Bogdan Solca (Senior Tech Writer)
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior staff writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
Minisforum Neptune HN2673 mini PC with Intel i7-12650H CPU and Arc A730M dGPU now up for pre-orders
Minisforum's first ever mini PC model with a laptop-grade Intel Arc dGPU is now available for pre-orders starting at $649 for US customers (late July shipping) or €759 for EU customers (late June shipping).
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 5800HS and Nvidia RTX 3060 drops again to US$899.99
This model has not seen these low prices since last November. With the RTX 4060 models not impressing too much, heavily discounted RTX 3060 laptops like the Zephyrus G14 from 2 years ago seem to be a better deal right now.
SK Hynix starts mass production for 238-Layer 4D NAND memory, 20% faster PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs coming soon
The improved memory chips can deliver up to 50% increased transfer speeds over the previous 176-layer models. With speeds reaching 2.4 Gbps per chip, a PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD would be able to hit 14 GB/s read and write speeds.
Diablo IV, Cyberpunk 2077 and Spider-Man already run on macOS thanks to the new Game Porting Toolkit emulator
MacOS Sonoma beta appears to be running DX12 games with relative ease on the M1 and M2 processors via the Wine emulator included with the Game Porting Toolkit. Cyberpunk 2077 struggles on the M1 with Ultra settings, but the M2 processors can run Diablo IV, Hogwarts Legacy and Spider-Man at more than 30 fps.
Nvidia DLSS 3.1.13 SDK adds DLAA Performance Quality mode and mysterious Preset G
The new DLAA performance Quality mode would make it easier for game devs to integrate the AI-powered anti-aliasing algorithm as a selectable mode along with the various DLSS performance and quality modes.
Asus teases ExpertCenter PN65 mini PC with Intel Meteor Lake CPUs
Asus is first to present plans for an Intel Meteor Lake mini PC. The PN65 model is expected by the end of 2023 with upgraded DDR5-56000 RAM support and 28 W laptop-grade processors integrating faster Xe iGPUs.
Apple intros Game Porting Toolkit to make macOS more attractive for game developers
For decades, macOS has been regarded as the pariah of operating systems when it comes to gaming. Things are about to get a lot better for macOS as the upcoming Sonoma update is bringing a dedicated Game Mode along with a Game Porting Toolkit which should greatly streamline game coding on Apple's operating system.
XMG updated roadmap shows AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS Phoenix laptops scheduled for Q3 2023, but there is a catch
The APEX 15 / 17 models as well as a new 16-inch CORE laptop are scheduled to receive the AMD Phoenix treatment with a Ryzen 7 7840HS APU later this summer. However, even though the integrated Radeon 780M GPU is already good enough for 1080p gaming, XMG cannot eliminate the dGPU options.
Minisforum presents Mercury EM780 palm-size mini PC with AMD Ryzen Phoenix 7840U and dual-USB4 ports
The EM780 is among the smallest mini PCs made by Minisforum, but it can support up to a Ryzen 7 7840U with eight Zen 4 cores and an RDNA 3 Radeon 780M. Despite the tiny case, Minisforum even managed to add active coolers for the processor and the M.2 storage.
Minisforum teases mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX and Intel i9-13900HX processors
At its Computex 2023 booth, Minisforum is displaying motherboards that will be featured in high-end mini PCs launching towards the end of 2023. Both the Intel and the AMD models feature a PCIe 4.0 slot for a full-size GPU that can be connected via a riser cable.
Streamcom shows fanless PC case that dissipates 600+ W of heat from an i9-13900K + RTX 4080 system
The system on display at Computex '23 is drawing 660 W of power including the storage components. Streacom makes use of a new approach to cooling that combines traditional heat pipes with AIO closed loops, but does not require an active pump.
ASRock showcases first Wi-Fi 7 motherboards with 5 GbE LAN connector
The ASRock Z790 Nova WiFi7 and Z790 Riptide WiFi7 motherboards part of the premium Phantom Gaming lineup are Intel-only. Hopefully mobo makers will soon add Wi-Fi 7 for the AM5 platform from AMD.
Scientists build gate transistors out of wood
A group of scientists from Sweden managed to build T-shaped transistors out of balsa wood treated with a water-soluble polymer. Since this design only operates in the kilohertz range and can be shrunk to a few millimeters, it is not intended as a replacement for silicon-based semiconductors in the Angstrom era.
Intel could produce some of Nvidia's next gen GPUs
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang talks about a possible collaboration with Intel in an effort to diversify production venues and alleviate supply chain issues rising with the escalating tensions between the US, China and Taiwan.
TCL showcases 65-inch foldable inkjet printed OLED screen with 8K resolution
TCL integrates the latest inkjet printed OLED advancements in a foldable package that also acts as a multimedia table. The OLED screen comes with 8K resolution and is rated for at least 100,000 folds.
BOE demos impressive 110-inch 16K screen
Overall specs are not that impressive since it is a LED-based LCD, but the sheer size and the resolution are something else. Even up close, the human eye cannot really identify the pixels on BOE's demo prototype.
Intel Arc A750 8GB Limited Edition gaming GPU drops to US$199.99
Mostly on par with the RTX 3060 8 GB, even when it comes to image super sampling techniques and ray tracing, the Arc A750 8 GB LE represents the best budget option right now, seeing that the price difference between the two GPUs is bigger than US$100 with the latest Newegg discount.
Zotac to demo world's first mini PC with AirJet membrane-based compact coolers at Computex
One of the first devices to feature the revolutionary AirJet coolers from Frore will be showcased at Computex next week. Zotac's ZBOX PI430AJ Pico integrates two AirJet Mini compact coolers, allowing for a chassis that is only 22 mm thick.
Schenker refreshes the Vision 14 and Vision 16 / Pro thin and light laptops with Intel Raptor Lake-H and up to an RTX 4070
Even though Schenker is adding the more powerful i7-13700H CPU and dGPU options up to an RTX 4070 mobile GPU, the new M23 Vision models are still considered the world's thinnest and lightest in their performance and form-factor classes.
AI-accelerated ray tracing: Nvidia's real-time neural radiance caching for path tracing could soon debut in Cyberpunk 2077
Path tracing is significantly more taxing even on high-end RTX 4000 GPUs compared to traditional ray tracing methods. Nvidia's real-time neural radiance caching for path tracing is designed to solve the severe performance hit. This new AI-accelerated method has been in development for a couple of years now and the first implementation could soon be featured in the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion Phantom Liberty.
HP Victus gaming laptop with i5-13500H and RTX 4060 discounted to US$1,230
With the latest Memorial Day deals, HP is offering an RTX 4060-powered Victus for just over US$1,200. This is the 16.1-inch model with 1080p 144 Hz IPS screen, 16 GB DDR5-5200 RAM and 512 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.
Nvidia AIBs present the first mini-ITX RTX 4060 GPUs
Colorful, Inno3D, Gainward, Palit and Zotac have revealed their small form-factor RTX 4060 GPUs. The cards are at most 17 cm in length and occupy only two slots, making them ideal for mini-ITX HTPC / 1080p gaming builds.
AMD CTO: Hybrid cores are coming soon to Ryzen processors and generative AI will speed up chip design
CTO Mark Papermaster revealed at this year's ITF World event that AMD will soon introduce its own hybrid core technology with performance cores and efficiency cores similar to Intel's and Apple's implementations. This technology is to be featured on server-grade processors as well, and AMD will extensively use generative AI to improve energy efficiency along with core speeds.
Lenovo LOQ budget gaming laptop with Intel i5-13500H and Nvidia RTX 4060 now configurable for only US$1,328
This discounted configuration also includes 16 GB of DDR5-5200 RAM, 512 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage and a 15.6-inch IPS screen with 1080p resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate. As a bonus, Lenovo is throwing in a 3-month Xbox game pass.
Second gen ultra-wide QD-OLED monitors with glossy finish, 1440p resolution and 240 Hz rumored to launch in 2-3 months
One disadvantage of the current QD-OLED monitors is the matte finish that reduces the contrast and produces slightly raised blacks when hit by light sources. This problem is finally alleviated with the introduction of the glossy finish on the upcoming second generation QD-OLED gaming monitors.
AMD outlines plans to integrate AI XDNA IPUs across its entire processor portfolio
For now, only select mobile-grade processors will feature the AI XDNA IPUs. AMD is considering IPUs for desktop and server CPUs some time in the next three years, not before software support sees clear expansion.
Dell XPS 17 with Intel i9-13900H, Nvidia RTX 4070 / 4080 dGPU and 4x Thunderbolt 4 connectors is US$500 off
Although the discount to US$2,999 may still feel steep for an RTX 4070 laptop, the XPS 17 does include premium features like a 17-inch 4K touchscreen, quad-speaker setup and a sturdy chassis made of CNC machined aluminum and carbon fiber. This configuration also packs 32 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.
Japanese foundry Rapidus is making cutting edge 2 nm nodes with IBM, plans to compete with TSMC and Samsung by 2027
Japan is seeking to reclaim its former semiconductor production crown with the newly-created Rapidus foundry that is collaborating with IBM to create cutting edge 2 nm chips. The plan is to offer yields and efficiency comparable to TSMC and Samsung by 2027, then usher the angstrom era ahead of the big foundries.
Leaker claims Mortal Kombat 1 is the title of the next MK game launching this year
Even though Ed Boon and WB's CEO specifically mentioned that Mortal Kombat 12 would be the title of the next MK game, it looks like this is no longer the case. According to Twitter leak, the title has been changed to Mortal Kombat 1 and it will be launched this year for PS5, Xbox Series S/X, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Minisforum teases UM780 / 790 Pro mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 9 7040HS Phoenix APUs
The teaser image shows two USB4 ports and Chinese sources suggest that the UM780 model is powered by the R9 7840HS APU, while the UM790 Pro packs the R9 7940HS, both integrating the powerful Radeon 780M GPU with 12 RDNA 3 CUs.
Lenovo readies ThinkStation P3 Tiny thin workstations with up to an Intel i9-13900 and Nvidia T1000 8 GB
This year’s ThinkStation P3 Tiny refresh features the powerful Intel Raptor Lake processors with up to 65 W TDP. The systems support up to 64 GB DDR5-4800 RAM and 4 TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage. There is a wide array of ports, including an optional Thunderbolt 4 and up to 8 video outputs.
Newegg offers 10% discounts for AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X3D and 7900X3D processors
The higher-end Ryzen 9 7000X3D sales are certainly eclipsed by the Ryzen 7 7800X3D ones all over the world. Retailers like Newegg are now trying to entice AMD fans with 10% discounts on the more expensive models with 3D V-Cache.
Neo Semiconductor launches 3D X-DRAM, world's first 3D NAND-like RAM chips with 128 Gb capacity
Leveraging the mature 3D NAND processes that are used in today's most advanced SSD storage devices, Neo Semiconductor's 3D X-DRAM technology can offer 128 Gb capacity per chip, which is 8x the capacity of current DDR5 2D DRAM solutions.
AMD could entirely skip TSMC's 3 nm node for consumer processors according to leaked roadmap
Industry sources cited by DigiTimes claim that all the upcoming Zen 5 processors would be manufactured on TSMC’s 4 nm nodes, with the sole exception of the 2025 EPYC processors that will feature 3 nm silicon. Zen 6 is expected to jump directly to 2 nm.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 with Intel i5-1235U, 16 GB LPDDR5-4800 and 512 GB NVMe SSD is 61% off
The 2022 ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 configuration on sale is powered by Intel's Alder Lake i5-1235U CPU coupled with 16 GB LPDDR5-4800 RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD storage. The included 13.3-inch screen comes with a bright 2560 x 1600 IPS panel and the port selection includes 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Leak suggests GMK will first launch AMD R9 7940H mini PCs this May, Minisforum and Asus to follow suit shortly
According to the GMK's leaked slides, the first mini PCs powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 7840H and Ryzen 9 7940H APUs should launch in just a few weeks. The spec sheet shows that the Radeon 780M iGPU will benefit from LPDDR5x-7500 RAM in capacities of up to 256 GB. Minisforum, Morefine and Asus are also expected to launch similar configurations in June-July.
Cigent's latest SSDs come with AI-powered protection against ransomware attacks
The Ai microprocessors integrated with Cigent's new Secure SSD+ solutions employ machine learning algorithms to detect ransomware and remote attacks. Together with the Data Defense app, the SSDs can enable per-file multi-factor authentication and make entire partitions invisible or read-only.
LattePanda launches Sigma single-board computer with Intel Raptor Lake-P CPU, 2x Thunderbolt 4 and 2x 2.5 GbE
The new Sigma is probably the fastest SBC on the market, as it basically offers the performance of a mid-range laptop with even better connectivity. It comes equipped with an Intel i5-1340P CPU, 16 GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM, support for more than 12 TB of storage, 4x 4k video outputs, 2x Thunderbolt 4 and 2x 2.5 GbE NICs.
Arm rumored to produce its own reference chips, might compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek
The overhauled licensing business followed by the latest plans to produce proprietary reference chips are all part of Arm's efforts to increase profits and valuation for the upcoming IPO, not without raising serious concerns for the entire semiconductor industry.
Compal seeks to greatly improve thermal performance on gaming laptops with Veneno concept
By moving the mainboard and the cooling system on a separate module at the back of the laptop, Compal's Veneno concept could allow greater mobile GPU TGP ratings, providing performance closer to desktop-grade solutions.
Asus announces 2023 Zenbook S13 OLED as world's thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch ultrabook with Intel Raptor Lake-U
Thanks to the new “plasma ceramic aluminum” eco-friendly alloy used for the screen lid, the new Asus Zenbook S13 OLED is apparently the world's thinnest and lightest for a 13.3-inch ultrabook with Intel Raptor Lake-U processors. It can be equipped with up to an i7-1355U, 32 GB LPDDR5-6000 and 1 TB SSD, plus it features 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports.
HP refreshes Envy lineup with Intel Raptor Lake CPUs, 15.6-inch x360 is world's first laptop with IMAX Enhanced
The new 15.6-inch x360 is the highlight of this year's Envy lineup as it is the world's first laptop to feature the IMAX Enhanced certificate that goes hand in hand with the FHD OLED touchscreen. Intel's Raptor Lake options include the i5-1335U and i7-1355U models for the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, while the 17-incher also gets i5-13500H and i7-13700H options.
Acer introduces Predator Helios Neo 16 mid-range gaming laptops with Intel Raptor Lake-HX and Nvidia RTX 4000 dGPUs
The Neo version of the Acer Predator Helios 16 features up to an Intel i7-13700HX CPU, up to 32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage in RAID 0. Acer provides RTX 4050 / 4060 / 4070 dGPU options, as well as two IPS screen options with 1600p and 1200p resolution.
Acer announces Predator Triton 14 with new Mini-LED display option, Intel i7-13700H CPU and up to an RTX 4070 dGPU
New for the 2023 Triton models is a Mini-LED display option with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 250 Hz refresh rate. The latest Acer Predator Triton 14 packs an Intel i7-13700H processor with up to 32 GB LPDDR5-6000 RAM and up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, plus up to an RTX 4070 dGPU. This model also comes with a Thunderbolt connector and a miniSD card reader.
2021 Apple MacBook Air with M1 proccessor drops to US$799.99
Thanks to the unrivaled efficiency of the M1 processor, this laptop remains cool even in full load and the battery life can last up to 18 hours. Despite having only 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, all the native applications, including content creation suites provide excellent performance.
Nvidia's RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 gaming GPUs slip under MSRP
Select RTX 4090 and 4080 cards are now available with a US$50 discount at Newegg and Best Buy. Nvidia is also expected to slash prices on the RTX 4070 / Ti models in the coming weeks.
XMG reintroduces BIOS-based undervolting on laptops with Intel Raptor Lake-HX CPUs
After a 4-year hiatus, undervolting can again be safely performed on Intel's mobile CPUs. XMG is among the first to re-enable BIOS-based undervolting features for this year's NEO, PRO and KEY laptops.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 Gen 7 gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 6800H and Radeon RX 6800S now only US$1,349.99
This discounted model also packs 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage, a quality 16-inch IPS 2560 x 1600 165 Hz display, SD card reader and fingerprint sensor.
AMD RX 6950 XT 16 GB gaming GPU discounted down to US$609.99, RX 6800 XT 16 GB now only US$539.99
Nvidia launches the RTX 4070 with 12 GB VRAM, but AMD does not have the RX 7800 cards ready just yet. As a backup plan, Team Red is now lowering the prices on its high-end RDNA2 cards to match and even sink under the RTX 4070 pricing while offering 16 GB VRAM and a free game.
AMD launches Radeon Pro W7900 48 GB and Pro W7800 32 GB professional RDNA3 GPUs
The Pro W7900 model is based on the same Navi 31 chip equipping the RX 7900 XTX gaming cards, but it comes with 48 GB of GDDR6 ECC VRAM that really come in handy in AI-driven applications. On the other hand, the more affordable Pro W7800 solution offers only 32 GB VRAM and comes with a 256-bit memory bus, which could be indicative of a Navi 32 chip.
Six-screen a-X2P portable workstation packs 192-core AMD EPYC Genoa dual processor and 3 TB DDR5 RAM
The latest version of the a-X2P portable workstation from MediaWorkstations now supports AMD EPYC Genoa procesors with up to 192 Zen 4 cores and twice as many threads. It also features 3 TB of DDR5-4800 RAM, but users can further upgrade to 6 TB, and MediaWorkstations offers configurations with up to two professional GPUs.
Monoprice Dark Matter 32-inch QHD IPS gaming monitor now available for only US$239.99
This is excellent value for a 32-inch gaming monitor. It comes with a decent IPS panel capable of almost 100% sRGB reproduction and the contrast ratio is higher than average.
Lenovo starts selling 14-inch Slim 7i ultrabooks with Intel Raptor Lake-P processors
The i5-1340P Slim i7 is now available for US$1,180 with 16 GB LPDDR5-5200 RAM and 1 TB NVMe SSD, while the i7-1360P model with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD is priced at US$1,602. Both feature 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports and the new touchscreen option with 2880 x 1800 and 120 Hz.
Bitcoin whitepaper is hidden deep in Apple's macOS
The entire Bitcoin whitepaper can be accessed in pdf form through the Image Capture utility or directly opening it through a terminal command. It has been "a feature" since the 2018 Mojave update, but anonymous sources claim that it will soon be removed.
AMD slashes Ryzen 7000X/3D processor prices by up to 18%
AMD is not applying any price cuts for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, unfortunately, even though it is a bit slower overall compared to the new Ryzen 7 7800X3D in games. Nevertheless, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D sees a US$50 reduction, while the Ryzen 9 7950X slips under US$600, and the Ryzen 9 7900X receives the biggest price cut down to US$423.99.
Diablo IV endgame activities and systems revealed
The endgame loop will include a World Tier progressive difficulty system, a modified Paragon skill system, the Aspects of Power that can be applied to weapons, modifiable Nightmare dungeons with affixes, Helltide zones with hard monsters and big rewards, a Tree of Whispers bounty system plus PvP-enabled Fields of Hatred areas.
Amazon wants to create quantum networks with artificial diamonds
The goal is to create faster and more secure networks spanning wider areas with the aid of lab-grown diamonds. Amazon will work with De Beer's Element Six division to produce diamonds through a technique called chemical vapor deposition, which emulates the natural impurities forming around diamonds. These impurities can work as repeaters in a quantum network.
Beelink mini PC with AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS and 32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM is only US$585.65 on Amazon
The AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS integrates the Radeon 680M for light gaming and the 32 GB of RAM recommend this mini PC for content creation tasks. Additionally, the configuration includes a 500 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD and a USB4 connector for external graphics.
HP Envy x360 15.6-inch convertible with AMD Ryzen 7 5825U now available for US$740
This model also packs 8 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 512 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, 5 MP webcam with IR sensor, SD card reader and HP's rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen.
ASRock refreshes iBOX silent mini PCs with Intel Raptor Lake-UE processors and adds a USB4 port
The 2023 iBOX fanless mini PCs from ASRock pack Intel Raptor Lake CPU options like the i3-1315UE, i5-1345UE and i7-1365UE with Iris Xe iGPUs. Other highlights include a USB4 connector with DP 2.1 mode and dual 2.5 GbE NICs.
MetaVRain AI-powered 3D rendering chip is 1000x more powerful than current Nvidia GPUs
The chip may also use 26,400 times less energy and 180 times less VRAM and can be integrated in a portable device no larger than a smartphone. It is designed to simplify the conversion of 2D material into editable 3D models for the Metaverse.
Adlink readies Pocket AI palm-sized portable Nvidia GPU for AI applications
Portable AI accelerators could bring easy AI development to the masses if Adlink figures out a decent price. Adlink's Pocket AI portable accelerator is powered by Nvidia's RTX A500 professional GPU that is about as fast as an RTX 3050 laptop GPU and comes with 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM. This setup could represent a decent introduction to AI for beginners, but Adlink should consider more powerful options, if the concept indeed sees demand.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and Nvidia GTX 1650 dGPU gets discounted down to US$599.99
This model balances the somewhat lacking 8 GB of RAM and mediocre display with the addition of premium features like a fingerprint reader, microSD card reader and a solid chassis.
HP announces Omen Transcend 16 slim and light gaming laptops with mini-LED screens
The Transcend 16 models are HP's first gaming laptops to come with a mini-LED screen option. With the slimmer and lighter chassis, these models are limited to an RTX 4070 dGPU, while there is support for up to an i9-13900HX processor. Port selection includes dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Diablo IV could feature DirectStorage support, according to datamining findings
Dataminers discovered DirectStorage dll files together with DLSS references in the closed beta client. Since DLSS support was introduced for the open beta, there is hope that DirectStorage could be functional in the final version.
Lenovo presents refreshed Yoga 7i 14-inch and 16-inch convertibles with Intel Raptor Lake-P/U CPUs
This year's Yoga 7i convertibles are slimmer than the previous gen and feature Intel's latest Raptor Lake-P/U processors. The 14-inch models include two OLED touchscreen options, but the 16-inchers only feature LCD IPS options. Both variants pack dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors, microSD card reader and fingerprint sensor.
Lenovo announces 14-inch Yoga Slim 6 ultrabook with AMD Ryzen 7000U processors and USB4 connector
The 2023 Yoga Slim 6 ultrabook comes with three screen options including an FHD+ OLED and it is powered by AMD's latest Ryzen 7000U Phoenix mobile processors with fast RDNA 3 iGPUs. It also features a USB4 connector and an 180° hinge.
Dynabook refreshes its 14-inch Portégé X40L-K premium business ultrabooks with Intel Raptor Lake-P vPro CPUs
The 2023 Portégé X40L-K 14-inch models are not only faster thanks to the addition of Raptor Lake-P vPro CPUs, but also thinner and lighter. They feature up to an i7-1370P processor, up to 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, fingerprint reader and microSD card reader.
Minisforum launches Venus NAB6 mini PC with Intel i7-12650H CPU and dual 2.5 GbE connectors
This is Minisforum's first model with dual Ethernet ports. It also comes with a redesigned cooling system featuring active heatsink for the M.2 SSD and improved heatsink for the CPU and RAM. Additionally, the NAB6 is among the few mini PCs with 3x USB-C ports.
Arm plans major overhaul of its licensing business to increase profits
The Financial Times quotes industry insiders that report game changing moves from Arm scheduled for early 2024. With the IPO happening this year, Arm plans to increase profits by ditching the royalties charged per each SoC sold by chipmakers and instead charge the smartphone makers based on the value of each device.
Simply NUC Topaz 3 mini PCs with Intel Raptor Lake-P CPUs now available for pre-order
CPU options include the Intel Raptor Lake i5-1340P and i7-1360P models which can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 10 TB of storage. Port selection is quite robust and Simply NUC allows for some custom ports on the front panel.
MSI announces CreatorPro mobile workstations with up to an Nvidia 3500 Ada professional GPU and Intel Raptor Lake-H/X CPUs
The flagship X17 HX workstation packs an Intel i9-13980HX CPU, up to 128 GB DDR5 RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3500 Ada professional GPU, while the Z17 / 16 HX models offer touchscreens with RTX 3000 / 2000 Ada GPUs plus RTX Studio compatibility. Budget-oriented users can opt for the M16 model with up to an i7-13700H CPU and RTX 3000 Ada GPU.
Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition launches with ridiculous price and 4.3-slot profile
MSRP is set at US$1,649, but retail prices will most likely be jacked since this is a limited edition, so it may actually match an RTX 4090. The near-silent operation is certainly a nice feature, yet it clearly does not justify the extra US$500+ over a Founders Edition, especially with the added bulk.
Acer starts selling the Swift 14 premium ultrabook with i7-13700H and 2560 x 1600 touchscreen for US$1,399.99
This model integrates 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, as well as 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors, 1440p webcam and fingerprint sensor. Acer will also offer a more expensive version with 32 GB RAM, along with a more affordable version featuring an i5-13500H CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD.
AMD might soon release Ryzen 6000G and Ryzen 7000G desktop processors with powerful iGPUs
Documents leaked from Gigabyte reveal that AMD's AM5 platform supports Rembrandt and Phoenix processors in addition to the Raphael Ryzen 7000X released last year. This suggests that Team Red is preparing to update the Ryzen G-series with 6000G and 7000G models featuring the more powerful RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 iGPUs.
Lenovo plans to update the IdeaPad Duet 5 convertible with Intel Raptor Lake-U CPUs
The new CPU options include i3-1315U, i5-1335U, and i7-1355U without any Pentium entry-level models. The 4 GB RAM option also got ditched, leaving only 8 GB and 16 GB options. Otherwise, the design appears to be the same, with detachable keyboard and included stylus pen, plus a slightly larger 12.4-inch 2560 x 16000 touchscreen.
Schenker unveils KEY 17 Pro mobile workstation with Intel i9-13900HX and up to an RTX 4090 dGPU
Even though it is fairly light for a mobile workstation at 3.4 kg, Schenker's latest member of the KEY lineup packs powerful components that can easily replace large desktop powerhouses. At the heart of the new KEY 17 Pro lies Intel's Core i9-13900HX processor complemented by up to 64 GB DDR5-5200 and a triple M.2 storage solution, plus up to an RTX 4090 dGPU. Screen options include a 1440p 240 Hz and a 4K 144 Hz IPS.
AMD's Radeon 780M iGPU beats the Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q laptop dGPU in new Geekbench test
This Geekbench test was performed on a 2.7 GHz Radeon 780M integrated with the Ryzen 7 7840HS APU, but there also is a 2.8 GHz version on the Ryzen 9 7940H that could come close to an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti laptop dGPU.
OpenAI unleashes ChatGPT-4 with impressive new features
Apart from being smarter and more useful than ever before, ChatGPT-4 now has access to the Internet and can analyze up to 25,000 words in order to provide comprehensive solutions. Additionally, the chatbot can scan uploaded pictures and formulate solutions based on elements identified in images.
AMD Ryzen 5 7640U with six Zen 4 cores spotted on Geekbench, almost as fast as a Ryzen 9 6900HX
The R5 7640U APU is 25% faster than any previous gen AMD mobile processor in single-core tests, while for multi-core loads, it brings 60% improved performance over the Ryzen 5 6600U predecessor, and is just 15% slower than the Ryzen 9 6900HX.
Asus announces Tinker V SBC with RISC-V processor
The first RISC-V SBC from Asus comes with a Renesas RZ/Five single-core MPU, 1 GB DDR4 RAM, SD card reader, 16 GB eMMC and port selection including two microUSB connectors and dual-2.5 GbE NICs.
Dell Inspiron 16 with AMD Ryzen 7 5825U, 1 TB SSD and touchscreen is now US$749.99
The energy efficient AMD Ryzen 7 5825U is complemented by 16 GB DDR4-3200 RAM. Apart from the touchscreen with 1920 X 200 @60 Hz and wider color gamut, other outstanding features include an SD card reader and a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button.
Infinix 260 W GaN charger fully juices a phone battery in only 7.5 minutes
Infused with the proprietary All-Round FastCharge technology, Infinix's 260 W charger also comes with a wireless 110 W base that can fully charge smartphone batteries in 16 minutes. Infinix plans to release the charger with its next gen Note handheld later this year.
Simply NUC Chapel Rock mini PC lanches with Intel Alder Lake embedded vPro CPUs
Powered by Intel's 10-core / 12-thread 12th gen embedded solutions with vPro features, the new Chapel Rock mini PCs offer robust connectivity combined with business-grade security for Edge and IoT applications.
Windows 12 builds could soon be tested on a new Canary Channel for insiders
The test builds coming via the new Canary Channel include major changes to the Windows kernel plus new APIs and “longer-lead time” features, so Microsoft is clearly hinting at a Windows 11 successor launching in a few years.
ASRock announces Jupiter 600 mini PCs with desktop-grade 65 W Intel Alder Lake and Raptor Lake CPUs
The latest Jupiter H610 and B660 mini PCs from ASRock feature a compact 1 liter case that can accommodate 35 W T-series and 65 W desktop Core CPUs together with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a storage combo involving dual-NVMe SSD plus a SATA solution.
Intel GPU engineer leaks Panther Lake processor generation with Xe3-LPG GPUs
Beyond the Lunar Lake processors launching in 2024, Intel is apparently planning the 16th Core generation codenamed Panther Lake, at least according to the LinkedIn profile of an Intel GPU engineer. Panther Lake would also integrate the Xe3-LPG iGPUs that are the scaled-down versions of the Arc Celestial dGPUs.
Lenovo's GeekPro G5000 budget gaming laptops to feature 13th gen Intel i5 processors and up to an RTX 4060 dGPU
Lenovo also offers an RTX 4050 dGPU option with 95 W TGP, which, apparently is almost as fast as the 115 W RTX 4060, at least in 3DMark Time Spy. Additional specs include 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage and a 15.6-inch LCD display with 40p resolution and 165 Hz refresh rate.
MSI GP66 gaming laptop with RTX 3080 dGPU discounted down to US$1,599.99 at BestBuy
Other specs for the MSI GP66 model on sale include an Intel i7-11800H processor complemented by 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus a 240 Hz 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution.
YouTubers build a monster 43-inch gaming laptop
This wacky DIY project uses a 43-inch TV as its screen, and the computing power is provided via an Intel NUC 11 with i7-1165G7 processor and RTX 2060 dGPU that is hidden under the keyboard together with three high capacity batteries, which can sustain 260 W in full load.
MSI launches PRO DP10 13M slim mini PCs with Intel Raptor Lake-P CPUs
The new business-oriented PRO DP10 13M mini PCs can be equipped with up to an Intel i7-1360P CPU and up to 64 GB DDR4-3200, plus it features four video outputs, of which one is a Thunderbolt 4 connector.
Organoid intelligence could greatly boost AI processing power with human brain cells
The limited miniaturization of digital processors could soon constrain the available AI processing power. Scientists are now exploring alternative ways to boost AI processing speeds by combining human brain cells with digital computations.
Dual-GPUs still alive: Apple-exclusive RDNA 2 Radeon Pro W6800X Duo beats AMD's RDNA 3 RX 7900 XTX and Nvidia's RTX 4080
The Radeon Pro W6800X Duo is available as a US$5,000 upgrade for Apple's Mac pro 2019 workstations. It surprisingly supports Crossfire as well, so two of these cards can be paired together, which, in theory, could wipe the floor with the RTX 4090. Not a cost-effective solution by any means, however.
Arm-powered PlanetPC XR mini PC offers tons of ports and a stylish control touchscreen
The Rockchip processors are not particularly powerful, but what really sets the PlanetPC XR mini PCs apart are the robust port selection and the integrated color touchscreen that allows access to many system settings.
MediaTek rumored to integrate Nvidia AI GPU in upcoming flagship smartphone SoC
Given the previous collaboration between the two companies on Arm-based Chromebook processors paired with GeForce GPUs, this rumor is not really far-fetched. RTX 4000-like performance on a smartphone would be nice, but AMD and Samsung promised similar things with the Exynos 2200 SoC, and that turned out quite disappointing.
Mortal Kombat 12 confirmed to launch this year by Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav
Ed Boon tried to keep MK 12 under wraps as much as possible, but WB CEO David Zaslav needed to assure investors that 2023 is packed with blockbusters and spilled the beans too early during the recent Q4 2022 earnings call.
Fanless 65 W AMD Ryzen 9 7900 build performs almost on par with air-cooled 105 W Ryzen 9 5950X
Apart from featuring a lower TDP, the Ryzen 9 7900 also features 4 less cores, yet the performance is fairly close to the last gen top-of-the-line 105 W Ryzen 9 5950X. The 65 W power envelope on the Ryzen 9 7900 even allows it to be cooled with a passive solution, making it an excellent choice for the silent PC fans.
Gigagbyte's AORUS Gen5 10000 2 TB PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD pops up on Newegg for US$339.99
The first PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs could soon see availability, as Newegg lists the Gigabyte AORUS Gen5 10000 2 TB model for backorders at US$339.99. This price seems surprisingly reasonable considering it is not actually available in stock.
XMG refreshes PRO and FOCUS laptop lineups with Intel i9-13900HX CPUs and up to an RTX 4070 dGPU
Besides the updated processors and dGPUs, XMG also includes redesigned cooling solutions with more heat pipes and quieter fans, support for up to DDR5-5600 RAM modules and 240 Hz screens. The PRO lineup features slimmer chassis and more ports, while the FOCUS models remain more budget-oriented, yet offer similar performance to the PRO variants.
AMD execs detail AI-powered technologies that could be implemented in the upcoming RDNA 4 gaming GPUs
Instead of limiting AI-powered processing to image quality improvements, AMD wants to utilize the RDNA 4 inference cores to make games more fun and life-like with better moving characters and more complex pathfinding. Image rendering techniques involving 3D primitives and indirect lighting could also see benefits from the AI treatment.
Diablo IV open beta is coming this March
The regular open beta that can be accessed by everybody between March 24 - 26 will be preceded by a March 17 - 19 early access period reserved for those who pre-purchased a console or PC digital copy, as well as those who manage to get an early access code via social media giveaways.
Overclocked Nvidia mobile RTX 4090 GPU can beat even a desktop RTX 3090 Ti
Although the new mobile RTX 4090 GPU is still limited to 175 W TGP, it still manages to score slightly more points in 3DMar's Time Spy test over the 400+ W RTX 3090 Ti with a bit of tinkering. The generational leap in efficiency is quite astounding thanks to the jump from 8 nm to 4 nm transistors.
MSI Sword 15 laptop with Intel i7-12650H and RTX 3070 Ti dGPU drops to US$1,199 at BestBuy
Besides the RTX 3070 Ti dGPU, another excellent feature for this price point is the 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage solution. The 15.6-inch display is just decent with 1080p resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate.
Mechrevo is pre-selling laptops with AMD Ryzen 7 7735H APUs and RTX 4060 dGPUs for US$875
The 16 K gaming laptop from Mechrevo also packs 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD storage, a 16-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560 X 1600 resolution and 165 Hz refresh rate, plus an SD card reader.
AMD Adrenalin 23.2.1 GPU drivers discovered to improve RX 6000 ray tracing performance, but mostly in synthetic tests
The release notes for the latest AMD Adrenalin 23.2.1 drivers do not specifically mention ray tracing improvements for the RX 6000-series, but some Twitter users are reporting uplifts of almost 40% in 3DMark. These gains unfortunately do not seem to apply to any game that supports RT, with the exception of Doom Eternal.
Asus ROG Strix G18 featuring Intel’s i9-13980HX and Nvidia’s RTX 4080 dGPU blows competing laptops out of the water with unbeatable US$2,499.99 launch price
Even though it costs at least US$400 less compared to similar configurations from other competitors, the Asus ROG Strix G18 still offers the faster CPU and there are no compromises when it comes to performance, as it integrates the full-TGP RTX 4080 dGPU plus one of the best 18-inch IPS displays on the market.
XMG spreads the love with up to €900 Valentine's Day laptop discounts
The promotion will be running until February 24 on the Bestware site. Deal highlights include the 2022 XMG Neo 15 powered by AMD's Ryzen 6900HX processors and at least an Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti dGPU that start at just under €1,500, plus an XMG FOCUS 15 with Intel i7-12700H and RTX 3060 starting at €949.
Rare and expensive sighting: 35 W Raptor Lake-T desktop processors available now in the EU
It is not too often we get to see Intel's desktop-grade T-series on sale at retailers. Despite being underclocked versions of the unlocked K-series, the Raptor Lake-T models appear to be overpriced, at least in Germany.
HP starts selling budget laptops with AMD Mendocino processors
The new AMD Mendocino models from HP start at US$329.00 and feature 17, 15 and 14-inch form-factors, plus up to a Ryzen 5 7520U processor with Radeon 610M iGPU. RAM is limited to 8 GB LPDDR5, but the NVMe storage can be expanded up to 1 TB.
Unannounced Nvidia Ada-based mobile workstation GPUs get leaked in MSI driver
Four upcoming laptop-grade professional GPUs based on the Ada Lovelace architecture were spotted by LaptopVideo2Go in a recent MSI driver build. Top-of-the-line would be the RTX 5000 model that is rumored to be based on the same AD103 SKU as the RTX 4090 mobile.
Rare 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 card currently auctions for US$14,100 on Ebay
This legendary quad-GPU prototype that never saw commercial availability is said to be part of a later development batch that had most of the pre-production bugs ironed out. On top of that, the seller claims this card was reworked by 3dfx engineer Hank Semenec to stably support FSAA X8.
ASRock announces 4X4 BOX-7000/D5 mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 7030U processors and dual USB4 ports
Even though USB4 has been supported since last year on AMD's mobile platforms, not many devices feature this type of port. ASRock is adding not just one but two USB4 connectors on the new 4x4 BOX-7000/D5 mini PCs. AMD's Ryzen 7 7735U and Ryzen 5 7535U are offered as processor options and there is support for up to 64 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM.
Asus refreshes the budget Vivobook 13 Slate OLED-based convertible with Intel Alder Lake-N processors
The 2023 VivoBook 13 Slate comes with the same premium 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen from the 2021 model, but gets new Alder Lake-N options like the Intel N200 and Core i3-N300 processors, along with faster LPDDR5 memory, up to 512 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage and improved wireless connectivity.
NVIDIA RTX 4070 and RTX 4050/4060 laptop GPU die shots get leaked along with increased prices
Moore's Law Is Dead leaks AD106 and AD107 die shots complete with size and starting price estimates. The new chips appear to be significantly smaller than their previous gen counterparts, but this is to be expected from GPUs produced on TSMC's N4 nodes. Price points seem a bit too high, however.
Forspoken DirectStorage 1.1 tests reveal insignificant differences between PCIe 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 SSDs
A comparison between the latest PCIe 5.0 SSD solutions and the previous two generations in Forspoken's integrated DirectStorage benchmark shows that the loading time differences are negligible. Strangely enough, the PCIe 5.0 SSD also exhibits some FPS instabilities.
Intel's upcoming Xe 2 graphics architecture will focus only on iGPUs and discrete cards
Instead of modifying the Xe 2 architecture for the low power, gaming, datacenter and HPC market segments, Intel is planning to increase cost-efficiency and reduce segmentation, focusing only on integrated (LPG) and discrete (HPG) solutions.
Chatreey readies console-size G2 mini PC with Intel i9-12900H processor and RTX 3050 dGPU
Resembling a mini PS5, the Chatreey G2 can be configured with i7-12700H or i9-12900H processors and an RTX 3050 dGPU, plus up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 4 TB of storage. Prices range between US$687 and US$1,194.
Gigabyte's AORUS 17X gaming laptop with i9-13900HX CPU and RTX 4090 GPU now up for pre-orders on Amazon
The AORUS 17X can now be pre-ordered for US$3,899. The configuration includes a 17.3-inch 1440p display with 240 Hz refresh rate, Intel's i9-13900HX processor, an RTX 4090 GPU, 32 GB DDR5-5600 and 2 TB of SSD storage.
Acer rumored to become AMD AIB partner and launch Predator Radeon 7000 cards later this year
A new GPU AIB maker backed by Acer's expertise could prove beneficial for the market as a whole. However, rumor has it that the Predator cards will not feature any Nvidia GPUs any time soon, focusing only on intel and AMD models at first.
World's smallest RTX 4090 card: Alphacool's latest waterblock transforms the Nvidia beast into a compact 1-slot GPU
Turning the massive RTX 4090 GPU into a 1-slot compact card is easy with the Alphacool reference design enterprise-level waterblock with backplate. The compact design also reduces the card length by almost 50%, but it only works with INNO3D models.
Intel discontinues network switch business along with Pathfinder RISC-V program following grim Q4 2022 earnings
Q4 2022 brought an all-time second biggest quarterly loss of US$664 million for Intel and the YoY situation is bleak as well, forcing CEO Pet Gelsinger to axe a few more non-core businesses to save capital.
Samsung announces Odyssey Neo G7 43-inch 4K Mini-LED monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate
Samsung presents its first 43-inch gaming monitor with Mini-LED technology. The Odyssey Neo G7 integrates a 4K panel with 144 Hz refresh rate and is compatible with the FreeSync Premium Pro standard. It can double up as a TV with Smart Hub functionality and two 20 W speakers.
Cryptominers are selling used GPUs as new with repainted VRAM chips
Brazilian YouTuber Iskandar Souza and GPU repair specialist Paulo Gomes expose a new scheme involving used mining GPUs sold as new from Chinese online retailers. In order to hide the yellow tint on VRAM, cryptominers are now repainting the chips complete with realistic-looking serial numbers.
SK Hynix announces LPDDR5T mobile memory with 9.6 Gbps transfer speeds
By the second half of 2023, LPDDR5T will be the fastest mobile memory standard with transfer speeds of 9.6 Gbps per chip and 77 GB/s per 16 GB package. SK Hynix will mass produce this type of memory on its latest 10 nm nodes featuring High-K Metal Gate technology.
Watch out for misleading HDMI 2.1 port specs on some of the more expensive 2023 TV models
Thanks to a more lenient HDMI licensing administration policy, TV makers can now advertise HDMI 2.1 compatibility, even if some TV ports are actually HDMI 2.0 without 48 Gbps speeds. Only LG and Samsung offer 4x HDMI 2.1 ports on this year's OLED models, while other top brands like Sony and Panasonic are still limited to only two HDMI 2.1 ports.
Improper storage believed to be the number one suspect in the strange case involving 48 broken AMD Radeon RX 6800 / 6900 XT cards
AMD's latest Adrenalin drivers for the RX 6000 series were ruled out from the list of possible suspects after more than a week of testing with brand new GPUs. Digging even deeper into the root of the problem, the German GPU repair service discovered that most customers had no original invoices, having bought the defective cards at around the same time from online third parties.
Innovative laptop cooling system: Frore shows AirJet cooling chips with ultrathin profile and silent operation
The new AirJet chips integrate technology that is used to cool aircraft jet engines. Even though it is only 2.8 mm thick, one AirJet chip can be 10 times more efficient compared to conventional fan-based laptop cooling systems. Furthermore, these cooling chips are essentially silent at 21 dBA and also allow for a dustproof design.
AYANEO revises specs for the Next II handheld console, AMD Ryzen 7000 processor and laptop-grade dGPU now expected
AYANEO is ditching the Alder Lake or Ryzen 6000 processor options for the more advanced Ryzen 7000 chips with Zen 4 cores and RDNA3 iGPU. A discrete GPU will also be included, possibly from the Radeon RX 7000S series, and the handheld will feature a larger 8-inch+ screen.
Topton and Kingdel present fanless mini PCs with six 2.5 GbE ports and Alder Lake-U CPUs
This specialized mini PC can be configured to act as a firewall or router thanks to the inclusion of six 2.5 GbE cards. Despite a fanless design, these solutions also come with Alder Lake-U processors that can provide enough power for multimedia tasks.
SO-DIMM laptop RAM form-factor to soon be replaced with Dell-developed CAMM standard
JEDEC is looking to replace the venerable SO-DIMM standard with a new form-factor called CAMM that allows better scalability of up to 128 GB per module and increased data transfer speeds beyond DDR5-6400. Furthermore, CAMM would allow for thinner and lighter laptop chassis, as well as user-replaceable LPDDR modules.
Microcenter lists February 8 / 22 shipping date for some MSI gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX 4000 dGPUs
MSI's high-end Titan GT77HX packing the RTX 4090 and the Raider GE78HX with RTX 4090 or RTX 4080 are expected to ship on February 8. The Pulse and Katana models with RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 / RTX 4050, respectively will ship on February 22. Reports suggest that pre-orders should start February 1.
Intel's 2024 Lunar Lake processors to be specifically designed for ultrathin and light laptops
Lunar Lake is being developed in close collaboration with OS makers and laptop OEMs to power thin and light devices featuring all-day battery life and uncompromised 15 W TDP performance.
AMD Adrenalin 22.12.2 drivers significantly increase RX 7900 XT/XTX power efficiency for fps-capped games
ComputerBase tested AMD's Adrenalin 22.12.2 drivers to see if power efficiency has improved in any way. As mentioned in the driver notes, 4K video playback now draws less power, but it is still higher compared to RDNA 2 cards, or even RTX 4000-series cards. A pleasant surprise, though is the significantly reduced power draw for games running at fixed frame rates.
Imagination introduces IMG DXT mobile GPU with ray tracing scalable for all smartphone price points
With the introduction of the IMG DXT GPUs, Imagination wants to enable ray-traced graphics for all smartphone users, regardless of budget. The updated Photon ray tracing architecture can scale from half a ray acceleration cluster for entry-level mobile SoCs to a 4-cluster design for the premium handhelds.
Tens of AMD Radeon RX 6800 / 6900 GPUs die in mysterious circumstances, as reported by German GPU repair service
No less than 48 unrepairable RX 6800 / 6900 graphics cards popped up over the past 3 weeks at a German GPU repair service. All these cards were running on the latest Adrenalin driver, but the driver alone is probably not the culprit here, as some of the cards also exhibit a cracked GPU die.
Rumor: TSMC could cut 3 nm wafer prices to allow for orders from big clients like AMD and Nvidia
As of now, the only firm orders for 3 nm wafers received by TSMC come from Apple and Broadcom, while most of the other big clients are not thrilled about the high production costs. Industry sources are suggesting that TSMC could be looking to lower 3 nm wafer prices to attract orders from AMD and Nvidia, maybe even from Qualcomm and MediaTek.
Qualcomm and MediaTek might not release 3 nm SoCs this year due to high TSMC costs, insider sources claim
Apple is aiming to be the first to release 3 nm mobile processors later this year, despite the high production costs imposed by TSMC. Other SoC producers such as Qualcomm and MediaTek have not yet confirmed any 3 nm products for this year, and insider sources suggest that the increased manufacturing costs could prevent them to adopt 3 nm tech this year.
2023 OLED TV panels: LG's MLA technology versus Samsung's improved QD-OLED
LG is introducing the Micro Lens Array technology to boost peak brightness for its 2023 WRGB OLED panel, but is this enough to provide the edge over Samsung's latest improved QD-OLEDs?
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i 13-inch thin and light convertible packs dual 2.8K OLED touchscreens, Intel Raptor Lake-U processors and triple Thunderbolt 4 connectors
Lenovo is equipping the Yoga Book 9i thin and light convertibles with dual-13-inch 2.8K OLED touchscreens, up to an i7-1355U Intel Raptor Lake ULV processor, 16 GB LPDDR5X RAM, up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage and no less than three Thunderbolt 4 ports.
AMD introduces Instinct MI300 exascale APU combining Zen 4 EPYC cores with CDNA 3 GPGPU cores and up to 128 GB HBM3 memory
The next gen Instinct MI300 chips will be AMD's first 3D stacked APU design integrating up to 24 Zen 4 EPYC cores combined with CDNA 3 GPGPU cores and on-die HBM3 memory for a total of more than 146 billion transistors.
Asus presents TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition all-AMD laptop with Zen 4 APUs, unannounced RDNA 3 mobile dGPU and USB4 connector
The first all-AMD model from the Asus TUF Gaming lineup features a USB4 port - something that is currently offered only on a handful of premium models. An unannounced Radeon RX 7700S dGPU is also packed along with AMD's latest Zen 4 mobile APUs up to a Ryzen 9 7940HS. Display options include 2560 x 16000 240 Hz and 1920 x 1200 165 Hz IPS screens.
Asus announces PN64-E1 Intel Raptor Lake mini PCs with dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors and up to five video outs
With the introduction of the latest PN64-E1 mini PC models, Asus in finally adding Thunderbolt 4 support to its mini PC lineup. The new models integrate two Thunderbolt 4 ports and processor options could include up to an i7-13700H Raptor Lake mobile processor. Additionally, there is now support for dual M.2 PCIe 4.0 X4 storage and up to five video outputs via a configurable port.
Asus ROG Strix G17 (2023) gaming laptop launches with AMD Ryzen 7000 mobile processors and up to an Nvidia RTX 4070 mobile dGPU
Highlights for the 2023 ROG Strix G17 laptops include up to a 16-core / 32-thread AMD Zen4-based mobile processor, mid-range RTX 4000-series mobile dGPUs, and a 17.3-inch screen option with 1440p resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate.
Asus adds superior Mini LED screen option for the 2023 ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 along with AMD's latest Ryzen 7000 APUs and up to an Nvidia RTX 4090 dGPU
The most outstanding upgrade for this year's Zephyrus Duo 16 laptops is the Mini LED screen with superior black levels, 2560 x 1600 resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate. Asus also refreshed the configurations with AMD's latest Ryzen 7000 mobile processors and Nvidia GPUs up to an RTX 4090 mobile dGPU with 165 W TGP.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Slim 5i 14 / 16 lineup to feature a host of Intel Raptor Lake H-series, P-series and U-series CPUs
The processor options include five Raptor Lake-H models topping out with the i7-13700H, two P-series CPUs and three more ultra-low voltage U-series versions. All these can be coupled with LPDDR5 memory, and the 14-inch variants even get LPDDR5X support plus an OLED display option.
Lenovo introduces IdeaPad Slim 5 14 / 16 thin and light laptops with AMD Ryzen 7000U processors
Highlights for the AMD-powered 2023 IdeaPad Slim 5 laptops include three Barcelo-R processor options with Zen 3 cores and RX Vega graphics, up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, extended security features, miniSD card reader and an OLED screen option for the 14-inch variants.
SpinQ presents world's first portable quantum computers
The quantum computers offered by SpinQ are indeed remarkably smaller compared to the fastest models produced by IBM, but they are definitely not that easy to carry around, as weights vary between 14 and 44 kg, and pricing is still far away from consumer-level products. With only 2-qubit and 3-qubit processors, these systems are supposed to be educational solutions that introduce users to quantum programming.
AMD's flagship RX 7900 XTX GPUs discovered to integrate A0 silicon revision affected by serious hardware issues
The problematic A0 silicon revision was apparently the reason why AMD delayed the launch of the flagship RDNA 3 GPUs by almost a year. Despite this, AMD still launched the RX 7900 cards with this stepping that is exhibiting high GPU clock variability, power draw issues and disabled shader prefetch instructions.
RISC-V gears up for data centers: Ventana presents Veyron V1 scalable chiplets with up to 128 cores
Ventana is first to offer a RISC-V data center chiplet design that features up to 128 cores clocked at 3.6 GHz. Thanks to its cluster design, the new Veyron V1 processors can also be scaled for automotive, 5G, AI and client applications.
Dough announces imminent presale for 27-inch OLED gaming monitor with glossy finish and 240 Hz 1440p panel
Formerly known as Eve, Dough is readying a 27-inch gaming monitor with OLED panels from LG. However, instead of using the industry standard matte coating, Dough is adding a glossy finish that is usually featured on premium TV screens.
Radeon RX 7900 XTX plagued by strange bugs, AMD to work on driver improvements over the holidays
Reports from sources close to Moore's Law Is Dead suggest that AMD's driver team has been tasked with working on quick fixes for some of the bugs plaguing the 7900 XTX models. Hopefully the new drivers can fix the power draw issues and maybe even improve the underwhelming performance a little.
Minisforum announces Mars MC560 teleconference mini PC with 2.5K HDR webcam
With the new Mars lineup of mini PCs, Minisforum is looking to merge innovative features with the small form-factor. The MC560 model thus comes with a unique design that integrates business-like features, including a 2.5K HDR webcam plus dual speaker and dual microphone array for a complete teleconferencing experience.
Tecno announces MegaBook S1 thin and light premium 15.6-inch laptop with Intel Alder Lake i7 processor and 3.2K screen
The MegaBook S1 also features 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. This configuration is expected to cost US$1600. The 35 W i7 CPU could be the 12700HL SKU. No Thunderbolt 4 connector here, unfortunately, but there is a miniSD card reader.
PeakDo's handheld streaming console integrates 60 GHz mmWave tech with ultra-low latency
This handheld device does not integrate a processor or GPU, but it relies on 60 GHz mmWave technology to stream games directly from a more powerful PC or console with ultra-low latency, which should provide a more responsive experience compared to existing game streaming services.
ECC filings reveal ASRock mini PCs with AMD Zen 4 and Intel Raptor Lake support
ASRock's next gen DeskMini and DeskMeet mini PC models will include support for AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors via an X600 motherboard, while the Intel Raptor Lake processors will be supported through B760 motherboards. As always, there will be barebones and fully-configured versions.
Alienware's 18-inch gaming laptops to return in 2023
The high-end 18-inch laptops are making a comeback, as teased by Alienware in a tweet. These models will most likely be powered by Intel's i9-13900HX processors coupled with RTX 4080 Ti dGPUs plus copious amounts of RAM and storage. Hopefully a 240 Hz 18.4-inch OLED display could also be included.
Lenovo Legion 5i with Intel i7-12700H and RTX 3060 discounted down to US$1099
Besides the efficient 14-core i7-12700H and the 140 W RTX 3060 dGPU, the discounted Legion 5i offers 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage, a Thunderbolt 4 port and a 15.6-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and 165 Hz refresh rate.
Xiaomi to enter mini PC market with barebones fitting dual-slot dGPU and NUC-like models
The postponed launch of the Mi 13 smartphones was supposed to include Xiaomi's first two incursions in the mini PC sector. Leaks reveal that one of these appears to be a barebones kit that supports dual-slot dGPUs and is equipped with a 100 W custom PSU, while the other is the size of an Intel NUC and is powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 6800H.
BOE showcases world’s first 600 Hz laptop gaming display
The exact specs remain shrouded in mystery, yet, in theory, the 600 Hz refresh rate would require at least a DisplayPort 2.0 connection. Knowing that Nvidia is stuck with DP 1.4 on the RTX 4000 generation and, unless BOE provides a revolutionary stream compression technology, we might have to wait a few more years to see 600 Hz on laptops.
Lenovo stealthily adds AMD Mendocino APU options to its IdeaPad 1 budget laptops
Lenovo’s Product Specifications Reference site mentions quite a few 14-inch and 15-inch IdeaPad 1 SKUs that feature either an AMD Athlon Silver 7120U / Athlon Gold 7220U dual-core processor or a Ryzen 3 7320U / Ryzen 5 7520U quad-core APU. The Athlon models are limited to 8 GB of soldered LPDDR5-5500 RAM and 128 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage, while the Ryzen ones can get up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.
Apple M2 Max processor with 12 cores pops up on Geekbench, up to 20% faster than M1 Max
The Geekbench 5 database entry appears to feature an M2 Max engineering sample with 12 ARM cores that is 10% faster in single-core tests and 20% faster in multi-core tests compared to the M1 Max.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 with Intel i5-1240P now available for only US$1,091
One of the best 14-inchers on the market comes now with a massive 50%+ discount. It features Intel's i5-1240P processor, 16 GB of LPDDR5-5200 soldered RAM, 512 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage, 1080p webcam, fingerprint sensor and 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Samsung presents GDDR6W standard with doubled capacity over GDDR6X and bandwidth that almost matches HBM2E
Thanks to the new FOWLP production process, the GDDR6W dies have the same size as the GDDR6X ones, but come with 32 Gb capacity instead of 16 Gb and the I/O pin count is also doubled. System-level bandwidth can reach 1.4 TB/s with 512 I/O pins, while HBM2E offers 1.6 TB/s through 4096 pins, making Samsung's new memory standard considerably more efficient.
Samsung adds Nvidia, Qualcomm and IBM to its 3 nm customer list, despite abysmal yields
To improve the 3 nm yields that are barely reaching 20%, Samsung started working with US-based company Silicon Frontline Technology that specializes in electrostatic discharge prevention methods. Samsung is also developing a second generation 3 nm node, but it is unclear which stepping will be utilized by Nvidia, IBM and Qualcomm.
Minisforum starts pre-selling the NAD9 mini PC with Intel i9-12900H processor for US$569 and up
Besides the powerful i9-12900H laptop CPU, the NAD9 supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD plus two 2.5-inch SATA3 drives. The barebones version with no RAM and storage is priced at US$569, but Minisforum offers three additional configurations with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB storage.
Get the MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600 8GB for only US$190
At US$189.99, AMD's Radeon RX 6600 cards offer the best bang for the buck, as they crush the similarly-priced Nvidia competitors, plus they come bundled with two free games.
Qualcomm unveils Oryon Arm-based custom CPU cores coming to mobile PCs in 2023
The Oryon CPU core will be compatible with the Snapdragon platform, so it should be powering Qualcomm's upcoming Windows on Arm devices, but the technology can also be scaled for smartphones, AI-assisted driving, VR/AR and networking devices.
Get up to €600 discounts on select XMG / Schenker systems with Bestware's Black Friday promotion
Bestware’s Black Friday campaign kicks off on November 23 at 10 AM CET and lasts until November 30 10 AM CET. There are many great deals for XMG gaming laptops with optional liquid cooling unit and the Schenker slim and light notebooks, plus Bestware also offers discounts for select desktop PCs and VR headsets.
Intel Foundry Services President Randhir Thakur resigns
During his tenure, Thakur managed to acquire Tower Semiconductor, as well as sign MediaTek and the US Department of Defense as prominent customers for the Intel Foundry Services. A disagreement with CEO Pat Gelsinger regarding the future role of Tower Semiconductor is allegedly linked to Thakur's resignation.
Acer Aspire 3 budget laptops with AMD Mendocino Zen 2 APUs and RDNA 2 iGPUs available now for under US$400
Acer is among the first OEMs to ready budget laptops powered by the Mendocino processor lineup from AMD. The new Aspire 3 models are fairly affordable and feature Ryzen 3 7320U or Ryzen 5 7520U APUs with integrated RDNA 2 Radeon 610M graphics, a 15.6-inch screen, 8 GB LPDDR5 and 128 GB NVMe SSD storage.
Two AMD Threadripper 7000 "Storm Peak" engineering samples with 96 cores and 192 threads pop up online
The engineering samples are mentioned in the [email protected] database, which also includes OPN codes that suggest base frequencies of 2 GHz and 2.1 GHz. Judging by the number of cores and threads, the upcoming top-of-the-line Threadripper 7000 could have similar specs to AMD's EPYC 9654 server processors.
US initiates 12-week test program for digital dollar tokens
In the aftermath of the FTX collapse, the US decided to start testing a CBDC digital dollar for the next 12 weeks. This trial program is initiated by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is intended to assess the feasibility of a blockchain-based network for settling liabilities between 9 other enrolled banks.
MediaTek reiterates plans to develop high-performance Kompanio SoCs for Windows on Arm laptops
The energy efficient Kompanio SoCs designed for Chromebooks and tablets proved to be profitable and MediaTek is now looking to scale these for high-power Windows on Arm applications. From what company executives are suggesting, MediaTek might choose to design the processing and graphics cores in house, similarly to what Apple is doing with the M processors.
Specs for five Intel Raptor Lake-HX mobile CPUs leak out
Other than the previously leaked i9-13900HX and i7-13700HX, the upcoming Raptor Lake-HX mobile processor lineup would also include the i7-13650HX as well as the i5-13500HX and i5-13450HX. Apparently, only the i9 and i5 models bring meaningful upgrades compared to the existing Alder Lake-HX models, and DDR5-5600 support is reserved for the higher end models.
IBM announces 433-qubit quantum processor, Bosch taps IBM's quantum computers in search for alternative EV metals
IBM is checking the box for the 2022 QPU scaling roadmap with the 433-qubit "Osprey" model. Next year, the company is set to triple the qubit count with a "Condor" model. The processing power of such QPUs is already being put to good use by companies like Bosch, which seeks to produce sustainable alternatives for low-supply metals and rare-earth elements needed for EV motors.
Next gen Razer Blade 18 specs leak out along with impressive Geekbench scores for Intel's i9-13900HX mobile CPU
The Geekbench results are impressive, no doubt, but what is also interesting to point out is the return of the 18-inch chassis. This form-factor was essentially abandoned back in 2012, but it looks like it is now needed again in order to accommodate proper cooling solutions for the upcoming i9-13900HX beasts.
Reports estimate that Arm-based laptop market share is to increase in coming years, could reach 13.9% in 2023
The 2023 predictions are based mostly on Apple's success with the M-powered MacBooks, and, to a lesser extent, on the considerable performance uplift seen by Windows-on-Arm systems sporting Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. Chromebooks would also play a part, but not that significant.
Intel launches NUC 13 Extreme Raptor Canyon mini PC kits with up to a desktop-grade i9-13900K CPU for US$1549
The improved compute element boards can now host desktop-grade Raptor Lake CPUs like the i5-13600K, i7-13700K or i9-13900K coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM plus up to 3x PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. Two Thunderbolt 4 connectors are also offered, and the barebone kits cost up to US$1549, but Intel also offers RAM, storage and OS options for up to and additional US$1100.
Nvidia starts selling rebranded A100 data center GPUs in China, bypasses US export bans
Nvidia was supposed to sell compute GPUs worth US$400 million on the Chinese market last quarter, but the US economic restrictions prevented the profit realization. Under these circumstances, Team Green is now forced to commercialize the original A100 under an A800 rebrand for the Chinese data center market. Something similar could happen to the H100 models.
AMD's RX 7900 XTX is 10% slower on average versus RTX 4090 according to extrapolated preliminary graphs
The performance metrics presented by AMD during the official launch appeared a bit cryptic, but Linus and twitter user Lock Gamer extrapolated the AMD estimates with actual RTX 4090 results and it looks like the RX 7900 XTX is only 10% slower than Nvidia's top dog. Not too shabby when we also factor in the 60% lower prices for the AMD card.
Moore Threads introduces Chunxiao gaming and datacenter GPUs with Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti performance levels
The new Chunxiao GPU is set to power an MTT S80 gaming card along with 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, as well as an MTT S3000 datacenter card with 32 GB of VRAM. Raw performance levels are estimated to match Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti and Moore Threads promises support for at least 40 of the most popular games in China, including Crossfire, CoD MW3, Diablo 3 etc. AV1 8K coding and decoding support is also a prominent feature.
Leaked AMD RDNA 3 Navi 31 die shot confirms first ever GPU chiplet design hours before the official announcement
The chiplet area is estimated to measure around 533 mm², whereas the entire package would be 2612 mm². Each of the six MCDs come with some amount of Infinity Cache, but the exact specs will be unveiled later today.
SiFive launches Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V energy efficient processors
With the release of the P670 and P470 RISC-V processors, SiFive plans to deliver competitive alternatives to legacy technologies for the wearables, smart home and AR/VR markets. The new processors are touted to bring considerable performance boosts over ARM's Cortex cores.
Micron introduces 1-beta as world's most advanced DRAM production node, readies LPDDR5X-8500 16 Gb memory chips
The new 1-beta nodes bring 15% improvements for power efficiency and a 35% increase in capacity over last year's 1-alpha technology. Micron is already shipping LPDDR5X-8500 qualification samples to select smartphone manufacturers.
