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That's not a Glaive you ruddy Corsair!

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2019 - 07:25 PM |
Tagged: PMW3391, input, glaive rgb pro, gaming mouse, corsair

The GLAIVE RGB PRO is not simply a GLAIVE RGB, ergo the question of what separates the two.  In order to show you enough that Ynyr the difference you should Rell-y visit The Guru of 3D to determine the Beast's weaknesses and strengths.  A custom Pixart PMW3391 sensor capable of registering up to 18,000 DPI should help you avoid traps and three different magnetically attached thumbrests will allow your wrist to Torquil in numerous positions. In the finale, it may be the ~$80 price tag and three zones of RGB colour that fan your flames.

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"Corsair updated their GLAIVE RGB game mouse towards a Pro model. Next, to the new 18K Pixart sensor this mouse is very aesthetically pleasing with configurable RGB LEDs and has a grip that is intensely impressive. The mouse is fully programmable, has additional thumb game buttons (programmable as well). Oh hey, and did we mention it has magnetic removable thumb grips already?"

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Source: Guru of 3D

Quick Look: Logitech G PowerPlay Charging Mousepad

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2019 - 04:44 PM |
Tagged: logitech, G Series

Much like the Stanley Cup, Canada has failed to obtain a (Logitech G) PowerPlay outside of a few importers. While Logitech, themselves, are still silently refusing to sell it at Canadian retailers, their American Amazon.com page can finally accept orders from the north.

And yeah I bought one.

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The concept seems obvious. You don’t want a wire on your mouse interfering with your movement, although having a wire near the back of the desk (at the end of the mousepad) isn’t a big deal. You also don’t want to have to remember to charge a mouse. So… why not have the mousepad connected to the back of your PC, and have the mousepad charge the mouse? So far, the PowerPlay behaves as advertised. It was instantly recognized by my PC and the mouse behaves like it should. (I should note that I already had the Logitech G software installed. I’m not sure whether it is required.)

The box came with two surfaces – a cloth surface is attached to the sensor, and a harder surface can be placed atop the cloth one. I only tried the cloth one, which feels like an extra-firm sheet of Neoprene. The Logitech logo in the bottom right feels a bit like a plastic sticker, almost like tape, although my hand never goes there so it shouldn’t matter. It is a bit weird why they didn’t just color that part of the fabric, though.

Based on the first hour-or-so of usage, it feels like a good buy. It’s on the expensive side at $95 USD plus a compatible mouse, but that has been the only trade-off that I’ve seen. There has been some complaints about the G903 (which is one of the few compatible mice) having click issues, but that was about a year ago. I’ll try to update if a problem arises.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair

Two New Gaming Mice From Corsair

Corsair today is launching two additional members of its gaming mouse family, both of which are variants of existing models. The Ironclaw RGB Wireless is, as you would guess, a wireless version of the Ironclaw RGB that was introduced earlier this year at CES, while the Glaive RGB Pro is an enhanced version of the popular customizable Glaive RGB from 2017.

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Corsair sent us review units of both mice ahead of today’s launch, so we have some initial impressions and testing to share.

Continue reading to check out our full review of both mice!

Windows Media Center, the second coming?

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2019 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged: windows 10, github, microsoft, wmc

Charlie Owen, who was on the original Windows Media Center team has posted the entirety of the WMC SDK to GitHub for any and all to work on.  This means that for those who miss it, you may have a reason to dig out that Hauppauge card and install it in your Win10 machine.  The Inquirer rightly points out that products like the Roku and software like Plex offer a better experience for most, however there are some limitations to these more modern replacements.  Those who reside outside the US may find their streaming choices limited on new platforms, and there are those who have yet to cut the cord completely in order to retain locally broadcast content. 

Those people now have a new hope.

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"Microsoft has long since removed the download link for WMC from its website, and Owen felt that he would be "preserving a bit of history for the diaspora that created Windows Media Center"."

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Source: The Inquirer
Manufacturer: MSI

The MSI GTX 1650 GAMING X

NVIDIA's latest graphics offering is the GeForce GTX 1650, a new mainstream entry featuring the latest Turing architecture and a low power requirement with cards starting at 75W that will require no external power - though as this is a partner-only launch (no reference card as with the previous GTX 16 series launches) some custom designs will offer factory overclocks and will make use of external power. This MSI GAMING X variant of the new GTX 1650 is one of these higher-power versions that board partners have the option of releasing, equipped with dual fans and a 6-pin power connector, and today we'll see how it performs at 1080p at its default settings.

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The GTX 1650 will start at $149, bringing the current generation of NVIDIA's consumer graphics cards further into the mainstream. It is based on the new TU117 GPU, a smaller Turing core that offers 14 SMs and a total of 896 CUDA cores, down from 1408 cores in the GTX 1660 (TU116).

