Posted on Saturday, September 26 2020 @ 12:12:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Yesterday news emerged that crash-to-desktop issues with custom GeForce RTX 3080 video cards may be linked to a poor choice of power regulation configuration. VideoCardz reports there's still no official message from NVIDIA but there are some statements from the company's add-in board partners. The most elaborate response was posted by EVGA's Jacob Freeman, who linked the issue to the capacitors. Here's a full overview of manufacturer statements:
The manufacturer was the first to report on a issue unofficially to the press. Review samples that were already sent out, were later recalled.
Recently there has been some discussion about the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 series.
During our mass production QC testing we discovered a full 6 POSCAPs solution cannot pass the real world applications testing. It took almost a week of R&D effort to find the cause and reduce the POSCAPs to 4 and add 20 MLCC caps prior to shipping production boards, this is why the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 series was delayed at launch. There were no 6 POSCAP production EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 boards shipped.
But, due to the time crunch, some of the reviewers were sent a pre-production version with 6 POSCAP’s, we are working with those reviewers directly to replace their boards with production versions.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 series with 5 POSCAPs + 10 MLCC solution is matched with the XC3 spec without issues.
Also note that we have updated the product pictures at EVGA.com to reflect the production components that shipped to gamers and enthusiasts since day 1 of product launch. Once you receive the card you can compare for yourself, EVGA stands behind its products!
— Jacob Freeman, EVGA Forums
ASUS has changed the design in pre-production. No official statement was made.
MSI acknowledged the issue during the MSI Insider Livestream, suggested it could be a driver issue.
Igor’sLAB reports: PC Partner, Zotac’s mother company, seems to have recognized this and is obviously changing its cards.
GIGABYTE, GALAX and other brands:
No official statement.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 22:26:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new case from Lian Li's budget brand. The LanCool 215 is a $69.99 mid-tower with two 200mm RGB LED front fans.
LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis and PC accessories, is proud to announce a new addition to the LANCOOL series with the performance-focused and budget-friendly LANCOOL 215. Available in black, the LANCOOL 215 sports two high airflow 200mm ARGB fans mounted behind a fine mesh front panel. Other notable features include top and bottom honeycomb filtered vents, wide fan/radiator combination support, and multiple cable management solutions.
The LANCOOL 215 is designed for optimal thermal management. Starting with the front, the removable fine mesh panel, which covers the two pre-installed 200mm ARGB fans, allows for plenty of airflow. Similar to the LANCOOL II Mesh, a honeycomb-like perforation pattern is featured at the top, back, and bottom of the case, as well as on top of the PSU shroud. Also included are a top magnetic dust filter and a pull-out full-length bottom dust filter tray, and the back is equipped with a 120mm PWM fan.
Users have the option to build their system with air cooling or water cooling, as the LANCOOL 215 offers a wide array of configurations. At the front, users can opt for either additional three 120mm fans or a 360mm radiator with fan combo of up to 70mm thick (without interfering with the two 200mm front-mounted fans), and at the top, up to two 140mm fans or a 280mm radiator with fan combo of up to 55mm thick, as well as two 120mm fans above the PSU shroud for improved ventilation of the GPU.
Easy Cable Management
With multiple grommets surrounding the motherboard and cable routing holes on the PSU shroud, users can redirect cables behind the motherboard tray where plenty of cable tie points with Velcro straps are provided. In addition, the included fan hub which hosts the 3 included fans has extra room for up to 3 additional fans, simplifying the build process and cable management.
Aesthetic wise, the lightly tinted tempered glass panel on the full-length of the left side of the LANCOOL 215 provides great visibility of the main components of the system. Users can also adjust the lighting effects of the LED-lit front panel logo and RGB fans through the LED button located at the top of the case for more personalization.
