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  5nm GAAFET Is On The Way
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-06-2017, 08:03 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


Quote:IBM, Samsung, Global Foundries, and other equipment suppliers from the IBM Research Alliance announced the development of the first 5nm chip using a gate-all-around FET structure. The news comes two years after the alliance announced the development of the world’s first 7nm chips, which should enter production next year.

Samsung recently revealed that it plans to develop a 4nm GAAFET chip, too, but we don’t know yet when it’s going to be available.
All of these combined seem to have made it possible to develop 5nm chips that are ready for mass production. Not only that, but the 5nm chips also promise a 40% increase in performance or a 75% reduction in power consumption over the 10nm process technology currently in use by Samsung. Even though we may not see such 5nm chips on the market until 2021 or later, the improvement still looks significant.

IBM also said that a 5nm chip could be made out of 30 billion transistors, a 50% increase from the 20 billion transistors the company announced for its 7nm chip two years ago.

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  Upcoming PS4 Gold Version 1 TB
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-05-2017, 09:58 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (2)

It's the standard PS4 with gold paint added to it. $249 from June 9 to June 17, after that it goes up to $299.

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  Nvidia Updating My Drivers Without Telling Me [SOLVED was actually Windows Update]
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-04-2017, 02:23 AM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

Unbelievable. I thought I was using 381.89. I checked the Nvidia Control Panel, and discovered that my monitor was set back to 8 bpc, when I normally run it at 10 bpc. Checking the System Information from the Nvidia Control Panel toolbar confirmed my suspicions: Nvidia updated me to 382.05 without telling me. I have checked my browser download history and 382.05 isn't there. There is no reason that I would have deleted it from my browser download history. The C:/NVIDIA/Display Driver folder does not have 382.05, as it would have had I manually updated it. I do not have Geforce Experience installed.

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  Eye-Opening Net Neutrality Articles
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-03-2017, 09:25 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

A superb argument that net neutrality is not only unnecessary, it's unenforcable. And the supposed "outrages" that "justify" it are vastly overblown.

If the VP from AT&T is right in his interpretation, and it looks right to me, then the courts have flat out said that Title II doesn't stop ISPs from blocking and throttling at will, as long as they make it clear that they will do so.

In fact, the courts have flat out deferred judgement to the FCC on whether broadband is telecommunications.

It's not just anti-net neutrality groups that have been astroturfing. 20% of the pro-net neutrality comments from the recent FCC public commenting session are fake, many of the fakes have come from the EFF, and there is the disturbing possibility that the EFF knowingly used email addresses that were stolen from databases.

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  New Noctua Products At Computex 2017
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-03-2017, 03:25 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)


Quote:Most hardware enthusiasts probably know Noctua best from its heatsink-and-fan combo units, but the Austrian company's greatest expertise is specifically in fan design. Enthusiasts have long praised Noctua's distinctive brown fans for their blend of performance and silence. The company already sells fans optimized for airflow or static pressure, but optimal cooling performance tends to require a good blend of both.
The fruit of Noctua's hard-won efforts is a fan design that the company admits does not match the peak airflow nor peak pressure performance of its existing fans engineered for those purposes. However, the new fans simultaneously offer better static pressure and airflow in real-world conditions rather than a contrived test scenario. The end result is a fan that Noctua claims can offer far superior overall performance than its existing designs while remaining whisper-quiet.

Noctua demonstrated the performance of the new fan design with a prototype strapped to one of its NH-U12 CPU coolers. The prototype was challenged with cooling a synthetic thermal load and matched up against the same cooler equipped with two of Noctua's current fans in a push-pull configuration. As you can see, the new fan apparently offers the same cooling performance as two of the old-style fans. Of course, that could simply be because one fan is sufficient either way. We'll have to get some of the new fans in-house to do our own testing. Noctua will be selling the next-generation A-series fans in 120- and 140-mm varieties.

Besides the fancy new fans, Noctua had some new heatsinks to show. Updated versions of the popular NH-U12S and NH-U14S are coming, redesigned to better take advantage of the new fan design. Noctua says the revised NH-U12S offers 50% greater surface area than the prior version, while the new NH-U14S outshines its predecessor by 30% on the same measure. Both models use a whopping seven heatpipes, so we expect these coolers to offer excellent performance.

