HP Cyber Monday Sale: Get AMD Ryzen 7 ‘Renoir’ Powered Laptop For JUST $400, Ryzen Powered COMPUTER For $712!

HP is currently running its Cyber Monday sale offering fantastic deals on various laptops and desktops. This sale offer deals for both Intel and AMD gaming desktops. While you can see the full list of deals by clicking on the link at the end, we have also handpicked some deals that we think our readers will absolutely love.

MD Ryzen 7 powered laptop for just $400!


You read that right. HP is offering a doorbuster deal on an HP Pavilion laptop featuring AMD’s next-generation Renoir processors with integrated Vega graphics. The laptop features 8 gigs of memory, 256 GB SSD and a 15.6 inch display! At the mere price of $400, this is a deal you absolutely cannot pass over.

The OMEN 30L Desktop GT13-0255st and the OMEN 25L Desktop GT12-0240m desktops are currently on sale, offering up to $250 off the initial price.

These desktops utilize similar PC cases; this case features a solid black design with a tempered glass side panel allowing buyers to see the internal components at a glance. This PC case features a full-metal frame allowing for a very sturdy PC while still offering RGB support through the OMEN logo on the front panel.

OMEN 25L Desktop GT12-0240m with Ryzen 5 and RX5500 for $712 ONLY with code: 5STACKBFCM21

The OMEN 25L Desktop GT12-0240m features a simple black PC case with RGB lighting on the front OMEN logo.


This desktop utilizes an AMD Ryzen 5 Processor paired with the AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card. The AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor features a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz with a max clock speed of 4.1 GHz and features six total CPU cores.

This combination allows for great 1080p gaming while not featuring a large price tag. This desktop originally had a price of $899.99, but due to the Cyber Monday deal has made this desktop priced at $749.99, taking $150 off the initial price tag. Oh you can get a further 5% off by using discount code 5STACKBFCM21 on checkout.


OMEN 30L Desktop GT13-0255st with 10th Gen 10600k and GTX 1660 Ti for $1394 using code: 10STACKBFCM21

The OMEN 30L Desktop GT13-0255st features a similar PC case to the OMEN 25L case but has significant changes, including a single 120 mm fan located near the bottom of the front panel. This PC case still offers a tempered glass side panel and vents for better airflow through the front panel.


This desktop utilizes an Intel Core i5-10600K w/ RGB Liquid Cooling, keeping the processor cool even during heavy workloads. This processor features a base clock speed of 4.1 GHz with a Turbo clock speed of 4.8 GHz, paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. This desktop is typically priced at $1,299.99, but thanks to HP’s Cyber Monday sale, this desktop has a $1,049.99.

Both of these desktops are perfect for any gamer looking for an upgrade to their current PC build. While the AMD build does have a smaller price tag, it does feature a less powerful graphics card, and the Intel build features both liquid cooling for the CPU and a more powerful graphics card.

Full list of black friday/cyber monday deals over here

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Sharkoon Introduces The SK3 RGB And TK4 RGB PC Cases

Sharkoon has announced two new PC cases, the SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB, featuring RGB lighting powered through the rear 120 mm fan or can offer four 120 mm RGB fans. These cases offer the same minimalistic design while featuring up to three SSDs and two drives to be stored in the HDD/SSD drive cage. Both of these cases are currently available, with the SK3 RGB having a price of €39.90 or roughly $47.74, while the TK4 RGB features a price of €49.99 or roughly $59.81.

Sharkoon’s two new PC cases, the SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB PC cases offer similar designs and the same compatibility for PC components

The SK3 RGB and the TK4 RGB feature similar minimalistic designs, these case’s design still offers a tempered glass side panel to ensure that PC builders can easily be shown off. This tempered glass side panel also allows the RGB lighting to be shown throughout the rest of your PC components easily. The rest of the case features a simple black design allowing these cases to be hidden away if all the RGB lighting is disabled.

The TK4 RGB PC case features a tempered glass front panel, in addition to the tempered glass side panel, allowing the three 120 mm RGB fans to cool not only the internal components but also offer easy RGB lighting.

