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    Anandtech: Amazon Launches Online Tool to Check Compatibility of PC Hardware

    Amazon has begun rolling out a special tool that helps DIY computer part buyers check the compatibility of their PCs with components sold by the online store. The Amazon PartFinder tool is in its infancy, but once it is fully developed, it should reduce the number of incidents of incompatible hardware – and in the process should lower the number of returns to Amazon, which would cut down the company's costs. Though as this is only the very earliest stage of the rollout, it remains to be seen how long it will take Amazon to perfect the tool.
    Compatibility and interchangeability of components are among key factors that helped to drive prices of hardware down and enabled the dominance of the IBM PC-compatible platform over competing offerings back in the 1980s. Meanwhile, compatibility of particular parts is sometimes a pain for many DIY enthusiasts and something that leading PC makers spend a lot of money on to ensure. With strict industrial standards in place, it is generally easier to find compatible PC parts than it was back in the 1980s and 1990s. Nonetheless, there are still a number of things to consider when buying new hardware (e.g., there are two different LGA1151 sockets, PSUs of some branded PCs do not have spare PCIe power cables for higher-end graphics cards, some motherboards can only work with M.2 SATA drives and lack support of M.2/PCIe SSDs, etc.), especially for a person who builds PCs once in a few years. Apparently, the Amazon PartFinder compatibility tool is aimed at this very audience.
    Amazon’s PartFinder kicks in automatically when you explore certain supported computer hardware components, such SSDs or a motherboards. For example, on the product page for Samsung’s 860 EVO SSD, the feature offers to confirm that the drive is compatible with the buyer’s computer; while in case of EVGA’s Z370 FTW motherboard it attempts to find out about compatibility with memory modules.
    However as it appears that Amazon is just beginning to roll out the tool, the number of components it works with is currently quite limited. For example, while the PartFinder is available for internal SSDs, it's not available for external SSDs such as the Alpine Ridge-based Patriot EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 SSD. And even then, the PartFinder's knowledge isn't complete; it reports that the aforementioned Samsung drivers are incompatible with Intel Z370-powered motherboards from ASUS and EVGA.
    All told, the PartFinder tool in its current form is not as sophisticated as PCPartPicker, but it is a step in the right direction. Being the world’s largest retailer and maintaining a very customer friendly policy, Amazon gets loads of returns that cost it a lot of postal expenditures and take time to process (which essentially means even more money). Cutting down the costs is essential, which is why the tool is introduced. Meanwhile it remains to be seen how sophisticated it is going to get over time.
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    Anandtech: NVIDIA Unveils “Titan RTX” Video Card: $2500 Turing Tensor Terror Out Late

