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ASUS Unveils ROG Crosshair DARK HERO & ROG STRIX B550-XE Motherboards For AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” CPUs

ASUS has unveiled two new motherboards designed to support AMD’s next-generation Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 CPUs, the ROG Crosshair VII DARK Hero, and the ROG STRIX B550-XE. Both motherboards are based on existing X570 & B550 chipsets but come with a range of new tech which will push the Ryzen platform to the next level.

ASUS Upgrades It’s ROG AM4 Motherboards For Next-Gen AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” CPUs, Include ROG Crosshair VIII DARK HERO & ROG STRIX B550-XE

The ASUS ROG motherboards which are launched today are specifically designed for the next-gen Ryzen 5000 CPUs but can also support AMD’s 2nd & 3rd Gen processors. Both models are updated variants of existing ones with superior power designs and much better cooling capabilities while providing users with extra I/O.

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ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII DARK HERO Motherboard

Starting with the top model, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII DARK Hero adopts a high-end 14+2 phase design which is made up of titanium power stages that are rated for 90A. The CPU is supplied juice through an 8+4 pin connector configuration and two large aluminum blocks cover the VRMs which are interconnected by a chunky heatpipe. The AM4 socket sites in the center with four DDR4 DIMM slots at the right side of the motherboard which will be able to support some really high-speed ram speeds.

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII DARK HERO Motherboard Features:

  • AMD AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors with Radeon™ Graphics Processors and up to two M.2 drives, USB 3.2 Gen2, and AMD StoreMI to maximize connectivity and speed.
  • Comprehensive thermal design: Passive chipset heatsink, M.2 aluminum heatsink, and ROG Cooling Zone.
  • Robust power delivery: Designed power solution 14+2 TI power stages rated for 90A, ProCool II power connectors, microfine alloy chokes, and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
  • High-performance networking: On-board Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO support, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet, both with ASUS LANGuard protection, and support for GameFirst VI software.
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • DIY Friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot, BIOS FlashBack, and premium components for maximum endurance.
  • Unmatched personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • Industry-leading ROG audio: ROG SupremeFX S1220 is combined with the venerable ESS ES9023P to deliver high-fidelity audio to headsets and exotic cans.

For expansion, the motherboard features three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x4 electrical) and a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. There are also at least two M.2 slots on the motherboard which are Gen 4.0 ready. Storage includes 8 SATA III ports and front panel USB comes in the form of a two USB 2.0, a single USB 3.0, and also a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector.

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The overall look and feel of the motherboard are absolutely fantastic with a matte and metallic black color theme. The rear I/O panel comes with a pre-installed heatsink and has an RGB lit ROG logo which illuminates and can be configured through ASUS’s AURA Sync RGB software. The same is true for the ROG eye logo over the PCH. The PCH is also the most surprising aspect of the board as ASUS has completely removed the active cooling solution from its updated model which is a big plus for those who didn’t update due to the unnecessary cooling fans featured on several X570 boards.

As for the I/O, the ROG Crosshair VIII DARK Hero features WiFi capabilities with 12 USB ports out of which at least 8 are Gen 3.2 and four are Gen 3.1. There’s dual LAN switches for 1Gbe and 2.5Gbe networking and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack. It wouldn’t be a Crosshair motherboard without the Q-Flash and reset switches on the rear panel either.

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-XE Gaming WiFi Motherboard

The ASUS ROG STRIX B550-XE Gaming WiFi comes with a 14+2 phase power design too & powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration. The board doesn’t use 90A power stages like the Crosshair model but it should be around 50-60A per power stage for this motherboard. The VRMs come with huge aluminum heatsinks which are interconnected via a heat pipe solution. There are once again four DDR4 DIMM slots to support high-frequency memory out of the box.

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-XE Motherboard Features:

  • AM4 socket: Ready for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors
  • Best gaming connectivity: PCIe 4.0-ready, six M.2 slots (four on the bundled ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 Card), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C plus HDMI 2.1, and DisplayPort 1.2 output
  • Robust power solution: 14+2 power stages with ProCool power connector, high-quality alloy chokes, and durable capacitors
  • Comprehensive cooling: Actively cooled VRM heatsinks with L-shaped Heatpipe and integrated aluminum I/O cover, plus dedicated M.2 heatsinks
  • Superfast networking: Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard
  • Intuitive software: Easy-to-use UEFI BIOS and ASUS AI Networking make it easy to configure gaming builds
  • DIY-friendly design: Includes pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack, Q-Code and FlexKey
  • Unmatched personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including Aura RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: Audio USB Type-C, AI Noise-Canceling Microphone, SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound, and Sonic Studio III for immersive audio

Expansion slots include triple PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots and dual M.2 slots. Storage options include 6 SATA III ports while there’s a large number of I/O ports on the B550 ROG STRIX XE. Unlike the Crosshair VIII revision, the updated ROG STRIX variant still relies on active cooling in the form of a VRM cooling fan. There’s no PCH active cooling solution installed on the board.

