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Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview

Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview

An airbag? Not really. But instead, you can have sophisticated technology and high-torque force feedback servo motors. Steering wheels have also had their fair share of technological development and now they offer Hall sensors instead of potentiometers, belt drives instead of gear drives as well as CNC-milled aluminum and real leather - hand sewn, of course. It is time for us to take a look at these new developments.
The GTX 1070 Ti should be the direct competitor for AMD's RX Vega 56 GPU. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti most likely to arrive in late October for US$430

The GTX 1070 Ti is very close to the original GTX 1080, spec-wise, and this makes it more appealing for crypto-miers. It's supposed to be released in late October for around US$430.
AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announcing the 12 nm transition at the Global Foundries Technology Conference. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Ryzen and Vega will get 12 nm versions in 2018

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the Vega GPUs and the Ryzen CPUs will get 12 nm version in early 2018. The 12 nm Vega chips should compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 2000 series that are expected to be released in early 2018, while the 12 nm Ryzen CPUs will be AMD's response to Intel's 10 nm Ice Lake processors, until it releases the 7 nm Ryzen 2 pr...
Intel's Stacy Smith shows off a 10nm 'Cannon Lake' wafer. (Source: Intel)

Intel shows off a 10nm wafer and a bevy of other developments on the occasion of Technology and Manufacturing Day

At its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, Intel showcased a number of new developments ranging from the 10nm process for its upcoming 'Cannon Lake' chips to the first commercially available 64-layer 3D NAND for data centers. The company also shared plans for its first 10nm FPGA codenamed 'Falcon Mesa'.
The Intel NUC roadmap for 2018-19 offers an assortment of 'Gemini Lake' and 'Coffee Lake' configurations. (Source: CNXSoft)

Roadmap reveals new Intel NUCs with Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake offerings

The roadmap for Intel NUCs in the coming years seems to be a rather interesting one with a host of NUCs in different configuration options starting from the 10W 'Gemini Lake' Celerons all the way till the 100W Kaby Lake-H Core i7-xxxxK. NUCs based on the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake-H CPUs also come with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory.
The Core i9 7980XE CPU will be released on September 25 with an MSRP of US$1999. (Source: Intel)

Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU annihilates AMD's Threadripper in latest leaked benchmarks

The i9 7980XE CPU manages to keep a 30% lead against AMD’s Threadripper 1950X throughout synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The Intel CPU has 2 more cores that yield 4 more threads, so it's not really that surprising it performs better, but is the US1000 price difference really worth it?
The Pimax 8K VR headset comes with dual 4K displays and a wide 200-degree field of view. (Source: Pimax)

Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449

The Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax raised the US$200,000 funding goal in less then 2 hours, so the company is now expected to ship the first models in February 2018. The 8K headset comes with dual 4K displays and can be pre-ordered for US$449, while the 5K version integrates dual 2560x1440 displays and costs US$349.
The "photonic chip" uses sound waves to slow down photons and transform them into data streams. (Source: Nature)

Scientists envision the optical computer - light and sound waves transformed into data

A group of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have developed a "photonic microchip" that converts light pulses into data, via sound waves. The chip does not produce any heat, it is immune to electromagnetic interference, and it's supposed to be 20 times faster than current CPUs.
The price per GB offered by Western Digital is still the best on the market. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases the 12 TB WD Gold HDD

The 12 TB WD Gold drive offers increased security and durability for enterprise customers. It comes with eight 1.5 TB platters, 256 MB cache, 255 MB/s data transfer rates, and has an MSRP of US$521.99.
CCleaner's binary was modified by hackers to insert a backdoor. (Source: Piriform)

CCleaner hijacked by hackers to open a backdoor for remote code execution

Piriform, makers of the popular PC cleaning software CCleaner, said that a few versions of the program's 32-bit binary were hijacked by hackers who could insert a two-stage backdoor capable of remote code execution. Investigation is on to understand what exactly caused the hijack that resulted in about 2.27 million users getting affected.
The saga of Threadripper and the "dummy dies." (Source: AMD)

The 16 extra cores found on Threadripper are "basically rocks"

A couple of days ago, de8auer posted a video showing the four dies in the Threadripper 1950X sanded down to reveal the silicon printing. This proved that the two "dummy dies" did contain proper Zen cores. Over the weekend a senior AMD staff member responded with what could be expected of the extra dies and why they were present.
Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

We recently asked our readers to tell us about their individual preferences for gaming notebooks in a survey. So what is the perfect gaming notebook? Are there any differences between gamers in Asia, Europe and America? Do PC users really think differently to notebook gamers? Here are the answers to all these questions.
Is it Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, or Iced-Coffee Lake? (Source: Pixabay)

