• Apple a posté une offre d'emploi sur un serveur secret (MacBidouille)

    ZDNet a découvert une serveur d'Apple, us-west-1.blobstore.apple.com qui n'était pas public.

    Dessus était postée une offre d'emploi dont voici une photo.

    L'offre d'emploi annonce rechercher un ingénieur très talentueux capable de travailler sur un projet qui concernerait visiblement tous les serveurs d'Apple.
    Avoir trouvé cette page semble être une étape pour pouvoir postuler à ce travail.

  • SilverStone Shrinks Depth of Strider Titanium PSUs: 180 mm, Up to 1.5 kW, 80 Plus Titanium (AnandTech)

    SilverStone has announced its new high-wattage 80 Plus Titanium PSUs for high-performance desktop computers. The new Strider Titanium power supplies are rated for up to 1500 W output. The main selling point of the new power supplies is their depth, which has been shrunk to 180 mm, making them compatible with smaller chassis and builds.

    There is an ongoing trend towards miniaturization of all kinds of computers, whether they are mobile or stationary. Nowadays there are enthusiast-class Mini-ITX components (mainboards, PSUs, etc.) and therefore MSI’s recently launched X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC high-end Micro-ATX motherboard supporting three graphics cards and 10 storage devices does not come as a surprise. Meanwhile, Micro-ATX cases sometimes cannot accommodate large high-wattage PSUs that are usually 220 mm long. As a result, as performance of Micro-ATX is growing, so is demand for smaller high-efficiency ~1 kW power supplies.

    SilverStone is responding to this demand with its new ATX12V V2.4-compliant high-wattage Strider Titanium PSUs that comply with the 80 Plus Titanium requirements, are rated for 1100 W, 1300 W and 1500 W output and are 180-mm deep (or long, however you put it). To get the 80 Plus Titanium badge, a PSU is mandated to be at least 94% efficient under a 20%, 50% and 100% load as well as at least 90% efficient under a 10% load. The latter is particularly important for high-wattage PSUs because it helps to take advantage of energy efficiency of modern PC hardware even with a very powerful PSU.

    SilverStone Strider Titanium 1kW Series Output Specifications
      SST1100-TI SST1300-TI SST1500-TI
    Rated Combined Rated Combined Rated Combined
    +3.3V 25 A 82.5 W 25 A 82.5 W 25 A 82.5 W
    +5V 22 A 110 W 22 A 110 W 22 A 110 W
    +12V 92 A 1104 W 108 A 1296 W 125 A 1500 W
    -12V 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W
    +5Vsb 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W
    Total Power 1100 W 1300 W 1500 W

    Like the many advanced PSUs these days, the SilverStone Strider Titanium 1 kW power supplies feature a modular design and come with two EPS12V connectors to enable compatibility with 2P server/workstations platforms, as well as with contemporary high-end desktop motherboards such as those based on AMD’s X399 'Threadripper' and Intel’s X299 'Skylake-X' platforms. As for other types of connectors, the new Strider Titanium PSUs have eight 6-2-pin (8-pin) PCIe auxiliary power connectors for graphics cards (just in case you run four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 boards), 16 SATA power plugs, six Molex power outputs, and one FDD connector. All cables are flat to ensure greater flexibility.

    SilverStone claims that the new Strider Titanium 1 kW PSUs can work 24/7 with 50℃ operating temperature and will be absolutely quiet under light loads when their 135-mm fan is off. Meanwhile, even under high loads, the noise levels of the PSUs will not exceed 36 dBA. As for reliability ratings, the new Strider Titaniums are speced for 100,000 hours MTBF. To ensure safety, the power supplies are equipped with over current, over power, over/under voltage, over temperature, and short circuit protection mechanisms.

    SilverStone Strider Titanium 1kW Series Connectivity Specifications
    Connector type SST1100-TI SST1300-TI SST1500-TI
    ATX 24 Pin 1
    EPS 4+4 Pin 2
    PCIe 6+2 Pin 8
    SATA 16
    4P Molex 6
    Floppy 1

    The Strider Titanium SST-1100-TI, SST-1300-TI and SST-1500-TI are already listed by major retailers, including Newegg and others The most affordable model of the new Strider Titanium PSU has MSRP of $299.99/€269.90, whereas the highest-performing 1.5 kW model has suggested retail price of $399.99/€345.50. Meanwhile, the mid-range SST1300-TI is priced at €288.90 in Europe. All new PSUs are covered by a five-year warranty.

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  • ADATA Launches XPG SX9000: 2.8 GB/s Seq. Read, Marvell Controller, Up to 1 TB of MLC (AnandTech)

    ADATA has announced its new SSD aimed at the very high end of the market. The new flagship XPG SX9000 drives are based on the Marvell 88SS1093 BTB2 controller and are paired with Toshiba’s 2D MLC NAND flash memory. Later on, the company plans to switch to Toshiba’s 3D MLC NAND for a product that will succeed the SX9000 SSD series.

    The ADATA XPG SX9000 SSDs use the Marvell 88SS1093 BTB2 controller, which sports three processor cores and 8 NAND channels, with 4 banks per channel for 32 targets in total. The IC is an improved version of the 88SS1093 with higher frequencies and performance to boost speeds of higher-end SSDs. The 88SS1093 BTB2 supports a Marvell’s third-generation ECC technology based on the LDPC algorithm and uses PCIe 3.0 x4 interface.

    The new XPG SX9000 drives are to be available in 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB configurations in the M.2-2280 form-factor. The SSDs use DRAM buffers for additional performance, and come with a very basic heat spreader to further prop up performance in systems that provide adequate cooling. Speaking of performance, ADATA promises up to 2.8 GB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 1.45 GB/s sequential write speed for the top-of-the-range 1 TB model. As for random read/write performance, ADATA lists 310K/240K IOPS for the most advanced model.

    Reliability is another thing that ADATA is taking serious when it comes to the XPG SX9000. The drives are rated for up to 1 PBW (terabytes to be written) and two million hours MTBF, which in turn is coupled with a five-year warranty.

    ADATA XPG SX9000 Specifications
    Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    Model Number ASX9000NP-256GM-C ASX9000NP-512GM-C ASX9000NP-1TM-C
    Controller Marvell 88SS1093 BTB2
    NAND Flash 2D MLC NAND
    Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2
    Sequential Read 2700 MB/s 2800 MB/s
    Sequential Write 990 MB/s 1450 MB/s
    Random Read IOPS 200K IOPS 300K IOPS 310K IOPS
    Random Write IOPS 220K IOPS 220K IOPS 240K IOPS
    Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
    DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
    TCG Opal Encryption No
    Power Management DevSleep, Slumber
    Warranty 5 years
    MTBF 2,000,000 hours
    TBW 250 TB 500 TB 1000 TB

    ADATA has not set recommended prices of the XPG SX9000 series just yet. What we do know is that the drives are hitting the shelves in the coming weeks and expect their prices to be competitive against the obvious rivals — the Samsung 960 Pro and the Samsung 960 Evo families of SSDs.

