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NVIDIA unveils Turing-powered TITAN RTX graphics card for $2,499

NVIDIA unveils Turing-powered TITAN RTX graphics card

NVIDIA’S TITAN RTX GPU revealed with 24 GB GDDR6 Memory, 130 TFLOPs AI Learning

NVIDIA officially unveiled their Turing-powered TITAN RTX graphics card yesterday at the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems in Montreal, Canada.

According to the company, TITAN RTX is “the world’s most powerful desktop GPU” that offers massive performance for AI research, data science, and creative applications.

The TITAN RTX, which NVIDIA has dubbed T-Rex, is driven by the new NVIDIA Turing architecture. It can deliver 130 Teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance to world’s most demanding users.

“Turing is NVIDIA’s biggest advance in a decade – fusing shaders, ray tracing, and deep learning to reinvent the GPU. The introduction of T-Rex puts Turing within reach of millions of the most demanding PC users — developers, scientists and content creators,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

“NVIDIA’s greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA® GPU in 2006 and the result of more than 10,000 engineering-years of effort, Turing features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing, plus new multi-precision Tensor Cores for AI training and inferencing. These two engines — along with more powerful compute and enhanced rasterization — enable capabilities that will transform the work of millions of developers, designers and artists across multiple industries.”

Designed for a variety of computationally demanding applications, TITAN RTX provides an unbeatable combination of AI, real-time ray-traced graphics, next-gen virtual reality and high-performance computing.

According to NVIDIA in its announcement, the TITAN RTX will feature:

  • 576 multi-precision Turing Tensor Cores, providing up to 130 teraflops of deep learning performance.
  • 72 Turing RT Cores, delivering up to 11 GigaRays per second of real-time ray-tracing performance.
  • 24GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory with 672GB/s of bandwidth — 2x the memory of previous-generation TITAN GPUs — to fit larger models and datasets.
  • 100GB/s NVIDIA NVLink can pair two TITAN RTX GPUs to scale memory and compute.
  • Incredible performance and memory bandwidth for real-time 8K video editing.
  • VirtualLink port provides the performance and connectivity required by next-gen VR headsets.

As far as specifications are concerned, TITAN RTX has 6 GPCs, 36 TPCs, 72 SMs, 4608 CUDA cores, and 72 RT Cores. It has a base clock of 1350MHz, with the boost clock maxing at 1770MHz. The memory is clocked at 7000MHz and offers a data rate of 14Gbps. For more detailed information on specifications, click here.

TITAN RTX will be available for sale later this December in the U.S. and Europe for a hefty price of $2,499.

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NVIDIA unveils the Quadro RTX 4000 GPU with 2,304 CUDA Cores, 8GB GDDR6 memory

NVIDIA unveils the Quadro RTX 4000 GPU

NVIDIA announces mid-range Quadro RTX 4000 with Turing GPU, 2304 Cores and 8 GB VRAM

NVIDIA announced its new Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card for workstation professionals at the annual Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas yesterday. This is the company’s first mid-range professional GPU in Quadro RTX family that is powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture and the NVIDIA RTX platform.

The Quadro RTX family already consists of the Quadro RTX 8000, RTX 6000, and RTX 5000. The single-slot design of the new Quadro RTX 4000 allows the GPU to fit in a variety of workstation chassis.

“Meet today’s demanding professional workflows with GPU accelerated ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading. The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000, powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture and the NVIDIA RTX platform, delivers best-in-class performance and features in a single-slot PCI-e form factor. Design and create like never before with faster time to insight and faster time to solution,” NVIDIA said.

According to specifications provided by NVIDIA, the graphics card has 36 RT cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions, and global illumination.

Further, it packs 2,304 CUDA cores, 288 Turing Tensor Cores for 57 TFLOPS of deep learning performance, and comes with 8GB of ultra-fast GDDR6 memory that provides over 40 percent more memory bandwidth than the previous generation Quadro P4000. It also supports video creation and playback for multiple video streams with resolutions up to 8K.

In addition, it provides hardware support for VirtualLink, improved performance with VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio, and more.

In terms of performance, the Quadro RTX 4000 offers up to 43T RTX-OPS and 6 Giga Rays/s. The FP32 compute performance is estimated at 7.1 TFLOPS, which translates into a boost clock of around 1540 MHz. The TU106-based Quadro has a 160W rated TDP and has been enclosed into a single-slot cooling solution, which should easily fit in any workstation case. It draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Ernesto Pacheco, Director of Visualization at the global architectural firm, CannonDesign, which is one of the early users of the Quadro RTX 4000 said, “Our designers need tools that unleash their creative freedom to design amazing buildings. Real-time rendering with the new Quadro RTX 4000 is unbelievably fast and smooth right out of the gate — no latency and the quality and accuracy of the lighting is outstanding. It will enable us to accelerate our workflow and let our designers focus on the design process without the technology slowing them down.”

