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SilentiumPC ships Navis RGB AiO watercoolers with LEDs January 16, 2019 - 17:38
AORUS AD27QD is a 27-inch tactical gaming display January 16, 2019 - 15:11
Sharkoon SilentStorm Cool Zero PSUs hit the market January 16, 2019 - 14:55
Biostar S100 Plus SSDs hit the market January 16, 2019 - 14:38
NVIDIA boss says HBM is too expensive, prefers GDDR6 January 16, 2019 - 13:02
NVIDIA: Game streaming will never beat a PC January 16, 2019 - 12:59
NVIDIA: Excess inventory issues almost over January 16, 2019 - 12:53
Facebook 10-year challenge: ideal for training bots January 16, 2019 - 12:45
TSMC seen having no growth this year January 16, 2019 - 12:00
TrendForce: DRAM pricing to fall 20 percent this quarter January 16, 2019 - 11:28
Intel Core i9-9990XE to be auction only, not for retail market January 16, 2019 - 11:01
Cooler Master MM830 gaming mouse aims at MMO players January 16, 2019 - 10:49
AMD and Microsoft prepping fix for Threadripper performance issues January 16, 2019 - 10:44
Corsair gets into thermal pasta business with the TM30 January 16, 2019 - 10:16
No custom-design versions of the AMD Radeon VII January 16, 2019 - 10:02
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DDR4 world record pushed to 5608MHz January 15, 2019 - 23:02
NVIDIA GeForce 417.71 WHQL adds FreeSync support January 15, 2019 - 13:09
FSP showed new cases and PSUs at CES January 15, 2019 - 12:27
ASUS UEFI updates enable 128GB DDR4 support on Z390 motherboards January 15, 2019 - 10:40

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HP EX950 SSD - When you want the fastest January 16, 2019 - 17:26
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro Gaming Mouse January 16, 2019 - 14:27
Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD 27in 144Hz IPS FreeSync Tactical Gaming Monitor January 16, 2019 - 11:22
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 17:38:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
SilentiumPC introduces the Navis RGB, a new line of all-in-one watercooling products with fancy RGB LED lights. The company offers models with a 120mm, 240mm and 280mm radiator, for 52EUR, 64EUR, and 75EUR, respectively.
SilentiumPC introduces a new series of proprietary all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solutions. The Navis RGB series is available in three variants with the different radiator sizes 120, 240 and 280. The units focus on great built-quality, reliability and performance while incorporating discreet RBG illumination. Compatibility to latest CPU sockets and easy installation assure that even novice users are able to enjoy all the advantages of the new all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solutions.

Navis RGB water block features professional-grade copper bearings and 9-pole motor pump to ensure smooth and noise-free operation. Copper cold-plate with series of flow-optimized channels enable efficient heat transfer to an all-aluminum, single or dual 120/140 mm radiator.

High static pressure Sigma HP RGB fans are the perfect match for the radiators, as they are offering optimum airflow through the fin matrix. All the units are equipped with 380 mm long and extremely durable yet flexible tubes, allowing for multiple installation options, either in front, top or rear of the case.

Yet another feature of the new Navis RGB series is the RGB LED illumination system. It lights up the distinct pattern on the water block as well as the fan rotors with visually stunning yet discreet colors and effects. All major motherboard RGB systems, such as Asus™ Aura as wells as manual control via included Nano RGB controller and the advanced Aurora Sync controller available in SilentiumPC Armis TG RGB cases are supported by the Navis RGB series. The Navis RGB units come pre-assembled, filled with liquid and ready for simple installation, no further maintenance is required. Available either as versatile 120 version (single 120 mm fan), performance oriented 240 (dual 120 mm fans), or the quietest 280 (dual 140 mm fans). The SilentiumPC Navis RGB series is available as of today.
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SilentiumPC Navis RGB AIO

Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 15:11:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
I have no idea what a "tactical gaming monitor" is but Gigabyte claims they just launched world's first tactical gaming monitor with the AORUS AD27QD. This 27-incher with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution has a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms (MPRT) response time, 350 nits brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio 178-degrees viewing angles, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, DisplayHDR 400 support,and AMD FreeSync support. Inputs include 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2. Pricing and availability is unknown.


GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched the world’s first tactical gaming monitor, AORUS AD27QD, today. Heading into a new market, AORUS is well prepared and confident that the exclusive features on the monitor can give gamers a tactical advantage over their enemies while gaming. AORUS AD27QD is a 27inch flat screen frameless monitor. It uses an IPS panel with QHD (2560x1440, 2K) resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate in 1ms (MPRT) response time. Not only is the view angle up to 178 degrees, it also meets 95% DCI-P3 standards along with 10bits color, so the monitor can provide users astonishingly beautiful pictures. On top of that, the monitor has passed VESA certified DisplayHDR 400 standards which gives users spectacular display quality; With AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology, the monitor can provide the most fluent gaming experience to let you enjoy your gaming without picture stripping.

The key idea of our outer design is to replicate the dive of a falcon when it is pursuing its prey. When you look at the back of the product, you can see a falcon diving downwards with the glowing eyes of the falcon on the side of the stand and its wings flapping along with the LEDs flashing on the back of the panel. In order to achieve this, we used digital RGB LEDs instead of traditional LEDs.. We care not only about the appearance of our product as ergonomic design is also important to us so we added in several ergonomic features carefully without affecting the design theme. We designed a handle on the top of the stand so that users can easily move their monitor around without any trouble. We also considered that cable management is important to our users, so we designed a rubber cable tie just below the ports and reserved a hole at the bottom of our stand to let the cables go through nicely.

There are lots of exclusive features on this new monitor and they are all delicately designed to meet the gamers’ needs giving them a tactical advantage in game. Features such as Black Equalizer, Aim Stabilizer, GameAssist, hardware information Dashboard, OSD Sidekick, and the most unique feature of all, the Active Noise Cancelling function,are all designed to let gamers gain more control of the game and their PC system.

AORUS’ tactical features are explained below:

  • Black Equalizer?Brightens up the dark parts in the picture for better visibility in dark areas.

  • Aim Stabilizer?This feature will help you reduce the blurriness of the recoil effect while you are shooting in an FPS game. It can also help you trace moving enemies much easier.

  • GameAssist?This is a kit of OSD functions that helps you in game. It includes a customizable crosshair, a counter, a timer, and multi-screen alignment lines.

  • AORUS Dashboard?We can display hardware information directly on screen, such as mouse DPI and GPU/CPU information.

  • OSD Sidekick?You can now control the monitor through this software and control your OSD with mouse and keyboard. A much easier way to adjust your monitor.

  • Active Noise Cancelling(ANC)?When you plug your mic into the monitor, it can help you cancel the noise around you. The only thing that goes through the mic when you are communicating with your teammate is your voice.

    By utilizing these features well, gamers can create a huge advantage overtheir enemies, making this monitor not just a monitor but tactical equipment; tactical equipment that can help gamers control the tempo of the game better.

    The AORUS AD27QD monitor uses a joystick to control its OSD, making controlling the OSD a lot easier. Besides the joystick, the OSD Sidekick software can be used to adjust your monitor with your mouse. Moreover, you can set hot keys for every special feature we provide to adjust or switch features on the fly while you are gaming. In addition, the features are directly displayed on the monitor through the hardware solution so you won’t need to worry that the features will be blocked by the game you are playing.

    The AORUS AD27QD also provides PIP/PBP display mode, which can let you display 2 screens in one monitor. It will be a lot easier for playing a game and watching the game’s guide on YouTube at the same time. Moreover, you can always switch the audio to the one you desire by a simple click. A great solution for people who don’t have two monitors.

    The AORUS AD27QD monitor also has anti-blue light and flicker free features. With built in power, gamers will only need to carry a simple power cable with them while transporting the monitor, no more heavy adapters. On top of that, the USB port on the monitor can provide 5V/1.5A quick charge, very convenient for gamers to charge up their smartphones.

