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Intel Alder Lake-S arrives on November 4

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Intel officially revealed its Alder Lake-S. We've been writing about this chip for months now, it's the first LGA1700 processor and there are various novelties here. First up, it's a hybrid chip with a combination of high-performance and high-efficiency cores. Next, you also Xe-based integrated graphics, DDR5, and PCI Express 5.0 support. Last but not least, this chip is made on the "Intel 7" node (aka 10nm). Retail availability is expected on November 4.

There are three different versions; the i9-12900K, i7-12700K, and i5-12600K. Intel also ships a KF version of these chips, the only difference is the lack of integrated graphics.

The chip giant promises 19 percent higher single-threaded performance versus the 11900K. Similarly, 1080p "high quality" gaming is quoted to be 19 percent faster with the 12900K. Independent performance reviews are expected next week.
Today at Intel Innovation, Intel unveiled the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family with the launch of six new unlocked desktop processors, including the world’s best gaming processor, the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K. With a max turbo boost of up to 5.2 GHz and as many as 16 cores and 24 threads, the new desktop processors reach new heights of multi-threaded performance for enthusiast gamers and professional creators.

The full 12th Gen Intel Core family will include 60 processors, set to power more than 500 designs from a broad set of partners. As detailed during Intel Architecture Day 2021, the new performance hybrid architecture, the first built on Intel 7 process, delivers scalable performance from 9 to 125 watts to enable every PC segment from ultra-thin-and-light laptops to enthusiast desktops and out to the edge.

“The performance hybrid architecture of 12th Gen Intel Core processors is an architectural shift made possible by close co-engineering of software and hardware that will deliver new levels of leadership performance for generations,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “This begins with the arrival of our flagship Core i9-12900K – the world’s best gaming processor – and you will see even more incredible experiences as we ship the rest of the 12th Gen family and beyond.”

Game, Create and Overclock with Unlocked 12th Gen Desktop Processors
The six unlocked desktop processors launched today are the first based on Intel’s performance hybrid architecture featuring a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores), the highest performing CPU core Intel has built, and Efficient-cores (E-cores), designed for scalable multi-threaded workload performance.

Intel® Thread Director enables the two new core microarchitectures to work seamlessly together by guiding the operating system (OS) to place the right thread on the right core at the right time. Intel has worked with the ecosystem on extensive testing to optimize performance and compatibility, and as part of the company’s reinforced investments in the developer community, has published white papers for developers with guidance on how independent software vendors can optimize applications for performance hybrid platforms.

“We’re at the beginning of a new era for the PC led by the introduction of Windows 11,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer, Microsoft. “With Windows 11 and Intel’s new Thread Director technology, users will see their PC performance reach new heights on the new 12th Gen Intel Core family of processors.”

The combination of Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture and new Intel 7 process technology delivers improved single-threaded and multi-threaded performance to enable:

The World’s Best Gaming Processor: Available with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processor family includes the world’s best gaming processor, the Core i9-12900K, unleashing gaming experiences across top titles. The Core i9-12900K provides amazing gen-over-gen performance increases, including up to 25% more FPS on Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS on Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS on Far Cry 6.

Enhanced by Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E for up to 75% less latency while gaming when multitasking, high-frequency P-cores paired with E-cores for offloading parallel tasks enable up to 84% more frames per second for simultaneous gaming, streaming, and recording.

A Leap in Content Creation Performance: Advancements in multi-threaded performance, the responsive performance of the P-cores and the ability to move data at incredible speeds with DDR5 enable leadership across all types of content creation experiences, including:
  • Up to 36% faster photo editing performance
  • Up to 32% faster video editing performance
  • Up to 37% faster 3D modeling performance
  • Up to 100% faster multi-frame rendering
?The Best Overclocking Experience10: The new processors offer industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate performance customization, including the ability to overclock Efficient-cores and DDR5 memory. Enthusiasts and gamers can try these new platform overclocking features as part of the latest Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) 7.5. Starting with the Core i9-12900K, XTU will also support one-click overclocking with Intel Speed Optimizer for unlocked 12th Gen processors. Further, Intel introduced the latest Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 with support for DDR5, offering additional profiles, including new rewriteable custom profiles and flexible tuning for memory overclocking.

Enabling Desktop Platforms with Industry-Leading Features

12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors empower people with the performance and industry-leading features for exceptional experiences across gaming, content, and play for today and tomorrow.

