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ASUS announces the start of sales of the ProArt LC 420 liquid cooling system.

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The ProArt LC 420 liquid cooling system is designed for creators seeking high performance, low noise levels, and exquisite style. The LCS is equipped with a powerful three-phase pump and Noctua IndustrialPPC fans, and the illuminated counter on the pump cover provides current system statistics in the brand's minimalist ProArt style for quick real-time information review.

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Being one of the few 420-mm liquid cooling systems on the market, ProArt LC 420 can provide the most powerful cooling. Thanks to three radiator fans Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 140 mm, the airflow is formed and distributed almost silently.

The synergy of high performance and low noise level extends to many other elements of ProArt LC 420. The premium-class three-phase pump ensures smooth and uniform heat transfer to the radiator, and the radiator itself is thicker than usual, creating an additional reserve of cooling liquid so that the fans and motor do not have to work excessively.

The 420-mm LCS is designed for placement in cases of different sizes, so ProArt LC 420 also has a 450-mm reinforced tube with sleeves, which provides durability and the necessary flexibility for various setups.

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Style Instead of RGB lighting, which could distract the visual content creator from work, ProArt LC 420 contains only a minimalist counter with lighting on the pump cover, divided into segments representing different fan speeds, temperature indicators, or system loads. With this illuminated counter, the user can quickly check the cooling efficiency of their system. These settings can also be found in Armory Crate.

The new ProArt LC 420 is now available for purchase in official partner stores.

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GPU Market Update: Laptops Lead the Charge as Desktops Hold Steady

The latest quarter of 2023 saw a significant rise in the computer graphics market, according to Jon Peddie Research. Shipments of GPUs, the hardware that powers everything from video games to professional design, increased by 6% reaching 76.2 million units. This growth was primarily driven by laptops, which continue to be in high demand, while desktop computer graphics remained stable.

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Over the year, the total number of shipped GPUs grew by an impressive 24%, marking the most substantial increase in the past 25 years. With a steady annual growth rate of 3.6%, it is expected that by the end of 2026, there will be 5 billion GPUs in use worldwide, with 30% being discrete or standalone graphics cards.

In the specifics, laptop GPUs experienced a surge of 32% in shipments, contrasting with a slight 1% decline in desktop graphics cards. Market shares shifted slightly with Intel gaining a 2.8% increase, while AMD and NVIDIA saw small declines of 1.4% and 1.36%, respectively.

Overall, the GPU industry saw a 5.9% growth in shipments. Intel led the way with a significant 10.5% increase, while AMD and NVIDIA experienced decreases of 2.9% and 1.5%, respectively. Detailed figures for discrete graphics cards will be provided in the upcoming reports.

Additionally, the report highlighted that laptops continue to dominate the market with 69% of CPU shipments, compared to 31% for desktops. The combined market for PC GPUs and CPUs grew by 5.9%, a notable improvement over the ten-year average decline of 0.6%.

The report also noted a slight decrease in the overall GPU attachment rate (the rate at which GPUs are included in systems) by 3.3% from the last quarter. However, the market for desktop graphic cards (AIBs) saw an increase of 6.8% from the previous quarter, indicating continued interest in gaming and professional graphics workstations.

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Cryptocurrency Market Gains Momentum: Bitcoin Exceeds $57,000, ETFs Set Records

The cryptocurrency sector is witnessing significant growth: amid increasing interest in spot Bitcoin ETFs in the USA and rising investments in crypto assets, the premier cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has surpassed the $57,000 mark. Over the past 24 hours, the cryptocurrency market has shown solid growth, increasing by 8.50% and reaching a total capitalization of more than $2.15 trillion.

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Ethereum is also showing positive momentum, rising by 6.30% for the day and reaching the $3,250 mark. Besides the main assets, significant growth was also demonstrated by other cryptocurrencies, including the cloud platform Theta and the meme-token Pepe, whose prices have risen by more than 50% over the last 24 hours.

The ETF market is undergoing important changes: according to ETF expert Eric Balchunas, the trading volume of American spot Bitcoin ETFs has reached a record $2.4 billion, doubling previous figures. Notably, the iShares Bitcoin Trust stands out, exhibiting the fastest growth among such funds.

The corporate sector is also engaging with the crypto market: MicroStrategy continues to expand its portfolio, this time acquiring 3,000 bitcoins. These actions reflect confidence in the long-term potential of cryptocurrencies.

The observed growth confirms the optimistic forecasts of analysts, particularly Peter Brandt of Factor LLC, who adjusts his forecast for Bitcoin from $120,000 to $200,000 by 2025, highlighting the high potential of the market in the coming years.

