AMD Bulldozer to have massive 16MB cache
This reallt is impressive, AMD is to increase the processor L2 cache size to 77% over the current generation processors. The upcoming eight-core microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices based on the Bulldozer micro-architecture that feature Orochi design will get massive internal cache systems compared to current-generation of chips. In total, the top-of-the-range single-die processor will have 16MB of cache, here's the snippet as X-Bit labs reports:
AMD Orochi chip (which is a universal server and client design that will power Valencia, Zambezi and possibly other implementations of first-gen Bulldozer family) will have 8MB unified level-three cache, according to a document seen by X-bit labs. Since eight-core Orochi features four dual-core Bulldozer modules, each of which is believed to have 2MB of shared level-two cache, the whole chip will pack in whopping 16MB of SRAM, a 77% increase from the current six-core microprocessors that have 9MB of cache in total.
Large L2 caches will help AMD's next-generation microprocessors to ensure higher performance in single-threaded applications compared to today's multi-core chips that only have 512KB of L2, whereas massive L3 cache will maximize memory bandwidth. In both cases this will bring notable performance gains compared to today's Stars/Greyhound architecture.
AMD Orochi design is the company's next-generation processor for high-end desktop and server markets. The chip will feature eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have shared L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Orochi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms [via xbitlabs].
Adobe plenoptic lenses is CSI-like photography trick
Adobe Systems Inc. demonstrated impressive new photography technologies during a recent Nvidia Tech Conference, that would allow users to refocus photos on their computers after the photo was originally snapped. The company used plenoptic lenses, which essentially are many lenses clustered together that are able to focus on different parts of a picture (including the ability to capture 3D images), the result is a mosaic like non-natural group of micro-pictures with an infinite depth of field. Plenoptic lenses are a new technology that uses just a single extra lens and some software to enable you to refocus pictures after the act of taking it
Just check it out, it just is very impressive.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy review
KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy gets tested
We review and test the KFA2 GeForce GTX 480 Anarchy edition. Roughly half a year after the introduction the first custom air cooler GeForce GTX 480 cards arrive on the market. One of NVIDIA's AIBs KFA2 immediately cocked their gun when Artic Cooling, or just 'Artic' these days, released their Acelero Xtreme Plus cooler. A massive three slot cooler with three 90mm fans capable of disposing 250W heat from the graphics card.
It really is exactly what the doctor ordered as this is the very first cooler that can keep any GeForce GTX, factory overclocked, at roughly 50 to 55 Degrees C when fully stressed. The KFA GeForce GTX 480 as presented today falls within their Anarchy series graphics cards, the card is pre (factory) overclocked for you at 760 MHz on the core, 1520 on the shader processors and its memory is bumped towards 3800 MHz (effective). In this baseline configuration the card barely touches 55 Degrees C when fully stressed, while operating at very normal noise levels. It doesn't stop there though, thanks to the superb cooling we will take the product towards 900 MHz whilst remaining under 65 Degrees C at normal noise levels.
Check out the full Guru3D review here.
Intel Knights Ferry (Larrabee) caught on photo
SteelSeries Shift features interchangeable keysets
SteelSeries announces Shift, a gaming keyboard that offers full customization and interchangeable keysets. The keyboard will be available soon for $89.99 (89.99EUR) and Shift Keysets will be sold separately for $24.99 (24.99EUR).
AMD to issue even faster six and quad cores in Q4 2010
Interesting, as I did not expect this. AMD is to introduce more high-end AM3 CPUs in the fourth quarter of this year, including a new flagship six-core chip and its fastest quad-core model, according to X-bit Labs.
Specifications of the new chips:
- Phenom II X6 1100T: six-core Thuban, 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 125W TDP
- Phenom II X6 1065T: six-core Thuban, 2.9GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo, 9MB cache, 95W TDP
- Phenom II X4 975: quad-core Deneb, 3.6GHz, 8MB cache, 125W TDP
In an attempt to boost performance of its six-core and quad-core processors in advance of the Holiday season, AMD intends to release two new six-core processors Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz), which will be the fastest chip the company has to offer and Phenom II X6 1065T (2.90GHz), which will be the highest-performance six-core offering with 95W thermal design power. In addition, the company will introduce its most powerful quad-core Phenom II X4 975 chip with 3.60GHz clock-speed. The chips are specifically aimed at the higher end of the market and will rise performance bar for AMD central processing units.
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Day 2 recap (video)
Counterfeit PS3 Controllers May Explode
Wow .. here's some news alright, could even be considered as some form of force feedback :) Sony issued a consumer alert today stating that certain counterfeit PS3 controllers may explode.
KFA2 outs GeForce GTX 480 LTD OC Anarchy
All new brand KFA2 is pushing the limits of the GeForce GTX 480 be releasing the LTD OC Anarchy edition. The card will get the new Acelero Xtreme Plus cooler slapped on top of the PCB making the card not only silent, yet keeps it cool under 60 Degrees C when stressed.
To spice things up a little KFA2 will factory overclock the product for you as well and fires off a 760 MHz core clock frequency at the product.
Now we have had this product in-house for a couple of days already, and it even overclocks to 900 MHz with a little voltage tweaking. Tomorrow on Friday you can expect a full blown review on what is a very interesting product.
KFA2 is a very new company you guys, visit them here
NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Day 1 (video)
AMD to host own "IDF" conference in Taiwan
AMD will follow Intel's and NVIDIA's lead by hosting its own conference. The event will take place on October 18-20, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan.