    By this point we’ve seen most of NVIDIA’s 2018 Turing GPU product stack. After kicking things off with the Quadro RTX series, NVIDIA released a trio of consumer GeForce RTX cards, and following that the first Turing Tesla, the T4. However as regular industry watchers are well aware, NVIDIA typically does one more high-end card in their product stack, and that’s the ever-popular Titan. Not quite a flagship card and not really a consumer card, the Titan none the less holds an interesting spot in NVIDIA’s lineup as the fastest card most mere mortals can get their hands on, and these days as NVIDIA’s prime workstation compute card.
    Last year around this time we saw the launch of the Titan V at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference. It seems like that went well for the company, as they’ve once again picked that venue for the launch of their latest Titan card, the aptly named Titan RTX. Set to hit the streets a bit later this month, the card is set to be NVIDIA’s big bruiser for workstation compute and ray tracing users – and anyone else who wants to throw down $2500 for a video card.
    NVIDIA Compute Accelerator Specification Comparison
    Titan RTX Titan V RTX 2080 Ti
    Founders Edition
    Tesla V100
    (PCIe)
    CUDA Cores 4608 5120 4352 5120
    Tensor Cores 576 640 544 640
    Core Clock 1350MHz 1200MHz 1350MHz ?
    Boost Clock 1770MHz 1455MHz 1635MHz 1370MHz
    Memory Clock 14Gbps GDDR6 1.7Gbps HBM2 14Gbps GDDR6 1.75Gbps HBM2
    Memory Bus Width 384-bit 3072-bit 352-bit 4096-bit
    Memory Bandwidth 672GB/sec 653GB/sec 616GB/sec 900GB/sec
    VRAM 24GB 12GB 11GB 16GB
    L2 Cache 6MB 4.5MB 5.5MB 6MB
    Single Precision 16.3 TFLOPS 13.8 TFLOPS 14.2 TFLOPS 14 TFLOPS
    Double Precision 0.51 TFLOPS 6.9 TFLOPS 0.44 TFLOPS 7 TFLOPS
    Tensor Performance
    (FP16 w/FP32 Acc)
    130 TFLOPS 110 TFLOPS 57 TFLOPS 112 TFLOPS
    GPU TU102
    (754mm2)
    GV100
    (815mm2)
    TU102
    (754mm2)
    GV100
    (815mm2)
    Transistor Count 18.6B 21.1B 18.6B 21.1B
    TDP 280W 250W 260W 250W
    Form Factor PCIe PCIe PCIe PCIe
    Cooling Active Active Active Passive
    Manufacturing Process TSMC 12nm FFN TSMC 12nm FFN TSMC 12nm FFN TSMC 12nm FFN
    Architecture Turing Volta Turing Volta
    Launch Date 12/2018 12/07/2017 09/20/2018 Q3'17
    Price $2499 $2999 $1199 ~$10000
    By the numbers, the Titan RTX looks a lot like a more powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. And while it’s not nearly as consumer-focused, this is certainly the most relatable way to look at it. The card is based on the same TU102 GPU as NVIDIA’s consumer flagship, but while the RTX 2080 Ti used a slightly cut-down version of the GPU, Titan RTX gets a fully enabled chip, similar to NVIDIA’s best Quadro cards. Indeed along with the GeForce comparisons, the card is also functionally very close to the Quadro RTX 6000. Which is to say that while the Titan RTX doesn’t really fall under the category of a flagship, it’s not a second-tier card: it’s as powerful and as fast as NVIDIA’s best TU102 cards, so it’s very much at the top of its game.
    Looking at its place in the market, with the launch of the Titan V last year, NVIDIA shifted away from the idea of a “prosumer” Titan that was closer to a GeForce with more memory and slightly higher performance, and more towards the idea of a straight-up professional grade workstation card for non-graphics tasks. Using a cut-down version of the server-grade GV100 GPU, Titan V filled this spot nicely, though it did come with some of the baggage that a server-grade GPU entails. Now that NVIDIA is back to using something closer to a workstation-grade GPU in the TU102, NVIDIA has once again shifted the balance between their cards a bit. But the Titan RTX remains the company’s workstation compute card, and thanks to the Turing architecture’s ray-tracing capabilities, is also now being pitched as a ray-tracing card for content creators.
    Drilling a bit deeper, there are really three legs to Titan RTX that sets it apart from NVIDIA’s other cards, particularly the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Raw performance is certainly once of those; we’re looking at about 15% better performance in shading, texturing, and compute, and around a 9% bump in memory bandwidth and pixel throughput.
    However arguably the lynchpin to NVIDIA’s true desired market of data scientists and other compute users is the tensor cores. Present on all NVIDIA’s Turing cards and the heart and soul of NVIIDA’s success in the AI/neural networking field, NVIDIA gave the GeForce cards a singular limitation that is none the less very important to the professional market. In their highest-precision FP16 mode, Turing is capable of accumulating at FP32 for greater precision; however on the GeForce cards this operation is limited to half-speed throughput. This limitation has been removed for the Titan RTX, and as a result it’s capable of full-speed FP32 accumulation throughput on its tensor cores.
