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Alphacool Announces Eisblock GPX-A Plexi Light Cooler for AMD Radeon VII

Alphacool has announced the release of its Eisblock GPX Plexi Light cooler for the AMD Radeon VII. The cooling block is made of solid copper and is completely nickel-plated. The clear Plexiglas allows owners to view the mesmerizing water flow. The water flow actively cools not only the GPU, but all the important components of the graphics card including the voltage converters, the V-Ram and other components that generate heat. A backplate is included with the cooler that protects the back of the card and contributes to the cooling performance. Strategically positioned heat conducting pads dissipate heat via the backplate. The connection terminal is unique within the industry as Alphacool doesn't rely on using Plexiglas. Instead, Alphacool uses a much harder, more resistant, transparent nylon to protect against stress cracks caused by over-tightened connections. An alternative terminal that allows for vertical mounting is included for free within the box. Alphacool is particularly proud of its patented locking screws that do not protrude and are flush with the terminal. An addressable digital RGB LED strip spans the entire width of the cooler. Each LED be controlled individually to create beautiful and unique effects and is compatible with various motherboard headers. The manual shows the installation process.

The Eisblock GPX Plexi Light cooler is a beautiful and an outstanding performing waterblock which will certainly give you a lot of pleasure. Since Alphacool also offers various custom designs, please check the following link to find the right one for your graphics card: http://www.hwconfig.com/waterblock-finder

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Posted by cageymaru March 14, 2019 3:59 PM (CDT)

AlphaCool Eisblock for 2080 Ti Startup

We show you the AlphaCool Eisblock for RTX 2080 Ti and just how the coolant flows through the block. If you have a 4K display, you will want to go full screen with this short clip. This is the GPX-N Plexi M01 model. It is on sale at Amazon for $172, complete with Frag Harder Disco Lights! You can see our preliminary coverage here.

All coolers are based on an identical copper heat sink, which is completely nickel-plated. The surface area where the water flows is very large, so that all components that give off heat are actively cooled with water which increases performance. The 35 fins of the cooler are only 0.6 mm thick and cover even large GPUs completely. The large cooling surface is also ideal for graphics cards with HBM memory.

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Posted by Kyle March 05, 2019 3:03 PM (CST)

Intel Uses Extreme Cooling for Their "Cryoprober"

However impressive your phase change or LN2 setup may be, it looks like Intel has you beat. According to a recent press release from the chip giant, Intel is making extensive use of extreme cooling in their Cryogenic Wafer Probe, a contraption designed to analyze quantum bits on 300mm wafers at least an order of magnitude faster than previous devices. Intel says that analyzing their quantum chips is "very different" than analyzing traditional chips from the same Oregon fab, as turn on characteristics must be measured "at low temperatures of less than a few kelvins above absolute zero." Intel didn't divulge many technical details about the cryoprober itself, and they would probably be way over my head anyway, but I'd imagine that this device uses liquid Helium to cool the wafers it analyzes, instead of the liquid Nitrogen you see in more "conventional" cryogenic devices like LN2 pots.

"Intel approached us more than a year ago, looking for a tool with the possibility to probe 300mm wafers at temperatures of only a few kelvins," said Dr. David Gunnarsson, Bluefors chief sales officer and principal scientist. "This was indeed a challenge, and to be able to take on a tool like this, we reached out to another Finnish company, Afore, which has long experience in specialized wafer probe systems. Together we came up with a design for a tool, the cryogenic wafer prober, which we now have constructed and assembled. We are looking forward in excitement to see the advances this tool will bring to the future of quantum computing..." In a first demonstration of the utility of the Cryogenic Wafer Prober, Intel measured the electrical turn-on characteristic for more than 100 qubit structures across a wafer fabricated at Intel's silicon qubit fabrication flow on its 300mm processing line in Oregon. The attached graphic illustrates the tool's novel ability to collect high-volume cryogenic data and create a statistical correlation of the increase in turn-on voltage between room temperature and cryogenic temperature. With this tool, Intel will be able to speed feedback into the silicon spin qubit fabrication line and accelerate quantum computing research and development.

