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Intel ARC Alchemist to use ARC aXXX naming scheme

1 hour ago
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Twitter leaker momomo_us discovered Intel will use "ARC aXXX" to identify its upcoming ARC Alchemist discrete video cards. VideoCardz reports the information is part of a sample usage card that was distributed to Intel's board partners and system integrators. It offers some details on how Intel's partners should name the upcoming GPUs.

Logically, this means the next three ARC GPUs from Intel will use the Arc bXXX (Battlemage), Arc cXXX (Celestial) and Arc dXXX (Druid) naming schemes.

VideoCardz also summarized a new video from Moore's Law is Dead. The video claims Intel will have at least three desktop SKUs with 128, 384, and 512 execution units. Allegedly, with the 512 EU edition, Intel is aiming at a performance level between the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti.
The Xe-HPG based Arc Alchemist GPU with 512EUs would feature up to 16GB GDDR6 memory with memory at 16 Gbps, although 18 Gbps is also a possibility. This SKU would be based on DG2-512EU GPU which has already been shown by Intel which gave us a rough estimate on the die size: 396 mm². The GPU would therefore be bigger than AMD Navi 22 (335mm²), but about the same size as NVIDIA GA104 (392 mm²). According to MLID, this card would feature 8+6pin power connectors and TDP at 225W.

Intel's ARC Alchemist GPUs are expected in early 2022. Based on recent rumors, Intel still has a lot of work ahead to get its discrete video cards ready for launch. In particular, it's rumored that the drivers are in poor shape right now.

Intel Core i9-12900 bests Ryzen 9 5950X by 27% in single-threaded CPU-Z

1 hour ago
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Fresh benchmark leaks of the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900K "Alder Lake-S" flagship reveal the new chip offers quite a punch. Compared with AMD's current flagship, the Ryzen 9 5950X, the 12900K appears to be a whopping 27 percent faster in the single-threaded CPU-Z test.

VideoCardz writes it looks like the 12900K offers about the same performance in the CPU-Z multi-threaded test than the 5950X.
Also earlier this week we learned how fast could Core i9-12900K be in Cinebench R20 and R23. This leak was the first indication that the flagship Alder Lake SKU might have the best single-thread performance out of all known desktop CPUs, at least when synthetic benchmarks are considered.
We'll have to wait a bit longer to be sure, but it's looking more and more like Alder Lake-S will be a single-threaded performance king.

Samsung aims to attract more foundry clients

2 hours ago
DigiTimes analyzed the current foundry market landscape by comparing TSMC and Samsung. TSMC is the world leader in the semiconductor foundry market, with Samsung being a distant second. Samsung wants to attract more clients to make its foundry division more profitable, but the South Korean firm is struggling due to a variety of reasons. Not only does TSMC have the technological edge, but the Taiwanese foundry is also a neutral option as it does not compete against its clients.

There has been some talks of Samsung spinning off its foundry unit, but DigiTimes writes this is unlikely because the unit requires a lot of capital:
But many external customers are wary of Samsung's dual role as player and referee which leverages its technology, production capacity and market operations against its customers. Samsung has considered spinning off its wafer foundry business to endorse its credibility, but has not made a move because semiconductor is a highly capital-intensive industry. TSMC has announced that between 2021 and 2023 it will invest US$100 billion or an annual capital expenditure of US$30 billion for capacity expansions. The budget is more than double Samsung's sales from wafer foundry business. A spun-off Samsung foundry business wouldn't be able to afford such big investments all on its own, and would face enormous challenges trying to make profits.
Samsung is the second-largest player in the foundry market but this is mainly because the South Korean firm focuses on low pricing. DigiTimes notes Samsung's foundry business earned just $268 million in Q2 2021, which is even less than smaller players like SMIC or UMC.

