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Franois Piednol Quits Intel

Who is Franois Piednol, you ask? Why, just the principal engineer at Intel for nearly 20 years now. He has been involved in the architecture development of CPUs including Katmai, Conroe, Penryn, and Nehalem as well as SoCs in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake and Kaby Lake. Oh, and did I mention he was also strongly involved in the Intel Atom processor line and the massive shift in Intel‘s microarchitecture from Pentium

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Asus X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Unboxed Ahead of Launch

As is usually the case with hardware products these days, it is hard to keep confidential details out of the public eye. With NDAs themselves becoming less rigorous in terms of what is covered and what is not, perhaps it was appropriate that someone over on Chiphell shared some pictures of the upcoming Asus X399 Zenith Extreme motherboard which supports AMD‘s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper platform. Videocardz were on hand to archive the pictu

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(PR) Asus Announces X370 ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Motherboard

AMD‘s Ryzen CPUs have become hugely popular since their introduction earlier this year. The all-new chips make eight cores more accessible than ever before, but there‘s more to their appeal than the value proposition for power users looking to maximize their horsepower. Ryzen represents a triumphant return to form for an AMD desktop platform with legendary pedigree. ROG motherboards can trace their lineage back over a decade to the or

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Intel Clover Trail-based Systems Won‘t Receive Creators Update - Ever

We recently covered how users with systems powered by Intel‘s Clover Trail CPUs were having issues with a "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC" error when trying to update their machines to Microsoft‘s latest Windows 10 Creators Update. The systems in question - built around Intel‘s Clover Trail Atom processors - are generally low-cost, low-power machines (mainly 2-in-1) released between 2012 and 2015 under Windows 8 an

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Intel Clover Trail-based Systems Won‘t Receive Creator‘s Update - Ever

We recently covered how users with systems powered by Intel‘s Clover Trail CPUs were having issues with a "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC" error when trying to update their machines to Microsoft‘s latest Windows 10 Creators Update. The systems in question - built around Intel‘s Clover Trail Atom processors - are generally low-cost, low-power machines (mainly 2-in-1) released between 2012 and 2015 under Windows 8 an

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Blizzard to Discontinue Support for Windows XP, Vista

Blizzard, best known for their Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo series (who are also responsible for that phenomenon World of Warcraft), has recently announced they are going to cut back support for older Windows-based operating systems. Resource allocation is a real problem; the opportunity cost of having engineers working on ensuring that their most recent updates and recent remasters aren‘t breaking support for older operating systems alw

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper Motherboards to be Showcased on July 25th

AMD is organizing the "Meet the Experts" webinar, which will focus on AMD‘s pcoming Ryzen Threadripper motherboard designs and offerings from AMD partners. As we inch closer to AMD‘s HEDT X399 platform launch, we‘ve gotten confirmation from AMD on Threadripper‘s specs and pricing. However, the actual motherboards where you‘re expected to sit your awe-inducing 12 and 15-core processors have largely been absent from th

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Cryorig and TechPowerUp Present the Cryo-RGB Giveaway

Cryorig and TechPowerUp are proud to bring you the Cryo-RGB Giveaway, celebrating the company‘s finest CPU air cooler. Up for grabs are four Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi coolers. These tower-type monsters feature large aluminium fin stacks capped with an RGB LED-lit Cryorig logo, and an RGB LED-illuminated 120 mm fan. Both RGB LED elements feature support for software-based control standards. Four lucky winners from all over the world, get this fin

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Corsair Share to be Sold to Private Investor (Again)

News agency Reuters recently reported that hardware giant Corsair was in talks with middle market private equity firm EagleTree Capital for acquisition of the company in its entirety. The deal was reported by Reuters as being valued at close to 500 million. Part of the Corsair brand is, and continues to be, owned by Corsair founder and Chief Executive Andy Paul, who founded the company in 1994. Another part of it, however, is currently owned by F

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Corsair Share to be Sold to Private investor- Again

News agency Reuters recently reported that hardware giant Corsair was in talks with middle market private equity firm EagleTree Capital for acquisition of the company in its entirety. The deal was reported by Reuters as being valued at close to 500 million. Part of the Corsair brand is, and continues to be, owned by Corsair founder and Chief Executive Andy Paul, who founded the company in 1994. Another part of it, however, is currently owned by F

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EagleTree Capital to Acquire Francisco Partners‘ Share of Corsair

News agency Reuters recently reported that hardware giant Corsair was in talks with middle market private equity firm EagleTree Capital for acquisition of the company in its entirety. The deal was reported by Reuters as being valued at close to 500 million. The majority of the firm is held by Corsair founder and Chief Executive Andy Paul, who founded the company in 1994. Part of it, however, is currently owned by Francisco Partners, an American p

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Thermaltake Intros View 21 Tempered Glass Edition Case

Thermaltake today introduced the View 21 Tempered Glass Edition case. A variant of the View 21, this ATX mid-tower comes with 4 mm-thick tempered glass panels along both its sides, and front. The case features a contemporary horizontally partitioned layout. The larger top compartment holds the motherboard tray, with room for add-on cards as long as 42 cm, and CPU coolers as tall as 16 cm. Storage options include two 2.5-inch mounts along the pa

