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New Cadence Transient EM Simulation Tools: 3D Clarity
In the realm of processor and product design, having the right series of tools to actually build and simulate a product has been a key driver in minimizing time to market. Cadence is one of the more prolific companies in the electronic design automation (EDA) software space, with tools for designing integrated circuits, PCBs, packaging, SoCs, radio frequency, as well as respective verification tools. What landed in my inbox this morning was an announcement for a new tool in Cadence’s solver portfolio to enable better full-system EM simulation while also scaling across CPU and GPU as wel...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Test Driving SPECviewperf 2020: A Look At The Latest In Workstation GPU Benchmarks
for CAD, content creation, and visual data analysis tools, as well as the sheer complexity of these applications, there is an ongoing need for a standardized multi-application benchmark. This is both to offer a wider, holistic view of GPU performance under workstation applications, and even more fundamental than that, to provide a proper apples-to-apples testing environment.With the previous release of SPECviewperf dating back to 2013, the benchmark has been due for a refresh – and that has finally arrived this week with the release of SPECviewperf 2020. An incremental update over SP...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

AMD Zen 3: An AnandTech Interview with CTO Mark Papermaster
The announcement of the new Ryzen 5000 processors, built on AMD’s Zen 3 microarchitecture, has caused waves of excitement and questions as to the performance. The launch of the high-performance desktop processors on November 5th will be an interesting day. In advance of those disclosures, we sat down with AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster to discuss AMD’s positioning, performance, and outlook.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

The Corsair H150i Elite Capellix AIO Cooler Review: Go Big Or Go Home
Today we are taking a look at the largest member of Corsair's new Elite Capellix AIO cooler family, the H150i Elite Capellix. An upgrade for the renowned H150i Pro RGB, the H150i Elite Capellix features a 400 mm long radiator that holds three 120 mm fans, all the while incorporating improved iCUE integration and more powerful cooling fans.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Samsung PRO Plus and EVO Plus SDXC UHS-I 128GB Memory Cards Capsule Review
in 2014 to delineate them into the standard, PRO, and EVO categories. Since then, the company slowly phased out the full-sized cards from their lineup, and started to focus on microSDXC cards. This week, they are aiming to get back into the SDXC cards market for creators and professionals in the content capture market segment. Two new product families are being announced - the PRO Plus, and the EVO Plus. Both families are UHS-I cards, with the PRO Plus aimed at professionals, and the EVO Plus at creators. Samsung sampled the 128GB capacity cards in both families ahead of the retail launch. Th...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Apple Announces iPhone 12 Series: mini, Regular, Pro & Pro Max, all with 5G
A little later in the year than usual, but today we finally saw the announcement of Apple’s newest line-up of iPhones. This time around we didn’t get two, or even three phones, but a total of four new devices ranging both in size as well as in pricing. The iPhone 12 series is a major leap for Apple as they represent the company’s first ever 5G devices, preparing the company for the next generation of cellular networks for the better part of this decade.The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are both straightforward upgrades to the 11 Pro series, whilst the regular iPhone 12 repr...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

More On NVIDIA Quadro Brand Retirement: Embracing the Graphics and Compute Overlap
Now that NVIDIA’s second GTC event of the year has wrapped up, we’ve finally gotten a chance to follow up with NVIDIA on last week’s announcement of their RTX A6000 video card, and what that means for the Quadro brand. In short, NVIDIA has confirmed that the Quadro brand is going away for sure, and as we suspected, it’s largely due to the overlap between graphics and compute.As a quick refresher, last week NVIDIA launched their new professional visualization-focused video card, the RTX A6000. Based on the new GA102 GPU, the card ticks all the boxes for a high-end, pr...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

