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  TSMC Is On The Way To 3nm
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-04-2017, 01:20 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/237535/tsmc-...-in-taiwan

Quote:As part of the announcement, TSMC hasn't given any revisee timelines for their 3 nm production, which likely means the company still expects to start 3 nm production by 2022. TSMC said its 7 nm yield is ahead of schedule, and that it expects a fast ramp in 2018 - which is interesting, considering the company has announced plans to insert several extreme ultraviolet (EUV) layers at 7 nm. TSMC has also said its 5 nm roadmap is on track for a launch in the first quarter of 2019.

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  Graphics Card Dead Fan Replacement Guide
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 10-02-2017, 03:29 AM - Forum: Video - No Replies

The part that impressed me is just how well the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 did when it had 2 Noctua NF-F12s strapped to it.


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  Fallout 1 Free on Steam
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-30-2017, 08:59 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

http://store.steampowered.com/app/38400/...ying_Game/
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  Finally, A Special Video Cable That Isn't Snake Oil
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-29-2017, 03:19 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

I never thought I'd see the day when a cable claimed to improve video quality actually lived up to its claim.


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  Zen 2 Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-27-2017, 06:36 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/237342/amd-z...ed-matisse

Quote:Spanish website Informatica Cero have gotten their hands on what they say is an exclusive, real piece of information from inside AMD, which shows the company's CPU roadmap until 2019, bringing some new details with it. On the desktop side, there's mention of AMD's "Pinacle Ridge" as succeeding the current Zen-based "Summit Ridge" Ryzen CPUs in 2018. These leverage the same Summit Ridge architecture, but with a performance uplift; this plays well into those reports of 12 nm being used to manufacture the second-generation Ryzen: it's an AMD tick, so to say. As such, the performance uplift likely comes from increased frequencies at the same power envelope, due to 12 nm's denser manufacturing design.

Another interesting tidbit from this slide is the confirmation of AMD's Zen 2 processors being released in 2019. Based on the company's revised Zen 2 cores (which should see those architectural improvements we were talking about in the beginning of this piece), AMD also seems to be doing away with the ridge-like codenames they've been using in recent times, and taking a more artistic approach. Matisse seems to be the code-name for AMD's Zen 2 architecture, and if you know your painters, it looks like AMD is betting on its Zen 2 cores to further define and influence CPU design. There is no mention of increased Zen threads, however, which likely points towards AMD keeping the same 8-core, 16-thread design as with their current Summit Ridge. This likely plays into AMD's plan for keeping the AM4 socket relevant - while good for consumers who might want to see longevity in their platform, it does prevent AMD from making more radical design changes to their architecture.

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  The End Of The CrossFire Tag
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-25-2017, 10:12 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

https://www.techpowerup.com/237315/amd-p...avors-mgpu

Quote:An AMD representative recently answered PC World's query regarding the absence of "CrossFire" branding on their latest Radeon Software release, which introduced multi-GPU support for AMD's Vega line of graphics cards. According to the AMD representative, it goes down to a technicality, in that "CrossFire isn't mentioned because it technically refers to DX11 applications. In DirectX 12, we reference multi-GPU as applications must support mGPU, whereas AMD has to create the profiles for DX11. We've accordingly moved away from using the CrossFire tag for multi-GPU gaming."
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But now, the power to implement CrossFire or SLI isn't solely on the GPU vendor's (AMD and NVIDIA) hands. With the advent of DX 12 and explicit multi-adapter, it's now up to the game developers to explicitly support mGPU technologies, which could even allow for different graphics cards from different manufacturers to work in tandem. History has proven this to be more of a pipe-dream than anything, however. AMD phasing out the CrossFire branding is a result of the times, particular times nowadays where the full responsibility of making sure multi-GPU solutions work shouldn't be placed at AMD or NVIDIA's feet - at least on DX 12 titles.

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  Volta V Wood Case PC
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-25-2017, 07:10 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Neat. A great-looking wooden PC with an interesting approach to cable management.


