Minisforum has launched the Venus UM690 mini PC with the Ryzen 9 6900HX mobile processor, which is equipped with the most powerful integrated graphics core to date.
A PC in the form of a Barebone-kit costs $500, and for a fully equipped version they ask from $650 to $870, depending on the amount of memory.
For some reason, the manufacturer does not indicate the dimensions, but the images show that the novelty is far from the largest among modern mini-PCs. At the same time, in addition to the Ryzen 9 6900HX, which offers considerable performance from both the CPU and especially the iGPU, there are from 16 to 64 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a very wide range of ports, including USB4, USB-C 3.2, USB 3.2 (x4), HDMI (x2) and RJ45. An 8K monitor can be connected to a PC, and thanks to USB4, it is possible to significantly increase the gaming performance of the device by connecting an external video card.
Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon next year – there will be a data center
The manufacturer Phison announced that it is participating in a project to create data centers on the moon. This mission is carried out by Lonestar, SkyCorp and Canonical. The launch of this data center is planned for the second half of 2023.
According to the company, their 8TB M.2 2280 NVMe drive has passed NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) testing, which confirms its performance and can be used in space, at low temperatures and in vacuum.
Initially, we are talking about one server. Its storage module will be the size of a book. It will be equipped with SoC on the RISC-V architecture, and the power will come from solar panels. The server will deliver the NOVA-C lander, which is being developed by Intuitive Machines, to the Moon.
Note that this is not the first space mission involving Phison. Earlier, her 8 GB drive was installed in the Perseverance Martian rover. Also on board the ISS is used from a 4 TB SSD.
Earlier it was reported that the European Union wants to place data centers in space.
Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards. Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed
XFX will offer non-reference 3D cards of the Radeon RX 7000 line. Images of the RX 7900 XT Merc 310 model have already appeared on the Web, but we can safely assume that there will also be a similar-looking RX 7900 XTX Merc 310.
The card is made in the usual XFX design. It is very long, but not the thickest by modern standards. It will probably take up less than three expansion slots.
You can also highlight three power connectors (8 + 8 + 8) and the absence of a USB-C port, which is available on new generation AMD reference adapters.
Recall that the RX 7900 will be launched on December 13th. On the same day, reviews of new AMD products will be published. If the new 3D cards prove to be very successful for their prices, Nvidia can reduce the price of the GeForce RTX 4080, because it is 20% more expensive than the top RX 7900 XTX.
Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games. Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9
Intel Arc graphics cards, among other things, have rather mediocre performance in older games. But today the company has released a fresh driver that significantly changes the situation, although not in all games.
The company has worked on optimization for some specific games, adding native support for DirectX 9. In particular, it is important to note Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which the performance of Arc adapters increased by almost 80%. The company has also worked on the 1% percentile, increasing the rate by up to 2.3 times, which should make the gameplay smoother.
Not all old games have received an impressive performance boost, but Intel can still be commended for continuing to work on its accelerators.
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