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From MacBook Pro 16 straight to miners. AMD builds BC-160 GPU on unique Navi 12 GPU specifically for mining

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It looks like AMD has created a dedicated graphics card for miners. It is called BC-160 and is based on the Navi 12 GPU.

The map is very specific. The point is, Navi 12 itself is an unusual GPU. It is identical in configuration to the top-end one at the time of the release of Navi 10, that is, it has the same 2560 stream processors. However, this GPU contains 8 GB of HBM2 memory. On the consumer side, the Navi 12-based Radeon Pro 5600M is only available on the MacBook Pro 16.

It is worth noting that in this case, the bandwidth of the HBM2 memory allegedly reaches 4 Gb / s. However, for HBM2 such bandwidth, according to memory specifications, is not available. This could be a hint that all the data is fake. Either de it is just a mistake in the specifications that the source shared.

From MacBook Pro 16 straight to miners.  AMD builds BC-160 GPU on unique Navi 12 GPU specifically for mining

The performance in mining is also impressive, which allegedly reaches 72 MH / s. For comparison, the RX 5700 XT on a similar Navi 10 configuration only achieves about 50 MH / s. True, the BC-160 has many times faster memory, which is important for mining. It is also worth noting that in the specifications the performance is indicated equal to 69.5 MH / s, but this is at a TGP of 150 watts.

From the specifications, we can also find out what the adapter is produced by the Chinese division of XFX. The card requires a pair of eight-pin power connectors to be connected.

It is not yet clear whether such a card really exists, but it would be strange to create such a fake with photographs of the card and the mining process just for fun.

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Microsoft is preparing a simplified Windows 11 SE for cheap laptops

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Microsoft is now preparing to release its signature low-cost Microsoft Surface laptop to compete with ChromeOS-based Chromebooks. And especially for such laptops, a simplified version of the operating system is being created – Windows 11 SE.

This was told by the columnist Zac Bowden from Windows Central, who often gives interesting, later confirmed information about Windows and other Microsoft products.

Bowden notes that the new Microsoft Surface is aimed at high school students and is aimed at the lower price segment. Codenamed Surface Laptop SE is equipped with an Intel Celeron N4120 processor, 8GB of RAM and an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. For ports, one USB Type-A, one USB Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack are provided.

Windows 11 SE is seen as Microsoft’s possible answer to Chrome OS. Since Windows 11 raises the bar on system requirements for most PCs significantly, a dedicated edition can provide reliable performance on entry-level laptops.

According to Bowden’s sources, the device has largely been finalized and Microsoft plans to announce it before the end of the year.

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Apple’s M1 Max SoC beats the $ 6,000 Radeon Pro W6900X. MacBook Pro Result Appeared in Affinity Photo

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Yesterday we saw what the graphics core of the Apple M1 Max SoC is capable of in one game and a couple of benchmarks. But this is not why they usually buy a MacBook Pro, especially in top-end configurations.

What can such a solution offer to professionals? The developer of the editor Affinity Photo shared the results of testing the new MacBook Pro with SoC M1 Max in full configuration, that is, with 32 GPU cores.

It turned out that in this case the possibilities of Apple’s solution are not just high – they are record-breaking. In the test, the M1 Max scored 32,891 points. In comparison, the top-end Radeon Pro W6900X available for the Mac Pro scores 32,580 points! That is, the GPU in a single-chip system performs at the level (and even slightly outstrips) the dedicated flagship video card with 32 GB of memory and a very high TDP. And such a Radeon card for Mac Pro in the Apple Configurator costs $ 5,600, and if you later buy it separately, then even $ 6,000. By the way, the performance of the Radeon Pro W6900X reaches 22.2 TFLOPS, that is, it is twice as high as that of the M1 Max.

Apple's M1 Max SoC beats the $ 6,000 Radeon Pro W6900X.  MacBook Pro Result Appeared in Affinity Photo

The developer notes that such a stunning result from Apple Silicon will not always and not in all tests. But even one is enough to understand how a worthy decision came out from the Cupertines.

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144Hz, Ryzen 7 5800H and full-featured GeForce RTX 3060. Xiaomi’s most powerful gaming laptop, Redmi G 2021, available to order worldwide

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Third-party retailers have begun offering Xiaomi’s recent innovation, the Redmi G 2021 gaming laptop, which until now has only been sold in China – internationally.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi G 2021 in the Chinese market in September. The model is being promoted as the most powerful laptop ever produced under the Xiaomi brands. In China, a device with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and a full-featured GeForce RTX 3060 is available for $ 1,085.

Now the global versions of Redmi G 2021 have become available for ordering internationally on several trading platforms at once – it is offered at least on AliExperss and Banggood.

144Hz, Ryzen 7 5800H and full-featured GeForce RTX 3060. Xiaomi's most powerful gaming laptop, Redmi G 2021, available to order worldwide

The younger configuration, with Intel Core i5-11260H and GeForce RTX 3050, is offered by AliExperss and Banggood for $ 1,379.99 and $ 1,369.99, respectively. This variation, like the older one, offers a 16.1-inch screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB solid-state drive. The older version, with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and GeForce RTX 3060, is offered on AliExperss for $ 1,689.99.

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