    NVIDIA Turing Tensor Core Relative Performance
    Titan GeForce Quadro Titan (Volta)
    FP16 w/FP32 Accumulate 1x 0.5x 1x 1x
    FP16 w/FP16 Accumulate 1x 1x 1x 1x
    INT8 1x 1x 1x N/A
    INT4 1x 1x 1x N/A
    Given that NVIDIA’s tensor cores have nearly a dozen modes, this may seem like an odd distinction to make between the GeForce and the Titan. However for data scientists it’s quite important; FP32 accumulate is frequently necessary for neural network training – FP16 accumulate doesn’t have enough precision – especially in the big money fields that will shell out for cards like the Titan and the Tesla. So this small change is a big part of the value proposition to data scientists, as NVIDIA does not offer a cheaper card with the chart-topping 130 TFLOPS of tensor performance that Titan RTX can hit.
    Similarly, the final leg for the Titan RTX is memory capacity. Whereas the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is an 11GB card, Titan RTX is a 24GB card. For gamers even 11GB is generally overkill, however the extra 13GB of VRAM can make or break a large dataset. NVIDIA knows their market very well, and as we’ve seen time and time again, has market segmentation down to a fine art.
    Market positioning aside, the launch of the Titan RTX also means that the rest of the tensor performance benefits are finally coming to a Titan-level card. Turing introduced support for lower precision modes, which help to further set apart the Titan RTX from last year’s Titan V. Overall, data scientists who would otherwise be looking at a Titan V are looking at a doubling in VRAM capacity, a 20% improvement in tensor performance – with far more at lower precisions – and all the other improvements of the Turing architecture. And if that’s not enough, NVIDIA is also enabling NVLink functionality this time around (it was disabled on Titan V), so workstation users can also scale out for more performance with a second Titan RTX by linking up the two card.
    Meanwhile NVIDIA is also chasing after content creators with this card a bit. Data scientists are still the bread and butter, but given that Turing also made significant investments into ray-tracing, NVIDIA would seem to also be experimenting a bit here to see what kind of a market there is for a high-end yet non-Quadro card for ray tracing. Strictly speaking the Quadro 6000 should be superior here (if only due to drivers & support), however it’s also a good deal more expensive. So it will be interesting to see what kind of a market NVIDIA finds for a $2500 ray tracing card that’s not already served by tried & true Quadro or the much cheaper GeForce.
    And while NVIDIA is the first to note that the card is not really for gaming, even the Titan V sold to some gamers out there since Titans use the GeForce driver stack, and I expect much the same here. While the potential 15% performance improvement by no means justifies the greater-than 2x jump in cost, for the crazy rich out there, I do expect the Titan RTX to be a little better suited to gaming than the Titan V was. Whereas the Titan V was an awkward card in terms of game support due to the fact that it was the only Volta architecture card to use the GeForce drivers, Turing is everywhere. So the Titan RTX should behave more like a slightly faster 2080 Ti, without so many of the performance inconsistencies we saw when trying to game on the Titan V.
    In terms of design, like its predecessors, the Titan RTX also follows very closely in the stylings of the GeForce family. Notably NVIDIA is using an open-air double-fan cooler here, which NVIDIA switched to on this generation, and not a traditional blower like the Titan V or the current Quadro cards. As we’ve already seen on the GeForce cards this maximizes airflow and brings down temperatures, however it’s a bit more of a mixed bag for the Titan since NVIDIA allows pairing the cards up with NVLink. Open air cooled cards require a little more care here, whereas the blowers are pretty much set-it-and-forget-it in a workstation. However with a TDP of 280W – the highest of the Turing cards and 30W higher than the Titan V – one can see why NVIDIA would be interested in maximizing cooling performance above other priorities. This also means that in theory, the Titan RTX should average slightly higher clockspeeds than the Quadro cards, as it has a bit more cooling and TDP headroom to play with; so at least for now, it likely is the fastest of all the TU102 cards.