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(PR) i-Rocks Releases the K70E RGB Capacitive Gaming Keyboard

i-Rocks, a technology leading company in PC peripherals, announces the K70E RGB Wired Capacitive Keyboard. This high-ended keyboard has been crafted for both professional PC users and gaming enthusiasts who demand stable key feedback, highly customizable appearance and extremely reliable typing experience. The K70E RGB is packed with non-contact electro capacitive technology developed by i-Rocks, two actuation force options of 45g and 60g, MX-com

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Microsoft Decreasing Windows 10 Updates Downtime in Fall Creators Update

If you‘re a standard Windows user, you probably find Windows updates something of a pain - especially when they force you to reboot your PC after they‘re installed. But imagine you own a business that constantly has its machines up and running, but also requires the latest security upgrades; each minute of downtime for installing such updates is lost revenue. Because of that issue, which companies brought to Microsoft‘s attentio

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Demand for EUV Fabrication Systems Increasing; ASML Sees 25% Revenue Growth

Dutch company ASML may not be very known to us mortal users, but it has one of the greatest aces up its sleeve: it specializes in what are some of the most complex machines currently made by mankind. Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography Systems (EUV) are the kind of machines that make you look in wonder and amazement at man‘s ingenuity - ASMl, which specializes in this type of systems, has a production capability for 2017 that numbers just 12 of

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GEIL Announces EVO Spear Series of DDR4 Memory Kits

GEIL‘s EVO Spear joins the company‘s DDR4 memory line-up with some inconspicuous looks and lack of LED lighting. The new series from GEIL also features something that‘s not all that common nowadays - a standard DIMM-sized heat spreader, which doesn‘t add much volume to the parts. This means these kits shouldn‘t pose many clearance problems (if any), which is a good thing in some smaller form-factor builds. The new K

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AMD Confirms its Platform Security Processor Code will Remain Closed-Source

Since the launch of AMD Ryzen, a small piece of hardware that handles basic memory initialization as well as many security functions has been the center of some controversy. Called the Platform Security Processor (the "PSP" for short) it is essentially an arm core with complete access to the entire system. Its actions can be considered "above root" level and are for the most part invisible to the OS. It is similar in this regard to Intel‘s

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Arctic Confirms Support for Ryzen Threadripper with Liquid Freezer Series Cooler

Arctic today confirmed that its Liquid Freezer line of all-in-one closed-loop liquid CPU coolers support AMD‘s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper processors. The lineup includes the Liquid Freezer 120 with a 120 mm radiator; the Liquid Freezer 240 with a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator; and the range topping Liquid Freezer 360 cooler with a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator. AMD is expected to launch its enthusiast-segment 12-core and 16-core Ryzen Threadripper p

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Windows 10 Support for Older Hardware Encountering Difficulties, Cut Off

As part of its new "Windows as a Service" model, Microsoft elected to provide users with a guaranteed, steady stream of updates with virtually no clear, hard-defined EOL. However, Microsoft took refuge, as well it should, from an increasingly difficult support for different hardware sets: a little footnote, saying that you are eligible for Windows 10 for the "supported lifetime of the device." Yes, it‘s true you now don‘t have to purc

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Intel Quietly Reveals 12-core i9-7920X 2.9 GHz Base Core Clock

Intel has quietly revealed base clocks for their upcoming 12-core, 24-thread Core i9-7920X processor. This particular Intel model materializes (at least for now) the only 12-core processor in Intel‘s X299 HEDT platform line-up on the LGA 2066 socket. A report from Videocardz pegs the new 12-core processor as having a base clock of 2.9 GHz, a full 400 MHz slower than the company‘s 10-core, 20-thread i9-7900X. The L3 cache amount appear

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Arctic Confirms Support for Ryzen Threadripper with Liquid Freezer Series CPU Co

Arctic today confirmed that its Liquid Freezer line of all-in-one closed-loop liquid CPU coolers support AMD‘s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper processors. The lineup includes the Liquid Freezer 120 with a 120 mm radiator; the Liquid Freezer 240 with a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator; and the range topping Liquid Freezer 360 cooler with a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator. AMD is expected to launch its enthusiast-segment 12-core and 16-core Ryzen Threadripper p

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(PR) Alphacool Intros Eisblock HDX 2 and HDX 3 M.2 SSD Coolers

After developing the compact, very successful Alphacool HDX M.2 SSD cooler, Alphacool is now expanding its product range with the Eisblock HDX-2 and HDX-3 coolers. Both coolers come with a 4x PCIe card, on which the cooler and SSD are mounted. This has many advantages over mounting directly to the motherboard. Cooling can be difficult on a motherboard due to space constraints and the location of the graphics card, which is often mounted direct

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AMD‘s RX Vega Low Key Budapest Event: Vega Pitted Against GTX 1080

On the first stop in AMD‘s two-continent spanning RX Vega tour (which really only counts with three locations), the company pitted their upcoming RX Vega graphics card (we expect this to be their flagship offering) against NVIDIA‘s GTX 1080 graphics card. The event itself was pretty subdued, and there was not much to see when it comes to the RX Vega graphics card - literally. Both it and the GTX 1080 were enclosed inside PC towers, wi

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(PR) BenQ Announces SW271 Monitor for Professional Photographers

BenQ, internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle devices, introduced today SW271, a 4K UHD 27" monitor offering industry-standard HDR10 support and advanced color performance for photographers. Covering 99% of Adobe RGB, and 100% of both sRGB and Rec. 709, SW271 delivers the ultimate color accuracy of Delta E2 performance with its 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT). "We are proud to present SW271, which joins o

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