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10 biggest technological breakthroughs of 2017 February 27, 2017 - 16:36
CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO makes your case shine all colors of the rainbow February 27, 2017 - 16:00
AMD Ryzen 1700X does very well versus 6800K in 13 leaked gaming benchmarks February 27, 2017 - 15:34
AMD Ryzen Wraith Max RGB light effects shown off (video) February 27, 2017 - 15:04
UMC kicks off its 14nm FinFET mass production, promises competitive yields February 27, 2017 - 13:43
Futuremark to show off new DX12 VR benchmark, mobile VR benchmark and server benchmark February 27, 2017 - 12:49
No, Intel has not cut its CPU prices February 26, 2017 - 17:50
Solid state disks to get 5-10 percent more expensive in Q2 2017? February 26, 2017 - 09:58
Three AMD Ryzen boxed coolers revealed, two have LED rings February 25, 2017 - 22:43
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X already sold out at Amazon and Newegg February 25, 2017 - 18:07
Stealing data from PCs using the HDD activity LED light February 24, 2017 - 16:21
Microsoft compiling first Windows 10 Redstone 3 build February 24, 2017 - 16:06
Western Digital updates about C2000 devices, will take no action February 24, 2017 - 15:47
AMD Ryzen has issues with high-frequency DDR4, fix expected in 1-2 months (updated) February 24, 2017 - 15:31
TSMC on track for 5nm risk production with EUV in 1H 2019 February 24, 2017 - 15:25
ASRock showcases its six Ryzen motherboards February 24, 2017 - 15:06
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 GTA V gaming benchmark disappoints February 24, 2017 - 13:09
NVIDIA issues GeForce 378.77 hotfix February 24, 2017 - 12:26
Biostar reveals its $149 Racing X370GT5 motherboard for Ryzen February 24, 2017 - 12:10
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Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 16:36:45 CET by
Technology moves so fast these days that it's not easy to keep track of all the great innovations going on in various fields and disciplines. MIT's TechnologyReview just published its annual list of the ten biggest breakthrough technologies you should know about. Some of these technologies are unfolding before our eyes while others may take a decade or more to develop, but most of them will likely have a profound impact on our life. You can check out the full list with links to in-depth articles over here.

10 biggest breakthroughts of the year:
  • Brain implants to reverse paralysis suffered by patient with spinal cord injuries. Available in 10-15 years.

  • Self-driving trucks, expected to have huge impact on employment in the 2020s.

  • Facial recognition, on the market today and used to authorize payments, provide entry to facilities and track down bad guys.

  • Practical quantum computers. We've been hearing about quantum computing for decades but now researchers believe it's going to have a major impact within 4-5 years.

  • 360-degrees video, on the market today and ushering in a new era with a phenomenal new way to record your memories.

  • Hot solar cells. Still 10-15 years away from us but this different sort of solar energy device promises to capture far more of the sun's energy than traditional silicon-based solar panels.

  • Gene Therapy 2.0. Scientists are using this today to attack rare hereditary disorders, the same approach could have applications to fight cancer, heart disease and other common illnesses.

  • The Cell Atlas. A mega-project to discover in much greater detail than ever before what humans are made of by cataloguing the 37.2 trillion cells of the human body. Results expected in five years.

  • The Botnets of Things. As more devices connect to the Internet, often with very poor build-in security, botnets are getting bigger and more diverse than ever before.

  • Reinforcement learning. An approach to artificial intelligence to let machines learn like humans and to let computers figure out how to best do stuff no programmer could teach them. In testing right now, expected in 1-2 years.

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    Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 16:00:57 CET by
    RGB LED products are the rage of the moment so Corsair figured it wouldn't hurt to roll out a new RGB product to light up your case. Now available via the company's webshop, the Corsair Lighting Node PRO features four individually addressable RGB LED strips, they connect to a USB 2.0 node that lets you control the RGB LEDs via the Corsair LINK software.

    Each LED strip is 410mm long and features ten RGB LEDs, you can mount them via four magnets per strip and full-strip tape. The kit also includes four 345mm long RGB extension cables to ensure you can mount the strips wherever you want them in your case.

    The RGB LED kit is sold for $59.99.
    Dual Channel Lighting
    Control four individually addressable RGB LED strips and up to six HD RGB fans (sold separately, fan RGB LED hub required) simultaneously.

    Individually Addressable RGB LED Strips
    Each RGB LED strip is independently controlled - display different lighting effects and animations on each strip separately.

