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The ''Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is Missing'' Error October 23, 2018 - 12:17
Intel: Sale of 3D XPoint fab will not disrupt Optane roadmap October 23, 2018 - 11:48
Performance penalty seen when using NVIDIA G-SYNC in combination with SLI October 23, 2018 - 11:35
Linus Torvalds resumes command of Linux October 23, 2018 - 11:01
NVIDIA confirms GeForce GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory October 23, 2018 - 10:56
Supermicro says Chinese spy chip is implausible, Apple calls for retraction October 23, 2018 - 10:35
Intel denies it cancelled its 10nm node October 22, 2018 - 22:28
Has Intel killed its 10nm process? October 22, 2018 - 15:26
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Samsung reveals first 256GB DDR4 3DS RDIMM modules for servers October 22, 2018 - 13:11
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2018 @ 11:48:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Late last week, Micron announced it will exercise its call option to purchase Intel's remaining stake (49%) in the IM Flash Technologies joint-venture. The implication here is that Micron will be getting full control over current 3D XPoint production capacity, which is used by Micron for its QuantX product series, and by Intel for its Optane lineup. Both products have different target markets, hence the reason why the firms have drifted apart.

Intel will be able to buy 3D XPoint chips at preferential pricing until the end of 2019. AnandTech got in touch with Intel to learn how this would affect the Optane roadmap. The chip giant told the site that Micron's intentions to get full control of the fab near Lehi, Utah will not disrupt its roadmap. Intel says this has been part of the planning for some time now, and hints it has the capability to produce 3D XPoint at other facilities.
Micron’s statement is a pre-announcement. They can’t officially make the call until January 1, 2019. The operation of the IMFT factory would not change until after the close of the call, which is at Intel’s discretion for up to one year. There is no near-term change to Intel’s plans in the coming quarters—this has been part of our planning for some time now. Intel has a number of manufacturing options available to us within the time window. We’ve been shipping a broad portfolio of Intel Optane technology products for over a year with a continually expanding product line. We will continue to lead the industry with this exciting new technology.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2018 @ 11:35:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The use of SLI is pretty rare and there aren't a whole lot of folks out there who use it in combination with G-SYNC. The latter technology is supposed to have no performance impact, but various reports are floating around on the web from users who experience a significant performance penalty when using G-SYNC in combination with SLI. ExtremeTech decided to put this to test and confirms there's indeed something strange going on with G-SYNC is enabled on a system with two NVIDIA cards.

Depending on the game settings and which API is used, there can indeed be a very significant performance drop:
It’s always dicey to try and test forum reports, not because forum commenters are liars, but because most don’t provide sufficient technical information to be sure you’re reproducing a problem correctly. I don’t have an explanation for this issue at the moment and I realize that “timing problem” is extremely vague. It’s a theory that happens to fit some common-sense facts. Our results collectively suggest that the issue is real and that the performance gaps could be as large as Nvidia users say, particularly if they continue to worsen as frame rate increases.
The exact reason why this occurs is unknown, and at the moment NVIDIA hasn't publicly acknowledged this issue. We agree with ExtremeTech that NVIDIA definitely needs to address this.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2018 @ 11:01:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A month ago, Linux founder Linus Torvalds apologized for years of unprofessional behavior and promised to take some time off to seek assistance "on how to understand people's emotions and respond appropriately." It seems his hiatus is now over as Torvalds will be meeting with the top 40 or so Linux developers at the Open Source Summit Europe meeting in Scotland:
That time is over. Torvalds is back.

Whether he'll be a kinder and gentler Torvalds remains to be seen.

In the Linux 4.19 announcement, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux's temporary leader and maintainer of the stable branch, wrote: "Linus, I'm handing the kernel tree back to you. You can have the joy of dealing with the merge window "
It will be interesting to see if he will have more of his famous outbursts...

Via: ZD Net
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2018 @ 10:56:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A couple of days ago there were rumors about a GeForce GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory and now NVIDIA officially confirmed this part by listing it on its website.

The listing is a bit weird though, it seems to suggest the GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5X has the same specifications as the regular GeForce GTX 1060. That doesn't make sense as it would be very odd to equip the card with more expensive memory and then run it at exactly the same speed.