Key platform advancements include:
  • The first processors in the industry to offer DDR5 memory for up to 4800MT/s.
  • The first processors in the industry to offer PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes), which offers up to 2X I/O throughput over PCIe 4.0, with up to an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 support.
  • Up to 30MB Intel® Smart Cache (L3) and 14MB L2 cache for increased memory capacity with reduced latency.
  • Integrated high-speed wireless with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E, which combines industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with powerful gaming network technology to minimize lag, latency, and packet loss.
  • Discrete Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity for external device expansion.
All-New Intel 600 Series Chipset
Alongside the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel is launching the new Intel 600 Series Chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. New PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes make for 28 total lanes off the chipset, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 provides up to double the bandwidth, DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset to CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.

For the first time, Intel is bringing Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD) to PC chipsets to simplify storage control by allowing direct control and management of NVMe-based SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional RAID controllers or other hardware adaptors.

Unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are available now for pre-order from participating OEMs, channel partners, and retailers. Broad availability will start Nov. 4 with more than 140 customers in more than 30 countries expected to add the new processors to their lineups by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $264 to $589 for the unlocked desktop processors.

Intel expects to ship hundreds of thousands of 12th Gen Intel Core desktop “K” processors by end of year and more than 2 million by the end of March 2022. To enable the expanded offerings for desktop, mobile and commercial segments expected in early 2022, Intel is also shipping 28 of the processor SKUs in the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to OEM partners.
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Gigabyte details its Z690 AORUS motherboards

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Gigabyte shared information about its new Z690 AORUS motherboards:
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announced the Z690 AORUS gaming motherboards which perfectly support the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Featuring up to 20+1+2 phases digital power VRM design with each phase holding up to 105 amps and an improved Fins-Array III heatsink design, GIGABYTE’s Z690 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power design and thermal management to unleash the extreme performance and optimized overclocking ability on the new generation multi-core K series Intel® Core™ processors. The PCIe® 5.0 PCBs, slots, and components are also implemented in GIGABYTE’s Z690 AORUS motherboards for enhanced performance and stability. The exclusive SMD memory slots with metal shielding mask for anti- interference and the BIOS setting of DDR5 memory overclocking offer more stable signals to memory, which enable users to boost XMP and overclocking performance with stability. Select GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards offer feature-rich I/O with an integrated I/O shield as well as the newest Thermal Guard III design, Smart Fan 6 and much more. Performance, power management, thermals, audio, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards check all the boxes for users seeking to take their computing firepower to the next level.

“With the advent of the new generation Intel® Z690 platform and the 12th generation Core™ processor, GIGABYTE also launched the latest motherboards to provide users ultra durable products with premium compatibility, breakthrough performance, and low temperature through optimized power supply, heat dissipation and expansions.” said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. “GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards are designed for professional designers and power users who pursue performance. Featuring the maximum 20+1+2 phases digital power supply, high-end VRM heat dissipation, 2Oz PCB, nano-carbon backplane heat dissipation design, premium components and exclusive tuning function, GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards boost the overall and overclocking performance of CPU and memories. Moreover, enhanced by the support of PCIe® 5.0 graphics card, the configuration of multiple PCIe® 4.0 M.2 disk arrays, the ultra-high-speed networking of 2.5G and above, etc., and the professional tuning of R&D, GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards provide impressive performance, stability and definitely is the perfect choice for high-end users who pursue extreme performance on Intel® Z690 platform.”

20+1+2 phases power design improves the overclocking stability of processors

The 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors mark a shift in the process design on both the architecture and the new LGA1700 socket, which means users cannot stay with previous processors by modify firmware or hardware details due to incompatible socket. The new architecture features Intel® 7 stepping and the “hybrid” design of P-Core and E-Core, which not only raise up the theoretical performance, but also enable the processors to dynamically switch between high performance operation and low loading energy saving mode. This allows users to take full advantages from the processors flexibly by the demands of system operation. With up to 20+1+2 phases which each of Vcore and Vcc GT can hold up to 105 amps by its Smart Power Stage design, while Vcc AUX can hold 70 amps by two sets of DrMOS design, The flagship of GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS gaming motherboards unlock the full potential of the new processors and enhance the extreme overclocking performance on all-core multi cores. Meanwhile, the diverse top quality components with the solid pin sockets can provide more stable power and dissipate the heat more efficiently from heavy loading operation or overclocking to prevent CPU throttling by overheating, as well as to deliver up to 2300 Amps to provide the best power balance. Furthermore, the addition of Tantalum Polymer capacitors improves the transient response of the VRM between high and low loads, increasing the stability and purity of the power for processors so that users won’t have to worry about overlocking failures caused by unstable power. During extreme overclocking, Intel® Core™ i9-12900k achieved the frequency of 8 GHz.