The Quadro RTX 4000 will be available starting December on nvidia.com at an estimated price tag of $900. It will also be available from leading workstation manufacturers, like Dell, HPE and Lenovo, as well as its authorized distribution partners in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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Apple Announces Repair Program For Faulty iPhone X and 13-Inch MacBook Pro Units

Apple Announces Repair Program For Faulty iPhone X and 13-Inch MacBook Pro Units

Apple offers free repairs to fix quality problems in some faulty iPhone X units and 13-inch MacBook Pro models

Apple has launched a free replacement programme around the world for the affected iPhone X owners who are experiencing touchscreen issues.

Apparently, Apple found out that screens of some iPhone X models either aren’t responsive to touch or responds intermittently to touch. In some cases, it noted that iPhone screen reacts even though it was not touched.

“Apple has determined that some iPhone X displays may experience touch issues due to a component that might fail on the display module. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the display module on eligible devices, free of charge.” the company said on the official support page.

According to Apple, the touch issues may be due to a component failure on the iPhone X’s display module, adding it would fix the screen on faulty devices for free. The company said the problem only affects the original iPhone X, and not the recently launched the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

Apple has noted that if the iPhone X owner has already replaced the screen prior to the replacement programme, he/she is eligible to get a refund. They are advised to contact Apple support for more information.

However, Apple warns iPhone X owners that “If your iPhone X has any damage which impairs the ability to complete the repair, such as a cracked screen, that issue will need to be resolved prior to the service. In some cases, there may be a cost associated with the additional repair.”

Meanwhile, Apple has also confirmed that a “limited number” of 13-inch MacBook Pro units were facing a hard drive problem, that could result in data loss and failure of the storage drive.

In a note to customers, the company says, “Apple has determined that a limited number of 128GB and 256GB solid-state drives (SSD) used in 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-TouchBar) units have an issue that may result in data loss and failure of the drive.” The company suggests affected users to have their laptops “serviced as soon as possible.”

Users can put in their serial number on a page on the Apple Support website to confirm if they have an affected MacBook Pro. The affected model in question is the “MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports).” No other macOS notebooks are experiencing hard drive issues.

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Intel Launches 48-Core Cascade Lake EP, Xeon E-2100 Processors

Intel Launches 48-Core Cascade Lake EP, Xeon E-2100 Processors

Intel being the leader in Chip manufacturing industry has recently announced it’s two brand new Cascade Lake and Xeon E-2100 processors lineups.

Where Cascade Lake is expected to deliver high-end performance and, Xeon E-2100 processors are for entry-level servers.

Talking about the availability, the Cascade Lake processors are due for release in the first half of next year whereas the Intel Xeon E-2100 processors are already available since 05 Nov 2018.

Lisa Spelman, Intel vice president, and general manager of Intel Xeon products and data center marketing had the following to say about the new products:

“We remain highly focused on delivering a wide range of workload-optimized solutions that best meet our customers’ system requirements. The addition of Cascade Lake advanced performance CPUs and Xeon E-2100 processors to our Intel Xeon processor lineup once again demonstrates our commitment to delivering performance-optimized solutions to a wide range of customers.”

Specifically talking about the Cascade Lake processor then it’s a very scalable processor which is aimed at high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and infrastructure-as-a-service workloads.

It also includes 48 cores per CPU and 12 DDR4 memory channels per socket, according to the company.

In the Famous Linpack benchmark tests, its performance was 1.21 times better than that of the Intel Xeon Scalable 8180 processor and 3.4 times better than that of the AMD EPYC 7601.

Whereas talking about the Intel Xeon E-2100 series, these processors are aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and cloud service providers.

They offer hardware-based features which provide additional security for data and applications.

Intel also said that the new lineup is also capable of supporting heavy workloads suitable for entry-level servers.

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Battery life of new smartphones are worse than their predecessors

Smartphone Battery Life Of Some New Devices Is Worse Than Older Models

Some of the most recent smartphones have actually fared worse than their older counterparts in terms of their battery life, suggest a new report from The Washington Post. Apparently, most of the last year’s top smartphones outperformed this year’s devices.

Geoffrey A Fowler, The Washington Post journalist, who carried out a series of tests on popular smartphones, including both Android and iOS devices found a massive decline in the battery life in comparison with their predecessors.

A series of battery life tests were carried out by Fowler on smartphones, including the Google Pixel 3, Apple iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and various other devices.

Battery life of new smartphones are worse than their predecessors
Credits- The Washington Post

Fowler found that the battery life, in case of both Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL running Android was better than that of Google Pixel 3 and 3XL. The Pixel 3 died an hour and a half earlier than the Pixel 2. However, the report found that Google Pixel 3XL still performed better than both second-generation Pixels.