According to the rumor mill, the GeForce GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory may actually be a cut-down GeForce GTX 1080. I guess we'll find out more soon, but this could be a model for select markets like China.

NVDA GeForce GTX 1060 with GDDR5X
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2018 @ 10:35:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The Bloomberg story about Chinese spy chips in Supermicro servers is still causing a lot of controversy. Late last week, Supermicro CEO Charlies Liang, SVP and Chief Compliance Office David Weigand, and SVP and Chief Product Officer Raju Penumatcha tried to address the concerns by publishing an open letter on the company's website.

The executives say they're confident that the Bloomberg article is wrong, and that they have no knowledge of any malicious hardware chip that got implanted during the manufacturing process of their motherboards.

Furthermore, the letter states it's practically impossible to insert a functional, unauthorized component on a motherboard. Supermicro believes this would be caught by checks in the manufacturing and assembly process, and doubts whether an unauthorized hardware component would function properly as a third party would lack complete pin-to-pin knowledge of the design. Supermicro explains that no single employee, team, or contractor has unrestricted access to the full hardware, software, and firmware design of its motherboards.

On a related note, Apple CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed that he feels that Bloomberg should retract their story because there is no truth in the story about Apple. The site says this is a rare move from Apple, as it's the first time the company has publicly called for a retraction of a news story:
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. "They need to do the right thing and retract it."

This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in cases where the stories have had major errors or were demonstratively false, such as a This American Life episode that was shown to be fabricated.
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. "They need to do the right thing and retract it."
Bloomberg on the other hand continues to defends its story, stating it has seventeen individual sources that confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks.
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Posted on Monday, October 22 2018 @ 22:28:57 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Earlier today, we wrote about a SemiAccurate report that claims that Intel cancelled its 10nm process. Charlie Demerjian has been bearish about Intel's 10nm node for years so even though it's a rumor, his word has some value.

It looks like the report struck a chord at Intel as the chip giant quickly posted a tweet to dispel this rumor. According to Intel, it's making good progress on 10nm and yields are said to be improving consistent with the timeline that was shared during the last earnings report.


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Posted on Monday, October 22 2018 @ 15:26:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel's 10nm process was supposed to be ready in 2015 but earlier this year it became clear that the chip giant was unable to start mass production until sometime in the second half of 2019. Now there's a new shocker as SemiAccurate's Charlie Demerjian claims Intel just pulled the plug on 10nm. The full article requires a subscription, but the part that's not behind a paywall claims Intel killed its 10nm process as the chip giant finally realized it would never be financially viable.
The knifing of 10nm shows that Intel is finally willing to do the right things for the right reasons even if it costs them some short term pain, it is the first adult decision we have seen from the company in several years. Let us walk through the reasons why it is a good thing, from cost to timetables to competitiveness to management changes to potential product roadmaps. It is not a clean, easy or pithy story to pull a sound bite from but it is interesting.
If true, this means Intel's roadmap will see some significant changes. With 10nm potentially finally off the table, Intel will likely have to stick with 14nm even longer before it can launch its first 7nm processors.
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Posted on Monday, October 22 2018 @ 14:50:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A gaming chair with real leather upholstery isn't cheap but Sharkoon just added a budget offer that is supposed to hit the market for 499EUR. Most of these chairs come from the same OEM so the basics of most gaming chairs are pretty similar, you get a steel framework, foam padding, a five-star aluminium base with 75mm wheels, lift/tilt/recline functionality, and 4D armrests. One special feature here are the brakes, which ensure the chair doesn't roll back when the pedals are pushed down. Sharkoon says its Skiller SGS5 will ship for 499EUR.
High Quality Cover Made of Real Leather
The Sharkoon SKILLER SGS5 makes its debut in the color black and offers an upholstery cover in real leather. Due to the characteristics of this breathable material, such as creases, grain and natural blemishes, the SKILLER SGS5 not only makes an especially welcoming appearance of high quality but also offers top-class comfort.

