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LCD displays to get more expensive

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Shortages are expected to drive up the price of LCD display panels. Industry sources told DigiTimes that manufacturers are hit by a lack of supply of upstream chips and materials. Display makers have trouble getting enough driver ICs and glass substrates, and this situation is getting worse.

At the same time, demand for LCD panels remains high thanks to strong sales of TVs, computers, and other devices supporting the stay-at-home economy in Europe and North America.

Prices of LCD displays increased this month and will continue rising in March. The report offers some TV panel price data from market research firm Sigmaintell:
China-based research firm Sigmaintell estimates average selling prices (ASP) for 32-inch LCD TV panels to rise by US$3 from February to US$75 in March, and that for 43-inch ones to advance US$5 reaching US$127. Prices for large-size TV panels ranging from 50 to 75 inches are expected to see an average hike of US$7.
And there are also predictions about laptop panels:
Sigmaintell estimates the ASP for 21.5-inch LCD modules for monitors may rise by US$3 on month to US$55 in March, compared to a corresponding gain of US$2.5 for 23.8-inch offerings and a hike of US$2 for 27-inch ones.

It estimates 14-inch HD TN panel modules for Chromebooks may advance by US$1.5-2, and mainstream 14-inch and 15.6-inch IPS panel modules for notebooks could rise by US$1-1.5 in March.
Overall, not really massive increases, but it all adds up as this isn't the only component that's getting more expensive.

TSMC expects a third more 5nm production in 2H 2021

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There are chip shortages everywhere and one piece of the puzzle is a lack of foundry capacity. Production on TSMC's latest nodes is pretty much fully booked and that's constraining the ability of various chip makers to meet high consumer demand.

Ramping up production isn't easy, it requires a lot of capital and time. DigiTimes writes TSMC expects to boost its 5nm wafer output by one third in the second half of this year. The Taiwanese foundry's 5nm node pumped out 90,000 wafers a month in Q4 2020. This figure is expected to rise to 105,000 wafers a month in the first half of 2021 and will eventually hit 120,000 wafers monthly in the second half of 2021.

TSMC's 5nm node is used by a variety of large tech firms, including Apple, AMD, and MediaTek. Later this year, AMD is expected to introduce its first Zen 4-based processors, these chips will use TSMC's 5nm process.

New issues on the horizon

But while TSMC is ramping up capacity, the foundry is also facing new issues. Yesterday reports emerged that TSMC is now trucking in water to meet its production needs. Taiwan had an unusually dry rain season and companies are asked to restrict water consumption because water levels at reservoirs have dropped to dangerously low levels.

Chip shortages to get worse... and persist until 2022

On a related note, it appears the chip shortages will be with us a lot longer than most of us hoped. MarketWatch reports analysts predict shortages will remain common throughout 2021 -- if not longer.
We believe semi companies are shipping 10% to 30% BELOW current demand levels and it will take at least 3-4 quarters for supply to catch up with demand and then another 1-2 quarters for inventories at customers/distribution channels to be replenished back to normal levels.” - J.P. Morgan analyst Harlan Sur
At least in the short term, it doesn't seem like we should expect improvement. In fact, it looks like shortages will get worse as we head into the Spring season.

NVIDIA CMPs are 12nm Turing and not 8nm Ampere-based

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A week ago, NVIDIA introduced its first Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMPs). Amidst the current boom in cryptocurrency mining, the green team is making some efforts to ensure more GPUs and up in the hands of gamers.

NVIDIA claims the CMPs will not affect the supply of GeForce cards and now we know why. VideoCardz reports references in the newly released GeForce 461.72 driver confirm that the first CMPs are not based on the new Ampere GPU architecture.

The CMP 30HX and 40HX, the first NVIDIA mining processors to hit the market, are based on the previous-generation Turing architecture. The former is based on the TU116 and the latter is a derivative of the TU106. The chips are made on a 12nm process from TSMC, so at least in terms of foundry capacity, there's no impact on the production of the Ampere GPUs. The newest generation from NVIDIA uses Samsung's 8nm node.

