domingo, 28 de maio de 2017

ASUS Computex 2017 Press Conference Live Blog

We are live from ASUS' press conference at Computex 2015. As usual, the company will announce a number of new products that it will start to sell in the coming months and quarters. Products announced by ASUS usually represent the industry's trends, so if you want to take a glimpse at the near future of personal computing, join in.

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Exploring DynamIQ and ARM’s New CPUs: Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55

Another year, another TechDay, and another ARM facility (this time in Cambridge, UK)—can only mean new ARM IP. Over the span of several days, we got an in-depth look at its latest technologies, including DynamIQ, the Mali-G72 GPU, the Cortex-A75, and (yes, finally) the successor to the A53: Cortex-A55.

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Oppo R11 photos leak, show its silver color variant

Yes, it’s one more leak regarding the upcoming Oppo R11 model and our Chinese friends haven’t been that careful in trying to hide it from prying eyes. So here’s a couple of new photos of the device in its silver color variant this time. This time we get the chance to see some of its

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OnePlus announce referral program ahead of next launch

Smartphone maker OnePlus are in prep for their next, the OnePlus 5, but have announced a referral program ahead of launch.

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Samsung launch the 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+ Emperor Edition in Japan

Samsung have outed a 6GB RAM version of their flagship Galaxy S8+ in Japan with a price tag of about $1075, called the Emperor Edition.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 leaked! What’s cooking?

It’s been a few months since the sales of phones sporting the Snapdragon 835 have started. And there’s already leaked reports of the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The next flagship processor will be manufactured using the 10nm LP fabrication process coupled with ARM’s brand new Cortex A75 and Cortex A55. There are two types of

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Xiaomi Mi6C appears on GFXBench with Snapdragon 660 SoC

Well this is surely good news guys, especially for all those Xiaomi fans out there. The Xiaomi Mi6C model appeared earlier today on GFXBench under the code name “Xiaomi Jason” and it packs impressive specs as you will soon see. According to the listing, the device packs a 5.1-inch Full HD display and it’s powered by

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OnePlus 5 renders leak, hint at vertical dual camera setup

A new set of OnePlus 5 renders leaked earlier this weekend and they show the device “hidden” inside a snap-on dark blue case with a purple hue. However there are still a lot of things we can see, such as the dual camera setup on its back, with the two camera lenses being placed vertically, along

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sábado, 27 de maio de 2017

Ulefone Power 2, Gemini and Ulefone Metal now on offer

For those of you who had been hovering over the 'buy' button for a Ulefone phone, here's your chance to go ahead!

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VKWorld Acquires Cagabi, plans to launch bezel-less phone

Chinese phone maker VKworld has finally broken its silence with news of a new acquisition and details of new phones. It has been a long while since we last heard some news of what VKworld are up to, but the silence has be broken as the company confirms 3 new models while also announcing that it

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Leaked : Leagoo M5 Edge with curved display to be released soon

Leagoo M5 Edge

Leagoo M5 Edge is already listed on their official website, but today we got our hands on leaked first pictures of the actual phone alongside a promise of a release in June. So what can we expect from this newest Leagoo offering ? Well for starters the 3d edge-to-edge 5-inch on-cell display with HD resolution

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Golden version of rugged AGM X1 discounted to $265.99

Since the release of the special golden version of the rugged smartphone AGM X1 it got quite some positive feedback from the customers. The 18K gold plated design paired with solid hardware specs and affordable price is the perfect mixture. And now you can get it even cheaper than before. As far as the specs

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Deals: MGCOOL Explorer Pro 4K Action Cam Available at Geekbuying for $39.99

Are you looking for a budget-friendly 4K action cam? Then look no more. You can now get the MGCOOL Explorer Pro for just $39.99 over at Geekbuying instead of its full retail price of $79.99, the camera will be available in both Black and Silver color variants. MGCOOL’s Explorer Pro main features are its 4K

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Dell Launches 'VR Ready' XPS 27 AIO: 4K, Core i7-7700, Radeon RX 570, 10 Speakers

Dell has launched a new version of their XPS 27 all-in-one gaming PC. The VR Ready flavor of the XPS 27 has the same 4K display and the same 10-speaker audio sub-system as the latest iteration of the large XPS AIO, but is powered by a more powerful CPU from Intel along with AMD’s discrete Radeon RX 570 graphics board.

