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Intel Alder Lake-S sales start on November 4

11 hours ago
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WCCF Tech has details about Intel's Alder Lake-S launch schedule. The site claims it's now certain that Intel will introduce its 12th Gen Core processors on October 27th. Reviews will hit the web on November 4th and on the same day retailers will start shipping Intel's new processors.

The initial launch lineup will be pretty small, WCCF Tech says we can expect these chips in November:
  • Core i9-12900K and 12900KF
  • Core i7-12700K and 12700KF
  • Core i5-12600K and 12600KF
  • Intel Z690 chipset
Other chips are expected to follow in January.

Apple rolls out M1 Pro and M1 Max based MacBook Pro laptops

11 hours ago
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After a year-long wait since the introduction of the M1-based MacBook Air laptops, Apple introduces the MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. The Cupertino-based firm claims these 14" and 16" systems offer world's best notebook display, extraordinary performance and battery life, the best connectivity to date for a MacBook Pro, and the best audio system in a notebook. Pricing starts at $1,999 for the 14" model and $2,499 for the 16-incher. Shipments start next week.
Apple today unveiled the completely reimagined MacBook Pro powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max — the first pro chips designed for the Mac. Available in 14- and 16-inch models, MacBook Pro delivers groundbreaking processing, graphics, and machine learning (ML) performance whether running on battery or plugged in, as well as amazing battery life — enabling workflows previously unimaginable on a notebook. The new MacBook Pro also features a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display, a wide range of ports for advanced connectivity, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and the best audio system in a notebook. Combined with macOS Monterey, which is engineered down to its core to take full advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Max, the user experience is simply unrivaled. Shattering the limits of what a notebook can do, MacBook Pro is designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, 3D artists, scientists, music producers, and anyone who wants the world’s best notebook. The new MacBook Pro joins the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 to form the strongest lineup of pro notebooks ever. Customers can order the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models today, and they will be available beginning Tuesday, October 26.

“We set out to create the world’s best pro notebook, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max — a game-changing combination of phenomenal performance, unrivaled battery life, and groundbreaking features,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The all-new MacBook Pro adds a breathtaking XDR display, more ports like MagSafe 3, an advanced 1080p camera, and a sensational six-speaker sound system, all in a stunning new design. The new MacBook Pro simply has no equal and is by far the best pro notebook we’ve ever built.”
Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max

Apple ups its game with the M1 Pro and M1 Max

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The original M1 SoC from Apple stunned the market when it launched last year and now the firm follows up with the more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max. Both are made on TSMC's 5nm process.

The M1 Pro features 33.7 billion transistors and is offered in eight-core and 10-core configurations, with 14 to 16 GPU cores; It supports up to 32GB memory with a memory bandwidth of up to 200GB/s. Apple pitches the M1 Pro as up to 70 percent faster than the M1 in terms of processing power, and up to twice as powerful in terms of graphics horsepower. The M1 Pro supports two external displays.
The M1 Max is the most powerful processor from Apple, this model has 57 billion transistors and has 10 processor cores in combination with 24 or 32 GPU cores. Apple says the M1 Max offers up to quadruple the GPU horsepower of the M1 SoC. Besides more graphics performance, the chip supports up to 64GB RAM with a memory bandwidth of up to 400GB/s. It also supports a maximum of four external displays.
Apple today announced M1 Pro and M1 Max, the next breakthrough chips for the Mac. Scaling up M1’s transformational architecture, M1 Pro offers amazing performance with industry-leading power efficiency, while M1 Max takes these capabilities to new heights. The CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max delivers up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, so tasks like compiling projects in Xcode are faster than ever. The GPU in M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than M1, while M1 Max is up to an astonishing 4x faster than M1, allowing pro users to fly through the most demanding graphics workflows.