Turing-based mining processors are not ideal as these chips are less profitable than Ampere -- they have a higher power consumption and the hash rate isn't impressive either. It seems like a tough sell as long as better alternatives are available.

Will it help?

Whether the CMP will become a success remains to be seen. NVIDIA expects CMPs will pull in only about $15 million in revenue this quarter, which is insignificant versus the current volume sold to miners. The only way the firm can push miners to these chips is by artificially limiting the mining performance of its GeForce GPUs.

The hash rate limiter of the GeForce RTX 3060 is a first step but its success will depend on how easily this protection can be hacked. According to NVIDIA, it's a very secure system, but we wouldn't be surprised if someone comes up with a software or hardware-based solution to circumvent the anti-mining algorithm.

Future NVIDIA GeForce cards are expected to feature similar anti-mining protections. At the moment, it's unknown whether the green team will take measures to make current Ampere-based GeForce cards less attractive to miners. NVIDIA will not limit the mining performance of existing cards -- that wouldn't make sense anyway as miners would simply refuse to install these drivers or firmware. But there are some rumors that NVIDIA could reintroduce the current GeForce lineup under new SKUs.

Making CMPs on the 12nm node may help a bit to get more GeForce cards in the hands of gamers, but we still think both lines are competing for the same resources. Foundry capacity is not the only constraint at the moment, there are also reports about shortages of GDDR6 memory, substrates, and various other components that are used by both products.

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Corsair targets budget market with $29.99 KATAR PRO XT mouse

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Two new gaming products from Corsair today. First up, the firm introduces its KATAR PRO XT gaming mouse. This is a basic $29.99 gaming mouse with six programmable buttons, 18K dpi optical sensor, switchable DPI, macro support, and a weight of just 73g. Zero RGB LEDs.
CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today launched a new ultra-light gaming mouse, the KATAR PRO XT. At a weight of just 73g and equipped with a drag-reducing paracord cable, the KATAR PRO XT is extremely agile and well-suited for fast-paced FPS and MOBA gameplay. The KATAR PRO XT is also the first CORSAIR mouse to implement new CORSAIR QUICKSTRIKE buttons, pre-tensioned to reduce button travel to a minimum, meaning every click from the KATAR PRO XT registers faster than ever.

Sporting a compact symmetrical shape, the KATAR PRO XT is great for claw and fingertip grip styles. With a weight of 73g, the KATAR PRO XT is one of the lightest in the entire CORSAIR gaming mouse lineup, aided by a lightweight paracord cable that reduces drag to enable faster and more precise movements. Debuting in the KATAR PRO XT, CORSAIR QUICKSTRIKE buttons feature a spring-loaded pre-tensioned design with zero gap between the primary mouse buttons and their switches, so that all your shots and spells register immediately with virtually no travel distance.

In addition to QUICKSTRIKE buttons, the KATAR PRO XT is outfitted with the high-performance features that gamers demand, including an 18,000 DPI optical sensor for high-accuracy tracking and durable OMRON switches guaranteed for 50 million clicks. The KATAR PRO XT is equipped with six buttons, all programmable with CORSAIR iCUE software to execute time-saving macros, custom actions, button remaps, and much more. iCUE also enables sensitivity adjustment right down to single DPI steps, and saves up to three DPI presets for convenient adjustment when switching games or tasks.
KATAR PRO XT

A new RGB mousepad too

A second new product from Corsair is the MM700 RGB, an oversized mousepad that measures 930mm x 400mm. Ideal as a surface for not only your mouse but also your keyboard. This version has three RGB LED zones that can be controlled via Corsair's iCUE software. The MSRP is $59.99 but Corsair's webshop currently has a sale for $49.99.
The MM700 RGB is the first extended mouse pad from CORSAIR to incorporate RGB lighting, with three addressable zones and 360° of customizable lighting surrounding your desktop. Use iCUE software to fully customize lighting and synchronize with the rest of your setup, or take advantage of simple push-button control to cycle through 12 onboard lighting profiles. The MM700 RGB’s glide-enhanced woven textile surface offers low friction for smooth tracking and pinpoint targeting, while an integrated USB hub with two ports provides convenient access to plug in peripherals such as a mouse or headset.
Corsair MM700 RGB

NVIDIA GeForce 461.72 WHQL is out for the GeForce RTX 3060

19 hours ago
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A new video card also means a new driver. Together with the release of the GeForce RTX 3060 video card, NVIDIA rolls out the GeForce Game Ready 461.72 WHQL release. You can find the driver over here. This version has optimizations for the Outriders Demo and adds DLS and Reflex support for some games.

