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Gigabyte AORUS H1 offers 7.1 virtual surround and RGB LEDs December 04, 2020 - 15:09
MSI rolls out Resizable BAR to Intel 400-series chipsets December 04, 2020 - 12:07
AMD Ryzen 3000 series and older do not support SAM - but Intel supports it since Haswell December 04, 2020 - 12:01
When buying an SSD is a gamble: manufacturer swapping NAND and SSD controllers December 04, 2020 - 11:54
Intel Core i9-11900K pops up in Ashes of the Singularity December 04, 2020 - 10:58
Apple to announce new hardware on December 8? December 04, 2020 - 10:48
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds hit the marketplace December 04, 2020 - 10:36
Micron power outage may be bad news for DRAM supply December 04, 2020 - 10:31
Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 and Evolv Shift 2 Air hit the market December 03, 2020 - 17:21
SpaceX Starship to attempt flight to 15km on Friday, first Mars landing in 2022? December 03, 2020 - 13:02
Intel Rocket Lake-S matches Ryzen 9 5900X single-core performance in Geekbench December 03, 2020 - 12:29
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT gets performance boost on Intel Z490 with Resizable BAR December 03, 2020 - 12:16
ADATA XPG LEVANTE 360 watercooling features five-year warranty December 03, 2020 - 12:07
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NVIDIA: GPU shortages also caused by shortages of substrates and components December 03, 2020 - 11:36
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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 15:09:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte reveals a new gaming headset, the AORUS H1. This model offers 50mm drivers, 7.1 virtual surround sound, subtle RGB LED light effects, and in-line controls. Pricing and availability is unknown.
GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the new gaming headset – AORUS H1. AORUS H1 adopts 50mm drivers and builds in 7.1 virtual surround sound which allows gamers to get more precise directions from the sounds. For example, gamers always recognize the enemies’ actual positions by the footsteps, which allows gamers to win the game without missing any key-detail sounds. With ENC technology microphone (Environmental Noise Cancellation, ENC), which efficiently filters out the background noise so the communication remains crystal clear no matter where you are. Enjoy clear communication with your team to discuss strategy, let’s fight for the victory. Furthermore, for users who care about the sounds, AORUS H1 Audio software provides kinds of modes that can adjust customized settings such as the equalizer, environment modes, and voice effects, etc., which will bring more and improved sound experiences.

GIGABYTE takes extended gaming time into account and the lightweight AORUS H1 can directly alleviate the weight on your head. With the flexible structure design, ear caps have flexible ranges for different face contouring, the soft and breathable earmuffs, and the flexible headband can fit various head shapes, so users can adjust to a close-fit, and avoid excessive ear pressure. The AORUS H1 gaming headset makes it more ergonomic and brings users to wear it comfortably with the best gaming experience.

The ear cups on both sides of AORUS H1 have cool RGB lighting effects, users can choose the RGB effects by personal preference, to make the headset more fashionable and gaming style. By using only one USB port, users can connect audio, microphone, RGB lighting, and power at once, never worrying about the lack of ports on your device. And, it’s also compatible with kinds of platforms such as PC, laptop, and console games, etc. In addition, AORUS H1 can control the volume, RGB lighting effects, mute, and ENC function via the in-line audio controller, while bringing convenience to users. This lets gamers focus more on the game without any interruptions.
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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 12:07:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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MSI has started distribution of BIOS updates that add support for Resizable BAR on Intel's 400-series chipset. Beta versions for the Z490 motherboards will be available this week and the first updates for B460 and H410 motherboards should arrive by mid-December. Before the end of this month, MSI aims to have updates for all B460 and H410 motherboards.

Resizable BAR enables a small performance boost on platforms that support it. The feature was introduced by AMD during the firm's Radeon RX 6800 presentation under the marketing term "Smart Access Memory". It's a part of the PCI Express specification though, so every platform that has hardware support for it can support it. As it turns out, there are more Intel processor generations with Resizable BAR support than AMD chips that support it. Pre-Zen 3 designs from AMD don't have the necessary hardware support for Resizable BAR.
As a world-leading motherboard brand, MSI contributes to providing gamers and creators extremely pleasant experience when users choose MSI motherboards. For the sake of fulfillment of goals, MSI keeps updating the latest version BIOS for users to download and to increase performance.