M1 Pro and M1 Max introduce a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture to pro systems for the first time. The chips feature fast unified memory, industry-leading performance per watt, and incredible power efficiency, along with increased memory bandwidth and capacity. M1 Pro offers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth with support for up to 32GB of unified memory. M1 Max delivers up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth — 2x that of M1 Pro and nearly 6x that of M1 — and support for up to 64GB of unified memory. And while the latest PC laptops top out at 16GB of graphics memory, having this huge amount of memory enables graphics-intensive workflows previously unimaginable on a notebook. The efficient architecture of M1 Pro and M1 Max means they deliver the same level of performance whether MacBook Pro is plugged in or using the battery. M1 Pro and M1 Max also feature enhanced media engines with dedicated ProRes accelerators specifically for pro video processing. M1 Pro and M1 Max are by far the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.

“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system until today with M1 Pro and M1 Max,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “With massive gains in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a pro notebook.”

M1 Pro: A Whole New Level of Performance and Capability
Utilizing the industry-leading 5-nanometer process technology, M1 Pro packs in 33.7 billion transistors, more than 2x the amount in M1. A new 10-core CPU, including eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, is up to 70 percent faster than M1, resulting in unbelievable pro CPU performance. Compared with the latest 8-core PC laptop chip, M1 Pro delivers up to 1.7x more CPU performance at the same power level and achieves the PC chip’s peak performance using up to 70 percent less power.1 Even the most demanding tasks, like high-resolution photo editing, are handled with ease by M1 Pro.

M1 Pro has an up-to-16-core GPU that is up to 2x faster than M1 and up to 7x faster than the integrated graphics on the latest 8-core PC laptop chip.1 Compared to a powerful discrete GPU for PC notebooks, M1 Pro delivers more performance while using up to 70 percent less power.2 And M1 Pro can be configured with up to 32GB of fast unified memory, with up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth, enabling creatives like 3D artists and game developers to do more on the go than ever before.

M1 Max features the same powerful 10-core CPU as M1 Pro and adds a massive 32-core GPU for up to 4x faster graphics performance than M1. With 57 billion transistors — 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5x more than M1 — M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built. In addition, the GPU delivers performance comparable to a high-end GPU in a compact pro PC laptop while consuming up to 40 percent less power, and performance similar to that of the highest-end GPU in the largest PC laptops while using up to 100 watts less power.2 This means less heat is generated, fans run quietly and less often, and battery life is amazing in the new MacBook Pro. M1 Max transforms graphics-intensive workflows, including up to 13x faster complex timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro compared to the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro.

M1 Max also offers a higher-bandwidth on-chip fabric, and doubles the memory interface compared with M1 Pro for up to 400GB/s, or nearly 6x the memory bandwidth of M1. This allows M1 Max to be configured with up to 64GB of fast unified memory. With its unparalleled performance, M1 Max is the most powerful chip ever built for a pro notebook.

A graph shows that M1 Max and its up-to-32-core GPU delivers the same graphics performance as that in a high-end compact PC pro laptop while using up to 40 percent less power. M1 Max has an up-to-32-core GPU that delivers graphics performance comparable to that in a high-end compact PC pro laptop using up to 40 percent less power.

Fast, Efficient Media Engine, Now with ProRes
M1 Pro and M1 Max include an Apple-designed media engine that accelerates video processing while maximizing battery life. M1 Pro also includes dedicated acceleration for the ProRes professional video codec, allowing playback of multiple streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power. M1 Max goes even further, delivering up to 2x faster video encoding than M1 Pro, and features two ProRes accelerators. With M1 Max, the new MacBook Pro can transcode ProRes video in Compressor up to a remarkable 10x faster compared with the previous-generation 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Advanced Technologies for a Complete Pro System
Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are loaded with advanced custom technologies that help push pro workflows to the next level:

  • A 16-core Neural Engine for on-device machine learning acceleration and improved camera performance.
  • A new display engine drives multiple external displays.
  • Additional integrated Thunderbolt 4 controllers provide even more I/O bandwidth.
  • Apple’s custom image signal processor, along with the Neural Engine, uses computational video to enhance image quality for sharper video and more natural-looking skin tones on the built-in camera.
  • Best-in-class security, including Apple’s latest Secure Enclave, hardware-verified secure boot, and runtime anti-exploitation technologies.
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    Corsair watercoolers get fancy 2.1-inch ELITE LCD display

    12 hours ago
    Corsair adds the H100i ELITE LCD, H150i ELITE LCD, and H170i ELITE LCD watercoolers to its product portfolio. The key defining feature here is the iCUE ELITE LCD, a 2.1-inch LCD display that's integrated into the CPU block. Pricing ranges from $259.99 to $309.99. The firm also reveals the ML RGB ELITE fans.

