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RX 6700 would have been delayed and would not launch alongside the RX 6700 XT

RX 6700

The Radeon RX 6700 XT will launch on March 3, but it won’t be accompanied by its younger sibling, the RX 6700 (non-XT).

RX 6700 reportedly delayed and won’t launch alongside RX 6700 XT

According to the latest information from Cowcotland, the Radeon RX 6700, which is based on the teased Navi 22, will not be launched on March 3, but at a later date. Thus, on March 3, we will only see the announcement of the RX 6700 XT, which uses 100% of the Navi 22 chip.

For its part, the Radeon RX6700 will use the Navi 22 chip, which is somewhat stripped down in features, although it is not really know how many cores this model will have compared to the RX 6700 XT, which has 2560 cores.

Currently, AMD’s release schedule might look like this; on March 3 we will have the details and announcement of the RX 6700 XT, which will be available for purchase on March 18. The RX 6700 was supposed to launch on March 15, but this has reportedly changed in recent days, so we may have to wait until late March or early April.

One of the biggest concerns with this release, aside from performance, is the initial inventory you’ll see. According to Cowcotland, AMD will ship 100 reference graphics cards to retailers in France alone. This is a very small amount, although custom models are not counted. The stock is expected to be larger than that of the RX 6800.

The graphics card will come with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, which is half of the 12GB XT variant. We will keep you up to date.

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Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom confirms that it will be released for PC in 2022

Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter Rise will be released for PC in early 2022. The game, which is announced for Nintendo Switch, will have a PC version.

Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom confirms PC release in 2022

Monster Hunter Rise has been announced for Nintendo Switch and will be released on March 26. Many believed that the game would be exclusive only to Nintendo’s console, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Capcom has confirmed that the game will be released for PC in early 2022, a year after the Nintendo Switch version.

The game is being developed using the RE engine, the same engine used by Capcom for other games like Resident Evil, Devil May Cry 5, and other future games from the studio like Resident Evil Village.

The game seems to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor Monster Hunter World, which was released first for game consoles and then for PC. At this point, it is not known if there will be a version of Monster Hunter Rise for other consoles such as PlayStation or Xbox. This move wouldn’t surprise us unless Nintendo has an exclusivity deal with Capcom to release the game only on the Switch.

The differences in resolution and graphical quality should be very noticeable in the PC version compared to the Switch version due to the limitations of Nintendo’s console. There is no doubt that the PC port will offer the best experience for this game.

Capcom plans to announce more details about the PC version of the game as it gets closer to release. We’ll keep you posted on the latest news.

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Intel Xe-HPG (DG2) GPUs are leaked: Up to 4096 cores and 16GB of VRAM

Intel Xe-HPG (DG2)

Leaks continue to come in regarding Intel’s new graphics cards, the Xe-HPG (DG2), that we now know that it will come in 6 models with different specs, take a look.

As always, let’s start with the most interesting of them all, the flagship GPU, which is rumored to have 4096 cores (512 EU) and will be offered in 8GB / 16GB GDDR6 VRAM configurations along with a 256-bit memory interface. We’ve seen this model before, but back then only the number of cores was given, while the rest of the specs were unknown.

As we can see, there will be five other graphics cards offering 3072 cores with 6GB / 12GB on a 192-bit bus; 2048 cores with 4GB / 8GB on a 128-bit bus; 1536 cores with 4GB of VRAM also on a 128-bit bus; 1024 cores with 4GB on a 64-bit memory interface; and finally 768 cores with 4GB on a 64-bit bus.

For comparison, the dedicated Intel Iris Xe MAX GPU for notebooks has a 128-bit memory bus, although it uses LPDDR4X memory, and we don’t yet know what memory these latest graphics cards will use.

We are learning more and more about Intel’s Xe HPG GPUs. Will they compete with NVIDIA and AMD?
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Razer Kiyo Pro, HD live streaming and video conferencing simplified

Razer Kiyo Pro

Razer Kiyo Pro is a new USB camera with a powerful adaptive light sensor that delivers market-leading image reproduction even in low-light conditions. Combining an ultra-sensitive CMOS sensor with TARVIS technology, this new webcam from the brand offers professional image quality for video conferencing and streaming.

