Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2017 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evga, x299, X299 DARK, LGA2066, Intel Skylake-X, kaby lake x, e-atx
EVGA have released a new X299 board, called simply DARK, which offers a vast array of useful features while remaining light on the fluff. It fully supports Intel Optane as well as sporting two M.2 Key-M slots, a single M.2 Key-E, a pair of U.2, USB 3.1 in both Type-A and Type-C as well as eight SATA ports for even more storage support; you will need a Skylake X to pull that off all at once however.
The 16 phase voltage regulator modules are actively cooled at the top of the board, useful for those who watercool and install a minimum of case fans, the fan toward the bottom ensures your M.2 drives also stay cooled. The quad channel memory can support up to 64GB of DDR4-3600 with a Skylake X processor, or 32GB of DDR4-4133 with a Kaby Lake X chip.
In order to fit everything on this board EVGA opted for an E-ATX design, make sure you remember that when purchasing a case to install this in. It may not have RGBitis, but as they say "you can't see pretty in the Dark." You can see the full PR below the handy lane chart.
December 18th, 2017 – EVGA introduces you to the ultimate in raw performance for the next-gen Intel® Extreme lineup, the EVGA X299 Dark. The Dark is crafted from the ground up to be the performance apex with everything you need to make a record-breaking benching run or a 24/7 number cruncher, and nothing you don't – a board that is as reliable as it is fast. The EVGA X299 Dark has all of the current gen top-tier component support, including:
- 2x M.2 Key-M slots / 1x M.2 Key-E slot
- Intel Optane Memory Ready
- 2x U.2 Ports
- USB 3.1 Type-A / Type-C
- Up to 64GB of 4000MHz+ (OC) Quad-Channel RAM on Skylake-X CPUs
- Up to 32GB of 4133MHz+ (OC) Dual-Channel RAM on Kaby Lake-X CPUs
- 2x Intel GbE LAN with teaming support
- EVGA’s Full Featured GUI UEFI/ BIOS
- Legacy LGA20XX Socket Backplate for custom CPU cooling solutions (optional)
There is much to be said about a beautifully-engineered motherboard designed to handle the highest loads or the most extreme conditions, let alone the rigors and abuse constantly demanded by the best overclockers in the world and still look good doing it. This was achieved, in part, by using:
- 12-Layer PCB
- Highly-Efficient 16-Phase PWM
- 100% Solid State Capacitors
- 300% Higher Gold Content in CPU Socket
- External BCLK / Clock Generators
- 8 SATA Ports – 6 from Intel PCH / 2 from ASMedia ASM1061
- Triple BIOS Select Switch
- PCIe Disable Switches
- ProbeIT Connector
- PS/2 Port
- Creative Core3D Audio
- Intel VROC Header
Although the X299 Dark does not feature RGB LED support, it politely reminds you that you can't see pretty in the Dark. This board is engineered for the ultra-enthusiast, including these features:
- Active PCH & M.2 cooling
- 4-Way SLI Support
- Multi-Function POST Indicator
- Visual Guide / Bench table
- PCIe / DIMM Status LEDs
- Right Angle Power / Fan / and USB3.0 Headers
The X299 Dark proves once again that until you have used it, you don’t know the power of the Dark side of the EVGA motherboard lineup.
For more details, please see here: https://www.evga.com/articles/01168/evga-x299-dark/
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, amd, rumour, release dates, ryzen, skylake-x, kaby lake x, Threadripper, X399, coffee lake
DigiTimes has posted an article covering the probable launch dates of AMD's new CPUs and GPUs as well as Intel's reaction to the release. Not all of these dates are confirmed but it is worth noting as these rumours are often close to those eventually announced. Naples will be the first, with the server chips launching at the end of June but that is just the start. July is the big month for AMD, with the lower end Ryzen 3 chips hitting the market as well as the newly announced 16 core Threadrippers and the X399 chipset. That will also be the month we see Vega's
Founders Frontier Edition graphics cards arrive.
Intel's Basin Falls platform; Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X along with the associated X299 chipset are still scheduled for Computex reveal and a late June or early August release. Coffee Lake is getting pushed ahead however, it's launch has been moved up to late August instead of the beginning of next year.
Even with Intel's counters, AMD's balance sheet is likely to be looking better and better as the year goes on which is great news for everyone ... except perhaps Intel and NVIDIA.
