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NVIDIA GeForce 381.89 WHQL driver hits the Internet April 25, 2017 - 18:50
NVIDIA node.js could allow attackers to bypass Windows security whitelisting April 25, 2017 - 17:02
AMD teasing a professional Vega card for 8K editing at NAB April 25, 2017 - 16:31
AMD says Vega will arrive when it's ready... and it will be this quarter April 25, 2017 - 14:09
EK Waterblocks showcases first monoblock for AMD Ryzen platform April 25, 2017 - 13:51
Biostar re-enters video card market with Radeon RX lineup April 25, 2017 - 13:37
Intel to show Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X at secret May 2 press event April 25, 2017 - 12:45
Intel Coffee Lake may be compatible with LGA1151 motherboards April 24, 2017 - 21:34
AMD rolls out a Radeon Pro Duo with two Polaris GPUs April 24, 2017 - 20:36
SK Hynix to ship 8Gb GDDR6 chips in early 2018 April 24, 2017 - 16:24
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 18:50:24 CEST by
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NVIDIA uploaded a new Game Ready driver, the GeForce 381.89 WHQL release. This version is the recommended one for a couple of new games and features some bug fixes. As always, you can grab the latest GeForce release over here.
Game Ready
Provides the optimal gaming experience for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Heroes of the Storm 2.0, Batman: Arkham VR , Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and Wilson's Heart

Fixed bugs:
  • [Sniper Elite 3]: The game crashes. [1880113]
  • [Notebook][eDP panel]: Blue-screen (code 3B) occurs followe by the Recovery screen during software unbundling process. [1900432]
  • [GeForce GTX 1060]: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to driver (Nvlddmkm.sys) after the system reboots from sleep mode. [1814559]
  • GPU idling voltage has increased. [1904229]

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 17:02:38 CEST by
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    Security researcher René Freingruber discovered that malware creators could abuse the node.js server of the Web Helper Service that gets installed by NVIDIA's GeForce drivers to bypass the Windows application whitelisting security feature.

    Attackers could use the NVIDIA Web Helper Service as a vector to directly interact with Windows APIs or to load executable code into the node.js process to run malicious code:
    From attacker perspective, this opens two possibilities. Either use node.js to directly interact with the Windows API (e.g. to disable application whitelisting or reflectively load an executable into the node.js process to run the malicious binary on behalf of the signed process) or to write the complete malware with node.js. Both options have the advantage, that the running process is signed and therefore bypasses anti-virus systems (reputation-based algorithms) per default.
    A bit more information about how this works can be read at GHack, they also explain how you can resolve the issue. Since the Web Helper Service is a non-essential part of the GeForce software, you can safely disable it until a more permanent fix arrives.

    In a statement on its website, NVIDIA says it's investigating its software to determine the extent of the vulnerability.
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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 16:31:43 CEST by
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    PC World reports AMD will be offering a sneak peek of an upcoming Vega-based Radeon Pro video card at this week's NAB show in Las Vegas. This expo is aimed at the TV and film industry, AMD will be there to show its new card is the right solution for handling 8K video processing:
    One demonstration has the Vega GPU handling 8K video processing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017. The other focuses on 4K post-processing with Radeon ProRender, which renders high-end graphics.

    The NAB show is targeted at the TV and film industry, in which 8K is a growing trend. AMD has been wooing the industry to adopt its GPUs.

