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Corsair sells LGA1700 upgrade kits for its watercoolers

3 days ago
Corsair announces LGA1700 mounting tools for its liquid coolers. Unlikely several other manufacturers, Corsair will not offer this kit for free. The firm charges $2.99 (2.99EUR) but does offer free shipping.
ORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced additional mounts for owners of its range of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers to support the new LGA 1700 CPU socket and Intel® Alder Lake processors.

The new CORSAIR Intel LGA 1700 Retrofit Kit supports a wide range of currently shipping and past all-in-one CPU coolers, including the full award-winning ELITE CAPELLIX range, RGB PRO XT range, H100x, and more. Customers can order the kit from CORSAIR for just $2.99/€2.99/£1.99 and receive free shipping anywhere in the United States or Europe. The standoffs easily adapt the existing 115x/1200 bracket to be fully compatible with the new LGA 1700 bracket, ensuring owners are ready-to-go for the next generation of CPU performance.

“We’re excited to offer these easy-to-use kits to help CORSAIR customers get ready for the new LGA 1700 socket,” said Aaron Neal, Director of DIY Product Marketing. “Given the sheer power and performance of Intel Alder Lake processors, CPU coolers are poised to play a critical role in PC builders’ new systems, and this kit makes that positioning possible.”

In addition to offering the LGA 1700 bracket separately, CORSAIR CPU coolers with LGA 1700 support out-of-the-box are currently in production and will be available later this year. All future new CORSAIR CPU cooler launches will also support LGA 1700 out-of-the-box. For those who may no longer have all the necessary mounting hardware from their original purchase, a complete mounting kit for all CPU brackets, including LGA 1700, is also available.

Availability and Pricing
The CORSAIR Intel LGA 1700 Retrofit Kit and CORSAIR Complete CPU Bracket Kit are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore only in the United States and Europe. For availability in Asia and other regions, please reach out to your local resellers and distributors. For up-to-date availability information, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

The CORSAIR LGA 1700 kit is available on the CORSAIR webstore for $2.99/€2.99/£1.99 with free shipping. The complete mounting kit is available for $14.99 on the CORSAIR webstore.
Corsair LGA1700 kits

The following Corsair coolers will support the LGA1700 kit:

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iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler — White

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iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H115i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H100i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler — White

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iCUE H100i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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iCUE H60i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series™ H115i RGB PLATINUM 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series H100x High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

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Hydro Series™ H60 (2018) 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 12GB expected in January

4 days ago
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VideoCardz reports NVIDIA has informed its board partners about an upcoming launch. According to the rumor, a GeForce RTX 3080 with GA102-220 GPU will hit the market around January 2022. The main difference versus the current SKU is the fact that the new version has 12GB GDDR6X memory, which is an additional 2GB. It's believed the 10GB version will be discontinued after the launch of the 12GB edition.
The GA102-220 GPU is not expected to feature a change to CUDA core count, however, this has not yet been confirmed. An upgrade to 12GB memory will mean a requirement of a wider memory bus of 384-bit, increasing the maximum bandwidth in the process. However, this will depend on the memory speed, which has not been communicated to board partners yet. It is worth noting that the GA102-220 GPU has been first mentioned by @kopite7kimi just last week.
Previously, it was already revealed that NVIDIA plans a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB memory.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 hits the scene with prices starting at $329

4 days ago
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It's been a while since the last video card introduction but today AMD releases its Radeon RX 6600. At least on paper, this model is supposed to start at $329. It's pitched as an ideal card for Full HD gaming. The Radeon RX 6600 gives you 28 CUs with a 128-bit memory bus and 8GB GDDR6 memory. There's a 2044MHz Game Clock and up to 2491MHz Boost.
MD (NASDAQ: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ RX 6600 graphics card, designed to provide visually stunning, high-refresh rate 1080p gaming experiences to the midrange market.

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card leverages breakthrough AMD RDNA™ 2 architecture, the only gaming architecture that spans from desktop PCs, laptops and consoles to mobile devices and automotive infotainment systems. Offering 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8GB of GDDR6 memory, AMD Smart Access Memory™ technology and support for the Microsoft Windows 11 operating system, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is designed to bring next-generation desktop-level experiences to PC gamers. It also supports the AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution open-source spatial upscaling solution, which is designed to increase framerates in select titles while delivering high-resolution gaming experiences.

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is designed with the needs of future-ready, high-performance 1080p gamers in mind. Capable of driving 100+ FPS in top AAA titles1, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card also offers up to 1.3X better performance-per-watt than the competition in select titles in 1080p at max settings.

“The latest generation of games deliver massive leaps in life-like visuals that are driving more graphics performance to meet the demand for the best possible 1080p gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “To meet this demand, we’ve designed the Radeon RX 6600 to make these new breathtaking experiences available to more PC gamers, providing the performance of an enthusiast-class powerhouse in a midrange solution.”
Below is an image of the GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 EAGLE 8G, this custom model uses WINDFORCE 3X cooling.

