Look into the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING

All your base are belong to EVGA, join us as we review their compact GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming, also with 12GB, 3584 shading processors activated but with a proper factory boost clock of 1882 MHz, a graphics card has been tweaked straight out of the box for you and our tested model, comes in a 20cm two fan design.

With that 3584 shading cores and Ampere architecture, this 3060 series is bound to impress in the 2560×1440 (WQHD) domain. If we look back at the previous generation, the product would sit at GeForce RTX 2070 (SUPER) performance levels and, in due time, will replace that series. If stock becomes available in plentiful volumes though. The GPU is again fabricated on an 8nm node derived from Samsung. This process further develops Samsung’s 10nm process; no EUV is applied in production just yet. The first wave of announcements has seen the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 being released first, and, as a bit of a surprise, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and 3070. It’s now late February 2021 and NVIDIA is set to release its more ‘regular’ 3060 prices 329 USD.

As you will have noticed, the 3060 GPU cores count is about 26 percent lower than with the RTX 3060 Ti, which has a GA104 chip with 4864 shading cores (shader/stream/cuda cores = all the same thing with a different name). NVIDIA is launching the 3060 series with the 12GB model, which’s remarkably enough is 2GB more than the GeForce RTX 3080 (!). Later on, they’ll likely silently slip in a 6 GB version, though that has not been confirmed. NVIDIA advertises the series with 13 ‘shader teraflops’ and 25 ‘RT-ops’, the latter giving an indication of the ray-tracing performance. Notable is that a change is in effect, the memory runs ar 15 Gbps as opposed to the usual 14 Gbps, likely to compensate for the perf hit of going 256-bit towards 192-bit on the memory bus due to that memory configuration. It’s the same for the shader core cluster, it’s clocked higher in the boost frequency compared to the Ti model, also compensating a bit for the lower number of shader cores. 

The Ampere lineup nearly doubles ray-tracing performance with Gen2 ray-tracing cores and 3rd iteration Tensor cores. These cards will all be PCIe 4.0 interface compatible and offer HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a, but most importantly is that exorbitant shader processor count (referred to as CUDA cores by NVIDIA). With just over a third of the shader processor count seen from the flagship product, we now meet the NVIDIA GA106 GPU. And despite being a lower segmented card, it still holds a sizable GPU die. In this round, NVIDIA is not seeding Founder edition cards, aka FE GeForce RTX 3060. But of course, they do present the reference specification; a boost clock of 1780 MHz and a base clock of 1320 MHz. 

ModelBase Clock (MHz)Boost Clock (MHz)VRAM Base Clock (MHz)VRAM Effective Datarate (MHz)Max Power %
GeForce RTX 306013201780187515000
ASUS RTX 3060 STRIX OC1320188218751500023
PALIT RTX 3060 DUAL OC132018371875150006
MSI RTX 3060 Gaming X TRIO132018521875150006
EVGA RTX 3060 XC1320188218751500012
ZOTAC RTX 3060 AMP Wh.1320186718751500010

EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING 12G

You know what? I have a bit of a soft spot for powerful small PC components. So when e received the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING admittedly I did get a smile on my face. Dual slot, 20cm long, two fans, no RGB. I mean what’s not to like. Now before I mention the turbo frequency of this puppy, please do understand that EVGA offers 2 SKUs, one at $329.99 (XC Black) and one at $389.99 (XC). The card we are testing thus is that $389,- model. The differences between the two: 1. Higher Clockspeeds 2. Includes all metal backplate. That’s it. So you’ll need to carefully weigh in how important the two are to you as that is a steep price differential. As you can see the dual-fan spinner design makes the card really compact. Based on an advertised 170W TGP  the card is of course paired with 12GB GDDR6 graphics memory at 192-bit running at 15 Gbps. It is a more simplified-looking product that comes with a proper factory tweak, making it perform a few percent above reference/baseline performance. The card has a single (6+2) pin power header. And yeah, that factory tweak is 1882 MHz on the  Turbo (1780 MHz = reference), which is substantial alright. Let’s have a look at how well the product performs. 

Come Play with Petl: Get superpowers in bed!

Come Play with Petl: Get superpowers in bed!

Let’s talk about The Orgasm Gap!

Sex should be fun, amazing, and end with a bang. But for many women in heterosexual relationships, this isn’t the case.

Welcome to “The Orgasm Gap,” the very real statistic that only 1/4th of women orgasm during heterosexual sex. And the women who can orgasm take an average of forty minutes to get there.

It isn’t men’s fault or women’s fault that heterosexual sex isn’t good at making women orgasm. It’s a fluke of anatomy, the clitoris is just off to the side of all the activity. What we need is not another vibrator shaped like a penis, what we need is an extra hand that doesn’t get tired.

