Overclocking The AMD Ryzen APUs: Guide and Results

With AMD’s new launch of Raven Ridge APUs, the Ryzen 3 2200G ($99) and Ryzen 5 2400G ($169), AMD holds the current integrated graphics apex when directly compared against Intel’s current SKU list. One of the most intriguing aspects of AMDs new Ryzen 2000 series desktop APU solutions is the fact that they are unlocked, offering a potential performance boost to both the core, the graphics, and the memory. In this article, we examine overclocking both our launch CPUs, a pair of retail CPUs, as well as going through each of the methods to overclock from each motherboard vendor.



Source: AnandTech – Overclocking The AMD Ryzen APUs: Guide and Results

StarTech Launches Thunderbolt 3 USB Hub with 3 USB 3.1 Controllers & Power Delivery

StarTech has released a new Thunderbolt 3 USB hub that features three dedicated USB controllers and provides up to 20 Gbps of aggregated bandwidth to USB devices. The company aims the device at users of various bandwidth-demanding professional equipment that uses a USB 3.1 Gen 1 or Gen 2 interface. Since we are dealing with a device for specialized equipment, its price appears to be rather high.


StarTech’s Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 Controller Adapter (TB33A1C) is based on Intel’s JHL6540 TB3 controller (Alpine Ridge, so it cannot work with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C hosts) and is outfitted with two ASMedia’s ASM1042A (PCIe 2.0 x1 to USB 3.0) ICs and one ASM1142 (PCIe 3.0 x1 to USB 3.1 Gen 2) USB controller to ensure maximum performance for its ports.


The USB hub features one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, with oneof the Gen 1 ports supporting the USB Battery Charging 1.2 spec. In addition, the hub has two Thunderbolt 3 port to support daisy chaining or to connect another USB 3.1 Gen 2 device. The hub also comes with a power brick that can deliver 65 W of power to host laptop via a TB3 interface, or USB devices that need more than 15 W provided by Thunderbolt 3 ports by default.



The aggregate bandwidth guaranteed by the StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 controller adapter is 20 Gbps, and for people who need to ensure that they have the highest USB performance possible on their TB3-only laptops this is its key value (enabled by three USB controllers and multiple ports). There is a catch though. In order to connect two USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices at ~10 Gbps each one will have to use one of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and the second TB3 port, but not both USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. This is because both Gen 2 ports share one ASM1142 controller and the aggregate bandwidth it supports is limited to 8 ~ 10 Gbps (depends on its implementation) for both headers.







The StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 Controller Adapter at a Glance
Controller Intel JHL6540 ASMedia ASM1142 2 × ASMedia ASM1042A
Port 2 × Thunderbolt 3 1 × USB-C 3.1 Gen 2

1 × USB-A 3.1 Gen 2
2 × USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 20V/1.35A DC-IN
Bandwidth 40 Gbps 10 Gbps 5 Gbps + 5 Gbps
Notes To connect two USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices at ~10 Gbps each, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 header and the second TB3 connector have to be used. Can be used to charge laptop or USB devices

StarTech positions this TB3 USB hub for connecting various bandwidth-demanding devices, such as 3D scanners, storage arrays, audio-video capture, and broadcast equipment. To guarantee their fast and flawless operation, the adapter features maxed-out USB bandwidth, which comes at a price. The Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 Controller Adapter is available for $199.99 from Amazon, and for $263.99 directly from the manufacturer.


StarTech.com is one of the leading suppliers of various adapters and hubs, so it is not surprising that it is gradually expanding its collection of Thunderbolt 3 products with new adapters for customers requiring very specific needs. The Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 Controller Adapter is clearly one of such products that is not designed for everyone, but for people who need USB bandwidth to connect high-end scanners, storage arrays (or external SSDs), A/V, and broadcast equipment. Such clients demand maximum performance and are generally used to significant investments in hardware.




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Source: AnandTech – StarTech Launches Thunderbolt 3 USB Hub with 3 USB 3.1 Controllers & Power Delivery

Acer’s Chromebox CXI3 Available in Four Configs: Up to Core i7-8550U, Up to $777

Acer has quietly started to sell its Chromebox CXI3 UCFF desktop, which it formally introduced earlier this year. The minuscule 0.9-liter system runs Google’s Chrome OS and the manufacturer originally positioned it for education market, but the actual configurations of these PCs and their prices indicate that they may be aimed at other kinds of markets too.


Announced earlier this year, the Chromebox CXI3 systems run Intel’s Kaby Lake processors (most of which belong to the 8th Gen Core family) with two or four cores, thus offering a decent level of performance for UCFF desktops. The key selling point of the Chromebox CXI3 besides its compact dimensions is connectivity. The system is outfitted with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port along with five USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A ports (depending on the model), a GbE connector, an HDMI output, and a microSD card reader. On the wireless side of things, it has a 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller that also supports Bluetooth 4.2 LE.



Acer’s Chromebox CXI3 recently started to sell at NextWarehouse and TigerDirect in four configurations running quad-core Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U CPUs as well as dual-core Core i3-7130U or Celeron 3865U processors. The low-end Celeron-based version is equipped with 4 GB of DDR4 memory and 32 GB of solid-state storage, whereas higher-end variants are outfitted with 8 – 16 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Prices of the systems range from a rather democratic $308 to a rather tangible $777. While schools and libraries can afford sub-$500 systems, it is extremely unlikely that they will invest nearly $800 in a Chromebox.



















General Specifications of Acer’s Chromebox CXI3
  DT.Z0NAA.001 DT.Z0RAA.001 DT.Z0SAA.001 DT.Z0TAA.001
CPU Intel Celeron 3865U

2C/2T

1.8 GHz

2 MB

15 W
Intel Core i3-7130U

2C/4T

2.7 GHz

3 MB

15 W
Intel Core i5-8250U

4C/8T

1.6 – 3.4 GHz

6 MB LLC

15 W
Intel Core i7-8550U

4C/8T

1.8 – 4 GHz

8 MB LLC

15 W
iGPU HD Graphics 610

12 EUs

300 MHz – 900 MHz
HD Graphics 620

24 EUs

300 MHz – 1 GHz
UHD Graphics 620

24 EUs

300 MHz – 1.15 GHz
Memory 4 GB DDR4-2133 8 GB DDR4-2133 16 GB DDR4
Storage SSS 32 GB 64 GB
Other microSD
Wireless 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
Ethernet 1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector
Display Outputs HDMI
Audio 1 × TRRS connector
USB 1 × USB 3.1 Type-C

5 × USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A
Dimensions Width: 5.8 inches | 15 cm

Depth: 5.9 inches | 15 cm

Thickness: 1.6 inches | 4 cm
Extra 100 × 100 mm VESA mount
PSU External
OS Google Chrome OS
Price

(NextWarehouse)
$308 $478 $535 $777

Google and its partners are pushing the Chrome OS to various unconventional mobile PCs (such as tablets, convertibles, and 2-in-1s), possibly to tap into markets where the operating system (and Android) was not present before (or has been unsuccessful). Meanwhile, Acer appears to see Chrome’s potential on the desktop, a market segment that Dell, HP, and Samsung considered irrelevant for the OS. Bearling in mind configurations and prices of the new Chromebox CXI3, it is evident that the systems are positioned not only for schools and libraries, but rather for more demanding customers. Furthermore, the fact that they have popped up in retail indicates that Acer is looking at consumers.


A big question is whether they latter are going to bite at Chromebox that costs nearly $800. For around $700 it is possible to get a Core i7-8250U- and Windows 10-based laptop. On the desktop side of things, there is a wide choice of SFF desktops priced at around $800 (1, 2).



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Source: AnandTech – Acer’s Chromebox CXI3 Available in Four Configs: Up to Core i7-8550U, Up to 7

MSI Upgrades Budget Laptops with Intel’s CFL-H: Six-Core Notebooks Start at $1,099

Traditionally, PC makers tend to upgrade their premium product series with the latest CPUs or GPUs first and only then expand usage of new chips to more affordable product lineups. This was not the case with MSI this month, which is introducing a variety of relatively inexpensive laptops running Intel’s Coffee Lake-H CPUs with up to six cores. Many of these models are already available


We have already observed MSI’s premium GT Titan, GS Shadow, and GE Raider gaming laptops updated with Intel’s six-core Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, but MSI also installed new chips into considerably more affordable GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks. These mobile PCs are basically “working horses” tailored for gaming and multimedia applications aimed at those who would like to have some extra CPU and GPU oomph (when compared to mainstream designs), but who are not ready to invest massive amounts of money in premium machines. For example, MSI’s GV62 8RD-034 laptop based on Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050-series GPU is now available starting at $1,099.



