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AMD hiking Radeon RX 6000 series GPU prices by 10 percent?

2 days ago
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Bad news as VideoCardz heard that AMD is increasing the pricing of its Radeon RX 6000 video cards. The website picked up a rumor that AMD informed board partners about an up to 10 percent increase. Cards in the Radeon RX 6000 family will now cost $20 to $40 more.

The new pricing will go into effect with the next GPU shipment to AMD's board partners -- so it will trickle down to consumers next month. Allegedly, higher prices for TSMC wafers are to blame:
The report cites the recent TSMC wafer cost increase as a culprit behind AMD’s decision. AMD has thus far not increased pricing of any other product based on the same node (TSMC N7), such as the Ryzen 5000 series.

NVIDIA sees big marketshare gains in Q3 2021

3 days ago
Jon Peddie Research provides an update about the PC graphics market. This report covers the graphics market as a whole, so it includes processors with integrated graphics. The firm's analysis about the discrete video card market will follow soon. Anyway, the interesting conclusion is that NVIDIA gained a lot of ground last quarter:
Jon Peddie Research reports the growth of the global PC-based Graphics Processor Units (GPU) market reached 101 million units in Q3'21 and PC CPUs shipments increased by 9% year over year. Overall, GPUs will have a compound annual growth rate of -1.1% during 2020–2025 and reach an installed base of 3,249 million units at the end of the forecast period. Over the next five years, the penetration of discrete GPUs (dGPU) in the PC will grow to reach a level of 31%.

AMD's overall market share percentage from last quarter increased 1.4%, Intel's market share decreased by -6.2%, and Nvidia's market share increased 4.86%, as indicated in the following chart.

Overall GPU unit shipments decreased by -18.2% from last quarter, AMD shipments decreased by -11.4%, Intel's shipments decreased by -25.6%, and Nvidia's shipments increased 8.0%.

Quick highlights
  • The GPU's overall attach rate (which includes integrated and discrete GPUs, desktop, notebook, and workstations) to PCs for the quarter was 125%, up 7.6% from last quarter.
  • The overall PC CPU market decreased by -23.1% quarter-to-quarter and increased 9.2% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs that use discrete GPUs) increased by 10.9% from the last quarter.
  • This quarter saw a -6.9% change in tablet shipments from last quarter.
The third quarter used to be the strongest relative to Q2, but recessions and pandemics have scrambled seasonality. Even so, this quarter was the lowest ever, from the previous quarter. This quarter was down -18.2% from last quarter which way is below the 10-year average of -5.2%.

GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market because a GPU goes into a system before the suppliers ship the PC. Most of the semiconductor vendors are guiding up for the next quarter, an average of 2.7%. Last quarter they guided -1.5% which was too high.

Average selling prices remain high as supply is still constrained.

The low-end of the notebook market is saturated with Chromebooks resulting in an ironic inventory buildup during a short-supply situation.

The discrete notebook market has benefited and suffered due to COVID. Notebook sales surged as people stayed home to work. Then Chromebooks took off and undermined the low-end of notebooks GPUs. It will take until Q1 ’22 to get back to normal, if then.

Jon Peddie, President of JPR, noted, “Covid continues to unbalance the fragile supply chain that relied too heavily upon a just-in-time strategy. We don’t expect to see a stabilized supply chain until the end of 2022. In the meantime, there will be some surprises.”

Most of the semiconductor vendors are guiding up for the next quarter by an average of 3%. Some of that guidance is based on normal seasonality, but there is still a Coronavirus impact factor and a hangover in the supply chain.
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AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT gets 1024 stream processors

4 days ago
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AMD is still planning to release two low-end Navi 24 based video cards for the desktop market. The GPU market has seen a lot of chaos recently, with prices being sky high and cards often being impossible to find unless you're willing to pay a significant premium over the MSPR. We've also seen relatively little new introductions of video cards.

VideoCardz writes we can expect the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 in the first quarter of 2022.

