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Acer Updates Gaming and Creative Laptops With 9th Gen Intel CPUs, GTX 16-Series Graphics

Subject: Mobile | April 23, 2019 - 12:02 PM |
Tagged: gtx 16-series mobile, gaming laptop, acer, 9th generation core

Continuing the march of laptop updates today, Acer has announced its lineup of laptops that are receiving 9th Gen Intel Core Mobile CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 16-Series graphics.

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16- series GPUs are built with the breakthrough graphics performance of the award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture. Designed to deliver a powerful combination of gaming innovation, next-gen graphics, and power-efficient operation, they are the supercharger for today’s most popular games, and even faster with modern titles.

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The following Acer gaming and creative laptops will be available in the U.S. with the aforementioned upgrades:

  • Predator Helios 300 gaming notebooks will include models featuring the GTX 1660 Ti and the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H. Launches this month starting at $1,199.99.
  • Nitro 7 gaming notebooks will include models featuring the GTX 1660TI and GTX 1650 as well as the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H. Launches this month starting at $999.99.
  • Nitro 5 gaming notebooks (15.6” and 17.3”) will include models featuring the 1650 and 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H. Launches this month starting at $799.99.
  • Aspire 7 notebooks will include models featuring the GTX 1650 and the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H. Launches in June starting at $999.99.

Some of the laptops above were unveiled at the next@acer event earlier this month in New York. Others will join existing models in Acer's lineup. Acer provided starting prices but complete pricing for all configurations is not yet available.

Source: Acer

NVIDIA Releases Game Ready Driver 430.39 With GTX 1650 Support, 7 New G-SYNC Compatible Displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM |
Tagged: graphics driver, game ready, gtx 1650, g-sync compatible

NVIDIA today has released its latest Game Ready Driver -- version 430.39 -- which adds optimized support for the new Mortal Kombat 11, additional G-SYNC compatible displays, new GTX 16-series laptops, the usual assortment of performance improvements, and, most interestingly, the new GTX 1650.

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Yes, the rumors were true. NVIDIA today has launched the GTX 1650 which makes the Turing architecture available at a new low price point of $149. Unfortunately, NVIDIA was not able to provide compatible drivers to reviewers prior to the GTX 1650 launch, so while we've had the hardware for a few days now, we're only able to start benchmarking the card alongside this driver release today. But Sebastian is already hard at work putting the GTX 1650 through its paces, so expect a full review in the next few days.

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The other big feature included in Game Ready Driver 430.39 is support for seven new G-SYNC Compatible Displays:

You can find a complete list of G-SYNC Compatible Displays at NVIDIA's website and grab the latest driver from the GeForce Driver Download page.

Source: NVIDIA

MSI Updates Gaming & Creator Laptops With 9th Gen Intel CPUs & RTX 20-Series Graphics

Subject: Mobile | April 23, 2019 - 09:51 AM |
Tagged: rtx, msi, gaming laptop, 9th generation core

Alongside ASUS and others this morning, MSI has announced its own gaming laptop updates featuring the new 9th Gen Intel Core Mobile Processors. In addition, MSI has also updated its GT, GS, GE, GP, GL, and GF series laptops with RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series GPU options.

Details from MSI's press release:

  • GT Titan - Heralded for its incomparable performance, the GT Titan now rocks an overclockable i9 processor, stunning 4K UHD display, Cooler Boost Titan, dual fans, and 11 cooling pipes.
  • GS Stealth - A nimble assassin, the GS Stealth can now be outfitted with a 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processor and any NVIDIA GPU to highlight it’s 240Hz display, from the GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q design to a GTX 1660 Ti.
  • GE Raider- Tailored for gaming enthusiast and designed to give gamers the ideal experience in both aesthetics and performance, the GE Raider can now also be armed with an 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processor.
  • GP75 Leopard - A true gaming laptop in disguise, the GP75 Leopard now sports a per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries.
  • GL73 and GL63 - The ultimate accessible gaming laptops, the GL73 and GL63 now come with per-key RGB keyboard and a variety of GPUS, from the RTX to the GTX 16 Series.
  • GF Thin - Winner of the 2019 IF Design Award, the GF Thin Series is now even more compact and lightweight, allowing for true gaming mobility.