Buy MSI GV62: 15.6-inch/60Hz, i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050-Series for $1099 on Amazon.com


MSI’s GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks use very similar 15.6-inch/17.3-inch chassis and platforms, so their differences are mostly cosmetic and limited to exact configurations (e.g., different GPUs, storage options, USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, etc.), keyboard backlighting, battery capacity, weight and so on. The new MSI GP, GL, GF, and GV laptop families are based on the Intel HM370 PCH and therefore support the key features of Intel’s 300-series mobile platforms (e.g., integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, etc.) albeit not on all SKUs. The systems can house up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, one or two M.2 slots for SSDs, a 2.5-inch bay for DFF storage devices and so on. Premium versions of MSI’s GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series notebooks with Intel’s six-core Core i7 processors feature 15.6- or 17.3-inch IPS FHD display panels with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time, others come with standard FHD LCDs. Check out the spec list in the table below.



Buy MSI GP63: 15.6-inch/60Hz, i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD on Amazon.com


































General Specifications of MSI’s 2018 GP, GL, GF, and GV Laptops
  GP GL GF GV
LCD Diagonal GP63: 15.6″

GP73: 17.3″
GL63: 15.6″

GL73: 17.3″
GF62: 15.6″

GF72: 17.3″
GV62: 15.6″

GV72: 17.3″
Resolution 1920×1080
Features Standard: IPS

Option 1: 120 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time

Option 1: IPS/VA with 94% NTSC coverage (15.6″ models only)
CPU Up to Intel Core i7 8750H with six cores
PCH Intel HM370
Graphics Integrated HD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)
Discrete GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
RAM 32 GB DDR4-2400/2667

2 SO-DIMM slots
Storage SSD 2 × M.2-2280 slots on select SKUs 1 × M.2-2280 slot supporting PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA
HDD/SSHD 1 × 2.5-inch bay
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB USB 2.0 Type-A: supported on select SKUs

USB 3.0 Type-A: supported on all SKUs

USB 3.1 Type-A: supported on select SKUs

USB 3.1 Type-C: supported on select SKUs
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI 1.4 (on SKUs featuring GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti)

1 × HDMI 2.0 (on SKUs featuring GeForce GTX 1060)

1 × mDP with DP 1.2
Gigabit Ethernet Killer E2400 Intel I219-LM Killer E2400 Intel I219-LM
Card Reader SD card reader
Webcam 720p camera
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Keyboard Backlighting RGB Red RGB Red
Battery 51 Wh 41 Wh
Dimensions 15.6″ Width 383 mm
Depth 260 mm
Thickness 29 mm 22 – 29 mm
17.3″ Width 419 mm 419 mm 419.9 mm
Depth 287 mm 287 mm 287.8 mm
Thickness 32 mm 33 mm 29.8 – 32 mm
Weight 15.6″ 2.2 kg
17.3″ 2.7 kg 2.7 – 2.8 kg
Starting Price

(among systems available today)
15.6″ $1,299 $929 unknown $1,099
17.3″ $1,349 $1,149 unknown $1,499

MSI’s new GP-, GL-, GF-, and GV-series laptops are starting to hit the market in the U.S. right now, availability of their configurations will expand in the coming weeks and months. Their presence on other markets depends on MSI’s plans for these markets, supply of components, and other factors.




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Source: AnandTech – MSI Upgrades Budget Laptops with Intel’s CFL-H: Six-Core Notebooks Start at ,099

MSI GT63/GT83 Titans Upgraded with Six-Core CPUs, Samsung’s PCIe SSDs

Among the many laptops getting a refresh this month alongside Intel’s new 8th gen Core processors are the 15.6-inch GT63 and the 18.4-inch GT83 desktop replacement laptops, both of which are receiving hex-core CPUs along with faster Samsung SSDs and DRAM. Designed to offer ultimate performance at any cost, these laptops are MSI’s no-compromises devices, meaning the best CPUs, the best GPUs, and the best storage that can be reasonably fit into a luggable computer.


Before we proceed to the details regarding the upgrade, it is necessary to note that while the MSI GT83 Titan is up updated version of the MSI GT83VR Titan released last year, the situation is a bit different with its younger brother, the MSI GT63 Titan. The latter builds upon the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro laptop that was positioned a bit below MSI’s Titans. With the new generation, MSI decided to simplify its branding, and instead of releasing another Dominator Pro, it moved the GT63 to its higher-end Titan category. In addition to repositioning, the GT63 Titan have got a new keyboard featuring per-key RGB lighting, jut like its higher-end GT83 Titan and GT75 Titan brethren, so from the styling perspective MSI’s Titans have a number of similarities.



MSI reserved the “fully unlocked” Core i9-8950HK CPU (six cores, 2.9 – 4.8 GHz, 12 MB LLC) for its flagship GT83 Titan and GT75 Titan notebooks, so the GT63 Titans will be equipped with up to Core i7-8850H (six cores, 2.6 – 4.3 GHz, 9 MB LLC) processors. There is a rationale behind such move. The MSI GT63 Titan is positioned below the GT75 Titan and must be significantly cheaper, which is why MSI did not equip it with a top-of-the-range CPU.


Intel’s Coffee Lake-H processors officially support DDR4 memory at 2666 MT/s, therefore the GT83 Titan and the GT63 Titan notebooks come with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory. MSI says that all of its GT-series DTR machines are equipped with Samsung memory, so we can expect it to be made using one of the latest process technologies and offer a certain level of overclocking headroom.


Moving on to storage sub-system upgrades of the MSI GT Titan laptops. From now on, all the GT Titan-series PCs will use Samsung’s “latest” SSDs with a PCIe interface. Considering the fact that computer makers equip their systems with OEM drives, it is safe to assume that the higher-end versions of the GT63/GT83 laptops use Samsung’s PM981-series SSDs. The higher-end MSI GT83 Titan features three M.2 slots (two supporting PCIe and SATA, one supporting only SATA), so it will be able to run two fast SSDs in RAID 0 mode and thus offering very high read and write speeds. Meanwhile, all MSI GT Titans have a 2.5-inch bay for DFF storage devices for high-capacity drives.



With its Spring update for its Titans, MSI focused primarily on CPU and memory/storage, but not display panels. The MSI GT83 Titan still comes with an 18.4-inch FHD IPS panel featuring a 60 Hz refresh rate that the company introduced in 2018. Meanwhile, the MSI GT63 Titan can be equipped with a 15.6-inch FHD panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time. Alternatively, the GT63 Titan can be outfitted with a 15.6-inch UHD panel with a 60 Hz refresh rate.































MSI’s 2018 GT63 Titan and GT83 Titan Laptops
  GT63 Titan GT83 Titan
Display Diagonal 15.6″ 18.4″
Resolution 1920×1080

3840×2160
1920×1080
Type IPS
Refresh 120 Hz

60 Hz
60 Hz
Response Time 3 ms

unknown
unknown
CPU Up to Intel Core i7-8850H

6C/12T

2.6 – 4.3 GHz, 9 MB LLC
Up to Intel Core i9-8950HK

6C/12T

2.9 – 4.8 GHz, 12 MB LLC
PCH HM370 CM246
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8 GB GDDR5X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5 in SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8 GB GDDR5X in SLI
RAM Up to 64 GB DDR4-2666
Storage M.2 1 × M.2-2280 slot supporting PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA 3 × M.2-2280 slots (two supporting PCIe 3.0 x4, one supporting SATA)
DFF One 2.5″ bay
ODD Blu-ray burner
Wi-Fi Killer 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
Ethernet Killer 1 GbE controller
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A

1 × USB 2.0 Type-A

1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A

3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (via TB3)
Thunderbolt 1 × Thunderbolt 3
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.4

1 × HDMI 2.0b
Audio 4 × 2 W speakers

1 × 3W subwoofer

Microphones

3.5-mm audio jack for headset

3.5-mm audio jack for microphone
4 × 3 W speakers

1 × 3W subwoofer

Microphones

3.5-mm audio jack for headset

3.5-mm audio jack for microphone
Keyboard RGB-backlit keyboard with per-key RGB lighting
Other I/O HD webcam, card reader
Battery 75 Wh
Dimensions Width 39 cm | 15.35″ 45.8 cm | 18″
Depth 26.6 cm | 10.47″ 33.9 cm | 13.34″
Thickness 4 cm | 1.57″ 42 – 69 mm | 0.16″ – 2.7″
Weight 2.94 kg | 6.48 lbs 5.5 kg | 12.12 lbs
Price Depends on configuration

Leading retailers already sell MSI’s GT63 Titan and GT83 Titan DTR laptops. The entry-level Titan is available starting at $2,133, whereas the highest-end MSI gaming notebook is sold for $5,699 in a beefy configuration.