Intel's i7-1260P mobile CPU surprisingly beats an i9-12900HX in Thunderbolt 4 tests conducted with external RTX 4090
The Thunderbolt 4 connector shows its age as it gets tested with an external RTX 4090 GPU. This was not immediately apparent with previous GPU generations, but the RTX 4000 bandwidth capacities clearly give TB4 a hard time. Additionally, it looks like the TB4 implementation on Intel's top-tier mobile CPU is unexpectedly lacking.
Intel Gen 14 Meteor Lake tapes out this Q4, Granite Rapids already out of fab, Sierra Forest efficiency CPUs in 2024
During the latest earnings call, CEO Pat Gelsinger provided more details on upcoming processor families, including Gen 14 Meteor Lake that is scheduled to enter production stepping some time this Q4, while the server-grade Granite Rapids is already "out of fab" and Emerald Rapids is on track for 2023.
Nvidia instructs AIB partners to send RTX 4090 cards affected by power connector issues directly to headquarters
Nvidia needs to analyze all the affected RTX 4090 cards in order to issue a full statement regarding the faulty power connectors, so the company notified all AIB partners to send relevant hardware directly to the Santa Clara HQ.
Schenker launches Vision 16 and Vision 16 Pro ultrabooks with world's lightest chassis
Schenker's slim Vision 16 models feature the world's lightest AZ91D magnesium alloy chassis weighing 1.45 - 1.6 kg. Powered by Intel's Core i7-12700H processor, the 16-inch ultrabooks come with 2560 x 1600 screens, up to an RTX 3080 dGPU and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
AMD estimates that CXL technology with improved storage performance could come to consumer platforms in 3 - 5 years
Intel's Sapphire Rapids and AMD's EPYC Genoa processors are the first server-grade models to include Compute eXpress Link support, which should also come to desktops and laptops by 2025 at the soonest, according to estimates recently released by Team Red.
Minisforum announces UM690 mini PC with AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and USB4 connector
The UM690 is the first Minisforum model to feature a mobile AMD Ryzen 6000 processor. It supports up to 64 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and if the integrated Radeon 680M is not cutting it, users can add a powerful external GPU via the included USB4 connector.
Microsoft readies Windows on Arm dev kits with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC for US$599
The new Windows on Arm dev kits cost more than double compared to the previous versions, but these mini PCs are still the most affordable Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 devices out there, and the specs are not shabby either, with 32 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD.
KIOXIA demos Silicon Motion SM8366 PCIe 5.0 SSD controller with 13.6 GB/s read speeds and 3.4 million random IOPS
Thanks to 16 NAND channels with 2400 MT/s bandwidth, the SM8366 PCIe 5.0 controller from Silicon Motion can provide sequential read / write speeds of up to 14 GB/s plus an impressive 3.4 million random IOPS throughput.
Danish scientists achieve 1.84 Petabit per second data transfer over single fiber optics cable
The entire Internet's bandwidth almost twice over was squeezed through a single fiber optics cable with the aid of a revolutionary photonic chip that splits a laser beam into different colors.
Pictures of alleged 900 W RTX 4000 Titan quad-slot GPU cooler surface online
Team Green seemingly produced quite a few of the bulky quad-slot coolers, as one picture suggests. Good thing these will most likely not be commercialized, since the Titan lineup is said to be dead.
Intel Arc A770 beats Nvidia RTX 4090 in AV1 8K decoding test
Besides revealing the advantages of the Intel Arc A770, the AV1 8K decoding test performed through the CapFrameX tool also exposes some unexpected optimization problems with the Nvidia RTX 4090, as well as some perplexingly low scores coming from AMD's RX 6800 XT card.
Lenovo showcases ThinkPad laptop with rollable screen
While the ThinkPad X1 already features a decent folding screen, Lenovo is willing to explore other flexible panel solutions such as the rollable display alternative that is perhaps more aesthetically pleasing, although could prove more expensive to implement at first.
Analyst suggests Apple could release its first foldable in iPad form by 2024
The first foldable Apple device would be an iPad rather than an iPhone. Market analyst Ben Wood believes that foldable phones would be detrimental for the current premium iPhone lineup. Apple may look to test the waters with a foldable iPad first.
Microsoft to soon introduce DirectStorage 1.1 with GPU decompression for even faster game loading times
DirectStorage 1.0 did not seem to improve load times in a meaningful way, but the 1.1 version is introducing GPU decompression that completely relieves the CPU of any game asset decompression tasks and speeds up game load times by an additional 3x.
Nvidia looking to solve limited GPU availability issues via “Verified Priority Access” program
The limited stock issues associated with flagship GPU launches could become a thing of the past with Nvidia's new "Verified Priority Access" program that offers GeForce Experience users a chance to order an RTX 4090 Founder Edition without worrying about retailer stocks.
AMD's RX 7900 XT cards allegedly support unannounced DisplayPort 2.1 connectors
8K displays are barely a thing right now, and 16K is clearly far away, but there is no doubt that the DisplayPort 1.4 standard is not enough for full chroma resolution, especially on ultra-wide monitors. While Nvidia seems reluctant to make the jump to DP 2.0, AMD is now rumored to introduce unannounced DP 2.1 connectors on the upcoming Radeon RX 7000 series.
Nvidia reportedly preparing RTX 4090 Ti cards with up to 20% increased performance over the RTX 4090
If you thought RTX 4090 was too overpowered, wait until Nvidia launches the 4090 Ti models with the best binned AD102 dies. These beasts would get even more CUDA cores, up to 2.95 GHz boost core clock out of the box, 24 Gbps GDDR6X VRAM and 475 W TGP. Could probably cost an arm and a leg, too.
Intel demos “Horse Creek” developer board with SiFive RISC-V CPU, DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 slot
The Horse Creek board features a SoC with 4x SiFive P550 cores manufactured on the Intel 4 production nodes. Intel integrated 8 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM as well as a PCIe 5.0 X8 slot, plus an SD card reader and many debugging interfaces.
Intel presents NUC 13 Extreme “Raptor Canyon” mini PC with 3-slot video card support
With a 13.9 L case, the NUC 13 Extreme is larger than most builds that support a desktop-grade GPU. Intel decided to provide even more room so that users can fit a 3-slot GPU, plus improve airflow. The "Raptor Canyon" will support up to i9 K desktop processors with up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM and Intel is expected to unveil the full specs in two weeks.
Budget-oriented Fydetab Duo convertible with ARM-based processor coming soon
Offered by the FydeOS developing team, the 12.35-inch FydeTab Duo convertible will be equipped with a Rockchip 3588S ARM-based SoC complemented by 8 GB of LPDDR4X and up to 128 GB eMMC storage. It is scheduled to soon go up for pre-orders via a crowdfunding campaign.
Slimmest and lightest 16-inchers around: Acer launches Swift Edge laptops with AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 processors and OLEDs
The latest business-oriented Swift Edge models sport ultra-slim magnesium-aluminum chassis with 0.51-inch profile and 2.58 lbs weight, making them the world's thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptops with 4K OLED screens. Extra security is provided via AMD's Ryzen Pro 6000 processors, along with Microsoft's Pluton chip, a fingerprint sensor and an IR 1080p webcam.
Samsung announces 36 Gbps GDDR7 memory standard, aims to release V-NAND storage solutions with 1000 layers by 2030
The new 36 Gbps GDDR7 standard offers 50% improved speeds over the current 24 Gbps GDDR6X one from Micron. Peak GDDR7 bandwidth could reach 1.7 TB/s with a 384-bit bus. Samsung also plans to release 32 Gb DDR5 chips this year, and envisions a future where 1000-layer V-NAND storage could be possible by 2030.
Qualcomm could soon launch a Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 SoC with improved tri-cluster design
A new premium mid-range Snapdragon 7 SoC is reportedly being tested by Qualcomm. Its prime and performance cores are running at 2.4+ GHz and Qualcomm could be looking to release it on TSMC's 4 nm node to match the speed of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
New spec details and pricing for the first RISC-V laptops revealed by Alibaba
The new Roma laptops with RISC-V technology are powered by an Alibaba T-Head TH1520 quad-core SoC with integrated NPU and Imagination Technologies GPU. Prices start at US$1499 and Alibaba is offering three distinct packages that include additional gifts like wireless controllers, headphones, speakers and smartwatches.
XMG's Apex 15 MAX laptops are world's first to support the AMD R7 5800X3D desktop-grade processor with 3D V-Cache
Thanks to the latest 1.07.09A01 BIOS version with AGESA 18.104.22.168 update, the XMG Apex 15 MAX can now be equipped with a desktop-grade Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor that is faster than top-of-the-line models like the R9 5950X or Intel's Core i9-12900K in most games.
Unannounced gamer-oriented Lenovo Chromebook based on the IdeaPad 5i models surfaces online with Core i5-1235U CPU
Some of the specs like the 16-inch QHD screen with 120 Hz refresh rate and the entire port selection come from the IdeaPad 5i Chromebook launched a month ago. Gamer-oriented specs include an RGB keyboard, a distinctive design on the aluminum lid, quad-speakers and a Core i5-1235U processor. The missing dGPU suggests this would be a game streaming system.
Google to sunset Stadia game streaming service by January 2023
The game streaming service will be discontinued effective January 18, 2023, but Google is at least looking to complete refunds for all hardware purchases from the Google Store, as well as game and add-on purchases from the Stadia store by mid-January.
AMD announces Ryzen Embedded V3000 processors with Zen 3 cores and support for DDR5-4800 RAM
Besides the DDR5-4800 support, the V3000 lineup offers support for up to two USB4 connectors and 20x PCIe 4.0 lanes, but does not integrate a GPU. Tanks to the addition of Zen 3 cores, the new energy efficient processors from AMD offer 124% increased performance over the V2000 series.
ASRock refreshes Mars slim mini PCs with Intel Alder Lake-U processors, adds Thunderbolt 4 connector
CPU options include the 15 W i5-1235U, i3-1215U and Celeron 7305 models from Intel. The Mars ADL mini PCs feature a Thunderbolt 4 connector and an SD card reader, as well as a proprietary cooling system that allows these processors to run at boost clocks in 55 W mode for a longer period.
AMD's RX 6800 XT could match an Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti thanks to new Hydra Radeon Monster Profile GPU OC tool
RMP is developed by 1usmus, the creator of the Clock Tuner for Ryzen and more recently the upgraded Hydra OC tool. Through a unique combination of GDDR undervolting and core overclocking, RMP promises consistent performance gains that would see an RX 6800 XT match Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti, but a hefty non-reference cooling solution is also needed.
Intel i9-13900K to cost US$40 less than AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X, as revealed by leaked Newegg pre-order prices
The US$659.99 i9-13900K may be the first flagship CPU to launch with a lower MSRP compared to AMD's direct competitor. This does not apply to the i5-13600K and i7-13700K models, however, as they appear to be a bit more expensive than AMD's counterparts.
OUKITEL P2001 portable power station delivers sustainable power for camping activities and home appliances
Packing a 2000 Wh capacity (4000 Wh peak), the P2001 portable power generator from OUKITEL is ideal for off-grid camping activities, plus it doubles as a reliable home backup power supply during outages. (Sponsored article)
AMD slashes Radeon RX 6000 GPU prices by up to 30%
The generous discounts come in preparation for the next gen RDNA 3 launch and are most likely influenced by the ETH PoS transition, as well. AMD touts the superior performance per Watt of the RDNA 2 cards over Nvidia's RTX 3000 solutions.
One-Netbook teases affordable ONEXFLY handheld console with AMD Mendocino APU
The competition on the budget-oriented handheld console is about to heat up as One-Netbook is preparing to launch a 6-inch screen model powered by AMD's Mendocino APUs with Zen 2 cores and RDNA2 iGPU.
MSI announces SPATIUM M570 PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD with up to 12 GB/s sequential read speeds
The new models are among the first to feature the latest NVMe 2.0 specs and come with 1 / 2 / 4 TB capacities. A special aluminum heatsink is provided to cool the Phison E26 controller. Top sequential read speeds can reach 12.3 GB/s, while write speeds go up to 10.1 GB/s.
AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X shows improved performance with new BIOS version, crushes competition in SiSoft Sandra review
The latest BIOS version offers a slight bump for the already stellar performance recorded in Geekbench 5 and SiSoft Sandra. Raptor Lake had better be prepared.
Asus PN53 mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 6000H get leaked
The PN52 successor that launched earlier this year could arrive sooner than expected with processor options that include the Ryzen 5 6600H, Ryzen 7 6800H and Ryzen 9 6900HX, which integrate RDNA2 iGPUs. The USB4 connector is apparently missing from the port selection. There will be barebones models starting at €657, as well as variants pre-configured with RAM and storage starting at €850.
LG launches a Best Buy exclusive 17-inch Ultra PC laptop along with the 16-inch version for the U.S. market
The 16-inch model appears to be the same as the European one powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U APU along with 16 GB LPDDR4 and up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage. For the Best Buy exclusive 17-inch model, LG is offering an Intel Core i7-1260P processor coupled with an RTX 3050 Ti DGPU and 16 GB DDR5 RAM plus 512 GB PCIe 4.0 storage.
Intel Arc A770 desktop GPU can be overclocked from 2.1 to 2.7 GHz with just 3 W over default TBP
Intel Fellow Tom Petersen revealed in a HotHardware Q&A session that the Arc A770 flagship desktop GPU can be overclocked from 2.1 to 2.7 GHz on air with relative ease, and AIB partner custom models could get an even higher OC potential. The more powerful spec only required 3 more W over the default 225 W TBP.
SiFive announces three RISC-V automotive processors
The new E6-A, S7-A and X280-A RISC-V-based processors will be utilized by car component manufacturers like Renesas and Siemens to power safety-critical compute applications along with sensor arrays, AI-assisted driving systems and IC components used by HUDs or electrification pathways.
Ethereum completes PoS merge, but GPU-based ETH mining is not dead yet
With the recently completed Ethereum PoS merge, the coin would effectively become unmineable via GPUs some time in 2023. However, an immediate GPU dump is unlikely, as new PoW alternatives including Ethereum Classic or the newly-created EthereumPOW hard fork still see considerable support from certain large GPU mining players.
Intel showcases next gen Thunderbolt connection with 80 Gbps bandwidth
The USB4 2.0 specs may have been approved a few weeks ago, but Intel is already demoing working Thunderbolt connectors with 80 Gbps bandwidth.
MSI card with Intel Arc A380 desktop GPU spotted in China, beats Nvidia's GTX 1650 in synthetic tests
The Arc A380 beats Nvidia's GTX 1650 in 3DMark tests, and provides good video encoding / decoding capabilities, but does not seem to be specifically designed for gaming, as it is slower in titles such as Final Fantasy XIV.
Nvidia and TSMC working on multi-GPU solutions based on silicon photonics
Industry insiders close to DigiTimes report that the first multi-GPU solutions using silicon photonics technology could be available in a few years. The interconnected GPUs would benefit from low-latency data transmissions and significantly reduced signal loss.
Chinese gaming company NetDragon appoints virtual humanoid robot as CEO
NetDragon Websoft is now under the leadership of Ms. Tang Yu, one of the most advanced virtual humanoid robots powered by AI. Apart from the usual managerial responsibilities, CEO Tang Yu can act as a real-time data hub and analytical tool.
Intel is giving away game and software bundles worth US$370 to spruce up its ARC Alchemist GPUs
The generous bundles include games like Modern Warfare II and Gotham Knights, as well as video editing applications like PowerDirector 365 and MAGIX Video Pro X14.
SiFive selected to provide NASA with RISC-V-based cores for the next gen space mission processors
The upcoming High-Performance Spaceflight Computing processors that will power NASA's future space missions are designed around SiFive's 8-core Intelligences X280 SoCs plus 4 more general purpose cores. These processors are said to be 100x faster than the ones powering current spacecraft.
Gigabyte presents premium AMD Ryzen 7000 X670E AORUS MASTER motherboard with flimsy USB4 support
Even though AMD promised USB4 support for the upcoming Zen4-based processors, it looks like this feature could still see very limited availability even on premium AM5 motherboards. Gigabyte's new X670E AORUS MASTER, for instance, does not feature any USB4 ports, but supports a future USB4 add-in card.
MSI showcases slim fanless mini PC with Intel Alder Lake-P ULV CPUs
MSI's latest IoT silent and compact mini PCs feature Intel’s Alder Lake-P ultra-low voltage processors with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and support for NVMe + SATA storage, plus quad 4K video outputs and dual 2.5 GbE NICs. There is optional support for Wi-Fi 6 + BT and NANO SIMs.
Nokia and OFF Global launch PureBook Fold / Lite 14.1-inch budget laptops with Intel Jasper Lake processors
The latest PureBook Fold and Lite models represent Nokia's budget solutions with Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processors. Both models feature mostly the same specs with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 128 GB SSD and 14.1-inch display, yet the Fold also gets a touchscreen and a 2-in-1 design.
Arm files lawsuit against Qualcomm and subsidiary Nuvia for trademark infringement and breach of license agreements
Arm is suing Qualcomm and its Nuvia subsidiary for continuing to develop the Phoenix custom cores without Arm's consent. Back in March 2022, Arm terminated all license agreements with Nuvia, and now claims Qualcomm ignored all legalities and also misused trademarks. Qualcomm promptly pointed out that these are unfounded allegations and seems to be willing to defend itself and Nuvia in court.
DDR5 RAM prices to drop substantially in late 2022
Due to slowdowns with PC component demand, DDR5 prices have been steadily declining in the past few months. Industry insiders believe that the downward trend will continue into 2023, when the gap between DDR4 and DDR5 prices could be significantly reduced.
Kubuntu Linux developers launch Focus NX mini PC with Intel Tiger Lake CPU and two Thunderbolt 3 connectors
Offered by the Kubuntu Linux developers themselves, the new Focus NX mini PC is powered by either a Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7 and comes with premium features such as 2x Thunderbolt 3 connectors plus an SDXC card reader.
Lenovo ThinkVision T32p-30 monitor announced with 4K 16:9 IPS panel, HDR10 compliance and KVM switch
The ThinkVision T32p-30 features a 21:9 31.5-inch IPS panel with 4K resolution that can reproduce 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. It also comes with a USB hub, KVM switch and optional modular webcam and speakers.
Lenovo presents ThinkVision T34w-30 curved monitor with 34-inch 3440 x 1440 VA panel
The ThinkVision T34w-30 features a 21:9 VA LCD panel with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate. Besides the usual video outputs like HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4 and a USB-C 3.2 with DP 1.4 mode, this model also features a USB hub with 4X USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a GbE jack.
Intel expands RISC-V support with Pathfinder development kits for hobbyists and commercial chipmakers
RISC-V adoption is about to receive a significant boost from Intel and its partners via the Pathfinder initiative. Hobbyists can download a Starter Edition dev kit for free right now and start developing RISC-V applications for Linux and other operating systems. There is also a Professional Edition kit with support for an entire host of RISC-V-based chips.
HP launches Dragonfly Folio G3 2-in-1 premium Windows tablet with up to an Intel 12th gen Core i7 vPro CPU and 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 OLED display option
Despite its Surface-Like appearance, the new HP Dragonfly Folio G3 does not come with a detachable keyboard. However, this convertible offers premium features such as powerful Intel Alder Lake vPro processors, 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors, an 8 MP webcam and a 3000 x 2000 OLED display option.
Tuxedo upgrades thin & light InfinityBook Pro 14 Linux laptop with Intel Alder Lake-H CPU and Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti dGPU
The 16:10 3K display that was a premium option on the previous generation is now the only option available. Users can opt to get an additional NVMe SSD or a bigger 99 Wh battery. Prices start at 1520 EUR.
Acer announces Chromebook Vero 514 with Alder Lake-U CPUs and eco-friendly chassis
Acer has a new initiative to fight climate change as well as focus on renewable energy sources and this is also reflected in its new Chromebook Vero 514 laptops that feature chassis made of recycled materials. To promote a low energy impact on the environment, these models are powered by Intel's Alder Lake-U processors and support up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM plus up to 256 GB NVMe storage.
LeapFive launches NB2 RISC-V flagship SoC in China
The NB2 SoC includes four RISC-V cores produced by SiFive, as well as an iGPU, NPU and VPU. LeapFive employed 12 nm nodes to produce the chips and also offers motherboards that expand the SoC capabilities with additional ports and features.
Star Base refreshes StarBook Linux-based 14-inch laptops with Alder Lake-P and Ryzen 5000 processors
A base configuration with Core i3-1220P CPU, 240 GB storage and 8 GB RAM is priced at US$855. Opting for the Ryzen 7 5800U APU costs US$255 more, and the Core i7-1260P option bumps the price by US$338, but final price is also influenced by the amount of RAM with a maximum of 64 GB and the storage space of up to 1.92 TB.
MSI introduces mini PC motherboard with soldered Intel Tiger Lake-H mobile processor
The MSI PRO HM570TI-B I526 appears to be a laptop mainboard converted to desktop PC mini-ITX format. No pricing info, but the inclusion of a soldered Intel Core i5-11260H processor without too many bells and whistles suggests this is a budget-friendly product.
MIT researchers design a battery-free wearable "e-skin" featuring various wireless sensors
The new device resembles a bandage that is primarily made of gallium nitride and gold plus various sensing membranes. Thanks to the piezoelectric properties of the gallium nitride layer, the e-skin can wirelessly transmit signals related to pulse, sweat and other human biomarkers.
The world's first 240 Hz OLED screen on the MSI Raider GE67 HX gaming laptop revealed to have the clearest and cleanest motion ever seen from a modern display, according to professional calibrator
Vincent Teoh from HDTVTest claims that the 240 Hz OLED display on the MSI Raider GE67 HX gaming laptop surpasses even the best plasma displays of yesteryear. Even though it is supplied by Samsung Displays, the 240 Hz panel doesn't use QD-OLED technology and has a few downsides.
Intel rumored to enable 350 W power limit for i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPUs on select 700-series motherboards
The 350 W PL mode may be easily accessible through a BIOS option, but smooth CPU operation will also require improved cooling and possibly a more powerful PSU on top of the premium Intel 700-series motherboard.
AYA Neo adds minor upgrades to the Air Lite handheld console spec list without modifying the price
Shortly before shipping the Air Lite consoles by late August, AYA Neo decided to upgrade the specs with a fingerprint sensor, improved cooling solution and configurable APU TDP that can save some battery time. Initial pricing is not changing, regardless.
MSI introduces Prestige 16 / EVO thin and light business laptops with Intel Alder Lake-P CPUs
The new Prestige 16 features a Mini-LED Display HDR1000 QHD+ screen as well as an RTX 3050 Ti dGPU, while the Prestige 16 EVO only comes with a regular FHD+ IPS screen and integrated graphics. Both variants are powered by the Intel Core i7-1280P CPU with 32 GB of soldered LPDDR5 and a PCIe 4.0 SSD. Business features include 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors, FHD webcam and fingerprint sensor.
Intel reveals that the ARC GPUs do not have native DirectX 9 support, but use DX9 to DX12 emulation
In theory, the DX9 emulation should allow Intel to focus on further improving the DX11 stability. However, it looks like the emulation is not exactly offering performance on par with a DX9 native GPU and there are rumors that DX11 could also be emulated on DX12 on the ARC GPUs.
Bitblaze Titan BM15 Russian laptop powered by Baikal-M1 ARM processor ready to ship this November despite economic restrictions
The upcoming Titan BM15 from Bitblaze features decent specs except for the processor that integrates outdated ARM Cortex-A57 cores and an even older Mali-T628 GPU. Otherwise, there is a 15.6-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 512 GB M.2 SSD storage, a 6000 mAh battery that lasts up to 5 h, and a decent selection of ports. Price could end up spicy due to the economic restrictions.
Market researcher reveals US$3.5 billion losses for Intel's GPU group, selling it off might not be a bad idea
Despite bringing former AMD GPU expert Raja Koduri to oversee the GPU business, the situation is not looking good at AGX. Right now Intel's GPU business is estimated to have brought losses of US$3.5 billion as it keeps postponing the launch of the Ponte Vecchio HPC GPUs and the ARC Alchemist desktop GPUs. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is rumored to be pondering on selling off the GPU business.
Minisforum presents TH60 / TH80 mini PCs with Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors
The new DeskMini TH60 / TH80 mini PC models come equipped with Intel's 11th gen Tiger Lake-H45 mobile processors and support up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 4 TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 storage. Minisforum is offering barebones with no RAM and storage, as well as versions with up to 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.
Windows 11 encryption standard discovered to damage data, fix affects CPU performance
Microsoft managed to issue a fix for the Windows 11 / Windows Server 2022 encryption vulnerability that makes use of the Vector Advanced Encryption Standard, but the patch is impacting CPU performance. Affected CPUs include Intel's 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th gen models, while AMD's affected models include Zen 3 and upcoming Zen 4 processors. Another fix that addresses the performance issues is expected to be available in a month.
New Chinese Biren BR100 GPGPU apparently beats Nvidia's Ampere A100
Biren showed that the BR100 GPGPU is slightly faster than Nvidia's Ampere A100 thanks to advanced specs like 7 nm 2.5D CoWoS packaging from TSMC, 64 GB HBM2e RAM and PCIe 5.0 / CXL interfaces. There is also a BR104 version with only half the compute power, 32 GB of RAM and TDP limited to 300 W.
Nvidia finally offers generous discounts for its RTX 3000 cards following disappointing financial quarter results
With a 44% revenue decline projected for the gaming sector in the previous quarter, Nvidia is now willing to offer considerable discounts for the remaining RTX 3000 GPU inventory. This move is also meant to clear supply chains in preparation for the RTX 4000 launch later this year.
Updated AMD AMF encoder almost rivals Nvidia NVENC
AMD's H.264 hardware encoder is finally almost on par with the Nvidia and Intel hardware video codecs. Sadly, none of the popular streaming suites supports the latest AMF version.
Apple M2 manages to beat AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U in Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Even though the M2 is not specifically designed for gaming and despite the lack of optimization on the latest macOS, the iGPU in Apple’s new mobile processor is still a tad faster than AMD's 25 W Ryzen 7 6800U. The M2 with 18 W TDP was able to squeeze an additional 2-3 fps in 1920 x 1200 set to medium / high / highest details.
System76 upgrades its Lemur Pro Linux-based laptops with Intel Alder Lake-U processors
CPU options include the Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U models that can be coupled with up to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 4 TB SSD storage via two M.2 slots. Other highlights include a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a 1080p webcam with IR sensor and a microSD card reader.
Slimbook readies 4th gen Linux-based KDE laptops powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 5700U
The latest KDE models from Slimbook ditch the Ryzen 7 4800H processors for the more efficient 5700U ones, which support up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 4 TB of SSD storage. Prices start at just under €1,000.
Intel Raptor Lake-S processor and chipset specifications surface in China
RAM specs will be upgraded to DDR5-5600, yet budget motherboards may still offer DDR4-3200 support. PCIe 5.0 is supported solely through the CPU via 16 lanes, so PCIe 5.0 GPUs will only run at 8X if PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSDs are detected. The Raptor Lake desktop platform will support additional PCIe 4.0 lanes to compensate.
First RISC-V laptop available now for pre-order with quad-core processor and 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM
No pricing or exact availability info for now, but the first RISC-V laptop dubbed ROMA is powered by an unannounced quad-core processor complemented by up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X and up to 256 GB of storage. It also integrates a GPU and an NPU and offers support for most Linux distros.
Apple, AMD and Nvidia scale back chip orders, TSMC's 2022 revenues could take a hit
With the growing inflation and the uncertainties brought by the Ukrainian war, Smartphones and PC components are not selling that well anymore, so Apple, AMD and Nvidia are now forced to scale back their chip orders from TSMC, which, in turn, might not see soaring revenues as previously projected in early 2022.
Schenker refreshes Via 15 Pro ultrabooks with AMD Ryzen 7 5700U APUs running at 35 W and 1440p displays
Apart from the Ryzen 7 5700U APU that can be set to run at 35 W and an improved display, the new 2022 Via 15 Pro ultrabook features upgradable RAM slots that support up to 64 GB capacities, plus users can upgrade the M.2 SSD storage, as well.
AMD's Radeon RX 7000 GPUs could feature hardware AI processors similar to Nvidia's Tensor cores, as suggested by latest Linux patches
Even though FSR 2.0 is almost as good as Nvidia's DLSS, AMD might be looking to add AI-enabled hardware processing in the upcoming RDNA3 GPUs, as suggested by the addition of Wave Matrix Multiply-Accumulate algorithms in the latest Linux patches for the Radeon RX 7000 GPU series.
MNT's Pocket Reform modular mini laptop coming soon with ARM-based processor options and a 7-inch display
The Pocket Reform mini laptop is set to integrate a few processor options like the NXP I.MX8M Plus or Raspberry Pi CM4 with ARM cores or even a RISC-V-based model from AMD / Xilinx. It also features a 7-inch 1080p screen and a mechanical keyboard with optical trackball.
XMG updates the FUSION 15 gaming laptops with Intel 11th gen CPUs and up to an RTX 3070 GPU
The 2022 FUSION 15 laptop from XMG features the Intel Core i7-11800H processor with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and 2x NVMe SSDs. There are RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 GPU options, a Thunderbolt 4 connector and the battery capacity has been upgraded, as well.
XMG refreshes the PRO 15 / 17 gaming laptops with Intel Alder Lake processors and up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU
The new PRO 15 / 17 models feature a more robust design over the previous generation, and thus can accommodate powerful components like Intel's Alder Lake-H processors and up to an RTX 3080 Ti GPU. XMG's E22 PRO models come with quite a few display options and integrate larger batteries, a Thunderbolt 4 port and FHD webcam.
AOKZOE demoes FHD+ large-screen handheld gaming console powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U APU
Competition on the Chinese handheld console market is getting fierce as yet another maker presents its large-screen model. AOKZOE's console is powered by a Ryzen 7 6800U with Radeon 680M iGPU and it looks to handle popular games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Forza Horizon 5 quite well even at high video presets running in 1920 x 1200.
Think Silicon showcases RISC-V-based NEOX low-power GPU for wearables, AI applications and data centers
Think Silicon's NEOX GPU is a scalable chip based on the RISC-V architecture that can integrate 4 to 64 cores and can be utilized in a wide array of devices including smartwatches, smart home IoT appliances, electric car dashboards, and even large data centers.
PCI-SIG presents PCIe 7.0 specs with 512 GB/s bandwidth
With the PCIe 6.0 specs finalized, PCI-SIG is already looking to the future and sets its goals for the seventh iteration. However, consumer PCs have not even gotten to taste the benefits of the PCIe 5.0 standard, so we would most likely have to wait until 2028 to see any PCIe 7.0 implementations.
Intel NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon” gaming mini PC coming soon with i7-12700H CPU and Arc A770M dGPU
The all-Intel system offer will soon expand with the addition of a NUC 12 "Serpent Canyon" gaming mini PC that is powered by mobile-grade components like the i7-12700H processor and the Arc A770M dGPU with 16 GB of VRAM. The system chassis appears larger due to the improved cooling solution, but this also brings a much robust port selection that includes 2x Thunderbolt 4 and 2x DP 2.0 connectors.
Latest leaks suggest that AMD could release a GPU more powerful than the Navi 31 in 2023
The Navi 3x in question is supposed to feature a dual-GCD design with 16384 Stream Processors, which is a considerable upgrade over the Navi 31 rumored to feature a single-GCD design with 12288 SP. According to some sources, this might be a professional workstation GPU.
AMD announces Ryzen Embedded R2000 SoCs with Zen+ cores
Highlights for the new Embedded R2000 series include up to 4 Zen+ cores with 8 threads, support for dual-channel DDR4-3200 and 16 PCIe Gen 3 lanes, and up to an 8 CU iGPU that can easily handle 4x 4K video outputs.
AMD "Little Phoenix" APU with Zen 4 cores and RDNA3 iGPU rumored to power Steam's Deck 2 handheld console, could launch in late 2023
The "Little Phoenix" is rumored to launch in late 2023 with Steam's second gen Deck handheld console. Apparently, it is a cut-down version of the "Phoenix" laptop processor that is scheduled to launch in early 2023, and the four Zen 4 cores with 8 threads plus the RDNA3 GPU it integrates should bring at least 50% improvements over the Van Gogh Zen 2 + RDNA2 version from Deck 1.
Colorful reveals G-ONE PLUS all-in-one gaming PC complete specs and pricing
The G-ONE PLUS AIO gaming PC integrates laptop-grade Alder Lake-H processors and RTX 3060 140 W GPUs, but it also features a 31.5-inch IPS display with 165 Hz G-SYNC and HDR400 specs, so the prices are in line with the more expensive gaming laptops out there.
Leaked Apple M2 benchmarks reveal promising multi-core gains and impressive GPU performance
Even though the single-core gains are modest, the M2 still beats the M1 Pro and the i7-12800H. On the multi-core side, the M2 is 16% faster than the M1, but what really impresses is the 67% improvement in the graphics department.
BOE will soon join LG and Samsung in producing OLED panels for various TV brands
LG needs to get used to the idea that it is not the sole OLED panel manufacturer, but this is good news for end users. This year's LG OLED TV models feature lower prices thanks to Samsung's new QD-OLED competition. Prices could continue to fall by next year when BOE is expected to launch its own OLED panels.
Colorful teases all-in-one gaming PC with Intel i7-12700H processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 dGPU
Only the mobile-grade CPU and dGPU have been revealed thus far, and the pictures provided with the teaser also point to a 27-inch screen. The port selection also features a USB-C connector that could be Thunderbolt4-compatible.
Cirrus7 readies Nimbus v5 silent mini PCs with Intel Alder Lake-T processors
Cirrus7 allows users to customize the new Nimbus v5 for a wide range of budgets with a handful of motherboard options, 8 to 64 GB of RAM, up to 20 TB storage and processors ranging between a Celeron G6900 and a Core i9-12900T.
Forbes publishes performance metrics for an MSI reference laptop with Intel Arc A370M dGPU
Intel's Arc A370M dGPU appears to be overall better than similar entry-level solutions from Nvidia and AMD when it comes to content creation. On the other hand, games are not exactly its strong suit, as it trails behind Nvidia's RTX 3050, but it does manage to offer decent ray tracing performance.
HP Dev One laptop with Pop!_OS available for US$1,099
The new Dev One is a budget-oriented solution running on the Linux-based Pop!_OS developed by System76. It is powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U APU with Vega 8 iGPU, and comes with one (upgradable) configuration featuring 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB NVMe SSD. The 1080p 14-inch screen is HDR-ready with 1,000 nit brightness.
Nvidia RTX 4000-series PCB design leaks along with an AIB development schedule that points to a September launch
Igor's LAB shows a PCB design that is meant for non-Ti RTX 4090 / 4080 SKUs. It still features a 16-pin power connector like the v-shaped PCBs leaked in March, but that does not mean that the SKUs using it will bolster 600 W TDPs. The latest report also includes an AIB development schedule that suggests the first cards may launch in September.
Qualcomm is favoring the creation of a consortium to control ARM
The creation of a consortium of rival companies that would ensure ARM's neutrality seems to be favored by an increasing number of important industry players. A few months ago, SK Hynix was among the first proponents for such a consortium, but now Qualcomm is also suggesting a similar course of action. Intel is also open to joining the consortium.
MINISFORUM readies Venus UMF560 mini PC with AMD “Barcelo” Ryzen 5 5625U APU
The new Venus UMF560 mini PCs are powered by the Ryzen 5 5625U APU with Radeon Vega 7 iGPU. These models are refreshed versions of the original Ryzen 5000U models, but feature slightly higher clocks. Thanks to four 4K connectors, MINISFORUM's Venus systems are ideal for HTPC use cases.
Intel and Samsung could collaborate on processor and memory technologies beyond 2024
Intel has been quite open to strategic collaborations ever since Pat Gelsinger stepped in as CEO. Some upcoming Intel processor models are scheduled to be produced in part by TSMC, but Gelsinger's recent visit to South Korea could hint at an Intel - Samsung collaboration on angstrom-era technology.
AMD's Robert Hallock clarifies some burning questions regarding the Ryzen 7000 desktop processors
Hallock explains that the flagship Ryzen 7000 processors will have a maximum TDP of 170 W, and the 16 cores will easily hit 5.5 GHz. RAM should also see considerable overclocking headroom, while expected performance uplift over Zen 3 is expected to be around 40%. Some AVX 512 AI instruction sets are also supported and the RDNA2 iGPU is clearly not on the same level as the Radeon 680M from the Rembrandt APUs.
AYN teases the Loki gaming console as "the most affordable Windows handheld ever created"
No official specs for now, but we found a tweet with leaked information coming from a Chinese forum. According to the leak, there is a Loki Mini model powered by an Intel Alder Lake processor and this is most likely the affordable model touted in the teaser. AYN is also planning to add more expensive versions powered by AMD's latest Rembrandt Ryzen 6000 APUs with RDNA2 iGPUs.
World’s most compact power supply: HDPLEX readies the 250 W passive GaN AIO ATX
Its remarkably compact size and the passive cooling system make the new GaN-based PSU from HDPLEX ideal for small form-factor systems. This PSU is rated for 94% efficiency, comes with modular design and users can even sync two units together to supply more powerful components.
LG announces 47.5-inch UltraGear 4K OLED gaming monitor with 138 Hz refresh rate
LG is expanding its OLED monitor portfolio with a 47.5-inch model specifically designed for gamers. The UltraGear 48GQ900 4K monitor offers unique features like the 138 Hz refresh rate and an anti-glare low reflection coating. The W-OLED panel is HDR10-ready and has a 98.5% DCI-P3 color gamut.
Apacer showcases first consumer-grade PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs
The SSD controller on the PCIe 5.0 models is indeed producing more heat, but Apacer is not implementing active cooling just yet. Instead, the new NVMe 2.0 devices feature a hefty heatsink with aluminum fins or an ultra-thin graphene thermal pad for compact systems. Read speeds are expected to reach 13,000 MB/s and write speeds can top at 12,000 MB/s.
Apple iPhone 14 reportedly getting a high quality selfie cam with autofocus and an appropriate price bump
The new selfie cams are produced by LG Innotek and are three times more expensive to integrate compared to previous Chinese modules. Final MSRP is still unclear, but the price bump would be justified since the new selfie cams come with autofocus and possibly even image stabilization.
MINISFORUM announces the Neptune HX90G mini PC with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX APU and RX 6650M dGPU
The new Neptune series is advertised as the world's first mini PC lineup with AMD RDNA2 dGPUs. MINISFORUM is planning to first release a Ryzen 9 5900HX + Radeon RX 6650M model, followed by Ryzen 9 6900HX and Intel Alder Lake variants with the same dGPU.
TSMC expected to announce plans for its 1.4 nm production nodes next month
With the first 2 nm chips planned for a 2025 release, TSMC could theoretically ready the 1.4 nm nodes by 2028. Samsung will most likely come up with a similar node around the same time, while Intel will try to get ahead of the game with the 20A and 18A nodes in 2025.
AMD rumored to announce Zen 4 X670 Extreme chipset at Computex next week
The high-end X670 Extreme chipset is supposed to be featured on the most expensive AM5 motherboards, and AMD is apparently forcing PCIe 5.0-only support for GPU and storage on these models. The X670 models, on the other hand, could feature either PCie 4.0 or PCIe 5.0, while the budget B650 solutions would be limited to PCIe 4.0.
MSI teases the return of the Titan ultra high-end laptop series with the GT77 model that supports maximum CPU+GPU TDP of 250 W
After a 2-year hiatus, MSI is going to reintroduce the Titan lineup with a new GT77 model that features Intel Alder Lake-HX processors coupled with Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti dGPUs. MSI claims that this is the first model to feature 250 W total CPU+GPU power where dynamic boosting for the CPU can go up to 160 W.
DeskMini UM350 with Manjaro Linux is MINISFORUM's most affordable mini PC yet at US$299
US$299 gets you a Ryzen 5 3550H with Vega 8 iGPU plus 256 GB of SSD storage, but no RAM. For US100 more you can also get 16 GB of RAM and up the storage to 512 GB, however. Manjaro Linux is also streamlined to work on budget solutions.
Apple allegedly testing electronic paper displays (EPD) for upcoming foldable devices
Ming-Chi Kuo's latest report suggests that Apple is looking to set its upcoming foldable devices apart from other brands by utilizing electronic paper displays. These solutions will be used for the cover / secondary displays due to low energy requirements, but the main foldable displays will continue to be OLED-based.
Latest Zen 4 leaks: 8-core Ryzen 7000X CPU pops up on OpenBenchmarking, estimated performance gains over Zen 3 revealed by MLID
The OpenBenchmarking database entries show an 8-core Ryzen 7000X model that can boost to 5.21 GHz, while MLID reports 28-37% Zen 4 single-core performance increase with even higher multi-thread gains over existing Zen 3 models.
HP announces 16-inch ZBook Fury 16 G9 workstation laptops with Alder Lake-HX processors and professional Nvidia / AMD dGPUs
The latest ZBook Fury 16 G9 workstations from HP come packed with powerful components such as the 55 W Intel Alder Lake-HX processors with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, professional RTX A5500 / Radeon Pro W6600M dGPUs, up to 128 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, 22 TB of storage and 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Samsung to reduce prices and improve yields on the 2023 QD-OLED screens by introducing thinner panels
Prices for the first generation of QD-OLEDs are already comparable to what LG offers, but these could further be reduced by introducing thinner panels with single glass substrate, at the same time improving yields and cutting production costs.
Next year's LG OLED TV displays could integrate microlens tech to boost peak brightness close to 1500 nits
LG plans to match Samsung's QD-OLED peak brightness with the addition of a microlens layer for next year's OLED.EX panels. This way, LG hopes to boost the brightness from ~900 nits up to 1500 nits and also improve energy efficiency, leading to reduced burn-in probability.
Lenovo reveals all-AMD Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops with Ryzen 6000H processors, Radeon RX 6000S dGPUs and 16-inch Mini-LED IPS screen option
This year's Legion Slim 7 is the first all-AMD system of the series. It features the newly released Ryzen 6000H/X processors coupled with the Radeon RX 6000S dGPUs and up to 24 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM. There is also a USB4 port, a 16-inch Mini-LED IPS screen option and another with 240 Hz refresh rate.
Lenovo refreshes Legion Slim 7i gaming laptops with Intel Alder Lake-H processors and Nvidia RTX 3000 dGPUs, adds premium mini-LED screen option
The Intel-based 2022 Legion Slim 7i models feature the latest Alder Lake-H processors combined with Nvidia's RTX 3000 dGPUs, and also offer premium options like a mini-LED 16-inch screen with HDR certification.
AMD rumored to announce Smart Access Storage tech similar to Microsoft's DirectStorage at Computex
Smart Access Storage would first be featured on select laptops like Corsair's upcoming Voyager lineup. The technology may later on be introduced to desktop PCs with the launch of the Zen 4 AM5 platform. More details should be provided at Computex this June.
AMD's upcoming Navi 31 high-end GPUs could be the first gaming models to feature PCIe 5.0 support
Twitter user Kepler_L2 reports that AMD's upcoming RDNA3-based Navi 31 high-end GPUs appear to offer PCIe 5.0 X16 support according to the latest AMD’s GFX11 architecture patches for Linux. Nvidia's Ada Lovelace next gen GPUs could get the same treatment, but rumor has it that these might launch at a later date.
Intel might ditch proprietary 7 nm process for full TSMC N5 on its 2023 Meteor Lake processors
Despite Intel's latest reports on the steady advancements with the proprietary 7 nm production nodes, industry sources close to DigiTimes claim that Intel might change the Meteor Lake blueprints to be produced exclusively on the TSMC N5 nodes in order to avoid delays and ensure competitive performance in the battle against Apple's upcoming M processors.
Lenovo Yoga 7 convertible to launch this July with 14-inch 2.8K OLED touchscreen option, AMD Ryzen 6000U APUs and USB4 connector
Improvements over the previous generation include the latest Ryzen 6000U APUs from AMD, LPDDR5 RAM, FHD webcam, USB4 connector and a 16:10 OLED touchscreen option with 2.8K resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate. The new Yoga 7 convertibles will be available in select regions excluding the U.S.
Lenovo announces Yoga AIO 7 desktop system with 27-inch 4K screen, AMD Ryzen 6000H processors and up to a Radeon RX 6600M dGPU
The latest all-in-one desktop system from Lenovo features a 4K LCD screen than can be easily reoriented in portrait or landscape mode, a JBL sound system and powerful specs such as the latest AMD Ryzen 6000H APUs coupled with LPDDR5 RAM and NVMe SSD storage, plus up to a Radeon RX 6600M dGPU.
AMD updates Zen 4 roadmap: “Raphael” Ryzen 7000X desktop processors releasing 2H 2022, 55+ W TDP “Dragon Range” lineup for extreme gaming laptops and 35-45 W “Phoenix” models for thin and light laptops scheduled for 2023
As expected, the Ryzen 7000X desktop processors will launch in Q3-Q4 this year with a 65+ W TDP and support for DDR5 / PCIe 5.0. However, it looks like the mobile sector is in for a big shake-up. AMD mentions the launch of 55+ W TDP Dragon Range models for extreme gaming laptops with the most cores on the market, plus the Phoenix models with 35-45 W TDPs for thin and light laptops, both scheduled for an early 2023 release.
Origin PC refreshes thin and light laptop lineup with Intel Alder Lake processors and up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti dGPU, introduces new 14-inch models
The refreshed EVO17-S / NT-17 and EVO15-S / NT-15 models can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3080 / Ti dGPU, while the new 14-inch models pack a Core i7-12700H processor and an RTX 3050 Ti dGPU and come with powerful external dGPU options.
XMG launches STUDIO professional audio / video desktop workstation with Intel Alder Lake processors and Nvidia RTX 3000 GPUs
XMG's highly specialized STUIDO workstation can be configured with high-end CPUs from Intel up to the Core i9-12900K and graphics cards up to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090. The PC is optimized for excellent airflow and quiet operation even under high load. To keep the workflow free of any distractions, the XMG STUDIO lacks any additional decorative elements such as RGB LEDs.
Asus announces AMD-based ZenBook S 13 and Intel-based ZenBook Pro 15 Flip laptops with OLED panels
The new ZenBook S 13 OLED is powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U APU with Radeon 680M integrated graphics and features 16 GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM with 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD storage, while the Intel-based Pro 15 Flip OLED convertible integrates a Core i7-12700H processor coupled with 16 GB LPDDR5-4800 and 1 TB of PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, plus an ARC A370M dGPU.
2024 iPhones likely to get full-view screens with under-display camera and Face ID
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks we will not see iPhone under-display cameras sooner than 2024, as Apple is still working to improve low-light image quality through AI algorithms and more powerful image processors. The 2023 iPhone 15 models could, however, offer a full-view screen by integrating the front camera system in the upper bezel.
100+ Lenovo laptop models affected by UEFI BIOS vulnerabilities
Estimations warn that over 1 million Lenovo devices suffer from medium threat UEFI BIOS vulnerabilities. Patches are already available for most models, yet some devices will not get the fix before May 10.
Aya Neo CEO teases "world’s first ultra-thin OLED Windows handheld" console
More handheld console makers are expected to make the jump to OLED displays, as Aya Neo plans to release a thin and light model integrating many world-first features this May. The teaser images reveal a smaller size compared to the NEXT model.
Eurocom launches Raptor X15 gaming laptop powered by desktop-grade Intel Alder Lake processors
Processor options include the i5-12600, i7-12700 and i9-12900 models that can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 24 TB of storage. The dGPU selection is limited to the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3060 models and there is no Thunderbolt 4 support.
Compal presents BreezePro concept with improved air cooling system for laptops
Inspired by the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo, Compal's BreezePro concept seeks to improve air cooling efficiency for laptops with a slanting keyboard design.
Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for US$41 billion
After refusing to join Twitter's board and immediately facing a class action suit for not disclosing the exact stake in a timely manner, Elon Musk now comes with a US$42 billion company buyout offer that shareholders might find hard to refuse.
AMD hints at excellent DDR5 RAM overclocking capabilities for the upcoming Zen 4 Raphael desktop processors
Even though Intel was first to market with the Alder Lake DDR5 implementation, the performance gains over the DDR4 did not wow anyone, as the DDR5-4800 modules are barely faster than DDR4-3200, and the memory controllers add too much latency at higher frequencies. AMD wants to tackle this problem for the upcoming Zen 4 processors by introducing improved overclocking features.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger secretly visits Japan, India and Taiwan, new foundry expansions could be on the table
The Ohio mega-complex and the new Oregon expansion, along with a German new site are not Intel's only plans for improved production capacity. Apparently, CEO Pat Gelsinger visited Japan and India in order to discuss chip production collaborations, plus it once again met with TSMC representatives to reevaluate the ongoing partnership.
ASRock announces 4X4 BOX-5000 Series mini PC systems powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000U APUs
The new BOX-5000 mini PCs are powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 5800U, Ryzen 5 5600U and Ryzen 3 5400U APUs that can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a combo of NVMe + SATA3 storage solutions. There is support for 4X 4K video outputs and ASRock includes an M.2 module that adds Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity.
First test results for the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D are in: easily beats Intel's i9-12900K/S in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but proves quite underwhelming in synthetic benchmarks
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is marginally faster and sometimes even slower than the 5800X when it comes to synthetic benchmarks like Geekbench, CPU-Z and Cinebench, but the processor really shines in games where it manages to outperform even the top-of-the-line Alder Lake desktop models from Intel.
Unreal Engine 5 not optimized enough for PC: Matrix Awakens demo only hits 30-50 fps @1440p and is stuttery on an Nvidia RTX 3090
First impression for the Matrix Awakens PC version is a bit lackluster, as the demo does not appear to be particularly well optimized. Even though the resolution is capped at 1440p, not even the RTX 3090 can hit 60 fps and the experience becomes stuttery when jumping into driving mode.
Lenovo, Acer, Asus disregard U.S. economic sanctions, continue to sell computers in Russia
Update: Acer officially suspends business in Russia. Lenovo and Asus continue to supply Russia with computer equipment as they completely ignore the U.S. economic sanctions, despite having a quite sizable U.S. presence of their own. Such "rogue" companies could soon face sanctions themselves straight from the Biden administration.
Not an April Fools' joke after all: Twitter is really adding an edit button, but only for Blue subscribers
It looks like the Twitter devs were not actually trolling us when they revealed the implementation of an edit button a few days ago. The dev team claims that Elon Musk's latest poll has nothing to do with this, as the feature has been in the works since last year.
Acer ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition mobile workstations with stereoscopic 3D displays now available
The Acer ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition CN715-73G-SL76Z mobile integrates a 3D stereoscopic display as well as AI-powered cameras with eye tracking so the users do not need to wear specialized glasses. These systems are currently available in the EU for €3,599.
Budget-oriented Apple MacBook Air with white notch and M2 processor expected to launch this September
The latest reports are pointing to a more affordable MacBook Air that features a white notch, no Face ID, and no fancy display technologies. Despite the lower price tier, Apple is apparently adding the M2 processors, but these will most likely be entry-level SKUs.
Intel might have revealed specs for top-of-the-line Alchemist A780 desktop GPU in its ARC Control video
The new ARC Control video shows for just a brief second what look to be the boost specs of the upcoming top-of-the-line A780 desktop GPU. Based on this info, Intel could indeed have a very competitive mid-range solution, but we know pricing and availability also play a very important role.
SK Hynix considers ARM acquisition through new consortium formed with strategic partners
SK Hynix is not looking to repeat Nvidia's mistake of acquiring ARM alone and is carefully considering forming a consortium with strategic partners. It is not yet clear which companies could be included in the consortium. The South Korean memory producer is also looking to expand into the foundry business.
New Chinese GPU maker Moore Threads announces MTT S60 gaming card with DirectX and 8K AV1 codec support
Moore Threads will soon launch the MTT s60 gaming GPU along with a more powerful MTT S2000 compute GPU. The cards have modest specs except for the hardware 8K AV1 codec. Where the cards really stand out from previous Chinese attempts is the DX support.
Laptop prices likely to drop as OEMs and ODMs reportedly look to stimulate falling demand with generous discounts
Notebook makers are expecting declining sales this year caused by rising inflation and supply chain congestion, so ODMs and OEMs are reportedly planning to stimulate demand with substantial discounts starting this spring.
High-end PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs apparently require active cooling: Phison talks solutions to circumvent this on laptops and compact PCs
Adding an actively cooled SSD to spacious desktop builds is not a big deal, but this solution does not work for laptops and mini PCs. In order to solve this problem for the upcoming PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs, Phison recommends a jump from 16 nm to 7 nm along with reducing the NAND channel total. Future SSD generations could also use a totally new connector.
Nvidia launches the RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition for US$1,999 with minimum performance gains and very low initial stock
First reviews are out, and the RTX 3090 Ti appears to be around 7% faster than the RTX 3090 on average. Initial availability is expected to be very limited, but, on the bright side, the new model is considerably quieter due to the bulky cooling solution and the GDDR6X is not overheating anymore.
Leaked Nvidia RTX 4000-series PCB design confirms 600 W TGP, reveals VRAM configurations, power delivery scheme, and cooling solutions
The alleged AD102 RTX 4000-series PCB presented by Igor's LAB reveals memory configurations with up to 24 GB GDDR6X VRAM, pin layouts featuring the PCIe 5.0 standard, 28-phase voltage supply, and 3-slot or 3.5-slot air cooling solutions, plus possible AIO and water blocks straight from the factory.
DirectStorage capabilities demonstrated by Forspoken game developers
The GDC trailer shows loading times of only 1 second for NVMe SSD solutions using the DirectStorage API, yet the difference compared to the default Windows API is revealed to be minimal in a separate slide.
AMD releases additional FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 details at GDC
AMD admits that switching from spatial to temporal upscaling can be a bit more taxing on the GPUs, but the new FSR 2.0 upscaler should work even on Nvidia's GTX 16-series with good results. Team Red also reveals that FSR 2.0 implementation is fastest on games that already include DLSS 2.0 support.
Nvidia seemingly confirms some RTX 4000 specs with the H100 Hopper announcement
The H100 specs confirm that the upcoming RTX 4000-series will not feature a chiplet GPU design and the maximum TGP is considerably lower than the rumored 850 W. Even so, the sheer size of the die is supposed to provide enough raw performance to easily compete with AMD's upcoming RDNA3 models.
Nvidia unveils H100 Hopper compute GPU and Grace superchip architectures
The H100 Hopper is Nvidia's first GPU with PCIe 5.0 specifications and support for HBM3 VRAM. This model is up to 6 times faster in FP workloads and offers considerably higher scalability compared to previous gen Ampere models. Nvidia is also planning to release a Hopper GPU + Grace CPU superchip and even a dual Grace superchip.
ASRock expands silent mini PC lineup with iBOX 1200 models powered by Intel Alder Lake-UE CPUs
Compared to the NUC 1200 BOX mini PCs launched earlier this month, the iBOX 1200 come with a slightly larger chassis and feature lower TDP processors from Intel's Alder Lake-UE family. Despite the limited power scheme, these models can easily handle 4x 4K video signals and feature a robust port selection.
LG's OLED TVs could be in trouble: Amazon leaks lower-than-expected prices for the Samsung QD-OLED TV lineup
It looks like the prices for the 34-inch ultra-wide QD-OLEDs was not a fluke, since even the 55-inch and 65-inch Samsung QD-OLED TVs appear to be priced lower than anticipated. According to the Amazon leak, Samsung's new TVs will be priced even lower than LG's C2 OLEDs.
AMD unveils FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 image quality and availability
FSR 2.0 offers temporal upscaling just like Nvidia's DLSS 2.0, but does not require neural network training so the technology remains open source and compatible with all GPUs on the market. As far as image quality is concerned, FSR 2.0 can be better than native resolution in some cases, but Nvidia's DLSS 2.0 still appears better overall. FSR 2.0 can also boost fps counts significantly (up to 2X compared to native resolution in performance mode).
Ukrainian President signs crypto legalization law, full virtual asset market launch incoming
The wave of crypto donations received from all over the world hastened the adoption of the cryptocurrency legalization law and Ukraine is now preparing for a full-on virtual asset market launch in the coming months with the aid of the National Bank of Ukraine and the National Securities and Stock Market Commission.
Report: Intel acknowledges that Chinese emerging CPU makers could threaten its position in 3-5 years
China is among the largest Intel revenue contributors with more than 25% in 2021, but Intel is aware that this could change in 3 to 5 years, as emerging local CPU makers begin to threaten Team Blue's position and eventually take over other foreign markets.
Microsoft readies DirectStorage API, faster loading Windows games coming soon
NVMe storage has been around for 11 years now, but its raw performance is barely utilized in applications today. Microsoft intends to change this by introducing DirectStorage - a technology that is already doing wonders on the latest Xbox consoles. The first DirectStorage API version is now available for game developers and we should see the first compatible games in the near future.
Xiaomi 12X premium mid-range handheld released globally with Snapdragon 870 SoC, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage
The global version of the Xiaomi 12X comes with two key differences compared to the Chinese one: 8 GB maximum RAM and slightly lower maximum brightness on the AMOLED display. These downgrades certainly do not hinder the performance of the Snapdragon 870 SoC that is still one of the best processors at this price point. Also included is the latest MIUI 13 OS based on Android 12.
AMD schedules presentation on next gen image upscaling at GDC 2022
The latest results of AMD's research in the domain of next-generation image upscaling technology for games will be presented at this year's GDC event. Is Team Red including dedicated hardware for image upscaling functions in the upcoming RDNA3 GPUs?
Luminous Computing to build the most powerful AI supercomputer with silicon photonics technology
The next gen AI applications require computing power that cannot be provided by traditional hardware. In order to solve this problem, Luminous Computing is building a supercomputer based on silicon photonics and optical pathways that can increase bandwidth and power efficiency orders of magnitude beyond what is offered by current solutions.
Samsung publishes patent depicting a folding and sliding smartphone that can transform into two Z Flip models fused against each other
The foldable and slidable screen can double its size and, through a special magnetic mechanism, it allows two users to play multiplayer games on a single device, essentially fusing two Z Flip models against each other.
Intel announces Agilex M-Series FPGA SoCs designed for crypto mining workloads
The Agilex M-Series FPGA is the only solution to offer support for HBM2e, DDR5 and Optane memory, with a up to 32 GB DRAM capacity and 820 GBps maximum bandwidth. Intel claims it also offers 60% improved performance over the previous gen and twice the fabric performance over Xilinx's solutions.
New Spectre vulnerability affects Intel Alder Lake and ARM processors
The new Spectre variant apparently has no effect on AMD's processors, yet it continues to affect Intel's processors ranging from Haswell up to Alder Lake, whereas ARM's affected products include the Cortex A15 / A57 / A72 cores plus Neoverse server-grade processors models V1, N1 and N2.
Prices and specs for AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D along with three new Ryzen 5000 and three more Ryzen 4000 desktop-grade SKUs leak out
AMD's first 3D V-Cache processor will apparently cost US$449 and is rumored to launch on April 20. There are an additional three Ryzen 5000 mid-rangers plus three more Renoir-based Ryzen 4000 entry-level models complete with prices and specs detailed in the leak, but release dates for these are not available.
ASRock presents NUC1200 Box mini PCs with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P
The new NUC 1200 Box mini PCs from ASRock can be equipped with a wide variety of processors, including Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-U/E models. There is support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, plus an NVMe and SATA drive for storage, while the port selection allows up to 4x 4K connections.
Dynabook announces 14-inch Portégé X40L business ultrabooks powered by Intel's Alder Lake-P vPro processors, refreshes 13.3-inch X30L and X30W models
The Portégé X40L-K with Intel Evo specs is Dynabook’s slimmest and lightest 14-inch business notebook to date, weighing just over 1 kg (2.31 lbs), while the 13.3-inch models weigh less than 1 kg. Processor options include the Core i5-1250P vPro, Core i7-1270P vPro, and Core i7-1280P vPro for added security.
AMD is offering up to 25% discounts for the Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU lineup
The latest price slashes from Team Red come as a response to Intel's Alder Lake excellent sales, but they are also supposed to help retailers clear up stocks ahead of the 3D V-Cache and Zen 4 launches.
Semiconductor industry giants and top software companies create the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express consortium
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), AMD, Arm, Google Cloud, Intel Corporation, Meta, Microsoft Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company today announce the formation of the UCIe industry consortium that will establish a die-to-die interconnect standard and foster an open chiplet ecosystem.
New SKU details for Nvidia's Ada Lovelace, Hopper, and Blackwell GPUs purportedly found in hacked data
This information appears to be coming via the hacked confidential data stolen from Nvidia a few days ago. The images show driver code mentioning six Ada Lovelace SKUs, two Hopper SKUs and two more Blackwell SKUs. Judging by the number of SKUs, Ada Lovelace is clearly Ampere's successor, and we already knew that Hopper is targeting data centers, but it is still unclear what Blackwell is bringing to the table.
Intel's upcoming Raptor Lake chipset specs may have been sneaked in the latest PCH update
While the Raptor Lake processors are to remain compatible with current Alder Lake motherboards, Intel will still release upgraded 700-series chipsets that could feature more PCIe 4.0 lanes and additional USB 3.2 Gen 2X2 ports.
Gabe Newell teases Steam Deck 2 and possible new features
Valve's CEO might be looking to integrate some metaverse features in the next Steam Deck iteration, as he mentions a possible VR component. Additionally, the price points might be increased, since the high-end Steam Deck model turned out to be the most popular during the pre-sales.
Performance clues for the desktop-grade Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” RDNA2 iGPU included in AMD's latest SMU driver update
The latest version for AMD's System Management Unit driver is suggesting that the RDNA2 iGPUs found in the upcoming Ryzen 7000 desktop processors could run at 1.1 GHz, and, according to industry insiders, there could be a lower-end model with 4 CUs that only has a third of the Steam Deck's RDNA2 performance.
Nokia and OFF Global launch PureBook Pro budget laptops with Alder Lake-P CPUs
Hardware specs include the Intel Core i3-1220P processor with 64 EU Xe iGPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD, as well as a 1080p IPS display. The 15-inch models are priced at €699, while the 17-inch ones cost €799.
More details on the 2024 Intel Arrow Lake-P mobile processors with 300+ EU iGPUs revealed in leaked slide
The internal slide leaked by AdoredTV is almost a year old and it looks like it may contain some outdated info. For instance, the iGPU is presented to feature up to 320 EUs, but a recent graphics driver leak suggests that it would actually feature 384 EUs. According to the slide, the release could happen in early 2024 and it would prioritize mobile model over desktop ones.
Sony releases first PlayStation VR2 headset images and more specs
Design-wise, the PlayStation VR2 headset is taking quite a few cues from the PS5 console itself, while the hardware upgrades include a 4K HDR display with 90 / 120 Hz refresh rate and foveated rendering, plus haptic feedback, eye tracking and more.
XMG reports supply chain problems in China, Alder Lake mobile processors and Nvidia Ti dGPUs could be delayed while SSDs become more expensive
China is reacting to new outbreaks of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus with partial lockdowns. This could further delay the availability of laptops with 12th Gen Intel Core processors and Nvidia's Ti graphics cards, which debuted at the beginning of the year. The first factories have already been closed in Suzhou in the east of the country. Supply chain and logistics bottlenecks, a shortage of certain chip types and price increases are already on the horizon.
Intel is expanding production capacity by acquiring Israeli foundry Tower Semiconductor for US$5.4 billion
Intel is among the U.S. companies that believes Israel could be the next major semiconductor hub and is now growing its presence in the region with the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor. The move also helps Intel increase the production capacity as related to the IFS initiative.