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    CORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced new, highly customizable additions to its ELITE line of all-in-one CPU coolers: iCUE ELITE LCD Display Liquid CPU Coolers. With a vivid 2.1” LCD screen on the pump head to display anything from system vitals to animated GIFs, ELITE LCD coolers offer a unique window into both your PC’s performance and your own style and personality. The ultra-bright LCD screen is also available as an upgrade kit for CORSAIR iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX coolers, letting you add a digital dashboard to your existing cooler.

    The new H100i ELITE LCD, H150i ELITE LCD, and H170i ELITE LCD are also equipped with new ML RGB ELITE Series fans, delivering powerful concentrated airflow with the performance of magnetic levitation bearings and AirGuide technology, illuminated by eight individually addressable RGB LEDs per fan. ML RGB ELITE fans are also available separately in both 120mm and 140mm sizes and either black or white frames, so you can take advantage of their high performance to cool your entire system as well.

    The new ELITE LCD coolers shine with a gorgeous, ultra-bright 2.1” IPS screen able to show off your PC’s stats such as fan speeds or system temperatures in a wide variety of graphical themes and styles. If you’d rather put your own personal spin on your cooler, the screen can also display images and animated GIFs, giving you endless possibilities to show off a team logo, your favorite meme, or unique animations at the heart of your PC. The LCD display is encircled by a ring of 24 individually addressable RGB LEDs, programmable in CORSAIR iCUE software to link with animations and synchronize with the rest of your iCUE RGB ecosystem.

    In addition to their eye-catching screen, the CORSAIR H100i, H150i, and H170i ELITE LCD offer everything you need to keep your CPU running at peak performance, including fans, coolant, and radiator, in a single maintenance-free closed loop. Multiple radiator sizes of 240mm, 360mm, or a massive 420mm ensure that you’ll find a cooler that will fit your case, whether you’re building a compact PC or a full-tower behemoth. Each cooler comes equipped with new ML RGB ELITE Series fans, boasting CORSAIR AirGuide technology and magnetic levitation bearings for concentrated airflow and improved low-noise performance. A thermally optimized copper cold plate with pre-applied thermal compound and low-noise pump ensure quiet performance in an accessible all-in-one cooler, while an included iCUE COMMANDER CORE controller makes it a breeze to direct your fan speeds and lighting with iCUE. ELITE LCD coolers provide everything you need to fit them into a modern PC, with full support for the latest CPUs via mounting brackets for LGA 1700, LGA 115x, LGA 2066, AM4, and sTRX4.

    Also launching as standalone offerings, ML RGB ELITE fans build upon the ML series’ renowned performance with the addition of CORSAIR AirGuide technology and radiant RGB lighting effects, delivering a winning combination of great cooling and lighting. Their magnetic levitation bearings provide reduced friction, lower noise, better performance, and long-lasting durability. Eight individually addressable RGB LEDs put on a vibrant light show, while AirGuide technology channels airflow into a concentrated cone for superior cooling. PWM control enables precise fan speeds from 450 RPM to 2,000 RPM (for ML120 RGB ELITE) or from 400 RPM to 1,600 RPM (for ML140 RGB ELITE), providing plentiful airflow when mounted to the ELITE LCD radiator or used as intake or exhaust case fans. ML RGB ELITE fans are available in multi-fan packs with an included iCUE Lighting Node CORE controller, or as single fans to further expand your system’s cooling.

    Whether you’re keeping a close eye on your PC’s performance or showing off your personal style, ELITE LCD coolers equipped with ML RGB ELITE Series fans offer a unique upgrade to both your system’s aesthetics and cooling capabilities, and put a digital dashboard at the heart of your system.

