VideoCardz published the first photos of the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56. This is world's first custom-design Radeon RX Vega 56 card and it's similar to the STRIX version of the Vega 64.
It has a 2.5-slot design and has a beefy cooler with three fans that should do a better job at taming the Vega chip than the stock cooler. These models also feature a nice backplate and come with an additional DVI-I port.
You can expect the Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 STRIX models sometime in September. The exact specifications (and the pricing) of both cards remains a mystery.
ROG Strix RX VEGA56 OC edition 8GB with Aura Sync RGB for best VR & 4K gaming:
MaxContact Technology that is 2X more contact with GPU for improved thermal transfer.
Patented Wing-Blade IP5X-Certified Fans for maximum airflow and longer fan lifespan.
ASUS FanConnect II equips with hybrid controlled fan headers for optimal system cooling.
Industry Only Auto-Extreme Technology with Super Alloy Power II delivers premium quality and best reliability.
ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronization enables a gaming system personalization.
VR-friendly HDMI ports let you enjoy VR experiences anytime without having to swap cables.
GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.
Via his Instagram account, Elon Musk shared the first photo of the SpaceX spacesuit. While the photo almost looks like a render, Musk stresses this is not a mockup but a fully functioning spacesuit that has passed double operating pressure testing.
This is the spacesuit that will be used by astronauts flying aboard the Dragon spacecraft. If things go as planned, Dragon could make its first manned flight in 2018. The flight suit is white and Musk explains they put a lot of effort in making it look good. Do keep in mind that this suit is not intended for heavy-duty work like spacewalks, they're only designed for the flight from Earth to space and back again.
Elon Musk promises more details will follow in a couple of days.
For comparison, here's a look at the Boeing spacesuit that was revealed earlier this year. Boeing is in competition with SpaceX to get the US back into manned spaceflight. At the moment, NASA has to rely on Russia to get astronauts to the ISS. It's not clear which of the two companies is ahead in commercial crew program, the first manned flight of either companies isn't expected until mid-2018 at the earliest.
Arctic Cooling teamed up with German eSports organization PENTA Sports to market the Freezer 33 PENTA Edition cooler. This new variant of the Freezer 33 has a titanium black heatsink and features a fan with a black/orange color scheme. Other than the colors it looks pretty similar to the original Freezer 33. Arctic Cooling sells the Freezer 33 PENTA in its webshop for 45.99EUR, the same price as the regular Freezer 33.
We are pleased to present our new Freezer 33 PENTA, which is not only visually convincing with its titanium black heat sink and the 120 mm PENTA-style fan, but also delivers a strong cooling performance. We designed this special Freezer in close collaboration with our German eSports partner PENTA Sports.
The sophisticated fan controller allows passive cooling of the CPU during simple applications. If a higher cooling performance is needed for gaming, the F12 PWM fan starts up at a PWM signal with 40 % pulse width. This saves energy, extends the service life, makes the cooler at low load completely silent and delivers high performance for gaming.
The Freezer 33 PENTA is compatible with Intel and AMD sockets. Its off-centered heat pipes disperse the heat more efficiently than centered ones. Also, the layout of the 49 aluminium fins creates micro vortices that boost the airflow and circulate it around the heatpipes. Thanks to the award winning cooling performance, the Freezer 33 PENTA is the perfect gadget for PC enthusiasts and gamers looking for an efficient and attractive solution for the CPU cooling.
More and more companies are launching home robots but unfortunately, as with almost all Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the security of these devices is often sub-par. Security researchers from IOActive did a case study and found that home robots can not only be turned into surveillance devices but can also be remotely controlled to harm humans or cause damage to property.
In the clip below, you can see how a hacked UBTech Robotics Alpha 2 robot stabs a tomato with a screwdriver. Additionally, the security researchers were also able to compromise much more powerful industrial robot arms from Universal Robotics:
This required the hijackers to have access to the same network as the robot (or to be able to physically tamper with it), but being able to control such a bot could have disastrous effects. As IOActive told Bloomberg, Universal Robotics’ creations are powerful enough that, “even running at low speeds, their force is more than sufficient to cause a skull fracture.”
