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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2018 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Crystal 280X RGB
The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is indeed large enough to fit an R9 280X, and AMD isn't really using that name anymore so why not just poach it? As with the Air 240, the case has two compartments, one for your motherboard and add in cards, with a separate one behind to hold your PSU as well as fans or even a radiator. RGB addicts will love the pair of LL120 RGB fans and Lighting Node Pro controller. Take a peek at this new case over at TechPowerUp.
"The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB takes the idea behind the Air 240, and the classy looks and material mix of the Crystal family, and marries them in an even more compact, powerful, and beautiful enclosure that includes not only better liquid-cooling compatibility but also features Corsair's retail-grade LL120 RGB fans and the Lightning Pro Node."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Silent Base 601 Review – No RGB, No Problem! @ Kitguru
- be quiet! Silent Base 601 @ Guru of 3D
- Phanteks Evolv X – Best ATX case of 2018 @ Kitguru
- Deepcool Gamerstorm Castle 240 RGB AIO cooler @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2018 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, eatx, B350I PRO AC, b350, amd
Threadripper boards are expensive and the MSI MEG X399 Creation is no exception and Guru 3D takes a look to see if it is a good value. This eATX board sports four PCIe 16x slots and a pair of PCIe 1x slots, support for up to eight DIMMs of DDR4-3600 and three M.2 ports, not counting the M.2 Xpander-Aero PCIe add-in card looks like a GPU but instead adds an additional four M.2 ports. That barely scratches the surface of what the MEG has to offer; more will be revealed to you if you visit Guru 3D.
"For Ryzen Threadripper 2000 MSI released a new motherboard which we review, their MEG X399 Creation. The board is stylish, loaded with features has subtle LED effects, terrific WIFI and obviously off..."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming @ Guru of 3D
- MSI B450 Tomahawk @ Kitguru
- MSI B350I PRO AC @ [H]ard|OCP
- ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | September 7, 2018 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: jon peddie, gpu market share, amd, nvidia
Last week we had a peek at the overall GPU market, including APUs, and the news was not great. This week Jon Peddie released details on the discrete GPU market, which also saw contractions. When you look at this quarter versus last quarter, sales dropped by 28% and are down 5.7% from this time last year, similar to the trend we saw with the total market. If you look back over time Q2 tends to be a bad quarter for GPU sales and the current market is actually larger in total volume than two years ago, before the mining craze was fully underway.
You can see the details of AMD and NVIDIA's quarter below.
The market shares for the desktop discrete GPU suppliers shifted in the quarter, Nvidia increased market share from last quarter, while AMD enjoyed an increase in share year-to-year."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Valve Explains How It Decides Who's a 'Straight Up Troll' Publishing Video Games On Steam @ Slashdot
- Memory production value growth to slow in 2019, says Digitimes Research @ DigiTimes
- British Airways breach sees hackers take-off with customers' payment details @ The Inquirer
- Do you really think crims would do that? Just go on the 'net and exploit a Windows zero-day? @ The Register
- iPhone XS release date, price and specs: Apple's 2018 iPhones look set to be most expensive yet @ The Inquirer
- Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago. SpaceX hopes to land on it on Saturday @ The Register
- Tech ARP 20th Anniversary Giveaway Week 2 by Dell!
- CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR Gaming Chair @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2018 - 04:06 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: video, Threadripper, synology, skype, ryzen, podcast, P65, msi, logitech, Kirin 980, Huawei, g502, g305, falcon northwest, DS1618+, bitfenix, battlefield, amd, 2950x
PC Perspective Podcast #512 - 09/06/18
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Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2018 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Huawei, dirty pool, Honor Play, P20, performance mode
In a move reminiscent of the old Quack.exe debacle, Huawei has been caught enhancing benchmark results. Their recent phones are able to detect a running benchmark and will switch to "Performance Mode" which uses "AI to optimize the performance of hardware, including the CPU, GPU and NPU" because everything has an AI in it now, apparently. This would be much worse if not for two things, they are correct in stating that their local competitors do the same thing and they have agreed to allow users to access this Performance Mode on their own. That will increase the performance of the phone but you can expect the battery life to plummet.
