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  • World’s Fastest Discrete Graphics Memory From Micron Powers NVIDIA’s Breakthrough Gaming Speeds

    Micron GDDR6X accelerates photorealistic 3D experiences at 1 terabyte per second, rates once thought impossible

    BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), today announced the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory solution, GDDR6X, the first to power system bandwidth up to 1 terabyte per second (TB/s). Working with visual computing technology leader NVIDIA, Micron debuted GDDR6X in the new NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics processing units (GPUs), which are tailored to support the fast speeds that immersive, high-performance gaming applications demand.

    “Our multilevel signaling innovation in GDDR6X has shattered conventional bandwidth limits, clocking record-breaking speeds,” said Tom Eby, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute & Networking Business Unit at Micron. “Unlike traditional memory, GDDR6X has unparalleled data rates that can keep pace with gaming innovation and data-hungry applications — setting a new standard for graphics memory.”

    Micron’s GDDR6X serves as a powerful enabler of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards’ performance. Building on its most recent collaboration with NVIDIA for the GeForce RTX graphics card (enabled by GDDR6), Micron transforms the memory/GPU interface with GDDR6X, accelerating performance on complex graphics workloads across next-generation gaming applications.

    “With the unprecedented speed of GDDR6X, Micron has delivered tomorrow’s memory technology today, and it’s at the heart of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 GPUs — helping us deliver rich, realistic, cinematic user experiences,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU Business Unit at NVIDIA. “Building on a history of collaboration that started with GDDR5, we’re thrilled to have reinvented the memory/GPU interface with Micron, setting a new bar for high-performance, high-resolution gaming.”

    As PC gaming evolves in sophistication, gamers today demand the highest performance for their advanced graphics cards — a requisite for smooth animation, sharp visuals, 8K resolution and real-time ray tracing, a rendering technique that results in realistic light reflections and cinematic effects. GDDR6X’s groundbreaking speed offers discerning gamers high-resolution experiences with maximum frame rates and instant rendering, allowing users to experience highly realistic and reactive effects without jarring lags. Combined with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs, GDDR6X’s ultra-bandwidth capabilities improve real-time ray tracing and neural graphics processing to create photorealistic and immersive virtual worlds in PC games.

    The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs — the second generation of the NVIDIA RTX PC gaming platform — feature new ray tracing cores, Tensor Cores and streaming multiprocessors. The results are stunning visuals, amazingly fast frame rates and artificial intelligence acceleration for games and creative applications. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, which delivers increases of up to 1.9 times performance-per-watt over the previous generation, the RTX 30 Series effortlessly powers graphics experiences at all resolutions, even up to 8K. The series represents the greatest GPU generational leap in NVIDIA’s history.

    Beyond the Binary: First to Implement PAM4 in Memory, Micron Sets New Benchmark

    Micron achieved GDDR6X’s breakthrough bandwidth by applying innovative signal transmission technology, four-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM4), to revolutionize how memory moves data. Since 2006, Micron’s engineers and researchers have explored applying multilevel signaling to the memory interface. Over 45 patents later, Micron is the first in the industry to implement PAM4 in memory, creating a new benchmark for future generations of graphics memory.

    By using PAM4 multilevel signaling techniques, GDDR6X transfers data much faster, doubling the input/output (I/O) data rate. Until now, graphics memory was capped at 64 gigabytes per second (GB/s), transmitting one bit per cycle through the traditional binary standard, which relies on two signal levels to transmit data encoded as 1s or 0s. Instead, Micron’s novel PAM4 technique employs four distinct levels to transmit two bits of data to and from the memory at a time. As a result, Micron’s GDDR6X dramatically increases memory bandwidth to 84 GB/s for each component, translating to system bandwidth of up to 1 TB/s — rates once thought impossible.

    Micron’s GDDR6X is also the only memory device using PAM4 that can be designed and built in mass production volumes, bringing cutting-edge I/O research to market. With its board design and packaging carefully fine-tuned for simplicity by Micron’s graphics memory experts, GDDR6X offers customers easy implementation and less manufacturing complexity than other high-bandwidth solutions on the market. Notably, GDDR6X doubles the data rate in a channel without doubling the required operating frequency, creating a smooth, real-time experience for gamers.

