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G.Skill Trident Z Royal DIMMs fuse crystals and precious metals
— 12:55 PM on November 20, 2018

We often call RGB LED-bedecked hardware "blingy," but few PC hardware companies have pursued that style as literally as G.Skill has for its Trident Z Royal RGB LED memory.

The basic Trident Z RGB series of DIMMs has a brushed-aluminum finish topped with soft diffusers for the LEDs underneath, and the Royal DIMMs take a considerably more flamboyant tack with a crystalline diffuser and polished heat spreaders in silver or gold finishes (albeit not real silver and gold, mind).

G.Skill says these DIMMs also include a "next generation" RGB LED controller with eight addressable zones. That lighting controller apparently offers smoother transitions between colors for RGB LED effects.

While Trident Z Royal kits may primarily be about appearances, the company will still offer a dizzying array of speeds, capacities, and timings from this RAM family. Effective frequencies start at 3000 MT/s and range all the way up to the boundaries of XMP at 4600 MT/s and 1.5 V.

The overall appearance of the Trident Z Royal kits is quite distinctive, but we just wish G.Skill had kept the existing Trident Z typeface when it branded these sticks. The final design appears to use a typeface straight out of Windows' default options. Presuming you aren't as bothered by the typeface as we are, you'll be able to pick up this RAM next month for as-yet-unspecified prices. Hopefully you won't need access to a royal treasury to get your hands on these sticks.

17 comments — Last by Derfer at 5:00 PM on 11/20/18

Tuesday deals: a Ryzen 7 1700X for $150, high-end laptops, and more
— 12:20 PM on November 20, 2018

Can you feel it? There's tension in the air, like a massive coiled spring ready to pop in a flash. Black Friday is coming up, and everyone's credits card are preemptively attending PTSD support groups. There's a ton of computer hardware deals already on the air, and we've picked out the best for you. Three days out to Black Friday, and stuff is already looking this good. Check'em out.

  • We're kicking off today with mega-discounted AMD processors. The first one is the Ryzen 7 1700X. Last-gen it may be, but it packs one heck of a punch with its eight Zen cores and sixteen threads, all ticking away at up to 3.8 GHz. That's one potent poultice for soothing a CPU horsepower itch, and it's selling for just $149.99 at Newegg.

  • You thought that the price above was insane? Have the defibrillator handy, then. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is is a many-headed hydra with 16 heads and a total of 32 threads. Each of its cores can hit a 4-GHz boost speed, and there's 64 PCIe lanes for connecting all manner of high-throughput devices. This big honkin' chip can be obtained for a mere $449.99. If your workload can use this many cores, this processor is a no-brainer choice at this price.

  • While we're on the topic of high-resource usage patterns, how about an entire jug o' RAM? The G.Skill Ripjaws V 32-GB dual-channel kit clocked at 3600 MT/s is both big and fast enough for pretty much any build. Get this kit for your dual-channel work box, or pick up two for a HEDT build. At a stupid-low $229.99, what's not to like?

  • The craziness continues in the laptop aisle. I rather fancy Lenovo's Ideapad 720s-series machines, and we have two of those today. The first one has a Core i7-8550U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a gigantic 1-TB solid-state drive. Get this, though—this lappie comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port and a gorgeous 4K display, and it'll only set you back $999.99 at Rakuten with the checkout code LEN190. Go on, pick up your jaw off the floor, I'll wait. If your budget can't stretch that far, you can have a variant with a nice 1920x1080 display and "only" 8 GB of RAM for the amount of $799.99 with the checkout code LEN110.

  • I personally think that subjecting a person to the horrible, tinny sound of underpowered and undersized speakers is torture that should be banned by the Geneva Convention. If you're still somehow affected by that, take a good listen to the Logitech Z625 2.1 speaker system. This set can push a combined 200 W of power and comes with a decently-sized woofer enclosure and multiple inputs. Set this atop your PC desk or even around your TV and enjoy good sound waves, all for $99.99 at Best Buy.

  • Remember those cheap hard drives? We do too, and we spotted one just now. The Western Digital EasyStore 4-TB 2.5" external drive is as nice a travel companion as any, and it's selling at $79.99 at Best Buy bundled with a 32-GB USB stick. You'll need to have a Best Buy account to see that price, but it's a worthwhile one.

  • You've heard all the talk about how creamy-smooth high-refresh-rate gaming is, and now it's time to walk the walk. The Nixeus EDG 27" display (NX-EDG27) is an AHVA monitor with a resolution of 2560x1440 and a 4-ms response time. Its claim to fame, however, is the refresh rate ranging from 30 Hz to 144 Hz. There's FreeSync support on tap with support for Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), along with a height-adjustable stand and built-in speakers. You can take this display home for $349.99 for Newegg. That's right, only treefiddy for a high-end gaming display. Tank not included.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

12 comments — Last by freebird at 5:00 PM on 11/20/18

National Absurdity Day Shortbread
— 11:00 AM on November 20, 2018


Obviously, this needs no explanation.

