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More AMD Trinity benchmarks surface
The graph shows that AMD R-464L has 106%, and R-272F has 45% better performance than Intel i7-2710QE embedded chip in 3DMark 06 and Vantage v1.1.0 applications. Core i7-2710QE incorporates HD 3000 graphics, which is noticeably slower than HD 4000 GPU on Ivy Bridge line of processors. Nevertheless, if the benchmark results in the PDF file are correct, then AMD R-464L may still be faster in graphics applications than Core i7-3612QE, which is an Ivy Bridge successor of the i7-2710QE.
The PDF file on AMD website does not list CPU or GPU features of R-series APUs, but we were able to locate some details on the R-464L. This chip packs 4 CPU cores, clocked at 2.3 GHz, and HD 7660G graphics. These specifications, as well as 35 Watt TDP, closely match mobile A10-4600M microprocessor. As a result, we wouldn't be surprised to learn if R-464L and A10-4600M have the same remaining features, such as 4 MB L2 cache, turbo and GPU clock frequencies (whatever those are). We don't have any information on the R-272F, but we believe that it's a dual-core APU, and it comes with HD 7500G or HD 7400G series graphics.
Ivy Bridge heat problem is caused by Intel TIM choice
Japanese website Impress Personal Computer Watch has proven what many have suspected. They discovered that there's thermal paste between the CPU die and the internal heat spreader (IHS) in Intel's Ivy Bridge processors create the heat issues reported widely over the web. It was speculated that TIM may be part of the reason why Ivy Bridge runs hotter, as previous-generation processors used flux-less solder with a higher heat conductivity.
What was discovered is that by replacing the cheap TIM (thermal compound) with other alternatives the website noticed big pretty significant temperature drops.
IPCW compared the stock TIM (thermal grease) with OCZ's Freeze Extreme and Coollaboratory's Liquid Pro while using a Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E as the cooler of choice (a fairly strong heatpipe based cooler). They then compared all three TIMs at stock 3.5GHz and overclocked at 4.6GHz 1.2v.
The interesting thing here is that at stock clocks and stock TIM the I7 3770K hit 61C while usining OCZ TIM the temperature already dropped temps to 53C and the Liquid Pro TIM dropped temps down to 50C that's a full 8-11C lower then the stock TIM Intel used on the CPU's IHS. When overclocked to 4.6GHz things get way better, the load temps with stock TIM skyrocketed to 84C, meanwhile the OCZ TIM dropped temps down to 69C with the Liquid Pro dropping temps all the way down to 64C.
That means at full load and overclocked simply replacing the TIM used between the CPU die and IHS showed insane temp drops of 15-20C.
KEF LS50 Mini Monitor Speakers
The KEF LS50 mini monitor speaker features the company
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X Graphics Card
GIGABYTE's first and only GeForce GTX 670 graphics card is the GV-N670OC-2GD, a non-reference design graphics card that implements the company's popular WindForce 3X cooling solution, coupled with its UltraDurable VGA+ PCB. While the PCB layout appears to be identical to that of NVIDIA reference design GeForce GTX 680, it is backed by GIGABYTE exclusives such as 2 oz copper PCB layers, electrical ripple control, tier 1 GDDR5 memory chips, ferrite core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, and Japanese solid-state capacitors.
Out of the box, the GV-N670OC-2GD features clock speeds of 980 MHz core, 1058 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz effective GDDR5 memory. It loads 2 GB of memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface, with 192 GB/s bandwidth. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort. The card is capable of 4-way SLI. The cooling solution consists of two aluminum fin stacks, to which heat is transported by three copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU, and ventilated by three 90 mm fans. GIGABYTE is asking US $415 for the GeForce GTX 670 WindForce 3X OC 2 GB.
NVIDIA Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013
NVIDIA today reported revenue of $924.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended Apr. 29, 2012. NVIDIA Profits are down 47.9%
"Kepler GPUs are accelerating our business," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "Our newly launched desktop products are winning some of the best reviews we've ever had. Notebook GPUs had a record quarter. And Tegra is on a growth track again, driven by great mobile device wins and the upcoming Windows on ARM launch.
"Graphics is more important than ever. Look for exciting news next week at the GPU Technology Conference as we reveal new ways that the GPU will enhance mobile and cloud computing," he said.
Our outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 is as follows:
- Revenue is expected to be between $990 million and $1.05 billion.
- GAAP gross margin is expected to be 51.2 percent, plus or minus one percentage point. Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be 51.5 percent, plus or minus one percentage point.
- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $418 million. Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $354 million.
GAAP operating expenses for the second quarter are expected to include a one-time charge related to a corporate donation to Stanford Hospital of $25 million, payable over a 10-year period. We are joining Stanford's initiative, along with other corporations in the high-tech community, including Apple, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle, to build a leading-edge health care institution.
- GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are expected to be approximately 20 percent, plus or minus one percent, for the second quarter and fiscal year, excluding any discrete tax events that may occur during the quarter, which, if realized, may increase or decrease our GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates. If the U.S. research tax credit is reinstated into tax law, we estimate our annual effective tax rate for the fiscal year 2013 to be approximately 16 percent.
We estimate depreciation and amortization for the second quarter to be approximately $55 million to $57 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $35 to $45 million.
Diluted shares for the second quarter are expected to be approximately 628 million.
First Quarter Fiscal 2013 and Recent Highlights:
- NVIDIA launched its new Kepler-architecture GPUs to rave reviews. Products included the GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 680, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, and the notebook range of GeForce 600M GPUs.
- The first Ultrabook with an NVIDIA GPU, the Acer Aspire Timeline M3, launched on March 6.
