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Intel Brand Tie-ins: New Avengers Packaging Gives You a New Box To Play With

When buying a new processor, whats the first thing to look for? Price? Performance? Frames per Second? The Box? Intels new brand tie-in with Marvels Avengers now seems official, according to the @IntelGraphics twitter handle. With the new special edition processors, users can look forward to a brightly painted box. Yes, thats pretty much it. Oooh, shiny shiny. Leaks have suggested that these new boxed processors will carry new versions of Intels overclockable Comet Lake processors, such as the C

15 Aug 2020 3:45 am
Intel Next-Gen 10-micron Stacking: Going 3D Beyond Foveros

One of the issues facing next-generation 3D stacking of chips is how to increase the density of the die-to-die interface. More connections means better data throughput, reducing latency and increasing bandwidth between two active areas of silicon that might be manufactured at different process nodes. Theres also a consideration for power and thermal hotspots as well. Intel has been developing its own physical interconnect topologies, most of which weve covered in detail before, such as the Embed

15 Aug 2020 12:00 am
Intel Alder Lake: Confirmed x86 Hybrid with Golden Cove and Gracemont for 2021

Following leaks is often a game of cat and mouse what is actually legitimate and what might not be. Traditionally AnandTech shies away from leaks for that very reason, and we prefer to have multiple sources that are saying the same thing, rather than addressing every potential rumor on the blogosphere. Nonetheless, hints towards a new product from Intel, Alder Lake, have been cropping up over the past few months, including getting a small mention in Intels Q2 2020 earnings . The leaks have sugg

14 Aug 2020 10:35 pm
Micron Spills on GDDR6X: PAM4 Signaling For Higher Rates, Coming to NVIDIAs RTX 3090

It would seem that Micron this morning has accidentally spilled the beans on the future of graphics card memory technologies and outed one of NVIDIAs next-generation RTX video cards in the process. In a technical brief that was posted to their website, dubbed The Demand for Ultra-Bandwidth Solutions, Micron detailed their portfolio of high-bandwidth memory technologies and the market needs for them. Included in this brief was information on the previously-unannounced GDDR6X memory technology, a

14 Aug 2020 8:45 pm
MMD and Phillips Launch the 279C9 27 Montior: FreeSync 4K IPS & USB Type-C

This week MMD and Phillips have unveiled its latest display in their ever-growing product range, the Phillips 279C9. A 27-inch monitor aimed squarely at content creators and professionals, the 279C9 is based around a 3840 x 2160 60 Hz IPS display and includes features such as a five-port USB hub (including a USB Type-C port), as well as DisplayHDR 400 certification. Digging into the monitor's specifications, as is typical with most content-focused monitors in this range, Phillips' 279C9

14 Aug 2020 6:30 pm
Samsung Announces X-Cube 3D TSV SRAM-Logic Die Stacking Technology

Yesterday, Samsung Electronics had announced a new 3D IC packaging technology called eXtended-Cube, or X-Cube, allowing chip-stacking of SRAM dies on top of a base logic die through TSVs. Current TSV deployments in the industry mostly come in the form of stacking memory dies on top of a memory controller die in high-bandwidth-memory (HBM) modules that are then integrated with more complex packaging technologies, such as silicon interposers, which we see in todays high-end GPUs and FPGAs, or thro

14 Aug 2020 4:30 pm
Intel Xe-HPC GPU Status Update: 4 Process Nodes Make 1 Chip

Continuing todays GPU news from Intels Architecture Day presentation, on top of the Xe-LP architecture briefing and Xe-HPG reveal, the company has also offered a brief roadmap update for their flagship sever-level part, Xe-HPC. Better known by its codename of Ponte Vecchio , much to do has been made about Xe-HPC. The most complex of the Xe parts planned, it is also the cornerstone of the Intel-powered Aurora supercomputer . Xe-HPC is pulling out all of the stops for performance, and to get there