Advanced layout design, remarkable memory overclocking

GIGABYTE introduces DDR5 memory starting from Intel® Z690 consumer motherboards with downward support of DDR4, and prepares various Z690 motherboards for users according to the market demand and positioning differences. The DDR4 models perform impressively as last generation, while DDR5 models benefit from the new memory architecture which enables speed from 4800 MHz with high power efficiency, low latency, and low power consumption. Besides the well-reputed Shielded Memory Routing, GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards also adopt the latest SMD memory DIMMs and dual metal armor for users to enjoy premium memory overclocking performance with more durability and more stability. The real test also affirms the boost of LN2 overclocking performance up to 8000 MHz and above.

In order to provide users a striking memory overclocking performance with ease, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards pack numerous enhanced technologies. Enhanced by exclusive layout design, the “DDR5 Unlocked Voltage” feature can unlock the adjustment range of DDR5 memory native voltage, which allows users to reach higher memory clock with more stability. Moreover, the BIOS setting is correspondingly optimized to a new level, which “DDR5 Auto Booster” can boost native frequency of DDR5 from 4800 MHz to 5000 MHz with a simple click and automatically boost your memories after Windows loaded. This allows the performance improvements exert in real computing usage. “DDR5 XMP Booster” allows users to choose quickly from multiple built-in and pre-tuned memory overclocking profiles. “XMP 3.0 User Profile” enables users to create and burn in XMP profiles on their own to unleash the extreme performance of memories.

The Fins-Array III technology supplemented with high coefficient thermal pad

To enhance the overall heat dissipation, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER and above motherboards feature the new generation Fins-Array III technology to further enlarge the surface area of the thermal fin to 9 times than a traditional heatsink, which takes away more heat when cool air passes by for advanced heat dissipation. The Direct-Touch Heatpipe II design features 8mm direct touch heatpipe with shortened distance and increased contact area between the heatpipe and the heatsink to lower the temperatures more rapidly. Meanwhile, select GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards implement a new generation LAIRD 9W/mK thermal pad in VRM area which offers significantly improved heat dissipation compared to traditional thermal pads.

Furthermore, selected AORUS motherboards feature metal back plate with nano-carbon coating for stylish thermal design, while several Z690 AORUS models continue the full-covered one-piece metal plate on MOS area from previous design to provide more efficient heat dissipation. The multiple skived fins and grooved surface provides two times larger dissipation area than traditional design that improves dramatically the heat convection and conduction by allowing more airflow pass through the heatsink. GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards adopt 6-layer PCB and above, even up to 10 layers on high end models. The power layer and ground layer both use 2OZ copper for enhanced heat dissipation under the high speed operation of CPU to avoid throttling by overheating. Besides the hardware thermal design on VRM, GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards continue to implement Smart Fan 6 technology and EZ Tuning function for a more flexible fan allocation, easier setting on fine tuning, and advanced manually setting mode. Now users can further control the gaming system temperature setting for the optimal balance among silent, cool, and high performance.

Get ready for the future with new generation PCIe® and M.2 design

The 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Z690 chipset support the latest PCIe® 5.0 specifications. To meet the high-speed bandwidth required by the next generation of graphics cards, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards comprehensively adopt PCIe® 5.0 design and selected components from PCBs, PCIe® slots, and even controllers to provide optimized signal quality and prepare for future technology. The brand new armor design for PCIe® 5.0 slot further enhances the strength for a better durability. Besides, all Z690 AORUS ATX motherboards equip four PCIe®4.0 M.2 slots. Through the VMD support on Z690 platform, RAID configurations are enabled through the layout integration from CPU and chipset to provide access rate of more than 20000 MB/s. When it comes to high speed operation, the heat dissipation design becomes crucial to SSDs. The enlarged heatsink of select Z690 AORUS motherboards and GIGABYTE’s patent Thermal Guard XTREME, which is enhanced by heighten, widen, enlarged heatsink with heatpipe, providing optimal cooling for the PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs to prevent thermal throttling under high-speed operation.

Lightning-fast network, extraordinary sound effects, powerful expansion capabilities

GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS lineup is equipped with 2.5Gb Ethernet, to even 10Gbit on flagship models, and Intel® WiFi 6E 802.11ax network for the most complete and flexible network options. Besides GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards fully pack the latest technologies to meet the needs, including USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 3.2 Gen2 slots, and Thunderbolt™ 4 / USB 4 expansions. The addition of QFLASH+ and Clear CMOS buttons makes it much easier and more convenient for users to troubleshoot their systems or update their BIOS without installing a processor.

