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Retailers start taking pre-orders for AMD Ryzen 7 2700(X) and Ryzen 5 2600(X) March 16, 2018 - 13:17
Cinebench scores leak of Intel Core i9-8950HK, i7-8850H, i7-8750H March 16, 2018 - 13:03
AnandTech had a call with AMD CPU bug hunter CTS-Labs March 16, 2018 - 11:28
Fracal Design Meshify C gets a White Tempered Glass edition March 16, 2018 - 11:00
Microsoft has a new speculative execution bug bounty program March 16, 2018 - 10:57
Intel CEO shoots down Broadcom takeover rumors March 16, 2018 - 09:49
Sharkoon TG5 RGB case has fancy fans March 15, 2018 - 18:08
Intel: Hardware-level fixes for CPU vulnerabilities in 2H 2018 March 15, 2018 - 18:02
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X look 18 percent faster than 1700X March 15, 2018 - 17:01
Clairvoyance technique can boost ARM CPU performance by up to 43 percent March 15, 2018 - 16:08
Patch Tuesday took it servers due to static IP issues March 15, 2018 - 15:08
Power outage takes out 3.5 percent of NAND flash supply for March 2018 March 15, 2018 - 14:58
Tight supply at TSMC due to strong cryptocurrency mining ASIC orders March 15, 2018 - 14:43
Photos of ASRock H370, H310 and B360 motherboards also leak March 15, 2018 - 13:31
Photos leak of MSI B360/H370/H310 motherboards March 15, 2018 - 12:32
Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker has RGB LEDs March 15, 2018 - 11:14
Logitech G513 mechanical board has LIGHTSYNC RGB LEDs March 15, 2018 - 11:06
Microsoft patches 75 bugs, including remote execution bugs for Edge/IE March 14, 2018 - 19:43
Broadcom no longer interested in Qualcomm March 14, 2018 - 19:40
Linus Torvalds lashes out against CTS-Labs March 14, 2018 - 19:00

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Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 13:17:01 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Various retailers in Europe and North America are now taking pre-orders for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 2000 series.

Four SKUs are listed and there's confirmation that the Ryzen 7 2700X indeed has a 105W TDP.
  • Ryzen 7 2700X 8C/16T 105W Wraith Prism YD270XBGAFBOX
  • Ryzen 7 2700 8C/16T 65W Wraith Spire YD2700BBAFBOX
  • Ryzen 5 2600X 6C/12T 95W Wraith Spire YD260XBCAFBOX
  • Ryzen 5 2600 6C/12T 65W Wraith Stealth YD2600BBAFBOX
  • The official MSRP is $370, $312, $258, and $208, respectively. The pre-order prices range from about 250EUR to 423 CAD.

    Furthermore, the German version of Amazon listed the Ryzen 5 2600X for 248.93EUR, with an availability date of April 19.

    Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 13:03:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    More cores are coming to gaming laptops in the very near future, with the launch of the Intel Coffee Lake H processors. You can expect the Core i9-8950HK, i7-8850H, and i7-8750H, these are all six core models with twelve threads.

    Some initial Cinebench scores popped up, VideoCardz published an overview. All these parts have a 45W TDP. The Core i9-8950HK basically seems pretty close to a Core i7-8700K desktop chip.
    According to the leak from a Chinese website, the i9-8950HK reaches a score of 204 single-core in Cinebench R15. This is a Core i7-8700K territory. When it comes to multi-thread performance the i9-8950HK actually scores lower than 8850H and 8750H. The reason behind this is unknown, it could be anything from TDP limit to the actual testing platform.
    INTC Coffee Lake H 6core Cinebench

    Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 11:28:37 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    One of the reports that caused a lot of controversy this week was the news from CTS-Labs, about the discovery of 13 security vulnerabilities in AMD's Ryzen and EPYC processors, as well as in ASMedia chipsets. The first impression of a lot of enthusiast was that this is a smear campaign, not just because nobody had ever heard of this firm, but also due to the unusual and highly mediatized disclosure, the surrounding doom and gloom, and a 25-page short seller report from Viceroy Research that appeared a mere three hours after the initial announcement.

    AnandTech's Ian Cutress and RealWorldTech's David Kanter had a conference call with CTS-Labs, you can read their conclusions over here. The site concludes there a definitely a lot of weird and inconsistent elements. It is likely that the vulnerabilities are real, but further confirmation is still required:
    One, if the vulnerabilities exist: It is very likely that these vulnerabilities are real. A secondary attack vector that could install monitoring software might be part of a multi-layer attack, but offering a place for indiscriminant monitoring of compromised systems can be seen as an important hole to fix. At this point, the nearest trusted source we have that these vulnerabilities are real is from Alex Ionescu, a Windows Internals Expert who works for CrowdStrike, one of the companies that CTS-Labs says has the full disclosure documents. That is still a stage a bit far from us to warrant a full confirmation. Given that Trail of Bits required 4-5 days to examine CTS-Labs work, I suspect it will take AMD a similar amount of time to do so. If that is the case, AMD might have additional statements either on Friday or Monday, either confirming or rebutting the issues, and discussing future action.


    Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 11:00:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Fractal Design expands its lineup with a new white variant of the Meshify C TG case.
    Meshify strikes an aggressive pose in the Fractal Design lineup with unparalleled cooling performance and a defiant new look. Like diamond facets, the angular asymmetry of the Meshify C carves a space uniquely its own as a new dominant force in high-airflow design. Tempered glass completes the distinct, stealth-inspired aesthetic with exceptional style.

    An open ATX layout with intelligent space utilization creates an unrestricted airflow path from the mesh front intakes directly through key components to exhaust, ensuring heat is never an issue.
    Meshify C White TG

    Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 10:57:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    The discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities caused quite a shockwave due to the very broad security impact. Companies are thinking about new ways to make hardware and software safer, and Microsoft just announced a new bug bounty program that specifically focuses on speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities.

    There are four different tiers, security researchers who discover new categories of speculative execution attacks can expect a payout of up to $250,000. Bypass methods for Azure or Windows result in a payout of up to $200,000 and exploitable instances of a specified, known vulnerability gives access to up to $25,000.
    Speculative execution is truly a new class of vulnerabilities, and we expect that research is already underway exploring new attack methods. This bounty program is intended as a way to foster that research and the coordinated disclosure of vulnerabilities related to these issues. Tier 1 focuses on new categories of attacks involving speculative execution side channels. To help the community better understand what is currently known amongst the industry, our Security Research & Defense team has published blog with additional information. Tiers 2 and 3 focus on identifying possible bypasses for mitigations that have been added to Windows and Azure to defend against the attacks that have been identified. Tier 4 covers exploitable instances of CVE-2017-5753 or CVE-2017-5715 that may exist.

    Speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities require an industry response. To that end, Microsoft will share, under the principles of coordinated vulnerability disclosure, the research disclosed to us under this program so that affected parties can collaborate on solutions to these vulnerabilities. Together with security researchers, we can build a more secure environment for customers.
    You can check out the details over here.

    Posted on Friday, March 16 2018 @ 09:49:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    In an interview on CNBC's Mad Money, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich dispelled recent rumors about a possible acquisition of Broadcom:
    "I can't speak about rumors, but I can tell you we've made two big acquisitions with Altera and Mobileye," he told Mad Money. "We're heads down on making those successful and right and they're our growth engines for the future."
    Via: Seeking Alpha

    Posted on Thursday, March 15 2018 @ 18:08:49 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Sharkoon delivers the TG5 RGB, a new mid-tower case with controllable 120mm RGB LED fans. The fans of this all-black case are compatible with motherboard RGB LED headers. Other features include a tempered glass front and side panel, a cable-free front panel design, a movable HDD cage, a cable management system, a decoupled power supply mounting mechanism, and a preinstalled dust filter. The MSRP is 79.90EUR.

    TG5 RGB ATX Midi Tower
    Sharkoon has added a new version to the TG5 ATX PC Case launched in 2017: The Sharkoon TG5 RGB ATX Midi Tower. In addition to the tempered glass front and left side panel, the TG5 RGB ATX Midi Tower features four 120 mm RGB LED fans as well as a Sharkoon RGB LED strip. In total, six LED elements can be controlled via a 12V-G-R-B connector with the included 6-port RGB hub. The TG5 RGB is compatible with GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, ASUS Aura as well as other common RGB capable mainboards. For mainboards without a 12V-G-R-B connector, the TG5 RGB comes with a manual color control.

    The Sharkoon TG5 RGB is especially made for fans of flashy gaming PCs who want an individualized illumination from as many as 16.8 million colors. The tempered glass left side panel provides a clear view of the illuminated components inside the case. Thanks to the cable management system, the PC case can always make a tidy impression. The front panel is designed cable-free and can thus be removed easily without pulling on any cabling. The front has three pre-installed 120 mm LED fans, and another 120 mm LED fan is pre-installed on the rear panel. In addition, a RGB LED strip is provided for the case interior. The strip can be attached magnetically and by using its adhesive tape. In total, six LED elements can be connected to mainboards with a 12V G-R-B connector and controlled, using the included 6-port RGB hub – as long as the LED elements are compatible with GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, ASUS Aura or other common RGB capable mainboards. For mainboards without a 12V-G-R-B connector, the TG5 RGB comes with a manual color control. This is equipped with switches, enabling the illumination of the fans and the strip in seven colors, including white. In order to strengthen airflow inside the case, the top panel provides room for up three 120 mm fans or two 140 mm fans. For water cooling, a 280 mm or a 360 mm radiator can be installed to the front of the case.