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 EAGLE 8G

AMD Zen 4 will support PCIe 5.0 -- and 3D V-Cache Zen3 is slated for Q1 2022

5 days ago
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In a new video posted on the firm's YouTube channel, John Taylor, AMD Chief Marketing Officer, and Robert Hallock, Director of Technical Marketing, discuss the history of Ryzen. It's been five years since the first Ryzen processor, which was a gamechanger for AMD. Before Ryzen, AMD struggled to remain relevant in the CPU market and was slowly on its way to bankruptcy. But the firm managed to turn the tide by delivering better-than-expected products.

Anyway, there are several interesting news tidbits. First up, AMD confirms the Zen 3 refresh with 3D V-Cache will be released in early 2022. These chips promise up to 15 percent higher gaming performance. In early 2022, AMD will also reveal a new laptop processor lineup.

Secondly, AMD confirmed the AM5 processors will get PCI Express 5.0 support. Over the past couple of months, there were some rumors about AMD's Socket AM5 being limited to PCI Express 4.0. There's now official confirmation from AMD that these rumors were inaccurate.
Interestingly, Hallock also responded to the rumors that AMD Zen4 “Raphael” would only support PCIe Gen4. This is a follow-up to leaked chipset diagrams that only listed Gen4 support. He confirmed that the AM5 platform will indeed support PCIe Gen5, just as the Intel 12th Gen Core series codenamed “Alder Lake” which launch next month. It is worth saying though that he did not say Zen4 “Raphael” or Ryzen 6000/7000 specifically.


Via: VideoCardz

Intel: ARC Alchemist will not have crypto mining restrictions

5 days ago
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While NVIDIA made at least some efforts to limit cryptocurrency mining on its gaming GPUs, this is not an action that's being considered by the firm's rivals. AMD has no intention to make its Radeon GPUs less attractive to gamers and now Intel confirmed in an interview with Gadgets 360 that it won't be doing this either.
[…] As far as like software lockouts and things of that nature, we’re not designing this product or building any features at this point that specifically target miners. As far as actions we’re taking to avoid or lock them out, it’s a product that will be in the market and people will be able to buy it. It’s not a priority for us. — Roger Chandler
Interestingly, Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri also told Gadgets 360 that the firm can't guarantee good supply at launch. He pointed to high demand and a difficult market, a problem also faced by NVIDIA and AMD.

Via: VideoCardz

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 496.13 WHQL is also out for Back 4 Blood

5 days ago
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New drivers from NVIDIA too. The firm uploaded the GeForce Game Ready 496.13 WHQL release over here. There are optimizations for Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered Trilogy and Baldur’s Gate 3, as well as bug fixes.
This new Game Ready Driver provides support for Back 4 Blood, which utilizes NVIDIA DLSS to boost performance by up to 46% at 4K. In addition, this new Game Ready Driver offers support for the latest new titles and updates, including the launch of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy and Baldur’s Gate 3 which utilize NVIDIA DLSS, as well as DLSS updates to Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Chivalry 2. Additionally, this release provides optimal support for The Riftbreaker and Sword and Fairy 7.

Fixes:
  • [GeForce RTX 3080]: The system does not boot with two Samsung Odyssey G70A 28" monitors are connected to the GPU. [3359697]
  • [GeForce GTX 960]: The primary monitor lost after resume from sleep or shutdown. [3340905]
  • [Windows 11]: The screen flashes once after switching to the discrete GPU-only mode in the NVIDIA Control Panel. [3330077]
  • [Multiple Apps][Ansel/Freestyle]: Depth of field filter shows blurry characters. [200749545]
  • [Notebook]: Vulkan test applications run on the integrated graphics processor instead of the discrete GPU. [200770322]

AMD Adrenalin 21.10.2 hits the web for Back 4 Blood

5 days ago
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A new graphics driver from AMD. You can grab the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.2 release over here. This version has optimizations for Back 4 Blood and The Riftbreaker, plus it also contains bug fixes.
Fixed Issues
  • Driver timeouts or black screens may be experienced while playing Assassin’s Creed® Origins on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 580 Graphics.
  • Some users may experience a game freeze when they attempt to launch Dota 2™ using OpenGL®.
  • Open Broadcaster Software™ may continue to run in the background after a user ends a recording session and closes the application.

