Posted on Wednesday, January 20 2021 @ 11:20:58 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Twitter user momomo_us discovered an interesting entry in the database of the SiSoft Sandra benchmark.
The newly spotted sample is faster than previous entries that were discovered on the Sisoftware or Geekbench website. It's a 16-core Alder Lake-S processor that identifies as having a 1.8GHz base clock, 4.0GHz Boost, 10x 1.125MB L2 cache, and 30MB L3 cache. The chip was tested in a system with DDR5-4800 memory.
Alder Lake-S uses a hybrid design, with high-performance and energy-efficient cores. Only the high-performance cores feature hyper-threading so this results in an unusual number of threads.
Performance-wise it's impossible to tell anything about this chip as it's still way too early for that. Intel is expected to introduce Alder Lake-S in the second half of this year.
While ‘processor multi-media’ performance has dropped from 438 Mpix to 263 Mpix compared to the 1.38 GHz ADP-S sample back from October, the memory bandwidth, for instance, has increased from 13.49 GB/s to 34.21 GB/s (254%).
Posted on Wednesday, January 20 2021 @ 11:07:59 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a rather surprising move, word has leaked that NVIDIA plans to reintroduce its GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 SUPER video cards. The exact reason is unknown but NVIDIA has reportedly shipped fresh stock of this Turing-based GPU to board partners and system integrators. This comes at a weird moment as we're just weeks away from the availability of the GeForce RTX 3060.
Presumably, NVIDIA is restocking the old model due to availability problems with Ampere. Overclocking.com claims the price will be quite high too:
According to Overclocking.com, the reintroduced RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 SUPER will be priced at 300 EUR and 400 EUR respectively. The latter being well above the RTX 3060 which will retail at 339 EUR in France. Hopefully, this isn’t an indicator of limited GA106 GPU stock at launch.
Posted on Wednesday, January 20 2021 @ 11:03:23 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
At the CES 2021 show earlier this month, NVIDIA demonstrated a new technique for lowering end-to-end latency. Called Reflex, it promises to enhance your performance in competitive games like first person shooters.
Now there's a list of which products support NVIDIA Reflex, you can check it out over here. Compatibility requires video game support as well as a compatible mouse and display. At the moment, there are just 11 mice and only nine displays that support Reflex.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 16:18:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
These days the focus is all on M.2 solid state disks but if you have an older workhorse in need of an upgrade you may still be interested in a new 2.5" SATA disk. Samsung just introduced the 870 EVO SSD, a new line of SATA disks with a new Samsung MKX controller and 136-layer TLC NAND flash memory.
Samsung offers the 870 EVO in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. The suggested retail pricing ranges from 49.99EUR to 459.99EUR. The company promises read speeds of up to 560MB/s, write speeds of up to 530MB/s, random read IOPS of 98K and random write IOPS of 88K.
Basically, if you need a SATA disk, this is one of the fastest options on the market right now.
Today, Samsung Electronics America announced the release of the 870 EVO SSD, the company’s latest SATA solution in its best-selling consumer SSD series. The new drive combines best-in-class performance and reliability, making it an ideal storage solution for a wide range of consumers from general PC users to IT professionals in capacities up to four terabytes.
“Representing the culmination of our SATA SSD line, the new 870 EVO delivers a compelling mix of performance, reliability and compatibility for casual laptop and desktop PC users, as well as Network Attached Storage (NAS) users,” said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of Memory
The Samsung 870 EVO features the company’s latest V-NAND and controller, allowing it to reach the maximum SATA sequential read and write speeds of 560 and 530MB/s, respectively. Using a large variable SLC buffer, the drive’s Intelligent TurboWrite technology helps maintain its peak performance levels. The 870 EVO also delivers a nearly 38% improvement in random read speed over the previous 860 model, enabling enhanced user experiences when multi-tasking, web browsing or simply booting up PCs.
