AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs

New AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards are Here To Fight Nvidia RTX 3000 Series

AMD is causing troubles in quiet waters

As it has done in recent years with Ryzen processors, AMD seems to want to stir the waters in the graphics cards field as well. Specifically, faithful to its appointment, the company unveiled its new proposals for the Radeon RX 6000 series, which will surely increase competition in the industry.

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The new models are based on the RDNA 2 architecture, which offers a giant step in performance during the first generation. More specifically, we have a 54% increase in efficiency per watt compared to RDNA architecture. In fact, according to AMD, RNDA 2 cards offer almost twice the performance in 4K compared to similar models of previous architecture.

The spearhead in AMD’s lineup is the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which practically comes face to face with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, which it even beats in some cases while using fewer watts. The card is equipped with 72 computing units and 16 GB of memory. The basic kernel clock reaches 2015MHz and the boost clock reaches 2250MHz.

However, AMD does not stop there. The ‘reds’ also have a letter that beats the RTX 3090. We are talking about the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the most powerful card of AMD’s new lineup. Consuming only 300 watts, AMD proposes the RTX 3090 in various uses. In total, it is equipped with 16 GB of memory and 128 MB of “infinity cache”. Its core clock time reaches 2015MHz and the boost clock reaches 2250MHz.

Back to pricing now, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT will debut on November 18 with a price tag of up to $650. Its smaller sister, the RX 6800, will cost $580 and hit the market the same day. Lastly, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is expected on December 8 for $1,000.

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MagSafe

What is the iPhone 12 MagSafe

A smart move with the iPhone 12 launch bears the name MagSafe

The fact that Apple makes a lot of money from iPhone accessories is well known. The lack of a universal headphone jack and USB-C strengthen the need to purchase specific accessories to keep within the company ecosystem. A smart move with the launch of the iPhone 12 bears the name MagSafe.

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It is a new infrastructure of building the back of a smartphone, the wireless charging panel will also have some small magnets all around to hold behind its new accessories, from the charging pads which will already stay fixed with smartphones, pockets to hold cards but also new creations expected to come soon.

Since the launch of the iPhone 12, we saw several products, in addition to the card pocket, a dual pod was introduced, which can charge the smartphone but also a watch or headphone case. Belkin himself is working on such products.

MagSafe is not just a pair of magnets, the system is also equipped with NFC, an option that will allow the device itself to communicate with accessories which may also be smart. This way the smartphone will understand what that system is and what to do with it, such as the sleeve case which has a special space for the watch. When the iPhone is inside it will automatically turn on the clock on the screen.

On the other hand, Apple has also improved the charging itself which has already doubled to 15W. Probably not the fastest in the world but it is progress anyway, considering that wireless charging is not yet as fast as cable charging.

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LiDAR scaner

What is a LiDAR scanner and what function does it perform on the iPhone 12?

What is the LiDAR scanner present on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max?

With the new iPhone camera, Apple promises three things: photo and video effects, augmented reality, and scanning of objects and spaces. The last two go mainly to developers and businesses who are looking to create visual maps.

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But a general user will be satisfied with the photo and video effects. What is the LiDAR scanner present on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max? Beyond its application in augmented reality, the LiDAR sensor works by emitting lasers that measure distances. On the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max Apple is using it to improve autofocus. The company says that as a result the autofocus is 6 times faster in low light compared to a normal camera. The LiDAR sensor also enables better quality portrait photos in low light conditions. The concept of using a dedicated depth sensor is not new.

Many phones use depth sensors to improve the quality of portrait photos and we can mention OnePlus Nord. But these sensors work mainly in light environments. Some models like the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor which uses infrared to read the field depth.

Both ToF and LiDAR scans the environment several meters away, but some versions of the latter measure the distances up to 100 meters. Usually, such sensors are used in cars. The advantage of the LiDAR scanner is that it sends small pulses of beam from one corner to the other to scan the environment. While ToF sends only one light pulse to measure space compromising accuracy.

Implementing a LiDAR sensor on the iPhone, developers will most likely be encouraged to find ways to use it primarily in augmented reality. Snapchat became the first app to launch lenses for the iOS app that uses LiDAR.

