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CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile does not have audible click

1 week ago
There is a new Cherry switch for low-profile keyboards and laptops. The German firm introduces the CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile, this new version of the Ultra Low Profile switch is 3.5mm tall like the original. It keeps the tactile feedback but lacks the audible click -- allowing for silent operation. RGB LED illumination is optional.

CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile
CHERRY MX, the market leader and expert for mechanical switches in keyboards, is expanding the MX Ultra Low Profile series (ULP) with a tactile version without an audible click. The manufacturer of innovative switches thus offers end customers another option in the areas of "high-end laptop keyboards" and "ultra-thin desktop keyboards". The CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile comes with all the unique features and distinctive characteristics for which the series is known worldwide. Since the ULP switch is not only an absolute technical masterpiece but has also set a patented standard and allows new technical possibilities for designing ultra-low profile laptop and desktop keyboards within the premium segment, the product received the "German Innovation Award". This makes CHERRY MX an award-winning innovation leader.

MX Ultra Low Profile: The shallowest mechanical switch from CHERRY MX
In March 2021, the MX Ultra Low Profile switch was introduced as a completely new development and a milestone in switch development: With an overall height of just 3.5 millimeters, CHERRY MX unveiled the shallowest model in its product range. Particularly for laptops, this allows the realization of fully mechanical high-end keyboards that clearly stand out from previous solutions in terms of pleasant tactile feel, intensive feedback during gaming or typing, and increased reliability as well as greater durability without changing the format. The CHERRY MX ULP also opens up new possibilities for desktop keyboards that were previously technically unfeasible. The exclusive and patented switch design incorporates the feature set of CHERRY MX switches that have been proven for decades, ensuring maximum precision and perfect function even in the new design.

New version without a click: MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile
With the MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile, the ULP series has now been expanded to include a new variant: unlike the MX ULP Click, which is characterized by tactile switching characteristics including acoustic feedback similar to the MX Blue, the MX ULP Tactile is similar to the MX Brown. Thus, the new variant of the MX ULP abandons the distinctive click noise but continues to offer tactile actuation. The CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile, therefore, meets the preference of users who prefer a quieter typing experience without the acoustic feedback of their laptop or desktop keyboards. In addition to gamers and eSports teams, this also includes avid typists working in the (home)office and content creators of all kinds who want to rely on the highest precision and a pleasant, noticeable typing feel at all times. Especially the latter target group enjoys massively increasing user numbers: Every day, countless creators worldwide attract hundreds of millions of viewers in front of their screens.

The characteristics of the CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile
Characteristic for both variants of the ULP switch is a total travel of 1.8 millimeters and the tactile switching point at 0.8 millimeters. This also results in an ergonomic overtravel of 1.0 millimeters. The required actuation force at the tactile point amounts to 65 centinewtons. As with all MX switches, the leading, world-exclusive, high-precision, and durable gold crosspoint technology with corrosion-resistant gold contact points form the heart of the new switch variant. This is a crucial quality feature that, combined with the long-life mechanics, ensures superior durability and consistent actuation quality.

Space-saving and cost-efficient SMD design
The MX Ultra Low Profile is a mechanical SMD key switch from CHERRY MX that can be soldered directly onto the PCB thanks to corresponding connection pads. This space-saving solution allows particularly slim keyboards for laptop as well as desktop applications since the components can be placed on only one side of the PCB. In addition, this implementation is also easier for manufacturers to handle and enables a high level of automation in production.

Balanced RGB lighting
Due to the unique design of the MX Ultra Low Profile, the respective SMD LED (RGB or single color) is located directly under the switch. In interaction with the translucent polymer parts, a balanced and homogeneous illumination is achieved, resulting in a luminous display of all 16.8 million colors of the RGB spectrum. This means that the keycap is also evenly illuminated. There is also the option of programmable individual key illumination.