RX 590 sampler

  1. AMD Radeon RX 590 review featuring XFX @ bit-tech
  2. Radeon RX 590 (PowerColor Red Devil) review @ Guru3D
  3. Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition 8 GB review @ TechPowerUp

Other PC hardware and computing

  1. MRAM research at VLSI 2018 @ Real World Technologies (Kanter alert!)
  2. EVGA Supernova 1000 W G1+ power supply review @ PC Perspective
  3. Intel Core i5-9600K review @ bit-tech
  4. Deepcool Captain 240 EX all-in-one CPU cooler @ HardOCP
  5. HyperX Pulsefire Surge review @ TechPowerUp
  6. The Supermicro X11SCA-W motherboard review @ AnandTech
  7. RTX 2080 Ti failure analysis: artifacting, crashing, black screens, & physical defects @ Gamers Nexus

Games, culture, and VR

  1. PlayStation begins collecting amusement tax from Chicago users @ Slashdot
  2. Star Citizen passes $200M @ Blue's News
  3. Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles @ Ars Technica
  4. Half-Life is 20! Happy Birthday! We are all old! @ Rock Paper Shotgun

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. A candle powered guitar pedal @ HackADay
  2. Keurig switches from AM to PM with pod-based cocktail maker @ New Atlas (eww)
  3. Self-powered sun tracker takes a cue from NASA solar probe @ HackADay (it may not scale well, but I really love this build)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Rains bring death to the Atacama Desert @ New Atlas
  2. NASA's daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time @ Ars Technica
  3. The mystery of how, and why, wombats produce cubic poop @ New Atlas (solid science)
  4. GitHub's four most popular programming languages remain: JavaScript, Java, Python, and PHP @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. JBL JR300BT Bluetooth headphones for kids review @ Legit Reviews
  2. Corsair K70 MK.2 RGB low profile gaming keyboard review @ KitGuru
  3. Cheese flavors evolve in both taste and usage @ foodprocessing.com (does that sound ominous to anyone else?)

15 comments — Last by UberGerbil at 4:04 PM on 11/20/18

Radeon Software 18.11.2 finishes preparations for Battlefield V
— 2:47 PM on November 19, 2018

Radeon cards may not be tracing rays in Battlefield V, but they can still benefit from even more software refinement for the game ahead of its release to the general public tomorrow. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.2 is reporting for that duty, and it apparently builds on the Battlefield V support that rolled out in version 18.11.1.

Game support aside, Radeon Software 18.11.2 fixes a couple long-running issues with the driver package. At least for the moment, this version kills a behavior where Radeon RX Vega cards would exhibit elevated memory clocks at idle. The Radeon Software utility should no longer ping users about a new update when they in fact have the most current version installed already. This driver also adds support for the Vulkan extension VK_AMD_memory_overallocation_behavior. That extension allows control over whether overallocation of memory beyond the physical RAM available on a graphics card is allowed or not in Vulkan apps.

A couple issues remain unsolved in this release. Systems with multiple displays might exhibit mouse lag when at least one of those displays is powered off, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey might crash in certain locations for users still running Windows 7. If you're ready to gear up for Battlefield V, fire up Radeon Settings to download the update or head over to AMD's support site.

7 comments — Last by albundy at 11:32 AM on 11/20/18

Razer Blackwidow Lite promises quiet looks and quiet typing
— 9:53 AM on November 16, 2018

Razer needs no introduction for its gamer gear, but RGB LED-bedecked hardware isn't going to fly in every setting. For folks who want the feel of Razer keys under their fingers without advertising that fact to the world, the company has just the thing. The Blackwidow Lite keyboard uses Razer Orange keyswitches for tactile but quiet operation, and it wraps those switches up in a discreet-looking tenkeyless board with an aluminum top plate and single-color white backlighting.

To further lower its profile, the Blackwidow Lite comes with rubber o-rings pre-installed under its keycaps that should keep clacking to a minimum. While this board may not have programmable backlighting, users can still create macros and assign keyboard shortcuts using Razer's Synapse application. If you want a straightforward mechanical board without the bling, the Blackwidow Lite rings in at a reasonable $90, and you can get it today direct from the company's site.

30 comments — Last by Chrispy_ at 9:21 AM on 11/20/18

Nvidia grew Q3 revenue and profits as inventory clouds gather
— 4:14 PM on November 15, 2018

Nvidia reported its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2019 today. The company brought in revenue of $3.18 billion, up 21% from this time last year, and operating income of $1.06 billion, up 18% from a year ago. The company also posted net income of $1.23 billion, up 47% from a year ago, and diluted earnings per share of $1.97, up 48% from this time in 2017. Gross margin rang in at 60.4%, up 0.9 percentage points from this time last year. The company's stock fell about 16% in after-hours trading on those numbers, thanks to a miss on Wall Street analyst estimates.

Q3 FY19 Q3 FY18 Change
Revenue $3.18 billion $2.64 billion Up 21%
Gross margin 60.4% 59.5% Up 0.9 pp
Operating income $1.06 billion $895 million Up 18%
Net income $1.23 billion $838 million Up 47%
Diluted earnings per share $1.97 $1.33 Up 48%

Nvidia unsurprisingly continues to make the lion's share of its revenue from its GPUs. Across all of its GPU-related businesses, the company brought in $2.77 billion in revenue, up 25% from a year ago. GeForce-related revenue was $1.76 billion, up 13% from a year ago, although the company acknowledges that revenue for its gaming business in the wake of its Turing launch was "short of our expectations."