TechPowerUp offers some additional analysis and points out that NVIDIA is moving back to TSMC for its next-gen GPUs:
As we know, Nvidia gave Samsung a try with Ampere and there were a lot of reports of yield issues and what not early on. This seems to have persuaded Nvidia to move back to TSMC for Lovelace and Hopper, which is a big loss for Samsung. However, it seems this was also something of a wakeup call for Samsung, as the company is apparently looking at making some internal changes to its customer structure so it can handle third party customers in a better way.
TSMC vs Samsung nodes

AMD and MediaTek to form WiFi and 5G joint-venture?

2 days ago
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DigiTimes writes AMD and MediaTek are in talks to set up a joint-venture to develop communication chips for laptops. Allegedly, the joint-venture would focus on combining Wi-Fi, 5G and high transmission technologies. If the joint-venture becomes reality, the first modem chips from AMD-MediaTek aren't expected to hit the market until 2024.

Last year, AMD and MediaTek already formed a cooperation as AMD adopted MediaTek's Wi-Fi 6 solutions in its laptop chip platform. According to DigiTimes, AMD refused to comment on the rumor, while MediaTek denied it.

Sharkoon SKILLER SGK3 White offers RGB on a budget

3 days ago
Sharkoon reveals the snow white SKILLER SGK3 White with Kaihl switches. There are variants with red, blue, and brown mechanical switches. Pricing is 69.90EUR.
Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. Sharkoon now presents a new mechanical keyboard: the SKILLER SGK3 White. This is a keyboard which boasts long-lasting mechanical switches as well as a durable overall design. The white finish gives the keyboard an unobtrusive look, while the integrated RGB lighting can be customized using the downloadable software.

Responsive Kailh Switches
In order to suit different user needs, Sharkoon offers the SKILLER SGK3 White in different switch versions. The model with red switches is characterized by a linear switch characteristic without clicking noises or resistance and is therefore ideally suited for frequent gamers. For prolific writers in office settings and for casual gamers, the versions with the tactile blue or tactile brown switches are suitable options. With an operating force of 50 grams, all three types of switches actuate after only 1.9 millimeters.

A Variety of Adjustment Options Using with the Software
Thanks to the downloadable software, extensive settings can be made, allowing the keyboard to be configured according to preference. For example, individual keys can be re-assigned, and macros can be created, saved and edited. In addition, the various illumination settings of the SKILLER SGK3 White are made fully available through the software, providing a wide range of customization. The software also allows quick and easy access to more than 15 preprogrammed lighting effects and can be used to create personalized lighting profiles. The white surface of the keyboard housing complements the illumination by providing a reflection of the chosen colors.

Durable Design
Sharkoon has paid attention to the choice of components when designing the SKILLER SGK3 White. Whether the red, blue or brown ones are chosen, the durable mechanical switches promise a long device life. The package also includes an additional keycap set, the SKILLER SAC14. The set's keycaps are made of PBT, which is a particularly robust material, and can support the user by highlighting frequently hit keys. With a life cycle of over 50 million keystrokes, the keyboard demonstrates a high degree of overall durability. The upper surface of the keyboard is made of metal, which should also contribute to the resilience and service life of the SKILLER SGK3.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGK3 White

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 SUPER series offers mix of more CUDA cores and more/faster memory

4 days ago
Famous Twitter leaker kopite7kimi is at it again, this time he leaks the specifications of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 30 SUPER series. Allegedly, these cards will be revealed sometime in early 2022. One caveat though is that even kopite7kimi admits he's not 100% sure about the accuracy of the specifications he received.

Anyway, the GeForce RTX 30 SUPER series is a stop-gap refresh between the current Ampere-based video cards and the next generation. There's still a bit of confusion about whether NVIDIA's next gaming GPUs will be based on Lovelace or Hopper, but we'll presume it will indeed be Lovelace.

More CUDA cores, higher memory capacity or upgrade to GDDR6X

The leak indicates there may be SUPER versions of the GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, 3080, and 3090. Some models like the 3060, 3080, and 3090 will reportedly get a bump in the number of CUDA cores, the 3060 and 3080 are slated to get more memory capacity, and the 3070 seems to get an upgrade from GDDR6 to GDDR6X memory.
Definitely, the most interesting SKU from the upcoming SUPER refresh is the RTX 3060 SUPER. The card would allegedly feature more cores than RTX 3060 Ti, which is 5632 CUDA cores compared to 4864 on the Ti model. This means that the card must be using GA104 GPU instead of GA106.

