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AMD’s 600-Series Chipsets Pass PCIe 4.0 Validation

When AMD teased its upcoming Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors for the AM5 socket, the chipmaker indicated that the Zen 4 chips support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 interfaces. However, AMD did not say whether PCIe 5.0 will be supported only by the upcoming CPUs or by both processors and AMD’s 600-series chipsets. So, for now, it looks like PCIe Gen5 is reserved only for CPUs. This week it transpired that PCI-SIG had validated the interoperability of AMD’s 600-series AM5 chipsets with PCIe 4.0 x4 devices at a 16 GT/s data transfer rate, which may indicate that the company’s next-generation core logic does not…

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Zotac Squeezes Nvidia A4500 GPU Into an 8-Inch Case

Now is a good time to be in the market for a small-form-factor PC, it seems, as Zotac is at it again. Once again via the redoubtable Liliputing (opens in new tab), news reaches us of the ZBOX QTG7A4500 (opens in new tab), a tiny pro workstation just 8 inches square that houses an Nvidia RTX A4500 GPU (opens in new tab) with 16GB of GDDR6 memory and an eight-core i7. Image 1 of 4 (Image credit: Zotac)Image 2 of 4 (Image credit: Zotac)Image 3 of 4 (Image credit: Zotac)Image 4 of 4 (Image credit: Zotac)That CPU is the i7-11800H,…

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Liquid-cooled Comino Grando RM workstations offer next-generation GPU performance

Comino Grando RM workstations are a new breed of Hyper Performance workstation (HYPE WS) that can transform the workflows of game designers, AI scientists, security forensic teams and medical researchers who rely on artificial intelligence and machine learning. If your work is heavily dependent on multiple GPUs, Comino Grando RM workstations offer industry-leading performance, while their server-grade liquid cooling, which keeps the temperature of the components down, means that they are incredibly quiet as well. Rather than using noisy fans, which can get distracting, the systems use water cooling that is more efficient and a lot quieter. Because the workstations…

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Game Anywhere With an RTX A4500 Strapped to Your Back

Zotac has announced the fourth iteration of its “industry-leading wearable PC” called the VR GO 4.0, designed for Virtual Reality gaming. The latest update to the backpack PC features a CPU upgrade to an 11th Gen mobile CPU and a switch from GeForce RTX graphics to a more efficient graphics solution based on Nvidia’s RTX workstation GPUs. Zotac introduced its original VR-focused backpack PC back in 2016. Since then, Zotac has been improving its design incrementally almost every year. However, this latest interpretation appears to exclusively focus on component upgrades to the VR GO’s CPU and graphics card. Zotac didn’t…

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Best PC Gaming Headsets 2022: Budget, Wired and Wireless

Finding the best gaming headset is arguably as important as choosing the right keyboard, monitor, or even graphics card. The sound of your virtual world and how you communicate with your teammates all depends on the device you wear on your head.  But choosing the best gaming headset for your ears and head shape isn’t easy, due in part to the sheer amount of options that are available. With the ever-rising popularity of esports and the relative simplicity of combining off-the-shelf audio hardware with cushy earcups, a sprinkle of software wizardry and a mic, PC gamers are now offered more…

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AMD EXPO Memory OC Feature Confirmed in MSI Computex Presentation

More information regarding AMD EXPO Technology came to light via an MSI Computex presentation showcasing its new AMD X670 chipset motherboards. In a slide comparing and contrasting AMD Raphael (Ryzen 7000 series CPUs) with AMD Vermeer (Ryzen 5000 series), MSI revealed that Raphael improves on its predecessor with support for memory overclocking (OC) via AMD EXPO technology. VideoCardz spotted the slide and AMD’s earlier references to using this feature to enable support for DDR5-6000CL30 and DDR5-6400CL32 on its test platforms. We reported on AMD EXPO about a month ago, when it became clear AMD was developing this technology as its…

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Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz G-Sync Monitor Showcased at Nvidia Computex Event

Nvidia’s near hour long Computex 2022 keynote presentation has wrapped. There wasn’t a lot of fresh meat for PC gamers and enthusiasts during the show, but the new Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz G-Sync monitor caught our eye. SVP of Nvidia’s PC Business, Jeff Fisher revealed this new monitor and called it “the lowest latency, highest refresh rate, G-Sync eSports display ever created.”  The Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz G-Sync monitor has been “designed from the ground up for eSports,” says Nvidia. Central to its underlying technology is a new kind of display panel dubbed an E-TN (eSports Twisted Nematic)…

