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August 11, 2016

AMD Polaris 10 Die Shot Confirms Radeon RX 480 Utilizes the Full GPU

For those of you still holding out for an even higher end AMD graphics card based on AMD’s new Polaris 10 GPU, I’m sorry to say but this unfortunately isn’t likely.

Photos from a Flickr page belonging to Flickr user “Fritzchens Fritz” recently surfaced on the AMD subreddit with highly detailed images of AMD’s Polaris 10 GPU die. On the images, it appears that there’s just 36 GCN Compute Units in total, each of which feature 64 stream processors. Since the AMD Radeon RX480 features 36 GCN Compute Units and 2,304 stream processors, this means that it already takes advantage of the full Polaris 10 GPU and a higher end single GPU [...]

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August 11, 2016

AMD Summit Ridge Zen ES CPU Benchmarks Leaked, Faster Than Intel Core i5-4670K in AotS

Up until this point, AMD has been all talk about their upcoming “Summit Ridge” Zen architecture based CPUs, but a recently leaked benchmark of two AMD Zen Engineering Sample CPUs in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database may have just confirmed some of AMD’s claims.

In the database, two Zen ES CPU unique identifiers popped up – 1D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N and 2D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N. Based on the unique identifiers it appears that the CPUs are both clocked at 2.8GHz base and 3.2GHz turbo, but the 1D variant significantly outperformed the 2D variant.

Although the full results of the leaked benchmarks have been pulled from the database at [...]

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August 11, 2016

Samsung Unveils 32TB SSD Leveraging 4th Gen 64-Layer 3D V-NAND

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung recently unveiled a new 32TB 2.5″ SAS SSD making it the world’s biggest in the 2.5″ form factor. Although Seagate also recently introduced their own massive 60TB SSD at the show, Seagate’s solution utilizes the SFF 3.5″ form factor which is significantly larger than Samsung’s drive.

In order to achieve such capacities, Samsung is leveraging their all new 4th Generation 3D V-NAND which now features 64-layers, a whopping 30% increase in cell density over their previous 3rd Generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND. Samsung’s new 64-layer product utilizes 3-bit per cell (TLC) technology to achieve 512Gb [...]

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August 10, 2016

Review: Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case (Apple iPad Pro)

Razer’s Ultra Low-Profile Mechanical Switch Makes Its Debut

Ever since I laid my hands on a mechanical keyboard several years ago, I was hooked. Today, almost every keyboard I own is mechanical with the exception of the keyboard on my laptop and a Bluetooth keyboard I use from time to time with my HTPC or tablet. Wouldn’t it be great if everything could be mechanical? I sure think so and Razer seems to think so as well.

Several weeks ago, Razer introduced their new Ultra Low-Profile Mechanical Switches which attempts to solve one of the biggest hurdles to mechanical switches being implemented in portable applications – size. Up until this point, mechanical [...]

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August 10, 2016

Cherry MX Yellow Confirmed Fake, Cherry Issues Official Statement

In a recent blog post from Cherry GmbH, they recently confirmed that “Cherry MX Yellow” switches available through some online sellers are fake or partially fake.

The fake switches may be using Cherry MX Black housing which explains why the housing itself bears the “Cherry” name and logo, but the original stem has been removed and replaced with a yellow one (and likely the internals as well). Cherry has no idea where these switches came from, but has confirmed that they don’t manufacture yellow stem switches and have no plans to do so in the future. Any official switches manufactured by Cherry can be found on the Cherry website [...]

 
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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 60TB SAS SSD, Claims Highest Capacity Drive in the World

In addition to the Nytro XP7200, Seagate also unveiled an unnamed 60TB SAS SSD, which Seagate claims is the highest capacity SSD in the world. In order to achieve such a feat, Seagate was able to utilize the same controller used in the Seagate 1200.2 SSD, but also included a staggering 1,280 NAND flash dies linked via bridge chips. These bridge chips allow the SSD controller to communicate with far more NAND dies than would typically be allowed without the bridge chips.

Designed for large storage arrays, archives and other read intensive applications, performance on the drive is weighed towards reads with sequential read performance rated at up to 1,500MB/s and random [...]

