I see your wireless password is early adopter

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2019 - 12:25 PM |
Tagged: WPA3, wireless, security, bug, dragonblood, sae

WPA3 is a year old and it seems it has a few flaws which still need to be ironed out, though it can still offer better protection than WPA2.  The Inquirer describes this flaw in Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) handshake, dubbed Dragonblood, in this recent article.  It is not a theoretical architectural flaw, indeed the researchers that discovered it could make use of it to brute-forcing an eight-character lowercase password with about $125 in Amazon EC2 instances; not good for a protocol which was intended to prevent all dictionary attacks. 

The good news is that a change in the SAE algorithm could mitigate this specific flaw and as WPA3 is not yet widely adopted that is something which could be done before it does start to become mainstream.

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"Launched in January 2018, WPA3 uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol to improve WiFi network security. However, a new research paper published by Mathy Vanhoef and Eyal Ronen shows that the protocol may not be as safe as previously thought."

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Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Releases Ray Tracing Driver for GeForce GTX Cards, New Ray-Tracing Demos

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2019 - 09:02 AM |
Tagged: turing, rtx, ray tracing, pascal, nvidia, gtx, graphics, gpu, geforce, dxr, demo

NVIDIA has released the Game Ready Driver 425.31 WHQL which enables ray tracing for GeForce GTX graphics cards - a capability previously reserved for the company's RTX series of graphics cards. This change "enables millions more gamers with GeForce GTX GPUs to experience ray tracing for the first time ever", as the list of DXR-capable graphics cards from NVIDIA has grown considerably as of today.

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The list of NVIDIA GPUs that are DXR-capable now includes (in addition to the RTX series):

  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1660
  • NVIDIA TITAN Xp (2017)
  • NVIDIA TITAN X (2016)
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Laptops with equivalent Pascal and Turing-architecture GPUs

NVIDIA previously warned of a performance deficit when comparing even high-end Pascal GPUs such as the GTX 1080 Ti to the Turing-based RTX 20-series GPUs when this driver update was discussed during GTC, and their position is that for the best experience dedicated ray tracing cores will be required, and will make a measurable impact - with or without DLSS (a feature that requires the RT cores of the RTX series of GPUs).

"With dedicated RT cores, GeForce RTX GPUs provide up to 2-3x faster performance in ray-traced games, enabling more effects, higher ray counts, and higher resolutions for the best experience. With this new driver however, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and higher GPUs can execute ray-tracing instructions on traditional shader cores, giving gamers a taste, albeit at lower RT quality settings and resolutions, of how ray tracing will dramatically change the way games are experienced."

In addition to the driver release which enables the visual goodies associated with real-time ray tracing, NVIDIA has also released a trio of tech demos on GeForce.com which you can freely download to check out ray tracing first hand on GTX and RTX graphics cards. Not only will these demos give you a taste of what you might expect from games that incorporate DXR features, but like any good demo they will help users get a sense of how their system might handle these effects.

The demos released include, via NVIDIA:

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Atomic Heart RTX tech demo - Atomic Heart tech demo is a beautifully detailed tech demo from Mundfish that features ray traced reflections and shadows, as well as NVIDIA DLSS technology.

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Justice tech demo - Justice tech demo hails from China, and features ray traced reflections, shadows, and NVIDIA DLSS technology.  It is the first time that real time ray tracing has been used for caustics.

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Reflections tech demo - The Reflections tech demo was created by Epic Games in collaboration with ILMxLAB and NVIDIA. Reflections offers a sneak peek at gaming’s cinematic future with a stunning, witty demo that showcases ray-traced reflections, ray-traced area light shadows, ray-traced ambient occlusion for characters and NVIDIA DLSS technology.

The download page for the tech demos can be found here.