The Apple 2020 Fall iPhone Event Live Blog 10am PT (17:00 UTC)
Today Apple is holding its second fall 2020 launch event - only a few weeks after the traditional September launch which saw the unveiling of the a new Apple Watch, and a new line of iPads, including the new iPad Air which sports the new 5nm Apple A14 SoC. What was missing from the September event was any new announcements of new iPhones - which this year seem to have slightly slipped in terms of timing.Today's event should cover the new iPhones, and if industry reports are accurate, we actually should be seeing quite a slew of new devices in the form of two "regular" iPhones
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Imagination Announces B-Series GPU IP: Scaling up with Multi-GPU
It’s almost been a year since Imagination had announced its brand-new A-series GPU IP, a release which at the time the company called its most important in 15 years. The new architecture indeed marked some significant updates to the company’s GPU IP, promising major uplifts in performance and promises of great competitiveness. Since then, other than a slew of internal scandals, we’ve heard very little from the company – until today’s announcement of the new next-generation of IP: the B-Series.The new Imagination B-Series is an evolution of last year’s A-S
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

ASRock Industrial's NUC 1100 BOX Series Brings Tiger Lake to UCFF Systems
STX-1500 mini-STX board, with the latter adopting the embedded versions of the Tiger Lake-U processors. ASRock Industrial also happens to be one of the first to adopt the Tiger Lake-U series for traditional UCFF systems with the launch of their NUC 1100 BOX series.Intel's Tiger Lake-based NUCs (Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon) are an open secret in tech circles, but are yet to be officially announced. ASRock Industrial's Tiger Lake NUCs such as the NUC BOX-1165G7 have also been hinted at in Intel's marketplace - a retail follow-up to the embedded market-focused iBOX 1100 and N
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

The Acer Nitro 5 Review: Renoir And Turing On A Budget
Acer has had a big year in 2020, thanks to their close relationship with AMD. Acer has long been a strong partner of AMD, through the good times, and the bad, and right now is about as good a time to be an AMD partner as it can be. AMD’s Renoir platform has been a revolution for their mobile device efforts. The company had strong packages for the desktop really ever since they launched the Ryzen platform in 2017, but those successes did not translate over to the laptop space, but with the latest Ryzen 4000 series processors, aka Renoir, all of that has changed.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

AMD Teases Radeon RX 6000 Card Performance Numbers: Aiming For 3080?
As part of today’s Zen 3 desktop CPU announcement from AMD, the company also threw in a quick teaser from the GPU side of the company in order to show off the combined power of their CPUs and GPUs. The other half of AMD is preparing for their own announcement in a few weeks, where they’ll be holding a keynote for their forthcoming Radeon RX 6000 video cards.With the recent launch of NVIDIA’s Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series parts clearly on their minds, AMD briefly teased the performance of a forthcoming high-end RX 6000 video card. The company isn’t disclosing any...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

AMD Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3 on Nov 5th: +19% IPC, Claims Best Gaming CPU
Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, has today announced the company’s next generation mainstream Ryzen processor. The new family, known as the Ryzen 5000 series, includes four parts and supports up to sixteen cores. The key element of the new product is the core design, with AMD’s latest Zen 3 microarchitecture, promising a 19% raw increase in performance-per-clock, well above recent generational improvements. The new processors are socket-compatible with existing 500-series motherboards, and will be available at retail from November 5th. AMD is putting a clear marker in the s
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

AMD Zen 3 Announcement by Lisa Su: A Live Blog at Noon ET (16:00 UTC)
One of the most anticipated launches of 2020 is now here. AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is set to announce and reveal the new Ryzen 5000 series processors using AMD's new Zen 3 microarchitecture. Aside from confirming the product is coming this year, there are very few concrete facts to go on: we are expecting more performance as well as a competitive product. The presentation is scheduled to last 30 minutes, so we hope there is some juicy information to go on.Come back at Noon ET for reporting and analysis at AnandTech.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Western Digital Launches New WD Black NVMe SSDs And Thunderbolt Dock
on Twitch, Western Digital will introduce their first PCIe Gen4 SSD, a new high-end PCIe Gen3 SSD, and their first Thunderbolt Dock. ...

