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.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 20:38:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The paperlaunch happened a week ago and now we have the official availability of AMD's Ryzen 2000 series. The launch lineup includes a modest four models. What it boils down to is that AMD is offering an incremental performance update versus the first-gen, at similar prices.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the global availability of its 2nd Generation Ryzen™ Desktop processors, starting with four models optimized for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts: Ryzen™ 7 2700X, Ryzen™ 7 2700, Ryzen™ 5 2600X, and Ryzen™ 5 2600 processors. Using the world's first 12nm process technology, these 2nd Gen Ryzen processors can offer up to 15% higher gaming performance than 1st Gen Ryzen processors, while delivering the highest multiprocessing performance you can get on a mainstream desktop PC, and enhanced capabilities including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2), an included Wraith Cooler, unlocked performance accessed with the new Ryzen™ Master Utility2, and more.
"Last year we started changing the PC industry with the introduction of our first wave of Ryzen processors – delivering more performance, features, and choice to our customers than before. Our 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs continue this pursuit by raising the standards for enthusiast gamers and creators," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. "With this launch we're also demonstrating that we are just getting started, that we are committed to delivering a multi-generational roadmap of leadership high-performance processors that will drive innovation and competition into the industry for years to come."
Building on the original award-winning 2017 "Zen" architecture, the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors combine the improved "Zen+" core with other major performance, feature, and platform advancements.
The new "Zen+" core increases IPC and reduces both cache and memory latencies compared to 1st Gen Ryzen processors. AMD's SenseMI5 technology is updated with Precision Boost 2, which enables 2nd Gen Ryzen processors to intelligently analyze the workload and computing environment and contributes in delivering the highest multiprocessing performance in their classes.
Higher effective clock speeds on all 2nd Gen Ryzen processor cores can improve the performance of Ryzen processors in popular real-world applications like games, creativity and productivity applications. Gaming experiences are beautifully smooth across popular resolutions from 1080p Ultra to 1440p High to 4K. And, select 2nd Gen Ryzen processors offer up to 20 percent faster content creation than the competition.
With XFR 2 technology on all AM4 platforms with 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, enthusiast PC builders will enjoy even higher performance11 in the presence of premium cooling.
Designed with enthusiasts and high performance in mind, 2nd Gen Ryzen processors feature soldered integrated heatspreaders for superlative thermal transfer, and unlocked multipliers for simple, powerful overclocking5 control. Performance tuning, enabled by the new Ryzen Master 1.3 software, is easier than ever before, and now offers per-core overclocking5 with automatic identification of the potentially fastest cores.
For the first time, the entire line of 2nd Gen Ryzen processors include a world class AMD Wraith Cooler inside the retail box. The flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU includes the new Wraith Prism cooler featuring premium thermal performance, an upgraded fan profile, and enhanced lighting capabilities with per-RGB controls.
Optimized for the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, new AMD X470 chipset is available on Socket AM4 motherboards now. In addition to enhanced memory compatibility and overclocking capability, these new motherboards come with a free download of the new AMD StoreMI technology software, which combines the speed of an SSD and the capacity of a traditional spinning hard disk into a single easy-to-manage drive for faster, smarter, and easier storage.
Compatible with all current AM4 processors, the new X470 motherboards augment the existing 300-series motherboards, which are also compatible with the new 2nd Gen Ryzen processors with a firmware (BIOS) update. Many in-market motherboards already come with the updated BIOS, indicated by a "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" label on the package.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 20:31:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Biostar reveals the X470GTN, a new Mini-ITX gaming motherboard for AMD's second-gen Ryzen processors.
BIOSTAR adds a mini-ITX motherboard with the RACING X470GTN for the second generation AMD Ryzen processors, Pinnacle Ridge and Raven Ridge. The BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN packs powerful features in a small form factor for gamers on the move. It has a premium black RACING themed PCB design, Digital Power+, Hi-Fi zone design, integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A + C), Iron Slot Protection, and Advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB lighting control.
BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN
The BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN is a mini-ITX form factor motherboard with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot and supports two dual-channel memory of up to DDR4-3200MHz (OC). The RACING X470GTN has a 7-digital power phase design to harness the power of the new Ryzen 7 2700X 8-core, 16-thread processor. The motherboard also packs 4x SATA III ports, 1x M.2 32Gb/s port and integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A and C).
BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN Highlights:
Iron Slot Protection
The Iron Slot Protection reinforces the PCI-E x16 slot to protect heavier graphics cards from bending, and extend the usage of the slots.
Digital Power Plus
IR digital power to provide the highest performance and superior stability.
5050 LED Fun Zone
Packed with 2x 5050 LED headers to bring more colorful lighting options.
AMD AM4 RACING motherboards come with the whole new Gaming LAN-DRAGON, and the exclusive utility FLY.NET.
A windows-based audio utility which allows you to adjust system volume to increase or decrease impedance setting (Low/High Gain).
BIOSTAR Super 5 Design Concept
BIOSTAR’s exclusive set of features for the new RACING Series motherboards for performance and aesthetics that’s user-friendly and easy to customize.
