Assassin’s Speed: Eve Technology Reveals 27-Inch QHD Monitors With 240Hz Variable Refresh

Eve Technology is known primarily for its crowd-developed 2-in-1 Eve V notebook introduced a couple of years ago. But this week the company introduced its first crowd-developed displays. The Spectrum monitors designed for gamers also happen use some of the industry’s first QHD (2560×1440) IPS panels that feature a 240 Hz refresh rate.

Eve’s Spectrum lineup of gaming displays includes three 27-inch models. The most basic model has a 2560×1440 resolution, 450 nits maximum brightness, and a 165 Hz refresh rate. The ‘fastest’ 240Hz SKU has a 2560×1440 resolution and 750 nits peak brightness. The most advanced version features a 3840×2160 resolution, 750 nits max brightness, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. All the monitors rely on an 8-bit + AFRC IPS panel from LG, which is equipped with a proprietary backlighting as well as a special polarizer that enables the LCDs to display a 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

All the monitors support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology and are AMD FreeSync Premium Pro as well as NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible certified. Also, the displays support HDR10 and are VESA DisplayHDR 400 or 600 certified, depending on the model.

Connectivity is one of the strong sides of Eve’s Spectrum monitors. All models feature one DisplayPort input and output, one HDMI input, and two USB-C inputs with one supporting a 100 W Power Delivery. In addition, the LCDs feature a triple-port USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A hub and a headphone jack.

It is noteworthy that while the Eve Spectrum displays are aimed at gamers, their minimalistic design does not ‘scream’ about their gaming nature. Furthermore, the monitors do not come with a stand; if you aren’t bringing your own, then that will cost an additional $99.

The Eve Spectrum Displays
  Spectrum 165 Hz 1440p Spectrum 240 Hz 1440p Spectrum 144 Hz 4K
Panel 27-inch class IPS (a-Si) 27-inch class IPS (oxide)
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440 3840×2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 165 Hz 240 Hz 144 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology VESA Adaptive Sync

(AMD FreeSync Premium Pro &

NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible Certified)
Range 48 Hz – 165 Hz 48 Hz – 240 Hz 48 Hz – 144 Hz
Brightness 400 cd/m² typical

450 cd/m² peak
650 cd/m² typical

750 cd/m² peak
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms GtG

DisplayHDR 400

DisplayHDR 600

DisplayHDR 600
Pixel Pitch 0.2334 mm² 0.1156 mm²
Pixel Density ~109 PPI ~163 PPI
Color Gamut Support 98% DCI-P3

100% sRGB
Inputs 1×DP 1.4 input/output

1×HDMI 2.0

2×USB-C (100W PD)
USB Hub Triple-port USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
Audio headphone out
Stand Adjustable, sold separately for $99
Warranty ? years    
MSRP $349/€349 $489/€489 $589/€589

Eve plans to start sales of its Spectrum displays with a QHD resolution sometimes in the third quarter. The 165 Hz model will cost $349/€349, while the 240 Hz QHD model will be priced at $489/€489. The most advanced 4K Spectrum monitor will be available in the fourth quarter for $589/€589.

It should be noted, however, that these prices are pre-order prices, and require committing to buying the hardware before it ships. Prospective buyers who want to wait for a review should expect to pay more later on, as Eve has indicated that the prices of the displays will increase by the time they hit the market.

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Corsair Unveils New iCUE RGB Pro XT Liquid CPU Coolers: 240, 280 & 360mm

One of the most predominant brands in cooling and peripherals market, Corsair, has unveiled its latest range of AIO CPU coolers at CES. The iCUE RGB Pro XT range is available in three different sizes. Each version comes supplied with Corsair’s ML Series PWM fans and has RGB LEDs on the pump which can be controlled by its iCUE RGB utility.

Consisting of three different models, the Corsair iCUE RGB Pro XT range of liquid coolers supports a wide variety of platforms including Intel’s LGA115x desktop sockets with support for socket 2011/2066, as well as AMD’s desktop AM4, AM3, AM2, and its HEDT TR4 socket. Each cooler has 16 addressable RGB LED’s integrated into the pump which can be controlled using Corsair’s iCUE RGB software.

The Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT comes with a 240 mm radiator and is supplied with two Corsair ML120 120 mm PWM cooling fans. Moving up the range, the slightly larger iCUE H115i RGB Pro XT has a 280 mm radiator has two Corsair ML140 PWM fans to keep it cool. The biggest model of the trio is the iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT cooler with its large 360 mm radiator, and three ML120 PWM 120 mm cooling fans. The Corsair PWM ML120 mm fans have a dynamic range of between 400 and 2400 rpm, while the ML140 fans spin between 400 and 2000 rpm.

The 240 mm version has an MSRP of $120, while the 280 mm costs slightly more at $140. The triple-fan 360 mm version has a current MSRP of $160, and all three models are available to purchase directly from Corsair, and at major retailers.

Source: AnandTech – Corsair Unveils New iCUE RGB Pro XT Liquid CPU Coolers: 240, 280 & 360mm

QNAP Launches Two Bay TS-251D NAS: Gemini Lake, HDMI, PCIe Expandability

QNAP has announced its new budget-friendly two-bay NAS aimed at home users and supporting hardware-accelerated media playback. The TS-251D can store up to 32 TB of data using today’s hard drives and can be further expanded with a PCIe card to add SSD caching or other options.

The QNAP TS-251D NAS is based on Intel’s dual-core Celeron J4005 processor with UHD 600 Graphics core and hardware decoding for multiple modern video codecs. The SoC is accompanied by 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR4 memory that can be expanded by the end user. The NAS has two bays that can support 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs with a SATA 6 Gbps interface, though RAID modes are not supported. The unit has one GbE port, one HDMI 2.0 output, two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 connectors, and an IR sensor for an optional remote.

