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    Anandtech: The Mushkin Source 500GB SATA SSD Review: A Value Proposition For An Every

    QLC SATA SSDs haven't quite hit the consumer market just yet, so the most affordable entry-level SSDs are still DRAMless designs with TLC NAND. The Mushkin Source is a current-generation example that provides only modest improvements over older DRAMless SSDs, but is adequate for most home systems.

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    Anandtech: Acer Unveils KG1 Displays with Sub-1ms Response Time

    Acer Japan has introduced a lineup of gaming displays featuring a response time below 1 ms. The Acer KG1 family includes seven models featuring a 23.6, 24,5 and 27-inch diagonal and set to target different price segments.
    The Acer KG1 monitors rely on non-glossy Full-HD (1920x1080) TN panels featuring between 0.5 ms and 0.8 ms GtG response times, depending on exact SKU. These are blistering response times, and if the specifications listed here are accurate – and with the grain of salt that monitor response time specifications have historically been overestimated – then we're talking about panels can finish a grey-to-grey transition in as little as one-fifth the time of an actual frame update.
    Meanwihle, since we are dealing with TN technology, the monitors feature a rather standard 250 – 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, as well as 170°/160° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. Acer is listing an sRGB color space for these monitors, though as they're clearly all-in on response times, we'll have to wait and see just how much of that color space they can actually cover.
    Being aimed primarily at gamers, Acer’s KG1-series displays support AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology as well as various gaming-oriented functions, such as AcerAimPoint crosshair, an FPS counter, BlackBoost technology that makes faced-paced scenes look sharper, and so on.
    When it comes to inputs, the KG1 displays have a rather standard set of connectors, including DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4/2.0 headers. Meanwhile, some models are also outfitted with legacy D-Sub and DVI-D connectors.
    Moving on to pricing of the KG1 monitors. Being unique, Acer’s new displays with a sub-1 ms response time carry a premium price tag for Full-HD LCDs. The cheapest KG251QGbmiix model costs ¥19,000 ($169) without VAT, whereas the most expensive KG271Fbmiipx SKU is priced at ¥50,000 ($444) without taxes.
    Acer Japan has not announced when the KG1 displays will be available on other markets, though it is logical to assume that the company will try to capitalize on its exclusive panels.
    Specifications of Acer's KG1 Gaming Displays
    KG241QA KG251QG KG251QH KG251QI KG271D KG271E KG271F
    Panel 23.6" TN 24.5" TN 27" TN
    Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
    Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz 75 Hz 144 Hz 240 Hz 75 Hz 144 Hz 240 Hz
    Dynamic Refresh Tech AMD FreeSync (LFC is not confirmed)
    Range ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Brightness (cd/m²) 300 250 400 300 400
    Contrast 1000:1
    Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical
    Response Time 0.7 ms 0.7 ms 0.6 ms 0.5 ms 0.6 ms 0.8 ms
    Pixel Pitch 0.27 mm² 0.28 mm² 0.31 mm²
    Pixel Density 93 PPI 90 PPI 82 PPI
    Color Gamut Support sRGB
    Inputs 1×DP 1.2
    1×HDMI 1.4
    1×D-Sub
    1×HDMI 1.4
    1×DVI-D
    1×DP 1.2
    1×HDMI 1.4
    1×DP 1.2
    1×HDMI 2.0
    1×HDMI 1.4
    1×D-Sub
    2×HDMI 1.4
    1×DVI-D
    1×DP 1.2
    1×HDMI 1.4
    1×DP 1.2
    2×HDMI 2.0
    Audio - 2×2W speakers
    VESA Mounts 100 × 100 mm
    Additional Information Link Link Link Link Link Link Link
    Price $240 $169 $266 $382 $213 $328 $444
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    Sources: Acer Japan, Hermitage Akihabara



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    Anandtech: Short Supply of Intel’s Gemini Lake Confirmed by PC Maker