    In addition, GDDR6X delivers lower power per transaction (pJ/bit) than previous generations, making it ideal for energy-sapping workloads like gaming and other high-bandwidth graphics applications, which demand both lightning fast and low-power memory. GDDR6X also features the ability to scale power down or up, allowing users to dial back performance to save energy.

    Availability
    The GeForce RTX 3080 is available for purchase starting Sept. 17, and the GeForce RTX 3090 is available starting Sept. 24 on NVIDIA’s website. Both will be available as custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models from top add-in card providers and in gaming systems from leading OEMs and system builders.

    GDDR6X is now available as part of Micron’s new Ultra-Bandwidth Solutions portfolio. Micron delivers GDDR6X memory in 8 gigabits (Gb) density, with speeds of 19 to 21 Gb/s. Starting in 2021, 16Gb density units will be added. Partners and customers interested in exploring GDDR6X for their high-performance solutions — whether for gaming, artificial intelligence inference or professional visualization — can find out more here.

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  • NVIDIA Delivers Greatest-Ever Generational Leap with GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA today unveiled its GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, which delivers the greatest-ever generational leap in GeForce® history.

    Smashing performance records, the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs offer up to 2x the performance and 1.9x the power efficiency over the previous Turing-based generation. The GPUs take advantage of the second generation of NVIDIA RTX™ — the world’s most powerful PC gaming platform — to provide unprecedented levels of real-time ray tracing and AI gaming.

    The RTX 30 Series was unveiled during a virtual launch event by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, who also announced that Fortnite, the pop culture gaming phenomenon, is turning on RTX real-time ray tracing, adding four ray-traced features for a more immersive gaming experience, including reflections, shadows, global illumination and ambient occlusion.

    Huang additionally revealed powerful new tools for gamers, including NVIDIA Reflex, which makes competitive gamers quicker; NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima, for video game storytelling using real-time computer graphics engines; and NVIDIA Broadcast, which harnesses AI to turn any room into a home broadcast studio.

    “Today’s launch of NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is a giant step into the future,” said Huang. “The work of thousands of engineering years, the GeForce RTX 30 Series delivers our greatest generational leap ever. NVIDIA RTX fuses programmable shading, ray tracing and AI for developers to create entirely new worlds. Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and realize that the future of gaming started here.”

    Marvels of NVIDIA Ampere Architecture - 2nd Generation RTX
    Enabling the blistering performance of the new RTX 30 Series GPUs and the NVIDIA Ampere architecture are cutting-edge technologies and over two decades of graphics R&D, including:

    • New streaming multiprocessors: The building block for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.
    • Second-gen RT Cores: New dedicated RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
    • Third-gen Tensor Cores: New dedicated Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, making it faster and more efficient to run AI-powered technologies, like NVIDIA DLSS, and 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.
    • NVIDIA RTX IO: Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API,(1) RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores’ worth of work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
    • World’s fastest graphics memory: NVIDIA has worked with Micron to create the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 30 Series, GDDR6X.(2) It provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphics card applications, maximizing game and app performance.
    • Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.

    RTX Comes to Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
    Pop culture phenomenon Fortnite is the latest blockbuster game to turn RTX On, joining Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a large group of AAA titles, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion.

    Among other titles already shipping with ray-tracing support are Control, Minecraft with RTX Beta for Windows 10 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Additionally, ray tracing is supported in industry-standard APIs, including Microsoft DirectX Raytracing and Vulkan, as well as in the game engines used by developers to create games, including Unreal Engine, Unity, Frostbite, id Tech, Northlight, Luminous Engine, 4A Engine and more.

    DLSS: AI-Powered Gaming Acceleration
    NVIDIA DLSS, one of the biggest graphics breakthroughs of the past decade, uses the deep learning neural network powered by RTX Tensor Cores. When enabled, DLSS — which is supported exclusively on GeForce RTX GPUs — improves performance in titles such as Control, Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 and Death Stranding, while generating images that are comparable to native resolution. DLSS will be heading to Boundary, Bright Memory Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Ready or Not, Scavengers and Watch Dogs: Legion. For those with more powerful PC configurations, a new Ultra Performance mode enables DLSS to run up to 8K.

