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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2017 - 07:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: H700i, H400i, H200i, nzxt, Grid+ V3, CAM
To start with the most interesting of the four product announcements from NZXT, take a look at the Grid+ V3. This is a smart fan controller which offers both voltage and PWM control via the CAM software suite.
There are six separate channels on the Grid, allowing you to control each fan individually or you can use the included splitters to add more than one fan to a channel. You are able to choose between manual control or the Adaptive Noise Reduction feature to allow the device to determine the proper fan curves for your system, even if you swap hardware after the initial setup.
Along with their advanced fan controller, NZXT announced three new cases, the H700i, H400i, and H200i. The H700i is a full sized case standing 230x494x494mm and is capable of holding even eATX motherboards with seven slots. It is also a good choice for data hoarders, with seven 2.5" bays and up to three 3.5" bays. It is available now for $200.
The H400i is the mATX case, a svelte 210x393x421mm in size but still able to handle a pair of 120/140mm fans or radiators in the front, behind the filters you can see as the front panel has been removed in the picture below. It will be available late next month for $140.
Last, and only least in volume is the H200i, the mini-ITX case. At 210x334x372mm and 6kg in weight it is not quite as small as a NUC, good news for those of us who need a bit of space to manoeuvre when installing components. It will arrive before the end of the year, for about $120.
All of the above cases are constructed with SECC steel and tempered glass side panels, available in matte black or white as well as matte black with blue or red trim. The cases are compatible with the CAM software mentioned previously and have space to install the GRID+ V3 digital controller. Your R's G's and B's can be managed through NZXT's HUE+ software, with support for numerous LED strips as well as ones built into your components. Aer F fans are included or you could take advantage of the drop-in brackets and integrated reservoir mounting to switch to watercooling.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2017 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, msi, gaming headset, Immerse GH70
The MSI MSI Immerse GH70 gaming headset sports a Solid Steel Design, RGB Mystic Light as well as Hi-Res Audio and a variety of other marketing terms, however we are far more concerned with its price and performance. The price is $130, the 7.1 sound is virtual and Modders Inc loved the effect when gaming, though they toggled it off when talking to NPCs which the included in-line controller makes incredibly easy. The RGBs can provide up to 16.8 million colour combinations and with Mystic Sync it can be synchronized with any other compatible MSI components you have.
Just don't ask about the beard.
"Micro-Star International, better known as MSI has sent us a treat! We will be taking a look at one of their latest products, the MSI Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset. Websters dictionary describes "immerse" as "to plunge into something that surrounds or covers..." and "completely immersed in his work". Lets see if the MSI Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset stands up to …"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sennheiser GSP 301 @ TechPowerUp
- Tt eSPORTS Cronos Riing RGB 7.1 Headset @ Modders-Inc
- Rosewill Nebula GX30 @ TechPowerUp
- Jaybird Freedom 2 @ DVHardware
- Sonos One review: A better sounding smart speaker @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2017 - 01:27 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: x299, Windows 10 VR, video, toshiba, raven ridge, qualcomm, podcast, MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, Mate 10, MAMR, krack, Huawei, BiCS, Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ, ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero, ASRock X299E-ITX/ac, amd, 5G
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Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
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1:17:10 Allyn: Low cost variable neutral density filter
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2017 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cryptocurrency, mining, gpu
At least some people are happy about the current GPU market and the effect cryptocurrency mining is having on it. Indeed from the profit reports DigiTimes mentions, GPU vendors are making better profits from the current craze than the miners are, with all major vendors seeing major boosts to revenues. This is good news for the average enthusiast as these vendors plan to ramp up their stocks and have greatly increased the amount of product they are ordering from NVIDIA and AMD. It will take some time to fulfill these orders and you can expect the current memory shortage to have a minor effect on availability and price as well. If supply can finally start to meet demand, we may soon see prices creep back towards MSRP.
"Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), TUL, Colorful and Galaxy Microsystems have all been aggressive about the cryptocurrency opportunity since the mining trend emerged, and they have seen dramatic growths in related businesses. Asustek only started to see benefits from the segmnet in the third quarter."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news? @ The Register
- Denuvo’s DRM now being cracked within hours of release @ Ars Technica
- You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early @ The Register
- GTA V mod caught spreading Monero mining malware to PC gamers @ The Inquirer
- What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709 @ The Register
- Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot
- Domino's follows Pizza Hut with data breach announcement @ The Inquirer
- Intel, G’foundries Bring 10, 7nm to IEDM @ EETimes
- noblechairs ICON Real Leather Chair @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Memory | October 18, 2017 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: coffee lake, i7 8700k, Intel
The performance of AMD's Ryzen chips depend heavily on the frequency of the RAM installed thanks to how Infinity Fabric works. TechPowerUp decided to see how sensitive Intel's Coffee Lake processors are, testing the performance with RAM speeds from 2133MHz up to 4000MHz as well as modifying the timings. Not to spoil the results for you, we can reveal something else their tests revealed, G.SKILL's Trident Z DDR4-3866 16GB kit is impressively flexible, they were stable at 15 different combinations of timings and frequencies. Check out the full results to discover the sweet spot.
"We take a close look at memory speeds, latencies and command rate on Intel's latest Core i7-8700K with Z370. Scenarios tested include fail-safe 2133 MHz, the platform default of 2666 MHz and overclocked memory speeds from 3000 MHz to 4000 MHz - at various timings."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2666MHz DDR4 @ Modders-Inc
- Team Group T-Force Delta RGB 2x 8 GB DDR4 @ techPowerUp
- G.Skill TridentZ 3866 MHz 2x 8 GB DDR4 @ TechPowerUp
- Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB DDR4 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2017 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: forza motorsport 7, amd, nvidia, vega 64, vega 56, gtx 1070, GTX 1080, gtx 1080 ti, gaming
[H]ard|OCP recently used Forza 7 in their GPU benchmarks and discovered that AMD's Vega 64 outperformed the GTX 1080 by a noticeable margin. NVIDIA responded by releasing two new drivers in quick succession, claiming performance improvements of up to 25% in this title, which prompted [H] to revisit there results with the newest drivers from both companies. They tested at both 1440p and at 4K and saw changes, though perhaps not as great as NVIDIA first announced. Take a look at the review here and consider the question they pose in their conclusions.
"Forza Motorsport 7 gaming performance has changed, video cards stack up differently when compared. We take Forza Motorsport 7 and apply new NVIDIA GeForce 387.92 and AMD Crimson ReLive 17.10.1 drivers to find out how these compare, what performance differences there are, and if AMD Radeon RX Vega is still king in this game."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Big-budget, single-player gaming isn’t dead (yet) @ Ars Technica
- Middle-Earth Shadow of War: PC graphics performance benchmark @ Guru of 3D
- Wot I Think – South Park: The Fractured But Whole @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- The Best PC Games (You Should Be Playing) @ TechSpot
- Total War’s free Mortal Empires DLC merges Warhammer 1 and 2 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Core i7 8700K vs. Ryzen 7 1800X For NVIDIA/Radeon Linux Gaming @ Phoronix
- Destiny 2 PC launch trailer and hardware requirements released @ HEXUS
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole secrets: find Mr Hankey, 'cheating' and more @ PC Gamer
- Humble Down Under Bundle
- PC Shadow of War players cheat to get around loot box grind @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2017 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, spooky
Forget big brother tracking you via your phone, anyone with a bone to pick can stalk you via ad supported apps on your phone for around $1000. Researchers conducted some disturbingly effective experiments where they created a banner which displayed geo-targeted ads and went through the usual process of paying to have it displayed inside an app, in this case Talkatone. If the app was left open for more than four minutes, or opened twice in that same amount of time, they were able to pinpoint that phones location within 25 feet. That let them map out a daily route, work and home addresses as well as many of the locations visited by the person bearing the phone. Read the full article over at Wired and reconsider this the next time you are pondering installing an ad supported app on your phone.
"They then used that DSP to place a geographic grid of location-targeted ad buys around a three-mile square section of Seattle, which for their tests they set to appear on the popular ad-supported calling and texting app Talkatone."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is borking Razer machines @ The Inquirer
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Lots of small changes—and maybe the revolution @ Ars Technica
- The Internet Is Ripe With In-Browser Miners and It's Getting Worse Each Day @ Slashdot
- Microsoft's Snapdragon laptops will have multi-day battery life @ The Inquirer
- Nanya ramping 20nm process output @ DigiTimes
- Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama @ The Register
- Inside Two-Factor Authentication Apps @ Hack a Day
- The best tech and gadgets to buy in October @ The Inquirer
- uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking @ The Register
- SwiftStream Z-9 Camera Drone @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2017 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X299E-ITX ac, m-ITX, Intel, cute, asrock
ASRock have done something very impressive, created a mini-ITX X299 motherboard.