    The stand of the AORUS AD27QD is very flexible as well. It can spin 90 degrees for a vertical screen, rotate 20 degrees sideways and -5 to 21 degrees up/down, and its height is adjustable up to 130 mm. The AORUS AD27QD provides 2 HDMIs, 1 DP, and 2 USB 3.0 ports, with an audio jack and a mic jack. Gamers can also update the OSD firmware through the OSD Commander software for the most updated gaming experience.

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    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 14:55:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Sharkoon reveals the SilentStorm Cool Zero, a new line of 80Plus Gold power supplies with a Zero RPM mode. These are offered in 650W, 750W, and 850W versions for 99.90EUR, 109.90EUR, and 119.90EUR, respectively.
    Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of PC components and peripherals which boasts performance at a reasonable price. Sharkoon presents the SilentStorm Cool Zero. This is an 80 PLUS Gold certified PC power supply with modern and superior components. Its high-quality features enable an efficient power supply and adjustable cooling.

    80 PLUS Gold Certification
    The SilentStorm Cool Zero has been certified 80 PLUS Gold for its efficiency of up to 92 percent at 230 volts. This verifies that the power supply unit operates cost-effectively and is ideal for energy-conscious users.

    Reliable and Stable due to High- Quality Components
    Sharkoon has equipped the power supply with exclusively Japanese capacitors rated at 105 degrees Celsius and a 135 millimeter fan with a fluid dynamic bearing. The latter ensures a particularly quiet and reliable operation with an average lifespan of up to 100,000 hours.

    Highly Adaptable Cooling Behavior: “Fan Delay“ & “Zero RPM“
    There are two switches on the back of the power supply that each activate one of two different fan functions. In the Fan Delay mode, the power supply fan continues to run for 60 seconds after shutting down. This avoids hot spots, removes remaining waste heat, and ensures complete system cooling. The Zero RPM mode fully stops fan rotation at low to medium load to enable a silent operation. When the Zero RPM mode is disabled, the fan constantly provides airflow at a low rotational speed, thus providing continuous cooling.

    Stability and Longevity with Comprehensive Protection Features
    In addition to high-quality capacitors, Sharkoon relies on state-of-the-art LLC resonant converter technology. This allows the SilentStorm Cool Zero to deliver a consistent and reliable voltage with high efficiency.

    Of course, the power supply is equipped with all standard protection functions. Thus, it is armed against over current, over and under voltage, short circuits, overheating and overload.

    Fully Modular and RYZEN Compatible
    Because of the fully modular cable system, only those cables on the power supply are used which are actually needed when connecting the hardware and peripherals. The entire wiring and the interior of the PC case thus remain tidy, and the air flow is not hindered by unnecessary cables. In addition, sockets for two 4+4-pin CPU connectors ensure 100% compatibility with AMD RYZEN mainboards
    SilentStorm Cool Zero

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 14:38:34 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Biostar introduces the S100 Plus Series SSDs, these 2.5" SATA 6Gbps models are available in 240GB and 480GB capacities. Not a whole lot of about the disks, we only know that the 240GB version does reads of up to 510MB/s and writes of up to 370MB/s, and that the 480GB edition has up to 540MB/s read speeds and 460MB/s write speeds. No details about which type of NAND flash is used, or the type of SSD controller. The 240GB model has a $35 MSRP, while the 480GB disk is sold for $59.
    BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices announced the S100 Plus series SSD, an affordable solid state drive (SSD) with outstanding performance for laptop and desktop computer upgrades. Built in a beautifully designed 2.5-inch unibody with ultra-slim 7.0mm casing, featuring an ultra-stable shock-proof design. The S100 Plus Series SSDs are available in 240GB and 480GB, making upgrading or replacing previous generation storage more accessible than ever.

    With the SATA3 6GB/s interface, the S100 240GB Plus has sequential read/write speeds of 510MB/s and 370MB/s, and the S100 480GB Plus with read/write speeds of 540MB/s and 460MB/s to achieve ultra-fast game or software access. Compared with traditional hard drives, the read/write speed is an improvement of up to 200-300% in performance, which offers a whole new gaming and work experience.