    USB 2.0 Interface
    No special interface or additional hardware is required to use the Lighting Node PRO to its full potential; plug it into an available USB 2.0 header on your motherboard.
    Corsair Light Node Pro
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    Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 15:34:23 CET by
    With just a couple more days to go until the NDA expires, more and more Ryzen benchmarks are starting to leak. It's hard to post every single snippet that hits the web but I'll do my best to post about the more interesting leaks.

    One of these leaks comes from China and gives us a glimpse at the gaming performance of the $399 Ryzen 7 1700X (3.4GHz). The tester compared it to the $409.99 Intel Core i7-6800K (3.4GHz) on an almost identical system. Both systems used a Radeon RX 480 8GB video card, the Intel system used the ASUS STRIX X99 GAMING with 16GB DDR4-2400 while the AMD system used the ASUS PRIME X370-PRO with 16GB DDR4-2133.

    The results are certainly impressive, if these results are accurate AMD has the upper hand. Not only is the slightly cheaper Ryzen 7 1700X faster in mosts tests, it also consumes a lot less power! The Intel chip has a TDP of 140W whereas the can outmatch it with a TDP of just 95W.

    The standby platform power consumption of the 1700X system came in at 62.77W versus 98.74W measured on the 6800K system. Similarly, platform gaming power consumption was 154.66W for the 1700X and 194.2W for the 6800K system, and platform office task consumption was 85.11W versus 113.5W. Interestingly, the platform power consumption with the CPU at full load was not that big: 123W for the 1700X versus 126.87W for the 6800K.

    A full list of the benchmark results can be viewed below, the Ryzen 7 1700X is generally faster than the Core i7 6800K and in the few data points were it loses the difference is pretty small. We'll know more in a couple of days but if this is accurate the Ryzen lineup scores favorable in terms of raw performance, price/performance and performance/Watt.

    Ryzen 1700X gaming performance leaks

    Via: VideoCardz and WCCF Tech
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    Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 15:04:31 CET by
    VideoCardz came across a video that showcases the RGB LED effects of the new Wraith Max cooler that ships with some Ryzen processors. The RGB LED ring can be controlled via software, which supports many light effects.



    The site also published a screenshot that reveals the new Downcore feature of Ryzen. This seems to be a new BIOS feature that gives you a great level of control over the number of cores the chip is allowed to use. You can disable up to six of the eight core of Ryzen 7 and you even have some control over which cores should be used.

    AMD Ryzen
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    Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 13:43:07 CET by
    UMC logo
    Taiwanese foundry UMC announced it's now offering volume production on its 14nm FinFET process node. This is earlier than expected, just a couple of months ago the company said it wouldn't offer 14nm until Q2 2017. UMC says its 14nm node offers industry-competitive yields and reveals its 14nm FinFET node features 55 percent higher speed, 50 percent lower power consumption and twice the gate density over its 28nm node.
    United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE:UMC;TWSE: 2303) ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that it has entered mass production for customer ICs based on the company’s self-developed 14nm FinFET technology. The foundry is shipping 14nm wafers to its lead customers and has achieved industry-competitive yields for the highly advanced process, which is being utilized for pioneering new consumer electronic applications.

    Po-Wen Yen, CEO of UMC said, “This 14nm volume production milestone is the culmination of UMC’s close collaboration with its customers, demonstrating the success of our collaborative approach to bringing leading-edge technologies to market. We will continue to refine this process and are working with other customers to bring the full performance, power and gate density benefits of 14nm FinFET to enable next generation silicon in areas such as networking, AI and various consumer products."

    UMC’s 14nm FinFET technology performance is competitive with the semiconductor industry’s leading standards, featuring 55% higher speed and twice the gate density over 28nm process technology. The leading-edge 14nm process also consumes approximately 50% less power than 28nm. UMC is producing the 14nm customer ICs at the company’s Fab 12A in Tainan, Taiwan and expects to steadily ramp its 14nm manufacturing capacity according to customer demand.

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    Posted on Monday, February 27 2017 @ 12:49:53 CET by
    Futuremark logo
    Futuremark send out word about a couple of new benchmarks the company has in its pipeline. These new tests will be shown at the GDC and MWC this week, it includes a DirectX 12 benchmark for VR, a mobile VR test, a hardware-based VR latency test, and a server benchmark.
    VRMark Cyan Room, DirectX 12 VR benchmark
    VRMark Cyan Room, currently in development, is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows PC. Sitting between the Orange and Blue Rooms, the Cyan Room benchmark shows how using an API with less overhead helps developers create impressive VR experiences on modest PC systems. As with the existing VRMark tests, you can run the Cyan Room benchmark on your monitor or on a VR headset. Run the benchmark to measure performance or try Experience mode with an HMD to judge a system's rendering quality with your own eyes.
    More: https://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark

    VRMark benchmarks for mobile VR
    Mobile VR offers an affordable entry point for virtual reality, but differences in device performance and a rapidly evolving ecosystem present significant challenges. That’s why VRMark will soon add new benchmark tests designed specifically for mobile VR platforms.