AIO PCs have existed for decades, with their continued popularity fueled by their compact, desk-sized footprint. In the recent years demand for higher performance and even gaming-grade all-in-ones increased noticeably, and manufacturers started to offer AIOs with rather powerful hardware. In fact, in early 2016 several PC makers even introduced Mini-ITX-based AIOs with top-of-the-range discrete graphics cards aiming at customers seeking for maximum performance.

Dell’s new XPS 27 with the VR Ready badge are designed for gamers with average requirements for performance. The systems are still considerably more powerful than their predecessors launched earlier this year are because they do not use integrated or mobile graphics, but rely on AMD’s Radeon RX 570 (2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, 256-bit memory bus, etc.) graphics adapter with 8 GB of memory. Meanwhile, the key feature of the latest XPS 27 remained intact: the audio sub-system with 10 speakers (six on the front, two down firing and two radiating) designed to enable surround sound without using bulky external audio equipment.

The VR Ready versions of the Dell XPS 27 are based on Intel’s Core i7-7700 CPU as well as the H170 PCH. By default, the systems are equipped with 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, but that is upgradeable to 64 GB. As for storage, the PCs have one M.2 slot (PCIe 3.0 x4) as well as two 2.5” bays for HDDs or SSDs, all accessible to the end user. When it comes to connectivity, the Dell XPS 27 feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.x, a GbE port, five USB 3.0 Type-A headers, one HDMI output, one DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB Type-C), an SD/MMC card reader, a 720p webcam with an IR sensor for facial recognition, a microphone and so on. Overall, there are plenty of ports to plug-in additional peripherals, including various VR gear.

Dell XPS 27 7760 'VR-Ready' Specifications
  Non-Touch Touch-Enabled
Display 27" IPS with 3840×2160 resolution
1.07 billion colors, 100% Adobe RGB, 350-nit brightness
CPU Intel Core i7-7700
4C/8T, 3.6/4.2 GHz
8 MB cache
65 W
PCH Intel H170
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 570 with 8 GB of GDDR5
2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, 256-bit memory bus
Memory  16 GB of DDR4-2133 (four slots in total, upgradeable to 64 GB)
Storage 2 TB HDD
32 GB caching SSD (M.2)
512 GB SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.x
Ethernet GbE
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
1 × DP 1.2
Audio 10 speakers
1 × audio out
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps, one supports PowerShare)
2 × Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
Other I/O 720p webcam with RGB and IR sensors
SD/MMC card reader
Dimensions 625 mm / 24.6" × 435 mm / 17.1" × 80 mm / 3.16"
Stand regular articulating stand
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home or Pro

All Dell XPS 27 AIO PCs are constructed of CNC-machined aluminum and come with UltraSharp displays with a 4K (3840×2160) resolution. Meanwhile, computers with touch-enabled screens also feature articulating stands for added convenience. The stand comes at an extra cost, so some gamers may prefer to install a larger SSD and/or more memory and skip the touch option.

At present Dell offers two versions of the VR Ready XPS 27 featuring Intel’s Core i7-7700 CPU and AMD’s Radeon RX 570 GPU, but different storage configurations and touch support. The model with a 2 TB HDD and 32 GB caching SSD costs $1999.99, whereas the model with a 512 GB PCIe SSD, a touchscreen display with articulating stand and optional Windows 10 Pro comes at $2,649.99.

