02:40 | Comet Lake-S Availability Update
A quick update on Comet Lake-S availability. We spoke with Intel regarding the lack of general availability with specific Comet Lake-S SKUs at launch. The statement we received is as follows:
“The unlocked 10th Gen processors are coming to market first, including the Core i9-10900K, Core i7-10700K, and Core i5-10600K. The 10th Gen Core i3-10100 and 10th Gen Core i3-10300 are expected to be available shortly after the 10th Gen unlocked K SKUs.”
Furthermore, Intel told us it would keep GN updated on current i5-10600K availability, as it relates to viewer/reader interest.
Source: Intel to GamersNexus
04:16 | Asetek Doesn’t Understand Math for Rad Card
Asetek, the company behind both desktop and data center cooling solutions, has trotted out a new cooling design aimed at deploying liquid cooled GPUs in restricted cases. The new design is known as the Rad Card.
As is probably obvious given the name, the Rad Card is a radiator constructed like an add-in PCIe card, shroud and all, that slots into a PCIe slot. The Rad Card is being deployed initially as an OEM only option, being first used by Alienware in the Aurora R11 PC. Within the Aurora R11, you can see two populated PCIe slots. One slot is filled with an RTX 2080 Super, and the one just beneath it with the Asetek Rad Card, with a short run of tubing between them. The Rad Card appears to have one integrated radial fan.
Asetek lays claim to some bold performance numbers:
“With Alienware’s liquid cooled 2080 SUPER GPU you can reduce noise by up to 69% and GPU temperatures by up to 20%”
You can’t really do this, mathematically. Temperature is an arbitrary scale that doesn’t start at 0. For example, 50 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius would appear, strictly numerically and ignoring the scale and units, a “100%” increase — but if you convert the values to Kelvin, it’s 323.15K to 373.15K, so that’d be a “15%” increase. It’s misleading at best, and actually wrong at worst, to claim a “20% reduction” in GPU temperatures. The scale is arbitrary. That means nothing. If they want to use percentages, they should convert to Kelvin — but that wouldn’ produce a percentage as high as 20.
Further, noise reduction of “69%” means absolutely nothing to anyone. We don’t know what unit of measurement they’re using for noise, and if it’s decibels, that’s a logarithmic scale and can’t be compared linearly with a percentage.
While the Rad Card is currently OEM only, Asetek teased on Twitter that it may not stay that way.
08:48 | ASRock BCLK Frequency Boost for Non-K Intel CPUs
We’ve been hearing rumors for some time about the possibility of overclocking non-K SKU Intel chips on not only new Z490 ASRock motherboards, but select B and H-series boards as…