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Steam Hardware Survey March 2020: Intel CPUs, NVIDIA Graphics Cards Rising

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Steam has just released its hardware survey for March 2020, and it paints an interesting picture on the overall Steam user market. First of all, a disclaimer: Steam's survey's don't refer to the entirety of the systems that are running its digital distribution platform; it hails from only a part of the connected machines which are randomly selected - ideally, in such as way so as for its hardware data to be representative of the overall Steam ecosystem.

The March 2020 hardware survey shows Intel CPUs gaining traction over AMD's, albeit in a very limited fashion (a 0.24% increase in total number of machines running with GenuineIntel CPUs). Cross referencing this increase with the average clockspeeds of Intel CPUs, though, paints an interesting picture: the higher clockspeeds in the 3.3 to 3.8 GHz range (which can relatively cleanly be associated with the company's higher-performance products), saw a decline in usage (contrary to AMD, which saw the reverse happening).

Intel Sheds Extra Weight: Selling Home Gateway Division Assets to California-based MaxLinear for $150 Million

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Intel is looking to further consolidate its product and services portfolio through the sale of its Home Gateway Platform Division to California-based connectivity infrastructure provider MaxLinear for $150 million. The move comes in the wake of CEO Bob Swan's efforts to reduce Intel's expenses on markets that aren't showing the needed returns to justify the increased investment in engineering and distribution - as with everything, there is associated opportunity cost with every product division that isn't up to the task. And in this case, the task was always daunting, with Intel's Home Gateway Platform Division (whose efforts center around system-on-a-chip (SoC) products for home gateways, Wi-Fi access points and Ethernet) competing with the likes of Qualcomm and Broadcom.

This comes after Intel already sold its cellular modem business to Apple on the rationale that it wouldn't "have provided attractive returns." An Intel spokesperson clarified that the sale of the Home Gateway Platform Division represents "a majority of the assets from Intel's Home Gateway Platform Division but not all of them." Intel expects most jobs directly impacted to find alternatives under the new MaxLinear umbrella, or though an internal Intel reshuffling. Intel is choosing to refocus on high-margin markets over which it already has ascendance, instead of trying to diversify - in this case - towards the cutthroat mobile and home gateway markets.

(PR) CORSAIR Launches New DARK CORE RGB PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new DARK CORE RGB PRO and DARK CORE RGB PRO SE, its new premier wireless mice. Utilizing CORSAIR SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS, hyper-polling technology, and an 18,000 DPI optical sensor, these new mice offer bleeding-edge wireless mouse performance with both wired and wireless charging options.

The CORSAIR DARK CORE RGB PRO makes several key updates to the award-winning DARK CORE RGB, while retaining the same shape and comfort that has made it a fast-growing choice among gamers of all kinds. The DARK CORE RGB PRO now features the ability to connect in three different ways: sub-1 ms SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS, low-latency Bluetooth, or USB wired. The optical sensor has also been upgraded to a custom PixArt PAW3392 optimized for wireless, with extremely low power consumption and a native 18,000 DPI resolution customizable in 1 DPI steps. New hyper-polling technology from CORSAIR, debuting in the DARK CORE RGB PRO, ensures blazingly fast response times by communicating with a PC at up to 2,000 Hz - twice the speed of standard gaming mice and able to deliver the full performance benefits of SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS, for better-than-wired latency.

(PR) Intel Commits $50 Million with Pandemic Response Technology Initiative to Combat Coronavirus

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Today, Intel is pledging an additional $50 million in a pandemic response technology initiative to combat the coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students. Included in Intel's effort is an additional innovation fund for requests where access to Intel expertise and resources can have immediate impact. This is in addition to prior announcements of $10 million in donations that are supporting local communities during this critical time.

The world faces an enormous challenge in fighting COVID-19. Intel is committed to accelerating access to technology that can combat the current pandemic and enable new technology and scientific discovery that better prepares society for future crises. We hope that by sharing our expertise, resources and technology, we can help to accelerate work that saves lives and expands access to critical services around the world during this challenging time," said Bob Swan, Intel chief executive officer.

MSI Launches the Creator 17 Notebook: 17.3-inch 4K miniLED Monstrosity

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

MSI today launched its Creator 17 notebook aimed at content creators, armed with some serious specs to boot. Its product design was first showcased at the 2020 International CES, without getting under its hood. Its star attraction has to be its display: a 17.3-inch miniLED panel with 4K UHD resolution, DisplayHDR 1000 certification, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut. Under the hood, the Creator 17 features some serious kit, with an Intel Core i7-10875H 8-core/16-thread "Comet Lake" processor, 64 GB of DDR4 memory, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q graphics.

