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Review: DeepCool Mystique 360

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DeepCool recently launched the Mystique 360 AIO Watercooler, which is an advanced 360mm all-in-one liquid cooler. This product is part of the Mystique Series designed for modern desktop PCs, and it includes a digital LCD display on the pump block. The Mystique 360 cooler features a triple 120mm fan radiator configuration. It also incorporates a new internal design aimed at delivering top-tier performance.

3DMark Steel Nomad DirectX 12 / Vulkan Benchmark Review

Game reviews 127 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 30

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Steel Nomad is designed to be a new generation of graphics benchmarks, developed to use a non-ray-traced DirectX 12 API. It focuses on delivering advanced geometry and raster lighting capabilities. UL Solutions is also developing Steel Nomad Lite, specifically tailored for smartphones, tablets, and lightweight notebooks, aiming to extend benchmarking utilities to a wider range of devices. We perform a benchmark test on DirectX 12 and Vulkan with the latest graphics cards.

AMD Strix Point Ryzen 9000 To Be Renamed to Ryzen AI 300 Series

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Multiple credible Chinese sources, including updates from a Lenovo product manager reported significant updates to AMD's naming strategy for its next-generation APUs, codenamed Strix Point. Originally anticipated to be branded as the Ryzen AI 100 series, the latest development indicates a shift to the Ryzen AI 300 series. This new nomenclature, if finalized, will categorize the forthcoming APUs as Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 and Ryzen AI 9 365. This shift suggests AMD's ongoing adjustments in its product branding to better reflect the advancements and generational leaps in its technology. The Strix Point series, successor to the Phoenix Point lineup that first introduced Neural Processing Unit (NPU) technology, is noted as the third generation of AMD's APUs incorporating NPU functionality. This appears to be a primary reason for the adoption of the '3' in the new Ryzen AI 300 series naming convention. The processors are anticipated to feature a dual Compute Complex (CCX) design, integrating up to 4 Zen5 cores and 8 Zen5c cores, along with a 24MB L3 cache.
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MSI To Release Limited Edition RTX 4070 Calapeno Graphics Card (for Special Events)

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IT Home reported on the unveiling of a limited edition MSI RTX 4070 graphics card, co-branded with the game "Cala Pichu". The graphics card, which has not yet been publicly released for sale, features a distinctive pink paint job and is intended for use in specific offline promotional activities. Details from a social media post by a user on Tieba included images of the MSI RTX 40 series card, specifically modeled after the MSI RTX 4070 Gaming Trio. Although the photos were not clear, the visual comparison confirmed the model as the RTX 4070. This special edition card, known as the "Calapeño", will not be available for general purchase but is planned to be distributed as a prize in upcoming gaming events, details of which have not been disclosed. The price for the standard MSI GeForce RTX 4070 GAMING X TRIO 12G is currently listed at approximately $650 USD, converted from yuan. This pricing gives an indication of the value of the "Calapeño" edition, although its unique design could potentially elevate its worth among collectors and enthusiasts.
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HWiNFO Download v8.03 Beta

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Download HWiNFO64 - a System Information and Diagnostics Tool. HWInfo64 is an application that monitors your PC's components and outs computer information about your the operating system, storage capacity, and RAM. It also displays more technical data, such as the number of logical CPUs, memory speed, and temperatures. 

Nvidia Reportedly Rejects Samsung HBM3 Chips Due to Overheating and Power Issues

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According to internal sources cited by Reuters, Nvidia has tentatively declined to use Samsung's most recent High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) chips in its artificial intelligence (AI) GPUs due to issues with overheating and excessive power consumption. This development concerns Samsung’s HBM3 and the upcoming HBM3E chips, which represent the fourth and fifth generations of the HBM standard, respectively. These chips are primarily utilized in GPUs tailored for AI applications. The sources reveal that these HBM3 and HBM3E chips are slated for release this year, with production expected to commence in the first half of 2024. The specific reasons behind the chips' underperformance in Nvidia’s evaluations have not been publicly disclosed by either company. However, insiders claim the chips exhibit rapid overheating and high power usage, which are critical drawbacks for efficient GPU performance.
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G.SKILL Unveils Trident Z5 Royal Series: Next-Gen High-Performance DDR5 Memory

