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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : What You Need To Know!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : What You Need To Know!

NVIDIA just launched their new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, based on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture!

Here is a quick primer on what you need to know about the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics cards!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Virtual Launch

Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang launched the GeForce RTX 30 series in a virtual event.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : 2nd Generation RTX

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards is built on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture, giving them 2nd Gen Ray Tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessors : Delivering 2X the FP32 performance of NVIDIA Turing, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power
  • 2nd Gen RT Cores : Delivering 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, plus concurrent ray tracing and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
  • 3rd Gen Tensor Cores : Up to 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

  • NVIDIA RTX IO : Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating I/O performance by up to 100X. When used in conjunction with Microsoft DirectStorage API, it offloads the work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
  • GDDR6X Memory : Delivers close to 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, improving gaming performance.
  • Custom Samsung 8N Process Technology : Delivers higher transistor density and greater efficiency.
  • HDMI 2.1 : Delivers single-cable connection to 8K HDR TVs and monitors for ultra-high resolution gaming.
  • AV1 Decode : First discrete GPUs to support hardware decoding of the new AV1 codec, allowing for up to 8K HDR videos at 50% less bandwidth.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Founders Edition Cards

NVIDIA will introduce three GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Edition graphics card models, with a new 12-pin power connector.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

At the top of the stack is the RTX 3090, which NVIDIA nicknames as BFGPU – Big Ferocious GPU. Doom fans will probably disagree…

Priced at a whopping US$1,499, it is a massive three-slot design with a dual-axial flow-through cooler, that is 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX, while keeping the GPU up to 30°C cooler.

With 24GB of GDDR6X memory, the RTX 3090 is up to 50% faster than the TITAN RTX, allowing gamers to finally experience what it’s like to game in the 8K resolution at 60 fps!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Starting at US$699, the GeForce RTX 3080 will be up to 2X faster than the RTX 2080.

With 10GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19 Gbps, it will be able to consistently deliver 4K gaming at 60 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Starting at US$499, the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at less than half the price, and is 60% faster than the RTX 2070.

With 8GB of GDDR6 memory, it will be fast enough to handle both 4K and 1440p gaming.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Specifications

Here are the known specifications of the three GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards :

Specifications GeForce
RTX 3090
GeForce
RTX 3080
GeForce
RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888
Base Clock 1.40 GHz 1.44 GHz 1.50 GHz
Boost Clock 1.70 GHz 1.71 GHz 1.73 GHz
Memory Size 24 GB 10 GB 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6X GDDR6
Memory Speed 19.5 MT/s
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 936 GB/s 780 GB/s 624 GB/s
NVLink (SLI) Yes No
Card Size 3-Slot 2-Slot
Card Power 350 W 320 W 220 W
Card Connectors 2 x 8-pin 1 x 8-pin

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Price + Launch Deal

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 will be available as Founders Edition cards.

In addition, custom boards – both stock-clocked and overclocked variants – will be available from brands like ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, GIGABYTE, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.

They will be made available at these price points, at these dates :

  • RTX 3090 : US$1,499, starting 24 September 2020
  • RTX 3080 : US$699, starting 17 September 2020
  • RTX 3070 : US$499, starting October 2020

For a limited time, every purchase of a GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card or system will receive a FREE digital copy of Watch Dogs : Legion.

 

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Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

Samsung Malaysia has some great 2020 QLED TV deals this month, if you are looking for an upgrade! Check them out!

 

Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

To celebrate the official availability of the latest 2020 QLED TVs, Samsung Malaysia just announced their Raya Bergaya, Ceria Bersama promotion with these great deals!

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #1 : Free Gifts!

Qualifying 2020 TV Models RRP Free Gift Online Purchase
85-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 64,999 The Sero TV
+ Sero Wheel
worth RM 7,298
Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 44,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
82-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 39,999 Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch The Frame QLED 4K RM 10,999 2 x The Frame
customisable bezel
worth RM 988
Option 1 | Option 2
48-inch The Sero QLED 4K RM 6,999 The Sero Wheel
worth RM 299
Option 1 | Option 2

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #2 : Purchase with Purchase!

Samsung Malaysia is also offering these Samsung soundbars at a special PWP (Purchase with Purchase) price with the purchase of any Samsung TV!