The top of GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS lineup utilizes a high SNR audio engine and pairs it with the WIMA FKP2 studio-grade audio capacitors, and integrates ESS SABRE DAC with DTS?X® Ultra to deliver high fidelity audio for the most abundant sound experience whether it’s for gaming or entertaining. The flagship Z690 AORUS XTREME motherboard introduces the ESSential HEX USB DAC, which is built-in ESS SABRE HiFi ES9280A audio codec with ESS ES9080A to process the left and right channel audio separately, it perfectly presents the Linear Apodizing filter effect, reduces the distortion of the pure Linear mode, and further increases the depth and openness of the reverberation of the soundstage. Users can enjoy more immersive audio experience without degrading the sound quality caused by the audio layout design within the chassis. ESSential HEX USB DAC also provides audio output up to 40 KHz, allowing players to sense the most realistic sound experience and enjoyable entertainment effects beyond physiological limitations.

In addition to above exclusive designs, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards continue the noted support of the digital LED lightening and graphical BIOS setting interface that displays key information such as clock speeds, memory, storage devices, fan status settings, and other important hardware information in a more intuitive and user friendly manner. Meanwhile, Q-Flash technology allows users to flash a BIOS file without installing a CPU, RAM, GPU, and other peripherals.

In addition to the AORUS models, Gigabyte also launches three of Z690 AERO-series motherboards for creators. The latest Z690 AERO series perfectly unleash the extreme performance of the new generation processors, and provide remarkable thermal performance to ensure a stable system operation. With the support of the latest PCIe® 5.0, Z690 AERO lineup satisfies the high-speed bandwidth requirement of the next generation of graphics cards on one hand, and delivers optimized signal transferring quality on the other hand. The lineup equips four PCIe®4.0 M.2 slots with armor design to offer creators sufficient storage capacity with optimal cooling without worrying for thermal throttling under high-speed operation.

Z690 AERO G and Z690 AERO G DDR4 feature the noted VisionLINK technology, which allows for data and video transmission based on USB Type-C® Interface and provides power delivery up to 60W for high-end pen displays. VisionLINK technology enables performance sharing from high-end graphics card to the pen displays through DP_IN interface, which promise creators a smoother working environment avoiding cable clutter and saving more time, space, and effort on content creation. The VisionLINK TB on Z690 AERO D is an advanced version of VisionLINK technology, which supports all Thunderbolt™ 4 features and 60W power supply as well. In addition, the features of 2.5Gbit Ethernet, Intel® WiFi 6E 802.11ax network, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 and front Type-C® interface also help creators significantly improve their work efficiency.
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AMD data center chip sales more than doubled

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AMD posted third-quarter revenue of $4.3 billion and net income of $923 million. Revenue was about $200 million higher than Wall Street consensus and the adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share came in at 73 cents per share, a beat of 7 cents per share. For the current quarter, AMD anticipates roughly $4.5 billion in sales, a bit higher than Wall Street estimates of $4.25 billion. Impressively, data center chip sales doubled versus the same period a year earlier, far exceeding the company's overall revenue growth of 54 percent.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2021 of $4.3 billion, operating income of $948 million, net income of $923 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.75. On a non-GAAP* basis, operating income was $1.1 billion, net income was $893 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.73.

“AMD had another record quarter as revenue grew 54% and operating income doubled year-over-year,” said AMD president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “3rd Gen EPYC processor shipments ramped significantly in the quarter as our data center sales more than doubled year-over-year. Our business significantly accelerated in 2021, growing faster than the market based on our leadership products and consistent execution.”

Q3 2021 Results
Revenue was $4.3 billion, up 54 percent year-over-year and 12 percent quarter-over-quarter driven by higher revenue in both the Computing and Graphics segment and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment.

Gross margin was 48 percent, up over 400 basis points year-over-year and up 80 basis points quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases were primarily driven by a richer mix of EPYC™, Ryzen™ and Radeon™ processor sales.

Operating income was $948 million compared to operating income of $449 million a year ago and $831 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP operating income was $1.1 billion compared to $525 million a year ago and $924 million in the prior quarter. Operating income improvements were primarily driven by higher revenue.

Net income was $923 million compared to $390 million a year ago and $710 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $893 million compared to $501 million a year ago and $778 million in the prior quarter.

Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 compared to $0.32 a year ago and $0.58 in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.73 compared to $0.41 a year ago and $0.63 in the prior quarter.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $3.6 billion at the end of the quarter.

The Company repurchased more than 7 million shares of common stock for $750 million during the quarter.

Cash from operations was $849 million compared to $339 million a year ago and $952 million in the prior quarter. Free cash flow was $764 million compared to $265 million a year ago and $888 million in the prior quarter. Third quarter 2021 cash from operations and free cash flow included strategic investments in long-term supply chain capacity to support future revenue growth.