Intel's top-of-the-line i9-12900KS desktop CPU clocked at 5.5 GHz starts pre-selling at US$781, slated to ship in early March
The fastest Alder Lake-S processor is expected to launch in early March with a considerable price bump over the existing i9-12900K. For an additional US$200, one would get 5.5 GHz boost clocks by default with 260 W PL2.
Colorful releases US$1,099 X15 X2 gaming notebook with Intel Core i7-12700H and Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti dGPU
While the i7-12700H + RTX 3050 Ti combo may seem questionable, the US$1,099 price point is undoubtedly enticing. Colorful's latest X15 XS models also come equipped with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD, plus there is an i5-12500H model for US$999, as well.
AMD overtakes Intel's market cap for the first time thanks to the recent Xilinx merger
As of February 15 2022, AMD is commanding a total market cap of US$197.75 billion helped by the Xilinx merger, whereas Intel's market cap is now sitting at $197.24 billion. AMD's share price also spiked to US$121, while Intel's share price dropped to US$48.
AMD's Navi2x refresh allegedly launching in April, but would not include an upgraded RX 6800 XT model
According to insider sources, the RX 6x50 XT refresh would include RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT SKUs, but no RX 6850 XT. The new GPUs are rumored to get upgraded with 18 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM and the high-end cards would also see a TGP bump.
AMD finalizes Xilinx acquisition deal
Unlike Nvidia that was recently forced to terminate the ARM deal, AMD managed to get all the needed approvals and successfully finalized its Xilinx acquisition deal for US$30 billion. AMD CEO Lisa Su announced that the first HPC processors to combine x86 cores and Xilinx programmable engines should be launched in 2023.
New Mars Stealer malware targets Chrome-based browser crypto wallets
Security researcher warns that the Mars Stealer malware is now affecting Chrome-based browser crypto wallet extensions like MetaMask, Coinbase wallet and Binance chain wallet, plus it also compromises 2FA authenticators like Microsoft's Authenticator and Authy. Extensions for Firefox and Opera are not affected, but Mars Stealer may still hijack site credentials on these two browsers.
Scientists estimate that quantum computers may become powerful enough to crack the Bitcoin encryption in a decade
Mark Webber and a group of scientists from the University of Sussex calculated that it would take a quantum processor with 1.9 billion qubits to effectively crack the Bitcoin encryption, and this is most likely not going to happen in the next 10 years, giving Bitcoin core developers enough time to make the code quantum-resistant.
System76 refreshes Kudu Linux-based laptops with Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU
More high-end performance options are now available for Linux-based users through the introduction of the updated System76 Kudu6 laptops that now feature the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X APU and Nvidia's RTX 3060 GPUs.
Lukos 14-inch ultrawide 32:9 4K portable screen is up for pre-orders on Kickstarter
The portable 14-inch display from Lukos features 32:9 4K resolution and supports 4x sources at 1920 x 550 or 2x sources at 1920 x 1200 side by side. It may be used as an external display for portable devices or may very well serve as a secondary screen with dashboard controls.
Researchers demonstrate GPU tracking method that could impact online privacy
GPU fingerprinting is facilitated through websites relying on the WebGL 2.0 rendering API. This technique is currently 67% faster than any other tracking methods, but could become even faster with newer API versions. WebGL developer Khronos is looking to mitigate this type of vulnerability with a future update, while web browser developers can deactivate the API by default.
Ubisoft is trying to educate gamers about NFT benefits
Ubisoft VP Nicolas Pouard is arguing that gamers currently focus too much on the downsides brought upon by NFTs instead of focusing on the direct benefits. Nevertheless, Ubisoft's NFT implementation appears to rely on the cash shop item model instead of the play to earn one.
MSI introduces refreshed AMD Radeon RX 6800 / 6900 GAMING TRIO cards with higher clocks and redesigned backplates
The refreshed models include Z TRIO and TRIO PLUS variants for the AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT SKUs. The Z TRIO lineup has slightly higher clocks for the XT SKUs, while the TRIO PLUS one mostly features the same clocks with one exception. Both lineups get redesigned backplates similar to the ones on the X TRIO 6900 XT.
EVGA announces E1 extreme gaming rig with RTX 3090 Ti GPU and carbon fiber frame
The E1 beast from EVGA packs powerful components like the unreleased RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin edition and Z690 Dark Kingpin mobo with overclocked i9-12900K processor, but it is also quite lean with a custom open air carbon fiber frame and patent pending independent suspension system comprised of steel cables.
XMG starts pre-orders for NEO 15 E22 gaming laptop + OASIS external AIO and provides product roadmap for 2022
XMG is offering the NEO 15 E22 with the RTX 3080 Ti dGPU and the Intel i7-12700K processor starting at €3,277. The OASIS external AIO unit is completely optional and costs €199. Roadmap reveals AMD Ryzen 6000 models and additional support for OASIS.
YouTube is looking to add NFT integration
With all their controversial issues, NFTs still seem appealing for the YouTube platform, especially when it comes to solidifying the communities created around content creators. A roadmap for YouTube's NFT integration could be presented in the coming months.
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptops launching today, Nvidia releases detailed performance metrics
Unfortunately, Nvidia chose to compare the RTX 3080 Ti with the 2020 RTX 2080 SUPER. Of course, the performance improvements are clear, but a comparison with the RTX 3080 would have been more appropriate. The Razer Blade 17 2022 used for the RTX 3080 Ti tests appears to not feature the max TGP version and yet performance is comparable to a desktop RTX 3070 Ti.
Foldable phones expected to get substantially cheaper this year
A new report coming from DigiTimes is suggesting that Samsung's current gen foldables could get their prices slashed by at least 35% in anticipation for the next gen models. The South Korean giant also plans to boost foldable sales to 13 million units this year.
Intel plans to build the world's largest chip-making facility in Ohio with $20 billion initial investment
The new Ohio mega-site is to accommodate eight fabs, and construction for two of these should begin by the end of this year, with effective production capacity scheduled for 2025. Intel is investing $20 billion initially, but the construction of the other six facilities is expected to cost an additional $80 billion.
First Geekbench results for the RTX 3070 Ti laptop GPU are in: Slightly faster than the RTX 3080 mobile and on par with Titan RTX
The RTX 3070 Ti manages to slightly outclass the median score of an RTX 3080 mobile GPU and it even matches a desktop Titan RTX from a few years ago in OpenCL tests. The first laptops powered by the RTX 3070 Ti mobile GPU are expected to go on sale in early February starting at US$1,499.
Nvidia forms CPU R&D division in Israel
Nvidia is looking to try its hand at more CPU designs in the future, despite the setback caused by the ARM acquisition hurdles. The new CPU division will help with the growth of the Israeli R&D centers that is already focusing on high-speed networking, HPC, Data Processing Units and AI applications.
Samsung plans to overtake TSMC by 2030
Samsung is still trailing behind TSMC, but the South Korean foundries already managed to surpass Intel as far as 2021 revenues are concerned. 70% of the yearly revenue is invested by Samsung in improved production capacity, while TSMC only invests 50%, so the South Korean giant is confident that it can catch up and eventually overtake its main competitor by 2030.
Realme launches budget-friendly 14-inch Book Enhanced Edition / Air slim and light laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors
The two new models are only available in China for now and the single difference between the two is the material framing the screen and thus a slight weight reduction for the Air variant. Otherwise, both versions are powered by the Intel i5-11320H quad-core CPU coupled with 16 GB of LPDR4x-4266 RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD, plus they feature a 14-inch 1440p 3:2 IPS LCD. They even integrate a Thunderbolt 4 connector, all for around $750.
New GeForce RTX 3060 Ti variant based on the GA103 GPU spotted in Nvidia's Studio Driver 511.23
his would be the third version for the RTX 3060 Ti model. It appears to be based on the GA103 GPU also powering the RTX 3080 Ti laptop variants and rumor has it that its specs are identical to the current GA104-based version, but it might be fabricated on Samsung's improved nodes, so we could actually see decent supplies and lower prices.
Samsung researchers bypass the low resistance nature of MRAM and add in-memory processing capabilities
MRAM's inherent low resistance was bypassed using a 64 x 64 crossbar array of MRAM cells that also support in-memory processing capabilities, making it highly effective for AI-powered applications. More complex MRAM structures could eventually be used to store biological neuronal networks.
TSMC changes 3 nm production plans in order to accomodate Intel's CPU orders
The partnership between TSMC and Intel is solidified through the transformation of the Fab 12 P8 / P9 center in Baoshan into a fully fledged production site with an independent team serving Intel. TSMC thus ensures that the Intel and Apple production lines stay separate and designs remain confidential.
New report: chip shortages finally easing for PC integrators, but the smartphone market is lagging behind
While chip shortages should gradually ease each quarter this year, laptop integrators are currently unable to secure enough PCIe 3.0 SSD controllers and possibly certain Intel Alder Lake processors. Smartphone integrators, on the other hand, are still confronting with low supplies for 4G SoCs, OLED DDIC / Touch IC, PMIC and A+G sensors.
Nvidia to introduce Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution downscaler with January 14 graphics driver update
DLDSR provides image quality comparable to 4K resolution while maintaining native resolution performance. It remains an Nvidia-exclusive feature as it requires the AI-powered Tensor cores found only on RTX cards.
UltraRAM inches closer to mass production: non-volatile memory with DRAM speeds on the horizon
Developed by researchers from the Lancaster University in UK, UltraRAM is almost ready for mass production and could soon offer a unified solution that acts as RAM and storage. The technology relies on compound semiconductors that are usually used for photonic arrays like LEDs and lasers.
First all-Intel NUC “Alder County” gaming laptop kit with Alder Lake-P CPU and ARC Alchemist dGPU launching in Q2 2022
Intel is updating all the NUC laptop kits with Alder Lake processors, and the X15 "Alder County" models will also stand out as the first all-Intel premium gaming laptop kit with Alder Lake-P CPUs and ARC Alchemist discrete graphics.
Asus announces PN64 mini PCs with Intel Alder Lake processors and PN52 models with Ryzen 5000H APUs
The PN64 can be equipped with Alder Lake-P processors up to an i7-1280P or Alder Lake-H ones up to an i7-12700H coupled with DDR5-4800 RAM. No Ryzen 6000 processors for the AMD models this year, but the Ryzen 5000H APUs should still make for a decent upgrade over last year's Lucienne Ryzen 5000U options.
XMG introduces world's first portable liquid cooler for laptops with the NEO 15 E22 models powered by Intel i7-12700H processors and up to an RTX 3080 Ti dGPU
Along with the NEO 15 E22 gaming laptops powered by Intel's Alder Lake-H processors and Nvidia's RTX 3070 Ti / 3080 Ti discrete GPUs, XMG is launching its very first external AIO solution that can lower CPU and GPU temps by around 20°C. The OASIS external water cooler also helps reduce laptop fan speeds by up to 50% and also slightly increase processor clocks for a noticeable performance boost.
Asus presents affordable Zenbook 14 models with 2.8K OLED screens and Intel Core i7-1260P or AMD R7 5825U processors
OLED-based laptops are getting more affordable this year with the budget-oriented Zenbook 14 models announced by Asus. The UX / UM 3402 14-inch Zenbooks feature 2.8K 16:10 screens and are powered by Intel's Alder Lake Core i7-1260P or AMD's Barcelo Ryzen 7 5825U processors coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
Ready for space conquest: the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition combines slim aerospace design with powerful Intel i9-12900H processing
The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition features a slim chassis made of aerospace grade aluminum branded with ISS-inspired designs, plus a ZenVision 3.5-inch grayscale OLED screen on the lid. Its main display gets a 2.8K 16:10 OLED screen, and, despite the 15.9 mm profile, the system is powered by Intel's i9-12900H 14-core processor.
Lenovo announces ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 i business ultrabook with Intel Alder Lake processors and AI-powered meeting software suite
The second generation ThinkBook 13X business notebooks from Lenovo feature the latest Intel i7 Alder Lake-P processors integrating Iris Xe graphics, up to 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 1 TB of PCIe 4 NVMe SSD storage and a best-in-class display with 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS panel. Lenovo also includes premium AI-powered business software for meetings.
Crypto entrepreneur predicts 7 blockchain trends that could explode in 2022
Some of the trends that could define 2022 in terms of blockchain tech include NFT 2.0 along with music NFTs, the expansion of the crypto gaming metaverse, Ethereum 2.0 and its layer 2 zk rollups, DAOs and the evolution of DeFi, Web 3.0 and the decentralization of the very infrastructure of the Internet.
Intel leaks “Elasti” codename for 2023 DG3 ARC Battlemage dGPUs in latest NUC graphics driver
Apart from two "Elasti" dGPU models that may be released in 2023, the NUC driver also mentions iGPU models for quite a few Alder Lake successors, including Raptor Lake-S, Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake. Rumor has it that the "Elasti" family will feature high-end GPUs that could match AMD's RDNA3 and even RDNA4 models.
TSMC announces N4X production nodes specifically designed for HPC
TSMC sees great potential in the HPC sector and will soon offer specialized production nodes like the N4X, which is expected to deliver 15% improved performance over the current N5 nodes. N4X risk production is scheduled for the first half of 2023.
Nvidia RTX 3080 12 GB specs leak: wider memory bus and bandwidth, more CUDA cores and slightly raised TGP
This model is now expected to launch in late January 2022 with 384-bit memory bus, 912 GB/s memory bandwidth, 8690 CUDA cores and a TGP of around 350 W. The performance bump over the 10 GB version is supposed to boost Ethereum hash rates by 20%.
Intel could become TSMC's third largest customer by 2023
DigiTimes' sources report that Intel and TSMC agreed to enter a partnership that could extend beyond 2025. Additionally, Intel is expected to become one of TSMC's major customers as soon as the N3 nodes go online in 2023.
CleanSpark will submerge 5,940 Bitcoin mining rigs in liquid coolant to improve performance and energy efficiency
The custom-made liquid coolant is safe for the environment and also helps improve mining performance, energy efficiency plus reduce maintenance costs for the Antminer S19j ASIC machines. 8 MW worth of mining equipment will be submerged by February 2022, with the remaining 12 MW worth expected to go online throughout the remainder of the year. Hashrate should reach 600 PH/s.
Ripple co-founder proposes migration from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake consensus for Bitcoin
It is highly likely that such a proposal will be met with great opposition from the Bitcoin mining community, as this would effectively shave off important revenue growth from the big mining firms that have been recently listed on the big stock exchanges. Additionally, the proof-of-stake consensus is not as secure as the proof-of-work one, and miners are open to using green energy sources.
Samsung patent reveals a Galaxy watch with rotating and extensible display
The extensible display can effectively double its size through the use of a crown that also activates the rotating mechanism, plus the touchscreen supports S Pen inputs. There is an under-display camera and a suite of sensors, as well, so this type of device could soon replace a smartphone.
AMD rumored to launch a 6 nm Radeon RX 6000S refresh for its RDNA2 mobile GPU lineup in Q1 2022
The current mobile RDNA2 GPU variants do not seem to get quite enough supplies to threaten Nvidia's position, but AMD could solve the supply problem with the alleged 6 nm refreshes expected to launch in early 2022. Rumored to be produced on the TSMC N6 nodes, the RX 6000S models should come with increased energy efficiency and higher core clocks.
Samsung Mobile estimates the chip shortages are far from over
According to a new report coming from The Elec, Samsung Mobile's senior executives met with executives from 30 major component suppliers in early November to devise a new strategy in order to secure enough chips for 2022. Chip supplies are expected to remain tight up until the second half of 2022.
SiFive demoes four-way RISC-V cluster for HPC applications
SiFive and AB Open present a rack-mount RISC-V cluster of four HiFive Unmatched motherboards, each integrating a Freedom U740 SoC. The rack also includes a PSU and fans, which are controlled via a HiFive1 Rev. B dev board.
Imagination presents RISC-V Catapult CPU lineup, plans to compete with ARM
For now, Imagination is shipping RISC-V Catapult microcontrollers for the automotive industry, but the roadmap includes real-time CPUs, high performance application processors and functionally safe CPU models releasing throughout 2024. Beyond that, there are plans to release "next gen heterogeneous compute" cores for datacenters and AI applications.
SiFive announces RISC-V P650 16-core processor launching in mid-2022
SiFive is aiming to catch up to ARM by committing to deliver significant performance improvements in record time. The Performance P650 processors releasing next year will scale to 16 cores and deliver up to 81% performance increase per core compared to ARM's Cortex-A75.
RISC-V specifications update brings improved machine learning, virtualization and encryption instructions
RISC-V International is pushing for increased adoption with the introduction of 15 new specifications for the RISC-V ISA. Most prominent are the Vector specs that expand support for AI / machine learning, the Scalar Cryptography specs that make it easy to add improved security features even on the smallest IoT devices, and the Hypervisor specs that add compatibility with other OSes for data center environments and allow for increased malware protection.
Bitcoin's transaction volume outpaced Paypal's by 62% in the first three quarters of 2021, still way behind Mastercard and Visa
Q421 transaction volume for BTC is projected to be the highest ever, but it would still be 260% lower than Mastercard's and 560% lower than Visa's. Reports are estimating that the BTC network could grow to support 800 million users by 2030.
Innosilicon unveils the Fantasy 1 GPU with single or dual-chip design and up to 32 GB of GDDR6X
Innosilicon plans to release mid-range Type A Fantasy 1 cards with up to 16 GB of GDDR6x 128-bit VRAM that could match the Nvida RTX 3070, while the Type B dual-GPU variants with up to 32 GB of 19 Gbps GDDR6X VRAM could take on Nvidia's and AMD's high-end offerings.
Samsung will launch 34-inch ultrawide QD-OLED gaming monitors next year
Prices for the 34-inch QD-OLEDs will most likely be higher than what LG will charge for the 42-inch OLED TVs, but Samsung's screens will at least offer superior PPI and crisper text through the RGB pixel structure plus increased color volume via the Quantum Dot layer.
Seaberry mini-ITX Raspberry Pi carrier board features no less than 11 PCIe slots and a robust port selection
Despite its single PCIe 2.0 lane support, the Raspberry Pi can easily identify up to 20 PCIe devices through the Broadcom PCIe switcher provided on the Seaberry carrier board. This setup enables the use of multiple Tensor Processing Units or Wi-Fi and Ethernet interfaces.
First RISC-V smartphones could launch in 2022
Sipeed recently tweeted a short video depicting its RISC-V RV64-powered smartphone prototype running Android 10. If all goes well, the Chinese company expects to release the first commercial models in 2022.
Tuxedo releases the Tiger Lake-H-powered InfinityBook S17 - Gen6, its smallest 17-inch Linux laptop yet
The thin and light InfinityBook S17 - Gen6 is almost the size of a 15.6-inch laptop thanks to the slim-bezeled 17.3-inch FHD IPS display. It can be equipped with Intel's Core i5-11300H or Core i7-11370H Tiger Lake-H processors, up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 4 TB of NMVe SSD storage. Notable features include a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a cooling-optimized Lift-Up hinge and a miniSD card reader.
Best Gaming Hardware Of All Time and Ultimate Game Of All Time announced at the Golden Joystick 2021 awards
Nominees for the Best Gaming Hardware Of All Time included PS 1/2/4, Nintendo SNES / N64 / Wii, PC, Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, Amiga 500 and Commodore 64, while the Ultimate Game Of All Time list presented nominees like Tetris, Pac-Man, Doom ‘93, Super Mario 64, Pokemon Go, GTA V, Halo and the original Sim City.
Leak reveals 42-inch C2 and 83-inch G2 LG OLED TVs for the 2022 lineup
November 19 registrations for a few A2 and B2 OLED screens have been spotted on the South Korean National Radio Research Agency site. The SKU format also led to the discovery of 42-inch C2 and 83-inch G2 models.
First mini PC powered by the Tianjin Phytium D2000 ARMv8 Chinese CPU is available now for pre-order
It also features an AMD RX 550 GPU, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus a 512 GB SSD and can run emulated Windows apps and games, including Crysis. Users can replace the SSD and GPU to boost performance.
CNET's first look at the 2023 Intel Meteor Lake mobile processors reveals mysterious fourth tile
Intel's own official slides present the upcoming Meteor Lake processors as its first true multi-tile consumer processors, which is clearly reflected in the CNET images where we can see a bigger compute tile with smaller SoC LP I/O and GPU tiles on each side. A closer look, however, reveals a fourth smaller tile placed above the GPU.
AMD and Qualcomm could be the first companies to use Samsung's 3 nm production nodes in 2022
Apple appears to be receiving preferential treatment from TSMC as of late, so AMD and Qualcomm are not really content now that chip shortages are still a thing. Starting with next year, AMD and Qualcomm may choose to partner with Samsung and use its 3 nm GAAFET production nodes.
Innosilicon Fenghua 1: China's first server-grade GPU to feature GDDR6X VRAM and DirectX support
Without any actual performance metrics, it is not clear if the Fenghua 1 can take on AMD's and Nvidia's solutions. However, the integration of GDDR6X VRAM and the support for APIs like OpenGL, OpenGLES, OpenCL, Vulkan and DirectX, plus the inclusion of video ports suggest that Innosilicon's card could also act as a workstation or even a desktop GPU.
Dynabook refreshes its budget-oriented Satellite Pro business lineup with Intel Tiger Lake-U processors and Windows 11
The latest Satellite Pro models feature Intel Core i5-1135G7 and i7-1165G7 processor options that integrate Iris Xe iGPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. Windows 11 is preinstalled and configurations costs range between US$770 and US$930.
HP briefly lists unannounced AMD Ryzen 7 5825U, Ryzen 5 5625U and Ryzen 3 5425U laptop APUs
The three leaked models appear to be part of the Barcelo family that is launching in early 2022. Barcelo is believed to be only Cezanne refresh that is still produced on the 7 nm nodes and features the same 15 W TDP, along with the same core counts, L3 cache memory and Vega iGPUs from the current Cezanne models.
IBM presents the 127-qubit Quantum Eagle processor
The Eagle processor is essentially doubling the number of qubits from last year's Hummingbird model that integrates 65 qubits. Featuring several layers of circuitry that improve the quantum coherence, the Eagle is now able to execute concurrent real-time classical compute workloads. IBM plans to release a 443-qubit model in 2022 and then break the 1000-qubit barrier by 2023.
Huawei MateBook E refresh to be unveiled on November 17
Hardware specs are still a mystery, but the teaser image reveals that the new MateBook E features an improved display with narrower bezels and rounded screen corners, plus a fingerprint sensor on the back. A detachable keyboard along with a stylus and a mouse also appear to be included.
The City of Miami will soon provide residents with bitcoin wallets and pay them dividends from the staking of MiamiCoin
Miami intends to become the crypto hub of the U.S. and its residents are bound to profit from this. The city is already staking its own BTC-powered MiamiCoin generating millions of US$ and residents will soon receive bitcoin yield from these activities.
New Raptoreum CPU-mineable coin could cause AMD processor shortage
Video cards might not be the only PC components that will see shortages in 2022. A new CPU-mineable coin named Raptoreum (RTM) is apparently more profitable than Ethereum right now, but it has an affinity for AMD processors with large L3 caches. If the RTM price continues to appreciate, we could see shortages for the upcoming 3D V-Cache Ryzen variants.
Unity is buying VFX giant Weta Digital in preparation for the metaverse boom
With the acquisition of all the artist tools, core pipeline, intellectual property and engineering talent from Weta Digital, Unity is set to become the premier video game engine to power future metaverse projects.
Reddit could soon introduce its 500 million user base to NFT-backed karma tokens
80,000 redditors are already testing a community point system powered by a layer-two rollup using Arbitrum technology. This implementation is supposed to allow for gasless transactions and blockchain forks through community-based decisions.
MinisForum mini PC with Ryzen 9 5900X CPU and discrete GPU in the works
The upcoming mini PCs will support up to a Ryzen 9 5900X desktop-grade CPU coupled to a discrete GPU. MinisForum mentions that the power consumption can range between 120 W and 1000 W, so it also offers support for ATX SFX power supplies. For increased efficiency, the processors are cooled with liquid metal and the included power adapter features gallium nitride technology.
Best buy incoming: sub-US$200 Intel Core i5-12400F beats the Ryzen 5 5600X
For now, the i5-12600K is the value king, but, if you can wait for the i5-12400F releasing in two months, you could get roughly the same performance for sub-US$200.
Unreleased AMD Ryzen 6000 processors already supported in Project Hydra overclocking utility
Support for the upcoming Zen 3 3D V-Cache processors (tentatively called Ryzen 6000) is available in 1usmus's new overclocking utility called Project Hydra, which is expected to be available in late November. It offers advanced features like automatic detection of Curve Optimizer values, dynamic profile creation and undervolting.
Ubisoft plans to develop blockchain-based play-to-earn NFT games
The metaverse is the next big thing and Ubisoft intends to become one of the major players in the blockchain-based video game industry by integrating a pay-to-earn model.
More Ti upgrades: an RTX 3070 Ti laptop GPU could also be in the cards for early 2022
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti mobile GPU appears to be based on the existing GA104 die that powers the RTX 3080 version and is rumored to come as a response to Intel's ARC Alchemist laptop GPUs releasing in Q1 2022.
Researchers demonstrate palm-size 5D silica glass storage medium with 500 TB capacity
Combining high-repetition femtosecond laser inscription with silica glass materials, researchers came up with a palm-size 5D medium that can store up to 500 TB. In addition to the three spatial dimensions, researchers also use solitons and the strength of retardance of the nanolamellar structures etched with the lasers as fourth and fifth dimensions, respectively.
Asus announces the Flip CX3400, a more affordable premium Chromebook with Tiger Lake-U processors
The new Flip CX3400 retains the slick look and fanless design from the CX5400 model, and offers the same selection of Intel Tiger Lake-U processors. On the other hand, it does not feature Thunderbolt ports, comes with a slightly dimmer screen and RAM configurations start from 4 GB.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU spotted in PCI Device ID Database, could launch in early 2022
This model appears to be based on the same GA103 die that was leaked back in June with the Lenovo ThinPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 laptops. It is rumored to launch at CES next year with 7680 CUDA cores and up to 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM.
Asus could soon launch an affordable Windows 11 Vivobook tablet with 13.3-inch OLED screen
As revealed by a couple of Swiss retailers, prices for the Asus Vivobook T3300K could start at ~US$700. Asus is only including a Jasper Lake processor with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB NVMe SSD, but there are some premium features as well, like the 13.3-inch FHD OLED display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and digital pen support.
XMG scraps plans to upgrade the VIA 15 Pro laptops with Ryzen 5000H APUs due to limited supplies
Originally, XMG was estimating the release of the VIA 15 Pro with Ryzen 7 5800H could occur in early 2022, but, after a recent reevaluation of the Cezanne supply, this upgrade plan was scrapped. Subsidiary Tuxedo is also scrapping upgrade plans for the Linux-based Pulse 14 / 15 models.
Ethereum's POS merger gets pushed back to June 2022, GPU supplies to remain limited
The Ethereum dev team was initially planning to activate the difficulty bomb this December, but client releases are still not ready for the POS merger, so a new Ethereum Improvement Proposal was created to delay things until June 2022. This may have repercussions on the GPU supply, as miners will likely continue to hoard cards until the end of 2022.
Intel unveils official specs, performance stats and pricing for the Alder Lake desktop CPUs
Most of the specs from previous leaks are confirmed, including the enticing price points. As far as performance goes, the i9-12900K is up to 30% faster in select games compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, and up to 100% faster in content creation applications compared to the i9-11900K.
Mastercard partners with Bakkt to bring cryptocurrency services to hundreds of millions of U.S. customers
The cryptocurrency services include the ability for consumers to buy, sell and hold digital assets through custodial wallets powered by the Bakkt platform and streamlined issuance of branded crypto debit and credit cards with digital asset loyalty rewards.
Chinese authorities could soon revise crypto mining ban
China's plan to crash the Bitcoin value appears to have backfired as the crypto coin is back to its values recorded before the crypto mining ban. On top of that, most of the Bitcoin hashing power was relocated from China to other states, helping the U.S. become the leading hashrate provider. The Chinese authorities are now issuing a call for public comments on the decision to add crypto mining to the list of "phased-out" industries.
100% passively cooled Intel i9-10900K and Nvidia RTX 3080 now possible with MonsterLabo's Beast case
MonsterLabo's Beast case is able to maintain max temperatures of 89 °C for an Intel i9-10900K running at 4.5 GHz and 1.13 V on all 10 cores, while the RTX 3080 GPU required a bit of tinkering to prevent power leaks above 80 °C.
Aorus Project Cielo: Gigabyte's take on modular PCs
Gigabyte envisions a future where gaming PCs combine fast 5G connectivity with modular design. The Aorus Project Cielo features a main PC module with integrated 5G antenna, and users can add a battery module for increased mobility plus a Bluetooth speaker module for entertainment purposes.
XMG-Schenker adds Tiger Lake-H35 and RTX 3050 Ti options for the Vision 14 ultrabook
The latest Vision 14 SKUs include Intel's Tiger Lake-H35 i5-11300H and i7-11370H CPUs plus an optional RTX 3050 Ti dGPU, yet still retain the same slim and light chassis from the i7-1165G7 versions. XMG-Schenker tweaked the CPUs to achieve a sustained TDP of 40 W on PL1 and the dGPU is rated for 35 +15 W TGP.
China's most powerful chip: Alibaba introduces proprietary 128-core ARM-based Yitian 710 server processor
The Yitian 710 is designed by Alibaba subsidiary T-Head and is currently the most advanced mass-production processor coming from China. It has more transistors than the Latest Apple M1 Max processor and integrates 128 ARM v9 5 nm cores clocked at up to 3.2 GHz.
Juno readies Intel Tiger Lake-H and AMD Ryzen 5000U Linux-based laptops
The refreshed Juno lineup includes the budget-oriented 15-inch Nyx models with AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processors and integrated Vega 7 graphics, the Saturn mid-ranger with intel COre i7-11800H and RTX 3050 / 3050 Ti dGPU options, and the Neptune high-end solutions with i7-11800H and Max-Q variants of the RTX 3070 / 3080 dGPUs.
Nvidia allegedly halting RTX 3000 production this October to keep prices as high as possible until 1H22
Moore's Law Is Dead is back with quite the allegation. Unnamed sources of his are claiming that Nvidia may try to halt the production of all its RTX 3000 gaming GPUs in late October in order to keep street prices as high as possible until next year, when refreshed models could make these inflated prices the norm. This move might also be planned in order to mitigate a possible price crash caused by miners dumping many GPUs after Ethereum goes full POS.
Simply NUC introduces Cypress mini PCs with AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors
The Cypress lineup is Simply NUC's first with 4x4-inch motherboards supporting the Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors with Vega 7 iGPU. Processor options include the Ryzen V2516 / V2546 / V2748 APUs and users can configure these models with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 10 TB SSD storage. By default, there is support for quad-4K video outputs through 2x HDMI 2.1 and 2x USB-C 3.2 DP 1.4 ports.
Vladimir Putin sees value in cryptocurrencies, but it is too early to consider crypto-backed oil trades
Putin believes cryptocurrencies have the right to exist and may be used as a means of payment. However, there is no support for them as of yet, suggesting that these need to be regulated first. With the current economic restrictions dictated by the U.S., Russia is forced to move away from dollar-backed oil contracts. Putin is considering other currencies for oil trades, but cryptos are off the table for the time being.
Chinese leaker makes wild claims about Intel's Alder Lake desktop platform
One of the more outlandish claims includes information about the Q4 Alder Lake supply that is expected to be limited to only 300,000 units, which would lead to significantly increased prices. Things are getting really iffy when the Chinese leaker starts explaining that the big.LITTLE hybrid core architecture does not work on Windows 10, where the big cores are completely disabled, then he drops the bomb stating that DDR5 RAM kits need to be overclocked to at least 8000 MT/s in order to notice any performance gains over DDR4-3600.
VAIO announces refreshed SX12 / SX14 ultrabooks with Intel Core i7-1195G7 processors and premium features borrowed from the Z lineup
The refreshed SX models are powered by the i7-1195G7 processors with PCIe 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4 support. VAIO managed to retain the same thickness and weight from the previous generation, despite the addition of larger batteries, and other premium features from the Z series like the prop-up mechanism, an FHD camera with IR sensor, and fingerprint sensor integrated in the power. This is possible thanks to the forged carbon fiber plating on the upper lid.
XMG upgrades its PRO laptops with Tiger Lake-H processors and Thunderbolt 4 support
The L21 PRO models offer significant upgrades over the early 2021 variants, including the Intel Core i7-11800H processors, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a PCIe 4.0 X16 slot for the RTX 3070/3080 dGPUs and an M.2 PCIe 4.0 X4 slot for storage solutions, plus a MUX switch for external displays. XMG removed the microSD card reader, on the other hand.
AMD DisplayPort Thunderbolt Tunneling driver already available in latest Linux kernel patches, USB4 support finally coming in early 2022
New Linux graphics kernel patches with USB4 DisplayPort Tunneling are now available from AMD. The tunneling feature allows the USB, DisplayPort and PCIe transfer protocols to operate simultaneously by sharing the available bandwidth. For now, only the DisplayPort 1.4 specs are supported with AMD's tunneling drivers. Hopefully, DisplayPort 2.0 specs could be added by the time AMD introduces its next gen embedded and laptop solutions in early 2022.
Samsung presents updated roadmap for its upcoming 3 nm and 2 nm production nodes
Samsung will be the first company to implement Gate-All-Around transistors (known as MBCFET) with its upcoming 3 nm node scheduled to go online in the first half of 2022. A second gen 3 nm node is planned for 2023, while the 2 nm node should be ready by 2025. TSMC, on the other hand, will only adopt GAA technology with its 2 nm nodes scheduled for 2024.
Nvidia reportedly offers concessions in a bid to secure EU antitrust approval for its US$54 billion ARM acquisition
The exact nature of the concessions offered to the European Commission is yet to be determined. In light of the concession proposal, the European Commission extended the ARM deal review deadline until October 27 to analyze the implications and seek additional input from ARM's customers. Nvidia was also recently in news headlines because of its US$100+ million investment plan for the UK's fastest supercomputer.
Qualcomm Dual Station technology reduces Wi-Fi 6 latency and jitter for games played on Windows 11
The new FastConnect chips from Qualcomm simultaneously harness two separate bands and can thus lower latency and jitter by a factor of four compared to Wi-Fi 6 solutions that only connect via a single band. This technology can benefit online gaming and live communication applications. It is currently offered on select devices from Acer and Lenovo powered by Windows 11.
Twitch hack spills the beans on Amazon's Steam-like game store codenamed Vapour
Besides the Vapour platform, the leaked source files also reveal something called VapeWorld that is built on the Unity engine and looks like a VR chat game with 3D Twitch chat emotes. Additionally, the existence of a “metaverse” folder could suggest Amazon's plans to integrate NFT and other crypto tokens with Vapour.
Intel issues list with DDR5-4800 RAM modules validated for the Alder Lake platform
Intel is lending early Alder Lake adopters a hand and releases a provisional list with validated DDR5-4800 DIMMs from several suppliers. This list should expand as more models become available.
Leak suggests RTX 3090 SUPER, RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB and RTX 2060 12 GB may launch in January 2022
If this new leak is accurate, we could see the RTX 30 SUPER lineup launched throughout the first quarter of 2022. Additionally, Nvidia might up the minimum VRAM capacity to at least 12 GB for all of its desktop tiers. The RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB and RTX 2060 with 12 GB may be launched to compensate for the ongoing shortages.
SanMax showcases DDR5 RAM modules for notebooks and mini PCs
SanMax appears to be the first RAM producer to ready DDR5 modules for laptops and mini PCs. Unfortunately, these feature the default DDR5-4800 specs with CL 40 latencies, which is what most out-of-the-box laptop configurations will feature, so not exactly upgrade material. However, these modules can be used to build mini PC rigs.
System76 readies high-end Oryx Pro Linux laptops with Tiger Lake-H processor and Nvidia RTX dGPU options
The new Oryx Pro laptops are powered by the Intel Core i7-11800H processor that can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 4 TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. On the graphics side, we find the RTX 3070 and 3080 Max-Q dGPU options and there is a MUX switch to unleash the full potential in games and demanding applications. It also comes with a Thunderbolt 4 connector, but the prices are quite steep.
Lenovo reveals pricing and discounts for its first Windows 11 laptops selling in China
The new Windows 11 roster includes three Xiaoxin Air 14 Plus SKUs and another three Xiaoxin Pro 14 SKUs with a mix of Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 5000 U/H processors, plus a new Yoga 13s model that is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 5600U APU. All models are under $900, with the most affordable being the Xiaoxin Air 14 Plus Ryzen 5 5600U priced at $680, and the most expensive being the Xiaoxin Air 14 Plus Intel version with Nvidia MX450 dGPU priced at $850.
Steam Deck dev kit gets tested, holds its own in demanding games with a bit of tweaking
We are still a few months away from the official Steam Deck release, so the dev kit performance could actually be improved in the meantime. Still, demanding games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Cyberpunk 2077 appear to be hitting 30 fps even on high settings thanks to the included LPDDR5-5500 quad channel RAM.
VAIO announces surprisingly affordable AMD Ryzen 4000 FL15 notebook
Unlike the usual VAIO models that are overpriced, the new 15.6-inch FL15 notebook costs around $710, but offers some modest specs with an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U processor, plus 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256 GB NVMe SSD. Port selection is not really generous either, yet it does feature a microSD card reader.
Leak suggests Intel could launch desktop and laptop CPUs with on-die AI accelerators by 2023
Intel plans to completely overhaul its consumer CPU architecture by 2024 in order to provide a competitive alternative for Apple's M processors. However, certain elements that will play a big role in this overhaul such as AI accelerators and VPUs are rumored to be integrated on desktop and laptop CPUs as soon as 2023.
AMD and MediaTek rumored to form joint venture focusing on notebook SoCs
Rumor has it that the joint venture would focus on notebook SoCs with integrated Wi-Fi 6, 5G and high bandwidth wired controllers. AMD could also be looking to use future MediaTek custom ARM cores in combination with RDNA graphics for high-end notebook processors competing with Apple's M models.
New renders showcase convertible design for the upcoming GPD Pocket 3 mini laptop
The schematics posted a few days ago teased the modular port design, and the new renders now reveal that the Pocket 3 is actually a 2-in-1 laptop that includes a stylus. GPD's tweets are also suggesting that the Pocket 3 will come with Intel and AMD processor options.
Valve reveals more Steam Deck features in updated FAQ
Notable features include non-Steam game compatibility for Proton, ext4 and exFAT file system support for the SD cards, user-accessible BIOS with multi-boot option along with SD card OS boot, plus PC game controller mode through Remote Play. The updated FAQ also confirms that external GPUs are not supported and the console is not specifically optimized for VR games.
Alleged Intel i9-12900K coupled with DDR5-5200 RAM beats the R9 5950X by a few thousand points in latest leaked Cinebench R23 multi-core test
The two processors were tied at around 26,000 points in the previously leaked benchmarks, but now the Alder Lake model breaks the 30,000 point threshold. AMD users will quickly point out that the R9 5950X can easily be tweaked to score above 31,000 points, but keep in mind that the Intel CPU is not overclocked in this scenario. It does, however, benefit from increased memory bandwidth from a DDR5-5200 RAM kit.
Chinese Academy of Sciences could win FinFET infringement case against Intel
Intel recently lost the sixth patent validity challenge in the lawsuit initiated by the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences back in 2018. IMECAS owns the FinFET patent and is now closer to obtaining $31 million from Intel plus a ban of all the Core processors from the Chinese market.
Intel i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU tested in Ashes of the Singularity, results suggest significant gains over AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X
AotS might not be a popular benchmarking tool due to its convoluted results, yet its reliance on CPU power seems to be great for highlighting Intel's Alder Lake performance. It is still unclear if the i9-12900K benefits from some overclocking treatment in this case, but the Alder Lake processor does seem to be 39% faster than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X when coupled with an RTX 3080 running at High_1440p settings.
AMD ready to diversify its portfolio with ARM-based chips
Some AMD customers are asking for ARM-based processors, and AMD is willing to fulfill this demand. Moreover, AMD seems to be open to explore other architectures like RISC-V, as well. It is not yet clear what markets would benefit from the increased ARM demand, but, seeing that AMD is already planning to use Xilinx tech for its datacenter products, we could infer that ARM may be destined for Team Red’s desktop and laptop product stacks.
Intel's Alder Lake product stack to include 35 W T-series desktop processors ideal for fanless mini PCs
The T-series returns with models that appear to have the same core count as their S-series K counterparts, but the TDP is limited to 35 W, so the core clocks are slightly lower and the overclocking capabilities are gone.
Researchers are trying to make Apple's M1 architecture completely open source, reverse-engineering document already available online
The efficient M1 processors could soon become compatible with operating systems like Android and Windows, without the need for virtualization. Maynard Handley, one of the developers of the Apple QuickTime video format, is compiling a reverse-engineering M1 bible that is aiming to make the custom ARM-based architecture open source.
Ukraine could soon become the second country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender
Following El Salvador's example, Ukraine is gearing up to transition to a fully digitized economy and deem Bitcoin as legal tender. The ex-Soviet country may also focus on Bitcoin mining using its clean and sustainable nuclear power sources.
Kioxia announces the FL6 PCIe 4.0 XL-FLASH SSD: a more affordable and faster alternative to Intel's Optane SSDs
The new FL6 SSDs feature the PCIe 4.0 NVMe 1.4 interface and combine the BiCS 3D NAND memory with the XL-FLASH memory to provide a hybrid solution that bridges the gap between DRAM and TLC-based TLC. Kioxia claims that FL6 is faster and more affordable than Intel's enterprise Optane SSDs, but does not actually provide any figures or prices.
Leaked DDR5-6400 RAM test on Intel's upcoming Alder Lake platform shows that faster DDR5 specs are not really suitable for gaming
Intel's DDR5 implementation could be one of those cases where first to market does not necessarily translate to a huge advantage. The upcoming Alder Lake platform supports DDR5-4800 RAM natively, but everything beyond those specs seem to prove detrimental for gamers. A leaked test for the Alder Lake i5-12600K coupled with DDR5-6400 RAM shows how the new Gear 4 memory mode almost doubles the latency compared to that of a DDR4-2933 kit.
Leak reveals first relevant Intel Alder Lake-S benchmarks and alleged launch prices
Unfortunately no gaming tests, but we are still getting a first look at more relevant benchmarks like video encoding, CPU rendering in Blender and PC Mark. Of course, Alder Lake is dominating in the single core Cinebench R23 test, but beyond that, performance is either on par or slightly lower compared to the competition. It all might come down to pricing, as Intel's models seem to be at least $100 cheaper than the AMD counterparts, and the i5-12600K could indeed emerge as a best buy.
14-core / 20-thread Intel Alder Lake-P processor spotted in upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book
The unannounced Galaxy Book appears to integrate an early sample of the Alder Lake-P that only runs at 2.25 GHz. There is no dGPU, but the processor does integrate an improved Iris Xe LP graphics accelerator, plus the system is equipped with 16 GB of what looks to be LPDDR5X RAM.
Microsoft highlights the performance improvements that will make Windows 11 super responsive
Some of the new improvements include better CPU and RAM prioritisation for foreground apps that can also lead to expanded battery life on laptops, faster resume from sleep mode, reduced storage footprint with non-critical apps that can install on demand, DCH drivers that reduce the occurrence of crashes and 40% lighter updates.
Researchers enable Nvidia CUDA app support on RISC-V GPGPU
U.S. and South Korean RISC-V researchers managed to make Nvidia's CUDA code compatible with non-Nvidia hardware. It is quite the achievement considering AMD and Intel have not yet pursued such a solution. The RISC-V-based Vortex GPGPU essentially translates CUDA code into OpenCL instructions through the RISC-V library.
AMD lowers prices on its Ryzen 5000 desktop processors
UK and Europe are getting bigger discounts compared to the U.S. market, but overall, we are looking at 10-20% price slashes across the board, with one exception - the Ryzen 9 5900X model is considerably overpriced on Amazon U.S. for no apparent reason.
LG readies crease-proof material for foldable displays
The days of the annoying display crease on foldable devices are numbered. Thanks to LG's advancements in the screen protective layer field, we can now look forward to the first devices integrating crease-proof folding displays launching in 2023.
Apple could soon integrate RISC-V technology in its proprietary processors
Apple is covering all its bases for its proprietary M chips, and is now looking into alternatives to ARM's core IPs in the eventuality that Nvidia manages to finalize the deal. A new job posted by Apple hints at the possibility that future Macs and iPhones could integrate RISC-V technology.
Nvidia 510.06 WSL graphics driver bids farewell to Kepler, features next gen compiler for Ada Lovelace RTX 4000 GPUs
Even though the INF files do not mention most of the GTX 700 Kepler cards anymore, this version still supports the old GK100 functions and runtimes are still compatible with SM 3.x. Additionally, the preview version integrates new next gen runtime compilers that may end up used by the upcoming RTX 4000 cards.
Nvidia's CMP 170HX crypto mining cards pop up in China with fanless design and 164 MH/s speeds
Probably a little too late to solve the gaming GPU crisis, but Nvidia's top-of-the-line CMP 170HX crypto mining cards are now available in China. These models come directly from Nvidia and feature a cut-down GA100 die with 4480 CUDA cores complemented by 8 GB of HBM2e VRAM. Interestingly enough, the cooling system has no fans and the card itself cannot be used for gaming or compute workloads. It is also a bit slower than the advertised 200 MH/s speeds.
The System76 Pangolin Linux laptops now come with Ryzen 5000U APU options
The Linux-based Pangolin refreshes come with the Lucienne R5 5500U and R7 5700U APUs integrating Zen 2 cores. Other features include a 15.7-inch FHD display, up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6 and a GbE NIC. Prices start at $1,199.
HDDs still going strong: Western Digital announces 20 TB drives with OptiNAND flash memory
The new drives combine traditional platters with iNAND UFS memory to improve speeds and reliability. These drives are not similar to existing hybrid SSHDs since OptiNAND is not used to store user data. Instead, the NAND memory stores metadata from HDD operations and RRO defects, plus it can improve performance by buffering out more data, and also increase reliability allowing 50x more data to be flushed.
AMD patent reveals revolutionary teleportation-based quantum computer
The future could belong to quantum computers, but the current qubit architectures seem to have issues in the scalability and reliability departments. AMD is offering a solution to these shortcomings and proposes a new model based on quantum teleportation that integrates SIMD regions. This approach reduces the number of needed qubits for certain computations, while improving overall stability.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti cards with 20 GB VRAM spotted in Russia, might only be some mislabeled models
While the labels are clearly stating 20 GB, there is nothing else attesting to the actual VRAM capacity of these cards. These are probably some mislabeled models that still pack 12 GB, but just imagine the ridiculous prices asked by retailers if 20 GB models were indeed real.
Leak suggests the Intel i5-12600K CPU outperforms AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X at a considerably lower price
The Gracemont little cores are now rumored to provide better performance than previously thought, helping Intel's Alder Lake mid-tier model outperform even the Ryzen 7 5800X by around 5% in multi-core loads at a ~$100 lower MSRP. However, this price difference may actually be offset by the need to buy a new motherboard, DDR5 modules and a separate cooler.
Western Digital in talks with Kioxia for a $20+ billion merger
The combined market share of the two companies threatens Samsung's position as the world's biggest NAND memory producer. Western Digital and Kioxia (Toshiba's memory division) have already been collaborating for 20 years, so the merger does not come as a huge surprise.
Cerebras CS-2 processor scales up to 163 million cores to beat the complexity of the human brain
A single CS-2 chip with 850,000 cores can now process 120 trillion parameter AI models that are more complex than the human brain with its 100 trillion synapses. This is made possible through the introduction of the MemoryX cabinets that come with up to 2.4 PB of flash+DRAM memory, and Cerebras also offers a scaling solution that allows up to 192 CS-2-based systems to interconnect through the SwarmX fabric for a total of 163.2 million core processing power.
More details on Intel's AI-based Xe SuperSampling tech launching with the ARC GPUs revealed by principal engineer
SS appears to be the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is AI-based and should provide high quality results similar to DLSS, but on the other hand, the tech aims to become completely open source by the second or third iteration.
AMD presents more details on Zen 3 3D V-Cache and the future of 3D stacking
Apparently, AMD was considering implementing Intel's Foveros 3D technology at some point, but later decided to go with TSMC's superior Micro Bump 3D packaging that is 1 micron thinner and quite a bit more efficient. This is only the beginning, as AMD plans to refine the interconnect pitch in the future, allowing for more complex 3D stacking applications.
Leaked slide shows next gen Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast mini PC specs with Alder Lake CPUs and DG2 dGPUs
Despite featuring the Alder Lake CPUs, the NUC 12 Enthusiast models do not support DDR5 RAM and are limited to DDR4-3200. Nevertheless, the upcoming NUCs come with powerful specs like Intel's own DG2 dGPUs with 8 / 12 / 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM, two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, Wi-Fi 6E module, SDXC and UHS-II SD card reader, plus a redesigned chassis.
ADATA presents refreshed Xenia 15 gaming notebook and XPG DDR5 RAM modules with 12600 MT/s speeds
The latest iteration of the Xenia 15 gaming laptop is powered by the i7-11800H processor coupled with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a new 1 TB XPG Gen 4 SSD and either an RTX 3070 or 3060 dGPU from Nvidia. It comes with advanced features like Thunderbolt 4 connectors and a 15.6-inch 165 Hz QHD screen. On the other hand, the new XPG DDR5 modules that can be overclocked to 12600 MT/s now feature as much as 64 GB per single module.
Samsung is reviewing its mobile division after sharp decline in handheld sales
Samsung's entire mobile business seems to be in trouble and the Korean giant is currently investigating the cause of the sharply declining Galaxy S21 sales amplified by supply chain management problems. Maybe Samsung should first look into adjusting the prices versus the Chinese-based competition.
Asus may be developing Nvidia RTX 3070 cards with Noctua coolers
The latest EEC filings from Asus show a lonely RTX 3070 card with the Noctua suffix. Hopefully this experiment proves a success so we can see the Noctua solutions installed on high-end, as well as lower-end solutions in the future.
Minisforum is now pre-selling the EliteMini HX90 mini PC with Ryzen 9 5900HX and liquid metal cooling
The high-end nature of the new Minisforum EliteMini HX90 mini PC is reflected not only by the inclusion of the Ryzen 9 5900HX APU, but also by the carbon fiber chassis and the premium liquid metal cooling system. Minisforum is offering an early bird $100 discount on all variants.
Leaked roadmap reveals details for Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake and Nova Lake processor families
The latest roadmap is quite in line with the one leaked by Moore's Law Is Dead a few months ago, but also expands the timeline to 2025 and adds a couple of new families, complete with core cluster names, estimated release dates and performance comparisons to future AMD and Apple models.
First mentions of AMD RDNA1 "Cyan Skillfish" iGPU for future Ryzen APUs appear in Linux code
We were expecting to see RDNA iGPUs added to the Ryzen 5000 APUs, but AMD was not able to sync the production schedule for that to happen. Then we saw the leaked future gens with RDNA2 iGPUs, and we thought AMD is probably ditching the RDNA iGPUs altogether, but some recent Linux code uncovered by Phoronix seems to be proving us wrong.
Samsung is developing 24 Gb DDR5 memory chips for 768 GB RAM modules
The 768 GB modules are specifically designed for cloud datacenters, but Samsung plans to include the 24 Gb DDR5 chips in 96 / 192 / 384 GB modules aimed at mainstream servers, as well as 24 GB and 48 GB modules for consumer PCs.
GPD Win Max 2021 handheld gaming laptop now available for preorder with surprising Intel Core i7-1195G7 upgrade and lower price
Initially supposed to launch with i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7 processor options, the GPD Win Max 2021 handheld gaming laptop is now up for pre-order only with a surprising i7-1195G7 upgrade that is offered for the same price as the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U variant. Preordering now can further lower the price to only $999.
JEDEC introduces the LPDDR5X standard with speeds up to 8533 MT/s
Micron and Samsung are preparing to begin production for the first LPDDR5X modules, and the first consumer products to integrate this technology should launch in 2H2022. LPDDR5X provides higher speeds reaching 8533 MT/s and also raises the available bandwidth to 68.26 GB/s.
Nvidia-ARM deal could be delayed and eventually terminated by the European Commission
Nvidia is hoping to finalize the ARM acquisition by March 2022, but, as of this moment, it still has not received any approval from regulators across the world. Additionally, Team Green needs to apply for a European Commission review, and this could delay things even further, eventually forcing Softbank to opt for an ARM initial public offering.
Intel will produce Qualcomm SoCs on the upcoming 20A nodes
Things are looking up for Intel, at least on the IFS side. Qualcomm is really impressed with the upcoming 20A (2 nm) tech that will go online in 2024, and is now planning to move part of its SoC production on Intel's cutting edge nodes that will integrate new features like GAAFET (RibbonFET) and PowerVIA.
Computer scientist showcases world's first RISC-V-based Linux PC coupled with an AMD RX 6700 XT GPU
René Rebe managed to patch the Linux kernel to support the RISC-V processor along with the AMD RX 6700 XT card in around 10 hours. The GPU is not exactly fully functional, as it cannot yet run games, but it can render the GUI, 3D elements and also decode hi-res videos.
First Chinese CPU with proprietary instruction set launched by Loongson
The new Loongson 3A5000 processor is 50% faster than its predecessor and 30% more efficient, which puts it on the same level with AMD's first gen Ryzen processors. It packs 4 cores with no hyperthreading clocked at 2.3 - 2.5 GHz and supports DDR4-3200 RAM.
Asus readies slim and light 14-inch Chromebook Flip CX5400 premium convertible with Tiger Lake-U processors
The Flip CX5400 is powered by Intel's i7-1160G7 low-voltage processor that allows for a totally silent design. It also integrates 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, a 512 GB NVMe SSD, and 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors plus it features a high-quality 14-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut. It will be available soon at just above $1,000.
Leaker claims Nvidia's Hopper compute GPUs are taping out soon, might launch in mid-2022
Hopper is most likely to be a compute-only architecture, as the upcoming RTX 4000 GPUs are expected to be based on Ada Lovelace. Nvidia is probably taping out Hopper this soon in order to have everything ready by mid-2022 when Intel's Xe-HPC and AMD's CDNA2 are supposed to hit the market. Hopper is Nvidia's first attempt at a multi-chip-module design and is rumored to be produced on the 5 nm nodes from TSMC.
First AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mini PCs coming soon from Morefine and Minisforum
Minisforum and Morfine are preparing crowdfunding campaigns for the first mini PC "workstations" powered by AMD's top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5900HX laptop APU. These will not offer enough room for a dGPU, but the integrated Vega 8 GPU is still a decent solution. The Indiegogo campaigns are expected to start in a few weeks.
Windows 10 will support DirectStorage, but with limited functionality
Users reluctant to upgrade to the upcoming Windows 11 version will be happy to learn that the DirectStorage feature is coming to Windows 10, as well. Faster game load times and improved GPU texture decompression speeds will require Windows 10 version 1909 and up, but Windows 11 is getting the performance edge due to its improved OS storage stack.
Intel rumored to acquire GlobalFoundries for $30 billion
GlobalFounderies was created as an AMD spin off back in 2008, but now it is not controlled by Team Red anymore. Nevertheless, AMD is still an important customer, and the two companies already signed a $1.6 billion multiyear deal for chip component supplies earlier this year, so the Intel deal might not be easily attainable.
Nvidia's RTX 3050 Ti mobile GPU is not really worth it: 50% slower than the RTX 3060, but only 10% cheaper
Since Nvidia allows for a wide variety of TGPs on all of its mobile GPUs, the RTX 3050 Ti does not really make any sense. OEMs can easily replace this model with a lower TGP RTX 3060 and still keep the 6 GB of VRAM. Slapping only 4 GB on the RTX 3050 Ti is not even the bare minimum for some current AAA games, let alone whatever games will be released in the coming years.
Microsoft is launching the Windows 365 cloud OS service this August
The hybrid OS running on the Azure cloud infrastructure will only be available for enterprise clients through a monthly paid subscription. At launch, users will be able to create Windows 10 instances, with the possibility to add Windows 11 instances once the new OS is officially released. The increased storage and processing power scalability should help enterprises drastically reduce computer hardware-related costs.
This mini Raspberry Pi server comes with built in UPS and OLED stats display
The mini server based on the Raspberry Pi 4 board includes a UPS module with two 2500 mAh batteries that can last up to 1.5 hours and a mini OLED screen that displays UPS, IP, CPU, RAM and storage info. It also features a 3D printed case with transparent side panels and even a CPU heatsink with side-mounted fan.
Intel Alder Lake i9-12900K qualification sample hitting 5.3 GHz rumored to be 800 points faster than the AMD Ryzen 5950X in Cinebench R20 multi-core tests
Initially rumored to hit 5.5 GHz on a single core, the i9-12900K might not be able to get turbo boosts higher than 5.3 GHz, at least according to the latest leaked qualification sample specs. Still, this does not appear to hinder the overall performance of the upcoming high-end Alder Lake models, as the multi-core scores in Cinebench R20 are rumored to be at least 800 points higher than the Ryzen 9 5950X.
MSI announces Delta 15 and Alpha 15 / 17 budget-friendly gaming laptops with AMD Radeon RX 6700M / 6600M GPUs
MSI is adding a new Delta series with slim and light design that can be equipped with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and a Radeon 6700M GPU, while also introducing a redesigned Alpha series with improved cooling and processor options up to a Ryzen 7 5800H complemented by a Radeon RX 6600M GPU.
Chinese cryptominers are dumping all GPUs before the Ethereum hard fork, Nvidia RTX 3060 cards for as low as $270
Everyone saw the GPU dump coming, as the Ethereum Proof of Stake plan was set into motion two years ago, but Chinese cryptominers are forced to dump their GPUs earlier, since the local government is cracking down hard on any cryptomining activities. The RTX 3060 cards make for a particularly good deal now at around $270, but anyone interested in bulk deals for all Nvidia as well as AMD GPU models can easily find bargains on sites like Taobao, Bangood, Alibaba or AliExpress.
Leak reveals core cluster details and Geekbench performance for the upcoming Snapdragon 895 high-end SoC
This is an early sample so performance could improve by launch time, but the Geekbench results show that it is lagging behind the Apple A14 Bionic, especially in single-core tests. The integrated Adreno 730 GPU is also said to be slower than the AMD RDNA2 GPU from the Samsung Exynos 2200.
China now leading the quantum computing race
Unlike Google's 53-qubit Sycamore quantum supercomputer that is based on electrons and superconductors, the latest Chinese achievement in the field dubbed Zuchongzhi can process 66 qubits and is based on optical circuits and photons.
Nvidia RTX 3000 Super laptop GPUs rumored to launch early next year
Looks like Nvidia is not going to release any other RTX 3000 versions besides the Ti ones this year. Rumor has it that Team Green should release 7 nm RTX 3000 Super variants for laptops with more CUDA cores but same VRAM configurations in early 2022, while the desktop variants could arrive a few months after.
Leaked diagram reveals the AMD Instinct MI200 compute GPU with dual 128 CU dies and 128 GB HBM2e RAM
Just like the upcoming RDNA3 gaming GPUs, the CDNA2-based Instinct MI200 appears to feature a multi-chip-module design with dual 128 CU dies that pack no less than 128 GB of HBM2e RAM. These GPUs will soon be featured in Australia's first 50 Petaflop computer dubbed Setonix.
Qualcomm's new CEO reveals plans to challenge Apple and eventually dominate the laptop market in the coming years
The recent Nuvia acquisition is enabling Qualcomm to produce its own chip designs without the need to license IPs directly from ARM. Just like Apple with its M chips, Qualcomm is looking to launch energy-efficient laptop processors and eventually dominate the entire laptop market. At the same time, problems like suboptimal brand awareness and losing Apple as a 5G modem customer need to be addressed.
Nvidia could soon introduce an Ultra Quality preset for DLSS; new version 22.214.171.124 spotted in UE5 with worse image quality than 126.96.36.199
The Ultra Quality preset is mentioned in the UE5 documentation, but it is unclear how it differs from the Quality preset or when exactly it is going to be activated for end-users. The latest UE5 build also features a new 188.8.131.52 DLSS version that apparently comes with worse image quality compared to version 184.108.40.206.
Gigabyte launches AORUS XTREME Gen4 SSD add-in card with up to 32 TB capacity and 28 GB/s read speeds
The AORUS XTREME Gen4 NVMe SSD add-in card is probably longer than most high-end GPUs on the market and certainly rivals them in price. It comes with up to eight 4 TB second gen PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs powered by the Phison PS5018-E18 controller and the RAID configuration yields ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 28 GB/s.
Two new budget-oriented Gateway laptops powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs to soon be available exclusively through Walmart
There is an 11.6-inch semi-rugged convertible with 768p touchscreen powered by the Snapdragon 7c SoC coupled with 4 GB LPDDR4 and 64 GB of eMMC storage, whereas the 13.3-inch regular slim and light GWTN133-1 features a slightly faster Snapdragon 850 SoC, 4 GB LPDDR4, 128 GB eMMC storage and a 1080p screen.
Upcoming Samsung Exynos SoC with AMD RDNA2 GPU is 53% faster than the Exynos 2100 in 3DMark Wild Life
This is the A77 core variant and it still lags behind the Apple A14 by almost 150 points. There should be an A78 variant that could dethrone the A14; however, Apple is ready to launch the A15 this fall, so the Exynos supremacy will be short-lived.
Beware of the single rank x16 RAM kits sneaked in some laptop models! The 1Rx16 modules have significantly lower bandwidth compared to the 1Rx8 variants
The more bank groups a memory module has, the higher the bandwidth is. Contrary to what the naming convention may suggest, the single rank x8 modules have twice as many bank groups compared to the single rank x16 variants. Laptop OEMs unfortunately never reveal the ranking information.
New leak suggests Intel DG2 (Xe-HPG) GPUs would first launch on laptops in late 2021, desktop cards possibly releasing next year
According to the latest insider info relayed through RedGamingTech, Intel will not be able to ready the DG2 gaming GPUs in desktop form this year. Instead, Intel will be focusing on releasing laptop-grade DG2 GPUs, as these are much more stable at lower voltages / frequencies and it is also easier to supply this sort of chips together with mobile CPUs to laptop integrator partners. Top performance in this case would only match a desktop RTX 3060 Ti.
Picture showing the first Chinese entry-level gaming GPU produced by Zhaoxin reveals performance clues
One year ago, Zhaoxin was announcing its intentions to enter the discrete gaming GPU market with a 70 W TGP 28 nm model releasing some time in 2021. From what we can see in the pictures released by Glenfly, Zhaoxin already has some working engineering samples, but Chinese sources are now claiming that these particular models have been cancelled. Could be because of the unsatisfactory performance.
AMD RDNA3 GPUs rumored to steal the performance crown from Nvidia Hopper in mid-2022 due to massive Infinity Cache improvements
Previous leaks were already suggesting that the RDNA3 GPUs should be more than twice as fast as the current RX 6800 XT models thanks to the multi-chip module approach, but fresh rumors now claim that the impressive raster and ray tracing performance of the RDNA3 is also enabled through a massive increase in Infinity Cache memory capacity.
ASRock announces DeskMini Max barebone mini PC system supporting liquid cooling and AMD Ryzen 5000 processors
Compared to the previous AMD-based mini PC barebones, the new DesktopMini Max from ASRock is considerably larger and allows users to install liquid coolers and larger dGPUs. The included AM4 motherboard supports AMD Ryzen 5000 all the way down to Ryzen 2000 processors that can be coupled with up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM.