    The new tests cover a range of existing and emerging device standards such as Google Daydream, Google Cardboard, and Samsung Gear VR. Two test modes let you measure a device's peak performance as well as its ability to run VR for longer periods without overheating, degrading performance or consuming an excessive amount of battery.

    More: https://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark

    VR Latency testing with Futuremark and OptoFidelity
    In virtual reality, low latency is essential for user comfort. Poor performance affects the quality of the VR experience. It can even cause motion sickness and nausea.

    Futuremark has partnered with OptoFidelity, a globally recognized pioneer in robot-assisted testing and quality assurance, to provide manufacturers with an advanced VR latency testing platform. The platform offers end-to-end testing of VR equipment while measuring key VR performance indicators such as motion-to-photon latency, pixel persistence, and frame jitter. The solution works with PCs and mobile devices and can be applied to both VR and AR systems.

    More: https://www.futuremark.com/pressreleases/futuremark-and-optofidelity-partner-to-create-vr-latency-test

    Servermark
    Servermark server benchmark tests from Futuremark, a UL company
    Servermark is a new benchmark suite for testing server performance for a range of common uses. At GDC and MWC, we're showing previews of two Servermark benchmark tests.

    Servermark VDI is a benchmark for evaluating servers used for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. It enables you to determine the number of virtual desktops a server can support at a set performance level or the level of performance that can be achieved with a set number of clients.

    Servermark Media Transcode is a benchmark for testing the performance of media servers. It helps you determine the maximum number of concurrent video streams a server can deliver with a specified codec, resolution and quality.

    More: https://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/servermark

    Extreme overclocking demonstration
    Head over to the Futuremark stand (142) from 1-5pm on Thursday, March 2, for a live demonstration of extreme overclocking hosted by Pieter-Jan "Massman" Plaisier, Chief Operating Officer at HWBot. Don’t miss this chance to see overclocking taken to the next level with liquid nitrogen cooling.
    Here's an image of the new virtual reality DX12 test:

    VRMARK DX12 Cyan Room
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    Posted on Sunday, February 26 2017 @ 17:50:28 CET by
    Intel logo
    There's some buzz about Intel responding to the imminent arrival of Ryzen by significantly lowering its prices but this seems to be a promotion from a single retailer and not a broad price cut coming from Intel.

    WCCF Tech discovered that US retailer Microcenter is offering big discounts on various Intel desktop processors. There are some good deals to be found but this promotion is exclusively for in-store pickup and is limited to one unit per household.

    Here's an overview of the promotions with the current price level at Microcenter and the price cut versus the usual list price:
  • Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) – $300 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) – $200 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) – $150 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) – $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) – $100 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) – $80 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) – $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) – $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) – $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) – $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) – $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) – $$90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) – $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) – $30 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) – $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) – $60 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) – $20 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) – $15 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) – $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) – $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) – $27 Price Cut
  • I do think we're going to see some healthy competition that will result in consumers getting more performance per buck but at the moment there's no evidence of an upcoming price war.
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    Posted on Sunday, February 26 2017 @ 09:58:59 CET by
    Market research firm DRAMeXchange provides an update about the NAND flash memory market and it's bad news if you're in the market for a new disk. Pricing of solid state disks saw a big increase in recent months, a quick check of a disk I bought in July 2016 reveals the same product is now over 20 percent more expensive!

    The reason for this is tight supply of NAND flash memory and there's no improvement expected the coming months as DRAMeXchange predicts contract prices of SSDs will increase by another 5-10 percent in Q2 2017. At the same time, the computer industry is also seeing big price increases for DRAM and LCD panels.
    The global supply of 2D-NAND Flash will remain tight going into the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest analysis from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Also, major smartphone brands will soon begin their first wave of new product release for the year after the Mobile World Congress in Spain. With the NAND Flash supply still under strain, DRAMeXchange forecasts that contract prices of both SSDs and eMMCs will see a more moderate sequential price hike of 5~10% in the second quarter.

    The end of 2016 saw the most severe phase of shortage in the NAND Flash market, and since then the market expectation of undersupply has kept prices climbing. For the first quarter of 2017, DRAMeXchange estimates that the average sequential increases in contract prices of eMMCs and SSDs will come to 15~20% and 10~15%, respectively. The sequential contract price increase for SSDs in the first quarter will also be the highest in almost two years.

