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Arm's New Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 Microarchitectures: An Efficiency and Performance Divergence

Ampere expected to release their server products soon. While the Arm server space is truly taking off as we speak, aiming to compete against AMD and Intel, Arm hasn't reached the pinnacle of the mobile market – at least, not yet. Arm’s mobile Cortex cores have lived in the shadow of Apple’s custom CPU microarchitectures over the past several years, as Apple has seemingly always managed to beat Cortex designs by significant amounts. While there’s certainly technic

26 May 2020 6:30 pm
Arm Announces The Mali-G78: Evolution to 24 Cores

Today as part of Arm’s 2020 TechDay announcements, alongside  the release of the brand-new Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 CPUs, Arm is also revealing its brand-new Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 GPU IPs. Last year, Arm had unveiled the new Mali-G77 which was the company’s newest GPU design based on a brand-new compute architecture called Valhall. The design promised major improvements for the company’s GPU IP, shedding some of the disadvantages of past iterations and adapting the archite

26 May 2020 6:30 pm
ViewSonic Announces Elite XG270QC Monitor: 1440p@165 Hz, Curved For Gaming

The latest monitor in Viewsonic's large and varied portfolio comes via the XG270QC, which is a part of its gaming-focused Elite series. Available in the US now, the 27 inch Viewsonic Elite XG270QC features a 1500R curved screen, with a refresh rate of 165 Hz, and is certified for VESA DisplayHDR 400.  Designed with gaming in mind, the Viewsonic Elite XG270QC comes with many of the features you'd expect for a contemporary gaming displaying. including a 27-inch, 2560x14

22 May 2020 11:30 pm
NVIDIA Reports Q1 FY2021 Earnings: Let The Good Times Roll

This week NVIDIA announced their earnings for the first quarter of their 2021 fiscal year. The current fiscal year is an especially important one for NVIDIA on both a business level and a product level, as the company is enjoying closing the Mellanox deal, all the while opening up shipments of their new datacenter-class A100 accelerators. Especially coming off of last year’s crypto-hangover, NVIDIA has started their new fiscal year with the good times rolling on. NVIDIA Q1 FY2021 Financial

22 May 2020 9:30 pm
Gaming AIs: NVIDIA Teaches A Neural Network to Recreate Pac-Man

Following last week’s virtual GTC keynote and the announcement of their Ampere architecture, this week NVIDIA has been holding the back-half of their conference schedule. As with the real event, the company has been posting numerous sessions on everything NVIDIA, from Ampere to CUDA to remote desktop. But perhaps the most interesting talk – and certainly the most amusing – is coming from NVIDIA’s research group. Tasked with developing future technologies and finding new u

22 May 2020 8:00 pm
Avantek's Arm Workstation: Ampere eMAG 8180 32-core Arm64 Review

Arm desktop systems are quite a rarity. In fact, it’s quite an issue for the general Arm software ecosystem in terms of having appropriate hardware for developers to actually start working in earnest on more optimised Arm software. new powerful cloud instances such as Amazon’s Graviton2  certainly offer the flexibility and performance you’d need to get things rolling. However, if you actually wanted a private local and physical system, you’d mostly be relegated to sm

22 May 2020 5:30 pm
AMD's B550 Motherboards Start Appearing Online

Today is the next stage of the AMD AM4 B550 motherboard rollout: numerous vendors have started listing its models in place of an expected launch on June 16th. One big feature of B550 that B450 didn't have in the specifications was PCIe 4.0 support, and so this will be a big uplift with the new motherboards. Vendors today are unveiling the more price conscious models when directly compared to the premium X570 models. Zen 3 and Ryzen 4000 processors will now be supported on B450 and X470

21 May 2020 10:30 pm
Hot Chips 32 (2020) Schedule Announced: Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, Jim Keller Keynote

