Cooling may take a hit as Intel Ditches Solder TIM on 9th Gen ‘F’ Chips

Intel made a significant change to the new 9th Gen Coffee Lake processors. The change concerns the Intel’s ‘F’ series chip. All Intel chips with ‘F’ suffix come with disabled internal graphics, similar to AMD Ryzen Series CPUs. This lack of on-board graphics means that the buyers will have to use a discrete Graphics Card in order to make their PCs run.

About two weeks ago, Intel announced it’s ‘F’ series chips, surprisingly for the same price as their fully functional processors that come with UHD 630 GPU.

Intel Core i5 9400F and Core i5 9600K

While people are still baffled by Intel’s absurd pricing. New leaks by momomo_US, indicate that Intel seems to have ditched the solder TIM on the ‘F’ series CPUs.

In a layman’s language, Intel is trying to cut costs by using a less effective conductor. CPUs use some kind of conductive solution to dissipate heat. Solder TIM allows a better heat transfer from the processor to the heatsink, and hence, allows the processor to run cooler. sTIM has been replaced by Intel’s archaic thermal paste.

All this change means that the new ‘F’ series chips will probably run hotter. The decision makes ‘some’ sense as the ‘F’ series chips are locked and can’t be overclocked. But the same old pricing seems to murder logic.

What will be interesting to see is what will Intel do with processors which are both ‘K’ (Unlocked/Overclockable) and ‘F’, such as the Core i9-9900KF.

For quite a while, Intel has been struggling to make the switch to the 10nm microprocessors and AMD, with it’s well balanced Ryzen CPUs, seems to dominate the market. Less features usually imply a lower price, but Intel seems to be on the other side.

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Top 5 TVs for Gaming (Rs. 25,000)

TVs make a great replacement for conventional Monitors for gaming. You get more inch per rupee, better connectivity and there’s no need to worry about a lot of cables. If you are an occasional or casual gamer, you could consider a TV instead of a monitor. But if you want to game professionally, we recommend you to buy a good gaming monitor for best performance. Anyways, here’s the list we have.

Thomson UD9 43 inch LED TV Smart TV

Ultra HD (4k)
60 Hz Panel
Response Time – 6.5 ms
Price – Rs ₹24,999

If you love for 4K is just too much, but your pocket weeps when you look at the prices of 4k displays, don’t lose hope. Infact, turn to Thomson UD9 43 inch Ultra HD LED TV. This TV by Thomson has a 60 Hz, 4k display and is equipped with all your connectivity needs. It has 3x HDMI and 2x USB ports so you can easily hookup your consoles, blu-rays players, and pen drives to enjoy all your 4k content.

As a cherry on the top is the 6.5 ms response time, which seems pretty decent for a TV. However you should always consider these response time claims with a grain of salt as these specifications are often deceiving. It is a smart TV and comes with built in Wifi and a RJ45 Lan Port.

SANYO NXT 49 inch LED TV Smart TV

Full HD (1080p)
60 Hz Panel
6 ms Response time
Price – Rs 24,999   

If size is the king for you, don’t think twice because Sanyo offers a massive 49 inch Full HD display at a price that is easy on your pocket too. Equipped with 3x HDMI and 2x USB ports, you get all the connectivity you need. The screen is a 1080p running at 60 Hz which ensures that your game play doesn’t feel shutter-y.

The company reports a response time of 6ms. However, we still stand by the point that these results could be sugarcoated or cherry-picked. It comes with two 20W speakers and has inbuilt bass and treble control feature. Like the Thomson UD9, this is also a Smart TV.

Vu Iconium 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV

Ultra HD (4k)
60 Hz Refresh Rate
8 ms Response Time
Price – Rs 24,999

This is another great 4k Smart TV that doesn’t break your wallet. Vu has established itself as a reliable brand in India in a relatively short span to time. The display has a 60 Hz refresh rate. There are 2x USB 2.0 and 3x HDMI ports on the side for easy access.

The mentioned response time is 8ms. However, the ‘deception thing’ we talked about above applies here too. This is a Smart TV and uses Dolby Technology to drive it’s sound. The display is backlit and TV supports HDR too. You can control the TV by installing the mobile app that comes with it.


Mi LED Smart TV 4A Full HD TV (Black)

Full HD (1080)
60 Hz Refresh Rate
6.5 ms Response Time
Price – Rs. 22,999

Xiaomi phones have flooded the Indian market. Thanks to their robust built, simple UI and reasonable price. But Xiaomi also makes other appliances including TVs. Mi 4A LED TV comes with a 60 Hz, 1080p screen. It has 3x HDMI and 3x USB ports unlike other TVs in this price segment, who only have 2x USB ports. Xiaomi uses DTS-HD sound technology, which some consider to be superior to Dolby Sound due to its higher encoding data rate.

We turned to an independent website to get the response time information, which turns reports a response time of 6.5 ms. Again, the deception thing! Phew!

