Computers and studio gear Sat, 18 Nov 17 23:32:21 -0700 Computers and studio gear en-CA Intel Coffee Lake i8xxx CPUs, official topic Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:29:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16068@/talks/discussions image

Both desktop and notebook performance lines will have 6 cores.

Yet, display and decoders support will be as Kaby Lake.


Also no progress with HDMI 2.0 support, again motherboard must have build in DP 1.2 to HDMI.

Check more at

Capitalism: Planning and DRAM Mon, 29 May 2017 08:04:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17041@/talks/discussions image


Capitalism is very efficient, somewhere. DRAM prices (same as NAND) is kind of mad, due to production/consumption issues and cartel agreements that followed.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - MacBook Pro competition Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:40:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17719@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6″ FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 4 core i8 CPU up to 4.0GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 8-16GB dual channel 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • one free SATA SSD slot for SSD or HDD
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • 60 Wh battery
  • Connectors - HDMI, 2 х USB 3.0, 2 х USB Type-C, 3,5-mm headphones out
  • 360,7 х 243,6 х 15,9mm
  • 1,95 kg
  • Prices
    • i7 + 16GB + 256GB: CNY 6999 ($1073)
    • i7 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6399 ($981)
    • i5 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 5599 ($858)

Ryzen Mobile CPUs Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:53:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18064@/talks/discussions image

  • Ryzen Mobile 7 2700U 4 cores, 8 threads, 2,2GGhz base, 3.8Ghz boost, 10 GPU blocks of Vega class with 1,3Ghz frequency, double channel DDR4-2400 controller.
  • Ryzen Mobile 7 2500U 4 cores, 8 threads, 2GGhz base, 3.6Ghz boost, 8 GPU blocks of Vega class with 1,1Ghz frequency, double channel DDR4-2400 controller.

As usual it is actually one chip, but all lower models are made by disabling parts.



Blackmagic DeckLink 8K Pro Card Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:26:13 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18254@/talks/discussions image

Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance capture and playback card featuring quad link 12G‑SDI to allow real time high resolution 8K workflows. This new DeckLink 8K Pro breaks new ground in high quality as it supports all film and video formats from SD all the way up to 8K DCI, 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4, plus it also handles advanced color spaces such as Rec. 2020 for deeper color and higher dynamic range. DeckLink 8K also handles a massive 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, high frame rates and more.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available in early January for US$645 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new low price of US$895 for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be demonstrated at InterBEE in Japan on the Blackmagic Design booth 8211.

DeckLink 8K Pro is the ultimate digital cinema capture and playback card. Featuring four quad link multi rate 12G‑SDI connections, DeckLink 8K Pro can work in all SD, HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K and 8K DCI formats and is compatible with all existing professional SDI equipment. The 12G‑SDI connections are also bi-directional so they can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources.

When it comes to quality, DeckLink 8K Pro is better than any other solution because it lets customers work with both more pixels than ever before and better pixels than ever before. The 8K images have 16 times more pixels than a regular 1080 HD image, which lets you reframe or scale shots with incredible fidelity and precision. DeckLink 8K Pro also works in 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4 as well as Rec. 2020, which is a massive color space designed for high dynamic range Ultra HD and digital cinema work in 4K and 8K.

The combination of higher resolution, a vastly larger color space and incredible dynamic range means that DeckLink 8K Pro delivers the sharpest and most vivid images customers have ever seen for editing, color and high end visual effects work.

DeckLink 8K Pro supports capture and playback of 8 or 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 video and 10 or 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4. Video can be captured as uncompressed or to industry standard broadcast quality ProRes and DNx files. DeckLink 8K Pro lets customers work at up to 60 frames per second in 8K and supports stereoscopic 3D for all modes up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second in 12‑bit RGB.

The advanced broadcast technology in DeckLink 8K Pro is built into an easy to install 8 lane generation 3 PCI Express for Mac, Windows, and Linux workstations. Customers get support for all legacy SD and HD formats, along with Ultra HD, DCI 4K, 8K and DCI 8K, as well as Rec. 601, 709 and 2020 color.

DeckLink 8K Pro is designed to work seamlessly with the upcoming DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Studio for an incredibly seamless editing, color and audio post production workflow that lets you master full resolution high dynamic range projects in full 8K resolution. In addition, DeckLink 8K Pro also works with other professional applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, After Effects, ProTools, Nuke and more. There’s even a free software development kit so customers and OEMs can build their own custom solutions.

“DeckLink 8K Pro is our most advanced PCIe capture and playback card ever,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because the 8K images have so much clarity and detail that it’s as if you’re looking out a window. Whether it’s for the 2020 Olympics or the next generation of Hollywood blockbusters, DeckLink 8K Pro has the speed, quality and compatibility customers need to do their best work!”

Availability and Price

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$645 in early January. DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$895.

Keyboards Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2982@/talks/discussions While in camera world we have clear progress year after year, in keyboard business things in mass market are going in reverse.

If you get IBM PS/2 keyboard from 1991 and after working on it you go to your shop and try various keyboards you'll be in shock. Starting from $5-10 crap invented only to type up to 140 symbols a day (makes you understand twitter popularity), to pricey junk "space ships" designed to run video player.

And gaming keyboards. This is long story. Not only you must send all your time down the pipes, but you must do it on cool keyboards. I am not even start the story of motherfuckers who place extra keys in the bottom row, more and more. Inventor of Windows keys (and Fn keys on notebooks) must be found and executed in public using some very paintful way.

This was few thoughts I got after looking at keyboard market and getting Razor BlackWidow (not big choice of localized mechanical stuff is available really).


This is mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX Blue switches

Razor keyboard is very good example of modern "inventors".

  1. Key size is slightly reduced compared to normal keyboards (whole main block is smaller than normal keyboard).
  2. Typeface used for keys is just awful, not major, really, if you type constantly, but anyway.
  3. As this is "gamers keyboard" it has macro keys that are on the left and placed in such distance that makes harder intuitive use of left Ctrl.
  4. It is glossy and keys are made from quite cheap plastic (if you compare to IBM keyboards)

But overall, of couse it can't be compared to rubber dome crap, even good one as some Microsoft keyboards.

It not have ideal main key block layout like some keyboards:

As Enter is still small.

May be in future we'll see something ideal, like IBM keyboards, but with larger bottom row, no widows keys and with buckling spring or mech switches options.

Available at:

Note: You can get older (not 2013) version, it is cheaper but absolutely the same from practical standpoint

GDDR6 Memory Coming Soon Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:54:49 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18213@/talks/discussions Samsung will start to offer GDDR6 in 2018





BenQ Trevelo - Portable electrostats Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:40:48 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18210@/talks/discussions image

From $269

Smaller ones

Intel Core H processor to feature AMD GPU Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:57:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18145@/talks/discussions image

Today, we’re sharing initial details on a new product that does exactly that, reducing the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of standard discrete components on a motherboard. That’s more freedom for OEMs to be creative and deliver innovative thin and light designs with improved thermal dissipation. It also delivers space to add new features, create new board layouts, explore new cooling solutions or increase battery life.

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.

It’s a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something amazing that fills a unique market gap. Helping to deliver on our vision for this new class of product, we worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:35:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14980@/talks/discussions image

  • 7" 1920 x 1200 screen
  • 2 mini-XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • 2 SD cards
  • 2160p30 support
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD recording.
  • Dual UHS-II SDHC card recorders
  • -128dBV noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  • LANC connection for remote control.
  • Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.
  • Available at


Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, high resolution 7 inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker and more.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two built in high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards, making them fast enough to record Ultra HD video up to 2160p30 on widely available, inexpensive SD cards. Files are saved as broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video in either ProRes or DNxHD formats, making them compatible with all popular editing software, like DaVinci Resolve, so you can start editing immediately without having to transcode or convert files. Recording can be triggered to start and stop using LANC or over HDMI or SDI from the camera. With two built in recorders, customers get non-stop recording because when one card is full it automatically continues onto the next. The new high speed SD cards are compatible with existing SD card readers so they can be mounted directly on a computer for cloning and backup using the included DaVinci Resolve software.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder that features two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so customers can attach external microphones. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras and, with an amazing low electrical noise floor of -128dBV, the recordings are incredibly high quality and sound dramatically better than camera audio. Sound is recorded into the same file as the video, so customers don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!

Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, 7 inch high resolution 1920 x 1200 monitor and touchscreen with a wide 135º viewing angle. The extra resolution of the screen lets customers view 16:9 sources and see critical status information without covering the image. The display is also a touchscreen that lets customers use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features an elegant heads up display overlay that lets customers keep their eyes on the shot while viewing the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode and more.

For power, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two standard LP-E6 battery slots that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only 1 is used at a time. When there’s power, the batteries are charged in parallel, which saves time when recharging.

BenQ SW271 Monitor Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:23:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18087@/talks/discussions image

BenQ’s dynamic new SW271 monitor offers professional photographers a picture-perfect performance

  • Latest colour technology and standards: HDR-enabled SW271 27” monitor offers stunning colours and specialised features for photography professionals
  • Colour accuracy: BenQ’s AQCOLOR™ technology allows users to see true-to-life colours and relive every moment they have captured
  • Easy connectivity to devices: The SW271 has the latest USB-C™ connectivity for transmitting video and data signals using just one cable

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced a new 27” 4K UHD monitor that offers professional photographers unprecedented colour accuracy through new AQCOLOR technology, high specifications and a picture-perfect performance.

Building on the success of its award-winning predecessor the SW2700PT, the SW271 sets a new benchmark by taking image quality to the next level. The HDR10-enabled monitor allows users to see their images and videos in a wider dynamic range than a typical monitor. This impressive feature has to be seen to be believed.

The sleek new SW271 is user friendly and offers colours so true that it brings out the fine detail and creative essence of every photo, whether it’s been taken by a seasoned professional or an amateur hobbyist.

BenQ’s AQCOLOR technology allows users to have complete colour control over images. AQCOLOR uses a combination of hardware calibration, BenQ’s signature Palette Master Elements software and Technicolor® Color Certification, which ensures the monitor meets the strict colour accuracy standards used in Hollywood and the entertainment media.

“We are proud to present the SW271, which joins our full line of professional monitors, developed for photographers,” said Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation. “The SW271 brings users specialised tools and advanced hardware calibration for colour-critical applications. It also has USB-C™ connectivity for transmitting video and data signals using just one cable for convenience.”

The SW271 features 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709. It also displays the DCI-P3 colour space. Users are given an unrivalled image performance for visual perfection in professional photo editing. The SW271 also features Delta E≦2, with its true 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT).

GamutDuo enables users to view content simultaneously in different colour spaces side-by-side, and a Hotkey Puck allows users to effortlessly switch between a variety of modes, such as Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black & White modes.

The monitor also features an SD card reader, USB 3.1, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 ports. A detachable shading hood is also included to reduce the monitor’s screen glare.

The SW271 monitor retails at £1,067 incl. VAT and is available to purchase through leading photo and video retailers.

Nvidia 1070 Ti GPU Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:23:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18067@/talks/discussions image


  • 1607–1683Ghz frequency
  • 2432 stream processors
  • 152 TMUs
  • 64 ROPs
  • 256-bit memory bus
  • GDDR5 throughput reduced to 256Gb/s from 320–352Gb/s for GTX 1080
  • $449 price
Roland V-1HD, Portable 4 Channel HD Video Switcher Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:27:35 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14100@/talks/discussions

  • Input Formats: HDMI: 720/59.94p, 720/50p(FORMAT Switch = 720p) / HDMI: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/59.94p, / 1080/50p (FORMAT Switch = 1080i or 1080p)
  • Output Formats: HDMI: 720/59.94p, 720/50p (FORMAT Switch = 720p) / HDMI: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i (FORMAT Switch = 1080i) / HDMI: 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p (FORMAT Switch = 1080p)
  • Input Connectors: HDMI Input 1-4: Type A (19 pins) x 4 *HDCP Supported
  • Audio Processing: Sampling rate: 24 bit/48 kHz
  • $995

HEVC Decoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 04:09:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16921@/talks/discussions 4K Low mbit sample, LG_4K_View-the-Feeling (2160p@29.970fps ~25Mbps)

  • GTX 1060 - 217/223/227
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 195/199/204
  • Skylake HD 530 - 146/168/202
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 97/123/147
  • RX 470 - 101/107/113

