Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 13:33:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The popular Mugen series from Scythe gets updated again as the company rolls out the Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition (SCMG-5100BK). Priced at 47EUR (excl. VAT), this new version has a black anodized cover and a full-black fan with RGB LEDs. The model is compatible with all current Intel and AMD desktop processors (except Threadripper).
The Japanese cooler specialist Scythe introduces a refreshed version of the popular Mugen 5 Rev. B CPU cooler as the first product of the year 2020. The new version, called Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition, comes with a black top-plate and a high quality RGB fan from the new Kaze Flex 120 RGB PWM series. The Black RGB Edition offers a much stronger contrast and a matching fan, with frame and vibration absorber completely in black. All the performance features, like the high compatibility and the groundbreaking mounting system are inherited from the award-winning Mugen 5 Rev. B.
Stylish design and proven performance features
The new Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition refines the design and combines it with the numerous performance features of the popular and award-winning CPU cooler series. The black anodized cover of the heat-sink forms a sharp contrast to the aluminum end-caps of the heatpipes and the diamond-cut Scythe logo. The fan frame is kept in black color and matches seamlessly to the unified design. No compromises have to be made in terms of cooling performance and efficiency. In addition, the new Black RGB Edition utilizes total of six high-quality and powerful copper heatpipes, which connect the solid copper base plate with the heat-sink. Both the copper heatpipes and the copper baseplate are refined by the nickel-plating process, which ensures a very unified and high-quality appearance of the Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition CPU cooler..
Quiet, reliable and colourful
For the Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition, Scythe adjusted the color of its Kaze Flex 120 mm RGB PWM fan to further match the overall design. The completely black frame and the black vibration absorbers in the corners have been selected for this purpose. With a wide fan speed range from 300 to 1.200 rpm, the fan can be conveniently actuated by the mainboard's controller thanks to its PWM support. Like all fans of the Kaze Flex series, this variant is also characterized by a high-quality, self-contained liquid bearing (Sealed Precision FDB) and an average life span of 120,000 hours. In practice, the fans have proven their efficiency and quiet running many times.
For an individual look, the RGB LEDs offer rich lighting of the translucent fan blades, providing breathtaking visual accents. It is possible to control the RGB illumination of the fan via the usual mainboard controllers by connecting it to a corresponding 4-pin 5V connector. Supported RGB systems include ASUS™ Aura Sync, ASRock™ RGB LED, MSI™ Mystic Light Sync and Gigabyte™ RGB Fusion.
Proven multi-socket mounting mechanism
Support for all common CPU sockets is guaranteed with the Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition CPU cooler. Thanks to the proven third revision of the Hyper Precision Mounting System (H.P.M.S. III), which is based on a backplate mounting mechanism and is equipped with spring-loaded screws for balanced contact pressure, installation is quick and easy.
The compatible CPU sockets include the Intel™ sockets LGA775, LGA115x, LGA1366, LGA 2011 and LGA 2066 as well as the AMD sockets AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+) and AM4.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 12:50:43 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA is taking Pascal out for another spin. VideoCardz writes the GPU maker is preparing a new MX300 series for the low-end laptop market. These chips will still be based on the Pascal architecture but will be more than simple rebrands of the MX200 series. The GeForce MX350 seems to use the more powerful GP107 GPU,while the GeForce MX330 now has the same number of CUDA cores as the GeForce MX250.
The higher-end part named GeForce MX350 is more than likely to feature GP107 GPU. The ID which was spotted in the drivers appears right after GTX 1050 Mobile. An educated guess would suggest similar specifications, which means 640 CUDA cores.
On the other hand, the GeForce MX330 should still feature GP108 GPU with 384 Cores, so just as many as MX250. That said, the MX350 could replace the GTX 1050M in the current lineup, while MX330 would be a refresh of MX250.
The first laptops with NVIDIA GeForce MX300 GPUs are expected towards the end of February.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 12:34:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Previously, AMD CEO Lisa Su already confirmed that we'll see the launch of a higher-end Navi video card later this year. During Bring Up CES 2020 Edition, Su explicitly called this 7nm part "Big Navi", a term commonly used on tech sites and messaging boards to describe the future Navi chip:
Lisa Su: My main message to our fans is this is just a beginning for us in 2020. I’ve heard a little bit through Twitter and Reddit that people are wondering about, you know, Big Navi. I can say you gonna see Big Navi in 2020. There might be few people wondering about Zen 3 as well and I can tell you that Zen 3 is doing really well, we are excited about it. I look forward talking about that later in 2020.
