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IBM has created the largest quantum superconducting processor to date

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Scientists from IBM were able to assemble the largest Osprey quantum computer from 433 superconducting qubits, wrote the NewScientist resource. This is more than three times the size of the company’s previous record of 127 qubits and more than eight times the size of Google’s 53-qubit Sycamore computer.

IBM has created the largest quantum superconducting processor to date

The number of qubits in currently existing quantum devices does not yet allow us to solve applied problems. The quantum superiority shown by the Sycamore superconducting processor only means that in some specially selected tasks, the quantum computer is faster than the classical one. In order to move from abstract problems to real ones, tens and hundreds of thousands of qubits are needed.

In addition to increasing the number of qubits, scientists have to think about how not to make their processor very cumbersome, as, for example, a group of scientists from China did. The photonic computer on which they demonstrated quantum superiority includes an optical interferometer, which was assembled on an optical table using bulk optics (when photons travel through the air, and the circuit consists of ordinary mirrors, lenses and other optical elements), which is why for its assembly requires a lot of space, and its adjustment requires great precision. Scalability problems can be avoided by transferring interferometers to small chips with optical waveguides. And if photonic circuits on integrated chips became popular recently, then superconducting computers were printed on them from the very beginning.

Researchers at IBM are aiming to scale superconductor processors, and this time they have succeeded in creating a compact integrated chip with 433 qubits. The hardest part of building a chip with a large number of superconducting qubits is avoiding or greatly reducing unwanted interactions between qubits. The more qubits you need to fit on a chip, the denser they must be located there and the more technically difficult it is to deal with cross-interaction between qubits.

Physicists set themselves the task of checking whether it would be practically possible to fit such a number of superconducting qubits on a chip and at the same time maintain its performance. They have not tried to use the chip for any calculations, so it is not yet possible to predict whether they will be able to show quantum superiority on an applied task and how long it will take to set up and program the processor. However, by 2023 the company plans to develop a 1121-qubit computer.

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And let the whole world wait! Cooler Master unveiled Orb X, a futuristic capsule for gamers and professionals

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And let the whole world wait Cooler Master unveiled Orb

Cooler Master, which specializes in gaming accessories, has announced a module called Orb X. This capsule is designed to replace the usual workplace with a computer, it is aimed at gamers, but also suitable for work tasks. The Orb X “multi-functional station” looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie, it makes the workplace almost isolated from the outside world and, according to the creators, helps gamers and professionals “stay productive.”

And let the whole world wait!  Cooler Master unveiled Orb X, a futuristic capsule for gamers and professionals

The model is equipped with a leather chair that leans back, has an adjustable headrest and footrest. Achieve more privacy and keep distractions out of the way with a power adjustable dome. But the user himself is unlikely to go unnoticed on his futuristic “throne”: Orb X, in addition to its spectacular design, also has a customizable backlight.

And let the whole world wait!  Cooler Master unveiled Orb X, a futuristic capsule for gamers and professionals

The Orb X Capsule can be used with a PC, laptop or gaming console, supports a 34″ monitor or up to three 27″ monitors, and has a USB hub with four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports (one of them is at 60 W). The built-in audio system includes two speakers and a subwoofer. The workstation measures 1881x1810x2088 mm and weighs 343.5 kg and will be available in black and white. So far, you can only register on the waiting list for the purchase of Orb X, but nothing has been announced about the timing of release and cost. Cooler Master has previously quoted a price of $12,000 – $14,000, but it’s not clear if that’s final.

And let the whole world wait!  Cooler Master unveiled Orb X, a futuristic capsule for gamers and professionals

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The overpriced GeForce RTX 4080 could drop in price in a week or two. At this time, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is just coming out.

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The overpriced GeForce RTX 4080 could drop in price in

The GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 video cards have officially fallen in price today, but only in Europe and by only 5% against the backdrop of a strengthening euro. However, at least the RTX 4080 could drop in price much more in the near future.

The overpriced GeForce RTX 4080 could drop in price in a week or two.  At this time, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is just coming out.

According to various Chinese sources, including those cited by WCCF Tech, the RTX 4080 could drop in price as early as mid-December. And the reason, at first glance, is as simple as possible – the release of the Radeon RX 7900 cards. Recall that even the top-end RX 7900 XTX will cost only $ 1,000 versus $ 1,200 that they ask for the RTX 4080. However, at least one source says that Nvidia will allegedly reduce the price of the card not for a better fight against AMD’s new products, but for our own reasons to improve the price-quality ratio.

Be that as it may, this is still a positive thing for gamers who would like to buy the RTX 4080.

It’s also worth noting that if the RTX 4080’s MSRP goes down, that could mean the RTX 4070 Ti will also come out with a lower price tag than it was previously quoted, which, remember, was $900.

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In recent tests, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX struggles with the GeForce RTX 4080 with varying degrees of success

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In recent tests the Radeon RX 7900 XTX struggles with

Test results for the Radeon RX 7900 XTX have appeared on the Web, apparently already with a normal driver.

In recent tests, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX struggles with the GeForce RTX 4080 with varying degrees of success

Today we have already seen results in Geekbench’s OpenCL and Vulkan tests, and they were lower than those of the RX 6900 XT. The new results are much higher.

In the Vulkan test, the novelty is gaining almost 180,000 points, and in OpenCL the result is more than 228,000 points.

In recent tests, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX struggles with the GeForce RTX 4080 with varying degrees of success

As you can see, this is much more than the RX 6950 XT. In the Vulkan test, AMD’s new product confidently outperforms the more expensive GeForce RTX 4080, but in the OpenCL test it lags behind the latter, only slightly ahead of the RTX 3090 Ti. In both cases, the RTX 4090 is far ahead.

Of course, Geekbench is far from the best option for testing video cards, but at least now we see that the new AMD flagship is indeed much faster than the old one.

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