    New Ways to Play
    NVIDIA also announced three new technologies designed for enhancing the experiences of gamers, broadcasters, esports professionals and creators:

    • NVIDIA Reflex: Become Instantly More Competitive. Gamers strive for the lowest possible latency in competitive games because it allows the PC to respond faster to their inputs, enabling them to play with greater precision. NVIDIA Reflex is a new suite of technologies that optimize and measure system latency. Among these are NVIDIA Reflex Low-Latency Mode, a technology being integrated into popular esports games such as Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite and Valorant that reduces latency by up to 50 percent, and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, which detects input coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (for example, a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. Reflex Latency Analyzer is integrated into new 360Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC® Esports displays arriving this fall from Acer, Alienware, ASUS and MSI and supported by top esports peripherals from ASUS, Logitech, Razer and SteelSeries. Measuring system latency has previously been virtually impossible for gamers to do, requiring over $7,000 in specialized high-speed cameras and equipment.(3)
    • NVIDIA Broadcast: Stream Like a Pro. The world’s 20 million(4) live streamers can turn their home into a broadcast studio with NVIDIA Broadcast, a universal plugin that enhances the quality of microphones and webcams with RTX-accelerated AI effects, such as audio noise removal, virtual background effects and webcam auto frame.
    • NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima: Enriching a New Art Form. Modern gaming continues to extend the storytelling art genre, in which game assets are used to create cinematic masterpieces. Omniverse Machinima makes such work easy, providing a path-traced viewer tool and engine designed for physical accuracy, simulating light, physics, materials and AI. Users can take assets from supported games, and use their web camera and AI to create characters, add high-fidelity physics and face and voice animation, and publish film-quality cinematics using the rendering power of their RTX 30 Series GPU. Sign up for notification when early access opens.

    Introducing: GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, RTX 3090 Founders Edition

    • GeForce RTX 3080 — Starting at $699, the RTX 3080 is the ultimate gaming GPU — up to 2x faster than the RTX 2080. Featuring 10GB of the new high-speed GDDR6X memory running at 19Gbps, the RTX 3080 can consistently deliver 60 frames per second for 4K resolution gaming.
    • GeForce RTX 3070 — Starting at $499, the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at less than half the price, and on average is 60 percent faster than the original RTX 2070. It is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, hitting the sweet spot of performance for games running at 4K and 1440p resolutions.
    • GeForce RTX 3090 — At the top of the stack is the RTX 3090, priced at $1,499 and referred to as the “BFGPU” — Big Ferocious GPU. It even comes with a silencer — a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design that is up to 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX and keeps the GPU up to 30 degrees C cooler. Its 24GB of GDDR6X memory can tackle the toughest AI algorithms and feed massive, content creation workloads. The RTX 3090 is up to 50 percent faster than the current ultimate PC graphics card, TITAN RTX, enabling gamers to experience 60 fps in 8K resolution across many top games.

    The new cards feature several world firsts, including:

    • Dual-Axial, Flow-Through Thermal Solution — Up to 2x more cooling performance, with a stunning unibody design. Gamers and creators will be able to enjoy unrivaled performance while their GPUs simultaneously run cooler and quieter than ever.
    • Exquisite Mechanical and Electrical Design — A stronger mechanical structure — with a new low-profile leaf spring along with a new 12-pin power connector — allows more space for components and cooling, and is compatible with 8-pin connectors in existing power supplies, with an included adapter.
    • HDMI 2.1 — The increased bandwidth provided by HDMI 2.1 allows, for the first time, a single cable connection to 8K HDR TVs for ultra-high-resolution gaming.
    • AV1 Decode — First discrete GPUs with support for the new AV1 codec, enabling gamers to watch up to 8K HDR internet video using as much as 50 percent less bandwidth.(5)

    Where to Buy
    The GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs will be available as custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, from top add-in card providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac and as Founders Editions from www.nvidia.com.

