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1TB of Thunderbolt 3 connected flash for less than $500? Patriot's Evlvr

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2018 - 03:28 PM |
Tagged: patriot, evlvr, thunderbolt 3, external ssd, 1TB, phison e8

Patriot's external SSD is available for about $200 less than Samsung's, though it's warranty is a year shorter at two and it doesn't feature hardware encryption acceleration.  On the other hand it also contains the brand new Phison E8 controller and 64-layer BiCS 3D TLC NAND which might make the drive more interesting than it appears at first glance.  The Tech Report put the drive through its paces, comparing it to Samsung's X5 as well as other USB drives; check out the results right here.

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"We were floored by the performance—and price tag—of Samsung's Portable SSD X5. Patriot's Evlvr 1 TB promises some of the same Thunderbolt 3 goodness without asking the buyer to take out a second mortgage. We ran Patriot's TB3 external through our test suite to see whether it captures lightning in a bottle."

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ASUS ROG Strix performs Hero-ics

Subject: Mobile | October 15, 2018 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: asus, ROG Strix, ASUS ROG Strix Hero II, GL504GM, gaming laptop

ASUS released the updated ROG Strix Hero II, which Kitguru grabbed for review.  The 15.6" laptop is powered by an Intel i7-8750H and GTX 1060, with 16GB DDR4-2666 and a 256GB PCIe SSD paired with a 1TB hybrid drive.  The screen is 1080p IPS, with a top refresh rate of 144Hz sadly lacking in either Freesync or GSYNC.  The gaming performance was as expected, but Kitguru did find a couple of things they wish ASUS would improve, which you can find out about in the full review.

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"That brings us to today where we finally have our hands on the Strix Hero II GL504GM. In this review we put it through its paces to find out if this is a must have laptop for gamers on the go and whether it is worth the £1800 asking price."

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Source: Kitguru

Meet TCL's Palm Palm, a kitten like phone

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2018 - 01:23 PM |
Tagged: palm, tcl, mobile phone

As strange as it seems, TCL is launching a new Palm product which is thankfully not running a new version of WebOS but instead has gone with Android 8.1.  The phone is very cute, with a tiny 3.3" display, and a body of 96.6x50.6mm (3.8x2") in total.  Inside you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 3GB of RAM, and an 800mAh battery, for connectivity USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE.  This Palm will fit in your hand and you won't get a lot of things done with the minimalist hardware, providing the similarity to a kitten, including the powerful attraction some will feel towards it.

Ars Technica has the rest of what is known about the Palm Palm here, including what TCL imagines you will use it for.

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"If you recall, Palm, creator of the Palm Pilot and WebOS, bombed out of the smartphone market and was purchased by HP. Palm died at HP after a short run of tablets and smartphones, and eventually Chinese smartphone company TCL snatched up the rights to the Palm brand in 2014, and things have been quiet since then."

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Source: Ars Technica

Noctua, for a cool quiet Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2018 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: noctua, Threadripper, 2950x, 2990wx, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U9

With the arrival of the second generation of Threadripper processors comes Precision Boost 2 and Precision Boost Overdrive which changes the testing process when it comes to heatsinks.  PB2 means that your processor will not let its self get above 68C and will reduce power and frequency to accomplish that.  This means that when testing, what [H]ard|OCP is looking for is clocks and power draw, not temperature.  Check out how they accomplished this, as well as the performance of these three Noctua coolers, as compared to themselves, the WraithRipper and the Silver Arrow.

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"We take all three Noctua air coolers built for AMD Threadripper CPUs and put these to the test on both the 2950X and 2990WX. We run the NH-U14S, NH-U12S, and NH-U9 through the paces with both Precision Boost 2 and Precision Boost Overdrive using multiple fan configurations and compare these to the Silver Arrow and Wraith Ripper too."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Up is down in the PC market

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2018 - 04:46 PM |
Tagged: desktop market share, gartner, IDC

Gartner and IDC have released their quarterly look at the PC market and they do not agree on whether sales gew or shrunk.  One thing they do agree on is that the market did not change all that much.  Gartner's 0.1% growth and IDC's 0.9% shinkage represent a few thousand machines at most, so saying the market is relatively unchanged seems fair.  Lenovo continues to hold the lead, though HP is close on their heels with Dell lagging behind.  You can see the individual numbers over at The Register.

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"Gartner reports global PC sales of 67.2 million units for Q3 2018 showed a slim growth of 0.1 per cent over the same period in 2017. Meanwhile IDC said volumes of 67.4 million units is down 0.9 per cent year-on-year."

