AMD FX series to be cheaper than anticipated
Turkish site Donanim Haber reveals the launch date and pricing of AMD's upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-series processors. The site claims three chips will be launched on October 12th: the FX-8150 for $245, the FX-8120 for $205 and the FX-6100 for $175.
The FX-8150 is the top model, it offers eight cores, a frequency of 3.6GHz and a 4.2GHz Turbo. The low price reveals Bulldozer is unlikely to bulldoze Intel away, but the chip should be nice for overclockers as the site heard the FX-8150 can be clocked beyond 5GHz.
The FX-8120 is another eight-core model, this one has a 3.1GHz frequency and 4GHz Turbo, while the six-core FX-6100 offers a 3.3GHz clockspeed and 3.6GHz Turbo.
I'm a little afraid that the prices reflect performance versus position.
NVIDIA Tegra 3 has fifth low-power core for power savings
NVIDIA revealed that Kal-El, the third-generation Tegra chip, will feature a fifth core to enhance energy efficiency. Just like the four regular cores the fifth core is an ARM Cortex A9-based companion core, but it's manufactured on a low-power process and intended to run up to 500MHz only. According to NVIDIA, the companion core enables power savings of 14 to 61 percent compared to Tegra 2. Full details about the fifth core and more new features of Kal-El can be found in these two whitepapers on NVIDIA's blog.
The first whitepaper outlines the patented fifth core. This extra core
LaCie Little Big Disk goes Thunderbolt
LaCie rolls out the Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt, one of the first external storage solutions to feature the 10Gbps technology. Available in 1TB 7200RPM and 2TB 5400RPM editions, these disks will retail for $399 and $499, respectively. Additionally, a SSD model will follow in October.
Today LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. It is the first portable solution to feature the shocking 10Gb/s speeds of Thunderbolt technology. This next-generation Little Big Disk is the first product in LaCie's series of high-end Thunderbolt solutions.
Designed for the most demanding applications, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows and professional storage users. It offers ultra-fast data transfers, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before.
"Performance can come in small packages," says Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing. "LaCie's Little Big Disk with Intel's Thunderbolt
Gigabyte releases 990FXA-UD3 1.2 motherboard
Gigabyte introduced the 990FXA-UD3 1.2, a new $160 motherboard for AMD's upcoming FX processors. The board is based on the AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset, and supports the upcoming AMD FX processors apart from socket AM3 processors in the Phenom II and Athlon II series. As a new revision, the board supports AMD FX processors out of the box.
The AM3+ socket is powered by an 8+2 phase VRM. The board is constructed according to the UltraDurable 3 Classic specifications, with 2 oz copper-layer PCB, 50,000+ hours capacitor durability, and DualBIOS. The socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3-2000 MHz memory with overclocking.
There are four PCI-Express x16 slots on this board, however, only two of them are wired to the AMD 990FX northbridge, both run at full PCI-Express 2.0 x16 bandwidth at all times. The other two are electrical PCI-Express x4, wired to the SB950 southbridge. The board supports both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, though it's likely that it will ship with just the 2-way SLI bridge cable.
Great looks by the way, a nice all black design.
Windows 8 boot process goes Metro-style
The Windows 8 boot experience will reflect the personality of Windows; it will be fast and fluid, seamless, and beautiful every time. By leveraging the capabilities of UEFI and working together with the ecosystem, our goal is for the PC to power up to the manufacturer
Need For Speed The Run - Story Trailer
Flash Player 11, AIR 3 Bring 3D Content
Adobe today announced Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, which together will help developers deliver a wide range of 3D content and 3D games to mobile devices.
The new technologies are optimized for both wired and wireless internet devices such as those run by Android, iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS, Windows, and others. Adobe explains that Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow developers to choose between a mix of Flash, HTML5, and other standard technologies to create content that will run on a wider range of platforms. Some of the new features called out by Adobe include: hardware-accelerated 2D/3D graphics support for faster rendering; native AIR extensions, which allow developers to tap into hardware such as NFC, sensors, and multiple screens; captive runtime, which lets developers update their applications without forcing users to also update AIR separately; support for HD content, including H.265, 7.1 surround sound, and full-fram HD video; and support for rental/subscription business models. The tools are available from Adobe's web site.
OCZ Introduces Synapse Cache Series Solid State Drives
OCZ launched its Synapse Cache Series 2.5
Enermax Platimax 850W power supply review
Enermax always is able surprise us, they now have released the Platimax power supplies, that means a platinum certification and yeah .. that boils down to a 94% efficient product. Very few products get this certification. Today we'll grab a couple of older older supplies and see if what they claim is true, can we really save on energy. We fire off three PSU's at a P55 / Core i7 870 based system setup with a GeForce GTX 590. We then monitor power consumption in idle, CPU productivity (stress) mode and then lock into a gaming session. Read the article here.
Shogun Bros Chameleon X-1 Wireless Mouse Gamepad Combo
As a mouse, the Chameleon X-1 has a 1600 dpi optical sensor, which makes it qualifies it as a gaming mouse, has a right-handed orientation, and about 5 mouse buttons. A sliding switch on the side switches between its mouse and gamepad modes. In the gamepad mode, the optical sensor and mouse buttons are deactivated, except that some side buttons remain active and double up as triggers and bumpers. It has a typical gamepad layout with a D-pad, four face buttons, and two sticks. The mouse connects to the PC wirelessly, using a USB nano-receiver. The new Chameleon X-1 is priced at US $59.99, and is available from October 1.