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  DDR5 Discussion Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-23-2017, 04:46 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/237233/rambu...et-release

Quote:DDR5, the natural successor to today's DDR4 memory that brings with double the bandwidth and density versus current generation DDR4. along with delivering improved channel efficiency, is expected to be available in the market starting 2019. JEDEC, the standards body responsible for the DDR specifications, says that base DDR5 frequencies should be at around DDR5-4800 - double that of base DDR4's 2400, but a stone throw away from today's fastest (and uber, kidney-like-expensive) 4600 MHz memory kits from the likes of G.Skill and Corsair.
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On this, Rambus' vice president on product marketing, Hemant Dhulla, had this to say: ""To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to have functional DDR5 DIMM chip sets in the lab. We are expecting production in 2019, and we want to be first to market to help partners bring up the technology." On the time still ahead before market introduction of the technology, Dhulla said"(...) it's just a couple quarters, not a couple years…Everyone wants a fatter memory pipe."

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  Asetek vs. Cooler Master: Asetek Loses
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-22-2017, 08:42 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/237181/asete...ler-master

Quote:However, The Hague's court has accepted Cooler Master's argument that they too have a similar patent to Asetek's, through a so-called "utility model" that already exists in China, which describes (and patents really show their problems here) the "operation of a water pumping engine device with chamber". The The Hague judge also invalidated Asetek's patent lawsuit on the basis that there was not enough inventiveness to it. Asetek and Cooler Master's legal battles aren't anything new; in 2015, a US-based court ordered Cooler Master to pay Asetek $600,000 for patent infringement. This time, it's the other way around, even though it was still Asetek that started the legal battle: the company now has to pay Cooler Master for their legal expenses, which amount to around €113,000 (~$134,204)

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  TechSpot's Review Of The A12-9800
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 09-22-2017, 02:13 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://www.techspot.com/review/1486-amd...page3.html

Quote:If you can't already tell, we're not impressed with the A12-9800 and we strongly recommend you avoid purchasing any of the Bristol Ridge CPUs. We've thought long and hard and we can't come up with one valid reason or situation where these CPUs make an ounce of sense.

You wouldn't buy any of them as placeholders, which makes about as much sense as using a Kaby Lake-X CPU as a placeholder. Sure the Athlon X4 950 is cheap at $60, but it delivers the exact the same performance as the A12-9800 with a discrete GPU. The G4560 can be had for around $90 and it's worlds better in every single way when compared to the Athlon.

In order to use the Athlon X4 950 or the A12-9800 you need to buy a new AM4 motherboard along with some new DDR4 memory. Let's say you go with an ultra cheap A320 board for $50 and 8GB of DDR4 for $70, that means the A12-9800 upgrade package will set you back $230. The same motherboard and memory combo with the Ryzen 3 1200 plus the GeForce GT 1030 will cost $300, so that's 30% more money for over twice the CPU power, and twice the GPU power.

Meanwhile, if you opt for the Athlon X4 950 and GT 1030 combo instead, that's even worse as the Ryzen 3 1200 with the same discrete graphics card costs just 20% more.

We haven't touched on overclocking and frankly we're not going to bother. Even if you could push the A12-9800 to something insane like 5.5GHz it would still suck. Of course, it can't operate at that frequency. We've heard of people getting up to 4.8GHz and at that rate it would still struggle to keep pace with the G4560 while consuming three times more power.

Faster memory will no doubt help, assuming the memory controller can handle it, but even DDR4-4000 memory isn't going to save these Bristol Ridge CPUs. With the same DDR4-2400 memory as the G4560, we saw less than half the available bandwidth.

There's simply no saving grace here. AMD's intention was to feed the OEM channels with these rubbish chips and now they're buying a little time before the Zen-based APUs arrive next year. In our opinion they've just tainted the AM4 platform with an architecture we'd all like to forget about and I would have thought AMD felt the same way.

Anyway, our advice is to not buy these chips and instead wait for the real deal. We expect the Zen-based APUs to be something quite special and they will no doubt give Intel quite a few headaches.

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