SSD 870 EVO - Angle Front
Harnessing its experience and expertise in storage technologies, Samsung designs all SSD components in-house to ensure that every part works together cohesively. As a result, the 870 EVO offers around a 30% improvement in sustained performance over the 860 EVO, as well as a class-leading terabytes written (TBW) rating of 2,400TB, or a 5-year limited warranty, for its 4TB model.
In addition to exceptional performance and reliability, the 870 EVO provides broad compatibility with many computing devices thanks to its 2.5-inch SATA interface. Moreover, with its power-saving sleep mode, the 870 EVO is compatible with devices that support Window’s Modern Standby function, offering added convenience to PC users.
The new 870 EVO is also designed with the environment in mind. By minimizing its carbon footprint throughout the entire production process, the drive expands consumer choice for greener products.
The Samsung 870 EVO will be available beginning in January 2021. The 870 EVO is available in 250GB for $49.99, 500GB for $79.99, 1TB for $139.99, 2TB for $269.99 and 4TB for $529.99.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 15:56:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Yesterday news emerged that NVIDIA had downgraded the minimum specifications of it G-SYNC ULTIMATE certification. Previously, the company listed VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification as a requirement but late last year this was silently changed to "lifelike HDR".
Now there's an official message from NVIDIA about this matter:
Late last year we updated G-SYNC ULTIMATE to include new display technologies such as OLED and edge-lit LCDs.
All G-SYNC Ultimate displays are powered by advanced NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to deliver a fantastic gaming experience including lifelike HDR, stunning contract, cinematic colour and ultra-low latency gameplay. While the original G-SYNC Ultimate displays were 1000 nits with FALD, the newest displays, like OLED, deliver infinite contrast with only 600-700 nits, and advanced multi-zone edge-lit displays offer remarkable contrast with 600-700 nits. G-SYNC Ultimate was never defined by nits alone nor did it require a VESA DisplayHDR1000 certification. Regular G-SYNC displays are also powered by NVIDIA G-SYNC processors as well.
The ACER X34 S monitor was erroneously listed as G-SYNC ULTIMATE on the NVIDIA web site. It should be listed as “G-SYNC” and the web page is being corrected.
Overclock3D argues NVIDIA made these changes for the good of the G-SYNC ecosystem. The site explains the certification hasn't been downgraded because peak brightness was never a good way to judge HDR performance to begin with. The updated standard allows for the inclusion of OLED-based panels with 600-700 nits -- and these panels are among the best in terms of HDR experience.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 14:57:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Biostar showcases its first Valkyrie series motherboards. Valkyrie is the company's new flagship range. There are two motherboards; the Z590 Valkyrie with ATX form factor and the Mini-ITX Z590I Valkyrie. Not sure when these will be available, probably in March.
BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today announces the launch of their latest Z590 VALKYRIE series motherboard range engineered to run Intel’s 11thgen Rocket Lake-S processors.
Designed based on the latest Z590 chipset from Intel, BIOSTAR’s VALKYRIE series motherboards are a brand-new breed of enthusiast grade motherboards in the market. Launched in two versions with two different form factors, the Z590 VALKYRIE (ATX) and the Z590I VALKYRIE (Mini-ITX) both carries a fully armored cover design resonating with BIOSTAR’s goal of producing a premium flagship motherboard range that adds form, functionality and the wow factor to their product range.
An all-new armor gear design brings sleek design elements with passive cooling capability to the mix, and the use of gold and pink accents showcases a powerful yet royal outlook making the new VALKYRIE motherboard range fresh and extremely swoon worthy. Features like BIOSTAR’s proprietary LED ROCK ZONE and VIVID LED DJ which are fan favorites when it comes to RGB lighting technology adds extra customization to the mix for users.
Engineered by BIOSTAR with the latest and greatest motherboard technology in the planet, the Z590 VALKYRIE series motherboards are ideal for users looking to install the best hardware into their new gaming rig or editing system.
With features like PCIe 4.0 which is 2x times faster than the older PCIe 3.0 and supports a bandwidth of 16GT/s bit rate, the Z590 VALKYRIE stands above its competitors by both style and technology.