The tight confines of this board have not stopped them from including numerous features. There are dual Intel NICs in addition to dual band 2.4/5GHz 802.11ac WiFi connectivity on this board. USB3.1 Gen2 Type A and C connectors are found on the back along with four USB 3.1 Gen 1; the audio outputs include optical, the Realtek ALC1220 behind them supports 7.1 audio.
ASRock fit three M.2 slots on this board, one on the front running along the back panel that supports both PCIe and SATA and another two PCIe 3.0 4x hidden on the back. There are an additional six SATA 6Gb/s ports for more traditional storage. The motherboard supports quad-channel memory of up to 64GB of DDR4-4000, with DIMM slots above and below the CPU socket. The single PCIe 3.0 16x slot is at the very bottom, with strong reinforcement to hold up a GPU that will outweigh the rest of the system.
You could choose to try to cool this with a standard cooler, but that is not your only choice. ASRock worked with Bitspower to create a custom waterblock as you can see above. That will ensure a perfect fit as well as proper cooling.
Subject: Mobile | October 17, 2017 - 03:50 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: SoC, Snapdragon 636, snapdragon, qualcomm, octa-core, mobile platform, Kryo 260, Kryo, cpu, adreno, 8-core
Qualcomm's latest mobile platform is the Snapdragon 636, positioned (at least numerically) between the Snapdragon 630 and 660 introduced earlier this year, and offering a very impressive set of features for mid-range devices - even reaching parity with the Snapdragon 800-series in some respects.
Qualcomm claims CPU performance gains of up to 40% from the Kryo 260 cores in the Snapdragon 636 compared to the ARM Cortex-A53 cores found in the Snapdragon 630, and the switch to Kryo brings the new Snapdragon 636 closer to the specs of the Snapdragon 660 - also an 8-core Kryo 260 design (though the higher-numbered platform does boast slightly higher clocks from its eight CPU cores at 2.2 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz from the 636).
The Snapdragon 636 also features the same X12 LTE modem found in the existing Snapdragon 630/660, which is capable of up to 600 Mbps download speeds (3 x 20 Hz carrier aggregation, 256-QAM) and 150 Mbps peak upload (2 x 20 Hz aggregation, 64-QAM).
Graphics duties are performed by the Adreno 509, and 18:9 FHD+ displays are supported. The Snapdragon 636 also includes the Hexagon 680 DSP (which we first saw in the Snapdragon 820) with Spectra 160 ISP for supported image capture "of up to 24 megapixels with zero shutter lag while supporting smooth zoom, fast autofocus and true-to-life colors for outstanding image quality", according to Qualcomm.
This new Snapdragon 636 also offers Qualcomm's Aqstic codec (another feature inherited from the 800-series) for high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192 kHz PCM, along with dual-oscillator support (separate clock generators for 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz based sample rates!) and a 130dB dynamic range with a very low THD+N of -109dB.
To expand on what the Aqstic codec in the SD636 provides, the separate clock generators are a fascinating addition in a world where many codecs resample the common 44.1 kHz - pretty much all digital music at or below CD quality - to 48 kHz during playback. Having a proper 44.1 kHz clock means native playback without the interpolation and subsequent filtering required when altering the original signal to an incompatible sample rate.
The Snapdragon 636 - which is both "pin and software-compatible" with existing Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, according to Qualcomm - is expected to ship to customers beginning in November.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2017 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, creators update
Today marks the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators update which will be pushed out to your machine some time in the near future. Microsoft will be taking it slowly, so if you do not see the update yet do not fret as it will come to you eventually. If you can't possibly wait another second, you can install it manually instead of waiting for the recommended process via Windows Update. The update includes Paint 3D and Story Remix, which brings back capabilities similar to the old MovieMaker, along with enhanced VR support and much more. You can read some of the highlights over at The Inquirer.
Remember patience is a virtue.
"But the main update involves virtual reality (VR) support ready for the wealth of cheapish headsets that are on the way supporting Windows Holographic. Devices from HP and Acer lead the charge."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab @ The Register
- Microsoft Responded Quietly After Detecting Secret Database Hack in 2013 @ Slashdot
- Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices @ The Register
- Ethereum blockchain is sailing to Byzantium – hard fork up and running @ The Register
- Mobile Phone Companies Appear To Be Selling Your Location To Almost Anyone @ Slashdot
Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2017 - 09:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: x50, qualcomm, mmWave, 5g nr, 5G
Earlier this year Qualcomm announced that it had made its first connection with the 5G NR (new radio) through its prototype system. This prototype was constructed to help with the build outs with Ericsson and Vodafone to get 5G in trials in the second of half this year. The device was crude, but effective, and took up a lot of space in a 2U rackmount design.
