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Asus GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti Megalodon images appeared

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Asus is preparing to release a new line of video cards. She was named Megalodon. In terms of design, these cards bear some resemblance to the ROG Strix cards. At the same time, according to the source, in the manufacturer’s assortment they will be located below even the TUF Gaming series – the casing of the cooling system and the plate on the back of the printed circuit board are not metal, but plastic.

The cooling system uses Axial-Tech fans, but the heatsink will be smaller and lighter than the ROG Strix cards. The PCB is similar to the one used for the Dual series models. In the case of the RTX 3060 Ti, it has one 8-pin PCIe auxiliary power connector. There will probably be two connectors on the RTX 3070 board. The source suggests that Asus is targeting the Megalodon series for the Chinese market. It is not known whether these video cards are planned to be sold in other countries.

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Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors. Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

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Intel has finally officially unveiled the Core 12 processors (aka Alder Lake). As expected, initially only the top models of three lines – Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 – were offered to users. These are, respectively, Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700K and Core i7-12700KF and Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600KF. Their characteristics are presented in the table below.

Intel Core 12 differs from all its predecessors with a completely new microarchitecture, in which there is a division into large and small cores – like mobile platforms for smartphones and tablets. High-performance cores are called P-Cores (from Performance) and are based on the Golden Cove architecture, energy efficient cores are E-Core (from Efficiency), they are based on the Gracemont architecture. Accordingly, the flagship Core i9-12900K has eight productive and energy-efficient cores, the Core i7-12700K has eight productive and four energy-efficient ones, the Core i5-12600K has six productive and four energy-efficient ones.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

The L2 cache has been increased in all models in the series – it is 1.25 MB for high-performance cores and 2 MB for energy-efficient ones. The L3 cache is available for all cores and ranges from 30MB in the Core i9-12900K to 20MB in the Core i5-12600K.

Intel announces a 19% increase in IPC over 11th Gen (Rocket Lake-S) processors. The performance gain in games is about the same (20%). In some, it is even twice as high – plus 40% in League of Legends when using DirectX 11).

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

And here is a comparison of the Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 9 5950X in games. In some applications (Troy: Total War), the Intel flagship outperforms the AMD flagship by 30%, but on average, of course, the advantage of the “blue” CPU is less – about 15%. And in some games, the Ryzen 9 5950X still leads.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Here are a few more slides comparing the performance of the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-11900K in different applications.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Together with the processors, a new platform debuted – so far with the top-end Intel Z690 chipset, but at the beginning of next year, simpler chipsets will catch up. As you can see, the platform provides 16 PCIe 5.0 lines via the processor controller and 12 PCIe 4.0 lines via the chipset controller. Also, the bandwidth of the DMI bus, which connects the CPU and the chipset, has been increased. Alder Lake supports both 4800 MT / s DDR RAM and 3200 MT / s DDR4 RAM.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Physically, Alder Lake differs from its predecessors not only in its larger size and the new LGA1700 socket, but also in its increased heat dissipator.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Along with the new processors, Intel introduced a new version of the proprietary Extreme Tuning Utility – with support for telemetry of both high-performance and energy-efficient cores, DDR5 memory and so on.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Alder Lake will go on sale on November 5th. The minimum recommended prices (when purchasing wholesale lots) are as follows: Core i9-12900K – $ 590, Core i9-12900KF – $ 565, Core i7-12700K – $ 410, Core i7-12700KF – $ 385, Core i5-12600K – $ 290, Core i5-12600KF – $ 265.

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Greenliant G7200 PX Industrial SSD Lineup includes models up to 7.68 TB

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Greenliant has unveiled the G7200 PX solid-state drives, which it says will provide enterprise-grade data reliability, high performance, and industrial temperatures (-40 ° C to + 85 ° C). The lineup includes models in 1.92, 3.84 and 7.68 TB. They use TLC 3D NAND memory.

The 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb / s drives are compatible with existing systems and are therefore well suited for upgrades by replacing hard drives with SSDs. They provide sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 and 530 MB / s, respectively. The resource is advertised as being able to perform two complete rewrites per day (DWPD) over a period of 5 years.

Among the advantages of the drives, the manufacturer considers the presence of a data loss protection scheme during a power outage, support for hardware encryption using the AES algorithm with a 256-bit key and guaranteed data erasure without the possibility of recovery, as well as support for hot swapping.

Greenliant 7200 PX preview samples are now available. The company plans to begin mass deliveries by the end of 2021.

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Qnap launches dual 10GbE PCIe expansion card

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Qnap Systems introduced the QXG-10G2TB network card. It is a PCIe 3.0 x4 card that allows you to add two 10GbE ports to your QNAP networked storage configuration or Windows or Ubuntu computer. The card is backward compatible with PCIe 2.0 x4 and networking equipment supporting 5Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 1Gbps, and 100Mbps speeds.

Qnap launches dual 10GbE PCIe expansion card

The card is based on the Marvell AQtion 10GbE AQC113C controller. The manufacturer notes that the power consumption of the card is half that of previous models of this kind. For maximum speed, CAT 6 cables are recommended. There are three mounting brackets included: a full height bracket, a low profile bracket, and a dedicated bracket for installation in select Qnap NAS models.

The price of new items is $ 227. Sales have already started.

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