AMD AM5 socket to be backwards compatible with AM4 coolers

It has been five years since the “Ryzen” brand was created. On this auspicious occasion, the gentlemen from AMD sat down at a table in front of the camera and it wasn’t all about retrospect. On the contrary, it also came out of the conversation that users will be able to install AM4 compatible coolers on future processors in the AM5 socket. No modifications to the mounting system will be required. It already contains everything needed. Read more “AMD AM5 socket to be backwards compatible with AM4 coolers” »

Samsung will start 2nm chip production 3 years after 3nm node

Samsung’s semiconductor production has been a center of negative news lately. Apart form delays, Samsung processes are believed to be inferior to TSMC node-for-node. But despite this Samsung is still the number two in leading edge process nodes out of the Foundry producers. Now the company has announced 2nm node, which should go into production in four years, two to three years after the volume ramp of the 3nm technology. Read more “Samsung will start 2nm chip production 3 years after 3nm node” »

Test numbers leaked, Core i5-12400 to beat Ryzen 5 5600X

The release of Intel Alder Lake processors is fast approaching and with it, performance test leaks are starting to appear. We’ve already had one such leak (Ci9-12900K), but this one is more interesting. Firstly, because it contains more results, but mainly because it reports on the Core i5-12400. That is the successor to the Core i5-11400(F), which is a processor that offers a much more favorable price/performance ratio for gaming PCs than the competition. Read more “Test numbers leaked, Core i5-12400 to beat Ryzen 5 5600X” »

Fractal Design Torrent: When other cases just don’t cut it

Recently, Fractal Design introduced the Torrent case, which primarily focuses on the best cooling possible. In addition to a significantly open shell, the case has up to five fans, two of which are oversized and thick. The Torrent thus operates with an extremely high air flow, even in a relatively large space. Therefore, it will be interesting to see in the tests how these layouts affect the temperatures and noise performance. Read more “Fractal Design Torrent: When other cases just don’t cut it” »

Asetek in trouble. A patent war looms in the AIO cooler market?

A small drama seems to be brewing in the computer cooling world, liquid type to be precise. It has seen a boom thanks to closed-loop AIOs which are easy to maintain and install. Their popularisation can be largly attributed to Asetek, but exactly this company now appears to be in trouble. Its sales have dropped and the company has allegedly escalated patent disputes with other AIO producers, which might impact the whole market. Read more “Asetek in trouble. A patent war looms in the AIO cooler market?” »

SSDs more reliable than HDDs? Study shows similar failure rate

In May, we had reported on a study by Backblaze, which publishes statistics on the failure rate of hard drives operated by its service. Backblaze also started reporting failure statistics for the SSDs it uses as system drives and the results at first seemed to be orders of magnitude better. But their new data now shows a picture much less promising, it looks like SSD fatality rates might not eventually be so different from HDDs. Read more “SSDs more reliable than HDDs? Study shows similar failure rate” »

Borderline inaudible, Noctua officially on Asus RTX 3070 NE

The legitimate announcement of the Asus RTX 3070 graphics card, in which Noctua had a significant role, was hanging in the balance. This is evidenced by the premature leak of its photos last week. But we have all the details on this graphics card only now, after the press release was published. The GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition promises sovereignly the quietest operation in its performance class. Read more “Borderline inaudible, Noctua officially on Asus RTX 3070 NE” »

Nvidia shares experimental new DLSS models for public testing

The version of Nvidia DLSS integrated in games can be upgraded manually by replacing DLL files by newer and better ones from another game. TPU has an archive for various versions extracted from games, but there’s an even better opportunity to tweak the upscaling quality in games now: Nvidia will offer development DLSS models for testing directly, this will allow you to try even the newest pre-release experimental versions. Read more “Nvidia shares experimental new DLSS models for public testing” »

Specs of the first Aorus fans look more than good

Gigabyte will sell the Aorus fans as standalone products. News of this surfaced earlier this summer, at the launch of the new AIO coolers , but now it’s all in black and white. And admittedly, this may not be a “fancier” hardware category (Aorus). The motors have three-phase torque, a lubricant with supposedly superior durability, and finally, the rotor design looks sensible. Read more “Specs of the first Aorus fans look more than good” »

GPU Intel Arc graphic cards produced by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte

As you probably know, graphic cards come in reference editions with Nvidia or AMD-designed coolers, or in so-called non-reference versions with cooler and PCB designed by the producers (e.g. Evga or Sapphire) themselves. Such designs are often quieter and faster (overclocked). According to recent news you can look forward to the same with the upcoming Intel Arc, which will be produced by multiple well-known companies. Read more “GPU Intel Arc graphic cards produced by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte” »

Kioxia PCI Express SSD will have speeds up to 14 000 MB/s

PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs have been on the market for more than 2 years, and the newer ones are even able utilize most of its potential. But PCI Express 5.0 will soon be introduced by Intel Alder Lake processors, though only for GPUs for now (×16 slot). But SSD manufacturers are already preparing PCIe 5.0 storage. Kioxia (formerly Toshiba) has shown a prototype NVMe SSD that uses PCI Express 5.0 and can already get speeds up to 14 GB/s. Read more “Kioxia PCI Express SSD will have speeds up to 14 000 MB/s” »

Can you run Windows 11? App tells you what’s blocking upgrade

The “popular” topic of HW requirements of Windows 11 is back. Microsoft’s initial draconian position has softened a bit, but uncertainty remains (for example, there are rumours that officially unsupported hardware might not get updates). If you’re planning to upgrade, you may find Microsoft’s new diagnostic app helpful: it clearly tells you which requirements are met by your hardware and which not, requiring upgrades or changes. Read more “Can you run Windows 11? App tells you what’s blocking upgrade” »

There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?

On Monday we have had an Alder Lake CPU benchmark, based on which, the support for DDR5 memory might pose a dilemma: it has high bandwidth, but might worsen latency, threatening gaming performance. But Alder Lake can also use DDR4. We now have information on the selection of DDR5 and DDR4 mainboards. Apparently getting a quality mainboard for DDR4 should not be a problem, such mainboards might even be in the majority. Read more “There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?” »

We know how Arctic will get on with the Intel LGA 1700 socket

With the advent of Alder Lake CPUs, the socket is changing and LGA 1700 this time changes the situation in terms of mounting. Arctic is currently responding to this with an announcement for current and future owners of coolers from this company. There are two pieces of good news. The first is that you can also install older Arctic coolers on new Intel processors, and the second message refers to an upcoming cooler that will have native support. Read more “We know how Arctic will get on with the Intel LGA 1700 socket” »

DDR5-6400 and Alder Lake test: top bandwidth but high latency

We have the first benchmark showing what could DDR5 memory be good for. Appearing first with Alder Lake processors and Intel Z690 in November, DDR5 will officialy start at 4800MHz effective clock speed, but a leaked AIDA64 benchmark has already appeared showing the performance at DDR5-6400. It looks like we can expect great bandwidth, but it’s possible that the latency will disappoint, because AIDA shows a scary high value. Read more “DDR5-6400 and Alder Lake test: top bandwidth but high latency” »

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