The key feature of the QNAP TS-251D is its PCIe 3.0 x4 slot that can be used to install one of the company’s expansion cards, including the following:

  • The QNAP QXG: a 10GbE/5GbE network adapter.
  • The QM2: a card with an M.2-2280 slot for an SSD and a 10 GbE interface.
  • The QNAP QWA-AC2600: a Wi-Fi 5 card with an additional USB 3.1 Gen 2 port.

The QNAP TS-251D NAS runs the company’s QTS 4.4.1 operating system and supports a variety of client OSes, including Apple macOS 10.7 and later, Microsoft Windows 7 and later, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and later, as well as Linux/Unix.

QNAP’s TS-251D NAS for home users will be available shortly. Prices were not touched upon.

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The Corsair DDR4-5000 Vengeance LPX Review: Super-Binned, Super Exclusive

The consumer memory industry has been teasing DDR4-5000 for a few months now.  We saw one company show some DDR4-5000 modules at Computex back in July 2019, running on an MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC with an Intel Core i7-8086K processor, but the company said at the time that it didn’t make sense to release them because (at the time) only 2% of top-end CPUs could actually keep up with such a high memory speed. Fast forward to November a few key things have changed.

Micron’s new 8 Gbit Revision-E DDR4 chips (Rev.E or “Micron E-die”) first gained attention in April, and now they’ve matured through rigorous testing and qualification for the high-end memory kits. Enter the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-5000 memory kits, which have been QVL’ed for use with MSI’s high-end X570 models to give users blazing-fast memory for Ryzen 3000 processors.

Source: AnandTech – The Corsair DDR4-5000 Vengeance LPX Review: Super-Binned, Super Exclusive

ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha TRX40 Model For 3990X

With AMD’s latest Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core behemoth to be releases on the 7th of February, ASUS has unveiled an updated version of its flagship ROG Zenith II Extreme motherboard. The new ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha model is designed to make the most of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor with a newly updated power delivery while keeping the same ROG aesthetic and feature set of the previous model.

At the launch of AMD’s TRX40 chipset for the third generation of Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors, we reviewed the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme motherboard which supports the Threadripper 3990X out of the box, and delivers a high-quality feature set and competitive performance, for an $850 price tag. The ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha retains the same aesthetics, the same feature set, and one would struggle to see the differences on the surface between both models.

The major difference comes on the power delivery, with a solid 16-phase configuration for the CPU with sixteen Infineon TDA21490 90 A power stages. This replaces the previous Infineon TDA21472 power stages which are rated for 70 A, albeit still very high end in the grand scheme of things. It is likely that ASUS is retaining its ASP1405I PWM controller, which is virtually identical to the Infineon IR35201 in terms of specifications. 

The inclusion of 90 A power stages over a 70 A variation is likely to allow more current to be deployed, which should help with overclocking. Although this is mainly something extreme overclockers will be interested in, the original ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme model is more than capable of handling the 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor out of the box. We’ve also heard some crazy overclocking power numbers on the 3990X, which we’re looking forward to verifying.

While the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha is likely to be released around the same time as the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core processor on February 7th, the official release date for this model is unknown. The original ROG Zenith II Extreme has an MSRP of $850, and we expect the new Alpha version to cost slightly more, but no pricing information has been made available at this time.

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Big & Fast: 17.3-Inch 240 Hz ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE Portable USB-C Gaming Monitor

With over half of a dozen external displays for laptops in its lineup, ASUS is a company that takes portable monitors seriously. Following that philosophy, this week the company introduced its rather unique ROG Strix XG17AHPE external LCD, a gaming-focused display offering a Full-HD resolution as well as a 240 Hz refresh rate with variable refresh support. The portable monitor even has its own battery, so it will provide a premium gaming experience even away from a power outlet.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE portable display uses a 17.3-inch IPS panel with a 1920×1080 resolution and features a maximum brightness of 300 nits, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 3 ms GtG response time, and a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz refresh rate with VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology on top of that. Traditionally for ASUS’s gaming monitors, the ROG Strix XG17AHPE supports GamePlus and GameVisual modes for various genres and types of content, Shadow Boost feature to lighten dark areas in games, and GameFast input technology. The LCD also comes with a stand that can be used to mount the display horizontally or vertically.

Specifications of the ASUS ROG 17.3-Inch

Portable USB-C Monitor
  ROG Strix XG17AHPE
Panel 17.3″ IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Response Time 3 ms GtG
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.1995 mm²
Pixel Density 127.3 ppi
VRR VESA Adaptive-Sync
Color Gamut Support ?
Inputs USB-C

Micro HDMI 2.0
Audio Built-in ESS Sabre 9118 DAC

Stereo 1W speakers
Launch Price ?

The ROG Strix XG17AHPE is aimed at gamers who want to have a bigger screen to play on while they are travelling, offering an expanded window into virtual worlds for a notebook, console, or even a smartphone. For example, there are 15.6-inch laptops with GPUs powerful enough to push games to 240 FPS, but these games will certainly look better on a larger monitor. Also, it can be used to expand screen real estate of a high-end 17.3-inch laptop (and play in a ’32:9’ aspect ratio). In a bid to further improve gaming experience, the portable display has a built-in ESS Sabre 9118 digital-to-analogue (DAC) for headphones and integrated 1W speakers.

The 17.3-inch portable display from ASUS ROG connects to its host system using a USB Type-C (with DP Alt Mode) or a Micro HDMI 2.0 connector and uses another Type-C port for charging. The monitor has its own 7800 mAh battery that provides up to 3.5 hours of gaming when using a 240 Hz refresh rate.

