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Tesla Dumps NVIDIA, Designs and Deploys its Own Self-driving AI Chip

2 hours 59 min ago
Tesla Motors announced the development of its own self-driving car AI processor that runs the company's Autopilot feature across its product line. The company was relying on NVIDIA's DGX processors for Autopilot. Called the Tesla FSD Chip (full self-driving), the processor has been deployed on the latest batches of Model S and Model X since March 2019, and the company looks to expand it to its popular Model 3. Tesla FSD Chip is an FPGA of 250 million gates across 6 billion transistors crammed into a 260 mm² die built on the 14 nm FinFET process at a Samsung Electronics fab in Korea. The chip packs 32 MB of SRAM cache, a 96x96 mul/add array, and a cumulative performance metric per die of 72 TOPS at its rated clock-speed of 2.00 GHz.

A typical Autopilot logic board uses two of these chips. Tesla claims that the chip offers "21 times" the performance of the NVIDIA chip it's replacing. Elon Musk referred to the FSD Chip as "the best chip in the world," and not just on the basis of its huge performance uplift over the previous solution. "Any part of this could fail, and the car will keep driving. The probability of this computer failing is substantially lower than someone losing consciousness - at least an order of magnitude," he added. Slides with on-die details follow.Read full story

NVIDIA to Flesh out Lower Graphics Card Segment with GeForce GTX 1650 Ti

Mon, 2019-04-22 20:02
It seems NVIDIA's partners are gearing up for yet another launch, sometime after the GTX 1650 finally becomes available. ECC Listings have made it clear that partners are working on another TU117 variant, with improved performance, sitting between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660, which will should bring the fight to AMD's Radeon RX 580. Of course, with the GTX 1660 sitting pretty at a $219 price, this leaves anywhere between the GTX 1650's $149 and the GTX 1660's $229 for the GTX 1650 Ti to fill. With the GTX 1660 being an average of 13% faster than the RX 580, it makes sense for NVIDIA to look for another SKU to cover that large pricing gap between the 1650 and the 1660.

It's speculated that the GeForce GTX 1650 could feature 1024 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. These should be paired with the same 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running across a 128-bit bus at the same 8000 MHz effective clock speeds as the GTX 1650, delivering a bandwidth of 128 GB/s. Should NVIDIA be able to pull the feat of keeping the same 75W TDP between its Ti and non-Ti GTX 1650 (as it did with the GTX 1660), that could mean that a 75 W graphics card would be contending with AMD's 185 W RX 580 - a mean, green feet in the power efficiency arena. A number of SKUs for the GTX 1650 Ti have been leaked on ASUS' side of the field, which you can find after the break. Read full story

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3 Driver

Mon, 2019-04-22 19:26
AMD today released the latest in their driver suite, which brings about improved performance and support for Mortal Kombat 11 - that means gory details in full GPU-acceleration for the best possible gaming experience. Apart from that, not much to see here: there's a fixed issue relating to AMD Link and Radeon Settings sometimes displaying incorrect parameters. The list of known issues is slightly larger, and follows after the break. Follow the link below for your latest AMD driver download. DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.4.3Read full story

ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Cards in Pictures

Mon, 2019-04-22 13:51
As NVIDIA's AIB partners gear-up for launch of the $149 GTX 1650, more and more of their custom designs are popping up and about for interested buyers to start taking their picks. Remember that the GTX 1650 launch will be entirely partner-driven, with no reference design or NVIDIA-sold version of the graphics card.

GIGABYTE has seen the lid come off on no less than four graphics cards: three dual-fan configurations in the form of the GAMING OC (with LED lighting and the longest of the cards at 265 mm), WINDFORCE OC (sans RGB lighting and smaller at 229 mm), and the 1650 OC (1680 MHz Boost). An interesting proposition will be GIGABYTE's MINI ITX OC, which shrinks down dimensions considerably to just 152 mm length (sacrificing one of the two fans in the process). Read full story

(PR) GlobalFoundries and ON Semi Partner to Transfer Ownership of East Fishkill NY 300mm Fab

Mon, 2019-04-22 12:32
ON Semiconductor Corporation and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire a 300 mm fab located in East Fishkill, New York. The total consideration for the acquisition is $430 million, of which $100 million has been paid at signing of the definitive agreement, and $330 million will be paid at the end of 2022, after which ON Semiconductor will gain full operational control of the fab, and the site's employees will transition to ON Semiconductor. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