    Otherwise, as previously stated, ADATA is also looking at releasing 3D NAND versions of the drive farther down the line. 3D NAND has a number of advantages over 2D NAND, but it's not ideal for all possible applications at the moment, particularly due to its high density, which conflicts with the need for multiple NAND packages to maximize parallelism and performance on high-end SSDs. All things considered, this is why ADATA decided to go with a new Marvell controller as well as Toshiba’s 2D MLC NAND for the XPG SX9000 SSD. Eventually, the company promises to use the same controller for a high-end 3D NAND-powered drive, but that is something that is going to happen towards the end of the year at best.

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    Mozilla se décide à proposer par défaut la version 64 bits de Firefox pour les utilisateurs de Windows en 64 bits.
  • Accidents provoqués par l'utilisation d'un iPhone par un conducteur: Apple se défend (MacBidouille)

    Vous vous souvenez probablement de la procédure lancée contre Apple en fin d'année dernière. Une famille ayant perdu un enfant lors d'un accident poursuivant la société pour ne pas avoir intégré dans son mobile un de ses brevets bloquant l'usage de l'appareil lors de la conduite d'un véhicule. Or, le chauffard qui avait percuté la voiture de cette famille était en train d'envoyer des SMS depuis son iPhone.
    Ce n'est pas la seule affaire où Apple a été attaquée pour des raisons identiques. Macrumors rapporte qu'Apple est intervenue pour se défendre dans une action en recours collectif identique sur le fond où elle est accusée de mettre en avant ses profits avant la sécurité des usages de la route en n'installant pas de système pour bloquer ses appareils lors de la conduite des véhicules.
    Apple s'est défendue assez logiquement en indiquant ne pas être responsable de ce que font ses clients de leurs appareils.
    La jurisprudence va dans ce sens et considère que le conducteur reste l'entier responsable des éléments qui ont pu provoquer un accident suite à sa distraction.

    Apple a toutefois mis en place une fonction permettant de basculer les appareils iOS sur un mode "ne pas déranger" quand ils détectent un mouvement rapide signe d'un déplacement en voiture dans iOS 11.

  • La faille de sécurité d'iOS qui n'en est pas réellement une (MacBidouille)

    Voici une vidéo postée sur Youtube montrant comment un appareil à 500$ peut déverrouiller un iPhone (7, 7S et certains 6, 6S) sous iOS 10.

    Le boîtier réalise une attaque en force brute en essayant très rapidement toutes les combinaisons possibles jusqu'à trouver la bonne.
    En théorie iOS interdit cela et propose une temporisation auprès quelques essais infructueux.

    Toutefois, si certaines conditions ont été réunies, c'est possible. Cela arrive si le code a été changé très récemment et que l'utilisateur ne l'a pas utilisé plus de 10 minutes depuis.
    Cette fenêtre de tir est donc très limitée puisqu'au but de 10 minutes d'usage la temporisation reprend ses droits.
    Arrivé là, on peut utiliser cet appareil pour trouver le code, mais en si peu de temps pour en avoir la certitude, il faut qu'il ne fasse que 4 chiffres alors que par défaut il en fait 6. Bien entendu en cas de code alphanumérique, on ne pourrait tester que quelques milliers de combinaisons.

    Bref, c'est un exploit technique qui nécessite un autre exploit lié au hasard pour fonctionner.
    Apple a d'ailleurs annoncé que ce bug n'existe plus dans iOS 11.

  • AnandTech Parent Company Employee Killed in Terrorist Attack (AnandTech)

    We lost a friend and a colleague to terrorism yesterday (Aug. 17).

    Bruno Gulotta, 35, an employee of Tom's Hardware Italy — a brand owned by AnandTech parent company Purch — was on holiday in Barcelona, Spain, strolling along Las Ramblas with his partner and two young children, when he was struck and killed by a van that also took the lives of 13 others and injured more than 100.

    When he was hit by the van, Bruno was holding his 5-year-old son Alessandro's hand. His son was yanked away to safety by his mother, who had their 7-month-old daughter, Aria, strapped to her chest when the van struck.

    The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, and authorities have arrested at least four suspects as the investigation continues, according to the Associated Press.

    "It is with great sadness that I must report that one of our team members was killed in the attack in Barcelona yesterday," Purch CEO Greg Mason announced in an email to the company.

    "While many of our offices are no stranger to the realities of terrorism, it is particularly sobering when tragedy takes one of our own. Please keep Bruno and his family in your thoughts and prayers as well as our EU team members who are dealing with the very real existence of danger and loss in their daily lives," Mason said.

    Bruno was mourned and remembered by his friend and colleague Roberto Buonanno, the country manager for Tom's Hardware Italy, in a story we have translated and reposted below. If you would like to donate to Bruno's family, contributions are being collected through a PayPal account Buonanno set up for this purpose: paypal.me/famigliabrunogulotta.

    From Tom's Hardware Italy, translated:

    Today is a day of mourning for us. We all come together with affection for his companion, Martina, and his two small children. Here are our memories of Bruno, as written by the country manager of Tom’s Hardware for Italy, Roberto Buonanno.

    The news came to us suddenly yesterday evening during the laid-back week of Ferragosto [a holiday celebrated in Italy]. Our colleague and friend Bruno Gulotta was run over and killed by a terrorist in the heart of Barcelona. Here was there on vacation with his companion and his two kids. He was posting on Facebook, and everything seemed like a typical vacation: a photo from Cannes, one from Las Ramblas in Barcelona. And then something that no one expects: the death of a young man, father and partner of the mother of his two children.

    We spent the evening and night trying to stay lucid, and communicate the news to our colleagues and close friends; many wondered if this was a macabre joke or reality. And then we started to read online publications, competing to collect as much news, photos and videos of this young Italian, dead in a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

    It is a tragedy that strikes us in so many ways, one more dramatic than the other. We are thinking of his companion, Martina, who, with the strength of a young mother, must now face something nobody should have to. We put ourselves in the shoes of little Alessandro, who is preparing to start elementary school, knowing that his life and family will no longer be the same. And then we think of little Aria, who will not remember the horrible scene, but will never know her dad.

    Bruno was a point of reference, a central figure for all those who knew him. For us at Tom's Hardware, he was an important pillar who helped hold us up.

