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8 Evolving Trends in Software Development November 27, 2020 - 13:28
Gigabyte offers 500-series motherboard update to support AMD SAM and Rage Mode November 27, 2020 - 13:20
Is Windows 10 in the cloud the solution for Windows on the Apple M1? November 27, 2020 - 13:01
MSI has lower-budget GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Fan November 27, 2020 - 12:12
Gaming laptops with 1440p screens to become common in 2021 November 27, 2020 - 11:56
MSI GeForce RTX 30 SURPIM X cards delayed due to unknown issue November 27, 2020 - 11:50
HP wants to get rid of unprofitable printer customers November 27, 2020 - 11:33
Lian Li debuts ST120 ARGB LED fans November 27, 2020 - 11:07
SPC Gear SR600 series gaming chairs hit the market November 27, 2020 - 11:02
NVIDIA may have sold over $175 million of Ampere GPUs to miners last quarter November 27, 2020 - 10:13
GELId AMBER5 - controls five ARGB channels November 26, 2020 - 17:01
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Cezanne APU gets benched in Geekbench November 26, 2020 - 15:55
NVIDIA revenue up 50 percent this year, AMD up 41 percent November 26, 2020 - 15:51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti beats RTX 2080 SUPER in 3DMark November 26, 2020 - 15:45
Intel to use TSMC 5N for CPU production in 2022? November 26, 2020 - 15:41
Dutch webshop expects Radeon RX 6800 supply issues until far into 2021 November 26, 2020 - 13:03
AMD 400-series motherboards to get Radeon Smart Access Memory (SAM) November 26, 2020 - 12:24
Thermaltake TOUGHFAN 14 delivers high static pressure November 26, 2020 - 12:06
Apple M1 users seeing software compatibility and Bluetooth issues November 26, 2020 - 11:59
Gigabyte debuts custom Radeon RX 6800 series cards November 26, 2020 - 10:06

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Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 13:20:52 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Motherboard maker Gigabyte announces the availability of BIOS updates that enable support for the Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode features from AMD. These features require an AMD processor and a RX 6800 series video card. At the moment, only 500-series motherboards support it but it appears AMD will also extend support to the 400-series in the near future. Gigabyte says you need BIOS version F11 for the A520 and B550 based motherboards and F31 for the X570 series.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announces the latest BIOS update on AMD X570?B550 and A520 motherboards for the features of AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode. These innovative features enabling a bandwidth boost when the CPU accesses the GPU memory on graphics cards, which enhances and unleashes the ultimate system performance. Now, users with an “AMD Yes” platform on GIGABYTE AMD 500 series motherboards with AMD Ryzen™ 5000 processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards, will be able to experience an extra gaming and performance boost.

Through the AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode, the CPU has access to the GPU memory. This access unlocks the limited bandwidth to full bandwidth when running 4K gaming. By accessing the GDDR6 GPU memory more rapidly on AMD 500 series motherboards paired with Ryzen™ 5000 series processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards, CPU’s operating performance and gaming performance are both improved. Based on results of gaming tests with Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode enabled, the 1080P gaming improved by 17%, and a performance increase of 10% was unlocked on 2K and 4K resolutions.

To utilize Smart Access Memory for optimized performance is quite simple on GIGABYTE’s AMD 500 series motherboards pairing AMD Ryzen™ 5000 series processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards. Just simply update to the latest BIOS and VGA card driver from GIGABYTE’s official website. Enable “Above 4G Decoding” and “Re-Size BAR Support” in the BIOS setting, and make sure the system operating under UEFI mode. The Rage mode can be simply activated in the VGA card driver. Now you can enjoy the performance boost on GIGABYTE’s gaming platform!

To make sure that the Smart Access Memory function is enabled, just go to your graphics properties “Resource settings” in the Device Manager of Windows 10. If you see the item “Large Memory Range” then you’re on the right track.

The latest BIOS of GIGABYTE X570, B550, A520 motherboards has been updated on the website. Users can update to the latest BIOS to motherboards through multiple ways such as GIGABYTE @BIOS, Q-Flash. Further with the Q-Flash Plus feature, users can easily update BIOS without even installing a processor, memory, graphics cards, so they can enjoy the new BIOS easily and take full advantage of the new processors.
Gigabyte updates for Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 13:01:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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This year not a lot changed for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Next year we're going to see more changes according to Windows Central.