In the case of Apple devices, the iPhone X managed to fare better than the Apple iPhone XS. The battery of iPhone XS died a full 21 minutes earlier than that of the iPhone X. In fact, the iPhone 8 Plus marginally won against both iPhone XS and XS Max.

Coming to best performers, Apple’s iPhone XR topped the list with the longest battery life, as it lasted for three hours longer than top-of-the-range iPhone X. It was closely followed by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. Apparently, it was found that devices that are large in size have better battery life.

While there are many factors that impact battery life, the biggest problem is the higher-resolution screens that run at maximum brightness settings and cellular connectivity that mainly affects the battery life of the smartphone.

Also Read– What Is mAh In Battery (Milliamp Hours)

To conduct his test, Fowler measured the brightness level of every device using a light meter, and then made the devices automatically reload and scroll through the websites continuously. He then measured the time taken by each device to go from 100 percent battery to empty.

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Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are dying on a lot of users

Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are dying on a lot of users

Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are failing to meet performance expectations

Nvidia’s recently released GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, is the most powerful consumer GPU that is capable of handling 60 fps and 4K gaming without any compromises. It supports new gaming visual features like deep learning supersampling (DLSS) and ray tracing. However, the RTX 2080 Ti has been facing a lot of issues ever since its release.

According to Digital Trends, many users around the world are complaining about the failure of the Nvidia RTX GPUs. Issues such as day-one failures, crashes, black screens, blue screen of death, instabilities and artifacts found immediately after installing the card, are being reported. Some users have even reported that their GPUs have died after a few days of normal use.

Users took to Nvidia forums and relevant Reddit threads, to voice their concerns about the dying RTX 2080 Ti cards. While some reported issues with the RTX 2080 too, but a majority of users had problems with the RTX 2080 Ti.

Those with Founders Edition versions of the RTX 2080 Ti have been affected the most by the issues. In some cases, where users were provided replacement cards from the company too ended up facing the same problem.

With the Founders Edition version of the RTX 2080 Ti costing $1,199 (£1,099, AU$1,899), the dying card is certainly a cause for concern, as it seems like a universal issue. While Nvidia has not yet commented on the issue, we hope that Nvidia comes up with a fix at the earliest considering that RTX 2080 Ti shows a lot of promise.

Source: Digital Trends

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What is the Difference between CPU and GPU?

CPU vs GPU

The question of the difference between CPU and GPU might have struck your mind once in  life. Is it a duel of CPU vs GPU or they work together to scrape last ounce of Hertz juice for your programs?  Keep on reading to find out.

What is CPU?

difference between CPU and GPU

The term CPU stands for the central processing unit and it is responsible to handle all the operations of the computer system.

By this, we mean that CPU manages everything you do on your computer. It can be anything related to video editing, watching a movie, surfing the internet, booking a hotel and much more.

CPU is also known as the brain of a computer.

The reason why it is called as the brain of a computer is that it has billions of transistors in it which can be manipulated to perform an awesome variety of calculations. It’s a pretty powerful chip that can do anything you want.

A standard CPU chip has between one and four processing cores clocked anywhere from 1 to 4 GHz.

TOP Companies that manufacture CPU chips:

  1. Intel
  2. AMD
  3. Qualcomm.

What is GPU?

difference between cpu and gpu

If you are a gamer or love playing games then you must have heard about it.

The term GPU stands for graphics processing unit and it is solely responsible for all the graphics rendering job in a computer system.

You can almost think of a GPU as a specialized CPU that’s been built for a very specific purpose.

As its name says it all “graphics processing”  this clearly means that it will deal with every kind of graphics process on your computer system.

A GPU is that specialized dedicated chip which has thousands of cores running for only graphics processing.

Without it, you can’t play high-end graphics consuming games, render 4k videos and possibly won’t be able to do any task that requires graphics performance.

Type of GPU’s

There are basically two type of GPU or Graphics card.

  1. Integrated
  2. Dedicated
  • Integrated refers to that graphics unit which came inbuilt in the CPU chip. It shares a memory with the CPU and provides the more economic way of graphics processing.  It has very poor or you can say very basic performance as compared with the dedicated graphics card.
  • Dedicated refers to that graphics unit which fits on the motherboard and has its own dedicated slot for best performance. It’s a separate chip which is mainly used to work on graphics production and performance. So if you want to play high-end games or work on high-quality videos then you will need it.

Companies that manufacture GPU chips.

  1. Nvidia
  2. AMD
  3. ARM Holdings

Conclusion

So this was all regarding the Difference between CPU and GPU. If you find it helpful then let us know in the comment section below, would love to hear that.

Stay tuned for more.