    Intel has publicly admitted that demand for its processors exceeds supply, which is why it is currently prioritizes shipments of its higher-end Core and Xeon products over cheaper chips. Various manufacturers of actual PCs are now confirming the backlog in orders and add details to the story. As it appears, shortages of Intel’s Gemini Lake SoCs for low-cost PCs are so severe that the earliest opportunity for some of the PC makers to get the chips is in February or March.
    Earlier this week company named Hardkernel launched its first x86-based Odroid-H2 compact PC platform akin to Raspberry Pi. The 4.3 inch × 4.3 inch platform is based on Intel’s quad-core Celeron J4105 SoC and can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, an M.2 SSD, and has an essential set of wired I/O interfaces (DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two GbE ports, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, 3.5-mm audio jack, and an S/PDIF).
    The launch was labeled a success and the first batch of 2,000 units was sold in 24 hours. As it appears, the company did not expect demand to be so high, so it did not prepare more units. Apparently, Hardkernel cannot order more Gemini Lake SoCs from Intel right now. The chip giant reportedly said that it would be able to deliver the chips in February or March, but could only provide a more exact delivery schedule in January.
    “We have very small problem now,” the company said “We have sold out all our first production lot in 24 hours. We are so sorry for that. In fact, we conservatively prepared only 2,000pcs of H2 boards because we could not predict this situation. We are contacting Intel for the lead time of the Gemini Lake processor. Due to Intel's serious supplying issue these days, they can supply the Gemini Lake SoC in February or March 2019. […] They also mentioned that they can give us a firm delivery schedule in January.”
    Considering the fact that Gemini Lake is an entry-level product, it is not surprising that it sits rather low in Intel’s list of priorities. In fact, a rumor has it that Intel is considering to outsource some of its low-end SoCs to contract makers of semiconductors, though considering all the complexities with re-spinning the chips for someone else’s process technology, this is something that will be a hard thing to do.
    One thing that particularly attracts attention is the volume of SoCs that Hardkernel might require. The first batch was only 2,000, so it is unlikely that the second batch would hit 20,000. Meanwhile, Intel does not seem to have spare Gemini Lake SoCs at all, which once again emphasizes the scope of the company’s problems.
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    Anandtech: Ubiquiti Extends Amplifi HD Mesh Networking Family with Gamer's Edition

    Mesh networking and whole-home Wi-Fi systems have bcome a major segment in the home networking market over the past couple of years. Ubiquiti Networks has carved a name for itself in the enterprise networking space with its UniFi lineup. In 2016, they launched the AmpliFi product line to target the consumer market. The AmpliFi Whole-Home Wi-Fi products fall under two categories:


    In addition, AmpliFi also has a $100 Teleport portable hardware extension that creates a seamless VPN tunnel to the home network when connected to an external network (wired or wireless).
    Different consumers have different needs - while power users may have wired switches spread across multiple rooms and discrete access points, the average consumer needs a quick and easy to set up system that provides hassle-free coverage. While Ubiquiti's UniFi system caters to the former, the AmpliFi lineup with its touchscreen displays and mobile app-based setup process targets the latter market segment.
    Today, Ubiquiti is launching the AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition. The internal hardware is the same as the existing AmpliFi HD, but, the firmware comes with a few QoS tweaks targeting online gaming in general and cloud-gaming services in particular. Co-branded with NVIDIA, the AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition's GeForce NOW QoS mode automatically detects latency or frame losses and de-prioritizes other traffic to ensure satisfactory online gaming sessions.