Slimbook launches light and thin 14-inch Executive laptop with 3K 16:10 90 Hz display and Intel Tiger Lake-U processor
The new Executive model from Slimbook weighs 2.2 lbs (1 kg) and packs premium features like a 16:10 screen with 3K resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate plus an Intel Tiger Lake-U i7-1165G7 processor. It also includes a Thunderbolt 4 connector and users can add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 and up to 4 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
AMD rumored to launch Ryzen embedded V3000 processors with 6 nm Zen 3+ cores and RDNA2 iGPUs supporting DDR5-4800 RAM and 2x USB4 connectors in late 2021
Zen 4 is rumored to launch in late 2022, so later this year and in early 2022 we will be getting only refreshed Zen 3+ models. According to a new leak, the first products to integrate the 6 nm Zen 3+ tech will not be the desktop models with V-Cache or the Rembrandt chips for laptops, but the Ryzen embedded V3000 launching in late 2021. These processors will feature support for USB4, DDR5-4800 RAM, and will have a maximum 35-54 W TDP with integrated RDNA2 iGPU.
Leak reveals a cut-down lntel DG2-512 GPU with 448 EUs that is almost as fast as the RTX 3070 or the RX 6700 XT
The cut-down version of the high-end DG2-512 is clocked at 1.8 GHz max and is only 5% slower than the RTX 3070 or 8% slower than the RX 6700 XT. This means that the 512 EU variant could indeed compete with the RTX 3080 and RX 6800, as posited in previous leaks. Additionally, the leak reveals that the 128 EU variant is 12% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1650, although it is unclear what testing suite was used.
Nvidia sneaks DLSS 2.2 update with latest Rainbow Six Siege patch
No official release notes for now, but some reddit folks already managed to port the updated files to games that already support DLSS and noticed no fps performance increase. However, the new version does fix some visual artifacts and further improves image quality. Rainbow Six Siege is supposed to get an fps boost of up to 50% in 4K, but the implementation is not that good as HUD elements are displayed at rendering resolution instead of native resolution.
List with 7 launch titles, 12 upcoming games and 44 supporting companies leaks ahead of official AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution release
Only two AAA games among the 7 launch titles, but there are more coming soon. Also, the list of companies and publishers includes big names such as Capcom, EA & Frostbite, Gearbox Publishing, Valve, My.Games, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Games.
AMD doing Nvidia things: Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled edition with faster core clocks and VRAM quietly introduced only for select custom PC builders
Select PC builders are mentioning the availability of the RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled, but none of them specify the actual costs, so they might charge some ridiculous prices for around 10% performance uplift coming from overcharged specs such as boost clocks of up to 2435 MHz, 18 Gbps GDDR6 RAM and TPB bumped to 330 W.
Early AMD Radeon RX 6600M leaked tests show somewhat slower overall performance compared to the Nvidia RTX 3060 mobile GPUs
The Radeon RX 6600M is actually faster than the RTX 3060 in raster-heavy tests, but overall, it is as fast as the Nvidia card in 3DMark. It also falls behind by up to 13% in 1440p games and is significantly slower in ray tracing games. This SKU will no doubt be ignored by crypto miners as it is slower than the previous gen RX 5600M model.
Samsung brings LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage on a single chip to more affordable mainstream handhelds
Samsung is now mass producing its first uMCP solutions that combine LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage on a single chip. These are just as fast as what we have thus seen on high-end smartphones, but they also require less energy, so they can be integrated in more affordable handhelds, which are expected to hit the market later this month.
Further exploring the downsides of stock RAM kits: Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition with RX 6800M tested in 13 games
Games could see up to 28% fps improvements with faster RAM kits, but the average is around 10% at 1080p max settings or 15% for 1080p low settings. The absence of a MUX switch raises the performance gap to 33% in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so we might want to wait for the more expensive versions that allow us to disable the iGPU.
World's first GPU museum opening in China thanks to Colorful and Nvidia
Nostalgic about GPUs from the past few decades? This museum has everything from the console and arcade boards of the '80s, ISA cards, 3DFX SLI setups, the first true GPU - the GeForce 256 from Nvidia, pre-AMD ATI dual-GPU beasts and even separate sections dedicated to the Chinese e-sport scene sponsored by Colorful iGame or VR and high-end racing simulators.
Big leak reveals all the Intel Alder Lake desktop and laptop lineups plus new details on Raptor Lake and beyond
Tom from Moore's Law Is Dead reveals the hybrid core configurations for the upcoming Alder Lake S1, S2, P1, P2, M and N lineups and also shares a few more details about the 2022 Raptor Lake generation, plus other successive generations. No pricing info, though.
Windows 11 rumored to launch this October with overhauled UI, improved Microsoft Store and support for Intel Alder Lake big.LITTLE cores
The overhauled UI includes a redesigned Start menu, new system icons, rounded corners and redesigned hubs for Action Center and Settings, plus revamped core apps like Painter, Notepad etc. The store side is rumored to offer more incentives for developers, and the support for big.LITTLE cores will bring changes to the CPU scheduler.
Samsung will soon release PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs with 176-Layer V-NAND memory
The 7th gen V-NAND memory chips with 176 layers from Samsung are offering the smallest cell size in the industry right now, with 16% increased energy efficiency over previous gen and 2 Gbps I/O speeds that are designed to take advantage of the PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0 standards. 990-series NVMe SSDs are expected to be released towards the end of the year.
MSI announces updated workstation laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia RTX A-series professional GPUs
The revamped W-series now includes the WS76/66 and WE76 high-end models with up to an i9-11980HK CPU, up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a choice between the RTX A5000 or A3000 professional GPUs plus screens up to 4K. These models also include PCIe 4.0 support and a Thunderbolt 4 connector, while the WF76/66 models do not, and also support only up to an i7-11800H CPU with RTX A2000 or T1200 and 1080p screens.
The Asus ROG STRIX G15 laptop with Radeon RX 6800M cannot reach its true gaming potential due to slower stock RAM and missing MUX switch
The slower RAM gimps the gaming performance by up to 20% on the Asus model, while the missing MUX switch is further limiting the potential that should match models equipped with RTX 3080 mobile dGPUs. Similar RAM problems can also be encountered on the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. However, the Lenovo Legion 7 AMD features faster RAM, so this is not really just another conspiracy against AMD.
NVMe 2.0 specs are now available
Some of the reorganized specs include a Domains layer of partitioning for massive NVMe over Fabrics appliances, new system for handling multiple command sets, additional groundwork for the upcoming Computational storage command set, Protection Information support for 32-bit and 64-bit CRCs, new security feature called Command Group Control and explicit support for hard drives.
Nvidia CEO says ARM smartphone chips with GeForce GPUs are not coming any time soon, AMD and Samsung can get the edge with the upcoming RDNA2-powered Exynos SoC
Looks like Nvidia is playing the prudent game and is not touching any smartphone chips before completing the ARM acquisition. Its current solution for Android and iOS devices is the GeForce Now cloud gaming service, allowing AMD and Samsung to be first to market with the upcoming Exynos SoC that integrates an RDNA2 GPU later this year.
Nvidia rumored to reintroduce GeForce Partner Program for Chinese laptop OEMs, forcing the exclusion of new AMD RX 6000M GPUs from most models
This move might not surprise too many, but it does show that Nvidia can still be caught off guard by AMD, even when Team Red announced the arrival of the mobile RDNA 2 dGPUs half a year ago. On top of this, AMD might not even come up with a decent supply of RX 6000M dGPUs due to the ongoing chip shortages.
Google expected to release its first folding phone in collaboration with Samsung Display
Samsung Display is looking to expand its ultra-thin glass business by offering the technology to companies other than Samsung Electronics. Some of the first new customers include Google with its upcoming foldable Pixel smartphone and possibly even Apple when it launches its own foldable in a few years.
Intel previews NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canyon” mini PCs with support for full-length GPUs
This new NUC goes into beast mode with an 8-liter enclosure that can fit full-size GPUs plus a PSU. It also supports 45 W Intel Tiger Lake-H CPUs including the HK overclockable models, but apparently only supports air coolers, so it might get some TGP restrictions. Nevertheless, it also comes with a NUC 11 Extreme Compute Unit that includes features such as PCIe 4.0, Optane Memory, 2x Thunderbolt 4.0 connectors and even a 10 Gb NIC.
Initial tests prove the efficiency of the LHR mining limiter on the new Nvidia RTX 3060 and RTX 3080 Ti SKUs
Chinese testers note that the new GA106-302 chips featuring the LHR limiter included with the new RTX 3060 cards provides the same gaming performance as the original versions, but effectively halves the Ethereum mining performance in half. The same is apparently true for the upcoming RTX 3080 Ti cards.
Full RTX 3080 Ti reference specs revealed by GPU-Z validation plus some Ashes of the Singularity scores
We now know the final specs for the reference RTX 3080 Ti cards, including the base and boost clocks, VRAM specs and TGP. Performance should be very close to an RTX 3090, but the first Ashes of the Singularity tests do not seem to support this.
Arm stops hiring and cancels all employee 'wellbeing' allowances until Nvidia finalizes acquisition in 2022
Even though Arm managed to exceed its yearly revenue targets, it looks like the British company is now enforcing some measures dictated by the Nvidia higher-ups, including freezing all hiring processes and scrapping the FlexPot employee allowance that was particularly useful during the ongoing pandemic. This could return to normal as soon as Nvidia finalizes the acquisition by April 2022.
Gigabyte announces the A7 X1 17-inch gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX APU and Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU
The new A7 X1 is the first AMD-based mid-range gaming laptop from Gigabyte's new Gaming series. It features the Ryzen 9 5900HX processor with integrated Vega 7 graphics plus an Nvidia RTX 3070 Max-Q 140 W discrete solution. The display is limited to FHD resolution, but gets 144 Hz refresh rate, and there is support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 6 TB of storage.
Apple's A15 Bionic processors already being produced at TSMC
TSMC has begun production for the upcoming A15 Bionic processors that should power the iPhone 13 models launching this fall. DigiTimes sources inform that the demand for these chips is going to be greater than any previous version, so TSMC is looking to boost the 5 nm production capacity accordingly. The A15 is produced on the improved N5P nodes.
World's first stretchable micro-LED display demonstrated by Royale
The new micro-LED displays from Royole allow improved transmittance up to 70% along with 130% stretchability, making them ideal for applications such as wearable electronics, biomedical applications or vehicle design. For now, the diagonals and resolutions are quite limited, but future iterations should provide larger sizes and densities of up to 120 PPI.
First AM5 socket details get leaked: AMD consumer solutions switching to LGA
Looking at previous consumer platform sockets, AMD has mostly been sticking with PGA designs. However, according to the latest leaks, AMD is making the jump to LGA with the upcoming Zen 4 CPUs, transfering all pins from the processor to the motherboard socket. AM5 will also feature dual-channel DDR5 support, but will unfortunately remain stuck on PCIe 4.0.
Tuxedo Infinity Book Pro 14 Linux laptop launched with 3K LTPS LCD display option and Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new 14-inch Linux-based business laptop from Tuxedo weighs around 2.2 lbs and is fairly thin. CPU options include the i5-1135G7 and i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake-U CPUs with Iris Xe iGPUs, which can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 4 TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. This model is among the first to offer a 3K display with LTPS LCD technology that is usually seen on smartphones.
AUO presents 32-inch inkjet printed AMOLED panel and 5.6-inch rollable dual-sided AMOLED screen
AUO is now able to make 32-inch AMOLED screens with the inkjet printing technology that requires far fewer materials and also reduces production costs. The current 4K 144 Hz panels are said to be brighter and offer a wider color gamut compared to conventional OLEDs produced by LG. On the other hand, the rollable displays come with dual-side screens, and each screen is now 50% thinner, while maintaining the same brightness. These 5.6-inch screens are more durable, allowing for more than 100,000 rolls at 9 mm curvature.
GeIL announces high-performance RGB gaming DDR5 RAM kits with up to 7200 MHz speeds
Base specs for the upcoming GeIL DDR5 kits include 16 GB capacity per module, 4800 MHz speeds and CL40 timings. The overclockable modules will come with higher specs: 6 GHz CL32-36-36, 6.4 GHz CL32, 6.8 GHz CL36-44-44, and 7.2 GHz CL36. There will be RGB as well as non-RGB variants with black PCB and capacities will eventually go up to 32 GB per module.
First Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti references spotted in latest Zotac FireStorm overclocking utility
The RTX 3090 Ti could feature a full GA 102 die just like the A6000 professional cards, plus maybe some more VRAM and slightly higher clocks with raised TGP. This configuration would net a performance increase of around 15-25% over the RTX 3090 FE models. It is entirely possible this could also turn out to be an entirely new SKU produced on the 7 nm nodes from TSMC.
Chip shortages could be fueled further by Covid-19 resurgence in Taiwan
The latest resurgence of Covid-19 in Taiwan is forcing many Taiwanese tech firms to strengthen the anti-pandemic measures once again. TSMC, Acer, Asustek, AUO, Adata, Team Group, Apacer and PCB makers are now forced to adopt flexible work from home schedules, team segregations, and daily disinfections of all premises.
XMG announces Neo 15 / 17 gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors
The Intel-based Neo M21 models might slightly lag behind those equipped with the Ryzen 7 5800H as far as CPU performance is concerned, but the addition of PCIe 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4 could be decisive for many users. Otherwise, the Neo 15 / 17 models powered by the i7-11800H seem to be mostly identical to the E21 AMD systems released earlier this year.
Minisforum announces GameMini ultra-compact form-factor PC with open case, Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU
The Chinese mini PC maker is breaking away from its usual square-shaped builds with modest specs and is presenting its first all-AMD gaming-oriented system featuring an open air case packing a Ryzen 5 5600X processor coupled with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 1 TB M.2 SSD storage, plus a Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU.
Alienware appears to be mismarketing the Aurora AMD Ryzen 5000 systems in favor of the R12 Intel Rocket Lake ones
Intel seems to be a little more subversive than usual with the latest anti-AMD marketing ploys, as demonstrated by Alienware with the Aurora R10 AMD Ryzen 5000 systems that appear to be mismarketed in favor of the R12 Intel Rocket Lake models.
Crypto miners could soon flood Ebay with cheap CPUs, motherboards and SSDs acquired via GPU bundle purchases
Online retailers have been trying to enforce special policies to prevent crypto miners and scalpers from wiping out GPU stocks in no time. GPUs are now usually bundled along CPUs, motherboards or SSDs, but crypto miners are obviously not interested in any of these, so they are expected to dump all non-GPU components at low prices on eBay.
First leaked pictures and specs for Intel's Arctic Sound (Xe-HP) compute GPUs emerge
Intel's upcoming data center accelerators based on the DG2 gaming GPUs will feature 1-tile, dual-tile and quad-tile versions. The single tile model will only have 384 EUs active and will pack 16 GB of HBM2e VRAM, while the dual-tile variant comes with 480 EUs per tile and ups the available video memory to 32 GB.
Alienware teases brand-new X-series compact gaming laptops with innovative quad fan cooling system and Gallium Silicone interface material
The upcoming Alienware X17 compact gaming laptops will feature a couple of industry's first solutions, including the Element 31 thermal interface material made of a Gallium Silicone matrix for improved heat transfer and a quad fan cooling system. The press release also mentions 11th gen Intel CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs, while the teaser images reveal a Thunderbolt 4 connector on the back, plus a 16:9 display.
Dell refreshes the XPS 17 with Intel Tiger Lake-H CPUs, RTX 3000 GPUs and improved touchscreens
Highlights for the 2021 Dell XPS 17 9710 models include the new Tiger Lake-H mobile CPUs up to an i9-11980HK, up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 4 TB PCIe 4 x4 NVMe SSD storage, Nvidia RTX 3050 / 3060 mobile GPUs, 4x Thunderbolt connectors, and 4K HDR touchscreens with 16:10 aspect ratio.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution rumored to launch in June with software-based algorithmic super sampling that works on non-AMD GPUs
Initially believed to launch towards the end of 2021, AMD's alternative to the Nvidia DLSS technology could arrive in June, but only for PC gamers. According to Youtuber Coreteks, AMD's FSR will be based on a software-level algorithmic super sampling approach that is easy to implement by game developers and also works on non-AMD hardware like Nvidia GTX and possibly even Intel GPUs.
SSDs are apparently more reliable than HDDs according to latest study from Backblaze
The study appears to be skewed in favor of the SSDs as these have only been tested for a bit over a year, whereas the HDD results have been collected over the last 4 years. Additionally, the SSDs have been used as OS boot drives, while the HDDs have been used for data backup. Nevertheless, the HDD failure rate appears to be around 20 times higher than that of SSDs.
Sony PlayStation 5 console redesign expected to launch in 2022 with 6 nm semi-custom AMD processor
Previous rumors were suggesting that Sony may launch a slim PS5 model powered by 5 nm processor in 2023, but sources close to DigiTimes now claim that Sony is probably not going to use a 5 nm processor because the production costs could raise the MSRP too much. Instead, Sony is planning to utilize a 6 nm AMD semi-custom processor made by TSMC, and the redesigned PS5 should launch in 2H 2022.
IBM presents the world's first 2 nm chips
IBM is using nanosheets in order to shrink transistors down to 2 nm, a technology that differs from the GaaFET approach that will be used by TSMC and Samsung by 2023. IBM's 2 nm chips are said to be 45% faster and 75% more energy-efficient than any current 7 nm EUV chip produced by TSMC. Each fingernail-sized chip produced on the 2 nm nodes can fit 50 billion transistors.
Slim and light Asus VivoBook Pro 14 with 2.8K OLED display plus AMD Ryzen 5000H APUs available for pre-order at only ~$770 in China
JD.com has the Asus VivoBook Pro 14 with Ryzen 5 5600H or Ryzen 7 5800H APU options and 2.8K OLED displays for pre-order at under $800. Great prices, no doubt, especially when factoring in the OLED specs with 90 Hz refresh rate, 600 nits peak brightness and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. However, the port selection is limited, offering no USB-C.
TeamGroup introduces NVMe SSDs specifically designed to mine Chia
The Chia mining craze is in full effect and SSD / HDD shortages could be right around the corner. TeamGroup is now jumping to the rescue by providing the first NVMe SSDs specifically designed to mine Chia. The new T-Create Expert PCIe SSD models come with greatly improved durability and an impressive 12-year warranty.
Unannounced 14-inch Acer Swift X laptop with AMD Ryzen 5000U APUs spotted on Acer Thailand site
The ~$900 Swift X model listed on the Acer Thailand site features a Ryzen 5 5500U APU coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD, plus it features a 14-inch FHD IPS display connected to an Nvidia GTX 1650 dGPU. There should also be a Ryzen 7 5700U model with 16 GB of RAM for just under $1,000.
MINISFORUM announces the TL50 mini PC with Intel Tiger Lake-U processors and Thunderbolt 4
The TL50 mini PC is now available for pre-order on the Makuake crowdfunding platform from Japan at around $650, and it integrates an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU with Iris Xe integrated graphics, 12 GB LPDDR4-3200 soldered RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSD. It also features a Thunderbolt 4 connector and supports 4x PCIe 4.0 lanes for the NVMe drives.
AMD determined to ramp up Radeon RX 6000 GPU production throughout 2021
AMD expects an overall improvement for the Radeon RX 6000 supply going forward, as the company expects to gradually ramp up production throughout 2021. These plans were revealed by CEO Lisa Su herself during the latest earning call. Su also reported that the Q1 2021 revenues from consumer graphics saw double digit growth, despite all the supply constraints raised by crypto miners, scalpers and chip shortages.
Nvidia plans to ship "Lite Hash Rate" RTX 3000 GPUs with improved anti-mining measures in mid-May
The Lite Hash Rate limiters along with support for Resizable BAR will be included with revisions for the RTX 3060 / Ti, 3070 and 3080, plus the soon to be released 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti models. Sources claim that the RTX 3090 might not get the anti-mining measures, but there should be an updated version that at least features ReBAR.
Eurocom launches the Sky Z7 R2 gaming laptop with desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs, PCIe 4.0 support and mobile RTX 3000 GPUs
The new Sky Z7 R2 from Eurocom is among the first laptops to feature PCIe 4.0 support thanks to the inclusion of a desktop-grade Intel Z590 motherboard. This allows one of the NVMe SSD slots and the GPU to benefit from increased bandwidth. Specs for the Sky Z7 R2 include an i9-11900K CPU, up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 26 TB SSD storage, max TGP+boost mobile RTX 3000 GPUs, HFD 300 Hz or 4K 60 Hz 17.3-inch displays and 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Dell releases the Latitude 7320 detachable with Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new Surface-like device from Dell comes with a detachable keyboard + stylus and enterprise-grade features. It is powered by Intel's Tiger Lake-U CPUs with vPro technology coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM and up to 1 TB NVMe SSD or 256 NVMe SED storage. It also integrates a 13-inch touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio, 1080p resolution and 500 nit brightness.
Apple "M2" processors reportedly enter mass production, shipments scheduled for July
Reports claim that the M1 successor has already entered mass production at TSMC on the N5P nodes and shipments are to be expected sometime in July. The new "M2" processors could first be introduced with the 14-inch / 16-inch redesigned MacBook Pro models and 27-inch iMacs launching this fall.
Apple Mac Pro exclusive AMD Radeon Pro W6900X GPU pops up on Geekbench, beats RX 6900 XT in Metal API tests
Overall, the Radeon Pro W6900X is somewhere between an RX 6800 XT and an RX 6900 XT. Since it is noticeably faster than the RX 6900 XT in the Metal API tests, the professional card could be getting 32 GB of VRAM. The clocks will most likely be lower though, so it might only feature a more compact blower style cooler.
Lenovo launches 14, 15 and 16-inch Xiaoxin laptops powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000 APUs in China
The Xiaoxin Pro 16 comes with quite a few configurations featuring 16:10 screens, Ryzen 5 5600H and Ryzen 7 5800H processors coupled with GTX 1650 dGPUs, an Intel Core i5-11300H coupled to the MX 450 dGPU and a Ryzen 5800H with no dGPU. The Air 15 features 16:9 1080p screens plus Lucienne Zen 2 APUs like the Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 7 5700U with no dGPUs, while the Air 14 Plus models come with 16:10 2240 x 1400 screens plus a Ryzen 5 5600U Cezanne APU and an MX 450 dGPU.
Call of Duty: Warzone finally gets Nvidia DLSS support, up to 70% improved framerates in 4K
DLSS support is also added to the Modern Warfare campaign and multiplayer and single player modes from Black Ops Cold War Zombies. CoD: Warzone Season 3 also brings bug fixes, new events with new unlockable weapons and balance patches for existing weapons.
New leak reveals Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti pricing, anti-mining measures should help keep prices closer to MSRP
cannot really stop scalpers, especially if the initial RTX 3080 Ti stocks will be limited and remain so for some time due to the global chip shortages, but it can at least implement better anti-mining measures. The new cards are supposed to integrate GA102-202 / GA102-302 chips recognized only by new drivers that automatically half the hashing rate.
AMD enables certain RDNA2 FidelityFX features on Xbox Series X/S, nothing for PS5 yet
Game developers can now add image quality and graphics performance enhancing features like Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), Variable Shading, and ray-traced shadow Denoising for the Xbox Series X/S. AMD's plan to transform the entire FidelityFX suite into a cross-platform standard seems to be working well, although there is no word yet for any PS5 support.
Samsung files for Diamond OLED patent in the UK
It is unclear what this new Diamond OLED trademark refers to since there are so many devices mentioned in the patent. The two best guesses would be TV screens for the upcoming QD-OLED models launching in the second half of 2021 or an upgraded foldable OLED display with Diamond pixels for foldable smartphones like the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Atlast! Solutions presents silent mini PC powered by Intel's 10-core i9-10900T CPUs
Unlike the usual fanless mini PCs that are restricted to ULV processors, the Atlast! Sigao Model B includes a desktop-grade Intel Core i9-10900T CPU coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and NVMe storage solutions like Samsung's 970 EVO SSDs, which are notorious for high temperatures in full load. These components can get quite hot without proper ventilation, but the Atlast! passive cooling solution still manages to keep internal temperatures at around 46 degrees C, even without a venting system.
China finalizes work on proprietary "Loong Arch" CPU instruction set that does not conflict with foreign CPU patents
Loongson is the company behind the development of the "Loong Arch" instruction set - China's first domestic CPU instruction set. According to third-party IP evaluators, Loong Arch is completely original and does not conflict with other foreign IPs. It is still compatible with other mainstream architectures like x86, RISC-V and MIPS.
Chinese RAM producer Netac plans to release 10 GHz DDR5 RAM modules
Netac has only been in the RAM market for a few years, but the Chinese company already intends to set itself apart and be the first to introduce DDR5 RAM modules overclocked to 10 GHz. This may take a while since 8.4 GHz DDR5 modules are supposed to launch next year.
Apple M1 MacBooks can now run virtualized Windows 10 faster and more efficiently compared to Intel-based models
The latest version of the Parallels Desktop VM manager is optimized for the new M1-powered MacBooks and allows users to run virtualized Windows 10 at native speeds. Compared to previous Intel-based MacBooks, the new M1-based models are 2.5 more energy efficient, up to 60% faster in DX 11 games and up to 30% in general when running a virtual instance of Windows 10.
GPU maker Colorful enters budget laptop market with 15-inch gaming models featuring Comet Lake-H processors and GTX 1650 Ti graphics
The new JiangXing X15 budget gaming laptop from Colorful comes with i5-10300H and i7-10870H processor options, which can be coupled with 8 or 16 GB of RAM (upgradable to 32 GB) and 512 GB SSD storage, plus an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti dGPU. Even though these are sub-$1,000 models, Colorful still included high-quality 15.6-inch 1080p IPS displays with 144 Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB coverage.
Corsair One vertical mini ITX PC refreshed with AMD Ryzen 5000X or Intel Rocket Lake CPUs plus Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics
The same 12-liter chassis from previous Corsair One mini ITX models can now be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X or Intel Core i9-11900K, plus a desktop-grade RTX 3080 GPU. The systems also include 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 1 TB NVMe + 2 TB HDD storage combo and quad video outputs. The Intel models come with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Samsung rumored to buy millions of OLED TV panels from LG
With the rising LCD production costs and the sub-par QD-OLED panels developed by Samsung Display, the Korean giant apparently has no other choice but to sign a deal with LG for 5 million OLED TVs supplied throughout 2022. Quite ironic for Samsung, as it has been trying to prove OLED panels are inferior to its QLEDs for the past few years.
Dell refreshes the Inspiron 13/14/15 models with Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia MX450 dGPUs
The 2021 Inspiron 13 / 14 / 15 Intel laptops feature the Core i5-11300H and i7-11370H CPU options, up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, Intel Optane Memory H20 modules (only for the 13-inch model), up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, Nvidia's MX450 dGPUs and up to 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Dell launches Inspiron 14 7415 2-in-1 with AMD Ryzen 5000U processors
The new Inspiron 14 7415 convertibles come equipped with the Ryzen 5 5500U or Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne Zen 2 APUs, 1080p 360-degree touchscreens, up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage + and SD card reader. Unfortunately, there is no discrete graphics option like on the Intel variants.
Dell introduces Inspiron 16 Plus content creator laptop with 16:10 3K display, Tiger Lake-H CPUs and up to an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU
Dell's fist 16-inch Inspiron laptop is designed for content creators and includes a stunning 3K 16:10 display, i7 Tiger Lake-H processors, RTX 3060 dGPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage and a Thunderbolt 4 connector.
AMD's Ryzen 9 5900 spotted on UserBenchmark, only ~5% slower than the more power-hungry 5900X
Even though the non-X processors come with a 61.5% lower TDP, 700 MHz lower base clock and 100 MHz lower boost clocks, the performance loss is barely noticeable with the UserBenchmark suite versus the 5900X models. The Ryzen 9 5900 is an OEM-only model and is now available in select pre-built gaming rigs like the Alienware Aurora.
Latest Intel Xe DG2 512 EU gaming GPU detailed spec leak suggests RTX 3070 Ti performance levels and ~$400 pricing by Q421
Even if Intel manages to deliver on these impressive leaked specs, does it really matter when the cards are scheduled to release a year after Nvidia's Ampere launch? Still seems like a good start, considering Intel has not tried its hand at a gaming discrete GPU in decades. However, Intel needs to make sure we are not seeing yet another paper launch.
Acer is optimistic about its laptop supply this year, chip shortages to gradually ease by the end of 2021
Acer's president for Pan-Asia Pacific Operations Andrew Hou is estimating a laptop supply stabilization starting with this second quarter. The situation should further improve in the second half of the year. Does this mean the rumored laptop price hikes coming from Acer and Asus will not really happen? What about more efficient ways to deal with scalpers and crypto miners?
Asus announces PN51 mini PC powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000U processors
The PN51 models come with the same chassis from last year's PN50 models and only support the Zen 2 Lucienne Ryzen 5000U processors. Despite using the same Zen 2 cores as the Ryzen 4000U models, the Lucienne processors come with upgraded memory controllers and can be coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 2 TB of storage. There also is support for up to 4x 4K monitors.
Detailed pictures of China's first competitive 7 nm compute GPU emerge, mass production starting soon
The Big Island GPGPU developed by Tianshu Zhixin is produced by TSMC on the 7 nm nodes with 2.5D CoWoS packaging. It integrates 24 billion transistors, is rated for 300 W TGP and the board includes 32 GB of HBM2 VRAM plus a single 8-pin connector. Its performance is comparable to AMD's Instinct MI100.
Razer's upcoming AMD-powered 14-inch laptops might get low-TGP RTX 3000 dGPU options only, R9 5900HX + RTX 3070 Max-Q configuration spotted
The inclusion of the RTX 3070 Max-Q mobile dGPU seems to be suggesting that Razer's thin and light chassis on the upcoming AMD-powered 14-inch models only allow for lower-TGP dGPU options. Can Razer also add an RTX 3080 Max-Q and are these options really making sense for such price premiums when Lenovo is offering the Max-P versions on the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 with superior price/performance ratios?
TSMC wants to solve the global chip shortages with $100 billion investment in new worldwide production facilities
TSMC is ready to implement a solution for the ongoing global semiconductor shortages that will require $100 billion in investments. The plan is to build new production facilities in the U.S., Europe and Taiwan and have these ready by 2023. In order to implement the plan, however, TSMC is asking all of its customers to accept full production costs with no wafer price discounts throughout the entire 2022.
MSI announces Summit E13 & E16 Flip slim and light business convertibles
The new E13 Flip and E16 Flip come with thin and light CNC-cut aluminum chassis and feature 16:10 touchscreens complete with an MSI Pen. These are among the fist models to feature the Wi-Fi 6E standard and also come with up to an i7-1185G7 CPU, up to 32 GB LPDDR4-4246 RAM and PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. The 16-incher is supposed to integrate an RTX 3050 dGPU, and both variants feature 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
RTX 3070 16 GB mod tested in latest games, shows what we can expect from the upcoming RTX 3070 Ti
Besides storing more high-res textures and boosting the ray tracing performance, the 16 GB mod can also help improve framerate stability. Some games like Watch Dogs Legion can be less stuttery on the 16 GB mod, as the 0.1% Low and 1% Low framerates see considerable improvements, but other games like Godfall do not seem to take advantage of the increased RAM capacity and even perform slightly slower.
XMG readies Ultra 17 laptops with desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and max TGP RTX 3000 mobile dGPUs
The 2021 Ultra 17 models from XMG pack up to an i9-11900K 8-core / 16-thread CPU, which can be coupled with up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 32 TB NVMe SSD storage. Users can choose among max TGP versions for the RTX 3060 / 3070 / 3080 mobile dGPUs that take full advantage of 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Screen options include 300 Hz FHD and 60 Hz 4K IPS panels and among the ports we find 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors plus an HDMI 2.1 video output.
DDR5 RAM modules get first green light for mass production in China
Chinese memory module producer Jiahe Jinwei is among the first to receive DDR5 chip shipments from Micron for implementation. SK Hynix and Samsung are expected to begin shipping their DDR5 chips soon, as well. By the end of 2021, we should be seeing a decent selection of DDR5 modules for the Intel Alder Lake-S processors.
MediaTek dethrones Qualcomm, becomes the world's largest mobile SoC supplier of 2020
Helped by key factors like the pandemic shortages and the Huawei bans that shaped the entire smartphone market climate of 2020, MediaTek managed to dethrone Qualcomm and secured its position as world's largest smartphone SoC supplier. The Taiwanese company is expected to maintain this position at least throughout 2021.
Get the Gateway Creator gaming laptop with RTX 2060 dGPU for only US$799
The RTX 2060 dGPU is still a good mid-range mobile dGPU, especially now that Gateway and Walmart are offering laptops that integrate it for only US$799. This deal also includes a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with 120 Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, plus 8 GB DDR4-3200 and 256 GB SSD storage that can be easily upgradable.
Samsung announces industry's first 512 GB DDR5 module
By employing technologies like TSV and HKHG, Samsung is now able to up the DDR5 module capacity to 512 GB. These modules are designed for data centers and are twice as fast as any current DDR4 solutions. Desktop versions with more "down to earth" capacities should also be available towards the end of the year.
Panasonic's 2021 OLED TV lineup finally includes gaming-optimized 48-inch models
Panasonic announces three OLED TV models that come with the 48-inch size option. These keep the HCX Pro AI Processor and custom color profiles from the flagship JZ2000 screens, but also come with Game Mode Extreme that lowers input lag down to 2.5 ms for 60 Hz signals.
No bridges burned: Intel wants to produce Apple's future ARM-based processors after releasing anti-Mac ad campaign
Looks like Intel does not really want to sever all ties with Apple, even after denigrating the new M1-powered Macs in its quite aggressive ad campaign released last week. With the introduction of its IDM 2.0 strategic plan that includes a Foundry Service program for fabless companies in the U.S. and Europe, Intel hopes to regain Apple's trust by offering to produce future ARM-based M processors. It remains to be seen how Intel is going to match TSMC's 3 nm and 2 nm nodes.
Merger between CPUs and RAM proposed by SK Hynix CEO
In his keynote for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Reliability Physics Symposium, SK Hynix CEO Seok-Hee Lee talks about the inevitable convergence of memory and logic, the CXL standard that could replace PCIe as a faster link between CPU and graphics cards or smart memory interfaces, plus the road to 600-layer NAND chips.
Teclast announces T.Bolt 10 DG slim and light 15.6-inch laptop with Iris Xe Max dGPU
Unlike previous models that packed very modest specs, the T.Bolt 10 DG sports an Intel Core i7-10510U CPU and an Iris Xe Max dGPU. It also features a premium slim and light brushed metal chassis with a narrow bezel FHD 15.6-inch display, plus 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256 GB NVMe or SATA storage.
Qualcomm completes NUVIA acquisition, will release high-performance ultrabook processors in 2022
NUVIA's CPU technology will be integrated in many upcoming Qualcomm products, including ultraportable laptop processors, smartphone chips, digital cockpits, AI-assisted driving, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions.
LG adds new gaming settings on this year's C1 and G1 OLED TVs
LG added a few new sliders that are meant to fix the near-black gamma problems reported on last year's models. Thus, we have the Black Stabiliser and Fine Tune Dark Areas sliders that can deal with the elevated black, but we also see features like White Stabiliser for bright highlight details in HDR and a Prevent Input Delay toggle that helps reduce input lag with 60 Hz signals.
AMD Navi 23 entry-level desktop gaming GPUs expected to launch this April for a bit over $350
Another paper launch this soon after the RX 6700 XT release? MSRP is expected around $350, but we are not sure if actual retail prices could be close to those figures. Navi 23 will supposedly launch under the RX 6500 moniker and should also come along with mobile versions.
AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution should release this year, but Team Red has not yet decided what non-AI technique to employ
AMD plans to release its answer to Nvidia DLSS across all major gaming platforms, yet launch details are still sketchy. FidelityFX Super Resolution could be launched this year on PC at least, but AMD admits it is still pondering on which technique would best suit all gaming platforms.
Nvidia claims it is now very easy to implement DLSS support for Unreal Engine 4 games, presents System Shock and Fabled Woods as latest examples
Thanks to the new UE4 DLSS plugin created in collaboration with Epic, game developers can now add DLSS support to their games in less than a day. The performance boost offered through the DLSS implementation can especially be seen in games with ray tracing enabled where the fps counts can be increased by 2.5X.
Intel DG2 (Xe-HPG) flagship GPU tested in Geekbench along with 16-core Alder Lake-S CPU
The Geekbench OpenCL tests reveal a few new specs for both the GPU and the CPU, but the actual results appear to be too low to reflect the performance of the final product. Intel is probably testing the stability of the chips, as the drivers are not optimized enough for now.
Nvidia RTX 3000 shortages expected to last at least until 3Q21
A new DigiTimes report suggests that the RTX 3000 shortages could persist towards the end of the year, despite Nvidia's efforts to limit the crypto miners and introduce GPUs specifically designed for miners. Samsung's 8 nm nodes are still not able to present high enough yields and the rumored jump to TSMC's 7 nm nodes might not even happen this year.
Raja Koduri teases Intel Xe-HPG (DG2) graphics engineering board with ray tracing capabilities
The engineering card appears to be equipped with CPU-grade heatsink + cooler and it is connected to an Alder Lake motherboard through a PCIe riser. Koduri does not really mention that this is the DG2 card, but the test system is running 3DMark with the Port Royal ray tracing test in the test suite, and we know only DG2 GPUs among Intel's upcoming discrete models support ray tracing.
Tuxedo launches Book XP15 / XP17 Linux laptops with Nvidia RTX 3000 GPUs
The latest Linux-based laptops from Tuxedo offer quite a wide array of options when it comes to displays and GPUs. The i7-10870H CPU might not be the best solution when the AMD Ryzen 5000H are already available, but users can choose among RTX 3060 / 3070 / 3080 Max-Q GPU options plus 144 Hz / 300 Hz FHD IPS displays and even 4K OLED or IPS screens with 60 Hz refresh rates.
Leaked roadmap reveals details on Intel's Raptor Lake processors succeeding the Alder Lake family in 2022
The roadmap presented by VideoCardz looks to be a bit outdated since it shows Rocket Lake launching in 2020, but Intel sure seems determined to release a new CPU generation each year. In 2022, we should be getting the Raptor Lake family that includes desktop processors with improved caches for gaming and new vPro instruction sets, while the mobile SKUs will feature LPDDR5x support and DLVR tech for greater power savings.
Intel appears to artificially segment its new Rocket Lake desktop CPU lineup by limiting the memory controllers on non-i9K(F) SKUs
A reddit post explains why the Anandtech i7-11700K review may have presented poor results in most gaming and synthetic benchmarks. This could be due to Intel misleadingly advertising inferior stock settings for the RAM controllers on all SKUs below the i9-11900K(F).
New details emerge regarding the Nvidia DLSS support on the upcoming Nintendo Switch console
NateDrake on the ResetEra forums claims that the DLSS-compatible Switch may differ from the upcoming Switch Pro with OLED screen and 4K support, and, due to the ongoing chip shortages, the DLSS version could end up pushed back to 2022. We should be seeing a new Nvidia SoC, though, and the DLSS hardware features will be supported on the handheld SoC rather than the dock SoC.
Turn your mobile devices into desktop PCs with the Beelink Expand X dock
When the screen on your smartphone proves too small for productivity tasks, you can just use the new Beelink Expand X dock to hook your mobile device to a PC monitor and a keyboard / mouse setup. You can also watch movies from the phone or even play handheld console games on a big 4K TV through the included HDMI connector.
GPD confirms it is working on a Win Max handheld laptop powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 5800U processor, might launch later this year
Now that the AMD's mobile processors are proving their superiority over the Intel solutions, GPD is more inclined to follow the trend and offer its first AMD-powered handheld laptop. We have the official confirmation that a GPD Win Max successor with Ryzen 7 5800U is already being tested, but actually availability is still sketchy.
World's best 500+ cybersecurity experts fail to hack the Morpheus processor
In mid-2020, DARPA created a bug bounty program dubbed Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering (FETT), to which it invited more than 500 cybersecurity experts tasked to breach certain experimental computer processors. Morpheus, the "unhackable" processor developed by the University of Michigan was the only one to live up to its nickname.
Asus leaks RTX 3050 Ti GPU option with 4 GB VRAM for its TUF Dash F15 laptops
The entry-level RTX 3050 Ti GPUs might first launch on laptops. According to the latest listings from Asus and Acer, the RTX 3050 Ti models only come with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, so they are most likely limited to a 128-bit memory bus, and the minimum TGP is set to 60 W.
Hasee starts preselling 16.1-inch laptops powered by desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs in China
Hasee is a Chinese laptop maker that is probably most known for its dealings with the crypto miners who recently snagged hundreds of devices during the Bitcoin price boom. It looks like Hasee already managed to secure quite a few Intel Rocket Lake-S CPUs to be paired with RTX 3060 / 3070 GPUs in its new Ares laptops, which presold like hot cakes on JD.com.
Intel's Rocket Lake CPUs feature memory overclocking inspired by AMD's Infinity Fabric
The upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs like the Core i7-11700K appear to come with a RAM overclocking feature similar to AMD's Infinity Fabric on the Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000. Initial tests performed on a Z490 mobo show that the 1:1 ratio is capped at DDR4-3733, and the 1/2:1 ratio for higher RAM clocks introduces noticeable latencies.
Samsung previews ISOCELL 2.0 tech for upcoming smartphone image sensors
ISOCELL 2.0 improves the physical barriers around the pixels by replacing the metal materials with more reflective ones, further reducing color crosstalk and boosting light sensitivity. The new tech also allows for pixel size reduction without affecting light absorption coefficients, paving the way to 200 MP sensors and beyond.
Texas court orders Intel to pay $2.18 billion for two patent infringements
The two patents are owned by VLSI and relate to ways to manage CPU clock speeds and minimum voltages for memory. VLSI has an additional six patent violation claims against Intel, which could amount to $11 billion in damages. Intel denies all allegations and is confident it can avoid these fees through future appeals.
Lenovo announces ThinkEdge fanless and rugged mini PCs with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new ThinkEdge mini PCs from Lenovo come with fanless cases that can still accommodate powerful Tiger Lake CPUs with vPro technology and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Designed for embedded applications like ATMs for smart retail and medical devices, the ThinkEdge SE30 models can be equipped with Core i3-1115GRE or i5-1145GRE vPro CPUs, up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB SSD NVMe storage. There also is the SE50 model that comes with a bigger case and supports up to an i7 CPU, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB storage, plus more ports.
Framework presents the world's most customizable laptops with swappable motherboards, ports and displays
With the new Framework Laptop models, you do not have to buy a new laptop every few years. Just replace the motherboard and CPU with a newer version, add more RAM or storage, maybe even swap the display with a 4K OLED, and you have a totally up to date laptop, plus you help reduce e-waste in the long term.
Dynabook launches Satellite Pro C50 budget-oriented business laptops with Intel Ice Lake CPUs
The new Satellite C50 models come with Intel Ice Lake CPU options including the Core i3-1005G1, i5-1035G1, and i7-1065G7, up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 512 GB of SATA SSD storage and 15.6-inch HD or FHD displays. Prices start at $519.
Dell rumored to launch Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition gaming laptops with up to an AMD R9 5900HX APU and RTX 3070 mobile GPU
AMD seems to be convincing more and more laptop OEMs to include Ryzen options across all price points, especially with the launch of the new Ryzen 5000 APUs. Even Dell is now rumored to include Ryzen APU options with the launch of the Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition lineup that may replace the current Intel-powered m15 R3 models.
Wistron presents 17-inch foldable tablet concept that can transform into a laptop and all-in-one desktop
Foldable devices nowadays come with relatively small displays, but, in a few years, we may be able to work with devices that integrate larger foldable screens like the Foldbook concept proposed by Wistron. By default, Foldbook offers a 17-inch touchscreen, which can be folded in half to act as a 10-inch laptop. Furthermore, the concept includes a docking station that transforms the tablet into an all-in-one PC.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses
The new AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses from Qualcomm integrate the Snapdragon XR1 SoC, BOE micro-OLED binocular displays and Goertek hardware, plus dual monochrome cameras that enable six-degrees of freedom head and hand tracking with gesture recognition. OEMs can also include an 8MB RGB camera for remote assistance functionality.
Compal presents Scroll rollable phone concept and ZeroEdge laptop OLED displays
The Scroll smartphone concept in inspired by ancient scrolls and comes with a 10-inch display rolled up inside a stylish tube-like leather finish case, while the ZeroEdge design proposes a 14-inch 99% screen-to-body ratio OLED display that wraps around its left and right edges to offer side touch functions like we see on quad-curved smartphone displays.
First look at MSI's custom RTX 3060 PCB design for the Gaming X series
The MSI PCB includes a 8+6-pin power connector instead of an 8-pin one, which should provide more stability for the overclocked core. Despite the increased boost speeds, the TGP matches the reference 170 W. The number of inductors appears to be modified as well, and the PCB supports 8 VRAM slots, of which only 6 are populated. Unfortunately, we will not be seeing 16 GB versions, due to the limitations imposed by the 192-bit memory bus.
Western Digital and Kioxia announce 162-layer Gen 6 3D NAND flash memory chips
Improvements over Gen 5 include 40% smaller dies, reduced production costs, 70% more bits per wafer, improved write speeds by 2.4X and lower read latency by 10%, plus increased I/O speeds by 66%. The first SSDs to use these new chips are expected to launch in Q1 2022.
AMD rumored to launch its RX 6700 XT mid-range gaming GPUs on March 18
Latest rumors claim that AMD is preparing a March 18 launch for the RX 6700 XT mid-range gaming cards, even though Team Red is among the companies that have been hit the hardest by the global semiconductor shortages. This will most likely be another rushed paper launch to counter Nvidia's RTX 3060 release.
VAIO refreshes its 14-inch Z series with Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs, carbon fiber slim and light chassis plus impressive battery life of up to 35 h
The new Z series is only available in Japan for the time being and features three variants. The more affordable one includes an FHD display and the Core i5-11300H CPU, plus a 53 Wh battery that may last up to 34 h. VAIO also supplies more expensive variants with Core i7-11370H and i7-11375H CPUs that get FHD as well as 4K display options. Battery on the 4K display variants may last up to 17 h. All models come with light carbon fiber chassis that weigh around 1 Kg.
Fanless RTX 3080 spotted inside a silent mini PC build
The passively-cooled Asus TUF RTX 3080 GPU was tested in Furmark along with a Ryzen 5 5600X and the results were a bit sketchy. While the CPU was running at 40 degrees Celsius during the Furmark test, the GPU peaked at 87 degrees Celsius and it did not even level out. Total power draw appears to hover around 410 W, most likely in idle.
Samsung completes development for HBM-PIM, industry's first High Bandwidth Memory with on-chip AI processor
The new HBM-PIM chips will deliver over twice the system performance of the current HBM2 solutions and reduce energy consumption by more than 70%. Samsung designed this new memory architecture in order to accelerate large-scale processing in data centers, high performance computing systems and AI-enabled mobile applications.
Leak reveals solid performance gains for the upcoming Intel Alder Lake laptop and desktop processors, likely not enough to beat AMD Zen3+
Sources close to Moore's Law Is Dead claim that the Alder Lake-U CPUs with up to 6 big cores and 8 little cores can deliver double the multi-core performance of current Tiger Lake-U models, and the single-core Alder Lake performance should be 20% better, as well. The top desktop Alder Lake CPUs with 8 big cores and 8 little cores may thus beat AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X models in multi-core loads.
Eluktronics Prometheus XVII: desktop-level performance with AMD Ryzen 5000H and mobile RTX 3080 at under 1-inch thickness
The new Prometheus XVII gaming laptop series comes with advanced features like the enhanced thermal design that supports overclocked Ryzen 7 5800H processors coupled with 150 W RTX 3080 mobile GPUs. All inside a 0.98-inch thick chassis. It also includes the Control Center 3.0 suite that lets users easily tweak CPU PL settings, custom power and fan profiles, GPU wattage etc.
AMD rumored to break the 5 GHz boost barrier with improved Zen 3 CPUs, announcement coming next week
The upcoming Rocket Lake desktop CPUs can reach 5.3 GHz boost clocks and Intel hopes to reclaim the single-core crown, but it looks like AMD is ready to announce a countermove that could essentially render the whole Rocket Lake launch pointless.
Biden administration determined to end the global chip shortages in the upcoming months
The U.S. government is ready to conduct a 100-day review that will identify potential chokepoints in the supply chain for semiconductor products, as well as for other essential goods like minerals, medical supplies and high-capacity batteries for electric vehicles. Other shortage solutions include increased semiconductor manufacturing funds and grants.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 users prove that lower RTX 3080 TGPs can be maximized via vBIOS flashing with 18% performance gains, but this can affect system stability
Modders discovered that the MSI Leopard G76 vBIOS can be flashed on the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, allowing the RTX 3080 TGP to be raised from 115 W to 150 W. This trick can provide up to 18% increased performance, but it can also lead to serious stability issues like increased cooler noise, thermal throttling and battery problems caused by overwhelmed power supply.
Xiaomi to launch new RedmiBook Pro 15/S laptops with Tiger Lake-H35 and Ryzen 5000H processors on February 25
The Intel versions will be powered by CPUs like the Core i5-11300H and i7-11370H with 35 W TDP and integrated Iris Xe GPUs. On top of that, Xiaomi is also adding Nvidia GeForce MX450 dGPUs. On the other hand, the AMD versions come with Ryzen 5 5600H and Ryzen 7 5800H APUs, but it is unclear if these get dGPU options.
Huawei's upcoming MatePad Pro 2 5G flagship tablet spotted on 3C listing, rumored to get 12.2-inch OLED screen
The 3C certification is indicating an imminent release, but initial availability will most likely be restricted to China. Besides the 5G connectivity and 40 W fast charging listed in the 3C certificate, the new Huawei flagship tablet is rumored to feature the Kirin 9000 SoC and bigger 12-inch screens.
Qualcomm previews Snapdragon X65 5G modem with 10 Gbps speeds
The next gen X65 5G modems are expected to power all Android and iPhone flagship devices launching in 2022. Prominent features for the upcoming "5G phase 2" modem include 10 Gbps speeds, improved antenna module with support for the newly introduced n259 (41 GHz) band and AI-powered efficiency boost, plus compatibility with Qualcomm's second gen Fixed Wireless Access platform.
Bitcoin value hits $48,000 as Tesla announces $1.5 billion BTC purchase and upcoming crypto payments
BTC's bullish run does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. With the latest announcements from Tesla, long-time crypto currency supporter Elon Musk essentially helped raise the value of BTC by almost 20% in a single day.
First mentions of AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT with 12 GB GDDR6 spotted in EEC filings from ASRock
The EEC files reveal the existence of several RX 6600 XT models from ASRock, all of them coming with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, This suggests that these versions may still be based on the Navi 22 SKU with 192-bit bus, but probably have low clocks that only require a single-fan cooler.
Fujitsu announces thin and light Lifebook U9311/X business laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The latest 13.3-inch business laptops from Fujitsu are among the thinnest and lightest on the market, with profiles close to 0.60 inches and weights of at most 1 Kg. Both models feature Intel's Tiger Lake-U CPUs, with the U9311X sporting a 360-degree touchscreen and pen, and the U9311 coming in the traditional clamshell design that weighs only 884 grams.
Unprecedented multi-core performance variance: the Exynos 2100 SoC can score anywhere between 3,200 - 4,073 points in Geekbench multi-core tests
Most tests show that the Exynos 2100 is slightly faster than the Snapdragon 888, but some Exynos samples even manage to break the 4,000-point barrier in the Geekbench 5 multi-core tests, which essentially makes them on par with Apple's latest SoCs.
Specs for the Samsung Galaxy F62 mid-range smartphone leak out
This model will again be exclusive for the Indian markets, but, apparently, it is a rebranded Galaxy M62, which should launch in other regions too. It features quite a few improvements over the F41 model, including a slightly larger 6.7-inch sAMLOED screen, larger 7,000 mAh battery, an Exynos 9825 SoC upgrade and a quad-cam setup on the back.
Industry insiders believe Intel can spin off its fabs with a solid long-term plan that involves acquiring even more fabs
Even though certain investors continue to pressure Intel into spinning off its fabs, the new CEO is adamant that the company will continue to function as an IDM and only outsource select lineups to third-party foundries when needed. This is a good approach for a short-term plan, but Intel may look into acquiring certain external foundries and then spinning off the merged fabs if it intends to stay competitive in the long-term.
DDR3 still relevant: sudden spike in demand combined with shrinking supply may lead to 50% value increase this year
Big memory producers are freeing up capacity for the upcoming DDR5 modules, but some smaller companies from Taiwan will continue to produce DDR3 chips. Unfortunately, these companies cannot really meet the sudden demand of DDR3 chips and prices are expected to spike by 50%.
OnLogic reveals fanless mini PCs with 10 nm Intel Elkhart Lake CPUs
The latest Helix and Karbon fanless mini PC models from OnLogic are designed for the IoT and industrial markets. Equipped with the more powerful Celeron and Pentium processors, the Helix series comes in a more compact case, but it also offers fewer expansion options. The Karbon models, on the other hand, offer a more robust connectivity and expansion package, yet they only feature the slower Atom CPUs.
More AMD Navi 23 specs get leaked in block diagram from Tesla Motors
Tesla's upcoming Model S 2021 cars will integrate AMD's Navi 23 GPUs to power their onboard infotainment systems. The leaked block diagram reveals that the Navi 23 will get access to 8 GB of GDDR6 14 Gbps RAM and will be able to deliver 10 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance, which is close to what a PS5 console is capable of.
Asus Japan announces refreshed VivoMini small form-factor PCs with Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs
The new VivoMini VC66-C2 series will initially be launched in Japan on February 5. The top-of-the-line model with Intel Core i7-10700 will feature a 4K BluRay play exclusively for the Japanese market. Asus will also offer i5-10400 and i3-10100 variants.
Linux patch reveals AMD's RDNA2 GPUs support Duty Cycle Scaling power management feature for ultraportable devices
The DCS feature was discovered in a recent Linux patch and it looks like it is designed specifically for laptop GPUs, even though it is supported on the high-end RX 6800 series, as well as the upcoming RX 6700 mid-range models. DCS reduces power consumption by turning the core off when thermal and power limits are exceeded.
Buyer beware: Nvidia has at least 28 variants prepared for the mobile RTX 3000 GPU stack
The ridiculous number would not really be a problem for end users if OEMs actually respected Nvidia's guidelines and provided clear info with the official specs. Unfortunately, very few OEMs are currently doing this, and we are seeing wild spec variations that allow lower-priced SKUs to outperform higher-priced variants.
Lenovo demonstrates NVMe M.2 alternative to Thunderbolt for high-end external desktop GPUs on AMD-based notebooks
AMD's support for USB4 and Thunderbolt is scheduled to arrive in early 2022, and, until then, laptop OEMs are trying out alternatives. One solution would be to implement a new type of connector, like Asus has done on its new ROG Flow X13 laptops. Lenovo, on the other hand, is exploring something more simple in the form of a cable that connects external video cards to the M.2 slot inside the laptop.
Crypto miners could target laptops next: Nvidia's mobile RTX 3060 Max-P GPU is actually fast enough for ETH mining
The new RTX 3080 cards proved to be quite the crypto mining monsters, but these high-end solutions are still in very short supply. A better and more efficient alternative could be presented by Nvidia's mobile RTX 3000 dGPUs, as suggested by the latest leaks from China. If this is indeed true, miners could eventually impact the availability of all upcoming Nvidia-based laptops.
Leak claims AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT easily beats the Nvidia RTX 3060 12 GB, trades blows with RTX 3060 Ti
AMD was supposed to unveil the RX 6700 XT at CES, but the company is still not sure how to market this GPU. Word on the street is that the current test samples can easily beat the RTX 3060 12 GB models from Nvidia, and it even bests the RTX 3060 Ti in select games. However, we might not get to see these cards launched sooner than May.
Intel to produce most of the 7 nm CPUs releasing in 2023 on its own "fixed" nodes, some parts will still be outsourced
Previous rumors were reporting that Intel may start outsourcing for some 10 nm and 7 nm CPUs in the next few years, but the latest financial report suggests that the company will not rely too much on external fabs. Apparently, Intel managed to fix its 7 nm nodes and will produce most of the 2023 CPU in its own fabs, while the 10 nm nodes should become fully working this year with quadrupled supply unit growth.
One-Netbook reveals additional specs and product images for the One Mix 4 10.1-inch convertible
The latest product images reveal that the One Mix 4 will feature a digital pen, backlit keyboard with touchpad, 3x USB-C ports and a microSD reader. Apparently, there are no Thunderbolt 4 ports, and One-Netbook is dropping the SIM slot, as well.
AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile APU is dominating the PassMark tests
In multi-core loads, the Ryzen 9 5900HX easily steals the crown from last gen's king Ryzen 9 4900HS. However, the more impressive feat is recorded with the single-core tests that are usually dominated by Intel processors. Here, the 5900HX manages to reach the top position by defeating the workstation-grade Intel Xeon W-10885M.
Polish source claims Nvidia and Intel worked together to block the marketing of premium AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops with high-end GPUs in 2020
Back in mid-2020, laptop OEMs explained that the inclusion of dGPUs more powerful than the RTX 2060 would not really make sense on Ryzen 4000H systems, as their performance would be limited by the 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes. However, the Ryzen 5000H systems still use only 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes, yet they come with up to an RTX 3080 dGPU option. Something is not adding up.
Intel's i5-11400 6-core Rocket Lake-S CPU appears on Geekbench, lags behind similar AMD Ryzen 3000 / 5000 models
The Rocket Lake-S hexa-core is around 10% faster than the Comet Lake-S predecessor, and it almost matches the i7-8700K with considerably higher clocks, but it still lags behind the Ryzen 5 3600X in multi-core loads, while the Ryzen 5 5600X is on a completely different level with 31% higher multi-core results.
China presents its first competitive 7 nm data center GPU
China's progress with the home-grown CPUs and GPUs is relentless. The new Big Island general purpose GPUs produced by Tianshu Zhixin are able to take advantage of TSMC's 7 nm tech and provide a competitive price/performance ratio. Internal benchmarks reveal that the Big Island GPUs are not yet on par with Nvidia's A100 or AMD's Instinct MI100, but the progress is remarkable.
The first DisplayPort 2.0 monitors and GPUs to hit the market in late 2021
Initially supposed to hit the market in mid-2020, the DisplayPort 2.0 monitors got delayed by the global pandemic and are now expected to become available in the second half of 2021. DP 2.0 is clearly superior to HDMI 2.0, as it offers an 80 Gbps bandwidth that can support 4K resolutions @240 Hz with uncompressed HDR color depth or 16K @60Hz with DSC.
TSMC expected to produce Intel Core i3 chips on 5 nm nodes in 2H21, 3 nm high-end chips coming in 2H22
Alder Lake is probably the last CPU lineup to be produced exclusively by Intel's fabs. After that, Intel plans to gradually outsource CPU lineups to TSMC, with the low-end Core i3 models scheduled to be produced by the Taiwanese fabs in the second half of 2021. A year later, TSMC is also expected to begin mass-production for Intel's mid-range and high-end processors on the 3 nm nodes.
HP unveils EliteBook 805 G8 business laptop lineup with AMD Ryzen Pro 5000 APUs
HP introduces some of the first business laptops powered by AMD's Ryzen Pro 5000 APUs. The new EliteBook 805 G8 series comes with lightweight chassis and three sizes to choose from, including 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch. These models can be equipped with up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage, plus quite a few display options.
Asus launches ChromeBook CX9400 and ChromeBook Flip CX5500 premium-grade laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new ChromeBook CX9 and Flip CX5 models from Asus powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs show that the Chrome OS laptops can easily match the performance of the traditionally more powerful Windows-based systems. The new premium-grade CX9 business laptop comes with enhanced security features and two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, while the Flip CX5 focuses on an expanded cloud-connected gaming experience.
Gigabyte updates the Aero 15 /17 creator laptop lineup with improved displays, RTX 3000 GPUs and redesigned thermal management
The refreshed models still feature the Comet Lake-H CPUs, as they are limited to Thunderbolt 3 connectors. However, Gigabyte is now offering upgraded professionally calibrated displays, as well as the newly released RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, plus redesigned thermal management. The new AERO laptops are also among the first to feature HDMI 2.1 connectors.
Lenovo announces ThinkBook 14p / 16p Gen2 business laptops with latest AMD APUs and next gen Nvidia RTX GPUs
Even though the spec sheets do not mention the exact processors, the ACH denomination added to the products names suggests that Lenovo is equipping these models with AMD's Ryzen 5000H processors. The 14p model does not get discrete graphics, but offers an OLED panel option, while the 16p version offers Nvidia RTX 3000 dGPU options and a Pantone calibrated IPS panel.
Lenovo refreshes the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i dual-touchscreen laptops with larger e-Ink and IPS displays plus Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i hybrids are essentially compliant with the Intel EVO specs, as they are powered by Tiger Lake CPUs, come with 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors and total weight is kept at 1.3 Kg / 3 lbs. Lenovo also offers larger e-Ink and main IPS touchscreens with 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution.
ADATA announces XPG XENIA Xe Ultrabook with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new 15.6-inch XPG Xenia Xe ultrabooks can be powered by either an i7-1165G7 coupled with 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM or an i5-1135G7 coupled with 8 GB of RAM. There is no dGPU option and the prices seem a bit spicy, but at least ADATA is including a touchscreen and 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Phytium presents D2000 ARM-based octa-core desktop CPU for the Chinese market
Apple proved that ARM's cores can easily compete with the mobile CPUs from Intel and AMD, and we see more and more companies jumping on the custom ARM-based CPU bandwagon, including processor maker Phytium ready to release its own octa-core chip for the Chinese market in the coming months.
High-stakes investor pressuring Intel to overhaul the manufacture and design operations
Intel investor Third Point is urging for the adoption of serious measures to restore the chip maker's market position. Suggested solutions include selling off unnecessary acquisition and splitting up the manufacture and design operations, plus outsourcing some of the production to the new Oregon facilities built by TSMC. Intel should present a clear course of action in its financial report scheduled for late January.
ADATA to launch 64 GB DDR5-8400 RAM modules for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S CPUs in 2H 2021
It looks like Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S CPUs are going to be the first to benefit from the DDR5 RAM standard. ADATA is already collaborating with motherboard makers like Gigabyte and MSI to ensure compatibility for the ”latest Intel platforms.” Expect to see DDR5 RAM modules with up to 64 GB capacity and up to 8400 MT/s speeds launching in the second half of 2021.
Nvidia mobile RTX 3080 Max-P versus Max-Q: specs and estimated performance
The RTX 3080 Max-P would only be a few percent faster than the RTX 3060 Ti desktop GPU, since it appears to be limited to 115 W TGP by default. On the other hand, the 80 W RTX 3080 Max-Q would be as fast as the GTX 1080 Ti desktop model, and 74% slower than the RTX 3080 desktop GPU.
Acer reveals two Nitro 5 budget gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs
These budget models feature the unannounced i7-11370H and i7-11300H Intel CPUs that should be unveiled at CES next week. Configurations seem solid for what looks like $700-800 laptops, except maybe the GTX 1650 GPUs could have been replaced with the RTX 2060.
Samsung will release ten new OLED panels for laptops this February, including the first-ever 15.6-inch 1080p version for budget builds
We could be seeing considerably more laptops with OLED displays this year as Samsung is preparing to introduce 10 new models with sizes ranging from 13.3 to 16 inches. There will be updated 4K screens, as well as new budget-friendly 15.6-inch 1080p versions with improved color gamuts superior to those found on LGs TV panels.
