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Review: EnGenius ECW536 WIFI7 Cloud7 Access Point

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We reviewed the ECW536 Cloud7, a WIFI7-managed indoor Wireless Access Point from EnGenius. This incredibly impressive AP is configured at 4x4x4 and yeah, we pass 3.5 Gbps at close range, and almost 2 Gbps at 7 meters through a wall. It's a finger-licking good 802.11be access point to get you the very best Wi-Fi experience.

NVIDIA Introduces RTX HDR Functionality to Enhance Visuals in Unsupported Games through AI Filter

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Along with yesterday's driver NVIDIA announced an update to their NVIDIA application, integrating a new feature known as RTX HDR. This update aims to provide a comprehensive GPU management interface, enhancing user experience with advanced in-game recording capabilities. The RTX HDR function employs AI-powered Freestyle filters to apply high dynamic range (HDR) visual enhancements to games that do not inherently support HDR features.
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Apple M2 CPU-Z Single Thread Benchmark Score Matches Intel Alder Lake

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In a test that actually counts, Windows 11 ARM was run on an M2-powered MacBook through a virtual machine. Despite some recognition challenges by CPU-Z due to the virtual environment, the performance results were impressive, with scores of 749.5 for single-threaded and 3822.3 for multi-threaded tasks.The M2 chip's single-thread performance is on par with Intel's 12th Gen Core i5-12600, which is notable given the M2's efficiency in terms of energy use and heat generation.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Spotted in CPU-Z Benchmark

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An analysis conducted by a tech enthusiast from China, using the CPU-Z benchmark, showcased the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3's performance capabilities. In the single-threaded benchmark, which leverages one of the chip's four Arm Cortex-X1C P-cores, it achieved a score of 543.7 points. This score is on par with that of AMD's "Zen 2" and Intel's "Comet Lake" x86-64 cores. In the multi-threaded benchmark, which utilizes all available P-cores and Cortex-A78C E-cores, the SoC scored 3479.7 points, aligning it with the performance of entry-level to mainstream x86-64 processors from AMD and Intel.
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AMD to Introduce HBM3e Enhanced MI300 AI Accelerator, Next-Gen MI400 in 2025

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New developments have been disclosed regarding AMD's advancements in AI accelerators. According to information from @Kepler_L2, AMD is set to introduce an updated version of its MI300 AI accelerator, incorporating HBM3e memory technology to enhance performance. This move is seen as a strategic effort to offer a competitive alternative to NVIDIA's B100 AI accelerator, albeit at a more affordable price point. Additionally, AMD's roadmap includes the launch of the next-generation Instinct MI400 accelerator in 2025.
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MSI Intel and AMD Motherboards Upgrade to Support 256GB Memory Capacity

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MSI announced that its range of Intel and AMD motherboards now supports memory capacities of up to 256GB. This development, which applies to motherboards equipped with 4 DIMMs (enabling 256GB) and 2 DIMMs (supporting 128GB), aims to enhance computing performance and multitasking efficiency. For Intel platforms, the memory capacity upgrade is available on the 700 and 600 series DDR5 motherboards. Users interested in this upgrade must install a dedicated BIOS. MSI has initiated the rollout of these BIOS updates, with the first set already released.
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Supply Constraints Expected for NVIDIA Next-Generation Blackwell GPUs Amid Rising AI Demand

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NVIDIA anticipates potential constraints in the supply of its upcoming Blackwell GPUs, designed to boost AI computing performance. During an earnings call, Colette Kress, the CFO, noted that the demand for these next-generation products might exceed supply, reflecting a trend of decreasing lead times for the current H100 GPUs, aimed at AI and high-performance computing.
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Instability Issues with Intel 13th/14th Generation Processors During Unreal Engine Gameplay

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PCs featuring Intel's 13th and 14th generation processors, such as the Core i9-13900K and Core i7-14900K, have been reported to experience instability, particularly when running games built on the Unreal Engine. Collaborative investigations by Epic Games, Nvidia, and various game studios have pinpointed the high-performance capabilities of Intel's processors as the primary cause of these crashes, often resulting in a "Video Memory Exhausted" error.
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SCYTHE Cooling Manufacturer Issues Warning on Unauthorized Sales and Counterfeit Products in China

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SCYTHE, the CPU cooling technology company, has reported that it does not have official representation in China, raising concerns about the authenticity of products sold under its name in the region. According to a statement from SCYTHE the market has seen counterfeit products, such as the "GT360" integrated water-cooling radiator, falsely using the SCYTHE trademark.
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Introducing Nvidia App: Replacing GeForce Experience and Control Panel

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Nvidia is moving away from its traditional software interfaces, the GeForce Experience app and the Nvidia Control Panel, in favor of a new unified application called the "Nvidia app." This change is intended to enhance the user experience by combining the features of the two previous applications into one efficient platform. The Nvidia app, currently in beta, includes several improvements, such as a more intuitive design, quicker installation, and a more responsive interface that requires less disk space.
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PlayStation 5 Pro: Enhanced 4K Resolution and 120 FPS?

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Sony and AMD are reportedly collaborating on the development of the PlayStation 5 Pro, an advanced version of the existing console designed to support gameplay at 120 FPS with 4K resolution, utilizing artificial intelligence for upscaling. The console is expected to integrate AI enhancements for developers, with optimized performance for games that offer 40 FPS modes with Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). The PlayStation 5 Pro is anticipated to bring significant improvements in graphical fidelity and performance, catering to the demands of upcoming games with advanced graphics.
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NZXT Announces New Gaming Keyboards and Mice

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NZXT unveiled its latest additions to the gaming hardware market, introducing new models of keyboards and mice. The highlight of this announcement is the "Function 2" series of gaming keyboards, which are equipped with proprietary optical switches. The "Function 2" series includes both a full-size variant and a tenkeyless model, dubbed "Function 2 MiniTKL." The latter will be the only version available in Japan, with pricing and exact release dates yet to be confirmed. These keyboards feature NZXT Swift Optical Switches, known for their optical contact mechanism, ensuring smooth input with a key load of 40g and a rapid 0.2ms response time. The switches are designed to be durable, capable of enduring over 100 million keystrokes without contact wear.
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Cooler Master Sues SilverStone, Enermax, and Apaltek Over Patented Pump-inside-Radiator Cooler Designs

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Ironically, Cooler Master was the one party sued in the past by Asetek for a similar thing. Cooler Master has initiated legal proceedings against SilverStone, Enermax, and Apaltek, accusing them of violating its patents on pump-inside-radiator cooler designs and ARGB mini-controller designs. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the lawsuit aims to obtain compensation for damages and cover legal expenses.
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AMD Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" Mobile Processors Shows Nice Perf per Watt for Gaming

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Tech reviewer Cary Golomb conducted an evaluation of AMD Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" mobile processors, examining their performance in a variety of portable computing devices such as laptops, notebooks, and handheld gaming PCs. For benchmarking, Golomb used the GPD Win Max 2, which incorporates the Ryzen 7 8840U processor, comparing it against devices with older AMD APU generations. This comparison included the Valve Steam Deck LCD model and three GPD models with the Ryzen 7840U "Phoenix" processor. While high-end models from ASUS or Lenovo were not part of the review, a device featuring the Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU, akin to the 7840U, was used for additional context.
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Intel Unveils 14A Chip Manufacturing Process Utilizing High-NA EUV Technology

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Intel has updated its Foundry chip manufacturing roadmap to include the new 14A process, which integrates ASML's advanced high-NA-EUV technology. This development was shared during the IFS Connect livestream, introducing the 14A node and its enhanced version, 14A-E, with details on the latter still pending. The 14A technology will employ ASML's high-NA EUV machines, which have a numerical aperture of 0.55, allowing for the creation of smaller transistors by etching finer patterns on silicon wafers. 
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Moore Thread MTT S30 graphics cards becomes available, AV1 Decode , Direct3D API

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The Asia based Moore Thread MTT S30 graphics card is available on the market with a price tag of approximately 57 USD (converted from 399 yuan). This model features 4GB of onboard memory and is designed to operate with a 40W power supply. It utilizes the MUSA unified system architecture, enhancing its compatibility with various CPU architectures, including x86, Arm, and LoongArch.
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Windows Task Manager To get NPU Monitoring with AMD Ryzen 8040 Series

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The next update for the Windows Task Manager will include features to monitor the performance of Neural Processing Units (NPUs) present in AMD's Ryzen 8040 Series mobile processors. This enhancement responds to the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in computing and the need for tools to track the performance of specialized hardware like NPUs. These units, also known as integrated or on-die AI engines, help offload AI tasks from the central processing unit (CPU) or graphics processing unit (GPU), potentially extending battery life in mobile devices.
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Download Intel network adapter driver package 29.00

Mainboard drivers - Intel 69 Updated by Hilbert Hagedoorn

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This driver package is for users seeking Intel network drivers, designed to ensure optimal performance and compatibility with a range of Intel Ethernet products. Suitable for various operating systems, including Windows 10 and Windows 11, this download offers a seamless and efficient installation process for Intel network adapters.

Timeline and Specifications of AMD Zen 5 Architecture CPUs

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Reports from a Chinese tech news source indicate that AMD is planning to start the initial production of its next-generation CPUs, based on the Zen 5 architecture, with TSMC between April and June 2024. This will lead to mass production from July to September 2024. The upcoming Zen 5 desktop CPUs will feature "Nirvana" cores, whereas the server versions will utilize Zen 5c "Prometheus" cores.
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Windows 11 to Introduce QR Code WiFi Connectivity in Upcoming Update

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Microsoft plans to update Windows 11 by introducing a feature that enables users to connect to WiFi networks through QR code scanning. This enhancement aims to simplify network connections, particularly for mobile devices like notebooks and tablets, by eliminating the need to manually input passwords. The feature will be incorporated into the Windows 11 Camera app, where users can activate it by selecting the "Scan Barcode" mode.
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