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Beyond gaming, MSI's "Creator" lineup of laptops have also been upgraded to feature Intel 9th Gen processors and RTX graphics. There's also a new 17-inch model of the P65 Creator: the P75 Creator. Both models sport 4K displays and up to Core i9 9th Gen processors.

Specific pricing for each configuration is not yet available but the updated MSI Gaming and Creator laptops are starting to roll out to retailers like Amazon and Newegg today.

Source: MSI

ASUS Updates ROG Gaming Laptops With 9th Gen CPUs & New Designs

Subject: Mobile | April 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: gaming laptop, ASUS ROG, asus, 9th generation core

ASUS today is unveiling the latest range of the company's Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptop line. Powered by the just-announced 9th Generation Intel Core Mobile Processors, the new ASUS laptops include new designs and features at a wide range of price and performance levels.

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First teased to the press at an event last week in Manhattan, ASUS said that it is positioning this new line of ROG laptops at both gamers and creators. Gaming, especially competitive multiplayer, continues to gain popularity due to the accessibility of free-to-play titles, but ASUS is seeing a similar increase in interest for creative workloads.

In some cases, these creative workloads are tied directly to gaming itself, such as gamers recording, editing, and streaming their gameplay videos. In other cases, professionals primarily interested in 3D modeling, photo and video production, or graphic design choose gaming laptops like those in the ROG series for their higher-end performance capabilities. And, of course, ASUS also sees the trend of professionals who want both: working through the week and playing through the weekend.

In terms of the Zephyrus line, ASUS is continuing to use letters to differentiate the performance and price tiers, but has introduced a lower-end tier this year. To recap and summarize, models in the new Zephyrus "G" class are entry-level and "focus on fundamentals to enable exhilarating experiences." The "M" models -- mid-tier -- "enhance form and function to improve your everyday gaming experience." Finally, the flagship "S" models represent "the ultimate expression of ROG."

Beyond Zephyrus, ASUS is also introducing new or updated models in its Strix and TUF series, as well as updating its semi-portable ROG Mothership to the latest 9th Gen Intel CPUs.

Click here to see the full details.

Source: ASUS

Intel Launches 9th Gen Core Mobile, Featuring i9-9980HK With 8 Cores/16 Threads at Up to 5GHz

Subject: Processors, Chipsets, Mobile | April 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: Intel, Core i9-9980HK, coffee lake refresh, 9th generation core

Intel today is officially launching its 9th Generation Core H-series mobile processor lineup, introducing a range of Core i5, i7, and i9 configurations that now top out at up to 8 cores and 16 threads within a 45W TDP for high-end laptops.

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As the mobile counterparts to the 9th Gen desktop "Coffee Lake Refresh" parts released last fall, these new 9th Gen mobile parts don't make any major leaps in terms of underlying architecture, but rather aim to reach new performance levels by packing in more cores and threads, upping the frequencies, adding (or improving) support for new technologies such as Optane H10 and Wi-Fi 6, and rolling in the latest hardware mitigations for speculative execution vulnerabilities. There's also support for up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.

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In contrast to some initial rumors, all of the parts announced today also feature multithreading, a departure from Intel's i5 and i7 Coffee Lake Refresh configurations for the desktop. On the graphics side, however, the new lineup continues to feature Intel's UHD 630 iGPU, although Intel's pre-launch marketing materials were eager to point out that the processor maintains up to 16 lanes of PCIe for connection to a discrete graphics option in laptops that offer it.

The complete lineup of the configurations announced today:

Model Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP
Core i9-9980HK 8/16 2.4GHz 5.0GHz 16MB 45W
Core i9-9880H 8/16 2.3GHz 4.8GHz 16MB 45W
Core i7-9850H 6/12 2.6GHz 4.6GHz 12MB 45W
Core i7-9750H 6/12 2.6GHz 4.5GHz 12MB 45W
Core i5-9400H 4/8 2.5GHz 4.3GHz 8MB 45W
Core i5-9300H 4/8 2.4GHz 4.1GHz 8MB 45W

Intel is positioning its range of 9th Gen Core mobile processors as a solution for the increasing performance demands of laptop users, specifically targeting the "enthusiast gaming," and "content creation" market segments. For gamers, higher single-threaded frequencies can improve frame rates while native support for Optane H10 helps loading and launch times. On the content creation side, having up to 16 threads can improve media editing workflows and speed up render times. OEMs with desktop-replacement designs can also offer overclocked configurations that, given adequate power and cooling, should reach new performance heights for system powered by a mobile processor (not counting the behemoths that pack a desktop-class part into a laptop chassis).