4K High mbit, high fps - Crowd_run 4K@50fps -300Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 139/145/147
  • GTX 1050 - Ti 115/125/128
  • Skylake HD 530 - 102/114/119
  • GTX 1050 - 94/106/114
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 72/92/98
  • RX 470 - 60/72/79

4K Very high mbit, 60fps, 8bit - Netflix_TunnelFlag_4096x2160_60fps_x265_8bit_700Mbit

  • GTX 1060 - 81/91/101
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 66/80/92
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 57/72/87
  • GTX 1050 - 49/64/74
  • GTX 960 - 47/59/71
  • RX 470 - 34/46/55

8K MBC UHD Music Core GFriend - Rough (4in1) 8k@60fps-80Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 59/60/63
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 54/55/56
  • GTX 1050 - 52/54/55
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 24/25/29


If camera HEVC stream matches standard 4K HEVC native files (both 8 and 10bit) must be editable in properly made NLE on latest GTX cards or even CPU.

Yet most popular NLEs internal pipeline design is very old and so horrible...

AMD Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

My ULTIMATE Custom PC Build: Gaming, Video Editing, Productivity Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:42:18 -0600 TonyTekInsights 18032@/talks/discussions My step by step guide to building an ULTIMATE Custom PC Build to replace an my old Apple Mac Pro Late 2013 (trash can/cylinder) for gaming, video editing and productivity (programming). This video is mostly for newbies at building a new computer.

Core i9 Skylake-X Lineup Sun, 14 May 2017 06:08:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16929@/talks/discussions Core i9-7920X - 12C/24T, 16.5MB L3, 44 PCIe lanes, Clocks Unknown

Core i9-7900X - 10C/20T, 13.75MB L3, 44 PCIe Lanes, 3.3Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7820X - 8C/16T, 11MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.6Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7800X - 6C/12T, 8.25MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.5Ghz Base, 4.0Ghz Turbo 2.0

  • L2 cache = 1MB (Skylake-X), 4x as much as Core i7-7700K
  • Quad DDR4-2666 for Skylake-X
  • 140W for Skylake-X
  • All Core i9 parts support AVX-512
  • Launch in June, except 7920X in August
AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

Lenovo: Story of idiots Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:08:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5856@/talks/discussions image

Lenovo will continue to destroy all advantages of ThinkPad design.

They do it one by one:

  • Making construction cheaper and weaker
  • Horrible cheap materials now used for most models
  • Rock solid, best notebook keyboards first were made quite flimsy
  • Secondly keys were replaced to modern cheap ones
  • Famous very good IBM layout had been replaced by one used in cheapest IdeaPads
  • Now we can see fully removed TrackPoint buttons because some designer figured out that it'll be cheaper to force you press trackpad.

Btw, Ideapad brand will be destroyed as complete failure. And ThinkPad will be widened to try to sell all their crap.

My IBM 600e looks like something made by alients compared to my modern ThinkPad.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:59:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16220@/talks/discussions Will come tomorrow in two sizes - 12.5" and 13.3" screen .

Main specs

  • Intel i7-6700HQ CPU
  • GTX 960M GPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • 4K screens
  • 4G connectivity
  • 512 GB SSD drive
  • $863 price


Asus X299 Workstation Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:28:29 -0600 Azo 17853@/talks/discussions

The X299 looks like an awesome workstation. My X99 workstation has been great no issues at all but time for an upgrade. The Asus X299 has everything I want in a motherboard along with Thunderbolt 3. Hopefully I can run OSX High Sierra on this. OSX Sierra works great with my X99 workstation. I noticed on TonyMac that they are already running OSX High Sierra on an Asus motherboard so I am pretty sure it will work. I am having a very difficult time abandoning the OSX operating system as you can tell. I actually never boot into Windows unless I need to update firmware on my Godox flashes and Monolights so I guess Windows 10 Pro comes in handy for something... LOL

TonyMac X299 Workstation

AMD RX 550 - tiny beast for video editing Wed, 10 May 2017 19:26:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16904@/talks/discussions image

It has all pluses of 500 series H.264/HEVC dedicated decoders/encoders, slow GPU/memory speed for playback mode.

If you do simple editing, especially in Final Cut X, Edius, Vegas, PowerDirector, Video Pro X - it is one of best options.