If you are interested in diving deeper into this, you can check out that link to The Inquirer.
"Earlier this week, AnandTech revealed that the Chinese phonemaker has benchmark detection software installed on the Huawei P20, Honor Play, and possibly other devices packing its homegrown Kirin 970 processor, which makes the chip perform better by raising its power limit."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months @ Ars Technica
- Cybercrooks home in on infosec's weakest link – you poor gullible people @ The Register
- Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer @ Ars Technica
- Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday @ The Register
- Researchers Used Sonar Signal From a Smartphone Speaker To Steal Unlock Passwords @ Slashdot
- Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon @ The Register
- Samsung, SK Hynix reportedly to defer expansion plans @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores @ The Register
Subject: General Tech, Processors | September 6, 2018 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, athlon, Zen, Vega, 200GE, PRO 200GE, ryzen, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700, Ryzen 5 PRO 2600
AMD is returning the Athlon name to active service with the arrival of the Athlon 200GE, combining their current Zen core with three Radeon Vega 3 GCUs and a GPU core of 1GHz. The dual core, multithreaded processor will run at 3.2GHz with a TDP of 35W, which should give you an idea of where you will find this new chip.
Along with the new Athlon comes four new Pro chips, the AMD Athlon PRO 200GE, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700 and Ryzen 5 PRO 2600. These will be more traditional desktop processors with enterprise level features to ensure the security of your systems as well as offering flexibility; with a cost somewhat lower than the competitions.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2018 - 09:31 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: X50Q, smart keyboard, RGB, q series, Omron, mechanical, keyboard, key switches, iot, das keyboard, connected, cloud, 5Q
Das Keyboard has introduced their Q-series of "smart, cloud-connected keyboards" which use the company's Q-software to bring notifications directly to key backlighting. It's an interesting concept, and the software connects to both IFTTT and Zapier services "to light up the 5Q and X50Q keyboards with notifications - all color-coded and displayed on keys determined by the user", according to Das Keyboard.
The first of the two announced models is the 5Q, shown here with its silicon-padded wrist rest attached:
"The Das Keyboard 5Q is a cloud-enabled, open API, RGB mechanical keyboard that helps boost productivity through dazzling performance and the industry’s fastest electronics."
What are these fast electronics? Exclusive to the 5Q is 'Real-Time One' (or RTO) which is an analog technology that Das Keyboard states "detects key presses in 0.4 milliseconds and reports it to the computer within 1 millisecond—up to 45 times faster than other keyboards". RGB lighting is onboard, naturally, and here Das Keyboard is offering what they call "RGB+", which is a ultra-bright solution they claim to be "many times" as bright as other keyboards:
"Extra-bright RGB backlighting electronics called Das Keyboard RGB+, along with custom surface-mount LEDs, optimized lens and ultra-clear light guide—making the 5Q keyboard many times brighter than any other RGB keyboard currently on the market."
These are mechanical keyboards, both of which offer Omron Gamma Zulu switches, as the company describes:
"A modern best-in-class, soft tactile key switch that provides users with faster, effortless typing and gaming sessions. Das Keyboard’s Gamma Zulu switches have a 1.5mm actuation point, a total travel of 3.5mm and can withstand an unsurpassed 100 million actuations..."
Next we have the X50Q:
The X50Q adds a swappable top plate design (and includes alternate textured WASD keys), but does not have the RTO analog system - and costs $50 less than the 5Q. Pricing for these keyboards is at the high end of the premium keyboard market, with MSRPs of $249 for the 5Q and $199 for the X50Q. Both models are available now.
Full press release after the break.