There’s no word on the pricing or availability of either model but it is likely that ASUS plans to introduce them around the same time as the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors.

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[Watch] JW Surprises Vitality With The Negev to Take a Triple Kill

IEM New York 2020 might not be acting as the Fall Major for the European region but it is still full of surprises with the best team in the world Heroic already getting eliminated from the tournament along with G2 Esports. But despite all the upsets, it is the Swedish lineup of Fnatic that are under the spotlight simply because JW is too entertaining to miss out on!

From his hilarious failed attempt to sneak past Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut to watch him go ‘brrrrrrrrr’ with the Negev on an eco round to get three kills and secure the round for his side, JW has offered nothing but entertainment so far.

RELATED:  JW Defends Valve Amid The Ongoing CS:GO Spectator Bug Exploit

JW Destroys Vitality With The Negev

The 25-year-old Swede might not be considered the most lethal player on Fnatic but no one can disagree with the fact that he is not bold. The fact that he comes up with the most insane ideas and backs himself up to go ahead with them is amazing, automatically making him one of the most fun players to watch.

While playing against Vitality a few days back JW surprised everyone especially Vitality when he rained down on them with the Negev in what was supposedly an eco round. He was awarded a triple kill for this fearless maneuver as he won the round for his side in style.

From the clip above one can see that JW already had the Negev with him when the round started, this is because the heavy machine gun was actually purchased by Robin “flusha” Ronnquist in the previous round which was also an eco and then dropped to JW.

Having lost the round considerably quickly JW armed with the Negev avoided conflict and saved the weapon only to destroy Vitality in this round with the same weapon. Even the casters were taken by surprise as they enjoyed this move from Fnatic with Alex “Machine” Richardson going ahead and delivering the classic “Negev Go Brrrrrrrrr”.

RELATED:  JW Praises Jamppi For His Incredible Performance Against Na’Vi

Though Fnatic lost the series ‘2-1’ they found victory in their next match against G2 Esports to stay afloat in the competition. The Swedes will now be playing a do-or-die match tomorrow which will decide if they qualify for the playoffs or get eliminated from the tournament.

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Watch The AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3 Vermeer” Desktop CPUs Unveil Live Here

AMD is all set to introduce its next-generation Zen 3 powered Ryzen 5000 series CPUs today which will be part of its Vermeer desktop family. The family is all set to be announced during a keynote by AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, who will be presenting the new lineup and also talk in detail about the CPU architectural upgrades and performance improvements that we can expect from the new lineup.

Watch The AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” CPU Announcement Here, Live! – The High-Performance Journey Continues For Ryzen CPUs!

The AMD Ryzen 5000 “Vermeer” CPUs based on the Zen 3 core architecture will be announced almost one and a half years after the Ryzen 3000 “Matisse” CPUs. The Matisse family was first introduced all the way back at Computex 2019 where AMD unveiled several chips & also talked about specifications and performance numbers. The Matisse family got several additions which included the flagship Ryzen 9 3950X and the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT family.

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The announcement event will be live-streamed over at AMD’s official YouTube page (11 am CT) which we have linked below:

“Join AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su as she details the highly anticipated AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processor lineup powered by the groundbreaking “Zen 3” architecture.”

“Ryzen is all about bringing out the best that computing can offer,” and we look forward to bringing you more of the best with Zen 3.

The AMD Ryzen 5000 is highly anticipated because not only will it exceed the performance of the Zen 2 based processors, but Zen 3 is expected to deliver some major improvements in terms of IPC and also gaming performance, representing far better perf/$ values than the competition who have also announced their Zen 3 competitor but doesn’t launch until Q1 2021. Given how AMD has clawed away major share and gained historical wins over the competition in major retail outlets, Zen 3 will just push that lead further.