At the present, MSI prepares to release BIOS update for all Intel 400-series motherboards, including Z490, B460 and H410 chipsets. According to planning schedule, the first batch is expected to Z490 motherboards. All BIOS update for Z490 will be available by this week. As for B460 and H410 motherboards, the BIOS update will be completely released in the next two weeks. Please follow the product pages for the updated BIOS.

BIOS Update for Re-Size BAR Can Enhance System Memory
The key function of BIOS update is to support Re-Size BAR. Re-Size BAR is a platform approach for more performance. It can encourage the system to access the VRAM on the graphics cards and take use of full capacity. After testing, the function operates well. The following image shows MEG Z490 GODLIKE with Re-Size BAR support.

AMD AGESA COMBO PI V2 1.1.0.0 BIOS Assists the Performance Increasing As Well
For AMD platforms, MSI has updated AGESA 1.1.0.0 BIOS for AMD 400-series motherboards. With the BIOS update, the system memory of AMD 400-series motherboards can reach the high performance, and users will definitely have incredible experience. For the relevant BIOS update, please check the product pages and download the latest BIOS.

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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 12:01:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Since the introduction of AMD's Smart Access Memory (SAM) technology we've heard that this technology isn't limited to AMD's latest platforms as the technique is part of the PCI Express specification. Motherboard makers are starting to enable Resizable BAR for Intel motherboards and NVIDIA is also looking into getting it to work for its GPUs.

Interestingly, it seems Resizable BAR will work better on older Intel platforms than on AMD's previous generations. TechPowerUp reports AMD's Zen 2 (and older) do not support the feature due to hardware limitations. Support for the necessary PCIe feature didn't get added until the Ryzen 5000 "Vermeer" lineup as older Zen generations do not have support for a feature called "full-rate _pdep_u32/64".

Intel processors on the other hand have had support for this feature since the Haswell generation, so basically since 2014. At least in theory, every Intel platform since the 4th Gen Core can support Resizable BAR should motherboard makers release BIOS updates for this.
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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 11:54:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tom's Hardware highlights an issue that isn't really new, but still a problem for consumers. The website illustrates that various SSD makers are swapping components without informing consumers. Previously, some manufacturers were known to change the NAND flash memory after a device's release but now this practice has also extended to the SSD controller. It's primarily smaller brands that silently make these changes. Tom's Hardware tested three different versions of one SSD SKU and discovered massive performance differences, with one disk being a whopping 41 percent slower for some tasks.
The slower performance is not just disappointing to see, but because of the pairing and firmware configurations, the newer revisions would not have likely made it onto our list of the best SSDs. Or if they landed there, they wouldn't have remained as long as the original model did. And for those buying the drive now based on our original review, there's no real way of knowing whether you're buying version one, v2, or v3. Heck, there could be more versions out there that we don't even know about. And with other companies starting to pull similar tricks, it's tough to say for sure exactly what you're getting at all -- unless you opt for a company like Samsung, which makes its own flash and controllers, so doesn't have the same worries about component supply.

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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 10:58:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Another sighting of Intel's Rocket Lake-S. This time the Core i9-11900K flagship got spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database. Expected in Q1 2021, this is another 14nm procesor that will pair Cypress Cove cores with Xe-based graphics. Rocket Lake-S will remain on LGA1200 but will add PCI Express 4.0 support.

VideoCardz reports the eight-core chip is listed with a 3.5GHz base clock but there's no info about the Boost frequency. A 3.5GHz base clock means it would be 200MHz lower than the current-gen flagship.
In two 1920x1080p tests with the “Crazy” preset, the Core i9-11900K processor scored 6400 points (64.7 FPS) and 6200 points (62.7 FPS). Users with AMD flagship Ryzen 9 5950X were quick to reply in the original thread to APISAK, and report that the AMD processor scores 7100 points (an average of 71.9 FPS). Compared with the best 11900K’s result the Ryzen 9 5950X is 11% faster than Core i9-11900K in this particular test.
VideoCardz also has some Ashes of the Singularity results of AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 6900 XT video card. This card launches on December 8th:
In Ashes of the Singularity Crazy 1080p preset, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT scored 10100 points, which is an average of 102.1 FPS. This puts RX 6900 XT just slightly under GeForce RTX 3090 which scores around 10400 to 10200 points according to the data from the same reviewer. Further analysis of the benchmark results reveals that a cut-down variant, the RX 6800XT scores exactly 10100 points as well, although the average framerate is 102.0 FPS (a difference of 0.1 FPS).

