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MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium Preview

MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium Preview

Much of the focus at Computex 2018 was on the new B460 and X399 Refresh motherboards for the 2nd Gen Ryzen and 2nd Gen Threadripper processors. But MSI also shared some Intel love, launching two new Intel B360 motherboards – the MSI B360M Mortar and the MSI B360M Mortar Titanium.

Let’s take a quick look at these new motherboards designed for the 8th Generation Intel Core processors!

 

Intel B360 Chipset

When Intel launched their 8th Generation Intel Core (Coffee Lake) processors last year, you had to pair them with the high-end Intel Z370 chipset. Six months later, Intel finally released the cheaper Intel B360 chipset. Here is a comparison of the Intel Z370 and Intel B360 chipsets :

FeaturesIntel Z370Intel B360
CPU OverclockingYesNo
DDR4 OverclockingYesNo
DDR4 Memory Channels22
Chipset PCIe Lanes2412
PCIe Configuration1 x PCIe x16, or
2 x PCIe x8, or
1 x PCIe x8 + 2 x PCie x4
Only 1 x PCIe x16
SATA Ports66
USB 3.1 Gen2 Ports04
USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports106
PCIe 3.0 M.2 Slots31
PCIe RAID 0/1/5YesNo
SATA RAID 0/1/5YesNo
CPU-attached PCIe StorageYesNo
Integrated LANYesYes
Integrated WiFiNoYes, Wireless-AC

As you can see, the Intel B360 chipset drops CPU and memory overclocking, as well as RAID 0/1/5 support. It also comes with fewer PCIe lanes, and fewer USB ports.

On the other hand, it introduces native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated Wireless-AC capability – both features noticeably lacking in the Intel Z370.

 

MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium

The MSI B360M Mortar (Price Check) and B360M Mortar Titanium (Price Check) motherboards are part of the MSI Arsenal GAMING family. They are both micro-ATX motherboards with four DDR4 memory slots, two PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots.

  • 26% larger VRM heatsinks which reduce temperatures by up to 10°C
  • PCI-E Steel Armor for primary PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
  • Arsenal sticker area for personal customisation
  • Two M.2 slots supporting PCIe x4 operation
  • Two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports – one Type A, one Type C
  • EZ Debug LED for easier troubleshooting

The only real difference between the Mortar and the Mortar Titanium models is their colour. The B360M Mortar (Price Check) has a dark grey and black design, while the B360M Mortar Titanium (Price Check) has white and silver design.

 

B360M Mortar + Mortar Titanium Price + Availability

The two new MSI B360M Mortar motherboards are available with immediate effect, with the following recommended retail prices

  • MSI B360M Mortar : US$ 99.99 / € 85.95 / RM 399
    – Now on offer at just $89.99 ($79.99 with rebate)
  • MSI B360M Mortar TitaniumUS$ 104.99 / € 98.25 / RM 419
    – Now on offer at just $99.99 ($89.99 with rebate)

 

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MSI B450 Tomahawk + MSI B450A-Pro Preview

Excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WiFi motherboard? It’s not the only AMD B450 motherboard we saw at .Computex 2018. Let’s take a look at two upcoming MSI B450 motherboard models – the MSI B450 Tomahawk and the MSI B450A-Pro!

Find out if these are the AMD B450 motherboards to pair with your 2nd Gen Ryzen processor!

 

AMD B450 Chipset

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard is based on the upcoming AMD B450 chipset slated to launch in July 2018.

The AMD B450 motherboard is an improved version of the B350 chipset, featuring better memory routing and optimised VRM and power layouts, delivering lower idle power. It will also come with AMD StoreMI – a free OEM licensed copy of Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic.

 

The MSI B450A-Pro + MSI B450 Tomahawk Preview

Both the MSI B450 Tomahawk and MSI B450A-Pro are full-sized ATX motherboards. They both have common features like :

  • a 4+2 power phase design
  • four DDR4 memory slots that support speeds of up to 2933 MHz (with 2nd Gen Ryzen processor)
  • two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, albeit only the main one have full x16 performance
  • one M.2 slot (up to 110 mm) and six SATA ports
  • one free AMD StoreMI license

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is a bit more expensive at $150 / €128 / RM 600. It has 26% larger heatsinks, that MSI claims will reduce temperature by 10 °C. It comes with a USB-C portthree PCI Express x1 slots, and DVI and HDMI ports (for use with Ryzen desktop APUs).

The.MSI B450A-Pro is cheaper at $100 / €85 / RM 400, but lacks an I/O cover and a USB-C port. It comes with four PCI Express x1 slots, and VGA, DVI and HDMI ports (for use with Ryzen desktop APUs).

So what do YOU think? Are these MSI B450 motherboards a good fit for your 2nd Gen Ryzen processor, or do you prefer the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WiFi?

 

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MSI MEG X399 Creation + MSI Xpander-Aero Preview

If you are excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard, your jaw will drop when you see the upcoming MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard. It is probably the most extreme (and expensive) AMD X399 Refresh motherboard at Computex 2018.

MSI threw everything but the kitchen sink into this massive X399 motherboard. But they want to stuff even more storage capabilities, so they are throwing in a free MSI Xpander-Aero card too! Let’s take a close look at both the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard, and the MSI Xpander-Aero card!

 

The MSI MEG X399 Creation Motherboard

MSI designed the MEG X399 Creation to be the ultimate AMD X399 Refresh motherboard. It has eight DDR4 memory slots, four PCIe x16 slots and a 19-phase digital power design with dual 8-pin EPS power connectors.

It also comes with extensive thermal monitoring and fan controls – no less than ten PWM fan controls, and three dedicated thermal sensors on board! it also comes with three M.2 slots – all cooled by a large two-piece L-shaped heatsink.

The MSI MEG X399 Creation has dual Intel Gigabit LAN ports, and built-in 802.11ac WiFi (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

MSI expects to begin production of this massive motherboard at the end of July 2018. It will have a target price of $499 / €428 / RM 2,000.

