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    Anandtech: Colorful Enters DRAM Module Business: Generic Colorfire & Custom iGame DIM

    Colorful has introduced its first memory modules, officially adding a new product category that will complement its graphics cards, motherboards, and SSDs. The initial lineup consists of generic DIMMs aimed at system integrators as well as custom modules for gaming PCs.
    The ColorFire lineup of generic DIMMs consists of 8 GB DDR4-2400 at 1.2 V as well as 8 GB DDR3-1600 at 1.5 V modules that are based on JEDEC-standard PCBs and likely featuring JEDEC-timings for the said speed bins. One thing that is noteworthy about ColorFire DDR4 DIMMs is that they use 16 Gb DDP (dual-die package) memory chips instead of 8 Gb SDP (single-die package) devices.
    The iGame lineup currently includes only 8 GB DDR4-3200 at 1.35 V modules, but it will be expanded in the future, the company said back in June. These DIMMs are based on a custom PCB designed to handle overclocked DRAMs and featuring traces for RGB lighting. Besides, the DIMMs are outfitted with custom heat spreaders designed to match Colorful’s iGame motherboards and, to some degree, graphics cards.
    Colorful first disclosed plans to branch out to memory modules at Computex earlier this year. This week the company clarified its intentions and added generic ColorFire DIMMs as well as enthusiast-grade iGame DIMMs to its product family. The rather mediocre specs of the modules and the lack of dual and quad-channel matched kits indicate that Colorful is taking a very cautious approach to this business.
    Colorful did not announce MSRPs for its memory modules, but given their specs, excpect them to compete against affordable offerings from other companies.
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    Anandtech: HP Announces The Spectre Folio: Leather Laptop

    This morning at an event in NYC, HP revealed the HP Spectre Folio, which is a very unique take on the laptop, thanks to its all leather exterior. Featuring 100-percent chromed tan, full-grain leather, the Spectre Folio is going to be an even more luxurious feel than we’ve been accustomed to in the laptop space. It’ll be offered in two colors, with Cognac Brown and Bordeaux Burgundy leather choices.
    The Spectre Folio is also a convertible PC, with the ability to transform from a laptop into a tablet form factor, as well as an easel mode which would be similar to the tent mode in a Yoga form factor. But rather than the fold around keyboard like you’d see on a Lenovo Yoga, HP has gone the same route as Acer did with the Aspire R 13 several years ago.
    Powering the HP Spectre Folio is the Intel Core i5-8200Y processor, which is the latest in the Y series, featuring a 5-Watt TDP for fanless operation, a base frequency of 1.3 GHz, and a maximum turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz. For those that need a bit more grunt, there will also be a Core i7-8500Y which is 1.5-4.2 GHz. You can get either 8 or 16 GB or LPDDR3 RAM, and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
    HP Spectre Folio
    Core i5 Core i7
    CPU Intel Core i5-8200Y
    1.3-3.9 GHz
    5W TDP
    Intel Core i7-8500Y
    1.5-4.2 GHz
    5W TDP
    RAM 8 to 16 GB LPDDR3-1866
    Storage 256GB to 2TB NVMe SSD
    Display 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS
    Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    UHD Panel Available Soon
    Wireless Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi
    Intel XMM 7560 LTE Advanced Pro optional
    Audio Bang & Olufsen quad-speakers
    Keyboard Full-size backlit
    I/O 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
    1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
    Headset jack
    Battery 54.28-Wh battery
    65-Watt AC Adapter
    Dimensions 12.6 x 9.23 x 0.60 inches
    Weight 3.28 lbs
    Ships with Digital Pen
    USB-C to A dongle
    Prices $1299.99 and up
    There are a couple of display options, with the base model coming with a 1920x1080 13.3-inch panel HP is rating for 300 nits, or a 1-Watt model that’s rated for 400 nits. Later this year, there will be a UHD panel as well. All of the displays of course offer touch, and pen support.
    HP is claiming up to 19 hours of battery life in “mixed” usage from the 55 Wh battery, and the 65-Watt AC adapter should charge it quickly.
    The laptop isn’t as thin and light as other recent 13-inch models, but it should still be fairly easy to tote around thanks to the 0.6-inch thickness and 3.28 lb weight.
    Those that need lots of connectivity will be happy to see the two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support though, and the laptop will be available with LTE as well.
    At HP’s event, their tagline was “HP Reinvents the PC” and on some level they have done that. The leather form factor is definitely an interesting idea. The leather is used as the hinge, and there are magnets strategically placed to lock the laptop into the various positions. The form factor itself has been done before though, with reasonable success by Acer.
    For those that want to take the new Spectre Folio for a spin, it is available today starting at $1299.99.
    Source: HP


