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Be Quiet! System Power U9 series focuses on price/performance May 25, 2018 - 10:19
Silicon wafer pricing uptick seen continuing into 2020 May 25, 2018 - 10:15
NVIDIA removes telemetry from its display drivers May 25, 2018 - 10:11
Windows 10 April 2018 Update has issues with Avast anti-virus May 25, 2018 - 09:54
Intel shares more Z390 chipset specifications May 25, 2018 - 09:48
Sony: PlayStation 5 is three years away May 25, 2018 - 09:44
Intel explains origin of the Bunny Suit May 24, 2018 - 19:56
Jon Peddie Research: Cryptocurrency GPU demand has saturated May 24, 2018 - 17:08
NVIDIA GeForce 397.93 WHQL is out for State of Decay 2 May 24, 2018 - 15:53
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 offers Ancestors Legacy performance optimizations May 24, 2018 - 13:27
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K HDR 144Hz G-SYNC screen hits the market May 24, 2018 - 13:18
Arctic Alpine AM4 Passive cools for Ryzen APU May 24, 2018 - 12:54
Next-gen NVIDIA GeForce cards to use SK Hynix GDDR6 memory May 24, 2018 - 12:31
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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 10:19:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Be Quiet! introduces the System Power U9, a new line of 80Plus Bronze power supplies that focus on providing a great price/performance ratio. These models ship in 400W, 500W, 600W, and 700W editions, for $44.90, $54.90, $59.90, and $74.90, respectively.
Be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for twelve consecutive years*, introduces its System Power U9 series of power supplies with 400 to 700 watts into the North American market. The product line offers 80PLUS Bronze level efficiency up to 89 percent, providing solid performance and an extensive feature set. All this, combined with a great price-performance ratio, makes this power supply series a perfect component for system builders.

Each new power supply in the System Power U9 line-up is built with the latest technology and available at a competitive price, maintaining the quality and reliability expected from a premium brand like be quiet! All models are 80PLUS Bronze certified and feature improved voltage regulation thanks to System Power U9's DC-to-DC technology. In every System Power U9 model, be quiet! implements a full range of circuit protection, including over temperature protection (OTP), while a temperature-controlled high-quality 120-millimeter fan constantly cools the power supply at a low noise level.

High performance and multi-GPU capability
Two independent 12V-rails ensure highly stable power output to all PC components. System Power U9 power supplies with 400 and 500 watts are equipped with two PCI-Express connectors, while 600 and 700-watt versions offer four, making the power supply ideal for multi-GPU configurations.

The best choice for office and multimedia systems
Outstanding characteristics make System Power U9 perfect for quiet office and multimedia systems, as well as price-consciously built home theater PCs. The new power supplies also provide enough power for energy-efficient, entry-level gaming systems. Thanks to its compliance with Intel C6/C7, ErP and Energy Star 6.1 guidelines and its power saving technology, the series achieves a low standby drain of less than 0.1 watts. To help satisfy system builder aesthetics, black power cables add a high-quality look, while quality workmanship is paired with a three-year warranty that complete each System Power U9 package.
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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 10:15:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Industry sources told DigiTimes that more price hikes are ahead for silicon wafers. The pricing of blank wafers is estimated to increase a further 20 percent on average this year, after already witnessing a same size increase in 2017. The price uptrend is expected to carry into 2020 as production is having a hard time to keep up with growing demand.
The sources said silicon wafer prices began to rebound in the beginning of 2017 and picked up quarter by quarter in the year, bolstered by explosive increases in demand for wafers from automotive electronics, IoT, memory, AI, and cryptocurrency mining sectors. In addition, limited capacity expansions by the world's top five suppliers have turned the oversupply into shortfall, further driving up the quotes. The world's top five suppliers - Shin-Etsu, Sumco, GlobalWafers, Siltronic and SK Siltron - together command over 90% of the global silicon wafer supply.
More expensive wafers mean higher revenue and profits for wafer suppliers, but lower profitability for foundry houses and chip designers:
With the uptrend lingering for wafer quotes, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) indicated earlier that its gross margin rate may fall by 0.5-1pp on price hikes in 2018, compared to a smaller drop of 0.2pp in 2017 made possible by the annual contract signed earlier with wafer suppliers.
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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 10:11:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday we saw the rollout of NVIDIA's GeForce 397.93 WHQL drivers. One of the changes tucked away in the release notes is the removal of the "Experience Improvement Program" from the NVIDIA Control Panel. As reported by AnandTech, this means the data collection/telemetry features are now back in the GeForce Experience tool, and are no longer a part of the standard display drivers:
Given the recent frenzy of GDPR notifications ahead of tomorrow’s enforcement date (5/25/18), the “Experience Improvement Program” data collection for NVIDIA’s display drivers was more of a recent development. A few years ago, it was noticed that a number of auto-running telemetry functions had silently found its way into NVIDIA’s standard display drivers with 368.25, where previously it was only coupled with GeForce Experience; later, 381.65 added an opt-out option by unticking an “Allow Experience Improvement Program” option in the Help menu of NVIDIA Control Panel. Looking at NVIDIA’s new GDPR-compliant privacy policy and privacy center, these data collection functionalities will now be present only in GFE, GeForce NOW, and SHIELD TV.