    Known Issues
  • Some users may experience elevated memory consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.
  • In Radeon™ Software, the CPU Tuning feature may be missing for some users with AMD Processors such as Ryzen™ 9 5950X Processor.
  • AMD Radeon™ Software may crash or become unresponsive while playing some DirectX® 11 games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • Samsung mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM clocked at 7.2Gbps

    5 days ago
    Samsung announced it's now mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM chips. These DDR5 chips have a speed of 7.2Gbps.
    Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s smallest, 14-nanometer (nm), DRAM based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. Following the company’s shipment of the industry-first EUV DRAM in March of last year, Samsung has increased the number of EUV layers to five to deliver today’s finest, most advanced DRAM process for its DDR5 solutions.

    “We have led the DRAM market for nearly three decades by pioneering key patterning technology innovations,” said Jooyoung Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “Today, Samsung is setting another technology milestone with multi-layer EUV that has enabled extreme miniaturization at 14nm — a feat not possible with the conventional argon fluoride (ArF) process. Building on this advancement, we will continue to provide the most differentiated memory solutions by fully addressing the need for greater performance and capacity in the data-driven world of 5G, AI and the metaverse.” Samsung Starts Mass Production of Most Advanced 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM

    As DRAM continues to scale down the 10nm-range, EUV technology becomes increasingly important to improve patterning accuracy for higher performance and greater yields. By applying five EUV layers to its 14nm DRAM, Samsung has achieved the highest bit density while enhancing the overall wafer productivity by approximately 20%. Additionally, the 14nm process can help bring down power consumption by nearly 20% compared to the previous-generation DRAM node.

    Leveraging the latest DDR5 standard, Samsung’s 14nm DRAM will help unlock unprecedented speeds of up to 7.2 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is more than twice the DDR4 speed of up to 3.2Gbps.

    Samsung plans to expand its 14nm DDR5 portfolio to support data center, supercomputer and enterprise server applications. Also, Samsung expects to grow its 14nm DRAM chip density to 24Gb in better meeting the rapidly-growing data demands of global IT systems.
    14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM

    Noctua chromax line NF-A12x25 fan, NH-U12A cooler and heatsink covers are pit

    5 days ago
    More chromax products from Noctua! This time the company adds the chromax line NF-A12x25 fan, NH-U12A cooler and heatsink covers to its product portfolio. Ideal if you like Noctua quality but dislike the firm's default color scheme.
    Noctua today presented the much anticipated black versions of its award-winning NF-A12x25 120mm fan and NH-U12A CPU cooler as well as the matching NA-HC7 and NA-HC8 heatsink covers. Staying true to the successful formula of the original models, the new NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.black.swap and NH-U12A chromax.black combine the same signature quiet cooling performance with a sleek stealth look. The black NH-U12A already supports Intel’s upcoming LGA1700 platform.

    “We are aware of how eagerly our customers have been waiting for these products and we would have loved to get them out earlier, but first we had to spend some extra time in order to make sure that we can exactly match the performance of the brown fans, and then things were further delayed by various supply chain issues due to the global pandemic”, explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With products that have been fine-tuned to the most minute details, seemingly simple things like creating a different colour version can end being surprisingly tricky, but now with all of that out of the way, we’re excited to finally be able to offer these long-awaited products to our customers.”

    Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s flagship model NF-A12x25 has established itself as a true deluxe choice when it comes to premium-quality quiet 120mm fans. The new chromax.black.swap edition combines the NF-A12x25’s signature quiet cooling performance with an attractive black design and a bundle of swappable red, white, blue, green, grey, yellow and black anti-vibration pads that allow for the fan to be colour-customised to match individual build colour schemes. For further customisation, a wide range of accessories such as coloured cables and anti-vibration mounts are available separately.

    The NH-U12A has proven in countless tests that it can match or even outperform many 140mm sized coolers while offering 120mm class case, RAM and PCIe compatibility. Thanks to the same proven asymmetrical single-tower heatsink design and state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 PWM fans, the new chromax.black variant stays true to the NH-U12A’s successful formula of fusing best-in-class cooling performance with superb quietness of operation and outstanding compatibility. The NH-U12A chromax.black includes the latest SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system that not only supports AMD AM4 and Intel LGA1200, but also Intel’s upcoming 12th generation Core CPUs (code name Alder Lake-S, socket LGA1700).

    In addition to the new fan and heatsink, Noctua also launched the new NA-HC7 and NA-HC8 heatsink covers for the NH-U12A and NH-U12A chromax.black. While the chromax.black and chromax.white variants of the NA-HC8 are ideal for all-black or black-and-white builds, the NA-HC7 chromax.black.swap with its swappable colour inlays in black, blue, green, red, yellow and white allows the cooler to be colour-coordinated with various build colour schemes.

