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Wednesday, October 18th 2023

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Glorious updates their ambidextrous Model O Wireless with the Model O 2 Wireless: Aside from a different look, the sensor has been upgraded to the BAMF 2.0, and both 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 5.2 are supported now, with up to 210 hours of battery life.

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Lords of the Fallen is out now on PC, with support for NVIDIA's DLSS Super Resolution, DLAA and Frame Generation. Also supported is AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution. In this mini-review we compare the image quality and performance gains offered by these technologies.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Today, 08:45 Discuss (10 Comments)

World-renowned brand Spigen released a real dual 8K mechanical gaming keyboard: Spigen ArcPLAY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The most unique point of the Spigen ArcPLAY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is speed. With Spigen's Dynamic Pipeline Technology, which is an optimizing technology exclusive for ArcPLAY to process efficiently, the Spigen ArcPLAY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is able to support 8,000 Hz of both polling and scan rate in order to operate more quickly than other mechanical gaming keyboards.

ArcPLAY uses Cherry MX RGB Brown Switch, which is a high-quality switch from one of the most renowned brands in the industry, guaranteeing 100 million keystrokes. The keycaps are also made through the double shot PBT process and feature premium PU foam for sound absorption to satisfy gamers using the Spigen ArcPLAY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.


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PRESS RELEASE by AleksandarK Today, 07:10 Discuss (2 Comments)

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that enterprises will invest nearly $16 billion worldwide on GenAI solutions in 2023. This spending, which includes GenAI software as well as related infrastructure hardware and IT/business services, is expected to reach $143 billion in 2027 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 73.3% over the 2023-2027 forecast period. This is more than twice the rate of growth in overall AI spending and almost 13 times greater than the CAGR for worldwide IT spending over the same period.

"Generative AI is more than a fleeting trend or mere hype. It is a transformative technology with far-reaching implications and business impact," says Ritu Jyoti, group vice president, Worldwide Artificial Intelligence and Automation market research and advisory services at IDC. "With ethical and responsible implementation, GenAI is poised to reshape industries, changing the way we work, play, and interact with the world."

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by TheLostSwede Today, 07:02 Discuss (15 Comments)

Just over a month ago, Gigabyte launched a pair of white motherboards for Intel CPUs and now the company has quietly released a pair of white models for AMD CPUs. The two models are the B650 AORUS Elite AX Ice and the B650M AORUS Elite AX Ice, the main difference being the form factor, as the latter is a microATX board. Besides the white PCB, all of the heatsinks are silver/white in colour, although all the connectors on the boards are black, just as with the Intel boards. The rear I/O shield has also been given the white treatment to better fit into a white case.

However, the Ice boards are not identical in terms of specs to their older siblings, as Gigabyte has done a few minor changes that aren't noticeable at first look. Gigabyte has shifted away from using MTK/AMD and Intel WiFi cards and is now using the Realtek RTL8852CE on these new boards. We should mention that Gigabyte are using the RTL8852CE on later revisions of the black versions as well. It's currently unknown when these new boards will be available and how much they'll retail for.


PRESS RELEASE by AleksandarK Today, 06:37 Discuss (2 Comments)

Realizing the full potential of next-generation deep learning requires highly efficient AI infrastructure. For a computing platform to be scalable and cost efficient, optimizing every layer of the AI stack, from algorithms to hardware, is essential. Advances in narrow-precision AI data formats and associated optimized algorithms have been pivotal to this journey, allowing the industry to transition from traditional 32-bit floating point precision to presently only 8 bits of precision (i.e. OCP FP8).

Narrower formats allow silicon to execute more efficient AI calculations per clock cycle, which accelerates model training and inference times. AI models take up less space, which means they require fewer data fetches from memory, and can run with better performance and efficiency. Additionally, fewer bit transfers reduces data movement over the interconnect, which can enhance application performance or cut network costs.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Today, 06:30 Discuss (0 Comments)

Socionext today announced a collaboration with Arm and TSMC for the development of an innovative power-optimized 32-core CPU chiplet in TSMCʼs 2 nm silicon technology, delivering scalable performance for hyperscale data center server, 5/6G infrastructure, DPU and edge-of- network markets.

The engineering samples are targeted to be available in 1H2025. This advanced CPU chiplet proof-of-concept using Arm Neoverse CSS technology is designed for single or multiple instantiations within a single package, along with IO and application-specific custom chiplets to optimize performance for a variety of end applications.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Today, 06:22 Discuss (2 Comments)

GIGABYTE, a leader in cloud computing and AI server markets, announced a new strategic framework for AI outlining a blueprint for the company's direction in the AI-driven future of the consumer PC market. The framework features three fundamental pillars: offering a comprehensive AI operating platform, implementing AI-based product design, and engaging in the AI ecosystem with the goal of introducing consumers to a new AI-driven experience.

Providing a comprehensive AI operating platform to meet all-end computing applications

GIGABYTE's AI operating platform caters to all-end computing applications, spanning from the cloud to the edge. In the cloud, GIGABYTE's AI servers deliver robust computing power for demanding AI workloads, encompassing generative AI services and machine learning applications like ChatGPT. At the edge, GIGABYTE's consumer products, such as high-performance graphics cards and gaming laptops, furnish users with instant and reliable AI computing power for a diverse array of applications, ranging from real-time video processing to AI-driven gaming. In scenarios involving AI collaboration systems like Microsoft Copilot, GIGABYTE offers a power-saving, secure, and user-friendly AI operating platform explicitly engineered for the next-generation AI processors like NPUs.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Today, 06:21 Discuss (3 Comments)

Seagate Technology Holdings plc, a world leader in data storage technology and solutions, introduced the new Seagate Exos X24 hard drives. With 10 disks delivering 2.4 TB each, the Exos X24 is Seagate's highest density hard drive, offering industry leading total cost of ownership (TCO) for hyperscale customers and enterprises with scale-out data centers. The conventional magnetic recording (CMR)-based 24 TB Exos X24 delivers market-leading capacity, high performance, and enterprise-class reliability. Seagate also continues to offer limited cloud customers the flexibility of a shingled magnetic recording (SMR) Exos X24 configuration at a capacity of up to 28 TB.

Designed for maximum storage capacity and the highest rack-space efficiency, Exos X24 is purpose-built for hyperscale with powerful performance and proven technology. The new helium 3.5-inch 7200 RPM nearline drive offers both SATA and SAS interfaces and delivers enhanced caching that performs up to three times better than solutions that only utilize read or write caching.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Today, 06:19 Discuss (0 Comments)

LITEON Technology, the global leading provider of power and cooling solutions, is set to unveil its groundbreaking liquid cooling solutions featuring immersion technology through its new brand, COOLITE. This will be the very first time that LITEON showcases its COOLITE solutions, along with state-of-the-art power solutions at the OCP Global Summit. These pioneering solutions are poised to transform data centers by significantly enhancing efficiency, performance, and sustainability.

LITEON COOLITE Liquid Cooling Solutions Bring a Paradigm Shift in Data Center Cooling

LITEON's COOLITE Liquid Cooling Solutions, with immersion technology, bring a paradigm shift in data center cooling. By immersing servers and components in a specialized cooling fluid, these solutions eliminate the constraints of traditional air-based cooling. This results in significantly improved thermal efficiency, enabling data centers to handle high-performance workloads with ease. Furthermore, the reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint contribute to the sustainability goals of data centers.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Today, 06:16 Discuss (3 Comments)

Western Digital today announces a lineup of new solutions from its award-winning SanDisk brand that are designed to satisfy consumers' needs for more storage both at home and on the go. In a world of pixelated memories and digitalized experiences, the need for more space remains constant. Whether documenting a child's first steps, conducting wildlife research, or backing up a carefully curated music library, these new solutions from SanDisk are built for capturing and preserving life's journeys.

"We understand that peoples' storage needs continuously evolve, from personal photos, videos and files to professional content, which is what pushes us to redefine the limits of what's possible," says Susan Park, Vice President, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital. "Our goal is to continue creating easy-to-use, trusted solutions that people rely on today and tomorrow, and we hope the solutions we are launching today inspire people to keep creating."


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Today, 01:56 Discuss (5 Comments)

Zero ASIC, a semiconductor startup, came out of stealth today to announce early access to its one-of-a-kind ChipMaker platform, demonstrating a number of world firsts:

"Custom Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) offer 10-100X cost and energy advantage over commercial off the shelf (COTS) devices, but the enormous development cost makes ASICs non-viable for most applications," said Andreas Olofsson, CEO and founder of Zero ASIC. "To build the next wave of world changing silicon devices, we need to reduce the barrier to ASICs by orders of magnitude. Our mission at Zero ASIC is to make ordering an ASIC as easy as ordering catalog parts from an electronics distributor."


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by TheLostSwede Today, 01:17 Discuss (3 Comments)

The drawn out merger talks between Kioxia and Western Digital's memory and NAND flash manufacturing businesses appears to have hit an unexpected bump on the road, in the shape of SK Hynix according to the Nikkei. As it happens, SK Hynix holds an indirect stake in Kioxia and as such, they need to approve the merger for it to be able to happen. Today, SK Hynix is the second biggest manufacturer of NAND flash, somewhat behind Samsung, but if the Kioxia WD merger were to take place, SK Hynix would be pushed into a third place in the market, which wouldn't benefit the company.

As such, SK Hynix is trying to push for a rather odd option for Kioxia, where SK Hynix wants Japanese SoftBank—who owns among other things, Arm—to step in as a partner with Kioxia. However, what SK Hynix seems to have forgotten is that WD's memory chips are made in the same fab as Kioxia's and it's highly unlikely that WD would be keen on seeing this last minute proposal by SK Hynix play out. The Kioxia WD merger would result in a new company where Kioxia would own 63 percent and WD 37 percent, based on current assets. However, WD is meant to add further capital to the merger, so it can get a 50.1 percent stake in the final company for its shareholders, with Kioxia ending up with 49.9 percent.

