPM. They offer an airflow or up to 42.17CFM, have a maximum air pressure of 1.7 mmH2O and a noise level of up to 26.5dBA.
Raijintek sells the fans alone or in kits with two or three fans. The latter two options include a 6-port RGB LED hub and a remote controller. Pricing and availability is unknown.
RAIJINTEK IRIS 12 Rainbow RGB series, 12025 O-Type RGB PWM fan, continues company's innovative design and providing advanced features & additional value to end users. With 6 port RGB LED hub and remote controller (for 2 & 3 pack), you can set your IRIS 12 Rainbow RGB fans to stun with fading, breathing, blinking and single color LED modes. The IRIS 12 series combines optimized Eleven fan blade design to provide high-volume air delivery with less noise and turbulence, O-type LED ring and 15pcs LEDs to brings visible color and brightness uniformity from all directions, Hydraulic Bearing with Low-Noise Design, and Anti-Vibration rubber pads on all corners. Standard with LEDs incorporated with transparent frame and blades, IRIS 12 series is not only insuring your case to be the center of attraction and a spot light to chassis, but its optimized fan blade and housing design also provide outstanding air flow and cooling performance for your PC’s motherboard and CPU.
It's surprising how much companies can change over the years. Back when I started this website, about 15 years ago, Microsoft regarded Linux as cancer and communism all in one. Years ago Windows and Linux started to co-exist peacefully and now the software giant is on track to play a major role to help shape the future of Linux. There's still some skepticism about this but pigs do seem to fly:
Pigs, in other words, do fly. Microsoft, while maintaining its commitment to Windows, has made the necessary steps to not merely run on Linux but to help shape the future of Linux.
Ten years ago, this would have been a ridiculous statement. Today, although Frazelle’s exuberant tweet seems a bit too optimistic, a year or two from now it may be considered obvious.
In my opinion, Microsoft is the only place doing serious innovating with Linux, it's not even a contest, so I couldn't be more excited
Market watchers told DigiTimes that ASUS has implemented a new strategy to grow profits. The computer market has been in a decline and this resulted in major headaches for motherboard and PC system makers as volumes are down and price competition intensified. However, ASUS performed a lot better than its rivals and has managed to avoid getting into price wars.
ASUS will continue on this path and will attempt to grow its profitability by focusing more on high-margin orders and markets for higher product ASPs:
The new strategy has started to show results, and the market watchers expect Asustek's sales to see a significant rebound in the fourth quarter of 2017 and become stable in the first half of 2018.
As for the third quarter of 2017, the observers expect Asustek's revenues to grow 15-20% sequentially.
Yesterday a press release from Intel hit my desk about how the company invests $1 billion in the AI ecosystem. Upon closer look, it appears Intel was mainly talking about investments it made in the past so my first sense about this news release was that Intel felt the need to scream "me too!".
Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest buzz words of the moment, a lot of researchers are working on exciting AI-based systems and the share price of NVIDIA hit a new all-time high of $191.20 on Tuesday as analysts see AI as a major potential profit tailwind for NVIDIA.
A second surprise announcement from Intel is the chip giant's claim that it has been working with Google on self-driving car technology since 2009. In a new blog post, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich reveals Google's Waymo unit uses Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity.
The chip giant provides Xeon processors, Arria FPGAs and Gigabit Ethernet solutions. But the extent of the partnership is not clear, both Intel and Waymo refuse to share more details so we don't know if it goes much further than just selling (semi-custom?) chips to Google. We do know this announcement has nothing to do with Intel's Mobileye alliance as Google is developing its own in-house platform.
What remains a mystery is which chips Waymo uses to run its self-driving algorithms. There's no evidence this critical part of the Waymo self-driving platform is Intel-based.
Intel updated financial analysts and the press about its technology and manufacturing roadmap at an event in Beijing, China. Among other things, Intel boasted that its upcoming 10nm technology is a "full generation" ahead of the 10nm processes offered by other foundries, both in terms of transistor density and transistor performance.
