Intel 8th Gen Core Processors will be unveiled on August 21st

Intel will announce 8th Generation Core Processors on August 21st. The company will preview PCs built on 8th-gen chips as well as a demo from a VR creator. The event will be live streamed on Intel’s Facebook page. Previously, the company announced its 7th-generation Core processors (Kaby Lake) on August 30, 2016.

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According to earlier reports, the 8th-gen (Coffee Lake) will still be built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process and shares a lot in common with its predecessors. However, various leaks suggest that the company will focus on more cores at similar power levels.

Both the Core i5 and Core i7 would move to six cores on the desktop, while you’d see four cores in the Core i3, Pentium, and some low-power laptop chips.

Intel’s multi-core 8th Gen Core Processors will give a big boost to performance in multitasking and highly multi threaded apps. Recently, AMD also released multiple core Ryzen processors.


AMD unveils Vega 64 and Vega 56 Graphic Cards for $499 and $399

AMD today announced the Radeon Vega 56 and Vega 64. The company will also roll out its new Radeon Pro WX cards to the workstation market with two terabytes of memory.

Let’s start with Radeon Vega 64, which is powered by a set of 64 Next-Gen Compute Units, with a total of 4,096 Stream Processors. It has a 1,247MHz base clock, and 1,546MHz boost clock, resulting in a peak performance 12.66 Teraflops.

AMD Radeon Vega 64 also includes 8GB of High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), and boasting 484GB/s of memory bandwidth. Surprisingly the Radeon Vega 64 will cost reasonable $500 for the air-cooled variant. Meanwhile, AMD Radeon Vega 56 cuts the number of Next-Gen Compute Units down to just 56, with up to 10.5 TFlops of performance. The graphic card will cost $399.

AMD Radeon Vega 56 and Vega 64 Graphic Cards Specifications

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AMD Radeon Vega 64 Specifications.

Radeon RX Vega PACK

AMD will also offer Radeon bundles with a Radeon Vega GPU, $200 off the Samsung CF791, an ultra-wide 3,440 x 1,440 monitor with FreeSync, as well as $100 off a Ryzen 7 CPU and motherboard bundle. You will also receive two free games — Prey and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. 

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Radeon Vega 64 bundles

There’s a Radeon Vega 56 bundle at $500, a Vega 64 bundle at $600, and a Vega 64 liquid-cooled bundle for $700.


Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2 is now available for download. The latest update brings Multi-GPU support for DiRT 4 and Prey. The DiRT 4 gets 30% performance improvement when using 8xMSAA measured on Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics. Also, Prey gets up to 4% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 580 8GB.

The update also fixed where Virtual Super Resolution may fail to enable on some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products, as well as fixed issues with HDR, fail to enable on some displays for QHD or higher resolutions. Check out more details below.

New in Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2

Support For

  • DiRT 4
    • Multi-GPU profile
    • Up to 30% performance improvement when using 8xMSAA measured on Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.5.2(1)
  • Prey
    • Up to 4% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.5.2


  • Virtual Super Resolution may fail to enable on some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • HDR may fail to enable on some displays for QHD or higher resolutions.
  • Flickering may be observed on some Radeon RX 500 series products when using HDMI® with QHD high refresh rate displays.
  • AMD XConnect: Systems with Modern Standby enabled may experience a system hang after resuming from hibernation.
  • Fast mouse movement may cause an FPS drop or stutter in Prey® when running in Multi-GPU system configurations.
  • Adjusting memory clocks in some third party overclocking applications may cause a hang on Radeon R9 390 Series products.
  • Graphics memory clock may fluctuate causing inconsistent frame rates while gaming when using AMD FreeSync technology.
  • Mass Effect™: Andromeda may experience stutter or hitching in Multi-GPU system configurations.
  • The GPU Scaling feature in Radeon Settings may fail to enable for some applications.
  • Error message “Radeon Additional Settings: Host application has stopped working” pop-up will sometimes appear when hotplugging displays with Radeon Settings open.

