Recycling in China: laptop CPUs turned into LGA 1151 upgrades

There’s an interesting industry built on reusing old hardware in China. For example Xeon E5 CPUs and newly-produced gaming motherboards for them, but recently they started converting mobile Intel BGA processors into socketed CPUs for desktop. Not so old Comet Lake chips with six and eight cores are now being offered this way and you can even use them to upgrade B150/Z170/Z270 series boards, which officially only support quad-cores. Read more “Recycling in China: laptop CPUs turned into LGA 1151 upgrades” »

Radeon AI upscaling alternative to DLSS coming this spring?

Radeon graphics cards currently have one disadvantage: they do not support Nvidia’s DLSS AI upscaling technology, which significantly increases FPS in exchange for some (hopefully slight) quality loss. AMD announced development of its own alternative when RX 6000 cards lanched, but it was not clear how long it would take. It may come relatively soon, as a big driver update is coming in the spring and “AMDLSS” could be part of it. Read more “Radeon AI upscaling alternative to DLSS coming this spring?” »

Intel Sapphire Rapids leaked: huge chiplet CPU with an FPGA

We are currently waiting for Intel’s new desktop processors (Rocket Lake, later Alder Lake), but it looks like the company is planning much bigger changes for servers. A sample of a Sapphire Rapids server processor and possibly high-end desktop surfaced on the web and it looks very interesting: it is composed of chiplets, some versions should have HBM2 memory inside and a small FPGA has even been found under the IHS. Read more “Intel Sapphire Rapids leaked: huge chiplet CPU with an FPGA” »

ClockTuner for Ryzen 2.0: Hybrid OC for max MT and ST performance

ClockTuner for Ryzen, an app which automatically finds safe voltages and overclocks for Ryzen processors to improve performance, is now getting a new version. It is completely redesigned and introduces support for the new Ryzen 5000 “Vermeer” processors with Zen 3 architecture as well as Ryzen 4000G APUs. The main new feature is a completely new method of OC that maximizes both ST and MT performance, something not possible before. Read more “ClockTuner for Ryzen 2.0: Hybrid OC for max MT and ST performance” »

Water block on SSD? XM2 Hydro X started selling for $40

Corsair has been dealing with SSDs in recent days. In a short time sequence, it first announced and then released two extra-fast SSDs, of which the cheaper one with NAND QLC memory. These are not yet widely used among models with PCI Express 4.0 support. But the real curiosity is the third thing on the list – a water block with which you can order the more expensive SSD or buy it separately for your own one. Read more “Water block on SSD? XM2 Hydro X started selling for $40” »

A look at Nvidia DXR, Broadcast App and DLSS visual quality

We are introducing a new testing methodology for graphics cards. One of the reviewed cards will be the GeForce RTX 3070 and we have an interesting one: Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Master 8G with six video outputs. Before the review comes out, we’ve use it for a visual comparison to see the impact of ray tracing and how the different DLSS settings in the latest Cyberpunk 2077 patch will affect the quality of the game graphics. Read more “A look at Nvidia DXR, Broadcast App and DLSS visual quality” »

Nvidia intros PCIe Resizable BAR: Smart Access Memory for GeForce

With Radeon RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs, AMD unveiled the Smart Access Memory feature, which improves GPU performance by giving the CPU access to whole graphic memory. It was touted as an exclusive feature for these products, but it won’t be in the end. Nvidia has now announced PCIe Resizable BAR, essentialy the same feature, and it’s soon going to be supported by GeForce RTX 3060. Older cards will need a BIOS updat, though. Read more “Nvidia intros PCIe Resizable BAR: Smart Access Memory for GeForce” »

Laptop AMD Ryzen 5000 is here. Zen 3 and clock up to 4.8 GHz

We’ve already covered Intel’s news from CES 2021, (10nm Jasper Lake, Tiger Lake-H35 and Rocket Lake desktop) and now it’s time to turn to AMD’s showings at the virtual event. The company unveiled the expected Ryzen 5000 mobile processors which brings the Zen 3 architecture to laptops. They are based on the Cezanne APU and should come to notebooks from next month on. We already have the specifications of 15 and 45W(+) models. Read more “Laptop AMD Ryzen 5000 is here. Zen 3 and clock up to 4.8 GHz” »

