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The Mini Multi Display PC features a fanless enclosure made of aluminum, which can take quite the beating. (Source: Tranquil PC)

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 Embed...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:26:00 +0200
Intel is planning to make the jump to PCIe 5.0 and 8-channel DDR5 in 2021. (Source: SegmentNext)

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 pro...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:04:00 +0200
Intel's 10nm plans on the desktop are still some time away from fruition. (Source: ExtremeTech)

Intel refutes rumors of eliminating 10nm from the desktop, but don't expect anything till 2022

Fresh rumors have surfaced indicating that Intel would scrap 10nm on the desktop altogether and instead, directly launch 7nm Meteor Lake chips sometime in 2022 as 10nm has not yet reached the high clocks and yields required for de...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:38:00 +0200
Prices for the 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs are expected to drop below US$200 this November. (Source: Gigabyte)

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 3...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:22:00 +0200
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Klaus Hinum, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:33:18 +0200
You can now enjoy Radeon Image Sharpening on Vega GPUs. (Image source: AMD)

AMD brings the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII in from the cold

It seems that AMD has listened to its customers, having added support for its Radeon Image Sharpening algorithm to Radeon Vega GPUs. Last month the company claimed it had no immediate plans to do so, but it would bring RIS to the ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:48:00 +0200
AMD could enable ray tracing via a Radeon Software update in December. (Source: PCGamesN)

AMD rumored to bring ray tracing support for current Navi GPUs in December

References to DirectX ray tracing were found in the latest AMD drivers indicating that AMD could be enabling ray tracing support for the RX 5000-series Navi GPUs with the release of the December update for Radeon Adrenalin Softwar...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:25:00 +0200
The Core i3-10100 could effectively replace the Core i7-7700K. (Source: Gadgets360)

Intel 'Comet Lake' Core i3-10100 sports a 4-core 8-thread configuration, pegged to replace the Core i7-7700K at much lower prices

The Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10100 has surfaced on the Sisoftware database confirming that it is indeed a 4C/8T part as speculated. Not much information is there about the processor itself apart from the fact that it has a base sp...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:36:00 +0200
Intel Xe graphics card concept provided by Cristiano Siqueira.

Update | 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 ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:13:00 +0200
The PCIe module is not much bigger than a high-end graphics card. (Source: Anandtech)

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...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:08:00 +0200
Images via Intel

Intel launches new Xeon W-2200 HEDT CPUs based on Cascade Lake-X

Intel announced its new Xeon W-2200 HEDT CPUs earlier this week. The Cascade Lake-X chips offer some upgrades over the current Xeon silicon, including clock speeds up to 4.8 GHz and 18-core/36 thread CPUs. Most interestingly, Inte...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:47:00 +0200
The Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X CPUs are available only for OEMs. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

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...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:01:00 +0200
The new 12-layer 3D DRAM packaging will first be integrated in 24 GB HBM2 modules. (Source: Samsung)

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 ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:44:00 +0200
Semiconductors are not going anywhere any time soon. (Source: Flickr)

The semiconductor market will reach US$573 billion by 2024

New research has shown that the market for semiconductors is estimated to grow to US$573 billion in 5 years. This may be driven by a demand for these materials in wireless communications, vehicles and online connectivity. However,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:34:00 +0200
The subscription service trends over the last few years. (Source: Parks Associates)

46% of US households with broadband have multiple streaming subscriptions now

New research has found that nearly 50% of all US households with broadband subscribe to 2 or more subscription-based services in 2019, whereas this figure was 33% in 2017 and only 20% in 2014. The apparent demand has driven the nu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:22:00 +0200
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX Review - High-end Nvidia GPU with a custom cooling solution

KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX Review - High-end Nvidia GPU with a custom cooling solution

Extremely fast! These days you can find RTX-branded GPUs in almost all price segments. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the highest tier consumer GPU that Nvidia currently sells. We ...
Ryzen 9 3900X | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) | 32"
Sebastian Bade, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:18:41 +0200
Image via AMD

AMD reveals details on upcoming Zen 3 "Milan" and Zen 4 "Genoa" EPYC server CPU architectures

AMD recently unveiled a roadmap for its EPYC line of server-grade CPUs. The Zen 3 ("Milan") and Zen 4 ("Genoa") EPYC CPUs look like they will continue to pressure Intel's enterprise business. While Milan looks more like a refineme...
Sam Medley, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 05:00:00 +0200
The Turtle Beach Atlas Edge USB audio adapter. (Source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach claims its new Atlas Edge USB adapter gives any 3.5mm-jack headset an audio edge

Turtle Beach has released the Atlas Edge, a new USB adapter for any conventional wired headset. It is intended to enhance any headset connected to it with an in-house panel of software called Control Studio. This suite is designed...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 23:02:00 +0200
The Galaxy Fold phones can now work with the Windows Your Phone app. (Source: Microsoft)

A new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build can link PCs to more Samsung phones