Today Qualcomm steps up its investment and apparent leadership position with the next generation connectivity technology by showcasing a reference smartphone design that implements the X50 5G modem for the first time.
Though far from a retail-ready announcement, this 9mm thin smartphone design proves that the future of 5G is strong and allows Qualcomm to crow about its position in the field. This design makes several key points, according to the connectivity giant:
- It is the first smartphone-style design integration for the X50 modem, announced a year ago at the company’s 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong.
- Showcases greater than 1Gbps data connectivity on the 100 MHz bands with only a 2xCA (carrier aggregation) implementation.
- Proves the feasibility of mmWave (millimeter wave) technology at 28 GHz in a smartphone with a silicon-based chip that fits four mmWave antenna and a 5G transceiver.
The real bright spot on this design is the inclusion of connectivity support on mmWave technology, previously thought to be extremely difficult to do in a smartphone form factor. Using mmWaves creates complexity due to its reluctance to transmit THROUGH things (including people), so the small surface area of a phone was going to cause issues. By integrating support for four large surface area antenna on this design and the 5G module, Qualcomm believes it has taken a large step in productization.
This reference design will enable trials of 5G technology in real-world environments and use cases. Qualcomm also claims that at launch time (early 2019), the module for the mmWave transceiver will be shrunk by another 50%. Qualcomm hopes that by showing OEMs and carriers that 5G technology challenges are addressable in common and expected form factors, it can accelerate and ease the adoption of the technology for consumers and enterprise applications.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | October 16, 2017 - 05:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: amd, raven ridge, APU, ryzen 7 2700u, Ryzen 5 2500U, ryzen 7 pro 2700u
Hot on the heels of the HP leak that showed the first AMD Raven Ridge based notebook that may be hitting store shelves later this year, another leak of potential Raven Ridge APU performance is cycling through. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U with integrated Vega-based graphics architecture, and also rumored to have a ~35-watt TDP, is showing 3DMark11 graphics scores near that of the discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150.
With a graphics score of 4072, the integrated graphics on the upcoming AMD APU is slightly behind the score of 4570 from the MX150, a difference of 11.5%. Interestingly, the Physics score on the Raven Ridge APU of 6419 is solid as well, and puts an interesting light on the 8th gen KBL-R processors. As you can see in the graph below, from two systems we already have in-house with quad-core parts, CPU performance is going to vary dramatically from one machine to the next depending on the thermal headroom of the physical implementation.
The HP Spectre x360 with the Core i7-8550U and the MX150 GPU is able to generate a Physics score of 8278, well above the leaked result of the Raven Ridge APU. However, when we ran the 3DMark11 on the ASUS Zenbook 3 UX490UA with the same Core i7-8550U, the Physics score was 6627, a 19% drop! Clearly there are configurability shifts that will adjust the performance of the 8th gen Intel parts. We are diving more into this effect in a couple of upcoming reviews.
Though the true power consumption of these Ryzen 7 2700U systems is still up in the air, AMD has claimed for some time that it would have the ability to compete with Intel for the first time in several generations. If these solutions turn out to be in the 35-watt range, which would be at or lower than the typical 15-watt Intel CPU and 25-watt NVIDIA discrete GPU combined, AMD may have a winning combination for mobile performance users to entertain.
Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2017 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X5 V7-KL3K3D, aorus, gigabyte, gaming laptop, g-sync
Instead of attaching ye plain olde 1080p fixed refresh rate display to the X5 V7-KL3K3D gaming laptop, Gigabyte chose a 2880x1620 G-SYNC display which is capable of up to a 75Hz refresh rate. As the laptop is powered by a GTX 1070, you will be able to play most games at full resolution, with G-SYNC ensuring a smooth experience. Along with the Kaby Lake i7-7820HK is a Samsung SM961 SSD, so non-graphical tasks also fly. The high end panel does boost the price, the model TechPowerUp reviewed will set you back $2400. If the features are worth it to you, check it out here.
