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Enterprises Are Upgrading Hardware Requirements For Faster Computing November 25, 2020 - 07:09
AMD AGESA 1180 to deliver Precision Boost Overdrive 2 in December November 24, 2020 - 14:05
Specifications emerge about Apple M1X SoC November 24, 2020 - 13:39
Google extends Chrome support for Windows 7 to January 15, 2022 November 24, 2020 - 13:32
First photos of the PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 Red Dragon November 24, 2020 - 13:20
Ethereum performance of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti leaks November 24, 2020 - 13:12
Crucial Ballistix Max DDR4 is first to hit 7004MHz November 24, 2020 - 13:09
SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 series ships in four configurations November 24, 2020 - 11:07
Sharkoon has two new budget cases with RGB LEDs November 24, 2020 - 11:00
How Apple came up with the M1 SoC -- and what is next November 23, 2020 - 22:39
ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT ROG STRIX LC gets pixellized November 23, 2020 - 18:25
Photos leak of custom GeForce RTX 3060 Ti video cards November 23, 2020 - 18:19
MANLI leaks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti specifications November 23, 2020 - 18:09
LN2-cooled AMD RX 6800 XT grabs Fire Strike world record at 2.80GHz November 23, 2020 - 17:56
AMD Radeon RX 6700 series to have 12GB GDDR6 memory? November 23, 2020 - 17:38
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti reference design gets pictured November 23, 2020 - 16:25
Khronos finalized Vulkan Ray Tracing specification November 23, 2020 - 16:19
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Cyberpunk 2077 will not support ray-tracing on AMD GPUs at launch November 23, 2020 - 15:43
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 14:05:18 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Starting early next month, we'll see the first BIOS updates with AGESA 1180 for AMD 400-series and 500-series motherboards. The big new feature is Precision Boost Overdrive 2, it promises to regulate the curve to precisely and dynamically calculate the exact voltage required for specific workloads.

While typical undervolting optimizes for the worst case scenario, Precision Boost Overdrive 2 features adaptive undervolting. The tool will rely on the workload, temperature socket limits, etc to adapt the voltage as require. It can do this 1,000 times per second.
The Curve Optimization tool will be part of AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive toolkit, meaning that using it will invalidate the warranty on the hardware, however AMD knows that a number of its user base loves to overclock or undervolt to get the best out of the hardware. The company states that this adaptive methodology will allow for performance gains in both single-thread and multi-thread workloads, as opposed to a standard voltage offset, which they say only really helps with multi-thread examples.
In terms of performance, AMD says Precision Boost Overdrive 2 can give 2 percent higher single-threaded performance and up to 10 percent higher multi-threaded performance for the Ryzen 9 5950X. AnandTech offers more details over here.

AMD Precision Boost Overdrive 2
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 13:39:37 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The first details about the next Apple Silicon chip have emerged. Via twitter, LeaksApplePro claims the Cupertino-based company's next ARM-based processor will be the M1X. This version will be a lot faster than the M1, which got released last week via the launch of lower-end products like the new MacBook Air. The Apple M1X allegedly has 12 cores, this includes 8 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores. The first product with the M1X is said to be a 16" MacBook Pro, you can expect it in Q1 2021.

The graphics and memory configuration are currently unknown, so we have to wait and see how it will look like. The M1X is set to arrive sometime in Q1 of 2021, according to the source of the leak, so be patient and remember to take this information with a grain of salt.


Via: TechPowerUp
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 13:32:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system hit the end of its lifecycle on January 14, 2020. This means the operating system is no longer receiving security updates from the software giant. Despite this, a large number of web users are still using Windows 7 everyday, including many business clients.