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The MSI Xpander-Aero Card

If three M.2 slots are not enough, the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard comes with the new MSI Xpander-Aero card bundled. This is basically MSI’s version of the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 (Price Check) card that powered the super-fast 8TB WD SSD RAID array, enhanced with a fan. Hence, the Aero moniker.

The MSI Xpander-Aero card allows you to install up to four M.2 solid state drives, up to 22 mm x 110 mm in size. The card is also powered by an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector. It only supports NVMe SSDs and not SATA SSDs.

These drives are not just cooled by a massive heatsink, there is a large fan to keep everything running cool, preventing the drives from throttling from excessive temperatures. MSI told us that they also designed the Xpander-Aero to look like a graphics card. The downside – it takes up two slots.

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How To Create An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

The highlight of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase at Computex 2018 was the massive 8TB SSD RAID array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory! Wonder how they accomplished this? Read on and find out!

Updated at 2018-06-22 : Our sincere apologies. We mixed up the system specifications for this SSD RAID Array. It’s actually an AMD Ryzen Threadripper system. We have since corrected the article to reflect this.

 

This 8TB SSD Is As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

As you can see here, Western Digital hit a throughput of 19 GB/s with the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check)! That is as fast as single-channel DDR4-2400 memory!

 

How To Create This Super-Fast 8TB SSD

The secret? Andrew Vo explains how they created this super-fast 8TB SSD RAID array using the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) in this video.

This is what you will need, if you plan to replicate their project :

Each WD Black NVMe SSD is capable of a peak transfer rate of 2.8 GB/s (write) to 3.4 GB/s (read), so eight of them would have a theoretical throughput limit of 22.4 to 27.2 GB/s!

To hit 19 GB/s, you need to create a RAID 0 array of those eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check), but you can’t use the motherboard’s RAID feature because you would be limited by the 32 Gbps / 4 GB/s DMI bottleneck.

Intel VROC

The ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check) supports Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC), which reassigns unused PCIe lanes of an Intel Skylake or Coffee Lake processor to boost transfer rates up to 128 Gbps or 16 GB/s.

Of course, those are the theoretical limits, and the actual throughput will be considerably lower than 16 GB/s. To go beyond that, you will need two ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Cards (Price Check).

AMD Ryzen Threadripper

However, Western Digital used an AMD Ryzen Threadripper system instead. The Threadripper processor has 64 PCIe lanes – plenty for two Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check).

In the end, Western Digital only hit 19 GB/s with two of these cards. This is 30% lower than the theoretical capability of a perfect RAID 0 array of eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check), and 40% lower than the theoretical capability of two ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Cards (Price Check).

However, without resorting to this method, a motherboard-based RAID 0 array of eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) would only deliver a maximum transfer rate of just 4 GB/s. Even that’s in a perfect world.

 

How Much Does This Super-Fast SSD RAID Array Cost?

Each 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) currently costs $399.99. So the eight SSDs alone cost a princely US$ 3,192 / € 2,765 / RM 12,779.

The ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check) is much cheaper at just $59 each. That’s an additional US$ 118 / € 102 / RM 472.

All in, this 8 TB SSD RAID array will set you back US$ 3,247 / € 2,812 / RM 12,999. And that does not include the AMD Ryzen Threadripper system=.

No doubt, this is a very expensive project. But think about it – you now have a massive 8 TB SSD RAID 0 array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory!

 

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Intel Core i7-8086K Preview – The 8800K Nostalgia Edition

At the Intel Computex 2018 press conference, Intel Senior VP and General Manager Gregory Bryant revealed the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic Intel 8086 processor. Here is our preview of this processor, and why we think it is the 8800K Nostalgia Edition.

 

Gregory Bryant Announces The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition

The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is a special SKU that will be available in limited quantities. It is also the first Intel processor to offer a 5 GHz turbo frequency, with a 4 GHz base clock and unlocked multipliers.

There’s a reason for Intel to choose a 5 GHz boost clock frequency for the 8086K Limited Edition. The Intel 8086 processor from 40 years ago was first introduced with a 5 MHz clock speed, that was eventually doubled to 10 MHz. Yes, that’s MEGAhertz, not GIGAhertz.

You may be interested to know that the Intel 8086 processor was a 16-bit processor with a single processor core. It only has 29,000 transistors, built on a 3.2 μm HMOS process with a 33 mm² die size.

The Intel Core i7-8086K (Price Check) processor, on the other hand, is a 64-bit processor with 6 cores that are capable of handling 12 simultaneous threads. It has about 5 billion transistors, built on a 14 nm tri-gate process with a 149 mm² die size.

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition Up Close

Here is a quick hands-on look at the new Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor up close, taken at the MSI Computex 2018 showcase.

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Specifications

SpecificationsIntel Core i7-8086K
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch Date5 June 2018
Process Technology14 nm Tri-Gate
SocketFCLGA 1151
Cores / Threads6 Cores / 12 Threads
Base Frequency4.0 GHz
Turbo Frequency5.0 GHz
L2 Cache256 KB x 6
L3 Cache12 MB
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI 3.0
TDP95 W
Max. Memory Size64 GB
Max. Memory SpeedDDR4-2666
Max. Memory Channel2-Channel
Processor GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
- 350 MHz to 1.2 GHz
Launch PriceUS$ 425

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Price + Availability

The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is available in limited quantities. Intel did not mention exactly how many units are available, but we have it on good authority that it’s limited to just 50,000 units worldwide.

Despite its low model number, the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is actually a faster version of the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

With a 300 MHz higher core and boost clock, it would have been known as the Intel Core i7-8800K. That’s why we call it the 8800K Nostalgia Edition. It’s really just the 8800K with a nostalgic model number.

Intel is pricing this Limited Edition processor at US$ 425 – a $66 (18%) price premium over the Intel Core i7-8700K. You can order yours from the following link :

  • Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition : $424.99

 

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WD Portable SSD Showcase @ Computex 2018

In addition to their WD Black NVMe SSD showcase, Western Digital also showed off their wide range of portable SSD drives under the SanDisk, WD and G-Technology brands. Join us for our tour of the WD Portable SSD showcase at Computex 2018!