Rosewill Ranger mid-tower chassis launched
Rosewell introduces Ranger, a new mid-tower steel case with a black exterior and flashy red interior. The case has a MSRP of $79.99.
Rosewill the leading hardware solution provider bringing the best choice in value, announced its newest member of Rosewill computer case family, RANGER. The RANGER represents Rosewill
Logitech Harmony Link gives iPad support
Logitech introduced the Harmony Link, a new device that enables you to control your TV and media electronics with an Apple iPad.
With thousands of TV channels and seemingly unlimited choice of shows and movies, getting to the content you are looking for is often a challenge as you navigate among programming guides and juggle multiple remotes to control your home entertainment system. With this in mind, today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled Logitech Harmony
AMD 28nm Wichita APU launch schedule still unknown
AMD has still not set an exact launch schedule for Wichita, its 28nm second-generation entry-level APU. Given the uncertainties, it seems likely that the chip may be released later than expected.
Officially, the code-named Wichita accelerated processing unit (APU) is planned to be released in 2012. However, a source with knowledge of AMD's plans said that the company still has not set any exact schedule for the roll-out of its second-generation entry-level APU-based platform. In fact, AMD intends to sell its Brazos chips till Q4 2012 at least, according to the person, who decided to remain anonymous. However, it should be noted that the existing plans are not final.
AMD code-named Wichita accelerated processing unit is a pretty revolutionary design that will be the industry's first quad-core x86-based system-on-chip with built-in graphics and I/O capabilities. Wichita will integrate up to four Bobcat-class x86 cores with Turbo Core 3.0 dynamic acceleration technology, DirectX 11 graphics core, DDR3 memory controller as well as Yuba FCH [Fusion controller hub] that will support Serial ATA, PCI Express, USB and other I/O protocols. AMD Wichita, which will utilize FT2 BGA packaging, will be the heart of Deccan platform for netbooks, low-cost ultra-thin notebooks and nettops.
Gigabyte denies MSI allegations
Earlier this month MSI's marketing department send out evidence that Gigabyte's motherboards don't truly support PCI Express 3.0(check here), but now Gigabyte defends itself with a presentation of its own.
In its short presentation with no more than 5 slides, Gigabyte tried to provide an explanation to its claim that most of its new motherboards are Gen 3-ready. The presentation begins with a diplomatic-sounding message on what is the agenda of the presentation, followed by a disclaimer that three of its recently-launched boards, Z68X-UD7-B3 & P67A-UD7/P67A-UD7-B3, lack Gen 3 readiness. This could be because those boards make use of a Gen 2 NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip, even the first PCI-E x16 slot is wired to that chip.
NCIS The Video Game - Reveal Trailer
Battlefield 3 Open Beta starts Sep 29th
DICE and EA have announced that the Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta will be open all players from around the world on September 29, 2011.
Running until October 10th, the Battlefield 3 Open Beta is your chance to play the game early, try out our free social platform Battlelog, and help us make the game even better by sending us your valuable feedback.
If you pre-order Battlefield 3 (PC digital download version) on Origin before September 25th, or if you have registered your first-hand copy (by activating its Online Pass) of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition/Tier 1 Edition, you will get 48 hours early access to the Beta, meaning you can start playing Tuesday, September 27th. The full details on how you will be granted early acess is available on our new Beta section.
For Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, the Open Beta will be visible on the consoles' digital marketplaces under Battlefield 3. For PC, you need to install Origin and download the Open Beta from within the Origin application.
ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB card
Check out a product from a company called ColorFire, their upcoming dual-GPU Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB graphics card. Special features include silver plating on most of the PCB's contacts and DIP-switched based voltage control.
With this card, the designers are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts (the metal-exposed parts onto which components are soldered), apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces, are plated with silver. Silver is one of the best conductors. ColorFire argues that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance, and also helps with cooling.
The next interesting feature is the use of DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an old-school yet direct and effective way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors), and are angled for easy access. Lastly, a pair of jumpers near the display output connectors, allows you to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each having a different clock and voltage profile via TPU.
Intel Ivy Bridge GPU supports 4K HD displays
The GPU housing inside of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU will support displays with 4K HD resolution, which means a resolution of up to 4096 x 4096 pixels.
It's the vastly improved display capability, and associated ultra high resolution video processing, of the new chip - in fact, so high it stands on an equal footing with the fastest high end discrete GPUs in this particular measurement: the 4K display resolution. Take a look at their Multi Format Codec or MFX engine, capable of playing multiple 4K videos at the same time, even a wall of them, as Intel says.
Not only can the MFX engine display up to 4096 x 4096 pixels on a single monitor, but it can also handle video processing for 4K QuadHD video as well. Remember when, two years ago, Jen Hsun Huang at Nvidia for the first time encouraged 4K resolution - at that time 3840x2400 or as he called it XHD2, for ultra realistic gaming too, to use the extra pixels to justify the high end card need? Now, what a fate, Intel is making it real on the - integrated graphics platform, of all. Now, can we have back those 16:10 3840x2400 or, better, 4096x2560 monitors?