Intel’s Next-Gen, Next-Gen Alder Lake Already Showing Up on Benchmarks

The future might be here sooner rather than later.

Because Intel’s next-gen, next-gen processors are already appearing on the SiSoft Sandra database.

Slated for release in 2022, this represents Intel’s path forward. Called Alder Lake, these processors will arrive following the 11th generation Rocket Lake that is on tap for next year. That could change pending a September 2 announcement from Intel though that would be a big surprise indeed.

It is also the processor destined to bring to the desktop Intel’s vaunted “Hybrid Technology” or the use of a larger CPU core in tandem with four smaller ones as PC Gamer is reporting.

In terms of design, the Alder Lake will employ a big.LITTLE configuration with a top-end processor of eight Golden Cove cores. The big.LITTLE design choice is seen as somewhat noteworthy. While it remains to be seen what Intel does with it, many industry watchers are somewhat perplexed by what they are hearing thus far about Alder Lake.

So why is this showing up on SiSoft this early?

Well, some people speculate that the Alder Lake processor could be coming out sooner than 2022 – like in 2021 to be exact. Thus far people are trying to read the tea leaves about what Alder Lake will be able to do based upon what we know about Rocket Lake.

That’s an inexact science at best. Another issue is that, as noted above, we won’t see Rocket Lake on PCs this year which makes a 2021 release for Alder Lake concurrent pretty much with Rocket Lake. Given that, the 2022 timeframe seems to make more sense but who knows. As we noted above, everything could change with a surprise from Intel on September 2.

TechRadar published the following rumored specs for Rocket Lake nearly one month ago.

The website cited the following:

  • “RocketLake S
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  • 1 Processor 8 Cores, 16 Threads
  • Genuine Intel Family 6 Model 167 Stepping 0
  • Base: 3.19 GHz
  • Maximum: 4.28 GHz
  • Intel(R) Gen12 Mobile Graphics Controller
  • Compute Units: 32
  • Maximum: 1.15 GHz
  • Device Memory: 6.33 GB

Tech Radar continues: “In addition, this latest leak details the processor’s built-in iGPU, which reportedly sports 32 Compute Units, with a core clock frequency of 1.15GHz and 6.33GB of VRAM. However, although the iGPU is expected to be using the Intel Xe graphics architecture, early benchmarking scores don’t look promising.”

Launching two generations in one year would be a big deal, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Intel to do. Dave James of PC Gamer points to the Broadwell generation as one example of this.

What is undoubtedly clear is that Alder Lake will be a significantly different processor than those previously released by Intel.

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Could AMD Big Navi Challenge Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 in the Marketplace?

AMD is having a moment and the company looks set to extend it if tech rumors are to be believed.

The graphics card arms race continues and it looks like AMD is about to shake up the current world order with its Big Navi high-end option. Some people even think that Big Navi’s stats put it in line to challenge Nvidia’s own GeForce RTX 3080 but, with only paper to back up that claim, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach on that.

So what makes Big Navi special?

While reports prior to an official launch are necessarily vague, what we can tell you with some certainty is that the Big Navi graphics card will be a pretty big leap over rival Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 ti. A lot of the specs for Big Navi are referenced in comparison to that card. YouTube channel Moore’s Law is Dead said, for example, that the GPU for Big Navi is 40 – 60 percent more powerful than the RTX 2080 ti. The source for this claim is “someone who hasn’t been wrong in the past” for whatever that is worth.

For reference, the (Founders Edition) GeForce RTX 2080 ti’s specs are as follows: GPU Architecture: Turing, RTX-OPS 78T, Boost Clock: 1635 MHz (OC), Frame Buffer: 11GB GDDR6, Memory Speed: 14 Gbps.        

And the entire basis for the claim is that the Big Navi’s performance eclipses the RTX 2080 ti in such a way that it is seemingly positioned right behind or on par with Nvidia’s next-gen graphics card.

Multiple reports indicate that Big Navi will use AMD’s next-gen RDNA 2 graphics architecture and that we can expect to see it, as well as the RTX 3080 from Nvidia, this September. For what it is worth, the Nvidia graphics card will use the company’s new Ampere graphics technology.

Much of this caps off a year of pretty big wins for AMD. Both console titans Sony and Microsoft announced their next-gen consoles would be using RDNA-2 architecture. Naturally, that doesn’t mean much for the PC graphics card race. Given that both will be debuting around the same time, it will be interesting to see which company comes out on top.

