HW News – PlayStation 5 Thermals, Windows 11 Roll-Out, AMD 5995WX CPU Leak, Dead 3090s | Avid gamersNexus


01:15 | PC HW Factory Documentary & GN Autographed Mouse Mats

Some dialogue about our manufacturing unit tour sequence and plans for a PC {hardware} manufacturing documentary (alongside notes of a restricted time GN retailer autograph promotion). We’ll depart that to the video.

07:03 | Quick Note on PlayStation 5 Thermals

Just some fast commentary on this – we’ll depart it to the video as nicely.

11:16 | EVGA Offers Details On How Amazon’s New World Bricked RTX 3090 Cards

Amazon’s New World MMO made some severe waves when the closed beta rolled out again in July, as the sport shortly claimed the lifetime of a number of costly RTX 3090 graphics playing cards. At the time, nearly all of the bricked playing cards gave the impression to be concentrated to EVGA’s RTX 3090 lineup, although there have been reviews of different fashions from completely different distributors struggling an analogous destiny.

In a report from PCWorld, EVGA has shed a bit of sunshine on the problem. Speaking with PCWorld’s Gordon Mah Ung, EVGA says it obtained “about two dozen” bricked RTX 3090 playing cards. EVGA notes that the entire affected playing cards have been manufactured in 2020, and after an X-ray evaluation, EVGA attributes the failure to faulty soldering across the card’s MOSFETs. 

EVGA stated all of its affected playing cards have been restricted to RTX 3090 fashions, and the corporate expedited substitute playing cards out to impacted clients as a substitute of ready for the RMA’d playing cards to reach. And whereas EVGA didn’t supply any particulars on what number of RTX 3090 playing cards it has bought to this point, the corporate notes that these failed playing cards characterize lower than 1%. 

Additionally, EVGA and Nvidia have been working with Amazon Games to attempt to replicate the problem that managed to trigger the playing cards to fail, and whereas EVGA has but to internally reproduce the problem, it’s working to develop a technique for screening for that specific energy profile created by the sport. 

Lastly, EVGA threw chilly water on the theories that its fan controller was partially responsible for the failed playing cards, telling PCWorld “In no way shape or form, is it related to the fan controller.”     

Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3632091/evga-explains-how-amazons-mmo-bricked-24-geforce-rtx-3090s.html

17:39 | Intel Preps XTU For Alder Lake With Version

As we inch nearer to Intel’s looming Alder Lake-S launch, Intel is making ready its XTU monitoring and tuning utility for the brand new silicon. Intel’s Alder Lake-S will present a big change-up to Intel’s platform complexion, with a hybrid core topology and DDR5 help, simply to call a few key highlights. 

With model, the discharge notes spotlight the next: 

  • Enhanced future platform help
  • Added help for hybrid Performance and Efficient core structure
  • Added help for Intel Speed Optimizer
  • Added actual time reminiscence timings help
  • DDR5 help
  • Added per-core OC TVB help
  • Added package deal OC TVB help
  • Added VF Curve help
  • Removed BCLK UI management
  • Added HWBot integration for Benchmark 2.0
  • Removed HWBot integration for Benchmark 1.0
  • Fix for voltage-related reboot difficulty

We assume that XTU will now be capable to precisely monitor each of Alder Lake’s efficiency and effectivity cores, and Intel can also be extending its one-click overclock characteristic, Speed Optimizer, to Alder Lake. XTU will now additionally be capable to tune reminiscence timings, and can after all help DDR5. XTU can even help Intel’s newer Turbo Velocity Boost, and it appears there shall be two choices for tuning TVB: On a per-core foundation, or on a package-basis, possible which means the entire cores. 

Release notes: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/download/17881/29183/intel-extreme-tuning-utility-intel-xtu.html

20:16 | Windows 11 Rollout Begins October fifth, Unsupported PCs Can Still Upgrade, Kind of

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 will start rolling out October 5, 2021. Microsoft notes that Windows 11 shall be accessible pre-installed on new {hardware}, or as a free improve for eligible PCs. There’s been no scarcity of controversy and criticism over what Microsoft has outlined as eligible right here, however the firm appears ready to die on that hill, because it hasn’t backed off an excessive amount of from the Windows 11 necessities.

As with most issues Windows and Microsoft, the rollout shall be a bit sophisticated. Microsoft states that the Windows 11 rollout shall be a “phased and measured” method, with new units receiving the improve first. Afterwards, the replace shall be delivered to current in-market units “based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience.” Microsoft additionally confirmed that Windows 11 is not going to embrace Android app help at launch, saying “We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.”

Microsoft expects that every one eligible units shall be supplied the Windows 11 improve by mid-2022. As ever, do you have to be so fortunate, Windows Update shall be hounding you concerning the Windows 11 improve. Microsoft additionally took the chance to boldly plug buying a brand new PC, stating “there’s never been a better time to purchase a new PC.” Never a greater time, you understand, than a world pandemic and unprecedented silicon scarcity. Got it.