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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 10:48:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Will Apple announce new hardware sooner than expected? Mac Rumors writes an internal AppleCare memo reveals new SKUs will be announced on Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. There are no further details so it's unknown what to expect. It seems a little early for extra Mac SKUs so perhaps the announcement will be something minor.
Given that AppleCare changes are expected, it is likely that any product(s) announced next Tuesday would have AppleCare+ coverage available, so we could be looking at new hardware. However, in the interest of tempering expectations, it is possible that the announcement could be for a minor accessory, or that no announcement transpires at all.

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Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 10:36:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
For working out, wireless earbuds are truly a godsend. There are already a lot of options and now there's another one as Razer just released its Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds. These earbuds are sold via the Razer.com webshop for $199.99 (209.99EUR). The manufacturer also has a THS Carrying Case for $29.99 (34.99EUR).
Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds, featuring both THX® Certified audio for high-fidelity sound and advanced hybrid Active Noise Cancellation to achieve an unrivaled, undisturbed listening experience with crisp, clear audio and impactful bass, ready for any situation – no matter if you are on the go or working from home.

As with the fan-favorite standard Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds, the Pro model features convenient touch controls and voice assistance compatibility, a customized low latency Bluetooth 5.1 connection and extended battery life with the recharging case. A comfortable, secure fit with enhanced noise isolation is guaranteed by an in-ear design and the inclusion of premium memory foam Comply™ ear tips. The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are also IPX4 rated for sweat and splash protection.

“The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are a superior mobile accessory for everyday users and mobile gamers who demand quality audio and customizable fit,” says John Moore, Head of Sales & Marketing, Growth Peripherals at Razer. “Users will enjoy incredible fit, premium audio, and undisturbed low latency sound for movies, music, games, as well as voice and video calls – all in a tiny package that fits in your pocket.”

Advanced hybrid Active Noise Cancellation for an undisturbed experience
The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro uses hybrid ANC to nullify both external and unwanted internal noise by generating inverse sound waves simultaneously, combined with an enhanced passive noise isolation solution. This is achieved by incorporating two external (feedforward) and two internal (feedback) microphones to deliver the intended sound in crystal clear fashion.

THX® Certified Audio
To achieve the stringent requirements for THX Certification, fine details such as frequency range and response are evaluated, and the device must be capable of delivering clear, detailed vocals and deep impactful bass with zero distortion at high volumes. The certification process also demands great sound isolation, which the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro addresses with an in-ear design for a snugger fit. Customized levels of comfort or acoustic options are provided by Comply black premium foam ear tips or from one of the six sets of silicone tips included in various sizes and materials.

“The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds join the Razer Opus headphones in achieving the gold seal of THX Certification,” said Peter Vasay, head of THX Certification, THX Ltd. “We evaluate and optimize the headphones to ensure a high-quality sound experience delivering a rich, balanced soundstage, clear vocals and deep impactful bass perfect for music, games, and movies.”

Low latency wireless sound
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds deliver a broad soundscape for mobile games, movies, and music from their 10mm drivers and 20-20kHz frequency response. With the touch-activate Gaming Mode enabled, the customized Bluetooth 5.1 connection reduces latency to just 60ms during gameplay, so users can achieve 50%+ quicker reaction time[1] by providing audio and video that is more in sync.

Touch-enabled controls and convenient, intuitive use
The touch-enabled controls on the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro allow users to toggle between ANC and Quick Attention Mode, control their music and calls, and activate their smartphone’s voice assistant with a few easy taps. Quick Attention Mode uses the microphones to let outside sound in, which is useful for a quick conversation. A mobile app available for iOS and Android devices offers access to audio equalizer settings, remapping of touch gestures, a unique fit test, and much more.

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds achieve up to 20 hours of total battery life, with 4 hours per charge on the earbuds and up to 4x recharges from the included USB-C charging case, perfect for storing and automatically charging the earbuds when not in use. To carry your new wireless earbuds in style, a protective Razer THS durable TPU carrying case with carabiner clip is available from Razer.