Subject: Storage | September 5, 2018 - 10:54 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: Z-NAND, V-NAND, ssd, sata, Samsung, NVMe, 983 ZET, 983 DCT, 883 DCT, 860 DCT
Samsung was strangely absent from FMS this year, but they had us out to NYC yesterday for a briefing we've been waiting a looong time for:
Above is a spec layout for Data Center SSDs that are to be in the retail channel, meaning they will be available for purchase on the open market, not locked behind exclusivity contracts with a select few corporations, as was the case previously. Here's the abbreviated rundown:
- 860 DCT
- Low write workloads
- 960GB, 2TB, 4TB
- Low cost (~0.25/GB)
- 883 DCT
- Mixed workloads
- Power Loss Protection
- 240/480/960GB, 2TB, 4TB
- 983 DCT
- NVMe (M.2 / U.2)
- Mixed workloads / higher performance
- Power Loss Protection
- 960GB, 2TB
The prices above are MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) as MSRP doesn't carry over to enterprise products quite the same. Performance details are above and below in the full press release, but the gist of them is that they are comparable to current Samsung SATA and NVMe products with the exception of random writes being rated at steady state sustained values (client SSDs are typically rated for reduced span random writes of shorter durations).
There was another thing to check out as well:
That's Samsung's elusive Z-SSD, now with the model name 983 ZET. It contains slightly modified V-NAND operating in straight SLC mode and with some additional tweaks to help reduce latencies - referred to by Samsung as Z-NAND. Here are the specs:
We did note that some of what drives those super-fast latencies is the use of a DRAM cache. We won't know how this impacts larger span random performance until we can test this product first-hand. Samsung also showed where they expect these new products to fall relative to other competing offerings:
I'm thrilled to see Samsung finally opening up their Data Center parts to the rest of the masses. We'll be testing and reviewing these as samples arrive. I personally can't wait, because Samsung's data center parts are known for having amazing QoS performance, and I can't wait to throw our enterprise test suite at them!
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2018 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, GCN, R9 290X, r9 390x, R9 Fury X, RX VEGA 64
[H]ard|OCP have been examining the generational performance differences between GPUs, starting with NVIDIA and moving onto AMD. In this review they compare Hawaii GCN 1.1, Fiji GCN 1.3 and Vega10 GCN 1.5 on a wide variety of games. AMD is a more interesting case as they have made more frequent changes to their architecture, while at the same time tending towards mid-range performance as opposed to aiming for the high end of performance and pricing. This has led to interesting results, with certain GCN versions offering more compelling upgrade paths than others. Take a close look to see how AMD's GPUs have changed over the past five years.
"Wonder how much performance you are truly getting from GPU to GPU upgrade in games? We take GPUs from AMD and compare performance gained from 2013 to 2018. This is our AMD GPU Generational Performance Part 1 article focusing on the Radeon R9 290X, Radeon R9 390X, Radeon R9 Fury X, and Radeon RX Vega 64 in 14 games."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- The New 3GB GeForce GTX 1050: Good Product or Misleading Product? @ TechSpot
- Razer Core X @ Kitguru
- Blackmagic external GPU review: A very Apple graphics solution @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2018 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, battlefield V, open beta
Techspot spent more time benchmarking the Battlefield V beta than they did playing it for fun, which is how they published a quick performance review so quickly. We know the minimum specs required but that gives us little insight into what performance we will actually see. As it turns out, DX12 has the same difficulties that BF1 had on launch and so the testing was done on DX11 for the most part. For 1080p gamers the news is great, with even a lowly GTX 1060 able to provide 60fps at Ultra settings, at 1440p a Vega 56 or a GTX 1070 will do you just fine. Check out the full review for the 4k performance.
