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AMD EPYC Rome in (Deep) Mini-ITX? ASRock Rack‘s New ROMED4ID-2T

ASRock Rack has unveiled its latest small form factor motherboard designed for AMDs EYPC processors, the ROMED4ID-2T. It is based on a new proprietary form factor similar to Mini-ITX,affectionally colloquialized as Deep Mini-ITX, which is slightly larger than standard mini-ITX. The board supports for EPYC Rome 7002 processors up to 64 cores. Being able to amalgamate up to 64 cores with a mini-ITX motherboard isnt a small feat; the ROMED4ID-2T d

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Best Laptops: Holiday 2020

Its time for our holiday look at the laptop market, and what a year 2020 has been in the laptop space. After starting out with a large number of Intel Ice Lake designs early in the year, AMD then countered with their best laptop chip to date - Renoir - solving many of the power issues of previous designs, and providing more cores than the competition. Not to be outdone, Intel countered with their 11th gen Tiger Lake SoC, building on the successe

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EDSFF Form Factor Updates In 2020: New Versions, Growing Adoption

The Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor family of standards is now about three years old, and continues to evolve. The EDSFF form factor options are gaining traction in several markets, and lessons learned by early adopters are still driving tweaks to the specifications. The myriad variations under the EDSFF umbrella have not been simplified much, but at least the brief format war between the EDSFF E1.S form factor and Samsungs NF1 has con

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ASRock Brings Zen 2 NUC : 4X4 BOX-4800U Renoir Mini-PC Reviewed

AMD-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) systems are slowly gaining market acceptance, with the Zen architecture slowly catching up with Intel on both the performance as well as power consumption front. AMDs latest and greatest has been reserved for the high-end desktop market, with the parts meant for low-power / compact systems appearing a few quarters later. Zen 3-based desktop CPUs were introduced recently. However, it is only now that Zen

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New Enterprise SSD Controllers From Silicon Motion, Phison, FADU

In the past month, three SSD controller designers have announced new enterprise NVMe SSD controllers, bringing a wave of new competition to the high-end enterprise/datacenter SSD market. FADU is a relative newcomer to the market, having only released one previous SSD controller. Silicon Motion and Phison are both very familiar competitors, but they have been most successful with their client/consumer SSD controllers; they have been stepping up t

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Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2020

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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Sponsored Post: HP OMEN Desktops with AMD Hardware Hit the Sweet Spot for Gamers

1080p and 1440p gaming will be the sweet spot for most gamers moving forward, and HP OMEN desktops outfitted with AMD‘s hardware deliver excellent performance in that context for a great price. Here‘s a look at why.

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The Corsair Gaming K100 RGB Keyboard Review: Optical-Mechanical Masterpiece

In todays review, we are taking a look at the successor of the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, the K100 RGB. The new flagship of Corsair‘s gaming keyboards is visually similar to the older K95, but the K100 RGB actually marks a significant improvement to Corsairs keyboard designs. With new optical-mechanical switches replacing traditional mechanical switches, a second rotary wheel, and more, Corsair has done a lot to not only stand apart in the

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ASRock First For B450 Ryzen 5000 Support: Beta BIOSes Now Available

One of the big unknowns for the newest AMD Ryzen 5000 processors is whether or not there will be support on all 400 series chipset-based motherboards. After initially saying that these motherboards would not be supported, AMD reversed course and said it would work with motherboard vendors to enable support. At the point when the processors were launched, AMD confirmed that the schedule for the first beta BIOSes for 400-series motherboards to sup

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Intel‘s New NUC Laptop Kit: Whitebook Tiger Lake For All

The Next Unit of Computing branding, known as NUC (pronounced nu-ck), has long been associated with Intel‘s small form factor desktop designs featuring mobile-class processors. Last year Intel broke that design philosophy with the introduction of the NUC 9 Pro, known as Quartz Canyon, which allowed for a PCIe graphics card in a unified box. Intel today is announcing the next step on the NUC journey, with a pre-built laptop featuring 10nm Q

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Intel‘s New eASIC N5X Series: Hardened Security for 5G and AI Through Structured ASICs

The programmability of a processor is a scale is all about flexibility and performance something highly programmable and customizable is adaptable to all sort of situations, but often isn‘t as fast. However, something that has a very specified compute pathway can go very fast, but can‘t do much beyond that pathway. On the flexible side, we have FPGAs, that can be configured to do almost anything. On the fixed side, we have ASICs, su

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Best SSDs: November 2020

A solid state drive is often the most important component for making a PC feel fast and responsive; any PC still using a mechanical hard drive as its primary storage is long overdue for an upgrade. The SSD market is broader than ever, with a wide range prices, performance and form factors. During the holiday season, the best sales tend to temporarily disrupt the usual market positioning of some drives; its not unusual to see a mainstream or hig

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Samsung Announces Exynos 1080 - 5nm Premium-Range SoC with A78 Cores