 

The WD Portable SSD Showcas

Western Digital currently has portable SSDs under three brands – SanDisk, WD and G-Technology. Western Digital’s Jared Peck gives us a tour of these portable SSDs, and their key features. He even demonstrates how crushproof the G-DRIVE portable SSD is!

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a tough, IP55 dust- and water-resistant drive. It offers capacities up to 2 TB, with transfer rates of up to 550 MB/s.

  • 2 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD : $599
  • 1 TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD : $299
  • 500 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD : $139
  • 250 GB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD : $99

WD My Passport Portable SSD

WD is increasing the capacity of their My Passport SSD drive to 2 TB. It offers up to 540 MB/s in transfer rate, with 256-bit AES hardware encryption built-in.

  • 2 TB WD My Passport Portable SSD : $599
  • 1 TB WD My Passport Portable SSD : $306
  • 512 GB WD My Passport Portable SSD : $139
  • 256 GB WD My Passport Portable SSD : $99

WD My Passport Wireless SSD

The WD My Passport Wireless SSD is the SSD version of the WD My Passport Wireless drive. Designed for photographers on-the-go, it not only comes with an internal battery and WiFi-AC connectivity, it also has a SD card reader built-in.

  • 2 TB WD My Passport Wireless SSD : $799
  • 1 TB WD My Passport Wireless SSD : $499
  • 500 GB WD My Passport Wireless SSD : $299
  • 250 GB WD My Passport Wireless SSD : $199

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G-DRIVE Mobile SSD

The G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile SSD has a built-in heatsink that keeps the drive cool and makes it crushproof (up to 450 kg / 1000 lbs). It is also IP67 dust- and water-resistant.

  • 2 TB G-DRIVE Mobile SSD : $670
  • 1 TB G-DRIVE Mobile SSD : $299
  • 500 GB G-DRIVE Mobile SSD : $169

G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD

The G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD uses NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technologies to achieve transfer rates of up to 2,800 MB/s! It also comes with a heatsink core that doubles as a crushproof cage (up to 450 kg / 1000 lbs).

  • 1 TB G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD : $298

G-DRIVE Pro SSD

This is a desktop version of the G-DRIVE Mobile Pro drive above, although it’s arguably portable as well. It has an enterprise-grade SSD inside, with storage capacities of up to 7.68 GB, and transfer rates of up to 2,800 MB/s. You can even daisy-chain multiple G-DRIVE Pro SSDs together.

  • 3.84 TB G-DRIVE Pro SSD : $3,999
  • 1.92 TB G-DRIVE Pro SSD : $1,999
  • 960 GB G-DRIVE Pro SSD : $1,299

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GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard Preview

Hidden in the GIGABYTE and AORUS showcases was the yet-to-be-released X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard. We were given a chance to take a close look at it, and take a video and some photos of it. If you are waiting for an AMD X399 Refresh motherboard to pair with the upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 CPU, here’s a teaser for you!

 

AMD X399 Refresh

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed specifically to work with the AMD X399 chipset. Together, they offer the following features :

  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad-channel DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 16 SATA ports

The upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 will continue to use the same chipset, with a BIOS update, of course. Other than that, the X399 Refresh motherboards are expected to feature the same circuitry and power optimisations being introduced with the X470 and B450 motherboards.

 

GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard

The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme is an E-ATX (Extended ATX) motherboard with what appears to be 10+3 power phases. It has four PCI Express x16 slots (all reinforced with metal), and two M.2 SSD sockets – both with heatsinks.

In addition to built-in WiFi connectivity, it comes with two Gigabit LAN ports, and a 10 Gigabit LAN port. It also has eight USB 3.0 ports at the back, as well as two USB 3.1 ports – one Type A and one Type B.

This is a particularly heavy motherboard because of its large heatsinks, and large backplate. The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme will support the upcoming Threadripper 2 processors, and come with a removable BIOS chip.

We will update this article with more details when we get them. In the meantime, enjoy these photos we took of this upcoming motherboard!

 

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI Motherboard Preview

Hidden in the GIGABYTE and AORUS showcases was the yet-to-be-released B450 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard. We were given a chance to take a close look at it, and take a video and some photos of it. If you are waiting for an AMD B450 motherboard to pair with a 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU, here’s a teaser for you!

 

AMD B450 Chipset

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard is based on the upcoming AMD B450 chipset slated to launch in July 2018.

The AMD B450 motherboard is an improved version of the B350 chipset, featuring better memory routing and optimised VRM and power layouts, delivering lower idle power. It will also come with AMD StoreMI – a free OEM licensed copy of Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic.

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI is an ATX motherboard with what appears to be 10+2 power phases. It has three PCI Express x16 slots (the top-most is reinforced with metal), and two M.2 SSD sockets – both with heatsinks.

In addition to built-in WiFi connectivity, it also comes with a Gigabit LAN port, and video output in the form of HDMI and DVI display ports. It comes with four USB 3.0 ports at the back, as well as two USB 3.1 ports – one Type A and one Type B.

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI will support the new 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, and come with a removable BIOS chip. We will update this article with more details when we get them. In the meantime, enjoy these photos we took of this upcoming motherboard!

 

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PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Preview

AMD revealed a great many things at their Computex 2018 press conference, but the only announced product that will actually ship with immediate effect is the Radeon RX Vega 56 nano. Let’s hear from Scott Herkelman about this new graphics card, and check out the actual Vega 56 nano card, as well as its key specifications!

 

Scoot Herkelman On The Radeon RX Vega 56 nano

Here is the segment where Scott Herkelman reveals the Radeon RX Vega 56 nano graphics card, which was created and sold by PowerColor.

Basically, the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano is a small version of the regular Radeon RX Vega 56, designed specifically for mini-ITX systems. Other than its much smaller size, it has 6-pin + 8-pin power connectors, instead of dual 8-pin power connectors.

Everything else, from its performance characteristics and power consumption appears to be the same as a regular Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.

