ARGB Asus fan (TUF TR120) now with a thicker profile

It’s evident from the design of the new TUF Gaming TR120 fan that Asus has diagnosed the weaknesses of its predecessor (and, from the current perspective, weaker model) well and worked on them with a view to achieving better results. These key changes are also easy to point out, and it’s likely that across all possible scenarios this will be one of the most aerodynamically efficient LED fans in the 120mm format. Read more “ARGB Asus fan (TUF TR120) now with a thicker profile” »

RDNA 4 said to mostly be patched RDNA 3, RDNA 5 completely new

AMD hasn’t yet released the next-gen Radeon RX 8000 graphics cards, which will use the RDNA 4 architecture, so it’s probably a long time to the arrival of the following generation, which could be called RDNA 5 – but maybe also totally differently. Still, the first unofficial rumors have now surfaced about what RDNA 5 could mean in Radeon GPUs. This architecture could be a significant leap forward, unlike RDNA 3 and the upcoming RDNA 4. Read more “RDNA 4 said to mostly be patched RDNA 3, RDNA 5 completely new” »

Intel Arrow Lake desktop CPUs: core counts, 35W TDP on most SKUs

This year should be very fruitful for processors. First AMD’s  Zen 5 in the coming months, said to be the biggest leap since the first Zen. But Intel should have a breakthrough, too: The new Arrow Lake processors with their new LGA 1851 platform and a completely changed chiplet concept. There are also new CPU cores and GPU architecture derived from Alchemist graphics as well. But will the core and thread counts somehow change as well? Read more “Intel Arrow Lake desktop CPUs: core counts, 35W TDP on most SKUs” »

AMD rebrands CPUs too, mimics Intel’s Core Ultra with Ryzen AI

Last summer, Intel announced a transition to a new era of processors, symbolized by the rebranding to Core Ultra for Meteor Lake and the upcoming Lunar Lake and Arrow Lake processors. AMD has often copied Intel’s branding methods in the past, and it seens it’s going to do it again. The upcoming Zen 5 processors will get their own version of the Ultra gimmick, and ironically, Intel might actually be jealous of the idea, this time. Read more “AMD rebrands CPUs too, mimics Intel’s Core Ultra with Ryzen AI” »

New Nvidia GPUs this year? The cheaper RTX 5080 to be the first

We got news on next-gen graphics cards, which should be out in the second half of the year (or early next year). This time, they pertain to Nvidia’s upcoming cards, GeForce RTX 5000s with Blackwell GPUs. Two rumors arrived shortly after each other, initially claiming that Nvidia would release only the most expensive model this year, but this was almost immediately corrected to more affordable model actually being the first out. Read more “New Nvidia GPUs this year? The cheaper RTX 5080 to be the first” »

TSMC has cheaper 4nm node, making low-end CPUs, GPUs viable

State-of-the-art process nodes are getting more expensive, and even the cost per transistor isn’t dropping anymore, so we’ll increasingly see cheap CPUs and GPUs being unable to use the latest processes. Fortunately, TSMC is also preparing lower-cost versions alongside the high-end nodes. Right now, 6nm node serves the role, but cheaper 4nm manufacturing should soon be available instead, which could help a lot especially for GPUs. Read more “TSMC has cheaper 4nm node, making low-end CPUs, GPUs viable” »

Axagon Riddle (5/2024). Can you guess what’s in the photo?

In cooperation with Axagon, we have prepared a cyclical activity for this year, which may be of interest to HWCooling readers. We’ll post a detail of some piece of hardware and you can guess what it is. You can compete (and eventually win something) on a regular basis, with a new challenge every month. But for now, you need to get “to the next round” through the next one, in May. Read more “Axagon Riddle (5/2024). Can you guess what’s in the photo?” »

Cheap Arrow Lakes: Core Ultra 5 240F to have two versions again

Intel is preparing a new generation of desktop CPUs for the second half of the year. After three Alder/Raptor Lake generations on LGA 1700, it will be an all-new Arrow Lake architecture, with Core Ultra CPUs and an all-new LGA 1851 socket. Information about the first models is starting to appear, beginning with the cheaper SKUs: the Core Ultra 5 240F, which should be the next-gen successor to the popular cheap Core i5 ships. Read more “Cheap Arrow Lakes: Core Ultra 5 240F to have two versions again” »

Corsair RS Max: Fans that can rise to the top

With the RS Max fans, Corsair is aiming really high. Across the most popular 120 and 140mm formats, it has incorporated technically what should define perhaps the most efficient fans of their kind. Especially when it comes to the 140mm variant. It too is 30mm thick, which combined with the curved LCP blades makes it a theoretical favorite to win many “first places”. Read more “Corsair RS Max: Fans that can rise to the top” »

Noctua: New 140 mm fans to premiere on a CPU cooler

Noctua’s long-awaited next-gen fans in the 140mm format have experienced a setback in their planned release, but they also haven’t. They have indeed been delayed from the second to third quarter of 2024 in terms of standalone availability, but they should be out soon together with the cooler that replaces the NH-D15 at the top of the lineup. In addition, it’s also been somewhat declassified which of the “older” projects is nearing completion. Read more “Noctua: New 140 mm fans to premiere on a CPU cooler” »

MasterBox 600. New case (also) for boards with rear connectors

Cooler Master has released, in its own words, a versatile PC case. By this (versatile) it seems to refer, among other things, to the support of motherboards with unconventional placement of connectors on the back of the PCB. But within a certain universality, the MasterBox 600 is ready for practically all component formats. The size of the case corresponds to an average midi-tower. Read more “MasterBox 600. New case (also) for boards with rear connectors” »

Windows 11 stops working on more processors, requires SSE4.2

This year, the vague uncertainty about Windows 11 not supporting older computers turned into reality, as the OS began using the POPCNT instruction, causing it to stop working on many processors. However, this was not all and the requirements may increase further. In fact, now Windows 11 is starting to require additional instruction set extensions that will shut down more processor families, including Phenoms and the first APUs. Read more “Windows 11 stops working on more processors, requires SSE4.2” »

DeepCool CH160 is a cheap ITX case for large components

Twenty liters of volume, yet still room for graphics cards such as the GeForce RTX 4090 or the tallest tower coolers. Plus a handle on the top. Few things better define a case for gaming events where you come with your own powerful PC. In this case, we’re talking about the DeepCool CH160. This is a new “SFF” case with a suggested price of just 60 EUR, where the emphasis is on efficient cooling rather than premium design. Read more “DeepCool CH160 is a cheap ITX case for large components” »

Enermax contest bonus: You’ll also get fans with the PSU

The ongoing contest for Enermax PSUs is now even more attractive. You can also enter for fans, which we will be happy to add to the package for the winner. And also for free. In their case, we don’t even require them to be paired with the main build (with the Enermax PSU). You can use them as you see fit in some other computer where they will do a better job than gathering dust on the shelves of our testlab. Read more “Enermax contest bonus: You’ll also get fans with the PSU” »

Next-gen Xeon 6 has 128 Meteor Lake P-Cores and 500W TDP

We recently mused that Intel could catch up, if not overtake AMD in iGPU performance, but now there’s information suggesting upcoming Intel Xeon processors could close the gap with AMD in servers. In fact, the “Granite Rapids” processors appear to eliminate AMD Epyc processors’ long-standing lead in core count and will bring as many as 128 cores. However, these will probably use the not-so-successful Meteor Lake microarchitecture… Read more “Next-gen Xeon 6 has 128 Meteor Lake P-Cores and 500W TDP” »

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