WD Black SN850 PCIe Gen4 SSD

The new WD Black SN850 is Western Digital's first PCIe 4 SSD and the successor to their WD Black SN750. The SN850 features Western Digital's second generation in-house NVMe SSD controller and can hit speeds of 7GB/s (sequential) and 1M IOPS (random). The SN850 will initially be available as a standard M.2 NVMe SSD, suitable for gaming PCs and expected to work in the upcoming Sony PS5. Western Digital is also work...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Intel Confirms Rocket Lake on Desktop for Q1 2021, with PCIe 4.0
Gen Core branding, and will feature PCIe 4.0 support. After several months (and Z490 motherboards) mentioning Rocket Lake and PCIe 4.0 support, this note from Intel is the primary source that confirms it all.The blog post doesn’t go into any further detail about Rocket Lake. From our side of the fence, we assume this is another 14nm processor, with questions as to whether it is built upon the same Skylake architecture as the previous five generations of 14nm, or is a back-port of Intel’s latest Cove microarchitecture designs. Add in PCIe 4.0 support rather than PCIe 3.0 - there...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

The NZXT N7 Z490 Motherboard Review: From A Different Direction
It's been nearly two years to the day since NZXT last released a motherboard, which was the Z370 N7. NZXT initially used ECS as its motherboard OEM, but has opted to use ASRock this time round for a new N7 model. This has the same N7 infused armor, albeit using a combined metal and plastic instead of just metal which does reduce the overall cost. Aiming for the mid-range market, NZXT's N7 Z490 features 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi 6, dual M.2, and four SATA ports, and we give it our focus in this review.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:07 2020

Insights into DDR5 Sub-timings and Latencies
Today we posted a news article about SK hynix’s new DDR5 memory modules for customers – 64 GB registered modules running at DDR5-4800, aimed at the preview systems that the big hyperscalers start playing with 12-18 months before anyone else gets access to them. It is interesting to note that SK Hynix did not publish any sub-timing information about these modules, and as we look through the announcements made by the major memory manufacturers, one common theme has been a lack of detail about sub-timings. Today can present information across the full range of DDR5 specifications.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

Marvell and HPE Introduce NVMe RAID Adapter for Server Boot Drives
announced the 88NR2241 Intelligent NVMe Switch: the first—and so far, only—NVMe hardware RAID controller of its kind. Now that chip has scored its first major (public) design win with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The HPE NS204i-p is a new RAID adapter card for M.2 NVMe SSDs, intended to provide RAID-1 protection to a pair of 480GB boot drives in HPE ProLiant and Apollo systems.The HPE NS204i-p is a half-height, half-length PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter card designed by Marvell for HPE. It features the 88NR2241 NVMe switch and two M.2 PCIe x4 slots that connect through the Marvell switch. T
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

DDR5 is Coming: First 64GB DDR5-4800 Modules from SK Hynix
Discussion of the next generation of DDR memory has been aflutter in recent months as manufacturers have been showcasing a wide variety of test vehicles ahead of a full product launch. Platforms that plan to use DDR5 are also fast approaching, with an expected debut on the enterprise side before slowly trickling down to consumer. As with all these things, development comes in stages: memory controllers, interfaces, electrical equivalent testing IP, and modules. It’s that final stage that SK Hynix is launching today, or at least the chips that go into these modules.
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 State of the Ecosystem Review: Where Does 20Gbps USB Stand in 2020?
USB has emerged as the mainstream interface of choice for data transfer from computing platforms to external storage devices. Thunderbolt has traditionally been thought of as a high-end alternative. However, USB has made rapid strides in the last decade in terms of supported bandwidth - From a top speed of 5 Gbps in 2010, the ecosystem moved to devices supporting 10 Gbps in 2015. Late last year, we saw the retail availability of 20 Gbps support with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 on both the host and device sides. Almost a year down the line, how is the ecosystem shaping up in terms of future potential? Do
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPUs Set to Ship In 2021, Roadmaps BlueField-3&4 By 2023
Continuing this morning’s run of GTC-related announcements, NVIDIA is offering yet another update on the state of their Data Processing Unit (DPU) project. An initiative inherited from Mellanox as part of that acquisition, NVIDIA and Mellanox have been talking up their BlueField-2 DPUs for the better part of the last year. And now the company is finally nearing a release date, with BlueField-2 DPUs sampling now, and set to ship in 2021.Originally hatched by Mellanox before the NVIDIA acquisition, the DPU was Mellanox’s idea for the next-generation of SmartNICs, combining their n
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

