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Next NVIDIA GeForce lineup not based on Volta? June 24, 2017 - 16:43
Part of the Windows 10 source code leaked online June 24, 2017 - 13:03
G.Skill adds new DDR4 modules for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X June 23, 2017 - 18:08
Valve Knuckles VR controller has per-finger tracking June 23, 2017 - 11:18
SilverStone ups the ante with Strider Titanium PSUs June 23, 2017 - 10:58
NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang is the most loved tech CEO June 23, 2017 - 10:21
Free version of PCMark 10 is now available June 22, 2017 - 21:02
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z ships in July June 22, 2017 - 15:58
MSI employee reveals Radeon RX VEGA uses a shit ton of power June 22, 2017 - 15:15
Shortage of DRAM and NAND is getting worse June 22, 2017 - 15:05
Windows 10 Task Manager to show GPU utilization June 22, 2017 - 14:45
CRYORIG says existing LGA2011v3 coolers support LGA2066 June 22, 2017 - 14:39
Microsoft confirms Creators Update disabled incompatible third-party AV June 22, 2017 - 14:33
Six-core Intel Coffee Lake shows up in SiSoft Sandra June 22, 2017 - 14:24
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AMD showcases Vega-based Radeon Instinct MI25 June 21, 2017 - 14:10
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AMD Zen 2 is Rome and Zen 3 is Milan June 21, 2017 - 12:44
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Posted on Saturday, June 24 2017 @ 16:43:51 CEST by
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Rumors about a Pascal Refresh from NVIDIA resurface again at FUD Zilla. This piece of news has been going around for a couple of months now and today FUD Zilla claims NVIDIA's Volta is actually for the machine learning market and that the next gaming cards will be Pascal derivatives.

The site explains the gaming lineup from NVIDIA is on a "Tick-Tock" like cadence and that the next GeForce lineup will be more of an incremental gain. Using this point of view, Pascal was the "tick" whereas the next lineup will be more of a "tock".

Based on earlier rumors, it seems certain that NVIDIA's next GeForce lineup will use GDDR5X memory and that the chips will be made on TSMC's 12nm process. The 12nm node is basically an enhanced version of the foundry's 16nm node.
The dedicated follower of Pascal is now "a Pascal influenced design derived shrink down". With Maxwell architecture, Nvidia chose to optimise the GPU for better memory management. Back then, it became apparent to Nvidia that HBM and HBM 2 would not become mainstream in time for Pascal. Fudzilla already mentioned the fact that Pascal follower will not use HBM 2 memory.

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Posted on Saturday, June 24 2017 @ 13:03:22 CEST by
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A large cache of non-public Windows 10 builds and heaps of the operating system's source code leaked to betaarchive.com. In total, 32TB of files leaked, most of it being non-public builds of Windows.

The confidential builds include test versions of the operating system including unreleased 64-bit ARM versions of Windows, bug-hunting builds with private debugging symbols, and multiple versions of the Windows 10 Mobile Adaptation Kit, which Microsoft uses to get Windows 10 running on various mobile devices.

The leak also contains Microsoft's Shared Source Kit, which is only meant for use by hardware makers, OEMs and trusted enterprise and government partners. This kit provides the source code to the base Windows 10 hardware drivers, PnP code, the WiFi and USB stacks, storage drivers, and ARM-specific OneCore kernel code. The Beta Archive data dump included 1.2GB of Shared Source Kit files. Hackers are most likely already scanning the confidential code to discover potential security vulnerabilities.

The Register reports Beta Archive has deleted the data dump and is going to do a full review of its content:
The source kit is supposed to be available to only "qualified customers, enterprises, governments, and partners for debugging and reference purposes."

In a statement, Beta Archive said: "The 'Shared Source Kit' folder did exist on the FTP until [The Register's] article came to light. We have removed it from our FTP and listings pending further review just in case we missed something in our initial release. We currently have no plans to restore it until a full review of its contents is carried out and it is deemed acceptable under our rules."
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the files include a portion of the source code from the Shared Source Initiative.
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Posted on Friday, June 23 2017 @ 18:08:06 CEST by
G.Skill announces it created a couple of new memory kits for Intel's new Core X series processors. This includes Trident Z and Trident Z RGB kits with four to eight modules, with frequencies ranging from 3600MHz to 4200MHz. Full specs can be found in the table below.
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces new high-speed DDR4 memory specifications designed for the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processors and X299 chipset motherboards. All the new memory kits are built with high performance Samsung 8Gb ICs, and tested under the highest standards of the Trident Z family.

The Fastest DDR4-4400 CL19 8GBx2 Designed for Kaby Lake-X
With the improvement of overclocking performance on the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processor and X299 chipset, G.SKILL is thrilled to release the fastest DDR4-4400 CL19-19-19-39 8GBx2 dual-channel memory kit designed for Kaby Lake-X processor. This high-end DDR4 memory kit will be available under the Trident Z RGB series and an all-new Trident Z Black series.

