NVIDIA releases the GTX 950

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NVIDIA has released its new budget class desktop graphics card. The GTX 950 costs around $160 and will be available for customers right away. 

The budget-minded GTX 950 packs 768 CUDA cores clocked at 1024MHz with boost clock of 1188MHz. It also has 2GB of 1650 MHz GDDR5 memory with 128-bit bandwidth. The card supports 2-way SLI and maximum of four displays.

The GTX 950 has a Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and 3 DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. It also supports DirectX 12, G-Sync and NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0. The card’s maximum power consumption is 90 watts and it uses one 6-pin PCIe power connector.

The GTX 950 replaces GTX 750 and 750 Ti graphics cards at the lower end of NVIDIA lineup. The reference card is available for purchase right away and at least EVGA, MSI and ZOTAC have their own design cards coming up.

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Intel’s new Thunderbolt 3 Box Improves Laptop Performace

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Intel has introduced a Thunderbolt 3 hub at IDF 2015. Thunderbolt 3 is Intel’s own connector that can achieve quadruple bandwidth compared to UBS Type-C. 

The Thunderbolt hub can beef up laptop graphics, charge the laptop, drive two 4k displays and act as a USB hub at the same time over one single Thunderbolt 3 cable. The hub has three USB 2.0, one Type-C, two HDMI and two DisplayPort connectors and it can power all those at the same time except the additional displays are limited to two 4k displays.

At the demo hub there’s just an AMD R9 M385 but it’ll most likely be capable to handle full desktop GPUs. The possibilities this could bring to gamers are great. The same very portable laptop used in work or school would be able to run the greatest PC games.

The Intel’s solution will not be available for consumers but other manufacturers can build their own Thunderbolt hubs. MSI has build something like this previously with their GS30 but it needed a full PCIe connector to work which made it a little clumsy.

Source: Gizmodo

Optane, Intel’s new high speed SSD

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Intel has announced its new SSD brand Optane at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The new, insanely fast SSD’s will launch as early as next year.

Intel’s new 3D XPoint technology is also coming in DIMM memories for Xeon processors. The 3D XPoint is going to be available in both PCIe SSD and DIMM memories next year and they are sold under the brand Optane. The products will be available for servers, desktops and laptops.

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Intel claims that the new 3D XPoint technology has 1000 times the speed and endurance of the currently used NAND technology and it’s 10 times denser than DRAM. According to the keynote, the early Optane prototype easily beats Intel’s current flagship SSD, P3700. The IOps benchmarks revealed that the Optane prototype is a good 7 times faster.

The new technology really puts pressure to other manufacturers. The speed the new Optane has, is going to allow all new possibilities when it comes to demanding game graphics and real-time data analytics.

Source: Intel, Anandtech 1, Anandtech 2

Premium Chromebook by Dell

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Dell has announced a new Chromebook. The Chromebook 13 brings premium design and materials in an affordable price.

Since the launch of Chrome OS and Chromebooks, manufacturers have had only two ways to compete, premium design or price. Most manufacturers have went with the price by making cheap, plastic, ARM powered Chromebooks. Google’s own Chromebook Pixel has been the showcase to proof that Chrome OS also works with premium hardware and design but the device has been so expensive that nearly no one has bought it. Probably Google didn’t even mean that it would sell well.

Now, finally Dell is the first to make a compromise between premium and affordable. Dell’s new Chromebook 13 is made out of carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium. It also packs a 13.3″ Full HD IPS display and Intel’s Broadwell CPU. Prices start at $399 for Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage variant. Specs can be bumped up to a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and touchscreen. This however also bumps the price up to $899.

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Dell calls the Chromebook 13 a premium professional Chromebook and that’s right. Premium design and materials will interest the professionals more than the plastic builds. As the cloud services are getting better and better, Chrome OS gets more compelling with its lower prices and very simple, easy-to-use interface. We think that Dell now has the Chromebook to beat.

Images are Courtesy of Dell Inc.

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Intel Skylake released

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Intel has released its new CPUs. There’s only two desktop CPUs at the launch and more will follow later in the year. 

The higher-end Core i7-6700K retails at $350 and packs the usual 4 cores and 8 threads. Base clock is set to 4.0GHz and out of the box the Turbo boost boosts the clock speed up to 4.2GHz. The i7-6700K has 8MB of L3 cache.

Core i5-6600K is more affordable with $243 price tag but it lacks the hyper threading and has only 6MB of L3 cache. The i5-6600K runs at 3.5GHz and Turbos up to 3.9GHz.

Both new CPUs are made with Intel’s new 14nm process called Skylake. Both share the same TDP at 91 watts and the same integrated GPU. The HD 530 has 24 EU units running at 1150MHz. The new CPUs support both DDR4 and DDR3 memories.

With the new CPUs a new socket was launched. The LGA 1151 supports maximum of 4 DIMM slots and up to 16 PCIe lanes. We have no idea why Intel decided to limit PCIe support to 16 instead of 20 because it limits NVidia SLI to 3-way configurations. 4-way AMD Crossfire is still possible.

As the first benchmark are flooding to the internet, it looks like the new i7-6700K is only around 10% faster than the i7-4790K. In game benchmarks the gain is even smaller.

At the moment it looks like the Skylake is not going to be a great success as Haswell owners are not benefiting anything by upgrading. In the future there will be more Skylake products so we can’t doom them all yet. Still after Skylake, there will be Kaby Lake which is yet another tock and we are not expecting too much from it either. So we don’t believe the rest of Skylake lineup to be any more attractive than these just released desktop CPUs.

Source: Intel

Windows 10 is now available

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Microsoft has started the Windows 10 updates. New version of Windows is available for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users for free. 

It’s 29th of July. That means that Windows 10 is finally available. Users with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 should receive their free copy from Windows Update. If update is not available, it’s also possible to download and install it by using a specific tool from Microsoft website.

Windows 10 brings a fresh new user interface and unifies the Metro UI and the traditional desktop to one modern desktop. Live tiles are now in the Start menu, which is now back in its familiar place, down left corner.

Windows 10 introduces Windows users to multi desktops that Linux and Apple users have been enjoying for years. User can add multiple new desktops and keep their work and home desktops separated.

There are still many unclear thing for me in the Windows 10. For example after removing all the live tiles from the start menu, it seems to be impossible to remove the left blank space.

We might be writing a full review of Windows 10 after a few weeks of use but it depends if there’s any surprises or problems.