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AMD Catalyst 11.9 RC Out for Grabs
Props to asder00 for this find. A new release candidate Catalyst 11.9 driver has been found. We mirrored the drivers onto our file-servers.
These leaked drivers are modified to work with all cards. There are no release notes. The driver package contacts the 32- and 64-bit binaries for XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Have a peek in this thread for more info.
TSMC Raises Prices on AMD and Nvidia GPUs, Apple Partially to Blame
TSMC has reportedly increased the prices of wafers manufactured using the 28nm fabrication process says sofpedia, a decision which could increase the production costs of next-generation GPUs developed by AMD and Nvidia as both companies rely on the advanced 28nm node for their chips:
According to unnamed sources, TSMC has taken this decision since they see a lot of demand for their 28nm process.
Most of the demand for the 28nm node reportedly comes from Apple, which has reached an agreement with the Taiwanese foundry to manufacture the system-on-a-chip (SoC for short) devices used inside the iPhone and iPad.
In addition to the high 28nm chips volumes required by Apple, TSMC is having troubles with achieving high yields on this manufacturing process, an issue which also leads to increased production prices for such devices.
Both Nvidia and AMD are relying on TSMC's 28nm fabrication process to develop their next-generation graphics cores, which are known under the code names of Kepler and Southern Islands, respectively.
Furthermore, reports suggest that Nvidia has also started to build a new series of refreshed notebook parts based on this advanced fabrication node.
At the end of July, TSMC representatives admitted the company is having troubles with the ramp up of 28nm parts, but noted that these aren't caused by quality issues, but rather by the weak economy and low demand for such products.
AMD is expected to launch its first Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards built using the 28nm node by the end of this year, while more parts will arrive in the first quarter of 2012.
As far as Nvidia is concerned, its first next-generation GPUs, based on the Kepler architecture, are expected to arrive at the beginning of next year.
MSI shows LGA 2011 Motherboards at IDF 2011
As they did on computex, MSI will show a series of MSI LGA 2011 motherboards based on the Intel X79 chipset.
The X79 features a PCH (platform controller hub) design as most of the tasks that were handled by the X58 chipset previously, such as PCI Express connectivity, were integrated inside the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
The X79 packs an impressive array of features compared with its predecessors as it now supports no less than 10 SATA 6Gbps, while the PCH is linked to the CPU via a DMI 2.0 interface as well as through an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link.
In addition, the X79 PCH also features an Intel Rapid Storage enterprise controller that enables RAID 0/1/5/10 support and eight of the available SATA interfaces can be configured as SAS ports by motherboard manufacturers.
The rest of the specs list includes an 8-lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, which can be used to drive the x1 and x4 slots, as well as 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Unfurtunately the PCH doesn't feature native USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt support, which is an important omission considering its target market.
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Corsair New High-Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drives
Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0: Superior Speed and Renowned Flash Voyager Durability
The premium performance Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 provides data transfer rates of up to four times the speed of USB 2.0 drives, and even two times the speed of standard USB 3.0 flash drives
ECS A75F-A motherboard review
Today we look at a A75 motherboard from ECS, in the 100 EUR bracket they have released the A75F-A, a board that ECS decided to pair with two PCI Express x16 slots (the second one is x4 electronically), two PCI Express x1 slots as well as with no less than three legacy PCI slots.
This is the kind of stuff that ECS shines at, have a peek at the motherboard and read the review right here.
AMD adds AMD Fusion APUs A4 Series
AMD announced availability of the AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop processors, bringing the entry-level desktop APU price down to just $70 (U.S. suggested retail price) for consumers who want PCs with brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds.
The AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 desktop APUs each combine two x86 CPU cores with 160 Radeon cores, enabling powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. These dual-core APUs enable responsive and energy-efficient performance for everyday PC productivity and multitasking, as well as an amazing gaming experience.
In addition to leading-edge graphics and competitive compute power, the AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs support:
- AMD Steady Video for instant removal of shakes and jitters when re-watching video, so content looks steady and smooth.