And that’s where we come in. We’re here to take the work out of sex and bring back the play.

Introducing PETL: a truly hands-free vibrator

Our elegant and comfortable hands-free, female-centric design contours to women’s bodies so they can orgasm every time they have sex in about 5 minutes.

Wrapped in soft silicone, PETL has a flexible frame that clips around the pelvic bone and presses into the G-Spot. The other end of the clip has a vibrating motor that provides continuous clitoral stimulation in any position and ensures pleasure without distraction. It stays in place, needs no re-positioning, doesn’t bother male partners and it gives them an extra “hand” in bed.

And because all bodies are different, Petl initially comes in three different sizes!

About Come Play

We develop sex toys for the future. Using new materials and forms, our mission is to give you superpowers in bed. We are female-founded, and our mission is to make sure everyone has a good time.

CEO Piri Miller founded the company to solve the orgasm problem because she is one of the 75% of women in the world who fall into “the gap.” While there are tons of sex tech products for all types of tastes and needs, there are very few options for heterosexual couples that solve this problem. In fact, 89% of all couples say they would use a toy during sex if it was hands-free and unobtrusive.

So Piri went to work, collaborating with industrial and product designers to invent a sophisticated solution to a common problem. After personally trying fourteen test models, she landed on the perfect design that made her dream a wearable reality.

Two years and one U.S. patent later, Come Play is making its debut with a truly hands free device designed by women for women.

 

So why crowdfund on iFundWomen?

We are excited to launch our first crowdfunding campaign on iFundWomen because who better understands our product more than women? We want to fundraise with the group we are designing for: women who want satisfaction and are ready (dare we say excited?) for a solution.

With the introduction of PETL, Come Play is ready to change the sex toy market.

We have partnered with Doc Johnson, legendary California based sex toy manufacturer.

We are showing our first manufacturing prototype at CES in January, and are projected to ship in April 2020.

But, marketing a sex tech product is heavily censored-especially when the product is related to female pleasure. Facebook only allows ads on family planning, nothing on sexual wellness. While subways and print ads can advertise erectile dysfunction pills, an ad for PETL would be flagged as “adult content.”

In order to make our product known to women everywhere, we need your help to build our audience one person at a time. The money raised here will fund our grassroots marketing efforts around PETL’s debut. It will cover trade show costs, website developers, getting our message to marketing experts, influencers and journalists.

With your help, we are going to close the Orgasm Gap. And when PETL succeeds, we will keep on inventing. We plan to create new products for all demographics and body types so individuals can have the solutions they need to free themselves to have the sex lives that they want. We will focus on individual needs through multiple sizes and research because one-size-fits-all isn’t really inclusivity. Individuation is inclusivity. We see you.

Sex should be fun, pleasure is a fundamental human right, and Come Play won’t stop until everyone has superpowers in bed.

Alienware Concept UFO vs Nintendo Switch: Pros and Cons

Alienware Concept UFO vs Nintendo Switch: Pros and Cons

Alienware UFO has an 8-inch screen, making it roughly the size of an iPad Mini. It’s a lot larger than the Nintendo Switch, which has a 6.2-inch display that’s about the same size as a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S10 or iPhone 11. Alienware stole the show at CES 2020 with its Concept UFO: A powerful, portable Windows 10 gaming PC that essentially looks like a Nintendo Switch on steroids. Like the Switch, the Concept UFO has detachable controllers, can be propped up on a table via kickstand, and can be connected to a display for big-screen gaming. Its display is also sharper than the Switch’s, since it has a 1900 x 1200 resolution, while Nintendo’s tablet has a 1280 x 720 resolution. Dell wouldn’t share how much the UFO weighs, but it feels noticeably heftier than the Nintendo Switch, which is less than a pound. While having that larger display means there’s a lot of screen real estate for playing games, I could also imagine it feeling cumbersome to hold for long periods. The Alienware UFO’s bigger size could also make it more challenging to play in cramped spaces, like on a subway train. Thanks to its bigger, higher-resolution screen and more powerful internals, the Concept UFO can theoretically play games like The Witcher 3 and Mortal Kombat 11 in full fidelity, without the graphical sacrifices that Switch ports often make. The Concept UFO is just that — a concept — and may never see a commercial release. Still, given the obvious similarities between it and the Nintendo Switch, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at just how Alienware’s portable gaming beast compares to Nintendo’s beloved hybrid handheld.
PS5 (Sony PlayStation 5) Next-generation Console

PS5 (Sony PlayStation 5) Next-generation Console

PS5, PlayStation 5 is a video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, as the successor to the PlayStation 4, it is scheduled to launch in late 2020.

