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WD helium-filled HDDs hit capacity of 12TB December 07, 2016 - 15:46
Scythe Mugen 5 has an assymetrical design for greater RAM compatibility December 07, 2016 - 15:33
HardOCP: Intel Kaby Lake desktop CPUs to be a snoozefest December 07, 2016 - 15:01
Nanoxia shows typewriter-styled Ncore Retro keyboard December 07, 2016 - 14:53
WD and Samsung extend flash patent cross-license to 2024 December 07, 2016 - 14:45
AMD driver reveals existence of Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 GPU December 07, 2016 - 14:34
NVIDIA mid-range cards getting free indie VR games December 07, 2016 - 14:13
TSMC drafts up plans for new fab for its 5nm and 3nm processes December 07, 2016 - 14:06
Google to be 100% powered by renewables in 2017 December 07, 2016 - 13:30
AMD no longer supporting Async Compute on GCN 1.0 GPUs? December 07, 2016 - 13:03
AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive offers ShadowPlay clone and Radeon Chill December 06, 2016 - 22:35
Khronos Group drafting up VR standards December 06, 2016 - 18:11
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Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T wants to be your Christmas December 06, 2016 - 16:06
MSI teases two Z270 motherboards for Kaby Lake December 06, 2016 - 15:41
A look at the current state of DirectX 12 December 06, 2016 - 15:27
NVIDIA GeForce 376.19 WHQL is out for Oculus Touch launch games December 06, 2016 - 14:53
Rumor: Intel licensed AMD GPU tech for its integrated graphics December 06, 2016 - 14:47
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 15:46:34 CET by
Western Digital announced the development of a HGST Ultrastar He12 HDD with a capacity of 12TB. This new helium-filled enterprise disk has eight platters with PMR technology and should start shipping in the first half of 2017. WD says the disk has the highest MTBF rating for an HDD at 2.5 million hours and claims it has the lowest power profile in the industryu.

A higher-capacity He12 disk with 14TB of storage capacity is expected by mid-2017, but that model will use the slower Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technique.

On the solid state front, WD introduced the UltraStar SN200, a NVMe SSD with capacities from 800GB to 7.68TB that will ship in 2.5" and PCIe form factors. That model promises 'best-in-class 70/30 mixed read/write random performance of up to 560,000 4KiB IOPS'.

Furthermore, WD will also offer a SS200 12Gbps SAS 2.5" SSD in capacities from 400GB to 7.68TB. This model's specifications indicate read speeds of up to 1800MB/s, write speeds of up to 1000MB/s and random read IOPS of 250,000 and write IOPS of 86,000.

Both SSDs will be available in Q1 2017, more details can be found in the WD press release.

Ultrastar He12
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 15:33:45 CET by
Scythe rolls out the Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000), the latest cooler in its popular Mugen lineup. The new model features a nickel-plated copper base, six heatpipes and a big aluminium fin array that gets cooled by a 120mm Kaze Flex 120 PWM fan with Sealed Precision FDB bearing. This fan delivers an airflow of up to 51.17CFM at a noise level of maximum 24.9dBA.

One of the novelties is that the Mugen 5 heatsink has an asymmetric design, the heatpipes are slightly sloped backwards so the heatsink is slightly offset from the baseplate. The advantage of this is that it ensures greater compatibility with RAM modules.

Mugen 5 measures 130mm x 154.5mm x 110mm (W x H x D) and weighs 890g. It has a second-generation H.P.M.S. II (Hyper Precision Mounting System II) and can fit a second fan if you prefer to use a push-pull configuration. All current consumer sockets from AMD and Intel are supported.

Scythe says the cooler should be available in European retail stores today, with a suggested retail price of 40.50EUR (excl. VAT).

Scythe Mugen 5
Japanese cooling expert Scythe presents the fifth version of the Mugen CPU Cooler, which has been fitted with significant improvements. The Mugen has been one of the most popular CPU coolers on the market for a long time. Scythe was able to ramp up the performance even further with Mugen 5 and at the same time equip the heatsink with a unique new fan. Supplied Kaze Flex 120 PWM fan features noise reduction rubber-insulators in the corners, dynamic fan speed range from 300 to 1.200 rpm as well as a brand-new Sealed Precision FDB bearing, allowing smooth and silent operation at all times.

Superb Performance & Amazing Compatibility
Scythe's engineering team took the user feedback and applied it on the revamped design of Mugen 5! The heatsink of the Mugen 5 is based on 6 high-quality all-copper heatpipes and a solid aluminum fin stack. Great compatibility to tall memory modules is achieved thanks to the new asymmetrical design of Mugen 5. The solid copper base-plate has been placed slightly shifted for this purpose, instead of centered. In addition to that, several layers of the fin stack on the back of Mugen 5 have been shortened, to further increase RAM compatibility. Mugen 5 can easily fit into most PC chassis on the market, thanks to the total height of only 154,5 mm. In order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality, all copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated.