- AMD Dual Graphics for a visual performance boost when paired with select AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series graphics cards.
- Integrated USB 3.0 controller for rapid transfer and storage of digital content.
- AMD VISION Engine Software to provide users with regular updates to help improve system performance and stability, and to introduce new software enhancements.
With a suggested retail price of $75.00 (U.S), the AMD A4-3400 APU operates at 2.7GHz (CPU) and 600MHz (GPU) with 160 Radeon Cores, 1MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 65W.
ASUS 6770 DirectCU Silent is a passive card
ASUS laucnhed the Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU Silent, claiming this is the coolest passively cooled graphics card on the market. The card has a 850MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4000MHz.
With the release of the new HD 6770 DirectCU Silent, ASUS has deployed the most powerful and advanced fanless graphics cards available. Running totally silent and 16%* cooler than generic passive designs, the ASUS DirectCU Silent series increases thermal performance and offers consumers a more reliable and longer lasting experience that meets every graphics need, from casual multimedia to dedicated gaming.
DirectCU Silent technology offers 95%* larger heatsinks for 16%* cooler performance
ASUS thermal engineers have developed exclusive DirectCU cooling technology, integrating direct-contact copper heat pipes that touch the GPU core for faster and more effective heat dissipation, and thus lower temperatures and better performance. Based on these principles, ASUS engineers have created the most effective 0dB silent graphics cards available. DirectCU Silent designs have been applied on the GT 430, GT 440, GTS 450 and HD 6670 previously, and now on the HD 6770 model. Through intricate material processing and intelligent molding, the heatsinks in DirectCU Silent cards offer up to 95%* larger surface area and run around 16%* cooler than conventional passive cards, resulting in more stable performance and longer lasting products.
Super Alloy Power enhances product longevity and performance
Based on a proprietary alloy mix developed in-house by ASUS, Super Alloy Power involves filling power delivery components with a high endurance compound that can better resist heat. Super Alloy Power components lead to 15%* faster performance, a wider overclocking margin, and products that last 2.5* times longer than generic graphics cards.
Delivering cool and stable gaming performance
TSMC thinks 14nm by 2015
You have to wonder at what point they can't make it any smaller right ? TSMC R&D head Shang-yi Chiang said volume production of 14nm chips is expected to happen in 2015. Additionally, he also reveals this process node will use 450mm wafers:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will conduct R&D for 14nm process technology starting 2012, and expects to begin volume production on the node in 2015, according to Shang-yi Chiang, company senior VP of R&D. TSMC will use 18-inch wafers to process 14nm chips, said Chiang, adding that manufacturing with larger wafers helps increase its ability to produce at a lower cost.
The transition to larger, 18-inch-sized wafers will also allow TSMC to build fewer fabs, meaning that labor and land costs can be reduced, Chiang pointed out. In its ongoing advanced technology development, TSMC is actually facing a shortage of engineers rather than technical issues, Chiang added.
Shuttle fanless slimline XS35 V2 barebones
Shuttle introduced version 2 of its 38mm thin XS35 barebone lineup.
Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini PC Barebones today announces the sales launch of Version 2 of its XS35 product line.
Just as its predecessor, the new generation of XS35 models is built around energy-saving components and runs virtually silently. The new XS35 series does away with any fans and remains nearly inaudible at any time which predestines such space-saving PCs use in the living room at home, in the office, classrooms and even in libraries. The energy-efficient Intel Atom D525 processor provides sufficient power for all daily computing applications. While the basic version, XS35V2, comes with integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics, the XS35GTV2 barebone is equipped with NVIDIA
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Max Payne 3 Coming March 2012
Rockstar has announced that Max Payne 3 is expected to launch on PC, 360 and PS3 in North America and Europe in March 2012:
Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.