Tuesday, October 17th 2023

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Today's Reviews




CPU Coolers







Core i9-14900K is Intel's new flagship with clock speeds of up to 6 GHz. It's actually clocked even higher than the 13900KS, thanks to an extra 100 MHz when more than two cores are active. Our review confirms that Raptor Lake Refresh is amazing for both applications and gaming, if you can live with the power consumption.

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Intel Core i7-14700K is the only processor released today with an upgraded core configuration. Thanks to an additional four E-Cores, more cache and a 200 MHz frequency bump, the 14700K reaches performance quite close to the 13900K, at much better pricing.

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Intel Core i5-14600K is the most affordable new processor released today. While it may look weaker on paper it still packs an impressive punch, especially for gaming. In our review we reached an impressive 5.7 GHz on all cores, which unlocks quite a bit of additional performance.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 22:45 Discuss (0 Comments)

Today ASML Holding NV (ASML) has published its 2023 third-quarter results.

CEO statement and outlook

"Our third-quarter net sales came in at €6.7 billion, around the midpoint of our guidance, with a gross margin of 51.9%, higher than guided, primarily driven by the DUV product mix and some one-off costs effects. "The semiconductor industry is currently working through the bottom of the cycle and our customers expect the inflection point to be visible by the end of this year. Customers continue to be uncertain about the shape of the demand recovery in the industry. We therefore expect 2024 to be a transition year. Based on our current perspective, we take a more conservative view and expect a revenue number similar to 2023. But we also look at 2024 as an important year to prepare for significant growth that we expect for 2025.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 22:24 Discuss (4 Comments)

ZOTAC TECHNOLOGY, a global manufacturer focused on innovation, launches the world's first Mini PC featuring the AirJet Solid-State Active Cooling system, as well as a lineup of ARM-based, lightweight edge computing platforms based on the NVIDIA Jetson system on module (SoM).


First debuted at COMPUTEX 2023, the ZBOX PI430AJ with AirJet is the first product of its kind to feature revolutionary Solid-State Active Cooling technology. With each unit featuring two AirJet Mini Modules by Frore Systems, these thin, silent modules are capable of removing significant heat through rapid airflow, raising the ZBOX PI430AJ's thermal ceiling without compromising its form factor. Taking advantage of the newfound possibilities enabled by the AirJet, the ZBOX PI430AJ is equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB LPDDR5 memory, M.2 SSD storage slot, and more - all within a system the size of a deck of cards.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 22:11 Discuss (0 Comments)

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced today that they are building on their long-standing collaboration with Google by bringing a RISC-V based wearables solution for use with Wear OS by Google. This expanded framework will help pave the way for more products within the ecosystem to take advantage of custom CPUs that are low power and high performance. Leading up to this, the companies will continue to invest in Snapdragon Wear platforms as the leading smartwatch silicon provider for the Wear OS ecosystem.

"Qualcomm Technologies have been a pillar of the Wear OS ecosystem, providing high performance, low power systems for many of our OEM partners," said Bjorn Kilburn, GM of Wear OS by Google. "We are excited to extend our work with Qualcomm Technologies and bring a RISC-V wearable solution to market."

"We are excited to leverage RISC-V and expand our Snapdragon Wear platform as a leading silicon provider for Wear OS. Our Snapdragon Wear platform innovations will help the Wear OS ecosystem rapidly evolve and streamline new device launches globally," said Dino Bekis, vice president and general manager, Wearables and Mixed Signal Solutions, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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PRESS RELEASE by btarunr Yesterday, 21:51 Discuss (1 Comment)

NVIDIA today announced that it is collaborating with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) to accelerate the AI industrial revolution. Foxconn will integrate NVIDIA technology to develop a new class of data centers powering a wide range of applications—including digitalization of manufacturing and inspection workflows, development of AI-powered electric vehicle and robotics platforms, and a growing number of language-based generative AI services.

Announced in a fireside chat with NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang and Foxconn Chairman and CEO Young Liu at Hon Hai Tech Day, in Taipei, the collaboration starts with the creation of AI factories—an NVIDIA GPU computing infrastructure specially built for processing, refining and transforming vast amounts of data into valuable AI models and tokens—based on the NVIDIA accelerated computing platform, including the latest NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip and NVIDIA AI Enterprise software.

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PRESS RELEASE by btarunr Yesterday, 21:48 Discuss (2 Comments)

Asetek, innovator of gaming hardware for next-level immersive gaming experiences and the creator of the all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler, today announced that new OEM Partner LIAN LI makes available its Galahad II LCD CPU Coolers, leveraging the superior thermal and acoustic performance and reliability associated with Asetek's most advanced technology to date. The Galahad II LCD AIOs will enable enthusiasts to boost CPU overclocking capability for extreme performance and gamers to enjoy rock-solid stability for immersive gaming.

Asetek and LIAN LI collaborated to create the Galahad II LCD CPU coolers, which are powered by Asetek's Gen8 technology, and are available in black or white in 280 mm or 360 mm radiator sizes for a variety of form factors and cooling requirements. The coolers include a 2.88" LCD screen with 480x480 resolution to display various system information, such as CPU/GPU temperature and load, pump RPM, and coolant temperature. The updated L-Connect 3 software offers users a host of features to allow them to customize the LCD display. In addition to uploading custom videos, the software has built in functions to allow users to record gameplay videos and images for display on the pump cap, a first-of-a-kind feature for AIOs in this premium category. Trim and upload the video portion you want using the included video editor. The L-Connect 3 software also comes with a variety of included presets and filters that users can apply to any imported images and GIFs.

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PRESS RELEASE by btarunr Yesterday, 21:23 Discuss (1 Comment)

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, is thrilled to announce the first list of motherboards tuned and ready to support the brand new Intel Core 14th gen processors.

Intel's 14th Gen Core Raptor Lake-S Refresh processor lineup is the talk of the town, with jaw-dropping performance numbers like never before. Built on Intel 7 Process node technology, the latest Intel Core 14th gen processors include core i9-14900K, i9-14900KF, i7-14700K, i7-14700KF, i5-14600K, and core i5-14600KF processors are designed to bring a new era of raw processing power to desktop computing. With significant performance enhancements compared to their predecessors, the new Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors carry notable performance improvements.

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by btarunr Yesterday, 20:39 Discuss (46 Comments)

NVIDIA is rumored to be working on a refresh of the higher end of its GeForce RTX 40-series "Ada" series, according to hongxing2020, a reliable source with NVIDIA leaks. The company could be bringing back the SUPER brand extension that it introduced with the RTX 20-series. As many as three SKUs are on the radar—GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, and the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER.

There is no word on when the company plans to release these, or what their specifications are, but we can certainly speculate. The current RTX 4080, while based on the AD103 silicon, doesn't max it out—it uses 76 out of 80 SM (streaming multiprocessors) available on the silicon, but we doubt if those extra 4 SM could drive up enough performance to make a whole new SKU, especially given that the 256-bit memory bus of the AD103 is maxed out. We predict that the RTX 4080 SUPER could be based on the larger AD102 silicon that physically has 144 SM that the current RTX 4090 uses 128 out of. NVIDIA has the opportunity to pick an SM count such as, say, 96. AD102 also has a wider 384-bit memory bus, giving NVIDIA the option of either giving the RTX 4080 SUPER the same 24 GB memory configuration as the RTX 4090, or even 20 GB, across a 320-bit memory bus.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 13:26 Discuss (5 Comments)

Introducing Epic First Run, our opt-in exclusivity program for third-party developers and publishers on the Epic Games Store. Registration is open through our self-publishing flow in the Epic Developer portal. Additionally, we are kicking off Now On Epic: a new back catalog incentive program for developers and publishers to bring their previously released products to the Epic Games Store. Now On Epic gives participants the opportunity to boost their net revenue from user spending on eligible products from 88% to 100% in their first six months on the store on all payments processed by Epic Games. After this initial six-month run, participating titles will continue to benefit from Epic's industry-leading 88% / 12% revenue split.

The Epic Games Store is home to a global audience with over 230 million players and 68 million monthly active users. Releasing back-catalog content on the Epic Games Store helps reach new, incremental audiences and ensures that the content that our players are looking for can be consistently discovered. Participants can leverage publisher and franchise sale opportunities to maximize this unique opportunity during their participating titles' first six months on the Epic Games Store.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 13:17 Discuss (2 Comments)

Today, the US authorities published the updated version of the advanced computing and semiconductor manufacturing equipment rule, imposing additional restrictions on export of advanced chip manufacturing technology. These regulations will become effective after a period of 30 days. Given the length and complexity of the regulations, ASML will need to carefully assess any potential implications. However, as to our business, from the information we received, it is our understanding that the new regulations will be applicable to a limited number of fabs in China related to advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

These export control measures will likely have an impact on the regional split of our systems sales in the medium to long term. However, we do not expect these measures to have a material impact on our financial outlook for 2023 and for our longer-term scenarios for 2025 and 2030, as communicated during our Investor Day in November 2022. ASML will seek further clarification from the US authorities on the scope of these new regulations. ASML is fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations including export control legislation in the countries in which we operate.

PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 13:14 Discuss (0 Comments)

Drop, the leading community-driven e-commerce brand, today unveiled the CSTM80, its inaugural keyboard in its CSTM series of highly customizable mechanical keyboards. On the heels of launching its Battlestations shopping experience earlier this year, Drop continues to push the boundaries of personal expression for its enthusiast community with design-forward innovations.

