AMD details new Bobcat and Bulldozer core designs
AMD has announced details of two of its upcoming core designs dubbed Bobcat and Bulldozer.
Highlights of the new cores were detailed today. Bulldozer will offer a new and innovative approach to multithreaded compute performance with a balance of dedicated and shared resources. The design also has a high core count that is scalable. Bulldozer will also offer new x86 instruction support for SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, and XOP including 4-operand FMAC. Other features include 32nm process technology and advanced power management features.
AMD is also working on a multi-threading technology of its own to rival Intel's HyperThreading, that exploits Bulldozer's branched integer processing backed by shared floating point design, which AMD believes to be so efficient, that each SMT worker thread can be deemed a core in its own merit, and further be backed by competing threads per "core".
AMDs answer to a lot of Intel's processors in the low-power category, be it the Core i3/i5 "Clarkdale", Core CULV, or even the Atom, seems to have finally taken shape with "Bobcat".
Bobcat will offer less than one-watt capable operation and out-of-order instruction execution for higher performance. AMD estimates that Bobcat will be able to provide 90% of today
ADATA N004 SSD with SATA II and USB 3.0
ADATA presents the N004, a new solid state disk with SATA 3Gbps and USB 3.0.
ADATA Technology, the world leader in DRAM modules and flash memory products, proudly launched the N004 2.5-inch flash drive, equipped with both USB 3.0 and SATA II interfaces. The N004 is truly an outstanding work of art that differs from conventional portable storage devices.
Revolution in Portable Flash Drives
Re-defining the perception of advanced portable drives, the N004 adopts a 2.5-inch plush aluminum case, and the super-size storage capacity runs to 256GB. Moreover, the USB 3.0 and SATA II dual interface supports both SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA standards. Adoption of 8-channel technology allows the N004 to outperform normal flash drives in delivering blazing transfer rates, up to 200MB/s and 170 MB/s in sequential read/write performance respectively.
Expanding your Transfer Experience
In addition to its innovative dual interface design, the N004 features a brushed aluminum shell in dazzling sapphire blue, creating a new vision for portable flash drives. Under its polished surface, the N004 has a delicate diamond-cut lined finish, with a distinctive flare effect. Moreover, the N004 offers users multiple usage options- functioning as either an external portable device, or installed as a hard drive on a desktop or laptop. In order to ensure maximum usability in a wide range of situations, the N004 is fully functional as both an internal and external drive on nearly any computer.
Users can also take full advantage of ADATA
Gigabyte preps $800 tablet notebook with Atom N550
Gigabyte is getting ready to launch the GA-T1005M, a new 10.1" multi-touch tablet with Intel's new dual-core Atom N550 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium and a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Other features include 2GB DDR3 memory, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 320GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, 3.5G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3MP webcam, some USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. The device has a 6-cell battery and is expected to hit retail shelves for around $800 [via TPU]
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Mushkin releases a new entry level 40GB SSD
Mushkin Enhanced unveiled an upcoming new solid state drive for starters, called Callisto Deluxe 40 GB. This SSD offers you a great value for money, because it combines fast read/write speeds, 40GB capacity enough, impressive performance on RAID configuration and
HWiNFO32 version 3.58 released
HWiNFO32 is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are targeted to recognize and extract the most possible amount of information about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufactures, system integrators and technical experts too.
Retrieved information's are presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports.
- Comprehensive hardware information
- System health monitoring
- Basic benchmarks
- Text, CSV and XML report formats
- Periodical updates
- For Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003; Windows 9X/Me (limited)
The new version of the HWiNFO32 hardware information and diagnostic tool and it features:
Changes in HWiNFO32 v3.58 - Released on: Aug-24-2010:
- Added monitoring of Alienware M11x EC sensors.
- Added monitoring of Alienware M15x and M17x EC sensors.
- Added support of Fintek F71808A, F71869A and F71889A LPC + HW monitor.
- Added monitoring of HP 8740W EC.
- Updated sensor monitoring for ASUS SABERTOOTH X58.
