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Antec P82 Silent has noise dampening side panels

20 hours ago
Another P-series case from Antec. The new P82 Silent focuses on low noise and has side panels lined with noise-dampening foam. Design is kept rather minimalistic and the case ships with three 120mm fans.

It's a steel mid-tower case that measures 454 x 215 x 480 mm(DxWxH) and weighs 7kg. The interior supports a Mini-ITX to ATX sized motherboard, seven expansion slots, two 3.5" HDDs, up to four 2.5" SSDs (two converted from 3.5"), a maximum of four 120/140mm fans, a radiator of up to 360mm, a GPU of up to 380mm long, a PSU with a length of maximum 220mm, and a CPU cooler with a height of up to 178mm.

The front and bottom have a dust filter -- which should aid with keeping less dust from creeping into the case. A front I/O panel provides access to HD Audio ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a basic fan speed controller. For the full specifications, you can check the product page I linked above. The P82 Silent should ship soon for around 82.99EUR.
The design of P82 Silent is base on the concept of minimalism. With a white LED power-on light, ample diagonal stripes ventilation on the front panel, fan speed control button (High / Stop / Low) and 2 x 120 mm fan in the front & 1 x 120 mm in the rear, the P82 Silent is ready to help you to build the powerful system.
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Chinese memory maker promises 10,000MHz DDR5

20 hours ago
WCCF Tech reports Chinese memory maker Netac is already talking about DDR5 gaming modules with a frequency of 10,000MHz!

The first DDR5 memory modules will have a frequency of 4800MHz and word has been going around for some time now that the new memory will have far greater room for voltage adjustment, which may result in better overclocking. Part of the reason here is that DDR5 has on-board voltage conversion, this task is no longer handled by the motherboard, which reduces voltage wear and noise generation.

Netac received samples of the Micron IFA45 Z9ZSB DDR5 memory and sees a path to 10,000MHz. Of course, it's unlikely these modules will be offered anytime soon. It will likely take quite some time until DDR5 is mature enough to see that kind of frequencies.
Netac currently offers a few DDR4 memory products but they are claiming to offer gaming-grade DDR5 memory with speeds beyond 10,000 MHz. It will be interesting to see Netac achieve this as DDR5's native speeds will 4800 MHz and to go to 10,000 MHz means to offer twice the speeds. It's not impossible since DDR4 memory started at 2133 MHz and we have seen several manufacturers offering kits that are rated at up to DDR4-5333 MHz that can further be pushed beyond DDR4-6000 MHz with some overclocking expertise.
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TSMC capex soars to $30 billion this year

21 hours ago
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At the start of the year, TSMC anticipated its capital expenditure would total $28 billion this year. Due to the continued high semiconductor chip demand, the Taiwanese foundry has once again upgraded this target. TSMC now projects capex of $30 billion this year -- up from $17.2 billion in 2020!

Most of it going to advanced nodes

EE Times writes the bulk of the capex is going to cutting-edge nodes.
TSMC said during a conference call with analysts that it upgraded the target in order to meet increasing demand for advanced and specialty technologies in the next several years. About 80% of the budget will go to leading process technologies, including 3nm, 5nm and 7nm, with the remaining 10% earmarked for advanced packaging and mask making, and about 10% for specialty technologies.

“We are witnessing a structural increase in underlying semiconductor demand as a multi-year megatrend of 5G and HPC (high-performance computing)-related applications are expected to fuel strong demand for our advanced technologies in the next several years,” TSMC CEO C.C. Wei said on the call. “Covid-19 has also fundamentally accelerated the digital transformation, making semiconductors more pervasive and essential in people’s lives.”
Over the next three years, TSMC expects to invest about $100 billion to increase production capacity and boost R&D.

4nm and 3nm in 2022

TSMC said its 4nm process, a refined version of its 5nm node, will hit volume production in 2022. The first commercial production on 3nm is expected in the second half of 2022.

Fab tools are skyrocketing

In related news, AnandTech has an interesting overview about fab tool sales. These are the tools that are used by semiconductor foundries and chip makers. Sales of semiconductor production equipment hit an all-time record of $71.19 billion last year, up 19 percent year-over-year.

It's probably no surprise that Asian countries are buying up most fab tools -- not only due to the presence of TSMC in Taiwan and Samsung in South Korea, but also because of China's drive to become more self-reliant in terms of semiconductor production.

