NVIDIA illustrates power savings of 28nm vs 40nm
NVIDIA dedicated a blog article to the power consumption and power efficiency improvements of the 28nm Kepler architecture. In the article NVIDIA reveals that in the past NVIDIA worked on the design while TSMC prepared the new process technology, but that for Kepler they began working with TSMC three years before the product tape-out to optimize both the process and the design to create a more efficient GPU.
The advancement that TSMC offered was a new optimized process technology. Kepler is manufactured using TSMC
AMD lower processor prices
AMD\'s FX series and the A-series Llano APUs received price cuts. Here's the new price list as of 27 April, 2012:
|FX-8150||245 dollar||205 dollar||16,3 percent|
|FX-8120||185 dollar||165 dollar||10,8 percent|
|FX-6200||165 dollar||155 dollar||6,1 percent|
|FX-6100||145 dollar||135 dollar||6,9 percent|
|A8-3870K||135 dollar||115 dollar||14,8 percent|
|A8-3850||135 dollar||105 dollar||22,2 percent|
|A8-3820||129 dollar||115 dollar||10,9 percent|
|A8-3800||129 dollar||105 dollar||18,6 percent|
|A6-3670K||115 dollar||100 dollar||13 percent|
|A6-3650||115 dollar||95 dollar||17,4 percent|
|A6-3600||109 dollar||95 dollar||12,8 percent|
|A6-3500||85 dollar||75 dollar||11,8 percent|
|A4-3400||71 dollar||59 dollar||16,9 percent|
|A4-3300||66 dollar||55 dollar||16,7 percent|
Guy Builds A Star Trek Phaser
A man builds a real life phaser seen from Star Trek. Fun stuffz :)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 revealed
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is real, and it's coming November 13th, 2012 according to Target.
IGN acquired a pre-order card for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which shows the date. The card, which lists Black Ops 2 for an Xbox 360 and PS3 release, shows the date alongside a caveat explaining that the game's release date is 'subject to change.' The official announcement of the title will be made on May 1st, so stay tuned for more.
GeForce GTX 670 on preorder
One of our forum users from the Philippines noticed that a webshop has the GeForce GTX 670 on pre-order. The card is a Gainward GTX 670 and comes with 2GB of graphics memory apparaantly ties to a 256-bit memory bus. The memory is GDDR5.
The card is priced at Php 19990 which is approximately USD 420. Considering that is aa pre-order price we might look at prices below 400 USD duroing launch.
ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard review
We review the ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard which screams gold and features. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots.
ECS however really pimped out the motherboard with a lot .. seriously LOT of extra's with even embedded WIFI and Bluetooth.
Read the review right here.
Sony DA5700ES AV Receiver
Sony today unveiled its new AV receiver in the form of the STR-DA5700ES. Crafted using premium grade materials and precision engineered audio components, the AV receiver features a 7.2 channel surround sound, which is expandable to 9.2 channel surround using a pair of additional front height speakers.
The STR-DA5700ES AV receiver is equipped with six HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs and a USB DAC to connect the device to your PC using a USB cable for play various types of audio files. Other features include a network connectivity for wireless entertainment, a 3D capability and a Full HD upscaling for analogue input devices. The Sony new AV receiver will be launched in November 2012. Too bad, there is no info on pricing at this time. [Sony]
Netgear R6300 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router
Netgear has proudly introduced the R6300 Wi-Fi router, which is claimed to be the world
AMD forced to cut prices as Ivy Bridge arrives
X-bit Labs shared some more details about AMD's price cuts since the arrival of Intel's Ivy Bridge lineup. The AMD FX-8150 is now available for $215 (down from $245), while the FX-6200 fell from $165 to $149.
Advanced Micro Devices has quietly slashed pricing of its top-of-the-range eight-core AMD FX-8150 central processing units and adjusted pricing of some other chips in the light of the Intel Core i-series "Ivy Bridge" product launch. The eight-core flagship offering from AMD can now be obtained starting at $215 in the U.S.
AMD FX-8150 Black Edition (3.60GHz/4.20GHz, eight cores, 16MB total cache, 125W TDP, AM3+ form-factor) microprocessor officially costs $245 in 1000-unit quantities, but at present it can be acquired starting from $215 in the U.S. and starting from
Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 joker card
Club3D shows off the Radeon HD 7870 Joker, a new model that will start shipping in the second week of May. The card features a custom cooling solution but sticks to the stock clockspeeds, it has a 1000MHz core and 2GB GDDR5 clocked at 4800MHz.
Club 3D proudly presents the Club 3D Radeon
Reset Debut Trailer
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Trailer
BF3:Close Quarters Donya Fortress Gameplay Trailer
nVIDIA Inspector Tool Version 220.127.116.11 Download
The nVIDIA Inspector Tool is basically an nVIDIA only GPU-Z utility but with a decent OverClocking feature and you can set your clocks and fan speeds. Orbmu2k has released this program, which seems to NVIDIA graphics cards and offers information on tools for GPU and memory clock speed, GPU operating voltage and fan speed increase.
This is a quite simple user interface with an application that will rely entirely NVIDIA drivers, so there is reason to be downloaded from NVIDIA's website WHQL-certified driver. The program offers roughly the same information as the GPU-Z program, but with a few extra spice box.
- fixed wrong bandwidth calculation for GDDR3
- added invalid bios detection
- added some vendorids
- finally fixed trilinear optimization setting 1 = off / 0 = on
- changed prerenderlimit setting for 0 (is now app controlled since 300.xx)
- minor changes in default value handling
- updated some settings constants for 300.xx drivers
- added CLI param "-restartDisplayDriver" (Vista/Win7 only)
ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 motherboard review
We review the ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 Motherboard. a smaller motherboard (mATX) yet a product that just oozes with dandy features and overclock potential. Next to the tweaking possibilities this is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and means extra enthusiast features alright.
Next to the tweaking possibilities this is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and means extra enthusiast features alright. New FAN Xpert 2 FAN regulation has now been embedded, we spot Smart DIGI+ Technology (Smart DIGI+ Key & Smart CPU Power Level), USB 3.0 Boost and the lovely USB BIOS Flashback (simply insert a USB stick with firmware, press a button and boom your mobo firmware was flashed). Very complete -- very small, read all about it right here.
Brando USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD Dock
Online store Brando has started selling the USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD dock. The device can hold four 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD with up to 3TB of storage capacity. The new SATA HDD dock supports the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface with up to 5.0Gbps of data transfer rate and the eSATA interface with up to 3Gbps of data transfer rate. It is backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1. In addition, the Brando USB 3.0 Quadruple SATA HDD dock also features hot swap functions. [Product Page]
iiyama ProLite T2234MC 21.5-Inch Multi-Touch LCD Monitor
iiyama has just dropped their latest multi-touch LCD monitor
Intel 8-series "Lynx Point" Chipset Models
With Ivy Bridge announcedlets take a look at next year's motherboard chipsets for the Shark Bay platform, as reported by vrzone:
Intel's upcoming LGA-1150 Haswell CPUs will be quite different from the current Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge CPUs and Intel will as such have to offer a range of suitable chipsets to go with these changes and so far we've only known the new chipsets as Lynx Point.
As you might already have been able to deduct, Intel is simply moving to the 8-series of chipsets. No big models changes have taken place and as such the desktop platform will get the Z87, H87 and Z85 models for your average consumer, as well as the Q87, Q85 and B85 chipsets for the various corporate and SMB platforms. There's also the C228 chipset for Intel's LGA-1150 based Xeon processors which is the replacement for the C216 chipset.
One thing that is changing compared to the current line-up is that the Z85 chipset will lack support for RAID, something that might not be a great loss, but it's nonetheless a peculiar change. Intel is also updating its Rapid Storage technology in the 8-series chipsets and give the user some basic control over the hard drives/SSDs. Simply put there will be three different settings, power efficiency, maximum performance or a balanced setting. Another new addition is Fast Boot which is a sneaky feature that allows the system to detect the boot drive quicker and as such help improve the overall Boot experience. However, this only works if there's an Intel SSD in the system, which almost sounds like an anti-competitive feature.
We'll be doing some more digging to try and find out some additional details about what else is new with Intel's 8-series chipsets. We're already expecting additional USB 3.0 ports and a full set of SATA 6Gbps ports according to earlier leaks, but we don't know which chipsets will get what features at this point in time.