Developed and made in Germany
Like every MX switch, the MX Ultra Low Profile Tactile was designed by the experienced development team at the headquarters in Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Germany. The high-precision and exclusive manufacturing of this model is exclusively performed in Germany. This guarantees the highest reliability and precision, ensured by permanent and strict tests at the in-house laboratory. CHERRY also relies on complete product control in-house, which includes all critical components and processes.

MX Ultra Low Profile as a winner of the 2022 German Innovation Award
The MX Ultra Low Profile has been awarded the "Gold" award of the German Innovation Awards 2022 for groundbreaking excellence. The ultra-low-profile solution from CHERRY MX prevailed in the "Excellence in Business to Business" segment of the competition against other candidates in the "Office Solutions" category. The judges based the award on the first-class typing feel, the fantastic development performance of CHERRY MX, and the new standard set by the MX Ultra Low Profile in the keyboard segment, creating entirely new technical and design possibilities.

The German Innovation Award is the prize that makes innovation visible
The German Innovation Award honors forward-looking solutions in all industries and offers equal opportunities to those who drive innovation forward. In doing so, the panel of judges - consisting of independent, interdisciplinary experts from the fields of technology, digitization, science, associations, and institutions - looks for solutions that clearly stand out due to their added value for users and the environment. Therefore, the German Innovation Award offers all innovation drivers equal opportunities and makes their achievements visible to a broad audience.

CHERRY MX Ultra Low Profile in laptops from leading manufacturers
In the meantime, the MX Ultra Low Profile has established itself on the market as a first-class innovation and is used by well-known manufacturers in laptop and desktop keyboards. Especially the top models of mobile gaming notebooks or workstations are equipped with the fully mechanical key switches: Alienware, for example, offers the M15 R4 and M17 R4 series with the CHERRY MX ULP option. MSI delivers the new Titan GT77 with the MX Ultra Low Profile tactile variant. Corsair also relies on the switch for the Voyager a1600. XMG also includes a high-end keyboard based on CHERRY MX technology in its upcoming flagship laptop.

TSMC on track for 2nm production by 2025

1 week ago
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TSMC said it expects to kick off 2nm production in 2025. The Taiwanese foundry's 2nm process technology will use nanosheet transistor technology, a type of gate-all-around field-effect transistor (GAAFET).
TSMC made its announcement at an industry event on Thursday in the U.S., its first in-person tech symposium in two years. The Taiwanese chip titan said its 2nm tech will be based on "nanosheet transistor architecture" to deliver significant improvements in performance and power efficiency. Nanosheet architecture is a completely different infrastructure from the Finfet infrastructure used for 5nm chips, currently the most advanced on the market. Such new tech requires massive investments to make available.
Production of 3nm chips is expected to start in the second half of this year. The company's N3 roadmap will include five nodes over the course of three years. All 3nm processes from TSMC will use FinFlex, a new technique that promises higher performance, energy efficiency, density, and design flexibility.

Compared with N3E, TSMC's N2 node promises a 25-30 percent reduction in power use or 10-15 percent higher performance. However, the improvement in chip density is not that great. TSMC mentions a gain of "higher than 10 percent", which is pretty low versus previous generations.

Lian Li UNI FAN SL INFINITY 120 sports infinity mirror effect

1 week ago
Lian Li reveals the UNI FAN SL Infinity 120, a new fan series that features an infinity mirror effect. These 120mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fans spin at 200 to 2100RPM, they offer up to 61.3CFM of airflow and a maximum air pressure of 2.6mm H2O. The maximum noise level is rated at 29dBA. Special features include multiple orientations for the power cable, start/stop function, and interlocking keys for enhanced radiator fitting clearance. A single fan costs $29.99 and there's also sold in packs of three with a controller for $99.99.