> Check next: This is the iPhone 12 with which Apple hopes to replicate the success of the iPhone 11

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Apple 5nm Chip-

Apple today will show more than the iPhone 12, a technological revolution

Today the company will make a fuss with the first devices that have a new type of chip

With the new processor, users of these devices can edit 4K video, modify high-resolution photos, and play graphically intensive games more easily than previously possible using fewer battery.

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The new 5-nanometer architecture means that the size of the transistors has been reduced and the processor board occupies more of them than was previously possible. These transistors are now only 25 atoms wide and billions of them can be placed on a single plate. Simply put, more processing power. Four years ago the industry doubted that such an advancement would be possible.

Such advancements would not have been possible before an unknown Dutch company called ASML. This company has developed a way to construct transistors on the silicon plate through a process called Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV). Its machinery costs $123 million a share. It is currently the only company that manufactures these devices and they are more cost-effective than alternative options due to the low level of defects.

Only two chipmakers have started using this technology commercially:

Both firms have their share in ASML alongside Intel which will start using the technology in 2021.

What exactly does 5-nanometer mean?

One nanometer is one of 1 billion Metter. This is the size that human hair grows every second. Transistors are used to measure the width of a component. But a decade ago the way chips are designed changed and nanometers are no longer used as a geometric effect. Today 5 nanometers is more of a marketing term and two companies with the same design can produce transistors with different performance.

To help you understand the size of transistors, at every 1 mm2 of the Apple chip are put 17,1 million transistors. The new structure with a stack of four nanosheets allows about 30 transistors to be placed onto the chip with the size of a fingernail bringing significant gains in efficiency and power.

In comparison to the 10 nm chip, the new 5 nm structure brings 40% performance improvements at fixed power, or 75% power saving at matched performance. This leads to more powerful and more efficient smaller devices.

N5 is the first TSMC process designed around extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). Because it uses a 13.5-nanometer light instead of 193-nanometers, EUV can define chip features in one step—compared with three or more steps using 193-nanometer light.

Smarter smartphones

Everything that was said above matters because switching to 5-nanometer means that devices are more intelligent. As chips advance, more tasks are capable of performing and many of them can now be done locally instead of being sent to remote servers. We have already seen smartphones capable of transcribing voices or recognizing people in pictures without the need for an internet connection. With new processors, more complex tasks are possible with artificial intelligence which means that smartphones can better recognize the world around them.

Switching to smaller transistors, processors use less power and have higher performance. For this reason, TSMC 5-nanometer chips should be 15% faster than 7-nanometer ones or 30% more power-efficient.  Apple claims that the A14 can perform machine learning tasks 10 times faster than the A13. But consumers are more concerned about real-life benefits than theoretical digits.

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AMD Zen 3 Desktop CPUs

AMD Zen 3 5000 series Desktop CPUs Officially Revealed

How would be able AMD to create a third successful Ryzen 9 processor? Last year it was clear that the company had brought a real challenge to Intel especially in video game performance. With the new Zen 3 architecture, AMD went the illustrations once again to create a processor and platform which is more efficient. The company even got more turbo frequencies and 19% more (IPC) showing real performance.

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The Ryzen 9 5900X debuts on 15 November is a 12-core 24 threads chip with 4.8Ghz turbo frequency, 64MB L3 Cache and 105-watt thermal design. AMD says the 5900X offers 26% more gaming performance than the Zen 2. Specifically, it has increased performance per core where AMD has faced difficulties. The company says it is the first processor to go beyond 600 points in the Cinebenc R20 1T benchmarks with 631 points. The Core i9-10900K processor scores 544 points even though it has a higher frequency.

Ryzen 9 5900X

The rest of the 5000 line is a model Ryzen 5800X with 8 cores and one with 6 cores the Ryzen 5600X that sell for $449 and $299 respectively.

Lastly, the company had maintained a surprise, the Ryzen 5950X model with 16 cores and 32 threads as well as 4.9Ghz turbo frequency while maintaining the same thermal design of 105-watt starting at $799. It is the ideal solution for those who want the performance of a Threadripper but at a much lower cost.