Otherwise as the display is based on a 17.3-inch panel, the ROG Strix XG17AHPE is not exactly a small device by itself, buyers are typically going to want an appropriate bag. Thankfully, the monitor is fairly thin and light itself; it measures 1 cm thick and weighs 1060 grams.

The external monitor is listed at ASUS’s website, so expect it to be available in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, pricing has yet to be disclosed.

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Intel Joins CHIPS Alliance, Contributes Advanced Interface Bus

Intel this week became a member of CHIPS Alliance, an industry consortium that is working to accelerate the development of open source SoCs (and SiPs) for various applications. As part of their membership, Intel has also contributed its Advanced Interface Bus to the group, giving developers access to the bus and thus the means to interoperate with Intel (and other) chips that will be using it.

Designed for use with system-in-packages (SiPs) devices, Intel’s AIB is a high-bandwidth, low-power, die-to-die PHY level standard that uses a clock forwarded parallel data transfer mechanism (akin that used by modern DDR DRAM interfaces). The technology is agnostic to manufacturing processes and packaging technology, so it can be used to connect a wide variety of chips/chiplets using different types of packages, including Intel’s own EMIB, TSMC’s CoWoS, or other 2.5D technologies from numerous vendors.

Intel’s AIB has been available to third parties on a royalty-free basis for a while now, so contributing the technology to CHIPS Alliance is the next step for Intel in increasing its adoption. By making AIB available to a very broad group of chip designers, Intel is encouraging development of an ecosystem of chiplets that can later be used with its own CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and other components to build special-purpose multi-die SiPs.

Now that CHIPS Alliance controls Advanced Interface Bus specification, further development of the technology will be handled by its Interconnects workgroup, which is set to begin its operations shortly. As a part of the consortium, Intel will be able to further contribute to development of AIB. Meanwhile, Intel will get a seat on the governing board of CHIPS Alliance.

Dr. Zvonimir Bandić, Chairman, CHIPS Alliance, and senior director of next-generation platforms architecture at Western Digital said the following:

“Intel’s selection of CHIPS Alliance for the AIB specifications affirms the leading role that the organization impacts for open source hardware and software development tools. We look forward to faster adoption of AIB as an open source chiplet interface.”

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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs

Earlier this week Qualcomm has announced three new chipsets complementing their low-mid-range and low-range processor offerings, introducing the new Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 SoCs. The new chipsets are said to focus on emerging markets such as India and are also amongst the first to offer platform connectivity features such as the new Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 700-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 710

Snapdragon 720G

Snapdragon 730
CPU 2x Kryo 360 (CA75)

@ 2.2GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)

@ 1.7GHz

2x Kryo 465 (CA76)

@ 2.3GHz


6x Kryo 465 (CA55)

@ 1.8GHz
2x Kryo 470 (CA76)

@ 2.2GHz


6x Kryo 470 (CA55)

@ 1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 618
DSP Hexagon 685  Hexagon 692 Hexagon 688

Spectra 250

32MP single / 20MP dual
Spectra 350L

32MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 350

36MP single / 22MP dual
Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz



1MB system cache

Integrated Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE

(Category 15/13)

DL = 800Mbps

3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM


2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

10-bit HDR pipelines

Mfc. Process 10nm LPP 8nm LPP

Starting off with the Snapdragon 720G, the first we note that the features of the SoC looks extremely similar to the Snapdragon 730. We never had a regular Snapdragon 720 so it’s a bit weird for Qualcomm to directly come out with a “G” version which is usually used for denominating a better GPU / gaming binned variant of an SoC.

The Snapdragon 720G shares the same feature set as the Snapdragon 730, but comes with an extra 100MHz boost on the big cores. Other small differences between the two SoCs is Qualcomm’s description of it using a newer Hexagon 692 DSP as opposed to the 688 variant in the S730.

All in all, whilst this should be a new silicon design, in practice it feels more of a stepping variant of the Snapdragon 730.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 662

Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 675
CPU 4x Kryo 260 (CA73)

@ 2.2GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)

@ 1.8GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA73)

@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)

@ 1.8GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA73)

@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)

@ 1.8GHz

2x Kryo 360 (CA75)

@ 2.0GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)

@ 1.7GHz

2x Kryo 460 (CA76)

@ 2.0GHz


6x Kryo 460 (CA55)

@ 1.7GHz
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 610 Adreno 615 Adreno 612
DSP Hexagon 680  Hexagon 683  Hexagon 686  Hexagon 685 

Spectra 160

Spectra 340T

25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 165

25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250

25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250

25MP single / 16MP dual
Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz


2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz



1MB system cache

Integrated Modem Snapdragon X12 LTE Snapdragon X11 LTE

(Cat 12/13)

DL = 390Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X12 LTE

(Category 12/13)

DL = 600Mbps

3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM


2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265

H.264 & H.265
2160p30, 1080p120

H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process 14nm LPP 11nm LPP 11nm LPP 10nm LPP 11nm LPP

In the Snapdragon 600 range we’ve seen a ton of releases over the last few years, which makes the new Snapdragon 662 even more weird in terms of how it’s positioned in the market. A lot like the S720G situation, the new S662 looks extremely similar to the Snapdragon 665.

The CPU and GPU configuration is said to be identical between the two chips, but then there’s some differing features such as a Spectra 340T ISP instead of a Spectra 165, as well as a Hexagon 683 versus a Hexagon 686. Admittedly, Qualcomm’s marketing naming here doesn’t necessarily mean there’s actual IP changes in the SoC, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen Qualcomm tape out almost identical SKUs over time.