The agreement allows ON Semiconductor to increase its 300 mm production at the East Fishkill fab over several years, and allows for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to transition its numerous technologies to the company's three other at-scale 300 mm sites. Under the terms of the agreement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will manufacture 300 mm wafers for ON Semiconductor until the end of 2022. First production of 300 mm wafers for ON Semiconductor is expected to start in 2020.Read full story

(PR) HyperX Releases High Speed Additions to Predator DDR4 Memory Lineup

Mon, 2019-04-22 11:24
HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of two new high speed Predator DDR4 memory kits in 4266 MHz and 4600 MHz frequency versions. The new frequency options will be available as 8GB modules in kits of two and include a black aluminum heat spreader and black PCB to complement the look of the latest PC builds by system builders and DIY PC enthusiasts.

"The HyperX team is excited to offer Predator DDR4 for the next generation of PC enthusiasts who want the best performance from their systems," said Kristy Ernt, DRAM business manager, HyperX. "As HyperX continues to support the world of gaming and esports, the community sees us as a trusted leader for high speed memory in the gaming hardware industry." Read full story

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Pictured and De-lidded

Mon, 2019-04-22 07:53
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is an upcoming processor featuring integrated graphics, forming the tail-end of the company's 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processor family. A Chinese PC enthusiast with access to an early sample pictured and de-lidded the processor. We know from older posts that while the "Matisse" MCM will form the bulk of AMD's 3rd gen Ryzen lineup, with core counts ranging all the way from 6 to 12, and possibly 16 later, the APU lineup is rumored to be based on older "Zen+" architecture.

The Ryzen 3 3200G and possibly the Ryzen 5 3400G, will be based on a derivative of the "Raven Ridge" silicon built on the 12 nm process at GlobalFoundries, and comes with a handful innovations AMD introduced with "Pinnacle Ridge," such as an improved Precision Boost algorithm and faster on-die caches. The 12 nm shrink also allows AMD to dial up CPU and iGPU engine clock speeds, and improve DDR4 memory support to work with higher DRAM clock speeds. AMD has used thermal paste as the sub-IHS interface material instead of solder for its "Raven Ridge" chips, and the story repeats with the 3200G.

GIGABYTE Unveils AMD-50 Commemorative Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi

Mon, 2019-04-22 07:27
GIGABYTE unveiled a special commemorative package of its flagship socket AM4 motherboard, the Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. Much like the Ryzen 7 2700X AMD-50 Edition processor, this GIGABYTE motherboard is a minor variation of the original it's based on, with a handful cosmetic changes. The box package features AMD-50 markings, as does the board's model name, with a "-50" suffix. The motherboard itself features some "AMD-50" and "AORUS x AMD 50th Anniversary" markings along the acrylic RGB LED diffuser along the board's top-right corner and elsewhere. Perhaps out of the box, the board's RGB LEDs shine in a more pronounced shade of gold than the Aorus default orange-gold tint. These apart, the board is every bit identical to the Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi, which currently retails for around USD $220, competing with the likes of the MSI X470 Gaming M7 and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero.

Latest Windows 10 Update Causes Machines with CSVs to Freeze or Lock Up

Mon, 2019-04-22 04:53
The April 2019 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 released this "patch Tuesday" (9th April), bearing knowledgebase code KB4493509, is discovered to cause machines with cluster shared volumes (CSVs) to become unresponsive upon restart after installing the update. Installation of cumulative updates forces system restart as Windows shuts down certain services and drivers to a bare-minimum state so it could overwrite system files. This latest issue of system freezing is caused on machines with incompatible security software, such as ArcaBit, however, users over at Ten Forums observed Avira Antivir to show the same incompatibility. Microsoft has since listed this incompatibility as a Known Issue in the description page of KB4493509. All versions of Windows 10 will soon be able to defer updates, letting users prevent buggy updates from being automatically installed. Currently only Windows 10 Pro and Workstation provide this feature.

