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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT getting last-minute performance upgrade? January 17, 2020 - 21:18
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT uses Navi 10 XLE GPU January 17, 2020 - 21:10
NVIDIA GeForce 442.01 Hotfix resolves three issues January 17, 2020 - 21:03
Cooler Master introduces new thermal paste that looks less like drugs January 17, 2020 - 21:01
AMD Ryzen 4000 series rumored to offer USB 4 support January 17, 2020 - 20:54
NVIDIA lowers GeForce RTX 2060 pricing to $299 January 17, 2020 - 10:01
AMD hires Intel guy for managing its server unit January 17, 2020 - 09:56
AOC adds Q27G2U and CQ27G2U 27-inch QHD gaming displays January 16, 2020 - 21:35
Sharkoon reveals backpack, mousepad, wrist rest and headset stand January 16, 2020 - 12:50
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Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 21:18:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz says AMD has released a new vBIOS for its Radeon RX 5600 XT video card. Word on the street is that the new BIOS increases the TBP from 150W to 160W, and gives the card higher clockspeeds.

Sapphire already changed the specifications page of its Radeon RX 5600 XT PULSE:
Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse was officially released with a 1560 MHz game clock and 1620 MHz boosts clock (you can still find the official press release here). The clocks, however, have been changed today on the website to 1615 MHz and 1750 MHz respectively. What is also interesting is that the memory clock is also changed to 14 Gbps.
It's believed that this may be AMD's answer to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 price cut.

Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 21:10:52 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz found out that AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT features the Navi 10 XLE GPU. As such, it appears to be a cut-down version of the Navi 10 XL GPU that is used by the AMD Radeon RX 5700 video card. The main difference between both cards is that the 5600 XT has much lower clockspeeds, a 192-bit memory bus instead of 256-bit, less GDDR6 memory, and a lower memory clockspeed. Both cards have 2304 stream processors.
Furthermore, it is also confirmed that Radeon RX 5600M features Navi 10 XME, while Radeon RX 5600 OEM sports Navi 10 XE. The list of all Navi 10 variants is as follows:

  • Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary: Navi 10 XTX
  • Radeon RX 5700 XT: Navi 10 XT (some models have XTX)
  • Radeon RX 5700: Navi 10 XL
  • Radeon RX 5600 XT: Navi 10 XLE
  • Radeon RX 5600 OEM: Navi 10 XE
  • Radeon RX 5600M: Navi 10 XME

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    Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 21:03:57 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    NVIDIA published the GeForce 442.01 Hotfix on its customer support website, you can get it over here. This release resolves three specific bugs. Installation is not recommended if you're not experiencing these bugs.
    This Hotfix driver resolves the following issues:
  • [Call of Duty Modern Warfare] Streaming of gameplay using StreamLabs OBS will randomly stop
  • [The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine] Game may crash when a user reaches a specific cut scene
  • [SLI+G-SYNC Stutter] User may experience minor stuttering when using NVIDIA SLI in combination with G-SYNC.

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    Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 21:01:59 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Cooler Master reveals MasterGel, a new line of thermal paste with a flat nozzle. On Twitter, the company jokes they designed this product to make it look less like a syringe after complains from parents about drugs. According to Cooler Master, the flat-nozzle syringe should make it easier to apply the thermal grease.

    Three variants are offered, you can check the specifications over here.


    Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 20:54:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    The USB4 specification was finalized in September 2019 and rumor has it that AMD's next-generation Ryzen processor will support this standard. New reports indicate the Ryzen 4000 series and 600 series chipsets will support both USB 3.2 and USB4.

    There is also a rumor that the next generation may use a new socket due to support for new technologies. Personally, I'm not sure if we're already going to see this for the next generation but it's in-line with AMD's promise that it would continue to use Socket AM4 through 2020.
    AMD will have a flagship X670 chipset, something that will continue to support he AM4 socket and PCIe 4.0 standard, but we could also see native Thunderbolt 3 support included. Other rumors do state that AMD could shift away from the AM4 socket, but that would be a big shift -- it would end backwards compatibility, but it could introduce new tech like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 standards going forward.
    The Ryzen 4000 series is expected towards the end of the year.

