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Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2017 - 03:30 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Yoga 920, Yoga 720, yoga, watchband, Star Wars, notebook, Lenovo, laptop, ips, Gorilla Glass, digitizer, Active Pen 2, 4k, 2-in-1
The Yoga 920 is Lenovo’s new “flagship consumer 2-in-1”, and features 8th-generation quad-core processor and a big emphasis on voice control with what Lenovo describes as “far-field microphones for Cortana which will recognizes voice commands in standby mode and from up to 4 meters away”.
There is also optional digitizer/pen capability with the Yoga 920, featuring Lenovo’s Active Pen 2:
“In the case of the Yoga 920, an optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 with 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity dramatically expands the creative and cross-application potential of the PC. Offering pen-on-paper precision designed to give you no discernible lag, the Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink lets you sketch and paint original schematics or annotate existing graphics and documents on the fly. Working on a presentation? Use the pen’s shortcut button to open and check email for any last-minute contributions from the team, sketch them into the presentation, add some color and annotations, then send – all without setting down the pen.”
The display is ‘nearly bezel-less’ and offers a 13.9-inch 4K IPS panel. The familiar ‘watchband’ hinge is back for this new model, and the machine is quite thin at 13.95 mm (0.55 inches), weighing in at 3.02 lbs.
Special Star Wars designs are also going to be available with the Yoga 920, as Lenovo explains:
“We are particularly excited to bring to customers limited edition Gorilla Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.”
The Yoga 720 is a compact 12-inch design which will be offered at a significantly lower price than the 920, and it is also digitizer/pen capable and offers a fingerprint reader as well.
The Yoga 920 will be offered with a starting price of $1329.99, while the Yoga 720 will start at $649.99.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2017 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, Threadripper, 1900x, X399
We knew about the Threadripper 1900X back in July, but it did not arrive at the same time that the other two models did; AMD waited until today. The official specifications do not differ from the pre-launch specifications, though we have confirmation the TDP is 180W and the cache is 20MB. [H]ard|OCP describes it as a Ryzen 7 with the benefits of the X399 platform, a good way to quickly understand what this processor is. [H] posted the slideshow as well as positing some usage scenarios in their article, which you can see here.
"Today AMD rolls out what is not a very well kept secret, the Ryzen Threadripper model 1900X CPU. There is no doubt that Threadripper has already been a success for AMD, but how exactly does does an 8-core Threadripper fit into High End Desktop (HEDT) world of processors and platforms? The user profile is fairly skinny."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Why Memory Prices Are Heating Up @ EE Times
- Palm Devices Are Coming In 2018 Without WebOS, Says Report @ Slashdot
- Google is already working on Android P @ The Inquirer
- AMD and Baidu Join Forces to Advance GPU Computing in the Datacenter with Radeon Instinct MI Series @ NASDAQ
- Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile @ The Register
- Huge Apple news CONFIRMED. Software deal with Accenture is official @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2017 - 10:59 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, ZenBook Flip S UX370, Switch 7, Seasonic PRIME, RX Vega 56, mining, logitech, Koolance, Intel Xeon Workstation, IFA 2017, hero, fsp, Fanatec, dell xps 13, CSL Elite Wheel P1 Alcantara, BeQuiet, b250, asus, acer, video
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Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2017 - 03:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: logitech, keyboard, craft
Yesterday it was the gaming division pushing out the release of its brand new wireless gaming keyboard, and today, the consumer side of Logitech has its own new pretty item to wave in front of us. The CRAFT keyboard is a unique option that combines wireless connectivity with up to three devices, smart backlight illumination, and a new input dial that helps creative and productivity users get more out of their applications.
Let’s start with that knob in the top right – the crown as Logitech calls it. This crown is an input dial that adapts and changes functions as you switch between applications. On a global scale it can be used to control volume, move between application windows, and change desktops. You can access that functionality by physically pushing down on the dial and rotating it to the left or right.