The gaming business' results were counterweighted by softening seasonal demand for Tegra SoCs for the Nintendo Switch. Tegra products in general brought in $407 million in revenue, down 3% on the year, across automotive, Nintendo, and embedded edge-computing products.

The company's professional visualization business brought in $305 million in revenue, up 28% from this time a year ago and a result Nvidia describes as a record. The company touted strong demand for its desktop and mobile workstation products in this segment. Data-center revenue was $792 million, up 58% from a year ago, on continued strong sales of Volta V100 and DGX systems. Nvidia also says its new Tesla T4 accelerator gave its data-center results a boost.

Nvidia's automotive business was $172 million, up 19% from a year ago, accounting for sales of infotainment hardware, Drive PX systems, and software development agreements with partner companies. OEM and IP revenue was $143 million, down 23% on the year, thanks to the evaporation of demand for GPUs for cryptocurrency mining.

For the fourth quarter of Nvidia notes that "excess channel inventory of mid-range Pascal products" will weigh on its fourth-quarter results, although it expects that excess inventory to clear out of retail and e-tail in "one to two quarters." Nvidia says it intends to ship no "meaningful" numbers of mid-range Pascal cards into the channel for the fourth quarter to allow demand to draw down those stocks. With all that in mind for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2019, Nvidia expects revenue of $2.7 billion, plus or minus 2%, as well as GAAP gross margin of 62.3%, plus or minus half a percentage point.

40 comments — Last by Srsly_Bro at 1:07 AM on 11/20/18

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day Shortbread
— 2:13 PM on November 15, 2018


Technically, they're in a freezer, but I do need to talk to my sister about getting her corpses out of my garage.

Audio Producer gift guide

  1. The Intel Core i9-9980XE review @ PC Perspective
  2. Intel i9-9980XE review @ Gamers Nexus
  3. Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper @ HardOCP
  4. Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU review @ HotHardware
  5. Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition processor review @ Legit Reviews
  6. The Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU review @ AnandTech

Other PC hardware and computing

  1. ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 Strix review @ Guru3D
  2. Palit GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium review @ Hexus
  3. ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC (O11G) review @ KitGuru

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Couple who ran ROM site to pay Nintendo $12 million @ Slashdot
  2. EA get the band back together for Command & Conquer and Red Alert remasters @ Rock Paper Shotgun (am I still cool for refusing to use Origin, or have we moved on by now?)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Cyborg mushrooms @ HackADay
  2. Kindle Paperwhite review (2018) @ Engadget
  3. Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff @ Ars Technica
  4. Essential will sell your phone's missing headphone jack back to you for $150 @ Ars Technica (insert "hold my beer" joke here)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Can AIs create true art? @ Slashdot
  2. A powerful NASA telescope looked for 'Oumuamua and didn't find it @ Ars Technica
  3. Fusion breakthrough as China's "artificial sun" reaches 100 million degrees @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. 30-foot inflatable cheese sculpture floats rivers for hunger awareness @ triblive.com
  2. Throw some cheese on your dog because the internet said so @ mashable.com
  3. Food taste 'not protected by copyright,' EU court rules @ Slashdot (of course, this is about cheese)

18 comments — Last by willmore at 7:22 PM on 11/19/18

Thursday deals: a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for $359.99 and more
— 10:45 AM on November 15, 2018

Mmmm, I love the smell of fresh graphics cards in the morning. Unless your accommodations reside underneath a boulder, you're probably aware that the Radeon RX 590 has been released. We took a long, hard look at the card, and it got a TR Recommended award. Its price could be just a hair more inviting, but there's always the chance that the winds of discounts will soothe that particular itch. In the meantime, Black Friday is coming up, and the deals are ever-flowing. Check out today's selection.

  • Although we just reviewed an AMD card, today's deal highlight comes from the green team. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti nips at the heels of the GTX 1080s out there, and it's got a 1721-MHz nominal boost clock in its OC mode. Since Pascal GPUs come with sophisticated boost algorithms, the actual speed is bound to be higher. You can grab this specimen for $379.99 from Newegg, and there's a rebate card that could get you $20 back, making the net total $359.99. That's a heck of a deal for this kind of graphics horsepower.

  • We figure that the Intel Core i5-9600K would make a fine companion for the graphics card above. This Coffee Lake chip has six cores that tick away at a rather impressive maximum of 4.6 GHz— just the ticket for high-refresh-rate gaming. Also, this processor is unlocked, meaning you can try and push it even further should thermals and power allow. The chip is selling over at Newegg for $249.99, a significant drop from the near-$300 launch prices we've been seeing it at.

  • A contemporary system these days is nothing without some good RAM, like the Geil Super Luce RGB 16-GB dual-channel set of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. These sticks come with rainbow lighting and boast support for Asus' Aura Sync color-coordination spec. The timings are set to 16-18-18-36, and the price is marked at a mere $104.99. You'd probably have paid over twice that amount for these sticks three months ago.

  • Need a decent, affordable solid-state drive for a budget build or an upgrade? The Adata SU650 480-GB SSD says hi. Despite lacking a DRAM cache, this drive is still more than up to the task of powering standard-issue machines and should be good for sequential reads up to 520 MB/s and writes up to 450 MB/s. You can pick one of these up for just $57.99 from Newegg with the cart code EMCEEEU46.

