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  1. Bump, scrounged up another socket 939 board
  2. Thermaltake has announced three new case offerings featuring a 4mm thick tempered glass side window, the Core V71, Core V51, and Suppressor F51 Tempered Glass Editions. All three cases were designed around a modular concept, giving users options for how many 3.5" and 2.5" drives they wish to include. The Core V71 has a "2+8" configuration, the Core V51 has a "2+5" configuration, and the Suppressor F51 has a "2+6+2" configuration. A GPU riser bracket is included in all three cases for optimal support for dual GPU systems, and to help take stress off the motherboard. The cases can accommodate the largest video cards and CPU coolers with plenty of ventilation options and excellent watercooling support. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. A recent uptick in the popularity of the Ethereum mining project has led to some scarcity in new and used video cards, and now manufacturers and planning to offer cards targeted specifically at miners. Video cards had previously lost their appeal to the mining community as ASICs designed for mining provided more return on investment and lower operating costs. ASUS has announced an offering based on both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, the MINING RX 470 and MINING P106, respectively. The RX 470 has a base speed of 926MHz and boost speed of 1206MHz with 4GB of GDDR5 and was designed for "delivering maximum hash-rate production at minimum cost." The P106 is based on a GeForce GTX 1060 and has a base clock of 1506MHz and boost clock of 1708MHz with 6GB of GDDR5. The RX 470 has a single DVI port while the P106 has none. According to ASUS, these optimized cards will offer up to "36% uplift in its megahash rate compared to non-optimized gaming cards." Source: Hot Hardware Back to original news post
  4. The latest CPU cooler from be quiet! is the Shadow Rock TF 2, the successor to the Shadow Rock TopFlow. A low profile design, with a height of just 112mm with a fan, and a TDP of 160W make the TF 2 a great choice for systems of all sizes. The TF 2 is centered around five 6mm copper heat pipes that are directly connected to the base, allowing for the most efficient transfer of heat. An included 135mm sound optimized fan helps to further increase the cooling potential while keeping noise to just 24.4dbB. The Shadow Rock TF 2 has an MSRP of $60 and has mounting kits for both Intel and AMD systems. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  5. Intel announced its next generation Core i9 CPUs late last month, but didn't set a release date for all of the announced models. The company has now remedied that with release dates for the Core i9-7980XE 18 core, i9-7960X 16 core, i9-7940X 14 core, and i9-7920X 12 core CPUs. The 12 core model will be available first in August, with the 14, 16, and 18 core models hitting the market in October. These models join the i9-7900X and lower models that will be available sometime this month. The prices will range between $1199 for the 7920X to $1999 for the 7980XE, which puts these CPUs out of reach for most consumers. It will be interesting to see how much more performance users are able to achieve for the premium price tag. Source: The Motley Fool Back to original news post
  6. The X299 AORUS Gaming Motherboards are the latest offerings from Gigabyte and they "are here to exceed expectations." The board is built using a black PCB and baseplate with black armor and accents which "combine to help support any enthusiast build while reducing cuts and stings from installation." Onboard digital LEDs are paired with RGB Fusion technology to allow for customization of lighting effects. Smart Fan 5 software gives users control over their fans while Fan Stop Technology "reduces unnecessary wear on fans when the system is below a specific temperature." An included high-current 3A pin header is included for powering liquid cooling pumps. Support for M.2 SSDs is included and it is "the first enthusiast platform that will support Intel’s latest Optane Technology." An ESS Sabre DAC is included to provide "unprecedented dynamic range and ultra-low distortion that has yet to be seen on any motherboard." The boards will support the latest Intel X-Series CPUs and will be available sometime in June 2017. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  7. Computex 2017 is currently underway in Taiwan, and NVIDIA and its partners are showing off more than 40 new products. Perhaps the stars of the show are two laptop focused innovations, Max-Q, "an innovative design approach that enables gaming laptops to be 3x thinner with 3x more performance than previous generations," and WhisperMode, "for quieter laptops." The end result is an increase in gaming performance up to 70% relative to current offerings, all packed into a laptop the size of a MacBook Air. At the heart of Max-Q is an optimized Pascal architecture to provide increased efficiency with improved thermal solutions to offer quieter operation. WhisperMode "intelligently paces the game’s frame rate while simultaneously configuring the graphics settings for optimal power efficiency," which "reduces the overall acoustic level for gaming laptops." Max-Q laptops have an expected availability of June 27 with offerings from ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and many other NVIDIA partners. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  8. Corsair has announced a new addition to its line of mechanical gaming keyboards, the K68. It uses Cherry MX switches with included LED lighting, but the K68 is set apart with the inclusion of a per-key silicone rubber shield. This makes the keyboard dust and water resistant to an IP32 rating. The switches have per-key dynamic backlighting and dedicated multimedia controls allow "for simple customization and on-the-fly audio adjustment." Corsair Utility Engine software provides a number of included lighting profiles, with the ability to download others, and also allows users to customize macro keys and remap any key as desired. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  9. The NVIDIA MX150 is the latest mobile GPU from the company, released without much fanfare as part of the new HP Envy 13 ultrabook, with more devices expected at Computex. The MX150 "is a discrete graphics card for multimedia-oriented ultrabooks to ensure low power requirements," but it "was never officially introduced by NVIDIA." There aren't many concrete details known about the card, but it is believed to be a mobile version of the GeForce GT 1030 with 2GB of GDDR5. Source: Videocardz Back to original news post
  10. Cooler Master has announced an updated version of the Cosmos II case to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the case, "a tribute to Cooler Master’s original and iconic COSMOS case." The case includes two curved tempered glass side panels that "unlock and swing open like luxury car doors." Cooler Master plans to make the side panels available in the third quarter for current Cosmos II owners. Integrated blue lighting is included in a 200mm LED fan and a magnetic LED strip, both of which can be controlled using the top mounted Advanced Control Panel. The Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 6 with an MSRP of $349.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  11. Phanteks has announced its next waterblock for AMD CPUs, the Glacier C350a, described as "a true enthusiasts and high performance watercooling product." It is compatible with AM4, FM1, FM2(+), AM3(+), and AM2(+) sockets. The waterblock is manufactured with a copper base with integrated cooling fins, magnetic anodized aluminum plates, a polished acrylic surface, and nickel finish in satin black or mirror chrome color options. Integrated RGB lighting is compatible with Phanteks RGB-equipped cases, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASUS Aura Sync, and Gigabyte RGB Fusion. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  12. Noctua has been designing upgrade kits for its older coolers when new sockets come out, going as far as offering them for free to users with proof of purchase for an "AM4 motherboard or AM4 CPU as well as a Noctua NH-L9a or NH-L9i CPU cooler." The company had previously released the NM-AM4-UxS and the NM-AM4 upgrade kits that covered a large number of its coolers, while the NM-AM4-L9x upgrade kit is targeted at these two low profile coolers. CEO Roland Mossig described the upgrade kits, stating "We’ve been offering the free NM-AM4 and NM-AM4-UxS upgrade kits for our larger cooler models for several months now and the response has been overwhelming – we’re proud to have so many customers who want to keep using their trusted Noctua heatsinks on the new AM4 platform. Just in time for the first AM4 mini-ITX motherboards, we’re now also offering an upgrade kit for our popular NH-L9a and NH-L9i low-profile coolers." The free upgrades have an expected ship time of 1-4 weeks and users that don't want to wait can buy one for $7.90 at retailers such as Amazon. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  13. Noctua has announced the addition of fans with sizes of 200mm, 120mm, and 40mm to its A-series, with "signature features such as Flow Acceleration Channels and AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames." The new model numbers of the fans are NF-A20, NF-A12x15, and NF-A4x20, respectively. The 200mm model represents the largest fan Noctua has made, with the large size presenting a new array of design challenges. The reduced thickness of the new 120mm fan presented its own set of challenges, which Noctua was also able to solve with a bit of engineering. The new 40mm fan doubles the thickness of the current offering, making it a good choice for systems that require higher air pressure. The NF-A20 and NF-A12x15 will be available with PWM or FLX with Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise options, providing users with a balance between cooling and acoustic performance. The NF-A4x20 will also have PWM and FLX configurations, but also adds a 5V connector for use in switches, routers, DVRs, and other devices. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  14. A former Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) engineer referred to as Hsu has been "accused of stealing proprietary information and other materials related to the foundry's 28nm process technology and passing them to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC)." The technology in question is believed to be designs for NVIDIA and AMD chips, as the 28nm process is used for GPUs of the two companies. Hsu was on his way to a new job with HLMC but was arrested before he could make it to China. Source: Digi Times and PCGamesN Back to original news post
  15. At the Microsoft EDU event yesterday, the company announced plans to bring the full version of Microsoft Office to the Windows Store, with an expected release date sometime in June. The move may be related to the recent announcement of Windows 10 S, seen as a response to Google Chrome OS. By using the Windows Store, users will be able to access the fully capability of the software without an Internet connection. Source: Venture Beat Back to original news post
  16. Intel has fixed a vulnerability in the Active Management Technology (AMT), Standard Manageability (ISM), and Small Business Technology (SBT) firmware versions 6 to 11.6, impacting processors going back to the Nehalem based Core i7. This allows attackers "to gain control of the manageability features provided by these products," which "means it is possible for hackers to log into a vulnerable computer's hardware – right under the nose of the operating system – and silently tamper with the machine, install virtually undetectable malware, and so on." AMT has direct access to the networking features of your computer, allowing this to be exploited remotely. It is believed that business and server systems will feel the most pain from this as these systems commonly have the impacted features enabled. Intel has published instructions on how to determine if you system has the features enabled, and you should be sure to check your system. Source: The Register Back to original news post
  17. A new budget level graphics card, the GeForce GT 1030, is on the way from NVIDIA to target the sub-$100 market. The card appears to be an answer to the latest from AMD, the Radeon RX 550, and as a successor to the GT 930 and GT 730. NVIDIA is hoping to offer the card near the $80 price point with a rumored release date of May 8. The card will be powered with the Pascal based GP108 core that features 512 CUDA cores, 2 or 4GB GDDR5, and a TDP of 30W. If you are in the market for something better than integrated graphics without breaking the bank, keep your eye out for the GT 1030. Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  18. AMD has announced the Radeon Pro Duo video card, packing two Polaris 10 cores onto a single card. The card is aimed at professionals that could use the card for tasks "such as broadcast, entertainment, media, design and manufacturing workloads." Each core has 2304 stream processors and 36 compute units with a clock speed of 1243MHz, offering compute power up to 11.5 TFLOPS. The card has enough processing power to handle four 4K monitors at 60Hz or a single 8K monitor at 60Hz. Also included is 32GB of GDDR5 memory with total bandwidth of 448GB/s. The latest Pro Duo falls short of the performance of last years model with dual Fiji XT cores with 4096 stream processors, 64 compute units, up to 16.38 TFLOPS of computer power, 8GB HBM2, and 1 TB/s memory bandwidth. The new Pro Duo has an MSRP of $999 while the previous iteration has an MSRP of $1500. General manager of the professional graphics division at AMD Ogi Brkic described the new card stating, "Today’s professional workflows continue to increase in complexity, often demanding that creators switch between a wide variety of applications to progress their work, pausing efforts in one application while computing resources are focused on another. We designed the Radeon Pro Duo to eliminate those constraints, empowering professionals to multi-task without compromise, dedicating GPU resources where and how they need them. It’s a continuation of our promise for Radeon Pro: to provide greater choice in how professionals practice their craft, enabling superior multi-tasking, accelerated applications, and powerful solutions for advanced workloads like VR." Source: WCCF Tech Back to original news post