"The AORUS X5 V7-KL3K3D is a stellar offering in terms of specifications, providing impressive performance due to an Intel Quad-Core i7-7820HK CPU, which Gigabyte paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. This relatively thin and light gaming notebook also comes with a 3K IPS display that supports G-Sync."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- ASUS ZenBook UX430UA @ Kitguru
- Vivoactive 3 review: Garmin’s often the underdog, often the better choice @ Ars Technica
- Fitbit Ionic @ The Inquirer
- The Samsung Galaxy Note8 @ TechARP
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2017 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: trackball, logitech, MX Ergo, wireless, input
You do not see trackballs every often anymore; new product launches even less. There are a group of users who will be very interested in this updated trackball from Logitech, either due to personal preference or a run in with carpal tunnel they never wish to repeat. The trackball sits on a magnetic base plate with a pivot point that allows you to tilt the body up to 20o for greater comfort. Logitech added basic Bluetooth connectivity in addition to their proprietary driver and dongle for those who do not wish yet another USB port occupied as well as switching to a rechargeable battery. If you want to know more about what has been added, you can read The Tech Report's full review here.
"It's been seven years since Logitech released a new trackball into the world. Join us to find out what Logitech has learned with time and whether it's kept up with some new blood."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 and MM530 @ Modders-Inc
- SteelSeries Sensei 310 @ TechPowerUp
- Logitech G903 Lightspeed Professional Grade Wired / Wireless Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Datamancer Diviner Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- Logitech Craft review: A slick keyboard combo that takes on the Surface Dial @ Ars Technica
- Logitech CRAFT Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2017 - 03:14 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Vega M, Ryzen 5 2500U, ryzen, laptop, hp, Envy x360, APU, amd, 2-in-1
Details on the first notebook featuring an AMD Ryzen APU were revealed by HP from a data sheet on an upcoming Envy x360 2-in-1 notebook, though the PDF was subsequently pulled and now the page leads to a 404. Thankfully, VideoCardz.com has a screen capture:
HP datasheet capture via VideoCardz.com
In addition to the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core CPU with integrated Radeon Vega M graphics, the notebook as configured offered just a single 8GB stick of DDR4-2400 - and we all know APU’s like memory bandwidth, so hopefully this will be offered with a dual-channel option (memory “up to 16GB” is offered).
The current HP Envy x360 2-in-1 design (image credit: HP)
Storage for this Ryzen 5-powered 2-in-1 is listed as a 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and the convertible design offers a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS multi-touch display, premium B&O sound, and of course runs Windows 10.
Naturally, we'll have to wait for some official word from HP on this, as the page and document were apparently put up in error - but not before a few outlets (other than VideoCardz posts include ComputerBase and PC Gamer) released the details from the datasheet. Perhaps that will prompt an announcement? (Here's hoping.)
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2017 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: krack, wifi, security
If you are running Windows 7 or a more recent version and applied the patches from last Tuesday then you are essentially immune to KRACK attack, however older Android OS, Chromium, Linux, OpenBSD and Android Wear 2.0 are. There are several attacks that can be carried out via this vulnerability but all rely on modifying the key which connected devices use to protect data transferred over the wireless network. KRACK replaces that key with one which the attacker has crafted, which allows them to intercept and decrypt packages sent over the wireless network, or to send there own disguised as an authenticated system. Depending on the security you use and the OS you are on the attacker can carry out a variety of tasks, which Ars Technica describes in full.
If you are running an older Android device, especially one which no longer receives regular updates you should be concerened, Apple will offer a patch soon as will Google; for now if you have an up to date installation of Windows, the risks have been minimized thanks to the recent patches from Microsoft.
"While Windows and iOS devices are immune to one flavor of the attack, they are susceptible to others. And all major operating systems are vulnerable to at least one form of the KRACK attack. And in an addendum posted today, the researchers noted that things are worse than they appeared at the time the paper was written."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dubai Police Get Hoverbikes @ Slashdot
- IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares @ The Register
- Linux vulnerable to privilege escalation @ The Register
- Romoss U-Style Red 10000mAh Power Bank Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2017 - 10:23 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: SoC, smartphone, phone, Oreo, mobile, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10, Kirin 970, Huawei, Android 8, Android
Huawei has announced the successor(s) to the Mate 9 smartphone with the new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, which feature a new "3D Glass Body" industrial design along with the new Kirin 970 processor and other improvements.
The key features from Huawei include:
- Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU)
- A 3D Glass Body featuring a barely-there-bezel, HUAWEI FullView Display and HDR10 supported technology for intensely vivid and brighter colors
- TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge and 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered Battery Management
- New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, with both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, and intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered Bokeh Effect;
- An all-new, simplified EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0
The Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display
The Mate 10 is a 5.9-inch device with a 16:9 IPS display supporting HDR10, while the Mate 10 Pro offers an 18:9 OLED display (also with HDR10 support).