Quadro No More? NVIDIA Announces Ampere-based RTX A6000 & A40 Video Cards For Pro Visualization
NVIDIA’s second GTC of 2020 is taking place this week, and as has quickly become a tradition, one of CEO Jensen Huang’s “kitchenside chats” kicks off the event. As the de facto replacement for GTC Europe, this fall virtual GTC is a bit of a lower-key event relative to the Spring edition, but it’s still one that is seeing some NVIDIA hardware introduced to the world.Starting things off, we have a pair of new video cards from NVIDIA – and a launch that seemingly indicates that NVIDIA is getting ready to overhaul its professional visualization branding. Bein...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

NVIDIA Gives Jetson Nano Dev Kit a Trim: 2GB Model For $59
Jetson Nano, their pint-sized, $99 entry level developer kit.Now, NVIDIA is lowering the price tag on the Jetson Nano once again with the introduction of a new, cheaper SKU. Dubbed the Jetson Nano 2GB, this is a version of the original Jetson Nano with 2GB of DRAM instead of 4GB. Otherwise the performance of the kit remains unchanged from the original Nano, with 4 Cortex-A57 CPU cores and the 128 CUDA core Maxwell GPU providing the heavy lifting for CPU and GPU compute, respectively.NVIDIA Jetson Family SpecificationsXavier NX (15W) AGX Xavier Jetson Nano (4GB) Jetson Nano (2GB)
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

NVIDIA Delays GeForce RTX 3070 Launch to October 29th
.Indirectly referencing the launch-day availability concerns for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 last month, NVIDIA is citing a desire to have “more cards available on launch day” for the delay. NVIDIA does not disclose their launch supply numbers, so it’s not clear just how many more cards another two weeks’ worth of stockpiling will net them – it likely still won’t be enough to meet all demand – but it should at least improve the odds.NVIDIA GeForce Specification ComparisonRTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090 RTX 2070 ...CUDA Cores 5888...
AnandTech ~Created Tue Oct 20 02:57:08 2020

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Microsoft Stops Selling Windows 7 and Windows 8
Gone but not forgotten: Windows 7 and 8 went out on a fitting day, both were declared dead and buried on Halloween. Microsoft ceased sales of OEM licenses to computer manufacturers on October 31st. Trick or treat indeed: Windows 7 was the treat and Windows 8 was the trick. For those keen to act fast there will be a stock pile of licenses for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate floating around major OEMs like Dell and HP. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Far Cry 4 Has Gone Gold
PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC gamers get ready and mark your calendars for November 18th: Far Cry 4 has just officially gone gold. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Microsoft Endorses Workaround for Botched Windows Patch
Lately, Microsoft has been having a difficult time in releasing patches that actually stick and spend an inordinate amount of time issuing fixes to patches. InfoWorld reports that this time a workaround didn't come from Microsoft, but from a third party. In the company's infinite wisdom, the powers that be have decided to endorse the fix to the latest snafu. To alleviate this problem on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 based systems, please export and delete the following registry value, reboot your system and then re-attempt the update. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Roku Adds Google Play Movies & TV to Content
Roku is in a class of its own when it comes to streaming and is holding its ground against major players like Google, Apple and Amazon in providing good steady content. To add to its already outstanding lineup, Roku has now added Google Play Movies & TV. Content providers don't always play fair, which is what makes Roku such an intriguing underdog story. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

GameStop Tips Midnight 'COD: Advanced Warfare' Launches
GameStop is throwing a late night party beginning on Sunday at 6PM to celebrate the early morning release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at Midnight. Party on Dudes. Beginning at 6 p.m., more than 4,100 GameStop locations around the country will stay open late to celebrate the Day Zero Edition release, available for $49.99 starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 3. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