Also on display at the Noctua booth were heatsinks for AMD's upcoming many-core Threadripper and Epyc processors. Noctua says the coolers are based on its existing NH-U14S, NH-U12S, and NH-U9 heatsinks. The company had to devise a new mounting system (that it calls SecuFirm2) for AMD's mammoth 4094-contact SP3r2 LGA socket. The new heatsinks have enlarged contact surfaces to accomodate the huge chips.
Now at Computex, the company is showing off Chromax Design heatsink covers. These powder-coated aluminum covers will come in solid-color versions, or black versions with swappable colored inserts. They snap onto the top of the company's heatsinks securely so you don't have to worry about rattling or vibration, and the plates extending down the sides of the heatsink could help keep airflow directed toward your exhaust fans. The company says the covers will be available for the NH-U12S and NH-D15 heatsinks. The company also said that there is an upcoming line of Chromax fans and cables.

There were a bunch more products at Noctua's booth, like a new low-profile cooler for AM4, a ridiculously-short 120mm low-profile cooler, fans powered from a 5V (USB) supply, and 24V automotive fans. We'll surely be seeing most of this stuff in the coming months as it becomes available, so keep an eye out.

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  HTC Vive Deluxe Strap Screws Are Falling Out
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-03-2017, 12:58 AM - Forum: Gaming - Replies (1)


Quote:On May 30, a YouTuber who calls himself Bumble uploaded his “review” of the Vive Deluxe Audio Head Strap. The video starts off as any product review would. Bumble talks about the new head strap’s features and benefits and compares the construction to the standard head strap. He then proceeds to show his viewers how to install the kit, and how it fits on his head.

After telling the viewers that he was about to try the kit, the video cuts to him back in his chair with a forlorn look on his face and a strapless Vive in his hands. One of the connectors that holds the side straps to the HMD fell off his Vive before he could even try it out.

And Bumble isn’t the only one this happened to. Another YouTube channel called Cas and Chary VR uploaded an “early review” of the Vive Deluxe Audio Head Strap on June 2. In the video, Cas and Chary talk about running into the same problem as Bumble.

The culprit appears to be a small T6 Torx screw that holds the swivel connector to the Vive HMD. Somehow, the screw came out, and the pieces for the connector fell to the floor.
In Cas and Chary’s case, none of their parts were damaged. They just had to locate them all and put everything back together with a T6 screwdriver. Bumble wasn’t so lucky, though. He found the three plastic parts for his kit, but he was unable to locate the screw to put it back together.

The loose screw issue appears to be the exception to the rule. There are many reviewers with Vive Deluxe Audio Straps, and most of them haven’t experienced a problem, Tom’s Hardware included. But it’s something you should be aware of before investing in the upgrade. If you do buy a Deluxe Audio Head Strap--and we still recommend that you should--it might be wise to invest in a Torx driver to tighten those screws after you upgrade your Vive.

We've reached out to HTC to get its take on the situation.

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  Nokia 9 May Have Model With 8 GB RAM
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-02-2017, 10:23 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - Replies (1)


Quote:Since May 23rd, another 85 benchmark results for the 'Unknown Heart' device have appeared on Geekbench with most results being in the general vicinity of those previously posted. While this may lend some further credence to the existence of the alleged Nokia 9, a closer look at the four results recorded on May 25th has revealed a potential variant of the device packing 8GB of RAM.

Of course, this may need to be taken with a grain of salt given the somewhat anomalous processing scores compared to the vast majority of the other results. In addition, the processor speed in these benchmarks has been recorded at 1.9GHz, around 23% lower than Snapdragon 835's maximum of 2.45GHz. However, it could well be that hardware samples have been deliberately slowed down until final optimizations are implemented.

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Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-02-2017, 09:31 PM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

Wow, that's the fastest RAM yet. Even OCed RAM couldn't go that high in the past. The highest any OCed RAM could go in the past was 4500 MHz on ASRock's Z170 OC Formula and Z170M OC Formula. And this new RAM is hitting 4800 MHz at stock.

Quote:At least some X299 buyers are going to run their memory in dual-channel mode. Intel's Kaby Lake-X chips only have two memory channels to work with, and Skylake-X overclockers might choose to leave two channels unoccupied when chasing high clock rates. G.Skill has shown off its Trident Z DDR4-4800 CL19 16GB (2 x 8 GB) kit, capable of running with tight CL19-19-19-39 timings. The demo system was built with ASRock's X299 OC Formula motherboard.

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  Great Bluegrass cover of Bruno Mars Chunky
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 06-01-2017, 09:01 AM - Forum: Off Topic - No Replies

Great Bluegrass cover of Bruno Mars Chunky

Nataly Dawn is a super talent that has yet to break into big time, maybe this will go viral for her


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  In Win Mars Case Fans
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-31-2017, 09:41 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

Now that's an innovative case fan design. It might become the new standard for case fans.

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