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Source: The Register

Radeon Adrenaline COD liver oil edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2018 - 07:15 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon, adrenaline 18.10.1

If you love you some CODBLOPS and run a GPU named after a solar body you should head on over to AMD and update to Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1.  The new driver will give your VEGA 64 or RX 580 a bit of a performance boost when you head out into the black. 

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There are a few other benefits, including smoother upgrading as well as fixes in Fortnight and Sea of Thieves, as well as some tweaks to Vulcan.  You know where to get it, or you can just click here.

 

Source: AMD

Three's Company Too ... or Furley's 2080 TI roundup

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2018 - 07:03 PM |
Tagged: gigabyte, GAMING OC 11G, duke, MSI TRIO, rtx 2080ti

Three custom RTX 2080 Ti cards and a single Founders Edition is not a huge roundup but it is early days yet and well worth a look.  As more third party cards arrive we will see larger sample sizes but for now take a look at the performance deltas between the FE, Gigabyte GAMING OC 11G, MSI DUKE and the MSI TRIO.  There are noticeable differences, but not in every scenario; check out the full review to see which card best matches your preference in games or synthetic benchmarks over at The Guru of 3D.

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"In this article, we look at the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and in specific the GAMING OC 11G edition. Armed with tensor and raytracing processors this model comes slightly tweaked in the clock frequency."

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Source: Guru of 3D

The other RTX - MSI announces their custom GeForce RTX 2070 series

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2018 - 03:10 PM |
Tagged: duke, Gaming Z, armor, Aero, msi, rtz 2070, TWIN FROZR 7

The RTX 2070 hasn't received anywhere near the coverage of its two bigger siblings but MSI might just change that with this announcement.

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The RTX 2070 DUKE 8G OC GAMING Z comes with dual TORX Fan 3.0 in their TWIN FROZR 7 cooler , and is able to run completely silently at low temperatures thanks to the Zero Frozr design.  This card will be compatible the MSI Dragon Center, which, with a single click,   optimizes your GPU, SSD, monitor and network settings for gaming.

The DUKE incorporates three TORX Fan 2.0 into its TRI-FROZR cooler and will be the choice of those suffering from RGB overload.  The ARMOR shares much of it's design with the GAMING Z, however it is wearing MSI's trademarked suite of ARMOR.  Last but not least is the AERO, which features a blower design similar to the Founders Edition cards, good for smaller cases which need to remove heat from the case ASAP.

Check out the specifications below for frequencies.

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Source: MSI

It's a bold strategy Cotton, let's see if 50% of a battery works out for them

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2018 - 02:20 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, Surface Pro, battery

Microsoft have added an interesting feature to their new Surface Pro, the ability to limit the battery charge to a maximum of 50%.  Now, before you start tossing things, this is specifically for scenarios where the Surface Pro will be plugged into mains power all day long.  Limiting the charge should increase the lifespan of the battery, though woe to the user that forgets to change that setting in the UEFI it before heading out on the road.  As The Register points out, Microsoft have had a spotty past with batteries; hopefully they've learned from their mistakes.

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"The setting is only recommended for scenarios where a Surface Pro is constantly connected to a power supply – "all day long" as Microsoft put it, such as in a kiosk situation or perhaps permanently wedged in a desktop dock."

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Source: The Register

Podcast #517 - 9th Generation Intel processors, Threadripper Dynamic Local Mode, and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2018 - 11:05 AM |
Tagged: podcast, Intel, 9th generation, Threadripper, dynamic local mode, razer, huntsman, gigabyte, Z390

PC Perspective Podcast #517 - 10/11/18

Join us this week for discussion on 9th Generation Intel processors, Threadripper Dynamic Local Mode, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Ken Addison

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:24:03

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
    1. 0:18:38 Cat, interrupted
  3. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:00:30 Allyn: Check out Sears closeout sales (before they are gone)
    2. 1:07:25  Jeremy: Commie64?
    3. 1:16:25 Alex: Noctua NH-D15S
  4. Closing/outro
 

PCPer Mailbag #58 - 'Better Late Than Never' Edition

Subject: Editorial | October 11, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: video, pcper mailbag, Josh Walrath

It's time for the PCPer Mailbag, our weekly show where Ryan and the team answer your questions about the tech industry, the latest and greatest GPUs, the process of running a tech review website, and more!