UNIFAN SL Infinity 120
LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of chassis and PC accessories, announces a new addition to the UNI FAN series with the SL INFINITY 120. The new fan offers a limitless lighting style with an infinity mirror at the front and sides, as well as thin diffusers to provide illumination on all sides which are fully customizable in L-Connect 3. The SL INFINITY 120 has an improved connecting mechanism with removable interlocking keys and a multidirectional power module cable. The SL INFINITY 120 delivers a maximum of 61.3 CFM of airflow, 2.66mm H2O of air pressure, and a noise level of up to 29 dBA while running at 2100 RPM, or be completely quiet at 0 RPM with the new Start/Stop function in L-Connect 3.

Limitless Lighting Style
The SL INFINITY 120 features 40 LEDs which are evenly distributed to provide continuous lighting diffused at the fan blades and around the LIAN LI medallion at the back. Thin strips of lighting are built into the frame around the fan opening, both front and back. At the front and center of the frame, the fan shaft provides lighting to the first infinity mirror of the fan which has been carefully designed to create a deep and clean infinity effect with 0.5mm between each layer of light. The second infinity mirror is surrounded by aluminum trim and is located on both sides of the frame. The geometric shape of the infinity mirror follows the front ARGB lighting strip in a top and bottom pattern that creates a 3D indented look. Via L-Connect 3, users can decide between preset light effects or combine center and side effects for a customized look.

Improved UNI FAN Concept
With the SL INFINITY 120, LIAN Li makes improvements with removable interlocking keys on the side of the fan for better clearance with radiator fittings. The power module is now centered on the fan frame and has been revised to allow the cable to be flipped 180 degrees, to always be oriented towards the rear of the case. Lastly, the ARGB and PWM cables that connect to the UNI HUB controller have been combined into a single one, clearing cable clutter even further.

Better Performance
The SL INFINITY 120 features a 10% performance improvement compared to the SL120 which results in better airflow (61.3 CFM), higher static pressure (2.66 mmH2O), and a wider range of fan speed (0 ~ 2100RPM) at lower noise levels (29 dBA). First time introduced in the UNI FAN line-up, the SL INFINITY 120 can be stopped completely for the ultimate silent build. This feature is supported by L-Connect’s redesigned fan curve interface via the Start/ Stop mode which allows RPM to be set to 0 when the CPU or GPU is running below 50°C.

The black/white UNI FAN SL INFINITY 120 is available for pre-order starting June 17th, at an MSRP of $99.99 (USA)/$94.99 (global) for 3 fans with controller bundle pack, and $29.99 (USA and global) for the single fan pack (controller not included). For more information about the UNI FAN SL INFINITY 120, please visit: https://lian-li.com/product/uni-fan-sl-infinity/

AORUS C500 GLASS starts shipping in July

4 weeks ago
Gigabyte created a new case that fits motherboards of up to E-ATX form factor. The AORUS C500 GLASS supports 420mm watercooling radiators and features fancy RGB LED illumination. This mid-tower measures 548mm x 250mm x 482mm and weighs 13.4kg. Shipments are expected in July.

AORUS C500 GLASS
GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the new mid-tower gaming case – AORUS C500 GLASS is designed for outstanding cooling, it provides optimized airflow design and supports motherboards up to E-ATX. Also, it supports up to 420mm water cooling system solutions which enables the entire case to achieve extreme cooling and performance. In terms of assembly, AORUS offers friendly and convenient ideas, such as excellent cable management, the swing door front panel, and the drop protection tempered glass panel, etc., all of which add convenience for users during use. In addition, users can download the RGB FUSION 2.0 software to customize the various RGB lighting effects and colors to make the gaming case perfect to perform all AORUS devices and be collected as a marvelous artwork.

Optimized Airflow Design
The airflow design of the chassis is one of the factors to affect the internal thermal performance. AORUS C500 GLASS is mainly designed with large-area mesh and vent design on the front and top panels. Increasing the ventilated surface can bring more airflow into the case to achieve better heat dissipation, which allows users to make the system cooler and enjoy a stable performance.

