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Intel plugging 77 security holes this month November 13, 2019 - 16:21
All Intel CPUs since 2013 hit by Zombieload v2 vulnerability November 13, 2019 - 16:18
NVIDIA 7nm Ampere GPU delayed because Turing is doing so great? November 13, 2019 - 16:13
Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe 4.0 SSD reads at up to 5000MB/s November 13, 2019 - 15:33
Chinese DRAM maker CXMT ramping 19nm production November 13, 2019 - 15:23
Windows 10 November 2019 Update is ready November 13, 2019 - 15:18
NVIDIA rolls out GeForce 441.20 for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order November 13, 2019 - 14:43
Noctua reveals a bunch more chromax fans and accessories November 12, 2019 - 22:59
ThermalRight APX-90 Full Copper version starts shipping November 12, 2019 - 22:42
Cooler Master MM711 is a MM710 with RGB LEDs November 12, 2019 - 13:54
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to have 64 cores and 128 threads? November 12, 2019 - 13:19
AMD sTRX4 socket aims to be more futureproof November 12, 2019 - 13:14
AMD also prepping Integer Scaling support November 12, 2019 - 13:07
Shadow of the Tomb Raider gains AMD FidelityFX support November 12, 2019 - 13:02
Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 is a budget gaming keyboard with RGB November 12, 2019 - 11:30
InWin 925 aluminium case will set you back 499EUR November 12, 2019 - 11:25
Acer Predator CG437K P 43-incher offers 4k and 144Hz November 11, 2019 - 15:08
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 5700 XT shipping by December November 11, 2019 - 13:43
ASRock shows its Radeon RX 5700 Phantom Gaming November 11, 2019 - 13:38
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 16:21:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel
Are Intel processors the new Adobe Flash? It's starting to feel that way as the chip giant will release updates for a whopping 77 security vulnerabilities this month. According to Intel, 67 of the 77 vulnerabilities were found by its in-house security team. An overview of the bugs can be found over here.
Intel is heavily invested in both industry collaboration and in conducting security research into our own products. As a result, while we are addressing 77 vulnerabilities this month, 67 were discovered internally through our own testing, validation and analysis. We believe that assigning CVE ID’s and publicly documenting internally found vulnerabilities helps our customers to accurately assess risk, prioritize, and deploy updates. By the time you are reading this blog post, mitigations for many of these issues will have already been propagated throughout the ecosystem through the IPU process. At the same time, the external researchers who reported the remaining issues to us have all been good partners in working with us on coordinated vulnerability disclosure (CVD).
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 16:18:39 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel
News about another Intel CPU vulnerability hit the web. Researchers disclosed a new variant of the Zombieload vulnerability and this second version affects all Intel processors since 2013 with the Intel TSX instruction set. The issue was discovered months ago but was kept secret to give Intel time to release a patch. Intel will address the vulnerability with yet another microcode update but users can also protect themselves by disabling TSX support.
Nicknamed Zombiload v2 (CVE-2019-11135), this is a variation of the Zombieload v1 vulnerability, but one that worked on Intel's newer line of CPUs, those which the company claimed had protections against speculative execution attacks baked in at the hardware level.

According to an updated version of the Zombieload academic paper that ZDNet received this week, the Zombieload v2 attack exploits the Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) Asynchronous Abort operation that occurs when an attacker uses malicious code to create a conflict between read operations inside a CPU.

This read conflict for TSX Asynchronous Abort (TAA) operations leaks data about what's being processed inside an Intel CPU.
Full details at ZD Net.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 16:13:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVDA
Raymond James analyst Chris Caso speculates delayed its 7nm Ampere GPUs because of the success of the current Turing generation. The first Turing GPUs were launched in September 2018 and it doesn't seem like we'll get a successor anytime soon. Caso believes NVIDIA will reveal 7nm GPUs for the datacenter market in March 2020, with a consumer version to follow at Computex in June.
Caso further states NVIDIA will launch its first 7nm Ampere GPUs in the data center market next year, likely at GTC 2020, which runs from March 22 to March 26. Then at Computex 2020 in Taipei, which runs from June 2 to June 6, NVIDIA will launch consumer cards built around 7nm Ampere, Caso believes.