    Look for the GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs in gaming systems built by Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI, plus leading system builders worldwide, including CyberPower PC, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, IBUYPOWER, Maingear, Origin, NZXT, Puget and many more.

    The GeForce RTX 3080 will be available starting Sept. 17. The GeForce RTX 3090 will be available starting Sept. 24. The GeForce RTX 3070 will be available in October.

    For a limited time, gamers who purchase a new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU or system(6) will receive a PC digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion and a one-year subscription to the NVIDIA GeForce NOW™ cloud gaming service.

    Additional Information
    Among just-published content showcasing the new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU are:

    About NVIDIA
    NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI ? the next era of computing ? with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

  • LIAN LI Launches New Fan Interlocking System with the UNI FAN SL120

    Here is another, I saw this at CES. 

    One of the biggest problems with RGB fans is hooking them up.  The "tails" can either be really long or super short and in every instance they are never the right length.

    The one constant when installing fans is their placement.  Just a about every case maker follows a similar formula for fan placement based on standard radiator sizes.  Because of this you can apply the same standard to fans, namely how to link multiple fans together.

    To be honest, I'm pretty sure In-Win came up with this design idea first but they are is still using cables to make the connection.  The LianLi fans are using magnets and pressure connections making installation a little quicker.

    August 19th, 2020, Taipei, Taiwan – LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis and PC accessories, announces the UNI FAN SL120, an innovative approach to reducing cables by interlocking and daisy-chaining the fans. Designed as 120mm high static pressure PWM fans with addressable RGB LEDs, the UNI FAN SL120 has a newly patented quick-connect daisy-chaining style system that simplifies cable management and mounting efforts. With up to 16 fans (4 sets of 4) under one fan controller, users can easily create an adapted profile to match their fan speed and synchronized lighting effect needs via the highly intuitive L-Connect software. Available in black or white, the UNI FAN SL120 offers a new premium look with lighting effects that do not compromise on performance.

    L-Connect
    Focused on giving users more control over fan functionality, the clean and intuitive interface of the L-Connect software provides instant speed and RGB light management for individual fans or simultaneous control over all 4 clusters of fans. With 5 fan speed profiles, 14 lighting effects, and control over each effect’s color, brightness, direction, and speed, L-Connect allows full customization of the look and feel of the system. Alternatively, users can choose to sync with the motherboard software via the simple toggle of a switch.

    Interconnect to Simplify
    Say goodbye to cable clutter and time wasted tightening screws with the new interlocking mechanism of the UNI FAN SL120. Designed to slide and lock, the interlocking mechanism and quick-connect PINs ensure that structural rigidity and power is sustained along the cluster of fans. With its modular approach, power to the fan blades and LEDs is provided by an easy sliding connector, meaning only two cables are necessary to power up to 4 fans. Connected to a hub that can host up to 4 clusters, this means up to 16 fans require only 8 cables, compared to 32 with traditional fans, making cable management a breeze. And since the cluster acts as one, the sturdiness means fewer screws are required to mount the fans securely to the system, saving precious time and avoiding awkward screwing positions during the installation process.

    Made to Last and Made with Style
    Each PWM high static pressure UNI FAN SL120 offers great performance with speeds ranging between 800 to 1900 rpm at low noise levels thanks to the fluid dynamic bearing technology which provides a thin layer of fluid to support the load of the fan blades. In addition, each fan features a magnet centered at the back to reduce vibrations and noise while in operation. While providing sufficient airflow, the 32 addressable LEDs in each fan provide a smooth customizable lighting effect that shines through the diffuser on each side of the fan, bringing a unique style to PC builds.

    Combining style, performance, and creativity, the white and the black UNI FAN SL120 are available for pre-order starting August 19th, 2020, at an MSRP of $79.99 USD for a pack of 3 (fan controller included), and $24.99 USD for the single pack (controller not included). It must be noted that the controller included in the pack of 3 is required to operate the UNI FAN SL120. For more information about the UNI FAN SL120 and a demo of L-Connect, please visit the official product page: http://www.lian-li.com/uni-fan/

  • Thermaltake Floe RC360 / RC240 CPU & Memory AIO Liquid Cooler

    If you are getting tired of the AIO watercooling scene and want to break away to do something new and exciting then why not trade in your AIO for a super AIO that not only cools the CPU but also your memory.