    Availability, Warranty, and Pricing
    The CORSAIR iCUE ELITE LCD Display Liquid CPU Coolers and ML RGB ELITE Series fans are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The CORSAIR iCUE ELITE CPU Cooler LCD Display Upgrade Kit will be available from the CORSAIR webstore in North America and Europe. For up-to-date availability information, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

    The CORSAIR ELITE LCD CPU Coolers are backed by a five-year warranty, and the ML RGB ELITE Series fans and ELITE LCD Upgrade Kits are backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

    Sharkoon SKILLER SGK60 uses Kailh BOX mechanical switches

    12 hours ago
    Sharkoon introduces the SKILLER SGK60, a new mechanical gaming keyboard with the Kailh BOX switches. It's priced at 89.90EUR.
    Sharkoon Technologies, an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals, now presents its latest gaming keyboard, the SKILLER SGK60. This is a three-block keyboard with multimedia keys for the convenient control of videos and music, and which also has a macro key for keeping the upper hand in any game. The SGK60 comes with Kailh BOX switches as standard, whereby the user is free to choose from three switch types for the keyboard. In addition, 14 especially durable PBT keycaps are included. Thanks to double-injection technology, these should offer long-lasting use, free of wear and tear. The edges of the keyboard are diamond cut for an overall elegant appearance.

    Kailh BOX Switches
    Thanks to the high-quality mechanical switches from Kailh, the keyboard is particularly beneficial for professional gamers. The red switches are worthwhile for gamers thanks to their linear switch characteristics and the low operating force required. The brown switches are suitable for both work and gaming due to their tactile characteristic with an inaudible feedback. Frequent writers can enjoy the white switches, which should give them the sensation of a typewriter when using the keyboard.

    Creative Freedom via the Software
    The software for the keyboard can be downloaded from the Sharkoon website. This can be used to produce the various illumination effects and color combinations for the keyboard keys as well as for the Edge Light, the lighting located along the rear edge of the SGK60. There are fifteen effects available for the keys and ten available for the Edge Light. The colors of the illumination effects can be adjusted as desired. The software also has a macro manager to record macros with up to 390 macro actions in total. The settings of the individual actions allow themselves to be modified as required.

    Made for Durability
    The SGK60 is especially characterized by its stable, long-lasting Kailh-BOX switches: They all have an operating life cycle of at least 80 million keystrokes, while the design form protects the switch from dust and dirt. In addition, 14 especially durable PBT keycaps are included. Thanks to double-injection technology, these should offer long-lasting use without showing signs of wear.
    Sharkoon SKILLER SGK60

    TEAMGROUP offers up to 5200MHz T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5

    12 hours ago
    TEAMGROUP showcases its T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5 memory modules. The firm offers modules with frequencies of 4800MHz and 5200MHz. The first platform with DDR5 is Intel's soon-to-be-out Alder Lake-S.
    he global memory provider TEAMGROUP has announced the T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5 GAMING MEMORY. Designed for overclocking, the new RAM takes the design language of the sleek and compact DDR4 series even further. Its aluminum alloy heat spreader comes in a unibody design, created through a sophisticated stamping process. It features a gorgeous streamlined body and multi-angular design, outlining its one-of-a-kind visual aesthetics. With the highest-spec kit providing capacity of 2X32GB for dual channel mode and frequency of up to 5,200MHz, the T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5 will lead the new generation of overclocking memory with its beauty and performance.

    The T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5 GAMING MEMORY, debuted at the recent TEAMGROUP Online Launch Event 2021, has been highly anticipated by both gaming and overclocking enthusiasts worldwide. It uses a special thermal conducting silicone to strengthen the adhesion between the heat sink and memory, enhancing the cooling of the power management IC. The ingenious thermal design quickly dissipates heat from top to bottom, allowing the memory to maintain the optimal working temperature and provide more stable operation. It is available in frequencies of 4,800MHz and 5,200MHz and capacity options of single 16GB and 32GB sticks and dual-channel 2X16GB and 2X32GB kits, meeting the needs of a wide range of consumers seeking ultra-fast speeds. The VULCAN DDR5 GAMING MEMORY is fully tested for compatibility and reliability and will deliver incredible performance to gamers and overclocking enthusiasts around the world.

