PC Perspective Podcast #530 - New NVMe SSDs, RTX 2060 Overclocking, and AMD Q4 Earnings

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM |
Tagged: wd black, W-3175X, TSMC, ssd, SFX, seasonic, samsung 970 evo, Samsung, RTX 2060, radeon vii, quarterly earnings, overclocking, NVMe, gtx 1660 ti, cooler master, benchmarks, podcast

PC Perspective Podcast #530 - 1/30/2019

This week on the show, we have reviews of two power supplies, two new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and Western Digital, a look at a new low-profile keyboard from Cooler Master, more RTX 2060 benchmarks and overclocking, Radeon VII rumors and leaked benchmarks, AMD's Q4 earnings, and more!

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Show Topics
00:02:30 - Review: Seasonic SGX-650 PSU
00:04:13 - Review: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W PSU
00:05:21 - Review: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
00:10:33 - Review: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
00:18:18 - Review: Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard
00:21:42 - Review: RTX 2060 1440p & Overclocking Benchmarks
00:27:57 - News: Trouble at TSMC?
00:31:00 - News: AMD Gonzalo APU & Next-Gen Console Specs
00:39:47 - News: Radeon VII Rumors & Benchmarks
00:44:15 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Rumors
00:46:50 - News: Samsung OLED Displays for Notebooks
00:50:14 - News: Backblaze HDD Longevity Report
00:52:44 - News: Intel 28-Core Xeon W-3175X
00:58:41 - News: Samsung 1TB eUFS Chip for Smartphones
01:01:56 - News: AMD Q4 Earnings
01:13:48 - Picks of the Week
01:20:59 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Jim: 36 Bottles of NyQuil
Jeremy: Legend of Zelda Total Conversion for Doom
Josh: Kindle Paperwhite
Sebastian: ShutUp10

Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Jim Tanous

He's got the whole world (wide web) in his phone

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | January 30, 2019 - 12:40 PM |
Tagged: Terabyte, Samsung, eUFS, 1TB, smartphones

Samsung wants to make sure you don't run out of space on your phone by upping their game and providing 1TB of embedded Universal Flash Storage on a single chip.  The new chip is physically similar to the current 512GB version, so you won't have to buy a phablet to download all your 4K cat videos for offline viewing.  They have also increased speeds at the same time, as we have become accustomed to with other flash storage, with Ars Technica reporting sequential reads of up to 1,000Mbps

Rumour has it we might see this as a choice in the upcoming Galaxy S10.

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"The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: Ars Technica

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 15.6-inch UHD OLED Panel in February

Subject: Displays | January 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM |
Tagged: UHD, Samsung, oled, notebook, mass production, laptop, displays, 4k, 15.6 inch

Samsung Display has announced development of a 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 OLED display panel which they are calling "the world’s first UHD display for the notebook/laptop market". And mass production of the panel will begin in mid-February, "initially for use in premium notebooks produced by leading manufacturers".

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"The new OLED panel, as unveiled by Samsung Display, is equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge functionality including a contrast ratio of exceptional quality, as well as extreme color accuracy, full HDR compatibility, a very wide color gamut, and remarkable outdoor visibility, all of which are considered essential specifications for tomorrow’s premium notebooks.

The new panel features a brightness level ranging from 0.0005 to 600 nits, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1. Compared to LCDs, black color appears 200 times darker and whites twice as bright, maximizing the benefits of HDR to deliver the utmost in high-resolution video and images.

The new display provides a spectrum of 3.4 million colors (double that of similarly sized LCD panels), which allows for truly life-like images, with colors meeting the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives)-P3 standard, the specification best suited for video streaming. The 15.6-inch UHD panel is designed to keep the complete DCI-P3 color gamut fully intact while emitting significantly less blue wavelengths that can potentially be harmful to the eye, making images easier to view even after prolonged use."

Based on the mention of "a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1" I have to wonder if this panel will function differently from OLED screens which as emissive displays have a black level of zero, and thus offer virtually infinite contrast (though "dynamic contrast" is an effect in the control panel of LG OLEDs, for instance). For a practical implementation of a technology that has been criticized in use as a computer monitor it will be interesting to see what - if any - concessions have been made to adapt OLED for use with laptops beyond what we initially saw from Lenovo with the X1 Yoga's OLED option.

For more about this new panel you can read the full press release available here.

