AMD Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron go EOL in Q4 2011
it's been rumored before, but it looks final. AMD's Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron lineups will reach the end of their lives in Q4 2011. As reported earlier this year, AMD has very aggressive transition plan to new desktop families of products - A-series accelerated processing units and FX-series central processing units - made using 32nm silicon-on-insulator process technology from current-gen chips in AM3 form-factor made using older process technologies and based on older micro-architectures. As a result of such transition, AMD chips will no longer have product brand-names (Athlon, Phenom, Sempron, etc.), but will carry A-series, E-series or FX-series product names.
AMD recently notified its partners that the last orders on Athlon II, Phenom II and Sempron central processing units are due in Q4 2011. After that the company will not accept any new orders on those chips and will only conduct final shipments for a quarter or two. Effectively, the processors will gradually disappear from the market.
Darksiders II - Extended E3 Trailer
OCZ Indilinx Everest series SSD controller
SSDs based on the platform will use the SATA 6Gb/s interface to offer read speeds of up to 520MB/s and writes of 410MB/s.Other highlights include 4K random write IOPS of 20,000, tier 1 MLC NAND and capacities from 64GB to 1TB.
"The new Indilinx Everest platform is a complete customizable solution that delivers superior storage performance, features, and capabilities designed to exceed the needs of the most demanding SSD applications," said Bumsoo Kim, President of Indilinx. "Combining a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core CPU, and support for the latest, most advanced NAND Flash memory technology available, Everest offers SSD manufacturers unparallel flexibility in optimizing their designs for both performance and cost."
As a true next generation solution the new Indilinx Everest platform includes a complete spectrum of enhanced capabilities including:
Supports Next Generation Flash Technologies
The Everest Platform supports state-of-the-art, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The ability to leverage Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND Flash with proprietary Everest and Indilinx Ndurance Technology provides customers with significant cost reductions associated with moving to the new process.
Advanced Architecture Optimized for High Speed and Density
The Everest Platform features the only controller to support 200 mega transfers per second (MT/s) synchronous-mode flash, up over the 166 MT/s supported by other NAND Flash controllers. Everest supports 1TB capacities in a single controller SSD design with current generation Flash components. Its innovative eight channel design with up to 16-way interleaving for maximum performance, supports full data path and power fail protection to deliver best-in-class data integrity and reliability for enterprise applications.
Everest's leading-edge design delivers high sequential speeds up to 500MB/s and is optimized for small file writes at the 8K file size with next generation page mapping technology, which increases transactional performance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files , by matching file sizes to the 8K page size typical in newer generation NAND Flash.
Enhanced Boot Time
Indilinx's new boot time reduction algorithms can be configured to decrease system boot time by up to 50% over existing SSD controller architectures for customers that require faster boot times and an instant-on experience in their applications. This provides the real world benefits users seek from their storage solutions and enables quicker access and greater responsiveness, allowing clients to take full advantage of solid state storage as a boot device.
Indilinx Everest Platform Complete Feature-Set:
- SATA Revision 3.0
NVIDIA BIOS Editor 6.03 (NiBiTor)
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (known as NiBiTor), got updated to version 6.03 by its developer. NiBiTor is a lightweight NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro BIOS file manipulation utility that lets to fine-tune your GeForce or Quadro graphics card at the BIOS-level. Version 6.03 packs updated GPU support, some minor fixes and a redesign to support as well unknown devices in some limited way. New GPUs supported by this version are:
- Added GeForce GTX 590
- Added GeForce GTX 485M
- Added GeForce GTS 540M
- Added GeForce GTS 435M
- Added GeForce GTS 420M
- Added GeForce GTS 335M
- Added GeForce GTS 320M
- Added Quadro FX 2700M
- Updated GeForce GTX 570
"Well we have just released a new version of NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) software. NiBiTor is the original and definitive BIOS tweaker that supports the latest NVIDIA graphics cards, and which is updated on a regular basis. NiBiTor allows graphics card enthusiasts, or the hardcore overclockers to have full control over some advanced features and functionality found on firmware of supporting cards. And doing so users gain some extra performance, enable certain hidden features, tweaking memory latencies, provide extensive information, adapt bootup settings, changing fan speed options and/or get extra stability on their
NVIDIA based graphics accelerators which will just give them that little extra
value," adds the developer.
The GeForce GTX 560 cards are not supported, you'll need to donate money to the programmer first if you want a compatible version.
AMD A6-3650 APU processor review
After the A8 series, it's time for the A6 series. AMD recently released the A8 series APUs and though not expensive they also released APU's that are even more affordable. Currently the A8 3850 APU will cost you roughly 110 EUR. Now if you can live with a tiny bit less performance then the A6-3650 APU can be spotted for 90 EUR already.