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – the best industry conference I go to every year is Hot Chips. The event has grown over the years, to around 1700 people in 2019 if I remember correctly, but it involves two days of presentations about the latest hardware that has hit the market. This includes new and upcoming parts that change the industry we work in, including deep dives into some of the most important silicon at play in the market today. There are also exte

21 May 2020 5:30 pm
Intel Acquires Rivet Networks: Killer Networking is all in for Team Blue

News hot off the wire is that Rivet Networks, the company behind the Killer range of accelerated networking products and analysis tools, is being acquired by Intel. The two companies have been working very closely of late, using a unified silicon strategy for the latest gigabit Ethernet networking silicon and also Wi-Fi 6 add-in cards and CNVi CRF modules for laptops. This new acquisition for Intel will enable an element of Ethernet traffic monitoring and optimization the portfolio has not had b

21 May 2020 1:30 am
The Intel Comet Lake Core i9-10900K, i7-10700K, i5-10600K CPU Review: Skylake We Go Again

The first thing that comes to mind with Intel’s newest line of 10 th Generation desktop processors is one of ‘14nm Skylake, again?’. It is hard not to ignore the elephant in the room – these new processors are minor iterative updates on Intel’s 2015 processor line, moving up from four cores to ten cores and some extra frequency, some extra security measures, a modestly updated iGPU, but by and large it is still the same architecture. At a time when Intel has some st

20 May 2020 6:30 pm
AMD to Support Zen 3 and Ryzen 4000 CPUs on B450 and X470 Motherboards

In a surprising twist, AMD has today announced that it intends to enable Ryzen 4000 and Zen 3 support on its older B450 and X470 Motherboards. This is going to be a ‘promise now, figure out the details later’ arrangement, but this should enable most (if not all) users running 400 series AMD motherboards to upgrade to the Zen 3 processors set to be unveiled later this year.

19 May 2020 7:30 pm
Samsung Announces New 50MP Dual-Pixel and Quad-Bayer ISOCELL Sensor

Samsung today has announced a brand-new flagship sensor in the form of the ISOCELL GN1. The new sensor is seemingly a follow-up to the 108MP ISOCELL HMX and HM1 sensors that we’ve seen employed by Xiaomi devices and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The big changes in the new GN1 is that it uses are different optical formula to the existing larger megapixel sensors. It’s only a bit less than half the resolution at a maximum of 50 megapixels, however the per-pixel pitch grows from 0.8µm to

19 May 2020 4:00 pm
Huawei Matebook X Pro and Matebook 13 2020 Models Available For Pre-Order

we published an announcement that Huawei was planning on refreshing its Matebook X Pro for 2020 . Following on from this, Huawei has announced that it is taking pre-orders on its new Matebook X Pro 2020 models, with both laptops featuring Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake mobile processors. Available with either an Intel Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U processor, the Matebook X Pro features an LTPS 13.9-inch display with touchscreen capabilities. Further to this, Huawei

18 May 2020 8:00 pm
Sponsored Post: MSIs Z490 Motherboard Guide

Z490 motherboards to accompany the new CPUs. Among these, there are some important improvements over previous Z390 motherboards. These include greater capacity CPU power delivery systems, higher memory frequency support, and high-speed connectivity including 10GbE/2.5GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6 and I/O like Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps).

18 May 2020 7:00 pm
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Why Is This Amazon's Best Selling CPU?

Every so often there comes a processor that captures the market. It ends up being that right combination of price, cores, frequency, performance, features and compatibility when added to the right sort of motherboard that makes it fly off the shelves. The main CPU this cycle seems to be the Ryzen 5 3600, offering six high-performance Zen 2 cores and 24 lanes of PCIe 4.0 for only $189. It currently sits at #1 on the Amazon best seller list, so we put one through the paces just to see if the 

18 May 2020 6:30 pm
MediaTek Announces Dimensity 820 Mid-Range SoC With More Performance

only been announced earlier this year at CES . The newer Dimensity 820 greatly improves the CPU performance of the chip, adds in an extra GPU core, and improves the ISP’s imaging capabilities with newer high-resolution sensors. MediaTek SoCs SoC Dimensity 1000(+) Dimensity 820 Dimensity 800 CPU 4x Cortex A77 @ 2.6GHz 4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz 4x Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz 4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz 4x Cortex A76 @ 2.0GHz 4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz GPU Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz Mali-G57 MP5 @ ? MHz Mali-G57MP4 @ ?