So, yeah, we missed a few weeks. We're going to blame it on Jim and his lack of pneumonia-proof lungs. What a loser. But, hey, they say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Turns out that's not true at all.

Without further ado, the role of Ryan Shrout in today's performance will be played by plucky young up-and-comer Josh Walrath:

00:56 - Do you think we'll see AMD GPUs with ray tracing capabilities in the next few months to compete with NVIDIA?

06:06 - Has NVIDIA changed the yardstick for measuring GPU performance? The metrics until now have been higher frame rates at higher resolutions, but it seems we’re about to start prioritizing ray tracing performance instead. Would a gamer playing today at 4K or 144Hz consider it a downgrade to switch to 1080p with ray tracing? Will consumers who invested in 4K and high refresh rate displays feel cheated by the shift to ray tracing, even though there are only a handful of supported titles scheduled for the near future?

11:46 - Would you rather see companies push to truly achieve mainstream 4K HDR 60fps performance with better textures and polygon counts instead of this new shift to ray tracing?

14:11 - I recently added a Samsung 970 EVO to my system, but I wasn’t able to install Windows on it unless I disconnected all of my other drives first. What could have caused this?

17:01 - Is anyone else unable to map a network drive in Windows 10 after upgrading to version 1803? Did Microsoft kill off HomeGroup without sufficient testing? Help!

18:48 - Why do different types of RAM work better on Intel or AMD platforms?

20:57 - Do you expect the new Intel HEDT refresh parts to hold the higher frequencies at the same power level as before? And if so will that be down to the soldered IHS or more of the actual improvement in the cores/chip? Will the “optimization” provide an IPC increase?

23:16 - Do you think Zen 2 / Ryzen 3 will bring memory controller performance into parity with their Intel counterparts?

Want to have your question answered on a future Mailbag? Leave a comment on this post or in the YouTube comments for the latest video. Check out new Mailbag videos (usually) each week!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to make sure you never miss our weekly reviews and podcasts, and please consider supporting PC Perspective via Patreon to help us keep videos like our weekly mailbag coming!

Source: YouTube

Time for some fun! Fragging Frog's 17th VLAN is this Saturday!

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 09:44 PM |
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs

It's time once again to strap on your rocket launchers and get ready for a full day of gaming with the amazing Fragging Frogs!  Starting at 10AM ET on Oct. 13th the servers will be live, TeamSpeak will be abuzz with chatter and, well we will be shooting each other with a variety of weapons across a plethora of different games!

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Head over to the Gaming Forum to let Lenny and the gang know you will be attending and to make sure your favourite games are on the list of activities.  If you have never joined us, or lost your saved logins since the last VLAN, check out this thread on how to connect to the TeamSpeak server so you can truly get in on the fun.

You should also take a quick peek at this thread to make sure all your patches and mods are up to snuff ... it can take a while to restore UT2K4 to working order and you don't want to waste precious gaming time on the day!  The thread also contains links to previous VLANs so you can see some of the past highlights of this Froggy tradition. 

We hope to see you there for a fun day of gaming, it won't stop until the last connection stops and some of our members are from across the pond so expect fun until very late ... early depending on how you look at it!

 

Source: PCPer Forums

I want to put on my my my my my cyber-shoes

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: gaming, VR, cybershoes, Kickstarter

There is a very successful Kickstarter project by Cybershoes which are offering the first pair of ... well, cybershoes for walking around in VR games.  The shoes strap over any normal pair of shoes and have a roller on the bottom which allows you to mimic walking while seated and provides accurate movement input to the game you are playing.  The idea seems interesting although the videos on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN and the campaign page are pure gold to watch as it takes the absurdity of watching someone playing in VR to a whole new level.  Considering the limited application of the common 'point and teleport' solution in games like Skyrim this could make VR more intriguing for enthusiasts. 

At $188 for the shoes they are not the least expensive peripheral you can grab but they are certainly unique.  They also offer suggestions on rugs and seats which will work best in conjunction with the shoes if your interest is piqued. 

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"Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won’t even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service."

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The Commies are coming back! For free, on the Internet Archive

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 12:46 PM |
Tagged: Internet Archive, commodore 64

Perhaps you fondly remember the days when 64 meant 64 kilobytes, not 64-bit and you had an opinion about whether the Trash80 or Commie64 was the better machine?  Well, for better or worse you can revist those days thanks to the Internet Archive.  The upload of over 15,000 peices of software and an emulator include not just classic games but the old zines and various bits of software that were created by that generation.  Some memories will be wonderful, some may be best left unexplored.  Thanks to The Inquirer for pointing it out.