Digital Storm and TechPowerUp Present Lynx Gaming Desktop Giveaway

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:10
Digital Storm is one of North America's most respected pre-built gaming desktop brands. They've partnered with TechPowerUp to bring residents of the US and Canada a unique chance to bring home a fully-loaded, 4K-capable gaming desktop, the Digital Storm Lynx. The machine up for grabs is powered by an Intel Core i7-9700K 8-core processor, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. Other key pieces of hardware include Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a 750-Watt PSU by Corsair, all packed into a custom case by Digital Storm with RGB LED embellishments. How fast is it? We just reviewed a Digital Storm Lynx with this exact configuration for you. Its brand-new twin could be yours. Sounds good? All you have to do is fill up a short form to help us contact you if you've won. Digital Storm pays for shipping and customs. Open from today (19th April), the Giveaway ends on the 29th of April, 2019. For more information, and to participate, visit this page.

BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp Gaming Ready Motherboard Giveaway: The Winners

Fri, 2019-04-19 06:09
BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp brought you a chance to win one of two AMD platform motherboards with unique design and feature-sets. The Giveaway period is up, and the results are in! Among the prizes are the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3, a formidable socket AM4 motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor designed to be the foundation of a highly capable gaming PC build, and the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E, which packs an embedded AMD A10-8800E processor to everyday tasks and casual gaming. Without further ado, the Winners:
  • Dumitru from Romania, wins the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3
  • Rene from Denmark, wins the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E
A huge Congratulations to the Winners!

Thermaltake Rolls Out Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition CPU Cooler

Thu, 2019-04-18 15:55
Thermaltake today rolled out the Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition, a variant of this closed-loop liquid CPU cooler for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. Although its pump-block has the same dimensions as the original Floe Riing series, the TR4 Edition features an enlarged, rectangular copper base for more coverage of the Ryzen Threadripper integrated heatspreader (IHS).

The cooler features a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator with three included Riing Plus RGB TT Premium Edition fans, which each spin between 1,000 to 2,000 RPM, pushing 26.35 to 54.42 CFM of air-flow, with a noise output ranging between 21.8 to 33 dBA. The three fans and the pump-block feature 16.7 million-color addressable RGB embellishments, which are controlled by the included addressable RGB LED controller. The cooler can handle high enough thermal loads to support 250W TDP Threadripper WX processors with high core-counts. TR4 is also the only socket type supported by this cooler. The company didn't reveal pricing.

NVIDIA Adding 7 "G-Sync Compatible" Monitors to Its Listing on April 23rd

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:43
NVIDIA has confirmed that seven new monitors will be receiving the "G-Sync Compatible" badge come April 23rd. These FreeSync monitors have thus been certified by NVIDIA to work flawlessly with their implementation of VRR outside of the need of a dedicated, expensive G-Sync module.

Three of these monitors are manufactured by Acer (KG271 Bbmiipx, XF240H Bmjdpr, and XF270H Bbmiiprx), one from LG (27GK750F (AUSUMPM / BKRUMPN)), one from ASUS (VG248QG), one from Gigabyte (Aorus AD27QD) and finally, one from AOPEN (27HC1R Pbidpx). If you are rocking any of these alongside an NVIDIA graphics card, you can enable VRR already, but for those who still haven't done so, know that your is one of the lucky few monitors to have NVIDIA's compatibility badge.

Sapphire To Launch Gold RX 590 Nitro+ for AMD's 50th Anniversary

Thu, 2019-04-18 11:14
Yes, we know that AMD's graphics division anniversary really isn't on its 50th year - ATI's acquisition, the true spirit behind AMD's graphics prowess, occurred back in 2006. However, that doesn't mean AMD's graphics aren't deserving of special commemorative editions. Sapphire have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the occasion with a gold-colored RX 590 graphics card.

The leak came over from one of my own homecountry's webshops, with a full product page that has since been taken down. There is no difference between this card and the usual blue RX 590 Nitro+ - the devil is in the color, so to say. Reference clocks remain the same at 1560 MHz core, and the cooling solution is the same. In Portuguese prices, the pricing difference seems to amount to some extra €25 for the limited edition graphics card. Whether the pricing difference is enough to warrant the additional investment should go according to your own mileage.

(PR) ADATA Launches XPG SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 Memory Module

Thu, 2019-04-18 08:39
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of the SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 memory module. The XPG SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 memory features a unique dual RGB light diffuser design that gives it the largest RGB surface area of any memory module! What's more, it sports a wide frequency range from 3200-4133MHz and supports Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy overclocking.