"This week we were finally able to jump into Battlefield V for the first time, and of course, we spent more time benchmarking than we did enjoying the gameplay, so we have a few results for you... which we'll call a preview since we are testing the 'open beta' version of the game. The full thing is slated for release across major platforms in two months' time."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dragon Quest XI looks new but feels old @ Ars Technica
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 launches Definitive Edition as free update, squirrel friend arrives in DLC @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Strange Brigade PC graphics card benchmark @ Guru of 3D
- Rebel Galaxy Outlaw announced and looking excitingly like Wing Commander: Privateer @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- OCC Reviews F1 2018
- Humble Unity Bundle
- Metro Exodus includes RTX, Hairworks and Advanced PhysX @ HEXUS
- Subnautica standalone expansion Below Zero announced @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some @ Ars Technica
- Jagged Alliance: Rage comes sneaking out of the jungle in three weeks @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2018 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: lightspeed, logitech, wireless mouse, input, g305
Logitech's Lightspeed G305 is a small wireless mouse perfect for shoving in your laptop bag and possibly forgetting all about it. The mouse will run for 250 hours on a single AA battery so when you do pull it out after a few months it will still work. The battery compartment also provides storage for the Nano receiver so you won't have to worry about it disappearing on you when you need it most. Techgage were impressed that Logitech installed their HERO sensor in the mouse, so you can set the DPI all the way up to 12,000 if you so desire and the polling rate goes from 125Hz up to 1000Hz though you can expect diminished battery life at the top end. Drop by for a closer look.
"Wireless mice are one of those things that rarely meets expectations, but Logitech seems to have cracked it with its LIGHTSPEED mice. The G305 under review today might be on the low-end, but we soon find out it’s a solid performer with an absurd battery life. Dig in for more details."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cougar Revenger S @ TechPowerUp
- Dream Machines DM1 FPS @ Kitguru
- Cherry KC 1068 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- Fnatic miniSTREAK RGB Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Mionix Wei Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Razer Huntsman Elite @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | September 4, 2018 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Mushkin, source, SM2285, sata 6Gps, Ryan's Law, ssd
The release of a new line of 2.5" SATA SSDs isn't breaking news anymore, unless they offer something new, which the Mushkin Source line does. The MSRP of these new drives are 120 GB for $36, 250 GB for $49, 500 GB for $81 and 1 TB for $158; which puts an SSD within reach of just about any budget; though it falls short of complying with Ryan's Law. Part of the reason for this pricing is the lack of a DRAM cache which slows random writes and creates read latency but overall you can't argue with the value of these drives.
"With just 16 cents per GB, or $81 for the tested 500 GB version, the Mushkin Source is among the most affordable SSDs on the market. It is a DRAM-less design, which means some compromises have to be expected in terms of performance. Our review of the Mushkin Source 500 GB looks exactly into that."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Samsung SSD 970 PRO @ Becnhmark Reviews
- Gigabyte UD PRO 512GB @ Modders-Inc
- Samsung X5 Portable SSD @ Guru of 3D
- Samsung's Portable SSD X5 @ The Tech Report
- QNAP TVS-873E-4G NAS @ NikKTech
- Asustor AS4004T 10 Gigabit Consumer NAS @ Guru of 3D
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2018 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: skype, microsoft
Microsoft seem to have actually listened to some of the feedback they have been receiving from users of the new Skype. Two of the new features, Highlights and Capture will be discontinued as it seems no one wanted to use them instead of continuing with WhatsApp or SnapChat. The interface will remain a compromise between the clown vomit version released earlier this year and the simple interface many new and loved. As well, the newest versions of Skype, barring the Skype UWP app on Windows 10, will now natively support call recording which is something we have not been able to do since Microsoft killed support for third party applications. The staff at The Inquirer are still not planning on switching back yet however.