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Source: AnandTech – MSI GT63/GT83 Titans Upgraded with Six-Core CPUs, Samsung’s PCIe SSDs

Corsair Unveils "Pearlescent White" Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast DIMMs

Corsair this week introduced its new Dominator Platinum series memory modules designed for modders and enthusiasts primarily interested in style. The new Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast DDR4 DIMMs (ed: yes, that’s really the full name) don’t boast extreme data transfer rates out of the box, but the manufacturer says that they will offer a decent overclocking headroom.


The Corsair Dominator Platinum SE Contrast memory kits will be available in 32 GB density, in dual-channel (2×16 GB) and quad-channel (4×8 GB) versions. The modules are speced for 3466 MT/s data transfer rate with CL16 18-18-36 timings at 1.35 V. The new Dominator Platinum SEC DIMMs are based on Samsung’s hand-picked DRAM ICs, are built on Corsair’s specially-designed 10-layer PCBs, and feature XMP 2.0 profiles to automatically set their frequencies and latencies when they are installed into compatible PCs (and appropriate BIOS settings are activated).



The main selling point of the Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast memory kits are their highly-contrast DHX cooling systems featuring pearlescent white heat spreaders and glossy black light bars with white LEDs on top. The DHX cooling system were designed specifically to maximize heat dissipation and therefore improve overclocking potential of DIMMs. According to Corsair, the Dominator Platinum SEC can “push the latest Intel platforms to their limits”, which is not surprising as memory modules based on Samsung’s B-die DRAM devices can easily run at 4000 MT/s data transfer rates and higher even without sophisticated cooling.



All Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast memory kits will be individually numbered and will be initially available exclusively from Corsair’s online stores in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany. In the U.S., the new dual-channel and quad-channel kits will retail for $440 and $480, respectively.






Corsair’s Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast
Speed Sub-Timings Voltage Kit

Config.
Kit

Capacity
PN Price
DDR4-3466 CL16 18-18-36 1.35 V 4×8 GB 32 GB CMD32GX4M4C3466C16W $480 Exc Tax

£435 Inc. VAT

€475 Inc. Tax
2×16GB CMD32GX4M2C3466C16W $440 Exc Tax

£400 Inc. VAT

€435 Inc. Tax

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Source: AnandTech – Corsair Unveils “Pearlescent White” Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast DIMMs

OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

OWC this week began to ship its ThunderBlade external SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new DAS can deliver up to 2800 MB/s read speeds, which is beyond what even USB 3.1 Gen 2 can offer and is designed to play into the bandwidth advantages of TB3. Meanwhile, two ThunderBlades can be run in OWC’s proprietary SoftRAID mode to take a full advantage of the TB3 bus at up to 3800 MB/s.


OWC’s ThunderBlade DAS devices are available in 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB configurations. Based on the images that OWC demonstrates, all the models are based on four Mercury M.2 SSDs (Silicon Motion SM2260, LDPC, 3D MLC NAND) working in concert (think software-based RAID, but this is not something that OWC confirms). The manufacturer specs its ThunderBlade storage devices for up to 2800 MB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 2450 MB/s sequential write speed, which must be sustained speeds.



Customers who need additional capacity can daisy chain up to six ThunderBlade DAS devices to get up to 48 TB of solid-state storage, whereas clients who need extra performance can run two ThunderBlades in the SoftRAID mode (once deployed for particular drives, they can be used on all types of PCs no matter which OS they use) to get up to 3800 MB/s transfer speeds. Keep in mind though that to get maximum throughput, one needs to connect the drives to ports featuring full TB3 bandwidth (i.e., don’t connect them to the right-hand TB3 ports of 13-inch MBPs as they have reduced PCIe bandwidth, which is what OWC does on the picture below).



Since relatively portable DAS are usually transported with high-performance laptops to shooting locations, the OWC ThunderBlade drives come in a rugged enclosure made of metal that also acts like a cooling system for the NVMe SSDs.

















The OWC ThunderBlade DAS
  1 TB 2 TB 4 TB 8 TB
Number of Drives 4
Internal RAID ?
Sustained Read Speed 2800 MB/s

3800 MB/s with SoftRAID (two DAS are needed)
Sustained Write Speed 2450 MB/s
Ports 2 × Thunderbolt 3
PSU external
Dimensions Width 12.3 cm | 4.9 inch
Length 19.2 cm | 7.5 inch
Height 3 cm | 1.2 inch
Weight 0.7 kg | 1.8 lb
Cables Included Thunderbolt 40Gb/s cable

power adapter + cord
Compatibility macOS 10.13 or later

Windows 10 or later
Price (MSRP) $1,199.99 $1,749.99 $2,799.99 $4,999.99

The new DAS are designed for customers working on Ultra HD video and/or VR content and who need external storage devices with extreme speeds as well as enhanced reliability. Therefore, prices of the drives are fairly high. OWC’s ThunderBlade are available from the manufacturer at MSRPs from $1,199 to $4,999.



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Source: AnandTech – OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Details: Four CPUs, Pre-Order Today, Reviews on the 19th

Today marks the initial start of AMD’s pre-sale of 2nd Generation Ryzen processors. The full launch is set for April 19th, which is when reviews and performance numbers will be officially available, but today we are able to tell you a bit about the processors that are coming, as well as some pictures, and link readers to where they can pre-order. We’re not overly fond of manufacturers offering pre-orders before revealing performance numbers, as with the Threadripper launch last year, however we can at least discuss the details of each part.



Source: AnandTech – AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Details: Four CPUs, Pre-Order Today, Reviews on the 19th

The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review: A Silver Flagship

The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium is marketed as a top of the range ATX offering and currently stands as MSI’s flagship AM4 socket motherboard. The XPower branding over the years has been heavily associated with overclocking and enthusiast level performance, but due to a change in the direction MSI in terms of marketing, the XPowerbranding now correlates with gaming as well. As MSI’s top dog, the silver design has hopes and dreams of standing out in a densely populated segment.



Source: AnandTech – The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review: A Silver Flagship

Intel’s Core i5+, Core i7+ CPUs with Bundled Optane SSDs Hit Retail

Earlier this month Intel introduced its Core i+ processor brand for desktops and laptops. The brand-within-a-brand setup sees Intel’s 8th gen Core i5, i7, and i9 CPUs bundled with its Optane caching SSDs and sold as the i5+, i7+, and i9+ respectively. The chip giant aims such CPUs at customers who would like to improve performance of their storage subsystems yet won’t be investing in full-fledged SSDs. And, after showing up in OEM systems with last week’s launch, the Core i+ processors are now also to retail buyers.


Overall, Intel is rolling out the Core i+ in retail, targeting DIY end-users in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. The lineup of Intel’s Core+ CPUs for desktops currently consists of three SKUs: the Core i7+8700, the Core i5+8500 and the Core i5+8400. The bundles include 16 GB Optane caching drives and are priced at $340, $240 and $215, respectively. For mobile computers, Intel is also offering Core i9+ processor bundles, but it remains to be seen whether the company also plans to expand the family of its Optane-bundled offerings for desktops.







Intel Core i5+ and Core i7+ CPUs with Bundled Optane SSDs for Desktops
  Price with 16 GB Optane Price of CPU only PN
Core i7+8700 $340 $302 BO80684I78700
Core i5+8500 $240 $205 BO80684I58500
Core i5+8400 $215 $179 BO80684I58400

With its Optane caching SSDs (which it calls Optane memory modules), Intel is attempting to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly, the company is capitalizing on demand for high-performance/high-capacity storage subsystems that combine responsiveness of SSDs and capacities of HDDs. Secondly, the company is ramping up production of its 3D XPoint memory and gaining experience in its high-volume manufacturing (i.e., improving yields), something that it is going to need to address needs of datacenter and enterprise market segments going forward.


This increased focus on selling lower capacity Optane modules for caching comes as Intel has made some notable changes to their caching subsystem to improve its usefulness. The Optane software can now cache data from any HDD (not just the primary/boot one), opening up interesting usage scenarios with secondary HDDs for end-users who have already invested in a SSD for their boot drive.



Intel says that a hybrid storage subsystem accelerated by a 32 GB Optane caching SSD is 1.7 – 3.9 times faster when compared to a non-accelerated HDD-based subsystem (see the slides below for details). The performance boost only occurs in situations when cached data is used, so a caching SSD is not a replacement for a regular SSD. However, it is considerably cheaper and since it does improve user experience, it makes the Core i+ bundles particularly useful for PC makers.