It is extremely cold and 50W consumption max.

Note - I suggest 4Gb version, it is very cheap at around $100

2Gb start from around $80

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
BenQ SW271 monitor Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:41:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17799@/talks/discussions image


  • 3840 x 2160 4K UHD IPS panel
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9
  • Refresh Rate - 60Hz
  • Response Time - 5ms
  • Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Brightness 350 cd/m²
  • Stand Height Adjustment – 5.9 Inches
  • Tilt, Stand and Pivot Adjustments
  • VESA Compatible
  • DisplayPort 1.4 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 2
  • 24.166 x 24.05”x 8.40"
  • 23.15lbs
  • $1099 at


BenQ, internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle devices, today launches the SW271, a 4K UHD 27” monitor offering industry-standard HDR10 support and advanced colour performance for photographers. Covering 99% of Adobe RGB, and 100% of both sRGB and Rec. 709, the SW271 delivers the ultimate colour accuracy of Delta E ≦ 2 performance with its 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT).

“We are proud to present the SW271, which joins our full line of professional monitors purpose-engineered for photographers,” said Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation. “SW271 brings photo enthusiasts professional-grade performance, specialised tools and advanced calibration for colour-critical applications.”

To display individual colours across its broad colour gamut with perfect accuracy, the SW271 utilises an advanced 14-bit 3D LUT to achieve Delta E values of two or better. In addition, Technicolor ® Colour Certified has been installed to meet strict colour accuracy standards used in Hollywood and entertainment media, therefore the SW271’s 10-bit 27” IPS panel delivers authentic colours as envisioned by content creators.

BenQ’s SW271 clearly displays high-resolution images from sophisticated DSLRs and other HDR source devices. It also produces intense photographic realism and colour depth by expanding the dynamic range between true darkness and high brightness,

SW271’s colour characteristics can be customised via hardware calibration with X-Rite or Datacolor calibrators and BenQ Palette Master Element calibration software. Equipped with USB Type-C TM connectivity, the SW271 requires a single cable for calibration and video transmission.

Adobe RGB, sRGB , as well as Black and White modes can be switched instantly via SW271’s exclusive “Hotkey Puck”. In addition, standard-equipment detachable shading hood blocks ambient glare for professional work in both portrait and landscape orientations. GamutDuo Mode also enables simultaneous picture-by-picture operation in two different colour spaces, such as Adobe RGB and sRGB, or even in a black and white film effect.

SW271 is equipped with understated functionality with height adjustability, an SD card reader, USB 3.1 (Gen 1), USB Type-C TM , HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 ports.

Intel Ice Lake will be first 10nm desktop CPU architecture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:07:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17534@/talks/discussions

The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

This appeared on Intel site. Means that Cannon Lake will remain mobile only line with small amount produced.

And actual 10nm desktop chips will be available most probably around 2019.

NVidia Volta GPUs Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:46:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17790@/talks/discussions For now only GV100 based pro solutions are available, but they can give some insight on performance.


HP Z8 workstation: 3TB of RAM and 48TB HDDs Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:01:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17775@/talks/discussions image


HP today announced the HP Z8 G4, the most powerful workstation on the planet1 and security features that denote HP as having the world’s most secure and manageable desktop workstations2.

The reinvention of HP’s most powerful desktop PCs meets the compute power needs demanded by the world’s inventors of change, including product designers, architects, digital creators, scientists, educators, healthcare workers, financial traders and others. The HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Desktop Workstations are equipped with extreme power, unprecedented security2and innovative design, future-proofed to support the fast growing fields of virtual reality, machine learning and advanced design.

IT managers in today’s world must make security a top priority. HP’s new powerhouse portfolio includes the industry’s most comprehensive set of security features2 including HP SureStart (the industry's first self-healing BIOS with intrusion detection), the HP Client Security Suite and more. With the highest security levels in the history of the HP Z Workstations business, this generation performs with extreme power and protects intellectual assets.

“The stakes for world-class security have never been higher or more important for workstations,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Workstation users create the most valuable IP for a company and HP is meeting the security needs with the world’s most secure and manageable desktop and mobile workstations. As the most powerful desktop workstation in the world, the HP Z8 Workstation can deliver the extreme power and the security demanded by our customers.”