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Posted by alphaatlas March 01, 2019 11:53 AM (CST)

Facebook Is Allegedly Working on Custom Machine Learning Hardware

Nvidia GPUs are the undisputed king of the machine learning hardware market today, but more and more companies are throwing their hat into the AI ring. Google has already introduced their machine learning-focused TPU, and other giants like Amazon and Intel are reportedly following suit, while a number of smaller startups are filling in niches or taking riskier approaches to compete with the bigger players. Last year, various reports surfaced claiming that Facebook was working on their own, custom ASICs, but an EE Times report said that it was "not the equivalent of [Google's] TPU." Now, according to a Bloomberg report published earlier this week, some of Facebook's upcoming custom silicon may focus on machine learning after all. Facebook's chief AI researcher says that "the company is working on a new class of semiconductor that would work very differently than most existing designs," and mentioned that future chips will need radically different architectures.

"We don't want to leave any stone unturned, particularly if no one else is turning them over," he said in an interview ahead of the release Monday of a research paper he authored on the history and future of computer hardware designed to handle artificial intelligence... LeCun said that for the moment, GPUs would remain important for deep learning research, but the chips were ill-suited for running the AI algorithms once they were trained, whether that was in datacenters or on devices like mobile phones or home digital assistants.

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Posted by alphaatlas February 20, 2019 9:35 AM (CST)

Adobe Considers Using Custom ARM Chips

A report by Ina Fried on Axios claims that Adobe threw out the idea of powering their software with custom ARM CPUs at an "internal innovation conference" on Tuesday. Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis posed the question "Do we need to become an ARM licensee? I don't have the answer, but it is something we are going to have to pay attention to." He also reiterated the importance of AI in the company's future software, and called for "100 new machine learning models on its Sensei platform by the end of the year." Thanks to Bit-Tech for spotting the report.

"ARM does afford a model for a software company to package its technology much closer to silicon," he said, adding Adobe could do that without literally making its own chips, including by partnering with an existing chipmaker... Parasnis said it will be ARM-based chips that deliver those gains, not Intel, whose processors power all of today's Macs and most Windows PCs. At the conference he showed a logo that said "ARM Inside," a play on the Intel Inside logo that adorned computers for years. "I believe we are firmly entering a world of ARM inside every device," he said.

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Posted by alphaatlas February 08, 2019 11:11 AM (CST)

AMD Says Partners Are "Free to Develop" Custom Radeon VII GPUs

We, and other media outlets, previously reported that there would be no custom Radeon VII cards at launch. Even with the review embargo lifted, every manufacturer's page I've seen only lists reference Radeon VIIs, and KitGuru claims that every manufacturer they've talked to says they're only making reference cards. But back in January, 5 different Powercolor Radeon VII SKUs were posted on the Eurasian Economic Commission's website, one of which matched Powercolor's sole Radeon VII listing before it went up, and it would seem strange if Powercolor offered 5 different Radeon VII bins while only using a reference design. Now, AMD tells KitGuru that "AIB partners are free to develop modified versions to meet customer needs."

Every AMD partner we have spoken to at this point has told us that they will not be releasing custom versions of the Radeon VII, with one partner even indicating that AMD have restricted the releases to strictly reference BBA cards. Some partners who I spoke with directly such as Gigabyte and Sapphire said that they are only releasing reference cards with no indication at this point that they have custom cards even planned. Obviously we felt it was important to approach AMD directly and I posed the question to AMD UK representative Joe Cowell who said he would get back to me later today. I just got an official response on behalf of AMD and they said 'Our AIB partners are free to develop modified versions to meet customer needs.'

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Posted by alphaatlas February 07, 2019 8:40 AM (CST)

QuadrigaCX Founder Dies and Customers Lose Access to Their Crypto Investments

The founder of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, Gerald Cotten, died in early December 2018 and nearly all funds from the exchange are locked away in a password protected cold storage. His widow, Jennifer Robertson says she has no password or recovery key access to the laptop that he used for cold storage. She acknowledges that Mr. Cotten held "sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins." She also said, "Quadriga's inventory of cryptocurrency has become unavailable and some of it may be lost." The crypto exchange allegedly kept accepting deposits from users after learning of Gerald Cotten's death and the loss of access to the cold wallet. $190 million in coins belonging to 115,000 investors are affected by the loss of access to the cold storage. Jennifer Roberson's affidavit can be viewed here.

Quadriga keeps only a minimal amount of coins on the server (in a hot wallet). The normal procedure was that Gerry would move the majority of the coins to cold storage as a way to protect the coins from hacking or virtual theft. The amount of coin kept on the server versus in cold storage was originally set at a fixed amount. Transfers could happen automatically or manually. The threshold requirement for Quadriga's hot wallet was removed some time ago and, after that, Gerry manually controlled the flow of coins between the hot and cold wallets credited on the Quadriga platform.