Last year Intel teamed up with select makers of motherboards to bundle its Optane caching SSDs with their platforms. This year the company is shifting its strategy and intends to sell such drives with its CPUs.




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Source: AnandTech – Intel’s Core i5+, Core i7+ CPUs with Bundled Optane SSDs Hit Retail

G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

G-Technology this week introduced its new families of external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface, up to 16 TB capacity, and 2800 MB/s sustained throughput. The new DAS from G-Technology are aimed at mobile workstations used for 4K, 8K, and VR content creation.


The new lineup of G-Technology’s external SSDs includes the G-Speed Shuttle multi-bay solid-state storage system, which is for use in studios as well as on set, the G-Drive Pro SSDs, and the G-Drive mobile Pro drives for use primarily on the go. G-Technology guarantees that all the drives offer 2800 MB/s of sustained read speeds in a bid to enable editing of multi-stream Ultra HD footage at full frame rate, or quickly render VR projects.


G-Technology (and Western Digital, the owner of the brand) does not disclose what type of NAND flash memory and NAND controllers the new SSDs use. Meanwhile, since we are dealing with workstation-class products, it is logical to assume that the manufacturer uses highly-reliable components. Just like many other advanced SSDs, the new external drives from G-Technology are covered by a five-year warranty.



The G-Speed Shuttle SSD is the flagship external solid-state storage system from G-Technology featuring a hardware RAID controller (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50 modes are supported), and eight bays for SSD modules. The storage device will be available in 8 TB and 16 TB versions (it is unclear whether the numbers are raw NAND, or usable NAND), it will have two Thunderbolt 3 ports to daisy chain up to five additional devices (e.g., build an external solid-state storage system featuring a 96 TB capacity). The G-Speed Shuttle comes in enclosure with a handle to enable a more comfortable transportation from a studio to a shooting site.



The G-Speed Shuttle SSD featuring 8 TB capacity will start at $5,100, the 16 TB version will cost $7,600. The storage systems will be available this month.



Moving on to the G-Drive Pro SSDs. These external storage devices pack enterprise-class PCIe SSDs rated for 1 DWPD and will be available in 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB and 7.68 TB capacities. G-Drive Pro will come in stackable aluminum enclosures with two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining of up to five additional devices. In addition, the drives are equipped with an active cooling to guarantee sustainable performance.



Pricing of the G-Drive Pro SSDs will start at $1400 for a 960 GB version, whereas the top-of-the-range 7.68 TB SKU will be priced at $7,600. G-Technology plans to start sales of the G-Drive Pro SSDs in May.



For those who need an ultra-fast, durable SSD in a shock-resistant enclosure, G-Technology will offer the G-Drive mobile Pro SSDs. These drives will be available in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities and will come in chassis speced for a  three-meter drop protection and a 1000-lb crush-proof rating. The G-Drive mobile Pro SSDs are not exactly the most portable mobile storage devices, they do not support daisy chaining, but if you need extra protection for your data, this seems like a fair trade off.



As for pricing, a 500 GB G-Drive mobile Pro SSD will cost you $650, whereas a 1 TB version will be available for $1,050. The manufacturer plans to ship the new drives this Summer.


















G-Technology’s 2018 DAS SSDs with Thunderbolt 3
  G-Drive Shuttle G-Drive Pro SSD G-Drive mobile Pro
Number of Bays 8 swappable bays for SSDs
Capacity 8 TB

16 TB
960 GB

1.92 TB

3.84 TB

7.68 TB
500 GB

1 TB
RAID 0/1/5/10/50
Sustained Read Speed 2800 MB/s
Sustained Write Speed unknown
RAID Controller Hardware RAID controller
Ports 2 × Thunderbolt 3 1 × Thunderbolt 3
PSU integrated external bus-powered
Dimensions Width 24.7 cm | 9.75 inch 13 cm | 5.12 inch 8 cm | 3.15 inch
Length 17.4 cm | 6.85 inch 21 cm | 8.27 inch 11.2 cm | 4.41 inch
Height 26.7 cm | 10.5 inch 4.5 cm | 1.79 inch 1.7 cm | 0.67 inch
Cables Included Thunderbolt 40Gb/s cable

power cord
Thunderbolt 40Gb/s cable

power adapter + cord
Thunderbolt 40Gb/s cable
Compatibility macOS 10.12+

Windows 10, 7 (via reformat)
macOS 10.13+

Windows 10 (via reformat)
MacOS 10.13+

Windows 10 (via reformat)
Price (MSRP) 8 TB: $5,100

16 TB: $7,600
960 GB: $1,400

1.92 TB: $2,100

3.84 TB: $4,100

7.68 TB: $7,600
500 GB: $660

1 TB: $1,050

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Source: AnandTech – G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

The Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1 Review

Dell’s XPS lineup of consumer laptops are some of the best in the business, and Dell started the thin-bezel trend that has now taken over the industry. But if you’re in the market for a business laptop and the practicality that implies, their Latitude lineup is likely more suited for your needs. To that end, today we’re taking a look at the latest Dell Latitude 13 2-in-1 model, the 7390. This latest business model from Dell features all of the latest features, including 8th generation quad-core CPUs, and the business features you’d expect like vPro, and optional Smart Card support. It even offers cellular connectivity for those that need to work on the go.



Source: AnandTech – The Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1 Review

Intel Core-B Processors: 8th Gen BGA with 65W TDP

During the mêlée of last week and Intel announcing the next wave of 8th Gen Core processors, there were a few products that Intel did not include in the official announcement. The ones that we caught were the Pentium Gold and Celeron desktop product line, but over the weekend we have also noticed that Intel is introducing a new line of ‘B’ processors.


The key features of the B processors are that they are named and perform similarly to the desktop processors the names are based on, but are not designed for socketed desktops: they use BGA mounting, similar to notebook processors. The high-end notebook processors, Core-H, are historically denoted by their 45W TDP, while these new Core-B processors have a 65W TDP. Intel has stated that this is not a ‘new B-series’ of processors, however they do not fall into the standard Core-S desktop definition, nor do they really qualify as notebook processors, siting above the Core-H line in a high-power segment that Intel defines for All-in-One types of systems (monitor with the PC embedded in the back).


The goal of the Core-B line, as we were told, is to offer embedded versions of desktop processors for AIO-type form factors with a lower z-height, enabling a more streamlined and premium design for integrated desktops. In the past this segment was supplied by Core-H or socketed Core-S processors. It is a little strange though – Intel’s own processor model tracking system, ARK, has a field for ‘embedded options available’ with the desktop processors, suggesting that they could have just said ‘yes’ and kept the name the same. But on a positive side, we can now identify which AIOs are using socketed parts compared to those using embedded parts, identified by the Core-B CPUs.


The initial run of the Core-B line will have a Core i7-8700B, Core i5-8500B, and Core i5-8400B.











AnandTech Core

i7-8700B
Core

i5-8500B
Core

i5-8400
TDP 65 W 65 W 65W
Cores 6C / 12T 6C / 6T 6C / 6T
Base Frequency 3.20 GHz 3.00 GHz 2.80 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.60 GHz 4.10 GHz 4.00 GHz
iGPU UHD 630 UHD 630 UHD 630
iGPU Base/Turbo 350 / 1200 MHz 350 / 1100 MHz 350 / 1050 MHz
DRAM Support DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Optane Support Yes Yes Yes

In all respects, these are identical to their 65W desktop equivalents. That includes core counts, base frequencies, turbo frequencies, memory support, Optane support, and integrated graphics. The only difference however is that these CPUs are likely to be placed into TDP-limited scenarios enabled through firmware.


For example, take the MSI Vortex G25 system. I saw this at the end of last year at an Intel event in London, and noticed it had the Core i7-8700 processor in it. Based on our initial 8th Generation review and internal testing, I knew that the Core i7-8700 in a thermally unrestricted desktop drew a lot of power depending on how the BIOS was configured – somewhere north of 120W when the system was loaded and Intel’s all-core turbo was in play. So in spending 10 minutes with the Vortex system, I was able to determine that the Core i7-8700 in it was limited at the BIOS level to 65W maximum. As a result, for anything approaching serious multi-core workloads, the system was running at 3.2 GHz.



This ultimately made sense – the system design, with a big GPU inside, is limited by the ability to remove heat. The system was also designed by MSI’s laptop team, so they do know a thing or two about adjusting TDP limits using the BIOS. However, we were now in a situation where the Core i7-8700 in the MSI Vortex would perform significantly worse (up to 33%) on certain workloads due to the TDP limitation compared to a thermally unrestricted Core i7-8700 in a desktop allowed to implement the standard turbo profile.