Windows 10 2021 Fall release to introduce new UI
First up, the release cycle gets flipped as in 2021 the Fall release will be the more important one. The Spring 21H1 update will be a minor servicing update while the 21H2 Fall release will be "the big one". Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, has promised big investment in Windows 10. This will come to fruition in the 21H2 update via a refreshed user face as well as new top-level features.

Windows 10 on ARM gets x86 64-bit emulation
Another big one is that Windows 10 on ARM will finally get x86 64-bit emulation. Apple has shown that ARM is a viable platform for computers with its M1 SoC, but it remains to be seen whether Windows 10 on ARM will ever become a success.

Windows 10 to get Android app support?
Rumors are flying around that Microsoft wants to add Android app support to the Microsoft Store. This feature may be released in 2021. At the moment, it's already possible to run Android apps on Windows via emulation tools like BlueStacks.

Windows 10X devices expected in first half of 2021
If you've never heard about Windows 10X before, this is a modern and lightweight version of Windows 10 without support for traditional Win32 applications. Windows 10X is intended for low-end PCs as well as flagship foldable PCs. After years of development, Windows 10X is expected to be finalized in December.

The first Windows 10X devices are reportedly slated for Spring 2021. This will include mid-range laptops and tablets, which will compete with Chromebooks. Window Central heard that a 2022 release of Windows 10X will add support for Win32 apps.

Microsoft's goal here is to go after Google's Chrome OS. Windows 10X will not be sold to consumers and will exclusively be available to OEMs. There are rumors that it will also run on ARM-based PCs.

Windows 10 in the cloud - possible solution for Windows app support on Apple's M1?
Last but not least, there are whispers about an upcoming cloud-based version of Windows 10. Microsoft calls this "Cloud PC", it will allow users to install apps in the cloud and stream them to any device.

Windows 10 in the cloud will reportedly be an integrated service that syncs with your Microsoft 365 subscription. Apps installed on Cloud PC will show up in the Start Menu as if they were installed natively.

If Microsoft is willing to roll out Cloud PC to the Mac, this could be a solution for some Apple enthusiasts that are on the fence about switching to Apple Silicon due to worries about not being able to dual-boot into Windows.

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 12:12:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz has some photos and details about MSI's GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Fan. This appears to be a successor to the firm's TOC series, which was last used in the Pascal era. It's basically a lower budget version of the GeForce RTX 3070. The Twin Fan series looks quite basic, it has a dual-fan cooling solution with up to 6mm thick heatpipes and a metal backplate.

MSI will offer a GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Fan with reference clockspeeds and an overclocked model with a 1740MHz Boost. The upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is also expected to get a Twin Fan version.
MSI unveiled two Twin fan graphics cards, one with factory-overclocking to 1740 MHz the other with NVIDIA reference specs. Surprisingly both are featuring custom PCB with 8pin+6pin power connectors. The display configuration is standard (3x DP + 1x HDMI), though.
MSI Twin Fan rTX 3070 GeForce

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 11:56:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Hexus discusses upcoming trends for gaming laptops. The site reports 2021 will be the year that the gaming laptop market will transition from 1080p to 1440p as new and more powerful GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA make it possible to game at higher resolutions on-the-go:
Now it looks like one of the major trends in desirable gaming laptops in 2021 is going to be the transition from 1080p as standard to 1440p. On the face of things this move makes a lot of sense. The majority of beefy gaming laptops sporting GeForce RTX 20 mobile GPUs could often run games at max settings at incredibly fast fps, and we have seen 1080p panels with refresh rates up to 360Hz rolled out to take advantage of this (e.g the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop). Meanwhile the 4K panel upgrade often would make too much of a dent in fps performance to be considered by the bulk of gamers. In brief, as we move into 2021, 1440p panels for 15.6- and 17.3-inch gaming laptops are going to be Goldilocks.


Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 11:50:59 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Last week MSI revealed its GeForce RTX 30 SUPRIM X series but it seems shipments have been delayed somewhat due to a product issue. MSI says it held off shipments to evaluate an issue that popped up last-minute. This has now been resolved and cards are on the way to the retail market.
"Yes, before all of the RTX 3090/3080 SUPRIM was about to hit retails/e-tails. We held back the shipment to evaluate some issue but it was fixed and should be ready for normal shipment schedule." the MSI rep told us. "This is just extra precaution since this is our new flagship model and want to make sure we delivery the premium product."
There are no details about why MSI paused shipments.


