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Gigabyte enters the PSU market with the AORUS P850W and P750W July 16, 2018 - 15:50
AMD promotes a bunch of executives, including Zen chief architect July 16, 2018 - 14:22
Video card prices down 8-18 percent since late May July 16, 2018 - 12:11
Intel rolls out GPU driver 24.20.100.6194 July 15, 2018 - 18:49
Samsung to ramp up its NAND flash capex July 15, 2018 - 18:42
MSI Z370 Gaming M5 BIOS update adds support for next-gen CPUs July 15, 2018 - 18:37
GDDR6 does not look significantly more expensive than GDDR5 July 13, 2018 - 12:31
Gartner: PC sales rose for first time since Q1 2012 July 13, 2018 - 12:19
AMD Vega 20 7nm GPU could offer over 20 teraflops July 13, 2018 - 11:27
Chrome 67 sacrifices your RAM for better Spectre protection July 13, 2018 - 11:12
Corsair Hydro H100i gets zero RPM fan mode July 13, 2018 - 11:05
Synaptics: Microsoft prepping new security OS July 13, 2018 - 11:02
Fujitsu to mass produce NRAM in 2019 July 13, 2018 - 10:50
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 fixes Fortnite issue July 13, 2018 - 10:40
Intel buys structured ASIC maker eASIC July 12, 2018 - 21:46
Huawei aims to take on NVIDIA and Intel in AI market July 12, 2018 - 20:56
Sharkoon SKILLER SGH3 with external sound card arrives July 12, 2018 - 15:28
Microsoft Notepad gets new features in latest Windows 10 build July 12, 2018 - 15:22
Photos leak of ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI B450 motherboards July 12, 2018 - 15:04
ThermalRight Silver Arrow TR4 arrives for Threadripper July 12, 2018 - 14:54

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Posted on Monday, July 16 2018 @ 15:50:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte makes its entry in the high-end power supply market with the introduction of the AORUS P850W and P750W. Both are 80Plus Gold certified power supplies with a 10-year warranty. They're fully modular, come with black flat cables, and use a 135mm fan with fan stop function to minimize noise. The 850W model has a single +12V rail that can supply 70.5A, the specs of the 750W model are unknown. They should hit the market soon.
GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W bring up 80 PLUS® Gold power efficiency silent operation, as well as modular customization, and enhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.

80 PLUS® Gold certified, the AORUS PSU delivers superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy cool and quiet gaming environment. With optimal support for Intel® Haswell processors, the power supply is also ideal for achieving reduced energy.

Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, the AORUS PSU provides users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output with stability for the hardware, making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage so even when the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.

AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies not only have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs but have also undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in various countries. AORUS PSUs provide the most stable and abundant supply of power for the system and protect various devices inside the computer to ensure the users have a more stable and high quality experience.
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Gigabyte Aorus PSU
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Posted on Monday, July 16 2018 @ 14:22:32 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD announced it promoted some of its executives:
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced key promotions that extend senior-level focus on company growth. AMD named “Zen” chief architect Mike Clark an AMD corporate fellow; promoted Darren Grasby to senior vice president of global Computing and Graphics sales and AMD president for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and promoted Robert Gama to senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

“We believe the opportunities ahead of us are tremendous as we execute on our long-term strategy and exciting product roadmap,” said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “As leaders, Mike, Darren, and Robert have made significant contributions to our success so far, and these promotions elevate their impact at AMD as we accelerate company growth going forward.”

AMD Corporate Fellow Mike Clark
Clark’s appointment to AMD corporate fellow is based on his outstanding leadership role in developing CPU core architectures, notably the “Zen” microarchitecture – the critical base for high-performance AMD Ryzen™, AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ and AMD EPYC™ processors. Clark will continue to oversee CPU core strategy, design and roadmap. Promotion to AMD fellow is an honor bestowed to the most accomplished innovators, and is based on specific technical contributions, industry involvement and talent mentoring.

AMD Senior Vice President of Global Computing and Graphics Sales and President EMEA Darren Grasby
As senior vice president of global Computing and Graphics sales and president of AMD operations in EMEA, Grasby leads AMD’s worldwide sales to PC manufacturers and channel partners, and provides senior executive oversight for AMD’s EMEA employees, operations and reputation with customers and partners. Since joining AMD in 2007, Grasby has held a variety of management roles and led teams that drove successful adoption of AMD Ryzen™, AMD Radeon™ and previous generations of computing and graphics processors globally.

AMD Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Robert Gama
As senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Gama leads the global AMD human resource (HR) organization, which includes talent management, recruitment, compensation and benefits, learning and development, and HR systems and operations. Gama is responsible for driving the HR strategy and structure to support the company’s business priorities. Gama has spent the last five years leading efforts to transform HR practices and operations within AMD across multiple leadership positions, most recently as chief talent officer.