The Radeon RX 6500 XT uses the Navi 24 XT and allegedly has 1024 streaming processors. The Radeon RX 6400 on the other hand will get the Navi 24 XL, with an alleged core count of 768. Both models will feature Ray Accelerators. Memory configurations are pretty poor though, both cards will get just 4GB GDDR6 memory clocked at 14Gbps on a 64-bit memory bus, resulting in 112GB/s of memory bandwidth.
AMD Radeon RX 6400 is also based on Navi 24 GPU however it has fewer Compute Units enabled (12 out of 16). Thus, the graphics card is to offer 768 Stream Processors. Similarly to RX 6500 XT, it will ship with 4GB GDDR6 memory across the 64-bit bus. The most important difference is that RX 6400 will not require a separate power connector as the power delivered through the PCIe slot will be sufficient. The RX 6400, therefore, has a TBP lower than 75W.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.11.3 offers Farming Simulator 22 optimizations

1 week ago
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AMD uploaded the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.11.3 driver, you can download this release over here. This version has optimizations for Farming Simulator 22 and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition. There are also some extra Vulkan extensions and bug fixes for three issues, including a problem with game crashes while playing Battlefield 2042.
Support For:
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator™: Game of the Year Edition
  • Farming Simulator 22™
  • Additional Vulkan® extensions.

    Fixed Issues
  • Driver timeouts or game crashes may be experienced by some users while playing Battlefield™ 2042 on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6900 XT Graphics.
  • While playing DayZ™, some users may experience stuttering or poor performance on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 5700 XT Graphics.
  • Some users may experience elevated disk space consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.

    Known Issues
  • During Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ gameplay, some users may experience driver timeouts on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 5500 XT Graphics. A temporary workaround is to disable the Radeon™ Anti-Lag feature in Radeon™ Software.
  • Visual artifacts may be observed while playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800M Graphics.
  • While playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode, Radeon™ Software may become unresponsive when the user is in the lobby and attempts to open Radeon Software on the secondary display via the context menu. A temporary workaround is to press the Alt + R keyboard shortcut if this happens.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • NVIDIA sees Q3 revenue soar 50 percent versus last year

    1 week ago
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    NVIDIA keeps growing at a stellar rate, the GPU designer announced record third-quarter revenue of $7.1 billion, up 50 percent from a year earlier! Gaming is still NVIDIA's biggest revenue driver, up 42 percent year-over-year to $3.22 billion, but data center chip sales are coming closer and closer as a 55 percent year-over-year growth pushed the revenue of this segment to $2.94 billion.

    The figures translate to GAAP revenue of $2.46 billion, up 4 percent quarter-over-quarter and 84 percent year-over-year. Revenue was about $290 million higher than Wall Street consensus and non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.17 was a beat of 9 cents per share. For the current quarter, NVIDIA anticipates $7.4 billion revenue, plus or minus 2 percent.
    NVIDIA today reported record revenue for the third quarter ended October 31, 2021, of $7.10 billion, up 50 percent from a year earlier and up 9 percent from the previous quarter, with record revenue from the company’s Gaming, Data Center and Professional Visualization market platforms.

    GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.97, up 83 percent from a year ago and up 3 percent from the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.17, up 60 percent from a year ago and up 13 percent from the previous quarter.

    “The third quarter was outstanding, with record revenue,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Demand for NVIDIA AI is surging, driven by hyperscale and cloud scale-out, and broadening adoption by more than 25,000 companies. NVIDIA RTX has reinvented computer graphics with ray tracing and AI, and is the ideal upgrade for the large, growing market of gamers and creators, as well as designers and professionals building home workstations.

    “Our GTC event series showcases the expanding universe of NVIDIA accelerated computing. Last week’s event was our most successful yet, highlighting diverse applications, including supply-chain logistics, cybersecurity, natural language processing, quantum computing research, robotics, self-driving cars, climate science and digital biology.

    “Omniverse was a major theme at GTC. We showed what is possible when we can jump into virtual worlds. Omniverse will be used from collaborative design, customer service avatars and video conferencing, to digital twins of factories, processing plants, even entire cities. Omniverse brings together NVIDIA’s expertise in AI, simulation, graphics and computing infrastructure. This is the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come,” he said.

    NVIDIA paid quarterly cash dividends of $100 million in the third quarter. It will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share on December 23, 2021, to all shareholders of record on December 2, 2021.
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    NVIDIA: DLSS 2.3 beats spatial upscaling

    1 week ago
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    VideoCardz reports NVIDIA is starting to market its DLSS 2.3 technology. This version has been around for a bit more than a month now and enhances the way motion vectors are used in video games, to improve visual detail, and to reduce ghosting and flickering for moving particles. NVIDIA claims its technology beats spatial upscaling aka AMD's FSR.
    The video features a comparison between DLSS in different quality modes and spatial upscaling in games such as Necromunda Hired Gun, Chernobylite, or Back 4 Blood. In each case, NVIDIA does not even mention AMD FSR but calls this technology a spatial upscaling. It is said that temporal information from multiple frames will simply produce better results, and in some cases even better than native.