    Via: TweakTown

    Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 10:01:36 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Earlier this week, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO landed in retail stores for just $279. Now word is going around that regular GeForce RTX 2060 cards are getting an official price cut to $299.

    Just ahead of the launch of AMD's $279 Radeon RX 5600 series, NVIDIA is cutting the pricing of its budget RTX offering to turn up the pressure on AMD.
    Even at $299, the RTX 2060 is not going to be a precise counter to the $279 RX 5600 XT. But the junior TU106 card packs more performance than the GTX 1660 Ti, as well as the complete Turing architecture feature set, making it the strongest hand NVIDIA can play. As always, we’ll see where things land on Tuesday for both AMD and NVIDIA, but it should make for an interesting fight.
    Via: AnandTech

    Posted on Friday, January 17 2020 @ 09:56:23 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    The game of musical chairs between AMD and Intel continues. This time, AMD hired Daniel McNamara as SVP and GM of its Server Business Unit.

    Until recently, McNamara served as the president and GM of Intel's Network and Custom Logic Group.

    With its most recent Zen-based server offerings, AMD has the upper hand over Intel but winning marketshare is a slow process as things aren't as easy in the server market as in the consumer market. At the moment, AMD is gaining marketshare, but Intel is also selling a lot more Xeon processor than before. Part of this is a side effect of the CPU vulnerabilities that have been found in Intel CPUs over the past two years.

    Each new security patch lowers performance and this forces business owners to buy more Xeon processors if they want to maintain the same level of performance that they previously had. So far, buying more Xeon processors has been the easy route versus testing and validating AMD's EPYC CPUs.

    Via: SeekingAlpha

    Posted on Thursday, January 16 2020 @ 21:35:03 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Two new gaming displays from AOC will hit the market in February. The company has the Q27G2U and CQ27G2U, a flat and a curved 27" monitor with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. These displays feature a VA-based LCD panel and offer AMD FreeSync support. Pricing is 329EUR and 339EUR respectively.
    Display specialist AOC announces two new 27” gaming displays from its new G2 line-up with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels): the Q27G2U and the curved CQ27G2U which increases the immersion with an aggressive curvature of 1500R. Both monitors feature VA panels combining high responsiveness and fast refresh rates. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, users can enjoy smooth and immersive gaming, while the 1 ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) allows for blur-free visuals in motion. In addition, AMD FreeSync support gets rid of any tearing and stuttering. Ambitious gaming enthusiasts appreciate crystal-clear image quality which is why both models boast a 3000:1 native contrast ratio (three times that of TN or IPS panels), and a 120% sRGB and 90% AdobeRGB gamut coverage for vivid, popping colours.

    No matter if curved or flat: the power is yours
    AOC’s new 27” QHD displays from the G2 Series are available in a flat or curved (1500R) option. No matter which choice you make, AOC has got you covered, and integrated all the features a true gaming monitor needs to give you the cutting edge:

  • QHD resolution: QHD resolution is composed of 2560 x 1440 pixels, four times the 720p resolution, or 1.7x as many pixels as Full HD (1080p), it offers a significant upgrade in showing additional details. On a 27” display, the QHD resolution results in a comfortable 109 ppi pixel density.

  • 144 Hz refresh rate: Industry-proven high refresh rate for FPS (First Person Shooter), TPS (Third Person Shooter), racing and sim games, so players can see the slightest animations fluidly and get a faster visual responses of what’s happening in-game.

  • 1 ms MPRT: Practically eliminates motion blur and shows a clear, sharp image in each frame.

  • AMD FreeSync support: Thanks to the variable refresh rate (VRR) technology with AMD FreeSync support, the panel’s refresh rate is matched with the game’s frames per second, eliminating stutter caused by V-Sync and tearing.

  • High native contrast ratio and vivid colours: The VA panels of these models produce one of the deepest blacks and vivid, intense colours, resulting in a high 3000:1 native contrast ratio. Both models cover around 90% AdobeRGB, 120% sRGB and 85% NTSC colour gamuts, reproducing natural, true-to-life colours.