Besides the GeForce RTX 3060 video card, the GeForce 461.72 WHQL is also the first driver to support the new Crypto Mining Processors (CMPs). In particular, this version supports the NVIDIA CMP 40HX and NVIDIA CMP 30HX.
Fixed Issues in this Release
  • [G-SYNC][Edge of Eternity/Hitman 2]: The games experience stutter and low FPS when using hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in windowed mode. [200685971]
  • [G-Sync][Vulkan Apps]: Performance drop occurs when using G-SYNC and switching from full-screen mode to windowed mode using the in-game settings. [200681477]
  • [The Isle]: Freestyle is not supported for the game. [3229829]
  • [VIndictus][GeForce Experience]: The game cannot be recorded. [2203875]
  • [X4: Foundations][Vulkan]: The application crashes when launched on Windows 10 (Version 1803). [3220107]
  • Wallpaper Engine app may crash on startup or upon resume from sleep. [3208963]
  • [Blu-ray][HDMI]: Flickering occurs in Blu-ray playback when played over HDMI. [3221611]
  • Several desktop applications flicker when Vertical Sync is set to the default “Use the 3D application setting”. [3252186]
  • [Ampere]: Chrome/Edge may experience random TDR while browsing.[3195894]
  • LG CX OLED TVs (2020) are not recognized as G-SYNC Compatible displays.[3244055]
  • [Surround][RTX 30 series] PC may display “no signal” message when enabling NVIDIA Surround. [3230565]
  • [Notebook]: On some Notebooks, the 'Maximum Graphics Power' information missing in the NVIDIA Control Panel > System Information page. [200697069]
So how is the new GeForce RTX 3060? A lot of reviews just hit the web, all of them being of custom-design cards as NVIDIA isn't making a Founders Edition of the RTX 3060. At least in theory, pricing starts at $329 but inventory is expected to be low, and real retail pricing will be a lot higher. Overall, the GeForce RTX 3060 is a very good option for Full HD or 1440p gaming systems -- if you can find one. The card is faster than the GeForce RTX 2070 and a lot of models run very cool.

The GeForce RTX 3060 is the first card with the 8nm Ampere-based GA106 GPU. It has 3854 CUDA cores and a 192-bit memory bus. The reference specifications call for a 1320MHz base clock and a 1777MHz Boost. There's 12GB GDDR6 memory clocked at 15Gbps and the card offers 360GB/s of memory bandwidth. The TGP is 170W and one of the new things is that it's the first NVIDIA video card with anti-mining protection.

We still don't know the specifics of how this works, but the gist of it is that when Ethereum mining is detected, the card will drop the hash rate in half. It's not a driver-based feature, it is baked into the firmware and possibly into the GPU itself. Whether this will be enough to deter miners remains to be seen.

Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact looks like a higher-airflow version of the Define 7 Compact

21 hours ago
Fractal Design presents the Meshify 2 Compact, a new tower case that looks like a higher-airflow edition of the firm's Define 7 Compact. The new case features the sharp angular asymmetry of its predecessors and has a high-airflow front design with two 140mm intake fans. Hot air leaves the case via the included 120mm rear fan. In total, the case supports seven 120mm fans or four 140mm fans.

The base model is black and has a solid side panel. This version is also offered with a dark tempered glass or light tempered glass side panel. Additionally, Fractal Deign also has a white edition with a clear tempered glass side panel. Pricing starts around 100EUR.