We will be posting more information regarding all major announcements that are made during the event so make sure to keep your popcorn ready for another era in the PC gaming market.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series Ryzen 5000 Series Ryzen 6000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) / Zen+ Zen (3) / Zen 2 Zen (3)+ / Zen 3? Zen (4) / Zen 3?
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+ / 7nm 7nm+ / 7nm 5nm / 7nm+
Server EPYC ‘Naples’ EPYC ‘Naples’ EPYC ‘Rome’ EPYC ‘Milan’ EPYC ‘Milan’ EPYC ‘Genoa’
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 64/128 TBD TBD
High End Desktop Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series (White Haven) Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series (Coflax) Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series (Genesis Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 6000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 64/128 64/128? TBD TBD
Mainstream Desktop Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge) Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse) Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer) Ryzen 5000 Series (Warhol) Ryzen 6000 Series (Raphael)
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 16/32 TBD TBD
Budget APU N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso Zen+) Ryzen 4000 Series (Renoir Zen 2) Ryzen 5000 Series (Cezanne Zen 3) Ryzen 5000 Series (Rembrandt Zen 3)
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020/2021 2020/2021 2022
What do you want to see in AMD’s next-gen desktop CPUs?
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 20 GB Currently Planned For Launch In December

According to Videocardz’s sources, NVIDIA is now planning to launch the RTX 3080 20 GB variant sometime in December. We had first heard about the 20GB variant before the Ampere series was announced and it had originally been planned for release just after AMD’s Big Navi. This new timeline would represent a delay of about a month or so – assuming AMD goes with a hard launch of their Big Navi series and NVIDIA would not have made such a decision lightly.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 20 GB tentatively launching in December

The NVIDIA RTX 3080 would be based on the PG132 SKU20 and has been in the pipeline for quite some time. While it features the same CUDA Cores (as per leaks) it has twice the amount of memory. Considering the fact that killer apps like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 already chomp away all the vRAM the 2080 Ti had to offer, 10 GB is going to feel tiny after a year or two. Considering next-gen consoles are already driving games with asset-streaming of large worlds, vRAM is going to start becoming a lot more crucial than before. With AMD launching a card with 16GB of vRAM, NVIDIA had to reply with their own high vRAM card.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 20 GB, RTX 3070 16 GB, RTX 3060 8 GB Graphics Cards Confirmed By Gigabyte

This is also one reason we highly recommend users go for the RTX 3090 or wait for the RTX 3080 20 GB. With this much amount of shading power, you will want to have a complimentary memory buffer. According to Videocardz, the card will be landing in December. This makes two cards (the RTX 3070 16GB and the 3080 20GB) that NVIDIA is going to be launching before the end of the year and will be in direct response to AMD’s Navi series of GPUs. I am personally expecting [caution: opinion] AMD’s flagship Navi GPU to have performance levels just under an RTX 3080 so AMD should really go after the price/performance sweet spot, forcing NVIDIA to do the same [/opinion].

Also keep in mind that Jensen is notorious for shifting things around at the last second so don’t be surprised if this date changes as well. But based on the delayed timeline, I expect NVIDIA is trying to stock up on supply to have a launch that is unlike the OG Ampere lineup. This also lends credence to something we have been saying for multiple weeks now: that RTX 30 supply will improve significantly before the end of the year as the stock with good yields kicks in.

To those who are hearing this for the first time, our sources told us that the current supply/demand situation was pre-meditated in the sense that NVIDIA did not want to place too large an order when Samsung’s 8nm yields were less than perfect. The company waited for the yields to improve and they expect the bulk of the volume to hit sometime around the holiday season. This premeditated lowering of supply combined with bot scalping attacks and the return of mining made sure that gamers would find it very hard to get their hands on any RTX 30 GPU.

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MSI Responds To Accusations Of NVIDIA RTX 3080 Price Gouging

A subsidiary of MSI was recently caught selling RTX 3080s at almost twice the MSRP by an eagle eyed reddit user and the company has officially responded to the incident. MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIOs were being sold for almost $1359 and according to ebay stats, 4 users had purchased the GPUs at those prices. MSI came under fire when people realized the company selling the cards was owned by them and this is their official response.

MSI responds to price gouging and scalping allegations

Ever since launch, the RTX series has been hard to find. Not only did the series go completely out of stock on launch day (due to bots buying up all the GPUs) but the company hasn’t been able to ensure a steady supply of them since. According to our sources, this is because NVIDIA was not entirely happy with Samsung’s initial yields and did not order too large a quantity. That said, yields are significantly better now and the new volume shipment should be hitting the markets before the year is over or early 2021 at the latest. This has created the perfect atmosphere for price manipulation and gouging and it is particularly egregious that an AIB has been caught in this type of activity (albeit through their subsidiary). The listing on ebay has since been removed:

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The eagle-eyed reddit user quickly tied the company selling the cards (called starlit partner) to MSI by tracking down the ownership information:

MSI’s twitter account made the following official statement:

MSI is claiming that Starlit Partner is an “individual” subsidiary and its as not supposed to have access to the RTX 3080 stock. While it is possible that MSI HQ had no idea of this, an individual entity here makes no difference as the company is technically wholly owned by MSI and therefore part of their extended corporate shell. Still, it is nice to see them offer full refunds or partial refunds to the 4 or so customers that bought the cards. It is a pity too – because if customers had known that MSI would be handing out refunds, I am pretty sure more would have bought up the RTX 3080 GPUs.