Intel at CES: Atom Jasper Lake, Tiger Lake-H35 and Core i9-11900K

Intel is likely at the point where it got out of the worst of the “never-ending 14nm process” period now: the company has unveiled three families of 10nm mobile processors at CES 2021, some clocked up to 5 GHz. And in addition to this, Rocket Lake processors for desktop. Those are still 14nm products (the last ones), but they finally bring a new – and potentially very good – architecture. All these CPUs will be released in Q1 2021. Read more “Intel at CES: Atom Jasper Lake, Tiger Lake-H35 and Core i9-11900K” »

Radeon RX 6700 & RX 6700 XT launch expected at end of March

Last autumn, the long-awaited new generation of graphics cards arrived, but at the start Nvidia and AMD have only released the more expensive SKUs. Now, in the winter and spring months of 2021, cheaper cards are finally supposed to arrive too. It seems that new cards belonging to the Radeon RX 6000 hierarchy should appear in about two and a half months, and both will build on the Navi 22 chip. Read more “Radeon RX 6700 & RX 6700 XT launch expected at end of March” »

Next-gen Nvidia GeForce GPU is Lovelace on 5 nm. Up to 144 SMs?

A year ago, even before Nvidia’s announcement of Ampere, it was leaked that the followup to the current generation is likely called Hopper. But it looks like there may have been a change of plan. According to current leaks, Nvidia is readjusting GPU roadmaps and instead of Hopper chips, the next generation could be called Lovelace. These GPUs are said to already be 5nm and the increase in performance could be very large. Read more “Next-gen Nvidia GeForce GPU is Lovelace on 5 nm. Up to 144 SMs?” »

A peek at Intel Rocket Lake processors: SKUs and leaked specs

The March 2011 release of Rocket Lake processors, the 11th generation Intel Core for desktop is closing in. But leaks have already painted a good picture of their specifications: we have an overview of Rocket Lake SKUs from Core i5-11400F to octa-core i7-11700K and i9-11900K chips, even with parameters and clock speeds. Rocket Lake cores have 18% higher IPC, so single-threaded performance should be significantly improved. Read more “A peek at Intel Rocket Lake processors: SKUs and leaked specs” »

Z590 motherboards for Intel Rocket Lake to be released in January

In Q1 2021, Intel is expected to release Rocket Lake, the new 11th generation of  desktop processors, still using 14nm manufacturing process, but with a new architecture, PCIe 4.0 and probably much higher single-threaded and gaming performance. According to rumors, the CPU launch should be in March, but it looks like the platform with new motherboards, such as B560, Z590, etc. could be released sooner, as early as a few days from now. Read more “Z590 motherboards for Intel Rocket Lake to be released in January” »

ASRock supports Zen 3 on X370/B350/A320 chipset motherboards

Ryzen 5000 only worked on X570, B550 and A520 chipsets initially, and 400-series chipsets are only now receiving support. Even these were not planned to get it at first, so support on even older 300-series chipsets seemed impossible for a long time. But here’s the good news: in the end, such an upgrade may work. It seems ASRock released BIOS updates for their X370, B350 and A320 motherboards that add support for the new Zen 3 processors. Read more “ASRock supports Zen 3 on X370/B350/A320 chipset motherboards” »

Intel Core i9-11900K leaked. 8-core Rocket Lake @3.5–5.0+ GHz

Next year in March, Intel will release the 11th generation Core processors for desktop. These sister chips to 10nm Tiger Lake in notebooks, although using 14nm silicon, will have the same new core architecture and features like PCIe 4.0. We now have leaks that show what to expect from Core i9-11900K, the highest model of the Rocket Lake CPU. This should be the SKU that will be of most interest to gamers. Read more “Intel Core i9-11900K leaked. 8-core Rocket Lake @3.5–5.0+ GHz” »

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