Google planned to cease Chrome support for Windows 7 on support until July 15, 2021 but the search giant now announces it's extending the cut-off date to January 15, 2022. In a blog post, Google Chrome engineer Max Christoff explains the company is extending support to give enterprise users more time to switch to Windows 10:
After assessing the current situation, and based on feedback from our valued enterprise customers, Chrome is extending our support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022. That’s a 6-month extension from our previously communicated date of July 15, 2021. We’ll continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.
The blog post points to data which shows 22 percent of organizations that use Windows are still relying on older versions. About 21 percent of organizations are in the process of migrating to Windows 10 but some will need more time as IT priorities have shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 13:20:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz scored the first photos of the PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 Red Dragon. This model is expected to be introduced tomorrow. PowerColor's RX 6000 lineup will reportedly include three series; the high-end Red Devil, the mid-range Red Dragon and then also a nameless series that will have a cooling solution similar to the Red Dragon. The Red Devil series will also include a liquid cooled model as well as a Limited Edition card.

The Red Dragon card has a triple-fan cooling solution with a black shroud. Clockspeeds are unknown. It launches tomorrow but stock is expected to be very low, just as with the rest of the RX 6000 series from AMD or the RTX 30 lineup from NVIDIA.
The Red Dragon will drop the RGB aesthetics in favor of a simple black shroud, it will however, retain the triple-fan configuration. The cooler is a bit thicker than 2 slots and it clearly extends beyond the card’s length. The card is equipped with dual 8-pin power connectors and a non-standard display configuration. Unlike the reference design and PowerColor’s Red Devil, the Red Dragon does not have a USB Type-C connector.
PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 Red Dragon
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 13:12:57 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Details emerged about the cryptocurrency mining performance of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. This model is expected to be out on December 2nd and with a MSRP of $399 it's more affordable than the currently available Ampere GPUs.

VideoCardz reports Asian leaks show that when tweaked, the card can deliver 61MH/s:
The user has limited the power consumption to 120W (60% from 200W stock) and overclocked the memory by 1200 MHz to an effective 16 Gbps. As a result, the graphics card offers around 61 MH per second, which is around 10 MH/s more than Radeon RX 5700 locked to 160W.
Overall, not great news for gamers as demand and supply is already expected to be way out of balance for these cards.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 13:09:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
There is a new DDR4 memory overclocking record! Chinese overclocker baby_j managed to overclock the Crucial Ballistix Max DDR4-4000 (BLM16G40C18U4B.M8FB1) memory to a whopping 7004MHz.

The feat was achieved by using liquid nitrogen to chill the memory to extremely low temperature. The overclocker used a system with the AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G and the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X motherboard. It seems the 4000 series APUs from AMD are quite potent for memory overclocking.

Via: Tom's Hardware
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 11:07:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Polish case maker SilentiumPC likes cranking out a lot of cases. Today the firm reveals the SilentiumPC Ventum VT2, this series is offered in four variants. Pricing of the most affordable model, the SilentiumPC Ventum VT2, is just 31.90EUR including VAT. The most advanced model is the SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 EVO TG ARGB, which is pictured below, that version has a MSRP of 52.90EUR.

SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 EVO TG ARGB
SilentiumPC, the European manufacturer of CPU coolers and PC cases, introduces a brand new line of cooling oriented PC cases in four flavors for budget-oriented users. The new Ventum VT2 lineup is exceptionally well equipped and offers an excellent balance for its price point starting 31,90€. One of the key design features is the large front panel with rounded edges, which is almost entirely covered by a mesh, allowing for unrestricted airflow. In addition to that, the majority of the top-panel is covered with a magnetic mesh-sheet, to support the airflow further, providing users with vast options when building their custom-tailored gaming rigs.

The four different versions offer support for large CPU Coolers, large VGA cards and can fit AIO watercoolers with up to 360 mm radiators. While the basic model Ventum VT2 combines all the above features and has its focus primarily on the budget, the higher grade Ventum VT2 models such as the TG ARGB and EVO TG ARGB are boosting the scope of delivery with more ARGB fans as well as a tempered glass side panel.

Designed for outstanding cooling
The new Ventum VT2 has a clear focus on outstanding cooling capabilities and the dedication to deliver the best hardware compatibility and set of features while aiming for a budget-oriented price point. The entire front panel and the majority of the top panel are made of mesh to assure minimum air resistance and maximum compatibility to case fans as well as radiators in sizes from 120 to 360 mm.