The RGB lighting features support for MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion Ready, ASRock Polychrome Sync, and fourteen manually controllable modes.

Source: Sharkoon

Both cases utilize the same internal structure and offer the same compatibility for the large computer components. These cases can support motherboards ranging from Mini-ITX up to ATX form factors. These cases can support a maximum CPU cooler height of 157 mm, and a maximum power supply length of 175 mm. For Graphics cards, these cases can support larger graphics cards with a maximum length of 335 mm. This ensures that high-end PC components easily fit inside this PC case while not restricting any installed fans’ airflow.

This case features two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 located on the top of the PC case for connectivity. Both of these cases are currently available, with the TK4 RGB features a price of $59.81, while the SK3 RGB having a price of $47.74.

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AMD: Do Not Expect Personalized Radeon RX 6800 XT

In a statement given to Hardware Unboxed, AMD has clarified that their Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 custom partner models will be available at MSRPs in 4 to 8 weeks. This statement comes at a time when not only the partner models but also the reference models are out of stock globally and there’s no word on when we can expect supply to get normal.

MD Claims Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 Custom AIB Models To Hit MSRPs Within 4-8 Weeks

HardwareUnboxed’s Steve & Tim managed to get some word out of AMD in a private conversation regarding the whole situation surrounding the inflated prices of custom Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 graphics cards. Earlier, Videocardz had also managed to get stock information from various retailers who are facing limited supply and thus limited availability of the said graphics cards within the consumer segment. The statement is as follows:

“We have had a private conversation with AMD. They assured us that in 4 to 8 weeks there will be AIB cards available at MSRP. They said they enabled the AIBs to achieve the 649 dollars [RX 6800 XT] MSRP and they expect that to happen within 8 weeks.”

Steve Walton, Hardware Unboxed (via Videocardz)

The full video can be seen below:

While the stock issue isn’t getting any better any time soon, what’s making it worse is that the few cards that go on sale are listed for inflated prices which are way above the MSRPs. In a chart listed over at Videocardz, you can see several graphics cards along with their respective premium over the reference models. You can expect premium prices of up to +$250 US for the Radeon RX 6800 XT and up to +$120 US for the Radeon RX 6800.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 Custom Model Prices at Newegg (via Videocardz):

Now it’s a given that these custom cards featuring better cooling and PCB designs should retail at a premium price which is true for all GeForce RTX cards too but retailers are specifically asking for higher prices over the already premium price tags that these graphics cards come with. As per the red team (AMD), the custom Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 graphics cards are expected to return to normal MSRPs within 4-8 weeks which is early 2021.

The main reason is that retailers are trying to cash-in the entire situation since this is a premium segment with users willing to pay the extra bucks and retailers now that these cards are very limited in supply so they get to raise the prices as much as they want knowing that consumers are going to pay the full amount, regardless. It was recently reported that AIBs have bare minimum margins on their custom designs and retailers inflating the prices makes it even worse for them.

NVIDIA is also facing similar issues with its AIB partners where several models are listed for inflated prices due to the unavailability of stock and retailers taking advantage of the whole scenario. With that said, if reports are true, then NVIDIA is to be partially blamed for the whole mess with their own lineup since they have allegedly sold $175 million worth of GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards directly to the crypto mining segment.

Several shops and retailers had boycotted the launch sales since they couldn’t get their supply on time & are now suggesting supply to resume to normal by 2021. Retailer ProShop’s statistics show that only 125 RX 6800 series graphics cards have been sold to date and all of them are reference models. The retailer has made a huge order of several 100 custom variants from each AIB but only a handful of cards are being supplied to them at the moment.

Retailers held off from taking pre-orders to avoid unnecessary traffic like the witnessed with the GeForce RTX 30 series launch which crashed almost every big retailer within minutes. During the launch day, Newegg and Amazon had reported limited units of the Radeon RX 6800 XT & 6800 being available through them.

AMD did make several promises of this not being as much of a botched launch as NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 series but it turned out to be even worse. We are not saying that NVIDIA’s situation here is any better but NVIDIA’s cards were shipped and sold to several customers while AMD’s cards were prioritized to Red Team Plus members who had links to purchase the cards prior to regular buyers.

