NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TI Full Specs and Clock Restriction Detailed

NVIDIA is prepping their latest GeForce 10 series card, the Pascal based GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for launch later this month. There have been new reports about the card, including full specifications from Expreview and also some interesting details that reveal that the card would come with locked down clock frequencies.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Could Be As Fast As The GTX 1080 For a $100 US Less But Might Come With Locked Clock Frequencies

We first got to hear about the GeForce GTX 1070 TI about a month ago. At that time, we were quite skeptical if there was any more room to fill in the GeForce 10 series lineup by such a card. Based on latest findings, the card does exist as we have confirmed ourselves from three different board partners and it will indeed be launching later in October in custom flavors. But that’s the more fun part of this leak.

First of all, let’s talk specifications and as always, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses the GP104 GPU to power it all. While we have seen many variants of the GP104 GPU, the GTX 1070 Ti uses an entirely different variant. This new SKU, known as GP104-300 has just one SM disabled meaning it should be very close to the GTX 1080 in terms of specifications and performance. So the chip features the 7.2 billion transistors on a 314mm2 die, has 2432 cores scattered across the 19 (out of 20) enabled SM units. This also gives us a total of 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 Gbps to pump out 256 GB/s bandwidth. The clocks of this card are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost frequencies.

In terms of power, the card is stated to feature the same TDP as the GTX 1080 at 180W, requiring a single 8-pin power connector to boot. As for pricing, this SKU is said to go for just around $100 US cheaper than the $499 US GTX 1080 at $399 to $429 US.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics Core GP107 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP106 GP104 GP104 GP104 GP102 GP102 GP102
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Die Size 132mm2 132mm2 200mm2 314mm2 200mm2 314mm2 314mm2 314mm2 471mm2 471mm2 471mm2
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion
CUDA Cores 640 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2432 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1530 MHz 1583 MHz 1582
FP32 Compute 1.8 TFLOPs 2.1 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 8.1 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 11 TFLOPs 11.5 TFLOPs 12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 9 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 224 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 352 GB/s 480 GB/s 484 GB/s 547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus 128-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 352-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector None None Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 75W 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 250W 250W
Display Outputs 1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch Date October 2016 October 2016 September 2016 TBD 13th July 2016 10th June 2016 26th October 2017 27th May 2016 2nd August 2016 10th March 2017 6th April 2017
Launch Price $109 US $139 US $199 US $199 US $249 US $349 US ~$429 US $499 US $1200 US $699 US $1200 US

So The GTX 1070 Ti Sounds Great But What’s Up With The Locked Clocks?

The more interesting part of this leak is that there are two sources confirming that the card may be shipping with locked frequencies. First one is Expreview themselves and the second is Eteknix. You may ask how are locked clocks that big of a deal and why is NVIDIA doing so? First of all, as can be seen, the card has specifications almost on par with a GTX 1080 and clocks (reference) are also the same. This would mean that NVIDIA is giving away their GTX 1080 performance for a $100 US less which doesn’t make much sense.

However, there are some comprises made on the GTX 1070 Ti. The card has GDDR5 memory and not GDDR5X as the GTX 1080. The card will only be available in custom models so prices will vary from model to model. Thirdly, the card will stick with a series of locked clocks to ensure it performs close but not better than a GTX 1080 to make the GTX 1080 buyers have an incentive to choose that card over the 1070 Ti. Surprisingly, this sounds like a software level block which can be easily overcome by overclockers and we will have to wait till reviews hit the web to learn more about the clock restrictions.

It will be also interesting to see if the card boosts the same as a GTX 1080 or those clocks are affected too. It could also mean that NVIDIA is just letting AIBs make the coolers do most of the job rather than providing factory overclocked variants out of the box. As you know, GPU Boost 3.0 takes into account the power and thermals to let the card boost beyond its reference clocks. So the better the AIB designs, the better the boost clocks but just not out of box overclocked specs.

Nevertheless, the GTX 1070 Ti sounds like a great option for new GeForce buyers who want to get about the same level of performance that a GTX 1080 offers (-5% ~ -10%) for a $100 US cheaper. It launches later this month (26th October as rumored) so we will surely have more updates for you before then.



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Episode 540: Reset the Metroid Clock – Radio Free Nintendo

The game just came out and already the grousing about the next 2D Metroid is underway.