Max Compatibility
AORUS C500 GLASS gaming case makes the ideal choice for users to mount all their AORUS components. AORUS C500 GLASS can fit up to E-ATX motherboards, 190mm-height CPU coolers 420mm-length graphics card and 220mm-length PSUs. The fan system supports three 140mm or 120mm fans at the front panel, two 140mm or three 120mm fans at the top panel, and one 140mm or two 120mm at the rear. In addition, the AORUS C500 GLASS comes with pre-installed three 120mm ARGB & PWM fans at the front and a 120mm ARGB & PWM fan at the rear. The liquid cooling systems have a maximum of 420mm radiator at the front, a maximum of 360mm radiator at the top, and a maximum of 140mm radiator at the rear. For hard disk installation, it can support 2 sets of 2.5" SSD and 2 sets of 3.5" HDD exclusive installation space, and the 3.5” HDD also can be replaced by 2.5” SSD. Moreover, the module design of the drive bays makes users more facile to assemble.

Vertical and Horizontal Installation
The AORUS C500 GLASS supports vertical or horizontal GPU installation, giving the gamers the option to choose the best viewing angle for their graphics card. AORUS C500 GLASS takes the card’s thickness and shape into account and provides two vertical holder kits which can respectively support 73mm and 160mm card thickness for installation so that users can avoid unsuitable size problems.

Excellent Cable Management
There are some cable grooves and holes in the rear cabin, users can quickly and flexibly manage cables. The rear cabin has a wider groove around the edge to increase the additional space to hide cables. Users with multiple cable can make proper use of these corners and spaces to manage them. This prevents the problem that the side panel cannot close due to the cables. The excellent cable management keeps the cables neat and tidy, making the airflow in the case more efficient.

Easy to Install. Easy to Use.
The swing door design allows users to install the fans and radiator without removing the front panel, which can not only avoid the risk of the cable-pulling but it is also convenient to perform any changes in the hardware and easier to clean. In terms of the PSU installation, users can mount the PSU on the mounting plate in advance, then push it into the case from the rear side. The chassis is equipped with dust filters on the front, top and bottom, which prevents dust accumulation in long term and provides the best cooling performance. The dust filters on the front and top panel are magnetic where the one at the bottom is detachable., Both are easy to clean. Moreover, AORUS C500 GLASS built-in ARGB and PWM hub controller, provides five 5v 3pin ARGB connectors and five PWM connectors, which allows users to connect extra RGB strips and fans. Build the gaming computer of your dreams!

Tempered Glass Panel with Anti-Dropping Design
The 4mm tempered glass side panel has a special structure. When removing, the side panel is opened by tilting first, which is convenient for users to take out it, which can avoid the risk of uncarefully slipping off. In addition, the non-drilled glass design effectively reduces the risk of fragmentation, allowing users to remove it with ease and safety, also extending the product lifespan.

Versatile Front I/O. Real 11 Core Cable.
The two USB 3.0 ports adopt 11 core material cables, which make the signal transfer more stable. Besides, it is also equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C port and audio port.

ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 gets a Noctua Edition

1 month ago
Noctua fans rejoice as ASUS reveals a Noctua-branded GeForce RTX 3080 video card. This card has been rumored for quite some time now, and it's pretty late to market considering the RTX 3080 launched on September 17, 2020. The RTX 3080 Noctua Edition features the hallmark Noctua coolers and sports a custom cooler with two Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM fans.
Following the resounding success of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, ASUS and Noctua have presented another graphics card that runs exceptionally quiet thanks to a jointly-developed cooling solution: Like the GeForce RTX 3070 model, the new ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition employs two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans and a tailored heatsink, which enables it to run quieter than any other card in its class.