    I saw these things at CES and have to admit, they are cool but also kinda dumb.  So, in the cool category the Floe gives you more opportunities for sweet RGB effects.  This can be a great feature for system builders with a great side benefit for Thermaltake because they sell the cooler and have to include the memory.  This brings me to why it is kinda dumb in that you have to use Thermaltake memory which already has RGB and cooling your ram isn't really needed, and never was.

    World's First CPU & Memory AIO Liquid Cooling Kit 



    Taipei, Taiwan-August 14th, 2020-Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, proudly presents the first-ever product that combines memory and an AIO liquid cooler, the Floe RC360 / RC240 CPU & Memory AIO Liquid Cooler. The Floe RC360 / RC240 is an exceptional AIO liquid cooling product that combines CPU and RAM cooling with support of TOUGHRAM RC memory modules (Sold separately). The unit includes a water block, radiator, an ARGB controller, and three high airflow 120mm fans on the RC360 version and two high airflow 120mm fans on the RC240 version. In addition, the Floe RC360/RC240 has 36 addressable LEDs on the memory waterblock to show off 16.8M RGB lighting effects. It can be synchronized with motherboards equipped with 5V addressable RGB headers such as ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, Biostar VIVID LED DJ and ASRock Polychrome, allowing users to control lighting effects directly from the motherboard’s RGB lighting software.

    For more details on the Floe RC360/ RC240:
    RC240-https://www.thermaltake.com/floe-rc240-cpu-memory-aio-liquid-cooler.html
    RC360-https://www.thermaltake.com/floe-rc360-cpu-memory-aio-liquid-cooler.html

     

  • NVIDIA Ultimate Countdown Ends in 18 Hours!

    I know I know, I should have been posting about the NVIDIA ultimate countdown #ultimatecountdown for the past two weeks but, to be honest, I wasn't really all that excited.  Sure, it was great looking down memory lane and seeing many of the products I reviewed be brought back.

    The intent is to get people excited about what is coming next.  Rumor is we have RTX 3000 series GPUs ready to hit the market and, again, that was really no surprise.  NVIDIA has been doing regular product releases since their inception in 1999 and really hasn't missed a beat.  It is very agile, very nimble and also very predictable.

    So, when did the NVIDIA excitement fade for me?  The quick answer is...  GTX 1000 Series

    There was a lot that happened during that release. 

    NVIDIA stopped sampling Hardware Asylum.  Now, before you start calling "boo hoo and call me a whiny little bitch" you have to realize that, as a media site, when a major manufacturer cuts you off you lose your primary source of information.  Everything that comes in is always second hand and that simply will not do.

    On top of that, we have the worldwide shortage due to the mining craze so the NVIDIA board partners removed all media stock to maximize profits.  That translates into no review samples and thus nothing to write about.  I still believe that this was a very smart move since cards were selling there is no need to spend any extra on marketing.  It just sucked for me.

    We also cannot discredit the death of 3-way and 4-way SLI and the push of SLI only to the ultra high-end video cards.  We can thank the overclocking community and EVERY consumer for that.

    and, Finally the death of "real" NVIDIA overclocking.  By "real" I mean GTX 900 Series overclocking where voltage mods and external VRMs actually made a difference.  Not this Base Clock Power Limit bullshit where Boost Clock is basically the overclocking limit of the card.  There is no challenge in that and anyone believing that it is real overclocking is just kidding themselves.

    Despite my lack of enthusiasm I really am looking forward to seeing what will be next from NVIDIA and how the rumored RTX 30X0 series will change the gaming landscape.

    Here are my predictions.