One interesting line in here is that despite the boom in semiconductor fab tool sales, the US is falling behind. Europe did buy a bit more fab tools -- but its share of the pie is very small, even compared to the US. If the US and Europe want to become bigger players in the global semiconductor market, a lot more investment will be needed to jumpstart domestic production.
Meanwhile, tool purchases by American fabs actually dropped by 20% versus the previous year, sinking to $6.53 billion for 2020. The US is still the runaway leader for chip design, so the drop serves to widen the gap between how much is designed in the country versus how little is fabbed there. Overall it looks like the tables are going to turn in the coming years as Intel, Samsung Foundry, and TSMC begin to equip their new fabs in the USA; but for now, fab tool shipments are down significantly.
Fab tool sales chart

NVIDIA prepping more GPU revisions with hash rate limiter?

21 hours ago
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Yesterday news hit the wire about a new GA106-306 GPU revision from NVIDIA. This chip would allegedly introduce a new and more advanced hash rate limiter to make the GeForce RTX 3060 less attractive to cryptocurrency miners. NVIDIA tries to make this model less attractive for mining purposes by implementing an algorithm that roughly cuts the performance in half when it detects Ethereum mining. Unfortunately, NVIDIA accidentally released driver code that bypassed the hash rate limiter, resulting in the need for a new chip revision.

Now word is going around that other NVIDIA Ampere GPUs may get a revision too. Well-informed Twitter leaker kopite7kimi claims NVIDIA may also be working on new variants of the GA104 and G102. Basically, if this is true, this means a hash rate limiter is on the way for the GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 lineups.

Rumors about these revisions have been circulating since February so it will be interesting to see if NVIDIA is indeed doubling down on its anti-mining effort for the GeForce cards. In the meantime, the company is pushing CMPs for miners and that effort is turning out to be more succesful than the green team expected.

G.Skill Trident Z Royal Elite Series DDR4 memory goes up to 5333MHz

22 hours ago
With DDR5 on the horizon, memory makers are still pushing out new DDR4 memory kits. Towards the end of this year, we'll see the first platform with DDR5 support but that doesn't mean DDR4 will disappear instantaneously. DDR4 is very mature right now and we're seeing very high frequencies from a variety of manufacturers. G.Skill for example just rolled out a new Trident Z Royal Elite Series DDR4 Memory series that includes a 5333MHz model! These kits will ship in May, pricing is unknown.

Trident Z Royal Elite Series DDR4 Memory

Trident Z Royal Elite Series DDR4 Memory specifications
G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing a new addition of high-performance DDR4 memory kit series to the renowned Trident Z family – the Trident Z Royal Elite series. Featuring a meticulously sculpted crystalline pattern across the polished surface of the aluminum heatspreader, the Trident Z Royal Elite also retains the patented full-length crystalline light bar and 8-zone RGB lighting of the Trident Z Royal to enhance the aesthetics of any high-end PC system build. Representing the upper echelon of DDR4 performance, the G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite will be available at speeds of DDR4-3600 to DDR4-5333 at launch.

Crafted for Magnificence
Evolved from the luxury-class design elements of the Trident Z Royal, G.SKILL is introducing the all-new Trident Z Royal Elite series that features a magnificent multi-faceted crystalline design across the reflective aluminum heatspreader. After more than a year of development in crafting the perfectly-sized crystalline pattern and sculpting the 3D structure onto a solid piece of aluminum, each Trident Z Royal Elite heatspreader is painstakingly chiseled with 76 total facets to bestow the ultimate luxury aesthetic to any PC build. Available in gold or silver colors, Trident Z Royal Elite modules also inherited the iconic full-length crystalline light bar for a dazzling refractive display of RGB lighting.

Enduring Legacy of High Performance
Continuing the ongoing G.SKILL legacy for fast DDR4 memory performance, the Trident Z Royal Elite offers high-class memory specifications that range from DDR4-3600 to DDR4-5333 and offers 16GB (8GBx2) to 64GB (32GBx2) in kit capacity at launch. Each memory kit is constructed from hand-screened memory IC chips and tested for compatibility across a wide range of motherboards to ensure stability and high-frequency overclocked performance.