Corsair rolls out its first DDR5 products

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Corsair launches its first DDR5 memory modules for Intel's Alder Lake-S:
CORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today kicked off the DDR5 era with the launch of DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5.

Leveraging more than 25 years of experience crafting premium, high-performance memory, these new modules open the way to far higher frequencies, greater capacities, and faster performance. Launching initially at speeds of up to 5,200MHz and capacities of up to 32GB per module, DDR5 pushes the performance limit further than ever before alongside next-generation platforms, starting with 12th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors and Z690 motherboards.

With your choice between the iconic styling and stunning lighting of DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 or the compact, minimalist profile of VENGEANCE DDR5 in kits of 32GB - 64GB, CORSAIR has the options to equip your new cutting-edge PC with the unprecedented performance of DDR5.

As the performance and capabilities of modern CPUs continue to increase, your system needs upgraded memory to keep up and make the most of its potential. DDR5 ensures that today’s high-end CPUs receive data as quickly as possible, and take system performance to the next level. While previous generations of DRAM were limited to less precise motherboard-based control for voltage regulation, DDR5 modules are the first equipped with onboard voltage regulation now conveniently controlled through CORSAIR iCUE software*, resulting in more finely tuned and stable overclocking. iCUE also enables you to customize and save your own Intel® XMP 3.0 profiles with ease, to tailor performance by app or task.**

World-renowned DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 is lined with 12 ultra-bright individually addressable CAPELLIX LEDs per module, alongside forged aluminum construction, precision die-casting, and anodization to complete its elegant and elevated look. With its patented CORSAIR DHX cooling design, DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 delivers exceptional performance even when pushing it to its limits.

VENGEANCE DDR5 offers the same massive benefits of DDR5 with an understated aesthetic, in a compact, low-clearance form-factor that ensures compatibility with nearly any build. A solid aluminum heatspreader on each module efficiently conducts heat away from your memory to keep it performing at its best.

Both DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 are built with only hand-sorted, tightly-screened memory chips to ensure consistent high-frequency performance with aggressive timing options, along with high-performance PCBs for excellent signal quality and stability. As with all CORSAIR memory, they are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for complete peace of mind.

The next generation of high-performance memory is here, and CORSAIR is leading the way in equipping your next amazing build with the best it has to offer.

*iCUE Module Voltage Control coming later in 2021.
**XMP 3.0 Customization coming later in 2021 to select motherboards.

Availability, Warranty, and Pricing
CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 Memory is available immediately from the CORSAIR network of authorized retailers and distributors in select regions. For up-to-date availability information, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 Memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.
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TSMC N4P process offers more performance, better energy efficiency and higher density

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Another quick blurb about a new process technology from TSMC. The Taiwanese semiconductor foundry leader introduces its N4P node. This is a further refined version of the company's 5nm technology platform. N4P offers 6 percent higher performance versus N4 and 11 percent higher performance versus the original N5. Compared with N5, it also has 22 percent better energy efficiency and a 6 percent gain in transistor density. Tapeouts of the first chips fabbed on N4P are expected in the second half of 2022.
TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today introduced its N4P process, a performance-focused enhancement of the 5-nanometer technology platform. N4P joins the industry’s most advanced and extensive portfolio of leading-edge technology processes. With N5, N4, N3 and the latest addition of N4P, TSMC customers will have multiple and compelling choices for power, performance, area, and cost for its products.

As the third major enhancement of TSMC’s 5nm family, N4P will deliver an 11% performance boost over the original N5 technology and a 6% boost over N4. Compared to N5, N4P will also deliver a 22% improvement in power efficiency as well as a 6% improvement in transistor density. In addition, N4P lowers process complexity and improves wafer cycle time by reducing the number of masks. N4P demonstrates TSMC’s pursuit and investment in continuous improvement of our process technologies.

TSMC customers often invest precious resources to develop new IP, architectures, and other innovations for their products. The N4P process was designed for an easy migration of 5nm platform-based products, which enables customers to not only better maximize their investment but will also deliver faster and more power efficient refreshes to their N5 products.

N4P designs will be well-supported by TSMC’s comprehensive design ecosystem for silicon IP and EDA. With TSMC and its Open Innovation Platform® partners helping to accelerate the product development cycle, the first products based on N4P technology are expected to tape out by the second half of 2022.

“With N4P, TSMC strengthens our portfolio of advanced logic semiconductor technologies, each with its unique blend of performance, power efficiency and cost. N4P was optimized to provide a further enhanced advanced technology platform for both HPC and mobile applications,” said Dr. Kevin Zhang, Senior Vice President of Business Development at TSMC. “Between all the variants of N5, N4 and N3 technologies, our customers will have the ultimate flexibility and unmatched choice of the best mix of attributes for their products.”