Word on the street is that AMD will announce Big Navi around Computex in June. NVIDIA on the other hand is expected to reveal its next-gen GPUs at GTC 2020 in March. The new NVIDIA chips are expected to offer better energy efficiency as well as a dramatic increase in ray-tracing performance. It's rumored that Big Navi will also support real-time ray tracing.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 12:27:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Fanlesstech offers a look at the Intel Panther Canyon NUC devices. These Mini PCs will be the first to feature the Tiger Lake processor with Intel Xe graphics.
The NUC 11 Performance will feature a 28W Tiger Lake-U processor and will ship in the second half of this year:
Panther Canyon AKA NUC 11 Performance will feature 28W Tiger Lake U processors (i3, i5, and i7 options), Intel Xe graphics, dual channel DDR4-3200 SODIMMs (64GB max), M.2 22x80 key M slot, PCIe x4 Gen4 NVMe, Intel Optane Memory M10 ready, HDMI 2.1 port, Mini DisplayPort 1.4 port, quad display, 8K support (front and rear Thunderbolt 3 ports), Intel 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps Ethernet port, Intel Wireless-AX 201, IEEE 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
Next there is the higher-end NUC 11 Extreme, this gaming-oriented model will also get a 28W TDP Tiger Lake-U processor but will offer unidentified third-party discrete graphics with 6GB or 8GB VRAM. The NUC 11 Extreme is also expected later this year.
Also onboard are HDMI 2.0b port, Mini DisplayPort 1.4 port, dual channel DDR4-3200 SODIMMs (64GB max) M.2 22x80/110 and M.2 22x80 key M slots, PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe, Intel Optane Memory M10 and H10 ready, front and rear Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps Ethernet port, Intel Wireless-AX 201, IEEE 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 11:37:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
AnandTech analyzes Intel's pre-keynote workshop that was held at CES earlier this month. The site notes Intel's marketing struggled with how to present Ice Lake and Comet Lake, as both chips have their own strong suits.
Comet Lake is faster in real-world benchmarks, but Ice Lake scores better in accelerated workloads for niche markets thanks to new GPU-accelerated features and AVX-512 support. As such, Intel's marketing seems unwilling to put Comet Lake and Ice Lake in the same graph, as this sends a confusing message.
With all this in mind, what does it mean? Intel seems unwilling to put Comet Lake and Ice Lake in the same graph because Comet Lake has some serious hardcore wins in ‘real world benchmarks’, and it isn’t until Intel introduces the accelerated workloads, built upon Ice Lake’s GPU or AVX-512 unit, or games, or connectivity, where Ice Lake can get a true win. But those are specific scenarios for specific individuals, which does go against the ethos of Intel’s march on ‘real world performance’.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 11:07:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
There's a zero day vulnerability (CVE-2020-0674) in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that is reportedly used for "limited targeted attacks." A vulnerability in the browser's scripting engine can result in memory corruption and allow an attacker to run arbitrary code.
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.
In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website, for example, by sending an email.
The bug affects Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 on various supported versions of Windows. Despite the fact that the bug is actively exploited, Microsoft isn't planning to do an out-of-band update. The software giant explains on its website that a patch will be rolled out on February 11, the next Patch Tuesday. Mitigation techniques can be found at Microsoft's website. Alternatively, you can use a different browser like Chrome or Firefox.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 11:00:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tom's Hardware noticed that an Intel Xe session appeared on the roster of the GDC 2020 conference in March. Intel's Antoine Cohade will discuss some of the powerful new features of the Xe architecture.
“Intel's brand new Xe Architecture, has been teased for a while, and is scheduled for release later this year," the description of the presentation on the GDC session scheduler reads. "This update brings a significant compute, geometry and throughput improvements over today's widely used Gen9 and Gen11 graphics.”
The listing further notes that the architecture tour will detail the structure of the its building blocks and their performance implications. For software developers, it will also explain how to optimize for these features. The target audience are game and engine developers and engineers with an interest in hardware.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 10:55:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
BitFenix reveals the Dawn TG, a new mid-tower that promises RGB LED light illumination that "shines through the glass like a breeze of sunlight blows into your window in the break of dawn." The model has three tempered glass side panels, which are equipped with automotive window security films for extra security in the case of an accident. You can find the specifications over here.