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Cubot R9 First Appearance with Metal Body and Fingerprint Scanner

Cubot R9

Today we get a first look at the Cubot R9, the Chinese phone maker’s upcoming budget phone. As we can see in the photo below the R9 sports a full metal body and a fingerprint scanner on the back. Cubot also revealed some additional info about this premium — at least in the looks —

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TechInsights Publishes Preliminary Analysis of 3D XPoint Memory

Now that the Intel Optane Memory M.2 SSDs are readily available on the open market, anyone with an electron microscope and the skills to use it can begin to probe the secrets of 3D XPoint memory that Intel and Micron have been keeping tightly under wraps since announcing the new technology in August 2015. The reverse engineering experts at TechInsights have been doing just that, and they recently published their initial findings.

Die Size

With some of the first high-resolution die photographs of 3D XPoint, TechInsights has provided precise measurements of the die size and memory density. The 128Gb 3D XPoint die is 206.5 mm2, much larger than is typical for modern NAND flash or DRAM but comparable to Intel's 128Gb 20nm planar MLC NAND. A large total die size is typical for Intel and Micron, as they have historically not catered to the mobile market with their NAND flash while competitors like Samsung and Toshiba have strived to ensure their flash will physically fit in devices like smartphones. (That trend is changing with the introduction this year of 64-layer 3D NAND where Intel and Micron are producing both a larger 512Gb TLC part and a smaller 256Gb TLC part.)

Bit Density

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is using memory of similar density to the Intel SSD DC P3700 that it is displacing as the flagship of Intel's SSD product line. When comparing similar chips, die size is a strong predictor of manufacturing cost, but 3D XPoint memory is quite different from NAND flash memory, both older planar NAND or newer 3D NAND. Still, there's some value in noting that the P4800X is arriving with a price tag about 25% higher than the P3700 initially carried. This suggests that the manufacturing process for 3D XPoint is either more expensive than planar NAND or that 3D XPoint yields are not mature enough, but a lot of the markup can also be explained by the lack of high-performance competition for Optane SSDs.

TechInsights calculates that 91.4% of the 3D XPoint die area is occupied by the memory array itself. This is a much higher figure than for NAND flash, where the record is 84.9% for Intel/Micron 3D NAND with its "CMOS under the array" design that puts a large portion of the peripheral circuitry underneath the memory array instead of alongside. Samsung's current 48-layer 3D V-NAND manages an array efficiency of just 70%, and 3D NAND from Toshiba and SK Hynix has been comparable. This means that once Intel gets around to increasing they layer count in future generations of 3D XPoint memory, they should be able to get much closer to the ideal capacity scaling than 3D NAND memory can currently achieve.

The analysis from TechInsights confirms that 3D XPoint memory is manufactured using a 20nm process, with the same pitch in both the bitline and wordline directions of the memory array. The DRAM market is only just moving beyond this milestone, so comparing the density of 3D XPoint to current DRAM highlights the fundamental capacity advantage 3D XPoint enjoys: around 4.5 times higher density compared to typical 20nm DRAM, and about 3.3 times higher than the most advanced 1Xnm DDR4 on the market. This gap is likely to widen with future generations of 3D XPoint.

The materials and construction of an individual 3D XPoint memory cell have not been fully analyzed, but it appears to be a phase change memory element with a doped chalcogenide selector switch. The 3D XPoint memory array is constructed between the fourth and fifth metal interconnect layers above the silicon die.

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Oppo R11: New Stunning Photo Samples Appear Online

Some days ago we have seen some stunning pictures captured on the Oppo R11 leaked to the press by Oppo themselves. Well, it appears as today we have some more and these look even better in our opinion. Let’s have a look! Photos are shot in what gets called “Portrait Mode”, that basically means the phone

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sexta-feira, 26 de maio de 2017

Oppo R11 video commercials appear, get ready for June 10

It seems that Oppo is preparing for their official June 10 unveiling of the Oppo R11 model and yesterday the company released a poster confirming the date of the event, along with two video commercials that focus on the design of the device and – obviously- its imaging capabilities. The upcoming smartphone however appeared recently

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Nokia 9 hits Geekbench with 8GB of RAM

Nokia 9 is one of the most anticipated phones during the past few weeks and for good reason if I may say so. It’s Nokia’s upcoming flagship model and has to compete with some fierce looking smartphones, while having to establish its presence in the market. The upcoming model appeared earlier in Geekbench and managed to

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Bluboo S1 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix – can the budget successor prevail ?