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Posted on Monday, July 16 2018 @ 12:11:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier this year, outrageous prices were asked for video cards at the height of the cryptocurrency boom. The cycle reversed and cryptocurrencies are now a lot less hot than they were a couple of months ago, resulting in fewer video card sales to miners. While cards are once again available in good volume, the pricing hasn't fully normalized yet.

German tech site 3DCenter did a little digging and created a chart that highlights the evolution of the pricing of the most popular high-end cards, from the end of May until July 15th. Since that date, most cards dropped at least 8 percent, with some like the Radeon RX 570 4GB dropping as much as 18 percent. It's a good trend, but the pricing is still higher than it should be.

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Posted on Sunday, July 15 2018 @ 18:49:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel recently pushed out version 24.20.100.6194 of its graphics driver. This new release is the recommended driver for Warhammer 40K: Gladius - Relics of War, Defiance 2050, and Banner Saga 3.
Kiss diplomacy goodbye in Warhammer 40K: Gladius – Relics of War* , become an Ark* Hunter in Defiance 2050* , discover the fate of the Vikings in Banner Saga 3* , and be the last person standing in Realm Royale* with Intel® UHD Graphics 620 or better.

In addition, this driver is also ready for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle* , Lust for Darkness* , and The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit* with Intel® Iris Pro Graphics or better
Besides game optimizations, there are also some new features:
  • Improved Thunderbolt stability
  • Performance optimizations and playability improvements in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit*
  • WebGL improvements in the Chrome web browser
  • Security improvements
  • As well as some bug fixes:
  • Graphics anomalies may be observed in Dota 2 (using the Vulkan* API) and other Vulkan apps while in full screen mode
  • Color anomalies while minimizing and restoring the high dynamic range content (HDR) playback window on 7th Generation processors or higher
  • Video images may be corrupted and not rendered correctly when using Adobe* Creative Cloud products
  • You can grab this release over here.
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    Posted on Sunday, July 15 2018 @ 18:42:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Industry sources spoke to the press and revealed that Samsung is planning to significantly increase its NAND flash memory capex. The South Korean electronics giant will invest about $6.4 billion this year, and the figure is expected to rise to about $9 billion in 2019. Among other things, Samsung will primarily focus on scaling up 3D NAND output at its Pyeongtaek, South Korea and Xian, China fabs.
    Samsung will focus mainly on scaling up its 3D NAND chip output in Pyeongtaek, South Korea and Xian, China, according to the report. The industry leader's planned huge spending is believed to be an effort to defend its dominance in the market.

    Meanwhile, with its recent announcement of its fifth-generation 3D NAND memory chips, Samsung will be at least two years ahead of its competitors in technology, the report indicated.
    All major NAND flash makers plan to ramp up 3D NAND flash production capacity over the next couple of years. It seems the pendulum is going to swing the other way. NAND may get a lot cheaper in the near future if the market will indeed shift to an oversupply situation.
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    Posted on Sunday, July 15 2018 @ 18:37:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    MSI uploaded BIOS version 7B58v151 beta for its Z370 Gaming M5 motherboard. What makes this update interesting is that the changelog reveals it adds "support for new generation CPU." No further details were shared, and MSI doesn't recommend updating to this beta version unless it is necessary.

    Presumably, the update adds support for at least some of the upcoming 9000 series CPUs from Intel:
    Intel has already leaked their upcoming 9000 series of processors, which offers up to six processing cores with their i5 series branding, lacking any i7 listings under the code name "Coffee Lake (6+2)" with the six identifying core count while the 2 signifies the unit's number of graphical processing units.
    Via: Overclock3D
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    Posted on Friday, July 13 2018 @ 12:31:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Pricing obtained via Digikey backs up the claims that GDDR6 will not be significantly more expensive than the currently used GDDR5. Of course, these prices need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the cost paid by those who order in large volumes will be significantly lower than the prices quoted below.

    PC Games Hardware reports GDDR6 chips with a capacity of 1GB can be obtained via Digikey for 20.78EUR (12Gbps), 21.64EUR (13Gbps) and 22.51EUR (14Gbps).

    This compares to 20.01EUR for a 1GB GDDR5 chip clocked at 8Gbps, and 18.88EUR for a 7Gbps version. Basically, the difference between 7Gbps GDDR5 and 14Gbps GDDR6 appears to be just 20 percent at the retailer level, while there's not even a five percent difference between 8Gbps GDDR5 and 12Gbps GDDR6.

    How much video card makers pay for these chips is a mystery, but this is an indication that cost will not be a problem for widespread GDDR6 adoption.
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    Posted on Friday, July 13 2018 @ 12:19:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Gartner published its quarterly PC sales report and notes Q2 2018 was remarkable as shipments grew for the first time since Q1 2012. Sales of computers have been in a downward spiral for quite some time now, so it's interesting to see they grew 1.4 percent to 62.1 million units in Q2 2018. The growth was driven by an uptick in business demand, which was offset by lower sales to consumers.