13 Aug 2020 9:30 pm
Intels Xe-HPG GPU Unveiled: Built for Enthusiast Gamers, Built at a Third-Party Fab

Among the many announcements in todays Intel Architecture Day, Intel is also offering a major update to their GPU roadmap over the next 24 months. The Xe family, already jam-packed with Xe-LP, Xe-HP, and Xe-HPC parts, is now getting a fourth planned variant: Xe-HPG. Aimed directly at the enthusiast gamer market, this latest Xe variant will be Intels most gaming-focused part yet, and the biggest step yet in Intels plans to be more diversified in its foundry sources. So what is Xe-HPG? At a high l

13 Aug 2020 7:10 pm
Intel Previews 4-Layer 3D XPoint Memory For Second-Generation Optane SSDs

As part of Intel's Architecture Day 2020 presentations, Raja Koduri spent a bit of time talking about the status of their Optane products. Most of it was a recapitulation of details Intel has previously shared. The two important Optane product updates planned for this year are the Barlow Pass second-generation Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (DCPMM) and the Alder Stream second-generation Optane NVMe SSDs. Intel has been teasing their Alder Stream second-generation Optane SSDs since last

13 Aug 2020 6:40 pm
Intels 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake SoC Detailed: SuperFin, Willow Cove and Xe-LP

At the start of the year, Intel foolishly handed me a wafer of its next generation Tiger Lake processors, as the moment it came into my hands I attempted to make a very quick exit. In my time with the wafer, we learned that this new 10nm laptop-focused processor had four cores, used Intels next generation X e graphics architecture, and would set the stage at the end of the year as the cornerstone of Intels mobile processor offerings. As part of Intels Architecture Day 2020 a couple of days ago,

13 Aug 2020 6:31 pm
The Intel Xe-LP GPU Architecture Deep Dive: Building Up The Next Generation

As part of todays Intel Architecture Day, Intel is devoting a good bit of its time to talking about the companys GPU architecture plans. Though not a shy spot for Intel, per-se, the company is still best known for its CPU cores, and the amount of marketing attention theyve put into the graphics side of their business has always been a bit weaker as a result. But, like so many other things at Intel, times are changing not only is Intel devoting ever more die real estate to GPUs, but over the nex

13 Aug 2020 6:30 pm
Microsoft Opens Pre-Orders for Surface Duo - US Only

Late last year in October, Microsoft had announced the Surface Duo, the companys first ever Android device and first-party smartphone (if you can call it that) release in years. What makes the Surface Duo special is its symmetric dual-screen nature and 360 hinge mechanism that allows the device to fold itself shut like a book to fully opening itself up with two opposing displays. Today Microsoft is finally making the Surface Duo available for pre-order although availability will be limited to

12 Aug 2020 8:00 pm
Best CPUs for Workstations: August 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews. Our Best CPUs for Workstations guide mostly covers workstation processors available to consumers, although some server products cover both segments. As we have moved through 2020, there comes a time when the high-end desktop market slows down a bit and everyone can sit on some new hardware for a while, knowing that they

12 Aug 2020 5:30 pm
Samsung Display Announces First VRR Mobile Display - Inside Note20 Ultra

By now weve become quite familiar with high refresh-rate displays in the mobile space, as the first pioneering 90Hz devices last year have now evolved into even faster refreshing 120Hz smartphones becoming the standard. Although all these devices provide augmented user experiences by providing extra smooth scrolling and gaming experiences, they all come with notable compromises when it comes to power efficiency and battery life. Today, Samsung Display is announcing that they are for the first ti

12 Aug 2020 4:30 am
US Appeals Court Reverses Antitrust Ruling in FTC vs Qualcomm

Its been over three years since the United States FTC had charged Qualcomm with antitrust violations over cellular modem patents and business practices. That suit ultimately received a ruling in May of 2019 against Qualcomm, resulting in an injunction for Qualcomm to renegotiate its licensing agreements with its customers. Qualcomm had subsequently appealed the ruling, putting the order on hold, and today, a bit over a year later, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has finally issued an opinion,

12 Aug 2020 3:30 am
NUVIA Phoenix Targets +40-50% ST Performance Over Zen 2 for Only 33% the Power

In November 2019, the company NUVIA broke out of stealth mode. Founded by former senior Apple and Google processor architects, John Bruno, Manu Gulati and Gerard Williams III, the company came crashing out of the gate with quite considerable goals to revamp the server market with an SoC that would provide A step-function increase in compute performance and power efficiency . Today NUVIA is putting more data behind those goals.