And now to editorialize briefly, I'll point out that one of the aspects of the RTX launch that did not exactly work to NVIDIA's advantage was (obviously) the lack of software to take advantage of their hardware ray tracing capabilities and DLSS, with just a few high-profile titles to date offering support. By adding the previous generation of GPUs to the mix users now have a choice, and the new demos are a big a part of the story, too. Looking back to the early days of dedicated 3D accelerators the tech demo has been an integral part of the GPU experience, showcasing new features and providing enthusiasts with a taste of what a hardware upgrade can provide. The more demos showcasing the effects possible with NVIDIA's ray tracing hardware available, the more Pascal GPU owners will have the ability to check out these features on their own systems without making a purchase of any kind, and if they find the effects compelling it just might drive sales of the RTX 20-series in the endless quest for better performance. It really should have been this way from the start, but at least it has been corrected now - to the benefit of the consumer.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage Coming to a Laptop Near You

Subject: Storage | April 10, 2019 - 03:48 PM |
Tagged: storage, ssd, QLC, Optane Memory, Optane H10, Optane, NVMe, notebook, laptop, Intel

Intel has shared information about Optane memory H10, a new product that combines Optane memory with Intel QLC NAND on the same M.2 device. Not offered as a standalone product (at least not yet), Intel is partnering with OEMs (including Dell, HP, and ASUS) to include this new storage in upcoming consumer devices, with the first systems available at Best Buy in Q2 of this year.

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This will not be a desktop option at first, as Intel mentions only "thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs" in their press release. So what makes up this new storage product? Intel provided some key specifications outlined below:

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage - Key Specs
Type Intel Optane Technology & Intel QLC 3D NAND Technology
Intel controller and firmware
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe
M.2 2280 Single Sided (2280-S3-M)
Capacities 16GB Intel Optane Memory + 256GB Storage
32GB Intel Optane Memory + 512GB Storage
32GB Intel Optane Memory + 1TB Storage
Power Deep Sleep/L1.2: <15 mW (combined)
Operating Temperature 0-70° C
Endurance Up to 300 TBW (over warranty)
Warranty 5 Years

"The combination of high-speed acceleration and large SSD storage capacity on a single drive will benefit everyday computer users, whether they use their systems to create, game or work. Compared to a standalone TLC 3D NAND SSD system, Intel Optane memory H10 with solid-state storage enables both faster access to frequently used applications and files and better responsiveness with background activity."

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"8th Generation Intel Core U-series mobile platforms featuring Intel Optane memory H10 with solid state storage will be arriving through major OEMs starting this quarter. With these platforms, everyday users will be able to:

  • Launch documents up to 2 times faster while multitasking.
  • Launch games 60% faster while multitasking.
  • Open media files up to 90% faster while multitasking."

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"SSDs with Intel Optane memory are the fastest compared to NAND SSDs in the majority of common client use cases. Intel-based platforms with Intel Optane memory adapt to everyday computing activities to optimize the performance for the user’s most common tasks and frequently used applications. With offerings of up to 1TB of total storage, Intel Optane memory H10 with solid state storage will have the capacity users need for their apps and files today — and well into the future."

Some very Malventano-like benchmark examples were also provided in the press deck, emphasizing that real-world system performance primarily hits low queue depths:

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You can read the entire press release from Intel at the source link.

Source: Intel

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399 includes everything, even the kitchen sink

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2019 - 03:00 PM |
Tagged: X399, Threadripper, ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha, asus, amd

If you push your Threadripper to the limit of its capabilities you are going to need a serious X399 motherboard.  MSI's MEG Creation has been the go to board for quite a while now, but ASUS is looking to change that with the ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha, which offers you a lot of features if you slap down $620.  As you can see below, everything has a heatsink and there is also integrated watercooling, which is great news for Bjorn3D who had a bit of trouble when they paired a 2990WX with a Gigabyte Gaming 7 board. 

It makes the most sense to pair this with that top end ThreadRipper as other models won't require such extreme measures, if you can afford the bill you will end up with one of the best X399 boards on the market today.

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"Well long story, kinda short, the VRM when under render loads would escalate to over 110C in a matter of a minute or less and was simply not feasible for running this new chip. Enter ASUS as I reached out to them to see if they had a solution. Enter the Zenith Extreme [Alpha]."