More interestingly, the crown adjusts its function based on the application you are in. In Excel, for example, you can toggle font sizes, move between cells, select tables and graph formats, and much more, all with the dial and click functionality. You switch between these different functions by tapping on the dial itself, as the entire surface is capacitive. There are functions for PowerPoint and Word as well, offering similar levels of integration.
The Adobe software suite of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro CC 2017 also has pre-built functionality with the Logitech CRAFT keyboard. In Photoshop you can select and adjust image brightness, change the stroke weight in Illustrator or navigate and scrub through the timeline in Premiere Pro. There are many options and capabilities that the Logitech software installer offers out of the box and you have the ability to adjust these capabilities through custom integrations as well.
Explaining in text how this dial works and how it could potential change your workflow is difficult to do. Logitech does provide a set of videos running through some examples of the keyboard in and the dial in use, and they are worth checking out to get a sense of how it functions.
This capability works across both Windows 10 and Mac OS.
The CRAFT keyboard is built with a high quality scissor key switch design that is close in typing feel to some of the best notebook keyboards we have had our hands on. The typing is relatively quiet and the dished keys help you find the proper finger placement for eye-free typing.
Backlighting a battery powered keyboard is always tricky as you balance illumination and battery life. Logitech has created a system that intelligently determines when to light up the keyboard based on your hands approaching the keyboard itself. Logitech won’t share the secret here but it’s likely they are using some kind of proximity sensor similar to what is used on smartphones. We do know the CRAFT integrates an ambient light sensor as well, dimming or turning off backlight when in a well-lit environment.
Above the Insert/Home keys rests three buttons that allow you to easily switch between controller one of three connected systems or devices. The CRAFT supports the Logitech unifying receiver as well as Bluetooth, allowing you to connect to a notebook or even your phone or tablet for advantages when replying to those text messages from mom.
Logitech claims the CRAFT should last an entire week on a single charge, though that will vary based on bright and often the backlights get used. The internal rechargeable battery gets juice via a USB Type-C connection and a Type-C to Type-A cable is included in the box.
The CRAFT isn’t cheap at $199 but the creation and use of the input dial, or crown, is definitely a value add for creatives and productivity users that see the benefit of a two handed input interface. We are still working through a couple of things on our end before doing a review (including a squeaky space bar that Logitech claims was fixed in final production and some last minute software bugs), but I am impressed with Logitech has built. If you frequently spend your time in Microsoft Office or Adobe CC software suites, you should definitely give the CRAFT keyboard a try.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2017 - 09:27 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, Vega, vega 56, vega 64
Because so many different video cards are made from a handful of chip designs, there is a group of people who like to see whether a lower-end SKU can be unlocked to behave like a higher-end one. In this case, kdtree on the ChipHell forums has apparently flashed the new AMD RX Vega 56 with the vBIOS from an AMD RX Vega 64. Personally, I would find that a little sketchy, given the difference in stream processor count, but they’re the one with the graphics card.
Turns out, it did something, but it did not magically create an RX Vega 64. The extra 512 shaders are probably disabled at the hardware level, such as with a laser. Your first reaction is probably “well, of course it is...” but, if you remember Polaris, users have software-modified 4GB cards into 8GB cards... so there is some precedence for “maybe AMD put more on the card than they said on the box”.
Oh right, so what did it do? It apparently gave the card a significant overclock. It’s hard to tell under the watermark, but the modified Vega 56 was just a percent or so away from the Vega 64 on 3DMark. I’m guessing a conventional overclock might do the same, but who knows.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2017 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, xeon, Xeon Gold 6138, dual cpu, LGA-3647, Intel
The core counts and amount of RAM on enthusiast systems is growing quickly, especially with Threadripper, but we won't be seeing a system quite like this one under our desks in the near future. The server which Phoronix tested sports dual Xeon Gold 6138 for a total of 40 physical cores and 80 threads, with each CPU having 48GB of RAM for a total of 96GB of DDR4-2666. Not only did Phoronix run this system through a variety of tests, they did so on eight different Linux distros. Can any benchmark push this thing to its limits? Was there a clear winner for the OS? Find out in the full review.
