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The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association which sets the DDR memory standard published a new document detailing the upcoming DDR5. The upcoming memory standard is typically used for computers varying from a low end, gaming systems all the way to servers. While the obvious benefits and improvements affect a wide range of users, this one addresses certain improvements for cloud computing and the enterprise market.
Razer announced the 2nd generation of its linear optical switches used and sold in its keyboard variants. It is reported that these will be ready to be released by August. Razer assures that the next variant will be quieter than its 1st generation yellow and purple switches.
AMD Radeon is now bundling two free games with its RX 5000 series graphics cards: Godfall and War of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT, RX 5600 XT and the RX 5500 XT qualify for this offer. But the RX 5500 XT gets only a copy of Godfall. Those who purchased these GPUs between July 14th to October 3rd will get a game code from your retailer.
Nvidia is allegedly preparing to launch the RTX 30 Ampere series GPUs in August. Based on the leaks, PR interaction and also its not-so-incognito plan to discontinue four of its RTX 20 series graphics cards is a dead giveaway. ASUS has a non-reference design under its drawing board that was also leaked. Nvidia’s Founders Edition cooler for the RTX 30 series was the worst kept secret. It is said that Nvidia RTX 3080 will have a TDP higher than 300W. Hence, Nvidia will allegedly have to use the all-not-new 12pin interface for the graphics cards.
Intel circulated a formal announcement of the discontinuation Skylake-X CPUs. This family of CPUs was its 9th generation Core X Series HEDT processor lineups. These processors were made for the LGA 2066 socket motherboards. Both the Skylake-X and the Kaby Lake-X processors were made for the Intel X299 platform. The Skylake-X lineups were launched in 2018.
Nvidia is reportedly started to discontinue its Turning graphics card to make space for the upcoming RTX 30 series which uses the ‘Ampere’ GPUs. This apparently includes the RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia isn’t confirming it officially, but it isn’t either. It shouldn’t be surprising in any case that eventually Nvidia will have to make room for the upcoming RTX 30 series graphics cards. What matters is when as it helps to have a ballpark time frame about its release.
Indian Startup brand ‘Astra’ launched the KD350X Series M.2 NVMe SSDs. These are NVMe 1.3 based PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSDs between 256 GB to 2 TB storage capacities. Based on the provided photos on its Facebook page, it uses a Phison PS5012-E12S-32 controller that is capable of running eight NAND channels.
Some end users might get a sort of an upgrade (unless they wanted on-chip graphics) in the form of Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs when they bought a Ryzen 3 3200G APU. The untampered factory seal confirms this mix-up happened during packaging.
Following Canon footsteps, GoPro is BETA testing Hero 8 Black to be used as a webcam. Usually, selected digital cameras can be used as one with a camera capture card, the Elgato Camlink 1080p and 4K variants being the most famous ones. The other option is to have an HDMI input based USB dongle. With direct webcam support, you don’t need to make any additional purchase. This is a much needed, much-requested feature support by many digital camera users.
As time changes, so do companies merge or split. Sennheiser Communications splits its Gaming division and forms a new brand name ‘EPOS’, viz. owned by Demant. For now, it will manufacture and sell currently available models but under a co-brand name ‘EPOS | SENNHEISER’. Reminds you of ‘Sony Ericsson’, doesn’t;t it? The same applies to its enterprise solutions.