What makes Zen 3 special? Redesigned design creating a unified 8-core complex that reduces instruction delays and allows cores to reach the processor L3 Cache itself. The results of this design will be felt mainly in games and their online streaming like Twitch. Overall Zen 3 is 24% faster than Zen 2 and 2.4 times faster than Zen 1. AMD said the company is currently working on the Zen 4 5-nanometer architecture.

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The first DDR5 RAM modules unveiled by SK Hynix

DDR5-4800 chips have speeds between 4,800 to 5,600Mbps while consuming less power than DDR4

Korean chipmaker SK Hynix introduced the first 64GB DDR5 RAM module, marking a big step compared to DDR4 DIMMs which have dominated computer memory since 2013. DDR5-4800 chips have speeds between 4,800 to 5,600Mbps while consuming less power than DDR4. The technology also makes possible 256GB modules available in size.

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The JEDEC standard of DDR5 RAM was officially introduced in July but SK Hynix has unveiled the first chip in 2018 with this memory. In addition to capacity, DDR5 will have two 32-bit channels instead of 64-bit making it easier to increase the bandwidth. It is the modules themselves that regulate the voltage and not the board with DDR5 allowing the memory output to control its frequency. SK Hynix also tested the modules at 6,400 Mbps and 8,400 Mbps.

By 2022 DDR5 memory will occupy only 10% of sales and by 2024 it will go to 43%. When this moment comes it will be the de facto the memory used on all new computers.

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RTX A6000

The RTX A6000 and A40 are twice as powerful as the RTX 3090

The RTX A6000 goes on sale in mid-December while the A40 next year

Nvidia has a solution for professionals to get the Ampere architecture: RTX A6000 and A40. These two cards easily break the hegemony of the RTX 3090 with 10,752 CUDA cores and 48GB VRAM.

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They come to succeed the RTX Quadro 8000 and 6000 series. It is not known why Nvidia did not use the Quadro branding this time. The company did not go into the details of the frequencies but you can see them as a more powerful version compared to the RTX 3080 and 3090. The A40 model is passively cooled and has a memory frequency of 14.5Gbps.

NVIDIA A40
NVIDIA A40

They also have slower GDDR6 RAM compared to GDDR6X. As for the RTX A6000, the company says it is twice as fast as the RTX 8000.

Normally these are not cards for consumers but are options for those seeking graphic power for professional reasons. The A40 will be a solid solution for servers. RTX A6000 will be up for sale in mid-December while the A40 next year.

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Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S will be cheap but is it worth it?

The smallest Xbox ever will cost $299

Microsoft has revealed to us everything we need to know about the next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, and among other things informed us that a more modest version will also come under the name Series S about which nothing was known until now.

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It was not long before Microsoft itself finally confirmed it. The smallest Xbox ever will cost $299. But more than the price, what we are interested in is definitely what this device is capable of, in the end, Microsoft says that both consoles will have almost the same performance. At that price difference will be hard to believe.

Another video leaked finally clarifies our doubts and everything makes sense.

The Xbox Series S will be a single digital version without disks, a move followed by the PS5, but what worries us is actually the console SSD which according to the video will be 512GB.

A part of this space will be occupied by the operating system. Also, the new generation games are expected to increase the space they require available in relation to the quality, so very little space is provided for games. Just think GTA V is 45GB, in total, you will not be able to download more than 10 games on this console. And if you are going to download something else, you do not have the previously downloaded and paid games.

The solution from Microsoft comes in the form of the Project xCloud platform which allows you to stream them without having to download, from a catalog of more than 100 titles. But of course for this service, you have to pay a certain subscription fee.

So in these conditions is it really worth buying the Xbox Series S? Is it really cheaper? Of course, we still remain in the circle of speculation, nothing officially has been confirmed.

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Xbox Series X Official

The Xbox Series X is official, will cost $499

Orders start on September 22nd

Microsoft confirmed the release of the Xbox Series X on November 10 for $499. Orders start on September 22nd. Regardless of the console, you choose to purchase, the company will offer free EA Access as part of the Game Pass giving players access to over 60 titles like Mass Effect or Battlefield.