Last week’s unprofessionalism came with consequences. Jon Lindemann has been removed from Radio Free Nintendo. To give ourselves a chance to recenter, we decided to focus on an unusually long New Business segment. Greg takes lead-off with the first properly-authorized appearance of Samus in a year, with Metroid: Samus Returns. We’ll call his impressions fairly deep; as of recording he’d already cleared the game twice. For the momentous release of a 2D Metroid we give him all the space he needs – leading to a meaty 45 minutes of impressions. James has been trying to clear out his backlog, and finally got around to the trans-media property that is Final Fantasy XV. Watching the movie tie-in/trash fire Kingsglaive should have warned him what lay ahead. This may be the only game where the writers literally lost the plot. Guillaume was inspired by the announcement of Hamster’s impending ports of Nintendo’s arcade games to take a look at ACA NeoGeo Aero Fighters 2. A dolphin, a baby, and a robot walk into a bar and then liberate/destroy all the world’s cities. Guillaume closes out the show with a look at Super Bomberman R. He still finds the game a bit rough, despite a raft of post-launch patches, but concedes that matchmaking aside they fixed online.

Jon will be un-fired, and return next week, and so will Listener Mail. You can send your questions, comments, concerns, and Metroid 2D petitions to our inbox.

This episode was edited by James Jones. The “Men of Leisure” theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Perry’s SoundCloud. The Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See more of his work at his website.

This episode’s ending music is Title Theme from SteamWorld Dig. It was requested by Ben. All rights reserved by Image & Form International AB

Tesla Now On The Clock – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)

When a sports team has its turn to make a draft pick, we often hear the phrase “they are now on the clock.” It’s a very appropriate phrase for Tesla (TSLA), as the company officially starts the Model 3 delivery process this Friday. As Musk and Co. get ready to show off Tesla’s newest vehicle, the company enters the next stage of its development.

With just a few days left to the unveiling, there is still a lot left to be answered regarding the vehicle. We know the starting price is $35,000 before incentives, but what exactly does that get you? Musk has talked about the Model 3 having substantially less configurations, so that also means the number of options consumers will have is much less.

I’m still curious to see what battery pack options are given, as Tesla has said the 3 will have at least 215 miles of range and likely a pack size less than 60 kWh. If Tesla can’t get its 60 kWh battery pack to match the range of General Motors’ (GM) Chevy Bolt, I would expect that the base Model 3 will have a 55 kWh pack. That way, Tesla can say the Model 3 has a lower range because it has a smaller battery pack.

For those that think this will be a buy the rumor, sell the news event, it’s important to note that the scheduled start is 7PM Pacific on Friday. Thus, if there is any bad news out, markets won’t be open for trading, so the weekend can help digest things.

Additionally, for those that thought Musk’s production schedule tweet might cause a drop in reservations, don’t forget that this news came out after the Q2 period ended. Tesla’s customer deposits balance should get some help from the solar roof product deposits that started before the quarter ended, and a potential drop in Q3 could also be potentially mitigated by deposits being taken for the soon to be announced Tesla semi.

The Model 3 reveal also comes at a time when GM looks to make the Chevy Bolt available nationwide. While sales of the all-electric vehicle have not been tremendous so far, it seems as if recent reports of production cuts at the Bolt factory have been misinterpreted. According to a factory worker there, Chevy is cutting production of the Sonic, while also boosting production capabilities for the Bolt, which makes sense if the car is going to be available throughout the US. There still is no indication that the Bolt will be a Tesla Model 3 killer, but it could steal some sales from Tesla if the Model 3 production ramp moves slower than expected.

Tesla has also made a number of moves to differentiate the Model 3 from the Model S, in order to avoid too much cannibalization of its premium sedan. Earlier this year, the company eliminated the 60 kWh version of the S, and apparently is also about to get rid of the single rear-wheel drive motor version. That version goes for $69,500 currently, meaning that the Model S will start at $74,500 going forward, barring other changes, which would be more than double the base price of the Model 3.

Tesla still has a lot to prove in many other areas as well. For instance, the company’s highly touted solar roof product is nowhere to be found, despite installations that were supposed to start in June. Additionally, as I detailed a few weeks ago, Tesla is way behind in its plan to double its supercharger base this year.