All in all, it really sucks to be a gamer right now as both NVIDIA and AMD underestimated the huge demand for next-generation GPUs. Gamers who have ordered have been shown shipment dates as far as February 2021.

NVIDIA and AMD could’ve taken their time to establish a bigger stock but they have been running behind ‘Unprecedented Demand’ as a means to tackle the backlash of one of the worst graphics card launches in terms of availability. With that said, we hope that 2021 can start off better for gamers all around the globe who just want a new graphics card to enjoy the latest gaming titles.

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Lian Li Reveals the ST120 Followers

Lian Li has Launched the ST120 fan featuring a maximum fan speed of 1,900 RPM and a maximum noise level of 32 dBA. This fan has RGB lighting throughout the fan blades. The ST120 fan comes in either a white color scheme or a black color scheme and is currently available for pre-order for $39.99.

Lian Li has launched the ST120 fan offering an industrial-grade motor and RGB lighting through the fan blades

The ST120 fan comes in two distinct colors, either Black or White, featuring RGB lighting throughout the fan blades, ensuring fantastic lights illuminate the other PC components. These two distinct colors allow this fan to easily match a standard black PC case or a snow-white PC build, ensuring that the theme stays intact even for the case fans.

Source: Lian Li

The ST120 fan offers an RPM range of 800 RPM with a maximum speed of 1,900 RPM allowing for fantastic airflow. This maximum speed only creates 32 dBA of noise, allowing for an incredibly cool PC case while not being noisy enough to distract any gamer. The ST120 fan can provide a maximum airflow of 69.17 CFM and a maximum static pressure of 2.6 mm H2O. This allows for a significant amount of air to be efficiently moved through the case using this fan.

Source: Lian Li

This fan utilizes an industrial-grade motor to ensure the high reliability that Lian Li products are known for and keep the fan as silent as possible. This fan also uses a Fluid Dynamic Bearing, which reduces the moving motor hubs’ internal friction and noise.

The ST120 fan includes a fan hub offering support for up to six fans and can be connected through the motherboard’s fan header and using a SATA connection to power the hub. This included hub is one way that PC builders can control the RGB lighting; this fan can also be controlled through the included controller.

The ST120 fan comes in a three-pack in either a white or black color and currently available for pre-order. The 3-pack of these fans features a price tag of $39.99. More information is available on Lian Li’s website for the ST120 fans.

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EVGA Introduces the BP Bronze Collection Power Supplies

EVGA announces the BP Bronze Series of Power supplies offering four different models with a ranging power output from 460 watts up to 710 watts. These power supplies feature 80 PLUS Bronze certified, offering an 85% efficiency or higher during typical loads. These power supplies are currently available through EVGA’s websites with a price ranging from $84.99 to $54.99.

The BP Bronze Series of power supplies offers four different models with a power output ranging from 460 watts to 710 watts.

These power supplies all have similar features offering a Hard-Lined design, 80 PLUS bronze efficiency, and utilize the Hydraulic bearing fan. The hard-lined design makes these power supplies non-modular, which can increase the cord clutter inside of your PC. This design also ensures that the case’s installation is easy and ready to start right out of the box.

The BP Bronze Series power supplies feature 80 PLUS efficiency, ensuring your power supply, under typical load, has an 85% efficiency or higher. This certification ensures that the power supply isn’t turning a large amount of electricity into heat and instead uses that electricity.

The BP Bronze Series, power supplies design, features a fairly standard design, having no RGB lighting but keeps the black color the same throughout the chassis. These power supplies’ chassis is slightly shorter than the standard ATX form factor, as these power supplies feature a length of just 120 mm.

All of these power supplies utilize the Hydraulic Bearing Fan, which reduces the noise created by the power supply. This fan also offers a longer-lasting life than a sleeve bearing fan; having a power supply fan that stays quiet and lasts for a longer time is incredibly important.

The BP power supply series are currently available on EVGA’s website, with the EVGA 710 BP being the most expensive, having a price tag of $84.99. The EVGA 610 BP features a price tag of $74.99, while the EVGA 510 BP has a price of $64.99 while the least expensive is the EVGA 460 BP having a price of $54.99. Each of these power supplies is limited to two per household on EVGA’s website.

These power supplies feature a three-year warranty to ensure any buyers that these power supplies can operate for a long time without breaking down.

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ASRock Brings Ryzen 4000U Renoir APUs To Its Mars Mini-PCs– Tiny Form Factor Style With Up To 8 Cores

ASRock has announced its Mars Mini-PC series which features the AMD Ryzen 4000U Renoir APUs in a small form factor design. The Mars 4000U series Mini-POC come within a super-compact case meant for general office, home theater use, and even gaming.

SRock Mars 4000U Mini-PCs Feature Up To 8 Core & 16 Thread AMD Ryzen 4000U ‘Renoir’ APUs Within A Small Form Factor Design

The main feature of the ASRock Mars 4000U Mini-PCs is that they are rocking AMD’s Ryzen 4000U ‘Renoir’ APUs. These APUs are originally designed for the mobility segment but ASRock is bringing them over to the desktop PC market with its new compact Mini PC series. The MARS Mini PC comes with support for up to 8 core and 16 thread Ryzen 4000U APUs and the full list is provided below:

AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (8C16T, Turbo 4.2GHz)AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (8C8T, Turbo 4.1GHz)AMD Ryzen 5 4600U (6C12T, Turbo 4.0GHz)AMD Ryzen 5 4500U (6C6T, Turbo 4.0GHz)AMD Ryzen 3 4300U (4C4T, Turbo 3.7GHz)

In addition to the AMD Ryzen 4000U Renoir APUs, the Mars 4000U Mini PCs feature support for dual-channel DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3200 MHz and capacities of up to 64 GB. It also comes with support for PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD along with a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive bay to allow for decent storage capacities.

ASRock Mars 4000U Mini PC Specs Overview:

AMD Ryzen 4000U Series APUDual-Channel DDR4-3200MHz MemoryHDMI, D-SubUltra M.2 2280 Slot (NVMe)2.5″ SATA 6Gb Hard DriveM.2 For Wi-Fi1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A + 2 x USB 2.0SD Card Reader26mm Height, 0.7 Liter Compact size

The whole chassis is a 0.7-liter design with a height of only 26mm. Front panel connectivity comes with 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 2.0, and a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-C) port. On the back, you get two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI and VGA display output, a Realtek ALC233-VB2 powered audio out & microphone port, & an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. There’s an M.2 slot for WiFi Bluetooth that supports Intel AX200 WiFi 6. Power is provided through a 65W (19V) adapter which is included in the box.

The CPU is cooled by an active cooling solution which features a single fan that blows air through an aluminum fin based heatsink that carries the air out through the exhaust vents. ASRock also ships a VESA mount with the Mars for easy installation in business and office environments. The pricing and availability for ASRock’s Mars 4000U Mini-PC have not been announced yet.

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Even More NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Personalized Models Pictured

Even more NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti custom models have leaked out with some retailers even listing the cards for pre-order with preliminary prices. Along with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, the RTX 3070 has also received some new custom variants with one of them featuring a budget design and the other going with a slightly premium look.

NVIDIA’s Soon To Be Released GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gets Listed Online By Retailers – Several New Custom Models Pictured

Several retailers have listed the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in custom flavors on their online retail stores. Amazon UK, Scan UK, XtremeMedia (Spain), and Dateks (Latvia) have listed various models & their prices have also been mentioned. Do keep in mind that these prices are preliminary and do not reflect the official MSRPs set by NVIDIA or their AIBs. The prices also include hefty VAT which is why they look more expensive when converted to USD. The models along with their prices are as follows (via Videocardz):

Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE – 538.91 EURGigabyte RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE OC – 525.98 EURGigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC – 558.16 EURGigabyte RTX 3060 Ti AORUS Master – 592.26 EURInno3D RTX 3060 Ti Twin X2 OC – 502.23 EURInno3D RTX 3060 Ti iChill X3 – 529.49 EURZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge – 568.38 EUR

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Models – Eagle, Gaming & AORUS Master

Coming to the models, we first have the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Eagle series which comes in both standard and factory overclocked variants. The Eagle RTX 3060 Ti variants come with dual-fan cooling in a 2-slot design. The cards feature a compact design with a dense aluminum heatsink and several copper heat pipes making direct contact with the GPU. The TGP for both cards is suggested at 200W.

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC comes with a more premium triple-fan and 2.5 slot design. The card features a massive cooler shroud that extends beyond the PCB and comes with vents on the backplate since the third fan will be blowing air through it. Display outputs on all three cards include two HDMI and two DisplayPorts.

Gigabyte also has the AORUS Master variant in the works which unlike the 4-slot RTX 3080/3090 design comes with a more tuned 2.5 slot design that was incorporated by the RTX 3070 too. The card features a 200W TGP and should be powered by a single 8-pin connector. It comes with a triple-fan configuration, RGB LEDs on both sides of the GPU shroud, and a triple HDMI and triple DisplayPort configuration. The AORUS Master will be the most expensive variant in Gigabyte’s RTX 3060 Ti lineup.

Inno3D GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Models – Twin X2 and iChill X3

Moving on, we have the Inno3d GeForce RTX 3060 Ti iChill X3 and Twin X2 OC series. The Twin X2 as the name suggests will feature a dual-fan cooling system in a compact form factor but we don’t get to see pictures of it yet. The iChill X3 on the other hand is a mighty triple-fan design with a 2.5 slot shape. The card is powered by a single 8-pin connector and should come with a factory overclock. It also rocks RGB LEDs on the side plate which looks great.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Models – Twin Edge OC

Lastly, we have the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge series which unsurprisingly come in both stock and overclocked flavors. The Twin Edge OC seems to feature a GPU clock of 1695 MHz & a TDP of 200W too. The card will be powered by a single 8-pin connector. As for cooling, the card adopts a compact dual-slot and dual-fan cooled with a small PCB and features a nice metallic backplate. The display outputs include the standard single HDMI & triple DisplayPort configuration.

Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Models – Dual and Gaming Pro

The Palit models were leaked by Videocardz and include two variants, the Dual OC and the Gaming Pro OC. As the name suggests, both are factory overclocked variants but we will also see them in a more budget-tuned non-OC option. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming Pro OC comes with a triple-fan and 2.5 slot design. the card has a very solid design with large metal plates extending over the fans and the use of RGB LEDs through the middle fan. The card comes with a metal backplate and is powered by a dual 7-pin connector configuration which means that users can expect higher OC out of this card.

The Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Dual OC comes with a more standard dual-slot and dual-fan design. It rocks a black colored cooler shroud and backplate. The second fan blows air through the massive heatsink and out of the exhaust vents on the back of the card. The card is powered by a single 8-pin connector. Display options include a single HDMI and three DisplayPorts on both cards.

In addition to these, MSI has submitted a massive list of custom GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards to EEC which was spotted by Komachi_Ensaka (via Videocardz). Their lineup could look like the following:


The NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti is planned for launch on 2nd December and will be available in several custom variants at launch.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series ‘Ampere’ Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti?NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti?NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090GPU NameAmpere GA107Ampere GA106?Ampere GA106?Ampere GA104-200Ampere GA104-300Ampere GA102-150Ampere GA102-200Ampere GA102-250Ampere GA102-300Process NodeSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmDie SizeTBATBATBA395.2mm2395.2mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2TransistorsTBATBATBA17.4 Billion17.4 Billion28 Billion28 Billion28 Billion28 BillionCUDA Cores23043584384048645888742487041049610496TMUs / ROPsTBATBATBA152 / 80184 / 96232 / 80272 / 96328 / 112328 / 112Tensor / RT CoresTBATBATBA152 / 38184 / 46232 / 58272 / 68328 / 82328 / 82Base ClockTBATBATBA1410 MHz1500 MHzTBA1440 MHzTBA1400 MHzBoost ClockTBATBATBA1665 MHz1730 MHzTBA1710 MHzTBA1700 MHzFP32 ComputeTBATBATBA16.2 TFLOPs20 TFLOPsTBA30 TFLOPsTBA36 TFLOPsRT TFLOPsTBATBATBA32.4 TFLOPs40 TFLOPsTBA58 TFLOPsTBA69 TFLOPsTensor-TOPsTBATBATBATBA163 TOPsTBA238 TOPsTBA285 TOPsMemory Capacity4 GB GDDR6?6 GB GDDR6?6 GB GDDR6?8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR610 GB GDDR6X?10 GB GDDR6X20 GB GDDR6X24 GB GDDR6XMemory Bus128-bit192-bit?192-bit?256-bit256-bit320-bit320-bit320-bit384-bitMemory SpeedTBATBATBA14 Gbps14 GbpsTBA19 Gbps19 Gbps19.5 GbpsBandwidthTBATBATBA448 Gbps448 GbpsTBA760 Gbps760 Gbps936 GbpsTGP90W?TBATBA180W?220W320W?320W320W350WPrice (MSRP / FE)$149?$199?$299?$399 US?$499 US$599 US?$699 US$899 US?$1499 USLaunch (Availability)2021?2021?2021?November 2020?29th OctoberQ4 2020?17th SeptemberJanuary 2021?24th September

More GeForce RTX 3070 Custom Models on The Horizon

In addition to all the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti custom models, the GeForce RTX 3070 is also getting new variants. MSI has introduced its GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Fan series which come with a more budget-oriented look. The card features a standard dual-slot and dual-fan cooler with a matte black shroud and a solid backplate. The card is powered by an 8+6 pin connector configuration and comes with a slight factory overclock of 1740 MHz (boost).

Some of the main highlights for the GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Fan series from MSI include:

Boost Clock / Memory Speed

1740 MHz / 14 Gbps8GB GDDR6DisplayPort x 3 / HDMI x 1

Dual Fan Thermal Design

Dual fans cover more area of heatsink to take heat away more efficiently.Up to 6mm thick copper heat pipes maximize heat transfer from the surface of the baseplate for better cooling.

fterburner Overclocking Utility

Supports multi-GPU setups.OC Scanner: An automated function finds the highest stable overclock settings.On-Screen Display: Provides real-time information of your system’s performance.Predator: In-game video recording.

The cooler extends beyond the PCB with the second fan blowing air through it. The aluminum heatsink has several heat pipes running through it & we also get the standard HDMI and triple DisplayPort connectors on the back. In terms of pricing, the card should retail at the same price as the MSRP of $499 US.

ZOTAC has also introduced its GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC in a white edition flavor. The card retains the same design as the regular Twin Edge cards but comes with a white-colored backplate, cooler shroud, and fans. The fans push air towards the aluminum heatsink underneath the shroud which is composed of several aluminum fins and five copper heat pipes.

The card comes with a boost of 1755 MHz which is higher than the reference clock speeds since this is an OC variant we are looking at. Power is provided through dual 8-pin connectors which is surprising on a card of this size. The compact nature of this card makes it an ideal choice for SFF gaming PC builds. The TGP is suggested at 220W for the RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC White edition. It should also come in at a slightly higher price than the reference models.

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The Education and learning Exchange: The Secret to Bring In and also Keeping Reliable Teachers

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The Dean of the Belmont University School of Education, Wayne D. Lewis Jr., joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss teacher effectiveness, and how schools of education can better prepare teachers for the classroom.

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Expecting What’s Ahead for Ed After the Political election

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Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden head to a joint congressional session to tally the 2016 electoral college votes on January 6, 2017.

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Given that the election results have now come into fairly clear focus, here a few thoughts on what might lie ahead.

President Biden will be heading up an administration that’ll (probably) be working with Mitch McConnell at the head of a knife’s-edge Republican Senate majority and Speaker Nancy Pelosi leading the smallest House majority in two decades. There’s a reason that Wall Street responded to all this with glee—it’s a combination that rids the market of the uncertainty created by an impulsive, irresponsible president while ensuring that the radical ambitions of the Sanders-AOC Democrats are dead on arrival.

But it’s not a combination that necessarily spells gridlock—especially when it comes to education. While it’s easy to overlook amidst the polarized politics of 2020, there’s more than a little potential common ground on education policy. In the shadow of Trump, a more populist GOP and the challenges of COVID mean that, at least for now, there are deals to be struck.

It’s possible, for instance, to imagine Republicans voting to boost funding for special education, career and technical education, or early childhood; to tackle the “digital divide” funding; or to increase the size of the Pell Grant, if Democrats are willing to couple new outlays with measures to expand access to apprenticeships and workforce training, minimize federal micro-management, and steer dollars to individuals rather than institutions. If Republican support seems far-fetched, take another look at the fiscally-populist, socially-conservative vision that influential GOP senators like Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio have been sketching. Meanwhile, if lots of public schools appear inclined to stay shuttered into fall 2021 or beyond, centrist Democrats may be increasingly open to proposals which directly fund families.

All of this will turn on the relationship established between a Biden White House and a McConnell-led Senate. By the way, this is where the caricature of McConnell constructed by the NPR set is especially misleading. Far from the cartoon villain of progressive imagination, McConnell is an old-school, strategic operator (the kind of professional politician that plenty of pundits say they’re yearning for after the Trump Show). Meanwhile, if Biden wants to govern from the center-left, he may quietly regard a Republican Senate majority as a blessing, as it would give him a ready excuse to dismiss as irrelevant the kinds of radical progressive proposals he ran against in the primaries. Given the decades of cordial history binding Biden and McConnell, Trumpian shoutfests could give way to a spate of dealmaking.

Of course, saying all this could happen doesn’t mean it will. There will be intense pressure on Biden from the base, urging him to move aggressively on executive action, make “bold” appointments, and get payback for the frustrations of the Trump years. And the heat from the base may be so great that neither the White House nor Democrats on the Hill feel comfortable cutting deals. Meanwhile, McConnell’s base has been emboldened by the GOP’s unexpectedly strong showing and is eager for its own payback for the rough ride that Democrats gave the Trump administration. How this plays out remains to be seen.

There’s also an intriguing wrinkle regarding the Senate. Currently, the Senate stands at 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with the two Georgia seats going to run-offs in early January. The oddsmakers expect Republicans to win at least one of those races, thus claiming a majority. But the Democrats could win both seats and wind up controlling a 50-50 Senate (with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote). This creates a conundrum for Biden’s transition. Some appointees that might be confirmed in a 50-50 Senate would be nonstarters in a Republican Senate. Since the results of Georgia’s run-offs won’t be known until early January, this introduces an unusual degree of uncertainty regarding key personnel and could make it tougher for the Biden administration to get off to a fast start in its first 100 days.

More certain is that Speaker Pelosi will have some tough days ahead. It’s looking like Democrats will ultimately lose about 10 seats, meaning they’ll be just five or six members over the 218 required for a majority. Because Pelosi won’t be able to afford more than a handful of defections on a given bill, the extremes of her caucus will wield huge influence. And the tension between the party’s centrists and more radical members is already on full display. Last week, on a conference call of House Democrats that was subsequently leaked, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a moderate from Virginia tore into the party’s progressives: “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. . . . We lost good members because of that. If we are classifying Tuesday as a success . . . we will get f—ing torn apart in 2022.” Moderate Democrats are likely to balk at proposals they deem too extreme while, in a scene all-too-familiar to Republicans, progressives disappointed by a lack of ambition may rail against party leaders for being “DINOs” (Democrats in Name Only).

And we should all prepare for a new trip through the Hypocrisy Zone. Many of the same conservatives who complained bitterly about judicial overreach when the courts checked various Trump policies will now do their best to use the courts to check Biden’s executive actions. The same progressives who were urging “Resistance!” even before Trump was inaugurated will now denounce Republican “obstructionism.” And Republicans who blithely excused Trumpian depravity and malfeasance will eagerly seek out every hint of Biden administration impropriety, while Democrats who daily raced to delegitimize Trump and his appointees will be outraged by “unjustified” attacks on Biden and his team.