The net result here is that systems like the Vortex will transition to these new Core-B processors. The upside is that the system design could be more efficient, and that when we see a B-series processor, we could ascertain that the turbo performance (especially multi-core turbo) might be lower than the desktop equivalent. The downside is the user will not be getting unrestricted i7-8700 performance.



A Small Chipset Announcement


Also on Intel’s cards, but not in the official announcements, was the CM246 mobile chipset, used by the new 8th Gen Core laptops that have Xeon-E processors in them. This chipset is a beefed up version of the HM370 chipset, supporting 24 PCIe lanes, six USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports, eight SATA ports, vPro, and Intel’s RST Enterprise. Intel rates the chipset at a 3W TDP. We are still waiting for the full announcement of the Xeon-E line, however.


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Source: AnandTech – Intel Core-B Processors: 8th Gen BGA with 65W TDP

HP Announces Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display: 32" WQHD w/DisplayHDR 600 & FreeSync

Alongside their new Pavilion gaming desktops and laptops, today HP is also announcing an addition to their monitor stable with the release of the new Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display. An update of sort to HP’s current family of 32-inch monitors, including the existing Pavilion Gaming 32 and Omen 32, HP’s latest monitor carves out an important niche for itself by adding basic HDR support.


At a high level, the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR is built on a 32-inch VA panel featuring a 2560×1440 resolution, 300 nits typical brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response times, and like many of HP’s other 32-inch monitors, is FreeSync (1) enabled. The all-important backlighting system being used to enable HDR is an edge-lit LED system that, like similar systems, supports eight different zones of local dimming for increased contrast.



The chassis of the monitor comes in one color, Shadow Black. About the most identifiable feature is the stand that supports the panel. Instead of a circular base with a single post, HP is using a rectangle shaped base with two posts which should make for more stable footing. The back of the monitor has a large green HP symbol in the middle of its gentle arched rear panel. Still on the rear but at the bottom, we are able to see the power adapter, two USB 3.0 ports, as well as the two HDMI and single DisplayPort ports. On the far left is where the power, menu, and adjustment buttons which leave the front with a clean aesthetic. The only design features on the front is a smaller HP symbol in green in the center of the bottom bezel, as well as the power LED in the bottom right corner.



Officially this is an DisplayHDR 600-certified monitor. This means that it supports limited/mid-tier HDR features, including 600 nits peak luminescence for brief periods of time. HP rates the typical brightness at just 300 nits, though as a DisplayHDR 600-compliant display it should be able to sustain 350 nits indefinitely. Equally important, on the color gamut side, the DisplayHDR requirements mean that this monitor needs to support DCI-P3, with HP going above and beyond the standard with a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut.


Meanwhile to earn its gaming credentials, the monitor supports AMD’s first-generation FreeSync variable refresh technology. The 48Hz to 75Hz refresh rate isn’t quite wide enough to support FreeSync low framerate compensation, but along with allowing at least some variability here, the higher-than-average 75Hz refresh rate does give the monitor an edge in smoothness over standard 60Hz monitors. Thsi also puts the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR in limited company as it offers both HDR and FreeSync support. Notably however this is not a FreeSync 2 display, so it doesn’t get to take advantage of AMD’s latest technology there.


The HP Pavilion Gaming 32” Display will cost $449 and will be available through HP.com and other retailers on May 11th




















Specifications of the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR
  3BZ12AA#ABA
Panel 32″ VA
Native Resolution 2560×1440 (WQHD)
Refresh Range 48 -75 Hz
Response Time 5 ms GtG
Brightness 300 cd/m² (typical)
600 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm²
Pixel Density 91.8 ppi
Display Colors 16.7 million
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3 95%
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort

2 × HDMI 

HDCP 1.4/2.2
Stand
Tilt angle: 21° up; 5° down
Audio N/A
VESA 100 × 100
Additional Information N/A

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Source: AnandTech – HP Announces Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display: 32″ WQHD w/DisplayHDR 600 & FreeSync

Cadence Announces Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP

Today’s announcement comes from Cadence, and we see the unveiling of a new DSP IP called the new Tensilica Vision Q6. The Q6 succeeds the Vision P6 which as of late has had quite a success: the P6 is included in HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC which powers the Mate 10 and P20 devices, and serves as the main imaging processing unit enabling a wide variety of features. 

As the industry and underlyign technology is evolving, we’ve seen a large shift in image processing on mobile devices, which over the last couple of years have been increasingly relying on processing to improve camera capabilities. DSPs are becoming ever more important in smartphone devices and mainstream players such as Qualcomm have touted the advantages for a long time. We’ve seen vendors such as Google even go as far as including dedicated SoCs such as the Pixel Visual Core, with the goal of augmenting the imaging processing capabilities of their devices.



Source: AnandTech – Cadence Announces Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP

AMD Releases OEM Desktop & Mobile Radeon RX 500X SKUs: The Radeon Rebadge Returns

Tucked inside today’s HP’s announcement of their new Pavilion gaming systems is an interesting item: a mobile Radeon RX 560X graphics option. This is in fact not a typo on our part or on HP’s part; rather AMD is launching a series of new and yet surprisingly familiar video card SKUs for their OEMs. That’s right, we’ve reached that time of the year once again: the semi-annual OEM GPU rebadges have returned.


To that end, AMD today is announcing a series of new OEM-only SKUs for desktop and mobile, which we’re unofficially dubbing the Radeon RX 500X series. These new SKUs are not available as retail add-in boards, instead the RX 500X series is the latest in the roughly annual GPU rebadging cycle that both GPU manufacturers participate in for PC OEMs.


As this tends happen every couple of years or so, regular readers may recall the OEM desktop Radeon 300 or HD 8000 series. But if this your first OEM rebadge cycle the summary is this: with the shorter product cycles of OEM systems versus retail channel video cards, OEMs want to advertise the latest components when they refresh and update their systems, even when new GPUs are not available. To which NVIDIA and AMD rebrand, refresh, or otherwise re-designate existing SKUs as OEM-exclusive parts.



In the case of this latest rebadge cycle, this comes on the heels of Intel’s recent 8th Gen Core CPU launch, which saw AMD’s rival launch a number of new CPU SKUs for desktop and mobile. And while there’s a certain degree of sheer oddity to an Intel update triggering an AMD rebadge, at the end of the day OEM product cycles are primarily tied to Intel’s CPU cycles. So now that OEMs have new Intel CPUs to put in their machines, they want to throw in “new” video cards to match.


As far as naming conventions go, AMD has been ambiguous thus far in whether these new SKUs are going to be treated as a wholly new series, as these are new SKUs in the existing RX 500 series. But regardless of what AMD does, as there are multiple new SKUs across the RX 500 lineup, it’s convenient for us refer to them together as a single block of parts.


Adding an extra wrinkle to all of this is the fact that word of the Radeon RX 500X series got out ahead of today’s announcement, so there’s been a lot of people (ourselves included) wondering just what was going on. As the RX 500X series was first outed through the AMD website source code, some confusion arose about a potential retail AIB refresh, but to clarify again, the RX 500X series is an OEM-exclusive stack. Which, unfortunately doesn’t mean that you won’t see the new SKUs listed elsewhere; since the launch of the RX 500 series last year, AMD hasn’t been maintaining a separate OEM section, so the OEM Radeon 500 series have been appearing in AMD’s main graphics section.


But that’s enough about the presentation. Let’s get to the meat of the matter: technical specifications. While we have not seen the official specifications ahead of today’s announcement, in a call with AMD we have been told that the new parts have the same nominal specifications as the old parts. That means that there have been no clockspeed adjustments or other adjustments that will cause the new OEM parts to perform differently than the existing AIB parts; it’s exactly the same hardware as before.


In practice, OEMs already alter the specifications of some of their video cards by turning down clockspeeds for power efficiency reasons – especially in laptops – so expect to see the same thing here. Instead, AMD’s specifications represent the highest frequencies these new parts will be clocked at, just like in past generations. Which for the AnandTech reader, means that deciphering the RX 500X specifications is very straightforward.
