  • As we do so often, we saved the biggest piece for last. The LG 32UD59-B is an imposing 32" display with a resolution of 3840x2160. Although that kind of monitor isn't all that hard to find those days, the models you often see don't have 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space like this LG unit does. There's also support for screen splitting, a height-adjustable stand, and FreeSync support. All of this can be yours for a rather-silly $339.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCEEEU38. Crazy, folks.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

12 comments — Last by Pancake at 10:31 AM on 11/18/18

In the lab: Asus' Prime X299-Deluxe II mobo and ROG Strix RTX 2070
— 4:02 PM on November 14, 2018

Along with the arrival of Intel's refreshed Core X CPUs, a number of motherboard makers are releasing refreshed motherboards to help take those chips to their limits. Asus' Prime X299-Deluxe II is one such example of the fresh class of X299 boards hitting the market, and the company has sent over an example of that mobo to let us play with. Behold:

The Prime X299-Deluxe II improves on its predecessor in several ways, including a beefier, better-fed and better-cooled VRM, faster wired connectivity options, and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports built right into the back panel.

For those who want to have some fun with their systems, the X299-Deluxe II has a massive LiveDash monochrome OLED screen mid-board. I've included an LGA 2066 CPU in this picture for scale—this really is a massive slice of active-matrix pixels. This mini-screen can display system stats or monochrome GIFs of the user's choice.

Take a gander at that VRM heatsink and its row of actual fins. We'll be sure to explore the performance of all those features in our full review, but for the moment, the second take on Asus' highest-end X299 board for prosumers looks promising from where we sit.

Asus also sent over an example of its ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 for us to put through the wringer. The RTX 2070 might be the most attainable Turing card so far, but Asus didn't hold back in giving this card the ROG treatment. A massive heatsink that seems to come from the company's outgoing GTX 1080 Ti should prove more than up to the task of cooling the TU106 GPU underneath, and it's topped off with a trio of fans and a muscular shroud with RGB LED light pipes peeking through.

Asus covers the back of the Strix RTX 2070 with a brushed-aluminum backplate that's punctuated by an RGB LED-backlit ROG logo. If that's not your thing, there's a dedicated off switch for the RGB LEDs located within easy reach to drop the card into stealth mode.

The mounting bracket for the Strix RTX 2070 comes coated in a matte black finish that won't clash with most cases on the market today. The overall look for this card is muted but menacing, and I'll be putting it through its paces as soon as humanly possible during this busy November.

9 comments — Last by Luouxmont at 9:34 PM on 11/17/18

MacBook Pros with Vega graphics options go up for sale
— 12:43 PM on November 14, 2018

Vega Mobile lives, and we now know just how much it'll cost for the privilege of adding Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20 power to Apple's MacBook Pros. The company has updated the listing for its highest-end portable system to include those graphics options, as spotted by The Verge.

The highest-end 15" MacBook Pro configuration is the only way to get ahold of Radeon Pro Vega mobile chips. This machine starts at $2799 and includes an Intel Core i7-8850H CPU, 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 560X graphics processor built on the Polaris architecture. Adding a Pro Vega 16 chip to that MacBook Pro runs $250, and a Pro Vega 20 is another $100 (for $350 extra in total).

While that may sound like a lot of money on its face, we can work back to see whether Apple is gouging pro customers on pixel-pushing power. To start, the company says that the Radeon Pro Vega 20 offers up to 60% higer performance in graphics workloads compared to the Radeon Pro 560X, and that allows us to make some interesting guesses.

By my estimate (achieved in part with clock-speed ranges obtained by Anandtech), the raw single-precision compute power of a Pro Vega 16 should be about 2.43 TFLOPS. In turn, the Pro Vega 20 should be good for about 3.33 TFLOPS. If we work back from that 3.33 TFLOPS figure, it suggests the Radeon Pro 560X's 1024-ALU shader array is good for about 2.08 TFLOPS.

Without ROP and texture-unit counts, we don't know the full potential performance picture for these chips just yet. Still, the Pro Vega 16 could shadow a mobile GTX 1050, while the Pro Vega 20 might have the chops to duke it out with a mobile GTX 1050 Ti.

Going by peak single-precision throughput alone, our estimates would mean the Pro Vega 16 offers about 16.8% higher performance potential for only a 9% increase in price, while the Pro Vega 20 only commands a 12% price increase for its considerable performance boost over the 560X. Compared to the extortionate $400 Apple wants to double the MacBook Pro's flash storage from 512 GB to 1 TB, the Pro Vega chips seem like no-brainer upgrades if you have the scratch.

Both Vega parts also have access to considerably more memory bandwidth than the Polaris chip, thanks to their use of HBM2 RAM, and architectural features like accelerated mixed-precision math that could pay dividends in some workloads. Still, for those who want more pixel-pushing power than Polaris can provide, the Vega option could be quite appealing indeed.

