AMD A8-3800 Llano processor review
We tested the A8-3850, the A6-3650 but what seems to be in the middle of them is the A8-3800. The A8 series processors are entry level to mid-range targeted processors (well -- APUs). So we are looking at reasonably up-to okay CPU performance versus a rather kick ass integrated GPU, and all that for prices that are very interesting.
Today's tested A8 3800 APU will cost roughly 89 EUR, and you get a decent entry level CPU/GPU for that money.
Check out the article here.
GELID GX-7 processor cooler
GELID introduced the GX-7, a new CPU cooler designed for gamers. It features seven heatpipes, V-shaped aluminium fins and a 120mm Wing 12 PL fan.
Engineers at GELID Solutions have created an outstanding new CPU cooler with 7 power heat pipes. Contrary to traditional heat pipe arrangement for this GAMER CPU cooler
Apple caught photoshopping lawsuit evidence (again)
Apple was caught using Photoshop in two lawsuits. First the firm succeeded in temporarily banning Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in most of the EU, but keen eyes noticed that the evidence brought forward by Apple misrepresented the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the company had changed the dimensions of Samsung's tablet to make the device look more like an iPad.
Definitely suspicious and now the company has been caught with its hands down its pants for a second time as Apple doctored a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S in a Dutch lawsuit to make it look more like an iPhone;
In this particular case, Apple's victim was Samsung Electronics Comp, Ltd. (SEO 005930). Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying the iPhone 4. It sued trying to ban Samsung's widely successful Galaxy S smart phone family from the market in the Netherlands.
But it appears, in reality, that it was Apple who was "slavishly" copying and pasting the Galaxy S into Photoshop. The Galaxy S is a bit larger than the iPhone 4 (122.4 by 64.2 mm) and looked decidedly different, so Apple had its work cut out for it in order convince a judge that the phone was "copying" the iPhone's patented look -- a key claim in its case.
So it shrunk the Galaxy S down to iPhone size -- 115.5 by 62.1 mm. It also cherry-picked an image of the iPhone 3G, a defunct model it has not produced since 2009, as that model had more rounded edges -- like the Galaxy S -- and unlike Apple's current production iPhone (the iPhone 4).
PowerColor: Next-gen AMD GPUs in Q1 2012
PowerColor told Turkish tech site Donanim Haber that AMD's next-gen Radeon HD 7000 GPUs are likely slated for Q1 2012:
In an interview PowerColor Sales Director Elaine Liao revealed the release date for AMD's next-gen GPUs. The first Radeon HD 7000 series cards are now expected to release in Q1 2012, according to Liao. This is contrary to previous reports suggesting a release in Q4 2011.
However, a late Q4 2011 release is still possible and should not be ruled out.
Interestingly, Liao also mentions that the next-gen GPUs will likely be fabricated at TSMC's 40nm process. This is once again completely in contrary to the well known asumption that both NVIDIA and AMD are prepared to finally move away from 40nm to 28nm and also AMD's official communication, so this might be a result of miscommunication.
The interview also goes into details of upcoming PowerColor products such as HD 6870 X2, HD 6970 X2 and HD 6870 Eyefinity as well as the future of AMD's Fusion initiative.
Renesas cuts USB 3.0 controller prices in early 2012
DigiTimes reports Renesas plans to make USB 3.0 controllers cheaper in early 2012. Prices for its 2-port controller chips are expected to be cut to $1.20 from about $2 currently.
Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to slash unit prices for its USB 3.0 host controller ICs to below US$1.20 in early 2012 in order to tame the competition from Taiwan-based chipset vendors including ASMedia Technology, Etron Technology and VIA Labs.
Asustek began to switch some of its USB 3.0 controller orders to ASMedia from Renesas after the March 11 Japan earthquake and is currently completely outsourcing the controller chips to ASMedia, said the sources, noting that ASRock is also a major client for ASMedia. Gigabyte Technology has added Etron to its supplier list for USB 3.0 controller chips, in addition to Renesas, said the sources.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Huttball Trailer
Celeron processor clocked to 8.3 GHz
Wozers, the record of clocking a processor as high as can be has been broken. Overclocker TaPaKaH clocked an Intel Celeron-processor from its reference 3,2GHz towards 8,3GHz !
