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XFX makes GPUs great again with Radeon RX 480 Patriot Edition January 24, 2017 - 14:08
Future of Toshiba NAND business remains cloudy January 24, 2017 - 14:02
NVIDIA Volta GPU to use TSMC 12nm process? January 24, 2017 - 12:43
Foxconn and Apple considering $7 billion display factory in the US January 23, 2017 - 18:36
Mushkin shows first Carbon KB-001 mechanical keyboard January 23, 2017 - 18:04
China cracking down on unofficial VPN services January 23, 2017 - 16:20
Windows 10 build 1507 reaches end-of-life on March 26 January 23, 2017 - 16:08
AMD's first Ryzen CPUs to cost $580 to $720? January 23, 2017 - 15:44
Intel six-core Coffee Lake-S to arrive in Q1 2018? January 23, 2017 - 15:04
Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X to launch at Gamescom in August? January 23, 2017 - 14:57
ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI to increase motherboard and GPU pricing in China January 23, 2017 - 14:38
PC gaming hardware sales topped $30 billion for first time January 23, 2017 - 14:31
Samsung investigation concludes batteries caused Galaxy Note 7 issues January 23, 2017 - 14:06
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Samsung 850 Pro 4TB SSD delayed due to NAND shortages January 20, 2017 - 17:12
Chip makers see a path to 1.5nm production with EUV January 20, 2017 - 16:39
Western Digital may buy stake in Toshiba NAND flash memory unit January 20, 2017 - 13:52
AMD Radeon Pro Duo price drops to $799 January 20, 2017 - 13:36
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24 2017 @ 14:08:56 CET by
XFX jumps onboard the meme train by giving away a RX 480 "Patriot Edition" to Make Gaming Great Again. This card is basically the same as the XFX Radeon RX 480 RS but with one blue and one red LED fan. Unfortunately, this competition is exclusively for US citizens. You can enter over here.
In observance of the presidential inauguration for the 45th president of the United States, XFX is proud to announce the RX 480 Patriot Edition Card. Featuring Red, White, and Blue. Brilliant white XFX LED logo, and pre-loaded with our Award Winning Red and Blue LED Hard Swap Fans. To celebrate, we are giving away one of these cards to a lucky resident of the United States of America. No purchase necessary, enter using the form below.
XfX RX 480 Patriot Edition
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24 2017 @ 14:02:34 CET by
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As I wrote a couple of days ago, Japanese conglomerate Toshiba is considering to spin off its semiconductor business as the company needs money to deal with a major accounting scandal that originated in the company's nuclear business. Toshiba's semiconductor unit includes the lucrative NAND flash memory venture, which generates about 15 percent of the company's revenue.

The semiconductor unit is believed to be worth around $13 billion but Toshiba is not willing to give up majority control. The goal seems to be to sell a stake of 20 percent or a maximum of 30 percent as the company faces writedowns projected to be as high as $6 billion.

Originally, it was believed Western Digital would be an ideal suitor for the NAND flash memory unit because the company already has a partnership with Toshiba in this area, but a deal with WD seems unlikely because Toshiba needs cash before the end of its book-year in March.

As EE Times reports, selling the minority stake to WD would come with a lengthy antitrust review of the deal, which wouldn't allow Toshiba to meet its March deadline. Thus the company is looking at private equity funds, but these might not find the deal attractive enough because they won't get a say in the unit's operations:
To avoid anti-trust concerns, investments by private equity funds might be just what Toshiba needs. However, private equity firms might not find the deal attractive, since Toshiba is offering only a minority stake in its semiconductor spin-off, not the business as a whole. To make the most of this investment, private equity funds would prefer to run the spin-off as efficiently as possible – a goal harder to achieve with a minority stake.

Japanese media reports say that Toshiba could sell 20-30% of its chip business, but it would never give up its majority.
The site reports the ideal solution for Toshiba would be to offload the nuclear operations, but this option gets dismissed because of Toshiba's key role in the cleanup of the Fukushima disaster and the decommissioning of two Toshiba-made reactors, which is expected to take at least 40 years.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24 2017 @ 12:43:32 CET by
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It's been a while since we last heard something about NVIDIA's future Volta GPU but now a couple of new rumors hit the web. As usual, I post this information with a disclaimer to take this news with a grain of salt as I can't vouch for the accuracy of these anonymous rumors.