What do you think? Does AMD’s Big Navi sound like something that could bring Nvidia down a peg or two or just more boastful marketing? Does it even matter? What graphics card would you choose if you had the option? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Razer Releases First 60% Mini Keyboard

Razer releases its hit keyboard, The Huntsman, in mini form.

The Huntsman mini has already launched in its clicky key variation. Supposedly linear switches will be coming soon as well. Most importantly, the keyboard is available in WHITE and black. I have been dying to get a white viper ultimate, but sadly they have not hinted at even producing that at all, such a bummer.

The Huntsman keyboard has been quite popular in the gaming scene, as its optical switches are something new in a stale keyboard market. Everyone that has a huntsman of any variation has raved about it.

Now gamers have the mini 60% option so they can maximize their mousepad space for those low sensitivity flick headshots.

Find the keyboard here

Corsair Releases RGB light sticks…?

Gamers can’t seem to get enough RGB anything, so here are some sticks you can add to your desk.

If you were looking for a way to spice up your gaming setup some more, Corsair has you covered with their new iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Tower Kit. The starter kit comes with 2 lighting towers that have 46 LEDs each and stand at 422mm tall. The LEDs are fully customizable with their iCUE software.

The light towers are required to be plugged into a power outlet and then route via USB to your PC. Aside from providing cool ambient lighting to your desk, the only practical function it has is one side has a headphone holder.

Judging by the product images it seems you can face the LEDs outwards to accent the desk or you could also face them towards the wall to diffuse the lighting for a different look. Using the iCUE software, you could program the lights to match your on screen actions and game colors; or you could turn your desk into a music visualizer light show.

Are these light sticks necessary? No. But, they do look pretty cool and can add flare to an otherwise bland setup. They are currently on amazon for $129.99. The price tag might be a bit tough to swallow for something not super functional. There are other things you could upgrade for that amount of money – but if your build is all complete, then maybe this would be a good pickup.

Ryzen 4000 Reportedly Delayed

Current events in the world have hurt tech manufacturers in particular.

The novel coronavirus has brought life to a standstill around the world, and it looks like it is hitting tech manufacturing particularly hard.

In fact, it could lead to the delay of the much anticipated Ryzen 4000.

And that has more than a few people disappointed, particularly PC gamers eager to show that, yes, PCs still have better capabilities than the latest consoles coming this winter from Sony and Microsoft.

Tweaktown reports, “According to motherboard manufacturers, due to the pandemic and competitive reasons, Intel and AMD kept changing their 2020 desktop roadmap and launch schedules, causing major headaches for the supply chain. In addition, NVIDIA and AMD are also keeping the launch schedules for their next-gen GPUs secret, to avert pricing manipulations by their opponents.”

For those of you that might remember, the Ryzen 3000 launched around this time last year so anticipating a followup around the same time this year not only makes sense, it’s pretty much expected. After all, those that can’t keep up are often left behind in the tech race – and AMD is keen to not be seen as lagging behind anyone, especially competitors like Nvidia.

Then again, how much pressure could you really feel if sales of your current-gen hardware are on fire? That might be helping AMD weather the lull caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not a strategy for future growth. Nonetheless, the strength of the Ryzen 3000 line is impressive.

“According to motherboard manufacturers, sales for Ryzen 3000 series are hot. Accordingly, AMD is extending its life cycle, and definitely will not be launching the next-gen Ryzen 4000 series, based on Zen3 architecture and using TSMC’s 7nm EUV process, in Sep. The earliest Ryzen 4000 series will enter mass production is end of 2020, and launch in Jan 2021 at CES. Whether it will be changed to 5nm EUV process is unclear at the moment,” Tweaktown reports.

Another notch in AMD’s column is the struggles of rival Intel. Intel’s not had an easy road of late and the recent announcement that Apple would be dropping its silicon in favor of its own in-house manufacture only adds to those problems. Persistent issues with Intel’s latest Comet Lake line are getting tougher to ignore and the move by the company in Cupertino to ditch their longtime partner only underscores all of that.

“As understood, following Comet Lake, Intel will launch Rocket Lake at the end of 2020, at the earliest. But it will still stay on the 14nm process. The first 10nm desktop processor Alder Lake will only be released at the end of 2021 at the earliest, which is to say Intel is yet to fully enter the 10nm era for another one and a half years.”

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Viotek’s 144 Hz 4K Gaming Monitor Arrives

A budget friendly brand with unheard of specs for even from top brands!