In fact, the company has fallen even further behind since, now needing to add almost 175 stalls per week during the rest of 2017 to accomplish this feat, yet over the past 15 weeks, the average is just 51. Since those bullish on the company talk about the supercharger network as being a huge advantage over other EVs, you would think Tesla would make it a priority, but that doesn’t seem to be the case currently.

With Tesla on the clock now for the Model 3, and earnings scheduled for next week, we are entering a very interesting 10 days or so for the stock. This is further compounded by the fact that shares are currently sandwiched between their 50 and 200-day moving averages, meaning a breakout to either direction could be magnified technically if one of those levels is breached. There has been plenty of hype for the Model 3, so as Tesla enters the next stage of its history with tremendously high expectations, it is time to deliver.

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Action Launcher gets a huge update with new icon, more free features, animated clock icon, and more

Action Launcher 3 is getting a significant makeover, starting with the name. No more will it be known as Action Launcher 3—now it’s just Action Launcher. You’ll notice a lot of changes this time, some large and some small. Even free users will get a nice surprise when they grab the new update. And if you’re still salty about paying for the Action Launcher 3 upgrade, you have recourse now.

Here’s the changelog for Action Launcher’s June 2017 update.

  • NEW: Action Launcher 3 has been renamed to Action Launcher, and has a shiny
  • new icon to prove it!
  • NEW: Use an animating, Android O-style clock icon for the Google Clock app
  • (requires Lollipop or later). This animating clock is also available as a standalone
  • widget.
  • NEW: By default, all new installs of Action Launcher will use Pixel Launcher style All
  • Apps, folders and everything in between.
  • NEW: Many Pixel Launcher features that previously required Plus are now free for
  • all users. Furthermore, the app is now far less aggressive in prompting users to
  • upgrade to Plus.
  • NEW: Full integration of Pixel Launcher’s UI styling for displaying App Shortcuts
  • (previously known as Quickcuts). App Shortcuts display when long pressing an icon
  • from either the desktop or All Apps list.
  • NEW: App Shortcuts can be used in combination with Shutters and Covers.
  • NEW: App Shortcuts can be dragged and placed as shortcuts on a home screen.
  • NEW: Revamped appearance of the icon indicators for Covers, Shutters and App
  • Shortcuts..
  • NEW: Smartsize icon resizing is no longer a beta feature, and is enabled by default
  • for all Plus users.
  • NEW: Add animated caret indicator when opening/close Pixel style All Apps.
  • NEW: Custom system fonts are correctly applied to labels on the desktop.
  • NEW: The horizontal screen margin can be adjusted (via Desktop settings, phones
  • only).
  • IMPROVEMENT: Lots of polish to ensure the app’s look and feel mimics that of Pixel
  • Launcher. Notable areas of focus include the padding of All Apps drawer and folder
  • appearance.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Optimizations to memory, battery usage and scrolling performance.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Order the date and month displays on the date widget is correctly
  • localized.
  • IMPROVEMENT: The screen edge shadow no longer displays at the bottom of the
  • screen when using a tinted dock.
  • IMPROVEMENT: On first boot, the home screen animates smoothly on screen rather
  • than having shortcuts snap on.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Update translations.
  • BUG FIX: Remove stutter first time All Apps drawer is opened.
  • BUG FIX: Open folders display a shadow.
  • BUG FIX: Fix aliasing on the icons of the first 3-4 shortcuts in a folder.
  • BUG FIX: Improved support for tall devices like the S8 and G6.
  • BUG FIX: Notification panel shortcut works on Galaxy S8.
  • BUG FIX: Fix issue where removing the last shortcut from a Home screen page
  • would sometimes also fail to also remove the now empty Home screen.
  • BUG FIX: Fix issue where items could appear on the Quickbar multiple times.
  • BUG FIX: Improve detection of App Shortcuts on pre-Android 7.1 devices.
  • FIX: Misc. stability fixes.

Developer Chris Lacy reports he spotted an interesting tweak to the Pixel Launcher on Android O, and he’s ported it to Action Launcher. The Google Clock icon is actually animated—it’s got a second hand and everything. The app icon and logo have been revamped as well. So, that’s fun. As for more useful features, all the Pixel Launcher styling options are now included in the free version of Action Launcher. That’s also the default style when you install Action launcher now. Some of the upgrade nags have been removed as well.

The app shortcuts (previously known as Quickcuts in Action Launcher) are now in proper Google Pixel styling, and they work alongside Covers and Shutters. The icon indicators for these features are different in this version, too.

