AMD Llano launch lineup surfaces
Over at X-bit Labs details about AMD's first five Llano processors surfaced.
The first family of its performance-mainstream accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops that Advanced Micro Devices will introduce in July will include will include five A-series models with 65W or 100W thermal design power (TDP). Later in the year AMD will broaden the lineup of chips previously known under Llano code-name.
As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine.
The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.
|AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011|
|Model||A8- 3560P||A8- 3550P||A8- 3560||A8- 3550||A6- 3460P||A6- 3450P||A6- 3460||A6- 3450||A4- 3360||A4- 3350||E2- 3250|
|Stream Core Count||400||400||400||400||320||320||320||320||160||160||160|
|GPU Clock-Speed||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||443 MHz||TBD||443||TBD||594 MHz||443 MHz|
|Radeon Brand||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6410||HD 6410||HD 6370|
|Memory||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1600 MHz|
|Launch||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011|
SilverStone Grandia GD06 HTPC chassis
SilverStone launches their GD06, a HTPC case with aluminium front door and a 0.8mm steel body. The case supports Mini-ITX, Mini-DTX and Micro-ATX motherboards, and offers room for up to three 120mm fans and graphics cards of up to 11". It's expected to be available this Friday and the suggested retail price is around 120EUR.
The new chassis measures 440 (W) x 150 (H) x 340 (D) mm, weights 5.6kg and features a front aluminum door, a black coating, front-placed USB 3.0 (x 2) and audio ports, one exposed 5.25-inch bay, and enough internal space to hold one 2.5-inch plus four 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch drives.
Harman AKG GHS-1 gaming headset
Harman announced the launch of the new AKG
Battlefield 3: Faultline Episode 2
Follow our squad of U.S. Marines as they move to the rooftops to eliminate an enemy sniper in an abandoned hotel. This in-game footage from Battlefield 3 shows off the ANT animation technology in all its glory, with a climactic ending that speaks volumes of how the new Frostbite 2 engine handles destruction. Stay tuned for Episode III on March 30. Brand new gameplay footage from EA and DICE's upcoming First Person Shooter Battlefield 3. Follow our squad of U.S. Marines as they move to the rooftops to eliminate an enemy sniper in an abandoned hotel. This in-game footage from Battlefield 3 shows off the ANT animation technology from EA Tech in all its glory, with a climactic ending that speaks volumes of how the Frostbite 2 engine handles destruction.
AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 v4
New Catalyst Application Profile for 6 titles, incl. Crysis 2
AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 #4 is here! This week's new Catalyst Application Profile includes updates for six titles:
- Crysis 2 - Improves CrossFire performance
FAH Support for ATI & AMD GPUs
Yesterday we were informed about the progress of the Here are the highlights:
1) FahCore_11 will be supported until 1st September 2011 (maybe longer).
2) HD 3000 Series will not be able to to run the OpenCL Core (FahCore_16).
3) HD 4000 Series doesn't have sufficient OpenCL support for effective FAH calculations.
4) FahCore_16 is being tested right now and will be released to public when the V7 Client is available.
For further details, please refer to Dr. Vijay's Blog.
AMD FX Zambezi Processors Compatible AM3 Motherboards
Good news on the AMD processor compatibility front. TPU reports (via SweClockers) that upcoming FX series "Zambezi" desktop processors based on the "Bulldozer architecture are expected to be compatible motherboards with socket AM3
AMD, on a number of occassions stated that the chips will require a new socket (referred to as AM3+) and compatible chipset, and that the chips will be incompatible with existing AM3 socket and existing chipset.
According to a source, motherboard major ASUS is planning to provide support to AM3+ processors to some of its existing AM3 motherboards using mere BIOS updates. That's right, Zambezi will indeed be backwards compatible with AM3 and existing chipset, only what remains to be seen is if the processors will perform to their full potential and overclock well on existing platform. Amongst ASUS' Schindler's list are top of the line AM3 models, such as ROG Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme, M4A89TD PRO/USB3, and even AMD 890GX-based motherboards such as M4A89GTD PRO. The list also shows certain AM3+ motherboards that use dated chipsets such as 760G, probably the entry-level of ASUS' M5A series of motherboards.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit becomes cheaper
NVIDIA managed to shave off 50 USD of their 3D Vision wireless glasses kit as it has received an update. The new model is available for $149, a $50 price cut, and offers 60 hours of battery life, compared with 40 hours before.
"Today we are happy to announce an updated version of our 3D Vision wireless glasses kit for a new low price of $149 (US), $50 less than the original price. Plus, the glasses provide 50 percent longer battery life from a single charge, 60 hours compared with 40 hours before, giving you even more time of uninterrupted 3D entertainment.