"Here's the thing. Skype hasn't "just worked" for a long time and people will take some convincing that there's been much of a change. INQ abandoned Skype some time ago for office use because it was so appallingly unreliable."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name and throws consumers a bone @ The Register
- Chipmakers slowing down transition to sub-10nm technology @ DigiTimes
- Lithium-oxygen batteries broach 100% coulombic efficiency @ Physics World
- GeForce RTX on Your Laptop? What Form Will That Take and When? @ TechSpot
- Introducing the Vive Pro vs. the Oculus Rift @ BabelTechReviews
- This is the Story of the 1970s Great Calculator Race @ Slashdot
- TechSpot Best of IFA 2018
- Rachio Generation 2 Smart Sprinkler Controller @ Missing Remote
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2018 - 03:54 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, sales
After summer comes back-to-school. What is the relevance for video games? Well, students will probably need to cut back on them, so might as well use it as an excuse for big sales.
The Back-to-School sale at GOG.com is actually pretty big this year. The gimmick, which is common for the site, new deals come and go. Specifically, it looks like one new deal occurs every hour, on the hour, and it lasts for six hours. These can go up to 90%-off. There is also another batch of sales that are not time limited. In total, over 500 games will be reduced for the event.
Two highlights that got me to click the buy button is Yooka-Laylee ($8.59 USD, 75%-off – Note: NOT Digital Deluxe Edition, although that’s all extras, such as a manual and an art book) and Homeworld: Remastered Collection ($5.29 USD, 85%-off). The former title was one that I was looking forward to during its Kickstarter, but never quite pulled the trigger on. I’ll give it a silly purple Canadian ten-dollar-bill, though.
Find a buried treasure? Let us know in the comments!
Subject: Processors, Mobile | September 2, 2018 - 11:45 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: SoC, octa-core, mobile, Mali-G76, Kirin, Huawei, HiSilicon, gpu, cpu, Cortex-A76, arm, 8-core
Huawei has introduced their subsidiary HiSilicon’s newest mobile processor in the Kirin 980, which, along with Huawei's claim of the world's first commercial 7nm SoC, is the first SoC to use Arm Cortex A76 CPU cores and Arm’s Mali G76 GPU.
Huawei is aiming squarely at Qualcomm with this announcement, claiming better performance than a Snapdragon 845 during the presentation. One of its primary differences to the current Snapdragon is the composition of the Kirin 980’s eight CPU cores, notable as the usual 'big.LITTLE' Arm CPU core configuration for an octa-core design gives way to a revised organization with three groups, as illustrated by AnandTech here:
Of the four Cortex A76 cores just two are clocked up to maximize performance with certain applications such as gaming (and, likely, benchmarks) at 2.60 GHz, and the other two are used more generally as more efficient performance cores at 1.92 GHz. The remaining four A55 cores operate at 1.80 GHz, and are used for lower-performance tasks. A full breakdown of the CPU core configuration as well as slides from the event are available at AnandTech.
Huawei claims that the improved CPU in the Kirin 980 results in "75 percent more powerful and 58 percent more efficient compared to their previous generation" (the Kirin 970). This claim translates into what Huawei claims to be 37% better performance and 32% greater efficiency than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845.
The GPU also gets a much-needed lift this year from Arm's latest GPU, the Mali-G76, which features "new, wider execution engines with double the number of lanes" and "provides dramatic uplifts in both performance and efficiency for complex graphics and Machine Learning (ML) workloads", according to Arm.
Real-world testing with shipping handsets is needed to verify Huawei's performance claims, of course. In fact, the results shown by Huawei at the presentation carry a this disclaimer, sourced from today’s press release:
"The specifications of Kirin 980 does not represent the specifications of the phone using this chip. All data and benchmark results are based on internal testing. Results may vary in different environments."
The upcoming Mate 20 from Huawei will be powered by this new Kirin 980 - and could very well provide results consistent with the full potential of the new chip - and that is set for an official launch on October 16.
The full press release is available after the break.