The chip giant gave the first public display of a 10nm Cannon Lake wafer and reiterated that its 10nm node offers 2.7x logic transistor density versus its 14nm process.
Other novelties included updates about the performance of 22FFL, a low-power FinFET process for mobile chips. Intel showed a 22FFL wafer for the first time and also discussed its upcoming 10nm "Falcon Mesa" FPGAs.
Last but not least, Intel said it's now shipping world's first 64-layer TLC 3D NAND solid state disks for data center clients. Broader availability is expected by the end of this year.
Intel delivered key updates at its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, China, on Sept. 19. Disclosures included power and performance updates for Intel's 10 nm process, high-level plans for Intel's first 10 nm FPGA, and an announcement that the company is shipping the industry's first commercially available 64-layer 3D NAND for data center applications.
"Intel manufacturing processes advance according to Moore's Law, delivering ever more functionality and performance, improved energy efficiency and lower cost-per-transistor with each generation," said Stacy Smith, group president of Manufacturing, Operations and Sales. "We are pleased to share in China for the first time important milestones in our process technology roadmap that demonstrate the continued benefits of driving down the Moore's Law curve."
Smith added that Intel's ability to advance Moore's Law – to make products less expensive and more capable every year – is the company's core competitive advantage. Intel's role has been, and will continue to be, that of the technology leader driving Moore's Law, and today, Intel has about a three-year lead in process technology. For more, read Smith's editorial, "Moore's Law: Setting the Record Straight."
Demonstrating Intel's technology lead, Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr presented specification updates showing Intel's 10 nm is a full generation ahead of other "10 nm" technologies in terms of both transistor density and transistor performance. Intel's 10 nm technology has the world's tightest transistor and metal pitches, created with hyper scaling, for the highest density in the industry. Hyper scaling is a term used by Intel to describe the 2.7x logic transistor density improvement attained on the company's 14 nm and 10 nm processes. And, for the first time, Intel's "Cannon Lake" 10 nm wafer was on public display.
Mark Bohr also presented his density metric proposal to continue the company's efforts to dispel the node-naming confusion within the industry and standardize on a common measure of transistor density that facilitates easy comparison across different manufacturers.
Bohr also provided power and performance updates for Intel's 22FFL, a compelling lower-power FinFET technology for mobile applications first introduced at Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Day in March in San Francisco. The updates included best-in-class CPU performance of more than 2 Ghz with ultra-low power of more than 100x lower leakage. In addition, a 22FFL wafer was on public display for the first time.
Intel unveiled high-level plans for its coming generation of FPGAs using the 10 nm process technology and foundry platform. Introduced under the code name "Falcon Mesa," the FPGA will offer new levels of performance to support the growing bandwidth demands of data center, enterprise and networking environments. For more, read the Falcon Mesa fact sheet.
During the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco in August 2016, Intel Custom Foundry announced an agreement with ARM* to accelerate the development and implementation of ARM SoCs on Intel's 10 nm process. The results of this collaboration were highlighted with the display of a 10 nm test chip wafer containing ARM Cortex-A75 CPU cores implemented with industry standard design flows enabling performance in excess of 3 GHz.
Intel also announced that it is shipping of the industry's first 64-layer, triple level cell (TLC), 3D NAND SSD (solid state drive) for data center applications. Designed to help customers significantly improve storage efficiency, the product has been shipping to select top-tier cloud service providers since early August. Intel's three decades of developing expertise in memory has resulted in an optimized 3D NAND floating gate architecture and manufacturing process. This process leadership has enabled Intel to quickly expand its 64-layer TLC SSD portfolio from the client product, introduced in June, to now include SSDs for use in data centers. The product will be made more broadly available by the end of this year.
NVIDIA's Volta-based Tesla V100 supercomputing cards have been shipping for some time but until now there were no benchmarks of this card. This changes today as someone with access to a NVIDIA DGX-1 system, which costs $149,000 and features eight Tesla V100 cards, decided to upload some benchmark scores to the Geekbench database.