At typical auto-speed fan settings, the Noctua Edition runs 4.5 dB(A) quieter than the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 while achieving 3°C lower GPU temperatures and 14°C lower VRAM temperatures. In sum, the Noctua Edition provides lower noise levels across the entire speed range with the most prominent improvement of almost 9dB(A) at maximum fan speed and 2-5dB(A) at lower speeds. The reduced noise levels go hand in hand with lower GPU temperatures as well as substantial reductions in memory temperature of up to 22°C.
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First Logitech MX wireless keyboards with mechanical switches hit the market

1 month ago
Logitech shows off its first mechanical MX-series wireless keyboards. The Swiss peripheral maker has the full-sized MX Mechanical, which is a compact keyboard without a lot of bells & whistles, and the tenkeyless MX Mechanical Mini. Furthermore, Logitech also introduces its MX Master 3S wireless mouse.

Logitech MX wireless mechanical keyboards
Today, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) expanded its Master Series with two new mechanical keyboards – the full-size MX Mechanical and minimalist MX Mechanical Mini – and MX Master 3S mouse. Logitech’s Master Series brings advanced digital creators ultimate productivity tools, featuring high performance mechanical typing and precision tracking.

“There is a growing community of software developers who fell in love with mechanical keyboards when they started playing games, and now they want the same feeling of precision and control with their professional desktop keyboard,” said Tolya Polyanker, head of the MX Series for Creativity and Productivity at Logitech. “MX Mechanical combines the best of both – Logitech’s gaming keyboard expertise with MX Master Series signature experiences.”

MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini offer the latest generation of low profile mechanical switches. Tactile Quiet (Brown) key switch makes it Logitech’s quietest mechanical keyboard ever with an amazing mechanical typing feel. Clicky (Blue) and Linear (Red) switch options are also available in select markets. The keyboards are designed with dual-colored keycaps for an optimized peripheral view. Smart backlighting, in six lighting options, automatically adjusts brightness for ambient light and switches off when not needed for efficient battery consumption.

To better address the needs of our advanced creators, MX Master 3S features an 8,000 DPI optical sensor that tracks on most surfaces including glass and offers faster workflow with high resolution monitors. Clicks are now 90% quieter compared to MX Master 3 while keeping the same satisfying precision feel so that you can focus on your work, not the noise.

The MX Master 3S features the MagSpeed Electromagnetic™ wheel that zips through 1,000 lines in one second, the side scroll wheel for faster horizontal navigation, and a unique ergonomic shape crafted for long hours of comfort.

MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini and MX Master 3S are all compatible with Logi Options+ software – now out of Beta. Users can customize individual buttons, use pre-defined or create their own app-specific profiles, adjust tracking speed, select backlighting effects, and more to optimize their workflow. All three products, equipped with both Bluetooth and proprietary Logi Bolt wireless technology for a reliable, secure connection even in congested environments, can connect to up to three different devices and are compatible across a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux.

Sustainability
At Logitech, products are designed to deliver great user experiences and minimize environmental footprint and the MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini were designed with your future in mind. A portion of the keyboards’ plastic parts are made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic: 45% for MX Mechanical and 47% for MX Mechanical Mini. Plus, the aluminum top case for the keyboards is made from low carbon aluminum and produced with renewable energy rather than fossil fuels for a lower carbon impact. The MX Master 3S mouse is also made with PCR plastic – 27% for graphite and 22% for pale gray.

All Logitech products, including MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini and MX Master 3S, are certified carbon neutral. When you purchase a Logitech product, the carbon footprint of that product has been reduced to zero by supporting forestry, renewables and climate-impacted communities that reduce carbon.? ??

Pricing and Availability
The MX Mechanical, MX Mechanical Mini and MX Master 3S will be available in May 2022 on logitech.com and at other global retailers. The suggested retail price for the MX Mechanical keyboard is $169.99 (179.99EUR), MX Mechanical Mini keyboard is $149.99 (159.99EUR) and MX Master 3S is $99 (129EUR).