Razer Kiyo Pro: the new Razer webcam

Nowadays, working from home has become a part of professional life, so the need for better image quality during video calls is greater than ever. The webcams built into laptops don’t have the resolution and frame rates needed for professional video conferencing, and most webcams have image problems when lighting conditions aren’t optimal, delivering a dim and blurry video image that can mar a professional presentation. The Razer Kiyo Pro solves these problems with its powerful “Adaptive Light Sensor” that delivers an excellent image in all lighting conditions.

Razer Kiyo Pro, HD live streaming and video conferencing simplified
At the heart of the new Kiyo Pro is the advanced 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology. STARVIS is a back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS sensors in surveillance cameras to produce high-quality visible and near-infrared images. By incorporating this technology into the Razer Kiyo Pro, video conferencing will provide a sharp and bright image even in a variety of typical home lighting conditions, such as dim rooms, bright lights, backlighting, or simply screen illumination.

The Razer Kiyo Pro is capable of delivering a Full HD 1080p 60FPS image for unparalleled image fidelity and detail. HDR 30FPS mode increases dynamic range, corrects under- or overexposed areas during shooting, eliminates backlit silhouettes, and provides vivid colors and even illumination throughout the image.

The Kiyo Pro’s wide-angle lens offers a choice of three fields of view: 103°, 90° or 80°, making it ideal for video conferencing or streaming. The 103° view is wide enough to include multiple people in a group video call or allow streaming viewers to see the live feed broadly and clearly, while the 80° view is perfect for a close-up, one-person view or an attractive front camera window in-game streams.

Flexible and fast

The Kiyo Pro has a range of additional features to suit any setup or situation. With flexible mounting options for monitor, tabletop, or tripod mounting, the Kiyo Pro can be perfectly positioned for use as a streaming camera regardless of space. Its wide field of view and tripod mount make the Kiyo Pro the ideal webcam for group video calls. A 16-bit omnidirectional stereo microphone ensures that the voices of all participants are captured.

Camera Specifications

  • Connection type: USB3.0
  • Image resolution: 2.1 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p at 60/30/24FPS / 720p at 60FPS / 480p at 30FPS / 360p at 30FPS
  • Video encoding: H.264 codec
  • Still image resolution: 1920×1080
  • Picture quality settings adjustment: Yes
  • The diagonal field of view (FOV): 103°, 90°, 80
  • Focus type: Auto
  • Mounting options: L-shaped joint and tripod (not included)
  • Cable length: 1.5-meter braided cable
  • Microphone specifications
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Audio codec: 16bit 48KHz
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -38dB
  • System requirements
  • PC with free USB port
  • Windows® 8 (or higher)
  • Internet connection
  • 500 MB free hard disk space
  • Open Broadcaster Software and Xsplit® support

For more details, please contact the official Razer website.

AMD Ryzen 7000: First details about upcoming Phoenix and Raphael processor families

Ryzen 7000

Today we have some very fresh information about the next generation AMD Ryzen 7000 processors, in their two variants; “Phoenix” for laptops and “Raphael” for desktops.

AMD Ryzen 7000: details on the upcoming APU and desktop CPUs

Information from Patrick Schur suggests that AMD will launch two processor families (CPU and APU) for the next generation of Zen-based CPUs. In fact, this will be the 7th generation to use this main core architecture.

Ryzen 7000 ‘Phoenix’ for notebooks

The new “Phoenix” APUs are designed for FP8 platform laptops and will see the light of day after the launch of the Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt, which are the successors of the current Ryzen 5000 “Cezanne” APUs.

AMD Ryzen 7000: Firts details about upcoming Phoenix and Raphael processor families

If AMD follows the line of its APU processors, Phoenix would be considered the sixth Zen of the 6th generation, as Renoir is the 3rd generation and Cezanne is the 4th generation.