    Coarse QoS control is available using the mobile app
    The AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition will be available starting today for $379. It is priced higher than the $340 of the standard edition. The extra value is delivered in the firmware features and additional hardware tweaks - a black exterior and LED lighting at the base that gamers may find to be attractive. The standard MeshPoint HD units have a 170 degree rotation ability with the adjustable antenna on top of a magnetic connector. On the other hand, the Gamer's Edition MeshPoint HD is a uni-body design with a 270 degree rotation capability that allows for more optimal positioning.
    Compared to the regular AmpliFi HD, the firmware is tuned specifically for gamers' needs with latency and throughput going hand-in-hand. Currently, Ubiquiti is not planning on adding these features to the regular version. So, the ability to control and optimize the behavior of the mesh network for gaming is the biggest value brought in by the new app customization for the Gamer’s Edition.
    The competition is currently targeting the gaming market by re-purposing traditional Wi-Fi routers. Ubiquiti / AmpliFi appears to be the first vendor to market with a mesh Wi-Fi offering catering to the gaming market. The pricing is very competitive given the marriage of mesh Wi-Fi and gaming features. That said, it will take Ubiquiti some more time to get the firmware features on par with what is offered by the likes of DumaOS, though.



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    Anandtech: QNAP Launches Mustang-200 Compute Accelerator for Network Attached Storage

    QNAP has released a special-purpose accelerator based on two Intel CPUs that is designed to significantly boost the processing capabilities of NAS boxes and even PCs. QNAP’s Mustang-200 can speed up access to data located on a NAS box, but can also be used to increase image processing capabilities of NASes used for surveillance, run AI and ML apps, or speed up virtual machines.
    The QNAP Mustang-200 accelerators are PCIe 2.0 x4 cards based on two Intel Kaby Lake CPUs (Core i7-7567U, Core i5-7267U or Celeron 3865U) outfitted with their own 4 - 16 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 512 GB Intel 600P SSDs (Core i5/i7 only). Each node has its own 10 GbE NIC and runs its own copy of QNAP’s mQTS operating system, thus offering a familiar functionality to those who use NAS products from QNAP.
    By adding a Mustag-200 card, owners of QNAP NASes can increase the processing power of their systems from one processor to three, which can be used by a variety of applications supported by mQTS. Since the cards have their own resources, administrators can deploy different applications on different nodes using the Mustang Card Manager program and physically isolate them from each other. It is noteworthy that the Mustang-200 accelerators can be installed not only into NAS boxes, but also into regular PCs and be used for a variety of applications.
    QNAP Mustang-200 Cards
    CPU (x2) RAM (per CPU) SSD (per CPU)
    Mustang-200-i7-1T/32G-R10 Intel Core i7-7567U - 2C/4T, 3.5GHz, Iris Plus Graphics 650 16 GB Intel 600p
    512 GB
    Mustang-200-i5-1T/32G-R10 Intel Core i5-7267U: 2C/4T, 3.1 GHz, Iris Plus Graphics 650
    Mustang-200-C-8G-R10 Intel Celeron 3865U: 2C/2T, 1.8 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 610 4 GB -
    Compatible NAS Models TS-2477XU-RP , TS-1677XU-RP, TS-1685, TS-1677X, TVS-1282, TS-1277, TVS-882, TS-877
    Notes 1. The host NAS requires QTS 4.3.5 (or later).
    2. TVS-1282 and TVS-882: Only models with 450W power supplies are supported.
    3. TS-1685: Only models with 550W power supplies are supported.
    QNAP’s Mustang-200 cards are now available to customers with compatible NAS machines. Prices have not been published yet.
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    Anandtech: Samsung Galaxy Note9 Performance & Battery Showdown: Snapdragon vs Exynos

    The Note9’s been has been out for several months now, but unfortunately we never really did get to reviewing the phone. A big question from a lot of our community members that kept coming up is whether we’d redo testing of the Snapdragon vs Exynos models of the Note9, and see if there would be any major differences between these phones and the results we got earlier in the year on the Galaxy S9s.
    While it took a while, I’ve finally got my hands on both variants of the Note9, and we can finally deliver on the results of our testing.