    Anyone who worked with him — whether it was customers, suppliers or web stars — was impressed by his kindness and professionalism. He had an insatiable hunger for knowledge, and he was a real enthusiast — one of us — even though he later decided to move full time to marketing and sales. And in that role, I have never known a more capable person. He loved to study every aspect of his profession. He was an insatiable reader and avidly searched for perfection.

    We talked for hours and hours about our productivity and our personnel development systems, and exchanged many letters seeking guidance. Anyone who had a problem with a computer, software or web platform could ask and find a solution by coming to Bruno, even if they didn't work with him. That’s because Bruno was a truly generous and heartfelt person. He was able to lead a rich family life and a brilliant professional career with a balance that I will always admire.

    Personally, Bruno helped keep my feet on the ground. Every time we had a problem or a question that required my approval, I talked with him. And this went beyond just business. We talked about the education of children, vaccines, alternative medicine, diet and physical fitness. I don't know how I will be able to endure, seeing his empty desk in our office across from where I work, and I think about how much I will miss his company. And then I realized that it is a selfish thought, because everything that counts now, and that's important, is giving maximum support to his family, to whom we will always be available.

    Rest in peace, Bruno. We will always remember you. Considering that you have always been a life force, I swear to you, even through your last act on Earth, you have taught me a profound lesson. You will always be in my thoughts every time that I feel the need for a voice of a friend, as if you would always be there, as you have always been, at every hour of the day and in any moment.

  • Dell Now Offers Aquantia AQtion AQN-108-Based 5 GbE Cards with Select PCs (AnandTech)

    Aquantia and Dell this week began to offer Aquantia’s AQtion AQN-108 5 GbE network controller as a build-to-order option for the OptiPlex 7050 workstations. Dell is the first major PC brand to offer an Aquantia AQtion card with its systems, and since Dell is one of the world’s largest suppliers of computers, the collaboration is a good news for Aquantia. This is also equally good news for the adoption of higher bandwidth Ethernet standards in PCs, marking one of the first times a faster NIC has been available in a commodity-grade workstation.

    The Aquantia AQtion AQN-108 card is a 2.5/5 GbE network controller that uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot and supports 5 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, 1 Gbps and 100 Mbps networking standards over RJ45 connectors using Cat5e/Cat6a cabling over distances up to 100 meters. The card is aimed at individuals and small businesses willing to invest in 2.5G/5G infrastructure. In fact, the Dell OptiPlex 7050 machines are meant for this kind of organizations: the workstations are based on Intel’s Core processors (the Core i3-7300 is the cheapest option) and start at $769 per box.

    Dell charges $277.13 for the addition of a full height AQtion AQN-108 card into a tower OptiPlex 7050, which is quite a lot because Aquantia charges around $100 per card. Unfortunately, this is a usual practice for large PC makers to sell optional hardware with a huge markup. For example, even Intel’s 10 GbE X540 card can be bought for considerably less than $277 at Amazon.

    Despite the price, it is important that Dell is offering an AQuantia-based NIC designed for 2.5G and 5 G infrastructure because it means that the large PC supplier sees promise in 2.5G/5G networks.

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    La fonctionnalité phare d'ajout d'objets 3D avec l'application Story Remix sera finalement bel et bien au rendez-vous de Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Brièvement annoncé, le retard à l'allumage n'est plus.
  • Lian-Li releases PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Tower (AnandTech)

    On Tuesday, Lian-Li announced a new Mini-ITX Tower chassis with its PC-Q39. A progression from the PC-Q37 case, the PC-Q39 is a bit larger and can now house an ATX form factor PSU, up to 2x120mm radiator, and a triple slot graphics card. The outside of the chassis uses tempered glass on the side with an updated aluminum front panel giving it a high-end look many are after.

    Lian-Li PC-Q39

    Like its predecessor, the PC-Q39 maintains a dual chamber design separating the motherboard, video card, and heatsink/radiator from the HDD/SSD and power supply. Lian-Li strategically placed dedicated grommets for liquid cooling tubes at the top and bottom of the motherboard tray. Along with five other holes, there are plenty of places to route tubing for the reservoir and pumps, as well as other wiring in the wider second chamber. This setup can make for a much cleaner look and allows for less obstructed airflow in the main chamber. The front panel, located on top of the Q39 (was on the front of the Q37), has been modernized to include a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector, as well as two USB3.0 ports.


    The PC-Q39’s additional size, 15mm wider, allows it to use the more familiar ATX form factor for PSUs, up to 160mm in length. The second compartment also contains a tool-less drive rack holding two 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. Two additional spaces for 2.5” drives are found in the back and on the motherboard tray, for a total of three 2.5” drives.

    At the top of the chassis, there is room for two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator. Additionally, there is space on the bottom of the case for two 120mm fans or a single 140 mm fan for increased airflow in the main chamber. All fan mount points come with a magnetically attached dust filter to slow the buildup of dust inside the case. There are three expansion slots for PCIe devices allowing owners to use video cards with a triple slot cooler and up to 300mm in length. Working in the small case shouldn't be an issue due to the front, top, and side panels all being removable. 


    Below is a complete specifications table: 

    Lian-Li PC-Q39 Mini-ITX Chassis
    Model PC-Q39G WX
    Case Type Mini Tower Chassis
    Dimensions (W)252mm x(H)348mm x(D)346mm
    Color Black
    Front/Side Panel Aluminum / (L) Tempered Glass, (R) Aluminum
    Body Material Aluminum
    Net Weight 5.3kg
    External Drive Bays None
    HDD/SSD Bays 2x 3.5", 3x 2.5"
    Expansion Slots 3
    Motherboard Type Mini-ITX
    System Fan (Optional) 2x 120mm(top), 2x 120mm or 1x 140mm(bottom)
    I/O Ports 2x USB3.0, 1x USB3.1 Type-C, HD Audio
    VGA Card Support (L)300mm x (D)60mm
    CPU Cooling Support (H)120mm
    PSU Support ATX PSU,(L)160mm
    Radiator Support Top: 240mm x 80mm x 120mm

    The PC-Q39 is available now at newegg.com for $209.99

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  • Unannounced 8th Generation Core 15W U-Series CPUs Appear on Intel’s Public Price List (AnandTech)

    More news from Intel this morning, this time published directly on their website. With the upcoming announcement of the 8th Generation Core next week to which Intel has already posted teasers to the media, it would seem that someone at Intel decided to add processor details and pricing into Intel’s official Price List today.

    New to the document are four CPUs, all in the U-series range, which usually indicates TDPs of 15W for non-Iris products. However, the big jump to note will be in the core counts. U-series processors, including the Core i7 parts, have historically been only dual-core with Hyper-Threading, similar to the Core i5 parts (with the Core i7 being better for voltage/frequency curves and overall performance). The Price List shows that both the new Core i7-8000 and Core i5-8000 parts will move up to four cores, and both will feature Hyper-Threading, giving a total of eight threads.

