EK Water Blocks has unveiled the EK-Quantum Vector² Strix RTX 3070 Ti D-RGB water block, designed specifically for Asus ROG RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards. It costs 240 euros. This is a fully coated water block, complete with a metal plate attached to the back of the PCB. According to the manufacturer, the plate distributes thermal and mechanical loads, while giving the graphics card a more attractive appearance. The standard black plate can be replaced with a separately purchased nickel-plated plate, but you have to be prepared to pay 45 euros.
The water block uses the Open Split-Flow coolant flow formation scheme familiar to other EK water blocks. The third-generation Vector “engine” includes a plastic insert that distributes the flow. The water block is characterized by low hydrodynamic resistance, which allows it to be used even with low power pumps. The look of the water block is, in EK’s words, “dominated by minimalist straight lines.”
The base is made of copper and nickel plated. The cover material is transparent plastic. The waterblock is adorned with addressable LED backlighting compatible with common sync technologies, including Asus Aura Sync of course.
The water block should appear on sale in early June.
The first PC based on AMD Ryzen 8000 processors has been introduced. The Minisforum V3 tablet will be very large
Despite the fact that there are clearly at least a few months left before the official announcement of Ryzen 8000 processors, Minisforum has already presented the first product based on such CPUs.
We are talking about a tablet, which is currently called Minisforum V3, but this is hardly the final name. The device will be based on the as-yet unnamed AMD Ryzen 8000 hybrid processor from the Hawk Point line. So far, all that is known about it is that its TDP will be 22-28 W, that is, it will be a model of the Ryzen 8000U line.
It is known about Hawk Point processors that these will be updated Phoenix models. They will carry the same Zen 4 cores, but the GPU will be based on the updated RDNA 3.5 architecture. In addition, the new APUs will have an XDNA block for working with AI.
Returning to the tablet, Minisforum is already talking about DDR5-6400 memory, two USB4 ports, an SD card slot, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. The tablet will also offer a huge 14-inch screen with a frame rate of 165 Hz and QHD+ resolution, four speakers, a fingerprint scanner, a 5 MP camera, stylus support and a battery with a capacity of more than 50 Wh.
Considering that the current Ryzen 7000U has a very powerful iGPU, the new processors should be even faster in this regard, meaning such a tablet can also be used for games.
Intel’s recent statement was misinterpreted. There will still be no full-fledged Meteor Lake-S desktop processors
Intel seems to have decided to confuse the public with its plans for the desktop processor segment. It turns out that there will still be no full-fledged desktop models of Meteor Lake-S.
Yes, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the client computing group Michelle Johnston Holthaus said just the day before yesterday that such CPUs would be released in 2024, which raised questions about three lines at once in one year. However, it now turns out that Holthaus did not actually mean the desktop segment in the form in which it is usually understood. Meteor Lake processors will indeed appear in desktop PCs, but this does not mean that such CPUs can be purchased separately and assembled into a computer based on them. In fact, Meteor Lake-S in the desktop segment will only be available in all-in-one PCs.
Meteor Lake is a power-efficient architecture that will power innovative mobile and desktop designs, including desktop form factors such as All-in-One (AIO). We will share more details about the product in the future
Intel already has experience releasing core KB desktop processors, which were only available in mini-PCs. Apparently, it will be the same story with Meteor Lake-S. Moreover, it is likely that technically these processors will completely copy mobile versions, except that the TDP may be higher.
That is, in 2024 we will have only two desktop lines: Raptor Lake Refresh, which will be released in October of this year, and then Arrow Lake-S sometime next year.
The GeForce RTX 5090 will not repeat the fate of the fire-hazardous RTX 4090. Tests of the 12V-2×6 power connector showed that it works even when connected incompletely
Back in July, we learned that Nvidia was working on a replacement for the fire-hazardous 12VHPWR connector. And now the first tests of the 12V-2×6 connector have appeared on the Internet, which should replace the 12VHPWR.
The authors of the HardwareBusters channel visited the laboratory of Linewell, which produces power cables, including for video card manufacturers.
Linewell tested the cable with the new connector, and tested it in a format that simulated the most common cause of 12VHPWR melting. At first, Linewell specialists tested it in normal mode for almost an hour, and the connector only heated up to 46.5 degrees. Then the cable was not connected completely, which usually leads to melting, and a power of more than 640 W was applied to it, that is, exceeding the established limit of 600 W. The connector passed the test, heating up to only 41 degrees.
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