Viper VP4300 PCIe 4.0 SSD promises up to 7400MB/s

1 day ago
Patriot reveals its Viper VP4300, a new M.2 2280 form factor PCI Express 4.0 SSD that uses the Innogrit IG5236 SSD controller.

The model uses 3D TLC NAND flash memory and is offered in 1TB and 2TB capacities. The promised performance is very high, Patriot cites 7400MB/s read speeds. The 1TB model can do 5500MB/s writes and the 2TB edition kicks this up to 6800MB/s. Both SKUs promise 4K read and write operations of up to 800K IOPS.

The package comes with two heatspreaders; a thin graphene heatshield and a slightly bigger aluminum heatspreader.
Users can choose between an asymmetric and unique aluminum heatshield design, giving users an edgy build, or a one time use graphene heatshield to ensure excellent thermal dissipation to avoid overheating for tight spaces. The VP4300 solid state drive is perfect for a compact build and slim fit for high-performance PC solutions while maintaining its multifunctional capabilities. Supported by a 5-year warranty, the VP4300 solid state drive also includes Advance Flash Management and multi-features while advancing current market speeds. Take the lead on the latest solid state drive technology. Unlock the next league of SSD performance with the Viper VP4300 and boost your game to the extreme!
The Viper VP4300 M.2 disks feature a 5-year warranty. The company did not reveal pricing but promises the disks will be priced competitively.

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Powercolor offers Radeon RX 6900 XT ULTIMATE Red Devil and Liquid Devil with Navi 21 XTXH

1 day ago
Two new high-end video cards from Powercolor, the firm has Red Devil and Liquid Devil versions of its Radeon RX 6900 XT ULTIMATE. These cards use the higher-binned Navi 21 XTXH GPUs. This new variant runs stable at higher frequencies and has a higher GPU power limit value. The Red Devil version has a stock Boost clockspeed of 2425MHz (+7.8%) and the new Liquid Devil kicks it up to 2480MHz (+10.2%).

RED DEVIL AND LIQUID DEVIL AMD RADEONxt RX 6900 XT ULTIMATE
Highly Binned GPUs
Every overclocker knows that every GPU is different; sometimes, one can get lucky and find a card that can be highly overclocked due to the silicon lottery. With the PowerColor RED DEVIL ULTIMATE and LIQUID DEVIL ULTIMATE cards, you remove the element of chance and guarantee a specially binned GPU with exceptional overclocking – PowerColor assures performance every time.

The Sky is the Limit
No longer shackled by clock limitations with AMD’s Overclocking tool; if your card allows, the sky is your limit. With an optimized VBIOS for overclocking, there is enough juice to push the GPU with 332 Watts of Power for the LIQUID DEVIL ULTIMATE and 303Watts for the RED DEVIL ULTIMATE AMD Radeon™ RX 6900 XT unleash power like never before.

State of the Art PCB
In order to be able to sustain the highest clocks with heavy power load while maintaining reliability, PowerColor RED DEVIL and LIQUID DEVIL AMD RADEON™ RX 6900 XT ULTIMATE models come with a powerful VRM configuration of 16 phases using only the industry’s best DrMOS deployment, combined with high polymer capacitors delivering greater performance and power stability.

The Best of Both Worlds
The Ultimate in Radeon™ GPU technology will be available on the highly awarded RED DEVIL and LIQUID DEVIL AMD Radeon™ RX 6900 XT series, which is suitable for either air-cooled setups or custom water-cooled PC’s, gamers are assured the best of the best with an Ultimate card choice.
Source: VideoCardz

Thermalright goes dark with the Peerless Assassin 120 Black HSF

1 day ago
Lately, Thermalright has been pumping out one new cooler a week. This time the firm introduces the Peerless Assassin 120 Black, a dark-themed version of the Peerless Assassin 120. This model has two tower fin arrays and two fans.

The new HSF features six 6mm heatpipes and a nickel-plated copper base. The heatsink measures 125mm x 135mm x 157mm (L x W x H) and weighs 750g without fans.

There are 53 aluminum fins, which are actively cooled by two Thermalright TL-C12B 120mm fans. The fans weigh 135g so the total weight of this cooler is 1020g. Each PWM fan spins at up to 1550RPM and offers up to 66.17CFM of airflow, a maximum static pressure of 1.53mmH2O, and a noise level of up to 25.6dBA.

