Corsair's 10 best Amazon Prime Day deals for 2024

Jak Connor | Deals | Jul 16, 2024 2:01 AM CDT

Amazon has launched its Prime Day deals, which means prices across the vast online retailer have slashed considerably.

Corsair's 10 best Amazon Prime Day deals for 2024

If you need a new PC upgrade to get those extra frames in your favorite game, are looking to add a small accessory to your already awesome setup, or just want an entirely new gaming rig, Corsair has your back as it has slashed prices on Amazon across its various products. Below is a list of the best deals you will find on during Prime Day, which will run from July 16 to July 17, 2024.

First, we have the 5000D AIRFLOW TG Black, a tempered glass mid-tower case that, if you purchase during Prime Day, will save you $50, as it's discounted by 29%. As for cooling, there are various products discounted by 22%, but what stood out is the H150i ELIT LCD XT WHT, which will be priced at $232.75. For entire pre-built gaming PCs there is the Corsair Vengeance i7500 Gaming PC, originally priced at $2,499, but is going for $1,999, saving you $500 or 20%.

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AMD explains Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 OC details: Curve Shaper unveiled for improved undervolting

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jul 16, 2024 1:30 AM CDT

AMD has cooked up its new Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 series CPUs with some brand new overclocking features, one of which is called Curve Shaper.

AMD explains Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 OC details: Curve Shaper unveiled for improved undervolting

In a new post on X, leaker "1usmus" shared some details on AMD's new Curve Shaper, an add-on for AMD's current Curve Optimizer for its new fleet of Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 series CPUs. AMD's new Ryzen 9000 series overclocking feature is Curve Shaper, a new feature extensively used for tuning your new Ryzen 9000 series CPU.

Currently, Ryzen 7000 series CPU owners can select a curve optimizer to be stable at low and high operating temperatures throughout the entire load range. But the new Curve Shapder feature on AMD's new Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 series CPUs lets users tweak the CO across the entire temperature range. 1usmus shared a table of the Curve Shaper, which you can see below:

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PC emulator for iPhone has appeared on the App Store, runs Windows XP and plays retro games

Emulation on iOS for Apple iPhone, iPad, and the Vision Pro headset continues to mature, with the first free PC emulator, 'UTM SE,' now available on the App Store. Interestingly, Apple rejected the app in June, even though it had changed its policy on consoles and other retro gaming emulators. According to Apple, a PC is not a console; however, with a few changes, the app has been approved for distribution.

PC emulator for iPhone has appeared on the App Store, runs Windows XP and plays retro games

UTM SE is a PC emulator for macOS and iOS designed to run various recent and retro PC operating systems, from Windows XP to Windows 11 to Linux and retro versions of macOS. It emulates "x86, PPC, and RISC-V architectures" with graphics-based and text-only operating system support.

That said, the emulator's PC gaming chops have one fundamental limitation. "UTM does not currently support GPU emulation/virtualization on Windows," which means no 3D acceleration via OpenGL or DirectX - so you're limited to software rendering. Still, this covers a long list of classics.

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AMD Ryzen 9 9950X already overclocked to 6.6GHz on LN2, Zen 5 CPU hits 55K in Cinebench R23

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jul 16, 2024 12:33 AM CDT

AMD's new Zen 5-based Ryzen 9 9950X processor has already been LN2 cooled and overclocked to 6.6GHz and scored 55K points in Cinebench R23. Check it out:

AMD Ryzen 9 9950X already overclocked to 6.6GHz on LN2, Zen 5 CPU hits 55K in Cinebench R23

The AMD XOC (Extreme Overclocking) team recently held a live demo with AMD's new Ryzen 9 9950X processor at AMD's recent Zen 5 Tech Day for the press, with GamersNexus capturing a shot of the video during the event. The XOC team used an ASUS ROG X670E Crosshair Gene motherboard, a motherboard created specifically for overclockers in mind, with just two DDR5 DIMM slots.

The team chose the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 9950X processor, with LN2 cooling and advanced testing and overclocking. While the AMD Ryzen Master suite functioned during the video, a custom app made by ASUS was used instead for this overclock on the Ryzen 9 9950X.

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AOC launches two AGON eSports gaming monitors with ultra high refresh rates

Jak Connor | Displays & Projectors | Jul 16, 2024 12:02 AM CDT

Two new gaming monitors aimed at eSports gamers have been unveiled by AOC, and they are designed to provide users with as many frames as possible at the cost of visual fidelity.

AOC launches two AGON eSports gaming monitors with ultra high refresh rates

The gaming monitor market has seen an influx in the number of OLED offerings, and while gaming monitors that take advantage of this new pixel technology are widely considered the best for gaming, not everyone can afford to fork out nearly $1,000 to pick one up. That is why we are still seeing new products using old pixel technologies such as IPS, VA or even TN.

Engineers have learned to squeeze out as much performance as they possibly can out of these older pixel technologies, which means they can be tailored to specific gaming experiences. AGON by AOC is no stranger to this and now it has unveiled two new gaming monitor offerings that are designed with one thing in mind - refresh rates. The AGON PRO AG246FK and the AG256FS are designed with eSports gaming in mind.

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Samsung to manufacture logic dies for next-gen HBM4 AI memory using 4nm node

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 15, 2024 11:45 PM CDT

Samsung will use its in-house 4nm foundry process to mass produce its next-generation HBM4 memory to directly take on South Korean competitor SK hynix and TSMC in the race for AI memory supremacy.

Samsung to manufacture logic dies for next-gen HBM4 AI memory using 4nm node

In a new report from the Korea Economic Daily, we're hearing that Samsung will use its 4nm foundry process for the logic die of HBM4 memory chips (sixth-generation HBM) according to industry sources of KED. The logic die itself sits at the base of the stacks of dies and is one of the core components of an HBM chip used on AI chips.

SK hynix, Samsung, and Micron all make HBM, with logic dies used on the latest HBM3E memory, but the new HBM4 memory of the future requires a foundry process that's ready with customized functions required by AI chip makers like NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel, and more.

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Intel's next-gen Falcon Shores AI chip: ordered on TSMC 3nm node, CoWoS advanced packaging

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 15, 2024 11:22 PM CDT

Intel has reportedly placed 3nm orders with TSMC for its next-generation AI chip codenamed "Falcon Shores" which teases TSMC's new CoWoS advanced packaging will be used, with Falcon Shores expected to be produced in late 2025.

Intel's next-gen Falcon Shores AI chip: ordered on TSMC 3nm node, CoWoS advanced packaging

In a new report from CNyes, TSMC has received yet another "successful order" for Intel's next-gen AI chip called Falcon Shores on TSMC's newer 3nm process node and CoWoS advanced packaging technology, with Falcon Shores to take on NVIDIA's tight grip on the AI chip market.

The new Falcon Shores AI chip design has been finalized (tape out) and will reportedly enter mass production at the end of 2025. Intel acquired Habana back in 2019, with Habana maintaining its independence in its operating model, but over the years, things have changed and now Intel will combine Habana's technology with its own GPU technology.

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GeForce RTX 4070 prototype with 10GB of VRAM emerges, thankfully we got 12GB

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jul 15, 2024 10:59 PM CDT

GPU images and GPU-Z screenshots have emerged for the GeForce RTX 4070 10GB that could have been. The unreleased prototype from NVIDIA features 10GB of VRAM on a slower 160-bit memory interface. The 'for reals' GeForce RTX 4070 launched in April 2023 and features 12GB of VRAM on a 192-bit interface, with a total memory bandwidth that is 20% faster than what we see here.

GeForce RTX 4070 prototype with 10GB of VRAM emerges, thankfully we got 12GB

However, the AD104-275 chip in this unreleased GeForce RTX 4070 10GB prototype features 7,168 CUDA Cores - more than what is found in the actual GeForce RTX 4070 (5,888 CUDA Cores) and in line with the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER that was released earlier this year.

Interestingly, this prototype also features faster Base and Boost Clock speeds compared to the retail GeForce RTX 4070 - 2355/2520MHz versus 1920/2475MHz.

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NVIDIA, TSMC, SK hynix form 'triangular alliance' for next-gen AI GPUs and HBM4 memory

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Jul 15, 2024 10:27 PM CDT

SK hynix is gearing up to strengthen its "triangular alliance" with NVIDIA and TSMC for the future of AI GPUs and future-gen HBM4 memory.

NVIDIA, TSMC, SK hynix form 'triangular alliance' for next-gen AI GPUs and HBM4 memory

The South Korean company will attend SEMICON Taiwan on September 4, with SK hynix president Kim Joo-sun to deliver a keynote speech at the CEO Summit of SEMICON Taiwan, which will be the first time that the company has taken a large role like this at the event.

Around 1,000 companies attend SEMICON, a major event in the semiconductor space. Companies like TSMC attend to show off their latest semiconductor equipment and technologies, build new relationships, and strengthen old ones.

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Ryzen 9000 release date confirmed for July 31, AMD showcases 'Gaming Leadership' benchmarks

Kosta Andreadis | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jul 15, 2024 9:58 PM CDT

AMD has confirmed that its upcoming Zen 5 desktop CPU, the Ryzen 9000 Series, is launching on July 31 with four models: the Ryzen 9 9950X, Ryzen 9 9900X, Ryzen 7 9700X, and Ryzen 5 9600X. Price points are still TBC, but as part of a new deep dive into Zen 5, AMD has also provided some fresh benchmark results comparing the non-flagship 9900X, 9700X, and 9600X against their Intel 14th Gen counterparts.

Ryzen 9000 release date confirmed for July 31, AMD showcases 'Gaming Leadership' benchmarks

Granted, as official benchmarks, these are most likely hand-picked to paint a positive picture, but they align with the impressive early leaks covering Zen 5 performance. The big takeaway, which is excellent to see confirmed by AMD here, is that the Ryzen 9000 Series is notably more efficient than Zen 4, runs a lot cooler, and supports more advanced overclocking for the CPU and DDR5 memory.

The first chart compares the AMD Ryzen 9 9900X to the Intel Core i9 14900K.

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