  GTX 1650 GTX 1660 GTX 1660 Ti GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1060 6GB
GPU TU117 TU116 TU116 GP107 GP106
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Pascal Pascal
SMs 14 22 24 6 10
CUDA Cores 896 1408 1536 768 1280
Tensor Cores N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
RT Cores N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Base Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz 1291 MHz 1506 MHz
Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz
Texture Units 56 88 96 48 80
ROPs 32 48 48 32 48
Memory 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5
Memory Data Rate 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 288.1 GB/s 112.1 GB/s 192.2 GB/s
Transistor Count 4.7B 6.6B 6.6B 3.3B 4.4B
Die Size 200 mm2 284 mm2 284 mm2 132 mm2 200 mm2
Process Tech 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 14 nm 16 nm
TDP 75W 120W 120W 75W 120W
Launch Price $149 $219 $279 $139 $299

Pricing and Availability: MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X - $184.99, Amazon.com

This new GPU seems to be positioned to replace the GTX 1050 Ti, a card that launched at the end of 2016 starting at $139. Aside from using the latest architecture the GTX 1650 has higher specs across the board compared to the 1050 Ti, though it should be considered only for 1080p gaming given its 75W target and 4GB of GDDR5. The GTX 1650 should easily eclipse that outgoing Pascal in benchmarks, and variants with higher clock speeds - such as the MSI GAMING X we have for review today - will provide higher levels of performance.

Continue reading our review of the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X graphics card

PC Perspective Podcast #541 - Intel 9th Gen Mobile, ASUS ROG Laptop Refresh, and More!

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2019 - 05:20 AM |
Tagged: video, podcast, gtx 1650, gaming laptop, fractal design, DR ZĄBER, cooler master, ASUS ROG, 9th generation core

PC Perspective Podcast #541 - 4/24/2019

Join us this week as we look at Intel's 9th Gen Core Mobile launch, preview NVIDIA GTX 1650 benchmarks, look at a bunch of PC cases, discuss the new ASUS ROG gaming laptops, and more!

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More GTX 1650's to take a look at ... can you spot the pattern?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2019 - 04:21 PM |
Tagged: turing, nvidia, GU117, gtx 1650, ASUS GTX 1650 Strix OC

The ASUS GTX 1650 STRIX is a bit larger than the single fan model you saw yesterday as it features a second fan and a higher boost clock, running at 1830 MHz out of the box.  With a little work, TechPowerUp were able to coax the cards frequencies up to 2029MHz GPU boost and the 4GB of memory to a respectable 2380 MHz.  Even so, the card still struggles to offer better performance than AMD's RX 570 in everything but power draw. 

Compare this card to the Zotac one from yesterday, as well as the ones below and see if you can spot the other difference between the single fan and dual fan models.

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"NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, the smallest and most affordable implementation of the "Turing" architecture. Much like other GeForce GTX 16-series graphics cards launched to date, the GTX 1650 lacks dedicated RTX real-time raytracing hardware and tensor cores even though it is based on Turing."

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Source: TechSpot

Accelerate your Urban(mech) improvement with PPCs and LRMs

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2019 - 02:03 PM |
Tagged: gaming, urban warfare, paradox, harebrained schemes, battletech

The next expansion to Battletech has a trailer which you can see at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN, as well as some information on where your mercenary crew will be doing its shopping.  Urban Combat will indeed add very large buildings to combat, with new hazards such as fuel trucks, heat exchangers and electrical transformers to keep an eye on.  As you are unlikely to find much cover in the city, you might want to bring along the new Raven 1X which will sport ECM and and an Active Probe in a small package.  From the sounds of it, you will be able to mount ECM and Active Probes on other 'mechs, though you should expect them to eat up a serious amount of tonnage. 

The expansion will also bring in the Javelin, a close combat mech with the speed needed to close the distance and evade incoming fire, as well as three new crunchies to step on, if you can find them, and new type of mission.  This release will mean the RogueTech team has a bunch of work to do, especially as they've already included the BAP and Guardian ECM, as well as the aforementioned 'mechs. 

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"Giant stompy bots aren’t exactly known for being stealthy, but in a loud city full of metal things, they have a slightly better chance of getting the jump on each other. As well as the cover-filled environment, there’s going to be a bunch of new ECM-focused techs in the expansion."

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Mind the gap; the real Samsung Galaxy Fold killer revealed?

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2019 - 12:37 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, Galaxy Fold, oled

We already know one reason that some Galaxy Fold devices suffered screen failure, but there have been other reports of failures from wiser souls who did not remove a certain bit of plastic.  iFixit have since been probing into the issue and have come up with a hypothesis, gaps allowing dust and other contaminates which are incredibly bad for OLEDs, into the body of the phone.  There is a 7mm gap between the screen and the phones' front edge and more on the back of the phone's main hinge.  The quote at The Inquirer describes just how bad the hinge is; "The spine is flanked by massive gaps that our opening picks hop right into".

This may not be the entire story of the untimely deaths we have been seeing, though it seems it will be a long term problem as OLED killing particles have several ways into the Galaxy Fold.

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"It's worth noting that a lot of review units were reportedly borked by folks removing a layer that looked like a removable screen protector but was, in fact, part of the display."

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Source: The Inquirer
Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Define S2 Vision

The Define S2 Vision from Fractal Design is a new take on the company's existing Define S2 case, adding additional style courtesy of four tempered glass panels and RGB lighting. Launching today with an MSRP of $239 this RGB version is priced higher than we are used to seeing from Fractal Design, so does it have premium quality to justify the price?

