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Review: NETGEAR Switch 16x 10G XS516TM-100EUS Insight Managed

Networking 67 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn

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The new S3600 Series from NETGEAR, including the XS508TM and XS516TM models, offers advanced 10G/Multi-Gigabit connectivity to address common network challenges like slow speeds and connectivity issues. These switches are designed for easy integration into business networks, featuring a web-based interface for simple setup and management, we review the 16-port 10Gbit/s model.

MINISFORUM UM890 Pro: Compact Desktop PC with Ryzen 9 8945HS and Advanced Cooling

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MINISFORUM, based in Hong Kong, announced the release of the UM890 Pro, a compact desktop PC featuring the Ryzen 9 8945HS processor, on June 25, 2024. Pre-orders are open, with shipments starting on July 30. The CPU is an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 9 8945HS, offering a 60% improvement in AI performance over previous models. The GPU includes a Radeon 780M with a 2,800MHz clock speed, capable of handling AI processing, gaming, and multi-threaded applications efficiently. The UM890 Pro incorporates an advanced cooling system called "Cold Wave 2.2," which uses liquid metal grease, two high-efficiency heat pipes, a high-density blade fan, a stacked memory heat sink, and an SSD heat sink with a 60mm fan to maintain low temperatures and minimize noise.
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ASUS VivoWatch 6: Gets Health Monitoring Smartwatch with ECG and Blood Pressure Sensors

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ASUS announced the release of the VivoWatch 6 smartwatch on June 24, 2024. This advanced smartwatch incorporates multiple medical-grade sensors, including ECG, PPG, and BIA sensors, facilitating one-touch measurements of various health metrics directly from the user's fingertip. The device features side and back sensors for efficient monitoring. The VivoWatch 6 can measure electrocardiograms, blood pressure, body composition, stress levels, body temperature, physical activity, and sleep patterns. Its 1.39-inch circular OLED display, with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels and a brightness of 350 nits, ensures clear readability. Additionally, it includes a dual-band GPS and offers a battery life of approximately nine days under normal use and up to fourteen days in power-saving mode.
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MSI MAG 275QF: Technical Specifications of 27-Inch WQHD Gaming LCD with AI Vision and Console Mode

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Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. (MSI), headquartered in Taiwan, announced the 27-inch WQHD gaming LCD display "MAG 275QF" on June 21, 2024. This display incorporates the "AI VISION" function, which automatically adjusts saturation and brightness based on the displayed content to enhance visibility. It also features a console mode for gaming consoles like PlayStation and Switch, and supports Adaptive Sync for dynamic refresh rates. The MAG 275QF uses a Rapid IPS panel with a response time of 0.5ms (GTG) and a refresh rate of 180Hz. The brightness is 300 nits, and the contrast ratio is 1,000:1. The color gamut covers Adobe RGB 82%, DCI-P3 78%, and sRGB 101%, displaying 1.07 billion colors. The viewing angle is 178° both horizontally and vertically. The interface includes one DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0b ports, and one headphone output.
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AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 370: Latest Geekbench 6 Scores shares some Performance Insights

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As the release of the AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 "Strix Point" mobile processor approaches, new Geekbench 6 scores have been recorded. The highest scores are attributed to the ASUS ProArt Creation 16 2024 notebook, achieving 2833 points in single-core performance and 14773 points in multi-core performance. This single-core score is comparable to the 7945HX in gaming laptops. Additionally, the ASUS ZenBook 16 Air, a thin and light notebook with a thickness of 1.1 cm, has also been benchmarked. It scored 2795 points in single-core performance and 14124 points in multi-core performance.
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MSI RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G VENTUS 3X BLACK OC Graphics Card with AD102 GPU

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The configuration table for MSI's new RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G VENTUS 3X BLACK OC graphics card has been revealed by @wxnod. This version of the graphics card features a unique component arrangement on the back, differing from the standard RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, but mirroring the RTX 4090 graphics card with the AD102 core. The MSI RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G VENTUS 3X BLACK OC is designed with a black aesthetic and a revised layout of components, indicating a shift from the traditional AD103 core to the AD102-225-A1 core. This modification aligns it more closely with the high-end RTX 4090 model, potentially offering enhanced performance characteristics.
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Red Magic 32-inch QD-QLED Gaming Monitor: 4K, 240Hz, 0.03ms Response Time

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Red Magic has announced the upcoming release of its 32-inch QD-QLED gaming monitor at the Red Magic Gaming Universe product launch event on July 3. The monitor features a 1700R micro-curved design, supports 4K resolution, and offers a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz with a response time of 0.03ms. These specifications indicate its potential for high-performance gaming, providing sharp visuals and minimal lag. Additionally, the event will showcase a new skin for the Red Devil Princess Mora character, named "Time and Space Journey."
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Kingston FURY Renegade RGB Limited Edition DDR5 Memory Specifications