A more notable difference in capabilities is in the media features as the S662 is only able to do 1080p60 video as opposed to 4K30 on the S665, as well as having a slightly worse X11 modem which can only do 2x carrier aggregation as opposed to 3x for the S665 X12 based modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 439 Snapdragon 450

Snapdragon 460

CPU 4x CA53

@ 2.2GHz 

4x CA53

@ 1.7GHz

8x CA53

@ 2.3GHz
4x Kryo 240 (CA73)

@ 1.8GHz


4x Kryo 240 (CA53)

@ ?GHz
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506 Adreno 610
DSP Hexagon 536 Hexagon 546 Hexagon 683


21MP single / 8MP dual

21MP single / 13MP dual
Spectra 340

36MP single / 22MP dual
Memory 1x 32-bit @ 933MHz


2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz


Integrated Modem Snapdragon X6 LTE

(Category 4/5)

DL = 150Mbps

2x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

UL = 75Mbps

1x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X9 LTE

(Category 7/13)

DL = 300Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM

UL = 150Mbps

2x10MHz CA, 64-QAM

Snapdragon X11 LTE

(Cat 12/13)

DL = 390Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps

2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM




H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process 12nm LPP 14nm LPP 11nm LPP

Actually, the biggest news this week was the announcement of the Snapdragon 460. Unlike the less exciting 720G and 662, the 460 represents a big leap over its predecessors, finally representing a major upgrade to the 2017 Snapdragon 450.

The Snapdragon 460 for the first time now brings big CPU cores into the 400-range which should be almost a 2x increase in performance over past series chipsets. Qualcomm here is making use of 4x Cortex A73 derived CPUs at up to 1.8GHz, alongside 4x A53 derived CPUs at an undisclosed clock (likely a similar 1.8GHz).

The GPU sees a big upgrade in transitioning to the 600 Adreno series with the Adreno 610, and Qualcomm is quoting a 60-70% performance uplift compared to the Snapdragon 450.

The new chip also now for the first time support LPDDR4X, doubling up on the available bandwidth in this low-range of SoCs. The new chipset is manufactured on a Samsung 11LPP process node, which should be a nice efficiency upgrade over the 14nm process of the S450.

Devices based on the Snapdragon 720G are expected to be available this quarter, while 662 and 460 devices are expected towards the end of 2020.

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The Supermicro X11SPA-T Review: An Impressive Cascade Lake Workstation Motherboard

Not all motherboards are created equal. Compared to consumer hardware, prosumer level options with workstations opt for different peripheral features, but ultimately it comes down to support. The Supermicro X11SPA-T is a single socket workstation motherboard with a range of high-end features, designed to support both Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and Xeon-W 3200 series CPUs, but its focus is with the workstation hardware on the C621 chipset. With support for up to 2 TB of DDR4-2933 memory (Xeon W) or 3 TB (Xeon Scalable) across twelve slots, a dedicated ASPEED BMC controller offering IPMI functionality, and seven full-length PCIe 3.0 slots, the Supermicro X11SPA-T looks like one of the premium high-end options for users looking to build a Xeon W-3200 based workstation.

Source: AnandTech – The Supermicro X11SPA-T Review: An Impressive Cascade Lake Workstation Motherboard

Corsair’s Introduces Vengeance 6100 Gaming PCs: AMD Ryzen & Radeon Powered

Corsair has introduced its first line of AMD-based gaming PCs, the Vengeance 6100-series. The systems are powered by AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 7 3700X processor as well as AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card and priced starting at $1,999. They are positioned slightly below Corsair’s (Intel-based) Vengeance 5100-series PCs launched last year.

The Corsair Vengeance 6180 and Vengeance 6182 systems come in the familiar Micro-ATX version the company’s Crystal Series 280X RGB case that is exclusively used for this lineup and is not available in retail. The chassis has two chambers for efficient cooling and compact size, three tempered glass windows, and loads of individually addressable RGB LEDs. In fact, the large number of RGB LEDs are a defining feature of this product family as they enable owners of the systems to define the look of their build themselves and without any additional investments.

Both Vengeance 6180 and Vengeance 6182 are based on AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 7 3700X processor accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4 memory, as well as AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. The 6180 uses a motherboard based on AMD’s B540 chipset and comes with Corsair’s Force MP510 480 GB SSD. Meanwhile the 6182 uses X570-based motherboard and is equipped with Corsair’s Force MP600 1 TB SSD, a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD that offers leading-edge performance. As a result of the motherboard differences, the systems offer slightly different I/O features, though both support Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C connectors.

One interesting thing about Corsair’s Vengeance 6100-series is that the company for some reason decided not to use components from MSI, but use ASRock’s X570 Pro4 motherboard as well as XFX’s Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW II Ultra graphics card.

Corsair’s Vengeance 6180 and Vengeance 6182 systems are immediately available from Corsair in the USA starting at $1999. Both machines are covered with a two-year warranty.

Specifications of Corsair Vengeance 6100-Series Gaming PCs
Model Vengeance 6180 Vengeance 6182
Product ID CS-9030008-NA CS-9030007-NA
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (8C/16T, up to 4.4 GHz)
GPU XFX’s Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW II Ultra
Cooling CPU Corsair’s closed-loop air+liquid cooling system
GPU XFX’s air cooling system
DRAM Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB DDR4-3200

Motherboard AMD B540

ASRock’s X570 Pro4

Storage SSD Corsair Force MP510 480 GB

PCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair Force MP600 1 TB

PCIe 4.0 x4
HDD 2 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM
Wireless 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth
PSU Corsair RM650 80Plus
Connectors Front 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1

Headphone Jack

Mic Jack
Back 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A & Type-C)


1 x HDMI

3 x DisplayPort

7.1-channel HD Audio
6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A & Type-C)


1 x HDMI

3 x DisplayPort

7.1-chanel HD Audio

Dimensions  398mm (L) × 276mm (W) × 351mm (H)
Warranty 2 years
OS Windows 10 Home
MSRP starting at $1,999

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Intel Q4 FY 2019 Results: Record Quarter, Record Year

Today Intel announced their earnings for the fourth quarter of their 2019 fiscal year. In terms of revenue, Intel had their highest ever Q4 revenue, coming in at $20.2 billion, and the full 2019 fiscal year, which was $72 billion. On a year-over-year basis, the results were up 8% and 2% respectively. Intel’s margins did slip a bit though, falling 1.4% to 58.8% of revenue. Operating income for the quarter was $6.8 billion, up 9% from last year, and net income was up 33% to $6.9 billion. This resulted in earnings-per-share of $1.58, up 40% from a year ago.