Mounting tools are included for Intel LGA115x/2011/-3/2066/1200 and AMD Socket AM4 CPUs. The pricing and availability is unknown.

Peerless Assassin 120 Black

Peerless Assassin 120 Black

TSMC factory hit by electricity outage

1 day ago
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Another setback for chip production as TSMC's Fab-14A got hit by a power outage. Reuters reports construction work accidentally severed an underground power line yesterday morning. Some of TSMC's machines at the plant were able to run on backup power but the operation didn't fully resume until evening.
TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker, said its facility experienced a power outage due to "an abnormality with a power line to the South Taiwan Science Park extra high voltage substation".

"Personnel in the fab were not evacuated. Power was restored the same day. TSMC is currently evaluating the impact," it said in a statement to Reuters.
TSMC's Fab-14A focuses on the production of mature nodes, so cutting-edge chips are not affected. Production of 40/45nm and 90nm got affected. Among other things, Fab-14A makes chips for car makers -- an industry hit particularly hard by the global chip shortages.

TSMC warns chip shortages will continue into 2022

In related news, TSMC published its first-quarter results. First-quarter profit was up 19.4 percent thanks to the continued high demand for semiconductor chips. TSMC says it's doing what it can to alleviate the chip shortages, but warns the problem will persist into next year. TSMC also promises automotive chip clients that the situation will be greatly improved from the next quarter:
Its business was boosted by the chip shortage that initially forced automakers to cut production, but is now also hurting manufacturers of smartphones, laptops and even appliances. On Thursday, TSMC said it expects the chip shortage for its auto clients to be greatly reduced from the next quarter.

Windows 10 Timeline feature gets downgraded -- and Windows 10 (ARM) now runs on Apple M1

1 day ago
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Neowin noticed Microsoft is winding down Timeline. First shown four years ago, Timeline was touted as a big deal as focused on letting you access files and websites from the past 30 days, not only on your PC but on other devices too.

No more syncing between devices

With the launch of the latest Windows 10 Insiders build, support for Timeline is winding down as Microsoft is disabling the ability to upload Timeline data from a Windows 10 PC. The implication here is that Microsoft is breaking the continuity between devices -- one of the features the software giant hyped up when it launched Timeline.
With today's Insider build, Microsoft's focus on continuity between devices seems to grow even weaker, though Microsoft correctly points out that many browsers already offer features like history and open tabs syncing, including its Chromium-based Edge browser. Recent Office files can also be found in the Office and OneDrive apps on different devices, but Microsoft is shying away from the all-encompassing implementation it had before.

Parallels enables Windows 10 on ARM support for Apple M1

In related news, Apple's M1-based computers now support the ARM-based version of Windows 10. Not natively of course, but users who desire this feature can now run a Windows 10 on ARM virtual machine via Parallels Desktop 16.5.

Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support, says this feature has been beta tested by over 100,000 M1 Mac users. Besides Windows 10 on ARM, it's now also possible to run ARM-based versions of Linux on the M1 via the Parallels software.
We are beyond thankful for the feedback of more than 100,000 M1 Mac users that tested the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for M1 Mac. They ran Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview, as well as tens of thousands of different Intel-based Windows applications—including Microsoft Office for Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI and MetaTrader.

“We received enthusiastic feedback about the remarkable performance of both the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for M1 Mac and Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview as well as x86 applications and games, including Rocket League, Among Us, Roblox, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sam & Max Save the World and many others. Testers loved Parallels Desktop’s easy-to-use features and seamless integration of Windows with macOS Big Sur, which increases productivity,” said Dobrovolskiy.
The only catch is that Microsoft doesn't sell Windows 10 on ARM licenses, so you need to use an Insider build.

NVIDIA doubling down with GA106-302 crypto hash rate limiter

1 day ago
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Two months ago, NVIDIA tried to make an end to mining on GeForce cards by introducing a hash rate limiter on the GeForce RTX 3060 video card. The idea here was to push miners towards the Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP), a new line of cards aimed specifically at miners. The first CMPs are Turing based so they don't directly compete with GPU supply as these chips are made on an older node.

The hash rate limiter basically halves Ethereum mining performance, which artificially reduces the attractiveness of these cards. However, the hash rate limiter got defeated last month, not in the least because NVIDIA accidentally published a developer driver that contained code to bypass the hash rate limiter. This code was intended for internal testing and was accidentally made public. With the bypass code, use was limited to a single card but miners quickly figured out cheap HDMI dongles could bypass the restrictions entirely.