35 comments — Last by Spunjji at 9:18 AM on 11/19/18

GeForce 416.94 drivers flip RTX on for Battlefield V
— 10:03 AM on November 14, 2018

Hot on the heels of the 416.81 release, Nvidia just pushed a new graphics driver out, with good reason. The 416.94 release is WHQL-certified and ready for Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Hitman 2. There's a related bit of news regarding Battlefield V that's actually of bigger import, though: the game now has Nvidia RTX effects enabled for those lucky enough to own one of the green team's GeForce RTX cards. This also pins Battlefield V as the first-ever widely-available game with those ray-tracing effects, so write that one down in the history books.

We'll be taking a good look at the performance effects and image quality benefits that ray-tracing brings to DICE's game in a future article, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you're wondering what the performance hit is like, the folks at Hardwareluxx did some preliminary testing, and the summary so far appears to be "oof."

Should you own an RTX card and wish to get your ray-tracing on in Battlefield V, you'll also need to install the recently re-released Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809). That update is seeing the light of day once again after a disastrous initial rollout that saw some users get their documents devoured by a grue. Microsoft says the issue is now fixed—pinky promise.

Anyway, in the new driver release, Hitman 2 got support for Nvidia Ansel screenshots as well as Highlights. Both Hitman 2 and Fallout 76 now have 3D Vision profiles, too. The fixed bugs list for the 416.94 drivers has but one item: a bug causing laggy desktop activity when using GeForce GTX 780 cards has now been fixed. Oddly enough, that bug is still on the list of open issues for this release, but we figure that's a copy-paste snafu.

Those eager to get into the action can download the 416.94 driver from GeForce Experience, or directly from Nvidia's site. Those wishing to peruse the release notes can find them on Nvidia's site. Keep an eye out for the TR analysis of RTX effects on Battlefield V.

35 comments — Last by Spunjji at 9:50 AM on 11/19/18

Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 slips into a single slot for workstations
— 1:22 PM on November 13, 2018

As the debut of Turing on board Quadro RTX 8000, RTX 6000, and RTX 5000 cards proved, gaming isn't the only area where a blend of real-time ray tracing and rasterization could prove handy. Nvidia is expanding the range of Turing products for rendering and visualization pros with the more attainable Quadro RTX 4000. This card sports a fully enabled TU106 GPU with 2304 shader ALUs, 288 Turing tensor cores, and 36 RT cores. Pro-viz users can harness those real-time ray-tracing resources using Nvidia's OptiX API, as well as the DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR) and Vulkan APIs.

Unlike the dual-slot or even larger coolers that Nvidia's gaming-board partners slap on their cards, the green team has opted to use a single-slot blower cooler on the RTX 4000. The company specs the card for a 160-W board power, down from 185 W in the RTX 2070 Founders Edition. That constrained operating environment likely means slightly lower clocks than TU106 can achieve with bigger heat sinks. Nvidia doesn't provide a straight MHz figure for the RTX 4000, but the 43 tera-RTX-ops this card purports to deliver is down just a bit from the 45 tera-RTX-ops the green team claims from the RTX 2070 FE. Still, that's pretty impressive for what looks like a slim and relatively short card.

The Quadro RTX 4000 offers three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors on its mounting bracket, as well as a single USB Type-C port that can pipe pixels to VirtualLink-compatible VR headsets when they eventually arrive. Dell, HP, and Lenovo's workstation divisions have all committed to offering the RTX 4000 in their systems. The company also says pro DIYers can pick up an RTX 4000 on its own through board partner PNY in North America and Europe, through ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan, and through Leadtek and Ingram in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nvidia expects the RTX 4000 to arrive in December for $900, but interested and impatient parties can give the Quadro RTX 4000 a spin this week at Nvidia's Autodesk University booth in Las Vegas, Nevada through November 15.

7 comments — Last by K-L-Waster at 6:20 AM on 11/14/18

World Kindness Day Shortbread
— 12:30 PM on November 13, 2018


Be kind, feline.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Pro performance gaming headset review @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero (WI-FI) review @ bit-tech
  3. Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming review @ Hexus
  4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review @ HotHardware
  5. Review of the iStorage diskAshur PRO2, a highly secure portable USB drive @ Neowin
  6. Synology DS119j 0 NAS reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder
  7. Silverstone Lucid LD01 review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Asus ProArt PA32UC review @ TechSpot

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died @ Ars Technica
  2. Overwatch's next patch will require players to reinstall the game @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. The problem behind a viral video of a persistent baby bear @ Slashdot

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Robot never misses leg day @ HackADay
  2. Canon EOS R review @ Engadget

Science, technology, and space news

  1. IBM's Machine Learning Accelerator at VLSI 2018 @ Real World Technologies (Kanter alert!)
  2. Parker Solar Probe singed but safe after historic close encounter with the Sun @ New Atlas
  3. Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. These are the hottest cheese trends for 2019 @ foodandwine.com
  2. Aerocool AC220 AIR RGB gaming chair review @ KitGuru

14 comments — Last by Unknown-Error at 11:53 PM on 11/14/18

Tuesday deals: a Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB for $113, cheap RAM, and more
— 10:11 AM on November 13, 2018

Howdy, folks. We're short on time for pleasantries today, but you'll be fine. After all, you have a review to read—that of the Intel Core i9-9980XE. That's one big, seriously fast chip. Before you head out, though, grab your credit card and take a look at the selection of deals we have today.