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G.SKILL announced the release of the Trident Z5 Royal series, an addition to their high-performance DDR5 memory lineup. This latest series introduces luxury aesthetics combined with advanced overclocking capabilities. The Trident Z5 Royal series, expected to be available globally through G.SKILL distribution channels by late May 2024, enhances the established Trident Z5 product family with its opulent design and state-of-the-art technology. This new series retains the popular luxury-class aesthetics of its predecessors, featuring a mirrored-finish heat spreader available in gold or silver. The heat spreaders are precision CNC-cut from aluminum and undergo an electroplating process to achieve their glossy appearance.
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Download Intel network adapter driver package 29.1.1.1

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This driver package is for users seeking Intel network drivers, designed to ensure optimal performance and compatibility with a range of Intel Ethernet products. Suitable for various operating systems, including Windows 10 and Windows 11, this download offers a seamless and efficient installation process for Intel network adapters.

Thrustmaster Releases Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition

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Meet the Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition. This product is a precise 1:1 scale replica of the steering wheel used in the Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 car during the 2020 season. The steering wheel replica features an array of functionalities tailored to enhance the simulation experience. It includes 25 action buttons, each marked with labels such as OIL, RADIO, and DRINK, similar to the original SF1000 model. These are strategically positioned to facilitate easy reach and operation during use. Additionally, the wheel incorporates seven rotary encoders located around the thumb area and below the 4.3-inch display screen on the steering wheel, offering users the ability to assign various controls conveniently. The display of the Formula Wheel Add-On is capable of showing up to 69 different pieces of racing information. It also includes 21 LEDs, with 15 dedicated to displaying engine revolutions and six arranged in two rows of three for indicating marshal flags and other critical racing signals.
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Samsung Expands T7 Portable SSD Line with New 4TB USB 3.2 Gen.2 Model

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Samsung introduced a 4TB model to its T7 Portable SSD series, which supports USB 3.2 Gen.2 interface. The T7 series, known for its compact size and robust performance, now extends its storage capacity options by adding a 4TB model, complementing the existing 1TB and 2TB versions. This expansion caters to users needing higher storage capacity without sacrificing portability or data transfer speeds. The Samsung Portable SSD T7 is notable for its high-speed data handling capabilities, with sequential read speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000 MB/s. It also supports AES 256-bit encryption, providing secure data encryption for sensitive information. Designed for durability, the SSD can withstand drops up to 2 meters and offers shock resistance of 1,500G at 0.5ms over three axes when not operating. Additionally, it features vibration resistance from 20 to 2,000 Hz at 20G during non-operational states.
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MSI Launches MAG 27CQ6PF 27-Inch WQHD Curved Gaming Monitor with RAPID VA Technology

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MSI announced the release of the MAG 27CQ6PF, a 27-inch WQHD curved gaming monitor, set to debut in the Japanese market on May 30, 2024. The MAG 27CQ6PF features a 1500R curvature, closely mimicking the natural human field of vision, which enhances the immersive experience during gameplay. It utilizes a RAPID VA panel that delivers a response time of 0.5ms and a refresh rate of 180Hz, ensuring fluid motion and sharp visuals in fast-paced gaming scenarios. Key specifications include a color gamut coverage of 95% sRGB and 80% DCI-P3, making it suitable for both intense gaming and general multimedia use. The brightness is rated at 300 nits, and it offers a high contrast ratio of 5,000:1. The monitor displays approximately 1.073 billion colors, providing a rich and vibrant visual output. Viewing angles are wide at 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically, ensuring consistent colors and clarity from various viewing positions.
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ROCm update confirms that AMD RDNA 4 GPU architecture is for two GPUs only: Navi 48 and Navi 44

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Recent updates from AMD's ROCm (Radeon Open Compute Platform) have provided new details about the RDNA 4 GPU architecture, confirming the upcoming release of two GPU models: Navi 44 and Navi 48. This information, seen in the ROCm's GitHub repository, confirms AMD's product plans for its next generation of GPUs, which will follow the RDNA 3 architecture used in the Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards. The RDNA 4 GPU architecture represents AMD's ongoing development in graphic processing technology. In a shift from previous naming conventions where smaller numerical identifiers indicated larger models, the RDNA 4 architecture reverses this trend. Under this new convention, Navi 48 is anticipated to be a higher-end model compared to Navi 44, which suggests potential product names such as Radeon RX 8800 for the Navi 48 and Radeon RX 8600 for the Navi 44.
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ASUS ROG Ally X Handheld Console: Confirmed Specifications Revealed