Via: Tom's Hardware

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 11:33:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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As you probably know, for printer makers the money isn't in selling printers but in selling the ink that gets consumed by the printer. HP CEO Enrique Lores has now revealed that the company will take even more actions to optimize the business by getting rid of unprofitable customers.

Basically, if you buy a HP printer and then buy third-party ink, HP doesn't want your business. The company's new devices either lock down the type of ink you can use, or you'll have to pay more upfront for a HP printer that accepts cartridges that aren't sold by HP. Lores has indicated this is a strategy HP will continue to follow.
The solution, as outlined 13 months ago at HP's Securities Analyst Meeting, was to raise the upfront price of printer hardware for customers who didn't want to use HP-branded supplies. And for those who did, to create hardware that locked down the use of non-HP ink or toner.

This week, when talking to analysts about Q4 financial results, Lores alluded to the current state of play. "We continue to evolve our print business models with our drive towards services and a rebalance of profitability between hardware and supply."
More details at The Register.

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 11:07:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Lian Li introduces the ST120, 120mm ARGB LED PWM fans that spin at 800 to 1900RPM. These fluid dynamic bearing models produce up to 69.17CFM of airflow, offer a maximum static pressure of 2.6mm H2O and have a noise level of up to 32.0dBA.

NewEgg expects to have stock on December 12, pricing of a pack of three with fan controller is $39.99. Furthermore, Lian Li also introduces an ARGB Cable Kit for $12.99.
LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis and PC accessories, is proud to give GALAHAD AIO enthusiasts the opportunity to complete their builds with the ST120, available in packs of 3, in black and in white. In addition, LIAN LI launches the ARGB Cable Kit for LIAN LI ARGB devices to solve the issue of port scarcity on modern motherboards to connect all devices. Creating a unified look and solving the headache of interconnectivity has never been easier.

Now available separately from the GALAHAD AIO, the ST120 offers users a way to improve their system performance while getting a uniform look. The high static pressure ST120s are PWM fans which operate between 800 and 1900 RPM, and deliver a maximum airflow of 69.17 CFM and air pressure of 2.6 mmH20, making them ideal replacement fans for any AIOs capable of hosting 120mm fans.

Sporting a solid frame, the ST120s are quiet yet powerful, thanks to their industrial-grade motor, fluid dynamic bearing, and extra magnetic support which all work together to eliminate friction and vibration. Equipped with addressable RGB LEDs that can be synchronized with the motherboard lighting software or managed via the included controller, the ST120 can display a wide array of lighting effects. (17 modes including 7 solid colors).

ARGB Cable Kit
While having multiple ARGB devices in a system is visually impressive, finding enough ports on the motherboard or the controller to power and connect them all is not easy. The ARGB Cable Kit solves that problem. For builds featuring Strimer or STRIMER PLUS, Bora Digital fans, UNI FANS, ST120, GALAHAD AIO, and/or a Lancool II Side Diffused LEDs, the ARGB cable kit helps interconnect these devices to either plug them directly to a single motherboard ARGB header for light synchronization, a single motherboard PWM header for fan speed control, or the UNI FAN hub for in software light management.

The 3 pack of ST120 fans in black and in white, and the ARGB Cable Kit are available for pre-order starting November 26th, 2020, at MSRP $39.99 USD and $12.99 USD respectively.
LIAN LI ST120 Fans

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 11:02:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
SilentiumPC launches a new gaming chair lineup under its SPC Gear brand. The firm offers four models: black PU, red/black PU, black fabric and red/black fabric. All four versions have a MSRP of 249EUR.
SPC Gear, the gaming label of the European manufacturer SilentiumPC, presents a brand-new series of premium gaming chairs with the focus on durability and comfortability. The SPC Gear SR600 series is based on a modern bucket seat design, created to deliver the best experience for gamers. Everyday comfort is ensured by high-quality materials such as PU leather upholstery and breathable fabric while offering an exceptionally wide range of back, seat and 4D armrest adjustments. These allow the SR600 gaming chairs to adapt flexibly to the user's current needs, both during intensive online gaming sessions and when relaxing in front of a favourite show or stream. The SR600’s seat is made from durable, cold-cure foam padding, and to ensure full comfort there are two top-quality memory foam cushions – one for the neck and one for the lumbar region. The seats are available in two colour schemes: classic black and striking black and red.