  • Our headlining deal today is the Samsung 970 EVO 500-GB NVMe solid-state drive. Samsung's NVMe drives don't really need an introduction since they can be very easily be described as frickin' fast. The model on hand can push 3400 MB/s doing sequential reads and 2300 MB/s on writes. Random I/O is the reason why you'd get a PCIe drive, though, and those figures ring in at a whopping 370K IOPS on reads and 450K IOPS while writing. Take this speedy gumstick home for $112.99 from Newegg with the promo code EMCXEEES2.

  • If you're looking a bigger SSD instead, the Adata SU800 2 TB fits that bill just fine instead. It's popped up time and again in our deals posts as it's darn fast for a SATA drive (560 MB/s in sequential reads and 520 MB/s when writing) and is often deeply discounted. Today's price is $221 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD39. That's just 11 cents a gigabyte, folks.

  • Memory's another item with ever-sinking prices, meaning the time is ripe for that new build or upgrade. We have a selection of G.Skill offerings today, starting with the Aegis 16-GB dual-channel kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. This set is simple, fast, and goes for a mere $104.99 at Newegg. If that speed grade isn't enough for you, go ahead and grab the Ripjaws V 16-GB set of 3600 MT/s sticks for not much more at $119.99. Finally, should capacity matter more than speed, the Ripjaws V 32-GB dual-channel kit clocked at 2400 MT/s is currently sitting pretty at $219.99

  • How does eight Zen cores and sixteen threads sound? That's what's in the AMD Ryzen 1700X processor. Those cores can hit speeds as high as 3.8 GHz, too. You can take one of these chips home for a mere $149.99 from Newegg.

  • In the event that you're looking for a competent budget rig, you'd be hard-pressed to find better than this combo deal we have here. The Intel Core i3-8100 is an evergreen budget processor thanks to its Coffee Lake four cores ticking away at up to 3.6 GHz. That chip's accompanied by the MSI B360M Gaming Plus, a few-frills board that has everything you need and even a couple bonuses like Intel-powered Ethernet, a USB Type-C port, and a metal jacket around the main PCIe slot. Take both items home from Newegg for just $169.98 (or $40 off the regular price), and you can use the included mail-in rebate to get another $20 back.

  • The final item today is the Antec P110 Luce enclosure. This chassis got a TR Editor's Choice award when we reviewed it thanks to a fantastic combination of well-though internals coupled with noise-cancelling features, plus a nice loadout of front-panel ports including an HDMI output. The enclosure is selling for $84.99 at Newegg. That's a nice price on its own, but there's a $25 mail-in rebate on offer. Altogether, it's a heck of a deal.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

9 comments — Last by ronch at 6:53 AM on 11/15/18

Intel unveils XMM 8160 5G modem for a 2H 2019 arrival
— 2:28 PM on November 12, 2018

Intel is shaking up its plans for its rollout of 5G modems today. Just under a year ago, the company took the wraps off its XMM 8060 modem. The XMM 8060 promised support for the 5G New Radio (5G NR) standard in both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) forms, as well as backward compatibility with 2G, 3G (including CDMA), and 4G networks. Today, the company announced that it plans to pull in the launch of its new XMM 8160 modem to the second half of 2019, or by more than six months, according to its press release. The XMM 8160 claims support for 5G speeds of up to 6 Gbps.

Past that, though, the XMM 8160 doesn't seem to unveil many new capabilities versus those announced for the XMM 8060. It has the same multi-mode chops promised by the 8060 across 2G, 3G, and 4G legacy networks, in addition to support for 5G NR SA and NSA across sub-6-GHz and mmWave spectra. Intel highlights the fact that the XMM 8160's backward and forward capabilities are all wrapped up in a single chip, though, and that could be an important distingushing point for the blue team.

In contrast, Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem has to piggyback on Snapdragon SoCs that have modems for LTE and other legacy standards baked in to let a Snapdragon smartphone cover all its bases. Intel's purported single-chip approach could be important for companies who want to integrate a complete backward- and forward-compatible modem into products that don't necessarily have LTE support to begin with. That covers most every non-Qualcomm notebook PC sold today, to name just one attractive market that Intel might want to help itself to.

Intel also anticipates that implementing the XMM 8160 and its supporting transceivers in products might be less demanding of board area than other early 5G implementations, an important consideration in smartphones and tablets. The company produced a not-to-scale graphic to demonstrate that a complete XMM 8160 implementation will need just the modem itself, a 5G mmWave transceiver, and a seven-mode RF transceiver to cover sub-6-GHz operation. Whether the company's supporting graphic is meant to show the advantages of the XMM 8160 versus what would have been required to implement the XMM 8060 isn't made clear, however. It's also not whether Intel might be illustrating what it thinks would be required for Qualcomm's partners to implement the Snapdragon X50 modem alongside another Snapdragon SoC.

It's hard not to see this graphic as a dig at Qualcomm, however, as that company's recently-introduced QTM052 5G RF transceivers only claim support for the mmWave spectrum, not sub-6-GHz bands. Early Qualcomm 5G phones might need separate RF transceivers for sub-6-GHz 5G operation and another legacy networking standards as a result, but until real devices hit the market, we won't know for sure. It is clear that Intel is fudging a bit by leaving the primary SoC of any mobile device that implements the XMM 8160 out of the picture, though, while the legacy modem for Snapdragon devices is already part of the board area occupied by those SoCs. That omission might make Intel's graphic more dramatic than actual implementations will be.