Known Issues

  • Graphical corruption may be experienced in Tom Clancy’s™: Rainbow Six Siege when MSAA is enabled.
  • Adobe™ Lightroom may experience an application crash with GPU acceleration enabled on Windows® 7 system configurations using Radeon RX 390 Series graphics products.
  • A few apps may experience issues with Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology if other applications or game launchers are running on the primary screen in the background.
  • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft™ may experience flickering or performance issues the first time the game is launched on a system boot with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled. Workarounds include exiting and restarting the application or task switching (alt+tab) in and out of the game to fix the issue.

Known Issues for Radeon ReLive

  • The XBOX™ DVR application may cause conflicts with Radeon ReLive, users are suggested to disable XBOX™ DVR if Radeon ReLive is experiencing issues
  • Radeon ReLive may fail to install on AMD APU Family products or experience a system hang or failure to record when using the recording feature on AMD APU Family products.
  • Radeon ReLive may intermittently fail to work after performing task switches of applications. A workaround is to disable and then enable the feature in Radeon Software.
  • Radeon ReLive may exhibit corruption in recordings when capturing Microsoft Office applications.
  • Radeon ReLive may experience recording or streaming issues when task switching using ALT+TAB.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD’s advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences.

Download Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2

Alienware announced High-Performance Monitors, Keyboards & Mice

Alienware has announced its gaming monitors, keyboards, mice with signature premium design, Alienware Area-51 desktop, and updated Alienware 15 notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. The new AW2518H is a 24.5-inch 1080p monitor comes with a fast 240Hz native refresh rate and 1ms response time (1080p). The monitor supports a TN panel with 400 nits brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio.

The monitor is available in two flavors: the AW2518H, which features Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and will retail at $699, and the AW2518HF, a $499 FreeSync variant. Check out more Alienware products below.

Alienware Area-51

Intel and AMD’s new multi-core processors available in two new versions of Alienware Area-51, for the best experiences geared towards gamers who create or creators who game.  Each is excellent choices for Megatasking, streaming games as well.  If you can picture yourself gaming, recording and broadcasting your game while running a render or deeply immersed in VR or with multiple 4K displays running concurrently, these are the gaming PCs for you.  They’re powered by Intel’s Core™ X-Series or AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper – marking Alienware’s first 16-core/32-thread Area-51.

Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard

    • Blending gamer-friendly design features and intuitive software, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest delivers a premium gaming experience at an affordable value. Featuring mechanical keys with brown switches, with more precise, responsive and consistent keystrokes with five keys dedicated for macro commands that give gamers a competitive edge. Personalizing the gaming experience, Alienware’s sophisticated software, Alienware Control Center, allows gamers the ability to configure all keys to desired commands. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 USD).

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard

    • The Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest exemplifies all the essential design components of the Advanced Gaming Keyboard and elevates the engineering innovation with dedicated volume roller and 13 zone-based RGB AlienFX backlit lighting options. A keystroke can mean the difference between winning and losing, and onboard memory adds a new level of intelligent options for assigning keystroke combinations ultimately increasing efficiency to command and conquer opponents. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Pro Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 USD).

Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse

  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse
      Fusing ergonomic design for increased comfort and intelligent software with gaming-grade performance, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse offers multiple configurations with on-the-fly DPI to switch between precision and speed style gameplay. Outfitted with nine unique buttons for in-game customization. Available in the U.S June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Mouse ($49.99 USD).

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse

Further enhancing the premium gaming experience, Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse incorporates all the game-ready innovation of its capable sibling, and leverages advanced custom ability innovation with swappable grips, up to 13 programmable buttons, perfect for MMOs like World of Warcraft and four variable levels of weight adjustment providing ultimate control over cursor precision and movement speed to dominate opponents. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Mouse ($89.99 USD).

Alienware 15 to offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q design

Alienware-15-sihmarAlienware 15 will offer the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q technology operating at the GPUs highest performance configuration of 110 watts starting June 27. Alienware’s adoption of Max-Q technology provides the highest performance in a 15.6” laptop for PC gaming, VR and other applications that continue Alienware’s tradition of designing innovative systems with the latest technology.