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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10GB/s, 7.7TB Nytro XP7200 PCIe SSD Solution

Seagate has already made several announcements leading up to FMS this year, but they’ve saved a couple more for FMS as well.

Today Seagate announced the Nytro XP7200 which is a PCIe x16 AIC solution capable of delivering up to 10GB/s and just under 1 million IOPS.

While the numbers are fairly impressive on paper, the Seagate Nytro XP7200 is not really an actual SSD but rather a backplane card that hosts 4x Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 SSDs. As it’s a backplane card, it has no actual logic chip onboard, so in order to reach the advertised 10GB/s sequential and 940K IOPS random reads, it’ll require the user to run the setup in a software RAID [...]

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August 6, 2016

PowerColor Launches Radeon RX 470 Red Devil

This week, PowerColor has launched the latest in their new lineup of Red Devil graphics cards which are based on AMD’s latest Polaris technology. The RX 470 Red Devil is based on the newly launched Radeon RX 470, which aims to bring excellent 1080p gaming performance to the mainstream markets.

PowerColor RX 470 Red Devil

The RX 470 Red Devil offers a dual-fan cooling solution, which utilizes a pair of 90mm dual ball bearing fans which feature PowerColor’s DoubleBlade III fan design for increased airflow and reduced dust accumulation. What’s most intriguing about the RX 470 Red Devil, is it seems to offer the highest factory overclock of any of the RX [...]

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August 6, 2016

Toshiba Announces BG Series SSD Featuring BiCS TLC 3D NAND

Hot on the heels of Toshiba’s recent 64-layer 3rd Generation BiCS 3D NAND announcement, Toshiba also recently announced their upcoming BG series SSDs designed for tablet and ultraportable applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB, what’s special about Toshiba’s BG series SSDs is that it come in either a 16mm x 20mm BGA package or in a M.2 2230 module. In order to achieve such capacities in such a small form factor, Toshiba is using an in-house controller solution combined with their BiCS TLC 3D NAND packaged into a single chip. Further reducing size, Toshiba removed the need for onboard DRAM by taking advantage of the NVMe [...]

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August 5, 2016

Seagate Introduces Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD for Read Intensive Workloads

Following Seagate’s recent announcement for the 2TB Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 Enterprise SSD, Seagate is announcing yet another enterprise SSD, the Seagate Nytro XF1230. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 is a response to demand by Seagate customers for an enterprise SSD for read intensive workloads.

Developed in partnership with SK Hynix, the drive utilizes a SK Hynix controller along with 16nm SK Hynix MLC NAND. It will be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB. Performance on the drive is rated at up to 550 MB/s sequential reads and 98K IOPS 4K random reads. Power consumption is rated at 4.8w active maximum average. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 will [...]

 
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August 3, 2016

Microsoft Rolls Out Massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607, Build 14393.10)

If you haven’t checked your Windows 10 updater yet, be sure to do so soon as Microsoft recently rolled out their highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update marking the 1 year anniversary of the new operating system. Microsoft had promised more regular updates to their newest operating system and this appears to be the first of many to come. Carrying the version number 1607 and build number 14393.10, the update is the biggest since the launch of Windows 10 and is going to cost you a couple gigabytes in bandwidth.

While the list of features and bug-fixes are more extensive than can be listed here, some of the biggest feature additions and improvements include [...]

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August 3, 2016

Nvidia Pascal Titan X Now Available

Several weeks ago, we reported that Nvidia launched Pascal based Titan X graphics card and we are now happy to report that the new card is available for purchase. Pricing on the new card is pegged at a whopping $1,200 and is currently exclusively available directly through Nvidia.

For those who missed the original announcement, the Pascal Titan X is Nvidia’s latest top end consumer graphics card featuring Nvidia’s latest GP102 GPU. The GPU features 12-billion transistors and a whopping 3,584 CUDA cores running at 1.41GHz (1.53GHz Boost). Complementing the processing cores is 12GB of GDDR5X clocked at 10GHz effective running on a 384-bit memory interface. [...]

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