The CSTM80 is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard featuring a magnetic top case that users can switch out and pair with a matching cable and keycaps to reflect their personal style and preferences. At launch, users can choose from several different color cases, as well as two designed cases, to match their preferred aesthetic. Unlike other "customizable" keyboards on the market that only allow the top cover to be swapped out, the magnetic case on the CSTM80 encapsulates nearly the entire keyboard, allowing for greater customization among users and expanding the canvas for designers to craft more intricate designs.


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by GFreeman Yesterday, 12:26 Discuss (13 Comments)

AMD has released the latest version of AMD Software Adrenalin drivers, version 23.10.2 Beta, that are pretty much identical to the previously available AMD Software Adrenalin drivers, version 23.10.1 WHQL, except for the AMD Anti-Lag+ support. As you probably know, AMD's Anti-Lag+ feature has been triggering Valve's Anti-Cheat (VAC) system in Counter Strike 2, which resulted in ban for some gamers. The issues have been spotted in several other games, and AMD has decided to disable the Anti-Lag+ in all supported games and recommend gamers to use the new driver.

AMD was also keen to note that it is working with game developers to re-instate gamers that were banned due to Anti-Lag+, and promised more information when available. As it was the case with the previous release, the new AMD Software Adrenalin drivers, version 23.10.2 Beta also adds optimizations for Assassin's Creed Mirage, Lords of the Fallen, and Forza Motorsport games. It fixes several issues in Starfield, Counter Strike 2 and EA FC 23, as well as some other bugs and issues.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Software Adrenalin 23.10.2 Beta


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 10:27 Discuss (0 Comments)

If you're looking to build a city, build a team, or build a to-play-next list of games, we have updates for you. Some games you'll remember from seeing at gamescom or at our Xbox Games Showcase, and we have a few new announcements - excited to get to the game play!

Available Today:

Like A Dragon: Ishin! (Cloud, Console, and PC)

Take up the sword as Sakamoto Ryoma and venture to Kyoto to find your father's killer, clear yourself of a framed murder, and restore your honor. In doing so, you will bring an end to the samurai era and forever change the future of Japan. Draw your blade and join the revolution in this heated historical adventure.


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 10:20 Discuss (8 Comments)

Paradox Interactive (Paradox) and Harebrained Schemes (HBS)—developers of the Shadowrun trilogy, BATTLETECH and The Lamplighters League—have decided to part ways on 1 January 2024. The separation is the result of a mutual agreement, stemming from each party's strategic and creative priorities. Paradox will retain ownership of The Lamplighters League and other games developed by the studio. HBS will seek new publishing, partnership, and investment opportunities.

"Paradox has refocused its strategy towards its core niches within strategy and management games with endless qualities," said Charlotta Nilsson, COO of Paradox. "We and HBS' leadership have been discussing what would happen after the release of The Lamplighters League, but a new project or sequel in the same genre was not in line with our portfolio plans. Hence, we believe that a separation would be the best way forward. We're very happy that this talented, gifted studio has the chance to continue and can't wait to see what they will make next."


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 10:11 Discuss (6 Comments)

We are excited to introduce the The Mountain Royals DLC for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! Unlock the rich history and untold stories of two remarkable civilizations, available now to pre-order with a 15% discount! Our teams have been working on The Mountain Royals for some time, expanding the storytelling of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. As we announce this DLC publicly and make it available for pre-order, we're aware of the events currently affecting modern day Armenians. The Mountain Royals has not been designed as a comment or reference to modern day events.

The Georgians

Carve out a sturdy kingdom in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains and use the rugged terrain to your advantage as you repulse countless foreign invasions. The Georgian unique unit is the Monaspa, a brawny cavalry unit whose strength increases in numbers. During the early medieval period, the regions south of the Caucasus Mountains were divided among numerous petty kingdoms that eluded foreign dominance largely through geographical isolation. Although the Byzantine Empire occasionally attempted to extend its influence into these polities, no significant lasting gains were made. However, the constant threat of foreign invasion catalyzed a gradual shift towards unity. In the early 11th century, Bagrat III finally succeeded in gathering these formerly squabbling states into the Kingdom of Georgia.


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 09:56 Discuss (5 Comments)

In a dynamic and fast-paced world, capturing information and ideas is crucial, note-taking skill has become essential in both personal and professional lives. Whether you're a student, professional, artist, or someone who enjoys capturing thoughts, finding the right note-taking solution is vital. The BOOX Note Air2 Plus offers a seamless note-taking experience that combines the familiarity of traditional writing with the convenience of digital technology. This E Ink tablet provides functionality and ease, making it the ideal companion for various uses. In this article, we will explore the exceptional features of the BOOX Note Air2 Plus and how it enhances your note-taking experience.

Easy on the Eyes and Paper-like Writing Experience

The 5.8 mm thin E Ink tablet features a 10.3'' monochrome aPaper display, providing a comfortable writing experience similar to pen and paper. E Ink displays are generally better for eye comfort compared to traditional LED or LCD screens. The E Ink screen is not only gentle on the eyes but also provides clear visibility even in bright sunlight, allowing for effortless reading anytime, anywhere.


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 09:48 Discuss (0 Comments)

Adventure through the mystical Northstar Islands in this all-new take on classic 2D Sonic high-speed action platforming. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy and harness all-new Emerald powers to move and attack in dynamic new ways. Navigate gorgeous, never-before-seen environments solo or with up to 3 other players and stop Dr. Eggman, Fang, and a mysterious new adversary from converting the islands' giant animals into Badniks before it's too late!

A new Spin on a Classic

The 2D Sonic high-speed sidescrolling action platforming you know and love, reimagined with fully 3D graphics, new powers and abilities, an all-new setting, and new ways to play! You've never played classic Sonic like this before!


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 09:40 Discuss (0 Comments)

Generative AI is one of the most important trends in the history of personal computing, bringing advancements to gaming, creativity, video, productivity, development and more. And GeForce RTX and NVIDIA RTX GPUs, which are packed with dedicated AI processors called Tensor Cores, are bringing the power of generative AI natively to more than 100 million Windows PCs and workstations.

Today, generative AI on PC is getting up to 4x faster via TensorRT-LLM for Windows, an open-source library that accelerates inference performance for the latest AI large language models, like Llama 2 and Code Llama. This follows the announcement of TensorRT-LLM for data centers last month. NVIDIA has also released tools to help developers accelerate their LLMs, including scripts that optimize custom models with TensorRT-LLM, TensorRT-optimized open-source models and a developer reference project that showcases both the speed and quality of LLM responses.


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 09:28 Discuss (0 Comments)

Today is an exciting day for the entire studio, and especially our ENDLESS Dungeon team that has worked super hard these past years to make this game a reality. We've put a lot of passion and dedication into this project, and we're extremely proud of releasing our game today! We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Endless Dungeon is out, at least the advanced access (aka early unlock) for those of you who bought the "Last Wish Edition". For those who own the Standard Edition you will be able to play starting Thursday (16:00 CEST / 15:00 BST / 7:00 PST).


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PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 09:16 Discuss (1 Comment)

Gaming allows us to experience worlds beyond imagination, share our stories and forge friendships with people across the world. At Xbox we believe that gaming is for everyone, including the over 429 million players with disabilities, and it is our responsibility to create a place where everyone feels welcome, safe, and included to experience the joy and community of gaming.

Each October we take a moment to celebrate the disability community, and earlier this month Xbox celebrated its partnership with Special Olympics in the form of Gaming for Inclusion, a hybrid, multi-day tournament that aims to showcase the power of inclusion through gaming, break down barriers and empower Special Olympics athletes through technology. Prioritizing accessibility in gaming invites more people to experience gaming, by empowering all gamers to play in the way that is true to them.


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by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 08:53 Discuss (14 Comments)

There have been several rumours about AMD's upcoming RX 6750 GRE graphics cards, which may or maybe not be limited to the Chinese market. Details have now appeared of not one, but two different RX 6750 GRE SKUs, courtesy of @momomo_us on Twitter/X and it seems like AMD has simply re-branded the RX 6700 XT and RX 6700, adjusted the clock speed minimally and slapped a new cooler on the cards. To call this disappointing would be an understatement, but then again, these cards weren't expected to bring anything new to the table.

The fact that AMD is calling the cards the RX 6750 GRE 10 GB and RX 6750 GRE 12 GB will help confuse consumers as well, especially when you consider the two cards were clearly different SKUs when they launched as the RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT. Now it just looks like one has las VRAM than the other, when in fact it also has a different GPU. At least the pricing difference between the two SKUs is minimal, with the 10 GB model having an MSRP of US$269 and the 12 GB model coming in at a mere $20 more, at US$289. The RX 6700 XT had a launch price of US$479 and still retails for over US$300, which at least makes these refreshed products somewhat more wallet friendly.


PRESS RELEASE by T0@st Yesterday, 08:51 Discuss (2 Comments)

Today marks a very special launch at Glorious. We are thrilled to release four tournament-grade mice, crafted for gaming enthusiasts in need of high performance gear. Introducing the Model O 2 PRO and the Model O 2 PRO 4K/8KHz Edition, as well as the Model D 2 PRO and the Model D 2 PRO 4K/8KHz Edition. In this article, we'll break down how we came to develop these gaming mice, and dive into each of the features for all four devices.