Affordable TACHYS VORTEX 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 Max-P GPU to debut at CES 2021
The upcoming TACHYS VORTEX 15 gaming laptop offers the best price/performance ratio we have seen thus far from an AMD laptop. For only $1,100, you can get a powerful Ryzen 7 5800H APU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an RTX 3060 Max-P GPU, plus 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Expect to see similar builds and prices from more trusted brands at CES 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus unofficial review surfaces almost 1 month ahead of launch
Reviewer Random Stuff 2 on Youtube managed to play with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus for more than a month and included his impressions in a short video. He specifies that the reviewed unit is a pre-production device, so some things could differ on the final product, but even so, the phone may be one of the best models of 2021.
Intel reveals low-power Clover Falls AI companion chip for EVO-certified laptops
The new Intel Visual Sensing Controller codenamed Clover Falls is coming to Evo-certified laptops and should help preserve battery life by performing some low-power semi-passive system monitoring tasks normally executed by the CPU. It is also supposed to enable PC systems to sense and adapt to their surroundings by connecting to webcam sensors.
MSI teases redesigned GS76 Stealth gaming laptop and a Summit E16 Flip business convertible launching at CES 2021
The GS76 Stealth could be one of the first gaming laptops to feature the Tiger Lake-H processors coupled with the mobile RTX 3000 GPUs. Apart from the redesigned chassis, the GS76 could also get a 360 Hz screen (still in validation process) and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. MSI is also introducing a new E16 Flip convertible to the Summit lineup. This one comes with carbon fiber chassis and integrates Tiger Lake-U plus Nvidia GTX GPUs.
Tough times ahead for Intel: industry insiders spill the beans on subpar 10 nm yields, server CPU plus 7 nm delays, production outsourcing and more
Industry insiders reveal that Intel's current 10 nm yields are nowhere near viable for “full production” and even with the SuperFin tech, 10 nm production may never match that of the 14 nm nodes. Plus we get more details about the performance issues with the upcoming server-grade CPUs, even more delays for the 7 nm nodes and new details about the product outsourcing plans.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H shows decent performance gains over the 4800H model in latest Geekbench tests
Just like on the Ryzen 7 5800U ultra-low voltage APUs, the performance improvements recorded by the Ryzen 7 5800H model over the Renoir processors are not at all bad. The new Zen 3 cores clocked at 3.2 GHz base and 4.45 GHz boost perform 30% faster in single-core tests and 15% faster in multi-core tests compared to the default results for the Ryzen 7 4800H.
Samsung previews several innovative features from the 2021 Galaxy smartphone lineup
The innovative features coming with the 2021 Galaxy smartphones are supposed to make the upcoming devices the most desirable upgrades in quite a while. Some of these features include outstanding video capabilities, improved AI integration, ultra-wideband compatibility, and even S Pen support for devices other than the galaxy Note. Samsung also plans to introduce more affordable foldables.
Nvidia rumored to postpone the RTX 3080 Ti launch to February, pushing the RTX 3060 12 GB release to January 2021
Despite the production problems and shortages, Nvidia is planning for new RTX 3000 releases in early 2021. Previously believed to launch in January, the RTX 3080 20 GB version that is essentially an RTX 3090 with 4 less GB of VRAM should land in mid to late February, according to new reports. Nvidia is instead pushing the lower-mid-range RTX 3060 cards with 12 GB for an early January release.
Leaked V-Ray benchmark results reveal the RTX 3070 laptop GPU is almost as fast as a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti
Due to its limited TGP, the RTX 3070 laptop GPU appears to lag behind the desktop-grade RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 models. However, the upcoming Ampere-based mobile GPU shows strong performance gains over the Turing models, as it is almost 100% faster than the RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2080 Max-Q. It also almost matches the RTX 2080 Ti desktop-grade GPU.
Asus launches the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini OC Edition - one of the smallest Nvidia Ampere-based cards around designed for mini-ITX builds
This card features a shorter but taller PCB that should be within the 180 mm length limit for small form-factor builds like the Intel NUC 9 kits. It features only an 8-pin power connector, yet it can still be overclocked above the reference clocks on the Founders' Edition model.
Simply NUC launches Ruby and Topaz mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen 4000U and Intel Tiger Lake processors, respectively
The new Ruby and Topaz mini PC lineups are practically indistinguishable on the outside, as they both feature the proprietary Universal Chassis. As far as specs go, the Ruby systems can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 4800U APU, while the Topaz models can be powered by up to an i7-1165G7 CPU. Both lineups support up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 10 TB of SSD storage.
Microsoft expected to launch new Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 models in early 2021
No major external design facelifts are planned for these two models, but the spec updates should make for a decent upgrade. The Surface Pro 8 is getting Tiger Lake CPU options, while the Surface Laptop 4 is said to feature Tiger Lake, as well as new custom "Surface Edition" AMD Ryzen 4000 processors.
Chuwi presents thin and light 13.3-inch LarkBook with modest specs for just under $400
The new LarkBook is one of those affordable notebooks with dated specs that at least look good. Thanks to a cutting edge aluminum and magnesium chassis that weighs a little under 1 Kg (2.2 lbs) and is 11.9 mm (0.47 inch) thick, the LarkBook could pass as a premium model. However, the specs are so 2017, as it comes equipped with an Intel Celeron 4100 CPU, 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256 GB SSD.
Razer launches a more budget-oriented Blade 15 gaming laptop with some big caveats
The new Razer 15 Base Edition variant has the same main specs as the previous $1,599.99 models. However, for $100 less, Razer also eliminated features like the Thunderbolt 3 connector, Wi-Fi 6 and Ethernet, and the new model also comes with a slightly smaller battery plus a 120 Hz screen.
Here is why AMD might never include Smart Access Memory support on Ryzen 3000 and older models, while 6-year-old Intel CPUs can still benefit from this feature
It is quite ironic how AMD's Smart Access Memory (aka Resizable BAR) could help Intel and Nvidia regain some lost market shares. AMD offered to help its competitors with the Resizable BAR feature, yet Team Red may have hit a stone wall with the SAM support for Ryzen 3000 and older Zen-based CPUs. On the other hand, Intel-based motherboards supporting 6-year-old CPUs from the Haswell era have no problem benefiting from the Resizable BAR feature, and Nvidia is soon adding support for it, as well.
Nvidia unveils the actual reasons behind the RTX 3000 shortages
We now have official confirmation that the Samsung 8 nm nodes are suboptimal when it comes to Ampere wafer yields, but this is not the only issue that is causing shortages for the RTX 3000 GPUs. Nvidia CFO Colette Kress revealed that the Samsung foundries are also unable to get enough substrates and components.
Schenker-XMG launches Core 14 and Media 14 compact budget gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new 14-inch models come in a slim 1.45 Kg case and can be equipped with either the Core i5-1135G7 or the i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake CPUs integrating the Iris Xe GPU with 96 EUs. There is also an Nvidia GTX 1650 dGPU for more demanding games. Users can customize the laptops with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe PCie 4.0 SSD storage.
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800H mobile APU with Zen3 cores makes its first appearance in Geekbench
The test results are irrelevant due to the processor being locked at low frequencies, but we do get to see how the upcoming Cezanne APU differs from the Renoir predecessor spec-wise. It looks like the base clocks are receiving a 300 MHz bump and we might see a similar bump for the boost clocks. Furthermore, the L3 cache was doubled from 8 MB to 16 MB.
One-Netbook upgrades the Gx1 Pro portable console/laptop with Tiger Lake Core i7-1160G7 CPUs and 7-inch FHD screen
The latest iteration of the Gx1 Pro portable console that doubles as a mini laptop is the first to include an FHD touchscreen. It also gets a CPU upgrade with the Tiger Lake i7-1160G7 quad-core that integrates a 96 EU Xe iGPU, plus it comes with two detachable controllers and two Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Asus implements Resizable BAR (aka AMD SAM) support on Intel Z490, H470 and B460 motherboards
Asus is already offering public beta BIOS versions supporting the Resizable BAR feature on most of its Intel Z490, H470 and B460 motherboards, while the BIOS versions supporting AMD's SAM for older X470 and B450 models is still restricted to private testers.
AMD Smart Access Memory support already available in beta form for select X470 and B450 motherboards, full support coming in January 2021
Select X470 and B450 motherboards from ASRock and Gigabyte are already getting beta BIOS versions supporting the Ryzen 5000 CPUs with SAM function. MSI and Asus are also offering unofficial BIOS updates for testers. However, these are not stable versions by any means, so users are advised to wait for the official AGESA V2 220.127.116.11 BIOS releasing in January.
New financial analysis suggests the Nvidia RTX 3000 ongoing shortages could be pinned on crypto miners
All those scalpers we have been hearing about may actually turn out to be crypto miners hoarding the new RTX 3000 cards for Ethereum mining farms. Analysts somehow discovered that Nvidia has already sold $175 million worth of RTX 3000 cards and most of these sales were made directly to crypto miners.
XMG announces NEO 15/17 gaming laptops with 1440p 165 Hz screens, includes Black Friday promotion
XMG's NEO 15/17 models now come with 1440p 165 Hz screen options, and for a limited time, these versions can be pre-ordered at as low as 1581 Euro and 1503 Euro, respectively. The 1440p panels from BOE require at least an RTX 2070 Super GPU, but do not expect to hit 165 fps in too many new games.
Server-grade mini PCs: ASRock reveals "Deep mini-ITX" motherboards with AMD EPYC Rome CPU support
We have not yet seen any mini-ITX platforms with Threadripper support, but ASRock is now doing us one better with its proprietary Deep mini-iTX form-factor motherboards supporting server-grade AMD EPYC Rome CPUs with up to 64 cores and 128 threads.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile APU with Zen3 cores pops up on Geekbench, shows good single-core improvements
The new Zen3 cores from the upcoming Ryzen 5000 mobile APUs seem to be more proficient at single-core tasks, as the Ryzen 7 5800U shows 20% higher single-core scores compared to the Ryzen 7 5700U model that integrates Zen2 cores. However, the Zen3 cores do not offer any significant benefits in multi-core tests, with only 2.6% performance uplift.
Schenker announces VISION 15 Intel EVO laptops with Tiger Lake CPUs
The new VISION 15 laptops will be available for pre-orders in early December for 1,499 Euro and up. Highlights include a thin and light case, 15.6-inch IPS FHD touchscreen, i7-1165G7 CPUs with Xe iGPUs, 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage and 2x Thundebolt 4 connectors.
16-core Ryzen 9 5950X overclocked to 4.7 GHz on all cores @1.12V outperforms 32-core Threadripper 2990WX in Cinebench R23
Instead of using the potentially more harmful method involving raised voltages, the latest Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs make it easier for users to obtain impressive overclocking results through undervolting. This way, users do not need sophisticated cooling solutions, and can just utilize regular AIOs. However, there is greater variance between samples, as well, so it all is more dependent on the luck of the draw.
Eluktronics is introducing the world's first gaming laptops with [email protected] Hz displays
1440p could soon become the standard resolution for gaming laptops and Eluktronics is already offering a few models integrating the new [email protected] Hz panels from BOE. These are only $50 more expensive to produce than the usual 1080p displays and offer 78% more screen real estate with low latency and good color gamut. As downsides, most notable are the requirement for powerful mobile GPUs like the Nvidia RTX 2070 and the sub-par scaling for lower resolutions.
Deal-breaker alert: PS5 HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is capped at 32 Gbps, chroma subsampling is enforced on HDR games running in [email protected] Hz
The 4:2:2 chroma subsampling further limits the color space and some fine details can appear blurred in HDR games running at [email protected] Hz. It's not clear if this is a hardware or software issue. Xbox Series X is not using the full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 bandwidth either, as it is limited to 40 Gbps, but the additional 8 Gbps allows it to correctly display 4:4:4 chroma definition.
Nvidia once again acknowledges that the RTX 3000 supply problems could last for at least a few more months
Nvidia reported nice growth figures in its Q3 2020 earnings call, but things might not look that good for Q4. Team Green is now estimating that the RTX 3000 supply shortages could continue well into 2021, and this problem may also impact AMD with its newly launched RX 6800 / XT cards.
Undervolted AMD RX 6800 with 183 W TGP offers clues about an upcoming RX 6800M laptop-grade GPU matching the desktop RTX 2080 Ti
The RX 6800 GPU particularly efficient when it comes to undervolting, as its TGP can be reduced by 45 W down to 183 W. These figures are already laptop-friendly if we look at Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super mobility GPUs, so we can expect to see an RX 6800M GPU with 150-180W TGPs that matches the performance of a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti soon.
AMD RX 6800 / XT: analyzing the pros and cons based on reviews around the Net
AMD is back in the game with the latest RX 6800 / XT cards. Does it steal the performance crown? Not quite, but we still haven't seen what the RX 6900 XT has to offer. Nevertheless, the new AMD cards appear to be priced correctly, and we reckon the RX 6800 could end up as the preferred solution for the majority of gamers.
Leaked slide shows AMD's RX 6800 XT 1440p ray tracing performance, RTX 3080 looks to be winning this battle
Most of the previous rumors regarding the ray tracing performance of the Navi 21 GPUs are now confirmed directly via an official slide leaked ahead of the review NDAs. Yes, the RX 6800 XT appears to be slower than the RTX 3080 in select 1440p titles with DXR effects on Ultra, but it also appears to beat the RTX 2080 Ti. However, the situation should get better once AMD launches its own version of DLSS.
These Apple M1 Cinebench R23 scores are quite impressive for a 10 W processor
Looks like ditching Intel for in-hose ARM-based chips was quite the power play from Apple. The new M1 processors appear to trade blows with AMD's / Intel's 15 W processors. According to the latest Cinebench R23 tests, the M1 can be slightly faster than the AMD Renoir-U APUs in single-core tests, and they can also beat the Intel Tiger Lake-U processors in multi-core tests by a decent margin.
Gigabyte teases BRIX mini PCs with AMD Renoir APUs
AMD is already preparing to launch the Ryzen 5000 APU series, yet Gigabyte is a bit late to the party with some Ryzen 4000 PCs. Better late than never, as they say. The recent teaser from Gigabyte does not specify the exact processors, but we can expect up to a Ryzen 7 4800U. There will also be support for Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5 Gbps LAN connections.
Leak suggests custom Radeon RX 6800 XT card overclocked to 2.5 GHz can almost match Nvidia's RTX 3090
We can already imagine the overclocking potential of the upcoming custom RX 6900 XT cards planned for early 2021. If the RX 6800 XT can match the RTX 3090 that easily, Nvidia's rumored RTX 3080 Ti might still not be enough to secure the crown.
ASRock announces fanless iBOX mini PCs with Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors
The iBOX-V2000V and iBOX-V2000M mini PCs are powered by low-power Ryzen Embedded V2516 6-core and the Ryzen Embedded V2516 6-core processors, respectively. These 10 W TDP models do not require active cooling, but still provide decent performance as they are said to be faster than Intel's Comet Lake ULV chips.
TSMC cannot meet the entire Apple M1 order volume, Samsung could jump to the rescue
TSMC's 5 nm production is mostly focused on Apple's A14 Bionic SoCs and apparently cannot meet the projected order volume for the M1 chips. Since Samsung is the only other foundry to have operational 5 nm nodes, the South Korean foundries could once again become an Apple supplier. Nevertheless, the low yields on Samsung's 5 nm nodes might lead to sub-par performance on some M1 chips.
Google is introducing 20 Gbps Internet connections over "beams of light" for Sub-Saharan countries
If satellites and atmospheric balloons are simply too expensive to boost Internet signals across the world, Google now plans to use light beams to connect underdeveloped areas. The first country to benefit from wireless optical networks is Kenya, and the connections can reach 20 Gbps speeds, but are limited to a 20 Km radius.
AMD is expecting the next-gen RDNA 3 GPUs scheduled for 2021 to deliver 50% improved performance-per-watt over the new RX 6000 series
We have not even got a chance to explore the limits of the new RX 6000 GPUs based on the RDNA 2 architecture, and AMD is already planning some impressive performance gains for the upcoming RDNA 3 cards that should release in late 2021. The performance uplift should be facilitated through MCM structures and the jump to 5 nm.
AMD launches Ryzen Embedded V2000 low-TDP processors with Zen 2 cores and improved Radeon Vega iGPUs
After revealing a stellar Zen 3 lineup, AMD is now looking to strengthen its position in the low-TDP embedded market with the new Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors featuring up to 8 Zen 2 cores and improved Vega IGPUs. Team Red prepared two 10 W models to take on Intel's ULV Comet Lake processors, plus two more 35 W models that appear to beat the i7-9750H models.
Origin PC NS-15 AMD mobile workstations get Ryzen 5000 desktop-grade CPU options
Don't want to wait a few more months for the Zen 3 mobile APUs? How about some custom laptops with desktop-grade Ryzen 5000 CPUs like the NS-15 AMD workstations from Origin PC? They sure are pricier, but you are essentially replacing your desktop PC. You can choose among all four new Ryzen 5000 CPUs, including the Ryzen 9 5950X flagship.
Samsung might be working on a smartphone with surround display and sliding rear camera
Word on the street is that the smartphone featuring the new wrap-around display would be part of the Galaxy Z series and could be launched soon in response to Xiaomi's commercial version for the Mi Mix Alpha. The upcoming Samsung phone would also come with sliding rear camera setup, in-display selfie cam and fingerprint sensor, wireless charging and no physical buttons, plus a host of new UI functions that make use of the expanded screen real estate.
AMD director of technical marketing teases advanced undervolting and new details about the Ryzen 5000 series
Besides teasing the upcoming advanced undervolting feature for the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, Robert Hallock also clarifies some aspects regarding power plans, DDRAM clocks, CPU thermals and voltages, plus overclocking through Precision Boost 2.
Latest tests show AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X running stably at 4.82 GHz on all cores coupled with DDR4-3933 RAM
Most of the tests we've seen thus far claim that it is quite tricky to push all cores above 4.7 GHz on a Ryzen 9 5900X, but the creator of the CTR overclocking utility managed to run this model stably at 4.82 GHz on all core coupled with DDR4-3933 RAM and the performance gains are quite substantial, unlike the PBO overclocking offered by the Ryzen Master utility.
PCIe 6.0 complete specs are now available
The finalized PCIe 6.0 specs should be released in late 2021, a timeframe coinciding with the first consumer implementations of the PCIe 5.0 standard from AMD and Intel. This means that we can expect to see the PCIe 6.0 consumer implementations only by 2023. PCI SIG is planning to double the PCIe bandwidth every two years, even though AMD and Intel will most likely not move that quickly.
AMD hits highest overall X86 market share in 13 years
AMD's overall X86 market share at the end of Q3 2020 reached 22.4%. The desktop CPU market share is already higher than 20% and, with the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, it may quickly climb to new all-time-highs in the next few quarters. Thanks to the success recorded by the Renoir APUs, AMD's notebook market share also reached an all-time-high 20.2%, while the server sector is not doing that great with only 6.6% market share.
Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti mid-range GPU now believed to launch on December 2
Apparently, the previous rumors saying that the RTX 3060 Ti is expected to launch in mid-November are not true. Chinese site Expreview now claims that the actual launch date is set for December 2. This card is expected to cost US$400, and should be a bit faster than the RTX 2080 Super. A non-Ti version may also be launched later on, depending on what AMD brings to the table in the mid-range sector.
MINISFORUM announces new EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs with AMD Renoir desktop APUs
The upcoming EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs will support Ryzen 2000 / 3000 / 4000 APUs up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G processor. Even though the chassis is the same as the Intel version that comes with a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, the AMD models do not support discrete GPUs. Pre-sales will start this November.
AMD may allow AIB partners to release custom RX 6900 XT cards soon
Now that AMD officially announced the top-of-the-line Navi 21 GPUs, there is no reason to restrict AIBs from designing custom RX 6900 XT versions anymore. Industry insiders are hearing that AMD is already in talks with its partners to release such custom flagship cards, and availability could be set to early 2021.
SiFive readies the HiFive Unmatched, world's first RISC-V-based desktop PC platform
SiFive's HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX platform is designed for DiY developers. It comes with a 5-core RISC-V processor complemented by 8 GB of onboard DDR4 RAM. Users can add an NVMe SSD, a wireless card and a dGPU or any other PCIe Gen 3 X8 expansion card. The platform is compatible with many popular Linux distributions and will soon be up for pre-orders at US$665.
AMD sneaks additional details on the expected RX 6000-series ray tracing performance in the RDNA 2 overview
Even though AMD did not show any ray tracing game benchmarks, it at least mentions a few metrics in a footnote from the RDNA 2 architecture overview. Team Red tested an unspecified RX 6000 model with the DXR SDK more than 2 months ago and the performance seems to be a bit higher than the RTX 2080 Ti, but still lagging by 33% when compared to the RTX 3080.
AMD announces the Radeon RX 6800 XT gaming GPU and claims a win against Nvidia's RTX 3080
Seems like AMD is winning in so many markets now. Desktop CPUs, server CPUs, AI soon (with the Xilinx acquisition?) and now it finally reclaims the GPU crown with the announcement of the RX 6000 series. The RX 6800 XT model is beating the RTX 3080 in raster performance, gets 6 more GB VRAM, and costs $50 less, but we are hearing the ray tracing performance is not quite there yet.
The new 3DMark Wild Life cross-platform benchmark is reporting some strange results where Apple's A13 Bionic GPUs beat the latest AMD Vega 8 iGPUs
PCWorld tested the Apple A13 Bionic SoC against a few popular laptop processors, and it turns out that the iPhone 11 chip appears to be faster than iGPUs like the Iris Plus and the Vega 8, but it is also significantly lagging behind the new Tiger Lake Iris Xe iGPUs. Are we even supposed to mix mobile GPUs with laptop iGPUs?
Nvidia RTX 3080 in trouble: AMD rumored to show the RX 6800 XT GPU winning in considerably more games, both in 4K and 1440p
Info regarding the official Navi 21 presentation tomorrow has been leaked and things are not looking good for the RTX 3080 GPUs from Nvidia. Sources close to RedGamingTech claim that the RX 6800 XT cards will show better raster performance in significantly more 1440p and 4K titles. Once again, the ray tracing performance of the AMD cards is said to lag behind, still, at least it is on par with the RTX 2080 Ti in this regard. We could expect something similar to DLSS by early 2021.
Big if true: pictured Radeon RX 6800 XT engineering sample is beating the RTX 3080 in almost all leaked 3DMark results
Four independent sources reveal that that the RX 6800 XT cards perform up to 19% better in the Firestrike tests, and up to 3% faster in the Time Spy tests, but still trail behind the RTX 3080 in the Port Royal tests that focus on ray tracing performance. One of the sources claims that the AMD cards can even beat the RTX 3090 in the Firestrike tests, but we are suspecting the source is actually confusing RX 6800 XT with the more potent RX 6900 XT in this case.
Lenovo releases the AMD Ryzen 4000H versions of the Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops
Lenovo is now introducing Ryzen 4000H APU options for the world's lightest gaming laptops featuring RTX 2000 GPUs. The new Legion Slim 7 models can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 4900H APU coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage and up to an RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. Users can also choose between 60 Hz / 144 Hz FHD displays and even a 60 Hz 4K HDR screen.
AMD's RX 6800 XT card allegedly performs on par with Nvidia's RTX 3080 in Fire Strike Ultra 3DMark tests, but costs closer to an RTX 3070
Apparently, AMD did not show off its flagship Navi 21 XTX version with the Ryzen 5000 CPUs earlier this month. Rumor has it that the performance metrics presented back then come from the Navi 21 SKU powering the RX 6800 XT cards and these can match the RTX 3080, but they also feature a lower price point closer to the RTX 3070.
Nvidia rumored to cancel the RTX 3080 20 GB and RTX 3070 16 GB models
The cancellation of these two Nvidia models that pack more than 10 GB of VRAM might allow AMD to increase its sales, since the Navi 21 SKUs are expected to get 16 GB of VRAM. Nvidia is currently stuck with terrible yields on the Samsung 8 nm nodes, and, once it switches to TSMC next year, maybe it could consider relaunching the 16 GB and 20 GB models.
Fujitsu announces the world's lightest 13.3-inch Lifebook laptops weighing only 634 g, Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Renoir processors in tow
In order to bring the total weight down to 643 grams, Fujitsu had to reduce the number of components, replace the metallic upper cover with carbon fiber and redesign some of the ports and internal circuitry. The UH-X / E3 models are powered by the Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and includes a small 25 Wh battery, but Fujitsu also offers the slightly heavier UH90 / E3 models with 54 Wh batteries and the UH75 / E3 models powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APUs that weigh just under 1Kg.
More Intel Xe-HPG gaming GPU specs and performance info leak out
New info coming from Moore's Law Is Dead sources detail Intel's DG2 production process, memory configuration and performance targets that should be between Nvidia's RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 models. Intel is also aiming to offer excellent driver support, a good media encoder, decent ray tracing capabilities and $399-$499 aggressive pricing.
Acer launches Travelmate P4 & Spin P4 business notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new Travelmate models come in slimmer yet sturdier chassis made of an aluminum-magnesium mix. Upgrades include the latest Tiger Lake CPUs with Xe iGPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, a Thunderbolt 4 connector and a larger battery that can last up to 15 hours.
Intel's first Iris Xe Max discrete GPUs may initially launch in notebooks like the Asus VivoBook Flip 14
Previously known as DG1, Intel's Xe discrete GPUs may first launch with select Tiger Lake laptops. One of these could be the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ convertible that is advertised to be featuring the first Xe dGPU named Iris Xe Max. No official specs for this model as of yet besides the 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM, but we are hearing that it may feature a 96 EU G7 chip with higher clocks.
China is catching up: SMIC foundry is now able to produce 7 nm chips
SMIC's N+1 (7 nm) chips are mostly on par with GloFo's, Samsung's and TSMC's competing nodes as far as scalability and power consumption is concerned, but the Chinese tech is still a step behind when it comes to performance. Next goal for SMIC is to dethrone TSMC in regards to Chinese chip orders.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X overclocked to 6.0 GHz pops up in Geekbench tests
Apparently, AMD made it easier to overclock the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, as the Geekbench tests were recorded on an iMac Pro running macOS, which are not particularly suitable for overclocking. The best results for the Ryzen 9 5950X running at 6 GHz show decent gains of 20% in single-core tests and 12% in multi-core tests over a Ryzen 9 3900X clocked at 5.9 GHz.
Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0 quick test: overclocking and underclocking the Ryzen 4000H/U APUs
In this quick test, we attempt to overclock and underclock the Ryzen 5 4600U APU powering a Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 using the new Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0. Underclocking worked like a breeze, but the Renoir-U APU in question shows no overclocking potential. We suspect that the Renoir-H APUs may be more overclocking-friendly.
Leaked Intel Alder Lake-S picture shows the size difference between LGA1700 and LGA1200 CPUs
The Alder Lake-S chips would get 6 more cores over the current Comet Lake-S models, and the difference in size reflects this to some extent. However, the bigger chips also require a new socket, so Comet Lake-S users will be forced to upgrade the motherboard in case they want to make the jump to the 10 nm big/small architecture.
Huawei Mate 40 official sneak peek render reveals unique rear camera bump
The CAD renders leaked a few months ago might be showing the regular Mate 40, while the Pro version could feature a new design, or Huawei just decided to change some design elements in the meantime. In any case, the sneak peek render posted by He Gang himself shows that the rear camera bump is not circular anymore, and the volume button appears to be back.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 (non-X) rumored to launch early 2021 for $220
AMD may have increased price points for the Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs, but keep in mind that we have not yet seen any non-X versions. According to a new leak, the non-X Ryzen 5000 CPUs are expected to launch in Q1 2021, and the Ryzen 5 5600 could be priced at $220 while almost matching the performance of an Intel Core i7-10700.
AMD Project Quantum still alive: Team Red could soon launch gaming mini PCs with unique designs
Last year, AMD started its anti-NUC initiative, as many of its embedded and laptop-grade APUs can now easily be included in mini PCs. This initiative could soon culminate with gaming mini PCs that are based on AMD's Project Quantum presented 5 years ago at E3.
Report suggests Nvidia could launch improved RTX 3000 GPUs produced on TSMC's 7 nm node in 2021
Is Nvidia ditching Samsung for TSMC in 2021? It looks like Nvidia is not at all pleased with the supply problems created by Samsung's 8 nm nodes with reduced yields and is at least diversifying risk with a significant order of 7 nm chips from TSMC scheduled throughout 2021.
AMD may acquire FPGA maker Xilinx for $30 billion
AMD has been recording profitable quarters upon quarters for some time now and is out to expand its portfolio with FPGA chips designed for the telecommunications and defense markets. The merger between AMD and Xilinx could enable team red to become an important player in the 5G infrastructure sector and finally try its hand at AI-driven applications, plus it could strengthen its position in the data center market.
ARM unveils Matterhorn and 64-bit-only Makalu Cortex-A cores scheduled for 2021 and 2022, respectively
ARM is projecting up to 30% increased performance gains over the Cortex-X1 cores by the time the Makalu generation releases in 2022. The Matterhorn generation will introduce improved security features like Memory Tagging Extension, while Makalu is said to be the first generation to support only 64-bit instruction sets.
Vecow's new SPC-6000 silent mini PC is among the first to feature the Intel Elkhart Lake Atom CPUs
Equipped with a quad-core / quad-thread Atom x6425RE low-power CPU, the SPC-6000 mini PC is specifically designed for IoT / AIoT applications that require advanced features like Time-Coordinated Computing and Time-Sensitive Networking. The system also supports up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, plus an NVMe SSD and a SATA III SSD/HDD for storage.
Nvidia vs AMD: who is trolling who?
According to some AIB partners cited by Videocardz, Nvidia managed to troll AMD, as it switched the GA104 SKU with the GA102 model in the RTX 3080 GPU at the last minute, so now, apparently Big Navi (Navi 21) is only matching the RTX 3070. Other leakers believe that AMD is trolling the AIB partners misrepresenting Navi 21 as Navi 22, which has only half the CUs.
Nvidia's BlueField DPUs combining Mellanox and ARM tech pave way to data center market domination
Nvidia plans to release the first DPUs named BlueField-2 in 2021. These cards will include a Mellanox NIC and an ARM processor with 8 Cortex-A72 cores. There will also be a BlueField-2X card that includes an Ampere GPU for AI-based tasks. DPUs are meant to relieve server CPUs of certain tasks, making them perform 30% faster.
Intel Alder Lake-S CPU with 16 cores and 24 threads spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmark database
Even though the CPU ID reads 16C 32T, the thread count only shows 24 threads. Apparently only the 8 Golden Cove big cores support hyperthreading, while the 8 Gracemont small cores do not. The test sample seems to support only DDR4 memory, but this is probably due to the absence of DDR5 specs in the testing software.
Leaked pic shows NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, which could release soon but will probably not be as fast as the desktop counterpart
The laptop-grade RTX 3070 GPU is apparently getting 8 GB of 12 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM, but it is very likely that the lower TGP of around 120 W will limit this chip's performance, so it will not really match the performance of a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti. Regardless of these limitations, the RTX 3070 mobility GPU should still be a decent upgrade over the current RTX 2080 Super.
AMD Navi 2x: detailed list of specs, expected pricing and possible release dates for the entire GPU lineup get leaked
Tom from Moore's Law Is Dead shares a wealth of info regarding confirmed and unconfirmed specs, possible price points and expected release windows for the Navi 21 / 22 / 23 gaming GPU models. We also learn about a professional Navi 21 version that could compete with the RTX 300 GPUs from Nvidia.
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X CPUs expected to land on October 20, Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X may launch in December
Trusted sources claim that only the 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X and 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X will hit retailers by October 20. However, around December this year, AMD also plans to release the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X and the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X models and price points might be slightly higher compared to the current Ryzen 3000 CPUs.
Oppo launches the Reno4 Z 5G handheld with 120 Hz display in Europe for €379
The less expensive Reno4 Z features a MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G SoC coupled with 8 GB LPDDR4x and 128 GB storage, but also comes with dual front cams and a quad-cam rear setup, plus a 6.5-inch LCD display with 120 Hz refresh rate.
Gigabyte readies new BRIX PRO mini PCs with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new BRIX PRO mini PCs are powered by either the i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake-U CPUs. Users may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, while the systems offer support for a PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD, another PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe SSD and a SATA III SSD or HDD. There is a Thunderbolt 4 connector and the integrated Xe-LP GPUs can output through the included 4x HDMI 2.0b ports.
More leaks: AMD Navi 2x and Navi 31 GPU spec details found in latest macOS 11 beta code
The latest macOS 11 beta build includes spec information regarding compute unit count, core clock maximum boost and maximum TGP for AMD's upcoming Navi 2x GPUs that may end up as part of the Radeon RX 6000 series. There also are mentions of the Navi 31 GPU based on the RDNA3 architecture.
Lenovo announces ThinkBook 14s Gen 2 laptop lineup with Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000U processors
Lenovo is offering processor options up to an i7 Tiger Lake for the Intel models or up to a Ryzen 7 4800U for the AMD models. The Intel models are a bit bulkier as they get the best features including up to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 3 TB of storage, an MX450 dGPU option and a Thunderbolt 4 connector. The AMD models, however, are limited to up to 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, up to 1 TB storage, and they do not get a dGPU option, but they also are lighter and slimmer.
Lenovo launches ThinkBook 14s Yoga convertibles with Tiger Lake processors
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga convertibles are lighter and slimmer than previous versions due to the new anodized aluminum chassis. They also come with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass protective layer for the 360-degree touchscreen. Processor options go up to an Intel gen 11 i7 Tiger Lake, which can be coupled with up to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and there is a Thunderbolt 4 connector, as well.
AMD's Frank Azor hints at plentiful Navi 2x GPU launch stocks that could prove problematic for Nvidia this holiday season
Nvidia's RTX 3000-series launch was not that successful due to the extremely limited card stocks. The situation should be improved towards the end of October, right around the same time AMD is planning to release the Navi 2x GPU series. Will team red pull a paper launch a la Nvidia, as well? Frank Azor is confident that this will not be the case.
XMG unable to equip the VIA 15 Pro AMD-powered laptops with OLED panels due to iGPU compatibility issues
The German OEM ran into incompatibility issues caused by the Vega iGPUs and was unable to fix these problems because Samsung no longer offers engineering support for those particular OLED panels. Schenker/XMG states that the demand for an OLED option is there and we will most likely see AMD-powered laptops with OLED panels in 2021.
Renoir refresh incoming: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U APU spotted in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark, could feature Vega 11 iGPU
While the CPU performance increase seems negligible on the new Ryzen 7 5700U models, the results mustered by the iGPU side certainly suggest that the Lucienne APUs could integrate Vega 11 chips, at least for the top-of-the-line models. These Lucienne APUs may turn out to be AMD's rushed response to Intel's Tiger Lake models that are just a bit faster than the previous AMD Renoir processors.
Intel plans to release Tiger Lake-powered NUCs codenamed Tiger Canyon
The upcoming Tiger Canyon NUCs come in tall and slim variants with i3, i5, and i7 CPU options, and highlights include support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, PCIe 4 NVMe SSDs, dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors and one HDMI 2.1 video out.
New leak: AMD Ryzen 6000H Rembrandt laptop APUs with 6 nm Zen 3 + RDNA2 cores to support LPDDR5-6400 RAM and dual USB4 connectors, could launch in late 2021
AMD's leaked roadmap now shows that the Rembrandt APUs would come in desktop as well as laptop versions with 6 nm Zen 3 cores and RDNA2 iGPUs, plus support for DDR5-5200 / LPDDR5-6400 RAM, a mysterious CVML (computer vision & machine learning) component, 20x PCIe 4 lanes and two USB4 connectors.
PS5 and Xbox Series X next gen consoles could face shortages until mid-2021
The demand for the next gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft is expected to greatly offset the supply, as the console APU yields are still not that great. This could lead to prolonged shortages that could last until mid-2021, despite AMD's increased allocation of wafers at TSMC.
TSMC to implement gate-all-around (GAAFET) transistors on the 2 nm nodes by 2023
TSMC surprised everyone when it announced that its 3 nm nodes will not use GAAFET transistors. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese foundries decided to speed up the release of the 2 nm nodes, which will finally adopt the GAAFET design. Still, the N2 nodes will only become operational by mid-2023, allowing Samsung to get the edge with its 3 nm GAAFET nodes by late 2021. Despite this advantage, TSMC is confident that Samsung will not get too many orders for the 3 nm node due to low yields.
Artist envisions the iPhone Fold in detailed animated renders
The renders are based on the specs leaked by industry insider Jon Prosser and depict the foldable iPhone featuring an inner display that consists of two hingeless screens similar to the Microsoft Surface Duo design. Artist theHacker34 also lists some specs that are probably on his wishlist, as no other source has mentioned some of these.
Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3060 Super 8 GB, RTX 3070 Super 16 GB and RTX 3080 Super 20 GB models confirmed by Gigabyte listing
Gigabyte's Watch Dogs Legion redemption site includes a list with all eligible cards, and, among these, we can spot the unannounced RTX 3060 with 8 GB of VRAM, along with two RTX 3070 GPUs packing 16 GB VRAM and three SKUs for the RTX 3080 featuring 20 GB VRAM. Presumably, all these will bear the Super denomination.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders' Edition: analyzing the pros and cons based on the mixed reception from the first official reviews
The new RTX 3080 FE cards represent a reasonable progress for those looking to improve performance in 4K games, but the lower resolutions do not really benefit from substantial gains, unfortunately. Additionally, the 10 GB VRAM capacity appears to hinder the power of the new ray tracing cores.
HP launches EliteDesk 805 G6 compact PCs with desktop-grade AMD Renoir APUs and GTX 1660 Ti dGPU
The new HP EliteDesk 805 G6 compact PCs can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G APU, which in turn can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 3 storage solutions, plus an optional GTX 1660 Ti dGPU. Additionally, the port selection is quite generous with 7x USB ports and up to 7 video outs.
Intel quietly launches Core i7-10870H CPUs to counter the i7-10875H supply issues, also adds i5-10200H entry-level option
German laptop OEM Schenker/XMG reports that the i7-10875H CPUs will soon be facing severe supply issues and it looks like Intel is countering these problems by quietly launching the i7-10870H model along with a new entry-level i5-10200H quad-core processor.
Nvidia RTX 3000 Titan with 48 GB of GDDR6x VRAM may launch to counter AMD's "Biggest Navi" GPU in Q1 2021
AMD's "Biggest Navi" is rumored to be similar to the Radeon VII, featuring HBM2 VRAM and 80 compute units, and Nvidia is apparently planning to counter this with an RTX 3000 Titan GPU equipped with up to 48 GB of 21 Gbps or even 23 Gbps GDDR6x VRAM that may turn out to be only 10% faster than the RTX 3090.
SiFive announces new RISC-V processor architecture plus its first-ever desktop PC processor in response to Nvidia's plans to dominate the server market
In the event that Nvidia compromises most processor-related ARM IPs, SiFive's RISC-V scalable CPUs could see increased adoption even from mobile and smartphone OEMs. SiFive is already prepared to meet the increased demand with its updated AI-focused RISC-V microarchitecture that enables different classes of performance, efficiency and features for server-grade, HPC and even desktop PC systems.
First Nvidia RTX 3080 3DMark test results plus additional Ashes of the Singularity and 4K game comparisons leak out
The 3DMark results still seem suspiciously low, especially those related to ray tracing performance. This could be caused by unstable drivers or the benchmark tests are somehow faked. On the plus side, the new Ashes of the Singularity results are looking better, with 40% gains over the stock RTX 2080 Ti.
First alleged AMD RDNA2 Navi 2x engineering sample spotted in the wild
The leaker is suggesting that this could be the Navi 21 flagship GPU, but, judging by the memory configuration and the thickness of the radiator, this may actually turn out to be the Navi 22 mid-range solution that is supposed to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3070 models.
MSI updates its Alpha gaming laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000-H APUs and RX 5600M dGPUs, adds 17-inch model
MSI's all-AMD Alpha gaming laptop lineup is getting updated with Renoir-H and Radeon RX 5600M dGPUs. It also features larger 65 Wh batteries, bigger speakers and an improved cooling system. The IPS FHD displays come with 144 Hz refresh rates and AMD FreeSync Premium support. Users may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-RAM and up to 4 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
MediaTek to launch fast 6 nm ARM-based processors for inexpensive Chromebooks in 2021
MediaTek is looking to release fast 6 nm processors for the budget-oriented Chromebooks in 2021. The upcoming MT8195 processor will be similar to Apple's ARM-based proprietary processors that are scheduled to release with next year's MacBooks, and will include powerful AI features along with possible Wi-Fi 6 and 5G integration.
AMD's Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs will include advanced new overclocking features and will also come in 10-core/20-thread flavors
The new overclocking features for AMD's upcoming Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 CPUs include a Curve Optimizer and the Infinity Fabric dividers, and we also get a confirmation that the new CPU lineup will feature 10-core SKUs, as AMD has upped the number of cores per CCX to 8.
Nvidia's RTX 3080 GPU is not particularly impressive in latest leaked Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks
The Ashes of the Singularity tests are probably showing the absolute worst case scenario as far as performance differences between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 2080 TI go, at least when it comes to stock clocks.
ASRock DeskMini X300 and A300 mini PC barebones first to support up to an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G APU
Users of the A300 mini PC barebones discovered that the ASRock A300-STM motherboard is compatible with the latest X300 BIOS, so the more affordable enclosures can now be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, as well. However, the X300-STM motherboard offers unique overclocking features that can boost the CPU and iGPU performance.
Nvidia releases more RTX 3000 spec details through Reddit Q&A session
The more relevant discussion points include new details on the HDMI 2.1 connectors, the new RTX IO feature that relies on SSDs, how the new Ampere architecture effectively doubles the performance of the Turing CUDA cores, PCIe 3.0 vs PCIe 4.0 performance difference, DLSS 2.1 features, power cable recommendations, new decoder capabilities and Nvidia Reflex compatibility for older cards.
Tuxedo readies new 15.6-inch Polaris gaming notebooks featuring AMD's Ryzen 4000H and Intel's Comet Lake processors
The new 15.6-inch Polaris gaming notebooks feature AMD Renoir or Intel Comet Lake processor options, and users can add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 4 TB of NVMe or SATA III SSD storage. As far as discrete GPU options go, users can only choose between the GTX 1650 Ti and the RTX 2060 Refresh.
Samsung launches first 5G-enabled Galaxy Book Flex thin and light convertible with 13 MP camera and Intel Gen 11 Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new thin and light Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G convertible ultrabook packs Intel's new i5 / i7 quad-core Tiger Lake-U CPUs with integrated Iris Xe graphics coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. It is also the first laptop to feature a 13 MP camera, and, thanks to the new Intel Evo specs, it also comes with a Thunderbolt 4 port.
Used GPU market gets flooded with Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti cards immediately after RTX 3000 announcement, high-end Turing prices could drop to around $300
Theoretically speaking, if the RTX 3080 priced at $699 is 70-80% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, the high-end Turing cards should be selling for around $300 tops in used condition. We are not quite there yet, as the lowest prices in the US are hovering around $550, while in the EU, brand new RTX 2080 Ti cards are selling for 450 Euro. The race to the bottom is still on, nevertheless.
Unannounced Ti 16 GB and Super 8 GB versions for the Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU pop up in Lenovo Legion T7/T5 desktop specs
Nvidia only announced the "vanilla" RTX 3070 models with the official Ampere gaming GPUs reveal, but Lenovo's specs of the upcoming Legion T7/T5 desktop systems clearly show Ti versions with 16 GB and Super variants with 8 GB. This may be a mere miscommunication issue between Nvidia and Lenovo, or it could be that Lenovo is planning to launch refreshed GPUs versions later on.
Apple to drop AMD's lower-end GPUs, replace them with proprietary 5 nm GPUs by 2H 2021
Apple's in-house chip lineup based on ARM's cores that currently includes plans for laptops and possibly workstations will soon be expanded with discrete GPUs made on TSMC's 5 nm node. Based on the iGPUs found in the Bionic SoCs, these discrete GPUs are codenamed Lifuka and are expected to first release on next year's iMacs. Apparently these new dGPUs will replace AMD's lower-end solutions, but team red will still provide professional models for the Mac Pro workstations.
HP updates ZBook mobile workstation lineup with new Fury and Power G7 models equipped with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Xeon CPUs
The new ZBook G7 workstations now include Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Xeon CPUs, which are 30 to 70% faster than the Coffee Lake models on the previous G6 models. The more affordable Power 15 laptops can be equipped with up to 64 GB of RAM, 2 TB of SSD storage and up to an Nvidia Quadro T2000 GPU, while the Fury series supports up to 128 GB of RAM, 10 TB SSD storage and up to an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
Entry-level OnePlus Clover smartphone to cost less than US$200, features massive 6000 mAh battery
OnePlus is planning to release its first budget handheld codenamed Clover. Unlike the OnePlus Nord, which is only available in India and Europe, the Clover will be available worldwide for under US$200. Specs include a Snapdragon 460 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage, a 13 +2 +2 MP rear camera setup, 6.52-inch IPS screen with 1560 x 720 resolution and a massive 6000 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging.
Nvidia's RTX 3060 cards could launch sooner than expected as suggested by fresh EEC certification files from Palit
Since the RTX 3060 cards got mentioned this early in Palit's certification files, we could see the mid-lower-end cards launching sooner than expected, possibly around Holiday season this year to compete with AMD's Navi 22 and Navi 10 refreshes.
Samsung is allegedly working on three new foldable phones
We haven't even found out when exactly the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 is going to be available, yet rumors about other upcoming foldable models are already circulating on Twitter. Details are quite skimpy, but it looks like Samsung plans to finally add S Pen support on next year's flagship foldable, while the highly anticipated sub-US$1,000 model is supposed to integrate a cheaper screen protective layer. Moreover, there apparently is another model, which is getting a screen that folds both inwards and outwards.
Ryzen 4000H-powered Pulse 14 Linux ultrabooks launched by Tuxedo
The new Tuxedo Pulse 14 among the few Renoir-H ultrabooks available now for pre-order. It is very similar to the Pulse 15 version, except it weighs only 1 Kg and obviously gets a 14-inch screen, plus it comes with a smaller battery. Otherwise, users can still choose between the Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H APU options, and may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM along with up to 2 TB of SATA III or NVMe SSD storage.
TSMC hints at securing Apple SoC production deal including 2 nm chips for the next 5 years
The Taiwanese foundries are already building a new R&D center for 2 nm technologies and beyond in Hsinchu, which should be ready some time in 2021. The exact timeline for the 2 nm volume production is not yet known, but TSMC reports that it has been collaborating with some of its customers on the development of this advanced node. Market analysts claim that Apple will be first to launch 2 nm SoCs thanks to a five-year production deal with TSMC.
TSMC releases more details regarding the upcoming 3 nm node
N5 is already showing better yields compared to N7 and N10 going by production times, and TSMC also plans to squeeze two more nodes in between N5 and N3. N5P is supposed to start volume production some time in 2021, while N4 should become operational in 2022. The surprising part is that N3 scheduled for 2H 2022 will not use GAAFET transistors. Instead, it will be based on some sort of improved FinFET tech.
XMG refreshes liquid-metal-cooled NEO gaming laptop lineup, adds i7-10875H CPU option
XMG is now offering an i7-10875H CPU option for the NEO lineup of liquid-metal-cooled laptops. The 17-inch model is also getting a 62 Wh larger battery, although it still seems quite small compared to the 93 Wh battery on the 15-inch model. Additionally, XMG finally reveals the brand of the liquid metal thermal compound.
Leaker shows massive triple-slot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders' Edition card, reveals possible RTX 3000-series pricing
Triple-slot is no doubt big, but some custom designs coming from Nvidia's AIB partners are rumored to feature 3.5-slot coolers and these will get TGP's well above the 400 W mark. Since these cards are using the 8 nm manufacturing process from Samsung, the power efficiency might prove a bit subpar compared to AMD's Big Navi produced on TSMC's 7 nm nodes.
NEC launches 13.3-inch VersaPro J UltraLite type VG ultrabooks with Comet Lake-U CPUs under 900 grams
NEC's latest 13.3-inch ultrabooks weigh only 814 g with an L battery or 868 g with an LL battery. Even so, the bigger batteries are still able to last up to 24 h (15 h for the smaller ones), and both can be charged up to 80% in one hour. The ultrabooks can be powered by either an i5-10210U or an i7-10510U CP coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD storage.
Gaming GPUs are no longer the most profitable business for Nvidia
Thanks to the Mellanox acquisition and the launch of the Ampere A100 compute accelerators in mind Q2, the data center business overshadowed the gaming GPU division, which still did quite well. A reversal is expected to happen in Q4 this year, when the Ampere gaming GPUs will have hit the market.
Microsoft's Surface Duo beats all of the currently available Samsung foldables in latest Geekbench tests
Even equipped with only 6 GB of RAM, the Surface Duo manages to beat Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Z Flip models, and for reference, it also beats the Exynos version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Now, the launch version of the Surface Duo is expected to get 8 GB of RAM, so we could be seeing further performance gains.
Cerebras breaks own record with improved densities via TSMC's 7 nm nodes: 2.6 trillion transistors and 850,000 cores on a single chip
The updated Wafer Scale Engine allows Cerebras to double the transistor and core counts on the monolithic chips, although the size and power requirements should remain close to the original gen 1 chips since the technology now uses TSMC's 7 nm nodes instead of the older 16 nm. It remains to be seen if Cerebras is going to double the amount of on-chip SRAM and the fabric bandwidth.
Lenovo launches 13.3-inch Yoga 6 convertible with Renoir-U APUs and metal+cloth hybrid design
The hybrid design that combines metal with soft textured materials help the chassis weigh in at only 2.9 lbs. Spec-wise, this model is not as impressive as the Yoga Slim 7 Pro, and the prices clearly reflect this. Still, users can equip the 13.3-inch Yoga 6 with up to a Ryzen 7 4700U coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
Why is Softbank rushing to sell ARM? Softbank overinvesting in the wrong business areas and the Chinese ARM branch "going rogue" among the possible reasons
If Nvidia manages to buy ARM, team green will certainly have its hands full with all sorts of inherent problems in addition to all the other competing ARM clients that demand equal access to current IPs and future technologies. One such problem may have been created by Softbank itself when it began overinvesting in an IoT ARM division that did not take off, plus the Chinese ARM branch could prove a bit of a wildcard as its CEO is now trying to separate from the British branch.
Lenovo's 13-inch IdeaPad S540-13ARE ultrabook with Renoir-U APUs now available in Europe
The new 13-inchers come with Ryzen 5 4600U or Ryzen 7 4800U APU options and can be equipped with up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. RAM options include 8 or 16 GB DDR4-3200, but the modules are soldered, so there is no upgrade potential. There are two good screen options, yet, on the other hand, port selection is a bit limited, and the ultrabooks will not be available on the American continent.
Leaker shows alleged Nvidia RTX 3090 PCB, later rectifies it is just for an RTX 3080 card, while Micron confirms existence of flagship RTX 3090 with GDDR6X memory
Even though the leaker now claims the manufacturer told him the PCB is for an RTX 3080 card, we can definitely spot a few elements that seem a bit overkill for an xx80 model: 11 memory modules for at least 22 GB of VRAM, triple 8-pin power connectors plus a hidden special chip on the back of the PCB. Micron, on the other hand, confirms that the RTX 3090 is indeed real and it will integrate the new 21 Gbps GDDR6X modules with 1 TB/s bandwidth.
Intel unveils Xe-HPG mid-range and enthusiast gaming GPUs with hardware ray tracing launching in 2021, Nvidia and AMD in trouble?
With the addition of the Xe-HPG models, Intel is looking to cover the gaps left in the mid-range and enthusiast gaming sectors. The upcoming gaming GPUs will integrate hardware-level ray tracing and will be produced by external foundries (TSMC?). They are also rumored to get GDDR6 VRAM and may prove decent competitors for Nvidia's RTX 3000 / AMD's Big Navi GPUs.
Dell launches premium Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise convertible with 4K touchscreen
Dell is adding quite a few enterprise-grade features to the existing 14-inch Latitude 7410 Chromebook lineup, including low blue light 4K touchscreens, LTE and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, extended battery life up to 21 hours and a premium carbon fiber finish that keeps the total weight just above 3 lbs.
Vega 8 iGPU from upcoming AMD Cezanne laptop APU does not impress in latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
We already know that AMD's Ryzen 5000 laptop APUs launching next year will still be limited to Vega iGPUs, and the latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks show that the further refined Vega 8 iGPU is barely faster than the current implementations. It seems like AMD is only focused on improving the CPU performance.
OnePlus to finally introduce always-on feature for its phone displays with the OxygenOS 11 release in late 2020
OnePlus users have been asking for the always on display feature for quite some time now, and it looks like it could finally arrive with the OxygenOS 11 release later this year. An open beta test is scheduled for September. OnePlus recently teased the look of the interface, which includes a thin gradient line running down the center of the screen.
ASUS announces the world's first HDMI 2.1 4K gaming monitors
The new 4K Asus ROG gaming monitors come in 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes, plus they offer full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 connections, unlike some TV brands that limit speeds to 40 Gbps. VRR up to 120 Hz and ALLM are also included, together with HDR. Pricing info is still unknown.
AMD's market cap soars past US$100 billion, CPU market share could reach 50% by 2H 2021
AMD stock prices increased by almost US$30 in the past week, while Intel prices took a dive of around US$11. As of now, AMD's market cap is just shy of US$100 billion, whereas Intel's market cap dropped to US$208.95 billion. Stock prices are expected to increase for team red over the next year, and its CPU market share could reach 50%.
The first single-board computers supporting Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs will launch soon
Intel's own Phantom Canyon NUCs will most likely be targeting budget gamers, so if you are looking for more affordable mini PCs powered by the upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs for IoT and HTPC applications, you could check out the single-board computers offered by Aaeon, Kontron and Advantech.
Nvidia already in advanced talks to buy ARM for more than US$32 billion
Nvidia is inching closer to sealing the deal for what looks like more than US$40 billion, but analysts think that Nvidia might actually ruin the entire value proposition of ARM with this move. Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung will try to oppose this as much as they can.
AMD rumored to be working on a Ryzen Pro mobile workstation Renoir APU with Vega 11 iGPU, more PCIe lanes and increased RAM capacity
Apparently AMD has heard all the woes regarding the need for Renoir laptops with more powerful dGPU options and is now working on an improved APU that may offer full 16x PCIe 3.0 lanes so it can be paired with models above the RTX 2060. The upcoming Ryzen Pro workstation APU would also offer support for up to 128 GB LPDDR4x RAM without the usual Renoir restrictions, plus a Vega 11 iGPU.
New leak: AMD's Radeon Instinct MI100 compute GPU is more than 100% faster compared to Nvidia's A100 Ampere GPU in FP32 workloads
Previously believed to be quite inferior to Nvidia's A100 Ampere compute GPU, the upcoming MI100 Instinct from AMD is now expected to be way faster than the competition in certain workloads. The MI100 will be the first compute GPU developed on the CDNA architecture and will launch this December, targeting HPC/AI/machine learning applications for the oil/gas and academic sectors.
Sony patents tech similar to Nvidia's DLSS, could include it in PS5 consoles to achieve higher FPS counts in 4K games
Sony already has something similar to Nvidia's DLSS with the checkerboard renderer implemented in the PS4 console, but the results are not really on par because of the limited hardware. An improved version integrated with the PS5 could benefit from the more powerful AMD hardware, ensuring that 4K games at least run @60 fps properly.
AMD essentially confirms 5 nm Zen 4 CPUs and "advanced node" RDNA 3 GPUs will launch by 2021 in latest corporate presentation
The updated slides show that among the lineups to receive a performance boost are the Zen 4 EPYC "Genoa" server-grade CPUs, the CDNA 2 compute GPUs and the RDNA 3 gaming GPUs. Curiously enough, AMD did not update the desktop CPU roadmap past the Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs launching this year, but there are solid chances for 5 nm desktop variants to be launched by the end of 2021.
Intel's upcoming 10 nm and 7 nm CPUs/GPUs rumored to be produced on TSMC's 6 nm and 5 nm nodes, respectively
Intel is apparently seeking external assistance and it seems like a deal has already been struck with TSMC. With the latest leadership changes taking place at Intel, the chip giant is now looking to outsource part of its 10 nm and 7 nm chip production to TSMC in the next few years, but this will require some redesigning and node repurposing.
First tests for Nvidia's A100 Ampere compute GPU offer more clues regarding the expected performance of the high-end RTX 3000-series
The OctaneBench results posted by OTOY CEO Jules Urbach show that the A100 GPU is ~40% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. However, the GA100 (and all of its versions featured in the RTX 3000 GPUs) is a cut-down version of the A100, so performance gains for the RTX 3080 Ti may only be around 30%. Urbach notes that results were recorded without RTX on, so there could be some minor gains when the ray tracing cores are activated.
New Chinese CPU maker Phytium to release 7 nm and 5nm server CPUs, along with 14 nm processors for desktop and embedded markets
While Intel is yet again postponing the launch of its 7 nm processors, Chinese chip makers like Phytium are rising with big dreams of providing decent competition for AMD in the next few years. Phytium currently specializes in server-grade CPUs with 64 cores, but, by the end of 2021, the Chinese company intends to ready 128-core server chips built on TSMC's 5 nm nodes, along with 14 nm desktop and embedded CPUs.
Largest-ever deal in the chip industry could see Nvidia acquiring ARM
If Nvidia manages to buy ARM, this would immediately trigger regulatory scrutiny since ARM is licensing many of its IPs to an entire portfolio of companies that are considered competitors for team green.
AMD's Ryzen 4000H APUs limited to only 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes for dGPUs? A non-issue mostly, even for dGPUs above an RTX 2060
Many users have been asking why OEMs are not providing dGPU options above the RTX 2060 for the Ryzen 4000H laptops. Would this latest reveal regarding the limited PCIe 3.0 lane access add to the conspiracy theories? They really should not, as the issue barely affects performance even for more powerful dGPUs. Tinfoil hats aside, AMD is most likely imposing these restrictions in order to keep laptop prices in the US$1,000 range.
ASRock mini PC with Ryzen 5 4600U Renoir APU spotted in SiSoft Sandra database
The 4x4-V2000 single-board computer has not yet been officially announced by ASRock, but it appears to be powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4600U APU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. This new version seems like a solid upgrade over the older V1000 model powered by a Ryzen Embedded V1650B processor.
Fresh rumors suggest delayed AMD Big Navi GPU launch date, reveal possible VRAM specs
Latest word on the street is that AMD has not yet finalized PCB designs and driver integration for the Big navi cards, so previous performance rumors are probably pure speculation. Based on this new info, AMD could push the release schedule to October or even early November.
More evidence points towards AMD's RDNA2 Big Navi superiority over Nvidia's high-end Ampere RTX 3000 GPUs
Fresh reports suggest that Nvidia will only launch 8 nm GPUs this year, with a possible 7 nm "Super" refresh scheduled for 1H 2021. This could allow AMD to steal the GPU performance crown with 7 nm Big Navi GPUs this year and jump to 5 nm next year.
Chuwi announces affordable 13-inch CoreBook Pro notebook
The premium appearance of the 13-inch Chuwi CoreBook Pro is hiding some dated specs, but at least the price seems fair. Surprisingly enough, this model integrates a quality 3:2 IPS screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut, but apart from this, the hardware specs are so 2016, with an Intel Core i3-6157U CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB SSD.
Lenovo announces new Legion and IdeaPad gaming laptops with Ryzen 4000H APUs
Lenovo will be launching new gaming laptops with up to a Ryzen 4800H APU throughout this summer and fall. Available in late July is the IdeaPad Gaming 3 15.6-inch starting at US$659 with a GTX 1650 Ti GPU, while the Legion 5 17-incher is packing an RTX 2060 GPU will be available in September for US$1,089 and up. There also is a legion 5P esports edition, but this will not be available in the U.S.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 gaming laptop with Intel Comet Lake-H CPUs gets leaked ahead of official announcement
The leaked slides for the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 gaming laptop highlight top features like the powerful i9 Comet Lake-H CPUs and the quality display options that include 144 Hz 1080p and 4K 60 Hz screens. The slim design restricts the dGPU to an RTX 2060, unfortunately; however, to keep things cool, Lenovo throws in an advanced vapor chamber.
AMD Ryzen 4000H laptops with 4K OLED displays just above US$1,200? Schenker could soon sell such models
Schenker is considering adding an affordable 4K OLED screen option for the new VIA 15 Pro laptop series powered by AMD's Ryzen 4000H APUs. The Ryzen 5 4600H model with a 4K OLED display would cost just above US$1,200, but keep in mind that these laptops do not include dGPUs.
JEDEC finally publishes DDR5 standard specs, Intel and AMD may offer consumer support by 2021
The publication of the JEDEC specifications is paving the way for the accelerated adoption of the DDR5 standard. First to benefit from the new standard are the server and HPC sectors, while the consumer market may first see DDR5-ready systems in 2021. Initial speeds start at 4.8 GHz, but should hit 6.4 GHz in a few years, and capacities should gradually rise to 48-64 GB per DIMM, with a maximum of 1 TB in the foreseeable future.
Intel's Tiger Lake-U Iris Xe iGPU gets beefy specs, but disappoints in latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
The latest SiSoft Sandra database entries reveal that the Tiger Lake-U Xe iGPUs appear to be on par with the DG1 discrete GPUs releasing later this year. This means the iGPU is getting the same 96 execution units with 768 shading units, plus high core clocks of 1.3 GHz. Despite all these impressive specs, the benchmark scores are quite the disappointment.
Chinese CPU maker Zhaoxin plans to enter the discrete GPU market
Zhaoxin plans to release a 28 nm discrete GPU with 75 W TDP by 2021. Judging by the specs, this may be a mid-range solution that could perform in line with the GTX 970 cards launched back in 2014.
Here is why LPDDR4x-4266 RAM seems considerably faster when coupled with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs compared to equivalent AMD Renoir APUs
Because of the inherent design limitations of the AMD Ryzen 4000U APUs, some benchmarks will favor the Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs, but these results may not always reflect real-world usage scenarios.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ampere GPUs rumored to already be in production
With the entry-level and lower-mid-range RTX 3000 GPUs already in production, we could expect a complete Ampere lineup by late 2020. This way, Nvidia can better counter AMD's RDNA2 GPUs that threaten to take over the gaming GPU market in Q3 this year.
NEC launches 15.6-inch Lavie laptop with mysterious Ryzen 7 4000U Extreme Edition APU
The new 15.6-inch Lavie N1585 laptop is currently the only model equipped with the unannounced Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU, which appears to have identical specs to the Ryzen 7 4800U model. Other specs include 16 GB of RAM plus 1 TB NVMe SSD, and NEC recommends it for light gaming.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX CPU sample spotted in the wild, might launch next week
The Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPUs are supposed to integrate more business/workstation-oriented features along with server-oriented features borrowed from the Epyc-series like the 8-channel memory support for up to 2 TB of RAM capacity, and possibly even more cores and threads.
Apple might completely ditch AMD's graphics solutions and stick with custom A Bionic GPUs for MacBooks beyond 2021
Apple is planning to equip all 2021 MacBooks with ARM-based CPUs designed in-house and it looks like this switch could also happen for GPUs. Currently, most AMD laptops come equipped with AMD dGPUs, but, starting with the 2021 MacBook models, we could see Apple solely using in-house GPUs derived from the A Bionic SoCs.