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"The Commodore 64 becomes the third in-browser collection after the Commodore Amiga and a range of arcade games from LCD pocket to full cabinet were released over the last few years."

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Source: The Inquirer

G.Skill Reveals Trident Z RGB DC Double Capacity UDIMMs for ASUS Z390 Motherboards

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2018 - 09:46 PM |
Tagged: Trident Z RGB, samsung b-die, G.Skill, double capacity DIMM, ddr4, DC DIMM, 64GB

G.Skill has joined forces with ASUS to release a new series of Trident Z RGB DC DDR4 memory modules aimed at ASUS’ Z390 motherboards and take advantage of “double capacity DIMM” technology that  uses taller form factors to allow twice the memory ICs per stick.

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The new Trident Z RGB DC memory modules feature 16 Samsung B-die memory ICs for a total capacity of 32 GB when using 8Gb chips. Initially, G.Skill will offer the new double capacity modules in 64GB kits (32GB x 2) clocked at 3000 MHz and 3200 MHz. As part of the company’s Trident Z RGB family, the new DC series continue to support RGB LEDs which can be customized by software including Asus Aura Sync. The 3000 MHz kit comes with 14-14-14-34 timings. There are two 3200 MHz kits (both 64 GB) that come either with 14-14-14-34 or 14-15-15-35 timings. All three kits operate at 1.35V out of the box.

The double capacity DIMMs will work with select ASUS motherboard based around the Intel Z390 chipset including the ROG Z390 Maximus XI APEX, ROG Maximus XI Gene, and ROG STRIX Z390-I Gaming.

The Mini ITX Strix Z390-I Gaming board would benefit the most from the double capacity DIMMs at they will allow enthusiasts to pack more than the 32 GB limit of today’s JEDEC standard UDIMMs into the only two memory slots on the board. Meanwhile, the larger Z390 boards will be able to host even more memory enabling workstation workloads to be run (or a big ass home virtual lab environment heh).

G.Skill has not yet released pricing or availability information for these new memory kits. I am curious whether the double capacity DIMM standard will catch on and if it will be adopted by other motherboard manufacturers or if it will stay an ASUS exclusive feature. At least on paper, it appears the only tradeoff is having to accommodate taller modules when considering which CPU cooler to purchase.

Source: G.Skill

MEG in the centerfold! A peek at MSI's new Z390 Godlike motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2018 - 03:39 PM |
Tagged: msi, meg Z390 godlike, Z390, Intel

We are currently limited to unboxing and showing off Z390 motherboards; no performance reviews yet.  MSI's MEG was the queen of X399 motherboards so it will be interesting to see if they can replicate their success on the Z390 chipset. As you can see below there are a large amount of features; those metal shields cover the three M.2 ports with a U.2 hidden away as well, with the option to add another pair of M.2 with an adapter.  For PCIe you have four 16x slots as well as a 1x, so you know you are going to have a fair number of PCIe lanes available on the chip and motherboard. 

TechPowerUp has more in their preview here.

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"MSI pulled out all the stops for their massive, EATX-sized MEG Z390 Godlike motherboard, which comes with three M.2 slots, full RGB support, and an adapter to add two more M.2 NVMe slots. You also get an OLED screen that can display pre-programmed stats and messages."

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Source: TechPowerUp

You shall not patch! Microsoft has blocked the new Windows 10 update.

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2018 - 02:31 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, microsoft, oops

It's hard to find users who upgraded to the new Win10 update that enjoyed the experience; so much so that Microsoft has actually pulled it and it is no longer available to install automatically or manually.  They also warn anyone who downloaded it to hold off on installing the update for now.  If you have upgraded and are missing files, stop using the machine and give Microsoft support a ring as they should be able to recover your files; something much harder to do if you have been writing new data to the drive.  If you have a Microsoft store in your neighbourhood you can visit it for a fix as well; perhaps you will be their first actual customer! 

You can see a glorious tweet and more info over at The Inquirer.

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"Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of pulling a Windows 10 release a mere four days after its arrival amid a clamour of users complaining about files not being where they had left them."

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Source: The Register
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Preview and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

With the release of Intel's lastest consumer-oriented chipset, the Z390, GIGABYTE released the details of their Z390 board line. GIGABYTE's initial sampling to PC Perspective was their Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard, featuring a matte black PCB and an armored rear panel assembly and an integrated rear panel shield. In keeping with their previous AORUS series board designs, GIGABYTE spread RGB LEDs throughout the board's surface, configurable via the Windows applet. The board offers support for the latest Intel 9th genation processors (as well as maintaining support for the 8th generation processors) and Dual Channel DDR4 memory via the Intel Z390 chipset.