Subject: Editorial | September 1, 2018 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: tiki, intel gamer days, giveaway, falcon northwest, contest
Guys and gals, we have quite the event for you this September. PC Perspective is partnering with Falcon Northwest and Intel to support the Intel Gamer Days promotion, and with that, you get the chance to win a Tiki PC worth about $6,000.
|Falcon Northwest Tiki (configuration as reviewed)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8086K (Coffee Lake)|
|Motherboard||ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING|
|Cooler||Asetek 550LC 120mm AIO Water Cooler|
|Graphics||NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB|
|Memory||32GB (2x16B) G.SKILL RIPJAWS V DDR4-3000|
Intel SSD Optane 905P 1.5TB U.2
|Power Supply||Silverstone SFX-650W|
|Dimensions||4" Wide x 13.5" Deep x 13.25" Tall. (715 cubic inches)|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Price||$6,242 (as configured) - Falcon NW|
This is the exact same Tiki machine that we reviewed here at PC Perspective in July, and now it can find a home in YOUR home.
Entry information is below. A HUGE thank you goes to Falcon Northwest and Intel for supporting our readers and fans with this opportunity. Get in there and enter!
Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2018 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: P65, msi, coffee lake h
If you spend more time being productive on your laptop than gaming, but still want to be able to spend a few hours playing then check out MSI's new P65 laptop. It is available in both silver and white, with both featuring an IPS panel with 100% Adobe RGB support to ensure the colours you see while designing will match when printed out.
The laptop is build for use on the road, weight 4.14" and 0.69 inches thick with an 82Whr battery MSI states will last for up to nine hours of regular use. The limited White Edition comes with Thunderbolt 3 and a GTX 1070 while the Silver offers USB 3.1 Gen 1 and either a GTX 1060 or 1050Ti so make sure to take a look quickly if you are on an upgrade path.
Berlin, Germany – August 31, 2018 – MSI, a world leader in high performance computing hardware, today announces its new notebook designed specifically for content creators and professionals, the P65. The P65 is a powerful system with a stylish design featuring high-end specs, beautiful thin-bezel display and long-lasting battery life. MSI will have the P65 on display at IFA 2018 at Booth number 107.
The P65 provides everything a content creator or business professional needs to work quickly and efficiently. Creators are constantly on the move and need to have desktop-grade power in a form factor they can easily carry around. With a potent processor and dedicated graphics, the P65 gives users more than enough power to edit raw HD or 4K video, create motion graphics and fly through complicated spreadsheets on the go. The P65 also features a full suite of ports including an SD card reader, USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI, micro-DisplayPort and an ethernet jack. The P65 will be available this September.
The P65 was made to arm creators with the best creative tools. The 15-inch screen features MSI’s exclusive True Color 2.0 technology. Each panel is examined thoroughly and undergoes an extensive factory calibration process, so each color is displayed with absolute precision. This results in a near perfect color presentation, with close to 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color spectrum. The IPS-level, 4.9mm thin-bezel panel is ideal for those who need extreme color accuracy when editing photos or videos.
While the elegant new silver chassis separates the P65 from MSI’s traditional design, the high-performance specifications keep the P65 in close comparison with MSI’s top-of-the-line gaming offerings. The P65 features Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. These specifications allow for faster rendering times and better multitasking. The P65 has up to almost three times more graphical performance than leading competitor in this category. The P65 uses MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity, the same system found in its gaming laptops, to keep the notebook cool even during intense workloads.
“For a long time, MSI has just been recognized as a leader in PC gaming hardware,” said Sam Chern, MSI Assistant Vice President of Global Marketing. “With the P65, we’re investing deeply in professionals and content creators, bringing them high performance for all of their everyday tasks. We have taken the lessons we’ve learned from our years of experience in making gaming hardware and used it to create a beautiful, professional notebook that is more powerful than any laptop in its class.”
The P65 features top-of-the-line specifications while maintaining a slim, portable form factor. With its ultra-light aluminum chassis, the P65 weighs just 4.14 pounds and measures 0.69 inches thick. However, the slim design does not sacrifice battery life. The P65 has an 82Whr battery for up to nine hours of regular use. In addition to the productivity features, the P65 uses a Windows Hello Certified fingerprint sensor for a high-privacy business security solution and supports Microsoft’s Cortana voice-enabled digital assistant.