The new APUs would use the FP8 platform, replacing the FP7 platform used exclusively for Rembrandt APUs. As expected, the main architecture for Phoenix will be Zen 4 and we could see it in action in 2023.

AMD ‘Raphael’ for the AM5 platform

Raphael will be the line of desktop CPUs that will use the Zen 4 architecture and run under AM5 motherboards. These processors are expected to hit the market in mid-2022.

According to this leak, AMD intends to add RDNA 3 in the desktop Ryzen 7000 processors to catch up with Intel’s offering, which usually adds iGPUs in all its families, except for the variants that explicitly don’t have it.

In addition to the new AM5 socket, it will also use DDR5 memory and the PCIe 5.0 connector interface. Finally, IPC performance in Zen 4 is expected to increase by 25% over Zen 3, which is in line with the usual performance increases with each Zen architecture leap. We’ll keep you posted on the latest news.

Intel Core i5-11600K 6-core spotted on Geekbench

Intel Core i5-11600K 6-core spotted on Geekbench

A 6-core Intel Core Rocket Lake-S processor (Core i5-11600K) has surfaced on the Geekbench site. The new Intel Core spotted is equipped with 6 cores and 12 threads.

6-core Intel Core i5-11600K spotted on Geekbench

The upcoming Intel Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors are expected to launch in mid-March according to the latest reports and will come in three different series, Intel Core i9, i7, and i5, to cover different fronts in the PC segment, from high-end to mid-range. We know that the Rocket Lake-S architecture will not be present at the launch, at least in the low-end range (i3, Pentium, Celeron).

The i5-11600K processor is listed on Geekbench as a 6-core, 12-core processor with a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.9 GHz. The chip was tested on a Gigabyte Z490M motherboard and with DDR4 memory @ 2133 MHz. This means that the result is definitely affected by a relatively slow memory configuration.

In the Geekbench benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-11600K achieves a single-core score of 1565 points, which is one point below the also 6-core, 12-thread AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. The performance increase over the Comet Lake-S is 19% single-threaded.

The sample appears to be early, as the multi-threaded performance is 13% below the i5-10600K. The chart below represents the average scores based on the official Geekbench V5 CPU rankings or manually calculated from the scores available on the platform.

Rocket Lake-S is scheduled for release on March 15.

Core i9-10900KS Comet Lake revealed just before Rocket Lake launch

i9-10900KS

The listed processor is an Intel Core i9-10900KS, which belongs to the Comet Lake-S generation. This unreleased processor appears shortly before the arrival of the ‘Rocket Lake-S‘ Core processors.

Core i9-10900KS Comet Lake is listed before the launch of Rocket Lake

Intel plans to release Rocket Lake-S processors at the end of March, but that doesn’t mean that processors from the current Comet Lake-S generation won’t continue to appear.

It is possible that the special edition Core i9-10900KS will be the last processor released in the high-end range of the tenth Core generation.

In this listing, we don’t know what specifications this processor has, we only know that it exists and that Intel planned to release it. It’s not clear if it will finally do it or if it changed its mind since the eleventh-generation processors are so close.

The last “KS” CPU to be released was the i9-9900KS. The American company did not release a KS model in the tenth generation, and it is probably too late to do so. The i9-9900KS was faster than the ‘K’ variant with a base clock of 4 GHz and a boost clock of 5 GHz. This also affected the default TDP, which was 127W versus 95W for the K variant.

Core i9-10900KS Comet Lake revealed just before Rocket Lake launch

The “classic” 10900K has 10 cores and 20 threads with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 5.1 GHz for a single core. With Thermal Velocity Boost, the clock speed reaches 5.3 GHz for a single core and 4.9 GHz for all 10 cores. It’s hard to imagine how a KS model could improve the clock rates even further.

Will we see this CPU in stores or did Intel change its mind at the last minute?

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Valve pays $4 million to Corsair for Steam controller

Valve pays $4 million to Corsair for Steam controller

Unlucky timing for Valve, which had to pay around $4 million to Corsair for infringing a patent on its Steam controller controllers.