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    Anandtech: ASRock Launches The New X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Motherboard

    The Phantom Gaming series, debuted recently, has been an interesting development from ASRock. Going for a more sleek look, the range offers additional functionality above the norm different to its other gaming brands. The first X399 motherboard with the PG naming scheme is the new X399 Phantom Gaming 6, with support for both AMD's first and second generation Ryzen Threadripper HEDT processors.
    Earlier on in the year, ASRock replaced its Fatal1ty branded boards with the new and more visually neutral aesthetic. The new X399 Phantom Gaming 6 is one of the new iteration with silver and black heatsinks. The chipset heatsink and the PCB has red accents too. The matte black power delivery heatsink covers the majority of the rear panel and stretches with a heat pipe across the entirety of the power delivery, going by dual 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs. There are also a further two RGB headers and a single addressable RGB header with support for ASRock's Polychrome RGB. Other headers include five 4-pin fan headers with support for PWM, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen1 headers, as well as including a single Key E PCIe slot for support to allow users to install a compatible Wi-Fi adapter.
    For PCIe, three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots allow for up to three-way SLI and CrossFire setups to be installed. The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 has eight SATA ports fed directly from the chipset and has support for RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays. Also implemented are three M.2 slots, one of which comes with an M.2 heatshield. On the memory front, the new ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 has eight DDR4 slots with quad channel support for up to DDR4-3400 and a total capacity up to 128 GB. There is also a slot for M.2 Wi-Fi.
    ASRock is advertising this model to feature an 8-phase Digi power delivery with Dr MOS power stages, but the marketing materials suggest that the board is only capable of supporting Threadripper first and second generation processors with a maximum TDP of 180 W. This is confirmed in the X399 Phantom Gaming 6's supported CPU list, which only goes up to the 2950X, and not the 250W TDP SKUs.
    ASRock is using the new 2.5G Realtek RTL8125AG Gaming NIC for faster connectivity, which is paired with an Intel I211AT Gigabit port which allows for PXE. The onboard audio is provided by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. USB support on the rear panel consists of eight USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, a single USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port and a single USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port. The board does accommodate a further four USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports through internal headers. Finishing off the rear panel is a P/S2 keyboard and mouse combo port.
    Buy AMD Threadripper 2950X on Amazon.com
    ASRock has not yet released pricing or availability.
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    Anandtech: Intel Has 8-Core Xeon-E at Engineering Sample Stage

    One of the interesting omissions from the re-release of Xeon E a couple of weeks ago were the 8-core versions. Intel reiterated its 4-core and 6-core parts, and given the recent release of 8-core processors for consumers we were expecting to see 8-core parts hit the primetime for the commercial market as well. Intel doesn’t officially comment on potential future parts, however one of Intel’s partners has a pair of Xeon E 8-core processors listed in the QVL section of one of its new C242/C246 motherboards.


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    Anandtech: AMD Launches Limited Edition Ryzen MAX CPU Bundles