Qualifying Soundbar Models RRP PWP Price Online Purchase
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q90R) RM 6,499 RM 4,299 Option 1 | Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q70R) RM 3,399 RM 2,499 Option 1Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q60R) RM 2,599 RM 1,699 Option 1 | Option 2
Soundbar HW-R650 RM 1,699 RM 1,199 Option 1 | Option 2

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

One of the least talked-about features in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is its 8K video recording capability.

Find out how its 8K video recording capability compares to its 4K and 1080p recording capabilities!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, the other two being the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20.

All three models can actually record 8K videos with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 24 frames per second.

However, there are some limitations when you record 8K videos on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra | S20 Plus | S20 smartphones :

  • each video clip is limited to 5 minutes
  • electronic image stabilisation (EIS) will be disabled

The time limit is both necessary because of the 4GB file size limit, as well as to avoid damage to the sensor – it gets really hot when you record 8K videos.

And while EIS cannot be enabled – the amount of processing power required is just too much – you can still rely on the optical image stabilisation (OIS) provided by the lens.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Video Samples : 8K vs 4K vs 1080p

We prepared six Galaxy S20 Ultra video samples to showcase the differences in video recording quality. Check them out :

Video Sample #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image quality at 1080p is exceptional, with good control of the exposure. Image stabilisation by the main camera was good, but there was some shakiness when we switched to the telephoto camera.

Its audio quality and noise cancellation were also very good. Even though it was breezy that day, you can’t hear any wind noise.

Video Sample #2 : Blues Band (4K)

This is our favourite video recording resolution. Good image quality at a high resolution, with good exposure.

Video Sample #3 : Blues Band (8K)

The detail at 8K was exceptional, and the image stabilisation (only optical) was better than we expected. But we noticed some autofocus issues – you can see some seeking even though no one is moving.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of its image stabilisation capabilities, you can see that at 1080p, the S20 Ultra does a very good job of cancelling out hand shake while walking.

Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Image stabilisation at 4K was very good too. Very smooth video even while walking.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (8K)

At 8K, there is some noticeable jerkiness, but thanks to OIS, it actually turned out better than we expected.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

Samsung just announced that their 2020 QLED 8K TVs will be NEXTGEN TV ready, thanks to the inclusion of ATSC 3.0 tuners!

Find out what it means to have an ATSC 3.0 / NEXTGEN TV tuner built into your TV!

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

When Samsung unveiled their monstrous 2020 QLED 8K Q950 TV, they also shared that ALL 2020 Samsung LED 8K TV models will come with a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner, making them NEXTGEN TV ready!

NEXTGEN TV is the marketing name for the ATSC 3.0 (Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0) standard that will go on air this year in at least 61 markets.

One of the key benefits NEXTGEN TV offers over the current ATSC 1.0 standard is its ability to receive and playback content in up to 4K resolution, rather than just Full HD.

The other benefit is an improved audio experience through its Multi-Channel Object Audio and Dialogue Enhancement feature.

With an ATSC 3.0 tuner built-in, users of the 2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs will get to enjoy 4K broadcasts and content, together with superior audio quality, once the signals start transmitting in their locations.

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV : First Look!

At CES 2020, Samsung peeled away the covers, and unveiled the 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV!

Let’s find out what’s new in Samsung’s next-generation QLED 8K TV!

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV is the first television in the world to feature surround sound audio, an incredible 8K resolution, and an ultra-thin form factor.

Ultra-Thin Design

Samsung almost entirely eliminated the bezels around the Q950’s display, creating an incredible screen-to- body ratio of nearly 99 percent.

When viewed from ten to fifteen feet (3 to 5 meters) away, you will experience what Samsung calls the Infinity Screen effect – where the bezels seem to disappear!

The Q950 is also extremely thin – only 15 millimetres across the entire display. You can lay it flush against the wall, or mount it on a media stand.

Certified 8K Resolution

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV is certified to meet the requirements of both the 8K Association’s Certified Test Specifications, as well as the CTA 8K Ultra HD Display Definition.

It will be able to playback native 8K content, letting consumers stream AV1 codec videos filmed in 8K. But for lower resolution content, the Q950’s Quantum Processor 8K has improved AI upscaling capabilities that uses machine learning to create 8K images from lower resolution sources.

