HW News: Intel & NVIDIA Working Together, $5B 10nm Investment

By Ryan Greenberg & Steve Burke Published February 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm

“Intel & NVIDIA working together” will surely raise eyebrows, but this isn’t similar to how AMD and Intel recently worked to make Hades Canyon. Rather than work together on a product, the two companies sent high-ranking researchers and engineers to meet with the US Government, alongside numerous other AI and machine learning organizations. Intel and nVidia are the most relevant to our line of work, and the representatives at each organization worked to educate government officials on the needs of AI and machine learning development.

In addition to this news, Intel also is working on a $5B expansion for 10nm production, covered further down, and the company’s new Coffee Lake Pentium CPUs have been rumored and assigned specs.

Show notes below the video, if you prefer to read.


Show Notes

Intel & NVIDIA Working Together

The headline story is interesting primarily because it involved silicon giants Intel and nVidia working together to spur growth in the AI and deep learning fields. The US House of Representatives IT Subcommittee launched a hearing to increase government understanding of artificial intelligence, and to, quote, “discuss uses, barriers to adoption, and potential challenges and advantages of government use of artificial intelligence.” The end goal was to begin developing awareness of AI, citing that AI is “increasingly cited as the great fear or hope for future generations.”

NVIDIA and Intel both expressed interest in the US government granting public access to taxpayer-funded datasets, arguing that these would be useful for improving machine learning models and expanding deep learning technology. Development transparency and accountability were also urged with relation to AI development.

Source: https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/game-changers-artificial-intelligence-part/

Airtop2 Inferno Passively Cooled Case

Compulab’s new desktop looks a little crazy, and that’s because its passive cooling solution leverages the entire chassis to radiate heat out of the box. The machine is called the Airtop2 Inferno – perhaps not the best name for a cooling mechanism – and is outfitted with a C236 motherboard, 7700K, and GTX 1080. The most interesting aspect is the enclosure itself, which exists only in renders right now. From what we understand, the CPU connects via cooling block to the case side-panel, which then conducts heat away and spreads the heatload across the entire side panel surface. A triple-walled side panel has three sets of aluminum fins exposed to the air, with the right panel supposedly responsible for sinking the GPU. Our understanding is that each side panel has a set of flat copper heatpipes along the panels. The Airtop2 Inferno reportedly can sink 300W of heat by using these side panels as heat exchangers.

The Airtop2 Inferno is targeted for a June launch, and will likely be at Computex.

We don’t yet have a price on the Airtop2 Inferno, but it looks interesting.

Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1065085597/airtop2-inferno

Singularity Computers $950 Case

In similar news of unique cooling systems, Singularity Computers recently posted its official announcement of an upcoming Singularity Spectre case. The company is best known for their exorbitant, high-end custom PC builds, and they have steadily been expanding their brand into the landscape of PC hardware. Under a new subsidiary, Singularity Cases, Singularity is set to release their inaugural case: the Spectre.

Spectre is a mid-tower chassis, constructed from aluminum and glass, and supports up to EATX motherboards. The focal point of Spectre is the custom, CNC-machined acrylic block that serves both a distribution manifold and motherboard tray. This custom block is replete with channels for routing fluid, a fill port, and a drain port. Additionally, Spectre comes with an integrated reservoir, so prospective buyers need not worry about space or mounting options for cylindrical reservoirs. Also, the Spectre case includes space to integrate the pump, with a pump top and cover included; users just need to procure a pump motor. All D5 pumps are listed as compatible. Spectre also has mounting points for a second pump, should tandem loops become interesting. Lastly, on the rear of the distribution block, Singularity incorporated unique channels and cable combs for routing and hiding cables.

Find our previous write-up by Eric Hamilton here: https://www.gamersnexus.net/news-pc/3246-new-pc-case-costs-950-singularity-spectre


Titan V Full-Coverage Block

Although it’s cold product, the Titan V this week received one of the only accessories that’ll be made for it: This is an EK Waterblocks full-coverage block, which makes direct contact to the HBM and VRM, alongside the expected GPU coverage. The card can be made to a single-slot GPU with this water block, which is particularly interesting for anyone who wants to cram more of these into a case. EK is selling the blocks at $130, or an extra $40 for a nickel backplate.


TPU GPU-Z 2.8 Fixes BSOD

In some of our Raven Ridge crash coverage, we talked about how the then-current version of GPU-Z could cause a conflict that’d result in a BSOD. TechPowerUp has now updated GPU-Z to version 2.8.0, which solves for stability and driver crash issues, along with adding more support for components. There is also new DXVA 2.0 hardware decoder information in the advanced tab, alongside better VRAM utilization logging and perfcap sensing.


AMD Driver 18.2.3 Fixes FreeSync Issues

AMD has also released new updates to its software, including the Radeon Software and drivers. A new 18.2.3 beta driver pack includes performance uplift for Sea of Thieves, upwards of 30-40% on some AMD graphics cards, Brass Tactics, and Final Fantasy XII – not to be confused with Final Fantasy XV, which is coming out soon.

As for resolved issues, AMD has fixed FreeSync issues in Chrome, fullscreen games, and multi-display setups. AMD has also resolved some flickering when enhanced sync is enabled, lighting corruption in Fortnite, and has resolved some audio distortion bugs in ReLive. Some CTDs were also fixed with For Honor and Shadow of War.


Intel $5B Investment for 10nm Production

In industry news, Intel is planning to invest an additional $5B in its fabrication plant in Israel, according to Reuters. Intel aims to complete its $5B expansion by 2020, and hopes to spend the cash infusion on retrofitting the facility to work on a 10nm process.


Intel G5500 & G5600 Specs

Intel’s presumably finalized Pentium Gold G5500 and G5600 specifications have appeared online, alongside the G5400. This new series of Intel Pentium CPUs should theoretically be using Coffee Lake, and will be running 2C/4T configurations ranging fgrom 3.7GHz to 3.9GHz. No Turbo is available on these CPUs and they are locked for overclocking. These will likely be available with new 300-series B and H motherboards.


Editorial: Ryan Greenberg & Steve Burke
Video: Andrew Coleman

Last modified on April 02, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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