Nimbus Data first to release 100 TB SSDs, but prices are way too high
Samsung promised to deliver 128 TB SSDs by 2018, but it looks like the demand for such large drives is not there yet. Nevertheless, Nimbus Data thinks that we are ready for 100 TB SSDs, unleashing this model upon us for US$40,000. There is also a 50 TB model in case your budget is only limited to US$12,500.
Beelink presents GT-R mini PC with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H APU and fingerprint scanner
The Beelink GT-R comes with premium features like a fingerprint scanner, magnesium alloy case and triple heatpipe silent cooling system. Besides the Ryzen 5 3550H APU with Vega 8 iGPU, there is support for up to 32 GB of RAM, and the storage solutions can include PCIe 3.0 4x NVMe and SATA 3 SSDs, along with a 2.5-inch HDD. There is support for four video outputs, as well.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs already available at Dutch retailer, tray model prices revealed
Dutch online retailer Centralpoint.nl is already offering tray versions for AMD's top-of-the-line 65 W Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs. These are Euro prices, but we can estimate that the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G 8-core / 16-thread should cost around US$300, while the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G 6-core may be priced at around US$200, and the Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G quad-core may end up costing around US$150.
SK Hynix starts mass production for 16 GB HBM2E DRAM chips
The HBM2E memory chips offer up to 460 GB/s bandwidth, plus they are 50% more energy efficient and come in a 30% smaller package compared to the HBM2 models. With such an improved bandwidth, the HBM2E chips are expected to significantly improve performance for Exascale computers and high-end GPUs.
Leaked picture shows new cooler design on alleged ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti ROG STRIX
The alleged 3080 Ti ROG STRIX features a triple-fan cooler with aggressive silver accents that remind of the ROG MATRIX series, plus an RGB strip at the top, suggesting that the series could potentially go into premium-grade territory.
CutiePi Raspberry Pi tablet finally hits Kickstarter
The project was slightly delayed by the pandemic, but it is now up on Kickstarter offering the tablet for just under US$200, along with a microSD card and cables for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. The tablet itself integrates an 8-inch IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 800 resolution and even features an attachable handle that acts as a stand.
CyberPowerPC reveals affordable Tracer IV R 15.6-inch Slim & 17.3-inch Xtreme laptop series with Ryzen 4000 APUs
With minimal price differences between the 15.6-inch and the 17.3-inch models, the Tracer IV R series offers affordable configurations featuring the Ryzen 5 4600H APU coupled with the GTX 1650 Ti GPU or the Ryzen 7 4800H APU in conjunction with the RTX 2600 Max-P, plus up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 4 TB NVMe SSD storage and even Wi-Fi 6.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE desktop APU tests reveal reduced memory latency and great overclocking potential
The Aida Cache and Memory benchmarks show that the Ryzen 7 4700GE desktop APU can easily be coupled with DDR4 RAM modules running at 4333 MHz. The resulting memory latency is lower than 50 ns, which is quite the improvement over the 60 ns average latency of the Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs.
Diablo IV development chugging along nicely, new game details unveiled
The latest Diablo IV quarterly update reveals that the development process was not really affected by the pandemic and also details key game aspects like storytelling, open world, multiplayer and itemization. No ETA for the Alpha and Beta tests as of yet, but there will be another update around BlizzCon.
Minisforum announces palm-size DeskMini DMAF5 mini PC with Ryzen 5 3550H APU
Even though it comes in a palm-size case, the DeskMini DMAF5 still packs some serious Ryzen power. It ships with a Ryzen 5 3550H APU that integrates a Vega 8 GPU, but users can further upgrade the processor to models with 45+ W TDP. It also supports up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400, plus NVMe / SATA storage combos, and it comes with a pre-installed Wi-Fi 6 card.
More Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs get leaked
Most of the newly-leaked specs seem very similar to the non-5G version, except for the SoC that is now supposed to be a Snapdragon 865 Plus. The leaker also seems to be confusing the selfie cam with one of the rear sensors, so the accuracy of this leak is a bit dubious.
More PCI IDs and codenames support the leaks regarding the absence of Navi iGPUs from AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5000 laptop APUs
Even though the 2021 Ryzen 5000 APUs may only integrate the good old Vega GPU cores, the highly-anticipated Navi iGPUs could make an early appearance with the Van Gogh ultra-low power APUs that could launch sooner than expected, possibly later this year.
Zotac readies ZBOX Cl622 nano fanless mini PCs with Comet Lake-U CPUs
The ZBOX Cl622 nano mini PC barebones come with CPU options such as the Core i3-10110U and i7-10510U models from the laptop-grade Comet Lake-U family and also offer a fanless design, making these systems ideal for HTPC setups.
Asus quietly introduces new ZenBook UM425 and VivoBook Flip TM420 14-inch laptops with Ryzen 4000U CPUs
Asus is expanding its Ryzen 4000 portfolio with the ZenBook 14 UM425 ultrabook and the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 convertible. Users can choose among the Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 54500U and Ryzen 7 4700U processors plus there are PCIe NVMe SSD options. What sets these models apart are features like LPDDR4x-3733/3200 memory support, bright high quality screens and Wi-Fi 6 support.
Best currently available TVs for next-gen consoles
Which currently available TVs are better equipped to take advantage of all the awesome new features coming with the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles? We take a look at the best OLEDs, QLEDs and FALD LEDs on the market.
Intel's Tiger Lake Xe iGPU is almost three times faster than the Ice Lake Iris Plus G7 iGPU and up to 40% faster than the AMD Vega 8 Renoir iGPUs in Battlefield V
While still not a threat to any decent currently available laptop dGPU, the Xe iGPU that will be featured in the Tiger Lake processors launching later this year should still be quite a significant improvement over the Ice Lake iGPUs. Our tests show that the Xe iGPU could even beat the Vega 8 iGPU in the Renoir APUs.
Corsair launches One a100 compact gaming PC with high-end Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Need a supercharged AMD-based small form factor PC? Corsair has got you covered with the new One a100 mini tower system that resembles an Xbox Series X console. The One a100 systems feature high-end AMD Ryzen 9 3900X/3950X CPUs, RTX 2080 Ti / Super GPUs, plus Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming motherboards with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 1 TB Corsair Force MP600 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD + 2 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD storage combos.
Asus will be first to release mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs this summer
The upcoming Asus PN50 mini PCs will offer four APU options: Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, Ryzen 7 4700U, and Ryzen 7 4800U. As always, these are barebones models so users still need to provide RAM and storage. That said, the included motherboard offers support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and an M.2 slot along with a 2.5-inch bay for storage.
UDOO BOLT GEAR is an affordable mini PC powered by AMD's Ryzen Embedded APUs, offers Arduino support
This mini PC is designed for industrial or commercial applications that require rapid prototyping, as well as for entertainment and DIY projects like arcade-style video game systems, as it comes with the latest Arduino programmable coprocessor.
AMD's upcoming Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs may actually use TSMC's 5 nm enhanced production process, still scheduled to launch in Q4 2020
If AMD manages this feat, the PC competitive landscape could drastically change in favor of team red, leaving Intel way behind struggling to make the jump to 10 nm. However, these may as well be just unfounded rumors, as a production shift from 7 nm to 5 nm on such short notice may not prove to be that easy.
Benchmarks for the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs including the Ryzen 3 4200G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4400G and Ryzen 7 PRO 4700G spotted in the 3DMark database
The 3DMark scores for the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs show solid performance gains over the older models as far as CPU cores go, but the iGPU gains are quite minimal since the chips essentially use the same Vega cores from last year.
Looking Glass Factory presents the world's first 8K holographic display
Through the use of a special 45-element light field relying on horizontal parallax principles, the new 8K holographic screen can display 3D images without the use of separate 3D glasses. For now, the screen comes only in a 32-inch size and is designed for medical imagery, advanced topography and experimental marketing.
LG's gamer-oriented 48-inch CX OLED TV will see worldwide availability in June
The smaller OLED TV panels are clearly tailored for PC gamers and console gamers. These will most likely be even more sought after once the next gen consoles and the new wave of HDMI 2.1 GPUs from Nvidia / AMD land later this year.
Realme X3 SuperZoom high-end smartphone launches with unbeatable price
For less than US$600, the Realme X3 SuperZoom offers a 6.6-inch screen with 120 Hz refresh, along with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC coupled with 12 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage, plus an impressive imaging system that includes two selfie cams and a rear quad setup with a 64 MP main cam and a 8 MP 5x optical periscope with 60x hybrid zoom.
6-core / 12-thread Rocket Lake-S CPU early benchmarks reveal disappointing performance gains over Comet Lake-S
The boost clocks reported by 3DMark for the 6-core / 12-thread Rocket Lake-S CPU suggest that this could be a replacement for the Comet Lake-S i5-10400 CPU. The disappointing part is that there are no performance gains as far as CPU cores go, as the Rocket Lake-S engineering sample proves to be slightly slower than the Comet Lake-S model. It does, however, deliver better graphics performance thanks to the new Xe iGPU.
Original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leak online
Since these are "vintage" source codes, there should be no concern regarding possible hacks. Emulators for the original Xbox already exist and are said to already be using the leaked codes, but still cannot provide complete compatibility with today's PC systems. As for the impact of the Windows NT 3.5 source code leak, Microsoft chose not to comment knowing full well that snippets from the old OS can still be found lurking within the latest version of Windows NT 10.
Leak reveals specs for Qualcomm's upcoming 5G-ready entry-level Snapdragon 6-series SoC
The upcoming SM6350 entry-level 5G SoC from Qualcomm is rumored to go head to head with similar chips like the MT6853 5G from MediaTek, the Kirin 720 5G from Huawei and the Exynos 880 from Samsung.
Origin PC adds Intel i9-10900K desktop-grade CPU options to its New EON17-X and NS-17 laptops
We've been hearing that the i9-10900K needs really good water cooling solutions, so the inclusion of suck chips inside Origin PC's latest EON17-X and NS-17 models is quite the bold endeavor. The powerful CPUs can be coupled with a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Super GPU and up to 64 GB of DDR-3200 RAM, if you have some more money to spare.
One-Netbook One-GX 1Pro 7-inch laptop powered by Intel Tiger Lake-Y CPUs gets leaked specs, scheduled to go up for pre-orders on May 30
Unlike the GPD Win Max models that come with Intel Ice Lake CPUs, One-Netbook's One-GX1 mini laptops are supposed to be powered by Tiger Lake-Y CPUs, but these chips do not have a clear release date as of now, so, even though the One-GX1 is scheduled to go up for pre-orders on May 30, we might not get to see it in action until late Q3 at best.
SD Express 8.0 specs released, 4 GB/s transfer speeds now possible for SD cards
The updated specs allow transfer speeds of up to 4 GB/s, which is essentially half of what computer PCIe NVMe SSDs can achieve, since the SD cards are only limited to X2 lanes instead of X4. Nevertheless, with the new version, upcoming SD Express and microSD Express cards can easily handle 4K and 8K video recording without compression.
More Apple iOS 14 features get leaked
Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is bringing more augmented reality integration via apps such as Gobi that offer dining and shopping interactions through new circular QR codes. The Find My app will also be updated with audio and haptic cues to make device retrieval even easier.
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 and MateBook 13 2020 now available for pre-order with Comet Lake-U CPUs
Huawei's Macbook alternatives are back with upgraded Comet Lake-H CPUs up to a Core i7-10510U, up to 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB or 1 TB NVMe SSD storage and excellent 3:2 displays. Unfortunately, Huawei chose not to upgrade the GeForce MX250 dGPUs.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs rumored to have higher than 15-17% IPC gains over current Zen 2 models, could utterly destroy Intel's Comet Lake-S lineup
Engineering samples of the Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs have been rumored to perform better than expected, with single thread IPC gains higher than the planned 15-17% improvements. Certain OEM engineers who managed to test these early samples suggest that AMD may be on the verge of beating Intel's Comet Lake-S models even in games.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveils unified 7 nm Ampere GPU architecture pre GTC 2020 keynote, no details on the next gen RTX 3000 gaming GPUs, unfortunately
Unlike Turing and previous iterations, the Ampere microarchitecture will be the same for HPC GPUs like the newly announced A100 model, as well as for consumer-grade GeForce gaming GPUs and Quadro professional GPUs. Some downscaling will clearly be applied to the consumer products, but there should be "great overlap in the architecture" for all product lineups.
Epic Games showcases impressive Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on the PlayStation 5
PS5 fans craving for some next gen gaming footage can finally rejoice as Epic Games chose to run the impressive Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on the upcoming Sony console. Problem is there will be no UE5 games when the next gen consoles launch, since the new engine will only launch in mid-2021. Nevertheless, gamers can look forward to improved global illumination and ray tracing, along with unparalleled detail levels with hundreds of billions of polygons displayed at once.
ChinaTimes leaks list of upcoming 5 nm chips produced at TSMC throughout 2022
The list confirms some 5 nm lineups that were previously rumored to launch in the next few years including the AMD Zen 4 CPUs plus the RDNA3 GPUs, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 mobile SOC and Nvidia’s Hopper-based GPUs, yet it also mentions that Intel may start a collaboration with TSMC by next year.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specs and performance figures leaked, AMD "Big Navi" performance comparison also included
Thanks to the information compiled by Tom from Moore's Law Is Dead, we now have an almost clear picture of the RTX 3080 Ti, complete with specs and estimated performance gains over Turing GPUs. Furthermore, Tom reveals additional info on AMD's upcoming RDNA2-based "Big Navi" high-end GPUs, which looks to be ready to go head to head with the high-end Ampere GPUs.
MNT Reform modular laptop now available through crowdfunding campaign
The 12.6-inch Reform modular laptop runs Debian Linux and comes with a programmable firmware. Hardware-wise, components like the NXP i.MX8MQ quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, Vivante GC700 Lite GPU and 4GB of RAM do not exactly scream performance, but they get the job done, plus they can be replaced later via module upgrades.
Xbox Series X Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer unveiled along with twelve other game titles
Microsoft just dropped the first Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay footage along with 12 other game title trailers, giving us a taste of what to expect from the next gen Xbox Series X console in terms of visual fidelity. There are some returning fan-favorite IPs including Dirt 5, Madden NFL 21, Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and Yakuza - Like a Dragon. The next gameplay showcase scheduled for July will focus on the titles currently under development at the Xbox Game Studios, including Halo Infinite.
MediaTek announces the Helio G85 mobile gaming SoC
Looking at the CPU and GPU specs, the Helio G85 mobile gaming SoC brings only small improvements over the G80 model. However, MediaTek also improved the connectivity and resource management sectors, plus the SoC now supports 48 MP image sensors with advanced AI features.
DigiTimes report suggests the Nvidia Ampere GPUs launching in late 2020 may be replaced by 5 nm Hopper GPUs one year later
Apparently, Nvidia underestimated the impact of AMD's 7 nm GPUs and is now looking to phase out the upcoming Ampere GPUs faster, as the green team has already pre-booked an important part of TSMC's 5 nm production capacity for 2021, when the Hopper GPUs are expected to hit the market.
Origin PC readies EVO15-S gaming and NT-15 workstation laptops with Intel Core i7-10875H CPUs
The new EVO15-S and NT-15 from Origin PC are essentially the same semi-customizable system that can be equipped with a Core i7-10875H CPU, up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 4 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Users can choose among display + GPU options like FHD IPS 144 Hz & RTX 2070 / FHD IPS 240 Hz & RTX 2080 Super / UHD OLED 60 Hz & RTX 2070 / UHD OLED 60 Hz & 2080 RTX Super
ASUS to refresh ROG Zephyrus M slim gaming laptops with Intel Comet Lake-H CPUs
Even though Asus has not yet announced this, the slim Zephyrus M gaming laptops will get updated with Comet Lake-H CPUs as suggested by a product description spotted in the Icecat database. The upgraded models will most likely come equipped with the refreshed RTX 2070 GPUs, as well.
MSI announces MEG Trident X 10th compact desktop gaming systems with Comet Lake-S CPUs
MSI is updating the high-end Trident X lineup of slim gaming desktops with CPU options like the i7-10700K(F) and i9-10900K. Users can also choose among RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Ti GPUs, 32 and 64 GB of RAM and may opt for a 1 TB NVMe SSD or an 1 TB NVMe SSD + 1 TB HDD combo storage solution. Other noteworthy features include 2.5 GbE + Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.
Schenker crams desktop-grade Intel Comet Lake-S Core i9-10900K CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 Super GPU into XMG Ultra 17 M20 laptops
The new XMG Ultra 17 M20 desktop-replacement systems integrate an advanced cooling system that filters dust particles from heatsinks and allows for CPU TDPs of up to 125 W, with GPU TGPs of up to 200 W. Such processing power requires two 280 W PSUs and at least a 97 Wh battery. Schenker also added 240 Hz displays with 100% sRGB color gamut and a 4K display option with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut.
Leaked roadmap suggests AMD Zen 4 desktop CPUs with DDR5 support may only launch in 2022, no relevant AMD CPU launches planned for 2021?
The roadmap leaked by a trusted source close to GamersNexus shows how AMD may skip 2021 entirely and launch the Zen 4 desktop CPUs along with the Zen 3 APUs in 2022 with support for DDR5 RAM and USB 4.0, citing the current uncertain economic climate brought upon by the global pandemic.
New Xiaomi RedmiBooks with Ryzen APUs and Mi Notebook / Laptop models spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database
Xiaomi's RedmiBook 14 and 16 models are believed to be powered by AMD's new Ryzen 4000 mobility APUs, while the new Mi Laptop 13.3 / 14 / 16.1 and mi Notebook 14 variants might be equipped only with Intel's Comet Lake-H processors.
Samsung starts developing the 250 MP ISOCELL mobile image sensor
Chinese sources report that Samsung has finished development for the 150 MP sensors and started work on the 250 MP ones. The first 150 Mp sensors are expected to launch with Xiaomi's flagship handhelds later this year, while the 250 MP sensor could arrive in late 2021.
Intel Comet Lake-S 10th gen desktop CPU lineup final specs and prices leak ahead of April 30 official announcement
Some of the highlights for the 10th gen Intel Core desktop CPUs include improved Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 with up to 5.3 GHz boost clocks, DDR4-2933 support, new Intel 400-series chipset and 2.5 GbE speeds. Note that the listed prices are only the wholesale ones, so expect retail prices to be at least US$100 higher.
NANOTE 7-inch convertible mini laptop launching soon in Japan
With an estimated price of only US$185, the NANOTE mini laptop offers modest specs like an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage. Unlike the more expensive models from GPD and One-netbook, however, the NANOTE comes in a convertible form-factor with a 1920 x 1200 touchscreen.
One-Netbook's 7-inch OneGX1 mini laptop is a miniaturized Alienware Area-51m with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and 5G support
Unlike GPD's Win Max mini laptop, the OneGX1 from One-Netbook is a bit more compact since it does not integrate game controller buttons, but it may also prove a bit faster as it is supposed to integrate Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs. The design appears inspired by Dell's Alienware Area-51m, and this is also said to be the first mini laptop to offer 5G support.
Dell is working on all-AMD laptops featuring Renoir successor codenamed Cezanne, Navi23 iGPUs and high-quality displays
Dell has not yet officially announced any Renoir-based laptops, and rumor has it that we will not only see Renoir-based laptops, but models powered by the Renoir successor codenamed Cezanne, as well, next year. Cezanne will get a Navi23-based iGPU and is supposed to be AMD's answer to Intel's Tiger Lake-H. Dell's Cezanne-H laptops will additionally feature high-quality FHD and QHD displays with high refresh rates.
Next Xbox Series X preview to come soon, will focus on game titles
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently hinted in a tweet that the next Xbox Series X preview stream may focus on game titles. It is speculated that this event should be streamed in early May, while a later stream scheduled for June is likely to unveil details for the lower-priced Xbox Series S console.
AMD "Artic" Ryzen 4000 desktop APU spotted on 3DMark
The CPU and GPU clocks appear to be quite low compared to mobility models like the Ryzen 7 4700U, but the "Artic" chip proves to be faster, at least in CPU-related tests, and the DDR4-3200 support certainly helped. On the iGPU side, however, the performance is not that great, as it turned out to be slower than a Vega 6 model.
Apple's iPhone and iPad devices have been plagued by serious vulnerabilities since 2018, security analyst reports
The vulnerability allows attackers to gain control of all the data stored within the mails received via the Mail app on iOS devices. Apple has recently become aware of the security problem, but the vulnerability may have been exploited since early 2018. A fix will soon be released, and, until then, iPhone and iPad users are advised to deactivate the Mail app and use other solutions like Gmail.
Dell's 17-inch Precision 5750 mobile workstation and similar XPS 17 9700 gaming model get leaked specs
The official Dell slides leaked on reddit confirm the slimmer and smaller chassis on the Precision 5750, as the mobile workstation will be fitted with 92% display/body ratio IGZO screens. Specs include Comet Lake-H or Xeon CPUs with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM, up to 4 TB dual NVMe storage, Quadro RTX 3000 GPUs and 4x Thunderbolt 3 connectors. The XPS 17 9700 should get similar specs except it will not get the Xeon and Quadro options.
Dynabook updates Portégé X business laptop lineup with Intel's 10th gen CPUs
The latest Portégé X slim and light business laptops come with a host of improved security features along with upgrades like the Intel gen 10 Comet Lake-H CPUs, Wi-Fi 6 support, Sharp IGZO displays, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and military-grade durability.
Latest Galaxy Fold 2 leaks: outer and inner display detailed specs, S-Pen support in the books after all
Contrary to some Korean sources that were previously claiming the S-Pen support would not be added to the Fold 2, the latest leaks point out that Samsung's S-Pens will indeed work with the upcoming foldable. Additionally, the inner screen is getting an upgraded 120 Hz panel and both outer and inner displays now feature punch-hole cameras.
New patents reveal that Huawei could soon release smartphones with slide-out screens
Huawei's patents show two designs with fully exposed displays on the back, which eliminates the need for front cams, as users can easily turn the phone and take selfies. One of the designs comes with a sliding screen that extends by 30%, while the other design's screen can extend by up to 50%.
Crysis Remastered is coming to all platforms with revamped visuals and API-agnostic ray tracing
Apparently, we now own advanced enough computers to smoothly run not only the original Crysis, but even a remastered version! Crytek will be updating the original title with new graphic elements, high-quality textures and native hardware ray tracing.
Report suggests AMD's upcoming Zen 4 CPUs will be built on an exclusive TSMC 5 nm enhanced node
AMD is emerging as one of the largest clients for TSMC, as team red has already secured 5 nm production allocations for the upcoming Zen 4 CPUs launching in 2021. The 5 nm node is still expected to go online this quarter, but advancements with the 3 nm nodes may be pushed back by half a year due to the global pandemic.
Scientists develop photon-based silicon circuitry that could make Moore's Law obsolete
By changing the cubic silicon structure to a hexagonal nanowire structure, scientists managed to develop photon-based silicon alloy circuitry that may replace electron-based transistors. The photon-based material prevents electron traffic jams, overheating and transmission slowdowns caused by cramming too many transistors.
Simply NUC introduces “SNUC Book” laptop lineup with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
Simply NUC is trying its hand at 15.6-inch laptop models with the latest SNUC Book lineup developed in collaboration with Intel. Users can choose to add up to 64 GB of RAM, up to 4 TB of M.2 storage and may go with either a GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. All variants are powered by Intel's i7-9750H CPU and come with a Thunderbolt 3 connector.
More Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks: reduced weight, new colors and no S-Pen support
Additionally, the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 will get a larger inner screen measuring almost 8 inch in diagonal and the reduced price is said to be Samsung's market adjustment measure due to expected declining sales in 2H 2020, which may also lead to reduced prices for the Note 20 and Galaxy S21 models.
AnandTech editor reports that Intel may be incentivizing mini PC makers to delay or not build AMD-based models
The first Ryzen 3000 Picasso APUs have just been added to mini PC offerings from ASRock and Zotac and it may take up to one year for the freshly released Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors to make it into small form-factor PCs. Prominent OEMs like Dell, Asus and MSI do not even offer any AMD-based mini PCs.
Nvidia sneaks refreshed RTX 2060 / 2070 Max-P laptop GPUs along with the new Super lineup
The refreshed RTX 2060 / 2070 laptop GPUs have slightly higher clocks compared to the original Max-P versions and they feature similar hardware optimizations from the Super SKUs, including lower-voltage GDDR6 VRAM and improved current regulators. On average, these GPUs should provide at least 7% higher performance compared to the original Max-P models.
Upcoming Galaxy S21 could be Samsung's first handheld sporting an under-display selfie cam
Samsung was first to unveil patents for in-display selfie cams, but Oppo one-upped the Korean giant by presenting working phone prototypes integrating in-display cameras. While Samsung is now strongly considering adding in-display cams to the upcoming Galaxy S21 launching next year, Oppo could still be first-to-market, if its prototypes showcased last December are any indication.
Microsoft's Surface Duo camera image quality revealed
Keeping in mind that the image uploaded to Instagram is actually a low resolution sample with compression already applied to it, the quality is not bad at all. Then again, maybe this device is not even supposed to have Huawei P40 Pro image quality and should only be appreciated for its dual-hinge-screen design.
Origin PC EON15-X gaming laptops get refreshed with Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs
The refreshed EON15-X gaming and NS-15 workstation laptops from Origin PC now come with a choice between Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900 SKUs with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, up to an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and up to 6 TB of storage.
New Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G details get leaked
Samsung plans to release an improved Galaxy Z Flip version with 5G support towards the end of the year, while the Galaxy Fold 2 could hit the markets this August with larger inner and outer screens, punch-hole selfie cam, S20 rear camera setup and possible pen support. There will be a more affordable 256 GB storage version, as well as a more expensive 512 GB model with better cameras.
SK Hynix 16 Gb DDR5 RAM modules will enter production this year, 4,800 - 8,400 MHz expected frequency range
The first DDR5 modules will be aimed at the server market, with consumer variants expected to hit the market in late 2021. Initial frequencies will be limited to 4,800 MHz, but, as the technology matures, frequencies will be hitting 6,400 MHz and even 8,400 MHz, while densities could reach 64 GB per single DIMM.
Lenovo to soon introduce AMD Ryzen 4000 Legion gaming laptops
Lenovo will allegedly introduce Legion R7000 / R7000P gaming laptops powered by AMD's Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800H SKU. Some improvements include DDR4-3200 RAM, double NVMe M.2 slots and 80 Wh+ batteries, but there are some downsides too, like the inclusion of displays with 120 Hz refresh, 45% NTSC color and high response times.
Acer announces the refreshed Predator Triton 500 and Nitro 5 gaming laptops with Comet Lake-H CPUs
The new Predator Triton 500 models will be powered by i7 and i9 Comet Lake-H CPUs coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus GPU options topping with the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. The budget-friendly Nitro 5, on the other hand, will be powered by i5/i7 Comet Lake-H CPUs, and will only support GPUs up to the RTX 2060.
Lenovo's Legion 5i and 7i gaming laptops include the exclusive Nvidia Advanced Optimus feature for extended battery life
The 7i will most likely be powered by Comet Lake-H Core i7 CPUs and will feature the latest RTX 2000 Super GPUs, while the 5i will pack Comet Lake-H Core i5 CPUs and up to an RTX 2060 GPU. Both variants will get G-Sync displays plus a n exclusive feature developed in collaboration with Nvidia, which allows for a more efficient battery management.
Oppo Reno Ace Infinity to include FreeVOOC air-charging tech that keeps batteries charged forever?
Apparently, Oppo found a way to safely implement "air-charging" into smartphones using a new FreeVOOC coil and an electromagnetic emitter that has a 10-meter range. This allows the batteries to constantly charge at 5-10 W while in the range of said emitter, so the phone supposedly never runs out of juice.
Schenker's XMG Apex 15 is the world's first Ryzen 9 3950X laptop
Users can choose to equip the XMG Apex 15 with more down-to-earth specs like a Ryzen 3600 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 256 GB SATA 3 SSD and an RTX 2060, or could go all in with specs including the Ryzen 9 3950X, up to 64 GB of RAM, up to 6 TB of storage and an RTX 2070 GPU. Unlike similar Intel desktop-replacement models, these AMD laptops are a fair bit lighter and require less power.
Two Ryzen 4000 MSI gaming laptops you can pre-order right now for under US$1,000
The Ryzen 5 4600H model comes with 8 GB of RAM, while the Ryzen 7 4800H gets 16 GB. This difference will only set you back US$70. Both variants include 15.6-inch 1080p IPS displays with 120 Hz refresh rate, Radeon RX 5500M 4 GB VRAM dGPUs, and 512 GB NVMe storage. These are available for pre-order at Newegg and will start shipping in late April.
4K laptop for only $550? Chuwi is now crowdfunding the 15.6-inch AeroBook Pro
This may be the most affordable 4K laptop available, but there is a catch: it comes equipped with 5-year-old Skylake CPUs. Chuwi claims that the dual-core / quad-thread CPUs are still decent for productivity tasks and light content creation. Other specs include 8 / 16 GB of LPDDR4-2133 RAM and 256 / 512 GB SSD storage.
Microsoft could revolutionize cryptomining with user body activity proof-of-work
A recent Microsoft patent details how the cumbersome proof-of-work implementation on current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that has ever-increasing processing power requirements can be replaced with a system that validates user body activity. This would allow more users to adopt blockchain tech and possibly revolutionize finances.
10 nm Intel Tiger Lake-U CPU spotted inside a Microsoft Surface Laptop, performs better than the Ryzen 7 4700U
The latest 3DMark tests reveal that the 2.7 GHz / 4.3 GHz quad-core/octa-thread Tiger Lake-U should be faster than the Ryzen 7 4700U and its Gen 12 Xe iGPU could end up 10-20% faster than that of the Ryzen 7 4800U. These results were apparently submitted from an upcoming Microsoft Surface Laptop.
Intel CPUs can boost Nvidia / AMD GPU performance thanks to unused iGPU power and DirectX 12 potential
DX 12 apparently allows iGPUs to work in tandem with any kind of dGPU, so Intel is suggesting that only its desktop CPUs can do that, since AMD's desktop processors do not include iGPUs. However, AMD still has APU models, though not as powerful as the desktop chips, but they can easily take advantage of this feature, as well.
More detailed renders of the Lenovo Legion gaming phone leak out
Renders coming straight from the Chinese patent office reveal a transparent case with prominent Legion logo and pulsating red led Y branding. Underneath the hood we can spot what looks to be an active SoC cooler and a 5,050 mAh battery, plus a tri-cam setup with ToF sensor. The renders also show two USB-C ports: one for charging and one for attachable accessories.
God of War 2018 could get a PC port this year
With the release of the PS5 console, Sony may decide to gradually open up the PS4 exclusive game catalog for ports on other platforms. Detroit: Become Human was already ported last year, while Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn are expected to come to the PC this year, and next in line could be God of War 2018, as Sony will be shifting its focus on the PS5 exclusives.
Nvidia announces DLSS 2.0 to appease fans over next gen GPU delays
DLSS 2.0 promises to simplify game integration by providing a single generic neural network that can adapt to any game and engine. However, game developers will still be required to provide the real-time motion vector data on a per-game basis. Nevertheless, Nvidia claims that the overall image quality is much better and performance is almost on par with the first version.
Google Drallion Chrome OS device sporting unannounced Intel Core i7-10810U pops up on Geekbench
Geekbench reveals that the Drallion device comes with a six-core i7-10810U CPU clocked at 4.9 GHz and 16 GB of RAM, suggesting that this could be a new Google Pixelbook model. It is also rumored to include a screen privacy feature.
Redesigned Windows 10 file explorer and start menu teased by Panos Panay
Microsoft will soon be adding more fluent design elements to the Windows UI. Some of these include a redesigned file explorer that seems to be inspired by the Linux KDE interface, a start menu that does not rely on live tiles that much and new contextual menus featuring additional commands.
Apple's iPad Pro 2020 A12Z Bionic SoC shows minimal improvements over the 2018 A12X model in latest AnTuTu benchmarks
The new A12Z SoC manages to impress us in a negative way. We were suspecting it would not be that much faster than the A12X, but we would have never guessed that it only has a 1% edge over the 2018 model. Still, the performance is well above anything available from the competitors, yet it does not necessarily recommend it as a worthy upgrade since Apple will release even better models in 6 months.
Huawei's Kirin 820 mid-range 5G SoC gets leaked specs
Improvements for the upcoming Kirin 820 mid-range SoC include an integrated 5G modem, upgraded ISP and NPU units, plus a more powerful Mali-G77 GPU. Huawei decided to keep the same 7 nm manufacturing process and the ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores will not be upgraded to any newer versions.
All-AMD Microsoft Surface notebook with Ryzen 5 4500U and RX 5300M spotted on 3DMark
It looks like Microsoft is already planning to add the newly launched Ryzen 4000 APUs to the Surface lineup, and this time around, we could potentially see 15-inch as well as 13.5-inch all-AMD models. The 13.5-inch models may get Ryzen 5 4500U / 7 4700U + RX 5300M configurations, while the 15-inch variants may end up powered by more powerful Ryzen R5 4600U / 7 4800U + RX 5500M/ RX 5600M combos.
Samsung may launch 150 MP mobile sensors by Q4 2020
Chinese smartphone OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo apparently demanded the development of a 200 MP sensor by the end of 2020, but Samsung could only offer 150 MP for that specific time-frame. The upcoming sensor is supposed to offer 1 inch of effective pixel area, and will integrate Samsung's Nonacell technology with 1:9 pixel binning.
Samsung brings mobile storage one step closer to NVMe speeds with eUFS 3.1
The latest mobile storage standard is optimized for 8K videos and large image files. With sequential write speeds improved by almost 3 times, users will soon be able to transfer 100 GB of files in only 1.5 minutes. General responsiveness and app load times will also be improved by up to 60%.
Dell could be adding AMD Radeon RX GPU options to Alienware m15 laptops
The first ever Alienware gaming laptop sporting an Intel i7-10750H CPU + AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU combo was recently spotted in the 3DMark database, and it looks like Dell is looking to lower the price points on its mid-range variants. 5600M and 5700M models may also be in the cards.
Leaked pic shows Robert Downey Jr. holding the OnePlus 8 Pro
The renowned actor has already collaborated with the Chinese OEM for the marketing campaign of the OnePlus 7 models. Even though the shot is not too detailed, Robert Downey Jr. appears to be holding the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro flagship that has a newly added camera to the left of the tri-cam setup on the back.
Huawei dodges ban again, granted another licence extension from the U.S. Commerce Department
The U.S. government is certainly aware that companies like Qualcomm and Google do not want any bans imposed on Huawei, since it will be very difficult to cover billions of USD in losses. Still, smaller companies like rural carriers are continuously encouraged to replace all Huawei equipment with hardware made in the U.S
Mysterious AMD A9-9820 APU with Radeon R7 350 iGPU spotted in Chuwi's latest AeroBox mini PC
The A9-9820 APU with Radeon R7 350 iGPU is probably not based on the Zen architecture since it only supports DDR3 memory. The test results provided by Chuwi speak for themselves, although the OEM claims that there should be enough processing power for current AAA games and 4K video editing.
No 7 nm for Nvidia's upcoming Ampere gaming GPUs
Instead of making the jump to 7 nm, Nvidia will apparently be using Samsung's 10 nm process for the next gen Ampere gaming GPUs. If this is indeed the case, AMD's second gen 7 nm RDNA2 architecture could allow the red team to almost match Nvidia's high-end Ampere models.
Full Intel 10th gen desktop CPU price list leaked online by Belgium retailer
Thanks to Belgium online retailer 2Compute we now have a complete price list for the 10th gen desktop CPU lineup from Intel. As with the previous price leaks, the F-series variants that come without an iGPU seem to offer better value, yet prices are still considerably higher than AMD's competition.
Intel's 10th gen CPU shipments could be pushed back to June due to coronavirus
A leaked slide detailing press news embargo times set between April and June may be hinting at more delays for the 10th gen desktop CPU lineup. Intel might also be considering releasing the lower-end of the lineup this April, pushing back the rest for May and June.
Unannounced top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 4900H APU spotted in the wild on an Asus TUF Gaming laptop
The existence of the Ryzen 9 4900H APUs was first rumored back in late 2019, but now we have actual proof that the model is no mere typo, as Videocardz sources spotted a TUF Gaming laptop powered by the unannounced processor. The 45 W APU will be able to boost to 4.2 GHz, which is 200 MHz slower than the 35 W Ryzen 9 4900HS leaked earlier by Asus. Moreover, the TUF Gaming laptop appears to be missing a discrete GPU.
UNISOC announces the world's first 6 nm smartphone SoC with integrated 5G
The UNISOC T7520 mid-range SoC also is the world's first chip to integrate a dual-5G modem with NR TDD+FDD carrier aggregation. Thanks to the improved 6 nm manufacturing process, UNISOC aims to lower the price point for 5G-enabled handsets.
Huawei's upcoming Kirin 1020 SoC rumored to launch with ARM Cortex-A78 cores this year
ARM has not even finalized production for the Cortex-A78 cores and Huawei already plans to include them in this year's Kirin 1020 SoC powering the mate 40 flagships? A rather unlikely scenario considering all the problems the U.S. government is trying to create for Huawei right now.
Kioxia and Western Digital present ultra-high-speed XL-FLASH memory as an alternative to Intel Optane
The XL-FLASH non-volatile memory promises to be almost as fast as the DRAM volatile memory, yet its price should still be in the 3D NAND range. Kioxia claims the latency times are 10 times lower than traditional 3D NAND and the transfer speeds along with the IOPS are considerably improved, especially for small files and random read/write operations.
First Intel Cooper Lake-SP 14-core / 28-thread CPU spotted in 3DMark's database
No test results here, just some quick specs. The [email protected] Cooper Lake-SP server-grade model comes with 14 cores / 28 threads clocked at 3.2 GHZ, is coupled with just 8 GB of RAM, and integrates a DG1 GPU. The test system includes a WHITLEY motherboard that is also compatible with 10 nm ice Lake-SP.
PC Master Race: Doom Eternal can run at up to 1,000 FPS on high-end PC builds
Doom Eternal is clearly designed for PC systems, first and foremost. The 2016 Doom game was already well optimized, but the new idTech 7 engine takes optimization to new levels as the game now scales with existing high-end and even unreleased hardware to deliver 1,000 fps of superfluid gameplay. While current gen console will be capped at 60 fps most likely, the developers hint at some impressive features for the next gen models.
Analyst suggests Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 may be powered by 7 nm versions of the older Ryzen 5 1600 processor
John Prendergast calculated that the CPU part of the APU integrated in the next gen consoles may not be too impressive, because the TDPs need to be kept under 200 W. Thus, we are looking at performance levels in line with an older Ryzen 5 1600 model with a 40 W TDP. The GPU parts will get TDPs in excess of 100 W, on the other hand.
Vivo unveils impressive port-less APEX 2020 concept phone
The latest APEX concept phone from Vivo does away with buttons or ports and introduces a seamless design that combines a FullView display extending on each side with an in-screen selfie cam / fingerprint sensor plus a 3rd gen Screen SoundCasting speaker. It also features an advanced gimbal-like stabilization system and 7.5X optical zoom for the periscope lens on the rear cam setup.
Ray traced audio acceleration is the latest gimmick on Microsoft's Xbox Series X console
Is Microsoft trying to prove that sounds exhibit the same wave-particle duality as light rays? Probably not. This is most likely a clever marketing gimmick that feeds off of the growing popularity of ray traced graphics and mainstream gamers are not even supposed to benefit from it.
Google is siding with Huawei
Google is now seeking to obtain a license from the U.S. government in order to resume its business with Huawei. This could prove to be a breath of fresh air for Huawei and it could restore access to Google's Mobile Services on mobile headsets like the Mate 30 and the mate Xs.
AMD launches two new ultra low-voltage Ryzen embedded CPUs for mini PC builds
The dual-core / dual-thread R1102G and dual-core / quad-thread R1305G CPU models are 14 nm chips based on the original Zen architecture featuring the lowest TDPs in AMD's Ryzen Embedded roster. These will be featured in Simply NUC's new Red Oak and Post Oak mini PC systems along with Sapphire's latest NUC motherboards.
Apple to gradually ditch Intel's CPUs, first MacBooks powered by ARM-based chips coming in 2021
Apple plans to replace all Intel CPUs from its laptops and desktops with ARM-based processors produced in-house. Performance is already there if we compare the A13 Bionic SoC with Intel's ULV CPUs, but Apple is waiting for the jump to 5 nm in order to keep Macbook power requirements as low as possible.
First RTX 2070 Super / 2060 Super laptop GPU scores spotted on 3DMark and Geekbench
The latest 3DMark and Geekbench results suggest the new RTX Super laptop GPUs are around 15% faster than the non-Super models. Spec-wise, the Super models will include 14 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM chips and retain the same TDP values. We also know that Ampere GPUs are right around the corner, so is it really worth getting these GPUs now?
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 gaming phone specs leak out
3C spilled the beans about the 5G certification and the inclusion of a 65 W charger, then Xiaomi confirmed the 65 W fast charging feature also revealing that the Black Shark 3 includes a 5,000 mAh battery that can be fully charged in 38 minutes. Other rumored features include a variable refresh rate 2K dynamic display, up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and an overclocked Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Comet Lake-S European pricing list leaked up to the i5-10600, reveals entry-level Celeron base clocks
Looking at the estimated prices, it seems like Intel is going to be in trouble once again, as AMD's direct competitors appear to be better priced. Still, the inclusion of F-series chips could lead to some interesting duels. For now, it looks like the Core i5-10400F haxa-core could be a better performer for US$20 less compared to the all-star Ryzen 5 3600 from AMD.
Complete Intel Comet Lake desktop F-series lineup with no iGPUs leaks out
The F-series consists of regular SKUs that have the iGPUs disabled due to production line malfunctions, so they practically are Intel's equivalent to AMD's desktop Ryzen CPUs. Their CPU performance should be identical to non-F models, but each iGPU-less processor is expected to be at least US$25 cheaper than the non-F counterparts.
Windows smartphones not dead? Emperion teases Windows-on-ARM Nebulus phone that can run Android apps
Microsoft may want us to forget about its failures with the Windows Phone devices and now hypes up the Windows-on-ARM program for laptops, but there still are fans of the good old Lumia devices who were left craving for more. Emperion wants to cater to all these fans with a Windows-on-ARM smartphone that apparently can run Android apps, as well. Will this project see the light of day any time soon?
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro teardown pics and benchmarks pop up online
Xiaomi did not want to wait until review sites post meticulous teardowns of the Mi 10 Pro, so it went ahead and posted an official disassembly video highlighting all the small wonders packed inside the powerful flagship. The first benchmarks, on the other hand, are not so impressive, unfortunately.
Eurocom rolls out ridiculously priced laptops with up to 28 TB storage
If you want to get the absolute best laptop configurations, try out the new Eurocom Sky X9C with 4K 17.3-inch display, desktop-grade I9-9900K CPU, up to 128 GB DDR4-2666 DRAM, dual RTX 2080 GPU and up to 28 TB of SSD storage via 3x M.2-2282 slots + 2X 2.5-inch bays.
Better than foldables? TCL first to launch a phone with slide-out screen
Instead of going the foldable way, TCL is experimenting with some other ways to implement flexible screens. The slide-out concept essentially provides the same screen estate but without the awful crease in the middle and possibly reinforcing the durability of the flexible screen. One downside for this design could be the slightly thicker handsets.
Fabled early '90s Nintendo / Sony PlayStation console prototype goes up for auction, could fetch more than US$1.2 million
The prototype that led to the launch of the original PlayStation back in 1994 was a hybrid console made in collaboration with Nintendo circa 1992. It is said that only 200 of these prototypes were made, and only one survived throughout the years. This fabled unicorn is now up for auction and could end up fetching upwards of US$2 million.
First Intel Lakefield 3DMark CPU and GPU tests are in
Intel's Lakefield chips are smaller than the usual CPUs, as they stack most components in order to reduce size and improve energy efficiency, much like smartphone SoCs nowadays. According to new 3DMark tests, these chips are certainly not meant for gaming, as they barely match a Celeron G3900 + Nvidia MX250 combo, but they will most likely take energy efficiency to the next level.
Chromebook versions of the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 and Ryzen 5 3500 CPUs spotted in latest Chrome OS source code
The latest Chrome OS update source code mentions the existence of Ryzen 7 3700C and Ryzen 3500C CPUs that appear to be derived from the Zen+ desktop-grade CPUs. Additionally, the code also includes references for Athlon Silver 3050C, Athlon Gold 3150C and Ryzen 3 3250C APUs that include Vega iGPUs.
Clevo to release monster 17-inch X170 gaming laptops powered by Intel's Comet Lake-S 10-core desktop-grade CPUs
The internal slides leaked on the Chinese forum Saraba1st reveal impressive specs for the upcoming 17-inch X170 gaming laptops, including redesigned chassis with improved airflow, bigger speakers, slim-bezel displays, RGB lighting, upgraded cooling systems that support the latest 10-core-20-thread desktop-grade Comet Lake-S CPUs, plus USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support.
Zotac introduces Zbox Pro Nano mini PC with embedded Ryzen CPUs plus a more expensive Quadro RTX 3000 version
The new Zbox Pro CA622 nano is an industrial-grade embedded mini PC with a fanless case. This barebones solution includes a Ryzen R1505G dual-core CPU with 15 W TDP and support for up to 32 GB of RAM. There also is a more expensive QC7T3000 version with an actively cooled case integrating an Intel Core i7-9750H and a professional Quadro RTX 3000 GPU.
Asus brings back optical drives with the latest lineup of Comet Lake laptops for the Japanese market
The optical drives are making a comeback, but it is only the old CD/DVD burners, not the more advanced Blu-ray ones, signaling that we are dealing with budget-oriented laptops. Users can choose among Comet Lake i3-10110U and i7-10510U builds with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSDs, while the 15.6-inch displays are limited to FHD resolution.
Massive Intel "Arctic Sound" 500 W GPU with 3D-stacked quad-chip design spotted in leaked presentation slides
Leaked slides reveal a beastly 400-500 W multi-chip GPU with 4 tiles coupled with HBM2e memory and sporting PCIe 4.0 compatibility. These are clearly meant for the compute / deep learning market, but it looks like Intel may have multi-chip variants for the gaming sector, as well.
No display required: Kaleido is a mini PC concept with foldable keyboard and integrated projector
The Kaleido concept mini PC is not really that small, but it sure packs everything you need from a computer. First of all, you do not need a display, since the elongated prism-shaped device integrates a projector, plus it also comes with a foldable keyboard and a sound bar.
Vaio launches SX14 laptops with Intel gen 10 Comet Lake-U CPUs
The refreshed SX14 lineup now integrates Comet Lake-U CPUs up to the i7-10710U hexa-core coupled to 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. No discrete GPUs here, but the more expensive variants come with a 4K display option and up to 1 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
Wild Microsoft Surface Duo appears on a Vancouver SkyTrain passenger
The Surface Duo spotted in the wild appears to be a pre-production sample that is tested by Microsoft employees. Unlike the model showcased last October, this one comes with a LED flash on the front and appears to be slightly slimmer, as well. Unfortunately, this could mean that there will be no rear cameras.
First tests pitting the upcoming Intel Comet Lake-H i7-10750H against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and the Radeon RX 5600M against the refreshed Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q emerge on 3DMark
The AMD chips appear to be dominating the Intel and Nvidia counterparts when it comes to 3DMark's separate tests. Still, the Intel + Nvidia setup leads in the combined tests, showing that AMD might want to further optimize its chips for combo loads.
Qualcomm showcases 8K video recorded with Snapdragon 865-powered phone, quality is iffy
8K video recording capabilities are coming to Snapdragon 865-powered flagships this year, even though they will be mostly useless and potentially buggy, at least judging by a showcase video posted by Qualcomm on YouTube. It is important to note that the video was shot in November last year, so maybe Qualcomm managed to fix all these problems in the meantime, so maybe the upcoming Galaxy S20 phones will not be plagued with such issues.
Real life pictures of Samsung's Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra plus "reliable" U.S. pricing scheme get leaked
Behold the majestic camera bump on the Galaxy S20 Ultra model! It is twice as wide as the one from S20 / S20+ and almost half as wide as the phone itself. There is a dedicated mic between the main sensor and the LED, as well. Care to pay US$1,399 for it? Too much? How about US$1,199 for the Galaxy S20+? No? Maybe the US$999 regular S20 is the phone you are looking for, then?
Intel Xe DG1 discrete GPU performance results versus upcoming iGPUs leak on 3DMark
Until we get a comparison between the Intel DG1, Nvidia GTX 1650 and AMD's Radeon RX 570, the comparison with the iGPUs from laptop-grade processors will have to suffice. Of course the DG1 is dominating the graphics tests by a substantial margin, but the physics tests reveal quite a different story.
Intel's Core i9-10900K is neck and neck with AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X in the latest 3DMark tests
While the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X might not be a pure 1:1 competitor for the Intel i9-10900K, their similar price tier is quite enough to prompt a comparison in this case. The most important difference between the two CPUs is the core count and the boost clocks, and the latter is supposed to have a greater impact on the scores, but this is not particularly evident in the latest 3DMark scores.
New Intel foldable phone patent comes to light
This is the second foldable smartphone patent filed by Intel, showing that the company has taken a more serious interest in mobile devices. Unlike the first concept released last year, this one has only an outward-folding display, but the folding mechanism appears to be much sturdier and the screen itself is completely bezel-less.
Nubia Red Magic 5G gaming smartphone expected to feature 80 W ultrafast charging
Nubia president already unveiled that the upcoming Nubia Red magic 5G will feature a 144 Hz screen and rear triple-cam setup and his latest spoiler now shows that the handheld will benefit from 80 W ultra-fast charging. Other rumored specs include a Snapdragon 865 SoC and up to 16 GB RAM.
Chinese CPUs on the rise: Zhaoxin’s KaiXian KX-6780A octa-core to soon launch with dedicated mini-ITX motherboard
The upcoming KaiXian KX-6780A octa-core CPUs should be launched this March, but they will only be available as part of pre-built budget gaming systems, as the chips themselves are soldered and require special motherboards. Preliminary performance tests prove that the Chinese CPUs still lag behind Intel's i5-7400 models.
HMD to announce Nokia 8.2 5G, 5.2 and 1.3 handhelds plus a mysterious "Original" lineup at MWC next month
Not much is known about the new "Original" brand that will be unveiled at MWC this year, but industry insiders found out that the Nokia 8.2 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 765 SoC coupled with 6 / 8 GB of RAM and 128 / 256 GB storage for around $500. The 5.2 will integrate a Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with 3 / 4 GB of RAM and 32 / 64 GB of storage, while the 1.3 entry-level model will sport a MediaTek Helios A SoC with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB storage.
AMD announces record-breaking revenues for 4Q 2019, RDNA GPU refresh confirmed for 2020
2019 brought the highest revenues in six years for AMD and the red team expects increased 7 nm CPU adoption for 2020 together with increased demand for custom embedded solutions via the release of the next gen consoles. CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the RDNA architecture is getting a refresh and the second half of 2020 should also bring new data center GPUs.
AMD extends mini PC support with new AM4 Pro 500-series chipset for budget builds
The official AMD site does not provide exact specs for the new Pro 500 chipsets, but it looks like Lenovo already plans to release some IdeaCentre ThinkCentre models that integrate a Pro 560 chipset. According to the Lenovo spec sheet, the Pro 560 chipset appears to support up to 32 GB DDR4-2666 RAM and is only compatible with the PCIe 3.0 standard.
Intel CPU shortages still real, select low-power chips could be offloaded to GlobalFoundries
Rumor has it that GlobalFoundries could offload some of the low-power Intel CPUs, including Celeron Pentium and possibly Core i3 models in order to help with the ever-increasing demand for mid-range and high-end Intel CPUs. Further down the line, Intel may also collaborate with TSMC for the production of high-end Xe gaming GPUs.
Motorola Edge+ flagship phablet spotted in Geekbench tests
The Geekbench tests reveal an Android 10 device featuring 12 GB of RAM and what appears to be a Snapdragon 865 SoC, judging by the single-core and multi-core scores. The existence of a stylus also means that Motorola is looking to provide some competition for Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup.
Matrox is back... collaborating with Nvidia?
Is Matrox going to follow Intel's example to rise against Nvidia and AMD in the gaming GPU market? Probably not, as the Canadians are still focusing on professional and enterprise GPU solutions, but it is interesting to see the Canadian company's choice of allying with Nvidia. The joint venture has designed a custom embedded Quadro GPU that supports up to four 4K commercial wall displays.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 (aka Galaxy Z Flip) features get leaked
The biggest improvement over the original Galaxy Fold coming with the Z Flip model is the addition of an ultra thin glass protective layer for the display, which should drastically reduce the failure rate. Among the other features we find a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, unfolded 6.7-inch dynamic AMOLED screen, 1-inch frontal display, plus a 15 W wireless charger.
Acer announces budget-friendly TravelMate B3 11.6-inch laptops and convertibles with Intel Gemini Lake-R CPUs
Acer's educational laptop roster is joined by the budget-friendly TravelMate B3 models that come in regular and convertible variants featuring 11.6-inch IPS 768p / 1080p displays, up to a Pentium Silver 5020 quad-core CPU coupled with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM plus 64 GB / 128 GB eMMC or 128 GB / 256 GB NVMe SSDs storage options.
Alleged Xbox Series X front/back pictures and PCIe 4.0 SSD details get leaked
The console prototype pictures appear to be legitimate, as the serial number on the back of the console was already claimed by a twitter user. Apart from the usual connectors, there also is a debug slot for gaming developers. As for the PCIe 4.0 SSD, it looks like Microsoft opted for the E19T controller that is just a bit faster than the current top PCIe 3.0 models.
Intel drops PCIe 4.0 support for upcoming Comet Lake desktop CPUs, postpones launch to April
Industry insider sources inform that Intel's Comet Lake lineup of desktop CPUs will not provide support for the PCIe 4.0 standard as advertised back in late 2019. Intel's CPU shortages combined with the impossibility to adapt circuitry in time have led Intel to completely drop support for the PCIe 4.0 standard on this year's desktop platform.
Asus introduces new Intel Comet Lake mini PCs with Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi6
The latest PN62 models come equipped with business-grade features like optional Thunderbolt 3 ports and WiFi6 connectivity. Powered by Intel's Comet Lake CPUs up to the i7-10710U hexa-core, the slightly bulkier devices also support up to 64 GB DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 1.5 TB of HDD + SSD storage combos.
Most affordable mini PC in the world runs on Android, costs $15
For only $15 you get a compact mini PC powered by a quad-core Amlogic S905W ARM-based processor that can handle 4K HDR decoding, which is coupled with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 GB storage. The package also includes an HDMI cable and a dedicated remote control, recommending this device as the most affordable streaming system.
Latest Huawei P40 Pro renders reveal rear penta-cam setup and dual-selfie cams
Thanks to Evan Blass's latest P40 Pro renders, we can now see that the back of the device features a penta-cam setup, and it looks like there will also be a 10x periscope lens (the rectangular one). The renders also reveal a ceramic case and rounded display edges. The only issue here is the absence of the audio jack.
2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years
PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but these figures pale in comparison to the amount of smartphones shipped solely in Q3 2019.
Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G handheld with 12 GB RAM and Snapdragon 865 SoC spotted on Geekbench
The Galaxy S20 5G model that just hit Geekbench appears to be the most affordable variant with a smaller 6.2-inch screen, 4,00o mAh battery and 12 GB RAM. It is still powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, so the results may be relevant for all three variants. However, since this is a pre-production sample, scores will most likely end up higher on the commercial versions.
AMD's 600-series chipset expected to launch by the end of 2020
Reports coming from Taiwan and China reveal that AMD will collaborate with ASMedia in order to produce all upcoming motherboard chipsets, including the more affordable B550 and A520 for Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs, as well as the upcoming 600-series chipset for the Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs that are scheduled to be launched in 2H 2020.
New graphics tests reveal AMD's Ryzen 4000 iGPUs are significantly faster than Intel's Ice Lake alternatives
Even though the new Ryzen 4000 APUs do not integrate Navi iGPUs, the performance gains are quite substantial, at least when compared to the previous generation. According to the latest UserBenchmark tests, the new 7 nm Vega compute units should be 34% faster than similarly clocked Intel Iris Plus iGPUs, while 3DMark 11 reports that AMD's gains are only around 10%.
Zotac to release ZBOX Nano mini-PCs powered by AMD's Ryzen and Vega chips
Zotac is the latest company to join AMD's mini PC initiative. For now, there is only a ZBOX Nano barebones model that is powered by the Ryzen 3 3200U APU with integrated Vega 3 graphics and support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, but models powered by the new Ryzen 4000 APUs are also expected to launch later this year.
Upcoming Xbox Series X consoles could benefit from PCIe 4.0 SSDs thanks to Phison
Industry sources claim that Microsoft has chosen Phison as the SSD controller supplier for the upcoming Xbox Series X, so there is a fair chance we could see PCIe 4.0 read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 1 million IOPS, essentially allowing for more detailed textures, smoother gameplay and lightning fast load times.
Panasonic unveils world's first UHD HDR VR glasses
Besides quadrupling the resolution of current high-end VR headsets, Panasonic also introduces HDR compatibility to the VR world for the first time, and all this is packed neatly in a light frame. In order to achieve this feat, Panasonic collaborated with Kopin for the most advanced micro-OLED displays and combined these with proprietary audio / video technologies featured on its TVs, sound systems and digital cameras.
AMD's high-end Navi GPU allegedly pops up in OpenVR benchmark, outperforms Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti
Even though the high-end Navi GPU is supposed to launch this summer, engineering samples appear to already be tested in the wild. The alleged high-end Navi model that popped in cyubeVR OpenVR benchmark, for example, is 17% faster than Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti, and performance could slightly improve for the commercial version.
Micron already sampling DDR5 RDIMMs to partners
Initially expected to hit the market in late 2019, the DDR5 RAM standard will first be introduced to server systems in the second half of 2020, as Micron is currently sampling RDIMMs for its industry partners. DDR5-6400 modules are expected to be 85% faster than current DDR4-3200 modules, but DDR5 memories can certainly be pushed to even higher frequencies.
Samsung finally adopts PCIe 4.0 standard for its latest 980 Pro NVMe SSDs
Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not among the first companies to introduce the PCIe 4.0 standard for its popular 900-series NVMe SSDs last year. However, this year, with the announcement of the 980 Pro models, the South Korean giant finally acknowledges the real market demand for speedier storage solutions.
AMD CEO confirms launch for high-end Navi-based GPUs with hardware-level ray tracing this year plus Navi APUs in 2021
The CES keynote did not touch on important aspects, but press representatives were able to obtain new info immediately after, when AMD CEO Lisa Su was kind enough to answer a torrent of questions at a separate Q&A session. Among the new details, Su confirmed the launch of high-end Navi-based GPUs with hardware-level ray tracing this year and the Navi APUs scheduled for 2021.
Adata reveals PCIe 4.0 XPG Sage NVMe SSD with 1 million IOPs and 7,000 MB/s speeds
If current top-of-the-line PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs reach peak sequential read/write speeds of around 3,500 MB/s do not cut it for you, maybe save up for the upcoming XPG Sage from Adata that promises to deliver double the performance, at least for read speeds. The included Innogrit Rainier controller is also the first to break the 1 million mark for sequential write IOPs.
Xbox bosses tweet pics of the upcoming Xbox Series X APUs, AMD shows unofficial console connector renders at CES
Based on the APU images unveiled by the Xbox directors, the new chip is estimated to have a die 11% larger than the current one featured on the Xbox One X console. This should allow for more Zen 2 cores, hardware-based ray tracing and 8K video decoding. In other news, AMD goofs around by showing unofficial footage of the Xbox Series X rear connectors.
Western Digital showcases ultraportable 8 TB external SSD, 1 TB USB stick and new WD_BLACK external drive series
The impressive ultraportable 8 TB external SSD is in prototype phase and will become available in 1-2 years. In contrast, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C 1 TB stick and the new WD_BLACK external drives for gamers are expected to hit the market this quarter, but pricing info is still unknown.
Report warns NAND memory prices could increase 40%, leading to more expensive M.2 SSDs in 2020
Reports have been warning about possible NAND memory price hikes ever since late 2018, but the actual increases could happen this year. DigiTimes reports that a minor power failure problem has set back NAND memory production by 3 days at Samsung's Hwaseong facility last week and the effect of this supply shortage could ripple throughout 2020.
Samsung is testing out the first 3 nm GAAFET semiconductor prototypes
Samsung and TSMC are almost on equal footing when it comes to 5 nm production nodes, yet the Taiwanese foundries are still ahead as far as orders are concerned. Still, the Korean giant intends to pull ahead with the next die shrink, as its 3 nm GAAFET technique is ready to be tested out and could be released in 2021, while TSMC's 3 nm nodes would only come online in 2022.
Samsung launches quad-cam Galaxy A51 and A71 mid-range phones
The Exynos 9611 on the A51 and the Snapdragon 730 on the A71 are clearly meant for mid-range smartphones, but the imaging features on these models are already more advanced than anything Samsung has put on previous flagships. In this respect, the A51 features a 48 MP main shooter, while the A71 comes with a 64 MP sensor, and both get a 32 MP selfie cam.
Most 2020 smartphone flagships will have increased power requirements due to the lack of integrated 4G/5G modem with the Snapdragon 865
Qualcomm already presented the premium mid-range Snapdragon 765G with integrated X52 5G modem, so the fact that the Snapdragon 865 comes with no integrated 4G/5G modem does not make any sense. Unless Qualcomm wants to increase its profit and force OEMs to buy the SoC + 5G modem combo. Financial issues aside, most 2020 flagships could be plagued with overheating, low battery life and poor 5G connectivity.
Samsung is working on a 5 nm Exynos 1000 SoC
It looks like the Exynos 990 will not really be a match for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865, and Samsung is already hard at work on a next gen SoC. According to Ice Universe, Samsung will use the 5 nm manufacturing process for the upcoming Exynos 1000, which should also include ARM's high-performance Cortex-A78 cores coupled with either the Mali-G78 or an RDNA GPU from AMD.
Xiaomi to introduce LPDDR5 handhelds in Q1 2020; K30 5G first in line?
Xiaomi VP Lu Weibing is expecting the first LPDDR5 smartphones to hit the market in Q1 2020. Weibing is probably hinting at the Redmi K30 5G that is supposed to launch in January next year, since this model will also be powered by the new Snapdragon 765G SoC that is compatible with the new memory standard.
LG announces refreshed Gram laptop lineup powered by Intel's Ice Lake CPUs
The refreshed Gram lineup includes a 17-inch model with a 16:10 2560 x 1600 IPS display, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, Iris Plus iGPUs and dual NVMe SSD options. LG also offers a 15-inch model together with a regular 14-incher and a convertible 14-incher that come with 16:9 1080p screens.
Latest Intel roadmap shows 1.4 nm CPUs scheduled for 2029
Intel believes that the next 10 years will not be plagued with shortages and delayed node releases as its latest road-map shows that die shrinks should occur every 2 years up until 2029. This means that the 7 nm node should be available by 2021, the 5 nm one by 2023, 3 nm for 2025, 2 nm for 2027 and 1.4 nm for 2029.
Unannounced Intel Comet Lake i7-10610U spotted in Geekbench tests powering a Chromebook Hatch
Google's Hatch Chromebooks will come with 3:2 displays, a few convertible form-factors, plus powerful Comet Lake-U CPUs like the unannounced i7-10610U that was recently spotted on Geekbench that performs pretty similarly to the existing 10510U and 10710U models.