Bluboo S1

After the success of Mi Mix from Xiaomi, bezel-less phones are coming from left and right. One of the budget affordable ones is surely the BLUBOO S1 and today we have a little comparison with the Mi Mix. Both phones feature tri-bezel- less design, but with pretty much different hardware specs as seen below. Xiaomi

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Gionee S10 launched, bokeh everywhere!

Gionee has launched the latest in its line of smartphones, the Gionee S10. What makes this smartphone so special is the dual camera setup, not just on the rear, but also on the front. The Gionee S10 fetures a very iPhone 7 Plus-like design. The phone has a metal body with the fingerprint sensor on

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Will a Fidget Spinner Shatter the Rugged Blackview BV7000’s display? (Video)

Fidget spinners are the trend of the moment and thus you can see them pretty much everywhere, maybe a friend of yours owns as well. So what would happen if he accidentally dropped it on your smartphone? Well, we don’t have to find that out, but Blackview thought you might want to know how their latest

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Bad day ? Watch the drilling video with Oukitel K10000 Pro

Oukitel K10000 Pro

Oukitel models from the “K” are well known for the huge batteries, but you can’t also forget another strong point that is often overlooked. Extremely tough and resistant screen. New Oukitel K10000 Pro is not different and its display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass can withstand quite some abuse as documented by today’s drilling video.

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Gretel GT6000 takes on the LG XPower 2 in a small comparison battle

Gretel GT6000

Gretel brand is putting quite some faith into their first dual-camera phone released and the Gretel GT6000 certainly has some strong points. But can it stand against phones from the big brands ? Well in today’s small comparison we will put it directly against LG XPower 2 and let’s see who will prevail. Both phones are

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Watch: ELE OS 1.0 Running on the Elephone P8 Mini – “Ingenuity-Masterpiece”

With the keywords “Ingenuity-Masterwork” Elephone have just released a video of their latest ELE OS 1.0 running on the recently launched Elephone P8 Mini. You can check out the video down below: The video is pretty straight forward, we have a guy from Elephone (presumably) showing us the whole OS user interface. Elephone have customized

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MGCOOL Explorer Pro with 4K Video Recording and 2-Year Warranty on Sale for $39.99 at Banggood

MGCOOL’s Explorer Pro is the company’s latest action camera that comes with 6G Sharkeye technology, 4K @ 30fps video recording capability and a two-year warranty. The Explorer Pro is now available at Banggood for just $39.99 instead of its $79.99 retail price. Before you head there, let’s learn some more details about the camera. What’s

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Yu Yureka Black will launch June 1st

India-based subsidiary of Micromax mobiles, Yu is all set to announce the Yu Yureka Black on the first of June. More details inside.

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UMIDIGI Crystal Pro First Sample Photos Released

With the help of people who voted on their website, Chinese phone maker — UMIDIGI — have decided to launch two new devices, the UMIDIGI Crystal and Crystal Pro. And, as they’ve done in the past, with the UMIDIGI Z and Z Pro, the latter will feature a dual camera setup on the back. The two

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Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus launched

The Huawei Nova 2 series has been making the rounds online for quite a while now. And Huawei has finally launched the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus in China. These are successors to the Nova and Nova Plus. The Nova series is the mid range offering from Huawei. With the Nova 2 series, Huawei

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Huawei Honor 9 pays a visit to TENAA

The Huawei Honor 9 popped up on a poster yesterday which was posted on Weibo. But there was no solid proof whether the poster was real. The latest leak on TENAA confirms quite a few rumors​ surrounding the Honor 9. Slated for a June 27 release, the Huawei Honor 9 was speculated to sport a

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Lenovo’s Legion Gets Bigger with Y920: 17-inch G-SYNC, Core i7-K, GTX 1070, TB3

Lenovo has expanded its lineup of Legion-branded gaming laptops with a model that features a 17” display, powerful audio, a mechanical keyboard, and an overclocking-capable Intel Core i7 microprocessor. The company positions its new gaming notebook for those who need maximum performance in a portable form-factor and will want to perform additional performance tuning.