Flexible Head and Lumbar Cushions included
If needed, the included cushions can be easily attached and flexibly positioned, resting the neck and spine - which is especially important for long gaming sessions. The textile cushion covers can be easily removed and washed at 30 degrees.

High Degree of Comfort and Durable Framework
The Sharkoon SKILLER SGS5 possesses the same generous dimensions and comfort features as the SGS4: The maximum load still amounts to 150 kilograms due to fact that this new model also has a robust framework made of steel. The recommended maximum body size of the user is 200 cm, made possible by the large seating surface and wide backrest.

Aluminum Five-Star Base and Wheels with Locks
The solid five-star base, made of aluminum, and the extra-large 75 mm wheels provide additional stability. The wheels should guarantee mobility on all even floor surfaces and give a secure hold thanks to the practical lock function. Above all, racing game enthusiasts, who immerse themselves in games using racing wheels, will find this feature as a decisive advantage: Thanks to the brakes, the chair will not roll back when the pedals are pushed down.

Comfortable Padding and 4D Armrests.
Best seating comfort is promised by a supportive foam padding– with a quoted density of 70 kg/m3 - on the seat and backrest. An ergonomic sitting posture is assisted by the 4D armrests. These can be adjusted for the desired height, width and armlength. They can also be adjusted at a horizontal angle. The stable class 4 gas lift piston provides the optimal seating height. For relaxing, even during the game, the suspension supported rock function can be applied, and, using the tilt angle lock, the chair can be locked at stepped angles from 0 to 14 degrees. For prolonged gaming breaks, the backrest can be reclined and fixed at an angle from 90 to 160 degrees.
sharkoon Skiller SGS5
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Posted on Monday, October 22 2018 @ 13:11:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Samsung showed world's first 256GB memory modules for servers. These new Registered DIMMs (RDIMM) use the Samsung 3DS (3D stacking) packaging technology to put a total of 36 memory chips on a single module, each with a capacity of 64Gb (8GB). Compared with two 128GB LRDIMMs that are used today, the 256GB module not only offers higher performance but also better energy efficiency.

AnandTech writes each of the 36 memory packages feature four single-die 16Gb components, which are interconnected using a through-silicion vias (TSVs). The module is octal ranked as it has two physical ranks and four logical ranks. The site says it's interesting to see that it's RDIMM, and not LRDIMM:
On a bit more of a technical note here, it's very interesting to point out that these new DIMMs are Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) and not Load-Reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs). Normally, LRDIMMs are required for high capacity configurations, with these style DIMMs relying on additional buffering that hurts power consumption and latency versus RDIMMs. Instead, because the latest server platforms (AMD EPYC, Intel Xeon Scalable, etc.) have shifted their memory requirements to natively support support octal-ranked modules in both slots - at the cost of being limited to two slots per channel in total - LRDIMMs are not necessary to maximize the memory capacities of these new servers. As a result, simpler RDIMMs can be used instead. I suspect this is a big reason why Samsung decided to go with a 256 GB RDIMMs, as they are a natural pairing with the latest servers.
Pricing is unknown but considering that 128GB LRDIMMs from Crucial are listed for $3,300 you can get a pretty basic idea..

256GB DDR4 3DS rdiMM
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Posted on Monday, October 22 2018 @ 13:00:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slowly but surely more and more coolers are hitting the market for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper. The latest example is the all-black Alpenföhn Matterhorn Threadripper, this model has a copper base, six 6mm diameter heatipes, and a large aluminium fin array.

Airflow is provided by the 120mm Wing Boost 2 PWM fan, which outputs up to 106m³/h of air at a noise level of up to 18.2dBA. The cooler measures 138mm x 100mm x 158mm and weighs 1017g. Pricing is unknown.
Black version based on the award-winning Matterhorn for socket TR4.

The ideal performance of the Threadripper Edition is ensured by using the 120mm Wing Boost 2 premium fan that comes with the cooler. With the aerodynamically revised s-shaped wing geometry and the new Wing Boosts we both could increase the airflow as well as improve the static pressure at lower noise.

The included ultra-high-performance thermal grease Permafrost makes this deal perfect and guarantees the best possible cooling for CPUs in socket TR4.
Alpenföhn Matterhorn Threadripper
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