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OEMs such as ASUS, MSI, and Acer are announcing their 9th Gen Core mobile-powered systems alongside Intel's announcement today. Availability and pricing will vary.

Source: Intel

Intel Expands 9th Gen Desktop Lineup With 25 New SKUs Including Celeron & Pentium Gold

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: Intel, 9th generation core

Alongside its 9th Gen Core Mobile launch, Intel today is also significantly expanding its range of 9th Gen Core Desktop processors, adding 25 new SKUs. The additions include refinements to the existing i3, i5, i7, and i9 lineups, as well as the introduction of new 9th Gen SKUs to the lower-end Celeron and Pentium Gold classes.

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As we saw with the complete 8th Gen Core lineup, these new parts cover nearly the complete range of price, performance, and feature categories, with varying support for hyperthreading, integrated graphics, cache levels, and memory frequency. However, as indicated late last month, all parts support Intel's Optane memory.

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No word on exact retail availability of these parts but, like today's mobile launch, OEMs will be announcing systems shortly.

Source: Intel

Windows 10 Create Process Performance Analysis

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2019 - 08:37 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10

Bruce Dawson (currently at Google on the Chrome team; formerly at Valve, Microsoft, and others) has blogged another example of Windows 10 performance regressions – this time in CreateProcess. He was assigned to investigate why Windows 7 out-performed Windows 10 in a set of Chromium unit tests by about 5x. Profiling execution showed that 98.4% of CPU time was spent in the MiCopyToCfgBitMap function of ntoskrnl, which is logic that is related to the security feature, Control Flow Guard. The result is that creating processes in big executables suffers from a quadratic slowdown.

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To be clear, this sort of issue happens frequently. When performance scales non-linearly (in a bad way) to the size of your data set, its cost is sometimes masked in the background noise during your expected workload. If it turns out that conditions can exist that stress it, then it’s not a gradual process – it becomes a wall. It will be interesting to see when (and if) Microsoft gets around to patching it, however.

Source: Bruce Dawson

PC Perspective Podcast #540 - Apple & Qualcomm Settlement, Optane H10, and a Giveaway!

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2019 - 06:09 AM |
Tagged: wi-fi 6, ryzen pro mobile, ray tracing, qualcomm, podcast, Optane H10, Lawsuit, Intel, giveaway, be quiet!

PC Perspective Podcast #540 - 4/18/2019

This week we talk about the surprising Apple and Qualcomm settlement, Intel's Optane H10 memory, ray tracing for GTX cards, 2nd-gen Ryzen PRO mobile parts, and we review and give away three be quiet! power supplies.

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You must be LVL50 to equip this PDP headset

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2019 - 03:29 PM |
Tagged: audio, PDP, LVL 50, wireless headset

PDP's LVL50 wireless headset can be used on both XBONE and PC constructed of fairly sturdy plastic with nylon mesh earcups, which keeps the cost below $80.  As that price implies, these are not for audiophiles but are more for multiplayer gaming and have the range required for you to put your feet up on the couch while gaming on the TV.  The battery offers about 16 hours of usage, 24 if sitting unattended so make sure to plug them in while you aren't using them.  The microphone quality is decent, The Tech Report describes it as loud and clear, almost as good as their Logitech G Pro.

Check out the review here.

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"PDP's LVL50 is an intriguing product: a fully-wireless headset with Xbox and PC compatibility for an unusually affordable price. Does it have what it takes to stand out in the crowd? Here's the TR take."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Audio Corner

NZXT goes Overwatch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2019 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, H500 Overwatch Edition, H500, crft

The base of the NZXT H500 Overwatch Special Edition is the same as the Vault Boy model seen earlier this week, though it contains more Doritos and less brahmin. The Guru of 3D received one for review, firing up the lights behind the logo and filling it with components.  The case ships with a 140mm fan in the back, a 120mm fan on the top and a pair of 120mm fans in the front.  It does support a radiator of up to 280 in size if you prefer watercooling, but sadly there is no optical drive bay.