Whatever its implementation details may be, the timeline for the introduction of the XMM 8160 is fascinating on its own. Apple is Intel's largest client for modems, and it regularly releases new iPhones in the fall of most years. Intel's second-half-of-2019 release window for the XMM 8160 could suggest that the first 5G-capable iPhones are coming in that time frame. As with so much else about 5G, we'll just have to wait and see.

36 comments — Last by Beahmont at 6:13 PM on 11/14/18

Das Keyboard 4Q updates a classic design with cloud smarts
— 2:49 PM on November 9, 2018

Das Keyboard made its name with no-nonsense mechanical clickers whose quality could be felt with every key stroke, but a wide range of modern high-end keyboards make mechanical switches table stakes. The company has since introduced the Q software platform for lighting control and web-powered intelligent notifications, and the classic Das Keyboard 4 Professional design now boasts compatibility with that utility.

The Das Keyboard 4Q blends cloud brains with classic Cherry MX Brown switches for a tactile, non-clicky typing experience, or MX Blues for keystrokes that can be felt and heard. Each key has programmable RGB LED backlighting that can be connected to other web APIs to display information like stock price movement or weather forecast data. The Q utility can also be used to hook up the 4Q to compatible IoT devices to control smart lighting and thermostats, among other smart gear. If that's not enough control, Das Keyboard exposes a REST API for Q-enabled keyboards to let users develop their own extensions for the utility.

Smarts aside, the 4Q looks both sturdy and functional. Das Keyboard caps off the case of this deck with an anodized aluminum top panel, and dedicated media buttons provide quick control over play, pause, next track, and volume functions. N-key rollover and a two-port USB 2.0 hub round out the 4Q's features. If a smart, sturdy board with understated styling appeals to you, the 4Q is available now for $199 from Das Keyboard's shop.

35 comments — Last by BillyBuerger at 9:35 AM on 11/14/18

Zotac VR Go 2.0 gets caffeinated with a Core i7-8700T
— 9:00 AM on November 9, 2018

Wireless VR adapters exist for those who want to cut the cord, but not every headset has one of those transceivers available. For those who still want to dump the fixed umbilical, Zotac has upgraded its VR Go backpack PC. Version 2.0 of the concept gets some new guts and an upgraded harness design that claims to hold the system further away from the wearer's body for better cooling performance.

The VR Go 2.0 houses Intel's six-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700T CPU. This 35-W chip has a 2.4-GHz base clock and a 4-GHz single-core boost speed. Zotac pairs the i7-8700T with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card bearing 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. The VR Go 2.0 comes with a 240-GB M.2 SATA SSD as its primary storage option, and it has a 2.5" storage bay for further expansion.

On its top edge, the VR Go 2.0 offers three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, and an HDMI out for VR headsets. Three more USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, another HDMI out, a DisplayPort out, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and headphone and microphone jacks nestle in the right side of the backpack. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 connectivity let the VR Go 2.0 communicate without wires.

The full VR Go 2.0 itself weighs 10 pounds (4.5 kg), about the same as the first-gen take on the design. Zotac says battery life is about the same as the first-gen model's, as well. A pair of hot-swappable batteries each provide about an hour and a half of run time. RGB LED accents on the back panel of the VR Go 2.0 let room-scale experience operators see just who is wearing a given VR Go backpack, too. Zotac didn't provide pricing for the VR Go 2.0, but we'd expect it to come in around the same $2000 mark that the original commanded.

5 comments — Last by JeffreyHollisterss at 3:56 AM on 11/18/18

Radeon Software 18.11.1 gets ready to roll for Battlefield V
— 4:36 PM on November 8, 2018

Not to be left behind by the green team, AMD has its own set of fresh drivers for the upcoming release of Battlefield V. With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.1, AMD claims gamers will enjoy up to 8% faster performance in BFV compared to the Radeon Software 18.10.2 release with the RX Vega 64 at 1920x1080, and Radeon RX 580 8 GB users will enjoy up to 9% higher performance under the same conditions. In absolute terms, the company observed 142.6 FPS on average from the RX Vega 64 using BFV's ultra preset, while the RX 580 delivered 91.1 FPS using the latest driver.


Hitman 2

Hitman 2 arrives soon, as well, and AMD has baked some refinements for that title into the 18.11.1 release. The company says performance should improve roughly 3% from the 18.10.2 release on the RX 580 8 GB at 1920x1080. The RX 580's 57.2 average FPS on medium settings with the DirectX 11 API suggests Agent 47's return could be incredibly punishing to run.

AMD stomped out a few bugs in this release, including a situation where the Radeon Overlay didn't play well with the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Assassin's Creed Origins should no longer crash on launch or during gameplay with Windows 7. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus should no longer exhibit graphical corruption when the player looks at lava or water. Finally, Strange Brigade should no longer crash intermittently when rendering with the DirectX 12 API.

Other bugs remain alive and well in the 18.11.1 release. The Radeon Overlay may not show up when a user tries to toggle it in Battlefield V. Systems with multiple displays may cause a laggy mouse cursor when at least one of those displays is powered off. RX Vega cards may still run with elevated memory clocks at idle. Finally, users of Microsoft's PIX tool will find that it's incompatible with this release. AMD says those users will need to use Radeon Software 18.9.3 in tandem with the tool.

