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Hardware news this week talks about vulnerabilities found and patched on several AMD and Intel motherboards, including Gigabyte and ASUS boards. We'll also be talking about NVIDIA's Lovelace GPUs (RTX 40 series), competition to Intel's in-bound i3 CPUs (via AMD), Montech taking GN criticism seriously, and more.

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This week, we have news regarding an unusual transaction between two x86 license holders: Intel and Centaur Technology. The transaction is reportedly worth $125M, and will see Intel take on some of Centaur Technology’s development talent. Though we suspect there’s more to the deal than that; we’ll just have to wait and see.

Additionally, we have a new AMD RDNA 2 GPU to discuss, one aimed at cloud offerings and virtualization. EVGA has also reported that the company suffered a massive loss thanks to a stolen shipment of RTX 30-series cards, and is warning that such cards will not be honored in terms of warranty service nor will they be eligible to be registered. 

Elsewhere, we have news from Cadence on PCIe 6.0 IP and test silicon, new PSUs from Asus with 12-pin PCIe 5.0 connectors, and more. Find the news video and article below, as usual.  

This week, Intel is also back in the news, as CEO Pat Gelsinger continues to make newsworthy quotes that the company may or may not live up to. Only time will tell.

Elsewhere, we have a bit of news on Nvidia looking to sway the European Union and European Commission in favor of its proposed purchase of Arm. We also have Microsoft appearing to embrace repairability, with a set of repair minded initiatives to be deployed by the end of 2022. There’s also big news for AMD, including an update on AMD’s B2 stepping for Ryzen 5000, and more.

This week we have news out of China, as the county is implementing strict mandated power shutdowns aimed at the industrial sector. These shutdowns have hit a number of China’s manufacturing complexes, and will almost certainly spell problems for the already troubled supply chain for companies like AMD, Nvidia, Intel, Apple, and more. We'll also be talking about the RTX 3080 Super, AMD's target to gain by 30x in certain functions within just 4 years, and more.

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This week, we have news spanning both hardware and technology. First off, a GN exclusive: CaseLabs is coming back from the dead. The remnants of the company have been purchased by a new owner and will be put back into action.

It’s been another busy week at GN and we have plenty of news to go through today. There’s been some big developments in the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple, we’ll be going through the latest on that.

In more PC hardware centric news, we have our first glimpse of Ampere Computing’s Altra Max line, as an official engineering sample has surfaced in the wild. There’s also Windows 11 news from Asus, and how Riot is using TPM 2.0 to ban cheaters from Valorant.

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This week's news recap includes some details on EVGA’s bricked RTX 3090 cards thanks to an interview with PCWorld (thanks, Gordon). There’s also some news with Windows 11, as Microsoft is set to start rolling out the new OS this October. Interestingly, Microsoft will not block unsupported machines from manually installing Windows 11, but there will be some serious caveats associated with that move. 

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There was news this week on the DIY/enthusiast front, as updated mounting kits for Intel’s Alder Lake-S are arriving and AMD CPU market share is growing in most segments. We also have news of Nvidia finally admitting that its purchase of Arm may not go as planned and reports of an IPO from GlobalFoundries. 

There’s plenty more, of course, as you’ll find the news article and video embed below. 

This week, we have news on AMD and Valve striking a partnership that hopefully leads to better CPU drivers for Linux, as both companies will be working together to optimize the playing experience on the Steam Deck. Also in AMD news is the company's updated Radeon Pro W6000X-Series of GPUs, which probably aren’t that exciting if you’re not a Mac Pro user.

Moving on, we also have updates on SK Hynix’s purchase of Intel’s NAND flash business, as well as developments regarding the Nvidia-Arm deal. There’s also some Windows 11 news as it relates to TPM 2.0 supported motherboards, a new Steam survey to go over, Sony’s PS5 becoming profitable, and more.

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Hardware news has been busy the last few days. AMD has updates on its Zen 4, 3D V-Cache, and RDNA3 timelines, alongside updates to financials. Beyond AMD's news, but somewhat adjacent, Sony's PlayStation 5 now formally supports add-on SSDs of a certain class. We'll also go over Intel's Alder Lake updates, critical for end of year and early 2022 as Intel lines-up to compete with AMD on DDR5 platforms.

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