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    Anandtech: The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review: An Ergon

    Today we are taking a look at the Freestyle Edge RGB, the successor to the the first ergonomic mechanical keyboard that we ever reviewed, the Freestyle Edge. Although its name suggests that the company just added RGB lighting to the initial version of the keyboard, as we'll see in this review, Kinesis has made several and significant changes to the overall Freestyle Edge design.

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    Anandtech: Giveaway: Seagate Ironwolf 110 SSD (480GB)

    We haven’t yet given away any hardware this summer, so let’s change that. Earlier this year Seagate announced that they’d be expanding their Ironwolf family of NAS-focused drives to include SATA SSDs, and to that end the company has sent over a 480GB drive for us to give away.
    As noted by Ganesh earlier this year when the drives launched, the Ironwolf 110 family the recent drop in NAND pricing has opened the door to SSDs becoming increasingly viable for NASes, especially as cache drives. SMBs and SMEs have already been using enterprise SSDs for this purpose, and Seagate believes that there is a market for SSDs specifically targeting the NAS market, as long as it is at the right price point.
    With capacities ranging from 240GB to 3.84TB, Seagate is offering a fairly expansive family with the Ironwolf 110. The drives, based on 3D TLC NAND with sustained performance numbers of 560 / 535 MBps sequential reads / writes, support a relatively hearty 1 DWPD endurance, despite the usual read-heavy scenarios that NASes drive. Fittingly, since SSDs offer higher reliability due to a lack of moving parts, the rated nonrecoverable read errors rate is 1 per 10E17, 2 orders of magnitude better than the typical Ironwolf HDD.
    Seagate Ironwolf 110 Series Specifications
    Capacity 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 1920 GB 3840 GB
    Form Factor 2.5" 7mm SATA
    NAND Flash 3D TLC
    Sequential Read 560 MB/s
    Sequential
    Write
    345 MB/s 535 MB/s
    Random Read 55k IOPS 75k IOPS 90k IOPS 90k IOPS 85k IOPS
    Random
    Write
    30k IOPS 50k IOPS 55k IOPS 50k IOPS 45k IOPS
    Idle Power 1.2 W
    Active Power 2.3 W 2.7 W 3.2 W 3.4 W 3.5 W
    Warranty 5 years
    Write
    Endurance
    435 TB
    1 DWPD
    875 TB
    1 DWPD
    1750 TB
    1 DWPD
    3500 TB
    1 DWPD
    7000 TB
    1 DWPD
    Ultimately, Seagate is hoping to sell the IronWolf SSDs to prosumers, creative pros, SMB, and SME NAS users. Prosumers and creative professionals with 10G-capable NAS units stand to benefit from the bandwidth benefits of flash-equipped bays. While enterprise SSDs are the way to go for all-flash arrays with write-heavy workloads, other SSD-in-NAS use-cases in the SMB and SME space can benefit from SSDs such as the IronWolf 110.
    This giveaway is running through July 26th and is open to all US residents. To enter, please visit our Gleam.io contest entry page.


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    Anandtech: HP Launches Z6 G4 Workstation with Intel Xeon Scalable & Quadro RTX 6000

    HP has started sales of its fourth-generation Z6 workstation, which pack one or two of Intel’s Xeon Scalable processor, NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX graphics cards, as well as up to 384 GB of memory. The new HP Z6 G4 machine is designed for graphics and compute intensive workloads and is aimed at VFX specialists, engineers and other creative professionals.
    HP’s Z6 G4 workstation is based on one Intel Xeon W CPU or two Intel Xeon Scalable processors, with up to 48 cores in total. The machine can integrate up to 384 GB of DDR4 memory with ECC as well as six PCIe add-in-boards. Since the workstation has two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, it can also feature two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics cards. In addition, the system can pack multiple SSDs and HDDs that offer tens of terabytes of storage space.
    The key feature of HP’s Z6 G4 is its expandability and upgradeability. It may be configured with one Xeon W processor, but may be eventually upgraded to two Xeon Scalable CPUs using a special module. The machine comes with a 1000 W power supply, enough to feed the most power-hungry components.
    HP’s Z6 workstations cost starting from $1,829 and sit between the company’s top-of-the-range dual-processor Z8 machine with up to four Quadro RTX 8000 graphics cards (which costs $2,489 and higher) as well as a more compact and affordable Z4 with two graphics cards that starts at $1359.
    Like all HP Z workstations, the Z6 G4 comes with the company’s Sure Start self-healing BIOS capability, HP Sure Run security feature, HP Sure Recover as well as a three-year warranty.
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    Anandtech: Nintendo Announces New Version of Switch with Longer Battery Life