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In addition to the Xbox Series X, Microsoft yesterday unveiled the budget model of the Xbox Series S. The latter will cost $299 but has enough power for 1440p up to 120fps. But if you are looking to play 4K games then the Xbox Series X is a must and offers enough hardware while costing 2 times less than a gaming computer.

Microsoft also talked about the titles that will come to Project xCloud, the platform where players play in the cloud and that debuts on September 15th. The platform has been in the testing phase since September 15th.

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Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC Official

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC revealed with a massive 5,160 mAh battery and 120Hz screen

Starts from 229 euro

Xiaomi sub-brand, Poco, revealed its latest phone, Poco X3 NFC, the successor of POCO X2. It’s not a flagship but a budget model which brings performance to lower segments. The device is large with a weight of 215 grams and 9.4mm thick and not without reason because it has a massive screen, large batteries, and some cameras.

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Poco X3 NFC Specs

 Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 732G with Adreno 618 Elite Gaming GPU
RAM6GB
Storage64 or 128GB (expandable up to 256GB)
Screen6.67” FHD+ LCD DotDisplay, 20:9, 2400x1080, 395ppi, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10
CamerasRear
- 64MP main wide sensor (Sony IMX682), 1/1.73“ sensor, f/1.89, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 6P lens
- 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor, 119° FoV, f/2.2, 1.0μm
- 2MP macro sensor, f/2.4, 1.75μm, 4cm
- 2MP depth sensor f/2.4, 1.75μm

Front
20MP, f/2.2, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Battery5,160mAh with 33W fast charging
SoftwareMIUI 12 for POCO, based on Android 10
Headphone jackYes
OtherNFC, IP53 (splash-resistant), side-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual stereo speakers, BT 5.1, WiFi 5
Dimensions
Weight
165.3mm x 76.8mm x 9.4mm
215g
ColorsShadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
Price€229/€269 (£199/£249)

As for the display, the phone packs a 6.67-inch 1080p IPS panel (HDR10, FHD+, Gorilla Glass 5) with a 120Hz refresh rate. Since it is LCD it does not have the brightness and contrast of OLED which is also used in mid-range devices. Using this panel means that the fingerprint scanner can not be placed on the screen and Xiaomi has chosen to implement it on the power button. While in the gaming mode the phone’s screen works at 120Hz, it’s DynamicSwitch feature switch it at the conventional 60Hz refresh rate during general usage like video playback, etc. 

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor, which clocks at 2.3GHz, 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 64 or 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal memory. The new SoC offers a soft upgrade over the Snapdragon 730G binging a clock speed boost to the CPU cores as well as the GPU. POCO X3 NFC features an iquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus which offers 70% larger heat pipe than its predecessor technology. This new technology can cut down by 6 degrees Celsius the internal heat. 

At the camera department, Poco as chosen a quad-camera setup on the back featuring a 64MP main sensor (Sony IMX682), a 13MP ultra-wide shooter (119-degree field of view), and a pair of 2MP sensors for macro shots and depth effects respectively. The selfie camera is 20-megapixel in a “punch-hole” center-mounted setup.

Poco X3 NFC packs a massive 5,160mAh battery and you can expect two days of “moderate” usage as a result, according to company claims. It supports 33W wired charging and you can expect a 63% juice after 30 minutes of charging while a full charge takes 65 minutes. The phone comes with a 33W charger included in the box.

Other notable features worth mention includes a 3.5mm port, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC, MIUI 12 based on Android 10, Bluetooth 5.1, and Wi-Fi 5. For more, Xiaomi will offer three years of updates, probably this will include MIUI updates and not OS upgrade.

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC Price and Availability

The POCO X3 NFC is now available for purchase through platforms like Mi.com, Amazon, AliExpress, Gearbest, and more. Here are the prices:

  • 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage – 229 euros (~$270); Early bird price – 199 euros (~$235)
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 269 euros (~$318); Early bird price – 249 euros (~$294)

To get the device through the early bird sale at a discounted price, you can place an order in between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11. As for the color variants, Poco X3 NFC will be available in Shadow Grey and Cobalt Blue.

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