The D60G sports more RGB lighting per mm² than any other memory module out there, which equates to over 60% of the module's surface area. The fully exposed light diffusers are extra-wide for maximum effect, and combined with a mesmerizing multi-colored flow effect users will outshine their competition! The unique avant-garde styling of the D60G will also turn heads. It includes XPG's signature X-light design with a diamond-inspired, multi-faceted surface that is a cut above the rest. Read full story

(PR) Ubisoft Makes "Assassin's Creed Unity" Free in Honor of Notre-Dame de Paris

Thu, 2019-04-18 06:39
As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused. Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all.

In light of Monday's events, Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin's Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it. You can download it now for Uplay PC. Read full story

Intel Courting Samsung to Manufacture Xe GPUs?

Thu, 2019-04-18 05:32
Intel's Xe discrete GPU project head Raja Koduri recently visited a Samsung Electronics silicon fabrication facility in Korea at the backdrop of the company's major 5 nm EUV announcement. This sparks speculation that Koduri could be exploring Samsung's portfolio of sub-10 nm contract-manufacturing offerings to mass-produce Xe discrete GPUs. Intel's own foundry business is reeling with mounting pressure from the company's main breadwinner, the client and enterprise processor businesses, to get its 10 nm node on the road. Koduri's GPU would need to leverage higher transistor densities than what Intel's 10 nm could offer, given that rival AMD is already implementing 7 nm, and NVIDIA is expected to go sub-10 nm with its future generation of GPUs.

(PR) VIPER GAMING announces Viper Steel Series DDR4 SODIMM Performance Memory

Wed, 2019-04-17 15:50
VIPER GAMING, a trademarked brand of PATRIOT and a global leader in performance memory, solid state drives, and flash storage solutions, today announced the release of Viper Steel Series DDR4 SODIMM Performance Memory featuring cutting-edge performance with speeds up to 3000 MHz, available from 8GB to 16GB.

Gamers bring their full tower desktop PC to a LAN party to enjoy a whole week of gaming, staying up late, and honing their gaming performance. However, they dread moving that large tower to and from the event. Gamers attend LAN events because they are a great way to socialize and strive to strike a balance between gaming, performance, and portability. Many gamers have been pushed to adopt a high-performance ITX desktop or gaming laptop instead of a clumsy full tower PC while sacrificing the performance they need. Read full story

(PR) MMD Launches Philips 222B9T Interactive Display - 22", 1080p, 10-point Touch

Wed, 2019-04-17 14:06
MMD announces the launch of the Philips 222B9T 22" LCD monitor with SmoothTouch. Equipped with projective capacitive 10-point touch technology, stylus, IP54 dust and water protection, a wide array of connectors, and a flexible stand for easy portability, this versatile monitor is a high-quality, feature-rich solution for sectors as diverse as retail, point of sale (POS), point of information (POI).

The Philips 222B9T touch monitor ensures smooth, simple, intuitive interaction thanks to such forward-thinking technologies as SmoothTouch, which guarantees a natural, fluid touch response that relies on projected capacitive (PCAP) 10-point touch technology that enables touch-typing with 10 fingers, project sharing with classmates, or interactive gaming with multiple players. Equipped with advanced IP54 protection against contact, water and dust, this monitor is ready for intensive use scenarios, in a wide variety of environments. Read full story

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Specifications and Price Revealed

Wed, 2019-04-17 12:21
NVIDIA is releasing its most affordable graphics card based on the "Turing" architecture, the GeForce GTX 1650, on the 23rd of April, starting at USD $149. There doesn't appear to be a reference-design (the GTX 1660 series lacked one, too), and so this GPU will be a partner-driven launch. Based on NVIDIA's smallest "Turing" silicon, the 12 nm "TU117," the GTX 1650 will pack 896 CUDA cores and will feature 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface.

The GPU is clocked at 1485 MHz with 1665 MHz GPU Boost, and the 8 Gbps memory produces 128 GB/s of memory bandwidth. With a TDP of just 75 Watts, most GTX 1650 cards will lack additional PCIe power inputs, relying entirely on the slot for power. Most entry-level implementations of the GTX 1650 feature very simple aluminium fan-heatsink coolers. VideoCardz compiled a number of leaked pictures of upcoming GTX 1650 graphics cards.