NVIDIA to be use TSMC custom 12nm process?
The first rumor posted by TweakTown originated at the Beyond3D forums. Word on the street is that NVIDIA's Volta GPU architecture will be made on a custom 12nm process from TSMC. As I wrote a couple of days ago, this "12nm node" is basically TSMC's fourth-generation 16nm node, it promises lower power consumption, better performance as well as better cost-efficiency versus current 16nm nodes.

The naming of most process nodes is little more than marketing these days and TSMC feels the significant improvements to its latest 16nm technology warrant the use of the 12nm name. It's said that the 10nm node is more for SoCs and not for high-power applications, and that 7nm is too far away.

GeForce GTX 2000 series to be Pascal Refresh?
The second rumor is that we're going to get a Pascal Refresh before the arrival of Volta. These cards will be launched as the GeForce GTX 2000 series and will likely deliver 10-15 percent performance gains, potentially lower temperatures and more overclocking headroom.

Volta getting GDDR6 and HBM2?
Next is a rumor that NVIDIA will be using both HBM2 and GDDR6 memory for its Volta-based consumer video cards. HBM2 will be reserved for the higher-end models whereas GDDR6 may be used for the GTX 3080 and below. GDDR6 memory promises 16Gbps of bandwidth, about 60 percent more than GDDR5X.

Here's a basic overview of current expectations of the GV104, GV102 and GV110 GPUs:
NVIDIA will use the GV104 in its slightly higher than mainstream segment at $400 or so, where we should see the GeForce GTX 3070 and GTX 3080 powered by the GV104 core, with up to 16GB of GDDR6 RAM on a 256-bit memory bus.

As for the higher-end GV102-based product, we could expect up to 32GB of GDDR6 or HBM2 on these cards at the full 16Gbps bandwidth providing 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. This could scale much higher, especially if HBM2 is thrown into the mix, we could see up to 1TB/sec (1024GB/sec) of memory bandwidth.

The GV110 core will be the Titan X successor, which is why I have predicted we will see up to 32GB of RAM being offered.

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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 18:36:38 CET by
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Electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn revealed it's mulling a joint investment with Apple to build a highly-automated $7 billion display factory in the US. Chairman Terry Gou said the increase in demand for larger display panels makes local production a better solution than shipping from China to the US market:
"Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well," Gou told reporters after the company's annual year-end party in the Nankang district of Taipei. The U.S. production site eventually would create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, the Taiwanese tycoon said.
Foxconn is in talks with several states in the US but it seems a lot hinges on government incentives. For example, Foxconn wants cheap land as well as cheap electricity. At the moment, Pennsylvania is said to be ahead to secure a deal.

Commenting on the new US president, Gou said the rise of protectionism is inevitable but he questioned whether Americans would be willing to pay significantly more for consumer goods that are produced locally. Full details at Nikkei Asian Review.
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 18:04:36 CET by
We haven't heard a lot from Mushkin in recent years but now we come across an announcement that the company has made its entry into the peripheral market with the launch of the Carbon KB-001 mechanical keyboard.

The design of the KB-001 is somewhat atypical, this gaming keyboard is made from anodized and brushed aluminium, has fancy edge highlights, features frameless floating keys, and comes with the usual RGB LED key illumination. Mushkin reportedly opted for Kailh Brown key switches, the keyboard also has NKRO and a Windows key lock for gaming sessions.

Besides the LED lights, the keyboard has relatively little bells and whistles. It features a small (not detachable) wrist rest and has a braided USB cable.

Availability is unknown but the launch pricing is said to be around $70.

Mushkin KB001

Via: PC Perspective
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 16:20:26 CET by
China announced it wants to regulate the way its citizens access the Internet. Many Chinese citizens and businesses use virtual private networks to access sites and networks banned by China's Great Firewall but this practice is now under fire.

