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March 29, 2017

Intel Details 10nm FinFET Process: Boasts 25% Improved Performance, 45% Better Power Efficiency, 2.7x Increased Transistor Density

At Intel’s recent Technology and Manufacturing Day, Intel presented more details regarding its 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. In the presentation materials, Intel highlighted some of the major improvements that its 10nm FinFET process will bring.

 

In order to cram even more transistors than ever before, Intel is using both traditional scaling techniques along with a few new ones which they call Hyper Scaling.

Pitch, or the distance between its components, has been improved significantly thanks to Intel’s new Self-Aligned Quad Patterning technique. As a result, Intel’s 10nm [...]

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March 29, 2017

Micron to Begin Shipping QuantX Flash Memory This Year

In a new report from ITworld, it looks like Micron may be on track to begin shipping their 3D XPoint based products by the end of this year.

After branding their 3D XPoint based products as QuantX at Flash Memory Summit last year, Micron has been relatively silent about the upcoming technology. However, with all the buzz surrounding Intel’s launch of their first 3D XPoint based SSD, Micron has returned to the spotlight. However, unlike Intel, Micron is rumored to be licensing QuantX to other manufacturers as well as ship QuantX in the form of DDR-style memory DIMMs as well.

3D XPoint has been touted as the next generation flash memory technology that [...]

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March 28, 2017

Netgear Expands Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Lineup with New Kits, Lower Entry Pricepoint

Last year, Netgear introduced the Orbi, which is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi networking systems on the market. Featuring a 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi dedicated backhaul, it was the fastest home mesh Wi-Fi system we’ve tested to date, but due to its high cost, it wasn’t accessible to those who weren’t interested in spending $400 on a Wi-Fi system.

In order to bring the Orbi to a wider audience, Netgear is expanding the Orbi lineup with two new Orbi mesh Wi-Fi kits, the RBK30 and RBK40 priced at $299.99 and $349.99 respectively.

In order to lower the pricepoint for the RBK30 and RBK 40, both are AC2200 systems featuring a 2×2 [...]

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March 28, 2017

Palit Announces UFS and GFS Series SSDs

Palit is expanding its business into the SSD sector with the release of its UVS and GF-S series SSDs.

The UVS series SSD is powered by a Phison S3111-S11 controller paired with TLC NAND. Sequential read and write performance is rated at 560MB/s and 470MB/s respectively, while random read and write is rated at 290MB/s and 340MB/s.

Manufacturer PalitModel UVS10AT-SSD120 UVS-SSD256 UVS-SSD480 UVS-SSD512Capacity 120GB 256GB 480GB 521GBNAND Planar TLC 3D TLCSequential Read 560MB/s 560MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/sSequential Write 375MB/s 470MB/s 465MB/s 465MB/sRandom Read 280MB/s 270MB/s 290MB/s 290MB/sRandom [...]
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March 28, 2017

AMD Ryzen 16-Core CPU, 12-Core CPU in the Works: Features Using Multiple Dies on MCM

Recently, the rumormill has been spinning after it was revealed that AMD may be introducing an even higher end desktop CPU with 12 and 16-cores based on AMD’s new Zen based architecture. A recent article posted by Turkish technology site, DonanimHaber, provided some new details regarding the upcoming processors.

According to the article, AMD will be releasing a 16-core, 32-thread and a 12-core, 24-thread Zen based CPU by combining multiple AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” CPUs in what’s called a MCM, or Multi-Chip Module. In the 16-core, 32-thread CPU, two full Ryzen 8-core dies are combined while the 12-core, 24-thread CPU will combine two Ryzen 6-core [...]

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March 28, 2017

Destiny 2 Officially Announced, Worldwide Reveal Trailer Coming March 30

The sequel to Bungie and Activision’s massively popular first-person shooter was recently teased on the studio’s official Twitter page along with a teaser trailer.

The teaser trailer, titled “Last Call”, shows Cayde-6 sharing war stories while downing a green drink. In the flashbacks, Destiny’s The Last City gets destroyed while Cayde-6 provides some entertaining commentary of the event. Unfortunately, no actual gameplay was revealed, but it does reveal that a “worldwide reveal trailer” is coming on March 30, presumably with actual gameplay.

Destiny 2 is expected to be released this fall. Hopefully, Destiny will be [...]

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March 28, 2017

Razer Updates Blade Pro Laptop, Gains THX Certification

In a recent announcement, Razer is launching an updated version of their flagship desktop replacement notebook, the Razer Blade Pro.

Aimed at high end gamers, enthusiasts, and content creators, the 0.88-inch thin Razer Blade Pro is one of the most feature packed notebooks in existence featuring a 17.3-inch IGZO UHD G-Sync display, an Intel Core i7-7820HK Quad Core CPU, 32GB DDR4 2667Mhz RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Graphics and up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD in RAID 0. Connectivity options include Killer Wireless AC 1535 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1, Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, three USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port and SDXC [...]

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March 27, 2017

Starcraft: Remastered Coming This Summer, Original Game Goes Free-to-Play

Starcraft is without a question the biggest competitive RTS series to have ever existed. Though Starcraft II has been out for 7 years, the original Starcraft is still going strong and continues to be played around the world. Due to its popularity, Blizzard has announced the Remastered edition of Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War which is slated to launch this summer.

The biggest change in the Remastered Edition will be the graphics. The game will have refined textures, effects, and sounds. It will also have proper support for 4K resolution. Further, both the singleplayer and multiplayer experience will also be improved in the remastered edition. Blizzard aims to [...]

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March 27, 2017

New Kailh BOX Mechanical Keyboard Switches are Water and Dust Resistant

Sometimes it’s better to think inside the box.

The new Kailh BOX switches have their stem sitting inside a protective box. This decreases the width of the gap between the stem and the switch housing when the key is depressed. The contact leaves also seem to be contained in their own compartments inside the switch, leaving no metal components exposed. As a result, the Kailh BOX switches are rated to be IP56 dust and water resistant and have a minimum lifespan of 80 million keystrokes.

The Kailh BOX switches will come in Red, Brown, White, and Black variants. Other than the new housing and a slightly shorter actuation distance, the BOX switches are [...]

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March 25, 2017

Intel X299 Platform and Core i7-7740K CPU Leaked in Sisoft Database

Early last month, rumors stirred that Intel was planning on releasing two new CPUs to combat AMD’s recently launched Ryzen CPUs. Following the initial rumors, information about the rumored CPUs have been quiet however, new information regarding the mysterious Intel Core i7-7740K processor and the X299 platform have surfaced thanks to some recently uploaded benchmarks in the SiSoft benchmark database.

The information leaked from the SiSoft database confirms that the Intel Core i7-7740K is indeed a 4C/8T CPU. Operating frequency is currently set at 4.3GHz (base) and 4.5Ghz (boost). The CPU also comes with 1MB of L2 and 8MB of L3 Cache. For comparison, the [...]

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