"Demand for AMD's Ryzen 7- and Ryzen 5-series CPU products has continued rising, which may allow the chipmaker to narrow its losses to below US$50 million for the second quarter of 2017. With Intel also rumored to pay licensing fees to AMD for its GPUs, some market watchers believe AMD may turn profitable in the second quarter or in the third."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Spitballing the performance of AMD's Vega Frontier Edition graphics card @ The Tech Report
- AMD Financial Analyst Day Lisa Su Presentation @ [H]ard|OCP
- AMD Financial Analyst Day Raja Koduri Presentation @ [H]ard|OCP
- Microsoft goes all Sean Spicer when we ask about WannaCry XP patching @ The Inquirer
- Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers @ Slashdot
- HPE shows off ARM-powered 'The Machine' prototype with 160TB memory @ The Inquirer
- Monoprice Releases Their Mini Delta Printer (On Indiegogo) @ Hack a Day
- Chrome on Windows has credential theft bug @ The Register
- Bell Canada hacked: 2m account details swiped by mystery miscreants @ The Register
- Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry @ The Register
Subject: Processors | April 19, 2017 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: skylake-x, ryzen, kaby lake x, Intel, Core, coffee lake, amd
According to DigiTimes, Intel is expecting to release several new processors earlier than they had originally planned. That said, there are two issues with this report. The first point, which should be expected, is that it compares internal dates that were never meant to be public. It is not like Intel has changed their advertised roadmap.
The second problem is that it’s somewhat contradicted by Intel’s earlier, public statements.
Their rumor claims that Intel will push up the launch of Basin Falls, which is Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, and X299, by about two months (around June). It also claims that Coffee Lake, which was originally scheduled for January 2018, will be released in August 2017. Both of these moves are being attributed to AMD’s new products.
The potential, somewhat, sort-of contradiction comes from a tweet that Intel made back in February. In it, they said that the 8th generation of Core processors are expected for 2H’17. This time frame doesn’t include January, although it only barely includes August, too. If Intel was always planning on launching Coffee Lake for the “back to school” season, then at least that half of DigiTimes’ story would be completely incorrect. On the other hand, if Intel’s tweet was talking about a sampling / paper launch in December, with volume shipment soon to follow, then DigiTimes would be fairly accurate.
We don’t know unless someone at Intel confirms either-or.
As for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, it would be interesting to see them launch at Computex / E3. Previous rumors (also from DigiTimes) that place it in the Gamescom, which is a huge gaming conference in Cologne. Interestingly, this rumor claims that only the four-, six-, eight-, and ten-core models will arrive at the time, with a twelve-core model waiting until the whole line was supposed to launch.
This omission makes me wonder if, in fact, Intel are rushing the launch, but they realize that they cannot get enough good chips to fill out the top-end SKU. In that case, it would make sense to push the smaller and partially-disabled chips out the door, while banking the big chips that can run all twelve cores at a reasonable voltage for some clock rate.
If so, that would, in fact, speak volumes about AMD’s roadmap (and Intel’s opinion of it).
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2016 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rumour, Intel, skylake-x, kaby lake x, LGA 2066
DigiTimes today published a possibly accurate post on the upcoming replacement for the ageing Broadwell-E platform, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. These chips will feature a new socket and along with that a new chipset, bearing the predictable name of X299. The quoted prices seem to fit with Intel's pricing scheme, from $468 to $1,780 but we did not hear of any core counts or frequency ranges, the expected release date is about a year away. The new chips will of course support DDR4 and we might see a hint of them at Gamescom 2017 in Germany. They also state you can expect to see Intel's 7xxx family of chips and the accompanying Z270 and H270 chipsets at CES this January; a reasonable expectation.
"The new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors will feature a new LGA 2066 socket and support DDR4 memory. The CPUs will pair with Intel's new X299 chipsets."
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- Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking @ The Register
- Symantec: 95.4 percent of PowerShell script is malicious @ The Inquirer
- Improving Storage Performance with Ceph and Flash @ Linux.com
- Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop @ The Register
- Microsoft Officially Closes Its $26.2B Acquisition of LinkedIn @ Slashdot
- Christmas 2016 Mega Worldwide Giveaway @ NikKTech