    Apart from the pressure of soaring NAND Flash prices, smartphone and notebook brands are also dealing with sharp price upswings for other key components such as DRAM and LCD panels. In order to keep costs down and maintain healthy margins, device vendors will implement measures that will also lead to slowing growth in the average content per box for eMMCs and SSDs in the near future.

    “The accumulated price increase in the NAND Flash market has become so huge that device vendors are currently revising their initial plans to raise the storage specifications of their products,” said Sean Yang, research director of DRAMeXchange. “Though the NAND Flash market will remain strong the second quarter of this year, eMMCs and SSDs will see a more moderate hike in their contract prices compared with increases of the previous quarters.”

    Looking ahead to the rest of 2017, the market for enterprise-grade SSDs constitutes the strongest and most stable source of end demand for NAND Flash compared with other applications. Server vendors are enjoying booming growth of data centers, and this is also driving their use of high-efficiency enterprise-grade SSDs when designing their systems. As for the client-grade SSD market, the growth in the average content per box will slow down this year due to the high NAND Flash prices. Nonetheless, SSDs have become standard in notebooks and their penetration in the notebook market will continue to rise through 2017.

    Yang in his analysis also pointed out the next iPhone release in the second half of this year will be an important indicator of the NAND Flash market. “The 10th anniversary iPhone devices will come with major hardware upgrades and many new features,” said Yang. “If they do well in sales, it will help keep up NAND Flash demand in the latter half of 2017.”

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    Posted on Saturday, February 25 2017 @ 22:43:01 CET by
    The ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard manual reveals a bit more details about the design and the installation procedures of the coolers that will be boxed with the Ryzen processors.

    AMD SR1 cooler
    There are three different coolers according to the manual, the first one is called "SR1" and is the most basic version. It's a radial cooler that comes with a backplate, this is the cheapest version and it's also the only one without a LED ring. This one is likely for future, lower-end or business Ryzen releases with a TDP of up to 65W.

    AMD Ryzen sR1 HSF

    AMD Wraith Spire
    Next we have the "SR2", which is basicaly a larger version of the "SR1". It's more commonly known as the Wraith Spire, it's capable of handling a TDP of up to 95W and features an RGB LED ring that connects to the AMD FAN LED1 header on the motherboard so you can control it via software-based utilities like the ASRock RGB LED tool, which allows you to select various light effects.

    AMD Ryzen sR2 HSF

    AMD Wraith Max
    The most advanced boxed cooler for Ryzen is the "SR3", aka the Wraith Max. This top-down cooler is rated at up to 140W TDP and uses a mounting system similar to the original Wraith cooler.

    The interesting thing is that there are two options here for the LED ring, you can either connect it to the AMD FAN LED1 header on the motherboard, in this case you need to install the ASRock RGB LED tool. Alternatively, you can use a different cable to connect it to the USB_5 header, in that case you need to install the AMD "SR3 Settings Software". I think the difference is that the first option allows you to sync the light effects with the other RGB LED regions of the motherboard.

    AMD Ryzen SR3 HSF

    AMD Ryzen SR3 HSF
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    Posted on Saturday, February 25 2017 @ 18:07:29 CET by
    AMD logo
    A couple of days ago AMD unexpectedly opened pre-orders for its Ryzen 7 lineup and all signs point to a massive commercial success. Lots of enthusiast are excited about AMD's new architecture and hope it will give the company a grand comeback in the x86 processor market.

    Tom's Hardware took a look at the sales of the Ryzen lineup and concludes the first batch is starting to sell out. The Ryzen 7 1800X is currently sold out at Newegg but new stock is expected by March 3. The other two models are still available for pre-order.

    It's the same story at Amazon, the Ryzen 7 1700 and Ryzen 7 1700X are still available but the 1800X is sold out. Some smaller third-party shops are still selling it via the Amazon platform but they charge at least $150 more than the MSRP.

    Other places like NCIX, TigerDirect, Fry's and MicroCenter are still taking pre-orders.

    In Europe we can see that places like Caseking still have the 1800X available for pre-order but its British counterpart OCUK lists an ETA of March 8, 2017. Alternate.de promises a March 3-4 delivery and MindFactory still has it available for pre-order with a March 2nd availability.

    One of the interesting things about MindFactory is that this shop lists how many items they've sold and it reveals there's an inverse correlation between the price of the chip and the number of pre-orders. The Ryzen 7 1800X scored "over 130" pre-orders at this German shop, versus "over 90" for the 1700X and "over 70" for the 1700.
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