New Quad-Channel Memory Kits for Skylake-X, Up to DDR4-4200 64GB (8GBx8)
In addition to the fastest 4400MHz dual-channel memory kit, G.SKILL introduces several new quad-channel memory kits, up to DDR4-4200MHz CL19-19-19-39 64GB (8GBx8) of extreme speed and high capacity. These new ultimate memory kits are designed to unleash the maximum performance of the latest Intel® Core™ i9 processors. Please refer to the following images for detailed specifications of the new memory kits and the stress test screenshot of the DDR4-4200MHz 64GB kit on the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe motherboard and Intel® Core™ i9-7900X processor.
DDR4 for Core X CPUs
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Posted on Friday, June 23 2017 @ 11:18:19 CEST by
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A bit more details emerged about Knuckles, the VR controller from Valve. The company is shipping prototypes to developers and one of the interesting features of the device is that it offers individual finger tracking.

Knuckles uses Cap Sense technology, which promises to make it possible to use your hands in a more natural way in VR games. For example, you will be able to grasp in-game objects more easily, and will be able to drop them by letting go of the controller.
To use Knuckles, users insert their hand between the main part of the controller and a soft strap that helps hold it in place. You can tighten or loosen the fit with an attached cord. This means that you can grab and interact with objects as you normally would without worrying about dropping the controller. Multiple capacitive sensors throughout the device also can help track your hand motions and whether your fingers are pointed straight, tightly curled or somewhere in between. It's important to note that Knuckles contains individual tracking for each separate finger, a feature VR users have been asking for.
Valve Knuckles

Knuckles

Via: Engadget
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Posted on Friday, June 23 2017 @ 10:58:49 CEST by
SilverStone offers a new line of power supplies with 80Plus Titanium efficiency ratings. The new Strider Titanium lineup features 1100W, 1300W and 1500W models with fully modular cabling and a single +12V rail design. Despite the high capacity, SilverStone packed everything into a compact 180mm long enclosure, which is about 40mm shorter than what competitors usually bring to the market for these high capacities. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Under the hood, the Strider Titanium features a single +12V rail design on all variants, active PFC, and most common electrical protection mechanisms. The units also feature a compact 180 mm length, compared to other brands which typically come in 220 mm lengths for this kind of wattage. All three variants come with eight 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors, up to sixteen SATA power, and six 4-pin Molex connectors. The units are cooled by a 135 mm fan, which stays completely off when the load is under 20%.
Could be a nice match for an Ethereum mining system.

SilverStone Strider Titanium PSUs

Via: TPU
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Posted on Friday, June 23 2017 @ 10:21:04 CEST by
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Glassdoor's 2017 survey of the most loved CEOs found that NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang is the highest-rated CEO in the Silicon Valley tech industry. He ranks sixth on the overall list and achieved an approval rating of 99 percent as employees rave about the fantastic work environment and the startup-like culture:
Nvidia provides “a fantastic environment for forward-thinking engineers, computer scientists and marketers,” says an anonymous employee on Glassdoor. Another said it is “a big company that thinks it is a startup.”

Elon Musk wasn’t far behind at No. 8. But he didn’t get a 98 percent approval rating for leading Tesla, the Silicon Valley-based cleantech company. That score came from his employees at SpaceX, the Southern California-based company where he is also CEO. This is the first time on the list for Musk, also an immigrant CEO. He was born in South Africa.

The average CEO approval rating is 67 percent, according to Glassdoor.
The highest-rated CEO is Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company. AMD or Intel did not make the top 100.

Via: SiliconBeat
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Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 21:02:16 CEST by
Futuremark sends out word that the Basic Edition of PCMark 10 is now available for download, you can find the new benchmark via the company's website.
Following the launch of PCMark 10 Professional Edition at the start of the month, today we are releasing PCMark 10 Basic Edition, a free benchmark for home users, and PCMark 10 Advanced Edition, which adds more tests and features for enthusiasts.

PCMark 10 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarks. Updated for Windows 10 with new and improved tests, PCMark 10 is also faster and easier to use.

  • The industry standard PC performance benchmark for Windows.
  • Relevant, real-world tests covering a wide range of everyday activities.
  • Accurate and impartial, ideal for comparing systems and choosing upgrades.
  • Created in cooperation with leading hardware and software companies.

    PCMark benchmarks measure the performance of your PC using tests based on real-world applications and activities. In PCMark 10, these tests include everyday tasks like browsing websites, video chat, writing and spreadsheets, photo and video editing, and playing games.

    Run the main benchmark and you'll get a PCMark 10 score that you can use to compare your PC with other systems or to see the impact of Windows updates and hardware upgrades.

    PCMark 10 updates many of the tests in PCMark 8 and adds new ones too. With its new and improved workloads, the main PCMark 10 benchmark takes less than half the time of the equivalent test in PCMark 8.

    Each benchmark run produces a high-level benchmark score, mid-level test group scores, and low-level workload scores to give you a detailed view of your PC's performance. Thanks to a brand new feature, you can also compare results side by side in the app.

    PCMark 10 shares the same style of user interface as 3DMark and VRMark. With its familiar layout, it's easy to start benchmarking with PCMark 10.

    PCMark 10 benchmark
    The main PCMark 10 benchmark test measures your PC's performance for a wide range of activities from everyday essentials and productivity applications to demanding work with digital media content.

