Hardware

Nvidia Allegedly Orders Partners to Halt RTX 3090 Ti Production

Nvidia has allegedly requested that its add-in-board (AIB) partners temporarily halt the production of its upcoming flagship GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards. There are reportedly issues with hardware and firmware, two websites reported on Friday. The exact nature of these issues remains unclear, but it is possible that the new top-of-the-range board will arrive on the market somewhat later than expected. 

TweakTown reported the news without disclosing reasons for the temporary halt, the time when Nvidia’s request was made or whether Nvidia reached out to all of its partners. This report is supported by VideoCardz, which claims that Nvidia

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Custom PC Builder Puget Systems Details the Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2021

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Puget Systems is a custom PC builder from — where else? — the Puget Sound area, and in a new blog post it’s sharing some very interesting data about hardware failure rates over the past two years, both from its own labs and from systems in its customers’ hands. Like any boutique shop, Puget puts each system it assembles through a battery of tests before shipping it to the customer so it can make sure the hardware in question is working

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Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU Enters The Matrix

A stunning new, special-edition graphics card from Nvidia has appeared on its social media pages in China. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card wrapped with The Matrix Resurrections tribute design poses from all angles in a Weibo post. Even more excitingly, the limited-edition cards are up for grabs as a prize to Nvidia and The Matrix fans. Unfortunately, this particular competition looks like it is limited to China-only, but read below for some links to similar global contests.

Tom’s Hardware has reviewed several Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti by AIB partners such as Zotac, Galax, with special

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Initial Sound Open Firmware Support For AMD Hardware Comes With Linux 5.17

The sound subsystem updates have been merged into the Linux 5.17 kernel with a few notable hardware driver additions this cycle.

First up, there is initial Sound Open Firmware “SOF” support for AMD. The AMD Renoir Audio Co-Processor is now supported with Sound Open Firmware (SOF). The Renoir ACP was previously supported on Linux outside of the SOF path. Back in November when the patches first surfaced I wrote more about Sound Open Firmware coming to AMD hardware with the Renoir audio co-processor being the first supported target.


Sound Open Firmware

Sound Open Firmware was started by Intel and now

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Overclocker Shows How to Overclock Locked Alder Lake CPUs

Overclocking expert and YouTuber der8auer published a fascinating video this weekend in which he demonstrated BCLK overclocking on some of Intel’s latest Alder Lake non-K processors. The newfound ability of these processors, popular known as ‘Locked’ CPUs, can provide performance boosts of up to 33% after just five minutes of BIOS tweaking. Furthermore, a humble overclocked Intel Core i5-12400  can leave many higher-end chips like the Core i9-12900K in the dust in some games.

To begin his video presentation showcasing his discovery, der8auer, a.k.a Roman Hartung, shows off some very attractive overclocking stats for the Intel Core i5-12400, giving us

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Raspberry Pi Changes Games By Scanning Barcodes

Creating a custom interface is one of the most exciting aspects of creating a retro gaming system with the Raspberry Pi. Tons of themes and original UIs have emerged over the years, but Neil, from YouTube channel RMC – The Cave, has taken things to the next level by creating a retro game shop replica as part of his retro games museum that functions as a front end for his emulation platform.

Instead of selecting a game from a menu on the screen, users choose a game from the physical store shelves and scan it using a barcode scanner.

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Custom RTX 3090 Ti Costs 66% More Than RTX 3090 In Europe

It looks like PC DIY enthusiasts should brace themselves for further price shocks as the first European listings for custom Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti designs have started to emerge. At the official launch of the Nvidia reference GeForce RTX 3090 Ti earlier in the month, Nvidia avoided sharing any pricing or availability dates. Still, the pair of MSI custom designs we have gone up for sale in Switzerland for the equivalent of $4,000 or thereabouts.

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MSI RTX 3090 Ti pricing

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MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti models

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MSI GeForce RTX 3090 pricing

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Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is an Ultrawide Laptop With Two Screens

Lenovo is looking at the future of work, and it’s pulling out some unexpected solutions. At CES 2022, its new ThinkBook laptops for small businesses are a little weird, but in interesting ways.

The standout notebook is the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, with a 17.3-inch, 21:10 ultrawide primary touch display with a 3072 x 1330 resolution at 120 Hz (because your spreadsheets need faster refresh?). That aspect ratio makes room for a secondary, 8-inch touchscreen next to the keyboard, with a resolution of 800 x 1280. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will launch in May starting at $1,399. 

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Positive Grid expands its hardware lineup with the new BIAS FX 2-friendly Riff audio interface

Following the launch of its hugely popular Spark practice amp in 2020, Positive Grid has marked a further foray into the world of hardware with the arrival of the new Riff audio interface.

Designed to “supercharge your mobile rig”, the Riff is compatible with both computers and smartphones via USB connectivity, and is chiefly intended to couple with the company’s BIAS FX 2 amp modeling software, which allows users to design their own digital guitar rigs from the ground up, choosing from hundreds of amps, cabs and effects.

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Positive Grid Riff

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BlackBerry Showcases BlackBerry IVY on Auto-Grade Hardware at CES 2022 with Partner Integrations from Amazon Web Services, HERE Technologies, Car IQ and Electra Vehicles

EV Range Expert demo illustrates how the platform’s adaptive and intelligent features enhance experiences for drivers, passengers and OEMs alike

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2022 /CNW/ — BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today unveiled how it is laying the groundwork for the software-defined vehicles of the future with an automotive-grade hardware demonstration of BlackBerry IVY™, the company’s Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, co-developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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This demonstration will be available to view at CES 2022 in Booth #4319 in the West Hall, marking the first time BlackBerry IVY has been

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