11 Aug 2020 10:30 pm
The NZXT C650 650W PSU Review: Designed To Last

Today we are taking a look at NZXTs latest PSU, the 650 Watt C-series C650. Aimed at advanced PC users and enthusiasts alike, its basic specs initially seem unimpressive; however digging down reveals a very solid and efficient 80 Plus Gold PSU design underneath. Coupled with 10-year warranty, and the C650 has all the makings of a PSU that's designed to last.

11 Aug 2020 5:30 pm
NVIDIA Teases GeForce Ultimate Countdown For August 31st: Ampere Inbound?

NVIDIA this morning has posted a short teaser to its GeForce brand Twitter feed, announcing what they are calling the ultimate countdown. The pinned Tweet contains a short, abstract video, along with the ultimate countdown hashtag. ... #UltimateCountdown pic.twitter.com/f23HcbHUk6 NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) August 10, 2020 Meanwhile and more relevant, the company also updated the banner used in their Twitter profile to reflect their latest marketing campaign, with the additional text of 21

11 Aug 2020 1:00 am
OPPO's Reno3 5G vs Reno3 Pro vs Reno3 Pro 5G: Why Don't We See More MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Phones?

Today, well be taking a closer look at one of MediaTeks Dimensity 1000 powered phones, the OPPO Reno3 5G. The Reno3 series has been quite the oddball device line-up this year, as the company has been selectively releasing quite different variants at a rapid pace in different markets all with different SoCs and slightly differing device specs. We have three of these units at hand, and are going to be taking a closer look at the performance differences of the SoCs.

10 Aug 2020 7:30 pm
How to Save $6000 on a 28-core Flagship Intel Xeon: Platinum 8280 vs Gold 6258R

In February 2020, Intel launched eighteen new Xeon Scalable second generation processors. These mid-cycle additions to Intels product portfolio were designed to bolder up Intels server offerings on a very popular and very successful platform, adding in extra cores, extra frequency, or more cache than the previous offerings at roughly the same price. The goal of these performance-oriented processors was to address customer requests in offering a more palatable performance-per-dollar offering. One

7 Aug 2020 5:30 pm
Intel Suffers Apparent Data Breach, 20GB of IP and Documents Leaked on to Internet

Intel today became the apparent victim of a massive internal data breach, as roughly 20 GB of various Intel documents and tools have begun showing up in a data cache uploaded to the wider internet. With materials seemingly spanning over a decade, the breach reportedly includes everything from Intel presentation templates to BIOS code and debugging tools, and would represent one of the biggest intellectual property leaks from a chipmaker in years. Released by Till Kottmann, a Swiss software engin

7 Aug 2020 6:15 am
The Next Step in SSD Evolution: NVMe Zoned Namespaces Explained

In June we saw an update to the NVMe standard. The update defines a software interface to assist in actually reading and writing to the drives in a way to which SSDs and NAND flash actually works.