18 May 2020 4:00 pm
TSMC To Build 5nm Fab In Arizona, Set To Come Online In 2024

In a big shift to their manufacturing operations – and a big political win domestically – TSMC has announced that the company will be building a new, high-end fab in Arizona. The facility, set to come online in 2024, will utilize TSMC’s soon-to-be-deployed 5nm process, with the ability to handle 20,000 wafers a month. And with a final price tag on the facility expected to be $12 billion, this would make it one of the most expensive fabs ever built in the United States. GlobalFo

15 May 2020 7:30 pm
Honor Magicbook 14 Notebook Review: Where Style Paints a Picasso

There are three major selling factors when it comes to laptops: Specifications, Price, and Style. It is exceedingly rare to have a laptop hit all three, and if often takes a flagship device to score high marks on all three. The first two, specifications and price, often go hand in hand, but one aspect that often gets overlooked in the mid-range is the element of Style. The Honor Magicbook 14 notebook, which is the subject of this review, scores remarkably high marks for style. Honor, and its par

15 May 2020 6:30 pm
New Q470E and H420E Embedded Motherboards From ASRock

Off the back of Intel's announcement of its 10th generation Comet Lake vPro processors for the 400-series chipset, ASRock Industrial has announced some details about its incoming product stack. Aimed more towards the workstation and server market, it plans to release models on Intel's Q470E, H420E, and W480 chipsets. The stack includes a variety of different models with mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and ATX form factors all catered to. ASRock Industrial's 400-series mini-ITX models, whic

14 May 2020 9:30 pm
ASRock Rack Announces W480D4U, Micro-ATX for Intel Xeon W-1200

With Intel recently announcing its Xeon-W1200 series product stack for W480, ASRock's server arm, ASRock Rack, has lifted the lid on one its micro-ATX model based on the W480. The ASRock Rack W480D4U has support for ECC DDR4 UDIMMs, with two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and eight SATA ports, and is also one of the first W480 boards to be announced. This is the first in an expected range of W480 chipset models While the full specifications list hasn't been unveiled yet, ASRock Ra

14 May 2020 8:30 pm
NVIDIA Ampere Unleashed: NVIDIA Announces New GPU Architecture, A100 GPU, and Accelerator

While NVIDIA’s usual presentation efforts for the year were dashed by the current coronavirus outbreak, the company’s march towards developing and releasing newer products has continued unabated. To that end, at today’s now digital GPU Technology Conference 2020 keynote, the company and its CEO Jensen Huang are taking to the virtual stage to announce NVIDIA’s next-generation GPU architecture, Ampere, and the first products that will be using it.

14 May 2020 6:30 pm
Nvidia Announces New Drive Platforms With Orin and Ampere

roadmaps for over 2 years now , and last December we got the first new details of the new automotive oriented silicon chip, revealing characteristics such as it containing 12 core cores of Arm’s newest “Hercules” microarchitecture (A77 successor). Orin is meant to be the heart of Nvidia’s upcoming DRIVE automotive platforms, and today the company is ready to reveal a few more important details such as the scalability of the SoC and the different DRIVE solutions. NVIDIA AR

14 May 2020 3:31 pm
Nvidia Announces Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit for $399

Today Nvidia is expanding its offerings of single-board computers in the Jetson family of developer kits, introducing the new Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit. announced the module last November with availability starting end of April. Alongside the module itself, which can also be purchased in bulk by industrial customers wanting to deploy the platform more widely, Nvidia today is releasing the corresponding SBC-formfactor motherboard. The motherboard looks night identical to the Jetson Nano Deve

