Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:38:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
This isn't the first time we've talked about the Tt eSPORTS Iris but apparently this optical gaming mouse is now available worldwide. It has a 5000dpi optical sensor, adjustable dpi, macro support, six buttons, and RGB LED light effects. It's basically an entry-level gaming mouse, with a MSRP of $29.99.
Thermaltake Gaming Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger is delighted to announce worldwide availability of the new Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse - a new high performance entry-level mouse equipped with customizable 16.8 million RGB color, 9 dynamic lighting effects and exclusive side aura illumination. The Iris Optical RGB also comes with a gaming grade sensor that supports up to 5000 DPI, 20-million-click gaming grade switches for maximum durability and new gen gaming software for macro, advanced performance, light and profiles settings. Light up the battlefield with the Iris Optical RGB and play with superior accuracy, tracking, and ergonomic comfort.
DYNAMIC 16.8 MILLION RGB COLOR
Customizable two-zone backlighting with 16.8 million RGB illumination and 9 unique lighting effects (Pulse, Spectrum Running, Snake Marquee, Wave, Reactive, Blink, Static, Sound Control, System Temperature) provides almost limitless color options and atmosphere to your preferred gaming style.
HIGH PERFORMANCE GAMING GRADE SENSOR | SWITCHES
Powerful PIXART PMW-3325 Optical Engine provides superior tracking across the widest variety of surfaces up to 5000 DPI and supports on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment between 100-5000 DPI. Gaming grade switches come with a 20 million-click lifespan for maximum durability and reliability.
ERGONOMIC LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN
Ergonomically shaped for right-handed users, the 6 button design of the Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse provides comfort no matter your palm, claw, fingertip grip style and features a matte coating for soft-touch feel and textured side grips for total control and fast response.
NEW GEN GAMING SOFTWARE
Configure and customize macro keys, advanced performance, lighting options, and profiles with the easy-to-use gaming software.
Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:34:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier this week we wrote that Facebook is now making its own AI chips and now news hits the wire that Alibaba also has chip plans. The Chinese Internet giant bought C-Sky Microsystems, a Chinese firm that makes 32-bit embedded CPU cores.
As EE Times reported last year, even well before this acquisition was announced, C-Sky enjoyed a unique tie with Alibaba. As Xiaoning Qi, CEO of C-Sky, explained then, C-Sky was already the first chip company in the world to receive a sizable investment from Alibaba. C-Sky was founded in Hangzhou in 2001.
The firm's embedded CPU cores are aimed at the IoT market, and aren't intended for smartphones. Details about the financials of the deal or what Alibaba plans to do with the acquisition aren't known.
Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:27:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte expands its portfolio with the introduction of Z370 series AORUS motherboards that feature pre-installed Intel Optane memory. This basically serves as sort of a cache drive, the 32GB capacity is a bit too small to be useful for most other tasks. Overall, this is probably not that useful, unless you're still using a HDD.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the launch of Z370 AORUS motherboards with exclusive built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory and support for Intel Core i7+/i5+ architecture. By also utilizing Intel Rapid Storage Technology, these motherboards provide users with accelerated read/write speeds for their storage devices, bolstering their data performance for incredible value.
Introducing GIGABYTE motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory, the four models in this series include the Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING WIFI-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING 2.0-OP, and Z370 HD3-OP motherboards, all of which are fully compatible with the newest Intel RST. In addition to adapting the performance enhancement technology from the previous generation, the newest generation of Intel Optane Memory technology is even more potent as it enhances high capacity HDD read/write speeds to match that of SSDs. Under the protection of GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology, these boards offer increased system stability as well as durability, making these motherboards a can’t miss choice for those seeking enhanced data performance at an unbeatable value.
Jackson Hsu, Deputy Director of the GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit remarked, “GIGABYTE continues to strive towards refining the user experience and maximizing performance for gamers.” Hsu added, “Many gamers use SSDs mainly for OS installation and high-capacity HDDs for data storage. GIGABYTE exclusive motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory allow users to utilize the latest Intel RST for more responsive data access even on data drives.”
Through GIGABYTE motherboards with exclusive built-in Intel Optane Memory, data transfer speeds for high-capacity HDDs is easily speed up. The Intel Optane Memory module comes pre-installed and when installing the software, the user just needs to select which SATA disk to accelerate. Existing data on any hard disk will not be compromised making it a convenient, safe, and economical option for a faster, more responsive system.