    The S100 Plus series SSD has an ultra-slim metal unibody casing which is only 7.0mm in thickness, allowing it to fit in even the slimmest laptops. Yet, it is ultra-stable thanks to the patented shock proof design which is a crucial feature for gamers or content creators on-the-go. The S100 Plus Series SSD is equipped with a six-layer quality PCB, making it ultra-durable in harsh environments (up to 70?C (158?F)) and still able to operate smoothly to meet the demands of hardcore users.

    “We are excited to make the ultra-fast, ultra-durable SSDs more accessible to all gamers with the S100 Plus Series SSDs,” said Kevin Cheng, Global Marketing Manager of BIOSTAR.” Aside from our popular RACING series motherboards and graphics cards, we now provide a wider selection of components for gamers who are looking to maximize their performance.”

    BIOSTAR continues to grow its portfolio of PC and laptop components for gamers and content creators. The S100 Plus Series SSD is perfect for enhancing gaming and work performance at exceptional value. The S100 240GB Plus is sold at US$35 and the S100 480GB Plus is sold at US$59.
    Biostar S100 Plus SSD

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 13:02:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Another snippet from the VentureBeat transcript of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's Q&A session with journalists confirms the firm has no plans to adopt HBM for its consumer products. Huang states there's nothing wrong with HBM, which is used by rival AMD for high-end consumer products, but that it's way too expensive for consumer products. He likes GDDR6, which is used by the Turing-based cards, a lot more:
    Question: What do you think about the viability of HBM (high bandwidth memory) in consumer products?

    Huang: It’s just way more expensive for consumer products. But memory prices will come down. There’s nothing wrong with HBM. I love HBM. But I love GDDR6 (graphics memory) way more.


    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 12:59:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    NVDA logo
    NVIDIA put a lot of effort in video game streaming but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes the technology will never be as good as a PC. In a Q&A session with journalists at last week's CES expo, Huang said latency will always remain a fundamental issue with streaming:
    Question: And how is it going?

    Huang: It’s fantastic. We have hundreds of thousands of concurrent users. Our strategy is ongoing. First of all, if your question is, “How long before streaming can be as good as a PC?” the answer is never. The reason for that is because there’s one problem we haven’t figured out how to solve, and that’s the speed of light. When you’re playing esports, you need the response in a few milliseconds, not a few hundred milliseconds. It’s a fundamental problem. It’s just the laws of physics.

    However, we believe in it so much that we’ve been working on this for a decade. Our strategy is this: we believe PC gaming is here to stay. We believe everyone will at least need a PC, because apparently knowledge is still important. You can’t do everything on TV. You can’t live with TV online. But you could live with a PC alone. PCs are used by young people all over the world. It’s their first computing device, or maybe second after a mobile device. Between those two devices, those are the essential computing platforms for society. We believe that’s here to stay.


    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 12:53:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Speaking to journalists at last week's CES show, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that the company's problems with excessive inventory in the channel are almost resolved. The higher-end Pascal video cards have all "sold out", but there's still excess inventory of the GeForce GTX 1060. Huang estimates it will take several more weeks for the 1060s to sell out, after that it will be back to business for NVIDIA:
    Question: Can you tell us more about your problem with excess inventory and how that will be resolved?

    Huang: It’s completely a crypto hangover issue. Remember, we basically shipped no new GPU in the market, to the channel, for one quarter. But the amount of excess inventory and market demand, channel velocity — you just have inventory divided by velocity, and that’s time. We said that it would take one to two quarters for all the channel inventory to sell out. 1080Ti has sold out. 1080 has sold out. 1070 has sold out. 1070Ti has sold out. In several more weeks 1060s will sell out. Then we can go back to business.