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"The Define S2 Vision was designed with the goal of bringing together beauty and function, starting with a modified rendition of the advanced open-layout S2 chassis, encasing it in a full tempered glass exterior, and offering a choice in powerful PWM cooling with Dynamic X2 or Prisma ARGB pre-installed. The Define S2 Vision RGB comes packed with four 140mm Prisma AL-14 PWM ARGB fans, Prisma ARGB LED Strip, and the Adjust R1 RGB Controller. Those seeking a more understated look may opt instead for the Blackout version with Dynamic X2 PWM fans, offering equally impressive airflow and the same polished aesthetic without RGB LEDs or accessories.

Both versions feature an improved front panel design with concealed fan rails for a clean, unobstructed view of the front fans. A fully interchangeable top panel allows users to switch between the pre-installed tempered glass panel or the included top cooling bracket for additional fan and radiator support. Define S2 Vision also introduces Fractal Design’s new Nexus 9P PWM hub alongside numerous enhancements to the PSU shroud, such as additional pump/reservoir mounts, three alternative SSD locations, and pass-through holes for radiators installed in the base. Details make all the difference in a system that’s built to show, and Define S2 Vision aims to satisfy detail-oriented builders who take pride in showing their work."

Features of this RGB version include:

  • Tinted TG left, right, top, and front panels
  • Top converts between TG cover and filtered ventilation
  • New recessed exterior front fan mount design; concealed
  • fan rails
  • Four Dynamic X2 PWM or Prisma ARGB PWM fans
  • preinstalled
  • Tubing pass-through holes and mounting locations for
  • up to 3 SSDs or a reservoir on the PSU shroud
  • Nexus 9P fan hub with nine PWM connectors
  • 360/280 front, 360/280 top, and 240/140 bottom
  • radiator support
  • Available RGB version with Prisma ARGB PWM fans, ARGB LED strip, and Adjust R1 RGB Controller

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Continue reading our review of the Fractal Design Define S2 Vision RGB case

The rumoured GTX 1650 finally arrives

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2019 - 03:38 PM |
Tagged: zotac, turing, nvidia, GU117, gtx 1650, GTX 1650 Gaming OC Edition

The newest member of the NVIDIA Turing family arrived today, the 75W GTX 1650 with 4GB of GDDR5, a base clock of 1485MHz and boost of 1665 MHz, with a $150 price tag.  The Guru of 3D reviewed the GTX 1650 Gaming OC Edition, showing its performance to be about where you would expect, a bit slower than the GTX 1660.  As far as overclocking ability, they were able to push this particular card's boost clock to ~2GHz as well as getting the memory up to an impressive 9.55 GHz. 

It is nice to see an affordable Turing GPU on the market, but their pricing may not have been aggressive enough as the Radeon RX 570 8GB model sells at roughly the same price.

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"Join us as we review the new GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC edition. The single fan product is energy friendly as well, there's no need for even a power connector as it feeds from the 75 Watt PCIe power slot. But will it perform well enough for that 149 USD price tag?"

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Source: Guru of 3D

An SD card that will satisfy a selfie junkie

Subject: Storage | April 23, 2019 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged: Lexar, microSDXC, 633x, sd card, 1TB

The Lexar 1TB microSDXC card is still a prototype which means we have no idea what the cost would be, but when released this would offer some very impressive features.  As an A2 or Class 10 card, it offers a minimum of 4000IOPS random read, 2000IOPS minimum random write and at least 10MB/s sequential.  With a compatible device it is also UHS rated as well as able to match the newest Video Class of a minimum 30MB/s.  The 1TB of storage will offer you around 17,000 hours of music, more than half a million pictures or about 80 days of recorded video, all in this tiny card you can see below. 

The SSD Review had a chance to test out this prototype, which you can see here.

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"Great relationships can lead to great things. In the past few months, there have been a few companies who have stated their intention to market the holy grail of portable storage; a 1TB microSDXC card."

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G whizz, rolling out a new type of wireless signal ain't that easy after all

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2019 - 02:06 PM |
Tagged: 5G, smartphone

The rollout of 5G has proven to be at least as interesting as the technology itself.  We've seen companies roll out somewhat less than accurate service names, to a major shift in the modem industry even before we could get our hands on a true 5G device and connect it to a 5G network.  It will also create some unforseen difficulties for meteorologists. Today, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray suggested that the full range of signal available to 5G networks will never be rolled out beyond small pockets of major cities. 

This is not to say that 5G will not be widely available, the low frequency portion of the new standard will have coverage equal to current 4G networks however it is the high frequency bands that will offer the fastest service and as they are easily blocked by any obstructions they will be very short ranged.  That will limit the higher speed versions of 5G to small areas in large cities where you can get a clear line of sight to a tower.  Ars Technica has posted a good look at why this is in their latest article.

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"5G networks will use both low and high frequencies, but they're supposed to offer their highest speeds on millimeter waves. Millimeter-wave spectrum is usually defined to include frequencies between 30GHz and 300GHz. "

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Source: Ars Technica

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

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

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

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