 

PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Specifications

SpecificationsPpwerColour Radeon RX Vega 56
ModelAXRX VEGA 56 NANO 8GBHBM2
GPUAMD Vega 10
Stream Processors3584
Textures Per Clock224
Pixels Per Clock64
Base Clock Speed1156 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1471 MHz
Texture Fillrate258.9~329.5 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate74.0~94.1 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM2
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits
Graphics Memory Speed800 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth409.6 GB/s
TDP210 W
PCI Express Power Connectors8-pin x 1
6-pin x 1
Display PortsDisplayPort x 3
HDMI x 1
Dimensions170 mm long
95 mm tall
38 mm thick
Retail Price$449 (card only)
$599 (with Gaming Station)
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The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Up Close!

Right after the Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to check out the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano up close. Here is a video we took of the two samples AMD provided at the end of the press conference.

Interestingly, AMD actually used one of them to power the large display for their presentation.

 

Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Price + Availability

The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano is available from 6 June 2018 onwards, with a recommended retail price of US$ 449. This is a US$ 50 premium over the regular Radeon RX Vega 56.

PowerColour is also offering a bundle with the PowerColor Gaming Station, which they’re pricing at US$ 599. The PowerColor Gaming Station alone is priced at US$ 299, so that’s at US$ 149 discount for the bundle – a really good deal!

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AMD 7nm EPYC Processor Update + First Look!

One of the biggest revelations at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference is how well along AMD is with their 7nm efforts. Everything appears to be chugging along as planned, and AMD shared not only details about their 7nm EPYC processor, they also showed off an engineering sample!

 

The 7nm EPYC Revealed!

At AMD Computex 2018, Dr. Lisa Su announced that AMD has decided to introduce 7nm Zen 2 processor, in the form of the 7nm EPYC processors!

Here are the key points in Dr. Lisa Su’s presentation :

  • AMD will go straight to 7nm Zen 2 cores for the next-generation EPYC processors.
  • 7nm Zen 2 silicon are in AMD labs, and “it’s looking good!
  • AMD will be sampling 7nm EPYC processors in the second half of 2018., with a launch in 2019.
  • 7nm EPYC processors will continue to use Socket SP3, and will be “drop-in” replacements for the first-generation EPYC processors.

 

First Look At 7nm EPYC + 7nm Vega!

In this video, Dr. Lisa Su shows off engineering samples of the 7nm EPYC processor (on the left), and the 7nm Vega GPU (on the right).

 

First Examples Of 7nm EPYC Servers

AMD also showed examples of a single CPU server, and a dual CPU server, with 7nm EPYC processors.

As AMD hasn’t actually produced any 7nm EPYC thus far (sampling only starts in the second half of 2018), these are just dummy CPU mockups. The real purpose is to demonstrate that they will be pin-compatible drop-in replacements for existing EPYC servers… with a BIOS update, of course!

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AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

One of the key moment of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was when Jim Anderson revealed that the AMD Threadripper 2 processor will have up to 32 cores and 64 threads, to loud hoots and cheers from the crowd!

In this article, we will share everything we know about the AMD Threadripper 2 processor. Enjoy, and check back for more updates!

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Presentation + Demo

In this video, you will see Jim Anderson’s big reveal on Threadripper 2, including the lidded and delidded processors. Check out the cheers and hoots!

And then watch James Prior show off the AMD Threadripper 2’s raw computing power. He compared the 24-core Threadripper 2 with 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory to the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory!

And here is a clearer version of the official AMD Threadripper 2 promo video :

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Up Close!

At the end of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to get a close-up look at the lidded and delidded AMD Threadripper 2 processors!

 

AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

Now that we got the videos out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.

What’s The Official Name?

We all call it Threadripper 2, but the official names are a mouthful :

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  • 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, or
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Gen. 2

Fortunately, unlike Ryzen 2, calling it by the shorter, and punchier, name of Threadripper 2 won’t confuse people.

Power + Performance

As Jim pointed out, the Threadripper 2 will have up to 32-cores. When James showcased its performance though, he only used a 24-core Threadripper 2. Imagine how much faster the 32-core version is against the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE, or the just-announced 28-core Intel CPU.

Neither one of them talked about the power consumption, but we have it on good authority that the 32-core Threadripper 2 will have a 250 W TDP. This is 70 W (39%) higher than the 16-core Threadripper’s 180 W TDP.

Availability

As Jim mentioned at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, the Threadripper 2 is on track for a Q3 2018 launch.

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AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors are based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

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The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will be fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Precision Boost Overdrive

James Prior revealed that AMD will introduce a feature called Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and possibly the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

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AMD Computex 2018 – Threadripper 2, 7nm Vega + More!

If you thought the Intel Computex 2018 press conference was impressive, the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was even more so. One by one, key AMD executives came on stage to announce and show off new AMD products.

Bam! Bam! Bam! They just kept rolling out the announcements – the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper, the 7nm EPYC CPU, the 7nm Vega GPU, and even a Radeon RX Vega nano graphics card! Get the full details below!

 

The AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference

Here is our video of the complete 76+ minute long AMD Computex 2018 press conference, followed by our pictures and comments that were posted live on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter during the event.

Dr. Lisa Su kicks off her keynote speech! @ The Westin Taipei

Cisco just announced that they’re adopting AMD EPYC processors!

HP just announced that they’re going to offer their first 1P AMD EPYC Proliant servers

Tencent CEO just announced that they’re offering AMD EPYC-powered SA1 cloud service!

Scott Herkelman takes over from Dr. Lisa Su to talk about Radeon and gaming.

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Acer’s Jerry Hou shows off the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop powered by 2nd Gen Ryzen and Radeon RX graphics.

Scott Herkelman reveals the new Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano graphics card

Jim Anderson begins his talk on the Ryzen processor family.

Kevin Lensing starts showing off new Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Ray Wah talks about Dell’s adoption of Ryzen Mobile processors in their Inspiron laptops.

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AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 2

ASUS’ Marcel Campos shows off a Ryzen Mobile laptop with… wait for it… an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU… LOL 

Jerry Hou talks about Lenovo’s Ryzen Mobie laptops

The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrilpper will have up to 32-cores and 64-threads. It’ll be available in Q3 2018!