    At the forefront of the DDR5 generation, the T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5 GAMING MEMORY supports XMP 3.0 for One-Click Overclocking, Intel's latest memory profile technology. It is equipped with a power management IC and features on-die error correction code (ECC) for more reliable and efficient power usage, providing greater performance and more stable computing. Worthy of its namesake, the mighty VULCAN DDR5 will transform your desktop PC and take it to the next level.
    T-FORCE VULCAN DDR5

    Corsair sells LGA1700 upgrade kits for its watercoolers

    5 days ago
    Corsair announces LGA1700 mounting tools for its liquid coolers. Unlikely several other manufacturers, Corsair will not offer this kit for free. The firm charges $2.99 (2.99EUR) but does offer free shipping.
    ORSAIR® (NASDAQ: CRSR), a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced additional mounts for owners of its range of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers to support the new LGA 1700 CPU socket and Intel® Alder Lake processors.

    The new CORSAIR Intel LGA 1700 Retrofit Kit supports a wide range of currently shipping and past all-in-one CPU coolers, including the full award-winning ELITE CAPELLIX range, RGB PRO XT range, H100x, and more. Customers can order the kit from CORSAIR for just $2.99/€2.99/£1.99 and receive free shipping anywhere in the United States or Europe. The standoffs easily adapt the existing 115x/1200 bracket to be fully compatible with the new LGA 1700 bracket, ensuring owners are ready-to-go for the next generation of CPU performance.

    “We’re excited to offer these easy-to-use kits to help CORSAIR customers get ready for the new LGA 1700 socket,” said Aaron Neal, Director of DIY Product Marketing. “Given the sheer power and performance of Intel Alder Lake processors, CPU coolers are poised to play a critical role in PC builders’ new systems, and this kit makes that positioning possible.”

    In addition to offering the LGA 1700 bracket separately, CORSAIR CPU coolers with LGA 1700 support out-of-the-box are currently in production and will be available later this year. All future new CORSAIR CPU cooler launches will also support LGA 1700 out-of-the-box. For those who may no longer have all the necessary mounting hardware from their original purchase, a complete mounting kit for all CPU brackets, including LGA 1700, is also available.

    Availability and Pricing
    The CORSAIR Intel LGA 1700 Retrofit Kit and CORSAIR Complete CPU Bracket Kit are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore only in the United States and Europe. For availability in Asia and other regions, please reach out to your local resellers and distributors. For up-to-date availability information, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

    The CORSAIR LGA 1700 kit is available on the CORSAIR webstore for $2.99/€2.99/£1.99 with free shipping. The complete mounting kit is available for $14.99 on the CORSAIR webstore.
    Corsair LGA1700 kits

    The following Corsair coolers will support the LGA1700 kit:

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    iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler — White

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    iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H115i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H100i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler — White

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    iCUE H100i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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    iCUE H60i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series™ H115i RGB PLATINUM 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series™ H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series H100x High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

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    Hydro Series™ H60 (2018) 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 12GB expected in January

    6 days ago
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    VideoCardz reports NVIDIA has informed its board partners about an upcoming launch. According to the rumor, a GeForce RTX 3080 with GA102-220 GPU will hit the market around January 2022. The main difference versus the current SKU is the fact that the new version has 12GB GDDR6X memory, which is an additional 2GB. It's believed the 10GB version will be discontinued after the launch of the 12GB edition.
    The GA102-220 GPU is not expected to feature a change to CUDA core count, however, this has not yet been confirmed. An upgrade to 12GB memory will mean a requirement of a wider memory bus of 384-bit, increasing the maximum bandwidth in the process. However, this will depend on the memory speed, which has not been communicated to board partners yet. It is worth noting that the GA102-220 GPU has been first mentioned by @kopite7kimi just last week.
    Previously, it was already revealed that NVIDIA plans a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB memory.

    AMD Radeon RX 6600 hits the scene with prices starting at $329

    6 days ago
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    It's been a while since the last video card introduction but today AMD releases its Radeon RX 6600. At least on paper, this model is supposed to start at $329. It's pitched as an ideal card for Full HD gaming. The Radeon RX 6600 gives you 28 CUs with a 128-bit memory bus and 8GB GDDR6 memory. There's a 2044MHz Game Clock and up to 2491MHz Boost.
    MD (NASDAQ: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ RX 6600 graphics card, designed to provide visually stunning, high-refresh rate 1080p gaming experiences to the midrange market.

    The AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card leverages breakthrough AMD RDNA™ 2 architecture, the only gaming architecture that spans from desktop PCs, laptops and consoles to mobile devices and automotive infotainment systems. Offering 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8GB of GDDR6 memory, AMD Smart Access Memory™ technology and support for the Microsoft Windows 11 operating system, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is designed to bring next-generation desktop-level experiences to PC gamers. It also supports the AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution open-source spatial upscaling solution, which is designed to increase framerates in select titles while delivering high-resolution gaming experiences.

    The AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is designed with the needs of future-ready, high-performance 1080p gamers in mind. Capable of driving 100+ FPS in top AAA titles1, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card also offers up to 1.3X better performance-per-watt than the competition in select titles in 1080p at max settings.

    “The latest generation of games deliver massive leaps in life-like visuals that are driving more graphics performance to meet the demand for the best possible 1080p gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “To meet this demand, we’ve designed the Radeon RX 6600 to make these new breathtaking experiences available to more PC gamers, providing the performance of an enthusiast-class powerhouse in a midrange solution.”
    Below is an image of the GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 EAGLE 8G, this custom model uses WINDFORCE 3X cooling.

    GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 EAGLE 8G

    AMD Zen 4 will support PCIe 5.0 -- and 3D V-Cache Zen3 is slated for Q1 2022

    1 week ago
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    In a new video posted on the firm's YouTube channel, John Taylor, AMD Chief Marketing Officer, and Robert Hallock, Director of Technical Marketing, discuss the history of Ryzen. It's been five years since the first Ryzen processor, which was a gamechanger for AMD. Before Ryzen, AMD struggled to remain relevant in the CPU market and was slowly on its way to bankruptcy. But the firm managed to turn the tide by delivering better-than-expected products.

    Anyway, there are several interesting news tidbits. First up, AMD confirms the Zen 3 refresh with 3D V-Cache will be released in early 2022. These chips promise up to 15 percent higher gaming performance. In early 2022, AMD will also reveal a new laptop processor lineup.

    Secondly, AMD confirmed the AM5 processors will get PCI Express 5.0 support. Over the past couple of months, there were some rumors about AMD's Socket AM5 being limited to PCI Express 4.0. There's now official confirmation from AMD that these rumors were inaccurate.
    Interestingly, Hallock also responded to the rumors that AMD Zen4 “Raphael” would only support PCIe Gen4. This is a follow-up to leaked chipset diagrams that only listed Gen4 support. He confirmed that the AM5 platform will indeed support PCIe Gen5, just as the Intel 12th Gen Core series codenamed “Alder Lake” which launch next month. It is worth saying though that he did not say Zen4 “Raphael” or Ryzen 6000/7000 specifically.


    Via: VideoCardz

    Intel: ARC Alchemist will not have crypto mining restrictions

    1 week ago
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    While NVIDIA made at least some efforts to limit cryptocurrency mining on its gaming GPUs, this is not an action that's being considered by the firm's rivals. AMD has no intention to make its Radeon GPUs less attractive to gamers and now Intel confirmed in an interview with Gadgets 360 that it won't be doing this either.
    […] As far as like software lockouts and things of that nature, we’re not designing this product or building any features at this point that specifically target miners. As far as actions we’re taking to avoid or lock them out, it’s a product that will be in the market and people will be able to buy it. It’s not a priority for us. — Roger Chandler
    Interestingly, Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri also told Gadgets 360 that the firm can't guarantee good supply at launch. He pointed to high demand and a difficult market, a problem also faced by NVIDIA and AMD.