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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 09:54:34 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft is blocking the installation of Windows 10 April 2018 Update on systems with Avast antivirus software.

Avast reports on its product forums that Microsoft temporarily disabled the updates. Other sources indicate Microsoft made the decision due to complaints about blank desktop screens with no icons. At the moment, it's unclear what's causing this issue, as Microsoft and Avast are unable to reproduce the problem.
Microsoft temporarily disabled the updates on version 1803 on PCs with Avast. We are working together with MS to find out the cause of this issue, but unfortunately right now neither MS nor us are able to reproduce the issue.
Avast users who wish to upgrade to the latest version of Windows will need to remove the software and wait for more news. Alternatively, you can delay the deployment of Windows 10 April 2018 Update
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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 09:48:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel published a specification sheet with more details about the upcoming Z390 chipset. The new chipset has the same number of PCIe lanes, but the specifications have somewhat changed. Another key change is the support for USB 3.1 Gen 2, you can find the full overview at VideoCardz. The launch date of the Z390 is unclear, perhaps we'll hear more at Computex:
Intel has not really made any official introduction of the new chipset. We are only finding this by browsing Intel website, which is quite odd. However, this could mean that Computex Z390 showcase might actually happen. The previous embargo date was set to September, but the recent announcement from AMD could have affected those plans.

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Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 09:44:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Sony revealed that the fifth-generation PlayStation console is still three years away from us. This means the company's update cycle is slowing down, a new PlayStation console typically took about six-to-seven years, and the current PlayStation 4 went on sale in 2013. So far, the PS4 has sold over 79 million units.
"We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future," said Tsuyoshi "John" Kodera, who took over last October.

Mr. Kodera spoke a day after Sony's new chief executive, Kenichiro Yoshida, released his first three-year business plan. It included a conservative forecast for the videogame business, seeing operating profit in the final fiscal year of the plan, ending March 2021, slightly lower than the $1.6 billion it made in the year ended March 2018.
This doesn't mean there won't be PS4 updates, but a completely new generation isn't expected until 2021.
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Posted on Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 19:56:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In a new blog post in the "Intel at 50" series, the chip giant explains the origin of the famous bunny suit. Interesting read!
When Intel was founded in 1968, standard clean room practices were lax. Facilities were kept reasonably clean, but employees wore their own clothes and the environment was not sterile. An early technician remembered “a couple of people in Fab 1 [in Santa Clara] got read the riot act … for bringing pizzas in and setting them on top of the diffusion furnaces to keep them warm.”

By 1971, Fab 2 required employees to wear smocks but not head coverings or leggings. It also became popular to shorten the garments into mini-smocks and or cut off the sleeves, personal touches that made the garments more fashionable, but hindered their already limited effectiveness. Moreover, smocks were not kept sterile — employees simply took them home and washed them, a practice that was fine for conventional cleanliness but did nothing to prevent the small particles (like dryer lint) that could ruin a microchip. The common practice of personalizing smocks with embroidery or other embellishments that contained small fibers and threads exacerbated the problem.

More rigorous clean suit protocols began at Intel with the opening of Fab 3 in Livermore, California, in 1973. Gene Flath, who managed wafer fabrication at the first three fabs, recalled the new coverall “bunny” suits receiving a lot of attention for their novelty: “People used to find excuses to visit Fab 3 just so they could put a bunny suit on.” The suits would gradually spread throughout Intel’s other facilities and become the companywide standard by 1980. Their design would be a continuous work in progress, always keeping pace with the increasing intricacy (and commensurately increasing needs for purity) of microprocessors.

In 1997, the bunny suit entered the American consciousness and became forever associated with Intel when the dancing “Bunny People” made their debut in a commercial for the Pentium MMX during Super Bowl XXXI. It was the beginning of one of the most successful and recognizable corporate mascots in history and quickly became an icon of Intel. The dancing mascots would turn up in print and television advertisements and make personal appearances, while dolls and promotional items bearing their likeness would become popular tchotchkes.

The bunny suit would remain a popular company emblem thereafter. In 2012, students from Rosemary Elementary School in Campbell, California, provided the illustrations for “The Adventures of Chip and the Intel Bunny,” a book Intel developed to help children understand the company’s technology. The bunny suit had become such a universal emblem of Intel that even grade-schoolers followed the association.

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Posted on Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 17:08:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Jon Peddie Research issued its first-quarter report about the graphics market. The firm found that the GPU market increased 3.4 percent year-over-year, and declined 10 percent sequentially. Zooming in on the data, we can see that discrete desktop card shipments were up 6.4 percent quarter-over-quarter, and up a massive 66.4 percent year-over-year.