When we first released the original Model O back in 2019, it took the gaming community by storm. We designed it with direct feedback from gamers worldwide, and we were thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response it received. Fast-forward a few years later, we hosted a limited edition group buy, featuring an enhanced version of this device: Model O PRO Forge Edition. It was a stripped down version of the original mouse, sporting only the necessary cutting-edge tech for optimal performance at the lightest weight possible. Though we will no longer be hosting group buys, we decided to take this optimized mouse, turbocharge it with next-generation technology (more on this later), and make it one of our mainline products.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 08:17 Discuss (0 Comments)

Synopsys today announced it has expanded its collaboration with Arm to provide optimized IP and EDA solutions for the newest Arm technology, including the Arm Neoverse V2 platform and Arm Neoverse Compute Subsystem (CSS). Synopsys has joined Arm Total Design where Synopsys will leverage their deep design expertise, the Synopsys.ai full-stack AI-driven EDA suite, and Synopsys Interface, Security, and Silicon Lifecycle Management IP to help mutual customers speed development of their Arm-based CSS solutions. The expanded partnership builds on three decades of collaboration to enable mutual customers to quickly develop specialized silicon at lower cost, with less risk and faster time to market.

"With Arm Total Design, our aim is to enable rapid innovation on Arm Neoverse CSS and engage critical ecosystem expertise at every stage of SoC development," said Mohamed Awad, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Line of Business at Arm. "Our deep technical collaboration with Synopsys to deliver pre-integrated and validated IP and EDA tools will help our mutual customers address the industry's most complex computing challenges with specialized compute."

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 07:38 Discuss (17 Comments)

Comcast and Broadcom today announced joint efforts to develop the world's first AI-powered access network with a new chipset that embeds artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within the nodes, amps and modems that comprise the last few miles of Comcast's network. With these new capabilities broadly deployed throughout the network, Comcast will be able to transform its operations by automating more network functions and deliver an improved customer experience through better and more actionable intelligence.

Additionally, the new chipset will be the first in the world to incorporate DOCSIS 4.0 Full Duplex (FDX), Extended Spectrum (ESD) and the ability to run both simultaneously, enabling Internet service providers across the globe to deliver DOCSIS 4.0 services using a toolkit with technology options to meet their business needs. DOCSIS 4.0 is the next-generation network technology that will introduce symmetrical multi-gigabit Internet speeds, lower latency, and even better security and reliability to hundreds of millions of people and businesses over their existing connections without the need for major construction of new network infrastructure.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 07:35 Discuss (4 Comments)

MaxLinear, Inc., a leader in broadband access solutions, today announced the availability of its DOCSIS 4.0 SoC cable modem and gateway platform, Puma 8. Puma 8 builds on the success of its DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 predecessors (Puma 6 and 7) and includes all critical elements of a DOCSIS platform, including a low-power, ultra-high split upstream PGA. The platform is compliant to the DOCSIS 4.0 frequency division duplex (FDD) specification and enables immediate large-scale deployments as a DOCSIS 3.1 device with gradual feature expansion options without the need for costly CPE replacements. Complete modem, Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (EMTA), and gateway platforms will be available from MaxLinear's early access OEM partners in 2024.

MaxLinear's DOCSIS 4.0 platform stands out in the market as an energy-efficient, performance-optimized solution. It aligns perfectly with the deployment strategies and technology requirements of leading MSOs. The Puma 8 platform has been specifically tailored to support Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD)/Frequency Division Duplex (FDD), and it boasts a range of energy-saving features. Even at full utilization, its power consumption is impressively low, at just 20-25 W, which is almost half that of competing solutions. This low power consumption enables a fan-less design, resulting in not only cost savings but also space conservation. To achieve peak performance with industry-leading low power consumption, MaxLinear employed a collaborative co-design approach, encompassing the DOCSIS SoC, AnyWAN SoC, and the programmable gain amplifier (PGA).

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 07:26 Discuss (0 Comments)

Each week, we bring you news of the latest DLSS and ray tracing integrations in games and apps. Last week, Lords of the Fallen launched with DLSS 3, the DLSS and Reflex-enhanced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Beta began, we launched our Alan Wake 2 GeForce RTX 40 Series bundle, and we highlighted the recent release of Highrise City with DLSS 2.

This week, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT upgrades to DLSS 3, while Slender: The Arrival and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 introduce support for DLSS 3 in new updates. Additionally, HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED 2 - Turbocharged and AirportSim hit virtual shelves in the near future with day one support for DLSS 2. And Land of the Vikings recently exited Early Access with support for DLSS 2.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 07:20 Discuss (3 Comments)

Cooler Master, a leading provider of PC components, gaming peripherals, and tech lifestyle solutions today announced the Atlas ARGB GPU Support. Engineered for the most advanced graphics cards, this GPU support accessory melds functionality with cutting-edge design, ensuring GPUs remain stable while providing an additional layer of aesthetics to any PC setup.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 07:19 Discuss (1 Comment)

NVIDIA Reflex is a must-have in games, reducing system latency so your actions occur quicker, giving you a competitive edge in multiplayer matches, and making single-player titles more responsive and enjoyable. NVIDIA Reflex is now used by over 50 million players each month, is available in 9 of the top 10 competitive shooters, including Counter-Strike 2, and is activated by 90% of GeForce gamers in over 80 supported titles. NVIDIA Reflex is synonymous with responsive gaming, and can be found in the latest and greatest games. Counter-Strike 2 and Overwatch 2 Season 7: Rise of Darkness are reducing system latency with Reflex today, and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 adds support in the coming days.

Overwatch 2 Season 7 Available Now

NVIDIA Reflex enables GeForce gamers to play with minimal system latency in Overwatch 2's highly competitive multiplayer matches. Overwatch 2 Season 7: Rise of Darkness is now live. Defeat powerful bosses and level up your hero in the new Trials of Sanctuary game mode. Travel to a tropical paradise with the new Samoa map. Try out Sombra's new ability kit and look out for Roadhog's rework later in the season. Explore seasonal cosmetics in the shop or earn them with the Battle Pass. Using NVIDIA Reflex on a GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU, your actions have improved responsiveness, occurring virtually without delay, and performance is so high that you'll see the action at its best with maximum clarity.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 07:06 Discuss (10 Comments)

NVIDIA today announced an update to RTX Video Super Resolution (VSR) that delivers greater overall graphical fidelity with preserved details, upscaling for native videos and support for GeForce RTX 20 Series desktop and laptop GPUs. For AI assists from RTX VSR and more - from enhanced creativity and productivity to blisteringly fast gaming - check out the RTX for AI page.

The Super RTX VSR Update 1.5

RTX VSR's AI model has been retrained to more accurately identify the difference between subtle details and compression artifacts to better preserve image details during the upscaling process. Finer details are more visible, and the overall image looks sharper and crisper than before. RTX VSR version 1.5 will also de-artifact videos played at their native resolution - prior, only upscaled video could be enhanced. Providing a leap in graphical fidelity for laptop owners with 1080p screens, the updated RTX VSR makes 1080p resolution, which is popular for content and displays, look smoother at its native resolution, even with heavy artifacts. And with expanded RTX VSR support, owners of GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs can benefit from the same AI-enhanced video as those using RTX 30 and 40 Series GPUs. RTX VSR 1.5 is available as part of the latest Game Ready Driver, available for download today. Content creators downloading NVIDIA Studio Drivers - designed to enhance features, reduce repetitiveness and dramatically accelerate creative workflows - can install the driver with RTX VSR releasing in early November.


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PRESS RELEASE by btarunr Yesterday, 07:02 Discuss (3 Comments)

Harnessing the winds, the MX600 RGB's perfect storm of cooling features completely neutralizes the threat of overheating. Fully ventilated on all visible sides, this chassis channels omnidirectional air currents, minimizing running temperatures: the perforations are square instead of circular to ensure maximum airflow, the surface area of a square being greater than a circle with an equivalent diameter. To counteract the increased exposure to particles, the MX600 RGB is shielded against dust - the enemy of all PCs - with five strategically placed filters, extending the longevity of your components. Two integrated angular structures - one at the foot of the front panel and another to its side - guides airflow with finesse and precisely targets cooling at your GPU and CPU.

Moreover, the power unit cabin boasts a height of 110 mm, enhanced by a fully vented side cover that facilitates optimal air intake: this increased headroom allows for improved clearance and promotes efficient air circulation. The MX600 RGB is preinstalled with a 120 mm rear panel fan and 3x 140 mm PWM front panel fans. Equipped with a fan bracket on the power unit cabin for two fans, and the option to add three additional fans to the top panel, the MX600 RGB offers a maximum total capacity of nine fans. This impressive configuration maxes out cooling power, making being burned out of your game a thing of the past.


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by btarunr Yesterday, 07:00 Discuss (7 Comments)

NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce graphics drivers. The company released the GeForce 545 series drivers, a huge jump in version numbering from the GeForce 537 series. The new drivers extend NVIDIA RTX Video Super Resolution 1.5 technology down to even RTX 20-series "Turing" GPUs, besides the current RTX 30-series "Ampere" and RTX 40-series "Ada." The technology is a high-quality video upscaler that uses some of the upscaling techniques borrowed from DLSS feature-set over to video. The drivers also add optimization for the latest "Naraka: Bladepoint" patch that introduces DLSS 3 Frame Generation, as well as "Warhammer Vermintide II" DLSS 3 update. The drivers add TensorRT acceleration for Stable Diffusion. The drivers also add GeForce Experience optimal settings for over a dozen game titles. Among the issues fixed include a random black screen flicker seen on displays that use DSC (display stream compression), and incorrect monitor colors when returning from display sleep.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 06:54 Discuss (1 Comment)

In support of the Intel latest Intel Core 14th gen processors (Raptor Lake Refresh), in particular Intel Core i9-14900K and i9-14900KF processors, ENERMAX, an industry-leading force dedicated to designing high-performance computer power supplies and cooling solutions, is recommending its latest LIQMAXFLO series, including LIQMAXFLO SR series as Intel compatible vendor liquid cooling solutions. The series is equipped with an advanced Dual-Chamber Xtreme pump, which has ENERMAX's patented Shunt-Channel technology along with other improvements to ensure the most performance from your new processors.