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Watch AMD’s Computex 2022 Keynote Here, May 22 at 11pm PT

(Image credit: AMD/Twitter)AMD CEO Lisa Su is set to present the Computex 2022 keynote on May 22 at 11pm ET (UTC+8), and you can watch the festivities live, or later at your own convenience, in the embedded video below. We’ve also included a guide to the different time zones below.  If you’re in the US, you’ll have to be a night owl to catch the show live, but we expect it will be worth the trouble. AMD is expected to share new details about its 5nm Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ Zen 4 CPUs that will soon vie for a spot on…

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Hot Chips 34 Reveals Intel’s 3D Foveros Ambitions for Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake CPUs

The organizers have shared the schedule for the Hot Chip Symposium 2022. Intel has booked a lot of presentation time with experts sharing information and insight about its latest GPUs, CPUs, foundry technologies, etc. Other key PC technology firms at Hot Chips 34 include AMD, Arm, and Nvidia. Well-known tech industry pioneers like Samsung, Tesla, MediaTek, and Cerebras will be there. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Hot Chips 34 will be a virtual conference that will take place live over the days specified. Still, all presentations will be recorded and made available after processing. Intel’s Hot Chips 34 ScheduleIntel’s…

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MSI MPG Z690 Edge WIFI DDR4 Motherboard Review: Affordable Enthusiast Bliss?

Today’s best MSI MPG Z690 Edge WIFI dealsNo price informationCheck AmazonWe check over 250 million products every day for the best pricesThe MSI Z690 Edge WIFI DDR4 hails from the MPG line of motherboards, in the middle of the company’s product stack. While it may not have all of the bells and whistles that some high-end MEG-class boards do, the MPG line (and the Edge WIFI) all come well-equipped and ready to take on whatever Alder Lake processors dish out, including our i9-12900K test chip. The Z690 Edge WIFI DDR4 ($299.99) is at the bottom of the MPG series, with…

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Radeon RX 6300M Cross Swords With GeForce MX450 In Geekbench 5

AMD’s Radeon RX 6300M has appeared in a pair of new Geekbench 5 benchmark results with underwhelming performance. Scores in the Vulkan and OpenCL (via Benchleaks) benchmarks showed Nvidia’s previous-generation MX450 mobile GPU close to outperforming the Radeon RX 6300M. AMD’s Radeon RX 6300M is the entry-level mobile GPU for its latest RDNA 2 lineup on the spec sheet. The GPU packs just 12 compute units for 768 cores on a cut-down Navi 24 die. Video memory and Infinity Cache sizes are just as neutered, with a maximum supported capacity of just 2GB for the main GDDR6 memory and a…

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How To Manage Users in Linux

User management may not sound like the most glamorous task, but nonetheless it is an essential part of a busy system administrator’s job. Creating new users, be they your family, friends or co-workers involves giving them the correct permissions, and managing what they can do. All of this can be done via the GUI and the terminal and in this how to we will show how. (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)All the commands in this how-to will work on most Linux machines. We’ve used a Ubuntu 20.04 install but you could run this how-to on a Raspberry Pi. Some of thia…

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Samsung Showcases Advanced 3nm Chips to U.S., South Korean Presidents

Samsung on Friday demonstrated the industry’s first chip made using its 3 nm-class process technology featuring gate-all-around type transistors to Joe Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol, presidents of the U.S. and South Korea. The company is on track to start high-volume manufacturing of chips using its 3GAE technology in Q2 2022.  On Friday, Joe Biden arrived at the U.S. Osan Air Base in South Korea and immediately headed to Samsung’s flagship semiconductor manufacturing facility near Pyeongtaek, which is currently the world’s only fab that can produce chips using the company’s 3 nm-class process technology. South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol joined President Biden…

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Best Password Managers 2022: Free and Paid

You’re probably wondering if password managers are really necessary.  The short answer: Yes.  The long answer: You may no longer be using the same easy-to-guess combo of your hometown and the year you graduated high school as a password for everything from your bank account to Neopets, but that doesn’t mean you have strong password game.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve perfected your Sherlockian mind palace, you’ll never be able to beat a computer when it comes to remembering long, random strings of letters, numbers, and special characters — and long, random strings of letters, numbers, and special characters are…