    Via: VideoCardz

    NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 496.13 WHQL is also out for Back 4 Blood

    1 week ago
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    New drivers from NVIDIA too. The firm uploaded the GeForce Game Ready 496.13 WHQL release over here. There are optimizations for Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered Trilogy and Baldur’s Gate 3, as well as bug fixes.
    This new Game Ready Driver provides support for Back 4 Blood, which utilizes NVIDIA DLSS to boost performance by up to 46% at 4K. In addition, this new Game Ready Driver offers support for the latest new titles and updates, including the launch of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy and Baldur’s Gate 3 which utilize NVIDIA DLSS, as well as DLSS updates to Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Chivalry 2. Additionally, this release provides optimal support for The Riftbreaker and Sword and Fairy 7.

    Fixes:
    • [GeForce RTX 3080]: The system does not boot with two Samsung Odyssey G70A 28" monitors are connected to the GPU. [3359697]
    • [GeForce GTX 960]: The primary monitor lost after resume from sleep or shutdown. [3340905]
    • [Windows 11]: The screen flashes once after switching to the discrete GPU-only mode in the NVIDIA Control Panel. [3330077]
    • [Multiple Apps][Ansel/Freestyle]: Depth of field filter shows blurry characters. [200749545]
    • [Notebook]: Vulkan test applications run on the integrated graphics processor instead of the discrete GPU. [200770322]

    AMD Adrenalin 21.10.2 hits the web for Back 4 Blood

    1 week ago
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    A new graphics driver from AMD. You can grab the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.10.2 release over here. This version has optimizations for Back 4 Blood and The Riftbreaker, plus it also contains bug fixes.
    Fixed Issues
  • Driver timeouts or black screens may be experienced while playing Assassin’s Creed® Origins on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 580 Graphics.
  • Some users may experience a game freeze when they attempt to launch Dota 2™ using OpenGL®.
  • Open Broadcaster Software™ may continue to run in the background after a user ends a recording session and closes the application.

    Known Issues
  • Some users may experience elevated memory consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.
  • In Radeon™ Software, the CPU Tuning feature may be missing for some users with AMD Processors such as Ryzen™ 9 5950X Processor.
  • AMD Radeon™ Software may crash or become unresponsive while playing some DirectX® 11 games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • Samsung mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM clocked at 7.2Gbps

    1 week ago
    Samsung announced it's now mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM chips. These DDR5 chips have a speed of 7.2Gbps.
    Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s smallest, 14-nanometer (nm), DRAM based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. Following the company’s shipment of the industry-first EUV DRAM in March of last year, Samsung has increased the number of EUV layers to five to deliver today’s finest, most advanced DRAM process for its DDR5 solutions.

    “We have led the DRAM market for nearly three decades by pioneering key patterning technology innovations,” said Jooyoung Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “Today, Samsung is setting another technology milestone with multi-layer EUV that has enabled extreme miniaturization at 14nm — a feat not possible with the conventional argon fluoride (ArF) process. Building on this advancement, we will continue to provide the most differentiated memory solutions by fully addressing the need for greater performance and capacity in the data-driven world of 5G, AI and the metaverse.” Samsung Starts Mass Production of Most Advanced 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM

    As DRAM continues to scale down the 10nm-range, EUV technology becomes increasingly important to improve patterning accuracy for higher performance and greater yields. By applying five EUV layers to its 14nm DRAM, Samsung has achieved the highest bit density while enhancing the overall wafer productivity by approximately 20%. Additionally, the 14nm process can help bring down power consumption by nearly 20% compared to the previous-generation DRAM node.

    Leveraging the latest DDR5 standard, Samsung’s 14nm DRAM will help unlock unprecedented speeds of up to 7.2 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is more than twice the DDR4 speed of up to 3.2Gbps.

    Samsung plans to expand its 14nm DDR5 portfolio to support data center, supercomputer and enterprise server applications. Also, Samsung expects to grow its 14nm DRAM chip density to 24Gb in better meeting the rapidly-growing data demands of global IT systems.
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