Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 18:54:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
In Win's funky Alice case hits the market. This new chassis has polyester fabric covers, which come in pretty colorful designs. Specifications and features can be found over here.
InWin is excited to announce its new "Alice" PC Chassis. Gathering inspiration from the classic story, Alice in Wonderland, InWin is taking PC builders on a journey where imagination reigns supreme! The Alice chassis combines a durable and sturdy, yet ultra-light-weight frame with a variety of vivid colors.
For those that are bold enough to enjoy something different than a traditional, heavy case, the Alice chassis showcases an explosion of possible color choices and intricate designs to create something totally distinct. Inside, the Alice chassis is designed to allow the easiest PC hardware installation ever.
It features a removable steel motherboard tray so the main components can be carefully installed outside, if required, then the open frame design allows cable routing to become an easier and neater practice. Once the PC is assembled, its vertical internal design provides considerably better cooling through an unobstructed path that follows natural convection, while this bottom-to-top airflow can be driven by three base-mounted fans.
With the vertical mounting of internal hardware, the motherboard I/O ports are at the top for easy-access. Since dust makes builders "mad as a hatter," the cover hides internal cables and limits dust entry. Integrated into its design are four vibration-proof mounts placed on the feet to provide a stable base that resists bumps.
Two integrated handles mean the chassis can be lifted and moved easily, while its ultra-light-weight materials and taller design allows for easier transportation, even when full of hardware.
The Alice chassis can support up to ATX motherboards with eight expansion slots, and high-performance hardware such as longer graphics cards, power supplies and taller CPU coolers. UP to four 120mm fans can be fitted, plus three 2.5-inch SSDs and one 3.5-inch HDD.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 18:29:47 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz got its hands on photos of the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X and GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS video cards. The GeForce GTX 1660 may hit the market as early as next week so these models may hit retail shelves pretty soon. The GAMING X version is the high-end model, while the VENTUS X is a slightly cheaper option.
Both cards feature full-cover backplates, a single 8-pin power connector, four display outputs (3x DP, 1x HDMI) and dual-fan cooling solutions. The Gaming X variant will (obviously) be higher a clocked one. It will also feature Zero Frozr technology and RGB lighting.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 16:11:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Google showed off the Pixelbook Go, a new 13.3" traditional laptop (without 2-in-1 functionality). The systems start at at $649 and features Intel 8th Gen Core processors, the laptop has a magnesium shell, weighs just 0.9kg, and is 13mm thick. Google focused on making the laptop thin and light, and promises a battery life of up to 12 hours. You can check the full specifications over here. Google offers two colors: "Just Black" and "Not Pink".
Each design element on Pixelbook Go was built for people who are always on the go. The first thing you’ll notice is the sleek matte finish. That finely painted magnesium casing keeps Pixelbook Go as light as possible while still feeling solid.
And whether you’re running to a class or a meeting, the grippable design of Pixelbook Go makes it easy to carry, and up to 12 hours of battery life keeps the laptop running as long as you are. Even better, you’ll get two hours of battery on just 20 minutes of charging. Made for Google sleeves and these general care suggestions can help keep your Pixelbook Go in tip-top shape.
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Under the hood, Pixelbook Go has the same high-performance components you’ve seen in other Made By Google computers. It starts up in seconds and stays fast with automatic updates, so you can count on speedy performance over time. And with built-in security on Chrome OS, Pixelbook Go is both fast and secure. You also have access to all kinds of apps, whether you want to express your creativity, get stuff done or just kick back to watch your favorite show.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 15:07:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Google announced that its Stadia cloud gaming service will see its public launch on November 19. The Stadia cloud gaming service will offer games in up to 4K resolution at 60fps, with HDR support. But this will require a Stadia Pro account, which will cost $9.99 a month. Pro users will receive "about one game per month" for free. Users of the free version of Stadia will be limited to 1080p gaming at 60fps. In the future, Google aims to improve the service with 8K resulution support and framerates of 120fps and more.
Here's the PR from Google:
Stadia Founder’s Edition will start arriving on gamers’ doorsteps on November 19, 2019. If you were one of the first gamers who pre-ordered and have received your Founder’s Editions, you’ll be able to buy and play your favorite games beginning at 9AM PST/5PM BST/6PM CET on November 19. You can play Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, Kine, and more on your TV, laptop, desktop, and select tablets and phones.
Whether you ordered Stadia Founder’s Edition or Premiere Edition, you’ll have three months of Stadia Pro, with access to Destiny 2: The Collection. Using the included Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller, you’ll be gaming in up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound when playing on your TV. For any questions on what devices are supported, broadband internet connection requirements, and the details on Stadia Pro, visit stadia.com.
Stadia Founder’s Editions and Stadia Premiere Editions will begin shipping in the same order that pre-orders were received. You’ll get an email when your package ships, and soon after, will receive a code to activate your Stadia account and Stadia Pro.
If you haven’t already pre-ordered, head to stadia.com and join the new generation of gaming where you can play your favorite games across multiple screens. And if you’ve already placed your order, welcome to Stadia!