The case performs just like the base model of the H500, the difference is the price.  While the H500 is a deal at $75, the branding doubles that price to $150

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"We check out that somewhat off special edition NZXT H500 chassis, the company recently teamed up with Blizzard and released the Overwatch Special Edition. A tidy and simply design chassis with tempered glass and refined features with the ability to hide your components inside the chassis."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

CASES & COOLING

Source: Guru of 3D

Hey influencers, RTFM

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2019 - 12:28 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, foldable, Galaxy Fold

In today's world people are far more likely to listen to someone who is famous on one or more platform than to an expert in the topic of discussion.  The dead and dying Samsung Fold phones being sent to influencers is a perfect example of this, as these somewhat famous social media stars have been ignoring the instructions and removing a protective film from the screen.  Samsung was quite clear in their manual that this film is necessary to prevent the foldable screen from dying, as one of the quotes over at Ars makes quite obvious, "The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it ...".

When dealing with a brand new and possibly not quite ready for prime time technology, such as a foldable phone, perhaps it is worth spending the time taking a look at the manual or listening to someone who knows about the subject, rather than only listening to someone you 'know'?

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"YouTuber Marques Brownlee also tried peeling off this protective layer, thinking it was just a display protector for shipping. After picking at the layout a bit, Brownlee says "the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

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Source: Ars Technica

Need a CPU and only have $180USD?

Subject: Processors | April 17, 2019 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged: amd, Ryzen 5 2600X, i5-9400f, ryzen 2, coffee lake, Intel

To compete against the Ryzen 5 2600X which is currently selling for $180, Intel released the slightly refreshed i5-9400F which also retails at $180.  As far as the specifications on paper go, the Ryzen offers 6 cores and 12 threads at a top of 4.2GHz while Intel's offering has 6 cores and 6 threads with a top frequency of 4.1GHz; the AMD chip also comes with the Wraith Spire cooler while Intel's supports Optane. 

The real question is how they perform when you use them and to discover the answer you should check out TechSpot's latest CPU review.

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"Intel's been having some trouble competing with the wave of Ryzen processors, forcing the chip maker to be a little more creative. Today we have the Intel Core i5-9400F on hand, which is basically a refreshed i5-8400 with a 100 MHz clock speed boost, no integrated graphics and a lower price point."

Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:

Processors

 

Source: TechSpot

What do you do for fun, now that you've executed Order 66?

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2019 - 02:10 PM |
Tagged: Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars, gaming

Second sister inquisitors and purge troopers, oh my!  We now know that the new single player Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order is currently scheduled to arrive on November 15th and there is a trailer, which you can check out at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  You will play as Cal Kestis, a Padawan that survived the purge and his faithful droid BD-1 and the trailer does feature lightsabers and Force enhanced combat, though much seems to be pre-rendered scenes.  We don't know much more than that, but keep your eyes peeled as there will be more information slowly coming out over the coming months. 

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"Here’s a release trailer introducing the Padawan-in-hiding, Cal Kestis. He’s not very good flying under the radar, so luckily he’ll have Force powers and lightsaber combat to help him out of sticky situations."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

 

It's a Tile fire, another reason to distrust your new Start Menu

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2019 - 01:26 PM |
Tagged: windows 8, windows 10, tiles, security, microsoft

*** Update from April 18th, 11:56
Microsoft has now deleted the nameserver record and we no longer control the subdomain. We still haven't received a reply from Microsoft. ***

If you like the animated Live Tiles which offer RSS type feed or even the animated ones that look fancy, there is something you should know.  The domain which provides the content to those tiles is no longer owned by Microsoft, though thankfully a security researcher was quick to notice this and is now hosting the site on his own Azure instance.  Predictably there is a lot of traffic asking for XML file updates to be able to display these feeds and according to the quote on Slashdot, he will not continue to sinkhole requests as it is running up his costs.

At this time Microsoft has not responded, so you might want to seriously consider removing any Live Tiles from your Win8/10 Start menu.

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"The subdomain (notifications.buildmypinnedsite.com) is currently under the control of Hanno Bock, a security researcher and journalist for German tech news site Golem.de. The subdomain was part of the buildmypinnedsite.com service that Microsoft set up with the launch of Windows 8, and more specifically to allow websites to show live updates inside users' Start pages and menus."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: Slashdot

NZXT H500 Vault Boy Case & N7 Z390 Vault Boy Cover

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2019 - 09:15 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, fallout

NZXT has just released a Fallout-themed H500 Vault Boy computer case that is painted in the iconic “Vault-Tec” style. It is an officially licensed product by Bethesda and ZeniMax, and only 1,000 will be made. The regular H500 has 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports in the front-top, alongside the typical headphone and microphone jacks. It can mount a 280mm radiator in the front and a 120mm in the back.

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The H500 Vault Boy is available now for $164.99 USD in the USA and $149.99 USD in the rest of the world. I should note that the white, non-Fallout NZXT H500 is advertised for $74.99 on their website, which makes the Fallout branding worth around $90 USD in the USA. In terms of value as a component, that’s a hefty mark-up, although, if you’re a huge fan of Fallout, the difference in price could be viewed as a licensed ornament (rather than value as a part of a PC).

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This segues into the second announcement: N7 Z390 Vault Boy motherboard cover for the NZXT N7 Z390 motherboard. This extends the aesthetic into the PC, covering the motherboard with the blue and yellow. This component will be available in late May for $49.99 USD, not including the motherboard of course.

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The weirdest part about this announcement to me is that they have split the release date between the parts by about a month. If you want to get both, then you would need to buy the case before all 1,000 are gone… then sit on it for a month until the motherboard covers arrive.

Source: NZXT

Peace were declared! Apple and Qualcomm hang up their positron shooters

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2019 - 06:37 PM |
Tagged: shocking, rusty, qualcomm, apple, 5G

As strange as it may seem, Apple and Qualcomm have made peace after years of litigation and a day after the latest court case, theorized to be worth around $30 billion, kicked off.  The resolution sees the companies signing a six-year license agreement, appropriately the effective start is April 1, 2019, and it includes an option to extend the deal another two years beyond that, a multiyear chipset supply agreement and Apple is paying Qualcomm an undisclosed amount to boot.

The legal battle between the two since 2017 has reached heights that only past battles between Microsoft and various governments or Oracle against ... well, just about everyone ...  previously reached.  It was barely a week ago Apple was accusing Qualcomm of witness tampering, this is after years of billion dollar court battles. 

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There is a possible method to the madness we are presented with today, which involves about five G's.  See, there has been a row going on since last year, when some benchmarks showed that Apple, whom chose to switch between Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems, were purposefully slowing the Qualcomm modems down so they did not outperform the Intel ones.  This problem seems to have continued into the coming generation, as Apple seems to be lagging behind with no public plans to release a 5G phone until some time in 2020

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Making peace with Qualcomm could accelerate the arrival of a 5G iThang, theoretically this year but more likely early 2020; earlier than it would have been if they had to depend on Intel to supply them as would be the case while litigation continued to escalate. In the end this does seem like good news for both companies as well as the consumer.

When asked for comment certain Intel employees responded with an interpretive dance yours truly was unable to decipher.

 

Source: Qualcomm

Attar o' Ryzen, AMD's new embedded R1000 series coming to a revived console near you

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2019 - 02:11 PM |
Tagged: ryzen embedded, ryzen, R1606G, R1505G, r1000, playstation 5, atari, amd, 7nm

You might not be immediately excited by a new embedded processor, after all you can't upgrade something soldered permanently onto the motherboard, but if the AtariVCS interests you in the least you should pay attention. 

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One of those chips will be powering that system, and as they are capable of powering three 4K displays at up to 60 FPS, you should expect some impressive visuals from that console when it finally arrrives. For general media, these chips support H.265 Encode/Decode(10b) and VP9 decode3 capabilities so streaming should be impressive as well. 

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In other usage scenarios, the ability to use a 10Gb Ethernet connection and integral security features to protect the boot environment and memory will be attractive to those looking to upgrade their products which would use these embedded processors.  Your next flight to Vegas might feature the new chips on the plane as well as in the one armed bandits.  The R1000 series will also support 64-bit DDR4, 8 PCIe lanes, NVMe support and up to four USB 3.1 Gen 2 interconnects (pdf).

You can also find out more about the PlayStation 5 in Sebastian's post as well as at DigiTimes.

"The new SoC will be available this quarter to ODMs and OEMs worldwide and is already supported by numerous hardware and software companies including Advantech, ASRock, DFI, iBase, Netronome, Stratacache and many others. The Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC will also power the upcoming Atari VCS game system."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: AMD

Sony Shares Next-Gen PlayStation Details: AMD Zen2 and Navi, Ultra-Fast SSD

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2019 - 12:25 PM |
Tagged: Zen2, sony, PS5, playstation 5, navi, gaming, console, amd

Sony's lead system architect Mark Cerny has shared some high-level details of the next PlayStation (only referred to as "the next-gen console" in the interview) with Wired.com, confirming that it will indeed make use of the upcoming 7nm Zen2 CPU architecture from AMD, as well as Radeon Navi GPU cores in its custom chip.

Quoting from the Wired article:

"The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments."

As if to alleviate any doubt as to the AMD architecture involved, company CEO Lisa Su took to Twitter to promote AMD's partnership with Sony, and the Wired article:

And this upcoming PlayStation won't be just offer a faster SoC with the latest generation of AMD CPU and GPU architecture, as SSD storage will be standard - and not just any SSD, apparently (quoting the Wired article again):

"At the moment, Sony won’t cop to exact details about the SSD—who makes it, whether it utilizes the new PCIe 4.0 standard—but Cerny claims that it has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs. That’s not all. “The raw read speed is important,“ Cerny says, “but so are the details of the I/O [input-output] mechanisms and the software stack that we put on top of them. I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro—it might be one-third faster." As opposed to 19 times faster for the next-gen console, judging from the fast-travel demo."

Check out the full article at Wired.com for more of the interview with Cerny on the next Sony console.

Source: Wired

Float like a Zephyr, sting like an ROG! ASUS' new gaming laptop

Subject: Mobile | April 15, 2019 - 05:55 PM |
Tagged: GX531-GX, asus, Zephyrus S, gaming laptop

In this corner, standing 15.6" diagonal and weighing in at 2.1kg, we have the new Asus ROG Zephyrus S!  With an i7-8750H processor, an RTX 2080 Max-Q and up to 24GB of DDR4-2666 this featherweight contender packs a lot of punch.  The screen is an IPS panel with a top refresh rate of 144Hz, though it only offers 1080p resolution which may upset some viewers.  This is definitely a right hander, you can tell by the placement of the touchpad and buttons, an interesting choice but one which allows the keyboard to extend right to the bottom of the shell.

With such a light and compact build, can it stand up to the competition?  Check out the rumble over at eTeknix to see if it is a knockout or if we are looking at a split decision.

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"When it comes to performance laptops, there are very few brands that demand more attention than the ASUS ROG Zephyrus range. In terms of gaming laptops, the Zephyrus design really does look to tick all of the right boxes with high-performance components with an ultra-slim and light weight design."

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Source: eTeknix

The Scope of CTRL, the new ASUS ROG Strix gaming keyboard with a boss button

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2019 - 03:05 PM |
Tagged: asus, rog strix scope, gaming keyboard, mechanical keyboard, RGB, input, aura sync

The ROG Strix Scope keyboard, originally announced as the CTRL at CES, has arrived and is ready to be picked up for those who have been waiting.  Enthusiasts can choose between Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Speed Silver or Silent Red switches, all of which are fully RGB'd with 10 Aura Sync patterns already programmed in.

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The CTRL key is double wide for easy access and the WASD keycaps have a striking silver colour, which compliments the aluminium body as well as making them easy to spot. The board does come with a keycap puller if you have a burning desire to upgrade or swap them.   It is the Stealth function bound to the F12 key that is far more important for some however, as it functions as a boss button.  With one click it will hide all your running apps and mute all audio, so it looks like you were about to be productive and most definitely not playing a game.  Check out the full PR below.