    NVIDIA GeForce 496.76 WHQL offers lots of optimizations

    1 week ago
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    Quite a big driver release from NVIDIA today as the GeForce 496.76 WHQL offers lots of optimizations as well as support for NVIDIA Image Scaling. The NVIDIA Image Scaling (NIS) technology is released as open source code and is now a lot easier to use. The green team promises best-in-class spatial scaling and sharpening.

    Game Ready support for:
    This new Game Ready Driver provides the best day-0 gaming experience for Battlefield 2042, which utilizes NVIDIA DLSS and maximize performance and NVIDIA Reflex to minimize latency. In addition, this new Game Ready Driver offers support for the latest new titles to leverage DLSS technology, including Assetto Corsa Competizione, Bright Memory: Infinite, Farming Simulator 22, Hot Wheels Unleashed, and Myth of Empires. Additionally, this Game Ready Driver also provides the best experience for Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.
    Fixed issues:
    • [WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship/WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship]: The games crash on launch. [3409320/3409312]
    • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint]: Textures in the game may flicker. [3410593]
    • Transport Fever]: The game crashes upon launch. [3411731]
    • Transport Fever 2]: Null pointer exception occurs in the display driver. [3409614]
    • [Quake 2 RTX]: Image corruption occurs in the blurred (bloom effect) background. [3410802]
    • [Far Cry 6][DirectX 12][GeFOrce RTX 3070 Ti]: With ULTRA + DXR + HD textures set, the game crashes at 4K. [3391784]
    • [Detroit Become Human]: Random stuttering/freezing occurs in the game. [3389250]
    • [Red Dead Redemption 2]: The game crashes with TDR or the system crashes while running the game. [200766423]
    • [Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War]: The game randomly crashes. [3413347]
    • [Marvel's Avengers Xbox Game Pass for PC version]: Game may randomly crash during gameplay [3404644]
    You can download the latest GeForce drivers over here.

    In Win Airforce ATX case and Explorer mini-ITX case hit the market

    1 week ago
    Two new cases from In Win; the AIRFORCE and the EXPLORER. The first is a mid-tower ATX case while the latter is a Mini-ITX model.
    Bringing the ‘build it yourself’ ethos to the case itself, InWin today announced its new AIRFORCE ATX mid-tower and EXPLORER mini-ITX DIY PC chassis. Following its innovative ultra-light ALICE PC chassis, the new AIRFORCE and EXPLORER are created for DIY enthusiasts to enjoy assembling detailed, modular gaming chassis on their own. Everything clips together effortlessly.

    EXPLORER Mini Tower
    Made from strengthened ABS plastic with tempered glass side panels, choose between a simple Bone White or Justice White that has vibrant mixes of red, blue and yellow that users can assemble the modular 10-piece mini-ITX chassis. Builders can choose between a ventilated ABS or SECC front panel – both are included in the box and can be easily swapped whenever! Other tool-less features include quick-release side panels and dust filters, in addition to the quick-release front panel.

    Despite its miniature size the EXPLORER has a spacious interior: supporting up to 330mm, triple-slot graphics cards, 160mm ATX PSUs, up to 240mm radiators (2x120mm fans) and two storage drive spaces. InWin includes three premium Luna AL120 fans in the package that are ideal for either liquid-cooling radiators or in-case airflow. The Luna AL120 features a soft radiating glow from its internal ARGB lighting, which can be controlled via compatible ARGB motherboard software.

    The front panel doesn’t skimp on connectivity either, including a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, plus two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, and 3.5mm HD headphone and microphone sockets.

    AIRFORCE Mid-Tower
    Also made from strengthened ABS plastic with tempered glass side panels, AIRFORCE features a 19-piece modular set for builders to clip together. Choose to team up with a classic Phantom Black style or Justice White with vibrant mixes of red, blue, and yellow.

    This ATX mid-tower features a spacious interior for maximum expandability. Compatible with up to 12x13 inch E-ATX motherboards, high-end graphics cards up to 390mm in length, 170mm tall CPU heatsinks, premium 180mm ATX power supplies and up to four storage drives. InWin’s extensive case design expertise has included user friendly features such as a tool-less drive cage, quick-release side panels and easily removable dust filters.

    AIRFORCE offers seven spaces for case fans; three front, three top and one rear. InWin even includes four, premium Luna AL120 fans in the package to ensure PCs are well chilled. The front I/O panel includes a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port among two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, plus 3.5mm HD headphone and microphone sockets.
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    22 security vulnerability discovered in AMD EPYC CPUs

    1 week ago
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    TechPowerUp reports AMD conducted security reviews in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, and Oracle. The result is the discovery of 22 security flaws in EPYC server processors, ranging from medium to high severity. Almost all 22 vulnerabilities affect the Naples, Rome, and Milan generations.
    There are a few exceptions, and you can find that on AMD's website. However, not all seems to be bad. AMD says that "During security reviews in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, potential vulnerabilities in the AMD Platform Security Processor (PSP), AMD System Management Unit (SMU), AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) and other platform components were discovered and have been mitigated in AMD EPYC AGESA PI packages."
    EPYC clients need to upgrade to the latest AGESA version. AMD patched all 22 vulnerabilities in the NaplesPI-SP3_1.0.0.G, RomePI-SP3_1.0.0.C, and MilanPI-SP3_1.0.0.4 AGESA versions.

    Intel Raptor Lake voltage regular to offer 7% more performance

    1 week ago
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    Intel's Alder Lake will be succeeded by Raptor Lake in 2022. VideoCardz came across some details about the new Digital Linear Voltage Regulator (DLVR) that will allegedly be part of Raptor Lake. The idea here is that the inclusion of an on-CPU voltage regulator, in parallel with the primary regulator on the motherboard, can reduce power consumption. It's said to be a relatively cheap solution with a low complexity of tuning.

    According to the site, the DLVR can drop CPU power consumption by 20 to 25 percent. A 21 percent voltage drop on the CPU is also quoted as translating to approximately 7 percent performance gain.
    With all this in mind, it appears that Intel 13th Gen Core series codenamed Raptor Lake (launching for both desktop and mobile devices) will not only increase the core count (16 Atom cores) but also provide improvements to CPU cache, LPDDR5X memory support, and performance and power efficiency gains due to new Digital Linear Voltage Regulator. Some of the features may require an upgrade to Intel 700 series motherboards though.

    AMD Adrenalin 21.11.2 boosts Battlefield 2042 performance

    1 week ago
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    Just before the weekend, AMD published the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.11.2. You can get this 456MB release over here. New in Adrenalin 21.11.2 are optimizations that improve Battlefield 2042 performance.
    Support for:
    Battlefield™ 2042
  • Up to 14% increase in performance in Battlefield™ 2042 @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.11.2 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6900 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.4.RS-431
  • Up to 15% increase in performance in Battlefield™ 2042 @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.11.2 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.4.RS-432
  • Up to 11% increase in performance in Battlefield™ 2042 @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.11.2 on the 12 GB Radeon™ RX 6700 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.4.RS-433

    Known Issues
  • During Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ gameplay, some users may experience driver timeouts on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 5500 XT Graphics. A temporary workaround is to disable the Radeon™ Anti-Lag feature in Radeon™ Software.
  • Some users may experience elevated disk space consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.
  • Visual artifacts may be observed while playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800M Graphics.
  • While playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode, Radeon™ Software may become unresponsive when the user is in the lobby and attempts to open Radeon Software on the secondary display via the context menu. A temporary workaround is to press the Alt + R keyboard shortcut if this happens.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • Intel fab in China gets red light from Biden administration

    1 week ago
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    Sources close to Intel told Bloomberg that the chip maker was strongly discouraged by the White House to expand its production capacity in Chengdu, China. The plan was pitched as a way to help to alleviate the global chip shortage and the extra production capacity could have been online by the end of 2022.

    The Biden administration reportedly nixed the plan as it wants to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers. The Bloomberg piece points out that like other chip companies, Intel is eagerly waiting for the US Congress to pass $52 billion in funding for domestic research and manufacturing.
    When presented with the plan in recent weeks, Biden administration officials strongly discouraged the move, the people said.

    The situation underscores the challenges of the chip shortage, which has hobbled the tech and auto industries, cost companies billions in lost revenue and forced plants to furlough workers. The administration is scrambling to address constraints, but it’s also trying to bring production of vital components back to the U.S. -- a goal Intel’s China plan didn’t serve.

    TSMC and Sony to build 22/28nm fab in Japan

    2 weeks ago
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    So the rumors are true, TSMC and Sony are setting up a joint-venture to make 22/28nm specialty chips in Japan. The facility is expected to start production by the end of 2024 and it's a $7 billion investment. Sony will take a 20 percent stake in the joint-venture.
    TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation (“SSS”) today jointly announced that TSMC will establish a subsidiary, Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, Inc. (“JASM”), in Kumamoto, Japan to provide foundry service with initial technology of 22/28-nanometer processes to address strong global market demand for specialty technologies, with SSS participating as a minority shareholder.

    Construction of JASM’s fab in Japan is scheduled to begin in the 2022 calendar year with production targeted to begin by the end of 2024. The fab is expected to directly create about 1,500 high-tech professional jobs and to have a monthly production capacity of 45,000 12-inch wafers. The initial capital expenditure is estimated to be approximately US$7 billion with strong support from the Japanese government.

    Under definitive agreements reached between TSMC and SSS, SSS plans to make an equity investment in JASM of approximately US$0.5 billion, which will represent a less than 20% equity stake in JASM. The closing of the transaction between TSMC and SSS is subject to customary closing conditions.

    “The digital transformation of more and more aspects of human lives is creating incredible opportunities for our customers, and they rely on our specialty processes that bridge digital life and real life,” said Dr. CC Wei, Chief Executive Officer of TSMC. “We are pleased to have the support of a leading player and our long-time customer, Sony, to supply the market with an all-new fab in Japan, and also are excited at the opportunity to bring more Japanese talent into TSMC’s global family.”

    “While the global semiconductor shortage is expected to be prolonged, we expect partnership with TSMC to contribute to securing a stable supply of logic wafers, not only for us but also for the overall industry. We believe that further strengthening and deepening our partnership with TSMC, which has the world’s leading semiconductor production technology, is extremely meaningful for the Sony Group,” said Terushi Shimizu, President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation.

    TSMC’s Japan fab is the latest chapter in its long history of contribution to Japan’s semiconductor ecosystem since establishing its TSMC Japan subsidiary in 1997. More recently, TSMC set up the Japan Design Center in 2019 to serve its global customers and is now working with Japanese partners to expand the frontiers of advanced packaging technology with the 3DIC Research Center in Ibaraki Prefecture.

    HyperX offers Pulsefire Haste in new colors

    2 weeks ago
    The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is one of the best mice you can get right now. It's a no-frills light-weight gaming mouse offered for just $49.99. Things are getting even better now as HyperX has added two new color options to the Pulsefire Haste lineup: black & red and white & pink.
    HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced it is offering the Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse in two new colorways: black and red, and white and pink. Weighing in at 59 grams1 with an ultra-lightweight honeycomb hex shell design, Pulsefire Haste offers quicker movements and increased ventilation.

    Designed to meet the needs of gamers looking for an ultra-lightweight mouse, Pulsefire Haste delivers ultimate comfort and command. The mouse is built with low-friction, pure virgin-grade PTFE skates for effortless glide movement. This mouse also utilizes a HyperFlex USB cable designed to reduce tension and resistance for easier mouse movements with the use of light and ultra-flexible paracord material.

    Pulsefire Haste features TTC Golden Micro Dustproof switches with 60 million click durability, six programmable buttons and onboard memory to save a custom profile through HyperX NGENUITY software. The mouse also provides four preset DPI settings – 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI – and uses a Pixart 3335 sensor for accurate tracking and native DPI settings up to 16,000 DPI.

    “We are excited to expand our Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse lineup with the addition of the two new colorways,” said Jennifer Ishii, mouse business manager, HyperX. “The new colorways provide users with more color choices and offer the same comfort and quality in an ultra-lightweight design created for top gaming performance.”

    Pulsefire Haste includes grip tape on both sides of the mouse as well as on the left and right mouse buttons for additional control and comfort. A replacement set of PTFE skates are also included for gamers who wear through their mouse skates quickly. Pulsefire Haste is customizable with HyperX NGENUITY software and allows users to personalize DPI settings, RGB lighting, button assignments, and record macros.
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