Samsung's new 970 EVO is almost double Plus good

Subject: Storage | January 22, 2019 - 03:27 PM |
Tagged: storage, ssd, Samsung, NVMe, M.2 2280, M.2, IOPS, EVO, 970 EVO, 3d nand

Jim was not the only one who completed benchmarking Samsung's new 970 EVO Plus, The Tech Report also chewed on the new gum stick for a while.  Whereas we had the 1TB model, it was the 500GB model which they reviewed and while many of the specifications are the same there are some slight differences worth investigating.  Their custom RoboBench tests real performance and shows just how impressive this drives performance is.  Not only is this drive faster than the previous generations, the price is also much more attractive as we are supposed to see this 500GB drive sell for $130 and the 1TB for $250; let's hope that is the case!

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"Samsung's 900-series EVO drives have been mainstays since NVMe went mainstream. The company has released a newly refreshed version of the 970 EVO that's so good they gave it a "Plus" suffix. We take it apart to see if it's as good as it sounds."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Storage

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung today is launching a new member of its consumer-targeted family of NVMe SSDs, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. Thanks to the upgrade from 64-layer to 96-layer V-NAND, this new drive promises significantly better write performance, a slight bump to overall responsiveness, and improved efficiency all in the same single-sided package at capacities up to 2TB.

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This new drive, a mid-cycle refresh that keeps the well-regarded 970-series on the market, looks impressive on paper. But do those soaring advertised IOPS and insane write speeds hold up in reality? Check out our initial review of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

It's simply the rest ... that Ars saw at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2019 - 12:43 PM |
Tagged: ces 2019, Lenovo, Samsung, LG, dell

Ars Technica takes you through an eclectic mix of devices which caught their eyes at CES, not necessarily award winners nor groundbreaking tech but at least somewhat eye catching.  For instance, Lenovo's smart alarm clock below with a 4" screen at 800x400. Powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek 8167S SoC and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage it has a significant amount of processing power, and one hopes security to stop someone from disabling your snooze button! 

There are also laptops, TVs in both OLED and MicroLED as well as a new Vive, all of which you can see here.

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"CES 2019 has finally come to an end—and by and large, it was a more interesting show than last year's. To that end, the Ars reviews staff has put together another annual Best in Show list, and this group of products we consider particularly interesting."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: Ars Technica

Samsung teases three new monitors pre-CES

Subject: Displays | January 3, 2019 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: Samsung, CES, ces 2019, CRG9, UR59C, space monitor

CES hasn't officially kicked off, but you can't tell that from the emails!   As the ball starts rolling we are seeing some hints about the products which companies will be showing off, such as Samsung's new CRG9, UR59C gaming displays as well as the Space Monitor.

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First off is the CRG9, a 49" 5120x1440 FreeSync2 display with a 32:9 aspect ratio with a top refresh rate of 120Hz and an HDR 10 rating.  It sports an 1800mm screen curvature and a quoted 4ms response time to help with motion blur in addition to the features offered by FreeSync2.  The monitor is actually designed as if it were a pair of 27" 1440p 16:9 displays, which allows you to toggle to a PIP mode which allows you to display two completely separate video sources on the display simultaneously at that size and resolution; or go full screen for gaming. 

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The UR59C is somewhat smaller, a 31.5" 4K display with a 1500R curvature; no idea about the inconsistent curvature description.  With a total depth of 6.7mm this monitor should be able to fit on desktops which don't have the space for the CDG9. 

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Last, but not least is the Space Monitor series, which offers an interesting stand that clamps to your table.  It allows you to lower the monitor to be flush with your desktop or raise it completely vertically to give you more desk space.  It will be available in 27" 1440p or 32" 4K models, both with the Zero Height Adjustable Stand.

 

Source: Samsung

Just Picked Up: Samsung CHG70 27-inch QLED Monitor

Subject: Displays | December 27, 2018 - 07:21 PM |
Tagged: just delivered, Samsung, qled

Just Delivered / Just Picked Up is a series of posts where we talk about things we have recently purchased. Think of it like a mini-review for first impressions.

A major goal of my current upgrade cycle was to finally buy a high-end desktop monitor.

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In the end, I decided to go for the 27-inch Samsung CHG70 QLED Gaming Monitor. It’s listed as HDR although that is at a typical brightness of 350 cd/m2. It supports FreeSync 2 although I have NVIDIA graphics. Its native resolution is 1440p although that is at 144 Hz, and I put a lot of value into high refresh rates.

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That arm is a bit... unnecessary.
Thankfully, it's entirely unnecessary if you wall mount.

A weird design decision is its stand – it’s way too deep. It has a bit of a crane shape, versus a vertical slider like my BenQ, so it eats about 13 inches. There was barely enough room for my keyboard in front of the monitor, and my desk is 23 inches deep (plus an extra inch between it and the wall). If you can wall-mount it, which it is capable of, then that’s a complete non-issue. In fact, the entire stand can be completely removed if you intend to wall mount it, which is nice.