    While computer users are still entrenched in 4K, the 8K resolution is considered about two to three years away. But gamers will be among the first to move to 8K, and Vega should be able to handle it. Dell has already said its 8K monitor works with Polaris-based Radeon WX 7100 GPUs, though the performance isn't optimal.
    The first Vega video cards are expected this quarter, perhaps in May.
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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 14:09:17 CEST by
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    I wasn't sure if this was worth posting as AMD has been saying for some time now that Vega will launch this quarter. So now there's confirmation from AMD that the product is still on track for a launch sometime this quarter. The company still refuses to share a more specific launch date but some previous tidbits here and there suggest the company may be gunning for a May launch date.
    The fact that AMD has teased Vega in two different pieces of media that come out in May (Arkane Studios' Prey, which comes out on May 5th, and Alien: Covenant, which also comes out during the month of May.) I've previously posited that AMD wouldn't tease Vega's launch alongside one of the most promising games of the year without giving us the chance to power it through Vega come launch day, but as Prey's release date approaches and there is no more information on Vega (much less an announcement), it's looking increasingly likely that we'll have to wait until we can see that universe in all of its Vega-rendered glory.
    AMD Vega logo
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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 13:51:26 CEST by
    EK Waterblocks announces the industry's first monoblock for the AMD Ryzen platform. Designed for the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, the EK-FB ASUS C6H RGB Monoblock cools both the processor and the motherboard. The block is constructed of nickel-plated electrolytic copper and features a translucent acrylic top. Additionally, it has an integrated 4-pin RGB LED strip that's compatible with ASUS Aura Sync. The product is sold via the EKWB webshop for 119.95EUR, it's currently available for pre-order and shipments are expected to go out May 12.

    EK-FB ASUS C6H RGB Monoblock
    EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer is proving its market leadership once again by releasing the first ever AM4 socket based monoblock tailor made for the ASUS® ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. The EK-FB ASUS C6H RGB Monoblock has an integrated 4-pin RGB LED strip which makes it compatible with ASUS® Aura Sync, thus offering a full lighting customization experience!

    EK-FB ASUS C6H RGB Monoblock
    This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for the new AMD® X370 Chipset AM4 socket based ASUS® ROG Crosshair VI Hero gaming motherboard that supports the latest generation of AMD® Ryzen™ and 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ processors.

    Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS®, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools AMD® AM4 socket type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-FB ASUS C6H features high flow design and this monoblock can be easily used with the system using a weaker water pump as well.

    The world’s very first AM4 socket based monoblock also comes with a redesigned cold plate. The new design ensures that the monoblock has better mechanical contact with the IHS of AMD® AM4 socket based processors, thus enabling better thermal transfer.

    The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

    The monoblock is equipped with a 4-pin RGB LED strip that connects to the motherboard’s 4-pin LED header or it can be connected to any other 4-pin LED controller. The LED strip cover can easily be removed for adjusting the cable orientation or replacing the LED strip with a custom solution as well!

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 13:37:59 CEST by
    Biostar has been absent in the video card market for some time now but today the company announces its return with the introduction of a couple of Radeon RX 500 series cards. Overall, nothing special here with fairly basic or reference designs. Specs can be found below.

    Biostar RX 500 series
    BIOSTAR is thrilled to announce its latest lineup of graphics card for gamers featuring the 2nd-generation Polaris architecture from AMD coupled with excellent gaming performance and higher clock speeds. Introducing the new BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 series GPUs designed to be the perfect graphics upgrade for those looking to play modern games and experience VR at compelling prices and the prodcuts will be exclusively for Asia Pacific and China region.

    The new BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 series GPUs include the latest flagship RX 580, together with the mainstream RX 570 and RX 550. The new GPUs feature support for DX12 and Vulkan API. Combined with technologies to help improve visual performance and display technologies to improve the overall gaming experience, gamers will fully enjoy their gaming experience with the new RADEON RX 500 series.

    AMD introduces the new Radeon Chill technology for improved response times which allows dynamic and automatic regulation of frame rates for today’s popular games providing improved sync between mouse and screen activity.

    Gamers can now enjoy streaming, sharing and capturing their gameplay with Radeon ReLive with their BIOSTAR RADEON RX 500 GPUs. The Radeon ReLive software allows gamers and content creators to enjoy smooth gaming and recording simultaneously even on entry-level hardware, featuring support for 4K resolution at either 30 or 60FPS using HEVC and H.264 codecs. Radeon ReLive integrates with many of the popular game streaming platforms in the world right now!