The renaissance of PC builds– Dawn TG
Unique aesthetics with magnificent illumination through ultra clear glass
3 side tempered glass with automotive window security films
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 10:34:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Last week we wrote that Intel patched a graphics vulnerability in its processors. At the moment, the patch is exclusively available for Linux and it appears it once again involves a big performance cut.
Linux website Phoronix investigated the performance impact of Intel's mitigation for the CVE-2019-14615 graphics vulnerability. Testing was performed on an older systems with the Core i7 4790K and Core i7 3770K processors. The conclusion isn't pretty, Intel's mitigation absolutely guts performance, especially on Haswell:
When taking the geometric mean of all graphics tests ran, the Core i7 3770K was 18% lower from this lone mitigation while the Core i7 4790K fell by 42%! The mitigated i7-4790K HD Graphics 4600 performance basically put the performance in line with the pre-mitigated i7-3770K graphics performance. Haswell (or at least the Core i7 4790K) appears to get hit particularly hard, more so than the Core i7 3770K. But even the Core i7 3770K performance penalty introduced by yesterday's mitigation patches is very significant. But to reiterate, those not using Gen7 graphics but newer Gen9 (or Gen8) graphics should see minimal difference from the already mainlined mitigation on that front. It's for Ivybridge/Haswell era systems along with the likes of Valley View that are much more impacted by this vulnerability's mitigation.
Posted on Monday, January 20 2020 @ 10:25:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
More evidence for a specifications upgrade of the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT emerges as PowerColor introduces its RED DEVIL RX 5600 XT and RED DRAGON RX 5600 XT video cards. These company has updated the specifications of both cards, they now have higher Game and Boost clocks, as well as an upgrade from 12Gbps GDDR6 to 14Gbps GDDR6 memory. The Red Dragon now has an up to 1560MHz Game clock and 1620MHz Boost, while the Red Devil does up to 1660MHz Game mode and 1750MHz Boost.
Interestingly, PowerColor confirmed that the initial shipment will have the old specifications. Users will be able to unlock the extra performance via a BIOS update. This backs up speculation that AMD is unlocking more performance of the Radeon RX 5600 XT to counter the price cut of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060.
TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, announces the latest addition to its RX 5000 Series lineup, with the launch of the PowerColor Red Dragon and Red Devil RX 5600 XT models based on the latest AMD RDNA gaming architecture giving gamer’s the ultimate higher-tier 1080p gaming experience.
6GB of blisteringly fast 14GBps GDDR6 memory for the most demanding gamers
Utilising powerful high-performance high-bandwidth memory at a blazing 14Gpbs, delivering a 16% increase from 288GBps up to 336GBps over the reference specs, provides the PowerColor 5600XT models with additional performance under intense gaming scenarios for out of this world gameplay.
No quality compromises ever
Equipped with the newest and most advanced 7nm AMD RDNA GPU architecture, the PowerColor Red Dragon and Red Devil RX 5600 XT delivers outstanding thermal performance with dual high capacity low noise 100mm fans and enhanced copper heat pipes for the best heat transfer in a true 2 slot and 2.6 slot cooler respectively. Using only the highest-grade Platinum PowerKit featuring Dr.Mos power delivery while harnessing true digital controller technology and paired with supercapacitors for extreme durability, the cards offer unmatched reliability, power delivery efficiency, and the ultimate thermal protection.
We know Every gamer is different; both the Red Dragon and Red Devil RX 5600XT feature our customised Dual Bios technology. Delivering a real choice by offering selectable modes between each Bios, allowing gamers to enjoy different levels of operation (overclocking or extreme silent mode) We have your back, as it offers a safety net in case one mode fails simply flick that dip switch.
Devil Greatness – Devil Expertise
Not only does the Red Devil 5600XT come with industry-leading performance cooling, it also comes with RGB detailing on the side and the backplate, all controlled with our slick Devil Zone software, allowing customization to match any gamers PC look. Gamers who purchase the Red Devil model also have the benefit of being able to join the exclusive invitation-only Devil Club, where they can participate in giveaways, chat, request for support, and much more.