Jim Anderson shows off the new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processor… with a delidded example.

David Wang talks about the world’s first 7nm GPU.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm!

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Want to see how fast the 7nm Radeon Instinct is? Wait for our video!

The new 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct is sampling now and will launch in 2H 2018!

Dr. Lisa Su announces that EPYC processor will be shrunk to 7nm.

The AMD EPYC processor Lisa held is an early sample, with sampling in Q2 and a target launch in 2019.

The 7nm EPYC processor with the 7nm Radeon Instinct Vega.

Jim Anderson with the new 2nd Gen Threadrippers!

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The Official AMD Computex 2018 Press Release

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a live-streamed press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome”, will begin sampling in 2H 2018.

“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.”

 

AMD Computex 2018 Client Compute Update

  • AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics. Newly introduced systems from partners include:[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
  • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
  • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
  • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
  • Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
  • Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks
  • AMD also continued to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors with the announcement of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. Optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 chipsets, designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value, will be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Graphics and Gaming Update

  • AMD showcased the first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
  • AMD also revealed:
  • Radeon RX Vega56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor that enables small form factor enthusiast gaming performance,
  • the latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console,
  • Freesync support with HDR now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Server Update

AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:

  • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack.
  • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor.
  • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
  • The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome” and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.

 

Partner Quotes

“Acer is excited to partner with AMD on the Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook featuring 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 processors, Radeon RX Vega56 graphics, and a built in 17.3-inch display supporting Radeon FreeSync,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “It’s a gaming beast that offers superior desktop-class gaming performance in a notebook, built for graphic-intensive AAA titles.”

“ASUS is dedicated to delivering the most innovative hardware for gamers of all levels,” said Marcel Campos, ASUS Global PC & Phone Marketing Senior Director. “We’re excited to announce the new ASUS X570ZD, the first laptop in the world to pair AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics for gaming on the go. If it’s productivity you’re after, the ASUS X505ZA laptop is powered by a choice of AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics to give you the performance you need.”

“Dell is excited to continue implementing AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon solutions across a variety of products, including the latest Inspiron notebooks and Inspiron Gaming Desktops,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group. “AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics deliver the responsiveness and performance users want and the performance in creative and productivity apps they need.”

“HP’s focus on design and engineering is delivering uncompromised style, performance and versatility to our customers,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer PCs, HP Inc. “And we are delivering unrivaled premium PC experiences on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors, including the HP ENVY x360 13 – the first 13-inch convertible with the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics and the HP ENVY x360 15 for incredible multi-tasking performance.”

“AMD EPYC has enabled HPE to pack more performance into an efficient server design, removing the need for a second processor and reducing TCO for our customers. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 allows customers to achieve dual-processor performance in a versatile single-socket server,” said Justin Hotard, vice president and general manager, Volume Global Business Unit, HPE. “By providing up to 32 processor cores, 2 terabytes of memory and more fully utilizing 128 PCIe lanes of I/O, we have set the bar for single processor virtualization performance, and with HPE OneView, customers can optimize their applications and dramatically speed deployment of new virtual machines.”

“As a first venture with AMD, Huawei is excited to be working with AMD to integrate the latest Ryzen mobile processors featuring Radeon Vega Graphics into Huawei’s MateBook D.” said Michael Young, General Manager of Xunwei technology. “The Huawei MateBook D is designed to provide superior performance and sleek design for users at work and play.”

“In the past, great computing performance with practical portability wasn’t always accessible,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “The Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330 and 330S laptops and Yoga 530 convertible 2-in-1 are designed to change that. Built with the latest AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics, these laptops offer consumers more choice – enabling mobile computing to meet nearly any budget.”

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Tech ARP Computex 2018 Live Coverage – Day Three

This is the third and last day of our LIVE COVERAGE of Computex 2018. You can follow us LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page or keep track on this article. 

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

Computex 2018 Day 3 Schedule

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM : AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM : GAMDIAS

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM : MSI

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM : ADATA

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM : Nangang Walkabout

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM : Pia’s Farewell Party

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM : Cooler Master Party

 

AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 1

Dr. Lisa Su kicks off her keynote speech! @ The Westin Taipei

Cisco just announced that they’re adopting AMD EPYC processors!

HP just announced that they’re going to offer their first 1P AMD EPYC Proliant servers

Tencent CEO just announced that they’re offering AMD EPYC-powered SA1 cloud service!

Scott Herkelman takes over from Dr. Lisa Su to talk about Radeon and gaming.

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Acer’s Jerry Hou shows off the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop powered by 2nd Gen Ryzen and Radeon RX graphics.

Scott Herkelman reveals the new Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano graphics card

Jim Anderson begins his talk on the Ryzen processor family.

Kevin Lensing starts showing off new Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Ray Wah talks about Dell’s adoption of Ryzen Mobile processors in their Inspiron laptops.

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AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 2

ASUS’ Marcel Campos shows off a Ryzen Mobile laptop with… wait for it… an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU… LOL 

Jerry Hou talks about Lenovo’s Ryzen Mobie laptops

The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrilpper will have up to 32-cores and 64-threads. It’ll be available in Q3 2018!

Jim Anderson shows off the new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processor… with a delidded example.

David Wang talks about the world’s first 7nm GPU.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm!

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Want to see how fast the 7nm Radeon Instinct is? Wait for our video!

The new 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct is sampling now and will launch in 2H 2018!

Lisa Su announces that EPYC processor will be shrunk to 7nm.

The AMD EPYC processor Lisa held is an early sample, with sampling in Q2 and a target launch in 2019.

The 7nm EPYC processor with the 7nm Radeon Instinct Vega.

Jim Anderson with the new 2nd Gen Threadrippers!

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The GAMDIAS Showcase

We are now at the House of GAMDIAS at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center!

This is the GAMDIAS Talks M1 case. It’s the larger of the two Talos models and has dual tempered glass panels.

This is the slightly smaller Talos E1 case, with one tempered glass door.

GAMDIAS is introducing a new Hades P1 RGB gaming mouse with Qi wireless charging capability, and the accompanying Nyx P2 RGB mouse pad.