Intel Q4 2019 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q4’2019 Q3’2019 Q4’2018
Revenue $20.2B $19.2B $18.7B
Operating Income $6.8B $6.4B $6.2B
Net Income $6.9B $6.0B $5.2B
Gross Margin 58.8% 58.9% 60.2%
Client Computing Group Revenue $10.0B +3% +2%
Data Center Group Revenue $7.2B +12% +19%
Internet of Things Revenue $1.16B +16% +16%
Mobileye Revenue $229M +14% +20%
Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group $1.2B -7.7% +10%
Programmable Solutions Group $505M flat -17%

Intel’s Client Computing Group, or CCG, had revenues of $10.0 billion for the quarter, up 2% from a year ago. Intel attributes the growth to modem sales and desktop platform volume. Intel is of course moving out of the 5G modem business, but will maintain its other connectivity offerings in the CCG such as their Wi-Fi products. Notebook platform volumes were down 1% in this quarter, with average selling prices staying flat, but desktop platform volumes were up 7%, but average selling prices fell 4%. Intel has said that they are expecting their chip shortage to be over by the end of this fiscal year.

Intel’s Data Center Group had revenue of $7.2 billion, up 19% from a year ago. Data Center sold 12% more unit volume this quarter than Q4 2018, and also added in 5% more average selling price per unit, so Intel’s DCG group is still very healthy.

Internet of Things, which include Mobileye, achieved revenue of $1.16 billion, up from $999 million a year ago. IoT was up 13%, accounting for $920 million of that revenue, and Mobileye was up 31% to $240 million.

Non-volatile Storage had revenue of $1.2 billion for the quarter, up 10% from a year ago which Intel is attributing to both NAND and Optane bit growth.

Programable Storage was the one area where Intel had a revenue drop, falling 17% year-over-year to $505 million, with no explanation given, but clearly FPGAs were in shorter demand.

Looking ahead to Q1 2020, Intel is expecting approximately $19.0 billion in revenue for the quarter, with earnings-per-share of $1.23.

Source: Intel Investor Relations

Source: AnandTech – Intel Q4 FY 2019 Results: Record Quarter, Record Year

ASML Ramps Up EUV Scanners Production: 35 in 2020, Up to 50 in 2021

ASML shipped 26 extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) step-and-scan systems to its customers last year, and the company plans to increase shipments to around 35 in 2020. And the ramp-up won’t stop there: as semiconductor fabs ramp up their own usage of EUV process technologies, they are going to need more leading-edge equipment, with ASML expecting to sell up to 50 EUVL scanners in 2021.

With 26 EUV scanners sold last year, ASML did not quite meet its goal of selling (which means building and installing) 30 EUV production tools in 2019. Nonetheless, it is still considerably higher than 18 EUV tools shipped in 2018. In the Q4 2019 alone, ASML shipped eight EUV machines, and received orders for nine more, which is a good indicator that demand for EUV tools is growing as semiconductor makers adopt EUVL for high-volume manufacturing (HVM) using their 5 nm and 7 nm nodes.

What is no less important than record EUV shipments is that in 2019 the company deployed six Twinscan NXE: 3400C scanners that can process more than 170 300-mm wafers per hour (up from 125 WPH – 155 WPH in case of the NXE: 3400B) and which use the latest light source from Cymer. The final configuration of the Twinscan NXE: 3400C will cost about 30% more than the NXE: 3400B, which will (among other things) help to drive ASML’s EUV revenue from €2.8 billion in 2019 to €4.5 billion in 2020.

ASML’s EUV Shipments
  2018 2019 2020 2021
Actual 18 26 35 45 – 50
Target 20 30 ? ?

One of ASML’s complications though is that because demand for EUV scanners consistently outpaces supply,  the company cannot meet its own sales goals. In 2018 the company shipped 18 EUV scanners, two short of its goal of 20. And in 2019 it missed its own target by four units, which slipped to 2020 ‘due to temporary supply constraints in the NXE:3400C ramp’ and are now a part of this year’s target. In fact, some market observers estimate that ASML may have a backlog of as many as 49 EUV scanner orders.

ASML believes that in a bid to meet its EUV shipments targets for 2020 and 2021, it will have to increase its output capability by reducing its cycle time for EUV tools because lead time reduction takes longer. The company is confident that it can increase its output capability to ‘above 50’, though to go above 60 it will have to use its production facility currently constructed for high-NA (0.55 NA) to build its EUV low-NA (0.33 NA) tools. Considering that high-NA scanners are years away, the decision may be instrumental, but will require additional investments.

Peter Wennink, CEO of ASML, said the following:

In EUV, it was a breakthrough year with the technology now starting in high volume production and producing consumer products that are available in the market. As we continue to execute on our accelerated EUV roadmap, we were able to ship our first NXE:3400C in 2019, which provides higher productivity, translating to increased customer value, delivering higher ASP and improved gross margins. We shipped six 3400C systems in Q4, of the eight EUV systems total we shipped in the quarter, bringing the total to 26 EUV systems and full year sales of around 2.8 billion euros in 2019.[…]

For full-year 2020, we plan for EUV sales of around €4.5 billion on 35 systems. We continue to see demand building for next years’ shipments and expect a healthy order flow to continue. In order to fulfill the expected strong demand increase, we are working on cycle time reduction to enable a capacity of 45-50 systems next year. 2021 is shaping up to be a very busy year.