AMD OEM Desktop & Mobile Radeon RX 500X Series
Presumed Specifications, Subject to Confirmation
  Radeon

RX 580X
Radeon

RX 570X
Radeon

RX 560X
Radeon

RX 550X
Radeon

RX 540X
Radeon

550X
Radeon

540X
Base Model Radeon RX 580 Radeon RX 570 Radeon RX 560 Radeon RX 550 Radeon RX 540 Radeon RX 550? Radeon 540
Stream Processors 2304

(36 CUs)
2048

(32 CUs)
1024

(16 CUs)
896

(14 CUs)
512 or more

(8 CUs or more)
512

(8 CUs)
512

(8 CUs)
512

(8 CUs)
Texture Units 144 128 64 56 32
ROPs 32 32 16 16
Boost Clock (up to) <= 1340MHz <= 1244MHz <=

1275MHz
<= 1183MHz <= 1219MHz ? <= 1124MHz
Memory Clock 8 Gbps GDDR5 7 Gbps GDDR5 7 Gbps GDDR5 7 Gbps GDDR5 6 Gbps GDDR5 7 Gbps GDDR5? 6 Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 64-bit? 64-bit
VRAM 8GB 4GB/8GB 2GB/4GB 2GB/4GB
Transistor Count 5.7B 5.7B 3B 2.2B
GPU Polaris 10 Polaris 10 Polaris 11 Polaris 12 (Lexa)
Process GloFo 14nm
Architecture GCN 4

As far as documentation goes, OEM GPUs (particularly mobile) have never received much attention, especially since they are subject to aforementioned OEM-specific adjustments or re-configurations. But for the most part, the RX 500X rebadging simply involves an extra ‘X’ to the name, and with the RX 560X showing up as both 14CU and 16CU variants that originally appeared last summer. And it should be noted that like the RX 500 series parts before them, AMD is maintaining a single series of SKUs for both desktop and mobile, so clockspeeds aside mobile implementations will be based on the same GPUs and have the same configurations as their desktop counterparts.


The one real wildcard in all of this is the Radeon (sans-RX) 550X, which has no directly named equivalent from the former models. So it is not clear how the four 550 & 540 class products (RX 550X, RX 540X, 550X, 540X) exactly line up. There also exists an RX 550 variant with 640 stream processors (10 compute units), quietly released earlier this year; that might be involved here, considering the RX 550 product page on the Radeon site specifies possible higher CU counts, while the product page on the main site does not specify CU count at all.


In any case, while some may point to AMD’s announced model numbering scheme for revisions (i.e. RX 585), the RX 500X branding is to the taste of OEMs, and is not beholden to retail numbering. Instead, the purpose of the Radeon RX 500X series is – besides the obvious case of incrementing the product name – is to give OEMs a means of calling attention to all of the improvements AMD has made to the family on the driver side of matters in the last year. As non-technical customers may not be familiar with the brand and its developments such as the many new features introduced in the Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition, this is one method OEMs can use to communicate these changes to buyers without having to explain the whole concept of drivers and feature updates. Which at the end of the day won’t change the fact that this is the same hardware, but it aligns with OEM logic, which as we’ve seen time and time again, isn’t rooted in the same space as computer enthusiast logic.


Finally, other than HP’s Pavilion 15-cx0030nr laptop, the RX 560X has also been spotted ahead of today’s official announcement on non-US Acer product pages for the Nitro 5 AN515-42, which was originally unveiled at CES with the RX 560 option. So along with these new laptops, we should expect to see other OEM systems incorporating the RX 500X series in the near future.



Source: AMD



Source: AnandTech – AMD Releases OEM Desktop & Mobile Radeon RX 500X SKUs: The Radeon Rebadge Returns

Mainstream Gaming: HP Updates Pavilion Gaming Desktop/Laptop Lineups

On the heels of Intel releasing their 8th Generation Core processors in late 2017, OEMs hustled to get their next generation of desktops and laptops ready to accept that shiny new object. The new CPUs mean additional cores, and in many cases, faster clock speeds promising better performance across a multitude of applications. These updates have, in turn, reached a peak with last week’s release of the rest of the 8th gen CPUs, leading to what we have seen over the past several days from Dell, MSI, and others with updated gaming lines, workstations, laptops/2-in-1’s and more. 


To that end, HP is joining the group refreshing several lineups including Pavilion/Pavilion Gaming desktops and laptops, a Chromebook 2-in-1, as well as a new 32″ monitor with HDR. We are seeing hex-cores where quad-cores used to be, and quad-cores where duals were with processors from both Intel and AMD as the weapons of choice. HP slots the Pavilion Gaming lineup as a more affordable path for a gaming machine and wants to bring down some premium features into that lower price point with some of their latest offerings. 


Pavilion Gaming Desktops (690/790)


On the desktop side of matters, HP is unveiling their latest updates to the Pavilion Gaming lines with the introduction of the Pavilion 690 and Pavilion 790. The Pavilion Gaming lineup is intended to court the mainstream gamers – those who aren’t really part of the DIY market and are indifferent to having a customizable ecosystem. The key differences between the updated lines lay in the size of the case, and video cards used as well as overall performance. The 690 is the smaller chassis of the two with a 15L internal capacity and starts with an AMD Ryzen APU/AMD video card configuration. The 790 is 33% larger internally at 20L capacity, uses an 8th Gen Intel CPUs and AMD/NVIDIA video card options (supports a faster NVIDIA based GPU on the high end). Both, HP says, offer the latest technology and the ability to upgrade along with a bold design separating itself from the non-gaming Pavilion desktop and laptop lineups.



The updated ‘shadow black’ chassis has an angular design with angular cut bezels and a brushed aluminum finish giving the case a 3D two-tone effect on the front. Also on the front is a green LED strip in the center along with green power buttons, port labels, and a green HP logo on the bottom. It’s clear there is an aesthetic separation between the two lines. The Pavilion 690 chassis measures in at 6.7” x 11.02” x 13.30” (W x D x H) and is able to support up to three storage devices, half-length video cards (up to RX 580), and two DRAM slots (supports up to 32GB). There is a free PCIe x1 slot and M.2 slot inside. The 790 chassis measures in at 6.06” x 14.08” x 14.52” (W x D x H) and will support full-length graphics cards, up to four storage devices, and four DRAM slots (up to 64GB). Inside the 790 are two free PCIe x1 slots as well as a PCIe x4 slot. If multi-GPU is needed, users will have to step up to an Omen or Omen X based desktop.


 


On the hardware side of things, the 690 uses a quad-core AMD Ryzen 3 2200G processor running at a base clock of 3.5 GHz with a maximum boost up to 3.7 GHz. Maximum CPU support is up to an Intel Core i7-8700. The base configuration comes with 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory in an unfortunate single-channel 1 x 8 GB setup, expandable to 32 GB (2 x 16GB). Storage starts off with a single 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive with PCIe NVMe and SATA based M.2 drives optional. Storage capacity is up to 3.5 TB when using a 512 GB SSD + 3TB HDD combination. Pushing pixels here is the AMD Radeon RX 550 4 GB as the base model, with upgrade options including NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or AMD’s Radeon RX 580 8 GB.


The 790, on the other hand, uses a hex-core 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8400, which has a base clock of 2.8 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4 GHz. Its fastest processor is also the i7-8700. The base configuration here is also 1 x 8 GB but the 790 uses the slightly faster DDR4-2666 memory. Memory capacity is expandable to 64 GB (4 x 16 GB), double the 690. The base storage configuration is a 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 drive. There are a total of three 3.5” drives and two M.2 slots to mix and match configurations with a swing out HDD tray for easy storage additions. For video cards, the 790 starts off with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and goes up to a GTX 1080 8 GB or a RX 580 8GB.


Connectivity and networking configurations are also similar with both the 690 and 790 offering users a wired Gigabit Ethernet port as well as 802.11ac 1×1 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support. Both boxes include a legacy optical drive, two USB 3.1 ports, USB 3.0 Type-C port, as well as an HP 3-in-1 card reader. On the back, both have two USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports. The 790 adds two USB 3.0 Type-A ports on the front as well as splitting out the audio combo jack to a headphone and microphone jacks. The video outputs on the 690 consist of a single HDMI port and DisplayPort while the 790 has VGA, HDMI. Other options will vary by the video card chosen. There are no details on the specific audio codecs used, but it is 5.1 surround capable. Both units use HP Audio Stream functionality which will allow you to connect your phone to the PC via Bluetooth and stream audio from your phone to your PC speakers – a pretty cool value-add feature.


The Pavilion Gaming 690 with AMD Ryzen and RX 500 combination starts at $549 while the base 790 with Intel i5-8400 and NVIDIA GTX 1050 will start off at $749. We can expect to see these online and on store shelves in the May/June timeframe.






