    Specifications of Intel Core i5/i7 U-series CPUs
    7th Generation 8th Generation
      Cores Freq +
    L3 Price   Cores Freq +
    L3 Price
    i7-7660U 2/4 2.5 GHz 4 MB $415 i7-8650U 4/8 1.9/? GHz 8 MB $409
    i7-7560U 2.4 GHz $415 i7-8550U 1.8/4.0 GHz $409
    i5-7360U 2/4 2.3 GHz 3 MB $304 i5-8350U 4/8 1.7/? GHz 6 MB $297
    i5-7260U 2.2 GHz $304 i5-8250U 1.6/3.4 GHz $297

    The Price List also states their L3 cache sizes, which is consistent with previous Core i7/i5 positioning. The base frequencies are to note, which are lower than previous generations. Other information shows the pricing is about the same, and the that these are on 14nm. It doesn’t state which 14nm process these parts are on, but it confirms that 10nm isn’t ready as of today to go into the list. The list also doesn't state the CPUs' turbo frequencies.

    Click to Zoom

    One thing that might have users disappointed is that there is no update on any desktop parts in the price list. The list has the new U-series CPUs as having an official price from August 21st, which would also follow some of the laptop designs that have been leaked by retailers featuring these new parts. The image at the top is of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-55XD, which is one of those devices.

    Update: 8/18, 2pm ET

    HP seems to have published information about its new HP Envy 13 laptop, with additional information on turbo speeds for the i5-8250U and i7-8550U.

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  • Intel Provides Partners Preliminary 8th Gen Desktop Details: Core i7-8700K to Core i3-8100 (AnandTech)

    At a closed-session partner in China, Intel revealed a number of preliminary details about its upcoming 8th generation Core processors for desktops. As expected, Intel is telling its business customers that is increasing core count of its CPUs for mainstream PCs in a bid to drive performance, catalyze upgrades and better compete against its rival.

    Intel has previously unveiled that they're working on what will be their 8th Generation Core processors. What has been rumored for a while (and what Intel yet has to publicly confirm) is increased core counts for the 8th Gen desktop parts. This week Chiphell, a China-based website, published a picture taken from a partner briefing event, which briefly describes the advantages of Intel’s 8th gen Core CPUs vs the company’s 7th gen Core chips.

    According to two separate external sources with knowledge of the matter, the slide is up-to-date and genuine.

    Intel is stating that the increased number of cores and enlarged caches will be the key improvements of the 8th Gen desktop parts, compared to their direct predecessors. In particular, the event speaker explained that the next-gen Core i7-8000 series CPUs will gain two additional cores to give six cores with Hyper-Threading. At the top end, it was stated that these will be at 95W and 65W TDPs for unlocked and regular SKUs respectively. The Core i5 series will also get two additional cores, but no Hyper-Threading. As for the Core i3 parts, these parts will lose Hyper-Threading, but instead move into the traditional i5 space, giving four cores only. Intel stated that they will also continue to offer unlocked CPUs within its i7, i5 and i3 families, and such processors will feature higher frequencies and a 95 W TDP (compared to the 65 W thermal envelope for their regular parts).

    Basic Specifications of Intel Core i5/i7 Desktop CPUs
    7th Generation 8th Generation
      Cores Freq.
    L3 TDP   Cores Freq.
    L3 TDP
    i7-7700K 4/8 4.2GHz 8 MB 91W i7-8700K 6/12 3.8GHz 12MB 95W
    i7-7700 3.6GHz 65W i7-8700 ? 65W
    i5-7600K 4/4 3.8GHz 6 MB 91W i5-8600K 6/6 ? 9 MB 95W
    i5-7400 3.0GHz 65W i5-8400 2.8GHz 65W
    i3-7350K 2/4 4.2GHz 4 MB 60W i3-8350K 4/4 4.0GHz 6MB 95W
    i5-7100 3.9GHz 51W i3-8100 3.8GHz 65W

    As it stands, three things remain unclear about the 8th generation Core processors for desktops. The first one is the integrated graphics configuration of the company’s upcoming parts, as it may be important if Intel increases their GPU core counts to keep performance growing. The second one is the CPU core configuration of the future Pentium SKUs. In the case of Kaby Lake-based Pentiums, Intel enabled Hyper-Threading technology to match the Core i3 parts, blurring the line between the i3-7000 and the Pentium G4600-series parts. Third is if there are any adjustments to the pricing structure.

    What will be interesting is the fact that Intel has lost the 4C/8T level of hardware. By moving the Core i5 to a six-core, any 4C/8T component has the potential to surpass a 6C/6T in certain tests. 

    Intel did not supply us with this information. Intel traditionally does not comment on information it reveals to partners behind closed doors. More importantly, the information should be considered as preliminary as the company has been known to change product specifications close to launch, even on final engineering samples to retail. Even though the 8th generation Core processors would already need to be in production in order to meet Intel's 2017 goals, last minute changes are always on the table. Similarly, Intel has a lot of latitude in deciding when to actually launch their parts, particularly lower-volume desktop parts.

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  • Ce seraient des photos du futur processeur A11 (MacBidouille)

    Slashleaks a publié ces deux photos qui montreraient un processeur A11 dont seront dotés les prochains iPhone.

    Elles sont assez floues pour que l'on ne puisse pas lire les informations écrites autour de la puce. Donc impossible de dire si ce sont des fausses ou des vraies. Mais cela n'a dans les faits pas de réelle importance.

    Pour rappel, ces puces seront (ou sont) produites par TSMC dans un procédé de gravure 10nm FinFET.

  • La clé du décodage du code de l'enclave sécurisée du TouchID aurait été rendue publique (MacBidouille)

    Pendant longtemps Apple a protégé le noyau d'iOS en le codant. Il était décodé à la volée lors du démarrage de l'appareil. Cela permettait d'éviter aux hackers d'aller fouiller dedans mais provoquait aussi des critiques car on ne savait pas exactement ce qu'il contenait. Apple y a mis fin dès les premières beta d'iOS 10 et ce noyau n'est maintenant plus codé.
    Il en va autrement de l'enclave sécurisée destinée à gérer le TouchID. Il s'agit d'une petite portion matérielle contenant le code destiné à comparer la base des empreintes enregistrées avec celle présentée au capteur. C'est donc un élément crucial de sécurité et la raison pour laquelle on parle d'enclave. Ce système n'est pas accessible directement via le reste de l'appareil, ce qui évite qu'il soit piraté. Pour faire court, il ne fait qu'annoncer au reste de la machine que le code est bon, ou pas. C'est le même système qui a été adopté dans les derniers ordinateurs portables d'Apple et la raison pour laquelle il y a dedans une petite puce ARM gérant ce TouchID (et la Touch Bar).
    Un hacker se faisant appeler Xerub a posté sur GitHub ce qui serait la clé de décodage du microcode de cette enclave sécurisée. Interrogé par TechRepublic il affirme l'avoir fait non pas pour que l'on puisse pirater quoi que ce soit, mais afin que l'on puisse savoir ce que contient cette véritable boite noire installée dans l'iPhone.