Board Features

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • 12+1 Phase Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Screw mounted Heatsinks and Heatpipe
  • ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFos Speed
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ Header
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save the Power as Easy as One Click

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The following features have been integrated into the board: six SATA III 6Gbps ports; two M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gbps capable ports; an RJ-45 port featuring an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; a Realtek ALC1220-VB Audio CODEC; an integrated HDMI video port; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

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Courtesy of GIGABYTE

To power the board, GIGABYTE integrated integrated a 13-phase (12+1) digital power delivery system into the Z390 AORUS Pro board's design. The digital power system was designed with an IR Digital PWM Controller and DrMOS ICs, high grade choke, and all-metal long-life capacitors. The power circuitry and board trace design works together to give the board its excellent overclockability when used in combination with the Intel 9th generation processors.

Continue reading our preview of the GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard!

Intel announces 9th Generation Core processors with up to 8-cores, 16-threads

Subject: Processors | October 8, 2018 - 11:14 AM |
Tagged: Z390, STIM, ryzen, Intel, i9-9900K, i7-9700K, i5-9600K, 9th generation, 2700x

At their event in New York City today, Intel took the wraps off of their much-rumored 9th generation series of desktop processors.

Built upon the same "14 nm++" process technology as Coffee Lake, this new 9th generation is launching with 3 new processor models.

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At the lower end, we have the i5-9600K, replacing the current i5-8600K. Staying with the same 6C/6T configuration, the 9600K improves the base frequency by 100 MHz, while adding 300 MHz to the rated single-core Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed.

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Moving onto the 8-core processors, we have the i7-9700K and the i9-9900K. Coming with Intel's first consumer i9 processor also comes the first i7 desktop processor not to feature Hyper-threading. While both processors have eight physical cores, only the i9-9900K will feature Hyper-threading allowing for a 16-thread configuration. Both processors maintain the same 95W TDP as the i7-8700K.

The lack of Hyper-Threading on the i7-9700K will provide quite the interesting performance comparison with the current flagship 6C/12T i7-8700K.

The flagship Intel Core i9-9900K has a base clock 100 MHz lower than the i7-8700K but features the same 5.0 GHz single-core Turbo Boost clock as the i7-8086K. Intel has also said that the all-core frequency for the i9-9900K is 400 MHz faster than the i7-8700K. Additionally, the i9-9900K features 16MB of cache, compared to the 12MB found on the i7-8700K.

Price-wise, both the i5-9600K and i7-9700K are similar to the 8th generation processors they are replacing, while the i9-9900K will come in at $500. 

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Addressing one of the most common complaints from enthusiasts about recent Intel processors, the 9th generation series of processors will come with what Intel is referring to as "Solder Thermal Interface Material" (STIM). 

Switching back to solder as the TIM for these CPUs should provide significantly improved thermal conductivity, resulting in additional overclocking headroom as well as cooler and quieter operation at stock frequencies without the need of delidding.

Alongside these new processors comes the launch of a new chipset from Intel, Z390. In addition to native USB 3.1 Gen 1 (10 Gbit/s) support, Intel claims the Z390 chipset will sport improved power management for the 8-core processor variants, as well as integrated 802.11 AC connectivity. 

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The Z390 platform will continue to feature the same "up to 40" PCI Express lanes that we've seen for several generations, with 16 lanes being directly connected to the CPU, and the rest coming from the chipset which is still connected via a DMI 3.0 link.

Despite the launch of a new chipset in the form of Z390, these new 9th generation chipsets will maintain compatibility with all previous 300-series Intel chipsets, such as Z370 through updates that will be made available by motherboard manufacturers. 

These new 9th generation processors will also feature a combination of hardware and software fixes for the following side-channel attack security vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown:

  • Speculative side channel variant SpectreV2 (Branch Target Injection) = Microcode + Software
  • Speculative side channel variant Meltdown V3 (Rogue Data Cache Load) = Hardware
  • Speculative side channel variant Meltdown V3a (Rogue System Register Read) = Microcode
  • Speculative side channel variant V4 (Speculative Store Bypass) = Microcode + Software
  • Speculative side channel variant L1 Terminal Fault = Hardware

While the almost $500 price tag is substantially higher than AMD's $330 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel's advantage in single-threaded performance combined with matched core counts should provide for quite the interesting comparison.