  19. It may seem counter-intuitive for a company that makes a large portion of its revenue from ads to develop ad-blocking software, but that is just what Google appears to be doing. Users would be able to enable ad-blocking within Chrome on the desktop and mobile versions of the browser, but further information on exactly how the feature would work are not known at this time. It is believed that Google would focus on blocking ads deemed unacceptable by the Coalition for Better Ads which include "pop-ups, auto-playing video ads with sound and 'prestitial' ads with countdown timers are deemed to be 'beneath a threshold of consumer acceptability.'" Doing this could provide Google with more control over what ads are blocked rather than relying on third-party applications such as Adblock Plus. Source: Wall Street Journal Back to original news post
  20. Phanteks has announced the Enthoo Evolv MATX Tempered Glass Edition, the successor to its original Enthoo Evolv. The new version of the case boasts "luxurious hinged glass doors, RGB illumination, and easy access to front I/O." The hinged doors are built with tempered glass and are kept in place with magnets. Enhancements to the interior of the case offer support for long GPUs and two mounting locations for radiators, up to 360mm in front or 280mm on top. The RGB illumination can by synced with other Phanteks RGB products and cable management considerations include velcro cable ties. The case is available in Satin Black, Anthracite Grey, and Galaxy Silver at an MSRP of $129.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  21. NVIDIA has announced the Shot With GeForce GTX contest, giving users the chance to win a custom Mass Effect: Andromeda PC. Entries can be made by taking a screenshot using NVIDIA Ansel and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter and tagging @NVIDIAGeForce with hashtags #SHOTWITHGEFORCEGTX and #MASSEFFECT. The grand prize features an Intel i7-7700, ASUS Strix Z270G, and GeForce GTX 1080. Full contest rules can be found here. Source: NVIDIA Back to original news post
  22. Intel has announced that it is canceling the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) after nearly 20 years, including IDF17 which was previously announced and expected to take place in San Francisco in mid August. Intel issued an announcement on the IDF website, stating "Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on intel.com, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers. As always, our customers, partners, and developers should reach out to their Intel representative with questions." The company further elaborated when contacted by Anandtech, stating "With the rise of AI, FPGAs, Optane, IoT, wireless comms, automotive, and the other new areas that Intel is moving into, Intel felt that IDF no longer fills the need when it comes to giving out information." Source: Anandtech Back to original news post
  23. According to public broadcaster NHK, Apple is considering teaming up with partner Foxconn for an investment in the semiconductor unit of Toshiba. The multi-billion dollar deal would grant the partnership more than 20% of the Toshiba unit. Toshiba isn't looking to sell outright in order to ease "the Japanese government's concerns over any transfer of sensitive technology to investors it deems a risk to national security." Apple and Foxconn join three other entities submitting bids for the Toshiba unit which includes Broadcom, SK Hynix, and Western Digital. Source: CNBC Back to original news post
  24. Cooler Master has announced the addition of the MasterCase Pro 6 to its modular MasterCase line of products, described as "the discreetly designed mid-tower cousin of the award-winning Pro 5 case." The case is once again based around the FreeForm Modular System "that allows multiple exterior and interior layouts," but differentiates itself with the use of dark metallic grey top, bottom, and side panels that fit together flush. The panels have a number of vents to help optimize airflow and there is space on top or in the front of the case for a radiator. The MasterCase Pro 6 will be available this month at an MSRP of $159.99. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  25. Unigine has announced the Superposition benchmark, "a non-synthetic, accurate, and unbiased stress-test for the latest GPUs already on the market and for those that are still in the earliest design stages." The benchmark is based on SSRTGI technology, which was designed for use with the UNIGINE 2 engine, a ray tracing algorithm that makes "real-time light and shadow look as realistic as possible." Superposition provides a test suite that is comparable to workloads you would see in the latest games, making the performance more relevant than "synthetic" benchmarks. The benchmark is also compatible with multiple VR devices including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with modes for resolutions up to 8K. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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