GA106-302 has new hash rate limiter

Now NVIDIA is ready to try again. VideoCardz reports. Besides a new device ID, this revision will also have further "enhancements" to deter mining.
It is said that the new GA106-302 GPU will not only not work with the new driver but it will also feature ‘further mechanisms’ to ensure that Ethereum mining on RTX 3060 will still be problematic (let’s see for how long this time).
The first GeForce GTX 3060 cards with the GA106-302 revision are expected to hit the market in May. These parts will reportedly be shipped under the same SKU, so consumers will not be able to spot the difference.

Unity 2021.2 will adopt NVIDIA DLSS technology

1 day ago
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First-generation technology often doesn't get things quite right, as was the case with NVIDIA's DLSS technology. This machine learning based technique made its debut with the launch of Turing and got a big upgrade just over a year ago. DLSS 2.0 works surprisingly well to offer higher framerates at image quality settings that are unplayable without switching on DLSS.

AMD has yet to reveal its DLSS rival and we know Intel is working on a similar technique for its future Xe-based gaming GPUs. The FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology from AMD is expected sometime later this year, likely later rather than sooner. The latest rumors indicate AMD aims at a late-2021 launch for FSR. In the meantime, the DLSS ecosystem is growing every month.

Unity pledges support for DLSS

Earlier this year a DLSS plug-in for Unreal Engine was revealed and today's big news is that Unity is adding native support for NVIDIA DLSS via the upcoming Unity Engine 2021.2 update.
Unity made real-time ray tracing available to all of their developers in 2019 with the release of 2019LTS. Before the end of 2021, NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) will be natively supported for HDRP in Unity 2021.2. NVIDIA DLSS uses advanced AI rendering to produce image quality that’s comparable to native resolution–and sometimes even better–while only conventionally rendering a fraction of the pixels. With real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS, Unity developers will be able to create beautiful real-time ray traced worlds running at high frame rates and resolutions on NVIDIA RTX GPUs. DLSS also provides a substantial performance boost for traditional rasterized graphics.

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 466.11 WHQL is out for Mortal Shell

2 days ago
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NVIDIA released its GeForce Game Ready 466.11 WHQL driver. This version adds optimizations for Mortal Shell, including support for RTX and DLSS. Additionally, you get Reflex support for Valorant and there's now also NVIDIA Broadcast Noise Reduction support for Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), one of the most popular broadcasting tools for streamers.
Fixed Issues in this Release:
  • [Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander 2]: The games experience low FPS. [3231218/ 3230880]
  • [Adobe Camera RAW 12.x]: RAW files may show up black in Adobe Lightroom. [3266883/ 200717265]
  • [VR]: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 VR may stutter if Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling is disabled. [3246674]
  • Some displays may show incorrect color levels after booting into Windows. [3285148/3287063]
  • In Mortal Shell, NVIDIA promises an up to 130 percent performance uplift at 4K thanks to DLSS. You can see the video comparison below.

    NVIDIA: GPU demand to outstrip supply throughout 2021 but capacity is increasing

    2 days ago
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    One of the biggest complaints of PC gamers over the past half-year or so is the lack of video cards. Due to a wide variety of factors, there's a shortage of manufacturing capacity for a lot of components -- and at the same time demand for GPUs has skyrocketed. The result is that despite NVIDIA hitting yet another record quarter, gamers can't find GPUs at decent prices.

    NVIDIA CFO warns shortages will not disappear anytime soon

    Speaking to investors during the firm's annual investors day, NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress revealed the current situation is expected to persist for quite some time. Kress stated that demand is expected to continue to exceed supply for much of 2021.

    Back in November, NVIDIA expected the shortages would be resolved in "a few months" but unfortunately that prediction did not turn out to be accurate. Kress did promise that GPU supplies are increasing. NVIDIA has managed to secure more production capacity -- which should result in more supply hitting the market.
    On the plus side, Kress said Nvidia is making progress on pumping out more GPUs, despite the ongoing chip shortage. “Our operations team is agile and executing fantastically. We expect our supplies to increase as the year progresses,” she added.
    The additional supply is expected to hit the market sometime this quarter, so hopefully effective street prices of GPUs will come down a bit.

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