AMD FM1 Socket Package Photo
Zol.com.cn is showing some pictures of AMD's new socket FM1. FM1 looks to be the final platform for AMD's upcoming "Llano" A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), in the desktop and notebook platforms.
TPU on its end reports that: AMD will compete with Intel's LGA1155/LGA1156 processors in consumer and business desktop markets that simply rely on the processor's embedded graphics. The Llano APU integrates a quad-core x86-64 processor with a DirectX 11 compliant AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics core (with 400+ stream processors, last we heard); a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and a PCI-Express 2.0 hub. FM1 is a pin-grid array, but its exact pin count isn't known. Purely by the looks of it, FM1 package looks smaller than AM3+. Clearly the version of CPU-Z used in the screenshot doesn't fully support the APU, but it does reveal some information. It's reading the quad-core chip as four single core processors with 1 MB L2 cache each. The processor is clocked at 2.4 GHz. Llano APUs are expected to make landfall in May/June.
MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lighting review
We'll review the R6970 Lightning, the most high-end single GPU based product in the enthusiast lightning series. Pre-clocked at 940 MHz you can actually take the product towards 1 GHz fairly easy with the help of AfterBurner software that allows the full spectrum of voltage tweaking on GPU and memory. The end result as stated, surprised even us.
This is just a really nice card with a lot of features, extra's and it just oozes with build quality.
Read the full article here.
Elite 633 Series UHS-I Memory Card does 95 MB/s Read
Delkin announces the fastest SD memory card built to Secure Digital format specifications, with transfer speeds up to 95MB/s read, 80MB/s write and an impressive 633X speed rating that more than triples previous Class 10 capabilities. The new card, dubbed Elite 633X for its superb performance, utilizes an Ultra High Speed Bus Interface to achieve unprecedented transfer speeds.
Counterfeit Samsung USB HDD contains 128MB flash chips
The chaps at Neowin found pictures of a counterfeit external HDD that is being sold in China. This product was bought by a Russian customer who went over the Chinese border to purchase what appears to be a 500GB Samsung external hard drive at an unbelievably low price.
The enclosure didn't contain a hard drive though, inside was nothing more than a 128MB flash chip and two metal bolts to give the drive some weight. Interestingly, the flash controller was programmed to report a 500GB capacity and to copy files in a loop when it reached past 128MB.
On first glance, it appears to be a 500 GB Samsung external hard drive with a few typos on the case ("Complant" 480 Mbps). As the customer observes, his new drive does show up with a capacity of 500 gigabytes, and it does manage to hold a few small files. The problem is with copying anything large - the drive would hold only the last few minutes of a copied movie file, for instance.
So he took his "broken" hard drive to his local computer shop to have it checked out. Imagine how much of a laugh the techies had when they opened up the drive to find this.
Duke Nukem Forever - The Babes
Crysis 2 will indeed get DirectX 11 Update
Though the information was known and out there already, Crytek have announced that the PC version of their title, Crysis 2, will officially be getting DirectX 11 support via a patch. A Crytek representative stated on the game's official message boards:
"We would like to announce that there will be a DX11 patch released for Crysis 2. We are working to get the best out of DX11, so we
Battlefield 3 to look better on PC than on consoles
DICE executive producer Patrick Bach has revealed in an interview with VideoGamer that the PC version will end up looking better than on the console.
Bach explained how he feels people will react when they finally see Battlefield 3 running on 360 and PS3. "Most people will be very positive because they might be afraid that it won't look as good as other games and it will, and some people will of course be disappointed that it doesn't look like the PC version."
What will the console versions lack, then? "The higher resolution, the higher framerate, the anti-aliasing, the motion blur, stuff like that. We can't have it to the same quality on the console," says Bach.
Bach also explained the predicament for the Swedish studio. "The problem if you're setting a new bar is you're pushing yourself up. Of course there's a challenge by showing something that looks amazing on PC and then something that just looks great on console. I think the challenge is to beat ourselves. Of course, it's hard to do that because of the practical limitations of the consoles."
How does DICE feel about rival engine technology, then? "There's always competition to build not only the best game but the best technology, the best features," says Bach, "and you want to be the best at everything, of course, that's how things are being moved forward."
Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Officially Announced
Cry-Tom posted on the mycrysis forums.
[quote]We would like to announce that there will be a DX11 patch released for Crysis 2. We are working to get the best out of DX11, so we
MSI announces broad AM3+ Processor support
MSI officially announced its AMD AM3 mainboards and the corresponding BIOS versions with full compatibility with all AMD AM3+ multi-core processors.
By upgrading the BIOS with a few simple steps, users can enjoy the powerful performance of AMD AM3+ multi-core processors without extra expenses. The brand new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors have more cores and larger L3 cache memory capacity. Also, the built-in 2nd generation Turbo Core technology also boosts the performance of the new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors. Along with the latest 32nm process which significantly enhances the electrical specifications, AMD AM3+ multi-core processors will absolutely be the next-generation indicator of performance.
In addition to upgrading all BIOS on the existing AM3 mainboards supporting AMD AM3+ multi-core processors before shipping to correspond to the upcoming AMD AM3+ processors, MSI will post the BIOS of corresponding mainboards with support for the new AMD AM3+ processors for consumers to upgrade their MSI AM3 mainboards in order to meet their demands for system upgrade and experiencing the powerful performance of the next-generation AMD processors.
MSI AM3 mainboards with support for AMD AM3+ multi-core processors and corresponding BIOS versions (click):
Gigabyte ECO600 Wireless Laser Mouse
Gigabyte today unveiled yet another wireless mouse, dubbed the ECO600.
This new peripheral features a laser sensor offering either 800, 1200, or 1600 DPI via a switch. Two AA batteries power the mouse allowing up to 12 months of use, according to Gigabyte.
Connectivity is covered by a nano USB receiver which operates over the 2.4GHz band. The receiver can also snap into the mouse when not in use for easy safekeeping. Other features include a rubber coating for improved grip and two customizable buttons. The Gigabyte ECO600 wireless mouse measures 124.5x77.6x41.8mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at 106g, excluding batteries. Gigabyte did not disclose details regarding the pricing of the ECO600.
ASUS Rampage III Black Edition review
ASUS are launching the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition and it just has to be the most exclusive X58 motherboard we have ever had our hands on. Improved overclockability, black design (including a black colored BIOS). The spec-sheet might read pretty similar to last year's Rampage III Extreme, but there have been a few tweaks alright. The board now sports a quartet of PCIe x16 slots capable of supporting three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, support for 24GB DDR3 at speeds of up to 2,200MHz and then the fun begins, USB 3.0, SATA 6G, a ThunderBolt add-on card that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU.
Read the full review right here.
Intel Z68 chipset pricing lower
The price hasn't been disclosed yet by Intel, but VR-Zone reports that the company has adjusted it so that it much closer resembles that of the P67 PCH.
" As you may or may not have read, Intel has added support for SSD caching in the Z68 chipset and so far it's been known as RST SSD caching, not exactly a sexy name for what at least for Intel is a new technology, so the company's PR department came up with a better one
AMD says Radeon HD 6790 can't be unlocked
In our review of the Radeon HD 6790 we already mentioned that it's using a full R6870 design, hinting that a BIOS flash might open up the full product. AMD however says Radeon HD 6790 can\'t be unlocked.
"It is not something that should be possible on the 6790. Those SIMDs are fused off," said Even Groenke, a graphics products manager at AMD.
Even though it is impossible to re-activate disabled stream processors and other units, the Radeon HD 6790 come with rather powerful coolers and ATI graphics division of AMD believes that enthusiasts will be able to speed up the novelty by overclocking it significantly.
"It is a card that has a lot of potential for overclocking, just take a look at overclocking results for other Barts-based graphics cards," said Mr. Groenke, adding that overclocking voids warranty.
Asetek reveals liquid temperature fan control technology
Asetek releases ChillControl, a new tool that gives you Liquid Temperature Fan Control technology. Antec's K
Laptops May Be Seized on Entry to U.S.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities can search and/or seize your laptop for any reason they like. Refusal or resisting only gets you a free trip to the baton testing room.
If you can't let a day go by without accessing your personal data and files, you'd better think twice about crossing the border back into the U.S. with your computer. That's because digital devices such as a laptop computer can be seized at the border without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection.
That ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week is the second in less than a year that allows the U.S. government to conduct offsite searches of digital devices seized at the border without a warrant, Network World reported.
This could have big implications for business travelers, in particular, who are increasingly mobile and frequently carry laptops and other digital devices containing sensitive personal and company information across our borders. If your data reveals traces of criminality or illegal kinkiness when examined, your troubles will go way beyond temporary data denial.
BRINK: Ready and Able Gameplay Trailer
Elements of War trailer
Alienware M14x surfaces
Engadget found some details about Dell's upcoming Alienware M14x gaming laptop. This 14" system offers the Intel Core i7-2820QM (2.3GHz) processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics, a 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 256GB SATA 3Gbps or SATA 6Gbps SSD, LTE or WiMAX connectivity and a pair or Klipsch speakers. The default screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels but you can upgrade this to 1920 x 1080.