AMD denies hidden cores in Radeon HD 7970
A leaked Sapphire document revealed a Tahiti GPU with 2304 cores. AMD however confirms that there are no hidden cores. The chip has 2048 shaders, so the 2304 number from Sapphire is likely a mistake, or part of a test by AMD to find out which partners leak specifications to members of the press.
This info has been confirmed by Mr. Hook, Senior PR exec from AMD.
VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX motherboard launched
They are still very alive and active, VIA releases their VB7009, a new embedded Mini-ITX motherboard that measures only 170mm x 170mm. It's aimed at POS and kiosk applications.
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VB7009 embedded Mini-ITX board. Measuring only 17cm x 17cm, the VIA VB7009 Mini-ITX is an extremely flexible embedded board with top class functionality and performance for POS and kiosks.
The VIA VB7009 is a cost effective solution offering a broad range of power efficient VIA CPU choices, including the dual core VIA NanoTM X2 processor, providing superior flexibility to match customers
BitFenix ships 35-in-1 card reader with USB 3.0
BitFenix has launched a new 35-in-1 memory card reader with USB 3.0 support. The card reader fits in a 3.5" bay but it seems a 5.25" adapter isn't included, which may cause some troubles because high-end cases increasingly lack external 3.5" bays. The product is sold over at Caseking for 23.90 EUR.
Pictured below the reader fits into a 3.5-inch bay, has a brushed aluminum bezel, offers support for no less than 35 types of memory cards (from Memory Stick to MMC, SD, CF, and all their variations), and includes one USB 3.0 port that connects to a motherboard's internal header.
EK Waterblocks Radeon HD 7970 waterblock
EK Waterblocks teases the EK-FC7970, the company's upcoming waterblock for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. The photo was published over at the company's Facebook page, pricing and availability is still unknown.
The picture reveals the block to use copper as its primary material, with an acetal top. It appears to have standard G1/4" threading. As a full-coverage block, it covers all the heat-producing components on the obverse side of the card's PCB, including the GPU, the twelve memory chips, and VRM.
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MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II review
MSI today launches their Big Bang XPower II motherboard, we review and test it. A military themed motherboard for which they took the Intel Sandy Bridge-E chipset called X79, then they started designing a motherboard that will knock you of your feet once you place your first glimpse on it.
The board is marketed as the perfect solution for extreme overclockers and gamers. Powered by Intel's X79 chipset, the XPower II obviously is intended for Sandy Bridge-E processors and features a 22-phase PWM design with Hybrid Digital Power for an output of up to 770 W, Military Class III components (Hi-c CAP, SFC, Solid CAP, DrMOS II), dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, and a good seven PCI-Express x16 (four being PCIe 3.0) slots enabling 4-way SLI or Quad CrossFireX GPU setups.
Read our full review right here.
LG to launch 55" OLED TV - And it's nice !
ASUS N45J Mystic Edition laptop
ASUS is about to release a new special edition N Series N45J laptop, the second collaboration between ASUS and best-selling singer-songwriter Jay Chou.
The previous outing was a limited edition N43 lappy, while this time we get the upgraded N45J Mystic Edition. Why Mystic, you inquire? Because it
Intel to launch 40 new server processors in 1H12
Intel is set to launch 40 new processors including those for its upcoming Romley platform, in the first half of 2012 with the company to release 20 models each quarter, according to sources from server players.
In the first quarter, Intel will release two six-core processors Xeon E5-1660 and 1650 and a quad-core processor priced at US$1,080, US$583 and US$294, respectively and will launch seven eight-core processors including Xeon E5-2690, four six-core processors including E5-2640, three quad-core processors including E5-2609 and dual-core processor E5-2637.
In the second quarter of 2012, Intel will release 11 Ivy Bridge-H2 series CPUs including Xeon E3-1290v2, priced between US$189-884 and seven more processors including Xeon E5-2470, priced between US$192-1,440.
As for its low-power consumption platform, Intel will release eight-core Xeon E5-2650L, six-core E5-2630L, priced at US$1,106 and US$662 in the first quarter, and will launch Xeon E5-2450L and six-core E5-2430L priced at US$1,106 and US$662.
Wibtek Hacker Z77 motherboard Caught on photo
Yeah, I have not heard of them either .. but Chinese motherboard and PC maker Wibtek is the first to reveal a motherboard based on Intel's Z77 "Panter Point" chipset. The Hacker Z77 board is targeted at overclockers, but it's unknown if it will be available in the West.