    BIOSTAR RADEON RX 580
    Designed for smooth 1440p gaming, the BIOSTAR RADEON RX580 features 2304 stream processors with a base clock of 1257Mhz and can boost up to 1340Mhz. It sports 8GB of GDDR5 memory and is wired to a 256-bit bus for 8Gbps of bandwidth. The card is rated for high OC capability for further performance and features 100% solid capacitors and is powered by a 6-phase power design. It requires a single 8-pin power connector.

    The card has output for DVI, HDMI and three DisplayPorts.

    BIOSTAR RADEON RX 570
    The BIOSTAR RADEON RX 570 boasts 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 memory and runs with a base clock of 1168Mhz with a maximum boost frequency of 1244Mhz. It features 2048 stream processors and the memory is connected to a 256-bit memory interface offering 7Gbps bandwidth. The BIOSTAR FPS Cooling model comes in 4GB model.

    BIOSTAR RX570 Avenger Version
    BIOSTAR offers both reference cooling and custom BIOSTAR FPS Cooling options. The BIOSTAR FPS Cooler features a dual-pipe heatsink design cooled by low-noise fans. The cooler features the unique BIOSTAR FPS design and sports all solid capacitors. The BIOSTAR RADEON RX 570 requires a single 6-pin power connector.

    BIOSTAR RADEON RX 550
    Designed to be the entry point to PC gaming, the BIOSTAR RADEON RX 550 delivers excellent performance for its price featuring 512 stream processors running at 1183Mhz with either 4GB or 2GB GDDR5 models wired to a 128-bit bus and a total memory bandwidth of 7Gbps. The card requires no extra power connectors and is equipped with 100% solid capacitors.

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2017 @ 12:45:47 CEST by
    Intel logo
    SemiAccurate's Charlie Demerjian spills the beans about an upcoming press event that will be hosted by Intel on May 2 in San Francisco. This secret briefing will inform select media publications about the features and specifications of the upcoming Basin Falls platform, which includes the X299 chipset and the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors.
    In just over a week, Intel will be flying hordes of press to San Fransisco for a briefing on the upcoming 6-12 core Basin Falls platform. You might know this as Sandy Bridge-E or the 1-socket Purley minus a lot of features. They are also likely to try and convince the gathered masses that the Kaby Lake version that fits into the same socket, minus half of the memory channels, many PCIe lanes, but with a massive price increase is not a bad joke. Feel free to differ with their opinions here but recall these are the same clowns who claimed you needed a 10-core Broadwell-E for video encoding while gaming.
    According to other rumors, the public launch event of Basin Falls is set for June 13-15 at the E3 gaming show.
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    Posted on Monday, April 24 2017 @ 21:34:39 CEST by
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    Just one more quick post before we close the Monday news edition on DV Hardware. Benchmark scores of what is believed to be a 3.5GHz Intel Coffee Lake chip showed up in the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database. If the chip is correctly identified, it has six cores, six threads, 1.5MB L2 cache (256KB per core) and 9MB L3 cache. You can check out the scores over here.
    The reduced amount of cache seems to scream at a disabled chip, but this could also be a case of a reporting error. The fact that this chip only presents six threads is probably indicative of a Core i5 processor with 6 physical cores, if Intel's past line-ups are anything to go by (with its i7 line being separated form the i5 by, at the very least, the inclusion of Hyper Threading.) If true, this really is to be Intel's first mainstream-segment 6-core chip (while AMD now offers us 6 cores and 12 threads in the same price bracket, at least.
    Because the benchmark score uploaded used a 200-series motherboard, this leak also sparks speculation that Coffee Lake may be compatible with current 200-series (and perhaps even 100-series) motherboards after a BIOS update. This is unconfirmed at the moment.
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    Posted on Monday, April 24 2017 @ 20:36:37 CEST by
    So this is interesting, AMD just teased a new Radeon Pro Duo card that features two Polaris GPUs. As you may know, the original Radeon Pro Duo card launched almost exactly a year ago and featured two Fiji GPUs. Like the previous model, this card is aimed exclusively for the professional market, this is not a gaming product. It will start shipping by the end of May for $999.