Bold design mixed with comfort
When designing the SPC Gear SR600, high comfort and ergonomics in everyday use were among the top priorities. The SPC Gear SR600 features the bucket-style seat of a race car, which not only increases the aesthetic value but above all provides proper support in crucial sections of the spine. The interior is made from durable, cold-cure foam that returns to its original shape even after a long session. Two specially shaped cushions, one for the neck and one for the lumbar region offer adjustable suspension height, providing additional comfort and ensuring that you maintain a good sitting position. Both are made of high-quality memory foam. The eye-catching design makes the chair fit perfectly to the gamer’s stand. It is also an attractive complement to the enthusiastic streamers setup, which the viewers will undoubtedly notice.

Versatile Adjustment Options
The bucket design gaming chairs not only offer optimum support when sitting, but they can also be adjusted to suit each users preferences. A comfortable and ergonomic sitting position is key to everyday comfort. The SPC Gear SR600 armchair offers an adjustable backrest, which can be moved from the upright position at 90° to the almost lying position at 170°. Thanks to the advanced MultiLock mechanism, it is possible to set the tilt angle to be one of five possible positions. Yet another great advantage of the durable MultiLock mechanism is the ability to use it when relaxing in the SPC Gear SR600. The wide range of backrest adjustments allows the adoption of a relaxed semi-reclining position, which is ideal for listening to music or watching a movie.

The MultiLock mechanism is supported by a top-notch, class-four cylinder that can withstand up to 150 kg of static load. The SR600 gaming chair series is designed for people with a weight of up to 120 kg. It also takes into account the dynamics of sitting, such as temporarily much higher pressure.

Fully adjustable 4D armrests
In addition to covering the critical values of ergonomics and comfort, the SPC Gear SR600 is equipped with armrests, which can be adjusted in four dimensions. Users can change the position not just vertically but also horizontally. This allows the movement forward or backwards as well as to the left or right or even turning on an axis to better match to the edge of the desk.
SPC Gear SR600 series

Posted on Friday, November 27 2020 @ 10:13:09 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Are cryptocurrency miners to blame for the poor availability of NVIDIA's RTX 30 series? A new report from Barron's seems to hint at this as investment magazine reveals analysts think NVIDIA sold at least $175 million worth of Ampere-based GPUs to cryptocurrency miners during the firm's fiscal third quarter.

After a two year bear market, cryptocurrency prices have shot up again and this is sparking renewed interest for AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. While it's great news for NVIDIA's and AMD's bottom-line, it's bad news for gamers as it means more competition for the limited supply of GPUs.
For the quarter in review, Nvidia sold at least $175 million worth of new generation GPUs to ethereum miners, helping the outperformance, according to a note from RBC Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves. The analyst had guided sales to miners to come in at $150 million for the quarter.

Steves noted that the upcoming network upgrade of the Ethereum blockchain, also known as Ethereum 2.0, which is scheduled to take place sometime in December, demands that miners switch over to more efficient mining hardware. Nvidia’s new Ampere GPU chips are thought to meet that need.
Via: Bitcoin NEws

Posted on Thursday, November 26 2020 @ 17:01:59 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A fresh drop from GELID, the company reveals its five-channel ARGB controller, the AMBER5. The device has 366 lighting presets and a remote controller. The MSRP is 12.99EUR ($14.99).
  • 5 Addressable RGB Channels
  • 5 PWM Channels (Shared PWM Control)
  • 366 Pre-Programmed RGB Modes
  • Manual/Auto RGB Controls
  • 21-key RF Remote Control Unit
  • ARGB Sync Compatible
  • Built-in Magnet Holder

    Make your RGB setup simple and cool!

    AMBER5 controls up to 5 fans, strips or other Addressable RGB (ARGB) devices and boasts 366 vivid lighting presets spanning a carefully selected collection of pre-programmed RGB modes and dynamic effects.

    The SATA power connectivity is utilized which delivers up to 85W maximum power output and supports ARGB devices with up to 120 LEDs onboard to lit up and control on each channel.

    AMBER5 also supports a passthrough ARGB Sync/Hub Mode via the 3-pin ARGB Sync Input while connected to compatible motherboards: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI or ASRock. You are free to use the controller presets or switch to your own presets designed in your favorite RGB software.

    AMBER5 comes with the 21-key RF (Radio Frequency) Remote to provide reliable and responsive remote control in the range of 8 meters.

    AMBER5 can be installed inside or outside your PC just in seconds thanks to the built-in magnet. Additionally, the adhesive Sticky Pad is also included to facilitate installation in aluminum-made or non-metallic PC chassis.
  • AMBER5




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