Capable of running up to 128 GB of DDR4 Memory on 4 DIMMs with boost clock speeds that can reach up to 5000+(OC), the VALKYRIE series is designed for all purposes, easily capable of handling the best hardware in the toughest use cases.
The VALKYRIE series motherboards are powered by BIOSTAR’s 22 phase power design and Digital PWM technology which increases system efficiency and has faster transient performance. Smartly integrated 20K Hours Durable Solid Capacitors adds an extra layer of protection to the system with its durability while providing a stable voltage output with unhindered performance.
Features like Dr. Mos help users to set up smooth overclock performance while BIOSTAR’s proprietary Tough Power Connectors ensure the stability and reliability of the power supply.
Furthermore, the VALKYRIE series motherboards are engineered with fins heat sink combined together with active cooling and a full copper base and metal back plate design which can improve power supply efficiency, reduce overall temperature by 29.1% and extend the life and quality of your computer.
Storage wise, the VALKYRIE series utilizes superior PCIe M.2 4.0 technology which provides a bandwidth of 64Gb/s and is 2x times faster than PCIe M.2 3.0 under lower latency. Additional features like CPU OPT Header, A.I FAN and BIOS EZ Mode provides the VALKYRIE series motherboard, added dexterity and ease of use for quick installations and system management.
When it comes to rear I/O, the Z590 VALKYRIE motherboard has a fully packed Rear I/O panel protected by its Armor Gear shield with ports like 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse port for older devices.
The motherboard also comes with a single USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type-C port which has a max data transfer rate of 20Gbps and improved data transmission speed, 5 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) ports, and 2 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports are present for fast efficient connectivity.
2 x WIFI Antenna ports and the capability to run WiFi 6 is readily available for faster internet connection and a single LAN port powered by Realtek RTL8125B chipset brings up the rest for network connectivity with BIOSTAR’s 2.5 Guard technology providing safe stable internet connection with protection against electrical surges and prevents damage from lightning strikes. For display connectivity, the Z590 VALKYRIE motherboard comes with a built-in DP port (DP1.4) capable of supporting up to 5K screen resolution with the power of the latest Intel 11th Gen processors, delivering bright, crystal-clear images.
Audio Codec ALC1220 is the preferred audio technology used by the Z590 VALKYRIE motherboard with 5 x Audio connectors capable of delivering 7.1 Channels, High-Definition Audio for smooth user experience for gaming and watching movies with high quality surround sound. Furthermore, the Z590 VALKYRIE motherboard also comes with a single SPDIF_Out port for that added audio amplification.
The Z590I VALKYRIE motherboard also comes with a highly versatile I/O palette. Providing much more than its small form, the Mini ITX variant of the VALKYRIE series is packed with all the essentials including 1 x USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type C port, 2 x USB 3.2 (Gen2) ports, 3 x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports and 2 x USB 2.0 ports to provide ample USB connectivity. Features like a traditional PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse port provides users with more flexibility when connecting their input devices. A single display type port is available for Video output together with an HDMI 4K2K port that can emulate bright, crystal-clear images at a 4K resolution on a refresh rate of 60Hz, this is achieved by the power of the latest Intel processors.
Much like its bigger sibling, the Z590I VALKYRIE motherboard uses Realtek RTL8125B chipset for its single port LAN connectivity with BIOSTAR’s proprietary 2.5 Guard technology to protect the system against any unwanted electrical hazards. Two WIFI Antenna ports provide wireless internet connectivity to the motherboard with support for WiFi 6 also available for users to expand on.
ALC1220 audio technology powers the new Z590I VALKYRIE motherboard’s audio functionality with 3 x Audio connectors capable of delivering 7.1 Channels, High-Definition Audio for immersive user experience. Even with its small form-factor BIOSTAR has crafted the Z590I VALKYRIE motherboard to be a top shelf high end gaming motherboard that serves as a great choice for users looking for small form yet to have the performance of a full-on flagship ATX motherboard.