The power and thermal performance overhead can be used to improve performance or maintain higher clock speeds under demanding workloads. The combination of the LIQMAXFLO series and Intel Core processors (14th gen) will maximize performance for your most demanding needs and deliver even more ultra-efficient multitasking, so you can game, stream, and record at once or video conference while sharing 4K video seamlessly.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 06:49 Discuss (1 Comment)

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading brand of performance overclock memory and PC components, is excited to announce the launch of a new Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 memory kit specification at DDR5-8400 CL40-52-52-134 48 GB (2x24GB), aimed at the latest 14th Gen Intel Core desktop processor & Intel Z790 chipset platform.

Extreme Memory Speed at DDR5-8400 CL40

Developed on the latest 14th Gen Intel Core desktop processor and Intel Z790 chipset platform, G.SKILL is announcing a new DDR5 memory specification at DDR5-8400 CL40-52-52-134 with 48 GB (2x24GB) kit capacity. As shown in the screenshot below, this extreme speed memory kit is validated on the Intel Core i9-14900K desktop processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore motherboard, and demonstrates incredible memory bandwidth speeds at 128.88 GB/s read, 127.03 GB/s write, and 123.83 GB/s copy in the AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmark.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 06:45 Discuss (0 Comments)

EK, the leading manufacturer of premium liquid cooling gear, is excited to announce full compatibility of the EK-Nucleus AIOs with the recently unveiled Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs and the upcoming new Z790 motherboards. The Raptor Lake refresh series CPUs feature faster cores that can go up to 6 GHz for improved multi-tasking, gaming, streaming, and more. It is paramount to have a good cooling solution for the CPU to reach these high frequencies through Thermal Velocity Boost. EK's Nucleus AIOs are ready for that task with their ample radiator surface, powerful fans for heat dissipation, and potent pumps to circulate the warmed coolant.

EK-Nucleus AIOs

The coldplate that comes in contact with the CPU IHS is made of copper to enhance the thermal transferring characteristics. It has a dense stack of microfins that boost the thermal transfer area between the copper base and coolant, ensuring unparalleled cooling. These AIOs feature a straightforward installation procedure, powerful and daisy-chainable FPT fans optimized for radiators, strong pumps, diamond-cut fittings, sleeved tubing, and more. The versatile Nucleus All-in-One CPU cooling solutions come in various models - with and without D-RGB when it comes to lighting, in white and black color, and 360 mm and 240 mm variations in terms of size.


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by AleksandarK Yesterday, 05:41 Discuss (4 Comments)

Intel and Submer, a company specializing in immersion cooling, are set to unveil a creative immersion cooling system at the OCP Global Summit. This system can efficiently dissipate 1,000 W of power in a single-phase liquid cooling setup designed for deployment in data centers. Unlike traditional water cooling, immersion cooling systems offer higher efficiency and reliability. The solution developed by Submer and Intel is based on a Forced Convection Heat Sink (FCHS) and leverages a heat exchanger for heat transfer with a second liquid. The primary advantage of immersion cooling is its lack of active components on the cooling element, making it possible for immersed systems to operate without them for extended periods.

In this new system, a copper cooler is housed with two fans at one end to enhance liquid flow through the heat sink using forced convection. However, this active cooling component contradicts the traditional passive concept of immersion cooling based on natural convection. In its initial phase, Submer and Intel utilized Xeon processors with an 800 W TDP, with plans to increase that figure to 1,000 W in the next step. This Forced Convection Heat Sink (FCHS) offers the advantages of easy manufacturing and cost-effective usage while effectively dissipating up to 1,000 W of waste heat, making it a compelling option for immersion cooling. There are even possibilities of being 3D printed, according to Submer, and the plan is to achieve cooling of 1kW+ chip. We expect to hear more about the system during the OCP Global Summit, running from October 17 to 19, as currently, we only have a lower-resolution image from Submer's press release.

by AleksandarK Yesterday, 05:21 Discuss (7 Comments)

Intel's upcoming Meteor Lake processor family will see the light of the day in mobile version only, with a big re-brand of the Intel Core i naming structure. Slated for a December 14th launch, we are eager to see the official performance figures. However, we are in for a treat today as we have some early performance figures thanks to Geekbench. According to the GB5 run found by BenchLeaks, Intel's Core Ultra 9 185H CPU has appeared to show its configuration, early performance, and boost frequency that is reaching beyond the 5.0 GHz mark.

As the GB5 run suggests, Core Ultra 9 185H is a 16-core CPU with 22 threads, running at 2.5 GHz base frequency. There are six P-cores, eight E-cores, and two SoC-cores on the package of this SKU. During boost, the CPU can reach up to 5.1 GHz and was paired with 64 GB of DDR5 memory. Interestingly, the CPU scored 1849 points in single-threaded tests and 9832 points in multi-threaded tests, which currently doesn't beat top-end Intel mobile HX SKU like i9-13980HX. However, we estimate this was an early engineering sample, and the final product will be more performant.


PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 03:41 Discuss (2 Comments)

Baidu, Inc., a leading AI company with strong Internet foundation, today hosted its annual flagship technology conference Baidu World 2023 in Beijing, marking the conference's return to an offline format after four years. With the theme "Prompt the World," this year's Baidu World conference saw Baidu launch ERNIE 4.0, Baidu's next-generation and most powerful foundation model offering drastically enhanced core AI capabilities. Baidu also showcased some of its most popular applications, solutions, and products re-built around the company's state-of-the-art generative AI.

"ERNIE 4.0 has achieved a full upgrade with drastically improved performance in understanding, generation, reasoning, and memory," Robin Li, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Baidu, said at the event. "These four core capabilities form the foundation of AI-native applications and have now unleashed unlimited opportunities for new innovations."

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 03:36 Discuss (1 Comment)

Swissbit, a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade flash memory solutions, today announced the release of its new product line of SATA SSDs. The series X-73, X-75 and X-78 are powered by cutting-edge industrial 112-layer 3D NAND technology, bringing unprecedented reliability and extended lifespan to the world's most crucial networks. The latest portfolio is built with Swissbit's dedication to quality and innovation. The new portfolio not only offers reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) thanks to its extended product life cycle, but also comes with powersafe SSDs - Swissbit's industry-leading power loss protection feature.

The expanded SSD product line includes M.2 2242, M.2 2280, Slim SATA MO-297, and 2.5" form factors, and offers a wide capacity range from 40 GB up to 1.92 TB. With an industry-leading 100k P/E cycles, the high endurance versions in pSLC mode are aimed at addressing the increasing market demand for durable and reliable data storage solutions.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 03:33 Discuss (7 Comments)

Targus, the number one laptop bag brand in the US1 and a leader in laptop cases and mobile computing accessories, today announced the availability of its new USB-C Dual Host Hybrid Triple Video KVM Docking Station with Dual 100 W Power (DOCK750). This flexible hybrid/universal dock enhances the capabilities of a single docking station by allowing users to connect and simultaneously power and control two different host devices across up to three monitors and multiple downstream peripherals via a single dock.

"By bringing dual host with KVM-sharing capabilities to a dock, enterprise users can quickly and easily operate two laptops or switch between them, while keeping them powered and connected through the docking station," explains Ron DeCamp, Vice President, Global Product Management & Development. "This makes it faster and easier than before to perform common tasks like standardizing desks for mobile and desktop users, plugging into a workspace for quick collaboration, or transitioning between a work and personal computer at home. By expanding the capabilities of a single docking station, DOCK750 is also an excellent solution to optimize the use of valuable workspace and reduce desktop clutter."


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Yesterday, 03:29 Discuss (1 Comment)

Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) ("Microsoft") and Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) ("Activision Blizzard") today announced that, in connection with the previously announced merger of Activision Blizzard with and into a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft (the "Merger"), with Activision Blizzard surviving the Merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, Microsoft has commenced offers to Eligible Holders (as defined herein) to exchange (each an "Exchange Offer" and collectively, the "Exchange Offers") any and all outstanding notes issued by Activision Blizzard as set forth in the table below (the "Existing Activision Blizzard Notes") for up to $3,650,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new notes issued by Microsoft (the "New Microsoft Notes") and cash.

Concurrently with the Exchange Offers being made by Microsoft, Activision Blizzard is, upon Microsoft's request, soliciting consents from Eligible Holders (each, a "Consent Solicitation" and, collectively, the "Consent Solicitations") to adopt certain proposed amendments to each of the corresponding indentures governing the Existing Activision Blizzard Notes to eliminate certain of the covenants, restrictive provisions and events of default from such indentures (with respect to the corresponding indenture for such Existing Activision Blizzard Notes, the "Proposed Amendments"). Eligible Holders may deliver their consent to the Proposed Amendments only by tendering Existing Activision Blizzard Notes of the applicable series in the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations. Eligible Holders may not deliver a consent in a Consent Solicitation without tendering Existing Activision Blizzard Notes in the applicable Exchange Offer and Eligible Holders may not tender Existing Activision Blizzard Notes without also having been deemed to deliver a consent.

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PRESS RELEASE by VSG Yesterday, 02:07 Discuss (3 Comments)

Final, the Japanese high-end audio specialist, has announced their latest venture into the world of gaming and VR with the new VR2000 earphones. For close to five decades, Final has long proven their mastery of all things Hi-fi. Starting in 1974 with the development of high-end turntable cartridges, amplifies and CD transports, and more recently moving onto portable audio with their award-winning headphone and earphone models - final's experience and insight is unmatched. With the VR2000 Final has turned its attention to gamers, VR users and the captivating world of ASMR and immersive audio. Using newly designed 'f-Core DU' custom-made dynamic 6 mm drivers developed in-house, final has been able to tune the VR2000 to extract every detail from your digital surroundings.