    NVIDIA's Nickname for the Titan RTX is "T-Rex"
    Past that, this is a pretty typical card in terms of NVIDIA design. It gets the same port arrangement as the other Quadro and GeForce cards, with 3x DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, an HDMI 2.0b port, and a USB-C port that supports DP alt mode as well as the VirtualLink standard for VR headsets. Unique to the Titan of course is its golden color scheme, least it be confused with a GeForce. NVIDIA has nicknamed the card the T-rex, and I’m fairly sure this is the first time anyone has offered a T-rex in gold.
    In any case, for the data scientists and whoever else wants to get their hands on what’s sure to be NVIDIA’s tensor terror for workstations, be prepared to set aside some cash. $2500 to be precise. Atypically for NVIDIA, this price is actually down a bit from the $3000 Titan V – TU102 is cheaper to make, especially without the HBM2 – but it’s still going to be one expensive card. Meanwhile NVIDIA tells us that we should expect to see the card become available on their website later this month.

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    Anandtech: 10nm Cannon Lake NUC at Major US Retailers

    Amazon, Newegg, and Walmart have started to sell Intel’s Crimson Canyon NUC that is based on Cannon Lake processors produced using the company’s 10 nm process technology. Availability of the NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs at major retailers indicated that Intel is making its 10 nm CPUs in rather sizeable volumes.
    The Intel NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs are powered by Intel’s dual-core Core i3-8121U processor paired with soldered-down 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666 memory and AMD’s Radeon 540 dGPU (codenamed Lexa, based on Polaris architecture featuring 512 SPs) with 2 GB of GDDR5. The computer is equipped with 1 TB SATA hard drive, but it also has an M.2-2280 slot for a SATA or a PCIe SSD. When it comes to connectivity, the new NUCs are outfitted with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 solution that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels. In addition, the systems have one GbE, two HDMI 2.0a outputs, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one supporting charging), an SD card reader, a TRRS audio connector for headsets, and a digital audio connector for 7.1-channel sound systems.
    Intel's NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN UCFF PCs were announced several months ago and were available from smaller retailers, possibly because the volumes were not large. Availability at Amazon and Walmart indicates that Intel can now offer relatively large volumes of its chips produced at 10 nm node.
    When it comes to performance, Cannon Lake has its perks, such as AVX-512 support, though they may not be that obvious in the SFF space as they are in the HPC/HEDT space. Obviously, AMD’s Radeon 540 should also be faster than Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics in games, but keep in mind that when it comes to media playback Intel’s contemporary iGPUs have certain advantages over AMD’s Polaris (e.g., VP9 10-bit decode, support for sophisticated copyright protection methods that require Intel’s SGX, etc.).
    Intel Crimson Canyon NUC PCs
    NUC8i3CYSN NUC8i3CYSM
    CPU Intel Core i3-8121U
    2C/4T
    2.2 - 3.2 GHz
    4 MB cache
    15 W TDP
    Graphics AMD Radeon 540 GPU
    512 stream processors
    32 texture units
    16 ROPs
    2 GB GDDR5 memory
    PCH Integrated into CPU
    Memory 4 GB LPDDR4-2666 8 GB LPDDR4-2666
    Storage 2.5-inch 1 TB HDD pre-installed
    M.2 M.2-2280 slot supporting SSDs and Intel Optane Memory caching SSDs
    Wi-Fi/BT Intel Wireless-AC 9560
    802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
    Ethernet Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller (i219-V)
    Display Outputs 2 × HDMI 2.0a
    Audio 3.5 mm TRRS audio jack
    7.1 channel audio output via HDMI
    Optical output
    IR Consumer Infrared (CIR) sensor on the front panel
    USB 4 USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps), one with charging
    Other I/O SDXC card reader with UHS-I support
    Dimensions 117 × 112 × 52 mm | 4.6 × 4.4 × 2.04 inch
    PSU External, 90 W
    OS Pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64
    The Intel NUC8i3CYSM with 4 GB of RAM and 1 TB HDD currently costs $540 at Amazon.com, which is in line with MSRP of $530 announced in August. Newegg sells the same product for $533.6. Meanwhile, Walmart carries the version with 8 GB of RAM for $570.
    Buy Intel NUC8i3CYSM on Amazon.com
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    Anandtech: Analyzing Core i9-9900K Performance with Spectre and Meltdown Hardware Mit

