ECS A75F-A motherboard review
Today we look at a A75 motherboard from ECS, in the 100 EUR bracket they have released the A75F-A, a board that ECS decided to pair with two PCI Express x16 slots (the second one is x4 electronically), two PCI Express x1 slots as well as with no less than three legacy PCI slots.
This is the kind of stuff that ECS shines at, have a peek at the motherboard and read the review right here.
AMD adds AMD Fusion APUs A4 Series
AMD announced availability of the AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop processors, bringing the entry-level desktop APU price down to just $70 (U.S. suggested retail price) for consumers who want PCs with brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs each combine two x86 CPU cores with 160 Radeon cores, enabling powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. These dual-core APUs enable responsive and energy-efficient performance for everyday PC productivity and multitasking, as well as an amazing gaming experience.
In addition to leading-edge graphics and competitive compute power, the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs support:
- AMD Steady Video for instant removal of shakes and jitters when re-watching video, so content looks steady and smooth.
- AMD Dual Graphics for a visual performance boost when paired with select AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series graphics cards.
- Integrated USB 3.0 controller for rapid transfer and storage of digital content.
- AMD VISION Engine Software to provide users with regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to introduce new software enhancements.
With a suggested retail price of $75.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3400 APU operates at 2.7GHz (CPU) and 600MHz (GPU) with 160 Radeon Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.
ASUS 6770 DirectCU Silent is a passive card
ASUS laucnhed the Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU Silent, claiming this is the coolest passively cooled graphics card on the market. The card has a 850MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz.
With the release of the new HD 6770 DirectCU Silent, ASUS has deployed the most powerful and advanced fanless graphics cards available. Running totally silent and 16%* cooler than generic passive designs, the ASUS DirectCU Silent series increases thermal performance and offers consumers a more reliable and longer lasting experience that meets every graphics need, from casual multimedia to dedicated gaming.
DirectCU Silent technology offers 95%* larger heatsinks for 16%* cooler performance
ASUS thermal engineers have developed exclusive DirectCU cooling technology, integrating direct-contact copper heat pipes that touch the GPU core for faster and more effective heat dissipation, and thus lower temperatures and better performance. Based on these principles, ASUS engineers have created the most effective 0dB silent graphics cards available. DirectCU Silent designs have been applied on the GT 430, GT 440, GTS 450 and HD 6670 previously, and now on the HD 6770 model. Through intricate material processing and intelligent molding, the heatsinks in DirectCU Silent cards offer up to 95%* larger surface area and run around 16%* cooler than conventional passive cards, resulting in more stable performance and longer lasting products.
Super Alloy Power enhances product longevity and performance
Based on a proprietary alloy mix developed in-house by ASUS, Super Alloy Power involves filling power delivery components with a high endurance compound that can better resist heat. Super Alloy Power components lead to 15%* faster performance, a wider overclocking margin, and products that last 2.5* times longer than generic graphics cards.
Delivering cool and stable gaming performance
TSMC thinks 14nm by 2015
You have to wonder at what point they can't make it any smaller right ? TSMC R&D head Shang-yi Chiang said volume production of 14nm chips is expected to happen in 2015. Additionally, he also reveals this process node will use 450mm wafers:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will conduct R&D for 14nm process technology starting 2012, and expects to begin volume production on the node in 2015, according to Shang-yi Chiang, company senior VP of R&D. TSMC will use 18-inch wafers to process 14nm chips, said Chiang, adding that manufacturing with larger wafers helps increase its ability to produce at a lower cost.
The transition to larger, 18-inch-sized wafers will also allow TSMC to build fewer fabs, meaning that labor and land costs can be reduced, Chiang pointed out. In its ongoing advanced technology development, TSMC is actually facing a shortage of engineers rather than technical issues, Chiang added.
Shuttle fanless slimline XS35 V2 barebones
Shuttle introduced version 2 of its 38mm thin XS35 barebone lineup.
Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini PC Barebones today announces the sales launch of Version 2 of its XS35 product line.
Just as its predecessor, the new generation of XS35 models is built around energy-saving components and runs virtually silently. The new XS35 series does away with any fans and remains nearly inaudible at any time which predestines such space-saving PCs use in the living room at home, in the office, classrooms and even in libraries. The energy-efficient Intel Atom D525 processor provides sufficient power for all daily computing applications. While the basic version, XS35V2, comes with integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics, the XS35GTV2 barebone is equipped with NVIDIA
Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC Trailer
Max Payne 3 Coming March 2012
Rockstar has announced that Max Payne 3 is expected to launch on PC, 360 and PS3 in North America and Europe in March 2012:
Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.
A true cross-studio collaboration between Rockstar Games
MS bans XBL users who illegally downloaded content
Microsoft's Xbox Live online service for its Xbox 360 console lets its users download content like full games, movies, TV shows and more. But it looks like some of its users have tried to get some of that content legally:
Please know that we are being very careful regarding these suspensions, and have clear evidence regarding each account issued a permanent suspension from the service. We apologize for any frustration or confusion resulting from our inability to share individual details, and thank you all for your cooperation in this matter.
Upgrading to Ivy Bridge to be blocked by UEFI changes?
Meanwhile VR Zone reports that current motherboards may not be compatible with Intel's forthcoming Ivy Bridge processors due to a UEFI related issue. If motherboard makers are unable to fix this problem it will be quite a disappointment as most vendors have gone out and said that their 6-series boards are compatible with Ivy Bridge.
According to our sources, Intel will for example have to do a factory re-work on its own brand motherboards for Ivy Bridge support to be possible, as apparently a clean wipe of the Flash ROM on the motherboard is required to upgrade to the new UEFI version. This is something that apparently can't be done either by the end user or a service location. What we don't know is if this applies to all motherboards, or if this is an issue unique to Intel.