Ther 65nm Cedar mill based processor got a bus-speed of 346 MHz times the multiplier of 24 - 8308 MHz. 2 volts where pushed into the processor. No benchmarks, meaning that this was just an overclock into windows, but still Crazy stuff.
AIDA64 v1.85 download
What was known as EVEREST is now AIDA, a shareware hardware diagnostics and memory benchmarking solution for home PC users.
FinalWire released updated AIDA64 Extreme Edition software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.
The new AIDA64 release further strengthens its solid-state drive health and temperature monitoring capabilities, and implements support for the latest graphics processors from both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements
- LGA1155 B3 stepping motherboards support
- Preliminary support for AMD
Realtek HD Audio 2.64 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 as well of course. The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download from our servers.
This download hosted at Guru3D.com offers all the Windows XP, Vista and 7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Driver Package R2.64
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec .
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting:
ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC660,
ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC260, ALC262,
ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting:
ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC,
ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC670, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680 ALC221, ALC231,
ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) For Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP1, XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1.
1.) Driver :
CoreTemp 1.0 RC1
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint, yet powerful program to monitor processor temperature and other vital information.
What makes Core Temp unique is the way it works. It is capable of displaying a temperature of each individual core of every processor in your system!You can see temperature fluctuations in real time with varying workloads. Core Temp is also motherboard agnostic. All major processor manufacturers have implemented a "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor) in their products. The DTS provides more accurate and higher resolution temperature readings than conventional onboard thermal sensors. (How does it work?).This feature is supported by all recent x86 processors. Processors by Intel, AMD and VIA are supported. A complete list of supported processors is available.Core Temp is easy to use, while also enabling a high level of customization and expandability.Core Temp provides a platform for plug-ins, which allows developers to add new features and extend its functionality. You can find our plug-ins and add-ons here.
- Core Temp Mobile is now available, an Android app to monitor your machines from anywhere in the world! More information can be found here.
- Multilingual interface. Core Temp now natively supports adding non-English languages.
- Plugin system - 3rd party developers can now create plugins and extensions for Core Temp, both native code and .Net is supported, please see this for more information.
- Added support for Intel Pentium and AMD K5 and newer processors. (detection only, Temperature by Acpi Thermalzones)
- Added support for VIA processors. (C3 - detection only, Temperature by Acpi Thermalzones)
- Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Fusion (Brazos, Llano) support.
- Max TDP detection on supporting processors.
- Power consumption on Intel's Nehalem and newer processors.
- All of the user reported bugs and many more unreported problems.
- Optimized the startup code, Core Temp should now launch 2 to 4 times faster.
- Optimized many other aspects of the code, Core Temp should now consume much less CPU time than before.
- Restored support for older OS: Windows XP is now fully supported, Windows 2000 requires security updates KB935839, KB835732 and GDI+. In some cases hotfix KB816542 may be needed as well.
ECS A990FXM-A motherboard review
The ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A comes with 140W AM3+ Processor support and harbors AMD CrossfireX and NVIDIA SLI technology compatibility. You'll spot 3 PCIe x16 slots, dual gigabit jack, it has 7.1 channel High Definition audio, USB 3.0 and well... just a lot more. We'll have a look at the motherboard performance, based on Phenom II processors.
Check out the article here.
Intel SSD 320 firmware fix for 8MB bug
The SSD issues from both Intel and SandForce certainly are getting a little lame. Stuff like this should not have to happen with something important as storage devices.
Intel has published new firmware for its SSD 320 series, this update fixes the 8MB bug. You can download the firmware over here.
Intel has posted a firmware update for the Intel
AMD A-series and 32nm Athlon II X4
The lads at CPU World published a table with the specifications of AMD's new 32nm A-series and Athlon II X4 chips.
Earlier this month, we reported on pre-order prices of several forthcoming AMD A-series and Athlon II X4 microprocessors, built on new 32nm Llano core. Based on these prices, we projected that the A6-3600 and A8-3800 APUs will cost the same as A6-3650 and A8-3850 models, or very close to them. We also estimated $90 - $100 price for triple-core A6-3500, and $80 - $90 range for the Athlon II X4 631. AMD today added these processors to official pricelist, and the prices are slightly better than we estimated. AMD also listed all CPUs on AMD processor products pages.
