The company EK, specializing in the production of components for the assembly of liquid cooling systems, announced the addition of the EK Lignum line, the name of which is translated from Latin as “tree”. As the name suggests, the LSS components included in this range are finished with natural wood. According to the manufacturer, “The Lignum line and its luxurious wood finishes can bring a sense of comfort and warmth to your home, while keeping your computer cool and quiet for maximum performance.”
The EK-Quantum Vector RTX 3080/3090 Lignum Edition – Walnut waterblock, based on the EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 model, which is designed for video cards on the latest generation Nvidia GPUs, has been added to the lineup. It is compatible with most GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 reference cards.
Walnut wood (Juglans Nigra) has been selected for the finishing, which is characterized by attractive colors and texture. Each waterblock receives a unique pattern making it one of a kind. Of course, the design is thought out in such a way as to exclude direct contact of wood with water.
According to the manufacturer, each piece of wood is carefully selected, processed by hand and covered with multi-layer varnish. The matt lacquer and embossed surface give the wood a natural, silky look. The wooden dies are attached to the plastic cover of the water block, serving only as a decorative function.
The EK-Quantum Vector RTX 3080/3090 Lignum Edition waterblock is now available for pre-order. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-September this year. The waterblock costs 349.90 euros. Includes black anodized aluminum back panel.
The Lignum line also includes the EK-CPU Lignum – Walnut Waterblock and the EK-HDC Lignum 12mm – Walnut Rigid Tubing Fitting.
AMD is asking $6,500 for its most powerful processor yet. Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 CPU Pricing Revealed
AMD has finally revealed the official prices for the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 processors. Recall that they are now available as part of ready-made workstations, but later this year they will also go to retail.
So, the prices for the CPU are as follows:
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX – $6,500
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5975WX – $3,300
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5965WX – $2400
Thus, new items are significantly more expensive than their predecessors. For example, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX started at $5,490, while the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3975WX was $2,750. There was no 24-core CPU in the previous line, so it will not work to compare prices here.
Also in the new line there are more models with 16 and 12 cores, but their prices have not yet been named.
Recall that the Ryzen Threadripper 5000 line is represented exclusively by Pro models. There will be no regular versions, but instead, the Pro models will go to retail and anyone can buy them.
AMD’s revenue will be hit hard by the success of Intel’s new processors. Ryzen desktop CPU sales to fall 26% year-on-year
Analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that AMD’s revenue from the sale of desktop processors will fall by a considerable 26% by the end of the year.
There are several reasons for this. First, the success of competing Intel Alder Lake processors. Secondly, and directly related to the first point, AMD’s lack of new desktop processors in 2022. The current Ryzen 5000s have been out for over a year and a half, and while they compete quite well with Intel’s new products, AMD still needs to cut prices. Thirdly, the market as a whole is also to blame, in which there is a drop in demand.
In the second half of the year, AMD will release completely new Ryzen 7000 CPUs, but for most of the year AMD has to make do with old processors, so the new ones simply do not have time to offset the drop in sales as a whole for the year. However, already in 2023, analysts expect AMD’s revenue to decline by only 2%.
At the same time, we can recall that AMD continues to increase its share in the processor market, that is, its sales are generally growing.
New Intel video driver gets support for Arc A770M and A550M 3D cards
Intel has released new beta drivers for Intel Arc Alchemist Discrete Desktop and Mobile GPUs and 12th Gen Intel Xe-LP Integrated Graphics. One of the innovations there was support for mid-range and high-end A770M and A550M gaming graphics cards, which may indicate their imminent appearance on the market.
In addition, Intel has made it possible to disable built-in performance optimizations for applications. At the moment, the drivers are optimized for the 3DMark Timespy and Port Royale test applications, so the video cards show their power well in them. However, for the same reason, these data are not included in the overall statistics of the UL Benchmarks organization.
There is also support for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, F1 2022 and Arcadegeddon as part of the Game On program. And in some games, bugs have been fixed. The list of projects with fixes looks like this:
- Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition (DX12);
- Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12);
- F1 2020 (DX12);
- Crossfire (DX9);
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 (DX11);
- The Sims 4 (DX9);
- Ghostwire: Tokyo (DX12).
Earlier it became known that a discrete Intel graphics card can also be “registered” in the Ayaneo Next II portable console. True, that will most likely be Arc A350M or A370M.
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