14 May 2020 3:30 pm
Intel Announces Xeon W-1200 Series: Comet Lake for Workstations, W480

Aside from Comet Lake vPro being announced today, Intel is also lifting the lid on a new series of processors: W-1200. This line of parts are analogous to Intel’s 10 th Gen Comet Lake consumer hardware, but with support for dual channel ECC DDR4-2933 memory, up to 128 GB. These new parts will not work in the Z490 motherboards just released onto the market, they will require new W480 motherboards – we know that most of the motherboard vendors are planning to support the platform. Thes

14 May 2020 12:32 am
Intel Announces 10th Gen Comet Lake vPro: All 400-Series Chipsets Supported

With every launch of desktop processors, Intel typically follows it up with a series of vPro enabled parts in order for the company to provide solutions through its partners to business customers that require extra levels of manageability and security. This is all part of Intel’s SIPP (Stable IT Platform Program), with security features such as Intel Hardware Shield, and manageability though Intel Endpoint Management Assistant. The new hardware will offer up to 10 cores on desktop and 8 co

14 May 2020 12:31 am
AMD Reveals Radeon Pro VII: A Workstation Card For When You Need It All

This morning AMD is taking the wraps off of a new high-end video card aimed at the workstation market, the Radeon Pro VII. True to its namesake, this is a professional version of the Radeon VII, which was first launched last year, incorporating AMD’s Vega 20 GPU and its full suite of pro-grade features. Taking the place at the top of AMD’s Radeon Pro stack of video cards, the Radeon Pro VII is aimed at AMD’s biggest workload customers in the CAD/CAM, media, and HPC workstation

13 May 2020 7:45 pm
Dell Revamps XPS 15 And Brings Back XPS 17

The XPS lineup from Dell has been a resounding success and was the first laptop to feature the ultra-thin bezels that have defined the modern laptop. For 2020, Dell is refreshing the XPS 15 with an all-new design and bringing back the XPS 17 after almost ten years. Both look to set the bar that other manufacturers will try to attain. And thanks to the thin display bezels, both laptops are much smaller than their names would imply. Dell XPS Models Model XPS 15 XPS 17 CPU Intel Core i5-10300H 4C/8

13 May 2020 7:31 pm
Dell Gaming Updates: Alienware Goes Super And Dell Adds Ryzen

NVIDIA’s new Super RTX GPUs . For those looking for AMD powered systems, Dell is also officially announcing the G5 15 SE with AMD Ryzen 4000 and Radeon RX 5600M graphics. Alienware 2020 Update Model Area-51m R2 m15 R3 M17 R3 CPU Intel Core i7-10700 octa-core 4.8 GHz Intel Core i7-10700K octa-core 5.1 GHz Intel Core i9-10900 deca-core 5.2 GHz Intel Core i9-10900K deca-core 5.3 GHz Intel Core i5-10300H Quad-Core 4.5 GHz Intel Core i7-10750H Hex-Core 5.1 GHz Intel Core i9-10980HK Octa-Core 5.

13 May 2020 7:30 pm
The Supermicro H11DSi Motherboard Mini-Review: The Sole Dual EPYC Solution

Users looking to build their own dual EPYC workstation or system, using completely off-the-shelf components, do not have a lot of options. Users can buy most of the CPUs at retail or at OEM, as well as memory, a chassis, power supplies, coolers, add-in cards. But the one item where there isn’t a lot of competition for these sorts of builds is in the motherboard. Unless you go down the route of buying a server on rails with a motherboard already fitted, there are very limited dual EPYC moth

13 May 2020 5:30 pm
NVIDIA Teases Next-Gen GPUs, DGX Hardware Ahead of GTC 2020 Keynote

Among the many events delayed or canceled due to the current coronavirus pandemic is NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference. After a false start, the spring event was rescheduled as an all-digital affair, centered around CEO Jensen Huang’s annual keynote. And with that keynote set to be broadcast on Thursday morning, the company has posted a short video teasing some of the new hardware we’re presumably going to see in the keynote. In the video, titled “What’s Jen