6 Aug 2020 9:30 pm
GIGABYTE Updates 4-GPU 2U G242 Server with Rome and PCIe4 for Ampere

As we wait for the big server juggernaut to support PCIe 4.0, a number of OEMs are busy creating AMD EPYC versions to fill that demand for high-speed connectivity. To date there have been two main drivers for PCIe 4.0: high-bandwidth flash storage servers, and high performance CPU-to-GPU acceleration, as seen with the DGX A100. As the new Ampere GPUs roll out in PCIe form, OEMs are set to update their portfolio with new PCIe 4.0-enabled GPU compute servers, including GIGABYTE, with the new G242-

6 Aug 2020 7:30 pm
MediaTek Announces T700 5G Modem Powering Intel PCs Successfully Certified

Last year, Intel and MediaTek had announced a partnership with the goal of developing a 5G modem that would be used in future next-generation PC platforms. The move followed Intel's sale of their own cellular modem divison to Apple for $1B . Today, MediaTek and Intel are announcing the name of the modem, the MediaTek T700 modem, and that the product has passed important milestones in development, having finished the hardware design phase and having been sucessfully certified and tested in re

6 Aug 2020 4:30 pm
Intel Schedules Tiger Lake Architecture Presentation For August 13th, Launch on September 2nd

Over the next month or so Intel is scheduled to launch its next-generation Tiger Lake family of processors. Detailed in bits and pieces over the past several months, Tiger Lake will be Intels third 10nm-based CPU family and will incorporate the companys Willow Cove CPU architecture as well as the first integrated GPU based on their new Xe GPU architecture. With that launch quickly approaching, Intels investor site has posted notice that the company will be holding two Tiger Lake-related events o

6 Aug 2020 2:45 am
Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+: S865+ & 120Hz Tablets

Today alongside the Note20 series smartphones, Samsung is also releasing a pair of new high-end tablets in the form of the new Tab S7 and Tab S7+. Its been a long time since weve seen some good Android tablets as the market is seemingly small and struggling versus the more common-place Appls iPads but todays S7 series is really raising the bar in terms of hardware capabilities, bringing some significant updates to the table for what probably are the best Android tablets on the market right now.

5 Aug 2020 11:30 pm
Samsung Announces Galaxy Z Fold 2: Second-Generation Foldable

Alongside the new Note20 series smartphones , Samsung is today pre-announcing the brand-new Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to last years quite controversial Galaxy Fold smartphone, a device which had been marred by manufacturing defects and delays . Todays coverage of the Z Fold 2 isnt an actual launch, but rather a pre-announcement ahead of the devices proper debut in September. Todays coverage mainly divulges the new phones design, with Samsung talking about how they have improved the folding

5 Aug 2020 10:15 pm
AZZA Announces Pyramid Mini 806, Unique Pyramid Design Goes Mini-ITX

Back at Computex, we stumbled across a uniquely-styledpolyhedron-shaped chassis by AZZA, the Pyramid 804 . To cater to small form factor aficionados, AZZA has announced its intention to release a mini-ITX version of its Pyramid 804, the smaller Pyramid Mini 806. We've seen a lot of striking and unique case designs over the last couple of years, some conceptual at trade shows and some beyond that point and in the retail channels. During 2019, AZZA brought to life its Pyramid 804 chassis which

5 Aug 2020 9:30 pm
Samsung Announces Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra: Better S-Pen, New Finishes

Today Samsung is announcing the much-awaited new Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra via its Unpacked August 2020 live stream event. Much like in 2019, Samsung is continuing to offer two variants of the Note series flagship devices, only that this time around the bigger and more feature-rich variants adopts the Ultra denomination, with no + variant this year. Unlike the Note10 series, this also means that the new Note20 series are also more significantly differing in their specifications, as S

5 Aug 2020 9:00 pm
The Z490 Mini-ITX Showdown: GIGABYTE's Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI's MEG Z490I Unify Reviewed

The mini-ITX form factor is as popular as ever, with a handful of options already available for Intel's new LGA1200 socket. Over the years motherboard vendors have been perfecting their small form factor models designed to offer all of the performance of the larger-sized models, but with a smaller desktop footprint. Of these, two of the most desirable models based on features and pricing from all the mini-ITX models on the Z490 chipset are the GIGABYTE Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI MEG Z490I Uni