Intel rolls out 12th Gen Core HX CPUs for mobile workstations

1 month ago
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Some new high-end processors from Intel. The chip giant reveals the 12th Gen Core HX, a new line of mobile workstation CPUs. These are the most powerful laptop chips from Intel to date.
What's New: Today at Intel Vision 2022, Intel announced seven new mobile processers to the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile family. The 12th Gen Intel® Core™ HX processors utilize desktop-caliber silicon in a mobile package – to deliver high levels of performance for professional workflows like CAD, animation and visual effects. The HX processors are unlocked out of the box and available in Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 models.

"With the new core architecture and higher power limits of 12th Gen Intel Core HX processors, we're enabling content creators to tackle the most demanding work flows like never before – for example, executing 3D renders in the background while continuing to iterate on other 3D assets in the scene. No more waiting around for processor-intensive workloads to finish, you can stay in the flow. Gamers and content creators will also have access to high bandwidth platform technologies like PCIe Gen 5 with RAID support, and support for ECC memory to ensure high levels of system data integrity and reliability." –Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms

Why It Matters: Professionals and creators need more processing power and greater platform bandwidth to iterate content faster. This enables businesses and production agencies to better meet milestones and budgets of fast-paced working environments. The 12th Gen Intel Core HX processors enable the best mobile workstation platforms by providing 65 percent more performance in multi-threaded workloads1 with more cores, more memory and more I/O while utilizing Intel® Thread Director technology to leverage high-power Performance-cores and Efficient-cores so pros can create, program, render and work with maximum efficiency in the office, at home or on the go. In addition to being a commercial workhorse, 12th Gen Intel Core HX processors provide a gaming powerhouse platform that will give enthusiast gamers higher frame rates for the games they know and love.

About the HX Processors: The 12th Gen Intel Core HX processor family delivers real-world productivity, collaboration, content creation, gaming and entertainment in innovative mobile designs:
  • Up to 16 cores (8 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores) and 24 threads running at a processor base power of 55W.
  • Access to x16 PCIe Gen 5.0 via the processor and 4x4 PCIe Gen 4.0 from a dedicated platform controller hub (PCH) for increased bandwidth and faster data transfers.
  • An industry-first unlocked and overclockable series of mobile processors.
  • Memory support for up to 128GBs of DDR5/LPDDR5 (up to 4800MHz/5200MHz) and DDR4 (up to 3200MHz/LPDDR4 4267MHz) with Error Correcting Code (ECC) capability.
  • Designs with Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+)2 for improved connectivity and access to the new 6 GHz Spectrum.
More than 10 workstation and gaming designs powered by 12th Gen Intel Core HX processors are expected to be launched by major OEMs this year, including systems from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others.

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6650 XT hit the scene

1 month ago
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Three new video cards from AMD. The firm reveals the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6650 XT. The 6950XT is a new flagship with 80 CUs, 16GB GDDR6 memory, a 2100MHz Game clock, over 2310MHz Boost, 256-bit memory bus, 1793GB/s memory bandwidth and a 335W TDP. Pricing of this model is $1,099. Next we have the Radeon RX 6750 XT, a 12GB GDDR6 model with 40 CUs for $549, and the Radeon RX 6650 XT, a 8GB GDDR6 card with 32 CUs and a $399 price tag.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced new additions to the AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series product line: the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT — the most powerful graphics card in the Radeon RX 6000 Series family — the Radeon RX 6750 XT and the Radeon RX 6650 XT graphics cards.

With a 2.1GHz Game Clock coupled with 16GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory, the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card delivers incredible performance and breathtaking visuals for the most demanding AAA and esports titles at 4K resolution with max settings. The AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT graphics card offers a cutting-edge, high-performance gaming experience at 1440p resolution with max settings, while the AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT graphics card offers ultra-smooth, high-refresh rate 1080p gaming with max settings in the latest titles.

All of the new AMD Radeon graphics cards are built on the breakthrough AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, include process optimizations plus firmware and software enhancements, and are equipped with high-bandwidth, low-latency AMD Infinity Cache™ technology and ultra-fast GDDR6 memory at up to 18Gbps. They also support Microsoft Windows 11 and Microsoft DirectX® 12 Ultimate, AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (FSR) 1.0, the forthcoming AMD FSR 2.0 and AMD Radeon Super Resolution upscaling technologies, as well as other advanced features that provide visually stunning, high-refresh rate gaming experiences.