The LANCOOL 215 is available for pre-order starting September 25th, 2020, at MSRP $69.99 USD. And for those looking to add extra style to their build, the LANCOOL 215 can be complemented with the existing accessories of the LANCOOL II, such as the vertical GPU kit, and the side diffused LED strip. For more information, visit the official product page: https://www.lian-li.com/lancool215/
(D) 462mm x (W) 215mm x (H) 482mm
0.75mm SGCC (MB tray, and most of the
4.0mm tempered glass
0.7mm SGCC (exterior)
Front: 2x 200mm/140mm or 2x 120mm
Top: 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm
Rear: 1x 120mm
Above PSU shroud: 2x 120mm
Front: 1x 280mm/360mm
Top: 1x 240mm/280mm
Behind MB tray: 2x 2.5 SSD
Hard Drive Cage: 2x 3.5 HDD or 1x 2.5 SSD
1x HD Audio
2x USB 3.0
1x LED button for lighting mode control
1x Reset button
1x Power button
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 21:05:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
G.Skill has introduced new high-frequency DDR4 modules with lower timings. The firm's product portfolio now contains DDR4-4400 and DDR4-4000 models with CL16-19-19-39 timings.
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is releasing new high-performance, low-latency memory kits at DDR4-4000 CL16 32GB (16GBx2) and DDR4-4400 CL16 16GB (8GBx2), and available across the Trident Z Royal, Trident Z RGB, and Ripjaws V series. Engineered with high quality hand-screened Samsung B-die components, these new memory specifications provide more efficient latency options at extreme frequency speeds.
High-Capacity 16GBx2 Upgrade for DDR4-4000 CL16
Now available with a larger kit capacity of 32GB (16GBx2), the highly optimized DDR4-4000 CL16-19-19-39 memory specification is an ideal performance upgrade for PC builds intended for gaming and content creation.
Extreme Low Latency DDR4-4400 CL16
Along with this wave of memory specification updates, is the DDR4-4400 CL16-19-19-39 16GB (8GBx2) memory kit. This new low-latency CL16 option is an ideal choice for overclockers and enthusiasts who are aiming for a higher benchmark score or a more efficient memory kit.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 18:37:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier this week, reports emerged about custom, factory-overclocked GeForce RTX 3080 video cards experiencing issues with game crashes. German tech site Igor's Lab investigated the issue and concludes the issue may be caused by the type of capacitors picked by NVIDIA's add-in board partners.
With the release of Ampere, NVIDIA was very late with rolling out a compatible driver stack to it partners. Everyone wants to push its cards out of the door as soon as possible, and this resulted in testing and quality assurance being mostly limited to power and voltage stability testing.
Unlike with previous launches, NVIDIA's partners reportedly had less time to thoroughly test their designs.
One issue in particular seems to be that the cards that experience crash-to-desktop issues when hitting high frequencies use cheaper power regulation configurations. If this is the reason of the crashes, it appears NVIDIA's partners didn't make the right trade-off in terms of cost and performance.
NVIDIA in their Founders' Edition designs uses a hybrid capacitor deployment, with four SP-CAPs and two MLCC groups of 10 individual capacitors each in the center. MSI uses a single MLCC group in the central arrangement, with five SP-CAPs guaranteeing the rest of the cleanup duties. ZOTAC went the cheapest way (which may be one of the reasons their cards are also among the cheapest), with a six POSCAP design (which are worse than MLCCs, remember). ASUS, however, designed their TUF with six MLCC arrangements - there were no savings done in this power circuitry area.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 12:08:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Processor maker NUVIA has raised $240 million via a series B funding round. This company was founded in 2019 by former Apple and Google engineers. NUVIA is working on ARM-based processors for the cloud computing market.
NUVIA, a leading-edge silicon design company, today announced the close of its Series B funding round, raising $240M. The funding round was led by Mithril Capital in partnership with Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai (founders of Marvell Technology Group), funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC., and Temasek, with additional participation from Atlantic Bridge, Redline Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, Dell Technologies Capital, Mayfield, Nepenthe LLC and WRVI Capital. The closure of NUVIA’s Series B round builds on a $53M Series A round, raised in November 2019. NUVIA was founded in February 2019 by John Bruno, Manu Gulati and Gerard Williams, with the vision to create the world’s leading server processor.
“The opportunity in front of NUVIA has never been brighter, with an industry that’s looking for a new way to get the performance needed to power the next generation of cloud and enterprise computing,” said Gerard Williams III, CEO, NUVIA. “We’re very fortunate to have an incredible group of investors behind us as we close Series B and take the next steps in our vision to redefine performance, energy efficiency, scalability, compute density and total cost of ownership within the data center.”