- NVIDIA's first Tegra 3 phone launched on Feb. 26, the HTC One X, to wide acclaim in the media. Tegra 3 phones are available from 22 carriers in Europe and Asia.
MSI Launches Z77A-GD80 with a Thunderbolt
MSI announces the availability of the new MSI Z77A-GD80 mainboard with Intel Thunderbolt technology. With MSI's true integrated Thunderbolt design you don't have to worry about losing bandwidth or placing additional add-in cards as it is the most simple Thunderbolt solution available. Of course, the renowned Military Class III components are again available to deliver the highest quality and most stable components. OC Genie II boosts your overall CPU, Memory, Disk and Graphics performance and thank to its power saving hardware features such as Active Phase Switching (APS) and DrMOS II, the MSI Z77A-GD80 can combine its CPU performance with best power saving.
MSI equipped the Z77A-GD80 with the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology. Thunderbolt is the fastest data connection available for your PC, running at 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt technology delivers two communications methods, or protocols, on a single cable: PCI Express for data transfer and DisplayPort for displays. MSI has integrated the Thunderbolt controller on the mainboard, ensuring that Thunderbolt is a hassle-free solution that not requires additional cards, cables and configuration issues because external Thunderbolt controllers steal bandwidth from other devices. Thunderbolt is an easy technology and should not add to your PC complexity!
Fastest Data transfers
Data transfers for backup, sharing, and editing are faster with Thunderbolt technology, significantly reducing times to complete these tasks. Running at 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology on the MSI Z77A-GD80 can transfer a full-length HD video in less than 30 seconds and backup 1 year of continuous audio playback in just over 10 minutes.
Cable management without clutter
Thunderbolt technology delivers great responsiveness with data and display transfers - in each direction, at the same time - using a single cable to connect devices. It's no longer needed to connect multiple devices directly to your PC. Using multiple connection in a daisy chain, the amount of cables directly attached to your PC will be reduced while maintaining maximum throughput
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EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC review
We review the EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC aka SuperClocked edition graphics card. The product comes pre-overclocked at 967 MHz on the baseclock and 1046 MHz on the boost clock. With that tweak the card positions itself in-between the GeForce GTX 670 and GeForce GTX 680 reference cards. Let's have a peek at what it has to offer.
Check out the full review here.
Sharkoon Nightfall U3 Mid-Tower PC Case
Sharkoon is offering you their latest mid-tower PC case, the Nightfall U3. Featuring an all black color coating (inside and outside), this aluminum case supports for ATX motherboard and features a top-placed I/O panel with 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and 2x audio ports, five 5.25-inch external drive bays, five 3.5-inch internal drive bays, seven expansion slots, 2 openings for water cooling and has one 120mm LED fan in front. The Nightfall U3 has a suggested retail price of 54.90 Euro (about $71). [Sharkoon]
KFA2 GeForce GTX 670 Graphics Cards
KFA2 announced today the launch of two new editions of GeForce GTX 670 Graphics cards
Fractal Fan Controller, the Adjust108
The new Adjust 108 fan controller from Fractal Design offers a simple yet clean option to adjust the speed of your case fans. With a brushed aluminum front panel and smooth moving sliders, it does not only emanate quality but also robustness and preciseness.
The Adjust 108 Fan Controller manages a total of six fans with a maximum of 36W per channel, while grouped three by three for ease of use. With a bi-color LED beneath each of the six sliders, the controller shows the speed of the fan not only by the slider itself but also through the color of the LED; white indicates a low RPM and blue a high RPM.
- Stylish, minimalistic front in aluminum
- 6 channels
- One LED per channel
- Intensity jumper for the LEDs
- Uses only one 5.25" bay
NVIDIA might be prepping dual-GPU Tesla with 8GB ECC GDDR5
NVIDIA is prepping a Tesla 3000 part based on the GeForce GTX 690. This new GPGPU card will reportedly feature two GPUs with 4GB GDDR5 memory per chip for a grand total of 8GB GDDR5, accordiong to BSN:
Every GPU is paired with 4GB GDDR5 memory for a grand total of 8GB, a world record for a GPU. Our sources warned us that this product is also suffering from the GPU Compute choices the company made with GK104 chip, and the new Tesla C3000 Series part will follow suit. We've been told to expect good SP performance (IEEE 754 "binary32" Single Precision), and GeForce-specific weak DP FP (IEEE 754 "binary64" Double Precision). According to the sources, "the big daddy silicon" is still not ready, while there is a lot of market demand for Kepler-based SP FP applications.
Given that Kepler GPU architecture increased the amount of SP FLOP (Floating Point Operation) from 64 to 96 in a single cycle, we understand the market demand for SP. While HPC customers will probably opt to wait for GK110-based Kepler boards, there is a large amount of customers that said that they don't give a "rat's behind" for DP and that they demand a Kepler part for their computational needs.
MSI GeForce GTX 670
MSI introduces its GeForce GTX 670 card, with stock cooler and stock clockspeeds. Today leading international mainboard and graphics card maker MSI officially announces the new GeForce GTX 670 graphics card featuring the latest 28nm GeForce GTX 670 GPU and 2GB GDDR5 memory; supports PCI Express 3.0 standard to provide better performance and power efficiency than previous generation. The GeForce GTX 670 graphics card features NVIDIA
Point of View GeForce GTX 670
Point of View reveals its GeForce GTX 670. Reference model with stock clockspeeds.
Point of View, a premier NVIDIA graphics partner and manufacturer of Android tablets, notebooks and other hardware, launches today the first card of the GeForce