"While we routinely run various Linux distribution / operating system comparisons at Phoronix, they tend to be done on desktop class hardware and the occasional servers. This is our look at the most interesting enterprise-focused Linux distribution comparison to date as we see how Intel's Xeon Scalable platform compares on different GNU/Linux distributions when using the Tyan GT24E-B7106 paired with two Dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2017
- A Look At The Xeon Gold 6138 + Tyan GT24E-B7106 1U Linux Server Performance @ Phoronix
- Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop @ Techspot
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2017 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Wolfenstein 2, gaming, Blitzmensch
Here is one of the best advertisements for a game you will see all day. It might be light on the gameplay, but one could forgive them due to the sheer campy beauty of it all. The game will not be out until October 27th; we suggest you use this video to tide you over until the release. Remember, only you can prevent pre-order exclusive deals and Day 1 DLC ... and defeat Blitzmensch as well.
"Adam West has passed away, but now we get to see him impact on today's game marketing. Godspeed Adam! I still have that signed Batman picture you gave me when I was seven years old."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Destiny 2 on PC runs smooth as perma-gloomy butter @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Destiny 2 Beta: Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
- Splash Damage’s Brink is now free @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble Jumbo Bundle 9
- X4: Foundations revisiting and expanding spacebasics @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Absolver hides its depth and beauty amid obtuse design @ Ars Technica
- Wot I Think – XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Why don’t you make your own Half-Life 3 if you’re so smart? @ Ars Technica
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2 bringing more co-op action @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Destiny 2 finally feels like a game I might want to get hooked on @ Ars Technica
- Cheap Thief and Deus Ex: it’s Square Enix week at GOG @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Mobile | August 30, 2017 - 12:19 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: switch 7 black edition, Surface Pro, IFA 2017, ifa, acer, 8th generation core
Today at IFA 2017, Acer's keynote was full of new products arriving in the coming year. The most remarkable product of the bunch is their Switch 7 Black Edition 2-in-1.
While the Switch 7 Black Edition may not look different than other 2-in-1 devices like Microsoft's Surface Pro initially, there are some surprises underneath the hood.
First is Acer's innovative cooling solution which they are calling "LiquidLoop." Essentially this is a heatpipe system which circulates through the chassis to cool both the Quad-Core 8th Generation Core processor, as well as a dedicated GPU in the form of the NVIDIA Geforce MX150.
Omitting the use of any fans in the chassis, Acer claims they can properly cool both the 15W processor and the 25W GPU with this heatpipe system.
As for the GPU, the Geforce MX150 is the Pascal-based successor to the 940MX, which saw popularity in many of these thin and light form-factor devices. While it won't play the latest titles at native resolution, you should expect to be able to play less demanding titles and older games at modest image quality settings. Personally, the idea of a passively cooled computer that can play Rocket League on the go excites me.
Beyond the innovative thermal design, Acer has some more tricks up their sleeve with the Switch 7 Black Edition.
Acer AutoStand is a kickstand system designed to operate with one hand, like a traditional notebook hinge. This could be a huge benefit to Acer over the more cumbersome competitors like the Surface Pro where you have to hold the tablet in place as you deploy the kickstand.
The Switch 7 Black Edition supports Windows Hello through the use of a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the glass of the screen bezel. This sensor also supports Power on Authentication (POA) so that a single press will turn on the device and log into Windows Instantly.
These features combined with the 12.5-in 2256x1504 IPS display make the Switch 7 Black Edition an attractive alternative to 2-in-1 devices like the Surface Pro.
