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Samsung unveils its first ZNS solid state drive

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Samsung Electronics today announced the PM1731a Enterprise Solid State Drive with Zoned Namespace (ZNS) technology. This technology maximizes the user-available capacity and the lifespan of the SSD.

ZNS allows you to group data based on usage and frequency of access and store it sequentially in independent zones on an SSD. By eliminating the need to move and organize data, ZNS SSDs can dramatically reduce the number of writes by lowering the write gain (WAF) of the drive, defined as the number of actual writes performed by the drive compared to the writes originally assigned by the host system. The closer the WAF is to one, the more efficiently the SSD is used and the longer it will last.

In the case of Samsung’s new SSD with ZNS, the WAF is close to one, which is a significant improvement over the standard server SSDs of three to four. The service life is extended to the same extent. In addition, users have access to the entire capacity of the solid state drive, since there is no need to reserve disk space.

The 2.5-inch PM1731a drives, which use Samsung’s sixth-generation V-NAND flash, will be available in 2TB and 4TB sizes. They will get two ports each for constant availability and minimizing downtime.

Samsung plans to start mass production of ZNS SSDs in the second half of the year.

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Up to 8 XE cores and 6 GB of memory: the first information about the Intel Arc Pro A50/A40 graphics cards appeared

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Up to 8 XE cores and 6 GB of memory

The database of the SiSoftware Sandra test package has fresh data on the upcoming Arc A40 Pro and Arc A50 Pro graphics cards. These are graphics accelerators for workstations that are designed for engineering tasks.

Up to 8 XE cores and 6 GB of memory

The A50 Pro has a full ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe cores (128 execution units/1024 FP32 cores), while the A40 Pro is likely to get a stripped-down version of the chip. The clock frequency is 2.45 GHz.

Both cards have 6 GB GDDR6 memory, indicating a 96-bit memory bus. In this regard, both models are similar to the Arc A380 mobile card, which has almost the same configuration.

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Thus, the company continues to prepare its entry-level products. When high-performance gaming and professional solutions based on the ACM-G10 GPU will appear, it is not reported. It is also not yet clear whether the Arc A40 Pro and Arc A50 Pro cards will be available in retail or whether they will appear only as part of workstations.

Earlier, Intel introduced its first gaming graphics card for $150.

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Named the likely date of the announcement of the mobile processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

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Named the likely date of the announcement of the mobile

Qualcomm has updated its 2022 product launch roadmap. And there, among other things, they indicated the likely date for the announcement of the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. It is expected to be shown on the first day of the Snapdragon Summit event, which will be held from November 14 to 17.

Named the likely date of the announcement of the mobile

Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon X70 5G modem that will be included with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is credited with download speeds of up to 10 Gbps, as well as new advanced features for working in fifth-generation networks.

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The processor (SM8550) will be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process. It will use a three-cluster layout. The composition is expected to include one super-powerful Cortex X3 core, two productive Cortex-A720 and A710, as well as three energy-efficient Cortex-A510. An Adreno740 graphics accelerator is also expected.

It is assumed that the first smartphone based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor will be Xiaomi 13, its presentation is expected before the end of 2022.

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Are the recommended prices for modern video cards too high? Calculated how adapters are priced based on performance

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Are the recommended prices for modern video cards too high

Current generation video cards have been heavily overpriced almost all the time due to scarcity and demand from miners. Now the prices are getting back to normal, but how normal are the prices that are recommended? The source decided to evaluate how fair these prices are in terms of performance.

Are the recommended prices for modern video cards too high?  Calculated how adapters are priced based on performance

The source took the GeForce RTX 3070 as a conditional standard, which, according to our colleagues, is fairly priced if we take 4K resolution.

Are the recommended prices for modern video cards too high?  Calculated how adapters are priced based on performance

As you can see, there is an even more profitable graphics card – GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. That is, it offers more than its price of $400. As for the rest of Nvidia’s cards, most of them have not gone far from the standard, offering 90-94% price match. But all high cards are heavily overvalued. The same GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, according to such calculations, should cost only $ 814, and not $ 2,000 at all.

As far as AMD cards are concerned, only the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT can be distinguished here, which are very close to 100%. Also, the Radeon RX 6700 XT has a rate of 92%. The rest of the cards are significantly more overpriced, although no model falls short of the RTX 3090 Ti in this indicator, simply because even the RX 6950 XT is almost half the price.

Are the recommended prices for modern video cards too high?  Calculated how adapters are priced based on performance

It is worth mentioning separately that the source only evaluated performance in games, so all calculations are rather arbitrary. They do not take into account the non-gaming capabilities of video cards, the same huge amount of memory in top GeForces, the complexity of GPU and PCB production, and so on.

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