4 Aug 2020 8:00 pm
AMD Zen now at 6W TDP: Dual Core for Education

At the low-end of AMDs portfolio, the company uses Athlon Gold and Silver naming for parts that offer fewer cores and lower power consumption. These parts are still based on Zen or Zen+ microarchitecture, paired with a small amount of Vega graphics, indicating that this market is best served with something that is at a low-cost to manufacture but still ofsufficient performance for the markets intended. Sitting below those Athlons, two new APUs have popped up in some new Lenovo education-focused

4 Aug 2020 7:35 pm
Microchip Announces Flashtec NVMe 3108 Enterprise SSD Controller

Microchip is announcing their first PCIe 4.0-capable SSD controller for low-power and entry-level enterprise SSDs. The new Flashtec NVMe 3108 is the smaller 8-channel derivative of the 16-channel Flashtec 3016, first announced two years ago . The 3016 has since moved from sampling to mass production, and as a derivative based on the same architecture, the new 3108 is expected to make that same transition much more quickly: sampling now, and production sometime in the first half of next year. The

4 Aug 2020 5:30 pm
Netgear Launches WAX610 AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point for SMBs

Wi-Fi 6 deployment in the consumer market has achieved critical mass, with almost all modern smartphones and notebooks equipped with support for 802.11ax technology. As expected, we are starting to see the small-business and enterprise access points (APs) moving to support this technology. While vendors such as Aruba Networks, Ruckus Wireless, and others already have Wi-Fi 6 SMB / SME-focused Wi-Fi 6 APs in the market, Netgear is launching their first set of Wi-Fi 6 products targeting this segme

4 Aug 2020 4:30 pm
Ampere Altra 1P Server Pictured: GIGABYTEs 2U with 80 Arm N1 Cores, PCIe 4.0 and CCIX

With the news of Apple moving to Arm SoCs replacing Intel in a few key products, and the success of the new Graviton2 SoC in Amazons Web Services, the news-o-sphere is awash with excitement about a new era of Arm-based computing. One of the companies looking to deploy Arm into the cloud is Ampere, with its new Altra and Altra Max compute processors.

4 Aug 2020 2:30 am
GIGABYTE's New Z490 Aorus Master WaterForce Combo with Bundled 360mm AIO

Up until now, GIGABYTE has reserved themonoblock clad WaterForce series for its flagship Aorus Xtreme models. In an interesting move to further enhance the performance of the Intel Core i9-10900K processor and dominate themid-range space, GIGABYTE has announced the new Z490 Aorus Master WaterForce bundle. GIGABYTE claims it to be theworld's first motherboard to be bundled with a 360 mm AIO CPU cooler with monoblock which covers both the board's CPU socket and VRM area. The GIGABYTE Z490

4 Aug 2020 1:30 am
ASUS PN50 Mini-PC, with Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs, Coming September

AMD launched its Ryzen Mobile 4000 Renoir processors in January, and one of our questions was around the appetite for AMD to push mini-PC designs. Processors that have both high performance and low power are ideal for small form factors, and there has always been a dedicated community to this hardware segment. As weve seen in previous launches, sometimes these sorts of machines come before laptops, or very quickly after. At the time, AMD said that the focus was on the laptops, however there woul

3 Aug 2020 11:30 pm
Google Teases Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 Later This Year

Alongside the launch of the Pixel 4a today, Google has made a mention that itll be launching the Pixel 4a (5G) later this year at a price point of $499. We dont have any further details on this variant of the Pixel 4a, however if the only feature upgrade on the phone is a 5G compatible SoC and cellular connectivity, it would mean quite a steep price increase. To achieve 5G connectivity, Google has two options in the mid-range: The Snapdragon 690 and the Snapdragon 765. Both would be good upgrade

3 Aug 2020 9:35 pm
Google Announces Pixel 4a - A $349 Value

Today Google is announcing its 2020 successor to its budget/mid-range line of phones in the form of the new Pixel 4a. Awaited since several months now, but seemingly delayed into August, the new Pixel 4a brings to the table a few key upgrades whilst offering a Google software experience at a $349 price point. Last years Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were seemingly well received devices, with Googles strategy being mostly focused on offering a Google Experience software stack thats only found on Pixel