All of these cool features come with a steep price tag though. The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is expected to ship in December in North America for prices starting at $1,699.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2017 - 03:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: logitech g, logitech, hero, g613, g603
Logitech continues to push forward with innovation after innovation in the world of gaming accessories. Most recently we discussed the PowerPlay technology, a new combination of mouse pad and mouse that charges wirelessly, creating a gaming configuration that never needs charging. Jim’s review left an impression on all of us at the office – this was something that could be life changing for gamers and enthusiasts.
Today Logitech continues down that road with a handful of key technologies that will drive the company forward in ways we don’t yet foresee. As the title will reveal, Logitech is launching a new wireless mouse as well as its first wireless mechanical gaming keyboard. If that wasn’t enough, a new mouse sensor is at the heart of the G603. The HERO sensor is what allows this mouse to offer the same performance capability as the G900 but with 18 months of battery life on a pair of AA batteries.
The HERO Sensor
Let’s quickly talk about the new Logitech HERO sensor (High Efficiency Rating Optical). It combines performance that is nearly identical to the much adored PMW3366 sensor used in the Logitech G900 (among other devices) but offers 10x the power efficiency, allowing for incredibly long battery life. Everything from the lens design to the pixel surface area to the analog-to-digital conversion on the controller has been tweaked to improve performance efficiency.
The mouse sensor system starts with the front-end, a portion that covers the imaging and CMOS detector that produces the images provided to the back-end for processing. With HERO, Logitech is using an IR LED system along with large pixel surface area to reduce the signal-to-noise ratio, improving the data that tracking is computed on. A big shift with this sensor is based on the analog-to-digital conversion that can typically be very power demanding when operating at the speeds required by gamers. On HERO, efficiency is increased by processing blocks of pixels at a time, but at different rates depending on the movement rate of the mouse itself. This gives Logitech’s newest sensor the perfect balance of performance and efficiency.
There is a lot more technology to dive into around the sensor of this new mouse, and we will see it in other devices coming out later. I am working with Logitech for a deep dive with its engineers on HERO, as the topic is more complex and more intriguing than you would ever have believed.
The Logitech G603 Mouse
The first mouse to use this new sensor is the G603, a wireless mouse that utilizes Logitech’s LightSpeed technology for fast and accurate wireless gaming capabilities. It offers a host of compelling features, at a cost of just $70, that I think will instantly propel it to the top of many gamers’ must-have lists.
First and foremost, because of the new HERO sensor in use, the G603 gets up to 18 months of battery life with gaming usage. That is with two AA batteries and with the mouse set in the “low” LightSpeed setting. The “low” setting offers a response time of 8ms while the “high” setting will run at a 1ms response time. If you are a dedicated gamer that will demand the mouse be in the “high” setting, Logitech still claims to get 4-6 months of battery life on a single set of batteries. Should you only have a single AA battery at your disposal, the mouse will work with a single installed, but at half the rated battery life.
In another scale, with the G603 running in “high” mode, it will run for 500 hours of gaming. Compare that to the 24-36 hours of gaming that my G900 offers and you can see the compelling difference this new controller and sensor technology makes.
The LightSpeed wireless technology (that utilizes a Logitech USB dongle) is supplemented by support for Bluetooth. Though not ideal for hardcore gaming, the ability to support BT gives the G603 a lot of flexibility for connecting you to other machines. Battery life is rated at 18 months in Bluetooth mode.
Even better, you can have the mouse connected to one system with the LightSpeed dongle and to another machine or even your smartphone/tablet via Bluetooth. You can instantly switch the mouse between BT and LightSpeed devices with the touch of a button, allowing you to jump between platforms easily.
The Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
The Logitech G613 doesn’t use a fancy new sensor, but it does mark the first time that Logitech has offered a wireless gaming keyboard. With a price tag of $150, using the Romer-G switches designed and exclusively integrated in Logitech keyboards, the G613 utilizes the same LightSpeed technology that recent Logitech mice use for wireless connectivity.