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Posted by cageymaru February 04, 2019 6:42 PM (CST)

Terabyte-Using Cable Customers Double, Increasing Risk of Data Cap Fees

OpenVault, a company that tracks and provides broadband data usage levels, has released new research showing US cable Internet customers using an average of 268.7GB per month, with 4.1 percent of households using at least 1TB. This is double the amount from last year, which saw 2.1 percent of households hitting 1TB. Despite this growth, companies still want to pretend data caps serve a purpose aside from profit and don't make service worse: Comcast, for instance, claims "99 percent of our customers do not use 1 terabyte of data."

OpenVault's new report is based on household usage in December 2018. The data comes entirely from cable networks, so it does not include any fiber, DSL, or wireless Internet services, an OpenVault spokesperson told Ars. OpenVault declined to say how many households were included in the data, and it's not clear which cable provider networks were studied. The 268.7GB average household data used in December 2018 was "up from 226.4GB/HH [household] at the end of June 2018 and a 33.3 percent increase over the YE 2017 average of 201.6GB/HH," OpenVault said.

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Posted by Megalith January 27, 2019 2:45 PM (CST)

Most Customers Would Stop Watching Netflix if it had Commercials

Netflix reportedly tested video ads for other series earlier this year, and those tests didn't go well. The company has no public plans to implement video ads anytime soon, and a recent survey conducted by the market research firm Audience Project seems to justify Netflix's reluctance. After asserting that Netflix is the leading streaming in the US and several European countries, the research firm claims that over half of Netflix's users would stop watching content if the streaming platform introduced commercials. In the U.S, 42% said they would still stop watching if a price drop accompanied the commercials. Thanks to KitGuru for spotting the survey.

When asked whether the Netflix users would stop watching content on Netflix if the company were to add commercials into its streaming service, more than half - and in some countries up to two thirds - confirm that they would do this. And even when presenting the Netflix users for a scenario where Netflix lowered the subscription price while introducing commercials, around half still confirm that it would make them stop watching content on Netflix... The study is based on more than 16.000 individual survey respondents across seven countries; The US, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

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Posted by alphaatlas January 23, 2019 9:30 AM (CST)

AMD Matisse Zen 2 Processors Revealed in AIDA64 Extreme Beta Patch Notes

The latest beta for AIDA64 Extreme has added support for AMD Matisse Zen 2 processors which are fabricated on a TSMC 7 nm process. Support for the identification of DDR4-5700, DDR4-5800 memory modules has been added according to the release notes. Komachi on Twitter noticed the listing this morning.

Physical CPU information for AMD Matisse. Identification of DDR4-5700, DDR4-5800 memory modules.

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Posted by cageymaru January 22, 2019 9:06 AM (CST)

Amazon is Allegedly Canceling Subscribe & Save Orders to Charge Customers More

Amazon says their Subscribe & Save program allows customers to save on items they frequently order, but some users of the program on Slickdeals claim Amazon is trying to overcharge them. In a nutshell, Amazon allegedly cancels the S&S orders, then automatically re-orders the items at higher prices. Amazon customer service told an S&S user that Amazon can cancel and re-enter an S&S order at any time, without a notification to the customer, but Slickdeals didn't find such a clause in the programs's Terms and Conditions. When Slickdeals reached out to customer service themselves, Amazon said "We don't do any such things. If the price is changed for an item on our website it will only be changed for future subscribe and save orders and the current order will not be affected. The discount will be applied to the new price."

According to Slickdealer JVGeneration, "Amazon canceled a Subscribe & Save order and removed it from my canceled orders page. They tried to ship it with my Subscribe & Save at full price. The only proof I had for the lower price was an email confirmation -- they had removed all traces of the original order from my account."

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Posted by alphaatlas January 15, 2019 12:40 PM (CST)

Ring Reportedly Gave Employees Access to Customer Video Feeds

Privacy-minded consumers who are seeking a security camera may want to avoid Ring: a recent report by The Intercept alleges the company’s employees have unlimited access to all video captured by Ring devices, which include video doorbells and stickup cams. A spokesperson claims otherwise, in that only publicly shared content is viewed for the purpose of improving the service.

The Information described how in 2016, the company granted inexperienced engineers in its Ukraine offices access to a database that contained Ring customers' video histories. Sources also told The Intercept that executives and engineers in the US were allowed access to live feeds of customers' cameras. They also described how Ring engineers would check out their coworkers' cameras and tease them when they saw them bringing dates home or show videos to other employees when they saw something of interest.

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Posted by Megalith January 12, 2019 3:55 PM (CST)