Today Samsung LSI announced the new Exynos 1080 SoC, a successor to last year‘s Exynos 980. This year‘s 1080 is seemingly positioned a little above the 980 in terms of performance as we‘re seeing some quite notable gains in features compared to the 980. It‘s to be remembered that this is a ‘premium‘ SoC, meaning it‘s not a flagship SoC, but it‘s also not quite a mid-range SoC, fitting itself in-bet

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Highpoint Updates NVMe RAID Cards For PCIe 4.0, Up To 8 M.2 SSDs

HighPoint Technologies has updated their NVMe RAID solutions with PCIe 4.0 support and adapter cards supporting up to eight NVMe drives. The new HighPoint SSD7500 series adapter cards are the PCIe 4.0 successors to the SSD7100 and SSD7200 series products. These cards are primarily aimed at the workstation market, as the server market has largely moved on from traditional RAID arrays, especially when using NVMe SSDs for which traditional hardware

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Xilinx and Samsung Launch SmartSSD Computational Storage Drive

At Samsungs Tech Day 2018 they debuted a collaboration with Xilinx to develop Smart SSDs that would combine storage with FPGA-based compute accelerator capabilities. Their proof of concept prototype combining a Samsung SSD and Xilinx FPGA on a PCIe add-in card has evolved into a 4TB U.2 drive that has completed customer qualification and reached general availability. The Samsung SmartSSD CSD includes all the guts of one of their high-end PCIe G

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MediaTek Subsidiary to Acquire Intel Enpirion Business for 85 Million

Today an agreement between MediaTek subsidiary Richtek and Intel has been made for Richtek to acquire Intel‘s power management solutions and controller product line known as Enpirion. The agreement will enable the sale of the division, subject to regulatory approval, for 85 million, and is expected to close in Q4. Intel‘s Enpirion business has been part of the company under the Programmable Solutions Group, formerly known as Altera,

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Best Consumer Hard Drives: November 2020

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The /GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showi

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‘Microsoft Pluton Hardware Security Coming to Our CPUs‘: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm

One of the key tenets of having good security is reducing how attackable your system is. This is what we call an attack surface a system needs as few attack surfaces as possible, and as small as possible, to minimize any potential unwarranted intrusion. Beyond that, any additional security to detect and protect is vital. Both hardware and software can be used for that layer of additional security, and it becomes particularly important when deal

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AMD Precision Boost Overdrive 2: Adaptive Undervolting For Ryzen 5000 Coming Soon

One of the ways that enthusiasts tinker with their processors is through overclocking: the attempt to get more performance by changing frequencies and voltages, up to the limits of the system. Another way is through undervolting removing voltage from the processor to help lower temperatures and offer higher thermal headroom (or lower power consumption). It all depends on the silicon, and if it can support it: AMD (and Intel) have to set hard li

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Best Intel Motherboards: November 2020

Moving into the holiday season for many, Intel recently unveiled details about its Rocket Lake (11th Gen) processorsset to come outin Q1 2020. With it will come a new wave of 500-series motherboards, and hopefully confirmation from vendors about which models will support PCIe 4.0 natively. This means were going to be in a bit of a mix when it comes to 400-series vs 500-series, and it will all depend on how the 500-series is rolled out to the mar

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Best Android Phones: November 2020

As winter is approaching and we‘re a few days away from Thanksgiving, we haven‘t seen too much news in the smartphone space in these latter months of the year. What has changed however, are pricings of several popular models we‘ve been recommending lately, with some notable price drops that do change the competitive landscape in terms of the value of your purchases.

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Microchip Announces PCIe 5.0 And CXL Retimers

Microchip is entering the market for PCIe retimer chips with a pair of new retimers supporting PCIe 5.0s 32GT/s link speed. The new XpressConnect RTM-C 8xG5 and 16xG5 chips extend the reach of PCIe signals while adding less than 10ns of latency. As PCIe speeds have increased, the practical range of PCIe signals across a circuit board has decreased, requiring servers to start including PCIe signal repeaters. For PCIe gen3, mostly-analog redriver

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Bittware 4x100G FPGA Card, Uses Intel 10nm Agilex and oneAPI

This week at the annual Supercomputing HPC show, we‘re going to see a number of high-profile enterprise announcements across a wide array of industries that support server and high-performance computing environments. One such announcement is from BittWare, which is announcing its new IA-840F add-in card built upon Intel‘s latest FPGA product line. The IA-840F add-in card is a PCIe 4.0 x16 enabled device for next-generation datacenter

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Marvell Announces 112G SerDes, Built on TSMC 5nm

So far we have three products in the market built on TSMC‘s N5 process: the Huawei Kirin 9000 5G SoC, found in the Mate 40 Pro, the Apple A14 SoC, found in the iPhone 12 family, and the Apple M1 SoC, which is in the new MBA/MBP and Mac Mini. We can now add another to that list, but it‘s not a standard SoC: here we have IP for a SerDes connection, now validated and ready for licensing in TSMC N5. Today Marvell is announcing its DSP-ba

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