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Recently leaked information reveals the specifications of the ASUS ROG Ally X, an upcoming handheld gaming console that upgrades significantly from its predecessor, the ROG Ally Extreme. This new model introduces substantial improvements in memory, storage, and battery capacity, addressing the limitations of the earlier version. One of the most notable changes is the relocation of the microSD card slot, which in the previous model was positioned next to a thermal vent, leading to frequent memory card failures. In the ROG Ally X, this design flaw has been corrected, enhancing the device's durability and user experience. The ROG Ally X is equipped with a 1TB M.2 drive, an upgrade from the 500GB storage in the original ROG Ally. This expansion is supported by a larger drive bay that accommodates M.2-2280 SSDs, offering users more flexibility and choices in storage solutions.
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NVIDIA RTX 5090 Founders Edition to Adopt Unreleased RTX 4090 Ti Cinder Block Design

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NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 5090 Founders Edition graphics card is expected to incorporate a design that was originally developed for the RTX 4090 Ti, a model that was designed but not released commercially. The RTX 5090 will likely feature a robust 4-slot board configuration, which integrates a narrow main logic PCB aligned with the motherboard plane. This layout supports the positioning of the cooling apparatus perpendicular to the motherboard, optimizing thermal management. The main logic board of the RTX 5090 houses the GPU, memory modules, and Voltage Regulator Modules (VRMs), which are essential for managing power supply to the GPU. Additionally, the design includes two separate Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs); one dedicated to the display input/output interfaces, and another for the PCIe connection, facilitating communication between the graphics card and the motherboard.
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Thrustmaster outs New AVA, Modular and Scalable Base for Flight Simulation Joysticks

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Thrustmaster is thrilled to unveil its new modular and scalable base for flight simulation joysticks. AVA (Advanced Versatile Aviation) has been carefully designed to perfectly meet your needs and preferences, offering you a multitude of tailor-made configurations that are great for all types of aviation. Create your ideal configuration from the many adjustment possibilities offered by the AVA base's various interchangeable elements: the axis curve, the resistance, the travel and the damping. AVA's design was specially created for quick modification of all its elements, allowing for customization between flights, and on-the-fly adjustments. In addition, a real ecosystem is taking shape around the AVA base - with the introduction of a metal plate designed for desktop use, an offset adapter that lets you adjust the position of the grip to 15° or 30° in the joystick's central position, as well as the announcement of future add-ons and accessories. You'll also want to discover the comprehensive bundle featuring the AVA base, metal plate and offset adapter, which includes Thrustmaster's world-famous F/A-18C Hornet grip. Excellent for military, civil, space or helicopter piloting, the AVA base will adapt to your requirements and transport you into a world of simulation that's more realistic than ever before.
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MSI to Integrate CAMM2 DDR5 Memory in Upcoming Project Zero Motherboards

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MSI is preparing to launch its next generation of Project Zero motherboards, which will feature the innovative CAMM2 DDR5 memory slots, moving away from traditional DDR5 DIMM slots. This transition aims to streamline the design by eliminating external cabling and optimizing the board layout for improved airflow and aesthetics. Originally developed for thin-and-light notebooks, CAMM2 and its variant, LPCAMM2, were designed to facilitate memory upgrades or replacements without compromising the slim profile of the devices. These form-factors allow for a reduction in Z-height, which is critical in maintaining the compact design of modern laptops. Recognizing the potential of CAMM2 for desktop applications, MSI is adopting this technology to enhance its desktop motherboard offerings under the Project Zero series. This strategic move is part of MSI's broader effort to redefine motherboard architecture in line with evolving PC technology standards.
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Cougar FV270 Case Features with an Unusual Design

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Cougar has recently unveiled the FV270 computer case, an innovative design that deviates from traditional models by offering a three-sided, pillarless panoramic view. The case's design is highlighted by its five-sided structure (excluding the top and bottom), with tempered glass extending over three sides to provide a comprehensive view of the internal components. The FV270 features a distinctively placed 120mm intake fan at the front of the bottom compartment. This fan is angled diagonally, optimizing airflow within the case which is uniquely tilted itself to enhance this effect. The top compartment of the case is designed to accommodate large components, supporting graphics cards up to 45 cm in length and CPU coolers up to 18 cm in height. The absence of a front-panel vent ensures unobstructed airflow for the graphics card. For further customization, the expansion slots can be rotated 90 degrees, allowing for vertical orientation of graphics cards, although a riser is required and not included. The case also includes an anti-bending mechanism for the graphics card, integrated into the motherboard tray, which aids in maintaining the structural integrity of installed components.
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AMD Re-Releases Anti-Lag 2 Technology - Preview with Counter Strike 2 Compatibility