The new BIOSTAR Racing Face Design has improved aesthetics and features including Carbon Fiber-like Heatsink and Fashion Matte Black PCB. The Super Face Design concept offer gamers a visually appealing motherboard complete with customizable RGB lighting options.
BIOSTAR Powerful Hardware design that ensures durability and stability including features such as Super Durable Solid Caps, Dual BIOS, Digital Power+ and PCI-E M.2 32Gb/s.
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Design delivers high-fidelity audio for immersive gaming audio. Features such as Blu-ray audio, Super Hi-Fi audio connectors, Hi-Fi Ground Design, Hi-Fi AMP, Smart Ear, hi-Fi Cap and S/PDIF output.
BIOSTAR Racing Series features a user-friendly UI design for easy navigation and tuning. Information about the system can be viewed at a glance and all the BIOSTAR exclusive features such as Smart Ear, Advanced VIVID LED DJ, and others can be accessed easily for fine-tuning and customization.
BIOSTAR’s interesting DIY Design features a wide selection of customization and personalization options such as VIVID LED DJ Utility and 5050 LED Fun Zone. The Advanced VIVID LED DJ Utility gives full control and customization on RGB lighting which connected through the 5050 LED Fun Zone headers.
BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN rear I/O ports have the legacy PS/2 connector support 1 x PS/2 for keyboard, 2 x USB 3.1Gen2 ports: 1 for Type A and 1 for Type C, 4 x USB 3.1Gen1 ports, DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, 1 x RJ-45 Port, 5 x Audio Connectors and1 x S/PDIF Out Port.
The BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN is perfect for gamers looking to build a high-performance yet compact or mobile setup. For gamers with less space at home or on the move, the BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN provides the performance you need without missing a beat.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 20:27:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Sharkoon shows off the PureWriter RGB, a new line of keyboards with a flat design. These mechanical keyboards feature Kailh low-profile switches in Red and Blue varieties. It has NKRO, anti-ghosting, function keys with preset multimedia actions, 16.8m RGB LED lights, and a detachable USB cable. The fullsized PureWriter RGB costs 79.90EUR but Sharkoon also has a tenkeyless PureWriter TKL RGB for $69.90EUR.
Sharkoon widens its range of low profile keyboards, and, with the PureWriter RGB and the PureWriter TKL RGB, introduces two versions with stepless adjustable RGB illumination. Both versions – with or without number block – benefit from additional function keys with preset multimedia actions. Following from the previous PureWriter models without RGB, Sharkoon is continuing with the mechanical switches from the Kailh manufacture. Both RGB Keyboards are available with either red or blue switches.
With the Purewriter RGB and the Purewriter RGB TKL, Sharkoon has put its low-profile keyboards with stepless adjustable RGB illumination into a new light. Apart from preprogrammed lighting effects and preset lighting profiles, there is also a mode which offers an individualized choice of colors from the whole RGB spectrum. The chosen illumination can be programmed on-the-fly and saved in profiles. All settings are made directly on the keyboard and software is not needed.
The keyboard version with the number block has separate multimedia keys for volume control, or for launching the preferred email program. In addition, this and the TKL version both have function keys with preset multimedia actions, which, for example, can be used for controlling the media player.
The puristic aluminium surface remains the same, as does the frameless compact design – measuring 436 mm in length (355 mm for the version without number block) and 127 mm in width. Thanks to n-key rollover, anti-ghosting keys, a polling rate of 1,000 Hz as well as a choice of mechanical switches, the keyboards have not only been made for office use. The blue switches have an acoustic, tactile feedback with a detectable switching point; the red switches could be of interest to gamers as these have a linear characteristic and an undetectable switching and click point. Both keyboard versions have flat keycaps with a height of 6.2 mm and a lifecycle of at least 50 million key strokes.
The PureWriter RGB and the Purewriter TKL RGB connect using one of the supplied USB cables, which each a have a gold-plated micro B plug and a type A plug. The shorter cable has a length of 50 cm, which is ideal for connecting to notebooks. The longer 150 cm cable is suitable for use with conventional PCs. The keyboards are also compatible with Android devices by means of an OTG adapter.
The Sharkoon PureWriter RGB, with either red or blue mechanical switches, is available at a suggested retail price of 79.90 euros. The Sharkoon PureWriter RGB TLK, also with either red or blue switches, is available at a suggested retail price of 69.90 Euros.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 09:55:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The second new display of the day is the BenQ EX3203R, this is a curved 31.5-inch monitor with a curvature of 1800R. The display has a LED-backlit VA panel with 178-degrees viewing angles and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It supports HDR and has 400 nits brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4ms gray-to-gray response time, 144Hz refresh rate, 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, and AMD's FreeSync 2.
The display stand offers height and tilt adjustments, and is VEGA mount compatible. Display inputs include two HDMI 1.4 ports and a DisplayPort. Interestingly, the EX3203R also has a USB Type-C port that can be used as display connection, for charging (max 10W), and to power the USB 3.0 hub.
Pricing and availability is unknown.
The EX3203R looks like a minor upgrade versus the EX3200R, which currently retails for $398.99. The main difference between the two displays seems to be that the new panel has a higher resolution and HDR support.