“There are three billion gamers worldwide and counting, and about half play on PCs,” said Scott Herkelman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “As gamers grow in numbers, these new Radeon graphics cards will provide next-level gaming experiences and performance. And the incredible efficiencies of AMD RDNA 2 architecture deliver substantially better performance-per-dollar with the new Radeon graphics cards compared to the competition.”

High Performance, High Visual Fidelity & Elevated Gaming Experiences
The new AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6650 XT graphics cards provide gamers with incredible gaming performance, stunning visuals and elevated experiences. Key features and capabilities include:
  • AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™ – Brings advanced and innovative capabilities to unlock the full potential of gaming experiences on AMD graphics- and processor-powered systems. The latest release offers up to 10 percent higher performance across a range of select DX®11 titles. In addition, AMD Radeon Super Resolution 1.1 driver-based upscaling technology now adds support for select AMD Ryzen™ 6000 Series processors equipped with Radeon integrated graphics.
  • AMD FidelityFX Technology – AMD FidelityFX technology is an open-source toolkit of visual enhancement effects for game developers available at AMD GPUOpen. It includes AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 1.0 spatial upscaling technology, which is supported in 80+ games and counting. It also includes the forthcoming AMD FSR 2.0, a cutting-edge temporal upscaling solution that boosts framerates in supported games and generates similar or better than native image quality on a wide range of graphics cards.
  • AMD Smart Access Memory (SAM) Technology – Unlocks higher performance when pairing AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards with select AMD Ryzen desktop processors and AMD 500 Series motherboards by providing AMD Ryzen processors with access to the entire high-speed GDDR6 graphics memory. SAM can provide up to 14 percent higher performance in a system equipped with an AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card and an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor.
  • AMD Infinity Cache Technology – Last-level data cache integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption and can help enable higher gaming performance than traditional architectural designs.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 Game Support
The next-generation of the widely adopted AMD open-source, cross-platform upscaling technology, FSR 2.0 helps boost framerates in supported games by using previous frame data to provide similar or better than native image quality at all resolutions. It supports a wide range of graphics products and platforms, including AMD and select competitor solutions, without requiring dedicated machine learning hardware. The first game to add support for AMD FSR 2.0 is DEATHLOOP by Arkane Studios and Bethesda, which is expected to be available via an update on May 12, 2022. Additional games planning to add support for technology in the coming months include Asterigos, Delysium, EVE Online, Farming Simulator 22, Forspoken, Grounded, Microsoft Flight Simulator, NiShuiHan, Perfect World Remake, Swordsman Remake, and Unknown 9: Awakening.

AMD Radeon Raise the Game Bundle
AMD also announced an upcoming version of the popular AMD Radeon Raise the Game Bundle, providing gamers with complimentary access to games with the purchase of eligible AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series products. Customers purchasing a qualifying Radeon product from a participating etailer beginning May 10, 2022 will receive a code that can be redeemed when the promotion launches later in the quarter, with the full offer details to be provided at that time. The new bundle will include the popular Saints Row and Sniper Elite 5 games, with more being revealed leading up to the launch of the promotion (bundle offer may vary by eligible product purchased). Customers can visit the AMD Rewards website to find a list of participating partners and check back for future updates and instructions on the promotion.

Availability
The AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6650 XT graphics cards are expected to be available starting today, May 10, 2022, from global etailers/retailers and AMD board partners, including ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, PowerColor, XFX and Yeston. AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT and Radon RX 6750 XT graphics cards are also expected to be available starting today at AMD.com. The latest version of AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition is expected to be available May 10, 2022.

Intel ARC video cards delayed once more... to August?

