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The Golden Age of Graphics? The Number of GPU Developers Skyrockets in 2020

The number of graphics processing units (GPU) developers grew to 19 last year as multiple companies are preparing for looming artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and edge computing megatrends, according to an observation by GraphicSpeak, a Jon Peddie Research (JPR) publication. The question is, how many of the started GPU projects will actually come to fruition?  Dozens of companies used to develop discrete graphics processors (dGPUs) in the 1980s and the 1990s, but their number shrank to less than half a dozen by the early 2000s and to two (or three, depending on how you count) later in the decade. By the…

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This $30 Case Fan Purifies Your PC with UV Lighting and High-Tech Filters

If you’re a fan (*cough*) of cool hardware, the Apexgaming AC-120Ti should be right up your alley. The AC-120Ti isn’t your ordinary case fan as it actually features what the brand calls a “nano photocatalyst air purification” system that purifies the air that goes into your computer case. Apexgaming’s description of the AC-120Ti is a bit overwhelming for those of us that didn’t pay more attention in our chemistry classes. The AC120Ti comes with a front filter, which basically acts as a dust filter, to help block large dust and other external materials from entering the fan. According to Apexgaming,…

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Rumor: RTX 2060 and 2060 Super Getting OEM Re-Releases

Nvidia’s Turing architecture isn’t throwing in the towel just yet, according to a new report from French hardware site Overclocking.com. According to the site’s unnamed sources, Nvidia is currently prepping its OEMs to re-release the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super lines of GPUs. This comes about a month ahead of the regular GeForce RTX 3060 release (the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is already out), and points to either new budget GPU options or serious Ampere stock problems going forward. “Manufacturers have received a stock of GPUs from Nvidia in order to re-manufacture RTX 2060 cards,” Overclocking.com writes (via Google…

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Issues with Chip Packaging to Affect Supply of Client Processors in 2021

Demand for client PCs, consumer electronics, servers, and other high-tech equipment is driving sales of various processors and in the recent quarters semiconductor supply chain has failed to meet demand for chips. Not only do foundries not have enough capacity to build silicon for their clients, but lead times at packaging houses have also increased significantly. Based on media reports, issues with chip packaging will affect supplies of client CPUs and GPUs as well as various consumer-grade electronics throughout the whole year.  Different chips use different types of packaging. Small integrated circuits (ICs) that do not require a complex power supply and…

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Gigabyte Drowns RTX 3080 Gaming GPU Under Beefy Waterblock

The RTX 3080 is a wonderful GPU to begin with in its ‘stock’ Nvidia Founder’s Edition variant, but slap a waterblock on it and you’ve got something truly wonderful. But not everyone is comfortable with the procedure — not always because of the danger, but also warranty concerns. With that in mind, Gigabyte is releasing the RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce, as spotted by VideoCardz. The GPU hasn’t been listed on Gigabyte’s website yet. This GPU comes in addition to the earlier announced Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme Waterforce, which has a bigger PCB with elaborate VRM circuitry and a block with…

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Biostar Unveils Flagship Valkyrie Z590 Motherboards

Biostar has introduced two motherboards based on Intel’s Z590 platform that belong to its all-new Valkyrie range. The new premium family includes two new boards, the ATX Z590 Valkyrie and a Mini-ITX Z590i Valkyrie,  models which are expected to address the needs of demanding gamers and enthusiasts offering them advanced features that they come to expect from high-end mainboards.  For many years Biostar focused on entry-level, midrange, and specialized motherboards leaving lucrative higher-end platforms for gamers and enthusiasts to larger players. Several years ago, the company unveiled its Racing-series platforms designed for gamers, and while they were clearly not entry-level…

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Linux is Finally on Apple M1…Kind Of.