Meshify 2 Compact

Meshify 2 Compact
PC case designer Fractal today announced the release of the Meshify 2 Compact. Building on the Meshify history of intelligent space utilization and smooth airflow pathing, Fractal’s design team has introduced a host of new features in the Meshify 2 series such as a front USB 3.1 Type-C port, a bolt-free tempered glass panel, a fully removable top panel that grants excellent interior access, and a front nylon filter that can be removed from the mesh for increased airflow.

  • Iconic angular mesh front provides filtered airflow with a bold, stealth-inspired aesthetic
  • Room for GPUs up to 360 mm with a 240 mm radiator in the top, or up to 360/280 mm front radiators with GPUs under 305 mm
  • Install up to 7x 120 mm or 4x 140 mm fans (1x 120 mm and 2x 140 mm Dynamic X2 fans included)
  • Versatile and space-efficient ATX form-factor design offers the performance and capacity of much larger cases
  • Open interior layout creates a smooth airflow path from front intake to rear exhaust
  • Seamlessly integrated TG panel with steel frame support and bolt-free top-latching mechanism
  • Fully removable top panel and top fan bracket opens to provide excellent interior access and easy cable routing
  • Three front USB ports including one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with fast charging and speeds up to 10Gbps
  • Robust cooling capacity with seven fan positions and support for up to 360/280 mm radiators
  • Flexible storage options supporting two 2.5”/3.5” drives and up to four SSDs (two SSD brackets included)
Meshify 2 Compact continues the legacy of its predecessors with a sharp angular asymmetry, high-performance standards and a filtered airflow path from front intake directly through key components to exhaust. The result is a keenly anticipated update to one of Fractals most popular cases.

SK Hynix signs $4.3 billion deal with ASML for EUV machines

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Memory makers are preparing for a big push to EUV. South Korea's SK Hynix announced a new 4.8 trillion won ($4.34 billion) deal with Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML.

It's a five-year contract to secure an unnamed number of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) scanners. These are tools used for the production of semiconductors, ASML is the only company in the world that makes EUV scanners. EUV is the next big step in semiconductor production, it's been in the making for a lot longer than expected but over the past couple of years, the last hurdles have been cleared. Switching to EUV is a necessity as it simplifies production versus the multi-patterning techniques that were used to squeeze more mileage from traditional immersion lithography.

TSMC and Samsung are already running EUV production, the latter expects to mass production DDR5 and LPDDR5 using the EUV-based 10nm-class D1a sometime later this year. SK Hynix revealed it will use EUV for its next-generation process, with initial production anticipated in the second half of this year.

Droughts force TSMC to truck in water

22 hours ago
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Global chip production just can't seem to get a break. Since last year, shortages have become commonplace in a lot of industries. On one hand, you have exceptionally high demand, and on the other hand, there are issues with scaling up production. These problems are further exacerbated by temporary issues like last week's winter storms in the US, which resulted in shutdowns of chip factories in Texas to conserve electricity.

Typhoon-free summer in Taiwan bad news for chip production

Now a new problem rears its head. Reuters reports droughts in Taiwan are forcing chip foundries to truck in water. The island typically has a heavy rain season, but last year's summer was not only typhoon-free but also unusually dry.

Water levels in several reservoirs of Taiwan's central and southern regions have dropped below 20 percent. The situation near Hsinchu, where TSMC has its main operations, is even worse. Water levels at the Second Baoshan Reservoir have fallen to a dangerously low 14.6 percent. As a result, the Taiwanese government has demanded companies to conserve water.

This is a problem for the chip industry as the production of semiconductors requires a lot of water. TSMC reports it's now trucking in small loads of water to supply some of its Taiwanese facilities. Reuters writes Vanguard and UMC have also signed contracts with water truck firms.
“We are making preparations for our future water demand,” TSMC told Reuters, describing the move as a “pressure test”. The chip giant said it has seen no impact on production. Both Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation and United Microelectronics Corp signed contracts with water trucks and said there was no impact on production.
This isn't the first time TSMC has to truck in water, but it definitely comes at a bad moment and could potentially worsen chip shortages and/or result in price increases. At the moment, TSMC says it's not seeing an impact on production.

Shortages throughout 2022 too?!