A lot of cards went to cryptocurrency miners and Jon Peddie Research believes this market is now saturated. The analyst outfit believes demand will now shift back to gamers, as supply to the retail channel is going up again. Jon Peddie estimates pent-up demand will help to mitigate the usual seasonal decline that's seen in the second quarter of the year for desktop discrete video cards.
Jon Peddie Research, the industry’s market research firm for the graphics industry, has updated it’s quarterly Market Watch report. Overall, the report finds the crypto-currency market is continuing to influence the PC graphics market, though its influence is waning. Market watch found that year-to-year total GPU shipments increased 3.4%, desktop graphics increased 14%, notebooks decreased -3%. GPU shipments decreased -10% from last quarter: AMD decreased -6%, Nvidia decreased -10%, and Intel decreased -11%.

AMD increased its market share again this quarter benefitting from new products for workstations, and crypto-currency mining, Nvidia held steady, and Intel decreased.

Over three million add-in boards (AIBs) were sold to cryptocurrency miners worth $776 million in 2017. And an additional 1.7 million were sold in the quarter.

We believe the market for crypto-mining AIBs has saturated and the miners who wanted AIBs have got them now. The gamers, who have pulled back on purchases due to t surge-pricing by the channel, are now seeing supply increase and prices coming back down. We think they represent a pent-up demand which will carry forth into Q2 and will help mitigate the usual seasonal decline in the second quarter for desktop discrete GPU sales.

However, the PC suppliers, the supply chain in Taiwan and China, and the semiconductor suppliers are all guiding down for Q2 reflecting a continuation of historic seasonality, and a general decline in the PC market. Nonetheless, the supply chain companies in Taiwan are predicting that this Q2 will be the bottom for the PC market decline.

The first quarter is typically flat to down from the previous quarter in the seasonal cycles of the past. For Q1'18, it decreased -10.4% from last quarter and was below the ten-year average of ?6%.

Quick highlights
  • AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased -5.83% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased -11.49% from last quarter, and that of Nvidia’s decreased -10.21%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 140% which was up 5.75% from last quarter.
  • Discrete GPUs were in 39.11% of PCs, which is up 2.23%.
  • The overall PC market decreased -14.12% quarter-to-quarter and increased 0.46% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 6.39% from last quarter.
  • Q1'18 saw a no change in tablet shipments from last quarter.

    GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped, and most of the PC vendors are guiding cautiously for Q2’18.
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    Posted on Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 15:53:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    NVIDIA uploaded the GeForce 397.93 WHQL driver, you can download it manually via this page. This release features performance optimizations for The Crew 2 Closed Beta and State of Decay 2. It adds support for CUDA 9.2, has some new SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and comes with a couple of bug fixes.
    Fixed Issues in this Release:
  • [Notebook][GeForce GTX 870M]: GPU acceleration is being used for Windows Explorer. [2003577]
  • [SLI][Steam]: Steam must be closed to enable or disable SLI mode. [2091966]
  • [Surround][Digital Vibrance]: Digital Vibrance setting is not persistent, and reverts to the default setting when rebooting with Surround mode enabled. [2097240]
  • [Wolfenstein II]: The game may freeze in the Roosevelt area. [2114563]
  • [NVIDIA Control Panel]: When Windows HDR is enabled, some color formats are missing from the NVIDIA Control Panel->Display->Change Resolution page. [2117226]
  • [Pascal GPU + Kepler GPU]: After installing the driver and rebooting the system, the drive may fail to load. [200394820]
  • [Far Cry 5]: Green flickering occurs in the game when using HDR with non-native resolution. [200399992]

    Changes in this Release:
  • Removed Experience Improvement Program from the NVIDIA Control Panel

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    Posted on Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 13:27:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    AMD uploaded the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 drivers, you can grab them over here if you prefer a manual download. This is the official unified driver for the firm's discrete video cards and APUs, it adds support for the Raven Ridge desktop APUs. The 18.5.1 release adds final support for Microsoft PlayReady 3.0, but only for Radeon RX 400 and 500 series video cards. Vega owners are still out of luck. Additionally, this version also has performance optimizations for Ancestors Legacy and a couple of bug fixes.
    Support For
  • Windows®10 April 2018 Update
  • AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics
  • Ancestors Legacy™:
    - Up to 6% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.4.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p).
    - Up to 13% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.4.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p).
  • Microsoft® PlayReady®3.0: Supported on Radeon RX 400 Series and Radeon RX 500 Series desktop graphics products.

    Fixed Issues
  • HBCC options may not properly reset to default when Radeon Settings "Restore Factory Defaults" option is selected.
  • Destiny™2 may experience increasing load time durations when the game is run for extended periods of time.
  • Tearing may be observed in some borderless fullscreen games on Radeon FreeSync enabled displays when Radeon Software performance metrics is enabled.
  • Netflix™ playback through a web browser may experience corruption or hangs when using multi GPU enabled system configurations with Radeon RX 400 series or Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • Radeon ReLive streaming or uploading of videos to Facebook™ may intermittently fail.

    Known Issues
  • Some games may experience minor stuttering during gameplay when the Radeon ReLive Instant Replay feature is enabled and FRTC is also enabled.
  • Radeon Overlay may not show all available features when some games are run in borderless fullscreen mode.
  • The Witcher™ 3: Wild Hunt may experience stuttering during gameplay.
  • A system hang may occur on a small number of system configurations after Radeon Software installation if Radeon Settings is launched without a system reboot. A workaround is to reboot your system after install.

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