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING WIFI-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING 2.0-OP, Z370 HD3-OP motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory bring to the table exceptional data performance, responsiveness, and stability. For additional product information and news on these motherboards, please visit the official GIGABYTE website.
Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:18:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
At a recent press event for the second-generation Ryzen processors, AMD senior vice president Jim Anderson revealed that the company may launch a Ryzen 7 2800X processor sometime in the future. While not in those specific words, he basically told the press that the launch of a Ryzen 7 2800X hinges upon Intel's response. AMD saw no need to roll out a higher-performing part than the 2700X because they feel the current lineup covers all performance and price points:
Anderson explained the lack of a 2800X by saying that both the AMD Ryzen 7 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X have covered all current performance and price points.
“We felt like, with the 2700X and 2700 at the performance and price points, we had that space covered. We just felt that with those two SKUs we had it sufficiently covered where we wanted to position the product.”
Posted on Friday, April 20 2018 @ 12:37:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
It's another slow news day so here's a look at the new "Daisy" robot from Apple. The new robot disassembles old iPhones at a rate of 200 phones per hour. It takes the phones apart and recovers valuable materials. Daisy is an improvement of Liam, the new robot can handle more iPhone variants than its 2-year old predecessor, which was only compatible with the iPhone 6.
Environmental groups praise Apple for its efforts, but note Apple should focus on building more repairable and upgradeable phones:
Greenpeace, the environmental advocacy group, praised Apple for its efforts reducing its carbon footprint and recycling its old products. But the group criticized Apple for designing products that need to be replaced so often.
Instead of building “another recycling robot,” Apple should focus on “repairable and upgradeable product design,” Greenpeace said in a press release on Thursday. “This would keep its devices in use far longer, delaying the day when they’d need to be disassembled by Daisy.”
Posted on Friday, April 20 2018 @ 12:26:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
With the help of liquid nitrogen cooling and a massive voltage of 1.85V, ASUS and famed German overclocker der8auer managed to clock all eight cores of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor to a whopping 6009.34MHz. This feat was achieved on the ASUS Crosshair VII Hero motherboard, it's the highest OC on a Ryzen processor to date.
Posted on Friday, April 20 2018 @ 12:02:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Taiwanese foundry TSMC adjusted its revenue growth forecast for 2018 to 10 percent, down from a previously-anticipated 10 to 15 percent. While still a decent growth rate, the company is less optimistic than before because of soft demand for high-end smartphones as well as the uncertainty surrounding the cryptocurrency mining market. More at DigiTimes.
TSMC forecast revenues in US dollars will register an about 10% increase in 2018. The pure-play foundry estimated previously a larger 10-15% growth. The downward revision was due to smartphone weakness and uncertainty in crypto mining demand, said company co-CEO CC Wei at an April 19 investors meeting.
TSMC's revenues in US dollars will likely grow by about 10% on year in the second quarter of 2018, Wei indicated. Demand for smartphones remains "soft," partially offset by strength in sales generated from the high performance computing (HPC) segment during the quarter, Wei said.
TSMC also said it expects 7nm sales will account for 20 percent of revenue in Q4 2018. The foundry is confident that its 7nm node leads the industry in terms of performance, power, area density, and schedule.
Posted on Friday, April 20 2018 @ 11:34:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
EK Waterblocks is the latest company to start offering gaming PCs. As the name suggests, the firm's new EK Fluid Gaming systems feature the company's liquid cooling solutions. Interestingly, the company exclusively offers configurations with AMD's new Ryzen 2000 series processors.
Pricing starts at a whopping $2,099.49 for a system with the MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, G.Skill Trident Z RGB AMD 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, Samsung 960 Evo 250GB SSD plus Seagate 1TB HDD, EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3 PSU, Windows 10, and EK Fluid Gaming liquid cooling. Shipments start next month.
EK® Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to announce the launching of pre-built fully liquid cooled Gaming PCs under the name of EK® Fluid Gaming Systems! As most of our customers are passionate gamers, it seemed that providing plug-and-play liquid cooled PCs is the next logical step. Not everyone has the time and will to fiddle around with choosing hardware parts, liquid cooling parts and putting it all together, so now EK® can offer finished plug-and-play products. Also, with the current GPUs crisis going on, we are allocating GPUs to purebred gaming PCs to be used for gaming!
