Dell this week began shipments of its curved ultra-wide 38401600 UltraSharp U3818DW display. The monitor is the fourth screen of this size and with this resolution on the market, and one of a few displays with a USB Type-C input (via DP 1.2 alternate mode). Dell is positioning its U3818DW as a business-class monitor, so it gets market-typical features such as an antiglare coating, but notably it does not get support for AMD‘s FreeSync (whi
MAINGEAR this week introduced the first small form-factor Razer Edition desktop aimed at loyal clients of Razer. The new MAINGEAR R2 Razer Edition uses AMD‘s and Intel‘s latest platforms and comes with a lot of green lights, green coolant, and other green features to reflect the company‘s main color. Razer has made quite a name for itself over the years in the gaming laptop market, but instead of entering the desktop business,
Without making any formal announcements, Asus has quietly added a new gaming display to their product lineup. The VP28UQG features a 4K resolution, a 1 ms response time, as well as AMD‘s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology. The new monitor does not belong to the premium ROG product family and does not support high refresh rates, so all signs point to Asus positioning it as an entry-level monitor. The ASUS VP28UQG display is equipped
ADATA has introduced two new families of 3D NAND-based SSDs aimed at industrial applications. Dubbed the ISSS314 and the IM2P3388, these drives are designed to handle extreme temperatures as well as humidity levels, allowing them to work reliably in very tough environmental conditions. The more powerful IM2P3388 drives use a PCIe interface and offer high performance levels along with a powerful ECC engine and encryption, whereas the less speedy
This week Alphacool announced the availability of their new M.2 SSD Coolers, the HDX-2 and HDX-3. Some may recall the original HDX M.2 cooler was a simple, passive, clip on heatsink for M.2 SSDs, and was designed to help prevent thermal throttling which has a tendency to plague synthetic test results on some M.2 based drives. With the advent of the HDX-2 and HDX-3, they have moved beyond the simple clip cooler and to using a PCIe x4 card. This d
Most enthusiasts are familiar with ASUS‘ Republic of Gamers (ROG) sub-brand bringing users what they stateis an innovativelineup of products, promoted for performance and qualitywith gaming in mind. The ROG lineup has motherboards, graphic cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, even audio equipment, routers, and other peripherals. Today ASUS has announced in the US an addition to the AMD ROG family, the Crosshair VI Extreme Motherboard (C6E).
Today Intel subsidiary Movidius is launching their Neural Compute Stick (NCS), a version of which was showcased earlier this year at CES 2017. The Movidius NCS adds to Intel‘s deep learning and AI development portfolio, building off of Movidius‘ April 2016 launch of the Fathom NCS and Intel‘s later acquisition of Movidius itself in September 2016. As Intel states, the Movidius NCS is ‘the world‘s first self-containe
This week, the Slovenian based liquid cooling manufacturer,EKWB (EK Water Blocks) released a new monoblock which is custom made for specific MSI X299 motherboards, and named the EK-FB MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon RGB Monoblock. MSI claims this solution provides up to 30% cooler VRM and CPU temperatures as measured at the back of the PCB.It has a built-in 4-pin RGB LED strip compatible with MSI‘s Mystic Light software in order tocustomizethe
ADATA this week launched yet another family of midrange SSDs aimed at gamers. The XPG Gammix S10 products are based on a well-known controller from Silicon Motion and resemble the company‘s XPG SX7000 series announced in April. The new drives are equipped with a radiator to avoid performance throttling, and while using the M.2 form factor, will only fit into desktops as a consequence. Over the past few quarters ADATA become one the larges
In a bid to expand its portfolio of products, Logitech this week acquired ASTRO Gaming, whom is primarily known for its high-end headsets for consoles and PCs. The move will help Logitech to address the console gaming market with high-margin products and strengthen its headset lineup in general. Logitech‘s family of products includes tens of mice and keyboards, many of which are designed for gamers with different requirements and budgets.
