Subject: Mobile | November 20, 2017 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Eve V, Surface Pro, crowdfunding, thunderbolt 3
The Eve V exists because of a successful Indiegogo campaign run by a motivated group of techies who wanted to create their own competitor to the Surface Pro. Physically the design is very similar, a 12.3" tablet with a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand and the price range is similar, from $800 for the base model to $2000 for the kitchen sink. That price includes the keyboard and active stylus, something Microsoft's Surface does not. The hardware is similar, as will be the benchmarks, it is in the extra features that the Eve V stands out. The Eve V not only has an extra USB 3.0 port, it also has a USB 3.1 Type-C port and a separate Thunderbolt 3 port for a monitor or even an external GPU.
Check out more about this tablet, from it's clicky keys to standard wall charger at Techspot.
"For a first-generation product, the Eve V is remarkably solid. It's especially impressive when you consider its direct competition - the Surface Pro - is well entrenched in the Windows tablet market and known to be an excellent option."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Surface Book 2 review: Monster performance, but lightning hasn’t struck twice @ Ars Technica
- Acer Predator Helios 300 @ TechSpot
- 5 Affordable Last-Gen Smartphones That Are Great Buys @
- iPhone X review: Early adopting the future @ Ars Technica
- iPhone 8 @ The Inquirer
- LG V30 review: Good hardware design marred by bad camera, software @ Ars Technica
- Google: Pixel 2 'buzzing' glitch will be fixed via software update @ The Inquirer
- Ignore the Pixel 2 XL. Buy the Pixel 2 Instead @ TechSpot
- Google Pixel 2 XL @ TechSpot
- OnePlus 5T vs iPhone X @ The Inquirer
- OnePlus 5T review—An outstanding combination of specs, design, and price @ Ars Technica
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro @ TechARP
- Honor 7X: First impressions of the sub-£300 Android mid-ranger @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech, Chipsets | November 16, 2017 - 02:03 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Intel, Z390, coffee lake, thunderbolt 3
Last month a leaked roadmap appeared online teasing several upcoming Intel chipsets slated for release early next year. The new chipsets were optimized for Coffee Lake processors and include H370, B360, and H310 in the first quarter and Q370 and Q360 (for enterprise customers) in Q2 2018. The most interesting chipset however is Z390 which was mentioned in the roadmap but with hardly any details at all about it. Thanks to a SiSoft database listing and a couple recent leaks there is now slightly bit more information on the upcoming chipset.
Specifically, the Intel Z390 chipset was spotted in a SuperMicro C7Z390-PGW motherboard along with an undetected 92W Coffee Lake 6 core / 12 thread processor (perhaps SiSoft is simply incorrectly reading a 8700K or it’s an unreleased slightly more power efficient SKU). More interesting though is the continuing tease of possible 8 core (16 thread) consumer Core processors being released for these new Z390 chipset-based motherboards. The rumor mill is going all in on salt futures on this one it seems. What we still don’t know is what architecture these rumored 8 core chips will use, whether Coffee Lake or Cannon Lake (I’m leaning towards CNL but an 8 core Coffee Lake chip, while large, is not out of the question.)
The Z390 chipset will reportedly add a SoundWire digital audio interface with quad core DSP, integrated Intel Wireless AC (Wi-fi + BT CNVi), integrated SDXC 3.0, and Thunderbolt 3.0 with DisplayPort 1.4 support (using the Titan Ridge controller). The chipset further supports C10 and S0ix
In the last bit of Intel chipset rumors for today, rumors are also spreading suggesting that Intel may be moving up the launch of the Z390 chipset to the first quarter of next year to better compete with AMD and its Pinnacle Ridge (Ryzen 2000 / Zen+) processors and Promontory X400 series chipsets (e.g. X470 and B450) which are allegedly coming in January. Basically, it’s going to be a crazy CES for motherboard and processor soft launches and product teases / announcements!
What are your thoughts on Z390 being spotted in the wild this early?
Subject: Storage | August 8, 2017 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thunderbolt 3, NAS, LaCie, big12, 96TB
The big12 NAS device from LaCie comes in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB and 120TB varieties, all having a dozen 3.5" bays for your drives. The device stands 447x161x237mm which is somewhat larger than the Ruler drive Intel just announced and is 17.6kg fully loaded. It will connect via Thunderbolt 3 and supports RAID 0/1/6/10/50/60. Just because it is loaded with HDDs doesn't mean it is a slowpoke, KitGuru measure speeds of 2287MB/s for RAID 0 and 2231MB/s for RAID 5, impressive by any means. The price is also impressively high, however the speed and quality of the RAID software installed in the device makes it desirable for those who need a serious storage solution.