At launch, the P65 will be available in both silver and a gorgeous limited-edition white. The White Limited Edition shares many of the same specifications as the Silver Edition, but comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, Hi-Res Audio and Thunderbolt 3. At launch, the Silver Edition will be available with either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q or GTX 1050 Ti. The White Limited Edition also comes in a beautiful wooden box and includes an extended one-year warranty and protective laptop sleeve.
Subject: Displays | August 31, 2018 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Iiyama, Iiyam, G-Master G3266HS-B1, freesync, 32in, 1800R, 144hz, 1080p
The G-MASTER G3266HS-B1 from Iiyama may not appeal to young gamers but for those who's eyes have seen better days, a 32" 1080p display is a decent size, and it includes a peak 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync. The 1800R curve may not appeal to some, especially if they were planning to use this from a fair distance away but it is a feature many look for. Check out what Kitguru thought of this inexpensive, extra large sized, HD display in their full review.
"However, Iiyama offers a nice selection of gaming-oriented monitors that are a bit easier on the wallet, and we’re looking at the largest of these, the 32in G-MASTER G3266HS-B1. Will it turn out to be a bit of a banger or a Ferrari lite?"
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ Review: 4K 144Hz HDR Is Finally Here
- Acer ED273 27in @ Kitguru
- Asus RoG Swift PG27UQ - 4K G-SYNC 144Hz @ Guru of 3D
- One of the Best-Selling (No Brand) Gaming Monitors on Amazon @ TechSpot
- GeChic On-Lap 1102H Portable External Display @ Guru of 3D
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2018 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: jon peddie, gpu market share
The findings from Peddie Research for Q2 2018 are in and they show a bit of shrinkage, with the JPR reports, overall PC market decreasing 4.9%, and GPU shipments decreasing 1.5% when compared to Q2 2017. When you break it down into the three competitors you see AMD dropping 12.3%, NVIDIA shrinking 7% and Intel seeing an increase 3%. Intel's increase likely indicates lower cost systems which do not ship with a GPU but instead rely on Intel's HD graphics. This is evidenced by the finding that discrete GPUs were in a mere 32.83% of PCs sold, dropping over 6% and actual discrete GPU sales were down almost 28% from last quarter.
There is a silver lining to this cloud as these sharp drops could very well indicate the end of the mining craze which has been driving GPU sales and prices higher recently.
"The PC market is showing more stabilization, and now seems to have shaken off the gold rush fever of crypto-mining, overall volume slipped, albeit with bright spots for the market here and there."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2018
- Apple sees the (augmented) light, buys holo-glass tech startup @ The Register
- Microsoft Announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the Next Free Major Update To Its Desktop OS @ Slashdot
- Intel 14nm chip supply shortfall to affect PC shipments for 2H18 @ DigiTimes
- TiPhone 11: Apple 'Gather Round' event scheduled for 12 September at Cupertino HQ @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft Removes Device Install Limits For Office 365 Subscribers @ Slashdot
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Subject: Processors | August 31, 2018 - 10:36 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Threadripper, ryzen, 2nd generation threadripper, 2990wx, 2950x
Today, AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper 2950X has finally reached retail availability. As you might remember from the launch a few weeks ago, the 32-core Threadripper 2990WX has already been on store shelves, but the 2950X was set to arrive on August 31st.
For those that need a bit of a refresher on 2nd generation Threadripper, you check out our full review of both the 2950X and 2990WX. Ultimately, we found the Threadripper 2950X is a great CPU for people looking to bridge the gap between content creation and gaming, with near top-level performance in both areas.
The 12-core and 24-core variants of 2nd generation Threadripper processors are still set to be coming later in the year.