TSMC on track for mid-2020 5 nm production, 3 nm scheduled for 2022
TSMC is anticipating great demand for its upcoming 5 nm production process, as more and more smartphone integrators are looking to outfit handhelds with 5G modems. The 3 nm process coming in 2022 is expected to bring considerable performance gains for AMD's desktop PCs, and if TSMC sticks to this release schedule, we could be seeing sub-1 nm semiconductors by 2025.
Microsoft's Xbox team leader Phil Spencer is already playing on the Xbox Scarlett next gen console
The latest tweet from Phil Spencer reveals that he is already enjoying a working Xbox Scarlett prototype, so it looks like the specs are almost finalized. Spencer also confirms that the upcoming console is backwards compatible with existing game titles and network infrastructure, plus it supports accessories like the Elite Series 2 controller.
Maxtang releases fanless mini PC powered by laptop-grade Ryzen 5 2500U CPU
AMD wants to build a mini PC ecosystem around its embedded R1000 and V1000 CPUs, but some OEMs like Maxtang want to offer more performance through laptop-grade CPU implementation. In spite of the more powerful Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, the Maxtang VHFP30 comes in a slim fanless case that can accommodate up to 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to a 512 GB SSD plus a 2.5-inch HDD.
AMD announces mini PC solutions to compete with Intel's NUC models
The list of partners who are already offering Ryzen-powered mini PCs include ASRock, Simply NUC, EEPD, OnLogic and Tranquil PC, with more OEMs expected to join throughout 2020. For now, the mini PCs are powered by the R1000 and V1000 embedded CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture, but AMD plans to release improved 7 nm CPUs with Navi iGPUs next year.
Huawei will be making desktop PC motherboards for its Kunpeng 920 ARMv8 CPUs
Huawei joins the "technological independence" move with its Kunpeng 920 ARMv8 quad/octa-core CPUs and the associated desktop motherboards that offer PCIe3.0 integration along with support for up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR4-2400 RAM. There are plans for server CPUs with up to 64 cores coupled with up to 1 TB DDR4-3200 RAM.
Intel to release "Austin Beach" fanless rugged NUCs with modular specs
The rugged "Austin Beach" NUCs will be Intel's first fanless models to integrate 15 W Whiskey Lake CPUs. As far as the modular design goes, the upcoming NUCs will come with a special motherboard that can connect to replaceable Compute Element modules, which feature soldered CPU / RAM / eMMC storage components.
Imagination announces the A-series smartphone GPUs
The venerable PowerVR GPUs will be replaced with the new A-series IP that brings significant performance improvements for the high-end and mid-range mobile GPU models. Top-of-the line will be the AXT 64-2048 GPU that is estimated to be 2.5X faster than the current Series 9XM Rogue-based model.
AMD leads Amazon's top 10 CPU best sellers with 9 out of 10 entries
Intel manages to snag the 10th position with the Core i5-9600K, while AMD's models are mostly mid-range CPUs from the 2000 and 3000 series. Thanks to the latest Black Friday deals, the Ryzen 7 2700X occupies the first position with a US$159 price tag. Despite very low supplies, the Ryzen 9 9800X is also featured in the 6th place.
Intel is outsourcing 14 nm CPU production to Samsung's foundries to ease the shortages
Rumors about a possible collaboration between Intel and Samsung started making the rounds this summer, and the latest reports from Korea now confirm that Samsung's foundries will help Intel alleviate the 14 nm CPU shortage problems, as the Korean giant has managed to lock in a significant number of CPU orders for the beginning of 2020.
Build your own RTX 2080 Ti Super GPU, destroying 2x RTX 2080 Super cards in the process
The wait for the RTX 2080 Ti Super is killing you? If you already have the RTX 2080 Ti and US$2,000 lying around, why not just take matters into your own hands and build the RTX 2080 Ti Super yourself? It's a risky process that requires you to sacrifices two RTX 2080 Super cards and do some reballing and resoldering work, plus you will have to overclock the VRAM to match the 16 Gbps speeds.
Blizzard shares more info on Diablo IV expansion packs
While the main Diablo IV story will be focusing on Lilith, but each expansion pack may come with a different antagonist. Diablo could make an appearance in later expansion packs, and some expansions will feature never-before-seen antagonists. While this should keep progression fresh for an extended time, it is unclear if Blizzard intends to charge players more money by expansion.
Vivo teases X30 handheld with 60X hybrid zoom periscope lens
Xiaomi already announced a 50X zoom lens, but Vivo now wants to push the limits even further with a 60X hybrid periscope lens. The latest teasers show that periscope lens is separated from the other rear cameras and is also not protruding thanks to system that includes light prisms. Vivo also plans to release a Pro version for the X30, which will feature more powerful rear cameras.
PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to benefit from upcoming Nvidia G-Sync support for AMD's GPUs
Nvidia GPUs already support AMD's FreeSync monitors, but AMD's GPUs are still not compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync screens. However, Nvidia recently unveiled that these issues are to be eliminated, as 2020 G-Sync screens will provide compatibility for all non-Nvidia GPUs. This is especially beneficial for the upcoming AMD-powered PS5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles.
MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 5G SoC beats Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 in leaked AnTuTu benchmarks
MediaTek finally demonstrates that it can design efficient and affordable flagship SoCs that can easily compete with Qualcomm's and HiSilicon's flagships. Apart from the integrated power efficient 5G modem, the latest MediaTek SoC offers an advanced gen 3 APU for A.I-powered applications. It will also be among the first chips to integrate the new Mali-G77 GPUs.
Leaked Samsung's Galaxy A71 renders show quad-cam setup
The Galaxy A71 appears to combine the rear camera bump design from Apple's iPhone 11 models with the display similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 10 that has the punch-hole selfie cam placed in the upper center. Since the A70s already sports a 64 MP sensor, the A71 is expected to include at least the same sensor plus 2 additional smaller ones and a 3D TOF on top.
Intel issues public apology letter for customers and partners regarding the CPU shipment delays
This kind of full disclosure apology is unprecedented for companies the size of Intel. While the CPU maker is acknowledging the “production variability” that is causing customers and OEM partners more supply issues, there is no mention of any immediate solution. Unfulfilled demands are not entirely bad for Intel, since at least the company manages to sell its entire supply, but OEMs are also starting to cover supply needs with AMD's offer.
Google Stadia users are reporting overheating issues with the Chromecast Ultra
Things are not looking up for Google's Stadia game streaming platform. Users were already disappointed that some features would not be ready by launch, and now hardware issues are popping up, as well. Several Reddit posters are reporting that their Chromecast Ultra devices are overheating and shutting down after only a few hours of playtime.
10-core Intel Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs spotted on Geekbench
The new Geekbench include 6-core / 12-thread and 10-core / 20-thread models from the upcoming Comet Lake-S with relatively low boost clocks. They also pack the UHD Graphics 630 iGPU, so no Xe architecture that could boost the graphics performance. Hopefully the 10-core model is not the-top-of-the-line for Intel's gen 10 desktop CPUs as they would not stand a chance against AMD's upcoming Zen3 chips.
Huawei's 15-inch Matebook gets leaked specs and renders
Seeing that Apple is already offering 16-inch MacBook Pro models and Microsoft is pushing for more 15-inch Surface laptops, Huawei is now willing to step up its game with 15-inch Matebook models of its own. According to the renders leaked by Evan Blass, the 2020 Matebook series will include 15-inch, as well as 14-inch laptops.
TCL showcases 10.8-inch 240 Hz display for gaming tablets
Even though the gaming tablet market is not that big right now, TCL is gearing up to release 10.8-inch 240 Hz tablet displays for 2020. Gamers may find the included punch-hole selfie cam a bit annoying, but tablet OEMs will surely like this feature for slim bezel models. The new displays also come with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, 2 ms GTG response time and HDR capabilities.
Samsung's W20 foldable spotted in the wild, looks exactly like the Galaxy Fold
Previously rumored to have a clamshell design, the Samsung W20 appears to be almost identical to the galaxy Fold. The specs leaked by TENAA last week also confirm the similarities, even though the SoC is still unknown. The W20 is a China-only model and could feature a more affordable price to compete with the Mate X from Huawei.
MSI intros Cubi 5 mini PCs with Intel Comet Lake CPUs
The hand-sized Cubi 5 mini PCs from MSI now come with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs up to a Core i7 U-series. This can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and a storage solution that combines an M.2 NVMe SSD with a 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD.
Google Stadia will be missing quite a few features at launch
Google Stadia is launching in just a few days, but it looks like a fair number of its features will not be available at launch. Most of these features are related to multiplayer gaming and include State Share, Crowd Play, Stream Connect and Buddy Pass. Additionally, there will be limited functionality for PC, Chromecast Ultra and the wireless controller.
AMD launches the Radeon RX 5300M mobile GPU
Based on the same Navi 14 chip, the Radeon RX 5300M comes with the same number of compute / texture units and ROPs, but it gets lower bandwidths and VRAM capacities limited to 3 GB when compared to the 5500M model. The reduced specs may lead to a performance drop of around 20%.
Rambus readies PCIe 5.0 controller for licensing
The immediate availability of the Rambus PCIe 5.0 controller could bring the first PCIe 5.0 commercial products sooner than previously estimated. This would indeed prove that PCIe 4.0 was doomed for a short-lived interim. Features include backwards compatibility with versions 4.0, 3.0 and 2.0, plus 128 GB/s bandwidth in x16 configuration.
Asus and Google developing credit-card-sized AI-focused PCs
Machine learning is already making its way into IoT devices, as Google and Asus are now collaborating to release single board computers the size of credit cards. Even though they are small, these devices are powerful enough to enable AI-assisted applications for image recognition and upscaling.
Eurocom's Sky X4C / X7C laptops now integrate Intel's desktop-grade Core i9-9900KS CPUs
The Sky X4C / X7C laptops can easily replace a gaming desktop system, as they integrate desktop-grade components such as the Core i9-900KS CPU and the RTX 2080 or Quadro P5000 GPUs. Additionally, users can add up to 128 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 20 TB of storage space through 2x NVMe slots and 2x 2.5-inch SATA bays.
Unconfirmed Diablo IV details spotted in 4-month-old leak, full class roster revealed
Back in July, a Blizzard employee unveiled most of the details presented at BlizzCon, but the Reddit post was dismissed as pure speculation. Nevertheless, the details are spot on for the most part, and there is some info on aspects that haven't been touched in the BlizzCon presentations, like the full class roster, planned classes, next gen console support and closed beta planned date.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 performance specs don't seem to endanger Apple's A13 supremacy
The upcoming Snapdragon 865 is supposed to integrate a high-performance Kryo Gold Cortex-A77 running at 2.85 GHz plus 3 more A77 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz, along with 4 more Kryo Silver Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. This new cluster should boost performance by 20% compared to Snapdragon 855, while the new Adreno 650 GPU is expected to be 17-20% faster than the 640 model.
Xiaomi patents rectangular zoom camera design for upcoming handhelds
The rectangular camera is supposed to be equipped with advanced lenses that allow for 5X / 50 X digital magnification and it may be paired with a 108 MP sensor that is capable of 8K @ 30 fps video recordings. It is expected to be featured in one of Xiaomi's flagship model launching in 2020.
Xerox could take over HP, report reveals
Xerox is having an excellent year, as its shares are up 84% since late 2018, and the company is now considering buying HP for more than US$27 billion. All this in spite of HP being almost 3 times larger and netting a profit more than 5 times bigger in 2018. It is still unclear if Xerox would want to focus more on the printing business. HP's laptop and PC system business still brings quite a big chunk of profits, so the merger may not affect it too much.
Microsoft develops ultra-durable quartz glass data storage system
The advantages over current magnetic tape storage media include greatly increased durability and longevity, since quartz glass can withstand extreme temperatures and does not react to water. Additionally, the glass sheets offer improved scalability and reduced maintenance, plus simplified data retrieval through femtosecond laser encoding and machine learning algorithm decoding.
Incoming U.S.-China 'Phase One' trade deal could lift the Huawei bans
The imminent trade agreement between the U.S. and China should reset all trade tariffs and allow for reduced prices on many electronic goods including computer parts, smartphones, displays etc. The agreement will most likely benefit Huawei, which will see all the bans lifted.
Intel Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U CPUs now available
These would be the fastest dual-cores in Intel's entry-level ULV offer to date, but do not expect anything too crazy, since they are using the old 14 nm manufacturing process. The Pentium Gold 6405U comes with 4 threads and is clocked at 2.4 GHz, while the Celeron 5205U does not support hyperthreading and is clocked at 1.9 GHz.
New Diablo 4 info leaked ahead of BlizzCon
The Reddit leak confirms that Diablo 4 is essentially a return to roots, with a dark look inspired from Diablo 2 and combat mechanics borrowed from Diablo 3. There's a strong possibility the environments are open-world, as the characters appear to be able to ride mounts. Possible classes include mage, barbarian and druid, plus Diablo is replaced by Lilith.
SiFive readies U8-Series RISC-V core designs to compete with ARM's Cortex-A72 models
RISC-V processors have come a long way since their inception in 2010. Once thought to be significantly slower than the x86 and ARM counterparts, RISC-V processors like the new U84 from SiFive prove that this architecture is catching up very quickly and could become competitive in a few years.
AMD's 7 nm Renoir APUs allegedly pop up on 3DMark11
Early test samples for the 2020 Renoir APUs based on the 7 nm Zen 2 architecture may have been spotted on 3DMark11 running on a Celadon-RN platform with default CPU clocks ranging between 1.7 and 2 GHz. One of the test setups includes a 1.5 GHZ iGPU, so we could be looking at Vega 10 or even low-tier Navi variants.
Fresh leaks detail Nvidia's Ampere GPU specs
The leaks allegedly come from sources attending Nvidia's latest AIB partner briefings on the upcoming Ampere GPUs that are scheduled to launch in 1H 2020. Among the improvements rumored to come to the RTX 3000-series, the leaks point to greatly increased ray tracing performance, boosted rasterization capabilities, more VRAM for each model, slightly higher clocks, but lower TDPs and voltages that could lead to limited overclocking range.
TSMC and GlobalFoundries bury the hatchet with a 10-year cross-license agreement
The two leading foundries unexpectedly dropped any patent infringement claims and struck an agreement that allows both parties to license each other’s existing patents. Additionally, the agreement would also cover any other patents that would be filed by any side in the next 10 years.
New reports show increased AMD market shares in Europe, Intel puts on a brave face and shows record earnings in Q3 2019
Intel might think it can get away with an optimistic Q3 2019 earnings report, but AMD's rising market shares paint a different picture. Intel's ongoing CPU shortages and the difficulties encountered with the 10 nm jump are allowing AMD to relentlessly accrue market shares in the desktop, laptop and server markets.
Gigabyte releases Pico-ITX Apollo Lake mini PC motherboard smaller than an iPhone
The latest pico-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte comes with an embedded Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC that is powerful enough for video decoding loads. Users have the possibility to add up to 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a SATA HDD and an mSATA PCIe SSD, plus an m.2 Wi-Fi module. The diminutive motherboard is smaller than a high-end smartphone.
New evidence of Intel's multi-GPU support for upcoming Xe discrete cards uncovered in Linux drivers
Phoronix found some more evidence of upcoming multi-GPU features for Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs. However, unlike Nvidia's and AMD's implementations, Intel may be looking to support a hybrid version that allows Xe discrete cards to be paired with the iGPUs coming with the gen 12 CPUs scheduled to release next year.
Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020
Previously thought to be launched in early-2020, the Gemini Lake Refresh CPUs are now expected to release in late-2020 with higher clocks and possibly upgraded iGPUs. New leaks unveil the specs for three new 10 W TDP J-series and three new 6 W TDP N-series processors designed for mini PCs and budget laptops.
AMD EPYC CPU clone Hygon C86 developed in China is best suited for cryptographic loads
The Hygon C86 is essentially an AMD EPYC Zen 1 chip with an additional cryptographic layer added by the Chinese joint venture company collaborating with AMD. The chip was manufactured by GlobalFoundries as a proof-of-concept, and future Hygon CPUs will most likely be manufactured through other foundries like TSMC.
Laser-based quantum computers are now a thing
Current qubit-based quantum computers are still too large and not really scalable, but the new laser-based approach allows for a highly-scalable model that can eventually achieve quantum supremacy just by splitting laser beams into "squeezable light."
TSMC already sampling Apple's 5 nm A14 Bionic SoCs for 2020 iPhones
TSMC started sampling the A14 Bionic SoCs earlier than usual, as a recent Chinese report claims Apple already received the first engineering samples in late September. Apparently, there is also a downside to making the jump from 7 nm to 5 nm: the net die per wafer ratio gets reduced and 2020 iPhone prices could end up being even higher than the current gen.
Intel's "Element" modular platform spotted in upcoming Ghost Canyon NUCs
In order to house the new modular platform, Intel's upcoming Ghost Canyon mini PCs will feature the largest NUC enclosures yet. This also allows for improved cooling, and it looks like Intel has also modified the layout to include a small backplane that houses the "Element" module and can support a discrete GPU and an NVMe SSD. The "Element" module itself can be powered by laptop-grade CPUs like the Core i9-9980HK, Core i7-9750H or Core i5-9300H models.
Lenovo's foldable Thinkpad X1 notebook expected to launch by Q2 2020
The 13.3-inch foldable notebook from Lenovo was recently spotted at an event in Barcelona, and it looks like Lenovo is just waiting for Microsoft to finalize the Windows 10X OS specifically designed for dual-screen devices. The hardware good to go, so, with a bit of luck, we might be able to test the foldable notebook next summer.
Samsung invests US$11 billion in QD-OLED facilities, promises to drastically reduce OLED panel production costs
The QD-OLED technology promises to lower production costs by three times and improve color gamut along with light output over conventional OLEDs. Samsung has been against the adoption of OLEDs in large screen devices for over 5 years now, but the QD-OLED technology somehow changed the company's perspective, as it plans to heavily invest in OLED panels and eventually convert most of its LCD lines into OLED.
AMD accidentally leaks the Ryzen 7 3750X CPU
Since the 3700X and 3800X 8-core CPUs are already available, the launch of the 3750X for retail channels might not happen at all. The specs would have to be too similar to the 3800X and a price point between US$330 and US$400 would not really be that justified. AMD may consider launching the 3750X model for OEMs, however.
Razer showcases the world's first optical laptop keyboard
Razer is bringing the opto-mechanical switches first introduced on the new Huntsman gaming keyboard to its gaming laptop models. For now, the low profile optical laptop keyboard is only available on the Blade 15 Advanced laptop, but Razer will add this feature to other 2020 models. The optical switches make use of an infrared light beam that allows for faster actuation and inputs.
Tranquil PC launches rugged mini PC powered by AMD APUs
The industrial-grade rugged enclosure made of aluminum featured with the Mini Multi Display PC does not come with any active cooling in order to protect against dust, debris and moisture. The system is powered by AMD's Ryzen Embedded V1605B APU with integrated Vega 8 GPU that supports four 4K video connections, and can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB M.2 SSD storage.
UK's ARCHER2 supercomputer to integrate ~12,000 AMD EPYC Rome CPUs
The upcoming ARCHER2 supercomputer will be housed by the University of Edinburgh and will be 11X times faster than the current ARCHER system. When it goes online by May 2020, it will become the fastest CPU-only supercomputer and be among the five fastest supercomputers in the world.
Intel's upcoming LGA 4677 platform to support PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 for 10 nm+++ and 7 nm CPUs, launching 2021
The LGA 4677 platform will add support for PCIe 5.0 and 8-channel DDR5 RAM for the upcoming 10 nm+++ Sapphire Rapids and 7 nm Granite Rapids server-grade Xeon CPUs, which are supposed to compete with AMD's EPYC Milan and Genoa processors. The first 7 nm server CPUs from Intel are expected to launch in 2022, so desktop-grade CPUs supporting those new features will be released later on.
1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs get considerable price slashes, now available for only US$200
Even though it might be a short-lived standard, the PCIe 4.0 is slowly seeing more adoption, and the latest price cuts for the NVMe 4.0 SSDs should certainly make things more affordable for AMD users who want to pair their Ryzen 3000 CPUs with faster storage solutions.
New Intel Xe GPU info: Gen 12 mobility iGPUs designed to deliver [email protected] gaming, discrete GPUs to get ray-tracing support
At this year's IDC event in Tokyo, Intel disclosed a few more details about the upcoming Xe GPU architecture. Besides the hardware-level ray tracing support on the discrete GPUs launching in mid-2020, Intel also intends to double the performance of the current Ice Lake Iris Plus iGPUs on the Gen 12 Xe GPUs integrated with the Tiger Lake CPUs.
LG launches the V50S ThinQ dual-screen 5G smartphone in South Korea
LG is not ready to experiment with folding displays and decided to stick with a more conventional approach that is not as seamless, yet yields similar results. The 6.4-inch dual-screen setup on the new V50S ThinQ handheld can work as one display or as independent sections and is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage.
System76 releases two new Comet-Lake-powered laptops with Linux Coreboot firmware
Both the 14-inch Galago Pro and the 15.6-inch Darter pro models can be equipped with up to a Comet Lake Core i7-10510U quad-core CPU coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of storage (6 TB for the 14-incher). Standard features include a Thunderbolt 3 connector and 1080p matte display.
Chinese leak claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC may launch next month
Pressured by the new Apple and Huawei flagship SoCs, Qualcomm plans to launch the Snapdragon 865 model 1 month in advance, and the first handhelds to sport the new SoC will apparently come from smaller smartphone makers like Oppo and Vivo, plus the usual Huawei competitors like Xiaomi and Samsung.
Intel demonstrates modular PC concept
Codenamed "the Element," Intel's modular concept is based on PCIe boards that integrate CPU, RAM, SSD and a variety of connectors. These boards use 16 PCIe lanes and can be combined with other accelerators like GPUs, compute units etc. Furthermore, the CPU, RAM and SSD can be upgraded separately, or the entire module can be swapped for an upgraded one.
AMD launches Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X CPUs
Both CPUs feature a 65 W TDP and support 24/16 PCIe 4 lanes. The Ryzen 9 3900 comes with 12 cores and 24 threads clocked at 3.1 GHz (4.3 GHz boost) and integrates 70 MB total cache memory, while the Ryzen 5 3500X gets only 6 cores and 6 threads clocked at 3.6 GHz (4.1 GHz boost) plus 35 MB total cache memory.
Samsung completes development of 12-layer 3D TSV DRAM for high-capacity HBM2 modules
The jump from 8-layer to 12-layer 3D TSV DRAM designs will enable AIB integrators to include as much as 96 GB of HBM2 DRAM on a single board, increasing the memory bus to 4,096-bit. The resulting increase in memory bandwidth will prove beneficial to AI, HPC and FPGA applications.
Leaks suggest upcoming Samsung Exynos 9830 SoC will only use ARM Cortex cores
Samsung might be done tinkering with the ARM core designs, as the Mongoose proprietary cores appear to be missing on the upcoming Exynos 9830. The Korean giant is rumored to drop its two homegrown high-performance cores for a couple of ARM Cortex-A77 cores in order to better match the Qualcomm competitors.
Older zero-day Android exploit still affects Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and other handhelds
Many models that launched with Android 8.0 are still affected by a 0-day vulnerability that was not properly patched in 2017. The list of models includes: Google's Pixel 1 and 2, Samsung's Galaxy S7/8/9, Huawei P20, Xiaomi Redmi 5A / Note 5, Xiaomi A1, Oppo A3, Moto Z3, and all LG's smartphones launched in 2H 2017.
AMD Ryzen CPUs to get microcode update with 100+ improvements this November
Expected to be released in early November via BIOS updates from all mobo manufacturers, the new CPU microcode is said to bring needed fixes, stability improvements and even new features to all Ryzen 3000 processors, as well as to the older 1000 / 2000-series.
Fresh leaks suggest PlayStation 5 could get support for 3D holographic screens plus built-in camera for streaming
We have seen leaks of potential PS5 hardware that may or may not end up as fast as what is inside the Xbox Scarlett, but what about some truly next-gen features to set the console apart? Latest leaks point out that the upcoming PS5 could get support for holographic displays that do not require special eyewear and it may also get a built-in streaming camera.
AMD to announce the Radeon RX 5500 on October 7
Preliminary reports position the upcoming Navi-14-based Radeon RX 5500 GPu as a direct competitor for Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. Even though the memory bus is not as wide compared to the Nvidia GPUs, the RX 5500 compensates with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM plus higher core and memory clocks.
TSMC countersues GlobalFoundries
TSMC strikes back with a "retaliatory litigation", claiming that GlobalFoundries infringed on 25 of its patents that include FinFET designs for the 40 through 12 nm nodes. Unlike GlobalFoundries who sued TSMC's fab-less companies like Apple and Nvidia, TSMC is looking to halt all GlobalFoundries production and sale processes for the infringed nodes.
TSMC and ARM reveal 7 nm high-performance computing interposer chiplet
The demonstration of the HPC chiplet proves that semiconductor production is not TSMC's only strong point. The Taiwanese company is trying to prove that its new LIPINCON architecture used in the chiplet interconnect mesh is a better solution compared to Intel's AIB or AMD's Infinity Fabric, and it should make its way to commercial processors in 2020.
Huawei's Kirin 1000 SoC expected to make the jump to 5 nm with next year's Mate 40
Preliminary benchmarks proved that the Kirin 990 is almost on par with all other major brands, but Huawei is clearly not content with parity. The Chinese company is already planning to release a 5 nm successor allegedly known as Kirin 1000, which will use ARM's Cortex-A77 cores plus a faster NPU, and it should be launched with the Mate 40 in Q3 2020.
Huawei patent reveals possible Mate X successor with stylus
Despite all the bans and restrictions imposed on Huawei that ultimately lead to a delay of the Mate X, the company is considering the release of improved versions that also includes a stylus, as revealed by the latest published patent. The stylus option really makes much more sense for the larger screen integrated in foldable devices, and, with this move, Huawei could provide a serious competitor for Samsung's Galaxy Note.
HP Chromebook x360 12b and 14b convertibles launching soon
The 12b model is the first 12-incher to join the Chromebook x360 lineup form HP. It integrates a 3:2 1366 x 912 touchscreen and it weighs around 3 pounds, while the new 14-incher gets 768p or 1080p 16:9 displays and weighs ~3.5 pounds. Both may be equipped with up to a Pentium Gold dual-core CPU, up to 8 GB RAM and up to 128 GB of eMMC storage.
Motherboards must die: researchers working on silicon-interconnect fabric alternative
Current PCBs are eating too much space and researchers think these can easily be replaced with a new silicon-interconnect fabric that would lead to more powerful devices in reduced form-factors. The use of such new fabrics would also cut production costs and improve heat dissipation. Smartphone SoCs and servers may also benefit from the more streamlined design introduced with the silicon-interconnect fabric.
China starts producing its own DRAM chips
The efforts to reduce the dependence on U.S. technology are constantly fueled with new developments endorsed by the Chinese government. After the Jhaoxin CPUs and the Jingjia Micro GPUs, China is now preparing to enter the memory market with the ChangXin DRAM modules that are expected to be available in 2020.
8K gaming: we there yet? Gears 5 running in 8K brings Titan RTX GPU to its knees
Gears of Wars 5 running in 8K is too much even for the most expensive gaming GPUs out there. While 4K @60 fps is starting to look "doable" these days, running Gears 5 in 8K at 30 fps is already an impossible task for GPUs like the Titan RTX. 8K displays are not exactly mainstream either, so we might see GPUs properly handling the monstrous resolutions in 2-3 years.
Intel releases 10th gen 495 Chipset specsheet for Comet Lake and Ice Lake U/Y CPUs
The new 495 chipset only brings a faster OPI COU interface that is capable of 4.2 GT/s data transfer speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and expanded Intel Optane memory support. Nothing new on the port selection and PCIe lanes side, unfortunately. Even though Ice Lake was supposed to introduce support for USB 4.0, there is no mention of this feature, either.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 9 Pro with 45 W wired charger and support for 30 W wireless charging
On the outside, the Mi 9 Pro is identical with the non-Pro version; however, the internals have been refreshed with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, up to 12 GB RAM and up to 512 GB storage, while the 4,000 mAh battery now supports 45 W wired / 30 W wireless / 10 W reverse charging options. There is also an improved speaker with the largest sound chamber among all Xiaomi handhelds.
First Huawei Mate 30 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are here
The non-5G Kirin 990 SoC powering the Mate 30 Pro holds its own against all Snapdragon-855-powered handhelds and is almost on par with Apple's iPhone 11 models, but it is slightly slower than the Snapdragon 855+ flagships. With higher clocks and a more powerful NPU, the 5G variant of the Kirin 990 is expected to match the Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
Vivo's V17 Pro is the first smartphone with dual pop-up selfie cams and flash
The motorized pop-up module integrates a 32 MP main sensor with a 105-degree FOV 8 MP ultra-wide angle shooter, plus an additional earpiece and a flash unit. The V17 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage and it also features a rear quad-cam setup with 48 / 13 / 8 / 2 MP sensors.
IBM presents new quantum computer with 53-Qubit CPU
This is not the fastest quantum computer to date, as Google already has a 72-qubit computer and is working on even better ones, but IBM intends to make the new 53-qubit model the fastest commercially available prototype this October. This way, more clients can access the quantum processing power and provide solutions to problems that cannot be solved via traditional computing methods.
Nvidia's budget GTX 1650 Ti GPU rumored to launch on October 22
The upcoming GTX 1650 Ti is supposed to give AMD's Radeon RX 5600 a run for the money, replacing the older GTX 1050 Ti. Chinese insiders claim that the GTX 1650 Ti is scheduled for a late-October release, with an MSRP close to US$155, which would most likely translate to a US$185 pricing in the West.
Asus to release Chromebook Flip C433 this October
The latest member of the C400-series of Chromebooks from Asus is a slightly more affordable version of the existing C434 model. Its specs are very similar, except it is missing the i7-8500Y CPU option and the 14-inch IPS FHD touchscreen has color gamut limited to 45%. On the plus side, the stereo speakers get a more ergonomic placement on the right and left chassis edges.
Facebook working with Ray-Ban on AR glasses
facebook is certainly not the first to try its hand at augmented reality smartglasses, but with the help of Ray-Ban parent company Luxotica, the social media giant will market its upcoming AR tech as a true smartphone killer. The smartglasses will also integrate cameras plus an AI voice assistant, and will work in conjunction with a ring-like device that enables motion sensing.
China to soon launch its own digital currency
China was initially against cryptocurrencies, and that fact that it almost banned crypto-mining should further prove the conservative attitude. However, the impending launch of Facebook's Libra has somehow altered China's adversity toward digital currencies, as the country is now preparing to launch a digital coin backed by the national Yuan.
Windows Core OS could be launching with Microsoft's new Surface foldables
Latest reports claim that the upcoming Windows Core OS will offer a modular low-level platform running on desktops, laptops, VR machines, consoles and foldable devices. On top of it, Microsoft plans to add different variants of Windows to enable all the necessary features without any compromise.
Huawei could sell its 5G assets to a Western company
Huawei's 5G business took a turn for the worse when the U.S. and other countries around the globe banned all 5G equipment on grounds of national security threats from the Chinese intelligence. The company is now willing to sell most of the 5G assets to Western buyer, but no price or names have been disclosed as of yet.
MAG1 8.9-inch business mini-notebook up for pre-orders in China
The 8.9-inch emerging mini-laptop market welcomes the new MAG1 that weighs only 1.5 pounds and has a 0.7-inch profile. It packs an IPS touchscreen with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio and it is powered by Intel's Core m3-8100Y ULV CPU coupled with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256 or 512 GB NVMe SSD storage.
Chuwi to refresh its UBook 2-in-1 tablet with Intel Amber Lake CPUs
Users who pre-ordered the UBook launched in early 2019 were not really impressed with the outdated CPU and have been requesting an upgrade to a newer model. Chewi listened and is now preparing to launch the UBook Pro powered by the Amber Lake m3-8100Y dual-core CPU from Intel. It still packs 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, but upped the default storage to 256 GB, and also comes with a larger 12.3-inch screen.
iPhone 11 Pro allegedly pops up on Geekbench, A13 Bionic destroys Android-based SoCs
Despite its measly 4 GB of RAM, the alleged iPhone 11 Pro spotted on Geekbench still managed to crush all competing Android-based devices, mostly thanks to the superior A13 Bionic SoC, which breaks the 5,000 and 13,000-point mark in single-core tests and multi-core tests, respectively.
A closer look at the A13 Bionic SoC powering Apple's new iPhone 11 models
The new A13 Bionic is still a hexa-core CPU chip, but, thanks to TSMC's latest 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, this SoC now integrates 8.5 billion transistors. It also features a new quad-core GPU plus an octa-core NPU, and all of its components are on average 20% faster and 30% less power-demanding compared to the previous version.
Microsoft's upcoming Ice-Lake-powered Surface device allegedly spotted on Geekbench
It looks like the first next gen Surface model was already tested back in June, but the results were spotted only recently. According to the Geekbench report, the upcoming Surface is powered by an Intel Ice Lake i5-1035G1 quad-core CPU with UHD Graphics iGPU coupled with 8 GB of RAM, and the scores appear to be similar to devices powered by equivalent Ryzen 3 ULV CPUs.
Acer showcases ConceptD 9 Pro convertible workstation
The ConceptD 9 Pro is using the same chassis as the Predator Triton 900, but comes tailor-made for demanding CG artists with Nvidia's RTX Quadro 5000 GPUs and a Wacom ERM stylus. It also packs gen 9 i9 octa-core CPUs coupled with 32 GB of RAM and dual-NVMe SSD storage in RAID 1, plus the usual host of connectors including Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and HDMI.
Intel plans to release 6 W Chaco Canyon fanless rugged NUCs
No larger than a smartphone, the NUC 8 Rugged is powered by refreshed Apollo Lake CPUs with ultra-low-power TDPs of only 6 W. Gaming on these systems is clearly out of the question, as the HD Graphics 500 iGPU is only aimed at IoT applications. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. which are both soldered, but users can add an NVMe or SATA SSD through a spare M.2 slot.
Dynabook announces thin and light 15.6-inch Tecra X50 business notebook
Unlike other OEMs that immediately jumped on the Ice Lake bandwagon, Dynabook decided to stick with Whiskey Lake and powered the new Tecra X50 with a Core i7-8665U CPU. The business-class notebook also comes with a 15.6-inch IGZO FHD LCD display, 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6 and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Vivo unveils Z1x premium mid-range handheld
The Z1x retains the Snapdragon 712 SoC, 6 GB and up to 128 GB storage from the previous Z1 Pro, but introduces premium features like a Super AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint reader and a rear triple-cam with 48, 8 and 2 MP sensors. The battery got downgraded from 5,000 to 4,500 mAh since the AMOLED screen requires less power, but it still features the 22.5 W FlashCharge tech.
AsusPro B9 is the world's lightest 14-inch business notebook powered by Ice Lake CPUs
Hours after Acer announced its thinnest and lightest book with the introduction of the new Swift 5 model, Asus retaliated with the unveiling of a thinner and lighter AsusPro B9 business-class 14-incher. The AsusPro B9 is only 0.58 inches thick and weighs 1.94 lbs, yet it can still integrate Ice Lake quad-core CPUs, up to 32 GB of RAM, a dual 1 TB NVMe SSD storage combo and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Nubia Red Magic 3S powered by Snapdragon 855+ up for pre-orders
Upgraded with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, improved liquid cooling solution and USF 3.0 storage, the Red Magic 3S from Nubia is scheduled to begin shipping on September 9 in China. As per usual, Nubia is looking to maintain aggressive prices, and the latest model is no exception, as the flagship variant costs ~US$531.
Samsung announces Exynos 980 SoC with integrated 5G modem
Samsung does not directly specify this, but the Exynos 980 appears to be aimed at premium mid-range handhelds like the top-of-the-line Galaxy A-series. Its main features include a 5G modem with E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity for downloads speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps, WiFi 6, a faster NPU, plus support for single 108 MP cams.
Intel develops the lightest gaming laptops with large batteries and outstanding thermal performance
Thanks to a full-magnesium chassis, the Mag-15 gaming laptop developed by Intel in collaboration with Eluktronics is the lightest and thinnest on the market right now. It also comes with one of the largest 94 Whr batteries and the cooling system ensures the best thermal performance to date. Powered by the i7-9750H CPU, the Mag-15 also integrates up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage and up to an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, all for considerably lower prices compared to established brands.
Asus introduces non-convertible Chromebook C425 powered by Intel Core m3-8100Y CPUs
The new Asus Chromebook C425 quietly made its way to retailers like Amazon. Unlike the C434 model that comes with a 360-degree touchscreen, the C425 offers only a 180-degree FHD display, but it does retain all the other hardware specs, including the Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU with integrated HD Graphics 615 GPU, 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage.
Lenovo announces IdeaCentre A540 asymmetric all-in-one PC with gen 9 Intel CPUs and Radeon GPUs
In order to make the IdeaCentre A540 display thinner, Lenovo moved some of the components in a base stand that also wirelessly charges QI-certified handhelds. The new all-in-one systems come in 24-inch or 27-inch sizes, and users can opt to get the 10-point touchscreen versions. Besides the gen 9 Intel i7 CPUs and AMD Radeon RX 560 GPUs, the 24-inch model may also be equipped with AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Samsung's Galaxy Fold set to launch September 6 in South Korea
Samsung discussed with the major South Korean carriers and is ready to launch the Galaxy Fold in early September in order to sync with the IFA expo in Berlin. Initial wave will include up to 30,000 units, but the majority is reserved for the South Korean market, and only a small fraction is supposed to ship to China and the U.S. in late September.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature horizontal hinge and bigger external screen
The newest patents published by EUIPO reveal two possible designs for the 2020 Galaxy Fold models. One design is almost identical to the current Fold, except it has smaller notches. The other one features a horizontal hinge that enforces a form factor similar to a handheld console. It also has a centered upper notch and the outer screen is considerably larger.
AU Optronics previews new AMOLED foldable screens and ink jet printed OLED 4K @120 Hz laptop displays
AUO's improved folding AMOLED screens come with increased durability and smaller folding radius, while the laptop OLED display sporting 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rates are advertised to be among the first to use the ink jet printing production technique that enables lower manufacturing costs and increased yields.
Modular Fairphone 3 now available for 450 EUR
Thanks to the modular design, users can replace and upgrade the main camera, speakers bottom sensors, top sensors, 5.65-inch FHD display, 3,000 mAh battery, and back cover. Spec-wise, the Fairphone 3 appears to be a lower-tier mid-range smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 632 coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
TSMC responds to GlobalFoundries allegations
TSMC claims that the GlobalFoundries allegations are baseless and it will do everything in its power to protect its IPs and technologies. The Taiwanese foundries currently hold a portfolio of 37,000 patents and expressed disappointment towards the monopolistic insinuations.
Radeon VII confirmed to be EOL, just 6 months after its launch
With a gaming performance comparable to the more affordable RX 5700 XT, the Radeon VII GPU is already put on EOL status after a short-lived 6 months. Still, the high-end GPU is a solid option for heavy compute tasks and demanding renderings, so the remaining stocks may eventually end up in select workstations.
GlobalFoundries sues TSMC, Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm and other fabless companies over patent infringements
The most notable infringements are related to the use of FinFET structures in 28 nm, 16 nm, 12 nm, 10 nm and 7 nm chips. Many products powered by TSMC's chips including, iPhones, GeForce GPUs, Lenovo and Asus laptops, handhelds from Google and Motorola, plus networking equipment from Broadcom and Cisco could end up being banned from the U.S. and Germany.
MSI's new Prestige 14 / 15 laptops feature up to 6-core Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs
Usually reserved for 15-inch models and up, MSI now offers 4K display options for the 14-inch Prestige models, as well, plus all screens are factory-calibrated. Users can also opt to equip the laptops with quad-core or six-core Comet Lake-U CPUs, while the graphics processing is ensured by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPUs.
Bloomberg leaks fresh list of iPhone 11 features
Analysts say that the iPhone 11 models look very similar to last year's models, as Apple decided to keep the same screen sizes and notches. There are, however, new features like the Matrix co-processor, AI-assisted triple-cam setup on the back with ultra-wide-angle sensor, multi-angle Face ID, sturdier front and back glass layers and improved water resistance.
Olixar leaks iPhone 11 cases with stylus cutouts
The alleged renders coming from Olixar show three leather cases with stylus cutouts. The stylus might be an exclusive feature of the iPhone Max variants, which could become the direct competitor for Samsung's future Galaxy Note phablets. Additionally, the leaked renders reveal that the upcoming iPhones still feature the notched screens.
Dell introduces Vostro 13 5391 business-oriented laptops with gen 10 Intel CPUs
The small business Vostro laptop lineup from Dell is among the first to get updated with the freshly released Comet Lake-U CPUs from Intel. The new Vostro 13 5391 now features a lighter and sturdier chassis along with a discrete GeForce MX250 GPU. Users can also choose between 4 and 8 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM options and can add up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
Cerebras breaks trillion transistor count with chip larger than an iPad
The Wafer Scale Engine chip is 56 times larger than Nvidia's Tesla V100 server-grade GPU and integrates 400,000 AI-optimized cores coupled with 18 Gigabytes of on-chip SRAM. This impressive computational power can help reduce processing times for AI and machine learning applications from months to mere minutes.
Oppo Reno2 full specs get leaked on TENAA
Design-wise, the upcoming Reno2 mid-ranger from Oppo appears to be very similar to its predecessor. The specs, however, got quite a few upgrades. The screen is slightly bigger with a 6.55-inch diagonal and 2,400 x 1,080 resolution and True HDR10 support, while the internals now feature a Snapdragon 730G SoC with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage. The rear camera also got updated with a 48 + 13 + 8 +2 MP setup.
GST crowdfunds Gemini dual-touchscreen notebook
The GST Gemini is currently in production and is scheduled to ship into Indiegogo backers in March 2020. There are regular, as well as Pro versions with 13 and 15-inch sizes. The regular versions are powered by Intel's Core i5-8350U CPUs coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD storage, while the Pro versions integrate the Core i7-8550U CPUs along with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD storage.
Delayed Huawei Mate X primed for Kirin 990 SoC upgrade and P30 camera setup
Initially announced to be a Kirin 980 device, the Mate X, which got delayed once again, is said to be getting an upgrade to the unannounced Kirin 990 SoC. Besides a new ARM Cortex-A77 core cluster, the new SoC will also integrate a 5G modem and will enable [email protected] fps recording capabilities, and, to take advantage of the increased resolution Huawei is also throwing in a P30 camera setup.
Leaked Samsung Galaxy A 2020 models first to include the new 108 MP sensors
It looks like Samsung continues to ignore the imagining potential of its flagship smartphones, as the latest 64 and 108 MP will first be featured in the top-of-the-line 2020 A-series. According to a recent leak, the entire 2020 A-series will integrate rear triple-cam setups, and the A81 and A91 models will also get ToF sensors.
Nvidia may soon launch a new RTX GPU
Based on the information leaked in the latest updated of AIDA64, the upcoming GPU appears to be based on the TU102, so it is certainly an enthusiast-grade model. It may end up as either the RTX 2080 Ti Super, the Titan RTX Black or a new Quadro RTX professional GPU.
Huawei Mate X foldable launch pushed to November, successor model may get more screens
Initially scheduled to release around the same time as the Galaxy Fold in May, the Mate X had to be rescheduled for a later date as Huawei started to face severe problems with the U.S. bans. Even though September was supposed to be the new target for the relaunch, Huawei recently announced that the Mate X will most likely be released this November.
CutiePi Raspberry Pi tablet to launch in late 2019
The tablet integrates an 8-inch touchscreen and is powered by a Compute Model 3 Lite carrier board coupled with 1 GB of RAM. It runs on a version of Raspbian specifically customized for touchscreen use and supports PIXEL apps through XWayland. There is support for USB-A and HDMI ports, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Trump delays new wave of tariffs for China until December
President Trump is throwing the U.S. tech companies a lifeline with the latest tariff delays. Apple, Qualcomm and Intel showed their concern when their Q2 revenues were affected by the first wave of tariffs, but it looks like the shopping season will be kind to the U.S. tech giants this year.
AMD launches low-end Radeon 600 GPU series for laptops, but it's only a rebranded old Radeon 500 lineup
The new Radeon 600 series is practically a rebranded Radeon 500 lineup that, unfortunately does not feature any 7 nm models. Instead, AMD has "refreshed" two 14 nm and three 28 nm GPU models aimed at the entry-level desktop and laptop market, just in time for the arrival of Intel's Gen 10 mobility CPUs.
Next gen XBox to focus on high framerates and fast load times
While the next gen XBox Scarlett will clearly provide improved visual fidelity thanks to the more powerful Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs from AMD, Microsoft is also aiming to provide a smoother gaming experience via high framerates (at least 60 fps) and fast load times with the addition of custom NVMe SSDs.
Trade war journal: Japan resumes high-tech chemical exports with South Korea
Japan claims that it never imposed an export ban on South Korea, explaining that export approvals now require a period of 4-5 weeks, or roughly the same period of time that has passed since the escalation of the diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea. The new shipment is supposed to be sent out in 4 weeks, so Samsung, LG and SK Hynix might experience slight manufacturing schedule delays.
Zotac announces ZBOX Magnus E Mini Creator PCs with RTX GPUs
The updated Magnus E lineup features a slightly smaller case which packs more powerful configurations, including Core i5-9300H CPU + Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU and Core i7-9750H CPU + Nvidia RTX 2070 combos. Users can add up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM along with one 2.5-inch HDD, an M.2 NVMe SSD and there is support for Optane memory, as well.
Global Foundries and ARM working on high-density 3D chips
Unable to make the jump to 7 nm for the time being, Global Foundries is looking to expand the life span and scalability of its current 12 nm node with 3D stacking manufacturing techniques. The company is now collaborating with ARM in order to deliver 12 nm FinFET chips with higher core counts and lower latency between cores.
Analysts say foldable iPhones are in the works, but would not launch before 2021
Previously rumored to release some time in 2020, the foldable iPhones may not even be the first foldable devices to be released by Apple. According to a new UBS market analysis, Apple may first release folding iPads in 2021, and iPhones could follow shortly after, but loyal Apple customers should be prepared for prices in excess of US$1,000.
Intel plans to release Quartz Canyon workstation NUCs with replaceable GPUs
The Quartz Canyon series will feature the first NUCs that allow users to add high-end GPUs. The systems are advertised as workstation kits due to the inclusion of Xeon E and Core i7 vPro CPUs. Other features include dual Thunderbolt 3 connectors, Wi-Fi 6 interface, Optane and ECC memory support, plus an internal 500 W power supply.
Samsung Exynos 9825 officially announced
Thanks to the new 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, the Exynos 9825 is expected to match and even surpass Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855. The exact core clocks for the new SoC will be revealed with the launch inf the galaxy Note 10. Due to it not integrating a 5G modem or LPDDR5 support, the Exynos 9825 is definitely not a new generation chip, and more like a revision of the original Exynos 9820.
Toshiba intros new XFMEXPRESS form factor for PCIe NVMe SSDs
The new form factor is aimed at ultra-mobile devices like smartphones, IoT gateways and embedded systems. XFMEXPRESS NVMe cards will be slightly bigger than microSD cards, but the transfer speeds should match the M.2 form factor devices, with theoretical maximum bandwidths of 4 GBps (first gen) or even 8 GBps (second gen).
TENAA certification reveals Huawei Mate X final specs, launch date imminent
Previously rescheduled for a September launch, the Mate X may end up launching this August, at least in China. This possibility is backed by the recent TENAA certification, which also reveals that the mate X will integrate an 8-inch AMOLED display with 2,480 x 2,200 resolution, plus a ToF sensor along with a 40 + 16 + 8 MP rear cam setup and an 8 MP selfie cam.
South Korea / Japan trade war could lead to DRAM memory price spikes
As the tensions between South Korea and Japan escalate, prices for NAND and DRAM chips are primed for substantial spikes over the remainder of 2019. In the past 2 weeks, prices already increased by 15% and the demand for DDR4 RAM modules caused by the recent launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs is also adding to the appreciation process.
Samsung starts producing 12 Gb LPDDR5 memory for premium handhelds
The LPDDR5 standard was supposed to hit the markets in 2020, but it looks like Samsung rushed the mass production schedule in order to consolidate its premium handheld offering and promote the adoption of 5G and AI tech for future smartphones. By the end of this month, Samsung also plans to begin mass production for 12 GB LPDDR5 chips with eight 12 Gb modules.
New Linux driver leak suggests AMD Arcturus will be a Vega-based professional GPU
Everybody was expecting Arcturus to be the high-end version of Navi and a true competitor for Nvidia's RTX 2080 / Ti gaming GPUs, but the latest Linux AMDGPU shader compiler code update suggests that Arcturus is more of a professional GPU in-line with Radeon Instinct. It will most likely be manufactured on the 7 nm EUV node from TSMC and could launch in early 2020.
Nubia teases Snapdragon 855 Plus upgrade for Red Magic 3
In response to the recently leaked Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, Nubia immediately teased an upgraded version of its top selling Red Magic 3 gaming phone. We could also see new versions for Xiaomi's Black Shark and the Razer Phone down the line, since the new Snapdragon 855 Plus is specifically designed for gaming phones.
Asus ROG Phone 2 Geekbench results reveal Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU performance
The Geekbench single and multi-core tests reveal minimal gains compared to the non-Plus Snapdragon 855, but the GPU performance is not taken into account, so for a true comparison between the two SoC versions we will most likely have to wait for AnTuTu tests.
Intel's next gen Atom CPUs may integrate L3 cache memory
The L3 memory integration was recently hinted by a series of 01.org test results checking for L3 cache hits/misses on an upcoming Snow Ridge ULV chip. Snow Ridge and Lakefield are both codenames for next gen Atom CPU families expected to launch in late 2019. These will integrate the new Foveros 3D packaging for hybrid architectures that combine desktop-grade cores with ULV ones.
Unihertz announces Titan rugged qwerty smartphone for BlackBerry fans
The Unihertz Titan is inspired by BlackBerry's Passport and combines the qwerty design with rugged features like IP67 dust / water resistance. It also includes a 4.5-inch 1:1 1,400 x 1,400 IPS display, selfie cam and rear main cam, face recognition, wireless charging and a hefty 6,000 mAh battery, plus fingerprint sensor.
Intel's Comet Lake-S CPUs will require new LGA 1200 sockets, launching early 2020
New leaked slides show that the Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs are scheduled to replace the current gen 9 Coffee Lake-R models in early 2020. Intel will release a new 400-series chipset to support the upcoming CPUs that come with up to 10 cores / 20 threads and TDPs of up to 125 W. Unfortunately these will not be compatible with current motherboards, as the slides reveal the necessity of a new LGA 1200 socket.
Leak reveals Galaxy Note 10 launch prices
The Galaxy Note 10 is rumored to come in regular and Pro / Plus flavors, each with several storage options and 5G or non-5G variants. Leaked launch prices coming from German distributors reveal that the 256 GB version of the regular Note 10 may cost around US$1,150, while the Note 10 Pro 256 GB version could go for US$1,300. The 5G variants will cost even more.
MediaTek announces i700 SoC for A.I. IoT applications
Thanks to its dual-NPU design, the i700 SoC provides 5X increased A.I. acceleration when compared to the already available i500 chip. It also features eight ARM Cortex cores, a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU and supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x-1866 RAM. The chip is targeted at smart IoT devices, fitness and entertainment devices that enable AR experiences and warehouse autonomous vehicles.
Nintendo announces Switch Lite handheld console with updated Nvidia Tegra SoC
In order to make the new Switch Lite more portable, Nintendo reduced the screen size to 5.5-inch. Still, the new version comes with an updated Tegra SoC which improves battery life, and it also includes a directional gamepad. The Switch Lite is expected to begin shipping September 20 for US$199.99.
Leaked Samsung flagship Galaxy Tab S6 pictures show rear dual-cam setup
The leaked boot screen picture coming from SamMobile suggests that Samsung will be skipping the S5 denomination and go straight to S6. Additional unboxing pictures show that the Galaxy Tab S6 is the first Samsung tablet to feature a rear dual-cam setup and it looks like the Stylus is getting a groove with magnetic recharger.
IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into smartphone and tablet
The smartwatch features 8 display segments, 7 of which are stacked inside the case underneath the main display. Users can transform the smartwatch into a smartphone that utilizes 4 display segments, or a tablet that utilizes all 8 segments.
HP announces ProDesk mini PCs with Intel gen 9 CPUs
The ProDesk 400 G5 and 600 G5 Desktop Mini PCs can be equipped with Intel's gen 9 CPUs up to i9-9900T coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 (32 GB max for the 600 G5 model) and a SATA SDD / HDD + NVMe SSD storage combo. The chassis size allows these models to be easily mounted on monitor backs.
MobilePixels announces dual and triple laptop display setups
With the upcoming TRIO from MobilePixels, laptop users will soon be able to benefit from multi-screen setups, just like desktop users. Besides the obvious advantage offered in games, a dual or triple-screen setup can also improve productivity and multitasking. The TRIO module attaches via magnets on the back of the main laptop screen and only needs USB cables.
ASRock launches its smallest Ryzen mini PC yet
The new 4x4 BOX-R1000 is basically the active cooling version of the iBOX-R1000 model launched in April 2019. It comes with a smaller chassis, but the specs are almost the same, except for the supported RAM that has been downgraded from DDR4-3200 to DDR4-2400. Users ca still opt for the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1505G / R1606G dual-core / quad-thread CPUs with Vega 3 iGPUs.
AMD announces affordable Radeon Pro WX3200 professional GPU
The new entry-level card will be replacing the WX3100 launched 2 years ago. It comes with the same low-profile, single slot design and a 50 W TDP, but the updated 14 nm Polaris core coupled with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM is able to crunch 104 GFLOPs in double precision workloads. It also features four DisplayPort 1.4 connectors which enables support for quad 4K monitor setups.
Alleged Huawei Mate 30 render reveals circular rear quad-camera setup
As with all previous Mate flagships, lenses are provided by Leica, and it looks like the main camera will also feature 5X optical zoom. The high-resolution render also reveals Leica Vario-Summilux-H 1:1.6-3.4/16-125mm ASPH specs and the return of the emerald green color option. No sign of fingerprint sensor on the back, so an in-display implementation looks to be the case.
Samsung believes smartphones will become obsolete in 5 years
Foldable phones may soon make way to an entire ecosystem of interconnected smart devices that integrate flexible displays, 5G and A.I. Samsung Display is already working to integrate flexible displays in transparent walls, vehicles, clothing and even kitchenware, and envisions a world where most objects we utilize daily are interconnected.
India is ready to test its own line of RISC-V desktop CPUs
India now joins China and the European Union in the race to break away from U.S. hardware reliance. Developed since early 2016, the Shakti CPU family based on the open-source RISC-V microarchitecture offers multiple classes of chips designed for specific markets like embedded / IoT, mobile, HTPC and workstation / server, promising performance similar to existing Intel, AMD and ARM chips.
New Microsoft folding Windows device patent reveals elegant hinge solution
Microsoft is sure taking its time with the announcement of its rumored foldable Surface devices, but the company may have a good reason for this. The latest USPTO patent detailing an improved hinge system for foldable devices points to the fact that Microsoft does not want to release foldable devices with half-backed folding mechanisms similar to those plaguing the initial Samsung Galaxy Fold wave.
EVGA Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra specs leaked on Amazon
The two leaked cards are part of EVGA's XC-series that comes with improved cooling systems with dual HDB fans, extra heatsinks, metal backplates and RGB lighting. While the RTX 2070 SUPER model features higher boosts clocks, the RTX 2060 SUPER card gets a clock downgrade due to it having more cores and faster GDDR6 memory than the original version.
Samsung may launch an outward-foldable phone this September, before Huawei's Mate X release
Samsung still has not announced an exact date for the Galaxy Fold re-launch, yet the Korean giant is rumored to launch a new outward-folding model this fall, right before the release of Huawei's Mate X. Moreover, Samsung has more foldable devices scheduled throughout 2020, including a clamshell phone that folds vertically.
DisplayPort 2.0 standard announced
The latest iteration of the DisplayPort standard will allow for 80 Gbps bandwidths that enable support for 8K, 10K and even compressed 16K resolutions. DisplayPort 2.0 will also introduce new USB-C cables based on the Thunderbolt 3 standard, and is expected to pe integrated in commercial products starting 2H 2020.
ASRock leaks full 12 nm AMD Ryzen / PRO and Athlon Picasso APU roster
Eight new models were leaked by ASRock, including new Ryzen / PRO and Athlon APUs from the G and GE-series. These feature the Zen+ 12 nm architecture from last year's Ryzen 2000-series, and come with the same Vega iGPUs and TDPs. All new models feature the same core count as the Raven Ridge predecessors, but get a small 100 MHz boost for the base clocks.
Find X 2 confirmed by OPPO VP, scheduled for 2020 release
OPPO VP Shen Yiren recently confirmed that there will be a Find X 2, but it will only be launched in 2020. The company is looking to add more innovative technologies to the upcoming flagship, so we can expect a dual-in-display selfie cam setup, plus quad or pent-cam setups with 10X optical zoom on the back, and maybe even wireless charging.
Diablo 4 could be released in 2020
With the recent restructuring changes occurring at Blizzard, a possible 2020 launch for Diablo 4 might signal some negative aspects. While Blizzard has already assured its fans that it will focus more on its franchises, the company could give in to the bad practices that somehow became standard for many rushed launches from the past few years.
Chinese CPU maker Zhaoxin manages to match Intel's Core i5-7400 with the KX-6000 octa-core
The performance of the 16 nm KX-6000 octa-core CPU might not impress too much, as it only manages to be as fast as Intel's 14 nm i5-7400 quad-core model launched in early 2017, but this is no mere feat for the Chinese industry, especially now when the country is looking to be less and less reliant on the U.S.
AMD's Ryzen 7 3800X ~5% faster than Intel's i9-9900K in latest leaked Geekbench tests
The Ryzen 7 3800X supports DDR4 RAM clocked at up to 3.2 GHz, but the Geekbench tests were conducted using only DDR4-2133 RAM. Even so, the AMD chip proves ~5% faster in multi-core tests compared to the Intel i9-9900K coupled with the same DDR4. The AMD chip is also expected to cost almost US$100 less.
Patent reveals Huawei Mate X II foldable already in the works
The direct successor of the Mate X appears to take a few cues from the galaxy Fold, but the overall design remains consistent with the original one. Instead of an outwards-folding single display, the mate X II features a full-size separate front display and an inwards-folding larger display on the back, with an updated metal casing and rubberized protection for the hinge.
Vivo teases IQOO Neo powered by Snapdragon 845, partial spec sheet leaked on TENAA
Vivo's own teasers for the IQOO Neo and TENAA's partial spec sheet are pointing to an affordable sub-premium model. Powered by last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC, the IQOO Neo is expected to get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, a 6.38-inch teardrop-notched display, rear triple-cam setup, in-display fingerprint sensor and a 4,420 mAh battery.
Intel and Qualcomm want the Huawei bans lifted
The Huawei bans prove to be source of concern for industry giants like Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx, as profit predictions signal significant losses. In order to mitigate such dire consequences, these companies reportedly pressed the U.S. government to lift the restrictions imposed on Huawei.
Report warns laptop prices could increase 19% due to Trump's tariffs
Trump initially postponed the second wave of tariffs in hopes for an eventual agreement with the Chinese government, then snapped back with 15% increased tariffs and the Huawei ban shortly after, yet China does not seem to be moved. The increased tariffs are now estimated to impact U.S. laptop and tablet sales with 19% raised prices.
AMD 32-core / 64-thread EPYC 7452 7 nm CPU spotted in benchmarks, 2X faster than similarly-priced Intel chips
OpenBenchmarking briefly leaked a set of tests that proves the superiority of AMD's EPYC 7 nm CPUs over Intel's current Xeon Gold models. The comparison may seem unfair since the AMD CPU comes with 32 cores and the Intel one only has 20 cores, but the price point is said to be the same.
Huawei patents double-folding phone concept
The successor of the already postponed Mate X could come with a larger screen that folds on each side. Huawei's new patent also reveals sturdier hinges with a more elegant look, multiple modes including desk-stand, laptop and tablet, and an in-display camera.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G confirmed to be powered by the 7 nm Exynos 9825 SoC
XDA dev Max Weinbach spotted the Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G model powered by the 7 nm Exynos 9825 SoC in Samsung's internal benchmark listings. Not much is known about the upcoming Exynos 9825 chip, except for the fact that it is built on the 7 nm EUV node that will also be used for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC and Nvidia's Ampere GPUs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) budget tablet launching soon
The upcoming Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) looks to be Samsung's answer for Amazon's budget-friendly Fire tablets. The 8-inch display comes with ticker bezels, 1280 x 800 resolution, and a selfie cam at the top, while the internal specs include a Snapdragon 429 SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. This model will have LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but it will be missing NFC and fingerprint scanning.
Huawei to launch new Windows-on-ARM laptops in the U.S., despite bans
Even if Huawei's CEO of consumer division himself confirmed the MateBook X launch is going to be postponed amid the U.S. - China trade wars and an earlier report was warning that Huawei could stop producing laptops altogether, the Chinese media is now claiming all the alarming reports are blowing things out of proportions, since Huawei is still ready to launch new Windows-on-ARM laptops in July.
Apple considering acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business
According to a new report from The Information, Apple has been considering the acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business for almost 2 months now, but Intel has not yet provided a clear valuation for its wireless asset portfolio. This would be Apple's most expensive acquisition, which will enable it to manufacture its own mobile modems in 3-4 years.
TSMC ready to begin research for 2 nm nodes
The race for miniaturization continues, as TSMC is first to announce R&D for the 2 nm node, which will be built in the 3 nm facility from Hsinchu, Taiwan. TSMC plans to complete the 3 nm facility by 2021 and begin 3 nm mass production in 2022, so the 2 nm node is expected to become operational around 2024.
Nvidia's SUPER lineup will include new RTX 2080 Ti and 2070 Ti GPUs
Fresh WCCFTech insider info reveals that the SUPER lineup is not a mere refresh for the existing RTX GPUs. There will be new Ti versions with completely new unlocked chips featuring more CUDA cores and faster GDDR6 memory launching later this summer, while the non-Ti SUPER versions are supposed to launch in late June, leading to considerable price cuts for the current RTX cards.
Sony working on a hexa-cam Xperia handheld
Rumored to get no less than six cameras on the back and a dual selfie cam setup, the upcoming Xperia high-end handheld should be among the first smartphones to break the 100 MP combined count. This powerful imaging array is most likely going to be powered by Qualcomm's next gen Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Huawei Nova 5 launching June 21
The Nova 5 sub-premium smartphone is now confirmed to launch on June 21, but rumor has it that the Nova 5i premium mid-range model is also slated to launch around the same date. Specs leaked on TENAA for the Nova 5i include a Kirin 710 SoC, 6 or 8 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of storage, a 6.4-inch display with 2,30 x 1080 resolution, rear quad-camera setup with 24 MP + 8 MP +2 MP + 2MP sensors, and a 3,900 mAh battery.
Facebook could be launching its own cryptocurrency in late June
Facebook is preparing to launch its own digital currency named GlobalCoin, which will enable almost 2 billion users to make fast payments for the items sold through Facebook Marketplace. GlobalCoin will be fully integrated with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and Facebook also intends to implement physical ATM machines to exchange fiat in person.