    Cette clé ne permet que de décoder le microcode de l'enclave mais malgré son nom ne compromet en aucun cas sa sécurité à court terme. Elle pourrait en revanche être utilisée pour que ce code soit inspecté à la loupe afin de savoir s'il contient des failles de sécurité permettant de compromettre le processus d'identification.

    Interrogée, Apple n'a pas nié que cette clé soit la bonne. La société a en revanche indiqué que ce chiffrement du code n'était qu'une petite partie des sécurités mises en place pour protéger cette enclave. Elle ne compte d'ailleurs pas proposer de mise à jour pour changer la clé de chiffrement.
    On peut le comprendre, le mal est déjà fait et il faudrait du temps pour modifier assez radicalement le fonctionnement de ce code afin de rendre la connaissance du précédent inutile pour progresser dans les recherches de failles.

  • L'Apple Watch 3 serait rentrée en phase de tests finaux de production (MacBidouille)

    Selon l'Economic Daily News, l'Apple Watch serait maintenant en phase de tests finaux de production chez Quanta.
    Il serait prévu que le sous-traitant commence à les livrer à Apple durant le dernier trimestre de cette année. Toutefois Apple pourrait annoncer la montre en septembre.

    Les rumeurs prédisent qu'un des modèles sera capable d'une connexion LTE qui lui donnera significativement plus d'autonomie face à l'iPhone mais pas face à son chargeur. Les modèles Wi-Fi devraient en revanche pouvoir fonctionner plus longtemps sans être rechargés.

    [MàJ] Autour du même thème, Digitimes, qui cite des sources industrielles, annonce que les ventes de la montre, grâce au nouveau modèle, pourraient atteindre les 4,5 millions d'unités pour le dernier trimestre 2017, ce qui permettrait à Apple d'atteindre les 15 millions sur l'année entière. On pourrait même atteindre les 20 millions d'unités en 2018.

  • iOS 11: Il est maintenant possible de désactiver le TouchID de manière discrète (MacBidouille)

    Macrumors rapporte que parmi toutes les nouvelles fonctionnalités intégrées à iOS 11 il y en a une activant un mode urgence.

    Si l'on presse 5 fois rapidement le bouton de démarrage de l'appareil, ce dernier affichera l'image présentée à gauche. Elle permet de l'éteindre, d'afficher la fiche médicale si elle est remplie ou de passer un appel d'urgence.

    Cette fonction permet aussi une chose qui n'est alors pas visible, désactiver le TouchID ou plutôt demander sa réactivation avec le mot de passe comme après une période prolongée sans avoir utilisé l'appareil.

    Cela permettra aux personnes qui seraient contraintes par la force de poser leur doigt sur le touchID d'échapper à cette contrainte physique.

    Cette nouvelle fonction aura encore plus de sens avec l'iPhone 8 qui, doté d'une reconnaissance faciale, pourrait être débloqué juste en le présentant devant le visage de son propriétaire.

  • Sharp à nouveau dans une situation délicate (MacBidouille)

    L'histoire de Sharp a été mouvementée ces dernières années. Cette société japonaise maintenant tombée dans le giron de Foxconn a vécu avant cela des années très difficiles, luttant contre sa faillite et cherchant par tous les moyens à faire rentrer de l'argent frais pour finaliser sa technologie IGZO des LCD avec des transistors transparents permettant d'augmenter la luminosité, qui sortie plus tôt aurait pu lui permettre de rester indépendante.
    Elle avait dans ce but accepté de revendre une de ses usines de production à un fabricant chinois appelé Hisense. Le marché contenait une clause surprenante, qui montre la situation dans laquelle était Sharp à l'époque. Elle autorisait Hisense à commercialiser pendant 5 ans des téléviseurs issus de cette usine aux Etats-Unis sous la marque Sharp.

    Hélas, selon Sharp, Hisense a commencé à produire en masse des téléviseurs Sharp en abaissant significativement leur qualité, ce qui a selon ses propos nuit à sa marque. Elle a donc décidé de casser ce contrat d'utilisation de son nom. Hisense a contesté cette décision devant un tribunal arbitral de Singapour. Ce dernier a pris une décision fort surprenante en donnant raison à Hisense mais aussi en exigeant de Sharp une clause de silence qui lui interdit de communiquer sur le fait que ces téléviseurs soient sous ses standards de qualité ni même de parler de cette décision arbitrale. Sharp se retrouve donc muselée dans sa communication.
    Il lui reste toutefois un moyen de communiquer indirectement sur ce sujet grâce à une autre procédure judiciaire lancée aux Etats-Unis. Dans cette procédure rendue publique (la justice américaine n'est pas concernée par l'arbitrage), Sharp conteste de nouveau le contrat qui la lie à Hisense et affirme même que les produits importés aux Etats-Unis ont des spécifications constructeur mensongères et sont même potentiellement dangereux à cause d'émissions électromagnétiques trop importantes et de leur piètre qualité de production.

    Foxconn, maintenant propriétaire de la marque Sharp, va tout faire pour en récupérer l'usage exclusif et ne pas risquer de la voir se déprécier.

  • Apple commence à promouvoir iOS 11 pour l'iPad (MacBidouille)

    La sortie d'iOS 11 approche. Apple a décidé de commencer à en vanter les avantages sur les iPad Pro. Elle a mis en ligne six vidéos vantant les mérites d'autant de fonctions qui vont simplifier la vie de ceux qui ont des tablettes compatibles ou en achèteront.

    Elles ne sont pas dénuées d'une certains forme d'humour.

  • Retesting AMD Ryzen Threadripper’s Game Mode: Halving Cores for More Performance (AnandTech)

    For the launch of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors, one of the features being advertised was Game Mode. This was a special profile under the updated Ryzen Master software that was designed to give the Threadripper CPU more performance in gaming, at the expense of peak performance in hard CPU tasks. AMD’s goal, as described to us, was to enable the user to have a choice: a CPU that can be fit for both CPU tasks and for gaming at the flick of a switch (and a reboot) by disabling half of the chip.