Monitors are a pretty big deal and for a solid reason. After all, no one cares about your powerful graphics card if it is being displayed like a watercolor painting. Even so, monitors are not a cheap accessory and, as Viotek’s latest shows, they’re definitely not without their own complications.

We might be entering a new promised land for resolution in gaming monitors as Viotek’s latest promises 4K at 144 Hz – something pretty much impossible with most of the equipment on the market right now.

So how does it work?

Since it can’t promise that kind of refresh rate using any cables out there right now, Viotek has the novel solution of using not just one but two cables to make sure its monitor delivers the promised performance.

That is, the monitor requires two DisplayPort 1.4 ports to get 140 Hz. Just one cable puts out 120 Hz. The 27-inch GFI27QXA also happens to be a pretty decent monitor all around as many reviewers are pointing out. It supports G-Sync and Freesync from 48 Hz to 144 Hz as well as a sturdy stand and a glare shield. In other words, Viotek has covered most all of the necessary bases. That’s probably a good thing because they’re not asking for just a few pennies.

But, as with anything hardware-related, the final and most pressing question for many of us is the price. At $750, the Viotek isn’t a cheap alternative by any means but, then again, what it is promising is different from most others out there on the market. That has a price, too.

If you are interested this monitor is available on amazon.

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NVIDIA RTX 3090 Possible?

As production begins nearing for the RTX 3080, rumors of another card are circulating.

NVIDIA is planning to begin production on their new 3080 video card in August, with a release in September. However many are talking about a 3090 being produced alongside the 3080 as their new flagship video card.

Many were writing this off as confusion since the flagship model has been the 80Ti series (i.e. 2080Ti) models for several years past. But many are reinforcing the rumor, so we could possibly see a 3090. There are no technical specs or benchmarks out, but we should be hearing more as we near the production date in August.

Current 2080Ti Flagship

Either way, we’re excited to see whats next! Maybe it’ll be worth upgrading from my current 2080 setup.

Razer Updates the Ornata Keyboard with Version 2

The unconventional mecha-membrane hybrid keyboard gets an update.

The Ornata keyboard has kept its place as a very niche product. Most enthusiasts have transitioned into mechanical keyboards, but some subset of users still prefer the slightly dampened feeling of a membrane keyboard. The Ornata has been a favorite among those set of users, providing keys that provide tactile feedback, but still have some bounce to them. The keycaps are also quite slick, featuring something closer to a mid height setup.

Razer finally released an update which is simply called the Ornata V2

Check out the Oranata V2 reveal

I’ve felt this keyboard myself and found it very pleasant to type on. The shorter keycaps feel great and the tactile click is every bit as good as a real mechanical keyboard; I personally don’t like the “bottom out” feeling of mechanicals and usually place O-rings on my keyboards. So the Ornata strikes a perfect balance between membrane and mechanical.

Those that I’ve spoken to that own this keyboard also rave about it as well. It is also not obnoxiously loud, which sometimes can be a huge selling point.

Razer is also committed to shipping quickly, which is very reassuring as I’m still dealing with other products/companies I’ve ordered during this pandemic that are still stuck in limbo, months later.

You can find the keyboard here.

Razer’s New Gigantus V2 Mouse Pad

Can this really be called a mouse pad? Maybe a DESK pad?

Razer is always pumping out new and interesting accessories. The latest announcement is a refresh of their Gigantus mouse pad, called the V2. They’re taking “Gigantus” to the next level with 4 different sizes.

  • M – 14.17 x 10.83 inches – $9.99
  • L – 17.72 x 15.75 inches – $14.99
  • XXL – 37 x 16.14 inches – $29.99
  • 3XL – 47.24 x 21.65 inches – $49.99

I’ve recently acquired a large style “mouse pad” that my keyboard currently sits on as well. It has been pretty enjoyable, the extra cushion from the mouse pad is comfortable when I am typing and/or using my mouse. There is also little risk of ever running out of mouse pad surface area when flicking around for those headshots.

The new Gigantus lineup throws more into the mix with pads that can cover just about the entire desk. I’m not sure how this would play out, I’m not sure why I would need my monitor or my speakers to sit on a pad as well. You would also need to consider that cleaning a mouse pad is harder than just wiping down your desk.

Still, it is fun to see Razer always trying new things. They will also offer their Razer Customs service on certain sizes, so you can design your pad as well to your liking. The feature should be available soon on their customs page.