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PCI Express 5.0 to double bandwidth to 32GT/s January 18, 2019 - 11:45
Automatic rollout of Windows 10 build 1809 has begun January 18, 2019 - 11:13
AMD Navi GPU rumored to see E3 launch January 18, 2019 - 10:56
Intel Core+ branding comes to an end later this year January 18, 2019 - 10:49
AMD may be able to do DLSS-like thing via DirectML January 17, 2019 - 13:13
Microsoft decouples Search and Cortana in latest Windows 10 build January 17, 2019 - 12:56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti rumored to have 1536 CUDA cores January 17, 2019 - 12:51
Intel F-series Core CPUs without IGP are sold for the same price January 17, 2019 - 12:46
AMD: Radeon VII to meet demand from gamers January 17, 2019 - 12:23
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Posted on Friday, January 18 2019 @ 11:45:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
PCI-SIG announces the feature set of PCI Express 5.0 is now complete. The organization published version 0.9 of the specification and reports they'll be able to meet the goal to double the bandwidth to 32GT/s. The final PCI Express 5.0 specification is expected to be published later this quarter.

The main drive behind PCI Express 5.0 is demand from the server, machine learning/AI, and Internet of Things markets. PCI Express 4.0 was released over a year ago but hasn't even made it to the consumer market yet.
Our PCI-SIG® members have been hard at work. In 2017, we delivered PCI Express® 4.0 with its 16 GT/s, while also diving headfirst into PCI Express 5.0 development – first announced at our annual PCI-SIG DevCon in June 2017. With data-hungry applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning, enterprise servers and more, growing in popularity and capabilities, we knew that it was only a matter of time before the market would demand greater bandwidth.

Thanks to the diligence and dedication of our workgroups, I’m pleased to announce that the feature complete PCIe® 5.0, Version 0.9 has now been published to members. This is a great indicator that PCI-SIG will be able to meet its goal of doubling bandwidth—from 16 GT/S to 32 GT/s—in a record less than two years.

PCIe 5.0 delivers a speed upgrade that will reach a data rate of 32 GT/s and offer adaptable lane configurations, while maintaining our low power goal. The new spec builds off of PCIe 4.0, which already supports higher speeds via extended tags and credits. The PCIe 5.0 specification touts a variety of great features:

  • Electrical changes to improve signal integrity and mechanical performance of connectors
  • CEM connector targeted to be backwards compatible for add-in cards
  • Maintains backward compatibility with PCIe 4.0, 3.x, 2.x and 1.x

    We are excited about the revolutionary and unprecedented capabilities of PCIe 5.0 and are on target to publish PCIe 5.0, Version 1.0 in the first quarter of 2019.

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    Posted on Friday, January 18 2019 @ 11:13:38 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    It took extremely long, but Microsoft is finally starting the phased rollout of the Windows 10 build 1809. The latest version of Windows suffered from several major issues, which caused Microsoft to pull the update and significantly delay the rollout. The software giant is now confident enough to restart its phased rollout via Windows Update.
    Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019
  • We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model.
  • Fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.

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    Posted on Friday, January 18 2019 @ 10:56:57 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    RedGamingTech claims AMD is planning to introduce its Navi GPU at the E3 2019 show, which takes places in June. According to the site, its source said the cards will then launch about a month later, which would mean July availability.
    But in the here and now, while Radeon VII is certainly exciting, there’s the question of what happened with Navi. Well, according to a source Navi will not be announced until around E3 2019 (which takes place in June). The card(s) will then launch about a month later (I don’t have an exact date). According to the source, AMD said that the GPU is looking good (at least the general feeling of the company is confident).
    Navi is expected to be a replacement for Polaris, it will reportedly target the low to mid-range market.
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    Posted on Friday, January 18 2019 @ 10:49:40 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Last year, Intel revealed the Core+ branding, basically a logo for systems that feature an Intel Core processor plus Optane memory. Tom's Hardware reports Intel's partners can place orders until September 30, provided supplies are still available, and that final deliveries should be taken no later than December 27.
    In short, Intel's Core+ branding indicates the processors, or the devices they are installed in, come bundled with Optane memory. Intel's Optane memory is a collection of software and hardware, such as 3D XPoint memory, that leverage the power of next-generation memory to boost storage performance.

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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 13:13:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    One of the new features of NVIDIA's Turing GPUs is the ability to use Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, an AI-based technology that promises better image quality without the performance drop. In a recent interview, AMD GPU Product Marketing manager Adam Kozak revealed his company is experimenting with the evaluation version of Microsoft's DirectML to achieve a DLSS-like effect.