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Intel Announces The World’s Best Gaming Processor “Core i9-9900K”

Intel Announces The World’s Best Gaming Processor “Core i9-9900K”

9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K is the world’s best gaming processor with 8 cores

Intel on Monday announced the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K, which according to the company is “the world’s best gaming processor”. Besides this, the company also announced new 9th Gen Core i7 and Core i5 processors at its fall hardware event.

“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel.

“Today’s announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that, including, hands-down, the world’s best processor for gaming. Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs,” Srivatsa added.

All three of the 9th Gen Intel Core processors unveiled on Monday (i5-9600K, i7-9700K and i9-9900K) enable fast, immersive experience for gamers. Intel says that the i9-9900K chip brings an exceptional level of performance to the desktop product line. The new Core i9-9900K processor comes with up to 8 cores and 16 threads, clocked at a minimum 3.6GHz and a maximum of 5GHz single-core turbo frequency, and 16 MB Intel Smart Cache.

Further, the i7-9700K comes with 8 cores and 8 threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be maxed out to 4.9 GHz), while the i5-9600K offers 6 cores and 6 threads and clocked at 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz).

All the new chipsets are based on the company’s existing 14nm++ process of manufacturing that was introduced last year with the 8th generation Core chipsets. Further, these new processors come with hardware fixes for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues, with the remaining protections done through software.

New processors include the first 9th Gen Intel Core processors, new Intel Core X-series processors and the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor.

To realize the full potential of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel introduced the new Intel Z390 chipset, which includes high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed.

The 9th Gen Intel Core processors are compatible with all Intel 300 Series chipset motherboards for more consumer options. Pre-orders for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors have already begun, with the processors set to start shipping from October 19. While the Core i9-9900K is priced at $488, the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K are priced at $373 and $262 respectively.

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What Is mAh In Battery (Milliamp Hours), How Much You Need

What Is mAh In Battery (Milliamp Hours), How Much You Need

One of the key factors that influence our decision while purchasing a new smartphone is the battery life or mAh of battery that the phone offers. In fact, the powerful processor, stellar camera, and immersive display on a smartphone is nothing without adequate battery to power them all. So here’s everything you need to know about mAh or milliamp-hour for a battery.

What is mAh?

According to Wikipedia, mAh is a unit of electric charge, having dimensions of electric current multiplied by time. In simple words, milliampere hour refers to the amount of energy that a battery can hold. Consequently, the larger the capacity in mAh the higher the amount of energy.

Batteries used in a majority of modern-day computing devices like smartphones and laptops are measured in mAh.

mAh clearly represents the amount of time that a battery can power your computing device. Smartphone manufacturers have increased the amount of battery in the past decade and 4000 mAh that was considered as a humungous amount is becoming standard now.

How Much mAh in a Battery Do You Need?

Well, the dilemma as to how much mAh of battery should a smartphone offer has been in existence for a while now. We all know that the newer generation of computers is much faster and power-efficient as compared to the previous generation. Furthermore, the bigger the better concept is also becoming irrelevant with the advancement in the manufacturing process of microprocessors.

So the battery life depends on how much power efficient is the processor on your computing device. Using a smartphone with higher battery capacity but the older hardware will offer less battery life as compared to using a low battery capacity with newer hardware. Any new smartphone with a minimum of 3000 mAh is perfectly fine for casual users.

Lastly, since smartphones have become a necessity for survival in the 21st century carrying a compact power-bank is a wise decision. Well, If you have made it so far do let us know what is the battery capacity of your smartphone in the comments section below.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Release Postponed To September 27th

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Release Postponed To September 27th

Nvidia delays the launch date of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by a week

Nvidia has decided to postpone the release date of its upcoming graphics card, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to September 27th. The company originally had plans to release this graphics card on September 20th along with GeForce RTX 2080.

The delay in availability of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by a week was confirmed by a moderator on the official Nvidia GeForce forums. This means PC gamers will need to wait for an additional week to get their hands on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

“Hi Everyone, Wanted to give you an update on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti availability. GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability has shifted to September 27th, a one week delay. We expect pre-orders to arrive between September 20th and September 27th,” wrote the moderator on the forum post.

The delay in the release of the RTX 2080 Ti by a week could possibly be due to high demand and shortage of supply of the graphics card since it was available for pre-order from the time it was announced last month. Although nothing has been confirmed by Nvidia yet.

However, there is no change to the general availability of the GeForce RTX 2080, confirmed the moderator. “There is no change to GeForce RTX 2080 general availability, which is September 20th. We’re eager for you to enjoy the new GeForce RTX family! Thanks for your patience,” the moderator added.

In other words, the GeForce RTX 2080 is still on schedule and will be available on September 20th. This means those who have pre-ordered the RTX 2080 can expect to get their card at its initial launch date.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is priced at $1199, while non-Founders Edition cards will be available for $999.

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