HP Pavilion Gaming Desktops (690/790)
  690 790
Warranty Period 1 Year Warranty
Product Page N/A N/A
Processors AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4C/4T – 3.7 GHz Turbo Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i+ four or six core CPUs

i5-8400 6C/6T – 4 GHz Turbo
Memory Up to 32 GB  DDR4-2666 Up to 64 GB DDR4-2666
Network Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet

802.11ac Dual Band (1Tx1R) Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.2
Storage SSD Up to 512 GB M.2 SATA

Up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe 
HDD Up to 3 TB 7200 RPM SATA
Graphics Up to:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

or AMD Radeon RX 580
Up to:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
or AMD Radeon RX 580
Expansion Slots 1 x SD card reader (3-in-1)

1 x PCIe x1 (available)

1 x PCIe x16 (occupied)

2 M.2 (one available)
1 x SD card reader (3-in-1)
2 x PCIe x1 (two available)

1 x PCIe x4 (available)

1 x PCIe x16 (occupied)
2 M.2 (occupied)
Display N/A
Ports and Connectors 1 x Headphone/mic Combo
Front: 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C

Rear: 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort
1 x Headphone/mic Combo
Front: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C,

Rear: 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0

1 x VGA

1 x HDMI

1 x Microphone

3 x DisplayPort (depends on GPU)
Input Device HP Wired keyboard and wired optical mouse
Camera N/A
Power 310W Internal 400W Internal
Audio 5.1 Surround
Dimensions

(L x W x H)
11.02″ x 6.69″ x 13.30″ 14.79″ x 6.06″ x 14.37″
Weight ~11.35 lbs ~18.96 lbs
Price ($US) Starting $549 Starting $749

Pavilion Gaming Laptops (15-cx0020nr / 15-cx0030nr)


On the mobile side of Pavilion Gaming, HP brought out two options, the first – the 15-cx0020nr – is intended for those who may be more price-sensitive. This laptop includes a “U” series Intel CPU and is paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 as its only graphics option. The higher-end 15-cx0030nr will an 8th Generation Intel CPU along with video card choices going up to a GTX 1060 Max-Q or AMD’s new Radeon RX 560X. The options in the Pavilion lineup do a good job not stepping on the toes of their Omen and Omen X lineups by limiting the higher end options. The Omen lineups are intended to scale better, have more aggressive design aesthetics and a full complement of hardware options to choose from as well as a more thorough and customizable ecosystem. The Pavilion Gaming laptops intend to fill that gap with a more palatable pricing format as well as hardware to perform its intended function.



The design of the Pavilion Gaming laptops, as with the desktops, set themselves apart from the non-gaming Pavilion laptops. With the top closed, the black chassis is fairly non-descript outside of the larger exhaust vents on the rear. The monitor has a narrow border design (a signature element) along with an aluminum keyboard deck. The 30nr will come in three colors, Ghost White, Acid Green, or Ultraviolet (exclusive to HP) with the backlit keyboard color to match. The side bezels are 9.8mm on the side and 16.14mm on top which can shrink the overall size of the laptop. The angular design has a focus on venting and thermal performance to help keep the hardware cool inside with its dual cooling fans moved to the edge to allow for better airflow across the components. The now-familiar signature geometric faceted speaker grille finds its way to the Pavilion Gaming laptops as well as being found on all other pavilion laptops.



Along with the aforementioned quad and hex-core options for the various Pavillion 15 models, the 0030 model also includes Intel 8th Generation i+ options which include Intel Optane memory. Video card solutions range from a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or AMD RX 560X, up to a NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q. RAM appears to max out at 8GB of DDR4-2666 in 1×8 GB configuration. The Memory slot is not user accessible so at first glance it appears 16 GB is out of the question on the Pavilion Gaming Laptops this generation. Storage options range from a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive and 128 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD for a total of 2.1 TB with a 128 GB SSD and 2 TB HDD. There are three monitor choices, a FHD (1920×1080) 60 Hz display, FHD 144 Hz display, or 4K UHD options.


For networking and connectivity, there is a Gigabit LAN port along with 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. In addition, HP offers optional Wi-Fi supporting up to Gigabit speeds. External ports include a single USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI for video, RJ-45, multi-format digital media card reader as well as a headphone/microphone combo jack. Last, audio functionality is handled by dual stereo speakers with Bang & Olufsen Play support.




The “U” series based SKU is only available in select markets – no price listed. Base price for a i5-8350H/ Radeon RX 560X/1080p 60 Hz display/1 TB HDD + 16GB Optane starts at $799. The Pavilion Gaming laptops will also be available in the late May or June timeframe both online and in-store.






















HP Pavilion Gaming Laptops (0020/0030)
  0020 0030
Warranty Period 1 Year Warranty
Product Page N/A N/A
Processors i5-8250U 4C/8T – 3.4 GHz Turbo Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i+ four or six core CPUs

i5-8300H 4C/8T – 4 GHz Turbo

i7-8750H 6C/12T – 4.1 GHz Turbo
Memory Up to 8 GB  DDR4-2666 Up to 8 GB  DDR4-2666

16 GB Intel Optane Memory
Network Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet

802.11ac Dual Band (2Tx2R) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
802.11ac Dual Band (2Tx2R) Gigabit Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 (optional)
Storage SSD Up to 256 GB PCIe NVMe 
HDD Up to 2 TB 5400 RPM SATA

or

Up to 1 TB 7200 RPM
Graphics Up to:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
Up to:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

Max-Q
Expansion Slots 1 x SD card reader (3-in-1)

1 x PCIe x1 (available)

1 x PCIe x16 (occupied)

2 M.2 (one available)
1 x SD card reader (3-in-1)
2 x PCIe x1 (two available)

1 x PCIe x4 (available)

1 x PCIe x16 (occupied)
2 M.2 (occupied)
Display N/A
Ports and Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C

2 x USB 3.0

1 x HDMI

1 x RJ-45

1 x Headphone/microphone combo
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x RJ-45
1 x Headphone/microphone combo
Input Device Full-size island style backlit keyboard w/numeric keypad
Camera Front-facing HP Wide Vision HD Webcam w/ dual array microphones
Power 52.5Whr 3-cell polymer/prismatic mix battery

150W AC Adapter
52.5Whr 3-cell polymer/prismatic mix battery
150W AC Adapter
Audio Bang & Olufsen Play with dual speakers
Dimensions

(W x D x H)
14.40″ x 10.01″ x 1.00″ 14.40″ x 10.01″ x 1.00″
Weight ~5.18 lbs
Price ($US) Starting $??? in select markets $799

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Source: AnandTech – Mainstream Gaming: HP Updates Pavilion Gaming Desktop/Laptop Lineups

Acer and ASUS G-Sync HDR Displays Listed & Priced In Europe

Select European retailers have begun to take pre-orders on G-Sync HDR-supporting monitors from Acer and ASUS that are expected to hit the market as early as late this month. Pricing of the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ displays appears to be between €2500 and €3000 with VAT, which looks expensive even when European prices and VAT are taken into account.


Acer and ASUS first showcased their 27-inch 4K 144 Hz displays supporting NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology at last year’s CES, but could not bring them to market in 2017. Last month NVIDIA — which developed and assembled the prototypes for these monitors — said that both highly-anticipated LCDs would ship in April to rejoice of gamers. However pricing for these monitors has never officially been unveiled, as Acer and ASUS were waiting until closer to the displays’ launch to release that information.


According to Geizhals.eu, a price-search service, there are a number of retailers in Austria, Denmark and Germany, who are accepting pre-orders on the the Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. The displays are expected to ship in late April, or in May, but their prices look rather extreme.










G-Sync HDR Monitor Pre-Order Prices
  Retailer Local Price with VAT Price in USD with VAT Price in USD without VAT
Acer Predator X27 Komplett.dk 18,495 DKK $3,068 $2455
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ XITRA.de €2,442 $3,017 $2535
I-CS.at €2,604 $3,218 $2682
Built-Direkt.de €2,646 $3,270 $2748
K&M €2,919 $3,607 $3031
Bora Computers €2,919 $3,607 $3031

The Acer Predator X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ monitors will be the first monitors to support NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology, with their high-end technology setting them up to fetch a high-end price. From a hardware perspective, they are based on AU Optronics’ M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate, this is a rare combination of features these days. Secondly, the monitors must support the DCI-P3 color gamut and a 1000 nits brightness, another challenging combination to be supported by the backlighting. Thirdly, these monitors feature a direct LED backlighting system with 384 zones, which is currently used on one professional monitor. Last but not least, the monitors need a new scaler that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR, which was developed by NVIDIA, which fetches a further premium.



Overall, initial pricing projections for the monitors had them at around $2000. These pre-order prices in Europe are higher still, but at the same time European hardware prices tend to run high even without the impact of VAT. So it remains to be seen where US pricing will end up. But regardless of the speciifc price tag, it looks like G-Sync HDR will remain a prerogative of ultra-premium LCDs and PCs for the time being.