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 offers higher performance

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A new driver from AMD too, this one has some performance optimizations for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Age of Empires IV. You can grab the Adrenalin 21.10.3 driver over here.
Support for:
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™
    Up to 21% increase in performance in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6900 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.
    Up to 21% increase in performance in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.
  • Riders Republic™
  • Age of Empires™ IV Up to 45% increase in performance in Age of Empires™ IV @ 4K Max Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.
  • Doom® Eternal: Update 6.66

    Fixed Issues

  • In Radeon™ Software, the CPU Tuning feature may be missing for some users with AMD Processors such as Ryzen™ 9 5950X Processor.
  • Some users may experience elevated disk space consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.
  • While playing a game, some users may experience a black screen flicker if they have multiple displays connected and they attempt to switch between open windows (via Alt + Tab shortcut).
  • Battlefield™ V may crash during gameplay on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6600 Graphics.
  • Image corruption may be observed on some characters when Radeon™ Boost is enabled while playing Cyberpunk 2077® on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6700 XT Graphics.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 496.49 WHQL is out for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

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    NVIDIA uploaded the GeForce 496.49 WHQL driver. This is the Game Ready release for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires IV, Battlefield 2042 Early Access, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Chivalry 2, Forza Horizon 5, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, Jurassic World Evolution 2, and Riders Republic. You can download it over here.

    Fixed issues:
  • [Doom 3: BFG Edition]: Visual corruption occurs in the game. [3405146]
  • [Tom Clancy’s The Division 2]: Flickering and visual corruption may appear after extended gameplay. [3369607]
  • [LG OLED C1 series]: The display may show random black screen flicker at 1080p. [3404999]
  • This version also has security updates.

    Sharkoon adds fancy SHARK Disc PWM and the SHARK Blades PWM fans

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    Two new RGB LED fans from Sharkoon; the SHARK Disc PWM and the SHARK Blades PWM. These will be sold online for 9.99EUR.
    Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. With the SHARK Blades PWM and the SHARK Disc PWM, Sharkoon now presents its first PWM fans. Through the mainboard's control, and with a maximum speed of 1,400 revolutions per minute, these fans should enable an optimal cooling of the PC case. In addition to a wide range of illumination colors, the two fans have different designs: The SHARK Disc PWM is glass-transparent, allowing the illumination to shimmer through its borders. The SHARK Blades PWM, on the other hand, is kept in minimalist black and has fan blades with protruding lines for a dynamic display when in operation. Thanks to the RGB LED effects, the fans should blend seamlessly into the PC case with all the other illuminated components.

    Precisely Tailored Performance
    The SHARK Disc PWM and the SHARK Blades PWM each offer a speed of up to 1,400 revolutions per minute with an airflow volume of up to 94.8 cubic meters per hour for the SHARK Blades PWM and 82.35 cubic meters per hour for the SHARK Disc PWM. The speed can be controlled by the mainboard.

    Smooth Performance
    Even at full speed, both the SHARK Blades PWM and the SHARK Disc PWM are barely louder than a whisper in the room. Their volume is specified at around 24.8 dB(A). The fluid dynamic bearing also supports the smooth performance.

    Creative Illumination
    A compatible RGB controller for the mainboard can be used for setting the 9 RGB LEDs of the SHARK Disc PWM and the 20 different RGB LEDs of the SHARK Blades PWM. The lighting offers a selection of up to 16.8 million colors.

    High Compatibility
    The lighting effects of the SHARK Blade PWM and the SHARK Disc PWM can be controlled with the software Asus Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light Sync and Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 Utility. For the greatest possible compatibility, the RGB LEDs can be connected to the mainboard either via a 5V-D-G connection or via a four-pin 5V-D-coded-G connection.

    Reduced Case Vibration
    The rubberized contact points reduce the case vibration and further support the smooth running of the fans.
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    Kingston KC3000 PCIe 4.0 SSD achieves up to 7000MB/s

    2 days ago
    Kingston reveals the KC3000, a new PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state disk that is offered in capacities of 512GB to 4TB. The disk uses 3D TLC NAND flash memory and has the Phison E18 controller. Performance depends on the amount of NAND flash memory, the 2TB and 4TB versions are the fastest, they achieve read speeds of up to 7000MB/s and write speeds of up to 7000MB/s. The random 4K read/write IOPS of the 2TB and 4TB versions is 1 million IOPS.
    Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced KC3000, its next generation PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD for desktop and laptop PCs. KC3000 SSD offers next-level performance using the latest Gen 4x4 NVMe controller and 3D TLC NAND ideal for power users who require the fastest speeds on the market.

