Subject: Displays | January 3, 2019 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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.
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.
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.
Subject: Displays | December 27, 2018 - 07:21 PM | Scott Michaud
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.
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.
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2018 - 10:45 PM | Tim Verry
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.
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!
Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2018 - 05:01 AM | Jim Tanous
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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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
For years we have been repeatedly teased by Samsung. Launch after successful launch in the consumer SSD space, topping performance charts nearly every time, but what about enterprise? Oh sure, there were plenty of launches on that side, with the company showing off higher and higher capacity 2.5" enterprise SSDs year after year, but nobody could ever get their hands on one, and even the higher tier reviewers could not confirm Samsung's performance claims. While other SSD makers would privately show me performance comparison data showing some Samsung enterprise part walking all over their own enterprise parts, there was not much concern in their voices since only a small group of companies had the luxury of being on Samsung's short list of clients that could purchase these products. Announcements of potentially groundbreaking products like the Z-SSD were soured by press folk growing jaded by unobtanium products that would likely never be seen by the public.
Samsung has recently taken some rather significant steps to change that tune. They held a small press event in September, where we were assured that enterprise SSD models were coming to 'the channel' (marketing speak for being available on the retail market). I was thrilled, as were some of the Samsung execs who had apparently been pushing for such a move for some time.
As a next step towards demonstrating that Samsung is dedicated to their plan, I was recently approached to test a round of their upcoming products. I accepted without hesitation, have been testing for the past week, and am happy to now bring you detailed results obtained from testing eight different SSDs across four enterprise SSD models. Testing initially began with three of the models, but then I was made aware that the Z-SSD was also available for testing, and given the potential significance of that product and its placement as a competitor to 3D XPoint products like Intel's Optane, I thought it important to include that testing as well, making this into one heck of a Samsung Enterprise SSD roundup!
One large note before we continue - this is an enterprise SSD review. Don't expect to see game launches, SYSmark runs, or boot times here. The density of the data produced by my enterprise suite precludes most easy side-by-side comparisons, so I will instead be presenting the standard full-span random and sequential results for fully conditioned drives, marking the rated specs on the charts as we go along. High-Resolution QoS will also be used throughout, as Quality of Service is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing SSDs for enterprise usage. In short, the SSDs will be tested against their own specifications, with the exception of some necessary comparisons between the Samsung Z-SSD and the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X which I will squeeze in towards the end of this very lengthy and data-dense review.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2018 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: supreme, oops, Samsung
It will be a surprise to many that Supreme is a skateboard fashion brand; even more surprised was Supreme, when Samsung announced they were forming some sort of partnership with the company. It seems that a knock-off version of the New York based provider of duds for skaters exists in Italy, thanks to a less than effective trademark and that company not only convinced Samsung they were the real deal but also that it would benefit Samsung to partner with them to host a big fashion show in Beijing.
Samsung is rather embarrassed about the whole thing, so don't taunt them too much. Pop by Ars Technica for a bit of a lesson on why you should double check anything a skater tells you is true!
"Supreme is not working with Samsung, opening a flagship location in Beijing or participating in a Mercedes-Benz runway show. These claims are blatantly false and propagated by a counterfeit organization."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sony's PlayStation Classic can be easily hacked thanks to weak cryptography @ The Inquirer
- Super Micro Says Review Found No Malicious Chips in Motherboards @ Slashdot
- Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early @ The Register
- HoloLens 2 might ditch Intel for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 @ The Inquirer
- Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did @ The Register
- Christmas 2018 Mega Worldwide Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: Displays | December 6, 2018 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 4k, tv, Samsung, 40NU7100, tcl, 55R617, vizio, PQ65-F1
4K TV's aren't just for those couple of Netflix shows or YouTube videos you use to show off to your friends, they are also a viable replacement for a monitor. If you pick the right one you not only get 4K resolutions but also HDR and after investing that much dosh you might not be looking at upgrading your PC's monitor any time soon. Drop by TechSpot for a look at three TV's they recommend, ranging from a mere $630 up to $2100, with a few honourable mentions as well.
Perhaps you have some suggestions of your own to offer in the comments.
"If you're interested in replacing your desktop monitor with a 4K TV and want to know what to buy, you've come to the right place. Maybe you aren't quite sure where to start or could use a hand in narrowing your search. Whatever the case, this guide is intended to help steer you in the right direction"
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors @ TechSpot
- AOC I1601FWUX Portable 16in USB-C monitor @ Kitguru
- Philips Momentum 43 4K HDR Monitor @ Techspot
- The Best Gaming Monitors @ TechSpot
- BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2018 - 12:32 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Z390, windows 10, Samsung, rx 590, podcast, gigabyte, EVGA SuperNOVA, evga, ECS, drobo, amd, 860 QVO
PC Perspective Podcast #523 - 11/28/18
Our podcast this week features reviews for the new AMD Radeon RX 590, Drobo 8D, the Samsung 860 QVO, a new fanless mini PC, and more!
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Subject: Storage | November 27, 2018 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, slc, sata, Samsung, QLC, 860 QVO, 2.5
Samsung have jumped up the alphabet, going from EVO to QVO with their new lower cost QLC based SSD family. The 4TB model Allyn reviewed sells for $600, not bad for a drive of that size but still a little pricey for some. A more affordable option can be seen at The Tech Report, the 1TB drive they reviewed sells for $150. If you are on a somewhat limited budget and don't mind a small hit in performance nor a three year warranty or 360TB written endurance then this drive is worth a look.
Samsung's EVO drives have ruled the SATA roost for the last several years. Today, Samsung is introducing high-capacity, lower-cost 860 QVO drives with four-bit-per-cell QLC NAND inside. Can they live up to the high expectations Samsung has set with its past products?"
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung 860 QVO 2TB SSD @ Guru of 3D
- Samsung 860 QVO SSD Review – 1TB/2TB Drives Tested @ Legit Reviews
- MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro SSD Benchmarked With Firmware v12.1 @ Legit Reviews
- Mushkin SOURCE 250GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Corsair Force MP510 960GB @ Kitguru
- TEAMGROUP T-FORCE DELTA R Rainbow RGB 250GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
Samsung has opted to name this new product 'QVO'. The Q presumably stems from the use QLC flash, which can store four bits per cell.
While QLC writes are far slower than what we are used to seeing from a modern SSD, SLC caching is the answer to bridging that performance gap. The 860 QVO employs Samsung's Intelligent TurboWrite, which has a minimum 6GB static cache plus a dynamic cache of up to 72GB. This dynamic cache varies based on available QLC area which can be reconfigured to operate in SLC mode. Do note the 'After TubroWrite' speeds of 80 and 160 MB/s - that's the raw QLC speeds that you will see if the cache has been exhausted during an extended write period.
The rest of the specs are about what we expect from a SATA SSD, but I do have a concern with those QD1 4KB random read ratings of only 7,500 IOPS. This is on the low side especially for Samsung, who typically dominate in low QD random read performance.