    Nintendo has announced a new version of its Switch game console that features a considerably longer battery life than the first-generation model. The new console likely uses new components that feature a lower power consumption and therefore the gaming device can work for longer durations on one charge.
    The new Nintendo Switch console has the same features as the original one (handheld mode, tabletop mode, TV mode, Joy-Con controllers, etc.) and looks exactly the same too. The company does not disclose precise specifications of the unit, but only says it can work for 4.5 – 9 hours on one charge, up from 2.5 – 6.5 hours in case of the previous-gen model.
    Since it is hard to increase capacity of a battery by 80% in a short period of time without increasing its physical dimensions, it is more than likely that the product is actually based on a version of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 SoC made using a more advanced (12 nm or 16 nm) process technology and featuring the same lower power consumption that we reported about a week ago on the new Switch Lite.
    Since the new model with better battery life looks the same, it remains to be seen how Nintendo plans to differentiate between the two versions of its Switch consoles from the older ones in terms of hardware packaging. The original version carries the HAC-001 model number (with serial numbers starting from XAW), whereas the new SKUs will feature the HAC-001(01) model number (with serial numbers beginning from XKW).
    The new Nintendo Switch game console will carry the same $299.99 MSRP as the original device and will be available in the near future.
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    Source: Nintendo, Nintendo Twitter (via Gizmodo)
    Gallery: Nintendo Announces New Version of Switch with Longer Battery Life




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    Anandtech: Club 3D’s CSV-1562 USB Type-C Dock Has Three 4K Display Outputs

    Club 3D has announced its new 15-in-1 USB Type-C docking station which has a total of five display outputs that can drive up to three 4K Ultra-HD monitors. The new CSV-1562 uses display output chips from DisplayLink to enable multiple display connectors, which can add unique capabilities to mainstream notebooks without discrete GPUs.
    Aimed at mobile professionals who need multiple ports and many displays, the Club 3D CSV-1562 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C docking station integrates a GbE adapter, five USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector (that can charge mobile phones), five display outputs (three HDMI 2.0 and two DisplayPort 1.2 connectors), a 3.5-mm audio output, and a 3.5-mm microphone input. In addition, the USB-C dock has a built-in PSU and can deliver up to 60 W of power to its host laptop.
    The key feature of the Club 3D CSV-1562 is of course its graphics output capabilities enabled by a USB-based DisplayLink controller. Two out of five outputs can drive two 4K60 monitors, another one can drive a 4K30 display. Alternatively, two DisplayPorts can be used to connect a 5K60 monitor. Because we are talking about a DisplayLink-based solution, the CSV-1562 needs appropriate Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software/drivers that takes the virtual framebuffer, compresses it and sends the data over USB to the company's proprietary Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) that converts it to display signals. DisplayLink's software thus naturally consumes some computer resources and has certain requirements.
    Being a unique USB-C docking solution, the Club 3D CSV-1562 is not cheap at all, but if you have a USB-C laptop yet need to run two or three 4K monitors, you do not really have much of a choice. The unit is currently available in Japan for ¥29,800 (so think about MSRP of around $250 in the USA).
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    Anandtech: ID Cooling IS-50X Low-Profile SFF Cooler, Rated for 130 W TDP