Eurocom says Intel will have an 8C/16T 'enthusiast' consumer CPU by late 2018

A Eurocom company representative has posted on a thread in the NotebookReview forums saying that their Tornado F5 and upcoming Tornado F7 will feature 8C/16T CPUs in the second half of 2018. This could be a high-end revision of 14nm Coffee Lake, or it could be a CPU in the 9th generation 10nm+ Ice Lake family.
Zotac's gaming mini PCs now integrate the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac adds GTX 1060/1070 GPUs and Ryzen CPUs to its Magnus gaming mini PC lineup

The Magnus EK51060 and EK51070 are both powered by Intel’s quad-core i5-7300HQ CPU and integrate the GTX 1060/1070 GPUs, respectively. The ER51060 and ER51070 variants are powered by the 4-core/8-thread AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU and integrate the same GPUs. All new variants can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
The EliteOne 1000 AiO G1 is designed with collaboration in mind. (Source: HP)

The HP EliteOne 1000 is a purpose-built AiO for collaboration

HP launched the EliteOne 1000 All-in-One (AiO) G1 PC at its World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th gen Intel Core i7 65W CPUs and optional Intel Optane memory with a range of display options. The AiO comes with a 2 MP dual-facing pop-up webcam and an upgradeable PC base.
The GTX 1070 Ti would join the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1080 Ti models later this year. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia rumored to launch the GTX 1070 Ti

A Chinese leak presents the ASUS GTX 1070 Ti STRIX O8G powered by the Pascal GP104 chip that integrates 2304 CUDA cores and includes 8 GB of GDDR5. The GTX 1070 Ti variant would be released later this year for US$350.
The QNAP TS-x77 features upto an 8-core 16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and 64 GB of RAM. (Source: QNAP)

QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen

QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs.
From left: HP Z8 G4, HP Z6 G4, HP Z4 G4. (Source: HP)

Insanely powerful HP 'Z' workstations could cost up to US$40000

HP has released three new workstations which target general use, visual effects artists, and precision engineers. The highest end model can include two Xeon 28C/56T CPUs, 24 RAM slots, and three GPUs.
The i7-8700K is expected to be released in October for around US$450. (Source: Intel)

Intel's Core i7-8700K desktop CPU gets benchmarked

The multi-threaded tests ran in CineBench R15 and CPU-Z reveal that the new i7-8700K is significantly outperformed by AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X. Nonetheless, Geekbench is where the i7-8700K shines, overtaking the AMD competition in both single-thread and multi-threaded tests.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Zotac Zbox MI553. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac releases new Zbox M and smartphone-sized Zbox P mini-PCs

Today Zotac announced two new mini-PCs, further expanding their mid-range Zbox M and ultra-compact Zbox P series. The Zbox MI553 comes in a standard and a Plus variant, has a mobile Intel i5-7300HQ processor, and an eGPU compatible Thunderbolt 3 port. The Zbox PI225 claims the title of the smallest mini-PC, contains a Celeron N3350 CPU, and has smartphone-li...
Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Ark Survival Evolved notebook and desktop benchmarks

Dinosaur whisperer. It has been one of the most popular early-access titles of the last few years, and now that the dinosaur action spectacle Ark: Survival Evolved has been officially launched it is time to take a look at its system requirements to figure out whether or not the game gulps up computing power as fast as it does player avatars. Update: 25 Systems tested
GearBest's Intel Super September sale offers a variety of discounted Intel-powered tablets and notebooks. (Source: GearBest)

Deal | GearBest has discounted prices on Intel-powered tablets and notebooks throughout September

Some of the highlights from GearBest's Intel Super September sale include: the Teclast X98 Plus II dual OS tablet powered by the Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 quad-core CPU for US$149.99, the all-in one Onda C270 PC with curved LED display for $US379.99, and the Cube Mix Plus 2-in-1 Tablet PC powered by the Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 dual-core CPU for $US345...
AMD intends to keep the pressure on Intel with the Ryzen 2 CPUs coming in 2018. (Source: AMD)

AMD says Ryzen was "a worst case scenario," reveals details on Ryzen 2

Regarding the arguably low CPU frequencies, AMD states that Ryzen was a brand new architecture on a brand new node, making it a worst case scenario. But it still turned out well, since the Ryzen Threadrippers can go above 4 GHz. As for the upcoming Ryzen 2, AMD promises increased clocks, more instructions per cycle, and better game optimization.
EKWB custom water block for AMD RX Vega 64. (Source: EKWB)

EKWB publish test results showing their performance and efficiency gains on Vega 64

EKWB has run a series of tests to find the performance increase from switching from stock air cooling to their custom water blocks. Among these results are some showing the efficiency gains that can be achieved while still maintaining near maximum performance.
Gigabyte's GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G is 3.7-inch shorter than Nvidia's reference card. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G for small form-factor PCs