    According to Kozak, the Radeon VII is showing excellent results in that experiment. Kozak suggests a DLSS-like thing can be done with a GPGPU-like approach.
    Before we get too excited about such a gaming future, AMD is only just experimenting with DirectML and the DLSS-like approach seems to be more of a theory than anything which is going into effect any time soon. That said, maybe there’ll be some interesting new features in this December’s Adrenalin update… or even sooner if AMD’s Navi has anything to say about it.
    Kozak also boasts that in open-source ray tracing tests, the Radeon VII significantly beats the GeForce RTX 2080:
    He says that his reasoning for this also stems from the fact that AMD has been testing the Radeon VII in open source ray tracing tests, and that in the OpenCL-based Luxmark benchmark the upcoming 7nm GPU scores 62% higher than the RTX 2080 in the “GPGPU-like ray tracing renderer.”
    The Radeon VII debuts on February 7th for $699.

    Via:< a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd/amd-gpu-nvidia-dlss-radeon-vii" target="_blank">PCGamesN
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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 12:56:22 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Microsoft uploaded an overview of the major changes in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317. One of the things that jumps out a bit is that the software giant decided to decouple Search and Cortana in the taskbar:
    Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases. Some Insiders have had this update for a few weeks now, and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve received about it so far! For those new to this update, when it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.

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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 12:51:36 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Word is going around that NVIDIA is working on a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti video card. VideoCardz heard whispers from a board partner that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is based on a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2060.

    There are a couple of major differences though. Both GPUs are believed to feature the 12nm TU116 GPU, but the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will lack ray-tracing support. Furthermore, you only get 1536 CUDA cores instead of 1920 CUDA cores, and thee will likely be clocked lower than the RTX 2060.
    On a contrary to some rumors, our sources claim that GTX 1660 Ti still features GDDR6 memory and a 192-bit bus. So far we have not heard anything about GDDR5(X) variants.
    Pricing and availability is unknown. The site also indicates the name is not yet fully confirmed.
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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 12:46:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    If you were hoping for cheaper prices on the new graphics-free Core processors from Intel, you're out of luck. A new report from AnandTech reveals the new F-series parts from Intel have exactly the same tray pricing as the versions with integrated graphics.
    Normally when a part of a processor is fused off, usually cores, we expect to see a decrease in the listed price. In this instance, Intel is putting the same tray price on its GPU-free processors to make them also savings-free. Given how tray price is often not connected to the retail price, it will depend on how many processors actually make it to market or to retail (if any end up in retail packaging) to see if they will actually be sold at a lower price than the parts with integrated graphics.
    My theory here is that the F-series parts are used to boost processor supply. Intel has been struggling for months to provide the market with enough 14nm processors, as the chip giant's production capacity is fully utilized. By bringing chips with defective graphics cores to the market, Intel is able to slightly boost its output.
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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 12:23:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Earlier this week, rumors popped up about limited supply of AMD's Radeon VII video card. First, TweakTown said there would be just 5,000 units of this 7nm GPU, while PCGamesN chimed in that there would be no custom-design versions from AIBs.

    AMD issued an official response. In the statement, the company mentions there will be products available via AIB partners and AMD.com. However, the company did not specifically confirm custom-design versions, nor are they willing to report on production numbers. AMD merely says they expect Radeon VII supply to "meet demand from gamers."
    "While we don't report on production numbers externally, we will have products available via AIB partners and AMD.com at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers."

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    Posted on Thursday, January 17 2019 @ 12:13:59 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Sapphire created a new Radeon RX 570 variant that features a massive 16GB of GDDR6 memory. The card uses the NITRO+ PCB board design and features sixteen 8Gb GDDR5 memory chips, with chips being located on both sides of the PCB.

    It appears this weird card is designed for cryptocurrency miners. We didn't expect to see much crypto-specific hardware since as crypto market has totally collapsed, but it looks like Sapphire still sees some valuable target markets:
    Sapphire in its response said that they wanted to bolster the card's crypto-currency mining power, and giving the "Polaris 20" GPU additional memory would improve its performance compared to ASIC miners using the Cuckoo Cycle algorithm. This can load up the video memory anywhere between 5.5 GB to 11 GB, and giving the RX 570 16 GB of it was Sapphire's logical next step. Of course Cuckoo Cycle is being defeated time and again by currency curators. This card will be a stopgap for miners until ASIC mining machines with expanded memory come out, or the proof-of-work systems are significantly changed.
    Sapphire RX 570 16GB

    Via: TPU
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