The new version of Action Launcher is live in the Play Store. If you bought Action Launcher 2 and upgraded to the paid version of AL3, Chris Lacy is doing you a solid. Anyone who is still irked about paying for the upgrade can contact him using the Gmail account that purchased both versions, and you’ll get a refund for your Action Launcher 2 purchase. In related news, the listing for Action Launcher 2 will be removed from the Play Store soon.

Action Launcher
Action Launcher

Get the New Clock & Camera Apps from Android O on Your Nexus or Pixel « Android :: Gadget Hacks

Get the New Clock & Camera Apps from Android O on Your Nexus or Pixel

Android O doesn’t have an official code name yet, but it’s certainly got plenty of cool new features. The OS won’t officially debut until Q3 2017, but we’ve gotten our hands on some of the updated stock apps thanks to the Android beta program.

Developer krisyarno went ahead and pulled the updated Clock and Camera apps from the latest preview build of Android O, and while not much has changed, you’ll be happy to know that you can install these apps as an update on your Nougat-powered Pixel or Nexus without being rooted. Even better, they’re just regular APKs, so installation couldn’t be any easier.

Don’t Miss: All of the Cool New Features & Changes in Android O

Requirements

Step 1: Install the New Clock & Camera

To try out the latest Clock and Camera apps from Android O, start by tapping each of the download links below. From there, open each APK from your notification tray or with any file browser, then just press “Install” when prompted.

Step 2: Enjoy the New Features

At this point, your stock Camera and Clock apps will have been updated to the latest versions from Android O. Like I said, not much has changed, but one difference is that the Clock app uses a dark gray background regardless of the time of day. Previously, the background was a light blue color in the morning, then got darker after sunset.

Android Nougat clock (left); Android O clock (right).

Functionally, the Camera app isn’t any different, so pictures you take will look exactly the same as they always have. But now, there’s a more obvious way to switch between photo and video modes.

Previously, you could swipe left or right on the viewfinder to switch between modes. That gesture is still present, but now, there’s an icon that you can tap to switch between photo and video modes. This icon appears on either side of the shutter button depending on which mode you’re in.

So nothing groundbreaking, but it’s nice to have the latest and greatest — especially without having to worry about the potential bugs that would come along with installing the full Android O preview build. How are you liking these new apps from Android O? Let us know in the comment section below.

Cover image and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

Everywhere From ozPDA: Fabulous iOS World Clock Done Right

Everywhere, iOS world clock.World Clocks, like the basic one found in iOS, do require some attention to time zone fundamentals. But they mostly fall short when it comes to the needs of the expert user or traveler. This iOS world clock from ozPDA, Everywhere, fixes all that.

I won’t say it’s simple enough to build a world clock. The amazing World Clock Deluxe for macOS reveals that countries are constantly fiddling with their daylight saving time rules. Gotchas constantly crop up, especially with regard to the U.S. Antarctic program. So, building a world clock with thousands of possible cities requires some care.

That said, there’s a lot more one can do with a world clock app, and Meteorology expert and iOS developer Graham Dawson has done exactly that. In addition to the customary time zone-ordered list of user selectable cities, his app Everywhere 3.0, provides more detailed city information, alarms, the current weather, the weather forecast, and holidays that are specific to that location.

For example, if you were going to visit London on May 1, it would be good to know that that’s a major holiday there, but not in the U.S.

A Closer Look

Let’s take a look at the primary page where I’ve defined my list of cities of interest.

Locations/cities in Everywhere.

My current list of cities of interest in time zone order.

Notice that each city has a chevron ( “>”) on the right side. That brings up a new page of five tabs.

  1. Summary
  2. Alarms
  3. Holidays
  4. Weather
  5. Forecast

This is where the app really stands out. Here’s the holiday list for London in 2017.

ozPDA Everywhere.

London, & England holidays.

Here’s what the forecast for Denver looks like, as of this writing.

ozPDA Everywhere app.

Denver, CO weather forecast

3D Touch

This app doesn’t invoke Augmented Reality like this developer’s Sun Seeker app, but it does make use of 3D Touch. The user can press and hold the app icon to get instant information on your default location. It’s also possible to 3D Touch any Location the app to bring up the Summary data.