The GAMDIAS Nyx P2 has an integrated Qi charging pad. And yes you can charge your smartphone on it too!

Close up look at the GAMDIAS P1 RGB which supports Qi wireless charging

The GAMDIAS Hades M1 here does not support Qi charging but has a 5 g x 4 weight tuning system.

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GAMDIAS is also introducing a 1200 W PSU – the Cyclops X1-1200

GAMDIAS also showed off a water cooler called Chione M1A.

All of Gamdias fans and coolers have one common feature – RGB lighting.

Their latest headset is the Hebe P1 RGB A… which boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound, 53 mm drivers and… RGB lighting!

Bae

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The MSI Showcase

Introducing the upcoming MSI GF63 gaming laptop. Powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and up to GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q or a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

This is the new MSI Prestige PS42 Limited Edition ultra-light laptop that is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics.

This MSI Xpander-Aero card lets you fit four NVMe SSDs with a large cooler. It’s designed to look like a graphics card.

Which MSI B360 motherboard do you prefer? Black or white?

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Coming soon – the MSI B450-A Pro motherboard.

Coming soon – the MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard

This is the MSI MEG X399 Creation – the X399 Refresh motherboard for the upcoming 2nd Gen Threadripper.

With Pia and Emily from MSI!

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The Cooler Master Showcase

This is the highlight of the Cooler Master showcase – the GamePod concept gaming pod!

This is so awesome! 

Coming soon – the Cooler Master Cosmos C700M case

Coming soon – the Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P case, with 3 tempered glass panels.

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Cooler Master has an interesting thermoelectric liquid cooler that keeps itself below room temperature but above freezing point. They also have an interesting liquid cooler with a transparent pump impeller.

This is the Cooler Master cooler designed specifically for the 2nd Gen Threadripper.

The new Cooler Master headphones are seriously comfortable!

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Pia’s Farewell Party + Cooler Master Party!

This is only the first of three parties tonight!  @ ATT 4 FUN

Pia’s farewell party combined with the Cooler Master party and Jeffrey Lai from Acer LOL

Cheers, and all the best in Spain! Don’t forget us! 

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Computex Beauties

An EssenCore girl… 

An ASRock girl… 

Killer looks… 

How they look so good at the end of a long day, I’ll never know… 

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What Happened @ Intel Computex 2018 With Gregory Bryant!

Gregory Bryant headlined the Intel Computex press conference again. This year, he revealed a wide range of new Intel products and technologies – from Intel’s first 5 GHz processor – the Intel Core i7-8086K, to 5G PCs and the fastest Intel Optane SSD for mobile platforms!

He also brought a couple of friends to help – ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, Sprint Vice President Ryan Sullivan, Lenovo Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Meredith… and basketball star and esports enthusiast, Jeremy Lin!

Take a look at our complete coverage of Gregory Bryant’s Intel Computex 2018 press conference!

 

The Intel Computex 2018 Press Conference

Gregory Bryant is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Client Computing Group. Here is his 72 minute-long press conference, which included ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, Sprint Vice President Ryan Sullivan, Lenovo Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Meredith… and basketball star and esports enthusiast, Jeremy Lin!

 

Intel Computex 2018 Press Conference with Gregory Bryant

The first major announcement at Intel Computex 2018 – the launch of the Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Limited Edition processor!

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And here is the new Lenovo Yoga Book 2 with dual display panels!

Gregory Bryant announced the Intel AI for PC Developer Program.

Jerry Shen shows off the new ASUS PreCog laptop.

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Gregory Bryant announces that the Intel Optane SSD 905P will be available in the M.2 form factor.

Intel will introduce a new 28-core processor very soon!

The future 28-core Intel processor will have a Cinebench score of 7334!

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Omaigerd… it’s Jeremy Lin

Intel shows off an AI band!

Gregory Bryant even showed off his drumming skills! 

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The Intel Computex 2018 Editorial by Gregory Bryant

With Intel’s 50th anniversary next month, it’s a perfect time to celebrate one of the most important technologies of Intel’s legacy: the PC. As we transition to the data-centric era, the PC remains a critical facet of Intel’s business, and it’s an area where we believe there are still so many opportunities ahead.

Today, at Computex in Taipei, I shared our vision for the future of the PC and introduced a wide range of new technologies that will help us and the broader ecosystem make this future a reality. One that transforms the PC from a simple computer into a platform that can power every person’s greatest contribution.

Most of us are already choosing the PC as the place to go to focus. In fact, when people really need to get things done, over 80 percent turn to their PC. At the same time, we are more distracted than ever. Data shows that on average people are interrupted every three minutes. The nature of where, how and why we work is also changing. And the way people connect with one another has changed, with technology being a key driving force.

Against this backdrop, there is an opportunity to fundamentally improve the PC experience to meet today’s needs and help people focus on what is most important to them. To help them create and build a sense of community. But to make this leap, we need to innovate the PC around five key vectors: performance, connectivity, battery life, adaptability and intelligence.

Ultimate Performance

Our unwavering commitment to delivering the best performance continued as we announced the latest additions to our mobile lineup of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family: the Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series, featuring up to double-digit performance gains and integrated gigabit Wi-Fi. Expect more than 140 new laptops and 2 in 1s from OEMs starting this fall. And for desktop, by the end of this year, we’re delivering a new X-series release and the next Intel Core S-series processor.

Beyond processing power, we also see the opportunity for even more PC acceleration with the introduction of the Intel Optane SSD 905P, now available in an M.2 form factor. Delivering industry-leading endurance, this new, slim Intel Optane SSD is a high-performance drive that allows the processor to spend less time waiting and more time computing, enabling users to enjoy an amazing computing experience.

As we celebrate Intel’s 50th anniversary, we also recognize the 40th anniversary of Intel’s x86 architecture. In honor of that, we revealed the limited edition 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processor, the first Intel processor with a 5.0 GHz turbo frequency. In celebration of this milestone, and our enthusiasts, we’re giving away 8,086 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processors.