Via: VideoCardz

GELID BLACKFRORE HSF covers the basics in an all-black design

4 days ago
GELID created a new mass-market processor cooler with an all-black design. The new BLACKFRORE features two direct-touch heatpipes, an aluminum fin array, and a 92mm PWM fan. It's aimed at CPUs with a TDP of up to 65W.

Performance is unlikely to impress but this cooler costs just $17.
The BlackFrore is designed to bring the features of top-notch CPU coolers to the mass market. It uses a constellation of the advanced heatsink with dual heatpipe featuring the Heatpipe Direct Contact (HDC) Technology and High-Class Black Electrophoretic Coating, and the 92mm silent fan with Smart PWM to deliver best-in-class performance. Compact size, lightweight design and seamless mounting all ensure its broad cross-platform compatibility and easy installation. Full support of TDP 65W makes the BlackFrore a perfect solution for gamers and IT professionals.

  • 2 Power Heatpipes
  • Advanced Heatsink
  • 92mm Smart PWM Fan
  • Enhanced Mounting Kit
  • Easy Installation
  • Lightweight and Compact
  • High-Class Black Electrophoretic Coating
  • Full Support of TDP 65W
  • 3 Years Limited Warranty

    Supported CPUs:
    • Applications: Intel™ Socket 775, 1366, 2011, 2066, 1155, 1156, 1150, 1151 & 1200
    • Intel: All Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ All Celeron D/ All Pentium Dual-Core/ Extreme/ All Core 2 Extreme/ Core 2 Quad/ Core 2 Duo, Core i5, Core i7
    • AMD: Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2 & FM2+ CPU: All Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, All Athlon II, All Sempron, Phenom, Phenom II, All A Series AMD APU, All Ryzen (AM4)

    AMD Radeon RX 6600 launch set for mid-October

    5 days ago
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    VideoCardz reports AMD's Radeon RX 6600 (non-XT) launch is a go. As things stand right now, the card is expected to hit the market by mid-October. The product launch date is still a mystery but VideoCardz heard that the embargo date for the reviews is October 13th. Presumably, the product launch will be shortly after this date.
    We received partial embargo information on this new card that is supposedly launching in mid-October. The embargoes listed below are clearly not meant for reviewers or retailers, but for board partners who will soon engage in a sample seeding program. AMD will require all AIBs to submit their list of samples by September 15th, which was last week. The shipping of the samples may commence on September 29th, but the samples cannot arrive before October 4th.
    There will be no reference model from AMD, all Radeon RX 6600 cards will be custom-design models from AMD's board partners. The Radeon RX 6600 has 1792 stream processors and comes with 8GB GDDR6 memory.

    How widely the card will be available, and at what price, is the big question mark. For the last couple of weeks, the availability of GPUs has been getting worse again, and prices are creeping up again.

    AMD Adrenalin 21.9.2 is out for New World, World War Z: Aftermath and Diablo II

    5 days ago
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    AMD uploaded the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.9.2 drivers, you can get this 456MB heavy package over here. This version has optimizations for a number of games and contains a couple of bug fixes.
    Support For
  • World War Z™: Aftermath
  • Diablo® II: Resurrected™: Up to 13% increase in performance in Diablo® II: Resurrected™ @ 4K Very High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.9.2 on the 12GB Radeon™ RX 6700XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver edition 21.9.1.RS-403
  • New World™

    Fixed Issues
  • In Radeon™ Software, the CPU Additional Metrics section within the Performance tab may be missing for some users.
  • Some users may receive a compatibility error message when they attempt to load a previously saved tuning profile.
  • While playing Hitman™ 3 on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800 XT, users may experience an issue where water along the shores becomes missing.
  • The Auto Overclock feature for CPU in Radeon™ Software may be missing for some users with an AMD Ryzen™ 5000 series processor and AMD Radeon™ 6000 series graphics card.
  • Free games for those who can find an eligible Radeon RX 6900 XT

    On a side note, there is also a new Raise the Game video game bundle from AMD. You can get Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil: Village for free but this offer only applies to the Radeon RX 6900 XT.

    Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA -- when you need a heavy wired or wireless mouse

    5 days ago
    These days we don't see a lot of big, clunky mice with weight management systems anymore. Corsair decides to change this with the launch of the M65 RGB ULTRA gaming mice. This series is offered in a wired and wireless edition. Corsair implemented its own 26k DPI MARKSMAN optical sensor and picked Omron switches for the mouse button.

    The default weight of the wired model is 97g and you can increase this to 111g with the included weights. The wireless M65 RGB ULTRA is priced at $129.99 while the wired variant should cost $109.99.
    CORSAIR® (NASDAQ:CRSR), a world leader in high-performance gear for gamers and content creators, today announced the newest entries in its world-renowned M65 lineup of high-performance gaming mice: the M65 RGB ULTRA and, for the first time, the M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS. Combining the iconic shape and aluminum construction that has seen the M65 trusted by gamers for over a decade, these new mice add the latest in performance gaming technology to ensure you’re ready to take on the highest level of competition.

    Within their familiar frame, the M65 RGB ULTRA and M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS pack the most cutting-edge technology in a CORSAIR mouse to date. The 26,000 DPI CORSAIR MARKSMAN optical sensor offers incredible precision, customizable in single DPI steps. This is complemented by CORSAIR QUICKSTRIKE primary buttons, spring-loaded for zero gap between the left and right clicks and their optical OMRON switches for instantly responsive gaming. Those clicks are then transmitted to your PC with CORSAIR AXON 8,000Hz hyper-processing in the M65 RGB ULTRA, or 2,000Hz SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS in the M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS. The result is a mouse that registers and transmits your actions unbelievably fast, whether you opt for the wired or wireless version.

    Both mice will be instantly recognizable to PC gaming veterans thanks to their iconic premium aluminum frame and distinctive design, great for both claw and fingertip grips. The versatile tunable weight system makes a return, letting players pinpoint their optimal weight within an 18-gram range for their most comfortable gaming experience.

    By popular demand, the M65 now comes in a wireless variant for the first time. Connecting with sub-1ms SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS or Bluetooth®, the M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS features up to 60ft of range and up to 120 hours of rechargeable battery life for days of untethered gaming.

    The M65 RGB ULTRA and M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS both contain Sensor Fusion technology, another first for CORSAIR mice. This built-in six-axis gyro and accelerometer instantly detects when you lift the mouse, enabling ultra-low liftoff distance, so you never experience accidental erratic movements when repositioning the mouse in the middle of a firefight. The gyro can also be programmed with CORSAIR iCUE software for tilt gestures, so you can map in-game commands such as reload or weapon switch to quick, simple mouse movements.

    Merging timeless, fan-favorite design with the powerful technology to keep up with today’s fiercest competition, the M65 RGB ULTRA and M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS deliver the ultra-fast, ultra-precise performance you need to make all your clicks count.
    M65 RGB ULTRA Gaming Mice

    Cooler Master MM730 and MM731 -- wired and wireless light-weight gaming mice

    5 days ago
    Cooler Master introduces two new light-weight gaming mouse. First up is the wired MM730, this model clocks in at only 48g. If you want a wireless ligt-weight gaming mouse, the company also offers the MM731. This cord-free model weighs 59g.

    Both models feature an DPI optical sensor, optical switches with a lifetime of 70 million clicks, and PTFE mouse feet. The wireless MM731 uses Bluetooth 5.1 or 2.4GHz wireless to connect to your PC and uses the 19k DPI PAW3370 sensor. The MM730 on the other hand uses the 16k DPI PWM3389 sensor.