For the better part of its history, Lenovo has focused primarily on mainstream and business PCs in a bid to drive volume and become one of the largest suppliers of computers in the world. However, as sales of PCs stagnated or dropped in the recent years, Lenovo has had to find a new source for its growth. One angle to this is when the company started to build gamers-friendly machines. At first they were released under the Y-series, such as the Y-700, but earlier this year Lenovo introduced its gaming PC brand: the Legion. So far, the Legion lineup has included only two 15.6” laptop models — the Legion Y520 and the Legion Y720. This month, the company is rolling out a considerably more powerful addition to the series, the Legion Y920 with a larger screen and better hardware, targeting the higher-end segment of the gaming laptop market. The Legion Y920 may not be addressing the ultra-premium part of the market, but the machine demonstrates a clear trend where Lenovo is going with its gaming notebooks.

The Lenovo Legion Y920 is equipped with a 17” FHD display with NVIDIA’s G-Sync and is powered by Intel’s Core i7-7820HK or Core i7-7700HQ processor (depending on exact SKU). The former processor features unlocked multiplier and thus can be overclocked rather easily as long as it has sufficient cooling. The laptop comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, it uses NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics adapter with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory as well as a 512 GB PCIe SSD and/or a 1 TB 2.5” HDD. As for connectivity, the Legion Y920 is equipped with one Thunderbolt 3 port, Rivet Networks’ Killer 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and GbE, four USB 3.0 Type-A headers, a card reader, an HDMI header as well as a DisplayPort.

Meanwhile, two features of the Y920 that Lenovo is especially proud of are the audio sub-system featuring two JBL speakers and a subwoofer that carries the Dolby Home Theatre badge as well as an RGB LED-backlit mechanical keyboard.

Lenovo Legion Y920
  i7-7700HQ i7-7820K
Display 17.3" IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution and 75 Hz refresh
CPU Core i7-7700HQ (4C/8T, 6 MB, 2.8/3.8GHz) Core i7-7820HK (4C/8T, 8 MB, 2.9/3.9GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with G-Sync support
Storage Up to 512 GB SATA SSD
1 TB HDD (optional)
Wi-Fi Rivet Killer Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Ethernet Rivet Killer E2x00 GbE controller
USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A
Thunderbolt × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
Display Outputs 1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
Keyboard Mechanical backlit keyboard with RGB LEDs and programmable buttons
Audio 2 × 2 W JBL speakers
1 × 3 W subwoofer
Other I/O Microphone, audio jacks, webcam (720p), card reader
Battery 90 Wh Li-Polymer
Dimensions Width: 425 mm/16.7"
Depth: 315 mm/12.4"
Thickness: 36 mm/1.41"
Weight 4.6 kilograms/10.14 lbs
Price Starts at $2700 or €2600, depending on configuration and market

With its 17” display, the Legion Y920 does not belong to what is now called ultra-portable gaming laptops category: it weighs 4.6 kilograms and its thickness is 36 mm, which is a result of using ABS plastic as the primary material for the chassis. Large dimensions enabled Lenovo to install a 90 Wh battery and could also let the manufacturer equip the laptop with a more advanced cooling system to boost overclocking potential of the Core i7-7820HK CPU. Unfortunately, Lenovo does not disclose any details about the cooling of the Legion Y920, but large dimensions, in general, mean more air.

Lenovo’s Legion Y920 will hit the market in EMEA this month and will start from €2,599.99 (including VAT). The machine will be available in the U.S. in June for the price of $2,699.99 for the base configuration.