The latest Insider's version of Windows 10 updates the Your Phone app so that it is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, as well as the Galaxy Fold. This allows a user to monitor battery levels, screen-mirror and sync da...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 22:28:00 +0200
The Radeon RX 5500M will debut in the MSI Alpha 15 later this month. (Image via AMD)

AMD launches new Radeon RX 5500 and Radeon RX 5500M graphics cards

AMD announced two new GPUs today. The Radeon RX 5500 and its mobile equivalent, the Radeon RX 5500M, will make their debuts in various machines before the end of the year. The RX 5500M, in particular, will appear in the MSI Alpha ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:33:00 +0200
Intel's Xe GPUs are set to shake up the discrete GPU market. (Source: Intel)

Raja Koduri hints at mid-2020 debut for Intel's discrete Xe GPUs

Intel has hinted that the first of its eagerly anticipated Xe discrete GPUs will launch in June 2020. The launch date has been discerned from a cryptic tweet posted by the head of the project and former AMD GPU chief Raja Koduri.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:57:00 +0200
Nvidia's next-gen Ampere GPUs are set for 1H 2020 release. (Source: Nvidia)

Rumor: Nvidia Ampere 7nm GPUs to launch 1H 2020

Nvidia’s successor to the Turing architecture powering its current line of Turing based RTX 20 series GPUs isn’t far away. According to the latest rumors, the graphics powerhouse will be releasing its new chips based on Samsung’s ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:29:00 +0200
Computational photography: we take it for granted now. (Source: Engadget)

The computational photography market may be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2024

Computational photography - or imaging that depends at least as much on software as on hardware - was worth US$7.9 billion as a market in 2018. However, the latest analysis indicates that this valuation will grow to $29 billion ov...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:01:00 +0200
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Stadia. (Source: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a Stadia title on launch

Google has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will come to its Stadia platform on it November 2019 launch. The wildly popular Rockstar game will thus be available for streaming via the new service from its very first day. At pre...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 22:52:00 +0200
Google Shopping is back. (Source: Google)

Google Shopping re-launches in the US, integrates with Lens this time around

Google has announced the re-institution of its Shopping service, albeit for users located in the US only. The company claims that the renewed feature can analyse millions of retail listings and other data in order to show customer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:33:00 +0200
The new microcode is expected to bring fixes and improvements for the entire Ryzen CPU family. (Source: MSI)

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 ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:38:00 +0200
The GTX 1660 SUPER makeover could be arriving before the end of the month. (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER midrange challenger GPU rumored to launch on October 29

NVIDIA looks set to have a busy end of the month, at least if latest rumors are to be believed. Chinese insiders claim that the company will release the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER in the final week of October, a week after it is expec...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:29:00 +0200
AMD's Radeon RX 5500 GPUs will challenge Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. (Source: AMD)

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...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:27:00 +0200
The legal disputes between the two foundries could affect a considerable portion of the global semiconductor supply. (Source: WCCFTech)

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 ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:09:00 +0200
The Cascade Lake-X series will start at just US$590. (Image source: Intel)

Intel Cascade Lake-X Core i9 processors to start at US$590; 18 core Core i9-10980XE will cost just US$979

Intel has not only confirmed the product stack of its Cascade Lake-X series but has also priced it unbelievably competitively. The series starts at just US$590 for the 10 core Core i9-10900X, before rising to US$979 for the 18 cor...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 01:56:00 +0200
DoH is not sitting well with Congress. (Source: Wikipedia)

Google is being investigated by the US Congress over a new feature in Chrome

DNS over HTTPS is a new way of connecting to websites proposed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2018. Google is reportedly working on implementing it in an upcoming version of its Chrome browser. However, an anti-t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:11:00 +0200

FIFA 20 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

New Features, Old Technology. While EA has added a new game mode called Volta to FIFA 20, the latest game in the FIFA franchise remains based on the same engine that underpinned its predecessor. EA has made one change though, which forces FIFA 20 to run in DirectX 12. Read on to find out what implications this has for system requirements and how FIFA 20 performs on several desktop PCs, laptops and GPUs.
Florian Glaser, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:39:53 +0200
The next generation of Intel iGPUs may be in testing at present. (Source: Intel)

A 96 EU iGPU described as Intel Gen12 surfaces on Compubench

The Compubench site has added a listing for a "genuine" Intel CPU that is integrated with a "Gen12 Mobile Graphics Controller". This, then, may be the integrated graphics solution that is said to launch alongside Tiger Lake chipse...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Sep 2019 15:48:00 +0200
AMD could seriously ramp up performance with the ability of Zen 3 to process four threads simultaneously per core. (Source: AMD)

Rumor: AMD Zen 3 architecture could run four threads per core

The x86 architecture has been hitting something of a wall lately but AMD looks like it could be set to inject it with a fresh breath of life. According to the rumor mill, the company has finalized the Zen 3 design and it introduce...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 29 Sep 2019 05:26:00 +0200
The Core i9-10940X is a Cascade Lake-X refresh of the Core i9-9940X. (Image source: Intel)