Next, a DigiTimes report claims shortages of various components could last a lot longer than expected. Taiwan-based SSD controller maker Silicon Motion expects capacity constraints at foundry and backend providers will likely cause the global shortage of semiconductors to persist through 2022. The site also picked up news that MOSFET makers will "sharply" increase prices in the coming months.

Windows 10 build 19042.844 resolves more bugs

23 hours ago
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Microsoft published the changelog of KB4601382, a new optional update for Windows 10 version 2004 and Windows 10 version 20H2. Depending on the version you're currently running, the update bumps up the build version to 19041.844 and 19042.844, respectively.

A list of all the changes can be found over here. The update will be rolled out via Windows Update but you can also get it manually if you want to speed up the process.
Highlights
  • Updates an issue that displays unexpected screens during the Windows Out of Box Experience (OOBE).
  • Updates an issue in Advanced display settings that shows the incorrect refresh rates available for high dynamic range (HDR) displays.
  • Updates an issue that might cause video playback to flicker when rendering on certain low-latency capable monitors.
  • Updates an issue that sometimes prevents the input of strings into the Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Updates an issue that might sometimes prevent some keyboard keys from working, such as the home, Ctrl, or left arrow keys. This issue occurs when you set the Japanese IME input mode to Kana.
  • Updates an issue that displays the wrong language when you sign in to a console after you change the system locale.
  • Updates an issue with screen rendering after opening games with certain hardware configurations.
  • Displays the proper Envelope media type as a selectable output paper type for Universal Print queues.
  • Updates support for hole punch and stapling locations for print jobs with long edge first paper feed direction on certain printers.

HP buys HyperX for $425 million

23 hours ago
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HP is not a brand name that comes to mind when you think about gaming, but perhaps this will change in the near future as the company just made a surprising move by acquiring HyperX. Founded as the gaming brand of memory maker Kingston, HyperX is now a household name in the eSports industry. The firm manufactures a wide range of peripherals, including mice, keyboards, and headsets.

Kingston sells its gaming division to HP in a deal worth $425 million. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2021. Via this deal, HP taps into the fast-growing gaming market. Kingston is only selling its range of gaming peripherals, the firm will continue to market DRAM, flash, and SSD products under the HyperX brand.
HP Inc. today announced a definitive agreement to acquire HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company. The acquisition supports HP’s strategy to drive growth in its Personal Systems business, where gaming and peripherals are attractive segments. HyperX’s award-winning product portfolio spans a range of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, mouse pads, USB microphones, and console accessories.

“HyperX is a leader in peripherals whose technology is trusted by gamers around the world and we’re thrilled to welcome their outstanding team to the HP family,” said Enrique Lores, President and CEO, HP Inc. “We continue to advance our leadership in Personal Systems by modernizing compute experiences and expanding into valuable adjacencies. We see significant opportunities in the large and growing peripherals market, and the addition of HyperX to our portfolio will drive new sources of innovation and growth for our business.”

PC gaming continues to be one of the most popular forms of video gaming, with the PC hardware industry anticipated to be worth $70 billion by 2023.1 The global peripherals market is expected to grow to $12.2 billion by 2024, with gaming peripherals representing a disproportionate share of this growth.

“HyperX products are designed to meet the most rigorous demands of all gamers – from casual to the most hardcore – giving them a winning edge and helping them stay on top of their game,” said John Tu, Co-founder and CEO, Kingston. “Both of our companies thrive because we focus on our employees and share the same core values and culture. David Sun (Co-founder and COO) and I saw the possibilities for the HyperX business and its employees and we both realized that this change brings a brighter future for HyperX.”

HP has built a large and growing global gaming portfolio in recent years, led by its OMEN brand and a world-class ecosystem of hardware, software, content, and services. The company continues to push progression in gaming with powerful devices like the OMEN 15 gaming laptop and the HP Pavilion Gaming 16 laptop. Beyond devices, HP is driving software innovation with OMEN Gaming Hub, a destination for players to connect, customize, and explore their gear and games. Adding HyperX to HP’s broader gaming ecosystem will deliver innovative new experiences across everything gamers see, hear, and touch.