    “With the rise of data-heavy applications, consumers are demanding high performance solutions and high capacities to match”

    By leveraging Gen4 technology, KC3000 delivers speeds up to 7,0000/7,000MB/s read/write1 of blazing-fast performance and full capacities up to 4096GB2 for optimal storage. Users can keep up with demanding workloads and experience better performance with software applications such as 3D rendering and 4K+ content creation by upgrading the systems storage. KC3000 is built with high-density 3D TLC NAND housed in the industry standard M.2 2280 form factor to store even more and enable users to take advantage of PCIe 4.0 speeds. With the combination of performance and endurance, KC3000 is reinforced with a low profile, graphene aluminum heat spreader to effectively disperse heat and keep your drive cool during intensive workloads.

    “With the rise of data-heavy applications, consumers are demanding high performance solutions and high capacities to match,” said Keith Schimmenti, SSD Business Manager, Kingston. “By utilizing next-gen PCIe 4.0 technology with KC3000, we are able to deliver fast and reliable storage to suit the needs of a wide range of consumers in the market.”

    KC3000 is currently available in 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB and 4096GB capacities. KC3000 is backed by a limited five-year warranty4 and free technical support. For more information visit
    Kingston KC3000

    Intel CEO predicts shortages will last until 2023

    5 days ago
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    Following AMD and NVIDIA, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger now also stated that supply issues will continue in 2022. VideoCardz writes Gelsinger expects things will get gradually better in 2022, but there will still be component shortages issues until late 2022:
    Intel CEO expects shortages to become incrementally a smaller problem however one should not expect a supply and demand balance till 2023, as he said during an interview with CNBC.

    We’re in the worst of it now; every quarter next year, we’ll get incrementally better, but they’re not going to have supply-demand balance until 2023

    — Pat Gelsinger to CNBC

    Intel stock drops 11 percent on weak fourth-quarter earnings forecast

    5 days ago
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    Intel's stock is down 11.92 percent to $49.99 today after a lackluster earnings report from the chip giant. Intel's third-quarter revenue was up 5 percent year-over-year to $19.2 billion and non-GAAP net income soared 54 percent to $7.0 billion. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.71, which far exceeded the $1.11 Wall Street consensus.

    The big stinker was that Intel's fourth-quarter estimates are below Wall Street's forecast. Intel predicts it will earn 90 cents per share on revenue of $18.3 billion, which is below the $1.01 earnings per share and $18.25 billion in revenue that financial analysts had estimated. Analysts are also worried that Intel's higher future capital expenditure will put a burden on earnings growth in the coming years.
    • Third-quarter GAAP revenue of $19.2 billion, up 5% year over year (YoY), and non-GAAP revenue of $18.1 billion, up 5% YoY. Achieved all-time record revenue in Intel's Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and record third-quarter revenue in the Data Center Group (DCG) and Mobileye businesses.
    • Third-quarter GAAP earnings-per-share (EPS) was $1.67; non-GAAP EPS was $1.71, which exceeded July guidance by $0.61. Exceeded July guidance for EPS and gross margin.
    • Raising full-year 2021 EPS and gross margin guidance. Now expecting GAAP EPS of $4.50 and non-GAAP EPS of $5.28 and GAAP gross margin of 55% and non-GAAP gross margin of 57%.
    • Intel CFO George Davis announced plans to retire in May 2022.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 21, 2021 -- Intel Corporation today reported third-quarter 2021 financial results.

    “Q3 shone an even greater spotlight on the global demand for semiconductors, where Intel has the unique breadth and scale to lead. Our focus on execution continued as we started delivering on our IDM 2.0 commitments. We broke ground on new fabs, shared our accelerated path to regain process performance leadership, and unveiled our most dramatic architectural innovations in a decade. We also announced major customer wins across every part of our business,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “We are still in the early stages of our journey, but I see the enormous opportunity ahead, and I couldn’t be prouder of the progress we are making towards that opportunity.”

    Italy tries to secure 4 billion EUR chip packaging plant from Intel

    5 days ago
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    Intel is still looking for the best location for its future European chip making plant. While Dresden, Germany is believed to be the frontrunner for an advanced megafactory, Reuters reports Intel is also in talks with Italy about a potential investment worth over 4 billion euro.

    While the German plant will likely focus on chip making services for automotive clients, the Italian facility is said to be a cutting-edge packaging plant capable of packaging chips consisting of tiles made by Intel and third parties. The Italian government is reportedly willing to come up with funds as well as favorable labor and energy cost terms.
    Rome is already in talks with Intel about the potential investment, which according to preliminary estimates would be worth more than 4 billion euro ($4.7 billion), the sources who are involved in the discussions said.