If you're ready to drop into the world of Battlefield V, you should fire up Radeon Software to grab this update or head over to AMD's support site to download it directly.

16 comments — Last by LostCat at 6:15 PM on 11/11/18

Tongue Twister Day Shortbread
— 2:04 PM on November 8, 2018


Complex computation consumes copious CPU cycles.

PC hardware and computing

  1. BitFenix Nova TG tempered glass ATX mid-tower case review @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming review @ Guru3D
  3. Intel TDP investigation: boards violating turbo duration (Z390) @ Gamers Nexus
  4. HP Omen Mindframe headset review @ HotHardware
  5. Toshiba XG6 1TB NVMe SSD review featuring 96-layer 3D TLC NAND @ Legit Reviews
  6. EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 11 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  7. The be quiet! Straight Power 11 750W PSU review @ AnandTech
  8. Thermaltake ToughPower Grand RGB Gold (Sync Edition) 750W power supply review @ KitGuru

Games, culture, and VR

  1. DayZ finally enters beta and rolls out some early mod tools @ Rock Paper Shotgun (the situation with beta is less than ideal, but the devs continue to communicate well and producing a stable foundation for mods is a smart move, so I'm pleased overall)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Energy cost of "mining" Bitcoin more than twice that of copper or gold @ Slashdot
  2. Lightsaber uses pogo pins to make assembly a breeze @ HackADay
  3. Steady hand repurposes cheap SSD modules @ HackADay

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Million-core neuromorphic supercomputer could simulate an entire mouse brain @ New Atlas
  2. NASA is showering one city with sonic booms and hoping no one notices @ Slashdot
  3. WLinux, the first paid-for Linux distro for Windows 10, goes on sale on Microsoft Store @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Judge tosses $5M suit over McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese @ nypost.com (shocking!)

27 comments — Last by NovusBogus at 1:47 PM on 11/11/18

Thursday deals: a Ryzen 7 2700X for $295 and more
— 11:18 AM on November 8, 2018

Howdy, gerbils. The TR labs are humming with activity behind the scenes, but that's not all that's happening. Black Friday is coming up fast, and deals at every e-tailer are heating up. Right now it's a mild boil, but as always, we picked out the best pieces for you. It's a long one today, so get a cup of tea and your credit card.

  • Heads up, deals are Ryzen. The mighty AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is a processor fit for most machines meant for work and play alike. Underneath its soldered heat spreader, there are eight Zen cores and sixteen threads ticking away at up to 4.3 GHz. AMD helpfully includes a fine Wraith Prism cooler in the box, and Newegg will sell it to you for just $294.99—over $30 off its list price.

  • The next deal in line also has a chip from the red team in it. The PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580 8 GB looks cheesy enough, but you can hardly poke holes in its performance, thanks to its 1380 MHz boost clock. The included heatsink is appropriately massive, and there's a power delivery section with DrMOS components. Take this graphics card home for $229.99 from Newegg and get a $30 gift card that you can apply to further purchases. An end-game amount of $200 for an RX 580 8 GB is an awesome deal in the TR book.

  • Me and more than a few gerbils have computing usage patterns that consider 16 GB of RAM to be little more than a trifle. For those with similarly large RAM needs, there's the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32-GB dual-channel kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. The company's Trident Z RAM requires little introduction. It's fast and stylish, and the included RGB LEDs should add some pizzazz to your build. Take this kit home for $229.99 from Newegg.

  • Big honkin' hard drives have more or less vanished from our deals posts, but they're making a slight return. Today, we have the Western Digital EasyStore 10-TB hard drive. This USB 3.0 spinner comes with included backup software and should prove a safe haven for your data. Western Digital bundles up one of its 32-GB EasyStore USB sticks with the drive. That's pretty handy, amirite? You can grab both items from Best Buy for the amount of $179.99. That works out to $18 per terabyte if you count the hard drive alone.

  • Now, a pair of items that I have very personal experience with. The first one is the keyboard I'm typing these letters on, the Aukey KM-G9 with Outemu Blue clicky switches (compatible with Cherry stems) and a tenkeyless form factor. I bought one of these a while back (with a proper Return key, I might add), and I added a custom keycap set with O-rings and a wrist rest to it. It's wonderful, and the absurdly low price that I got it for still makes me feel like I cheated. You can take it home for an insane $20.78 from Amazon if you click the on-page coupon and add the 4HGUUDRB checkout code. Should that keyboard above not have quite enough keys or lights, you can check out the Aukey KM-G6 full-sized variant with RGB LED lighting. With the on-page coupon and the GO47KU82 checkout code, you can have it for just $31.99.

  • The near-final item today is something off left field, but handy in any abode nonetheless. The Lenovo 8" Smart Display with Google Assistant does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a stylish smart display with a suitably large speaker and a sturdy base. It's got great reviews pretty much everywhere, and the 1280x800 resolution at its size is actually pretty high. I can already imagine uses for this in the kitchen or a living room. At a price of just $99.99 at Best Buy, it's almost an impulse purchase.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

39 comments — Last by Spunjji at 10:26 AM on 11/12/18