Yep it still packs a nice 320 Shader cores... that's right. That's really a huge leap in performance for integrated graphics alright; though not as fast as the 400 SP counting 3850 of course. For those that immediately noticed it, correct -- these processors do not have a shared L3 cache. Anyway, we'll talk all about the features and architecture over the next pages of course.
So before we dive a little deeper into the performance of the processor review I wanted to quickly talk about the APU and the technology behind it.
Check out the article right here.
Turtle Beach LE Call of Duty MW3 Co-branded Headsets
Turtle Beach, pioneers and market-leaders of the gaming headset category, today announced a partnership with Activision to develop a new line of exclusively licensed, limited edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets, custom-optimized to deliver enhanced experiences for the year's most anticipated entertainment launch. Among many planned features, these new premium headsets will be distinguished by unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games in order to provide the ultimate immersion into the cinematic world of Modern Warfare 3.
The headsets will be available with compatibility across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC; with multiple feature sets, special packages with bonus content, and price points to ensure that no player is left behind.
- Ear Force DELTA (EFD)
Storm Sirus 5.1 surround sound headset released
Cooler Master released the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. This product is aimed at hardcore gamers, it will start shipping in mid-August for 119.99EUR.
Boosting no less than 8 speakers (4 on each side) Sirus delivers powerful, immersive 5.1 surround sound and marks the beginning of a new range of CM Storm audio gear for gamers and audiophiles alike.
Sending shockwaves throughout the industry, Sirus delivers real 5.1 surround sound with a dedicated extra large 40mm sub driver for explosive bass sound. Thanks to no less than 6 additional 30mm drivers, each fed by a discrete audio channel, Sirus produces precise and crisp directional sounds. Combine all channels and pair it with the bundled Tactical Mixing Console and you get full 5.1 channel-adjustable, real-time 360 degree audio. In addition, Sirus is coupled with a uni-directional microphone with background noise cancellation that enables crystal clear communications with teammates to coordinate strikes or mock your enemy
Foxconn might buy ECS
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly is considering to acquire motherboard maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and is said that the consideration is mainly aiming at ECS' China-based retail channel subsidiary Orbbit. However, both Foxconn and ECS refuted the rumor.
Orbbit's headquarters are located in Beijing, China and has branch offices in major cities in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and its businesses are mainly with DIY, OEM and B2C retail channels and has a complete system for marketing, logistic and after-sales services.
Source from retail channel pointed out that Orbbit has been operating in China retail market for many years, and is one of the few Taiwan-based players having retail channel capability in China, but since the company's market share is still trailing several China-based local players, even if Foxconn acquires ECS and Orbbit by a lower-than net value price, ECS's weak operation performance since 2007 may not make the transaction worth a while.
Sources from motherboard makers pointed out that ECS is one of the few subsidiaries of Tatung Group that did not suffer from losses; therefore, Tatung is not in hurry to sell it shareholding in ECS unless there is an urgent need for cash; however, Pouchen, which would welcome an exit from the IT industry, may look to sell its shareholding of ECS.
SATA 3.1 specifications have been published
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the industry consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of Serial ATA (SATA) technology, today announced the completion of its Revision 3.1 Specification. This latest specification update includes design requirements for the SATA Universal Storage Module (USM) for portable storage applications, along with a series of enhancements for added functionality and convenience. The features included in SATA Revision 3.1 continue to extend the speed and reliability of SATA technology to a wide variety of device segments, including consumer electronics and small form factor devices.
In addition to USM, SATA Revision 3.1 includes several enhancements that help implementers take full advantage of SATA
Intel to acquire network IC provider Fulcrum
Intel Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers.
Fulcrum Microsystems designs integrated, standards-based 10GbE and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) switch silicon that have low latency and workload balancing capabilities while helping provide superior network speeds. Fulcrum Microsystems was founded in 1999 and is based in Calabasas, Calif.
Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The agreement is subject to the approval of Fulcrum Microsystems shareholders, regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.
AMD to release unlocked A8-3870 Llano APU
AMD is going to release a A8 series APU with unlocked multiplier. The Fusion processors released all have locked multipliers that block or at the least increasingly make overclocking more difficult.
The new APU processor will be the A8 3870 model with an expected 3.1 GHz clock frequency. The rest of the specs will remain the same as the 100W TDP, Radeon HD 6550D with 400 shader processors. The chip is due for release in Q4 of this year.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel - Launch Trailer
Corsair Limited Edition 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT Kit
Corsair announced availability in limited quantities of a new 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT DDR3 memory kit with an aggressive timing specification.
The new 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kit is guaranteed to operate at 2133MHz at a memory voltage of 1.5V, and with a groundbreaking timing specification of CL9-11-9. With latency settings this low, the Dominator GT modules have the most aggressive timing specification of any 2x4GB 21333MHz 1.5V memory kit available today.