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    Anandtech: The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ G-SYNC HDR Monitor Review: Gaming With All The B

    Delayed past its original late 2017 timeframe, let alone the other shipping dates, NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology finally arrived over the last couple months courtesy of Asus’ ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer’s Predator X27. First shown at Computex 2017 as prototypes, the 27-inch displays bring what are arguably the most desired and visible aspects of modern gaming monitors: ultra high resolution (4K), high refresh rates (144Hz), and variable refresh rate technology (G-Sync), all in a reasonably-sized quality panel (27-inch IPS-type). In addition to that, of course, are the various HDR-related capabilities with brightness and color gamut.
    Individually, these features are just some of the many modern display technologies, but where resolution and refresh rate (and also input latency) are core to PC gaming, those elements typically work as tradeoffs, with 1440p/144Hz being a notable middle ground. So by the basic 4K/144Hz standard, we have not yet had a true ultra-premium gaming monitor. But today, we look at one such beast with the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ.


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    Anandtech: Dell EMC’s Older PowerEdge iDRAC BMC Vulnerable to Firmware Replacement At

    Every modern server is equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) that enables its remote management. A BMC is essentially a computer within a computer with its own memory, firmware, graphics, and, like any other computer, potential vulnerabilities. Last week it was discovered that Dell EMC’s proprietary iDRAC (integrated Dell Remote Access Controller) hardware/software system used on the 13th Generation PowerEdge servers (and older) is vulnerable to an attack that allows the unauthorized replacement of the BMC's firmware, swapping out the stock firmware with a malicious one.
    The vulnerability allows the firmware swap to take place with either local or remote access. With physical access to the server, it's possible to replace the firmware even without valid login credentials. Meanwhile it's also possible to perform the attack remotely, though in that case it does require a valid login.
    The vulnerability of iDRAC on previous-gen servers implicates swapping the signed firmware with a different firmware package, evading several defenses that Dell EMC has in place for its prior-gen machines. Once a perpetrator gains access to BMC firmware and servers, they can load and run whatever code they need, reboot machines when they perform critically important tasks, or steal secret information.
    What is particularly important is that BMC firmware can be altered before servers are deployed and even made. Companies like Google and Microsoft have implemented sophisticated hardware root of trust chain methods in order to prevent unauthorized access (both remote and physical). Dell EMC has added a similar tech to its 14th Generation PowerEdge machines, but previous-gen iDRAC-enabled servers are still vulnerable. Furthermore, one thing to keep in mind is that Dell EMC still ships its 13th Gen PowerEdge machines to interested parties.
    Dell EMC admits that certain versions of iDRAC firmware are vulnerable, but claims that the latest revisions have addressed the issue and modern machines are as secure as possible. At the same time, a physical swap of an exposed BMC, and usage of weak passwords for access still represent a threat for the industry in general
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    Anandtech: Kingston HyperX Savage EXO External SSD Capsule Review

    Kingston had announced plans at the 2018 CES for a high-performance external SSD targeting the gaming market. The HyperX Savage EXO USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD went on sale last week. Read on for an in-depth look at the performance profile of the drive and its position in a highly competitive market segment.


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    Anandtech: Microsoft Fall 2018 Event Live Blog (4pm ET, 8pm UTC)

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    Anandtech: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Now Available

    This afternoon at the Microsoft Fall 2018 event, Microsoft announced that the latest Windows 10 Update, version 1809, is now generally available for those that want to download it from the Windows 10 download page.
    As with previous rollouts, the update is first available via the download tool for those actively looking to update, but will roll out via Windows Update for all users, starting in this case on October 9th. The previous version 1803 had a pretty quick rollout, and with the less hefty changes in the last couple of Windows 10 releases, it would make sense to see this one also enjoy a quick turnaround.
    Windows 10 at this point is a mature, stable platform, and although I would argue the twice-yearly updates are a bit too aggressive considering the extensive use in business, it has been nice to see the updates being much smaller in nature, with fewer features which can cause issues and disruptions.
    The October 2018 update contains many of the same small tweaks we’re used to in past updates, including nice touches like finally being able to control auto-playing media in Edge, additional Group Policies for Edge, and PDF rendering improvements. There’s new emoji in an emoji panel which is now available in over 190 locales, compared to just the USA when it first came out, and some other smaller items we’ll cover when we go over the release in a future article.
    There’s also some really nice features that should improve productivity, like a cloud clipboard that will let you save and pin items you often copy and paste, rather than only having the previous copied item in memory. There’s an updated screen snipping tool based on the already built-in Win+Shift+S command from Windows 10, but you can customize where the clips go and what you do with them.
    Arguably the biggest new feature is the Your Phone App, which can be used to link an Android phone with a PC to get access to your photos and texts quickly and easily. It’ll also allow you to send text messages from your PC, without having to utilize Cortana as was required in the past. For Android users, this should be pretty powerful and useful.
    We’ll be digging into all the changes here for a future piece.
    Source: Microsoft


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    Anandtech: Microsoft Refreshes Surface Lineup

    In addition to the Windows 10 October 2018 update being launched, Microsoft also refreshed the majority of its Surface lineup today. This was very much an evolutionary update, and one that was sorely needed for some of their products, but with today’s announcement their entire lineup is now using the latest generation of CPUs and GPUs. We don’t have the full range of specs and pricing yet, but Nate is at the event today and will be doing a hands-on soon and will hopefully be able to get some more information. Also apologies for the photo quality Microsoft hasn't sent out press shots yet.
    Surface Pro 6

    Last June, Microsoft updated the Surface Pro 4 to the Surface Pro, dropping the numbering system while refreshing to Kaby Lake processors and therefore fixing the power management issues that plagued the Skylake lineup. Today, Surface Pro is now Surface Pro 6, meaning they’ve decided to go back to numbering. Naming aside, this is a good update to the product which was already near or at the top of its class in most categories. Other than moving to an 8th generation CPU, the rest of the Surface Pro 6 stays the same, including the lack of USB-C. Microsoft is offering it in a new matte black color though, which does look good.
    Surface Laptop 2

    Much like the Pro, Surface Laptop was stuck on dual-core Kaby Lake when the world had moved on to the quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh parts last fall. As such, it was in a pretty tough spot. It offers a nice design, great display, and comfortable Alcantara keyboard, but had sat idle for well over a year. The refreshed Surface Laptop 2 fixes this with the same 8th generation CPUs as Pro, and also the same matte black offering. Microsoft is claiming up to 14.5 hours of battery life on the new laptop, as well as 85% more performance, but the 85% gain is only because it sat with dual-core Kaby Lake for so long.
    Surface Studio 2

    We were one of the lucky few sites to get a chance to review the original Surface Studio, and it remains one of the best displays available on any PC, tied together with an all-in-one PC. The original version suffered from a couple of issued though, including being launched right at the tail end of NVIDIA’s Maxwell generation of GPUs, meaning as soon as it was available, it was also pretty much out of date. Today Microsoft is fixing many of the original complaints though. Not only does it come in a new “oxide transistor” color, the Surface Studio 2 now features a Pascal GPU with “6 TFLOPS” of performance, which should put it around a GTX 1070. That is a huge upgrade over the outgoing GTX 980M in the top model. Also, Microsoft is finally offering the Surface Studio with pure SSD storage. The hybrid SSHD in the original was one of its major faults. The amazing display with 192 PPI and a calibrated sRGB, P3 D65, and DCI-P3 gamut now offers improved contrast thanks to better polar alignment of the filters.
    Surface Headphones

    The new product in the lineup is the Surface Headphones, which offer 13 levels of noise cancelation, as well as two beam-forming microphones for Cortana and voice calls, and 8 total microphones for noise cancellation. They connect over Bluetooth, and will be available this holiday season.
    Overall this event was pretty much as expected, with refreshes of the lineup. That’s not a bad thing though, since Microsoft tends to be slow on their refreshes, and all of these devices were in need of an update. We didn’t quite get the wow factor that Panos Panay and the rest of the Surface team can sometimes deliver, but there’s nothing wrong with iterating an already proven design.
    Nate will check in soon with some hands-on of the new devices.


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    Anandtech: EVGA Launches B360 Micro Gaming: Its First Budget Motherboard

    EVGA on Tuesday officially introduced its first budget-oriented motherboards. The EVGA B360 Micro Gaming is based on Intel’s moderately priced B360 chipset, yet the mainboard supports most of the key features one comes to expect from an EVGA board, with the exception of course of overclocking.
    The EVGA B360 Micro Gaming supports Intel’s Coffee Lake processors and is outfitted with an 8-phase PWM that promises a clean and stable power supply to a CPU. Since Intel’s B360 PCH does not support overclocking, the VRM is not covered with a heatsink and was not designed for this in general (though, expect it to handle processors with a default TDP without any problems). One particularly notable thing about the EVGA B360 Micro Gaming is that it does have any display ports, and as a result it cannot use Intel's iGPUs. Keeping in mind that EVGA is a leading supplier of graphics cards and positions its products for gamers who rarely use Intel's graphics, such peculiarity looks relatively logical for the company.
    The motherboard has two slots for DDR4 DIMMs and can support up to 32 GB of memory, which is a reasonable limitation for an entry-level Micro-ATX gaming system. When it comes to expansion capabilities, the mainboard has a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot for high-end SSDs, a PCIe 3.0 x1 slot for other types of add-on-cards, one M.2-2280 slot for SSDs, six SATA hot-plug-capable connectors for storage devices, and an M.2-2230 slot for CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions.
    Moving on to connectivity. The EVGA B360 Micro Gaming is equipped with Intel’s i219V GbE silicon, four USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, four USB 2.0 headers, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through internal headers, a PS/2 connector, and a 5.1-channel audio subsystem featuring an SV3H615 headphone amplifier, as well as audio-oriented capacitors to enable EVGA Nu Audio through front panel headphone jack.
    EVGA B360 Micro Gaming
    Supported CPUs LGA1151 v2 CPUs
    Coffee Lake
    PCH Intel B360
    Graphics PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
    Display Outputs None
    Memory 2 × DDR4 DIMM
    Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667
    Slots for Add-In-Cards 1 × PCIe 3.0 x16
    1 × PCIe 3.0 x4
    1 × PCIe 3.0 x1
    Ethernet Intel I219V GbE PHY
    Storage 6 × SATA 6 Gbps
    1 × M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4
    Audio 5.1-channel audio with 3.5-mm outputs, SV3H615 headphone amplifier, EVGA Nu Audio enhancements
    USB 4 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
    4 × USB 2.0 Gen 2 Type-A
    Internal headers for USB ports
    Serial Ports -
    Wi-Fi M.2-2230 slot for CNVi Wi-Fi solutions
    Form-Factor Micro ATX (244 mm × 244 mm | 9.6" × 9.6")
    EVGA’s B360 Micro Gaming is of course a far cry when compared to the company’s enthusiast-class motherboards based on Intel’s Z370 or X299 chipsets. Nonetheless, the release of such a platform by EVGA indicates that the company is now looking at entry-level gaming machines as a way to expand its business.
    The EGA B360 Micro Gaming is available right now directly from the company for $119.99.
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    Source: EVGA


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    Anandtech: AMD's CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Host CES 2019 Keynote: 7nm CPUs and GPUs

    AMD has announced that its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is to hold the stage for one of CES 2019's largest keynotes. The company stated in the press release that Dr. Su will discuss AMD’s plans to bring the world's first 7 nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs to the market.
    The keynote of Dr. Lisa Su will be the first time when any AMD CEO presents at CES. She will part this year's series series of keynotes, starting with Ginni Rometti from IBM, with AMD to follow the day after. Dr. Su will have other guests on stage in a bid to discuss the latest computing technologies that open up new opportunities when it comes to HPC, gaming, entertainment, and other aspects of life.
    AMD plans to release its next-generation CPUs and GPUs made using TSMC’s 7 nm manufacturing technology next year. AMD has already announced that the first products to be made using 7nm will be the Vega GPU for Radeon Instinct last this year, and at some point during 2019, the EPYC CPU under the name 'Rome' built with Zen 2 cores. It is noteworthy that both products were designed with a broad set of applications in mind — starting from gaming and entertainment and spanning to HPC and cloud computing — therefore they will have an influence on a variety of markets in the coming years. In fact, AMD already showcased its 7 nm Vega GPU back at Computex this past June, but the demonstration was static as only the chip itself was shown.
    At AMD's event at CES 2018, which wasn't a keynote, AMD went into great detail about its 2018 plans. We hope that this 2019 event will do something similar and give us a good indication of when and what AMD will be announcing in 2019.
    The company has already stated that it us testing its 7 nm Rome CPUs in the lab. Considering what has already been revealed about the 7 nm products from AMD, it is more than reasonable to expect Dr. Su to provide an update regarding performance, capabilities, and availability of the new chips during the CES keynote.
    The keynote will take place on January 8, 2018.
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