Scythe Kaze Flex 120 PWM with Sealed Precision FDB
Another highlight and big improvement is the newly developed Kaze Flex 120 PWM Fan. This fan model incorporates Scythe’s new self-contained liquid Sealed Precision FDB bearing, which reduces friction and wear significantly and offers average lifespan of 120.000 hours! This fan model supports PWM and offers flexible fan control from ultra-silent 300 RPM up to moderate 1.200 RPM. This speed range allows steady airflow from 28,2 to 86,93m³/h, respectively 16,6 to 51,17 CFM. The Kaze Flex 120 PWM Fan is equipped with rubber-insulators at the corners, which prevent the transfer of vibration from the fan to Mugen 5 heatsink, resulting in greater stability and lower noise levels. Mugen 5 comes with a second fan clip set, for users that prefer to use a push-pull setup with two fans.

Easy & Safe Mounting Process
Mugen 5 is equipped with the second generation of the Hyper Precision Mounting System (H.P.M.S. II). The small yet powerful improvements make the mounting process more user-friendly and simple at the same time. The preassembled metal mounting bar is used in combination with a solid backplate and assures solid and safe fit. Spring-loaded screws prevent uneven distribution of pressure. The Mugen 5 supports all important CPU sockets, including the Intel® Sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 and LGA2011(V3) as well as AMD® Sockets AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1 and FM2(+). The package contains all required clips for mounting, two fan clip sets, long screw driver, user-manual as well as a package of thermal grease.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 15:01:15 CET by
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More benchmark results of the Intel Kaby Lake processor hit the web as HardOCP managed to get its hands on a retail version of the Intel Core i7-7700K plus a yet-to-be-released 200-series motherboard with full support for Kaby Lake and updated INF drivers.

While we've heard some encouraging comments about the laptop version of Kaby Lake, the conclusion of this sneak peak is that the desktop version of Kaby Lake is nothing more than another snoozefest. The good news is the integrated graphics are a lot better than before, and overclocking potential looks better too. But in terms of performance gains, enthusiasts will be severely disappointed:
I ran all of these synthetic benchmarks last week and intended to publish those at that time, however, to be fully transparent, I was extremely concerned that our scores were not accurate. I reached out to various tech companies over the weekend and have verified that what we are seeing here today is very much representative of the Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K when compared to the Skylake Core i7-6700K processor at the same clock speed. We will see some bigger advantages in specific real-world applications, but do not expect any of those to be "barn burners" either. It was suggested to me that I should not expect more than a 3% performance advantage in CPU-centric benchmarks. The new Intel Kaby Lake iGPU is much more robust compared to the Skylake's however.
You can read the full preview at HardOCP, the site expects to have a more detailed review up later this week.

Intel Kaby Lake leak at H
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 14:53:29 CET by
These days the majority of high-end gaming keyboard feature mechanical switches and all sorts of bells and whistles like RGB LEDs. With the introduction of the Ncore Retro, Nanoxia takes a step back and introduces a keyboard that resembles an old typewriter, with big, round keys and a chrome look.

The keyboard features 104 mechanical keys of the Kahil White variety, which is reportedly similar to the Cherry MX Blue switches. Other features include anti-ghosting, NKRO, and water resistance. The board will be sold for 109.99EUR.

Nanoxia Ncore Retro

Nanoxia Ncore Retro
With the Ncore Retro we present for the first time a mechanical keyboard, whose design corresponds to a classic typewriter. So the typewriter feeling is combined with the latest technology.

The keyboard is best suited for the use for the regular work or for relaxing use at home.

Equipped with free-standing, replaceable keys, the Ncore Retro has dimensions of 465 x 150 69 mm. The keyboard is made of ABS with Chromium plating. The keys can also be exchanged individually and replaced.

By using the FN-Key functionality there are a variety of multimedia keys available to directly open the Windows Media Center, controlling the volume of the system or to switch between the WASD and arrow keys. A total of 15 multimedia keys are available.

Another essential feature of the Ncore Retro is the water resistance, so the keyboard can be cleaned quick and easy.

With its unique retro design, the Ncore Retro can be connected via USB and is compatible with the latest Windows operating systems.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 14:45:15 CET by
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Western Digital and Samsung announced they've extended their cross-license patent agreement. The original agreement dates back to 1997 and was a contract between Samsung and SanDisk, which is now owned by WD. The deal has been renewed twice before and covers MLC flash memory and flash storage system technology. The extension expires on December 31, 2024.
Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a world leader in storage technologies and solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive royalty-bearing agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to renew the cross-license of the two companies' semiconductor patent portfolios. The terms of the renewed agreement are retroactive to the end date of the prior agreement, which expired on August 14, 2016. The renewed agreement will run through December 31, 2024.

The agreement includes rights to each party's patents broadly covering multi-level cell flash memory and flash storage systems. The original agreement, which dates back to 1997 and had been renewed twice before, had permitted Samsung to use patented flash memory technologies invented by SanDisk, which Western Digital acquired in May 2016.