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Source: AnandTech – ASML Ramps Up EUV Scanners Production: 35 in 2020, Up to 50 in 2021

MSI’s Optix MAG342CQR Ultra Curved Monitor: 34 Inch & 144Hz with a 1000R Curve

Having entered the market for gaming displays not so long ago, MSI is certainly not afraid of experimenting with various technologies in a bid to address niches that are not yet crowded with competitors. At CES, the company demonstrated its aggressively curved Optix MAG342CQR monitor that also boasts a 144 Hz variable refresh rate as well as quantum dot backlighting enhancements for accurate colors and a wider color gamut.

The MSI Optix MAG342CQR display uses a 34.5-inch Super PVA panel featuring a 3440×1440 resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 1 ms response time, and maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. The key characteristic of this panel is its aggressive curvature of a 1000R radius, which MSI promotes as being the most optimal curvature, matching the curvature of the human eye.

The Optix MAG342CQR comes with a LED backlighting enhanced with quantum dots that improve color accuracy and ensures that the monitor can accurately display 1.07 billion colors. At the moment, MSI does not disclose which color gamuts will be supported by the display, but we are almost certainly talking about the sRGB and DCI-P3 spaces.

Traditionally for contemporary gaming displays, the MSI Optix MAG342CQR support VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology, so it is logical to expect the monitor to gain AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync Compatible certifications by the time of its commercial launch later this year.

One of the interesting things to note about MSI’s Optix MAG342CQR is that it is based on a Super PVA panel made by Samsung Display, according to TFT Central. Samsung itself introduced its own lineup of ultra-curved displays featuring a 1000R curvature at CES, but its family does not include a 21:9 34-inch LCD just yet, so MSI currently has the world’s only 34-inch monitor with a 1000R curvature.

MSI plans to ship its Optix MAG342CQR sometimes in Q2 or Q3 this year, but does not have a firm launch date just yet.

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Source: MSI, TFT Central

Source: AnandTech – MSI’s Optix MAG342CQR Ultra Curved Monitor: 34 Inch & 144Hz with a 1000R Curve

HP’s New Rugged Education Edition Chromebooks: 11.6- & 14-Inch Displays, Low-Power CPUs

HP this week introduced its new family of Chromebooks designed for students and teachers. The laptops use low-power SoCs from AMD and Intel to ensure a long battery life, they are rugged enough to survive classes and their feature set is tailored for the specifics of educational environments.

HP’s new family of Education Edition Chromebooks includes four machines: the HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE based on Intel’s dual-core or quad-core Celeron N4000-series ‘Gemini Lake’ SoCs; the HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE featuring AMD’s A4-9120C and A6-9220C SoCs with Excavator x86 cores and a GCN 3-based GPU; the convertible HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE powered by Gemini Lake; and the HP Chromebook 14 G6 also with Gemini Lake inside.

As their names suggest, the notebooks feature a 11.6-inch and 14-inch display with or without touch and/or stylus support. Most of the models will have a 1366×768 resolution, but there will be 14-inch SKUs with a 1920×1080 resolution.

All the 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks machines from HP are built to withstand drops on wood and concrete, they feature a spill-resistant keyboard, and support modern connectivity, such as Wi-Fi 5, USB Type-C, and microSD. In order to ensure that all modern programs for education can run fast enough even when used simultaneously, the systems come equipped with 8 GB of RAM, but their local storage is limited to an eMMC 5.1 drive with capacities ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB. Meanwhile, like all Chromebooks, these are feature Google’s H1 security chip.

HP’s 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks are equipped with a 47.36 Wh battery that provides from 10 to 13.5 hours of battery life, according to the manufacturer. As for portability, the laptops feature a 1.83 cm – 2.09 cm z-height and weight from 1.32 kilograms to 1.54 kilograms. Considering the fact that these Chromebooks will be used primarily in classes and are not supposed to be carried around for a long time, they seem compact and light enough.

HP’s 2020 Education Edition Chromebooks

11 G8
Chromebook x360 11 G3 Chromebook

11A G8

14 G6
Display Diagonal 11.6-inch 14-inch
Resolution 1366×768 1366×768






Gorilla Glass 3

with or without digitizer





CPU Intel Celeron N4120 – 4C

Intel Celeron N4100 – 4C

Intel Celeron N4020 – 2C

Intel Celeron N4000 – 2C
AMD A6-9220C

AMD A4-9120C

2 cores
Celeron N4120

Celeron N4100

Celeron N4020

Celeron N4000
Security Chip Google H1
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600 AMD Radeon R5

AMD Radeon R4
UHD 600
RAM 8 GB LPPDR4-2400 8 GB DDR4-1866 8 GB LPPDR4-2400
Storage Capacity 16 GB

32 GB

64 GB
32 GB

64 GB
16 GB

32 GB
16 GB

32 GB

64 GB

128 GB
Type eMMC 5.0
Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 (Wi-Fi 5) Qualcomm

Wi-Fi 5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5.0
Display Output HDMI
USB Type-A 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 2 × USB 2.0 2×USB 3.1 Gen 1
Type-C 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 1×USB 3.1 Gen 1
Camera Webcam 720p 720P w/shutter
Main 5 MP
Other I/O microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones
Battery 47.36 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 1.88 cm | 0.74 in 2.09 cm | 0.82 in 1.88 cm | 0.74 in 1.83 cm | 0.72 in
Width 29.5 cm | 11.61 in 32.65 cm | 12.85″
Depth 20.53 cm | 8.08 in 22.7 cm | 8.93 in
Weight 1.32 kg | 2.91 lbs 1.45 kg | 3.19 lbs 1.37 kg | 3.02 lbs 1.54 kg | 3.38 lbs
Battery Life ? ? 10 hours 13.5 hours
Price (starting at) ? ? ? ?