The rumor points to NVIDIA focusing on the high end initially, including GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards with Ampere inside. Then sometime later, we would see more affordable GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3060 cards.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 15:33:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
New in Seagate's SSD portfolio is the FireCuda 520, the company's first consumer SSD with PCI Express 4.0 support. This M.2 2280 model uses PCI Express 4.0 x4 and offers a maximum read bandwidth of 5000MB/s and maximum writes of 4400MB/s (2500MB/s for the 500GB version).

The specification sheet reveals up to 760k random read IOPS and 700k random write IOPS for the 1TB version. The 2TB edition has 750k random write IOPS and the same random write IOPS, while the 500GB version offers 430k random read IOPS and 630k random write IOPS. Pricing can be found below.

Additionally, Seagate also launched the FireCuda Gaming Dock. This is a 4TB HDD storage hub with NVMe M.2 expansion slot for laptops.
Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data solutions, today added two new high-performance solutions to its industry-leading line of storage for gamers. The Seagate® FireCuda® 520 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD and the FireCuda Gaming Dock features 4TB of HDD storage capacity and an NVMe™ M.2 expansion slot for an optional ultra-fast SSD upgrade.

Built to deliver the intense speeds needed for the rigor of modern gaming, the FireCuda 520SSD is the company’s fastest solid-state drive and offers plug-and-play compatibility with all PCIe Gen4 motherboards. For laptop PC gamers looking for flexibility, the FireCuda Gaming Dock is an elite 4TB HDD storage hub with an NVMe M.2 expansion slot for optional SSD upgrade that connects peripherals via a Thunderbolt™ 3 and offers a slick industrial design with LED illumination pushing your rig over the top.

“Next-gen gaming is all about speed, compatibility, and flexibility,” said Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing and consumer solutions for Seagate. “Our FireCuda storage solutions deliver the performance, simplicity, and ingenious design to help gamers realize peak potential.”

With sequential read-write speeds of up to 45% faster than PCIe Gen3 NVMe drives1, the FireCuda 520 delivers an extreme boost in performance for PC gamers looking for the edge. The M.2 2280 SSD is available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB capacities and compatible with the new AMD X570 chipset and third-generation AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors. It features plug-and-play compatibility with PCIe Gen4 motherboards delivering an extreme boost in performance as well as backward compatibility with PCIe Gen3 devices.

The FireCuda 520 offers a five-year limited warranty and includes the Seagate’s SeaTools software that monitors health, tracks performance, and keeps you up to date on firmware updates.

Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Dock is a high-performance storage solution offering the simplicity of a one-cable connection to all of your peripherals. It features a built-in 4TB 3.5” HDD and a PCIe Gen3 NVMe M.2 SSD expansion slot for an optional SSD upgrade, offering vast storage for archiving your games and data and the ability to take advantage of the intense speed of solid-state drives.

In addition to the Thunderbolt 3 laptop connector, the FireCuda Gaming Dock also includes a Thunderbolt 3 accessory port, DisplayPort 1.4, RJ45 ethernet network port, a 3.5mm audio-in/mic port, 3.5mm audio-out port, four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, and a USB 3.1 Gen2 charge port. It also includes Seagate’s easy-to-use Toolkit software that lets you control a range of colors and light patterns for leveled-up illumination to complement your gaming station and offers a three-year limited warranty.

Available now, Seagate’s FireCuda 520 retails for $124.99 (500GB), $249.99 (1TB), and $429.99 (2TB). FireCuda Gaming Dock will be available later this month for $349.99.
Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe4
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 15:23:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
DigiTimes reports Chinese DRAM maker CXMT is ramping up 19nm production. The firm's goal is to improve its output to 40,000 wafers by mid-2020.
Chinese DRAM maker CXMT ramping 19nm process output: China-based DRAM chipmaker ChangXin Memory Technologies (CXMT, formerly Innotron) has managed to improve its 19nm process manufacturing yield rates to satisfactory levels, and is ramping up the process output with a goal of reaching 40,000 wafers monthly by the middle of 2020, according to industry sources.
As we've covered before, China is setting up its own chip production capacity. The country is building DRAM and NAND fabs and the initial goal here will be to become more self-sufficient. China is one of the largest importers of DRAM and NAND.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 15:18:09 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
MSFT
Even though a lot of computers still need to be updated to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, the new version of Windows 10 is already out. Microsoft just published Windows 10 November 2019 Update. This is a relatively minor update and initially it will be exclusively available to users who manually download it. It's unknown when Microsoft will start its automatic rollout.