- Added preliminary support of AMD/ATI Northern Islands and Fusion series.
- Fixed fan speed reporting for certain mainboards with IT8720 and IT8721.
- Improved fan speed reading on Winbond W83667HG, Nuvoton NCT6771F.
- Fixed GPU sensor reading in conjuction with Summary on certain PCH systems.
- Added preserving of Sensors window position and size.
Intel Core i7 990X (3.46GHz) in Q1 2011
On the Xeon side of things there already is a counterpart, but for the consumer market it seems that Intel is slowly but steadily prepping a 32nm six-core Gulftown-based Core i7 990X processor which would be released in Q1 2011 according to FudZilla. This chip will be clocked at 3.46GHz and will feature a 3.73GHz Turbo Mode.
The TDP of this chip is 130W. Of course you can also flick the multiplier up with a Core i7 980X, but still, nice stuff.
ASUS sub-$50 Xonar DG 5.1 sound card
ASUS rolls out the Xonar DG 5.1, a new basic sound card for gamers on a small budget. The low-profile card features the C-Media CMI8786 Oxygen HD chipset, it offers 5.1 channel sound and supports HD (24-bit/96kHz) output with HDCP compliance. Pricing in the UK is under
UK Defense Secretary wants Medal of Honor banned
The UK Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, wants stores to ban the sale of the Medal of Honor, the popular first person shooter as a player can play as the Taliban and kill British troops. Medal of Honor, which is due to be released in October, is based on the war between allied forces and the Taliban. Players get to choose sides; either play as NATO forces or as the Taliban.
A clip on the YouTube website shows a Taliban soldier fighting in southern Helmand province, where UK forces are based.
Gamers are apparently instructed to stop the coalition "at all costs", and receive points for every allied troop they kill.
Dr Fox said: "It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.
"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."
Inno3D launches GeForce GTX 465 Overclocked Edition
Another one implementation of the nVIDIA famous GeForce GTX 400 series sees the sun
Point of View GeForce GTX 460 768MB TGT Ultra Charged review
Point of View GeForce GTX 460 768MB TGT Ultra Charged review
The high clocks had us a little worried at first. But even at its default 820 MHz the card remains very silent and levels at acceptable temperatures.
Definitely stuff to be on the lookout for, check out the Guru3D.com review right here.
ASUS Releases ROG Rampage III Formula
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage III Formula brings together numerous features and advantages demanded by contemporary PC gamers. It uses the Intel X58 chipset, enabling support for some of the fastest processors available, including the i7-980X six-core CPU. Rampage III Formula also ships with ROG Connect hardware overclocking, high definition audio, GameFirst bandwidth optimization for online gaming, and a versatile power management scheme that's perfect for performance applications.
Rampage III Formula includes the trademark Republic of Gamers overclocking interface ROG Connect, which enables remote tweaking of system parameters via a USB cable on a notebook or another desktop PC. Since ROG Connect works on a pure hardware level and conducts resource-hungry monitoring on a remote console, it allows the PC being overclocked and benchmarked to attain its full potential. This is perfect for competitive tuners in search of ever-higher scores.
Supreme FX X-Fi 2 sound comes standard, with support for EAX 5.0 surround and THX TruStudio PRO music rendering. These bring out every aural detail vividly, contributing to immersive experiences while helping craft livelier, more believable environments within which gamers can gain maximum enjoyment.
To expedite online gaming, Rampage III Formula comes with GameFirst bandwidth optimization, allowing users to prioritize resources and continue downloading even while they game
AMD Cuts Desktop CPU Prices
AMD lowered prices on some of its chips, not huge price drops at all, but noteworthy. Fore example the lovely and unlocked AMD Phenom II X4 965 quad-core CPU is now available for $165, which is an awesome deal really. Have a look at our review right here.
Noteworthy, but the new decrease also stresses AMD's reluctance to drop pricing of quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 below $100 or $99.
Intel x86 server marketshare 93.5 percent
Research firm IDC reported that Intel got even more marketshare from AMD in the server market, and astonishing 93.5 percent.
