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A fake MSI Afterburner download page is spreading malware
by João Carrasqueira
PC and component manufacturer MSI is warning users that malicious actors are leveraging its name to distribute malware. The attackers have created a fake download page for MSI's Afterburner software, and they're using an URL that's made to look official to an unsuspecting user.
Afterburner is a graphics card tuning tool that allows users to set clock speeds for the GPU and memory, adjust the voltage, and monitor the temperature of the card. Typically, the software is available for anyone to download from MSI's website, but the official webpage - which you can access here - is currently undergoing maintenance. While the page can be accessed, download links don't work.
The attackers seem to be leveraging that, and the website looks nearly identical to the official one, however, the MSI website header is missing, and the official website also features a small icon in the bottom left corner to customize the website cookie settings. This is also missing in the fake website. For reference, the URL being used to impersonate MSI is as follows: https://afterburner-msi.space/. Obviously, we strongly advise against opening the URL or downloading anything from it.
If you don't happen to have MSI Afterburner currently installed, you may want to wait a little longer for the official page to be functional again. If you can't wait, at the very least make sure the website you're downloading from is one you can trust and isn't trying to pass itself off as an official MSI page.
by Razvan Serea
GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor. At launch, it automatically scans your system and reports the card name, GPU, release date and transistors, BIOS version, ROPs, memory type, and memory size.
Supports NVIDIA, AMD, ATI and Intel graphics devices Displays adapter, GPU and display information Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available) Includes a GPU load test to verify PCI-Express lane configuration Validation of results GPU-Z can create a backup of your graphics card BIOS No installation required, optional installer is available Support for Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported) GPU-Z 2.39.0 changelog:
Added support for Intel Rocket Lake Integrated Graphics Added support for NVIDIA RTX 3060 Mobile, RTX 3050 Ti Mobile, RTX 3050 Mobile, RTX A5000, T500, CMP 30HX, CMP 40HX, CMP 90HX Added support for AMD Radeon RX 6900 XTXH, Radeon Pro W5500M, Barco MXRT 4700 Integrated screenshot feature now captures the proper window area on Windows 10 (no longer includes the window shadow) VRAM usage sensor removed on NVIDIA cards running in TCC mode, due to unsupported NVIDIA API XML dump now includes fields BIOSUEFI, WHQL, DriverDate, DXR, DirectML, OpenGL and ResizableBAR Added memory type detection for Intel i740 Fixed Resizable BAR detection on some systems (mostly laptops) Fixed clock readings on AMD Mobile RDNA2 Fixed OpenCL detection on some rare systems Fixed memory clock readings on NVIDIA GeForce 6 Fixed BIOS date on some legacy ATI cards Fixed release date for ATI RV200 and NVIDIA NV41M Download page: GPU-Z 2.39.0 | 7.1 MB (Freeware)
View: GPU-Z Website
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MSI's upcoming X570S motherboard lineup allegedly leaked, over half a dozen models
by Sayan Sen
Image via PCGamesN Since April when a bunch of new motherboards was spotted (via @KOMACHI_ENSAKA) at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), we have known that AMD and its motherboard vendor partners are working on a new X570S chipset. The addition of a new "S" at the end X570 is reportedly meant to signify 'silent' which means the new chipset, unlike the original X570, will be fanless and won't require active cooling.
While the ones spotted earlier at EEC were Gigabyte models, today, WCCFtech says it has received information on the new MSI X570S versions. In total there reportedly are eight new X570S MSI models, at least for now. They are:
MEG X570S ACE MAX,
MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX,
MPG X570S GAMING CARBON MAX WIFI,
MPG X570S GAMING EDGE MAX WIFI,
MAG X570S TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI,
MAG X570S TORPEDO MAX,
X570S PRO-MAX WIFI, and
X570S-A PRO MAX.
For those curious, here is the list of the previous Gigabyte models that were spotted on the EEC's website, although bear in mind that not all of the models mentioned here may finalize into retail products. With that said, the list is:
X570S AORUS MASTER, X570S AORUS ELITE AX, X570S AORUS PRO AX, X570S AERO G, X570SI AORUS PRO AX, X570S AORUS ELITE, X570S GAMING X, and X570S UD. The report also adds that the X570S chipset-based motherboards will come with the support for AMD's recently launched Ryzen 5000G series Cezanne desktop APUs.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB reportedly priced at $999, launch in May
by Sayan Sen
Hong Kong, it seems, is bustling with GPU activity as recently there was a seize of illegal GPUs being smuggled and today a bunch of upcoming Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti MSI Ventus models were spotted.
Tech site HKEPC has reported that it has spotted MSI Ventus models of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3080 Ti 12GB graphics cards. The graphics cards were seen during the process of transit as they are reportedly being transported from Hong Kong and destined for US retail stores and such. This is in preparation of the 3080 Ti's reported launch next month. The site adds that Nvidia is pricing the RTX 3080 Ti at $999 which is the same as AMD's 16GB Radeon RX 6900 XT.
The report says that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will also come pre-installed with the mining limiter that was introduced alongside the RTX 3060.
Nvidia had initially wanted the RTX 3080 Ti to be the same chip as the 3090 with cut-down VRAM but has since abandoned that plan. Present reports confirm that the 3080 Ti will be a 12GB model however the CUDA core count of the chip is still unconfirmed. Earlier reports suggested that there might be 9,984 CUDA cores but more recent ones say that the number might be higher at 10,240.
Source and image: HKEPC
MSI sets DDR4 overclocking record reaching 7156 MHz on the MEG Z590I UNIFY board
by Sayan Sen
Kovan Yang, a member of MSI's memory overclocking team, has set a new DDR4 speed record by overclocking an 8GB HyperX Predator 2400 module all the way up to 7156MHz. The feat was achieved using the company's new MEG Z590I UNIFY mini-ITX motherboard and is a way to showcase the board's overclocking capabilities. Z590 is the flagship chipset based around Intel's LGA 1200 socket and the MEG Z590I UNIFY is one such premium board. LGA 1200 is Intel's latest socket that supports the company's 11th gen 'Rocket Lake-S' processors and is also backwards compatible with last-gen 'Comet Lake-S' parts.
The previous record was held by another overclocking guru named Hocayu who had reached 7100MHz using a Asus ROG MAXIMUS XIII APEX and in both cases the Core i9-11900KF was used as the CPU. However, this new record by MSI seems more impressive as it was likely achieved using a far less capable DRAM stick judging by the reported CAS Latency (CL) on the thing which apparently had to be raised up to 58, while the previous record reports a CAS Latency of 31 indicating that Hocayu's kit was probably much faster out of the box. The processor was also not as far downclocked by Kovan Yang as compared to Hocayu's. In both scenarios, Liquid Nitrogen was used to cool the memory module. You can find more information related to this new record at the HWBOT link here.