Gigabyte has managed to shrink the GTX 1080 card to micro ITX standards. The new GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G card retains the reference card clocks and 8 GB VRAM memory, adding only a dual slot single fan cooling system.
The new G613 is designed both for competitive gaming and comfortable office use. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech outs the G613 wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag

Logitech finally figured out how to reduce input lag in wireless keyboards with the new G613 model. It offers 1 ms polling rate through the innovative Lightspeed receiver, as well as increased signal strength. Additional features include the Romer-G switches with 1.5 mm actuation distance, a palm rest and 18 months operation time on two AA batteries.
Ryzen is playing a large part in AMD's return to relevance in the performance segment. (Source: AMD)

AMD processor sales surpass Intel sales at Germany's largest online PC component retailer

Data collected from Germany's largest online PC component retailer shows that sales of Ryzen CPUs are now higher than Intel's core series, giving AMD the leading market share in the performance space. AMD also holds the leading market revenue, and has 60 percent of the top ten highest selling processor models.
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Desktop Graphics Card Review

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Desktop Graphics Card Review

Merely upper mid-range? After AMD revealed the Polaris Architecture by introducing the AMD Radeon RX 480, this has now been improved again. The AMD Radeon RX 580 is based on the Polaris 20 chip and with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, it offers enough leeway for high resolutions. Or does it? You can find out in our detailed review, how our Sapphire test model fares.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop) | 32"
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is all set to roll out starting October 17

IFA 2017 | Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially roll out starting October 17 along with a slew of Windows Mixed Reality headsets

At its IFA 2017 keynote in Berlin, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start officially rolling out starting October 17. Microsoft's partners will also start shipping affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside the new OS update.
The i9-7980XE CPU can reach 4.4 GHz with stock boost frequencies. (Source: Intel)

Intel i9-7980XE 18-core CPU benchmark results and temps get leaked

The leaked results show the i9-7980XE 18-core CPU (overclocked to 4.8 GHz) scoring 37,485 points in the FutureMark FirstStrike benchmark, around 3 times faster than the i9-7900X 10-core CPU.
Insiders can now test drive full Office 365 apps directly from the Windows Store. (Source: Windows Central)

Microsoft invites Insiders to test drive Office 365 from the Windows Store

Microsoft is inviting Insiders to test out Office 365 programs from Windows Store. These are the original Win32-based programs converted using the Project Centennial desktop bridge that can now call UWP-specific APIs and services.
The CRAFT keyboard can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth and can recharge through a USB Type-C port. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech introduces the wireless CRAFT keyboard with content-specific dial

The dial detects tap, touch and turn gestures and offers compatibility for Adobe's creative software suites, as well as for Microsoft Office programs. Priced at US$199.99, the CRAFT keyboard is expected to be available this October.
Acer Holo360 (left) and Acer Vision360 (right) LTE enabled 360-degree cameras. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer showcases 360-degree cameras with LTE connectivity

Acer has showcased two LTE enabled 360-degree cameras, the Holo360 and Vision360, at its IFA press conference. The Holo360 is a one-stop device for all things concerned with video recording, editing and sharing while the Vision360 is an in-car camera designed to augment driving safety.
The DeskMini GTX/RX measures 8.3 x 6 x 3.2 inches. (Source: ASRock)

ASRock releases the small form-factor DeskMini GTX/RX PC with GTX 1080

The new small form-factor GTX/RX models can be customized to include Intel’s 6th or 7th generation CPUs with a maximum TDP of 65 W, Nvidia GPUs up to GeForce GTX 1080, as much as three M.2 NVMe SSDs and up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM.
The Aspire S24 will be Acer's slimmest AIO offering. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer announces the Aspire S24 All-in-One starting at US$999

Acer has announced the availability of the Aspire S24, its slimmest all-in-one with the latest 8th generation Intel processors and optional Intel Optane memory. It also comes with a wireless charging base for supported Qi-devices.
Deep digging into the Intel ME firmware has finally enabled security researchers to disable its functioning. (Source: Positive Technologies)

Eureka! The Intel Management Engine can finally be disabled, thanks to the NSA

Researchers have found a way to disable a much hated component of Intel CPUs — the Intel Management Engine, thanks in part to the NSA's High Assurance Platform (HPA) program.
The Xeon-W CPUs bridge the gap between server and consumer models. (Source: Intel)

Intel presents the new Xeon-W workstation CPUs

The workstation-oriented Xeon-W CPU family includes models packing between 4 and 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with Turbo frequencies going as high as 4.5 GHz. Prices range between US$294 and more than US$2000.
The new clear side-panel version of the Inspiron Gaming Desktop. (Source: Dell)

PAX West | Dell gives the Inspiron Gaming Desktop a clear side-panel face lift

The budget friendly Dell Inspiron desktop is getting a make over with a new clear side panel option. It has several Ryzen CPU options, and a choice of Pascal or Polaris graphics cards. Prices start at US$600 for the base configuration.
BeQuiet SFX-L 600 W power supply. (Source: BeQuiet)