The new hand-assembled Dominator GT memory kit is the product of a multi-stage component screening process in which individual memory ICs are screened before assembly onto the PCBs, which then undergo additional rigorous testing to ensure reliable performance. Qualification is performed on Intel® P67 and P55 motherboards, using the same rigorous test cycle applied to the rest of Corsair's memory product lines. As with all Corsair memory products, Dominator GT is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
"The unprecedented timing specification on the 1.5V Dominator GT kit makes it ideal for overclocking," said Giovanni Sena, Director of Memory Products at Corsair. "Dominator GT memory is designed for enthusiasts who are obsessed with pushing their PC's performance to the limit, and this latest kit is a worthy addition to the family."
The 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT (CMT8GX3M2A2133C9) DDR3 memory kit comes complete with Corsair's patented DHX+ heatsinks and an AirFlow 2 GTL Cooling Fan for exceptional thermal performance. It may be purchased directly from Corsair.com for $499 USD. Limited quantities are available. For more information on this and other Corsair Dominator memory products, please visit the Corsair web site.
MSI 990FXA-GD80 review
MSI 990FXA-GD80 review Today we are reviewing the 990FXA-GD80 from MSI, they recently pimped out the 990FX chipset with additional features and plastered it all onto a nice black/blue styled motherboard and are going in for the kill. The GD80 really is a truly terrific piece of machinery, with SLI support things just got more interesting, as the motherboard gains value, features and could be real fast once AMD's Bulldozer processors are launched, yeah that's where things get really interesting -- we hope.
Read the review right here.
Intel Sandy Bridge-E Processor Names Unveiled
It's messy when it comes to Intel Sandy Bridge-E and trustworthy news about it, Intel is keeping their mouth shut though. But we did find some interesting new as the names of these CPUs have been recently unveiled by a table detailing all of Intel's Sandy Bridge desktop processors.
Starting things off, the most powerful of the three processors to be released is called the Core i7-3960X, the X at the end of its designation informing us that it belongs in the company's Extreme Edition line.
This Intel CPU packs six processing cores with HyperThreading support that have a base frequency of 3.30GHz and a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz, which are backed by 15MB of Level 3 cache memory.
Next up, is the Core i7-3930K, which also includes six processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, but has a base operating clock of 3.2GHz, while the maximum frequency in Turbo mode is set at 3.80GHz.
Unlike its older brother, the Intel Core i7-3930K sports only 12MB of Level 3 cache memory.
Finally, the last chip to be released is the Core i7-3820, with 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 MB of L3 cache, a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz. This is the only Sandy bridge-E processors to come with a locked multiplier.
All the processors sport a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller that can officially support memory speeds up to 1333MHz.
The release date of these Sandy Bridge-E processors is unknown at this time, some reports suggesting that these will be out in Q1 2012. However, the latest rumors to reach the Web state that a 2011 launch could still be possible, but the CPUs will include a limited feature set that lacks PCI Express 3.0 support.
MSI to Release Six LGA 1155 Mobos with PCI Express 3.0
MSI announced that it plans to release no less than six LGA 1155 motherboards this quarter that will be compliant with the PCI Express 3.0 standard. All these motherboards will have the
NVIDIA Project Denver to offer 8-core ARM and 256 CUDA cores?
Some more information about NVIDIA's Project Denver chip surfaced by way of BSN:
The information we have at hand is that Project Denver CPU core is looking to be very much aligned with T40, i.e. "Tegra 4" i.e. Wayne. According to internal schedule, Wayne silicon is going to be taped out in the next couple of weeks, with developers getting their hands on prototype silicon in December 2011.Wayne silicon is consisted out of four ARM cores (NVIDIA is not disclosing the core type, teasing that it might be either A15 or PD) and up to 64 GPU cores.
During the same month (December 2011), NVIDIA plans to tape out the first silicon based on Project Denver, which combines up to 8-core custom NVIDIA-ARM 64-bit CPU with a GeForce 600-class GPU. The company had a lot of issues in development of a CPU and the general consensus is that NVIDIA is take a conservative approach with a single 28nm PD CPU design and the 28nm Fermi-based design, i.e. the rumored Fermi-refresh in the form of notebook and lower-end desktop GeForce 600 Series cards (remember "GeForce 300"?). The interesting bit that we heard is that Project Denver is geared towards "full PhysX support", whatever that might be.
AMD: Next Xbox to offer Avatar-like graphics
AMD director of ISV relationships Neal Robison claims Microsoft's next Xbox console will be capable of graphics seen in the movie Avatar.
Additionally, Robison also promises big improvements in artificial intelligence and physics.
Technology company AMD, who supplied the graphics hardware for the Xbox 360, claims that the next Xbox will be capable of the level of graphical detail seen in James Cameron's movie Avatar. Even on PC, that kind of technology just isn't here yet, but AMD claims the Xbox 720 will launch with it.
Robison also mentioned that the A.I. and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality, meaning when you shoot a gun or run someone over they don't all just do the same thing. There will be no more mob mentality, where everyone just screams and runs away; every NPC will actually be an individual character.