HP will start shipping its 2020 Intel-based EE Chromebooks this month, whereas AMD-powered models will be available in February. Prices will vary depending on the configuration.

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Source: HP

Source: AnandTech – HP’s New Rugged Education Edition Chromebooks: 11.6- & 14-Inch Displays, Low-Power CPUs

NZXT Releases C-Series PSUs: 80Plus Gold and up to 850W, Built By Seasonic

NZXT has introduced its new lineup of essential power supplies for gaming systems that promise high quality at reasonable prices. NZXT’s modular C-series PSUs will be available in 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W capacities that will also support the latest high-end graphics cards to drive gaming sessions, as well as Zero-RPM mode under low loads for quiet operation.

The NZXT C-series power supplies are made by Seasonic, which produces PSUs for numerous brands, and has a reptuation for building high-quality PSUs. Accordingly, the Seasonic-built units are using ‘high-quality components’ and are compliant with the ATX12 v2.4/EPS12V v2.92 specifications. The power supplies conform to the 80Plus Gold requirements, so they are they are mandated to be 87% – 92% efficient under a 50% or 100% load as well as 87% – 90% efficient under a 20% load.

NZXT’s C-series PSUs measure 150×150×86 mm and therefore they can fit into any ATX-compliant computer case, including smaller ones. All devices are equipped with a 120-mm fluid dynamic bearing fan that produces up to 32.3 dBA noise, but which can work in Zero-RPM mode (activated with a press of a button) when the load is light.

NZXT C-Series PSUs Output Specifications
  650 W 750 W 850W
Rated Combined Rated Combined Rated Combined
+3.3V 20 A 100 W 20 A 100 W 20 A 100 W
+5V 20 A 20 A 20 A
+12V 54 A 648 W 62 A 648 W 70 A  840 W
-12V 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W
+5Vsb 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W
Total Power 650 W 750 W 850 W

Rated for 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W, NZXT’s C-series PSUs can handle performance gaming PCs with one or two AMD Radeon VII or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards (two high-end boards are supported only by the 850 W SKU), up to eight SATA drives, and three or six peripherals.

NZXT C-Series PSUs Connectivity Specifications
Connector type 650 W 750 W 850 W
ATX 24 Pin 1
EPS 4+4 Pin 1
EPS 8 Pin
PCIe 6+2 Pin 2 4 6
4P Molex 3 6

NZXT will start sales of its C-series PSUs shortly first in the USA and then in the rest of the world. The cheapest 650 W model is priced at $109.99, the mid-range 750 W SKU costs $119.99, and the higher-end 850 W version carries a $129.99 price tag. The power supplies are backed with a 10-year warranty, which is becoming increasingly common for mid-range and high-end PSUs.

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Source: NZXT

Source: AnandTech – NZXT Releases C-Series PSUs: 80Plus Gold and up to 850W, Built By Seasonic

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs Roundup – Featuring the Samsung T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro

External bus-powered storage devices have grown in storage capacity as well as speeds over the last decade. Palm-sized flash-based storage devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of delivering 2GBps+ speeds, while the USB-based mainstream market has moved on to to 1GBps+ offerings in the last year. In today’s review, we take a look at a number of different bus-powered USB 3.2 Gen 2 storage devices featuring NVMe SSDs, including the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD.

Source: AnandTech – USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs Roundup – Featuring the Samsung T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro

Motorola’s $1500 Foldable Razr to Ship Early February: Pre-Orders Soon

Today Motorola announced it will ship its foldable flip smartphone on February 6 and will start pre-orders on January 26. The new Motorola Razr will be available for pre-order directly from the company, from Verizon, and from Walmart. Being a unique phone with a foldable display, the list price for the 2020 Razr without contract is set to be $1500.

The main feature of the new Motorola Razr is its exclusive clamshell design with a foldable 6.2-inch pOLED main screen and a 2.7-inch OLED external display. Because of internal architecture of the smartphone, and space constraints, Motorola use Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 710 SoC with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage rather than a flagship 8-series SoCs. 

Motorola originally planned to start taking pre-orders on the new Razr on December 26, 2019, to then begin shipments on January 6, 2020. As it turns out, the demand for the foldable flip smartphone was so high that the company had to delay its launch to build more units. 

The new Motorola Razr will cost $1,499. Verizon will offer trade-in programs to its customers (up to $300 per device) and those who switch to it (up to $500 per device) to sweeten the deal. Furthermore, it will be possible to split up the price of the new Razr to 24 payments of $62.49 a month.

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Source: The Verge, Slashgear

Source: AnandTech – Motorola’s 00 Foldable Razr to Ship Early February: Pre-Orders Soon

TerraMaster Reveals TD2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS: 2 Bays For 32 TB

TerraMaster has unveiled a new entry-level Thunderbolt 3 DAS, the aptly named TD2 Thunderbolt 3, which is aimed at video professionals who need a relatively small storage device that still provides ample capacity. On the whole the new dual-bay DAS is relatively basic, with TerraMaster aiming to keep the retail price down while still offering enough performance for today’s on-set video workflows.

TerraMaster’s TD2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS can house two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA storage devices operating in single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, or RAID 1 mode (selectable using a hardware knob on the back). At present, the device supports up to two 16 TB hard drives, offering a current maximum capacity of 32 TB. As for performance, TerraMaster says that the DAS can support up to 760 MB/s read speeds when two SSDs are used. To ensure that the drives installed in the DAS do not overheat, the product also has its own cooling system.