See How Halo 2: Anniversary Was Made
There are still many fans of Halo 2 out there even after 10 years and the faithful are about to be rewarded for being ever so patient with the release of the HD remake in Halo 2: Anniversary. Check out the Xbox launch trailer video. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

The 5K Display is Coming
Have you had enough of the hype over 4K displays to last you a lifetime? Well, that's a good thing because the 5K display is here. Move over 4K displays, make way for the 5K display in both Mac and PC flavors. For its size, the 5K monitor is the most impressive display on the market, boasting 242 pixels per degree. That's over 25% better than a 4K monitor. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

The Biggest Video Games of Holiday Season 2014
It's almost that joyous time of the year again and we're not just talking about the upcoming holiday season either. It's time for many of the best games of 2014 to be released just in time to be scarfed up by holiday buyers and this year's offering is a bumper crop of hit titles across all platforms. Some little indie darling may rise up from obscurity and become the absolute best video game of all time, forever and ever amen. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews
Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K video card review, followed by our evaluation of the ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 motherboard. Finally, we wrapped things up with our 4 Weeks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI article.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II
Cases: DimasTech Bench/Test Easy V3.0 @ Modders Inc. ETC.: Asus G751 @ HotHardware GIGABYTE Force H3X @ Vortez Tesoro Lobera Full Color @ LanOC Video: ASUS GTX 980 Strix @ HT4U ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q @ Legit Reviews GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUP!
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NBA 2K15 Face Scans As Halloween Masks
Remember those horrible face scans from NBA 2K15? It looks like someone has a good sense of humor about the whole thing because you can actually print a Halloween mask using some of those awful scans. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Court Says Fingerprint-Locked Smartphones Are Fair Game
I guess the lesson here is that you should use a plain old password for your phone instead of fingerprint scanning. Here's some trivia for your next trip to the pub. Did you know that, in Virginia, you don't have to tell the cops your phone's unlock code, but you're obliged to open it if you use a fingerprint based passcode? It's a quirky piece of legal precedent that's just been established in the state after a key piece of legal evidence was believed to be trapped on the defendant's smartphone. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Best Dad Ever [H]alloween 2014 Edition
And the award for "Best Dad Ever 2014" goes to this guy. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Broadband In U.S. Still Slower, More Expensive Than Everywhere Else
When it comes to broadband, no one pays more for less than we do. Hey, I guess that means WE'RE #1! American consumers have gotten a mixed bag of broadband news this year. Between mergers and net neutrality it's been a rough twelve months, even while some consumers have seen better connections and dropping prices. But the news for most of us is the same as ever: on the whole, Americans pay more, for worse broadband service, than our peers in the rest of the world. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Amazon Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction With Tablet Devices
How can this be? Apple's "magical" iPad losing out to Amazon's plain ol' tablets? Some form of trickery must be involved. As more value-priced tablet brands enter the marketplace and the average purchase price of tablets declines, satisfaction with cost continues to rise, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction StudySM—Volume 2 released today. The study, now in its third year, measures customer satisfaction with tablets across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