In terms of color? It’s beautiful.

Of course, one of the first things I do is go onto YouTube and look at the various videos with highly-saturated colors and deep blacks. It looks a bit blown out in some bright scenes, almost like its gamma is off, although my current calibration effort is limited to “set in Cinema mode”. I’ll need to play around with it someday.

Source: Samsung

Samsung Refreshes 2-In-1 Lineup With New Notebook 9 Pen Models

Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2018 - 10:45 PM |
Tagged: windows hello, windows, Samsung, s pen, notebook 9 pen, convertible tablet, convertible, 2-in-1

Samsung is updating its laptop lineup to include the new Notebook 9 Pen which is a 2-in-1 convertible with built-in S Pen that comes in 13.3-inch and 15-inch form factors. Featuring full body aluminum frames, diamond cut edges, and narrow display bezels, the Notebook 9 Pen weighs in at 2.47 pounds and 3.44 pounds for the 13-inch and 15-inch models respectively. The new “Notebook 9 Pen” PCs should not be confused with the existing Notebook 9 Pen notebooks which were released earlier this year. The new models which are slated for a 2019 release introduce a 15” model to the lineup as well as more memory, brighter (500 nits) displays with narrower bezels, and two new colors and designs.

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Available in Ocean Blue or Platinum WHite, the Notebook 9 Pen includes a full HD display with very small bezels and a HD webcam paired with a backlit keyboard and decently sized trackpad joined by a 360-degree rotating hinge. The convertible laptop also has dual 5W AKG speakers with ThunderAmp technology. External I/O includes two Thunderbolt 3, one USB-C, one combo headphone/microphone, and one UFS/microSD port. As far as wireless connectivity, the notebook supports 802.ac Wave 2 2x2 WiFi.

The modern I/O is supported by modern internal hardware including up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB LPDDR3, and a 512GB PCI-E NVMe SSD. The Notebook 9 Pen with 13.3” display uses Intel UHD graphics, but the 15” model can be equipped with a NVIDIA MX150 GPU with 2GB memory. Both models are powered by a 54 Wh battery that supports fast charging and allegedly offers up to 15 hours of battery life.

Of course, the interesting aspect of the Notebook 9 Pen is the S Pen which Samsung as reportedly improved to be more responsive with up to a 2x reduction in latency to 7ms. The S Pen comes with three different pen tips so that artists can get the feel they want when drawing on the screen. The S Pen can do the usual things its smartphone counterparts can like drawing and writing and it can also be used to control media playback, advance slides, and record voice notes with its built-in microphone.

First impressions look promising, but pricing is going to be key as well as build quality and feel and with this year’s model starting at $1,400 MSRP ($1,000+ on Amazon for the 8GB RAM version) the updated 2019 Notebook 9 Pen isn’t going to be cheap! Unfortunately, exact pricing and availability have not yet been disclosed.

With that said, assuming rewiews hold up, it looks sharp and for artists and designers that like to work on the go it may be worth checking out!

Source: Samsung

PC Perspective Podcast #526 - Enterprise SSDs, Scythe Ninja 5, and New Radeon Software

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2018 - 05:01 AM |
Tagged: SFX PSU, scythe, Samsung, ryzen 3, RTX 2060, podcast, ghost canyon, enterprise ssd, crucial, Corsair PSU

PC Perspective Podcast #526 - 12/19/2018

Our podcast this week looks at some new enterprise SSDs from Samsung, a quiet and capable CPU air cooler from Sycthe, rumors of new mobile GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD, and more!

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Today's Podcast Hosts
Jim Tanous
Allyn Malventano
Sebastian Peak
Ken Addison
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Alex Lustenberg

Show Topics
00:06:27 - Review: Samsung Enterprise SSD
00:28:25 - Review: Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler
00:39:01 - Review: Corsair Platinum SFX PSU
00:43:46 - Review: Crucial P1 SSD
00:55:58 - Rumor: NVIDIA RTX Mobile
00:58:01 - Rumor: NVIDIA RTX 2060
01:01:20 - Rumor: AMD Ryzen 3000 Mobile
01:04:41 - News: AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2019 Edition
01:13:15 - Rumor: Intel Ghost Canyon X NUC
01:16:24 - News: Gigabyte AORUS Xtreme WaterForce Motherboard
01:21:17 - News: JEDEC HBM Standard Updates
01:24:25 - News: Windows Sandbox

Picks of the Week
Jim - The Computer Chronicles
Jeremy - Noctua NH-U14S
Josh - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB
Allyn - Guardonix
Sebastian - FiiO M7