Under the terms of the agreement, HP will pay $425 million, subject to customary working capital and other adjustments, to acquire HyperX’s gaming peripherals portfolio. Kingston will retain the DRAM, flash, and SSD products for gamers and enthusiasts. The acquisition is expected to be accretive on a non-GAAP basis to HP in the first full year following closing. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2021, pending regulatory review and other customary closing conditions. - HP

AMD schedules March 3 event for Radeon RX 6700 XT

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Due to the chip shortages, the launch of AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT took longer than expected. But now the company has finally set a launch date. The red team scheduled a "Where Gaming Begins Episode: 3" livestream for March 3, 2021.

The firm will showcase its Radeon RX 6700 XT. Via a tweet, AMD shared the latest design of the reference card. It's a dual-fan card with three DisplayPort outputs and one HDMI port. No love for USB Type-C here.

The Radeon RX 6700 XT uses the Navi 22 GPU, with 2560 stream processors, according to the rumor mill. The card is expected to feature 12GB GDDR6 memory, which is the same as NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060.

It's unknown if AMD will also unwrap its Radeon RX 6700. The big problem at the moment is that it's very hard to meet demand and rolling out more SKUs just exacerbates the problem. Availability of the card will most likely be very low, at least not at reasonable prices.

Gigabyte AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES AIO can playback video

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A watercooler that can playback a video or show your favorite meme? That's what Gigabyte delivers today with the AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES AiO series. These models have a CPU waterblock with an integrated, 60mm x 60mm LCD display. Via the included software, users can pick various modes and customize settings. One of the interesting features here is the support for MP4, GIF, and JPG files.

Other than this, the coolers feature a new high-performance pump, 7.8mm diameter tubes, and RGB LED lighting. Support is provided for most AMD and Intel desktop processors, including Intel 2066, 2011,1366,115x,1700 and AMD TR4, AM4, sTRX4. Interesting to see that Gigabyte's specifications page already confirms support for Intel's LGA1700 -- which isn't expected to debut until later this year with the arrival of Alder Lake-S.

The AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES ships in three versions; you can get it with a 240mm, 280mm, or 360mm radiator.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the new AIO liquid cooler AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES. Beyond the success of the AORUS LIQUID COOLER, AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES deliver 3 radiator sizes of 240/280/360mm which cater to various needs from users for a robust support to the high performance multicore CPUs on Intel and AMD platforms. Besides the compatibility for a multitude of builds, AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES improve every aspect functions and designs. The 7.8mm Tube Diameter improves the flow by 37% and it is engineered with ceramic axis pump to optimize durability and heat dissipation. The leading Graphene Nano lubricant fan structure also reduces the rate of wear on bearing and carbon deposit by its low coefficient of friction and high lubrication, which extends the life 2.1 times by sleeve bearing fan and avoid the noise from ball bearing on low fan speed to create quieter operation. The renowned LCD display design further integrates more innovative modes and customized settings, including the exclusive Chibi Time, and the support of MP4GIFJPG format. Through the newly integrated Micro SD port, users are more free to load preferred materials for display, and paired with multiple lighting modes of RGB FUSION, AORUS WATERFORCE X is the AIO liquid cooler more than you could ever imagined.

“Followed the praise of the previous generation AIO cooling, AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES keep the notable exclusive design with bunch of enhancements in response to users’ feedback.” Said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. “Besides the features of high durability, high performance, and high compatibility, the advanced customization on LCD display and RGB lighting design of AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES allow users a full control of their system condition while creating a personal stylish system and exceptional AIO liquid cooling experience.

High thermal dissipation with more silence and durability
Multicore CPUs and higher core counts CPUs are the norm for high-end builds but faster clock speeds can generate excess heat which slows performance. Effective CPU Cooling becomes the key factor to the system performance, so AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES AIO liquid coolers are designed specifically to handle the heat generated by the latest generation CPUs. The Tube Diameter has been enlarged from 5.1 mm to 7.8 mm which increase water flow by 37 % and made the heat to dissipate quicker and more efficient. The new AIO liquid cooler is equipped with ceramic axis design which provide better resistance to damage and anti-corrosion abilities, enabling a longer life time and improved durability compared to metal axis.