Connectivity

At Mobile World Congress, we talked about our leadership and the importance of 5G. Sprint is now joining us as a partner to sell Intel processor based, 5G-connected PCs in stores around the world. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft are working with us to deliver the industry’s first 5G-connected laptops and 2 in 1s in 2019.

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As we pave the way for 5G, expect us to deliver 10 more 4G-connected PCs from partners like Acer, Asus, Dell and HP – on top of the 25 currently in market. These always-connected PCs are not only sleek and beautiful, but packed with performance.

All-Day Battery Life

The display consumes the most battery in a device, and one way we’re working to enable all-day battery life is by co-engineering the new Intel Low Power Display Technology, featured in a one watt panel manufactured by Sharp and Innolux, which can cut LCD power consumption by half. Through continued innovation with the industry, we expect to deliver an additional four to eight hours of local video playback – that means battery life could be up to 28 hours on some devices.

Adaptability

People are looking for PCs that adapt to their lifestyle and location. This can take shape in new form factors like dual screen, along with designing platforms for specific usage scenarios. We showed several examples on stage today, including a preview of an innovative Yoga Book with uncompromised performance coming from Lenovo later this year.

Additionally, we highlighted multiple creator notebooks, desktop towers, all-in-ones and peripherals from Acer, ASUS, Corsair, Dell, HP, MSI and Twist. This is a category built specifically for creators that we’re enabling with our OEM partners. Creator PCs provide differentiated aesthetics and peripherals, upgradable form factors, and end-to-end technology optimized for the creator workflow, including Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 processor performance, Thunderbolt 3 technology and Intel Optane SSDs.

Intelligence

Intelligence will be integral to the modern, adaptable PC experience. Our plan to bring AI to the PC is by delivering tools and resources to the developer community and collaborating with OEMs to package the AI capabilities into new devices.

We introduced the AI on PC Developer Program to provide tools and training for developers – including the OpenVINO toolkit and Windows ML – to fully utilize hardware capabilities to unlock AI innovation.

Additionally, ASUS joined me on stage to showcase a new concept PC called Project Precog, a convertible dual-screen notebook equipped with intelligent features for versatility and productivity. They also showed off a new ZenBook Pro, which allows developers to take advantage of the low-power Intel Movidius VPU to create AI-centric features for both existing and new applications.

There has never been a greater opportunity for Intel and our ecosystem to work together and deliver even more positive change to the PC – turning it into the best platform to power your contributions.

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Tech ARP Computex 2018 Live Coverage – Day Two

This is the second day of our LIVE COVERAGE of Computex 2018. You can follow us LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page or keep track on this article. Computex 2018 began yesterday and we will be here until tomorrow!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

Day 2 Schedule

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM : GIGABYTE Showcase @ TWTC

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM : GIGABYTE Showcase @ Taipei 101

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM : AORUS Showcase @ Taipei 101

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Intel Press Conference with Gregory Bryant

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM : Western Digital + SanDisk Showcase

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM : TWTC Computex Walkabout

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM : ADATA Party + TweakTown Party

 

GIGABYTE Showcase @ TWTC

GIGABYTE has not one but THREE showcases in Computex 2018. This one here is focused on their datacenter solutions.

This is one of GIGABYTE’s new HPC servers powered by the NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU.

It’s not just work and no play at this GIGABYTE showcase though. Right behind their server showcase is an entire gaming room!

Some really cool GIGABYTE swag!

Try out the AORUS gaming system and stand to win a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card! 

An NVIDIA model prepping to do a video shoot at the GIGABYTE booth.

AORUS motherboards with RGB lighting are bae

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GIGABYTE Showcase @ Taipei 101

Time to head up to the 36th floor of Taipei 101!

View from the GIGABYTE and AORUS showrooms on the 36th floor of Taipei 101.

Now you can game on a Mac with the GIGABYTE RX580 Gaming Box!

The GIGABYTE RX580 Gaming Box turns you MacBook and MacBook Pro into a gaming machine!

This is the new GIGABYTE Sabre 17 gaming laptop.

And this is the new GIGABYTE Sabre 15 gaming laptop.

Those are live fish swimming in the water.
The entire system is actually soaked in mineral oil under the water.

With my GIGABYTE hosts! 

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AORUS Showcase @ Taipei 101

The top-secret AORUS B450 PRO WiFi motherboard

And this is the top-secret X399 Refresh motherboard… tadaaaa… video coming up soon!

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Intel Computex 2018 Press Conference with Gregory Bryant

Gregory Bryant just announced the Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Limited Edition processor!

And here is the new Lenovo Yoga Book 2 with dual display panels!

Gregory Bryant announced the Intel AI for PC Developer Program.

Jerry Shen shows off the new ASUS PreCog laptop.

Gregory Bryant announces that the Intel Optane SSD 905P will be available in the M.2 form factor.

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Intel will introduce a new 28-core processor very soon!

The future 28-core Intel processor will have a Cinebench score of 7334!

Omaigerd… it’s @jlin7 

Intel shows off an AI band!

Gregory Bryant even showed off his drumming skills! 

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Western Digital + SanDisk Showcase

The Western Digital Black NVMe SSD – a real performance beast!

The InWin WinBot gaming PC with WD Black SSD and HDD inside.

The iBuyPower SnowBlind PC with transparent LCD panel and WD Black NVMe SSDs.

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Western Digital actually installed two ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 cards – each with four WD Black NVMe SSDs. Guess how fast they ste???

Freaking unbelievable!!! The eight WD Black NVMe SSDs delivered more than 19 GB/s in throughput!!!

Here are the IOMeter results details of the 8 WD Black NVMe SSDs in RAID array.

Close up of the ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 Card with four 1TB WD Black NVMe SSDs.

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ADATA + TweakTown Computex Parties!

The ADATA Computex Party is really happening! @ *inhouse

Taiwanese girls are not only hot, they’re tall! 

Nothing beats an open bar… 

Entertainment at the ADATA Computex Party

With David (left) and Scott of ADATA

Hey… an open bar at the TweakTown Computex Party too!  @ The Brass Monkey

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Everything Jensen Huang Revealed @ NVIDIA Computex 2018!