    One of the key aspects of the most recent Intel processor launch, its Core 9th Generation processors, is that the new design affords some hardware-based protection for a couple of the Spectre and Meltdown family of security vulnerabilities. When these vulnerabilities were first discovered, they were patched using a combination of software and firmware, which unfortunately led to some performance regressions over an unpatched processor. The ultimate goal is for a hardware patch, which is always enabled, that loses zero performance – we’re testing out what the new patches have for us today.

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    Anandtech: Imagination Goes Further Down the AI Rabbit Hole, Unveils PowerVR Series3N

    After Imagination first announced their PowerVR Series2NX Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) last September, it has become a key part in their ambitions for AI and neural networks on the edge, with smaller devices intended for inferencing. So along with their new Series9X-P GPUs, Imagination is taking the next major step in their neural networking journey, announcing the PowerVR Series3NX Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) and its family of IP cores, as well as a programmable 3NX-F IP configuration containing a 3NX NNA, Rogue GPGPU, and local memory.


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    Anandtech: Imagination Announces PowerVR Series9XTP, Series9XMP, and Series9XEP GPU C

    When Imagination first announced their PowerVR Furian architecture, it was only a month before they announced Apple was to phase out their use of Imagination's GPU IP. The state of matters was one where Imagination would end up selling off their MIPS CPU and Ensigma communications businesses, doubling down on GPUs, and finally being acquired by Canyon Bridge after putting itself up for sale.
    Investment into AI and automotive aside, the fact of the matter is that Imagination’s PowerVR GPUs are not just the company's workhorse, but are also critical in fueling their efforts into AI and automotive. And in addition, the forward-looking Furian architecture was intended for high-end first and co-existing with Rogue for some time, making it crucial that Furian keeps progressing. So today at PowerVR Inspire 2018 – actually the inaugural event – Imagination is announcing a new PowerVR GPU IP lineup: the Series9XTP, Series9XMP, and Series9XEP families.



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    Anandtech: The 2018 Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch) Review: Doubling Down On Performance

    Apple’s iPad lineup for 2018 offers arguably the largest design change since the original iPad launched, with the introduction of the latest iPad Pro models in both 12.9-inch and 11-inch models. The new design offers a much higher screen-to-body ratio than ever offered before, mimicking what they’ve done with the iPhone lineup. Apple has more or less reinvented the iPad Pro design, and offers plenty of new features inside and out.

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    Anandtech: ECS Launches H310CH5-TI: A Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard for Coffee Lake-S