Two new fully modular SFX-L PSUs from BeQuiet are now available for purchase

Two SFX-L power supplies which BeQuiet announced back at Computex 2017 are now available for purchase. They are fully modular, use Japanese capacitors, and have up to 92 percent peak efficiency. They can be yours for US$119 for 500 W or US$145 for 600 W.
F1 2017 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

F1 2017 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

World tour. F1 2017 starts into the current Formula One season with extremely wide rear tires and very flat-looking bodies. Our benchmark article will reveal whether motorsport fans will get their money's worth in terms of driving experience as well as technology.
Expect more benchmark results to start leaking on the other Coffee Lake chips as we get closer to their official launch. (Source: PixaBay)

DEBUNKED | Leaked benchmark shows lower clocked i3-8350K has slightly better single core performance than i7-7700K

*Update in main text* Screenshots leaked from a i3-8350K benchmark using CPU-Z show it has slightly better single-thread performance than the i7-7700K despite having a slower clock speed. The multi-thread performance is good for the quad-core CPU, which shows as in line with the i7-4770K or mobile i7-7700HQ.
The massive 32 square-inch GPU die is flanked by four stacks of HBM2 memory chips cumulating 16 GB. (Souce: Nvidia)

Nvidia reveals more details on the upcoming Volta GPUs

The 12 nm process Volta GPU comes with a 32 square-inch die, which is 33% larger compared to the current P100. It integrates 5120 CUDA cores and 16 GB of XBM2 VRAM. Nvidia plans to release professional cards that pack up to eight V100 GPUs, as well as new gaming cards from the GeForce series. The upcoming GTX 2080 is rumored to cost US$699.
The My Book Duo can act as a hub that powers PC peripherals and even recharge mobile devices. (Source: WD)

Western Digital ups capacities for the My Book Duo external HDDs to 20 TB

The latest My Book Duo features two WD Red 10 TB 7,200 RPM drives configured in a RAID 0, which allows for sequential read speeds of up to 360 MB/s. The new 20 TB version will be available on September 6 for US$800.
The SilverStone TOB03 is only 0.37-inch thick. (Source SilverStone)

SilverStone presents the 0.37-inch TOB03 ODD CD/DVD/BD/BDXL burner

The TOB03 is built in collaboration with Panasonic. It supports all read/write standards for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, except UHD Blu-ray. Prices are expected to vary between US$70 - 90.
The Linksys WRT32X has an agressive design. (Source: Linksys)

Gamescom 2017 | Linksys announces the WRT32X Gaming Router and claims it is "the first true gaming router"

Linksys announces the new WRT32X which they say is "the first true gaming router" designed in partnership with Killer Networking to incorporate their Killer Networking Prioritization engine. Linksys claims that peak ping can be reduced by up to 77 percent when a laptop with Killer networking connects. The WRT32X contains high-end features and is open source ...
The 19 PCIE connectors are divided into three groups, each with its own ATX12V power connector (Source: Asus)

Asus outs specialized cryptomining motherboard supporting 19 graphics cards

The B250 Mining Expert motherboard is specifically designed for GPU cryptomining, supporting up to 19 graphics cards. Asus states that the MSRP is $US130, making it one of the best deals for Ethereum miners.
The new Lenovo Legion Y920 gaming desktop. (Source: Lenovo)

Gamescom 2017 | Three new Lenovo Legion gaming desktops with corsair as sole memory supplier

Lenovo has announced the Legion Y520 Tower, Y720 Tower, and Y920 Tower gaming PC's which feature Kaby Lake processors and a choice of Pascal or Polaris graphics cards. The top end Y920 has options for Intel K-Series processors, and some markets will have a water cooled configuration. All systems will feature Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 RAM.
Intel has tweaked the performance/watt ratios in order to keep the power consumption of all unlocked CPU versions under 100 W. (Source: Intel)

Intel supplies business partners with new info on the 8th gen desktop CPUs

And Intel partner briefing held in China has revealed that the performance gains between the 7th gen and 8th gen CPUs are due to the increased number of cores and enlarged L3 memory caches. The i7 CPUs will feature 6 cores and 12 threads with 12 MB L3, the i5 CPUs will come with 6 cores and 6 threads with 9 MB L3, and the entry-level i3 processors will only ...
The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ. Having two sub-brands in the product name improves gaming performance. (Source: Asus)

Asus' new 27-inch monitor brings curves and 144 Hz refresh rate to PCs with mid-range GPUs

Pre-orders have started for the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ, which combines a curved display, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a blue light filter with a FullHD resolution. The lower resolution means that users with mid-range graphics cards can use this screen without having to deal with blur from running at below native resolution.

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