What do you think of MSI’s response?
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Intel Confirms Rocket Lake Landing In Q1 2021 And PCIe 4.0 Support

Intel has just confirmed the launch window for Rocket Lake S almost a day after we posted two leaks related to the same (here and here). The company has also confirmed that the desktop platform will ship with support for PCIe 4.0 – a feature that was missing in Intel’s mainstream parts. The full blog post by ohn Bonini, Intel’s VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming that confirms the launch is reproduced below with permission.

It’s been a challenging year, to say the least, and if you’re like me, my family and friends, or a number of my colleagues, you’ve turned to games for entertainment. Gaming—especially my favorite, PC Gaming—has provided us an outlet to escape and socialize. As an example, I’m currently playing Marvel’s Avengers and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. Playing the latter title for years, I’m still surprised how my desire for “just one more turn” evolves into an additional 10 with more hours happily spent than anticipated. But that’s Gaming, and what’s not surprising is its positive impact on society – and how that’s only increasing.

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Here are a few things to consider: PC gaming is becoming bigger, more equitable and more diverse, while the quality of today’s hardware and software is expanding. So, it should come as no surprise that Intel is excited to lead the pack bringing PC gaming into a new and extraordinary decade by building on our roots.

Gaming is in Intel’s DNA. From the Intel Pentium processors in the 90s, to Core 2 Duos in the mid-2000s, to the current mainstream 10th Gen Intel® Core™ S-Series desktop processors, Intel has proudly provided enthusiast gamers the hardware to enable bleeding-edge PC gaming performance. To that end, I want to show you where we are – and where we’re going – on our journey together to make the PC the best place to play.

We have the privilege of working with world-class developers and publishers on the latest and greatest games. We start early in the development cycle to help them optimize performance, develop new features and ensure stability before release. But our partnerships – in the US exemplified by our work with Epic to optimize gameplay on Intel technology for Unreal Engine-based titles, our decade-long collaboration with IO Interactive A/S on Hitman and Creative Assembly on the Total War series, or globally with developers like iQiyi, Huya, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, Sega, Joyy, etc. – are more than just enabling for launch. We work closely with game engineers after launch to continually tune the experience, and make it as fluid and stable as possible.

Take for example our recent partnership with Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix on their blockbuster title, Marvel’s Avengers. Throughout the Marvel’s Avengers development process, teams at Intel and Crystal Dynamics worked closely to perfect the superhero experience for PC gamers. As the exclusive CPU partner on Marvel’s Avengers, Intel engineers helped the game’s developers create detailed visuals and special effects for a completely immersive and truly interactive cinematic experience – efforts that benefit all PC gamers.

We are excited about how hardware helps bring amazing software titles to life. Our work with OEMs creates a hardware environment where game developers and publishers can deliver the immersive experiences that they intend. We like to be in the digital trenches with game developers to help them squeeze as much performance out of the hardware as possible so what you see on screen is as faithful to their vision as possible. Here are a few additional examples of that work for recent titles:

Intel ‘Rocket Lake’ Desktop Processor With Next Generation Willow Cove Cores Landing In 2021

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020helped implement Software Masked Occlusion Culling, efficiently rendering only the pixels, and the objects they make, that are visible to the player. Worked on significant optimizations to improve performance on integrated graphics solutions like 11th Gen “Tiger Lake”.
  • Gears Tactics – partnered with The Coalition on Gears Tactics to support deployment of Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and improve Asynchronous Compute. VRS reduces the pixel complexity of a scene to effectively give Gears Tactics a performance boost without sacrificing visual fidelity. Asynchronous Compute allows for certain graphics workloads to run in parallel, allowing the game to perform more back-end graphics processes to keep your session running smooth.
  • A Total War Saga: Troy – worked with Creative Assembly to optimize gameplay and realism with the high frequency and core counts available on 10th Intel® Core™ processors to give the game’s environmental effects (e.g. the grass and water systems) more depth and complexity.

This is why we are excited about our latest Intel 10th Gen processors across desktop and mobile because they can provide the highest frequencies available to unlock maximum gaming potential. They’re designed to give casual, enthusiast, and professional gamers – whether they’re at home or on the road – the high performance they expect from our storied history of designing and producing industry-defining CPUs. 