NUVIA is building a leading-edge SoC and CPU core, codenamed “Orion” and “Phoenix,” that are designed to deliver industry leading performance on real cloud workloads. More details on performance for the Phoenix CPU can be found at https://nuviainc.com/blog/performancedeliveredanewway.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 10:29:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Surgical Scalpels released Boundary, a benchmark to test the raytracing performance of your computer. You can download it over here.
Boundary: Raytracing Benchmark is a tech research project deriving from the space FPS game Boundary, marching toward achieving full realtime raytracing in-game.
This benchmark project utilized the lastest raytracing and raytracing-optimization technology enables players to see the future of raytracing technology.
The Chinese developer plans to release Boundary later this year. It's a multi-player tactical space-based shooter where you engage in zero gravity firefights and low-gravity operations on orbiting space stations. Ray tracing is expected to be added to the game post-launch.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 10:23:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
One of the downsides of security cameras is that they have a fixed position. Some models offer a degree of adjustability by allowing you to rotate the camera, but now Amazon's Ring offers a compelling new product.
Called the Always Home Cam, this is a combination of an autonomously flying drone and a security camera. It will allow users to monitor their entire home without requiring multiple cameras. When the inspection is done, the camera returns to its dock to recharge. When first installed, the Always Home Cam will require you to build a map of your home so you can give it instructions for specific viewpoints. Besides being able to control the path it takes, the camera is also fully autonomous. When a different Ring device detects a disturbance, the Always Home Cam can take off to investigate the issue.
This indoor-only camera records 1080p HD video and integrates with Ring Alarm. The only downside perhaps is that it can only record in-flight. The dock blocks the camera so you can't use it when it's not flying.
Ring's Always Home Cam is expected to hit the market next year for $249.99.
Ever feel like you left the door unlocked, or forgot to turn off the stove? Do you receive a Ring Alarm alert and immediately want to see what’s happening? The Ring Always Home Cam is here to help. This compact, lightweight, autonomously flying indoor camera gives even greater visibility when you’re not home.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 10:13:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft announces the Linux version of its Edge browser will be released next month:
Our mission to bring Microsoft Edge to the platforms our customers use daily takes its next step: starting in October, Microsoft Edge on Linux will be available to download on the Dev preview channel. When it’s available, Linux users can go to the Microsoft Edge Insiders site to download the preview channel, or they can download it from the native Linux package manager. And just like other platforms, we always appreciate feedback—it’s the best way to serve our customers.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 10:09:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Check Point security researchers announce they discovered a dangerous bug on Instagram that would have allowed an attacker to take over your phone. The attack worked by crafting a malicious image file and tricking the user into opening it with Instagram. This triggered an "Integer Overflow leading to Heap Buffer Overflow" and could give the attacker full access to your phone:
Earlier this year, Check Point researchers found a critical vulnerability in the Instagram app that would have given an attacker the ability to take over a victim’s Instagram account, and turn their phone into a spying tool, simply by sending them a malicious image file. When the image is saved and opened in the Instagram app, the exploit would give the hacker full access to the victim’s Instagram messages and images, allowing them to post or delete images at will, as well as giving access to the phone’s contacts, camera and location data.
Technical details about the exploit can be read over here. There is no need to wory though as the bug seems hard to exploit and was reported to Facebook earlier this year. The company rolled out a patch on February 10, 2020 so if your mobile device regularly updates itself you should be safe from this exploit.
Posted on Friday, September 25 2020 @ 09:59:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Some interesting tidbits about AMD's Big Navi lineup over at VideoCardz. First up, the site says AMD's new ROCm Developer Tools source code confirms that Sienna Cichlid is indeed Navi 21 and Navy Flounder is Navi 22.
In case you're wondering, do these names have any meaning, the answer is no. In a Reddit thread, an AMD developer confirmed that these names are now a random selection from a couple of lists of words. Apparently, when AMD was still using star names, there was too much discussion from astronomy buffs:
Yep... it's a random selection from a couple of lists of words.
We were using names of stars previously, but it turned out we had too many people interested in astronomy - the discussion about whether to use Aldeberan or Betelgeuse for the next compute chip went on for a while, with really good arguments on both sides.
There are a few companies named after stars, but red giants seemed relatively safe.
Another great find is a tweet from Frank Azor, AMD's Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions & Marketing. He claims the Radeon RX 6000 series will not be a paperlaunch.