Here's a brief overview of what's new:
  • Quickly creating an event directly from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar.
  • Better managing notifications, including a new button at the top of the Action Center and the ability to sort notifications by most recently shown.
  • Integrating OneDrive content online with traditional indexed results in the File Explorer search box.
  • The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
  • Using your voice to activate third-party digital assistants from the Lock screen.
  • A full overview of what's new can be read over here.
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    Posted on Wednesday, November 13 2019 @ 14:43:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    NVDA
    NVIDIA published the GeForce 441.20 WHQL driver, this release is the Game Ready edition for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and also has optimizations for the VR title Stormland. Some more G-SYNC Compatible screens were also added: the Acer XB273U, Acer XV273U, and ASUS VG259Q monitors.
    Fixed Issues in this Release
  • [Red Dead Redemption 2][Vulkan][Maxwell GPUs]: Geometry corruption occurs on some Maxwell GPUs. [2744709]
  • [Red Dead Redemption 2][Vulkan]: G-SYNC disengages when disabling V-Sync on the game. [2740479]
  • [The Surge 2] VULKAN_ERROR_DEVICE_LOST when using driver version 440.97. [2739146]
  • [Quake 3 Arena]: Colors in the game become washed out when set to 16-bit color. [2738607]
  • [HDR]: HDR black levels are grey on LG OLED55C9. [2738708]
  • [CS:GO]: The game experiences performance drops in certain CPU-limited cases. [2682973]

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    Posted on Tuesday, November 12 2019 @ 22:59:34 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Noctua has a couple of more chromax fans as well as accessories for people who prefer black fans.
    Noctua today presented new additions to its chromax line of black, colour-customisable cooling fans. The new chromax.black.swap versions of the award-winning NF-A20, NF-A12x15, NF-A9, NF-A9x14 and NF-A8 fans as well as the corresponding NA-SAVP5 and NA-SAVP6 anti-vibration pads now give customers the option to colour-coordinate Noctua 200mm, slim 120mm, 92mm, slim 92mm and 80mm fans with individual build designs and popular colour schemes such as all black, black and white or black and red.

    “First introduced in 2015, our chromax line is aimed at customers who value individual, focused build aesthetics just as much as class-leading quality and performance,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the new chromax.black.swap models, we’re broadening the scope to include fan sizes other than the regular 120 and 140mm formats, some of which should be particularly attractive for ITX and Small Form Factor builds.”

    The new chromax.black.swap editions of the NF-A20 PWM, NF-A12x15 PWM, NF-A9 PWM, NF-A9x14 HS-PWM and NF-A8 PWM combine the signature quiet cooling performance of these award-winning models with an attractive all-black design and a bundle of red, white, blue, green, yellow and black anti-vibration pads that allow the colour-customisation of the fan to match individual build colour schemes.

    Whereas the black 20cm NF-A20 is ideal for quietly cooling large tower cases, the other new chromax models are more oriented towards compact, space restricted builds: now available in black, the NF-A9 and NF-A8 are proven premium choices when it comes to 92x25 and 80x25 case fans. While the NF-A9 is also an excellent match for compact tower-style CPU coolers such as the NH-U9S or NH-D9L, the slim 12cm NF-A12x15 as well as the slim 9cm NF-A9x14 are perfect for use on low-profile top-flow coolers such as the Noctua NH-L12S or NH-L9 series. In addition, both have become popular options for watercooling radiators in situations where space is tight and regular 25mm thick units would not fit.

    Like the previously released 120 and 140mm chromax line fans, the new chromax.black.swap versions of NF-A20, NF-A9 and NF-A8 feature swappable silicone anti-vibration pads for colour-customisation. Coming with 4 white, red, blue, green and yellow as well as 8 black pads, the fans can be coordinated with most popular build colour schemes out of the box by combining the various colours with black or going all black. Additional sets of NA-AVP6 (for NF-A20) and NA-AVP5 (for NF-A9 and NF-A8) pads for outfitting both sides in one colour can be purchased separately. By contrast, the two slim models, NF-A12x15 and NF-A9x14, feature self-adhesive pads and include 8 of each colour so that both sides of the fan can be outfitted with any colour out of the box. For further customisation, a wide range of accessories such as coloured cables and anti-vibration mounts are available separately.