The single-core Geekbench 4 Compute test measures just one card so you can easily compare scores with other configurations. The results are very impressive and show this huge 815mm² chip packs a massive punch. You can view the full ranking over here.
The Tesla V100 scores 743537 in the CUDA test and 481504 in the OpenCL test. For comparison, the fastest Pascal-based Tesla P100 system on the list has a CUDA score of "just" 320031. This means the Volta chip is 2.32x faster than Pascal and that doesn't even take Volta's new Tensor cores into account!
The chart below provides a breakdown of the tests and shows the performance difference between Pascal and Volta is extreme across all tests. Some of these tests are showing performance increases of over 350 percent!
So how does AMD score in Geekbench 4 Compute? The fastest AMD part in the database (a Radeon RX Vega) has a score of 205242. This means Volta is 2.35x faster than Vega with OpenCL and 3.62x faster with CUDA.
The one thing we don't know yet is how this will impact the future Volta-based consumer video cards. Of course, the high-end Volta-based GeForce GTX cards will not show double or even triple the performance like we see here in these compute workloads. But it does seem likely that the future GeForce GTX 1180 (or whatever it's called) will offer a very meaningful performance increase versus the current GTX 1080 lineup.
Enermax rolled out its MaxTytan 750W and 850W PSUs earlier this month and now the company adds models with 1050W and 1250W capacities. Special features of these new 80Plus Titanium certified flagships include Dust Free Rotation (DFR) technology, semi-fanless operation, a Watt meter, and a 2-in-1 fan controller. The MaxTytan PSUs are fully modular and feature Sleemax sleeved cables. Both models will ship toward the end of this month.
ENERMAX announces the launch of MaxTytan 1250 and 1050W, the very best of ENERMAX power supply. The full modular kilowatt-class lineup is 80 PLUS Titanium certified, incorporating several high-end features, including: Dust Free Rotation (DFRTM) technology, Semi-fanless control, Wattage Meter, and COOLERGENIE. Furthermore, Wattage Meter is a digital panel revealing the real-time power consumption. Adopting the advanced full-bridge topology, DC-to-DC conversion circuit, and durable components, MaxTytan kilowatt models provide maximum switching efficiency and outstanding stability, which makes MaxTytan PSU undoubtedly an excellent choice for high-end gaming systems, heavy-duty multi-GPU workstations, or power-hungry mining rigs.
Wattage Meter Reveals Real-time System Power Usage
MaxTytan 1250W & 1050W PSUs are equipped with Wattage Meter, the digital panel near I/O switch for users to easily identify or monitor the real-time system power consumption; no additional software is required.
Self-cleaning DFRTM Technology Reduces Dust Buildup
MaxTytan kilowatt series is built with the patented DFRTM technology that makes the PSU fan to spin in reverse for 10 seconds upon startup to blow away the dust. In doing so, the design could help extend the intervals for cleaning maintenance and prolong the lifespan of the PSU.
Fanless Mode Before 70% of System Load for 0 dBA Silent Operation
This ultra high-efficiency PSU series is designed with semi-fanless control; namely, before 70% of system load, the 1050W model will be in passive-cooling or fanless mode to provide users with absolute silent experience. For the 1250W unit, PSU fan will start to spin when the loading reaches 60% or 750W.
COOLERGENIE Delivers 2 Incredible Functions: Semi-fanless and Fan-delay
COOLERGENIE is the intelligent 2-in-1 fan controller for the system fans; this gadget features 2 functions: (1) semi-fanless and (2) fan-delay. The controller allows users to adjust fanless setting for the system fans (excluding CPU cooler fan). There comes with 3 modes:
Mode -Fanless (aka Zero RPM) Mode Before System Load (%)
Whisper: Before 40%
Silence: Before 55%
OFF: Fanless function is disabled. Fans will spin according to their original settings.
Regarding the fan-delay function, the design is to keep system fans (including CPU cooler fan) running for extra 40-60 seconds after system off, to dissipate the remaining heat within the chassis and prolong the system’s lifetime.