Processor frequency remains a key consideration because many popular apps and high-performance games scale with frequency. Intel’s current generation of processors – led by the Core i9-10900K on desktop and the Core i9-10980HK on mobile – achieves an industry-leading 5.3 GHz[i]. To enhance processor performance, we’ve developed innovative solutions like Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost which automatically boost performance. Whether overclockers prefer manually tuning their system in the BIOS or using exclusive software from Intel (i.e. Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) or Xtreme Tuning Utility), we continue to serve the overclocking community by giving them frequency options and maximum flexibility to make their rig scream. For instance, Allen ‘Splave’ Golibersuch documented his experience overclocking the Core i9-10900K with liquid nitrogen to over 7 GHz – an amazing accomplishment!

It’s also worth calling out some nice benefits for Intel platform users. If you’re a gamer, you know the frustration that comes along with a killer lag spike or molasses-like latency. So, don’t forget that our platforms incorporate the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 6 technology! 

Rocket Lake is Coming

Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors continue to provide excellent performance and a stable platform for even the most demanding games. Ultimately, I believe there’s a great 10th Gen option that addresses the needs for every type of gamer – from casual players, to the most dedicated and passionate enthusiasts.

Though as you’d expect, we’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better. With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

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Team Secret Trashtalks OG After N0tail’s Comments On “Rivalry”

Twitter handles of OG and Team Secret have been quite amusing for the past few months as they constantly try to poke at each other. Mostly, Team Secret has had the chance to pull OG’s leg considering the former’s streak of dominating performances. N0tail was recently involved in a Twitter jest following his comments in an interview with SirActionSlacks. 

RELATED:  Team Secret Secure Their 8th Consecutive Tournament Win

Team Secret Vs OG- The Twitter Battle

On October 6, before OG’s debut match at ESL One Germany 2020, an interview clip between N0tail and SirActionSlacks was played which involved N0tail talk about the twitter banter between Team Secret and OG. SirActionSlacks labelled this battle as an “El Clásico” asked N0tail about he viewed the “Rivalry” that has been building between the teams.

N0tail replied,

“There has been a lot of hype when Team Secret and OG play in a tournament. After TI8, Team Secret showed some dominating performances and everybody went berserk at their top form.”

He then took a nudge at Team Secret by stating, “ The rivalry between OG and Team Secret would have already taken place if Team Secret did not choke so much at TI.” He then mockingly also said, “ Now, we are trying not to play so badly between TI’s.

The twitter banter is always good. I hope EG was not caught up so much. We could post a lot of memes against them. But they are way too serious in these matters. In Secret’s case, we could have a lot of fun and spice things up if we manage to take games off them in the next BO5.”

This interview’s clip which was posted on twitter by ESL received a taunting reply from Secret which stated, “Can you REALLY call it a clasico when one of these teams lost 8 times in a row to the other Flushed face.” N0tail gave a rather savage reply to Team Secret saying, “Winning when it matters most.”

N0tail’s Views About Playing On LAN

In the interview with SirActionSlacks, N0tail was also asked about how online leagues impacted OG considering they are mostly known as a “LAN” team.

N0tail said: 

“Talking about my whole career and also of Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, we have mostly specialised as LAN players and performed well in LAN environments. The whole concept of offline leagues which involves bootcamping, facing a lot of pressure from the crowd and the game, hotel experience and interviews brought out the best in us. We had been working to become the best Dota 2 team but currently, we can not use the experience, skills that we acquired over the years. Yes, we can prepare well mentally and use other things learnt over a long time but I surely miss the LAN setting because of the experience and fun it brought with the group bonding.”

ALSO READ:  N0tail Talks About The IO Pick That Won OG TI9

The social media battle between OG and Team Secret is certainly attracting a lot of publicity as one tries to outwit the other. While Team Secret talks about their current dominant spree of performances, OG aims to counter by bringing their champion TI results forward. 

Currently, Team Secret’s social media team has genuinely turned OG into a laughing stock. It will be a treat to watch these two teams play again at ESL One Germany 2020 and what more exciting their twitter handles can come up with.

Moreover, it is an era of online leagues and it will be compelling to see if OG can showcase their TI-level class when offline events return.

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AMD Big Navi “Radeon RX 6000” Graphics Cards Rumored To Feature Infinity Cache, Could Help Assist Bandwidth

AMD’s next-generation RDNA 2 based graphics cards including the Big Navi GPU-based Radeon RX 6900 XT might feature a new technology known as Infinity Cache. The technology has been part of rumors for a while now but Videocardz states that they have received confirmation regarding the implementation of the said feature in the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series cards.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series “RDNA 2” Graphics Cards Expected To Feature Infinity Cache Technology

Speculation regarding Infinity Cache began a while ago when the first specifications started to leak out for the Radeon RX 6000 series lineup. RedGamingTech speculated that AMD could introduce its new Infinity Cache technology to assist with bandwidth given the smaller bus interfaces that the RX 6000 series are expected to adopt.

AMD Big Navi “Navi 21” GPU For Flagship Radeon R9 6900 XT Graphics Card Allegedly Pictured, Massive Die & GDDR6 Memory

Videocardz has not only received a confirmation of a smaller sized yet fast cache available on RDNA 2 GPUs but also found a trademark of the technology which was registered a couple of days ago. Its likely that AMD’s Infinity cache would assist in pumping out higher bandwidth to the GPUs so that they aren’t virtually starved out given their smaller bus interface and standard memory bandwidth compared to the competition.

AMD’s flagship, the rumored Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is going to feature the Big Navi “Navi 21” GPU is said to adopt a 256-bit bus interface. The card could utilize 16 Gbps memory dies that will deliver a total bandwidth of 512 GB/s. For comparison, the NVIDIA GA102 GPUs feature up to 19.5 Gbps dies across a 384-bit bus interface delivering close to 1 TB/s bandwidth.

Given the scale of AMD’s Big Navi GPU, the 512 GB/s might be inadequate but does save a lot of manufacturing costs. At the same time, a secondary cache in the form of Infinity Cache can help assist with even higher bandwidth which would leverage performance in games and professional applications in higher-res gaming.

AMD’s RTG Flagship GPUs Comparison:

Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 AMD Radeon VII AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
GPU Codename Fiji XT Vega 10 XT Vega 20 XT Navi 10 XT Navi 21 XT?
GPU Process 28nm 14nm 7nm 7nm 7nm+?
Transistors 8.9 Billion 12.5 Billion 13.3 Billion 10.3 Billion TBA
Die Size 596mm2 495mm2 331mm2 251mm2 ~500-540mm2
Compute Units 64 64 60 40 80?
Stream Processors 4096 4096 3840 2560 5120?
TMUs/ROPs 256/64 256/64 240/64 160/64 TBA
Base Clock 1050 MHz 1247 MHz 1400 MHz 1605 MHz TBA
Boost Clock 1050 MHz 1546 MHz 1750 MHz 1905 MHz TBA
Memory Size 4 GB HBM1 8 GB HBM2 16 GB HBM2 8 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6?
Memory Bus 4096-bit 2048-bit 4096-bit 256-bit 256-bit?
Bandwidth 512 GB/s 484 GB/s 1024 GB/s 448 GB/s 512 GB/s?
TDP 275W 295W 295W 225W TBA
Price $649 $499 $699 $399 US TBA
Launch 2015 2017 2019 2019 2020

Alleged AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core & 24 Thread Zen 3 CPU Benchmark Leaks Out – Up To 15% Faster In Multi-Threaded & 25% Faster In Single-Threaded Tests Versus Ryzen 9 3900X

The technology does sound promising and something to look forward to but we have to wait and see whether its real or not because we also heard rumors of brand new tech for Ampere cards too (Traversal Coprocessor) prior to the launch which turned out to be inaccurate.

AMD will officially be unveiling its Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card family on October 28th. The second half of 2020 would definitely be interesting times for all the hardware enthusiasts and mainstream PC gamers who are looking forward to upgrading their PCs with the best hardware.

How fast do you think AMD’s Big Navi (RDNA 2) GPU Powered Radeon RX graphics cards will be?
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Intel ‘Rocket Lake’ Desktop Processor With Next Generation Willow Cove Cores Landing In 2021

According to Videocardz, Intel is targetting March 2021 as the launch date for its next-generation Rocket Lake S desktop processors. While there were rumors of Rocket Lake previously targetting CES 2021 as the launch window, it now seems that week 10 of 2021 (or March) is now the actual launch date. The next-generation platform features the completely revamped Willow Cove cores and will retain support for LGA1200 sockets in a move that would pleasantly surprise gamers.

Intel Rocket Lake CPUs with Willow Cove cores,  5.0 GHz boost, PCIe 4.0 and Xe Graphics targetting March 2021

RKL-S is based on the 14nm process, but unlike older generations, it will feature a revamped architecture (Willow Cove), PCIe 4.0 support and Xe graphics. Think of it as a backport of the advanced architecture reserved for 10nm to 14nm so the company can maximally utilize its foundry capacity. Since it is based on the 14nm process, a leaked benchmark (Geekbench via _rogame) indicates that it will be able to boost up to 5.0 GHz (which is typical for the highly mature process right now) allowing for a best of both worlds situation where a new architecture is able to hit the ground running (speaking from a clock speed perspective) because of the highly mature node.

Backporting is a usually a double-edged sword because if 10nm isn’t able to sufficiently compete in terms of power efficiency gains, the loss in clock speed from shifting to the infant 10nm process (when it happens) could result in reduced performance from the bar that Rocket Lake is going to set when it launches. In the meantime, however, this is great news for enthusiasts because RKL is going to be the first major new architecture in a very long time. Early benchmarks of the platform were spotted over at Geekbench and they are expected to come to market sometime in late 2020 or possibly by early 2021.

A 5.0 GHz boost clock combined with a major new architecture should offer the best possible combination for a performance upgrade for Intel customers (although at the cost of similar TDP) in  a very long time and I am personally really excited to see how this performs. Backporting could also turn out to be Intel’s saving grace as it misstepped on 10nm and now again on 7nm.

Rocket Lake-S will be housed on 500-series motherboards and will have features that are characteristic of a major architectural change. Willow Cove itself is going to result in massive IPC uplifts and considering this is based on the 14nm process – it will be able to sustain the high clock speeds that were the saving grace of Intel’s current generation of processors. The result is a platform that is significantly faster (think Nehalem to Sandy Bridge) than the generation it succeeds and could even put the hurt to its upcoming 10nm family if the clock rates don’t improve enough.

It features 12bit AV1, HEVC and E2E compression along with the new Xe graphics architecture – which should make pretty much all of these processors ship with entry-level gaming capability. New overclocking capabilities will also be included (Intel will want to boast its clocks if this is going to be the last generation on 14nm). PCIe 4.0 is also finally included along with increased DDR4 support natively. 20 total CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes are included with Intel Rocket Lake S although the chipset on the motherboard should add quite a few more. It is not confirmed at this point where the PCH PCIe lanes will be PCIe 4.0 as well.

Discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 (USB4 compliant) is also included – which should also significant IO speedup (think faster-attached storage as well as external dGPU enclosures). All in all, this is shaping up to be a solid upgrade over Intel’s existing lineup. The only thing that might raise some eyebrows is the fact that Intel SGX security appears to have been removed. I am sure Intel must have had a very good reason to do this but in the wake of the tons of security vulnerabilities, the company has fallen prey to, all eyes of security enthusiasts and corporate clients will be on features like these.

While we do not have any idea of the kind of IPC we can expect going from Comet Lake S to Rocket Lake S, all evidence points to this being a “revolutionary” jump as opposed to an “evolutionary” one. In fact, this leak would actually make gamers and enthusiasts wait for the arrival of RKL-S and skip Comet Lake S entirely because of the massive opportunity cost that this platform will leave them with.

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Intel 12th Generation ‘Alder Lake’ CPU With 8 + 8 Cores Spotted In Sisoft Sandra Benchmark

A Sisoft Sandra Listing of Intel’s upcoming 12th generation “Alder Lake” platform has leaked out (via Videocardz). The CPU is a 16 core (technically an 8+8) / 32 thread (technically 16+16) part with 8 big and 8 small cores. Alder Lake is aimed dead center at the mobility market and should offer the best of both worlds: power savings of small cores for standby and mundane tasks and performance of big cores.

Intel Alder Lake S smiles for the camera in Sisoft Sandra benchmark

The platform is slated to arrive sometime in late 2021 (it will come after Rocket Lake) and is expected to feature PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support. The device detected in the leak has 16 cores, 12.5 MB of L2 cache and 30 MB of L3 cache. The big cores are “Golden Cove” which is the successor of “Willow Cove” while the small cores are called Gracemont.

Benchmark results of Intel Alder Lake platform.

This particular instance does not mention the exact memory configuration that the device was rocking but did mention DRR4. If that is a typo for DDR4 then it could imply that Intel is planning to keep DDR5 exclusive to desktops for now (which would make sense considering laptops don’t really need all that much bandwidth). The clock rate was shown as 1.38 GHz although this is almost certainly an incorrect reading considering the big and small cores will be clocked differently and Sisoft will need to be updated before it can properly read this.