Built to house latest hot Hardware
Thanks to the roomy interior design and clever use of space, the Ventum VT2 can house the latest hardware and allows for convenient cable routing. All the cases are ready for air CPU coolers with a total height of 159 mm and latest VGA cards with the length of up to 290 mm. Up to two 2,5 inch drives and one addition 2,5 inch or 3,5 inch drive can be installed in the lower compartment using vibration dampening rubber grommets. The division of the interior into two chambers has a positive influence on the airflow inside the chassis and allows for even easier cable routing.

All four Ventum VT2 models can fit up to three fans in the front, two in the top panel and one more in the rear. The base model Ventum VT2 comes with a pre-installed Sigma HP 120 mm CF case fan in the rear, whereas the other models are equipped with more fans. Removable dust filters are located both above and below the case to prevent dust from entering the case.
Ventum VT2 Evo TG ARGB
The top of the line model features a large tempered glass side panel, in addition to the basic features of the series. Superb airflow is assured thanks to the three pre-installed Stella HP ARGB 120 mm CF case fans, which are mounted in the front of the chassis. The Nano-Reset ARGB controller is installed in the case and offers various effects and set of colour schemes. The set also includes a splitter for a total of five ARGB devices and five fans, making it possible to connect them to one socket in the controller or motherboard. The supported ARGB systems include ASRock Polychrome Sync, Asus Aura Sync and MSI Mystic Light.

Ventum VT2 TG ARGB
This model is equipped with a Pulsar HP ARGB 120 mm CF fan in the rear of the chassis and a Sigma HP 120 mm CF case fan in the front. This mix allows for well-balanced airflow and is ready for more advanced ARGB experience. Thanks to the "Auto LED" function, it is possible to use a rainbow effect without the need for a controller or compatible motherboard. It is also possible to connect the Pulsar HP ARGB 120 mm CF fan to a controller supporting the addressable backlight system (ARGB 5 V in 2+1 system), to extend the ARGB illumination inside the chassis. The supported ARGB systems include ASRock Polychrome Sync, Asus Aura Sync and MSI Mystic Light and Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0.

Ventum VT2 TG
Similar to the Ventum VT2 base model, the Ventum VT2 TG is equipped with a high-pressure Sigma HP 120 mm CF fan in the rear, yet offers another one on the front. This model is featuring a high-quality tempered glass side panel instead of the regular metal side panel.

The I/O panel is located on the top-right of the Ventum VT2 chassis. In addition to the power and the reset button, the I/O panel features two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A connectors and two 3,5 mm connectors for microphone and headphones.

All four of the Ventum VT2 PC cases are available from online shops and retailers as of today.

  • SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 (SPC288) - 31,90€
  • SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 TG (SPC289) - 39,90€
  • SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 TG ARGB (SPC29)0 - 42,90€
  • SilentiumPC Ventum VT2 EVO TG ARGB (SPC291) - 52,90€
    *MSRP, incl. VAT/Taxes.

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    Posted on Tuesday, November 24 2020 @ 11:00:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Sharkoon introduces the SK3 RGB and TK4 RGB. These are two new lower-end cases with RGB LEDs and a tempered glass side panel:
    Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB, Sharkoon presents two compact ATX cases which aim to impress not only with their outward looks but also with what they can offer inside. Stylish glass panels allow a view of the colorful play of colors, which should thus come into their own in the otherwise unobtrusively designed PC cases.

    Visually Impressive
    With the tempered glass covering on the left side of the SK3 RGB, the case offers a clear view of the installed hardware in the light of the built-in RGB LED fan. This has a diameter of 120 millimeters and is mounted on the rear of the case. In addition to this, the TK4 RGB case has a glass front panel that allows an almost unobstructed view of the RGB lighting inside the casing. The pre-installed 120-millimeter RGB LED fans in both cases should provide an atmospheric illumination of the inner components. With the SK3 RGB, the inconspicuous front panel in carbon fiber style gives a look of elegance without distracting from the colorful light effects inside the case.

    Tidy Minimalism
    Both the SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB come in a minimalist design that dispenses with unnecessary gimmicks and should thus contribute to a tidy overall impression. There are various cable openings in the mainboard tray to keep bothersome cables out of sight.