The Alienware 15 features a full support for gaming peripherals and VR headsets. Game longer with a 99Whr battery, while fully immersed in AlienFX lighting with a keyboard optimized for competitive gamers. Available in the U.S. June 27.


Payday 2 is now available for free on Steam for limited time

Payday 2 is now available for free on Steam. According to the new offer, first 5 million keys will be free. The offer is expiring on June 21 whether all 5 million keys are claimed or not.

If you want to buy DLCs for Payday 2, they are all bundled into one package with the base game called “Ultimate Edition”. All DLCs in the store are not available for download anymore so the only way to grab them is by getting the Ultimate Edition.


Recently, all DLCs were available for 85% off. Existing owners of the game will be able to upgrade to the Ultimate Edition, with varying price options depending on their setup.

Payday 2 System Requirements

  • Windows 7
  • Processor:2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Nvidia & AMD (512MB VRAM)
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:31 GB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Windows 10
  • Processor:2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor
  • Memory:8 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Nvidia & AMD (1GB VRAM)
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:45 GB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
Download Payday 2 from Steam

Dell Inspiron 27 7000 and Inspiron 24 5000 All in One PCs announced

Dell has announced its new lineup of Inspiron 27 7000 AIO, the Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop PCs. The new desktops are powered by AMD processors and AMD Radeon graphics cards.

Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All in One PC

The new Inspiron 27 7000 AIO PC is designed for VR and entertainment system for the home. It includes borderless InfinityEdge, 27” IPS display, with resolutions up to 4K UHD.

The AIO PC also includes Windows Hello with one look login and Cortana with far-field speech recognition as well as USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage. It offers the latest multi-core Ryzen AMD processors and AMD Radeon RX500 Series graphics, giving it the performance to power virtual reality, multimedia content and everything in between.

Dell Inspiron 24 5000 All in One PC

The new Dell Inspiron 24 5000 AIO features a SmartByte technology which allows video streaming without buffering. The software detects critical network streams and prioritizes video ahead of less urgent network traffic, so videos and movies run without interruption.

INSPIRON 24 5000 AIO with Windows 10

The AIO also includes a 24” InfinityEdge IPS FHD touch display, the latest AMD 7th Gen processors and AMD Radeon RX560 graphics. this new AIO delivers powerful performance and

This new AIO delivers powerful performance and high graphics fidelity. It features a beautiful white, sleek design and optional articulating stand making it the ideal PC for the home or dorm.

It is also equipped with Windows Hello for logging in quickly and securely, Cortana with far-field speech recognition, USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage.

Dell Inspiron 27 7000 and Inspiron 24 5000 All in One PCs will be available worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $999.99 and $699.99 respectively.


Dell announced its first-ever Inspiron Gaming desktop

Today at Computex 2017, Dell announced today its first-ever Inspiron Gaming desktop. The new Gaming desktop is powered by latest AMD Ryzen processors.

AMD Ryzen processors feature SenseMI, which optimizes power consumption, task routing, and clock speeds to deliver exceptional responsiveness and performance whether it’s gaming, Virtual Reality or streaming.

Features of the Inspiron Gaming Desktop include:
  • Gaming-focused design touches with functional venting, thermally-optimized airflow routing, available Polar Blue LED Illumination, and easy component access.
  • Up to 850 watts power supply options for supporting dual discrete graphics.
  • VR Ready that supports HTC and Oculus.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 and AMD Radeon RX580 Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
  • Advanced cooling options.
  • Waves MaxxAudio® Pro with Performance 7.1 Channel HD audio
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ port and up to six SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports total
  • A wide selection of high-capacity hard drives with responsive SSD and dual-drive options plus up to five bays for future storage upgrades.

The new Dell Inspiron Gaming desktop will be available in for $599.99.


Intel Core i9 Processors with 18 cores and 36 threads officially announced

Intel Core i9 Processors are now officially announced. Today at Computex 2017, Intel unveiled its new Core X line desktop processors, offering even more powerful versions of its existing Core i5 and Core i7 models, as well as top-of-the-line Core i9. The Core X platform is being targeted at enthusiast customers like gamers or gamers and content creators.