Whether playing a first-person shooter, exploring virtual worlds, relaxing to mediative ASMR or listening to a live jazz recording - the VR2000 will transport you into the heart of the action and deliver an experience like never before with no sound going unheard. Hear distant footsteps and gunfire as though you were in battle yourself. Feel every reaction from a stadium full of thousands of spectators. Transport yourself to a 1970's jazz club and hear every note played as though you were there. The Final VR2000 will be available to buy on the 15th of October for £59.99/$69.99/€67.99 from Amazon and selected retailers worldwide.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Yesterday, 00:54 Discuss (6 Comments)

ADATA, the world's leading brand for memory modules and flash memory and Intel recommended partner, in conjunction with its e-sports brand XPG (Xtreme Performance Gear), announces that XPG's complete range of DDR5 memory modules and ADATA Gen 5 SSDs fully support the latest Intel Core processor (14th gen) platform. The recent launch of this latest 14th Gen desktop processor platform emphasized its placing as the fastest processor in the world. Not only does this processor multi-task gaming and heavy workloads, but it also delivers amazing across-the-board performance, in line with the brand appeal fostered by ADATA and XPG. Together, we are committed to providing e-sports enthusiasts and creators with the fastest and most reliable experience available.

XPG DDR5 memory and ADATA PCIe 5.0 SSDs fully support Intel's latest desktop platform

ADATA has partnered with Intel and the world's foremost motherboard brands to conduct compatibility testing on XPG DDR5 memory modules and ADATA PCIe 5.0 SSDs in preparation for Intel Core processors (14th gen). Although the most common clock speed in the DDR5 market is currently 5600MT/s, XPG LANCER DDR5 memory modules successfully achieved an ultra-high clock speed of 8,000MT/s during testing and also support Intel XMP Ready to successfully overclock from 8,400MT/s to 9,900MT/s. The ADATA LEGEND 970 PCIe 5.0 SSD was tested at up to an ultra-high 10,000 MB/s sequential read and write speed with 4K random write speed reaching up to 1,400K, delivering a smooth and ultra-efficient desktop experience to gamers and creators alike.

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Monday, October 16th 2023

Today's Reviews



CPU Coolers

Desktop PC

Graphics Cards












Intel's Core 14th Gen "Raptor Lake Refresh" processors are launching soon. Today marks the end of the unboxing and preview embargo, and we're excited to share hands-on pictures of the new processors with you. Additionally, we'll discuss the latest technologies and features they bring to the table.

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Lords of the Fallen has been released, showcasing the incredible power of Unreal Engine 5. This souls-like game offers breathtaking visuals that rank among the most impressive we've seen, but it demands powerful hardware, too. In our performance review, we're taking a closer look at image quality, VRAM usage, and performance on a wide selection of modern graphics cards.

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Truthear aims to follow up on its impressive releases to date with its most expensive set to date called the NOVA. It uses a 1 DD/4 BA driver configuration in an updated, more comfortable shell design to put out a highly dynamic bass and smooth-yet-detailed treble response which follows the Harman in-ear target quite closely.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 23:24 Discuss (11 Comments)

MSI, a trailblazing brand in gaming hardware and innovation, continuously strives to fulfill gamers' dreams. Today, we take immense pride in unveiling AI-powered gaming desktops featuring the 14th generation Intel processor. This marks the perfect fusion of intelligence and performance, promising gamers an invigorating gaming experience.

Next-Generation AI Gaming Desktops

In our commitment to delivering unparalleled gaming experiences, MSI proudly introduces the MEG Trident X2 14th and MPG Infinite X2 14th, equipped with the latest 14th generation Intel processors. These desktops incorporate cutting-edge Frozr AI Cooling technology, delivering exceptional performance through intelligent cooling. Frozr AI Cooling employs advanced algorithms to dynamically monitor component temperatures, ensuring rapid responses to temperature changes and suppressing temperature spikes. Gamers can now enjoy maximum performance without the need for manual adjustments.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 21:41 Discuss (0 Comments)

ORIGIN PC, a leader in custom high-performance systems, today announced the availability of the latest 14th Gen Intel Core Processors across its lineup of custom desktop PCs. Whether you are looking for a compact powerhouse in the form of the CHRONOS, timeless elegance in the NEURON, or supercharged gaming in the liquid-cooled GENESIS, all these machines can now draw on the power of Intel's latest 14th Gen processors. These custom-built PCs are available with a selection of the best hardware to choose from, including CORSAIR VENGEANCE DDR5 memory, iCUE LINK Smart Component Technology, and Hydro X Series liquid cooling. The expert system builders at ORIGIN PC are primed to craft a masterpiece that's ready to game without compromise.

The brand new Intel Core i9-14900K boasts clock speeds up to 6.0 GHz, taking advantage of its 24 cores (8 Performance cores and 16 Efficient cores) and 32 threads to redefine high-end performance. It also features Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency, as well as support for PCIe 5.0/4.0 and DDR5/DDR4. Enthusiast gamers and serious creators can now access the high performance necessary to make the most from their craft.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 21:36 Discuss (1 Comment)

MSI, a world-leading brand for gaming and creation, proudly introduces the VIGOR GK41 series, a revolutionary duo of gaming keyboards designed to elevate your gaming experience. The VIGOR GK41 and its advanced counterpart, the VIGOR GK41 DUSK, are crafted with precision and a next-level to cater to the diverse needs of gamers.

VIGOR GK41: Armed for Game On

The VIGOR GK41, the first product in the series, stands out with its Kailh Linear Red switches, offering outstanding responsiveness for gamers seeking the perfect keystroke. Boasting 6 fixed color LEDs in 10 different lighting zones, the GK41 creates a visually immersive gaming environment. Supporting MSI Center software enables gamers to customize macro key settings and lighting effects. It also offers the flexibility to configure combination keys for adjustable lighting effects and seamless control over media settings. The adjustable stand with three angles (0°, 3°, or 7°) ensures ergonomic comfort. It is complemented by 100% anti-ghosting keys, making the VIGOR GK41 the go-to choice for gamers who demand outstanding performance at an affordable price.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 11:40 Discuss (12 Comments)

Wizard With a Gun, Galvanic Games and Devolver Digital's upcoming magic-infused co-op sandbox survival game, was originally scheduled for release on PC tomorrow, Oct. 17. But then another game about mowing down hordes of monsters with magic in a dark fantasy world—something called Diablo IV, which we've never heard of, but apparently a lot of people love—decided it was going to release on Steam on the same day.

So we're releasing the PC version of Wizard With a Gun TODAY, a day early. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions will still be launching on Oct. 17 (sorry), but if you're a PC player, you'll be able to lock and load sooner than planned for the magically low price of $24.99. Set in a fractured post-apocalyptic world known as the Shatter, Wizard With a Gun sees you (and a friend if you don't want to face the horrors alone) crafting an arsenal of magical guns 'n' ammo to drive back the forces of Chaos and restore this realm to its former glory.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 09:48 Discuss (1 Comment)

EK, the leading manufacturer of premium liquid cooling gear, is excited to announce full compatibility of the EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB 1700 and Magnitude 1700 water blocks with the recently unveiled Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs and the upcoming new Z790 motherboards. The Raptor Lake refresh series CPUs feature faster cores for improved multi-tasking, gaming, streaming, and more - up to 6 GHz, with an unmatched overclocking experience. Of course, a capable cooling solution is paramount for the CPU to boost to these high frequencies. This is where EK's Quantum water blocks come in.

The EK-Quantum Velocity² water blocks mark the first EK product series to feature EK-Matrix7 compatibility. Since its launch, this innovative product has garnered multiple design and performance accolades. These water blocks use a socket-specific cooling engine to ensure the best performance and optimal flow with low restrictions on every platform. Since the Z790X platform is based on the LGA1700 socket, the EK-Quantum Velocity² 1700 water blocks are fully compatible with the CPU socket and IHS geometry of Intel 14th Gen Core CPUs. The same goes for the EK-Quantum Magnitude 1700, which fits the Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs perfectly.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 09:41 Discuss (0 Comments)

MSI is thrilled to announce an incredible offer for all gaming enthusiasts - Starting from October 17th to November 17th, 2023, when purchase MSI latest liquid cooling products - MAG CORELIQUID E360 / WHITE, you will get a free Sonic Superstars game key!

Sonic Superstars game key

MSI has always been dedicated to upgrading users' gaming experience, and our new E series liquid cooling models are no exception. Designed for optimum performance and reliability, these cooling solutions will keep your gaming rig running smoothly. And now, when you invest in our latest liquid cooling technology, you'll also get rewarded with a FREE Sonic Superstars game key.

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 09:39 Discuss (8 Comments)

MSI, the world's leading manufacturer of true gaming hardware, is expanding the hardware possibilities for all gamers. We're proudly introducing the latest line-up of monitors showcasing cutting-edge Rapid VA technology, delivering an immersive curved experience and lightning-fast response times. The response time can reach 1 ms GtG to reduce monitor ghosting in games. These monitors come equipped with the WQHD 1000R rapid VA panel, offering refresh rate options of 240 Hz or 170 Hz. Gain a competitive edge and make precise decisions in fast-moving games with ease. With the support of gaming intelligence, users can configure screen functions effortlessly through mouse operations, effectively replacing the need for physical buttons on the display. In addition to a night vision feature that empowers gamers to adapt to visually challenging dark scenes, this software offers a Smart Crosshair that dynamically adjusts its color to match the game's background, firmware updates, and KVM functionality with just a few clicks.