    One of them said the total could even reach around 8 billion euros, depending on Intel's plans.
    The Reuters article says France is seen as a big contender for the megafactory, while Poland is competing with Italy to land the packaging facility.

    Corsair adds PRO custom cooling waterblocks for Alder Lake-S

    6 days ago
    Corsair introduces the Hydro X Series XC5 RGB PRO and XC7 RGB PRO waterblocks for Intel's Alder Lake-S platform:
    CORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced a new PRO generation of performance custom cooling CPU water blocks in the award-winning Hydro X Series: the XC5 RGB PRO and XC7 RGB PRO. Equipped with more than 110 high-efficiency micro-cooling fins and an innovative quad-split flow design, these new water blocks deliver extraordinary cooling paired with vibrant RGB lighting at the heart of your loop. With compatibility across the entire range of modern CPUs from Intel® and AMD®, including the upcoming Intel® LGA 1700 socket, the Hydro X Series delivers the cooling you need to help your next stunning PC build run at its full potential.

    Thanks to new precision-machined copper cold plates and a quad-split flow design with multiple inlet channels, the XC5 RGB PRO and XC7 RGB PRO achieve fantastic cooling performance, up to 4°C lower than their previous generation counterparts. Their durable construction with reinforced standard G1/4” threads will keep your CPU running at its best for years to come.

    The XC5 RGB PRO shines with 16 RGB LEDs customizable across eight lighting zones and a solid top for a refined and minimalist appearance. RGB lighting can be controlled and synchronized across all CORSAIR iCUE-compatible RGB devices with a CORSAIR iCUE Controller (sold separately) and iCUE software, or controlled via compatible motherboards with an included 5V ARGB adapter cable. The XC5 RGB PRO is available with either Intel or AMD brackets, for easy installation on LGA (1700, 1200, 115X) or Socket AM4, respectively.

    The XC7 RGB PRO ups the ante with nickel-plated copper cold plates and a transparent flow chamber to further show off your coolant and lighting, in addition to its 110 high-efficiency micro-cooling fins and quad-split flow design. Its 16 RGB LEDs are all individually addressable for even more intricate lighting effects. The XC7 RGB PRO includes brackets to fit both Intel LGA (1700, 1200, 115X) and AMD Socket AM4.

    Whether you’re building a new custom cooled powerhouse or looking to improve the performance of your current system, the new PRO Series water blocks will help you get the best out of your CPU.

    Availability, Warranty, and Pricing
    The CORSAIR Hydro X Series XC5 RGB PRO and XC7 RGB PRO are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

    The CORSAIR Hydro X Series XC5 RGB PRO and XC7 RGB PRO are backed by a first-rate three-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.
    PRO Custom Cooling CPU Water Blocks

    Sharkoon SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex & 1337 V2 Big mousepads are out

    6 days ago
    Fans of ultra-large mousepads have two more options as Sharkoon presents the SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex & 1337 V2 Big. Both mousepads measure 1200mm x 600mm and are reasonably priced.
    Sharkoon Technologies, an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals, has now introduced two new mouse mats: the SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex and the 1337 V2 Big. The Big Hex presents itself with a hyper-realistic 3D motif design, while the 1337 V2 Big comes in minimalist black. Both mouse mats are 120 centimeters long and 60 centimeters wide, making them Sharkoon's largest mouse mats so far.

    Extraordinarily large
    Both the SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex and the 1337 V2 Big, with their length of 120 centimeters and a width of 60 centimeters, are the largest mouse mats from Sharkoon to date. They can therefore cover a large part of the tabletop and offer ample room for mouse movements.

    Particularly Robust
    According to the manufacturer, the rubber underside always offers a firm hold, even under demanding conditions. Also, thanks to its sublimation printing, the hexagon motif of the SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex should be able to withstand a high degree of intensive use - just as much as the minimalist black surface of the 1337 V2 Big.

    No Fraying
    The robust stitching along the edges should support a long service life without fraying at the edges, and, according to the manufacturer, both the SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex and the 1337 V2 Big will hardly show any signs of wear even over a long period of demanding use.

    Suitable for Cleaning
    The enormous gliding ability of the two mats should be suitable for quick mouse movements and rapid reactions. Moreover, as water simply rolls off the mats, their water-repellent properties make them suitable for cleaning with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

    Price and Availability
    The SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex and the 1337 V2 Big are immediately available. The SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex is available at the manufacturer’s suggested price of 27.99 euros, and the 1337 V2 Big at 19.99 euros.
    Sharkoon SKILLER SGP30 Big Hex & 1337 V2 Big



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