Meanwhile motherboard makers told DigiTimes that AMD's latest Llano-based processors which could be a result of worse than expected 32nm process yields. The shortage is expected to be resolved by early September.
Due to the new platform's strong performance/price ratio, market demand for Llano APUs is rising gradually with sales of the compatible A75-based motherboards also expected to increase, the sources noted. However, because the supply of Llano APUs in July started turn tight because of weak 32nm yields, AMD currently has a lot of orders from the retail channel, but is unable to fulfill the shipments.
With AMD set to resolve its APU shortages in early September, many motherboard makers are already starting to increase their A75-based motherboard shipments.
In addition to the existing Llano CPUs, A8-3850 and A6-3650, AMD will launch three more 65W APUs, A8-3800, A6-3600 and A6-3500 at the end of the third quarter.
Corsair launches 90GB SATA 6Gbps SSDs
Corsair added 90GB Force Series 3 and Force Series GT solid state disks to its lineup.
Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced worldwide retail availability of Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSDs in 90GB configurations.
Corsair Force Series 3 high-performance SSD upgrades have native support for SATA 6Gb/s, with a maximum sequential read speed of 550MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 500 MB/s. The Force Series 3 uses asynchronous flash memory to provide the industry
NZXT Tempest 410 cases launches
NZXT released the Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite, these cases will ship for $79.99 and $89.99, respectively.
Enthusiasts all over the globe can now celebrate as NZXT launches the Tempest 410 and 410 Elite. Both midtower chassis serve as an aggressive cooling solution built with the latest audio, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 internal support, large honeycomb steel mesh design, dual radiator support, and dual touch powered 120mm front fans. With the Tempest 410 Elite, you get the luxury of having a large clear side window to show all your friends the true core processing power of your PC!
Killer Running Robots Will Kill Us All
Ugh -- skynet references :)
University of Michigan's MABEL runs free for over 110 steps! In our opinion, this is the most realistic, human-like running achieved on a robot. It has a very satisfying feel to it. The robot just moves right. It is up in the air for more than a third of the duration of step. The height off the ground is right. Whereas other robots had their feet maybe one sixth of an inch off the ground, MABEL is 3 to 4 in inches in the air. The motion of the hip, which is like a bouncing ball, and the pitching of the torso give you the sensation of running. It all just makes you say, that is running.
Feedback algorithm for running was designed by Koushil Sreenath as part of his PhD dissertation. The detailed model used in the work was developed by Hae-won Park as part of his PhD dissertation.
For the feedback control aficionados, we used a nonlinear, compliant hybrid zero dynamics controller with active force control, running in real-time. How about that! MABEL weighs over 65 Kg, has a heavy torso (40 Kg), has point feet, and a cable-driven transmission system with compliance. This makes it a challenging machine to control. The Hybrid Zero Dynamics (HZD) framework was instrumental in our success.
The achieved peak speed is 3.06 m/s (6.8 mph), with an average speed of 1.95 m/s (4.4 mph). The obtained gait has flight phase that's almost 40% of the gait, with a ground clearance of 3-4 inches.
IBM creates human brain-like computer chips
The research team has built its first brain-like computing units, with 256 neurons, an array of 256 by 256 (or a total of 65,536) synapses, and 256 axons. (A second chip had 262,144 synapses) In other words, it has the basic building block of processor, memory, and communications. This unit, or core, can be built with just a few million transistors (some of today's fastest microchips can be built with billions of transistors).
Modha said that this new kind of computing will likely complement, rather than replace, von Neumann machines, which have become good at solving problems involving math, serial processing, and business computations. The disadvantage is that those machines aren't scaling up to handle big problems well any more. They are using too much power and are harder to program.
The more powerful a computer gets, the more power it consumes, and manufacturing requires extremely precise and expensive technologies. And the more components are crammed together onto a single chip, the more they 'leak' power, even in stand-by mode. So they are not so easily turned off to save power.