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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.
A couple of updates from Nvidia- newly released GeForce 451.67 WHQL Game Ready driver and the inclusion of ‘Death Stranding’ RTX bundles. Since Death Stranding includes DLSS 2.0, Nvidia must have seen it as a good idea to incentivise RTX 20 series purchases. Of course, RTX 30 series is going to arrive which uses Ampere architecture. Leaks were pretty fragmented until recently.
Ingram Micro conveniently leaked the prices of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 4000 Pro series APUs. These consists of Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G and the highest spec- the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G. Retailer and distributor sourced leaks are usually accurate as far as specs and confirmation of SKUs are concerned. The World’s worst kept secret called the ‘Matisse Refresh’ is a testament since a lot of leaks came from Gigabyte, though the SKU numbering was inaccurate. Biostar leaked a good amount of information about the Ryzen Pro series, too.
The Fraunhofer HHI (Heinrich Hertz Institute) made an announcement of its new H.266 VCC (Versatile Video Coding) encoding after three years of research, work and collaboration within its partners. Some of its partners include Apple, Ericsson, Intel Huawei, Microsoft and Sony.
Intel revealed its next-generation cable connective solution Thunderbolt 4. As you’d expect, there will new devices and docks which will comply with Thunderbolt 4 standards in the future. What’s interesting is that Intel named its upcoming ‘Tiger Lake’ processor for its notebooks. It didn’t name any desktop CPUs but Rocket Lake-S and LGA-1700 based Alder Lake is something that’s been talked about. Its also not known if Tiger Lake-U based NUCs would support Thunderbolt 4.
There is a Geekbench listing of a curious new 10th generation Intel ‘Comet Lake-S’ CPU- the Core i9-10850K. This CPU is Intel’s second Core i9 SKU in this generation that was recently discovered, with the earlier one being the Core i9-10910, an Apple-exclusive processor. Why does this CPU exist remains a mystery? But it is planned and shown in Geekbench.