The country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology declared gateways like VPNs will need to get official permission to operate. The vetting of VPNs is part of a broader initiative to "manage the information available online".
In its notice, the Ministry said China's net connection market was "disordered" and needed regulating.

In a bid to sort out the situation it said it was embarking on the long term plan to bring some order to the way people go online. Net connection firms and the other ways people get online would be scrutinised, it said.

China uses many different technologies to police what people say online and which sites they can visit. Many sites popular outside the country, such as Facebook and YouTube, are blocked or restricted to those behind what is known as China's "great firewall".
Via: BBC News
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 16:08:26 CET by
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Microsoft has published Windows 10 build 1607 (aka Anniversary Update) media and said time is running out for those still running the original version of Windows 10.

Starting on March 26, 2017, the first release of Windows 10, known as build 1507, will receive no further security updates. This is part of Microsoft's strategy to limit support to two Current Branches for Business of Windows 10.

So basically, to continue to receive security updates after March you or your business will need to be running the Windows 10 November Update (build 1511) or preferably the newer Anniversary Update (build 1607).
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 15:44:49 CET by
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A lot of computer enthusiasts are hoping that the arrival of AMD's Ryzen will shake up the x86 processor industry. For a long time, AMD has been unable to make a dent in Intel's Core but now hopes are high for a return to competitiveness.

People have become accustomed to AMD's low pricing but of course there's no guarantee that if AMD has a blockbuster chip they will sell it at low prices. Heck, I still remember the time when AMD had the fastest chips and their top model fetched more dollars that Intel's flagship.

As such, I'm not entirely surprised to read that AMD's Ryzen processors may be quite a bit more expensive than some people hoped. A couple of rumors posted at ChipHell suggest the first Ryzen processors may be priced around 3999RMB to 4999 RMB ($580-$720).

The source claims the first Ryzen processors will be the eight-core, sixteen-threaded models - these will have retail availability around mid-March 2017. Ryzen will be shown to the press at a secret press event late February. The supply of Ryzen is ready but unfortunately the launch got delayed due to motherboard BIOS bugs that had to be resolved first.

The more affordable quad-core, eight-threaded parts are rumored to follow in April. The reason for this delay is unknown.

As always, I suggest taking these rumors with a grain of salt.
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 15:04:34 CET by
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One more rumor from Asian tech site Bench Life. Besides news that the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors are slated for August 2017, the site also claims that Intel is planning to announce six-core Coffee Lake-S processors in Q1 2018.

Based one earlier rumors, we know the Coffee Lake series will make six-core chips mainstream. Intel is expected to launch 10nm Cannon Lake parts towards the end of this year but higher-power chips like Coffee Lake will stick with the 14nm, making it Intel's fourth architecture on the 14nm node.

The site tips Coffee Lake-S will have 35W, 65W and 95W editions. These processors may be called Intel Core i7-8000 series and could be accompanied with 300-series chipsets, but that's pure speculation.
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Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 @ 14:57:14 CET by
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A new BenchLife article confirms earlier reports that Intel is planning to launch its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, as well as the accompanying X299 chipset, in August 2017. Given the timeframe, the Gamescom event in Cologne seems the most likely launch venue.

Motherboard makers will likely show off some X299 motherboards at Computex in June but the arrival of the full Basin Falls platform will have to wait until August. This new platform uses the LGA2066 socket and will support quad-channel DDR4-2667 memory.

It appears the entire lineup will consist of just four procesors: three Skylake-X models and one Kaby Lake-X processor. The Skylake-X versions will be the most potent ones, these are expected to be six-core, eight-core and ten-core models with a 140W TDP. The Kaby Lake-X chip on the other hand will have just four cores and will stick to a 112W TDP.

The site also writes X299 will support Intel Optane Technology and notes the chip giant invested a lot of effort into this technology. Not a lot is known about the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X but BenchLife did hear the chips will have cache memory improvements and enhanced, more balanced performance.

Intel X299 chipset
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