Toshiba on Wednesday introduced its first BiCS 3D TLC NAND flash chips with 512 GB and 1 TB capacities. . The new ICs stack 8 or 16 3D NAND devices using through silicon vias (TSVs) and are currently among the highest capacity non-volatile memory stacks available in the industry. Commercial products powered by the 512 GB and 1 TB packages are expected to hit the market in 2018, with an initial market focus on high-end enterprise SSDs Stacking N
Last week Intel recently updated its specifications for the 7th generation processors. In doing so, we can see several new Kaby Lake i3 SKUs coming to desktop, along with a few new KBL-Useries SoCs for notebooks and a new Xeon E3-1285 v6 CPU, which matches the specification for Apples newest iMac. The full specification update from Intel is listed here. New Desktop Core i3 Kaby Lake CPUs The existing lineup of Core i3 on the desktop has six mo
Kontron and ST Deutschland Holding on Monday announced that shareholders of both companies have agreed to merge the two companies. Kontron, which is known for its servers, small form-factor PCs, and other specialized hardware, will retain its brand, but will gain access to ST‘s software and contract manufacturing capabilities. Meanwhile, ST will broaden its hardware portfolio. Combined, sales of the two companies are expected to hit the 1
Samsung on Tuesday announced that it is increasing production volumes of its 8 GB, 8-Hi HBM2 DRAM stacks due to growing demand. In the coming months the company‘s 8 GB HBM2 chips will be used for several applications, including those for consumers, professionals, AI, as well as for parallel computing. Meanwhile, AMD‘s Radeon Vega graphics cards for professionals and gamers will likely be the largest consumers of HBM2 in terms of volu
With last week‘s release of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two, Intel has released their Graphics Driver 15.46 to provide launch support, as well as bugfixes, feature updates, Computer Vision and AI application development support, and support for Windows 10 Creator‘s Update features. The driver is only for Windows 10 64-bit, and applies to Intel HD, Iris, and Iris Pro graphics on 6th and 7th generation processors (Skylake and Kaby La
The past few months have been full of announcements and releases for all-in-one liquid cooled graphics cards, and now Colorful is joining the fray with their iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W. First teased at Computex 2017, the Neptune W comes equipped with an all-in-one closed loop cooling solution, featuring a novel 240mm radiator. While Colorful is a China-based vendor, at Computex 2017 the company also disclosed plans to launch their iGam
Last night out of the blue, we received an email from AMD, sharing some of the specifications for the forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to be announced today. Up until this point, we knew a few things Threadripper would consist of two Zeppelin dies featuring AMD‘s latest Zen core and microarchitecture, and would essentially double up on the HEDT Ryzen launch. Double dies means double pretty much everything: Threadripper would support up
Patriot has published a list of its memory modules that are verified and compatible with AMD Ryzen processors. This includes the Viper 4 and Viper Elite modules that are already on the market, and the announcement was made after the company ran extensive tests of its DDR4 DIMMs on different platforms supporting AMD‘s latest CPUs. As previously reported, with AMD‘s release of its Zen based CPUs a few months ago, there were some growi
A few weeks ago we talked about Tyan‘s demonstration of two new HPC servers for high-performance computing and deep workloads, the Tyan FT77D-B7109 and FT48B-B1700. Tyan looks to continue updating their HPC server platform using Intels newly launched Skylake-SP Xeons, and this week has added the GA88-B5631, TN200-B7108-X4S, and GT62F-B5630 to their lineup. A peer-to-peer single root complex 1U server, the GA88-B5631 server platform can be
In this review we are having a look at two mainstream, Intel Z270 based gaming motherboards: the Asus Prime Z270-A and the GIGABYTE Z270X-Ultra Gaming. They look very similar on paper, with both retailing for the almost the same retail price and even using the same audio, LAN and USB chipsets, but each motherboard has its own strengths and weaknesses, which will examine in this review.
Gigabyte this week has taken the wraps off of a new motherboard built specifically for the again popular cryptocurrency mining crowd: the H110-D3A. Like other boards targeted at mining, there isa plethora of PCIe x1 slots. Design choices, like having several PCIe x1 slots on mining motherboardsmakeit more cost effective to simply addmore video cards in instead of expanding to additional systems. Meanwhile some common features found in mainstream
In collaboration with Square Enix and Adobe, AMD has announced their new AMD4U promotion, bundling indie games and creative software trials with eligible AMD-powered systems. AMD says that this campaign highlights their recently released Ryzen processors and Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards, putting the focus on content creators and gamers. This bundle only applies to systems purchased through qualifying OEMs and system builders, and dependi
Back in January of this year, ASUS announced they were coming to market with a new Chromebook targeted specifically at education-focused customers. With Google focusing on Education in their Chromebooks as of late, using these ‘convertibles‘ instead of iPads, ASUS hopes to increase its market share with the newest offering. The Chromebook Flip C213 is listed as a rugged notebook and supposed to be designed to take bumps and bruise
This week MSI hasannounced a newX299 motherboard: the MSI X299 XPOWER GAMING AC. This is designed as a flagship motherboard for MSIs X299 range, and aims to combine gaming features and performance with the overclocking pedigree of their XPower family from previous generations. One thing that may jump out is MSI is adjusting its aesthetic scheme and returning back to a more neutral black on the XPower, a deviation from the recent generations whe