This is bad news for anyone that's been looking at upgrading to Ivy Bridge while keeping their old motherboard, but there's a potential glimmer of hope. On motherboards with a pair of BIOS chips, it should be possible to perform the UEFI upgrade by first flashing the secondary BIOS chip and then the primary one. That said, this would be up to the specific motherboard manufacturer to enable this process for the end users and even in this case, we're not certain if it'll work with all motherboards.
On a second note related to Intel, Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) processor might be released on november the 15th,
Intel will have processors as well as compatible Desktop Board products (Intel-branded motherboards) out in the markets, ready for purchase. Ideally, motherboard vendors should have their socket LGA2011 products stocked up by then, too.
Intel will begin the Sandy Bridge-E platform with Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 6-core Unlocked processor, Core i7-3930K 6-core Unlocked processor, and Core i7-3820 4-core processor. Intel X79 Express is the De facto desktop chipset. The first compatible Intel Desktop Board products include DX79SI, and DX79TO.
AMD Bulldozer desktop chips delayed to October
It seems that the launch of the FX-series chips has been pushed to mid-October as management wanted to make the launch lineup "broader and more competitive". Seven Zambezi CPUs are expected to arrive in Q4 2011, with more models expected to follow by February 2012.
In a bid to improve competitive positions of its FX-series "Zambezi" lineup due to become available in the fourth quarter of this year, AMD decided to broaden it to seven models: four eight-core FX-8100 versions, one FX-6100 flavour and two FX-4100 central processing units, according to a source close to the company, which asked to remain anonymous. The increased amount of SKUs [stock keeping units] will help AMD to better position its models and make them appealing to particular customers with unique needs.
In addition to the model FX-8120 (which will be available in 95W and 125W flavours), which fills the gap between the FX-8100 and FX-8150 and allows AMD to broader the lineup of expensive eight core-chips, AMD also plans to introduce high-speed quad-core FX-4170, which will have default clock-speed of 4.20GHz and will thus offer extreme performance for its price-point.
MSI: Gigabyte motherboard are not PCIe Gen 3 ready
MSI's marketing department has created a series of slides to rebut Gigabyte's claim that its motherboards are PCI Express 3.0 ready. The company claims that out of as many as 40 of Gigabyte's PCIe Gen 3 ready motherboards, only the G1.Sniper 2 is really ready for PCIe 3.0.
MSI begins by explaining that PCIe support isn't as easy as laying a wire between the CPU and the slot. It needs specifications-compliant lane switches and electrical components, and that you can't count on certain Gigabytes for future-proofing. MSI did some PCI-Express electrical testing using a 22 nm Ivy Bridge processor sample.
MSI claims that apart from the G1.Sniper 2, none of Gigabyte's so-called "Ready for Native PCIe Gen. 3" motherboards are what the badge claims to be, and that the badge is extremely misleading to buyers.
Check out the slides:
AMD Ships First 'Bulldozer' Processors
AMD announced revenue shipments of the first processors based on its new x86 "Bulldozer" architecture. Initial production of the world's first 16-core x86 processor, codenamed "Interlagos," began in August and shipping to customers is already underway.
Compatible with existing AMD OpteronTM 6100 Series platforms and infrastructure, "Interlagos" is expected to launch and be available in partner systems in the fourth quarter of this year. Many of the initial shipments have been earmarked for large custom supercomputer installations that are now underway.
A Game of Thrones - Genesis
Hard Reset Demo Available
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z review
ASUS completed its range of Z68 products as well, and the one that rules them all is probably the board as tested today. The Republic of Gamers team applied their typical bunch of lovin' and sweetness to the motherboard, driving the feature count up and the tweaking performance to new heights. Yes, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z Intel Z68 motherboard has arrived at the Guru3D test grounds all the way up the highlands of Holland.
And gosh golly, this product is absolutely stunning. Read the Guru3D review right here.
EIZO outs 23in 16W LCD screens
Eizo Nanao Corporation today introduced two 23-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 native resolution) monitors for trading rooms, back offices, and other business environments, the FlexScan EV2335W and FlexScan EV2315W. These models are the latest in EIZO?fs ?gEcoView?h line of ecological, ergonomic and energy-efficient monitors. They both feature white LED backlights which are mercury free and reduce power consumption to just 16 watts during typical use.
The FlexScan EV2335W uses an IPS (in-plane switching) panel with 178?
ASUS E45M1-M PRO Micro-ATX Fusion motherboard surfaces
ASUS shows off the E45M1-M PRO, a new Fusion motherboard with AMD's E-450 APU.
Motherboard major ASUS unveiled a new micro-ATX motherboard based on the AMD E-450 accelerated processing unit (APU), the E45M1-M PRO. This board is nearly identical to the E35M1-M PRO, except of course its faster APU. The AMD E-450 is clocked at 1.65 GHz, a mere 50 MHz jump over the E-350, but the real improvement here is that the GPU core speed that jumps to 600 MHz thanks to TurboCore technology.
The E35M1-M PRO is a micro-ATX motherboard measuring 244 x 183 mm. It is powered by AMD E-450 Fusion "Zacate" processor platform, aided by AMD Hudson M1 chipset. The platform offers a wealth of connectivity and performance per Watt for its price. The E-450 APU and Hudson M1 chipset are cooled by a common low-profile heatsink, an optional fan can be attached to it for better cooling. A 3-phase VRM powers the APU, which is goverened by an ASUS EPU chip that works to improve energy efficiency. The APU is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots that support single-channel DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 1333 MHz.
Hitachi first 1TB per platter HDD
Hitachi introduced its first 1TB one-platter HDD. As the first to ship a multi-disk 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) in 2007, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that is has achieved yet another 1TB milestone by squeezing it on a single disk. Leveraging the company