"LaCie’s 12big is the current flagship of the company’s professional range of external drives and if you are in the market for huge amounts of capacity and very, very fast data transfer rates then the 12big might be just the thing you are looking for…..but beware, you will need deep pockets – the 96Tb version we review today costs close to £8,300."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HP SSD S700 PRO @ benchmark Reviews
- WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB @ Kitguru
- Kingston DCP1000 NVMe SSD Enthusiast Testing in RAID 0 @ The SSD Review
- Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2017 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: external gpu, sonnet, eGFX Breakaway Box, thunderbolt 3
The version of Sonnet's Breakaway Box which Ars Technica tested is priced at $300, for that you get the housing with a 350W PSU inside that can handle a GPU of up to 300W. There are two other models, the Developer Edition which shipped with Apple's External GPU Dev kit and a higher powered model which can support cards that require up to 375W. AMD worked with Sonnet to create an optimized driver for this enclosure which has enabled them to retain more performance than NVIDIA on this Thunderbolt 3 enclosure, however all the cards they tested did show performance degradation compared to a GPU inside of a desktop system. On the other hand that is not what this device is for; it is to enable a laptop to play high end games and in that it does succeed. Check out the full review here.
"The Breakaway Box is best described as functional, consisting of a simple steel chassis and vented side panels (neither of which, sadly, feature proper dust filters), with a power supply, 120mm fan, and a single PCIe slot inside."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 GTR 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- A Look At AMD’s Radeon Pro WX 3100 Workstation Graphics Card @ Techgage
- Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon Gaming Performance With Linux 4.13 + Mesa 17.2 @ Phoronix
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 @ eTeknix
- MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X @ Kitguru
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2017 - 11:40 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: xeon, x299, video, thunderbolt 3, sapphire, RX470, rift, radeon, podcast, nand, Intel, HDK2, gigabyte, external gpu, asus, 10GbE
PC Perspective Podcast #458 - 07/13/17
Join us for Intel Xeon launch, external ThunderBolt3 GPUs, 10Gb Ethernet, and more!
The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!
- iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the iTunes Store (audio only)
- Google Play - Subscribe to our audio podcast directly through Google Play!
- RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader (audio only)
- MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file
Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano
Peanut Gallery: Ken Addison, Alex Lustenberg
A long time coming
External video cards for laptops have long been a dream of many PC enthusiasts, and for good reason. It’s compelling to have a thin-and-light notebook with great battery life for things like meetings or class, with the ability to plug it into a dock at home and enjoy your favorite PC games.
Many times we have been promised that external GPUs for notebooks would be a viable option. Over the years there have been many commercial solutions involving both industry standard protocols like ExpressCard, as well as proprietary connections to allow you to externally connect PCIe devices. Inspiring hackers have also had their hand with this for many years, cobbling together interesting solutions using mPCIe and M.2 ports on their notebooks which were meant for other devices.
With the introduction of Intel’s Thunderbolt standard in 2011, there was a hope that we would finally achieve external graphics nirvana. A modern, Intel-backed protocol promising PCIe x4 speeds (PCIe 2.0 at that point) sounded like it would be ideal for connecting GPUs to notebooks, and in some ways it was. Once again the external graphics communities managed to get it to work through the use of enclosures meant to connect other non-GPU PCIe devices such as RAID and video capture cards to systems. However, software support was still a limiting factor. You were required to use an external monitor to display your video, and it still felt like you were just riding the line between usability and a total hack. It felt like we were never going to get true universal support for external GPUs on notebooks.
Then, seemingly of out of nowhere, Intel decided to promote native support for external GPUs as a priority when they introduced Thunderbolt 3. Fast forward, and we've already seen a much larger adoption of Thunderbolt 3 on PC notebooks than we ever did with the previous Thunderbolt implementations. Taking all of this into account, we figured it was time to finally dip our toes into the eGPU market.
For our testing, we decided on the AKiTio Node for several reasons. First, at around $300, it's by far the lowest cost enclosure built to support GPUs. Additionally, it seems to be one of the most compatible devices currently on the market according to the very helpful comparison chart over at eGPU.io. The eGPU site is a wonderful resource for everything external GPU, over any interface possible, and I would highly recommend heading over there to do some reading if you are interested in trying out an eGPU for yourself.
The Node unit itself is a very utilitarian design. Essentially you get a folded sheet metal box with a Thunderbolt controller and 400W SFX power supply inside.
In order to install a GPU into the Node, you must first unscrew the enclosure from the back and slide the outer shell off of the device.
Once inside, we can see that there is ample room for any graphics card you might want to install in this enclosure. In fact, it seems a little too large for any of the GPUs we installed, including GTX 1080 Ti models. Here, you can see a more reasonable RX 570 installed.
Beyond opening up the enclosure to install a GPU, there is very little configuration required. My unit required a firmware update, but that was easily applied with the tools from the AKiTio site.
From here, I simply connected the Node to a ThinkPad X1, installed the NVIDIA drivers for our GTX 1080 Ti, and everything seemed to work — including using the 1080 Ti with the integrated notebook display and no external monitor!