HP’s New Desktop Workstations

Every inch of the new tower workstations was intentionally and thoughtfully re-designed to deliver superb power, style and the inspiration desired by the inventors of change. The ID was completely updated to incorporate advanced manufacturing techniques and materials, and represent the power of the machines, their users and the work that’s completed by creatives.

The new workstations incorporate Thunderbolt™ 3 (optional) and Dual 1GbE Ports (standard) to support the high bandwidth data transfer demanded by current and future users, as well as Microsoft Windows 76 support for legacy workflows. Each of them offers modular front IO with USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The Z8 and Z6 models each support up to dual CPUs, and an optional dual 10 GbE network module for high speed networking at half the cost of current HP Workstations, and without consuming a precious PCIe expansion slot.

HP Z8 G4 Workstation delivers top-of-the-line power to fuel those who reimagine the design of everything from race cars to rockets. As the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet1, the HP Z8 Workstation has the capability to run the most complex simulations and process massive amounts of data. Users can run 3D simulations and edit 8K video in real time with up to 56 processing cores and up to 3 TB of main memory, 3x the capacity of its predecessor4. Certified for serious software, such as ANSYS or After Effects5, users can deliver creative work in less time.

HP’s flagship workstation has an all new ID with inventive ducting that routes fresh air to the second CPU, rather than recycling warm air expelled from the ducting on the first CPU and state-of-the-art design from world-class computer architecture experts.

A split chassis architecture enables rear access to the hefty 1700 W power supply with a locking mechanism, 24 DIMMs, and a total of 9 PCIe slots (7 full length, full height PCIe slots and two internal PCIe “personality” slots) to bring this coveted machine to life for specialized workflows. The HP Z8 Tower has 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity, 40 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth and 29 percent greater power supply capability – as compared to the Z840 – for customers running the most demanding workloads.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is designed with the ever-changing needs of VFX artists in mind. Supporting the latest professional graphics, 384 GB of system memory, and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs users can experience seamless performance in visual effects and design visualization workloads.

A future-proof powerhouse, the HP Z6 Workstation also delivers a highly-modular design experience with options like a second processor and memory riser solution so users can quickly and simply double their compute capabilities. The HP Z6 Workstation has up to 1.5x the amount of total system memory, 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity and 22 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z640.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is the next generation of HP’s best-selling workstation and redesigned from top to bottom. The system is ahead of its time with more standard features and delivering performance upgrade options never before available in an HP single-processor workstation. Users across a broad range of markets can choose the ideal configuration to meet performance requirements. With the impressive new Intel® Xeon® processor W family, users from CAD to simulation will see extraordinary application performance scaling, giving them the ability to visualize ideas anytime during the design process. The HP Z4 Workstation also features major design improvements for tomorrow’s office environment with a sleek and modern industrial design including ergonomic front and rear handles, a dramatically smaller chassis for cramped workspaces and a new dust filter option for industrial environments.

The HP Z4 Workstation, a great solution for embedded applications, unleashes new levels of IO bandwidth with dual 1GbE networking and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs standard, and the ability to easily upgrade the front USB to include two USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The HP Z4 Workstation has 11 percent more memory bandwidth, 25 percent greater processor core count capacity and 13 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z440.

HP Z Portfolio Pricing and Availability

HP Z8 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $2,439.

HP Z6 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $1,919.

HP Z4 Workstation is scheduled for availability in November starting at $1,239.

Acer Swift 3 Note, IPS Screen, 4 core CPU and NVIDIA MX150 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:59:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17750@/talks/discussions image

  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB (GT 1030 analog)
  • 14" Full HD IPS display
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • 10 hours battery
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 13.3 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • 3.8 pounds

Philips 328P8K 8K HDR monitor Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:05:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17681@/talks/discussions image

  • IPS panel
  • 7680 × 4320 resolution, 60Hz refresh
  • 100$ sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB coverage
  • 400 nits
  • 1300:1 contrast typical for IPS
  • DisplayPort 1.3 input
  • USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports
  • Two bad tiny speakers
  • Start price around $3400
MacBook Pro 13 and 15 2016, released today by Apple Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:19:47 -0600 matt_gh2 15950@/talks/discussions

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