Comparisons

A nifty feature, found on the apps main page tab at the bottom is called “Compare.” There, you’ll see a vertical tape for each city you’ve selected and shaded areas to indicate working hours and nighttime. depending on preferences, your location is held fixed and you can slide your set of locations left and right. A thin, horizontal bar shows the current time.

That’s to help you identify that it might be 0900 in Denver as you start your work day, but it’s midnight in Tokyo. Looking at the clocks and the shading, no one will likely be in the their offices in Tokyo until 1800 Denver time. It’s much easier to visualize time zone relationships this way.

ozPDA Everywhere.

City comparison. A great visualization of relative time across zones.

Settings

Of course, recognizing that this app might be used worldwide, the settings allow the user to define how the cities are organized (say, by time zone, longitude, manually) and whether English or Metric units should be used. And in the Metric units, there are various options for pressure. There are also multiple options for wind speed (including knots).

ozPDA Everywhere.

Settings for Locations and units. (If only the U.S. were more metric oriented.)

A Minor Issue

I noted that for the case of Denver, the location for the weather source was based on proximity instead of the official Denver weather site, which is at Denver International Airport. As developer Dawson says, “…it depends on exactly where you pick as being representative of the central point of Denver.” At my urging, the author is looking into this issue. It’s a small thing.

Final Words

This app has been written by a developer who has spent his whole life specializing in time and weather computations. (He has a Ph.D.). His credentials reveal themselves in the attention to accuracy, detail and the proper attribution of weather sources.

As soon as I discovered this app, I loved it. It’s earned a permanent place on “page 2” of my iOS devices. It’s fun and informative. And it takes the ho-hum world clock to the next level. Best of all, it’s reasonably priced at US$3.99. No ads. Agenda free. Pure technical reference. As it should be.

Company: Ajnaware Pty Ltd

List Price: US$3.99

Requirements: At least iOS 9.

Rating:

Outstanding Product. Get It Now!

Pros:

The ordinary world clock taken to the next level. Extensive cities list. Additional details on city location (Lat, Long.), DST start and end. Alarms. Holidays, current weather and weather forecast for each city. Control of how cities are ordered.  Comparison tab visualizes workday in multiple time zones. English or Metric units.

Hands-on: iOS-compatible LaMetric Time clock is like a status board for your desk [Video]

The LaMetric Time is a highly-customizable Wi-Fi-enabled clock that can be configured via its free iOS companion app. The app allows you to customize the clock face, and load apps for displaying personalized information — things like Twitter followers and realtime YouTube subscriber numbers, for example.

Although the LaMetric Time includes a clock, it’s more of a smart dashboard that can be fed information from a seemingly endless amount of Internet-connected sources. The device, which includes Bluetooth-enabled stereo speakers, makes for a good desktop companion that keeps you up to date with details on everything from Instagram followers to stock updates. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for more details.

The best wireless keyboard for the Mac?

What’s inside the box?

  • LaMetric Time
  • Power adapter with removable plug (two additional region-based plugs included)
  • micro USB cable

Specifications

The $179 LaMetric Time looks like a typical Bluetooth Speaker at first glance, but once you start using it, the differences are immediately obvious. For one, the front panel serves as a display that houses a block of 8×8 color LEDs and a separate 29×8 block of white LEDs.

The LEDs feature a layer of diffusion, which makes them appear less like typical round LED bulbs, and more like square 2D light sources. It’s a neat effect that lends the LaMetric Time its own unique look. It also helps provide the device with good viewing angles — it’s easy to see the display even at extremely wide angles.

Video Walkthrough

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On the top of the device rest three buttons — a Previous and Next button flank the Action button located the middle. The Previous and Next buttons allow users to scroll between different apps, while the Action button allows you to interact with those apps, e.g., starting or stopping the stopwatch app. In front of the Action button lies an ambient light sensor, which helps the LaMetric Time know when to dim and brighten its LED lights.

A pair of stereo speakers are located on each end of the device. The sound quality isn’t as good as what you’ll find on most standalone Bluetooth speakers, but this isn’t surprising. Keep in mind that the speakers aren’t just for music playback via Bluetooth; the device is capable of emitting various notification sounds based on the apps you have installed.

Below the left and right speakers are buttons for adjusting the speaker volume and powering the device on and off. Finally, the rear of the LaMetric Time features ports for the micro USB power cable, and a headphone output.