A dual ball bearing fan structure which has superior efficiency and durability is always the best choice to the radiators of liquid cooling solutions, however the vibration and friction noise come along when the fan speed is low. To provide the most silent liquid cooling solution, AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES phase in the leading graphene Nano lubricant bearing with ultra-low friction and noise to decrease about 15% noise than previous liquid coolers under the same stability and low fan speed. After extensive testing, 120mm fan blades have paired with the 360mm radiator for the best synergy in delivering the most efficient heat dissipation with minimal noise. The fan keeps the noise at minimum level even when running at the highest speed. In the real test of Cinebench R23 heavy loading test, even the 105W high TDP AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X CPUs can run all-cores at 4.6GHz on 16 cores pairing with AORUS WATERFORCE X 240. This demonstrates the premium performance of AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES from GIGABYTE.

AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES continue to feature an impressive circular LCD display of gaming aesthetics. Other than four default modes of the Enthusiast Mode, Function Mode, Text Custom Mode, and Image Custom Mode, several exciting functions are added. The Image Custom Mode is improved for more format support of MP4/ GIF/ JPG, as well as the new exclusively “Chibi Time” mode, and the support of multilingual custom text input. With the new unique Display Rotator which is designed to be manually rotatable by 330 degrees, users are free to adjust displayed text and images with preferred angle easier than before. A special highlight on AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES is the innovative design of integrated Micro SD port, which breaks the limitation of display on liquid coolers caused by insufficient capacity. Users can now store all their favorite images or videos of supportive format, and upload them to the LCD display by LCD control panel within RGB FUSION 2.0. The unlimited SD card capacity free the creativity of users, and create a perfect fusion of the AORUS gaming motherboards, peripherals, and stylish exterior with variety of display for building a distinguished stylish system.

With RGB Fusion 2.0 software of AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES, users can adjust the text, image, and videos displayed on the LCD, as well as the multiple integrated ARGB digital LED lighting modes, creating personalized gaming systems with fluid lighting effects. Furthermore, the RGB Fusion 2.0 allows users to sync up the RGB functions on their peripherals, and support multiple fans to synchronize lighting pattern by the new accessory ARGB CABLE header. Besides the fascinating lighting, RGB FUSION 2.0 also allows users to control CPU model name/clock rates/water, CPU, VRM temps, while AORUS ENGINE provides a robust control on the heat dissipation of cooler and CPU by instant control on fan RPM/pump RPM. AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES delivers the most stylish liquid cooling system with both functionality and recreation beyond your imagination.

AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES presented in 3 radiator sizes, 240/280/360mm, which all have been tested and fitted with the proper fan blade sizes and fan speed settings to ensure the best match for high cooling efficiency, and with perfect support for the extreme performance of multicore CPUs on the Intel and AMD multicores platforms. AORUS WATERFORCE X SERIES are already in the market, please check out GIGABYTE’s website to find more information about the premium AIO liquid cooler with extreme cooling performance, durability, and stylish aesthetics.
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Gigabyte AORUS Elite GeForce RTX 3060 - triple-fan cooling and dual-BIOS

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Gigabyte offers details about its new AORUS Elite GeForce RTX 3060 card. The GeForce RTX 3060 launches today, this is the new mid-range offering in NVIDIA's Ampere lineup. It's supposed to be the cheapest Ampere-based GPU to date, with an MSRP of $329. Unfortunately, given the supply constraints seen by the entire industry, it will be very hard to get your hands on a card. Gigabyte isn't sharing an MSRP for this model because the company realizes that actual retail pricing will e a lot higher than what they initially intended.

