AMD Shows New A-Series Notebook APUs
Yesterday AMD quietly introduced seven new accelerated A-Series notebook APU's, featuring quad and dual-core designs.
Four out of the seven CPUs introduced by AMD are from the A8 and A6 series which means that they include four processing cores, while the remaining three are A4 chips with dual computing cores.
The fastest of these quad-core models is the A8-3550MX which compared to its predecessor got 100MHz higher base and Turbo Core speeds, making it the first Llano mobile processors to reach the 2GHz frequency (2.7GHz in Turbo mode).
However, the specs of the graphics core were left unaltered and the chip sports the same Radeon HD 6620G integrated GPU which operated at 444MHz.
The remaining APUs launched by AMD also take a similar approach and just increase their base and Turbo frequencies with 100MHz over those of their predecessors, while the rest of the specs are left unaltered.
As Hardcore Hardware reports, the only exception to this rule is the entry-level A4-3305M, which works at the same frequencies as the previous A4-3300M, but now gets a new graphics core and a smaller amount of cache memory (1MB vs 2MB in the A4-3300M).
The new GPU is actually less powerful than the one in the A4-3300M as it comes with just 160 shader processors in comparison with the 240 shaders installed in the previous model, but received a higher operating frequency (593MHz vs 444MHz) to make up for this setback.
No info regarding pricing was made public by AMD, but the new Llano chips are expected to start making their way into laptops by the end of this year.
Raptor Gaming M4 gaming mouse
Raptor Gaming Technology introduced the M4, a new mouse for right-handed gamers. The M4 features a 6000 dpi laser sensor, dpi is adjustable from 400 to 6000 and the mouse has an adjustable weight system. The mouse should be available soon in the EU for around 79.90EUR.
Raptor's new gaming mouse also has a Soft-Touch surface, six buttons, on-board memory to storing game profiles, a 2.5 meter cable, a gold-plated USB connector (500/1000 Hz polling rates are supported), and comes bundled with a wrist rest, the Raptor Mousebag XL, a weight bag with 16 weights (each weight is about 2 grams), and two sets of mouse sliders.
NVIDIA sees ARM supercomputer be more efficient than x86
EE Times reports NVIDIA is betting on ARM to be more efficient for supercomputers than x86: In a recent interview, Nvidia
Battlefield 3 - Wake Island Gameplay Trailer
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is yours at no extra charge if you own a copy of the Battlefield 3: Limited Edition, or available to buy at �11.99/1200 Microsoft Points. Today also sees the launch of a huge patch for Battlefield 3 on PC, so that's some small comfort
Batman: Arkham City PC DX11 Patch
We have just released a patch for Batman: Arkham City PC that provides fixes a variety of DX 11 issues, as well as fixes for a few other non-DX 11 related issues. The DX 11 fixes will apply for the majority of players, however, some specific Steam users will experience issues when running under DX 11.
With this latest patch, Steam users with the following Windows Operation Systems should avoid running the game under DX 11 until further notice:
- Windows Vista 32 bit
- Windows 7 32 bit
Users running Windows 7 32 bit or Windows Vista 32 bit should ONLY use DX 9 settings until a future patch that addresses this specific issue is released. We are actively working to address the remaining issues tied to DX 11 for users running 32 bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Major fixes that this patch addresses are listed below.
- Performance / hitching issues have been greatly improved for running in DX 11.
- An issue with players running out of Video Memory or encountering a Rendering Thread Exceptions has been addressed. This was primarily affecting 32-bit Operating Systems.
- A progression block after defeating Ra�s Al Ghul has been fixed. This was an issue that occurred primarily on lower end computer setups and is described as Batman not readying his Reverse Batarang.
- A crash that occurred when scrolling between the Character Bios and Arkham City Stories has been fixed.
- A crash that occurred when selecting �Press Start� immediately when available at the Title Screen has been fixed. The issue was described as crashing/hard locking around the DLC (Downloadable Content) check.
Thank you all for your patience.
Trine 2 launch trailer
Gigabyte X79 UD7 review
Gigabyte as well launched several X79 motherboards like the G1.asassin, the UD3, UD5 and sure .. the UD7. That last one we'll be looking at today. A very complete motherboard I must say, with all kinds of gadgets and fresh looks.
You will see four PCI Express x16 slots, the rest of the expansion options available in the X79-UD7 include three PCIe x1 slots, four SATA 3Gbps ports, as well as a good six SATA 6Gbps ports. The rear I/O bracket shows a pair of USB 3.0 ports and 7.1-channel audio with digital S/PDIF out, but also a special OC button, a CMOS reset switch and much more.
