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Chad Norton
on 02 August 2020 at 13:00

Last week we heard news of Intel delaying their 7nm chips by 6 months until late 2022 or early 2023, this resulted in a major crash of Intel’s share prices (and allowing AMD to pull ahead for the first time ever). Now, a famed US law firm is suing Intel on behalf of investors as they accuse Intel of not sharing the delay information earlier to investors.

The Hagens Berman law firm is now calling for investors to join a class-action lawsuit against Intel for investor’s fraud. The official statement reports: “The investigation centers on whether Intel misrepresented and concealed manufacturing and performance issues with its next generation 7-nanometer chips.”

Chad Norton
on 02 August 2020 at 11:00

Microsoft and Rare's co-op fighting game just got an official release trailer that revealed the launch date of ¬¬g_id:20992[Battletoads]¬¬, coming in just a few weeks on August 20th. But how demanding is it? We take a look at the official Battletoads PC system requirements...

(*Some of the requirements merely listed a single brand of hardware, so we have selected some of the closest related hardware items based on their description in square brackets where necessary).

Chad Norton
on 31 July 2020 at 16:00

Earlier this week, we reported that Nvidia is apparently interested in acquiring ARM, the company behind most of the world’s chips in many devices. According to a more recent report however, it looks like this deal is starting to go ahead, as Nvidia is in “advanced” talks with SoftBank to acquire ARM.

Nvidia is also apparently looking to reach a final deal in the “next few weeks,” meaning we could see one of the biggest deals in the industry finalizing very soon. SoftBank themselves have wracked up a rather sizable debt, and are looking to offload some of their assets in order to pay it back.

Chad Norton
on 30 July 2020 at 18:00

Everyone’s getting excited for next-gen products this year. Not only are we getting brand new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but we’ll also be getting some next-gen graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia with the Navi 2X and RTX 30 series, as well as the next generation of processors from AMD and Intel. But a new rumor suggests that AMD’s flagship Big Navi card will only be able to compete against Nvidia’s second tier card, the ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬, rather than the top enthusiast card, the ¬¬gc_id:5004[RTX 3080 Ti]¬¬.

Of course, this is just a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt, by no means have we heard anything concrete yet, though this rumor is apparently coming from the add-in board (AIB) partners themselves.

Neil Soutter
on 30 July 2020 at 16:30

Intel’s upcoming 11th gen Rocket Lake desktop processors will reportedly be the first Intel CPUs to support the PCIe Gen 4.0 protocol, at least according to a recent leak. The current Comet Lake desktop processors don’t have support for PCIe 4.0, so understandably this is pretty exciting news considering the benefits of the upgraded protocol.

PCIe 4.0 is featured on the Z490 motherboards, and currently AMD has already offered support for the protocol for the past year with the X570 platform. But a new leak has just been revealed that shows the latest Rocket Lake CPUs running with an unnamed 1TB PCIe SSD in PCIe 4x4 mode. The bandwidth was also revealed to be up to 1.2GB/s with an I/O speed of 45,000 IOPS. All this seemingly confirms that Rocket Lake will indeed have PCIe 4.0 support.

Neil Soutter
on 30 July 2020 at 13:30

AMD recently held their Q2 earnings call and revealed that the company has seen significant growth in Ryzen sales since last year, with a revenue of $1.37 billion which is a 45% increase year over year. Ryzen CPUs now also account for 15% of AMD’s total revenue, which is up from 2% since last year.

The growth is probably due to the increased popularity of Zen 2, which continues to dominate in the gaming industry as one of the best value-for-money buys for PC gamers. However, AMD also stated that it’s because of the increased needs to work and school from home:

Chad Norton
on 29 July 2020 at 17:30

Konami has… an interesting reputation to say the least. After the divisive use of Pachinko machines in Japan now comes some brand new gaming PCs, and no they’re not setup for mobile games if that’s what you were thinking, they are indeed proper PC setups at least, and they’re available for pre-order now before an official launch in September.

The Arespear gaming PC series includes 3 different models which vary rather weirdly from each other. It’s unclear whether they’ll be shipping out of Japan right now but just in case you were wondering, the 3 models include the Arespear C300, C700, and C700+.

Neil Soutter
on 29 July 2020 at 16:00

CES is pretty much like the E3 of technology, it’s also one of if not the biggest technology showcase in the world; where massive companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel all taking center stage to announce and formally release new products. Whilst it’s certainly a great place to advertise new tech, the Consumer Technology Association has ultimately decided to take CES 2021 online due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Usually taking place in January in Las Vegas and attracting tens of thousands of people, now CES will be a completely digital online show next year. There’ll be keynotes and conferences that provide “a front-row seat for groundbreaking announcements and insights from the world’s tech leaders completely online.” There will also be product showcases as well as digital meetings and networking.

Chad Norton
on 28 July 2020 at 18:00

Time is money, especially in the video industry as you wait around for clips to render. Time that could be spent making more content or editing existing ones. That’s why when it comes to video editing you need a decent setup to get you up to speed, literally.

Whilst graphics cards certainly help to speed up the process, when it comes to video editing it’s the CPU that matters the most these days. But it does get a little bit tricky to pick which one will suit you best.

Neil Soutter
on 28 July 2020 at 16:30

The semiconductor and software design company ARM is reportedly up for grabs, and Nvidia might be looking to acquire it. If so, this could be a major acquisition deal in the technology industry, possibly one of the biggest, as Nvidia continues to dominate the technology industry with their chips for data centers, AI, self driving cars, as well as their gaming GPUs.

According to recent reports online, Nvidia is in talks with Softbank, the parent company of ARM, to acquire them and make a deal. Softbank apparently approached Apple first, after the Macbook and iPhone creators revealed a 2-year transition from Intel’s chips to ARM.