At an exclusive NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed a slew of new computing products. But first, let us break your hearts and tell you upfront that he did not announce the long-awaited replacements for NVIDIA Pascal graphics cards…

But he did show off a number of interesting products, and we have the opportunity to take some pictures and videos of the new NVIDIA HGX-2, NVIDIA Drive Xavier, NVIDIA Drive Pegasus and NVIDIA Jetson Xavier!

We have more than 1.5 hours of videos in this article, and lots of pictures from the event, so grab a drink, sit back and enjoy!

 

The NVIDIA Computex 2018 Press Conference

As there are limited room, this is an invitation-only press conference at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

What a crowd… 30 minutes before the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference kicks off! 

Guess who’s here too? 

Unbelievable – there was time to get a selfie with Jensen himself before the press conference 

He seemed to have a good time tossing cookies to members of the media.

Alright… now, let’s get to the actual press conference, which lasted over 1.5 hours and was punctuated by several emergency sirens!

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What Jensen Huang Revealed @ NVIDIA Computex 2018

Jensen’s presentation was about an hour long, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. Here are the full videos of his presentation and Q&A session.

If you are looking for news on NVIDIA Turing – the next GeForce – skip to minute 13:02 of the Q&A session video. This was what Jensen said :

When is the next GeForce? I’m going to invite you guys. Don’t worry!

No only will you be invited, there will probably be lunch.

A little hint? It’s a long time from now. It’s a long time from now.

In the next page, we have the blow-by-blow account of Jensen’s announcements, as well as pictures. In the meantime, here are our video tour of some of the new NVIDIA products the Jensen just revealed.

 

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier Up Close!

The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier is a new deep learning computer designed for intelligent machines, e.g. robots. It delivers 30 teraflops of performance in a small form factor. The developer’s kit will see an early release in August 2018, with a price of US$ 1,299.

 

The NVIDIA Drive Xavier + Drive Pegasus Up Close!

Both NVIDIA Drive Xavier and NVIDIA Drive Pegasus use the new NVIDIA Xavier SoC – the world’s largest System-On-Chip, with 9 billion transistors!

The Drive Xavier uses a single Xavier SoC, with 30 teraflops of computing performance. The Drive Pegasus, on the other hand, has two Xavier SoCs and two Tesla V100 GPUs, with a total computing performance of 280 teraflops!

 

The NVIDIA HGX-2 Up Close!

The NVIDIA HGX-2 is a new architecture for hyperscale servers, delivering 1 petaflops on a single board, or 2 petaflops with two boards! Each HGX-2 board has eight Tesla V100 GPUs with 32 GB of HBM2 memory per module,

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The NVIDIA Computex 2018 Press Conference In Pictures

Jensen starts by showing off the new Tesla V100 GPU with 32 GB of HBM2 memory. 16 of these go into the new NVIDIA DGX-2 – the world’s largest GPU node with 2 teraflops of performance!

No… Jensen is not serving pizza 

That is the NVIDIA HGX-2 – world’s most powerful motherboard with eight Tesla V100 GPUs delivering 1 teraflops of computing power!

Jensen announces NVIDIA Xavier – the world’s first AI processor for intelligent machines.

Jensen shows off the NVIDIA Drive Pegasus – a complete intelligent platform powered by the new NVIDIA Xavier SoC.

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Introducing NVIDIA Jetson Xavier board for the NVIDIA ISAAC robotics platform!

This is the complete NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer’s kit computer.

Here is a closer look at the NVIDIA Xavier board (middle), with its module (right), and the complete computer (right).

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Tech ARP Computex 2018 Live Coverage – Day One

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2018 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2018 begins today, June 4, 2018 and we will be here for three full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 6!

 

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

Here We Go!

We are flying off to Taipei on 3 June 2018, packing five outstanding smartphones to help us cover Computex 2018!

 

Day 1 Schedule

The first day of Computex 2018 is the busiest day of the event. We are scheduled for back-to-back major events from morning until evening!

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Early Morning : Registration + Taipei 101 Convention Centre Walkabout

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM : NVIDIA Computex 2018 Press Conference

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM : NVIDIA Consumer Tech Briefing

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM : Corsair Computex Party!

 

Computex 2018 Kicks Off!

Finally have the license to enter #Computex2018!

Check out the gaming systems that Western Digital is preparing to show off the WD Black NVMe SSD tomorrow!

At the Grand Hyatt Taipei, we kick off Computex 2018 with the NVIDIA Press Conference!

What a crowd… 30 mins before the NVIDIA Press Conference kicks off! 

Guess who’s here too? 

Not NVIDIA cookies but got it from Jensen himself. LOL 

Got a selfie with Jensen before the press conference 

Jensen tossing cookies… 

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NVIDIA Computex 2018 Press Conference

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang kicks off the press conference

Jensen starts by showing off the new Tesla V100 GPU with 32 GB of HBM2 memory. 16 of these go into the new NVIDIA DGX-2 – the world’s largest GPU node with 2 teraflops of performance!

No… Jensen is not serving pizza 

That is the NVIDIA HGX-2 – world’s most powerful motherboard with eight Tesla V100 GPUs delivering 1 teraflops of computing power!

Jensen announces NVIDIA Xavier – the world’s first AI processor for intelligent machines.

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Jensen shows off the NVIDIA Drive Pegasus – a complete intelligent platform powered by the new NVIDIA Xavier SoC.

Introducing NVIDIA Jetson Xavier board for the NVIDIA ISAAC robotics platform!

This is the complete NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer’s kit computer.

Edward kindly took this photo of me getting a selfie with Jensen. Thanks!

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2018 NVIDIA Consumer Tech Briefing

The BFGD is… coming soon!

This is how you do live ray tracing on a single system… with 4 Tesla GPUs in an NVIDIA DGX-2 system!

 

Andrew Saunders compares the new NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR against the current G-SYNC.

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Corsair Computex Party!

Pirates are known to throw a great party! 

Cocktail menu at the Corsair Computex Kick-off Party!

Honey-glazed ham! 

Oh guess who showed up at the Corsair party? 

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