Earlier this week, Intel introduced its 8th generation Core processors. The first mobile parts are the Kaby Lake Refresh chips for the laptop market and the first Coffee Lake desktop parts are expected in October. DigiTimes writes today that leading laptop makers, like ASUS and Acer, have confirmed they will ship 2-in-1 and ultra-thin laptops based on the 8th Gen processors in September.
The sources said that while general desktop and notebook PCs suffered the worst shipment records in the second quarter of 2017, market demand for gaming, ultra-thin and 2-in-1 notebooks has stayed relatively stable, prompting Intel to launch new processors for such notebooks and driving notebook brands to turn out new models to cash in on the demand.
The site writes Dell, HP, Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung, Haier and Tsinghua Tongfang will also reveal new 8th Gen Core based laptop designs in September.
Intel sends out word that Stacy Smith (54), Group President of Manufacturing, Operations and Sales, will retire from the company at the end of January 2018. Smith joined the chip giant in 1988 and served the company in various roles. Oddly enough, while Intel describes the departure as a retirement, Smith says he's ready for the next chapter in his professional journey.
In an email today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that Stacy Smith, Group President of Manufacturing, Operations and Sales at Intel, has decided to retire from the company at the end of January 2018. Krzanich said:"With warm wishes, I'm writing to let you know that after thirty years at Intel, Stacy Smith has decided to retire from Intel at the end of January, 2018.
"I want to thank Stacy for his leadership and his many outstanding contributions to Intel's success. Stacy is a key pillar of our MCM team and a mentor and friend to so many at the company. His career at Intel has spanned every geography and many organizations -- from head of EMEA sales and marketing, chief information officer, nine years as chief financial officer and, most recently, President of Manufacturing, Operations and Sales. Stacy helped guide Intel through the great recession as CFO and has been instrumental in helping to transform Intel from PC to data-centric. For me personally, Stacy has been an incredibly valued colleague, and I will miss him."
Business media like Bloomberg point out Intel executives who fail to become CEO typically take up senior positions elsewhere in the chip industry. When Paul Otellini retired from the CEO position in 2012, Smith competed for the job but he failed to beat current CEO Brian Krzanich.
Good news, the Shadow Warrior (2013) video game is now available for free. You can download the game at no cost via Steam but you'll have to be quick as this offer expires on August 23 at 10:00 A.M. PST. Have fun!
Corsair steps up its game with the new VOID Pro gaming headsets. These models feature a lightweight aluminium construction and use a custom-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker driver. Corsair has four different models and various color combinations.
The headsets are available immediately via Corsair's webshop. Pricing starts at $79.99 (79.99EUR) for the VOID PRO Surround and VOID PRO RGB USB. The VOID PRO RGB Wireless costs $99.99 (99.99EUR) and the VOID PRO RGB Wireless SE costs $129.99 (129.99EUR).
CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the release of its new range of VOID PRO gaming headsets. When you’re deep in the game and sound is never just noise, you need to pick up on every note, cue and echo. VOID PRO gives you that advantage. Building on the success of CORSAIR’s VOID headsets, the three new VOID PRO models boast enhanced comfort, lightweight and durable aluminium construction, and improved audio quality, creating a headset that’s ready to put you ahead of the competition.
VOID PRO was designed with comfort in mind, so that when you’re in the heat of the game, your headset disappears and it’s just you and your audio. Built with microfiber mesh fabric, the balanced headband and over-the-ear memory foam earcups offer all-day comfort for even the longest gaming sessions. Equipped with cast aluminum yokes and a metal reinforced headband, the VOID PRO combines comfortability with durability, so you’ve got a headset that’s built to last.
All VOID PRO headsets share the same custom-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers and Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround, creating immersive, detailed audio that pulls you right into the action. Wide range and accuracy deliver precise treble and powerful bass, bringing your campaigns to life. Your games have never sounded this good.
When it comes to esports, there’s money and glory on the line and every word can make the difference between champion and chump. That’s why the VOID PRO has an all-new unidirectional noise canceling microphone to enhance voice quality, an LED mute ring indicator for better visibility and is Discord Certified, so you know that talking to friends will always be simple and stress free. No matter how heated the battle gets, your teammates will always be able to hear you loud and clear.