The platform is anticipated to launch in two varieties, as a base PlayStation 5 system incorporating an Ultra HD Blu-ray compatible optical disc drive for retail game support alongside digital distribution via the PlayStation Store, and a lower-cost Digital variant lacking the disc drive while retaining digital download support. The PlayStation 5 features a customized solid state drive designed for high-speed data streaming to enable significant improvements in graphical performance. The hardware also features a custom AMD GPU capable of ray tracing, support for 4K resolution displays and high framerates, new audio hardware for real-time 3D audio effects, and backward compatibility with most PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games.

We’ve seen the PS5 design, know all about the PS5 games line-up, which includes Horizon Forbidden West and a remake of Demon’s Souls,. The PS5 console will sport a range impressive-sounding features such as ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and backwards compatibility with a huge swathe of the PS4’s game catalog.

For a start, the PS5 has a radically different look, with its space-age black-and-white color scheme marking a significant departure from its predecessors. But this futuristic next-gen console won’t be the only PS5 releasing this year, as Sony has revealed it will also be releasing the PS5 Digital Edition – a streamlined, digital-only console without a disc drive.

In addition, we now know quite a bit about the PS5 specs, thanks to Sony’s March reveal event. Lead system architect Mark Cerny provided us with a deep dive into the PS5’s system architecture, revealing the technical inner workings of the PS5. We’ll cover them in more detail down below, but the short of it is that the PS5 is rocking an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power. So far, then, the PS5 is living up to the hype.

  • What is it? The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console.
    When will it release? “Holiday 2020”, so between October and December 2020.
  • What can I play on it? Loads of games! They include a new Spider-Man entry, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon’s Souls remake, Resident Evil 8 and much more to come.
  • Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be compatible with current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
  • What will the PS5 cost? TBC. The PS4 and PS4 Pro were both $399 / £349 at launch, but we expect the PS5 will cost somewhat more. Leaks have suggested around the $499 mark.
  • Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will definitely be backwards compatible with “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, according to Sony’s Mark Cerny.
  • Will coronavirus delay the PS5 release? Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is not currently delayed by coronavirus, and reiterated the fact that the PS5 is still on course for a “Holiday 2020” release in its end of year financial report.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold – First Foldable PC

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold – First Foldable PC

ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first fully functional PC with a folding OLED display. Designed to offer unprecedented productivity, it will offer a ground-breaking new form factor that will reimagine mobile computing. As it morphs through multiple modes, from a small footprint device into a fully flat 13.3-inch display, X1 Fold will deliver laptop efficiency with smartphone portability. Built from a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber and covered in a luxurious leather folio cover, the X1 Fold will offer the durability and reliability users expect from any ThinkPad. Co-engineered with Intel, the Always Connected PC is powered by Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology and will initially be available with Windows 10 in mid-2020. Lenovo is planning on offering ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10X at a later date for an enhanced foldable user experience. Furthermore, optional 5G connectivity will enable new ways of working wherever, whenever and however you want.

Foldable Use Cases

The book paradigm is millennia old. Instantly familiar and transportable, the similarities to a foldable PC are immediately obvious. User Experience research suggests that users who frequently switch between phone, tablet and laptop are looking for something with different capabilities and benefits. ThinkPad X1 Fold is a pioneering, new type of lightweight device that can successfully bridge core strengths of each and is without compromise on performance or screen size, yet compact enough to slip into the smallest of bags. We have developed, specifically for Windows 10, clever mode-switching software to adapt to multiple use cases in new environments.
Unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch heavy content consumption with 13.3-inches of OLED display real estate and weighing less than 2.2 pounds (1kg). In landscape mode with the integrated kickstand in the leather folio case, users can review and annotate the latest presentation or use the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard. When folded closed, the keyboard is stored and wirelessly charged inside the system and secured with magnets. When taking a break, watch the latest episode of your favorite series on the bright OLED display with a Dolby Audio experience. In portrait orientation, users can take notes or draw out concepts using the Active Pen or scroll through and sign a legal document. Fold the screen out completely flat and use as a tablet or bend it slightly to read a few chapters on your next flight like a book.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold Price

The Thinkpad X1 Fold will cost $2,499 when it arrives in the middle of this year, though Lenovo isn’t including any of the aforementioned accessories at that price. You’ll have to shell out more for the keyboard, the pen and the stand, and prices for those have yet to be confirmed. The company is also planning on making a 5G-ready version in the second half of the year. Being first to market with the Fold gives Lenovo a head start, but I wouldn’t be surprised if other PC makers wow us with similar devices soon enough.