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 09:05:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
OpenAI uploaded a video that shows off the latest advance in dexterous manipulation. The AI research organization created a one-handed, general purpose "Dactyl" robot that uses a pair of neural networks to solve the Rubik's Cube. The robot was not specifically built or trained to solve the Rubik's Cube. It was given the end goal of solving a scrambled cube and used reinforcement learning to complete its mission.
“Plenty of robots can solve Rubik’s cubes very fast. The important difference between what they did there and what we’re doing here is that those robots are very purpose-built,” says Peter Welinder, a research scientist and robotics lead at OpenAI. “Obviously there’s no way you can use the same robot or same approach to perform another task. The robotics team at OpenAI have very different ambitions. We’re trying to build a general purpose robot. Similar to how humans and how our human hands can do a lot of things, not just a specific task, we’re trying to build something that is much more general in its scope.”
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 08:59:13 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The PCI SIG released version 0.3 of the PCI Express 6.0 specification and said that the final specification is expected to be ready in 2021. The new technology will once again double the maximum bandwidth, to 64GT/s. This results in about 128GB/s (in each direction) for a x16 slot. PCI Express 6.0 will use some new high-end encoding technologies like PAM4 but other than this there are still a lot of technical challenges that need to be solved.
The announcement itself is light on technical details, as the design goals and major underlying technologies for PCIe 6.0 were announced at the very start of the project. However the organization is keen to ensure that PCIe development continues moving at a steady pace, to avoid repeating the long gap between 3.0 and 4.0.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16 2019 @ 08:55:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
EE Times reports TSMC is definitely ahead of the pack in terms of EUV adoption. The company's 7nm plus (N7+) process is world's first commercially available process that uses EUV lithography and the foundry is seen quick adoption by multiple customers. The N7+ process uses EUV for three layers and next year's 5nm node will expand EUV use to about 15 layers.
Some analysts are still a bit concerned about yields. TSMC claims the 7nm+ yields are good but so far we haven't seen any phones ship with 7nm+ CPUs. The biggest 7nm+ client is believed to be AMD due to limited capacity on the 7nm node.
“EUV is only needed for the smallest features, so we expect fabs to continue using optical for most layers,” says Linley Group principal analyst Linley Gwennap. “TSMC says 7nm+ uses EUV for four layers, and the next-generation 5nm node will use EUV for 14 layers. As transistors continue to shrink, EUV is needed for more layers.”
Although TSMC says that its 7nm+ yields are good, we have yet to see any phones ship with 7nm+ processors, Gwennap says. He points out that the initial Mate 30 phones from Huawei use the 7nm Kirin 990, not the 7nm+ 5G version. In contrast, Samsung has been shipping its 7nm EUV chips in its Note 10 smartphones since August, so yields must be reasonable, Gwennap says.
Intel is far behind in EUV, its firt EUV product isn't expected until late 2021 at the earliest.
Posted on Tuesday, October 15 2019 @ 11:49:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A couple of days ago VideoCardz published the first photos of GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER cards, models made by Zotac, and now the site got its hands on a some more photos of cards from other manufacturers.
The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER launch is expected soon, perhaps as early as next week. These card feature a 12nm TU116 GPU with 1408 CUDA cores, a 1530MHz base clock, 1785MHz Boost, 192-bit memory bus, and 6GB GDDR6 memory clocked at 14Gbps. The EVGA cards are pictured below, you can check the other photos over here.
Posted on Tuesday, October 15 2019 @ 11:39:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Cloud-based gaming will get pushed hard in the future but a lot of people are still concerned about how well these solutions will work. Past experiences with cloud gaming weren't that great. The allure is that you don't need to buy your own high-end hardware but slow Internet connections and especially high latency can make it a very awful experience.
Now Google is claiming that its Stadia service will be able to offer more responsive gaming than in-home gaming solutions. Stadia’s VP of Engineering Madj Bakar even coined "negative latency", as Google will use machine learning to predict your next moves in the game. Bakar claims that within a couple of years, Google will be able to offer a more responsive cloud gaming experience than what you currently have with a console game running locally at 30fps with a wireless controller.
“Ultimately, we think in a year or two, we’ll have games that are running faster and feel more responsive in the cloud than they do locally, regardless of how powerful the local machine is,” Bakar said.
Bakar explained negative latency (which sounds like fuzzy math or any of those other shady terms) as being a buffer of predicted latency between the server and the player. The server can then do things like run the game at a super-fast framerate or predict a player’s button presses.
Posted on Tuesday, October 15 2019 @ 11:32:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
DigiTimes writes TSMC continues to see strong orders from clients. The Taiwanese foundry's 7nm capacity is fully utilized thanks to booming demand from 5G applications and now the less advanced nodes like 10nm, 12nm and 16nm are seeing tight capacity too. The site writes that now even the lead time of TSMC's 16nm process is extending due to high demand:
Less advanced processes, including the 16nm node, have also seen tight capacity, with delivery lead time extended. The foundry house is likely to see even stronger revenue growth in 2020. Packaging firm ASE Technology will also see strong growth momentum in 2020 coming from the 5G sector. In Taiwan, the government is ready to auction off its 5G spectrum to telecom operators in December, but it has yet to decide whether a dedicated frequency band should be reserved for other private enterprises or entities to implement their respective 5G vertical applications.
Basically, companies wishing to produce chips via TSMC will need to book early enough or risk product delays.