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Kingston has introduced the FURY Renegade RGB Limited Edition DDR5 memory kits, first showcased at Computex 2024. The modules feature a two-tone die-cast metal shroud over aluminum heat-spreaders, topped with silicone diffusers for RGB LEDs, controlled via the FURY CTRL software with 19 preset lighting options. Inspired by race cars, these modules are available in a single density of 48 GB (2x 24 GB kit) and a speed variant of DDR5-8000, with timings of CL36-48-48 and a DRAM voltage of 1.45V. T
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AMD Ryzen 9 9950X CPU Listed at a Competitive Price

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AMD's upcoming CPU, the Ryzen 9 9950X, briefly appeared on the Canada Computers website, priced at 839 CAD, approximately $610 USD. This pricing suggests that the forthcoming Zen 5 processors may enter the market with more competitive pricing compared to the previous Ryzen 7000 series, such as the Ryzen 9 7950X, which launched with an MSRP of $699 USD. Consequently, the Zen 5 series could provide enhanced performance and better economic value. AMD has indicated that the Zen 5 architecture will deliver a 16% increase in Instructions Per Cycle (IPC) compared to Zen 4.
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Cooler Master Outs QUBE 500 Flatpack Macaron Edition

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This edition is a variant of the QUBE 500 Flatpack released in February 2024, featuring interchangeable color panels in mint, pink, and cream. Additionally, it includes two handle bars in mint and grey, and two accessory hooks, allowing users to customize their PC case. The core specifications remain unchanged from the original model. The drive bays include four 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch slots. For cooling, it supports a variety of fan configurations: one 120/140mm fan at the front, two 120/140mm fans at the top, one 120mm fan at the rear (standard), two 120/140mm fans at the bottom, and two 120/140mm fans on the left side. The case has seven expansion slots, and space allocations are as follows: CPU cooler height is 164-172mm (without a water cooling bracket), graphics card length is up to 365mm, and power supply unit depth is 173mm.
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G.SKILL Adds DDR5-6000 and DDR5-6400 Models to Ripjaws M5 RGB and S5 Memory Series

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G.SKILL International Enterprise, based in Taiwan, has expanded its desktop DDR5 memory lineup with the addition of DDR5-6000 and DDR5-6400 models to the Ripjaws M5 RGB and S5 series, announced on June 21, 2024. Distributed by Links International Inc., Japan, these models support Intel XMP 3.0 for optimal memory timing and voltage configurations. The Ripjaws M5 RGB series, featuring addressable RGB LED-equipped heatsinks, includes new DDR5-6000 (36-44-44-96/1.35V) and DDR5-6400 (34-48-48-102/1.35V) modules, both available in 16GB x2 configurations and offered in black and white color options.
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AMD Ryzen Strix Halo APU Evaluation Board with 128GB Memory and 120W TDP Spotted

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A new evaluation board configuration, Maple REVB, equipped with the AMD Ryzen Strix Halo mobile APU, has been identified at customs, supporting up to 128GB of memory. The thermal design power (TDP) for this evaluation platform is set at 120W, with previous maximum memory capacity reported at 64GB. The Strix Halo APU uses FP11 packaging and features up to 16-core Zen 5 CPU and 40 CU RDNA 3+ GPU cores. This processor includes 16MB L2 cache, 64MB L3 cache, and 32MB MALL Cache, similar to Infinity Cache. Additionally, Strix Halo supports 256-bit LPDDR5x-8000 memory, a significant increase over the traditional 128-bit width.
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GIGABYTE RTX 4070 Ti SUPER WINDFORCE MAX Graphics Card can hide PSU cable better

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Gigabyte has launched the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER WINDFORCE MAX graphics card, now available on its official website. This new model differs from the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER WINDFORCE OC by incorporating a side-out 12VHPWR power interface design, resulting in an unobstructed radiator area for a hidden power supply effect. To support this design, the cooling module size has been increased from the WINDFORCE OC's configuration of 8 heat pipes and three 80mm fans to 9 heat pipes and three 100mm fans, including a fixed bracket. The default overclocking frequency has also been enhanced from 2625MHz to 2655MHz.
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Corsair Releases MP600 Mini R2: High-Speed M.2 2230 SSD (6200 MB/s)

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Corsair has introduced the MP600 Mini R2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, which stands out as the fastest NVMe drive in the M.2 2230 format. This SSD measures only 30mm in length and delivers impressive performance metrics, achieving sequential read speeds of up to 7000 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 6200 MB/s. It is equipped with 176-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory chips and utilizes the Phison E27T controller. The MP600 Mini R2 also boasts a random read performance of 1 million IOPS and a random write performance of 750 thousand IOPS. These specifications indicate that the SSD can handle a significant number of input/output operations per second, making it suitable for high-performance computing environments.
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AMD Ryzen AI 9 365 Zen5 APU : Preliminary Performance Analysis

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David Huang has shared preliminary data from a prelaunch test of the AMD Ryzen AI 9 365, a 10-core Strix Point APU. This APU is part of AMD's next-gen consumer architecture designed for laptops and Mini-PCs. Although the official launch date has not been announced, the first laptops featuring this APU are expected to be introduced next month, with potential availability by July 15. The test conditions, such as the thermal design power (TDP) of 54W, and whether the sample was preliminary, qualification, or retail, remain unspecified. The preliminary review focuses on the architectural advancements and provides a high-level comparison between the Zen3, Zen4, and Zen5 series. Additionally, it includes a separate test of Zen5c, a dense core available in the new APU series. Officially, two SKUs are launching next month: Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 and Ryzen AI 9 365. The Ryzen AI 9 365 features 10 cores, while the HX 370 has 12 cores. The GPU core count in the 365 is lower, but graphics testing was beyond the scope of this early review.
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Future AI-Generated Textures and Objects in Gaming: Insights from NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang

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NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang has hinted at the potential for AI-generated textures and objects in future games. This development signifies the continued evolution of machine learning in the PC market, where new tools enhance productivity and artistic capabilities. Complex AI models, trained on numerous graphics cards, generate data efficiently enough to fit on a local hard drive. Progress in text-to-image generation and the ability to run text-based large language models on single graphics cards highlight these advancements. However, generating extended video content still requires a cluster of AI accelerators.
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Minisforum DEG1 eGPU Docking Station with OCuLink Port

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Minisforum has introduced the DEG1 eGPU Dock, a docking station designed for external GPUs featuring an OCuLink port. This port offers potentially better performance than Thunderbolt, with the device available for $90,- The DEG1’s open design accommodates both small and large video cards, incorporating a PCIe 4.0 slot. It provides space for mounting an ATX or SFX power supply, which is sold separately. The dock also includes a 24-pin connection to signal the power supply unit (PSU) to power on.
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12-core Ryzen AI 7 PRO processor appears in the shipping list

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According to a source on the X platform (@Olrak29), AMD's mid-May delivery list included several "AI PRO" notebook processors, likely based on Strix Point CPUs. The processors are listed as "RYZEN 7 PRO AI7PRO" and "RYZEN 9 PRO AI9HXPRO." However, the final product names may be adjusted before the official release. A notable detail from the document is that the Ryzen 7 commercial processor features a 12-core design, differing from the consumer-grade Strix Point processors previously released. The Ryzen AI 9 365 processor, for example, uses a 4+6 core design, totaling 10 cores, yet still falls under the "Ryzen 9" category.
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SK Hynix Achieves 56.1% Yield in Five-Layer 3D DRAM Development

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Korean media outlet BusinessKorea reported that SK Hynix presented a research paper on 3D DRAM technology at the VLSI 2024 Summit in Hawaii, held from June 16 to 20. The paper detailed that SK Hynix's five-layer stacked 3D DRAM has achieved a memory yield of 56.1%. The experimental 3D DRAM demonstrated characteristics similar to existing 2D DRAM. Unlike traditional 2D DRAM, which arranges memory cells horizontally, 3D DRAM stacks cells vertically to achieve higher density within the same physical space. Despite this, SK Hynix noted that 3D DRAM shows unstable performance compared to 2D DRAM and requires stacking 32 to 192 layers of memory cells for broader application.
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Intel Lunar Lake AI Processors: September 2024 Launch

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Intel's next-generation AI PC processor, the Lunar Lake platform, is set to launch in mid-to-late September 2024. Initially expected in June, the shipment schedule for the Intel Core Ultra 2 V series processors has been postponed to September. The transition of AI PCs into mainstream computing has contributed to this revised timeline. According to Digitimes, the Lunar Lake AI processors will start shipping in September, with the official release date expected between September 17-24. This launch coincides with the Intel Vision 2024 event scheduled for September 24-25. The targeted market for these processors includes consumer devices, while commercial Lunar Lake devices are anticipated for release in January 2025. Intel's Lunar Lake processors will compete directly with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X series processors and AMD's Ryzen AI 300 series processors, codenamed Strix Point. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X series devices have been available since June 18, while AMD's Ryzen AI 300 series processors are expected to hit the market by late July or early August.
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CrystalDiskInfo 9.3.2 Download

Generic Utilities 107 Updated by Hilbert Hagedoorn

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Download CrystalDiskInfo - CrystalDiskInfo is a simple tool designed to check the condition of your hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and some external drives. It's a free program that helps you understand more about your computer's storage devices, focusing on their health and efficiency.

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