Intel is in trouble due to a serious data leak: somehow an archive appeared on the Web with, reportedly, the source code of Alder Lake processors.
The file size is 2.8 GB. There is a lot of data in it, it will take a lot of time to systematize and analyze, but it is reported that important information is inside the archive – BIOS and data on motherboard chipsets for 12th generation Core processors. Whether the leak contains Alder Lake microcode is not said.
Surely Intel engineers would not want the data to spread over the Web and, especially, fall into the hands of competitors. However, it is not a fact that Intel has anything to do with the leak: some of the data is related to Lenovo. So, perhaps the information was stolen not from Intel, but from one or more partners.
The latest 12-core processor Ryzen 9 7900X has fallen in price to a minimum in the US
The Ryzen 9 7900X has only been on sale for a couple of months, but the processor has already dropped significantly in the US. If at the start of sales they asked for $ 550 for it, then a few days ago the cost dropped to $ 473. And now the CPU has become even more accessible.
You can buy the Ryzen 9 7900X from Amazon in the US for $440. Thus, after just two months from the start of sales, the CPU became more affordable by 20%.
Recall that the Ryzen 9 7900X operates at a frequency of 4.7-5.6 GHz and has 76 MB of cache, and a TDP of 230 watts. The discount is very good, but when buying a Ryzen 7000, you need to keep in mind the need for a fresh motherboard with an AM5 processor socket, as well as DDR5 memory.
Mini PC with a 14-core CPU, a wide range of ports and the ability to install three SSDs. Minisforum Neptune NAD9 introduced
Minisforum introduced the Neptune NAD9 mini PC, which is based on a 14-core Intel processor.
The heart of the novelty is the mobile Core i9-12900H. For such a PC in the form of a Barebone-kit, they ask for $680, but now you can buy it for $570. Since we are talking about not the most energy efficient CPU, the cooling system here includes a radiator with three heat pipes.
The new PC also stands out with a fairly extensive set of ports. There is USB 3.2 (x3), USB-C 3.2 (x3), USB 2.0 (x2), HDMI (x2) and RJ45. With dimensions of 208 x 180 x 66 mm, this is a very worthy set.
The mini PC allows you to install two 2.5-inch drives, one M.2 format, and a pair of DDR4 SO-DIMMs. The base version with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage will now cost $680.
Nvidia has released a fresh driver for graphics cards that were released 10 years ago. But in games performance will not improve
Nvidia has released a fresh driver for older GeForce 600 and GeForce 700 video cards. Support for these adapters has long been discontinued, so the new driver is only intended to fix important vulnerabilities.
More specifically, we are talking about two vulnerabilities CVE-2022-3602 and CVE-2022-3786 that affected mail servers and open source VPN protocols such as OpenVPN.
Unfortunately, the latest driver will not improve the performance of older video cards, as support was discontinued over a year ago.
However, some adapters of those times are still quite good for modern games, given their age. For example, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is capable of about 70-80 fps in Full HD in GTA V at maximum graphics quality settings, and even provides about 60 fps in The Witcher 3 at high settings.
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