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Razer Huntsman V2 and Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless Keyboards Revealed

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Razer has unveiled the Huntsman V2 series of keyboards. According to the manufacturer, these are “the fastest and most advanced optical gaming keyboards in the world.” The series includes a full-size model and a model without a block of numeric keys. They feature second-generation Razer optical switches and Razer HyperPolling technology, which increases the polling rate from the familiar 1,000 Hz to 8,000 Hz. Keycaps are made of PBT plastic by double injection molding. In addition, the manufacturer notes the improved damping of the structural elements, due to which the sounds of the keyboard have become quieter and softer.

For example, the aforementioned second generation optical switches have added a silicone sound absorber, which reduces the click when the keys are pressed. For smoother operation and additional noise reduction, the amount of grease on the shifters and stabilizers has been increased.

A brushed aluminum top plate provides rigidity to the structure, ensuring minimal deflection, even with the toughest keystrokes. The keyboard is complemented by an ergonomic wrist rest.

The Huntsman V2 is backlit with a multi-function wheel and four customizable multimedia keys. Settings are made in Razer Synapse 3 software and can be saved to on-board memory.

The Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless is smaller and lighter. It does not have a block of numeric keys, a multi-function wheel and multimedia keys, but the USB cable is removable.

The Razer Huntsman V2 has a suggested retail price of $ 190 or € 200 with Clicky Purple Switches, and $ 200 or € 210 with Linear Red Switches. The Razer Huntsman V2 Tenkeyless keyboard is priced at $ 150 (Clicky Purple Switch) and $ 160 (Linear Red Switch). European prices are 160 and 170 euros, respectively.

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Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors. Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

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Intel has finally officially unveiled the Core 12 processors (aka Alder Lake). As expected, initially only the top models of three lines – Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 – were offered to users. These are, respectively, Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700K and Core i7-12700KF and Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600KF. Their characteristics are presented in the table below.

Intel Core 12 differs from all its predecessors with a completely new microarchitecture, in which there is a division into large and small cores – like mobile platforms for smartphones and tablets. High-performance cores are called P-Cores (from Performance) and are based on the Golden Cove architecture, energy efficient cores are E-Core (from Efficiency), they are based on the Gracemont architecture. Accordingly, the flagship Core i9-12900K has eight productive and energy-efficient cores, the Core i7-12700K has eight productive and four energy-efficient ones, the Core i5-12600K has six productive and four energy-efficient ones.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

The L2 cache has been increased in all models in the series – it is 1.25 MB for high-performance cores and 2 MB for energy-efficient ones. The L3 cache is available for all cores and ranges from 30MB in the Core i9-12900K to 20MB in the Core i5-12600K.

Intel announces a 19% increase in IPC over 11th Gen (Rocket Lake-S) processors. The performance gain in games is about the same (20%). In some, it is even twice as high – plus 40% in League of Legends when using DirectX 11).

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

And here is a comparison of the Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 9 5950X in games. In some applications (Troy: Total War), the Intel flagship outperforms the AMD flagship by 30%, but on average, of course, the advantage of the “blue” CPU is less – about 15%. And in some games, the Ryzen 9 5950X still leads.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Here are a few more slides comparing the performance of the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-11900K in different applications.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Together with the processors, a new platform debuted – so far with the top-end Intel Z690 chipset, but at the beginning of next year, simpler chipsets will catch up. As you can see, the platform provides 16 PCIe 5.0 lines via the processor controller and 12 PCIe 4.0 lines via the chipset controller. Also, the bandwidth of the DMI bus, which connects the CPU and the chipset, has been increased. Alder Lake supports both 4800 MT / s DDR RAM and 3200 MT / s DDR4 RAM.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Physically, Alder Lake differs from its predecessors not only in its larger size and the new LGA1700 socket, but also in its increased heat dissipator.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Along with the new processors, Intel introduced a new version of the proprietary Extreme Tuning Utility – with support for telemetry of both high-performance and energy-efficient cores, DDR5 memory and so on.

Introduced Intel Core 12 (Alder Lake) processors.  Top 16-core Core i9-12900K 15% faster than Ryzen 9 5950X in games

Alder Lake will go on sale on November 5th. The minimum recommended prices (when purchasing wholesale lots) are as follows: Core i9-12900K – $ 590, Core i9-12900KF – $ 565, Core i7-12700K – $ 410, Core i7-12700KF – $ 385, Core i5-12600K – $ 290, Core i5-12600KF – $ 265.

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Apple Watch Series 8 Will Really Help Millions of People? The watch is credited with the technology of non-invasive measurement of blood sugar levels

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The Apple Watch Series 8 smartwatch can receive non-invasive blood sugar measurement technology. Simply put, they will acquire a non-invasive blood glucose meter.

Rumors of similar developments by Apple appeared several years ago, but next year they may finally be realized. At least the source says that Apple’s partners have already begun work on the production of the corresponding sensors.

The work on non-invasive blood glucose testing has been going on for a very long time, and the advent of such a consumer device will revolutionize the market. At the beginning of this year, the Japanese startup Quantum Operation at CES 2021 presented a similar device in the form of a watch, however, firstly, then there were reservations about the accuracy of measurements, and secondly, the product, apparently, has not yet appeared on the market. Plus, the popularity of Apple in general, and its smartwatches in particular, could make the technology far more widespread.

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Redmi Note 11 tested in Geekbench. It is twice as slow as flagships

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Tomorrow Xiaomi will officially unveil the Redmi Note 11 smartphones, but the base model of the line, designated with catalog number 21091116AC, has already appeared in the Geekbench benchmark today. Test results: 592 points in single-threaded and 1712 points in multi-threaded. The performance is exactly half that of the current flagships on Snapdragon 888, although the creators believe that the consumer properties of Redmi Note 11 are close to the flagships of the Redmi K40 series.

However, this is the performance of the base Redmi Note 11, and Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro + will be slightly faster, since they are based on SoC Dimensity 920. Also from the benchmark report it follows that the base Redmi Note 11 runs Android 11 and has 8 GB of RAM. Obviously, the top version of the model was tested, since the initial version of Redmi Note 11 will have less RAM: 4 or 6 GB.

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