4 Weeks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI
What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
ASRock comes to us with its "Work Station" version Haswell-E motherboard. This time our out-of-box experience with its X99 WS was as rock solid as it could be and did leave us with feelings of getting to work with a quality component. As you all know, we are much more interested in how it performs at high clocks while under stress.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K Video Card Review
If you thought one GeForce GTX 980 was a great gaming solution, wait till you see what GeForce GTX 980 SLI can do for gaming at 4K. We look at performance, efficiency, and even a little 1440p SLI goodness. However, some of the results may not be what you would exactly expect.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower Review
The SilverStone Fortress FT05 is a different take on it successful Raven RV05. SilverStone has gotten rid of the 5.25" drive bays and once again rotated the motherboard 90 degrees so that the IO panel points toward the sky. These two things done in tandem allow SilverStone to produce a much better engineered ATX case.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition Video Card Review
Today we are reviewing the new XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition video card. We will compare it to a pair of GeForce GTX 760 based GPUs to determine the best at the sub-$250 price point. XFX states that it is faster than the GTX 760, but that is based on a single synthetic benchmark, let's see how it holds up in real world gaming.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Corsair HX1000i 1000W Power Supply Review
Corsair's HX series represents its "second tier" line of enthusiast computer power supplies, but its new HX1000i does take the top spot when it comes to its ~1000 watt power supplies that are Platinum certified and fully modular. Let's see if this latest addition from Corsair represents its quality pedigree of days gone by.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE's new Haswell-E X99-UD4 motherboard offers a no-nonsense, no frills approach to the High End DeskTop (HEDT) market segment. While this certainly is an HEDT motherboard, GIGABYTE's approach to the feature set available on this motherboard has kept its price point in the $240 range.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler Review
Bigger is always better and Thermaltake keeps with that thinking with its Water 3.0 AIO (All-In-One) CPU cooler. Thermaltake expands it radiator system to an impressive 360mm's worth of liquid cooling. What is probably most impressive though is it does not have a ton of other generally useless blinky light features.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation 3GB Video Card Review
The AMD Radeon R9 280 is almost to the end of its shelf life, and you know what that means, record low pricing making an excellent value for performance right now. We have the XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation 3GB and will be comparing it with an R9 285, and also a custom GTX 760. This may be a deal!
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Overclocking Video Card Review
The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 makes overclocking GPUs a ton of fun again. Its extremely high clock rates achieved when you turn the right dials and sliders result in real world gaming advantages. We will compare it to a GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Radeon R9 290X; all overclocked head-to-head.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

LEPA LV12 CPU Air Cooler for Intel and AMD Processors
LEPA is moving into CPU air cooling and we have its first cooler for review today, the LV12. LEPA claims that its new louvered fin designed gives it an advantage and surely we will test that. It also claims that the it supplies "Silence with High Performance." Let's see if LEPA can give us our money's worth.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Seasonic PLATINUM-1050 Power Supply Review
Seasonic is one of our long-time favorites when it comes to truly high-end power supplies. The new PLATINUM-1050 PSU claims to deliver excellent power efficiency and does so with a fully modular design. Seasonic is often known designing products with excellent sound profiles. Does the PLATINUM-1050 fit the profile?
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

MSI X99S XPower AC LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
MSI's X99S XPower AC has a bundle heavy enough to crush woodland creatures and about as many features as you could possibly want and then some. MSI's XPower series represents the pinnacle of what MSI offers and as a result we have high expectations for the X99S XPower AC.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Case Review
Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case. Its primary goal is to deliver outstanding cooling performance which is always high on our priority list as well. Form and function both seem to be well served in this new Core V51 model as its performance profile is not hard on the eyes.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G Video Card Review
The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G video card is making the GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290 obsolete. This $349 video card puts up a fight and punches in a win at this price. The overclock alone is somewhat staggering. If you are about to spend money on a GPU, don't miss this one.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Steam Linux Usage Is Almost Back Up To 1.2%
The Steam hardware/software survey has been updated with its October 2014 data and it reflects slightly larger Linux gaming market-share...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GCC's JIT Compiler Support Moves A Step Closer To Mainline
Red Hat's David Malcolm remains committed to landing his just-in-time (JIT) compiler support for GCC...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Freescale's iMX DRM Driver Sees Big Changes
Published on Friday was a massive set of 72 patches to improve the Freescale iMX DRM driver that's currently within the Linux kernel's staging area...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Enlightenment's New Wayland Compositor Code Is Now Functional, Supports XDG-Shell
While Enlightenment E19 has significant Wayland improvements, it looks like E20 will be even better with regard to Wayland support...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Don't Use Fedora's Fedup Right Now Due To A Bug With Systemd
While Fedora 21 Beta is coming next week, if you're wanting to upgrade early to the Fedora 21 packages, it's advised right now against using Fedora's upgrade utility (Fedup) unless you want to potentially trash your system...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

AMD On Linux & Systemd Were Very Popular This Month
Published this month on Phoronix were 259 original news stories and 28 featured, multi-page articles covering various open-source and Linux topics...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

NVIDIA's Linux Driver Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1
Yesterday we looked at the Windows vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Intel OpenGL performance using Haswell HD Graphics to kick off our latest round of Windows vs. Linux OpenGL driver benchmarking. Out today is now our NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 using the latest NVIDIA binary drivers. NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards were tested as well as the mature GTX 780 Ti.
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Wine 1.7.30 Continues Work On DirectWrite & Offers Regedit Fixes
The latest bi-weekly Wine development release is making a Halloween debut...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Has The Sky Fallen? Qualcomm Contributes To Freedreno's DRM/KMS Driver
In an interesting change of events, Code Aurora on the behalf of the Qualcomm Innovation Center has added Adreno A4xx product support to the Freedreno-spawned DRM/KMS "MSM" driver...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer
The Arch-based Manjaro crew has been developing Calamares, an open-source installation framework they hope will basically lead to being a universal Linux distribution installer...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Support Sounds Like A Mess
While DisplayLink's USB2-based graphics adapters tend to be well supported under Linux even with a DRM/KMS driver, there's been no support for the newer DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

PulseAudio Gains A Native Bluetooth Headset Backend
PulseAudio now has a native headset backend for dealing with Bluetooth headsets...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

X.Org Foundation Decides On Its Women Outreach Project
At yesterday's X.Org Foundation Board of Directors meeting they approved one project for the Outreach Program for Women...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved
Earlier this month GTK+ 3.16 development code gained native OpenGL support. This GTK+ OpenGL support involved adding support for wrapping an OpenGL context for native windows with GLX on X11 and EGL on Wayland to use OpenGL to paint everything. A GtkGLArea widget was also added for providing OpenGL drawing access within GTK+ applications. The GtkGLArea has already seen some more improvements to better GTK's OpenGL support...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

X.Org Server 1.17 ABI Bumped
For those wondering whether there's ABI breakage with this week's X.Org Server 1.17 Release Candidate, there is indeed some breakage that will warrant the proprietary driver ABIs to be updated and released...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Fedora 21 Beta To Be Released Next Week
While Fedora 21 Beta was delayed, today it received the go ahead to be released next week Tuesday...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Go 1.4 Beta Release Brings Big Runtime Changes
Google's Go language implementation is now in beta for the upcoming 1.4 major release...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

SIMD For JavaScript Continues Coming Along
SIMD for JavaScript continues to be worked on by Mozilla, Google, Intel, and others for better accelerating particular workloads in the web...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics
For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GNOME 3.15.1 Released
The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6
Red Hat has released their third update to their "Software Collections" that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up
Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR's inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux
After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions
GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs
The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

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Notebook batteries, not meant to last?
Notebook batteries are costly to replace, which begs the question why some of them fail after a relative short period of use.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

More phenomenal AMD marketing?
With the introduction of the new Phenom II processor AMD uses a new marketing strategy with similar naming conventions to Intel's.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Intel's Core i7, is it ever enough?
The Core i7 platform solidifies Intel's lead over AMD, while obsoleting generations of its own products. But isn't enough enough at some point?
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

The frustrations of building a new PC
Building a PC seems trivial these days as hardware incompatibilities are supposed to be a thing of the past. We find out how that is not really the case.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Ray-tracing, the PC's next killer-app?
Ray-tracing could well be the next killer-app providing a quantum leap in PC gaming realism, just like 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics did in the '90s.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Obsolete computer hardware, remember this?
Finding a few boxes with obsoleted computer hardware and games brings back memories of a bygone age of computing.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Made in China, a security risk?
Recent reports of counterfeit computer hardware from China have once again sparked the discussion on whether this poses a security risk.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Global warming, fact or farce?
Global warming and the environment: topics that have been discussed numerous times. Here is another look at what we, as end users, can do.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Is the HD-DVD versus Blu-ray format war finally over?
Is HD-DVD fighting a losing battle and will Blu-ray prevail or will HD-DVD's price and backwards compatibility win the consumer over?
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Will Microsoft keep missing the boat?
Microsoft often pitches itself as the great innovator and its products as innovative, but are they really? Here is a closer look.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card Review
Our first look at Nvidia's new flagship card featuring a Maxwell 2.0 GPU.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review
We have taken a look to one of a gamers' dream graphics card based on new Nvidia Maxwell chip. And it's unbelievable, but we cannot find any drawbacks in MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming. And now we will try to convince you of its advantages.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Lisa Su Appointed as New CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Rory Read Steps Down, Lisa Su Becomes New CEO of AMD
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200 and K2200 Professional Graphics Cards Review
Nvidia has updated its professional product line-up, promising more onboard memory and up to 40% more performance at the same prices and within the same TDP as before. We are going to test the new graphics cards in comparison with AMD's FirePro W9100 and W8100.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors Review
The Devil's Canyon processors unveiled this summer push the performance bar to a new level for the LGA1150 platform. What's more, Intel says packaging optimizations make the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K a real treat for overclockers.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