To conclude, BIOSTAR’s VALKYRIE series motherboards are ready to take on the competition and come out on top. With a bold new design approach mixed with cutting edge technology, these are by far the best high-end motherboards available in the market for PC enthusiasts, capable of delivering unparalleled performance and durability.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 14:40:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ThermalTake introduces what may very well be the first L-shaped gaming desk. The ToughDesk 500L RGB BATTLESTATION GAMING DESK is sold via the firm's webshop for $1,499.99. The product features full surfaced mouse pads for the main and side desks and has integrated RGB LED lighting. The main desk measures 160cm x 80cm while the side desk measures 80cm x 60cm. The height-adjustable frame is made from steel while the desk itself consists of MDF with an anti-scratch laminate surface.
Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, today announced the ToughDesk 500L RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk. The new technology and extensive functions of the desk include electric height adjustment control, anti-collision safety sensor, cable management space, and a built-in full surface RGB mouse pad for users to customize their own battle colors! The illuminating full surface mouse pad comes with 16.8M RGB color combinations; brightness, speed, and direction of the lighting effects are customizable via the iTAKE software. Exterior design and functionalities of the ToughDesk 500L RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk are conceptualized for both multi-monitor gaming setups and office use.
Features of the ToughDesk 500L RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk:
Full Surface RGB Mouse Pad Design
The full surface mouse pad that covers the main desk comes with 16.8M RGB color illumination and eight dynamic lighting effects; brightness, speed, and direction of the lighting effects are customizable via the iTAKE software. The mouse pad’s lighting effects can be synced with TT RGB PLUS compatible Thermaltake products to complete the ecosystem in uniformity. The mouse pad also works with Razer Chroma, enabling gaming and RGB lighting effect synchronizations.
Electrical Height Adjustment
Press the electrical height adjustment buttons on the smart panel to adjust between 27.5” to 43.3”, in both sitting and/or standing positions.
Height Memory Function
ToughDesk 500L RGB is able to memorize four height levels that users like, and with the memory buttons on the smart panel, users can adjust the desk height to their suitable position in no time.
Anti-collision Safety Sensor
For safety concerns, an anti-collision safety sensor is included to automatically detect when the desk encounters obstacles while elevating the gaming desk.
Extended Gaming Surface
The extended side desk allows users to place a full tower chassis and display their PC components without interfering with the monitors and game space on the main desk. Dimensions of the main desk are L 62.99” x W 31.49”. Dimensions of the side desk are L 31.49” x W 23.62”, covered by one full surface RGB mouse pad for the main desk and one full surface non-RGB mouse pad for the side desk, designed for speed and control.
High Load Capacity
The sturdy desk provides unrivaled stability that certifies the desk to achieve a maximum load of 330 pounds, which allows users to set up their battle stations however they want.
Long length cable storage area allows users to sort out the cables easily and conveniently while keeping the workspace clutter-free.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 11:42:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Everytime I write about Antec I wonder why this company is no longer as prominent as it used to be. In the early days of DVHARDWARE, the Antec brand was pretty much everywhere but at some point the company stopped innovating and was left in the dust by competitors.
There are still some new products from Antec from time to time. This week the company reveals the DF700 FLUX. Antec claims this mid-tower offers "ultimate thermal performance". The DF700 FLUX ships with five fans, including three 120mm ARGB front fans for a fancy look plus two more 120mm fans.
The DF700 FLUX mid-tower gaming case is well equipped with an industry-leading design of advanced ventilation, taking the Antec Dark League gaming cases to the next generation.
What is the F-LUX Platform? The definition of FLUX is Flow Luxury. The F-LUX Platform is a new industry-leading and highly efficient design by Antec featuring an advanced case structure for excellent airflow combined with 5 x 120 mm fans included. A core element of the design ethos was to enhance GPU cooling performance.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 11:24:17 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Are advanced smartwatches and fitness trackers capable of offering an early warning about infections? It's been a contested topic for years now but a new study from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, suggest the Apple Watch can predict a COVID-19 infection a full week before the wearer develops symptoms.