    Ergonomics: Both the CQ27G2U and Q27G2U are equipped with the G2 series’ elegant and practical stand, flavoured with striking red accents to underline their gaming heritage. The stand offers 130 mm height adjustment in addition to tilt, helping gamers to sit upright and reduce any discomfort.

  • Flexibility: A built-in USB 3.0 hub with four ports (one with quick charging) enables users to connect their keyboard, mouse, webcam, or simply any USB peripherals, but also to charge their smartphone or other devices. All of this without the need of reaching down for the PC case. Also, the cable management built into the stand helps to keep your desk nice and clean.
  • AOC Q27G2U and CQ27G2U

    Posted on Thursday, January 16 2020 @ 12:50:03 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Sharkoon kicks off the new year with four new products:
    Sharkoon Backpack
    The Sharkoon Backpack is made of high-quality 600D polyester, which is characterized by a high degree of scuff and abrasion resistance. Apart from being robust, the material is water-repellent and easy to clean. And with a volume of 16 liters as well as a variety of compartments and pockets, the backpack offers enough space for notebooks, valuables or simply everything needed for short trips. For mobile devices such as notebooks or tablets, padded compartments are available. These have a Velcro strap to keep the devices securely inside. A hidden pocket on the back panel protects documents and other things from unwanted hands. The pocket on the shoulder strap and the compartment on the top of the backpack both enable easier handling and quicker access to cash or EC cards. There is also a special space for a power bank in the backpack. This can be connected via an integrated extension cable which has a type A USB plug. Thus, smartphones or other compatible devices can be conveniently charged via the USB port on the outside. The Sharkoon Backpack is available at a recommended retail price of 34.99 euros.

    Gaming Mouse Mat: SKILLER SGP2 XXL
    With a respective length and width of 900 x 400 millimeters, the SKILLER SGP2 XXL offers enough space for all the gaming peripherals. Thanks to the rubber underside, the mouse pad always stays firmly on the table without slipping. In addition, the surface of the mat is ideally protected from abrasion because the graffiti style images have been applied with the process of sublimation printing. Thus, even after heated gaming sessions, the mat will always look as stylish as ever. The stitched edging of the mouse mat also protects from fraying. The suggested retail price for the Sharkoon SKILLER SGP2 XXL is 17.99 euros.

    Headset Stand: X-Rest ALU
    The discreet, yet robust headset stand, the X-Rest ALU, is the perfect companion for gaming headsets. These will not only find a firm and tidy place on the desk, but they will also be presented with style. The X-Rest ALU takes up little space on the desk and can always be placed within easy reach. In addition, the silicone feet ensure a particularly stable stand without slipping. The silicone pad on the top of the bracket also gives the headset a secure hold. The Sharkoon X-Rest ALU is available at a suggested retail price of 19.99 euros.

    Ergonomic Wrist Rest: ELITE SHARK WR200
    The keyboard wrist rest from the ELITE SHARK series raises the arms and thus provides for decreased muscle tension when working and gaming. The wrist rest is covered with easy-to-clean synthetic leather while the inside is made of comfortable memory foam. This adapts optimally to the user after a short time, thus ensuring a comfortable posture. In addition, a non-slip underside provides the necessary hold, even during hectic game situations. The wrist rest measures 478 x 100 x 24 millimeters and therefore suits any standard keyboard which has a standard layout with number pad. The Sharkoon ELITE SHARK WR200 is available at a suggested retail price of 19.99 euros.
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    Posted on Thursday, January 16 2020 @ 09:48:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    DigiTimes reports demand for TSMC's 7nm node is outstripping supply so much that the process now has a lead time of six months. The tight supply is expected to last throughout 2020 and could even get worse in the second half of the year. In particular, DigiTimes heard Intel may place orders for some of TSMC's 7nm capacity.
    TSMC 7nm lead time remains extended, with Intel reportedly looking to place orders: TSMC 7nm process lead time remains at about six months, with tight supply expected to last through 2020, or even worsened in the second half of the year if speculation about Intel possibly seeking to place orders for the Taiwanese foundry's advanced processes materializes, according to industry sources.
    TSMC start mass production of 5nm chips in the first half of this year, but that capacity is largely booked by Apple for its smartphone chips. Yields of TSMC's N5 5nm node are reportedly very good.




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