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Sources: Geizhals.EU, TechPowerUp, TechReport



Source: AnandTech – Acer and ASUS G-Sync HDR Displays Listed & Priced In Europe

MSI Announces GS65 Stealth: Thin & Lighter 15-Inch Gaming Laptop

When most think of gaming laptops large bulky devices with aggressive styling and likely some RGB LED flare setting themselves apart from the pool of monotonous portables. However, for their newest laptop being announced alongside Intel’s 8th gen Core processors, MSI has gone in a completely different direction with their GS65 Stealth Thin, offering users a thin clamshell-style laptop along with an elegant black and gold design that doesn’t show its hand as to what is under the hood. The GS65 offers users a 6C/6T 8th generation Intel processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU driving its 15.6” 144 Hz panel – all inside of a 4.14 lbs. 0.69-inch thin and stylish package.


MSI’s gaming lineup is distinctive from their other offerings with a black and red theme and the typical ‘bling’ we are used to seeing. The GS65 tones it down quite a bit and gives users a sleek black base color along with gold trim around the frame. The MSI gaming dragon on the lid is also adorned with the gold color. About the only design queues on the outside telling us it is a fit for purpose device may be the vents located on the side and back. The Steel Series keyboard is RGB backlit controlled by their software. Outside of that, it just gives the appearance of a premium ultra-thin portable. The result is a sleek and portable 15-inch laptop that fits within a 14-inch device’s footprint.



Just because it looks like something fit more for a boardroom than a game room, doesn’t mean it’s lacking under that exterior. The GS65 uses the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750 6C/12T CPU with speeds boosting to 4.1 GHz. There are two video card options – either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, or GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5, both using the Max-Q technology from NVIDIA. The GPUs drive a 15.6” FHD (1920×1080) TN panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 7ms GTG, and 72% NTSC color gamut coverage – the only panel option. System memory ranges from 16 GB DDR4-2400 up to 32 GB with all options in a dual-channel configuration.



For storage and connectivity, the GS65 only offers SSD storage and forgoes any platter based options. SSD options include both SATA and PCIe NVMe based devices ranging from 256 GB to 512GB. There is also a 1TB RAID0 option as well for those who would like ultra-fast storage. On the connectivity side of things, the GS65 includes three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, HDMI (2.0) and mini-DisplayPort (1.2) along with a mic/headphone combo jack.


Networking functionality on the wired side is handled by the Killer e2500 Gigabit LAN while there is a choice on the wireless side. Users have a choice between the latest Intel 9560 solution supporting 802.11ac 2×2 with speeds up to 1.73 Gbps or a Killer N1550 combo offering the same 802.11ac 2×2 with Wi-Fi speeds also breaking the Gigabit barrier at 1.73 Gbps. All devices support Bluetooth 5.0.


The GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop starts at $1799 with availability expected later this year.



















MSI GT63 Stealth Thin (037/050/051/053/054/068) 
Type Gaming Laptop
Processors i7-8750H (6C / 12T – 4.1 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2400
Network Connectivity Killer Networks e2500 GbE

Killer 1550 802.11ac Dual Band 2×2 Up to 1.73 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0

Intel 9560 802.11ac Dual Band 2×2 Up to 1.73 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0
Internal Storage SSD 256 GB SATA M.2

256 GB -512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 (Up to 2 in RAID0)
HDD N/A
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q
Expansion Slots SD Card reader
Display 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) TN panel, 140 Hz, 7ms GTG, 72% NTSC
Ports and Connectors 3 x USB 3.1 (Type-A)

1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)

1 x HDMI (2.0)

1 x mini-DisplayPort (1.2)

1 x headphone/SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)

1 x Microphone
Input Device Steelseries RGB Gaming Keyboard
Camera FHD @ 30 FPS
Power 82Wh 4-Cell Lithium Ion Polymer

180W Slim AC Adapter
Dimensions

(H x W x D) 
14.08″ x 9.75″ x 0.69″
Weight 4.14 lbs
Price (Starting) $1799

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Source: AnandTech – MSI Announces GS65 Stealth: Thin & Lighter 15-Inch Gaming Laptop

MSI's GT75 Titan DTR Laptop Gets Coffee Lake Treatment: Core i9 + GeForce GTX 1080

MSI has updated their GT series of gaming laptops (GT63, GT75, and GT83) all receiving an upgrade to the 8th generation Intel CPUs. The GT75 will now support up to an i9-8950HK processor, the first (at this time only) MSI laptop running an i9 processor. The hex-core i9-8950HK is overclockable and is complemented by a choice of NVIDIA GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics along with two screen choices – an FHD 3ms IPS or a  4K UHD 60 Hz IPS panel. A base configuration of the beast will start around $2399 and comes with an i7-8850H, GTX 1070, 16GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive with the i9 SKU starting at $3299 with the same specs.


The GT Titan lineup is where MSI keeps their high-end laptops. The laptops include aggressive styling and high-end hardware rivaling and surpassing some desktops. The GT75’s updates all come internally with no exterior changes. The laptop uses a brushed look on top along with the MSI name and ‘MSI Gaming red’ accent pieces on either side. If the sheer size of the laptop doesn’t tell you it’s packing some performance under there, then the large intake vents on the side and exhaust on the rear will surely give it away. Opening up the lid reveals a Steel Series per-key RGB backlit low-profile mechanical keyboard, where RGB LED dreams (nightmares?) come true. Customization of the keyboard and other lights on the machine can be changed through the Steel Series Engine software.



 



The big change here is the update to 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs bringing one of the most powerful CPUs inside a laptop with the i9-8950HK. The overclockable processor has 6C/12T with clock speeds reaching up to 4.8 GHz maximum Turbo. Other CPU options include an i7-8750H (6C/12T 4.1 GHz Turbo), and a slightly faster i7-8850H (6C/12T 4.3 GHz Turbo). The base Memory configuration is 16 GB DDR4-2400 (single channel), while the only dual-channel configuration is in 32 GB DDR4-2666 form on the higher SKUs. The GT series offers two video card options with the NVIDIA GeForce TX 1070 8GB GDDR5 and the GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X.


The GT75 includes two monitor options, a 17.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) TN panel running at 120 Hz, 3ms GTG, covering 94% NTSC color gamut, or a  4K UHD eDP IPS 60 Hz. The GPUs will utilize the FHD 120 Hz well with either graphics card offering.


For storage and connectivity, the GT75 offers a range of options from a single 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive, all the way up to 1 TB (256 GB x 2) PCIe NVMe drives in RAID0 plus a 1 TB hard drive as the fastest configuration. The GT75 includes five USB 3.1 Type-A ports along with a single Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3. Video outputs are plentiful with an HDMI (2.0) port, mini-DisplayPort (1.2) and Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) options.  


For networking functionality, the GT75 uses either the Aquantia AQC107 10 Gigabit or Killer e2500 Gigabit NICs. Wireless duties are handled by Killer N1550 Wireless-AC networking adapter boasting speeds up to 1.73 Gbps, and Wave 2 technology including 160 Mhz channel support and Bluetooth 5.0.




Pricing on the GT75 starts off at $2399 with the base configuration for the flagship SKU starting at a wallet-crushing $4499. They are available for purchase now.



















MSI GT75 Titan (055/056/057/058/071/093/094) 
Type Gaming Laptop (DTR)
Processors i7-8750H (6C / 12T – 4.1 GHz Turbo)
i7-8850H (6C / 12T – 4.3 GHz Turbo)

i9-8950HK (6C / 12T – 4.8 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2666
Network Connectivity Killer Networks e2500 GbE

Killer 1550 802.11ac Dual Band (2T/2R) Up to 1.73 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0 (Optnl)
Internal Storage SSD 256 GB – 512 GB SATA M.2

512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 (Up to 2 in RAID0)
HDD 1 TB 7200RPM
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
Expansion Slots SD Card reader
Display 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080) TN panel, 120 Hz, 3ms GTG, 94% NTSC

17.3″ 4K UHD (3840×2160) eDP IPS panel, 60 Hz 
Ports and Connectors 5 x USB 3.1 (Type-A)

1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)

1 x HDMI (2.0)

1 x mini-DisplayPort (1.2)

1 x headphone/SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)

1 x Line in

1 x Line out

1 x Microphone
Input Device Steelseries RGB indiv. lit) Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Camera FHD @ 30 FPS
Power 75Wh 8-Cell Lithium Ion

230W AC Adapter (GTX 1070 models)

330W AC Adapter (GTX 1080 models)
Dimensions

(H x W x D) 
16.85″ x 12.36″ x 2.28″
Weight 9.92+ lbs
Price (Starting) $2399

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Source: AnandTech – MSI’s GT75 Titan DTR Laptop Gets Coffee Lake Treatment: Core i9 + GeForce GTX 1080