A true cross-studio collaboration between Rockstar Games
MS bans XBL users who illegally downloaded content
Microsoft's Xbox Live online service for its Xbox 360 console lets its users download content like full games, movies, TV shows and more. But it looks like some of its users have tried to get some of that content legally:
Please know that we are being very careful regarding these suspensions, and have clear evidence regarding each account issued a permanent suspension from the service. We apologize for any frustration or confusion resulting from our inability to share individual details, and thank you all for your cooperation in this matter.
Upgrading to Ivy Bridge to be blocked by UEFI changes?
Meanwhile VR Zone reports that current motherboards may not be compatible with Intel's forthcoming Ivy Bridge processors due to a UEFI related issue. If motherboard makers are unable to fix this problem it will be quite a disappointment as most vendors have gone out and said that their 6-series boards are compatible with Ivy Bridge.
According to our sources, Intel will for example have to do a factory re-work on its own brand motherboards for Ivy Bridge support to be possible, as apparently a clean wipe of the Flash ROM on the motherboard is required to upgrade to the new UEFI version. This is something that apparently can't be done either by the end user or a service location. What we don't know is if this applies to all motherboards, or if this is an issue unique to Intel.
This is bad news for anyone that's been looking at upgrading to Ivy Bridge while keeping their old motherboard, but there's a potential glimmer of hope. On motherboards with a pair of BIOS chips, it should be possible to perform the UEFI upgrade by first flashing the secondary BIOS chip and then the primary one. That said, this would be up to the specific motherboard manufacturer to enable this process for the end users and even in this case, we're not certain if it'll work with all motherboards.
On a second note related to Intel, Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) processor might be released on november the 15th,
Intel will have processors as well as compatible Desktop Board products (Intel-branded motherboards) out in the markets, ready for purchase. Ideally, motherboard vendors should have their socket LGA2011 products stocked up by then, too.
Intel will begin the Sandy Bridge-E platform with Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 6-core Unlocked processor, Core i7-3930K 6-core Unlocked processor, and Core i7-3820 4-core processor. Intel X79 Express is the De facto desktop chipset. The first compatible Intel Desktop Board products include DX79SI, and DX79TO.
AMD Bulldozer desktop chips delayed to October
It seems that the launch of the FX-series chips has been pushed to mid-October as management wanted to make the launch lineup "broader and more competitive". Seven Zambezi CPUs are expected to arrive in Q4 2011, with more models expected to follow by February 2012.
In a bid to improve competitive positions of its FX-series "Zambezi" lineup due to become available in the fourth quarter of this year, AMD decided to broaden it to seven models: four eight-core FX-8100 versions, one FX-6100 flavour and two FX-4100 central processing units, according to a source close to the company, which asked to remain anonymous. The increased amount of SKUs [stock keeping units] will help AMD to better position its models and make them appealing to particular customers with unique needs.
In addition to the model FX-8120 (which will be available in 95W and 125W flavours), which fills the gap between the FX-8100 and FX-8150 and allows AMD to broader the lineup of expensive eight core-chips, AMD also plans to introduce high-speed quad-core FX-4170, which will have default clock-speed of 4.20GHz and will thus offer extreme performance for its price-point.
MSI: Gigabyte motherboard are not PCIe Gen 3 ready
MSI's marketing department has created a series of slides to rebut Gigabyte's claim that its motherboards are PCI Express 3.0 ready. The company claims that out of as many as 40 of Gigabyte's PCIe Gen 3 ready motherboards, only the G1.Sniper 2 is really ready for PCIe 3.0.
MSI begins by explaining that PCIe support isn't as easy as laying a wire between the CPU and the slot. It needs specifications-compliant lane switches and electrical components, and that you can't count on certain Gigabytes for future-proofing. MSI did some PCI-Express electrical testing using a 22 nm Ivy Bridge processor sample.
MSI claims that apart from the G1.Sniper 2, none of Gigabyte's so-called "Ready for Native PCIe Gen. 3" motherboards are what the badge claims to be, and that the badge is extremely misleading to buyers.
Check out the slides: