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NVIDIA apologizes for GeForce RTX 3080 launch fiasco - store got flooded by 10x more traffic September 21, 2020 - 20:38
Microsoft buys Bethesda for $7.5 billion September 21, 2020 - 19:58
ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD offers up to 7400MB/s September 21, 2020 - 16:27
Windows 10 October 2020 Update hits final build September 21, 2020 - 16:06
Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Wireless compact mouse promises 70 days of battery life September 21, 2020 - 16:01
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 series photos are out September 21, 2020 - 12:07
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 20:38:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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NVIDIA has published a Q&A to address the GeForce RTX 3080 launch fiasco. On the page, the company explains they severely underestimated demand for the RTX 3080. NVIDIA explains the NVIDIA store got hit by over 10x the traffic of the previous-gen launch and that retail partners saw traffic spikes that exceeded Black Friday.

Going forward, NVIDIA says it will move its store to a dedicated environment with more capacity. It will also add extra security, like a CAPTCHA, to prevent resellers from using bots. NVIDIA claims it has cancelled hundreds of orders from individuals who used bots/scripts to purchase multiple RTX 3080 cards.
Why did the NVIDIA Store not have any preventative measures in place to battle bots (i.e. CAPTCHA,etc)?

The NVIDIA Store had many behind-the-scenes security measures in place which proved sufficient for previous launches. This is the first time that we have seen bots at this scale and sophistication. Since launch, we have been quickly working on numerous security upgrades, including CAPTCHA. We will also continue to manually monitor purchases to help ensure cards get in the hands of legitimate consumers.
The GeForce RTX 3080 is in full production and NVIDIA says they're increasing supply weekly.
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 19:58:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Holy crap, the news of the day is that Microsoft has bought Bethesda owner ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion. This means the Redmond-based software giant is now the owner of several of the most popular video game franchises, including DOOM, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and more. We definitely didn't see this one coming.

MSFT buys Bethesda
More than three billion people on the planet play games for fun, escape, and human connection. Unlike any other medium, games empower people to engage in creativity, strategic thinking and teamwork, immersing them into interactive stories and worlds created by some of the world’s most amazing creators. The cultural phenomenon of gaming has made it the largest and fastest-growing form of entertainment in the world—an industry that is expected to be more than $200 billion in annual revenue in 2021.

As the gaming industry transforms from a device-centric era to a player-centric era powered by new technology that provides the freedom to play with friends anywhere on any device, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) on Monday announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world. Creators of critically acclaimed and best-selling gaming franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout among many others, Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success, to Xbox. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash.

With unique investments in content, community, and the cloud, Microsoft’s gaming strategy differs from others by empowering people to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. Games are the primary growth engine in gaming, and games are fueling new cloud-gaming services like Xbox Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 15 million subscribers. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.

“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.”

“This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we’ve released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we’re making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games,” said Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft. “Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox.”

The planned acquisition includes publishing offices and development studios spanning the globe with over 2,300 employees, including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Bethesda’s critically acclaimed and best-selling franchises include The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored, among others.

Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Chairman and CEO Robert A. Altman; Bethesda’s structure and leadership will remain in place.

“This is a thrilling day for this company, our employees, and our fans. We have enjoyed a close partnership with Microsoft for decades, and this deal is a natural progression of those years working together,” said Altman. “The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft’s scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review. Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021 and to have minimal impact to non-GAAP operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Non-GAAP excludes the expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments, as well as integration and transaction-related expenses.

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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 16:27:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new PCI Express 4.0 SSD from ADATA! The company introduces its XPG GAMMIX S70, this M.2 model promises read speeds of up to 7400MB/s and write speeds of up to 6400MB/s. It's offered in 1TB and 2TB capacities but ADATA doesn't share information about the type of NAND used nor the controller. ADATA equipped the SSD with its CoolArmor aluminium heatsink -- this cooler looks quite beefy but at first sight it could cause clearance issues with other hardware. Pricing and availability is unknown.
With the latest PCIe Gen4 interface, the GAMMIX S70 will help you dominate the competition with sequential read/write performance of up to 7400/6400/MB per second. That's up to two times faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs! For ease of use, it's backward compatible with PCIe 3.0.
XPG GAMMIX S70 PCIe
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 16:06:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Late last week, Microsoft rolled out what it believes is the final build of Windows 10 October 2020 Update. Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel can already try out this build, which has version number 19042.508. Unless significant bugs are found, this will be the release that will be rolled out to the general public in October.
We are continuing to prepare the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) to be ready for release. Today, we are releasing Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence.
Via: The Windows Blog
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 16:01:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
While a touchpad is good for short-term use, nothing really beats a mouse. To get productive on your laptop one of the options is to buy a compact mouse that easily slips into your laptop bag. A new model from Logitech is the MX Anywhere 3 Wireless, a smaller version of the firm's MX Master 3. The peripheral connects to up to three Bluetooth devices or you can also use the included Unifying USB dongle. Logitech promises a battery life of up to 70 days and you can recharge via USB Type-C.

The MX Anywhere 3 weighs 99g and has a MagSpeed wheel for fast and precise scrolling. It's available for $79.99. Logitech offers it in pale gray, rose and graphite, and there's also a Mac edition in pale gray. The Mac versions seems to lack the Unifying USB dongle.
Bringing you ultimate speed and performance anywhere and anytime you need, Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 3 and MX Anywhere 3 for Mac Wireless Compact Mice that launched today are ideal for advanced creators, developers and analysts on-the-go. Look no further if you are seeking performance, portability and comfort in one compact device.

Featuring the next-generation MagSpeed wheel, the compact mouse quietly scrolls up to 1,000 lines per second and auto-shifts between ratchet and hyperfast mode, giving you the highest precision in a compact mouse. The latest addition to the premium MX family of products, MX Anywhere 3, is built to track on virtually any surface, including glass, as you move it with you whenever, wherever you are working, such as your kitchen table, couch, local coffee shop or even from the road in a camper.

The MX Anywhere 3, available in pale gray, rose and graphite, and MX Anywhere 3 for Mac, available in pale grey, feature a low-profile, comfortable design that fits well for smaller hand sizes. Connect up to three devices via Bluetooth® wireless technology or the included Unifying™ USB dongle (with the MX Anywhere 3 universal edition), stay powered up to 70 days on a full charge with the USB-C quick charging.
MX Anywhere 3 Wireless
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 12:07:08 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz received photos of the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 series, you can check it out over here. The site has pictures of the RTX 3070 GAMING OC and RTX 3070 EAGLE OC.
The GAMING OC is a triple-fan and 2.25-slot thick cooler design The card features a custom board design with a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector (reference design only comes with one 8-pin).

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The RTX 3070 Eagle OC has the same design principle as GAMING: two 90mm fans were replaced with two 80mm fans, thus all three fans on the RTX 3070 EAGLE are the same size: 80mm.
The RTX 3070 cards are expected on October 15th for $499.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 Series
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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 12:03:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Stock of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 ran out instantaneously on the card's launch day. Webshop Newegg said they received more traffic than on Black Friday and now there's a tweet from Zotac about the crazy demand.

VideoCardz noticed Zotac posted a tweet (which has since been deleted) about how much pre-orders their ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity card received. Due to an error Amazon Germany took pre-orders for this card and this resulted in a massive 20,000 orders, even though there was very limited stock!
The company announced on Twitter that the orders may need to be canceled, otherwise weeks of waiting time is to be expected:

Almost 20,000 pre-orders have been received and, with the best of intentions, we cannot serve them in a short time, as much as we wanted. So again: We are infinitely sorry, but we also don’t know what went wrong here.
— ZOTAC on Twitter (now removed)

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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 10:58:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Well-known Twitter leaker _rogame claims he received confirmation about the memory configuration of AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series video cards.

If the rumor is accurate, AMD will have a Navi21 GPU based card with 16GB video memory and a Navi22 model with 12GB. It's unknown if these are full die or cut down SKUs. This means AMD's cards will have more memory than the launch models of NVIDIA's Ampere lineup. At the moment, there's only a 10GB GeForce RTX 3080 but it's pretty much confirmed that a 20GB version will follow later this year.

AMD will reveal its Big Navi video cards on October 28th.


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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 10:52:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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ARS Technica reports the TikTok saga may be coming to an end as US President Donald Trump approved the deal "in concept." After Microsoft failed to secure a deal with Chinese developer ByteDance, a consortium of Oracle and Walmart emerged as the victor. ByteDance was forced to sell TikTok's U.S. operations after the Trump Administration deemed it a national security threat.

As part of the unusual deal, the companies have agreed to donate $5 billion to a Texas-based educational fund, thereby meeting Trump's demand that the US gets a cut from the deal. Oracle will become the "trusted technology provider" of TikTok and the consortium will get a minority stake in the newly created TikTok Global.
The federal government does not generally receive a commission or cut of any merger or acquisition, other than any taxes that may be due, which are paid to the Treasury as required.

According to Bloomberg, the companies have agreed to donate $5 billion to an educational fund based in Texas to meet this particular term. "They’re going to be setting up a very large fund," Trump said. "That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for."

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Posted on Monday, September 21 2020 @ 10:41:08 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Phone Arena writes it looks like Apple booked TSMC's entire 5nm production capacity through the end of the year. The Cupertino-based electroncis maker will use TSMC's 5nm node for the production of chips for its iPhone 12, iPad Air, 5G iPad Pro, and the first ARM-based MacBook computers.
TSMC will seemingly make 80 million units of the A14 Bionic for the iPhone 12 this year. TSMC supposedly started manufacturing 5nm chips in March this year and production capacity is constrained at the moment, something which is also evident by reports which suggest 5nm will only generate 8 percent of the company's total revenue in 2020.

Apple is believed to be one of TSMC's largest customers and it accounted for one-fifth of its revenue in 2019. This perhaps explains why the manufacturer is giving preferential treatment to Apple, while other companies wait in line.
Until more capacity comes online, or gets freed up by Apple switching to a better node, there's not much more to go around as capacity of TSMC's 5nm is still limited. Other manufacturers will need to stick with more mature nodes like 7nm, or refinements of older nodes, like the 8nm node from Samsung, which is an improved version of the South Korean's 10nm process.
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