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Source: Bjorn3D

Totally absurd, beautifully silly

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2019 - 01:51 PM |
Tagged: TABS, gaming

If you haven't seen some of the tweets and animations from Totally Accurate Battle Simulator you are missing out.  It is a game in the same vein as Goat Simulator in that is meant to be a ridiculous heap of fun, not something you try to win or even one up other players.  Instead you sit and watch a group of Vikings armed with a ship fight it out against archers armed with balloon arrows which will cause their targets to float up off of the ground before popping and dropping them. 

You can grab the early access version on Steam in all it's googly eyed greatness right now for around $15, it may go up in price once released.  Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN did and posted their experience for your amusement.

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"Can a single minotaur destroy a dozen archers who use snakes instead of arrows? It’s Total War meets the childhood-slash-stoner argument of ‘Who Would Win In a Fight Between’."

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The browser giveth and the browser taketh away

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2019 - 01:14 PM |
Tagged: mozilla, firefox, chrome, safari, Privacy, Opera

The upcoming version of Firefox will include anti-fingerprinting technology to increase your privacy when browsing the web.  Fingerprinting is a bit different from dumping a cookie on your system, instead advertisers can recognize a person based on the way in which their browser is configured.  Your font choices, screen resolution, extensions and a wide variety of other data is provided by your browser and the combination can be unique enough to identify you quite accurately and Firefox intends to put a stop to it according to The Inquirer.

On a somewhat related topic over at Slashdot, we find that Chrome, Safari and Opera will be removing your ability to disable hyperlink auditing pings. Firefox disabled this by default many versions ago, but the aforementioned browsers have it enabled and a user would need to know this and disable it manually.  The ability to manually disable this feature will soon be removed and you will have no way to prevent a site from monitoring your activities if you follow a link which uses this tracking method.  The story at Slashdot describes how to disable this, for now at least.

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"As part of a partnership with Disconnect, a privacy specialist which already offers a Chrome extension, future versions of Firefox will use a blacklist of sites to ensure that you cannot be "fingerprinted" by advertisers."

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Source: The Inquirer

Shockwave Director Exit Stage Left

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2019 - 04:42 PM |
Tagged: Adobe, shockwave, adobe director, EoL

While its sibling, Adobe Flash, still has 2020 and the rest of 2019 to entertain you with web games, the company has officially ended support for Shockwave Player. Attempting to go to the download page redirects you to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for End of Life of Adobe Shockwave, which politely tells you to rethink your life decisions.

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Joking aside, it is a bit sad to see all this content disappear. The late 90s and early aughts had a few hours spent playing 3D mini golf, some tank combat games, and so forth. There was a time when both Director and Flash were on my list of things to download the day of a Windows reinstall. (In fact, it used to be Shockwave before Flash!) It’s better now that all of that is integrated into the browser, despite the occasional person who tries to convince me that the web should be for nothing more than documents. Little apps that can run anywhere is a powerful concept.

Have any Shockwave Director memories? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Adobe

The best of storage; which is just a flash in the pan and which is here for the long term

Subject: Storage | April 9, 2019 - 03:17 PM |
Tagged: NVMe, ssd, hdd, sshd, tape, punchcard, Optane, NAS

TechSpot have taken a look at the current state of the storage market and have chosen what they feel are the best products in six different categories; enthusiast SSDs, mainstream SSDs, HDDs, portable storage, external storage and NAS devices.  Unsurprisingly, Samsung's 970 EVO Plus makes an appearance as does Crucial's MX500, you should check out the rest as well as the reasons they took top spot in their article, with links to their full reviews as well.

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"It's been over a decade but we can finally declare solid state drives are not only mainstream, but they're a commodity. Fast storage will hopefully only get faster but today's best choices are only differentiated by how extreme you want to go and how willing you are to pay for the very best."

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Source: TechSpot

It'd be a shame if someone spilled the beans about your GTX 1650 ... a real shame

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2019 - 02:41 PM |
Tagged: leak, rumour, nvidia, zotac, gtx 1650, turing, TU117

Videocardz got their hands on pictures of a Zotac card, ostensibly an unreleased or announced GTX 1650 and were nice enough to share it with the group.  We've already seen a leak from our favourite Twitter user, suggesting the card will have 4GB of memory and a 1,485MHz core clock but this is our first look at what a card might look like.  Most interesting is what you do not see in the pictures, there is no PCIe power connector so this TU117 based card will eat 75W at most, assuming nothing funky happens as it did with another card

In theory, we should know the truth before the end of the month so stay tuned.

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"Here is the world’s first look at GeForce GTX 1650 from ZOTAC. The card is a single-fan Mini-ITX form factor design. It is equipped with three display connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual Link DVI-D."

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Source: Videocardz

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 655, 730, 730G Processors Focused on AI, Imaging, and Gaming

Subject: Mobile | April 9, 2019 - 12:30 PM |
Tagged: snapdragon 730G, snapdragon 730, snapdragon 655, snapdragon, qualcomm, mobile cpu

Alongside its new dedicated AI initiatives, Qualcomm today has announced an update to its mid-range mobile platforms. Representing a step down from its flagship 800-series parts, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G platforms aim to offer improved gaming, AI processing, photo and video imaging, and networking.

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Continue reading to check out the details.

Source: Qualcomm

Qualcomm Announces the Cloud AI 100: Dedicated Power-Efficient AI Processing for the Cloud

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2019 - 12:30 PM |
Tagged: qualcomm, datacenter, cloud, artificial intelligence, ai inference, ai

Last year, several models of Qualcomm’s mobile chipsets gained AI acceleration capabilities. Now, Qualcomm is leveraging its custom hardware and networking expertise to introduce a new solution for dedicated cloud-based AI processing. The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is a custom hardware solution for cloud AI inference workloads.

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Built on a 7nm process node, Qualcomm designed the Cloud AI 100 from the ground up for AI processing, stating that it has “greater than 50x” the peak AI processing performance of its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which would make it one of the most powerful solutions in its class. It’s also designed for power efficiency, with Qualcomm claiming that it offers “10x performance per watt over the industry’s most advanced AI inference solutions deployed today" and is therefore easily scalable to meet performance or power requirements.

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Combined with a full software stack for developers and partners, Qualcomm is aiming the Cloud AI 100 at the full gamut of cloud-to-edge workloads, where it will compete with GPU, CPU, and FPGA-based solutions from companies like Intel and NVIDIA. Support for existing software stacks will be available, with Qualcomm specifically listing PyTorch, Glow, TensorFlow, Keras, and ONNX.

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Qualcomm is also touting direct benefits for end-users of supported devices, with significant performance improvements for features like natural language processing and translations via personal assistants, image recognition and search, and personalized content recommendations.

Keith Kressin, Qualcomm’s SVP of Product Management, issued the following statement alongside the product’s announcement:

Today, Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platforms bring leading AI acceleration to over a billion client devices. Our all new Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator will significantly raise the bar for the AI inference processing relative to any combination of CPUs, GPUs, and/or FPGAs used in today’s data centers. Furthermore, Qualcomm Technologies is now well positioned to support complete cloud-to-edge AI solutions all connected with high-speed and low-latency 5G connectivity.

Qualcomm plans to begin sampling the Cloud AI 100 to enterprise customers in the second half of 2019.

Source: Qualcomm

BIOSTAR Announces Windows 7 Support for AMD and Intel Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2019 - 11:27 AM |
Tagged: Windows 7, SHA-2 Security Update, motherboard, Intel, biostar, amd

There are still those of us who prefer to avoid Microsoft's latest OS, and for them today's annoucement from BIOSTAR may be of interest. The motherboard maker has announced Windows 7 support for its latest motherboards for both Intel and AMD platforms, an interesting move in a market where Windows 10 is a requirement for many new products. The company is aware of the end of support for Windows 7, and they encourage users to take advantage of the SHA-2 Security Update, which enables Windows Update beyond July 16, 2019.

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"Whilst Microsoft may be ending support for the older Window 7 operating system, users can still secure their machine with the upcoming SHA-2 Security Update. It is vital for legacy OS users to install the security update, machines without the security patch will be vulnerable. For advanced data security, the BIOSTAR H310MHG motherboard also comes with a TPM header for TPM modules making it perfect for government organizations that require the highest level of data security. TPM modules are used in conjunction with other security technologies such as biometric verification, antivirus software, firewalls, smart cards, and others."

A full list of motherboards with Windows 7 support from BIOSTAR (with links to the download page for each) after the break.

Source: BIOSTAR

FSP's Hydro PTM+ 850w PSU Offers 1000w Liquid Cooled Platinum Power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2019 - 11:01 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, PSU, power supply, overclocking, liquid cooled, fsp, 80 Plus Platinum

The second generation of FSP's liquid-cooled power supply is here with the Hydro PTM+ 850W. Passively cooled for the first 425W this does include a fan for conventional use up to its rated 850W output with full 80 Plus Platinum certification, and this becomes a 1000W power supply when connected to custom loop. Yes, this is effectively an overclockable PSU.

"With the success of the Hydro PTM+ 1200W, the Hydro PTM+ 850W gives enthusiast gamers the ability to unleash the complete performance of their PC while remaining both a cool and silent PSU. During normal desktop use, watching movies, and light gaming, the Hydro PTM+ 850W remains completely silent as it can be passively cooled until 425W."

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"Using the integrated Bitspower liquid cooling systems allows the Hydro PTM+ 850W to deliver up to 1000W in power when the system demands it. In all other circumstances, the intelligent fan will keep performance great, and noise low. Its unique cooling solution and advanced design (using DC-DC modules) allow for an industry-leading 92% efficiency. The liquid cooling connectors use G1/4” / 12mm connectors for hard- and soft tubing, making it the best choice for case modders that look to fully integrated their PSU into their dream machine."

Specifications:

  • Complies with ATX12V v2.4 & EPS12V v2.92
  • High Efficiency ≥ 92%
  • Active PFC ≥ 0.9
  • Complies with 80PLUS® Platinum Certification
  • Hybrid Cooling System with 135mm Silent Fan & liquid cooling
  • +12V Single-Rail Design
  • Full Modular with Ribbon Cables
  • Full Japanese Capacitors
  • World’s First Platinum Liquid Cooled PSU
  • Build-in RGB Lighting & Controller
  • Unique Product ID with changeable Side Stickers for DIY Enthusiasts and Gamers
  • Complete Protections: OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP
  • Global Safety Approved

The Hydro PTM+ 850W liquid-cooled power supply has a lofty MSRP of $399, so it will be a niche product certainly - but if you dream of an ultimate watercooled rig who why not add the PSU to the list of components?

Source: FSP

It's Cherries all the way down on this mechanical TKL keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2019 - 02:19 PM |
Tagged: input, Cherry MX, Cherry MX Board 1.0, TKL, mechanical keyboard

The Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL keyboard is Cherry from start to finish, not just the switches themselves but also the layout of the board including the extra controls available on the Function keys.  Keycap aficionados are going to be somewhat disappointed however, though the keys do have a nice concave surface to draw your fingers into the middle of the keys, the caps themselves are made from ABS plastic.  RGB fanatics may disapprove of the backlighting, which only offers white light and with the deprecation of Keyman you have limited software control.

There are those Cherry fanatics who will still be interested in their new keyboard, which you can see in action over at TechPowerUp.

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"The Cherry MX Board 1.0 comes in a variety of offerings: TKL vs. full size, backlit or not. We take a look at the recently announced MX Board 1.0 TKL using genuine Cherry MX mechanical switches and the rarely used Cherry keycap profile. It is a keyboard designed with writing in mind, and this first-party offering is sure to interest the market accordingly."

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Source: TechPowerUp

The new Android Beta makes with de Fancie new features

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2019 - 12:53 PM |
Tagged: android Q beta 2, mobile, bubbles

Android Q Beta 2 is now available for those brave souls who want to try out the new features and bugs.  For those that would rather someone else experience the joys and terrors you can pop over to Ars Technica for a look at the new features, of which Bubbles seems to be the biggest.  On one level it is just another messaging app, but it goes a bit further than that by theoretically allowing you to minimize just about any app into a bubble with some contextual commands available by tapping on it.  As there is only one app which supports this beta feature at the moment, a demo app from Google, it is hard to say how effective this will be but for those who like to crowd their UI with multiple maps, chats, videos and web pages it might work out better then the other Bubbles

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"Android Q Beta 2 is out! Despite the plethora of bug warnings from Google, I flashed it on my daily driver and am back to report on some things. Beta 2 gives us a whole new feature to play with called "Bubbles," lots of little changes, and frustratingly slow development on Android's gesture navigation system."

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Source: Ars Technica

AMD Announces 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO and Athlon PRO Mobile Processors

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2019 - 10:28 AM |
Tagged: Vega, ryzen, processors, mobile, laptop, integrated graphics, iGPU, cpu, amd

AMD has announced new 2nd-gen Ryzen PRO 3000-series mobile processors and a new Athlon PRO model, all of which feature RX Vega graphics and range up to a 4 core/8-thread offering with the Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U. These new mobile parts are based on the existing 12nm Zen+ architecture, not the upcoming 7nm Zen 2, and each part carries a 15W TDP.

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Product Model Cores/Threads TDP Base/Boost Frequency Radeon Graphics GPU Cores Max GPU Frequency L2+L3 Cache
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U 4C/8T 15W 2.3/4.0 GHz Vega 10 1400 MHz 6MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U 4C/8T 15W 2.1/3.7 GHz Vega 8 1200 MHz 6MB
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U 4C/4T 15W 2.1/3.5 GHz Vega 6 1200 MHz 6MB
AMD Athlon PRO 300U 2C/4T 15W 2.4/3.3 GHz Vega 3 1000 MHz 5MB

"Built on 12nm manufacturing technology, the new AMD Ryzen PRO 3000 Series mobile processors deliver best-in-class performance and increase productivity by offering up to 16% more multi-threading processor performance than competition.

Specifically, the new AMD Ryzen PRO mobile processors deliver:

  • up to 12 hours of general office use or up to 10 hours of video playback,
  • up to 14% faster content creation and accelerated everyday office applications with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, from 3D modeling to video editing,
  • powerful security features on all Ryzen PRO processors with AMD’s security co-processor built into the silicon,
  • and 18-month of image stability, 24-month of processor availability, commercial grade quality, enterprise-class manageability, and 36-month limited warranty to system manufacturers.

AMD is also offering “Zen”-based Athlon PRO mobile processors, bringing a greater choice of mobile computing experiences across the full budget spectrum."

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Performance - particularly when GPU acceleration from the integrated Vega graphics is factored in - can be very impressive compared to Intel mobile offerings, with AMD providing these slides to show also the gains over their previous mobile parts:

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AMD also lets us know that "premium designs" are coming soon from HP and Lenovo featuring these new CPUs, and considering the dominance of Intel in the high-end notebook market that will be welcome news to AMD fans. No specifics on the upcoming premium laptop models beyond the tease of "coming soon" were provided.

Source: AMD

Read it and weep, the ultimate review from [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2019 - 05:08 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, X-750, 750w, modular psu, decade

[H]ard|OCP was around far more than 10 years before posting their last review, which interestingly enough examines a 10 year old PSU.  This particular Seasonic X-750 model has been powering a system for a full decade now and they strapped it back onto the test bench to see what, if any changes have occurred to its ability to deliver power.  Like Josh and I, it has aged relatively well and is almost as capable as it was back in ought-nine, with just a bit more droop than those days of yore.  Lee's review is a mere six years old, but you will be able to find it here for quite a while.

