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All-new AMD RX 6800 XT Midnight Black edition reportedly launching today
by Sayan Sen
Image via VideoCardz As most of us are aware, the latest generation graphics cards nowadays, especially the ones from AMD, are extremely hard to come by. Ethereum mining is one of the primary reasons for the shortage but production and yield issues are also the culprits. However, despite the dire situation, Team Red is seemingly launching yet another new graphics card.
According to a screenshot that was posted on the AMD subreddit, the company will be launching the RX 6800 XT Midnight Black edition today at 6 am PST and it had sent advance notices to its Red Team members. The new Midnight Black 6800 XT will only look different from the vanilla silvery edition as it reportedly has the same specifications. The card will apparently have "limited availability" even though that's what most graphics cards are nowadays anyway. Here's what the full statement about the Radeon RX 6800 XT Midnight Black from AMD reads:
in a way, the new Midnight Black 6800 XT is kind of similar to the RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition albeit the latter not only looked different but also had higher clocks.
Update: Corrected the source.
Nokia to use new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to reduce emissions
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that its AirFrame data centre is set to begin using third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors that will boost speeds, data throughput, and ultimately lower energy consumption which reduce the firm’s carbon emissions. Nokia said that it will upgrade its hardware as soon as the latest processors are released thanks to its partnership with Intel.
Commenting on the news, Pasi Toivanen, Head of Edge Cloud at Nokia, said:
Nokia’s AirFrame data centre is used to run virtualized and cloud-native software that demand powerful computing resources. Nokia said that it helps support network functions and addresses latency constraints so that huge data demands can be met. Nokia’s new processors will be used to support its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN and 5G Cloud Core solutions.
Switching to the new processors will help the firm meet its Science Based Targets (SBT). Last month, it said that it wants to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 and it wants to meet a 1.5°C global warming scenario.
By Rich Woods
Intel announces its Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processors
by Rich Woods
Today, Intel is introducing its third-generation Xeon Scalable processors, which are made for data centers and anything else that requires that level of complexity in computing. A key new feature is that they come with AI acceleration using DL Boost. In fact, Intel says that these are the only data center chips with baked-in AI. Compared to the previous generation, Intel is promising 74% better AI performance.
The new Xeon Scalable processors are from the Ice Lake family, meaning that they're built on a 10nm process, and Intel is promising a 46% improvement on common workloads. Compared to a five-year-old system, the firm is promising a 265% improvement in average performance. Each processor can have up to 40 cores, and it supports up to eight channels of DDR4-3200 memory and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen 4, per socket.
“Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform is the most flexible and performant in our history, designed to handle the diversity of workloads from the cloud to the network to the edge,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. “Intel is uniquely positioned with the architecture, design and manufacturing to deliver the breadth of intelligent silicon and solutions our customers demand.”
Another thing that Intel is touting is crypto acceleration, which means better performance on cryptographic algorithms. If you've got what Intel calls an "encryption-intensive workload", you should feel the effect of this.
The platform also includes Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series, Optane SSD P5800X and SSD D5-P5316 NAND SSDs, along with the Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters and the latest Intel Agilex FPGAs. There are new N-SKU chips for networking, which are promising 5G breakthroughs with 62% better performance.
Intel says that more than 800 cloud service providers use Xeon Scalable, and this year, all leading cloud service providers will be using services powered by the new third-generation chips.
Core Temp 1.17
by Razvan Serea
Core Temp is a useful tool that will help monitor your PCs CPU temperature. What makes Core Temp unique is the way it works. It is capable of displaying a temperature of each individual core of every processor in your system! You can see temperature fluctuations in real time with varying workloads. Core Temp is also motherboard agnostic.
Core Temp is easy to use, while also enabling a high level of customization and expandability.
Core Temp provides a platform for plug-ins, which allows developers to add new features and extend its functionality.
Core Temp 1.17 changelog:
New: AMD Zen 3 and Zen 2 APU support New: Intel Rocket Lake support New: Preliminary Alder Lake support New: Very preliminary Meteor Lake support Fix: "Unsupported CPU" message when only some cores have HT enabled Fix: Epyc Rome/Threadripper 3rd gen Platform detection Fix: Gemini Lake platform detection Fix: Whiskey Lake codename Fix: Incorrect VID reporting on some Celeron/Pentium processors Fix: Crash on Intel Banias based (Pentium/Celeron M) processors Fix: Turbo multiplier detection on Nehalem/Westmere Fix: Bugs related to response to DPI changes Fix: VID reporting on some AMD Athlon64 processors Change: AMD Bulldozer based processors now display the amount of modules/threads instead of cores/threads Change: Improve accuracy of information on unsupported Intel CPUs Download: Core Temp 1.17 (32-bit) | 399.0 KB (Freeware)
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Hong Kong authorities have reportedly seized over 300 Nvidia CMP HX cards
by Sayan Sen
The Hong Kong customs has reportedly seized a batch of CMP HX GPUs with over 300 Nvidia CMP 30HX cards according to a new report by the Chinese media 'mydrivers'. The picture above shows a batch of around a hundred such CMP 30HX units that were busted. These were apparently being smuggled so they could be put into use at mining farms there. While the reason for the action isn't clearly stated anywhere, it may be a result of the recent efforts by the Hong Kong government to ban unauthorized cryptocurrency trading and use at retail.
Back in February, Nvidia launched these dedicated CMP HX mining cards to satisfy the needs of Ethereum miners, among others, so they may leave the gaming graphics cards to gamers. From a driver inspection, it was found that the CMP HX series of cards is actually based on last-gen Turing architecture with modifications made that prevent them from running graphics workloads. The variant in question here is the CMP 30HX which is a apparently a repurposed GTX 1660 SUPER and offers an ethereum hash rate of up to 26MH/s.
Alongside the launch of the CMP HX series of GPUs, Nvidia had also crippled the mining performance of the RTX 3060 so as to deter the miners from buying it up too. However, last month, the company had inadvertently released an internal developer driver which removed the 3060's hash rate limiter. The driver has since been pulled.