Just like the mouse above, the G613 keyboard allows you to connect to both a Bluetooth and a LightSpeed dongle and use a button on the keyboard to switch between the two platforms. This is an awesome feature for people that would like to use their keyboard to type out long text messages on their smartphone without having to have a second device or accessory on your desk. I am looking forward to capturing all my text recipients’ attention going forward with much longer and more dramatic messages.
The LightSpeed wireless technology has already been proven with the mice Logitech has dropped on the market in recent months, but this does mark the first time a keyboard has integrated it. It maintains a 1ms report rate and offers better performance than many competing wired keyboards.
Battery life on the G613 is a staggering 18 months on just two AA batteries, thanks to an optimized microcontroller and the distinct lack of LED lighting. While RGB lighting has become a staple of gaming keyboards, Logitech tells us that a wireless keyboard with a backlight would last only 40 hours. That is quite a difference and it’s easy to see why Logitech made the decision it did.
You still get the full suite of features and capabilities that we love with Logitech keyboards including access to Logitech Gaming Software to store and save macros, programmable keys, profiles per-application, and more. The Romer-G switches are unique in the industry (they aren’t a standard Cherry or knock-off) but I have been using them on my G913 keyboard for nearly two years doing a combination of gaming and productivity and have never had the desire to revert.
I have only had the G603 and G613 mouse and keyboard in our office for a few days of use, and a full review is pending. I can already tell you that the devices feel and act exactly as I have come to expect from Logitech hardware – and that’s a great thing! The G603 feels great in the hand and the performance in everyday tasks, as well as the gaming I have been able to do thus far, is superb. Time will tell how the battery life reality matches expectations, but I have yet to find any instance of Logitech holding back on accurate technical information - I don’t suppose they’ll start now.
The new HERO mouse sensor could be a drastic shift for gamers. A sensor that is both high performance and highly efficient, coupled with proven wireless technology that is better than most wired offerings, means that long-lasting, wireless gaming is here to stay and available to all.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2017 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: coolermaster, MasterCase Pro 6
The MasterCase Pro 5 was released a few years back which is why it is time for a MasterCase Pro 6 review. CoolerMaster kept the modular design, making the installation of fans or radiators much easier as well as allowing you to remove drive cages you do not require. The difference between this model and its predecessor are the design of the top and front panels, the similarity is the slightly imperfect mating of various parts of the case. The Tech Report did still find the case easy to work with, take a closer look here to see if its style matches yours.
"Cooler Master's MasterCase Pro 6 puts a sharp new face on the company's tried-and-true modular chassis. We popped in our test system to see whether this case's pop-out vents are a cool new idea in case design."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Celsius S36 @ techPowerUp
- The Best Computer Cases @ Techspot
- Raijintek Thetis @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2017 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: llano, amd
Having spoken with representative from AMD, we can confirm those in the comments were correct and that "the settlememt is coming from our insurance carrier....So there is no financial impact to AMD."
Good news for AMD and enthusiasts!
Those indignant souls for whom the recent issues with Vega's launch represent the worst thing to happen ever in the history of the world may be somewhat discombobulated to learn that worse happened a mere eight years ago. It was a heady time for AMD, three years previous to these events they had just purchased ATI and were excited about the growth potential offered from having two types of products. Bright minds at AMD realized there was a different potential for growth; synergistic in nature. Why limit yourself to just selling GPUs and CPUs when you could combine the two in a silicon version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup? Thus was born Llano, a chip touted to rival Sandy Bridge in computational power with an APU more powerful than any which had existed before.
The launch of Llano was delayed several times and when it finally arrived in 2011, two years after the initially planned release date, it did not outperform Sandy Bridge as advertised. Instead the A8-3850 could mostly hold its own against the Core i3-2100 in multi-threaded tasks but fell far behind in single threaded performance. This was a major issue as there were even less applications taking advantage of multithreaded processors than there are today.