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    Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.

    All regions experienced some growth compared with a year ago. While the results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

    "PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

    "In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the replacement peak for Windows 10 passes. PC vendors should look for ways to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off."

    With the completion of Lenovo's joint venture with Fujitsu, three out of four PCs were shipped by the top five PC vendors in the second quarter of 2018. With the inclusion of Fujitsu’s PC shipments due to the joint venture (a formation of Joint Venture with Fujitsu), Lenovo was in a virtual tie with HP Inc. for the top spot in the second quarter of 2018 based on global PC shipments (see Table 1). All of the top five PC vendors experienced an increase in worldwide PC shipments in the quarter.

    HP Inc. had its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year PC shipment growth. HP Inc. maintained steady growth across all regions, except the U.S. In the other regions, its shipment growth well exceeded the regional averages. Lenovo experienced its highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2015.

    While Dell's competitors have shown PC shipment declines periodically in the past two years, Dell's shipments did not decline during this time because of its strong focus on growth areas, especially in the commercial segment, as well as cutting off unprofitable businesses.

    In the U.S. PC market, the industry returned to growth after six consecutive quarters of shipment declines. In the second quarter of 2018, U.S. PC shipments totaled 14.5 million units, a 1.7 percent increase from the same period last year (see Table 2). HP Inc. continued to be the market leader in the U.S., but Dell closed the gap, as Dell's U.S. PC shipments increased 7.2 percent.

    "In the U.S., business PC demand was particularly strong among the public sector as the second quarter is typically PC buying season among government and education buyers," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Desk-based PC growth was attributed to continued high usage of desk-based PCs in the U.S. public sectors. Mobile PCs grew in the U.S., but strong Chromebook demand in the education market adversely affected PC growth. Overall, Chromebooks grew 8 percent in the U.S., but Chromebooks are not included in the PC market statistics."

    PC shipments in EMEA reached 17.4 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.3 percent increase year over year. In Western Europe, demand was strong for business PCs in Germany and the U.K. Eurasia, which includes Russia, remained the growth region in EMEA. While the second quarter is usually a slower quarter in terms of PC demand, several countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, continued to see increasing consumer demand.

    PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 21.3 million units, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017. India, Indonesia, Thailand and other emerging markets in Asia showed improvement in the commercial segment due to demand for replacing aging PCs and upgrading to Windows 10. In China, PC shipments declined 3.6 percent year over year as some business procurements have been postponed to 2019, and the consumer market is saturated.

    These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner's PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.

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    Posted on Friday, July 13 2018 @ 11:27:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    The GPU market is pretty boring right now as we haven't seen the introduction of something exciting for quite some time now. NVIDIA's Pascal still reigns supreme, and the rumor mill is conflicted about when the next-gen GPUs from the green team will hit the market.

    The AMD situation is probably even more confusing. The current lineup may get a refresh of some sorts but it doesn't look like we'll get anything new until the launch of Navi in 2019. And based on the latest rumors, Navi will not be a high-end chip but a successor to Polaris.

    AMD does have its 7nm Vega 20, but at the moment there's no indication about a gaming variant of this part. The official roadmap brands this as a part for the machine learning market, but there are some fresh rumors now with a dose of specifications and speculation.

    Vega 20 will get 32GB HBM2 and will support the new PCI Express 4.0 standard. TweakTown picked up word that the new chip has a die size of 360mm², a 30 percent reduction versus the Vega 10's 510mm² size. The site speculates the chip could offer compute power of over 20 teraflops, but take this with a grain of salt:
    Vega 20 could benefit from around 55% power savings over Vega 10, or GPU clocks can be cranked by up to 40%, which would also see the now 4-stack HBM2 drawing more power. This would drive the Vega 20 card with 32GB of HBM2 to 400W, or more.

    AMD could use a moderate 20% gain in GPU clock speeds and reach 300-350W with a performance leap of 65% all while saving 30-40% on power consumption. This would allow AMD's new Vega 20 GPU to beat NVIDIA's current Tesla V100 in compute at 300W with around 20.9 TFLOPs compared to the V100 with 15.7 TFLOPs.

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    Posted on Friday, July 13 2018 @ 11:12:30 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Google recently rolled out Chrome 67 and one of the new features in that release was Site Isolation, a technique that limits each renderer process to documents from a single page. This mitigation technique makes it more difficult for attackers to perform Spectre-like speculative execution exploits.

    Unfortunately, the extra protection comes at a cost. Google Chrome team member Charlie Reis reveals the new security features will increase RAM consumption by an extra 10 to 13 percent:
    All this sounds good, but it comes at a cost. Reis highlighted that Site Isolation will chow down on an extra 10 to 13 per cent total memory overhead in "real workloads", basically making the Chrome browser an even bigger memory hog than it already is. But Reis did say Google is working on optimising Chrome to it keeps its security but runs fast.

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