In the study group, significant changes in heart rate variability (HRV) were measured up to seven days before a nasal swab confirmed COVID-19 infection:
In a study titled called “Warrior Watch,” the Mount Sinai researchers followed a group of 297 health care workers between April 29 and September 29. The participants wore Apple Watches equipped with special apps that measured changes in their heart rate variability (HRV). “The watch showed significant changes in HRV metrics up to seven days before individuals had a positive nasal swab confirming COVID-19 infection,” said study author Robert P. Hirten, MD.
Engadget reports a similar study performed by Stanford University found that 81 percent of patients wearing devices from Garmin, Fitbit, Apple and others had changes in HRV up to nine and a half days before becoming symptomatic.
The ramifications of the studies are clear. “Developing a way to identify people who might be sick even before they know they are infected would really be a breakthrough in the management of COVID-19,” Dr. Hirten said. “This technology allows us not only to track and predict health outcomes, but also to intervene in a timely and remote manner, which is essential during a pandemic that requires people to stay apart.”
The article notes a company called NeuTigers is working on a clinical-grade patient monitoring wearable that can detect COVID-19 infections at a rate of 90 percent. The firm, which was born out of research from Princeton University, eventually plans to make an app that's compatible with Fitbit, Withings, Apple, Samsung and other smartwatches.
Posted on Tuesday, January 19 2021 @ 11:11:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
EK has two new watercooling products; the EK-AIO Basic and EK-AIO Elite Aurum 360 D-RGB. As the name suggests, the latter is a gold variant of the EK-AIO Elite. No real gold is being used though, EK says the product features a gold-like nickel finish. The EK-AIO Basic is available via the EK webshop in 240mm and 360mm editions for 89.90EUR and 119.90EUR, respectively. The more advanced EK-AIO Elite Aurum 360 D-RGB on the other hand will set you back 229.90EUR.
EK®, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is expanding its All-In-One product line with two new products: EK-AIO Basic and EK-AIO Elite Aurum 360 D-RGB.
Following the success of EK-AIO D-RGB that comes in three different sizes and EK-AIO Elite with the push-pull configuration, the new EK-AIO Basic now creates a balance in the EK’s AIO portfolio by offering a price-competitive, all-black, non-RGB option. The second EK-AIO product making its debut is the Special Edition EK-AIO Elite Aurum – a golden variant of the popular EK-AIO Elite. It boasts a glossy, gold-like nickel finish on the pump cover and fittings for those who want their PCs to sparkle.
The EK-AIO Basic is available in 240 and 360mm radiator models. These are all-black all-in-one liquid cooling solutions for modern AMD® and Intel® CPUs. Visually, EK-AIO Basic is minimalistic with a black brushed aluminum-like pump cover and black fans. These performance-focused AIOs offer all the benefits of a water-cooling solution in a compact, easy to install, and maintenance-free design. They are simple, efficient, and come without any RGB lighting. By keeping the aesthetics minimal, EK-AIO Basic can be more competitive price-wise than the pioneering trio with D-RGB implementation.
As the name suggests, this AIO version takes us back to the basics but doesn’t lack in performance. The EK-AIO Basic is here to take the initiative among EK’s mainstream liquid cooling solutions, spearheaded by already-successful, chart-topping, EK-AIO D-RGB models.
To top everything off, EK is also introducing the unapologetic, attention-seeking EK-AIO Elite Aurum 360 D-RGB. The colossal six-fan setup is not only chunky in size and consequently in performance but also stands out with the limited edition, glossy, golden pump cover with a D-RGB lit EK badge and diamond-cut rotary fittings.
The Elite Aurum is here and ready to provide ample cooling power even for the toughest processors on the market. Whether you are into heavy overclocking or wish to have a silent PC, the 360mm radiator combined with six Vardar fans can provide both simultaneously. The EK-Hub was added to help with the cable management, offering multi-connection with up to seven sets of addressable RGB and PWM headers.