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New rumours circulating with the Ampere based RTX 30 series graphics cards being made by Samsung 8nm LPP process, contrary to the earlier assuming TSMC 7nm. The original speculation had weight since the Ampere A100 was already known to use TSMC 7nm node.
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC is announced and ready for pre-order. This game that was once a PlayStation 4 exclusive is now listed on Steam and Epic Games. The game will be ready to be played on the August 7th. What makes this a very tempting game to pick on a PC platform is its offering. It doesn’t look like another sloppy port, at least judging by the trailer.
Accidental retailer listing indicates two things: Prices and SKUs are fixed. The product is landed and arrived at local distributors or retailers. This is the case with a Dutch retailer Centralpoint who posted the listings of the upcoming AMD RYZEN 4000 series APUs, codenamed Renoir. The retailer listed the expected inventory to be available on July 17th.
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Minisforum DMAF5 mini PC is pretty eye-catching, despite a rather simple mini PC- a very capable AMD Ryzen 5 3550H APU powering up the whole unit. The company that seems to be based in Pinghu, Guangdong, China is raising funds to manufacture these via IndieGoGo. There were rendered images of the unit, but nothing really ‘real world’ until these photos surfaced.
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Nvidia Ampere graphics cards are coming soon but it seems that respective partners have already finalized its Ampere non-reference designs, allegedly. This is the leaked image from the supposed ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 Ti (or Super), the flagship which will use the 8nm Ampere chip. Earlier it was assuming Nvidia was going to have these fabricated from TSMC using its 7nm process. These will success the first generation RTX graphics cards that took advantage of the Windows DXR feature on Windows 10, bringing in-game Direct X-Ray Tracing.
For the past couple of days, some leaks are from Intel. The closer to future release is the LGA-1200 based Rocket Lake-S. And engineering sample of the 11th generation 8-core/ 16-thread processor appeared in Geekbench testing.
Western Digital is releasing the CMR-based Red Plus series NAS HDDs. This series assures ZFS compatibility for NAS, one of the features that were supposed to be a part of Red sub-branding. This is the action WD took well after being called out for switch-and-bait of WD Red models from the EFRX which used SMR to EFAX models between 2TB-to-6TB that used the lower performing and lesser reliable (for NAS) CMR technology. It all started with a lack of clarity from WD which kept defending its stance after the crowd-sourced evidence of NAS-specific issues.
AMD has two more Matisse Refresh CPUs- the Ryzen 9 3900XT and the Ryzen 5 3600XT. The leak appeared in Amazon Italy, which pretty much confirms its stocked for retail. According to the listing which is now pulled out, The Ryzen 9 3900XT and the Ryzen 3 3600XT costs €569.69 and €284.84, equivalent to US$ 641 and US$ 320.48. The scheduled launch date is July 7th. The only XT CPU that’s not listed but destined to be launched is the Ryzen 7 3800XT.
Microsoft reveals its plans with its games streaming platform Mixer which will partner with Facebook Gaming. As a result, the software giant is going to shut down Mixer’s operations. During its transition, all of Mixer’s partnered streamers will shift to Facebook. Neither the execs from Microsoft nor Mixer gave any reasons for this sudden development.
Corsair’s streaming peripherals division Elgato has released two USB microphones- Wave:1 and Wave:3, its first and therefore providing all streaming components, peripherals and accessories (except webcam for now). Both microphones are cardioid condenser based USB mics with a 24-bit converter.