ABOUT THE RAZER HAMMERHEAD TRUE WIRELESS PRO

Headphones
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Drivers: 10 mm
  • Approximate weight: 53 g(5g x 2 earbuds, 43g charging case)

    Microphone
  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio:60 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -42 dBFS
  • Pickup pattern: Omnidirectional

    Touch controls
  • Music Controls: Play, pause, skip, previous
  • Call Controls: Answer, reject, switch, end
  • General: Pair, power, activate gaming mode and smartphonevirtual assistant

    Battery
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours (with included charging case)*
    * May vary depending on usage

    Compatibility
  • Devices with Bluetooth audio capability
  • Smartphone application available for Android and iOS devices

    Supported codecs: SBC, AAC
  • Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds
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    Posted on Friday, December 04 2020 @ 10:31:51 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    DigiTimes reports one of Micron Technology's wafer fabs in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan got hit by a power outage on December 3. It's unknown how much production was affected. Micron says operation of the facility has returned to normal. Industry experts told DigiTimes the incident may have an impact on DRAM supply, especially server memory:
    Power outage at Micron Taiwan fab may impact global DRAM supply: A recent power outage at Micron Technology's wafer fab in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan may constrain the global DRAM bit supply, particularly to the server segment, according to industry sources.

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    Posted on Thursday, December 03 2020 @ 17:21:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Two new cases from Phanteks; the $109.99 Evolv Shift 2 and the $99.99 Evolv Shift 2 Air. Euro pricing is the same as the pricing in USD, just swap the currency sign. The difference between the two is the that Air has fabric mesh side panels while the other has tempered glass side panels.
    Phanteks today introduced the new Evolv Shift 2 and Shift 2 Air vertical ITX chassis. The Evolv Shift 2 (Air) builds on the unique form factor of the original Evolv Shift, featuring a compact chassis with an extremely space-efficient footprint yet packed with plenty of power. D-RGB lighting has been integrated in a subtle and stylish way and all rear I/O is concealed while easily accessible with a touch on the top panel.

    With support for large and powerful GPUs with up to a 2.9 slot cooler, the Evolv Shift 2 makes powerful gaming setups possible while the vented top, bottom, and rear panel provide plenty of airflow options.

    The Evolv Shift 2 comes in two variations:

    Evolv Shift 2
    The Evolv Shift 2 looks impressive from every angle and provides a clear view of all hardware components through dual tempered glass side panels from both sides.

    Evolv Shift 2 Air
    The Evolv Shift 2 Air provides direct fresh air to the CPU, GPU, and PSU through the two fabric mesh panels that will keep dust out while allowing RGB lights to come through. Perfect for an all-air-cooled system.
    The Evolv Shift 2 is pictured below.

     Evolv Shift 2
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    Posted on Thursday, December 03 2020 @ 13:02:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Tomorrow SpaceX will perform another major test of its Starship rocket. Elon Musk's space outfit will try to fly Starship prototype SN8 to an altitude of 15km to test the performance of three Raptor engines over the course of several minutes. The last two tests, performed in August and September, involved just a single Raptor engine and were limited to an altitude of 150 meters.

    ARS Technica offers some more insight:
    This higher flight profile will take Starship above nearly 90 percent of Earth's atmosphere, which will allow the company to do several new tests: assess the performance of body flaps on Starship, transition from using propellant from the main fuel tanks to smaller ones used for landing burns, and test the vehicle's ability to reorient itself for returning to the launch site.
    On Twitter, Elon Musk estimated SN8 has about a 1-in-3 chance of hitting an altitude of 15km and landing safely back on Earth. Starship is the second stage of SpaceX's new launch system, which is intended to reach Mars. Starship sits on top of a Super Heavy booster, which will use a massive 35 Raptor engines. No flights of the Super Heavy booster have been performed yet. SpaceX started with Starship as it believes the upper stage is the most difficult part of a fully reusable rocket.

    Speaking at the 2020 Axel Springer Award, Elon Musk predicted SpaceX may be able to launch the first crewed missions to Mars in six years, possibly as early as four years. The first cargo mission to Mars could take place as early as two years from now. The ideal launch window to Mars happens roughly every two years, that's why these milestones are planned two years apart.
    “We are going to try and send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years,” the SpaceX founder said on Tuesday at the Axel Springer Award 2020 ceremony in Berlin, Germany. “I’d say six years from now, highly confident [that humans will travel to Mars]. If we get lucky, maybe four years.”

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