Acer updates Swift 5 ultrabook with Ice Lake CPUs and compact chassis
One of the first ultrabooks to get the Project Athena certification from Acer would be an updated Swift 5, even though Intel did not mention anything about this model at Computex. According to Notebook Italia, the updated Swift 5 will feature a 14.1-inch display with narrow bezels, a 2.2 lbs chassis, an Intel Ice Lake-U 15 W CPU, up to 16 GB RAM, NVMe SSD storage and a GeForce MX250 dGPU option.
PlayStation CEO reveals PS5 support for 4K @120 Hz, SSD storage and cross-generation play
Since Sony is not going to present anything at E3 2019, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan went ahead and revealed a few more PlayStation 5 features to hype up the fans until the official announcement scheduled later this summer. The rumored custom SSD is now confirmed to be the default storage option, while the 7 nm AMD hardware will offer support for 4K @120 Hz, and there will also be a "cross-generational play" feature.
Nvidia's next gen Ampere GPUs to get 7 nm Samsung treatment, slated for 2020
Ampere was initially rumored to launch as the RTX 2000-series in early 2018, but sources now confirm that this new architecture will be featured in Nvidia's 2020 GPUs. No details regarding differences between Turing and Ampere for now. Interestingly enough, the Ampere GPUs will be manufactured by Samsung on the 7 nm EUV node, as TSMCs 7 nm foundries appear to have been overbooked by Apple and AMD.
Samsung already researching a future 6G standard
5G is not exactly fully operational, but this does not stop Samsung to prepare for the next generation of cellular networks. In order to start the research for a 6G standard blueprint, Samsung expanded its former 5G research team, creating the new Advanced Communications Research Center in southern Seoul.
Qualcomm eyes budget Windows 10 laptops with Snapdragon 7cx SoC
With the introduction of the Snapdragon 7cx, Qualcomm intends to offer a solid alternative for Intel's Core i3 Whiskey Lake CPUs, targeting budget laptops in the US$300-800 range. The new SoC would also offer doubled power efficiency thanks to its 7 nm fabrication process, which would translate into up to 15-20 hours of battery life.
ECS showcases Liva Z3 Plus mini PC with Intel Comet Lake CPUs
Not much is known about the upcoming Comet Lake CPUs from Intel. Leaked benchmarks point out that these models are to replace the existing Whiskey Lake chips, and will still use the 14 nm manufacturing process. ECS confirmed that the Liva Z3 Plus will be available in 2020 with support for Amazon Alexa.
Samsung unveils new Notebook 7 / Force laptops
The latest Notebook 7 slim laptops from Samsung should go head to head with Huawei's MateBook models as value-oriented alternatives for Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface. The Notebook 7 lineup features configurations with gen 8 Intel CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to GeForce MX250 and GTX 1650 GPUs and thin bezel 1080p displays.
Intel showcases "Twin River" dual-screen laptop prototype encased in fabric
In order to make laptop models as light as possible, Intel is trying its hand at fabric cases as seen on the "Twin River" prototype showcased at Computex this year. The fabric case is made of polyester, polyamide plus lycra, and it integrates a dual-display setup with 1080p touchscreens that can be used as a book / notepad or regular laptop mode with one screen acting as a touch keyboard.
Aorus announces NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSDs with 5 GB/s read speeds
The PCIe 4.0 standard support combined with the Phison PS5016-E16 controller and Toshiba's BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND memory chips allow the Aorus NVMe PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSDs to reach sequential read and write speeds of 5 GB/s and 4.4 GB/s, respectively. These models come in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities and feature a dual-sided copper heatsink that lowers temperatures by 14%.
Microsoft reveals plans for future Modern Windows OS
In a recent Computex keynote, Microsoft presented its vision for a future Windows version that would include features like seamless updates, increased security, always-connected state via 5G, sustained performance, expanded cloud connectivity, A.I. integration, more form factors (including foldable devices), plus controls via pen, touch and eye tracking.
Huawei applies for ARK OS trademark
Huawei currently has until August to figure out a replacement for Google's Android OS, provided the U.S. and China do not reach any trade agreements that negate the Huawei ban. This prompted Huawei to immediately ramp up efforts towards releasing a proprietary OS, which appears to be named ARK, according to a recent EUIPO patent filing.
AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU beats Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE in Cinebench
The rumored 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU was tested behind-the-scenes at Computex by a group of overclockers, who managed to push the processor to 4.25 GHz on water cooling. Thus, the 16-core CPU that is rumored to cost around US$800 managed to score slightly higher than Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE priced at US$2,000.
Asus quietly refreshes ZenBook Flip 14 convertible with AMD CPUs
Instead of being announced at Computex, the new ZenBook 14 Flip powered by AMD's Ryzen 5 3500U only made a discrete appearance on Amazon France. Besides the AMD CPU that is integrating a Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU, the refreshed model comes with a thin bezel touchscreen and a smaller battery that makes it lighter than the Intel-powered versions.
Bitcoin can now be used to pay AT&T phone bills
In an effort to improve and expand services for its clients, AT&T is now offering the possibility of using Bitcoin to pay for monthly bills. AT&T is collaborating with BitPay, as many of its clients are already suing this payment processor. The Bitcoin payments do not apply to handset purchases and are only available online, not in storefronts.
Intel's NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs announced with Radeon GPUs and Whiskey Lake CPUs
Due to their small footprint, the new Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs have a limited number of upgradeable components. These models integrate Intel's 15 W i7-8565U and i5-8265U quad-core CPUs, but the 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM and the Radeon RX 540X GPU are soldered. There are variants with Intel Optane Memory, SSD + HDD storage combos, plus kits that come without any storage or OS.
Researcher reveals new zero-day Windows 10 vulnerabilities
Controversial security researcher SandboxEscaper revealed three zero-day exploits that are still not patched in the latest May update for Windows 10. The researcher details how attackers can gain complete access of a Windows 10 system through flaws in the Windows Error Reporting service, the Windows Task Scheduler and Internet Explorer 11, and promised to unveil two more exploits soon.
Qualcomm found violating antitrust laws in Californian court
Californian U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh ruled in favor of FTC, which charged Qualcomm with antitrust violations involving complete disregard of FRAND practices, forced use of proprietary modems over competing ones, and slowed adoption of competing telecommunications technologies. Qualcomm immediately appealed, but if the higher court decides another hearing is not necessary, companies like Samsung, MediaTek and Huawei could provide competitively priced alternatives.
LG X6 specs leaked on Android Enterprise Catalog, possible Geekbench spotting
LG is apparently looking to refresh its entry-level X-series with the X6 handheld that looks very similar to the unreleased Q60. The only confirmed specs include a 6.3-inch display with a teardrop notch, 64 GB storage, at least 3 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner (on the back most likely) and the out-of-the-box Android 9.0 OS. Geekbench reveals that the X6 could be powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC and may come with 4 GB of RAM.
Vivo Z5X mid-range handheld launching May 24
The latest mid-range handheld from Vivo is expected to integrate a 6.53-inch display plus a hefty 5,000 mAh battery. Press images also reveal a punch-hole selfie cam and a triple-cam setup as well as a fingerprint sensor on the back. The JD.com listing does not mention the exact SoC, but there will be 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage, 6 GB / 64 GB, 6 GB / 128 GB and 8 GB / 128 GB versions.
Intel is once again the leading semiconductor maker
Intel used to be the biggest semiconductor maker up until 2017, when Samsung began ramping up the DRAM and NAND memory chip production. Now that memory chip demand is bottoming out and Intel is almost out of the woods with the CPU shortages, Samsung drops to second position again, but things could change by Q4 2019 when the DDR5 memory standard is expected to hit the market.
Leaked Moto Razr 2019 video shows detailed folding mechanism
The renders in the video are based on the marketing shots detailing the contents of the Moto Razr 2019 package leaked a few weeks ago. Additionally we get a closer look at the hinge system that uses dual gears to smooth out the screen fold, plus previews of possible red, black and blue color variants.
Meizu 16Xs renders leaked on TENAA
TENAA already added the front and rear renders for the 16Xs, but the specs are not yet in the database. Still word on the street is that the handheld will be powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage, and it will come with a notch-less display plus a triple-cam setup on the back.
Samsung's improvements for the Galaxy Fold already being tested by Korean carriers
Fixes for the Galaxy Fold models that should be launched in June include reduced top and bottom hinge gaps, as well as an improved version of the screen protective film that has its ends tucked into the edges of the case. Samsung is currently testing the improved models with Korean carriers and will soon announce an exact release date.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 impressive AnTuTu scores leaked
Redmi K20 looks to be 25% faster than a Galaxy S10 model, even though they are both powered by the same Snapdragon 855 SoC. Rumor has it that a Pro version with more RAM and a bigger screen is also in the works. Furthermore, Redmi plans to launch the K20 model with a limited edition phone case featuring the "Big Devil" mascot.
Budget Samsung Galaxy phones to get crypto features
Following the successful introduction of cryptocurrency features for this year's Galaxy S10 handhelds, Samsung now plans to add blockchain-related services to budget and mid-range models, as well. Besides crypto wallets and digital signage apps, Samsung may also add digital identity verification tools in upcoming Galaxy models.
Trump gets closer to banning Huawei from U.S. territories
Huawei was supposed to be banned from U.S. territories in late 2018, but the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China delayed the process a few times. Now that both countries are exchanging blows with increased trade tariffs, president Trump could finally pull the trigger on the Huawei ban. Meanwhile some allied nations are still willing to work with Huawei for 5G network implementation, and the U.S. is not happy.
Fujitsu introduces Lifebook U939X ultralight business class convertible
This 13.3-inch business convertible is among the lightest in its class, with a 0.67-inch profile and 2.2 lbs weight. CPU options include Intel's Core i5-8265U, i5-8365U and i7-8665U Whiskey Lake CPUs, and users may add up to 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133. For storage, users can opt to combine SATA 3 SSDs with NVMe models for up to 1.5 TB. Noteworthy here is the inclusion of a Thunderbolt 3 connector.
Nvidia sued over semiconductor patent infringements
Xperi claims that Nvidia has been using 5 of its patents related to voltage circuitry and semiconductor manufacturing technologies in some of its GPUs and processors without acquiring licenses. Three of these patents have already been litigated with Broadcom and Samsung, therefore Xperi clearly has a strong case.
Sharp presents double-notched Aquos R3 flagship
If you are not a fan of smartphone notches, you most likely will not like the Aquos R3, but the model certainly has some redeeming specs like the 6.2-inch IGZO IPS display with 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 certification or the dedicated 20 MP video recording camera on the back. It also sports the Snapdragon 855 SoC like a true flagship, but the 3,200 mAh battery might not be a great choice in this case.
16-core AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU specs leaked
The leaked specs come from reliable source Tum Apisak on Twitter, who managed to intercept a 16-core engineering sample that is usually offered by AMD to motherboard makers for design purposes. With 3.3 GHz default clocks and boost clocks reaching 4.5 GHz, the unnamed chip may turn up to be the Ryzen 9 3800X model leaked in late 2018 by AdoredTV.
Bitcoin miner maker Bitmain cuts own mining hash power by 88%
It is unclear what caused the drastic drop in hash power, but several hypotheses stipulate that Bitmain may have reallocated more hash power towards AI-driven activities, or the company may have rented out most of its hash power to other companies. Furthermore, Bitmain may have moved most of its miners abroad and does not currently count this "exported" hash power as its own so it would not be affected by the imminent Chinese ban on crypto mining activities.
OPPO K3 specs get leaked
Compared to the K1, the upcoming OPPO K3 gets some upgrades, but some downgrades, as well. The upgrades include a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with no notch, a pop-up selfie cam, bigger 3,700 mAh battery, and up to 8 GB of RAM plus 128 GB storage, while the downgrades consist of a slightly slower Snapdragon 710 SoC and a 16 MP sensor for the selfie cam.
Trump increases tariffs for China, AMD and Nvidia could be in trouble
Tensions between the U.S. and China are higher than ever, as president Trump increased the Chinese tariffs from 10% to 25% without any warning. China is still willing to continue the negotiations, but AMD and Nvidia investors fear that negotiations could fail and the companies may eventually be locked out of the Chinese market.
Apex Legends is coming to mobiles
EA's latest quarterly earnings report shows a slight growth slowdown for Apex Legends in the last month, so the company is now planning to release a version for the mobile platforms and expand the Origin marketplace in the SEA region. A switch version could also be released at some point, but the port is said to be problematic.
Unhackable Morpheus CPU architecture announced by University of Michigan
The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities proved that most of the CPUs made by Intel and AMD in the past 10 years are susceptible to code-based attacks and the current security model of bugs and patches needs to change at a fundamental level. Researchers at the University of Michigan might have the solution with the Morpheus CPU security architecture that renders processors virtually invulnerable even to the fastest electronic hacking techniques.
AMD and Cray are building world's fastest exascale supercomputer
More than 7 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer, Frontier will probably end up even faster than Intel's Aurora exascale supercomputer scheduled to go operational around the same time frame. Frontier will combine the power of the current top 160 fastest supercomputers in the world and will help scientists forecast global warming patterns, engineer better pharmaceuticals and run extensive cosmological simulations.
Samsung Galaxy M40 pops up in GeekBench tests
The upcoming M40 could be released by June, seeing how fast Samsung launches all the M-series models these days. There's no denying that the new model is faster than the previous ones as it comes powered by the Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM. Design-wise, there might not be notable differences compared to the M30 model, but rumors suggest a larger screen.
Lenovo ThinkBook S spotted in China, could hit Europe in late May
The new ThinkBook S models may replace the 13 and 14-inch Ideapad S-series models, at least in China. They appear to have updated designs with improved metal chassis, slim lateral bezels and displays that can unfold flat on the table, while the specs include Intel Core i7-8565U CPUs, up to 16 HB RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSDs. The more expensive variants may integrate discrete AMD Radeon 540X GPUs.
Upcoming Lenovo mid-range handheld leaked on TENAA
Details regarding the SoC and rear cam setup are still unclear, but everything else is pointing at a solid mid-range handheld with up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage, a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS screen, 8 MP selfie cam in a teardrop notch, circular fingerprint sensor on the back, plus a 3,930 mAh quick charging battery.
Future of Microsoft Store uncertain with UWP dead in the water
The Universal Windows Platform created for the Microsoft Store apps could soon be ditched, as Microsoft already discontinued support for its Windows Phone devices. App developers are reluctant to create programs for his platform, since it is much easier to program apps for Android, iOS and even Windows through regular win32 code. Microsoft may completely remove the apps and keep only the games, music and video section.
OnePlus 7 Pro 12 GB RAM variant spotted in GeekBench tests
Even though the OnePlus 7 Pro 12 GB RAM version has similar hardware specs compared to Samsung's Galaxy S10+ model, the GeekBench scores appear to slightly favor the Chinese smartphone. It should be noted that the high-end OnePlus 7 Pro version with 12 GB RAM will cost almost 50% less and it also comes with a better display.
Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service inches closer to public testing
Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced that Project xCloud has already entered the "take Home" stage, so more Xbox employees can test the game streaming service. Public testing for this service should become available some time after E3 this year. The service is similar to Google's Stadia, but Microsoft claims it will have a larger game portfolio.
Samsung may launch its PlayGalaxy Link mobile gaming service together with a gaming smartphone
Apple already announced its Apple Arcade gaming service, and Samsung clearly does not want to miss on this big opportunity, as the gaming industry is enticed by streaming services like the Google Stadia. Samsung's upcoming PlayGalaxy Link service should be announced soon, and rumor has it that the Korean giant could also launch a gaming smartphone along with it.
NAND memory oversupply prompts chip makers to significantly cut production
NVMe SSD and mobile storage prices are at an all-time low due to NAND memory oversupplies, and, even though this greatly benefits end users, chip makers are concerned about a possible market crash. In order to avoid such complications, Intel, Micron, SK Hynix, and possibly even Samsung are looking to reduce legacy node production and overall wafer output.
OPPO sneaks in the A9 mid-range handheld
The A9 was added to OPPO's store without an official announcement, and the store page does not even reveal the full specs. OPPO most likely used the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC to power the A9 and added 6 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of storage. Also included are a large 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS screen and a 4,020 mAh battery, together with a 16 MP selfie cam and a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-cam on the back.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G to start shipping on May 7
While ZTE is still recouping from last year's bans, the company is certainly not holding back when it comes to 5G tech, as the company is ready to launch its first 5G-comaptible handheld in a few weeks. The Axon 10 Pro integrates Qualcomm's X50 5G modem and the Snapdragon 855 SoC, which can be couple with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Kojima predicts how 5G and Google Stadia will transform the entertainment industry
The creator of the Metal Gear franchise envisions a future where streamers could directly interact with their viewers in new types of games, thanks to increased Internet speeds and more stable cloud gaming services. Advanced AI developments will also play an important role not only in games, but in movies as well. AI may also help consumers choose movies and games according to preset preferences.
Xiaomi announces Redmi Y3 mid-range handheld for selfie fans
Specifically designed for selfie fans, the new Redmi Y3 from Xiaomi comes with a 32 MP frontal cam that offers AI enhancements for low-light pictures, portrait enhancements, and also provides a face unlock feature. The handheld is powered by the Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with either 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage. There is a bright 6.26-inch display with 720p resolution and a generous 4,000 mAh battery, as well.
Huawei's foldable Mate X most likely to launch before Samsung's postponed Galaxy Fold
Huawei recently confirmed that the Mate X launch is still scheduled for June and the Chinese company could become the first ever to release a foldable smartphone. Samsung still has no ETA for the Galaxy Fold after it delayed the launch, meaning that Huawei has a fair chance to pull ahead by delivering a more affordable and overall sturdier design.
OnePlus 7 gets another round of alleged leaked specs
Max J. went ahead and leaked most of the specs for the upcoming OnePlus 7 series in a Twitter post. The "revolutionary" 6.7-inch 90 Hz screen with 3,120 x 1,440 will only be featured on the Pro / 5G versions, as the regular version gets a 6.4-inch screen with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. The Pro will also get rear triple cam setups and 4,000 mAh battery, while the regular one features only two rear cams and a 3,700 mAh battery.
Impressive iPhone Z foldable concept estimated to cost US$3,260
Apple is not ready to make the jump to foldable designs for the time being, but luxury modification company Caviar from Russia might be able to inspire the Californian giant with its impressive iPhone Z concept. The Z-shaped folding pattern allows for quite a few interesting uses, including a laptop mode, a selfie mode, and a screen mode.
ASRock presents iBOX-R1000 mini PC with AMD Ryzen embedded CPUs
The iBOX-R1000 from ASRock is the first mini PC to integrate the new Ryzen R1606G / R1505G embedded dual-core CPUs with Vega 3 iGPUs. It comes with up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and supports one 2.5-inch SATA SSD / HDD. This mini PC is designed for digital signage, arcade gaming and gambling, kiosks, IoT gateways and thin client terminals.
Entroware launches desktop-grade Helios laptop lineup with Ubuntu Linux
The newly-introduced Helios lineup can easily replace a high-end desktop, as it comes with desktop-grade components like Intel's Core i5-9600K / i7-9700K / i9-9900K CPUs coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 12 TB of storage, plus RTX 2060 / RTX 2070 / RTX 2080 GPUs. The chassis is clearly bulkier and the laptops come with 330 W power adapters.
TSMC to introduce intermediary 6 nm EUV-based node
The 6 nm node is scheduled to enter risk production in Q1 2020, almost 1 year after the 5 nm risk production, so the first 6 nm chips will probably ship in mid-2020. The only major benefit brought by the new node is the 18% transistor density increase over the original (non-EUV) 7 nm node and performance will see negligible gains since this is not a full node shrink.
Vivo Y17 gets leaked specs and renders
The latest leaked specs present the Vivo Y17 as a lower-end mid-range model powered by the new MediaTek Helio P35 Soc coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. It also comes with a big 6.35-inch IPS screen that has 1154 x 720 resolution and a teardrop notch with a 20 MP selfie cam. It does get a triple-cam setup on the back, but the MP count is modest, and it features a very generous 5,000 mAh battery, as well.
Apple and Qualcomm end hostilities with 5G deal, force Intel to exit mobile 5G modem business
Surprisingly enough, Apple not only decided to drop all charges regarding Qualcomm's unfair patent licensing practices, but the Cupertino company agreed to pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum, as well. The unexpected settlement comes with additional agreements that make Qualcomm the only 5G modem supplier for the 2020 iPhone models, which immediately prompted Intel to announce its exit from the mobile 5G modem business.
Meizu 16s back with more impressive benchmarks on AnTuTu
Meizu software engineers are hard at work tweaking on the latest Flyme 7 Android-based OS in order to push the upcoming Meizu 16s performance to its limits. The latest batch of benchmark results revealed by Meizu system engineer Hong Hansheng are all above 370,000 points, and it looks like there is still room for improvement.
One-Notebook announces One Mix 2S Yoga Platinum 7-inch handheld convertible
One-Notebook's unique pocket-size convertible lineup is getting updated with the OneMix 2S Platinum edition, which pack a faster Intel Core i7-8500Y CPU coupled with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. The new device has a QWERTY keyboard with fingerprint scanner for increased proficiency, plus a rotating touchscreen that allows users to switch to tablet mode.
Snapdragon 855 successor may get LPDDR5 support and optional integrated 5G modem
Codenamed "Kona," Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 successor will allegedly come with LPDDR5 support. Qualcomm hinted at an integrated 5G modem earlier this year, but the latest internal development boards suggest there could be a SoC version without an integrated 5G modem. If it releases later this year, the upcoming flagship SoC is probably going to be manufactured using the 7 nm EUV lithography.
Updated Acer Spin 3 convertible to launch this June
The upgrades for the new Spin 3 14-inch convertibles include an almost complete Intel Whiskey Lake CPU lineup ranging from the Pentium Gold 5405U to the Core i7-8565U, plus discrete graphics solutions up to the new GeForce MX230 GPUs. Standard RAM capacity is 8 GB, but users can add up to 24 GB, and the new notebooks come with up to 512 GB NVMe + up to 1 TB HDD storage combos.
Sony ups the ante with 16K MicroLED display
The 16K display is clearly not meant for consumers, as it measures 63 feet x 17 feet. It integrates Sony's latest MicroLEDs with Crystal LED technology, which are said to offer increased brightness over the existing OLEDs. Sony also managed to raise the pixel density over 55 ppi in order to offer increased immersion when viewers sit at least 10 feet away from the screen.
Nvidia launches ray tracing driver support for previous-gen Pascal GPUs
The latest GeForce Game Ready Driver from Nvidia enables a limited set of ray tracing features for the GTX 1000-series. Compared to the new RTX 2000 cards, the Pascal ones are clearly slower and Nvidia provides a set of graphs to reflect the performance gap. The green team also provides three tech demos where Pascal users can play around with the settings.
Honor 20i gets leaked official images
The first member of the Honor 20 lineup is scheduled to be launched on April 17. Huawei only teased the waterdrop notch with a 32 MP selfie cam, but, thanks to an early leak from VMall, we now get to see the mate 20i from almost every angle. Rumors have it that the Mate 20i is the China-exclusive version of the international Mate 20 Lite leaked a few days ago.
China ready to ban crypto mining
As the cryptocurrency market is slowly recovering from the drastic corrections that occurred in 2018, China is all set to outright ban all crypto mining activities due to lack of regulations and increasing energy requirements. Insider sources claim that China is most likely to "reboot" the crypto mining industry with strict regulations and oversight.
AMD stock sees significant jump, Intel put on the spot
2019 is already shaping up to be a good year for AMD. The 7 nm chips are currently manufactured by TSMC on the new EUV lithography, and the red team has considerably increased its chip orders, as the launch dates are looming. Intel, on the other hand, is faced with weakened investor confidence and could lose important market share in the mainstream CPU and server sectors.
Razer's laptops confirmed to be affected by critical vulnerability
Razer issued fixes for all the models launched from 2016 onward, but owners of the Blade and Blade Pro models released prior to 2016 will have to wait for a few more weeks to get the fixes. The vulnerability is identical to the early 2018 CVE-2018-251 backdoor that affected Apple's MacBooks, which were sold with the Manufacturing Mode still enabled.
Amazon's "Project Kuiper" to provide worldwide broadband connections via 3,236 new satellites
Amazon seems to be determined to enter the ISP business with an impressive fleet of 3,236 satellites, as the company is ready to file the necessary files to the FCC and correspondent regulators across the world. Currently codenamed "Project Kuiper," this endeavor is looking to provide broadband Internet connections to "unserved and underserved communities around the world."
TSMC initiates risk production for its 5 nm node, reveals performance details
Initially scheduled for mid-2019, risk production for the upcoming 5 nm manufacturing process was already initiated at the end of March. TSMC also finalized the 5 nm design infrastructure and it is currently testing this process through multiple silicon test vehicles. Improvements over the current 7 nm process include 1.8X increased logic density and a 15% performance boost.
DDR4 RAM prices continue to fall
TrendForce was predicting back in early 2019 that DDR4 RAM prices would see up to 35% cuts by Q2 2019, and this now appears to be indeed the case judging by the price trend data provided by CamelCamelCamel. These graphs also show that the DDR4 prices got halved compared to the peak prices of late 2017.
GPD to release WIN 2 Max handheld Windows gaming console this year
The WIN 2 Max is rumored to get a few improved specs, including a higher-resolution 1280 x 800 screen, a new AMD APU with integrated Radeon graphics that can be overclocked for improved performance or underclocked for extended battery life, and a keyboard with bigger keys. The model is expected to launch in late 2019.
Intel presents new 56-core Xeon Platinum server-grade CPUs
AMD is threatening to consolidate its position on the server market with the latest 7 nm EPYC 64-core CPUs, forcing Intel's hand to launch the Xeon Platinum 9200-series CPUs with up to 56 cores and 112 threads. These top-of-the-line chips feature a dual-die design wrapped in a BGA package, TDPs of up to 400 W, support for 1.5 TB of DDR4-2933 RAM and 4.5 TB Optane storage per chip, plus hardware-level fixes for the most Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities.
OPPO announces new A7n entry-level handheld
The A7n is the latest member of the entry-level lineup form OPPO. Most of the features like the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, the 4 GB of RAM, the 1520 x 720 resolution and the 13 MP + 2 MP rear dual-cam setup are clearly meant to fit a tight budget. However, OPPO also added a few mid-range features like a bigger 6.2-inch display, 64 GB of storage and a 4,230 mAh battery.
Intel's Kaby Lake G CPUs make an unexpected return in Acer's Aspire 7 notebooks
The Kaby Lake G CPUs with integrated AMD RX Vega graphics seemed to be exactly what budget gaming laptops needed, but the initial supply and the 14 nm CPU shortages lead to very limited support from laptop OEMs. Surprisingly enough, when no one seemed to be giving these CPUs a chance anymore, the Kaby Lake G processors are now expected to make a return in select Acer Aspire 7 notebooks.
Motorola Moto G8 gets leaked renders
The high-resolution renders of the alleged Moto G8 were provided by OnLeaks, who later on admitted that this model is most likely an updated P40 variant exclusive for the Chinese market. Apart from the rear triple-cam setup, which is said to feature 3 x 12 MP sensors, the display and case look very similar to the ones depicted in the previous One Vision renders.
Nvidia's Project R.O.N combines Alexa-like AI assistance with holograms
It might not be that surprising to learn that Nvidia is willing to enter the AI-powered smart home device market, since the company already has a division focused on self-driving car technologies. However, Project R.O.N. is also set to combine AI-powered assistance with some sort of holographic projection, and this combination could make Nvidia's device stand out from other solutions like Google's Home and Amazon Alexa.
OPPO Reno specs leaked on TENAA
OPPO's Reno sub-brand smartphones are expected to launch in a few weeks, and the models recently received the mandatory TENAA certification that also leaked most of the specs. Reno is set to feature high-end Snapdragon 855 SoC models, but TENAA reveals that there will be mid-range variants powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, as well. These will get only a dual-camera setup on the back, plus the 16 MP pop-up selfie cam, and a smaller 3,680 mAh battery.
Samsung's latest dual-foldable phone patent is very similar to Xiaomi's concept
The recently discovered patent shows outwards-folding sides akin to Xiaomi's own foldable concept. There are important differences, however. Each of the foldable side seems to feature a battery pack, and the screen has a reinforced rear mid-section. There are no ports, buttons, or cameras suggesting that the model could feature wireless charging, gesture controls, and in-display cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Plus 2019 with S-Pen rumored to launch in April
The 8-inch Galaxy Tab A is getting updated specs that include a mid-range Exynos 7885 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and the usual 4,200 mAh battery. The IPS touchscreen comes with 1920 x 1200 resolution and supports the latest S-Pen digitizer. The imagining setup only includes a 5 MP selfie cam and an 8 MP rear cam.
Microsoft spots critical flaw in Huawei's Matebook device manager driver
The backdoor-like vulnerability was discovered through the Windows Defender ATP kernel sensors back in January, but Microsoft did not alert the media. Instead, the company contacted Huawei directly and a patch was promptly released. Microsoft presumably did not want to add to the list of serious allegation currently targeting Huawei.
List of new Intel gen 9 Core CPUs with R0 stepping leaked by Gigabyte
Even though Intel warned that the 14 nm CPU shortage could continue until the end of the first half of 2019, the company appears to be ready to launch a new stepping for the gen 9 Core processors in just a few weeks. This information is confirmed by ASUS and Gigabyte, which already updated their BIOS for the 300-series motherboards. Gigabyte even leaked the full list of R0 CPUs.
Alleged OnePlus 7 renders and specs get leaked
OnePlus is among the latest smartphone makers to adopt the pop-up selfie cam design for its upcoming flagship model. The latest leaked renders also show the rear triple-cam setup and three gradient color options, while the rumored specs include a Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with up to 12 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage and a thin bezel 6.5-inch AMOLED display.
File Explorer to get Fluent Design revamp with Windows 10 April 2020 update
Microsoft plans to implement the new Fluent Design framework across the entire Windows 10 OS, and File Explorer appears to be the next part to get the new look. Apart from new transparent and reworked visuals, File Explorer will finally support tabbed windows and sets. This revamp is scheduled to be introduced with the 2020 major update.
Leaked Nvidia GTX 1650 benchmarks show performance similar to GTX 1050 Ti
Set to become the entry-level model of the Turing generation, the upcoming GTX 1650 appears to be almost as fast as the GTX 1050 Ti from the previous gen in the latest Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. This model is scheduled to launch in April for around US$179 with no RT or Tensor cores and only 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to be released in Q1 2020
15 years after the release of the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Paradox is finally announcing a sequel to the "cult" RPG game. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is set in modern-day Seattle, and the gameplay will include brutal first person melee fights, strong language, and hub-like levels with non-linear progression.
Compal shows innovative convertible laptop design
The new hinge system for convertible laptops was presented by Compal at this year's IF World Design Guide competition and it could soon be implemented in HP and Dell models. Thanks to a special locking mechanism, the touchscreen can be placed to the right of the keyboard, improving workflow for content creators that need access to keyboard shortcuts.
HP announces ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs with Ryzen Pro CPUs
As the 14 nm CPU shortage Intel is still in full effect, OEMs are now switching to AMD's solutions for select line of products. HP's newly announced ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs are a good example in this regard, since they pack AMD's Ryzen Pro 2000-series coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM, plus they integrate the Vega GPUs.
Motorola One Vision mid-range specs leaked
Motorola's One Vision smartphone appears to be the same as the previously leaked P40 model, which is intended for the Chinese market only. Surprisingly enough, Motorola chose to add a Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC and only 3/4 GB of RAM, with 32/64/128 GB storage options. The 6.2-display will get FHD+ resolution and a punch-hole selfie, while the rear dual cam setup will include a 48 MP sensor.
Hands-on Google Stadia testers report noticeable lag and mild image artifacts
While Google has the performance side of Stadia covered with a custom hyperthreading CPU plus and AMD GPU capable of delivering 10.7 TF of processing power, testers of the demo version pointed out that input lag is quite noticeable, and the image quality may be affected in dynamic scenes. Hopefully Google is taking notes and the final version releasing this summer will be better optimized.
Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming platform is ready for launch
Nvidia's own game streaming service is currently featuring more than 500 game titles, and users will be able to bring more games from platforms like Steam. Backed by new RTX blade servers with scalable RTX 2080 performance and blazing fast connections all across the world via the GeForce Now Alliance, Nvidia is aiming to provide the smoothest gaming experience for more than a billion systems that do not integrate gaming GPUs.
Vectordash looking to provide cloud gaming infrastructure through cryptomining GPUs
The game streaming infrastructure envisioned by Vectordash puts GPU-based cryptomining rigs to good use in order to bring a smooth gaming experience for computers that do not integrate dedicated gaming GPUs. The service will first be available only on the West Coast, but there are plans to expand support for the East Coast.
Qualcomm's mid-range and high-end SoCs already supporting the 64 MP and 100 MP cameras scheduled for late 2019
Qualcomm's Sr. Director of Product Management Judd Heape revealed that a few OEMs are already planning to release 64 MP and 100 MP cameras in some late-2019 smartphone models, and these will easily be handled by the company's existing mid-range and high-end SoCs. Additionally, Heape disclosed that the upcoming Snapdragon 865 coming later this year will support HDR10+ recording.
HP is expanding its 2018 battery recall program
Due to new customer complaints, HP is expanding its battery recall program with a 78,500 battery batch, and the affected models now include 2018 models such as ProBook 400 G4 and Pavilion x360 (11-inch), ZBook Studio G4, ProBook 430/440/450/455/470 G5, Envy 15 and Mobile Thin Client mt21/22/31.
Google's gaming console rumored to be presented at GDC
Since consoles can't keep up with the hardware developments, the future of gaming might involve streaming setups. Google already provides the best broadband infrastructure in the U.S., plus the company just finished the beta tests for its "Project Stream," and it also hired a few well-known gaming industry names, so all the signs are there.
Driver leak reveals Intel Comet Lake CPUs with up to 10 cores
Intel's latest updates for the Linux DRM kernel driver and coreboot reveal the upcoming Comet Lake CPUs that appear to be a 14 nm refresh of last year's Coffee Lake models. There will be ULV, mobile and desktop variants with up to 10 cores that are expected to be launched in mid-2019, before the anticipated 10 nm Ice Lake family.
Ulefone T3 with MediaTek Helio P90 SoC showcased
Even though the Ulefone T3 looks very similar to Samsung's S10, the Chinese model is aimed at the premium mid-range market, since it comes equipped with the Helio P90 SoC from MediaTek. It does come with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which is not that common for a mid-range handheld. Additionally, it gets the latest 48 MP camera together telephoto and depth lenses, plus a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PCs via Steam
Microsoft is bringing back Halo to PC after 12 years since the last ported title. The new Halo: Master Chief Collection will be released on the Windows 10 Store, as well as the Steam platform and will include all 6 FPS titles of the franchise. Microsoft is also adding PC-specific features like seamless mouse and keyboard controls with remappable key bindings, plus support for different FOVs, resolutions and aspect ratios.
Nvidia to discontinue support for 3D Vision in next GPU driver update
Since 3D glasses have mostly been replaced by VR headsets and TV makers already removed all 3D features from their products, Nvidia has decided that its 3D Vision tech is not cutting it anymore. The last driver to support this technology will be released with the GeForce Game Ready suite this April.
Samsung's patent for a clamshell foldable phone revealed
The Galaxy Fold has showed that Samsung is more interested in inwards-folding devices for now, but the company is clearly open to exploring the outwards-folding side, as shown by a recently unveiled clamshell phone patent. Additionally, it looks like Samsung already has an improved hinge that allows the two halves to flatten on the fold.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 specs leaked on TENAA
The entry-level lineup from Xiaomi will soon get mid-range features like a bigger 6.26-inch screen and a bigger 3,900 mAh battery for a considerably lower price. The Redmi 7 will most likely get the latest entry-level octa-core SoC from MediaTek and will feature three configurations: 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage, 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage, 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage. It will also get a dual-cam setup and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
USB 4.0 specs bring Thunderbolt 3 speeds to consumer devices
The USB Promoter Group has been collaborating with Intel in order to release the USB 4.0 standard based on the USB-C interface with Thunderbolt 3 support. The new USB ports will enable data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps and will provide support for multiple data and display protocols, as well as advanced power delivery features for fast charging devices.
Realme 3 Pro flagship teased on Twitter
The Realme 3 is very close to its official launch and, if the new teaser posted on Realme's Twitter account is any indication, a Realme 3 Pro premium mid-ranger is also coming in about a month. The Realme 3 Pro is rumored to get a fast charging battery, a better SoC and possibly a rear triple-cam setup.
Sony presents CFExpress memory cards that rival NVMe SSDs for highest read/write speeds
While the CFExpress 2.0 standard promises speeds reaching 4 GB/s, Sony's first cards will be on par with the average NVMe SSDs. The new CFExpress cards are still meant for professional DSLRs and video cams, however, since they support the new NVMe interface, they can also be used as external SSDs for compute clusters and enterprise servers.
Qualcomm's next flagship Snapdragon SoC to get embedded 5G modem
SoC-embedded 5G modems should help reduce production costs and decrease energy requirements. The successor of the Snapdragon 855 is scheduled to be Qualcomm's first SoC with integrated 5G modem and it should first be featured in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11-series. Qualcomm's upcoming flagship SoC is supposed to help with the adoption of the 5G standard through its 20 OEM partners.
Xiaomi - Light collaboration paves way for affordable multi-module smartphone cameras
Nokia just released its model 9 Pureview smartphone with 5 rear cameras and it looks like the number is about to double soon. Xiaomi and Light are working on smartphone camera arrays that could integrate upward of 10 cameras, and the plan is to integrate them in both affordable models and premium ones.
Vivo X27 full spec sheet hits TENAA
Vivo launched the V15 Pro mid-ranger just a week ago, however, the company is ready to announce another mid-ranger, this time for the X-series. Compared to the V15 Pro, the upcoming X27 would get a few upgrades like the 8 GB of RAM, a slightly better 13 MP wide angle camera on the back, and a bigger 3,920 mAh battery, but would also feature a slightly slower Snapdragon 710 SoC and only a 16 MP selfie cam.
SK Hynix releases details on the upcoming DDR5-6400 RAM standard
The 16 Gb DDR5-6400 memory chips from SK Hynix could be first to hit the market in late 2019, but the launch prices will be quite high, more appropriate for enterprise environments. On the other hand, the 8 Gb chips should be more cost-effective, thus more appropriate for consumer modules, which are expected in 2020.
Microsoft may soon enable Xbox games to run on Windows 10
Testers from the Windows Insider program report that the latest Windows 10 builds feature a new app called Microsoft Gaming Services that adds direct access to Xbox APIs and allows users to download and install games directly from the Xbox distribution servers. Moreover, the 2020 update planned for Windows 10 could integrate seamless compatibility between the two platforms.
Trump delays tariffs for China, trade war might end soon and computer part prices may reset
The trade war between the U.S. and China may soon end, as president Trump believes that the negotiations are going well and is now determined to delay the increased tariffs for China as a gesture of good will. As a direct consequence, the Chinese Shanghai Composite index spiked by 5% and we could be looking at a price reset for the overpriced computer hardware in the next few months.
Intel invites you to help build the best GPU through "The Odyssey"
The discrete GPU market is about to get busy in 2020, as Intel is planning a triumphant return. To ensure its success, the company is now launching "The Odyssey" initiative which aims at involving gamers in the GPU development process. Intel is willing to listen to what end users have to say in order to create the best possible gaming GPUs.
Intel's STT-MRAM ready for mass production, viable alternative for SRAM and NAND flash?
STT-MRAM is one of the alternatives for current SRAM and NAND flash memory / storage solutions. Intel's current implementation is manufactured on the 22 nm node and promises faster read/write speeds, better endurance, and long-term data storage at higher temperatures. Its hybrid nature should allow Intel to include it in future Optane products.
TSMC reveals details on Fab 14B production incident, estimates considerable losses
It took TSMC a little over two weeks to fully assess the consequences of the Fab 14B incident. Apparently, the chemical contamination was triggered by an abnormal reaction in the photoresistant material that led to a polymer residue compromising up to 30,000 of 12 nm and 16 nm wafers. Total losses are estimated around US$550 million, but TSMC intends to ramp up production in Q2 to mitigate part of the losses.
Nvidia GTX 1650 budget gaming GPU scheduled to launch in late March
As a GTX 1050 successor, the GTX 1650 GPU is rumored to integrate a TU-117 core clocked at 1.48 GHz, faster Turing shaders, and 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The number of CUDA cores and the TDP are not yet known. Launch date should be close the end of March and MSRP is believed to be around US$179.
RAM prices to see 30% cuts in the next few months
Ever since the Chinese government started to investigate memory chip suppliers over suspicious price fixing schemes, DRAM module prices started to slowly decline, and it looks like prices could get reduced by 30% in Q2 2019. By the end of 2019 DDR4 DRAM modules may end up costing up to 50% less, and prices may flatten as the DDR5 standard becomes more popular.
Xiaomi Mi 9 launched, high-end features starting at just US$445
Featuring specs similar to Samsung's S10 lineup, the Mi 9 smashes the Korean competitor with halved starting prices. Some of the outstanding features coming with the Mi9 include the powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor, a 20 MP selfie cam and an impressive 48 + 16 + 12 MP rear tri-cam.
Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update
3DMark's latest DLSS test show outstanding performance gains with the right implementation. Meanwhile, real world games like Battlefield V and METRO Exodus suffer from DLSS artifacts, especially in resolutions under 4K. Nvidia is aware of these problems and already working on fixes that should be released with an upcoming driver update.
Doogee launches S90 modular rugged smartphone
The S90 is Doogee's first rugged smartphone that comes with a selection of modules similar to Motorola's mods. These include a high quality night vision camera, a 5,000 mAh powerbank, a walkie-talkie and a game controller. Additionally, the casing of the S90 is made of military grade metal and polycarbonate, so it can withstand extreme conditions.
Nvidia explains disappointing RTX 2080 / 2070 sales, year-over-year gaming GPU sales down 45%
Nvidia's investors can now breathe easy, as the latest fiscal year report shows decent gains throughout 2018. Things are not looking good for gaming GPUs, though, since the report shows sales in this sector were almost halved compared to 2017. Nevertheless, Nvidia keeps an optimistic outlook for 2019, with RTX 2000-series GPUs expected to see increased adoption.
Alleged Vivo IQOO foldable phone gets leaked renders
Vivo's IQOO sub-brand is rumored to be dedicated to premium foldable devices. The leaked renders posted on Weibo show a outwards-folding device with very thin bezels. The unfolded state will get a display with a ratio close to 1:1, while the folded state will practically turn the device into a smartphone with front and rear screens.
Nvidia's RTX 2000 GPUs to get adoption boost via expanded ray tracing support on Unreal Engine 4
Gamers that were rather reticent regarding the adoption of Nvidia's real-time ray tracing technology implemented in the latest RTX 2000-series GPUs may be interested to know that Epic Games is planning to make it easier for game developers to add ray tracing effects to existing and upcoming games with the release of Unreal Engine 4.22.
Apple ready to launch Netflix competitor
The new video streaming service will be officialized on March 25 and should be launched by summer. There will be some free content, some Apple-funded shows, the usual selection of movies and shows, plus the possibility to access content providers like Starz. Additionally, Apple is planning to release a sub-based news service.
Activision Blizzard laying off 8% of its personnel, begins refocusing process
The latest layoffs should help the company refocus its strategies. CEO Bobby Kotick admitted that Activision Blizzard underperformed in Q4 2018 and a new business plan needs to be implemented for 2019. Thus, the company will try to focus more on its major franchises and bring in more developers to help with this endeavor.
OPPO F11 Pro with 48 MP camera coming soon
The F11 Pro was recently confirmed in an official teaser video posted on OPPO's Twitter account. The short teaser also mentions the inclusion of a 48 MP main camera. Other rumored specs for OPPO's upcoming flagship include a Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 / 128 GB of storage, a 6.5-inch IPS display and a 32 MP selfie cam with pop-up design.
Trump willing to ban Huawei and ZTE from US networks by end of February
All Chinese communications devices are primed for a complete ban in the U.S. and if Trump gets his way, this could happen before MWC in late February. One of the reasons for this hastened ban is the alleged violation of the Iran sanctions committed by Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. The European Union is also considering a ban on Chinese phone makers.
Smach Z handheld Windows gaming PC with Ryzen CPU almost ready for launch
2019 could be the year when the Smach Z handheld Windows gaming device finally becomes reality. Smach is still trying to hype things up, as it recently updated the official site with new prices and specs, plus it added a few videos showing various gaming sessions. There is no specific 2019 launch date mentioned, so delays may still occur.
Essential PH-2 rumored to get an in-display selfie cam
We knew that Essential is still a thing, but the info on the successor of the PH-1 phone was really limited still. New schematics uncovered by Slash Gear suggest that the upcoming PH-2 will get some innovative tech similar to what Samsung is trying to implement in future devices, including in-display selfie cams with light sensors that make the display translucent and in-display fingerprint sensors.
Apple finally fixes eavesdropping Group FaceTime bug via iOS 12.1.4
Apple was supposed to completely fix the eavesdropping vulnerability triggered via the Group feature in the FaceTime app last week, but it looks like the company found a few more bugs and fixed them as well. One bug is related to the Live Photos feature in FaceTime, while the other two are related to memory corruption flaws occurring in the IOKit and Foundation.
New reports point to extremely limited AMD Radeon VII launch supply
Previous rumors about launch supplies of 5,000 units might not be too far off, as new sources cite very limited Radeon VII availability at least for Europe. Overclockers UK cite 100 units available for Great Britain, while France and Spain would be getting only 20 units each. The reasons for reduced allocations seem to be the Lunar Year celebration in China and AIB partners not having enough time to come up with custom cards.
Nvidia's largest investor pulls out, completes entire stake sale
Last December, the steep depreciation of Nvidia's stock complicated the company's predicament to the point where its largest investor threatened to sell its entire stake. It looks like the green team could not convince the investor to keep its stake, and SoftBank went ahead completing the sale of shares worth US$3.6 billion in January.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (lite version) gets leaked pics and specs
The "mini" version has been missing for quite a few years from the Galaxy S roster, but it looks like Samsung is finally bringing it back with the S10 family. The latest leaks depict a slightly smaller 5.8-inch screen with a punch-in selfie cam and thin side notch, plus a fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button. Additionally, the S10e will be the only model to come in Canary Yellow.
Intel's D1X Oregon fab first to get 7 nm production node
It is now clear that AMD will be first to launch 7 nm desktop CPUs, but Intel is not sitting on its hands. Even after all the problems it faced in 2018, Intel is now carefully planning for its upcoming 7 nm CPUs. According to sources from Oregon, the D1X fab will be the first one to manufacture 7 nm CPUs, and the facility is currently going through an expansion that will take at least 1.5 years, so the first 7 nm CPUs from intel could arrive in late 2020.
Nvidia allegedly misinformed investors about crypto mining revenues
Latest report coming from RBC analyst Mitch Steves presents Nvidia misinforming its investors about revenues recorded during the crypto boom of 2017. We're talking about over US$1.3 billion that were not attributed to GPU sold to crypto miners. The report also claims that AMD's revenues at that time only amounted to US$234 million, which is unusual to say the least, as the Radeon cards were more efficient back then.
Xiaomi planning to release high-end Redmi handhelds
Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi is reconsidering its marketing strategies. Up until now, Redmi has been focusing on premium mid-range phones, but it looks like Xiaomi will allow it to release flagships, as well. The Note 7 Pro is going to be released soon, and afterwards, Redmi intends to launch a value high-end handheld powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Nintendo is planning to release a smaller and cheaper Switch along with new online service
Contrary to previous rumors, it looks like Nintendo is ready to release a smaller and more affordable Switch version that may come with fewer features, possibly ditching the TV Dock altogether. Design-wise, a smaller frame would most likely mean smaller screen and side-controllers, as well. Additionally, Nintendo is rumored to launch a new online service with more classic titles.
EGLOBAL starts shipping the world's smallest mini PC with Intel Core i9-8950HK CPUs
The Intel Core i9-8950HK represents the top of the line, but users with tighter budgets can opt to get one of the variants sporting Core i5-8300H / i7-8750H / Xeon E-2176M CPUs. All models may be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus there is room for a 2.5-inch HDD as well. With a standard issue CPU cooler, these mini PCs will be anything but quiet.
Samsung could release a foldable gaming phone soon
Samsung has been pushing for foldable devices in the past year, but it looks like the company is also considering the gaming handheld market. This latest patent is consistent with what was revealed about the Flex display in late 2018. What is interesting about this patent is the lower edge of the device that folds upwards to reveal gaming buttons like a directional pad and six buttons.
ZTE Blade V10 specs leak on TENAA
The alleged successor of the Blade V9 steps into mid-range territory with a bigger 6.3-inch display, 4 / 6 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB storage and an impressive 32 MP selfie cam. As far as the SoC is concerned, TENAA mentions that the frequency is around 2 GHz, so ZTE could be adding the Snapdragon 710.
Apple gets sued over FaceTime critical flaw
The legal procedures were initiated by attorney Larry Williams II who claims that key persons were able to eavesdrop on his sworn testimony given during a client deposition via the FaceTime bug. Apple appears to have known about the problem since early last week, but it only issued a temporary fix on February 28, and a full patch is expected to be released later this week.
System76 announces new Darter Pro 15.6-inch Linux laptop with excellent battery life
The original Darter from System76 was launched back in 2013, and now the company is refreshing the specs with up to date operating systems and components. Powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs, the new Darter Pro can integrate up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus it comes in a lightweight chassis and has long-lasting battery life.
TSMC incident may put AMD and Nvidia GPU supply at risk
TSMC confirmed that around 10,000 wafers were compromised, but the Taiwanese company has yet to make an official statement about the full extent of the damages and the exact circumstances of the incident. The unfortunate event could create AMD / Nvidia GPU shortages and artificial MSRP increases in the coming months.
The Asus VivoMini VC65-C1 is the world's first mini PC with a UHD Blu-Ray player
Besides integrating UHD Blu-Ray players or DVD writer drives, the new VivoMini HTPCs come with internal PSUs and generous room for storage expansions. These mini PCs are powered by Intel's 35 W Core T CPUs that bridge the gap between the ULV chips and the desktop processors. Additionally, there is support for up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 4 HDDs.
LG will announce a 5G smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC at MWC
The first 5G smartphone made by LG will be revealed at MWC on February 24. It will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and will feature a bigger vapor chamber, suggesting the SoC will probably run at overclocked frequencies. Additionally, it will come with a 4,000 mAh battery, so there is a possibility of seeing a larger screen, as well.
Samsung highlights all the powerful features of the Exynos 9820 SoC
Some of the new features integrated in the 8 nm Exynos 9820 SoC include a better NPU for AI tasks, desktop-like performance via new octa-core tri-cluster and the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, LTE Cat 20 modem, 8K video recording, HDR / 4K screen resolution plus support for up to 5 image sensors, and a new PUF security system.
12-core / 24-thread Ryzen 3000 CPU spotted in UserBenchmark database
The engineering sample spotted by Tum Apisak in the UserBenchmark database has a designation that is consistent with previously leaked codenames. As far as specs go, the early sample can boost to 3.7 GHz on a 105 W TDP, and also features 32 MB of L3 cache. In single-core tests, the 12-core CPU is 13% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X.
Dynabook releases new 13.3-inch G-series ultrabooks
Former Toshiba ultrabook division Dynabook has just launched its new G-Series models powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs. These are some of the lightest ultrabooks out there thanks to special magnesium alloy chassis that come in Pearl White and Onyx Blue colors. All models feature Sharp's IGZO 13.3-inch FHD display and the top models offer additional features like fingerprint scanners and preinstalled Windows 10 OSs.
Xiaomi co-founder presents double-folding smartphone
The double-folding device looks to be in the prototype phase, as the folding creases are still visible. In its default state, the screen seems to have a 3:2 ratio, while the folded state shrinks down to a 2:1 ratio. What really impresses is the responsiveness of the Android interface that immediately snaps into the new ratio as the phone enters in the folded state.
Vivo teases Apex 2019 smartphone with no buttons and ports
The latest teaser video released by Vivo shows off the slick metallic back of the Vivo 2019 smartphone, which does not appear to feature any rear cams or buttons and ports on the edges. To top things off, Ben Geskin obtained exclusives design info from Vivo and put together a render depicting the back as well as the front of the handheld.
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti gets leaked benchmarks, launches in February
Now that Nvidia almost cleared its Pascal inventories, gamers are looking for a good price/performance ratio. The RTX 2070 and 2080 cards are certainly overpriced for now, and even the RTX 2060 could be a bit too much for the budget builds. According to the latest rumors, the budget gaming sector should get the GTX 1660 / Ti GPUs next month, and these may also replace the GTX 1050 / Ti laptop GPUs, as well.
HP announces two new Education Edition Chromebooks
The latest 11.6-inch Chromebook models from HP get a more rugged feel with rubber trims, Gorilla Glass and spill-resistant keyboards. In order to keep the prices at an affordable level for students, HP included Intel's Celeron N4000 / 4100 CPUs, up to 8 GB LPDDR4-2400 RAM and up to 64 GB eMMC storage.
Nvidia CEO informs that the GTX 10xx GPU inventories are almost dried up
Jensen Huang is trying to divert attention from stock prices and investor troubles with an optimistic outlook over the inventory troubles that the green team has been having since early 2H 2018. Nvidia's CEO was happy to announce that the entire Pascal GPU inventory is almost gone, but this might not actually be good for end users who will be stuck with overpriced RTX 2000 cards.
Full PCIe 5.0 specs releasing Q1 2019, PCIe 4.0 to be a short-lived standard
Consumer PCs will finally benefit from PCIe 4.0 devices this year thanks to AMD's support via the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but the high-end sector will also be getting a taste of the PCIe 5.0 some later in 2019, and the two standards are expected to coexist for a few years. PCIe 5.0 will push the theoretical bandwidth to 128 GB/s on x16 duplex lanes running at 32 GHz.
OPPO will showcase its 10X optical zoom smartphone cams at MWC 2019
Two years ago, at MWC, OPPO impressed everyone with its stabilized 5X optical zoom cameras, but the company never released any commercial versions. Meanwhile, a 10X optical zoom version is ready to be showcased at this year's MWC, and it looks like OPPO could actually integrate these lenses in some upcoming handhelds.
Emdoor to release AP618 laptop series featuring Ryzen 3000 ULV CPUs
Laptop OEMs like Emdoor are looking to get around the Intel 14 nm CPU shortage by adding AMD-powered lineups. Thus, for 2019, Emdoor will first release some entry-level SR218 models powered by the older Stoney Ridge CPUs. Later on, when the Zen 2 CPUs get released, Emdoor will also launch a more advance AP618 lineup powered by Athlon, Raven Ridge and the new Picasso CPUs.
Laptop releases we are looking forward to in 2019
We've put together a list featuring the most interesting laptop models showcased at CES 2019. This year's highlights were the RTX 2000 mobility GPU additions, the OLED 4K displays and various unique designs. We selected one model that caught our eye from each of the major laptop OEMs and we are really looking forward to testing all these devices later this year.
Purism updates the Librem laptop line with gen 7 Intel ULV CPUs
The new Librem 13 / 15 models come equipped with the i7-7500U CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD + 4 TB SATA SSD storage combos. The security features from the previous versions are still there and the Linux-based PureOS got an upgrade as well. The 13-inch model still features an FHD display, while the 15-incher got a 4K upgrade.
AMD initiates lawsuit against MediaTek for illegal use of graphics technologies
MediaTek's Helio P10 SoC is allegedly infringing on graphics technologies developed by AMD. The complaints were filed with the ITC as early as 2017, but the two companies apparently were not able to reach any agreement out of court in the meantime so now AMD is looking to obtain a court order that would force MediaTek to pay up for past, present and current infringements.
Vivo's upcoming "The Waterdrop" phone gets leaked design pics
Vivo intends to impress everyone at MWC 2019 with an innovative smartphone design that is codenamed "The Waterdrop." It's still unclear how the handheld will look and work, but the first leaks suggest it will have a fluid design, with rounded corners, glass edges that meld into the body and a display that could be encased in glass.
MSI updates its compact desktop lineups with RTX 2000 GPUs
The new Infinite S budget-friendly series will feature mid-range specs like the gen 9 i7 / i5 CPUs accompanied by the RTX 2060 GPU from Nvidia, while the Trident X models now represent MSI's mid-to-high-end compact gaming solutions that integrate top specs like the gen 9 i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti GPU.
AMD officially unveils the 7 nm Radeon VII high-end gaming GPUs
As a direct competitor to Nvidia's RTX 2080 GPU, the Radeon VII will target gamers as well as content creators. AMD is citing more than 30% average performance gains for content creators and more than 25% improved performance in games over the Vega 64 GPUs. Also, it looks like the Radeon VII can beat the RTX 2080 in certain scenarios, but costs US$50 less.
Next gen Intel Optane memory modules coming in Q2 2019
The upcoming Optane products will get a considerable speed boost, as Intel will switch from the PCIe Gen X2 interface to the Gen 3 X4 one. There will be a new M15 caching module, a new stand-alone 815P SSD and a new H10 combo module that will feature caching and QLC NAND storage. All these new products should be launched in Q2 2019.
Nvidia's RTX 2060 is faster than the GTX 1070 Ti, costs only $349
Initially believed to be stripped of the whistles and bells brought by the RTX features on the high-end desktop GPUs, the RTX 2060 is now confirmed to be a powered-down version of the RTX 2080 SKU. Nvidia claims it is 40-60% faster than the GTX 1060 and it even occasionally beats the GTX 1070 Ti. It should be able to provide 60 fps with RTX features enabled on low details in Battlefield V.
MSI launches slim GS75/65 Stealth gaming laptops with RTX 2000 Max-Q graphics
Apart from updating the specs of the Stealth slim gaming laptops with the latest RTX 2000 Max-Q GPUs that do not require active cooling, MSI also updated the design with stylish gold trim and accents plus a sandblast metallic black finish. The displays feature thin bezels, and there is a larger glass touchpad for increased precision.
MSI's latest GE75/63 Raider gaming laptops combine unique esthetics with powerful specs
For gamers who prefer unique chassis esthetics to go along with the unparalleled performance, MSI has updated the Raider series with new GE75/63 models. The covers now feature special lighting elements like the L-shaped RGB cutouts on the GE63 model, or the 3D Dragon Spines with anodized red diamond-cut finish on the GE75 laptops.
The MSI GL73/63 budget gaming laptops are powered by the RTX 2060 GPUs
When it comes to gaming laptops, the budget sector is what really drives profits for most OEMs. MSI's updated budget series is represented by the GL73/63 models that now integrate RTX 2060 GPUs and up to gen 8 Core i7 CPUs from Intel. The keyboards only get a red backlight, while the displays are limited to 120 Hz FHD TN panels.
MSI showcases high-end GT75/GT63 Titan gaming laptops with RTX 2000 GPUs
The flagship series from MSI is getting updated specs that include the newly announced RTX 2000 mobility GPUs from Nvidia, a large array of NVMe / SATA SSDs / SATA HDD storage options, plus features like synchronized RGB lights and haptic feedback placed underneath the palm rest area in order to enrich the gaming immersion.
Clevo readies various gaming laptop models with Nvidia RTX graphics
Clevo is showcasing a wide variety of gaming laptop models powered by Nvidia's freshly announced RTX 2000-series mobility GPUs. There are models that come with Intel's gen 9 and gen 8 desktop-grade CPUs and all the new mobility GPUs from Nvidia are featured, including the Max-Q variants that are integrated in world's first 16.1-inch slim gaming models.
Dell patents detachable dual-display laptop design
Gamers always like to get the most immersive experiences out of their laptops, but, for the moment, this requires additional monitors that do not come with the laptop itself. Dell wants to change this with the latest multiple display laptop design that relies on a magnetic hinge system. The patent shows a dual-display setup, but it looks like triple-display laptops are also a possibility.
Sony and Panasonic working on OLED monitors for gamers
Right now, the only way to benefit from OLED displays as a gamer is to buy a TV that has at least a 55-inch diagonal. This could prove to be quite the investment, and gamers have been looking forward to OLED monitors in the 20/30-inch range for several years now. 2019 might just be the year for such monitors, as Sony and Panasonic recently showcased 21.6-inch FHD and 4K OLEDs plus a 27-inch display for smart home applications.
AnTuTu's December Top 10 Android handhelds unveiled
This does not happen too often, but December 2018 brought an all-Chinese roster for the best performing Android handhelds. ZTE's Nubia Red Magic Mars and Nubia X managed to place first and 10th, respectively. Huawei showed a solid presence with five models and proved it really is the second largest phone-maker after Samsung. Xiaomi and OnePlus got pushed to the lower half this time.
Q4 2018 stocks: AMD on the rise, Nvidia crashes hard
Despite the steep losses in the GPU sector suffered by both AMD and Nvidia, the red team managed to see stock appreciation thanks to the CPU division. Nvidia was not that fortunate and took a hard dive in Q3 and Q4, but things should get better once the RTX 2000 GPUs see more adoption in 2019. Last, but not least, Intel virtually flat-lined throughout the entire 2018 because of the 14 nm CPU shortages.
AMD's Ryzen 3000 Picasso laptop CPUs get leaked benchmarks
Previous Ryzen mobility solutions were not that great compared to the desktop counterparts, and it looks like the upcoming Ryzen 3000 Picasso mobility chips are still a bit slow compared to Intel's processors. The leaked Geekbench results show that AMD's Ryzen 3000 mobility CPUs are almost on par with Intel's similar chips from 2-3 years ago.
Nvidia's stock takes a dive again, largest investor ready to pull out
The second half of 2018 has not been kind to Nvidia at all. The crypto craze is gone and AIB partners are still overstocked with pascal GPUs, the trade wars in China are creating economic instabilities and the launch of the RTX 2000-series was not really what the green team hoped for. This series of unfortunate events lead to falling share prices and investors are on the edge now.
MediaTek officially announces the Helio P90 SoC
Initially thought to be an answer for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855, Samsung's Exynos 9820 or Huawei's Kirin 980, the Helio P90 seems to be aimed at premium mid-to-high-end phones. It still uses the 12 nm manufacturing process, so it cannot really compete with the latest high-end SoCs, but it does come with a more powerful GPU and an impressive APU 2.0 A.I. architecture that supports Google Lens and ARCore applications.
ADATA introduces fastest USB 3.1 flash drives with up to 256 GB storage capacities
The new UE700 Pro USB 3.1 drives have capacities ranging between 32 and 256 GB. Writing and reading speeds are highest on the largest capacity models, which can prove to be even faster than the usual SATA HDDs. Prices for the 256 GB model are expected to be similar with those of same capacity external HDDs.
Unannounced AMD Vega GPUs mentioned in macOS Mojave update
The current mobility GPUs from AMD are not really a match for Nvidia's lineup, but htat could change in a few months. Data mined from the latest macOS Mojave mentions a total of twelve unannounced Vega 20 and Vega 10 GPUs. Some of these could end up in Apple's upcoming MacBook models, so it looks like AMD might attempt a comeback in the mobility sector.
LG will showcase the new Gram 17 and Gram 2-in-1 notebooks at CES
The Gram 17 notebook is probably one of the lightest notebooks in its class thanks to the lightweight aluminum chassis and the 15.6-inch frame, while the Gram 2-in-1 is LG's first take at a convertible notebook. Both models come equipped with Intel's 8th gen Core ULV CPUs, 8 / 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 / 512 GB of SSD storage.
Creative Labs showcases new Sound BlasterX AE-9 audiophile soundcard
With the new Sound BlasterX AE-9, Creative Labs shows that it still values the audiophile community, even though it took the company 6 years to release a new version. The new card comes with replaceable operational amplifiers for increased