The graphics portion of the chip was very impressive, offering the first APU which you could actually use to game and watch HD video; perhaps not Crysis but certainly many online games were well within Llano's grasp. This was not enough to save Llano in the marketplace and set the stage for the following years in which AMD has struggled.
Today we learn of the final penalty AMD must endure as a result of Llano, a $29.5 million payout to anyone who purchased AMD shares between April 4, 2011 and October 18, 2012. This is not the best timing for AMD to dig into their pockets, their budget is already stretched and we would all prefer to see that money going into R&D for their next generation of products. However, the lawsuit is no longer hanging over their heads and they can now budget for the coming quarters without having an unknown expense in the ledgers.
Hopefully AMD's fortune will reverse in the near future, as Threadripper, Epyc and Vega all show very good signs compared to the state of AMD six years ago.
"Advanced Micro Devices has agreed to pay out $29.5m to settle a class action lawsuit its shareholders filed after the disastrous Llano chip rollout."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- 2D semiconductors could make negative conductance devices @ Nanotechweb
- Qualcomm Is Losing a Top Executive at a Key Time @ Fortune
- Tech Firms Team Up To Take Down 'WireX' Android DDoS Botnet @ Slashdot
- Samsung Electronics to invest $7 billion to boost China NAND chip output @ Reuters
- Crucial unleashes BX300 aimed at bringing SSDs for all @ The Inquirer
- Expanded titanium disulphide improves magnesium rechargeable battery @ Nanotechweb
- AMD and Baidu team up to advance GPU computing in datacenters with Radeon Instinct MI series @ DigiTimes
- Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch @ The Register
- Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk Review @ Neoseeker
- SJCAM SJDASH Car Dashboard Video Camera Review @ NikKTech
- iPhone 8 release date, specs and price: Apple to subvert Qi wireless charging standard? @ The Inquirer
- Teaching Interns The Joy Of Collecting Trash With NVIDIA Jetson Robots @ Techgage
Subject: Processors | August 29, 2017 - 12:00 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Xeon W, xeon scalable, xeon, workstation, processor, Intel, cpu
Intel has officially announced their new workstation processor lineup, with Xeon Scalable and Xeon W versions aimed at both professional and mainstream workstation systems.
"Workstations powered by Intel Xeon processors meet the most stringent demands for professionals seeking to increase productivity and rapidly bring data to life. Intel today disclosed that the world-record performance of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors is now available for next-generation expert workstations to enable photorealistic design, modeling, artificial intelligence (AI) analytics, and virtual-reality (VR) content creation."
The first part of Intel’s product launch announcement are the new Xeon Scalable processors, first announced in July, and these are dual-socket solutions targeting professional workstations. Versions with up to 56 cores/112 threads are available, and frequencies of up to 4.20 GHz are possible via Turbo Boost. Intel is emphasising the large performance impact of upgrading to these new Xeon processors with a comparison to older equipment (a trend in the industry of late), which is relevant when considering the professional market where upgrades are far slower than the enthusiast desktop segment:
“Expert workstations will experience up to a 2.71x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system and up to 1.65x higher performance compared to the previous generation.”
The second part of announcement are new Xeon W processors, which will be part of Intel’s mainstream workstation offering. These are single-socket processors, with up to 18 cores/36 threads and Turbo Boost frequencies up to 4.50 GHz. The performance impact with these new Xeon W CPUs compared to previous generations is not as great as the Xeon Scalable processors above, as Intel offers the same comparison to older hardware with the Xeon W:
“Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system4 and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.”
Full PR is available from Intel's newsroom.
Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 28, 2017 - 10:20 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ifa, IFA 2017, dell, XPS 13, 8th generation core, i7-8550U, i5-8250U
As expected, this year's IFA trade show in Berlin is proving busy for notebook manufacturers. Hot on the heels of Intel's announcement of 15W 8th Generation quad-core processors in the Kaby-Lake refresh family earlier in the month, we are starting to see some announcements of actual products utilizing these new processors.