    ECS has released its new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard designed for Intel’s Coffee Lake-S processors. The H310CH5-TI mainboard is aimed at miniature systems as well as upgradeable all-in-one desktops compatible with the said form-factor.
    As the name suggests, the ECS H310CH5-TI is based on Intel’s H310 chipset and therefore supports the company’s 8th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors, as well as their cheaper Celeron and Pentium-branded brothers. The motherboard is outfitted with a 4+1-phase VRM that uses solid-state coils and capacitors to prolong lifespan of the platform and ensure stability during high loads. Unfortunately, ECS does not disclose which specific CPUs are qualified for the mainboard, but keeping in mind rather limited cooling that a Thin Mini-ITX chassis can provide, I wouldn't expect this board to be used with anything over a 65 W TDP chip.
    The H310CH5-TI has two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory, one M.2-2280 slot for PCIe/SATA SSDs, two SATA 6 Gbps connectors, and one M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi/BT controller.
    I/O capabilities of the motherboard are pretty typical for a Thin Mini-ITX platform. The motherboard has a GbE port (controlled by Realtek’s 8111H chip), one HDMI 1.4 output, one HDMI 1.4 input, four USB 3.0 Type-A connectors (two internal and two external), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and two audio jacks. It is noteworthy that the audio subsystem of the H310CH5-TI is comprised of the Realtek ALC662 codec and a six-channel DAC.
    Since Slim Mini-ITX motherboards can be used for special-purpose systems and highly-integrated AIO desktops, the ECS H310CH5-TI also has numerous internal headers, including a card reader header, a webcam header, a touch board header, a camera header, an IR sensor header, and so on.
    ECS has not disclosed pricing of the motherboard, but typically Intel H310-based boards are among the cheapest.
    ECS Intel H310-Based Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
    H310CH5-TI
    CPUs Intel LGA1151 v2 CPUs
    PCH Intel H310
    Graphics Intel UHD Graphics from CPU
    Display Outputs 1 × HDMI 1.4a
    Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM
    Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667
    Slots for Add-In-Cards 1 × M.2-2230 for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
    1 × M.2-2280 for PCIe/SATA SSDs
    Ethernet Realtek 8111H GbE controller
    Storage 2 × SATA 6 Gbps
    Audio Realtek ALC662
    USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A
    2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
    Serial Ports -
    Wi-Fi optional
    Operating Temperature ?
    Form-Factor Mini-ITX (170 mm × 170 mm | 6.7" × 6.7")
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    Anandtech: Seagate Starts to Test 16 TB HAMR Hard Drives

    Seagate on Monday disclosed that it had begun testing the industry’s first HAMR hard drive intended for evetualy commercial release. With a capacity of 16 TB, the HDD is being used primarily for internal tests to prepare for its high-volume launch and deployment in actual datacenters in the future. Separately, Seagate announced plans to introduce HAMR-based hard drives with a 20 TB capacity in 2020.
    Seagate’s 16 TB Exos HDD featuring heat-assisted magnetic recording technology are drop-in compatible with existing servers and datacenters, which essentially means that their power consumption is 12 W or below. The hard drive is helium filled, but Seagate does not disclose the number of platters the HDD uses.
    Right now, Seagate is testing its 16 TB Exos HDDs in a variety of benchmarks internally. Next the company will provide the drives to its customers, and once those customers qualify them Seagate will finally and officially launch the product.
    “These are the same tests that customers use to qualify every new drive, including power efficiency tests, sg3_utils utilities that test SCSI commands to devices, standard smartmontools utility programs that will enable customers to characterize and compare HAMR drives in their environment right next to PMR drives, and several four-corners tests of reads, writes, random, sequential and mixed workloads,” said Jason Feist, Seagate’s senior director of enterprise product line management.
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    Anandtech: Razer Unveils New Blade Stealth 13: Quad-Core Whiskey Lake, dGPU, 4K UHD

    Razer on Tuesday introduced its all-new Razer Blade Stealth 13 laptop that became a bit more compact than its predecessors, yet gained a higher resolution display, a discrete GPU support, and potentially a longer battery life.
    Razer’s ultra-thin Blade Stealth 13 laptops are based on Intel’s quad-core Core i7-8565U processor paired with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as a 256 GB or 512 GB M.2 SSD (see exact specs in the table below). Being loyal to its customers among gamers, Razer now equips premium versions of its Blade Stealth 13 notebooks with NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 discrete GPU outfitted with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and operating at up to 25 W. While not matching the prowess of some of their larger gaming laptops, the new dGPU will provide a healthy bump over the integrated Intel graphics processor. Furthermore, those who would like to get higher FPS can always attach an external graphics solution using the system’s Thunderbolt 3 port.
    Starting from its late 2018 ultrabook lineup, Razer will no longer offer a 4K 12.5-inch model, but will unify dimensions and display sizes of its ultra-portables. That was a large bezel relic of their original design. From now on, the Blade Stealth will be available with a 13.3-inch monitor featuring a 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 resolution. It is noteworthy that the LCDs will cover 100% of the sRGB and AdobeRGB color gamut and will come factory-calibrated, something that will please graphics professionals.