    ID Cooling has introduced its new cooling system designed for small form-factor (SFF) PCs, for CPUs with a TDP rating of up to 130W. The IS-50X has a 120-mm fan and is just 57 mm tall, and is designed for desktops builds featuring higher-end processors from AMD or Intel with six or eight cores that can dissipate a lot of thermal energy.
    Traditionally, CPU coolers for smaller systems are designed for mainstream chips have a TDP between 35W to 65W. Since demand for high-performance SFF PCs is on the rise, manufacturers are developing coolers that can handle processors with TDP levels that exceed 95W. Such devices usually feature multiple heat pipes along with more sophisticated fans. For example, the IS-50X comes with five 6-mm heat pipes as well as a 120-mm PWM fan with 13 curved blades that rotates at a speed of 600 – 1600 RPM. The fan can produce airflow of up to 53.6 CFM and has a maximum load noise level of only 30.2 dB(A).
    When it comes to compatibility, the ID Cooling IS-50X cooler is compatible with all contemporary platforms from AMD and Intel, including the latest AM4 and LGA1155 sockets.
    The ID Cooling IS-50X Specifications
    IS-50X
    CPU TDP 130 W
    Material Copper heatpipes aluminum fins
    Dimension with Fan 120 mm (W) × 57 mm (H) × 122 mm (D)
    Heat Pipes 5 × 6 mm heat pipes
    Air Pressure ~ 1.36 mm H2O
    Air Flow (CFM) 53.6 CFM
    Speed 600 ~ 1600 RPM
    Noise 13 ~ 30.2 dBA
    Type of Bearing Hydraulic bearing
    Life Expectancy ?
    Weight 310 grams
    Compatibility AMD AM4/FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
    Intel LGA1151/1150/1155/1156
    ID Cooling is one a few companies which offers high-performance CPU coolers for SFF PCs. Earlier this year the firm introduced its 30-mm high IS-30 cooler for processors with TDP levels of up to 100 W. The new IS-50X is naturally considerably larger, but it can better handle processors that are either overclocked, or run at higher Turbo clocks when possible.
    ID Cooling did not disclose pricing of the IS-50X cooler this week, but its IS-50 unit was available for $33.39 (down from $52.99) from Newegg at press time.
    Buy ID Cooling on Newegg
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    Anandtech: Toshiba Memory To Rebrand As Kioxia

    In 2017, Toshiba was forced to sell off its flash memory business to stave off bankruptcy. The memory business was spun off as Toshiba Memory Corporation and sold for $18 billion to a consortium led by Bain Capital after a high-stakes bidding war. Toshiba Memory has continued to thrive as the number two manufacturer of NAND flash memory and a major player in the SSD market. Toshiba Memory has been laying the groundwork for an IPO that could happen as early as November of this year. Part of that preparation includes establishing a more independent identity form the Toshiba conglomerate that only retained about 40% ownership of the memory business.
    To that end, Toshiba Memory will be rebranding as Kioxia at the beginning of October. Toshiba says the new name is a combination of kioku (Japanese for "memory") and axia (Greek for "value"). The announcement of the new name doesn't include any strategy shifts, only generic corporate platitudes. On the technology side, it's still business as usual save for recovering from the effects of a recent power outage at their fabs in Yokkaichi, Japan. On the financial side, details of their plans for an IPO are still largely unofficial and the timing may still be influenced by changing market conditions. When the Bain-led consortium acquired Toshiba Memory in 2017, the original plan was for an IPO to occur within three years, and it looks like they are on track to meet that deadline.
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    Anandtech: Patriot Launches P200 SSDs with Maxio and Silicon Motion Controllers: From