For as long as we can remember, AMD's way of showing up what's the latest and greatest with the company was done through two ways: Analyst Days which are usually open for only a limited amount of press, and no tech partners etc - and piggy backing off "the other big blue" when that company brings press and analysts for its IDF show in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Looking through a looking glass, that was a wise use of resources for some, but it also sent a message that AMD is an "also ran" company, rather than one of industry heavy-weights and a leader in a lot of technology fields.
In the past couple of years, AMD organized a single gathering, every year in October time in Taipei. However, this time around the company decided to evolve the event into a fully-blown conference, which is going to be hosted between October 18-20, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan [via BSN].
GOG.com Is Not Dead, Relaunches Tomorrow!
In a conference online representatives of GOG.com confirmed that its suspected marketing ploy of closing down was just that, a marketing plot. According to an online press conference today with GoG.com reps, 98 percent of the site's code has been rewritten for the relaunch that will allow six times the amount of users and traffic compared to the old version.
The game will still offer DRM-free downloads of PC games and will still not use a download client. The relaunch will happen on Thursday at 8 am Eastern time and will add the original Baldur's Gate and its expansion pack to the service on Thursday as well for $9.99. GoG.com execs also said during the online press conference that the ultimate goal is for GoG.com to be the 'number one alternative' to the Steam download service [via ggmania].
NVIDIA Kepler is successor to Fermi - due in 2011 already
Some interesting news coming from NVIDIA. It seems that they have been hard at work on a new GPU architecture. Typically NVIDIA introduces a new architecture one every two years, they are certainly skipping a beat this time as the product might launch somewhere in 2011. According to Jen-Hsun Huang hundreds of engineers are already hard at work on new GPU architecture under codename "Kepler", expected to go to production this year and ship in 2011.
Huang noted that Nvidia doesn
LaCie 324i 24-inch P-IPS display
The screen has a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and features a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Outputs include DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI and Component, and the screen is also equipped with a three-way USB 2.0 hub and an integrated cable manager.
This model is very expensive at $1,249, and optionally offers are a hood and blue eye colorimeter.
The LaCie 324i P
Samsung Galaxy Tab promo shows why you don't wan't an iPad
Samsung has rolled the marketing ball for the Galaxy Tab. It has put up a 2 minute promo video which shows what the device can do, all with lots of happy faces and horribly satisfied customers..
The video shows other features, all titled under the "It's Go Time" slogan.
- Widgets (probably the highlight feature of Android so far)
- Google maps navigation
- Music & Videos portal
- 4 e-books apps (very cool)
- 32GB SD memory slot (yes! finally a freedom from storage tyranny)
- Stream to any monitor (yet another neat capability)
- 7 Hours battery life
- Front webcam for video chat
- Adobe Flash support for games and apps (well, surely that you won't have on the iPad).
Civilization V out and Demo Released
I know what i am doing over the weekend ! Sid Meier's Civilization V is now available in stores and also unlocked and available for people who pre-ordered via Steam. The latest in the turn-based strategy series from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games also comes with a playable demo on Steam as well. There's no word yet if there will be a stand alone demo for the game.
For the graphics freaks among us (um yea all of you) the title has a full DX11 codepath for some interesting eye-candy.
Civilization V takes this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagonal tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new engine delivers a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ world than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive, as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging them to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements will also be available.
Sid Meier's Civilization V is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available today on the PC for $49.99. A playable demo is now available to download for free.
Additionally, the Sid Meier's Civilization V Digital Deluxe Edition is available at participating digital distribution sites for $59.99, and the Sid Meier's Civilization V Special Edition is available at select outlets for $99.99. For more information please visit www.civilization5.com [via ggmania].
NVIDIA CUDA gets x86 supported
Jen-Hsun Huang stated over at the GPU Technology Conference that CUDA (the general-purpose computing language for NVIDIA GPUs) will be ported directly to x86 chips. The approach developed with the Portland Group will let systems without NVIDIA cards handle the code. It will work best with multi-core processors and is seen as ideal for servers.
A timetable isn't yet available for when CUDA will be ready to make the switch or which platforms will have direct access to x86. Both Mac OS X and Windows have native CUDA support and may get the added support relatively soon.
The move is potentially a hedge against universal standards. Both Microsoft's DirectCompute and the more universal OpenCL don't require a graphics chipset to run. Concepts of general-purpose computing languages came about to help calculate physics and other advanced math in parallel rather than depend solely on a single stream of code.
If you don
Zotac Quadruple-display capable graphics card
ZOTAC just announced announce the world's first Quadruple-display capable ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP enables multi-monitor computing with up to four simultaneous displays from a single graphics card for enhanced productivity, gaming and multimedia.
The card is capable of driving up to four independent displays simultaneously with a combined resolution up to 6400x1200.Three DisplayPort connectors enable the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP to support resolutions up to 4800x1200 across three independent displays for true spanned triple-monitor computing. A dual-link DVI output enables connectivity to extreme high-definition displays with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP for connectivity to a single monitor at resolutions up to 2560x1600 for users without DisplayPort capable displays.
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 3DP
- Engine clock: 710 MHz
- 336 Unified Shaders
- Shader clock: 1420 MHz
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- 256-bit memory interface
- Memory clock: 3600 MHz
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands game bundle
- Dual-link DVI & 3 DisplayPort outputs
- PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
- Microsoft DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute support
- OpenGL 4.0 compatible
- NVIDIA CUDA & PhysX ready
- NVIDIA SLI ready (2-way)
- NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
- ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle included
Though 2D might be fine, but 3D rendering at such resolutions with just the one card is a serious no-go performance wise ... let's just hope that at least SLI is properly supported with these custom resolutions. Also bare in mind thet the GTX 460 can go maximum 2-way SLI.