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Leaked Intel i9-12900K Benchmark Shows 28% Gain Over Ryzen 9

A new leak for Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake platform shows that the chips may outperform AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series. The benchmark shows the flagship Intel Core i9-12900K outperforming AMD’s Ryzen 5950X in Cinebench R20 by around 18% in the multi-core test and a staggering 28% in the single-core test.

Leaker OneRaichu said a qualification sample of the i9-12900K earned a score of above 11,600 in the multi-core test and above 810 in the single-core test in Cinebench R20. Those results put the processor firmly ahead of its direct competition from AMD, particularly when it comes to single-core performance.

12900KS QS Non-OC
In water cooler.
Cinebench R20.
ST: >810
MT: >11600

— Raichu (@OneRaichu) July 20, 2021

In Guru3D’s testing, the Ryzen 5950X earned a multi-core score of 10,409 and a single-core score of 643 in Cinebench R20. That puts the 12900K at around 11% faster in single-core performance and 23% faster in multi-core performance.

The leaker says the results for the 12900K were gathered with a water-cooling without overclocking, so it’s possible the final score could be even higher.

PCGamer’s tests are even more favorable to the 12900K. Its testing of the 5950X reveals that the 12900K could be as much as 18% faster in the multi-core test and 28% faster in the single-core test. Even more interesting, the testing reveals that the 12900K is more than twice as fast as the i9-11900K that it will replace in the multi-core test.

The scores for the 12900K match a performance estimate that made the rounds last week. Between multi-core and single-core performance gains, the 12900K could cement Intel as the go-to brand for both gaming and productivity. That said, we don’t have any firm benchmarks yet.

12th-Gen Intel Core Processors, code-named Alder Lake, are set to release this fall. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The Core i9-12900K is rumored to come with 16 cores and 24 threads with a boost clock speed of up to 5.3GHz. Leading Intel’s Alder Lake platform, the processor adopts a big.LITTLE core design that utilizes high-performance and high-efficiency cores on the same processor.

This hybrid design shows up in many mobile processors. Instead of packing each core with a ton of power, the processor is able to delegate work to an appropriate core. So, a demanding task will go to the big core while a lightweight one will go to a little core, which improves the processor’s efficiency.

The upcoming Windows 11 is rumored to take advantage of this hybrid design, offering up to an 8.2% improvement in single-core performance. We don’t know what operating system the leaked benchmarks were using, much less the overall system configuration. However, Windows 11 could improve results further, particularly in tasks that stress a single core.

Intel hasn’t lifted the veil on Alder Lake yet. Although multiple leaks and rumors give us a decent idea of how the range is shaping up, we have to wait for launch and further testing to draw any firm conclusions. If the results are anywhere near what OneRaichu is suggesting, Intel could crawl its way back to the top after the disappointing Rocket Lake launch.

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Oculus Quest 1 will also gain Air Link PC streaming

Facebook and Oculus have retired the original Rift VR system, marking the end of headsets that need to be tethered to beefy PC rigs. Moving forward, Oculus said it would be focusing on the Quest system, notably the Oculus Quest 2, but also left the door still open to PC VR experiences. That door is the Air Link technology it introduced back in April, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now made it known that even the original Oculus Quest headset will be getting this feature as well.

To some extent, the Oculus Quest and its successor represent what many imagine VR experiences would be in terms of hardware. It could function by itself and didn’t need to be tied to a PC. It could, however, also still run Oculus apps and games designed for the Rift VR systems, provided the Quest was connected to a compatible desktop or laptop.

That has always been possible with a USB-C cable but Oculus Air Link removed that requirement. With a compatible PC and a 5GHz Wi-Fi router, Oculus Quest 2 owners could wirelessly stream those desktop VR apps to the standalone headset, freeing them to move as they please. Commenting on his post, Zuckerberg confirmed the requests of owners of the original Quest headset to make the feature available to the first-gen device as well.

That Facebook post showcased the v30 update to the Oculus Quest software. The highlight is an update to the Quest’s new Infinite Office that will allow running multiple windows. The new feature will boost multitasking use cases and help make the Oculus Quest look impressive for productivity tasks.

It isn’t clear whether the v30 software update will bring that Air Link functionality to the Oculus Quest 1 or if it will come in a later update. The Oculus Quest 2 is also expected to get a bigger play space of 15m by 15m, allowing for new VR experiences that can take place in more expansive physical areas.

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Logitech Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini gain support for new collaboration platforms

Logitech has announced the release of its latest operating system called CollabOS 1.2. With the upgraded operating system, Logitech devices, including the Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini, now support communication and collaboration platforms, including GoTo, Pexip, and RingCentral. The all-in-one Logitech videoconferencing appliance was announced in January.

Logitech says they are aimed directly at hybrid work environments and have allowed companies to transform meeting rooms of any size using flexible and easily deployed videoconferencing equipment. With the upgraded software, Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini, all-in-one devices are able to run native GoTo, Pexip, and RingCentral applications in appliance mode.

That means no PC needs to be in the room during video conferencing with those applications. Logitech notes that when used with GoTo, its devices can turn a meeting into a modern, dynamic workspace with state-of-the-art video collaboration. The integration uses a Linux-based operating system to keep meetings as flexible as possible.

Pexip integration brings simple meeting experiences with One-Touch Join allowing employees to securely attend Pexip Service meetings from a Pexip Room using a web browser, via the Pexip App, or third-party SIP devices. RingCentral integration provides a “one-stop-shop” for videoconferencing needs. Logitech says videoconferencing at the desktop or via client in-room systems is supported. The integration provides a full suite of product solutions for businesses that need communication and collaboration in a hybrid environment.

Logitech says users of these three platforms can now integrate their familiar and trusted services directly into the Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini. The integration allows users to create an elevated experience for meeting participants in the room and remotely with the ability to deploy at scale.

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Pepper the robot has been talking to itself to gain your trust

Talking to yourself has a bad reputation, but it doesn’t always mean you’re going mad. Studies show that thinking out loud can help you manage your emotions and complete tricky tasks — and it isn’t only humans who are doing it.

A group of Italian researchers recently programmed Pepper the robot to “think” out loud so that users can understand what influences its decisions. They suspected that this would improve its interactions with humans.

They tested their theory by asking people to set a dinner table with the robot according to etiquette rules.

They found that the robot was better at solving dilemmas when it used self-dialogue.

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When one person asked Pepper to breach the code of etiquette by placing a napkin on a fork, the robot used “inner voice” it analyzed the request. Pepper concluded that the user might be confused but followed their instruction:

Ehm, this situation upsets me. I would never break the rules, but I can’t upset him, so I’m doing what he wants.

By using self-dialogue, Pepper let the user know that it had solved the predicament by prioritizing the human’s request.

The researchers say this form of transparency could build our trust with robots. They also believe it will help humans and droids collaborate and find solutions to dilemmas.

“Inner speech could be useful in all the cases where we trust the computer or a robot for the evaluation of a situation,” said study co-author Antonio Chella, a professor of robotics at the University of Palermo.

There might be one problem, however. If a robot’s constantly talking to itself, users might prefer to sacrifice some of its performance for a bit of peace and quiet. Pepper is gonna need a mute button.

You can read the research paper in the journal iScience.

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M-Files acquires Hubshare to gain access to content-sharing portal

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M-Files today announced it has acquired Hubshare as part of an effort to make it easier to share files and data stored in its enterprise content management (ECM) platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hubshare presents end users with a portal through which they can access data and files without requiring IT teams to move everything into one central repository, said M-Files CEO Antti Nivala.

M-Files plans to continue to offer Hubshare as a standalone platform while simultaneously working to tighten integration between Hubshare and the ECM platform provided by M-Files, Nivala added.

In general, most Hubshare users have been people working for different organizations who needed an easier way to collaborate and share files, documents, and other classes of data, noted Nivala. As the number of digital business transformation initiatives involving multiple organizations continues to expand, the need to seamlessly share information will only increase in the months ahead, Nivala said.

In effect, Hubshare is evolving into the front-end portal through which customers can centrally access multiple backend platforms for storing data via a portal that keeps track of which users are authorized to access specific files and documents, Nivala said.

M-Files earlier this year raised an additional $80 million in funding. Ultimately, the company’s goal is to apply AI to metadata independently of the ECM platform it was captured from. Armed with AI capabilities, it should become simpler to optimize workflows spanning multiple ECM platforms.

Despite the rise of massive data lakes in the cloud, Nivala said there will never be a single source of truth in any enterprise. Data will continue to be created and managed within the context of a wide range of application silos that will each continue to have their own set of master data. “There are going to be a number of master locations for data,” he said.

The challenge IT organizations face is finding a way to affordably make all that data accessible to end users inside and outside of an organization in a way that doesn’t compromise security and, just as importantly, can be audited from a compliance perspective, Nivala added.

Most IT organizations don’t have a great track record when it comes to centralizing data management. However, there are now more users than ever that need to directly access data that was created outside of an application environment they have express permission to use. As such, the need for a portal that makes it easier to navigate data residing in multiple master data repositories is rising. Data is now being stored independently of the application first employed to create it. In fact, many organizations will soon find themselves judged based on how easy they are to work with while, paradoxically, being required to make sure that content stays secure. As critical as security might be, productivity is still the most critical of all metrics applied to any workflow.

Of course, competition among providers of ECM platforms is already fierce. These platforms are racing to embed AI capabilities that will make it simpler to access and integrate a wide range of content. It’s not clear to what degree those capabilities might dissuade organizations from launching massive data warehouse projects as it becomes simpler for both end users and third-party applications to access content wherever it happens to reside. Regardless of approach, however, the one thing that is apparent is that legacy approaches to managing content will no longer suffice in an era where the value of data rises in direct proportion to how often and widely it’s employed.

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OnePlus 9 Review – What you gain and lose VS OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 is very, very similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro. Today we’re going to decide if it’s worth buying one over the other – and if it’s time to upgrade from an older OnePlus device. The OnePlus 9 Pro is approximately $240 more than the non-Pro device, comparing both devices with their lowest-tier base pricing. Both have the same display, Hassleblad branding, and a similar camera setup – so what’s the difference?

Display

The OnePlus 9 has a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, giving it a 402ppi pixel density. This device has a single punch-hole in its upper left-hand corner for a forward-facing camera to peek through. The panel has rounded corners and a flat face.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a slightly larger display at 6.7-inches, but its left and right side are curved. The display resolution on the OnePlus 9 Pro is 1440 x 3216, giving it a 525ppi pixel density. The OnePlus 9 Pro is both taller and wider (but not thicker) than the OnePlus 9, but because the OnePlus 9 has a flat display, the two devices feel more similar to one another than they would if both devices had the same flatness (or amount of curve).

Because both devices have AMOLED displays, they should be capable of both extreme brightness and extreme dimness. OnePlus suggests that the OnePlus 9 is capable of 1100 nits peak brightness, while the Pro should be able to reach 1300 nits at its peak.

We’re not using any scientific instruments to judge the actual light levels here – but it would appear that both devices can reach almost identical dimness. The peak brightness in the OnePlus 9 Pro is ever-so-slightly noticeably more intense than that of the non-Pro.

The touch polling on the OnePlus 9 isn’t quite as top-tier as it is on the Pro. The Pro has what OnePlus calls “Hyper Touch”, which means we’re getting up to 360Hz touch polling in certain instances, and 240Hz most of the time. The OnePlus 9 has a max 240Hz touch sample rate. NOTE: Simple touch testing suggests we’re certainly MAXED out at 240Hz touch sample rate on OnePlus 9, while OnePlus 9 Pro reaches above 240Hz, unless limited by the active game/app.

Processor, RAM, Storage

Both OnePlus 9 devices have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and the same amount of internal data storage – either 128 or 256GB. Both devices have the same LPDDR5 RAM – either 8 or 12GB. Both devices run the same software – save the few features that appear on the OnePlus 9 Pro that do not appear on the non-Pro 9 (mostly dealing with display/touchscreen refresh rates).

Materials, Buttons, Sensors, Speakers

Both devices have Gorilla Glass up front and around back, but the OnePlus 9 has a plastic frame (sandwiched between the glass front and back), while the Pro has aluminum. If you’ve got both devices in cases, you’d never know one had plastic or aluminum.

Both devices feel premium in a way that matches their cost. The industrial design choices OnePlus made for the OnePlus 9 series made for a classic product that’s just different enough from the competition to be uniquely OnePlus’ own.

Both devices have the same hardware buttons and options, USB-C, and front-facing camera. Both devices have the same USB-C tech, NFC capabilities, and fingerprint sensor (optical, under display). Both have the same sensors up front and inside, and the same set of speakers (both facing the same directions, forward and down).

The speaker system is very, very good on the OnePlus 9. The speaker system does not appear to be any less powerful and high-quality than what’s running in the OnePlus 9 Pro. OnePlus 9 has the Qualcomm WCD9385 audio codec, Qualcomm Aqstic platform tech, and the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos audio.

Camera

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both have Hassleblad branding, and both devices have what appear to be fairly similar camera setups. The front camera on both devices is literally the same – both have the same sensor, no difference.

The backside camera array is different in a few key ways. The main sensor on both devices is a 1/1.43″ 48-megapixel sensor with 1.12 μm/48M; 2.24 μm (4 in 1)/12M pixel size, 7P lens array, 23mm equivalent focal length, EIS, and f/1.8 aperture. But they don’t work with the same main image sensor.

The OnePlus 9 has a Sony IMX689 main image sensor, while the Pro has a Sony IMX789 main image sensor. As such, the Pro has optical image stabilization (OIS) and a slightly more expansive set of video capture abilities. With the Pro, for example, you’re able to capture 4K video up to 120fps, while the 4K video with the non-pro can only capture 30 or 60fps.

The Ultra-wide camera on the back of the OnePlus 9 is identical to that of the Ultra-wide camera on the Pro. Your wide photos are going to be able to be just as wide, regardless of which OnePlus 9 device you choose.

The Monochrome camera on both devices is also identical. You’ll be able to take Super Macro photos at as close-range with one device as the other.

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a Telephoto Camera in its back-facing array of cameras. This is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 1.0 μm pixel size and an f/2.4 aperture. This telephoto camera delivers 3.3x (77mm) optical zoom, while the OnePlus 9 has no particularly spectacular comparable zoom capabilities.

The OnePlus 9 Pro also has a laser sensor that’s meant to assist with speedy autofocus. The non-Pro OnePlus 9 has no such laser. Based on our tests with the devices, this feature doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of difference between the two devices.

Battery

The battery size on both devices is identical. Both devices can use USB-C wired Warp Charge 65T (10V/6.5A), so they can charge up several hours-worth of battery life in a matter of minutes. They can charge from zero to 100% in under an hour – and the majority of the way in just over 30 minutes.

Both devices have the ability to charge wirelessly with Qi-standard wireless chargers, and both devices can reverse-charge. If you activate said feature, one device can act as a wireless charger to charge any other Qi-standard wireless charge-capable device.

The OnePlus 9 wirelessly charges at a maximum 15W, no matter which wireless charger it’s working with. If you’re using the newest wireless charger from OnePlus – the OnePlus Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger – you’ll be able to charge the OnePlus 9 Pro at 50W. The OnePlus 9 Pro charges from zero to 100% at under an hour with this charger.

The Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger works with a fan to keep devices cool while they’re charging. If you’re using either the OnePlus 9 or 9 Pro, you can set a “Bedtime Mode” schedule. Bedtime Mode slows the charging and slows the fan to keep quiet so you can sleep (assuming the charger sits at your bedside.)

The battery very easily lasts a full day on a full charge with the OnePlus 9. When using the device for the most basic of purposes – email, camera, social networking, web browsing, we’ve been able to stretch battery life to nearly two full days on a single full charge.

Wrap-up

OnePlus 9 was announced with three different case color options: Winter Mist, Astral Black, and Arctic Sky. There are two options for RAM+ROM, one with 8+128, the other 12+256, priced at $729 and $829 respectively.

SEE TOO: Our OnePlus 9 Pro Review

The OnePlus 9 Pro was announced in Morning Mist and Pine Green. There are two RAM+ROM sizes here too, one with 8+128, the other 12+256, priced at $969 and $1069 respectively.

The most major differences between these devices are in the display size and shape, touch polling, wireless charging speed, and price. If you’re comparing the lesser of the OnePlus 9 models to the lesser of the OnePlus 9 Pro devices, the $240 difference in price is pretty significant – more significant than we’d judge sensible for the benefits.

You’re still getting 120Hz image refresh rate on the display, it’s still an AMOLED display, and the differences between camera systems are almost non-existent. Use the extra cash on a OnePlus protective case and buy yourself a dinner or two instead.

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