    1. RTX 30X0 (or whatever it is called) will be a babystep in basic gaming performance.  Similar to what we saw between the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super
    2. Prices will be $200-$500 USD more than the current RTX 20X0 level across the board
    3. NVIDIA will spend most of their time talking about RayTracing and other RTX centric features and ignore basic throughput (there is no need since AMD has no RayTracing option yet)
    4. Cards will come with more onboard memory to support the RTX enhancements.  Consumers will see that as the second coming
    5. If NVLINK is an option will be on the highest end card only.  I see it as being offered on Quadro only.
    6. EVGA will have a new Kingpin edition RTX 30X0 card and it will look just like the RTX 20X0 version
    7. All Board Partners will offer cards with discrete waterblocks but only at the highest level meaning that anyone wanting to watercool will be limited to reference design or deep pockets edition
    8. RTX 30X0 (Or whatever) will be the RTX card to buy, it will be more refined, games will finally start supporting RTX features and existing builds will struggle to support the new card (by existing builds I'm talking the 8+ year old AMD rigs that people keep using cause they are poor and don't know any better)

    Let’s see if any of these come true.  I'll try to remember to talk about it on the Hardware Asylum Podcast

  • This premium EVGA case with an overclocking button on sale now @ PC Gamer (Kinda)

    Darren likes to surf PC Gamer from time to time and if you ever listen to our Podcast you'll quickly realize that some of our topics are a direct response to "something" they decided to post.

    A couple days ago PC Gamer posted an article about the DG-77 from EVGA.  This is a case I reviewed when it was first released and found it to be a good example of a basic chassis with several dress up parts.  It comes with a vertical GPU mount, tempered glass side panels and is available in two colors (last I checked)

    The case also features a "K Boost" button which PC Gamer calls an "Overclocking Button"  I have to chuckle since that is an obvious attempt at click-bait since the boost button is simply a software feature to kick your fans into high gear.  On the DG-8 it could also control your GPU enabling the performance feature, provided you had the EVGA Precision installed.

    It also features a K-Boost button for one-touch overclocking. Enabling K-Boost does two things: it locks an NVIDIA GPU at its boost frequency, and ramps the CPU to its peak clock speed as set in the BIOS.

    That last feature isn't true, at least in my experience.  Also in my experience I found the K Boost option to be nothing more than a gimmick prompting users to buy the next level up in the EVGA DG-7x lineup. 

  • SK hynix to Expand United States Market Presence with the Launch of the World’s First 128-Layer NAND Consumer PCIe NVMe SSD

    Seoul, Korea – August 18th, 2020 – SK hynix Inc. (or “the Company,” www.skhynix.com), a global semiconductor supplier based in Korea, announced today the release of its newest PCIe SSD: the SK hynix Gold P31. The latest edition is the world’s first 128-layer NAND flash-based consumer SSD and the company’s first consumer-facing PCIe SSD launched in the United States under the SK hynix brand. 

    The Gold P31 is intended for all PC users with a particular focus on gamers, designers, and content creators. The drive supports the PCIe NVMe interface based on 4D NAND flash technology and is now available for purchase in 1TB and 500GB capacities on Amazon U.S.

    The Gold P31 offers best-in-class read speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s and write speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s. The drive is a reliable choice for gamers whose PCs must support long hours of play, as well as professional creators and designers for whom performance and stability is essential. The Gold P31’s reliability has been tested and validated through 1,000 hours of high-temperature operating life tests (HTOL) with mean time between failures (MTBF) reaching 1.5 million hours. The SSD also comes with a five-year warranty.

    The SSD market’s rapid transition to the PCIe NVMe interface, and the creation of the Gold P31, highlights SK hynix’s position as an established leader in supplying reliable PCIe NVMe products to global PC OEMs. The newest SSD is one of the fastest and most innovative consumer SSDs on the market, sporting the latest technology from SK hynix.

    As a leading manufacturer of memory chips, SK hynix designs, develops, and supplies its own DRAM and NAND flash devices as well as internal SSD controllers. Prior to the addition of the Gold P31 PCIe SSD, SK hynix launched the Gold S31 SATA consumer SSDs, offering the industry’s best-in-class speeds and reliability.