Overall, the current trends and achieved results indicate increasing interest from both individual and institutional investors in cryptocurrencies, which could serve as a powerful driver for further market growth.

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Questions Arise for Sony: PlayStation 5 Pro and AI Upscaling without AMD Collaboration?

Amid recent rumors, the video game industry faces new challenges and inquiries, particularly regarding the evolution of console technologies. At the forefront of the debate is the anticipated release of Sony's PlayStation 5 Pro, which is rumored to include an advanced AI image upscaling feature. However, according to insider information from Kepler, a well-known AMD analyst, Sony's approach to implementing this feature raises questions.

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Kepler emphasizes that contrary to expectations, Sony does not plan to utilize neural computing blocks in the Viola APU, the core of PlayStation 5. Instead, the company has turned to gfx11/12 WMMA intrinsics implemented on the graphical accelerator, not the central processing unit. This choice brings into question the effectiveness and innovation of the promised AI upscaling feature, as specialized neural blocks are considered key to such technologies.

Furthermore, Kepler expresses skepticism regarding Sony's decision to develop independently of AMD, given that collaboration could have enhanced and expedited the process of developing and implementing AI upscaling. This decision seems odd, considering the long-standing partnership between the two companies in developing gaming consoles.

Nonetheless, the primary goal of the PlayStation 5 Pro, according to rumors, is to provide players with the ability to enjoy games at 4K quality at 120 frames per second. Image enhancement through AI is a key part of this strategy, making Sony's technological choice even more significant.

In conclusion, as the public awaits official announcements and details from Sony, questions arise about how these decisions will affect the final product and its market reception. Will the PlayStation 5 Pro truly deliver the promised image quality and gaming experience, or will these technological compromises prove too significant? Answers to these questions will become clear only with the console's release, expected later this year.

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Price Drop to Historic Low for AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D Processor

A reduction in the price of AMD's flagship gaming CPU for the AM5 platform, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, has been recorded again, reaching a historic low of $349. This price cut marks a return to the pricing last seen in October and briefly in December of the previous year.

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Equipped with eight Zen4 cores and enhanced 3D V-Cache, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D offers an improved L3 cache compared to non-X3D counterparts, significantly boosting its gaming performance. The larger cache also allows for the use of more affordably priced, lower frequency DDR5 memory, reducing the overall system assembly cost.

The current offer from Newegg includes a $20 discount with the application of a special coupon, setting the price at $349. This promotion has just started and has not yet been widely adopted by other retailers. It is important to note that there are currently no game bundles included with Ryzen processors.

While the prices for other Ryzen 7 7000X3D models remain unchanged, it is worth mentioning the recent price reduction of the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X3D to a new low of $409, as reported last week. This model continues to be available at the reduced price.

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AMD Announces Price Reduction for Radeon RX 7700 XT and Upcoming Launch of Radeon RX 7900 GRE

AMD has announced a price reduction for its Radeon RX 7700 XT graphics card and the impending launch of the new Radeon RX 7900 GRE model. The news has sparked lively discussions among GPU enthusiasts and has been extensively covered by specialized media.

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The initial high pricing of the Radeon RX 7700 XT, compared to the more powerful RX 7800 XT model, led to decreased consumer interest. Now, the card's price has been reduced by $30, from $449 to $419, making the offer more attractive to buyers.

This price cut follows observations that the higher-tier model was selling ten times better due to superior specifications and a small price difference. Following the price adjustment of the Radeon RX 7700 XT, sales figures are expected to improve.

In addition to the price change, AMD is preparing for the release of the Radeon RX 7900 GRE, adding new capabilities to the arsenal of gaming PC GPUs. The new card's presentation is scheduled soon, with many reviews already underway by leading tech publications.

Buyers and industry experts eagerly anticipate further developments in AMD's graphics solutions, especially given the company's commitment to innovation and enhancing user experience.

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NVIDIA Updates RTX ADA Laptop GPU Lineup with New Professional Cards

At MWC 2024, NVIDIA announced the expansion of its RTX ADA series with two new professional laptop graphics cards. The latest additions, based on the AD107 GPU, feature up to 2560 CUDA cores. The RTX A1000 ADA aligns with the core count of the RTX A2000 at 2560 cores, while the RTX 500 ADA is configured with 2048 cores.

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This expansion brings the total RTX ADA laptop GPUs for workstations to seven SKUs, including options based on AD103, AD104, AD106, and the newly introduced AD107. Various memory configurations are available, ranging from 4GB to 16GB to meet different user needs and preferences.