Not to be left behind, Dell has officially announced the refreshed version of their well-received XPS 13 notebook.
It appears that there has been little physical change to the XPS 13 centered around these new processor options. Customers will still find 2 USB-A Ports upgraded to USB 3.1 Gen 2, a Thundebolt 3 Port, full-size SD card slot, a standard headphone jack, and a power connector (although charging over Thunderbolt 3 is supported). There's no indication yet as to the Thunderbolt 3 implementation, but we hope Dell has gone with the full PCIe x4 bandwidth instead of x2 as found on the current XPS 13.
Same as the current XPS 13, customers will be able to choose from a 1080p non-touch display or a 3200x1800 touchscreen, up to 16GB of RAM, and SSD options including SATA and NVMe.
Battery size remains at 60Wh, which Dell claims has a MobileMark battery life score of 22 hours on the 1080p display model and 12 hours with the 3200x1800 QHD+ Touchscreen option.
Expect a longer rollout than usual with these new 8th generation parts from Dell, with the highest end i7-8550U to be available starting September 12th, and the i5 parts coming later in October. We have no current indications of pricing, but I would expect it to fall along the current XPS 13 models, in which the i7 model starts at $1349 along with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD, and the 1080p display.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2017 - 08:04 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: Fanatec, CSL, CSL Elite, ClubSport, Alcantara
Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2017 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ZenBook Flip S UX370, UX370, asus
ASUS has announced their newest ZenBook Flip, the UX370 which will be available through the Microsoft store for $1399 USD some time in the near future. It is powered by a Kaby Lake i7-7500U with HD 620 graphics, 16GB of DDR3-2133 and a 512GB PCIE SSD. The 13.3" screen has a 1080p resolution, the size of which keeps the UX370 down to a svelte 2.43lb and a mere 10.9mm thickness.
Connectivity us handled by a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C plugs and an audio plug; networking is handled wirelessly via 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. The speakers are Harman Kardon-certified and powered by ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology; hopefully we will soon have a chance to hear what that actually means in terms of sound quality.
Here are the specs, the PR is below.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 28, 2017 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: vega 56, amd, radeon, R9 Fury
Having wrapped up their initial review of AMD's new RX Vega 56, [H]ard|OCP was curious how it stacks up in a direct competition with last generations R9 Fury. The comparison is interesting, ROPs and Texture Units are the same in both cards, while the Fury uses HBM1 at a 4096bit interface while the Vega 56 uses HBM2 at 2048; clocks are 500MHz versus 800MHz respectively. The prices are quite different, the Fury clocked in at $550 while the Vega 56 should be available at $400; not that there is any stock at any price.
Check out the full article for specifics; the short answer is that you can expect the new Vega card to boast an average 25% performance advantage over the Fury.
"Do you have an AMD Radeon R9 Fury based video card and want to know if AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 at a lesser price is a performance upgrade? Do you want to know if architecturally AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is faster than AMD Radeon R9 Fury? This follow-up performance review should answer those questions."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- RX Vega 64 Liquid “Unleashed” – 10 VR Games Benchmarked vs. the GTX 1080 & GTX 1080 Ti @ BabelTechReviews
- The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked @ TechSpot
- Vega 64 “Unleashed” – 27 Games tested using the Liquid Cooled Edition vs. the GTX 1080 & GTX 1080 Ti @ BabelTechReviews
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | August 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, SK Hynix
Just when you thought it was safe to start GPU shopping, with demand from miners dropping off somewhat, the NAND shortage is set to crank up prices again. First time miners have realize they are not about to become overnight billionaires and the dedicated miners have already picked up their GPUs; unless they just picked up this board, so there was some hope GPU prices might descend closer to their original MRSP. Unfortunately the suppliers of VRAM have shifted their production capacity more heavily in favour of server memory and RAM for smartphones which has lead to a dearth of VRAM. DigiTimes reports you can expect the price of NVIDIA cards to jump from 3-10% at the end of the month.