1 month ago
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Is Intel's ARC Alchemist becoming another Laterbee? German tech writer Igor Wallossek claims Intel's new video cards are unlikely to hit the desktop market before late Summer. An exact time schedule is not known but a launch in July or August means the cards will be more than half a year behind schedule.

The reason is still the same as what was circulating many months ago. Video card drivers are a tough nut to crack and Intel is still keeping everything tightly under wraps:
Since the actual hardware, the firmware and the final clock rates are unlikely to change, the cause has to be found in the software, i.e. the drivers. Apart from the fact that Intel very restrictively prevents any tests with an online connection through the already distributed test samples (insider tests), according to several statements even these preferred testers are not yet all clear about which driver can already give a realistic image of the expected performance. Because driver versions are still traded like pure gold internally here, too, and the contradictions are said to accumulate. Camouflage and deception or simply panicky secrecy?
Igor suggests AMD and NVIDIA do not see Intel's first-generation as a major threat. The cancellation of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB may imply that NVIDIA expects the A770 to perform on or just below a GeForce RTX 3070. The design of AMD's Radeon RX 6750XT implies something similarly.

Lian Li STRIMER PLUS V2 ARGB Extension Cables -- thinner and more flexible

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Lian Li shows off its brand new STRIMER PLUS V2 ARGB Extension Cables. Compared with the original version, the new generation features a thinner and more flexible design. The firm offers ARGB LED-infused 24-pin motherboard cables as well as two types of PCIe power cables. Users can control individual light channels via Lian Li's L-Connect 3 software tool.
LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of chassis and PC accessories, announces its new series of ARGB extension cables with the STRIMER PLUS V2. Available for motherboard 24-pin connectors, GPU 8-pin (2x6+2-pin), and GPU triple 8-pin (3x6+2-pin), the STRIMER PLUS V2 offers improved brightness with a new side light diffuser, better flexibility with silicon-wrapped power cables, upgraded compatibility with isolated connectors at the GPU end, and introducing native software control and independent light channel customization with L-Connect 3.

RGB focused
Located along each side of the RGB part of the STRIMER PLUS V2 are two bands of light-diffusion strips, allowing the light effects to shine in more directions and fill the PC with bright RGB. In addition, the 2.1mm wide top diffuser strips allow for smooth light distribution and maximum brightness.

Slim Design
The extension cable part of the STRIMER PLUS V2 is arranged in a single, flat row, making the overall thickness thinner than ever at 8mm (previously 11mm). Each 18 gauge power cable is also wrapped in durable silicone. The combination of the new material and single row of power cable makes the STRIMER PLUS V2 more flexible for tighter bends, and slimmer and easier to pass through tight cable grommets.

Compatible with more GPUs
While the original STRIMER PLUS GPU 8-pin and Triple 8-pin are compatible with most GPUs, some users have experienced difficulties with graphics cards that have power connectors further apart.The GPU versions of the STRIMER PLUS V2 address this issue by having each 8-pin end separated, allowing for wide gaps to be covered between each connector.

L-Connect 3 Ready
New with the STRIMER PLUS V2, the controller is now natively recognized by L-Connect 3, the new version of LIAN LI’s UNI FAN software which expands its functionalities. L-Connect 3 enables users to quickly change the light effects of the ARGB extension cables without having to reach inside their case. In addition, the software enables users to control each individual light channel of the STRIMER PLUS V2 to create their own mix of light effects (24-pin and GPU 3x 8-pin have 6 channels, GPU 8-pin has 4 channels). For existing STRIMER PLUS owners, a new version of their controller will be sold separately to make their ARGB extension cables compatible with L-Connect 3.
Pricing:
  • STRIMER PLUS V2 Motherboard 24-pin: $69.99
  • STRIMER PLUS V2 GPU 8-pin: $49.99
  • STRIMER PLUS V2 GPU Triple 8-pin: $59.99
  • STRIMER PLUS Controller Upgrade Kit: $19.99
 STRIMER PLUS V2 ARGB Extension Cables

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