Half of the reason to buy a Mac is to get native support for macOS, but that doesn’t mean Mac owners don’t also suffer from the grass-is-greener syndrome. While Apple’s operating system is known for being casual friendly and is also the OS system people who grew up on its products might be more familiar with, PC users are always quick to point out that the extra steps it adds to actions like installing programs can slow down more serious work. It’s currently possible to emulate Windows for ARM on Apple’s latest M1 Macs, but what if you want to…

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Roundup: ASRock, Asus, and Sapphire Reviewed

AMD launched the Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 on November 23, 2020. The first of the new RDNA2 architecture graphics cards had plenty to offer, ranking near the top of our GPU benchmarks hierarchy and earning a place on our list of the best graphics cards. AMD does particularly well with games that don’t support ray tracing. In such cases, there are quite a few games where the 6800 XT leads the (theoretically) more expensive RTX 3080, though enabling ray tracing or DLSS quickly turns the tables. The biggest problem, as we’ve seen with all of the recent…

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Intel’s Alder Lake-S CPU Hits 4 GHz, Flaunting DDR5 Memory

A never-before-seen Alder Lake-S processor sample (via momomo_us) has surfaced with improved specifications and DDR5 support. The hybrid chip seemingly sports the same 16-core, 32-thread configuration as an early sample that appeared back in October, potentially helping Intel climb up the rankings of our CPU benchmark hierarchy.  SiSoftware detects the Alder Lake-S part as a 16-core part, meaning there are eight Golden Cove cores and eight Gracemont cores onboard. The configuration coincides with one of many possible Alder Lake-S combinations that appeared in a coreboot patch. Unless Intel has another combination in the pipeline, the 16-core Alder Lake-S should be…

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Samsung Announces 870 EVO SSDs with 128-Layer TLC Flash

Samsung is preparing to update its EVO lineup of SSDs with the new 870 EVO series, featuring generational improvements to Samsung’s current 860 EVO lineup. Samsung uses the latest 128-Layer 3D TLC NAND technology (same as the 980 Pro) for its 870 Evo, which could boost read and write speeds by up to 10% (if the SATA 3 interface will allow it) and increase queue depth 1 performance by up to 30%. The drives come in capacities ranging from a paltry 250GB up to a capacious 4TB. Samsung covers the drives with a five-year warranty. Both sequential and random performance…

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When Small Meets Ampere: Multiple Mini-ITX GeForce RTX 30 Cards Unveiled

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series consumer graphics cards and its Ampere architecture are generally not the company’s most economical solutions in terms of power consumption, at least compared to its launches over the last several years. Yet, with a proper power management and cooling system, you can get an Ampere into a Mini-ITX system. Palit Microsystems is the first graphics card maker to bring Ampere to the small form factor.   Palit Microsystems, which happens to be one of the world’s largest graphics card makers with its Palit, Gainward, Galax, and KFA2 brands, is among the first to announce Mini-ITX add-in-boards running…

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AOC 31.5-inch 155 Hz Curved QHD Gaming Monitor Spotted in Early Listing

AOC is coming out with a new gaming monitor: the AG323QCX2 — or rather, a 31.5-inch VA-based gaming panel, as listed on AOC’s Chinese website.  The display is naturally quite large at 31.5 inches, but with a QHD resolution it should be quite manageable to run. Because it’s a VA panel, it has a 3000:1 static contrast ratio that can produce deep, inky blacks, 121% of the sRGB color space and 91% of DCI-P3 will help with rich colors on the other end of the spectrum too. AOC quotes a Delta-E (color difference from real) of under two, which is…

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Raspberry Pi 4-Track Looper: DIY Pro Sound Equipment

A fun aspect of building with the Raspberry Pi is how easy it is to develop a custom version of unique equipment—like this Raspberry Pi-powered 4-track looper created by The Psychotenuse on YouTube. These projects often come at a lower cost, but when they don’t, they usually make up for it with additional features. Not only did the maker show his project off, but you can also recreate it yourself by following the complete tutorial. Everything you need to develop your own loop station is shared and carefully explained in the instructions. The looper is used to mix music in…

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China Debuts First 7nm Data Center GPU To Rival Nvidia, AMD

Shanghai Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor Co., Ltd., commonly known as Tianshu Zhixin, announced that its Big Island (BI) GPGPU has come to life. The BI is touted as China’s first domestic GPGPU that’s tailored towards AI and HPC applications and other industries, such as education, medicine, and security. The BI packs 24 billion transistors, and it’s based on a home-made GPU architecture. The chip is built with the cutting-edge 7nm process node and 2.5D CoWoS (chip-on-wafer-on-substrate) packaging. Tianshu Zhixin doesn’t explicitly reveal the foundry that’s responsible for producing the BI. However, the description of the node coincides with one of TSMC’s…