The overall build quality of the LaMetric Time is just okay, it’s definitely not built to withstand moisture, drops or rough handling, like some dedicated speakers are. There’s a soft touch material applied to majority of the body, with tacky rubber material on bottom to keep it from scooting around on your desk.

Setup

Setting up the LaMetric Time is a simple exercise that involves powering it up, downloading the app to your iPhone, and using the app to register and connect the device to your Wi-Fi network. Oddly enough, LaMetric’s app has not been updated for larger iPhones, which is a bit disappointing to see in 2017.

That said, setup is extremely straightforward and the app walks you through the entire process step by step. Once the device is configured, you can customize basic options like display brightness, screensaver, text size and animation, etc.

Apps

The real fun starts when you begin downloading some of the many apps available via the LaMetric Time app. You’ll find custom apps for weather, alarms, message boards, email, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

Receive real time YouTube Subscriber updates and alerts

The app center includes apps created by LaMetric and third-party developers. Anyone can register to be a LaMetric developer to create their own apps for the device.

After downloading the desired apps, you can reorder them inside the LaMetric Time app. You can also configure how the apps are displayed — you can have the display auto scroll from app to app, use the Previous and Next buttons to scroll between apps, or keep a single app locked in at all times.

LaMetric Smile

While the official LaMetric Time app can only be used to interact with the device while on the same Wi-Fi network, the recently-released LaMetric Smile app can be used anywhere. By logging in to your LaMetric account, you can send stickers to your device even while on a different network.

LaMetric Smile allows you to choose from a large list of pre-defined static and animated stickers, but users also have the opportunity to create their own content. Stickers appear in the 8×8 color area on the left side of the LaMetric Time, and any accompanying text is included to the right of the sticker in the larger 29×8 section. If you have the LaMetric Time placed in a visible area of the home, the stickers could prove to be a hit with family members.

Conclusion

Depending on how you plan on using it, the LaMetric Time could be a novelty device, or it could prove to be useful in a business environment as a sort of modern take on the status board. LaMetric also features support for Alexa, SmartThings, and IFTTT, which adds significantly more depth to the platform.

As someone who closely follows social metrics and YouTube subscriber numbers, the LaMetric Time is a handy device that provides me with glanceable status updates in a passive manner that doesn’t feel intrusive. It won’t be for everyone, but if that’s the sort of thing that sounds good to you, perhaps you should consider giving the LaMetric Time a shot.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Prototype Makes 3DMark Fire Strike Appearance With 1.2GHz Core Clock

AMD Radeon

There are many questions surrounding AMD’s next generation GPU architecture known as Vega, most of which have to do with performance. Those will be answered definitively soon enough. In the meantime, teases and leaks continue to give us glimpses of what to expect from Vega. The latest leak comes from what appears to be a prototype Radeon RX Vega card flexing its muscles in Futuremark’s 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark.

The device ID is listed as 687F:C1. That points to an early Vega 10 prototype, the same one AMD brought to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year and used in a demo showing Doom running at 4K at Ultra settings. The prototype card ripped over 60 frames per second in that demo, sometimes even hitting 70 fps. Not too shabby when you consider the resolution and high level of eye candy involved.

Radeon RX Vega Doom

We were on hand at CES and saw this for ourselves. Shown above is a screen capture of the video we took. That is not a cherry-picked screen capture, either—we did not witness any slowdowns or stuttering during the demo, which left us excited about Vega’s potential.

Well, fast forward to today and that prototype card seems to have revealed itself in a 3DMark Fire Strike run. According to 3DMark’s listing, this particular Radeon RX Vega card  sports 8GB of onboard memory (presumably second generation high bandwidth memory, otherwise known as HBM2) running at 700MHz with the GPU clocked at 1,200MHz.

3DMark Fire Strike Vega
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According to 3DMark’s listing, the Radeon RX Vega is plugged into an Asus Prime X370-Pro motherboard with a Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at stock clocks. That combination resulted in a Fire Strike score of 14,412, which 3DMark lists as being better than 84 percent of all results. The graphics score is 17,801. That is about 1,400 points higher than a Radeon R9 Fury X. it is also roughly equivalent to NVIDIA’s Maxwell-based GeForce Titan X, and a couple hundred points shy of a GeForce GTX 1070.