    Diverse Cooling Options
    The pre-installed RGB LED fans should provide not just a stylish look, but also an optimal airflow and so keep the components sufficiently cool even after hours of operation. The side air inlets at the front of the TK4 RGB, in addition to the three fans which are installed here, will ensure a sufficient air intake. Apart from a pre-installed fan behind the front panel and on the rear panel, the SK3 RGB offers space for two more fans at the front. Both cases offer space for two 120-millimeter fans or two 140-millimeter fans under the top panel.

    No Claustrophobia for Hardware
    The compact dimensions of the cases should take up little space under the desk, but, at the same time, give the hardware enough space to allow a variety of installation options and a high degree of individuality. Graphics cards up to a length of 33.5 centimeters and CPU coolers up to 15.7 centimeters can be easily accommodated in both models.

    Enough Space for Data Storage
    Both cases offer sufficient installation options for different storage drive configurations, and so enabling enough data storage capacity for all requirements. Three SSDs can be accommodated at the top of the power supply tunnel or on the mainboard tray, and two 3.5-inch HDDs or additional SSDs can also be installed in the HDD/SSD cage.

    Price and availability.
    The Sharkoon SK3 RGB is now available at the manufacturer's suggested price of 39.90 euros, and the TK4 RGB for 49.99 Euros.
    Sharkoon TK4 SK3
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    Posted on Monday, November 23 2020 @ 22:39:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    One of the more interesting tech launches of the year was last week's release of Apple's first M1-based computers. A lot of folks doubted whether Apple could pull it off to release competitive ARM-based laptops and desktop PCs. Since the first benchmarks hit the web, we can only say we're very impressed with what the Cupertino-based company has achieved.

    In a new article, ARS Technica offers the result of a Q&A session with several Apple executives. Overall, it's not really in-depth but it does provide some interesting background information about the development of the M1 SoC. You can read it over here.
    Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together. Isolated from others in the company, they took the guts of old MacBook Air laptops and connected them to their own prototype boards with the goal of building the very first machines that would run macOS on Apple's own, custom-designed, ARM-based silicon.

    To hear Apple's Craig Federighi tell the story, it sounds a bit like a callback to Steve Wozniak in a Silicon Valley garage so many years ago. And this week, Apple finally took the big step that those engineers were preparing for: the company released the first Macs running on Apple Silicon, beginning a transition of the Mac product line away from Intel's CPUs, which have been industry-standard for desktop and laptop computers for decades.
    We know the entire Mac lineup will transition to ARM as part of the current two-year transition from Intel to ARM. But are new Intel-based Macs still coming? Based on the interview, it appears all new Macs in the pipeline right now are Apple Silicon based. Every Intel-based system the company had in its pipeline is already shipping.

    While we're excited about Apple Silicon, the Mac is losing one major selling with this transition: the ability to run Microsoft's Windows operating system. With Intel-based Macs, it's possible to install Windows via Apple's Boot Camp tool. At the moment, there's no way to run Windows on the M1-based Macs and it doesn't look like Apple is putting in effort to facilitate this. Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi points to paid third-party virtualization tools and says native Windows support on the machine is up to Microsoft. At the moment, the only option is to use CodeWeavers' CrossOver 20 virtualization, but it's not ideal.
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    Posted on Monday, November 23 2020 @ 18:25:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    More photos from VideoCardz. First up, the site has a couple of pictures of the watercooled ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT ROG STRIX LC. This model features an all-in-one watercooler with a 240mm radiator. The card sticks to a two-slot design but one drawback is that there are a lot of cables involved:
    Some of the renders feature all the cabling necessary to provide power and RGB signal to the fans, and to put it midly, it does not look that great. Not to mention the card still requires two 8-pin power cables. Thus, in total, you will have to deal with 6 cables and 2 tubes. No photos of the backplate were available yet, but we can see that his model will feature USB Type-C display connector.
    ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT ROG STRIX LC

    VideoCardz also has a photo of the ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT ROG STRIX and GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING OC, head over to the link above to view those models. Availability is expected later this month or in early December, but supply will likely be far from enough to meet demand.
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