The TD2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS has two Thunderbolt 3 connectors to daisy chain the device with another TB3 appliances, as a DisplayPort to easily connect a 4K monitor without using an additional port and/or cable. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the DAS does not to support power delivery back to the host.

TerraMaster’s TD2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS is now available directly from the company as a barebones device for $249.

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Source: AnandTech – TerraMaster Reveals TD2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS: 2 Bays For 32 TB

Acer Unveils TravelMate B3 Notebook & Convertible: 11.6-Inch LCD & Gemini Lake Refresh

Alongside their new Chromebooks, Acer has also revealed a new set of inexpensive Windows laptops aimed at students. Powered by Intel’s Gemini Lake SoCs, Acer’s TravelMate B3 will be available in clamshell and convertible form-factors to satisfy different needs.

Acer’s TravelMate B3 machines use a rugged chassis made of plastic that is said to be impact resistant and therefore tough enough for educational environments. The mobile PCs are equipped with a 11.6-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio IPS display, with Acer offering either a 1366×768 or 1920×1080 resolution panel depending on SKU. Meanwhile, with a 20.95 mm z-height and at up to 1.49 kilograms weight the computers are clearly designed for longevity and durability over portability.

As noted above, the TravelMate B3 machines will be available in two form factors. The clamshell model will be sold as the TravelMate B3, while the convertible will be sold under Acer’s Spin sub-brand as the TravelMate B3 Spin. Both portables are based on Intel’s low-power quad-core Gemini Lake Refresh SoC, and are accompanied by 4 GB or 8 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB NAND flash storage.

As far as I/O features are concerned, the new Acer TravelMate B3 PCs feature Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, GbE, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C, HDMI, microSD, a 3.5-mm combo audio jack, a webcam, a microphone array, and speakers.

According to the manufacturer, the TravelMate B3s can work for up to 12 hours on one charge (based on MobileMark 2014 testing), which should be enough for one day in classes.

Acer’s TravelMate B3 & TravelMate Spin B3
  TravelMate B3

TravelMate Spin B3

HD (B311R-31)
TravelMate Spin B3

Full-HD (B311RN-31)
Display Diagonal 11.6″ IPS 11.6″ IPS with touch
Resolution 1366×768 1920×1080
Brightness ? cd/m² ? cd/m² ? cd/m²
CPU Intel Celeron dual-core N4020

Intel Celeron quad-core N4120

Intel Pentium Silver quad-core N5030
Graphics Intel UHD 600/605 Graphics
RAM 4 GB or 8 GB DDR4
Storage 64 GB eMMC

128 GB eMMC


Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
GbE + + +
USB 2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C

1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Camera 720p webcam
Other I/O microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones
Battery 48 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 20.95 mm | 0.82 inches
Width 295 mm | 11.61 inches
Depth 215 mm | 8.46 inches 212 mm | 8.35 inches
Weight 1.4 kilograms | 3.08 pounds 1.49 kilograms| 3.28 pounds
Battery Life 12 hours
Price (starting at) $239 $329

Acer’s TravelMate B3 and TravelMate Spin B3 will be available this April starting at $239 and $329, respectively.

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Source: Acer

Source: AnandTech – Acer Unveils TravelMate B3 Notebook & Convertible: 11.6-Inch LCD & Gemini Lake Refresh

Acer Launches Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712: Intel’s Comet Lake Inside

Acer has introduced a new Chromebook computer designed specifically for the education environment. The upcoming Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 machines are rugged enough to handle bumps of life at school and are based on Intel’s Comet Lake processors.

Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 comes in a Shale Black plastic chassis that is sufficiently tough to survive drops, shocks, high/low temperatures, and humid or dusty environments. To make the laptop as rugged as possible, Acer had to increase its z-height to 21.5 cm, which is rather thick, but a good news is that the notebook has a spill-resistant keyboard. As for weight, the machine weighs 1.4 kilograms.

The laptop is equipped with a 12-inch IPS display panel featuring a 1366×912 resolution as well as a 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, the manufacturer plans to offer two versions of its Chromebooks 871: the model C871 with a regular screen as well as the model C871T with a touch-enabled screen.

The Acer Chromebook 871 – which will go by the Chromebook 712 in the retail market – is based on up to Intel’s dual-core Core i3-10110U processor, and is accompanied by 4 GB or 8 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC storage. Connectivity-wise, the laptop is rather typical by today’s standards as they feature Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C connectors, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. The Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 from Acer also have a standard set of multimedia capabilities, such as a webcam, stereo speakers, a microphone array.

The manufacturer equipped its new Chromebooks with a 48 Wh battery, which is a rather high capacity for a 12-inch laptop. Meanwhile, Acer does not disclose actual battery life figures for its new Chromebooks.

Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712
  Chromebook 712
Display Diagonal 12″ IPS with or without touch
Resolution 1366×912
Brightness ? cd/m²
CPU 10th Gen Core

(Comet Lake)

Intel Core i3-10110U

Intel Pentium Gold 6405U

Intel Celeron 5205U

Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
RAM 4 GB or 8 GB DDR4
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C

1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Camera Full-HD
Other I/O microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones
Battery 48 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 21.5 mm | 0.85 inches
Width 296 mm | 11.65 inches
Depth 229 mm | 9.02 inches
Weight 1.4 kilograms | 3.09 pounds
Battery Life ?
Price (starting at) $329.99 | €299

Acer will start sales of its new Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 laptops in North America in March and in EMEA in May. Prices of the PCs will start at $329.99 in the USA and €299 in Europe. The notebooks will be covered by a one year international warranty.

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Source: AnandTech – Acer Launches Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712: Intel’s Comet Lake Inside