According to a new market share report from IDC, Intel managed to take critical server market share from AMD, with the former company seeing a year-over-year jump from 89.9 percent last year to 93.5 percent this quarter. Meanwhile, AMD's market share dropped from 10.1 percent to 6.5 percent.
AMD's slow transition to the Opteron 6000 series, and the subsequent market share losses, are practically the mirror image of Intel's success in getting its 32nm Westmere and 45nm Nehalem EX server parts into the waiting hands of server makers who finally were ready to open their wallets and start purchasing again.
Taiwanese Girls Demo Kung Fu Rider on PlayStation Move
Okay I'd be lying if I said I posted this video really about the actually demo ... but here's a video spotlighting Taiwanese girls demoing Kung Fu Rider on Sony's upcoming PlayStation Move PS3 Motion Controller.
Kung Fu Rider (previously known as Slider) is an upcoming 2010 action video game for the PlayStation 3 developed by Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for use with the new PlayStation Move controller.
Enermax Revolution85+ with 920 and 1020W
Since its market introduction, the Revolution85+ has been one of the best-selling and most awarded high-end power supplies. Now, Enermax presents two new models of the extremely successful PSU series, with an aim of affordability for a wider range of customers. The Revolution85+ 920W and 1020W are based on a new high-performance and ultra-efficient PSU layout featuring four powerful and stable 12V rails.
Hamburg, 20th of August 2010. Revolution85+ is the power supply of the premium class to own, and with good reason: Very few high-end power supplies have ever sold as successfully as the Revolution85+. It is not often that experts
Scythe Rasetsu CPU cooler
Scythe is releasing the Rasetsu, a new CPU cooler with six twisted intersected heatpipes and a Trident Multi Layer Fin (T.M.L.F.) structure that is cooled by a 120mm PWM fan with manual bandwidth adjustment.
Rasetsu combines the outstanding design of the Yasya CPU Cooler with a top-flow layout. The newly developed T.M.L.F. (Trident Multi Layer Fin) structure provides a higher intake volume, thus enabling a more efficient use of the unparallel Six Heatpipe Construction. Equipped with new "Slip Stream 120 PWM Adjustable" fan, user can manually adjust the bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm. Rasetsu using the VTMS -Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System for quick and safe mounting.
Rasetsu CPU Cooler
Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Swiftech MCW80 hybrid cooling solution for GTX 480 and 470
Swiftech introduced the MCW80 watercooling block for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards. Both blocks less than $100.
The performance advantage of the MCW80 GPU cooler over full-cover water-block solutions is well known among enthusiast users: improved thermal conductivity thanks to Swiftech's Diamond Pin Matrix, and less heat dumped into the liquid cooling loop coming from memory, I/O and power mosfets since they remain air cooled. Thus, when coupled with the GTX-400 heatsinks, the combination provides a powerful cooling solution that is generally more economical than the average full-cover water-block while offering superior performance where it really counts: at the GPU level!
Another important factor in choosing this type of hybrid cooling solution is that when new graphics cards models are introduced, the Water-block itself can usually be re-used. Numerous users have testified in forums to have been keeping their MCW60 upwards of 5 years, and re-used them with several generations of graphics cards!
The GTX-400 series of heatsinks are custom Aluminum extrusions, and they are precision CNC machined to allow optimum TIM joints with the hottest components such as the voltage regulator modules, where high performance thermal grease is to be used. Less heat intensive components such as memory receive pre-applied thermal pads, as shown below.
In order to provide additional cooling in extreme overclocking/overvolting conditions, the heatsinks feature pre-drilled holes allowing the installation of an optional 80mm fans as shown below. Use of a low profile 80x15mm fan is recommended to maintain the 2-slot spacing necessary for SLI installations.
Finally, to guarantee a safe and stable assembly, a GPU stiffening frame (partl #GTX400) is included that replaces the frame built into the stock cooling solution. This bracket is important to maintain the PCB flat in the immediate area surrounding the GPU. The bracket also serves as an anchor to install the MCW80 waterblock.