The AORUS GeForce RTX 3060 ELITE packs a triple-fan cooling solution with RGB LEDs and uses dual-BIOS to allow you to switch between OC and SILENT mode. This is the fastest model in Gigabyte's GeForce RTX 3060 lineup. It has a 1867MHz core clock, a nice boost versus the reference clockspeed of 1777MHz. The 12GB GDDR6 memory runs at 15Gbps. The card has two DisplayPort 1.4a outputs as well as two HDMI 2.1 ports.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of premium gaming hardware, released the new AORUS ELITE series – AORUS GeForce RTX™ 3060 ELITE 12G. Inheriting the last-gen RGB three-ring design and light effect, the light source guides light internally so that it creates a brighter and natural RGB light effect. Thereby also achieving a wonderful balance between cooling and RGB lights. AORUS ELITE not only keeps the design spirit of the last-gen, but also has a distinct product recognition in the hardware industry, perfectly expressing the art of gaming, and once again remixes the classic style. Furthermore, gamers have more DOF (degree of freedom) to mix unique RGB lights, and there’ll be up to 8 kinds of mix-color to be created on the “Dazzling” light effect via RGB Fusion 2.0 software. AORUS ELITE series is pretty suit for the enthusiasts who love high-end branding. With unique RGB lights, outlook, and performance, gamers can show their power in and out of the games. The AORUS GeForce RTX™ 3060 ELITE 12G will be officially on shelf on February 25th.

All Around Cooling and Performance
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NVIDIA: $100m to $300m worth of GPUs sold to miners in Q4

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During yesterday's fourth-quarter earnings call, NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress tried to quantify the impact of the booming cryptocurrency market. The prices of various crypto coins are going up at a stellar rate and this phenomenon is once again driving a lot of Ethereum miners to the GPU market.

NVIDIA claims it's hard to estimate how many GPUs are bought by miners because the firm has limited visibility at what video card makers and distributors do with inventory. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been reports that some NVIDIA add-in board partners directly sell to miners. Furthermore, there's evidence that the mining craze is so big right now that some miners are even buying GeForce RTX 30 series laptops in bulk to mine coin.

Kress points out that financial analysts calculated that crypto mining contributed about $100 million to $300 million to NVIDIA's fiscal fourth quarter. For comparison, NVIDIA generated almost $2.5 billion in gaming GPU sales last quarter. If the estimates are accurate, this means that a maximum of 12 percent of GPUs ended up in the hands of miners.

Demand for GPUs is very high right now and unfortunately, supply can't keep up. NVIDIA believes channel inventories will likely remain low throughout the firm's first quarter. Given that gamers are long-term clients, and miners are not, NVIDIA prefers shipping GPUs to gamers. As such, the company's new GeForce RTX 3060 has an anti-mining algorithm that aims to roughly halve the hash rate. The anti-mining algorithm is not solely a driver solution, but it remains to be seen whether it can be hacked via a software or hardware mod.

To capitalize on the crypto boom, NVIDIA rolled out a dedicated line of Crypto Mining Processors (CMP). These are basically Ampere-based cards without display connectors. Existing Ampere GPUs will not receive this limitation, but there are some rumors that NVIDIA may roll out new anti-mining SKUs of existing models. NVIDIA expects CMP will contribute about $15 million to its first-quarter revenue.
Analyst estimate suggest that cryptomining contributed 100 million to 300 million to our Q4 revenue were relatively small portion of our gaming revenue in Q4. Cryptocurrencies have recently started to be accepted by companies and financial institutions and show increased signs of staying power to address – to address industrial Ethereum mining demand, last week we announced a new line of NVIDIA CMPs or crypto mining processors. Shipments will start in March. CMPs lack display outputs and have other optimizations that improve crypto mining power efficiency. CMP products will let us gain some visibility into the contribution of crypto mining to our overall revenue.

For Q1, we estimate that CMP will contribute approximately 15 million. We plan to sell these products to industrial miners. We will quantify their contribution each quarter for transparency. - NVIDIA

NVIDIA: Most mining GPUs do not end up on second-hand market

Another interesting tidbit from the conference call concerns what happens to GPUs after a mining boom. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that, despite what was previously believed, most of these cards do not end up on the second-hand market. Huang points out that industrial-scale miners really believe in Ethereum, so when it becomes unprofitable to mine they don't sell cards but keep them in inventory for when the profitability returns. This allows Ethereum miners to quickly scale up again, without having to rebuy tons of cards.

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