The new Intel Core i9 Extreme is the first consumer desktop processor to offer 18-cores and 36-threads. Intel will be offering four Core i9 CPU models ranging from $999 for a 12-core / 24-thread processor to a $1,699, 16-core / 32-thread chip.

The Core X lineup starts with the Core i5-7640X at $242, which offers 4-cores and 4-threads. The Core i7 X-Series range from a $339, 4-core / 8-thread model to a $599 10-core / 20-thread chip. The i5-7640X and the i7-7740X are built on Kaby Lake X.

Intel_Core_i9_Extreme_Edition-sihmar.comAll the new desktop Core X processors are designed to work with Intel’s new X299 motherboard chipset. The Core X family is built on an updated version of Intel’s 6th generation Skylake platform, which the company refers to as Skylake X.

Intel is also upgrading its Turbo Boost technology to Turbo Boost Max 3.0 on some of the higher end models of the Core X line. According to the company, the Core X series reaches 10 percent faster multithread performance over the previous generation and 15 percent faster single thread.

In addition to the new high-end Core X family, Intel also had a brief update on the forthcoming 8th-generation Intel CPUs, which may bring improvements up to 30 percent over Kaby Lake.


AMD may launch 48-Cores/96 Threads Processor in 2018

A new report suggests that AMD may launch 7nm 48-Cores Processor in 2018. The AMD internal roadmap leaked reveals current and upcoming processors line. AMD Zen 1 CPU line in 2017 and Zen 2 is expected to launch in 2018. Recent leaks also suggest that AMD rival Intel is also working on a high-end Core i9 Processors line.

According to the leaked slides, AMD is working on 48-core server processor with 96 threads based on Zen 2 Cores. That product has code-name Starship and would be based on 7nm Finfet. TDPs would run anywhere from 30W up to 185W.


Enterprise Proc AMD Snowy Owl AMD Naples AMD Starship
CPU Architecture Zen 1 Zen 1 Zen 2
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 7nm FinFET
Maximum Cores 16 Cores 32 Cores 48 Cores
Maximum Threads 32 Threads 64 Threads 96 Threads
Availability Q2 2017 Q2 2017 2018

AMDs Naples Processors line with 32 Cores is coming for the enterprise market this year, which also includes three ARM CPUs code-named A1100 ARM using ARM Cortex-A57 cores.


Intel Core i9 7900 Series Processors with 12-core Specs leaked

Intel may release Core i9 Processors to compete against the AMD Ryzen processors and their upcoming processor line. Intel’s top of the line flagship model will be a Core i9 7920X, this processor will feature a 12-core with 24 threads. AMD will release 16-core / 32 threaded Ryzen Whitehaven processors.

According to the leaked photo of an internal powerpoint presentation, Intel Core i9 processors are going to support quad-channel memory at 2667 MHz and will get a 160 Watt TDP, a maximum 16.5 MB L3-cache and 44 available PCI-Express lanes for inter -connectivity.


Here is what the rumored linup would look like:

ntel C/T Clock Base Clock Boost L3 Cache PCIe lanes Architecture
Core i9 7920X 12 / 24 n/a n/a 16,5 MB 44 Skylake-X
Core i9 7900X 10 / 20 3.3 GHz 4.3 GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5 GHz (Turbo 3.0)
13,75 MB 44 Skylake-X
Core i9 7820X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.3 GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5 GHz (Turbo 3.0)
11 MB 28 Skylake-X
Core i9 7800X 6 / 12 3.5 GHz 4.0 GHz 8.25 MB 28 Skylake-X
Core i7 7740K 4 / 8 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 8 MB 16 Kaby Lake
Core i7 7640K 4 / 4 4.0 GHz 4.2 GHz 6 MB 16 Kaby Lake


The company may announce this new processor line in June. It is also stated that the top flagship Core i9 7920X will be available as late as August. Please do take all these leaks with a grain of salt.

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