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AMD Patents Automatic Memory Overclocking Tool

AMD has filed a patent for a program that performs automatic memory overclocking to simplify enthusiasts’ lives. The app can automatically test overclocked memory modules for stability and locally store memory overclocking profiles unique to a particular system.   Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) overclocking has existed for decades. At first, companies like Corsair cherry-picked memory ICs that could safely work at high frequencies and/or with low latencies. It then built modules that were guaranteed to work at specific frequencies, timings and voltages but required those settings to be entered manually into BIOS. To simplify things, Intel introduced its eXtreme Memory…

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The Future Games Show Powered by Mana Airs Saturday, June 11

Tune in to The Future Games Show Powered by Mana on Saturday, June 11, to get an up close look at 40 games and titles developed by leading publishers in the industry. The Future Games Show will be broadcast by our sister site, GamesRadar, across multiple sources so you can choose your flavor with streams available on Facebook, Twitch, Youtube, and Twitter. The show is planned to kick off at 12:00 PDT / 15:00 EDT / 20:00 BST. Highlights include game showcases, world premieres, exclusive announcements, and interviews with top developers, including Thunderful, Team17, and Amanita Design. In addition, viewers are welcome to indulge in…

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SK Hynix Releases New PCIe 4.0 SSD With Record-Breaking Performance

As reported by Windows Central, SK Hynix has released a brand new PCIe Gen 4 SSD known as the Platinum P41, featuring capacities of up to 2TB and sequential speeds of up to 7000MB. However, its most prominent feature is its incredibly fast random read and write speeds of 1,400,000 IOPS and 1,400,000 IOPS respectively. Making the P41 one of the fastest SSDs on the market in terms of random read and write performance. For some perspective, the fastest SSD we’ve tested so far (like the Samsung 980 Pro 2TB) has peaked at 1,000,000 IOPS for random read speeds and…

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Exo Sense RP Brings A Bundle of Sensors to RP2040

New from Sfera Labs is the Exo Sense RP, a version of its existing Exo Sense range of multi-sensor modules for environmental monitoring, now featuring Raspberry Pi’s RP2040 SoC at its core. Thanks to CNX Software for bringing this one to our attention. Sfera Labs are delighted to announce the extension of its widely-deployed family of Exo Sense Raspberry Pi-based technologies with the launch of Exo Sense RP https://t.co/GN9x0zhRNX#SferaLabs #raspberrypi #sensortechnology #industrial #industrialautomation pic.twitter.com/KkgeRgOKVbMay 18, 2022 See moreInside the off-white ABS plastic shell you’ll find temperature, humidity, and air quality (VOC) sensors, plus a light intensity monitor, PIR motion sensor,…

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Russian Company Taps China’s Zhaoxin x86 CPU to Replace AMD, Intel CPUs

Now that AMD and Intel do not officially sell their processors in Russia, the country has to find replacements to not find itself in the stone age one day. This week Dannie, a motherboard maker with offices in Russia, China, Lithuania, and Turkey, introduced its new motherboard based on Zhaoxin’s system-on-chip. While this chip can barely compete against modern CPUs from AMD and Intel, it is compatible with the vast majority of apps and OSes, so it can indeed replace these processors. Dannie’s MBX-Z60A micro-ATX motherboard features Zhaoxin’s eight-core KaiXian KX-6640MA system-on-chip featuring the LuJiaZui microarchitecture, a 4MB of L2 cache,…

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Nvidia May Prep GeForce GTX 1630 To Rival Radeon RX 6400

Out of nowhere, rumors have emerged that Nvidia is reportedly planning to put together a GeForce GTX 1630 GPU to compete in the entry-level market, as reported by VideoCardz. Specifications are unknown. Still, the name does suggest it will leverage Nvidia’s older Turing architecture rather than Ampere. If this information is accurate, the GTX 1630’s sole purpose is probably to compete against AMD’s Radeon RX 6400. VideoCardz admitted that all its data surrounding the GTX 1630 is nothing but rumors; however, the news outlet has double-confirmed with its sources that Nvidia is planning to make this GPU. Apparently, that part of the…