Additionally, Microsoft introduced a slight hack for putting in Windows 11 on an unsupported machine. Microsoft clarified that it gained’t block customers from putting in Windows 11 manually through an ISO picture. However, the large caveat is that these machines shall be severed from Windows Update and won’t obtain Windows updates and patches.      

Source: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/08/31/windows-11-available-on-october-5/

23:38 | Fractal Torrent Fan Hub Update

We reported on the recall of Nexus 9P Slim fan hubs present in Fractal Torrent circumstances per week in the past. We’ve been in common contact since, and we are able to verify our earlier deductions: the 12V aircraft can short into the case physique if the protecting PCB coating is broken throughout set up, making this each a design flaw and an meeting error (as initially reported). Fractal’s group knowledgeable us that as of August thirty first, that they had detected issues with 8 out of 479 items pulled for inner testing (1.7%)–definitely sufficient to benefit a recall. We’ll talk about technical particulars as soon as we’ve entry to the redesigned fan hub. Like the NZXT H1, the design flaw impacts all units–just as a result of the hub hasn’t short circuited but does not imply it will not years down the road when somebody tightens a screw. Please apply for a free fan hub substitute equipment when you personal a Torrent.

Source: GN

29:14 | New Malware Proof-of-Concept Allows For Malicious Code To Hide In GPU VRAM

There is a brand new malware proof-of-concept out there that can enable for malicious code to cover throughout the VRAM buffer of a GPU, and might reportedly be executed from a GPU’s VRAM as nicely. Of course, NVIDIA and AMD have already constructed protections into their lower-end playing cards by together with about 30% decrease capability than they need to. It all works out.

As Bleeping Computer notes in its report, this technically isn’t the primary time the world has seen such a feat — safety researchers printed a Windows GPU rootkit PoC that demonstrated how executable code might be saved and run from inside a GPU. However, that is the primary we’re seeing of criminals having an analogous method. 

In a preferred hacking discussion board, there was a submit providing to promote a PoC for a method that evades safety protections, like antivirus scanners, by obscuring the malicious code in a GPU’s VRAM. Typically, antivirus software program scans areas reminiscent of system storage and DRAM, however they wouldn’t be sweeping a graphics card’s VRAM.

The submit didn’t point out many particulars, however did declare to have verified the method on a handful of GPUs from Intel (IGPs), AMD, and Nvidia. The technique additionally solely works on Windows methods, and requires OpenCL 2.0 or greater. The date of this submit was August eighth, and it appears that evidently as of August twenty fifth, the PoC has been bought for an undisclosed sum. 

In response to this information, safety researchers at VX-Underground menace repository stated that they would work to demonstrate this technique in the near future

Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/cybercriminal-sells-tool-to-hide-malware-in-amd-nvidia-gpus/

31:04 | Threadripper PRO 5995WX Leak

Another week, one other take a look at lab that forgot to uncheck the “upload results” field. This time it is a Threadripper 5995WX PRO system that was leaked through PugetBench for Metashape. This is not even the primary time that 5995WX outcomes have leaked, with the CPU showing in [email protected]’s database alongside the 5945WX per week in the past. The 5995WX is the highest of the road for the upcoming Zen 3 Threadripper “Chagall” CPUs with 64 cores and 128 threads.

The system in query was outfitted with an RTX 3080. Metashape helps GPU acceleration and Puget itself has knowledge for GPU efficiency scaling on this very benchmark, so this is not the perfect alternative or the perfect benchmark for comparative CPU evaluation. Some extraordinarily tough ballpark comparisons might be made to the Puget outcomes we simply talked about the place a 10900K was paired with an RTX 3080, however we’ll depart you to try this math your self. The 128-thread CPU scored greater.




32:34 | AMD CPU Vulnerability Flaw

Two researchers from TU Dresden have printed a whitepaper detailing an AMD Zen+ and Zen 2 flaw they reported to AMD a yr in the past, following normal disclosure procedures. AMD has formally acknowledged the invention with a severity ranking of “medium” and a suggestion to software program distributors to research their code and patch any vulnerabilities. 

One of the researchers, Said Musaev, has expressed remorse over how the flaw has been described by media, saying “it is a hardware flaw, which leads to side channels” and “‘THIS IS NOT A VULNERABILITY’, just a flaw in hardware.” What he means by that is that the AMD processors have a flaw that permits unintended conduct to be pressured, and this might change into a vulnerability or strengthen current exploits, however the whitepaper would not go as far as to explain a workable vulnerability. This is in distinction to the disastrous Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities reported in 2018, for which proof-of-concept exploits have been developed with particular dangerous penalties. 

AMD has launched a information for mitigating software program vulnerabilities associated to the flaw.





Writers: Eric Hamilton, Patrick Lathan, Steve Burke
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman