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This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like. Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

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Renders of the top-end discrete Intel new generation video card (DG2-512EU) have already been published on the Web, but now live photos of the device are being published for the first time. Compared to the early engineering sample, the new product has changed in terms of color: the PCB is now black, and the cooler shroud is gray. Previously, the PCB was green and the shroud was black. But as regards the power supply subsystem, there are no special changes: the video card still relies on the six- and eight-pin connectors for additional power supply. Based on this, the approximate TDP value of the model is 225 watts.

The heat distribution plate is not visible, but it will most likely be in the commercial version of the video card. The cooling system includes a pair of fans, several heat pipes and a heatsink that extends about a quarter beyond the PCB. It is important to note that this is a reference performance, and it seems to be quite effective, especially when compared to the refrains of Nvidia 3D cards.

This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like.  Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

The DG2-512EU is credited with 4096 stream processors and up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory. This model will have to withstand the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT. At the same time, it may even be cheaper than these video cards.

On the second portion of the images (no longer photos, but renders), on the contrary, the lowest-powered video card of the Arc Alchemist line – DG-128EU, poses. It is presented in a very compact design, which will allow such a model to be installed in small cases with Mini-ITX motherboards. There are promised 1024 stream processors and up to 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. The TDP will be around 75W, so there is no need for additional power connectors. This video card will no longer be able to compete with the Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA2 GPUs, but it will be able to compete with the previous generations.

This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like.  Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like.  Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like.  Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

This is what a possibly more affordable alternative to the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like.  Top-end graphics Intel Arc Alchemist first shown in live photos

There is little specificity regarding the timing of the market debut of Arc Alchemist. According to the latest data, in the first quarter of 2022, Intel 3D cards based on the Xe-HPG architecture will premiere, but it includes both mobile and desktop versions. Mobile phones will become available to laptop manufacturers earlier, apparently already in the same first quarter. But discrete models will go on sale only in the second quarter of 2022, that is, closer to the summer.

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Xigmatek Air Killer S Cooling Systems Fit Intel Alder Lake Processors

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Xigmatek has announced the Air Killer S and Air Killer S Arctic processor cooling systems, painted in black and white, respectively. They are built according to the classic tower scheme, and the source names gaming table systems as their main field of application.

The Air Killer S and Air Killer S Arctic cooling systems are designed with four 6mm U-shaped heat pipes. The middle part of each tube is in direct contact with the processor cover, and aluminum heatsink fins are threaded onto the ends of the tube.

Xigmatek Air Killer S Cooling Systems Fit Intel Alder Lake Processors

Mounted on the radiator is a 120mm hydraulic bearing fan with a nine-blade impeller. The rotation speed is regulated by PWM in the range of 800-1800 rpm. The maximum speed corresponds to a noise level of 25.3 dBA, an air flow of 140 m3/ h and a static pressure of 2.55 mm H2O.

The fan is decorated with multicolor backlighting. Its service life is declared equal to 50,000 hours. The dimensions of the cooling system are 160 x 128 x 76 mm.

The new cooling systems are suitable for processors with a TDP of up to 160W. In addition to the already mentioned Intel Core 12th Generation (Alder Lake) LGA 1700 processors, the compatibility list includes other modern Intel and AMD processors. No pricing information yet.

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Acer Nitro 5 laptops with Core i7-12700H and i5-12500H processors spotted on the website of a French store

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The source found three laptops on the PC21.fr site with 12th generation Intel Core processors (Alder Lake). In the configuration of one of them, the mobile video card GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is indicated. This Acer Nitro AN515-58 gaming laptop is built with a 14-core Intel Core i7-12700H processor and 8GB of DDR4-3200 memory. The display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels supports refresh rates up to 165 Hz.

In addition, the website of the French store confirms plans to release Acer Nitro 5 laptops (AN517-55 and AN515-58) powered by Core i5-12500H processor with mobile RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. In fact, this is the first time any retailer has mentioned such a GPU. Both laptops are expected to cost less than € 1,300 (inclusive of VAT), which is unfortunately higher than the starting price of € 999 for the latest generation of RTX 3060 gaming laptops.

Specifications for the RTX 3070 Ti are still unknown. The card is expected to have a stripped-down GA104 GPU with fewer cores than the RTX 3080 (6144) and more than the RTX 3070 (5120). The GDDR6 memory will be 8 GB and the bus width will be 256 bits.

As for the Core i5-12500H processor, it is rumored to have 12 cores and can execute 16 threads, which implies 4 high-performance cores and 8 energy-efficient cores. Clock rates are not yet known.

The release of these new products is expected in January, after CES 2022.

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Sales of 64, 128 and 256 GB PNY X-PRO 90 UHS-II memory cards began

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PNY has started selling X-PRO 90 UHS-II SDXC memory cards, according to the source, “designed to keep pace with the growing demand for high-definition photo and video recording.” The line includes storage media of 64, 128 and 256 GB. UHS-II support enables write speeds up to 280MB / s and read speeds up to 300MB / s. That’s enough for 8K video and burst photography.

X-PRO 90 cards are marked with the V90 speed class, meaning that the read and write speed does not fall below 90 MB / s. Of course, this speed is only possible if the memory is used in conjunction with a UHS-II device.

PNY X-PRO 90 UHS-II memory cards of 64, 128 and 256 GB cost 78, 130 and 240 dollars, respectively.

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