    Patriot has introduced its new family of entry-level SATA SSDs offering capacities from 256 GB to 2 TB. The P200-series drives use controllers from Maxio Technology and Silicon Motion, the first time in years that Patriot uses controllers not from Phison.
    Available in a 2.5-inch/7 mm form-factor, the Patriot P200 drives feature 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB configurations and are based on Silicon Motion’s SM2258XT controllers, whereas the top-of-the-line 2 TB model is powered by Maxio Technology’s MAS0902A controller. The drives are powered by 3D NAND memory, but the manufacturer does not disclose exact model of chips or their manufacturer (we do know that SMI and Maxio controllers can work with memory from various vendors though).
    As far as performance is concerned, Patriot says that its P200-series SSDs can offer up to 530 MB/s sequential read speeds, up to 460 MB/s sequential write speeds, up to 90K random read IOPS, as well as up to 80K random write speeds. Performance wise, the new drives from Patriot offer similar speed levels as other SATA 6 Gbps SSDs.
    When it comes to endurance levels, Patriot’s P200 SSDs can offer 0.45 – 0.58 drive writes per day (DWPD), which is actually higher when compared to 0.3 DWPD offered by cheap 3D QLC NAND-based drives these days.
    All Patriot’s P200 SSDs are covered by a three-year warranty and are available now for $31.99 - $189.99, depending on capacity.
    Patriot's P200 Specifications
    Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2 TB
    Model Number P200S256G25 P200S512G25 P200S1TB25 P200S2TB25
    Controller Silicon Motion SM2258XT Maxio MAS0902A
    NAND Flash 3D NAND
    Form-Factor, Interface 2.5-inch/7-mm, SATA 6 Gbps
    Sequential Read up to 530 MB/s
    Sequential Write up to 460 MB/s
    Random Read IOPS up to 90K
    Random Write IOPS up to 80K
    Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
    DRAM Buffer No
    AES Encryption unknown
    Power Management Automatic sleep and wake-up mechanism power saving
    Warranty 3 years
    MTBF 2,000,000 hours
    TBW 160 TB 320 TB 640 TB 1000 TB
    DWPD 0.57 0.57 0.58 0.45
    Price at Launch $31.99 $49.99 $87.99 $189.99
    Buy Patriot P200 2 TB on Amazon.com
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    Anandtech: Intel’s Xeon Platinum 8284 CPU: When 300 MHz Cost $5,500

    Besides Xeon processors that are officially mentioned on its website and price list, Intel has tens of ‘off roadmap’ server CPUs only available to select customers that have special requests. Recently journalists from ComputerBase discovered that Intel has Xeon Platinum 8284, the company’s fastest 28-core chip for multi-socket servers. The CPU runs 300 MHz faster than the ‘official’ Xeon Platinum 8280, but costs considerably more.



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    Anandtech: Corsair Unveils 32 GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 DIMMs, 64 GB & 128 GB Dual-Channe

    Corsair has introduced its first 32 GB unbuffered DRAM modules along with 64 GB and 128 GB dual-channel memory kits for mainstream PC platforms based on AMD’s 400/500-series as well as Intel’s 300-series chipsets (and their successors). Besides, the company also unveiled its 256GB eight-channel kit for high-end desktop as well as extreme workstation processors.
    Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4 unbuffered memory modules are based on 16 Gb memory chips (from an unconfirmed vendor, though Corsair historically relies on devices from Samsung) as well as the company’s custom 10-layer PCB designed to ensure quality signaling when operating at higher clocks. Traditionally for this product family, Corsair’s 32 GB Vengeance LPX UDIMMs are equipped with black anodized aluminum heat spreaders.
    Set to be available in kits containing one, two, four, or eight 32 GB unbuffered DIMMs, Corsair’s Vengeance LPX modules are rated for DDR4-2400 CL16 16-16-39 at 1.2 V, DDR4-2666 CL16 18-18-35 at 1.2 V, and DDR4-3000 CL16 20-20-38 at 1.35 V modes. It is noteworthy that the modules come with SPD programmed for DDR4-2133 CL15 mode, but since they feature XMP 2.0 profiles, setting correct speeds should be easy.
    Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 Kits Featuring 32 GB UDIMMs
    Data rate Latency Kit Capacity Modules Voltage Heat Spreader Launch Price
    2400 MT/s CL16
    16-16-39
    32 GB 1 × 32 GB 1.2 V Black $149.99
    64 GB 2 × 32 GB $299.99
    128 GB 4 × 32 GB $599.99
    256 GB 8 × 32 GB $1,199.99
    2666 MT/s CL16 18-18-35 32 GB 1 × 32 GB 1.2 V $154.99
    64 GB 2 × 32 GB $304.99
    128 GB 4 × 32 GB $609.99
    256 GB 8 × 32 GB ?
    3000 MT/s CL16 20-20-38 32 GB 1 × 32 GB 1.35 V ?
    64 GB 2 × 32 GB ?
    Corsair’s 32 GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 unbuffered memory modules as well as kits on their base are available today directly from Corsair and will shortly be available from the company’s partners. One 32 GB DDR4-2400/DDR4-2666 module is priced at $149.99/$154.99; but dual, quad, and eight-channel kits are naturally more expensive.
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