    “SK hynix has a rich history as a major supplier to global OEMs, including top-tier PC makers, who have trusted and purchased SK hynix’s SSDs for nearly a decade,” noted SK hynix spokesperson. “Following the successful U.S. debut of the Gold S31 SSDs last year, we are confident that Gold P31 will claim a significant presence in the growing PCIe market backed by industry-leading performance metrics.”

    In accordance with SK hynix’s strict commitment to social and environmental value, the Gold P31 SSD is responsibly encased in packaging that utilizes Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, biodegradable plastic bags, and soy ink.

    Product Specifications: SK hynix Gold P31
    Interface
    PCIe NVMe Gen 3
    Product Type
    Internal SSD
    Form Factor
    M.2 (2280)
    SSD capacity
    1TB - 500GB
    NAND Flash
    128-layer 4D NAND
    Controller
    SK hynix Controller
    Sequential Read
    up to 3,500MB/s
    Sequential Write
    up to 3,200MB/s
    Warranty
    5 years
    TBW
    750 TBW (1TB)

  • HiFiMAN Deva with Bluemini @ TechPowerUp

    Darren is a big fan of the HiFiMAN line of headphones and has a set on his desk that nobody is allowed to touch.  He spent several days breaking them in by playing continual music before even listening to them for the first time.  Needless to say he was hooked from the first note and will likely buy another set.

    Most audiophiles will agree that anything short of a high quality balanced cable is sacrilege in the headphone world with offenders often dying a horrible death at the hands of their shoddy electrical connection.  Knowing this makes you wonder, how would they feel about a bluetooth enabled HiFiMAN??

    I'm pretty sure they would lose their shiz!

    Well, put on your waders, we are about to have incoming.

    HiFiMAN's new Deva is a planar magnetic headphone which doubles up as a Bluetooth headset when you attach the Bluemini device. Currently, the Deva bundled with the Bluemini retails at $299 which also makes it the most affordable of the current planar headphones from HiFiMAN.

    Yep, Bluetooth enabled HiFiMAN Deva with BlueMini attachment. 

    You see the "attachment" part is how HiFiMAN can sleep at night and what keeps the angry mobs at home smokin vapes and planning something sinister for those who use crap headphone cables.

  • Intel Hit by a Devastating Data Breach, Chip Designs, Code, Possible Backdoors Leaked @ TechPowerUp

    You'll have to read the post yourself but, it seems like we have nothing more than someone posting confidential information in an attempt to damage a company reputation.  I'm going to go with AMD fanboi.  happy smile

    The news posting contains comments from intel explaining:

    Intel in a comment to Tom's Hardware denied that its security apparatus had been compromised, and instead blamed someone with access to this information for downloading the data. "We are investigating this situation. The information appears to come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners and other external parties who have registered for access. We believe an individual with access downloaded and shared this data," a company spox said.

    One of the biggest issues any hardware maker has is how they go about sharing information.  When a product comes to a reviewer there a general acceptance that in exchange for the opportunity the reviewer will respect the wishes of the company in terms of what data is being released.

    Customers are under the same restrictions and often have access to more sensitive information so when that bond of trust is broken there will be consequences. 

    I remember a story where an Intel representative was accusing a hardware maker of selling "ES" chips and leaking technical data to the press.  It is not difficult to track these things down so, just because information gets out doesn't mean that Intel doesn’t know about it.  Or, how to handle the fallout.

  • MSI MEG Z490 Godlike Review @ Guru3D

    One of the most iconic motherboards I have ever reviewed was the MSI X99A Godlike.  I talk about this quite often because it was not only a highlight of Computex but changed the face of enthusaist hardware forever.  One thing that made the X99A Godlike so great is that nobody else had anything like it. 

    Sadly, with the Z490 motherboard release it seems everyone shared their pre-production notes.

    In this review, we look at the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike. Priced at $749 MSI delivers where most premium Z490 motherboard that has been loaded with features and then some. Animated OLED screen, 10 Gbit LAN, 2.5 Gbit Lan, AX WIFI, and looks that make this board seem like James Bond himself.

    I'm not sure I would place the Z490 Godlike at the level of James Bond but I will admit it does come with all the bells, whistles and OLED screens you could ever want.