One other thing: Republicans did well at the state level. Unless I’ve missed something, it looks like the Democrats didn’t flip a single statehouse chamber; meanwhile, Republicans wound up flipping a few, including the House and Senate in New Hampshire. This has obvious implications for state education policy but also for the impending once-a-decade redistricting. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee projects that Republicans will have total control over the maps for 181 U.S. House districts, while Democrats will control just 76. Given that the president’s party tends to lose seats in midterm elections, the Biden team will have an incentive to get what they can rather than dream of a deus ex machina in ’22.

Much remains to be seen. But if you’d told me before the election that there’d be little evidence of irregularity, no evidence of foreign interference, and that an extended count would play out with calm and a satisfactory degree of responsible behavior, I’d have thought it a pretty promising start. So, there’s that.

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Frederick Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and an executive editor of Education Next.

This post originally appeared on Rick Hess Straight Up.

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An Abundant Period for Education Reform?

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President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening.

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Have America’s schools ever faced greater uncertainty? As this issue of Education Next goes to press, local officials are wrestling with whether and how to resume in-person instruction amid rising Covid-19 case counts, the start of flu season, and the threat of a second viral wave. Educational institutions are remaking themselves in response to the racial reckoning that followed the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis Police in May. Even the U.S. Supreme Court, whose rulings shape policy on affirmative action, government funding for religious schools, and more, is in transition, following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.

Meanwhile, the results of the November 2020 national elections could fundamentally alter the direction of federal education policy. While most eyes were understandably fixed on the campaign for the White House, many important education issues will hinge on which party ends up with a majority in the Senate. Unified Democratic control in Washington could mean the end of the filibuster—and with that change, a radical shift in what’s possible politically. A major increase in federal spending on K–12 schools, long considered beyond the realm of political feasibility, could quickly become a reality. A Trump second term with Justice Barrett on the bench, on the other hand, would have brought its own disruptions.

For some practitioners who chose education as a career in part because of the stability—steady pay, lifetime tenure, a predictable seasonal schedule—this climate of uncertainty may provoke anxiety. The upside for students and parents, though, is that all the dynamism has the potential to force some changes on a system that has long resisted reform.

There are already signs that families’ tastes and choices are shifting amid the pandemic. The 2020 Education Next survey of public opinion, the results of which we report in this issue, finds that 73 percent of parents now say they are willing to have their child take some high school courses via the Internet—a jump of 17 percentage points over 2009. In the What Next column, Michael Horn describes the rise of “pandemic pods,” informal arrangements in which parents cooperate to either home-school or support distance learning for their own children and those of neighbors.

The disruption of in-person instruction also seems to have provided an opportunity for the charter-school sector to distinguish itself. Our survey reveals that when schools were forced to close their buildings, charter schools pivoted more effectively than their district counterparts, offering a more robust program of remote instruction and producing higher levels of parental satisfaction. Elsewhere in the issue, Michael McShane reports on how charter schools managed by for-profit firms—a breed often singled out for criticism by politicians on the left—were particularly agile in reacting to the coronavirus. Looking at a longer time horizon, M. Danish Shakeel and Paul E. Peterson use national data to reveal that, since 2005, achievement levels have been rising faster in the charter sector than in the district sector, with especially large gains for Black students at charters.

As policymakers, practitioners, and parents navigate an education landscape reshaped by politics, the pandemic, and the racial awakening, they’ll do better if their decisions are informed by rigorous research. We offer for consideration here a clever experiment by David Quinn that shows how requiring teachers to use a rubric can eliminate racial bias in the evaluation of student work, as well as a pathbreaking new study by C. Kirabo Jackson and his colleagues linking social-emotional learning in high schools to long-term success. The issue also carries an extended report by our Legal Beat columnist, Joshua Dunn, on the frontiers of religious-freedom litigation under the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, earlier this year, in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

The effects of widespread school closures on student achievement are already the subject of countless projections and will be a topic for much future research. Another interesting question is whether parent and student frustration at school closures, and the exposure of union political power during the debate over reopening, will yield lasting change. When historians look back, they may find that one of the most fertile periods for education reform was a time when many schools were not even physically open.

Martin West

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