This is a promising start for Vega. Bear in mind that this appears to be the same early prototype that AMD’s been showcasing for months. Final silicon is bound to feature improvements, and perhaps a faster GPU clockspeed as well (1,200MHz is not all that exciting). Paired with more polished drivers with Vega releases, this particular SKU could be a real force in the graphics space—likely at least as good as the GTX 1070, and perhaps more in line with a GTX 1080, depending on what enhancements AMD is able to make.

It is always a good idea to temper expectations, though if you’re looking for reason to be optimistic, almost everything we’ve seen from Vega up to this point has been positive. One of the more recent leaks came from a Linux driver and broke down the specs. If that information is correct, Vega will feature 64 next generation compute units, each with 64 GCN stream processors. That gives it 4,096 next generation GCN stream processors divided into four divisions, each of which comprises a shader engine.

To break things down even further, each 1,024 stream processor shader engine wields two asynchronous compute units, a render back-end, and four texture blocks. Inside each of those texture blocks are 16 texture mapping units, giving the graphics card a total of 256 TMUs. It also supports eight hardware threads.

Straight to the point, Vega is looking like it will make AMD competitive again in the high-end graphics market.

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7th-Generation Intel Core Boosts Clock Speeds

Intel’s 7th-generation Intel Core processor line, code-named Kaby Lake, technically launched at IFA 2016. But it was a limited launch focused on mobile, dual-core processors. Most of the Intel product line remained on 6th-generation technology.

Until now. On January 3, Intel announced its full line of 7th-generation Intel Core processors, as well as a couple related Xeon mobile processors. Notably, the lineup includes everything from 4.5-watt to 91-watt processors, ranging from two to four cores, targeting systems from 2-in-1s to desktop workstations. There’s a little something for everyone.

You can read the full details of each line-up below, but here are the basics.

What’s new in the 7th generation?

Intel’s new product line looks a lot like its old one. The most notable change is one that already happened during the IFA 2016 launch – Intel has mostly abandoned “Core M” branding. Instead, its most efficient dual-core chips will be known as the “Y-Series.” They still have a thermal design power of 4.5 watts, which means they sip juice conservatively. And they still pair a very low base frequency with an extremely high Turbo Boost maximum.

Laptop buyers might also want to take note of the new Intel Core i5-7440HQ and Core i5-7300HQ. Intel first introduced Core i5 mobile chips in the last generation, but we suspect most users aren’t aware of them. Keep an eye out for these if you want a powerful, yet relatively affordable laptop.

Finally, the rumored overclockable Core i3 processor is confirmed to be true. The Intel Core i3-7350K is a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading. It has a base clock of 4.2 GHz, and lacks the Turbo Boost feature. Intel’s list price for it is $168 – expect it to be a few bucks more at retail.

The desktop processors, primarily found in the S-Series, debut alongside companion chipsets, though the physical chip size and pin count hasn’t changed (the standard is still LGA 1511). Older LGA1511 compatible motherboards will be able to handle the 7th-gen Intel Core chips if the motherboard manufacturer issues a BIOS update.

For the most part, the chipsets aren’t shockers. The main new feature is one that can’t be used yet — compatibility with Intel’s upcoming Optane memory, expected later this year. Optane, which will reportedly boost drive speed beyond even NVMe drives, is exciting — but not available yet.

Otherwise, the chipsets add a few more I/O lanes, so they can technically handle more ports or add-on cards. But this benefit won’t be of much consequence for home users.

Intel’s 7th-generation Intel Core lineup isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off. These chips are built on the same 14-nanometer processor as the 6th generation, with some improvements (Intel calls it “14-nanometer+”), and the architecture is similar. Don’t expect stunning improvements to performance. Still, some users were waiting to pounce on the latest upgrade, and it’s nice to see it arrive.

Intel Y-Series

The Y-Series is Intel’s super-low-power line. These chips have a thermal design power of 4.5 watts, the lowest of any Intel Core processor.

There are no surprises here, because this entire line was already launched at IFA 2016. The story is simple. Low base clock speeds, paired with high Turbo Boost speeds. In theory, this gives the chip a great deal of room to operate at whatever speed makes the most sense. The chip can conserve battery by running at a low clock speed, or hit Turbo and reach performance near that of a “standard” U-Series dual-core chip.

In past reviews, these chips have performed noticeably worse than Intel dual-core chips designed to draw more power. That’s physics – more juice in means more performance. With that said, the Y-Series is adequate for most everyday tasks, and most designs based on it are fanless.

Intel U-Series

Intel also debuted some of its 7th-generation U-Series processors at IFA 2016, and we’ve already tested the Core i5-7200U and Core i7-7500U in several laptops. While they don’t blow away the previous generation, they do provide a respectable bump of 10 to 20 percent, depending on the chip and the workload.

At CES 2017, Intel has augmented the U-Series with a few new 15-watt processors that have Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640. These were not previously available. These chips should have similar processor performance to those that arrived at IFA 2016, but will have better graphics performance.

Then there’s the 28-watt U-Series chips. These are the most powerful mobile dual-core processors in the 7th-generation line. In addition to slightly higher clock speeds than 15-watt counterparts, these chips have Intel Iris Plus 650 Graphics, the most powerful mobile graphics available in Intel hardware.

Note, though, that Intel hasn’t significantly revised its integrated graphics component for the new generation.

Intel H-Series

While Intel led the 7th generation with mobile at IFA 2016, it didn’t debut any quad-core chips. All high-end gaming and workstation laptops had to make do with the 6th generation — until now.

The Xeon processors might cause a few eyebrows to raise, though Intel started to introduce Xeon mobile hardware with the last generation. These processors are extremely quick. The E3-1535M v6, the quickest of the pair, is rated for higher clock speeds than the fastest Core i7 mobile quad. However, don’t expect to see these Xeon chips outside of mobile workstations. They’re really meant for the professional market, and priced accordingly.

Elsewhere, the lineup is basically a copy of the previous generation. The available SKUs, and each processor’s performance relative to its peers, hasn’t changed much.

Skeptical buyers might be concerned that it appears some SKUs have lower “maximum quad core Turbo” speeds than the maximum Turbo Boost speed listed on chips from the previous generation. This is because of Intel’s “Turbo Boost 2.0,” which allows more precise variations in performance, and now quotes maximum performance on a single-core, dual-core, and quad-core basis.

In practice, the new chips should average speeds higher than before, though we must take Intel’s word for it. We’ve not reviewed an Intel Core 7th-gen mobile quad yet.

Intel S-Series

Last, but not least, is the S-Series, which makes up the entirety of Intel’s desktop line. These cover the range from Intel’s Core i7-7700K, the company’s best quad-core, to the affordable Intel Core i3-7100.

Again, the SKUs here are what we expected, for the most part. The addition of the Core i3-7350K, which is unlocked for overclocking, is nice to see. But its list price is rather high, so we’re not sure how much value it will provide for all but the most extreme tinkerers.

New chipsets

A new processor line usually means the introduction of new chipsets, and there’s no exception here. However, Intel’s new line is very similar to what was previously available.

It starts with the B250, a chipset that is aimed at enterprise systems. It has 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes for graphics, along with 12 additional PCI Express Lanes 3.0 for other uses. Storage support includes SATA ports. It can handle USB with 12 USB 3.0 ports.

That’s followed by the H270, an entry-level chipset for general purpose systems. It has 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes for graphics, but upgrades to 20 additional PCI Express 3.0 lanes for other purposes. Six SATA ports are supported. USB options include up to eight USB 3.0 ports and 14 USB 2.0 ports.

Next up is the Q250/270, which is another business-oriented platform. It has up to 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes for graphics, but can split those into other configurations, such as 2 x 8 lanes, or 1 x 8 with 2 x 4. That’s supported by 24 PCI Express 3.0 ports for additional connectivity. Six SATA ports are available. USB support includes up to 10 USB 3.0 and up to 14 USB 2.0.

Last, but far from least, is Intel Z270. This chipset is the flagship. Its specifications are virtually identical to the Q250/270, however, there are some feature differences. The main thing to note is that Q250/270 includes support for Active Management Technology, which helps IT departments control large numbers of client PCs. The Z270, meanwhile, focuses on overclocking. You’ll need it if you want to crank an unlocked Intel processor to its limit.

For the most part, home PC builders are only going to worry about H270 and Z270. The former is a good choice for a budget motherboard if you’re building a general purpose PC, or even a budget gaming rig. The Z270, on the other hand, will be the chipset of choice for enthusiasts.

These chipsets also provide support for Intel Optane Memory, the company’s upcoming solution for ultrafast storage. That’s not out yet, but it may become a dealmaker once it arrives later this year.