ASUS Z97-Deluxe Mainboard Review
This mainboard looks good, easy to tweak, provides excellent performance at nominal mode and with CPU overclock. And it's simple good platform, because it's a flagship mainboard designed and manufactured by large and well-known company.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card Review
AMD is going to significantly increase its market share in the professional graphics segment. To do this, the company had updated its FirePro series lineup. In this review we take a look at the new flagship video card for CAD/CAM, based on the Hawaii GPU, the FirePro W9100.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Crucial MX100 Review: An SSD for the Masses
Crucial has dropped the price per gigabyte of SSD storage below the $0.5 mark and it is not a sale of old products. We're talking about a promising new model with high performance, excellent features and good reliability. What's the hitch? Let's find out right now!
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD Has No Plans to Reconsider Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Cards
AMD Will Not Lower Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Solutions
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Samsung Begins to Produce 2.13GHz 64GB DDR4 Memory Modules
Samsung Uses TSV DRAMs for 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD Quietly Reveals Third Iteration of GCN Architecture with Tonga GPU
AMD Unleashes Radeon R9 285 Graphics Cards, Tonga GPU, GCN 1.2 Architecture
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Chinese Inspur to Sell Mission-Critical Servers with AMD Software, Power 8 Processors
IBM to Enter Chinese Big Data Market with the Help from Inspur
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Former X-Bit Labs Editor Aims to Wed Tabletop Games with Mobile Platforms
Game Master Wants to Become a New World of Warcraft
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Khronos Group to Follow DirectX 12 with Cross-Platform Low-Level API
Khronos Unveils Next-Generation OpenGL Initiative
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Avexir Readies 3.40GHz DDR4 Memory Modules
DDR4 Could Hit 3.40GHz This Year
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

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Review: FuboTV
Avoid FUBOTV
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Sharkoon Introduces New ATX Case REV 220
The REV 220 is a stylish ATX mid-tower case, with all the bells and whistles. One of the coolest features of the case is that it allows a 90-degree installation of the motherboard.
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Dell Introduces New G Series
Dell today introduced the new G series of laptops and desktops to the world, and form the specs they are sure to be to every gamers' delight. 
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
It’s that time of the year, my favorite time of the year, and while I loved getting gifts when younger I...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Review: Cove Easy DIY Home Security System
I care about my mom, she’s 70s years old and to be 100% honest with you not in the best of...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Review: Ledger Nano S Hardware Bitcoin Wallet
I will start this review honestly. I am a fan of bitcoin but I don’t really work with bitcoin, never really...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Review: Eagle Eyes Glasses
About 10 years ago I started to get really bad headaches. I thought I was suffering from migraines. Went to my...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

HP Launches Spectre Folio
Today HP launched the Spectre Folio a 2 in 1 laptop and one of the most beautiful machines I have seen...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Home Security Systems Catch Criminals… and Also Kids’ Behaviors in the Home
LifeShield today released the results of a study that shows some parents are watching their kids activity not just on Facebook...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

Epson Home Cinema 4010 with New Epson 4K PRO-UHD
Today Epson introduced their newest projector the Home Cinema 4010 with Epson 4k Pro-UHD technology.  The new projector will have a...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Tue Oct 20 03:06:09 2020

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