The new dual-camera system is again a joint effort with Leica, and combines a 12 MP color sensor with a 20 MP monochrome sensor, using lenses with a aperture of f/1.6 - and Huawei says this aperture is the "world's largest" for a smartphone. The digital zoom and bokeh effects are AI-powered, along with real-time scene and object recognition.
The new Kirin 970 combines an 8-core CPU with a 12-core Mali-G72 GPU, and includes an NPU (neural processing unit) for AI-related tasks as well as a new dual ISP for the AI-powered camera features mentioned above.
Both phones include a 4000 mAh battery which offers "smart battery management" which Huawei states "understands user behavior and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life". The new TÜV-certified fast charging feature supports low-voltage charging of 4.5V / 5A, and Huawei states this will charge the phones from 1% to 20% in 10 minutes, or 1% to 58% in 30 minutes.
The Mate 10 lineup
The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro ship with Android 8.0 and a new "simplified" version of Huawei's EMUI interface. Pricing and availablity for the U.S. was not revealed, but the phones will go on sale internationally starting this month for the Mate 10, and mid-November for the Mate 10 Pro.
The Mate 10 Pro lineup
While we don't have U.S. pricing yet, European pricing for the Mate 10 with 64GB of storage and 4GB memory is set at €699, and the Mate 10 Pro with 128GB/6GB will be €799.
Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2017 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabye, Z370, aorus gaming 7, coffee lake, Intel
Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 is the most feature filled example of this chipset that The Tech Report have yet reviewed and at $250 it costs significantly less than the flagship models of previous generations. There are three each of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and M.2 ports as well as six SATA ports; a beautiful array of options which utilize more PCIe lanes than are available on this platform so you will need to do some planning before purchasing your storage devices. Audio is handled by Realtec's S1220 with help from an ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC installed in way which isolates it from interference from other components. The back panel features HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and a USB 3.1 Type C port as well as numerous other earlier generation USB ports and even an old PS/2 for those that need it. The list of features and high end components present on this board is much longer than this, check out the full review to reveal them all.
"Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard offers the highest-end power-delivery circuitry, the fanciest onboard audio, and the blingiest RGB LED lighting available in the company's Z370 lineup so far. We put this board to the test to see how high it lets our Core i7-8700K fly."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac: Mini-ITX Motherboard With Dual NICs, WiFi, Triple Display For ~$130 USD @ Phoronix
- MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Review @ OCC
- MSI X299 SLI Plus Review @ Neoseeker
- ASUS Rampage VI Apex Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
- ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Displays | October 13, 2017 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: XG27VQ, ROG, freesync, Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ, asus
ASUS just announced the $350 ROG Strix XG27VQ, a 27" 1080p display with a 1800R curve, using a VA panel capable of a refresh rate up to 144Hz. It is a Freesync display with an adaptive sync rate between 48-140Hz making it a great addition to a system using a Vega or other AMD GPU.
ASUS advertises a GtG response time of 4ms and a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2, with HDMI v1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI-D inputs. They have continued to place Aura RGB behind the screen as well as projecting below the monitor stand, with several patterns you can choose from. In addtion to using the OSD to manage profiles and settings you can install their DisplayWidget, to control features such as ASUS' GameVisual, App Sync, and Blue Light Filter.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2017 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: security, paranoia, microphone, hdd, hack
Some of you may remember the days when it was inadvisable to yell at a HDD array, the latency issue has been mostly overcome with the advances in technology over the last decade. That does not mean it is completely gone, as the read head in a HDD cannot read from a disk that is oscillating due to external input such as sound, and those tiny delays are how this researcher was able to use the HDD as a low quality microphone. He also found a tone which created even more latency than in that video; enough to have a system drop the disk as bad. There are links to the research over at Slashdot, including the new improved way to verbally abuse your storage devices.
"It's not accurate yet to pick up conversations," Ortega told Bleeping Computer in a private conversation. "However, there is research that can recover voice data from very low-quality signals using pattern recognition. I didn't have time to replicate the pattern-recognition portion of that research into mine. However, it's certainly applicable."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Acer to become holding company, says Stan Shih @ DigiTimes
- Samsung Electronics CEO resigns, says company is in “unprecedented crisis” @ Ars Technica
- It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs @ The Register
- The Real Inside Story of How Commodore Failed @ Slashdot
- Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack @ The Register