    AMD has started selling select Ryzen processors in special limited-edition Ryzen MAX bundles. This holiday season the company will offer its Ryzen 5 2600X MAX and Ryzen 7 2700 MAX bundles with its highest-performaning stock air coolers that enable users to take advantage of AMD’s Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 automatic overclocking technologies for longer periods, or just enjoy a higher overclocking potential.
    Typically, boxed version of AMD’s six-core Ryzen 5 2600X processor is equipped with the company’s Wraith Spire CPU cooler, whereas boxed variant of the eight-core Ryzen 7 2700 chip comes with the Wraith Spire LED cooling system. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 2600X MAX and Ryzen 7 2700 MAX bundles include AMD’s range-topping Wraith MAX cooler.
    The said processors are rated for a 65 W or 95 W TDP (2700 - 2600X), whereas the Wraith MAX is designed for overclocked CPUs that dissipate up to 200 W. By using the high-end cooling system with the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700 chips, users will be able to use AMD’s Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 automatic frequency boosting technologies for longer periods of time, or overclock their chips to higher frequencies.
    When bought separately, AMD’s Wraith MAX cooling system costs $53.99 (£65 in the UK). Since the device is only available discretely, by offering it with processors, AMD increases their value quite significantly.
    AMD Ryzen MAX Bundles
    CPU Specs Price of Typical Bundle Price of MAX Bundle
    Ryzen 5 2600X MAX
    YD260XBCAFMAX
    6C/12T
    3.6 GHz Base
    4.2 GHz Boost,
    95 W
    £199.99 £221.99
    Ryzen 7 2700 MAX
    YD2700BBAFMAX
    8C/16T
    3.2 GHz Base
    4.1 GHz Boost
    65 W
    £270.49 £285.49
    AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600X MAX and Ryzen 7 2700 MAX bundles will be available worldwide. In the US, these products will be sold by Amazon, Newegg, and Microcenter shortly. In the UK they are available from Scan and other leading retailers.
    Buy AMD Wraith MAX on Amazon.com
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    Anandtech: GlobalFoundries and Chinese Authorities Reconsider Plans

    Because of its renewed focus on specialized process technologies and competition, GlobalFoundries has had to reconsider its plans concerning its Fab 11 located near Chengdu, China. Rather than offer mature bulk fabrication technologies, the manufacturing facility will focus on FD-SOI and other differentiated processes. In addition, GlobalFoundries and its partners from China are now revising timelines for the fab, removing parts of the project to accelerate straight into its second phase of deployment.
    Fab 11 was/is built as a partnership between GlobalFoundries and the Chengdu municipality. The original plan for the Chengdu fab included two phases with an aggregated capacity of approximately 1,000,000 wafers per year when both operate at full capacity. The first phase was to start operations in 2018 and process around 20,000 wafers per month using mainstream 180/130 nm fabrication technologies originally developed by Chartered for various general-purpose chips. The second phase was to begin operations in 2019, use GlobalFoundries’ 22FDX process and gradually expand its capacity to 65,000 wafers per month. At the same time, one of the terms of the agreement between GF and the Chengdu municipality was to develop an FD-SOI ecosystem locally.
    Based on various reports, GlobalFoundries has failed to land orders for chips to be made using bulk 180/130 nm fabrication processes. As a result, the company will not equip its Fab 11 for those processes, but instead will jump straight to 22FDX. So far, GlobalFoundries has landed orders from six customers in China for 22FDX chips and these clients are currently ramping up their wafers at Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany.
    “Given GlobalFoundries' renewed focus on differentiated offerings and discussions with potential clients, we have decided to bypass the original phase-one investment in mainstream process technology,” a GlobalFoundries executive said in an interview with DigiTimes. “In order to meet demand from China for differentiated offerings including our 22FDX technology, we have to revise the original timeline in order to better align capacity.”
    The company does not comment on the volumes and capacities these six companies need, nor the volumes or capacities it expects to be needed in the future. However, at present, GlobalFoundries and the Chengdu municipality are reconsidering their plans regarding the fab. Meanwhile, the company still expects its Fab 11 to feature a “substantial” FD-SOI capacity.
    “The timetable on when the Chengdu fab will kick off commercial production is still being discussed between GlobalFoundries and the Chengdu municipality and will be available when we reach a consensus,” an executive said.

    Keeping in mind that right now GlobalFoundries does not have a clear understanding regarding its fab in Chengdu, it is obvious that the facility will struggle to begin operations in early 2019 and it remains to be seen when exactly it is set to start processing wafers in 2020.
    Although the Fab 11 project looks to be stalled, other FD-SOI projects are developing as planned. The company is on-track to start production of chips using its 12FDX manufacturing technology in early 2019 at Fab 1, which looks like a rather aggressive plan. The 12FDX promises to provide a 26% performance improvement or a 47% lower power when compared to 22FDX, which brings it close to 10-nm-class fabrication process from competitors.
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