    Topped off with Noctua’s trusted premium-grade SSO2 bearing, more than 150,000 hours MTTF and 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the new chromax.black.swap fans are the perfect choice for all users who want to create high-end PC builds with specific, focused aesthetics.

    Prices and availability
    All models are available as of today via Noctua’s official Amazon and eBay stores. Other sales partners will receive stock shortly. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are as follows:

    NF-A20 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 34.90 / USD 34.90
    NF-A12x15 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 24.90 / USD 24.90
    NF-A9 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 19.90 / USD 19.90
    NF-A9x14 HS-PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 19.90 / USD 19.90
    NF-A8 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 19.90 / USD 19.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.black: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.blue: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.green: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.red: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.white: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP5 chromax.yellow: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.black: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.blue: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.green: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.red: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.white: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
    NA-SAVP6 chromax.yellow: EUR 6.90 / USD 6.90
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    Posted on Tuesday, November 12 2019 @ 22:42:34 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    TechPowerUp noticed ThermalRight has released the APX-90 Full Copper, a smaller version of the APX-100 Full Copper. This top-flow model has four 6mm thick copper heatpipes, a copper base, and a copper fin stack. Airflow is provided by a 15 mm-thick 92 mm TL-9015R fan. The HSF is currently available in China for 299 yuan (about $43).
    This fan takes in 4-pin PWM input, spins at speeds of up to 2,700 RPM, pushing up to 42.58 CFM of air, with as low as 22.4 dBA of noise output. With the fan in place, the AXP-90 Full Copper measures 97 mm x 92 mm x 47 mm (WxDxH), weighing 490 g. There are two sub-variants of the cooler specific to CPU socket type supported, the AXP-90 Full Copper LGA115X, and AXP-90 Full Copper AM4.
    APX-90 full copper
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    Posted on Tuesday, November 12 2019 @ 13:54:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Cooler Master reveals the MM711, a new version of the light-weight MM710 gaming mouse. The main difference appears to be the addition of RGB LEDs. The new model weighs a little less than 60g, while the original MM710 has a weight of 53g. Furthermore, Cooler Master also added some new MM710 variants.
    Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, introduces new MM710 variations as well as the MM711 Gaming Mouse, an RGB variant of the MM710 that weighs a little less than 60 g. The MM711 takes the foundation of the MM710 and adds vibrant RGB LEDs to the scroll wheel and logo to further enhance its stylish, understated profile. Cooler Master's software enables full customizability of the RGB, allowing users to choose their personal colors and lighting effects.

    "The MM711 is the ideal mouse for those who want premium, lightweight performance but with RGB capability," says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager. "It adds another layer of personality to a mouse that is already striking in appearance and functionality."

    Matte and Glossy Variations
    Along with the release of the MM711, Cooler Master will also launch three more models with two distinct color and texture variants of the MM710. The MM711 models: matte black, glossy black, matte white, and glossy white will also be lauching. Each variant for the MM710 and MM711 (total of 8) will be exclusively available at specific retail stores across Walmart, Best Buy, Micro Center, Amazon, and Newegg.

    Gaming-Grade Optical Sensor and OMRON Switches
    Optimized for greater control and precision in-game, the MM710 and MM711's Pixart 3389 optical sensor is adjustable up to 16000 DPI. The mouse's settings are fully customizable via software, such as sensitivity, button response time, surface tuning, lift off distance, polling rate and more. The mouse's left and right buttons include OMRON switches - graded for 20 million presses that remain true until the end.

    Ambidextrous Shape Optimized for Right-handers
    Featuring two side buttons for easy access to keybinds, the ambidextrous shape makes the mouse comfortable for multiple grip types. The shape of the MM710 and MM711 derives from the MasterMouse S shape with a slight hump in the back which provides extra palm support for gamers that prefer claw grip. Small enough to fingertip for most hand sizes, the shape also allows palm gripping for smaller-sized hands.

    Pricing and Availability
    The MM710 is available now for $49.99, and the MM711 will be available for $59.99 starting November 29, 2019 at exclusive locations across North America, including Best Buy, Amazon and Micro Center.
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