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    Anandtech: AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2

    Today, AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, featuring support for Strange Brigade, which releases tomorrow, as well as F1 2018. This update also supersedes the Strange Brigade Early Access driver that quietly released a couple days ago, and for that game AMD is observing up to 3 – 5% performance uplift compared to 18.8.1 on the Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX 580 8GB. Otherwise, 18.8.2 brings a number of bugfixes, including those for Far Cry 5.
    As far as Strange Brigade goes, the third-person co-op adventure shooter is developed by Rebellion (of Sniper Elite fame), and is actually one of AMD’s recent game development partnerships. Coming with DX12 and Vulkan support, as well as an in-game benchmark, the game takes place in 1930s Egypt with a playstyle not unlike Left 4 Dead, according to the developers, except with a pulpy light-hearted tone. The title is also part of AMD’s ongoing “Raise the Game” promotion, the three-game bundle for qualifying purchases of RX Vega, 580, and 570 cards, running to November 3rd, 2018.
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    Compared to 18.8.1, AMD cited up to 5% faster 4K performance on the RX Vega 64 and up to 3% faster 1440p performance on the RX 580 8GB. But overall, as a more casual oriented game, Strange Brigade’s system requirements are not particularly demanding, and for AMD graphics cards a Radeon HD 7870 2GB is recommended as the minimum.
    Moving on to the bugfixes, 18.8.2 resolves the following issues:

    • Some games may experience instability or stutter when playing with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.
    • Upgrade Advisor may not appear in Radeon Settings game manager.
    • Far Cry 5 may experience dimmed or grey images with HDR10 enabled on some system configurations.
    • Far Cry 5 may experience an application hang when changing video settings on some system configurations.
    • Radeon Chill min and max values may not sync on multi GPU system configurations.
    • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

    In terms of documented open issues, 18.8.2 lists the following:

    • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Monster Hunter: World.
    • Some DirectX 12 gaming applications may experience instability while recording with Radeon ReLive on system configurations using Radeon R9 290 and Radeon R9 390 series graphics products."
    • Cursor or system lag may be observed on some system configurations when two or more displays are connected and one display is powered off.
    • Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience elevated memory clocks during system idle.
    • Strange Brigade may experience fps drops on multi GPU enabled system configurations when Enhanced Sync is enabled and Vulkan API is enabled.
    • Flickering may be observed on some displays when Radeon FreeSync is enabled with Radeon ReLive enabled and recording.
    • Video profiles may not correctly apply on web browser video content.

    18.8.2 does not apply to APUs. The updated drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs are available through the Radeon Settings tab or online at the AMD driver download page. More information on these updates and further issues can be found in the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 release notes.


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    Anandtech: Microsoft Launches Xbox All Access

    Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new way to get into the Xbox ecosystem with Xbox All Access. For $21.99 per month for two years, you can get an Xbox One S, two years of Xbox Game Pass which offers over 100 games, and two years of Xbox Live Gold. If you want 4K gaming, the Xbox One X is available for $34.99 per month for two years. After the two years, the console is paid for and owned outright.
    The Xbox One S offer is particularly intriguing, since it costs about $130 less than buying all of these products and services together, whereas the Xbox One X offering is only about $20 less over the course of the two years.
    This is a pretty smart way try and get people into the Xbox ecosystem. There’s little doubt the up-front cost of consoles is high, especially when you look at the Xbox One X which still goes for the $500 that it was launched at almost a year ago. By adding in the Xbox Game Pass, it also adds a spotlight on a service which is likely flying under the radar a bit. For $10/month, it offers access to over 100 games, and all Xbox exclusives will be on the Xbox Game Pass on the day of release.
    All new Xbox One S 1TB or Xbox One X consoles, including those packaged as a bundle with games, is available with Xbox All Access as well.
    The only catch seems to be that this is currently a limited time offer, “while supplies last”. This likely means the company wants to test the waters a bit before committing to this for the long term, although it seems like a great way to provide access to the Xbox ecosystem and bring in some new customers.
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    Anandtech: The Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review - Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe in a Premium E

    Samsung is launching their first Thunderbolt 3 SSD, the Portable SSD X5, today. It places an OEM version of their 970 EVO NVMe SSD behind an Alpine Ridge controller in a stylish bus-powered magnesium-heavy enclosure. Claimed performance numbers are reads up to 2800 MBps and writes up to 2300 MBps. How does the X5 stack up in our direct-attached storage evaluation? Read on to find out.


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    Anandtech: Intel Launches Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y: New MacBook CPUs?

    Earlier this year Intel announced that it would be introducing two new families to its low power notebook range: Whiskey Lake for new 15W (U-Series) processors, and Amber Lake for new sub-5W (Y-Series) processors. These new parts are at the core the same as the current 8th generation Kaby Lake Refresh parts, but they have been equipped with newer chipsets. With this announcement, we are expecting to see a large number of OEMs with new devices on display at the IFA trade show this week in Berlin.

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    Anandtech: ADATA Announces XPG SX6000 Pro SSDs: Realtek RTS5763DL with 3D TLC

    ADATA on Tuesday introduced its new XPG SX6000 Pro SSDs, which are aimed at mid-range gaming PCs. The new SSDs are based on the Realtek’s latest RTS5763DL SSD controller, and in fact ADATA is the first company to formally announce drives using the controller. Though it is not completely clear when the product is set to actually hit the market.
    ADATA was the only company to launch an SSD based on Realtek’s first-gen RTS5760 controller late in 2017, so it was not completely surprising to see the company demonstrating its XPG SX7100 powered by the RTS5763DL at Computex earlier this year. For some reason, ADATA’s commercial product featuring the aforementioned controller is branded as the XPG SX6000 Pro, even though it is far cry from the SX6000 and SX7000 models in terms of performance and feature set.
    General specs of the new drives are pretty straightforward as we know general capabilities of the controller. The XPG SX6000 Pro family of SSDs includes models carrying 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB of 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. All the drives feature a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, are NVMe 1.3 compatible, support a robust LDPC-based ECC and RAID engines, dynamic SLC caching, and AES-256 encryption. When it comes to performance, the SSDs are rated for sequential read speeds of up to 2100 MB/s as well as sequential write speeds of up to 1400MB/s (when SLC write caching is activated). As for random performance, higher-capacity flavors of the XPG SX6000 Pro are capable of 250K/240K random read/write IOPS.
    One thing that ADATA stresses about its XPG SX6000 drives is the fact that they are single-sided and therefore are compatible with various ultra-thin laptops that cannot accommodate double-sided drives. Meanwhile, the manufacturer officially positions the XPG SX6000 SSDs for mid-range gaming systems that usually come with SATA M.2 drives. So, the price of the new units should be comparable.
    ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro Specifications
    Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    Model Number ASX6000PNP-256GT-C ASX6000PNP-512GT-C ASX6000PNP-1TT-C
    Controller Realtek RTS5763DL
    NAND Flash 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
    Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
    Sequential Read 2100 MB/s
    Sequential Write 1200 MB/s 1400 MB/s
    Random Read IOPS 190K IOPS 250K
    Random Write IOPS 180K IOPS 240K
    Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
    DRAM Buffer No
    AES Encryption AES256
    Power Management Active: 0.33 W
    Slumber: 0.14 W
    Warranty 5 years
    MTBF 2,000,000 hours
    TBW 150 TB 300 TB 600 TB
    MSRP ? ? ?
    ADATA’s XPG SX6000 Pro SSDs will hit the market in the coming months. The drives have up to a 600 TB write endurance rating and are covered by a five-year warranty (whichever comes first). Such a long warranty is a relatively new thing for entry-level SSDs, but ADATA seems to be confident of its latest products.
    Pricing of the XPG SX6000 Pro drives is something that remains to be seen, but since the XPG SX6000-series formally belongs to entry-level gaming solutions, I don't expect the new SSDs to be too expensive.
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    Anandtech: Dell Announces Ultrathin S2719DC LCD: FreeSync USB-C with HDR600

    Dell has introduced its new Ultrathin 27-inch display that features a USB Type-C interface for modern PCs. The S2719DC is aimed primarily at space-constrained business environments, but in addition to being thin and featuring a modern interconnection, the new monitor also carries VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 badge, supports AMD’s FreeSync, and covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut - three important features for multimedia enthusiasts.


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    Anandtech: Dell Unveils Precision 2-in-1 5530 Workstation: 15.6-inch Kaby Lake-G with

    Dell on Wednesday introduced its first convertible mobile workstation, the Precision 2-in-1 5530. The new system is based on Intel’s newly introduced Kaby Lake-G processors with Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics that is certified to run professional applications. The laptop itself has a lot of similarities with Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 hybrid notebook launched earlier this year.
    The Dell Precision 2-in-1 (5530) mobile workstations are based on Intel’s Core i7-8706G/8705G or Core i5-8305G processor with on-package AMD’s Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL GPU with 4 GB HBM2 memory. Unlike the Radeon RX Vega M GL GPUs used on regular Kaby Lake-G CPUs, the Pro WX solutions are fully qualified to run professional graphics applications and ship with appropriate drivers. Dell will equip its new laptops with 8, 16, or 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory with the latter option available only after the launch. Storage sub-system of the Precision 5530 2-in-1 uses SSDs featuring a PCIe x4 3.0 interface and up to 2 TB capacity.



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    Anandtech: Dell Refreshes XPS 13 2-in-1: Amber Lake 5W CPUs with Thunderbolt 3

    Dell on Wednesday upgraded its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible laptops with Intel’s latest codenamed Amber Lake-Y processors. The new systems retained chassis and displays used on the previous-generation XPS 13 2-in-1, but because of the new CPUs they now can offer higher performance. Also, the new XPS 13 2-in-1 offer more DRAM and a higher-capacity SSDs.



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    Anandtech: IFA 2018: Next@Acer Live Blog (10:30am CEST, 8:30am UTC)

    The first official press event this year at IFA 2018 is Acer. We're expecting a glut of Whiskey Lake notebooks, plus a few extras about Predator.

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    Anandtech: Acer Launches Lightest Ever 15-inch Notebook: Swift 5 at 990 grams / 2.2 l

    Everyone loves the lack of weight. Carting around a trade show, at least for me, helps the less I’m carrying, and so my work device has transitioned from a clunky beast into a light 13-inch thin-bezel with as much power and battery as I can put into it. The holy trinity of quality, battery, and weight, is hard to achieve. Acer thinks they have something at a 15-inch screen size that fits the bill.
    The newest Acer Swift 5 (SF515-51T) is officially launched today as the world’s lightest 15-inch notebook. The key behind the weight saving, says Acer, is the magnesium-lithium alloy clamshell design. We’ve seen laptops with this contruction before, such as the LaVie Z, however never in a 15-inch design. Acer is planning the Swift 5 to be a ‘productivity powerhouse’, featuring 8th generation processors.
    The design reminds me a lot of the Zenbook Ultimate editions, with a small hinge, but this time with much thinner screen bezels. The display on this new machine is a 1080p IPS rather than 4K (likely to help with battery), with Acer promoting an 87.6% screen-to-body ratio. The system will lie flat with its hinge, rather than a full rotation, and the full unit measures 15.9mm (0.63-inch) thick.
    Under the hood, Acer is offering up to a Core i7-8565U, the latest Whiskey Lake 8th generation part, with up to 10 hours of battery life. Using the newest Whiskey Lake means also offering Intel’s 2x2 802.11ac 160 MHz Wi-Fi CRF, which Acer pairs with up to 16 GB of DDR4 and up to 1TB of NVMe PCIe storage. The keyboard is fully back lit.
    Other features includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and a HDMI port. The notebook will be available in North America in January, starting at $1099.
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