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AMD has reintroduced its latency reduction technology, formerly known as Radeon Anti-Lag+, now rebranded as Anti-Lag 2. This update comes in response to the initial launch issues where the technology was found to interfere with anti-cheat systems, notably Valve’s VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat), during gameplay in titles such as Counter Strike 2. Previously, the technology aimed to compete with NVIDIA Reflex by reducing system latency not only in competitive online games like Counter Strike 2 but also in supporting the FSR 3 Frame Generation. However, due to complications with anti-cheat systems which resulted in the wrongful suspension of gamer accounts, AMD temporarily withdrew the feature. AMD has now overhauled Anti-Lag 2, making it game engine-based rather than driver-based. This shift ensures that the frame pacing, which synchronizes CPU and GPU output to minimize latency, is now integrated into the game’s engine itself rather than being managed externally by the driver software. This change addresses the previous issues where the frame pacing mechanism could be mistakenly identified by anti-cheat software as a cheat tool like aimbots or wall hacks.
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G.Skill Trident Z5 Royal DDR5 Memory Series Spotted

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G.Skill is in the final stages of developing its latest high-end DDR5 memory series, the Trident Z5 Royal, initially unveiled at Computex 2023. This upcoming series follows the previous Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4 series launched in 2021, which was the last in the Royal-branded lineup to reach mass production. The new Trident Z5 Royal series is expected to maintain the distinctive, luxurious design elements of its predecessors, including a patented crystalline light bar that enhances RGB lighting effects. These modules will be available in both silver and gold finishes, continuing the aesthetic choices of the earlier series.
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Razer Announces New Wireless Headsets for PlayStation and Xbox with Ultra-Wideband Microphones

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The wireless Razer BlackShark V2 Pro models feature detachable Razer HyperClear ultra-wideband microphones designed to deliver clear and expansive audio, enhancing in-game communication. Developed with input from professional eSports players, these headsets aim to offer an immersive audio experience. They support Bluetooth 5.2 and Razer HyperSpeed Wireless technology via a USB Type-C dongle, ensuring low-latency performance suitable for competitive gaming environments. The headphones are equipped with 50mm Razer TriForce Titanium drivers that separate sound into high, mid, and low frequencies for detailed and powerful audio output.
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TerraMaster F2-424: A 2-Bay NAS Featuring Intel N95 Processor

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TerraMaster announced the release of its high-performance 2-bay NAS, the F2-424, on May 21, 2024. This device marks an upgrade from its predecessor, the F2-423, and is equipped with the Intel Processor N95, characterized by four cores and four threads. The integration of this processor, coupled with DDR5 memory, results in significant performance enhancements across various metrics. The F2-424 supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA HDDs or SSDs, and can accommodate up to two NVMe M.2 SSDs for expanded storage. This configuration allows users to benefit from enhanced data retrieval speeds and application loading times, reported to improve by 40% and 90%, respectively. Additionally, database response times and web page PHP response speeds have increased by 50% and 60%.
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Microsoft Reportedly Readies $16 Billion Bid to Acquire Valve / Steam

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Rumors have recently surfaced suggesting that Microsoft is considering a significant acquisition bid valued at approximately $16 billion for Valve Corporation, the entity behind major gaming franchises such as Half-Life and Portal, and operator of the Steam Store, the leading digital distribution platform for PC gaming. Valve, known for its strong financial performance and dominant market position, primarily due to the success of the Steam Store, is estimated to generate over $10 billion annually in revenue. The platform's profitability and extensive user base make it a critical asset in the PC gaming industry. Valve's estimated market valuation stands at around $8 billion, with co-founder and CEO Gabe Newell's net worth reportedly exceeding $4 billion, according to Forbes. Despite the high revenue and valuation, these figures do not necessarily reflect the liquidity or cash available to the company or its stakeholders.
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