The agreement recognizes the strength and value of each company's intellectual property and enables Western Digital to continue to focus on developing and exploring uses for next-generation flash technology. At the time of its acquisition by Western Digital, SanDisk had been a leading innovator in flash technology for nearly thirty years, investing billions of dollars in research and development globally to design, manufacture, and bring flash products to market. This agreement allows Western Digital to continue to realize the value of the SanDisk acquisition and extends the company's mutually beneficial relationship with Samsung. Financial terms of the renewed agreement were not disclosed.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 14:34:14 CET by
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If you want to be the first to find details about upcoming video cards it can be a good idea to scan new driver releases for references to unreleased models. Most of the time this is an effort that yields no results, but every once in a while you can hit the jackpot.

This time someone from TonyMac checked out a new AMD driver file for MacOS Sierra with a HEX viewer and found strings with references to the Polaris10XT2, the Polaris12 and Vega10 GPUs.

Very little has leaked about AMD's plans for the next generation of its video cards so we're all a bit in the dark here. VideoCardz speculates those three cards may make up the upcoming Radeon RX 500 series, although we can't entirely rule out the possibility of AMD using the Polaris 10 XT2 for Radeon RX 4x5 cards like the Radeon RX 485. The company hinted at a revision when it explained its new naming scheme in June 2016.

Either way, this would position the Vega 10 as the successor to the high-end Fury series, whereas the Polaris 12 and Polaris 10 XT2 would replace the Polaris 11 and Polaris 10, respectively.

Alternatively, it could be these are nothing more than Apple-exclusive chips, but that option seems less likely.

AMD Polaris 12 and 10 XT2
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 14:13:38 CET by
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NVIDIA and its partners rolled out a new VR game bundle for buyers of GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 1060 video cards, as well as some desktop and laptop PCs that feature these GPUs.

This bundle lets gamers pick between three indie games; Maize, Redout and Raw Data. As usual, the offer is only valid if you buy from participating retailers, you can find all the offer details at this NVIDIA page.

NVIDIA VR bundle for midrange cards
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 14:06:18 CET by
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TSMC revealed plans for a $15.6 billion investment in a new factory that will be equipped with the foundry's future process nodes. Yang Hung-duen, Taiwan's minister of science and technology, said his ministry is evaluating the feasibility of setting up the site at the Kaohsiung Science Park in southern Taiwan.

This new factory will house TSMC's future 5nm and 3nm process technologies. The Taiwanese foundry aims to break ground for the 5nm lines at the new site in 2017 so it can get everything ready to kick off volume production in 2020 if all goes well.

The report also mentions TSMC intends to construct the production lines for its 3nm node in 2020, with volume production scheduled for 2022.
TSMC has expressed its goal of ultimately moving 5nm and 3nm process technologies to commercial production by 2022, Yang noted.

Yang added the ministry and other government bodies will be helping TSMC carry out the foundry's investment plan for 5nm and beyond.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 13:30:08 CET by
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Just a decade ago a lot of people were still laughing at renewables but it's incredible how fast solar and wind power have evolved the last couple of years. The price of deployment is dropping like a rock and we're seeing more and more reports from around the world about how renewables are becoming on-par with the grid in terms of cost.

Today Google announces it's getting very close to powering all of its global operations with renewable energy. In a blog post, Urs Hölzle explains the search giant is on track to reach this goal in 2017. The senior vice president of Google's technical infrastructure explains the company is now world's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. In total, Google secured commitments reaching 2600MW, which is about the same as the energy output of two large nuclear reactors.

Hölzle points out renewables are increasingly becoming the cheapest option to generate electricity, as prices of wind and solar dropped 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, since 2010.
To reach this goal we’ll be directly buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of electricity our operations consume, globally. And we're focusing on creating new energy from renewable sources, so we only buy from projects that are funded by our purchases.

Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option. Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centers, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.
Here's an overview of Google's renewables commitments versus other heavyweights. Google is leading the pack here and most of it consists of wind power, which is not really a surprise as wind as typically cheaper than solar in most parts of the world.

Google renewables

Being powered 100% by renewables will be an important milestone for Google but it will be just the beginning. Looking to the immediate future, Google wants to put a greater focus on regional clean energy purchases in places where it has datacenters and other significant operations. Furthermore, the search giant also wants to expand its horizon beyond primarily wind power, to get clean energy every hour of every day, not just for itself but for the rest of the world. A whitepaper detailing Google's future plans can be read over here.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07 2016 @ 13:03:47 CET by
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Users of older AMD graphics cards discovered support for Async Compute is no longer working on GCN 1.0-based video cards, which includes the Southern Islands family.

A poster at the AMD Reddit group reports the feature is no longer present since the rollout of the Catalyst 16.9.2 drivers about 2.5 months ago. This is hurting performance as Async Compute can give AMD cards a nice performance boost in new games.
AMD Drivers 15.7.1 and inferior to 16.9.2
Compute only: 1. 49.01ms
Graphics only: 47.38ms (35.41G pixels/s)
Graphics + compute: 1. 49.12ms (34.16G pixels/s)
Async Compute works !

AMD Drivers superior to 16.9.2
Compute only: 1. 45.25ms
Graphics only: 47.14ms (35.59G pixels/s)
Graphics + compute: 1. 92.39ms (18.16G pixels/s)
Async Compute broken !
At the moment, it's unclear if this was done on purpose or whether it's a unfortunate bug. Legit Reviews reached out to AMD and heard they're looking into it.
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