Quantum Dot technology

With MSI's innovative Quantum Dot technology, both the MAG 325CQRF-QD and MAG 275CQRF-QD monitors boast extensive gamut coverage and higher peak brightness, delivering unparalleled vividness not only for gaming but also for productivity tasks. Prepare to be captivated by the most lifelike and vibrant colors, enhancing your overall visual experience.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 08:13 Discuss (1 Comment)

Phison Electronics, a global leader in NAND controllers and storage solutions, announced today that the company has expanded its portfolio of PCIe 5.0 high-speed transmission solutions with PCIe 5.0, CXL 2.0 compatible redriver and retimer data signal conditioning IC products. Leveraging the company's deep expertise in PCIe engineering, Phison is the only signal conditioners provider that offers the widest portfolio of multi-channel PCIe 5.0 redriver and retimer solutions and PCIe 5.0 storage solutions designed specifically to meet the data infrastructure demands of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI+ML), edge computing, high-performance computing, and other data-intensive, next-gen applications. At the 2023 Open Compute Project Global Summit, the Phison team is showcasing its expansive PCIe 5.0 portfolio, demonstrating the redriver and retimer technologies alongside other enterprise NAND flash, illustrating a holistic vision for a PCIe 5.0 data ecosystem to address the most demanding applications of the AI-everywhere era.

"Phison has focused industry-leading R&D efforts on developing in-house, chip-to-chip communication technologies since the introduction of the PCIe 3.0 protocol, with PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0 solutions now in mass production, and PCIe 6.0 solutions now in the design phase," said Michael Wu, President & General Manager, Phison US. "Phison's accumulated experience in high-speed signaling enables our team to deliver retimer and redriver design solutions that are optimized for top signal integration, low power usage, and high temperature endurance, to deliver interface speeds for the most challenging compute environments."


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 07:49 Discuss (16 Comments)

Intel has officially pulled back the curtain on its 14th Gen Core CPUs, giving gamers, creators, enthusiasts, and everyday users a new tier of processors that elevate everything they do. We've already teased several of our Z790 motherboards purpose-built for the latest Intel Core CPUs, but now we're ready to share all the details. In total, we're releasing seven new Z790 motherboards for your consideration as you hunt for the best motherboard for your 14th Gen Intel CPU. Our cutting-edge ROG Maximus motherboard family is expanding with the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore, and the ROG Maximus Z790 Formula. For gamers everywhere, we're expanding our ROG Strix lineup with three new models, and fans of our TUF Gaming series will be pleased to see the TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi make its debut. These new motherboards join our existing Z790 and Z690 motherboards, which also support Intel's latest and greatest chips through a simple firmware update.

There's a lot to go over with the new additions to our Z790 motherboard family: they mark the debut of our first WiFi 7 motherboards, for one, and we're increasing the number of models with onboard PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots. They offer our latest game-changing innovations like DIMM Flex, and they make the process of building a PC easier than ever with their DIY-friendly features.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 07:23 Discuss (0 Comments)

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast components for gamers, creators, and PC builders, today announced its range-wide compatibility and readiness for Intel's new 14th Generation Intel Core processors. With a enormous range of tested and validated components such as DDR5 memory, all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, innovative and reliable power supplies, and blazing fast M.2 SSDs, you can be confident that CORSAIR components will pair exceptionally with the latest in Intel processors to help your PC reach its full potential.

The latest Core processors utilize Intel's new Performance Hybrid Architecture, featuring more efficiency-cores for the best gaming experience—even while streaming and encoding video. Other features, such as Intel Thread Director to keep background tasks from slowing down games and Smart Cache for smoother gameplay and faster load times, make 14th Gen Core processors a great choice for PC gaming. But it's not enough to just have the CPU; you need to complete your system with components that can keep up and tap into its full potential, and that's where CORSAIR comes in.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 07:21 Discuss (9 Comments)

Today, Intel launched the new Intel Core 14th Generation desktop processor family, led by the Intel Core i9-14900K. This latest-generation desktop processor family includes six new unlocked desktop processors at launch, delivering up to 24 cores and 32 threads and up to 6 GHz of frequency right out of the box. Additionally, the Intel Core i7-14700K arrives with 20 cores and 28 threads thanks to four more Efficient-cores (E-cores) compared with the prior generation. And Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) now features the new AI Assist feature, bringing one-click AI-guided overclocking to select unlocked Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors.

"Since the introduction of our performance hybrid architecture, Intel has consistently raised the bar for desktop performance. With our Intel Core 14th Generation processors, we're showing once again why enthusiasts turn to Intel for the best desktop experience available on the market today." -Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager, Enthusiast PC and Workstation, Client Computing Group.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 07:08 Discuss (1 Comment)

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced the Micron 7500 NVMe SSD for data center workloads. The 7500 SSD is the world's only mainstream data center SSD to feature 200+ layer NAND, utilizing Micron's 232-layer NAND and enabling up to 242% better random write performance than competitive drives. The SSD also delivers sub-1 millisecond (1 ms) latency for 6x9s quality-of-service (QoS) in mainstream drives, creating a new, industry-leading class of SSDs perfectly suited to deliver the consistency required in the cloud. The Micron 7500 SSD is designed to meet the demands of storage-intensive data center workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI), databases, content delivery, real-time analytics, social media platforms, cloud computing and virtualization. Its remarkable QoS and performance provide rapid, reliable responsiveness for these demanding workloads. For example, the drive improves RocksDB performance by up to 2.1 times versus competitive SSDs.

"The Micron 7500 SSD is a game-changer for data center workloads, delivering blazing-fast performance, exceptional QoS reliability and advanced security unmatched by any other SSD in its class," said Alvaro Toledo, vice president and general manager of Micron's Data Center Storage group. "Thanks to Micron's industry-leading 232-layer NAND technology, we have achieved a breakthrough in latency, enabling response times below 1 ms for 6x9s QoS in mainstream drives. This means our customers can run their data-intensive workloads faster, more efficiently and with more predictability than ever before."

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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 07:00 Discuss (5 Comments)

ASRock has announced three new Phantom Gaming Z790 Series motherboards, the Z790 NOVA WiFi, Z790 Riptide WiFi and Z790 Lightning WiFi are ready for Intel 14th Generation Core processors. The launch of the new NOVA series reflects the most incredible burst of energy in the universe, such as supernovas and hypernovas. ASRock NOVA series motherboards embody this spirit to unleash immense power and unlock new levels of performance.

ASRock Phantom Gaming NOVA - New Flagship Gaming Concept

The ASRock Phantom Gaming Z790 NOVA WiFi is a new flagship gaming motherboard featuring a server-grade, low-loss 8-layer PCB with 2 oz copper, 20+1+1 Phase SPS Dr.MOS (90 Amp) VRMs and long-lasting 20K 105°C black capacitors that will truly unlock the full potential of any Intel chip. The optimized board layout maximizes potential DDR5 overclocking to speeds of 8000 MHz and more when paired with a premium DDR5 kit.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Monday, 06:55 Discuss (4 Comments)

MSI is announcing today the brand-new Intel Core 14th gen processors that will be best paired with our recently launched MSI's Z790 MAX MEG Series, MPG Series, MAG Series, and PRO Series motherboards. MSI's Z790 MAX motherboards paired with Intel Core 14th gen processors are here to succeed with more efficient computing from the last generation of processors. As a world-leading motherboard manufacturer, MSI's Z790 MAX motherboards are to design and provide the very best performance for gamers, creators, and all users.

Intel Core 14th gen processors are still built on their "Intel 7" Hybrid Architecture Process Technology but for the first time on the Intel Core 14th gen processors, the highest performance i9-14900K processors can hit up to 6 GHz thanks to Intel 's Thermal Velocity Boost. This CPU refresh also focuses on the Intel Core i7-14700K as it increases an additional 4 E-Cores that will help increase certain multithread workloads as well as an increase in L3 Cache across all processors. On launch, there will be six models available, which are the Intel Core i9-14900K, i9-14900KF, i7-14700K, i7-14700KF, i5-14600K and i5-14600KF.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 06:00 Discuss (5 Comments)

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading global powerhouse in motherboards, graphics cards, and cutting-edge hardware solutions, is ready to usher in the era of Intel Core 14th gen processors with a complete lineup of Z790/Z690 series motherboards. Especially, From the flagship Z790 AORUS XTREME X to the versatile Z790 AORUS ELITE X, the X Gen series is engineered to optimize the performance of Intel Core 14th gen processors and drive DDR5 memory faster than ever.

The AORUS Z790 X Gen motherboards, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, deliver best-in-class DDR5 compatibility and leading performance, supporting up to DDR5 XMP-8266 and beyond. The most crucial technology for DDR5's leading performance is the newly introduced Back Drilling Technology, which enhances signal integrity, resulting in improved system performance and heightened reliability.


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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 03:33 Discuss (1 Comment)

Advantech has skillfully incorporated 13th Gen Intel Core processors across a wide array of products, setting new benchmarks for performance and capability. These enhanced solutions harness cutting-edge CPU architectures in their latest designs, delivering a noticeable performance boost over the previous processor generation. This upgrade significantly enhances application efficiency in smart factories, computer vision, intelligent retail, healthcare, and edge AI applications. At Advantech, we are unwavering in our commitment to providing long-term support, ensuring that customers can rely on our products for uninterrupted operation.

Advantech's new solutions offer Intel processors with up to 24 cores and 32 threads, up to 128 GB of DDR5 memory, and a PCIe 4.0/5.0 x16 slot for efficient multitasking. Experience optimized productivity with Advantech's Embedded Design-In Services and quality solutions featuring industrial-grade components. Advantech's embedded OS and value-added software options include Windows, Ubuntu, and Yocto BSP, along with the Edge AI Suite for AI performance evaluation and DeviceOn for device management.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Monday, 00:39 Discuss (12 Comments)

Today, Logitech introduced Zone Wireless 2, a top-of-the-line business headset that uses AI to deliver unique two-way noise-free calling experiences. AI far-end noise suppression, noise-canceling mics, hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and personalized stereo sound help business professionals hear and be heard clearly in calls and meetings, especially in noisy environments.