Vu 49 inch Full HD LED TV

Full HD (1080p)
60 Hz Refresh Rate
8 ms Response Time
Price- Rs 22,999

If you like size more than the resolution, you can save some bucks by considering another Vu TV on our list. This TV has massive 49 inch display and supports 1080p at 60 Hz. Connectivity is a bit limited on this display with 2x HDMI and 2x USB ports. Also, this is not a Smart TV. On a positive side, the display is a DLED screen. The company reports a response time of 8 ms. It is a 2016 model but if you look out for deals you might find it for a very good price.

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MSI Laptops powered by Nvidia RTX now available on Flipkart

Much anticipated Nvidia RTX powered laptops are now finally available in India. MSI has unveiled a whole bunch of laptops starting from Rs 79,999. However, the RTX powered laptops start from Rs. 1,58,990 for a RTX 2060. One can head to MSI authorized store or order on Flipkart to enjoy the new ‘Ray-Tracing’ eye candy.

These laptops might seem way too pricey for a casual gamer, but for someone who wants to take it to the next level, it might be worth the money.
All the RTX Laptops come with a minimum of 256GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, Intel’s Coffee Lake i7 8750H, Full HD LED Backlit IPS Anti-glare Display (120Hz or 144Hz), classy backlit keyboard by Steel Series, Wifi and Ethernet Adapter by Killer Networking and of course, pre-installed Windows 10. Phew! That’s a lot of features to pack in a form factor of a laptop.

Seems like budget gaming is gonna take the backseat for a while. GTX 1660, where are you?

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AMD Radeon VII Benchmarks Leaked: Closing up the RTX 2080 Gap

AMD surprised us with it’s new and the world’s first 7nm GPU at the CES. Ever since then, there have been leaks about the new card’s performance, specifications and finally, it’s benchmarks.

In the leaked 3D Mark benchmarks, AMD secures a very odd positioning against the RTX 2080.

Before we venture any further, please keep in mind that these benchmarks are just leaks and should be subjected to scrutiny. Usually the real performance is much different, thanks to driver updates and software optimisations.

Anyway, as per the Fire Strike results, the AMD card beats the RTX card by roughly 5.3 percent. Things get interesting when the cards are tested on ‘Extreme Preset’, Radeon card outperforms the 2080 by almost 6 percent. And, the Red team takes a lead of almost 9.5 percent when preset is set to ‘Ultra.’

When we turn to Final Fantasy XV, which, by the way is a Nvidia optimised title, we see a very obvious but kinda shocking picture.
Nvidia takes a lead in the benchmarks, however what surprised us is the margin. On standard settings, Nvidia is roughly 15 percent faster on both 1440p and 4k resolutions. However, when we switch to ‘High Quality’ preset on QHD resolution, the RTX crushes Radeon VII by outperforming it by almost 50 percent.

With all these strange benchmarks, it seems the it’s best to wait than to speculate.

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Moero Chronicle Hyper Coming West This Spring

About Moero Chronicle Hyper Story
Io is a simple young man with only one problem – he can’t talk to women! Any attempts at conversation are destroyed by his perverted mind, except when he talks to Lilia, his best friend and a Monster Girl. However, that becomes the least of his problems when he’s tasked with going to the dangerous region of Monstopia. There, Monster Girls have begun rampaging, causing wanton pain and destruction. Have the Monster Girls simply gone mad, or is there an even greater evil afoot…? Find out in this 
moe-filled dungeon RPG!

Key Features
• Moe Monsters Moe Problems! – Recruit 50 Monster Girls, each with unique skills and traits, to fight for you! You’ll have to wear them out in battle first though!

• Can I Kick It? – Build your relationship with each Monster Girl through special events, gift-giving, and even home improvement to increase their powers and abilities!

• Trait Flexin’ – Strategize your 5-person party by keeping their Moe Traits in mind – when combined together, you can recover after battle, increase your party’s attack, and more!

• Nothin’ Wrong with a Little Bumping Scratch! – Purify your Monster Girls and return them to their senses with “Bumping Scratch”! Find their points of weakness on their body and touch, rub, poke, or pick until they’re purified!

Switch Version Features
• Vibration function for the “Bumping Scratch” session.

• New items to increase stats.

• Autopilot Mode, which allows players to point on a map and automatically brings you to the player’s destination.

• ALL original art and event CGs released in the PlayStation Vita and Steam version!

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Observer for Switch Launches February 7

Observer is a cyberpunk, detective thriller set in the year 2084 in Krakow, Poland. The world lies in ruins with corporations seizing power after the fall of governments. You do their bidding. No lie will remain hidden from you, as you hack into the minds of those you interrogate. When your past catches up with you, you must act on your own and unravel the mystery of your son’s disappearance. Your name is Daniel Lazarski, you’re an Observer.

Key Features
• Hack into the twisted minds of criminals and their victims as you traverse a surreal landscape, uncovering meaning behind imagery.

• Unique cyberpunk setting, as players find themselves in 2084 AD, Krakow, Poland.

• Genre-defining gameplay in an unsettling, dark dystopian future.

• Exercise your morality by making difficult choices in the futuristic slums, where the law is what you make it.

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