Read the full article here.
Moon Rover will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra
A next step is the launching of a lunar rover, a small machine that would travel across the surface of our planet's satellite, reduced gravity and all. NVIDIA Tegra platform (Tegra 3) could show its assets, within a year or so (launch is in December, 2012).
Team Synergy Moon is collaborating with Martin Peniak, a scientist that worked on the Mars Rover Simulator (the one built in conjunction with the European Space Agency). Building on his experience with ESA, Martin chose NVIDIA's CUDA technology as a basis for its work.
His idea is to use more than one Tegra system to make a rover with autonomy of movement. The Tesla Lunar Rover and Tesla Surveyor are what the devices are called. The idea would be for an autonomous Lander, with several rovers packed in, to be launched from the orbiter to the moon.
Asus Micro-ATX Rampage IV Gene
Despite its small size, the Asus board includes pretty much all the features that one would expect from a top of the line ATX, or even much larger board, such as SLI/CrossFireX compatibility, a high-end VRM, Intel Gigabit LAN, SupremeFX III sound and out of the box DDR3-2400 support.
Furthermore, all the three PCI Express x16 slots included are PCIe 3.0 compliant, while the fourth black slot supports x4 speeds using the PCIe Gen 2 standard. The expansion possibilities of the Rampage IV Gene are completed by three SATA 3 Gbps connectors and by another four SATA 6 Gbps ports, two of the latter being driven by a third party ASMedia controller.
One more SATA 3Gbps port was routed to the back of the motherboard as an eSATA connector, where users will also find two USB 3.0 ports, the now usual ROG connect and CMOS Clear switches, a BIOS flashback button, and a series of gold-plated jacks for 8-cahnnel audio with S/PDIF out.
These are driven by a new Asus SupremeFX III audio solution that promises to deliver audiophile-grade sound thanks to a high-fidelity HD Audio CODEC which is paired with an active circuit to eliminate EMI noise. The Asus motherboard will become available early next year.
Intel and Micron Develop 20nm 128Gb NAND
Intel and Micron have announced 20 nanometer 128 gigabit (Gb), multilevel-cell (MLC) NAND memory that will enable SSD manufacturers to build more spacious drives at lower price points.
The chip was actually developed by IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), a joint venture between the two companies, and according to its makers is the first such device in the industry to enable a terabit (Tb) of data to be stored on a fingertip-size package by using eight such dies.
Furthermore, IMFT managed to achieve this increase in capacity without having to drop the performance of its NAND chips, which were designed to meet the ONFI 3.0 specifications.
Even though these don
HP listing Notebooks with Radeon HD 7600
The first 28nm GPUs have been listed by HP and Asus, to feature in their upcoming notebooks. The listed GPUs are Radeon HD 7670 and Radeon HD 7690 - both based on the Thames XT chip. HP has also listed drivers for Radeon HD 7470 on their website, on the eve of the London media event for AMD's London series of Radeon HD 7000M GPUs reports vr-zone:
The Thames XT chip features 128-bit GDDR5 memory. PCGamesHardware suggests it utilizes the VLIW-4 architecture, while other rumours point to a GCN based London series. HP Envy 17-3030ew features Radeon HD 7690M with 1GB GDDR5, working with a Core i7 Sandy Bridge based quad-core CPU. The Asus X53TK-SX058V is a more budget oriented notebook, featuring Radeon HD 7670M in addition to a Llano APU.
AMD is expected to officially announce the London - branded Radeon HD 7000M - series today at a media event in London. All evidence point to the London series to be the first 28nm GPUs to launch, and also sets the scene for their desktop counterparts - Southern Islands - in early 2012.
Epic Games to unveil something 'fresh'
Club 3D launches GTX 560TI 2048 MB GDDR5
Club 3D launches the ultimate GeForce GTX 560TI featuring 2048 MB GDDR5 with the award winning CoolStream technology featuring the ultra efficient dual fan and high performance heatpipe design. Furthermore there will be a Limited Battlefield 3 Edition of the card which is introduced as well today
GPU Chipset: GF114
GPU Clock: 822 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
Processor Clock: 1645 MHz
Memory Size: 2048MB
Memory Interface: 256 BIT
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 4008 MHz
This new card offers a better performance at the nowadays more common 1920 x 1200 or 1680 x 1050 resolution than the standard GeForce GTX 560TI with 1024 MB, remains cooler with the ultra efficient dual fan design versus original 1 fan design and runs out of the box the new Open GL 4.2 standard.