Optimal Picture Quality

The Q950’s Adaptive Picture feature uses light sensors and AI to analyse the ambient light and distribution of light in a particular scene, so it can ensure that the TV can maintain a clear picture with great contrast even in bright rooms, or with glare from a light source.

Because a significant amount of content we consume these days are through streaming on the Internet, it comes with AI ScaleNet that compresses content as it leaves the content provider, restoring it on reaching the TV. This effectively cuts down by half the bandwidth required for any streaming content.

Of course, AI ScaleNet requires the content provider to support such a feature. Samsung is currently working with Amazon on this feature, with plans to use it for Prime Video content, from standard definition to 4K.

NEXTGEN TV Ready!

The Q950 will come with a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner, making it NEXTGEN TV ready! It will be ready to receive and display 4K content once NEXTGEN TV networks come online later this year!

Immersive Audio Experience

As Samsung’s flagship QLED 8K TV, the Q950 comes with the best audio solution Samsung engineers can come up with.

It has speakers on every side of the display, with subwoofers in the back, delivering 5.1 channel surround sound. But its immersive audio experience goes beyond the hardware.

The Q950 uses Object Tracking Sound+, an AI-based technology to match the audio with the movement of objects on the screen. Its Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) technology adjusts the volume of dialogue in response to common sounds like a blender or vacuum cleaner.

Finally, the Q950 can use its built-in speakers as an additional audio channel, when paired with a 2020 Q Series soundbar, like the Q800. Its Q-Symphony feature will pair the audio from both devices to create a dynamic and multi-dimensional soundscape.

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Connected Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV comes with access to Samsung TV Plus – their free smart TV video service, with nearly 100 channels, including CBSN, Yahoo Finance, Lively Place, Bon Appétit, VEVO, Outside TV+, etc.

It also comes with Samsung Health on TV built-in. This will let your family members see their fitness activities, track their progress, and pursue fitness goals. They will also have access to free, exclusive content from Samsung fitness partners like Calm, FitPlan, Jillian Michaels, Echelon, Obe Fitness and Barre 3.

 

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The 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TV Price List + Promotions Revealed!

Samsung just revealed four new 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TV families, including a massive 98-inch Samsung QLED 8K TV, and a new Harman Kardon soundbar to pair them with!

Here are details of the new 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TV models, as well as their official price list and promotions!

 

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K + 4K TV Models

Headlining the new 2019 QLED 8K family is the new 98-inch Samsung QA900R QLED 8K TV – their largest 8K TV ever.

Samsung Quantum Processor

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K TVs are the first to feature a Quantum Processor, which uses AI algorithms to automatically upscale your original content format into 8K quality. This allows you to experience all your favourite old shows in the 8K resolution!

Ultra Viewing Angle + Direct Full Array

The 2019 Samsung QLED TVs get rid of glare and reflections with the Ultra Viewing Angle technology, an improved panel structure, as well as the new screen calibration algorithms. They also deliver better blacks, with Direct Full Array technology.

On top of that, they now come with a built-in light control sensor, which automatically adjusts the display brightness to suit the ambient conditions of the room. Now that’s a really smart TV!

HDR10+ Support

With HDR10+ support, the bright scenes will appear brighter and the dark scenes darker. With greater contrast, your movies will appear as what their directors intended.

Samsung Magic Screen

The 2019 Samsung QLED TV range supports the Samsung Magic Screen feature, which lets users personalise their TV screen with themes, photos, and useful information.

It can even be used to mimic the look of your wall, or play your favourite music when it is not in use!

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K + 4K TV Price List + Promotions

Samsung is celebrating the launch of their 2019 QLED TVs with a roadshow and promotions at Centre Court, Mid Valley from the 8th till 12th May 2019. Here is the official price list and promotion :

Model No Size Recommended Retail Price Promotion
Samsung QA900R
8K Smart QLED TV
98” RM 299,999 NA
82” RM 99,999 NA
75” RM 59,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA90R
4K Smart QLED TV
75” RM 29,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
65” RM 18,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA75R
4K Smart QLED TV
75” RM 19,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
65” RM 13,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
55” RM 7,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA60R
4K Smart QLED TV
82” RM 19,999 FREE 1 unit x Samsung Galaxy S10E worth RM 2,699
75” RM 13,999 FREE 1 unit x Samsung Galaxy A50 worth RM 1,199
65” RM 8,999 FREE 1 unit x  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 worth RM 659
55” RM 6,499 FREE 1 unit x  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 worth RM 659
49” RM 4,999 Promotional price at RM 3,499
Soundbar N950 with Harman Kardon RM 6,499 Promotional price at RM 3,999 with any Samsung TV purchase

All models mentioned above are available for purchase with immediate effect.