The Z77 based motherboard is designed for next-generation Core processors based on the 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" silicon out of the box, while retaining support for existing Sandy Bridge processors in the LGA1155 package. The CPU is powered by a 16-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI.
Storage connectivity includes a total of six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and four SATA 3 Gb/s internal ports. Display outputs include one each of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub. All USB ports on the rear panel are USB 3.0, some of which are wired to the Z77 PCH, some from additional controllers. Apart from the six USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, there are four USB 3.0 ports available via front-panel headers.
Modern Warfare 3 - The Vet & The n00b
Atari 2600 Turned Into a Rockin Rave Machine
So you have an old Atari 2600 and you're tired of playing the same old 8-bit titles over and over. Why not turn it into a rockin' electronic guitar that will be a huge hit at the next rave? As seen in the video below, the 'guitar' uses an EQ pedal, a flanger pedal, and another pedal for whammy, holding notes and more. The joystick is used to switch tracks already programmed onto a custom EPROM-mounted daughter board thats jammed into the cartridge slot.
Hey is that an Amiga 500 in the background ?
Cooler Master Cosmos II review
We review the new Cooler Master Cosmos II. It is an Ultra tower, this chassis is 70cm in height -- almost 28". It has space for even the big XL-ATX motherboards, it comes with brushed aluminum side panels; unlock and swing them open like doors instead of panels. Yep, that Ultra vibe is already kicking in isn't it?
Check out the article here.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire review
We test the Radeon HD 7970 in Crossfire, one of the board partners where the first to send a 2nd retail sample towards us, it's clocked standard, has a reference design and aside from a sticker it is just 100% the reference product really, with all the same top notch features, performance and technology.
With the reference card in-house, we figured well, we can replicate the entire reference review again with the frame rates showing an offset of 1% here and there, or we just take it to the next level -- multi-GPU gaming in Crossfire mode.
Read all about it right here.
Sapphire 7970 Atomic 1335mhz + possible 2304SP 7980?
Sure it's Chiphell again but its a list from Sapphire and they look rather official. Of course take it with caution, a grain of salt and everything else as nothing is confirmed just this.
Sapphire plans no less than six non-reference Radeon HD 7970 models apart from the vanilla AMD reference design card. Among these, the top-of-the-line cards are codenamed "Atomic RX" and "Atomic WC". One can guess that the "RX" is an air-cooled card, and the "WC" a water-cooled one. It packs blistering clock speeds of 1335 MHz core, with 5735 MHz (1433 MHz actual) memory.
The other card that caught our eyes is codenamed "FLEX 6G". The Flex variant typically features a flexible display output configuration. This card is said to have six mini-DP connectors.
While this card sticks to AMD reference clock speeds, it packs a whopping 6144 MB of video memory, all wired to a single GPU. Then there are other milder factory overclocked cards apart from the Atomic; there's Toxic 3G, and VaporX 3G.
But look on the top of the list, there's a 2304SP model scratched through, typo .... maybe
Custom Gigabyte 7970 spotted
These are the first pictures of a non-reference design Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. The product comes from Gigabyte, the GV-R797OC-3GD is a factory-overclocked graphics card, which makes use of a custom Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by the company, and a triple-fan WindForce cooler. The Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB uses 2 oz copper layer for better electrical stability and heat distribution, ferrite-core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, hand-picked high-performance GDDR5 memory chips, etc.
There's no info just yet on the pricing, clock speeds and availibility.
EKWB Radeon HD 7970 Water Block
EK Water Blocks (EKWB shows its full-coverage water block for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, the EK-FC7970. Unlike Aqua Computer's AquagrATIx 7900, the EK-FC7970 isn't launched, the company isn't taking orders yet, but it posted a teaser picture on its Facebook page. The picture reveals the block to use copper as its primary material, with an acetal top.
It appears to have standard G1/4" threading. As a full-coverage block, it covers all the heat-producing components on the obverse side of the card's PCB, including the GPU, the twelve memory chips, and VRM. EKWB did not give out other specifications, price, or availability.
Radeon HD 7970 Overclocked to 1.70 GHz Core, 8.00 GHz mem
An overclocker for the MyDrivers community with voltage modding altering and liquid nitrogen colling a speed as high as 1700 MHz core of the Radeon 7970, and 2000 MHz or 8.00 GHz (effective datarate ) GDDR5 memory speed.
That's 384 GB/s graphics memory bandwith really. The setup was able to run 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage. The scores are pictured below.