12 May 2020 11:30 pm
Intel Initiates EOL for the VCA2: Three Xeons on a PCIe Card

One of Intel’s more interesting products over the recent years was its range of Visual Compute Accelerator cards, designed to help cloud streaming and encoding/decoding of HD and UHD video. These cards were built on the QuickSync principle, using Intel’s integrated graphics to accelerate the process, but also using special Xeons with added eDRAM (known as Crystalwell) to help accelerate the process. These cards fit into a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and used a switch to control them, as well

12 May 2020 8:30 pm
Amazon Makes Graviton2 AWS Instances Available

first official announcement back in December, as well as the preview period that has been going on for several months now, Amazon has today publicly launched new m6g instanced based on their new in-house Arm platform. Graviton2 in our analysis article  back in March, and the Amazon silicon and Arm's Neoverse-N1 cores certainly delivered on its promises, showcasing competitive performance both in single-threaded as well as multi-threaded scenarios. Most importantly, on AWS, the m6g insta

12 May 2020 7:30 pm
POCO Announces New POCO F2 Pro - An Affordable Flagship

Today we’re seeing the return of the flagship killer – although this isn’t OnePlus we’re talking about, but rather then new POCO F2 Pro. It’s the successor to the wildly popular Pocophone F1 – one of Xiaomi’s sub-brands. The new F2 Pro features the new flagship Snapdragon 865, a new IMX686 64MP main camera sensor, 6.67” AMOLED screen and a massive 4700mAh battery, all topped up with a 3.5mm headphone jack. What’s also unusual about the phone

12 May 2020 6:35 pm
The 1STPlayer Steampunk 80+ Gold 750W PSU Review: A New Challenger Emerges

Today we are taking a look at a fresh face in the PSU market, 1STPlayer and their Steampunk PSU series. The Steampunk 80+ Gold 750W that we are reviewing today looks similar to many PSUs in the market, with the exception that it comes from an OEM that we have never encountered before, injecting some new and exciting competition into a market normally dominated by a handful of manufacturers.

12 May 2020 6:00 pm
Powercolor goes ITX with RX 5600 XT for $299

marketing presentations at trade shows . It still requires having access to a good number of components in that form factor, which includes smaller and smaller graphics cards. Graphics cards built to work with the ITX form factor is part of that, going for a 17nm design that fits into any mini-ITX build (or with a riser cable, only just above the CPU slot), and Powercolor is launching its new RX 5600 XT option. tail at $299 from today, is 175mm in length and offers three video outputs: one HDMI

12 May 2020 5:30 pm
MSI Unveils MEG Z490 Unify Series: Unassuming Style

With the release of Intel's 10th generation desktop processors (Comet Lake-S) looming ever closer, MSI has announced a pair of new Z490 models, the MSI MEG Z490 Unify and MSI MEG Z490I Unify. With a clear focus on design, the MEG Z490 Unify and Z490I Unify both carry an all-black aesthetic with no integrated RGB LEDs with some exciting features. Starting with the MSI MEG Z490 Unify, it follows the ATX form factor and has a wave of features. This includes a solid-looking 16-phase power delive

11 May 2020 6:30 pm
Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 768G: Higher-bin 765 up to 2.8GHz

Today alongside with the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, Qualcomm is announcing the new Snapdragon 768G SoC which powers the device. The new SoC is a direct follow-up to the Snapdragon 765G announced last December, and the two chips are very likely the same silicon design, with the new variant increasing the clock frequencies. Qualcomm Snapdragon Premium SoCs 2019-2020 SoC Snapdragon 768G Snapdragon 765 Snapdragon 765G Snapdragon 730 CPU 1x Cortex A76 @ 2.8GHz 1x Cortex-A76 @&n

11 May 2020 12:30 pm