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How to Run G-Sync on a FreeSync Monitor

(Image credit: Shutterstock) Gamers everywhere have undoubtedly read the news by now. In January of 2019, Nvidia started announcing a number of AMD FreeSync monitors that the company has officially certified as being able to run its rival adaptive sync technology, G-Sync, as well as releasing a software-based version of G-Sync. Since then, some have found additional FreeSync displays that can run G-Sync. But for our purposes, we’ll concentrate only on the panels tested and approved by Nvidia. Getting StartedTo see the complete list of G-Sync Compatible displays, as Nvidia calls them, visit Nvidia’s website. At the bottom, you’ll see…

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Nvidia Silently Changes Its G-Sync Ultimate Requirements

It’s been observed by PC Monitors and noticed when comparing Nvidia’s G-Sync page today to that of November 2020, that Nvidia has quietly eased its requirements for a monitor to be classified as a G-Sync Ultimate monitor.  During CES 2021 and during Nvidia’s live stream, several new monitors were announced; ASUS PG32UQX, LG 34GP950G, and the MSI MEG381CQR. Of which two of those monitors listed are classified as VESA DisplayHDR 600 (600 maximum nits brightness) and received Nvidia’s G-Sync Ultimate badge.  This is quite a change from the original requirements for a monitor to be classified as a G-Sync Ultimate…

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Asus Reveals Compact Dual Fan GeForce RTX 3060

Asus Vietnam (via momomo_us) has shared renders and the specifications for the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition (DUAL-RTX3060-O12G) on its official Facebook page. The compact, Ampere-based graphics card will surely attract a lot of attention from SFF lovers. The Dual GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition is armed with 3,584 CUDA cores, 112 Tensor cores and 28 RT cores. The graphics card’s 12GB of GDDR6 memory, which is clocked at 15 Gbps, sits comfortably on a 192-bit memory interface. This setup is enough to allow the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition to deliver a maximum theoretical memory bandwidth that…

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Novachips Announces 8TB Military-Grade SSDs

Flash storage maker, Novachips has just upgraded its NVS3800 storage controller to FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, allowing Novachips to sell its NVS3800 hardware to government agencies and other corporations who take security very seriously. (Image credit: Novachips)The FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for military and governmental agencies that require devices to meet a certain level of security. Basically, if you want any luck selling your hardware to the government, you need some kind of certification like this. Fortunately for Novachips, the company was able to implement the additional encryption…

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Seagate FireCuda 120 SATA SSD Review: Fast, Expensive, and Enduring

Today’s best Seagate FireCuda 120 1TB dealsSeagate FireCuda 120 2.5″…Amazon£302.61We check over 130 million products every day for the best pricesAre you looking to replace your slow HDD storage with high-capacity flash? Seagate’s FireCuda 120 might be a good fit. The FireCuda SATA SSD is spacious, has a high endurance rating, and is designed specifically for gamers.  Seagate tapped Phison-designed hardware and BICS4 96-Layer TLC flash to create the 4TB FireCuda 120. Although Seagate built the SSD for gamers, it’s very high endurance ratings appeal to creative content editors and prosumers, too. As expected for a 4TB SSD, the price…

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The Ryzen-Powered Aya Neo Tablet Debuts In February

The creator of the Aya Neo Ryzen powered gaming tablet has decided to finally launch the Aya Neo worldwide. Next month, the Aya Neo will go on an Indiegogo campaign where you can purchase the tablet for $699. The campaign will last just 30 days. The Aya Neo is a one-of-a-kind gaming tablet packed with full-blown mobile PC components in a form factor, similar to the Nintendo Switch. Specs-wise, the Aya Neo features a Zen 2 based hexa-core Ryzen 5 4500U (with its integrated Vega IGP), 16GB of LPDDR4X 4266Mhz RAM, an NVME SSD, an 800P display, and a 47WH…