    CPU coolers with a maximum height of 16.7 cm can be installed. A CPU cooler cutout in the mainboard tray facilitates the installation. Graphic cards with a maximum length of 40 cm can be inserted, and the maximum length for the power supply is 20.5 cm. Up to three 3.5" hard drives can be mounted decoupled in the tunnel’s HDD cage. If desired, the complete HDD cage can be fixed, via thumbscrews, onto the bottom of the tunnel - and using the oval hole cutouts, the cage can be positioned up to the fan on the front panel. Within the tunnel, a decoupled mounting is provided for the power supply. Two 2.5" HDD/SSDs can be mounted further behind the mainboard tray, or on the tunnel, by means of the two 2.5" mounting brackets and thumbscrews. Four detachable dust filters give protection from dirt, and the filter on the top panel has a convenient magnetic fastening. Two detachable dust filters are located along the sides of the front panel. The front panel is also equipped with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports plus two audio ports for connecting peripheral devices.


    Posted on Thursday, March 15 2018 @ 18:02:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich send out a new memo to discuss the current state of affairs regarding the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. The Intel chief says the company now has microcode updates for all vulnerable Intel products launched in the past five years. Furthermore, Krzanich reveals new 8th Gen Core processors slated for the second half of 2018 will contain hardware-level fixes for Spectre Variants 2 and 3.
    In addressing the vulnerabilities reported by Google Project Zero earlier this year, Intel and the technology industry have faced a significant challenge. Thousands of people across the industry have worked tirelessly to make sure we delivered on our collective priority: protecting customers and their data. I am humbled and thankful for the commitment and effort shown by so many people around the globe. And, I am reassured that when the need is great, companies – and even competitors – will work together to address that need.

    But there is still work to do. The security landscape is constantly evolving and we know that there will always be new threats. This was the impetus for the Security-First Pledge I penned in January. Intel has a long history of focusing on security, and now, more than ever, we are committed to the principles I outlined in that pledge: customer-first urgency, transparent and timely communications, and ongoing security assurance.

    Today, I want to provide several updates that show continued progress to fulfill that pledge. First, we have now released microcode updates for 100 percent of Intel products launched in the past five years that require protection against the side-channel method vulnerabilities discovered by Google. As part of this, I want to recognize and express my appreciation to all of the industry partners who worked closely with us to develop and test these updates, and make sure they were ready for production.

    With these updates now available, I encourage everyone to make sure they are always keeping their systems up-to-date. It's one of the easiest ways to stay protected. I also want to take the opportunity to share more details of what we are doing at the hardware level to protect against these vulnerabilities in the future. This was something I committed to during our most recent earnings call.

    While Variant 1 will continue to be addressed via software mitigations, we are making changes to our hardware design to further address the other two. We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional "protective walls" between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.

    These changes will begin with our next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) as well as 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors expected to ship in the second half of 2018. As we bring these new products to market, ensuring that they deliver the performance improvements people expect from us is critical. Our goal is to offer not only the best performance, but also the best secure performance.

    But again, our work is not done. This is not a singular event; it is a long-term commitment. One that we take very seriously. Customer-first urgency, transparent and timely communications, and ongoing security assurance. This is our pledge and it's what you can count on from me, and from all of Intel.


    Posted on Thursday, March 15 2018 @ 17:01:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    AMD logo
    More benchmark results leaked of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor. WCCF Tech compared 3DMark scores and concludes the new cheap is 18 percent faster than the Ryzen 7 1700X. In other words, the Ryzen 7 2700X delivers performance in excess of the 1800X, at a price level lower than the 1700X.
    The Ryzen 7 2700X delivered a physics score of 20,909 in Fire Strike Ultra 1.1, which is 18% ahead of the Ryzen 7 1700X at 17,825 and 11% ahead of the Ryzen 7 1800X at 19,051.

    In all three 3DMark entries the Ryzen 7 2700X was running at a clock speed above 4.2GHz, fluctuating between 4264MHz and 4214MHz, which no doubt helped it pull ahead of both of its Ryzen 7 predecessors. The CPU was paired with two 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory modules, which is considerably shy of the chip’s new officially supported JEDEC DDR4 spec of 2933 MHz.
    On a related note, VideoCardz has some benchmark result of the Ryzen 7 2700X/2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X/2600.

    Posted on Thursday, March 15 2018 @ 16:08:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    An international team of researchers presented Clairvoyance, a new compiler technique that promises to boost the performance of certain workloads by up to 43 percent. The trick is aimed at low-end simple out-of-order (OoO) execution based processors like ARM cores, bringing their performance closer to more complex designs like x86.
    The answer, the researchers claim, is Clairvoyance. 'Clairvoyance builds upon techniques such as software pipelining, program slicing, and decoupled access-execute and generates code that exhibits improved memory-level parallelism (MLP) and instruction-level parallelism (ILP). For this, Clairvoyance prioritises the execution of critical instructions, namely loads, and identifies independent instructions that can be interleaved between loads and their uses.'
    Full details at Bit Tech.

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