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Valve Discontinues Steam Link Streaming Box

First launched mid-decade, Valve‘s Steam Link was one of several local game streaming products to hit the market, allowing users to play PC games away from their PC by streaming its contents to another room. And while the device definitely made an impression upon its launch, the writing has been on the wall for some time now that Valve hasn‘t been completely satisfied with the hardware. Now the company is announcing that they have wr

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Your Highness: G.Skill Trident Z Royal, Bling Factor 11

G.Skill this week has officially introduced its Trident Z Royal family of memory modules. This memoryfeaturing crystalline light bars with RGB lighting and polished heat spreaders. The modules will be available at various speed bins with a maximum data transfer rate of up to DDR4-4600. Taken at Computex on pre-production design G.Skill‘s Trident Z Royal memory modules will feature 8 GB and 16 GB capacities and will be available in dual-

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NVIDIA Unveils DGX-2H Server with 450W Tesla V100 GPUs

NVIDIA has introduced a new version of its DGX-2 server that is outfitted with higher-performing CPUs and GPUs. The DGX-2H server is powered by 16 Tesla V100 GPUs that run at higher clocks and feature a 450 W TDP each. The whole system consumes up to 12 kW of power and delivers 2.1 PetaFLOPS of compute horsepower. NVIDIA‘s DGX-2H is an updated version of the DGX-2 machine the company introduced earlier this year. The new system is based o

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FreeTail EVOKE Pro microSDXC UHS-II Memory Card Capsule Review

Almost all content capture devices employ memory cards (flash-based removable media) for storage. Hand-held consoles and many other computing systems (PCs as well as smartphones) also employ them for augmenting the available storage capacity. There are different varieties of memory cards catering to various performance levels. CompactFlash (CF) became popular in the late 90s, but, has now been overtaken by Secure Digital (SD) and its smaller for

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Arm Delivers on Cortex A76 Promises: What it Means for 2019 Devices

In the grand scheme of things, it hasn‘t been all that long since we first covered Arm‘s announcement of the new Cortex A76 CPU microarchitecture. The new CPU IP was publicly unveiled back on the first of June, and Arm had made big promises in regards to the performance and efficiency improvements of the new core. It‘s been a little over 5 months since then, and as we originally predicted, we‘ve seen vendors announce as w

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Managing 8 Rome CPUs in 1U: Cray‘s Shasta Direct Liquid Cooling

The Supercomputing show was a hive of activity, with lots of whispers surrounding the next generation of x86 CPUs, such as AMD‘s Rome platform and Intel‘s Cascade Lake platform. One of the big announcements at the start of the show is that Cray has developed an AMD Rome based version of its Shasta supercomputer deployments. Cray had a sizeable presence at the show, given its position as one of the most prominent supercomputer design

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Huawei Server Efforts: Hi1620 and Arm‘s Big Server Core, Ares

For at least four years now, Arm has been pushing its efforts to be a big part of the modern day server, the modern day data center, and in the cloud as a true enterprise player. Arm cores are found in plenty of places in the server world, with big deployments for its smartphone focused Cortex core family in big chips. However, over that same time period, we have been requesting a high-performance core, to compete in single threaded workloads wi

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Best Motherboards: Holiday 2018

With 2018 coming to a close and probably one of the busiest years in recent times in terms of motherboard and new chipset releases, an overabundance of choice makes choosing the right motherboard to seem a somewhat arduous task. With competition picking up once again between Intel and AMD in the CPU segment as noted in our Best CPUs for Gaming Holiday 2018 piece, its time to pick out some notable and interesting motherboards from whats currently

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Managing 16 Rome CPUs in 1U: Cray‘s Shasta Direct Liquid Cooling

The Supercomputing show was a hive of activity, with lots of whispers surrounding the next generation of x86 CPUs, such as AMD‘s Rome platform and Intel‘s Cascade Lake platform. One of the big announcements at the start of the show is that Cray has developed an AMD Rome based version of its Shasta supercomputer deployments. Cray had a sizeable presence at the show, given its position as one of the most prominent supercomputer design

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Scaling Inference with NVIDIA‘s T4: A Supermicro Solution with 320 PCIe Lanes

When visiting the Supercomputing conference this year, there were plenty of big GPU systems on display for machine learning. A large number were geared towards the heavy duty cards for training, but also a number of inference-only systems cropped up. In heeding the NVIDIA CEO‘s mantra of ‘the more you buy, the more you save‘, Supermicro showed me one of their scalable inference systems based around the newly released NVIDIA Tes

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Supermicro To Offer Reduced Memory Xeon Scalable

With big chips come big responsibility. One of the key elements of a big chip is its capability and connectivity, and there is always a big expectation that all of those features have to be used in every deployment. Whenever we talk about the LGA2066 consumer products built on mini-ITX reduced size platforms with only one PCIe slot, comments always pour in about why a user should buy a system that doesn‘t use all the features. Well, take a

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The Supermicro X11SCA-W Motherboard Review: For Entry Level Xeon

Intel recently released its server focused C246 chipset to the market to supplement the release of the entry-level Xeon E-2100 series of processors. On that day Supermicro released four different C246 models onto the market including the X11SCA-W which we are taking a look at today. The Supermicro X11SCA-W has support for up to 64GB of ECC and non-ECC memory, eight SATA ports, dual M.2 and a single U.2 port. The goal here is for a good run-of-th