AMD's new offerings will not be effected by this; few and far between are the servers or phones which use HBM2. It would be interesting to discover that part of their original pricing took this into account; not that it matters overly as their original pricing statement has been tossed.
"With Samsung and SK Hynix cutting their memory supply for the graphics card segment, August quotes for RAMs used in graphics cards have risen to US$8.50, up by 30.8% from US$6.50 in July. Both memory suppliers have allocated more of their production capacities to making memories for servers and handsets, reducing output for the graphics cards segment and fueling the price rally."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely @ The Register
- A Functioning 3D Printer For 10€ @ Hack a Day
- Google Updates: Hardware, Firmware, The Firm @ The Inquirer
- World's first crowdsourced tablet, Eve V, is taking aim at the Surface Pro @ The Inquirer
- Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND @ The Register
- A Game You Control With Your Mind @ Slashdot
- AVM FRITZ!Box 7560 AC1300 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2017 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: be quiet!, modular psu, 600w, Pure Power 10, 80 PLUS Silver
Kilowatt class PSUs such as the Seasonic PRIME Platinum which Lee just reviewed are impressive and up to the task of powering the most powerful of systems but for most they are overkill. For the majority of us, something in a 600W model will be sufficient for our needs as well as being more efficient. A little while back [H]ard|OCP took a look at be quiet's Pure Power 10 600W 80 PLUS Silver modular PSU, the first be quiet! to meet their benchmarking table. It operated quietly and it was handsomely built, however once they started testing the PSU simply could not take the heat. If you live somewhere which never reaches 30C ambient this might be an acceptable solution but for the rest of us ... the review reveals a significant issue.
"This may come as a shock to you, but be quiet! power supplies are all about...wait for it...exceptionally quiet operation. However that is not the only virtue the Pure Power 10 series extols. be quiet tells us that this PP10 has "peerless dependability" and "best-in-class features." Let's see if we can set it on fire!"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Seasonic PRIME 1000W Gold @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Gold 850W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Aerocool Project 7 PSU 650 W @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2017 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, smart tv
A number of owners of smart Samsung TVs in Europe have been having a bad August. A firmware update pushed out by the company has essentially bricked a variety of 50"Ultra HD and 49" 4K displays. After the update they received a single channel at a single volume and the ownership of the remote was no longer fought for. Samsung did not have a comment for The Register but a forum post suggests a fix is coming soon however it will require sending said TV into a repair shop. Be careful if you see a pending update and do your best to postpone it for now; if you can.
"Interestingly, Samsung's US support forum contains no mention of any similar problem, suggesting the bad firmware update may be limited to the UK or European region."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Half Life 2 Episode 3?
- So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font @ The Register
- Toshiba, Western Digital talking again but they'd better agree lickety-split @ The Register
- VIA collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate IoT solutions @ DigiTimes
- 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers @ Dell EMC Forum 2017
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2017 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, steelseries, Rival 310, Sensei 310, TrueMove3
These two mice are very similar, the difference being that the Sensei is ambidextrous and sports slightly smaller side buttons. What makes these mice interesting is the sensor, these are the first mice to feature SteelSeries own TrueMove3 sensor which they advertise as the only sensor with true one-to-one tracking. This is somewhat correct as the PixArt PW3360 also features one-to-one tracking but only from 100 to 2100 CPI, the TrueMove3 is capable of the same between 100 to 3500 CPI before needing jitter reduction. Does this matter when you are using it? Check out The Tech Reports full review to find out.
"SteelSeries' Rival 310 and Sensei 310 are the company's first mice with its TrueMove3 sensor, which promises a wider range of one-to-one tracking than any other mouse sensor on the market. We put these mice to the test to see whether it made a difference to our K/Ds."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 & MM530 @ Kitguru
- Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- Ozone Strike Pro Spectra Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Bloody B820R Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews