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    Anandtech: AMD Launches Ryzen 7 2800H & Ryzen 5 2600H APUs for High-Performance Lapto

    AMD has quietly added two new APUs into its lineup of products. Based on AMD's existing Raven Ridge silicon, the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H chips with integrated Radeon graphics consume up to 45 W and are aimed at high-performance laptops.
    AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H APUs pack four Zen cores with SMT enable, and run at 3.2 and 3.3 GHz base frequency (respectively). Meanwhile graphics is provided by the integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 or Vega 11 iGPU. The new APUs clock their general-purpose cores significantly higher (1 GHz+) when compared to AMD’s lower-power Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U APUs that were introduced last year, but at the cost of a 3x higher TDP. Meanwhile, the new chips feature exactly the same integrated graphics, featuring 512 or 704 stream processors and clocked at 1.1 GHz and 1.3 GHz.
    AMD’s latest H-series APUs use with a 45 W default TDP can be configured down or up to support 35 W or 54 W TDPs, giving AMD's customers a range of options for balancing performance with energy efficiency. As for form-factors, the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H chips use the FP5 packaging, the same as used by other mobile processors from AMD. One thing to keep in mind is that since the new APUs are considerably more power hungry than their U-series counterparts, laptop makers will still have to install them into an appropriate chassis.
    AMD Ryzen 2000 H-Series APUs
    Ryzen 5
    Vega 8
    Ryzen 7
    Vega 11
    Cores 4 / 8
    Base CPU Freq 3.2 GHz 3.3 GHz
    Turbo CPU Freq 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz
    TDP @ Base 45 W
    cTDP 35 - 54 W
    L2 Cache 512 KB/core
    L3 Cache 4 MB
    Graphics Vega 8 Vega 11
    Compute Units 8 CUs 11 CUs
    Streaming Processors 512 SPs 704 SPs
    Turbo GPU Freq 1100 MHz 1300 MHz
    DRAM Support DDR4-3200 Dual Channel
    OPN PIB - -
    OPN Tray YM2600C3T4MFB YM2800C3T4MFB
    Price ? ?
    AMD has not issued any press releases on the matter, but simply added the new APUs into its list of its products. Therefore, we do not have any official information concerning pricing and availability of new processors at hand. In the meantime, we do know that Lenovo has listed AMD’s H-series mobile APUs already, so expect the company to offer laptops powered by such processors in the coming months.
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    Anandtech: ZTE is Back: The Axon 9 Pro at IFA 2018

    ZTE's troubles as of late have been well documented. Following a substantial fine and a complete removal of the senior staff from SVP and above, the company is now allowed to continue selling in the US and receiving US technology, meaning it can once again focus on its product portfolio. With the upheaval, new and exciting devices from R&D like the dual-screen Axon M are getting put on the back burner, while the company focuses on more mainstream devices like its new Axon 9 Pro that was launched at IFA.
    We were told by our rep that ZTE was aiming to be one of the first vendors with an S845 device in market, but the situation caused a big delay. The company then subsequently waited another six weeks after the resolution to launch the Axon 9 Pro. This way, we were told, the story would focus more on the device than the other issues if they had announced it immediately.
    Axon 9 Pro

    Prior to the issues with the US, ZTE was a company proud of its ability to implement new features and technology into its devices. Two years ago at IFA, for example, smartphone OIS stability was a key feature in a lot of booths, including ZTE. This year, with the Axon 9 Pro, the focal points are on the display, the audio, and the video playback capabilities.
    The device uses an OLED display, supplemented with a Pixelworks chip designed to enhance the color depth of content as well as automatically interpolate video to 60 FPS. For color, an additional RGB sensor is on the front of the device to help examine the environment and adjust the picture for the best clarity. ZTE knows this is not new – our representative states that features like this have been in TVs for a while, however it's never been in smartphones (we’ve seen it in some tablets). This means that any video that is 25/30 FPS will automatically be ‘upscaled’ to 50/60 FPS without the user having to do anything. Games stuck at 30 FPS will also get the treatment, although the requirements are a bit stricter for this. Also present is Dolby Atmos certified audio, which ZTE is keen to promote.
    The Axon 9 Pro has a 6.21-inch 2248x1080 OLED display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC. It will only be offered in one combination of 6 GB of DRAM and 128 GB of storage, and comes with a 4000 mAh battery. It has two rear cameras (20MP+12MP) with OIS, and a front camera (20MP). The fingerprint sensor is on the rear, and it is worth noting that there is no 3.5mm jack. It will be shipping with Android 8.x Oreo. The device is also rated to IP68.
    From a hands-on level, the device is certainly designed to feel good to hold, and from the specifications ZTE is aiming squarely at the high-end with this device. The combination of a large OLED display, high-end SoC, lots of DRAM and Storage, a large battery, and the Pixelworks technology are reflected in the price: 649 Euro for Germany, coming at the end of September. Other markets in the EU and Asia will be following shortly after.
    ZTE in 5G

    There was also a display regarding 5G at the ZTE booth. These were simply mockups about 5G-like devices, such as home and business access points, but ZTE were keen to state that they have a deep commitment to 5G and the infrastructure.
    ZTE stated that they are primarily partnering with Qualcomm for 5G.
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    Anandtech: LR-Link Launches Intel X550-Based 10 GbE NICs: Starting at $155

    LR-Link, a maker of networking solutions from China, has introduced two new 10 GbE NICs based on an Intel controller. The cards are priced about 30% below similar products by Intel and other makers, yet they are aimed primarily at entry-level servers.
    LR-Link’s single-port LREC9811BT and dual-port LREC9812BT network adapters are powered by Intel’s X550AT2 controller and feature a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. The cards feature one or two RJ-45 connectors and support supports 100M, 1G, and 10G speeds using Cat5e/Cat6/Cat6A copper cabling. Intel does not explicitly deny that the X550 works with 2.5G or 5G routers/switchers, yet the company does not validate the controller with such equpment (at least officially), so nothing is guaranteed.
    Intel’s X550 controller ships with drivers for all server and desktop/workstation-grade operating systems from Microsoft, VMware as well as numerous Linux distributives. Meanwhile, just like Intel, LR-Link positions its LREC9811BT and LREC9812BT network cards mainly for servers.
    LR-Link's Intel X550-Based NICs
    LREC9811BT LREC9812BT
    Controller Intel X550AT2
    100BASE-T Yes
    1000BASE-T Yes
    2.5GBASE-T -
    5GBASE-T -
    10GBASE-T Yes (over Cat6A cables)
    Ports 1 2
    OS Compatibility Apple - -
    Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 or later

    Windows ServerX 2012 R2
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
    Windows Server 2012
    Windows Server 2012 Core
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Core
    VMware VMware ESXi 5.1(Limited Functionality)
    VMware ESXi 5.5
    Linux LinuxX Stable Kernel version 2.6.32/3x
    LinuxX RHEL 6.5 and RHEL 7.0
    LinuxX SLES 11 SP3 and SLES 12
    FreeBSDX 9 and FreeBSDX 10
    UEFIX 2.1
    UEFIX 2.3
    Price Starting at $155 Starting at $275
    Release Date Q3 2018
    Aquantia’s single-chip 10 GbE solutions have made 10 GbE consumer-grade network adapters considerably cheaper, which lowered demand for entry-level 10 GbE server-grade NICs from SOHO customers. The later did not go unnoticed by traditional suppliers of 10 GbE cards, such as Intel. As it appears, the company has made its X550 chips available to third parties and we are about to see cheaper X550-based NICs from makers like LR-Link.
    It's worth noting that LR-Link does not sell its products at retail in the West. So the cards are primarily available from Alibaba, Ebay, and various other online retailers in China. At press time the single-port LREC9811BT can be purchased starting from $155, whereas the dual-port LREC9812BT costs $275.
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    Anandtech: Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone: Mid-Range with ‘Wide Color Gamut’ Display

    In the back of my mind I guess I had always assumed Sharp made some sort of smart device, but I was still taken aback at their booth at IFA, where the Sharp Aquos D10 smartphone was on display. This device is very much an attempt at a focused mid-range product, but it was the display panel that was attracting the most attention.
    Aquos. Ak-wos? A-cue-os?

    Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the Aquos name. I’m not even sure I pronounce it correctly. However Sharp has built the Aquos brand through its displays, and now has a good opportunity to bring innovate display technology to the smartphone industry, either through its own devices or through other OEMs. With a large part of IFA focused on 4K and 8K TVs, I had half hoped I had stumbled across another 4K smartphone, but instead Sharp’s new device states two interesting tid-bits of information.
    The focus is on the panel: a 5.99-inch 2160x1080 FFD LCD with a supposed 91% screen to body ratio. The device has a notch and a sizable bottom chin, so I’m not sure if that 91% holds up. Sharp also lists the display with a WCGP, a ‘Wide Color Gamut Panel’, but fails to elaborate as to what this means, although likely some high coverage of AdobeRGB or DCI-P3. This isn’t seen that often on a mid-range device, so it will be interesting to see if the display is also calibrated out of the factory.
    5.99-inch is still sizable for a mid-range phone, and for example here it is next to the 6.3-inch Honor Play with an 89% screen to body ratio:
    Under the hood of the Aquos D10 is a Snapdragon 630 SoC, which runs a quad Cortex-A73 (2.6 GHz) plus quad Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz) configuration, and is paired with 4GB of DRAM and 64GB of storage. The device will ship with Android 8.0, however with ‘Sharp UI’ enhancements on top. On the back is a dual rear camera, listed as a 12MP+13MP combination, while the front camera is rated at 16MP. The fingerprint sensor is on the rear.
    The battery is a little smaller than I had hoped, only coming in at 2900 mAh, but Sharp lists over 20 hours of talk time with this. Dual nano-SIM is supported, along with a microSD card at 128GB (it isn’t stated if the microSD takes one of the SIM slots). Connectivity comes through the intergrated Qualcomm modem, which in this case is only Cat 4 (150 Mbps), but the Wi-Fi is 802.11ac dual band. It uses a USB Type-C connection also.
    The D10 is set to come to Europe in September, priced around 400 Euro.
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    Anandtech: PNY Elite microSDXC UHS-I 512GB Memory Card Capsule Review

    High-capacity microSDXC cards have started to appear in the market, thanks to the advent of 3D NAND. In August 2017, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card was introduced. At the 2018 Computex, we saw multiple vendors (ADATA, PNY, and Team Group) demonstrating 512GB microSDXC cards. Read on for our evaluation of the PNY Elite microSDXC UHS-I 512GB card.


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    Anandtech: Sony's $100 PlayStation Classic: Available December 2018 with 20 Games

    Sony’s PlayStation game console made a strong influence on the entertainment industry when it was launched in 1994. Having been sold in quantities of over 104 million units globally, the original PlayStation introduced video games to many people by offering them titles and even genres that have since become iconic. In an attempt to bring back good memories to owners of the first-gen PlayStation, Sony intends to release its PlayStation Classic console later this year that will be compatible with select PlayStation titles.
    The Sony PlayStation Classic (SCPH-1000R) will look like the original PlayStation, but will come in a miniature package and will consume just around 5 W of power. The console will feature an HDMI port capable of 720p and 480p video output that will also be used to output linear PCM audio. Also, the device will have a USB Micro-B port for power delivery, similar to the other 'mini' consoles that have entered the market recently. The PlayStation Classic will be equipped with two controllers that look similar to Sony’s original controllers but have different plug in methods. The only things missing will be actually playing a CD, or putting in a memory card.
    Sony intends to preload 20 games originally developed for its PlayStation in the 1990s, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash!, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms (Ian: Wild Arms? Sold!).
    Sony notes that the title lineup other than the said five games will be different for various regions. Furthermore, the PlayStation Classic will not be able to add any more games via download or any other way, so the number of supported titles will always remain at 20 games. Meanwhile, although this is not the first time when Sony and its partners re-release titles for the original PlayStation, the collection of 20 games seems to be the most comprehensive one made available so far.
    Sony does not disclose hardware that powers its PlayStation Classic device. Considering the fact that we are dealing with a very low-power device that will be compatible with select titles only, it is highly likely that Sony will use an SoC and an emulation layer to run the games, just like it did previously (and like Nintendo makes select PS1 and PS2 titles run on its Switch).
    Sony PlayStation Classic
    SoC Unknown
    Video Output 720p, 480p
    Audio Output Lineup PCM
    Input/OOutput HDMI
    USB port (Micro-B)
    2 × Controller port
    Power 5W (DC 5 V / 1 A)
    External Dimensions Width 149 mm | 5.8 inch
    Height 33 mm | 1.3 inch
    Depth 105 mm | 4.1 inch
    Mass Console 170 grams | 6 ounces
    Controller 140 grams | 4.9 ounces
    Product Bundle PlayStation Classic
    2 × Controller
    HDMI Cable
    USB Cable
    Printed Materials
    MSRP $99 | €99 | 9,980 yen
    Sony’s PlayStation Classic will be available on December 3 across the world at an MSRP or $99 in the U.S., €99 in Europe, and 9,980 yen in Japan. One thing to note is that the PlayStation Classic will remain a limited-edition product.
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    Anandtech: Cadence Announces The Tensilica DNA 100 IP: Bigger Artificial Intelligence

    Cadence is an industry player we don’t mention nearly enough as much as we should - they make a lot of IP and specialises in accelerator blocks which augment camera and vision capabilities. The company’s Tensilica IP offerings are still quite notable and are present in popular SoCs such as HiSilicon’s Kirin lineup or MediaTek’s chipsets. This week they have announced more “AI” centric product offerings which promise to accelerate neural network inferencing on edge devices.


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    Anandtech: The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition Review: Foundat

    While it was roughly 2 years from Maxwell 2 to Pascal, the journey to Turing has felt much longer despite a similar 2 year gap. But finally, at Gamescom 2018, NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 20 series, built on TSMC’s 12nm “FFN” process and powered by the Turing GPU architecture. Launching today with full general availability is just the GeForce RTX 2080, as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was delayed a week to the 27th, while the GeForce RTX 2070 is due in October. So up for review today is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080.
    But a standard new generation of gaming GPUs this is not. The “GeForce RTX” brand, ousting the long-lived “GeForce GTX” moniker in favor of their announced “RTX technology” for real time ray tracing, aptly underlines NVIDIA’s new vision for the video card future. Like we saw last Friday, Turing and the GeForce RTX 20 series are designed around a set of specialized low-level hardware features and an intertwined ecosystem of supporting software currently in development. The central goal is a long-held dream of computer graphics researchers and engineers alike – real time ray tracing – and NVIDIA is aiming to bring that to gamers with their new cards, and willing to break some traditions on the way. But naturally we'll see how closely they keep the biggest one: traditional performance in current gaming.


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    Anandtech: A Quick Look at the Subor Z+ Console/PC Hybrid: A Custom AMD SoC Called Fi

    One of the most interesting things in August (there were a lot) was that a company in China invested the best part of 400 million RMB / $60 million USD in a custom processor for its upcoming console and PC hybrid system. This processor comes from AMD’s Semi-Custom Division, and uses four Zen cores paired with 24 Vega compute units, making a beefy APU for a console system and a sizeable performer as a PC. One of the unique parts about the chip is that it uses GDDR5 for both CPU and GPU, which will be critical to its performance.


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    Anandtech: GIGABYTE Launches M.2 PCIe SSDs: Phison PS5008-E8T, Up to 512 GB

    GIGABYTE this week expanded its lineup of SSDs with its new M.2 PCIe drives. The company keeps its cautious approach to the storage market and for now continues to aim at the entry level segment. The new drives are based on Phison’s reference design and controller, and the new drives show that GIGABYTE is going to stick to its partnership with this vendor.
    GIGABYTE’s M.2 PCIe SSDs will be available in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB configurations, which are popular capacities for entry-level gaming PC-graded SSDs. The drives are based on Phison’s PS5008-E8T controller and Micron's or Toshiba’s 3D TLC NAND memory. This controller is one of Phison’s cheapest PCIe solutions: it supports NVMe 1.2 interface, it has four NAND channels, it does not support a DRAM buffer, and it uses a PCIe 3.0 x2 interface, which means that the new drives clearly outperform low-end SATA SSDs, but are considerably behind higher-end PCIe 3.0 x4 drives.
    Speaking of performance, GIGABYTE claims that its M.2 PCIe 256 GB offers up to 1200 MB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 800 MB/s sequential write speed (with pSLC enabled). As for random performance the maker rates the drive for up to 80K/150K read/write IOPS. The lower-capacity M.2 PCIe 128 GB is capable of up to 1100 MB/s sequential read speed, up to 500 MB/s sequential read speed, as well as up to 90K/100K read/write random IOPS. It is noteworthy that sequential performance numbers that GIGABYTE publishes for its M.2 PCIe SSDs are considerably lower when compared to official performance numbers Phison declares for its PS5008-E8T controller. At the same time, its random performance numbers are actually higher than what Phison expects from its chip. Perhaps, GIGABYTE decided to tune its M.2 PCIe SSDs somehow, or maybe use a custom firmware from Phison.
    GIGABYTE already lists 128 GB and 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSDs on its website, so expect the drives to show up in retail shortly with 512 GB version following up a bit later. All the drives are rated for a 1.5 million-hour MTBF and are covered by a three-year warranty or the maximum TBW rating (whichever comes first).
    GIGABYTE M.2 PCIe SSDs Specifications
    Capacity 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
    Model Number GP-GSM2NE8128GNTD GP-GSM2NE8128GNTD GP-GSM2NE8512GNTD
    Controller Phison PS5008-E8T
    NAND Flash Spectek/Micron B17
    3D TLC
    Spectek/Micron B16
    64-layer 3D TLC
    Toshiba's 256 Gb 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC
    Toshiba's 256 Gb 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC
    Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x2, NVMe 1.2/NVMe 1.3
    Sequential Read 1100 MB/s 1200 MB/s ?
    Sequential Write 500 MB/s 800 MB/s ?
    Random Read IOPS 90K 80K ?
    Random Write IOPS 100 K 150K ?
    Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
    DRAM Buffer No
    TCG Opal Encryption Unknown
    Power Consumption Idle: 50 mW
    Read: 2510 mW
    Write: 1850 mW
    Idle: 50 mW
    Read: 2200 mW
    Write: 2100 mW
    Warranty 3 years
    MTBF 1,500,000 hours
    TBW 100 TB 200 TB ?
    Earlier this year GIGABYTE announced plans to release a lineup of high-end SSDs under its AORUS brand, but did not disclose any details about the products. Having now launched SSDs based on Phison’s PS3110-S10 and PS5008-E8 controllers, GIGABYTE demonstrated its commitment to Phison, which may indicate that its high-end drives will be powered by the PS5012-E12 controllers (although this is naturally speculation for now).
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