Storage features of the MSI Creator 17 include three M.2 slots (two PCIe NVMe, one SATA-only); from which one is occupied by a 1 TB NVMe SSD. Networking features include 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) WLAN, 2.5 GbE wired Ethernet, and Bluetooth 5. USB connectivity includes two each of USB 3.2 gen 2 type-A and USB 3.2 type-C. A 52 Ah 4-cell battery powers the Creator 17, and can keep it running for up to 6 hours on a full charge. Measuring 396 mm x 259.4 mm x 20.25 mm (closed), it weighs 2.50 kg. In its full configuration, the Creator 17 is priced around USD $3,500 plus taxes.

(PR) SK Hynix Announces the PE8000 Series of Gen4 NVMe Enterprise SSDs

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

SK hynix Inc today announced the availability of the "PE8000" series, its newest and most advanced line-up of enterprise Solid State Drives (eSSDs). The PE8000 series is designed to meet the diverse needs of datacenter customers.

PE8010 and PE8030 are the Company's first Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) SSDs supporting the PCIe Gen4 Interface. Both drives feature the Company's 96-layer Triple-Level Cell (TLC) 4D NAND flash and an in-house controller, providing a maximum capacity of 8 TB, and are compatible with U.2/U.3 form factors. PE8010 is tailored to read-intensive workloads, while PE8030 is optimized for mixed-use.
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AMD Ryzen 4000 Rumored to Bring 15% IPC Uplift

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

AMD's Zen 3 architecture will power the next generation Ryzen 4000 desktop chips and the 3rd Gen EPYC lineup which are both expected to launch later this year. Adored TV has received some leaked information detailing the technical specifications of the Zen 3 architecture. The majority of the leaked information confirmed existing rumors such as the 8 core CCX, higher clocks and lower power draw.

However the leak suggests IPC improvements will be less than the expected 20% hinted at by AMD and may end up being closer to 10 - 15%. The leak also claims that L3 cache will remain at 32 MB however it will no longer be split due to the single CCX. While this may be disappointing for some, remember to take the claims with a grain of salt as with any rumor.

(PR) Project xCloud Preview Set to Expand Into Western Europe

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Microsoft's Project xCloud was first launched as a preview in October 2019 for a limited number of countries. Microsoft has now expanded the preview to Western Europe as announced by Atherine Gluckstein, GM & Head of Product for Project xCloud in a recent press release.

Bringing the Project xCloud preview to gamers across Western Europe is a top priority for us. We know gaming is an important way for people to remain connected, particularly during these times of social distancing, but we also recognize how internet bandwidth has been impacted with strain on regional networks as large volumes of people responsibly stay home and go online.
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Intel 10th Gen "Comet Lake-S" Desktop CPU Availability and Review NDA Pushed to Almost-June

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Intel has reportedly split the launch of its upcoming 10th generation Core "Comet Lake-S" processor into two unusually distant dates, April 30 and May 27, 2020. It was earlier believed that the processors would be announced on April 30, with availability "shortly after," (read: within 10-14 days of launch). According to a WCCFTech report, the launch is planned such that April 30 will only see product announcements - the processors themselves, motherboards based on Intel 400-series chipset, and OEM desktops based on the platform. Later on May 29, the processors, desktops based on them, and DIY motherboards, are expected to be available in the retail channel. May 27 will also be the date when reviews of the processors and motherboards go live.

(PR) ASUS Also Launches ExpertBook B9450 Laptop for Business Professionals

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

ASUS today announced the launch of the ExpertBook B9450 laptop, the latest ASUS ExpertBook for business professionals that provides unmatched performance, durability and design within an incredibly thin and light form factor weighing in at just 2.2 lb with a 0.59 inch thin profile. The new ExpertBook-series laptops maintain a professional and reliable personality while incorporating innovation and flexibility in order to meet the requirements of modern businesses.

Designed for business professionals on-the-go, the ExpertBook B9450 delivers top-tier performance thanks to up to an 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, dual-storage design with two ultrafast 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, and up to 16 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity. Expect uninterrupted performance on the B9450 with long-lasting battery life delivering up to an impressive 24 hours of use on a single charge, with extra comfort features like the ErgoLift hinge, built-in voice assistant support, and a Harman Kardon-optimized audio system.

(PR) ASUS Announces Chromebook Flip C436, Powered by Intel "Project Athena"

Tue, 07 Apr 2020

ASUS today announced the launch of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436, the latest in the ASUS Chromebook Flip family that pairs premium features with uncompromising performance. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 introduces an eye-catching and elegant convertible form factor, featuring a frameless NanoEdge touch display that's designed to maximize screen size in the smallest form factor possible. The C436 is housed in a durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy chassis, which measures only 13-inches diagonally at a weight of approx. 2.58 lbs - perfect for on-the-go productivity.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 is verified by Intel's Project Athena innovation program and co-engineered for mobile performance. It brings unparalleled power in a convertible and ultra-portable form factor by integrating 10th Gen Intel Core processors with up to 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and cutting-edge Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity.
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