    Initially we interpreted this via one of AMD’s slides as half of the threads (simultaneous multi-threading off), as per the exact wording. However, in other places AMD had stated that it actually disables half the cores: AMD returned to us and said it was actually disabling one of the two active dies in the Threadripper processor. We swallowed our pride and set about retesting the effect of Game Mode.

  • ShadowPad : une backdoor dans une solution de gestion de serveurs (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Une attaque a permis d'insérer une backdoor dans une solution populaire pour la gestion de serveurs. À l'insu de l'éditeur légitime.
  • Des photos de supposés modules de charge sans fil pour les iPhone 8 (MacBidouille)

    Ces photos ont été publiées sur un forum chinois.

    Elles représenteraient le composant interne destiné à venir prendre place dans un chargeur sans fil destiné à l'iPhone 8.
    Des rumeurs prédisent que l'appareil d'Apple pourrait supporter un tel système, mais qu'il serait proposé en option par Apple en sus de l'achat de ce (coûteux sans aucun doute) téléphone. En revanche, il ne devrait arriver que plus tard dans l'année, Apple ayant (selon ces rumeurs) des problèmes à le finaliser dans les temps à cause de soucis logiciels (et pas matériels).

  • MSI Launches the X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC: Going Micro-ATX (AnandTech)

    MSI has announced a new Micro ATX motherboard added to the X299 lineup in the X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC. Based on the ATX sized X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, it has a similar I/O cover shape as well as the painted carbon pattern on the black board. MSI states it shares nearly all features the bigger brother offers, such as multiple PCIe x16 slots for multi-GPU, the same amount of SATA ports, dual M.2 slots, and even the same 10 phase DrMOS PWM make their way onto the smaller X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC.

    The X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC supports up to 64GB of quad-channel DRAM, and using MSI’s DDR4 Boost Technology should allow the board to support memory speeds up to 4200 MHz, a full multiplier more than the ATX sized Gaming Pro Carbon AC - this is typically down to better performance potential when using 1 DIMM per channel. Another difference is visible in the available PCIe slots: the mATX version has a total of three PCIe x16 slots, two using Steel Armor and one without, to support x16/x16/x8 using a 44-lane CPU and x16/x8/x4 with a 28-lane CPU, although to use all the bandwidth a user would need to invest in single slot solutions. Under the guide overclocking, MSI claims that its features such as an external clock generator for more BCLK flexibility, an 8-Layer PCB, and a fully digital power design for its 10 phase Military Class 6 power delivery (among other features) contribute to the overclocking performance. 

    Chipset Diagram

    On the storage side, the X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with eight SATA 6 Gbps ports, who of which can share bandwidth with the two M.2 slots when using SATA based M.2 drives. The M.2 ports also support PCIe 3.0 x4 drives, in which case this will not affect the SATA ports.

    USB connectivity starts with USB 3.1 Gen 2 via an ASM3142 controller: Type-A and Type-C ports on the back I/O panel, as well as another Type-C using an internal header. There are four more USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back, as well as two USB 2.0 ports. More can be found when using the internal USB headers.

    For networking, the X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with two Intel Gigabit LAN controllers (one more than the ATX Gaming Carbon Pro AC), the Intel I219-V and the Intel I211AT. Wireless features are handled by Intel’s dual band Wireless-AC 8265 module pre-installed in the WIFI1 slot. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz) up to 867 Mbps, as well as dual mode Bluetooth 4.2. Audio duties are handled by the Realtek ALC1220 codec supporting 7.1 channel HD Audio. MSI updated its audio software on select boards in the X299 platform to Nahimic 2+, using their collaboration with Nahimic for advanced audio features.


    RGB LEDs can be found on the I/O cover as well as on the audio separation line on the PCB that is meant to separate digital and analog signals. Two other small RGB strips are on the right side of the board. All the RGB LEDs (and external RGB LEDs that are supported) are controlled by MSI’s Mystic Light application. To further the aesthetic charm, if the default look isn’t what the build theme is looking for, MSI includes three different 'Gaming Pro' heatsink covers in Carbon, Gold, and Silver, which can be swapped around to achieve the most appropriate look for the build. It also has mounting points available, which MSI named 3D X-Mounting, to use for additional modifications for 3D-printable parts. MSI states that the cable covers, M.2 fan stand, SLI bridge, and more can be used to personalize the board even further. 

    MSI X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC
    Warranty Period 3 Years
    Product Page Link
    Price $279.99 
    Size mATX
    CPU Interface LGA2066
    Chipset Intel X299
    Memory Slots (DDR4) Four DDR4
    Supporting 64GB
    Quad Channel
    Up to 4200 MHz
    Network Connectivity 1x Intel I219V GbE
    1x Intel I211AT GbE
    Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1220
    PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU) 3 x PCIe 3.0
     - 44 Lane CPU: x16/x16/x8
     - w/ 28 Lane CPU: x16/x8/x4
    PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH) N/A
    Onboard SATA Eight, RAID 0/1/5/10
    Onboard SATA Express None
    Onboard M.2 2 x PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA
    Onboard U.2 None
    USB 3.1 ASMedia 3142 Chipset:
    1 x Gen 2 Type-A (Back Panel)
    2 x Gen 2 Type-C (Back Panel)
    1 x Gen 2 Type-C (internal connector)

    Intel X299 Chipset:
    4 x Gen 1 Type-A via Back Panel
    2 x Gen 1 Internal Headers
    USB 3.0 N/A
    USB 2.0 Intel X299 Chipset
    4 x Gen 1 Type-A via Back Pane
    2 x Gen 1 via Internal Headers
    Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
    1 x 6-pin PCIe
    Fan Headers 1 x CPU (4-pin)
    1 x Water Pump (4-pin)
    3 x System Fan (4-pin)
    IO Panel 1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
    2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
    2 x Wi-Fi Antenna connectors
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
    1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
    5 x OFC audio jacks

    Pricing information was not mentioned in the press release. However, the $279.99 price listed above was found on gigparts.com. It is selling for $399.99 on ncix.com. 

    *MSI's website states that the board supports 128GB of DRAM, although that would mean using 32GB UDIMMs which do not exist. We fully suspect this is a typo on MSI and have reached out for clarification - we expect the support to be 64GB (4x16GB).

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  • Des extensions Google Chrome compromises ! (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Plusieurs extensions pour le navigateur Google Chrome sont un temps devenues malveillantes. Les développeurs ont été piégés par un email de phishing et ont livré leurs identifiants à des attaquants.
  • Au tour du prix de la mémoire graphique d'exploser (MacBidouille)

    Depuis de nombreux mois les cours de la mémoire Flash et de la DRAM sont orientés à la hausse. C'est lié à une forte demande en SSD qui accapare l'essentiel des chaînes de production.
    On apprend maintenant par Digitimes que c'est au tour des cours de la mémoire graphique de s'envoler. Ils ont augmenté entre juillet et août de 31% et devraient encore progresser en septembre.
    Cette pénurie ne semble pas près de prendre fin à courte échéance et elle provoquerait déjà des inquiétudes chez les fabricants de cartes graphiques, et probablement aussi d'Apple qui achète ses puces graphiques pour les intégrer directement sur les cartes logiques de l'essentiel de ses ordinateurs.

    La hausse pourrait représenter jusqu'à une quinzaine de dollars par produit fini. C'est une somme non négligeable, le risque de pénurie étant encore plus grave alors que la production des produits qui seront proposés au moment des fêtes de fin d'année va bientôt démarrer.

  • Apple prend une position ferme face au racisme aux Etats-Unis (MacBidouille)

    Si vous suivez un tant soit peu l'actualité mondiale, vous ne pouvez ignorer qu'une crise majeure sur fond de racisme secoue les Etats-Unis.
    Notre rôle n'est pas de la commenter même s'il ne fait pas l'ombre d'un doute que toute notre équipe soit farouchement opposée à toute forme de racisme ou ségrégation.

    Sans surprise, Apple a choisi son camp et Tim Cook n'a pas hésité à le faire publiquement.

    Il a également adressé un message à ses employés pour dénoncer toute forme de racisme. Apple va donner quelques millions de dollars aux associations luttant contre ce racisme pour les aider.

    La société va toutefois plus loin encore comme le rapporte BuzzFeed. Elle va supprimer le support d'Apple Pay des commerces qui vendent des accessoires et de la propagande raciste aux Etats-Unis, où pour des raisons constitutionnelles ils peuvent avoir pignon sur rue.

    PS: Merci de ne pas vous enflammer de trop sur les forums, sinon les réactions à cette brève seront rapidement fermées.

  • Apple va investir 1 milliard de dollars pour des contenus exclusifs de qualité (MacBidouille)

    A plusieurs reprises nous vous avons relaté qu'Apple était à la recherche de contenus vidéo exclusifs pour donner un coup de fouet à iTunes. C'est devenu indispensable pour assurer sa croissance sans dépendre totalement des Majors audiovisuelles mais aussi lutter contre Netflix, qui s'est érigé en référence dans ce domaine.
    Apple a pour cela commencé par débaucher quelques grands noms de l'industrie du cinéma. Ce sont pour l'essentiel des dirigeants mais pas des créatifs de haut vol. Dans ce domaine Netflix vient d'ailleurs de réussir un coup de ma^tre en réussissant à convaincre Shonda Rhimes de le rejoindre. Elle est celle qui a créé des séries TV à succès comme Grey's Anatomy, Scandal et How To Get Away With Murder.

    Dans ces conditions, Apple n'a pas trop le choix et doit commencer à aligner de l'argent, beaucoup d'argent. Selon le Wall Street Journal la société serait maintenant prête à mettre 1 milliard de dollars sur la table pour acquérir ces fameux contenus exclusifs pour l'année prochaine. La somme est impressionnante même si Netflix y consacre un budget encore bien plus important.

    En attendant, Apple propose un aperçu de ses deux prochains épisodes de Carpool Karaoke.

    Certes, ils seront vus par les fans, mais il faudra autre chose pour gagner à long terme des parts de marché.

  • Samsung & SK Hynix Graphics Memory Prices Increase Over 30% In August (AnandTech)

    In the midst of a global DRAM shortage, Digitimes reports that the market prices for graphics memory from Samsung and SK Hynix have increased by over 30% for August. This latest jump in memory prices is apparently due to the pair of DRAM manufacturers repurposing part of their VRAM production capacities for server and smartphone memories instead. As Digitimes’ sources report, this VRAM pricing is expected to increase further in September, impacting graphics card and gaming notebook manufacturers. Consumers have already felt the pain through skyrocketing DDR4 prices, and TrendForce/DRAMeXchange expects the upward trend of PC DRAM chips to continue to 2018.

    Generally speaking, this production prioritization is not new. Late last year, the top three memory suppliers, Samsung (55% market share), SK Hynix (35% market share), and Micron (10% market share) shifted production capacity to prioritize servers and smartphones, causing the initial spike in PC DRAM prices. Overall, DRAMeXchange attributes the tight supply to lack of short term capacity expansion, as well as yield issues with new processes. The research firm had also noted that capacity expansion will be rather subdued as manufacturers try to keep commanding the higher margins of an undersupply environment.

    In light of recent GDDR6 announcements by Micron and SK Hynix, these supply/price issues could have knock-on effects for both current and upcoming graphics cards. Additionally, as both Samsung and SK Hynix are the only HBM2 suppliers, HBM2-equipped cards may be adversely constrained by supply. Earlier this month, an SK Hynix executive stated that customers were willing to pay 2.5 times more for HBM2 over HBM1; this sentiment may soon be put to the test. The situation with Micron is a little less clear, as they not only have their unique GDDR5X memory, but also may not have raised VRAM prices. If they haven't, they may have an opportunity on their hands.

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  • ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ Available: 27” Curved, FHD@144Hz & FreeSync w/ELMB (AnandTech)

    ASUS is about to start shipments of its ROG Strix XG27VQ display — an inexpensive curved 27” screen with a high refresh rate and AMD’s FreeSync technology designed for gamers and modders. The monitor has all the features that one expects from the ROG trademark as well as one brand new tech from ASUS, the so-called Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB). Besides, the XG27VQ is among the first monitors to have the ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back along with a customizable light signature projector on the bottom. With the launch of the ROG Strix XG27VQ, ASUS not only releases a moderately-sized curved LCD, but also makes a ROG-branded monitor more accessible since the new model costs $349.99. The product will soon be joined by a  more advanced ROG Swift PG27VQ.

    ASUS is gradually expanding its family of curved monitors. Unlike some of its rivals, the company started introduction of curved displays into its lineup from the very high-end with the ultra-wide ROG Swift PG348Q aimed at gamers in mid-2016. Since then, the company has released two curved Designo displays for those looking for style, a couple of inexpensive curved monitors for gamers and even the ROG Swift PG35VQ (the successor of the PG348Q) with a 200 Hz refresh rate, HDR and quantum dots. One of the distinguishable features of all ASUS’ curved displays so far was their diagonal size: all of them were 32” and larger. While some argue that curvature makes sense only for very large monitors, there are manufacturers, which produce considerably smaller curved screens.

    In a bid to offer a similar option for its customers, ASUS introduced two 27” curved displays for gamers into its premium ROG lineup earlier this year (think of BMW 1-series: they are compact cars with premium features). The monitors belong to the Swift and Strix sub-families and thus use different panels and come with different sets of features. Meanwhile, there are several things that the ROG Swift PG27VQ and ROG Strix XG27VQ displays have in common: they are 27” large, they feature very high refresh rates of 144 and 165 Hz, they support dynamic refresh rate technologies, and they feature the ASUS Aura RGB lighting. Apparently, the ROG Strix XG27VQ is going to reach the market earlier than its brother as Amazon and Newegg recently started to list it.

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ is based on a 27” VA panel with a FHD 1920×1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. General specifications of the panel are typical for contemporary entry-level gaming devices: 300 nits brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 4 ms response time (grey-to-grey) and so on. The monitor can use HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or a dual-link DVD-D connector. As for ergonomics, the Strix XG27VQ can adjust height, tilt, swivel or can be attached to a VESA wall mounting.

    While at first glance the new ROG Strix looks like a fairly standard monitor, there are several features that make the XG27VQ especially appealing to gamers. Firstly, it has a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate along with AMD’s FreeSync that works over both DP and HDMI with a refresh range between 48 and 140 Hz. Secondly, it has a brand-new feature called the Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB), which promises to make fast-paced actions look sharper. ASUS does not describe how the ELMB works, but it may be the company’s alternative to the ULMB tech that has been around for a while. Thirdly, the XG27VQ has a 1800R curvature for those who want some additional immersion. Fourthly, it is equipped with the ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back to customize its look (and match it with lighting effects on a PC based on a motherboard featuring the ASUS Aura lighting) as well as a customizable light signature projector on the bottom. Finally, the monitor supports the ASUS GamePlus modes, which are present on other gaming monitors by the company.

    When it comes to the ROG Swift PG27VQ display announced alongside the ROG Strix XG27VQ, it looks considerably more advanced. The Swift PG27VQ has a higher resolution of 2560×1440, a faster 1 ms GtG response time, an "overclockable" 165 Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology with ULMB, 1800R curvature, the Aura Sync RGB lighting (which can synchronize lighting effects with all connected Aura-enabled components) as well as all the ergonomics and features of its younger brother. Quite obviously, this one is going to be more expensive too.

    ASUS ROG 27" Curved Gaming Monitors
      ROG Strix XG27VQ ROG Swift PG27VQ
    Panel 27" VA 27"
    Native Resolution 1920 × 1080 2560 × 1440
    Refresh Rate Range 144 Hz 165 Hz overclockable
    Dynamic Refresh Rate FreeSync with ELMB (48 - 140 Hz) G-Sync with ULMB
    Response Time 4 ms (gray-to-gray) 1 ms (gray-to-gray)
    Brightness 300 cd/m² unknown
    Contrast 3000:1 unknown
    Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical unknown
    Curvature 1800R
    Inputs 1 × HDMI 1.4
    1 × DP 1.2
    1 × DL-DVI-D

    Audio Audio out port  
    Proprietary Enhancements Trace Free Technology
    Skin-Tone Selection: 3 Modes
    Color Temperature Selection: 4 Modes
    GamePlus Modes:  Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment
    Low Blue Light: Yes
    VividPixel: Yes
    GameVisual Modes: Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB
    Power Consumption
    Idle ~0.5 W unknown
    Active 50 W at 200 cd/m² unknown
    Detailed Information Link Link

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ display can be pre-ordered from Amazon and Newegg for $349.99, which is highly likely going to be its MSRP. The exact availability date of the monitor is unknown, but it will probably ship in Q3. As for the more advanced ROG Swift PG27VQ, nothing is clear at this point. ASUS still has not released its final specs just yet and no retailers are taking pre-orders.

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  • The Corsair Neutron NX500 (400GB) PCIe SSD Review: Big Card, Big Pricetag (AnandTech)

    Today we're taking a look at Corsair's Neutron NX500 SSD . This is the company's second PCIe SSD, again based on the Phison E7 controller, but this time distinguishing itself with a custom heatsink, larger overprovisioning than almost any consumer SSD, and twice the DRAM cache of a typical consumer SSD. The price tag matches the premium specifications, but the real-world performance does not justify the premium.

  • Dans l'écheveau des câbles à connecteurs USB-C (MacBidouille)

    AppleInsider a publié un très intéressant article sur les différents câbles Thunderbolt 3 ou plutôt sur tous les câbles dotés d'un connecteur au format USB-C dont font aussi partie les câbles Thunderbolt 3.
    En effet, il y a largement de quoi créer des confusions lors d'achats de câbles compatibles tant il y en a de différents.
    En effet, si l'on prend par exemple un MacBook Pro 15" de 2017, il est fourni avec quatre connecteurs Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbits/s) capables également de gérer de l'USB 3.1 (10 Gbits/s).
    Dans la boîte il y a également un transformateur et un câble permettant de le connecter à cette machine. Ce câble est certifié pour pouvoir laisser passer les 87W du chargeur alors que ce qui est fourni avec un modèle 13" ne supporte que 60W (27W pour le Macbook).
    De plus, ce câble n'est pas Thunderbolt mais seulement USB et selon les tests réalisés ne supporte que l'USB 2.0. Pourtant, il a des deux côtés un connecteur USB-C.

    Pour aller plus loin dans cet écheveau de câbles, voici une liste probablement non exhaustive de ceux qui existent, tous ayant donc deux connecteurs USB-C:
    - Câble USB 3.1 (passifs) courts;
    - Câbles USB 3.1 (passifs) longs (2m);
    - Câbles Thunderbolt 3 passifs et courts, moins de 50cm;
    - Câbles Thunderbolt 3 passifs et longs (jusqu'à 2m) mais limités à 20 Gbits/s;
    - Câbles Thunderbolt 3 actifs et plus long, jusqu'à 2m;
    - Câbles Thunderbolt 3 actifs et très longs, jusqu'à 100m.

    Il faut encore ajouter à cela, comme expliqué plus haut, que chaque câble peut être certifié pour supporter une puissance de courant différente, 60W ou 100W selon les cas.

    On se retrouve donc dans une réelle jungle où le consommateur a toutes les chances de se perdre, faute d'étiquetage clair dans les normes, en particulier le Thunderbolt 3.

    Pour finir, il faut ajouter une dernière chose. Les tests réalisés ont montré que les câbles actifs qui permettent donc de conserver le débit maximum du Thunderbolt 3 au-delà de 50cm ne supportent en revanche qu'un débit limité en USB, l'équivalent du 3.0 à 5 Gbits/s.

    Si vous avez tout compris, vous n'avez plus qu'à l'expliquer à votre entourage, ce qui promet des discussions et questions sans fin.

shed né au pays
-- Schmitter, Frédéric