With over 1,000 products in the 3D Vision ecosystem, including notebook and desktop PCs, displays, TVs, projectors, GPUs, video applications, cameras and games, 3D Vision lets you experience the best quality 3D in many different ways on your PC. In addition, we
AMD announces Fusion APU design wins
AMD reports leading ODMs are working on systems with the company's Fusion APUs.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) are choosing AMD
AeroCool Vs-4 mid-tower case
It can be found in Germany for just over 38 EUR and it seems to offer quite a lot of value, the pictures reveal an all-black design, a side window, four tool-free 5.25" bays, two removable HDD cage, a cut-out for easy CPU cooler swapping, cut-outs for cable management, pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubes, and a front I/O panel with USB 2.0 and audio ports.
One 120mm exhaust fan is included but there's room for four optional fans; a 140mm front fan, a 120mm bottom intake and two 120mm fans in the side panel.
The front side does not have the best looks but for its price level this is a quite impressive case, 38 EUR incl VAT.
Banned iPad 2 Promo Outtakes
Oh just have a peek ...
Call of Duty: Black Ops, best-selling game ever
The game already made headlines back in November when it generated revenues of
GeForce GTX 550 Ti review MSI Cyclone II OC
Today we'll be putting the N550GTX-Ti from MSI to the test, armed with the new Cyclone II cooler we expect no noise and excellent cooling. The full SKU name is N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC, as the card comes factory overclocked as well. We'll have a deeper look in the product gallery of course. As stated this card comes factory overclocked, from 900 towards 950 MHz. Extremely high frequencies .. but get this, we'll bring this card towards a whopping 1100 MHz today. So yeah, let's have a peek at what the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has in store for us.
Read the full review here.
KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review
KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review
In this review we'll have a peek at the warmongers from KFA2 (Galaxy), they unleash this cute little beastly looking GTX 550 Ti LTD OC White edition graphics card. And to make it even more special, they slapped all components on a sexy white PCB again. Armed with that atypical looking cooler you'll learn that this product makes no compromises, you will not hear it, it will not run hot and it even comes factory clocked at a full GHz, quite amazing as GPUs seem to slowly pass that weird 1 GHz threshold.
Read the full review here.
Intel ships a 4.4GHz Xeon X5698
CPUOver at World's keen eyes spotted that Intel has quietly been shipping a Xeon X5698 with a frequency of 4.4GHz:
In the middle of last year, when Intel produced pre-production parts for the next refresh of Xeon 5600-series, they also made several quite interesting Xeon samples. The most distinguishing feature of these chips was very high clock frequency. Even the slowest Xeon microprocessor from that group was clocked at 4 GHz, and the fastest one reached 4.66 GHz. One of these samples made into production, and started shipping earlier this year. The processor was released as Xeon X5698, and, at 4.4 GHz, it's the fastest Intel production CPU ever.
Intel Xeon X5698 is built on Westemere microarchitecture, and, with a couple of notable differences, shares many features with other Xeon 5600 chips. One of the differences, extremely high core frequency, we already mentioned above. This model has only two active CPU cores, and we believe that 4 other cores on the die are disabled. The processor comes with 12 MB L3 cache, HyperThreading, and works in socket 1366 motherboards. Intel X5698 has OEM part number AT80614007314AA, and S-spec number SLC32. We suspect that this SKU will be shipped only in OEM systems.
For the sake of history, we included information on all "special" Xeon samples, produced in 2010, in the table below:
OEM part number
Specifications of four AMD FX processors surface
X-bit Labs reports specifications of AMD's first four Bulldozer desktop processors. These FX-series chips will be available in eight, six and four core editions with TDPs ranging from 95W to 125W.
The primary family of AMD FX-series central processing units (CPUs) will feature two eight-core models, one six-core flavour as well as a quad-core version. The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 1866MHz memory, will support Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology and will come in AM3+ form-factor and will have 125W and 95W TDP. The second "wave" of Bulldozer chips will also include four microprocessors and will improve performance of the initial breed of CPUs.
The intrigue remains about exact clock-speed of Bulldozer chips. Based on estimations, frequencies of such chips may be as high as 3.50GHz. What should be noted is that modern CPUs can include units that work at different clock-speeds and the highest one will hardly determine actual performance.
Japan crisis not expected to have major impact on wafer market
DigiTimes reports foundries don't expect the Japanese earthquake disaster will cause significant disruption for the silicon wafer market because alternatives are available if necessary.
With the impact of Japan's massive earthquake disrupting production at silicon wafer supplier Shin-Etsu Handotai (SEH), major pure-play foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) have both said that they are capable of activating alternatives if necessary.
SEH's parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical has revealed that operations at several production sites, including SEH's Shirakawa plant in Nishigo Village, Fukushima Preference, remain closed due to the quake's impact which has shutdown electric power supply in the area. A restart of operations can only begin after a safety inspection of equipment and the facilities, Shin-Etsu said, without disclosing any timeframe.