 

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2019 Samsung Forum – QLED 8K + 4K TVs, iTunes & More!

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum just kicked off in tropical Singapore with new QLED 8K and 4K televisions!

Samsung also revealed a whole range of improved 4K QLED TVs, including The Frame and The Wall; as well as the introduction of iTunes and a new harman/kardon soundbar!

 

The 2019 Samsung Forum

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum is an annual showcase of the latest Samsung home technologies and appliances. This is where Samsung will show off their latest home entertainment products and home appliances.

 

New 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TVs!

Samsung naturally has a new line-up of QLED TVs. Here is the official presentation on the 2019 Samsung QLED 8K and 4K TVs.

Headlining the new QLED TV range is the new Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV, with sizes that range from 65-inches all the way to a mind-boggling 98-inches!

The new 4K QLED TV line-up will be the Q90R series, the Q80R series, the Q70R series and the Q60R series with 43-inch to 82-inch sizes. In total, the 2019 QLED family encompasses more than 20 models!

All these new QLED TVs boast upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, thanks to an improved panel structure and new screen calibration algorithms. They will therefore deliver better image quality from every viewing angle, without glare or reflections in brightly-lit rooms.

 

New Smart TV Features, Including iTunes Movies!

Samsung also announced a bevy of new Smart TV features, including a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, and support for Apple AIrPlay 2.

The 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to control its features using voice commands.

 

New Samsung Q70R Soundable

Samsung also announced the new Q70R Soundbar, developed in partnership with their subsidiary, harman/kardon. It is their first soundbar to offer true object-based surround sound.

 

The Wall + The Frame : 2019 Editions!

Finally, Samsung announced greatly-improved versions of The Wall and The Frame lifestyle TVs. They now feature QLED display panels for the first time!

 

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2016 Samsung SUHD TV Models Revealed

At the recent Samsung Forum 2016, we were given the first look at the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV models to hit the market in the coming months. Join us as we share with you the videos and pictures we took of these new Samsung SUHD TV models.

 

Samsung KS9000 SUHD TV

Samsung’s flagship SUHD TV in 2016 will be the Samsung KS9000 series, which tops out with the 65″ Samsung 65KS9500. This series is the first Samsung curved TV to feature what Samsung calls a “bezel-less” display. Of course, there is still a thin bezel, so it’s not a true “bezel-less” display. It just appears bezel-less from the optimal viewing distance.

Check out this video we took of the 65″ Samsung KS9000 SUHD TV :

Like all of Samsung 2016 SUHD TVs, the Samsung KS9000 series uses a 10-bit quantum dot display, with a 1,000 nits HDR (high dynamic range) capability. Samsung also introduced a 360° design philosophy, in which the TV is designed to look elegant at all angles – even from behind.

 

Samsung 8K SUHD TV

This behemoth is a 98″ SUHD TV with an 8K display. It features the same quantum dot display of the KS9000 series SUHD TVs, just with a much higher resolution and obviously in a much more opulent size. Check out the video and pictures we took of it :

In case you are wondering, yes, you can order this 98″ 8K Samsung SUHD TV for your mansion. There is no price indication, but when it comes to bespoke models like this, if you have to ask – you can’t afford it! 😀

 

Other New Samsung SUHD TV Models

All of the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV models will feature Samsung’s own cadmium-free, 10-bit quantum dot display. They also boast improved HDR performance – with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits.

These SUHD TV models, as well as their 2016 Smart TVs will feature a new Smart Hub with simplified access to the user’s content and games.

They will also come with a new Samsung Smart Control remote, which replaces multiple remote controls. The 2016 SUHD TVs and Smart TVs will automatically recognise game consoles, home theatre systems and even OTT boxes connected to them, and the Smart Control remote will automatically control them all – no setup required!