    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 12:45:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Is Facebook's 10-year challenge a harmless meme or a sinister plot to train AI algorithms to be able to recognize you even better? While it's fun to show off how you aged to friends, family and randos on the Internet, Wired writer Kate O'Neill warns this sort of thing is also ideal to train facial recognition bots:
    Is it bad that someone could use your Facebook photos to train a facial recognition algorithm? Not necessarily; in a way, it’s inevitable. Still, the broader takeaway here is that we need to approach our interactions with technology mindful of the data we generate and how it can be used at scale. I’ll offer three plausible use cases for facial recognition: one respectable, one mundane, and one risky.
    Something to ponder about on this Wednesday afternoon.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 12:00:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    DigiTimes writes industry observers believe TSMC will not have a stellar 2019. Last year the company saw significant growth, but this year the firm may be unable to achieve its 5 percent revenue growth target. The site says growth is likely to stagnate due to falling demand for Apple's iPhone and other smartphones.
    Chip demand for 5G-capable devices is also unlikely to pick up substantially until 2020, said the observers, adding that 2019 is going to be a bad year for the world's largest pure-play foundry.

    TSMC is encountering a number of demand-side challenges, including a collapse in demand for cryptocurrency mining ASICs, a cutback in orders from Nvidia, and most importantly, disappointing sales of the new iPhones that have prompted Apple - the foundry's largest client - to cut orders for its custom A12 processor, the observers noted.
    TSMC controls over 50 percent of the semiconductor foundry market.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16 2019 @ 11:28:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    TrendForce's DRAMeXchange predicts a steep decline for DRAM prices in Q1 2019. The agency predicts pricing of DRAM chips will fall by nearly 20 percent this quarter:
    The overall price trend in the DRAM market has been stable in December, showing no noticeable change from November, reports DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Clients in North America and Europe were taking a break during the year-end holiday season, so the quantities of DRAM products traded in December were too small to be considered in the survey of contract prices. With regard to contract prices of mainstream products, the monthly average of 8GB modules is staying roughly at US$60, while that of 4GB modules is around US$30. However, for both 8GB and 4GB ones, their monthly lows have already dropped below their respective US$60 and US$30 thresholds.

    DRAM suppliers and OEMs have already begun to discuss prices for the first-quarter contracts since last December. Taking account of the high inventory, the weak demand, and the pessimistic economic outlook for the medium to long term, both sides have reached a general consensus that prices of 8GB modules for the first-quarter contracts will be around US$55 or even lower. This implies that the average contract price of 8GB modules will drop by at least 10% MoM in January, and there is a strong possibility that prices will continue to fall in February and March. For the DRAM price trend in 1Q19, DRAMeXchange expects a quarterly decline of nearly 20%, steeper than the previous forecast of 15%, with the most noticeable decline in the segment of server DRAM.

    At present, the biggest problem in the DRAM market is not the growth of the industry’s bit output, but the earlier arrival of the traditional slow season in 4Q18, which has resulted in increasing inventory level earlier than expected. Among the major DRAM suppliers, Micron witnessed the biggest drop in prices in 4Q18, which lowered its inventory level timely. In comparison, South Korean-based suppliers experienced the lowest price fall and thus lower shipments, which may lead to considerable inventory level throughout 1Q19. For the short term, the supply bit growth will remain constantly higher than sales bit growth, so the inventory level will keep rising, and the prices will keep falling. This price downtrend may even last for more than four quarters from 4Q18.

    With oligopoly in DRAM market, module makers will face lower profitability
    Contract prices of DRAM products have turned downward since 2H18, but further price competition in the highly concentrated DRAM market would only harm the suppliers’ high profitability. Therefore, DRAM suppliers have scaled back their CAPEXs for 2019 so as to stabilize the prices and moderate the oversupply.

    It should be noted that the distribution of the profit across the DRAM supply chain has been heavily skewed toward the memory suppliers in 2018. On the whole, the trend of rising prices that lasted for more than two years before 4Q18 has not produced significant gains for clients in the downstream. For memory module makers, most did very well in 2017 because the short-term price surge during the early phase of the price uptrend allowed them to translate their low-price inventories into profits. However, module makers were unable to extract profits from the price differences of memory chips at the start of 2018 because DRAM prices by then had become excessively high. Their profitability became dependent on just the additional processing work. As DRAM prices have now swung downward in 2H18, module makers carrying high inventories have been exposed to losses in each successive month. With revenues dropping, many of them are projecting that their actual profits for this year will shrink to around one tenth of last year’s (some are also expecting an annual loss). Going forward, 2019 will be even more challenging for module makers and the rest of the supply chain.


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