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The i9-9900K is available for pre-order today, and will launch on October 19th. No word on the rest of the 9th generation lineup, but we expect them to launch at the same time as the i9 processor.

Source: Intel

Intel unveils updated X-Series HEDT processors, 28-core Xeon for Workstations

Subject: Processors | October 8, 2018 - 11:14 AM |
Tagged: xeon w-3175x, xeon, x299, Intel, i9-9890xe, C621, 9th generation, 28-core

Consumer processors weren't the only Intel products to see an update today, as Intel announced updates to their HEDT lineup, as well as a new platform for their 28-core processor previously announced at Computex.

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First is the Xeon W-3175X, which readers will remember from the now infamous Intel demonstration at Computex, featuring a 5 GHz overclock achieved through the use of a 1HP water chiller.

Today we were introduced to the final product iteration of this 28-core demo, the Xeon W-3175X. Utilizing the same C621 chipset, this processor is essentially a Xeon Platinum 8180 which launched in late 2017 but with an unlocked multiplier and running at higher clock speeds.

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The Xeon W-3175X provides a 600 MHz base clock and a 500 MHz Turbo Boost 2.0 clock advantage over the Xeon Platinum 8180. Along with these clock speed increases comes a TDP increase to 255W, compared to the 205W TDP of the Xeon 8180.

Additionally, Xeon W-3175X will support the same six-channel ECC memory configuration as the Xeon Platinum 8180. Similarly, the Xeon W-3175X will use the LGA3647 socket, currently only found on the Xeon Scalable family of processors.

Given that current lack of LGA3647-based workstation motherboards and the TDP increase over the Xeon Scalable processor, this new Xeon-W part will mean the release of all-new motherboards, a sneak peak of which we saw at Computex. ASUS and Gigabyte are said to be the launch partners, with motherboard options to be available in December alongside the processor.

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On the slightly more reasonable side, we have the refresh of Intel's X-series HEDT processors.

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Topping off with the 18-core i9-9980XE, this lineup looks very familiar to Intel's current HEDT lineup, aside from some clock speed and core count increases.

Instead of starting at a 6-core, 12-thread configuration like the 7th generation, the 9th generation HEDT parts now start at the same 8-core, 16-thread configuration we see with the i9-9900K. Similarly, there are now two 10-core SKUs, the i9-9820X and i9-9900X.

Across the board, we see a 300-400 MHz increase on the base clocks of these new parts compared to the previous generation, as well as a 200-300 MHz to the Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speeds.

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The X-series processors will once again feature a soldered connection between the die and heatspreader for increased thermal performance.

These new X-series processors will continue to use the X299 platform, although we expect to see a few newly revised motherboards based on the X299 chipset from partners as we have for other HEDT launches.

While the new 9th generation consumer CPUs feature a combination of hardware, software, and microcode updates for side-channel attack vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown, both the new X-series CPUs as well as the Xeon W-3175X only feature microcode and software fixes as detailed below:

  • Speculative side channel variant Spectre V2 (Branch Target Injection) = Microcode + Software
  • Speculative side channel variant Meltdown V3 (Rogue Data Cache Load) = Microcode
  • Speculative side channel variant Meltdown V3a (Rogue System Register Read) = Microcode
  • Speculative side channel variant V4 (Speculative Store Bypass) = Microcode + Software
  • Speculative side channel variant L1 Terminal Fault = Microcode + Software
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One of the points that Intel stressed this morning when announcing these new products is the importance of their Mesh architecture as compared to AMD's Infinity Fabric-based solution to core count scaling. 
 
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Intel claims the performance benefits that the unified memory architecture, where all cores can access memory, provides over the Threadripper 2990WX are significant in some applications including Autodesk Maya, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Unreal Engine build times.
 
In general, the announcements of these high-core count processors are relatively tame compared to the updates that Intel's consumer desktop CPUs saw today. AMD has been very aggressive with their second generation Threadripper processors in term of pricing and performance, so it will be interesting to see how these new Intel X-series processors change the HEDT market outlook.
 
As for the 28-core Xeon-W part, it seems odd for Intel to be launching a whole new desktop platform in-order to compete with the likes of the 24 and 32-core second generation Threadripper processors from AMD. 
 
The Xeon W-3175X will be available starting in December, while the new Intel X-series processors will be available in November.
Source: Intel