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Xiaomi Mi Max sold more than 3 million units last year

This comes from the most official lips, and verifies that Xiaomi Mi Max was one of the most successful phablets of 2016 – according to the numbers. The device was launched back in May 2016 and during the first two months of its launch more than 1.5 million units were sold, during a “Xiaomi” frenzy

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NVIDIA Announces GeForce MX150: Entry-Level Pascal for Laptops, Just in Time for Computex

This morning NVIDIA has taken the wraps off of a new video card for laptops, the GeForce MX150. Aimed at the entry-level market for discrete GPUs – that is, laptops that need performance only a bit above an integrated GPU – the MX150 is NVIDIA’s Pascal-based successor to the previous 930M/940M series of laptop adapters that have been in computers over the last couple of years. Today’s reveal is undoubtedly tied to next week’s Computex trade show, so we should expect to see a number of laptops using the new adapter announced in the coming days.

From a technical perspective, details on the GeForce MX150 are very limited. Traditionally NVIDIA does not publish much in the way of details on their low-end laptop parts, and unfortunately the MX150’s launch isn’t any different. We’re still in the process of shaking down NVIDIA for more information, but what usually happens in these cases is that these low-end products don’t have strictly defined specifications. At a minimum, OEMs are allowed to dial in clockspeeds to meet their TDP and performance needs. However in prior generations we’ve also seen NVIDIA and OEMs use multiple GPUs under the same product name – mixing in GM107 and GM108, for example – so there’s also a strong possibility that will happen here as well.

Officially, all NVIDIA says about the new video card is that it uses GDDR5 and that it offers around 33% better performance than the GeForce 940MX, a (typically) GM108-based product. Based on the market segment and NVIDIA’s recent activities in the desktop space, the “baseline” MX150 is without a doubt GP108, NVIDIA’s entry-level GPU that was just recently launched in the GeForce GT 1030 for desktops. Information about this chip is limited, but here’s my best guess for baselime MX150 specifications.

Best Guess: NVIDIA Laptop Video Card Specification Comparison
  Typical MX150 Typical 940MX
CUDA Cores 384? 384
ROPs 16 8
Boost Clock Variable Variable
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5/DDR3
Memory Bus Width 64-bit? 64-bit
VRAM <=2GB <=2GB
GPU GP108? GM108
Manufacturing Process TSMC 16nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 05/26/2017 03/2016

The limited 33% performance improvement over the existing 940MX comes as a bit of a surprise, but it makes sense within the context of the specifications. Relative to a GDDR5 940MX, the MX150 does not have a significant specification advantage over the aforementioned 940MX, with the same number of CUDA cores and similar memory bandwidth. The one stand-out here is ROP throughput, which doubles thanks to GP108’s higher ROP count.

Ultimately what this means is that most of MX150’s performance advantage over the 940MX comes from clockspeed improvements, with a smaller uptick from architectural gains. The counterpoint to that is that these are entry-level laptop parts that are frequently going to be paired with 15W Intel U-series CPUs, so vendors are going to play it safe on clockspeeds in order to maximize energy efficiency. NVIDIA does advertise these GPUs as offering multiple times the performance of Intel’s HD 620 iGPU, however given the higher power consumption of the GPU, I’m more curious how things would compare against Intel’s 28W Iris Plus 650 configurations.

Owing to OEM configurability and general NVIDIA secrecy, NVIDIA does not publish official TDPs for these parts. But it’s interesting to note that while performance has only gone up 33%, NVIDIA is claiming that power efficiency/perf-per-watt has tripled. This strongly implies that NVIDIA’s baseline specifications for the product are favoring TDP over significant clockspeed gains, so I’m very interested to see what the real-world TDPs are going to be like. 940MX was a 20-30W part (depending on who you asked and what GPU they used), so with the jump from 28nm to 16nm, NVIDIA should have a good bit of room for drawing down TDPs. Though ultimately what this may mean is that MX150 is closer to a 930M(X) replacement than a 940M(X) replacement if we’re framing things in terms of power consumption.

