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 Monday, 5-April-2021  23:36:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Got to be careful catching up on news, to make sure no April Fools stories have stuck into the newsbox..

Anyway, first up is this story that China's first domestically produced 7nm GPGPU is nearing mass production. Tianshu Zhixin claimed that BI offers "nearly twice the performance of mainstream manufacturers' products" at a lower power consumption while also offering a more attractive price-to-performance ratio. (Pricing details weren't revealed, however.) The company said that its "progress of product development and commercial application is 1-2 years ahead of domestic counterparts." That's an important lead to claim as China pushes companies to reduce their reliance on foreign products. Still mostly vapourware but interesting nontheless.

Meanwhile LG have announced they will be exiting the mobile phone business. LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today. LGs strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

AMD have warned of a potential Spectre-style attack in Zen 3 CPUs. The attack is similar in scope to Spectre and involves a feature introduced with Zen 3 called Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF). PSF, in effect, guesses the result of a load and uses speculative execution with subsequent commands. "In typical code, PSF provides a performance benefit by speculating on the load result and allowing later instructions to begin execution sooner than they otherwise would be able to," AMD explains. "Most of the time, the PSF prediction is accurate. However, there are cases where the prediction may not be accurate and cause incorrect CPU speculation."

Tweaktown have a RTX 3060 Roundup. The new GeForce RTX 3060 is the new mid-range member of the Ampere family, offering up GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER levels of performance -- and if available in better numbers (or at all) -- on the cheap. The MSRP for the GeForce RTX 3060 is meant to start at $329 but unfortunately GPU prices are out of control right now. In a perfect world you'd be able to buy the GeForce RTX 3060 so let's pretend we're there right now -- and you can buy the GeForce RTX 3060. This article will help you at least cover 4 of the custom variants of the RTX 3060 that I've had through my doors.

TechPowerUp checked out the PCI-Express Resizable BAR setting on NVIDIA cards. PCI-Express Resizable BAR, pioneered by AMD, seems to be a magic bullet for unlocking additional double digit FPS gains. NVIDIA finally released their implementation for GeForce Ampere cards. In our PCIe BAR review we test the feature on RTX 3090, 3080, 3070 and 3060 Ti, in 22 games, at Full HD, 1440p and 4K.

Gibbon noticed that our friend Captains Workspace has checked out the RTX 4090 and 4090 Ti - it seems around this time every year that he gets the latest unreleased goodies. :) The video is amazing as always.

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