The RTX 1000 ADA has been updated to include 6GB VRAM via a 96-bit bus, representing a shift from the previous generation's Ampere in terms of memory bus width while increasing memory capacity. Initially, both Ampere models, the RTX 1000 and 500, came with 2048 cores and 4GB configurations, but NVIDIA later introduced a 6GB version of the RTX 1000. The RTX 1000 ADA acts as a refresh of this Ampere model with a new architecture while maintaining nearly identical configurations.

Furthermore, NVIDIA is increasing the Total Graphics Power (TGP) for individual SKUs, with the RTX 500 series moving from 20-60W to 35-60W, and the RTX 1000 series from 35-95W to 35-140W. Notably, only the RTX 1000 supports Dynamic Boost, which offers an additional 15W, already included in the specified power ranges.

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Microsoft to Unveil DirectSR "Super Resolution" Tech at GDC 2024 in Collaboration with AMD & NVIDIA

Scheduled for March 18-22, GDC 2024 will feature a significant announcement from Microsoft in partnership with AMD and NVIDIA: the unveiling of the new DirectSR ("Direct Super Resolution") technology. This marks the first official mention of DirectSR, Microsoft's fresh approach to image resolution enhancement, akin to AMD's FSR but tailored for Windows compatibility.

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DirectSR aims to streamline super resolution support across Windows devices, simplifying the integration of the technology into games for developers. Microsoft plans to showcase demonstrations, the latest updates, and best practices for game development alongside key partners AMD and NVIDIA, discussing new methods to fully leverage GPU capabilities and workload parallelization.

The revelation of DirectSR was disclosed in the GDC 2024 schedule, where Microsoft's session description indicates an in-depth view of the technology's features and the collaborative efforts with partners to establish a "universal" method of integrating upscaling technology into games. The tech is expected to provide unified resources for developers, although more details are yet to be revealed.

Microsoft's GDC presentation is scheduled for March 21, with the gaming and tech community eagerly awaiting further details on DirectSR and its impact on the future of Windows gaming, as well as the potential unification of super resolution approaches by leading GPU manufacturers.

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Latest news from the gaming world: from Borderlands to new products from Intel and AMD in "Iron News" from Artline

In the latest edition of Artline's Iron News, the world of video games reveals its new mysteries and rich vistas, giving gamers and technology enthusiasts a new dose of exciting news. This episode takes us through the dynamic landscape of the gaming industry, from the adrenaline-pumping adventures of the new "Only Old Men in Borderlands" video from Borderlands fans, to the latest developments in the world of hardware with new Zen 6 chips and the release of processors from Intel.

It's a release where each story weaves into the next, offering a deep dive into Microsoft exclusives on PS5, innovations from AMD like Medusa and Ryzen 8040 (Hawk Point), and the latest from Lian Li and Intel, including Lunar Lake and Core i9- 14900KS. But that's not all, as Iron News also takes us into the world of Elden Ring with their first expansion, Shadow of the Erdtree, promising new adventures and challenges for fans.

But every story has its dark side. The release also addresses issues such as lag and errors that users are experiencing, including GPT issues and Windows crashes causing PC crashes. All this makes this edition of Iron News not only a source of breaking news, but also a platform for understanding the underlying issues affecting the community of gamers and tech aficionados.

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NVIDIA Releases Game Ready Driver 551.61 WHQL with DLSS 3 Support and Fixes

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NVIDIA has officially released its latest Game Ready Driver, version 551.61 WHQL, on February 22, 2024. This update brings optimized support for the newest games, including titles that utilize DLSS 3 technology, with a particular focus on enhancing the gaming experience for Nightingale.

The driver is compatible with Windows 10 64-bit and Windows 11 systems and is available in English (US) with a file size of 634.43 MB.

Release Highlights:

  • The driver is specially optimized for providing the best gaming experience for games supporting DLSS 3 technology, including the much-anticipated Nightingale.
  • It introduces the beta release of the NVIDIA App, aiming to unify the functionalities of GeForce Experience and the NVIDIA Control Panel for a more integrated user experience.

Fixed Gaming Bugs:

  • Resolved stability issues in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege when using the Vulkan API.

Fixed General Bugs:

  • Addressed the issue where tone mapping was not working correctly with custom HDR brightness values in Windows for RTX Video HDR.
  • Fixed poor black level quality during SDR video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers with the Windows HDR setting enabled.
  • Corrected an issue where NVIDIA Freestyle filter settings were not retained after exiting a game.
  • Solved initialization problems in Adobe Substance 3D Stager and launching issues with the Vulkan version of Substance Painter.
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