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Networking Priority: Aquantia Introduces Action Center and Black Friday Deal on 10G

For a number of years, there has only really been one player in the home networking priority space with software aimed at gamers. Today, that changes: since the launch of Aquantia‘s multi-gigabit Ethernet cards that allow 2.5G, 5G and 10GBase-T connectivity over standard RJ-45 connections, the company has put work into its own networking priority software. The point of the software is to enable quality by prioritizing the network traffic,

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Knights Mill Spotted at Supercomputing

All the way back at Hot Chips 2017, we saw Intel launch its upgraded Xeon Phi processors, Knights Mill. These were updated versions of Knights Landing, using the same upgraded Silvermont x86 cores paired with AVX-512 units and MCDRAM, but focusing on variable length instructions for machine learning. Despite the launch way back when, we had not heard much about anyone using them. Until this past week, that is.

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Best Android Phones: Holiday 2018

In our series of best product guides, here‘s the latest update to our recommended Android Smartphone list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing (November 19th). Late fall is a very tough timing in terms of buying smartphones. If you‘re not an iOS/iPhone user, then it is not the best timing in terms of trying to buy a new generation device as the vast majority of line-ups from vendors are seei

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Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2018

Along with our quarterly laptop guide, near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a much more cyclical upgrade cycle, gaming laptops tend to evolve in lockstep with the major components inside them. For the gaming laptop market, this includes not only more powerful CPUs, but also more unique (for a laptop) components like discrete video cards, mechanical keyboards, and perhaps an IPS pan

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ASUS P11C-I: Intel C242-Based Motherboard for Xeon E Mini ITX Servers w/Optional SAS

ASUS has started sales of a low-cost motherboard for Intel Xeon E-series processors thats aimed at miniature servers. Based on a yet unannounced chipset, the P11C-I platform comes in the Mini ITX form-factor, so it can fit into very small chassis and/or ensure maximum density in a rack. Meanwhile, the mainboard supports up to eight storage devices out-of-box and up to 15 storage devices when outfitted with an optional ASUS PIKE II SAS card. The

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ASUS Launches Zen AiO 27 Z272SD: New Design, 4K, Six-Core CPU, dGPU, 32 GB RAM

ASUS has quietly added a new premium Zen AiO desktop to its lineup of all-in-one PCs. The latest high-end Zen AiO significantly improves in performance over the predecessor in almost all aspects, including the display, processor, discrete GPU, memory, storage subsystem, and so on. Furthermore, the new Zen AiO features a radically new design that enables its advanced capabilities. ASUS launched its first AIO PCs with 22 and 24-inch displays and

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SK Hynix Reveals DDR4-3200 Memory Chips with 4 Phase Clocking

SK Hynix this week announced that it has completed development of its latest-generation DDR4 memory chips. The new DRAM chips are made using the company‘s second-generation 10 nm-class fabrication technology (1Ynm) and feature a number of enhancements designed to cut-down die sizes, reduce power consumption, and improve their frequency potential. At a high level, the new 8 Gb DDR4-3200 chips consume 15% less power than the companys first-

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Best Mechanical Keyboards: Holiday 2018

Continuing our run of holiday buyers guides, today were taking a look at peripherals. Considering that a PC‘s peripherals can easily outlive the main system‘s components and usually stay the same even after several main system upgrades, they are often not given the attention they deserve. Keyboards are just such a component; it is the main interface with the PC, yet most casual users hardly stop to consider what would be the most pra

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Intel Partner Discloses Cascade Lake Xeon Scalable Launch Window

This week at Supercomputing, everyone is getting excited about next generation hardware, not only on x86 but also GPUs, POWER, Arm, FPGAs, and accelerators. The danger of having so many partners trying to get business for their products and discuss future generations of products is that not everything is qualified through the original manufacturers and leaks are made. This is one such leak.

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The Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro Review: Kirin 980 Powering Two Contrasting Devices

As far as handset vendors go, Huawei holds special importance to me. Theirdeviceswere among the first that I ever reviewed here on AnandTech, and theMateseries has been one that I‘ve personally watched while it has evolved over the years. There‘s been ups and downs in their products, but Huawei always showed a consistent amount of progress with each generation, raising the quality of the product, inching ever closer to making themsel

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PCI-SIG Warns Of Incompatibilities Between M.2 And Samsung‘s NGSFF/NF1

PCI-SIG, the standards committee behind PCI Express and related standards, has issued a warning about incompatibilities between their M.2 standard and Samsungs NGSFF/NF1 SSD form factor. The notice from PCI-SIG does not refer to Samsung by name, but does indirectly call them out for basing a new form factor on a mechanically identical M.2 connector without introducing a new keying option to prevent improper insertion of M.2 drives into NGSFF slo

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NVIDIA Announces Q3 FY 2019 Results: Lots Of Stock

This afternoon, NVIDIA announced their earnings for the third quarter of their 2019 fiscal year. Revenue was up 21% year-over-year to 3.181 billion. NVIDIA had margins this quarter of 60.4%, up 0.9% from the same time last year. Operating income for the quarter was 1.058 billion, up 18% from a year ago, and due to a booked tax benefit of 149 million, net income was 1.23 billion, up 47% from a year ago. Earnings per share came in at 1.97, up 48%.

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