Last Week in Technology News – August 7 – 13, 2017

| August 15, 2017

In this issue: AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are on sale; A protected smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8 Active; Sharp Aquos S2 is equipped with the narrowest fingerprint scanner; Biostar can be connected to more than 100 video cards; ASUS is preparing a “two-headed” video card based on AMD Vega

AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are on sale

AMD fans waited a long time for this day, and it finally came: the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, which could challenge Intel products in the HEDT segment, were on sale. So far we have to choose from two processors: a 16-nuclear TR 1950X costing $ 999 and a 12-nuclear TR 1920X, which costs $ 200 cheaper. Later, the 8-core Threadripper will be available for sale at a relatively affordable price of $ 549.

A protected smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Last week, the announcement of a protected smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. The novelty inherited most of the characteristics of the usual Galaxy S8, having lost its main “chip” – a screen with curved edges. Galaxy S8 Active is equipped with a flat AMOLED-screen with similar diagonal (5.8 inches) and resolution (2960 × 1440 pixels). It’s nice that the capacity of the battery has increased significantly – up to 4000 mAh. The smartphone meets the military requirements in accordance with the standard MIL-STD-810G, that is able to survive the fall from a height of 1.5 m to the surface without protruding sections. While the novelty can be bought only from the American operator AT & T at a price of $ 850.

Sharp Aquos S2 is equipped with the narrowest fingerprint scanner

Sharp was one of the first companies to launch smartphones with very thin frames around the display. A novelty called Aquos S2 can boast not only a frameless design, but also the narrowest fingerprint scanner – its width is a record 3.6 mm. The resolution of the 5.5-inch display is 2040 × 1080 pixels, and the technical specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of flash memory, a battery with a capacity of 3020 mAh. The 12-Mp rear camera is supplemented with an 8-Mp add-on module. In China, Sharp Aquos S2 will be sold at a price of $ 372.

Biostar can be connected to more than 100 video cards

Manufacturers of components for PCs on the wave of a surge in interest in mining crypto currency continue to produce special equipment for miners. Soon, the motherboard will appear in the assortment of Biostar company, to which, in theory, it will be possible to simultaneously connect 104 video cards. Such an opportunity is achieved due to the presence of 8 PCIe x1 slots, in which special adapters are installed, each with 13 USB 3 ports. I wonder how many video cards can actually be connected to this motherboard – we will know the answer to this question only after the official announcement.

ASUS is preparing a “two-headed” video card based on AMD Vega

It seems that the unique video card ASUS ROG Ares III, based on the dual-core accelerator Radeon R9 295X2, will appear a follower. According to rumors, the company is preparing a graphics card based on two AMD Vega 10 cores. It is expected that due to high heat dissipation the video card will be supplied with a liquid cooling system, and its price will exceed $ 1000.

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