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October 22, 2017

Samsung in Talks to Purchase 10 EUV Production Machines from ASML

In a recent article, Business Korea reports that Samsung is in talks with ASML to purchase 10 EUV production machines at a cost of $176.52 million each.

As semiconductor production processes shrinks below the recently introduced 8nm LPP process, printing chips with the current photochemical etching techniques will become much more difficult resulting in the need for the new EUV production process. Samsung has been aggressively developing chips utilizing EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) etching technology as they plan on starting production of chips using the 7nm EUV process as early as 2018.

What’s interesting about Samsung’s recent order for EUV [...]

 
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October 20, 2017

Razer Whips Out Kiyo and Seiren X Microphone and Camera for Streamers

Razer today launched two new peripherals dedicated to streamers: the Razer Kiyo camera and the Razer Siren X microphone.

Razer Kiyo

The Razer Kiyo camera aims to solve the problem of streamer’s faces not getting enough light. By attaching a ring light around the camera, it offers an effective, hassle free way of making the streamer more visible.

The camera has a 4MP sensor and can record video at up to 1080p at 30fps, or still images at 2,688x1520p. The field of view is a narrow-ish at 81.6°, but that’s more than enough for most stationary streamers. The Kiyo sits on a L-shaped joint that attaches to your monitor or an optional [...]

 
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October 20, 2017

AORUS X9 Gaming Laptop Packs Two GTX 1070s

Aorus, Gigabyte’s gaming-centric laptop branch, has released the world’s thinnest gaming laptop that packs two Nvidia GTX 1070 GPUs in SLI.

The Aorus X9 is designed for gamers looking to play at QHD/UHD resolutions and is more than VR ready. Complimenting the dual GTX 1070s is an Intel Core i7-7820HK quad-core CPU. The CPU is unlocked, meaning users can overclock it on their own.

Two display options are available: a 17.3″ UHD 3840x2160p IPS display with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, or a 17.3″ QHD 2560x1440p 120Hz WVA high-refresh rate display. All displays are factory calibrated for the best color accuracy.

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October 20, 2017

Razer Updates Electra V2 Headset Bringing High End Features to the Mainstream

Razer has just added the Electra V2 and Electra V2 USB gaming headsets to its peripherals repertoire, bringing many features previously reserved for premium headsets down to the mainstream crowd.

The Razer Electra V2 and V2 USB are both equipped with a pair of custom 40mm Neodymium drivers mounted on a sturdy unibody aluminum frame. Both the earcups and the suspension headrest is padded with plush leatherette cushions. A removable boom mic can be easily stored away when not in use. Volume and mic mute has been integrated directly into the earcup for added convenience.

The Razer Electra V2 uses a unified mic and audio 3.5mm plug for [...]

 
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October 19, 2017

Zotac Launches Tiny, Water-Cooled Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Arctic Storm Mini

Zotac just launched the the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Arctic Storm Mini, the world’s smallest GTX 1080 Ti.

The card which measures just 6.46″ wide by 8.35″ long features Zotac’s ArticStorm open loop waterblock to minimize footprint and maximize cooling potential. The waterblock utilizes a nickle plated direct copper contact capped with a transparent, tinted acrylic top. It’s a full coverage waterblock, so it not only covers the GPU, but also the VRMs as well. To give it some extra shine, it also comes with white LEDs installed around the edge.

The robust cooling means higher overclocking potential. Out [...]

 
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October 19, 2017

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti 3DMark Benchmarks Surface

Videocardz has recently discovered a few benchmarks of the hotly rumored upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.

The benches are from 3DMark 11, Fire Strike, and Time Spy. When compared against Videocardz own database, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was shown to be faster than AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 in Time Spy, but was about even in Firestrike.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is expected to use the same GP104 GPU as the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 but with just one SM disabled. This gives it a grand total of 2,432 CUDA cores. The GPU will also be paired with standard GDDR5 and not the faster GDDR5X.  It’s also [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

Corsair Premium PBT Double-Shot Keycaps Now Available

Corsair produces some of the finest gaming keyboards on the market and today they’re also getting into the market of producing some of the finest keycaps as well.

Corsair’s new double-shot PBT keycaps blends the exquisite double-shot printing technique with premium PBT plastic. Unlike most keyboards which use ABS keycaps that tend to shine after prolonged use, PBT is a harder plastic that holds its shape better and will stay looking fresh for years.

Double-shot keyprints layers two different colored plastics on top of one another, with the bottom layer seeping through the top layer to form the keyprints. Double-shot [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

Samsung Readies 8nm LPP FinFET for Production

Samsung has announced today that its 8nm LPP FinFET process has been qualified and ready for production three months ahead of schedule.

According to the announcement, Samsung’s 8nm LPP will bring up to 10% power efficiency and 10% area reduction over the 10nm LPP thanks to the narrower metal pitch. The 8nm LPP node will be Samsung’s last node before transitioning to 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet).

Samsung states that the 8nm LPP will soon transition into stable mass production using current production techniques used for the 10nm LPP node.

“With the qualification completed three months ahead of schedule, we have commenced 8LPP production,” [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

Microsoft Announces Surface Book 2

Microsoft released the update Surface Book 2 in a surprise announcement this morning, bringing some much needed specs upgrade to the almost archaic Surface Book.

The new Surface Book 2 is now equipped with Intel’s 7th/8th Gen dual-core and quad-core CPUs. Graphics have been boosted to either the integrated Intel UHD 620, or discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 for the higher end models. RAM and storage options remain unchanged with options up to 16GB of LPDDR3 and up to a 1TB  NVME PCIe SSD.

Both the 13″ and 15″ model carries the always-sexy PixelSense display with a pixel density of 267ppi for the 13″ model and 260ppi for the [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

Cherry Announces Gentix Silent Mouse Designed for Quiet Environments

Mouse click sounds aren’t an issue when you’re alone, but they may be annoying when you’re seated close to a co-worker or working in a public space such as a library. Cherry’s new Gentix Silent mouse aims to solve that problem.

Unlike your typical mouse, the Cherry Gentix Silent uses a new Cherry silent switch that eliminates the sound of button clicks. It comes equipped with a 1,000DPI optical sensor, which may not be enough for gamers, but more than enough for office or library work. The ergonomic, symmetrical design is suitable for ambidextrous use and its flat, compact profile also makes it easier to lug around, although you’ll [...]

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