    PCMark 10 Express
    PCMark 10 Express is a shorter benchmark that focuses on basic home PC use. It includes the Essentials and Productivity test groups. It is less demanding than the main PCMark 10 benchmark.

    PCMark 10 Extended
    PCMark 10 Extended expands the main PCMark 10 benchmark with demanding gaming tests that measure GPU and CPU performance. The PCMark 10 Extended benchmark gives you a complete view of your PC's performance for the widest range of activities.
  • PCMark 10
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    Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 15:58:13 CEST by
    MSI announces its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z flagship card will arrive in July. This model features Military Class 4 components and offers fancy RGB LED effects. The new TRI-FROZR cooler with two 100mm fans and one 90mm fan features two 8mm "SuperPipes" and is capable of handling a TDP of up to 700W!

    The GTX 1080 Ti Lighting Z is 320mm long, 140mm high, takes up nearly four PCIe slots and weighs 1707g.

    MSI allows user to switch between Silent, Gaming and Lightning modes. The latter unlocks the most performance, it overclocks the card's base clock to 1607MHz, provides a 1721MHz Boost and clocks the memory to 11120MHz. For comparison, a stock GTX 1080 Ti has a 1480MHz base clock, 1582MHz Boost and 11000MHz memory.

    MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z
    MSI is proud to officially announce the latest of its legendary LIGHTNING graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the new GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z combines cutting edge new technology with proven features such as TRI-FROZR design with TORX 2.0 Fans, SuperPipe technology and Military Class 4 components. The GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.

    Unmatched Thermal Design
    MSI Torx Fan 2.0MSI’s reputation in thermal design is well-known to be excellent. The improved TRI-FROZR design on the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z utilizes two 10cm and one 9cm TORX 2.0 Fans combining the advantages of both traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, generating huge amounts of airflow while remaining virtually silent. Two 8mm SuperPipes transfer heat much faster to the fins, enabling up to a whopping 700W of heat dissipation.

    Mystic Light Sync with Brilliant RGB Effect
    MSI’s Mystic Light enables you to customize the RGB effects of your hardware to give your system a different look whenever you feel like it. Using the MSI Mystic Light software, you can even synchronize colors and effects of your graphics card, motherboard, case-fans and peripherals. Give yourself or the audience a show!

    Dual BIOS and Enhanced Power Design
    The special LN2 BIOS on the card provides extreme overclockers more capibility for overclocking records without special hardware modifications. By removing restrictions, the full potential of the graphics card is unlocked. The enhanced power design contains more power phases than other models to ensure plenty of power is available for record-breaking performance. LIGHTNING’s custom 10-layer PCB is fitted with 14 phases for GPU and 3 phases for Memory to ensure power delivery can handle the most extreme loads. MSI Dual BIOS with special LN2 BIOS

    Military Class 4 Components
    Equipped with Military Class 4 components, the MSI GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is built to deliver the best quality and stability. The components have gone through rigorous testing by a third-party laboratory to satisfy the MIL-STD-810G standard. Featuring DrMOS 60A power phases, the highest rated available ensuring plenty of power. Hi-C CAP cores, Super Ferrite Choke, and Solid CAP, each aspect of the LIGHTNING Z ensures the best possible performance.

    On-board and in control
    With MSI's exclusive OC kits you're in complete control of the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. V-Check points allow you to accurately measure GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Multiple Temp Monitor checks the real-time temperatures of the GPU, Memory and PLL while Quadruple Overvoltage allows you to overvolt those same components in order to achieve higher clock speeds.

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    Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 15:15:10 CEST by
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    At the forums of Dutch tech site Tweakers, a marketing director from MSI reveals the upcoming AMD Radeon RX Vega cards will use "a shit ton of power".

    The post confirms AMD is finally sharing RX Vega details with its add-in-board (AIB) partners, about five weeks before the expected launch. The MSI guy reveals he's seen the specifications of the RX Vega lineup and that MSI is now working to get everything ready for the launch.

    He also hints that high power draw is not necessarily a bad thing if the card delivers enough performance. No specifics are shared but we do know that AMD's Vega Frontier Edition has a TDP of 300W (air cooled) and 375W (water cooled).

    MSI rep about RX Vega power

    Via: VideoCardz
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    Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017 @ 15:05:33 CEST by
    Reports are popping up that the global shortage of DRAM and NAND is going to get even worse, particularly if Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 is highly successful. News agency Reuters claims hardware makers around the globe are hoarding chips and are entering long-term contracts at elevated prices to ensure they get enough supply. The report mainly focuses on the smartphone market but it also has implications for the pricing of DRAM and NAND flash memory for the PC market.
    A chip supplier source told Reuters a handful of clients have moved to 6-month supply agreements, accepting higher prices than the customary quarterly or monthly deals, to make sure they get enough memory chips for their products.

    "The problem will be more acute for the NAND market, where the iPhone remains a critical source of demand given the huge sales volumes and recent moves to increase storage capacity on the device," said the source, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
    Meaningful new supply is unlikely to enter the market until 2018.
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