Now that we've got the Node working, let's take a look at some performance numbers.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 25, 2017 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: external gpu, zotac, thunderbolt 3, computex 2017
They haven't given us much detail but as you would expect the ZOTAC external GPU box connects an GPU to your system via a Thunderbolt 3 connector, allowing you to add more GPU power to a mobile system or any other computer which needs a little boost to its graphics. You can fit cards of up to 9" in length, which makes it a perfect match for the two Mini-GPUs just below or other lower powered cards which are not as well endowed as your average GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti. It also adds four USB 3.0 ports and a Quick Charge 3.0 port to your system so you can leave it at home and simply attach your laptop via the Thunderbolt cable and get right to gaming.
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | March 8, 2017 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: dell, hp, Lenovo, docking station, usb 3.1, thunderbolt 3, Type-C
Wave goodbye to your old docks as they sail away thanks to a thunderstorm. The Register reached out to Dell, HP, Lenovo and ASUS about the rumours that the docking station will be a thing of the past and all but the latter responded. It seems the vendors feel that as USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 have united under the Type-C plug it is time to cover up that slot in the bottom of your PC and use a wire to connect you to docks. Lenovo will also persist with their WiGig docks, for those who don't want to have to remember to 'undock' a cable. Their post also has some tidbits on some of the features to expect on laptops from these three companies, so check it out for more info.
"When you shop for PCs this year your theme tune may well be “Ding, dong, the dock is dead” because now that USB 3.1, USB-C connectors and Thunderbolt all play nicely together there's much less need for dedicated hardware to connect a laptop to peripherals."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Firefox 52 Is The Last Version of Firefox For Windows XP and Vista @ Slashdot
- Troubled Avaya takes Extreme option, flogs network biz for $100m @ The Register
- Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse @ The Register
- The NVIDIA Jetson TX2 (Pascal) Tech Report @ TechARP
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2017 - 11:50 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: video card, thunderbolt 3, msi, gus, graphics, external gpu, enclosure, CES 2017, CES
You would need to go all the way back to CES 2012 to see our coverage of the GUS II external graphics enclosure, and now MSI has a new G.U.S. (Graphics Upgrade System) GPU enclosure to show, this time using Thunderbolt 3.
In addition to 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the G.U.S. includes a built-in 500W power supply with 80 Plus Gold certification, as well as USB 3.0 Type-C and Type-A ports including a quick-charge port on the front of the unit.
Ryan had a look at the G.U.S. (running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, no less) at MSI's booth:
Specifications from MSI:
- 1x Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) port to connect to host PCs
- 2x USB 3.0 Type-A (rear)
- 1x USB 3.0 Type-C (rear)
- 1x USB 3.0 Type-A w/QC (front)
- 80 Plus Gold 500W internal PSU
We do not have specifics on pricing or availablity for the G.U.S. just yet.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at https://pcper.com/ces!
Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2017 - 03:01 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: x1 carbon, wigig, thunderbolt 3, Thinkpad, notebook, LTE-A, Lenovo, laptop, ips, CES 2017, CES, 14 inch
Lenovo's 2017 version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is “the lightest 14-inch business notebook” on the market at 2.5 lbs, and fits its 14-inch IPS display into a compact 13-inch laptop form-factor.
"Featuring a carbon-fiber reinforced chassis, the X1 Carbon is as durable as its predecessor, and features a smaller footprint—making it the lightest, thinnest X1 Carbon. Yet it’s power-packed with: Windows 10 Pro, 7th generation Intel Core processors, lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3, and a 14” Quad-HD display. All that—plus our legendary ThinkPad heritage and support."
Lenovo still left room in the slim chassis for plenty of battery capacity, as they claim “more than 15 hours of battery life” from this new X1 Carbon, which is available in both the traditional “ThinkPad Black” and a new metallic silver color. Another new addition to the X1 Carbon is Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, with wireless options including LTE-A and WiGig.
Specifications from Lenovo:
- 14” WQHD IPS (2560 x 1440) 300 nits
- 14” FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
- Processor: Up to Intel Core 7th gen
- Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
- Memory: Up to 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
- 128GB SSD SATA
- 180GB SSD Intel® SATA
- 256GB SSD Intel® PCIe TLC OPAL2 256GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 512GB SSD Intel® PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 512GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 1TB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- I/O Ports
- 2 x Intel® ThunderboltTM 3, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI,
- native RJ45, microSD, microSIM
- Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265
- 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
- Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7430
- Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7455
- Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265 (WiGig +
- WiFi 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
- NFC option
- LTE-A (4G)
- I/O Ports
- dTPM 2.0 Display
- Touch fingerprint reader option
- Windows Hello
- Audio: Dolby Audio Premium
- Webcam: HD 720p, IR camera option
- Battery: Up to 15.5 hours
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 mm / 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
- Weight: Starting at 2.49 lbs / 1.12 kg
- Colors: Black, Silver
As to pricing and availability, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will start at $1,349, and will available in February.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at https://pcper.com/ces!