With three different ways to connect, VOID PRO is ready to suit any setup. VOID PRO RGB WIRELESS boasts up to 40 ft of wireless range, integrated RGB lighting and up to 16 hours of battery life, VOID PRO RGB USB combines RGB lighting and Dolby Headphone 7.1 audio to immerse you in your games and match your style, while VOID PRO SURROUND offers great audio paired with multi-device compatibility for all your gaming systems.
As the innovators who defined RGB lighting with the K-series of mechanical keyboards, CORSAIR offers a wealth of RGB gaming peripherals and VOID PRO is no different. VOID PRO RGB WIRELESS and VOID PRO RGB USB offer RGB lighting built into each earcup, providing dynamic and customizable backlighting with nearly unlimited color options. CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) software gives you full control over your headset’s EQ and lighting, and even allows you to synchronize effects between all your CORSAIR RGB devices through its intuitive interface.
With exceptional comfort, serious long term durability and outstanding audio performance, the new range of VOID PRO headsets excel where others fail. It’s All Day Comfort, Epic Sound.
Ten years ago ROCCAT delivered the Kone, one of world's first gaming mice with RGB LED illumination. Now the company adds a couple more RGB products to its lineup with the Kone AIMO mouse and the Horde AIMO keyboard. The mouse ships in September for $79.99 (79.99EUR) while the keyboard will follow in November for an undisclosed price.
ROCCAT Studios started the RGB illumination revolution ten
years ago with the original Kone gaming mouse, one of the most popular and widely heralded
gaming peripherals on the market. Now, ROCCAT has done it again, starting with our next-gen
entry into the Kone family - the Kone AIMO.
Gamers spoke and we listened, updating every aspect of the Kone to match their wants and
needs. Ergonomically improved for better feel and comfort, with a tri-button thumb zone for
greater control and a more robust 4D Titan Wheel. OMRON switches certified to fifty million
clicks, with an updated SWARM driver system for easier use, and an Owl-Eye optical sensor
modified to the high and exacting standards expected from a ROCCAT product.
The Kone AIMO is also the first in a series of ROCCAT peripherals designed out-of-box with
intelligent RBG lighting that learns and adapts organically to player interaction, enhancing their
experience rather than distracting. We call it Living Light. The AIMO lighting system exists in
tandem with our already award-winning customizable illumination functionality.
Introducing Membrane 2.0: With the Horde, the next peripheral in the AIMO family, ROCCAT
redefines what gamers know about membrane gaming keyboards. What we call Membrane 2.0,
was designed from scratch by our in-house product development team. Deeply researched for
ease of use, lightning-fast execution between button press and on-screen action, and built to
prevent dirt from accumulating within, the new ROCCAT Horde AIMO is a genuinely new
membrane keyboard experience. Also utilizing the AIMO lighting system, it along with all
upcoming AIMO family peripherals will work together in one intelligent RGB lighting ecosystem.
Both the Kone AIMO and Horde AIMO will be presented at this year’s Gamescom 2017.
Kone AIMO will be available at retail in September in black, grey and white for 79.99USD/EUR,
while Horde AIMO will hit shelves in November at a price to be announced.
Last week there was a story about molded and unmolded versions of AMD's Vega 10 GPUs. Now some more information surfaced, including some slides that AMD send to its add-in board (AIB) partners.
There are at least three versions of Vega 10, with two of them in production. The molded version is made in Taiwan, these ASICs feature epoxy resin to protect the chips, feature Samsung HBM2 and are used for the Radeon RX Vega 64 cards. The unmolded version does not use resin, this version is reportedly reserved for the Radeon RX 56. It's made in South Korea and uses SK Hynix HBM2.
The third variant was reportedly exclusively used for engineering boards, it's a resinless version cooked up in Taiwan. Additionally, there are also rumors about a fourth resin version stricly for the RX Vega 56 but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
The resinless versions are a bit more fragile, that may be the biggest concern for enthusiasts but only in case you want to swap your cooler. Other than this, it's mainly a headache for board partners as the molded and unmolded variants differ in terms of heatsink contact area and ASIC height. AMD's board partners are reportedly experimenting with different screw lengths to avoid potential heat issues.