    The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are as follows:
    NH-U12A chromax.black: EUR/USD 119.90
    NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR/USD 32.90
    NA-HC7 chromax.black.swap: EUR/USD 19.90
    NA-HC8 chromax.black: EUR/USD 19.90
    NA-HC8 chromax.white: EUR/USD 19.90
    New Chromax gear from Noctua

    PCI Express 5.0 High Power Connector to support 600W

    1 week ago
    VideoCardz reports that the need for multiple PCIe power connectors for video cards may disappear soon as manufacturers are working on a new high-power plug. Intended for PCI Express 5.0 generation cards, the new PCI-SIG 12VHPWR H+ power connector is a 12-pin connector with a maximum power draw of 55.2A at 12V.

    This allows for a maximum power of 662W but the official specification will set the limit at 600W. Of course, that's still massively higher than the up to 150W provided by the current pin connector.
    Just as we said, the power connector has 16 lanes in total (12 power and 4 signal lanes), but it’s not a MicroFit Molex standard, but something entirely new. The standard defined as has smaller spacing than existing connectors, a change from 4.2 mm to 3.0 mm. The connector has a width of 18.85 mm, so it is not exactly small, but much smaller than dual or triple 8-pin connector configuration. This will greatly simplify the circuit and PCB design process, not to mention all the space that will be saved.
    Allegedly, the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 may be the first card to feature the high power connector.

    600W for your future GPU

    HP seen advertising PC with AMD Ryzen 7000 series APU

    1 week ago
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    Twitter leaker momomo_us discovered a listing from HP that talks about the unreleased AMD Ryzen 7000 series. If the information is accurate, this APU will be used by future 24" and 27" All-in-One PCs from HP. VideoCardz offers some speculation:
    AMD was not expected to introduce the 7000 series this soon, in fact, we were expecting Rembrandt APU based on Zen3+ and 6nm process technology to launch as Ryzen 6000 right before the company switches to Zen4 microarchitecture. Not only that, but AMD is also launching its 3D V-Cache Ryzen Zen3 products possibly early next year at CES, and no one expected them to launch as Ryzen 7000 series as well. This naming shift would definitely cause a lot of confusion. One possibility is that HP only meant to list ‘Ryzen 7’ and additional zeros are just a simple mistake.

    TSMC and Sony to team up on $7 billion Japanese plant?

    1 week ago
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    Will TSMC soon set up shop in Japan too? A new report from Nikkei Asia claims the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry leader is in talks with Sony about a joint-venture. According to the rumor, the firms are eyeing a $7 billion semiconductor factory in western Japan. Half of the funding is expected to come from the Japanese government and Denso, a key supplier of Toyota, is reportedly also interested in participating in the project.
    Japan's top auto parts maker Denso is also looking to participate through such steps as setting up equipment at the site. The Toyota Motor group member seeks stable supplies of chips used in its auto parts.

    Sony may also take a minority stake in a new company that will manage the factory, which will be located in Kumamoto Prefecture, on land owned by Sony and in an area adjacent to the latter's image sensor factory, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The factory will make semiconductors used in camera image sensors, as well as chips for automobiles and other products, and is slated to go into operation by 2024, the people said.

    AMD working on patch to resolve Windows 11 performance issues

    1 week ago
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    Windows 11 was released earlier this week but it appears the new operating system doesn't play well with AMD processors. Enthusiasts and tech sites discovered Windows 11 results in a considerable performance hit on AMD Ryzen processors. In several video games, the performance loss is as high as 10-15 percent.

    Via a a new support page, AMD acknowledged the issue. The chip designer is working on a fix to resolve Windows 11 performance issues. The patch is expected to be out later this month.

    AMD identified two issues:

    Measured and functional L3 cache latency may increase by ~3X.

    • Applications sensitive to memory subsystem access time may be impacted.
    • Expected performance impact of 3-5% in affected applications, 10-15% outliers possible in games commonly used for eSports.
    • A Windows update is in development to address this issue with expected availability in October of 2021.

    UEFI CPPC2 (“preferred core”) may not preferentially schedule threads on a processor’s fastest core.

    • Applications sensitive to the performance of one or a few CPU threads may exhibit reduced performance.
    • Performance impact may be more detectable in >8-core processors above 65W TDP.
    • A software update is in development to address this issue with expected availability in October of 2021.

    NVIDIA offers concessions on Arm acquisition

    1 week ago
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    A regulatory filing from NVIDIA reveals the tech giant is making some concessions in hopes of securing approval of the European Union for its $54 billion takeover of chip designer Arm. The massive takeover is nearing its October 27 deadline but NVIDIA still hasn't received the necessary regulatory approvals.

    Seeking Alpha reports the proposed concessions haven't been made public. In particular, there are concerns that Arm wouldn't stay neutral in licensing its technology to clients after the takeover by NVIDIA, because the latter is a competitor of various Arm licensees.
    The EU competition authority didn't provide details about the concessions and set an Oct. 27 deadline for its decision, Reuters said. The next step is for the EC to get feedback from competitors and customers. Then the regulator will decide on whether to accept the concessions, demand more, or start a four-month investigation.

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