    The updated Radeon Pro Duo has two Polaris 10 GPUs with a total of 72 compute unit, which results in 4608 stream processors. It's equipped with 32GB GDDR5 memory, has up to 11.45 teraflops of single-precision computing power and has a TDP rating of 250W.
    ?Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the world’s first dual-GPU graphics card designed for professionals: the Polaris-architecture-based Radeon™ Pro Duo. Built on the capabilities of the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, the Radeon Pro Duo professional graphics card is designed to excel at media and entertainment, broadcast, and design and manufacturing workflows, delivering outstanding performance and superior flexibility that today’s creative professionals demand.

    The Radeon Pro Duo is equipped with 32GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory to handle larger data sets, more intricate 3D models, higher resolution videos, and complex assemblies with ease. Operating at a max power of 250W, the Radeon Pro Duo harnesses a total of 72 compute units (4608 stream processors) for a combined performance of up to 11.45 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance on one board, and twice the geometry throughput of the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100.2 The Radeon Pro Duo enables professionals to work up to four 4K monitors at 60Hz, drive the latest 8K single monitor display at 30Hz using a single cable, or drive an 8K display at 60Hz using a dual cable solution.

    “Today’s professional workflows continue to increase in complexity, often demanding that creators switch between a wide variety of applications to progress their work, pausing efforts in one application while computing resources are focused on another. We designed the Radeon Pro Duo to eliminate those constraints, empowering professionals to multi-task without compromise, dedicating GPU resources where and how they need them. It’s a continuation of our promise for Radeon Pro: to provide greater choice in how professionals practice their craft, enabling superior multi-tasking, accelerated applications, and powerful solutions for advanced workloads like VR,” said Ogi Brkic, general manager, professional graphics, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.
    AMD Radeon Pro Duo
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    Posted on Monday, April 24 2017 @ 16:24:18 CEST by
    SKHynix logo
    SK Hynix send out word today that the company has created world's fastest GDDR6 memory with a capacity of 8Gb (1GB). The company says the first video cards with this new memory are expected to hit retail shelves in early 2018. With a 384-bit memory bus, these cards can offer bandwidth of up to 768GB/s. Of course, there are no specifics in the press release but the wording suggests this is an upcoming NVIDIA card that will be launched in early 2018. The GDDR6 chip runs at 16GHz effective and has a 10 percent lower voltage than GDDR5.
    SK Hynix Inc. (or ‘the Company’, www.skhynix.com) today introduced the world’s fastest 2Znm 8Gb(Gigabit) GDDR6(Graphics DDR6) DRAM. The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gbps(Gigabits per second) per pin, which is the industry’s fastest. With a forthcoming high-end graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, this DRAM processes up to 768GB(Gigabytes) of graphics data per second. SK Hynix has been planning to mass produce the product for a client to release high-end graphics card by early 2018 equipped with high performance GDDR6 DRAMs.

    GDDR is specialized DRAM for processing an extensive amount of graphics data quickly according to what graphics cards command in PCs, workstations, video players and high performance gaming machines. Especially, GDDR6 is a next generation graphics solution under development of standards at JEDEC, which runs twice as fast as GDDR5 having 10% lower operation voltage. As a result, it is expected to speedily substitute for GDDR5 and GDDR5X. SK Hynix has been collaborating with a core graphics chipset client to timely mass produce the GDDR6 for the upcoming market demands.

    “With the introduction of this industry’s fastest GDDR6, SK Hynix will actively respond to high quality, high performance graphics memory solutions market” said senior vice president Jonghoon Oh, the Head of DRAM Product Development Division. “The Company would help our clients enhance their performance of high-end graphics cards” he added.

    GDDR6 is regarded as one of necessary memory solutions in growing industries such as AI(Artificial Intelligence), VR(Virtual Reality), self-driving cars, and high-definition displays over 4K to support their visualization. According to Gartner, average graphics DRAM density in graphics cards is to be 2.2GB this year and 4.1GB in 2021 with CAGR of 17%.

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