Valve will pay $4 million to Corsair for the Steam controller for infringing on one of its patents

This story has several backgrounds that led to this sad ending for the folks at Valve. Back in 2014, Ironburg Inventions, who owned the intellectual property within the SCUF company at the time, warned Valve that the “control surfaces on the back” of their Steam controller borrowed a feature that was present in SCUF’s controllers and that was already patented.

SCUF introduced mappable paddles back in 2014, which can be found on Xbox Elite controllers today. The difference is that Microsoft licensed them, while Valve did not. In 2019, Corsair bought SCUF, so all the patents went to that company.

Ironburg Inventions continued the lawsuit and won the case on Feb. 1:

”The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle unanimously found that Valve Corp. infringed Ironburg’s control patent 8,641,525 and awarded Ironburg more than $4 million. In addition, the jury unanimously found that Valve Corp. willfully infringed the patent…” according to Corsair.

Despite Ironburg Inventions’ (SCUF – Corsair) warnings, Valve continued to produce more Steam controllers, an estimated 1.6 million units. The jury awarded Ironburg Inventions about $4 million in damages. According to the source, further patent infringement lawsuits are not out of the question.

Valve pays $4 million to Corsair Steam controller

Currently, Valve is developing a new Steam controller that is supposed to combine two completely different worlds, the comfort of console controllers, with the possibilities of a keyboard and mouse in video games, which was not possible with the first model.

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MSI RTX 3060 Ti Aero, the tiny beast mini-ITX GPU announced

RTX 3060 Ti Aero

MSI introduces its most compact RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, the RTX 3060 Ti Aero, designed for compact computers.

MSI RTX 3060 Ti Aero, announces the most powerful mini-ITX graphics card ever

There are many gamers who need powerful graphics cards for compact computers where the smallest installation space is a priority. To that end, MSI designs the RTX 3060 Ti Aero mini-ITX graphics card with small dimensions.

MSI has been a seasoned veteran in this kind of mini-ITX graphics card and a version corresponding to the RTX 3060 Ti could not be missing in its extensive catalog.

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a mid-range graphics card that uses the GA104-200 amp chip. This GPU has 4864 CUDA cores and uses about 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, which communicates with a 256-bit interface.

The graphics card is of reduced length, although it has a thickness of two slots. Cooling consists of a large aluminum heatsink, four copper tubes and a single fan. Only an 8-pin connector is needed to power this card.

RTX 3060 Ti Aero Fan

MSI uses the reference clock of 1665 MHz, which is the boost frequency. Nvidia’s new GPU is said to offer around 16 TFLOPs of performance, making it the most powerful mini-ITX graphics card you can currently buy.

There are four display outputs: one HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a ports.

MSI hasn’t revealed the price for this model yet, and we hope to have enough stock once it hits stores.

Intel achieved record revenue of $77.9 billion in 2020

Intel achieved record revenue of $77.9 billion in 2020

Many sectors of the tech industry posted significant profit growth last year, and today we learn that Intel is no exception. The company posted higher-than-expected earnings, with 33% growth in the PC division alone. Overall, Intel’s 2020 revenue was $77.9 billion.

“We significantly exceeded our expectations for the quarter, completing our fifth consecutive record year,” Intel’s interim CEO Bob Swan said in an official statement.

“It has been an honor to lead this wonderful company, and I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team. Intel is in a strong strategic and financial position as we make this leadership transition and take Intel to the next level.

Intel achieved record revenue 2020

As a result, Intel brought over $2.6 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020, more than expected. This was driven by record revenue in the PC segment, which saw a 33% year-over-year increase in PC unit volume, led by record notebook sales.

The Blues also saw impressive growth of 39% in Mobileye, a technology for autonomous vehicles.

Intel is expected to discuss its plans and strategies for 2021 after Pat Gelsinger, the company’s new CEO, took the helm in February. The company forecasts a profit of $17.5 billion for the first quarter of the year.