Intel Alder Lake CPUs will feature 32 EUs likely based on next-gen Xe Graphics

This might be disappointing news for some (I know it is for me) since it means that the GPU will be less powerful than the Tiger Lake iGPU expected to launch next month but there is a silver lining (as always). It actually does make sense from a business perspective because anyone buying a high-end S-class core from Intel will be equipping that with a discrete GPU and a high-end onboard GPU will only increase costs for the customer. To put this in perspective, this is a strategy utilized by AMD processors that don’t ship with an iGPU at all.

The iGPU itself is currently clocked at 500 MHz, which is something that I am sure will go up to 800 MHz to 1 GHz at the very least once drivers and revisions are finalized. Depending on the exact clock (800 MHz or 1 GHz), the iGPU will have a performance level of around 0.5 TFLOPs which is meager to say the least (but better than nothing). Considering this means that Intel is focusing on cost [opinion], I would also hazard a guess that the company will be slashing MSRP for its next generations lineup once again as it prepares to face off against AMD’s formidable Zen-based CPUs.

Of course, the most interesting thing about the Alder Lake processors isn’t going to be the iGPU or even the 10nm process – it’s going to be the new big and small architectural design. This design coupled will allow the company to increase power efficiency significantly without trading away raw performance and will be the perfect architecture for mobility.

Tiger Lake’s successor will have at least 128 EUs for some seriously impressive onboard power. The TGL iGPU has already EoL-ed NVIDIA’s MX150 and 250 and trades blows with the 350 and a successor could do the same for the upcoming MX450. Raja Koduri has already stated that the company plans to double performance every generation for the foreseeable future and the TGL successor should have twice the TFLOPs count as a result. Alder Lake’s big and small cores coupled with Tiger Lake’s successor’s iGPU is where the real battle for integrated graphics is going to be fought.

Intel Alder Lake CPU configurations:

The desktop side of Alder Lake, called Alder Lake S will have up to 125W TDP and up to 8 big cores + 8 small cores. Depending on whether or not you can use all cores simultaneously, this is either an 8 core design or a 12-ish core equivalent design in terms of power. The presence of small, highly power-efficient cores will allow the company to reduce standby and idle power consumption as well as menial loads (like light browsing etc).

According to the data posted by the source, Alder Lake series platforms would be:

  • Alder Lake-S
    • 8 Big Cores + 8 Small Cores with a GT1 GPU
    • 6 Big Cores + 0 Small Cores with a GT1 GPU
  • Alder Lake-P
    • 2 Big Cores + 8 Small Cores with a GT2 GPU
    • 6 Big Cores + 8 Small Cores with a GT2 GPU
  • Alder Lake-M
    • 2 Big Cores + 8 Small Cores with a GT2 GPU

There is also an Alder Lake P which could probably stand for the Atom Server series if older Intel P series SKUs are any indication. Servers that have a highly dynamic workload (think servers that can scale client loads) would also benefit from this technology as it would make scaling between light and heavy workloads more power-efficient.

An Intel Alder Lake M is also in the works which is likely going to be the mobility series. This is the one we are most excited about. The presence of light cores would allow the company to extend the battery lives of laptops significantly as they would no longer have to engage the heavy cores for light tasks.

Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs based on 10++ process will feature 8 big and 8 little cores on the LGA 1700 socket

A very interesting post about Intel’s upcoming 10nm-based Alder Lake processors was posted on Chinese PC shopping forums recently. This post was very surprising because not only is Alder Lake quite far out on the horizon (It will be preceded by Rocket Lake which should succeed Comet Lake), it showcases the introduction of a philosophy that has been wildly successful in smartphones: big.LITTLE.

While this particular leak is dedicated to desktop processors, if this technology is introduced in Alder Lake then you can be sure it will trickle down to the notebook parts as well – and it is there which should be able to add some serious value. The big.LITTLE philosophy (invented by ARM) allows processor manufacturers to selectively choose a high performance or a low energy cluster depending on need and demand. While it won’t make a lot of difference in a desktop environment, it makes a huge impact in mobility applications where TDP envelopes are usually constrained and power quite restricted. Before we go any further, here is a screenshot of the relevant slide:

The three types shown here range from an 8+8+1 configuration (8 big, high powered cores; 8 little, low power cores; and 1 integrated GPU) to a standard 6+1 configuration (only 6 “big” cores with an integrated GPU). The notes also state that Intel is investigating with a 150W design. While it is unclear why Intel is worried about power envelopes in a desktop environment we can expect that the company will allow the big cores to clock fairly high. It will also be interesting to see whether all 16 cores can work in tandem (or only 8 at a time as is usually the case). Judging from the fact that both the 8+8+1 and 6+1 SKUs have the same TDP, however, it likely won’t be possible for all cores to operate in tandem.