14 core Intel Core i9-10940X fails to impress on Geekbench; just 5% ahead of the Core i9-10920X and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore workloads

We have already seen 10 core, 12 core and 18 core representatives from Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake-X (CL-X) series hit Geekbench, and now a 14 core SKU has appeared online. While previous results have shown a demonstrable differ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:05:00 +0200
The silicon-interconnect fabric resembles a semiconductor wafer with chips directly placed on it. (Source: IEEE Spectrum)

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 a...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:03:00 +0200
After announcing home-grown CPUs and GPUs, China is now looking to enter the DRAM market, as well. (Source: GlobalBusinessOutlook)

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 ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:33:00 +0200
The Core i9-10920X, a Cascade Lake-X replacement for the Core i9-9920X. (Image source: Intel)

12 core Intel Core i9-10920X edges the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in Geekbench; scores 22% more than the Threadripper 2920X in multicore workloads too but at likely 3x the price

Yet more of the Cascade Lake-X product stack has appeared on Geekbench, with someone now testing the successor to the Core i9-9920X. The processor in question looks to be an engineering sample based on the clock speeds that Geekbe...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:23:00 +0200
Gears of War 5 running in 8K is not impressed with your expensive GPUs. (Source: Microsoft)

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...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:03:00 +0200
Navi 14: The Radeon RX 5300 series? (Image source: AMD)

AMD Radeon RX 5300 XT and B550 chipset inbound: Navi 14 launching on October 8?

Navi 14 may be arriving earlier than we expected and in the form of pre-built desktops, at least according to new HP machines. The upcoming graphics chip looks set to be marketed as the Radeon RX 5300 series, which would suggest t...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:40:00 +0200
The AMD Ryzen 3000 series third-generation Threadripper will launch in November. (Image source: AMD)

AMD will release the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and first 24-core Ryzen 3000 Threadripper processors in November

AMD has officially stated that the Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor and the next generation of Ryzen Threadripper chips will be launched in November. Although some will be disappointed about the delay of the 16-core Matisse CPU, ot...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:45:00 +0200
The Core i9-10980XE may be Intel's flagship Cascade Lake-X processor. (Image source: Intel)

The Intel Core i9-10980XE gives AMD a run for its money in Geekbench listing; scores 42% more than the Threadripper 2950X in the process

We have already seen the 10 core Core i9-10900X achieving a Geekbench multi-core score close to 40,000 points, and now the Core i9-10980XE is flexing its muscles. The 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor breezes past all before it, ex...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:43:00 +0200
The new PuroGamer headset. (Source: Puro Sound Labs)

The latest Puro Sound Labs headset aims to boost aural health in gaming

Puro Sound Labs describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of premium, safe-listening headphones". It has developed the PuroGamer, a "studio-grade" headset with 50-millimeter (mm) graphene drivers for better audio at lo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:15:00 +0200
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels can be pre-ordered now. (Source: Curve Digital/Kuju)

Netflix Narcos: coming to a controller near you soon

Curve Digital & Kuju have announced that they are bringing a title based on the Netflix show Narcos to PCs and consoles. It will allow a user to play either for the Cartel in question or against it a DEA agent. This original conte...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:51:00 +0200
AMD will pitch the Ryzen 5 3550X as a Core i5-9400F competitor. (Image source: AMD via

Intel Core i5-9400F trades blows with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X in early listing

Chinese retailer has jumped the gun and listed the Ryzen 5 3500X on its website before AMD has even formally announced it. The listing confirms the tip that prolific leaker @TUM_APISAK posted last month, with AMD marketing ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:47:00 +0200
Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

We all need a little fun. With Borderlands 3, Gearbox seamlessly carries the tradition of the loot shooter series forward: Brightly colored comic graphics and exuberant action are supposed to create a popcorn mood for players. In our benchmark test, we cla...
Florian Glaser, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:50:00 +0200
Quantum computers are still big and noisy, reminding of the monolithic systems from the 1940s. (Source: CNet)

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 Octob...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:14:00 +0200
The GTX 1650 Ti is expected to have an MSRP of around US$185. (Source: Nvidia)

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$...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:14:00 +0200
The Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series appears to be compatible with AMD's X570 chipset. (Image source: TechSpot)

Intel falls hopelessly short of the latest 32 core AMD Threadripper 3000 processor to hit Geekbench

Intel is lining up its next-generation High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors, which it will still base on its 14 nm FinFET process. A new Threadripper 3000 Geekbench listing demonstrates how far Intel is behind AMD in the HEDT space ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:56:00 +0200
The Core i9-10900X will be one of many Cascade Lake-X SKUs. (Image source: PC World)

10 core Intel Core i9-10900X disappoints in Geekbench; scores 10% less than the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore tasks and falls up to 2.3x behind the Threadripper Zen 2 series

Another 10 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench, with the numbering scheme of Intel's next High-End Desktop (HEDT) series now seemingly having been confirmed. The upcoming processor even gets within 10% of the A...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:00:00 +0200

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