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Fremont, California (April 15, 2019) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ROG Strix Scope, the mechanical gaming keyboard with Xccurate Design – an extra-wide Ctrl key for enhanced precision on FPS battlefields.

The Control (Ctrl) key is crucial to success in modern first-person-shooter games. With this in mind the ROG R&D team carefully examined the play style of FPS gamers, applying their findings to create a Ctrl key that’s more than 2X wider than traditional Ctrl keys and a shortened left Windows key that’s designed to be less of a target.

For gamers wanting to switch things up a bit, the all-black look of Strix Scope can be punctuated by four silver-colored caps for the vital WASD key group. Included with Strix Scope, these alternative caps create a striking contrast to the rest of the keys – a standout look that benefits both form and function. A special keycap-puller tool is also bundled for easy removal and customization of the most-used keys.

Strix Scope’s F12 key has its own unique secondary function, doubling as Stealth. This is a one-touch shortcut that hides all running apps and mutes all audio for instant privacy or peace.

All keycaps are designed to take full advantage of the ASUS Aura RGB backlighting that’s built in to Strix Scope, with secondary legends that are carefully placed to also be easily visible. The F5-F12 keys even have front-side illumination, so both media controls and F-key legends are clearly lit. The Quick Toggle Switch allows gamers to flip quickly between these two control modes.

An aluminum faceplate lends Strix Scope everyday resilience and is finished with a striking slash aesthetic for a little touch of style. The keyboard also includes Armoury II, enhanced driver-based software that offers more extensive controls while using less system resources. An intuitive UI makes it easy for gamers to tune Strix Scope to suit the game or gameplay style – enabling them to create profiles, customize colors and lighting effects, map keys, record macros and more. It’s even possible to track hardware stats during gameplay for data analysis. The outstanding design and innovation that went into the creation of Strix Scope has already been recognized and awarded, with the product winning the prestigious 2019 iF Product Design Award in the Computer Accessory category. The iF Product Design Awards spans multiple disciplines and attracts many thousands of entries from dozens of nations every year – so Strix Scope fought off strong international competition to secure its victory.

Cherry MX RGB switches for gamer-delighting feel and response
Strix Scope is constructed with Cherry MX RGB switches to deliver the precise mechanical feel preferred by gamers and enthusiasts alike. These premium-quality switches are manufactured in Germany and are renowned for delivering optimal actuation and responsiveness with every keystroke. The keyboard is fully compatible with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Silent Red and Speed Silver switches¹, offering gamers the freedom to configure Strix Scope to play exactly the way they like – from smooth, quiet, linear actuation to tactile clicks.

“Gamers have come to love the feel, optimal actuation and responsiveness of mechanical keystrokes”, said Michael Schmid, Head of MX Technology Marketing at Cherry GmbH. “Cherry MX switches are the obvious trusted choice to use in the new high-end ROG Strix Scope keyboard, with a choice of six different switch types. ROG has always gamers in mind and develops products accordingly. For Strix Scope, innovative features like the enlarged Xccurate Design Ctrl key were made with FPS players in mind. This is the kind of attention to detail that Cherry loves – and why we’re excited to celebrate the arrival of Strix Scope."

Aura RGB illumination on every key for infinite lighting possibilities No modern gaming keyboard is complete without eye-catching lighting, so Strix Scope features per-key ASUS Aura RGB LEDs, plus an illuminated ROG logo. Compatibility with the Aura Sync ecosystem makes it easy for gamers to harmonize Strix Scope’s light shows with other Aura Sync-enabled components, both from ASUS and partner manufacturers.

The keyboard also has a built-in memory to store up to six custom illumination profiles, which can be configured to correspond to different applications – providing custom layouts and lighting effects that are tailored for a particular game or activity.

The evolution of ROG Strix Scope
Avid ROG followers may have noted that Strix Scope was previously revealed as Strix CTRL during CES 2019. This product-development codename was subsequently changed and finalized as Strix Scope to clearly express a key battlefield benefit of the extended Xccurate Design Ctrl key.

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Source: ASUS