Arctic Freezer i30 and A30 CPU Coolers
Arctic seeks to expand its business with two new CPU coolers in the Freezer series, the i30 and A30, which target Intel and AMD systems respectively and promise to deliver much better performance when compared with the boxed solutions offered by the two companies., softpedia reports:
Apart from the mounting system used, the two coolers sport identical specs and performance, the i-version featuring a retention kit compatible with LGA 2011, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 platforms, while the A30 supports instead AMD's AM3 +, AM3, AM2 + and AM2 platforms.
Despite this difference, both of the models tip the scale at 905 grams (just under 2 pounds) and are paired together with a PWM-controlled fan measuring 120mm.
This is designed to send cool air through 48 aluminum fins that are mounted on four 8mm thick heatpies which draw the heat away from the CPU heatspreader.
Arctic usually invests a lot of effort in making its coolers as silent as possible, and things are no different with these two Freezer models that should emit about 0.3 Sones of loudness when running at full speed.
To put things in perspective, Intel
AMD A8-3870K and A6-3670K Pre-Order
It's been mentioned a couple of times already, but it seems that AMD will launch its unlocked A8 and A6 series APUs in the FM1 package, that are geared for overclocking.
The A8-3870K is clocked at 3.00 GHz, and the A6-3670K at 2.60 GHz. The two are quad-core APUs, and differ by the core clock speeds and integrated GPUs. While the A8-3870K packs Radeon HD 6550D graphics with 400 stream processors, the A6-3670K has Radeon HD 6530D graphics with 320 stream processors. The two were listed for pre-order on ShopBLT, with the A8-3870K priced at US $143.77, and the A6-3670K at $121.50. It is expected that prices of A8-3850 and A6-3650 will drop after the launch of these two chips.
Acer HR274H 27-inch 3D LED Monitor
Acer America Corp., the number one provider of 3D displays worldwide(1), today introduced the Acer HR274H, a 27-inch 3D monitor featuring new advances in 3D technology. Featuring Acer's innovative chip-based solution, the new monitor can convert any 2D content to 3D, allowing anyone to watch their favorite movies, videos, photos and games in 3D.
With crystal clear 1920 x 1080 resolution, it is the ideal monitor for advanced 1080p full HD gaming on a PC, Blu-ray Disc console gaming, widescreen movie playback and multimedia and productivity applications.
Through a single HDMI cable connection, the HR274H monitor easily connects to any 3D-enabled PC, Blu-ray player, game console, cable set top box or camera. 3D enthusiasts can then enjoy a broad selection of high-quality 3D content, including more than 550 full-HD 1080p 3D games, more than 100 Blu-ray 3D movies and thousands of 3D videos and photos from YouTube and 3DVisionLive.com.
3D for Everyone
Acer's innovate chip based solution easily converts any 2D content to 3D in real time. There is no extra software required; the feature only needs to be enabled via the on-screen-display. This allows regular movies and traditional photos and videos to be enjoyed in a completely new way. In addition, it works with any graphics card, so popular PC games can now be viewed in eye-popping 3D.
Lightweight Polarized Glasses Reduce Eye Strain
Acer includes a set of polarized glasses that deliver vibrant 3D imagery without straining the eyes. In addition, the glasses do not require batteries and are made of composite materials for a lightweight comfortable fit, which makes viewing 3D content more convenient and comfortable than ever before.
Film-patterned retarder (FPR) technology in the Acer display and glasses enable a flicker-free 3D viewing experience. This reduces eye strain, fatigue, and headaches by separating left/right images so only one image reaches the left or right lens at a time. It also eliminates ghosting, since the display and glasses don't need to synchronize. Slightly larger than first generation 3D glasses, they provide a wider viewing area and increased external light blocking.
High quality moving images and a crystal clear viewing experience is provided through 2ms response times and an impressive 100 million:1 contrast ratio.
The Acer HR274H monitor uses LED backlight technology, minimizing environmental impact while offering superior performance and durability. White LEDs do not contain the toxic substance mercury, making them safer for the environment. They also consume less power and are more durable than CCFL lamps, resulting in big savings. It is also RoHS compliant, ENERGY STAR certified and is packaged in recyclable materials.
Pricing and Availability
The 27-inch Acer HR274H 3D LCD is available for U.S. customers at leading retailers with an MSRP of $599. It includes a three-year parts and labor limited warranty.
Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard for Tablets
Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology, has just announced its new Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is now shipping to retailers nationwide. Designed to work with iPads, iPhones and other Bluetooth-enabled tablets with HID keyboard support, this thin, portable keyboard delivers a more familiar typing method to touchscreen users. By offering a quick and easy way to compose e-mails and other important documents on-the-go, the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard enhances productivity and efficiency anywhere.