Check out [H]'s review soon, it is possible that before long the only place to find it will be the Internet Archives.

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"One of our readers' favorite PSU topics has been when we look back at a previously reviewed PSU that has been in service for a long while, and whether or not that PSU will still meet ATX spec and handle its previously rated wattage load. Today we have a Seasonic PSU that has been in service for a decade."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

PC Perspective Podcast #539 - Intel’s Big Enterprise Updates, Corsair’s Ultra-Efficient PSU, and More!

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2019 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: Zen 2, xeon scalable, podcast, Intel, EPYC, corsair, be quiet!

PC Perspective Podcast #539 - 4/4/2019

This week we look at reviews of a new Titanium-rated PSU from Corsair and a limited edition white case from be quiet!, talk about Intel's "Data-Centric" product launches, and more!

Subscribe to the PC Perspective Podcast

Check out previous podcast episodes: http://pcper.com/podcast

Show Topics
00:02:02 - Review: Corsair AX850 Titanium PSU
00:07:57 - Review: be quiet! Dark Base 700 White Edition Case
00:23:23 - Discussion: Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day
00:50:24 - News: No More Forced Windows 10 Updates?
00:56:13 - News: AMD Taking Advantage of Intel Shortages
01:07:09 - News: Optane Support for Pentium & Celeron CPUs
01:09:23 - News: 2019 Hackaday Prize
01:13:46 - News: Classic Tabletop RPG ‘Paranoia’ Coming to PC
01:16:10 - News: Sentry 2.0 Console-Size Case
01:20:18 - Picks of the Week
01:29:30 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Jim: VIVO Monitor Mount
Jeremy: LG 27MP59HT-P
Josh: 1TB Crucial P1
Sebastian: 1TB Lexar SL100 Pro

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

DNS, you are the weakest D-Link!

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2019 - 01:30 PM |
Tagged: D-Link, security, dns

Do you have a love/hate relationship with DNS and how it makes your life so interesting?  If not, hopefully you aren't using one of the D-Link, ARG-W4, DSLink, Secutech or TOTOLINK routers listed in this article at Slashdot as it is bound to ruin your trust in DNS.  Three distinct waves of attacks, late December 2018, early February 2019, and late March 2019 have been detected by Bad Packets and the attacks continue to this day. 

Using some well known but as of yet patched exploits, hackers are changing the DNS server on those routers so they can easily and invisibly redirect you to cloned sites to harvest account info as you attempt to log into these faked sites.  If you do have one of these routers, see about getting a firmware update from the manufacturer or your ISP ... just don't do it from a machine connected to the router!

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"Troy Mursch, founder and security researcher at internet monitoring firm Bad Packets, said he detected three distinct waves during which hackers have launched attacks to poison routers' DNS settings --late December 2018, early February 2019, and late March 2019. Attacks are still ongoing, he said today in a report about these attacks."

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Source: Slashdot

Microsoft Changes Course on Forced Windows 10 Feature Updates

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2019 - 08:45 PM |
Tagged: windows update, windows 10, updates, OS, microsoft, auto update

The era of forced Windows Update for Windows 10 users is coming to an end. In a surprise move by Microsoft today it was announced that - at least for feature updates - users will be given an "update available" notification, allowing some choice as to when such an update is actually installed.

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"In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience.  Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update.  We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs."

In a post entitled "Improving the Windows 10 update experience with control, quality and transparency" by Mike Fortin (Corporate VP, Windows), Microsoft's stance on the update process seems to have shifted at least partially back to the Windows 8.1 (and prior) era, wherein users actually had the option of when to download and install the updates of their choice. While not going quite that far the post does state that "all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they 'check for updates' or to pause updates for up to 35 days". The exception will be devices nearing end of service, at which point "Windows update will continue to automatically initiate a feature update".

The full post from Microsoft is available at the source link.

Source: Microsoft