    The wireless MM731 is offered on Amazon for $89.99. At the moment, I don't know the pricing of the MM730.
    When we first made an entry into lightweight mice, we weren’t exactly sure about the future of such a distinct product. After all, in some circles it was more meme than mouse — the result of some overindulgence free thinking…but now, thanks to some innovation and knowhow, we’re approaching the endgame for lightweight mice — the apex of ultra-responsive peripherals.

    Introducing: the MM730 and MM731: two lightweight gaming mice that clock in at 48g and 59g, respectively.

    You might be thinking, “hey goobers, these don’t look like lightweight mice. Where’s the holes?!”

    First off, how dare you. You’ve got some nerve mouthing off like that.

    But also, we understand where you’re coming from since they don’t look like so-called lightweight mice. We’ve taken everything we learned from making the MM710 series and MM720, and pushed the boundaries even more. The result? Mice that are ridiculously light without any HOLES. And of course, they still include all our signature features: Endgame sensor, PTFE feet for maximum glide, Ultraweave Cable for minimal snagging, hybrid wireless in the MM731 for more uncorded freedom, and more.
    MM730 and MM731

    Intel to start construction of two new Arizona plants

    5 days ago
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    Intel sends out word that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its two new Chandler, Arizona-based factories on September 24. The event will be livestreamed via the firm's Newsroom website. Located at Intel's existing Ocotillo campus, the new plants entail a $20 billion investment. Intel completed construction of Fab 42 on the Ocotillo campus in March 2021. Fab 42 makes chips using the 10nm process.
    With its IDM 2.0 strategy, Intel is committed to investing in manufacturing capacity to support the surging global demand for semiconductors. The company recently announced plans to build two new leading-edge chip fabs at its Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Ariz. The new factories will support expanding requirements of Intel’s products and provide committed capacity for foundry customers.

    On Friday, Sept. 24, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger will be joined by government and community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the largest private-sector investment in Arizona history: a $20 billion project that will bolster U.S. semiconductor leadership and help bring geographical balance to the global supply chain.

    When: 9 a.m. PDT,?Friday, Sept.?24.

    Intel offering ARC Alchemist GPU to AIB partners

    6 days ago
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    Japanese tech site ASCII had an interview with Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri. VideoCardz offers some of the highlights. First up, Koduri reveals Intel picked the TSMC N6 process node for the Xe-HPG-based ARC Alchemist GPUs because the Intel 7 did not have sufficient production capacity yet.

    Probably the most interesting thing is that Koduri reaffirmed that there will be custom-design versions of the ARC series. Intel is reportedly already sampling the ARC Alchemist to board partners.
    By far the most interesting part of the interview is the question about custom card launch based on Arc Alchemist GPUs. As revealed earlier through leaks, Intel is already offering its reference design to board partners. Intel had actually confirmed this leak during its drone show. Exactly the same design, which was first shown by Moore’s Law is Dead, is now expected to be offered to board partners who may or may not use it for their cards, alternatively, they might want to adopt it for their own semi-custom versions.

    Partners and I think there will be a differentiation of ODM, and that will lead to the ultimate customer interest — Raja Koduri
    ARC Alchemist is expected to hit the market in Q1 2022.

    Video card prices going up again

    6 days ago
    German tech site 3DCenter updated its AMD and NVIDIA GPU retail price trend tracker and it's not good news. While prices are still down significantly versus the peak seen around May 2021, they've been increasing again for several months now. Availability is getting worse and this is resulting in higher prices. In Germany and Austria, the price of Ampere and RDNA2-based video cards is now about 8 percent higher than in August 2021.

    VideoCardz reports AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT is now inching closer towards the 600EUR mark, far higher than the official MSRP of 379EUR. The site also writes that NVIDIA is not even mentioning the GeForce RTX 3050 to its AIB partners anymore so it seems that model won't make it to the market.
    A noticeable point in the graphics card market in September 2021 is the end of the attempt to keep the Radeon RX 6600 XT close to 500 euros – the card is currently tending towards 600 euros and could end up there quickly if availability continues. This means that even the Radeon RX 6600 XT, with its already high list price, now also has a price exaggeration of at least + 45%. — 3DCenter
    AMD and NVIDIA GPU pricing trend



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