    Just like its predecessors, the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 comes in a CNC-machined 6000-series aluminum chassis that now features thinner display bezels, which enabled the manufacturer to reduce width of the product by 16.4 mm. At the same time, the company had to increase its thickness by one millimeter and its depth by four millimeters, possibly in a bid to integrate a new and more sophisticated cooling solution to for the CPU (15 W) and the GPU (25 W) to avoid thermal throttling.

    Apart from the new cooling system, Razer says it extensively uses its Synapse 3 software to boost battery life and ensure quiet operation. In fact, the company claims that the base model of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 can now work for up to 13 hours on one charge, up from 10 hours supported by the previous-gen model, despite having a similar battery capacity.

    Moving on to connectivity of the new Razer Blade Stealth 13. The latest laptop is equipped with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 solution that supports 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels, a clear improvement when compared to the predecessor. On the wired side of things, the notebook has a Thunderbolt 3 connector (controlled by Intel’s Alpine Ridge chip), two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port.

    As for other I/O, the notebook has a RGB-backlit Razer Chroma keyboard, a large trackpad, a 720p webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, four stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, a TRRS audio connector, and so on.
    Razer Blade Stealth Laptops: Fall 2018 vs Fall 2017 models
    13.3"/FHD
    Base
    13.3"/FHD
    Graphics
    13.3"/UHD
    Graphics 4K
    13.3"/QHD+
    Quad-Core
    2017
    13.3"/QHD+
    Dual-Core
    2017
    Display Diagonal 13.3"
    Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080 3840×2160 3200×1800
    Brightness 400+ cd/m² 400 cd/m²
    Color Gamut 100% sRGB
    100% AdobeRGB
    ?
    CPU Core i7-8565U
    4C/8T
    1.8 - 4.6 GHz
    8 MB LLC
    15 W
    Core i7-8550U
    4C/8T
    1.8 GHz/4 GHz
    8 MB LLC
    15 W
    Core i7-7500U
    2C/4T
    2.7 GHz/3.5 GHz
    4 MB LLC
    15 W
    Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (25 W) with 4 GB Intel UHD Graphics 620
    RAM Capacity 8 GB 16 GB
    Type LPDDR3-2133 LPDDR3-1866
    Storage 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD 512 GB SSD 256 GB SSD
    Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (IEEE 802.11ac) Killer 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
    Bluetooth 5.0 4.1
    USB 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (one via TB3)
    2 × USB Type-A
    Thunderbolt 1 × Thunderbolt 3 port (USB Type-C)
    Other I/O 720p webcam with IR for Windows Hello, TRRS connector for audio, four speakers with Dolby Atmos, microphone HDMI 2.0a, 720p webcam, TRRS connector for audio, two speakers, microphone
    Dimensions Height 14.8 mm/0.58" 13.8 mm/0.54" 13.1 mm/0.52"
    Width 304.6 mm/11.99" 321 mm/12.6"
    Depth 210 mm/8.27" 206 mm/8.1"
    Weight 1.28 kg
    2.82 lbs
    1.31 kg
    2.89 lbs
    1.38 kg
    3.04 lbs
    1.35 kg
    2.98 lbs
    1.33 kg
    2.93 lbs
    Battery Life Capacity 53.1 Wh 53.6 Wh
    Life 13 hours ? ? 10 hours
    Launch Price $1,399 $1,599 $1,899 $1699 $1399
    Razer’s new Blade Stealth 13 notebooks will be available immediately from the company and select retailers in Canada and the US for $1,399 - $1,899 depending on the SKU. Later this year the machines will be available on other markets, including Australia, European Union, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and so on.

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