3 Aug 2020 9:00 pm
Xeon Platinum 9200 at Scale: Penguin Computings new 7616 Cores-Per-Rack Solution

Some aspects of computing rely on density, and need to pack as many compute processing elements in the smallest space possible. Intels Xeon Platinum 9200 range was created to solve these problems, however uptake seems to be limited due to the high power consumption, suited only for those with deep pockets and the ability to deploy. Penguin Computing has introduced a new Xeon Platinum 9200 platform, called TundraAP, to enable better power efficiency and higher compute density.

3 Aug 2020 8:30 pm
Lian Li Unveils Its First AIO Coolers, The Galahad 360 and 240 with ARGB

Lian Li is highly regarded for its elegant and premium aluminium chassis, most recently its entry-level O11 Dynamic XL E-ATX case, which has become one of its most popular ranges. Its latest product marks the companies first foray into the liquid cooling market with the Galahad AIO series, with two different sizes available, including 240 and 360 mm.

3 Aug 2020 6:30 pm
AOC Announces New AGON Gaming Monitors, 24 240Hz TN, 27 165Hz NanoIPS

Today AOC is announcing two new gaming monitors to their AGON line-up, adding in a 24.5 240Hz TN model in the form of the AG251FZ2E, and a new 27 165Hz NanoIPS model with the AG273QXP.

31 Jul 2020 8:30 pm
Memblaze Releases New PBlaze5 520 Series Low-Power Enterprise SSDs

Yesterday we saw Memblaze introducing a new series of low-power server-class NVMe SSDs that focus on providing excellent performance whilst maintaining lower power consumption levels, aiming at enterprises improving their storage energy efficiency. The new PBlaze5 C520, D520, C526 and D526 SSDs come in either 2.5 U.2 or HHHL form-factors in two capacity classes for each model. Unlike its bigger brethren C900 series models which we had reviewed last year , the new 52X series units limit their per

30 Jul 2020 11:30 pm
NVIDIA Launches Rainbow Six: Siege Game Bundle for GeForce RTX 20 Series Cards

Barely a couple of weeks off of their previous Death Stranding game bundle, NVIDIA is back with a new game bundle for GeForce RTX cards. Dubbed the Frames Win Games bundle, NVIDIA is now including copies of Rainbow Six Siege: Gold Edition . Rainbow Six Siege is a more unusual choice for a video card game bundle. The online-focused first person shooter was first launched back in 2015, and in the last several years has been well-received, leading to Ubisoft giving it ongoing support and expansions

30 Jul 2020 8:00 pm
Best CPUs for Gaming: July 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews. Our Best CPUs for Gaming guide targets most of the common system-build price points that typically pair a beefy graphics card with a capable processor, with the best models being suitable for streaming and encoding on the fly.

30 Jul 2020 7:00 pm
Best Android Phones: July 2020

Were now in the midst of the summer months and well into the product release cycles of almost every vendor of 2020. The spring release cycle is well past us and weve now transitioned to the second phase of device releases of the year, seeing vendors put out devices with the second take on this current silicon generation. 2020 has been about 5G devices as well as high-refresh rate displays, combined with the adoption of many-camera modules as well as bigger sensors. Pretty much every vendor has f

29 Jul 2020 6:30 pm
Best SSDs: July 2020

A solid state drive is often the most important component for making a PC feel fast and responsive; any PC still using a mechanical hard drive as its primary storage is long overdue for an upgrade. The SSD market is broader than ever, with a wide range prices, performance and form factors. Pre-COVID market forecasts pointed to a NAND flash memory shortage to develop throughout 2020. Both NAND supply and demand have been spared the worst impacts seen in other markets, with the end result that SSD

29 Jul 2020 4:30 pm