Otherwise, as a GP108 part this is the Pascal architecture we’ve all come to know and love. Relative to NVIDIA’s desktop parts, this is actually a more substantial upgrade, as the previous 930M/940M parts were based on NVIDIA’s Maxwell 1-generation GM108 GPUs, and not the newer Maxwell 2 GM2xx series. The difference being that these earlier parts lacked the DirectX feature level 12_1, HDMI 2.0, and low-level performance optimizations (e.g. newer color compress) that we better know the Maxwell family for. So while MX150 isn’t meant for serious gaming laptops, it has a much richer feature set to draw from for both rendering and media tasks. CUDA road coders will likely also appreciate the fact that the newer part will offer CUDA compute capabilities much closer to NVIDIA’s current-generation server hardware, such as fine-grained preemption.

Finally, like its predecessor, expect to see the GeForce MX150 frequently paired up with Intel’s U-series CPUs in ultrabooks. While this SKU isn’t strictly limited to slim form factors – and someone will probably put it into a larger device for good measure – it’s definitely how NVIDIA is positioning the part, as the GTX 1050 series is for larger devices. Also expect to see most (if not all) MX150 parts running in Optimus mode, which continues to be a strong selling point for encouraging OEMs to include a dGPU.

With Computex kicking off next week, we should see a flurry of laptop announcements. Though not all of the relevant laptop announcements have gone out yet, NVIDIA’s announcement names Acer, Asus, Clevo, MSI, and HP as laptop vendors who will all be shipping MX150-eqipped laptops. NVIDIA and their various partners will in turn hit the ground running here, as NVIDIA’s announcement notes that MX150-equipped laptops will begin shipping next month.

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AMD Announces Ryzen AGESA Update: Enables Memory Clocks Up To DDR4-4000

Demonstrating their commitment to keep improving the AM4 platform, AMD has just published a suite of details that their upcoming AGESA firmware. Of particular interest here, the latest firmware is going to enhance memory overclocking and compability, as well as add a much needed virtualization-related feature.

AGESA is an acronym for “AMD Generic Encapsulated System Architecture", and it is essentially the foundational code on which BIOS files for AM4 motherboards are built. When the Ryzen AM4 platform was launched back in March, the early AGESA versions lacked a lot of the core capabilities and settings that we have come to expect from a modern platform. As a result, motherboard manufacturers did not have a lot to work with when it came to creating feature-rich custom BIOSes for their own motherboards. Since then AMD has been pretty vocal and proactive about fixing any bugs, opening up new BIOS features, and improving overclocking.

With this new AGESA version, AMD has added 26 new memory-related parameters. The most dramatic improvement is the significant expansion of memory speed options. If we exclude base block overclocking - which relatively few motherboards support - the AM4 platform has thus far been effectively limited to memory speeds of DDR4-3200. Not only that, but the supported range of options from DDR4-1866 to DDR4-3200 was in large 266MT/s increments. With AGESA, memory frequencies have not only been expanded all the way up to DDR4-4000, but between DDR4-2667 and DDR4-4000 the increments have been reduced to 133MT/s. Not only does this mean that more memory kits will be able to be run at their rated speed - and not get kicked down to the nearest supported speed - but it also significantly reduces the high-speed memory gap that the AM4 platform had with Intel's mainstream LGA1151 platform.

The other important announcement is the unlocking of about two dozen memory timings. Up until now, only five primary memory timings have been adjustable and there wasn't even a command rate option, which was natively locked to the most aggressive 1T setting. All of this should help improve overclocking and most importantly compatibility with large swathe of DDR4 memory kits that have largely been engineered with Intel platforms in mind.

The last addition should excite those interested in virtualization. AMD has announced "fresh support" for PCI Express Access Control Services (ACS), which enables the ability to manually assign PCIe graphics cards within IOMMU groups. This should be a breath of fresh air to those who have previously tried to dedicate a GPU to a virtual machine on a Ryzen system, since it has thus far been fraught with difficulties.

AMD has already distributed the AGESA to its motherboard partners, so BIOS updates should be available starting in mid to late June. Having said that, there are apparently beta versions currently available for the ASUS Crosshair VI and GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5.

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