Configure your plug-and-play gaming PC
If you are not impressed by our to default offer of PCs, you can fully configure your gaming rig. Each of the offered configurations is a base for your dream PC to come true. You can pick each core component for your perfect gaming PC which will suit your needs. That’s right! You can pick a motherboard, graphics card, RAM, power supply, SSD, HDD or both. A large variety of components is available, including the newly released 2nd generation of AMD® Ryzen processors. If you like pimping your ultimate gaming PC even more, you can pick an awesome CableMod Pro series sleeved cable kit as well!
A PC SPECIALLY TUNED FOR GAMING
EK® Fluid Gaming Systems are pre-built, but they are not dull. You can choose from pre-built custom made, custom painted PCs, but you can also customize your gaming rig by choosing from various coolant colors and fitting colors. Each PC is built from a selection of carefully chosen hardware parts. We have teamed up with some of the best brands in the world in order to offer you the best possible gaming PC for your buck. A full range of pre-installed liquid cooling parts allows the PC to breathe with full lungs and run your games at maximum possible settings and FPS!
A POWERFUL AND SILENT GAMING PC
It’s common knowledge that liquid cooling is several times more effective compared to traditional air cooling. Radiators have densely stacked fins that are combined to create a much larger cooling surface where a low-speed fan can effectively dissipate heat. Heat is transported away from the source to a radiator and directly exhausted from the case. You can enjoy some quality gaming without any annoying noises roaring out of your PC! Adequate cooling also nullifies thermal throttling and allows you to exploit additional performance out of your EK Fluid Gaming system. Overclocking raises the stock frequency which gives your hardware more computing power. Liquid cooling is the only solution that can keep your overclocked hardware under control without the risk of overheating.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
EK® Fluid Gaming Systems are available for pre-order through the EK® Fluid Gaming web page and will start shipping in the first week of May 2018. For the time being, shipping for EK® Fluid Gaming Systems is available only on the territory of the US. The basic fully liquid cooled EK® Fluid Gaming System PC starts selling from 2099.99$ and is fully configurable.
EXPLORE EK® FLUID GAMING SYSTEMS NOW!
All EK® Fluid Gaming Systems are built with high-grade aluminum based EK® Fluid Gaming custom liquid cooling parts. Each EK® Fluid Gaming System assembled in the US by a professional PC builder who oversees the build process from start to end. All hardware parts, such as the processor, graphics card, RAM, storage, and PSU are stress tested before the PC is wrapped up in extra safe protective packaging. EK® will continue adding new hardware, case and liquid cooling options in the future. EK® will be adding new case, hardware and cooling options in the near future so keep an eye out for our updates!
Posted on Friday, April 20 2018 @ 11:28:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
G.Skill introduces new Sniper X and Trident Z RGB memory kits with AMD Ryzen 2000 series certification. One of the improvements with the second-gen Ryzen lineup is the support for faster DDR4 memory and G.Skill took advantage of this to market higher-clocked kits. The fastest dual-channel kit is clocked at 3466MHz and runs at 18-18-18-38 with a voltage of 1.35V.
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce the release of new Trident Z RGB and Sniper X series specifications launching in conjunction with the release of the AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series processors and the X470 platform. Kit specifications starting from DDR4-3200MHz CL16-18-18-38 16GB (2x8GB) to DDR4-3600MHz 18-22-22-42 16GB (2x8GB), these new specifications push the boundaries of AMD system performance to the next level.
Taking Advantage of the New AMD Platform
Armed with the latest IMC on the new 2nd generation AMD Ryzen™ processors, G.SKILL aims to bring users ultra-fast high performance memory kits to help increase overall system performance with the new X470 systems. Trident Z RGB, with model numbers ending with TZRX, and Sniper X memory series now introduce several new AMD X470-specific memory specifications. Please see below for a complete list of the new specifications.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 21:25:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD first showed off a cute Radeon RX Vega Nano card in the summer of 2017 but so far not a single add-in board partner has released such a card. Probably a variety of issues are to blame for this, first up the launch volume of the Vega cards was very low and after that a lot of the cards went to cryptocurrency miners so AMD's partners didn't have to put in a lot of effort to get the cards sold.
Now it looks like we may get a compact Radeon RX Vega after all. Over at a press event in New York, AMD teased a Vega Nano video card from PowerColor. The Tech Report uploaded some photos, which reveal 6-pin plus 8-pin PCI power connectors. The site says AMD didn't share anything about when (or even if) this card will make it to retail shelves.