In today's hybrid work environments, individuals work from a variety of spaces, and in nearly every workspace, noise and poor sound quality can negatively affect collaboration and productivity. A recent Equipping Your Employees for Hybrid Work study found that 85% of work-from-home users struggle with audio issues, whether it's from background noise from other participants or poor sound quality through computer speakers. The same study found that hybrid workforces aren't properly equipped with modern collaboration tools, such as quality headsets.

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Sunday, October 15th 2023

PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Sunday, 23:53 Discuss (3 Comments)

QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today unveiled the half-width rackmount QSW-M3212R-8S4T L2 Web managed switch that features twelve 10GbE high-speed ports (eight SFP+ ports and four RJ45 ports) and Layer 2 management functions, providing an ideal networking solution for space-limited environments. SMB/SOHO users will benefit from the QSW-M3212R-8S4T by being able to connect more 10GbE network devices with different interfaces at an affordable price.

"With a 38% reduction in size, the full 10GbE QSW-M3212R-8S4T is only 8.1 inches (207 mm) wide, making it the top choice for IT administrators to deploy in constrained IT rooms," said Jerry Deng, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "Users can easily install one QSW-M3212R-8S4T along with another QNAP half-width rackmount switch in a 1U rack space for efficient physical space utilization and cabling."


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Sunday, 23:50 Discuss (19 Comments)

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Case, Power, Cooling, Gaming peripherals, and enthusiast Memory solutions, is excited to announce the launch of The Tower 200 Bumblebee Mini Chassis, a new-color version of the beloved The Tower series. The Tower 200 is a Mini-ITX case with a vertical case design and exceptional thermal efficiency. Though this chassis comes in a compact size, it can support the length of a 4090 graphics card and a 280 mm radiator. With the addition of a new vibrant yellow hue, The Tower 200 series now comes in six colors: Black, Snow, Turquoise, Racing Green, Matcha Green, and Bumblebee, allowing you to easily choose an ideal The Tower 200 to fit your style.

The Tower 200 Bumblebee has the same vertical body design as its predecessors, providing users more space flexibility with its smaller footprint. Like the productive spirit of a bumblebee, The Tower 200 Bumblebee is a tiny but mighty case that offers superior hardware support and exceptional cooling performance. The Tower 200 can accommodate a graphics card with a length of up to 380 mm such as the latest 4090 GPU and a standard-size power supply of up to 220 mm enabling you to choose the high-performance components you want. Additionally, The Tower 200 can house a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 200 mm, support an AIO radiator up to 280 mm, and is preinstalled with two CT140 PC Cooling Fans, allowing The Tower 200 Bumblebee to maintain a low interior temperature at all times.


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PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Sunday, 23:45 Discuss (6 Comments)

ASRock announced its new Challenger monitor series, including CL25FF and CL27FF models, designed for "Light Gaming" that aim to challenge users' perceptions of business displays, offering a gaming-grade experience with high specifications. The Challenger monitor series boasts a remarkable 100 Hz refresh rate, combining Flicker-Free technology to combat screen flickering and AMD FreeSync technology to eliminate screen tearing. Paired with a wide viewing angle IPS panel that supports low blue light mode, users can expect a smooth, detailed visual experience. The Challenger monitor series is your dependable partner for office tasks and, at the same time, an outstanding choice for gaming and entertainment!

Sharper, Wider Visual Presentation

The CL25FF features a wider 24.5-inch screen than standard 23.8-inch business monitors, while the CL27FF takes it a step further with a 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution panel, ensuring sharper and more vivid visual images. Through the utilization of IPS screen technology, the Challenger monitor series presents a heightened sense of reality with vibrant color effects and an expansive 178° wide viewing angle, ensuring users can relish a breathtaking visual experience from every perspective.


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by AleksandarK Sunday, 23:30 Discuss (4 Comments)

When GALAX began its operations in China in 2003, the company broke into the market and established itself as one of the best GPU AIBs out there. Now, the company is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special-edition graphics card to mark its two-decade run. We have previously reported that the company is planning to show more of the special-edition card; however, all we managed to get was a teaser of the GPU. Today, thanks to the X/Twitter user CornerJack we manage to see the new GPU in person and its uniquely positioned 12VHPWR power connector.

In the images below, we see that GALAX decided to work around the problem of bad cable management by introducing a more stealthy approach. The 16-pin 12VHPWR connector is now hidden inside of a GPU in an interesting place. The connector is placed in line with the GPU, next to the PCIe connector, to prevent cable bending, which is proven infamously dangerous. In regards to the special-edition features, we expect the card to be a great performer and certainly a star of the show of any PC build due to its white aesthetics.


by AleksandarK Sunday, 23:00 Discuss (31 Comments)

According to the latest NVIDIA knowledge base FAQ, the pricing structure of NVIDIA's GeForce NOW game streaming service is increasing. Applicable only to Canada and Europe, the price increases due to "increased operational costs in those areas," as NVIDIA notes. The customers paying in CAD, GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK, DKK, CZK, and PLN will experience a roughly 10-20% price increase of around one to two Euros, based on the GeForce NOW subscription level. However, there is a good chance to secure better prices for the following months, as active and new members who sign up for GeForce NOW before November 1st can lock in their memberships at the current pricing for six months before experiencing an increase.

The company notes that this also impacts membership gift card pricing adjustment, with gift cards purchased before November 1st honoring the old pricing and newly minted gift cards after November 1st getting a price increase. This change occurs across all subscription tiers, including the Priority tier for 1080p gaming at 60 FPS, the Ultimate tier for 4K experience at 120 FPS, and the Founders Ultimate tier, which increases gameplay duration from six to eight hours. You can see the updated pricing structure in the table below.


PRESS RELEASE by GFreeman Sunday, 22:20 Discuss (0 Comments)

GIGABYTE Technology, Giga Computing, a subsidiary of GIGABYTE and an industry leader in high-performance servers, server motherboards, and workstations, today announced four new GIGABYTE R-series servers for AmpereOne Family of processors for cloud-native computing where high compute density per rack and power-efficiency matter.

For cloud-native computing, hyperscalers or cloud service providers (CSPs) rely on predictable high-performance, scalable infrastructure, and power efficient nodes. GIGABYTE servers running the AmpereOne Family platform achieve those expectations, but this is not the first time GIGABYTE has worked with Ampere Computing. The partnership first started in 2020 with the launch of the Ampere Altra platform. And this new family of AmpereOne processors will not supersede the Altra platform, rather it is an extension of what Arm architecture is capable of by Ampere Computing. For instance, the CPU core count goes beyond 128 cores in Altra to 136-192 cores in AmpereOne for new levels of performance and VM density. On top of that, the private L2 cache per core has doubled and there is support for DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.

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PRESS RELEASE by TheLostSwede Sunday, 12:03 Discuss (3 Comments)

Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, today marked a historic day with the opening of its new cutting-edge assembly and test facility in Batu Kawan, Penang, alongside the celebration of Micron's 45th anniversary. A ceremony officiated by Chief Minister of Penang, Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, underscored the regional significance of Micron's expansion, highlighting the company's four and a half decades of innovation and excellence.

Micron previously invested $1 billion and will add up to another billion including construction and full equipping of this new facility over the next few years in Penang to increase factory space to a total of 1.5 million square feet. This expansion enables Micron Malaysia to boost production output and further strengthen its assembly and test capabilities, allowing it to supply leading-edge NAND, PCDRAM and SSD modules to meet the growing demand for transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous or electric vehicles.

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by TheLostSwede Sunday, 05:02 Discuss (8 Comments)

October appears to be yet a busy month with many new game releases and this coming week is jam packed with new releases, even though none of them can exactly be called a AAA release. That said, we do have a couple of big releases nonetheless, the major one being a new take on a classic console game. The rest of this week's releases range from strategy puzzles to action-adventures and a touch of hell, to dungeons and hot wheels, to finally finishing the week with some horror.

Sonic Superstars / This week's major release / Tuesday 17 October

Adventure through the mystical Northstar Islands in this all-new take on classic 2D Sonic high-speed action platforming. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy and harness all-new Emerald powers to move and attack in dynamic new ways. Navigate gorgeous, never-before-seen environments solo or with up to 3 other players and stop Dr. Eggman, Fang, and a mysterious new adversary from converting the islands' giant animals into Badniks before it's too late!


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UPDATED by GFreeman Saturday, 07:38 Discuss (32 Comments)

Lords of the Fallen only launched yesterday, and it has been plagued by various performance and stability issues, but luckily, Hexworks has already launched the new Patch 1.1.191, which should fix some of those issues. Unfortunately, the new patch also disables the NVIDIA DLSS 3 Frame Generation in order to "prevent the crashes that some players are experiencing with their brand-new 40 series GPUs." Hexworks added that they are working with NVIDIA to deliver more stable drivers that should fix the issue.

In addition to DLSS 3 Frame Generation problems, the new patch will also check for outdated drivers at launch. It also fixes an engine error that was happening on certain NVIDIA RTX 30 and 40 series GPUs, causing the game to crash, as well as the crash after the first cinematic during shader compile. The new patch also brings some other performance, balancing, bosses, PvP, visuals, audio, and other fixes.

Update Oct 15th: Hexworks has just released yet another Patch, version 1.1.193, which brings a couple of updates, including fixes for various crashes, a workaround to the POS Calculation Crash, as well as an option to manually activate DLSS Frame Generation. You can find the full release notes for Patch 1.1.193 below.


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